Rogue’s Journal, Month 10

Being a Rogue, I have often found it easy to pick up a job or two in small towns. I had been doing some small tasks for the town of Brill lately. I must have made a good impression as I was summoned to see one of the city leaders. After a small wait, he took me aside. He had been commanded to find an agent with proven worth against the Scourge. He found me. He could not tell me the details regarding the command which had fallen to him, but he could tell me it dealt with recruiting a wayward lich. That and a stern warning; it may be dangerous.

I was told to head into the Undercity to meet with Bethor Iceshard, a high-ranking and powerful mage, in the Magic Quarter. Off I went, soon passing under the Zeppelins. I’ll have to remember to write soon about those wonderous machines the goblins have put together to help move us long distances. One left the dock, passing it’s large shadow over me, as I walked by the base of the Zeppelin tower.

Entering the Ruins of Lordaeron, I was warmed by our past victories here. The trip to the Undercity is always pleasant for me. The odors are fantastic. Eventually I worked my way down far below the ruins into the Undercity. I walked through the bustle of the big city towards the Magic Quarter and finally to my goal.

Bethor greeted me, “There is a lich who dwells on an island in Brightwater Lake to the north of the Undercity. Although this lich is a free-willed Forsaken, he believes all other Undead are Scourge slaves and will order his minions to attack anyone who approaches him. But, because he is Forsaken, the Queen will want him. And if he is skilled in Necromancy, then his knowledge would be … quite useful to us. To discover his identity and his talents, I must see his spellbook. Steal into his camp and acquire it, then return to me.”

I accepted the quest, as I had grown weary of the simple tasks that the people of Brill were too lazy to do for themselves. I packed up some supplies and sheathed my two new daggers I had purchased from the auction house in Orgrimmar a few days before. They were nice and sharp, ready to do my stealthy bidding.

I hiked north from the Undercity, past Brill, until I found Brightwater Lake. My trip had been uneventful and thus I made good time. I slid into the lake, sinking to the bottom. Being Undead, not needing to breathe has it’s advantages. I could just walk across the bottom of the lake towards the island and nobody would have a chance to see me.

I surfaced under a dock on the shore of the island and surveyed my surroundings. A few minions were walking about so I slipped into the shadows to look for this lich. A couple of times a minion got too close for comfort so I was forced to silence them. Eventually I spotted the lich, and more importantly his spellbook. Staying mostly to the shadows and next to trees, I was able to sneak up to his camp and slide the book into my pack unnoticed. Back into the lake and on to the Undercity.

I handed the spellbook to Bethor and his eyes grew wide. The lich was well-known to Bethor, one by the name of Gunther Arcanus. After paying me a healthy reward, Bethor spoke. “Long ago Gunther and I, along with the now Scourge Necromancer Thule Ravenclaw, were friends and students within the Kirin Tor – a society of mages in Dalaran. Gunther and I both fell to the Plague, but I thought he either remained dead, or was raised into the ranks of the Lich King. It is good to know he is free. We must have him. I have placed a spell on his book that, when he sees it, will show him that I too am free of the Lich King. After knowing this, it is my hope that he will join us.”

I was asked if I would go back to the island and give the spellbook directly to Gunther. Considering that my financial status could use still more improvement, I greedily accepted.

AO? Hell no!

I signed up for the free 7 days plan in Anarchy Online. 15 minutes later I cancelled my account. Yeah, it’s that bad. I tried, but I couldn’t get past the first 3 bugs I encountered. 3 bugs that have been in the game since I left it a long time ago. Nice work there Funcom.

I’d rather play Asheron’s Call 2. That says a lot.

Damn You Inhibit

My good buddy Inhibit is going on a trip, just when he almost talks me into trying Anarchy Online again. Well, maybe I’ll still do it or maybe I’ll wait until he gets back. Or maybe I’ll just ignore it altogether. Too bad he is not in the World of Warcraft beta, I think he’d really enjoy it.

Been playing my Undead Rogue in WoW lately. Hit level 10 last night so I could start dual wielding. I have this unhealthy urge to dual wield in every game I play, usually with unhappy results. So far so good in WoW.

WoW is the solo paradise I’ve been looking for in an MMORPG. It is a real treat to accomplish most everything in the game just on your own wits. I can count the number of times I’ve grouped on one hand, and even then it was usually just because someone else was in the same spot doing the same quest. 5 minutes later I am on my own again.

The thing I really enjoy about the Rogue class in WoW is how hard it is to get in trouble. If things turn ugly, you have several methods of escape. Stun and run, a boosted run, or both if needed. I also enjoy going stealth and sneaking up on things. Backstab! I’ve been able to do many things with my Rogue that I would have had to fight my way into and out of with other classes. Several quests I’ve done have asked me to go into a camp and kill a named mob. Not having to fight through all the guards makes quick work of things, as well as an increased heart rate. Sneak in, kill the named mob, sneak out. The guards are left wondering what the heck happened.

And I have yet to even dabble in the poisons…

Boring

Not a lot going on lately. Went to the local ren fest and had fun there. Weather was nice. Haven’t been playing any games lately, but I’m thinking about going back to Anarchy Online since my friend that left City of Heroes is now playing AO again. However, since he started on a different server than my old account, I’m not sure I feel like starting all over.

Bought a computer from my brother. It’s his old P4 3.2GHz machine. Having two decent gaming rigs will allow me to try something I’ve wanted to for a long time; get my wife to try playing an MMORPG along side of me.

She has agreed to try, but I hold little hope that she will enjoy. At least it is a start. But what MMORPG to choose for a first time player, of the female variety? She would not likely enjoy the combat, at least not in the beginning. Possibly a healer class and me a good solo class so I won’t have to depend on her all the time, thus lowering any pressure. AC2? SW:G? FFXI? hmmmmm.

Oh, I just purchased a copy of Elric: The Making Of A Sorcerer #1″. Issue #2 should be out in December. Really looking forward to reading this series.

Aren’t You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper?

DARTH VADER: You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.
BOBA FETT: (in a disappointed tone) As you wish.

Against my better judgement, I picked up Star Wars Battlefront today. I’ll fire it up tonight (maybe) and share my first impressions. It is my wife’s birthday, so there is a good chance I won’t have any time to play. If so, you’ll just have to wait.

I’m The King Of The Beta World!

I just got another beta acceptance email. This one has an NDA so I can’t say which one it is. I’ve been curious about this one as I’ve enjoyed games with settings such as this. I can’t say which game it is, but I will say this: Of the MMORPGs I have played, this game’s setting is the closest to Anarchy Online. You can do the rest.

Are Mac Users This Stupid?

This just in from the “I’m a complete idiot!” department:

How to pick up and carry your iMac G5
Don’t know how to pick up and carry your iMac G5? It’s easy. Before moving your computer, make sure all cables and cords are disconnected. Pick up the iMac G5 by grasping both sides of the computer. Carry it to wherever you wish.

Gee, thanks Apple! I wanted to move my iMac from the basement to my office but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. What a relief.

More Wild Weather

At 6:19pm EDT yesterday, the datacenter complex in Virginia that is being used to host the World of Warcraft beta test was hit and damaged by a tornado. Because water was leaking into the building in which our servers were located, we shut down the servers as a precautionary measure and flew out a team of our network engineers to the location to survey the area and provide a preliminary assessment.

This morning, we have confirmed that some hardware has taken on water, so we will need to conduct a careful inspection for damage before we can restore power to the servers. This inspection will take 48 hours or longer to complete, so we encourage you to enjoy the rest of your weekend with other activities, as the World of Warcraft beta test will remain offline for at least that long. We will post another update tomorrow afternoon, and we appreciate your continued patience and support.