Rummys Blog An world of endless Monday

Sunday, 31 May, 2009

Hit me baby one more time

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 6:38 am

Fflowers has decided he wants to level Prot!

I was leveling him in the Fury tree, dosage using defensive stance quite a bit, viagra sale when I had a  look at the talents in Defence. They look fairly reasonable, I’ll give it a try I think.

Wednesday, 27 May, 2009


Filed under: General — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:24 am

First off apologies for pulling this quote out of the guild forums, glaucoma but I was seriously impressed.

with some praktisch and coördination”

I love the fact that a normal englishman wouldn’t have written either of these words like that. Both not-English and scholarly English in one sentence!

Tickled me.

Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Red Face Day

Filed under: RP,World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:17 pm

hillary-and-reznikFrom the Diary of Hillary Fflowers

Dear Diary, pills

Watch out Arthas, information pills here I come! I’ve finally graduated! Boot camp is finished, and my Draenei bosses are happy to let me lose on the world. I was a bit upset though that there wasn’t a ceremony, none of the the other trainees were considered good enough and have to stay back and do more potatoe peeling, so it was an informal affair. Really informal, really really informal, in fact it was held in the inn at Bloodwatch. At least technician Zhana was there to see me off, we’ve really hit it off with each other and I’ll miss her sense of humour.

Actually on the humour front it seems she’s been pulling my leg a bit – you know that secret quest I was given by Reznik the Goblin from SI7? Well I let her in on it, being a woman and all I thought she might have some tips on where to get the more unusual pieces of underwear. To cut a long story short it’s all a standard bit of Apprentice Warrior hazing, you know like “fetch me a left handed screwdriver”. Anyway apparently she told Ruada and they’ve been having a right good laugh watching me running around trying to get my hands on Taurean jockstraps,  Night Elf BoyShorts, Dwarven Y Fronts, and heaven knows what else. It’s a good job I was four sheets to the wind when they told me. I can tell you some of the sights I’ve seen would turn your hair quite green (if diaries had hair that is) – I never knew trolls all went combat (ewww!)

Next time I see Renzik I’m sooo gonna shove that Jockstrap down his throat!

What’s in my Bags?

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:49 am

I’ve been wondering why there’so few free slots, one health well Iv’e just been rooting around in the bottom of my backpack and found:

12 [Festival Dumplings]

2 [Lollipop]

9 [Noblegarden Chocolate]

3 [Winter Veil Cookie]

It looks like I may have a sweet tooth!


3 [Spring Flowers] (and they dont stack!)

what can I say? Flowers FTW!

I hate myself

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 9:28 am

As if! But I was mooching around last weekend on my warrior and got asked by a guildie if I’d like to do Stockades, decease I didn’t think I was level appropriate at 21 for it so I turned it down. The kind guildie asked if maybe I’d like to do Deadmines instead. Now if you’ve been reading I would like to try Deadmines. But being the asshole that I am I turned this down too saying I was just on for a little while, web which was sortof true. Except I then wasted well over an hour getting a mouseover taunt macro working and leveling cooking and alchemy, certainly long enough to show a couple of bosses what the Munquis are made of!

I am an unthinking asshole! Apart from the lack of taunt and total inexperience at tanking there wasn’t really any reason why I couldn’t have gone for a wipefest in the Stockades, it’s a short run and I don’t think anyone has unrealistic expectations.

I seem to have an unreasonable fear of being overfaced.

Note to self: Just F*ng Do It!

Sorry Grenth.

I’ll try and remember that perfection is NOT required before I turn a request down.

Sunday, 24 May, 2009

Gnomic fun run

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 2:07 pm

The munquis held a little level 1 fun run from IronForge to SouthShore, this web I did  not place, abortion or come anywhere near placing, approved but  I still enjoyed me-little-self. being near the back I waz getting eeten by just about everything in sight, so I went for a swimmy instead. I don’t think it helped improve my placing much, but I did got to see this nice moonset while all those racers where buzzing along. It’s a shame I was on me own.


Tuesday, 19 May, 2009

Brought me up short!

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:05 pm

During yesterdays disconnect hell at one point I asked to be kicked. The next time I managed to connect (a router reboot later) I was presented with a Guild Invite screen.

A joke of course or I wouldn’t have been invited as soon as I relogged.

But, clinic it brought me up short, there were TWO buttons, accept and DECLINE!


What a concept!

I can tell you my brain started racing. What would happen if I declined and wasn’t a part of the Munquis anymore?

Just think about it a moment! Then think some more! Then even more!

The question wasn’t in doubt, I pressed Accept, but, you know, WHAT IF?

Bloody Hell!

I want my monkey back!

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:41 am

Another attempt on Malygos last night. We’re improving, health we saw Phase 3 a few times. Unfortunately we had to pull in a guild friend to fill in the third Healing spot, more about essential since our Raid Leader had to fill in the second slot with his off-toon. Just to be clear I’ve nothing against the healer we pulled in, especially since they were pretty damn good, but it’s a bit of a shame that we had to do this.

Anyway, for the first time I can remember since at least Karazahn there was another Resto Shammy in the group. For the first time ever I get to do a like for like comparison.

So, overall Healing:


healing Totals

A breakdown of Flowersz spells, lots of bits and bats, mostly Healing Wave.

Flowersz breakdown

Breakdown of Flowersz' spells

Whereas 2/3 of B’s healing comes from Chain Heal

Breakdown of Flowersz spells

Breakdown of Their spells

WTF! I want my Chain Heal monkey back, NOW!

After that we went for a Naxx Arachnid speed achievement, in truth we made a couple of tactical mistakes, we didn’t clear all the reachable trash before engaging the first boss and I forgot to ask to be put in the tank’s group, so he didn’t get the poison cleansing totem and died while I was all cocooned up. Then my internet provider started playing up, disconnecting within a couple of minutes of connecting. It’s not the router, I’ve been using it for well over a year with hardly any problems, so I’m guessing it was further down the line somewhere.

Monday, 18 May, 2009

Le Weekend

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:08 am

Hillary FflowersHillary Fflowers

Well my little warrior is now level 21 and is revered with The Exodar, salve I’ve no idea how I’m going to get him to Exulted though, purchase there are so few Draenei quests available in the “OldLands”. Anyway, he’s passably geared and I’d love to take him into The Deadmines. A couple of times I had a peek at the Looking For Group interface and there were very few toons listed, only one single player and one group both times. It’s going to be a real shame if I can’t get a group. I don’t mind the idea of wiping, I just want to try tanking.

It’s a little odd how I’m “gelling” with this warrior, the last warrior was very much unloved. I realize there’s a damn good chance I’ll get upset when I actually start tanking on him, from watching the tanks in my guild it looks like soo much hard work. But you never know, I might actually be able to do it and it would be such a shame to miss out on that.

saitek-commandunitSaitek command unit

I bit the bullet properly and have been forcing myself to use my Saitek Cyborg Command unit this weekend. So far it does seem to be working, there’s definitely a learning curve involved, but it’s coming. Originally I based my layout on some of the layouts people are using for their N52s, but I’ve already started changing it around to suit my personal preferences, and some keys are still blank to reserve spots for future spells. To maximise the number of available keys I’ve setup the joystick for movement, which is working surprisingly well, far better than my attempt on the N52 probably due to the fact that the thumb-pad is adjustable on the Saitek. In fact most people don’t use the D-Pad on the N52 for movement and I suspect that’s for the same reason: the “D-Pad” is just too far away and stiff for my thumb to reach comfortably.

Using the joystick for movement frees up 4 more keys on the main pad for spells, which should pay off later. I’ve still got a fair bit more customization to do though.

One thing I missed out on when crafting the layout was how useful my little finger is, at the moment it’s sat there doing nothing and I really think the “home” key should be something I use a fair bit. In fact at the moment I’m only using my index finger and ring fingers, and even then the ring finger isn’t doing much. Two finger playing is not using my maximum potential! I’m clicking a little too often.

Now I’m giving it a “proper” try I can see why I had difficulties even getting started with using one of these pads with a shaman, the problem isn’t the number of spells, I assume these will be “comparable”. The issue is that there are so many totems which I pretty much treat as spells. Fears – drop tremor, Lots of the group being poisoned – re-drop Poison cleansing, Need a bit of slowing – drop Earthbind, Mana low drop Mana Tide and so on. Eventually it all adds up, I imagine one of those bigger keypads like the Wolfking or the logitec one might have fit better.

When my layout settles down I’ll post it as a page so that at least others can find it using google.


I’ve taken the advice of Earth Shields and Hots and have reglyphed Flowersz from [Glyph of Lesser Healing Wave] to [Glyph of Healing Wave], that will make purely reactive tank healing poorer, but should considerably help her health pool during the Malygos fights leaving me with a little more time to heal the raid up with Healing Waves. I am spamming Healing Wave on the tank reasonably often when LHW doesn’t cut it so getting 20% back on self healing will be nice. ES and H are a really good read, Alurel is thinking about the Rest-Shaman class to a depth that probably rivals the game developers at Blizz.

Hopefully we’ll have enough players tonight for another Malygos attempt, last Thursdays failed because there was only one healer available (not me), so I guess there’s still a healer shortage even in social Guilds like the Munquis.

I’m spending so much time with Hillary that Flowersz isn’t even doing her dailies and consequently her money pool is dropping steadily. The biggest drop though was helping to fund a guildie’s Epic Flying Training <pure feelgood FTW>. They caught me in a good mood and I’ve leant them about three times more gold than I’m usually happy with, though it won’t kill me if they quit tomorrow (unlikely). Cest la vie!


Sorry, Ive not got an image stored for little ole Casper. Took Casper out on a 25km ride in the Peak District on Sunday, near Buxton. I wish I could say that I enjoyed it, but I didn’t. This is the first ride in ages that I’ve not enjoyed and that’s a real shame. There was just too much tarmac and hard farm tracks to let him go. We’re still taking it easy while he recovers from his torn suspensory ligament, everything is looking perfectly OK, we’re just being careful.


I’ve been neglecting this side of my pastimes even though I’ve had a couple of offers of fresh maps to work on. Must set aside a couple of lunchtimes a week to progress this.

By the way, that’s what Milton Keynes looked like in 1938.

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009

In a dilema

Filed under: General — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:31 pm

Dreamhost have “invited” me to a Virtual Private Server for a pretty impressive $10 off the base price of $15. Having a Dreahost PS means I can have long running processes.

The downside: you don’t actually get a lot of memory for your $5, resuscitator a mere 150MB which might be enough, unfortunately I’ve read that new environments are nothing like as performance tuned as the “shared” environments, running out of memory and giving Error 500 errors if you have too many simultaneous requests.

And there’s the nub. Most of the “ponies” site is not heavily used and would probably transfer over fine with some tweaking later. But I also run an “old maps” site that accounts for 50% of the requests, but it makes a lot (if you define lot as 36,703 tiles/½GB per day) of requests to my “tileserver” and that is likely to bomb out big style if I “upgrade”.

I can probably install a smaller quicker webserver to get this back under control but that would take time during which my site would be down almost permanently.

Ahh well, I think I’ll pass on this excellent offer. The site works well enough as it is I think, and I don’t have time to tweak it.

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