WoW: Guild Garrisons

Garrisons in Warlords of Draenor – ask ten World of Warcraft players what they think and you will get ten different reasons why they are so bad. Despite being a much maligned part of this expansion, I like the concept – but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Grinding? Check. Prohibitive gating? Check. Socially stifling mechanic? Big check there. 

I would love to see the concept continue into the next expansion, albeit with some key changes. 

  • First off, make the garrison a guild construct. Give rewards for doing things as a guild. Of course, ensure those rewards are mostly cosmetic to ensure we don’t have the guild bloat we have had in other expansions. 
  • Enable guilds to flip their garrison into a PVP zone to encourage the war in Warcraft. Again, give cosmetic rewards like banners of their fallen opponent guilds.
  • Allow the guild to set their own guild racial theme – including cross-faction! It is World of Warcraft, and a Horde guild appearing to have taken over an Alliance stronghold would make the role-players happy.
  • Allow each individual to have his own mark within the guild garrison. For scaling reasons, Blizzard would have to limit the size of that mark – homes may be out – but something like a hitching post or a totem pole may work.
  • If it is implemented with a mine or an herb farm, give those with the gathering skill an opportunity to gather something special. Even better, don’t implement either, and get us back into the world to gather raw materials again.
  • Profession buildings are a major sore spot. Get rid of the current implementation and instead allow those with the proper crafting skill to get a bonus or have to use the building for making special items. 
  • Ensure there is no absolutely ridiculous phase tunnel, as exists between the Garrison proper and the Docks now. Flipping phases leads to jarring shifts. 
  • Absolutely continue the PVP- and Raid-focused specialist buildings. Again, ensure the bonuses and rewards are mostly cosmetic to ensure it’s not a necessity. Special tabards, banners, and battlefield standards would be great. For the raiders, continuing the extra roll for loot is a good, non-game breaking mechanic.

Be an ambassador.

The next attack on our rights is coming – it’s already started, in fact. Stay calm, keep facts at hand, and try to sway the undecided. You will never convince the frothing-at-the-mouth radical anti-civil rights folks, but you can sway those that may not have the facts, or just don’t have any skin in the game.
Please remember you’re an ambassador for all of us. Our foes paint us all with the same brush, so ensure you can do as much as you can to shake the negative stereotypes. Smile. Ask questions, then counter with politely and calmly delivered facts and rebuttals.
Appear open, even if you’re not. You may not agree with someone on 100 different issues, but if you can sway them on our Nature-given right to bear arms in defense, the others may follow. Put aside your prejudice and keep your eye on the big picture.
I keep reading how we’re “winning the gun rights war.” We’re not. It’s a perpetual battle of culture, of individual rights versus statism. Make friends. Be smart.

Sig Sauer P320 Compact range report

I wheeled and dealed (and I was selling my Ruger GP1001) and ended up with a Sig Sauer P320. It seems to be a current favorite of the gun crowd, and I can see why. The trigger is very good, especially for a stock striker-fired pistol. I would say it’s easily up with an H&K VP9 or a Walther PPQ. It is much better than the old M&P triggers2 or XDM.

Ergonomics are solid. The P320 fits as well in my hand as my M&P 9C, or the H&K VP9, or the Walther PPQ. I find it a bit more comfortable than the XDM series. I say solid and not great, as the slide height/bore axis is higher than my trusty M&P and the grip angle is different. I can draw my M&P and get right on target; that’s not the case with the Sig. Of course, that’s also because my M&P is the one I train with the most and carry the most.

Speaking of sights, they are SIGLITE® Night Sights and are quite good, especially for stock sights. Big enough to pick out, narrow enough to see light around the front sight. I read on the Interwebs that you have to hold at 6 o’clock at 10-15 yards. I found that holding on the desired POI worked at that range for me.

Right now, still debating selling it or keeping it. I want to like it, and I do like 9mm carry guns. Maybe some more time on the trigger to see how rapidly I can get accustomed to the different grip.

Sig Sauer P320 and S&W M&P 9C

1 I know, I know, but I picked up an SP101 for trail use and I don’t like having safe queens.
2 The new M&Ps have better triggers, like the M&P Shield. I also read that Smith and Wesson is dropping the Pro Center triggers across the whole M&P line.

Don’t be a bigot.

Don’t judge an entire race based on the actions of a few.
Don’t judge an entire religion based on the actions of a few.
Don’t judge a culture based on the actions of a few.
Don’t judge a gender based on the actions of a few.
Don’t judge a university on the actions of a few.

TL;DR: Don’t be a bigoted, judgemental asshole.

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