Laws of the Claws

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This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic comes from Mataoka of Sugar & Blood and runs from October 15-21.

The Rules of Me: What are your personal rules you wish others would know about you?

Hmm, this is an interesting one!

I’m torn between making a really long list of everything that people need to know about how I play and how I wish other people would play– but after thinking about it for a bit I realize I can boil everything down to three rules.

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1. Mind the Claws in Them There Paws!

I am a nice person, I’ll go out of my way to help folks out because it’s what I enjoy doing!

This does not mean I’m a mindless healbot, a free money ATM, or a pushover.

You can safely assume that if you need a helping paw I’ll be happy to jump on board– but ask, don’t tell. Nothing gets my ruff up faster than someone telling me that I’m going to help them or yelling at me for not helping them without being asked.

Rar, I say.

2. It’s Pretendy-Fun-Time Games Goldarnit

This is a game. Games are supposed to be fun. For many folks WoW is an enjoyable way to spend our free-time, not a competitive sport.

I understand that some people are very serious about raiding and endgame content and being the very best they can be– and I applaud them! But just because I can’t/won’t strive after those same goals with the same drive, I’m not a scrub or a failure.

I’m a decent player (and dual-boxer) and I work to improve my skills, but I take the slow road. As long as I’m doing a decent job for the content we’re in, don’t berate me for not being at the same level you are.

Share tips and tricks, let me know if there’s something I can be doing better– but don’t just call me names or the claws are coming out. Rrrr.

3. Faction-hate Belongs in RP Only

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I help people out, doesn’t matter what side of the red/blue divide they fall on.

If I run by you while questing and I see you’re a good chunk under 50% health, Sidekick Mode kicks in! (I blame City of Heroes for teaching me to be awesome. *solemn nod*)

You’ll get heals if I can, a helping claw, and an aggro-magnet (assuming you don’t need the rage). I buff and I enerverate, I stun and I CC– and if you die I’ll wait for you to run back and help you give it another go.

And if someone calls me names for helping out an ‘enemy’ when we’re not in PvP and we’re not RP’ing… well you just lost yourself one kickass sidekick(s).

Elsewhere on the Interwebs

Mataoka (aka Matty) of Sugar & Blood posted here and has a list of ten rules that range from awesome Monty Python as required reading to colonoscopies (srsly!) and boil down to ‘please have a sense of humor!’ I like these rules! 😉

Malkshake VG of Holy Nova posted here has seven rules most of which center around dungeon running conduct– I’m vaugely depressed that I can easily think of annonymous idiots I’ve run with that violate most of them. :p

Eva Marie of Image Heavy posted here has five rules and I have to say I’m really curious about the dodgeball! *makes note for comments later*

Akabeko of Red Cow Rise posted here has twelve-and-a-letter rules most of which deal with ‘don’t be a jerk’ and finished off with an awesome gif! (Sadly Gina will always be Zoe to me *huggles FIrefly*)

Devee of Kor’kron 501st posted here with four personal rules that echo the old clarion cry of ‘it’s just a game, we’re supposed to be having fun!’

Tyledres of Frost and Claws posted here with three rules that are all about communication.

Navimie of The Daily Frostwolf posted here has the three golden rules that most people included but also has five additional rules that involve rares and mongooses.

Chris of Confessions of a Grown-up Gamer posted here and has twenty-two rules that cling to a central theme of ‘seriously, don’t be a jerk’– and #5 needs to be put into practice stat! 😉

Harpy of Harpy’s Nest posted here has five rules about not giving up and treating other players with respect.


4 responses to “Laws of the Claws”

  1. .. understand that some people are very serious about raiding and endgame content and being the very best they can be– and I applaud them! But just because I can’t/won’t strive after those same goals with the same drive, I’m not a scrub or a failure….

    ^Truth. Period.

  2. .. understand that some people are very serious about raiding and endgame content and being the very best they can be– and I applaud them! But just because I can’t/won’t strive after those same goals with the same drive, I’m not a scrub or a failure….

    agree +1

  3. If only I could convince them of that! :p

    But dungeon runs/battlegrounds/holiday bosses aren’t really the place and time to give folks lectures on why I’m not in BiS enchants and gear. *sighs* Oh well, at least I only have to put up with it for a short time– and they only have to put up with me the same! 😉

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