Did you get this email? (It’s below if you didn’t).
I must admit at 1st I thought it was spam… I mean the email is addressed to Account UNKNOWN.
Apparently Blizzard heard our complaints about RealID and have a thread addressing many of the issues.
Who said canceling our accounts would account for nothing… I got a sparkly email!
Still not perfect in my opinion, but heading in the right direction.
So the Mage forums are trotting along nicely some nice discussion going on, from
- Q: What do you call a warlock… to
- Power Auras Configuration – Fire Spec to
- The Must Have List of Mage Specific Mods to
- Fizzlewitz’s UI to
- Yes, I’m Frost & I raid That Way. On Purpose. and
- Who do I FM? or
- Build 12694 Changes or
- Mage Leveling in Cataclysm and
- Ask A Beta Player (both Gaz and Krizz are in the Beta, as well as a few others)
There is a pile of stuff there and it really is a friendly community, sure some items are discussed from opposite ends of the spectrum, but there has been no hate.
So if you are a nub Mage like myself, or a shirt ripper like Jong, there is a place for you to read, write and share ideas (especially on the appropriate use for a Warlock).
It’s not just the usual names from the Blogsphere either (not that there is anything wrong with that), but also the average Mage on the street through to illustrious names such as Lhivera – yes, THE Lhivera!
Saresa the Nutta
You all know of my love for Warlocks (especially when plated up nicely with seasonal vegetables), and Saresa is probably the one closest to my heart (Yes Fuu & Fulg, you are up there as well!).
My recent love comes from her blog and graphic wizardry related to her headers.. her blog is always fresh, even if she isn’t posting, because you get a new blog header each refresh. I spent a good part of last night boosting her stats by refreshing her blog to get just one more header. I was rewarded with a couple of “Mage-oriented” headers.
Yes, yes.. I know… “Small things amuse small minds”, but hey, I’ve got a small body… you know what they say
It’s not the size, it’s what you do with it!
It appears Saresa has done something good with hers.
Cynwise and Battleground Scoreboards
Cynwise has done it again.
In this case distilling BBB’s and my thoughts so well, then going that extra step and improving on it.
While neither BBB nor I can take credit for the inspiration, as Cynwise had it all along, I will take the credit (and BBB can too) for helping to coalesce the thoughts into the final product.
At the beach buying Icecreams
My personal household god has told me he wants Icecreams at the beach.
Well, it’s a bit cold in Melbourne this time of year for either icecream or the beach, so we are hopping on a plane and flying a silly distance up the coast to Queensland for a little break (and yes, Icecream on the beach). Meanwhile “Uncle” TreeHuggerDave is driving a stupid distance down the coast to meet up with us.
Which has really got nothing to do with anything beyond the fact that for once, I have an excuse not to post for a week.
Hopefully when I get back there will be a month worth of reading over at the Mana Obscura Mage forums.
Until then, may your beer and icecream (Mmmm Beer Spider!) be cold, and your beaches be warm!
The letter from Blizzard.
As threatened earlier, here is the letter in full, just in case you didn’t receive it.
We noticed that you recently cancelled your World of Warcraft® subscription for account UNKNOWN. The comments you left with your cancellation mentioned the new policies we had announced for our official forums, so we wanted to make sure you were aware that we have changed some of our plans with regard to the forums and our in-game Real ID system as well.
One of Blizzard Entertainment’s core values is that Every Voice Matters, and feedback from players like you is what helps drive our direction and decisions. After considering your feedback and that of other members of our community, and weighing it against our goals for improving the forums, we ultimately decided not to move forward with the plan to require real names to be displayed when posting on the forums. Blizzard Entertainment CEO and Cofounder Mike Morhaime made the official announcement of this decision here: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?
In addition to changing those plans, we have also listened to player feedback regarding the Real ID Friends-of-Friends feature. We understand that not everyone is comfortable being displayed on friends-of-friends lists in this fashion, so we are developing an option to allow players to opt out of this feature. The full announcement and FAQ can be found here: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?
We hope that this will allay some of the concerns that led to your departure from World of Warcraft. Your characters are waiting for you, and you can renew your subscription at any time through Account Management at this link: http://us.battle.net/account.
If you have further questions or concerns, we’d love to hear from you. Simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll have a representative respond within 10 days.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity to talk—and best wishes to you!
Customer Care & Loyalty Team
Gnomer and Out!
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