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Diablo 3 – Hardcore and Lovin’ it

Diablo 3 - Hardcore and Lovin' it
I’ve been absent from my column for a few months due to the winding down of guild activity (and the absolute lack of anything remotely resembling conflict) at the end of the Cataclysm expansion. However, I haven’t left WoW and will be back to my regularly scheduled programming around here when Mists of Pandaria is imminent. In the meantime, Michael and I have been distracting... 

Aspects of WoW: It’s a Hard Knock Life in World of Warcraft

Aspects of WoW: It's a Hard Knock Life in World of Warcraft
Since I’m editorializing today, I might as well speak up on World of Warcraft matters, especially since our “regular” WoW columns have gone into hibernation (don’t worry, Confessions of a Guild Leader and Raids of Warcraft will both be back when the pandas arrive, if not sooner). While we’re in between expansions it’s a good time for reflection. I do want to take a look at the good and... 

Confessions of a Guild Leader: Preparing For a Leave of Absence

Confessions of a Guild Leader: Preparing For a Leave of Absence
We all need a break from WoW sometimes, whether it’s to focus on work or school or kids or because of boredom; everyone needs to ease off WoW responsibilities occasionally. If you’re a guild leader, however, there’s a lot more to consider when taking a break than just letting your account lie idle for awhile. Last year there was a guild on my server that suffered the total loss of their guild... 

Confessions of a Guild Leader: From an Officer’s Perspective

Confessions of a Guild Leader: From an Officer's Perspective
Guild leadership is a serious job. And I do mean “job.” For all that World of Warcraft is a game, taking on the role of guild leader can be just as daunting as acting as CEO for any respectable business. You’ll put in long hours, listen to a lot of grievances, and ultimately have to make numerous tough decisions that can ultimately change the face of the entire organization. Yet, when all is... 

Confessions of a Guild Leader: LFR Revisited

Confessions of a Guild Leader: LFR Revisited
Last night Michael and I finally gave in and went to LFR on alts. One of our guildies, a man I have grown rather fond of in the past few months, convinced me that it was worth the amusement to attend – specifically if we all went together and there was maybe some alcohol involved. “This isn’t serious raiding,” he assured me, “It’s just so ridiculous that you have to experience it.”... 

Rebuttal: Widescreen Warrior’s Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Start or Keep Playing World of Warcraft

Rebuttal: Widescreen Warrior's Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Start or Keep Playing World of Warcraft
When someone mentions MMORPGs, there’s a really good chance that World of Warcraft is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s easily the most popular, and it’s certainly the model that so many other games in the genre have tried to emulate. Let’s face it – World of Warcraft is an undisputed success, still pumping strong even eight years after its initial release. Even non-gamers are pretty... 

Confessions of a Guild Leader: Meeting Guildies IRL

Confessions of a Guild Leader: Meeting Guildies IRL
Most of you have probably already figured this out, but MMOs – especially MMORPGs – are not what the regular, non-gaming public thinks of when you mention video games. I remember my own opinions of WoW before I started playing, when it was just my son and (ex)husband who were the addicts; despite the fact that I very much enjoyed console games, WoW seemed like it had too much attraction –... 

Widescreen Warrior’s Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Play World of Warcraft Anymore.

Widescreen Warrior’s Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Play World of Warcraft Anymore.
The time has come to look at the bigger picture in Azeroth and see what else is going on outside of Darnassus and Orgrimmar.  World of Warcraft has obliterated subscriber and subscription records for any online game to date by creating a solid world with oodles of things to do – even if you aren’t a gamer – and holding the attention of those signing into the servers more than any other... 

Confessions of the Guild Leader: Happyhappyhappyhappyhappy Anniversary…

Confessions of the Guild Leader: Happyhappyhappyhappyhappy Anniversary...
My guild turned 5 in December, but I’m conflicted over whether this is technically a birthday or an anniversary. Whichever it is, it’s gonna be a PARTAY! I’ve watched as other guilds on my server celebrate their anniversaries in grand style – one threw a drunken raid of ICC, and another throws a grand Gala every year. One night of partying isn’t nearly enough for my guild,... 

Confessions of a Guild Leader: The Nerfbat Cometh (and I feel fine)

Confessions of a Guild Leader: The Nerfbat Cometh (and I feel fine)
When Dragon Soul was released I vented about the ease of the current raid tier content and predicted that it would drive hardcore raiders away. And though I haven’t studied world logs and kept up with the actual statistics, anecdotal evidence indicates that I was pretty much on the money: a lot of higher-skilled players have left and progression on our server (and others) slowed to a near-stop. Blizzard... 
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