Alive and well


Waiting to exhale (fire)

Things have been rather quiet on the home front lately. Stuff has been happening, but the blogosphere seems to be collectively holding their breath for the world to end. I've been taking advantage of the time to level Bishamel - remember the CYOA paladin no one cared about? Well, he's ret now, blasting his way through enemies 10 levels over him, soloing instances, and generally just being enjoyable.

Malacrass is decked out in just enough gear to probably go into Hyjal and only replace half of it. I might try and get him a pair of i213+ leggings just to finish up Epic, but it's not a priority. Seriously, it's the only reason to do so.

Builders League United

We've been pulling in a few more people here and there, including a few known bloggers. Most importantly, however, we're roughly a week away from finalizing our raid days. The time, at least, is set: 8-11pm EST. Now to just pick between three sets of days: Sunday/Tuesday, Sunday/Thursday (my current favorite), and Friday/Saturday (which means I can't raid with my own guild).

Decisions, decisions.

Also, we have a tabard, six bank tabs, and are friendly. Don't all guilds have to say that nowadays? You'd think so from Guild Recruitment...

Running rampant through the hallowed Core

Last night, on a whim, I decided to rush up my Thorium Brotherhood reputation. This took all of a few hours, maybe 2-3 tops. Felt like I spent more time at the Auction House than actually questing.


So after robbing the Dark Irons of pillows and face-punching incendosaurs, I was left with nothing to do but go to the Molten Core. So I figured... why not? Worst case scenario, I continue to wipe on Gehennas like usual, settle for downing Garr and Geddon in hopes of finding the bindings, and go home with some rep items for the Brotherhood. Instead, I managed to down Gehennas (take that, longtime enemy), along with the rest of the Core up until Ragnaros - I had an unlucky positioning problem and went splat on the knockback, and by then it was approaching 2:30 in the morning.

Got my Sulfuron Ingot - hello, Sulfuron Hammer plans - and a few other goodies, including the formula for +30 spellpower to a weapon which works on heirlooms.

By fire be purged, indeed.

Good news, everyone! I've fixed the broken achievement!

You heard that in Professor Putricide's voice. Or Professor Farnsworth's. Either is okay.

The latest build in the beta no longer includes The Shen'dralar in the requirements for Insane in the Membrane. If that's the case, and it stays that way, then I really just need Darkmoon and the goblins and I'm done. That's refreshing, though it sucks for people who did do the Shen'dralar grind (and money sink) - hopefully they'll get their own separate feat of strength.

Update: this is confirmed, and they will add something for Shen'dralar grinders.


Raiding in a yellow submarine

With thanks to @demeternoth and @stormcrack, and apologies to the Beatles, our take on going to Vashj'ir in a submarine.

On the realm where I was born
Lived a gnome who sailed to sea
And he told us of his raids
In the land of submarines

So we sailed on to Vashj'ir
'til we found a naga queen
And we raided 'neath the waves
In our yellow submarine

We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine

And our guild is all aboard
Many other guilds are just next door
And over Vent, we start to chat

(trumpets play over Vent chatter)

We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine

(Full speed ahead, Mr. Copperpot! Full speed ahead!)
(Full speed over here, sir!
... At least you nearly got my name right that time,
Captain Cloudkicker...)

As we swim in epic seas (epic seas),
Every one of us (every one) has all we need (has all we need!)
Replacing blues (lousy blues), and sharding greens (so many greens!)
In our yellow (yellow raiding!) submarine (submarine, haha!)

We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine


We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine
We all raid in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine

Behold! A guest post from the inimitable Leafshine

image Here, fresh from drawing my name in the Blog Azeroth Kris Kringle post exchange, is Leafy himself, who brings us a bit of good family fun and British humour from across the pond (WoW-themed, of course). At least, that's what he assures me it is, and as he's got a fantastic accent, I'm inclined to believe him. And so, without further ado.

We join the Christmas pantomime* The Stoppable Farce in mid flow…

_Enter stage left Stop Stoppingtonforce, the affable Death Knight, and his Vanity Pet Cat. He's carrying Haris Pilton's Hole on the end of a large weapon slung over his shoulder. _

Stop: Oh, puss, oh, sweet charming puss, with three main animations and no visible purpose, shall we ever reach Dalaran and find the streets paved with gold?

Puss: does a cute idle animation and fails to respond

Stop: oh, Pussy, I do love you so, but you are completely useless… Wait, what's that ahead?

_Enter stage right, two large, angry looking mobs (crowds, not quest cannon fodder…), gesticulating at each other on the road ahead. As the cacophony begins to wind down, we realise both groups are shouting insults at each other; more - it's the same insult! _

All: "You're ruining the game! You're ruining the game!"

_Puss chases an invisible butterfly, while Stop looks on in horror. _

_Four individuals step forward, two from each side. They are all played by over-weight, middle-aged men in drag, with excessive make-up and bad wigs. Both pairs of outfits are identical, with slightly different colouring. Let's call then, randomly (ahem) Casuals One and Two and Raiders One and Two. _

Casual One: Them! They're ruining the game! All that elitism and epeen!

Raider One: Them! They're ruining the game with their sense of entitlement and welfare epics!

_Raider One turns to look at the audience, cocks an eyebrow, and raises his skirt to reveal a large, comedy ePeen** below… _

_Casuals One and Two make comic expressions of shock. Suddenly, Casual Two turns as if hearing a distant voice. _

Casual One: FTW! A healer! Now to chain random heroics and get my last piece of Tier 9!

_Casual One fades away. _

Raiders One and Two: They're welfare Tier gear!

Audience and Casual Two: Oh no they're not!

Raiders One and Two: Oh yes, they are!

Audience and Casual Two: Oh no they're not!

_(repeat until the audience show signs of suicidal boredom or playing Warhammer) _

Raider Two fades away. _

Stop (desperately): See, you are running 5 mans, too! Really, we're all one big happy family!

Raider One: She's just quit to play Dragon Age, you fool.

Casual Two: Oh no, she hasn't!

_Raider One punches Casual Two in the face, while Stop legs it away _

_After a few seconds, Stop crashes unexpectedly into the Narrator. _

Stop: Oh, narrator, there you are. When can we expect Act Two to begin?

Narrator: Signs indicate that the door to Act Two will finally fall in 365 days.

Stop: Oh, bother.

_To be continued… (possibly) _

*Pantomime is (apparently) a very British Christmas theatre tradition, in which children's fairy tales, or historical legends are played out with arch-villains, brave heroes (often played by very attractive young women playing handsome men - in tights), audience participation, and middle-aged men in extravagant and over-the-top drag making heavy sexual innuendo. This is, clearly, suitable Christmas entertainment for children and good, clean family fun. I have no idea why foreigners think Brits are sexually odd.

**Please find a way of making this acceptable to children while still being funny and lewd for adults. kthnxbai!

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. :)

A little flavor

One of the more interesting parts of WoW tooltips, in my opinion, is flavor text. It's not found on many items, but that yellow text occasionally gives me a little chuckle. Plus, the developers are known for putting yellow flavor text on spells, as well, especially spells that players will never see. Some examples of my favorites:No, not THAT kind of flavor.

  • The Fist of Subtlety from a quest in Zul'drak, which simply reads: "Not at all." I confess to laughing way too long upon reading this one, and wishing I had a class that could use fist weapons.

  • Extinguish All Life, Yogg-Saron's enrage timer. At 15 minutes, he simply wipes the raid. Not fair at all. However, it does do almost exactly what it says: "Extinguishes all life. Kaput."

  • However, Yoggy pales in comparison to Archimonde, who - if he can't reach anybody to smack them around - starts giving everyone the finger. Specifically, the Finger of Death, which (in addition to being a nod to D&D) "strikes an enemy with the finger of death, inflicting 20000 shadow damage upon them, their children, and their children's children."

Those are just a few of my favorite examples - what're yours?