Main character fail

July 21, 2010

Sooo my druid ended up going back to ICC the day after his first adventure and knocked out the plague wing and the crimison halls (and also somehow managed to finish the Blood Queen fight as a vampire, though I didn’t realize she was so close to dying and was frantically running around looking for someone to bite, haha). Those are two achievements that my main character, poor lil Avvy, hasn’t completed. (Of course I don’t even HAVE a 10 man group with Avvy, but still!)

Yesterday as many of you know the ICC pity buff went up to 30%, so I was hoping our guild 25-man (that Avvy is committed to) would actually be able to down Putricide and/or move on to the Crimison Halls (we’ve downed the princes once in 25 man but frustratingly haven’t returned to that fight since then, as the raid leaders seem bent on getting down Putricide first for some reason). Unfortunately we had to pug out 5 or 6 spots and after several attempts could only get Putri down to about 13%. Frustrating!

Tonight is supposed to be our continuation 25-man ICC run of the week but if history is any example we’ll only get about 13 raiders online, it won’t fill, and we’ll end up bumming around Dalaran all night or running VoA instead. Double frustrating!

There was one amusing thing about last night… (real names blacked out to protect the innocents!)

really WoW?

sorry for the fuzziness, I took it with mah cellphone!

That’s right, my friend Garrett has been offline longer than he’s been ALIVE.

I thought it was merely a glitch with Avvy’s friends list but after the raid I switched to a few alts and the same thing showed up on all of them. Heh!

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Who let my druid out of the barn

July 18, 2010

I was enjoying a nice relaxing day off last night leveling my wee noob eleshammy when my raid leader asked me to come heal an altie ICC 10 on my druid. Now, my druid is fun to play but 1.) he has never been in ICC in any form and 2.) his GS is a paltry 4500-ish. Not so awesome when most of his raid gear came out of Naxx. My raid leader was either crazy or had a lot of faith in me cause he insisted I come along anyway. So, off went ol’ Nadeau to the big scary icy land of ICC.

There were 2 other healers in the group, a shammy and priest, both of which had gearscores around 5100-5200.  I felt a little better knowing I was just going to be blanketing the raid mostly and not assigned to keep up a tank, which combined with my random DC issues would have probably given me hives. I whipped out my little mini-me pet and off we went.

:D

I'll enjoy treedancing while I can, darnit

Aside from having to innervate myself every fight it actually went wayyyyyyy better than I was expecting. In spite of my drood’s mostly crap gear he seemed to be outhealing the other 2 healers fairly regularly (though I’m sure a lot of that can be attributed to typical druid overhealing). I did DC a few times but thankfully never at a time that it would have wiped the raid.

I'm used to staring down the other side of Saurfang, heh

shortly before my rogue's favorite ICC fight

I ended up picking up some new gear for him – the first ICC rep ring and a decent mace upgrade in Lockjaw. After the raid I also had enough frosties to get a T10 piece so he is also now the proud owner of T10 gloves and his GS is up to somewhere in the 4600s, woo!

Course now my raid leader wants me to start bringing him along more often… so I have totally screwed myself in regards to getting to DPS every raid, haha. >_<

Playing my druid also reminded me of the sad day approaching when my beloved tree form will no longer be around.. it will be a sorrowful day indeed in Avvyland :(


An Avvy milestone

May 17, 2010

I hit a new benchmark last Tuesday night… I cracked 11k DPS on non-uberbuffed fights (by “uberbuffed” I mean fights like Twins in ToC and that kind of thing)! Naturally, these were melee-friendly fights in which I could park on the boss’s arse and flail happily away for the duration of the battle (Deathbringer and Festergut), but prior to last week I had never actually managed to maintain that kind of number throughout a fight. Of course, though I would love to take all the credit, the newly-buffed ICC damage bonus must be taken into account…

See my squishy Skada report!

(never mind the 15% ICC bonus >_>)

I think I need to reorganize my UI

I’ve been paying a lot more attention lately to energy pooling (making sure I have at least around 40-45 energy before using finishing moves) and also making sure I have at least 4 combo points before Envenoming. (I used to get impatient and just go ahead and Envenom at 3+, but after reading up on the issue, noticed the consensus seems to be that doing so causes lower DPS overall.) I’ve been tracking the duration of the Enevnom buff for awhile now and have noticed as my gear gets better it’s hard to not clip it sometimes with all the energy I regen (unless I throw another mutilate in there to burn energy) – I’m still trying to figure out if it’s better to burn energy/delay the next Envenom or just go ahead and clip the Envenom buff. From what I’m reading it sounds like slightly clipping the buff is generally the way to go.

I’ve almost enough Frosties to pick up the T10 helm, after which I will finally have the 4-piece set bonus. I would also really love to pick up some shiny new daggers; my old ToC dagger is looking pretty dull these days!

I’m itching to get some progression rolling – my guild has been inching forward (with a non-consistent raid team and one 25-man raid a week, we’re just now starting to work on 25-man Professor) at a pace that’s driving me a little nuts. Our 10-man teams are a little more progressed but unfortunately are run on nights I can’t attend. I guess that’s part of the price to pay to enjoy a “casual raiding” happy-atmosphere guild, but I would like to get a glimpse of the Lich King before Cataclysm rolls out…

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For something completely different, if both your job and your wow-hobby keep you firmly situated on your butt in front of a computer most of the day like me, here’s a handy list of tips on how to eat/manage your food better to avoid unnecessary weight gain! (Posted by someone in wow.com comments)


WoW-neurosis

May 16, 2010

In the 5 years I’ve played wow, there’s been one thing that’s (mostly) constant – with a few tiny exceptions, I never (willingly) talk on vent. There are people I’ve raided with for about 4 years now who have literally never heard my voice.

I don’t know why it is – I mean, I don’t like the sound of my own voice on recordings, but who does? I’m not sure if it’s overwhelming shyness gripping me (I’m not a mute in RL, so why should I be one in wow?) or the fact that I’ve gone so long without talking it’s become the proverbial elephant in the room, not to mention my guild already jokes that if I ever DID talk on vent the whole raid would wipe as everyone alt-tabbed out to their desktops in unison to discover who that strange female voice belonged to.

There was one time, back in the BC days, my roommate (using my computer to raid while I was at work, as his PC was having issues) left my mic on my desk in voice-activated mode while a guild Kara run was going on.  I got home, plopped down at my desk, and proceeded to blab loudly to my roommate about my day, only to hear over the speakers “Wow, it sure is nice to hear Avvy’s voice for once!”

Mortified, I ripped the mic out of the computer and proceeded to verbally flambe my hapless roommate. Needless to say he hasn’t repeated THAT mistake since.

I’m not sure what my vent-aversion is. I mean, I don’t really like speaking in public but I DO it when necessary, so I’m not sure why addressing a room of 30 faceless guildmates intimidates me so much. They can’t see that I’m sitting around in my jammies or chowing down on ramen while I vegetate in front of my PC, and it’s not like a face-to-face conversation where there’s more “pressure” to reply in a non-awkward timeframe. (I mean, if we took as long to respond to people in person the way we do online or in texts, they would think we were seriously messed up.)

I think I need to just get over it and DO it already… but it’s so SCARY!

GAH!

For a random screenshot of the day, here’s my 76 hunter on a quest in Dragonblight, wondering with horror if she will truly turn into a meleeing huntard at level 80.

I knew it! I turned into a huntard :(

did future me run out of ammo?

Until next time!


Fun-sucking dramas, STO

January 15, 2010

Well the last few days or so were a combination of annoying guild drama and some quality time spent poking around the Star Trek Online beta. (By the way I love the bug? feature? where you beam to space and instead of seeing your ship, it’s just your little toon, floating in the vast expanses… on the flip side sometimes you’ll beam down to a planet and see yourself scooting around as a mini-ship!)

anyone out here?

she was a star collector

lol

pew pew! I tractor beam youu

Me and my trusty ship, the USS Kahlua, made some Borgs go explody and assembled an away team of redshirts I called Stu, Moe, and Bobby. They enjoy shooting at random mobs and aggroing everything in their path (mostly because I forgot to set them to passive…)

But anyway, back in wow-land, events of last week were somehow the catalyst of 2 officers gquitting, 2 more stepping down, and 3 changes of GM within 24 hours. The brewing undercurrents of drama have been slowly splintering their way across the guild for a long time now, like a crack creeping across the frozen surface of a pond, only to finally explode in a fireball of heated guild forum postings and vent craziness. There is one officer in particular (who will remain nameless since I don’t really know who reads this blog) who has caused some unspoken grumblings in the guild over the past few months. This officer  clashed with 2 other officers specifically and this all came to a head in our guild 25-man ICC run last week, which resulted in the 2 other officers gquitting and the aforementioned craziness.

The dust is settling somewhat at this point but it always makes for a nail-biting time – will the guild go up in a fireball of doom and implode upon itself? Will the new GM ferociously gkick people he/she doesn’t like? What will become of the tadpoles?!

In other news I finally dual-specced Nadeau so he no longer has to quest as a lolresto. Now he can zap face as… a boomchicken!

DROOOO

I said a boom chicka boom

Of course I conveniently forgot that he has absolutely zero gear with hit rating on it, but at least when he misses now, it will be with more oomph!

Oh, and don’t you love the new armory features!? As soon as I found out you could save your toon in a pose that EVERYone would see when they visit your profile, I immediately went and posed all my toons in funny/stupid ways. I think my favorite is the fruity male blood elf hand wavy thing

Oh and by the way, if you live in Seattle like I do, I highly reccomend you stay away from downtown this weekend


Altasaurus

January 10, 2010

It’s been kind of a low-key weekend in Avvy-land; I did much of the usual – a few dailies here, a random heroic there. I took my wee shammy‘s new Elemental spec for a spin in some lowbie instances (other than gnarly mana issues, it’s pretty fun) and went from 38-40 in no time.

I haven’t run lowbie instances in quite awhile. You meet some pretty interesting characters, like the French tank I ended up in Scarlet Monastary with…

imagine it with an accent

he was the only human in a party of lady spacegoats, you can't really blame him

But now my shammy has her hilariously fast-moving epic elephant mount! \o/

On a whim I decided to take my gnome mage engineer over to Gnomeregan to farm for the pet schematics (lil smoky and the pet bombling). The bombling is a guaranteed drop from Thermaplugg, but the lil smoky schematic is a random drop from Arcane Nullifiers. (Here’s a guide to farming these if you’re curious!) After about 6-7 instance resets I gave up on lil smoky for the time being and ported back to IF to craft my bombling.

if only I could sic it on people

bonus points if you know where the guild name came from!

I just don’t have the patience these days to farm endlessly for random things; I get all ADD and start shifting in my chair like a 6-year-old hopped up on sugar. I have to start doing something different lest my brain begin to implode.

Shortly before bed I queued up brand-spankin-new-80 Nikoel for a random regular-mode dungeon and was plopped square into a Forge of Souls run. The rest of the group consisted of an uber-geared protadin and his pocket tree guildie, a feralkitty, and a random DK. Due to the awesome tank and the many undead in the dungeon, lil crappy-geared Nik didn’t do too bad, pulling a respectable 2nd on the damage meter… right behind the uber tank >_> Unfortunately the RNG didn’t fall in her favor and all drops were cloth or otherwise useless for her.

Speaking of the new ICC 5-mans, when I ran Avvy’s random heroic on Saturday I found myself upon zone-in joining a HoR run in which the group (a pally tank, druid healer, lock, and mage) was already huddled inside one of the cubbyholes in the Frostmorne room. This doesn’t look promising, I thought, but the group members were friendly and the pally tank seemed well- enough geared for the instance. We started the event and took down the first few waves with ease, but as the difficulty ramped up we lost our mage, with the lock’s health dropping rapidly. By the time the boss hit it was down to me, the pally tank, and the druid healer, but we managed to eck out the win. After the obligitory rezzes and rebuffs we started the second wave, and what should the first group of ghosties drop but…

The Battered Hilt! amgamg *insert “squeee!” noises from the entire group here*

We agreed to all roll Need. Somehow the dice were tipping my way and I found myself with a scratched and dented hilt plopped into my bags! \o/

The rest of the instance went utterly smooth (I still get a kick out of the “flee the Lich King and his aura of hurty” part) and I was back in Dala with my delicious cargo in no time.

Now to decide what to do with it… I have several alts that could totally use the resulting weapon (unfortunatley there’s no dagger option for Avvy *le cry* though I guess after the recent Mutilate nerf-whipping it might not be a bad time to go combat anyway… though combat, ugh… I’m a stealthy rogue, not a rage-less warrior!) and of course there’s always the temptation to put it up for sale (can you believe the prices people will pay for this thing?!) but that feels kind of wrong… think I’ll just be hanging onto it for now.

In RL news, I finally took down the Christmas tree. It was a sad, sad day for the little spider who’d decided to make his home at the top…


All DC’s and no play make Avvy…

January 3, 2010

In doing some perusal of the mighty intarwebs I’ve found I’m not the only one DC’ing with ferocious abandon since the recent patches hit. Suggested fixes seem to range from “disable certain addons and your combat log” to “delete the patch.MPQ files and force the Repair tool to redownload them (a hefty 4GB of patch files I might add).” As I’m hopelessly addicted to my fleet of addons, I’m attempting option 2 as we speak. Before I did so I backed up my Screenshots and WTF (WTF!!!) folder as suggested and found that over 5 years of play I’ve accumulated 1.54 GB of screenies. That’s a lotta Print Screen spam!

To pass the time while I wait for wow to redownload itself, here are a few funny (well to me, anyway) screenshots of old…

klaus fakes a lot of things

from the days of Restrained Chaos circa '06. I miss Klaus and Pure :(

klaus links his mount while flying

more Klaus shenannies (I should clarify it was his flying mount, heh)

rocket helmet away!

I used to have itemrack set so that whenever I got on my mount, it changed my helm to the Rocket Helmet you got from some quest in Netherstorm. I mean hey, what if I fell off my gryphon!?

pure's outta there

dangit Pure, come back to wow, I miss ye :P

RIP wall climbing

back before the great wall-jumping nerf of whenever you could climb up to the top of the dome in Nightbane's room in Kara. I made it all the way to the top... once!

shortly before my old video card finally gave up the ghost in 2007, WoW’s graphics started tweaking out in wacky ways (ignore my craptacular old UI, that was before I discovered the wonders of minimalism)…

Avvy on acid?

If I moved around that mob, the colors would change like a prism o_O

red rain?!

red rain?! holy crap it's the end of the WORLD

more like tweakystone

my hearthing animation... I don't even know how to describe this.

Oo, looks like the Repair tool is finished… guess I’ll log in and see if the DC’s are gone.