World PvP

September 12, 2008

In a burst of being surprisingly more topical than usual, I’ve been trying to write up an article on world PvP and how that effects leveling and other such things for the last week or so, only to have Blizzard come out and say they’re allowing PvE to PvP transfers.

This only makes my post more poignant. If you’re transferring from a PvE server to a PvP server you can expect to have these things happen to you:

  1. When you’re fighting a mob, you will be attacked, often by after you’ve made eye contact and they seem like they’re going to let you alone.
  2. After they’ve waited until you’re at low health and then killed you, they will proceed to laugh at you and spit on you, while any players of the ganking faction will pass by and congratulate the ganker.

I know, as I’ve been the dead human/gnome/blood elf/tauren who has lied there, hoping that these people just go away. And it’ll just get worse when there can be a level discrepancy.

I’ve often tried to figure out why this ganking goes on, and honestly I have no idea. The best guess I can give is the hazing type mentality where because it happened to me, it’s okay for me to do it to others. I find this to be a crock, but I’m fairly “carebear” for being on a PvP server.

As far as the transfers, I don’t really care. Sure, it sort of feels like I’ve been a little cheated, with the hours of my life lost to STV that the PvE player hasn’t, but it doesn’t really matter. Oh and the idea of “Stop QQing, PvPers: ezmode targets” strikes me as incredibly hollow. Even the bigest of carebears learned very fast how to deal with a PvP environment. So You’ve got a few days of free ganking, and then everyone is on a similar plane.


Tentative Schedule

September 10, 2008

So, seeing as I didn’t have a post schedual set out, right now I’m planing (from now on) for Tuesdays to be a post about what’s happening on my main, while Thursday will be a more indepth and, hopefully, infomative post. Then sporatically throughout the week I’ll post any breaking news, or just funny things I’ve seen in the game, or other things less WoW related.


Warloke’s New Role

September 10, 2008

Warloke in HelfiresSo yesterday I was talking to Leaf from The Gnogue in Blog Azeroth chat, and he reminded me how much I love playing Gnomes. So I decided to pull Warloke out of the semi-retirement he’s been sitting in for most of the summer.

While he’s not my first toon to make it to Outlands, he’s the first one that I’ve done more than just run around getting stomped on by things much larger than myself. I think I’m going to turn him back into my main, especially as he has the greatest chance of making it to 70 before the expansion rolls around.

He also managed to find a new guild in the first twelve hours he was active, with out even trying. I was busying running back to my corpse after being camped by a level 70 Troll Shaman near the PvP objectives in Hellfire Peninsula when a I get a tell and a party invite by a level 70 Draenei Hunter who apologized for not getting there sooner. She then helped me get my PvP daily finished. She saw that I was a poor, homeless Gnome and offered me an invite to her guild. So now I’m a proud member of Disaster on Illidan.


Pledges

September 7, 2008

Following the advice given by Matticus on Twisted Nether, I’m going to give you guys my rough plan for what’s to come.

Originally this blog was going to be about how I was learning to tank. I’d still love to do this, but the current environment just isn’t there for me.  The toon I was going to “learn” on is MoreReady, but in anything that isn’t endgame content there doesn’t seem to be anything resembling a tank shortage, let alone people online. In my guild there’s never more than five other people online, and PuGs need healers. This has proved a boon, as now I’ve fallen in love with Rejuvenation, Regrowth, and spamming downranked Healing Touch.

So, now that it’s become apparent that I’m probably not going to be learning to tank anytime soon I’m going to open up the focus of the blog, which will also help keep me a little more interested (I hope).

What’s to come, now with bullet points!:

  • I will post three times a week. I have a large gap in classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I’ll try to do my writing then. I’m not sure yet if that means that I’ll post on those days, or try and do a MWF schedule yet.
  • Topics I’m looking to cover:
    • My playing around with dual boxing.
    • Addons of all sorts.
    • Blogging.
    • Many other things I haven’t even thought of yet!
  • I also plan on getting a graphics uplift. Right now I’m hosted on WordPress, and they seem to want money to let me do anything remotely useful. I do have a lot of webspace just floating around unused, but I don’t really like the domain name anymore. Plus I don’t know if I want the hassles that come from self hosting, although it would be nice to be able to do things like be “Powered by WoWHead.”

Any advice would be welcomed.


Let’s Try This Again

September 6, 2008

So, it’s been about three weeks since I last posted here. This isn’t due, entirely, to lack of ideas. I have a bunch of posts sitting around, waiting to be published. They’ll probably never be finished, and I honestly don’t remember what they’re supposed to be about.

In this absence I did learn something, though. As much as I love the idea of tanking, and how my goal is still learning to tank, I really don’t like it. Part of the problem might be that when ever I actually get to tank I’m playing with people who are on their bajillionth alt, and they don’t really let me tank. I’m constantly chasing around after mobs that I don’t need to, because they have a handle on it. But seeing as it was my first time trying to legitimately tank an instance, it was incredibly stressful.

I’ve also found, in the mean time that I’ve come to embrace my arch nemesis, healing. This might have something to do with the PuG in which I was healing was far more supportive, tried to do things like a real group, and the group leader was full of compliments (Plus I kept everyone up, even when the testy mage decided to “test” the tank by randomly pulling a bunch of mobs right before we zoned out).

With this in mind, I don’t think this blog is going to become l2healz, but I think something much more amorphous, mainly because I think I’ll be much more likely to be able to come up with something to write, and generally have more fun.

So, everyone gets to be subjected for my loving abuse of the comma.

PS, I’m keeping the tittle, as maybe, some day, I’ll l2tank lolz!!1!


Starting up Again

September 6, 2008

So, I’m in the process of crashing the Twisted Nether Live Broadcast, and it came out that I had did some blogging, and Matticus told me that I should get back to that.

So, I’ll probably change things around here some, maybe do a format change.

More when it’s not about 2 in the am.


Time Fail

August 13, 2008

The whole reason that I started playing my druid was in an attempt to learn how to tank. This has been made complicated by the fact that I haven’t had the time to even consider trying to run an instance, especially ones I’m not familiar with (aka any on the horde side until SM).

Part of this has to do with the fact that I can only play while I’m at work, which involves a lot of Alt+Tabbing out of WoW at the most inopportune times. This is fine when I’m soloing, but making 4 other people corpse run because I have to look like I actually deserve to be making rent simply isn’t fair to the other people. Hopefully this will clear up in the next couple of weeks, when I’m back at school, pretending like I’m studying.

Even when this lack of time I’ve learned a few tidbits that I’m working on whipping up into actual sensical posts, so have no fear.


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