Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lessons

Yesterday, I had an interesting thing happen to me.

I was in Dalaran, taking a look at the cost of the mounts Mei Francis sells. I was there because I’m getting close to 150 mounts (I believe I’m at 126 right now) and looking for the easy ways to fill out my collection.  Besides the obvious time I need to spend at the Argent Tournament and on Netherwing rep (which will net me a cool 17 mounts, since I already have one of them from the Tournament) the purchasable mounts immediately came to mind.  I need to work on Shado-Pan and finish out Klaxxi rep, but a few purchased mounts would certainly help.

But, mounts are just the reason I was there. While I was there, a paladin whispered me, asking relatively politely if I could lend him* the money for cold-weather flying. I asked if anyone in his guild could possibly help, and he replied that no, they were mostly lower level (which I verified. I’m like that.) 

I was about to say no. But, I was out and about, spending thousands on my mount habit. He promised to pay me back. I decided to pay it forward, and went ahead and gave him 450. I know how this sort of thing works, and I didn’t want the poor boy to be without pocket money. I can pick that much cash up in an afternoon of dailies.

After we parted company, I asked him if I could ask about his toon name. And he said I could. So I asked Is it supposed to be parsed as Jo is gay, or Jois Gay? He explained that it was actually an insult to his brother.

After I digested that, and swallowed the rage that always comes up when I see gay being used as a perjorative, I said. You know, you could inadvertently hurt a lot of people’s feelings running around on a toon with that name.

And shortly thereafter, he asked if there was any way for him to change his toon’s name.   I told him the only surefire way I knew of was to pay for a name change. But later, I wondered if it would work for me to report his name… if that would get him a free pass?  But I really don’t know if just one person reporting him would work.

*I use he/him/his because the toon was a male model.
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Laid Back Dungeons

Last year, I started up the Laid Back Dungeons as a way for folks to get together and have fun in a relaxed environment, much like the Amateur Azerothian Laid Back Raids. In fact, it was JD who suggested I go ahead and run those.

For a number of reasons, I’m shutting down the LBDs for the foreseeable future.  There’s been less interest since Mists of Pandaria opened up new content and made some of the previously unsoloable content, well, soloable. There’s e been less interest with raiding getting back into full swing.

Additionally, my guild has become more active again, and so I am turning my focus inward in that respect. We have seven people with level 90 toons, enough that on any given night we may need to pick up only one person to do current 5-man content, or go do small groups in Cataclysm 5-mans. Enough that if we’re all on, we can go do some of the older 10-man raids as a guild.  Enough that the likelihood that there are 3 of us on to do Scenarios on any given Wednesday is much higher.

I’ve enjoyed running the LBDs, and helping various folks get their protodrakes while working towards getting my own. When this expansion starts to taper off, I may pick them back up. But rest assured, if you’re on my friends list, you may see a call go out for a healer, DPS, or even a tank. I’d rather run with friends than strangers.

And truth be told, my guildies and I are not the most adept players. We try hard, we learn slowly, and we try to have fun while we do those things. That means the impatience of strangers can be difficult, a thirty minute run can take the better part of the evening, and we aren’t even always able to finish what we start.  That being said, we are still a guild, and it’s time for me to take up the mantle of being a good guild leader and lead by example. So I will be playing with my guild mates.

Thank You and You and You

When I woke up on Saturday morning, the first thing I did was consider whether I was backsliding into the bug I’d had for the two previous days. Feeling fairly good for the early hour, I then wandered out to my computer, and checked my email.

Early Morning Gifting

In it was a notification from Blizzard that I’d been gifted with an item from the Pet Store. It did tell me who sent it, but sometimes suspense is fun.  So off I went to retrieve my first gift of the day:

Still trying not to Destroy Pandaria

Still trying not to Destroy Pandaria

Doesn’t Kerridwen look lovely atop Heart of the Aspects?  Thank you, Navi!

RNG Gifting

A bit later, I decided that, since I wouldn’t be running raids with Bear any more, I needed to create a mog that Breige would enjoy wearing, and that I had half a shot of obtaining:

Purty Bow! Surprisingly, from Karazhan

Purty Bow! Surprisingly, from Karazhan

Breige_NewMog_Front

The jury is still out on the hood.

One of the few drops in this set comes from Magister’s Terrace. The bow is, surprisingly, not the item. It’s the chestpiece.  So, off I went to Quel’Danas, to try my luck at getting the silly thing to drop. Each time I got to Kael’thas, I asked him for something pretty. You know, a bit of mail armor, a brightly glowing mount…

A pretty little bird!

The first time through, he thought I’d like a ring. He apparently has no idea how easily I could tear a finger off if I were wearing a giant gem! The second time, though, he provided me with a Phoenix Hatchling! Thanks, Kael.

The Best Gift of All

I took a bit of a break from hunting things to relax a bit before the scheduled run, and then after a most scrumptious supper (Shepherd’s Pie!) I hopped back online to start my birthday party.  We started with about a dozen people in Obsidian Sanctum, and a very strict loot rule: Just because the birthday girl wants it doesn’t mean you have to pass. Need if you want it for Mog/Mounts/Bags/Quests/Patterns. This was important to me. While yes, the raiding was all about my enjoyment of Wrath content with my friends, there was no reason to keep people from their shot at pretty shiny pixels. Krys won the roll for the Twilight Drake.

Off we went to Ruby Sanctum.  We actually wiped the first time, and switched off of heroic 25 to get the kill. Much easier that way.  Then I announced the next step was going to be Naxxramas. A few people bid us adieu at that point, including Phinkbunny and Mr. Amateur (who missed Obsidian as well, but I’m glad he could stop in for 15 minutes).

People were surprised that I wanted to run Naxx. It’s long. But, well, I had mog plans that required a certain drop from a certain Heigan. Not that he ponied up, but I got other things that fit in nicely with another mog I’m working on, and replaced the need to farm two dungeons.  Also, I had one raid boss to kill for a Title. And he’s in Naxx.

Besides some small things like an early pull on Heigan, and forgetting to go kill Maexna for a little while, things went quite well, and I got 6 achievements, including the coveted Champion of the Frozen Wastes. Sadly, no pets dropped, either.

We Win!

We Win!

Thank You, Jelexie, Jackoby, Yawondergirl, Matty, Seraphinity, Tyledres, Wontan, Danea, Phinkbunny, Magik, JD and Krys. 

Also, thank you Kel’Thuzad.

I was completely satisfied with my birthday. It is one of the happiest I’ve had in memory.

But Wait, There’s More

On Sunday, I decided to go ahead and go on JD’s Laid Back Raid. Since I wasn’t bound to run with Bear any more, it seemed the perfect time to get back into the runs.  We hit up Firelands, and did a few of the bosses, but got stuck on Beth’tilac. I just don’t know the fight well enough to steer him around in his circle. Also, I don’t put out all that much DPS on Breige. I guess I’m just an average hunter. 🙂  When we called it a night, JD asked if I’d gotten my drake, and I said I hadn’t. So he suggested we do a run. I protested, because I’d already been in there this week, but then was reminded that alts can try too. Well, what the heck! So Breige and several others made their way to Obsidian Sanctum, while a few bid us adieu. Somebody else won the drake.

We discussed additional alts, and I hopped over to Shoryl. And JD finally won his drake.

Pulling from the dregs, I hopped over to Sveala, and attempted to heal. That run didn’t go well. We just didn’t have the firepower to kill him before the drakes joined him. But then Matty came and saved the day.  We swept through, though with a few deaths, and

I won the drake!

I won the drake!

I don’t know if I only won because I was the only one rolling. When JD won his, I rolled an abysmal 17 to his 85.  I was too excited to care, and then discovered Sveala didn’t have the riding skill. So I had to hop over to money-bags (also known as Breige) to get the funds for some training.

Thank you, JD, Danea, Matty, and all the others who brought in every alt they had!

Minipost: Reminder for Matty (and Others)

This is just a little reminder that my Azerothian Birthday Party is Saturday the 9th beginning at 7pm Central Time.

 

Thanks Krys for pointing out my addled-brain moment.

The Great UI Overhaul, Unit Frames (Part 3)

Where we left off

Unit Frames, or What Is that Mob Up To?

Until recently, I’d always used a large addon like Perl Unit Frames to do this work, but I always found them to be slightly buggy in some way or another, so I went for something that’s both been around the block and has good reviews. You know, or used what Sona selected after she did the research. We play to our strengths, right?  So I selected Shadowed Unit Frames.

As I mentioned before, I like having my character on the left of my bars and my target on the right. Focus and Focus Target just above, and target-of-Target under my target.  Since I’m also dealing with my own pet, I chose to put Sionnach underneath Breige.  Setting those up was easy, I just placed them where I wanted to, selected how I want to see buffs and debuffs, and away we went.  SUF has a few settings worth playing with, like what you want to hide from Blizzard’s UI (say, your cast bar and buffs) and what to show on each frame’s info panel. The nice thing about SUF is that you can use global settings to set up a whole bunch of things the same way, then tweek them individually later.

The next thing to tackle in SUF is party and raid frames. I wanted both to take up the same space on my hunter, since generally I’m not doing any healing, so 25 small frames work just fine for me.  A few selections, and then some sizing was all it took. Be sure, of course, to select when to show or hide each type of frame so that you don’t get overlap. That wouldn’t be helpful.

There were a bunch of additional frames available to me, as well, like tanks and bosses. I wasn’t sure how I wanted that to go at first, so I decided to put them on the left over my chat window. I’ll see how often I need them, and suppress them later if they become a problem.

Shadowed Unit Frames with one Party Member

Shadowed Unit Frames with one Party Member

Once SUF was done, I took a look at Vuhdo, since on my shaman and priest, I use Vuhdo for my party and raid frames for the click functions.  One of the big advantages of SUF is that you can use profiles. I did the bulk of my work in the default profile, but moving over to Sruith, I started a new profile by copying from default. Then I supressed party and raid frames, and set up Vuhdo very similarly. And, of course, set up my spell clicks!

From what I’ve learned over the last 8 years of WoW playing, those two things are the meat and potatoes of my interface. Buffs, maps, and functionality addons come and go depending on my interests and their dependability.

In the next segment, we’ll talk about a few of those functional things, including maps and chat.

 

All I Want For My Birthday

Birthdays have always been a big thing in my family, though they are becoming less so* as we get older.  That, however, does not preclude me from wanting to have a birthday party. Since I just held a party at home a couple of weeks ago, I’d like, instead, to have an Azerothian birthday party.   Because one of the things that I really want is a shot at a Violet Protodrake to call my very own. 

So here’s your official invitation to my birthday party:

Date: February 9 (the actual day of my birthday, even!)

Time: 7:00 pm Central (GMT-6) until I get too tired to tank!

Where: Azeroth, Alliance side

Who:  You! If you’re not already on Ysera or hooked up with me via battletags, you should do that – Shoryl#1300. Also, your friends are welcome – up to a nice 25 person raid size

What: Northrend raids, starting with Obsidian and Ruby Sanctums, then hitting up as many of the other raids as we can get in.  I’m thinking Naxxramus after that for a shot at some pets, and then Ulduar.

Note: I’m sort of kidding about the drake. Yes, I do want one. No, I’m not going to demand everyone else skip on rolling, or throw a temper tantrum if one of you lovely folks wins it instead. 🙂 

Typical loot rules apply – need on things you really want, greed on the other stuff.

*Except, of course, that in my household, birthdays are very important again, because we need more of them.