Sword is done. Glaive needs thrusting tips but is basically done. Gauntlets are drilled but need strapping. Then I get to spend the next 3 weeks sewing. Oh and repairing my target arrows I suppose.
Had a good time @ fighter practice. Blew out a rivet on my vambrace. Rivet's okay. The leather gave out. Time to throw a washer on it and finish the new ones.
What exactly is meant by Casual Raiding?
Before you can understand Casual Raiding it makes sense to have an idea what Hardcore is about. A few examples of Practices in Hardcore guilds.
1. If you can only bring one toon to fill one role and bringing your Alt every once in a while never seems to happen...you might be in a hardcore Guild.
2. If ALL of your toons have to be in the guild regardless of whether or not you want to raid with them all... you might be in a hardcore guild.
3. If you are required to submit a strategy for the next boss in your progression just to prove you've done your Homework... you might be in a hardcore guild.
4. If you have homework after a night of raiding that has to be done before the next night of raiding... you might be in a hardcore guild.
5. If the item you need/want drops and you have to bid for it instead of just rolling...you might be in a hardcore guild.
6. If you have to spend time on a "Second String" before you can do new content... you might be in a hardcore guild.
7. If you have to show up 2 or more nights a week or risk losing your spot...you might be in a hardcore guild.
8. If everyone has to meet gear requirements that basically amount to proving you don't need anything in the raid, in order to raid...you might be in a hardcore guild.
9. If you're spending all your time gathering mats for Food and Flasks because none are ever provided... you might be in a hardcore guild.
10. If you have to apply and be cleared to raid then still end up waiting for someone to not show up in order to raid...you might be in a hardcore guild.
Things that Seem Hardcore but Aren't.
1. If your expected to be on time...BE ON TIME. These people are supposed to be your friends and making them wait around is just rude.
2. If your expected to be gemmed...be gemmed. Sure you may not have Best In Slot Gear but that's why there are multiple levels of gems.
3. If you're expected to be Enchanted... BE ENCHANTED... same as above... there are many levels of enchants. Find an appropriate level and get enchanted.
4. If you're expected to have flasks and food... have flasks and food. Often guilds will provide feasts and flasks but these don't magically appear... EXPECTING others to carry you in anyway is just rude. At least contribute mats or gold so the people that are crafting the flasks and food don't have to do it all out of pocket
5. If you're expected to know the fights... know the fights... or have vent so someone can explain the fights to you. Don't rely on someone else to type out what can often be long drawn out strategies for your benefit.
6. Understand what Accepted, Tentative, Declined mean and chose the right option for you. Things come up and that's fine but if you're always tentative or always decline then eventually you're going to stop getting invited... oh and if you always Accept and then Miss the raid or are late, expect the invites to stop Pretty Damn Quick
I was hoping to get 10 "Hardcore" things that aren't really hardcore but I'm only coming up with 6... The basic idea is that if all you're really being asked to do is show up on time and ready to raid... then you're probably in a casual guild. It's not hardcore it's just polite.
Excuses like your gear not being good enough to gem or enchant... fine. If you your gear isn't good enough for you to gem and enchant than you really shouldn't expect an invite because it's probably not good enough to raid either then.
"But my DPS is high enough", you say... well if your DPS is high enough then your gear MUST be good enough to gem and enchant. What your really saying is "I want to do as little as possible to get into raids". Aren't your friends worth more than that?
"But I hate doing dailies or gathering... I just want to PvP, run heroics for gear and do the occasional raid" You do know that if all your doing is PvPing or instance running then your NOT actually generating much 'Cash Flow' to pay for those Guild Repairs?
I agree though... the only thing worse than doing dailies is farming mats and gold for flasks and feasts for people that can't be bothered to do it for themselves.
The simple fact is that raiding is expensive. If you're not generating and spending significant gold on raiding then someone else is spending their gold on you.
Anyway... that's my take on the main differences between Casual and Hardcore Raiding. Of course there's a reason why I barely ever raid anymore. I'm usually out farming herbs for flasks, gathering enchants for all different levels of gear including PvP and BoA. Oh and gearing up one of everything so I can be ready to help with whatever people need
I pretty much would do anything for anyone but I've seen too many wipes over the last 5 years because people thought "Casual Raiding" meant Half Assed Raiding.
Supakka - 85 Ranged DPS - 525 Enchants/ 525 Herbs
Gryxx - 85 Melee DPS - 525 Skinner/ 500 Leatherworker
Wilim - 85 Tank - 525 Miner/ 525 Tailor
Tabernacle - 85 Healer - 525 Alchemy/Tailor
(Thinking of Changing to BS since Wilim is 525 Tailor)
Okay... so we started Cataclysm on 12/07/10. Started Horde side first. I remember leveling 65 - 70 in Outlands and it was hard. Not hard really but long. ... okay enough of that talk. No telling what the search engine will get when you start using 'long' and 'hard' too many times in a post.
Outlands was challenging. The dungeons were challenging. Heroics were god-damned Heroic. Leveling after the last leveling nerf was cake. The difficulty from level to level went up proportionately. First ten levels was usually an hour or two depending on the Race. Then about an hour a level after that till 20. Then 2 hours a level to 30. 3 hours a level to 40... and so on... added up to an average of 350 hours or right @ 14 days played.
Well... with that logic the grind from 80 - 85 should be 42+ hours.... but no.. estimates are 14 -18 hours and I gotta tell ya after leveling my Shaman... they we're generous. You can get 85 in 18 hours while leveling a 450 gathering skill to 525. I hate to think what they've done to the over all process. I expect after the first 1 -60 to relearn any starter zone quests I should be ble to grind a couple of 85s out in a week flat.
Meh... at least we have new quests to shake things up.
So... I got pretty bored this weekend and decided to crack into my 7-8oz side of Veg Tan. I've used a bit to make a new pouch and re-strap my kidney belt but it's mostly intact. Anyway, I've been contemplating a new kit for awhile so I decided to break out the old strap cutter and start making plates. Looks like I'm going to get about 100 plates per 15 inches of hide and @ 2"x3" it looks like I'll need a lot. I suppose it depends on whether I put shoulders and tassets on it. Going with dyed black with red lacing and trim. Contemplating making a vest then a band of red then continuing into tassets. Opinions?
So I got my shoulder painted @ practice then again two days later @ another practice. The question becomes, Do I suck it up and just try to figure out why I'm getting painted there or pad it while I figure it out? It's a perverse badge of honor to wear minimal armor but I've had that never crunched before when I couldn't protect that shoulder. Meh... we'll see what happens
Okay... Had pandora.org for 13 years... used it for e-mail consistantly and about 12 failed webpages but lets give it a whirl one more time.