February 27, 2009 – 8:23 am
Every Friday here at Too Many Annas, you’ll find a little RP prompting – either in the form of 5 questions to answer about your character or in the form of a ficlet prompt (500 words) to write about them. These aren’t meant to be hard, just things to think about for your character – you can answer in a comment or use them as a blog post of your own!
This week is (as I’m sure you guessed from the title), a ficlet style Friday – only instead of a sentence prompt, I’m going to give you five words/ideas to use in your 500 word story. The idea is to use all of them in some way – but there’s no rules on how to use them or whether they’re important. Your five words for this prompt are:
Fog. Book. Bread. Horse. Sailor.
Let your imagination run wild! I can’t wait to see some of the characters I’ve gotten to read about in these stories!
February 26, 2009 – 5:52 am
I really enjoyed this post from Going Bearfoot (hat tip to Ila and Panzercow)! I started to leave a comment, and then it got WAY too long, so I figured I’d just make a blog post instead!
I have some issue with the definitions that Bearfoot uses of Good and Evil. If “good” doesn’t need a reason – is it then not “good” to defend your family against someone trying to do them harm? If not, then “doing good” becomes “being a doormat” – because obviously fighting is done for a reason. The quote is nice – but it doesn’t approach the hard questions of ethics with nearly enough flexibility/complexity.
Nitpicky little arguments aside, there are times that you can paint both sides with the “evil” brush, and no faction has a stronghold on “good”. Even the peace-loving Tauren are focused on revenge against the Centaur. Lying down and playing dead doesn’t make “good” any more than defending one’s homeland makes “evil” (Vengeance may be bad, but is it wrong to take back something someone has stolen from you?).
Obviously, it’s a MUCH bigger question.
Plus at this point, the Alliance/Horde war is approaching Hatfield/McCoy proportions, and in those situations I don’t think anyone is right.
Is Thrall a more noble leader than Varian Wrynn? Probably (I definitely think so). He’s also a more noble leader than Garrosh Hellscream, the hot-headed leader of Horde forces in Northrend. Fortunately, a leader does not the entire faction make, or we’d get to judge the factions on the actions of Staghelm/Wrynn and Sylvanas/Garrosh instead of keeping Tyrande/Magni and Thrall/Cairne in the mix. I’d venture to say that there are both “good” and “evil” elements of both Factions (Plz to have Bolvar back, kthx?), especially with the growing influence of the Argent Crusade and the Knights of the Ebon Blade – and their cooperation with both factions.
And nobody has a stronghold on Evil except Sargeras.
February 25, 2009 – 11:48 am
You won’t find patch notes here. Nor will you find new glyphs here. It is *way* too early, this stuff just hit the PTR, and will likely be there for at least a month, given all the testing that needs to go into Ulduar. When it gets closer and might feasibly be more realistic, then I may touch on some stuff, but for now?
It’s not worth the energy getting worked up about changes that are so far from being final (esp with all the RL stuff I have to get worked up about!). Check out MMO-Champion if you really want more infos!
In other news, Ciderhelm, whose tanking videos are fantastic and have been a great resource for TRI on a few fights (especially Malygos) has created an overview cinematic for WotLK entitled Glory of the Raider. It’s quite wonderful, and not at all tanking-specific – though I highly suggest that if you’re in any way involved in healing a tank, you have some idea what that tank should be/is doing on the boss fights!
You can catch it there at the Glory of the Raider link, or over here on youtube.
February 25, 2009 – 11:34 am
This is the fourth in a series of posts on how to arrange your healers in Naxxramas 25.
I’d highly suggest reading up on Herding Cats in general, especially if you’re filling in for heal lead and aren’t usually the one with the job.
Otherwise, this is just a quick guide to how and why I arrange our healers the way I have been – which isn’t to say that it’s the end-all, be-all of healing assignments for Naxx! Just how things have worked for us. Most fights I’m going to assume six healers, though some I’ll recommend an off-spec/hybrid healer to help out (or possibly picking up a seventh healer), and you can almost always safely substitute classes.
Yes, Naxx25 has been done with only two healers, but I’d venture to guess that those raids are experienced and not just starting out, and those new ones are the raids that this guide is primarily written for (’cause if you’ve got the place on farm, you don’t need my piddly advice on how to set up your healers!).
This is not, in fact, a raid-wide, boss killing strategy – if you want one of those, I recommend looking at www.wowhead.com, www.wowwiki.com, and www.bosskillers.com!
Deathknight Wing Boss the First: Instructor Razuvius
- Main Tanks: The MT’s in this fight are Razuvius’ students, mind controlled by two priests. You probably won’t need to heal them, unless the transitioning goes wrong.
- Offtank: One healer (or maybe two, if you’ve got them) – tanking Razuvius OTHER students, and keeping broken MC’s from nuking the raid.
- Raid: Everyone else. Watch out for people that get the Knife Throw debuff
This fight is pretty straightforward for healers, and unless things go to the nether in a handbasket, usually isn’t overly stressful. If you have an extra paladin around, they can bomb heal the mind controlled tanks, but it’s only necessary if your transitions aren’t working well.
Deathknight Wing Boss the Second: Gothik the Harvester
- Live Side (Left): Two to three healers
- Dead Side (Right): Three healers (favoring paladins and strong raid healers)
Healing “Dead side” is usually more stressful and involves more AOE healing, though Paladins can contribute to the healing both through Holy Wrath stuns and general undead DPS. Once the doors open, have the healers on the side where he’s currently standing stick to the tank, the rest raid heal.
Deathknight Wing Boss(es) the Third: Four Horsemen
In the Front!
- Left Corner (Thane): Two healers – one AOE and one Single Target
- Right Corner (Rivendare): Two healers
This is a *tank* assignment, more than a *boss* assignment – the tanks will be swapping the bosses back and forth, but you will always be on the same general side of the room. Thane’s going to Meteor, so if your tank has Thane, be sure to stand right on top of him, to avoid getting blown up (the Meteor is like the one in the Arcatraz trash, the more people it hits, the less damage each person takes).
In the Back!
- Zeliek (henceforth “Ziggy”) – One healer, or One Healer and a DPS Hybrid
- Blaumeaux (henceforth “Blammo”) – One healer, or One Healer and a DPS Hybrid (don’t stand in shadow pancakes)
These should be single target healers (paladin, disc priest preferred), and they will be healing an offtank/plate DPS in tank gear. Both Ziggy and Blammo have proximity aggro – they’ll shoot at whoever is closest to them, so make sure to stand farther away than your tank! If your healers are strongly geared, one healer per offtank should be enough – paladins have this particularly nice with Beacon, since you’ll take damage from the marks. Once you get three-four marks, the offtank/healer pairs should switch to the other side.
Hopefully your group will be successful on your march through heroic Naxxramas! Good luck, have fun, and may the Loot-Fu be with you!