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Gamer. Engineer. Lived lots of places.

Armistice Day

Also known as Veteran’s Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the U.K. and commemorating the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Remember the fallen who have served.

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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Uncategorized


Curse you, RNG

My first Oracles egg netted my Orc Warrior a green proto-drake. I’m not sure which egg thereafter netted my Human Paladin one. So far my Hunter, Druid, Shaman, and other Paladin remain joyless. My wife’s Orc, the Shaman Princess, has yet to get one. She’s been trying, faithfully, for what must be over a year now. (Indeed, since 11 Apr 2009.) She’s promised to give up when Cataclysm hits. (Her Druid actually got one. Like a Druid needs a flying mount, right?)

For the Headless Horseman fest. I’ve got seven level 80s, and for the last week of the holiday they’ve been running the Headless Horseman daily every day. Some have been running it from day 1. So you can imagine the mountain of masks I’ve collected. The sinister squashlings in quantities enough to supply the Pilgrim Festival with plenty of off-tasting pumpkin pies. Hallowed helms to the point where their acquisition felt hollow.

I got one single set of reins. One. Happily, yet sadly, for my Paladin who acquired the level 80 helm last year. I am glad my plate wearer, with the helm, got the armored flying horse. (What’s cool is once landed in a fly-free zone it’ll automatically become a land-mount, and once ridden into a flight zone, like Krasus Landing, you can launch like a Minuteman Missile.)

I got one single horseman’s blade. For my Orc Arms Warrior.

I saw ZERO helms drop. I got none, despite seven 80′s getting loot bags (though only 4 could have worn them). I didn’t see any drop for the other party members either. Those that could be bothered to remain a single second after the horseman died and loot there, and not at home. Was it even a drop this year??

The random number generator loves me and hates me, but hates me more. Curse you RNG.


Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Musings


Red Shirt, white Name Card

The Red Shirt guy at BlizzCon who called the developers on some lore.  He’s gotten some small amount of attention lately.  My wife tells me he appeared on The Soup.  He’s the topic of a WoWInsider article.  He’s featured in-game now, with Falstad at his side, as the Wildhammer Fact Checker.

I didn’t mind him too much.  Afrasiabi was a little too confident it seemed.

What I absolutely hated, though, and wished a sack of potatoes had dropped out of the rafters on him, was the guy holding up the white Gilneas card in the WoW Q&A session.  Every time the camera was on the question asker, up went this jackwagon’s hand with that damn white card.  Change Gilneas with Asshat and you’d be dead on.  Part of me wished that one of the question askers had walked over and ripped it from his smug hands. Or one of the Blizzard staff had just planted themselves in front of him.

I’m cool with Red Shirt guy and the attention he’s getting.  I wish “LOOK AT ME I’M FROM GILNEAS” got some of his own. LOOK AT ME! LOOOOOOK AT ME. LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT ME.

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Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


Class Q&A at BlizzCon

Some amusing questions and answers.

One guys leads with “I’ve got 390 days played on my warrior, and I’ve got lots of achievements and I don’t want to waste my time rolling another character….” Say what?  390 days played in 6 years?  If my math doesn’t suck that’s four and a quarter hours a day every single day for those six years.  That’s an achievement alright.  He didn’t get much sympathy from the developers on the panel.  Ghostcrawler told him it was easy to level up, easier still with the heirlooms an advanced character could get.  You can have as many 80s as you need.

He’s absolutely right.  I’m not an advanced player by any stretch, but I’ve got 7 level 80 characters and my stash of heirlooms includes chest & shoulder chain for a hunter (yet to be created, so they’re still in their original packaging), chest & shoulder leather my yet-to-hit-80 Rogue is wearing, chest & shoulder plate, plus the pvp shoulder plate my Belf Paladin wore, my Death Knight wore, and now my Draenei Warrior wears, 1-hand dps mace, 1-hand dps sword, 1-h dps dagger, 2 each bloodied arcanite reapers, 1 dignified headmasters charge, and chest & shoulder cloth my goblin warlock and worgen mage will be sharing, along with the two discerning eyes of the beast trinkets.  (Other than the cloth and the headmaster’s charge, the rest of the heirlooms I’ll ship off to our alternate server for the use of the alts of my alts, that is unless they raise the number of characters per server to something more than 10.  (Blizzard: Please!).)  My Paladin acquired 2 full sets of gladiator gear, deadly & furious.  My warrior acquired the full deadly set, and part of the furious set.  My hunter and druid both acquired a mix of deadly and furious.  My death knight acquired a full set of T9 (except the helm, springing for the one-off higher ilevel version).  That’s what I’ve done, along with a lot of craft leveling, and in less than 390 days played.

390 days played on one character is a level of devotion to something I’m unfamiliar with.  (I also haven’t killed Arthas, so there’s that to consider, that my time spent is a bit more diluted that had I just focused on a single character.)

Anyway, it was funny how technical some of the questions got.  My lovely wife’s eyes glazed over, but she did get surprisingly far into the session bless her heart.

Anyway, and so c’mon, there’s resentment by some that you have to take a PVP talent in order to hit your 31 points?  Are you so focused on min-maxed greatness that forced less-than-best-in-slot talents are worth wasting a question at BlizzCon about?

Then there’s the snarky guy who really appreciated the new Druid Tree of Life form.  Really?  I think it looks like a block of wood now.  And the audience was booing, but I think they were booing the question asker for being snarky.  His original question was why weren’t racials identically equal in strength of effect. The panel otherwise responded that racials are there for flavor, they aren’t meant to be equal.  Some will be better than others.  Some races have hooves and horns, while others have bird feet with giant digits.  You pick your race, deal with it.

In plus news Combat Rogue DPS *is* too low and will be getting tweaked.  Negative news, Rogues currently MUST carry a dagger in their off-hand to ensure they aren’t nerfing their damage.

Paladins were a popular point of discussion.

Which reminded me of something I saw once on the Paladinsucks blog (retired June 2007).  It was a video for a WoW Designers Meeting, apparently at an off-site in the Sahara.  With subtitles for those who don’t speak machine language.

I wonder if Paladin players still believe this.

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Posted by on October 23, 2010 in Musings


Virtually there

Geek is…

If you get the reference you too are one.

So, virtually at BlizzCon, it was funny, as Metzen mentioned Star Wars and seemed to get a little choked up thinking how parents are getting to take their kids to see it and how that might affect the imagination of those kids, the camera panned out over the audience and I was thinking “Hey, those *are* the kids whose parents saw the original Star Wars!”  I did enjoy his “Geek is…” presentation.  And a couple of references I didn’t get, but I think they involved “Street Fighter” or something.  And I don’t think he referred to the “All your base are belong to us” meme, which I think is fairly inline with geeky references.

Day 1 also included the Dungeons and Raids panel.  (I’m typing this up watching the Q&A to the right of this window, and it’s On-Demand for me now, so virtuality trumps reality.)  I like how their maps are going to be more like Atlas Map/Atlas Loot with the addition of adding notes about boss abilities as well.

Today they’ll be talking about class and lore and the artwork so the wife and I are looking forward to watching those as well.  (27″ iMac is great for this, given it’s delivered to my machine in Hi-Def.)

There was one raid shown Throne of the Four Winds, with 2-3 bosses, that appears to be up in the clouds, and you go boss to boss during the fights by jumping off and being carried to the next by winds, and, wowza, the graphics for that, place and bosses, is stunning.  I’m going to have to raid just to see the incredible sights there will be to see.  (Unless there’s a dungeon version of the same place featuring the same graphics.)

(And note the new header, Honorus got lucky.  Last year he got the helm, this year the horse.  I think a land mount that looks like a land mount, but can also fly, will be very cool getting about place to place in the future Azeroth.)

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Posted by on October 23, 2010 in World Of Warcraft


Tidal waves

Blizzard does some great cinematic videos.

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Posted by on October 17, 2010 in Uncategorized


Blinded by the light.

I’d never tried Boomkin spec.  I had some gear I cobbled together to try my hand at Druid Resto (never did), it’s got +Int, so I thought “What the heck.”  (Or whatever a Kaldorei Padawan of Cenarius might say.)

So I popped on some antlers, and did the Wrath, Wrath, Wrath … Starfire, Starfire, Starfire thing.  Then something called Starsurge. I’ve never hit anything for 10k+.  (Yes, call me a noob.)  I did tonight.  (Of course I haven’t reset my Shaman yet so perhaps his Elemental attacks are just as improved.)  The the solar and lunar eclipses.  Fun.

The built-in “Power Auras” are a nice touch.  The new tradeskill window is very MrTrader-esque.  I hope Blizzard takes care of the creators of those addons which they then adopt into the game.

About that light.  I was on the boat from Auberdine to Stormwind City and I noticed for the first time the so-called “Dynamic sunshafts.”  Nice, nice.  And the water properly reflects the background too.

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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Musings


The Waters Cool.

Have you noticed the new in-game water effect?  It ripples nicely.

Coupled with that are intense lag in Dalaran, intense lag when my Pally uses Judgement or other spell effects, even tournament jousting is pretty much lagalicious, the fact that most of my old addons are out.  And not to mention changes that make my level 80s feel like noobs are playing them.

I did mention the ripply water, didn’t I?

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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Musings


Pre-WotLK vs. Pre-Cataclysm

Before Wrath of the Lich King came out, I was in a successful raiding guild.  Not the greatest, bleeding edge, raiding guild.  But we visited Mt. Hyjal and met Archimonde.  We visited the Black Temple, and knocked on Illidian’s own door.  I felt I was doing my share, but people are people, and I’m one of those, and I’m sure my attitude wasn’t 100% on the guild since my wife was not a raider with them, in fact was not long with them at all, and already my allegiance was not what it should have been.  And, yes, wife trumps all.

Once WotLK hit I found I wasn’t leveling as fast as the raiders were.  I *was* a raider, but I wasn’t there only for the raiding like some.  I wasn’t with them in the rush to 80.  I had to work at it to make sure I was in Dalaran in time for the first guild meeting there.  At which guild meeting the issue of allegiance came up.  You’re with us to raid, or you’re not.  By the time I got into Naxxramas (remember that place?) my performance wasn’t keeping up with them.  (Skillz don’t trump gear or you’d be doing raiding with level 78 characters in level 78 blues.  But, and I suspected this was my case, my skill wasn’t there either.  And if the other Shaman is inspecting your gear and questioning the item with too much MP5 and why you don’t have more crit, and knowing I already failed at theorycraft, it came time for me to throw in the towel and leave the raiders to raid, and I find my own way with my wife and my army of alts.  They’ve gone on to kill the Lich King.  I managed to stick my head into Ice Crown as far as the Pit of Saron on heroics.

And then the baby came.  Wife & baby trumps all. I don’t even do heroics anymore.  (And once I picked up all the badge gear, i.e. Tier 9 I guess, on two characters, I was done.  My Pally, in Prot Spec, with the Tier 9 prot gear, wielding Rimefang’s Claw, I’m not confident he’s defense capped, I think I am.  I don’t think he’s got 30k health.  He’s just an alt, afterall.  Time spent earning full sets of Deadly and Furious PvP gear for Ret, and Tier 9 for Prot, and … .

I got my Belf Paladin to 80 primarily doing the Jewelcrafting dailies, and the other dailies as they opened up for him.  I may have done the lead-in Coldarra quest so I could capture the drake once a day, but otherwise if it was available to me based on level, that’s what I did.  (Argent Dawn had some minor quests required up front, for the Pa’Troll, but perhaps not.)  I did this so I could actually do the quests with my lovely wife, who does not play as much.

But Pre-Cataclysm activity?  None.  No beta key, so there’s nothing on that front.  What did I do with WotLK Beta key? Ride the length of Northrend.  Spoiling the surprise, but getting to enjoy the “cherry blossom” trees of southern Dragonblight sooner rather than later.

And with the new guild rewards I’ll absolutely have to join a guild.  I think I’d make a good guildmate, but with like minded casual players, with alts horde and alliance alike, who can commit to meeting a goal at horizon’s end.  One step at a time, even the slowest slacker will reach the corner of the block, the next town, the continent across the waters.

I go into the Cataclysm expansion pretty much like I did into the Burning Crusade expansion.  One difference being I could not join a guild at the start of BC.  This time around I will be able to join one for C if the advantage is there.  (And, no, single player games don’t hold my interest, Civ V excepted.)

On the other hand, WotLK has been very “lone wolf” friendly.  The Looking for Group feature opened the dungeons up for folks rewarding patience with epics.  The tournament provided epics for persistence.  And crafters had access to, and offered access to, iLevel 200 gear, enough to finish the game and wait for Cataclysm.


Posted by on October 10, 2010 in Musings


Gnomeregan Pride

I love the silly things they introduce every now and then.

Makes me wonder if there’s a Horde equivalent.

Update: There is a Horde equivalent.  And it apparently also rewards a cloak with either Gnomeregan or Darkspear emblem on it.  But you only get that at level 75+ it seems.

Update 2: And the Horde version is very Trolly, and the Gnome version just right for the Gnomes.  Well done.

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Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized


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