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Yeah, so I decided videos count.  Bite me!  Sorry to those who can’t view them at work… must suck.  Written post tomorrow.

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halloween2 So, I didn’t get the pet for Hallowe’en.  However, I was lucky enough to score the sword, which resulted in some very evil looking flame throwing!  We all know that it is all about the appearances, right?

So, it’s the third day of NaBloPoMo.  I was going to make a video, since I haven’t work my glasses all day and now can barely see, but I could see myself well enough to be assured that I look hideous.  Funny how video days invariably fall on ‘fat’ or ‘ugly’ days.  Yes, they do exist.  On the plus side, it also means ‘Thin’ and ‘attractive’ days also exist – sometimes at the same time. 

Since the video idea failed, I am going to take a stab (with my new sword) at a BA Shared Topic!  Coming to you from Sydera@WoM:

What Kind of Warlock are You?

1.  You see a bunny hopping down the road.  You

a) Hug it!

b) DoT it, just to be disappointed when the first tick kills it

c) Blast it with the biggest nuke you have

 

2.  What is the most appealing aspect about being a Warlock?

a) Cloth is just so pretty!

b)  The ability to slowly and painfully kill someone is what being a Warlock is all about

c) Massive Pew Pew Powers!…. itty bitty escape ability!

 

3.  Which word best defines a Warlock?

a) Misunderstood

b) Evil

c) Monstrous

 

4.  Which is your favourite pet?

a) Imp: he’s so cute!

b) Felguard: Ugly, huge, and deadly

c) Pet?  Huh?  Oh, that annoying thing that follows me?  I just kill it!

 

5.  (Courtesy of Lassirra!) Would you rather:

a) flay someone alive and feed it to your demon (only if he was hungry!)

b) burn someone to a cinder, and feed the remains to your demon

c) all of the above

 

Results

Mostly ‘A’s:  You are a kind hearted lock!

Shouldn’t you really be playing a priest or something?

Mostly ‘B’s: The Richard

You enjoy being utterly evil, and delight in making people feel pain for a looooong time.  You probably prefer the Affliction playstyle, and delight in scurrying around throwing DoTs everywhere

Mostly ‘C’s: The Nuke

You love seeing large numbers light up the screen, but still ensure that your enemies don’t have a completely painless death.  You probably invest lots of your points in Destruction, and pew pew with the best of them!

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…Or, the correct use of Damage Meters.

Damage meters can be a wonderful tool in raids.  With the more complex meters being able to provide detailed information at the click of a button, they can be used as an effective diagnostic tool to tell when someone is slacking, and when someone is perhaps not using the best rotation.  It can also show who works the hardest in your raids, and who is performing their job well.  Excellent examples of this include showing top decursers, crowd control breakers, and DoT Uptime displays.

However.

Damage meters can also be used for evil.  Their beautiful intent can be turned to the sole purpose of epeening in front of the raid.  Examples of this include the people who consistently link the meter while they are first (often at any random point), and people who truncate the link to one or two people for the sole purpose of showing off.  Want to know something?  It doesn’t make you look good.  It makes you look like a douche bag.

Personally, I have some very strong ideas when it comes to damage meter linkage.  You want to see how you went, that’s fine.  Either run your own meter, or ask someone to whisper a link to you.  Straight damage meters should not be linked in raid chat, unless at the request of a raid leader.  Why?

They encourage people to not do their job.  All of a sudden people start slacking on critical aspects of a fight such as positioning and crowd control in order to increase their damage output.  Others forget that they should be watching the threat meter (which is infinitely more important) and pull aggro and wipe.  Of course, some people could increase their damage output.  Others are doing the best that their gear, abilities and the encounter will allow for.

So, how do we use a meter correctly?

1.  I would strongly advise having someone run WoW Web Stats.  While meters like Recount are useful for on the spot assessment, WoW Web Stats allows for a complex break down of a fight.  This is much more useful than a damage meter.  It also shows where people were afk’ing (to an extent), and what buffs they had on at what time.  For example, the ones linked below dob me in for not having flasked or foodbuffed until Bloodboil.

2.  Raid leaders should be consulted before public posting of a meter.  It keeps everyone in line, and prevents a lot of egotistical garbage.

3.  Run your own meter, but don’t use it to compare your performance to other people.  Compare your own performance from fight to fight, and note where you have improved and where you could have done better.  Always remember to allow for differences in the fights!  Example:

a) This is a WWS report from a Teron Gorefiend fight.  This fight is a simple stand a nuke (when you don’t get killed and turned into a ghost, anyhow).  My DPS is always higher on a fight where I don’t have to move around or watch for AoE.

b) This is a WWS report from a Supremus fight.  This fight requires a fair amount of movement, which makes nuking very difficult.  Yes, my DPS is overly low (I did horribly this fight).  However, most people also had lower DPS, because you spend a great deal of the fight dodging volcanoes, fire, and running from Supremus himself.  You also have to ensure you don’t have a stack of DoTs running during his phase shift back to Tank ‘n’ Spank, just in case the tanks don’t get him in time.  All this allows for a lot of lost damage.  Don’t beat yourself up too badly on high mobility fights!

4.  Don’t just look at damage meters.  Remember other useful information contained within them, such as ‘friendly damage’, ‘CC breakers’, and ‘debuffers’.  These are just as important as damage done.

5.  Please, Please don’t tell everyone to copy the spec of whoever is top of their class (especially if you don’t play that class!)  Quite often there is a reason for them to spec the way they are, and if you aren’t very familiar with their class you can come out with egg on your face.  I know someone who likes to make these sorts of comments all the time, and sometimes sounds silly because he forgets to make allowances for gear differences and other factors.  I am a firm believer of letting people play what spec they like (within reason – most raiding guilds want you to have a spec that works!), and not having all your classes specced identically.

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I would have loved to have been able to do NaNoWriMo.  Really, I would.  Unfortunately, I could not come up with a single idea for something to write about, and I know there are some days where I just would not have been able to write enough.  So, I decided to participate in the next best thing – NaBloPoMo!  Basically, you have to write a blog post every day throughout the month of November.  Technically, I am already kinda cheating: it is the 2nd of November here already, and this is my first post that I am counting.  However, for most participants it starts today, so… here it is.

I am setting myself a couple of rules for the month to make things more interesting, and also to ensure that I don’t really ‘cheat’.

1.  All posts must be of a decent length.  None of this ‘Hi!  Here’s a really fast post so I have one today’ nonsense!

2.  2/3rds of my posts minimum must be about WoW.  I have been slacking incredibly in this regard lately.  The worst of it is, I told myself that most all real life stuff had to go in the personal diary style blog (the one that no one ever sees).  Of course… I completely failed at that.  So – more WoW here, less me!

3.  I am going to try and use a few different formats, just to change things up a bit.  Still undecided on whether video posts count as actual posts, so I may not use those.

If I break any of the above rules (especially rule number two!) feel free to remind me… yell and scream if you have to!

So, in the spirit of at least ensuring I talk about WoW a little:

Hallow’s.  End.  REALLY.  Bugs.  Me.  I have been trick or treating like a crazy person, running HH every day, and I still don’t have the Sinister Squashling.  I haven’t even seen one drop.  Meanwhile, other people have gotten three or four of them in treat bags.  So unfair!  As I type I am trick or treating, and heading out to Goldshire to try for one there.  I guess I have said it before, and I will say it again:  I am one of the unluckiest people in the whole wide world.

I got most of the achievements done nice and early for the title this year, which meant I had plenty of time to focus on the lucky (or unlucky) drops.  I get a Hallowed Helm fair early on as well, and thought I might have actually had it in the bag (tehe!) this year.  Nope!  A day left and I am starting to panic a little.  Honestly, I am not sure why I want the title so much, apart from ‘Saresa the Hallowed’ sounding pretty awesome.

How have you gone with your achievements?  Do you even want the title?

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The Back O’ Bourke: Australian slang phrase used to describe something as being very remote, in the middle of nowhere. Originates from Bourke being a ridiculously remote town.

Well, guess where your favourite lock is moving to! I got the call today (well, yesterday now) from the Department of Education, saying that a job had come up there as an English/History teacher, and I was the person lucky enough to be pulled out of the barrel. Essentially, I am now kinda stuck with it for a couple of reasons:

a) I have a contract which says I must go where ever they send me for three years

b) When choosing places on the form for my contract, I was stupid enough to tick the ‘Bourke’ box. Not sure why. Am now slapping myself completely stupid over it.

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So, while I am trying to be optimistic about it, my family keep insisting on telling me the following:

1. Snakes! Snakes in the house, snakes everywhere! While I don’t have a huge fear of snakes, I don’t want to come home to them. Especially in my bedroom. *shudders*

2. High crime rate. The shop windows are all barred, there are 40 police officers in a 4000 person town, break ins are a frequent occurrence, and I shouldn’t expect to keep my new car (which I will need – my current one has no air conditioning) for too long. Also strongly advised against going out anywhere alone, and definitely not after dark. Oh goodie.

I also found through my own research:

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3. Fricking hot weather. For a girl who prefers the snow, summer temperatures of 45-50 degrees are horrible sounding. On the plus side, I do believe I get paid a little extra for putting up with the heat.

4. No shopping to be had. I can count on paying through the nose for groceries and petrol! Anything decent (like nice clothes) involves a five hour trip. Also get paid a little extra for being nowhere.

5. Internet is also ludicrously expensive, with my current plan costing upwards of $100 a month out there. Jinkies!

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On the plus side:

1. Rent is very affordable. Average rental is between $120 – $180 a week. Nothing much that is more expensive than that. Huzzah!

2. Should be an experience

3. Being a shut in means more WoW time?

4. There is a picture of somewhere which doesn’t look all red and dusty! Yay! There’s water, and grass, and green things!

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All pictures courtesy of backobourke.com.au . WoW post coming sometime soon. I hope. :-P

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