Phoenix down

Posted June 1, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: Alt-erior Motives, Bored!, Guildmastering, Itasu, Raiding, Roleplay, World of Warcraft, Writing

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It’s finally happened. After 4 and a half years of being guildmaster I’ve relinquished my lead to one of my officers. I’m now marked as an inactive officer. I’ve tried playing a few times in the last few weeks and every time I just end up moping around on my main and then logging to my rogue for 1-2 dungeons. I do still immensely enjoy the game, the alting and the rogue’s totally overpowered playstyle. I don’t enjoy being guildmaster at the moment. I don’t want the responsibility of looking after 100 guildies. I’m not capable of leading or even attending a raid at this time.

Have I given up on WoW?

No, not by a long shot. I’m excited about Cataclysm and will be standing in that line to get my copy at midnight like I’ve done every expansion. I’m also enjoying my alts but I won’t be speedleveling him to get some raiding done before cata hits. Instead I’ll be taking my time and enjoying the scenery. I’ll divert my blogging attention back to the RP style I experimented with a few weeks ago and that was inspired by Piket.

So to my readers, I apologise for the absolutely crap content of the last few weeks and I’ll try to make up for it soon. I’ll also be opening a new section for my other writing (hint: loosely based on Azeroth’s past) that will hopefully end up in a book one day.

And now for something completely different.

Posted May 25, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: IT

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Ok so my blog’s usually about WoW and other MMO’s, but I can’t ignore the industry I work in. I’m a junior sysadmin and my work mainly consists of making sure the network, servers and PC’s are healthy. This means I have to check for rogue software installs, PC’s that stay offline too long, servers that are unreachable and so forth.

Everyone likes free stuff. IT guys like free software. When I got a project to inventory our software a year and a half ago, I searched desperately for a software solution. Most of the supposed solutions were horribly expensive and even then their demos turned out to be rubbish. Then I found Spiceworks and I’ve never looked back.

Lets have a look at some of the features:

Spiceworks Lets You…

The last point is the most valuable of all. With almost a million IT pros from all around the world any questions you might have, any IT related problems whatsoever,  gets attention from people in the community who have similar positions and experiences.

Anyway, don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. Click the link below to download this great piece of FREE software.

And to the WoW folks, regular viewing will resume after the commercial šŸ˜€

BA topic: Helping newbies.

Posted May 20, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: Alt-erior Motives, BA Shared Topic, Itasu, Theorycrafting, World of Warcraft

I actually commented op someone else’s blogpost on how he hates newbies in lower dungeons last night and when I saw the BA topic my reply was startlingly on the mark.

I’m leveling a rogue, mostly through questing because I love the lore and want to capture Azeroth in my memory one last time before Cataclysm rips it all up. I do do about 2-3 random dungeons a level too, just to keep my gear and dps competitive. And during these dungeons it amazes me that some people manage to even get to level 30, never mind 80. I’ve had warriors “tanking” with their fists, warlocks meleeing, a mage that I had to shout “Fireball!” at every time I wanted him to cast something, healers in bear form and Sylvanas knows what else. Eventually I get so frustrated I end up soloing the rest of the instance (thank goodness for hardcore rogues at low levels and lots of twinking).

Then every now and again you get a gem. A guy that, through all the absolute ignorance, mispulling and general mayhem, asks an intelligent question. I had a hunter in a SM:Graveyard run the other night. His pet was doing more damage than him by miles and because the pet was mostly on passive the priest healer was outdamaging his pet. I mentioned to the priest that I liked his damage and so the hunter wanted to know how I could see what others were putting out. I explained Recount to him and we started chatting in /w, where he mentioned that it was his first character.

Now I have 2 hunters, one at lvl 80 and the other at 73, and I love BM. I noticed his spec was BM too, which for soloing is usually the easier choice for beginners. His points were spent wrong though so I gave him a few tips on respeccing for faster solo grinding as well as some tips on endgame specs (Which will probably be obsolete by the time he gets to 80). We chatted about the way he engages mobs and getting more out of the time he had on the mobs. By the end of the run he was matching my dps.

A week later I got into a group with him again by pure luck. He greeted and thanked me for my help. His spec was tweaked, his pet had been replaced and he was ripping me to shreds on Recount. He might still be a noob to the game in general, but to his little hunter world he’s a noob no more.

Makes me all warm inside really šŸ™‚

Achievement unlocked!

Posted May 18, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: Life, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft, Writing

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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.

Posted May 13, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: Alt-erior Motives, Bored!, Guildmastering, Life, Roleplay, World of Warcraft

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It’s finally happened. I’ve grown tired ofĀ guild masteringĀ 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…

Molten Core

Posted May 1, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: Bored!, Raiding, World of Warcraft


This still gives me goosebumps… nuff said

Man down.

Posted April 29, 2010 by b0bbly
Categories: Bored!, Final Fantasy, Life

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 theĀ 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… Ā 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.