Initially I wanted to go to every server we visited with the WoW Factor before hand and sneak around myself, as I did before we went to Arthas-US. It’s always fun to see someone early and find that they actually turn up later at the event also, which actually has happened! Sadly, I’ve not really had the time to do this more often.
Despite the fact I really should be doing other stuff, all I felt like was a bit of relaxing WoW time, so I went and did it again. We’re going to Emerald Dream tonight, sponsored by Dizzywick‘s guild “Violent Apathy”.
Usually when a guild sponsors, they show up strong both in numbers and in outfits, which has caused silly problems in the past with complaints that it was all set up, and that the guild basically won their money back, as if we are supposed to set a ceiling to how much they are allowed to win. We’ve also had guilds turn up strong in numbers and outfits when the gold came from one individual not affiliated, where they also won a lot, then people claim we are biased towards that guild. We can’t win.
It’s strange, people are hugely obsessed with ideas of us being biased. We’re biased towards blood elves, we hate dwarves, we only like female characters, we’ve been “bought” by a certain guild for the sake of fame and the competition is all rigged. The list goes on.
It’s hugely frustrating and I know the criticism will rain down t0night, of course a sponsoring guild is likely to win a lot, they obviously care about transmogrification and there’s going to be a lot of them. Both me and Noelani actually play with guild tags off because we take screenshots, I often play without any names on at all. In the past I didn’t even know people were from the same guild, and I don’t care, a cool outfit is a cool outfit even though the rest of the guild members are wearing cool outfits too. People are individuals.
Now that I’m done complaining, here’s what I found in the streets of Stormwind: