Downed by Server Boss!

Tuesday is the first night of the raid week for us. This is always an issue on patch nights because the patching process inevitably grinds to a halt. So it was the first night of Ulduar, so it was last night. Our server didn’t even come up until 9:30 local time, a full half hour before we usually call it for a night. A huge debacle ultimately.

So, what did we do to pass the time? At first we congregated on the guild forums and Vent, complaining about downtime and the like while eagerly anticipating a start to the night. As time bore on though it became more apparent that Blizzard was taking their time. At around 8 server time, the first batch of servers started to come up, so to pass the time I rolled a DK on Chromaggus on a whim.

Eventually I got sick of all the nude alt parades and yell spams, and hunkered down to just focus on figuring out Real ID. My position on the feature has generally always been one of exuberant willingness to adopt. I have no illusions of privacy on this, the Interwebs, and recognize that anyone reading this blog could probably easily find my real name and address if they wanted to. So, it honestly doesn’t bother me that the people I play WoW with know my real name. Likewise, it doesn’t bother me that their friends could look up my name via that.

That said, I recognize there are legitimate concerns with the system. If someone’s be e-stalked they rightfully could have objections to their real name being out there. I’m not going to throw stones having never been in such a situation.

Nonetheless, that’s my two cents on Real ID. Oh, and some kind of Invisible status would be nice for those that like to hide once in a while. And I’m sure Blizzard will in due course add such a thing, I sincerely doubt this is the final iteration of Real ID that we will ever see.

Anyway, I digress. After some time a group of us decided to roll some lvl 1 alts on Aegwynn and form a guild to use as a refuge when Lightninghoof was down. Apparently all we needed was 10 silver to make a guild charter, so a mob of us scoured the Durotar country side, jumping harpies like a flood of feral carnivore squirrels, and ripping whatever currency we could from their hides.

Despite my hopes of getting at least 90 minutes to clear up to Saurfang, eventually the crisis (so to speak) dragged on until 9 server time, and with no Lightninghoof in sight we just called it for the night.

Did anyone get to raid last night? Also, did you all take Real ID for a spin, what’d you think of it?

9 Comments to “Downed by Server Boss!”

  1. Entropia 23 June 2010 at 11:07 am #

    My guild doesn’t raid Tuesday nights, thank god.

    Also- I’m in your screenshot ;D

  2. UFTimmy 23 June 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Very easy to find your name and address. Would it be inappropriate for me to post a picture of your house? :P

    • Rhidach
      23 June 2010 at 11:29 am #

      Heh, I’d prefer you didn’t. Curse you Whois and Google Street View!

  3. Vidyala 23 June 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Tuesday’s not one of our scheduled raid nights because of maintenace/patch day madness. I’m sorry yours got shot down last night, that sucks. Level 1 alt shenanigans sounds like fun though. :)
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  4. Joe Ego 23 June 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Tried to play with RealID after raid, after 1am PDT, and apparently it is disabled by default for any account that has had Parental Controls activated. I had experimented with the Controls months ago and have no restrictions in place, but I had to go enable RealID and the change did not take effect for at least the next 15 mins before I logged off.

  5. Paiyn 24 June 2010 at 6:48 am #

    OMG, you were on my server for a little while! ^^
    Come back now!

  6. Meloree 24 June 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    I hate when people roll alts on the servers that happen to be up. Seriously, is the mentality that “If I can’t raid, let’s make sure no one else can either”?

    Our server, miraculously, was one of the first round up, and it spent a good couple of hours with queues due to the level 1 alt parade.

    • Rhidach
      24 June 2010 at 4:05 pm #

      No, the mentality more was “watching a list of servers on raid night is immensely boring. Let’s actually play the game we’re currently staring at.” I doubt anyone’s intention is to inconvenience the original server inhabitants. Certainly wasn’t ours.

    • Rilgon Arcsinh
      24 June 2010 at 6:11 pm #

      Yeah, Cenarion Circle had 1200-person queues on Tuesday, the first time in ages.
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