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Mon, Mar. 6th, 2006, 10:50 am

Theres this jackass around our area who keeps leaving rubbish in our bin and this morning stuffed in a big enough bag that the lid wouldn't shut (and that kind of thing can result in your bin not being collected). Now in what was perhaps not the most civic minded move ever I just took it out and chucked it on the side of the road in the hopes that there'd be a bill or some other identifier in it that'd land them in trouble.
I would dearly like to catch this gimp. I was going to go with standing inside the door on a monday morning until I heard the bin being opened and then jump out at them. cartographer came up with the idea of setting up a webcam pointed at the bin (I'd employ an additional step of taking the resulting picture, enlarging it, printing it out and hanging it in the window with the caption "Stop putting your crap in our bins you cheapass" or similar).
Any other suggestions?

Saturday and World of Warcraft saw the grand opening of a new dungeon complete with a 10 hour long battle against the invading bugs from Starship Troopers. It was a bit of a loot extravaganza with the invading bugs dropping loads of treasure when killed. Unfortunately this brought out the greedy grasping bastard in everyone as they felt cheated by their utter inability to kill said invaders (best rant of the day goes to one moron who said that our group should leave the area and go somewhere else - where it would be impossible for us to kill the monsters - because he wanted to kill them for "Role playing reasons". Best *laugh* of the day was, after he kept this up for twenty minutes, watching him and his group get kicked around the place when they eventually had a go at the invading forces before they in turn went to a much lower level area to have a go).
The opening of the gates themselves was attended by several hundred players who, due to the odds of the server crashing thanks to the sheer number of people in one area, were asked to turn up, shut up and stand still. Needless to say, this didn't happen and folks happily yapped away, ran in circles and fought amongst themselves. This in turn prompted the biggest whinging, bitching and moaning session I've ever seen as the action on screen slowed to a crawl while the servers tried to cope with everything that was going on - honestly though, I think if everyone who complained had of left, the server would have performed perfectly.

After all that, a bunch of us went into the new dungeon to see what it was like. We got a fair distance in, worked well as a team but it was a pretty hard bit of game and while most people seemed to have fun, the "leader" seemed to get stroppier and stroppier before finally yelling at everyone because they were unable to deal with the entirely new tactics employed by the boss we were facing before he finally seemed to quit in a huff because of some confusion over treasure distribution.

When all is said and done, it was a pretty impressive (if not incredibly deep) event with big monsters and epic battles but despite the monty hall nature of the day, everyone seemed to be angry all the time. A bit mental.

Mon, Mar. 6th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)

To be fair to the leaders of the raid (Gromarg or Caddrel, not sure which one you mean) it had been a very VERY long tough day. Most people on the raid had attended the grand opening and assorted RP events, then spent a few hours preparing for a Molten Core run. Then we'd all just taken down Ragnaros for the first time so spirits were high. Then new content that nobody really knew how to deal with. In the end lots of good habits we'd picked up over months of work (not speaking in /ra , Loot master calls rolls etc) got thrown out the window. So people getting tired and narky after 14 hours solid play can be excused. I think it was more of a knowing when to stop rather than leaving in a strop.

Mon, Mar. 6th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)

It was Gromarg - Caddrel seemed to take the whole thing (repeated wipes, difficulty in pinning down the tactics) in good humour. If there are rules folks want to see observed, they need to be declared, not assumed that everyone knows them by osmosis - hell, *you* had to inform me of most of the customs of that particular group. I've been in loads of different ones, they all have different rights and wrongs regarding behaviour.

That said, it was a wee bit confusing, I thought I was rolling on an empty white container, someone else thought I was going for the idol (not my intention after winning a scarab) and I turned out to have won a sack of bloody scarabs. Think it turned out okay in the end though, most folks got one since the thing was stuffed.

I'm probably oversensitive but it annoys me no end when the leader sees fit to start swearing because things aren't going right - *everyone* gets frustrated by wipes but you don't see the healers complaining that the tanks move around, or the DPS teams complaining that the tank can't hold aggro or that the healers are concentrating on keeping the tanks alive so when they can keep their cool its very very disheartening to see someone criticising elements of the team.
That said, theres a threshold where it becomes funny - Redcomet is so astonishingly guilty of this that it ceases to sink in, I honestly think people on his team must screw up deliberately just to set him off :)

Very challenging instance though - the wider spaces seemed to mean that tactics had to be more flexible and people had to be more adaptable rather than the same thing over and over and over. I'd definitely be interested in doing it some more.