Monthly Archives: December 2007

Humor is dead. :) Happy New Years everyone.

Went to the bank in Stormwind City. Found this guy on the steps.


His name? “Dohwrongbank”.

Maybe it was a lot of fest beer going around the market square, but I thought this was pretty good.

The wife did too. Oddly, however, she did not think “Anticipation” was a good name for a Dwarf Rogue.

Anyway, Happy New Years to all you guys.

P.S. Can any WordPress bloggers tell me how to do images easily in the basic wordpress blog setup?  Where I can show a scaled down version that folks can click on for the full size?  I’ve seen one suggestion where I’d need to edit the html.  That’s just too much work.  There must be an easier way, surely.  Thanks.  :)


Posted by on December 31, 2007 in Uncategorized


“I like the green,” she says.

“But the red one looks bad ass.”


And the festive, “For the Horde,” red one it was.

After shaking down all her characters, and me shaking down all of mine, we put together the 5,200 required for lessons and mount for Droonda. She’s blown away by the blistering speed. And we’ve both started the Ally of the Netherwing daily quests now.

I remember way back when just getting the normal flying lessons was such a big expense. Now, some months later (a lot, I guess) here we are, both of us on swift flying mounts. We’re sooo ready for the expansion pack. (Other than she getting leatherworking to 375, and me getting my blacksmithing to 375 (371 now!), we’re ready in every way for the next expansion.)

Now it’s back to the dailys, to grind out another 5,200 for Blackhoof this time. :) The game keeps delivering.

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Posted by on December 27, 2007 in Droonda


Merry Christmas to one and all.

The wife and I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.


Now, if you’ll pardon us, we’re going to be looking for mobs that were more naughty than nice.

P.S. That two-hander you see me holding? That was my 10-minute attempt to become a Retribution Paladin. No way. Give me Reckoning. Give me a Shield. Give me Hammer of Wrath! Things went much more smoothly when I went back to Protection spec with the wife playing a Mage. Ten Southsea Pirates at once? No problem. In fact I would prefer it that way. Less running around looting things. Er, gathering presents. :)


Posted by on December 24, 2007 in Musings


Bear with me.

The wife and I really wanted to get through Maraudon. So we saw what we could do alone.

We did pretty good. Got four out of the six quests done, actually.

We got all the gems off the Kahns, and made the Pariah happy.

We healed all the Vylestem Vines.

We collected enough Theradic Crystal Carvings. And we easily got all the Shadowshards.

The first attempt at the Fifth Kahn, inside the Orange Side, did not go well. The second attempt we stealthed only half as far in and found him.

Now my wife, she’s got the tank thing down pretty good. It might not be clear in the screenshot, but she’s got 4,000 Bear health to my 1,900 Cat health. The Fifth Kahn we finished off with two Celebrian Dryad’s waling on us as well.

Now perhaps we got a little greedy. We attempted Razorlash on our own as well. He’s an actual boss. Sadly, he’s got this stacking debuff that really winds up putting the hurt on a person. My failure was not using rebirth once she’d fallen. Perhaps with a refreshed Bear tanking we might have made it. This was our first deep foray into an instance like this. And I must say it went well.


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Posted by on December 24, 2007 in Druids




Priority for the next one, my wife, Droonda. Then Blackhoof.

The speed is amazing.

The color green was simply the right choice.

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Posted by on December 24, 2007 in Msaker


My name is MinMax. I play a number. What’s your game?

Rephrasing something I saw somewhere:  “With the new leggings and a +12 stats enchant, my unbuffed statline is now 1936 ap, 27% crit, and 251 (16%) hit. I can swap out gear and self buff to get my hit up to about 304 (19%), which theoretically leaves me (with talents) at 4% chance to miss. I’d say thats pretty accurate, at least as accurate as the spreadsheet I’ve developed will make it, as my damage meter usually shows my melee misses to come either just under or just over 4% total. If I group with a druid spec with improved faerie fire, I could drop that number to just about 1%, which would prompt me to regem some stuff so that I could max out my cap for raids.”

Oh, I’m sorry, are you wondering what Class?  No? Then you’re an accountant.  You might be gaming the system, but does that make you a gamer?  Sounds more like a job.

Is Blizzard designing content for accountants and math majors and numbers crunchers?

I.E. are we forced to consider whether or not there is sufficient mana in the proprosed group to expend on healing, to have sufficient up-time for DPS output, a function of rage generation, energy generation, mana pools, and mana regen, and leet gear, to include the best lewtz, to overcome the encounter’s target’s health, before that target’s damage output overcomes the health numbers of the DPSers and then the Healers? 

Can someone just /yell “Leroy Jenkins” already and get back to having some fun with that chicken?

Is WoW End-Game nothing more than application of numbers (i.e. the players stats combined with application of his abilities, in conjunction with those in his party) against another set of numbers (the bosses stats and his application of his own abilities)?

William Shatner plays a Shaman.  What are you playing?  A set of numbers maintained on a server someplace accessed via cable or fiber, viewed on display devices, manipulated by interface devices?  My name is MinMax.  I play a number.  What’s your game?

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Posted by on December 21, 2007 in Musings



Them?  These dead bodies, suspended from, or anchored down by, chains that course back and forth across the room?  Or us?  The two sole living, breathing, in our fashion, Forsaken that swam among them?


You know where sinners wind up?  Criminals tossed into the Well of the Forgotten?


The Pit of Criminals.

Methinks we’re lucky that nobody was home. 

No boss, though plenty of room for plenty of them.


Posted by on December 20, 2007 in Explorations


Next expansion, we shall be as Gods! But will our bandaids will still suck?

Lost in the Grind has a blogroll link to Dark London where I found a post that included a screenshot from a Molten Core raid. They’re at Lucifron. I looked at the health amounts and just had to chuckle. The Warriors have 6200 and 6300 health, tops. I remember getting Msaker his full set of rare PvP gear. Fully enchanted with the best I could get, I think I topped 8,000 health. The PvP gear having a lot more Stamina on it. Wow. I think Druids were posting screenshots showing off 10,000+ health. This was the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius indeed.

At 70, 10 levels later, Msaker’s got 12000 health. He’s Protection, with Tanking Gear. it drops to 9k when he’s in “DPS” gear. I’m sure I’m missing some enchants. With the proper gear I’d be up at 16000 health. Druids are topping 20,000 health.

And don’t think being in nearly full DS3 with some Kara gear, and 12k health, is good enough. It isn’t. It’s not even a start for Zul’Aman. So obviously 16k isn’t an unreasonable expectation, in Blizzard’s eyes. (Blizzard is, after all, spending a lot of design effort catering to the 16k+ Warriors. They must figure that’s the standard.)

And, my point, effectively, we’ve managed to double our health in a mere 10 levels.

And with the next expansion, we should be seeing it double again? Warriors with 32k and Druids with 40k?

Hey, it’s already gotten past the point of ridiculousness now, hasn’t it? I mean I go on a bombing run in Ogri’la. I’m knocked out of the sky. I don’t lose X health. I lose a percentage of my health in the fall. To get back in business I have to drink a potion, Super Healing Potion, 1500-2500 healed, 2 minute cooldown, and use a heavy netherweave bandage, 3400 damage healed, 2 minuted cooldown, and I get back 3900-5900 health. I’m still down 8110-6100 health, my means to heal myself are both on cooldown, and I’m without a healer. With demons bearing down on me, and to mount up and fly means I’ve got the flack to contend with again. That’s just broken. We need Super Heavy Netherweave Bandages, and better Healing Potions, or shorter cooldowns on both.

I can see that shorter cooldowns would allow bandages to be spammed and then anyone could mimic the ability of a healer to heal, so that’s out. So give me bandages that heal a percentage of my health. I want the bandage that will heal 100% of my health. Then again, that would be pretty magical too.

Bandages haven’t scaled with our health. Potions haven’t scaled with our health.

Oh, we’ll be Godlike at 80, just don’t scratch us.

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Posted by on December 19, 2007 in Musings


A little something unusual. The Sprite Darter pet.

The first time I saw one I knew I had to have one. I mean I spent twenty minutes clucking like a chicken to get a chicken to lay an egg for me in Westfall so I could get a pet chicken. I’d do just about anything to get a pet. And this new pet, getting it is not really that hard. (If you’re partnered with a wife that’s about triple your mass and goes by the nickname “Dire Bear” it’s really rather easy.)

What might that be you’re wondering?


That little jewel next to me. That is a rare Sprite Darter. How did I get it? Read on.

So, you’re level 47, right? You can’t get the quest until you are level 47. And you’ve got a friend along. (Yes, if your friend does the quest they’ll get one too. It’s not unique, only unusual. :) ) You don’t need a friend along if you can solo a lot of mid-40′s Grim Totems. Your call.

Travel to Feralas. That would be to Feathermoon Stronghold or Thalanaar. Oh, that’s another thing I haven’t mentioned yet. This is for Alliance only. (Now you can get that chicken I mentioned earlier, you Hordies. You’ll just need an Alliance friend that can get the chicken to lay the egg. Then you collect the egg.)

Back to the business at hand. You are Alliance, level 47+, and you have a friend along. Make your way to Feralas, as I’ve mentioned, and then find yourself a Grim Totem camp that’s situated about halfway between the Horde’s Camp Mojache and Dire Maul. You can’t miss the camp. It’s full of Tauren, Dire Bears, and totem poles. Oh, yeah, and a big cage full of Sprite Darters. (What the Grim Totems plan on doing with them, I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I do know even the Horde hate these guys.)

Now above this camp, spying on them from a safe distance are two Night Elves. (If you use coordinates, they’re at 66, 45 or so.) They are up on a ledge above the lake there. You can reach them by circling around from the left. The first Elf, Kindal Moonweaver, would have you rescue six darters. She’ll even help you do it. You’ll go down to the cage and open it. It got a little hectic there, but Itarilde, my wife, as a Dire Bear, gathered up all the bad guys and we went to town. We needed to save six, but it really looked like at least a dozen made the break for it in the right direction. You’ll get the message when the six have arrived to safety.

Return back up to the ledge. Now the other Elf, Jer’kai Moonweaver, wants you to simply kill more Grim Totems. Do so. She’ll give you a ring and send you to Darnassus where you’ll speak to Tyrande in the Temple of the Moon. Now, don’t be alarmed, there is no new quest given to you at this point. Don’t panic. (It’s reasons like this that find so few folks getting one. The quest appears to have come to an end.)

Find/make two Elixirs of Fortitude for each person wishing to get a pet. And set your hearthstone to the Tidewater Inn in Menethil. (You’ll see why later.) And you do have the flight point up at Aerie Peak, right? If you don’t be sure to grab it before you set out on part 2 of the adventure here.

Return to Kindal in Feralas. She’s got some good news. A nest of eggs was rescued and she wants you to have one of the eggs. She’ll send you to another Elf in the Shimmering Flats named Quentin. He’ll be wanting the two Elixirs you brought along to ensure the baby growing in the egg stays strong.  We went to Thalanaar, flew to Gadgetzan, and rode up and over the mountains into the Shimmering Flats and the racetrack there.

Now he’ll want you to take the egg to Agnar Beastamer in Aerie Peak. And you have an hour to do it in. Simple! Hearth to Menethil (that’s why you set your hearthstone here earlier. You were listening, weren’t you?) and hop the Griffin up to Aerie Peak. Agnar is found in the basement of the big building. He’ll take the egg from you. But there is one last request. You’ll need to find some fresh meat for your Darter, and that would be five Silverman Stalker Flanks. These are from the stealthing wolves that wander around in the eastern half of the Hinterlands, near Jintha’Alor. Return with the meat, he’ll feed it, and the Darter will be presented to you. Congratulations! You’re now a parent. Soccer practice and piano lessons will be coming soon. (And you thought the epic flying was expensive.)

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Posted by on December 16, 2007 in Alliance


Elemental Healbot. DPSbot. Woot.

Well, you know I’m Elemental. I can throw lightning.

Our last Karazhan raid I tied for 3rd in Damage Output.


But I was a healer once.

No record of it, like for the Karazhan raid, but last night 5 of us, 1 person brand new to the Caverns of Time, went to Durnholde Keep and the Black Morass. I was the only healer. The Warlocks can life tap, and the Warrior is so geared he takes relatively no damage. No deaths.

Elemental Shamans *CAN* heal. Just give it a try and be prepared with water, mana potions, and get yourself some good healer add-ons like Healbot and Clique and Grid. (I kept Thrall healed via the Focus Frame.) You can do it.


This is a lot of the non-set Shaman healing “set” found in normals and heroics.  (The +88 Healing Chestarmor was from a quest in Nethestorm.) I’ve got nearly +1000 Healing in it. Just a few gems different and this would get me started in Karazhan as a Restoration Shaman healing.

But, for now, I’ll remain the Elementalist that can heal.

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Posted by on December 15, 2007 in Uncategorized


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