Shared Topic: Penalty Systems and Player Entitlement

This week’s Shared Topic was suggested by Relevart of Relevart’s Druid Reliquary, and it asks us to ponder penalty systems in WoW, and player ‘entitlement’.


I know a few other bloggers have shown interest in the idea of player motivation and I absolutely love the idea of examining the concept of what makes us want to/need to/desire to play.

I thought a neat springboard for such a discussion would be that of the penalty system (or lack thereof, as you might see it) in WoW as well as the recent claims that Blizzard is caving to the casual players’ feeling of entitlement to see and subsequently conquer any and all content, regardless of capability or time.

I suggest these two because I think they are inherently linked at the core, with entitlement driving the penalty system and to a lesser degree, the inverse. However, I would not be opposed to separating out the most relevant topic in order to condense posts.

Responding to the topic this week are the following bloggers

Relevart (obviously) of Relevart’s Druid Reliquary

Syrana of Sideshow and Syrana

Saresa of Destructive Reach


Next week’s Shared Topic is WoW Where You’d Least Expect It.  If you have a contribution to make to a Shared Topic, or a suggestion of your own, head on over to the Blog Azeroth Forums!

Episode 61 – Zanderfin’s Magic Emporium


This week a guest appeared as if by magic (and lots of stalking and nagging by Nib). Leiandra of Zanderfin’s Wow “Casual” Raiding joins us live! We talk about Blizzcon, 3.3 PTR and even throw in an email from a.. LOTRO Podcaster? We also talk a bunch about Azeroth United and our upcoming charity event! Don’t miss it!

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TNB Live Thursday 10/8 8:00pm PST – Spooner of Spooncraft

Join us on a special Thursday night recording at 8:00PM PST as we talk to Spooner of Spooncraft and he proves to us once and for all that there IS a spoon. We’ll be doing our whole show live!

Listen in our LIVE chat room and we’ll take questions (and hopefully answer them if we can).

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Thursday October 8th at 8:00pm PST (11:00 am EST). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page.
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. I will be monitoring the chat room and if I can I will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but I will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

Shared Topic: Fails


  This week’s Shared Topic is Fails, brought to us by Skraps of ShamWoW.

I am sure this topic has been covered, but among all my other fails I fail at searching.
I have noticed a string of my recent posts covered how I fail, often epically. I would like to see how others fail.
I think it is very good for newer players to see how those of us make dumb mistakes, even though we have been at this for quite a while.


Obviously, we all clearly fail at some point.  Perhaps that is why we have so many responses this week!

Dertt at A Tranquil Spirit

Naithin at Tank ‘N’ Tree

Almaster at Lux Legis

Shawndra from Escapist Scrawl

Xeonio from Rez the Weak

Iriya from Heal My Life Tap

Spinks from Welcome to Spinksville

Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper

Victorie from RP Geeks – The Dragon Slayer Project


Have a Shared Topic of your own to suggest?  Think that you could make an awesome contribution to a Shared Topic?  Have a blog of your own to register?  Head on over to the Blog Azeroth Forums.

Next week’s Shared Topic: Penalty Systems and Entitlement in WoW.

Episode 60 – There Is No Spoon


It is not the spoon that must bend… But YOU! .. Oh.. Our special guest is… Not here. Spooner from Spooncraft didn’t make it for the show. But.. The show must go on! So we talk about some 3.2.2 stuff , topics and a couple of your emails. We also go into some more details about Azeroth United! Check it out!

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