August 28, 2009 – 9:16 am
Other weeks, you’re the statue.
TRI logged in last night, ready to pwn some nubs in the Coliseum and face down some Twin Valkyr.
Everyone groups up, we take out Northrend Beasts… and anyone in the raid living in Washington or Oregon crashes. And can’t get back online. 7 people down, including three healers and two raid officers.
Wait 20 minutes? Still no dice.
In a raid that only works 2 nights a week, for a total of 7 hours, getting your night ruined by a login server crash is a major setback. We won’t see the new boss in ToC this week – and not for anything we can have done about it.
So! In an attempt to cheer myself up about it, I’m accepting suggestions for tonight’s server-wide RP event, the 6th (ish) Annual Rose Ball!
Should I bring Aely? Or Annie Mae? And what should she wear?
August 27, 2009 – 8:36 am
In light of the upcoming changes to the Old World, I’m setting out to finish up the Wallpaper project. You can see what I’ve done so far here.
If anyone has suggestions of particularly picturesque places for me to use, please let me know. I’d like this to be a good tour of all the places that make Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, and Northrend particularly beautiful, so I’m happy to head out to any spot on any continent!
Leave your suggestions or places you’d like to see in the comments, and I’ll post again when I upload another batch!
August 27, 2009 – 8:32 am
So I had some free time last night after all the crazy, and I decided to put a little time in with Anaje, who’s sat mostly neglected while I’ve been busy busting it to get Aely the remaining Argent Crusade items that she wants. I logged her in, blew up some pirates in Rachet, and then the achievements started rolling.
- Ragefire Chasm – hooray! (yeah, I got blasted through by the Supercow himself, but it was fun, and I got the quests out of my log!)
- Level 20 – double hooray! Little Moo is growing up!
- Giddy up! – TRIPLE HOORAY! Anaje has named her Kodo “Rusty”, and he’s awesome. Also, he’s kind of lumbery, and not very smart. But he’s a good Kodo. And he likes pumpkins.
- 100 quests! – Less hooray but still fun. I eventually want Anaje to go for Loremaster, and I’m trying to do as much of it NOW as she’s leveling as I will want to not have to go back and do as many later on. Since she’s Tauraje, I’m starting with Kalimdor, and all 100 of those quests are in Kalimdor. I’ve done 4 in Eastern Kingdoms, for RFC/WC, and will still probably do the Nesingwary quests in Stranglethorn, but I’m going to put as much focus as possible on Kalimdor for now.
With the upcoming “stuff”, combined with her RP as a Tauraje Storyteller, I think it makes sense that she’d be my Loremaster character. That, and she’s a lot of fun to play, even if she doesn’t have the uber-leveling Heirloom shoulders and chestpiece that my Alliance lowbies do.
And hey – if I’m going for Loremaster, I want to do MORE quests, not fewer!
Of course, the really important question now, is what kind of weapons she should be using… Angoleth will NOT use guns. Just flat won’t. Anaje, however, hasn’t really expressed much preference, and as she started out with a gun, that’s what she’s stuck with so far. I’ll have to see how she feels about a crossbow though, somehow I think that would suit her quite well.
August 25, 2009 – 9:37 am
A few things have popped around in my feed reader lately that I think are worth plugging!
WoW Comic in 60 Seconds – the Old Dirty Druid
Aleros puts the WoW comic into quick review for those of us without the time/money/inclination to read through all of the episodes. I think there are around 20 by now. As someone who really doesn’t particularly enjoy reading comics or graphic novels (don’t shoot me, please!), I appreciated this post. It’s enough to catch you up on what happened in the interim, but not too detailed. Good lorebait. Thanks Aleros!
Be Careful What You Rant About – Blunt Trauma (Zalbuu)
Ok – so I’m only really responding to one part of this post, and that’s the bit about the ToC boss Faction Champions.
ICly it’s hard enough to swallow for Aely. But from an OOC standpoint I find this fight incredibly frustrating. Not because I don’t enjoy it – it’s a real challenge, and I like PVP (even occasionally Arena PVP). Unfortunately, this is not true of all characters. And if people don’t like fighting PVE bosses, it’s pretty easy to just PVP your days away and totally ignore that side of the game.
It unfortunately doesn’t work the other way around anymore, and people that have no interest in PVPing, some of whom have, in fact, never set foot in so much as an AV match, are now having to learn the skillsets for that kind of fighting on the fly in a rather difficult trial by fire.
And those of you that do a lot of PVP will note that there are some things that only practice makes easier. Learning what is and isn’t an emergency. Learning that if you don’t fix it, nobody else will. Learning to use cooldowns – and what cooldowns – and when. Learning how to see /everything/ around you as potential Death on Wheels. The situational awareness is very different, and that’s good and fun for those of us that enjoy it, but it’s very difficult to teach and comes with quite a learning curve.
Unfortunately it’s frustrating and annoying for people who don’t enjoy it. (And repair bill inducing for everyone else in those groups).
Main, Meet Alt. Love On – WTT: RP
‘cause it’s truth.
Isle of Conquest Review – Arrens, Through the Eyes of Death
Another PVP oriented post, but this time a quick overview of the new battleground. It’s fun! And Arrens, as usual, explains it in a nice, quick, easy to understand way.
If you have a fun, informative, interesting, controversial, or otherwise plug-worthy post, feel free to link it in the comments! Consider this a Shame Free Zone when it comes to plugging your own (or anyone else’s) stuff – just please mark any spoiler content well!