I was only asked to fill in because the tank that normally runs wasn't avaliable (last minute thing) - yay for internet connection issues! Initially I was told we were doing a trial basis thing - my guild leader was concerned about my two pieces of orange gear. I didn't (and still don't) think it is a barrier, but I can see that you want your tanks to be overgeared where possible. We even had a discussion mid way through the night where she said something like "The only reason we are even considering having you along is because we know you know what you're doing and are impressed with your skills." This was after I said it was OK to invite another player if I couldn't cut it.
BTW Ari - I'm still not upset, I was being honest and really if my gear wasn't up to the challenge I wouldn't have had a problem letting someone else have my spot.
Now sitting here I can't remember if we managed to kill any of the bosses without a few people dying ... Crusher and Karagga maybe? It was definately an interesting night. Lots of enrage timers, but I'm used to that having run progression so that doesn't scare me - it's an opportunity to get better.
There are times when we are running Ops that I want to say stuff like "Hey, we did things this way and they really worked" - but I'm a little afraid to. First I'm the new guy, and second ... maybe they know what works better for them. Eventually I did speak up on the fabricator because we were just too far behind on DPS - I put in my opinion and we cleared him next run. So ... maybe I'll try to be more assertive.
There are various times during the night that I'd love to be able to screenshot Mumble and have a transcript of the voice chat that goes on. Here are some paraphrased excerpts that made me chuckle at the time.
"Someone is always on top of you Aristrial" - (In reference to a few close calls where a bunch of people have died and she is always on the bottom of the pile).
"Hey that's not fair - you know that's cheating Mentu!" - Using rocket boots to pass the Guild leader while running through a tunnel.
"That was all Mal's fault - I don't want to point fingers or anything, but it was all him" (In reference to Malvolio [me] after pulling a big trash group that no one was ready for).
"What happened? How did you die?" - "Oh I was just jumping down the elevator shaft for no reason"
"Mal why do you keep doing that, it gives me a heart attack every time!" - "Well that's why I do it" (In reference to Me attacking Fabricator and putting everyone in combat for a second before it resets while he's still sleeping).
"Mal what are you doing, get back here!" - "What, don't you guys get close before starting?" - "You obviously haven't played with Aristrial or Welmik before have you" (In reference to standing in the "danger zone" close to a boss before everyone is ready ... apparently accidents happen).
"OHHH YEAHHH!" - (My Wife behind me: Those people in your head sound really weird tonight, is the Kool-Aid man in your raid group?).
Sometimes it's just as important to laugh and have fun while playing as it is to finish the Operation. I wouldn't have had nearly as much of a good time if we'd taken ourselves too seriously all night. I think a lot of people miss that that game is supposed to be something you do for fun, not something you do for work.
Thanks again for having me along guys.