Monthly Archives: January 2007

Thank God for mageweave.

That’s the last pre-order I’ll ever do. A pet can’t possibly be worth the week’s delay getting into the Outlands.

All my guildies, Horde and Alliance side, are in Hellfire Peninsula. I got so tired of hearing their “Oh, wow, look at …” and “Wasn’t that hilarious, I’m laughing so hard …” that I had to leave our guild chat.

Msaker’s stuck farming mageweave for Darbanville, and Arcarius knows it’s pointless to strive for PvP rewards anymore. (And who’s there to PvP with anyway? Everyone is in the Outlands already.) Blackhoof is grazing somewhere, building up strength.

If it weren’t for mageweave, I’d have no game at all.
Gloom, dispair, and no BC for me.


Posted by on January 18, 2007 in Uncategorized


Looking for trouble, in all the right places.

Itarilde and Freewind, that’s the wife and I, and the couple featured on the right in the graphic above, were looking to do a few quests. Not many left at this level (high 30′s). Didn’t want to visit the jungle. Planned to work on Ogres in Arathi Highlands. Saw we still had to get a Tome out of the Alterac Ruins. “They’re Ogres, so let’s go!”

Level 35-40 Elite Ogres. She, 39 Druid, and I, 38 Warrior. Woot. We took the Ogres one at a time and it was a piece of cake. And even if we got an add, we handled that too. Just root the melee type and we melt the 2nd, then kill the first. We’d finish fights with two with half her mana left, and all our health. She’s quite the healer being Resto specced. The level 40 Elite guarding the bookcase with the tome, he fell easily as well.

I didn’t think it’d be this easy. And it was fun. I love how I never get the chance to forget that with this game.

TBC, when it arrives in the mail from EB/Gamespot will hold 1) destinations for Arcarius, Blackhoof, Msaker, and Droonda to venture into, 2) Blood Elf Paladin (she) and Mage (me), 3) Draenei Priest (she) and Shaman (me), 4) dreams of Flight for Itarilde and Greenclaw, and 5) a Netherdragon Whelp for her.


Posted by on January 16, 2007 in Uncategorized


Add-ons Extravaganza!

I put together a file list for my friend and decided this might be of use to others too.

This is what I’ve got in way of add-ons.

I mostly get them at: (Sort on timestamp to get newest on top) (New and updated add-ons on the right side) (This used to be my favorite, now WoW Interface is, but they still get stuff.)

(Some of these add-ons come with multiple parts in their own directories. (I.e. dependencies.) I’m not showing those. I’ll just show the main directories. If you get all these you’ll have more files in the add-on directory.)

Backbone of the Ace add-on system. This is a support library that other “Ace based” add-ons use. Memory efficient. Get it because a great many of the below are based on Ace2.

Tells me how long I’ve been playing. “How can you kill that which has no life?”


The loot to be found. Handy when you’re asking yourself “Do I want to go raid Hello Kitty Fantasy Island? What’s in it for me?”

Are you sure you got every quest there?

This is working. Get it at

This provides a quick bar for drink, food, mounts, etc. That way I can keep my action bars free for spells.

I primarily used this for auto-joining BG’s. It’ll also auto-repair your stuff when you visit a vendor that can do repairs. It’ll auto-decline duel requests. It’ll auto-accept raid and party invites and warlock summons. Etc. You can have it do what you want.

This will automatically sell off your gray items (i.e. vendor trash) in your bag. (You can set stuff in a “save” list so it won’t be sold.)

This is my action bar add-on. So I can have my bars where I want them.

Shammy totem bars. This doesn’t work as as the previous version yet. But it works.

I absolutely love the info you get in AB and AV with this.

This is like super-Gatherer+. (Get all the Cartographer add-ons as well. Mining, Herbalism, etc.) Very handy world map tool. And in AV you can see all your raid in little circles numbered by group. The class of the player is shown by color of the circle. And if the circle is flashing red you can see that they’re in combat. Imagine knowing exactly where every fight is in AV. (Or AB.)

I keep this and Healbot so I can do more. (This is good for when you use Grid (below) and where the raid would otherwise overwhelm Healbot.)

“Skins” the Bartender bars and more.

How much DPS am I doing? How much healing am I doing?

This makes buying warlock pet spells easier.

This provides the setup options for other Ace add-ons in one place.

This will allow unit frames to show the Druids mana when he’s in other shapes. (You’ll recover mana after shifting to cat or bear form. Handy to know when you’re full again.) Has it’s own bar, or it’ll provide the info for other unit frames (like X-Perl below.)

I like the info on buffs and debuffs.

Is that robe really better?

Provides some idea what you’re after in the battlegrounds. Relevant mostly for 60′s with lots of time on their hands.


I like info. I used Titan Bar until I found that the Ace/Fubar collection was much better memory wise. And FuBar tends not to be. (Army acronym.)

Should tell you if that recipe/pattern/schematic you see for sale in the auction house is sold by a vendor somewhere. Should.

If you’re a hunter you can use these. If not, ignore.

I like this for raids. It’ll do a compact 8×5 grid of everyone in AV. Then you can see their class, health, etc. This is where Clique comes in. I can shift-click on a person’s box to heal them, for example.

CastParty/ClickHeal add-on. This and Clique about covers it.

This is AV magic for hunters. Target the enemy off your radar like you’re some spy hunter.

Got time for that bio?

How good is that item? No, really. “Level you can use at” is not equal to “level of how good it really is.”

This is your weapon/outfit swapping add-on.

It loads with a heart beat. I think it works.

A very configurable Hud.

This is a Scrolling Combat Text competitor.

This will tell you how much health that mob really has.

This arranges your bags. Handy.

This is a nice set of inventory add-ons.

I don’t raid much, but when I did raid this fired up the Main Tank’s targets. It’s supposed to work with CT_Raid.

My chat channel has never been more organized.

Hmm. This does something.

This comes in handy for leatherworking, engineering, etc. Where one item is made of other items that are made of yet other items. Try it.

This really works. I love the info I get. I hate it when I’m crit for *1337* by a rogue. Punk.

Mini-map adjustments.

This is a crafting queue.

For those that need to compare themselves with others, and compare those others with yet others. I got it a while back because it’s how I tracked my own +Healing and +Resist info.

ItemRack will handle trinkets. This is better.

This is similar to ItemLevel. However where ItemLevel looks at stats, this goes a step farther. This appears to be a realistic item level.

Quick looting+.

I used to use Classic Perl Bars. Now I use XPerl because I like the configuration possibilities better. And there’s arcane bars for most units. And it looks good. I like it a lot.

This is a collection of hunter add-ons providing pet, aspect, tracking, trap pull-down action bars. Handy to free up your own action bars for /emotes. I keep the pet, aspect, and trap menus enabled. I use the GFW tracker add-on.

Anyway, that’s what I play with.


Posted by on January 14, 2007 in Addons


GG, what now?

“Unable to validate game version. This may be caused by file corruption or the interferance of another program. Please visit for more information and possible solutions to this issue.”

Anyone else getting this? On the eve of the server restarts tomorrow, and the expansion’s release Tuesday, we have this?

I’m trying to log the website, and no luck.

The page cannot be displayed

There is a problem with the page you are trying to reach and it cannot be displayed.

Background: The request cannot be processed at this time. The amount of traffic exceeds the Web site’s configured capacity.

Go figure. Who’d imagine that?

And not just my machine but my wife’s as well. (So it’s not just me.)

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Posted by on January 14, 2007 in Uncategorized


Three raids.

Arcarius, after pvp’ing his butt off in the battlegrounds traded all that work in for a set of epic shoulders. Nice and glowy. Bought a Crystal Slugthrower in the Auction House and so will get a few more armor pieces before grinding his way to a High Warlord’s bow. And both pets, Bluntobject and Nevius are level 60 now.

And since I was in Atlanta this last week I had the opportunity to raid with both guilds. Arcarius joined the Kirin Tor Alliance as a member of Nightsong Moon as they raided Zul’Gurub for two nights. Bat and Snake boss downed. And Blackhoof came out of his semi-retirement to heal in a Dark Ministry raid on UBRS. Through to the end we had two deaths, total, that raid. These are good players.

And the wife’s Warlock, Zauber, got his gold thread robes so that was a mission accomplished as well.

And all 3 60′s have the Tabard from the event at the Dark Portal.


Posted by on January 13, 2007 in Uncategorized


Easy (if you’re level 60 or so) Argent Dawn Tabard.

Check out the WoW Insider today.

Basically, head down to the Dark Portal, get a quest from the Argent Dawn, to kill, or be involved in the killing of, 6 Invading Felguards. Took the wife and I five minutes to do it and we each got an Argent Dawn Tabard for service, “heroic” at that!, fighting the invasion at the Dark Portal.

Basically the tabard adds a little fun in that you can “use” it and you’ll /flex, without the emote, and an arcane explosion (harmless) blows up around you. Fun. And it’s an Argent Dawn Tabard without having to reach Exalted (or whatever) with them.

I suppose you’ll have some fun watching Warlock Felguards in the mix, and if you’re on a PvP server, heh, enjoy that too. I’d say this will be a pretty busy place for a bit.

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Posted by on January 10, 2007 in Uncategorized


The slow road to the Grandmarshal’s Bow, aka Bullseye. And it’s not just 60′s.

Arcarius has been getting some amount of attention lately.

Yes, I could sign up for the Battlegrounds with Msaker, Orc Warrior, and join guildmates, play connected via Ventrillo, and basically be a big green lure to lull folks into thinking it’s just a dumb Orc (in full rare pvp gear, frostbite and the immoveable object in his hands, lots of +health and +stamina enchants) standing there guarding the flag at the lumbermill. That’s not the case. There’s a bald dead guy whose got you targeted with cold, freezing critical death. Otherwise, it’s just little ol’ me. Zug Zug! “Come, pink one. Join the party.”

More often than not Arcarius waits 15 minutes to join an Arathi Basin game. Relmstein has already pointed out an idea that now that the horde have become sated with gear (instant access to BG’s) they’re queuing less and that means even longer waits for the alliance. Arcarius waits 20-30 minutes to join an Alterac Valley game. Msaker continues to have instant access.

Arathi Basin, from Horde p.o.v.: Defend everything with a few, constantly harrass the Alliance with the rest. Win.

Arathi Basin, from Alliance p.o.v.: “Oh Noes! If they take the Stables, they’ll only have Trollbane Hall’s cemetery to camp.” If they don’t take the Stables then it’s just a HK farming fest around it for everyone. Are they choosing not to take the Stables to prolong the game and rack up HK’s against an ever changing Alliance group? Maybe. That’s how I’d play it. Honor is harder to come by than marks afterall.

I note a lot more coordination going on, occasionally, on the Horde side. I see very little on the Alliance side. One game, seconds before the gate opened, I call out “Group 1 to the mine, group 2 to the bs, group 3 to the lm. lol.” I added the “lol” because we were 5 against 15 Horde and we all rode to the mine. Yay! Late comers took the stables. We held the stables. That we manage pretty well, being 15 of us and all. Taking other nodes, aside from the ill-fated ninja steal that hardly ever last a minute, are rare.

Msaker *is* geared up, as Relmstein suggests he should be. The High Warlord’s Poleaxe looks incredible though. I must consider getting back in there.

But Arcarius is still running with the Guttbuster, a level 48 Auction House Blue, for crying out loud. It’s a decent gun, still, but it’s time for an upgrade. That’s where the Bullseye comes in. Wait, let me get that right. Bullseye. Better.

I try to play a couple hours of BG’s every single night on Arcarius. I manage, in 2 hours, to get, maybe, 1-2k honor. That’s 10-20 days play to get that gun. Hmm, that’s not too bad. And then I’ll work on the rest of my armor set (helm, boots, then shoulders and chest.) The GM Bow is much faster than the GM Gun or Crossbow. Go figure. Same DPS, 1.8 speed vs. 2.8 speed. I like the feel of speed and am going that route. And they tell me the epic weapon will last me longest in the expansion, then the shoulders and helm. Hmm. If it’s not too painful maybe the last two pieces will be the epic versions. (Shiney shoulders. ’nuff said.)

Arcarius’ new pet, Bluntobject, a white bear recently tamed in Winterspring, and dinging 59 last night, is coming along. He’s tough, resilient, and hits for much more DPS than my 58 cat did. I can’t explain it. He occasionally out DPSes me! (Damn Guttbuster. But, then again, why do I want his aggro? He’s got more health and armor than me!) While I wait for BG’s to pop we kill Dragonkin in the Burning Steppes alongside the botters. I don’t complain about the bots because I can kill kill-steal from them if I’m fast (their cat charges, but my bullet is faster, and they help me kill it), and I can definitely skin-steal from them (skin it after they’ve looted). So much black dragonscale now, from my kills and that from the bots, that I can now send 3 stacks of black scales to Droonda so she can craft herself some fighting gear.

But’s it not all about the 60′s.

Last night I brought Darbanville out, 33 Priest, and she was joined by my wife’s Warlock Zauber, level 31. We added Nachweis, level 26 Warlock, and Negar, a Shaman in the guild, level 32, and we tore the demons of Fel Hill outside of Splintertree new ones all over. The Shaman alone, bubbled, takes out Infernals. Zauber, bubbled, can AoE a pack of Felhounds into charred ruin. Those 2 named Demons we’ve wound up killing 3 times each in two days. It’s laughable how hard our little party was hitting stuff. And party health remained fine the whole while thankyouverymuch.


Posted by on January 5, 2007 in Uncategorized


Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me. Or, “Tag, you’re it.”

Tobold tagged Relmstein and he tagged me.

Five things you might not know about me:

1. I’ve lived and worked overseas a lot, and at least a year in Germany, Ukraine, Belgium, and Turkey. (All the while working for the same employer.) I’m currently living in Germany again. Oh, I almost forgot about the couple of years we lived in Okinawa, Japan, as a kid.

2. Before I was addicted to WoW I was into genealogical research. This was spurred by my grandmother telling us that we were related to Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. I traced my family back to the Immigrants in the 1600′s, solidly, and then even further back following traditional lineages. And I learned a lot about history, from the Middle Ages clear back to the Ancient World as the lineages traced back to Alexander and beyond. And living in places like Turkey I was surrounded by the stuff.

3. My first car as an Audi NSU Prinz1000. A wankel rotary engined car that looked a lot like a BMW 2002. It was a horrible car, but my college dormies, this being University of Maryland’s Munich Campus, Munich, Germany, loved getting rides to the area’s monastery which featured some damn good beer. And when I first got that car, 12th grade at the time, I did the grown-up thing and tried to touch up some rust spots. I wound up using about six different shades of the same burnt orange, and it still had a couple rust spots on it.

4. I had failing math grades in elementary school and had to take summer school to make it up. I failed 10th grade geometery. Proofs made no sense, though I know they’re supposed to. I failed english tests, but passed with C’s because I could bluff them with my writing. Before I graduated from high school I was nominated into and entered the Talented and Gifted Program. The school’s brightest kids. As I sat there, their last meeting of the year, graduation only a few weeks away, I thought to myself: “Cool. Hey, wait. Look at these guys. … Wait a minute. Hey, she’s cute.” Then I grew up and became an engineer with the Government. A Professional Engineer to boot.

5. My collection of antique daggers from the Caucuses, Kindjals, it pretty much museum grade stuff. One piece, a small sword, was crafted for the son of an officer in the time of Csar Alexander III. I bought it when I heard a Ukrainian military officer was looking at it too. I figured better me than him.

And in the spirit of things, I’ll tag the following to tell us Five Things We Don’t Know About You on your blogs: Excaliber, S4dfish, and Samownall. Tag. You’re it!


Posted by on January 3, 2007 in Memes


Winning the lottery in AV. Or, why Autoloot is important.

My Warrior’s got new pants. He can’t wear them yet because he’s only level 38. [Cloudkeeper Leggings].

Not a shabby drop for looting an NPC at Frostwolf Graveyard.

Like eating veggies, loot everything. You never know what you’ll find. And use auto-loot. Everyone else does.

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Posted by on January 2, 2007 in Uncategorized


Happy New Year, everyone.

What’s that going to bring, this New Year?

The Burning Crusade, for starters. I look forward to seeing new content and both new races. Two years going and World of Warcraft still does it for me. (What’s it take to get a Beta Key out of you guys?!) On the off chance of when I think to myself “Why do I bother?” I log onto my Warlock, level 12, and melt faces in Northshire. That’s simply satisfying.

Two ski trips in February. One with my wife for a week so she can learn to ski. One with the guys at work doing a Ski Safari.

Mmm. A trip back to Seville, a week in a beachfront condo in Florida, and general roaming around.

And, oh, 43 more losses in the Arathi Basin. :)

So, what’s the new year going to have in store for you? And here’s hoping it’s a good one.

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Posted by on January 1, 2007 in Uncategorized


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