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BA Shared Topic: When Does It Click?

And I’m going to get this in almost by the skin of my teeth.

The BA Shared Topic this week is: What makes an encounter click? It was submitted by Naithin who hails from Fun In Games.

So let’s get to it

I have the “click” from two perspectives, one more than the other, but both with enough time to tell you that between a healer and DPS they appear different.

As a DPS, there is usually a wall that forms for you.  Each attempt on a boss sees that wall get progressively further in relation to the boss’ health. Whether it be the ability to down an add quick enough, finally. Or there could be some mechanic that the DPS MUST cope with/handle, getting through that part starts to turn the adrenaline on. As a DPS, it comes full circle when you notice the boss is doing down, the other damage dealers are staying alive and the DPS charts look healthy near a choke point in an encounter. Boss dies. Encounter completed.

For the healers, it goes a bit different. Fluidity, all fluidity. From the first few seconds in the encounter you can tell whether you’ll be playing catch up the entire encounter or have everything under control. Boss encounters these days are riding in the 9 minute mark, and as a healer, everything is time dependent when it comes to making things click. Are my cool downs being remembered? Am I sweating over tank health? Are the DPS staying out of bad? These are the questions that are always flowing through a healer’s head, and if at anytime one of the questions is answered “no” then the rhythm falls and than you worry whether you’ll have time to get caught back up. The “click” can happen anywhere, in the first 10 seconds or when the boss is at 5%, your healing UI will look like a mixer in a recording studio. Up, down, up, down, all the way up, down and then down a little. Never once in that recording studio of healing will you ever think that the music will die, and that my friends is when it clicks for healers.

To sum It All Up

It just happens, I’ve gone face smashing against many encounters that I thought we’d never get down. Than one night, you go in, and *BOOM* the boss is on the floor 5-10 minutes later and you have no recollection of how it happened. You just feel it clicked.

That’s all I got for now.

Good Luck in Azeroth Clicking


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Fealen’s December Stars!

Where have I gone? Nowhere! I’ve been just so busy with work and WoW to congregate all my ideas into posts. Such a burden to bear, but I’m here now to unleash some of that burden.

A Tip of the Hat!

So as a month progresses I star lots of blogs in my feed reader and go back to them time and time again to read comments or use them as a tree to get to places in which I forgot to write down. I figured what better way to always remember what they are and to share them with you is to line them up here for you all to see! (And myself when I forget). So I present to you: Fealen’s Feedreader Stars!: December 2010.

  • Fulguralis had a nice lead into this expansion that I still enjoy reading and might even keep it starred. You certainly should look at it if you ever fear trying to justify WoW to your co-workers/family/friends.
  • Big Bear Butt is always a fun read, but this post by him in connection to druids in Vash’jr reminds me why it’s awesome to have a druid!
  • Jaded Alt’s post on the Therazane Dailies is going to stay starred until I’m exalted on Fealen and Coag because god knows I’ll get lost in Deepholm.
  • Zelamaru over at Murloc Parliament describes what SHE think’s an officer is. Totally on board with this, if our guild had a wider spread in nature this is the guide I would use.

So those are my stars this month, going to find a way to keep track of them without filling up my feed reader with 12 month old starred posts, when I have time.

Whats happening on the toon front? Well, Fealen is shelved….until I need herbs or a guildie needs ore, and if the guild leader doesn’t need me to ever DPS in a raid. Coagulater is 3.5 bubbles away from 85 with a 319 item level score, so Heroics should come quickly to him and my skill in the Cataclysm healing model is quite impressive.

Merry Xmases to everyone! Hope Great Father Winter is nice to you this year. 😀

Good Luck in Azeroth!

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The More You Know…… (Blogging Etiquette)

Disclaimer: Without mentioning names, bloggers are still going to be able to figure out who and where this post was inspired from. Making it clear up front that this post isn’t meant to flame, nor does it endorse the ideas of the parties included in the situation. I am merely trying to tie a community together again by throwing basics back into the mix. These are my opinions of how to present ones self, while remembering that we are all just humans.

Although the issues that have arisen aren’t of the guild politics nature I’m going to start by referencing Larisa’s post about how posting about your guild can cause a stir.

           “Suppose that you didn’t blog yourself, but had a vocal, well known blogger with a high profile and a lot of readers in your guild. How would you react to see your person discussed publicly in somewhat negative terms, and you didn’t have any means of defending yourself?”

 With that quote I’m going to pull another as it relates to what I’m going to say.

 “The more successful a blog becomes, the more do those issues matter.”

 This spoken in context to being responsible for what you write and think through to what may come once you put the words on the web for the world to see.

 What Larisa was talking about and what I’m trying to get at is the use of a high traffic public stage isn’t probably the best place to put a negative limelight on someone. These people can be either: a) offending you to the point you judge them without the facts or b) making an attack on you for something you did. Both reasons for posting can only spell trouble, and admit it; you aren’t blogging because you want everyone to dislike you. You have a blog because you want to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, in a hopefully safe environment.

 This is where “being human” comes into the picture. As we’ve all learned, the people within World of Warcraft are sometimes dicks. Those people earn the reputation based on their actions, and sometimes on their (lack of) knowledge. This is what separates those types from the people that blog. Being in the blog-o-sphere for a good amount of time now has allowed me to notice that those who blog generally seem more mature and better educated about things. Sure, the persona that one presents in a blog can come off as childish, but the content that one chooses to write about defines the person in my eyes. If someone constantly whines about drama and ninjas, that person gets the childish stamp, but if someone posts with constructive criticism on an aspect of the game then they get the mature stamp. Being responsible for your image is included in being responsible for what you post.

Sometimes people post things that don’t have an ounce of offensive material in their eyes, and good intentions are sometimes brought from misinformed. This is okay, as long as they are corrected in gentle manner. We can’t write someone off for something they don’t know is an issue, people make mistakes. On the other side of the spectrum people often post about something in a harsh manner, and those people need to be dealt with in the same manner. Being gentle goes a long way in establishing a “community”, and that’s what we as bloggers are trying to do, at least that is my intention is. Being “gentle” doesn’t mean you can’t feel infuriated about something, it only means you should do two things before posting a rebuttal:

 1) Take a breath, step back and calm down

2) Remember that everyone has a different experience with the game and unless they mention it, no malice is generally done on purpose.

 Also with being gentle and responsible, within and for your writing, you should do your research. It will save you a lot less hassle and a bunch more edits if you do your homework about a subject. Maybe the piece you are writing would offend somebody, you’d be unaware if you didn’t seek out the parties that could be unhinged before writing about it. Maybe you’re pointing fingers at the wrong person just because they are the source from which you heard about something. Blogging with a clear head cuts out the high-schoolesque backstabbing, I would hope most writers are above that.

 Just so I’m out in the open with my thoughts on the matters that drove me to write this post, and so no one can assume I’ve picked a side and am backing one or the other here is my view: The original poster, though had good intentions, should have looked towards the people that participate in such manner before making such an idea and posting about it. The person who responded could have been gentler or could have refrained from using names and groups, not knowing the facts. Both parties could have reacted differently once the drama broke if the initial outbursts couldn’t be avoided. I know each party has the right to post what they want in their blog, but being gentle and responsible comes with having a well-known blog.

 Any comments that condone or condemn any parties will be deleted. Constructive comments only, if any.

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I was going to procrastinate, but I’ll do it tomorrow

Where does the time go? I had a list of things I wanted to get done in WoW and on the blog that I didn’t get accomplished. As many, I’ve found this to be one issue I have I thought that maybe putting it in a post would motivate me more, knowing that people are reading and potentially waiting for me to produce something. Highly unlikely, but it helps if I keep telling myself. Continue reading


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Single Abstract Noun is recruiting!

Fealen 2.0

Fealen in on Argent Dawn-US(A)

There are good ideas, great ideas and genius ideas. Tamarind had a genius idea. The creation of <Single Abstract Noun>, a “blogging community” guild that has grown to leaps and bounds in only a matter of days, at least the US/Oceanic side. Tamarind is across the pond on the Argent Dawn (EU) server blessing the Horde side with SAN, and MissMedicina is leading up the US/Oceanic side of the guild on Argent Dawn as well except it’s an Alliance guild. (Bleh) Some rules were established by Tam, they carry a certain humor at the same time setting guidelines that are easy to adhere to. I’ll copy and paste for your enjoyment: Continue reading


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