Friday, November 20, 2009

So The Cat IS Alive

That's right dear people, Edy is alive and kicking if not somewhat in a rut. There has been a distinct lack of blogging and the reason is rather simple. There isn't crap for me to write about at the moment. Sure I haven't exactly been sitting on my ass. I have been very busy in game and out with real life work (trying to get back in the habit of sketching is currently kicking my ass). That said, game-wise its been the same old same old for the most part. There has been new gear gotten over the past two weeks which I am excited about (got my tier 4 piece bonus and I am dying to see how it performs in a raid though I am sad I spent all my badges on pants and a chest only to get my first trophy from a 25 TOC just as the time ran out on returning my pants to the vendor). I got the gun and crossbow from 10 TOC the week before and am pleased with the boost that gave me in DPS in addition to the one handers I now own. I've been experimenting with BM and SV numbers in raids over the past weeks as well and am more than pleased at how well BM is doing since its long sickly recovery. Even thinking about maybe going back to that as my main raid spec but I still have a little tinkering to do and am also waiting on the hunter changes in 3.3 to see if thats even more of a boost to me.

Ty has been sort of collecting dust of late due to my hatred of PUGing raids. Its not that I don't like running with new people, I actually enjoy it when its a nice group and cool people. PUGing is hardly ever that pleasant and since I really don't play her enough to completely care about her gear I have elected to keep her open and fresh for random guild needs. Poor girl got stuck in heal mode for a while so it was nice to oil up the axe with some blood yesterday in a guild run of Utgarde. Even the ret death aggro was nice to feel after such a long break from DPS and also made for some good practice for our learning tank and druid healer.

My lower girls Bell and Annie G have been trucking along to get to cap and max professions. Bell is sitting at 56 and Annie 69 and as they grow I begin thinking about the paths I want to take them down at cap and if I wish to deal with the whole progression thing on them or just use them for my profession and money needs. Time and fun make up minds so it remains to see what will come of that.

Thats all for the time being. Hopefully I will have something more interesting to take up your precious internet time.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween



Figure this is fitting even if the WoW version is a bastard and wont even let me see the stupid mount. Happy Hallow's End and safe tricking and treating.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Full of EPIC



Ok so I try to keep my loves separate but when you put Queen and Link together its just so full of EPIC. Big ups to HadoukenDude for making this and all the other gems he has. (lets call this a celebration for our renewed thirst for raiding as a guild)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Da Voodoo Shuffle

What an interesting week it has been for me dear reader. Its not so much that anything good or bad happened its just an old spark of great fun has blazed up recently and by golly if Edy-bear ain't loving it.

For starters I didn't get to raid what I normally do in a given week simply because I was unable to log on on that Tuesday and as such missed some of my normal runs. Was this a problem? Not really. I have my own share to do now that my mother is a bit down for the moment so i kinda needed a day to get some of that stuff straight anyway. That said I did raid some. So was good, some f'n fantastic and some just down right horrible.

The Good:
Friday I ran 10 TOC with some friends and as usual it went really really well, damn boots still didn't drop but it was still a hoot of a time even if I didn't get any loots. We did have a shining moment on the northrend beasts when some well placed exploding raiders took two healers and all but 3 dps with them just as we killed acidmaw. This lead to the most impressive shaman healing I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing in the game as myself, my pally tank, and a mage were left for him to heal the entirety of the last boss phase after some poor charge escape failures. Stuff like that really is a blast when you down what you are after.

The down right horrible:

So the day before the 10 run a hand full of those same friends decided to get a 25 TOC off the ground and suggested I give it a shot with him. Now first off I havent been running 25 in a very long time for the mere fact i cant deal with all the damn lag i get in them with all the spells going off. This was something I worked out in Naxx but decided against it when I progressed into Ulduar just because "I" didnt want the headache and guilt of not so great performance. Most I ran with had no idea i was even having problems. Anyway I figure what the hell and go and over all did well. Dps was low but I assume that was from the lag getting in the way of the tight rotation I have to maintain in SV. But I wasnt the bottom of the charts either. So we blow though everything up Twins and things just kinda spiraled after we get to this and start wiping (we downed them and only 3 wipes on it but between this and what i am about to talk about people probably just didn't give a damn to finish anymore).

I've talked about my dislike of PuG etiquette when it comes to using vent and this night was the shinning example of how to piss off an entire raid all at once. We had a mage with us that for some reason had the overwhelming need to enforce the size of his e-peen to a raid of 20-something other people who could have given a rats ass one way or the other what this guy did out of game. This mage never shut up from the time he joined the raid to the time he was booted from the vent channel. The whole night was his D**k this and i f****d this girl cause i am mister big shot quarterback to butt sex with various people he knew in raid. I dont think the guy took a single damn breath to rest his voice from pull one to the end.

I'm not new to raiding in PuGs by any means so i have heard it all before but somethign about the fact he just never shut up seemed to grate on me. He capped it off with some racist comments during twins and I lost my shit flat out and just went at him in vent. I dont like doing this at all as i am just long for the ride and maybe some loots but damn being in a raid does not give you the reason to be an asshole when you talk just because you like the sound of your own damn voice.

Anyway guy was booted from vent as his racist spouting got worse and I even found out later the raid leader had long decided to not give the guy loot before he even went that far (which i would have loved to see but nothing even came up he could have used anyway and the one that did he lost.).

At least i got a one hand axe out of the hell night...

The f'n fantastic:

So my guild set foot into Ulduar for the first time as a guild Saturday and you could almost feel the nerves radiating off everyone present. None of us that had been in the raid before really knew how to explain Flame Levi as most of us hadn't done all the vehicle types yet (personally only ever done the bikes) so that lead to a wipe and 'reset' and a ton of funny yelling from one particular guildie that made this the single funnest time I have ever set foot in ulduar. I mean how can you not enjoy the sound of a grown man squealing "get awaaaaaay dont chase meeeeeee" over vent every time Flame Levu targeted him?

We managed to two shot Razorscale and X-T after and I have to admit I was pleased and proud of our newer raiders and it shows hope for our future in guild progression.

Other stuff:

Other than the prior I have been loving my shammy rather hard of late. She is enhancement and ripping things limb from limb with all her shamanistic rage.


Here we see Ms. Raspee (if you're nasty) basking in the glow of victory over a particularly nasty group of alliance rare elites that roam the vast Barrens. The was a lot of mace to face action and fiery totem goodness she just had to share with them.

Anyway thats enough out of me for now. Toodies.

Friday, October 2, 2009

There Be Kodo Here

*gasps for breath*
Ok internet Edyion has a major piece of advice for you. If you haven't played DDR (dance dance revolution) in nearly 2 years and smoke it is not a good idea to try and do a 3 song set where you USED to play. Don't get me wrong I did my three songs and passed em all with nothing lower than a C. Just cost me a lung in the process...

*cough* ANNNNNYWAY. The Ed has not been a terribly busy girl of late just really really lazy. There as been much drunken revelry and many many mounts...ok three Edy got her drake and kodo and Ty even got a ram. Oh she squee'd and Edy bitched (didnt haev her kodo yet) but Ty was happy she now has an epic 6 mounts now.

Ed has seen that bitch Ony a couple of times and picked up her tooth which she now wears prominantly (who knew dragon teeth were so agile) and badged herself out to get 2 pieces of tier.

Ty has been snookered into healing ulduar in the past week by some friends and the teachings of the Great chapped one Ruhtra came to her rescue while she tried to heal Iron Council (even solo at one point but by god those alive were still alive till she ran out of mana and caught a lightening ball to the head). Her DPS has also been ripping things apart. She has no drops BUT she did get her Teir 9 ret gloves and tha makes her a happy beaver for sure.

Now if you will excuse me i must hunt down my lung, The lack of oxygen makes it rather had to form complete sentences.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

YARRR!!!!



Arrrr happy pirate day yeh land lubbers. This isn't what this wench was looking for exactly but when me thinks about pirates I always gets this here jaunty in me ears.

Monday, September 14, 2009

No Tears Here

So the news of the buff/nerf to my beloved BM has been out for a bit now and I admit I have some mixed feelings about the whole thing. You will not hear me cry about it though. My tears were shed when they leveled me with the 3.0.8. hunter nerf. Now for those that don't know Beastial Wrath and The Beast Within are undergoing some changes that have the hunter community all up in arms. For starters its getting a rather hard reduction from 18 seconds to 10 seconds of duration (that would be the part I don't like). On the flip side we are getting a 10% constant passive buff from TBW which wont put us that close to the other two specs BUT is a start and something I think they should have been doing from the start with the rebuilding of the BM spec. The problem still remains that out pets are still ever so fragile (something they are working on) and as such BM is the glass jaw spec of the hunter world. I will not be a flag waver about the pros and cons of this move for a simple reason, this Ed has no idea what it really means until she sees it for herself.

Now on the PVP side this is hard hitting simply because its a big nerf to burst that came with BW. Though BW and TBW are getting a buff to what the rage breaks (basically all cc just like a trinket) you cant just get that kind of buff without having to pay some sort of price. So the cries are mainly coming from the PVP crowd as they see it as a slap in the face just after they found a spec for PVP that wouldn't simply be run into the ground. Now I too am upset but I look at it as just another hurdle to clear for my beloved class. Nerfs and buffs come and go some you like some you dont, its the passion that keeps one going (else the great controller probably would have let Edy go not long after BM was all but killed). This is simply another puzzle to be solved over time. I will admit it sucks as I had begun committing myself to a 3s team with two good friends and part of this nerf makes me want to tell them "you gotta look elsewhere" since I have never truly loved PVP from the start. On the other hand this almost makes me what to do it more, just to say I can still hold my own even if you take my thunder.

As it stands the changes are still to come and not the present. I for one will worry about them more when they arrive. Yes I know I haven't talked about all aspects this change will effect but I don't feel the need to with not even seeing them and getting a feel for them myself. You will wait with me to see how I feel. I will not let my emotions get ahead of what is to come.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

What's Been Up

Well dear readers I've been planning more fun posts....just haven't gotten around to them. This is partly do to other hobbies and partly do to nothing really going on worth writing about. So here is a rundown.

  • The princess of rotting pain has gotten her ducktape toting butt to Outland finally and is enjoying titan grip at the moment. "Only thing better than sharp pointy things is Bigger sharp pointy things," she has once told me. Who am I to argue a warrior her pleasure.
  • Last I saw of the more gentle Ann, she was lost in Arathi hunting flowers or something. Slowly trying to catch Anne-g with her own brand of kitty fury.
  • Edy has also put her brother out to do some of his own warlockier for money. In other words she cut him off and put him to work.
  • Ty managed to get that axe she was drooling over for so long and is currently working on getting her conq. helm. She has also been dragged back into healing....though she admits she isn't a completely unwilling party to this.
  • Edy and Snuggs are doing their thing, raiding when they can find one and just farming the goods to help out the others when they cant. She too has found a nice sharp toy to play with and is contemplating the coming BM changes on the horizon.
I personally have picked up the new Dungeons & Dragons Online and am trying it out when I have nothing better to do. So far its fun. I dunno how fun it will stay as I have no real desire to put in the time to socialize BUT it has given me a bit of a D&D fix. Best of all its F R E E, so no harm no foul if I decide to just up and quit out of the blue.

Now before I completely cut out I do wanna give a shout out to friends Abbadonn and Nymeros and their respective blogs. That about covers it. Hopefully things will pick up soon so I have more to write about. Later.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Party and Bull$#!%


Nothing says party like a bunch of drunken druids in the middle Silvermoon City.


....well that is till the great Ru breaks out the ass-less chaps (dont ask), a keg, costume wands and WAY too many paper zeppelins. I never knew wisps could be so flashy when they drink.


Was a good night and made for a good birthday. The Ed thanks all guildies and strays in attendance.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

When Ed Meets DMX

As I sit here having a rather horrid day of birth I started listening to DMX's "up in here" and this came out. Might finish it sometime.

Y’all gone make me lose my mind

Up in here up in here

Y’all gone make me run y’all out

Up in here up in here

Y’all gone make me act a fool

Up in here up in here

Y’all gone make me get my crew

Up in here up in here


If I gots to bring it to you alliance

Then its gonna be quick

Say hello to this arrow

And you can suck my crit

And all them other chumps you run with

Can come with

And die quick

How you gone run up on me when you up and started this

There go the gun click

Aw you up and done it

Ganked by some dumb kid

Aint that some shit

Y’all must never get no PuGs

Cause every time you come around its like wut

Just gots ta pwn this lowbie nub

And I don’t know who in the hell you think you crying to

But aint her

Aight sir?

So watch that QQ

Or you gon find yo’self

Spirit rezzin’ somewhere else

Seeing through your rez and stealth

But that couldn’t have been the issue

Or maybe you just saying that now cause I killed you

Whispering me on your horde toon

That’s why yo ass suck running back

Tryin to rez on the roof of the church

Edy telling the truth and it hurts


Y’all gone make me lose my mind

Up in here up in here

Y’all gone make me run y’all out

Up in here up in here

Y’all gone make me act a fool

Up in here up in here

Y’all gone make me get my crew

Up in here up in here


Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Aftermath

Blizzcon has come and gone and now we are left to stew over the ins and outs of all the information dropped in our waiting laps. Now since I am the most concerned with hunter changes and they are the ones that will after me the most in the time to come.

Now I for one any not running around screaming "the end is nigh" and I probably wont be. Why you ask? Well A.) I am actually excited they are changing us and B.) I dont want to freak until its closer to time to worry. We are a class with a resource system that never really fit was it is we do. Hunters are not casters. In general we cant be silenced, we dont actually use spells with few exceptions, and its never really worked for us like it does for other casters. For as long as I have been playing I know I've had problems maintaining my mana pool. Viper is awesome in thought but its never been a solid answer. Before I had it I just stopped and drank water every few seconds. Once I had it (before it was in its present state) when I was questing I always had it on just cause it was easier than stopping in the middle of the quest grind. Snice the change its just a good way to lose your dps cause sooner or later (some specs more so than others) you WILL have to take that 50% reduction and try and get your mana pool back on a long boss fight. Not to mention the tendancy to forget the damn thing is on with all the micro management of pets and yourself in a raid or instance. So why is it everyone is so sure that focus is gonna be the death of us before we even see the near finished result for it?

Yes, change is scary but this could be a godsend. Who knows this could end up making hunters a stand out class to more people. Maybe even convert a few or bring back people to its fold. Its gonna take some getting used to. It wont be the same class in some ways but thats not always a bad thing. I wait with open arms as it stands for it and for the ammo changes (which I also hear crying about but not as loudly). No matter what Snuggles and I will be there to see the end product and beyond. Cant fight your heart after all.

Friday, August 21, 2009

One Happy Edy!

Hunter news just broke.
  • Mana GONE! We will have focus now. NO MORE MANA BURN!
  • No more consumable ammo. IT'S AN ITEM!!!!!
Next up....
  • No more AP! AGI will give 2 points for us now so bugger off all your mail stealing plate wearing chumps
  • More stam all around.
  • no more ranks of skills they level with you.
  • Haste = more pushy of buttons.
And for my paladin side...
  • No more mp5. Spirit will do the job in some form or another.
  • No more SP, Int gives you that.

Lots of nice tasty things to look forward to.....I wish I could stop myself from posting but as a hunter I had to share.

Heroic Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep

Yeah you heard me right Blizzard is pulling out some big guns for the upcoming expansion. Now those that know me know I didn't really wanna believe anything that was leaked in the past weeks ( still think whoever did it should be fired) but I gotta admit watching the panel for the preview has just gotten me so pumped up for something so far off. Worgens I am excited about. Goblins not so much....well there racial mount is sick so I might play one just for that and maybe racials once I see them.

Honestly there is just too much to much to process to really say what I think. All the changes are just kinda overwhelming and not in a bad way. Changing the old world seems like a big step to me, but then I think about it. I wasn't here for vanilla and to be honest the grind to get to 60 to get to outland (which I loath) was just a chore to me. All the grinding kills and unrealized things that could have been done with them. Thats enough of that looking back. Now is the time to look forward.

They are promising alot with this expansion and honestly i am curious as to how much will actually be done (still waiting on my new dances) and live up to the promises. Tons of new dungeons, seeing zones that we have always wished to see (mount Hyjal and Uldum are two I am personally about to lose my stuffing with glee about finally seeing), and just the freshness this is bringing with it.

So since my brain is all over the place right now about what I am personally thinking about the news I just witnessed I will bring up new things that should make anybody go hells yeah.
  • The alliance have losted South Shore. HAH see M.A.S. DID make them move shop!
  • Heroic Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep for 85. *passes out from forgetting to breath after this news*
More later......

Thursday, August 20, 2009

An Interlude.....

For Eus,


Saemys is still watching him. Cant trust them dwarves....especially the ones that aren't drunk.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The "ME" Syndrome

ME sydrome - the condition of thinking all of Azeroth revolves around you when ever you desire it to.

Ok that might be a bit harsh of a definition but it gets my point across I feel. Now we all have a little ME sydrome in us from time to time. Who hasn't wanted to have somebody's attention at an exact moment in time before, or wanted that phat loot to drop from your boss or a piece of something or other just for looks. Its human nature to want some attention on yourself its just how we are. The problem arises when you cant get past that need for attention and journey into the realm of super annoying. I present a few examples of what I mean.

Case 1:the hype needy mage
I prefer not to name names. At one point I was friends with this person though not as close as he likes to think he was concidered a friend. I didn't see his ME syndrome for a while thankfully though the hints where always there. He had a habit of wanting me to talk to him none stop no matter what i was doing or how I was feeling. I am not a chatty person with most people by nature and as such I tend to like my space and would expect someone to respect that if I say I am busy or dont want to talk right then its nothing personal but simply that I dont want to be social at said point in time. For a while I thought this mage understood that, then I started to get the acusing whispers when in instances saying how I was "always busy" and how he "talks when he runs all the time". Despite the fact it would be clearly listed where I was on the friends list and I knew he could see that if he so wished yet making it sound like I was lying about busy just to avoid talking to him. I dont know about you dear reader, but I personally take offence to somebdoy half assing a run to chat when they should be focused and as such I tend to not do it or bother people in those situation other than a casual greeting. This became almost a daily acusation which DID lead to me not wanting to talk to him at all in or out of busy time. Between that and his treatment of guildies and blatant disrespect for me when I made it clear I didnt want him in the guild if he was just gonna guild hope and he swears he wont just to do it a week or two later I have all but severed ties with this person and his ME snydrome.

Case 2: Tellmehow The Lazy and Carryme

This isnt so much one person as a consistant irritating trait that keeps coming up and annoys me to no end. They are the concept that the only reason other people play this game is to help them get what they want without the work.

Tellmehow The Lazy like to play 20 questions alot with people. Wants you to tell him where x of x is or whats a good place for z about 20 times a given day then the infomation into their own to miscommunicate to others and such. Tellmehow tends to group up with Carryme and they share a I want it now additude. I personally know one such person and through a blow up cause I got tired of his demanding demenor towards me not wanting to answer his questions or run his alts anymore since he was basically dead weight and sucked all the help out of me. Says a alot about a person if they can get so mad you dont wanna go out of your way that very moment to opena door or someting for them ont he other side of nowhere for something they have no need for with a key their lazy ass could get on their own in the first place or (my personal favorite) tell them they wouldnt care if they dropped dead because they were told the answer to the question they asked 50 times over the past few days but not the detailed way their lazy butts wanted because they were too lazy to take the 2 minutes needed to look it up themselves to see it was exactly like that person said.

**BREATHE**

Still a bit sore about that one but as with case one Ed has nothing more to do with this ME Syndrome sufferer and probably never will again.

ME syndrome is not always sever but is still none the less annoying to those being bothered by the afflicted. It gets old when you are busy and people insist you do what they want right that minute cause if you dont you hate them, Well then I hate you. I dont have to stop what the hell i am doing to be your servant. If you need it bad enough you will find somebody else or wait till I am done with whatever it was I was doing. Hell if you are polite about it. I might even speed up what I was doing or ask for a break so I can tend to your need. ME Syndrome will not get this nice Ed however. If I dont wanna talk your ear off or god forbid duel you or something right whe you want me to I must hate you enough to wish the plague upon you. Please if you think i give that much of a rat's fanny about you. you need to talk to the people I actually have long standing deep meaningful relationships with and see how I REALLY treat the people I dont like. Dont throw me your random invites cause you want me to do the killing for you didn't bother to ask me first. I have a tendancy to decline, tag and kill then walk away if you do. Blah blah blah I could go on for days but I will end it here. Learn to stop and say "maybe" to yourself in context the person you are pestering if you think you are suffering from ME syndrome. Make Azeroth a better place and just say "its not about me" once in a while. You might like yourself better if you do. Lord knows I will.-+

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Edy Rage: If You Gank Take Your Medicine

Normally I take my being ganked in stride. I was brought into Azeroth on a PVP server and I learned quickly to take my lumps in stride. Its a right of passage no need to get all up in arms about it. Don't like it, play PVE. Edy did and as such I have never been much of a PVPer though I will never back down from a fight. So it was no surprise with my lil Annie got her lil kitty butt handed to her at the inn in Tarren Mill as I logged in by some nubby alliance DK at the mail box. Sadly for this DK I was in a fairly foul mood that day ( I am a rage-er when I pms not a crier) and I promptly retreaved Edy and hunted him down just to show that would not be stood for. The DK fun was not done with this lowly DK however as two more took up his post not long after. My GM Ruhtra happened by as he too was in a mood to kill and happened upon these yahoos and dealt with them fairly well on his own before I tucked the druid somewhere safe and proceeded to help with the cleansing. Now you would think after not being able to hurt lil ol Edy very much before dropping as the DK of another disgruntaled hordey this guy would cut his losses as most people that do this sort of thing so but no he had a horde toon that he promptly jumped on to call me all sorts of names because he was rolled by 4 people of his level to get him out of town.

"Think you are soooo bad ass cause you gank somebody 4-1 real cool" is just a sample of the garbage he was cluttering my screen with.

I normally let that stuff roll off he back but I have a hair temper at the moment and that did not sit well with me. I gave him an ear full about how he of all people had the nerve to call anybody out for an unfair fight. You bring an 80 into a level 20-30 town and rape the people there yet when it happens to you its wrong. I call BS on that, but as is so often the case, he continued to try and justify himself to me. Began to "say" it wasnt him but the other guy that was killing the lowbies and how he only took out the flight path and try and make it sound like it was me who started the fight saying some horde did it to them or something. Funny how my GM saw him kill some poor 20 something lock that landed there. Never the less it didnt matter to me that he was killing lowbies or whatever he wanted to fess up to. You come into the horde town and start picking on the lowbies you should expect that somebody might kick you back before its all said and done. We do when we do it. I accept my ass whoopings with stride. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose, and I explained as much to him though not in so nice terms (I have a very foul mouth and was Ed-raging I think you can imagine what came out). Continually he keeps lauging me off and well before my eye started twitching I shut him up on my screen and proceeded to camp his balls off. He logs again and talked to my GM, who he admited he couldnt remember how to spell his name, and shoot his mouth off at him. This led to us agreeing to fight him one on one (he wanted my buddy on his dk one on one and my buddy was more than happy to school him). First time he was taken down by a rogue friend of ours fairly embarassingly might I add. Next my friend schooled him two times to which he again logs and bitches to my GM yet again about how he wasnt ready, blah blah blah fluda fluda. At this point I am still pissed and want him one on one myself though he tries to sneak attack me which lead to a big red Ed and snuggles on his undead ass and my kitty chewing his nethers off as he tried to run for his life from a fight it was VERY clear he had no chance of winning.

Now its not the fact this guy ganked I have a problem with. Thats just how it is on PV servers. My problem was the QQ. Take your ass whooping and move on. You brought it on yourself and as such if you take it right out it may be much shorter and less painful (as being killed by a raging hunter pet alone has to be embarassing to a almighty DK). If this guy had never cried to any of us about how unfair what we did was when he was killing people 40 levels lower than himself he may have been left alone some what once he had moved on. The fact he tried to make himself in the right pissed me off and those with me and as such the pain was unending untill he logged from that toon for the night. If you play with fire you get burned sooner or later. Take your beating and move on. End Ed-rage....for now.

Monday, August 10, 2009

An Edy Filled With Glee


So for once this break in posting has nothing to do with having nothing to do but more so excitement and busy-ness stemming from 3.2. For the past week I have been wrapped up in running the new 5 man and Ulduar attempts with friends as well as hardcore heroic farming I just haven't had the time to break and actually write anything. I am having a blast. Much more so than when 3.1 hit. So what is it that has me so happy?

Well I love the little things in the game. As much as I love PVE, I love to hunt down things for collecting more. First thing up I log in Wednesday and BAM I get my green proto-drake after months on months of getting the stupid oracle egg and hoping against hope it would drop. On top of that I have gotten the Argent warhorse from the tournament vendor (something nice about seeing Edy on what is basically a pally mount) and begun collecting the super adorable baby raptors that have sparked that "I must have" part of my mind that clicks when I see dangerously cute things.

Been having fun with my druids and their beautiful forms when I have had the change. Not too keen on having to get use to retadin again but thems the breaks. Surprised beastmastery buff was as good as its turned out to be. Its not the tops but by God it feels good to compete again in a spec I truly love.

Now I have done all this. Downed bosses I never thought I would. Grabbed gear for both my pally and hunter. Run myself tired with heroics and see no end in sight. One thing makes me giddy like a school girl with a new glamour magazine though. I mounted my netherwing drake to fly out to all this new goodness and what should my eyes see but my drake GLIDING. I am a simple woman of simple pleasures but damn if it doesn't feel weird that thats the thing I was most exited about patch day. I wasn't lying when I said the little things make me the happiest in this game.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Edy's Theory on Pets: This Cat is Will Be The Death Of Me

As the awaited 3.2 patch looms before us with days of errors and bugs I would like to take the opportunity to revisit a topic near and dear to this hunter's heart. Pets. Now as I have stated before in previous posts, I have a very strong opinion that pets in WoW vary in ui from different types of the same family, and much to my surprise my time on Cho'gall has given me the prefect test subjects for said theory.

Now let us start with my poor little hunter, Artashia. Tashia is having enough of a struggle what with being knee deep in horde in the middle of Iron Forge that she ended up with the one kitty in the whole of the Exodar crash sight determined to avenge all his fallen brothern that the space goats smashed into kitty paste with their not too soft landing. Boris SEEMED ok at the start.

Just a happy death kitty helping mama get X amount of X killed for X loot. Then Tashia began to notice a pattern when numberous mobs where invovled. Dear Boris began to bring her too many play mates and would continue to do so with glea until she was forced to run her space goat butt to safety only to have to try again. Tashia thought this strange but never the less wanted to have faith in her kitty though she did coin the phrase "this cat will be the death of me" when talking to her partner in crime. The final nail inthe coffin came when Tashia was given the task of murloc control in the wetlands. All was well....for a while....when Boris decided that one camp of murlocs simply wouldn't do and the moment was right for the assassination of his hooved opressor and set his plan into action. Now I am honestly not aware of how many murlocs came in this assalt. I was a bit too busy killing the bastards as long as I could before having Tashia make her last run for survival, out running two murloc with 5 hp to spare. I do have to commend Boris in his attempt, he did almost manage to take me with him and normally murlocs are mean enough to kill without any help from mr. pissy kitty things just weren't in his favor. Thank the Naruu for mobs having leashes. So Tashia decides to throw herself off a bridge and run to Eversong to claim a more ...resonable kitty.


Bela (as in Bela Lagosi) has been a prince, in fact his mood tells me he could very well be a cousin of Edy's own Snuggles. Now he is a bit more agressive that Snuggles has ever been but he does just about everything the same in terms of how the hunter can control him. Take him to those same murlocs and not a single issue arose. Maybe I, as a player, just have a better kinship with Lynx than the other types but this kind of situation has really peaked my interest in studying the difference in pet attitude. This has been a bit more fruitful than looking back at Edyion's pets long after they are gone. Tashia still has Boris and Bela so I very well could just level them both and see just what there is to see and if the pet theory holds true. This could prove to be very interesting.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Memoirs of a Feline Bachelor: Part I


Hello valued reader it is a pleasure to get my time with you all. Edyion is a little busy (or not busy depending on how you look at it) and is a little bit of a low time in the game and after her great depression on the state of BM hunters flared again because of the hunter Q&A she decided that her precious Snuggles should step in and hold down the fort. I would like to take the time to give you all a better idea of the greatness that is Snuggs and a look into my relationship with my beloved mistress.

For starters, a formal introduction. My full name is a Lord Byron Snugland IV but for some reason (probably that cruel streak of hers) my dear Edyion quickly ignored my regal name and insists on calling me Snuggles. I suppose this could be worse. You all have met Woofles I asume. Moving on, I spent my early years in quiet dominance of Eversong Woods when this scrawy pointy eared creature began following me around trying to tempt me with treats and whispering sweet nothings into my subconscious. Well being a cat of high class I wasn't about to have this weird thing have its way with me. I've seen too many of my own kind fall to this kind before, however as I tried to chew her face off she never once put up a fight and well that left an impression on me. So I went with her.

My relationship with my dear Edyion even started out on a high. She took great care to feed me and make sure I got all the things necessary for my developement into the lean mean gnome munching, druid loving machine I am today. Never one to leave me behind she even willingly bit the dust with me to prove her loyalty. I could never serve another mistress for there will never be another Edyion in this cat's heart. As for how I feel about my stable mates...well thats a story for another time.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Come Get Some!


Well yesterday was a rather eventful day for the Ed. First off I rolled an alliance druid (yup I said alliance) Saemys, on Cho'gall after some coaxing by my friends Ruhtra and Eus and got her to level 10. Now I am sure by now a good few if not all of you have heard of the ratio issues on Cho'gall with the horde supposedly out numbering the Alliance about 7-1. Now if this was a PVE server I wouldn't even bat an eye at the situation, however, Cho'gall is PVP and those kinds of numbers are just too lop-sided to ignore (I should know I tried but a certain suicidal healer wouldn't let me). So after talking with Ruhtra about this realm he raised some interesting points:
  1. With those kinds of numbers one can't help but wonder just how "good" these Horde are with the slim pickings of Alliance trying to hold down the fort.
  2. The auction house should prove interesting as the listings are slim to say the least.
  3. Come see how bad it COULD be and learn to enjoy Dagerspine a bit more.
So I caved and lil Sammy came into the world. I must admit its a bit surreal just how few allies there really are on that server. I think I was level 10 before I even came across another Alliance player and trade was just ...well...dead. Part of me likes that as it means less people bothering me as I level (though I did manage to attract the ONE stalker in the entire zone, go figure...) but after reading Gchat it really sinks in how bad off these people are. I haven't seen any Horde myself yet but the higher levels have been camped several times in the past day and a half I have been there. Hearing them talk about that and not being able to get Ed and do something about it takes me back to when I first started on the D-spine. So I realize the further I go with this druid until I reach a resonable level and learn how to PVP with a druid I am going to have a lot of bottled up anger. Which brings me to the rest of my day.


There hasn't been a "Code Red" in some time and honestly I am feeling the rust and as a result lost my desire to PVP some what (can only take getting it up the bum so much in arena before I've had my fill) and after dinging 10 I get on Ed to see if my services were needed. Who should get my attention but my own personally Harley Quin saying the usual crap is going on in Tarren Hell. Hell I was feeling froggy so I flew in to my death but only because of the 2-1 odds (give or take .5 I dont remember just how many allies were on my flight path but I know it was about 5 i saw) and the death of Eus as I opened fire. From there it got REALLY fun. Once everyone regrouped from the chaos we walked right over the rampaging Allies which quickly turn tail and head for the heals (cept for one idiot 74 druid but we shall not waste space on him as he seems to be wanting MAS to put him on the hit list but he bored us rather quickly with his one trick pony ways). At this point many an 80 are pissed off and at one point we build to a 3 group raid and proceed to clear out the town formally known as South Shore MAS style. The group of allies that fled finally came back with more guildies and we continue to kill them like dogs as they continually proved they had no real knowledge of PVP mechanics or the likes but who are we to turn away game 80s. I know we spent hours killing them all and they even made a comeback rally killing us all after we got a little split up but we are very patient pvpers and know full well you don't go guns-a-blazing back into the jaws of death and after a clean swept of TM they seemed to get the picture and moved on (cept for 2 rogues and that blasted druid but again they bored us so we moved on). Now I don't normally do this but I must salute for bring their guild out to play with us. Snuggles had much fun gnawing on your bones. Please do come back again. With me gimped on another PVP server I will be needing some people to help me vent fustration after all.

Friday, July 17, 2009

P.U.G: Experiments In Socailizing

I've done my fair share of raiding in pick up groups and its always a crap shoot. Sometimes they are fantastic people (rare but it happens) and others they are a nightmare. The nightmare groups come in a variety of forms ranging from people not having the slightest clue what they are doing in the raid or on the toon they are playing to simple asshole-ish actions by various members of the raid. Any soul that has PUGed knows its a risk and sometimes you just have to know your limits and cut your losses.

Today was not a day to cut my loses as I did pick up a nice ring and some shoulders to play around with (that I doubt i will ever use but again they are to play with and nobody else wanted them). The raid itself was almost completely PUG with a few members knowing each other and the run itself was pretty drama free in terms of the group itself as all players were up to snuff and very pacient as we trucked along to down KT. So why have I made a post about PUGing if everything went so well? Well its the social part of the PUG that was my issue with the run and it wasn't so much fustration with the raid itself but more of one with the guys running it and the vent they used. The leads were nice enough guys and perhaps that was a bit of the problem.

I made the mistake of raiding with a headache but I was all by myself today and planned to take full advantage of that fact so I sucked it up and ran my run. Now my problem with the socail in this group was the constant chatter of a lower leveled guildy of the raid leads butting into our raid chanel and never shutting his trap the entire run. Now let me break this down for you valued reader (i know somebdoy has to read this stuff). First as we all log into vent the gemtleman welcomes himself into the channel and procceds to not do this only once but under several different names as to cause painfully loud feedback to all those in the channel. This contnued for a while and at the time it at least seemed like this was a consern to the raid leads as they quicky began to try and figure out which people where his (hard to do because many people do not use the name of the toon they are playing in vent so its kinda hard to know who the hell is who). They failed to shut him out but he left on his own taking the loud noises with him and all was fine for a while. As we got further in he did feel the need to return and give updates on his progress to 80 though only 2 people in the vent actually would have even cared enough to want to know how he was doing. Again though this was irriating it was not a huge problem. His activity really picked up however when another fairly annoying gent joined our raid to replace someone and began to chat with the guy and brag about how far he was in ulduar as we ran into problems with trash in arachnid wing. Now as the late mention warrior was a pain to listen to at least he was IN the raid and some of the time the things out of his mouth actually pretanded to the situation at had the other "genius" began making his own quips in random areas and sometimes in areas were he seriously could have messed us up.

Now this is by no means the first time I have had to deal with this but the guy was REALLY loud and with my headache getting worse from hours of sitting in this raid it really began to grate on my nerves. By the time we reached Sath and get ready to pull he even starts yelling in vent he wasn't ready almost confusing the entire raid. I am sorry but if about 85% of the raid dont know each other's voices it becomes hard enough to tell wahts going on without some ass adding to the complexity of the situation by throwing a new unknown person into the mix in which you have no idea who he is. We then have a bit of troiuble with people dying on the frozen bastard of a dragon and though I can not say for certain if he was at fault I am sure it didn't help with people's focus during the fight.

Nerd rage began to kick in on KT and the warrior semi flashing the raid with his e-peen also pushes my last nerve as we wipe twice on KT before downing him tearing down raid members ired from the long haul for mistakse that can happen when you are tired and a little too focused to get done and yelling at our melee for being frozen when the majority of our dps was melee (not smart for KT but I was not the one in charge). I have to comend them for not freezing him along with each other with that kind of crowding. This is not the end of the problems with the vent durning the fight. Not only is the warrior basically taking over the vent bossing people around but he and the raid leads began talking about the more random things when vent should be clear so we can cut down on ussless deaths. That at the end of the day was about my breaking point and raises a intersting question for a PUGer.

When exactly is a PUG a BAD PUG? Its very obvious when the group cant even get in the door without about 10 wipes on trash in the first room or numbers look WAY to low for the people there or your raid lead is wearing greens, but is it a BAD run when you have this kind of organization issues in raid communications? Yes we had a good group of people in the PUG but we even had issues with buffing because people couldn't even hear what others needed as the vent was practically unuseable the majority of the run for useless chatter. The run itself ran probably about 2 hours longer than it would have with clear channels and communication as many wipes probably could have been avoided. For all the chatter going on I would have been about as well off not in the vent at all rather than getting irriated at the loud nonsense asaulting my ears. Even without the headache I would have seriously thought about leaving the PUG even though thing were still going fairly well. Had the group be a slight bit worse or not done as well in the early wings I dont think I would have been alone in wanting to get out at that point. Its a bit irresponsible to not control your raid's communication channels like that. Its irritating enough to deal with overly chatty raid members as is when they talk about random things in important areas but to have a guildy disrepect the raid itself because he couldnt "go" is way worse. WoW is a socail game. I might be thinking a bit much of the people that play but at some point you have to realize there are things you should and shouldnt do social situations. Perhaps i just expect too much from people. After all most act like this in there everyday life its just a bit more over the top in the virtual world I suppose.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Low Time


So its been a while since I've posted here and with good reason. Nothing of interest to me to write about is happening at present. Been running Naxx 10 with guild with mixed results thought mostly positive but at current I have seen no reason to post about that. I haven't run anything for myself in about 2 weeks now, not playing low level alts at the present since (I'd rather wait for 3.2 to get the new mount pricing) and am just starting to bring Tytanya back into action. Is this saying I am bored with WoW. By no means there is just nothing pressing for me to write about, however I need to keep the habit up so lets see what I can scrounge up.

Patch 3.2

Overall this patch is mostly a disapointment to me but rather than spend weeks bad mouthing the changes here I am more interested in waiting to see what happens when things hit the live servers. Many things make little sense to me and at the moment seem to be making an easy game even MORE easy. Lowing mount costs yet again ticked me off more than the first time they did it but thats more killed my desire to work on alts than anything and if you think about it isnt really gonna make anything that much easier as people still have to earn the gold to get the mounts even if it is cheaper and at level 20. My hopes for beast mastery changes are dying pretty fast as the only changes coming are the very things that get us nerfed in the first place, buffing the pet more. Ret changes have me a little more happy as that pain in the ass Seal of Blodd is going bye bye and Seal of Command and Coruption are getting buffs as well as some changes to our mechanics that I am eager to see in action. There are some healing changes I haven't been playing a ton of attention to that I plan to look into soon. There are more mounts for me to work on getting Edy and more small pets to drool over. Blah blah blah. I am really just not that concerned with whats in the patch currently like I was in 3.1.

Guild Raiding

Since we started Naxx 10 as a guild weeks ago I have been pretty pleased with over all performance but that performance has a few kinks in it. As a whole dps is rather low but is being offset by me running Edy in her raid spec and 3k to 3.8k dps definately pulls up dps numbers to about where they should be in there. That sadly is my problem. There hasn't been any change in the people consistantly doing low numbers and it has nothing to do with the fact until last week we were only downing spider and nobody would try for later in the week to get more down. Naxx 10 gear is pretty equal to heroic gear however I haven't seen the low numbers doing there heroic homework either to improve their numbers and hinting they need to seems to not be working. So what to do? Well Ty needs gear and is very Naxx ready for dps and ok for healing (I have done both on her before) so I am thinking its time for people to see for once where they REALLY are and take Ed out of the equation.

Well there is your update. Other than being sad I could never get my worgen pet and never will there is only the same shit on a different day. Here's hoping things pick up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Quest for Happy (or) "My Dog's Name is Woofles"


"Hello Edy where the heck have you been?"

I been doin' dis and dat. Lil' Ulduar. Lil' guild drama. Lil' achievementing. Lil' soul searchin' and rescued a stray puppy.

Whats this? What kinda damn answer was that? Well dear reader Edy has been bustin' her ass and having her calm tested for the last few days. Lets start with raiding. This past Wednesday your girl was back in the cold gates of ulduar taking in the sights and busting an arrow in many an iron dwarf. Managed to down 3 bosses that night but I had to come to a very painful crossroads and had to make an admition to myself that BM, as much as I love it and always will, was not going to put out the numbers I need to be truly completely raid useful to the people I run with. I also had to admit it wasn't fair to the people I run with to not try and fix that. Solution. I went back to that damned SV tree and by God this time it works. I dont know what I was doing wrong first time that was killing my dps. Exact same rotation. Spec isn't that much different just a point or two moved around. Either way it works and even if i fuck up my rotation timing a bit I still maintain 3k dps pretty easy. Its about time that Dual spec paid off for Edy, and now as BM/SV I can easily have my utility when I need it in a pet tank and put out the big numbers when I have to. I used our second ulduar day as my testing ground and the change was very clear and I must say makes me feel good to not feel like the dead weight in the run.

Now in the days between some guild drama went down and we lost 2 more members (one of which I could kiss for leaving) to a guild supposedly wanting to help us progress in the end game. Over all the course of this infection in M.A.S. I have become somewhat jaded as to caring what people what to do or dont want to do. That said however I personally have had to deal with tons of drama I sure as hell want nothing to do with as well as revolations that certain members feel there is an elitest mindset in M.A.S. itself. I was not aware pulling favors with a guild I have become good friends with over time to try and get some folks some experience and gear (folks might I add have put forth effort to progress on their own anyway) was being an elitest. I have never been a recruiter as I dont like people in general so I work with what I have aquired over time to help those that have shown the desire to do something for themselves. That however limits my ability to help but in no way makes me an elitest. I am not in charge of these runs but whatever I wont rant about that any longer it gives me a headache and really does nothing to make me want to interact with the guild I truly love.

Now I have been in flux trying to find my happy place in game again. I love instancing and raiding its where I feel I shine and even though the fights dont really change alot split second flubs/choices make for fun times for me when I have to test my skills in my class. The fact BM is so far behind MM/SV the last weeks I have been having a hard time with that happy. I had even reached the point i didnt even want to raid anymore. SV has given me that little bit of piece of mind back. I dont love it but its more fun that it was the first time I tried and as such I think I think can deal with it until blizzard can (if ever) fixes my beloved BM tree. Also in my quest for happy I have sadly found my self distancing myself from the guild I love so much. I think I have just gotten too used to running with people that are where I am in terms of skill I just really haven't felt like dealing with short tempers on learning runs, trying to teach lil' role things that should be known before reaching this level, lack of commitment, and the shooting star syndron a few get telling them to reach further and faster than they really have the ability to. I do admit fault and I could probably more to show but I honestly have no desire to explain every single aspect of everything. I am not a leader by desire. I wont be the person teaching do this this and this to explode the charts cause I dont know that kind of stuff myself well enough to teach anybody. I can only find my happy and move from there. Its a work in process.

Lastly I picked up a stray in my transition to SV raiding. His name is Woofles and anybody that is a fan of the comic Squee you will know where I got the name and he is a good puppy so far. Snuggles probably isn't keen on having to share my attention but honestly I dont have the heart to have him die all the time in raids when I am SV and also that boost from Woofles' howl makes for a nice boost. I might end up being all snuggles all the time again over time but I think my Snuggle-butt has earned his little vacation. Maybe I wil test he waters with Snuggles in our Naxx 10 attempt tonight.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Beastly

Well this weekend nothing much really happened. Once again no tiger from that bastard of a troll but I will not admit defeat yet. Green proto drake is still hiding from me. Got stuck in a failed Naxx 25 and didnt do much other raiding. Then to top things off I still cant get my stupid Battle Bot. All bitching aside though I am rather happy this week. For starters even though that Naxx 25 was a fail boat filled with the bottom rungs of top guilds on D-spine I got the one thing I abosolutely lusted after but had resigned myself to not seeing. The sexy Arrowsong is mine and I one very pleased Ed! *cough* Sorry about that....anyway its not so much I needed it. I wanted it because honestly every stat was better for BM and god knows I needed the hit since am seriously tied down in what I can do since if I lose hit from any single thing I have it on I will drop to just above 7% which is below the hit cap for me (I do wanna actually wear my T 8.5 pants at some point after all). This brings some issues to my mind though and with the looming rumors of an impending BM hunter buff it leaves me with some questions as a raider that uses the spec. Where exactly do us beast masters belong in the raid world?

This question has been bouncing around for months now and seems to not be something Blizzaard has found a solid way of fixing. When the great hunter nerf of '09 stuck I dont think the Blizz folks really thought out just how hard us poor loyal BMers would be hit and bleed out. They took our steady shot and volley power which was....ok. Then to add salt to the wound they took out pets umph away. Now I understood the need for the steady and volley nerfs though i might not have liked them. Those affected all hunters and honestly with damage volley was dealing we had no need for any other move. The problem for the BM hunter comes with the fact that we have no other shots in tree to make up for this loss. I personally speced to get aim shot cause i think its a waste to use multi on a single target or for those cases you dont need to hit but one target in the middle of a grouped mob. The problem with that is that multi and aimed shot share the same cd so in reality i have no extra shots to work with. I have auto, steady, my stings, volley and arcane (which is a joke shot imo with the minimal damage it does) and my pet. In a raid this is a problem. At times I cant have my pet fighting because I need him alive to keep the little boost to my ap up (for example Heigan, as my pet also can die from the waves). Now since my pet is removed I effectively lost a desent amount of damage on that target putting me at a bit of a handicap in the numbers game. Now in previous posts I have pointed out I do pull my weight in raids thats never been an issue because whatever I lack in sheer killing power I make up for in spades with my ability to do the utility jobs I am usually asked to do in raids.

"Why not just go Survival?" I'm stubborn. I also completely fail at learning to control SV. I can do my utility stuff BM allows in my sleep where as SV I cant react because its not second nature to me. I could never feel comfortable in that spec and as such I will gladly take my knocks as the underdog beast master. BM wasnt exactly the raid spec when I started raiding at 70 either Marks was and I still took up the challenge to make it work. Why change now?

That said Blizz is still aware that BM is below where it needs to be. With the last patch hunters did get a buff in general as hunter's mark's damage was buffed by about 200 I believe and all ranged items 226 and up recieved stat buffs to make up for the lack of specialty arrows we had in the BC days. Then there was a buff to a Marks talent as well and thats fine and dandy, but how does that exactly help a BM hunter? We again begin to fall behind as our pets really recieve no boost from hunter's mark and personally the weapon buff has no effect on what i do for the mear fact I have a 213 bow that is the exact same as before this patch came. Mind you I am by no means saying these changes are not good its just not dealing with the problems plaguing BM. Blizz has been commenting on this as well and it leaves me to wonder what exactly CAN be done about it at all?

We got our pets back to just about what they were before the first nerf. So I dont think pet buffing is a fix. We still fall pray to the fact our pets are fragile things and if they die we loose alot so it wouldnt make sense to make a BM hunter live or die with their pet and if your pet cant help at all in that fight then you are even more stuck. We also run into the problem of letting the pet play for the hunter with anymore buff as well. So if you cant buff the pet they maybe the hunter? Now I am all for this but then we run into HOW to do this? Do we buff the amount of ap given from the pet? That could work and could probably be easily done but still leaves us a little too dependant on the pet though its not gonna be as bad as the pet doing the damage itself. Now we could also be given a shot of some sort or a buff to a talent that increases our steady shot or something. Since blizzard said they had no intention of completely overhauling any more classes at present giving us another buff built into an existing talent seems the only possible choice to buff the class. I dont even have any ideas on how they can do this but I sure its being covered since they finally acted on Marks after they saw no changes for a while. I stand really curious of the future of my spec in the lands of Azeroth. Until we see some changes i can only do what I do best and thats take my cat, my spec and pwn some face in a no so direct manner.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wonder If I Should Spec Into Elbow Grease?

Strange title yes? Leaves you wondering "WTF is she talking about?". Well let me explain. Two days ago a mage in the guild hit 80 and immediately starts trying to raid. Prior to this he had also been bugging us about promotions and why we don't raid more but considering he was the kind of guy that really didn't do much guild wise (not that expect alot out of guildies we are more of a do what you can with or without us kinda group cause of numbers) I saw this as a sign he was getting ready to bail (boohoo) and even told my GM as much in a convo with him. At the time the mage in question was about 78 and had just made the tell tale statement to us in G chat "I was wondering why you guys dont raid more" we explain, "Oh well I been asked to join some other guilds but I have no intention of leaving you guys are the shit." Having heard this on a number of occasions as with one troll priest that leveled to 80 in our guild I now translate statements like that as:

Party in question: So you guys dont raid much....this other guild does and they will hold my hand and give me epics and I dont have to do anything but be there. Maybe I will hang around to see how much I can get out of you suckers before I haul ass.

At the end of this "talk" I call him leaving somewhere between a week to two weeks tops for "greener pastures". Surprise, surprise when I log in yesterday and get a whisper "that mage left" from an elder guildie. His reason? "I met this guild they say they can carry me through raids to get geared, I want my T8. Peace" /gquit. My rebuttal? Boohoo. I'll be honest I never liked the guy. Always bragged about what gear he had on a toon that we never seen before cause his account was "hacked" and its really hard to like a guy that has to constantly flash his e-peen at people that could give a good fart about what had. From the time he joined all he did was ask for 70 runs because he didnt have wrath yet. Not that this was an issue it was mearly annoying and kinda gave some insight into his mindset, at least to myself. His lack of knowledge, despite what his grand posturing might have implied became apparent once he got wrath and started in northrend. He constantly asked about stats that any mage should have known by that point if it was actually something they worked to get.

What am I getting at and what does it have to do with my title? It's simple. Wonder if I should spec into elbow grease = (in game terms) should I do my own work or should I make others do it for me? Why should I put out the effort when I can just bug the tar out of somebody else to do the work for me? Why should I have to know anything about what I am doing?

This pisses me off honestly. I am the kind of person that when I started I loved figuring out how to do things on my own. It wasn't because I wanted to persay, but more because even though I had friends that played when I started I'd rather do it on my own than depend on them and get under foot. I had help but it wasn't often. I did/do guild runs but if its something I want I can just suck it up and get it myself in a PUG or something even though I might be fustrated to no end by shear stupidity and nerd rage. But thats fine. That just makes everything I have done and gained to this point more special to me because "I" did it myself. I might not be the best in my class or the tops of the charts but I do what I do damn well because I learned it by trial by fire. I dont have to ask which piece of gear is better for me and my spec because as I leveled I learned by my own research what worked in theory and by actual use what worked for my play style. I honestly couldn't ask anybody about anything I do in guild because nobody does it. I am the top hunter and the one thats been doing it the longest so I dont have any of those to ask. I am really the only ret pally in guild (though we have 2 tanks that have it as an off-spec but that still doesnt make them ret in my opinion) so again I have been on my own with that, and even with my holy spec I ask for tips rarely because its better if I learn it on my own.

I can't understand this "I need others to do for me" kind of mentality and actually find it to be a bit of a slap in my face. Why should I carry you your first time? Nobody carried me ( and most of the time nobody carried the others in the group either or they woulnt have the skill to carry you (also my opinion)) and as such I shouldn't have to carry you. Why do my work then do yours too? What the hell is in it for me? So you got gear? Then what? You still dont know how to use it. What use are you to me then? Just another geared placeholder thats gonna get angry cause when we are fianlly all the same "level" you still will be being carried but nobody will be able to and you will become "that guy" they wonder why they brought.

Now as much as I would like to appologize to those this offends, I refuse. This is how I feel and if you dont like it maybe you should think about WHY this makes you angry. I dont recall anywhere in this game or its contract where it says I have to spoon feed anybody anything. If you put forth the effort its more enjoyable (at least to me but excuse me for thinking I'm rational). Does this apply to every case? No. I am viewing this in respect to main toons, extras are a whole different kettle of fish. Am I just bitter cause nobody carried me? No and I have recieved my share of help dont get me wrong but I value my work and pain. I prize the elbow grease that went into Edy. I just dont understand how somebody can expect or WANT to be carried. Whats the point of playing a game if you dont, you know, PLAY?

Monday, June 8, 2009

But Hey I'm Not a "REAL" Hacker

A'ight people this article is a few days old but its something that bugs the hell out of me and I thought I would share it here (not that as many people read this as read wow.com....um if anybody is reading at all). First off before I spit my fury about this article I would like to say I got all my goods back Saturday many days sooner than I was expecting, but I digress.

A few days ago wow.com had a story about one of the editor's friends being scammed in game as a warning to those in Azeroth to be wary of "blood elves selling mounts". We all seen people selling this stuff in game and yes one should always assume this is shaddy but none the less there are people that actually do wanna trade codes and what not for game gold (clearing the water here as I do sympathize with what has happened to these people as a result of scammers). A while later we get another article about said story except its from a very strange stand point albeit an interesting if not infuriating one. The author of the previously mention "blood elves" tale happens upon the very scammer mentioned that got her friend and proceeds to interview him in game.

Now I wont get into the particulars of the interview as you have eyes and can read it yourself. Nothing was said I wasn't expecting. The usual "people are stupid" comments one comes to expect from somebody justifying their actions. No earth shattering reason surfaced like some strange Robin Hood complex or something. The guy admits he does it for the money and in a way, though I don't agree, I do somewhat respect that he is willing to say that flat out (personally would have said something more outlandish but that's me). I however lose my shit when I see "Nah, I don't screw with their gear or anything. I get gold, mats, and gone. I could turn into a real hacker: delete characters, items, transfer servers, but nah. And gold and mats can get restored within hours." This ass actually had the balls to try and make himself seem like a "good" hacker.

"What's that you say?

I stole your account took your money and sold yout off items but only the ones didn't seem like you would use?

But I left you your regular gear and I didn't delete you characters or anything just, you know, made your pockets and bags a little lighter.

Not like I am a 'real' hacker.

I do have a heart.

I just taught you a life lesson that's all."

So just cause you didn't make it as hard as possible to get the stuff back for the person you hacked you are not a "real" hacker? If I said something that damn stupid I would slap the shit out of my own self for ever thining it. Last I checked if you do not have permission nor have you been given express access to an account or system and you FORCE your way in, harm or no harm, you are a H A C K E R. If you break in just to move an item to say "i am here" you are a hacker. If you willfully remove the rightful owner from his/her account and mess with /sell/ delete their stuff its all the damn same you are a GD hacker get over yourself.

Now that made me angry but I wasn't boiling yet. No friends I hit my boiling point when I saw how many asstards (hmm I seem to be losing my ability to come up with actual valid words but do bare with me) basically spouting the same nonsense as this scum in the article. "You got what you deserved! Idiots should be hacked!" So the wow community as a whole is telling me that they are perfect? That they though maybe not in such a shady manner been talked into doing something stupid in a momentary laps of judgement? Am I to believe that the "good" people of Azeroth are such large elitist jock straps that they can't remember a time when they weren't as savy to the ways of the internet? I don't care who the hell you are or how it happens it still hurts when you get something you worked hard for taken away. That "you are stupid bend over and take it" bs will not fly. I can not and WILL NOT understand it. Sooner or later it will happen to them as their bravado, in my opinion, is nothing but show. Everybody fucks up there is no reason to be cruel about it.

(deep breath)

That said I am happy people spoke up in this article much sooner than in the previous one about statements such as the one that turned up the fire of my hatred. Its bad enough that somebody gets hacked they dont need a whole lot of "U R TARD U GOT WAT U DSERV". I must also mention how saddened I was by the hand full of people also, like our friendly neighbourhood con-artist, felt the need to justify to the wow.com community that they only bought gold from the legit gold farmers. One guy even went so far as to say he got he guy be buys his from to send him a screen shot and it was a chinese system. This same guy was also probably one of the ones pointing fingers and proclaiming "you are stupid" from the mountain tops where he seems so pure and unhindered by the wow novice. You say these things because you need to feel like you did nothing wrong. Its been eating at your thoughts "well what if it WAS that guy in that story that did that terrible thing and stole that gold? What if I get hacked cause bought gold?....but that could never happen. The little asians love me." And to that the ridiculed could say you TOO are asking for it sir or madam, then they too could scream you are stupid from the tops of the mountains. They would have every right to. Because in a way you are worse than the guy that did steal the gold and sell it to you. He knows he is doing it and admits it though maybe not like we would like him to (or him to pay a price for it but honestly what can you do longterm?). He may have said he wasn't a "real" hacker but he never said he didn't hack. He never said he didn't steal to sell it. He didn't lie and say he saw the light and is suddenly hit with the weight of guilt of the masses he has left in despair. To him this is business and he has no problems with it. At least one of half of this tag team of moral destroyers understands his role and freely admits it (though colorfully). The other half is just as bad if not worse. Denial is ugly and dangerous. Remember that next time you visit your friendly gold seller. Remember to check your pockets when you leave as well.

....not that, you know, they aren't "honest". After all the little asians love you.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Volated

Well those of you that know me personally know I was hacked this past Wednesday briefly. I was attacked while I was online and checked my email so I basically watched as every attempt I made to stop the attack failed and my account was transferred into the hands of a person I will probably never even cross paths with again in life. Surprisingly as much as I value Edy in particular and the thought of ever loosing her terrifies me that wasn't my first concern. It was M.A.S. and the fact due to certain factors I had no way to tell anybody that the person touching Edy wasn't me. Since I was online when I kicked and violated however I had been chatting so my guild members were being chatty with me, in particular Ruhtra was whispering thinking that it was me as well and I think that probably saved some of my stuff as well as the guild which the guy was apparently about to help himself to before he was spooked. My damages are a bit all over the place with all my gold gone and various items missing like my one-handers on Edy and my tank shield and sword on Ty but strangely no other gear missing on her considering he could have simply disenchanted it all (meaning two sets of armor with half a tanking set) and left my pally with nothing. Edy's gear was equally disposable with the fact I mainly use raid gear that isnt tier so it can simply be sold off.

None of that really matters though. I put off typing this cause I wanted to understand how it was I truly felt about the whole situation before I tried to put it in words. Strangly while I am hurt and I feel violated I feel more sad that there is a need for people to do this type of things to other players rather than actual anger. Yes I was extremely angry after the hour it took to get my account back (though not with Blizzard as even though 30 minutes of that time was me on hold they did get me my account back in a matter of minutes and helped me set up my security things again). I would have been even more angry if anything had happened to the guild as a result of my compromize. I don't always get along with everybody in M.A.S. and I might get tired of certain treatment and even want to leave from time to time but they are my family and to think my babies could be used to do harm under no control of my own really grinds my damn gears. After that was the surreal feeling of looking to see what was different and missing. Money was obvious right off but it was the picking through my bags and banks that really made it all sink in. I dont think it was even real to me until I ended up at a flight point and realized I didn't even have the gold to fly to Dalaran. That hurt. Then to see my 2 favorite swords were gone hurt even worse. It's not like I need them to play Edy as I have a polearm that is much better its more the fact it took me so long to get them. I never see them drop and the only times I have were the times I got them and the effort that went into that made that hurt much more than losing all my gold. I have spent and earned so much gold I can't imagine how much I have had since I started. Thinking about it in the hours and day following this happening to me I was probably more angry when it happened to Eus.

Now I didn't realize I felt as upset about the whole thing as I did later that night. Running Naxx for money and praying we didn't wipe cause I couldn't afford repairs (I had just finished my dailies right before) and most profoundly not wanting to log off at all. I was scared to. I had run every scan I had at least 3 times at this point so I knew everything bad was gone and no signs of any other problems came up or have since its just I was terrified that I would log off and come back to find everything gone. I am not sure I could play this again if I lost Edy for good.

Now the best I can figure is I somehow got into a bad site that got my info as nothing came up on my scans. I check my addresses dont get me wrong but it could have been as simple as one missed letter in an address. Shit happens and nobody is perfect. This wouldn't be a problem however without the damn need for gold sellers in the first place. Let's just be honest here we all know thats the prime reason to hack somebody's account and rape them like this. I have never supported nor will I ever support gold selling. I think its stupid. This is an online game and if you are too fucking lazy to make your own gold as easy as it is to in this game then you shouldn't be playing in the first damn place. It is not harmless. There is no garantee the people you buy it from are earning it the ways you are too lazy to do your damn self. I say assume the worse before you do buy gold. Assume its your best friend you had no idea was playing the game that just got hacked so you could be lazy. Assume its a 10 year old kid or some housewife that does this as a hobby. Assume its the guy that's been playing the game from the start that just made a wrong click or something and system gets jacked right from under him. Assume the gold you are paying real world money for has just been stolen right out of your own pocket and you are about to lose everything you hold dear in this game. Don't just tell yourself some poor overworked asian is making your money for you. Then stop yourself. Proceed to stand in front of a baseball launcher and get hit square in the nuts for ever buying/thinking of buying gold. If they didn't have a fucking market they wouldn't have a need to do this to people trying to enjoy their virtual lives.

Hmm the fact that my blood is now boiling after saying that part I suppose I really am angry after all.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hmm to Feral or ....


I been kinda quiet in the lands of Azeroth for a little bit now that my anime habit is back in full force. I think Edy needed a little personal time and with as much as she has been up to I am sure she would agree. Now something I have been wanting to talk about for a while now are the new druid forms for cat and bear and I guess what I think about them. So far I am in love with what I see. Taurens are finally getting some improvement over that damned mangy thing they called our cat form and the new kitty is something I am pleased with. Seriously its like they found the sickliest lion in the zoo and taped some horns to the poor thing. The new catcow is definately a huge improvement over the ribs showing stragly furred ancestor. Of course this leaves me with a bit of a question as to what I am gonna do with lil Annie-o as I get back into lvling her. She will be a healer for sure but it might not be a bad idea to dual spec and keep a feral tree I can tweak for tanking and dps as needed. We no longer have a druid tank and honestly looking at the bear makes me wanna tank just cause its so sexy. Anyway time will tell as 3.2 is a long way away. I can only hope my hunter life also improves for my beloved Beast Mastery tree to make my happy complete.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Moment of Reflection

Yesterday was a sad day in news for one of the more troubled athletes in sports today. Mike Tyson is a monster of a fighter and a man and has left his mark of the sport I love with his highs and lows and he has left his mark on our popular culture for better or worse. My heart goes out to the man however in his time of lose. I don't have any children but I couldn't imagine the pain a parent feels at the loss of a child especially one as young as Tyson's daughter and in such a freak accident. I just wanna take a moment to honor a young light blown out too soon. Its the times like this that make you realize how unimportant those kinds of things are in the grand scheme of things.
My heart and thoughts go out to the Tyson family.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Groove Tree


It's very very rare that the alliance have something that I want. Lucky for me they are mostly things I can have on my horde hunter (though that stupid Zulian Tiger eludes me to no end). Yesterday I got one of those things in the form of the Teldrassil Sprouting and by god if it isn't the coolest small pet I have. He sleeps and dances (but mostly sleeps) and is probably the cutest pet I have seen in this game. Like I said before its the little things in this game that make it worth all the work for me. This little guy definately fits that definition for Edy to a Tee.

Also mini Eus makes a great addition to the cute.