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I considered doing one of those “I’m leaving WoW now, see ya!” type posts as a joke for April Fool’s day, but in light of recent events that probably wouldn’t be received too well. Even if I went all out and cited the lack of in-game bacon as the primary reason for me quitting.

It would be tasteless and a mockery of my readers. I could honestly give a damn about the former; I’ve never exactly been politically correct or tasteful in my jokes.I mean, hell, I used a German terrorist organization as a throw-away pun.

It’s that latter one that concerns me.

It would be outright cruel to everyone to put up a post like that, no matter the circumstances. So I compromised.

All of you who read the title, I’m sorry for the little freak-out you just had (that last sentence was basically a lie).

No really, I’m sorry (no I’m not).

Seriously brain, shut up (no).

Bah, only BRK can argue with Brain like BRK can. My brain isn’t funny at all, just a huge douchebag.

Yeah, I’m going to deeply miss BRK. He’s passed on the torch, but none of us have big enough shoes and now the forest is on fire.

Or something along those lines. I’m not particularly good at metaphorical language. (more…)

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Yes, I have a paladin. Some of you know that, I suspect some of you don’t. I know for a fact that very, very few of you know that I actually heal on said Paladin.

Heal instances, even.

All if you who just shivered or otherwise suddenly felt a great deal of fear are forgiven. It’s ok. I’m not exactly a very… responsible person when it comes to my actions.

Cue Scholomance flashback:

Tank: “Do we need to kill all the trash first? What happens if we just pull the bosses?”

Me: “Let’s find out!” /cast Frostbolt

(Those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, there’s a room in Scholo with dozens of neutral, non-elite trash mobs. However, they all turn into hostile elites and immediately engage the party if the boss is pulled first. Good times.)

Cue Wailing Caverns flashback:

Healer: “lol ur easy to heal. much harder at 70″

Me (as warrior tank): “Really? Ok” *swaps to 2H weapon and battle stance*

I believe it was Flirt who said “Yeah… I don’t trust you to tank anything.” (more…)

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Hilariously Awful

Sometimes you get trapped in a run that turns out to be horrifyingly bad. You tell your friends, and you all have a good laugh about it later.

Ever get trapped in an instance run that’s so bad, it’s hilarious, even while you’re wiping?

Good friend of mine says “looking for DPS and heals for 10man Naxx!” I respond, of course. I haven’t had a chance to wipe endlessly in Naxx this week, so I went for it.

So here’s our group. Me, the token arcane mage. My two awesome buddies, one a feral druid (Sequelhoof) and the other a healy shaman (Oskmo). Both of them are ridiculously competent, have a bajillion alts, and both have a mage alt that outgears me. /sad

Death Knight tank,unfamiliar with the fights, but a fast learner and very good at picking up adds quickly.

Two healy paladins, both well geared and alert.

Two fury warriors, also both well geared and alert.

A DPS DK, reasonable gear, also unfamiliar with the fights. Nearly completely screwed us on Faerlina, but more on that later.

And then the other mage… (more…)

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The Mana Loom: Aegwynn

A long, long time ago, I got to blather for an hour or something on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. One of the many strange and disturbing topics I brought up was the sheer power that mages hold over all of the other, lesser mortals.

So, for all of you out there who aren’t up to snuff on the lore of Azeroth, here’s a new series of posts detailing the exploits of mages past.

Some of them are dead, some of them are alive. Some of them tried to destroy the world and everything in it, some of them tried to save the world. Some of them lived for centuries, some of them were time travelers.

In all cases, however, anyone who called them water vendors met with a rather sudden end.

Aegwynn, second last Guardian of Tirisfal

A quick history lesson. The Order of Tirisfal was an organization founded by both humans and high elves with the hope of creating ridiculously powerful mages to defend the world against demonic forces.

Apparently the Burning Legion has been attempting to destroy Azeroth for a very long time, and constantly fails like a Saturday morning cartoon villain. (more…)

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Random PTR Observations

I hate to use the word gimmicky to describe a particular raid encounter.

Frankly, any encounter that isn’t a straight up tank and spank is a gimmicky fight, thanks to all the… well, gimmicks. Even Patchwerk is, technically, a gimmicky fight thanks to the Hateful Strikes.

But I really can’t come up with a better word for the encounters in Ulduar. Gimmicky is just… so… fitting.

There are fights with constant movement. Fights with deadly AoEs that you then need to take advantage of to win the encounter. Fights with a bajillion adds. Fights where the raid has to split up. And multiple combinations thereof.

And this is before people start messing with hard modes.

It’s hard not to think of the repercussions all these gimmicks will have on preferred specs for the future of mage raiding.

First concern.

Evocation. Even when stacked with Icy Veins, it still takes many seconds to cast, depending on how much haste you have. Could be anywhere from 5-6 seconds, maybe four if you stack it with Bloodlust/Heroism too.

In any case, it’s still a relatively long time. (more…)

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Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Some of you ridiculously long readers may remember a crazy guy named Voxmortis. Suffice to say, he’s an extremely good friend of mine. We used to get up to all sorts of crazy crap. Until he quit the game, the bastard.

Anyway, he’s back, and playing a Death Knight of all things. In fact, we’re leveling our DK’s together because that’s what obsessed friends do.

We arrive in Terokkar, ready for some hard questing. We see that the timer for the Bone Waste towers is a mere 5 minutes.

“Hey!” says we, “If we can grab those, that gives us a damage AND experience boost!”

So off we rode into the Bone Wastes, fully prepared to flag and stand around with no fighting involved at all.

We had taken the towers in Zangarmarsh the day before, and met no resistance. We didn’t expect this to be any different.

Imagine our surprise and disappointment when we arrived at the nearest tower to Stonebreaker Hold and discovered a flagged level 80 Paladin. (more…)

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On A Serious Note

The following post has nothing to do with WoW, but is instead a sad story involving human negligence, somebody dying, and proof that being a cynic is really the only option in today’s world.

So this couple from Quebec take a short vacation to a mountain resort in Golden, BC. On their last day there, they checked out of the hotel, threw all their stuff into their rented car, and took off for one last good ski.

They went out of bounds for fun, presumably. Until they got lost, of course.

They weren’t dressed for bitter winter conditions, had no water, and two granola bars for sustenance. Realizing they were probably screwed, they did the only thing they could think of and carved a giant SOS into the snow.

This was on February 15th. (more…)

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Om Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom

Obligatory screenshot of the Critter Gitter achievement!

penguin

Here’s a glimpse into my train of thought…

Hee hee, lookit all those penguins! Man, I bet orcas wished they were player characters!

Hmm, there are orcas swimming all around here… I wonder…

*Flying Mount*

*Fly over water*

penguinet

And thus is the true meaning of a chef: the ability to prepare delicious food for any palate.

If you’ll excuse me, Glowergold needs cheese.

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Sixth of Sixth

The newest blog meme is simple. Post the sixth screenshot in your sixth folder. Gnomeaggedon tagged me, so here we go.

Cynical? Yeah, I may be a cynic, but I don’t express that in everything I do!

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Forget I said anything.

Tag! You’re it!

Aurdon! Pike! Josh! Galertruby! Megan!

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Stonard? No? You Sure?

stonard

Mages are well known for their ability to provide transportation to their party members.

Even if said party members end up in a swamp instead of a floating city.

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