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Ok, so…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 by Wiredude

Not that anyone who might have been checking on this hasn’t figured this out, but, well, I stopped writing here a while ago… 

I also stopped playing WoW about 1-1/2 years ago.  I played long enough to get my warrior to 85, I started working on the shaman, and I dabbled with a couple of druid toons, but I had a bunch of stuff happen in real-life that took alot of my time for a while, which also coincided with the card that I was auto-paying my WoW sub with expiring. 

I sort of realized that I didn’t miss the game that much, though I did miss the people I was used to playing with.  So anyway, for anyone that might still check in here from time to time, So Long.  Enjoy what you’re doing, have fun, and many happy adventures!

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I’m not Dead!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by Wiredude

Just a little note to let folks know that I’m not dead, and have not abandonded the blog.  I’ve just been quite busy with work and real-life things to take care of.  Hopefully soon I’ll get back to a more regular posting schedule.

Changes, Changes, Changes…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 12, 2010 by Wiredude

It’s inevitable.  WoW is an ever-changing game.  There are simply too many people that play the game for it to remain static and still be successful.  They (meaning Blizzard) are going to change things, and I don’t just mean the content patches.  I’m talking more about the changes that they make to already existing parts of the game.

Some changes are more noticeable than others, like for example the changes to the mount system.

Mounts

I didn’t start playing until mid-BC, but I remember running all the way to level 40.  I remember how excited I was to be able to get my epic land mount at 60, my basic flyer at 70, and saving, saving, and saving to get epic flight.  That was on my hunter, on my warrior, I caught the middle of the transition, getting the basic mount at 30, but I was somewhere in the middle of the flying change.  Honestly, with where the game is at this point, I like these changes a lot.  Honestly, pretty much everyone just wants to get through the older content as quickly as reasonably possible.  Being able to get from point A to point B more quickly cuts down on that time, and more importantly, reduces time where you’re basically just sitting there, holding down a key, time where you’re so to speak doing nothing other than watching the scenery go by.

Leveling

XP goes faster, BoA leveling gear, all the recruit-a-friend bumps…  All of them can make leveling go much, much faster.  Again, they’re changes that sort of had to be made.  If one were a new player coming into the game, the first 68 levels of the game could be a somewhat boring, lonely place.  I do like the BoA gear also.  I can fully appreciate that Blizz wants people to follow the lore of the game a bit as they level, but realistically, those of us who have already leveled a toon (or several) really don’t care too much about it probably.  What the BoA gear does though is basically give you a switch to flip to accelerate the process.  If you want to level faster, here’s how you can, if you want to stop, smell the flowers, follow all the lore, etc, you can still do that too.

Those are among what I would consider really positive changes, however, I don’t think that all changes are for the better.  Honestly, I read today that there are more incoming nerfs on some of the 5-mans, and honestly, I think all but one of them is unnecessary.

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Bringing a gun to a knife fight.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 29, 2009 by Wiredude

I know, that’s not exactly how the line goes, but actually it’s what I meant to say. The other night I filled in on a 10-man Naxx run in-guild. They needed DPS, and I hadn’t had the gold to dual-spec Dreymor (my warrior) yet, so I offered to tag along with my hunter (my warrior just does abysmal damage in prot-spec if he’s not tanking, and they already had tanks). Now, let me say something, I’m a little rusty on the hunter, I simply haven’t played him alot in the last couple weeks. I realized something though. Naxx is easily out-geared. In reality, there’s really only 1 fight in there that doesn’t get a ton easier in there with gear, and that’s Heigan. And that’s only because of the dance. And honestly that’s almost a hardware-check. How well can your computer’s graphics handle all kinds of green gook spraying up? Does it lag? Is your connection less than stellar? Prepare to die!

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I did it again….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 27, 2009 by Wiredude

No “Oops”, but I did it again, not some goofy pop-song lyric, or anything like that. Last week I made a tough decision. I decided to leave the guild I joined in the spring, I wasn’t one of the founders or a “charter member” but I was there very early, back when we had to have the right 5 members on to be able to run a heroic, because there were only like 6 of us that had 80s, and only 2 that had healers or tanks basically. I watched and came along as we took our first wavering steps into Naxx as a new guild. I was there the night the GM nearly passed out trying to heal Sapp as we got our first guild kill on him because he was focusing that intensely. I was there the night we missed the Patch speed-kill achievement by 1 FREAKIN SECOND. (And I still haven’t gotten it) I was there the first night we went into Ulduar, and dropped 3 bosses, including Flame Leviathon on our very first attempt. I was there for most of our guild firsts, I was there for a whole lot of fun. I really, really enjoyed my time in that guild. Unfortunately, it basically exploded. Why? Well, there are alot of reasons probably, but pointing fingers and playing blame-games won’t solve anything. Let’s just say that in the space of about 4 days, we went from having a very functional 10-man team, to me, the raid-leader-in-training, suddenly being the raid leader, and only having one raider really. Combine that with a GM that’s seriously burnt-out on the game in general, and well, despite me trying, there really just wasn’t anything to hold together. Yeah, the guild still exists, but there were maybe 3 of us on at once at the most. And I’ll admit it, I’m a raider, not a super-hard-core raider, but I like raiding, I like running 5-mans. Unless the rules of math got changed on me again, 3<5. I couldn’t get a 5-man together in-guild again, unless exactly the right people were on. I PuGged some stuff, looked up people off my friends list, etc, and I did some stuff. But the soul of it just wasn’t there. I thought about it quite a while, I really did want to try and save the old guild, but I couldn’t do it alone, and basically everyone else had either left, or burnt out.

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New Tank PuG Hell

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 20, 2009 by Wiredude

So I’m working on my freshly 80 tank, and trying to run 5-mans, but right now there seem to never be more than 2 other guildies on. Maybe someone changed the rules of math on me when I wasn’t looking but as far as I know 3 < 5, and not everyone in the guild is 80, or wants to do what I’m doing.   Not saying that I need to have runs all in guild, I’m past that point in my gaming career, I can PuG and not feel bad about it, however being as my tank is a warrior, and theres OMG BADGES! to be had in heroics now, no one wants to have a learning tank, much less a warrior one. Now I could just not tell people I’m new as a tank. I could do that, but the 24k health thing kinda gives it away. I mean I’m otherwise alright, my def is up over 540 now, in fact over 550 atm I think, and you only really need 535 for heroics anyhow.  I still need the shotgun, and the trinket out of HoL, and I’ll be able to get the gun tonight, I finished gathering up mats last night, just gotta find an engineer. I should be able to swap out a few +Def gems for +Stam ones, and that will probably help. But here’s what I don’t get, people have absolutely no patience. Continue reading

Learning and Growing: Part 2 – Learning to Lead

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 19, 2009 by Wiredude

Welcome to the second post in this series, where I’ve been reflecting a bit on how certain things have shaped my WoW career. Last time I covered how switching guilds brought about a big change in both my level of play, and my understanding of the game. Most of today’s post will be about what has sort of grown out of that. So without further rambling…

*** To be fair, things have gone all topsy-turvy since I started writing this series (as you may have noticed in other posts), I’m writing this series from a at-the-time perspective though, just to explain why things may not totally seem to mesh. ***

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