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Friday, 26 February, 2010

Looks

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:20 pm

Although I wouldn’t say looks were particularly important to me I do find that in WoW I prefer the looks of Gnomes and Draenei. I take some care with my character creation and with Flowersz I found that despite trying different “hairstyles” on her I ended up going back to my very original choice, drugs the same is true of my gnomes. These two races feel “comfortable” to me.

On the other hand the look of the human males is somehow too too “butch” which somehow feels like they are in denial about their “feminine” side, clinic and the human females are just too vacant.

Night Elves simply don’t look right to me, and STAND STILL for goodness sake!

Dwarves look OK, not “pretty” in any sense, but they do look “no-nonsense”, I could definitely stand to look at one of these. while playing 

And finally I’m looking forwards to playing a Worgen when Cataclysm comes out.

Almost a week in..

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:43 pm

So I’ve been a Bad Apple for not quite a week, visit web most of which has been spent waiting for the armory to update my guild so I could gain access to the forums.

My very first impressions? Remember though this is from less than a week’s worth of impressions with not a lot of “down-time” when I wasn’t actively running something,  so my impressions of the guild can be way way off the mark!

Guild Chat: I’ve not been reading the guild chat most of this week, but I have been surprised. It seems quiet for a guild with so many members on, maybe it’s just my login times. There was some name-calling last night, I didn’t pay a lot of attention, it could have been a couple of players “joshing” each other, I hope so, it wasn’t too heavy, but worse than I’ve seen before in GC.

Raiding: This is active, with a scheduled 25 man ICC run, a 10 man multi-day (I think) ICC run and at least one 25 man ToC run. I’m still sitting out on most of these until I’m happy with where I am. The one I attended was well natured though.

Forums: Now this is one area where being only a member for a few days doesn’t limit my “view” much. I have access to a reasonable number of topics, though I don’t know how many are invisible due to my rank. Obviously there will be officers forums. Anyway, again I was surprised. The number of posts a week is pretty much as per my expectations but there are a lot fewer completely “random” social threads.

Anyway, that’s all on less than a week’s experience, I’ll do another re-review just before the month is up.

French

Filed under: General — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:04 pm

It’s taken as a given in the UK that the French are “touchy” about their language and don’t like it when it’s not used correctly. This is in any sort of “formal” activity, check I suspect that they are generally quite pleased when an ignorant englishman makes the effort to actually speak it.

The question that came into my mind this morning is why do the French get upset when their language is abused, but the English aren’t anything like as bothered. My first thought was colonialism, having a large number of “occupied” territories means that the “natives” are almost certainly not going to do a good job of “speaking the lingo”, but that falls down when you think that the french owned a considerable part of Africa and (I’m sure) several other countries including large swathes of Canada. So the “Pidgeon” explanation doesn’t seem to hold water.

Maybe it’s being conquered. We in England have been conquered a number of times, the last being the occupation that around a 1000 years ago. But to counter this, France on the mainland Europe have surely been conquered a few times, certainly within the last 10 centuries.

Maybe it was this, maybe it was because they’ve been occupied considerably more recently than us that makes them value their language so much more.

Maybe we British don’t care because we’ve got the USA talking our language with their diversity, or maybe we don’t care because that’s just the sort of culture we have.

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

getting on my wick

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 5:40 pm

I got accepted into the Bad Apples this weekend despite a real stinker of a guild application. I’m quietly happy that I was accepted.  I’m moderately familiar with this guild from joint raids and I’m fairly sure that I’ll get along. The guild chat is at about the right level for an baldy “liberal” like me, health some innuendo, sildenafil friendly trashing of other players. From only a couple of hours logged in they seem very like the Munquis in style.

Seedling is my new rank in the Bad Apples. It’s the bottom rank, which I had to request. On joining I was instantly bumped to the next to bottom rank, Jonagold or some such, but I think I’d rather sit quietly at the bottom of the pond for a while before unleasing my own special style of misunderstandings and random spoutings. At least until I’ve had some time to familiarise myself. And at least until the weather improves enough that I can commit to some kind of raid schedule.

What with the weather making my arrival home time late and erratic I could see that I shouldn’t sign up for any raids this week, nothing like a no-show to create a bad impression, so I queued up on Sunday for an Ice Crown Citadel PUG. (did you spot the link?)

I got invited to a group after a while, I had some reservations since the first boss was already downed which usually means the raid had previously experienced difficulties. I was even more worried when it turned out that the group needed yet another healer even after I had joined. Fortunately one was found before I had finished working the Auction House and off we went. It actually went fairly well and Flowersz has now done the last boss in this wing getting the “Storming the Citadel” achievement and a new pair of boots – [Boots of the Frozen Seed] into the bargain. Is it just me or is there something just a little weirdly AI about that name? It puts me in mind of the old joke “Santa comes only once a year, but when he does he fills your stockings”.

So that was a nice pug, not all are nice.

I joined a Forge of Souls group for my daily and it stank. The first boss of two was down (again with the warning bells) and when I asked what happened to their previous healer I was told “they needed pruning”. Finally I arrived at the group, tossed Earth Shield on the tank, arranged my totems according to the group and sat to eat some haste food while seeing what “buffs” I could ask for, when I noticed the tank trotting off to the multi-faced boss! We did manage to down him but two of the DPS died. Serves them right! I gave them a little bit of my mind, cutting back on the swearing settling on “wallys” rather than what I was saying out loud. And I explained that it was a good idea to let shaman do blah blha blah before pulling. I don’t know if it sank in, probably not, they were probably just thinking “drama queen” and “yay! We won!”. Wallys! The only good thing was that it was over quickly and I got my two frosties (does that make me a pug whore?).

I’ve not mentioned the Munquis much in this post, and I think I should. I have seriously enjoyed my time with them and count many of them as friends, I keep running /who Munqui and adding them to my friends list. I am sad to leave. But I would be a sadder puppy if I stayed.

One Munqui suggested that it was the new LFG that had caused the decline, I’m not sure it can take all the blame, players are also just getting bored. LFG despite it’s overall “wonderfullness” definitely does have downsides. IMHO the biggie is a reward system that gives you 2 Emblems of Frost a day for running stuff as trivial as Utgarde Keep. Making doing these dungeons almost another Daily grind and stealing away the point of raiding as a guild. I’ll explain what I mean, I’m running just under a dungeon a day netting me 12 EoF’s a week. If I raid ICC for Emblems of Frost I can reasonably expect to get no more than 8 (2 per boss) per week, and more usually 4 or even 2. That on it’s own makes it feel like it’s only just worth it.

And let’s not forget the older places like Naxx, Ulduar and Trial of the big round room. No frosties to be had there. Even if it’s the weekly raid quest, players only down 1 (sometimes 2) bosses to get their rewards and don’t go any further, there’s simply no profit in it.

I raid for a few reasons, one: the companionship, two:the joy of rewards, and three: the challenge.  I’m at the point now where all that was left was the companionship, really nice, and it would probably be enough on it’s own despite being only one of the essential “food groups”. But it wasn’t happening.
How come the armory updates your gear within seconds of logging out, click
but takes days to spot that you have changed guild, huh?

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Seedling

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:11 pm

I got accepted into the Bad Apples this weekend despite a real stinker of a guild application. I’m quietly happy that I was accepted.  I’m moderately familiar with this guild from joint raids and I’m fairly sure that I’ll get along. The guild chat is at about the right level for an baldy “liberal” like me, information pills some innuendo, cough friendly trashing of other players. From only a couple of hours logged in they seem very like the Munquis in style.

Seedling is my new rank in the Bad Apples. It’s the bottom rank, tooth which I had to request. On joining I was instantly bumped to the next to bottom rank, Jonagold or some such, but I think I’d rather sit quietly at the bottom of the pond for a while before unleasing my own special style of misunderstandings and random spoutings. At least until I’ve had some time to familiarise myself. And at least until the weather improves enough that I can commit to some kind of raid schedule.

What with the weather making my arrival home time late and erratic I could see that I shouldn’t sign up for any raids this week, nothing like a no-show to create a bad impression, so I queued up on Sunday for an Ice Crown Citadel PUG. (did you spot the link?)

I got invited to a group after a while, I had some reservations since the first boss was already downed which usually means the raid had previously experienced difficulties. I was even more worried when it turned out that the group needed yet another healer even after I had joined. Fortunately one was found before I had finished working the Auction House and off we went. It actually went fairly well and Flowersz has now done the last boss in this wing getting the “Storming the Citadel” achievement and a new pair of boots – [Boots of the Frozen Seed] into the bargain. Is it just me or is there something just a little weirdly AI about that name? It puts me in mind of the old joke “Santa comes only once a year, but when he does he fills your stockings”.

So that was a nice pug, not all are nice.

I joined a Forge of Souls group for my daily and it stank. The first boss of two was down (again with the warning bells) and when I asked what happened to their previous healer I was told “they needed pruning”. Finally I arrived at the group, tossed Earth Shield on the tank, arranged my totems according to the group and sat to eat some haste food while seeing what “buffs” I could ask for, when I noticed the tank trotting off to the multi-faced boss! We did manage to down him but two of the DPS died. Serves them right! I gave them a little bit of my mind, cutting back on the swearing settling on “wallys” rather than what I was saying out loud. And I explained that it was a good idea to let shaman do blah blha blah before pulling. I don’t know if it sank in, probably not, they were probably just thinking “drama queen” and “yay! We won!”. Wallys! The only good thing was that it was over quickly and I got my two frosties (does that make me a pug whore?).

I’ve not mentioned the Munquis much in this post, and I think I should. I have seriously enjoyed my time with them and count many of them as friends, I keep running /who Munqui and adding them to my friends list. I am sad to leave. But I would be a sadder puppy if I stayed.

One Munqui suggested that it was the new LFG that had caused the decline, I’m not sure it can take all the blame, players are also just getting bored. LFG despite it’s overall “wonderfullness” definitely does have downsides. IMHO the biggie is a reward system that gives you 2 Emblems of Frost a day for running stuff as trivial as Utgarde Keep. Making doing these dungeons almost another Daily grind and stealing away the point of raiding as a guild. I’ll explain what I mean, I’m running just under a dungeon a day netting me 12 EoF’s a week. If I raid ICC for Emblems of Frost I can reasonably expect to get no more than 8 (2 per boss) per week, and more usually 4 or even 2. That on it’s own makes it feel like it’s only just worth it.

And let’s not forget the older places like Naxx, Ulduar and Trial of the big round room. No frosties to be had there. Even if it’s the weekly raid quest, players only down 1 (sometimes 2) bosses to get their rewards and don’t go any further, there’s simply no profit in it.

I raid for a few reasons, one: the companionship, two:the joy of rewards, and three: the challenge.  I’m at the point now where all that was left was the companionship, really nice, and it would probably be enough on it’s own despite being only one of the essential “food groups”. But it wasn’t happening making for a sad Rummy.

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Big Step

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 8:15 am

Well, cough I’ve done it, I’ve quit the Munquis on my main. I put out a couple of feelers and I’ve had a bite , so I shan’t be guildless for long.

Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

Scared

Filed under: General — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:37 pm

I just want to write this so I have something to remind me, thumb already it’s fading.

Woke up this morning knowing that there might be some snow, no rx and looking out the window, yes, there it was. A thin coating on the ground outside the house. Nothing too serious, the main road is certain to be clear. Descision made: Go in by bike and avoid the train.

By the time I left the house there was a little snow falling but not much and I made it to the end of the drive and onto the main road. By the way, it’s a shared drive, we’re not that rich! So, the  main road had a very light dusting, but nothing important. I turned to go up the hill behind out house to see to the horses. Here it started being not so good, the light dusting on the main road was a light layer on this untreated road. I crawled up the steep hill in first gear without any problems though.

Horses done and the snow is now falling “properly” which is not a good thing when you’re riding a motorbike. Now I’ve got to go down the hill; put the bike in first so I can use engine breaking to control my speed while leaving my feet to skid along the road for extra support.

Going down the hill was the scariest thing I’ve done in ages! About half way down the hill the back wheel starts to slip occasionally and I want to put on the front brakes to slow down. But you really can’t do that on snow! So I’m stuck with going down the hill, no brakes and barely able to control my speed even using engine breaking.

I was scared and my heart was starting to race! The only consolation I had was that if I went over it would be quite slow. Though lets not forget that I broke my ankle last year going “quite slow”.

Anyway, long story short, I made it to the main road, now covered in snow, and crawled home in first. Grabbed the van and made a rush for the train station in time to catch the train in.

Now that I’m here the weather’s fine and I feel somehow cheated that everyone else had a fine journey in!

Sigh.

Monday, 15 February, 2010

yawn

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:33 pm

Didn’t do much this weekend…

Bailed out on a Pit of Saron group – the tank was getting on my nerves and I left when we wiped on “Itchy and Scratchy”. I’m not proud, medic but the tank kept saying learn the tactics on Garfrost and then didn’t give any hints on the second boss.

Pugged into another ICC raid, doctor this one only downed Marrowgar, salve but to be fair it was an alt run for “Lords of Light” and they were trying to kite one of the mobs for the raid quest and they didn’t have many melee DPS. This run was more sociable than last weeks PuG, I guess because it was mostly a guild run, there was much more chat. Though it wasn’t entirely to my liking, in style, there was at least an aura of friendship. The raid leader even apologised when he called the run. On the plus side, as well as being a fairly enjoyable way of passing a couple of hours, Flowersz reached friendly with whichever faction it it and now has the [Ashen Band of Wisdom]. This pushes her gear score just over 5k, for what it’s worth, which, in my opinion, is not a lot at all.

The Munquis still seem to be getting quieter and quieter.  There has been some actvity on the forums regarding raid “funding” that has reasonably been toned down to just getting the raiders to pool crafting skills for flasks and food. We’re NOT a raiding guild after all.  But, the catch is, the only raids scheduled are for the weekly raid and, of late, we’ve been doing just the single boss and then stopping. Not even going on to do “Trial of the big round room”. Such a shame (in my opinion). If that’s how it’s going to be until Cataclysm comes around I may have to start looking elsewhere to get my “raid fix”.

I Got A Silver Machine.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:03 pm

Last night’s raid has reminded me how much I really enjoy raiding with the Munquis.

Unfortunately things are going quiet on that front with low attendance, link certainly mine. Because I ride a motorbike to work; if the weather’s looking like it might contain snow I have to use the train and that means I don’t get home until after raid start time. So I sign up as tentative or not at all. So that’s another raid that doesn’t happen for me, and sometimes for the guild.

Then there’s the whole grinding for badges for gear front, which, like all grinds is getting to be a grind. I think I’m going to stop forcing myself to join LFG every day just for the frost emblems, it’s plain stupid! I’m slowly but surely getting wise to you Blizzard! Not that I won’t run randoms, just that I’ll be doing it with guildies from here on in.

So that’s one change I’ll be doing right away.

In guild there seems to be a general, slight, defection to the new kid on the block “alods”, now I’ve not played it, but I’m kindof imagining what’s happening there is that guildies are re-discovering the joys of leveling up alts. Only this time an alt in another world. Or maybe not.

I haven’t given it much thought, but  I’m beginning to wonder if a shakeout is needed. Perhaps a guild hop, or game hop, or, heaven forbid, going cold turkey. Though that last idea is not particulary paltable.

Spending more time “in-guild” should help me see how I’m feeling.
AKA Casper the pony.

First “ride” of the season, obesity
and pretty much as expected, treat
he was pulling all the way. Even on the last part when he was on his own he thought that 20Kph was a sensible speed for roadwork. 

Just need to work on our fitness now so we can up the distance from a paltry 15Km to a more sensible 40Km.

Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

Tired?

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:51 pm

Last night’s raid has reminded me how much I really enjoy raiding with the Munquis.

Unfortunately things are going quiet on that front with low attendance, opisthorchiasis certainly mine. Because I ride a motorbike to work; if the weather’s looking like it might contain snow I have to use the train and that means I don’t get home until after raid start time. So I sign up as tentative or not at all. So that’s another raid that doesn’t happen for me, and sometimes for the guild.

Then there’s the whole grinding for badges for gear front, which, like all grinds is getting to be a grind. I think I’m going to stop forcing myself to join LFG every day just for the frost emblems, it’s plain stupid! I’m slowly but surely getting wise to you Blizzard! Not that I won’t run randoms, just that I’ll be doing it with guildies from here on in.

So that’s one change I’ll be doing right away.

In guild there seems to be a general, slight, defection to the new kid on the block “alods”, now I’ve not played it, but I’m kindof imagining what’s happening there is that guildies are re-discovering the joys of leveling up alts. Only this time an alt in another world. Or maybe not.

I haven’t given it much thought, but  I’m beginning to wonder if a shakeout is needed. Perhaps a guild hop, or game hop, or, heaven forbid, going cold turkey. Though that last idea is not particulary paltable.

Spending more time “in-guild” should help me see how I’m feeling.

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