What is it with warriors?


Yeah, I'm going to pick on warriors. I've been running instances from the teens up through the high 20s on Rhododendron and Brynhild, and while occasionally you'll get something like Softi's hunter with a growling, aggressive pet, or someone DPSing in Ragefire Chasm in bearform (because they don't have cat yet, and evidently missed that part of the pesky tooltip for Maul (Rank 1) that says it causes high amounts of threat), the biggest issue I've had has been with warriors. Absolutely. Idiotic. Warriors.

Our latest shining winner, Darca of Drak'thul, ended up in a Stockades run with us after one of our DPS unexpectedly had to go, shortly before fighting Bazil. No, not Basil, Bazil. (Side note: Stocks sucks as Horde. The only thing I get out of it? Lots of wool.) Shoulda known something was up when as soon as she zoned in, she ran directly to the first mob in front of her, hit it with her sword, and Thunderstomped. Pardon me... what? Feral Faerie Fire, Growl, quit stealin' mah mobs.

So we got to the three-way room before Bazil, and I couldn't remember if it was him or Dextren Ward that has the fear (spoiler: it's Dextren), so we went to clear the side rooms. I had no more than turned my fat furry bear ass to face the room before Darca ... once again pulled. The entire room. My only response was "you know you're not the tank, right?" No response. Once again, I grabbed threat back, we beat up all the inmates, we beat up Bazil Thredd, and we got our goodie bag. Our mage goes, "Requeue?" To which I have no objections; I figure if Darca keeps misbehaving, we can always boot her.

Unrelated: I wonder if the Alliance are ever confused about why their prison riot started? One minute they're having a prison riot, next thing you know, a bunch of Horde warriors teleport in, smack down all the prisoners, and teleport out.

Also unrelated: I have to give credit to the Defias Convicts, for having the balls to backhand a bear.

We requeue, and huzzah, Stockades! Because the RNG has a horrible sense of humor. Darca immediately pulls; we finish and I say politely, "Darca, please let me pull."

Darca promptly runs into the room to our left, aggros everything in the room, and dies.

Then spirit rezzes outside.

And hearths to Tarren Mill.

So we four-man the rest of Stocks, with me periodically checking if we can boot Darca (I could've sworn they got rid of the minimum time to kick; if it was in the patch notes, it's a lie), and manage to finish before the cooldown because this time we just went straight to Bazil Thredd. Beat him down, requeued, and... Darca picks no role.

Requeue. Darca picks no role. Requeue. Darca picks no role.

Vote to Kick Darca? You can't kick people after the instance is over. What kind of idiocy is that?

So you might be asking, "what's so unique about this story?" Nothing. If I had 50g for every arms or fury warrior wielding sword-and-board and trying to tank an instance when they queued as DPS, I'd have two damned mammoths. Does anyone have any idea why this happens? What is it about this particular class that seems to be attracting all the derp derp derp members of WoW society?

Where is Stratholme? Really?

Okay, look, I get that a lot of you might need some help death knighting. It can be a confusing experience to be thrown headlong 55 levels into a class that only starts with a whopping 3 more abilities than your average level 1 new toon. I get it. It's cool. You and I, we understand each other. That's why lots of those searches lead here.

What I don't get are people asking me - and judging from the searches that somehow refer readers to this blog, a lot of you would like to ask me - where Stratholme is.

How can you not find Stratholme on a damned map? Here's a quiz: look at a map of the Eastern Plaguelands. Where is Stratholme?


It's right here.


It's right here.





P.S. Technically, it is also right here:


... but if you can't even find the front door, you've got no business going in the back.

(See what I did there?)

Let's play money making game.

Oh, <em>let's.</em>It's no secret that for the finer things in WoW, cash is involved. Nothing puts a strain on your pocket like raiding repair bills, trying to gem and enchant the upgrades you do get, trying to buy things to buff up sets (why the hell are most of the good plate tanking pieces in three slots only craftable?), and trying to complete time-and-money-sink achievements that you can't afford to put money into anymore... argh!

A while ago, in a post on my new UI, I posted this screenshot, which includes a little peek into my wallet. See 353 gold shown in that bar in Fortress? That's basically what I have on my toon at all times.

Let that sink in, because as far as I can tell, no one really understands that. "Oh, well you can just pick up blahblahblah for cheap." No I fucking can't, pardon my French.

I'm in a near-permanent state where single epic gems are expensive, some enchants are unbuyable, the craftables from Crusader's Orbs are out of reach even after getting emblems to get the orbs (and even one piece of Primal Saronite is way beyond my budget). Darkmoon Cards are unpurchasable. Essentially I manage to keep enough to repair after raids or astoundingly bad heroics, stock up on consumables again, and then that's it.

I have neither the patience nor the intelligence to play the Auction House. I've tried it - I've followed the advice of Arthas-damned Auctioneer geniuses and I lose money, every single time. I don't know what to farm because I have no idea what I should be farming. I can't fund myself entirely through dailies like I used to in TBC (this is not a new problem, in case it wasn't obvious - I had to borrow 500g to even get epic flying for my DK, and that was the most gold I'd ever had, at any one point, ever.)

Essentially, readers, despite how good I am at everything else, I am an abysmal failure at making money in WoW and I don't know how to improve that.

I need your help. Badly. Leave comments below.

What I do when I'm not playing WoW: an anecdote

You know what's not a good idea? Changing your laptop's OS before leaving on vacation and thinking, "eh, WoW works fine under Wine, I don't have to worry about silly things like testing. And this OS seems to be running fine - I can't think why I'd need to bring my flash drive to install a replacement." So yeah, after posting about how awesome the rep gain bonus for the holiday was, and how I was planning to take advantage of it, and after in my head planning out a series of nice relaxing Dire Maul runs while my turkey digested... well, let's just say none of that happened.

Spoiler alert for anyone thinking about it: Acer Aspire One AOD-150 + Kubuntu + Wine + WoW = a non-working WoW setup.

Wednesday night, after fiddling with it and failing pretty much all day, I gave in and finally bought a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium at the reduced education cost - it had been previously running the Windows 7 RC, it needed a legitimate OS anyhow. By midday Thursday I was reinstalling Windows onto my netbook using my mom's new $700 Pentax camera, plus the 16 GB SDHC card from my DSi, as a cobbled-together USB drive. Oh, and I booted the Win7 DVD using UNetbootin, because my setup wasn't epic enough yet.

So after maybe an hour or so, I had a fully-functioning netbook with its own proper OS again, and it would've been entirely capable of running WoW had I remembered to evacuate my WoW setup from Kubuntu. Whoops.

Oh, hey, no biggie, I'll watch Persona: Trinity Soul instead. ... Wait, you mean I left that on the Kubuntu drive as well? Damn it! Oh well, I can just download them from home.

Wait, what do you mean it's going to take a bajillion hours to download from home? Oh hell, now I have to find new things to do. Good thing I planned for this eventuality and brought Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 home with me. So I spent pretty much the rest of my vacation playing those two, as indicated on my Backloggery.PUNT

Which led to me and Cas discussing Persona 4 on Twitter and concluding that even though she has the best followup in the game, Chie Satonaka cannot Galactic Punt Ameno-sagiri.

No matter what the picture that goes with this post may tell you.

Hope everyone had a good, or at least tolerable, holiday, and it's good to be back. :)

On Shadowmourne and raiding (or lack thereof)

shadowmourneSo word on the street is that Shadowmourne finally has stats. Sexy, sexy stats. And, yeah, it breaks my heart a little bit to know that I'll never have a Shadowmourne, or that my shaman will never have a Val'anyr, and I'll probably never see Arthas unless I'm running away from him.

The closest analogy I can think of is that it's like running into an ex. Yeah, me and 25-man raiding had some good times, there's no denying that. But raiding just wanted more than I could give at that point in my life, so we took a break - and when I came back, raiding had moved on without me. So I went somewhere else, trying to forget about raiding. I mean, occasionally I still see 25-man raiding's younger easier sister, 10-man, and we hang out, it's all cool. But 25-man gave me something I didn't really know I wanted until now.

I'm seeing someone new instead - casual, you might've heard of it. Real nice group of people hang out with casual, too. But sometimes, I wonder if maybe I never should've left raiding at all.

You search, I answer


Pic unrelated, but Rav sent it to me just prior to posting, so there you have it. Seriously, is that cat doing The Hustle or what?

Okay, so, I still get a lot of search engine hits, and I thought now would be a good time to address some of the pressing concerns that apparently drive you, the reader, to visit this blog. Let's hop to it, shall we?

  • n52 change keys

    • Just use the program that came with the driver. If you don't have the disc, you can probably download it. Unless you want to change the physical keys, which I wouldn't recommend.
  • orphan (2009)

    • Don't bother. Spoiler, she's not really a kid at all. Bonus points to my roommate for figuring this out entirely based upon a scene in the trailer where she appears to be wearing mascara and eyeshadow. My ending was much better:
  • how to attach a blizzard authenticator to my wow account

    • You're welcome. When my Square-Enix security token arrives, I'll probably do another one for that one, too. I will become the all-knowing source of attaching one-time use security tokens to accounts, muahahahahahahaha!
  • on a related note, what do you do if you lose your blizzard authenticator

    • Call Blizzard's Accounts department. Prepare to endure the 3rd degree, probably.
  • welcome to thunderdome"





  • should i stop playing my death knight?

    • Yes.
  • end of the world

    • "...war came, no longer from the elemental nor from the star's rain of fire. The world was again remade, and the glow was as the coming of the sun upon the Earth. The children of the gods were again too few, scattered and divided and among them walked the ancients and those whose thoughts were not as to the towers and the marvels, but to the End and the destruction of the Earth and to the fires from which nothing could escape." Ethan Haas was right, gang.
  • roegadyn

    • So, yeah, I'm not going to do a whole post about it because I know only like 3 people are interested in reading about it, but Square Enix updated the official Final Fantasy XIV site with all the info that's already been leaked from Weekly Famitsu and Dengeki Playstation. Except, for some reason, for the European one.
  • "sergej gorodenskiy"

    • He does fantastic banners. I wonder why I still show up in searches for him, though? Must be cached data, because the current banner, well, I did that myself.
  • gelkis and magram clan centaur exalted

    • You can't.
  • death knight ghoul form

    • You can't, unless a different DK uses Raise Ally on you.
  • caravan emblems

    • ... I got nothin' for this one. Are you trying to grind rep with a Dodge Grand Caravan?
  • illithid

    • This is showing up here because of a link that was on my sidebar, where someone made an illithid PC race for 4e D&D. Here it is again, in case it somehow vanishes from WotC's forums.

_Nightmarishly alien refugees from a doomed time, desperately struggling to find a different path to a better future.
Racial Traits
*Average Height: 5' 6"-6' 2"
Average Weight: 130-200 lbs.

Ability Scores: +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma
Size: Medium
Speed: 6 Squares
Vision: Darkvision

Languages: Deep Speech, telepathy 5, choice of one other.
Skill Bonuses: +2 Bluff, +2 Dungeoneering
Aberrant Origin: *Your ancestors are alien beings from a future dominated by the Far Realm, so you are considered an aberrant creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.
Psionic Nature:
You gain a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against charm effects.
Psychic Resistance: You gain resist psychic 5 + one-half your level.
Mind Blast: You can use mind blast as an encounter power.

Mind Blast, Illithid Racial Power
*_In a storm of pure destructive mental power, you unleash a psychic assault on your foes.
Encounter* * Psychic
Minor Action* . . . . . Close blast 3
Target: All creatures in area
Attack: Intelligence + 2 vs. Will, Wisdom + 2 vs. Will, or Constitution +2 vs. Will
Hit: 1d4 + Wisdom modifier psychic damage. Increase to +4 bonus and 2d4 + Wisdom modifier psychic damage at 11th level, and +6 bonus and 3d4 + Wisdom modifier psychic damage at 21st level.
Special: When you create your character, choose Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma as the ability score you use when making attack rolls with this power.

And that's it!