December 10, 2009 – 11:15 am
So I had this post all ready in my head (several actually) that was clear and explanatory, possibly even worthwhile and informative! After a link post yesterday, I figured you guys were due for some actual posted content too.
And then… and then I got a ping in GoogleChat from Arrens.
It had this in it (from Loreli of AoD Studios):
I’ve mentioned before how amazing it is to have someone create art of your characters.
There’s something about seeing your mental creations taken into visual space that just – well, it’s hard to explain. It makes the character even more real, it’s hugely evocative, and it makes you just want to hug whoever did the art while you dance around shoving it under anyone’s nose that will look at it and listen to you gush. (Which is, of course, essentially all this post is… >.>)
This piece is quite different in style from the previous artwork I’ve had done of Aely – Lansiron’s work is very finely detailed, this piece from Loreli is done in broad strokes. But the emotion, the expression, the general atmosphere is just as effective in both styles, and I’m totally thrilled with both. I love the fact that it’s done almost as a negative image – the background is dark, and it’s the places where there is /not/ color and shading that makes it work so well – and both of their facial expressions are just awesome.
So thank you again, Loreli.
You kicked the awesome up to 11.
(And to anyone that’s wondering, or couldn’t tell – if you have the opportunity to have someone create art of your characters? It’s /totally/ worth it. Especially if the artists are as amazing as Loreli and Lansiron are.)
December 9, 2009 – 5:35 pm
I was too busy writing this.
(With Arrens and Linedan obviously)
It’s long, and rather epic, and I’m quite proud of it. It’s also 12 kinds of too long for a blog post, so I hope you don’t mind me sending you over there to read it. Have fun, and back to normal posting tomorrow!
December 8, 2009 – 10:15 am
Best thing to do on patch day, hands down?
- You don’t need a UI or addons that work – just have to be able to see your chat window.
- You don’t need the server to be stable.
- Lag is mildly annoying but not gamebreaking.
- You don’t need to be in a major city, on a certain continent, or anywhere near all the OMG NEW STUFF mob.
- You don’t even need your home server – coordinate on your guild forum, roll up some alts on a server that’s live, and head into town. Level 1’s can get most anywhere these days without too much fuss.
Which isn’t to say that running a new dungeon isn’t awesome, and that I won’t try to sneak a spot into the new 5-man (possibly OOC, possibly IC, we’ll see) – but sometimes (ok… anytime) when there’s a major patch, the servers aren’t stable, and oh GODS my UI looks like crap, and EVERYONE wants to be where the action is so there’s Ahn-Qiraj levels of lag, and hey look Northrend is offline, and server reset in 15 minutes, and World Server is Down, and… well, you know how it goes.
So if you find yourself frustrated tonight, think about popping down to pub, the park, Bruuk’s tavern, Silvermoon City, Thunder Bluff, Stormwind, wherever the RP happens. You might be pleasantly surprised!
December 7, 2009 – 12:13 pm
Due to some impending doom on the part of my geriatric hard-drive, I’ve upgraded! My computer has a new brain and a whole new outlook on life, and I’m no longer randomly getting blue screens of death because my hard-drive’s memory is slowly going bad.
That said, if you are running Windows7, there’s an important tidbit you should know if you want to be using a chat log program like WoWScribe.
You /must/ be running World of Warcraft in administrator mode in order for it to be allowed to copy your chat text into a separate file. (From normal “user” mode, WoW isn’t allowed to access any other files, and as such, won’t save your chats even if WoWScribe says it’s running.)
This is relatively easy to fix – you can either right-click and “Run as Administrator” every time you run WoW, or you can change the permissions associated with World of Warcraft so that it /always/ loads as administrator. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Right click on your WoW Icon
- Select “Troubleshoot Compatibility”
- Select “Troubleshoot Program”
- Check the box labeled “This Program Requires Additional Permissions”, click Next
- Click the button labeled “Start this program” – it will open a dialogue box that wants to make sure you are OK with running it as Administrator. Click yes, and it will open the Blizzard launcher. Close the Blizzard launcher and click “Next” on the permissions dialogue box.
- Click “Yes, save these settings for this program”
And Poof! You’ll no longer have to worry about remembering.
As an aside, I had to do the same with Ventrilo, otherwise my Ventrilo hotkeys would not work while I was tabbed into WoW.
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