The Curious Case of Tiny Tim
So there’s an officer who’s our unofficial GM (the official GM is this guy’s puppet), let’s call him Scrooge. He is basically all of your most negative, condescending, irritating gaming personality stereotypes rolled up in one gnomish ball of discordant strife. Super-sized ego? Check. Loves rubbing other people’s faces in the dirt? Check. Can’t take the slightest hint of criticism himself? Check. Loves arguing about anything, anytime, any place? Check.
The weirdest, inexplicable part about this is… I mean Scrooge is the first person to jump on anybody’s mistake and the last to let it go, but…
So we have this boomkin who is That Guy, to the infinityeth degree. Let’s call him Tiny Tim. Tiny Tim is not the sharpest tool in the drawer, he’s a dim bulb, he’s… slow. Basically he’s a sweet guy with his heart in the right place; he tries really hard and earnestly, perfect attendance, always flasked… but he is just incredibly, frustratingly, absurdly SLOW. Slow to understand things, slow to learn, slow to react, slow to obey explicit instructions, just all-around unbelievably sloooooooooow. A guy who needs BOTH his hands held. Did I mention he’s slow?
We have geared him up the butt- Tiny Tim’s in the top 5 best-geared moonkins on the server, yet his damage done is consistently barely above the tanks, usually BELOW the feral tank’s. We literally carry him through most fights, and when I say carry I mean he is dead for 95% of the time. He is a wet smear of feathers on the floor watching the rest of us fight. If you Armory’ed him, you’d think he’s good because he’s got some fairly hard-to-get Achievements, but the sad truth is he was dead baggage as the rest of the raid 24-manned not some… not most… but ALL of them. All. Of. Them. We handed him his Rusted Proto-drake on a 9-man silver platter.
So here is the burning question the rest of us raiders have:
Are Scrooge and Tiny Tim related?
Because, inexplicably, to the complete bewilderment of us all, Scrooge (an obnoxious prick notorious for mercilessly tormenting good raiders for hours over once-in-a-blue-moon fluke mistakes) is strangely, astoundingly quiet over Tiny Tim’s repeated, constant, spectacular-in-their-stupidity routine mistakes. And what’s more… he defends him! He defends him with all that obnoxious, sarcastic aggression he normally reserves for making perfectly competent people feel bad. It boggles the rest of us. There is a multi-page thread on the forums about how bad Tiny Tim is and why he’s still in the raid… that thread was started three months ago. Guess who’s still lying there, a bloody lump discreetly tucked in the corner of the room in all our raids? I don’t wanna sound elitist but it does make me grumpy to think that this kind of person may have a chance at getting a server first… it’s not right!
I just don’t get it.
Scrooge says stuff about how valuable Tiny Tim’s raid buffs are compared to his personal damage but, as the rest of us point out, his raid buffs don’t count for much when he’s dead 5 seconds into the fight.
Scrooge says the rest of us don’t know how hard Tiny Tim is trying, and how he’s breaking his back at a minimum-wage job so he can save up and buy a new computer and not lag so much. Nobody responded to this because we just sounded like bullies after a while, but honestly? It’s a game not a charity. Not to be heartless but… should that really matter to the rest of the raid?
Anyway, lag is the least of Tiny Tim’s raiding problems. A laggy computer is not what keeps making him give his innervate to WARLOCKS, or run to the exact frost patch we spent an hour telling people NOT to run to. About ten people sent me LMFAO OH GOD messages when Tiny Tim was assigned to be a soaker on Twin Val’kyr, and sure enough he lasted all of 10 seconds. Nobody says anything anymore when Tiny Tim flamboyantly messes up, vent stays eerily silent as we just let the stupidity sink in, and we’re all silently flabbergasted anew at how and why Scrooge can seriously keep his mouth shut about it. And then we move on, as if we don’t comment on such vulgar things in polite society, just sweep the feathery roadkill under the rug.
I just wanna know, why? Scrooge is just about the least likely person in the world to take on a charity case; he’s the opposite of a carebear officer type; what the heck is going on between him & Tiny Tim?