Let the record show: that pillar got the dance of it’s life that night.
I should point out that, like most problems I find myself in, stemmed from my inability to work a parachute properly.
Instead of doing what a reasonable person does in Gnomer - put the parachute on the action bar, hit it as soon as you’re in the air - I was all, I’ll just click it in my bags. So bags open, pick a likely spot, and jump.
There are several flaws in this plan.
The first is that I have a Traveller’s Backpack in my bags, which I momentarily thought was the parachute. It wasn’t.
The second was that, after I sorted out what I was supposed to be clicking, I did the wrong click. Right click, left click, I dunno, just click on the thing. I blame Diablo 3 for this.
The third was that, having clicked to pick up the parachute instead of activating it, I then moved the mouse away from the bag, so now the UI was asking me to delete the S.A.F.E. Parachute. At this point I’m in a panic, because seriously OMG I am not going to delete the parachute you daft machine!
So I manage to get the parachute open…. right after I hit the ground. Like, I saw the <Safe Fall> appear in my combat text and the <Safe Fall fades> immediately after it. This is what we call a pyrrhic victory.
Right. 450 health, down from 1800. Fell straight into a pack of mobs. Frost Nova, Blink, health pot … crap, into more mobs. Okay, it’s okay, I’m on a frost mage, I have tools to handle this, I can kite these … half dozen angry mobs. No sweat. This is a level 10 twink mage, she’s got gear and skills and …
wait, why isn’t bandaging working? I didn’t train First Aid?
Okay. There’s Narci, I’ll start moving over towards her bear, bears are my friend, get over to the tank. I’ll just … shit, my AGM is on CD. 2 minutes left.
Okay. Survive for two minutes. All I have to do is survive for … wait, there are a lot of mobs around Narci and Rades. Is that Snack coming down? Where is Cat? I don’t see … there’s another pack heading towards them. Okay, Blink!
… into the mobs that had just aggroed on the rest of the party.
Narci is about dead. I’m somehow hanging on with about 300 health, but I see Cat is on her way? Maybe someone can toss me a heal as I bring a half-dozen mobs to join the party.
Narci goes down. I do the only thing I can think of - Arcane Explosion in the middle of the mobs to draw their attention. It works! But I think Rades was already dead. Whoops.
Great. Now I have a dozen mobs and 1 minute left on my AGM cool down. Health pots are on CD too. Kite! Kite! Blink!
… into a pack of mobs coming up the ramp. I go down by the pillar, leaving Snack and Cat to deal with the dozen or so angry mobs now chasing them. Snack valiantly tries to kite them around a square pillar, but … he’s not on his 85, with slows and fears, he’s on a level 28. And Cat doesn’t know that he’s running, so she’s trying to hit him with heals. But he starts one way, she goes the SAME way, so they’re chasing EACH OTHER around the pillar.
Finally Cat stops and Snack comes hell-bent around the square pillar - someone kept yelling, THIS IS SQUARE, NOT ROUND during all of this - and the mobs finally eat through his priest’s shields and he goes down. Last goes Cat’s paladin, who is still standing there considering the pillar, suddenly has half the mobs in the room swarming her.
At this point I think we’re all laughing too hard to focus. IRL laughing, because as Snack pointed out - we might write about this game at a very advanced level and play at that level, but we can still wipe in Gnomer - spectacularly, naturally - with the best of them.
I had a great time on my Mage last night. Lowbie WoW with friends is really a joy and pleasure.
But it helps if you drag that parachute on to your damn action bars!