By Dalmarus

style="font-style: italic;">February 15th, 2008

week's poll is all about the buff! If you
don't understand a term
or abbreviation I use here, please check our href="">Game
Terms 101.

I've made no secret about my gaming past. I played Dungeons and Dragons
for years (still do) before originally getting into Everquest back in
1999. Because of this and my other mystical gaming skills of lore, I
definitely consider myself an Old School Gamer. I am indeed one of
those players that talks about some of our gaming pains of the past
with a laugh in my heart and a tear in my eye.

Alright, maybe I'm not quite that crazy, but I do think Vanguard has
brought back a favored pastime of my early years, the Drive-By-Buffing.

Even after all these years, I'm still amazed by the people that you can
meet, or the friends that you make, through nothing more than a
friendly cast as you whiz past someone you run across while out
hunting. Some of my favorites have been buffing a low level character,
just to find out that their simply an alt for a high level caster that
logs in to buff the bajeezus out of you.

My absolute favorite though is buffing a starting character and giving
them a hand here or there as they learn the ropes of the game for a
little bit. After that, you go on about your merry business, never
really giving it a second thought. Fast forward 3 months later, you run
into that character again, but they are a much higher level than you
and return the favor as you struggle with Quest X. I can freely admit
that I level slower than dirt.

So rather than attempt to regale you with romantic tales of the
necromantic arts, here's this week's poll question...

How often do you cause a Drive-By-Buffing?

I'm Constantly Buffing Everyone

What can I say? This is the choice for that individual that simply
can't resist giving someone a buff as they run by. Whether that person
is crafting, AFK, doing diplomacy, it doesn't matter. Everyone is
getting a buffing from this person. Note that this will sometimes annoy
your current party to no end.

I'll Buff Once In A While

This is for your occasional Drive-By-Buffer. If it seems like a player
may actually need it and you're not in that much of a hurry, you'll
deign to grant them some buffs. If you're in a rush to get into that
Rhaz group though, they're on their own!

Only If I Get Buffed First

This is for the Buffer that never casts first. They're more than
willing to share the wealth, but only if they're getting some of it at
the same time.

Unless I See Some Loot, No One Is Getting Buffed

Ah, the good old days of seeing, "Casting SoW for donations at Orc Lift
I". Show them some loot, and this buffer will show you some love. No
moolah, no buffs. It's nothing personal, just business.

You'll Never See Me Buffing Anyone Outside My Party

Perhaps these individuals think you can't buff anyone outside of your
own party due to some game mechanic in place. Or perhaps they simply
don't feel like buffing anyone outside of their party just on
principal. Chances are if the spell they're casting on themselves
wasn't a group buff now anyway, you'd have to actually ask for it.

Now it's your turn
to let us know what you think!

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How often do you cause a Drive-By-Buffing?

  • I'm Constantly Buffing Everyone
  • Only If I Get Buffed First
  • Unless I See Some Loot, No One Is Getting Buffed
  • You'll Never See Me Buffing Anyone Outside My Party
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(this poll is always open)

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