Thanks TAGN…

I saw The Ancient Gaming Noob‘s little write up on Northrend and it answered one of the questions that was nagging me.

Will my gear become obsolete when I get Wrath of the Lich King?

The equipment upgrades were, as expected, significant for non-raiders like ourselves.  Blue socketed Outlands gear was quickly replaced by green quest rewards.

So the answer, for me, is “yes”.

That’s not entirely a bad thing for me because most of my gear is unsocketed or green (laugh all you want, but I can still kick ass and have defeated folks geared up in Arena purples). It means I don’t have to farm any reputation or instances to get some upgrades in TBC, I can hop right into WotLK content and start advancing.

I do realize that I could end up level 80 pretty quickly and I will then start having to grind things, but for now, the random drop stuff will be good enough.

Maybe during the week off I’ll find a guild to join and advance Smaken from there in the off playing times…

No Death Knight for Me

I did not rush over to the local video game store to grab a copy of Wrath of the Lich King even though I was awake and driving about at that time of night (on my home from my D&D group). I did not reserve a copy. I did not pre-order. I’m not even sure when I’ll go pick up a copy.

I have no desire to jump into the new content and fight for spawns or quest items or what ever. I’ve not desire to be “First!”. I just want to play and have some fun. 

I’m off next week, so I’ll probably have it by then. I’m not sure whether I’ll jump into it or not.

Hunters are OP…

I was sneaking off to Auberdine port (Alliance – enemy territory for those of you that don’t play WoW) when I noticed a Humanoid blip on my radar. I was tracking humanoids to avoid trouble – I may be level 70, but I’m not geared like people on this server are.

Anyway, I see this blip on the radar and it’s gaining on me. I swerve and it follows. I reverse the camera and take a look. Level 70 Paladin.

Yay.

I figure, even level, he’s got heals, looks to have glowy armor and he’s got a mount that is faster than mine. But I’ve got awesomeness on my side.

What did I do?

I swerved along the beach slowing him down with fallen trees then stopped behind one as he went by on the other side. I then circled around and put the tree between us, effectively disappearing. He paused for a second so I took that opportunity to get up over a hill and out of sight.

There is only so far awesomeness can get you, sometimes you have to refocus that awesomenessity on getting away unscathed and dazzling the slow of wit by disappearing. I camped out on the other side of Auberdine, away from traffic so I should be good to go when I pop back in.

Now, I’m not there to gank the quest dispensers or guards, I just want to get on a boat, head to Azuremyst and get me a Core Hound pet. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to do this on peak hours so I’ll likely ninja over there tomorrow morning sometime. The plan is to dismiss the Silithid (not abandon, just dismiss in case), train to the docks (or boat) and Feign Death. That should get me there with a minimal number of “Auberdine is under attack!” warnings.

If not, I guess I’ll have to slaughter some guards.

This probably would have been easier with guild members helping me out but I can’t seem to find any of my friend’s guild online when I’m on. I’m starting to think they’re either small and ultra casual or they are trying some other game out.

Maybe it’s time to start looking for a guild…

(Paladin is up to 19th, I’ve got a couple of quests left before I am done in Ghostlands so I’m trying to hold off on playing him.)

UPDATE: (November 12th, 6:26am) I’ve got a brand new, two-headed dog for a pet now. Unfortunately, no Night Elves or Draenai were harmed in the retrieving of this pet.

Wizard 101

I took a quick look at it last night and I mean, a really quick look. (Hey Ken, this is another one your daughter might enjoy.)

It’s a cute game. For some reason the settings in game allow for more resolution options than in the log in screen. Weird.

It’s meant for kids about the age that they can read. I thought it might have been nice to have voice over so kids that couldn’t quite read yet would be able to pick out what they’re going to say. Two problems with that:

1. They’d need to have a reader for what other people are saying

2. Not having it read out encourages parental interaction (i.e. the parent plays along and reads things for them)

The chat system has a non-free form chat (much like what was said to be coming in Free Realms and which already exists in Webkinz World) and a free form chat with a parent’s approval. The chat works by building up a short sentence of common things. Nifty.

The game has levels (and XP), gear and it appears to have spells that work as part of a card game. Sort of Pokemon online. You toss down a card and it does something to your target (or targets or you).

I didn’t look too much farther into it. I’ll let my son (five) try it out and see how he likes it.

By the way, he’s been impressing me with his reading. We’ve worked on sounding things out, but he’s also recognizing words too (not just simple word recognition, but recognizing words he’s sounded out before).

Remembrance Day…

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-Lt.-Col. John McCrae

more about this poem

It’s hard for young people to really understand this and these people died to keep it that way. Thank you soldiers, new and old.

Am I Difficult to Understand?

Serious question.

Because either I’m difficult to understand or people are giving me the run around or they’re simply incompetent boobs.

I think it’s a matter of item two because of item three.

Q: Hi there, I trying to do X and I need to know what’s needed for A? And also how I can make finding A easier later?
A: The sky is blue and the grass is green.

Q: What? That wasn’t what I was asking?
A: Thank you, come again.

Paladin it is…

Rhaasek is born. Smaken is transferred. Celejanni is actually Chris.

I’ve been using Smaken to bankroll Rhaasek a little so now Smaken is poor. I had him out and farming a bit lately. I also took him into Un’Goro (twice) to pick up some pets. He’s got a big, stomping sound making Devilsaur pet (unnamed) that seems to do disgusting damage. I also picked up a Silithid pet (unnamed). I then headed over to Ashara to pick up a Chimera pet (Sean). I still have my trusty Cat pet (Hayden) which was actually raised up from level 23 to 70 – no instant boost to five levels under my own for that pet. Unfortunately, he’s not going to be unique for long. It seems there is another black cat coming in WotLK.

Even though they increased the stable to four slots, meaning I can have five pets, I need to pick carefully. I went with the Chimera to replace the Wind Serpent – a ranged caster pet. I picked up the Silithid on a whim and like that one of the talent abilities lets it eat a corpse to get happiness. The Devilsaur is also a fun pet that didn’t really replace anything – it’s got some pretty wicked DPS.

Several of the DPS class pets have some % chance to gain happiness talent abilities. They seem to have pretty different trees. I suspect the exotic pets have a different one from the class they fall under, if not somewhat slightly.

I still need to pick up a tank pet to replace Tyler that was a Scorpid. I think I’ll grab one from the zone with the gate to Outlands because I like the red and black Scorpid look. I debated grabbing a Bear but the Swipe ability that hits 3 targets at one time might be bad for CC folks. The Scorpid also gets to stack poison which I hear is really annoying in PVP.

Oh, and I want a Core Hound. I might have to head to Azuremyst Isle for that though and I’ll have to replace one of my pets.

  • Hayden – Cat
  • Sean – Chimera
  • Tyler – Scorpid
  • ?? – Core Hound
  • ?? – ??

Who do I keep? The Devilsaur or the Silithid? The Silithid is no maintenance but Devilsaur makes a big stompy sound. They fall under Ferocity (DPS) and Cunning (mix?) classes which I already have one of each.

Decisions, decisions…

EDIT: Oh, and I’m an idiot for dropping Skinning and Leatherworking from Smaken. I had Skinning maxed and Leatherworking was nearing the final tier when I decided he’d be better off with Enchanting and Herbalism to help him with the farming. Duh. I restarted both of them… that’s going to hurt.