Chomping at the bit

April 23, 2010

Heh, I just realized banner!Avvy up above (and some of the other alties in the pic as well) is wearing old gear that I have  long since vendored – however, since I’m too lazy to update my banner every time I get new gear (well… at least new shoulders, heh, I could be like a pantsless TV anchorman for all you know!) you’ll just have to deal with sadly-out-of-date Avvy welcoming you to the site.

I also just realized my gnome mage is the only toon I have the helm displayed on… but that’s because engineering goggles are so AWESOME LOOKING >_>

Anyway!

I’ve been a bit… frustrated… as of late with state of raiding in my guild. We seem to be stuck and/or constipated with our raiding lately – the 25-man schedule has dropped from 2 times a week to 1  (which seriously hinders progression right there in my opinion) and we typically steamroll the first 4 ICC bosses with ease before beating our heads against festergut and/or rotface a few times and then calling it for the night. It feels like we SHOULD be able to down these bosses easily and I’m not sure what’s holding us back (aside from the aforementioned lackluster raiding schedule).

I have a coworker who took an extended break from wow shortly after WotLK came out. In the last 2 months, he reactivated his account, geared up through heroics, joined an up-and-coming ICC guild that was just starting to learn the Deathbringer fight when he joined, and is now knocking on the Lich King’s door with that same guild. All in the space of a little more than a month. (He doesn’t cease to rub it in on a daily basis, either ;P)

Meanwhile, my guild has paused time and floats ethereally in the plane of stagnation, repeating the same old dance week after week after week and not getting anywhere with our progression.

There may be an attitude issue at play here as well – raiders start to drop out like flies when we reach the “progression” fights (rotface and fester at this point) and I’m almost beginning to think they mostly want to tag along for the fights we can down easily and avoid wiping on learning attempts… which is incredibly frustrating to me. I WANT to progress! I WANT to learn new fights and experience the joy of downing a new boss for the first time with the guild! We’ve already lost several of our better-geared members to further-progressed pugs (they haven’t left the guild, but they don’t raid with us, either) and I have to say, as much as I hate to admit it, that option is looking pretty tempting these days…

I’ve talked to a few of my longtime friends from the RC days (some of whom are officers in the current guild) and they’ve expressed similar frustrations. I’m not sure what it will take to change this but having at least 2 raid days a week again is the first big step… heck, one raid day a week isn’t even casual… it’s more like pug status.

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In other news, I blew ten bucks and picked up the Lil-XT pet. My new favorite thing is to bust him out when someone sets down one of those annoying train sets, as Lil-XT will immediately exclaim “NEW TOYS?! FOR ME!?” and run to the middle of the train set, then proceed to smash the crap out of it and blow it up. He then slurks back over to you with “I THINK I BROKE IT…” hahah. Clever Blizz, very clever!

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/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!


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


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.