AMGsqueee

September 14, 2010

Yes I have been rather quiet lately, mostly because my WoW life has been a revolving door of mostly the same things over and over – I raid, I level alts, I raid some more – but today I got a Very Special Email, one that definitely injected a little shot of YAY into the doldrums.

BETA!

I almost deleted the email thinking it was yet another badly-worded, grammatically incorrect phishing scam, but noticed all the headers actually originated from blizzard.com. Could it be? I logged into my battle.net account to see first hand, and there it sat in shiny, sparkly glory – Cataclysm beta! SQUEEEEE

Blizzard probably sent out another mass wave of invites now that the expansion release is drawing closer (I got a beta invite to WotLK right around the same time and the servers were a giant lagfest with all the new people logging in at once), but I’ll take a beta key in any form!

To fulfill my roguish duty I’ll copy over my beloved dagger-wielder and see how she feels with a severely pruned talent tree and OLD WEATHER FLYING (can I get an amen!). I’ll also probably copy over my other 80’s just to check out the changes; my hunter and shadowpriest in particular are sounding like they will be interesting to test drive with new talents. My druid, I’m not sure about… I’ll spend most of the time logged into him crying over spilled tree form – and I probably don’t want to touch my paladin with a 10 foot pole, based on the feedback on the wow forums…

Sigh, beta installer at 18%… *twitch*


/sigh

January 19, 2010

I thought I had won… I thought I was in the clear!

All signs were pointing to Xperl as the source of my rampant random disconnecting from WoW, so I merrily deleted it from my addons folder and downloaded the highly-recommended Pitbull. I went with Pitbull 4 (currently in beta) as it was touted as much easier to configure than the behemoth that was Pitbull 3. (As the developers put it: “Options will be much, much simpler. In 3.0, there’s about 200 panels that you can mess with, it’s overwhelming. I want to bring this down to somewhere around 10.”)

After an hour or so of tinkering with settings on my various toons and getting it all prettified the way I like it (screenies later!) I optimistically joined a guild raid to knock out the weekly quest and had no issues. Feeling sprightly and confident, I ran a few heroics on Avvy and then switched to my druid to attempt healing one.

This has been the bane of my DC problem, and the reason I am mostly terrified to heal instances on Nadeau lately – without fail I will DC at the most inopportune times, say, when the group is taking crazy damage, or in the middle of a boss fight. I have only run heroics with guildies on poor little Nade – I am far too terrified of not only ending up in a crappy pug, but then disconnecting and getting booted from the group. At least with guildies there is some measure of forgiveness inherent.

So I joined my guildies in the random heroic queue, cautiously optimistic about my lack of disconnections thus far in the evening. Up popped Drak’theron. Easy peasy! Everything was awesome until the hallway leading to the first boss when my screen froze. I heard my computer churn and felt that familiar exasperation-slash-rage feeling sinking through my midsection. BAM – disconnected.

I don’t really know what else to try at this point other than once again going through my addons one by one (I didn’t seem to have problems whilst running NO addons, but I didn’t test it in a raid, either). None of my other games boot me offline like this so I doubt it’s my computer… though I am fairly due for a new video card (I’m running this baby… I know, UBAR, right?!) If I can’t solve the problem I’m not sure what I’ll do; it makes me an unreliable and risky player in a raiding environment, especially in movement-heavy fights or fights like Rotface that rely on individual player actions to succeed.

/sigh… back to the battle!


Battling the evil disconnect boss

January 18, 2010

My nasty disconnecting problems of late came to an ugly head last Saturday in the ICC-25 pug I’ve been attending (due to conflicting schedules with guild ICC runs). I probably DC’d about 20 times over the course of the 3 hour raid and probably more, often at inconvenient times – Avvy has a slime on Rotface! DC! Avvy is disarming a trap! DC! The boss is at 5% and I’m one of the last DPS alive! DC! At one point the raid leader asked me why I was always saying “no” when he did a ready check and I had to tell him it was because I was usually going offline right as he did so.

So as you can guess, I’m pretty freakin’ fed up with it. To review, I’ve tried suggested fixes ranging from completely deleting my addon folder and re-downloading everything, deleting the patch.MPQ files and letting the repair tool re-download them, disabling certain bandwidth-hogging addons, and even put on my tinfoil hat and changed my password. (I have an authenticator [and you should too!] but figured I might as well anyway).

So last night I renamed my addons folder to keep the game from using it and booted up wow, forcing the game to create a brand new one. I shut it down again and copied over my “bare minimum” addons from the original folder – dominos, need to know, omen, DBM, decursive – and started up the game.

OMG my unitframes

Can I just say I loathe the default Blizz frames… sooo uglyyyyy

Anyway, I took Oyasumi on a trip to Scarlet Monastary to test the mettle of the DC gremlins. Aside from battling with my crippled UI it went fairly well, and I even got to witness a rogue in a dress (/facepalm) who rolled Need on mail items (to the delight of the hunter in the group) and then complained when he couldn’t equip them.

rogue in a dress

forgive my UI, I had Xperl disabled, amongst other things

sigh

this was followed by "wtf it wont go on"

Afterward I took my level 80 toons on their daily random heroic adventures and experienced nary a DC. As this has happened before – the game acting sweet and innocent during menial tasks and going all Jekyll and Hyde on me once in a raid group – I joined a group of guildies heading to Malygos to go after the speed kill achievement to further test my setup.

Fifteen minutes and one achievement later I was still DC free! \o/

I’m too jaded to assume I’ve definitey found the problem at this point, but if it IS fixed, that points to Xperl  as the likely culprit (and it seems other people have had this issue too, I just discovered!)… which means UGH, I have to find and configure a new unitframes addon. I tried Pitbull once and lasted about fifteen minutes before my eyes glazed over at the sheer massiveness of the config panel, but I hear a new version is coming out that’s attempting to simplify the process… so maybe I will give that a go. A few guildies suggested one called Stuf as well so I might check that out…

Assuming I don’t DC ten times in tonight’s raid, that is x_x

Arright, back to work!


Victory music!

January 4, 2010

Last night after my attempted wow-fixes I logged in and managed to stay connected for about 2 hours without a DC before logging for the night. I ran a random heroic on Avvy (during which  I discovered I have a bug wherein I can’t add players to my ignore list, which apparently Blizzard is “aware of” but has no fix for at this time… augh, how shall I shield myself from the ninjas and asshats of the Whirlwind battlegroup now!?) and, after a few quests in Sholazar, dinged 80 on my paladin (woohoo! another toon ready to be mocked/kicked in heroics) – so it looks like my DC problem may be fixed! I would still like to see if it happens during a raid, where it’s the most frequent/tourette’s-inducing… but I’m cautiously optimistic.

80 80 80 hoy hoy hoy

my pally is 80! haha, I caught her blinking

Before bed I logged on my wee shammy with determination to at least get her to 40 at some point so she has a fancy fast-moving elephant to ride around on. I respcced her Elemental (Enhance and I had a bad relationship, I realize this is likely because I didn’t quite hit the point of being able to talent into dual-wielding, but I was just OVER it) and sent her some heirloom gear, hoping to be able to both dps and possibly off-heal my way through lowbie instances, which is highly preferable to questing through Tanaris/Feralas/STV/Badlands/etc for the 8th time. So now she looks slightly ridiculous in her T2-knockoff heirloom shoulders…

sillyshammy

having played Alliance forever, I never got to experience these babies in Vanilla wow

Is it just me though or does it feel like you need like 20 action bars to play a shammy? I already have a metric crap ton of totems and my little toon is only 38… her bars are already crammed full of all the spells and tricks that shammies get. (My rogue on the other hand has room for music macros, vanity pets, etc etc) I don’t know how I’m gonna fit more crap on there. (I suppose reading up on what’s needed for the spec might be helpful…)

Guess I’ll go back to working now and maybe read up a bit on protadin-ing for my fresh 80 pally if I get some time… not that I WANT to be That Tank with 26k health, but we all gotta start somewhere!

(BTW, in reference to the title of this post, this mod is awesome if you like Final Fantasy victory music to play when you down a boss, or fail music to play when you don’t :3)

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Edit 4 hours later: I’ve barely made a dent in this post on protadins over at EJ, and my eyes are already glazing over… there is a crap ton of stuff to think about as a tank x_X Is it really that complicated? Can’t I just throw on some defense/stam gear and have a go at it?

*watches healers flee in terror*


new stuffs

January 3, 2010

I was invited to a pug ICC 25 man with 5-6 other folks from my guild tonight. When I came in the group was on Deathwhisper and we cleared all the way through Saurfang. (I am still totally digging the Gunship battle and have to stifle the overwhelming urge to shout “weeeeee!” every time I launch back and forth between the ships.) I picked up the Heartpierce dagger which is a drop in stats for me, but has waaay better dps than the dagger I was using. Elitist Jerks seems to be up in the air so far as to whether on-proc weapons like this one will be better than their statted-up counterparts, but compared to what I had, I think it’ll be a DPS increase…  a guildie friend enchanted it for me after I got it and I was able to use it on the Saurfang fight, and pulled 8+k DPS o_O (previously only attainable by me on fights like XT and ToC  Twins) so it’s looking good so far!

I also finally gemmed up my new chestpiece (I was using T8.5 up until I got the cloak yesterday in an attempt to keep my Expertise at an acceptable level) and immediately noticed it looks a little different on me than my fellow guildie rogue (a male NE)… another classic example of Blizz’s gender-neutral armor design :P Needless to say Avvy now has her stylish black shirt equipped at all times.

is it too much to ask for armor that's actually... armor ;p

(This is what is looks like on a dude-toon)

Because yeah, being melee and all, I want to go charging into battle with my boobies hanging out.. maybe I can distract the boss long enough to steal his lewts!

Anyway, I noticed after the raid I’d finally accumulated enough Frost emblems to pick up the awesome trinket (for mutilate anyway) – so basically in a matter of 2 days Avvy’s gear went from “kinda ok” to decent!

My expertise is a little below cap at this point (23/26) but that should go up slightly once I get some T10 gear… and I think it won’t matter tooo much unless I reach the gear level where I start to approach the dreaded crit cap.

Afterward I did a few quests on my nearly-80 pally (can’t wait to have another toon at that fresh-80-kicked-from-every-pug point) and got to surf on a crocolisk.. weee!

crocosurfing

Aside from randomly disconnecting from WoW every 20-30 minutes or so (what IS causing this?!) it was a pretty decent evening!


time to dual spec

January 1, 2010

Reading up on post-3.3 restodrood changes it looks like haste has become the AMG NEED MORE stat of the moment. My lil resto dood Nadeau is not even close to well-geared (his gear is a curious mix of naxx and ToC10/badge stuff) but I think that just makes respeccing even MORE important for him. The spec du jour seems to be 18/0/53 for a HoTting machine. Think I also need to start running daily random heroics on him (I’ve been terrified I’ll get thrown into oculus, which I have never healed, or worse yet one of the new ICC heroics >_<)

I should mention I never dual specced this guy. Questing as a wrath-spamming restodrood isn’t THAT bad, I swear! Still, the main reason is I’m a cheapskate with my gold (my roommate, when he played wow, made fun of me for complaining about 20g items on the AH) and just didn’t want to drop the 1000g when I could do just fine slowly plugging through quests as a pathetic NE-form roots-moonfire-wrath machine. I’m beginning to think spending half my time as a fuzzy cuddly boomchicken wouldn’t be so bad, though!

Man, this toon has been the epitome of my wow-masochism – a few days ago I decided I would finally level his tailoring (which has languished at like, 195 for probably 3 years) and emptied the banks of all my toons in a rabid search for the metric crap ton of cloth it takes to level this freaking tradeskill. After much gold dumpage and a random lucky streak of skill points for a green pattern he sits now at 379, impatiently waiting for all the alts I have slowly lurching through Northrend to send him their cloth drops. (He took a brief break to pick up some novelty patterns in gnome form as well)

grind grind

don't tell me to use OneBag or Bagnon or whatever, I hates them

Gnome!Nadeau makes like a tree and leaves

Gnome druids would be awesome

Well I’m gonna log in and see what’s going on… by the way, happy new year and all that :>