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Monday, 1 March, 2010

Stupidity incarnate – Mine and others.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:55 pm

So continuing with the Bad Apples……

On Friday I got asked if I’d like to go to a continuation raid of Icecrown Citadel 10 man. I turned it down because it meant that I wouldn’t get the weekly raid (Marrowgar must die) as they had already passed him. I’ll come back to that in a bit.

On Saturday I queued in looking for raid for a Pickup group to do this quest. The first group took ages to get together and what’s worse they had already started but not finished the trash. Ring those Alarm bells! We managed only one attempt. During which Dollydagger typed:

raid Dollydagger: heal
raid Dollydagger: heal me pls

Fortunately I don’t get much chance to read Raid Chat during an encounter or Dollydagger would have been one of the first to DIE!

After the attempt the following conversation took place:

raid Dollydagger: wtf
raid Dollydagger: roflmao!
raid Dollydagger: roflmao!
raid Dollydagger: roflmao!
raid Badal: this is not dps
raid Dollydagger: heal
raid Melih: damn healer we lose 3 dpses
raid Dollydagger: heal in impale damn you!
raid Melih: 4
raid Dollydagger: healer great job! (sarcasm?)
raid Dollydagger: OMG U RLY DONT KNOW TACTS
raid deleted: your talking to me right
raid Flowersz: who are you talking to.
raid Flowersz: there are 9 other "you"'s

And then Dollydagger quit. After he’d gone someone posted

raid deleted: Recount - Healing Done for Overall Data
raid deleted: 1. Carline   1197332 (3639.2, shop  39.7%)
raid deleted: 2. Flowersz  999434 (3204.3, sickness  33.1%)
raid deleted: 3. deleted   756259 (2611.0, sale  25.1%)

And I can say 3k+ HPS is red hot for me and the total healing was way way above what should be needed on this fight.

I’ve kept some of the names on this log because sometimes you have to name and shame, and Dollydagger definitely comes in the shame category, and Melih is worth naming. 

So the group disbanded and I queued again. After a, pretty normal by my standards, bit of confusion about gear score (Brefest Regalia For The Win) I was accepted,

2/27 18:54:49.708  [Raid] Slothsloth: Errr...1112gs flowersz?
2/27 18:55:01.702  [Raid Leader] Azda: no
2/27 18:55:08.035  [Raid Leader] Azda: 5071
2/27 18:55:14.469  [Raid Leader] Azda: ? see 5071
2/27 18:55:21.041  [Raid] Flowersz: sorry, I'll put on my healing stuff
2/27 18:55:25.950  [Raid] Flowersz: this is my "around town"
2/27 18:55:35.246  [Raid] Flowersz: try again

Only to be kicked (I have to say with my full agreement) because I wasn’t up for doing a full run, just the first boss.

So no weekly raid quest completion – I should have taken up Friday’s invite, at least I’d have been doing something useful and probably gathered a couple of Emblems of Frost while I was at it.

And so onto Sunday, a 25 man guild raid on ToC. Very slow starting, like 45 minutes late because we had to find 5 extra bodies! But we did get as far as downing the Faction Champions, Flowersz got a belt upgrade and passed on two other caster (mainly resto) Mail pieces, one because it was too small an upgrade, and the other because it was a definite downgrade. On the healy meters…. I was worried because the first fight I recorded (Jax) showed Flowersz at 6th out of 6 healers, behind the raid leader! The Faction champions put that right, and she came in at 3rd behind the two druids. She always comes behind the druids, I think that’s just how the game is at the moment. Anyway I’m not worried that Flowersz is going to be a burden on the Bad Apples. Sometimes Flowersz does come low on the meters because I have a habit of not healing if it looks like the rest of the team are more than adequate to the job.

As usual I did the daily Random Heroics over the weekend. Absolutely nothing to say, these are getting very close to a 45 minute quest in difficulty, just: queue, do the kills, leave. The bosses do more talking than the other players. Unless I’m grouped with a Munqui, which happens more often than I’d expect, then there’s time for a bit of fun…

Escrik Park – Ride

Filed under: Rides — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:14 pm

This weekend we took the pony out to Escrick park for his second pleasure ride of the season. There was a lot of doubt about whether we were going to attend; first of all we didn’t receive any maps or ride details leading us to suspect that it had been called off, doctor and then the weather looked like it was going to be torrential on the day. So I’d mentally decided that this probably wasn’t going to happen. Sue made a phone call on Saturday and then it was back to all go!

Sunday morning, a late start so we could avoid most of the 80 odd expected riders, and off we go after loading the route from a couple of years ago onto the GPS watch.

It turned out to be a pleasant 20km, Casper was dutifully drugged up an hour before the ride so he was in a calm mood. The weather had changed overnight from potentially bad to dry. Most of the other horses had left before us so we wouldn’t be getting overtaken. A decent set-up for the day.

The route, though different was generally the same as a couple of years ago, so the pony satnav was useful, and even if it hadn’t been, the route was very well marked. The ground was boggy, but most of the route was on hard track and unaffected. Casper was in a good mood so we trotted most of the way with some nice gentle canters.

We did make an “on the day” change, which we normally try to avoid, this was because the gaiters on the “boots” he’s wearing until we get him shod were rubbing his pastern. So we put some vet-wrap on his pasterns (instead of tights) and that actually worked for the entire ride without any significant problems. There was a small rub at the bottom of the vetwrap, but not enough to actually break the skin. I pulled him up after about 5km to check up on how well this new change was working, if the rub-protection had failed I was going to turn back home. Just after we’d pulled back from canter to trot to walk the dozy little sod tripped and I ended up going ever so gently over his head to land on the ground. No-one was hurt and I got an excellent view of his feet, all was well. Onwards!

The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful, we passed a number of other pleasure riders, gently so as not to upset their horses by storming pass. All was pretty good. Sue even cycled out to meet us half way, always a pleasure to see her.

The only, less than good, point was when we caught up with a couple of the 30km riders who, looking over their shoulders and seeing us decided to canter off. I find this behaviour annoying, it winds both me and Casper up – If we’ve caught up with you it’s because we’re going faster than you, just cantering off to keep us behind is at best only a temporary measure, I promise we’ll be passing you sooner or later, you may as well accept that and let us pass now!

So we finished sound and only a couple of kph over the maximium limit for pleasure rides (oops!).

All in all it’s a decent ride, not really a barefoot ride, and a little hard if you are concerned about that. I think we’ll probably alternate this ride with the Shipley park ride in future, it’s on at the same sort of time and about the same driving distance, and, from memory, one that can be done barefoot.

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