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Friday…time for fun and laughs and beer.

February 26, 2010 5 comments

When i saw this link…could not help and think of Shirl. :)

Seems like not a good idea to lvl and pick herbs ^^

http://forthebubbles.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/flowchart-friday-5/

http://woweh.com/ – this comic is very amusing. She is also drawing the Byron the Tauren rogue over at WoW.com

http://avengingwrathy.wordpress.com/ – lots of info on Prot Paladin and other interesting things.

http://talesofapriest.com/ – check it out Ari and Ty. nice stuff for tracking buffs with Power aura and lots of other interesting bits for priests

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hmmm….4p T10…..Priest

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

   

http://talesofapriest.com/?p=230
  

Makes a very good point on the T10 4P bonus.
 
Looking on the surface it maybe very “meh” but for holy priests and disc priests alike, a chance to reset CoH and Penance is very tempting. My own opinion is still up in the air as I still only have the T10 2P bonus.
 

  

“Your Circle of Healing and Penance spells have a 20% chance to cause your next Flash Heal cast within 6 sec to reset the cooldown on your Circle of Healing and Penance spells.”  

Personally I am still very hesitant in breaking the T9 2P bonus – which is 20% bonus to healing for your Prayer of Mending. Prayer of Mending is a cast it and forget spell….very very nice.  

Over at tales of a Priest they do make a valid point that the 20%  bonus is wasted to overhealing.  I may have to look at my logs to see how much of PoM is wasted to overheal.  

Another bonus is to be matching again…very important imo. lol.  

Although the look of some of the T10 (priest)  pieces makes me cry.  

One other point is the pure increase in state between base T9 (232) vs base T10 (251)

  Tier 9                        Tier 10  
Stamina 412 489 77
Int 412 489 77
Spirit 328 406 78
Armor 1289 1374 85
Crit 188 239 51
Haste 132 143 11
SP 549 670 121
       
Sockets      
Meta 1 1  
Red  2 1  
Yellow 2 3  
Blue 3 3  

 I dont think I am going to break up my T9 bonus till I get 4 piece T10.

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Who has intimidation skill of 450?

February 25, 2010 14 comments

Proper equipment

February 25, 2010 22 comments

This is kind of an extenion from a previous post. A recap of the previous post.
1.) Be on time and ready to go. Don’t be Wintergrasp at raid time, don’t be on an alt running an instance etc.
2.) Be prepared with knowledge of fights. If you have a suggestion, don’t hold back if it is a valid suggestion.
3.) Have appropriate addon downloaded and updated.
4.) Come to the fight with needed items as needed.
5.) Listen, absorb, and evolve. Be ready for changes.
6.) Raid with an open mind – be prepared for wipes.
7.) Know your limits – if you are not feeling it, take a night off.
8.) If you sign up show up!!! If you are not sure…mark tentative, please.
9.) If you cannot make it, please advise.
10.) Be spec’d appropriately, gemmed correctly, rotation worked out, glyphed correctly, and enchanted appropriately.
11.) No ninja afking.
Going to focus on points #3 and #10.
Have appropriate addons downloaded and updated.
This is a very important things raiders need to have. Although, I guess you do not really need them. Addon will however, enhance your play and make it easier on you and your raid. (Unless you are fail like me and cannot read…..Liyhe is being targeted by an enchanced fireball!)
Keeping your addon up to date also may help to prevent issues with the program from going “screw you” and crashing/freesing etc.
Another point to this is to understand how your addons work, take for example Dozzer pointed out we may want to tone done on the number of things DMB announces to use. To announce only the big I am going to kill you and your raid abilities (Enhanced shock vortex, enhanced fireball).
 
 
 
 
 
Be spec’d appropriately, gemmed correctly, rotation worked out, glyphed correctly, and enchanted appropriately.
This is also important….you get new loot…why the hell wouldnt you want to “pimp” it out. Making sure you have properly “pimped” out your epic lootz will ehance your game and make things easier. Also if you don’t it makes you looks like a scrub. Scrubs get no love in WoW, unless its from other scrubs.
0/0/71 specs ARE NOT acceptable. Just say no!!!
Or an crusader enchant on your Bryntroll, the Bone Arbiter is not cool…
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Fun or Progression?

February 24, 2010 2 comments

Ok Day 2 – no nicotine and no caffiene. Not fun. Cold turkey.

Anyways.

Why do you play this game? Why do poeple raid? What keeps bringing people to the kitten box/litter box? hmmmm???

Why do you play this game/Raid?

This will get a freakin huge range of answers. We will see care-bear answers of “oh i wanna play with my friends and family, we dont care about raiding.” Midrange answers like: “I wanna play with my friends, meet new people and raid on the side.” Asshole answers “I want loots and will do anything to get it.” Hardcore answers of “I want to complete all content, analyze the encounter to its elements and destroy it, and collect the phat loot, at the expense of real life!”

Seriously poeple there is an easy way to answer it….you like it. Simple. It you didnt like it, why would you keep on spending $15 on it. (people doing it as a job…face it they dont enjoy it. They either cheat and hax to accomplish stuff, or they are earining 10 cents an hour farming eternals in Shadowmoon Valley – NI HAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )

I correlate WoW to me at least, a fun way to blow off some steam. Spam healing people is fun or Crusaders Striking mobs in the face is also a blast. I admit seeing shields on people and big heal crit #’s make me smile….

I also think making progress in content is fun. If things are not working, go back and re-evaluate, swap individuals in and out as needed. Face to wall – not fun. If this involves doing outside research on fights do it. If it involves doing research about your class – do it. (although I admit i have been slacking a bit on looking up anything recent in the world of priesting, also I need to work on my awareness as well)

It does not take a lot of time to watch a video and jot down a few notes. It doesnt take a degree in rocket science to know that str is not going to help you as a priest :P

Internet people….look into it.

Other people may think this is crazy and I do not think so. Its the same damn thing as people going ape shit over a concert or a movie star. I dont see why people cry at the sight of seeing someone….weirdos.

One thing I am really enjoying is leveling a new character…Paladin is at 70 at the moment. Not sure how to DPS on real mobs….you know like the ones in dungeons. On a dummy I can get to 1475 DPS….any tips on melee dps are appreciated.

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Christianity…..why…..

February 23, 2010 6 comments


Giving something up…seems kinda silly….but for this lent…giving up caffiene and nicotine….and this is what i feel like. (see above). I have a headache, grumpy, and irritable….wanna kill teddy bears….or wind rider cubs.

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Hmmm. Monday…elitism, ITSSSS GRRRRREAT!!!

February 22, 2010 5 comments

http://clearcasting.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/ok-in-uk/

OK I am not trying to call people out or anything that is not my intention!

Just brings up what is an elitist and what is a non-elitist.

Just to let you call know…labeling groups of people is never a good idea. Defining a group of purple will usually bring about different ideas and definitions on a group. Groups of people never fit a given mould or idea.

Heck what exactly is an “elitist” or “Elitism”?

“The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.

The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class.

Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class.”

Not a very flattering label, in my honest opinion.

How the hell does this term fit to players of an MMO?

1.) For some reason many people think they are entitled to something, more then likely undeserved. Example, Divine”don’t remember rest of name” had to QQ cause he lost a roll on a staff.
2.) They think they know everything to know about everything…and when they get called out…their reply. “STFU NOOB!”
3.) Their reply when someone asked a valid question is to be an ass….woo go trade channel.
4.) They are really good at the game, but is an ass to anyone without helping etc (I.E. i am talking about people who do not help friends or guildmates, strangers…who cares.)

One has to amaze at the anonymous nature of the Internet does to ones bravado….trade channel and other trolls never cease to amaze me.

I guess in that sense; it makes perfect sense that the term does fit many players of MMOs.

But then why do we call people who are actually quite knowledge, and play their characters well, “Elitists”?

These players actually know what the heck they are doing, etc etc. So why do they get a negative label? Sure they may not be the most approachable people, but hey who is to total strangers?

Sure they may expect others to play and research to their level, but as long as they are wiling to raise the group up, (and no I am not talking about strangers), is there anything wrong with this attitude? No, I really do not think there is. If someone with more experience at the game is willing to share knowledge, hell yeah. If someone needs help in guild, I will gladly help…someone not in the guild…more then likely not. But eh in 25 man raid, Blessed asked what to do, I sent him a whisper….heal heal heal etc. Ti then said on vent in more detail on what to do, but for gunship battle…heal heal heal, stay of fire, is a pretty much it.

It is when one thinks one is the “shit” and not willing to share knowledge etc is when you get negative definition for elitist.

Perhaps they should get a new label? As to what who knows?

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Bacon

February 19, 2010 2 comments

Bacon. Essentially it is a cured meat that comes from Sus scrofa domesticus, aka domestic pigs. The pig meat is 1st cured with brine or dry packed (stored in large amounts of salt). Either way this bacon still needs to be cooked before consumption. Some types of smoked bacon may not need to be cooked before eating.

Bacon is made from many different type of cuts. In the United States it is typically from the belly of the pig.

Bacon is awesome…..especially on a cheeseburger….or with eggs…

now Bacon Salt…

http://baconsalt.com/

No thanks…gimme the real thing.

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Kitten herding? People herding? Boat people?

February 19, 2010 8 comments

Ok its thursday night…raid night, videos watched, forums searched, and a energy drink ready at my side. Green light is go!

Log in – check mailboxes, log onto main, 15 people on give or take a few. Our GM, Ari logs, and the work computer connection is being naughty and cannot play tonight, people would need to organize something without her.

It was as Ari said – at 1st – it was like crickets chirping when the question was posed to the officer corp.

(Disclaimer – I do not recall all what was said etc, just recalling what happened. etc)

And this is my own fault, I admit I was caught off guard when the call went out. Wasn’t expecting this.

Dozzer made a good point when there are other officer’s to lead etc besides him and Ari.

Ari, Tel, Doz all had their hand at RL earlier this week.

Ideas as far as where to go, totc 10, togc, uld, etc. (people were saved in a mixture to ICC and VoA)

Invite sent out went to normal totc 10

Liyhe, Sorak, Glendor, Rott, Diessel, Wica, Flavi, Tireal, Darthknight and Arvash.

going to 2 heal this (me and sorak). tanks were Darth and Arv

….invites went out and I didn’t even know how to convert into a raid….people advise its in the raid window…now why didnt i think of that…go in, I assume people know the normal fights and what to do.

The ugly dude Gormok comes out….start healing tanks, staying out of a fire, getting snobolds killed…I was thinking damn…why are people taking sooo much dmgs….time to play whack mole in hyper mode. WTB turbo controller/mouse.

The worms or is wyrms, Dreadscale and Acidmaw pop….lots of dmg is happening….OMG wtf is going on….think we wiped here. Screens are checked….everyone favorite cow shaman was in the wrong spec….lol. Definitely was funny. 4k DPS as resto outrageous! Specs are corrected and proceeded to stomp the rest of the encounters with over half time remaining on a fish feast.

ToTc 10 normal i think was done about 9:30 est??? Give or take a few minutes.

Head out to ToGC 10. People swap characters as needed. Head in and I do not know what the hell is going in regards to how EP/GP works exactly. RL then passed to Tel. I may be wrong here but I do not know how many of us had been in the heroic version and passed thru it. At this point Ti offered advise and guidance. (much appreciated) The 1st 3 fights went smoothly….almost exactly like the normal versions. The FC once down was easy. The Valkyrs….sorta the same, except the orbs hit for a lot more, and apply a DoT, the Valkyrs will also apply a DoT. Nice loot dtops for people.

Eventually got those down, and then Anub. Very different then 10 or 25 normal version. I was shocked as to how little HP he has in heroic version. Got him down to the 50’s and prob would have him down if had more time, but it was getting late!! :(

All in all not a bad night, in mu opinion, others may differ, but i had a good time. Again as I said…I am down for doing anything in game.

I am a relatively new to the game of WoW. I guess the only way to get used to RL is to do it more often. Will need to just suck it up and listen to other’s advise.

http://clearcasting.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/kitten-herding-101/

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Rolling the D20…wall of text crits ya for a crap load.

February 18, 2010 4 comments


(image above mithra (cat girls) scholar – wearing scholar relic gear – think school girl outfit…dirty yes i know.)

It really is true; once you leave you can never go back. About a month ago, I had an urge to play Final Fantasy XI again. What can I say I was feeling nostalgic? Comparing FFXI to WoW is like comparing apples to oranges, but many feel the need to try and dangit I will as well.
Why am I saying once you leave you can never go back?
When I went back to the world of Vana’diel for a brief stay, I was shocked as how I was not used the graphics anymore…

Sure when I was playing it the graphics were great and I would look at WoW and say…damn WoW looks horrible. However, with the ability to ramp up the appearance of WoW, I had to say FFXI looked kind of funny to me. WoW has the “cartoony” kind of feel I had grown accustomed to. FFXI had the more 3rd realistic look going on. (As if any game could look realistic lol)

General chat/Trade Chat/Names

FFXI the general chat for the most part is only full of people looking for teleports and LFM for various missions. There is no real stupid conversation going on in the general channels…if there is…..it is shut down fast. Things are a lot quieter in the towns of Vana’diel. There is no WTS or WTB shouts as well. No shouts about ninja this, ninja that (well sometimes but not often). Not very interesting to watch.

WoW on the other hand is a plethora of expletives, rude comments, and anything under the sun going on in trade chat. Things that one should not say in everyday talk are thrown out there, like it is common day vernacular. However, it can be VERY VERY entertaining.

One thing in common is some player’s desire for an unusual name, example Stabbie in WoW would be XxxStabbiexxX in FFXI. /facepalm (I do admit Orangeslice is an unusual name)

Alts and characters

In FFXI, I had no desire for an alt or to make a new character. On one character I had all the skills and jobs I could level at my fingertips.

http://www.ffxiah.com/player.php?id=1022563

My monk (this was the job i logged out in) if i had to grade it, i would give myself a B. I could have upgraded to the black belt (but I aint camping no world bosses for the 3 items needed 72 hr respawn rate), and a brutal earring. But other then that i really had most of the items a monk needed.

This was my character in FFXI, 75 white mage (healer – good single target, good AoE heals and HoTs), 75 ninja (evasion tank, although no one uses ninjas anymore), Warrior (2 handed weapon DPS), 75 ranger (think hunter without the pet), 75 Monk (punching and kicking stuff to death is fun – could also tank certain things). If I got sick of a certain job or the Linkshell (guilds in FFXI) needed a certain job I could swap on the fly.

The issue with this system, is if you got sick of your character, it was a PAIN the in the ass to get back to the same level if you were to make a new character.

When you start out you have no subjob (if you see the link above I was last logged in as a 75 mnk/37 nin), you do not gain the ability to have a subjob till you hit level 18. So as you can see your SJ is half of your main jobs level. Depending on your “Main job” you would need to lvl certain SJ to not be a gimp.

With the example of monk, a player needs to have the following jobs leveled to a minimum of 37. Ninja (VERY EXPENSIVE TO LEVEL), Warrior, and White Mage (only for 1 fight did you really need this SJ). Oh yes and dancer for soloing stuff.

While for Warrior (as main) one needed the subjobs of ninja, thief, and samurai.

So as you can see it can take some time to get to 75 as you need the appropriate sub jobs for the given situation. Now you could just take the most common sub job for your main job and get to 75, but then for endgame content you will need to get the other sub jobs leveled.

Another issue with making a new character was one had to earn your way back into certain areas of and endgame content. For access to “sky” bosses one had to get through mission 17 in the expansion Rise of the Zilart, for “sea” bosses and Limbus – one had to get past mission 7 in the Chains of Promethia expansion. Both sets of missions cannot be knocked out in a day and requires a decent party of players. Mission length can vary from a few minutes to hours.
So for many….you stuck with your character as you had a long road ahead of you.

While in WoW…I can have a load of alts and not have to worry about limit breaks (FFXI you are initially capped at 50, then you have to do a quest every 5 lvls to unlock 75), not having for the most part worry about having access to certain endgame content as it is all free to enter!! No requirements to gain entry. I was kind of shocked as to how “easy” it was to level. I could solo all the way to 80…wow….no more looking for experience points parties etc, I could quest till 80. Then again it also felt like cheating, somehow I was not really “earning” max level character. And your character is a one trick pony. Sure you have different specs, but you cannot become Zugzuug the disc priest all of a sudden.

Combat/Endgame content/Equipment

One thing of annoyance for me at least is the constant outdating of gear in WoW…new patch comes out…get new gear…new expansion comes out…get new gear. It cycles over and over it seems. Although, I admit, new purples are always nice. And the new looking gear is sweet looking.

FFXI much of the gear that came out in the 1st expansion Rise of the Zilart is still comparable to gear that is out now in its most recent expansions. FFXI seems to get the right balance and relevance of older content with older content. WoW old content is dead and redundant once something new hits the streets.

For equipment looks low lvl to about max lvl gear FFXI > WoW as far as looks. When it comes to endgame gear in WoW kicks the shit out FFXI’s gear look. (However, both games pale in comparison to the equipment look and character models in Aion)

Macros for WoW is like a foreign language and if it was not for ArI would have never figured it out. And to a large extent I still don’t get it.

Macros in FFXI were to me at least were a lot simpler.
/nin “Utsusemi: Ni”
/echo recast
What this macro would let me do is recast the spell and tell me when it is available for use again.

Combat in FFXI…we did not have any addon’s like grid, clique or DBM. If a mob was using
ability….you had best be better paying attention and run or do something to interrupt it.
Combat in WoW…I am sure you could play without addons…but they really do make the game easier to handle, not easier to play.

Crafting

I absolutely have nothing good to say about the crafting in FFXI. NOTHING.

Crafting in WoW is relatively painless and 1000000000X better then in FFXI. Nuff said.

After playing WoW….FFXI seems old and static…and in essence it had…many of the boss fights are simple tank and spank. Bosses don’t do anything too crazy…./yawn. When I logged into FFXI last…I sat around and really didn’t do anything…I did a few dynamis runs…but was boring….not the same excitement it was…..old and dependable is what FFXI is….guess I need something that is fast and unpredictable…lol like WoW I guess. FFXI is a grind, plain and simple, WoW is brisk walk thru the park.

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