No great revelations for you today, (or any other day, really, if we get right down to it), but I do have an interesting story. Alas, it involves not me, your intrepid reporting hero, but my wife, who is beautiful and intelligent and dangerous. Also, she’s been a bit bored with most of our games recently (though she’s loving D3 – far more than I am – but also dying and getting frustrated far more). As a result of her boredom, she decided that during her solo play time, she wanted to raid in WoW again, to finish all of Dragon Soul.
I’m a supportive husband. I’ve never been one of those gamers who didn’t like a game and thus believed no one else should like it, either. I did make it clear to her that I didn’t want to raid any more, and while I encouraged and supported her game play choices, to please not drag me back in with her. I’d been hearing about how well the guild was doing from our friends, but I’d also heard about how poorly the guild was doing from those same friends. They could, occasionally, clear the first seven bosses in two 2 hour raids (so 4 hours), and they would then go in on an “off night” Saturday raid to kill Madness. Realistically, then, they could clear 8 bosses in 5 hours, so about a boss every 40 minutes. Well, fine.
The impetus for this renewed vigor happened just the other week, when my wife and I got a call to “please come help with a raid.” Okay, okay. We hop in on Ultraxion, a boss I’ve actually done, so I figure hell, I can get through this, and we do. Then we get to gunship, and we can’t progress for the next hour and a half. That’s one major problem with this guild; they only raid 2 hours at a time, and they’re not particularly punctual, motivated, or well prepared, so really it’s more like 90 minutes most times. If we’d had another 30 minutes that night, we’d have gotten gunship (another pull or two, realistically), but, frankly, the dps and healing just weren’t there. One of the healers was doing half what my wife was doing – my wife who’d at this point barely played in six months. I figured hey – he must be disc. Nope. He was holy. He was just that awful.
Anyway, our friends decided that because they couldn’t go on the normal raid night last week they’d set up a Wednesday night “off night” raid. My wife agreed to go as her first official raid, and they figured they’d just PuG the rest. I was worried I’d get roped in, but everyone was very respectful and never asked for me to go, which I appreciated. I really just don’t want to raid any more. They got a pretty quick start and before I knew it, were already on Ultraxion. They’d had a little snafu here and there, but overall it was a very fast progression.
They knocked out Ultraxion and gunship, stalled a little on Spine, and finally downed madness at about 11. They’d started at 8.
They’d full cleared in 3 hours. A PuG. they’d finished in 60% of the time the guild normally takes, one boss every 22 minutes. A group with two PuG tanks, one PuG healer, and 3 PuG dps.
You can’t unring that bell.
I’m not sure what this will mean for my wife and raiding. I mentioned that to one of our friends who’d set up the raid, but never got a response (he probably just got busy playing; I don’t think it was meaningful silence). I’ve been saying for a while how absolutely terrible the guild was. It worked out for me because it gave me enough pause to evaluate fairly whether or not I wanted to raid any more, but my two friends are really in that top peak of their enjoyment, and they’re truly (at this point) being held back by the guild. Both are easily capable of 30k dps. Both know the fights. Both can organize their own raids. The guild’s really not doing anything for them, but out of loyalty and digital friendship, they’re staying around.
I don’t mean to imply that’s a bad decision. In games, there’s really no bad decision except those that lead to not having fun. They’re having fun playing, so by that measure, they’re doing well. My wife, though, has raided with some much more serious players. She’s seen hard mode bosses and really felt the challenge of downing them. She was part of the team clearing Naxx in less than 4 hours (so a boss every 16 minutes) in 25 man mode when it was still “new” content (Wrath Naxx, so not really new). I don’t foresee a long relationship with this guild for her if she’s serious about getting back into raiding. As usual, though, only time will tell.
Game updates: I started playing Fire Emblem: Raidant Dawn on my Wii. I played it when I first got it, years ago now, but got frustrated with the RNG involved after spending hours perfecting a board, not losing any units (which are permanently lost in this game), and having the final attack on the boss miss, causing me to lose a unit. I’m not sure I’ve got it in me to be that perfect any more, but we’ll see. Still playing the other games I mentioned. I’m thinking about snatching up the new Sins of a Solar Empire on the 12th – anyone play the previous one?
I’ve also been thinking about sharing some of my Vampire campaign here, though I’m not sure how popular that’d be. Thoughts?
Stubborn (not hunchbacked, but my face rings a bell)