Archive for February, 2010

I Pity the Gnome

Yeah, so love is in the air…

Ironically I have time this year to complete this achievement for the very reason that the only love that I have been breathing lately is the unconditional love of Odin.. well assuming he gets the icecream.. the ball.. the Spiderman action figure and 80% possession of my PC.

When I grabbed that screenshot I was feeling a little melancholy.. I mean really, unless you are a gaming couple, where can the love possibly be in a MMORPG (without the RPG of course… Although [ANAL} Pyroblast does kind of have a romantic ring to it).

Aint Gnome’a do it!

I promise myself I will not roll a Goblin when BurningWrathOfTheCataclysm comes out,.  Goblins are pretty low on my ladder… (more…)

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Come on folks, you know that people use this application to get their personal and precious thoughts down while on the run.

I’m sure you know how much it hurts to write an essay only to have the dog eat it, get a Windows blue screen of death or have the wordpress app crap out AGAIN and lose your post.

Seriously, I don’t know what the problem is, but it has been around from the beginning and every time I download the new version (I got 2.2 last night) I pray that you have fixed the one thing that matters.

Reading comments is great, replying to them is even better…

but what I want the app for is to WRITE POSTS!

That’s not too much to ask of a blogwriting application, is it? (more…)

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An Excellent Comment

I have been meaning to turn this comment into a post for a couple of weeks now, but I have been struggling to make it better by putting my words around it.

What’s worse is I know I took note of the original post, the url, the title, the blog name… I had it all.  It ever appeared in the half-arsed WordPress “My Comments” section of the blog control panel, when the blog owner made a reply.  Unfortunately, the half-arsed WordPress “My Comments” section is one page long.  If a dozen comments appear in quick succession, well, you wont know about the older ones unless someone comments again pushing it to the top.

So I’m hoping that either the blog author, or the commenter (Feralan) stumble across this post and remind me so I can give proper credit.

Then it occurs to me, why do anything more than drag it from the obscurity of a comments thread?

So here is Feralan’s response to a post over at ___FILL_IN_THE_BLANK___

Edit: Found it just prior to post going live, and I can’t be bohered rewritting… so the credit for the post that contains this comment goes to Wildgrowth with the post No PuG Left Behind. You can’t blame a Mage for forgetting a TreeBlog’s url can you?

Feralan said:

This is really a joke.

I’m one of those much-hated “casuals”, and a roleplayer to boot. I raided a while but burned out from it and quit last autumn. And you know what? I’m PINING for the days of the TBC heroics, and so are my equally casual, roleplaying guildies. I cannot imagine how anyone could consider these constant “nerfs” to be a good thing.


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Natural Gatekeepers

Do you miss natural gatekeepers?

I know I do.

Of course at this point, you have no idea what I’m talking about.

This thought occurred to me while I was chatting to SlikRX/Balthazario, who has become a regular, like a real guildy, in Armaggedon’s Coming.

How regular?
He brought his wife as well!

Anyway, I was chatting to Balth while I was running VoA. The raid leader clearly stated from the outset that it was a whole clear.

That was when I discovered that the raid I had joined, the one committed to clearing VoA was 1/2 full of one-wipe pansies.

Back in the good Old days

Which got me thinking and chatting to Balth.

He’s young enough, (/wink) in game terms anyway, that he didn’t experience the joys of gatekeepers in the Burning Crusade (more…)

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Grow Up Australia!

Australia is a bit weird in some ways.

For instance, we rant about our right to freedom of speech, but in reality we have no legislated right to freedom of speech. Usually people find this out the hard way.

We take a hard line on government censorship… China you bastards… Your net censorship is piss-weak in comparison to the incoming Australian net censorship!

Likewise we don’t mess about rating video games.

Good hunh. No R rating means a 5 year old could buy the most bloodthirsty porn filled game a shop.

It sounds like this is a good thing (ok, maybe not little kids with age inappropriate games). Not rating them has to be good right?

No rating = no limitations, right?

Wrong! (more…)

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The Next Hero Class Is….

The one you are playing right now!

Yes, I admit it, I was out of my brain on THL yesterday at work… (just quietly, between you and me… I never really liked (past tense) The Hunting Lodge, didn’t think it would last more than a month… proof positive that Gnomes Gnow Gnothing!)  I sure as hell hope work don’t start podcast testing, cause I would fail every test… I am constantly high on podcasts (If I can’t read ’em, I might as well plug into ’em)

So the purveyors of all things illicit (errr Hunter topics + more) were talking about what is in store for the next few years and they believe what I know I joked about in the past, that we will see WoW live as long as characters with 100 levels.

Which got me thinking, well something like thinking anyway.

Hero classes were going to be BIG!

We all had an idea on what the next Hero class would be after getting screwed over by Overpowered Death Knights, Healing Mages… Spell casting tanks, DPSing Priests… Ohh they do that already (Notice how the Shadow Priest stigma has gone over the years… tell someone you didn’t heal cause you were shadow 3 years ago and you got laughed out of the instance… if not the game) (more…)

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  • Gnomeaggedon is “of Gnomeregan”
  • Squidly is “THE Patient”.

I’m not patient

There is nothing patient about Gnomeaggedon beyond a title tucked away in the character screen.

Sure he’s prepared to wait for his Frostfire Bolt to launch, but not his Pyroblast unless it’s instant.

LFD, sure I’ll wait the 15 minutes, but I’m not sitting idle. Loremaster, dailies, screenshots, there is always something to fill the time.

I think that’s one of the reasons Gnomeaggedon is loving battlegrounds again. Short casts, instant casts, quick deaths.

Neither is he!

Squidly on the other hand has, for some unknown reason, less patience.

Maybe it’s the quick buffing… Drop 4 totems, buffing complete.

Maybe it’s Riptide’s fault – cast & forget (but that cooldown drives me crazy).

Maybe it’s DPS taking avoidable damage, causing me to spam chain heal, causing me to drink, causing me to scream a little inside.

I’m not sure what it is, but I often find myself looking at “The Patient” title and being reminded to take a deep breath, relax and be patient (more…)

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What’s bloody new!

Nymesis writes:

Seen the 3.3.2 patch notes yet?

Check these out for the inner WARlock in you….lol.

Keep up the awesome posts man.

Warlock (Forums / Talent Calculator)

•Shadow Embrace: Now stacks 3 times (Up from 2) Healing reduction effect reduced to 2/4/8/10% (Down from 3/6/9/12/15%)

•Demonic Pact: This talent now increases your spell damage by 2/4/6/8/10% (Up from 1/2/3/4/5%). The buff effect to the party or raid members is unchanged.

•Conflagrate: Periodic Spell damage increased to 40% (Up from 20%)
•Empowered Imp: Damage done by imp increased to 10/20/30% (Up from 5/10/15%)
•Improved Shadow Bolt: Now increases Shadow Bolt damage 2/4/6/8/10% (Up from 1/2/3/4/5%)

I been sitting on that for a few days… needless to say I was somewhat gobsmacked… I’m been walking around the house now for days in a kind of stupor…

It’s good to know my readers care enough to taunt me… My Warlock readers no less…

Of course there has to be some good new in the patch notes…


  • All healing abilities (including items such as potions) will be decreased in effectiveness by 10% when in Battlegrounds, Arenas, or Wintergrasp.

Umm yeah… OK, maybe not…

Ohh hang on… what’s this?


  • Working as intended
  • Will still deliver Warlock’s Imps on a platter!

Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout! (more…)

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Are you being called to the battlegrounds?


I had a LAN this weekend, 1/2 dozen of my closest mates.  Tree Hugger Dave even flew the 2,000 odd km down to join in.

We had some WoW obligations (raids etc), but the rest was up to us.

We did a bit of CoD (Call of Duty) Zombie hunting… man that just makes me want to do head shots all day long…

It's my flag... MY Flag I tell you!

Mmm head shots…

I managed to drag Mr. Z into some battlegrounds.

He’s one of those PvE Rogues… the ones where the guild doesn’t even bother to raid unless he’s there (more…)

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Honor in Battlegrounds

Some  people can PvP,

Others can’t but give it a good hard crack.

One  thing that is certain is that Battlegrounds are about HONOR!

Honor in Battlegrounds

Whether you are For the Horde!, or For the Alliance! battlegrounds are about honor.

There’s just one little problem…

The Definition of Honor.

Definitions of honor on the Web:

  • award: a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; “an award for bravery
  • bestow honor or rewards upon; “Today we honor our soldiers”; “The scout was rewarded for courageous action”
  • the state of being honored
  • the quality of being honorable and having a good name; “a man of honor” (more…)

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