Moving Day! (Yes, again)

July 22, 2008 at 11:24 am (blogging) ()

So, we started up this blog on WordPress with the intention of getting ourselves to a selfhosted status eventually, whenever we had the money and time to spare. However, a guildmate of ours does webhosting and, in a stupendous gesture of guild friendliness, has allowed us to become selfhosted way ahead of schedule.

Please do join us at http://www.raidedm.com for all of your mouthy Druid and Rogueish needs.

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Almost cool

July 17, 2008 at 11:44 am (fun) ()

So, yesterday I was farming up Netherweb Spider Silk for my alt because I can now make imbued netherweave bags (yay!), when Martin says “My AV is about to pop, but Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftains are about to play at the World’s End Tavern in Shatt!”. Of course I, like most silly WoWheads, really kinda like L70ETC, especially since they wrote such a nice song about my main’s class and why they like to do it from behind. There are times when I’m playing and I swear I can hear it playing in my head. “Sinister strike, eviscerate, cheapshot, backstab!”

Anyway, I got over to the tavern and there was quite the crowd. Sure enough, L70ETC popped up into the main stage area. I called in my son, who has a deep love for them, and showed him. At which point he said “But…there’s no music. Look, they’re dancing and singing, but there’s no music!”. Well, he was right. It would’ve been cool, but it wasn’t. I know there’s no capability for that level of rockage in the game and whatnot, but maybe the band should’ve been just partying around in the back drinking too much and feeling up groupies. Haris Pilton, perhaps. Y’know. Rock band things. So, while neat, not ultra-cool. Still, people were dancing around like maniacs and leaping onto the stage, so I was only able to snag one screenshot. Enjoy!

L70ETC Playing at World's End

L70ETC Playing at World's End

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Patch Day! 2.4.3

July 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm (Uncategorized)

Lots of little tweaks, but the two I was most interested in are the fact that you can get mounts at 30 now and the huge freaking bags the slut Haris Pilton sells at the tavern in LC.

Honestly, I’m stoked about mounts at 30. It just means less trouble for my alts. Am I poor-mouthing about “back in my day we had to wait until 40. Then travel five miles uphill in the snow to get our mounts!”? Well, maybe a little, but it still makes things easier on everybody and I’m for that. Besides, it just makes it easier for them to put new mounts in Wrath and wring more pixelated money out of us. As for the bags, holy unlimited cargo space, Batman! The price on those things is just this side of extortion. Not to mention the assorted useless items she sells that are 2-3k. Who’s going to pay 2k for a pair of sunglasses? (Ok, I admit, I was tempted for a moment there. An around-town outfit with sunglasses and a pair of the knit sandals that look like flip-flops? Awesome summer chic. Gimme a break. I’m a girl.)

I’ll leave the dissection of the changes and how they’veĀ  nerfed/buffed various classes to someone who knows everything about all the classes. Meanwhile, how sad is it that the first thing I did, was go get a Nether Ray Fry ? It matches!

Mother and Baby!

Mother and Baby!

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Every Druid’s Dirty Secret

July 13, 2008 at 3:11 pm (Specs) (, , , )

We all have one. Some of us may not know it, but we all have one. Doesn’t matter if you have a Big Bear Butt, if you’ve pledged to be Resto 4 Life, or even if you think Kitty form is Purrfect, there’s a dirty little secret, a nasty little urge lurking just beneath the surface, waiting to jump out and surprise you when you least expect it. What is this secret, you ask?

Boomkin. Doomkin. Oomkin. Whatever you want to call it, every single druid on the planet is one quick little respec away from discovering what is possibly the most fun spec in the game. Let’s examine what, exactly, makes it so fun, shall we?

1. The awesomest form in the game. I don’t want no stinking Shadowform. You can leave cat form in the litter box. Bear form can go look for the pope in the woods. Tree form can…uh…go with bear form. Give me the lumbering, waddling, laser-bringing, insect-swarming, mage-creaming, Chris Farley-dancing Moonkin form.

2. See that bit about mage creaming? You go Balance spec, and every mage, destro lock, and elemental shaman in the raid is gonna be your new best friend. They’ll send you mails, buy you pretty things, and show up at your house at 3 in the morning just because they missed you…in their party in the raid. No more being relegated to the tank party for your ToL aura! No more having to hang out with the(rather morally questionable) melee dps! (Seriously, who wants to hang out with dirty pickpocketing thieves and tanks with anger management issues?) You get to hang out with the mages and the locks, baby! You’ve made the big time. All the biscuits and cookies you can eat, and you could probably even talk one of the baby eaters into throwing you a soulstone, healers be damned!

3. Spell crit. Screw steady DPS. Boomkins bring bursty, spikey, crit-happy DPS to the table, and there is absolutely nothing more fun in this game than seeing GIGANTIC numbers consistently showing up above a boss’ head. Add on top of this the ludicrous amounts of armor we have in doomkin form(I’m rocking around 11k unbuffed in my pvp gear), and that just means we can take an extra hit or two when we invariably pull aggro. We also don’t have to go searching too far for our aggro dump/oh shit/save me buttons, because aside from Barkskin, they don’t exist! Less buttons to push = more DPSing to do! No wasting time Soulshattering for us, just keep spamming those wraths.

So, on a slightly more serious note, I had, probably a month ago, played around with Boomkin spec, did a couple raids and some battlegrounds with it, and had quite a bit of fun. I wound up respeccing to fill a gap(tank or heals, forget which, I’m losing track of when I spec to what these days), and to be honest, I regretted it a little. I mean, I helped get a run off the ground, so that was awesome, but there was this faint nagging in the back of my head. I think it was saying “You could be pewpewing right now.”

So, flash forward to friday night. I’m working on my hunter alt, and I get a tell from my 2v2 partner in the guild. Him and our most experienced PvP priest want to know if I’m specced feral to roll up on some 3v3 with them. About ten minutes later, and I’m already respecced Boomkin. We did absolutely awesome. I’d only done about five matches with the lock, and never really PvPed with the priest, so going 5 and 5 our first night of matches together felt like a good win for us. The way Boomkin/Priest/Lock meshes together is crazy. The only way other teams seemed to be able to beat us was by pressuring the priest a little and then focusing me down. I’m the lowest stam, lowest resil on the team, so I’m working on that(hence my rather angry rant about pvp gear).

But yeah, I’m looking forward to doing some more as a boomkin. I particularly want to do some raids as Boomkin. Prince needs some lazers in the face, and I know just the chickencow to give them to him.

Edit: Just in case you were wondering, here is a link my Boomkin Spec. It’s intended to be a hybrid pvp/pve spec.

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On PvP Gear

July 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm (Rants) (, , , )

Dear anyone who thinks S2 gear is easy to get,

Please, go do 30 WSG PUG matches. Then do 50 AV PUG matches. Then do 50 AB PUG matches. Once you’ve done that, please come back and tell me how easy it is to get. Until you’ve done that, your opinion means very little to me.

Tell me how easy this gear is to get after doing match after match of battlegrounds with incompetent morons who want to go all on D in WSG. Who want to zerg the opposing general in AV, leaving no one on D or to guard graveyards or towers. Who can’t be bothered, if they’re the last person at a node in AB, to actually stand there and call out incomings. Who can’t even be bothered to be at their fucking keyboard. After all of that, please come back and tell me this gear is easy to farm, that it’s welfare epics.

The S2 gear has a high cost. It’s not the honor, it’s not the marks, it’s not the time invested. It’s the frustration, misery, and general hatred for humanity you develop in being forced to PvP with the lowest common denominator, the BG PUG player. They don’t know how to play their class, they don’t know how to PvP, they don’t know how to win a BG. There are only two things in the world these people excel at. Acting like douchebags, and making your life miserable.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have 23 more WSG marks of honor to farm.

P.S. The number of BGs I listed gets you 5 pieces of gear. Leaving quite a few remaining to get if you want the whole set. Doing just the BG you really enjoy to get a single piece does not qualify you to make broad, sweeping generalizations about how easy all of the gear is to get.

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Server Shenannigans

July 8, 2008 at 10:29 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Was anyone else around last night who had to experience the “World of Warcraft Server Follies”? Quite the show, wasn’t it? Maybe it was just on Turalyon, but it was interesting.

We’d decided to hit up Heroic Mech for some badges with some guildies when people started having lag. Ok, well that, happens, but not usually to 20 people at once. Guild chat was filling up with comments. I happened to have just died in Mech, so I attempted to release as our Paladin was one of the ones having problems, and it wouldn’t let me. After several attempts, including using the repop script commands and no success, Martin had me Alt+F4 out and relog. At which point, this happened:

Floating Mech

Floating Mech

And this:

Moar Floating Mech

Moar Floating Mech

If you look closely you can see in the first picture that the people I was with are still standing in what used to be the hallway before Capacitus. You can even see the elevator in the background. In the second screencap you can see Capcitus himself having a jolly old time floating in space with his buddies, all hippedy hopping around in the clouds and stars of deep Netherstorm.

The best part was that, when I hit release, I fell through the sky and disappeared and could see nothing but stars. And I still took falling damage! Every time I hit release, I died again and took falling damage. At one point our Pally got back, walked into the middle of empty space, rezzed me, and I fell and died again. By the time the servers got back to normal 30 minutes later my gear was busted and it cost me 16g to repair. I was unhappy…but it was still pretty damned funny.

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Sharon’s Intro (Drumroll Please)

July 8, 2008 at 10:09 am (introduction) (, )

Evidently a girl gets in trouble when she cajoles and whines and otherwise harrasses her significant other into working on a blog and then neglects to do so herself. So, without further ado or guilt bombardment, I shall introduce myself.

I’m Sharon. Y’know, that girl mentioned in the post previous by my fiance who was being very sweet. (Of course he’s got to be sweet. It’s his first post! Not to worry, I’m sure you’ll see us arguing later.) I was never much of a video game player, to tell you the truth. I dabbled a bit with old NES when I was a kid and then, when I had my own kid, I got him a system and I dabbled some more. I was never glued to it like the boys in my family were, though. Ironically, I got my mother involved in video games by introducing her to Animal Crossing on Gamecube and now she’s an admitted Final Fantasy junkie who made my father buy her a PS2 and an XBox. She has arthritis in her thumbs for God’s sake. If they ever get broadband out in rural Texas where she lives I know she’ll be on WoW in seconds.
Now, I grew up in a family of geeks and you might say that it rubbed off a little. My family believed heavily in sci-fi and fantasy. I grew up watching Logan’s Run, Barbarella, Night Gallery, that awesome 60’s Time Machine and my mother started me out reading Anne McCaffrey and worked me up to Heinlein and Asimov. To say that I’m open to geekery would be an understatement.

I guess you could say, then, that when I saw Martin playing World of Warcraft that it was easy to see that I’d get interested. We’d done our share of roleplaying (mostly in the White Wolf vein on my end) and this seemed to me to be the pinnacle of what all that roleplaying was about. Of course, that was then and this is now. We do no roleplaying and, honestly, I’m not sure if I want to. Occasionally I have a yen to go back to those roots and give it a try, especially when I look at Ratshag, but then I think of all of the cyber-monkeys and I get gunshy.

Right now I have a 70 Rogue (Allysera) as my main. I just recently respecced combat daggers to take advantage of the nice badge loot that came out in 2.4 and am currently trying to do the good old rep-grind as much as possible to get the remaining enchants I haven’t gotten. Martin and I raid about 3 times a week at the moment, hitting up Kara badge-farming and the occasional 25 man raid. I’m working on a mage alt (Arcanie) as well, since ranged DPS is so damned much easier than melee. So far I’m only at 55, though, so I’ve got a ways to go with that and already I want to start up a new alt.

I did have a blog of my own, much as Martin did, called “Rolled Yesterday: Journal of a New World of Warcraft Player”, however we did decide that this would be a much more interesting and fun venture for us, since we made each other read all of our blog posts anyway. Besides, this way we can argue in front of you all.

So that’s about it for present for introduction. You can look forward to much ranting, venting, anecdote-relating and general commentary and bitchery from me in the future. I’ve already got a few topics in mind, so hold onto your butts.

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Flame On!

July 5, 2008 at 1:23 am (fun)

Snuck into Stormwind and Ironforge tonight, finishing off my city flames, dumped my blossoms, and I now possess the full Summer Fire Festival set. Woot!

Fire Resist FTW

Fire Resist FTW

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Introductions

July 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm (introduction) (, , , , )

Welcome to the new home. Watch out for boxes and broken links, we’re still in the process of moving in. This is going to be our(Malfean/Bourguignon/Martin and Allysera/Sharon) joint venture into the blogging world. We had fun maintaining our own blogs, but after discussing for a bit, realized we could blog together and maybe bring a unique viewpoint to the table together.

So, a bit about myself if you’re not familiar with me(that is, you’re not being directed here from my old blog). I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since beta, and bought the game a month after release. My original toon was a dwarf hunter who made it to 60, and was the first character I raided on. Then came a warrior, and a lock, and a druid. Those are just the 60’s. The druid was the only one to make it to 70.

Now, mixed in here and there was me taking breaks from the game. During one of these breaks, I met a wonderful girl named Sharon, and we moved in together. Then, Thanksgiving rolled around, and I started coming down with the mmo bug again. I didn’t want to reactivate quite yet, so instead I set up a trial account for myself to screw around on. Well, she saw me doing this and decided she didn’t want to be left out, and wanted to try it. A couple days later, we bought her the Battlechest, reactivated my account, and we were good to go.

Now, why do I include all of this? Well, I had always played Alliance, except for one priest I rolled with RL friends and made it up to 55. Sharon, however, was more interested in playing Horde. So, I went and rerolled Horde, we found an awesome guild, and we’re on our way to having a second set of 70’s now.

Which brings us, more or less, to current day. My main is a druid(Bourguignon) whose spec changes more often than is financially intelligent, but I have fun exploring the different aspects of the class. My most recent stint was Boomkin, and damn was that fun. I’m actually considering going back to it for leveling up to 80, but right now I am back to feral due to a need for tanks in the guild at the moment. I’m also working on a hunter alt, currently 52, who’s coming up with Sharon’s mage alt. I hope to have them to 70 well before Wrath lands on us.

That’s pretty much it for now. You should be seeing a similar type of post from Sharon in the extremely near future. Until next time, keep your pimp hand strong.

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