Saturday, January 5, 2008

Oops, I did it again

I said I wouldn't do it. I was tired of doing it. I have 6 or 7 already. But I was weak, and the allure was too much.

I created another hunter.

In my defense I don't have a Blood Elf hunter and I thought it would be cool to have one. They have that mana tap thing that has come in handy once or twice. I came out of the starting area with more money than I have ever come out of a starting area with. I got her to lvl 8 with no problems (took me about an hour and a half) and, when Orclette started her second nap, got her to lvl 10 and did the pet training quest. Remembered that I had a talent point to spend so opened that up. Thought for a bit. I have 2 BM hunters and I think they rock, but do I want a third? Should I try Marksmanship? Survival? After a few more moments pondering I plunked my point into BM. It's just too good.

I chose a lion-cat for my pet, an elder springpaw, to be exact. Trained her, and noticed that she already has claw, rank 2. Yippee! I have never trained a pet that already had one of those cool abilities (I've always had to, at about lvl 20, go train them myself). So we went to attack our first prey. She charged right in, started swatting, and I mana tapped the thing, and fired off a shot. And the thing was dead. I think it was a level or two below me, but still. That was fast. So we tried it again, on a mob only one lvl below. It died within mere seconds as well. Huh. That claw rank 2 is awesome. Cheers to self for picking out an awesome pet with no research at all.

Each time I do this, i.e. create another hunter, I feel like I've improved. I've learned something different with each hunter:

Angharad: that was my first hunter, so suffice it to say that I learned what shots hunters get, glanced at the traps, and had a very weak pet because my talent points were all over the place (until I redid them).
Jehane: found out that leatherworking/skinning was an awesome thing to know as you could make all your own gear.
Beowulfa: she learned that ice trapping is incredibly effective in crowd-control. She was the first of my hunters to get any of her gear enhanced with agility enchants (I just never thought of it when I was in a big city, only when I was out killing mobs). She was the first to do battlegrounds. She was the first to have any significant amount of gold. She is the highest leatherworker I have. She was the first character to do any instances (well, other than Angie with a blah-experience in Deadmines), and the first one to really play with Auctioneer.

There are several other hunters but they never made it very far or do anything very significant so I won't include them. So, welcome my newest hunter, Aelliana and her cat, Lennox. And this is it, I'm serious. No more hunters.


Thursday, January 3, 2008

A group is a loop with goop eating soup(Friday's Post).

I found a topic about groups. Which got me started thinking.

I've never grouped with anyone other than wulfa and sib, and I've never raided. Which makes me an expert ;P on how groups and raids should be setup! Muahahahhaha.

For the perfect group:

Tank: Bear tank(I likes)
Healer: Resto Shaman(Mostly for the dual totems)

DPS: BM Hunter

Utility/DPS: Enh Shaman

Utility/DPS: Cat

My idea for this is:

Lots of melee dps around the mob(Pet/bear/cat/enh shaman). This means they get to share the windfury totem and gain benifits from the bear tanks fairie fire, and from the pets group attack buff(I don't know what it is called). Also not sure if fairie fire stacks but if it does then the cat tosses it too and whee off to the races.

Also the crowded melee means that Resto shaman gets to spread lots of chain heals around.

The only thing I don't like.... low on CC. If "moar CC PLS" then swap the cat for another hunter(SV or BM), or maybe a Demonology lock. (can rogue's CC decently? if so then get one).

I'm biased against casters.


For ZA Bear fight! All I know is he's a bear and he's a troll. This is me-the-never-raided making up a 25man raid group out of thin air. In my crowded fantasy world:

Group1(tank bear aspect):
Bear tank
Enh Shammy
Arms Warrior

Resto Druid(raid healer)

Group2(tank troll aspect):
Protection Warrior

Retribution Paladin

Holy Paladin(Group1 Tank healer)
Holy Paladin(Group2 Tank healer)
Priest(Backup tank healer)
Shadow Priest
Elemental Shaman

Survival Hunter
Demonology Warlock
Mage(on CC duty primarily/damage 2ndarily)

Group5(magic dps):
Affliction Lock
Destro lock(shadow specced)
Shadow priest
Elemental Shaman

Anyways I'd love feedback about how far off I was(on the raid)

p.s. Ding 34!
and 1/2 to 35!

p.s.s. Guess who figured out how to take screenshots on his macbook.

p.s.s.s. Hint: he's green

Bleh just found out that ZA is 10 man not 25. So pretend my above group is a kara group or something.

A'Wulfa Woe

I can't find the little tab that lets me change this to purple so I guess I'm stuck with boring black.

But to 'Wulfa.

I find that running around killing mobs, battling the Alliance, and carrying my 16-slot bags are just not enough physical exercise for this here orc mama. So I hit the weight room a few times during the week to hoist a few weights, run a few laps, all without my armor on, of course. It's also a great opportunity to show off just a wee bit, lifting weights that the old orcs who come at the same time (we're all trying to avoid the young male orcs. They're loud and stinky and like to walk around looking important between sets) could only lift in their heyday. But what with the Winter Festival and all we stayed up really late feasting and merrymaking several nights in a row so I didn't feel like going yesterday. Figured I'd go that night. So once Dammerung had finished fixing the problem those Tauren bankers had and assumed Orclette duty, I was off. And what do you think I found when I arrived? NO ROOM. No room to park Susan, no room to safely stash my gear, no room to breathe. It's all those townsorcs that every year decide they're gonna be like us and get their muscles into shape. They flood the gyms, makin it hard for us regulars to get our routine done. And if they were gonna continue coming and made a real commitment, I don't think I'd have a problem. They'd get worked into our routine. But no, a few weeks after the end of Winter Festival festivities and they've decided they really don't want to get in shape after all. So they quit coming and we never see them again. Don't get me wrong-I think all of Orgrimmar would be benefited by the townspeople getting into shape. It's just that I'm a cranky morning orc who doesn't like change and who doesn't like to see the spot I ALWAYS put Susan into taken.

So my rant is over. It's now time to wake up Susan and haul my orc butt off to the gym. And if any of you out there have resolved to start a gym routine, best of luck to you. Just don't take Susan's parking spot.



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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

At least its a post.

Work has been crazy. I've only been working as a programmer analyst for a year and a quarter now and I am continually frustrated about how tiring it is just sitting all day long. I feel so tired, and I haven't really done anything(physically).

Too tired to play. I played for 20 min last night, and just stopped. I was so tired of staring at a screen.

Work is both boring(waiting on files to be restored) and overwhelming(my first end of year where I'm actually involved).

Beowulfa will be probably posting tomorrow and I will hopefully be back on friday.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


My first thought in this new year of 2008? My brother stole my t.v. I'm the insane morning person who gets up at the crack of dawn and that's what I discovered when I pattered into our living room. He's not awake yet and won't appreciate me coming down into his basement lair to find out where he took my t.v. I'm not sure my t.v. is worth going down into his bachelor hole for. It's all dark and creepy (it's a basement. I don't like basements). And the lucky duck is off today so he'll sleep til noon at least. Bah. He's one of those crazy people who actually stay up for New Year's Eve. I'm rather proud of myself-I think I was awake when the clock turned 12 a.m. We were soothing little Orclette back into sleep. She had a rather rough night-we went to a party and she was an angel until 9:30 p.m. at which point we retreated to a nice quiet bedroom where she fell asleep and I read a book (/gasp). I actually got halfway through it :) When Dammy finally got off work (all those banker-types in Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, Undercity, etc. were running their final tabulations and needed his expertise) we wisked Orclette off to her own bed 'cause she was showing signs of an impending crying fit.

So I've never done resolutions. Dammy doesn't do them either. But I can look back on 2007 and reminisce about all that happened in Clan Dammerung (hey, all the news people are doing it and we're way more interesting than them:) :

We moved twice. Insane, I know, but we really didn't like the spiffy new apartments we moved into. Internet almost never worked.

Little Orclette was born. The ice cream and orange juice they gave me after my 24-hour labor was the best food I had EVER tasted. And 2 full days of lounging around and not doing anything? I still think fondly of that time (apparently I've forgotten how much discomfort I was in).

We reinstalled WOW. Yes, babies are a lot of work but what was I supposed to do while she was asleep? I had already t.v.'d myself out while I was the gestation unit. And by the by, it was only supposed to be me that had WOW. But Dammy asked very nicely so now we've two accounts, a new Mac laptop that runs WOW beautifully, and of course we both have the Burning Crusade update thingy. We didn't want to go all out or anything ;)

'Wulfa and Dammy were born and Clan Dammerung begun. Angie finally got out of her 30's and into her 40's. Who else is there? Ah, Zujoo, Faerylyss, Rageheart, Chaou, Arthes, and Kylii. All still very young but with an important role in establishing Clan Dammerung. We're going to take over the world /maniacal laughter. Sorry. I was remembering pinky and the brain.

We started a blog. It's been fun to be part of a large gaming community AND it gives both of us something to talk about/discuss/plan for. And seeing your name on someone else's site is like being on t.v.

Little Orclette started crawling. I know there are other important baby milestones but that one, I think, is the one that changes your lifestyle most dramatically.

Dammy passed the 1-year mark at his job. This may not seem significant but when you come from the retail world lasting a year in one particular store is not very common, from what I've seen. On the other hand, I've been with the same company since I was only 16 seasons.

I wish I could include more of what Dammy considered excellent in 2007 but he's overloaded at work right now. Those orc bankers can't add properly and the tauren ones pressed the wrong button. So he's not in the mood to reminisce.

So that's it. 2007 is over and sometime in February I will finally remember to write 2008 instead of 2007. Heh. Happy New Year to everybody.

Alright you braindead undead punks! Listen up. We have this thing called a flowchart, it has steps and instructions:

1) Do step 1
2) Do step 2
3) If you are undead do step 3, if you are not undead skip step 3
4) Do step 4
5) Do step 5

Not too complicated. But just incase here are some pointers:





Guys THIS ISN'T COMPLICATED. The blood elves did it. Sheesh.

I don't want to have to restore you to a previous soulsave just so you can repeat your error 5 times.


/back to work

Monday, December 31, 2007

I need a vacation

Christmas vacation was nice. But I need another vacation to recover from that one. So does Wulfa. She's been haulin' butt to get to lvl 39 and now she has to stay there. Dammy wants to get a mount at the same time and he's only lvl 33. I understand. It would be hard to hear your mate crow about her new wolfie when you still have several lvl's to go before you get yours. But Dammy wants 500 gold by the time he reaches lvl 39. No problem, but exactly how am I supposed to contribute when I can't get any xp? Run Wailing Caverns over and over again. The greens that drop Zujoo can disenchant. Anything higher than that and he has a bit of trouble getting the soul dust etc. that sells so nicely on the AH. And the light leather does add up eventually. 120 light leathers=30medium leather=6 heavy leather=1 thick leather. But I decided that it would be better to just play an alt while Dammy catches up. So I rolled a Blood Elf paladin. She's pretty and dainty and light as a feather. (We don't mention that in front of 'Wulfa. She might get jealous.) I really like the Blood Elf starting area. Probably because it's new (I got Burning Crusade for Christmas :). But I'm finding it difficult to adjust from hunter to pally. I can't rush into an area rife with mobs and expect to get out alive (although being able to heal myself is awesome). It takes soooo long to kill things compared to my hunter. Granted, little Faerylyss is only lvl 9. We haven't even started on the talent tree yet. And that's another ball of wax-which path do I take? It was overwhelming researching hunters and how best to play them. Do I really want to start over and delve into the paladin world? On the plus side it's really cool to buff other players. If you're not a character that can buff and you see one that can, don't run zigzag and jump up and down and do other weird stuff. They might be trying to buff you and if you persist in butterfly behavior they can't click on you (I just had a bright thought: I bet there's a way to target the nearest friendly person. Sigh at self. I should have thought of that sooner).

Little Orclette has spotted the laptop and has decided that it's her toy. She also thinks that wires are the coolest thing ever and that my brother's XBox 360 is shiny-and-she-wants-it-now!!!-cry when mommy pulls her away. Shoes are great to chew on (shudder when I think of where they've been). Have I mentioned that little Orclette can crawl now? Life will never be the same :)


Sunday, December 30, 2007

And ding! 33

Klaki stopped in yesterday to wish me and wulfa a happy new year and a merry belated Christmas. I was so stunned it took me like 5 min to figure out where I knew the name from. I had to scan my entire guild list first :P.

Speaking of our guild things have livened up a bunch recently. I had started a practice of congratulating people who I recognize if their level was greater than the level I saw them last at. But Saturday R----- and I spent the whole morning chatting, and now we are both trying to help Beowulfa level her LW. She is at 228 now and I'm trying to focus on doing quests that involve killing skinnables. R------ is also trying to get people to use his jewelry and stuff. So I volunteered my fingers.

I'm on a pvp server.. so I don't mind when the alliance come through and kill everything. Even when they kill of my quest mobs and my innkeeper and my flight master. But when Ally priests mindcontrol all of the city mobs and make them walk off the cliff and get bugged, so they won't go back to their starting points...... yeah that sucks and you suck and someone should please ban/gank/destroy you.

So once some kind GM comes back and removes my quest mobs from halfway down the cliff... or the server resets, and I turn in my 4 quests, then I'm finally done with 1k and I'm headed to Desolace.