Posts Tagged ‘World of Warcraft’

Screencap ‘O the Day

May 11, 2011

I have been playing around a bit with a WoW Death Knight as of late, and I am finding it a bit weird yet cool at the same time. I really do wonder though, how fast does a skeletal dragon have to beat its wings in order to generate enough lift to stay in the  air. I guess I just don’t understand the physics of it all! 😀


The Cheers Effect

May 8, 2011

Clo lending a helping hand.

It has been a while since I have been actively playing WoW. I had no real intention of going back for the foreseeable future, but SOE’s recent hacker debacle has made playing EQ2 rather difficult. So having an itch to play something, I noticed that I had a game card laying around so I figured “what the heck,” and resubbed to WoW. I really didn’t have anything I wanted to do on my old characters and the now virtually disbanded Walk the Plank guild was not doing anything for me, so I decided to roll a Worgen character to see what that starting area looked like.

Along the way I noticed that Clo (a.k.a. Kaozz) popped online on the Alliance side and I said Hi. She invited me to join the guild she was in and needing a place to hang my hat I accepted. Although I do a lot of solo content, I really forgot how much I really enjoyed being in a guild where there is an active banter in the chat window and where someone is sure to say hello when you log in. You may never run into them “face-to-face,” but you hear from them all the time. I referred to this as the Cheers effect when I was talking to Kaozz and I really forgot how much this makes a difference to a game.

This experience also made me realize just how lonely my time in EQ2 is/was. I don’t regret being a virtual hermit; however, it really did make it obvious how much I was missing. Even if you don’t like to raid, group, or talk to other sentient life forms you are really missing out on a lot of what the MMO in MMORPG has to offer if you don’t have at least a couple of people around who “know your name.” Remember that the next time Lolapaladin or Eyecdedppl logs in, be sure to say heya. It truly does matter.


PS Happy mother’s day to all the mothers out there; in whatever capacity you mother!

A Comedy of Errors [EQ2] [WoW]

May 3, 2011


I can’t win for trying it seems.

I decided to relax a bit with a leisurely play style and focus on a single MMO until SW:ToR is released. I really plan to throw myself at that game. I decided that EQ2 was the place for me for the time being. My main character is very solo friendly, I can craft when I don’t want to adventure, and I can decorate my house when I don’t want to do any of that. I have been playing when I feel like it and not feeling guilty when I don’t log in. It was a great match for my play style at the current time.

Then Sony gets hacked.

I am not pleased in the least about my personal info being stolen, but I can mostly forgive SOE for it. Nothing is safe these days it seems. I am simply frustrated that the course of action that I have chosen, and was quite happy with, is not viable at the moment. Not only have I had my pants pulled down by the hackers, but SOE managed to punch me in the junk to boot. I want to do the only thing in my power to do at this point and unsubscribe from EQ2, but stupid me paid for a year sub. It seemed like a good idea considering the decisions I had made about being a monogamist MMO gamer.

To add insult to injury, I decided that I would use a WoW game card I had sitting in the drawer and play some Warcraft today. Oh yeah, I forgot Tuesdays are server maintenance days that last until I get ready to go to work. You know work, that thing that honest people do to make money. Not scam it out of people by hacking their accounts. I have very little free time these days, and I really can’t stand the fact that I have to jump through these hoops to try and do what I want to do with it.

Perhaps the people that hacked this did it just for fun. Well, I hope that the folks that investigate this find them, and then send them to prison. Just for fun of course.


[WoW] The Tanking Topic

April 11, 2011

I know I am a bit of a Johnny-come-lately with this, but I figured I’d chime in a little bit on the WoW Tanking/Healing incentives in the upcoming patch. If you haven’t read about it there are plenty of blog posts about it, but the details can be found here.

I’m not going to weigh in on whether the idea of giving out extra rewards to the less played class roles is good/bad/fair/gimic/etc. Rather I wanted to talk about the root of the problem being why Blizz is trying to put a band-aide on a gushing wound.

Why aren’t people picking the Tank/Healer roles in DF PUGs? I know why I stopped doing it. Not because it was too hard or I didn’t have the skills, but rather I didn’t have the knowledge of each and every dungeon that I was playing for the first time. Couple that with the fact that I play these games to relax and have fun and running a dungeon for the first time as a fledgling tank often involves ridicule and group disbanding. Combined, you have the recipe for Pid leveling to 85 as a DPS paladin.

Now I know a lot of this is well out of Blizzard’s control…ass hats will always be ass hats…but why are people going to bother to learn if there is not an avenue to do so that doesn’t involve griefing and an intimate knowledge of the dungeons before you even run them for the first time. Ugh.

It just seems odd to me that a game that is largely composed of casual players doesn’t have a venue for the casual player to learn how to tank well. The easiest way to reach level cap is to grind quests, which last I checked, needed no tanking skills whatsoever. After 85 levels of fighting trash world mobs how is one supposed to magically know how to hold aggro or turn a boss or go in the right direction in a dungeon?

Honestly Blizz, if you want more tanks, rather than give them a cool mount or gold, give them an ability to mute jerks or instakick them from pugs. LOL


[WoW] A Feather in Your Level Cap

February 28, 2011

I’ve caught my tail…now what?

Well…I did it. I finally accomplished level cap in an MMO game. Some may argue the difficulty of performing this in WoW, but for me it was a moral victory. I managed to beat back the gnawing urge to finally reach endgame in one of the games in which I spend so much time. Yay! That last level seemed to go on forever, but I was determined to get it done.

Of the 80-85 Cataclysm content, I played through Vashj’ir, Deepholm, Uldum, and part of the Twilight Highlands. I would highly recommend playing through Uldum if you get the chance as the Harrison Jones quest line is quite entertaining if you have ever watched any of the Indiana Jones movies.  Here is a couple of pics of some of the fare you are in for if you do.

Hrmmmm…big dude fighting Dr. Jones with an airplane nearby…what could possibly happen.

If it weren’t for a premature “print screen” button press, this guy would be smeared all over the screen!

I must say, even though I felt pressured to get to the cap (my need to reach it supplied the pressure), I did enjoy all of the 80-85 content. Some of it was better than others, but all in all I did enjoy my time. It was neat to actually see some people running around in the content. TBC and WotLK content was pretty barren.

So would I do it again? Sure, it was a good time.

Would I dedicate 5 years to this game as some people have done? No, I enjoy the journey, but I am not a completionist or anything like that.

I can finally say I have played WoW to level cap, and it is something that I think every person who plays MMO’s regularly should do. It definitely gives you perspective and lets you understand just what all the hubbub is about.


[WoW] /Ding 82

February 21, 2011

“You talkin’ to me?”

So I am almost there…three more levels and I will have capped my first toon. I can say that I was frantically trying to get through WotLK content to get to the new Cataclysm content, but now that I am actually here, it is rather enjoyable. The pace is pretty quick as far as leveling goes. I think I have gone from 80 to 82 1/2 in a couple days, but the story is pretty good and the zone is neat. I went to Vashj’ir zone because that is the one I had heard anything about. One note, though the map shows that the zone is for level 78-80 characters, you can only start the quests at level 80. I learned this the hard way at level 79 and wasted a trip from Northrend.

Anyway I am having fun in the game, and I am excited to be on the precipice of actually capping my first toon. I hope to have this completed in time to play RIFT at launch, so here is hoping. I hope that all of you are enjoying yourselves wherever you are gaming these days.


[WoW] Don’t Anger the Kitty

February 15, 2011

Strolling through Zul’Drak in WotLK content I stumbled upon a kitty. I say stumbled upon, but really a quest brought me there, but this was one of those Keanu Reeves moments. Ran up the ramp and there was this massive cat with mouth wide open! I actually started a bit scrambling for my attack keys! Anyway I am about to move on to the level 77-80 zones in Wrath for a level or two before I can finally experience the high level Cataclysm content.


[WoW] The Home Stretch

February 10, 2011

I am finally in the home stretch as I see it in WoW. I just dinged 76 today before work and I am in the single digits for how many levels I have left to go to hit cap. I have no idea what I will do once I get there, but I will have finally accomplished something I have never done in an MMO, and that is cap a toon.

[WoW] Is it Cold Outside or is it Just Me?

January 24, 2011

Damn, this guy gets around!

So I finally made level 68 and decided that I have had enough with TBC content. Blech. I know nothing about WotLK other than it is when Blizzard started to introduce the phasing concept. I have already seen it in full force from going through the goblin starting scenario, but I’ll be interested in seeing it in its early form. I haven’t run a dungeon in a long time, so I might try a few once I actually hit level 70+. I did like running the low level ones, but they started to get longer and longer, and I don’t have that kind of time for one session. I can play for a few hours in a day, but it is more like an hour here and 45 minutes there. Anyway, we shall see.

On a lighter note, I encountered my first “Oh wow, that looks cool,” moment in the game. I was flying around Blade’s Edge Mountains and saw this picture.

You should really blow it up to do it some justice. Anyway, it was pretty cool to stumble upon.

Hope the gaming is going well in your neck of the woods. If you have any suggestions for what to do in Northrend, don’t hesitate to drop a comment.


[WoW] /Ding 65

January 19, 2011

Hey buddy, aren’t you a chieftain now in Orgrimmar?

So as it stands, I think I am one of the only people left in my guild that hasn’t jumped ship and told WoW to “eff off.” I really didn’t do that much grouping when they were there since most of them had 80+ characters, but it was nice to be able to type /g heya and actually get a response as opposed to just an echo. I have 20 levels to go to get to level cap, and I am bound and determined to do so before I give up on this game. The solo experience is a good one even if LFD/PUGs stink.

The odd thing is, they weren’t that bad at low level <35 or so. Maybe part of it was because I actually had an idea of how the dungeons worked back then and could actually tank them myself. Now I have no idea what is what in them and TBC content does not have a native map of the dungeons, so on the off chance that I queue for them, I run as a Ret Paladin.

I have given myself a goal to get to 85 by March-ish. I am going to make an effort to go to PAX East in Boston and then Dragon Age 2 comes out so I will be hitting that pretty hard. This is one of the main reasons that I am not even looking into RIFT. I figure this will give me some time to decompress from MMO’s for a bit and then hit SW:TOR full tilt when it drops. Hopefully it won’t be delayed too much.

I guess this is a bit of a ramble, but I figured I’d give an update of where I am in WoW and what my plans are for the near future.