Unbearably HoT

Challenge Mode: Confronting Bullies and Users of Offensive Language in WoW

Posted by in Guide, Raiding, Rant, Social Justice

I want to take a step back from druids, crummy puns, and game mechanics and tell you fine folks a story. I imagine that many of you will be able to relate, though I wish that weren’t the case. I was bullied as a child. I’m not sure why it happened, though I suppose I was sort of a weirdo: I liked robots and books and leggings with stirrups. But I can’t claim it was because of my sexuality or my socio-economic status or the color of my skin. I…read more


This Doesn’t Feel Very Good: Feral State of Play in 5.3

Posted by in Feral, Rant

What do you do when you’re not satisfied with your DPS output? Well, first I evaluate my sobriety.[i] If that’s not at issue, I complain about it to Lycentia and deflate into a wasted husk of futility. After five minutes or so of that, it’s time to get serious. I start by asking myself a few simple questions. 1.    Did I die?[ii] 2.    Was I forced to DPS in front of the boss?[iii] 3.    Was there a lot of target switching?[iv] 4.    Did I forget to eat/flask?[v] 5.    Is there…read more


Blizzcon 2011: no, I’m not there.

Posted by in Rant

Every year my husband and I discuss whether or not we want to attend Blizzcon. Our conversations usually follow as below. “Wow, look how insanely expensive the tickets are this year for a two-day convention that focuses on three games.” “You want to try and go to PAX instead?” “Yeah, let’s do that.” Then I remember that it’s less about the games and the not-usually-surprising announcements (which I’ll hear instantaneously on Twitter) and more about the community I’ve been a part of since 2006. Each year I read those Twitter…read more


Dear Journal:

Posted by in Cataclysm, Rant

New content arrives. You, dutiful raider that you are, want to find out as much information as you can. Unless you’re particularly averse to spoilers and have somehow managed to shield yourself from the barrage of datamined information out there, information is a beautiful thing. Bringing early knowledge to your raid group allows you to troubleshoot your composition, reduce the number of easily avoidable errors, and make the best use of your time. So why are people flipping their metaphorical shit about the dungeon journal? If you haven’t heard, the…read more


Not quite dead yet!

Posted by in Blog, Cataclysm, Rant

When we last met, I had forsaken my subscription and had moved on to other things. Of course, I don’t really remember what those particular things were, but the point is that life suddenly developed a new busyness. Seemingly overnight, I metamorphosed into the kind of person whose crankiness knew no bounds if she didn’t get to sleep sometime before midnight. How lame!  Thus for a time, I resigned myself to the drone of corporate life punctuated by brief sprees of gaming and occasional weekend badassery: playing D&D and painting…read more