April 20, 2010 – 10:07 am
Within the TRI leadership, there are two healers.
Zalbuu, Dwarf Priest, Angry Beard extraordinaire, and my partner in crime healing, has been with TRI much longer than I have. In fact, I didn’t start stepping up as heal lead until one fateful summer, right at the crux of Kael’thas, his job decided he needed to be working on raid nights. Zalbuu and I, while we get along very well and have a good bit in common, have very different personalities and leading styles. He’s a lot more direct, I tend more towards silly and conflict-smoothing, and we make a good cat-herding team.
Anyway – Zalbuu has a blog.
He doesn’t update it too terribly often, and sometimes it’s quite ranty (as should be expected from someone who is known as the Angry Beard), but he recently made a post about the Arthas fight after his 10 man raid “Won WoW”.
Now, I’m not in that raid – I help Yva lead the other Monday-night 10 man. Due to several people having made vacations recently, we’re about two weeks behind Zalbuu’s group. Which is to say, we’re due to off Arthas the next time we raid (in two weeks), since we’ve missed several weeks of raiding, and will miss another one due to travels. (Note: It’s hard to find four geared people to fill out a well established 10 man raid when there are three other 10 mans already running in your group of friends, raiders, and assorted yahoos). We spent last night working on the fight, and are consistently getting through Phase 3, occasionally into Phase 4, (and one great run into Phase 5) so I think we’re in good shape.
I’m linking the post for a reason though, not just to talk about Arthas and raids: I quite agree with Zalbuu’s assessment of complex versus hard. There are a few extremely unforgiving mechanics in the Arthas fight, but by and large, the fight is just highly complex.
There is a lot going on, it changes frequently, and every raid member is juggling a number of different things at any given time. Aside from critical stand-in-it failure, though, it’s a fight that the whole group has to work together to beat, and where everyone needs to be communicating, as opposed to a fight where one person’s missed cooldown results in a wipe. Prior warning on abilities (like Defile and Infest) can go a long way towards helping the group avoid them. It’s rarely one person’s fault that things go to hell in a handbasket, and usually coordination and placement are causing our wipes.
Additionally, as a tank healer, there is ALWAYS something going on, but there are moments of regen and moments of throughput, and even after spending three hours on the fight last night, I wasn’t bored. Frustrated, certainly – though we made excellent progress – and definitely fighting a tension headache, but not bored.
So go check out Zalbuu’s post, and let me (and him) know what fights you think qualify as “hard” versus “complex” (and which get the distinct honor of being both: Kael’thas and Mimiron-Hardmode anyone?).
April 19, 2010 – 9:04 am
- Laisrean is 70 and working her way through the Epic Flight Form quest. Yes, I know I can “just train it” at 71, but so far it’s been fun, and it’s getting me some Cenarion rep as well. Purchasing her epic flight skill put a pretty heavy hit on my gold reserves, so I’ll be doing some farming and transmuting to help replenish them.
- Laisrean is also about 50% of the way through revered with the Cenarion Expedition. Goal is to hit Exalted quickly, before too much Northrend work. I’ll be doing the DEHTA quests in Borean Tundra as soon as she finishes up her Epic Flight Form quest. I want her to get the Guardian of Cenarius title, but am only about halfway through honored with the Cenarion Circle. So that’ll have to wait, or possibly just have to have money thrown at it for Twilight Texts.
- Aely is in the throes of the final battle against the Lich King, and is spending all of her time up in Icecrown. All work and no play makes Aely kind of grumpy, and Arrens has been super busy with exams at SWU, so she’s not had much time to even /talk/ to him, let alone spend time with him. That also makes Aely kind of grumpy.
- On top of that, many of the Riders are being haunted by all manner of gross, nasty, disturbing, and otherwise unpleasant ghosts. She had to perform an exorcism on someone she considers a good friend, and it’s not really made her mood all that much better. (Particularly since the … thing … didn’t seem to care so much about the exorcism thing, other than to do a lot of really unpleasant screaming.)
- Annie Mae is gearing up for the fight for Gnomeregan and is probably going to be stopping by Duugvilder’s place this week sometime as well. She has a bit of a weakness for food, you see, and Duugy is learning how to cook. Or rather, Duugy is an accomplished cook with an enjoyment of experimenting, and Annie will eat anything. It’s a good trade!
- Annorah has been spending time in Stormwind, recovering from a particularly draining Spirit Walk, and Angoleth is still mucking about in Howling Fjord. Russ has started waking up from his wintry slumbers, but he’s kind of skinny, so she’s had her lion, Arsaelan, helping her out a little more recently.
Having two characters at 70 will be interesting. Right now I’m tempted to think that the druid will be leveled before the hunter – largely because I just can’t settle into leveling with Angoleth. I don’t know if it’s the spec (Beast Mastery), her pets, the fact that leveling as a hunter is really frigging boring, the fact that I’m looking at characters #5 and #6 to go through Northrend, or what, but I want to see both of them at 80 before Cataclysm hits and right now that seems kind of eye-bleedy and daunting, even with two pieces of heirloom gear on each of them.
Also, I really ought to update the pictures on my sidebar. Everyone needs a new screenshot by now.
April 16, 2010 – 6:07 am
I’ve had a healthy helping of real life that’s been eating my brainpower (and both my time and desire to log in). Things should be back to normal soon!
So Yesterday’s Big Thing was the new Sparkly Pony mount, available for purchase from the Blizzard store. Regardless of the out of character implications of this (if there are any, beyond “People really like Sparkly Ponies” and “People will pay lots of money for vanity items in game”), I think there’s an interesting In Character question to go along with them.
What kind of mounts (and pets!) do your characters choose for themselves? Why?
Are there any mounts or pets that your characters would NEVER seek out, keep, or use?
If there was a particularly relevant Blizzard store pet or mount, would you pay for it for your character?
And, for those of you who got the Celestial Steed, do you have an in character story to go with it?
For Aely, she’ll never have a ground mount that isn’t her charger. She’s just not that interested in having lots of pets or mounts around. She does rather like her Rusted Proto Drake (which I like OOCly because its all ZOOOM!), because he’s kind of a doofus, but she’d be happy with a plain armored gryphon if she didn’t have him around. Angoleth, on the other hand, enjoys having a whole stable of pets and mounts, and pays a good bit of her gold towards making sure they’re all cared for properly.
What about you guys?
April 9, 2010 – 11:06 am
Annie Mae is getting ready to meet an epic, epic story.
As many of you know, she is not from Gnomeregan. She is, in fact, from Westfall. Though her parents were respectable tinkers, after the Second War, (where her father was injured – though he did recover mostly), they decided to make a new life for themselves elsewhere, out of the way of all this “war” business. He took up a position as a Harvest Golem Mechanic, and Annie Mae grew up in the social and political struggles of post-second-war Westfall/Stormwind.
As such, she’s not been much of a Gnomish girl at all. Sure she knows she’s a Gnome. But she’s learned to poke fun at her height, and to use it as an advantage in a world of taller people. She’s something of an unusual little person, and much more comfortable in Human society than anywhere else.
Actually, I’m getting rather ahead of myself.
Before Operation Gnomeregan happened, Duugvilder happened.
Who, you ask, is Duugvilder?
Duugvilder Demonbane is a Gnome. A very nice Gnome, and a Gnome from Dun Morogh. In fact, he is the first Gnome from that part of the world with whom Annie Mae has interacted as a personal friend.
(Ok, it doesn’t hurt at ALL that she thinks he’s cute. And kind of sweet. And ok maybe she’s a little smitten. But don’t tell her I told you that, or she’ll rough me up.)
Anyhow, Duugvilder joined up with the Wildfire Riders a few months back, and he now wears the Black and Red. Annie Mae has been hanging around a bit, and seen as he’s gotten to know them (and, in a strange little way, helped her get to know the Riders as well).
She’s also seen him talk about Gnomeregan – both as his homeland and as an upcoming battlefront.
Needless to say, my little Westfall-born, horse-loving, gun-toting, hat-wearing Gnome is now wondering what it’d be like to be around other people like her. If maybe she’ll have a role in taking on the Troggs and clearing out the Irradiation. If maybe, just maybe, she might have a spot in a newly-recovering Gnomish society, like the spot she has carved out for herself in the Human one. (After all, she was around for the rebuilding of Stormwind. This isn’t all that far outside her realm of experience.)
And I, for one, can’t WAIT to tell this story.