Saturday, April 26, 2008

R.I.P. Grimnar

You die a thousand casual deaths - with none of that intensity which squeezes out life . . . and no blood runs cold anywhere. Because even as you die you know that you will come back in a different hat. But no one gets up after death - there is no applause-there is only silence and some second-hand clothes, and that's – death. If we have a destiny, then so had he - and if this is ours, then that was his - and if there are no explanations for us, then let there be none for him [Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead]

Grimnar has ceased to be and I say good riddance! He was slow even in cat form and in bear form smelled like herring and good luck getting a heal from him!. If he wasn’t lost he was getting lost. I had seen him walk right off the Scryer’s Terrace to his death more than once. I doubt there is a mob in the game that does not have a tale of killing him. The one the Murlocs tell is particularly funny and fitting, but they refuse to allow it to be published here as they are working on an anthology to be entitled, “Grim Deaths”.

He seldom read group or raid or private chats and even less often responded. His rare responses were too often obtuse or equivocal. Occasionally, they were not betokening of a reasonable or rational man. Instead, they read like the rants of a raving lunatic and were punctuated poorly and peppered with profanities.

He was a horrid racist [not a ‘horde’ racist]. His hatred of Elves was well documented []. His conspiracy theories of how they controlled the banks and media I am sure appalled all of us equally [especially seeing that he was Drudish]. And I cannot even write here the epitaphs he referred to them as [though, him calling them ‘Trolls’ is what I found most offensive].

Regardless of all the things written above and whether he was Tauren, walrus, cat, bear or bird . . . he was my friend and will be deeply missed by me. Grim, I hope you have gone to a better place and that there are no Elves or places to fall from there and that you are not lost. Goodbye my deer friend [Deer form coming in WOTLK].

Exit, not pursued by a bear . . .




Friday, April 18, 2008

EpicMount R Us

Yeah well, I sorta got tired of the disorganization in the Drenden Allie guild. I'd been asking about a webpage to help us get going scheduling raids and such. The guild leaders sorta kept hedging, and then it occurred to me that maybe they didn't know how to set it up. I forget that not everyone geeks; some people just play the compie games, but they don't geek out.

So I checked out Epicmount, which Terror Nova uses. It's free; so I made an account for us. As I was messing with it I realized I could easily handle the set up and maintenance. Okay, this was worth the time and energy. Then, I wondered what the cost was to dump the ads and upgrade to a premium version. Turns out it was only $12.99 a year! So I bought a year. Then got busy making a kickass site. Not bad, eh?

Monday, April 14, 2008

ZOMG! The T6 is here! the T6 is here!

LOL. Like I have enough badges...not. But I happened to be doing my dailies on the Isle when our realm closed in on 100%. Hungry bidders began surrounding the vendor in anticipation of the opening of her T6 stock. This may also include the new BG gear; I'm not clear on that.

For close to two hours they hung out there, pvp'ing whenever some poor soul rode up and, while trying to click the vendor/quest giver, accidently clicked the flagged player and thereby initiated a fight. (That's why there are skellies on the ground; you can't seem them as well in this photo, but they're there.).

When the 100% ticked over and the vendor went live, they continued to grief each other by blocking access to the vendor with kodos and eleks and so on. What a trip. I'm sure today one can log in and find her with no problem. Anyhow... this server sure plays like a PVP sometimes, and this was one of them.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Of Ninjas and Portals and Ore Quests

Well, I was grinding out the nether residue daily Sunwell quest out in Nagrand, looking for ore. Serves me two purposes these days. As a JC, Tynaqua is always needing more adamantite ore to make mercurial adamantite also. Anyhow, I was off in a corner of the territory and thought, "hmm, I haven't been in that corner before, no quests have taken me there, no reason to have gone there, and yet, I see ore markers." So I flew over the area, only reachable by flying mount.

I saw a patch of territory with a portal and a very large demonic dude strutting around, a level 73 ELITE demonic dude, Reth'hedron. Now you don't see many of those in the world. Thottbot had an entry:
He's part of the Netherwing quests for your Netherdrake if you are attempting to get one. Must have Honored reputation with Netherwing to get the quest to kill him. You are given a special gun, called a Soul Cannon, after a collection of materials an engineer and miner can supply you with. You stay mounted and use this "gun" (It's really more like a channeled death ray) to sap his lifeforce and subdue him into walking into the small version of the Dark Portal. It takes a long time to wear him down so start with a full health bar and it wouldn't hurt to have a healer with you to top you off as you work him down. This is current as of 2 days after Patch 2.1.

So I found a nice ore node but had to kill, one-by-one, four lvl 71 warlocks. It was slow and painful. As I downed the last one, two Hordies dropped down from the sky and ninja'd the ore node while I was still finishing the kill. When I yelled "ninja!" THe guy replied "reported!" OMG I was spitting mad. So... heh heh... I put out a tell on general chat: So if you run across Taman, be sure to kill any nearby MOBS for him so he call ninja your ore nodes safely. Well, it made ME feel better. LOL... arg!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

ZOMG! A Mighty Weap.

Someone was selling Crystalforged War Axe on the trade channel for only 20G. The last time this happened, I missed out by refusing to bid over 25G. It went to the other guy. This time I whispered fast and I got the weap for 20G. A real bargain. Actually 25G would have been a bargain too.

Was just in the Hall of Heroes oogling the PVP gear and trying to decide whether it was really better when you didn't all those PVP stats, such as resilience. But then again, Tynaqua does a lot of PVP, so ... wtf.

Anyhow, you don't often get to wield an axe that big or with that lucious pastel coloring. I guess it really is a chick axe, eh?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Hwa hwa hwa

This is funny as is, but to really relish the humor you must be an insider, a gamer, or at least an MMO gamer. Earlier this year there was much hoopla around the release of a competing MMO, well potentially: Turbine's MMO, The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). For one thing, the graphics were touted as "more realistic" than the "cartoony" graphics of WoW. And indeed, they were/are. It's really quite a lovely gamescape. However, the game itself is both derivative of WoW, and well, doofy.

And one of the doofiest aspects is the character class choices. One of the character classes you have the option to roll is the minstrel, i.e., the bard. His offensive weapon (pun intended) is his lute. Oh yeah, I kid you not. I know, I rolled one and played it for about 10 days. If the game were free I'd probably still be playing it, but I just didn't find it compelling enough or different enough to continue on a monthly subscription.

So... lol... It's April 1st, April Fool's Day, and we all know Blizz can't resist a holiday. And thus we have today's winner, the new class, the bard. ROFLMAO!