11 May, 2006

Pally Rally Riot

Look guys, I'm all for calling on Blizzard when they deserve it. But doing the same stuff the Warriors did about a year ago is not the way to do it. It'll just piss them off. Bruiseweed is trying to organize a rally on Lightbringer this Saturday, but... I just can't support that. Sorry. It'll just cause problems for players who have nothing to do with this. We have our opinions but we shouldn't hurt others in the process.

A better idea would be to organize a rally that doesn't involve trying to bring down servers and diminish the gametime from other players. Look: if we want our opinions to get respected by organizing ourselves and staging protests, we have to do it in a legitimate way so that Blizzard takes it the right way.

For example a more effective way would be to pick a date and make it"the non-Pally day" where all Paladins are on strike (similar to what Mexican immigrants did earlier this month on May Day). If we can do it and organize it efficiently enough and carry it out properly, it could possibly get media coverage (and it's attention we want).

I've tried to take part in establishing a pro-Paladin network that will aid our cause by crafting this blog. Working for the cause is a lot harder than just trying to create a character and crash a server. It takes time, it takes work. If we get more dedicated people to continue to shape a network of ideas, information sharing and mobalization techniques, we can accomplish a lot of things.

14 Comments:

Anonymous August said...

im down. Let "A day without a Paladin" begin.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Guilty said...

Um... yeah playing by the rules has done us a LOT of good.

Guilty

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that idea better. A daylong Paladin strike. Do it on the weekend, at peak raid time. Let the Alliance run their endgame instances with no Greater Blessings (including Salvation).

7:17 AM  
Anonymous snow said...

So instead of hurting strangers we're pissing off our guildies? I don't see that happening.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Lord Vir said...

I think they should do it on Furor's server, black dragonflight.

As for the 'day without paladins' I think it would go a lot like the 'day without mexicans' most people won't care.

The warriors crashed a server, it worked for them. Crashing the server that FoH is on would be even better.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well,

Going through the forums today is a revelation in itself.

There seem to be a number of Paly's

(Benediction,GregTheGreat lol) consistently & almost desperately telling people to Learn2Play.

I'm happy for all those people who want to spend every minute of everyday Cleansing, Healing & buffing. Good on you.

It just doesn't give them the right to tell people that wanting a choice of of more adequate "versatility" is wrong.

Each Single class has a pretty well defined role in End Game.... But why for the Love of God are we forced ( by what we are best at) to do exactly the same in PVP.

I Rolled a priest out of curiousity

(Shadow specced naturally) I Can heal In instances & melt faces in PVP ... Viable choice.


Do you know what my lvl 60 pala get's to do in PVP that he doesn't do much of in PVE . Cast blessing of freedom period.

I don't call that Choice & i don't call a couple of stoked up on Epic pala's my class representatives.

I agree crashing a server is not the way to go. & yes it's only a game. But if only I head read past the description of Paladin in the manual before i rolled one

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will support a pally-free day. My guildies know how I feel about my class, and they support me.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes the only thing people understand is violence. Whether that is violence against a person or violence against a property (in this case, crashing the servers).
One can try peaceful protests all day long and all you will here is "Let them eat cake".
Time for the beheadings to begin.
Power to the People.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Lord Vir said...

For everyone who says 'it's just a game' Furor used to resort to the same type of behavior in EQ. It's nothing new. For people who have put countless hours into something, of course they are going to care about it.

Your dog is just a dog, but you don't say that if it gets hit by a car.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I have to agree with Bruiseweed. A paladin "strike" will not attract any attention. It may ultimately be futile but something has to be done.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As good as the Paladin strike idea sounds, it's just not as feasible. It requires the participation of vastly more people to have an impact. I won't be participating in the protest Saturday, but I'll be hoping it's at least enought to get some word from Blizzard.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Z said...

It's all about attention. At this point, what do you have to lose?

In all honesty, given what's recently come to light regarding the opinions of the lead game designer and the raid designer, it's pretty much hopeless to assume that paladins will ever be good - or even more versatile. Any meaningful changes would require a considerable amount of customers to quit for the sole reason that is the current design of the paladin class. I'm talking 100,000 or more. Anything less won't even raise an eye brow.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps if we resort to extreme measures, they will realize we are in the same situation they were in EQ

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Ghmou, 60 Pally, Darkspear, Retired said...

I wish I could be there, but I can't risk getting my friend's Horde account banned, and I'm not paying 15$ for the privilege of getting a temp-ban.

I reject these kinds of protests typically. I think, if anything, they should be put off until we see any "proposed changes" to the Protection and Retribution trees (as hinted at in the post this reply is directed to).

However, perhaps it IS time to make a big stink out of all this. I see it this way:

Paladins crash a server, aptly named Lightbringer.

Possible resolutions:
1) Blizzard sees the protest and decides it would be a good idea to increase developer attention to the "plight" of the Paladin class. This is a good thing, but is also unlikely.

2) Blizzard suspends or bans Paladins.
Alliance finds out what it's like to raid without Paladins. They either;
a) Realize that Paladins are a valuable addition and that they should pay more attention to Paladins and their complaints.

b) Realize that 1-2 Paladins are really all that are needed to do 40 man instances. They either
i) decide that Paladins are unnecessary and continue to ignore them OR
ii) They realize that, obviously, the Paladin class needs some kind of review to make them more valuable in the raid.

No matter what happens, Paladins will get attention and will be labeled "whiners," even moreso than they are now.

So yeah, there are a few worthwhile outcomes, and some that have little to no effect on the Paladin class.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Goodr luck, brave Paladins.

8:03 PM  

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