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Cataclysm Impressions

 

Angry Cat Is Having A Pre-Cataclysm Aneurysm

 

Yeah.  I’ve heard the “voice of reason” in the chat channels.  The voice that proclaims to the disheartened that “it’s too early in the Cataclysm deployment to see the big picture” of what the changes in yesterday’s patch were in support of.

Screw the voice of reason, I’m pissed.  (But at least I’m consistent.)

  • I just replaced my desktop computer less than a month ago.  The new (to me) Mac ran pre-4.0.1 as smooth as glass.  Now when I get on a taxi it feels more like a coin-operated bed in a sleeze motel than a form of public transportation.  Was it really necessary to push the hardware boundaries that far?
  • I did an instance about two hours ago.  A warlock cast Ritual Of Souls and 80% of the instance members computers (representing Mac and PC clients) locked solid.  Nice programming skills.
  • My (incredible) girlfriend just started playing about a month ago.  Her exact words were that it feels like she has to learn to play all over again.  As for me, I have nine toons to respec (one dual) and figure out where all the #&@*(! buttons go and figure out how the three gazillion passive abilities work.  There is so little left of the original game that I feel a little like Jillian does.  It’s overwhelming.
  • Framerates suck.  Again, there should not have been that much of a change in the progression of one version.  I seem to recall a “tip” that used to show on the loading screen that said “Do all things in moderation, even World of Warcraft.”  Apparently their programming department don’t read their own tips.
  • Shamans got hosed.  My main is (was) a shaman, spec’ed as dual spec elemental/restoration.  Figuring out where the heck all my buttons went was only the beginning.  Next was finding out we can’t cure poison or diseases anymore.  Thanks Blizzard.  That will really add to our value as healers in five-man instances.  It’s not all about raiding you bunch of nerf-bat wielding jackwagons.  Plus the fact that my dps numbers “seem” way out of whack.  I’d be willing to accept that maybe the numbers got rolled back across the board, but from what I hear mages only need to blow on something to make it die.  Thanks for yanking Totem of Wrath too, Blizz.  That was a real morale booster when my dps was already low enough.
  • Has anybody else noticed that the new tooltips for the new spells and abilities in 4.0.1 really suck?  I mean they sound like they were written by someone on crack.  Go check them out sometime.  “This is really important, so you should use it a lot.”  Gee thanks Uncle Bliz.
  • I touched on this before, but having to respec nine characters is just wrong.  And if you’re going to be bungholes and make us do it, you should at least give us two respecs instead of one, because after doing three or four respecs we’re going to get fatigued and just push buttons to make the nightmare go away.  Yes morons, you created a nightmare.  And you need to take ownership for it.

On the plus side…

  • Protection paladins are dancing naked through Ironforge.  Apparently you don’t even need to wear gear anymore to be a protection paladin, and you don’t need to dual-spec as retribution either, because it’s redundant.  (That’s what I’ve heard.  I haven’t taken a hard look at the numbers but I ran Jillian through Stockades earlier and I sure couldn’t find any part of that hypothesis to argue with.)  Because we all know that paladins have never been over-powered and they need a class buff to be viable.
  • Warlocks get felguards at 20?  ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND? I mean… the warlocks love it, naturally.  Jillian took her lock to Redridge to do the sunfish quest and sent her felguard into the water.  It looked like the murloc version of Fight Club.  It was freaking obscene.  I was standing there (on the water) with my Level 80 shaman expecting to lend assistance, but I was little more than a member of the audience.  Because GOD KNOWS that WARLOCKS have never been-overpowered and they need a class buff to be viable.

Ok… so there isn’t really a positive side.

Or if there is, I haven’t found it.

What about you?

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I hear it all the time in Trade chat and it makes me nauseous.  It really does.  I don’t know what it’s like on your server, but on Bloodhoof every half hour after school is out there is a debacle in trade chat about how so-and-so is a “ninja” and that you shouldn’t group with him because you will lose the gear you rightfully earned if you take him or her on an instance with you.

B-u-l-l-s-h-i-t.  Hot, steaming b-u-l-l-s-h-i-t in fact.

I’m sorry.  I know that last bit will have offended someone, but I just don’t care anymore.  Just because you disagree with the Master Looter, doesn’t mean the person who got the loot is a ninja.  I’m getting sick to death of Azeroth being turned into an episode of Hook where the children scream “Kill the lawyers!” every ten minutes for the sole purpose of their own entertainment.  But before I go off on an adult-only server rant (which I’m sure I’ve done before), allow me to digress.  The doctor told me to lower my blood pressure anyway.

Blizzard Customer Service – in their infinite wisdom, glory, and acute level of helpfulness – published a link today on their Twitter feed to a document outlining their stance on ninja looting.  Being the sharp and astute individual I am, as soon as I saw the title, I wondered if they were going to branch into a tutorial of the mechanics of the looting system and lo and behold my prayer was answered!

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deadNo, I’m not speaking apocalyptically of the end of the game, when Blizzard shuts off the servers for good.  I don’t see any indications of that happening anytime in the near future.  I’m talking about when your copy of the game ceases to function.  One of the truly great things about the Windows and Mac versions of World of Warcraft is that the game is completely self-contained.  There are no “hidden” files or registry entries.  You can just copy the folder and be done.  This is a good thing because it makes backups really easy and makes moving it from computer to computer really easy.  It’s a bad thing because up until the other day, I’d been using the same installation for more than a couple of years.  Eventually something is going to get corrupted or break, and sure enough it did.  I did a Command-Option-Q to quickly get out of the game a couple of days ago and went to get a drink.  When I came back, the game still hadn’t exited.  I executed a “Force Quit” and restarted it, but it wouldn’t restart no matter what I did.  I deleted all the folders that they tell you to delete when you have problems.  It still wouldn’t restart, so I decided to do a complete re-install from scratch.

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It’s been kinda crazy in Gweedoland lately.  It’s kind of been like a goblin engineering convention around here with Bobcats dancing all over the place while the basement is repaired.  In fact, for almost a week (up until yesterday) I had a moat around my house while they worked on the foundation.  I actually had to cross a bridge to get to my side door.  I was seriously thinking of throwing some alligators down there to mess with the workers.  That phase is over now and I have a drainage system that could keep Seattle dry in April.  Now it’s landscapers and paving people I have to deal with, and then… SNOW! I’ll be lucky if we get it all done under the wire.

Needless to say all the comings and goings and jackhammers and light explosives have been messing with my body clock and sleep cycles.  I was up at 5 o’clock (Eastern) this morning when I heard the cat woofing her cookies in the hallway and decided to get up to clean it up before I forgot about it and stepped in it on the way to the can.  Then I couldn’t get back to sleep.  I knew today was a maintenance day so I didn’t even try to log into the game for a couple of hours.

Then I got reading that other WoW website and they said (yesterday) that the patch probably wasn’t coming down today.  I thought to myself “Gee, if I login and get the patch and find out they’re wrong, that will be two scoops in one week”.  So of course… I decided to give it a shot.  To my utter surprise, I entered my name and password and got a character list.  I almost keeled over in shock.

Two seconds had barely passed from the time that I asked in Ironforge what was going on when…

[SERVER Shutdown in 8:00]

I’ve really gotta stop getting up so damn early in the morning.

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Let’s Just Clear A Few Things Up

I don’t know why I’m writing this post, because I know it’s not going to make the problem go away.  But ranting makes me feel better, so let me just scroll down and click the rant category right now before I forget.

There.  Done.

Twice in my years on the Gnomeregan server and twice again in less than a week on Bloodhoof I’ve had people come up to me and send me a /tell when I’m playing Gweedo.  They mean well.  I’m sure they do.  The question they ask takes one of two directions.  Either a polite question, or a full-out assault.  Examples:

  • “Do you mind me asking why you have Potency on a dagger?”
  • “Ummm… Strength on a dagger.  That’s a little different.”
  • “Ummm dude… that’s so not a good enchant for that weapon.”

And the list goes on and on.

Let me address some facts in no particular order.  Or, as you young people would say:  random.

  1. I really don’t care what your opinion of my enchants are, and until the day you see me walking around Ironforge with a sandwich board that says “HEY!  GIVE ME YOUR TWO CENTS ABOUT MY GEAR AND ENCHANTS!” I really don’t want you opinion.
  2. Gweedo is an enchanter, and he enchants his own stuff.  He does not have the necessary Violet Eye rep for the +20 agility to weapon enchant, therefore he cannot enchant it.  Furthermore, the mats are a little pricey.  I’M DOING THE BEST I CAN DO WITH WHAT I HAVE.
  3. Believe it or not children, rogues do get benefit from strength.  Sure, not as much as agility, but would it shut you up if I walked around Ironforge with no enchant at all?

I don’t believe in cookie cutter builds or following the herd.  I like to do my own thing.  Sure, when I run Kara about four more times I’ll get the agility enchant, and I may even use it.

But until then, it’s Potency.  And I really don’t care what you think, k?

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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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