But He’s Been Here Forever

In my guild, we have a long-time mem­ber, I’ll call him Mark. He’s a good and friend­ly per­son, but he’s def­i­nite­ly not offi­cer mate­r­i­al. Pas­sive-aggres­sive, flaky, self-cen­tered. Mark’s been pin­ing for offi­cer­ship for years.

I haven’t been in offi­cer­ship for a while (because I’ve been raid­ing more dia­pers than instances), but I was sur­prised to learn of Mark’s recent pro­mo­tion to offi­cer.

An offi­cer friend chat­ted me up:

“Hey, how you doing?”

“Good. So what hap­pened with Mark?”


“What do you mean?”

“I could­n’t help but notice that he’s an offi­cer now.”


“So, what hap­pened?”


“Well, he’s been here for­ev­er…”

Oh… crap. Con­tin­ue read­ing But He’s Been Here For­ev­er

Bad Character Names

You’ve got a new char­ac­ter for a big mas­sive­ly mul­ti­play­er game, so you need a name. How do you come up with a good name? Good ques­tion! I might write about that anoth­er time.

This is a list of what peo­ple do wrong. It was writ­ten with both a gen­ero-fan­ta­sy set­ting and a stan­dard Eng­lish key­board in mind.

(High­er on list is less bad, low­er on list is less good.)

  • Gener­ic names: Drag­on. Angel. Val­or.
  • “For­eign” Lan­guage words: Grande. Iki­masho. (For­eign to you is not for­eign to all–you’d laugh at a char­ac­ter whose name was “Big” or “Let’s go!”)
  • Jammed words: Drag­o­nan­gel. Burn­ing­cat.
  • Meta: An undead named Rot­ting. A tau­ren named Beef­cake.
  • Out of game con­text (OOC): Chuck. Space­ship.
  • Uno­rig­i­nal: Lego­las. Driz­zt.
  • Jammed and meta: Deathknight.
  • Jammed and OOC: Chuc­knor­ris. Brucewil­lis. Cap­tain­plan­et.
  • Jammed and meta and OOC: Undead­fred.
  • Jammed and talk­ing to the read­er: Ucantseeme. Pwny­ou. Imdeath. (Per­son­al­ly, I always choose the most obtuse nick­name pos­si­ble for these kind of names: “See you lat­er, Imd.” “My nick­name is sup­posed to be Death <cry>”)
  • Uno­rig­i­nal and late: Lle­go­lass. Dri­i­i­i­i­i­iz­zt.
  • Uno­rig­i­nal and late and jammed: Elfle­go­las. Deathknightt.
  • Pre­scrip­tion drug name: Prope­cia. Celexa. (Although giv­en enough time, phar­ma could elim­i­nate the gen­ero-fan­ta­sy name­space)
  • Swapped char­ac­ters: Dragòn. (pre­vi­ous­ly dis­cussed: Text-based game, yet I can­not type your name.)
  • Uno­rig­i­nal and swapped: Lêgolâs.
  • Uno­rig­i­nal and swapped and late: Elflê­golâs.
  • Polit­i­cal state­ments of any kind: Noba­ma. Mclame. (Your polit­i­cal views are unin­ter­est­ing in a game con­text.)
  • Jammed and talk­ing to read­er and swapped: Üçântsêêmê.

The order of these gets hairy in the mid­dle and is to taste, although I feel pret­ty sol­id about the top and bot­tom.

Thanks to the read­ers who helped with ideas.

Did I for­get any­thing? Is there a name worse than Üçântsêêmê?

WQ: Grizzly Hills Stink

I recent­ly wrote some gush­ing praise on Wrath quest­ing–about how Bliz­zard final­ly has it fig­ured out, how it’s great fun, blah blah blah. All that was before my wife and I moved into the Griz­zly Hills.

Now, I’m eat­ing my words.

What a mas­sive come­down this zone is after Drag­onblight!

Let’s run down real­ly quick­ly the change in tone and con­tent from the pre­vi­ous zone to this one:


  • ride siege machines
  • res­cue vil­lagers from an undead-rid­den city on a snow gryphon
  • fight drag­ons from drag­onback
  • sub­vert the lieu­tenants of Naxxra­mas
  • pal around with the leader of the Emer­ald Dream
  • invade a horde city along­side your fac­tion lead­ers

Griz­zly Hills

  • grind elk meats with a hor­ri­ble drop rate
  • grind bear flanks with a hor­ri­ble drop rate
  • grind wolves
  • grind troll mojo with a hor­ri­ble drop rate, do it five times in a row, with only the loca­tion of the troll camp chang­ing each time
  • grind some herbs because some ran­dom npc stubbed his foot and needs foot balm
  • grind the same wolves again for some­one else
  • trav­el all over the zone by horse­back because there are only two flight points (poor­ly locat­ed)
  • dou­ble back con­stant­ly because dif­fer­ent quest hubs tar­get the same areas

Basi­cal­ly, every­thing I said in my pre­vi­ous post on quest qual­i­ty was undone in this zone.

Admit­ted­ly, I’m not inter­est­ed at all in the pvp quests, so maybe I’m miss­ing the point. Are those quests any good? More impor­tant­ly, are they so good that they redeem the rest of the zone?

I’m so glad to be mov­ing on to Zul’­Drak. I’m going to skip the Griz­zly Hills entire­ly on my alts.