Shared Topic: Fringe Benefits of Bringing Classes to Raid

How often have we heard “Bring the player, not the class” throughout Wrath? The answer is too many times.

But what about bringing the player and the class? What makes a good player of a particular class so useful to the raid? Shopshopshop of Runeforge Gossip suggest a Shared Topic addressing this. What can your class bring, beyond simple dps buffs?

Recently I’ve been working with my guildmates to figure out what classes to bring to our 10-man Cata raid. Since 10-mans are no longer the smaller easier child you can overgear with 25-man gear, the buffs you bring are even more crucial to setting up a successful raid groups.

And this has gotten me thinking about how we think of classes. We tend to see them mostly as what buffs they bring and their DPS. But often other things are important too, and even more so given that Blizzard wants us to pay more attention to things like CC, mana management, that sort of thing (no more simple stand and DPS fights).

So the topic would be about people posting the interesting and useful things their class brings that won’t appear in a buff per class spreadsheet.

Participating were:

Shopshopshop from Runeforge Gossip

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Korenwolf from Paw Prints at the Portal

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Ophelie from The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon

Saz from World of Saz

Aunna from Bandage Spec

Jasyla from Cannot Be Tamed

Cryptic from Blessing of the Grove

Redhawks from Redhawks’ Gaze

Next week’s Shared Topic is an invitation to take an introspective look at our blogging by writing our Autoblogophray. For long term bloggers, this can mean thinking about our early posts, the challenges we’ve encountered, the people we’ve met, our favorite posts, favorite posts. For a newer blogger, this can mean talking about how things are going, about expectations and how blogging compares to them. Write about it and share a link in the thread at Blog Azeroth so that we can all enjoy your post!

We’re still low on upcoming topics, so don’t be shy! Suggest, suggest, suggest!

n00b blogger – What the Heck is a Blog?

by Randil – This weekly column will help guide you down the road to writing and maintaining your very own blog! Not sure where to start? Not a problem. In this blog we will be covering how to get started, where to go, and tips on what to write. Join us every week for a new article to help you with your blog!

n00b blogAll of those thoughts exploding in your mind! It’s too bad you have nowhere to share these thoughts so people can see just what is driving you crazy every day. Well, that’s where I come in.

“What the heck is a blog”, you might ask. Well, a blog is sort of like an online journal. Some people keep them just so they can write their own thoughts and have them stored in a central location, while others write to review, express an emotion, or just plain rant about a topic which is near and dear to them. We all have those things that peak our interest and cause us to want to stand up and tell people how we feel about them; like politics, the environment, or even video games. Finding the topic that you are passionate about is the first and most important step to creating your own blog. You need to be able to find a topic that you are excited to explore and write about, without ever becoming bored or just plain tired of learning about it. There are thousands of blogs started every day and millions of these blogs only have one or two total entries before they are abandoned altogether. Don’t let that be the way your blog ends!

Ask yourself, “Self, what peaks your interest?”

What was the first thing that comes to your mind? Was it something you do every day? Something you have always wanted to learn more about? Or, even something you studied in school? Whatever it is, use it as a stepping stone to opening up your mind, exploring your writing skills and letting the world hear… err, read, what you have to say.

While everything I have written thus far may seem like a simple task, you should really think about what you are truly passionate about to enable you to write without ever feeling as though it is work. Blogging should be fun, informative (for both you and your readers), and always enjoyable.

Join us next week when we will discuss how to set up your blog and get started with your first entry.

meRandil, more commonly known as ‘Theophanes’ around the World of Warcraft Community, currently resides in Pocatello, Idaho where he is currently an IT Support Engineer for a small ISP.

When Randil is not at work, he greatly enjoys playing World of Warcraft, snowboarding, and podcasts. While his first foray into creating a podcast went down in miserable and not-so-glorious flames, he still loves recording audio of his own and contributing to his favorite podcasts. He also hopes to become a voice-over actor with a memorable role in a video game at some point in his lifetime.

TNB Live Saturday 11/13 – Warning! Raid Warning!

album_art Whoa! Alert Alert Alert! Again with the LIVE shows! This week we’re welcome Seven and Thespius from the Raid Warning podcast! We’ll talk a little WoW (imagine that) and a little Podcasting (that too!?!) and, I dunno, maybe we’ll ask about Beer…. Sounds like a little slice of heaven, doesn’t it? Just make sure to pencil us into the calendar!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday November 13th at 8pm PT (11pm ET). 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. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
  • 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. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we 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!

Episode 107 – Stealthy Angel

stealthy This week we welcome StealthySlyth from to the show. We met her briefly at the TNB Meetup at Blizzcon and invited her on to talk with us! Sorry for all the technical issues this week. Nothing seemed to want to work well, but we did as best we could with what we had. Other things we talked about include the Battle Resurrection changes and the merging of battlegroups! There are a bunch of Shared Topics and a TON of introduced blogs from Blog Azeroth.

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Shared Topic: Home Sweet…

This week’s timely Shared Topic was suggested by Sionel of Eight Paws about the place in Azeroth that feels most like a home to our character or characters:

What does ‘home’ mean in your book? Do you have a particular home in Azeroth – a place you feel you belong, that you know like the back of your hand, or that you feel more comfortable in than anywhere else? Would this be different for different characters or different factions, or is there just a place that really resonates with you? Do you think Cataclysm will prompt you to find new and different turf, or will you be heading back there first thing to see what might have changed? If it is destroyed, how do you think that will affect your experience of the game, or your characters’ lives? Or do you think the whole idea of having a home doesn’t even really apply to a game?

The answers were as diverse as could be: everyone has their own definition of “home” in game. Check out those of:

Sionel from Eight Paws

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Cryptic from Blessing of the Grove

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

Erinys from The Harpy’s Nest

Akabeko from Red Cow Rise

Tedluck from Good Morning Azeroth

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Next week’s Shared Topic is about classes and raiding. Why would a raid bring your class along? How can you play your class in a way to secure a spot in a raid? Write about it and share a link to your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

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