Friday, September 28, 2012

SSOTD: I am a lovely (demonic) butterfly.

And creatures rise
Dark butterflies
They aim for you
Is it true?
Do you want this?
Their poisonous kiss....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Having way too much fun playing Pokemon!

I don't know what I was expecting. Surprisingly I am having a lot of fun with it. When Cata came out, I had high hopes for Archaeology  but it turned BORING really quick. I think it came down to only being able to search for 3 times per zone, then having to fly across the continent to try again. Pet battles are not like that. I can level all three of my pets in an area. Pick the right zone, there are critters everywhere. (see wowhead link below for maps). Fight, fight, fight until you start maxing level, then move on to another zone. (sort of like questing).

Yesterday, I went through and trained to become a pet battler. (trainer is up by the Orgrimmar flight path). Pick a pet and a go start fights with other pets (that big yellow paw above their head) in and around Orgrimmar (usually dung beetles and spiny lizards).

You start with one slot for one pet. Your pet has one skill. After your first fight, the pet will ding level 2 and pickup a second skill. After about 10 fights, you open up another pet slot, then finally a third slot. These are the pets you take into each battle. As you fight, you can swap between these pets (at the cost of a turn).

Elk's Elite Crew
Stats: Health, strength, speed. Health and strength are fairly obvious. More health means can take more damage, strength is based on level, equates to stronger attacks, but speed may not be obvious. The pet with the higher speed will attack first.

Abilities: What your pet can do is based on type of pet, and what level. My Blizzard Bear at level 1 had Bite. Level 2 gave it Bash. Level 4 gave it Maul.Level 10 will be his next ability.

Note some abilities have preferred targets. Bite for example does better damage on critters and less when fighting a flying pet. I'd benefit changing to my pet (which I still need to train). Enchanted Lantern or maybe Elementium Geode?

Passive abilities can win the battle. Passives are based on the critter's class (bear = beast, robot = mechanical, etc.). Beasts do more damage when under 25% health. Robots get to respawn once per fight. In fact, during a PVP pet battle, my robot won the match after he came back from the dead and issued that final blow. Woot!

Healing is not so obvious. Not played my hunter very far, so I've hardly ever interacted with the stable masters. We're now going to learn the location of ever stable master in zone as they offer a service to heal and revive our pets for a nominal fee.

Gotta collect them all.. Once you get one pet to level 3, you can start capturing your opponents. They need to be under 30% health and your skill needs to be as good or better than the pet's. These pets come into your collection already trained to the level you acquire them at. I acquired some nice level 6 spiders while fighting in Ashenvale. :)


Monday, September 17, 2012

I am not worthy!

Checking MMO Champion, I see that the EU servers have opened up the Theramore's Fall challenge. On the site (at least earlier today) you could watch a live stream as a horde druid did pickup groups and ran it over and over again.  Unfortunately, this hasn't reached the US shores yet. Taking a quick jaunt home, (on non-wow business), I thought I'd login and check.

The site mentions a required gear level of 353. I don't think that's my issue though. Ah well, back to work. Try again tonight.

OK, now I understand. GhostCrawler said it wasn't the opener to the expansion. It's a preview of a basic encounter, the scenario, as compared to a challenge, dungeon or raid.

What's your take on the Theramore event?
We did not do a great job on messaging. Players expected an event -- but what we were really doing is giving players a preview of scenarios, there are a ton of scenarios coming inMists of Pandaria. It's saying "this is what scenarios are like", they're a new feature, a way to do content quickly, in a your lunch break, to get some more valor or gear.
I think players who understand that it's a scenario preview are enjoying Theramore, while those expecting a world event aren't. Players expecting a huge challenge aren't going to find it in scenarios, challenge modes are more for those players.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Perfect Time for Pandas

Went looking for a book to send with my daughter on her over-night camping trip. Saw this at the local retailer and wanted to share this with you.

Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie have to find a certain kind of food—the fourth thing needed to save Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny. The magic tree house whisks them off to a village in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve. Will it be their easiest adventure yet? Not a chance! Jack and Annie don't know it, but they’ve arrived on the day of a historic earthquake!
How will Jack and Annie survive when the giant quake strikes? Will they be able to rescue the pandas? And how will they ever get back to the tree house so that they can fulfill their quest to save Penny as well?

We've read Magic Tree House books since she was about 5. They're timid enough for the younger readers, but adventuresome enough to hold their attention until about 8-9; now too easy for my 10 year old. Each book is educational mixed in with the fiction, i.e. historical, and/or scientific.

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...