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I think I blogged about this once before.  Even if I did, I don’t give a rat’s ass (see photo).

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, would it be too much to ask that we learn how to communicate in chat?  I know.  It sounds silly and all — given that communication is the purpose of chat — but lately something has been getting under my skin.

(Today) I’m not even asking for you to stop speaking in cell phone English (as much as that irritates me too).  I’m just asking you to stop (or at least severely limit) your use of two words.  “Good” and “better”.  They are both so all-encompassing I feel I should almost do two posts, but I will try and condense this to one.

Examples:

  • “LF GOOD ENCHANTER WITH GOOD ENCHANTS.”
  • “I want 2 spec my pally retribution.  Is that any good?”
  • “LF good guild.”
  • “Which is better?  Druid or Rogue?”
  • “Which is better? <insert any two item links here>”

For the love of God people… your fingers aren’t going to fall off your hands if you exert yourself to the point of writing a little more.  My definition of good may vary from yours, so tell me what you are looking for.  So might my definition of better, and even if it didn’t, I might not know what you are looking for which would severely impact any advice I might want to give.

I’m really a nice person.  I don’t mean to be a prick.  But it drives me insane.  It makes me want to crawl into a dark damp closet and listen to Mike Schramm tell Chuck Norris jokes.  Seriously.

I promise if you try to avoid these two words in public chat channels, the responses you get will be much more useful!

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Blinkstrike On Steroids

Apologies to those who may have clicked the link in the last 24 hours.

For some unexplicable reason my guild has picked up and moved from Blogger to WordPress!

I don’t know why!!!

You can find their new (much prettier) site here.

Found the pic on Flickr.  Not sure exactly what the dude is trying to prove, but I bet Freud would have a field day with him.  Makes Blinkstrike look like a swizzle stick.

Shout-outs to all the Gnomeregan posse who have ensured that through continual exposure to their trade chat, that the name Blinkstrike is permanently etched into my brain and appears in flashing neon lights in my nightmares.

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Everybody is talking about how WoW is going through drought right now.  I can see where it’s coming from.  The usually populous Ironforge (on just about every server I’m on) is dead.

But there are good reasons for you to start playing WoW if you’re thinking about it and haven’t taken the plunge.

  1. The economy is SO inflated on most (if not all) servers that gathering professions will earn you ridiculous amounts of money.  I was given a total of about 20g by friends when I joined Bloodhoof last week.  In a week I’ve made that selling ore three times over.
  2. There are entire zones that are completely devoid of people right now.  Have you ever been playing an MMORPG and had to wait for a mob to spawn?  Go quest in Desolace.  I guarantee you… there will be nobody there.  (Yesterday I was on Bloodmyst Isle with a friend and watched a rare respawn three times, which makes me wonder whether the spawn rate for rares is based on load.)
  3. If you use me as your referral, I get a cool zhevra (zebra) to ride on!  Seriously, if you’re interested in playing, let me know.  I want one of these puppies so bad.

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Can you tell I’m excited about the new blogging project?  I don’t think I’ve written this much in as short a time in over a year.

Ten minutes after I had the blog up and running Blizzard decided to bring Bloodhoof down for half an hour to fix a bug.  I figured this was God’s way of telling me I should take a few minutes to talk about my latest character development exercise.

When I came to Bloodhoof, I wasn’t sure if I was going to transfer characters from Gnomeregan or not.  At the moment it looks like I may transfer a few soon, but in the meantime I needed something to do so I tried to decide which class I had the least experience in.  The answer was obviously:  priest.

I’ve done healers before.  Hell, I got Nenianae to 70.  I have other healer characters that may be “off-spec” but I’ve only done a priest once — and it didn’t go too well.

So I made a dwarf priest and named him Wetnap.  I openly admit I stole the name from a forum post on funny names.  As the originator of the name pointed out, a wetnap is “the cleanest and the dirtiest of cloth”.  I loved it, so I stole it.

I’ve been grinding him for the last couple of days and already have him on the verge of hitting Level 19.

There seems to be a real shortage of priests (except maybe shadow priests) on just about every server I’ve been on.  Why do you suppose that is?  Aside from the “healing is boring” argument (which I totally don’t agree with) priests are quite obviously the most “squishy” of their healing brethren.  So how do you level with a class that “the experts” agree is so difficult to solo?  I have a few tips.

  • Get a wand.  Even if you hate wands, get one to start.  If you’re an enchanter as well you can make wands for cheap, cheap, cheap.  My usual mob-killing soloing strategy is Smite, Mind Blast, Shadow Word: Pain (sometimes not in that order), then Power Word: Shield and then wand them to death.  The time you spend “wanding” them gives your mana a chance to recover.
  • Get Spirit Tap — even if you’re not going to go Shadow.  It’s at the top of the Shadow talent tree and it’s a godsent for soloing.  When you finally get all five points into it, it will boost your spirit by 100% every time you kill a mob that yields experience.  Priests (in my opinion) should have spirit to begin with, so if you have a good amount of it, the Spirit Tap boost will help you immensely to regenerate your health and mana between fights.
  • Learn ALL your skills.  It may sound obvious, but it pains me when I see mages who don’t know how to summon mana gems, or druids who don’t realize they can cure poison.  The priest especially has a number of “countermeasure” skills that a lot of players overlook.  Keep Psychic Scream, Power Word: Shield, and Fade (which all have pretty fast cooldowns) close-by.  Yes, I said Fade.  Fade can save your buttocks when the tank loses agro.  Put it on a button you can reach.  The fewer times you die, the faster you level.

So far the priest experience has been very enjoyable for me.  I’ll keep you posted!

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I pride myself on my character names, but I saw a shaman in the bank today whose name — in my opinion — was awe-inspiring.  I was jealous I didn’t think of the name myself first.

Shamwich.

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I spotted this awesome sight gag in Ironforge the other day.  I had to take a picture.  Who wants to bet there is a gnome hiding “inside” the tree.

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Why on earth would I move my blog when I had such established traffic there?

  1. The Blogger template was really, really, really, REALLY beginning to annoy me.
  2. I am eminently familiar with the WordPress software because I run another blog with it that gets about a quarter of a million hits a year.
  3. My readers are smart enough to read the “This Blog Has Moved” post and find their way here.
  4. WordPress simply rocks.
  5. ‘gnomergweedo’ was no longer an accurate description of the content of the blog, since I am in the process of relocating to a new server.

Thanks for finding your way here!  I hope to have more content (and maybe a better theme) shortly!

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