Posts from the ‘Blog Azeroth’ Category

Blog Azeroth: My Weird Gaming Habits

This week over at Blog Azeroth, the Shared Topic by Red Cow Rise focuses on everyone’s weird gaming habits both in and out of game. What a cool topic because as gamers we all know we have some weird habits!

Ingame

So I figured that I would start with my ingame habits first, especially since most of my out of game ones are just odd. My first weird ingame habit is that I always must have 100 waters. Of course I cannot fill up when I am in a dungeon, but anytime I am in town I have to make sure I have 100 in my bags. I just have this weird fear that I will run out of waters and not be able to get mana and no one will be healed! When I used to have to care reagents, I had to carry 100 of them at all times too. My bags were mostly filled with water, seeds, and vines!

Another weird game habit is that I must always be 100% repaired. After every wipe I will try to repair, as long as there is a repair guy around. Sometimes I will even open and repair many times just to make sure I did repair the first time. Strange!

The final weird thing I do in game is making sure my bags are grouped correctly, and let me tell you, before I found Ark Inventory, this was a very daunting task! All the waters and food need to be near one another, all the gear in another bag, gray sell-able items in another bag, potions in another and so on. Usually I will run out of space pretty quickly. I would even arrange things in order of value or amount I had. But like I said Ark Inventory is a total time saver with this!

Out of Game

Now, I have to mention that I have slight OCD and have for as long as I can remember. This can make things difficult because I like to have things all put a certain way and when it is changed it makes me uneasy. For example, my computer desk has a certain set-up that I must follow or else it feels too cluttered and will throw me off. I will not even be able to play with it all messed up! I will sit there and stare at the problem until I fix it.

I cannot play unless I have a drink on my desk for me. For some reason why I play I am always thirsty. So I need to male sure I have a drink around so that I do not get too parched. A long time ago, I would play games with a two liter of pop beside me, now it is just a huge glass of water.

I also need to have the t.v on or a movie playing when I am gaming. For some reason, music doesn’t work. I like the background noise and it does not distract me. In fact, I feel like I play better. Raiding or questing, it does not matter, I am way happier with the t.v on.

Finally, I like to play with my dog on my lap. Yes he is bulky, but not too heavy at about 20 pounds. However, he can give me leg cramps. But he likes to lay on my lap when I play so I let him! Luckily, I do not need to look at my keys ever to know what I am hitting so when I cannot see my keyboard when playing it is ok!

What are your weird habits?

Blog Azeroth: The Best Profession Ever.

This weeks Blog Azeroth shared topic is something I found pretty neat. Ama at Specced for Drama wants to know what our favorite profession is and why. What a fun topic to post about. I have tried many of the WoW professions over the years and each has varied character to character. But my all time favorite is Alchemy.

Sarindre currently has the professions Enchanting and Alchemy, but she did not start out that way. When I first made Sarindre, I also had a Warlock named Calencil who was a Tailor and Enchanter so I initially made Sarindre take Herbalism and Alchemy. I really enjoyed flower picking with Sarindre. It found it a great way to pass the time and it was easy to do while leveling. Alchemy was great too. I liked using all my flowers to make needed potions. When I was able to transmute, I found a great way to make some money easily. Plus the mats have never been too expensive ( at least on my server) and I was able to gather most of them myself.

As some of you know I am a hoarder in this game and I never ever like to sell epics, no matter how old and outdated they are. So one day, when I had a total of 75 epics in my bank, I decided action needed to occur. I was also pretty poor and needed some gold. So I dropped Herbalism, picked up Enchanting. I quickly leveled with the help of my husband and some guildies and disenchanted all those epics for money! So now, I am unable to gather my own herbs, but I found Enchanting to be good to have and an easy way to gain money.

Alchemy is my favorite profession though. The ability to make flasks and needed potions for raids is awesome. Now, with all of the cool Cataclysm changes in Alchemy, I am liking it even more! I am working hard in Archeology to find the recipe that will let you turn into a dragon. C’mon! How cool is that!

Alchemy my be my favorite main profession, but I happen to be addicted to Cooking, Fishing, and now Archeology. In fact, I find them to be more enjoyable than any main profession. For Wraith, I would fish all the time, especially to look for the achievements. Now in Cataclysm I cannot stop working on Archeology! I think this profession is amazing and wish it was in the game from the very beginning. It feels like I am being productive and it is neat to be able to discover everything and find new items.

What is your favorite profession? What about secondary profession? Do you like any secondary profession more than a main profession?

Blog Azeroth: My Favorite Weapon of All Time!

The topic over at Blog Azeroth is such a fun one for my first week back at posting! Kallixa wants to know what our favorite weapon is in WoW and why. This is their first suggest topic and I think it is a great one.

My favorite weapon comes from my early raiding days. It was my 21st birthday and I was spending it in Karazhan…don’t judge me monkey! I had been in there many many times and we were on my least favorite boss, the Maiden of Virtue. I didn’t like her because she was hard, but more that she was just plain annoying. I thought if I had to hear her say “your impurity must be cleansed” one more time, I was going to vomit. Every time we would fight her, the same loot would drop: Bracers of Maliciousness or Totem of Healing Rains. Neither of which I wanted or needed. There was one piece of loot that I did desire from her and that was the Shard of the Virtuous. Oh what a pretty weapon it was for me! And of course it was never to drop! Or so I thought…

When I finally heard her announce “Death comes. Will your conscience be clear?” I knew she was dead and I was happy to be done with the fight. I started to run towards the hallway when I heard announced “Oh my god!” over vent. I instantly went cat form and sprinted back to the body to see what the loot was. Lo and behold my mace was laying on her body in all its glory. I yelled “yippy” so loud that my dog jumped out of his bed. The loot master was my boyfriend at the time and me and him were the only ones that were able to roll on it. I thought I had it in the bag until I heard him say “finally” from his desk across the room. My heart sank for he had always been on to loot EVERY SINGLE ITEM that he needed by claiming he needed it more than others, basically he was a loot hog! I knew he would do a roll for the item and I just had to win. I mean c’mon it was my birthday!

He finally announced the loot and linked the mace in chat for the rolls. He rolled first, rolling a 95. At that point, I think the entire raid could hear my internal tears. But it was my birthday and I was feeling lucky! I finally typed /roll and closed my eyes tight. I could tell I won by the huge sigh erupting from across the room (did I mention that he was also a big baby?). I looked up and saw that I rolled a 100! Very fitting for my birthday and everyone else in the raid thought so.

After I received the mace, I equipped it and sang “Happy Birthday to me” very loudly in the room, feeling the glare burn into the side of my head. But I did not care, I was very very happy. Needless to say I still have that mace and not the boyfriend.

Blog Azeroth: Why Sarindre is Sarindre.

This week over at Blog Azeroth, Pocketheals wants to know what is in a name. Great topic especially since it is talking about the thing I am worst at…naming my characters! I will sit there for HOURS pouring over the random name generator and typing in different spellings of my favorite names, only to be told they are all taken.

So how did your truly finally name her characters? Well it is a dark tale full of magic and mystery. A tale with wizards and goblins and ghosts and….yeah ok I will stop that right now. In truth most of my characters are named via the random name generator, which I love for that fact alone. But I did make a up few! Let’s take a look at some of my characters naming adventures!

Sarindre - This name was picked by the random name generator. I hit the button around 75 times before this name popped up. I even went PAST the name and had to just remember what it said. I love this name and use it for many other things now, not just for this character.

Calencil - Another random name with the generator. Being my first characer, I was just trying to pick a name quick so that I could play. I think it is really pretty though!

Chicktree - This was not her original name. In fact it was actually Aylice, but when I transferred servers that name was already taken and I needed to pick a new one. I thought I finally would make a character with a kinda silly name, but I had no idea what to call her. My husband at the time was playing a druid named Mantree, and I thought my character should be Chicktree because we healed together, were both Druids, and were always seen around each other.

Aylice - I really really love the name Alice and this was the closest I could get to that name. I love the book Alice in Wonderland and I thought it would be really fun to have a character named after her.

Rambosaur - I honestly have no explanation for this one! :) I think I was feeling a bit silly that day and wanted to make a warrior.

What is in your name?

Blog Azeroth: Retatreeshadow! New Class of the Future.

Over at Blog Azeroth Primetime Casual suggested a great Shared Topic for the week! They ask:

It’s quite simple. We’ll do it LEGO style. Take each available talent tree (either WotLK or Cata, if you’re in the Beta). Shake. Pick three.

To elaborate: Out of all the talent trees available, if you could freely choose three to create your own, ‘custom’ class, which ones would you choose? This is something that a few small budget roguelikes or diablo clones do, and it’s fun to ponder if this would work in WoW as well.
Your starting class gives you the skills to work with. You may take for granted that all talents that enhance a class skill also automatically give you that skill. You must have at least one talent tree of your chosen starting class.

Awesome right? Well I sure thought so. I know I spend most, well all, of my time talking about druids, but I do have some other classes and specs that I love, but do not play very often. So if I had to pick three trees and make my own class I would take the Druid Resto tree (obviously), the Pally Ret tree, and the Priest Shadow tree. Basically amazing right? Think about it. The ability to heal like an awesome Druid, to melee dps like a kick ass Ret Pally, and to have crazy DPS like a Shadow Priest. Here is why I picked the three trees:

Resto Druid Tree: Really, this is kinda obvious. I love being a Resto Druid. Always have. HoT healing has been my favorite type of healing, and rocking Tree Form?! Who doesn’t love that?! (Ok ok I know plenty of people hate it but I will always love it!) To me, Resto Druids are versatile and will always have a place in raids.

Ret Pally Tree: I have leveled about 6 different pallys, all of which I went Ret with. Melee DPS is my secret pleasure. I love taking a HUGE weapon and just smashing mobs in the face with it and seeing the numbers fly across my screen. I find it super fun and a great break from healing. In other MMOs that I have played (Starwars, Warhammer, Conan, and more) I always pick a melee dps class to run into battle with. I know Pally melee dps better than I know the other melee classes that WoW offers. I find their rotation exciting!

Shadow Priest Tree:  Cool form? Check. Amazing spells? Check. High DPS? Check. The rotation is great, the spells are powerful, and they give back health and mana! Who could not want to play a Shadow Priest?

With these powers combined I would be called Retatreeshadow!!!…Ok ok so I am not good at coming up with cool class names. I just design them right? =P

What trees would you combine and why?

Blog Azeroth: I’m a WoW Packrat!

Last week over at Blog Azeroth Feraltree asks us what mementos have we kept from our WoW careers and why. Great topic for me as I am a self-proclaimed WoW packrat. When I look in my bank I see a ton of “useless” items just sitting there. Quest items, class specific drops, herbs out the wazoo and um…*cough* ilvl 200 Boomkin gear…let’s just uhhh disenchant those right now…yeah. But there are a few things in my bank that I will never part with and hold sentimental value to me. And since I cannot link at work (dang blocks!), you will not be able to see the pretties.

Ring of the Heavens (ilvl 56 Green) – My husband (then boyfriend) gave this ring to me in our “secret spot” in Nagrand where we used to hang out. It was so cute and since we did not live in the same state yet ( I was stuck in PA and he in Cali) he would give me little presents to remind me he was thinking of me. One day a few months ago, we were looking in my bank for something and he saw a green ring. Not knowing what it was, he laughed at me and told me to disenchant it. He was shocked to find out that I kept that little green ring in my bank since he gave it to me in 2007, even though I have huge bank management issues and it is constantly packed!

Oathkeeper (ilvl 115 Blue two-handed mace) – Another gift from my husband back when we were dating. He gave this to me in the same spot and told me he loved me (mushy!). I have never gotten rid of it and do not plan too. Just like with the ring, when he saw the mace in my bank he told me to DE it to make some room. When he saw I kept it as well as the ring, he blushed a bit and smiled. I think it made him feel good that I had these keepsakes still and reminding him of those days hiding up in Nagrand.

 I think before the xpac, I will give my bank a HUGE overhaul so that I can actually fit some things in there. But I know I will not get rid of those 2 items and they will probably sit in my bag till the end of time, or end of WoW…whichever comes first!

What do you keep in your bank? =D

Blog Azeroth: What My UI Needs!

Elkagorasa asked over at Blog Azeroth what we would change with our Cataclysm UI. Like Elkagorasa, I too run a ton of add ons and have written about them here in the past. Looking at these add ons, I see a few that I wish we could have integrated into the default UI.

See I like to customize and the default Blizzard UI, though getting better over the years, cannot fulfill my customizing addiction. I love being able to move, rotate and resize everything, but with add ons this can mean having many different add ons and hours of work! Below are 3 of my favorite add ons I feel Blizzard should integrate into their generic UI.

Grid – I know, I know I really need to try Vuhdo out, and I will soon I think. But I have had a love affair with Grid for years now. I love the fact that I can see a full raid in a tiny, compact box. Plus the ability to control what you see (ie – HoT timers, debuffs, aggro, or whatever your heart desires) is really great. I think if the default UI added in the ability to customize the raid frames and make them specific so that every character would be able to use them effectively, then Grid would no longer be needed (sad but true).

Bartender – I thinking being able to move your bars and buttons around is great! You can hide unneeded icons, you can make buttons different shapes, and make them as small as you want. I like the ability to not have my entire screen taken up by buttons and bars and Bartender lets me do this. If the default UI let the bars be completely customizable then poor Bartender might be left in the dust.

Pitbull - Does anyone else hate that on the default UI your character portrait/health/mana bars and the party frames are the same no matter what? I found it boring and it took up way more room than it should have. Plus having target’s target of target got to be way too much that I shut it off completely!  With Pitbull, I have spent a ton of time getting my frames the exact way that I want them. I think this would be another great feature for our default UI !

I know these are tall orders and there are restrictions as to what they can and will do with their time, but I think to have a fulling customizable default UI, would take the game to a great new level!

Blog Azeroth: I Can Do More Than Heal…Can You?

This week the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic comes from Resto Dude and he wonders what we as players/characters can do for the group that is outside our primary roles as DPS/Tanks/Healers. Now most of my post will reflect a lot back at BC when we were not only required to heal but to CC as well. But I still think these methods hold true today.

 When I First Felt Important.

When my husband and I first started playing together, he was a Hunter. Back in times of Steam Vaults, I pulled a lot of aggro. I have no idea why but I just always did while healing. Ever time a mob would come rushing at me, They would be frozen in the blink of an eye. I figured this was a Hunter trapping but I had this sense of importance. A dps was going out of their way to make sure my tree butt did not die.

I started to notice more and more things of this nature coming from other DPS classes. Mages would cast Frost Nova when adds would run towards the healers, letting the tanks get aggro back and saving our butts. Plate DPS would taunt an add knowing you would die faster then they would. Tank and DPS Pallys would bubble the healer preventing and untimely death. All of these occurences in instances and raids were great. I felt the DPS and Tanks really cared if the Healers died. Which I understood, I worked my butt off to heal them, and they wanted to keep me alive to continue to do so. But they seemed to be going out of their way to do so, and I was grateful.

The Druid Arsenal

So I began to think, as  Resto Druid, what can I do other than to make the lives of everyone about me easier? I feel we have many spells that easy the life of those around us.

Faerie Fire - A spell I feel most Resto Druids do not even look at. I know this is not mandatory in fights where you have a Boomkin or a feral druid. I think this is a fun spell to throw out there to get a little extra oomph. Plus it is an instant cast! And since most of the time mana is not an issue anymore, this is not very costly.

CC:

Druids have a ton of CC, and most of the time as Resto we are not able to use it. There are fights that if I have to continue shifting in and out of Tree form to cast a CC I will be out of mana during the tough healing spots of the fight. But there are some that there is really no issue.

Cyclone - I love using this spell, especially in Lady Deathwhisper hard. CCing the mind controlled target before it can kill another healer is pretty fun. Plus most of the time in this fight our DPS get a little DPS crazy and forget this mind control is running around reeking havoc on the raid. I feel almost accomplished when I get my cyclone off before the target gets to cast anything.
 
Hibernate -  A spell that was useful in SSC back in the day makes another appearance in ICC and in RS! Those pesky Blood Beasts can be Hibernated before they kick the crap out of a DPS or Healer. Sleeping the dragonkin is very useful in trash throughout RS. CC is something that most are not used too since we have not had the need since BC, but getting back in the habit is great, especially with the xpac coming up.
 
Entangling Roots - Making sure a mob does not beat up its non-tank target is useful! Or saving yourself when you pull too much healing aggro.
 
DPS??!!
  
 
Everyone has been through this situation, the boss is at 3%, everyone else is dead but you and the tank. Do you just stand there and let the tank try to kill the boss? Or do you pop out of Tree and blast him with a Moonfire and Wrath Bomb barrage?  How proud do you feel when the boss falls to your hands? 
  
Man Bear Tree
 
Have a lot of incoming damage? Know the healers will have problems healing you? Bear form! That little extra health may keep you from looking like mush on the floor.
 
Bash - Ever get sucked into the sword during Lich King? If you ever do shift to Bear, Enrage, and bash that little ghosts butt when he is about to cast. This can really help slow down damage to let you heal more effectively. Plus you will have a less chance to die causing a raid wipe.
That is all I can think of that I have done for now. I am sure there are many other combos and abilities that a Resto Druid can use to save someone or help a raid out. What do you do that goes above and beyond?

WoW = RL

This week the shared topic on Blog Azeroth comes from Six Inch Heals and asks us what WoW has taught us about real life or if WoW has impacted our real life in some way. This is a GREAT topic I think. And yes I am a few days late with starting it but for me this one flows freely.

How Shadow Labs Changed my Life

I think I will address the second part of this question first, has Wow impacted my real life in some way. When I read this I was a bit apprehensive to answer at first, most will find what I am about to tell you a little odd, but over the years I have grown to love and embrace the circumstances I faced.

Let’s take a step in my time machine and go back early 2007. I was 20 years old and had been playing WoW for a while. I played a warlock most of the time (while lvling my druid on the side) and would run dungeons constantly. One of my favorite of these dungeons was called Shadow Labs and I would run it constantly.

One of these runs contained two of my RL friends at the time and 2 random PUG hunters we found. One of the hunters (HuntardA) was horrible, calling out their crits in chat on little bugs that roamed the instance and in general low numbers and a poor attitude. The other hunter (Drewtwo) instantly whispered me saying just how bad this hunter was. I laughed and kept general chatter going back and forth about WoW and the other party members. By the end of the dungeon I thought it was great to meet someone so nice in this game and added him to my friends list.

Now, I am a very outgoing person, on the web and off, and I am not afraid to start chit chat with someone I have talked to in the past. I logged on after class the next day and saw he was on. I sent a quick little tell saying hi. I was not sure if he would respond because I thought he would not remember me. Sure enough he did remember me and we began chatting again. Asking general question about age (he was 4 years older than me), where we lived (he is Cali and me in PA),work, school, and interests. This went on for weeks just chatting back and forth and running dungeons for gear.

The guild I was in had a vent server and we would hop in that when doing dungeons. Now Drewtwo remained in another guild and I would occasionally run a raid or two with them for fun. One day he left his guild and asked if he could join ours. I was excited to have a nice and talented hunter join. Soon we were not only chatting on vent everyday but on the phone as well. Our bond was growing stronger and stronger and we were to the point where we could tell each other anything. We never even met and he was my best friend.

For my 21st birthday, I decided that my friend Bear and I would fly from PA to CA to meet Drewtwo and celebrate my birthday somewhere fun! Once we were there and I met Drewtwo for the first time, it was like cupid ran me over with a semi-truck. I was lovestruck. After a week of hanging out and getting to know each other in person, we decided to start dating. The feelings we had for each other were strong. We decided that I would move to Cali with him (Ok ok I know red flag right? But I was young and in love with my whole life ahead of me. PA was depressing and I wanted to get out and live my life. You only live once right?) .

18 days later, Drewtwo flew out and picked me up from my house and we drove across the country. December 22, 2008 he proposed at our weekly D&D game (yes HUGE dorks!) and March 7th 2009 we were married and we currently have a baby on the way.

While this story may be strange to some, this is the most wonderful thing to happen to both our lives. If we would have never played WoW, we would have never met. this game has shaped both our lives deeply.

A Short List of What WoW has Taught Me

1. Live in the moment. Sure things may seem bleak as you wipe on LK for the 100th time, but you never know what will happen when you do just one more attempt.

2. Your closest friends are ones who share your interests. I love my guildies as my good friends. We can talk about more than just WoW but it is WoW that binds us together.  

3. People take games VERY personally. This can be good and bad. Yes you want to enjoy the game, but you can take it too far. Competitiveness is good, but in moderation.

4. In game affects real life. I find this is especially true for role-playing. You need to separate out the game and life. Your friend betray you in a roleplay? Well that was just the character, not them. Do not let it ruin a friendship!

5. You can build confidence and learn to lead by becoming a Raid Leader. This may seem silly but I feel I have become more confident and effective by raid leading and being an officer in the guild. People come to you with issues and problems and it is up to you to sort them out. Plus being a female and getting on over vent to lead a bunch of guys may seem scary at first, but once you can you are ready to take over board meetings at work and speak your mind.

6. Finally remember, love and friendship could be only a LFG away. :)

Letting people die? Is this ever ok?

So this week Ecclesiastical Discipline went to Blog Azeroth’s and asked When Should a Healer Let Someone Die? I have not yet participated in this so I figured now was a good time, especially after my last post about people making healers angry.

I think the basic question here is a little complicated. I feel there is a difference between letting someone die and having no choice but to not heal them. To me, letting someone die can be construed as malicious: I do not like X so I will not heal them. On the other hand, when you have no choice but to not heal someone, you are in a situation where either X or Y dies. This can and usually will happen in raids.

As a healer, I hate seeing anyone not a full health. It tugs at my soul! Just yesterday my husband was running me through Shadow Labs to level my baby priest. It took all my strength to not throw heals on him and pull aggro. He kept laughing as I was squirming in my seat itching to heal him. Now there is really only one reason I can envision for not healing everyone in a raid or party. Like most healers, I have a priority list:

Me – If I am dead, no one gets heals!

Tanks – If they die we all go squish.

Other healers (if in raid) – I try to keep them alive since it usually takes more than one person to heal.

DPS – They need to live to make sure the boss dies.

If I am assigned to a certain group of people, they will have prioroty over tanks, which usually happens in raids. Now, I will try my hardest to heal everyone that I can, like I said before I am OCD about healing, but I know that is not realistic. So if Joe Warlock is dying but so is the tank, I will heal the tank and let Joe’s fate be up to the other healers and the WoW Gods!

What about the players that are notorious to stand in the fire? Do I heal them? It kills me to say this but yes. Now I cannot say that I have not threatened to not heal them. But during a fight, I feel it is harder to realize who is who on my grid, I just look at the health bars going up and down.

I have known players who will not heal others and this is something I feel is wrong. Causing problems in a group and creating issues can just make players get mad and leave. I think it just makes the raid “feel” weird with unnecessary tension. When raid leaders notice this, they can get pretty angry and I do not blame them. If I don’t heal the tank because I do not like them, and we wipe, I am just wasting time.

What do you think? Have you ever disliked someone so much that you would not heal them?

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