Beneath Two Skies

Shared Topic: Identity and Affiliation (Part 1)

August 9th, 2011 by Rhoelyn

The inspiration for this post comes from Blog Azeroth, where Akabeko of red cow rise has offered up an interesting exercise for a Shared Topic.

How many people in your everyday life know all of the hats you wear? Have you ever thought about how many heads you’d actually have to grow to wear them all at once, to show all of your roles, allegiances, loves, duties and identities to anyone who looks at you?

Druid IRL, yo.One hat. One head. Most of us would make the mythical chimera look like a rank amateur at ugly-mug-juggling. Or perhaps we could find a more appealing variant. Maybe get our hands on whatever good juice Malfurion Stormrage has been sipping and just perma-grow a 50-point rack to hang them all on. (Possibly difficult, if you’re not a druid IRL, like me.)

The same applies to your WoW character, and I boldly assert that it doesn’t matter whether you are a Roleplayer or not. Your little digital avatar, whether you’ve imbued him or her with an individual personality or just echoes and elements of your own, has a unique identity and a set of affiliations that might surprise your friends and peers.

Horde for life? Glory to the Alliance? Maybe you prefer to hang with your little green neutral buddies in Booty Bay? Do you spend your free moments in Tol Barad, protecting your faction’s interests through bloody PvP? Do you chain PuGs until you’ve capped your JPs? Do you spend hour after hour digging in the dirt for herbs or archaeology trinkets? Are you an achievement junkie, running around with 15 achievement trackers open and a hotkey macro to /love all the right little critters?

There is so much in the game that it takes a carefully crafted chart to track all the hats you might be wearing and what they just might be suggesting to your in-game acquaintances.1

A chart like – oh! – the one right down here:

 

Title Description Overlaps
HandyPantser’s Visor
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All tradeskills at 525 and a bank full of crafting mats? You’re the player who has every recipe or formula you can get your hands on and whose day is made when you’re asked to craft those epic gloves. Dirt Diggler
Dragonslayer
Pointdexter
Pretty Princess
Ash Catch’em
Ride’em Cowboy
General Hellbent’s Helmet
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Do you know and love resilience? Do your eyes light up when see your icon switch to a sword over another player’s face? You’re the PvP fiend whose currency of choice is honor points and whose bread and butter is finding the priest amongst the enemy warriors. And nuking her. Hard. Over Achiever
Ride’em Cowboy
Lone Ranger
Pretty Princess
Dirt Diggler’s
Fedora
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Did you squee over cutscenes? Is your bedroom postered with Bran and Harrison glamour shots? Do you whisper things in draenic under your breath, feeling sexy? You’re the story-lover, the one who reads every quest and ruminates on what it means for the WORLD that you have to sift through felhound poo. You’re not happy unless you’re knee-deep in Lore with a nose full of tantilizing details. HandyPantser
General Hellbent
Pretty Princess
Dragonslayer
Pointdexter’s
Gatsby
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Is your currency tab the first thing you pull up when you log in? Do you measure your self-esteem in Valor Points? You’re the player for whom happiness is a higher point coint, whether that’s Justice, Valor, Honor or Gold. You just want to see those big numbers to earn / buy you those big purples. Dragonslayer
General Hellbent
Lone Ranger
Scrooge McBucks
Over Achiever’s Mortarboard
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Purples? MEH. PvP? Whatevs. For you, it’s all about those achievements, and you’ll do whatever you have to, suffer any indignity, to get them. Toss a bear at a two-headed dog? Fine. Shoot a BB gun at your faction leader? Eat lead, hippie. Drop your pants and take a fireblast up the … well, you get the idea. There’s no stopping til you get every achievement in the game. Pointdexter
Scrooge McBucks
Ash Catch’em
Ride’em Cowboy
Dragonslayer
General Hellbent
HandyPantser
Ash Catch’em’s
Ballcap
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You’re not happy unless a cheerful little critter of unlikely origins is waddling, floating, or flying by your side, keeping you constant, ineffectual company. Sure, he doesn’t help you kill things. Sure, he tends to just watch and laugh when you die. But he’s adorable and makes ridiculously cute sounds! He was worth the ten hours of spawn camping or the 3918 whelps you had to kill to get him. HandyPantser
Dirt Diggler
Scrooge McBucks
Lone Ranger
Ride’em Cowboy’s Stetson
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Do you drool over protodrakes? Swoon for sparkle ponies? You’re after every beautiful beast of burden you can get between your legs, and no bones about it. Dragonslayer
General Hellbent
Over Achiever
Lone Ranger
Pointdexter
Scrooge McBucks
Pretty Princess’ Tiara
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Have you turned down a stat upgrade because it didn’t match your greaves? Have you rolled need on a weapon you won’t even use because it looks like something Gandalph would wield? You’re the proud owner of a good-looking toon, and you’re going to see to it that he is suited to the nines, a fashion icon for the WoW runways. Whether it’s old Tier sets filling your bank or just outfits for every mood, you’ve got the goods to look great. General Hellbent
Pointdexter
Dragonslayer
Dragonslayer’s Tricorne
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Hardcore. Semi-casual. PuGging it up with strangers or surrounded by your busom buds. It doesn’t matter how you get there, but you’re in the scary raid, taking some smackdown to the Big Boss du Jour. You know your way around your stats, your best-in-slot list, and the cutting edge of your most tricky class mechanics. You know all the flavors of fire there are, and you’ll be damned if you’re gonna stand in any of them. HandyPantser
General Hellbent
Dirt Diggler
Over Achiever
Ride’em Cowboy
Pretty Princess
Lone Ranger’s
Domino Mask
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If you can’t do it alone, you’re probably not doing it. You’re the footloose and fancy-free type of player. Log whenever the mood strikes you. Hit up whatever activity you feel like. Answer to no one. Take what you want and keep what you take. Whether you’re questing, farming, or just people-watching in Silvermoon, you like to be on your own. Handy Pantser
Dirt Diggler
Ash Catch’em
Pretty Princess
Scrooge McBucks
Scrooge McBucks’ Top Hat
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There is only one number that matters to you, and it is GOLD! You’ve got a spreadsheet full of transactions, a CPA on speed dial, and a weekly dinner date with Auctioneer Jaxon. If your bankroll isn’t in the six-digit range, it’s because your auction addon is broken. Or you just dropped it all on a spectral tiger mount. Dirt Diggler
Ash Catch’em
Ride’em Cowboy
Lone Ranger
Screenie VanGogh’s
Beret
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Do you pause to enjoy the setting sun? Absorb the way the light plays off the sorrowmoss petals? The World (of Warcraft) is a canvas, and you see the glorious things painted there. While you’re defending and protecting with the best of them, you’re also enjoying the artistry of the game… and maybe contributing some of your own to the mix. Dirt Diggler
Pretty Princess
Ash Catch’em
Ride’em Cowboy

So, now that you know some of the millinery options, which hats do you wear? What other chapeaus might be on your rack, and why? How often are you surprised to learn about a new hat a friend wears? How often do you surprise others by showing them a new hat?

Guess the supahsekrit news:

  • In an unholy union the likes of which the world has never seen, Mr. Manface and Rhoelyn have brought into being the next Devourer, the Shatterer of the Ten Worlds. Even now, he grows and consumes... (30%, 8 Votes)
  • There is no supahsekrit news. This was all a conspiracy perpetuated by the gnomes to distract you all from their attempt to hack Rades' blog and rewrite WoW Lore in their favor. (19%, 5 Votes)
  • The subliminal messages hidden behind this poll have turned you into a fanatical, devoted minion of the Rhoelyn. ALL HAIL! THE WORLD SHALL TREMBLE! (11%, 3 Votes)
  • In the dead of the night, Mr. Manface was spirited away by pirates and pressed into service on their vessel. Now, Rhoelyn must put the blog on hold to resume her ninja training and go to his rescue. (7%, 2 Votes)
  • After a run-in with actor Nathan Fillion, in which her resolve to become his personal stalker was cemented, Rhoelyn has disappeared. She is definitely NOT sneaking into his mansion on a daily basis. (7%, 2 Votes)
  • During a recent arcane ritual in which Mr. Manface was sacrificed to the Beyond, Rhoelyn was chosen to nurture the Great One until he is ready to conquer the world. ALL HAIL! (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Emerging from a month-long meditation, Rhoelyn's mind has expanded to encompass all of time. She sees all that has been, all that is, all that will be. And it is all filled with My Little Ponies. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Sensing as the inevitable conclusion of the TwitRP that her beloved Rhese is going to DIE, Rhoelyn has sunken into a depressed stupor. Mr. Manface will take over B2S, turning it into a Minecraft blog. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • After a swig of particularly gone-off milk, Rhoelyn has mutated, developing psionic powers. She will no longer be blogging, but will instead beam her stories and opinions directly into your brain. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • In an effort to perfect her perpetual motion machine, Rhoelyn was accidentally catapulted through a wormhole through space and time. The blog will be resumed as a paper publication from 1837 India. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • After years of toil, Rhoelyn has slipped the chains of her slavery and escaped into the wild. The blog will be on hiatus while she lays low in an undisclosed location. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Finally Called to Serve, Rhoelyn has devoted her real life to Elune. B2S will be changing to preach the Mother's word and share her Light with the unwashed masses of Earth. Move aside, Jedi. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Intense practice of her Craft has allowed Rhoelyn to develop a spell embedded in this page's HTML. If you want to summon thunderstorms, press Alt-F4 now. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Having traveled back in time from the distant future, Rhoelyn has supplanted her present self and will be converting the blog into the ultimate resource for news that hasn't happened, yet. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rhoelyn has taken her love of yoga to the ultimate level and is moving to a small yurt at the top of the Himalayas to become One with the universe. She'll blog from there, of course. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • During a particularly intense battle with Gotham's criminal element, Batman's secret identity was finally revealed to be none other than Mr. Manface. The public deserves to know! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • After a run-in with actor Nathan Fillion, in which he recognized the genius so many overlook, Rhoelyn has retired from blogging to become a co-writer and actress on the hit show "Castle". (0%, 0 Votes)
  • While cleaning out the closet, Rhoelyn discovered that there was another world on the other side of the decade-old coats. She's decided to go live in Narnia as Queen. Screw the English brats. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • While walking in the forest, one day, Rhoelyn's sweetness and purity attracted the last living unicorn. Now the blog is being retired so they can ride across the globe, sharing the message of hope. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • In a fit of pique over the Firelands nerfs, Rhoelyn has deleted her toons, closed her account, and set fire to B2S's host server. Any second now, this page is going down. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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  1. In fact, I do believe it takes two charts, for the two sides of how you play: the practical values you apply to your game time and the in-character allegiances that affect what you do with your toon. But let’s talk about that second aspect another time. Today is an out-of-character, in-person discussion. []

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Living in two environments simultaneously is the unique conflict of the modern MMO gamer, and it's a challenge of epic proportions. (And you thought Illidan was tough?!) Here, we want to explore the points of convergence between our two worlds, from creative inspiration that artists and craftsmen can find in the game to tips and tricks that can help players take care of themselves and their 'real' lives while still enjoying the game. How can you show your love for both the World of Warcraft and the world of your craft? How can you take good care of your toon and take good care of yourself?

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