Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- Rawrcast - I realize I'm a bit late to the party on this one. I've heard about it plenty of times before but never checked it out until now. After only 15 minutes into it I realized that I have been missing out. It combines good production value with articulate, knowledgeable, and hilarious hosts. The discussion straddles the line between informative and entertaining perfectly. This is one that will not only be added into my regular listening routine, but I also plan to download back episodes and listen to them. I can't recommend it enough. In a ripoff of The Movielicious I give it a Woot! (this podcast does have an explicit rating, but as far as I can tell it is just for judicious use of expletives)
- Ctrl Alt WoW - I'm a bit on the fence on this one. The upsides are that it is deliciously long, all their episodes are in the 2 to 2 1/2 hour area and I am of the opinion that longer is better. I also think that the combination of hosts provides a variety of perspectives as a couple of them are hardcore raiders and one is an avid altaholic and multi-boxer who has mastered the leveling game, but doesn't really have a clue about end game. While there was discussion of news items they spent a long time just discussing what they were doing in game. I think that this is a show that you listen to more for the personalities than the content. The fact that I only listened to one episode combined with the sheer amount of hosts that they have makes it so that I feel that I don't really have a firm grasp on what I like or don't like about the hosts. This falls under the category of wait and see. I will stay subscribed for a couple of weeks and sees if it grows on me.
- CASTaclysm - This podcast, while only 8 episodes old, is enormously entertaining. It focuses on Cataclysm information and speculation. The hosts had me laughing out loud which is always a good sign. Once the beta comes out I predict that this will be great place to hear and discuss all the information coming out of the beta if you are not lucky enough to get a beta key. I will definitely be subscribing and listening to all the back episodes to hold me over until a new one is released.
- The Instance - probably the most successful WoW podcast. It's not my favorite anymore, but its still a must listen in my opinion.
- Call To Auction - a fairly new find for me, this podcast talks about making gold in WoW. Even if your not a gold capping kind of person you can still learn a few things and the hosts are pretty entertaining too.
- WoW Insider Show - most people are probably aware of the shake up they have had recently. The podcast has definitely gone down in quality since Sacco and Turpster left, but they do seem aware of the problem and are making some changes to improve it. I'm holding out hope that these newest changes will be for the best and haven't dropped them yet.
- Twisted Nether Blogcast! - I can't express how much I love this show. Great interviews that inspire me to keep blogging + great hosts + wonderfully long = EPIC!
- Polygamerous - A general gaming podcast. I'm a one game kind of woman but its generally entertaining and fills the void when I run out of podcasts to listen to.
- The Incredible Podcast of Amazing Awesomeness - Honestly I have no idea what this podcast is supposed to be about and neither do the hosts, but it doesn't matter. I listen to get my fix of Sacco and Turpster. It's good to hear them podcasting again.
- The Movielicious - A movie review podcast. I actually have no interest in movies at all, but I get very excited when an new episode is put out. It features Turpster, Nichole Spag, and most importantly, Patrick from France. The WoW community misses Patrick but you can get your fix here.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Personally I have no interest in buying these items. Would I take them if you would like to give them to me for free, hell yes, but obviously there are plenty of others who think differently. When I logged on the day of its release I immediately saw four My Little Ponies crossed with Algalon, uhh, I mean four Celestial Steeds, hanging out in Dalaran. I think that this is a brilliant move by Blizzard and on the whole is well received by the community. I do understand the slippery slope concerns but I'm not going to start QQ-ing about it until they ever, god forbid, do sell things like gear for real money.
My only gripe with it is that everything they sell on the store so far is bordering on the ridiculous. Pandaren monks and celestial flying horses, while cool, really jolt me out of the immersion experience. To be fair there are items in game that could be said to break the so called fourth wall, like the little bombling pet for example, but it is the obnoxious quality of the items being sold coupled with the fact that I am completely aware that that person purchased that pet or mount that really breaks the immersion for me. Don't misunderstand, I am not against Blizzard making a quick couple million bucks on these things, hey its more money to put into Cataclysm development. I just am pointing out that the items really make me think about business and money when I see them, rather than about Warcraft. Do any of you feel the same?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
- elementals; motes, eternals, crystallized, primals, etc
- low level gems
- pearls of all kinds used in crafting
- meat and fish, presumably used by people leveling cooking for alts who can't be bothered to farm it
- low level cloth
- items that can be turned in for reputation with various factions
- Northrend herbs that I never used in my alchemy, to my surprise I was able to sell Talandra's Rose, which I never have a use for, for 40g a stack
Even if you find things that you think are crap wait and see what it is going for on the AH before you toss it. Particularly lower level items can go for surprising amounts of gold as 1) not many people are in that content right now so supply is low and 2) people would rather pay obscene amounts for things their alts need rather than farm it themselves. Even if you don't make the kind of bank I did you'll at least free up some storage space.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Haste and Crit
Currently HoTs and DoTs are only affected by haste if you choose to use a glyph that applies haste to a particular spell. This glyph then causes your haste to decrease the time between ticks, thus doing more damage or healing in a shorter amount of time, but causing it to fall off more quickly. Now all Hots and Dots will always be affected by haste, but the spell will always last its full duration, haste will instead add additional ticks within the original duration of the spell. This will make haste an even more desirable stat.
Along with the haste changes all HoTs and DoTs will no longer be able to be clipped. I think there is a lot of confusion about this change. How I believe it will work is this; say you have a HoT/DoT that lasts 20 seconds, there is currently 4 seconds left on its duration and you recast the spell. The HoT/DoT now adds 20-4 seconds (16) to the duration, resetting it to 20 seconds, not 24 seconds thus preventing spamming a spell at the beginning of the fight and having it last for a ridiculous duration which is how many were reading the explanation.
Crit will now innately be applicable to all HoTs and DoTs, previously you had to take talents to allow your HoTs and Dots to crit. This is a very welcome change and should make Crit more appealing to all classes, Restoration druids especially.
The Low Level Experience
Blizzard is planning some very welcome tweaks to the low level experience. Among them is hunters will start at level 1 with a pet and have some melee abilities removed. Enhancement shamans will get a new weapon based attack, letting them feel less like bad elemental shaman while at low levels. Shadow priests will be getting some strange floating shadowy orbs things which is particularly to allow shadow priests to feel like shadow priests before they get shadow form. I really applaud these changes, playing your character should be fun from the beginning, not only after you have ground through the crap levels. These changes combined with redesigned zones has me very excited to roll a new character and really enjoy the leveling experience again.
Buffs and Debuffs
There are many changes to buffs, and a fair amount of class homogenization going on, like mages getting Heroism/Bloodlust like skill. There is some QQ about this, but in the grand scheme of things I think it will be good. All spirit buffs are also being removed as spirit is a healer only stat. The biggest change is that all buffs or debuffs that increase your party's chance to hit are being removed. I welcome this change as it will mean that you always know what your hit cap is as it is not dependent on your group composition. I also anticipate having to spend significant more effort reaching the hit cap, which we might expect will help to keep runaway dps down at higher gear levels.
Many classes, like the hunter's ability to set traps at range, make it clear that Blizzard is intent of bringing back CC. Good luck with that. It doesn't matter how many tools we have to CC, we won't do it unless we are going to wipe if we don't. I will be very interested to see if Blizzard can manage to put crowd control back in the game.
All this information overload has had the effect of making me positively giddy with anticipation of the beta when we can dive headlong into even more wild speculation about how game play will change come Cataclysm.
Oh ya, SAVE THE TREES!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Ghostcrawler goes on to say that Tree form just doesn't seem to really do anything besides change your art, the buffs it provides to healing can easily be rebalanced and put in other places. My response is, so what? Moonkin form simply provides buffs and changes your art. The same for cat and bear form, a cat is rogue except its not, precisely because it is a cat. Druids are shape shifters. Period. The end. SAVE THE TREES!
If you feel similarly please head over to the forums and post a well written, well thought out, and polite post to encourage Blizzard to change their minds. I promise that this is my last QQ for a while. Next time I'll talk about all the things that were awesome in the class previews.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
1). It is against the Terms of Service.
2). Accumulating gold is part of the challenge of the game. Buying gold is like using a bot to level, somehow inventing roll hacks, or taking advantage of an exploit that makes the game easier. Plus gold is not hard to get, seriously people, how lazy/stupid can you be?
3). The most important reason not to buy gold is that the gold you are getting BELONGS TO SOMEONE ELSE. Your bought gold was stolen from someone who got thier account hacked, someone whom presumably earned it legitimately.
Aside from this you can get your account banned and then your gold won't do you a lot of good. If getting gold is such a burden then you probably really don't enjoy playing WoW anyway. I'm sorry if this comes off as a bit of a rant, but this topic really makes my blood boil. So the lessons are buy an authenticator and don't buy gold!
Monday, April 5, 2010
1 box penne pasta (really anything you have around is fine)
40-60 frozen pre-cooked shrimp
1 lb smoked bacon
1 large red onion
3 cloves garlic
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup white wine
1 egg yolk
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Cajun seasoning to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions. Chop up bacon and fry in large skillet, when done remove bacon with a slotted spoon leaving the grease in the pan. Saute chopped onion and shrimp (make sure to take the tails off) in bacon fat and add minced garlic just as the onions are finishing, be careful burned garlic tastes disgusting. Deglaze pan with wine making sure to stir up all the bits on the bottom then add frozen peas and keep over low heat until cooked, just a couple of minutes.
Put one egg yolk in a small bowl. Take a ladle full of the boiling pasta water and slowly pour it into your egg yolk bowl, beating continuously, this process is called tempering so your egg isn't scrambled. Drain pasta, return it to the hot pot, then pour egg mixture over it, followed by your shrimp mixture, add the bacon, and seasoning, and finally the Parmesan. Hold off on adding salt until you add the cheese as cheese is naturally salty. Enjoy! and did I mention Go Bulldogs!
Friday, April 2, 2010
- Purchase a Kirin Tor ring. You don't have to upgrade it the latest version, but just having it will allow you to teleport to Dalaran, giving you instant access to the city portals and allowing you to set your hearthstone where you are currently questing.
- Purchase a Traveler's Tundra Mammoth. The ability to be able to repair and vendor items anywhere will give you a leg up while leveling.
- Obtain a pony for your argent squire, this will cost you 150 champions seals from the Argent Tournament dailies (remember them?). This will allow you remote access to either a vendor, your mail, or your bank once every 8 hours, something else that is useful for effective leveling.
- Purchase a personal guild bank for space to store all those new mats.
- Get all of your 80 characters secondary professions up. In Wrath cooking and fishing were very lucrative, especially in the beginning of the expansion. Make sure all of you characters are in a position to take advantage of this. Also picking up a Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole will make leveling easier. While Chef's Hat is nice fun item to pick up.
- Pick up heirloom gear for any alts you plan to roll come Cataclysm.
- If you are unlucky like me keep trying to get your Green Proto-Drake and Polar Bear as you probably will never go back and try to get them once Cataclysm hits.
- Finish any achievements you have had your eye on, particularly Loremaster.
There are some things that you might want to hold out on until we get PTR data. For example, I'm not purchasing my Traveler's Tundra Mammoth until the PTR is out in case there is a new, awesomer, similar mount coming in Cataclysm.