November 13, 2010

Some sad news for this blog

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:41 am by Aduial of WrA

I’m sure by now any usual readers of my blog here know life gets busy for me sometimes. Well, in the past few days some things have happened that promise to make my life much busier in a completely different way, and a lot more consistently.

Short version: I’m quitting WoW; all of my sell-able possessions are up on the AH right now, I’ve already given 2/3 of my gold to one friend, and whatever’s left after 48 hours, gold and items, will be put into the guild bank and leadership will be passed on (if not before then on the last part). That means by Monday (I’m writing this Saturday, my birthday actually) I will be gone from the World of Warcraft, and thus it would be silly to write about something I don’t do. I won’t be playing again.

Longer version for anyone who cares about the why’s behind this sudden change:

I’ll be perfectly honest here, I’ve never done much with my life. For the most part I’ve simply existed, and had settled into the seeming inevitability of never being able to do anything really worthwhile. I work at home because I simply couldn’t cut it otherwise, and even so barely did, despite efforts. There was always a wall. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I was able to latch onto WoW as I did in the first place.

Now, something I’ve always believed in, albeit quietly, was equality. Acceptance. Respect, respecting each other, our environments, the other species that live alongside us. Previously, the most I’ve ever really done to show this belief, was a few years ago when they were wanting to tear down a section of forested land locally to build a shopping center, despite there already being plenty of places they could do this, or places ready for the stores to just move in. The destruction was extremely unnecessary. I was one of a large group who opposed it, tried to keep it from happening. It didn’t work, and now there’s a Target and restaurants and banks and all sorts of stuff where trees used to be, where animals used to be. Even just going past it on the way to somewhere else, it hurts to see it, to know what happened, to have watched them needlessly destroy for the sake of money.

Now, about a year ago an independent musician added me on facebook, and I ended up ordering one of his limited edition CDs last March because he sang about these things I care about. One song in particular got me, relating to the above story especially. It’s still my favorite of his, out of the 100 songs over the three CDs I now have, and I believe it’s what started getting the cogs turning.

Well, he’s on tour right now, and Wednesday evening he had a show in my town, and of course I went. Hearing the songs again, and the introductions to them and the why’s and inspirations, further affected the machine of my mind. After the show I treated him to a meal–he lives out of his car and lives off his CD sales, so likely doesn’t get many good meals otherwise–and we ended up talking about so many things I’d be hardpressed to remember them all at once, but I started thinking. This man has a degree from Oxford, he could be making buttloads of money, or doing anything he wants, and yet this is what he’s chosen to do, to not just believe but to try to make his beliefs reality, and even being disowned by his father for it wasn’t enough to deter him. Why do I have to be content to just be and believe, why can’t I try to change the world for the better, too, why can’t I do something?

After going about an hour north to see his next show the day after, it all started clicking into place. It was something I wanted to do, more than anything I’ve wanted before, or at least as close as I could get; I’d never be a musician like he is since I can’t really sing, can’t write songs, only thing I’m decent at is violin musically, but I could do something, I was sure, something to make the world a better place. Something that would matter.

And so that leads me to yesterday, of which today is just a continuation of what I started yesterday. I’ve started cleaning out my life, so to speak, getting rid of anything that would just stand in the way while constantly thinking, and reaching out. I’ll miss the friendships I had in WoW, but I’ll be staying in touch with most of the friends I made on WrA via MSN or phone, and I’m making an effort to reach out to those I’ve lost touch with for various reasons, as well. Most of the stuff in my feed reader is gone, as well as many email subscriptions I had, because if I spend my free time dealing and sorting through and reading all that, then I’ll never get anything meaningful done. I do have a few blogs left on the reader, mainly the blogs I enjoy that touch on things beyond WoW, but I probably won’t be able to read them as quickly as I used to.

Speaking of touching on things beyond WoW, I know I’ve done a bit of that on this blog, though I’m not sure if I’ve made any real connections to readers that would make them want to keep in touch if I stop blogging… but if I have (and feel free to tell me if I have!), I’d love to keep in touch. Chances are I may end up with a blog talking about what I end up doing and related things, though I’m not sure I’d post it here, but there is likely to be other things I write for you to read if you’d like to. Just let me know, either in a comment here, or you can drop me a line at kasumihotaru (at) live (dot) com. I can tell you if I get that blog up and what its address is if you do, or we can just shoot the breeze, or anything in between. I’m friendly enough, I assure you =).

But yes, to sum all this up again, I’m leaving WoW to dedicate my life to trying to make a meaningful, positive difference in the world, thanks in large part to a very wonderful man and amazing musician who wants to set us free.

 

Update: I have, actually, decided to go ahead and link to my future writing here. The writing bug bit me again as I figured it would though sooner than expected, so I wrote throughout the day whenever I had a few minutes free and ended up coming up with this. If you’re interested in hearing about anything I feel the need to write and publish, it’ll be there.

I’ve also started a little project in my first attempt to make a difference, now being referred to by several people as Change The World. One of the first people I proposed the idea to summed it up nicely as, “So, exactly like FML except not at all.” It basically asks the question: What have you done to change the world today? and gives people a place to submit what they’ve done, no matter how big or small, that made someone’s day, made the world a little brighter, and hopefully inspired that person, or witnesses perhaps, to do the same, every day.

October 15, 2010

Fire Maging the Ruvi Way in 4.0.1 (In Progress)

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:04 am by Aduial of WrA

Obligatory Disclaimer: This may not be the best spec or information for a raiding fire mage and indeed, probably isn’t. It may not even be the best for a leveling one. I’m certainly not trying to say this is “the best” or “the right” way, just that it’s my way, a way that works best for me.

This will also likely change once I hit cap and start getting geared up. I will go over this again and compare it against the general “what works best” specs and all that, and possibly write up another if my way’s any different from that. Until I hit cap however, I don’t look at the “cookie cutter” specs, I usually don’t look at any other specs or information (aside from comments on some spells to determine their worth), and instead prefer to play around with my characters and “feel out” the best way for me.

My reasoning for ignoring any of the specs and information out there until I’m at cap is quite simple, and something I think should be noted. Until cap there is more room for error and experimentation, and I learn leagues more about my class by experimenting than I do by being told “this is how you should spec, how you should glyph, this is your rotation, you should move this way, talk this, breathe that.” Once at cap there is a lot less room for mistakes and playing around, so I’d rather take advantage of being able to while I am in a safe environment to do so.

Contents:

The Spec
The Glyphs
The Stats/The Gear
The Rotation


The Spec

I will be going over every talent in detail to say why it’s in my spec, but if you want to skip all that and just grab it, here it is.

Fire (34 points)

This is your main tree, so you’re going to have to choose “Fire” out of the three choices. This gives you Pyroblast, whose cast time maxes out at 3.5 seconds at level 20, which is like Fireball on steroids, Fire Specialization, which just increases your fire damage by 25%, and Mastery: Flashburn, though you can’t actually make use of that until 80. At 80, however, it increases the damage of all your DoT damage by 20%, and a further 2.5% for each point of Mastery.

Tier One:

Master of Elements – This makes your crits refund 30% of their base mana cost. Best I can tell, crit is still our god, so this is a decent chunk of your mana regen.

Burning Soul – Reduces pushback from damaging attacks by 46%. This means you can still cast even if you’re tanking several mobs. I only went 2/3 here so I could get 3/3 Netherwind Presence, which I’ll explain further down.

Improved Fire Blast – This increases the crit chance of your Fire Blasts by 8% and increases its range by 10 yards. Combined with Impact, you’ll be Fire Blasting quite often, probably nearly every time it’s off CD, so that 8% extra crit will work out to a sizeable boost to your DPS.

Tier Two:

Ignite – Your crits apply a DoT to the target, doing an additional 40% of the spell’s damage over 4 seconds.

Fire Power – Increases the damage of your fire spells by 3%, which makes this pretty much required. The other aspect of it is, at max, it causes your Flame Orb to explode at the end of its duration each time, which I imagine will be a decent amount of extra DPS.

Impact – This gives your damaging attacks a 10% chance to reset the CD on Fire Blast, which is fancy talk for your attacks have a 10% chance to finish the CD and make Fire Blast immediately available again. On top of that, when it procs, the next Fire Blast you cast will 1) stun the target for two seconds, and 2) spread any of your fire DoTs to all enemy targets within 12 yards of the first. So when this procs, the DoTs you have up on one target (assuming it’s the one you’re Fire Blasting) will spread to all targets nearby for massive amounts of damage.

Tier Three:

Blast Wave – This is like Frost’s Cone of Cold now. It’s an AOE attack, does a sizable amount of damage to any enemy targets within range, and slows them by 70% for 3 seconds.

Hot Streak – Another one that makes crit our god. Any time you get a crit with Fireball, Frostfire Bolt, Scorch, Pyroblast, or Fire Blast (which we boosted with Improved Fire Blast), you have a chance to make your next Pyroblast instant and cost no mana. That means when we crit with many of our main spells, we get one of our really big main spells for free. Can’t go wrong here.

Improved Scorch – Reduces the mana cost of Scorch by 100%, which means with this Scorch costs absolutely zero mana. Considering Scorch does damage, and once we reach Critical Mass it will apply one of our necessary debuffs, this is an awesome talent.

Tier Four:

Combustion – This has changed quite a bit with the patch. Now, it’s still on a 2 minute CD, but it deals a certain amount of damage off the bat, and applies a new DoT on the target, which lasts 10 seconds and deals the same amount of damage as all of your other DoTs combined, which means you’re doubling your DPS from DoTs.

Improved Hot Streak – If you crit twice in a row with Fireball, Frostfire Bolt, Scorch, Pyroblast, or Fire Blast, you’ll trigger Hot Streak, which gives you a free Pyroblast.So crit is definitely still our god.

Firestarter – This changes one of our other spells, Molten Armor, from reducing the chance we’re critically hit by 5% to allowing us to cast Scorch while moving. In PvE the crit reduction’s fairly useless for us, so it’s replacing something useless with something awesome.

Tier Five:

Improved Flamestrike – This reduces the cast time of our Flamestrike by 100%, thus making it an instant cast, and also affects our Blast Wave ability (in a good way!). If we Blast Wave more than two targets, then a Flamestrike will automatically hit the same location, which means more DPS on AOE fights.

Dragon’s Breath – One of our abilities. Any enemies in a cone directly in front of us will take damage and become disoriented for 5 seconds, or until they’re damaged by direct damaging attacks (I think this means our DoTs previously applied won’t affect them, but I could be wrong).

Molten Fury – Increases the damage of all of our spells (not just fire) by 12% against targets with less than 35% health. This may not be huge on trash (except against runners, perhaps), but will definitely increase our DPS against bosses.

Tier Six:

Pyromaniac – Increases our spell haste by 10% if three or more targets are taking damage from our DoTs. 10% haste is pretty huge, so while this only affects AOE fights, it’s still awesome for dungeons.

Critical Mass – Our Living Bomb and Flame Orb spells do 15% more damage with this, which alone could almost make it required, but since it also makes our Scorches and Pyroblasts apply a debuff that increases our crit chance against that target by 5%, it definitely is required.

Tier Seven:

Living Bomb – This is what we’re here for, this is why we’re fire. Our last point in fire goes into getting us a wicked new ability, which is another DoT, but with a twist. We can apply this on up to three targets, and it does damage over 12 seconds, at which point that target will explode and do more damage to up to 3 enemies within 10 yards of the exploding one. And again, we can have this on up to three targets… which means we can make three people into bombs at a time. Awesome, isn’t it?

Arcane (3 points)

Tier One:

Arcane Concentration – This gives us a 10% chance to enter a Clearcasting state after any damaging spell hits a target. Said Clearcasting state reduces the mana cost of our next damaging spell by 100%. In other words, all of our spells have a 10% chance to make the next one free.

Frost (3 points)

Tier One:

Piercing Ice – After further reading this does seem to affect all spells instead of just frost, and since crit’s our god it is considerably better than Netherwind Presence in Arcane (unless you have 33.33% crit, in which case Netherwind Presence would be better).


The Glyphs

Prime

Living Bomb – Increase the damage of Living Bomb by 3%. Obviously required.

Pyroblast – Increase the crit chance of Pyroblast (one of our big spells, remember) by 5%. This makes it awesome.

Mage Armor – After logging in and playing around, I find out this is later while Molten Armor’s earlier, however no other Prime Glyphs really suit us. This would have the best use for me of the remaining choices.

Major

Fireball – Increases the crit chance of Fireball by 5%, so is very much like Glyph of Pyroblast.

Molten Armor – Looking at this on wowhead it says our Molten Armor will grant an additional 0% spell crit chance, though reading the comments it’s supposed to be 2%, which combined with the 3% Molten Armor already gives, that’s 5% from one spell. Pretty awesome if the comment’s right (and it seems to be!).

Frostfire – I’m not 100% sure this trumps Dragon’s Breath, since I never got to play around with it before the patch, though now it’s a level 56 spell. The glyph removes the slow from it, and replaces it with a DoT, that stacks. Since Fire’s all about DoTs, this seemed like a good idea. I won’t know for sure until Ruvi hits 75 and unlocks the last major spot.

Minor

Slow Fall – The less reagents I have to worry about keeping stocked up on, the better. For me this was a given.

Arcane Brilliance – Halves the mana cost of Arcane Brilliance, so less downtime after buffing. Lets me jump into DPS faster.

Conjuring – This is a lot like Mage Armor in which, it was a change I didn’t know about until getting in and playing around. There’s now one spell that conjures, and seems to be a whole stack no matter when you’re casting it. So at this point this is just the best of the remainders for me (though I may be going for one of the Polymorph ones later, I’m not sure…).


Just a quick update after I’ve had enough time to play around and find some things that were wrong/had time to further search. I’ll still need to finish this up later and add in links, but it’s less blatantly wrong now, which I’ll have to live with for tonight.

September 20, 2010

Holy crap, it’s Brewfest already?!

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:29 am by Aduial of WrA

I’ve, eh, had my head in the sand for a wee bit now, so to speak, and been reading fewer and fewer things (my RSS reader hates me currently, since I’ve let over 900 items back up in it…), so I honestly hadn’t noticed it was this close. I thought it was a bit odd when a paladin in one of our groups tonight asked about the level to do the brewfest boss, but I figured he was just trying to get to that level by then and getting a head start. I don’t know why… I kept thinking it was in October, I guess, closer to Halloween than this. So you can probably imagine my surprise when I saw “lfg brewfest boss” go out across one of the global channels (not sure if it was LFG or General, at this point), only to check the calendar more closely and see, holy crap, it is Brewfest!

So despite having a bad case of the flu, I’m really excited. I’ve ended up mostly ignoring a lot of holidays, but Brewfest is always one I participate in… Possibly because it was the first one I really had a chance to.

I originally started playing when there was less than a day left of Midsummer Fire Festival, so the first holiday that really happened after I started playing was Brewfest, and ironically happened to be one of the only ones the person who got me into WoW enjoyed. I don’t know why, really, but I ended up just falling in love with the holiday, and it’s one of the few times I miss when Aduial was a night elf instead of a troll.

During my first Brewfest, I ended up spending most of my playtime outside of Ironforge, in naught by my guild tabard and weapons, dancing on top of a keg and being constantly smashed, making sure I never missed a Dark Iron attack (and trying to rope Esgal into helping me during them, despite his protests), taking time out to do the dailies. A very simple act, I suppose, but one that I, for whatever reason, found great amusement in. And doing the same outside of Orgrimmar, on a troll… Well, it’s just not the same. Despite the drunkenness probably more fitting of a troll than a night elf.

Last year after finding out that the joy just isn’t there on TrollAdu, I sort of, well, ignored the holiday. The only one I really wanted to bother on was Amaniel, who… it was not fitting of, in the least. But this year I’m determined to find a way to enjoy it Horde-side as much as I used to Alliance-side, and I’m very excited, so hopefully that’ll help (best I can recall, I was a bit bummed last year due to difficulties raiding, so the excitement wasn’t there).

Have any of you ever gone through something similar? What did you do to enjoy a holiday again? Do you usually bother with any holidays, or none at all? Any favorites?

September 13, 2010

Tanking mentality on a DPS = bad

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:59 am by Aduial of WrA

Finally not that long ago, I got my little warrior up to 60 (Ith’s new love for his priest and wanting desperately to level him has gone a long way), and everything was grand, until after a few Ramps runs where I started noticing some now all-too-familiar signs. Essentially I was starting to slack (a lot) and just feeling a lot of apathy toward doing my best on her, down to actually AFKing during several boss fights after a few seconds (Do not try that at home). So this time I’ve done the smart thing, and instead of just going along with playing her because Ith wanted to play Veive until I couldn’t stand being on her, let alone playing her (like I did with my other warrior who is sorely neglected because of it), I’ve decided to shelve her for a bit and play some of my other toons.

I did a few runs on Mani with Ith’s 73 warrior and after wiping us a couple times (forgot to put up an aura/seal before we started, my bar for both was glitching out so I opened my spellbook and tried mid-pull, which lagged me for some reason, compounding on the fact I completely forgot I had an instant cast) we did pretty okay. Can’t remember exactly why we stopped (probably had sick kitten aggro, she’s been very clingy this week), but that was the last I played her before picking up Ruvi again, my mage.

I know I mentioned a while back Ith had rolled a druid to level as a tank, though I’m not sure I mentioned he respecced to kitty (with plans to tank again at 40). Well, seems he didn’t like that much, either, and so he never wanted to play his druid, but I really have been loving playing mage. About as much as he’s been loving his priest, actually. So we discussed me powerleveling Ruvi up to Veive’s level and letting Ruvi take Cele’s spot. Well… that worked, for about 6 levels. Then it occurred to me, what if he respecced his druid to resto? He’d always loved it before, and chaining dungeons is faster than questing (at least for me, but I fail at questing). He agreed, we discussed whether to just buy resto gear for him or have him kitty and steal caster gear, and eventually I just threw gold at him, then on we went (after I froze my experience so that he could catch up).

After a couple runs we ended up with a warlock, who was decent enough, who kept automatically trying to queue as a group again, and we obliged. Then after a couple more we joined in with a fresh DPS and fresh tank… who I neglected to notice were from the same realm and guild, but I noticed the DPS was a mage. /Inspect. Frost mage, oh-ho, DPS challenge! Sadly I was beaten more often than not (or possibly not sadly, considering the usual DPS meters), which did surprise me considering he was also 3 levels below me, though it turned out he had good enough gear to be on par with mine. Still, I’m used to being that one DPS, who’s not only at the top of the meters but usually a long way ahead of the next person, as well as usually having at least one person below the tank when they shouldn’t be.

Here, I just drew an example (not completely to scale, but best I could manage without seeing a meter in front of me).

I really, really should have known better than to write with a marker. Sorry everyone!

The first is what our meters usually look like (and I’ve actually had the group composition repeatedly before with similar results), and the second is with this group, with the other mage and I flip-flopping depending on the fights (I had much better single-target, he had much better AOE), and the warlock and paladin tank flipping a few times as well. And so sorry for the handwriting (which is horrible to begin with), I really should have known better than to try to go over pencil with marker in such a small space and either left the pencil, or dug out one of my outlining pens.

I actually had a lot of fun the first two to three instances we did together where I was trying to see how much DPS I could get, especially trying to tweak my rotations on the fly to get the most out of them (can’t wait until I can hit a DPS dummy, I really can’t)… but then, the jokes about mage aggro started. Of course. And it’s not like we didn’t have aggro, at least on occasion, I think that happens with most tanks early on no matter how good they are (and this one was pretty good, despite being, per her words, “a newblet”) if the mage is worth their salt, though I’ll admit for the most part I stopped caring when I got aggro a long time ago and just keep on nuking these days… But apparently the mage pretty frequently stole aggro from his tank much like Ith does stupid stunts with me when he’s healing my warrior. Then Ith notices “that it’s never one mage or the other. It’s either neither, or both.”

So at this point, we’d been going for several runs, and got so sick of Scarlet Monastery’s graveyard we were specificing for the Library, and of course we’d all been chatting and having a good time, one of those “Why can’t you all be on my realm so I can keep you forever” groups (though the paladin and mage ended up transferring their mains over before the night was said and done, actually, which is awesome). And so, with Ith’s words in mind, when we started the next one (he’d said it about one pull before Doan the last one), I, for some reason I still do not fully comprehend… proceeded to run ahead right after buffs and start to tank. On my mage. Apparently Ith stopped healing me at some point while the paladin just stood back at first then started tanking, and I stopped. For about a room, where more comments started. And so, I pull the next hall, just like I’ve done on every tank before, though I let the pally take aggro back.. for about two seconds. Whereupon she was stunned after we’d all started AOEing, and Ith’s druid as well, so the rest of us got aggro. So I start bursting things down, targeting the things hitting the other squishies first to make sure they don’t die (surprisingly I never worry about dieing myself), and then the healer drops. Oh boy. Tank’s down, too, died during the first stuns (thus how we got aggro). So I pop Lifeblood at about 50% and keep tanking what I can, bursting things down… The other mage drops with about two mobs up, and then… The mobs are down.

Of course I’m apologizing and feeling horrible about the deaths, and naturally it was the last intentional tanking I did that night, while the other DPS are saying it was fun, let’s do it again, and the tank’s laughing and commenting on how awesome it was to watch us fight… I guess that’s a bonus of an amazing group. You can do really stupid things and still have fun, even if said stupid things almost cause a wipe.

I don’t think I’ll be tanking on Ruvi again any time soon, though, no matter how awesome the group. The last thing I want to do is give Ith a reason to learn how to skin red headed Blood Elf fire mages.

August 25, 2010

Sweet PUGs are not made of shot beartanks

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:48 am by Aduial of WrA

So at some point yesterday I managed to talk Ith into tanking on his druid before he hit 20 with surprisingly little protest (and despite his believing he sucks, he’s actually getting the hang of it quite quickly). We did a bit of a test run, just the two of us, into Ragefire Chasm, and a few pulls in he decided it was apparently good enough and we plunked ourselves into LFD.

Things went well for a while. Next to last run of the night, we ended up with a neat little warlock, who, one pull from the boss I noticed, was from our realm. Awesome. We finished that run (which was Deadmines) and then queued up again as a group (well, the two of us plus the warlock at least) and… got Wailing Caverns. Neither Ith nor I really like WC, and after our last run with it earlier that evening we’d decided if we got it again, we’d just drop (he needed gear from the random bags so specificing wasn’t an option, unfortunately).

However, we sort of wanted to keep the lock. So we started. By this time Esgal had logged in and we were chatting in our officer channel, until we got WC of course, when it turned to grumbling. We didn’t really see a way to drop without seeming like jerks, but Esgal… sort of… came up with a way. However I’m fairly certain he had been joking.

Apparently he needed an excuse afterall.

I didn’t think to screenshot at the time, so those are from me scrolling up after I was back in Silvermoon. Also I apparently missed the part where the paladin DPS immediately dropped with alarming speed, so it’s not in the screenshots, but it happened.

That ended up being the last we ran last night, despite trying to random with Esgal’s priest, who turned out to be just a wee bit too high to random with us. However we started up again today, and he’d gotten a couple levels while I’d slept so we were out of WC range and fully into Stocks range. Which we got. A lot.

After a few runs LFD plunked us in with a priest, paladin, and hunter. One of the first things said were along the lines of this:

“Hmm, we have rez sickness…”

So I look, and… The paladin and priest have rez sickness indeed. It took me a moment to realize, hey, that priest is our healer. Start inward groans. Ith just said that we’d go super slow, and we started. And it turned out to be one of the quickest runs of the morning, in around 4 minutes. The paladin’s DPS was (of course) crap, but he actually used his skills, you know, well. And the healer was just absolutely amazing considering she hadn’t trained and had rez sickness and we had a few, uh, overpulls. On top of it they were actually fun to talk to. So we requeued. Repeatedly.

I lost track of how many runs we did with the pair (they were from the same realm/guild, too, and turns out were also RAF’d) before the paladin had to go and the group pretty much dissolved. However before anyone dropped, the priest whispered me saying she wanted to roll a toon on our realm and to hold on so she could write my name down, and thus within a few minutes WrA had a new rogue, and it was awesome.

The three of us ended up just talking for I don’t know how long until she had to go to bed, but it turned out to be a pretty awesome morning, and had me wishing more PUGs like that existed.

August 3, 2010

do it for joy and you can do it forever

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:26 pm by Aduial of WrA

Hoo, apologies, folks, this is much, much later than I’d expected it to be. Ended up taking a rather extended and completely unexpected trip over the weekend, left Thursday evening and got back yesterday, and had neither internet nor even a phone with me, so writing this up when I’d planned on it ended up, well, not happening. In the least. But now I’m home and I’ve rested so that my thoughts are more easily put into a cohesive post, so that’s what I’m doing (though I feel I should note I may end up having to take another trip soon since things here are still quite unstable in that area, and if I do have to then I again won’t be able to post).

I’m in your foreign realms talking on your guildchat

Okay, well, not right this moment, of course, and I haven’t even been on WoW since before the trip, but since that was working out I finally got up the courage to ask for a guild invite on my highest paladin there (I believe I’ve mentioned somewhere before I am actually extremely shy, so getting up the courage to actually whisper someone for an invite was considerably harder for me than it realistically ever should have been; the double-edged sword here, as well, was that I didn’t have the guts to ask someone in the guild whose name I didn’t recognize, but the names I recognized were bloggers I very much enjoy reading and sort of look up to as blogging idols, which of course is a whole other can of worms). I’ll admit I’ve been fairly quiet (aside from two times where I actually got talking a good bit, comparatively), and I’m not of the rank to edit my note to say what blogger I am, so I’m not sure anyone even knows who I am, but everyone’s still been as friendly as can be and I’ve really enjoyed it, and there’s this whole atmosphere there that is very unique of the guilds I’ve been in, which is probably part and parcel of SAN’s charm and I absolutely love it. (If anyone’s wondering, yes, there also was much “why was I so nervous, that wasn’t hard, these people are awesome” after I actually got in regarding my hesitation to ask for an invite).

I also officially have an alt there, though she isn’t guilded, and she’s another paladin which makes me 2 for 2 on what I’ve got there. One of my friends wanted to actually join me over there so we got him an account (and keys, so he didn’t go through the initial hassle I did), and I rolled up a baby paladin to level with him, who I originally planned to leave to sit after we caught him up to my first paladin but I’m growing fond of her and may just keep the second one tied to his toons and level Amanielei separate (also, boo on all my usual names being taken, and my having a lack of creativity when it comes to names). To that random mage we ran across in the starting area who ended up joining our party who was totally in character the whole time (even in /party): You are awesome and to me represent a reason I’m quickly growing so fond of this server and for that I love you.

Back across the pond…

At first when I went over to EU I’d stopped playing US much at all, and my friends are slowly leaving (one of them’s left permanently and not just for Cataclysm, was a sad moment when he was giving away his stuff), though I’ve found reason to play there again, even if it’s not as much as before (and it’s not the AH this time, either, shockingly). On a completely related note, I have rediscovered my adoration for warrior tanking (at least semi-low level).

If anyone remembers (I hate to bring this up if not, but it’s a loose end that needs tying), one of the main things that made everything sort of fall apart on WrA was our raid leader/main tank/several-class-lead transferring one toon off to another realm to play with different friends, then ending up liking it better there and not coming back. He also at the time basically said “screw off, I don’t want to talk to you anymore” to me, then proceeded to prove it, which I still really… don’t understand… and probably never will, because he did end up talking to me again and before long was acting like it never happened. If I didn’t know better, in fact, I’d say it’d been all a dream, but alas… Regardless (and however possibly foolish on my part), he was my best friend and despite however much that stick up his bum ended up hurting the rest of us, I’m back to playing with him and hanging out.

He’d transferred off to a PvP realm and had been doing battlegrounds, and at one point he and a prot paladin defended… something, against fairly large numbers, and he got really excited about it and talked about it, voiced idle wishes of having a pocket tank for things like that, and… Well, I have a huge soft spot for PvP, so I tentatively voiced I may end up transferring Mani until Cataclysm or something to play with him. He liked the idea so we agreed on that, until a better idea came. As we were going through our many alts trying to figure out who sounded best (we didn’t feel like our 80s at the time, and I’d actually been wanting to level another toon with him, because the leveling process with a partner is actually one of the big things I enjoy in the game), we settled on my little 24 prot warrior and his 23 holy priest.

And because I hadn’t played prot in so long, I really… had no idea what buttons did. I mean, technically, yes, I did, but at first the finger memory was gone, and I was way too hesitant to go into a dungeon like that and make other people put up with me relearning on the fly (likely at their expense, I thought). This girl also had zero keybindings, whereas on Kas when I played her, everything I used was key-bound, and I knew exactly what to push, when, at what sounds and where… There’s actually still a video somewhere of me tanking Blood Furnace at level on her when I was completely asleep, because everything was just… instinct. I knew I didn’t have that on Cele again yet, so I requested we go into a battleground to let me regain my bearings (I knew it wouldn’t be the same as going into a dungeon to relearn since PvP and PvE are different critters, but I figured it’d help me relearn, at the very least, situational awareness in a hectic environment so that I’d be more comfortable in a PUG even if I did horribly at first).

So we ended up in Warsong Gulch, which he and I normally aren’t very fond of. Being a healer/tank combo, we decided to defend, and… did wonderfully. My muscle memory came back within the first fight and surprisingly not so much the keybindings this time as instinctively knowing which button did what and hitting the right buttons for that, even though they were different than on Kas. We won 3-0 and he and I actually had a blast which is rare for WSG, normally we find it rather boring compared to the other battlegrounds, and I realized just how much I missed PvProt (which was something I did a lot on Kas in the spare time I got on her while leveling, back before there was experience in BGs). So I volunteered that maybe I should just level Cele and transfer her instead of Mani, and he went for the idea, wanting to level his priest with her and transfer him later on when I did her, and that’s the plan as it stands even now.

And now they are… Somewhere over thirty, blast if I can remember the levels exactly. Thirty-two, I believe, but I’m likely wrong (did I mention it was a long weekend?), and we’ve been leveling through dungeons, though we may go into BGs a bit once we’re at least ‘5, maybe as late as ‘8, because it’s a whole lot of fun, as long as you’re not, you know, getting knocked over and beaten by your enemy’s horse’s tail hair because you are so underlevel for the BG. Tanking a dungeon when you know your healer as well as yourself… Wow, I’d forgotten how fun that is. It’s fun when I’m healing and he’s tanking, too, but there’s a certain rush when I’m tanking, and he’s bouncing around in boredom and pulling extras for me, or running into the next room to tank the boss, and such. Yes, we’re crazy, but we’ve played together so long we know how the other will react possibly more than we know how we ourselves will act, and there’s a level of trust there that allows us to do really stupid stuff. Like pulling all of Scarlet Monastery’s graveyard in one go when you only have one AOE dps and you’re probably not as geared as you should be. Or once we get there, standing down at the steps of ZF tanking the whole thing at once. Or just going to the back of the last boss in Gnomer to DPS while the he, the holy priest (now disc), tanks (at least until the knockback).

Though I feel sort of sorry for Emere (he’s the friend who came with me to EU, too!), since he came with us for a few runs on his rogue. We chain pull… everything. And have huge groups. He doesn’t get any AOE until 75. And while he had decent numbers when it was single target, you could almost hear his epeen deflating during the vast amounts of AOE pulls. To the point he started crippling the first elite he saw when I started pulling and just solo’d it while we killed the rest.

I fear this isn’t the blog you’re looking for

I think I might’ve sorely misled some poor fellow or two when I ended up posting something directly centered around PvP a while back. It was something that was on my mind at the time that I’d wanted to sort of rant about, and I stand behind it still today, but it’s not exactly heavy on tactics (well, I guess it is, but it’s not like, a guide or anything), it’s not a way to succeed at PvP, it was more… This is why this tactic doesn’t work, if anything, which I guess could help you win in combination with other things but far from on its own, and this blog certainly isn’t a PvP blog, not by a long shot, and I’d figured that part at least obvious.

So I was surprised when I looked at my dashboard today to see this:

If you were looking for a guide, this is not the place to find it, good sir/madame!

July 22, 2010

Updates, updates

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:42 pm by Aduial of WrA

Let me in, let me in, Euro-Blizz!

Well, I finally got an email today back from Euro-Blizz about my first account. They didn’t say anything about why it was banned, though it is apparently now unbanned, and I’ve got a free day of playtime as an ‘apology’ of sorts I suppose. At least, that’s what I understand from it. Here it is in all its short glory:

Hello [my name],

Thank you for your email and apologies for the delay. We have granted your account with 24 hours of additional playtime following your ban issue.

Should you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Blizzard Entertanment Europe

Julia J.
http://eu.blizzard.com/support

Hell, It’s About Time – July 27, 2010 : http://eu.starcraft2.com
Our StarCraft II Customer Support FAQ is regularly updated with new information and tips: http://eu.blizzard.com/support/index.xml?locale=en_GB&gameId=13

 My actual inquiry followed it, of course, but I won’t bother anyone with having to read that. I’m guessing it was just an oversight or some other issue that probably shouldn’t have existed that caused the ban, but I’m not going back to that account at this point anyway, since, well…

In my stubbornness, I’d kept reading and looking for some way, since I know it’s possible, there’s a lot of people who do it, and successfully, I’ve seen where blues actually troubleshoot on how to do it… and, in the end, it seems I found a way. One of the pieces of advice I kept finding, given it was for XP and not Vista, was to create a new user account on my computer, which I did. And I installed EU WoW in a way so that it’s accessible to that account alone, and changed US WoW so that it was accessible only by my other account, and neither could interact in any way without administrator privileges. The other thing I did, or well, one other thing, was went ahead and paid for a battle chest, which is Vanilla WoW and BC both. If I still had problems, at least now I’d have a danged CD key so I could go about it right. I also, since I could roll a paladin now, rolled one.. instead of rolling troll like I’d done on the two attempts previously.

I’m not sure what exactly has made the difference, but this account has been active for over a day now, and I’m proud to say I have a level 11 paladin now, halfway to level 12. So whatever it is, it worked, and I’m having a blast… without even actually having played with anyone else yet, actually. There’ve been many times where I wished I’d had a partner like I usually do, but for the most part I’m enjoying bumbling around doing things at my own pace how I want to do them without a care in the world. It’s a freedom I haven’t had in quite a long time that I hadn’t been aware how sorely I’d missed it.

Also, I’ll have to admit, the realm has… surprised me. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but I didn’t expect, you know, this. If I didn’t know any better I’d think I was still on WrA, just… better. I actually had to check to make sure I was on EU servers and not US ones at one point. I guess maybe I was expecting more people who didn’t seem like fluent speakers of English, and that it’d be more broken over global channels, or that I’d feel like some sort of odd man out or something and that it’d be painstakingly obvious I was an American, an imposter if you will, but… no, no, nothing like that has happened so far. There’s actually been chatter over General, and it’s been completely understandable, if not even more so than on WrA. I was really impressed that… people here spell out “okay.” It’s not “ok,” or “kk,” or some such, not even the, I suppose, more appropriate, “OK,” but… “okay.” It’s the small things in life, as they say.

I’ve already been sort of.. okay, outright.. squeeing to a couple friends about it, to the point one’s already stated a preliminary “no I’m not joining you.” I mean… Well, the realm’s an RP realm like WrA is, so I expected maybe some roleplay, but definitely not to the extent there’s been. My experiences with roleplay realms before this, well… I’ll only count two of the three. There’s WrA, where there’s a little bit of bad RP, a decent chunk of good RP, but for the most part it can be… a bit scarce, if you don’t know where to look. The other realm was Farstriders, where… Well, honestly, I never saw a lick of roleplay aside from the couple of small exchanges that happened between my guildies in an RP guild. It seemed more like a normal server than Velen (an actual Normal server) had been. But here… I’ve already seen so much RP, just.. in random places across the starter areas. I’ve probably seen more RP going on here in a couple days than I have on WrA in a month, and what snippets I’ve caught are actual… quality RP. Or at least not blaringly bad.

Another big pro for me: I have yet to leave Eversong General on the new realm. On WrA it can give the stereotypical Barrens chat competition. I’ve been known to leave it quicker than I leave Trade (and I usually leave Trade upon entering cities). It’s not that it’s quiet, though there’s large chunks of time where it has been… But people so far have been civil, helpful, seemingly intelligent human beings. …This is new. This is wonderful and exciting and I think I’m in love.

Of course there’s a large part of me telling myself this is just a, err, “honeymoon phase” and that in no time I’ll be clawing my hair out and begging to go back to US because all the pricks will be crawling out of the woodworks. Which is possible. WrA seemed like heaven after I came back after the drama that happened on Velen but it only took a couple months to start seeing the underside of it. Granted, it’d usually been worth sticking through it until lately…

While back on Wyrmrest…

Hoo, boy. Not sure exactly where to start. Not that there’s a lot more drama or what-have-you, just that it’s all sort of a jumbled mess in my head.

Apparently our raid assist is creating a guild with an old friend on another realm, though still staying on WrA in case we need him for now. He’s really hurt by all this, and I don’t blame him, after all he’s gone through and done for TL only for it to turn out like this.

And it seems Silv and Emere ended up talking last night with Silv giving me a rundown of it this morning, and it seems that they both are just… extremely tired of WoW, at this point. I can’t blame them, really, since I’ve been… well, we’ve all been fairly burnt out for a while, to varying degrees, and pushing through for one reason or another. At this point it seems they’re both just really waiting on FFXIV to hit, and SCII for Silv as well, though he’s still going to try to see if he can get the guild we were sort of allied with ready to strike out on their own before he’s done. I’ll likely join him if I can make the raid times, since he’s currently working on getting every raider who’ll be attending’s schedule and work out one that fits best for their sort of, eh, training raids I suppose.

Beyond all that, however much I hate to say it, especially so soon after we were trying to start up again, but it looks like TL’s about done, at least as we were. We lost a lot when Ith left, and while talking and trying to figure out how best and where to go from here, it’s just kind of… None of us really have the motivation or the will, at this point. We’re not paying to do a job, or not supposed to be, but that’s exactly what we’ve been doing… and to an extent, that’s what any good guild leadership does, I think… but not to this extent. When it’s this hard on not one but every person in power in the guild, it just becomes this soul-sucking parasite that we’re paying for, and that’s not right, and the guild would just suffer in the long run.

July 21, 2010

If it isn’t one thing…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:52 am by Aduial of WrA

H’okay… Fair warning, this post may not be the most understandable since I’m writing about this the night it happened. Also if you don’t recognize the start of what I was saying in the title, the whole phrase is “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.”

I was hit with something… pretty huge tonight. For anyone who’s kept up with my blog, you probably know that our main tank and raid leader, Ithraen, has been away from the game for a while due to a vacation. Well, let me give you a better idea of the timeline of things we’re looking at so things make a bit more sense.

  • We’re informed that one of Ith’s real life friends will be paying for a transfer for one of his toons, since he’s trying to get all of his friends to play on one server.
  • He’s taking one of the toons he never uses, and keeping all the ones he does play on WrA there, including his main, Ithraen.
  • He promises us this is only a “sometime” thing, that WrA will still be his main server, that this will not affect the guild in any noticeable way.
  • Shortly after, we find out the same friend is paying to take Ith on a group trip to NY for a week, the same week TL was supposed to be doing our “comeback” raid. All in all, no real issue, we understand taking a vacaton, etc..
  • About a day before he was supposed to be heading home, I find out he will in fact be there another week, for a total of two.
  • I lose all contact with him for the following week.
  • He finally comes back but I don’t know until a couple days later where my other officers are asking, what’s going on, because he apparently had signed onto the toon to be transferred to check mail then transferred with just a “just checking mail, transferring servers, bye” sort of message.
  • No contact for a couple days after that.
  • Finally have contact at the 3 week gone mark, says he’s been busy, which is totally understandable, and heck, I’ve been busy myself so no harm done. However apparently he’s busy on the new server with said friends, and overall talking very little (which is extremely odd even when he is busy, because he and I usually talk a lot no matter what’s going on).
  • Throughout the course of the conversation it comes up that he won’t be on WrA soon because of things going on on the new server, and that we need to replace him because he “doesn’t have time to commit to raiding.”

Now, we’d stalled pretty much all of our raids while we were waiting on him to return. For him to promise that the server change and whatnot would not interfere with the guild and that we wouldn’t notice him being gone, then leave us hanging for three weeks, only to tell us that he doesn’t have time for us afterall, because of the server change? Well, in my opinion, that’s pretty low. The added few blows that came were personal and resulted in me rolling a new toon elsewhere and just grinding out mindlessly for several hours and considering a ‘vacation’ of sorts myself just to get away from everything.

I’ll be honest, when it happened I didn’t want to bother anymore. I wanted to pass the guild on or something and be gone–to the point I’d looked to see if my toons were up for free server changes and when they weren’t, looked to see how much it’d be. I didn’t want to bother trying to find a new main tank, much less try to find a raid leader, and class leader for several classes, and I really didn’t want to bother doing any of it right after losing my best friend. To be perfectly honest, I still don’t, but we aren’t left with much choice, and thanks to Alas I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel yet afterall.

July 20, 2010

Briefly on the addon debate

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:11 pm by Aduial of WrA

So I was reading this over at Righteous Orbs a bit ago and was originally planning to comment but there are just so many comments already and I’ve got a little OCD thing where I usually need to read every comment that’s already there before adding my own into the mix, and I’m half-scared some of the things I’m wanting to say are going to be gone by the time I’m done reading, and since my thoughts (so far) are fairly lengthy, figure I’ll just go ahead and post here while I’m thinking about it.

Now the major debate seems to be addons vs no addons. I’m like a lot of other people; I thought actually, you know, arguing about this and what-have-you had been settled long ago in favor of whatever lets you as an individual play best, and I’ve seen plenty at both ends of the spectrum. Heck, I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum.

Starting with no-addons, a prime example would be the shaman I leveled my warrior with from early 40s on to 80. He was PUGing ToC as soon as it came out while the rest of TL was still stuck in Naxx. He played with zero addons, and didn’t need anymore. And yeah, sure, while he had a sort of, eh, attitude about it at times, and I don’t think that many people who grumbled about it actually knew this, he had tried. While he’d tell the raid he didn’t need things like DBM, he’d admit one-on-one that he had to learn to go without it because his computer and DBM didn’t get along; he’d tried a couple times downloading it, and even once more per my urging, and it just borked his computer. He didn’t have much choice in the matter so he learned to play without addons, and was still an excellent player with or without, whether he was healing or DPSing.

As most people likely know, personally, I do use addons, and the chat mods are, for me, all but necessary. I recently tried playing on the EU realms as is semi-documented in my last post; I had no addons whatsoever. Sure, I played fine, but I couldn’t read a lick of the chat if you paid me unless you paid me enough for like, eye surgery to fix’em, or something. I could tell you what color the blurry lines were, sure, but that’s about it.

Healing addons specifically, I’d leveled Mani (my holydin) with none. I also had no mouse at that point aside from my touchpad on my laptop which was going out towards the end, as well, so predictably I used my keyboard almost exclusively. I didn’t need addons, at least, not for 5-mans. I even did her first raid, if you’d call it that (I’d been DPSing on Adu in VoA10, we needed a pinch more heals on Emalon or whoever the fire boss is, so I switched over), with no healing addons, though I had to switch my methods by a decent amount. But I did it, and honestly? I was pretty quick, just a touch under the efficiency I’ve got now with my healing addons and setup, because I was used to it. It’s what I’d always done, and by the time I even hit Northrend I didn’t even really need to look at the bars on the left. I’d have floating blue and green bars in front of me, and after I looked at the beginning of the instance to see which bar belonged to which name and which f-number, I’d be set. I’d see a bar in front of my going down and my fingers would automatically hit the f-key for that person and they’d be getting a heal. If anything, in 5-mans I’m now slower with my addons, but that very well could be because I’m still not that used to them.

However, I do love my addons, now that I’ve got them. I am at times less efficient than I had been, but a lot of the time it tells me what I want to see, what I need to know, quicker than I was able to do before, and it’s just a failure on my part on processing and reacting, than it is the fault of the addon. Once I’ve got as much time using these under my belt as I had using my keyboard, I’m all but guaranteed to be more efficient. But, it is a matter of time, and of personal choice. As long as I’m still able to play without them were they to break, and as long as I’m efficient enough with either, I see no issue, and I don’t see why anyone else does, either.

June 28, 2010

And now for something totally different

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 pm by Aduial of WrA

In large parts thanks to Alas, I am also jumping on the bandwagon that she ran me over with (I didn’t even know these questions were floating around before I saw them on her blog…) and going to answer them because they certainly seem nifty.

1. Raider, farmer, PvPer, or altoholic?

I slip in and out of pretty much all of them at different times, depending on several things. Right now I’m more… farmer, going on raider, I guess, since I’m still working on making sure the guild bank is plenty stocked for when we start raiding next week. And roaming around Wintergrasp collecting ore is still one of my favorite pastimes when I’m feeling sort of down; though when I’m frustrated or upset I still often switch over to Adu and queue up for some BGs. I’ve probably been an altoholic most, though, with having… 14 characters on Wyrmrest Accord between two accounts alone, not to mention about 20 others scattered across different realms. Only have the 3 80s, though.

2. Favorite raid or dungeon?

Ah, this would depend on which expansion, mostly. From classic I still love Blackrock Depths, and is probably still my favorite instance. From BC it’s a raid–Kara. Granted, I’ve never seen any BC raids that went beyond Karazhan, but I doubt they’d top it; I’ve gone in there as heals, tank, and ranged DPS now and loved the fights on every one. Plus the whole environment period is wonderful to me; I’m one of those that would wander around until our lock expired even after we cleared it. From Wrath… Would have to be Ulduar. I’ve yet to be a part of a full clear unfortunately (hoping to change that soon though, yay), but I still love each fight I’ve done in there, and the mechanics remind me of why I love Kara and BRD in large part. You can’t just wander in there and expect to faceroll it or you will die; instead, you have to think and actually play, no matter your level or gear (at least in my experience).

3. Number one choice for a new playable race?

Hmm… Centaurs and/or dryads, I suppose. I think the mechanics that could go into making either playable and appealing could be really neat. And hey, could forgo mounts for’em altogether, just buy horseshoes or something that make you run faster naturally instead of learning to ride faster.

4. Class you suck the most at?

Melee DPS, hands down. I’ve messed around on my druid in kitty form and while it’s fun… I just suck at situational awareness as DPS. I do fine as a tank, but having to place my character behind a mob that the tank can turn at anytime, and having to watch my DPS more… especially on classes that can’t drop aggro… Well, it’s tough for me. It also really sucks on bosses which certain models or colorations because they can be hard for me to see or tell what’s back and what’s front, and a melee DPS in front is just wrong.

5. Original UI or modded UI?

Oh, geez, modded to all hell. I have a screenshot of my UI a few posts back, though it’s changed a bit since, if anyone’s curious. Though of course there’s a lot that’s more hidden.. Like my chat programs that make a sound on new messages and such. The default UI is really hard for me to see because I have significant vision problems, so I’ve modded it to work around that and work for me (it’s actually improved a lot since I started, and pre-mouse I actually had very little screen real estate to accomodate.)

6. Profession you’ve never leveled past 200?

Inscription. I almost did on my druid on my second account, but then I realized–That account only has Vanilla, so I can’t even take full advantage of having the craft, so I sort of gave up. I’ve taken it up on my new babymage, so hopefully I’ll have it covered soon enough, too.

7. Favorite flying mount?

Eh… Not sure. I’ll admit I haven’t exactly gotten to see a lot of them since I refuse to buy epic flying on principle, so I’m pretty much stuck with wind riders. Though, I am rather fond of the things…

8. Nozdormu — friend or foe, you figure?

Hummm… Friend, I’d wager, out of the two.

9. Useless item you have in your bank that you’ll never get rid of?

Ha.. I actually have some of those “sickly fish” in Mani’s bank. Back when her and Ith’s warlock, Kaedran, were much newer, they were best friends in character (yes, we RP’d them), and I sort of talked him into leveling fishing and cooking with me, so we were out on the dock in Silverpine on the lake, fishing… And I kept fishing up sickly fish while he kept fishing up skulls. Both actually fit the characters very well, especially the fish for Mani since she’s a healer in character as well, and we ended up keeping the fish and skulls, saying they’d be in their homes IC. I don’t know what Kae ended up doing with his skulls, but the fish are still in Mani’s bank and although the original idea will likely never happen, I can’t see myself getting rid of them.

10. Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

Oh, geez, uh… Single item? I can’t really say. Though I’ve bought out whole markets before and spent a few thousand gold doing so in the past back when WrA was a lot younger and said markets needed help stabilizing. I think probably single item though, if it even counts, would be guild bank tabs; not all by myself but a large chunk of the gold that went into buying them was my own, and TL’s primary bank has six tabs, and that sixth was a doozy, and 4 tabs in the secondary bank…

11. Favorite starting area?

The Night Elf starting area. My first character, Aduial, was originally a Night Elf, so that’s where it all started for me, and I still have a lot of fond memories there. Though, for me it’s not as fun since they nerfed it…

12. Inane goal you worked hardest to achieve?

Trying to reach gold cap, probably. I sort of slack off on it a lot but it’s a constant goal and I usually keep it in mind whenever I deal with gold. Granted I’ll likely never reach it, since I’ll work hard until I have about 10k, then either relax and sit on that, or give chunks to friends or guildies or whatever, basically wherever it’s needed.

13. Darion Mograine VS Tirion Fordring, gloves off — winner is?

Don’t know but I’d love to watch.

14. Game music or your own playlist?

If I’m listening to music, then my own. I’ve mentioned before I have vision problems, so in large part I play by sound, and the game music kind of screws with that. I have everything set at a specific volume so I can pick sounds apart easily, with WoW being at 10-20% volume depending on what I’m doing, and any music I have on at 2-5%. It’s a bit harder for me to change WoW’s music volume alone on the fly, and in my experience some of the sounds often blend in with the music, which doesn’t work so well for me.

15. Particular option or setting that you always toggle on a new alt/server?

Equipment manager.

16. Highest amount of levels gained in one play session?

And boy did I hate myself for staying up that long afterwards, insomnia or no.

17. Thing you’d most like to experience or see in-game?

Tattered Legends thriving again.

18. Worst PuG moment?

I was on my paladin and was tanking heroic Halls of Reckoning for the first time, or… trying to. I was in there with Ithraen who at the time was specced ret, and Emere was healing on his shaman. The DPS was horrible aside from Ith, and by far not enough to finish the dungeon, and Ith was sort of messing around and basically making tanking the place hell, but I was doing the best I could. We lost one DPS at one point only to be replaced with another horrible one, and a few pulls later we wiped, then I found myself no longer partied and no longer in the dungeon. Apparently one of the DPS voted to kick me and Emere automatically clicked yes when he saw the box, and I got kicked out of a dungeon by one of my best and longest friends. The kicker? Right after in guild, “wtf? why’d you leave?” from him. “I didn’t. I was kicked.” “… oh shit.”

19. Best dungeon/raid moment?

Oh, man, there’s a lot of good ones. Hmm let’s see.. There was the Naxx run where we almost got ourselves titles even though more than half our group were fresh recruits and/or PUGees, then there’s the Ony run I posted about a while back where I ended up tanking more than I should’ve had to and somehow.. doing it.. until my healer screwed up, several of the old Uld runs with TL, or that time in Naxx where a piece dropped and was an upgrade for like 4 people who were all going “Nah it’s a better upgrade for you, you take it”… Though I think the memory that’s stuck with me the most that I’m most fond of, though only loosely a dungeon/raid moment, was back when I was OTing Naxx on my warrior and had some little dinky low-70 green  “of the Champion” bow, and couldn’t get rid of it without going under 540 defense, and Ith noticed not long before a raid time, and within half an hour the guild had scrounged up the mats for an ilvl200 epic gun that one of the guild engineers proceeded to make. I actually ended up crying over that because, well, it’s really something else to see something you’ve sacrificed so much for, worked so hard to build, come together so perfectly for you when you needed when you never asked for anything like that in turn, everyone working so well together to try to help the guild, making small sacrifices themselves… I’m not even sure how to describe it, but I had a shiny new gun in time for that night’s Naxx, and I never could’ve been more proud.

20. Worst quest ever that you totally hate doing?

That one in Hellfire Peninsula that the goblin gives you, where he lost his shredder keys and one of the felhounds ate it, and you have to dig through their poop to find them.

21. First thing you do when you hit 80?

Hit the AH for upgrades and do whatever regular dungeons I need to do to be able to grind out heroics for.. er, well, more gear.

22. Character (of yours) you would RP as if you had to?

Amaniel, Aduial, Kas, Vilanaiel, Uruvion, Dessuithiel… I dunno, I RP a lot of my toons anyway, so probably most of them.

23. Keyboard, mouse, or both for using abilities?

Mostly both, now. Before I got my mouse I had just about everything keybound so used my keyboard for pretty much everything, but I do click a decent chunk now, too.

24. Thottbot or WoWhead?

Wowhead all the way. ❤

25. Acronym you’ve seen in chat but don’t understand?

Um… Not sure there’s any, at this point.In fact I’m usually the one using acronyms others don’t really understand until they ask.

26. Plot point you’d like to see resolved someday?

Hrm… Not sure. All of them? 😛

27. Biggest thing you’re looking forward to in Cataclysm?

Having to play smart instead of just facerolling your way through things again.

28. Guild event you’d like to see?

Hrm… Probably BG nights, I guess. Or like… Well, at one point I had my hunter in a friend’s PvP guild, Red Dawn, and every (other?) weekend or so we’d go ‘raid’ the Alliance’s cities. It wasn’t a For the Horde raid or anything, we’d just take our little group and run around in cities like some odd sort of pranksters, or something, having a blast with no real goal but to have fun. These were the events I enjoyed most in that guild and I always had an absolute blast, and I know something like that would likely never happen in TL since we’re a raiding guild, but I’d love to go on one more Shenanigans night.

29. Level range you hate being in?

Believe it or not? 80. I can find something fun to do and enjoy in just about every range, but I actually really like the leveling process, so being 80 is kind of a letdown for me, despite having plenty to do.

30. Favorite map to quest in?

I’m… not really sure I have one, actually. I never was the biggest quester in the world so I’ve missed a lot of quests, and can’t really think of one I liked questing in more than anywhere else.

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