Substitute For Crack

Well, my MMORPG addiction came to a screeching hault a few weeks ago (read my last post) when my dorm internet decided it hated me. I thought it might be my computer, but alas, I took my PC home and it worked fine. I can only deduce that it must my dorm internet…

So here I am, sitting in a cold room with stone walls. I think my eyelids might be a little red. I don’t dare look into the mirror. I’m too scared. That’s right, I haven’t played World of Warcraft in two WHOLE weeks. What’s the point in playing when I get disconnected five minutes after logging in? It’s no fun striking up colorful conversations with your guild when all of a sudden you can’t type and everyone around you begins to aimlessly run into walls and not turning. It’s called lag, my friends, and it’s painful.

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wow[World of Warcraft] Despite all the work I’ve had for the past three weeks (not to mention the work I still have), my brother not wanting to play WoW very much, plus the fact that my college’s internet has been booting me from WoW approximately once every 15-30 minutes for the past three days, I’ve managed to squeeze in some playtime. However, rather than spending all my time on my mage, I’ve created my first official alt, a Tauren hunter.

There’s a couple of things I’ve learned from playing my mage.. Firstly, being a mage isn’t nearly as fun as it used to be. I’m still going to try and hold out until I get into my 50’s and respec to the frost tree, but I’m very bored with it as it is right now. It just has no flare to it anymore. Secondly, I hate being Alliance. It’s not just the looks. I’ve heard people say Blizzard prefers Alliance more than Horde, but after playing both, I’d personally argue against that, but I don’t feel like getting into that discussion because the real answer is that Blizzard doesn’t prefer either, or at least I hope that’s true.

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Mages conspire. Blizzard is /scared.

wow[World of Warcraft] I like to visit the Blizzard WoW forums in my “I dunno WTF to do” moods. I typically visit the class forums, which means the mage forums currently, considering that’s my main class right now.

The mage forums were actually getting pretty sickening. Mages feel forgotten and gimped, and they have no reassurance from Blizzard, beyond the promise of an invisible spell a while ago, which has not been added or even explained or hinted at when it will be added since then. Beyond that, there has not been a “blue” post yet (“blue” refers to a Blizzard rep who posts on the forums).

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Green Chicken

wow[World of Warcraft] Ah, the big four oh. That’s the number 40 for those who are not stupid enough to comprehend me. That’s also the level I just reached on my second character in WoW. That means I get a mount, baby. Yeah!

As I hit 40 and vendored some items from grinding and questing beforehand, I lacked 9 silver to get my mount. My brother lent me some money so I’d have enough to buy it and put stuff up on the AH, but he’s poor as well since he just bought his ram. Needless to say, I’ve only bought two of my level 40 abilities and probably still have about 10g worth of abilities to buy. I have some farming to do. It was a lot easier for my Shaman to get money for my mount and still have some left over for abilities.

Anywho, this is my second mount that only has two legs! Say “hello!” to Mr. Green Chicken! (I had to wave for him, he has no arms. Poor guy.)

In other news, I’ve killed my fair share of rats, what about you?


I like being a slippery Gnome…

[World of Warcraft] I was strolling through Stranglethorn Vale one day, minding my own business. I was making my way to Booty Bay because us Alliance, unlike Horde, don’t have another flight point in STV except in BB while Horde have GG and BB. This is quite a long journey for a wee Gnome like me to make on foot with no mount. I pass a couple of Alliance dueling on the path, which is a stupid thing to do on a PvP server, and I see an Orc run past on a wolf. He stops next to the duelers and I think he’s going to gank them, so I continue on running minding my own business. What do you know? He doesn’t kill them and instead keeps running down the path in the direction I’m going.

So I’m thinking, “Ok, he must be a nice Orc.” Of course, I hear the “roar” of him dismount and obviously I expect the worse. He’s a warrior, so I wait for him to charge and stun me so I can blink out of it. He does, just like any warrior would do. So after blinking I turn and use polymorph and have to use my Gnome racial to get out of his hamstring. I was expecting him to intercept me (in-combat charge), but maybe he was a bit cocky. Needless to say, even though he was a skull to me (he ended up being a level 50 something), he was off eating some grass as a sheep while I continued my stroll.

A few seconds later he tries again. The same exact thing happens. I continue skipping down the path some more until he then tries another time but this time I ran into a 60 Alliance mage. Yep, the warrior got owned. Then a level 60 Orc warrior attacked followed up by a lower level shaman, who earth shocked me, but I cast frost nova on him and ran away. Instead of chasing me, he decides to help the 60 Warrior try and kill the 60 mage. I turn around once I see that he’s not chasing me and by the time I catch back up, the mage was already starting to kill the Shaman, so I added my scorch and fireblast in for the finishing blow.

Did I mention the level 60 mage was a Gnome as well? Yep…being a slippery Gnome rocks. Being a slippery Gnome mage rocks even more. Eat grass you stupid sheep! Why would you want to harm little ‘ol me anyways? I’m just as cute as can be!


I have an itch

Well, after reading Zxyrox’s last post about EVE Online, I got an incredible itch to play a space combat game. One of my earliest adventures into online gaming was a game called Dark Space. It’s a p2p space combat strategy game. After downloading the 501MB EVE Online client and realizing that I had to buy an account to get the free trial (I should have known, I feel so stupid), I decided to try out my old addiction, Dark Space.

Dark Space is free to download and you can make a demo account which allows you access to some newbie games but severely limits you to what ranks you can obtain and other such things. However, it has been about four years since I’ve last played the game. The game hasn’t really changed much it doesn’t seem, at least in terms of look and gameplay. The only change that really irked me was that they added some music, which is nice, but I used to love traveling through space with the sound of nothing but some weird radio signals. Now it’s like I’m listening to the Halo soundtrack or something. What’s this? My stealth bomber has a CD player? Yes, in the future we still use CDs.

The most disappointing thing, however, is that the demo community seems to be pretty dead and it’s not even close to a game I would spend $10 on every month. The only populated demo server is a map that takes place in the whole universe, which means it takes about 7 minutes just to jump to a portion of space that has any action going on in it, and being a demo with only access to low rank ships, it sucks to take 7 minutes to jump and then about 10 seconds to die.

Yep, I doubt I’ll be playing Dark Space much unless another map gets put up. Way to scratch my itch Dark Space. You can find Dark Space here, but don’t count on the demo really making you want to play it.


“So what’s the battleplan?” says Blizzard

[World of Warcraft] Blizzard has just released volume 2 of their battleplan. I must have missed volume 1. In it, they promise a few things and certainly do their job of hyping you up. You can find the whole post here. It’s much too long to post, but I will list quotes of what I find most important in a list form, not in any particular order.

1.) For this Battle Plan, we want to take the opportunity to look ahead to what our players can expect in the coming months leading up to BlizzCon and the expansion announcement.

2.) One feature we’re excited about is the addition of mid-sized raid dungeons.

3.) In addition to those new areas, we’ll also be adding some outright terrifying world raid encounters. Along with Azuregos and Lord Kazzak, the names of four green dragons—Ysondre, Lethon, Emeriss, and Taerar—will come to be feared throughout Azeroth.

4.) To this end, we’re focused on launching new world events and expanding on some of the ones already available.

5.) That aspect is something we definitely want to keep in Alterac, but we also want to make it more accessible by lowering the launch requirement from 30 players per side to 20. We also plan to shorten the length of time required to complete a game of Alterac Valley. Some of the changes we’ll be implementing to accomplish this goal are balancing out the terrain, slightly decreasing the landmass, and improving the queue to ensure balanced teams for each game.

6.) We want to bring back the hectic action of mass PvP, but with some improvements. One idea on the table is to place a capturable objective in the exterior environment. With something like this, we can encourage outdoor PvP again while centralizing the action to a designated location.

7.) We’re currently in the process of improving underused talents for all classes.

8.) Another feature of the Web site we’ll be implementing is fee-based character transfers. This is a feature that’s been very frequently requested and one which we want to provide for players as soon as we can. We’ll offer character transfers from one realm to another, as well as allow players to move characters from one account to another. While we want to offer this service as a convenience, we also want to prevent its use for exploitive reasons, so there will be a time restriction to limit the frequency that a character can be moved.

I’m personally most excited about the improvements to out-of-BG PvP as well as character transfers. By the time I got within town raiding level, BGs were coming out and almost all forms of non-BG and ganking PvP were dead. I missed the days before BGs where I would group up with other faction members and hunt down Alliance. It was even more fun when we met another group of Alliance that were doing the same thing, except they were killing Horde. I’m also excited about character transfers because I might be able to obtain my level 57 Shaman and put him on my new account.

Honorable mentions would be the new outdoor raid bosses and talent fixes. Hopefully this will more evenly distribute people wanting to participate in these outdoor raids, rather than limiting it to only two, which is what it is currently, which means you run into more bottlenecking between guilds and factions wanting to kill these bosses. As for talents, I hope Blizzard does this well. In the case of my Shaman, there were some talents that no one would EVER use no matter what spec you were. It seems that is true for my Mage as well. Blizzard said that some classes, such as Warlock, are complete in terms of talents. I’m curious to you Warlocks out there, are there still talents a Warlock will never take no matter what spec they choose (or was there ever)? If so, I hope Blizzard doesn’t consider that complete, because it certainly isn’t. It’d be nice in a perfect WoW world for all talents on the same level tier to be equal in usefulness. I know as a Shaman I would never take Improved Stoneskin Totem as a second tier talent, especially when TS, ImpGW, and ImpLS are on the same tier!

I’m a bit iffy about the world events. If you read the full post you will notice that there isn’t much said. In fact, they really only mention one new event. Events are something I would love having but neither FFXI or WoW have really done them the way I would like them to happen, especially WoW.

It’s also a bit disappointing to see another “look to the future” news report and still no sight of Hero Classes. Oh well, maybe next time. Hopefully they’re keeping it a secret for the expansion reveal.


Lufia reporting for duty.

Hello. Perhaps some of you have seen me around here leaving comments. Well, I’m going to be writing stuff for you to leave comments for now!

Anyways, I’m 18 years of age and I just started college. I was interested in writing for this site before summer began but I wasn’t sure if I were going to be playing any MMOs any time soon due to me moving on to college. It turns out that I am able to play MMOs! To make a long story short, I’m building a top of the line computer currently but do not have the funds to complete it, so I’m using a pretty average to below average computer that I built right now. I wasn’t sure if it was going to run the MMO I play well or not, but it turns out that it runs it well enough.

And which MMO do I play, you ask? World of Warcraft. Before that, I played Final Fantasy XI starting at the PS2 launch (I eventually moved to the PC platform for anyone wondering), and I have also dabbled in Guild Wars and some other dinky free stuff. I do not consider myself a very experienced “MMOer.” I’m actually quite new to the PC scene as well. I only really started getting into PC games, namely online ones, a year or two ago, starting with Counter Strike. All the while, I’ve always been interested in MMORPGs since Everquest came out. I remember reading over and over a three part article in a magazine about Everquest. This was before the time I even owned a PC and the only access to one I had was at my Dad’s house, who lived two to three hours away from where I lived with my Mom. I eventually bought EQ and found out, as many kids have, that it has a monthly fee, and thus my parents made me take it back.

It wasn’t until I got interested in FFXI through, yet again, a magazine that I started my MMORPG craze. By then, I was able to pay for the fee and my parents were more open to the idea of the internet. I quit FFXI out of lack of interest. I left with a level 50 Bard, level 37 Thief, and a level 32 White Mage as my only notable classes. Most would say that I didn’t even get to the main content of the game, and I was aware of that, but the amount of time I had to spend trying to find people to help me and the countless farming I knew I had to do just turned me off. I had played WoW’s open beta and I had the urge to start a new MMO, so one day I just went out and bought it. My brother, who also plays online games just as much as I, wasn’t interested in FFXI much (his highest character was a level 25 Warrior) so I thought it would be good for both of us to just begin a new MMO.

I believe I began WoW around March. I started as a Troll Shaman named Ardant and took him to level 57, but then I had to move to college just recently. I ended up giving the account with the Shaman to my brother and I started my own account. I wasn’t having much fun with Shaman anyways. Despite all the “nerf shaman” hoo-ha you hear, they’re not that interesting of a class, in my opinion. I am currently a level 22 (almost level 23) Gnome Mage named Felandra (yes, I do suck at names) on the Shadow Moon server and I’m having a total blast as a Mage.

Expect me to post mostly about WoW. Due to my lack of experience with MMOs, I feel that I do not have the credibility to talk about some subjects such as design and such as I have had a narrow view of what MMOs have to offer. However, if you like reading day to day experiences, rants, and such, and you also don’t mind reading about WoW, you might find what I have to say interesting, or at least entertaining, I hope.