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From January 26 to March 12.

You[edit source]

Don't need to do this. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:25, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

When was it ever a question of "need"? I'm giving the people what they want. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:29, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
You know very well that people don't want you to quit the wiki. You've seen that enough times to know it already. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:30, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
I'm not quitting the wiki. I simply will not be helping administrating/"leading" it any longer. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:32, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Uguu~ Felix Omni Signature.png 03:36, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
I don't want to be a dick or anything Entropy, but how many times have you already quit the wiki (or "will not be helping it any longer") and came back? 04:35, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
About 5. Why do you ask? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:40, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Random thought: More people ought to take a leaf out of Shadowphoenix's book. You people put up with way too much abuse and shenanigans. I'm not even nice to you. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 09:03, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Lolwut, who cares about nice. Keep this wiki alive. Although, I should cross over to GWW, just to be rid of this drama. /dramascream: STOP THE DRAMA, DO more work Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 10:46, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
I don't "keep this wiki alive". You people do. Even if I was to leave for permanently, things would go on here. I am not central to the everyday runnings of the wiki in any way.
Also, a word of warning: GWW has drama of some sort nearly every single week, if you look hard enough. If you don't like it here, I can assure you the move won't be pleasant, unless you choose to ignore the goings-on. >.> Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:10, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
We'd clone you, or replace you with an AI. Whichever is cheaper. --OrgXSignature.jpg 02:59, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

reinstating the block[edit source]

From your userpage notice: "I am perplexed by the fact that none of the other administrators chose to reinstate the block". From my talk, quoting myself: I couldn't tell that he would stop by himself, but you know him better, so I believe you in that respect, and the evidence is in your favor. The procedure you quoted is revert, discuss, decide. Discussion wasn't closed (still needs to be), consensus wasn't reached, hence no reblock. --◄mendel► 10:06, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Entropy, I consider 1RV to cover blockings etc too. Thus to reinstate the block without finish reasoning things out would've been against my own principles. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:25, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
You mad? Consensus was already reached. Not a single person(?) agrees with my revert of the block, and so it ought not stand. I don't see what else there is to discuss, as discussion is the precursor to consensus, not the other way round. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:10, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
What would reinstating the block now accomplish? Felix Omni Signature.png 20:13, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Nothing, just as the original block accomplished/would have accomplished nothing. In both cases, the meaning is purely symbolic, and that's never a good thing. Bans aren't to be used for soapboxing. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:20, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
But by saying "X seldom posts, so it's pointless to ban X because it would be merely symbolic," you are essentially giving X free reign, which is also never a good thing. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:23, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Blocks are meant to be preventative, not punitive, not as messages, not symbolic. That is my personal opinion; I consider it to be the best usage of the tool. Others can of course disagree, and it is not a hard-and-fast rule because discretion ownzzz.
If X seldom posts but only posts trash, then yes, you have a case for a preventative block there (and a long one). I can't really explain this without writing a big WoT, which I'm not in the mood for. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:27, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
(EC) I think Entropy is right on the "symbolic" part; banning Auron probably wouldn't change his personality, and due to his limited activity, it also probably wouldn't affect him much. However, on the same hand, that argument could be used in the reverse; leaving him unbanned wouldn't accomplish anything either.
At this point, I think it's perhaps a bit late to decide if Auron needs banning, since all this drama has causing a lot of the previous points to either get buried or invalidated (just my opinion). But I also think that should Auron, or anyone else at all, break a policy in this way, they should be punished based on the crime, not based on who they are or whither or not it would "accomplish" anything. I'll read all the comments that EC'd me. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 20:30, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Me no mad, I just didn't felt there's been enough input/discussion to call things "reached consensus" yet. And by now it'd be moot to reban Auron anyways as I would've consider the "bantime" to be expired (ie, if I had banned Auron originally, it would've expired by now). -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 20:35, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
It's a figure of speech; but you won't be getting any input from me (the sole opposition) because I choose to yield without argument. Bureaucrats have the power and discretion to completely ignore the community if they so choose, but it's clear that the people want the administration's decisions to follow "majority consensus" these days, because they no longer agree to the part of the social contract which says "when a sysop/bcrat is promoted, you forfeit your right to decide what is best for the community to them". Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:46, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Contracting Socially[edit source]

For me personally, I never felt such social contract existed. Gravewit had the power by the merit of him having control of the server and everything, and that power has transferred into Wikia's TOS. I do not consider any of the other Bcrats to ever had such "social contract" with GuildWiki users. Bcrats were originally only meant as people who can promote sysops when Gravewit can't be reached, and you are IMHO the first Bcrat with whom some users have this social contract. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 21:31, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
I definitely never agreed to it. Felix Omni Signature.png 21:34, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
We've gone over this at great length in "discussions" such as unholy festering wikidrama. Bcrats/sysops are promoted because they are trusted to act in the better interest of the community, even if that flies in the face of majority opinion/consensus. This is essentially the same as saying that the users forfeit their rights to decide for themselves. Of course, a reasonable administrator should always take heed of the community, otherwise they risk dethronement very quickly. Anyway this is getting off-topic. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:11, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Meh, that particular page is a weak support because that was after you became Bcrat, so even if you really want to enforce it, that page only supported to my and Auron's and maybe mendel's cases. My writings in that very same link and its talk page more or less consistently reflects my minimalistic view on the Bcrat's role, with no implication of any acceptance of the social contract (though no out right rejection either, as that wasn't exactly a focus of attention for me at that time).
There is also a great difference between a democratic "majority" versus the process of reaching consensus. For example, the builds wipe was opposed by the "majority" if you look at it democratically, but it actually had "consensus". The wiki isn't about the raw number of people with each opinion, but rather is weighted by the actual discussion arguments supporting/opposing the positions. Three hundred uninformed people stating what they prefer in unison is less weighty then the agreement of forty two people who originally disagreed but after exchanging rational arguments coming to a mutual understanding. Of course, ideally we would want to get those three hundred people involved in the discussion to begin with... -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 01:55, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Government class tells me that majority politics is baed. Common sense tells me that power is made to be (ab)used. Combined, I conjecture that you did the right thing.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 03:45, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Picking up some left-over bits from prematurely archived stuff[edit source]

Felix originally wrote "The problem there is that all admins are either heavily biased in favor of Auron, or against him. The only exceptions are PanSola and RandomTime, and they pretty much don't care."

In response to Felix, I actually do care, to an extent that still hopefully keeps me more or less objective. And I felt Auron DID cross the line especially in his response to Mendel, and while Mendel wasn't exactly being friendly when warning about the NPA, Auron's response was, IMHO, unjustifiably hostile given the amount of "provocation". I don't think mendel should've been the one banning Auron, but I would've consider banning Auron for how he responded to mendel. Turning the focus back on Mendel, I disapprove of how he handled the situation (under the impression that Mendel blocked Auron out of the manner of Auron's response to Mendel's warning), especially since it exhibited certain attributes of Auron that I tried to encourage Auron to change while he had his adminship. I wouldn't considered this specific incident worthy of demoting Mendel, otherwise I would have been among the first people screaming for Auron's demotion months before Auron actually ceased to be an admin. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:25, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your imput, Pan. Theoretically speaking, what would your justification for the ban be (what would you have written in the summary)? My entire reasoning behind the revert was that I felt it was based upon a faulty NPA premise. If Mendel had instead banned with "don't be a dick" (which I do not disagree with), I would not have reverted. But this point was lost in the ensuing chaos.
There was more than just this specific incidence which led to my demotion action. Mendel's term has been under close scrutiny from me since day one; it has always been hanging by a thread. I have been waiting and watching for the proverbial "fuck-up" so I could find a reason to demote. (I even explained this to Mendel the day I promoted him; you can find it in his talk archive somewhere.) There have been more than one case before where I have been disappointed with Mendel, but I had let them slide because I still at that point believed that "he was doing more good than bad". I expressed this frustration when I raged over Wintersday time, if you recall.
I asked Auron what he thought about the demotion, whether I may have been o'erhasty in it. Here was his response:
"I wasn't expecting it. I'm ignorant of your reasoning - I haven't talked to you for quite some time, so I'm not privy to any potential drama leading up to the current situation. Knowing the history is often important in cases like this. Mostly because of my ignorance, I don't have an answer for you.
"It will look like a knee-jerk reaction to some. No matter how slow you move and how many chances you give (especially if you give them in private), someone will always assume that the straw that broke the camel's back was the only straw on his back. But maybe they're right? I dunno the whole story here."
I believe this is a large reason behind the current outcry - very few people I've ever truly talked to/explained this "history"; only those people could fully understand and grasp why I did what I did. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:10, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
A "fuck you" response on another user trying to keep things civil is ban-worthy, even if that other user was being slightly confrontational (and thus provocative). I'd probably have used "Temporary castration" as the ban reason, punning on Auron being a dick and the specific words "fuck you" that he used.
Generally speaking, things tend to go a lot smoother if you take great pains to carefully explain actions especially related to unbans, demotions, and other "reversal" actions. Otherwise you would often be responsible for the great lack of understanding of those who didn't have your perspective, and who probably have opposite inclinations from yours. It's all about drama reduction. It wasn't like mendel was in the middle of a rampage to disappoint you, there is time to explain right before/after you take action. (-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 20:29, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Hah. I would not disagree with that block, and in fact I would find it quite amusing.
Generally speaking, I think that personal issues ought to be worked out off the wiki, because it creates an unnecessary amount of drama and/or you will have various interlopers coming in to add their (unwanted) opinions to your discussion. Public wiki is public, after all. I also felt that if people did not see cause to complain at the time that I brought the issue to the front (by posting it on Mendel's talk when he was promoted) then there was no reason to write a big WoT to take great pains to carefully explain my action (promotion).
I felt that I had explained the reversal of the ban fairly sufficiently enough, and I've reiterated it a few times now in different places; the demotion, perhaps, could have used a WoT explanation...but frankly I did not expect such an uproar.
Also, like some of us, I have a real life to work on too...but I felt that immediate action was necessary, instead of waiting for a time when RL gave me more time to explain. That may have been an error on my part, but it was one of those time-sensitive situations, in my I would be damned if I did, damned if I didn't. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:46, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

To Entropy[edit source]

There is going to be another section entitled To Everybody on my own talk page.

Why'd you do it? After I posted the apology, you could just have said, "fine, I was angry too, let's forget about it, here's your sysop rights back". You didn't. I think you might've thought about why you got so angry. I think if you had expected less of me you wouldn't have been. "Reads all the policies, considers what he writes, ..." - whatever. Something about me must've been causing these expectations. You've been looking for a bureaucrat for more than 8 months now - out of the neigh on 11 months you've been bureaucrat yourself. So you decide to give me a chance, much like Pan, Auron and Jedi.

Why'd you do it like this? You've always felt drama is bad for the wiki, and you've been causing it yourself; in this case, by overreacting to what you perceived as a threat from me. You don't forgive yourself as easily as others do (well, except maybe Shadowphoenix...). Sometimes you've had the impression that your bcratship hasn't moved the wiki forward in any way; when you asked "why am I popular", nothing much you would yourself be proud of came to the surface. You've been a bureaucrat because the community supported you, and over this decision you might have felt it supported me instead.

But, drama or not, you've always been an outstanding bureaucrat! This may seem exaggerated compared to the other bureaucrats this wiki has had, but I've seen other wikis, and take it from me, you are. Your reasoning (in this case, explaining the revert; recently, in meeting O'BloodyHell) is exemplary, and so is your open-eared attitude towards the community in general. Nobody is perfect, and neither are you, but you're a good sight closer to that goal than most.

Your self-chosen status is now that of "bureaucrat emeritus", a sort of "elder wiki stateman", whom I hope we can depend on for good advice from time to time; not having you doing sysop duties would be a loss, and I still entertain the hope that you're too addicted to those to let them rest.

But you can't get away with just not showing up for work; you deserve a sending off where everybody who knows you praises the memorable moments of your career as sysop and bureaucrat! Let me start this off by quoting you with the one sentence from my sysop promotion announcement that touched me the most:

If we are going to crash, then I want to go out in style, doing things my way and following my heart.
Entropy, 3 Nov 08

Everybody else, please join in! --◄mendel► 18:47, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Goodbye, Entropy. Good Luck. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 18:50, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Really touching Text… GL and all-- F4Sig.jpg † The Falling One© 19:07, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
It's not a goodbye! Entropy is not leaving! She's just not active as a sysop and Bcrat any longer. --◄mendel► 19:20, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Than it's Good I didn't say goodbye. But still GL with all things -- F4Sig.jpg † The Falling One© 19:25, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Mendel, you post here out of frustration/impatience at getting a response from me, and thus your statements, while true in spirit, are factually unsound; they are opinions formed from incomplete information. As such, I would like to ask "everyone" to refrain from posting here until I have had a chance to clarify things.

I would like to point out, though, that the so-called "bureaucrat election" has been over and done with; I have not been "looking for a bureauceat". In addendum, some of you may remember be posting sporadically about a "new bureaucrat" coming at the turn of the new year, but no such thing materialized. Let me explain this in brief: There never was going to be a "new bureaucrat", at least not in the sense that I would be promoting some new user. Rather, this was going to be a "New Year's Resolution" to "get back to business" and stop all the silly MyGuildWikiSpace'ing which I was primarily responsible for encouraging. In time-honored Soviet fashion, the "new bureaucrat" was going to But a new me; or rather, going back to the Entropy who was a hard worker, had focus and drive on improving the wiki constantly, and took her job seriously. Not the sort of half-serious, half-comical "tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood" whom you're used to these days, always joking about "you peons" and bragging about her power as supreme ruler of the wiki. That is all. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:10, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

I'm a nonconformist![edit source]

And don't read or care about wikidramaz anymore. I also don't repeat things other people say. And now for something completely different.

There was an old farmer who lived on a rock
He sat in the meadow just shaking his
Fist at some boys who where down by the crick
Their feet in the water, their hands on their
Marbles and playthings and at half past four
Their came a young lady she looked like a
Pretty young creature, she sat on the grass
She pulled up her dress and she showed them her
Ruffles and laces and white fluffy duck
She said she was learning a new way to
Bring up her children so they would not spit
While the boys in the barnyard were shoveling
Refuse and litter from yesterday's hunt
While the girl in the meadow was rubbing her
Eyes at the fellow down by the dock
He looked like a man with a sizable
Home in the country with a big fence out front
If he asked her politely she'd show him her
Little pet dog who was subject to fits
And maybe she'd let him grab hold of her
Small tender hands with a movement so quick
And then she'd bend over and suck on his
Candy, so tasty, made of butterscotch
And then he'd spread whip cream all over her
Cookies that she had left out on her shelf
If you think this is dirty you can go fuck yourself!

--Łô√ë Colors!îğá†ħŕášħ 22:49, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

I love you, Giga <3 Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:06, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
That is possibly the most amazing thing I have ever read. You have won infinite esteem as well as no fewer than one internet(s).Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 03:40, 27 January 2009 (UTC) old as internets -Auron 07:14, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Can't get it to work. Seems to be blocked by something.
Even if it is old, it is exactly the sort of nonsensical drive-by posting which I appreciate to lighten things up at times like this. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:19, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
The Prize Committee has reviewed you submission and, due to the lack of originality, has reduced the above stated prize. You new prize is the finite, albeit incalculable, amount of a few dozen less than a googolplex esteems. Additionally, your prize of the Internet has been downgraded to version 0.0.12. We appreciate your flexibility in this unexpected change of plans.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 04:26, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Hate of Cantha[edit source]

page breaker, page breaker, break me a page. Thoughtful-new-sig.jpg 04:50, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

everyone hates Cantha. during the weekend I wiped on the last group in a vq of Maishang Hills. -_- Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 04:51, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
It's supposed to break the page and/or make you exercise those scroll fingers. It's a clever parody of how broken Factions is. And I don't just mean the quests...!
I was in Tahnnakai Temple and came sooo close to wiping over and over. Protips: Factions Monk/Ritualist henchmen suck at healing. (Except the ones that have Life Sheath; those are acceptable if you're careful, you just get them so late though...) More protips: All frontliner Factions henchmen are paper tigers, except for Eli/Lucas who can actually tank like they ought to. I am starting to Feel the pain of people who have commented on it before me: Jesus Beam spam from Afflicted Monks sucks ass. They really ought to consider fixing the "no-scatter" bug. The counter-argument is that one ought to simply flag H/H away; however, you can't flag individual henchmen (e.g. your tank), and in Factions most encounters are "mobbing" anyway where everything is chaos, so no matter what you flag they are still in danger. Best to leave some semblance of a team formation...
Enraged Smash also sucks. H/H AI says to kite from melee, even if they aren't doing much damage, and that just makes Enraged lol because of the KD. It also makes the Afflicted Warrior bosses actually dangerous, as they deal WTF damage + knockdown in one hit. >.>
Overall, Cantha is manageable if you just take overwhelming firepower and wipe things before they wipe you. But the fact that you are always gimped by poor henchmen just makes it unnecessarily painful, in my mind. I don't like having to take Tahlkora and Dunkoro just because they can't be arsed to change Monk's elites to WoH, or include a prot monk before reaching Lux/Kurz territory. (Aegis rules, kthx.) My last hero slot is usually Necromancer with
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Enfeebling Blood

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Shadow of Fear

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Weaken Armor

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Jagged Bones

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Death Nova

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Animate Bone Minions

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Signet of Lost Souls

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Foul Feast

Craploads of utility there; helps lessen the pain of all weapons-based mobs, increases everyone's damage output a bit+cover conditions, summons minions for bodyblocking (one nice thing of Cantha is that there is *never* a lack of bodies), has unlimited e-management, and takes care of conditions so that Tahlkora can take a more suitable PvE elite than RC. The only thing it lacks is, of course, damage. Since I'm playing on a Heats nuker, I can generate plenty of domages on my own, but usually I like to have two Heats + the Necro, so it is considerably less "firepower" than I am used to. :\
I suppose I could consider using the Monk/Ritualist heroes for healing and use my heroes exclusively for offense, but that has never worked for me in the past, because they are just such failures at healing and energy management too.
Finally, I do have one good thing to say about Cantha - all of the missions are straightforward and very simple. You run in and kill shit as fast as you can, and make sure your mission critical NPCs don't bite the dust. So for fast and brainless playthrough, it is the best campaign. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:15, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
It's actually not particularly hard to make a solid, highly dependable hero/henchman team for those missions you mentioned, Entropy. The right build for a Monk can outheal even the dreaded Jesus Beam.
...however, Togo and Mhenlo both suck ass. Seeing as a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, and seeing as, due to their "if I die, you all die" status,both Mhenlo and Togo become (unwanted) links in your team's chain... --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 05:31, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Mhenlo has WoH, Togo has VwK and Recuperation... I find them to be useful when they are completely out of the line of fire, since then they are free healing. :) (but it REALLY sucks when you are trying to pull mobs as the only human player, so they follow you, and of course try to tank...huoh)
I know that I fail at making good builds (well, the one above I personally like), but I've yet to find anything which works well for Factions. Usually I am taking...
  1. Headmaster Vhang, because Energy Boon doesn't cripple him anymore
  2. Panaku/Emi/Nika, because it's good to have at least one tankish person
  3. Kai Ying, even if he's not as good as Herta
  4. Lo Sha, for Hex Eater Signet, and because there aren't any other viable hench
Once I get to Echovald Forest/Jade Sea, there are much better hench there, and so those missions I don't find as difficult by's just the stuff around Kaineng which frustrates me.
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Vigorous Spirit

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Dwayna's Kiss

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Word of Healing

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Healing Touch

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Signet of Rejuvenation

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Signet of Devotion

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Power Drain

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Leech Signet



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Aura of Faith

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Reversal of Fortune



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Protective Spirit

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Signet of Devotion

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Power Drain

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Leech Signet

Those are my current choices for Monk bars. Necromancer has Foul Feast and Lo Sha has Hex Eater Signet, which is more or less sufficient; Aura of Faith is rather meh but I don't know what would be better. This is sufficient throughout all of Nightfall and Prophecies, and EotN too. But when I get mobbed in Factions, things go down the drain regardless. (Maybe I could use Channeling.) I do what I can to pull, but especially for mission like Tahnnakai Temple, it's a rush for Master's and I really just need more damage output. It's not like I haven't gotten Masters there before; it has just been a frustrating/harrowing experience each time. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:45, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
It's called Sabway. Works everywhere. (if there are corpses) Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 08:08, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
I'm perfectly aware of Sabway. I just don't like running it because it's gimmicky/imba/unfair/cliche/overused/whatever. (And it doesn't work "everywhere".) Balanced is much more fun and challenging. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:11, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
If you dont want to use it because its gimmicky/imba/unfair/cliche/overused/whatever, why are you complaining then? It's your fault then that cantha is so hard. I finished Cantha long before sabway was invented (i dindt have heros back then, so it was even worse. Only henc, ow the horror!), so I do know what you're going through, but i can't understand why you aren't using one of the best builds in the game. I do find it courageus. And everything takes ages that way. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 08:23, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Here's something you may want to think about: I play the game for fun. FotM builds are no fun. Sabway is no fun. Pimpslap is no fun. Endurance Axe/Scythe is no fun. Seering Flooms is no fun. Lichway is no fun. Escape Scythe is no fun. AD INFINITUM. I feel slimy and scrubby after using such builds. It gives me no sense of accomplishment. Yes, I am self-imposing restrictions on myself because ANet won't fix their damn game, let alone make PvE balanced, ever. This is the same reason why I do not ever use cons, PvE-only skills, or any other BULLSHIT like that. The only time I use such things is for lolbuilds or when I don't give a fuck about the outcome of the battle (e.g. if I am out to cap an elite skill, I just want to get it over with ASAP). (note: Signet of Illusions is the sole exception, because that makes PvE skills and almost anything else highly enjoyable.)
Another thing for you to consider: I've finished Prophecies and Cantha before, I've done THK bonus with all hench, before Heroes, before AI updates, before H/H controls, before they fucking NERFED THE MURSAAT MONK BOSSES BECAUSE PEOPLE QQ'D THEY WERE TOO FUCKING HARD. So I *know* how things used to be; I've even written massive WoT's about it in the past, if you care to find them.
Cantha *IS* harder than it used to be, thanks to the buggy power creep update in December and others. I'm not the only one complaining about Jesus Beam. Anyone who has encountered it again in PvE, no matter what H/H setup they are using, has commented how it is wtf bugged and this causes undue hardship. There is absolutely no reason why the H/H shouldn't consider it an AoE and scatter like they usually do. Tanking 250-400 damage is just a fucking stupid thing to do, and it was totally preventable if ANet actually tested things like this before putting them into the game. (Remember Recurring Insecurity? Loltesting.) Sure, you can bring a better Monk to heal through it; sure, you can try to flag your H/H. But that doesn't make it any less broken.
Random other things which have made Cantha harder: Lightning Orb causing Cracked Armor; Flashing Blades buff; Enraged Smash becoming wtf ridiculous; Jagged Strike duration increase; Wild Strike unblockable; Boon Signet update (because, you know, monsters have wtf ridiculous energy); ......... I could add more later on. Compare this to Prophecies: Nothing has ever been made significantly harder there, with two notable exceptions: Aura of Faith (and that is pretty debatable, actually, whether it is not better or worse for PvE monsters), and Thunderclap (it's not an AoE so hench don't scatter = entire backline dazed = sucks). Remember the WoH update? Remember how many people QQ'd and whined about how this made Forgotten Sages too hard to kill? Well, ANet caved and so they removed them from the relevant missions. Good game, ANet, Prophecies is by far the hardest campaign...! Finally, Nightfall/EotN are irrelevant because the henchmen there are actually competent and useful most of the time, so it doesn't make much difference to me how much they fiddle with those difficulties. >.> (admittedly, Prophecies hench may be crappy, but they are good enough for the campaign in easymode and hardmode; and that is because Prophecies is largely easysauce.)
So in conclusion, I try to maximize my fun from the game, and that is even more important than winning, often. (Major exception to this is AB, but that's a whole other matter. AB is basically farming.) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:56, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Addendum: I apologize if you take this as raging at you; I'm mad at ANet/the game, not you personally. Also, I have plans to write a "FactionsSucksSoMuch" article for GWW; I think I will share it here, as well. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 09:17, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Imho, Lichway in PvE (well, not exactly as it is in PvP) is a boatload of fun. The best time I ever had in UW was probably with Jio and Blaze, running around with 7 Necros mainly spamming either BiP or animate Bone Fiend and salvaging a pair of Chaos Gloves. It was simply amazing :P We didn't take AoTL though, because it was pre-buff, but it's basically the same; except ranged.
I myself use PvE skills because I can. Those 2 examples also are more for lols than big domage (although Skippy is amazingly strong; KD and >100 damage, ootles). Sure, Sniper Support can dish out 780 piercing damage. Note that it's reduced by >50% because it's forking HM... Using PvE skills doesn't necessarily make the game less fun, imho. But, to each his own.
Godway/Rayway/RoJway is another gimmicky build, but quite lolworthy (imo, that is). Seeing most anything get fried because God said so with flashy blue beams of doom from the skies is almost priceless (will cost ya either a SoC or a Mo elite tome :P). I still await the day it's nerfed, though.
On a topic way up; Signet of Devotion is very blah. 2 sec casting for a blargh heal. I myself take Waste Not, Want Not over Leech Signet, and Life Sheath over AoF (because I find AoF to be amazing crap). And I'm no fan of any form of touch skills bar Vamp Touches / Starburst on my heroes. They tend to be dumb >>" (and it's mediocre). And even further up: Meekness > Shadow of Fear. It's a necro; you have plenty energy, and saccing is no biggie if you disable it and press a button at the start of a battle. Massacre range makes sure almost anything is caught in it. Shadow of Fear is good, nontheless, because you can let him cast more often. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 12:44, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

(Reset indent) No wonder you lost. Your monk has Guardian. 14:12, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Patient spirit spam on monks, signet of devotion is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad for pve. Lord of all tyria 21:18, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Guardian owns. Heroes suck at using Patient Spirit because they'll overheal with it (e.g. they will cast it and then cast WoH or something, because the target is still in the "danger zone", nevermind that they will get a wtf heal in few seconds), and so it just wastes energy. I like Signet of Devotion, but I've never tested if hero builds work better with or without it; if I am monking, I will take it along at any rate. Meekness is largely unnecessary; I don't care about the sac etc., but I've never met a situation where it makes a significant improvement over Shadow of Fear. (Also: I can't be arsed to micro anything on Heroes except bonds, and I only use those in like two missions.) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:39, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
I did't take it personnaly, but heck, I like it the easy way. Why write a big paper, if the internet can get you the same sh*t in 5 min? (not a really good comparison, but hell, w/e). So PvE stuff finds its way unto my bar, and Sabway into my hero's. I don't care I want a "easy fun time". Also, below here, carebear, to use one of Auron's favorite posts. Again, LoLwUt. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 15:08, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
What? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:41, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
Forgive me my mad ravings. What I meant, was that you shouln't take things too seriously. I see that with ppl around my in RL. Life is one big F*cking joke, and I really like laughing. Shake your head in to get rid of al the evil stuff, laugh at and with the world, and but a Big, broad smile on your face. The smile part doesn't really work for me, bu thats just my face that's not really coorperating. ;-). Al in all, have fun. Don't let the big bad things spoil everyting. There will always be a new day, a new start. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 09:48, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
Cantha in Luxon/Kurzick territory is a piece of cake. I've solo vanq'd all those areas with no problem. The tough areas are in Kaineng, with all those insane healer/prot monks all over the place and usually paired up so you can't knock out even one at a time unless you roll right on EVSS and get the head shot. Add to that one or two obnoxious fire damage/chan rit types or a single boss of either of those and you're looking at multiple party wipes. Those are the areas that can't readily be done with H/H becuase your enemy has insane computer organization ("Everybody shoot at him![instant death]... Now Him!![instant death]... now...") while your H/H don't allow you to even call formations ("Spread out!" or "Close ranks!"), and half the time ignore your targetting commands in favor of the first aggro-range target that suits their fancy. The only areas of Cantha I haven't vanqued so far are in KC. Even Elona's Desolation is more readily vanquished than that area. The Desolation is just a grind. KC is a major pain in the tukus. --OBloodyHell 13:13, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
I haven't even done vanquishing yet, but I can think of "a few" mobs off the top of my head which are already troublesome enough in normal mode...because they are ridiculously large, dangerously close to other groups/patrols, or include wtf overpowered bosses like Chung, the Attuned or Orosen, Tranquil Acolyte who can very easily one-shot a person/the whole party. Things definitely get easier once you reach Lux/Kurz lands because the hench are just way, way better. Seaguard Eli/Lukas/Nika for frontliners, Seaguard Gita/Redemptor Karl as fairly effective prots, Erys Vasburg/Daeman for interrupts, and Kai Ying/Headmaster Vhang to round off the group. The hench selection in Kaineng areas is just'll never get more than two of such allies for any one place.
By the way, I've only done Cantha twice; the first time, was on my Ranger, and that was before Heroes and PvE skills existed. So that was pretty challenging. Going through it again on one of my Elementalists...well, I didn't have Savannah Heat back then, and Heroes make missions like The Eternal Grove bearable. Master's was still hectic though; I ran around a lot and was dangerously close to failure during the Afflicted waves because defenses at one gate or the other nearly crumpled, and Afflicted were coming into the Grove. Also, Shiro is a bitch with just henchmen, and a crappy Celestial Skill (Ranger). :\ Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:53, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Irony[edit source]

no comment. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 06:25, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

No comment is still a comment, but I love you anyway, Pan. <3 Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:27, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
-User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 06:43, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 06:58, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
-User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:52, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Demotion[edit source]

This is a very difficult thing for me to post. I've kept myself out of the discussions of these issues primarily because they didn't concern me and I didn't want to get involved, but now I feel very strongly that I have to say something.

Your actions over the past couple months have been far from exemplary, especially where mendel is concerned. First you promote him to sysop "because you can", and later explain that you also did for personal reasons, in order to spit in Auron's face. Three days ago, you demote him because you disagree with a block he placed simply so you don't have to deal with any similar disputes in the future. (Never mind that he offered to resign for the same reason, you didn't have to take him up on the offer.) Less than two days later, you completely reverse your position and promote him to bureaucrat, saying, "have fun". You followed that up by posting on your userpage, "You people [...] Are no longer worth my time. Good fucking game, Mendel. You can have this sorry wiki." Subsequent clarifications aside (since they could be construed as backpedaling), the general implication that most users took from those statements was that you were leaving this wiki for good.

At least twice in the past, you have sworn off your administrative powers (either in part - only the bcrat powers - or in whole), and yet you continue to break that conviction and use them whenever you see fit, only to reinvoke the foreswearing as soon as you're finished. I hate to resort to cliches, but haven't you cried wolf enough?

You also say that you hate wiki-drama, yet it seems that you have been one of the primary instigators of such in the past few weeks.

There's more that I could bring up to support my case, but I don't feel that to be necessary at this point, and I don't want to come out looking like a muckraker.

It seems that the only way to hold you to your commitment is to completely remove the temptation to use those powers by demoting you from the position of bureaucrat. I know your thoughts about blocks not being used punitively, so I'll make this clear now - I do not see this as a punitive measure. I propose it only in the hopes of preventing more self-inflicted mental/emotional trauma for yourself, and of preventing any more wiki-drama caused by any future bureaucratic actions you might take.

Therefore, I move that User:Entropy be removed from the bureaucrats user group. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 07:31, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Doctor...Yours is an opinion which I value and respect. As such, you have convinced me that it is necessary to write a massive and all-encompassing explanation dealing with a variety of issues, because there is far too much confusion and misunderstanding going around. Mendel has hinted that this is partially my own fault, and I will admit that - I have clearly not been transparant enough.
Give me one week, at least, to justify myself before taking any action with regards to user rights. (I am very busy in "real life".) Seeing as I have absolutely nothing to exercise my bureaucratic powers on now or in the short-term forseeable future (barring a need to use revisiondelete), I hope that is a compromise you can agree with. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:35, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
agreed with op, entropy is just trolling hardcore. sort of like me. -Auron 10:18, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
I had a long and poignant response to post. But IE killed it. Now, in all seriousness, I have been convinced to get FireFox. Thank you, Doctor. XC Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 10:40, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

(edit conflict) To clarify this for innocent bystanders onlookers, there will not be an automatic demotion on this wiki. That is not to say that all hell won't break loose when the week has passed, but for me to not oppose your demotion today I either want to have a serious resignation offer from you in my email that is at least a week old, or overwhelming consensus from all editors. I'm not sure what to make of your reference to revisiondelete, but I ask you to not use it on any of your own (or related) contributions.
Dr ishmael, to my knowledge your post contains factual errors. Entropy didn't really promote me "because I can", but the real reason doesn't fit an edit summary. It wasn't "in order to spit in Auron's face", but given that Auron privately opposed this very much, the promotion did in effect do that, and so the decision had to be a dual one. If you elope with your friend because your parents don't like him, you don't do it to spit in your parents face, although you do when you do. I was demoted because the misgivings that remained when Entropy promoted me had not been allayed over the past 3 months (though I wish those had been made clearer and addressed more directly; User talk:PanSola/Archive9#Resignation offer would have been such an opportunity), and the block just brought them to a point for Entropy. "Less than two days later" there had been a strong show of support for me and nearly none for Entropy (though there have been many neutral voices as well), and this prompted the final decision as a result.
If Entropy's upcoming explanation confirms my view of events, there has not been a serious abuse of Bureaucrat powers. What remains is your dissatisfaction with the wiki drama Entropy caused, but she caused this not mainly in her role as bureaucrat, but in her role in the community as a person whom many editors relate to. To put it another way, you don't have to have bureaucrat (or even sysop) powers to ragequit the wiki.
If Entropy has failed at anything, she's failed at being understood. On User:M.mendel/Admin advice#PanSola on irc, I advocated a "write first, ask questions later" discussion style as a means of preventing admins to grow to god-like proportions in the eyes of the community; and looking back on the past few days, everything seems to have worked according to theory. So what creates the wikidrama: the attempt at explanation that does not suffice, or the community who jump to conclusions? I've been at the center of wikidrama myself where I felt that no matter how I tried I could not make my position understood. We expect of bureaucrats that they can make their decisions transparent, and this is what Entropy has promised us now to attempt within seven days. To be honest, I'm looking forward to it. --◄mendel► 11:21, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

You're right. I have gone too far. My actions have caused much harm, some of it perhaps irreperable. While I may have done good work in the past, lately all I've done is fuck up over and over again. My actions have brought disgrace not only to myself, but to the people of GuildWiki, my friends, my fellow editors...and perhaps worst of all, to the administration of the wiki. I can only hope that my successors may redeem the respect and decorum which once graced the offices of sysop and bureaucrat.

My last and final excuse - that of being only 18 and under enormous pressure - is a hollow one at best. You have seen me at my best, and you have seen me at my worst. One may choose to judge a man based on any point in this spectrum, and it is true that we often let things slide because humans aren't perfect. But the true measure of a leader is how they act in the face of adversity, at the worst of times. You have seen how low I can go. I have seen to what depths I can sink. And I solemnly admit that they are unacceptable by our standards.

Do I feel remorse or regret?...No. As a friend of mine who found themselves in a much similar position explained, "I've done what I felt was for the best, with full understanding of the potential consequences, which I've knowingly and willfully brought upon myself. However, I believe that anyone who would have done other than what they viewed as best for the community should be standing here beside me, equally as guilty for detrimental abuse as I am guilty of positive neglect." I am not proud of everything I have done. But I will never look back upon my actions with shame. Every step of the way, I did what I thought was best, and that is the most anyone can ask for.

I freely and willingly step down from the bureaucracy, and if it so please you, I will also hand in my sysop badge. Perhaps someday, when I am more mature, I will be worthy of them once again. But until that day, my reign is over.

Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 11:30, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

yay -Auron 11:32, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
I would just like to say, that you have not gone too far. Let's just check the current state of the wiki. Regretably, I have to agree with Auron, that this wiki is too much talk, too much luvyduvy, but that's the way I like it. Sure, it was bent on being an adequate source of information, and you can't compare this Wiki to the official one. At first - before I joined this community - I thought that the existence of this website in whole was irrelevant. But then I started looking into the agendas/userpages of the administrative crew. i.e. Gravewit, Entropy, Dr. Ishmael, etc. First I looked at Gravewit who was indeed a hard worker, and a standard wikian just like on any other Wikia source; strict and to the opoint. Then I looked at everyone else.
And I said to myself... wow, this is an awesome community, I bet I can have a good time here. Bare note, I ignored the "standards" that Entropy said above, because it didn't seem like a problem.
And so I enjoyed life here. Most of all with you, Entropy, because even though you were a Bcrat, I sort of had the feeling you would never do bad, but things look bad for you now, I'm sorry. Whatr you did tzo Auron wasn't bad, either. Look, problems happen, arguments arise, but it's only because we make a big deal of it, and some people tend to stick to their own op. amidst the unruly administrators. I thought the crew here was always level-headed, I had no idea you could all make such a catastrophic, demoralizing and unneeded decision. If Entropy would have just said "It's OK, mendel", she wouldn't have ended up in such a state of despair. I myself am on her side now.
Girl, you can tell me you're temperamental, or you make brash decisions sometimes, or your life is hard (everybody's is, heck I'm in hopstital but I don't give up hope even though I ggot serious problems) but I don't care. In my eyes, you'll forever be there as an example and an idol. Because hard work brings its earnings, and it was Bcrats like you that made this wiki excel from the sloppy trash of the rest of Wikia. (no offense to the company, but you(I) can(could) barely find such a solid community on other wikia sources) I'll be daft. You shouldn't have given up. I had faith in your ever since I saw your userpage and your bond with people like mendel. Don't feel bad.--Alc ^^ 12:18, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
This is the internet. Thus anyone (especially of the female gender) claiming to be exactly 18 is by definition (of the internet) not of legal age yet. Just like anyone claiming to be exactly 13 is by definition of the internet not really 13 but has to lie to Wikia in order to create an account (not to say all of them will choose to lie to be exactly 13; many will indeed choose to lie to be older). -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:47, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
Well Pan, if you dug through my talk archives through the years, you could see various references to my age, from ~16...17...18, so even if I was lying at least I have kept it consistent. :D Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:40, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
It may not be a good idea to lie yourself older than you are because you may lose some protection the laws afford you if you make others believe you are of legal age. Best to refuse to say your age, many adults don't want to say it either rather than lie about it. --◄mendel► 23:27, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, well, I'm just pointing out the liars here. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 23:44, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
I may or may not be lying. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:05, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Just for reference, while Administrators are appointed for life, and there are no obligations for admins to exercise their power (they can choose to not use their powers at all), there have been precedents in the wiki where certain former admins felt the actual removal of the flags will physically help them take a step back away from the administrative matters and re-enjoy the wiki again, or to be more productive on the content side of the wiki without being bogged down into administrative tasks. I believe some former admins have indeed voluntarily resigned for it. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 17:47, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

I seem to recall similarly, although at the moment my memory is failing me. For my particular case, though, I believe that I have done enough to merit demotion regardless of if I want it or not. But, rather than facing the justice of the people, I am choosing to voluntarily resign so as to minimize the amount of drama etc. Perhaps I should adopt the nickname "Nixon". Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:40, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
In anycase, if you wish to step down, you gotta take it up with Wikia. Fellow Bcrats can't really do anything with your letter of resignation except forward it to Kyle. Might as well do it yourself. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 00:17, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
I will do that; however, the decision if I should keep my sysop badge remains solely for you bureaucrats fat middle-aged men sitting in front of their desk dealing with boring paperwork all the time. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:22, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
Right. *Puts the "Entropy Sysop Case" on the center left pile of paper*. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 00:26, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
BTW, Ishi's motion only dealt with the Bcrat flag. So unless you voluntarily wish to step down as Sysop also, nobody else is (at least within this thread) calling for your sysop flag to be removed. *Recycles the "Entropy Sysop Case" paper*. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 01:12, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Bump[edit source]

It's been more than 7 days. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 22:11, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

I've not had a "serious resignation offer from you in my email", so I still tend to think of the public resignation as grandstanding. Entropy's inactive as a bureaucrat right now in name and in practice, so I see no cause for action. --◄mendel► 22:41, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
Uh? I was under the impression that things were going to be taken care of without me having to do anything further. I'm also offended that you wouldn't take my words seriously when they are at their most true they've been for...ever, almost... though of course I don't blame you. If you want me to redeclare my resignation, consider this to be it. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:11, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Make sure you poke Kyle again then. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 00:20, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
"since this doesn't seem to be anything in a rush, I'll take care if it in a few days"... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 01:55, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
"It looks like there are still some open questions raised here and elsewhere" and "once things are a little bit more clear". Considering nothing essentially has been said on the topic ever since, where Kyle stands now is the same as where he stood on Jan 29 -- waiting for somebody to tell him the issue is conclusively closed. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 02:04, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Part of the problem was that originally you mentioned "consensus", and even after you crossed that out, I believe the original wording caused Kyle to want to wait to make everyone is in agreement of you stepping down or something. And since only a tiny handful of people had been actually vocal on this topic in either direction, the issue hasn't really moved at all. You might need to more proactively make clear that it has nothing to do with consensus (instead of simply crossing your previous wording out). -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 02:09, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
You have a good point. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:08, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Style and formatting guide for Dungeons[edit source]

May I respectfully pull you away from "The Big Matters Of Bureaucrats & Administrators" and ask you a question regarding your latest remark about style and formatting guide for dungeons ? Like, why do you think there should be one or what do you think should be improved in the dungeon articles ? -- Merty sign.gif-- ( talk ) 13:54, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Well I am not saying that we need one, per se. I was just curious why there are no official formatting guidelines for dungeons. If you look at the various dungeon articles and their related quests, sometimes we have a walkthrough on one, or the other, or both, or neither (those ones need help!); and while they are all generally formatted the same, there are some inconsistencies which could go either way, as there is no guide to say what is preferred. I could show some examples if you want. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:40, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

i love you[edit source]

so much sometimes. -Auron 13:58, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

The sentiment never gets old, but the phrase does. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:40, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
Looking for a meaningful debate on how the phrase "I love you" has become so watered down as to be have lost almost all meaning? I'm up for that. RHSig.jpg talk 08:53, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

I can write for the tonight show![edit source]

This whole airplane ditching fiasco has actually inspired Samuel L. Jackson's next movie. Sharks on a plane.--Łô√ë Colors!îğá†ħŕášħ 23:11, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Hypothetical question: is a shark more dangerous in or out of the water? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:40, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
In between waters. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 01:13, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Pokemon Code Link[edit source]

They first tried to draw Jigglypuff but they kept falling asleep and waking up with wikicode on their faces. Thoughtful-new-sig.jpg 12:11, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

I see what you did there. Recurring joke got old quickly. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:41, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Spiteful Spirit[edit source]

Take it to the talkpage, pls. Rask already has. --◄mendel► 14:18, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

zzz policy Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:37, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
I'm just saying. Next wikidrama is scheduled for Wednesday, so you've been kinda early. --◄mendel► 22:15, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
We're friends, nothing will happen. Don't worry. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:29, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

Using 1..8 for title skills[edit source]

moved to Template talk:Progression10

AB bars[edit source]

Cripshot + barbed arrows -> Melshot + read the wind, imo. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 18:16, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Unblockable? --JonTheMon 18:18, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Cripshot costs more, cripples for a shorter duration, and does less damage. Read the wind adds damage and makes it more likely that you'll connect even at extreme range. And 'if target is moving' isn't a hard condition to fulfill in AB. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 20:15, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Oh, and melshot activates faster. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 20:16, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Recharge imo. Perma-crippling a 4-man team is more fun than sometimes crippling a single target.
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Natural Stride 20:18, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Pin Down + Mels to be brave. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 20:19, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Using Barbed Arrows and Poison Tip Signet is strong domages - 12 Expertise, 12 Marksmanship, 11 Wilderness Survival. If I take Burning Arrow and Apply Poison and shoot the Master of Domages once, the total damage is roughly equivalent to one Crippling Shot under Barbed + Tip (it's like 218 or 280 or something, can't remember exactly). Also, it helps to conserve energy; I know I have "enough" with Energy +5 inscription and/or Radiant Insignia, but I like to play it safe in case things get interrupted/blocked/lol e-denial in AB.
Using a Recurve Bow means that shots will rarely miss, even at range; the only time shots regularly miss is when the target is moving erratically (strafing) or suddenly moves when I make the shot. But, especially in AB, that's pretty rare. I also like Cripshot precisely because it's unblockable - any Monk worth their salt will have Disciplined Stance, or Guardian. WoWarding is also fairly common, plus Ranger block stances, Critical Defenses...etc. Melandru's Shot is a strong skill, but the recharge and blockability (and sometimes the condition, depending on who you're targetting) make me dislike it for general use. Also, I'm using a Crippling bow anyway, so the cripple length is fine for me. Also, Read the Wind < Apply/Barbed for adding damage. Also, activation time is largely irrelevant unless one is trying to "spike" or hit through Faintheartedness etc. >.>
Finally, Pin Down + Mels is rather excessive. I also had a thought to use Apply Poison and Hunter's Shot, which would be used immediately after cripshot/Pin Down. I'll try that sometime. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:17, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
By the way, why does that build have Bane Signet? And why Mending Touch over Antidote Signet? It's largely inferior these days. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:21, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Why not use pointless or inferior skills? Seriously, though, I'd guess Bane for the KD to make it more likely Melandru's conditional activates (when is a normal person neither moving nor attacking?) And Mending Touch because of not keeping up with the times.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 04:06, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Yeah I forgot that Mels also triggers on KD, but...20 second conditional low-damage KD is so not cool. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:16, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Mending Touch is still better than Antidote Signet. All good players know that. Felix Omni Signature.png 04:48, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Mtouch always removes 2, gives a small heal, and can rip dazed off the monk. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 04:54, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Mending Touch gives a small heal, and can be used on allies. However, those are pretty negligible, because if the cripshot/BA is doing their job they are usually running around causing chaos, not staying with the team. Or in other words, it is an uncommon situation. Antidote Signet removes blind and poison by default; versus Rangers, it will also take out their Apply-covered Cripple (does Bleeding cover Cripple for Mels? If not, then it still works on that too). (another reason I like to use Barbed Arrows) Antidote Signet recharges two seconds faster; Mending Touch activates 1/4 second faster, but I don't personally find that much advantage, because if they are going to interrupt your condition removal they will very likely get both anyway. (Pin Down -> dshot or w/e) The cases where Mending Touch is superior, would be versus Deep Wound + other condition (e.g. from devhammer or twisting fangs), but that's why you take Natural Stride anyway.
Mending Touch is good if you're a primary Monk, though, because of DF bonus and it gives a decent heal, and you can use it with Draw Conditions. Anyway I'm not saying it is completely inferior, just that I prefer to use Antidote Signet most times. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:02, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Among Today's News[edit source]

Guess the celebrity birthday. Rsz PLSig.jpg 22:03, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Is it really Rick Astley's birthday? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:14, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Aye. It is. Rsz PLSig.jpg 01:51, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
For unto us a child is born; unto us, a son is given. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:49, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Spoiler warning: Jesus dies on page 618. Also, it's AB weekend, where are you? :( Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:55, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Rehearsal from 7-now, and I'm going over to Emily's house in a few minutes. I'll be available for parts of tomorrow, however. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:57, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
And I'll be doing my homework. Oh well. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:59, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Not cool, Entropy. I haven't read the book yet. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 15:57, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Rosebud is a sled.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ 18:39, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
It's a cookbook! A cookbook! --OrgXSignature.jpg 19:29, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Rurik dies. Rsz PLSig.jpg 20:31, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Twice. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 22:21, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Actually, Easter spoiled that on for me, though I must say it makes less sense than the book version 'cause I don't see how the rabbits and the eggs come into it. Did Hollywood do Easter before they got into movies bigtime? --◄mendel► 22:39, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Heats Nuker[edit source]

So I hear you run 3 professions.. The Killer Bow 04:43, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

rofl d'oh Felix Omni Signature.png 04:52, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
wtf i thought arcane echo was there to echo dash?
either way run primal rage, its >>>> cripslash etc -Auron 07:26, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
I would if I had it capped...! (and if I didn't fail at using Frenzy) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:33, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
wanna go cap it? -Auron 07:34, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
that would involve playing Conga Wars pve, and I don't think either of us gets enjoyment from that...not to mention that my Warrior is Vizunah Square or somethin... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 07:40, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
go for Legendary Skill Hunter or something. You could get the money by selling z-keys. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 14:42, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
I'm too lazy to sell my zkeys. Legendary Skill Hunter would be pretty useless to me, because then I'd just have to spend the money anyway using tomes. And I think that's cheating. (would be useful for heroes, although they mostly have all the stuff they need now) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 14:51, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Or you could ignore tomes and, like, cap skills? I found it rather amusing from time to time, and it kept me busy. Also, getting 4 titles by capping one elite is cool. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 14:56, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Getting Legendary Skill Hunter means I'm capping all the elites on one character, who can't use 75% of them anyway. For the rest of my characters, unless I want to use tomes, I won't benefit *at all* from such an expenditure of time, and so it does absolutely nothing to resolve the problem. Capping skills on the characters that actually needs them is problematic because 1) all but three of my characters are still at Vizunah Square or ~Venta Cemetery; 2) PvE is boring, I'd rather AB or something; 3) it's a hassle to keep moving all my random shit around on my chars so I can play as them. (Money isn't actually an issue; it would make me go ~broke to do Legendary Skill Hunter, but I can afford it.)
Anyway, PvP character is serious business. I forgot that my Ranger has every Ranger and Warrior skill in the game, so Primal Rage was unlocked; PvP warrior and good to go. And man, Primal Rage fucking owns. Hard to imagine what it must've been like at 33%. o_O Although I have a bad habit of rushing into shrines under Primal and getting spiked...Prot Spirit would prevent this, but I'm usually like half a map away from the monk coz of the maintainable IMS. >.> Gotta work on that a bit. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 15:06, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
That is why I prefer return over disciplined/shield bash - it lets me piggyback on the warrior's ims so he doesn't get wtfpwned by shrines before I can catch up :P ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 17:15, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
None of my friends take prage when they go warrior, so I don't have to worry about that yet :p It's just more of me being unpredictable though, hehe Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 17:20, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Dejh is always either prage or dev hammer when we AB, and both of them involve speed boosts and him charging the ele shrine, so... ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 17:23, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Return is like Ebon Escape (With a hint of Orison); simply amazing. Also, ^. I havent met anyone without an IMS. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 17:30, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
In AB? then meet me. Most professions have, but definitely not all of them.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 17:32, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
It's not the IMS which is the problem, but the "take double damage" part. Ele shrine being the exception, those guys hit for ridiculous damage. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 17:33, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
-300 damage is never fun =(. Also, Entropy, stop trying to turn Brooklyn Rage into a catchphrase. It's never going to work. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 21:16, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
That doesn't matter to me, it was just the first thing that came to mind when I was using the skill, and it makes me laugh. So that's what I will list the skill template as. Primal Rage is like......Warriors running on full throttle, optimum specs (well, 33% is even better, but still), high-powered and dangerous pressure machines. I dunno. The phrase just fits perfectly. That reminds me to find a YouTube link so anyone who hasn't watched could know what I'm talking of. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 21:27, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
EGYPTIAN RAGE!The Killer Bow 22:36, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
Thanks <3 Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:38, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

VoSil[edit source]

No, it's not a typo on Fossil. Rending Touch is a spell you cast on foes woman. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 18:27, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

For 5...9 seconds, you cannot be the target of spells, and you cannot cast spells. Rending Touch is a spell. Unless you're trying to tell me there is an anomaly with Vow of Silence and touch spells, bugger off; and even if you were, do it yourself instead of bitching at me. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 18:45, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, that was my fault; never noticed R Touch is a spell. Idiot--->>>--- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 14:13, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
I second that motion. — Nova Neo-NovaSmall.jpg(contribs) 23:09, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

nVidia fail[edit source]

Owch. Care to elaborate? — Nova Neo-NovaSmall.jpg(contribs) 23:05, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

That happens after I play for some hours, I'd estimate like 10 or so. It doesn't matter if I am actually playing or just idling. Suddenly the graphics driver fails, and things go to hell like that. It doesn't just happen to Guild Wars, either, my whole computer looks like that soon. So I have to reboot or shut down. Sometimes if I am lucky, the driver will recover, and so I can keep playing a little longer; but usually it is safer to just reboot. Sometimes if I am un-lucky, it will just fail on the spot, and then I get a blue screen + physical memory dump + forced reboot + "Windows did not restart normally..."
I've heard all sorts of theories, such as that having Photoshop is eating up too much resources that GW needs, or that it's a heating/cooling problem, or that I need a exciser to fix it, etc etc. Updating the driver didn't fix anything either - actually, it made it worse, because then GW would crash in 10 minutes rather than 10 hours. So basically I'm screwed and I hate NVIDIA. I should just buy a new graphics card. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 23:40, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
It happened to me a few times last year, and then stopped forevermore. Felix Omni Signature.png 00:26, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
I talked to someone who works at NVIDIA the other day, and they said I was pretty much screwed, because I can't fix it myself. </3 Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 00:38, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
Felix: You will never reach forevermore. — Nova Neo-NovaSmall.jpg(contribs) 03:34, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
My video card just sometimes splits the screen in half when I full screen something. Its rather silly looking, but hell to play on.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ 03:38, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
Huh... How old is your card? It happened to my bro when he first built his machine, and again after he had to reinstall Windows. After that, it stopped when we did... something, I forgot what, but we did it and so far, so good. Personally, I would never go with anything other than nVidia. ATI is made of so much fail that it boggles the mind. RHSig.jpg talk 09:42, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
I'm running an Ati at the moment (and my prev pc had an Ati), never had any problems with it (bar the DoA card), even after abusing it by running Crysis dx10 and GW at the same time. Also, newest range cards by nVidia make me lol. You can buy two Ati 4850's (or 70), pay less money, and have a better card setup than the 260/280. Oh, and nVidias drain much more power :< Old technology is old. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 15:05, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
Woot! and I thought running Crysis alone was already computer suicide.Ereanorsign.jpgreanor 17:24, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Funny Scorpion Wire story[edit source]

I was playing AB as an assassin using a build of my own devising (which wasn't really that great... cookie cutters ftw) and had scorpion wire as a filler skill. So I'm going around attacking stuff when at some point in the game, I end up fighting an ele 1 on 1. I use scorpion wire at the start of the fight, but they didn't run away so it never triggered. They were, like every other ele in ab, fire. They had almost killed me; 1 more rodgort's would have finished me off. I start to run away, and they start to cast that rodgort's. I could see 3 other luxons running towards us, I took comfort in knowing that after I died, they would at least they would kill the ele. Except I forgot I had scorpion wire. As I reach the 100' mark, I teleport to the ele, knock them down, interrupt their rodgort's, and give the other luxons enough time to catch up and finish the ele off. I miraculously survived. --Macros 11:05, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Scorpion Wire is by far one of the most skills in Guild Wars. Some people make Assassins just so they can experience teleporting around for themselves; Scorpion Wire, Shadow Walk, Shadow Meld, and Aura of Displacement are the most fun for that. ^^ Someday I want to find an effective use for it, but for now it's just another lolskill that I can get away with because it's AB. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 17:35, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
so i herd Scorpion Wire is by far one of the most skills in Guild Wars Felix Omni Signature.png 20:39, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
One of the most skills, eh? (On a more serious note, it is a very amusing spell.) ShidoSig moebius2.gif 20:46, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
I have to agree that Scorpion Wire is by far one of the most skills in Guild Wars. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 21:31, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
Those are the best kind of skills. King NeoterikosKNsignature.jpg 21:39, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
Scorpion Wire.jpg Scorpion Wire is by far one of the most skills in Guild Wars.

Felix Omni Signature.png 09:25, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Yes, out of all the skills I've seen Scorpion Wire definitely posses the most skill like qualities.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ 19:34, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

I hate you all so much sometimes </3 Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:36, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Don't worry, we still love you. Generally. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 20:17, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
I'm taking that one, that's just too good to pass up. RHSig.jpg talk 21:39, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Random apology[edit source]

Hi. Don't ask me what's driving me to do this, I was just floating along the Wiki, on old pages mostly, as I often do. I would like to say sorry as it has occured to me that the comments you make which I find unacceptable / unprofessional / whatever, are quite often after a comment directed at (or at least mentioning / referring to) you which may well seem (be) an ignorant attack, or a similarly unplesant message.

I'm not trying to brag and make it sound like I'm someone who matters on the Wiki, I don't have a large amount of edits behind my name, I'm mainly a lurker, and being a lurker achieves little. I merely became unhappy with previous behaviour of mine, that is all. I do regret multiple messages of mine, and the formulation of others, although some of my views I maintain. I think I can suddenly understand you a little more, and understanding is always helpful, as ignorance never is.

Before I didn't understand you at all. I still think ideas such as leaving because I can as a reason is a bad idea. However, nobody can be expected and asked to take abuse from the community and remain coolheaded. It now seems to me often people have a go at you, only to use your response (made as a user) against you (trying to link it to being a Bcrat).

And, as I said I would like to say sorry, but didn't actually say it: I'm sorry. -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 22:50, 14 February 2009 (UTC) Feel free to tell me what I just posted was sh!t or whatever, that is of course your right. You don't have to suddenly forgive all or whatever, and really I don't think I expect you to, you've no reason to. I apologize for what I've said in the past, and regardless of if you care and of your response to this (if any), the apology stands.

Thank you. Your words mean a lot to me. I've not been very kind to you either so I wouldn't expect this. Saying any more would just make me seem soft-hearted or stupid, so I will just leave it at that. I hope you can understand. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:42, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
Thank you for the response. -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 21:54, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Cookie[edit source]

In an attempt to be "user friendly", Wikia places a cookie on your browser when you are logged in, so that if the next time you visit Wikia without being logged in, the cookie will tell Wikia to use the skin preferred by the most recent logged-in session. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa.png) 23:56, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

Team Quitter[edit source]

Reversal of Fortune.jpg

Reversal of Fortune

Peace and Harmony.jpg

Peace and Harmony

Shield of Absorption.jpg

Shield of Absorption

Spirit Bond.jpg

Spirit Bond



Power Drain.jpg

Power Drain

Aura of Stability.jpg

Aura of Stability



--◄mendel► 04:57, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Oi oi, I need some input on something...[edit source]

For anyone who might actually give a shit, I'm in need of some input on a good, preferably either freeware or easily creatively acquired, music generation/manipulation program. Something that can work with more classical sorts of music as opposed to techno is what I'm really looking for. RHSig.jpg talk 21:33, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Is this still public forums? ;-) Anyway, get anything that names itself "MIDI sequencer". MIDI is bascially a digital musical score, and any computer can play it; for best results play the midi through professional equipment and the same score that sounded articficial on your PC will sound almost great. Maybe you can find something on I also found a good page that lists a lot of packages available for Linux (it's in German, but most links are to English project sites); there may be windows versions. Rosegarden sounds like a good choice, but has no windows version. --◄mendel► 23:42, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
What kind of "professional equipment?" I don't have anything of the sort. RHSig.jpg talk 03:10, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
What you actually want is Audacity. Trust me. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:49, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Hey, I used Audacity for class. It's good stuff. Be sure to download the LAME encoder too, if you want to export MP3's. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 05:54, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
.ogg is good, too. Though I do intend to support multiple sound formats. RHSig.jpg talk 06:45, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
"Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds." Meaning it doesn't do music generation, which is what RH is looking for. What he needs is soemthing that preferably outputs musical scores and works with actual notes, and Audacity just won't. Anything that can do more with MIDI than just import and cut'n'paste does better. And don't worry about not having professional equipment, it'll sound fine on your PC; but the quality of that sound depends on the equipment playing it - as it would depend on the orchestra/musicians if this was the real world, because a MIDI file is really only a digital score, unlike an .mp3 or a CD. This gives you the flexibility to work with it as you would with a score.
Audacity can convert your MIDI file to .mp3, but it's not likely to be the only tool; basically you play it back on your machine and record the sound, and if you've understood what I'm written above you want to give your MIDI files to someone with good MIDI modules (hardware or software) when you're ready to publish the music if you want "professional" sound (unless free MIDI generation or current sound cards are better than I think, it's been a while since I toyed with them). Or print out the score and give it to an orchestra. ;-) But for private use this is not necessary at all, don't worry about it unless you are actually not satisfied with the sound. --◄mendel► 11:48, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Well just steal Finale then. e.e 14:32, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Might look into MIDI generation, though I'm rubbish with sheet music. Maybe my bro can help with that... RHSig.jpg talk 22:25, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Well, some programs let you use your keyboard to play music, or hook up a midi keyboard. PCs are better than sheet music because you can hear the notes. How were you thinking of getting the music into the machine, if not by soem sort of notation? --◄mendel► 03:27, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
I was thinking of an old MIDI program I used where you had to manually place each note. Though I guess I can look into those "keyboard-friendly" models they got nowadays. RHSig.jpg talk 03:29, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Anvil Studio. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 09:53, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
"Free version allows you to record and edit a single, stereo or mono, one minute audio track. Optional $19 Multi-Audio 1/8 accessory allows you to ..." -- so you're either basically working with a demo version, pay $99 for the works (or more by getting it piece by piece), or, erm, "creatively acquire" it.
But if you're going to "creatively acquire" software, you might just as well get cubase; and the same goes if you're prepared to pay. Cubase Essential 4 costs (German prices) 150€ retail and 75€ educational (if you're in school or a student, you can use that). Cubase is what the real pros use. --◄mendel► 16:25, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Creatively acquire finale, seriously. Felix Omni Signature.png 21:43, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Finale costs 50$ for the "songwriter" version. But the product range is focused more on creating scores than on creating music. --◄mendel► 21:52, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
It's what music majors use. :o Felix Omni Signature.png 21:54, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Also, as long as you're creatively acquiring, why not creatively acquire the $600 flagship product? It really is awesome. Felix Omni Signature.png 21:58, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

(Reset indent) RH writes: I'm rubbish with sheet music, and I'm sure that sets him apart from all music majors, and makes Finale a bad choice for him. --◄mendel► 22:04, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

There are like 30 different input methods, composing via sheet music is only one of them. Felix Omni Signature.png 22:10, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
Plus I just found the torrent for it, and it's got 150 seeds. :o Felix Omni Signature.png 22:11, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
I suppose I could just work with some of the existing music I have and use samples from them. I could be just like a rap artist!! RHSig.jpg talk 00:46, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
How will you get special guests to do compilation albums though?--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ 01:28, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
Cake. RHSig.jpg talk 03:06, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
Well, for that, audacity does work well... :-P --◄mendel► 03:15, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Random Stuff to Test[edit source]

If you would hop back online.. :) --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 12:03, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

My graphics card crashed and I got distracted by IRC chat about creatively acquiring music. So I'll reboot and be back in 15...30...60 minutes. >.< Also, I was busy trying to score 100 points in Amatz Basin with Wizardboy and we almost got it... maybe while you are waiting for me, you could get there and help him? Alternatively he also needs Aurios Mines. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 12:10, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
He's been doing Facet quests, and I ran myself to Amatz (confirming that I'm a bad runner). Now I'm trying to find Smuush Fatfist. Also, HBlades triggers on each hit of WWA, Charging Strike does not deal bonus damage with Barbarous Slice, thus Bleeding should be inflicted (NOT 100% sure, but asumption due to interaction with every other attack skill; will check in a minute). Decap still leaves you at 0 Energy I bet (needs confirming too; I'll get to it in a few) --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 12:22, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
Tested and confirmed: Bleeding is inflicted, and your Energy is still at 0 respectively. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 12:29, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
Protector's defence: If it acts the same as Ice Fort, then it would still be active after teleportation/shadowstep.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 13:08, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Hi[edit source]

How are you?--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 02:54, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

I'm fine, just got back from a trip down south, it was a fun holiday. How are you?Ereanorsign.jpgreanor 23:55, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
^jo dudes. I'm doing alright, although my online time may or may not be reduced to zero in the near future, pending real life changes. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 02:09, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
So Ereanor, where was your holiday? <[( 14:21, 3 March 2009 (UTC))]>
lolz 87 -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 16:48, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
South of Chile, exotic, ah?Ereanorsign.jpgreanor 17:05, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Ah that's too bad, Entropy. As you've probably noticed, my online time already HAS been reduced to near zero recently...--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 00:02, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Imba build[edit source]

Those Kurzie icons are just an oversight of course, mirite? <[( 14:23, 3 March 2009 (UTC))]>

The skill bar template is programmed to default to the Kurdick icons. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 15:27, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
So you're a Luxon? -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 16:44, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Yes. Mostly because I can actually see where the fuck I'm going when I am in the Jade Sea. Oh, and I can't help but think of Cartman whenever I meet Kurdicks... "Bunch of tree-hugging hippie crap!" I mean seriously, I just find their culture to be full of gayness. :\ Not to mention they all resemble Michael Jackson... I could go on. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 18:12, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
I'm sorry Entropy... I've very bad news for you.
(So am I)
And yes, Luxons > tree hugging goths -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 18:55, 3 March 2009 (UTC) I'm Scottish, so for strange reasons, the Luxon facepaint and whatnot appeal to me (If you don't get why, watching Braveheart would help to some extent)
Kurzicks are barbarians. They're all like "Let's change ourselves into mindless monsters to win fights." That's what villains do. Luxons, on the other hand, domesticate turtles and use them as beasts of burden- something civilizations must do to advance. 20:05, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
If you would have talked to a juggernaut in Echovald, you'd have known that they are far from mindless. (you bunch of turtle-huggers).--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 20:17, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Gyala Hatchery juggernaught behavior tells me otherwise, as does The Defenders of the Forest. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:19, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Do you not notice all the references to savagery around the Luxons? >.>
Also, using turtles as beasts of burden = fine, civilized. Strapping a cannon to their backs = not fine. --Shadowcrest 20:22, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Guardsman Oldrich seems like a perfectly sentient Juggy. And indeed, building cannons on Turtles seems a bit harsh (And how on earth can the turtles fire it themselves? O.o )--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 20:44, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Who cares? Luxons are pirates, and I'll be damned if I'm siding with a bunch of pirates! RHSig.jpg talk 21:12, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Excuse me for going against you. There is no comparison between the Luxons and the Corsairs, they are not pirates, they are nomads. The words are not one and the same. Also consider using the Factions manual to enlighten yourself. The warlike Kurzicks and the suspicious Luxons are described in the manual. And no waffling about Luxons writing the Factions manual please... -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 21:22, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Just because you're a little butthurt over us Luxons using your Kurdick hides for sails on our ships is no reason to call us barbarians.
No, wait, it is. And you know what? Damn, I'm proud to be a Luxon. I'd rather live life out on the Jade Sea instead of in Echovald "I can't see where I am going, Stone Spores rapes me constantly, and there are giant phallic mushrooms everywhere" forest. I don't want to spend life writing horrible ballads and hugging trees. The one thing Danika had right was her distaste for the slow, old Kurdick ways - "Our ancestors knew what it meant to act." No waiting for holy signs and portents for the gods, blah blah blah redemptors blah blah blah. Kurdick society is like typical bureaucratic/aristocratic society - decaying from the inside out, trapped up in tradition and convention. Finally, I'd much rather have awesome Siege Turtles Arclite Cannons on my side than slow, useless melee who give +1 energy regen to nearby allies (lol!), cause pathetic damage because of really slow attack speed, and oh by the way are horrible twisted mutants like Charr Effigies. If you try to make any claims about animal cruelty or some crap like that, I'd urge you to brush up on the lore some more... The Luxons and the turtles (plus also the crabs, I think) depend on one another for survival. They have a symbiotic relationship; the one could not exist without the other, ever since the Jade Wind. It has nothing to do with "domesticating". That is a term better reserved for dogs. Or fungal wallows. Speaking of animal cruelty, Vasili Lutgardis is a paragon of virtue. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 21:49, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

So... can I make a userbox about you being Luxon? =) -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 21:54, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

There used to be one about pirate girling and stuffy losers. Felix Omni Signature.png 22:01, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Did you make that? -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 22:03, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Nay, Entropy did. She used to have one of the longest userpages on the wiki, with like 600 userboxes. Felix Omni Signature.png 22:04, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
This is the one, I think. Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 22:06, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Anti Kurzick Icon.jpg This user thinks the Kurzicks are stuffy and prefers the life of a pirate girl.
I am surprised people remember that. o_O Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:08, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
(EC by me, Cress, Entropy, in that order...) orite, but what's with the sudden change of topic Felix? -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 22:10, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
See User:M.mendel/Users/Entropy for Entropy's old page (CC BY-NC-SA ftw). --◄mendel► 23:53, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
It's not a change of topic. You asked if you could make a userbox about Entropy being Luxon, I said there already was one. Felix Omni Signature.png 00:11, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
That was a response to your first comment. I talk about Luxons, you talk about pirates and losers? tut tut -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 14:08, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Entropy, why we (the Kurdicks as you call them) keep talking about Luxons (not Suxons or things alike), you just keep calling us Kurdics. But then again that is in line with the more savage nature of the Luxon nation, in comparison to the more civiliced nation of the Kurzicks. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 16:15, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Kuxons, Luxicks, both equally bad :) Kurz are too busy treehugging to think of lame names for Luxons; Luxons have too little hobbies, so they think of lame names for Kurzicks. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 17:07, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Wow, I was here when that userbox was still in display. I feel old.Ereanorsign.jpgreanor 17:11, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
If you wanna pull the moral high road crap, you've already lost it indefinitely for consigning an entire people's culture and way of life to "barbarism". That sort of display of utter contempt and superiority disgusts me. It reminds me of Nazi-ism. Or racism in America. Or any other situation where an entire group of people were discriminated against based not even on the color of the skin, but their language, their culture, the way they did things differently from the holier-than-thou aristocracy. It's disgusting.
Have I mentioned that you people are cowards? I remember the cutscene in Gyala Hatchery. You'd rather get killed by the Afflicted than fight by the side of barbarians. (Ironic, ain't it?) Only when you sobered up and realized you had no choice did you come to hide behind our lines. Actually, no, after that you ran ahead and got yourselves killed by the Afflicted anyway. Stupid noobs. In The Eternal Grove, we Luxons had the sense to realize we were trapped, and immediately agreed to join forces. What's more, unlike you Leeroy Kurdicks (note how I capitalize it; it's a name, so it's a proper noun), our Luxon Rangers stayed inside the gates of the Grove and actually helped to defend. We don't recklessly throw our lives away in the name of honor.
I could go on all day if you really want to keep debating. Bring it on. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 20:23, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
The best side is the one with me on it.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ 22:58, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Kurzicks are emo. Therefore, the other side wins by default. --Macros 03:59, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
I'm not sure emo quitting counts as winning for the other guy.Ereanorsign.jpgreanor 04:35, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Least our leader doesn't have a 12-pack-a-day voice. Personally, I don't give a shit what you ally yourself with (so long as you don't ally yourself with those damn furries), I'm just here to kill you, decapitate your lifeless corpse, and use your head to decorate my guild hall. I just chose Kurzicks because I like dark places, probably comes from playing Thief one time too many, and I don't like my leader to sound like they have some really severe form of lung cancer. I think Rhea has a teratoma in her throat. RHSig.jpg talk 09:30, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
At least our leader isn't a racist prick who condemns an entire race to die, thereby causing irreperable harm and even influencing Guild Wars 2 by introducing a new enemy. Didn't Togo and the Tengu Wars teach you anything, Mr. Heltzer? Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 09:37, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

I like Kurzicks because their color is blue, and I like blue. And EVERYONE knows red is the color of communism. On another note, I want to see a Juggernaut-Turtle tag team; something like a Catapult Turtle, perhaps? ShidoSig moebius2.gif 14:01, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Entropy I was being mildy sarcastic. My appologies if I offended you. Next time, I'll use /sarcasm. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 14:15, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Hey everyone, imagine Master Togo and Elder Rhea having sex. Felix Omni Signature.png 15:30, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
^that's just wrong xD. btw is there any indication of there being more luxon players then kurzick? or the other way round? Lยкץ๒๏ץ talk 15:38, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Necrophilia turns me on. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 16:53, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
I believe the Luxons are outnumbered. Either that or they don't like AB.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 15:56, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Only ANet could possibly give such figures, although I do recall someone saying at some point that there were more Kurdicks, can't remember where though. It is true that while playing AB on Lux side, there is hardly ever much waiting. But on the kurz side, waits are very common. Same for FA and JQ or so I've been told. Perhaps we enjoy vanquishing more. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 16:53, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
hmm makes sense. Anet loves the kurzicks more so there must be more kurzicks then luxons Lยкץ๒๏ץ talk 17:09, 5 March 2009 (UTC)


LoaT, familiarise yourself with stories such as LotR. The evil side with loads of noobs instead of a few soldie- players who know how to figh- play doesn't always end up winning you know... -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 17:24, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
I don't think you understood me. Read my opening comment on this discussion again. Lord of all tyria 17:27, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Me no find -->Suicidal Tendencie Suicidal Tendencie Sig.jpg 17:32, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
All the prO players are Kurzicks, yeah. But I can dream. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 17:49, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
Don't care, they all burn the same. RHSig.jpg talk 06:39, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

game updates[edit source]

"and nerfing Flail for them is rather pointless". Sins. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 12:37, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

It's pointless to nerf Flail for primary Warriors as it never lasts the full duration anyway (unless you're in PvE, and who cares then). They wanted to kill it for pew-pew rangers and also sins (although iirc they don't mention sins in the dev notes); if they had changed the lower progression to start from 0-1, that would have achieved the same effect without nerfing warriors. I'm not arguing based on effects - it's true that this won't affect Warriors in any way - but it's just the principle. It's sloppy fixing. A lot of these changes also don't affect PvE play hardly at all, so they should have been made PvP-split only. I know, that costs more resources blah blah blah, but really...two-second Rend / GoC in PvE? That's a joke. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:26, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Didn't read the Dev Notes (yet). If they barely impact PvE, why bother splitting? Besides, I never used Rend nor GoC in PvE, so big fucking care (rupt the crab out of anything you don't like whilst simultaneously ripping it apart) for me. Still sucks Tactics only becomes worse and worse because Warriors avoid it and Monks abuse it. Buffing Heal Sig whilst nerfing some of the best skills it offers in the same update won't save it, ever. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 13:32, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
No one uses Rend or GoC in PvE outside of like the Norn Fighting Tournament and other special places, that was my point. Why bother making something useless, even more useless? That's like making Windborne Speed (PvP skill if ever there was one) have a two-second casting time. If it won't affect PvE, I don't see that as a fair rationale for nerfing it unnecessarily, even if that is the easy/lazy way out. No one uses Fire Storm in PvP, either, but if they buff/nerfed it it would be for PvE only...meh.
Buff to Healsig and Ether Feast is unnecessary; Warriors still won't use Tactics for anything but gimmick builds (I like how every single viable build using Tactics skills gets nerfed), Ether Feast was already one of the strongest heals in the game tbh, ever since they buffed it previously. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:40, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Mesmer bosses with EF will be kinda annoying now if they're any form of sturdy. 4 rech nonruptable 9001 point heal ftl. I bet they could drain your Monks dry just by staying alive, slowly wanding your team to death; if they had the brains for it. --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 13:44, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
I've been fighting mobs in Factions that have ether feast or healsig, and while it's not that much different in easymode (Celestial Storm doesn't care if you heal for 9001) it'll probably be hell in HM. Might be time to consider taking Scourge Healing on jesusway. Also, Canthan Guards and other NPCs that have healsig as their only means of defense - well, they are suddenly a lot more durable. I was doing a primary quest when one of them got down to like half of his healthbar. He used healsig and went all the way to full. QQ Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:48, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Fuck yes! Rurik is sturdier! In theory. -40 AL still sucks :< --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 13:50, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Rurik has always been a pretty durable NPC, easymode or hard. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:52, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
He was the sole reason Ruins of Surmia HM was a bitch for me (well, until I tried it again during the Rayway era; it was rather easy that time). --- Ohaider! -- (contribs) (talk) 13:54, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Felix and I beat Ruins of Surmia HM without a monk. He's not the problem there. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 13:55, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
That was incredible. Felix Omni Signature.png 04:41, 7 March 2009 (UTC)