RAMBLINGS FROM THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT

If I were a better player and had a quicker reaction time than I do, I’d likely enjoy PvP. Running around pwning the opposite faction is probably a lot of fun and the Bloodthirsty title would be an awesome one to have. I think it would be less fun to run around and gank your own faction, but that’s just my opinion and it’s certainly not based on experience. However, I can say for certain that not willfully participating in PvP and choosing to live life peacefully on a PvE server yet dying because you accidentally flagged yourself is not fun. Neither is it fun to die because a member of the opposite faction purposely stepped into your AoE to force you to be flagged. When these types of incidents happen I stubbornly just stand there until they kill me. I refuse to put up a fight because I want them to know they just killed someone who was not interested in their little games. I don’t want them to brag about how they owned me; I want them to know they killed someone who wasn’t even defending themselves. Do they actually see it that way or feel bad because of it? No. I’m quite certain they are laughing hysterically and hoping I’ll run back and rez before the 5 minute timer wears off so they can kill me again. Sometimes, because I foolishly believe every person has kindness buried somewhere within, I do rez and they do kill me again.

Sigh.

This subject is on my mind a lot these days thanks to Bloody Coins. I am still limited in my playtime currently, but in my few excursions to the Timeless Isle I have been killed while AoE’ing a rare and getting flagged. But hold on, I’m not actually going to complain about that (well, I complain out loud with obscenities at the time it happens but it fades). It’s inconvenient and I don’t love it, but I don’t begrudge anyone who’s interested in gathering the coins for doing what they have to do.

But hold on again, I am going to complain about 1 specific incident that happened to me a few days ago. See, the Neverending Spritewood is the purple crystal that spawns near the tree that has all the Nice Sprites dancing around it and clicking on the crystal triggers them to turn into Angry Sprites. Killing Angry Sprites triggers some Scary Sprites and killing those gives you a chance to receive the rare Dandelion Frolicker pet. Did you know the Neverending Spritewood is only clickable once per day by each character? It is. If you get lucky enough to spot it and click it you can’t click it again until the next day, even if you see it again.

So I am going to complain about the fact that the other day, during a rare 1 hour chance I had to login to the game, I was robbed of my chance to try and get the pet to drop by a Night Elf druid from my own server MY OWN FACTION. I happened to spot the crystal and saw no one near it. I ran over, clicked it and prepared myself to pull a group of the angry sprites. I approached them, targeted one and started my biggest AoE. A split second later, I saw a someone run up in cat form and the next thing I know I am dead. I had only gotten 2 of the sprites killed. Now someone flagging themselves and then wandering into the midst of my AoE while I’m helping bring down Houlon is annoying, but when I rez I still get to loot Houlon. Same with the rest of the rares on the Isle. But in this particular instance it’s not just you getting your Timeless Coin and me still getting credit for what I was doing. It was cruel, in my opinion. Days later I am still upset about it, which is silly and certainly won’t change anything, but it’s true. Maybe this person didn’t realize I wouldn’t be able to simply start the event over. Maybe she did and just didn’t give a fuck. I’ll never know. I passively, aggressively whispered her to tell her how disappointed I was but I got no reply, which is probably for the best. No need for me to turn into an asshole just because I perceived someone was being an asshole to me. I did immediately tweet her name out and I apologize for that. Twitter is so instant it makes it easy to try and name shame there. I’ve done it more than once, but I don’t like myself for doing it.

What is the purpose of all this rambling? I just wanted to get it off my chest so maybe I can stop being so pissed off about it. In a couple of weeks I will be able to start playing more again and there will be more chances to trigger the event and try to get the pet drop. It’s no big deal, right?

Grrrrr….

Comments on: "The One With The Polite (Hopefully) Rant" (2)

  1. Getting someone else flagged without their “approval” to then kill them, is not nice behavior! Something less worse happened to me that really got to me. I was doing a Battleground and stepped out of it on Timeless Isle. Big alliance server, so not a big risk. If any horde attacked I would fight back and we would see who would win. But then two alliance-players showed up and killed me! Because of the device-thingie. I didn’t sign up for getting flagged for my own faction like they had done, but in this I had no choice. We’re supposed to be on the same side dammit! And then they gank me??! Your story with the druid was even worse ofc. You weren’t flagged, and you were in a unique event. I very much understand why that would make you annoyed.

    Grrr…..

  2. Eh. Calling out a griefer publicly? No problem from my perspective. Get ‘im. It was very likely that he’s griefed many people who haven’t called him out or don’t have a forum to do so, in this case he got you. RNG’s a bitch, live with the consequences.

    My one big complaint about Timeless Isle is the sheer number of opportunties for trolls and griefers to get their jollies with, generally, zero consequences. I haven’t had issues with PvP flagged folks but that’s somewhat unfortunate, if someone griefing me is flagged at least I *do* have some ability to get payback. I may not win but I’m at least going to make them work for it. I don’t see conscientious objection as being the best route to take, it just removes any accountability from their actions.

    But no accountability… I’ll only give a few examples here (they don’t need more ideas) but people dragging mobs with ground effects (especially instant-kill ground effects) into a pack of people waiting for a Celestials run to happen? People taunting the Celestial boss late in an attempt and running out, despawning it? People dragging mobs into the Ordos fight? Ranged in the Ordos fight getting bomb on them and running into melee? Hell, people dragging mobs into other fights PERIOD… I’ve died more due to dragged mobs than I have due to my own stupidity at this point (and I’ve done PLENTY of stupid out there). Yeah, I get that your priority is to get a shot in on a rare before it dies but doing it while in the process killing 6 other people isn’t cool, not that enough people care. And unfortunately, there’s nothing in-game that we can do to prevent it, that’s just how things work there. Last-second tags will continue to be just as lucrative as full participation kills and getting other people killed due to your actions doesn’t increase YOUR repair bill.

    Sigh.

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