Archive for December, 2008

What a strange year it’s been.

I celebrated one year of successful blogging this year. You can see the shenanigans here, where I lament about my new found popularity (which has subsided somewhat) and make even more promises I forgot to keep.

I’m a terrible blogger, I really am.

I’ve learned a lot of things about blogging. Things like pictures, formatting, avoid walls of text, that sort of thing.

Here I have to give a massive shoutout to Blog Azeroth. I learned so much from that forum very, very quickly. The only downside was having two search bars on the site for about eight months before I removed the excess one.

Props to TJ, for sending me an e-mail outlining the reasons why I sucked and how to improve the situation. Ok, sucked might not be the word. Terrible? Audaciously horrendous? Mystifyingly craptacularly bad?

One does not argue with TJ. One merely does as she bids, and stands in awe at the magnificence of her correctness.

Bigredkitty linked to me. And then put me in his blogroll. I’m still there somehow. I think he just forgot to remove me. He’s a busy guy, I can let that slide. His about page still says “Um, we’re a hunter. More later.”

It’s said that for over a year now. (more…)

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Onyxia has now been solod by every class in the game, except rogues. Whats up, rogues? Come on!

Faxmonkey is only the most famousest mage in the history of WoW. Don’t know who he is? Well, it’s time you learn.

And lo, for Faxmonkey did wake up, and loggeth into his account. Whereupon, being restless, spoke thusly:

“Today… today, I shall kill a dragon.”

Thus spake Faxmonkey, and thus it was done.

You can get the video of his kill here, at Warcraft Movies. The music is very strange. You have been warned.

His talent spec looked like this.

His strategy revolved around how Incanter’s Absorption interacts with Ice Barrier and… you know what? I’ll let him tell you… (more…)

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Torment the Weak! And Stuff…

I’ve been waiting a while to talk about this, just to see if there were going to be any further adjustments to how TTW works.

Apparently, there aren’t any, so here I go.

Torment the Weak

Frostbolt, Fireball, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Blast, and Arcane Barrage deal 12% more damage to snared or slowed targets.

This, this little talent right here, is likely to be the biggest change to the arcane tree this up and coming patch.

The current version of TTW only activates on snared targets. A snare is something along the lines of, say, Frostbolt, Slow, Mind Flay, Concussive Shot. Thus, the talent is very powerful in PvP where it’s nearly a guarantee that your target is affected by some sort of snare.

The problem is that it isn’t viable for raiding. Bosses are, of course, immune to nearly every single snare in the game. In fact, the only snare that actually worked was… Slow.

And so arose some strange strategies. A deep arcane mage, for instance, could guarantree themselves an extra 12% damage as long as they kept Slow active on the boss in question.

It is here that the term “Slow slave” originated. (more…)

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It’s a strange feeling, sleeping for roughly fourteen hours without interruption. I think this is what time travel will be like. The whole family is up and about doing things… and then all of a sudden, the whole family is up and about doing things.


Feeling much better now thank you. Should be able to function in a virtual world again. Though abrupt camera changes (going underwater, suddenly hitting a tree or something that zooms you way the hell in) still causes Operation Vomit. Movies like Cloverfield are right out.

Walking is no longer an issue. Normally. My sense of balance is (to put it nicely) totally frucked up. If I stand up straight and close my eyes, I immediately start tipping to the left in order to compensate for an imbalance that doesn’t exist. Tipping fast. I’m talking my torso is at a 45 degree angle in a second or less.

Don’t worry, I’ve had this several times before. It usually passes in a few days.

One time in Biology class, right at the end of the day, mere minutes before class ended, the room started spinning extremely fast. There was no warning. No compromise. (more…)

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Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Some say season’s greetings (whatever the hell that means), some say Happy Hanu… Hanook… it sounds like “Hah! New car!” said with an accent.

But you know what?

‘Round here, it’s Christmas. And I am going to wish you a Merry Christmas. You can take your season’s greeting and shove it.

Give your mom a call (assuming you don’t live at home and she isn’t… well, you know, dead). She’ll cry if she doesn’t hear from you. If you have a webcam, even better! Just make sure you remember to put on pants.

I know, I know, it’s hard to remember. Do it for mom. She’s seen you without pants too many times already.

If you call collect, I know a guy named “Brick” who’s quite skilled with a machete. He needs to have a word with you. (more…)

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There are two version of Brilliance Aura. The WWIII version restored a flat mp5 value to all friendly mana users around the mage. The WoW version (the one Jaina uses) doubles their spirit value.

Both would need to be reworked significantly for use in WoW. The spirit doubling version only severely exacerbates the issue that needs to be fixed in the first place. (Your house is on fire? Here’s a bucket full of gasoline) and severely restricts the classes it would be useful for.

The mp5 version is a little more interesting.

First off, mages have traditionally not been a utility raid class, and you can bet there will be plenty who complain about becoming one.

Mages don’t particularly want to be a utility class in the same vein that, say, shaman and paladins are. Yes, we bring things to a raid other than raw damage (CC, biscuits, portals, an intellect buff, raid wide spell crit), though it’s not nearly to the same level that other classes bring. (more…)

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The Lesser Classes?

RAF runs out in a few weeks, so I thought I’d share some of my learnings on the other classes.

I hate warriors. Seriously hate. I don’t know what any of you warriors out there see in this class. It’s like throwing tic tacs at a piece of cardboard. It’s amusing for a little while, but once you’ve run out of “[Name here] SMASH!” jokes (and tic tacs), there’s just nothing left there.

I firmly believe that anyone who enjoys playing a warrior has been shot in the head with a nailgun. Either that or had their cerebellum surgically removed at puberty.

Rogues are AWESOME. Except that I absolutely despise playing one in a group. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T STEALTH PAST HERE?! DAMNIT, LEARN TO PLAY, NOOB! I’d be more than happy if I never, ever encountered another player when I’m roguering it up. Except to kill them.

Stunlocking is fun. 🙂 (more…)

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Musings on Achievements

To me, achievements are a way to mark accomplishments for things that are off the beaten track; things that players would normally receive no recognition for.

Traditionally, the only time players ever received recognition for their in-game exploits was via gear and special titles. These were generally reserved for top end raiders and PvP guys.

The achievement system puts in a place that allows players to be recognized for what they do, whether that is raid old school bosses, do a bajillion quests, explore everything, or die repeatedly to Hogger for hours.

In previous years, I never really cared for the holiday stuff. I mean, it was there, and I would usually do some of the stuff to break from the tedium, but I never really paid any attention to them.

With these achievements, now I actually have a reason to do them.

It’s something to do to break up the standard “raid, instance, farm, PvP” cycle, and do something offbeat and strange. (more…)

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You and fifty thousand people just like you on your server are going to be aiming for the Merrymaker achievement.

Just like them, you have to complete the achievement “‘Tis the Season.”

Just like them, this means you need to get your hands on a hat.

But, of course, you’re a mage. That means you wear red. Capisce? Mages don’t wear green. EVER.

So. You need to get the Red Winter Hat, just like everyone else.

However, unlike everyone else, as long as you are level 80, you can go get it by yourself.

As usual, the special winter items only drop from certain humanoid bosses in certain instances. As usual, all the old school bosses no longer drop them to prevent said bosses from being killed solo. As usual, they can be killed solo anyway.

Here, then, is your guide to getting the Red Winter Hat, all by yourself. (more…)

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Also This is Funny

If you haven’t seen this comic yet, I highly recommend it.

And if you already read Awkward Zombie… props to ya. Gamer comics are neat and all, but gamer comics that go off the wall insane for kicks are the best.

Also: to the guy who bombed the Small Egg market on Duskwood… you rock, man. Dropping the going price of an item from 10 gold to 20 silver has got to take some serious effort. Let’s see how long the fruits of your labour last.

And I’m sure y’all have seen it mentioned elsewhere. This new “quick blog” thing or whatever is neat. Now, whenever my brain spews something stupid out, I can put it here! In public!

No more shall posts be well thought out. No mroe wlil splelchekcer be usde. No more shall I make efforts to blog while sober!

This… is a reckoning. A reckingoning (whut) the likes of which hasn’t been seen ever since the first Sparta joke showed up.

It also makes sharing stuff really, really easy.

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