Posts Tagged ‘real life lol’

Commitment

June 21, 2010

I played softball for 11 years back in grade school, and I had always taken a lot of pride in doing my best out on the field. Unlike the girls who had been forced to play by overly insistent parents, I took the game seriously and worked my hardest to help my team succeed.

This year, I signed up to play softball on my company’s softball team. I had to go out and buy a new glove, and try to warm my arm up a bit, but I was excited and couldn’t wait for our games to start.

Yesterday, we had to forfeit because only 6 out of 16 players showed up.

It was beyond frustrating. I leaned against my coworker’s red Mustang as we stared at the ground, scowling at the fact that so many people had deserted us. We had committed to something and we were there to follow through, yet they didn’t find it to be worthwhile. No calls of apology or explanation, just a straight no-show from half of our team.

As one of our strongest members growled his annoyance at the absent team members, something clicked in my head. I’ve been saying it for a while, after all, but it’s far easier to say when you haven’t been on the field for ten years. Yesterday, standing on the asphalt by the softball field, I realized it was true:

Raiding is a sport.

Just like most sports, raiding is a team effort. When you sign up for a raid, you’re making a commitment to be available for that effort. You can have five fantastic players who can perform spectacularly at the drop of a hat, but if the other half of the team doesn’t show, no one gets to do anything.

Obviously some things are more important than a game. Our manager had to step out of playing last week because she’s had surgery and can’t be exerting herself. But she went and found other people to fill in the roster, making sure that the game could go on. If you make a commitment and suddenly cannot keep it, the very least you can do is let the organizer know so that the group isn’t left in the lurch at the last-minute.

The analogy goes further, of course. Depending on the team you play, you can stick your weakest link in right field and still win the game. But if that other team has a lefty, or someone who can place their hits, then your team will get steamrolled. It’s been said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It only takes one dps to walk through the fire and blow up the entire raid.

When I played softball in grade school, the weakest link was traditionally stuck as catcher. All that player really had to do was throw the ball back to the pitcher after each pitch – nothing special or otherwise demanding. But when a nepotistic coach stuck me in that position, I was determined to own it. I flipped my mask off to catch foul balls. I jumped to the plate and made catches at home base. What had traditionally been something that only losers played ended up changing the entire league, because one girl had made that position important.

Old habits die hard, I think. 🙂

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Three Cubed

October 1, 2009

27.

It’s an interesting number.

If you see an alt running around at level 27, it shows that the player has definitely put some effort into that character…but not nearly as much as a level 50, 65, or 80. It’s an odd place between casual and hardcore that makes it difficult to determine how serious a player is about a character.

The same number of talent points is a frustrating place – enough to snag the 20-point talent in a tree, but not enough to really effectively split your spec between two trees. And still three short of hitting the 30-point talent.

Twenty-seven is two stacks of Honeymint Tea, three stacks of Un’goro Gorilla Pelts, and seven more Underspore Pods than anyone can carry. It’s my fortune awaiting me outside Palemane Rock, and the Lashtails trapping Ajeck and Sir Erlgadin. It’s the requirement for Crystalpine Stinger and Tusken Helm.

It’s also what I’ll be for the next year. ^.^ Here’s hoping it’s a good one!

I named her ‘Highwind’.

September 29, 2009

When I first -really- started raiding with a guild, it was Karazhan. I loved the instance and thought it was wonderful in so many ways…except for the ballroom. Because the ballroom, filled with dozens of ghosts all dancing to the music, made my frames-per-second plummet to 3.

If you’ve never raided at 3fps, try it sometime. It will make you appreciate expensive computer parts.

After a month of two of that, I upgraded my computer by adding a video card, and suddenly the game was beautiful. Things ran smoothly and I could see so much more in the game. It was like my eyes had just been opened and I was seeing everything for the first time.

Then Lich King arrived.

At first I didn’t notice too much because I was leveling. But as time wore on, I saw my frames drop bit by bit…until I was running Ulduar and barely able to dodge the fire tornadoes because my fps was a solid 7. Still more months passed and despite dropping my graphics settings, I was doing fights in Ulduar at a dismal 3fps once again.

It was at about this point that I started drifting away from WoW, and my raiding was reduced significantly, to the point that I only vaguely remembered that I had graphics issues. Then, when I came back for Brewfest, I found my fps tanking while I fought Coren-freaking-Direbrew, and enough was enough.

Three days later my shiny new parts arrived, with just enough time for me to put them together and go to bed. Two days later (because I was busy on Saturday), I logged in and went to give Direbrew another shot.

Then I gave him a few more shots. Because my fps was a solid 23 the entire fight.

I’m sure the more elite of you are scoffing at the number. Yes, it’s not 60, or even 30. But you know what? It’s not 7. In fact, it’s more than three times seven and quite honestly? That’s good enough for me.

What I upgraded:
Single Core 2.0 GHz CPU    ->    Quad-Core 2.8 GHz CPU
1.5 GB DDR RAM    ->    3.25 DDR2 RAM
Geforce 7600 Video Card    ->    Geforce 8400 Video Card
80 GB HDD    ->    320 GB HDD
Crappy Case From Hell    ->    Awesome Case of Awesomeness

It may not have really been much, but it’s awesome nonetheless. 😀

How exactly do I put this?

September 3, 2009

At the end of June I went on a self-imposed hiatus from WoW in order to prepare for visiting family. While the preparations were completed, I also remembered that I had other ways to entertain myself in the evenings. So when I returned to WoW, finally, I was far more focused in my efforts, and really only logged on in order to raid.

Then I acquired a new job. This new job is fantastic, something I’d wanted for years and was excited to finally get. Longer hours, longer commute, but far better pay plus benefits. I’m very happy with it, but unfortunately, it cuts into my evening a bit more. So after I get home from work and cook and eat dinner, I have less time to spend with entertainment than I did before.

On top of all that, 3.2 was released and suddenly my guild’s progression was split between finishing Ulduar and doing all the shiny new stuff. Also, my computer’s frame rate during raids dropped from 7 (barely manageable) to 3 (deadly), and I cannot find a reason for it.

So I find myself in a tight spot.

I still enjoy raiding, but I can’t raid without giving my computer a major overhaul (new motherboard to handle more memory, etc…). But my computer still runs all the other games I like to play just fine, plus I’ve been getting back into console gaming. Even when I’m willing to suffer the 3fps to raid, my schedule doesn’t link up with my guild’s raiding schedule anymore, and the raids I can sign up for ultimately get canceled. Additionally, I started taking my Eee to work in order to write posts, but ended up restarting a novel I began writing ten years ago.

Lastly, Cataclysm looks fantastic and I find myself upset that it’s not here now.

The point of all this is that I haven’t quit the game. Nor have I quit writing. My attentions, due to the circumstances, just happen to be elsewhere. So if anyone is still reading this, I promise I will be back. Fer srs.

Summer Slump

July 23, 2009

In my case, I’ve had reasons. Family came to visit, requiring a two-week blitz to clean up the apartment in time, plus planning a meal that would make my grandmother proud (it did). Then at the same time I started interviewing for a new job, landed the job, then put in my two weeks’ notice at my current job, which means wrapping my job up into a bundle that anyone could pick up (impossible). So, I’ve been busy.

But what’s worrisome is when I’m ready to dive back into raiding and the rest of the raid…isn’t there.

I’ve seen it before. The season changes and people get busy and raiding isn’t top priority, which is honestly a very healthy thing for someone’s life (assuming the top priority isn’t, y’know, a real-life murder spree). But the last time I saw the Summer Slump, it eventually killed an entire guild.

Granted, I don’t think that’s the case here. But the paranoid part of my mind – a nagging little voice who is far louder than it ought to be – keeps reminding me of the last guild that I watched die from the Summer Slump. The problem comes if the Summer Slump spreads into the Fall Slump and once you hit winter, there’s no recovering.

That’s hopefully not the case now. I don’t want it to be the case now. But what doesn’t help is my new job having later hours, getting me home just barely in time for the raid. While the Summer Slump may not kill my guild, it might kill my own ability to raid. And that would, quite bluntly, suck.

We’ll see what happens. Trust that I’ll have more to say when it comes along! I’m itching to write the Kologarn guide, and I haven’t even peeked at the PTR yet.

How are all of you doing? Is summer getting in the way of your gaming schedule?