Archive for October, 2009

I Remember back in the day….

Posted in Cataclysm, Changes on 10.28.2009 by Pothos

Wow ages.  It’s about to hit 5 years old.  Some people out there are like me, and played since release day.  Some longer with the beta/alpha.  Think about this.  Did you go to high school?  You have spent more time as a wow player, than you did in High school. (arguable true, but i refer to just time being a member, not time online.  Just go with it for now :P)  This is a long time for any one game to last.  Despite new bosses, new expansions, this is still world of warcraft.  You’re still mashing shadowbolt, still taunting, still casting flash heal.  For the most part, the fights are different, and you have to avoid things that arent fire, but in all respects to movement, might as well be fire.   Warcraft is still just warcraft.

What can wow do to keep people into it?  Well that’s simple.  The one thing i love about wow beyond anything else.  Changes.  Nerf? Buff?  I don’t care.  I love changes.  I love new expansions for the way they complete @$%& over the normal method and change what you’re doing.  The proposed talent changes are a great start.  The renewal of the old zones (maybe i’ll actually get an alt up).  These are all things that while people may not all care for, it still changes what they’re doing.   Change is the single most powerful tool the WoW dev’s have.


I guess i’ll use this post to go over some of the changes with some thoughts on them.

As far as new races go, goblins are nice.  Worgen I *sort* of have a problem with.  I find it hard to see them as alliance, although their starter quest chain may shed some light on that.  Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying i see worgen as horde either.  Humans (and by extension the alliance) doesn’t have a great record in allying with ‘people’ that are different.  Worgen have in the past attacked humans and caused much grief to the alliance and the horde.  I just dont see, without any new information, how the alliance would be so quick to accept them into the fold.   The horde on the other hand, would (almost) never trust anything that is even partially human.   But i also do not see what race they would have picked beside worgen and goblins.   Goblins have existed as character models compatible with everything but helms for a long time now.  And worgen are just…. humans with different racials.   and fur.

New class combinations!  Dear god finally.  What i want to see is troll animal forms.  There’s quite a bit of debate about them going on, so i’m not going to speculate much as far as that goes.  Doesnt do me any real good anyway, i lost the motivation to level my druid 2 years ago.  He’s still logged out in Un’goro, waiting to see the light of day.

Five extra talent points with no new talent.  I’d like to believe that it would allow more freedom, and more utility talents to be taken.  But we all know that you’ll be able to reach some new uber talent in the next tree with those 5 points, that you’ll need to spend every point to get that last dps out of your spec.   So at least you get that much.

Guild advancement!  Weeee!


But of course.  I really have one main concern as far as cataclysm go.  This outweighs my worries on any other subject in the entire world.   of warcraft.
When i hit 85, and maybe have entry level raid gear.   Will i be able to solo The Eye?  I want to farm for the pheonix, but i dont want to risk losing to anyone >.>


p.s.  Soul shard change? About damn time.

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This is a test

Posted in Misc. with tags , on 10.25.2009 by Pothos

This is a two part test.  Not only am I making this an easy win a speech recognition just for shiggles, but I’m also using windows like a writer.  The speech recognition itself as far as dictation goes isn’t perfect but I am relatively happy with it.  It doesn’t hurt that correcting mistakes within speech recognition is relatively easy.  But fortunately when I make random sounds while thinking it often tries to take them for words.  But this can be corrected through practice.  My current main issue is that I’m still getting over being sick  and it is doing its best to translate my coughs into a blog.  It’s interesting trying to dictate to a blah post instead of writing it, the whole process feels different since I am not actually constantly typing but instead talking at my computer.  Admittedly part of my difficulties with dictation comes from not knowing the actual commands and floundering a bit with them.

The second part of this is also testing windows live writer.  It easily enough integrated into my word press account of flu was not able to download the theme to display it appropriately as such during writing or in this case dictation.  I’m not sure if the areas from writer or something on word press’ side. I’ve no idea about tag providers.  When doing this manually through word press i add them by hand.  This is probably something all have to look up.

As a side note I am also 25 today and about to get myself some badass  lunch.


Good information isnt easy to find.

Posted in Rant with tags , , , , , , , on 10.17.2009 by Pothos

This is true and false at the same time. Finding good information is technically easy. Accurately finding specific good information can be incredibly hard.

If you want good wow information, a lot of people will point you to elitist jerks. A veritable holy grail of information, most of it of the highest quality no less. But the threads on EJ tend to wander, and if you’re a newer reader you don’t necessarily want to sift through 50 pages of posts to find the 1 thing you’re looking for. The other issue is maintenance. Even EJ suffers from being up-to-date. Part of the problem, which is arguably a positive part of WoW, is the number of different styles of play. Even for just 1 class. Let’s say Mr. Nub wants some death knight information. That’s great! But do you want frost, unholy, or blood? Dual wield of 2hander? Tank or dps? These different styles dont even necessarily have their own threads. If you want specific dual wield unholy dps, do you look at the unholy dps thread? or the dual wield thread?

I do not have good fixes for this. I am not a cataloger of information. The variance of information also is dependant on who has the most passion for each individual classes. Shaman information in EJ is easy to find. But once again, there’s less options with the shaman. Caster dps, dw dps, or heals. 3 threads. In a world that i could create myself, i’d entrust such things to wowhead. If they had a couple of volunteers per class work out guides to class play, i think it would be a huge boon towards site hits and popularity. (not that they need any help :P) You can argue that this would be the same issue as a mod author tryign to add every feature into their mod when all they originally wanted was 1 thing. Too much bloat can be a problem. I wouldnt mind extensions of the site of course. My dream? Man, i want shaman information, i would know that all i had to do was go to and find everything a growing shaman would want.

Dreams ‘eh?

Finding the right information shouldnt take a long time. Soemone somewhere should have a dedicated site kept up to date (and yes, this includes PTR changes which some people dont like to do much work on due to subjectibility to change *cough*cough*) If i had the time, dedication, and team to do it i’d try. But unfortunately, i lack everything. So like many people, all i can do is sit quietly and complain on the internet.

QQ Moar.