Happy Cataclysmas Eve!

T'was the night before Cataclysmas, and all through the house... Stop was madly leveling to try to make it out of Outland before the xpac hits. :) Two levels to go and Anshul is off for a brief tour of duty in Northrend. Trying to figure out today which alts are going to make the race change to goblinhood - I know Malacrass is, but I'm unsure about Nocteria or Duskwalker. Have to think on it a bit.

Meanwhile, I'll be out tonight doing the whole midnight launch thing. If you want to come see me or something, I'll be at the Fort Wright Gamestop in Fort Wright, Kentucky. Map is below:

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Here's who you should be looking for:

It's STOP!

only I won't be rocking the Polygamerous t-shirt because it's COLD! Probably wearing a fleece-lined Bengals hoodie and freezing, or else over at White Castle drinking coffee because like hell am I standing outside. I'm going at 10 to pay off my CE, though.

So what are your plans? Digital download? Midnight launch somewhere? Waiting the next day for it to be delivered, like I did with Wrath?

Blizzcon 2010: and now it's over!

Reppin' Polygamerous and Slash 2 at the same time. I apologize for the complete lack of posting during my first Blizzcon. -- Actually, well, no I really don't. I didn't actually plan on writing anything, because Twitter covered most of my bases, and so this is mostly scattered thoughts.

Day 0 (Thursday)

  • Trying to arrange meetups is fun. So is sprinting to the con in bad shoes to get there before 10pm to get your badge and swag. I don't know how many of you know Daewin - he's a pretty tall and broad-shouldered dude. He's also _really fast _when he's bookin' it.

  • Don't be me: don't forget your phone charger. Herp derp.

  • WoW Insider meetup was pretty fun. Got to meet some awesome people, including Fox Van Allen (FIVE NEW BOATS!), who finally got that drink I owed him, and Greg Street, who vanished quickly with his entourage of 1 to go see the Lego dioramas before I could get a picture with him. Speaking of which: LEGO BOOTY BAY. It was fanfriggintastic!

Day 1 (Friday)

  • Some people feel that Metzen's long "Geek Is" speech was to cover a last-minute removal of the "new MMO" from their opening ceremony because it wasn't ready. Some people feel that they didn't have anything new to announce, and that bit was basically to chew up a required amount of time (because let's face it, as much as I enjoyed it - heck, I recognized every slide - it went on way longer than necessary). I fall into the latter camp. I also feel it was a good reminder that as often as Blizzard announces new things at Blizzcon, Blizzcon isn't really a PR event like E3 - it's primarily a celebration of Starcraft/Warcraft/Diablo gamer culture.

  • The Demon Hunter did what nothing else has done so far: get me interested in Diablo III. The presentation afterwards on the design of the Demon Hunter, along with the runes and charms, also pushed me towards playing. I think I'm going to try a Witch Doctor first, making this tweet surprisingly relevant. However, I still didn't get to actually try the game - the line to try D3 was wrapped double around the Diablo III Demo Area at all times. Seriously, I could've gotten in to play Starjeweled three times in the time it would've taken me to get to try D3 once.

  • "We could focus on making the numbers look better, or we could fill the screen with zombie bears."

  • I mentioned this on Twitter, but: I'm the guy who heckled Metzen with "Basic Campfire for Warchief!" in the lore panel. I also immediately got a withering stare from both he and Alex Afrasiabi because everyone in front of me was shorter than me, so it was kind of easy to spot me... but they took it in stride because Metzen is Geeky Henry Rollins.

  • The TNB meetup was that night, and man was it fun. Tons of people turned out! I actually won something (namely an All Things Azeroth prize pack and Turpster's real ID)! Here's photos. Got to meet lots of people I'd only interacted with on Twitter, if that, so it was hella enjoyable getting to put a voice and a face with my imaginary friends.

Day 2 (Saturday)

  • I kinda missed the Class (Q)Q&A panel because I slept in late. I blame Saresa; she was counting on her body clock to wake her up, and I was counting on her to wake me up - it worked on day 1 - and, well, we slept in til noon. At least I was well-rested, which came in handy later.

  • Since they didn't have the size of shirt I wanted, and they didn't have much of anything else that I wanted, I was forced - forced, I say! - to "settle" for a Taverncraft limited edition Murloc stein (the middle one on the first row of this page). Tell you what - this bad boy is awesome looking (and slightly cheaper since I bought it at the con!).

  • I tried to get into the Lore Zone "gameshow," but no success. However, I did get juuuuust about every question right (I missed the one about murghouls, I think), so even though I didn't win fabulous prizes, I still had a great time. Benjamin Brone is a hilarious host (especially with that ridiculous wig).

  • Watched the first portion of the Tenacious D concert. It really emphasized that Tenacious D needs a new album. It was still entertaining, but I wasn't exactly broken up when we left to go to the pre-screening of The Raid.

  • Speaking of which, we went to the pre-screening of The Raid. It was pretty entertaining, for a short film - and I don't suppose the fact that Double Dragon is a Hordeside guild hurts their case any with me. ;) The open bar was also nice. Drank probably more than I needed to, as did everyone else, especially Fim. Which was partially my fault. Sorry!

  • Finally got to meet Brigwyn, who is about eight feet tall and funny as hell.

  • Also got to try Vegemite, and loved it. DAMN YOU SARESA

  • Stayed up til about 5:30 chatting, passed out, and...

Day 3 (Sunday)

  • ...somehow didn't have a hangover. Win?

  • Sunday we had a TNB "family" lunch. (The Family? I guess we're going to make you a podcast that you can't refuse.) Hydra made a bunch of awesome clocks - fortunate, since I need a clock - and it was really awesome just relaxing and winding down after the nonstop whirlwind that was Thursday through Saturday.

  • I mostly napped.

  • On the way to the airport, I talked to an awesome Hungarian WoW player - I wish I'd thought to get her character name so I could link to her - who managed to convince a gullible player that her Big Blizzard Bear (you know, the one with a murloc waving a big Blizzcon flag) was given to her for killing 50,000 gnomes in open-world PvP then opening a ticket with a GM to ask for it. Reportedly, this guy actually did it. The GM told him that it was past the deadline, unfortunately. Here's to you, Zsophia (or Zsofia? I never got the spelling); you're awesome (and it's not just because you and your boyfriend play Horde - FOR THE HORDE!).

That's really the highlights I can think of. I'm sure there's more. I'd love to link to all the people I met, but I don't think it would be possible to do so without leaving someone out, and I'd hate to leave anyone out, so: if I met you this weekend, it was awesome to do so! And if I didn't meet you this weekend, sorry! There's always next year!

Because hells yes I am doing this again.

Small pieces (of posts), loosely joined (into one post)

Not posting doesn't mean I don't love you guys, it just means I don't have a whole lot to say at the moment. Let's summarize, shall we?

Raiding

Progress in ICC continues apace; we steadily progress every week in 10-man, making it to either Valithria, Sindragosa, or the Lich King himself on night 1. Caffeine can easily field two 10-man teams during the week (truthfully, I bet we could do 3, but 2 is working for now), with my tank being able to attend one. My rogue has now poked his nose into ICC as well, showing up in an alt and "leftovers" run on Sunday night. Assassination is still fun - I have a weird love for daggers - but I think I need to keep toying with my spec some more. And the spreadsheets! Oh, how I love the spreadsheets. My raid leader pointed me at these when I was griping about my low DPS.

Anyway, ICC. ICC-10 is almost through the Lich King (it'll only be a week or two more til one of our teams gets him down, I figure), ICC-25 is working on stuff as well, though sadly I can't attend the 25-man raids most weeks due to the raids being on Friday and Saturday, which are designated for spending time with my girlfriend when she's not busy studying for the Praxis II. I'm signed up for this weekend's, though, so maybe I'll get Festergut's blood and finish off Shadow's Edge. That's right - after four weeks of buying absolutely nothing but the necessities, I have 25 Primordial Saronites. Well, four weeks of nothing but necessities, plus I bought several with Frost emblems, plus Thalois was nice enough to just give me one (thanks Thal!).

Honestly, there's not a lot more to say. I have been noticing an influx of new DK tanks, though, and I'm going to recommend you go to Pwnwear and check out the contest and forums - especially the forums! - there. It'll set you on the right track to redeeming our class-wide reputation again. :)

Guild

Still enjoying my tenure in Caffeine. I was asked to become an officer a week or so ago, and so I did. Huzzah! Looking forward to helping the guild move forward through Wrath and beyond. :) Also hoping our next tabard design has a muffin on it. If I win, you've all been warned.

Non-WoW

Yeah, that's right, I do non-WoW stuff. Sometimes I even blog about it. Sometimes I blog about it on other blogs. Surprise!

  • I've been playing a few games here and there, including 3D Dot Game Heroes and Super Street Fighter IV. I've come to the conclusion I really need to invest in a good fightstick for SSFIV.

  • I actually have two other blogs, sort of. If you need your daily fix of my non-WoW stuff, check out Midboss (which could be nearly anything) and iDevice (which is about my iPad, which is on the truck for delivery as I write this. Glee!). Oh, and I write - sometimes - for Polygamerous, which you should really check out. Mostly the Morning Quickies segment. I'm not on the podcast, though, but that's probably for the best because I don't talk much when I'm on podcasts unless I'm one-on-one, as anyone who heard me on the Twisted Nether roundtables can attest.

  • I'm also shopping for a couch. It doesn't get more exciting than that, loyal readers.

I'm back like Ragnaros

Tybee Island Lighthouse dome

Didja miss me?

I took my mom out to Savannah, GA for a few days for the Mother's Day holiday; we saw various historical sites, visited the beach, survived two layovers in Atlanta, and climbed 178 steps inside a lighthouse. Fun!

Now I'm back; looks like some classes got juicy new alpha leak information, while the rest of us are stewing waiting patiently. Such is life!

Also, Caffeine downed the Blood Queen. Hooray!

I'm looking forward to returning to full-time raiding this week. Looks like I'll be able to do both 10s and 25s this week; really need to find a way to get my hands on 18 more Primordial Saronites, so I have a valid excuse for wanting Festergut and Rotface's blood. Semi-related: is it just me, or are the quests to finish Shadowmourne - the infusions - much, much easier as a DK MT or OT? It's just kind of funny, that's all. Anyway, Saronites. Maybe someone I know has 20,000 gold sitting around.

...

/weep

So how's your week going so far? Anything interesting on your schedule?

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. :)

Gaming vs. Cancer: Sidhe Devils present "Raid for the Cure"

In case you haven't been over to check out The Big Bear Butt's post from today, I'll post a little about this here myself.

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One of our near and dear Devils, Julie, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and is due to start treatment on November 9th. We're hoping to show our love and support for Julie, and have put together Raid for the Cure, a cross-factional event taking places on the Kael'thas (US) server.

What is it? An event for both the Alliance and Horde, a cross-factional march to show support for someone going through a trying time and to encourage donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity, so that maybe someday events like this won't ever have to take place. Pink Mageweave Shirts will be provided for walkers of both sides, and we'll have some representatives from Sidhe Devils on hand to ensure the walk goes smoothly (i.e. security detail).

This is not a race, despite the pic above. It's more about solidarity for a cause.

When and where is it? The event will be held on Saturday, November 14th, at 2PM Central Time (Kael'thas's server time). Participants for the Alliance side will start in Shadowglen near Darnassus, participants for the Horde in Camp Narache in Mulgore. Members of Sidhe Devils will be available to both factions to hand out Pink Mageweave Shirts to those who're showing up from other servers to participate.

*How do I participate? *

  1. The most obvious way, of course, is the march. Both sides will work their way towards Crossroads, meet up and head for Ratchet, take the boat to Booty Bay, and boogie down with the pirates in a giant sea of pink shirt and dress-sporting toons. Afterwards there will be a drawing (offline) for...

  2. ... the raffle! In order to raise money for breast cancer research, we're holding a raffle. Various prizes will be coming from the WoW community, with the grand prize being a guest spot on the "Sidhe Devils Gone Wild" podcast. If you want to enter the raffle, it's simple enough: go to the Raid for the Cure website (set up by Sidhe Devils for donations, but administered by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and make a donation using a valid email address. *Afterwards, email a copy of your receipt to *tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com with the words Raid for the Cure Raffle Entry in the subject line. That's all it takes - you've donated to a fantastic cause, and entered yourself in the drawing for fantastic prizes. One entry per person, no minimum donation necessary. Even if you can't make it to the march, we encourage you to donate to this great organization.

BBB has a lot more details on his blog, including exactly when and where people should meet up for the run.

See you there!

In progress

Nothing really extraordinary going on, just progress in fits and spurts. A brief rundown...

  • Have just about completed moving the alts I have any interest in playing over to the Sidhe Devils on Kael'thas. My warrior made the trip today, while my warlock made the trip earlier and is forced to (*shudder*) spend some time as a gnome, because he can't be a damned werewolf yet and I just don't really like humans. Soon... soon!

    • Fun fact, on this note: faction transferring gets you every flight point in Northrend that doesn't need to be unlocked. He who had never left Howling Fjord suddenly has FPs in every part of Northrend, excluding (as I said) ones that have to be unlocked - Sons of Hodir, Shadow Vault, and so on.
  • Been playing my rogue a lot, too. I'm leveling her up to 60+ so I have a pocket pickpocketer (see what I did there?) and, as a personal challenge, am leveling her in the battlegrounds. It's a little bit slow at times (do not ever seek a Warsong Gulch after 1AM server time unless you feel like getting roflstomped) but at least it's fun. And sometimes, the achievements just roll in:

WoWScrnShot<em>100809</em>215015 WoWScrnShot<em>100809</em>215254
WoWScrnShot<em>100809</em>220302 WoWScrnShot<em>100809</em>220735
WoWScrnShot<em>100809</em>224422

  • And yeah, my big thing, as shown to the left side of the blog (if you haven't visited, you really should), is that I'm currently working on Insane in the Membrane. It's time-occupying, but it's really not hard, and after awhile grinding through Dire Maul repeatedly just gets to be automatic. I think I'm killing ogres on muscle memory at this point. It's why I need a rogue.

    • Getting exalted with Shen'dralar is actually proving easier than freeing Knot enough times to get goblin rep. At this rate, even if I turn in a crapton of Ogre Tannin for ogre suits, I'm STILL going to end up exalted with the book nerd elves well before I do the goblins. I'm going to end up grinding pirates or Venture Company mobs anyway, I can already see it in my future.
  • In real life, I've been planning my Halloween costume with my roommate (it's awesome), and preparing songlists for his big birthday bash in November. I also just celebrated my own birthday (much drinking of the alcohols occurred, and then my roommate and I attended a kickass Jay-Z concert), and have rounded the corner into 27. So far, it feels a lot like most of the years previous. I also need to do an update of my game progress page, as a lot of things have been updated or finished, and primarily if I'm at a console, I'm busy failing miserably at Demon's Souls for the PS3. It's Nintendo Hard (and even that might be too mild a term), and yet I haven't found myself wanting to ragequit it and sell it back or trade it to a friend.

Yet.

So what've you been up to?