One set of Footsteps

Alrighty, here comes a ranty post. Though, I’m unsure if it will come across as condescending or uplifting, but I guess that it will be in the eye of the beholder.

May need to be carried.

May need to be carried.

I used the title of this post because it reminded me of the old Christian saying “When you saw only one set of footprints in the sand, that was when I was carrying you,” an obvious reference to Jesus helping us along the way in life, carrying us when we thought we couldn’t go any further, though it somewhat works here as well.

Anyway, it all started with a tweet from Orithea:

It’s funny how easy it is to drag along a subpar dps, but a horrible healer or tank sinks the ship.

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Too Casual or too Lazy?

I hope you all had a good weekend, and have taken care of your young wards during the beginning of Children’s Week. I have, well, except for the Northrend little fellas, since it’s still bugged last I figured. Anyway, that actually brings us to today’s topic. Holidays and casual players.

Shhh, don't tell matron.

Shhh, don't tell matron.

Now, first thing to come to mind is that Casuals love them some Holidays, and are usually the ones to take advantage of the quick quests, and gimmick items.

I for one, have a soft spot for pets and mounts myself. Usually I will take advantage of some of them, if i feel like it, though I have done the Hallow’s End, Brewfest and new Love is in the Air bosses a good many times. At one time, I actually thought about doing all the achievements for “What a Long Strange Trip” meta-achievement, but have really slacked on it, sometimes because I just don’t have time, others because, well, I’m lazy.

Children’s Week seems different though. It wasn’t until last year that I actually buckled down and did some of the quests (partly because I always wanted to get Willy, if not for the perverted comment aspect). Well, so far I’ve got 5 of the pets, 2 from Azeroth/Outland, and the little Oracle from Northrend. I have done a good many of the achievements but have yet to do the dreaded “School of Hard Knocks”. Currently, I do still have one chance to do it, I believe (as long as you can use the Northrend Orphans for the achivement), and have debated on whether to do it or not. It’s not that I don’t like to do PvP, in fact, just recently I spent an entire evening, hitting the Random Battleground button, and seeing what I got. The thing that I’m not sure of, is really messing up other folks’ experience in the Battleground.

Basically, it’s not often that a Paladin (Holy or Ret), will grab the flag and run with it. I have done it a few times before (even got 5 flag caps in EotS), but more often then not will stay back and defend a node, especially if everyone leaves a lonely Healer there to defend it. I would rather reach our objectives then grab a flag so that my orphan can see it. Secondly, it’ll take a good bit of time, because, for example, Warsong Gulch can only have so many flag captures, and if you want to actually get the achievement, then you need to provide one of those three captures.

I’m not sure how to categorize it. Am I being too casual, or maybe actually too hardcore, by wanting to complete objectives, rather than let fools run around in PvE gear trying to complete an achievement, only to disappear once they get it. Or am I just being lazy?

A Violet Protodrake, is a great reward to work towards, but it’s a lot of work, and a lot of time that I don’t have.

What do you think? Have you completed the achievement? Was it as aweful as has been commented already?

P.S. More informational post later, this was just a bit of a rant that I wanted to get off my chest.