|Black Birds on Blogs are larger than they appear|
K, secondly, I want to give a less-than-subtle "shoutout" to my friend "R", (You know who you are), "R" is a "Lifer" (with the heart of a Necromancer),whom I've had the absolute pleasure of running around questing with. A good questing companion can totally change the outlook of traipsing across The Spir@l. Even better when you're *way* overpowered for the mobs your questing against. (Makes you feel just spiffy! RAWR!). Seeing The Spir@l again through fresh eyes is a great way of polishing the 'jaded' view away. If you can find a like-minded "lowbie", willing to carry their share (and not expect you to do it for them), then I highly recommend going for it. That's who I found in "R". Helping her is helping me. win/win.
Now, on to the "meat" of the post. PvP.
Let me start by saying that I have no claim to any kind of knowledge or skill when it comes to PvP. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
When I say "I don't PvP", I mean I don't PvP...ever.
|Zero Calories, Zero experience.|
See, here's the thing: most times when someone says "PvP, (in *any* game), my mind instantly conjures images of insecure adolescents hurling "l33t sp34k" invectives at each other, or smugly denouncing another's PvP escapades as "noobish", or "ID10Tic", or "weaksauce", or, well you get the idea.
Sadly, from what I gather, the same element has been know to rear it's ugly head at Diego's Arena, as well. Formerly known as "chain stunners", (now "Earthquake Spammers"?). Same idea as "griefers", to me.
|Regardless of the game, we all know "the type"|
|PvP the way it should be: fun for all, not just the "winners"|
My original intention was to just go and watch. You know "Do my Homework", and try to get a feel for the thought process. Turns out, I chose to study at a very awkward time. Amulets are turning the PvP world on it's head in W101. (I'll leave clarification on that to wizards better educated than I.)
The Party I attended was hosted by Angel Winterbreeze, Kevin Battleblood, and Cassandra Dragonheart, (apologies for any misspells, or unintentional omissions), at Angel's Celestian Observatory. It was a great time.
The thing that really "got me" was the fact that this was *so* unlike my previous exposures to PvP. It was cordial, everybody rooting for everybody, opposing teams admiring their opponent's moves, good sportsmanship all around. In essence, PvP the way it should be. It was kinda inspiring, actually.
Inspiring enough that I had to try it. Yeah, Autumn Duskhunter went PvP'ing today (well, "yesterday", now). Pledging defiantly that I, the unseasoned upstart , wanted to be *against* KBB, I rushed into the circle, and got second ring...right next to Kevin Battleblood. Hmmm... "wrong side". I think I'll reserve my mock enmity for Friendly.
So, anyways, the match went on....and on...and on. Geesh! Going to PvP? Pack a lunch!
I got off to a halfway decent start, but my lack of knowledgable preparation quickly came to the forefront:
"Dang! Forgot to load 'empower'.
"Gee, I should have had 'sacrifice'..."
"Oh, I forgot about 'resists'..."
"Why did I leave *that* spell in there...?"
Needless to say, my second-ever foray into PvP did not see me standing victorious, more "standing wobble-headed", but you know what? With the atmosphere of those who were there, losing meant nothing.Everybody won. It was a learning experience. It was spending time with friends. It was fun. It was what PvP should be. Sure, I did "get" KBB, after all, but it was by my own ineptitude rather than any nascent trace of skill. Instead of being a raven, I was more an albatross around Kevin's neck.
I have a greater respect for the true PvP'ers: the Mathematicians, the Strategists, and the Honorable. Those who can juggle all those ever-shifting variables of both their Team *and* their opponent's Team. It just staggers the mind , all the things to keep track of! Thank you to everyone for such a positive experience!
DaoW , (Tell Fallon that Autumn sent ya'), and apply to the PvP Party Group. Just be respectful, be nice, and follow the rules (or you get sent to The Commons with a mighty *whooosh*). Maybe that's why there's no Common Courtesy in The Commons..they're all booted trolls. I dunno.
So, at the end of the day, I neither communed with a raven, nor did I stand victorious in PvP. But you know what? I had a great day today (Well, "yesterday", now) Working overnights is so confusing, sometimes.