WarMama
World of Warcraft from a Wannabe MultiRole Druid

Oct
18

No more whining about not being able to play. That’s just how it is for now, I’m sucking it up thank you and living a vicarious virtual existence by reading blogs…lots of ’em.

Last night my daughter turned me on to this video. It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with WoW and it’s old news I know =p but it may be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. In case you haven’t seen it – Leave Brittany ALONE!

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Oct
14

…although I probably should. I can’t play WoW at my new job, it’s very blocked except for the summer. While I thought I’d have more free time at this new position, I actually have less so I don’t have time to find somewhere else to play either. It’s all kind of glum on the WoW front, although exciting on the work and new home front.

This all leaves me unsure about what to do with this blog. I’ll probably delete it once Wrath comes out because any information here will most likely become useless. /sigh I don’t know. I miss everyone in-game and in-blog.

EDIT: Just to clarify, I live where I work. It’s a boarding school so no access is probably a good thing considering how many teens are playing WoW instead of doing their school work.

Jul
03

Gawd damn! Life without an internet connection is NOT fun. I’m typing this entry parked outside of a closed library while my computer downloads The Burning Crusade again.

The good news – I’ve got a working computer!  Apple really is the jam and they sent my honey back in record time.

The bad news – All my added programs were erased.  I’ve got most of them on a separate hard drive but that’s in storage… somewhere in there…

The good news – I’ve found a place for me, kid and dog to live until we can move to our new home in August.

The bad news – You already read it, no internet connection. I am, however, finding ways around that. Parking in front of a closed library is only vaguely embarrassing and will have to do for now.

The good news – Play rehearsals are going really well AND I should manage to be back on WoW within a few days. /keeping fingers crossed
 

Jun
17

I’m still in the process of moving. Living in a hotel until the end of this week and taking this opportunity to send me laptop in for repairs.  So no WoW and I’m missing my guild’s raid progression which REALLY sucks (not their progression, my missing it ;p)

Hopefully, will be back soon!

Jun
10

Always seems that stuff like this – getting your Guild Bank ninja’d – happens to some other guild cause it’s DRAMA and that’s from the Guilds you read about in Insider. But no, sometimes it’s your very own drama, from your very own Guild. Yup, that’s my WoWLife, welcome to it ;p

OK, I’m gonna spill it. Our GMs, a virtual couple (which is a whole ‘nother story) /gquit on Sunday right as we were fighting Nightbane. That told me that they really didn’t want to talk about it and I can see how that can be difficult. It was funny tho because it was Nightbane, and I’m reading a farewell in guild chat but I can’t really stop what I’m doing to respond. Wipe or /gquit? We took the /gquit, wouldn’t you?

Now our guild is young, only a few weeks old actually because this same couple split from our previous guild to start this one and raid more. Fine, I’m all for raiding, I like them, that’s why I came along. But here they go again and damn, that’s just too much hopping for me and I like my guildies so I’m gonna tough it out with them, if we can.

Oh yeah, we can. We got together after another few attempts at Nightbane and calling it for the night. The couple were our main tank and warlock so we were carrying a few too many undergeared, inexperienced people while our Pally tank got used to the fight. Long story short – we regroup, form a Council of Officers to oversee the guild, elect two coLeaders for the day-to-day and get back to the very fun business of raiding. Kara scheduled for last night, Gruuls with another guild tonight, ZA later this week…we’re dealing with it all.

During the election process it became apparent that one of the Officers REALLY wanted to be one of the Leaders. Says he’s concerned about the leadership pushing progression and doesn’t listen when we remind him one of the coLeaders is in there just for that reason. He gets heated about the whole thing, one of the reasons I don’t want him as coAnything, and leaves the meeting in a huff.

Said Officer by the name of CHAOSREAPER, a level 70 Rogue on the Shattered Hand (US) Server, the brother of one of the founding Officers (cause it’s DRAMA,) has with him most of the valuable gems and shards from our bank. He said he was keeping them safe from the GMs who just left. We asked him nicely to put them back, we’ve downgraded old GMs standing so they can’t loot it. The next day, without returning about 700gold worth of stuff, he /gquits.

When we report this (ironically, during another battle with Nightbane who dies quite nicely this time) to a GM, Nenraith, ingame and are told that said CHAOSREAPER is…get this…”just playing his class”! Can you pick my jaw up off the floor! Yea, we’re putting in another ticket but I’m still in a state of shock.

Am I missing something? Has this been Blizzard’s position all along and I just missed it? /shaking head With a name like CHAOSREAPER, I should have expected it. But Nenraith?

Jun
05

You can guess whether or not we downed him last night from the title, can’t you? =p We would’ve, we could’ve damn it but we spent most of our time getting to him. There’s ANOTHER Gauntlet >< This one comes with Scouts, big trolly lookouts who bang drums and call for 2 lvl70 ELITE Reinforcements!

The good news is…there’s a way around them. Fewer Scouts but more Dragonhawks. Still, easier to manage then Scouts that patrol in groups of 3! We spent most of the night trying to tough out Jan’Alai’s Gauntlet before going around the other way.

I think we made 2 or 3 attempts on said Jan’Alai.

Ugly ain’t he?

Now don’t hold me to it but I think my guild needed to use the Pally tanking the Hawks strategy. Cause the last time we died A LOT of Hawks spawned at once, which means we didn’t hatch and kill enough of ’em during the fight.

Healing issues mostly had to do with splash damage from his Flame Breath if people weren’t spread out enough. Healing through it wasn’t too difficult, LifeBlooms and Rejuvs took care of it nicely.

Also a lot of Raid Damage as people learned to find good spots in between his Fire Bombs. I had expected that to be more difficult and had changed my camera to zoom further out so I’d have a better view looking down on it…didn’t need to do it once. It was easy to see where the open spots were from ground level. Also, those spots were never too far away so even my waddle (read slooooow movement) could get there in time. Not everyone had the same experience though and while I didn’t take any damage from the Bombs usually half the raid did, so that called for Raid Healing.

Finally, those freakin’ DragonHawks overwhelm when not handled properly to begin with and it becomes to much to heal. Yea, I know, Blizzard planned it that way (pesky Blizzard =p) and we’ll get it, next time. I really think we just need to have our Pally tank those Hawks!

Jun
04

In the wonderful whirlwind that has become my gaming life in WoW, I continue to experience the challenges faced by those of us who chose to raid. It’s funny, at first I thought it would all be about the raid, learning the fights and executing well and it is but it’s also very much about the dynamics of the people in the guild that’s trying to put it all together to make it happen. I’m encountering as many obstacles on that front as in the actual raid. Interestingly, overcoming them is turning out to be just as satisfying =)

Well…almost ;p Turns out that downing some Big Bad that’s been giving grief over time (GoT?) is about as pleased as I get in the virtual world. You might think I’m talking about this Big Boy in Need of a Nose Job:

But I’m not. We did down his stringy ass though and I’ll get back to him in a minute. No, I’m talking about the road to him, the one you’ve probably already heard of, are stuck on yourself or have ‘been there, clobbered that’ already…talking The Guantlet. Uh huh, that little stretch of highway that left my guild huffing and puffing for a few nights. There are all sort of
strategies for getting through it so, hey, knock yourself out, but I’m going to concentrate on what the healers need to know, especially us Trees =)

This fight was a bitch for my guild it seemed until something very simple happened – we (the healers) started to concentrate on keeping our mages (read aoe) alive. I could be wrong, I live in the back of the crowd with limited attention given to anything that doesn’t concern me. If we’re laying out strats for a non-boss mob we’re about to pull and it isn’t going to cause spike damage, come running after someone besides a tank or some such, I’m just making sure I keep my bad jokes off chat and stay awake ;p

Our healing assignments went like this: Pally healer took care of the tanks, Priest and me (ToL) concentrated on Mages who were taking care of pesky-birds-who-will-overrun-your-group-and-kill-your-ass-repeatedly (Raiding has caused an increase in my cursing…sorry) I was throwing heals to the tanks and anyone else besides my dear squishy mages when I could, which was often. It worked like a charm and we were to the top with no deaths, no fuss. It was sweet and extremely satisfying.

As for the previously mentioned Akil’zon – he ain’t all that. (God, that’s so easy to say now that he’s dead.) Positioning around the edge of his slightly raised area was important so that I could run in when he did his Electrical Storm. Not sure if we’re really calling that slow-as-molasses waddle Trees do ‘running’ but you know what I mean. I asked the tank to put a condom over his head (couldn’t help it, was just too funny a thing to say) and he obligingly marked himself with a…triangle. (He did try the orange condom on though ;p) Our group used the strategy of having everyone collapse onto the tank instead of figuring out who was the center of the storm. Much simpler since whoever IS center will be at the tank =) One person called out when it was about to happen so we all (especially us slower waddlers) would have time to get there.

Akil (I helped kill him so I can call him by a nickname) also likes to use Gust of Wind periodically that throws you up in the air and causes fall damage (half your health.) Don’t forget to switch to your Kitty before you hit to mitigate it. Can’t heal up there so feel free to Kitty sooner then later.

I did a lot of raid healing since the tanks weren’t hard to keep up. Damage the birds that Akil calls to help him cause, damage people take from falling and splash damage from Static Disruption all require attention to the raid’s health, something I’ve become a lot more concerned with since The Gauntlet.

Wasn’t a difficult fight really, even though we wiped once or twice learning it. More about timing I think and having enough mana to make it through to the end. I’m still really pleased with ToL’s mana usage. I innervated once, didn’t use a pot and considered switching to using a pot and giving my innervate to another healer but it wasn’t necessary.

I’d like to gather a list of raid healers into a section on my sidebar, so please leave a comment if you raid (or if you don’t – I like comments damn near as much as I like gear!) I haven’t found a lot of healers blogging who are past Kara but not all the way at end-game. I know you’re out there and I’m sure there are lots of folks who, like me, would love to know whats been working for you.

Guilds suppose to head over to Jan’Alai tonight. Which reminds me, gotta figure out how to zoom out my camera!

May
27

I am a BIG fan of Joss Whedon. I think his writing is dramatic, surprising and very, VERY funny. The Buffy: The Vampire Slayer finales of Season Six and the Series both left me in tears. Happy tears but with lots of snot.

I was a late-comer to Firefly and ran out and bought the movie Serenity as soon as I could. It is one of my great boob tube regrets that Mal and Inara never got to bust the slob. Sorry, but I wanted to vicariously kiss Mal…/sigh…now I never will.

I also credit Joss (sorry about the informality. I’ve never met him but if I do I’ll call him Mr. Whedon, promise,) with getting the most phallic looking spaceship ever filmed past the studios and the censors.

Looks like it tickles, don’t it?

The one I got doesn’t look anything like it. It is, however, MINE! Finally, after many hours of tracking back and forth over the same damn stretch of Zangamarsh, my own little bitty Firefly dropped!

I had to use some ESP…seriously…I started using positive thinking to 1) help me continue farming cause I was losing my MIND and 2) I needed all the help I could get.

Here’s the thing tho, I don’t really like the critter. :/ It’s cute and all but it makes this buzzing noise…constantly…that drives me a bit nuts. It might be alright in a noisy instance but otherwise…meh…Life’s a Bitch.

May
23

All of a sudden I’m having this thing with pets. I want them. They make me happy and keep me company when doing repetitive tasks or waiting around between pulls.

I want kool ones, like my friends have.

I want this one

I am spending a ridiculous amount of time in Zangamarsh farming for it and yes, it’s in honor of Joss’ Firefly. In the meantime, in the privacy of my own daily questing or farming mats I like to hang out with this geeky guy.

The problem with Egbert is…and I hate to say it…he’s just not kool. He wasn’t hard to get, a ton of people have him and he’s so goofy looking that he’s kinda embarrassing. (You all should know by now that I am a vain druid, a woeful combination.) For all of his faults, I’m kinda stuck on him. He’s cute, dammit and he reminds me of a little kid, always running off and getting into trouble.

May
23

It happened to me the other night while running with my guildies through Arcatraz. Initially I’d asked for help getting my third key fragment for Kara. (Yes, I’m still determined to get my key, just been busy dammit!) Only needed the first boss or an attempt via stealth but a few in the group wanted to clear the whole thing for rep or gear or just practice, I don’t really remember. Who am I to say no to getting what I want anyway so, yea! Let’s do it!

It was my first experience solo healing an Outland instance in ToL and I was nervous cause, you know, Trees don’t really handle burst all that well. Alittle burst I can manage but I worry if it starts to be continuous. Will I be able to keep up? Tranquility has a cooldown and…whatever, I was nervous.

Besides an initial wipe (cause I was looking at a big beastie while several larvae beasties at my feet were killing me. Hey, I’m tall, I forget to look down sometimes ;p)  things went VERY well after that and there were compliments and everything and then…WTF…there was 10 gold in trade comin’ at me.

To my credit I didn’t take it…at first ;p Hey, my folks always told me not to argue about money when someone was trying to give it to me. I put up a valiant effort but after the 5th, “No, really, don’t pay me.” I just took it and said thanks, you shouldn’tve.

But here’s the part that was interesting to me – the player (rogue I think) was trying to pay me because he said usually the healers just let him die.  He was giving me the money he routinely spent on his repairs! I was so surprised. Told him that I had considered whether to let him kick it but thought I could keep him alive without endangering the tank – so I did. Didn’t think of it as a big deal but part of my job. 

Btw, spent it on my guild tabard and consumables for the next time ;p