Written by | Posted November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm A Girl and her Dog

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

Account Security Reminders
comment 2 Written by on July 28, 2009 – 1:18 pm

Read, Learn, Apply, Be Secure!

Thanks Rilgon!

(Also – if you don’t have one, definitely look into an Authenticator – either for an iPhone/iPod or the individual key dongle. I know they’re frequently sold out, but keep checking. It’s worth it!)

Spec Shenanigans
comment 1 Written by on July 28, 2009 – 12:53 pm

I’ve talked here before about switching from my current (55/0/16) build to a prot-subspec build that focuses on Divine Guardian and sacred shield as a method of mitigating incoming damage.  (I have concentration aura for group buff/synergy reasons.)

Once I finally got the tokens together to get a 4 piece Tier 8/8.5 set bonus, I picked up a 54/17/0 “bubble” spec as my secondary dual spec (goodbye shockadin build :( ) and started tinkering around with it.

roundlikecircles by dimitri_c

This past week, I used this new Bubble Pally spec just to see what happened, and I had the following observations.

  1. I did not miss the critical strike rating that I lost from the ret tree as much as I thought I would, with the exception of Holy Shock. (I think this is probably due to picking up 5/5 Divinity)
  2. I DID miss the 10% reduced mana on instant cast spells – not just Holy Shock but Beacon of Light and Sacred Shield especially.
  3. In general, though I never went completely out of mana, my mana did not go nearly as far as I was used to, and I had to switch healing styles.  I think this is a good thing, 90% of the time, and I think I was a better balanced tank healer for it.  That last 10% of the time is any fight or period of time where the tank is getting his face beaten in (Hard Mode Auriaya, for instance).  With this spec, it is not possible to chain cast Holy Light for more than a very short time.  Divine Illumination helps some with this, but not much, and not nearly with enough regularity to make a real difference.
  4. The mitigation is awesome. Having Sacred Shield as a 1 minute buff is even MORE awesome.  Because the 1 minute cooldown is easier for me to manage, the combination of increased uptime and increased absorbtion with the increased proc rate resulted in more than twice the absorption over the course of a 25 man raid than I’ve seen with my other build.
  5. I’m still torn between Glyph of Divinity and Glyph of Holy Shock – the lowered cooldown on Holy Shock is really nice – but it’s a lot more of a mana hardship to use it all the time.  Remembering to use Lay on Hands every fight isn’t something I’m particularly good at.  Probably could go either way, really.

Oddly, when I went back to do the numbers, I didn’t see a lot of change in my overall Illumination and Replenishment mana regen, which is slightly disturbing for the success of this build post 3.2.  (I’m particularly surprised about the lack of change in Illumination regen, since this build carries 6% less crit than my ret-subspec build does)

Because of the huge nerfs to Illumination, Replenishment, and Divine Intellect, I’m worried that this build won’t be sustainable as a long-term tank healer in 3.2 raiding.  Unfortunately I don’t know that the standard 51/5/15 or 51/0/20 builds will work much better, so we’ll have to see how that shakes down.

Fortunately, I didn’t find myself totally useless or my overall throughput diminished at all. Your mileage may, of course, vary – depending on the other healers in your raid, the buffs you’ve got flying around, and your own personal style of healing. I’m quite pleased, though, and will continue to experiment with this particular spec, at least until further experience says that I’ve got a real problem on my hands.

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Writer’s Blah
comment 11 Written by on July 24, 2009 – 10:08 am

As I’m sure my regular Friday Five folks have noticed, there haven’t been many Friday Fives lately. This is largely due to me running out of interesting ideas – it’s hard to come up with five questions that are applicable to warcraft every week, and after nearly a year (!) my “question cheat sheets” are running thin.

Technically, this isn’t a case of the same Writer’s Blah that Ila talks about on Binary Colors (on a post I can’t find, because the search function isn’t working, dammit!) – I’m not defeating myself before I start.  It’s just fighting the ups and downs of writing daily, and trying to be consistently creative, engaging, funny, and entertaining on a subject.  Especially difficult when I’ve been on vacation for awhile, and don’t want to write “what I did in game” posts!

I’ve hit a similar low-spot with regards to RP, where I have a few ideas about stories… and just can’t seem to get them written.

So – in lieu of a Friday Five today, I’m asking for some ideas.  What do you do to break the creative or writing doldrums?

Personal NPCs
comment 12 Written by on July 23, 2009 – 11:35 am

One of the ways that RP gets “expanded” is through the use of personal NPCs; characters that you create with a bit of story and personality, whose sole function is to work in or with your major characters inside of a plot or story.  Villains are often of this variety, as are assorted family members/friends from the days before your character was an adventuring sort.

Occasionally, if you have the need for in-game interaction, you or a friend can roll up a level 1 alt to “play” that character, but in most cases they don’t get leveled.  They’re there for a function – either to advance a plot or complicate things or just be an innocent bystander for the bad guys to murder. (Most recently Bertrand was one such NPC)

I’ve got quite a few NPCs in various places that get used for different things:

  • Mrs Elizabeth (Lizzy) Cross, the wife of Bryan Cross, and co-proprietor of The Silver Shield.  Mrs Cross is a big, buxom woman that can swing a blacksmith’s hammer as well as a frying pan.  Aely and Phileas rent the walk-down apartment under their shop, and she’s taken quite a liking to the two Northerners.  She also has adopted “Lady”, the mother of the puppies that Aely was trying to get rid of a few months back.
  • Randolf Crebain, one very bored, very grumpy Argent Crusade member who has been “temporarily stationed” in Stormwind for the last 9 months.  He’s losing some of his hair, has an unruly beard, and is utterly fastidious about the two messengers in his employ, holding frequent inspections.  He’s basically a glorified errand boy, and he knows it.
  • Amber Brightraven, an elf who rents a room in the Cantrips and Crows in Dalaran’s underbelly.  She doesn’t look like a whore, but it’s hard to tell with the folks she’s constantly bringing in and out.  She’s too clean and too blonde to really fit in at the Cantrips, but doesn’t seem to ever leave. Always accompanied by a powerful looking, wolfish dog.  They say she spends a lot of time betting on the Arena matches.

The Riders also have a full component of Underbelly and Pig and Whistle NPCs that get used in various guild events, particularly the Langston family.

Do you have any NPCs?  How do they interact with your character or other characters in your guild/RP group?  Do you have shared NPCs that anyone has dibs on?

Very First Impressions

November 14, 2014 – 7:32 am

So I haven’t finished the intro quests yet (the server queues from the reduced server capacity due to the DDOS attacks meant I only got about an hour to play yesterday), but I’m finding that Draenor is pretty cool so …

A Girl and her Dog

November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger …

Counting down to Warlords

November 11, 2014 – 3:09 pm

What a long strange trip it’s been. I’ll be the first to admit that, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure Pandaria was going to be for me. I’ve made clear my dislike of daily quests, and that seemed to be …

Elevation

October 24, 2014 – 12:01 pm

Squire Benjamin William Sullivan stood in the middle of Light’s Hope Chapel in his underpants.

Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of …

Introducing the Newest Anna

June 29, 2014 – 4:39 pm

So I’m not really in a position where I should be creating alts. This, of course, does nothing to deter me from making alts when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been really enjoying my Alliance hunter, and she’s my raiding main …

Deconstruction

November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Patrol

November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

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