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WoW Word of the Week: peccadillo

August 31, 2008

I chose this word because it reminded me of the arma- variety of dillo.  Maybe one with a beak?  *pictures it*  Yeah, that’s pretty cool!

peccadillo

\peck-uh-DIL-oh\, noun:
A slight offense; a petty fault.

Example: I’ve been known to make the ocassional peccadillo during raids… Misdirect on the healer, anyone?

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This Week in Raiding… Brajana gets a roommate!

August 30, 2008

So, I was pretty much absent for the raids this week.  My brother’s come to live with me, and I had a deadline at work and a deadline at school both on Friday.  So, I was a little busy and only got to raid on Thursday.  Unemployed spent the week swimmin’ with the fishes, it was almost an exclusive SSC week!

Tuesday night, there were server issues for our entire battlegroup – Emberstorm went down and took Unemployed’s raid efforts with her!  The guild still managed to get Lurker down, but on the way to Leo, the server decided that one boss was more than enough for a Tuesday.  But not all was lost – Tigerfeet established the origin of the term “e-man” by taking a rogue and having a quick visit with Lady Vashj, just as the server was going bottom-up.

Wednesday, more SSC.  More server issues.  Still, Leo went down and there were a few attempts made on Karathress… but the pugnacious server was just would not hear of it.

I was there on Thursday, and the server issues seemed to be completely cleared up, finally!  We got Karathress down on our second attempt, even though we had switched around all the tanking, healing and even misdirect assignments that we had done last week!  Once you get the hang of this fight, it’s really not so bad.  I’d much rather do Karathress than High King Maulgar, any day of the week!

Once we got Karathress down – we had two options.  Take a peek at Lady Vashj, or head back to Mount Hyjal to make some serious attempts on Rage Winterchill.  We went with the latter, since we had plenty of extra time to get a couple good attempts in.

Over we went, and we breezed through the waves!  Much faster than our attempts last week, even though we had some people who had never been there before.  Last time, we didn’t get all the waves down – but this time, we made it all the way to Rage!  Not only that, but we got him to 51% on our first attempt!  VERY exciting.  And our second and last attempt?  under 40%!  Unfortunately, the Ice Block spell was taking its toll, the healers and the players getting caught just aren’t quick enough yet.  Even me, I died both times I got Iced.

And what did I learn?  I need more HP.  Unbuffed, I’m sitting under 8000HP.  It’s just not acceptable, I’ve been focusing too much on my DPS and not enough on my health.  Maybe I should regem or reenchant some items?  Any advice would be peachy!

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Friday Five #2

August 29, 2008

It’s Friday again, and Anna has not let me down with her Friday Five post!  Here are my responses to this week’s questions.  Feel free to check out my answers to last week’s questions here.

Brajana, Troll Hunter

1. When is your character’s birthday? Does she know? Brajana was born in the spring – She figures it was some time in early May.  Trolls don’t especially celebrate their birthdays as much as their birth seasons, so the date isn’t exact.

2. What is your character’s favorite place in the world? Why? The more remote parts of Winterspring.  Even though she’s a jungle troll, Brajana loves the winter.  She loves how silent, peaceful and crisp the mornings are nestled up between the trees and the mountains.  It’s the one place she can go when feeling particularly pugnacious that will always calm her down.  … Or Thrall’s Chamber. 🙂

3. What kind of sense of humor does your character have (if any)? She’s a bit of a flirt.  She doesn’t mean anything by it, but she has made her fair share of sexual innuendos!

4. Is your character introverted or extroverted? She’s mostly extroverted, unless she’s around particularly large groups of people.  She feels most comfortable with a small group of friends, and in these situations, the leader in her is brought out.  But the larger the group gets, the more she tends to stick to her self and keep her mouth shut.

5. What just irritates the hell out of your character? Night Elves.  That’s all I have to say about that.

Ferguson, Undead Priest

1. When is your character’s birthday? Does he know? Ferguson can’t remember the exact date of his birth, or even the year of it.  He lost track of time and dates, as they take on little meaning in undeath.

2. What is your character’s favorite place in the world? Why? Felwood.  Something about the way the nature and the corruption have collided – and how no matter how corrupted it gets, he can still see healthy life emerging from underneath.

3. What kind of sense of humor does your character have (if any)? Ferguson doesn’t have a major sense of humour, but he enjoys light-hearted conversations with the ocassional chuckle.

4. Is your character introverted or extroverted? Very introverted.  Ferguson likes to think, and overthink.  He enjoys sitting back and observing people going about their business.

5. What just irritates the hell out of your character? Failure.  He blames himself every time something goes wrong when he’s with a party, he takes on too much responsibility and it makes him sick when something goes wrong!

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Hunter: Gearing for Karazhan (on a budget!)

August 29, 2008

On his post about a post about my apparently pugnacious post, Big Bear Butt Blogger happened to mention an unrelated point that he was looking for a good resource for hunters who are looking for badge/Kara/Heroic level gear.  While I really enjoy the Gearing for Karazhan guides that WoW Insider has provided, and of course BRK has written a nice guide there for Hunters… but it seems that the majority of the items there are BoE Auction House purchases.

I had a different stragegy.  When I hit 70, I didn’t run to the AH to buy myself some sweet gear.  Why not?  Well, first of all, I’m a bit of a penny pincher. I rarely buy things on the Auction House, I’d much rather grind mats and badges and instances to get drops or crafted items. Second of all, when I hit 70, I was automatically in “saving for my epic flyer” mode.  The first time I saw someone zoom past me on a Netherwing mount, I was determined to be just like them!  I don’t have a problem with people gearing up using the AH, I mean, that’s what it is there for.  But I thought I’d give a few additional pointers for other sources!

First of all, if you are a leatherworker it is time for you to start rounding up some mats for an [Netherscale Armor] set.  Between the Bracers, Belt and Breastplate, you’ll net yourself a nice +20 hit rating.  Your first goal as a newly 70 hunter is to achieve the hit cap, attack power, agility and crit will come along in time, but hit rating is really important to work at, and has a set maximum to get to.  These three pieces of BoP leatherworking pieces lasted me straight through until the later part of T5, and I’m still wearing the chest.

If you aren’t a leatherworker, then your best bet is to find one and have them craft up a [Felstalker Armor] set.  This set also the same +20 hit bonus, but the stats are a little less in areas like Stamina (which is pretty important for a new raider).

For a weapon, I can’t recommend the [Hellscream’s Will] more.  Do a bit of rep grind for Mag’har and this beauty is yours, and you can even get a pretty mount at the same time!  I have grown to hate it, only because this electric guitar had been strapped to my back for a full year before I finally got a replacement.  The hit rating on this is godly (+42!), and will make it a tough one to get rid of.  If somehow hit rating isn’t an issue for you, two other great weapons are the [Sonic Spear], which drops from Murmur in regular Shadow Labyrinth (but refused to drop for me) and also the [Blackened Spear] (what I’m using now) from Thrallmar rep (Revered), which has more agility and less +hit.

For a ranged weapon, [Valanos’ Longbow] is probably your best bet for a bow.  If you are of the Gun Lovin’ variety though, I’d have to say you may want to spend the time and/or money to grab a [Ornate Khorium Riffle].  But if you happen to pick up a [Recoilless Rocket Ripper X-54], from Steamvaults (you’ll probably be running this to rep up for your Glyph), it’s nothing to scoff at either.  In fact, this has got to be one of my favourite looking weapons in the game!  +10 points for aesthetic!

One trinket that I sure hope you held on to is the [Bladefist’s Breadth].  A quest reward from a level 63 quest on a 70?  You bet!  This is a great AP boost trinket, and there aren’t many you can replace it with.  Another trinket that I might recommend as your very first badge purchase is the [Bloodlust Brooch] (41 Badges).  And be sure to use it whenever you can, it’s a handy boost that really will make a difference.

The best ring I can point you to is [Angelista’s Revenge] – but it’s a bit pricey at 60 badges, so I’m sure you’ll want something to hold you over until then.  Some options are the [Ravenclaw Band] from Sethekk Halls, and the [Ring of Umbral Doom] from Botanica (both available on regular).

The boots I wore for the longest time, in fact I believe they were my last remaining greens – were the [Duro Footgear].  These are from a Netherstorm quest and they’re really decent.  Of course, if you happen to get [Boots of the Endless Hunt] to drop from Warp Splinter (Bot Heroic)… good for you, hope he also drops the neck piece [Jagged Bark Pendant] as well, so you can fill two slots with one kill! 🙂  But be prepared to stick with the green ones, as there isn’t a whole lot in between.

What am I missing… ah, head gear.  [Dream-Wing Helm].  This lasted me through til I got my scary-looking drop from Shade of Aran.  You can pick this one up off of Abmassador Hellmaw in Shadow Labyrinth! Edit: Rilgon Arcsinh was nice enough to point out that one of the best helms you can get is the [Surstrike Goggles 2.0], which only Engineers can use.  So if Engy’s your thing… get on it!

For gloves, your best bet is [Handguards of the Steady] from heroic Mech.

Oh and if you didn’t pick up Bloodlust Brooch as your first badge loot, you’ll want to grab [Blood Knight War Cloak] for your back, in fact I’m still using this… and also for your neck, [Choker of Vile Intent].  These are both great pieces, and at only 25 badges each, they’re a steal!  Grab ’em up!

And if you are lucky on drops and such, the Desolation Armor (Dungeon 3 set) and the Beast Lord Armor set have some nice pieces, they are nothing to scoff at!

If you’re not lucky on drops… well, hit up the Auction House.  Or do some PvP, there’s lots of excellent BG and Arena gear that will get you where you ought to be!  I didn’t cover the PvP stuff because I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to it, personally.  OR just try to get in on a few Karazhan runs and see what you can pick up from there.  even just Attumen drops a few nice Hunter pieces, and luckily the most important gear you need to be a successful hunter in Kara is SKILL!  So get some practise, read some guides, and I wish you happy hunting!

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Be Prepared!

August 28, 2008
Do you catch the reference?

Catch the reference?

I have a checklist of items I should have on me before I head out to a raid.  I hate when people don’t bring what they need with them, and I wouldn’t want an excuse for anyone to get pugnacious with me for not being ready… since I tend to do the same to others! 😛

I keep this on a notepad beside my computer at all times – I have forgotten things one too many times, so I go through it every time before I head out.

  • 20x [Grilled Mudfish] – Stat food.  I usually use between 10-15 depending on the number of wipes 🙂
  • 20x [ Heavy Netherweave Bandage ] – Always good to have, I try to keep myself topped up in fights with heavy raid damage, take a little pressure off of the healers!
  • at least 3 charges of [Superior Mana Oil] – I usually only put it on my weapon when we get to bosses, since mana regen isn’t a huge deal for trash.
  • 20x [Naaru Ration] – Just in case I miss the mage buffet! 🙂
  • 5x [Super Healing Potion] – For emergencies!
  • 5x [Super Mana Potion] – I rarely use them, but they are good to have on hand.
  • 10x [Fel Mana Potion] – I usually go through most of these in one raid.  I learned the “mana regen phase” from BRK.  These potions were pretty much made for Hunters, we are the only class that gets all the benefit but don’t suffer from the debuff!  They regen more than regular mana pots too!
  • 4800x [Mysterious Arrow] – Pew pew?
  • at least 25 charges of [Drums of Battle] – Because I’m a leatherworker and it makes me feel special.
  • at least 25 charges of [Drums of War]
  • 40x Pet Food – Usually whatever I have on hand.  If I have my Wind Serpent, she’ll eat the same as me, so I just need extra of that (Naaru rations/mage treats).  If I have my kitty, it’s any meat or fish, which I usually have lots of.
  • 10x [Kibler’s Bits] – every little bit helps!
  • 2x [Flask of Relentless Assault] or [Shattrath Flask of Relentless Assault]
  • Repair!
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(Unofficial) WoW Word of the Week: e-man

August 27, 2008

Leeeeeroy!

What’s this?  A new word of the week on a Wednesday?  Okay, so this is an unofficial word of the week, because it’s also an unofficial word.  But Tigerfeet and I are going to do what we can to make it a new popular gaming term!

e-man

\ee-man\, verb:
1. To intentionally attack a boss while alone or with companions such that victory is impossible, thus dying in a blaze of glory.
2. To intentionally enter into an encounter either alone or with companions such that victory is impossible, thus dying in a blaze of glory.

Example:  We’re feeling pugnacious, so Tigerfeet and I are totally going to e-man Kael’thas tonight!  It will be glorious!

This WoW Word of the Week is brought to you by the Unemployed Shoutbox.

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The BIG Read.

August 27, 2008

Kestrel’s Aerie, Two and a Half Orcs, The Game Dame, TyphoonAndrew, DPS We Deliver and alter ego and three more blogs I read have all covered this non-Warcraft related topic, so I figured I might as well join in on the fun.  This list was apparently published by the National Education Association.  I read through this list, and I’ve found that this list doesn’t really have any sort of basis… I don’t know if they did a survey or what made them decide these were the best… but there are several that I would consider favourites, so I’ll go through it.

I don’t mean to be pugnacious, but ANOTHER thing I don’t like about this list is how they put some series of books on a “list of books”, even if there is a compilation book available, it’s just not really a book.  Especially if they also list one of the books from the series in the list, like “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” as well as listing “The Chronicles of Narnia”.  Or “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” as well as listing “Hamlet”.

Anyway, the rules are as such:  Bold for I’ve read, italics for I’d like to read and underline for favourites.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (abriged)

So I’ve read 25% of the list, not bad!  I must admit, if I hadn’t taken that great Children’s Literature credit last year, I’d only have 19 books on the list!