Stay in school, kids! (World of Warcraft proof)
Saturday, May 11, 2013
We no longer live in a world where you don't need advanced math. Heck, dieting alone and doing all that calculating is enough to show that it's going to be important. Even if all you plan to do is spend your time playing World of Warcraft, you simply can't get by without it.
Here's a fun little quiz, based on World of Warcraft, to demonstrate. I made this quiz two expansions ago, so while it hasn't been updated to reflect the Mists of Pandara expansion, you get the idea!
Question 1 (5 pts): You decide to run a dungeon, and get into a dungeon finder queue as a damage class (DPS). Your initial wait time is 35 minutes on a busy weeknight, and so you spend your time questing until the finder announces that your group is ready. As soon as you click-in, you see that the dungeon will be Stonecore. This means that at least one player (often the tank or healer) is going to dump the group immediately, due to difficulty of the dungeon.
Let's say that the tank drops; you are requeued immediately, but have a 5-minute wait time until another tank is found. Immediately after the first boss, the healer also drops, which causes a DPS to furiously type that they have no time for this @)#T, and so you now have to requeue in order to find two additional players.
Assume that wait time for a DPS replacement is 1 minute, and wait time for a healer is two minutes. Given that a normal Stonecore run takes an hour, how long (total) will it have taken you to queue for and run this dungeon?
Question 2 (5 pts): You enjoy running dungeons. Due to various factors, you find yourself often having to eat a fresh serving of delicious Sagefish Tail in order to regain your spirit buff. You have maxed your cooking skill and are able to make this food, but it costs 1 fish to make each edible treat. Fortunately, you also have maxed your fishing skill, but -- unfortunately -- the fish you need in order to make it is the deepsea sagefish, the one fish on the planet that is not fishable from pools. The approximate global catch rate of the fish in its fishable zones is 15%.
Assume that you need to use approximately 3 food items per dungeon (yeah, you PUG'd it), and that you run 2 dungeons per night. Assume, in addition, that each catch takes 10 seconds of cast time (channelled). Approximately how long will you have to fish in order to meet your nightly demand for stat food?
Question 3 (5 pts): Foolishly, you took up tailoring, but you are now too stubborn (and have too much invested in it) to drop it. At higher levels, you need to use volatile fire for several of your finished pieces, including the creation of Dreamcloth (Dream of Ragnaros), which requires 30 volatile fire, and which is only craftable once per week.
Again, you are maxed in fishing, and you know a little place in the Twilight Highlands where you can fish up some of the volatile fire. Unfortunately, the pools that spawn it (there are four) are only up about once every 5 minutes. Catch rate of fire per pool, assuming 3 casts, is approximately 5 volatiles; it isn't fast, but this is the fastest way to get the fire that you know of, so you head off to the Twilight Highlands.
When you arrive, you see that there is already a Tauren in the area; you are an Alliance character, but, fortunately, this is not a PVP server and you are not flagged. However, the Tauren is also fishing in the fire pools; for the first pool, the Tauren gets two casts to your one cast. For the second, you get two casts to his one cast. Again, assume that cast time of each catch is an average of 10 seconds, and that all four pools are up at once, but all are also only up once every 5 minutes.
You need to make only a single Dreamcloth. Do you have time to go to work today, or should you just go ahead and fish? Would it be faster if you logged on your PVP toon and ganked the competition? (Factor in travel time of 1 minute from portal, and repeat rekill rates of 30 seconds every 5 minutes, including an average win/loss ratio of 3:1.)
Question 4 (5 pts): SusanExpress.com is offering gold at the rate of 1,000g per $3.34 real money. You have seen their name up in Trade Chat for years now, and so you are thinking they're either legitimate, or they're part of a corporate effort to reduce server population through entrapment. A new spammer, who has the courtesy of whispering you *directly* (yes!), is offering their gold for the rate of 750g for $2.75 real money.
Which offer should you choose, assuming that nobody you know would find out? 3 points will be deducted for sanctimonious responses, regardless of accuracy.
Question 5 (5 pts): You decide against the gold offers, seeing as how you've finally discovered Tol Barad, and you enjoy doing dailies. Nice, safe, gold-generating dailies. However, you are a cloth-wearing (caster) class, and you die fairly often.
Given that there are 5 dailies, and amongst all dailies, you wipe out 7 times trying to complete them, with each wipe out costing you 2g50s, but each daily netting you 11g36s: by the end of the day, how much money have you gained or lost?