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Get informed. Go Vote.

Here are the national organization sites (in alphabetic order):

Democratic Party (Relevant voting record.)

Republican Party (Relevant voting record.)

And to help choose between them, if the decision isn’t obvious, here is a link to Project Vote Smart.

All these sites will also help you find where you need to go to cast your votes.

If you’re at least 18, and an American Citizen, (and not a felon or incompetent), you are entitled to vote. 

Get informed.  Imagine your future.  Make note of the candidates best suited to match your intended future, or present situation.  Go Vote for them.

God Bless the U. S. of A..

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2008 in Musings

 

WAR’s nose despite it’s face. Pally’s nerfed? Orly?

Two part post today.

WAR.  So I’m reading the forums on Warhammer Alliance.  (I think it’s a huge mistake not to have official forums.)  Some poster is complaining that he’s played all the classes to level 10 and none of them appealed to him.  What was he doing wrong?  Some guy wrote back and said “Forget PvE.  If you’re here for PvE you will be disappointed.  Forget the Scenarios.  This is about RvR and if you aren’t out in open RvR and loving it, this game isn’t for you.  WAR is for PvPers.  Deal with that or leave.”  I’m paraphrasing, but the gist was WAR is purely a PvP game and don’t expect anything else from it or you’ll be disappointed.

Well.  That means my wife will grow to dislike it soon enough if that’s true.  She’s a big PvEr.  And, yes, she has a LotRO account as well.  She and I are enjoying the PvE aspects of WAR.  And when she logs off for the night I’ll hop into the Scenarios and accomplish the occasional RvR lake quests.  Being a fan of the scenario’s I suppose I’m part of the problem too.  I’m treating the Scenarios as farmable/grindable content for progression xp and gear wise.  But isn’t that what I’m supposed to be doing?  That’s what they’re there for.  Otherwise me alone versus a well formed gang of enemy sounds like zero fun.

Anyway, I seriously doubt Mythic would be shocked, “SHOCKED, I TELL YOU,” if they learned that a few people who’ve come over from WoW are interested in PvE content, solo content, and aren’t there for the RvR primarily.  The RvR is a flavor, and not a bad one, but the meal is otherwise full of great graphics and content. (Salzenmund is incredible and I’ve only just now quested through it.)  I’ll just go ahead and demand Masala and hope Cayenne isn’t all that’s on offer.

WoW Paladins.  So, big complaint is they just got nerfed “to the ground” recently.  Oh, really?

We’ve got a Paladin who’s gone Retribution.  (The Pally tanks are on haitus, and the healers are on sabbatical.)  A couple weeks back she, the toon’s female, of course, topped the Damage Output chart for our Mount Hyjal run.  Most of the damage was Consecration, but white melee hits were in there too.  Topped the chart.  Over our hunters, our mages, everyone.  This was like God’s own Wrath let loose in Mount Hyjal on the mobs and bosses.

But they just got hit with the nerf, from what I’ve read ’round the blogosphere.  (Not playing a Pally at that level myself.)  And after last night I demand Blizzard nerf me, an Elemental Shaman, in exactly the same way.  (My damage output is WAY down in comparison to the Hunters and this Ret Paladin post-patch.  My only saving grace is I’m beating the Warlock’s and keeping up with the Mages.  But our group pales into insignificance compared to the damage output to the new Hunters and the new Ret Paladin.)

Anyway, last night this Paladin is not #1.  Our Feral Druid doing decursing duty on Archimonde is.  (Sweet.)  The Paladin, however, is either #2 or #3.  Most of the damage was white melee damage.  It was consecration damage until we reached Archimonde himself.

So that confuses me.  If they’re #1 in damage because of consecration I’m picturing this huge mana drain.  But then they’re #1 with white melee damage on a single target and I guess they’re swinging some huge monsterous legendary weapon.

Her gear is perfectly ordinary.  In fact a Fury Warrior wearing it where we’re going would have gotten sent packing.  Vanquisher Leggings out of Heroic Mechanar.  Doomplate Shoulders from someplace else.  (Where was her +Int gear?  I didn’t see any.)  This is absolutely not Tier 4, much less Tier 5, gear.  Then again, do the Paladins have a Retribution set in the Tier gear?

Anyway, this Paladin is rocking the damage charts and we’re doing all the bosses in Black Temple and Mount Hyjal (except the final ones yet), and she’s in perfectly ordinary gear.  What shocked me was the amount of damage she did this last raid.  And this is post nerf.

And I forget to mention, she also placed #4 on the healing done chart.

If Pally’s got nerfed I’m sure we’re all wanting some of that koolaide.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Musings

 

Two many things to play, too little time.

I’ve been pretty much splitting my time between World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online.

No ennui for me regarding Warhammer.  This ain’t a “I’m quitting WAR” post.  Heck, I’ll be the  first to admit I’ve barely scratched the surface.  I’ve got one level 12 character.  A few around 10 and 11.  I just started a(nother) Squig Herder last night. I’ve barely ventured into the Tier 2 content.  And I like the sound of both the Dark Elf’s Blackguard (who the developers say should be regarded as 14 year-old emo punks, all that and angry) and the Empire’s Knights of the Blazing Sun (who know better than you).  These are caricatures of the characters you love to hate, and if I’m feeling that about them and the classes, Mythic’s already sold them to me.  And the wife and I are enjoying the game, and playing together with our myriad of couples.

In World of Warcraft, we’re hardly “taking a break” before the expansion hits in just over a week.  Last night we encountered Mother Shahraz for the second time, and killed her for our first time.  Sweet.  Some folks in the guild are now wearing two pieces of Tier 6 gear.  We may not be blazing trails, but we’re on them.  And that’s great.  Because we all know this content is flushed into the sewer of obscurity once the new end-game is opened up.  To be in there, in Illidian’s little gardens of pleasure, is really pretty cool.

Anyway, that and work and the garden (planting next spring’s tulips today) are keeping me gainfully busy.

(And I’ve got one more continent’s worth of inns to trick-or-treat at and I’ll close out “Grabbing Candy Throughout the Known World” achievement.)

P.S. Trick or Treating wound up ending last night and I was a continent short.

P.P.S. I learned a bit more about Warhammer’s Witching Night.  These Restless Spirits are summonable in some way, it would seem.  And a Black Orc has a nice AoE effect.  Got myself 3 leather Gobba masks.

Gobba gobba hey!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2008 in Uncategorized

 
 
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