November 13, 2012 – 12:16 pm
The reality of an upcoming raid opportunity finally sunk in, so I got Aely to 90 on Sunday. I still have a few lingering quests in Kun Lai before I get the achievement, and two more quest hubs in Townlong. That, plus cooking quests, plus farming quests, plus… let’s just say a quest log that only holds 25 quests just isn’t gonna cut it right now!
I’ve got a set of crafted gear, so my ilevel is enough to run heroics, but I’m way short of being able to do LFR. I’ll be working on that with friends as I can find people online – my wonky schedule is going to make grouping hard, since I go to bed at 7 server time.
I’m depending on Icy Veins to get my skills up to speed in terms of how to not suck at being a ret paladin. I think my spec is decent, and I’ve got a stat priority now. I downloaded ClcRet to help me memorize a raiding rotation. Still need to get glyphs. I’m probably not going to waste a ton of materials on enchants for gear that is essentially just a placeholder.
Right now I just feel really behind.
When it didn’t matter and I wasn’t responsible to anyone, I didn’t really care that I wasn’t capped or doing dailies. I figured I had time for whatever. I still have time, as my raid isn’t starting for a few weeks yet, but I really would like to avoid the game feeling like a second job. I’m finding that my sense of personal responsibility is kicking in. Which is to say, I’m feeling guilty about ignoring WoW to take care of other parts of my life, like running errands or planning a Thanksgiving for 10 people, several of whom will be staying at my house, and will be bringing their dog.
I don’t like that feeling. I want gaming to be a fun hobby, not something I feel guilty about or anxious about. Granted, I’m the queen of making up things to be anxious about (see: Xanax), but finding a balance is going to be a lot harder with the way my job is right now.
After the first of the year, my schedule is changing. Really, it’s changing for the worse, as I’m no longer going to get every other Friday off (because my company is a bunch of turds who think that the way to solve a turnover/morale problem is to cut benefits, but that’s another post). But I’ll probably be able to stay up until 8 or 8:30 server on the new schedule, so my ability to group with people will be significantly better. Also more time for RP!
Still, that search for balance remains. How do I balance being a good, prepared, ready raider with not making the game into a second job? How do I balance life responsibilities (like a clean kitchen and a long commute and a high stress job) with game responsibilities (like having flasks and food for raids, being on time, knowing fights)?
You’d think, after *mumblemumble* years, I’d have this all figured out, but it seems like every time I think I have a handle on it, the game changes (see what I did there?)
The motto of this blog is “Because raiding and roleplay are not mutually exclusive” – something I truly still believe in and will fight for. Now I just have to figure out how to make “being a responsible adult” and “being a responsible gamer” not mutually exclusive either.
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November 5, 2012 – 8:33 am
Aely’s still about halfway through 89 at this point, and if I’m honest, I’m in no great hurry to get to 90. Yes, I may start raiding again on weekends, and I know that means I have to gear her up, and all that jazz. But right now, so much of the end game content is … well, dailies.
I’ll likely hit 90 by the time I finish Kun-Lai Summit. Which means I have three zones (Dread Wastes, Townlong, and Vale) of quests to do at 90. After that? It’s aaaaalll dailies.
I don’t DO dailies.
I did them in the past. I have three characters I got to exalted with the Shattered Sun, and Aely carries her Crusader title with great pride. Since then, though? I have enough repetitive boredom in my life outside of the game. I didn’t get a single character to max reputation in the Cataclysm factions. I’m not even farming regularly, and farming is fun! I’ve slowed down on pet battles now that I’m running out of low level pets to collect, and I have to grind out some levels on my battle team to get the higher up ones.
Maybe it’s because I have so little time to play during the week that I want to make the most of it. Maybe dailies just aren’t that fun, even when you get an awesome Celestial Dragon mount for it. Maybe I’ve got the attention span of a gnat on crack. Whatever the reason, I just don’t have the attention span or the desire to crank through dailies anymore.
Quests are fun. RP is fun. Pandaria is gorgeous, and I can’t even do flyover screenshots yet. But I don’t have to have done the dailies to know that, despite my best intentions (and despite how much I really want that dragon mount) I may do them occasionally, but they will never be daily for me.
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November 1, 2012 – 8:16 pm
So I think I found the problem, and it is, in fact, my motherboard. Below is a picture of one of several capacitors on my motherboard that appear to be trying to bulge out the top.
Apparently this is called capacitor plague, and it’s not all that uncommon.
This is from the inside of my motherboard (It’s hard to get a good picture of capacitors, so this is the best I can do!):
Note the capacitor in the upper right hand corner, which has puffed up to the point of distending the little X shaped vent on the top, and which is reflecting light rather differently than the other, flatter capacitors in the picture.
These capacitors are from an article on capacitor plague, found here:
The pictures are way too similar for my liking. SSH’s machine has the same motherboard as mine, but his is distinctly lacking in capacitor puffiness.
Fortunately, my computer’s version of capacitor plague did not include exploding capacitors and an electrical fire.
Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure at this point I’m going to be building a new machine. The actual testing apparatus to run current through capacitors and test them is considerably more expensive than a new motherboard, and we don’t own any soldering equipment anyway.
While I still have a laptop that is (barely) functional, I’m out of WoW for the foreseeable future. This will give me the opportunity to work on some plots and fiction, but other than that, it may get sparse around here. I’m not sure how long it will take to assemble the parts for a new rig. You’ll still find me on gTalk and twitter though, as usual.
October 31, 2012 – 7:46 pm
I think I have a hardware issue. What do you think? (Also, if that’s not the worlds most unhelpful error message, I don’t know what is.)