WoW Roundup: Luck Tested, Player Wealth and more

Exciting times in WoW right now, between the new raids and the upcoming patch! And blog activity’s reflecting that – there’s a lot of good writing out there.

At the same time, it’s not all happy – but whether you want to read scientific (ish) testing of WoW superstitions, or a well-considered essay on why one veteran player’s quitting the game, it’s all here:

  • We don’t usually link to “I’m quitting WoW” posts, but Kurn’s epic discussion and analysis of the game and her relation with it is fascinating reading – FAR from the usual “I quit” post (earlier parts here“I didn’t just become a raider. I became a raid leader. I became a healing lead. I became a guild master. I became a WoW blogger. I became a WoW podcaster. World of Warcraft has been a great place for me to hang out for seven years. “
  • Saxsy writes a very useful guide for any AH player to the uses or lack therof of MoP gems“A lot of gems here reflect the primacy of hit and spirit. Like the blue ones above, I expect these to become less popular as gear gets better and these stats become less useful. For now, though, these gems actually sell pretty well, which is a refreshing change from Cataclysm, where the best price you could get for a green gem was from the vendor.”
  • The Grumpy Elf wanted more luck – so he tested out some of the methods that other players swear make WoW’s RNG kinder“So many people relay stories exactly like this, so is it possible that there is something to it? It seems to work the same with BoP patterns in raids. If a blacksmith BoP pattern drops from the raid and there are no blacksmiths in the raid expect to see a lot of them. If there are a few, expect to see none.”
  • The Godmother writes a really great post about the impact when your play isn’t up to scratch, and how we – and she – copes with it“There is a very good reason why L2P can be as abusive a phrase as it is. If you can, then it is likely you will never understands the issues that arise if you can’t. Knowing you can’t, and admitting that fact is often very difficult.”
  • Beruthiel channels Dr Seuss for a parable about the current state of the healing druid“The Lorax said, “Sir! You are crazy, my friend. There is no one on earth who will use them in the end!”. The crab laughed at the Lorax, “You poor stupid guy! You will use them, and like it, or just manage to get by”.”
  • And Eric Dekker reveals the results of his 2012 Warcraft Wealth survey in a long, fascinating post“Given the results of this year’s survey the calculate Gini Index, the measurement of inequality where 0% is perfect equality and 100% is perfect inequality, for the World of Warcraft population is 75.9, a raise of 10.4 points over 2011’s results. To give some scale to the disparity if Azeroth was a country it would have the most inequality in the world, doing even worse than Namibia which has a 74.3. “

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What’s Up In WoW? Tillers, Secrets, And Dinner

Things are surprisingly quiet in the WoW blogosphere at the moment, with the only major ongoing topic being that of dailies and Valor Points. But nonetheless, bloggers are still writing some very interesting posts – come with us to see the best of the last week, all in one place…

  • The Godmother looks at all the empty spaces of Azeroth, and wonders if it’s a hint of expansions to come“I’m keeping a mental note of every vast area I find (and screenies wherever possible) and my fingers firmly crossed that at some point in the war between Alliance and Horde that we’re going to no just see major changes in Pandaria, but there might be some action far closer to ‘home’… “
  • Scott Andrews writes a fantastic article in WoW Insider looking at the creepy secrets of WoW – I didn’t know MOST of these – “Horde characters may be surprised to find out that every time they’ve ridden through the Ruins of Lordaeron above the Undercity, they’ve been surrounded by invisible ghosts. “
  • The Grumpy Elf poses a fascinating, and seriously off-the-wall, question – which lore character would you like to have dinner with?“There are some lesser spoken about lore characters that really interest me. Like the Windrunner family, at least the ones not named Sylvanas. “
  • Eric at The Golden Crusade is performing his annual survey of WoW wealth“I hope to make this a regular event every year around the same time to track how player wealth progresses across the years and expansions. Since this is the second survey it will be the first opportunity to track changes in player wealth over time. “
  • Zinn ponders a question many people have faced – is it possible to play WoW seriously, but just a little?“Yet I can’t, I just can’t help, but feeling like I am really missing out. Like there is not even a point to playing WoW unless you do endgame of some sort, like raiding or pvp. I level my mage and I think “why waste my time, because there will be nothing, nothing, for me to do once I hit max level.”
  • And Kamalia looks to the future of the Tillers and our beloved little farms“For the Alliance, Elwynn Forest seems to be a natural choice for a farm. Perhaps Tommy Joe Stonefield and Maybell Maclure have finally succeeded in running off together to start their own farm, and they need us to help them get things going and prove themselves to their angry parents.”

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