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Goodbye Guillin’s Ramblings

When I first started this blog a few months ago it was with very good intentions, I realised that I could write decent posts (I know that might sound arrogant but you have to understand that I have low confidence in my own ability.)

The only problem was that I made it too wow centric and I tried to keep a posting tempo that was too much to maintain in the medium to long term.

So what have I decided to do? I’ve decided to cease attempting to make this blog work and instead truly make a general blog for me. I have no doubt that there will still be some wow posts but I won’t be forcing those blogs out of me. As with anything else in this new blog I will write about what I feel I need to write about, when I wanto to write about it. It’ll be more personal, be more generic, but most importantly it’ll be me.

I will set up and start the new.blog tomorrow. Thanks for the brief interest in this one🙂

Guillin’s Ramblings signing out.

So I Plan to Blog Everyday .. Last update? April 26th

So my plan of blogging everyday kinda fell by the wayside very quickly. There were a number of reasons for this…

1) My disillusionment with World of Warcraft reached new levels with the failure that was 4.1. However, due to my forced time off wow (number 2), I want to start completely afresh when I can. This will be detailed more when I get there

2) June 1st I had surgery. Was only minor but the recovery period is long and being stuck in bed doesn’t really give you much material to blog with.

There are other reasons including the most important one to me, but I want to get back to blogging. I don’t know how often I will be blogging and I know it won’t be every day but I do intend on getting back into it.

This is only a very quick blog today and hopefully one that gets the ball rolling with me again. Thank you for those 5 minutes that you’ll never get back🙂

My Dr Who Scenerio Based on Current Series

I did have a rant lined up for tonight but this jumped in my head so had to pounce on it. Please note this isn’t the proper storyline to the current series, it’s just my imagination.

What Do We Know?
River ends up in jail sometime but we don’t know why
Amy is pregnant
Amy can’t remember her parents
Somebody dies this series.

My Mindjob Idea

In the first episode of the 2011 series, the mysterious River Song reveals that the Doctor first made contact with her when she was a child. We also know that she fears the pursuit of the Timelord will eventually kill her.

Now suppose that the girl in the spacesuit is in fact River Song. She knows what is about to happen but is keeping quiet to maintain the timeline. What if in the end the child River kills the older River and Amy, but then breaks out of whatever is manipulating her, thanks to the Doctor. This doesn’t however save her from jail.

Amy like I said also dies, but not before she gives birth to a little girl. Whilst dying Amy drops the bombshell “She is me, when the age is right, you must take me back”. This could explain why Amy can’t remember her parents. Could herself and Rory actually be her parents? When the child is old enough the Tardis wipes her current memory, filling it with new memories and they send her back, just hours before the newly regenerated Doctor (from Tennant to Smith) crashes in her back garden, thus preserving the timeline.

This will more than likely NOT be the storyline, but hey! I had fun imagining it. Still doesn’t explain who the new strange beings are and why the Doctor marries River.. ah well.

Social Media + MMO’s = Trouble?

Last week I found myself caught in a very interesting debate about social media (Facebook, Twitter etc), and what lengths guilds should go to implement this form of communication into the guild guidelines.

Almost anyone with a Twitter account has done, you’ve played you’re favourite MMO (in my case World of Warcraft), just couldn’t beat that over-powered DK, or stop someone from stealing your mobs or reported a bug (turned out to be a gnome, but required removal all the same), you’ve hopped onto Twitter and vented your annoyance.

Recently I found myself in a situation on Twitter where a discussion about guilds implementing guidelines about social media should or should not happen. Some had the opinion that for the sake of the guild, the message should be controlled, others thought that they censored at work, there’s no way they should be censored at home, whilst others took the middle ground that censoring is no-go except in certain circumstances.

When I first joined into this debate, I was like “no chance in hell”, but after having a while to think about it, I do think that I’ve drifted into the middle ground. And here’s why. My opinion is their venting your frustrations at certain situations or at certain individuals is perfectly fine, as long as the message is kept vague. Let me give an example

Example 1

Ffs, that Guillin just came up and tagged the mob/stole the ore that he could clearly see I was going for.

Example 2

Jesus H. Christ, what is it withtoday. They are making an army full of male blood elves look masucline. Amateurs!

Now in both of these occasions, it’s the age-old “Name and Shame”. Whilst your complaints might be valid, the words might be true, never the less, by naming the culprits you are opening yourself to retaliation. In the case of a person, it could be abuse/griefing, in terms of a guild it could be a gkick. Critisize a member of your own guild and you could cause a rift, the atmosphere of the guild could be compromised, and rightly or wrongly the guild master could take the opinion that to prevent this it could be best to remove you from the guild.

Take at look at the following two examples, both about the same as what was said before but with slight differences.

Example 1.2

Ffs, I’ve just had my ore stolen again by the same person. I wish some people would show respect and not do that!

Example 2.2

Why is it so hard for some people in this game to show up on time, to be prepared and ready to go?

Now in my opinion both of these are perfectly fine. The venting and the frustration is still going on BUT there is no comment about who it is aimed at. People might have their suspicions but as there is no concrete proof, then I don’t they have room to manoeuvre. Regular Tweeter Lufitoom mentioned a few things recently, none of it named and shamed but certain people found offence and complained to her guild officers. I wont go into detail on that particular topic as the wonderful Oestrus made a very good post on her blog on April 13th about this topic. Her post is called “Follow“.

That situation raised a few opinions from me. Basically someone was tweeting but not naming, yet some people still took it upon themselves to complain to the guild officer. To this I have to say .. If you feel that you have to complain about a Tweet in which you weren’t named, then WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? In my eyes the person who complained obviously did something otherwise they wouldn’t have felt the right to complain. Thankfully I haven’t come across this yet, but if I did, what would I do? Especially if my guild master asked me to censor myself?

In all reality, my response would be

I’m going to carry on doing what I do. I keep my Tweets vague, don’t aim them at anyone and if people feel the need to complain then it’s obvious they have a guilty conscience. Also in future if anyone complains to you in future, tell them it’s a personal issue and send them direct to me.

I wouldn’t want the leaders of whichever guild I’m in to become distracted by stupid things like this. As I’m the one tweeting, then the officers should wash their hands of it, and pass it back to me. If they went to me “We don’t want you Tweet anymore”, my reply would be “In which case, cya”. I don’t however think that any guild would have this stance. Everyone realises now that Twitter more than anything is here to stay and if you stop someone from Tweeting on one account, they’ll just go and make another one.

There’s also the option of “protecting” your account. This would prevent people who aren’t on your follow list from seeing what you are tweeting. Again I wouldn’t do this. For me, I like that Twitter lets you view timelines of other people, and people can see mine. If you want to keep something quiet, that’s what Direct Messages are for.

So far my whole blog has been saying “no to censorship”, however I do believe there’s two occasions where you should censor yourself, and two in which I do think that guilds have every right to put into their guidelines.

1) Say you’re raiding, it’s a rough night and the raid team is getting nowhere fast, so you comment on Twitter.

Had a terrible raid night tonight. The raid team were absolutely hopeless #fail

This to me is not good and common sense should prevail here. Why isn’t it good? Well it could have a demoralizing effect on the team. You never know, all of a sudden a few people might not sign up for the next raid whilst others might flat-out refuse to raid with someone who puts down the team. A guild guideline that states “If the guild has a rough night in a raid then members should not openly criticize the raid team in social media. Instead please sit down and discuss what went wrong and act as a team”.

2) You’re raiding and alt-tabbing between Twitter and WoW.

@randomtweeter I’m having a good evening thanks how are you?

<Raid Leader on Vent> “Right we’re pulling”

<You alt-tab into game>

<You do you thing for a bit then die .. Alt-tab into Twitter>

@randomtweeter Good, i’m just playing a bit of WoW

“Why didn’t you accept the battleres?”

<You on Vent> “Sorry I didn’t get it!”

Social media could cause you to lose attention during raiding, and I also think that a policy of no Twitter during raiding could also being acceptable.

Whilst the above two I think have a place in a guild policy, I don’t believe the officers of any guild should try to dictate anything else in terms of what people say. That responsibility should be down to the person who is communicating the message themselves, and therefore any consequences are theirs. It’s about common sense.

Q to the Blog (Guild Edition)

In the first of the series, I ask a guild leader about their guild and their own experience inside the guild. Today I start with a guild close to home for me. Order of the Silver Dawn on Arathor EU.

Hello there, well it’s Easter Sunday but I’ve managed to drag, Atrius away from his easter dinner/chocolate or whatever strange being he was munching on. Atrius is the guild leader of Order of the Silver Dawn, a guild on the World of Warcraft Europe PvE server, Arathor.

Quick Introduction

1) What is your in game name?

Atrius

2) What class/spec do you play?

Priest, Discipline MS, Shadow OS


3) And how long have you been playing?

Since day one, played the beta before it came out properly, things have changed a lot since then.

About the Guild

1) How long has the guild been running for?

Wow, think it’s something like 5 yrs now, we try and do and fun event on the guilds birthday, last year we had a lvl 1 gnome race from Exodar to the Gurubashi Arena in STV…that was very amusing

2) What sort of guild is it?

We have always been a social guild, one where we place having fun with friends as our highest priority, over the past few years we have taken up raiding and a more serious aspect, but we try to retain our social side, however difficult this may be at times.

3) What is the guild’s current progression?

Well we have recently killed Cho’gall in BoT 10 man and are doing fairly well in most of the raids, well over half way through most.

4) What are the main challenges in keeping a guild like this operational?

The balance between social and raiding, as raiding requires a slightly different mindset so things tend to clash a bit, trying to progress through raids and keep members that want to progress whilst having fun and keeping the members that enjoy the social environment our guild offers, it’s hard, but definitely worth it!

5) What is your guilds greatest achievement?

I suppose that depends on who you ask, for me personally it’s either killing Keal’thas in TK or killing Yogg’Saron in Ulduar, both fights were very complex and required 100% from all those involved, these kills were instrumental in showing Arathor that the social/raiding guild could work.

6) As guild leader, what is the biggest decision you’ve ever had to make?

Luckily there’s not been many big memorable decisions that have all rested on 1 persons shoulders (another thing OSD has, 3 GM’s) and because of this most decisions have been group ones, setting up DKP, changing the DKP system, setting up guild guidelines etc.

7) Are there any decisions that were taken that you look back on and regret?

Not really, the only thing that is regrettable is that I am unable to give the guild as much attention as I did at the start due to the fact that I’ve left uni and started living in the real world he he and therefore have other things asking for my time, but that is where having more than one person in charge really shines as I know the guild is in good hands whilst I am away.

8) Is there anything you’d like to see Blizzard implement to help in managing a guild?

I think having more guild ranks would be beneficial but saying that I think that since Cataclysm has come out the updates to guild control have been very useful, so I’m fairly certain that it will only be a matter of time before everything you want will be included.

9) For other guild leaders what advice would you give for maintaining a guild like this?

Have an open mind, keep you cool, listen to all sides of the story and seek advice from people you trust even if they disagree with what you would do, as it is still a valid point. Try to please everyone, but know that this will never fully happen and accept it. Also give members that you trust more responsibility if they want it, as this will spread the ‘load’ and make running the guild easier, but make sure any major changes go through you, keep a structure in place and let everything else grow around it, it’s like a garden, you don’t have to rigidly oversee every single aspect of it all, just set boundaries, rules/guidelines and then sit back and watch it grow😀

Thank you for your time Atrius.

This was the first in what I hope will be a series of these. If you are a guild leader from any MMO, and are interesting in answering these questions, please feel free to get in touch and we will see what we can get sorted!

The Democratic Nations SHOULD Support the Arab Revolutions

Most of the world have been transfixed by the unfolding events in the Arab world. Today I discuss why I think the Western world should support those who want fundamental freedoms

So since December 2010 North Africa and the Middle East have seen unprecedented protests. 2 dictators have already fell (Tunisia & Egypt), with 1 on the brink (Yemen), and one which has brought on the wrath of the international community (Libya, more on them later). The uprisings are still spreading across that part of the world. A world where the population used to be afraid of the state services, are now standing tall and saying “no, enough!” “We want freedoms, we want a say in our country!”

My opinion is that our governments in the west (I’m British), should support these revolutions regardless of whether or not the current dictator is a friend of the west or not. At the end of the day, the general population of any country should have a RIGHT to decide who leads their country, and should be ALLOWED to express their opinion whether or not that’s the opinion of their government or not.

I hear arguments saying “well if that happens then maybe someone will get elected who is anti-west”, and to that I say “So what?”. If that’s who that population votes in then that is who we have to deal with. It should be their choice who is in charge and not open to foreign influences (whether that is from the west, or closer to home). As long as the public has an option to vote them out of office 4-5 years later, and those elections are fair and free then we have absolutely no right to interfere. Obviously one of the big arguments is oil. If an anti-west government took over some of the major oil nations then there is a fear that they might rise the prices. Whilst this would be painful for us, you have to put it into context. To what price do you place freedom? To what price do you place Democracy? For people to choose the direction their country heads, and to make amends if the previous decision didn’t work out (voting out a government).

Libya
I have followed the revolutions closely since the Jan 28th (knew about the Tunisia uprising but was only on this day when i started to very closely watch the situation in the Arab world. I would just like to make a few things known about the situation in Libya.

Didn’t Start As An Armed Revolution
One Tweet I saw a few days ago said “Gaddafi has a right to use military might during this. It’s an armed rebellion.” The revolution in Libya started with purely peaceful protests. Tobruk, Benghazi and others peacefully marched, and chanted. Gaddafi than responding by not just using the state police (like in Egypt), but using the full might of the army in all three formats (land, air and sea), to bombard these protests. These were peaceful protests that were being shot and bombed BY THEIR OWN LEADER. Of course they armed themselves, it was either be armed and have a chance of living, or stay 100% peaceful and be slaughtered.

The airstrikes are needless Western aggression
This is also a load of rubbish in my opinion. In the face of thousands of civilians being killed, cities who have had their phone lines, internet, water and electricity cut, the international community had a moral obligation to respond. Benghazi was probably 24/48 hours away from being destroyed, a city with a population of 700,000 would’ve lost at least half the population. It wouldn’t have been through fleeing, it would’ve been through a massacre. We had no choice but go in and defend these people.

I’ve seen some people in the US, even senators say that they shouldn’t get involved as the US has no interest in Libya. Er … so just because there’s nothing to financially gain from the situation does not mean you shouldn’t get involved. I don’t understand how some people/nations (looking at you Germany), can just stand idly by and say “you know what, it’s not affecting us so why should i/we care?”

At the end of the day whether it is here in the UK, in the US, Australia, France, Egypt, Libya or Syria. Every human deserves their say. Every human deserves their rights to freedom, to be able to decide who leads them, without the fear of being tortured, kidnapped or killed. In these situations, financial interests and political interests shouldn’t matter, what should matter is the basic human interest.

Round the Blogosphere in 7 days

Today is the first of what will become a weekly post, where I bring a round up of blogs from the MMO world. This week it’ll be just from World of Warcraft, but if you have a blog from any MMO then please let me know so I can add it in the future.

Dwarven Battle Medic – Day Fifteen: Art, Inspiration and a Desktop BackgroundFannon continues his 20 questions in 20 days series.

Girls Gone WoW – Day 9 – Which race/class combination are you most like in RL?Lumineus , well the title speaks for itself on this one.

Live Like A Nerd – A Game of PuppiesKadomi writes about the new “Game of Thrones” TV show that has just started in the United States.

Muradin Musings – Janyaa … Shadowraven?Janyaa discusses her good fortune in finding a new guild.

The Stories Of O – L2Holy: GlyphsOestrus writes about the glyphs that are available for holy priests  and when they are best suited to be used

World of Matticus – Matticast Episode 15Matticus and co, use this podcast to discuss “Combat Logs, Healing Meters, and Throwing In The Towel”