Questing for Torture

The Warcrack quests seem to come in four flavors.

1. The basic “go deliver this and/or talk to this other NPC”. Many times the target NPC is just across the room or a few blocks away. WTF, the quest NPC can’t leave his post in the leatherworking shop to talk to the dude just outside the shop? Once I had a quest to ask a dwarf NPC in a farflung inn if he was familiar with some guy nicknamed “Slick” or something. He told me that he didn’t know anyone by that name but that other dude across the inn was a little TOO interested in our conversation, if ye know what I mean, Foton. *nudge nudge* The eavesdropper was named something like Bill “Slick” Smith. Gee, could this be the guy?

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The Noobs Are Breeding

If you played Warcrack before Christmas and now after, you know already that fresh busloads of noobs have arrived … which you also know is annoying as fuck with a whole new batch of idiots asking in the public channel where the Jasperlode mines are.

Oh, I don’t know, maybe it’s IN YOUR FUCKING QUEST LOG?!?!?!

Jeezus, after the 46th time that question’s been asked, my patience wears thin. I’ve had to create an alt character to grind another crafting skill (Foton’s toon has needs, man!), so I’ve been hanging in the noob zone again. *shudder*

I’ve also helped out a few noobs — I have a heart, just not a very generous one — whacking their moles so they can finish quests, etc. Without exception, they go running into a swarm of mobs and expect to survive. You know, instead of pulling systematically, carefully, methodically, they just dive right in and expect me to save their sorry pixelated asses.

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There Is No Honor Among Thieves

I get a great deal of amusement out of shit like this: Noob asks for a rogue to unlock his locked box, however, instead of putting the box in the “Not to be traded” section of the trade window, he puts the box in the full trade area and ZIP! sends it to the rogue.

Rogue unlocks the box to find a rare item with a nice sales price inside. (Let me point out to WoW noobs, this hardly ever ever ever ever ever happens … as you’d probably expect if you’ve played any MMOG before.)

Hey, let’s hear it from the accused rogue himself, Unitcry of the Sargeras server (which is his alt, I believe):

To what i think is a pretty sorry suspension, i got suspsended for steeling lockboxes 🙂 anyways some guy was spamming general to open a lock box, he opens up trade i look down at the Do not trade slot, and dont see anything, then i see it in Trade slot… Then my Grinch starts to come im thinking “Hey i could just take these since this guy is so ignorant to do this”, then i think nah ima tell him to put in do not trade slot, But im to greedy and i hit trade and i open them, find a blue item worth 3 gold and /ignore… now i dont understand why i was suspended for this considering it was THERE fault for puting it in the trade slot, either way i got a good item, and some gold and now i can stop grinding and watch Irobot 🙂

(Obviously, not edited for errors or clarity) The discussion was continued here with many others discussing the merits of Blizzard’s smoting of the rogue account.

I wish I could say this type of thievery was rare, but you can read for yourself. Many, many players think there’s nothing wrong with stealing from stupid (or naive) people.

Now that is alarming.

I’m as annoyed by the stupid as the next guy. I just don’t see this as a moral dilemma. Dilemma, by definition, indicates there could be an alternate choice. Like stealing. It’s an option, apparently.

Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Why is that so hard for some people to understand?