Guildmaster for Mefi's WoW Guild (Maelstrom, Alliance) Needed April 1, 2008 11:21 AM   Subscribe

If anyone would like to be guildmaster of the Alliance Metafilter World of Warcraft guild on Maelstrom ("The Blue"), please respond in this thread or e-mail me.

I'm quitting the game (the original purpose for which I joined is no longer valid), and would like to make sure that if anyone wants the guild, they can have it.

In the case of multiple interested parties, first respondent (chronologically) gets dibs.

I can handoff in game this evening or whenever convenient (outside of work hours).
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 11:21 AM (38 comments total)

If anyone would like to be guildmaster of the Alliance Metafilter World of Warcraft guild on Maelstrom ("The Blue"),

Or should I say ...

The Blue
The Lighter Blue
The Even Lighter Blue
The Baby Blue
The ...
posted by WCityMike at 11:33 AM on April 1, 2008


Just out of curiousity, what was your original purpose in starting World of Warcraft, and why is it no longer valid?
posted by Dave Faris at 11:54 AM on April 1, 2008


We need The Puce.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:59 AM on April 1, 2008


My original purpose was for it to facilitate spending time with a particular friend, but that didn't end up happening; I played solo for a while, but began to realize what a tremendously alluring huge timesink it was designed to be.
posted by WCityMike at 11:59 AM on April 1, 2008


unrelated: People, play more TF2.
posted by boo_radley at 12:01 PM on April 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I can see why you'd decide to quit. The extended downtime on Tuesdays are both sobering and disgusting.
posted by Dave Faris at 12:39 PM on April 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'll do it if so long as it doesn't mean I have to play Warcraft. I just like being in charge of things that have little real-world consequence.
posted by Eideteker at 12:40 PM on April 1, 2008


Sorry, Eideteker, the software requires you to be a character in the game.

If I've got no takers by the time I get home, I'll just disband the guild (/gdisband) it prior to zapping the character. By all measurements, it was fairly dead already ...
posted by WCityMike at 12:54 PM on April 1, 2008


It depends. Are you a level 70 Bard? If so, can I have your stuff? I want the Facemelter, but I don't want to grind for it.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:49 PM on April 1, 2008


guildmaster of the Alliance Metafilter World of Warcraft guild on Maelstrom

And suddenly I had a brief glimpse of why I'd get the shit kicked out of me just about whenever I'd open my mouth in school.

NEEEEEEERDS.

Now I roll twenties, yo.

And this one time I turned a wore the Ring of Conflict while on the Astral Plane with a Cursed Pet but that was a different game then the time we turned the Bag of Holding inside out to get rid of that huge Gelatinous Cube and then we all went to have sex with hot orc chicks at the cave brothel...

posted by loquacious at 2:07 PM on April 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


i would like to play tf2 with mefites now that i have an xbox
posted by empath at 2:40 PM on April 1, 2008


I don't want to be your guildmaster. I am willing, however, to corpse camp your guildmaster.

Filthy Alliance.
posted by emmastory at 2:56 PM on April 1, 2008 [2 favorites]


empath, the MeFight Club is all non-console. Mostly PC's plus a few commie bootcamp people.

If there's a concurrent Xbox group I'm unaware of it.
posted by Cyrano at 3:37 PM on April 1, 2008


Damn.
posted by empath at 3:48 PM on April 1, 2008


unrelated: People, play more TF2.

Sorry, but I don't play on servers with Rez timers :(
They drive me batshitinsane- I stick mainly with toyfort and mario_kart and a few random servers I know have no rez timer.
posted by jmd82 at 3:48 PM on April 1, 2008


Okay, thanks anyway, guys.
posted by WCityMike at 4:34 PM on April 1, 2008


>i would like to play tf2 with mefites now that i have an xbox

>>empath, the MeFight Club is all non-console.


But you're totally welcome (as is everyone) to join us on the community site if you just want to talk about TF2, share amusing screenshots and engage in general Fortress-related hijinks and jocularity...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:18 PM on April 1, 2008


I can't be guildmaster, but I need a good name for my band.
posted by Koko at 5:36 PM on April 1, 2008



I can't be guildmaster, but I need a good name for my band.


HA! I wish I'd thought of linking to that!
posted by eyeballkid at 5:52 PM on April 1, 2008


If I can jump on the detail here: can PS3 users play TF2?
posted by slogger at 9:07 PM on April 1, 2008


There is a PS3 TF2- it's in the Orange Box- but PS3 players cannot connect to the same servers as PC players.

It's for the best, mind you; there's been two games where PC and console players could play against each other- Quake 3 and Shadowrun- and in both cases the PC players have pretty much effortlessly dominated the console players. It's not that the console players are necessarily bad, they're just playing an FPS game with a controller that is suboptimal for FPS gaming. When everyone's on the same controller, that's less of an issue.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:16 PM on April 1, 2008


Wait ... you're suggesting that it's optimal to play a first person shooter with a keyboard and a mouse instead of a joystick controller? I would have guessed the opposite.
posted by Dave Faris at 9:19 PM on April 1, 2008


Joysticks are absolutely terrible for FPS games, and I am shocked beyond words at the success of console FPS games like Halo; I suspect it's due to many console gamers simply having never used a mouse and keyboard and not knowing any different.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:32 PM on April 1, 2008


Wait ... you're suggesting that it's optimal to play a first person shooter with a keyboard and a mouse instead of a joystick controller?

Absolutely, mouse and keyboard are miles better for the vast majority of 'serious' players, but unfortunately discussion of the pros and cons inevitably devolves into the (endless, annoying) console vs. PC argument. For my part, the kind of pinpoint control that a 2000-dpi (or whatever) mouse gives, particularly with hitscan-type weapons in a fast-paced game (think Quake 3 railgun), simply can't be matched with thumbsticks, I don't think, even if you've never used anything else.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:33 PM on April 1, 2008


I keyboarded for a long time, even in Quake, and then tried the Quake 2 demo, which introduced mouselook. It was a revelation.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:45 PM on April 1, 2008


I guess I can see that a mouse would be a better, more accurate pointing device than a thumbstick, but I guess I tripped up on the keyboard part... but then, I never mastered the keyboard strafe.
posted by Dave Faris at 11:58 PM on April 1, 2008


Depending on how long it's been since you tried, that might be understandable; games made more than about ten years ago required you to use the cursor keys and hold down alt or ctrl to strafe. Nowadays everyone uses WASD for forward, strafe left, backward, and strafe right. Far, far better; the keyboard is no longer used to changing facing at all.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:09 AM on April 2, 2008


I know for a fact* that the only twenties loquacious rolls these days are the ones he uses to snort coke off the thighs of virgins.

* for Fox News values of the word "fact"
posted by Abiezer at 5:13 AM on April 2, 2008


Wait ... you're suggesting that it's optimal to play a first person shooter with a keyboard and a mouse instead of a joystick controller? I would have guessed the opposite.

Haha, Dave Faris is a million years old!
posted by 1 at 8:03 AM on April 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


Alliance sucks. Go Horde.
posted by Bonzai at 12:20 AM on April 3, 2008


I guess I can see that a mouse would be a better, more accurate pointing device than a thumbstick, but I guess I tripped up on the keyboard part... but then, I never mastered the keyboard strafe.

Up until my freshman year in college, I thought that mouse+keyboard was nutso and not worth the work it'd take to get used to it. It's kind of a bizarre, counter-intuitive thing before you get used to it. But once you do get used to it, you realize just how for shit any other sort of FPS control scheme is by comparison. Mouse and keyboard is the goddam ninja assassin of FPS controls.

It's only lately, with a couple of really well produced console FPSes with involved, compelling narratives that I've made the effort to play on a joypad. (Bioshock and Mass Effect, for what it's worth.) Even at that, I can't play 'em like I can play Counter-Strike or FEAR or Quake or any PC shooter—every time I'm in a position where I want to whip around or hit something right in the eyeball, the soggy, sloppy frustration of trying to aim with a tiny little console analog stick kind of pulls me out of the immersion that in a mouse-and-keys experience is usually hand-crampingly uninterrupted.

Joysticks (especially full-sized, well-built joysticks) are great tools, and the best way (short of even more sim-tastic specialty controls) to play flight sims and driving games and other games that demand mostly small finesse movements or narrow gradients of acceleration—but they suck for FPSes, because FPSes are about a really big dynamic range of movement. And while the analog sticks on console gamepads are wonderful compared to the days when there were no analog sticks on console gamepads, they are when viewed objectively in a lineup with other control schemes just the saddest little simulacra of real analog devices you've ever seen.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:37 AM on April 3, 2008


(The key thing with me warming to console FPS controls: good single-player content. I don't mind the game lying to me and helping out with aiming and stuff to make the game work for me when I'm killing NPCs. Fine, we'll make that compromise, game: I'll swallow my pride if you make the experience fun. Everybody goes home happy. But head-to-head with humans? Fuck that noise. If the choices are embarrassingly crippled gameplay, getting hosed every time by the mutant freaks who have put as much or more love into console analog sticks as I have into mouse+keys (but who I would tear to bits if I could use a mouse), or just playing PC games? Give me the PC games.)
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:41 AM on April 3, 2008


If the choices are embarrassingly crippled gameplay, getting hosed every time by the mutant freaks who have put as much or more love into console analog sticks as I have into mouse+keys (but who I would tear to bits if I could use a mouse), or just playing PC games? Give me the PC games.

Speaking of which, why aren't you playing TF2 with us? You really should be, you know!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:40 PM on April 3, 2008


I bought a 360, on which I have been playing a mix of crippling-but-fun single player FPSes and entertaining non-FPSes (Dead Rising hell YES). Plus, watching the entire series run of X-Files eats up a lot of evening. I miss TF2, but I just haven't been finding the time for it. I'll try to get in on a game soonish if I can.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:03 PM on April 3, 2008


You better, by gum! We have scheduled games several times a week on the server, and unscheduled ones all the time, too.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:08 PM on April 3, 2008


I will join you on TF2 as the noobiest of noobs once I buy a computer that isn't a laptop and has a decent graphics card. Right now my computer can barely handle spreadsheets.
posted by fuzzbean at 8:57 AM on April 4, 2008


People, play more TF2.

Can't. Wife caught me cooing at the in-game voice -- as it told me the enemy had been granted more time and threatened -- and threatened to divorce me.
posted by cog_nate at 7:17 PM on April 4, 2008


Stupid beer makes me type things out all wrong.
posted by cog_nate at 7:19 PM on April 4, 2008


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