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Howdy, everyone. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with finals and papers and getting married, etc. I’m finished all that now, though, so here’s to enjoying the rest of my summer and hopefully posting a little more regularly. At least until school starts again.

I’ll get back to posts I started before my hiatus later, today I’m more interested in what it means to become a better player, and why it’s important to know that you have areas in which you can improve. More importantly, why it’s important that you pursue strengthening your weaknesses, despite possible frustrations, and ask for help from more experienced or knowledgeable guildies or friends.

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I love when I get to write about whatever I feel like. Last week, I wrote a paper for a philosophy class about the tremendous benefits of playing WoW. Here it is. Don’t Plagiarize. Do show it to naysayers.

With over ten million active accounts, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the most played massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). An MMORPG is a game in which each character can interact with each other character in the online universe. A person, the player, may have many characters; each character is a player’s virtual game-piece with specific abilities and talents based on race, class, and profession. However, World of Warcraft is not simply a mindless video game. World of Warcraft provides a free-market economy which offers a hands-on tool for understanding economic concepts such as the invisible hand, supply and demand, and saving money.
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My poor fiance has had nothing but trouble with WoW since the patch came out. First his game couldn’t be verified after he downloaded the patch and nothing worked (including reformatting both hard drives) until he created a new admin account on windows. Yeah, seriously. It was ridiculous.

Then, last week his account was hacked and his weapons on his 70s were vendored, as well as all his consumables and various other items. Most of his gold was taken, but it looks like they rounded to the nearest ten and left him with around 5-7g on each character. His anti-virus software had stopped functioning, apparently (this may have had something to do with reformatting the hard drive and connecting to the internet before reinstalling the anti-virus software). We uninstalled it (btw, uninstalling Symantec Antivirus manually is extremely time-consuming and tedious.), for some reason remove program didn’t function properly either. In any case, I gave him my shiny Norton 360 and all seemed to be well. The first anti-virus scan we ran seemed to go well, got some stuff out that looked bad and whatnot. After we ran the scan, he changed his password. His preliminary restore gave him all his stuff back, just not his gold. No big deal, gold is not that hard to come by; especially since the new dailies came out. Everything seemed to be going hunky-dory.

I come home today and ask if he got his last Steamvaults run in today (he only has one more before exalted with Cenarion Expedition and can get his Earthwarden). He tells me that he got an e-mail saying that his password was changed. He had not changed his password today. He e-mailed Blizzard about it, saying that this was not an action he had taken. I did a bit of investigating myself, and realized that he can reset his password himself since he created a security question when the account was created. While he’s doing that, I check his armory profiles to see what kind of damage has been done this time and I check our guild bank to make sure it didn’t get ninja’d. His second 70, the druid tank, is naked; wearing only the Argent Dawn trinket. His first 70, the troll hunter, is missing a ring and both trinkets and weapons again. Our guild bank had a bunch of food crap taken out of it, but nothing of much substantial value. We had another officer demote his characters for the time being. When he got back in, he found that this time they left less than a gold on each character and sold all of his bank bags. The GMs have been great with their responses and pretty quick with restoring things. It still really stinks though. So today during dinner I installed Spybot and Ad-Aware on both of our computers and scanned them. Looks like we got the keylogger this time. After both those scans, he changed his password again. Hopefully we’ll not have any more WoW problems for a long, long time.

This time though, there was mail in his mailbox (probably COD) from a character that was clearly in some way related to the hacker.

In conclusion: scan often, change your password often, but change it after scans.

Midterms are next week, so I really don’t have any time for WoW research and dissemination of information. More of that during/after Spring Break (which is naturally later than everyone else’s).

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This is much later than I’d hoped. I’ve been working on layers of procrastination. I impress myself sometimes.

Due to their incredible versatility, Paladins are one of the most complex classes and there’s a lot to learn about them. As such, I’m going to split my discussion of Paladins into 2 or 3 parts. I may be cruel to Retadins and discuss them with Tankadins.

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In Arcatraz, Dalliah the Doomsayer presents a more complex scenario for resto druids than for other healers. Because druid heals are primarily HoTs, taking down Miss Doomsayer becomes slightly more complicated and communication with your group, especially your tank, becomes vital. If you aren’t using vent or the WoW voice chat, you may want to consider creating a macro (provided below).
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Welcome!

As a relatively new level 70 Druid, I’m finding that I need more and more information to get around in Azeroth. I’ve been reading WoW Insider and Resto4Life for almost all of my little bits of “oh, cool,” while for whatever reason (such as being at work) I can’t play. I tend to use WoW Wiki for most of my dungeon running info, and Thottbot for my gear and crafting needs. What I don’t seem to have is a really good grasp of what other people in my groups can and should be doing. I’d like to have a more complete picture, and I hope that others will also find my discoveries helpful.

A brief anecdote as to why this is important after the break:

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