Friday, April 10, 2009

Here and Gone? We'll See...

I have not been able to dedicate the time I wanted to this blog. I recently left a large guild, and moved to a smaller one that I honestly am not sure is going to work out. I've spent a lot of time raiding and after taking a short break with my druid realized just how much time I had been... well, not wasting, but not spending on other more important real life priorities. I will probably run around on alts, but I don't think I'll be spending nearly as much time online as I have over the last year or so. I want to keep this blog, and one day come back to it when I've got my head on a bit straighter... but for now it'll be a bit more sporadic... hopefully if I come back to it I can take the time to write some real articles/guides/etc. =)

Thanks to those who read my random thoughts and have sent encouragement along the way... you will certainly still be read on a daily basis! =)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Food For Thought

Disclaimer... the below made me giggle, I do not, however, necessarily agree with it! =)

Quote of the day from the WoW forums:

"How to avoid bad pugs: Never play with people who show The Explorer, Challenger, or Jenkins."

I have none of these, I wonder if that makes me a good candidate for a pug... I admit I did gleefully display my Merrymaker title in January and Elder as well, I'm just a holiday loving kind of person... hopefully Champion Of The Frozen Wastes makes up for that? =P

Monday, April 6, 2009

Gogo Feral

I did it, I respecced Feral. =) I have been tired of raid healing on my druid and gemmed/enchanted all my offspec feral gear this weekend and respecced tonight. And I feel a bit relieved to be quite honest. Looking forward to running around and doing some group quests solo and see how much I can take on. It's been awhile so it'll take a little getting used to, especially with all the new talents, but it's a welcome change. More to follow... but it's late and I need bed! =)

Honest Scrap Bonus Edition

So I cheated and tagged a few people who had already been tagged in my original Honest Scrap Post... this will be the post in which I make up for that, and will probably be edited and added to on a daily basis.

To get things started I just discovered Arcane Asylum and Ultra's post on mages in OS had me literally laughing out loud. =P I was tempted to quote my favorite parts, but I'd hate to do that without his permission. Definitely worth a read!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Holy Productive Batman!

It's been a good day for the alts. My lock turned 70 and guess what little treat she got... Yep, Seed of Corruption, Woohoo! And my Shammy turned 75, right as she killed (well elemental healed, not half badly if I do say so myself) Mr. Herald Volazj in Old Kingdom. Lava Burst is now one of my hotkeys. I am a happy Altaholic. =P

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Honest Scrap

Oh Noes! I've been Tagged! Hehe, thanks Sylly at Rolling Hots!

This blog is rather new, and I've been in a bit of a rant mode so I hope I don't turn too many people off. I do have good days where I'm all shiny and chipper, I promise. =P

1. When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real.
2. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
3. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!

1 ) Done!

B ) Most of the blogs I read lately have been ones I've found through this game of tag... if I post someone who's already been tagged my apologies!

1 ~ Of Teeth and Claws has some of the best feral info out there. I'm 99% sure the blog is tagged somewhere but I haven't seen it so I'm claiming it as one of my 7! <3>

2 ~ TJ's blog speaks for itself, zombie shoes FTW. =)

3 ~ The Bubbley One has been tagged at least once, but I cannot get enough of her blog. I relate to her far too well and laugh much too hard at her posts not to list her here.

4 ~ Lissanna has a fairly new blog, Restokin. She has been a very active member in the WoW forums and it's really nice to be able to read her thoughts on a daily basis at her own site.

5 ~ Jess just makes me grin with her hunter posts... among my many alts I have, yes, a hunter. =)

6 ~ Phae may have given up Resto4Life, but she has a comic book blog for all the XMen fans out there... totally not WoW related but I think everyone else I read has been tagged and I needed something original!

7 ~ Sylly is getting the last spot here. I recently discovered Rolling Hots and am really enjoying it. And I know, I cheated, again. I'll try to see who else I can discover over the next few days and link them as well to make up for it. =)

iii ) 10 Things About Me...

1 ~ My first car was a Volvo 240 GL and I cried the day they took her away to the junk yard.

2 ~ My younger sister is my idol.

3 ~ My Tivo has not been hooked up properly for the last 2 months... I blame WoW.

4 ~ I love the smell of lilacs and daisies are my favorite flower. Forget the roses. =)

5 ~ I used to hate feet when I was younger, and now I have a bit of a foot fetish. =P

6 ~ I love Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup... I never in a million years would have guessed when I was a kid that I'd even try it, let alone enjoy it later in life.

7 ~ I may be getting cut down to 4 days a work instead of 5, and I pray I don't waste that day playing WoW. Seriously.

8 ~ I hate mornings so much that it only takes me 15 minutes to get ready for work... I need to make friends with a hairdryer and get a bigger shower. =)

9 ~ The one thing I really, really, really want when I have my own house is a HUGE bathtub.

10 ~ I make kickass chocolate chip cookies!

Furor = Resto... Really?!?!

~Rant ahead, don't say I didn't warn you... ~

I've done a lot of silly things over the last few years, so I'm not really one to talk, but I've got something on my mind and I have to get it out... no matter how crazy anyone might think I am. I leveled Resto... then went Feral... then went back to Resto. Let's just say I've been Resto more than I have been Feral, though I love both specs. Many classes in WoW have spells in certain trees that might benefit another spec in addition to it's own, which I think is fantastic. For example, Balance has several talents that give bonuses to Resto spells. Furor has always been in the Resto tree for as long as I can remember, though I didn't play until BC came out so it may have been in the Feral tree before that.

"Furor 5/5: Gives you 100% chance to gain 10 Rage when you shapeshift into Bear and Dire Bear Form, and you keep up to 100 of your Energy when you shapeshift into Cat Form, and increases your total Intellect while in Moonkin form by 10%."

Furor does absolutely NOTHING for a Resto druid. Nothing. Unless someone is fighting mobs in kitty/bear, and I mean come on, really, who does that? Unless maybe they're PVPing... then I guess I could understand, a little. But seriously... it's a talent that does nothing for the spec it's intended for. Bonus for Cat/Bear/Moonkin, but not a Tree, not even remotely healing related. Pretty stupid if you ask me. I realize the Feral and Balance trees are pretty crammed full of talents now, so I understand putting Furor in the Resto tree... it makes it easier for everyone to get OOC, which is great... but RESTO talents should have something to do with a Resto spec, no? Granted, I might not spend talents in it even if they made it beneficial to us... but wouldn't it be nice if all of the talents in our tree actually benefitted us in some way or another? How about giving us a 10% (or even 5%) bonus in intellect like it does for Moonkins, how hard would that be? I think Blizzard does a pretty decent job, to be quite honest, but they fail miserably on this one... despite the hundreds or even thousands of druids who keep asking why this talent even exists in our tree.

~Rant Over~

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ahhh, April Fool's!

Fantastic job WowI, seriously. =D Some people have picked up on the fact that it's a joke, but what really cracks me up is all the angry/frustrated/sad/worried posts where the posters obviously neglected to read the other posts that make it glaringly obvious that it's an April Fool's joke. Some people take life, and WoW, a little too seriously... myself included... it's always good to be reminded how important a sense of humor truly is. =)

PS... Link in white above, I have to get back to work and don't have time to change it at the moment!

Placing Blame

I have to admit, my guild is great about not solely blaming healers for things going wrong. When we wipe or cannot do something we look at all participants in the raid, not just the healers. I bring this up because I just read the following on another blog:

"I got into a PuG Naxx last night on my Warrior. I was very excited about Patchwerk even though we ended up not downing him due to healers letting tanks die."

Now, this may have been the case. The healers might have sucked ass. But in a fight where tanks are getting beaten on as hard as Patch hits you really need to take into account that maybe it's not the healers' fault... maybe the tanks aren't up to par (especially in a pug where people might not be as geared as they would in a regular guild run)... maybe, just maybe one is not defense capped, or has low parry/block/dodge... things to consider folks. =(

Fair Warning... Rants Below!

I love this blog tag deal people have going on. I have found some truly wonderful blogs that I, most likely, wouldn't have found otherwise. They're all listed in my Blog Links now. =) A few of them are informative but a bit cynical... right down my alley... and they've got me thinking lately. My main is a resto druid, whom I love dearly, but I am so tired. Tired of healing, tired of raiding, tired of limitations on what my alts are allowed to raid/pug when they are never used in our regular 25mans... Tired of WoW in general aside from my alts. Miss Elf posted a while back about DPS who think their jobs are harder than ours. All we have to do is sit and watch green health bars and heal. DPS who say their jobs are harder than ours (who I used to try to empathize with) can die in a fire right now. ALL of our jobs are hard in one way or another. They require knowledge, practice, and attention to detail. Tanks, healers, and DPS are all important and all have easy or hard jobs based on the way you look at it.

I want to be on my mage more, and I want my shammy and hunter to be 80, and I cannot wait to go feral as my 2nd spec on my druid in 3.1. I want to rip faces apart. Is that so wrong? =) I am tired of my main right now, and I honestly feel a bit guilty about that. I feel guilty because I love her to pieces, she's my first 70 and now 80 and I love playing her, and knowing I do a damn fine job of it, but I am bored to tears raiding on her right now. And I don't know if I should quit altogether, or just skip raids on my main (because 4 hours in Naxx/OS/Maly/Etc 4 nights a week seems like a waste of time that I could be leveling an alt or, God forbid, actually living real life). The only reason to farm these would be for DKP since the majority of the guild has the gear they need from them... and at this point I'd rather be having fun than worry about how much DKP I have to use for Ulduar. I have a ton of fun raiding on my mage, when I get the opportunity to pug. Our guild rules are strict as far as waiting until mains have cleared everything for the week, so I would need to wait until Sun/Mon and then pug like crazy on my mage and risk guildies getting pissy because I make time to raid on my mage but not my main who they really could use in 25's. And here comes the guilt factor again. I've told a few people I'm taking a break from Wow for a bit and have been running around on alts, by now my poor mage is feeling neglected. Is it wrong not to play a character out of fear of guilt? I am really messed up in the head today... I know I will want my druid to be my main for Ulduar, but I just can't bring myself to get excited about raiding right now aside from Sarth 3D, which we have yet to down... which leads to more frustration... I think I'll quit this rant while I'm... ahead? Behind? Before I shove my foot too far in my mouth, let's just put it that way. =P