- Gnomeaggedon is “of Gnomeregan”
- Squidly is “THE Patient”.
I’m not patient
There is nothing patient about Gnomeaggedon beyond a title tucked away in the character screen.
Sure he’s prepared to wait for his Frostfire Bolt to launch, but not his Pyroblast unless it’s instant.
LFD, sure I’ll wait the 15 minutes, but I’m not sitting idle. Loremaster, dailies, screenshots, there is always something to fill the time.
I think that’s one of the reasons Gnomeaggedon is loving battlegrounds again. Short casts, instant casts, quick deaths.
Neither is he!
Squidly on the other hand has, for some unknown reason, less patience.
Maybe it’s the quick buffing… Drop 4 totems, buffing complete.
Maybe it’s Riptide’s fault – cast & forget (but that cooldown drives me crazy).
Maybe it’s DPS taking avoidable damage, causing me to spam chain heal, causing me to drink, causing me to scream a little inside.
I’m not sure what it is, but I often find myself looking at “The Patient” title and being reminded to take a deep breath, relax and be patient.
I’m still impatient.
When it reaches it’s crescendo I bring up the character window and flick through my bottomless list of titles…
I realize pretty quickly that I’m not feeling very merry, so I leave it at “the patient”, take a deep breath, relax.
Did they have this in mind?
I wonder if the designers realized this title would be floating above characters heads while the banged their heads against their keyboards in frustration?
I wonder if the designers realized that the new players would enter an instance, see “the Patient” hovering over other player’s head and sigh a deep breath of relief that they were playing with patient people.
I wonder if they realized that a simple title would have such a mental, maybe even emotional effect on the players.
A certain Irony
I know there is a certain irony, as many instance runs suggest anything less than patience.
However I expect these days that those “I pull whole instances in one pull” people aren’t sporting their “the Patient” titles, they will be wearing their special titles:
- I hate nubs!
- Greatest Wanker on Azeroth
- Champions of the Inflated Gearscore
- Of Gnomeregan!
I think we have reached the stage where the funkillers have their Triumph badges, only want their Frost badges, have discarded their “the Patient” titles, probably already forgotten they have a Perky Pug.
I think now when you see “the Patient” it will mean one of two things:
- A new character with nothing else to show, or
- A person that relates to the title and wears it with pride.
Whatever the case, they will have a constant reminder that being patient is title worthy.
There just aren’t enough hours in every 24
Speaking of patience, I beg some patience of you readers and those of you blog writers as well.
I’m not sure whether it’s any one, or a combination of the following:
- Work is busy.
- Single fatherhood sucks time out of your day.
- Random Heroics are just too tempting (maybe just one more…)
- Battlegrounds are awesome fun
- Cat wants attention
- Dog wants attention
- Odin wants attention
- Lawn needs to be mowed (goodbye 2.5 hours)
- ex-wife’s lawn needs to be mowed (yes we are on good terms)
- Blog posts need to be written
Whatever it is, two things have suffered and I am feeling irrationally guilty about them.
- I am not responding to comments as regularly as I really want (like immediately, every time), and
- I am struggling with my feedreader.
I like to give immediate (well ASAP) responses to everyone’s comments, but this is rarely possible at the moment.
I feel guilty when I respond to one, but not the other 10 comments.
As it is, I am sleep-writing many of my posts lately (as you may have noticed from the less that usual average quality).
I feel guilty.
My feedreader is full of so many awesome blogs and awesome posts. I know that there are new bloggers starting up every day. The TNB introductions drives daggers of guilt through me…
What New Mage Bloggers? New Shaman Bloggers…? Noooooo!
I do try to get around to my favorites (which is ummm, kinda all of you), but I’m lucky if I can get through the back issues of any one blogger per day.
If you are a blogger and find one seemingly random, half baked comment on a post from 2 weeks ago… assume this means I have struggled to read them all and have squeezed one more minute in to leave a Gnome sized footprint.
How bad can it be?
I got my feedreader down to less that 1,000 unread posts last night. At that point I only had 896 unread posts… When I woke up this morning, the number of unread was back to 965.
I could ask you to stop writing (some bloggers have 30+, even 40+ unread items), but that would be like asking me to stop writing.
I wouldn’t ask that of anyone… The stuff Arioch (awesome series), Euripedes (Maging and the saddest story for a Monday ever) and many more have been writing lately is of such high quality, that I could never ask you to bottle the creative juices. Let’s not mention Ratshag… his return has just made the feedreader panic (Once again all the best for you and Julie!).
Still, I feel guilty, so I figure if I apologize up front, I can move on.
I am reading & loving it!
So if you comment here, or write there, know I am reading what you have to say, furiously nodding or shaking my head… Just not getting the time to acknowledge your efforts.
(Geez, that was a blog post on it’s own!)
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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