Answering your search queries

These are always fun: let's see what people have been searching for that leads them here, and answer some obvious ones.

"about the headless horseman symbolize"

The Headless horseman was once a Knight of the Silver Hand named Sir Thomas Thomson. He was present for the Scourge destructon of Lordaeron, Baron Rivendare's betrayal of the living, and heard of Arthas' murder of King Terenas. When Alexandros Mograine fell, Sir Thomas sent his family to Kalimdor for safety while he stayed in Lordaeron with the Scarlet Crusade to kill the undead. Gradually, as is par for the course for the Scarlet Crusade, he went mad, and during one of the Scarlets' raids on "plagued" villages, he killed his own family before realizing who they were. Sir Thomas' mind, in self-defense, convinced him that he was alive while everyone else was plagued and the ships meant for Kalimdor had either never made it or fell victim to the plague of undeath. He slew many of his own comrades in the Monastery before being beheaded. Grand Crusader Dathrohan gave him a funeral, as he had been an honorable knight, and then Dathrohan - who is, as you may remember, the dreadlord Balnazzar - warped Thomas into the Headless Horseman. (Most of this info is from the World of Warcraft manga, but some of it is in game, in the form of the quest Free At Last! - Alliance version, Horde version).

But what does he symbolize?

Even when you're fighting the undead, try not to lose your head.

"algalon transmog" / "algalon transmogrification"

You wish. Sadly, nothing will make you look like a space nerd other than the Elegon fight.

"blood pun"

I'm not sure there are any more! I think that vein of puns has been bled dry.

"can u rename a mop battle pet in wow after u already renamed it?"

  1. Look, there's only two more letters in you. Stop being such a lazy git and type it out.
  2. Yes, you can. You can also use spaces in names. You cannot, apparently, use the word 'The.'

"does the winged steed of ebon blade not account wide"

It is a class-specific mount, so it will show up on your death knights. Otherwise, no, it does not account wide. Whatever that means.

"gambar harvestmoon"

Well, I know what I'm naming my druid.

"george s patton death"

George S. Patton was injured in an auto accident on December 9, 1945, on his way to a hunting trip the day before he was scheduled for a permanent trip back from Europe to the US. He suffered a forehead wound and a severe cervical spinal cord injury, immediately paralyzing him from the neck down. 12 days later he died of a pulmonary embolism, on December 21, 1945. They made a movie about it..

"is glyph of felguard worth it"

"play and get money"

I wish.

"trouble healing headless horseman"

You should try healing your party instead.

I kid, I kid!

In all actuality, he is a lot easier post-hotfix - the pumpkins don't hit nearly as hard, and even if you're not a class that can cleanse Squash Soul, you should be okay. Of course, the holiday's over in 3 days.

"what level do monk healers get more fun"

Level 10. You should be mixing it up in melee in Serpent Stance, not spamming Soothing Mist.

"wrathguard not displaying weapon"

First, make sure it's a 2H axe, 2H sword, or polearm - 2H maces do not work, and neither does any 1H weapon.

Second, make sure it's in your backpack - in the original 16 slots. Any other bag won't work.

Past that, there is a bug where occasionally they'll render without a weapon in one hand. It's bizarre, but resummoning should fix it.

Four years

Four years ago, I was just some nobody who played an MMO, had three alts, and wanted to write mostly about his warlock. I had a copy of Wordpress and a can-do (or at least will-do-and-see-what-comes-of-it) attitude. I hadn't blogged in two years because I had been stuck at a crappy job, but now the writing bug had bitten. I was unguilded and pretty much didn't have a clue and wanted to write about it, and that's when I started my blog.

Four years later, although not without some pauses, I'm still writing (blogging again with a vengeance these days, says Fim) and still playing WoW (although with a few more than three characters, and way more than just one game). Blog systems have come and gone (currently: Octopress), server transfers and faction & race changes have come and gone, and yet I keep coming back, and I keep writing about it. I occasionally show up on podcasts, and I talk daily on Twitter with a wide and vibrant community of people who share the same passion for these same pixels that I do.

I'll keep writing until people stop reading, I guess. Thanks to those of you who still do.

Looking forward to Pandaria

On the table

No, I'm still not level 50. I'm level 42 and just finished the first quest hub on Hoth. I'm the overlord of overlevelling. I needed an excuse to share this screenshot, though. (You'll want to click through to see the dialogue.)

With that out of the way, here's a combination of "posts you can expect in the future" and "a public to-do list so Stop has to write these things." In no particular order:

  • Shadow specs, esp. for leveling - Balance, hybrid Balance, full-on Deception, Kinetic Combat.

  • A look at the Focus tree for Jedi Sentinels. Holy crap, I have fallen in love with this tree.

  • Legacy system wishlist.

  • A guest post from my leveling partner on morality/choice in SWTOR. As soon as he quits having to GRADE ALL THE THINGS, anyway.

  • Speaking of which, if you'd like to write a guest post, let's talk turkey. My list of available post topics is pretty much wide-open.

The doors re-open

NDA's up, which means I can actually talk about The Old Republic now.

Thank goodness, I was getting tired of not talking about The Old Republic.

Got questions? Fire away in the comments. I'll answer as best I can. I've got a wide-ranged smattering of experience with the class types (i.e. I may not have played the Agent for long, but I did play a Smuggler, so I can generalize - things like that), low-to-mid-level content, and general game systems.

What is this?

The posts in this journal are what used to be at The Stoppable Force - which used to be a World of Warcraft blog. I quit a couple times, and the most popular blog post (in terms of traffic) that I ever wrote is actually in this blog.

However, for all intents and purposes, this blog is defunct. However, it represents nearly two years worth of blog writing for me, and I'd hate to let it completely disappear into the aether (or the Twisting Nether, as it were). So it is archived here for posterity, and for curiosity.

Last one out, turn out the lights

Usually when a blog goes silent, it's pretty obvious why, isn't it? In this case, I was at least still playing... sorta. I'd stopped logging on to level, or quest, or grind up rep, or really anything but raid, and my logging in started to feel less like fun and more like an obligation.

As much as I like my friends...

My WoW account's time runs out on the 21st of March, and while I don't regret the time I sank into the game, especially with the quirky BLU crew, I admit I feel a certain little sense of relief with letting it go.

You can find me elsewhere, still:

  • Writing the weekly import news column, Hemispheres, on Polygamerous

  • Twitter

  • Steam

  • Midboss, my other blog

  • Still hanging out on the daily in BlogAzeroth chat

  • Rift! You can find me on Shadefallen-US as part of Eye of the Manastorm; look for Rahm, Mura, Prishe, or Aldo and give me a holler.

So, adios for now, blogosphere. You can never truly get rid of me, but you won't find me playing WoW.

What do you want to read?

image by Andrew Mager

It's no secret we're in a bit of a slump here. (I say "we" like there's more than one person writing this. Hah.) I can't do any death knight beta testing for you, or any other class, plus there's already loads of people who beat me to it anyhow. :) It's a little depressing, to be honest.

So what do you want to read here? We've probably got another two or three Cataclysmless months to go - at a minimum - so I'm putting the call out there. What do you want to read on this blog?