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Achievement unlocked!

May 18, 2010

Woop!

This morning I noticed my blog has recieved its 500th hit. Yup, a measly 500 visits is not much, but considering I never expected more than 3 people to ever visit my blog it’s not bad. In the last 4-5 months I’ve had as much comments as the larger blogs get from a single post, I’ve recieved 10 spam comments, done a measly 16 posts and become totally bored with the game that started me blogging in the first place.

I still want to write about WoW, I still want to finish my book on the early history of pre-Warcraft 1 Azeroth. I’m still excited about the changes Cataclysm will bring to the game, more so than I was with The Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King. Yeah I’ve had some awesome times in both TBC and early Wrath, but I feel that Cataclysm will bring the changes necessary to bring numbers back to my server and make it worthwhile to build up the reputation and experience of a guild.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is that with my small readerbase I’d like to continue along this journey, I’d like to continue blogging about my experiences in WoW, maybe not strategies, blue posts and specs like some of the bigger guys, but more about the social interactions, history and memories I’ve had sharing my ingame life with almost 500 guildies of past and present, random readers and one dedicated fan. I’d like some topic suggestions, some requests and links to bloggers with a similar taste so I may experience what they have experienced, share in their history and memories. Here’s to another 500 readers in the future and hopefully 500 posts like the big boys. Thanks @Angelya_au of Revive and Rejuvenate, @GamerGaz of the Mana Obscura , @jaedia of The Lazy Sniper, WeFlySpitfires, Stabby of Stabbed Up and of course Dristan!! for the follows, retweets, reads and comments. Yeah I missed some of you but those that I mentioned have done the most to inspire, advertise and help me along the way.

A change is as good as a holiday, or so I hope.

May 13, 2010

It’s finally happened. I’ve grown tired of guild mastering and subsequently WoW. I’ve been GM of my guild for over 4 years and an officer in my brother’s guild for 6 months before that. In other words it’s been ages since I’ve had some ME time in the game.

I’ve handed over full control to my most trusted officers, I’ve told my guild I’d be in the shadows for a while and I’ve set some goals for myself – fun stuff to do to keep me interested. Stuff like:

  • Gear up my hunter to attempt soloing as many old bosses as possible, with my final goal being Ragnaros.
  • Level up my rogue while keeping the RP flavour.
  • Play around and find myself a suitable caster (My priest doesn’t count)
  • Exploring hidden and interesting places in Azeroth before it all goes boom on us.
  • Actually make some gold.

Hopefully my guild will survive the ordeal, made worse considering it’s the start of the summer slump as well as approaching a new expansion. But we’ve been through worse and we’ve survived, so I guess it will be okay. Hopefully I’ll regain my interest in WoW and blogging about WoW and I’ll return to make a triumphant sweep of Ulduar and the likes.

Hopefully…

Man down.

April 29, 2010

Day 5 of the WoW drought.
Home internet status still down.
ReasonUndersea line maintenance, ISP screwups, DNS errors, me hitting my router with an axe.

It’s gone all pear-shaped here at mission control. My fingers instinctively curl into the wasd-position every time I get close to a keyboard. My thumb searches for the autorun button on the side of my mouse. The problem is that mission control is not my trusty comfy chair at home but rather my “ergonomic” (read: back-breaking) chair at my desk at work. I try to cram as much personal internet time (my various browser games, guild forum maintenance, personal mail, etc) in without drawing attention to myself but it’s just not enough.

At night I get home, sit at my desk, fire up my pc and stare at the Chrome icon on my desktop. I even catch myself clicking it, launching a string of my favourite sites and then staring at dismay at the “Page cannot be displayed” messages. I have the good sense not to even glance at the WoW icon… I just can’t take the disappointment.

So I’m bored beyond belief, what to do? Oh wait, I have an Xbox gathering dust in the corner. And didn’t my brother’s girlfriend buy him Final Fantasy XIII? Time to find my controller and get playing!

First Impressions:

Stunning graphics as what the FF saga knows best.

Wow…  just wow. I haven’t played a FF title since 6 or 7 on the original playstation and even back then it was groundbreaking. But now it looks a thousand times more awesome. I do the first “big” fight. Fairly easy stuff but I’m still in the learning curve right? More pretty stuff fly past. I find a save point with the most useless shop ever attached (it does improve eventually though). Some more cutscenes and pretty stuff.

A few hours later:

Ok, it’s day 3 of playing Final Fantasy XIII and I’ve progressed a fair amount. At first the combat system really irritated me. I mean why even give you the option of fighting if the only thing you ever do is select the autocombat option? Combine that with the fact that the only combat/action sequences are broken up by cutscenes lasting 15 times your playtime and you start getting the feeling that they might as well have made it a movie and saved you from having to push the green button every few minutes.

Soon however things started changing. Suddenly your characters gain roles, either forming the tank/dps/heal trinity, a full nuke squad or whatever you choose in between. They also start gaining the immense powers as shown in the previous titles. Much of the combat is still automatic but you start feeling like you’re a bit more in control. I did prefer the old turn-based style of the older titles but the newer system started growing on me. Different paths start opening up on the scenes where you control your character movement too. The “talent tree” is as close to pointless as one can get though. Your options are so limited compared to normal RPGs and you feel that an auto-advancing system would have saved more time. Gear upgrades are limiting as well and I’ve yet to find a use for the trash you pick up from mobs.

Final thoughts:

I’m a fan of the genre, I really am. I enjoyed the ones I played ages ago and still boot up the occasional FF2/3/4 on an emulator now and then. This one however left me doubting after the first hour though. My interaction with the game felt more like an afterthought than actually playing. As the hours stacked up it just got better and better. I don’t mind the cutscenes wasting all that time as much anymore. I can live with the combat system and am actually starting to find it exciting. So in the end I do approve of the game. For a fan of the series/genre it’s a must. For a newcomer it offers something unique and captivating… if you stick through the boring bits in the beginning.

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I still miss WoW though.

Step 1, collect underpants!

April 14, 2010

Ok so I haven’t been giving my guild, website, blog, twitter and many other things as much attention as I should lately. I went from being engaged to single in record time and it’s messed me up a bit. But I’m pretty much back, got some ideas for new directions and ready for action.
Problem is I’m not extremely happy with the current layout of the blog, nor the name. When I started writing, I didn’t expect more than 2 of my guildies to read any of my posts so I didn’t pay much attention to design and names. To my surprise I have quite a decent attendance and things are going better than I hoped.

Ideally I’d like to move to a dedicated domain, or at least something with more customising options. As for my name, even though the heading says “Misguided”, my blog appears on many links purely as b0bbly, which doesn’t sound very impressive as a WoW blog.

In summary –
Step 1: Get a new name.
Step 2: Get a domain to match.
Step 3: Get a decent layout/logo

So If any of you have any ideas to make this better, and something cool I can call it, gimme a shout and/or leave a comment! And if someone out there can design me a kickass logo, even better!

-=Edit=-

Ok, so now I have a logo at least ( if you can call something made in 30 seconds in MS Paint a logo) and some different background and border colours. I’ll consider Step 3 on hold for now, to be continued once steps 1 and 2 are done.

Taking one for the team.

March 10, 2010

Last night worked out perfectly.
I really wasn’t feeling up to raiding. My stomach was cramping, I was exhausted and was just feeling generally down. Stacked on that, the healers were being their usual selves and showing up late. Thankfully we had just recruited a new warrior tank and our main paladin tank (who didn’t sign for the raid) showed up. He took charge of the raid, got everyone sorted out and running, and gave me the opportunity to add another 65% to my priest’s second-last level.
To make matters even better, Festergut died with very little effort and then they proceeded to get our first kill on Rotface. Considering Festergut has only been downed by us twice, and that with our most experienced group, this was a great night.
They then wiped a few times on Putricide before I logged off teamspeak and went to sleep, but it seems like some days you just have to take a step back and let things handle themselves.

Yeah I know, rubbish and short post for today, but I’m still feeling a bit worse for wear. Just one and a half weeks till I go on leave and I can get back into the swing of things.

Update:

Oh wow, on my worst blog day I’ve received the best response ever. 500% more visitors than on any day in my blogging history! Thanks readers, I’ll try to keep low writing standards as this seems to have the best effect :p

First!

December 22, 2009

Greetings and salutations, fellow earthlings.

This here would be my first blog post. I’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the time. The silly season seems to have given me a bit of a breather though.

First off, I’ll be testing WordPress and Blogger for ease of use and features. Today’s blog was written on the WordPress API and cut-pasted to Blogger. Next one I’ll do the other way around. I suppose a better way would be to write it on a proper word editor and paste it from there… Guess I’ll learn as I go along.

Anyway, My first post is going to be about nostalgia. More specifically nostalgia in World of Warcraft. I’ve been playing for more than 4 years as my tank, Pindleskin,  and it’s amazing how much both the game and my playing style has changed. In the beginning I was an avid player, putting in 3-5 hours a night every night, with more than double that on the weekends. The problem was that I was a horribly slow leveler. I joined my server a few weeks after opening, when the population could be counted in the mere hundreds, and Orgrimmar looked like Shattrath does today. The first guild I joined (in the Barrens of course) was made up of players like me, people that had just started WoW, but unlike me had had little or no background experience in RPG’s or MMO’s. I quickly left them and decided to try it out on my own. On my way to RFK a few weeks later however, a rogue approached me with an ambitious offer. He said they were going to be the biggest thing on the server and they were recruiting experienced RPG’ers. I joined up and became part of “Legio XII”.

When I hit my 40’s (level, not age), Legio started raiding Molten Core. When I hit my 50’s, they were doing Blackwing Lair. 58 and they were doing Ahn’Quiraj and Naxxramas.  A few days later the guild had a outfall and I, along with about half of the guild left.

Hmm, I’m slightly off topic here, let’s get back on track. I’ll continue with my WoW history at a later stage.

The point I’m trying to make is that during the time that my guild was actively raiding the major content, getting the first kills, etc, I was leveling and doing dungeons. I did do quite a bit of Vanilla endgame before The Burning Crusade launched, but more of that in a future post. My “endgame” for quite a long time was the D0 dungeons: Stratholme, Scholomance, LBRS, UBRS, etc. Our merry group of 5 ran those places to death in search of the elusive blue dungeon set pieces, then did the looong quest chains to upgrade those to shinier blue, and eventually (barely) epic pieces. We had fun, we failed, we succeeded, we laughed, we cried.

When we eventually did start raiding, I had a total of two epics. D1 hands and Skullflame Shield, which I bought on the day of the raid, in front of Zul-Gurub’s entrance from a hunter named Milge for 300g, which was a bloody fortune at the time. The bosses back then didn’t even drop epics half of the time. In a week of raiding about 4 epic pieces would drop, which had to be split between the 30 raiders (25 with 5 rotating). Progress was slow, gearing up was slow, but it was worth it.

Skip forward 3-4 years. A warrior friend of mine dinged 80 the day of a big raid. We were short a tank. We needed a plan. So within 2 hours we crafted, socketed, enchanted and got him to a decent iLVL average to be able to offtank Ulduar. Another guildie hit 80 with his DK alt and the next day was averaging 3k DPS.

The point I’m making, as probably a thousand other bloggers and forum-whiners have made, is that the old days of having to really WORK for that raid spot, having to run dungeons over and over again to get that last set item to improve your raid DPS by 2% is over. Now we get 10 epics in an evening of mild raiding, most of which gets disenchanted because we’ve got emblem gear. Yes we still have to do raids over and over again to get that last wand, or gear up a healer or something like that, but a fresh 80 can go do a bunch of heroics and buy himself a full set of gear which matches the hardcore raider’s gear. Gone are the days where a tank in full Tier1/2 gets admired and inspected by hundreds in Orgrimmar. The last time I felt truly proud of a piece of gear was my Last Laugh from Naxx25  and the only reasons I did feel proud was the fact that it was the second on our server, does look damn good, and actually got noticed in the hubbub that is Dalaran.
I could go on forever but I really have to do some actual work too. My next post will be slightly more light-hearted, where I’ll write about my experiences in running a successful casual guild, and the benefits that go with it.

Well there ya have it. Feel free to leave a comment or join me on Twitter @b0bbly