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From “Hold up,” to dinging level 10.

Got home yesterday. It’s a cold, miserable evening out. Drizzle is falling, the sky is dark (sunset is at 4:30 pm now), and it’s just a great time to be inside.

Wife is at her computer. I hear frostbolts. She’s got a new character. A Troll Mage (“I didn’t have a Troll” she explains) on Steamwheedle Cartle server (since she’s got her ten already on Kirin Tor). This Mage, her 3rd, will be a Frost Mage. (Zauberin, Forsaken, is a Fire Mage, and Effilda, Human, is an Arcane Mage.) Katonga, her name, has purple hair, in that straight up pony tail style, purple skin, and a very pretty face. She’s completed the beginning zone quests and has moved on to Sen’jin Village. She’s level 6.

I can’t let the challenge go unanswered. “Hold up. I’ll join you.” But what class? I didn’t have any trolls either. Well, the one, over on the PvP server. Okay, Rogue. So I created him, gave him matching hair, matching skin, hair in the mohawk style of a rooster, and the sanest face I could find. I made him a Rogue. And named him Amani’jin. (Amani from the Forest Trolls Civilization, and ‘jin seems to be common in Troll names.)

Troll Mage and Rogue. I quickly rush through the beginning zone quests, and she comes up from Sen’jin, greets me, and we head back down there.

Rogue/Mage combo. Obviously one of us a healing class would have helped. Mage does the damage, takes the damage, and the healer heals, and better still the priest shields. AoE grinding at it’s fastest.

But I’m thinking this isn’t bad synergy, this Mage/Rogue combo. FROST Mage and a Rogue. What we found working well was: I’d start moving towards the mob and by then she’d have hit it with a frostbolt so rather than aggroing on me, or even if it did: “I’m not a threat (Honest!)”, it continues on past me to her, and slowly. I spin around and follow it, as she hits it with a fireball and I’m backstabbing the whole way. It’s dead before it reaches her. Sometimes a mob will charge. Easy enough to stop in it’s tracks with a gouge. Or the mob will cast. Again, gouge. If we have multiple mobs, we’ve got sheeping and sap/gouge as crowd control. And between a Mage and a Rogue, who’s got better DPS? She’s going herbalism/alchemy and that’ll bring in pots. She makes rolls and biscuits and that and bandaids I think we’re good.

We got level 10 quests (Zalazane) done while we were level 7. We otherwise completed all the Sen’jin quests, moved up to Razorhill and did those quests. And we ground a little on Harpies to ding level 10. She ran back to Sen’jin to get a Mage quest done. I picked up a cheap +AP dagger in the Auction House, and she got a robe.

That was fun. It was enjoyable to be in the newbie area again.

But since she’s in the Barrens now with her Tauren Hunter character (Hialeah) she wants to skip that quest arc on these characters and go instead to Silverpine Forest. “Okay, mon. Tazdingo!”

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Posted by on December 12, 2006 in Uncategorized


How far we’ve gotten.

It’s amazing. I’m not a power player, but my characters are slowly coming along.

Msaker in 5/6 of the PvP set. One piece left to go.

Wasn’t that long ago, was it, that he’d gotten his level 30 Warrior quest armor??

… Yes, a year ago. 28 December of last year. Yowza.


Posted by on December 10, 2006 in Uncategorized


So shall drinkers.

“I am a social drinker. When someone says ‘I’ll have a drink,’ I say ‘So shall I!’”
Two new characters of the wife and I over on Steamwheedle Cartle. Grethel and Caelik.
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Posted by on December 10, 2006 in Uncategorized


Got Crit by a leet Rogue.

I hate it when that happens.

(Screenshot taken when I was standing in the spgy wondering what happened.)

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Posted by on December 10, 2006 in Uncategorized


Capping. Other cool add-ons. Based on Ace, Orc approved.

I downloaded some new add-ons I found over at Metroblogging Azeroth. One of the contributors, J. Luster, has his own website and has put together a light-weight, small memory footprint, mostly ACE based, add-on compilation that he likes. It’s the new stuff working with WoW 2.0. Advantage of using his site is he’s got it available to download as well. Nice since Curse, WoW Interface, etc., still seem out of commission.

One of those new, for me, add-ons was Cartographer. This replaces MetaMap, AlphaMap, MozzFullWorldMap, Gatherer, MapNotes, and has some cool functionality in the BG’s. The one that I like is that player dots on the map have group #’s on them. I.e. you can see where all of group #3 is for instance. For example, if group 1 should be taking the LM, group 2 the farm, and group 3 the mine, you watch it unfold on the map as the #’s move to their positions. I don’t know, maybe that’s meaningless info, but it’s new for me and I like it.

Another new add-on is Capping. It’s like AV Bars where you got bars showing the countdown of resource, tower, graveyard captures. What is new here is that you get nifty little icons at the front of the bar and it’s got some nice eye dressing. What blew me away however was the AB output. It will calculate, on an ongoing basis, final score based on current scores and current resources held, and countdown to it. This is great because you know how much longer the game could last. Obviously losing resources is going to lengthen the time, but getting them back shortens that. That made being 1 of the 2 defending the LM (successfully thank you very much) bearable. (That and holding off a couple waves of stealth attacks. One was a druid with a VERY COOL looking staff that seemed to have glowing feathers on the top. Like an egyptian palm frond fan or something. I looted him before I got a closer look. Sue me, I’m Orc, something sparkles and I loot it. Was that a Staff of Ateish? (or whatever it’s called.))

I’m using the Bartender3 buttons. They’re nice. As easy to move around as the Bongos one, and are an ACE based add-on. And you can make them shiney. Orcs dig that.

And AFGUnit Frames, or something like that. Again, slick and shiney. Does what Perl Classic does, but spiffy and Ace based.

The cleansing Blizzard forced on us (breaking all our add-ons) is resulting in a newer, faster, sleeker, interface for me. Now I need to get smart on some Macros (like the Warlock’s DOT+DOT+DOT+DOT
+/CRY macro.)

From the front lines:

Five battles in the Valley, losses, and one battle in the Basin, a four cap win, and being a Warrior, 41/5/5 Arms based, 1 pt in Mace Spec (which actually procs) and a TUF (which procs too), I’m feeling pretty confident that we weren’t nerfed. At my level, 60, and with my gear, 4 of the PVP set, 2 of the Valor set, 2 of the Imperial, I think it plays out the same. (To wit, horde loses AV and wins AB.)

Oh yes, PvP gear. Two nights in the Battlegrounds. Nine battles in AV (2 wins (shock and awe!) and 7 losses) and that one win in AB and I think I have enough honor accumulated to get my PvP Champion Shoulders. A definite improvement on my Imperial ones. Now what I’d done before the patch: saved up 20 AV marks, and 18 AB marks. Two nights in the BG, not too many hours, with my AB marks in-hand, and I’ve got a piece of the PVP set. 6,500 more honor, and my AV marks, and I’ll get the Champion Helm. 6 piece PvP + 2 piece Valor.

I’m thinking a longer play session, for me, will net me 2,000 honor. 22,500 honor for a High Warlord weapon, and you’ll easily get the marks you need getting there, is only 10-12 days playing time. DEFINITELY an improvement for those wanting this kind of gear.

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Posted by on December 8, 2006 in Uncategorized


Getting updated add-ons last night was like being a Gnome trying to join the Orgrimmar All-Star Basketball Team.

It wasn’t going to happen. Not last night at least.

I did have some functioning add-ons though.

My Bongos bars worked with some hitches. (Sometimes it forgot to put my buttons from the current Stance on the action bar. So I had to switch stances to restore them.) I tried out Trinity Bars but did not care for the layout selections (Smiley Layout vs. Frown Layout. Hmmm.) and I couldn’t figure out how to just hide a bar. Bongo’s has got big, easy, configuration windows.

Got Fubar working but some of the add-ons kept hiccuping. Like HonorFu. TotalFu was exactly that.

ItemRack works fine.

Cartographer. Wow. That is a nice map replacement. Haven’t tried it’s “Gatherer” functionality yet, but with modules for Herbalism and Mining, I’m sure it’s there.

Atlas and Atlas Loot are working. Atlas Quest I need to see updated. And Recommended Zone.

And I need a BG Bars mod. I tried Capping but didn’t see anything while in the BG. I miss seeing AV bars ticking off captures and caps.

Warrior’s weren’t nerfed (too badly) from what I saw. I also noticed the talent tree was slightly different from what I saw on the PTR. I got my rage, and got some killing blows in, and isn’t that what it’s about? (And maybe Rage generation was an issue before. The other night in Winterspring, questing with my wife, I must have gotten a crit on a Furbolg since one hit filled my Rage bar. That seemed like a glitch.)

I haven’t respecced anyone else yet since Msaker headed straight to the Battlegrounds. And we won half our AV matches. That was a nice change of pace.

Maybe Blackhoof will go dual-wielding Enhancement. That seemed to be great for PvE, and the upcoming get-to-70 grind fest.

But back to the add-ons. Some aren’t working at 100% yet.

Like Clique. I can’t get it to allow me to click on the name plate to target the unit. It just keeps wanting to cast heal spells when I click anywhere on the frame. It’s got options where I can deselect parts of the frame but that didn’t seem to be working.

I’ve heard about HealBot being functional so I might check that out.

And for those who think the clickheal mods are cheating: Go back into the shadows and gank something. Oh yeah, for you the clickheal button will remain broken. No heal for you! Come back one year! Next!

And so when I went to look for add-ons all three sites were down. Curse-gaming, WoW Interface, and WoW Ace was as well, off and on. Even their emergency files only site was iffy.

The Draenei are nigh.

What we found interesting was my wife got a brand new quest in Southshore … from a Draenei guy in the Inn there. There appear to be some new quests added in the mid-ranges. (Some feared the expansion would be only including level 1-20 quests for the new races and the 60-70 ones in the Outlands.)


Posted by on December 7, 2006 in Uncategorized


5PM PST is like 2AM CET. I’m not going to see the patch today.

Managed to score a bunch of updated addons while I waited. And waited.

My previously clever idea of downloading and testing addons on the Public Test Realm worked well, on one hand, and backfired on the other. I was getting add-ons, dropping them in the add-on subdirectory under WoWTest, and setting them up and seeing how they functioned.

Did you know Blizzard will, without asking you, put files on your machine? They will also, without asking you, remove files from your machine. They will remove files YOU YOURSELF have stored on your machine. If it was in the WoWTest directory it gets deleted at Blizzards whim. Not yours. Thanks for the heads-up on that one Blizz. Oh yeah, and thanks for keeping the server down all day with your patch, delivered on your schedule, at your descretion, and to your scope. Patch first, then figure out why you can’t bring the servers back online.


Posted by on December 5, 2006 in Uncategorized


Oh, boy o boy! Tuesday is Patch Day! Yay!

Tuesday = Replace ALL my add-ons day. They’re all broken! Dag. I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS! Well, there was a period there when every patch broke things. Nothing new. And the sites were absolutely SLAMMED! SLAMMED silly and out of commission. So I’ve been stocking up on some favorites. I’ve got them in the add-on subdirectory of the WoWtest directory. So, tomorrow night after the patching is done, and when the healer’s tears start flowing, I’ll delete my WTF files (WTF indeed) and all my add-on files and drag the add-ons in the test directory over. I’ve played around with them on the PTR. It’s like starting over as a noob again. (No Gatherer? No functional Clique as far as I can tell. CT_Raid and Emergency Monitor? I’d hate to think I couldn’t heal anyone in AV unless I was clicking on them. Sucks being hurt, and being you, a non-healer, I guess.)

Tuesday = How Nerfed am I today? Day!

My 60 Warrior … I’m told Warrior’s got so nerfed rage-wise that they can’t even PvP anymore. Maybe you can charge and stun a mage, but then you’ve been blinked, sheeped, POM’d, HELLSTORM FROM HELLed to death. Talk about rage! (Except you can’t use it except to bang your keyboard like some German kid.) Wait, that scenario already happens. What was I thinking? Anyway, the thinking goes that rage generation is so slow that a pvp fight is over before enough rage can be spent to win.

My 60 Shaman … I think I’m supposed to heal now. Except healer functionality support has been stripped from the add-ons. You’re on your own, I’m going fishing.

My 58 Hunter … Hunters are always good. And being Alliance I’m going to rake in the honor in AV. If I can get in. Two more levels and it’s easy street.

Tuesday = 41 points into the Talent Trees. What level 50 isn’t going to be putting all 41 points in their top talent in a tree of their choice? Warriors into Arms; Pally’s into … that Angel Wings talent; Druids into … choices there actually. I think the gold sellers are going to have a mini-renaissance as people spec, and respec, and respec again. (After all, how many epic world drops actually drop to fund all that??)

Tuesdays. Tell me why?


Posted by on December 4, 2006 in Uncategorized


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