Monthly Archives: March 2008

We’re off to Gatlinburg


Not sure there’ll be snow left there this late in the year. But it’s a trip to the hills with family, so that’s good.


Posted by on March 31, 2008 in OoC


What D&D Character am I?

If I were a D&D character…

I Am A: True Neutral Human Ranger (6th Level)

Ability Scores:







True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he’s not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter’s dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

The detailed results are interesing too:

 Detailed Results:Alignment:
Chaotic Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Chaotic Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17)
Lawful Evil —– XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Neutral Evil —- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Chaotic Evil —- XXX (3)

Law & Chaos:
Law —– XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Chaos — XXX (3)

Good & Evil:
Good —- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Evil —- (0)

Dwarf —- XXXX (4)
Elf —— XXXXXX (6)
Gnome —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Halfling – XXXXXXXX (8)
Half-Elf – XXXXXXX (7)
Half-Orc – XXXXXXXX (8)

Barbarian – (-8)
Bard —— (0)
Cleric —- (0)
Druid —– (-4)
Fighter — (0)
Monk —— (-19)
Paladin — (-19)
Ranger —- XXXXXX (6)
Rogue —– (-2)
Sorcerer — (0)
Wizard —- XXXX (4)

I’m not sure about the True Neutrality though.  But I’ll take it with the 0 Evil score for Good & Evil.

This test kind of runs counter to that “What WoW character would you be” test that said I’m a Paladin.  (Twice.)


P.S.  My wife, aka Droonda, reports she’d be a True Neutral Human Cleric.  The difference between Cleric and Ranger aside, it’s telling that in the course of 129 questions, out of 9 possible alignments we both fall in the center.

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Posted by on March 27, 2008 in Roleplaying


Rage against the machine.

Well, us actually. And he fared none too well.


I didn’t expect to get this far in the game. Tonight the guild took advantage of Blizzard’s largesse and ventured into Mount Hyjal.

Rage Winterchill rages no more.

They say he is the easiest boss there. No matter. It was a fun fight. And now that Chain Lightning no longer breaks crowd controlled mobs, all the waves we fought before the boss were just a monster mash.

And the trash was kind to Stormsoul. I finally replaced my DS3 chest piece, my last blue item, with the Chestguard of Relentless Storms.

P.S. What’s up with the new gear available at the Faction Vendors.  At Honored with each you can pick up a piece of gear.  For Shamans at least, there is an Elemental, Enhancement, and Resto piece of gear available for purchase.  Five factions, five pieces of armor for a complete set.  It matched the look of the Tidefury, but red rather than blue.  Not bad at all if I were still at that stage.  They’re really taking care of the 70′s now.  Did the other classes get something like this?

P.P.S.  It would appear all the classes will find this kind of gear.  Each of the factions sells one piece (per spec) of pvp-related (it’s got resilience), blue, level 70, armor that will comprise a set with bonuses.  Each piece is available at Honored with that faction.  My Nelf hunter, who’s done very few instances, is actually already Honored with the Cenarian Expedition and Honor Hold.  That would get him legs and gloves (if he had the cash).  Now I just need to figure the quickest way to Honored with Lower City, Shatar, and the Keepers of Time.


Posted by on March 25, 2008 in Gear, Raids


Look to the west.

There, in the valley west of Death Knell, we found Four Peaks.


The valley is huge. So much room.

It’s about the size of another subzone in Tirisfal Glades.

I never really noticed it before. Not enough to actually go exploring. Tonight we did.

Maybe Blizzard has generated the terrain to allow players to fly over all the areas at some later point in time.

Maybe it’s the home for some more content.

It’s unfinished potential, for sure.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,

And my spirit is crying for leaving.

In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,

And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder, Ooh, it really makes me wonder

- Led Zepplin, Stairway to Heaven.

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Posted by on March 24, 2008 in Explorations


When it’s good, it’s okay. When it’s bad, it’s terrible.

Last weeks near-shutout of the Alliance by the Horde in AV notwithstanding,  Horde are usually losing.

I don’t do pre-mades.  Once or twice, and only limited ones at that (five in our guild, on vent, in 15 man Arathi Basin).

For me, a premade team in Arathi Basin means a quick mark of honor.  I’d prefer they didn’t rub it in our faces and camp the last graveyard.  When they do that I stop feeding them honor by declining to rez for them.  Hey, you’ve got the organization.  Take the victory, be clean about it, and move on.  When they don’t, it’s terrible.

But I love it when a game goes well.  I don’t need great.  Well is fine.  And victory is just icing on a good game.  If both sides have accumulated good honor, hk’s, and kb’s, they’re both doing what they ought to be.

I’ve not stuck my head into WSG in ages now.  (I might for the marks for a piece of armor.  Or I might not.)

In EOTS I’m 1-1.  That was great.  I might retire on those laurels.  :)

In Arathi Basin we’re actually 3-2 now.  The 2 losses were to premades.  The 3 wins… I don’t know.  Flukes?  They’re classic wins.  Grabbed farm, then lm and and bs.  Hold.  Harrass the stables to keep them locked down on what they have.  Watch them sit at the stables unsure of what to do.  Fend off late game desperation rushes.  Take a fourth resource, the mine, or the stables perhaps, to speed up the intevitable.  Thank the healers before the match closes.

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Posted by on March 21, 2008 in BGs/PvP


Todays Searches

Every now and then I peruse the searches used to find me.

If the searcher hasn’t already found the answer, let me try to answer directly:

best horde battle group 2

It ain’t Vindication.  I’ve lost way more times than won.  In all fairness, though, last night we ripped the alliance a new one.  A group actually peeled off to defend Galv.  A small group did kill Bal, and we did not have Stonehearth Graveyard once that got done.  We took the bunkers and we defended them until they capped.  We did capture Stormpike Graveyard, and finally held on to it.  We took both North and South Dun Baldar bunkers.  And we defended them till they capped.  We ran wild over the alliance there outside of Van’s keep.  We didn’t capture the flag, since they had a lot of folks defending.  We finally did, but not for the longest while.  It was a really fun time though.  Lot’s of fighting.  And in the end, Horde won the attrition war.  We had over 400 left when the alliance ran out.  Our captures also saw us getting 500 some honor to the Alliance’s 20 or so.  Defend your victories, yet move on for the conquest.

spellblade tauren 2

This is the Pvp dagger that you can get.  Rather a nice weapon for a caster type.  So I’m figuring if Taurens are involved, it must be a Druid or Shaman request.  I’d opt for the Gavel though.  Same stats and cost.  But 10′ tall Taurens should be swinging maces, not daggers. 

wow bc highest ele shaman dps 1

Eleven billionity!  Not close.  At the moment, in a mix of T4 and T5 gear, and probably missing an enchant or two, I can hit 1000 or so.   My regular bolts hit for 1500, crits for over 3000.  2 second cast, that’s 750 dps for regular hits, and 1500 dps for crits, 30% crit rate recorded by Recount.  So that’s 975 dps, sustained.  If I’m not moving, or dropping totems (2 second global cooldown for each drop, 3 dropped at a time for most fights, and during fights.  975 dps, to which add your blessings and buff foods and such, and you could easily get over 1000.  I’m really curious about how much that will improve once I start getting more of the T5 set (so far only 1 piece), and I can finally replace my Tidefury (DS3) chest armor!  (75 badges isn’t insurmountable and will get a very nice T5 equivalent chest armor.)

zomg wow database 1

This must be referring to WoWHead.  (See the side bar for the link.) 

shaman wotlk 1

Don’t know what anyone is going to find here about Shamans and WotLK.  From what I’ve heard, they’ll be buffing Enhancement more, and nerfing Elementals some, and I guess leaving the Restos alone.  I don’t worry about it though.  What will be will be. 

ssc tk warrior tanking blog 1

My hats off to the Tanks in SSC and TK.  I found my limit in Heroics.  These guys impress the heck out of me. 

“servant of razelikh” kite 1

You used to be able to kite the servants all the way to Stormwind City.  I’ve seen it done.  (Rather, I was with the mob following the thing, leveling up my weapons, as some Warrior hauled it into town. )

But, no more.  They now rubberband right back to their spot after a short chase.  You can’t even do a fighting retreat, and fight them while pulling them away, without them evading and resetting.

dpsbot 1

Somebody in vent once asked what my secret was on a Karazhan run.  We’d just down the Prince.  I was on top of the chart in damage output.  In honesty I told him I mashed the 2 key.  That’s my lightning bolt.  “Shot Rotations” for an Elemental Shaman are: Lightning Bolt.  Repeat.  (Sure, if there’s a well controlled mob of mobs I’ll throw in Chain Lightnings every chance I get, and I’ll drop Magma or Fire Nova totems too.  It’s mostly just lightning bolt spam.)

I used to be a healbot.  And that involved consideration of whether to use Lesser Healing Wave, regular Healing Wave, or Chain Healing.  (No HOTS for Shammys.)

I’m even more limited in choices as a DPSbot.

level 20 paladin quest 1

I posted that post a little while back about the level 20 Paladin quest for alliance.  The one that got you Verigan’s Fist.

elemental shaman badge gear 1

Yeppers.  Sweet stuff.  T5 equivalent gear for doing a lot of Karazhan.

There are boots, gloves, belt, bracers, shoulders, and chest armor to get.  The leggings you’ll have to get out of Zul’Aman.  (And the leather belt for Balance Druids has better stats on it than the mail version.)


Posted by on March 18, 2008 in Uncategorized


Woot. Just woot.

Finally. At long last.



Clearing SSC has been easy enough. Killing the Lady Vashj has proven to be a tougher nut to crack.

Well, we finally cracked her.

The Lady V is down.

Kael’thas Sunstrider… We’re coming for you.


Posted by on March 16, 2008 in Raids


Do you remember?

There we were.  Our mid-40s Forsaken returning from Brackenwall in Dustwallow Marsh to Orgrimmar to complete a quest.

In flight on the windriders.  I was alt-tabbed out, catching up on news during the flight.

The wife makes a remark passing through the canyon outside of Orgrimmar, the one filled with those electric dinosaurs.  I turn to look at her screen.  Did the flight always go through like this?  I think so.

Then the windrider sweeps up and over the bridge between Durotar and The Barrens.

“I remember when Droonda first crossed that bridge,” she says.

You know that “Quantam Leap” thing, or something like it, when all reality just kind of tunnels up and you rush through it, and there she was, white-maned Droonda, leather gear, level 11 or so, taking her first steps beyond the already dangerous Durotar.  Steps?  Running.  She was running into the next adventures and challenges.  And so long ago.  A couple years now.  But I had the picture of it in my mind, as clear as what I was watching as she flew over that bridge and on into Orgrimmar.

For some, the point is reaching the end.  They just need one big ol’ DING – Game Over – Scrolling Credits to know they’re winners.  That’d be like being born to sit in the guest of honor’s chair at our own retirement ceremony.  Woot!  You’re Dead.  Thanks so much for playing.  Next. (And don’t let the door hit you on the way out, and go quietly.)

For me, every step is worth remembering.  I don’t want to retire, or be retired.  And you kind of live forever if you remember.  (And, heck, you can always repeat the journey, or do it a new way, or in new clothes, or with new wisdom.)

I do screenshots when I come across neat stuff.  Nice sunsets, beautiful vistas, unusual sights.  But what about the milestones?

One of my favorite add-ons is called Ding Recorder.  It quietly sits in the background and waits for those special moments.  When you “Ding,” and get the swirl of light, it takes your screenshot for you.  (You will want to change the set-up so it won’t send out the guild notification every time.  On a level 5 character, in a guild with 70′s trying to do something… ;) )

It’s a nice record of where you’ve been, a photo diary if you will, and what’s gone into making you what you’ve become.

Sunsets, bridge crossings, and AV wins are on you to screenshot.

Sometimes I dream of the future
And sometimes I travel down Memory Lane
With the Yesterday Daily Review
Memories carefully kept in a pile
Like newspapers stacked in the corner
To relive my yesterdays once in a while
Although they are faded and worn
They remind me
Once in a while
Of far away places and long ago names
Yesterdays back down the road that you came
Somewhere behind you down Memory Lane
Joe Walsh - 1987


Posted by on March 14, 2008 in Addons, Memory Lane


Success in other endeavours. (But not in AV.)



I’m glad there’s more than BG’s.

Tonight it was an all but Lady V clear of SSC.

Because afterwards, in Alterac Valley, it was massacres over and over.  Horde would send in two man teams to take the bunkers.  They did, over and over.  We had 5 defending 2 bunkers and 2 graveyards.  In the end Alliance held Stonehearth Graveyard and had earned 41 honor.  Horde had captured everything else before Alliance reinforcements ran out.  Alliance earned 600 honor to the Horde’s 41 or so.  2 wins to 19 losses since I started keeping track.

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Posted by on March 11, 2008 in BGs/PvP, Raids


Lolz. I am not unique.

I knew I’d gotten enough honor to purchase the Season 1 shoulders with yesterdays honor earnings, so I logged out in the PvP vendors area. Today, I log on, and buy my shoulders. I wasn’t alone there. Guess who I had for company.


(Your’s truly is the handsome devil on the right.)

Nelf Hunters of the world, unite!

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Posted by on March 10, 2008 in Humor, etc., Hunters


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