I’ve been reading the comments for my previous post with a mixture of happiness and horror.
Happiness, because you folks can write some damn good stories and comments. I mean, really. Great writing. Entertaining, informative, descriptive… well done.
Horror, from the content. It’s reading stories like this, in the quantity that I see here, that can drive a person to run from the game screaming.
One thing I’ve seen in the comments here, that I’ve seen elsewhere as well, is something that needs to be stamped out.
Any phrase that starts with “I’ve only been playing since…”
I’ll admit that there are experiences in the game that you could only have seen if you’d been playing previous to some current content.
HOWEVER… that has nothing to do with the person’s skill. Nothing whatsoever. In fact, you might even have a better chance at playing well, since you don’t have preconceived ideas of how classes are supposed to work.
I have personally known people that have been proud of playing since beta… that suck. There is no other word for it. They just sucked. No amount of duration or /played could change the fact that they had no SKILL at playing.
Now, another point I will grant is that in the current game, there are wonderful skills that just don’t see much use until someone asks you to do it, and you reply, “Huh?”
Chain trapping on a Hunter, for example. Or Priest Shackle Undead and reshackling on the fly while simultaneously healing the group well.
But please… don’t preface a statement with “I’ve only been playing since…”
At least not here. Trust me. I’ve been playing this game a long time…and that, plus a buck fifty will get me a soda from the vending machine at work.
I don’t care how LONG you’ve been playing the game, all I care about is if you’re a nice, reasonable, mature person when you write in… and if you play your class the best you can NOW.
If you’re here looking for tips because you’re just starting out, or to offer your own advice hard-earned from years of tanking in the trenches, I welcome you all.
And if you’ve been playing since beta, and you suck… well, isn’t about time you DID something about that?
I now return you to commenting on the previous post. Carry on.