Showing posts from April, 2011

Dropping the Big Four Dot One

I attempted to logon this morning and found that 4.1 has dropped. Here's something to look forward to tonight upon getting the kids in bed.

Addon Review: TradeSkillMaster

Always looking for something to make the process of growing gold easier, I have downloaded and started playing with TradeSkillMaster (TSM). This addon looks to be a mix of various other tools that I already use. Auctioneer/Auctionator - scans the Auction House, gathers current prices of items available. Plus, post auctions to the auction house with competitive prices and undercutting values. Postal - automate the scrapping and sending of mail to/from crafter/bank toons. Lil' Sparkys Workshop - Provides me with a list of craftable items, with the cost to make, and current AH sale price (aka Profit!).  Being a combination of these various tools, has some advantages and some disadvantages. Advantage-wise, things work nicely together. Stuff you queue up for one bank toon, should present as a shopping list on another and then be mailed back when it's purchased for that toon (for example, bank toon purchases Alchemy materials for my main toon/alchemist using this tool, those ma

Weekly Update - The Phoenix Schools

(based off RL letter from my kid's daycare.) Dear Parent, Week of the Young Child is just around the corner, April 11-15th May1st-7th.  This is a special week where our school celebrates the families, children and teachers.  The schedule is as follows: We still have Sleepy available. Be a Bad Example for your kids at our All You Can Eat Candy and Sweets  breakfast. Show your mad fighting skills, by killing a Dwarf Mage in front of your child. ( Iron Dwarf not included) Adopt a new pet . Choices are limited. Kill an old boss . Take his loots. Teach your young-one the value of doing a few chores .  Music for the Infants, Toddler and Twos is as follows: Infants/Toddlers - Wednesday   Murlocs and Panderans - Tuesday Have a Great Week, If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or email me. Thanks, The Phoenix Schools Director

Manliest Gown

Saw this dress linked to on Poneria 's site and thought it might look nice on my BE Female Disc Priest. Pulling up the site, I had to laugh at the combination of ads with the dress. It's not for women. Now peek at this gown, if you dare, it equipped on a male toon. (Cuz all warlocks wear robes, a gown isn't that far a stretch.)  Bikini on top , anyone?

Epic Flying Elk

Yep, that's me ! Last Saturday's interview with Fimlys and Hydra was a lot of fun. I hoped I provided an unique perspective to the game and playing a warlock. Talking about kids, the game from a casual perspective  and what it means to just now seeing the Cataclysm raid content. Here are a few items we discussed: Epic Flying Mount quest line Imp, the Cooking Fire , and the Loot Monkey Order of Thought's Raid progression My Alt Collection The Power of Scheduling posts Obtaining gear upgrades without raiding (including those via PVP options) Oh yeah, male and female demon minion forms.  Check out this image put together by Saga . Thanks for listening. Hopefully they think of me for other topics. Maybe it's time to fire up the PTR again. I hear that is getting interesting. Elkagorasa

2011 Blizzcon shirt

I love Shirt.Woot . They sell unique shirts that you are NEVER going to find in retail store (I hope). Every shirt is voted on by members and only the best get printed. They run them for a short time, then never again. I've gotten the most "cool shirt" comments from my Ninja vs Samurai shirt, now reckoned. Spinning through their top sellers, I found this shirt. Is that Deathwing post wipe? It looks like he's a bit disappointed about not having anyone to play with?! Maybe it's because he's sitting on the tank? No one left to play with.. :( If I thought I was going to Blizzcon, you'd absolutely see me there in this shirt!

OOT is Making Progress.

Order of Thought is a 'small' guild. Last check, we have around 150 toons (mains and alts). We're a fairly active guild reaching guild level 12 last week. Most of the people in the guild are friends, and family of those people. (I work with my main raid healer and one of the dps in RL, plus both their spouses play.) This makes for a very mature, understanding group of people. It's not that unusual to hear someone call out "brb, need to tuck in kid." This last month, we have successfully started pulling together a crew of 10 people to work on the Cataclysm raid content. For 3 hours, twice a week (Wednesday then Monday), we're hitting Baradin Hold whenever we hold it (typically every Wednesday) and then either Magmaw in BCD or Halfus in BoT. Happily this week, Monday we got Halfus down for the first time, but didn't have the raid composition to down Magmaw. Wednesday, we got them both down! Personally, very excited to finally see that worm dead. It

Guild Challenges question

Peeking at the guild challenge screen grab on MMO-Champion, I have only 1 question. Does the Baradin Hold boss count for the 1 Raid boss? Combine the guild challenges here, along with the new (all) 7 dungeons in a day changes in 4.1, I can see a lot less running PUG groups at max level. That is going to make it difficult (for me) when I logon at 10PM local and most my guild is going to bed.

Do you want to 'hear' me? Got questions?

I am nervous. How will I do? As a fairly avid reader, I imagine the voices of those characters in the book. Reading to my daughter, I play up the accents where I can and tweak the female voices to make them different than the male characters. It's fun. When I finally see the movie, sometimes it's a disappointment; sometimes it's dead on. What will you think when you hear my voice? I've heard that I act and sound younger than my real age. I've been told that I have the gentle patience of an old man. If you're curious, you have a chance. This Saturday, 4/16, Fimlys and Hydra will be interviewing me. I am afraid that the answers will be short and the total interview will last 20 minutes. ;)

Dangers of Late Night TV

Last night after an absolute fail of a pugged Grim Batol (yeah know the kind when the druid healer starts bickering about how the clothy lock dies first all the time, but fails to mention how he got NO heals. That added to the fact that my Warcraft build has been loading REALLY slow after a recent add-on upgrade, so I was always the last one to make it back from the wipes.) I decided to watch a little pre-recorded TV. At 4AM, when the TiVo kicked into 'live' broadcast, I was awoke by the sounds of a jewelry store advertisement. You know one of those stores that buys your old gold jewelry and converts it to cold hard cash ! Clicking off the TV, climb into bed, and then quickly falling back asleep to dreams of gold making techniques in Warcraft. Unfortunately, my dream included a loud announcer, touting the gold making technique commonly referred to as MLM or pyramid scheme. " Send me 5gold to learn my patented gold making techniques!! " still echoes in my brain. So,

Playing with my Alts.

Last weekend, Elk got a case of the 'been there, done thats". After running my daily heroic on Saturday night, I decided it was time to fire up my Discipline Priest alt again. She hasn't gotten any game play since 4.01 dropped. To top it off, OOT had reached Guild level 10, and now she can run with the (BOA) Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak , for an additional +5% xp. (so that's +10% chest , +10% shoulders , +5% cloak, +5% guild perk = +30% xp for each kill!). Since, I haven't played a healer in quite some time, I figured, what better than a BG; quick queue time and no punishment for letting people die. I ran three back to back BGs and found the experience bordering on dreadful. As Cynwise pointed out there's a new add-on out there and it's targeting healers. At several points, I found myself surrounded by not 1 or 2, but sometimes 4 or 5 people all trying to kill me. The worst experience was during a 30 minute long Arathi Basin. Luckily near the end, aka demis

Screenshots from recent SFK run.

Had a fun guild Shadow Fang Keep run the other night after the raid failed to start (7:10 shown). There was this one warlock who just couldn't keep himself out of trouble. Managed to stand (or sit) in fire and even get stuck in a wall. fire here doesn't do damage! Loved the details of the little beakers and bottles in this room.  bad timed jump Running out after "1 more trash kill" to get one party member 12 more rep to exalted.

Herbalism Upgrade in 4.1

Withering potted Azshara's veil? Coming with the content release, Blizzard is making an exciting change to Herbalism. This change is going to make grinding for those plants less tedious, maybe. For starters, you go out and pick herbs. Instead of simply throwing the herbs into a herb bag , you will be given the option of placing that herb clipping into a pot. Luckily you'll be able to store the pots (sorry no stacking) into your existing herb bags. With these potted plants you will need to care for them regularly. Water and feed them using items you will buy from the Herbalism trainers. I imagine there may even be a series of poop related options in Stranglethorn vale. " Raptor poop makes the best plant food! ".