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Don’t cook and game. Burns cause AFK’s.
comment 20 Written by on August 11, 2008 – 9:26 am

This is a real-life sort of post.  Though it is related to gaming.  Kinda.  Anyway… storytime!

Yes, I burned myself cooking again last night, while in a UBRS run after the Ace of Beasts.  (which didn’t drop).  Although I love to cook, and am rather good at it, I have an unfortunate history of doing unspeakable things to myself while in the kitchen – including (but not limited to) putting a butcher knife into my palm, nearly slicing off the tip of my finger, and an extensive list of burns (mostly on my hands).  Several of these injuries have happened during or just before raids.

But this one, this one wasn’t my fault – at least, not really.   See, I have an oven issue.  Namely, my oven is a piece of crap and doesn’t work properly – it won’t maintain an even/consistent heat for more than about 20 minutes, so anything that requires precise baking doesn’t happen.  Like bread.  Also, the oven door will not stay open, so I have to either put something on it, or have someone else hold it open while I put things in/out of the oven.

white oven by kronicred *

Yesterday, I was cooking a spicy pork roast.  This takes several hours in a dutch oven, covered with foil (since my dutch oven has a plastic handle on the lid.  engineeringFAIL).

So when, after about 3 hours, I needed to turn the roast again, and went to put it back in the oven… the oven door slammed up into the side of my dutch oven.

Which caused it to become unstable.

Which then caused me to tip it, and dump several cups of boiling, spicy, vinegar-y pork roast juice all down my leg and foot.

Shorts, FTL.

This morning I have blisters above my left knee, and down the side of my foot and on my three little toes.  Needless to say, I won’t be wearing shoes for awhile.  I also had to take a rather extended AFK from my UBRS run to set up icepacks.

Fortunately, at least, said pork roast was deliciously tasty, and I made homemade flour tortillas to go with it, which were also tasty (and so surprisingly easy that I may not buy flour tortillas anymore).

I spent my ice-pack encrusted evening working on leveling my baby druid (almost 42).

About which I have a question, wonderful internets.  Does anyone know of a good reference for a baby bear? I got the opportunity to tank SM last week, and since then have discovered that… as much as I don’t like pally or warrior tanking… being a bear is fun.  LOTS of fun.

I kept thinking to myself – I’m tanking this entire instance while going NOM NOM NOM.  (Arcanist Doan tastes like brimstone.  Scarlet Wizards taste more like cheap cherry slushie.  *nods*)  Learning to tank with my FACE was quite fun, but I’d love to see a guide or even just the basics of bear tanking, and my GoogleFu has been unable to turn up anything worthwhile.  Suggestions are appreciated!

We’ll return to shamanistic goodness tomorrow.  Thanks for indulging me today!

*Image courtesy of Kronicred.  I only wish my oven/stove was this nice.  *sighs*

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20 Responses to “Don’t cook and game. Burns cause AFK’s.”

  1. I’d spend some time with Calen, Mr Uber-bear.

  2. Well, I would check out some of the archived articles on the Big bear butt blog first. The official wow forums have a sticky about feral druid leveling that isn’t bad though a little out of date: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=11601186&sid=1
    The wowwiki druid pages at: http://www.wowwiki.com/Druid
    and another druid wiki: http://druid.wikispaces.com/
    Wow Insider has articles ranging on bear builds, what the fashionable bear is wearing to kara and other articles that may relate more to lower level bearing (It’s a word now 🙂 ) Anyways Hope this helps with the bear research 🙂

    By Brierley on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  3. Bear Butt has a fair bit of karazhan/outland stuff, but no basics on being a level 40 tank or a leveling tank that I could find – the wow forums sticky is pretty good, as is the druid wowwiki page – but again, nothing about how bear tanking works.

    Totally didn’t know there even WAS a druid wiki. Going to check that out.

    I try not to deal with WoWInsider if I don’t have to, but I can have a look I guess (most of their druid stuff is written by Bear anyway).

    By Anna on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  4. So it’s not just me that found cooking dangerous this weekend? That sounds painful, take care of it!! *limps*

  5. Ow! That sounds incredibly painful! You really should be more careful! :>

    I have an odd fear of things on stoves since my sister dumped boiling milk on herself when she was little. She still has the scar. (Although luckily for her topless dancing career it looks more like an exotic birthmark than a burn scar.)

  6. Regarding bear tanking:

    * Your normal hits do good damage, and build rage when they connect.
    * Maul does extra threat, but replaces a rage-building “white” hit with a “yellow” special, you get no rage (and you spend rage to cast Maul). Use Mail if you have a lot of rage, skip it if you don’t.
    * It’s good to have Demoralizing Roar up, every 30 seconds.
    * Swipe is good for keeping 3 mobs on you, off the hearer.
    * Spec into Mangle as soon as you can (level 50 feral talent) – it is awesome.
    * You don’t get Lacerate until level 66, so ignore all the Druid tanking guides that talk about Lacerate.

    In Azeroth, Agi/Str/Stamina gear is good for you. If you plan on tanking in Outlands, you’ll need to shift more to Stamina/Defense/Agility.

    By Jacob on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  7. Oh, and Bash and Feral charge are bodh good for stopping a runner or interrupting a spellcaster.

    By Jacob on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  8. Jacob – that’s exactly what I needed right now 🙂 Simple breakdown.

    Little druid is a bear of very little brains. (or very little talent points, at least). Thank you!

    Also – the druid wiki is also totally awesome.

    Brierly and Jacob, thank you both!

    By Anna on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  9. Belph – I have plans to capture Calen and force him to give up his bear-y secrets, but I just can’t seem to be online at the same time that he is.

    or when I am, he’s in a raid. Perhaps I’ll have better luck on a weeknight tonight 🙂

    By Anna on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  10. What I like to do as a bear at that level, is to Shift (10 rage) pop my rage genereator (can’t remember the name right now…) and FF the pull.

    I then get in there with a maul already queued up for the second to die, in order to get a good threat on that target right off the bat (no healers taking over your threat). Then I swipe like mad, and switch my target to the main person to die so they start getting the white damage. After that don’t use Maul unless >50 rage, or its the last target and you have lots of threat built up.

    I agree, demo roar up helps, but if you don’t have the rage don’t sweat it, swipe > demo.

    I don’t like charge as a start to my pull as I like to keep it for the times a crit string happens for the first 3 casts of my caster in the group… Body pull with a FF is my favourite and a maul queued up is my favourite.

    Bear tanking is great fun, and I enjoy it as well. Hope your burn gets better!

  11. When I first started leveling my furry face tanker I read the following and found them a good introduction to being a bear:



    Then I progressed to the other places mentioned above. I also read up at various blogs of course 🙂

  12. Eek those horrible links broke the comment column formatting sorry!

    Also – I hope your burn gets better! /hug

  13. Totally non-bear related, but full on kitchen klutziness.

    I stabbed myself in the hand too….with a butter knife. Major fail 🙂

    By Eapoe on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply
  14. you might want to have the leg checked out by a dr. Any time you blister that much it could get infected and you will end up with more than you ever bargained for.

  15. Fortunately most of the blistering was very localized, and has gone down today, leaving me with some red spots and two blisters on my toes. I’m doing much better 🙂

    (though, hot showers are still not so much fun)

  16. Wait…a dutch oven lid with a plastic handle? How did that even get manufactured? Maybe the boss’s nephew designed it?

    Good luck with the bear tanking! I found it easier than warrior tanking, but still challenging. But that’s me. I’m not meant to be a tank, apparently.

    By Celera on Aug 12, 2008 | Reply
  17. Celera –

    that was about my reaction. I didn’t pick out the dutch oven (was a wedding gift), but after having dealt with this one – which is fantastic for the stove, but can’t go in the oven – I’ll definitely know what NOT to buy next time.

    By Anna on Aug 13, 2008 | Reply
  18. *been ages since i was a bear druid* , but, max range + a moonfire or two on the second and third (if they r slow movers) to die helps keep aggro on you, then shift n start rockin…
    love the shammy info!!! tryin to do the resto thing at 70 after levelling as enhance and ur blog is awesome!!! thanks!

    By gray on Aug 13, 2008 | Reply
  19. I <3 your shaman stuff and wanted to share my fave baby druid tanking tricks.

    5 points in Furor and 3 in natural shapeshifer (both in the balance tree) are great. Once I get 5 in furor I tend to start pulls w/ starfire on the first in the kill order, try to dot any adds not marked for CC w/ moonfire (moofire ticks will break CC) and shift to bear and have a swipe waiting for them when they get to me.

    I agree w/ Jacob up top on his points, maul is great, but only if you arn’t in a rage starvation situation. Bash, Growl, Challenging Roar, and Feral Charge are great emergency buttons. (I use bash soloing more as it lets me stop a mob so I can swap out and get a heal on myself) Feral Instincts is another great talent early in the feral tree, we all like more threat. (this is more a later on/end game note but Omen of Clarity is not a bad skill to have if you can get to it)

    One last note, it may be a good idea to warn your group mates that it can take druids a little longer to establish really solid aggro, and if they can hold of the DPS storm for just a second or two it can really help you get a solid lead on threat.

    Good luck and have fun! ~Gel

    By Gelsier on Aug 14, 2008 | Reply

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