April 8, 2008 – 7:15 am
So I respecced back to Resto, changed up my spec a little for optimization, got my consumables together, shelled out for a flask and some shadow resist pots, cooked my fish, and ran a few dailies to get repair money.
I logged in half an hour before I was told, just to make sure.
5:30 server comes and goes.
5:55 server, I get a whisper “Sorry, we’re not going to need you tonight after all. Thanks for being ready and available”
Well, at least I did all that research so that sometime a 6 months from now… if we ever get to where TRI is clearing Hyjal, I”ll be ready. Or something.
Also – to all the people that are kvetching about how their gear is going to be soooo obsolete when WotLK releases and why are they bothering with all the grinding, you can take your sorry tail somewhere else. If you don’t want gear, step out of your raid instead of going at everything half arsed and semi-afk. Because frankly, I don’t want to hear about it – some of us raid for more than just gear, and WotLK isn’t even in the BETA yet.
*image courtesy of Mavdbyl
**Yes, I know I was signed up as a sub. I just happened to be particularly looking forward to getting to see some new content.
April 7, 2008 – 7:06 am
Raiding. PVE. PVP. Instances. Crafting. Roleplay.
There’s a lot to do in this World of Warcraft, and everyone has their own little niche. Some people pick one character, leveling to 60 or 70, working through content and reputation, focused entirely on that one character and/or class. Some love to PVP, thriving on the adrenaline rush – Others have five alts by the time one reaches max level, enjoying many different classes (on different factions even) and the leveling grind more than the max level content – or in supplement to it.
For as much time as I spend raiding, I am, admittedly, an alt-lover. I rolled my first alt (my gnome mage, Berylla) when Angoleth was about level 35, and Annalira when she was in her late 50’s. Right now I have three characters at level 70, two in their 50’s, two in their 30’s, and *counts on fingers* four in their 20’s (some on servers other than Feathermoon, obviously). But when I think about it, I’ve never felt like I have that many characters.
Recently, Bellwether questioned how people leveled alts and managed to keep their steam going long enough to level them, and Jezrael talked about the nostalgia we all get sometimes for being low level – when everything was new and different and exciting.
For me – that’s why I play alts. If I’m feeling down, I look over my character list and remember that Brietta’s accent is really fun to type (especially after a beer), that no matter what happens I can cut loose while playing her, and that she’d have a bang up time doing a certain set of quests in Dustwallow or going to Scarlet Monastery.
I remember how playing Aelflaed always turns into funny mishaps, even if her accident-prone personality was created before she ever had all those … incidents … in Gnomeregan. There’s something refreshing about going back to a character that’s “lower level” and letting them discover the world as it unfolds and seeing how they’ll react to quests, instances, and happenings in Azeroth.
Even if I’ve done the quests in Duskwood at least 10 times already, my paladin has never done them before – and even if she knew that all wasn’t right with that part of the world, she’d certainly never come face to face with anything like Mor’ladim – or had to wrap her mind around his fall and redemption. (This is particularly true with my newest little alt, who is Horde – an undead mage – because I’ve never leveled a horde character past about level 35. Everything after that really will be new territory!)
Aside from the renewal I get from leveling, there’s a certain magic about the very beginning starting areas for me. My favorite time with a character is levels 1-20, because there is an uncertainty about the character – who they will be, what they will become, what they like and dislike, how they talk and act. Sometimes I may have created a personality for them before I started playing, but even then, the magic never happens until you’ve played them a little bit. When you’re walking around in Tirisfal Glades or Dun Morogh, even just the short walk from Deathknell to Brill seems impossibly long, and the world is impossibly big and full of wonder. Going back to Azuremyst Island with Annorah (even though her character goes back many hundreds of years before the Exodar crash) still brings back a feeling of newness and adventure.
For some characters, that excitement manages to last until very high levels – sometimes even level 70. For others, it fades by level 15, and I say goodbye to them in hopes that the next little “create” button will be more successful. And I always manage to have a backlog of character kernels, ready to spring into life at any given time. Or at least, at any time I manage to have an open character slot somewhere!
Alts are, to me, a renewing aspect of the game. If I’m feeling tired or worn down by a rough night raiding, there’s usually a cheerful little dwarf rogue, an accident prone paladin, an aggro-happy mage or an awkward, stuttering druid to cheer me up.
What’s your game?
April 6, 2008 – 9:46 am
Totally Raids, Inc is currently sitting square in Tier5 content. We’re working on Vashj, and then will move our tails into TK, kill Al’ar without having him bug out at 8% like he did the last time, and set our sights on Kael’thas. But friends of TRI are doing more – much more. And it seems that one of their raids which has Hyjal on clear and is working on Bloodboil in Black Temple has just lost a healer. Permanently.
Unfortunately, they raid on Fridays and Mondays – and TRI also raids on Fridays. So I can’t really apply for the full time spot. And, well, usually Mondays aren’t the best nights for raids either. But this Monday is. And so, I have signed up to sub. And at 5:30 server time on Monday, barring them finding a permanent replacement, I will be joining up with this group of players and getting a crash course in Tier 6.
I am, as it were, not prepared! I’ve never seen any of the fights! Help! What do I do?
Well. I do a few things.
- I get myself a little notebook, and set my browser to www.bosskillers.com and www.wowwiki.com and start paging through the boss fights, making loose little notes in my notebook. These notes are things like “don’t stand in the fire” and major boss mechanics, as well as totem ideas for specific occurrences – I have no idea what group I’ll be in, so this is more about me having some idea what to expect. I also check out a few YouTube videos if I can find one or two from a healer’s perspective.
- I go to their guild website, and see if they have a strategies discussion board or section. This way I can see what *they* are used to doing with each fight, now that I have some idea of how each one generally progresses. This will let me know if they’ve had particular trouble with a certain type of adds, or a mechanic that’s usually wiping out the rogues, or whatnot – things that, as a healer, I should be prepared for.
- I bug people that have been through it before. In this case, I’ve bothered Matticus, as well as a few other TRI members that have seen Tier6 content before. I want to know what it’s like in the trenches, little gimmicks that I can use to make things easier, etc.
- I go back to my notebook and those boss killing strategies and set up a little page or section for each of the bosses I may end up seeing. In this case – all 5 Hyjal bosses and the first 4 of TK, as I don’t know how much of the instances that they cleared on Friday. This way I don’t have to alt-tab out (which often crashes my game right now…grumble) during the raid, and will hopefully not require too much in the way of explanation from someone at the beginning of the fight.
So, at this point, am I prepared? Well, not really. I still have to make sure I have WAY MORE potions, flasks, mana oil, food, and all of those important raid consumables than I can ever imagine needing – because I do not want to run out and have to scrounge for them like a noob. And, at this point, I have to go respec Annorah back to restoration, since I got a little “fun time” last night and went elemental for Totally WTF Karazhan again (2:42 full clear, no wipes).
And at that point, I will be as prepared as I know how to be. Will I still make mistakes – probably. I’ll be learning fights that these guys have on farm. But I’ll be darned if I’m going to be dead weight when I get there. Having subs in the raid can be frustrating because they can really slow you down, so I’m doing everything I can to have some knowledge of what’s going on and what I’ll need to do to be successful.
Because hey – you never know – I might get invited back!
*images courtesy of woodsy and www.wowwiki.com
April 5, 2008 – 8:55 am
I’ve always played Wow with the original, in game sound. I’ve never run iTunes while playing because up until very recently, my computer would not run WoW and iTunes and Vent simultaneously, and because I play a great deal “by ear” – which is to say that I weave steady shots by listening for the auto shot sound, and I know when things are hitting by the sound they make, etc. But yesterday, as I decided that 3 rounds of daily quests was a good idea (what was I thinking?) I thought maybe I’d give it a try and see if I like grinding with some music that had a bit more beat to it than the generic Hellfire soundtrack.
So I hop on my slowpoke stupid gryphon, turn off in game music, alt-tab out, open up iTunes, put it on random, tab back into the game, and there on my screen is one of those incredible Outland skies. And “Stellar” turns up as the first song in the playlist.
Meet me in outer space…
I thought it was cool.
Of course the next song that came up was “Count Bubba” from Swingin’ for the Fences by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Oh well.
I’m not sure if I’m sold on this whole “listen to other music in game” thing – certainly not for raids, I’d get too distracted, and its too hard for me to pick out the “game noises” from the background music. But for farming/dailies, it was fun – and it certainly helped with the monotony of doing the same 15 quests on three characters in a row.
So anyway, I’m curious – am I the only one that is perfectly happy listening to the in-game soundtrack? Do you guys have specific things you listen to when you play different characters or tasks?