Monday, January 23, 2012

Raid Finder Attempt 3 - Success!?

Friday night, I tried the raid finder one more time. Happily, I popped right into a raid, no bugs ('cept for I fell to my death ) and they weren't finishing the last boss fight. I found them busy clearing the trash mobs before the slime boss.

Slime boss is basically a game of follow-the-leader. Attack boss, kill slime add (usually first on DBM list), follow prompts from DBM, repeat. Token for tier shoulders drops, I lost.  Last boss, Hagara, kill everything, don't stand in frost, run from the bad looking things, kill the pilars, kill adds near little towers that popup, zap all of them with lightning (exactly opposite of what the boss yells at you "you can never charge all my towers!! buwahaha"). Token for pants drop, I lost again. OK, I wasn't expecting much, but the frustrating part, even though I lost both rolls, I can't roll again on these bosses again this week.

I'll try again tonight and hopefully get to see the first three bosses.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

RL Congressional PVP

The Protect IP Act and corresponding SOPA is a broad reaching act coming up to Congress that has some dangerous implications.

Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be "dedicated to infringing activities." The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.
Unfortunately for a blogger like myself, this could be rather painful and detrimental to my blog. My blog could permanently disappear off the face of the earth.

See, despite my unique URL, I am actually hosted on Google is an international company, with an indeterminate number of blogs hosted on their service. Potentially if only one of these bloggers posts something controversial/copy-protected, the DOJ has the option to block that server (and all sites hosted by Sure, this is a last resort, assuming the client does not take down the offensive material, but  this is a slippery slope..

Needless, this is the wrong way to do it. This is the Internet. We still haven't been able to permanently block spammers, and this legislation thinks they can fix piracy by blocking individual sites? Block this? I move to another host, move my domain to a UK blog provider. Block my domain, and I'll change from .info, to a .com, .tv or ?? who knows, what's on sale on GoDaddy?  (have you ever looked at the expired domains list?) It only costs me money and you get to suffer in trying to find me.

 Today, FelConcentration has links to more info and methods to contact US representatives. I suggest reading the full text at OpenCongress under "Read the Rest" on the Official Summary, it may help answer questions.

Great Reference for Traveling around Azeroth

The Wowhead blog has a great reference posted on Sunday that details many of the methods of traveling around Azeroth. You might find other methods of getting from point A to point B. Outside of /camp setting up a little tent for you, this provides a nice break down of all the portals, zeppelins and trinkets available in-game. There are numerous tabs on each destination, so poke around.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Raid Finder #2

The fates are conspiring against me.. Tonight, I tried my second run at the Raid Finder tool. Tonight, I had to accept that 0 of the bosses were down, then ported in. When I got there, 3 seconds pop by and I am back in Orgrimmar. Teleport to dungeon again, "you are not in a raid, please port home, or you will be sent to closest graveyard.". Happily that graveyard was back at the AH in Orgrimmar.

After 2 minutes of this, and requeueing to fill blank spots, I gave up and went to run the dungeons 3 times. Valor - no gear.

By the time I actually get in there, I won't remember the fights!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Raid Finder Attempt 1

Today I decided to try my first run at the Look for Raid finder. I click on the button, queue up. Walk away from my desk "13 minutes: 1 DPS, 0 Healer 0 Tank".

I come back 5 minutes later, and I see I am now in a raid. Ok, let's get in there...

Followed by in 1 minute.

I finally zone in, and they've just killed Hagara the Stormbinder.

Woot! I win! But since I wasn't there, no loot.. :(

Now, does this mean someone zoned out in the middle of the fight of the last boss?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Resource Site:

OK, so I am finally ready to run the Dragon Soul LFR raid. Gear iLevel 378, enchanted with as many cheap enchants as affordable and fitted gems in all slots. To prepare myself (and not look like a total raid noob in front of a bunch of strangers), I like to read strat guides, or watch a video revealing the fight mechanics.

One site that's just come up is L2Ptv or Learn 2 Play's main focus is to provide new and learning players guides and videos on how to play their class, guides for various zones, and even raid boss mechanics. The part I took advantage of, was, the raid bosses. The videos, each about 2 minutes long, provide a quick over view of the boss, visuals of the mechanic plus a nice how to deal with each mechanic. Morchok = run to crystals to decrease damage, stand back for stomp, stand behind pillars to avoid aoe when he throws them off him.

As a subscription service, there is a lot of content they've marked premium and has some interesting potential. I really look forward to checking out the PoV videos for each boss, for each class type. Where on searching Youtube, you can find a few boss videos, but you're not likely going to find (a good) video specifically highlighting your class. Yeah, not a lot of warlocks making raid videos out there.. (Still not). L2P has the groundwork down to provide this, with their Balance Druid videos starting to come on line.

For subscribers they provide one additional service that really sounds intriguing. If you're having major issues with your game play and just can't seem to reach the DPS that you should be, l2p, will take your video and review it. Providing you with details on how to improve play, review your armory for gearing suggestions. Sort of like having that guild member that always knows how to help out and is willing to provide you more pointers.

If you're interested, I highly suggest checking it out further. L2Ptv has drawing for the first 1000 people who subscribe to their site. That's like a 0.1% drop rate of L2PTV swag. That's a better drop rate than the trinket I am trying for..

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Who said I wanted to date my add-ons?

With the 4.3 patch, a number of my favorite add-ons have quit working "Out of Date". While I can simply work around the error pop-ups (or even suppress them), I'd rather not have that overhead, especially while in the middle of a battleground or dungeon. Nothing more irritating, than having that 'inspect' dialogue box popup while in the middle of a fight, over and over again. Unfortunately, as minor addons, I don't expect any updates on them very soon.

TBag by Shefki

Way back in BC, I had an issue with my install of Warcraft where my bags would not display correctly. Instead of simply reinstalling the software (it was on 4+ cds, plus all the patches up to BC and my internets were not very fast), I went with an addon. TBag is my absolute favorite for this purpose. It's biggest strength is that it SORTS. Yeah, sorts your bag view into areas. Food, drink, bandages and pots are at bottom, quest items at top, gear is along the right, and other miscellany around that. Hearthstone is always in the bottom right hand corner. I've been looking for a replacement, but they show all-in-one, or they sort, but they don't do both.  My fix? Hack the code of TBag so it no longer reports it is out of date. Looking at the LUA code it was just a matter of commenting out the code (from 408 beta) surrounding the version info. I can post more details, if you're interested.


Now, Minimalist had a number of minor functions that were nice to have. I liked having the rep-counter, where it posted in chat my current rep score with various factions, "20999 until exalted with Cenarion Expedition". It was nice to have it auto-repair when I went to a vendor (except now I am using Guild funds instead of my own!), it was nice to have it auto-accept resurrection requests. The biggest item I wanted was to auto-sell my gray items. I am happy to say that I love BagSaver now. Not only does it sell grey items when I visit vendors, but it also makes suggestions when my bags are full. My bank toon went to grab everything from the mailbox, and repost it. During that process my bags hit 0 space free. BagSaver popped up and suggested items to dump. "These two items are your least value items" I dragged one directly from the popup window and trashed it. It is also configurable to auto-sell non-usable items (plate on my warlock?) second or old soulbound items (vicious instead of ruthless). I haven't tried either out yet.

If you're interested, here's my current add-on line-up for ...

All profiles:

  1. Addon Control Panel - ACP lets me setup profiles for each of my toons, plus the roles they may play. Change to priest, set to AH view, reload, queue for PVP, when it pops, reloadui quickly and battle. 
  2. Outfitter - Quickly change and define various gear sets. Also adds info to tool-tip to see what set it belongs to. 
  3. FishingBuddy - Change to FishingBuddy outfit (gaudy pole, jaunty fishing hat), then double-click to cast, uses hat lure, drinks fishing buff beer and even summons a fishing buddy. 
  4. TBag and BagSaver - as mentioned above.

Raiding and PVP:

  1. X-Perl  and Bartender4 - Allows me to move the user view and re-allign my buttons on the bottom. 
  2. Skada - might go back to Recount as it reports me having higher DPS!?!? 
  3. Vuhdu - Disc priest primarily, but also works nicely as the raid viewer. 
  4. Omen - not that I need to worry about threat much any more. 
  5. BigWigs and DBM - love those 'get out of the ___ ' alerts. 
Auction House:
  1. Auctionator and Auctioneer - Both play slightly different roles. Main differene is Auctionator is great for posting single items, where I still rely on the Batch Post function in Auctioneer.
  2. AuctionFilterPlus - Don't want to see items you can't afford? 
  3. GoingPrice - Aggregated prices of items off Wowhead.
  4. Lil Sparky's Workshop - Price to buy pats vs price to sell on AH 
  5. Postal - Quickly open and process all your mail items. 
  6. Swindler Preventer - Tell you if that pet/recipe that you are consdiering to buy on the AH is sold by a vendor
I'd love to get back to a fully supported all-in-one bag replacement. Maybe it's time to start self-publishing the addon myself. Coding isn't that far from what I do in RL. On the other hand, I am not sure I want to take on that much work.. :)

Taming MOAR Pets

WFH means Work Warcraft From Home Monday was a work from home kind of day, so I worked on a little project of my own. I saw this on Twit...