Stray Thoughts

I’ve been knee deep scouring all the information available on tanking. I researched (again) what Killona’s first dungeon pick will be. Even had Aygaren take a quick run through tonight just for visual reminders of where everything’s at. Things are looking good for Killona to go soon.

I was tagging along with Nokila in the Ghostlands, while chatting with a friend about dungeons and the sometime chaos that ensues, how it’s hard to see everything going on. I had mentioned about a console script that could be typed in which allows for greater viewing distance, the ability to zoom out and see more area around you. I happen to have mine set to “45”, two examples shown.

zoomed-out to “45”

how it looks without all the fight numbers flying about

This got me to thinking briefly about the coming patch, and some of the UI changes coming with it. Looking at my own, which I’m quite happy with, I got to hoping none of the various add-ons and such become “broken” with the patch. Of coarse, these things do happen with major changes in the game. I just gripe to myself a lot each time they do. Always frustrating and a bit time consuming to go through and update each one, and then put everything back in their proper usual places I’ve become attached to seeing.

Are you looking forward to another round of re-setting your UI? After all, it is like an extension of yourself. Attached to your fingers which know where everything is at. Without even thinking of it. Okay. I’ll stop there. 🙂

Got Tank?

Another Tuesday rolls in, and if you haven’t read the fine print, it’s a 10 hour maintenance call instead of the usual 8. Next Tuesday, the 28th., is the schedualed 5.0.something-or-another patch. I hope you’re at least taking a peek at your new and revised talent choices, coming to your neighborhood soon. 🙂

While wandering through MMO Champion this morning, I took some time to watch a fair number of videos about Mists. Really interesting and exciting stuffs coming our way. I saw one 5-man dungeon fight that got me to thinking over an area of the game I’ve pretty much neglected for uhmteen different reasons.

Most of you know that Aygaren wasn’t only my first real Horde character to play out to level cap, but also my first non-ranged caster. I love Ay to the end. He accomplished many different goals for myself as a player. He gave me the new ability to play a melee class to some success.

Where he failed though, (actually me, not him), was tanking dungeons. He just never got into it. It’s a thorn in my side, constantly reminding me of things I meant (want) to do, just never actually did. Ever since some time back in Vanilla, I’ve wanted to raise a raiding character. Now here we are on the verge of Mists, and it’s still not done. :s

That little dream though never died. With good intentions, I keep pushing my own self to do better. Back on another server (pvp), I did manage to get a BM hunter through battlegrounds, world pvp, and enter early arenas. Kind of ended at that point though. His 2’s record was a dreary 2 / 12. And one of those wins was a default no-show from the other team. lol  I guess they were afk at the moment. Anyway, my pvp adventures went fairly well.

Khrox, pvp BM hunter

The hunter did some dungeons in his pvp gear, to some success, albeit minor. So when I started this Horde crew, that PvE dungeon thorn-in-my-side started acting up again. I still have a distaste for pugging, the LFD tool and such. It’s probably been one of the main reasons Aygaren never got into tanking for a group. I can just imagine all the trash talk he’d receive for being so “noob-ish” at this point in the game.

Killona at level 14

Enter Killona. A fresh Blood Elf Paladin, now Protection specced. At the moment she is slightly over level 15, and of dungeon age. There may be a different outcome this time around. An internet/game friend has graciously made room in her stable of alts for a new healing priest, and we’re going to learn how to dungeon well as a tank/healer combo. At the least, we should’nt have to be concerned over long que times, lol.

So, perhaps I’ll finally learn to tank, and she’ll learn about healing dungeon groups. Sounds like a win/win deal to me! Anyway, more about Killona and her adventures as they come about.

Anyways, I figure I got until the 28th. to at least get the basics of tanking down before the talent changes hit. If you’ve got any hints or tips for a beginning noob-ish tank, or an aspiring healing priest, feel free to comment away!  LOL! I feel like Dumass. (if you’ve ever leveled through Silverpine to the opening of Hillsbrad, you’ll know whom I speak of !)  ” HI ! HALP! “

One Out and One In

Kanara had been released from the crew. The Orc wasn’t making it as a Warlock, something about her just didn’t seem to fit.

So in stepped Nokila. Very young as yet, but quite devious under the surface. Beneath her Blood Elf charm and beauty, she has this sinester little laugh while she’s setting you on fire and tossing shadow bolts. This Horde crew runs a tight ship, so she’ll have to really prove herself.

Other somewhat exciting news. Yesterday I noticed that Blizz was downloading 21 gigs of information. The downloader said it was for a coming update. Hmmmm? 21 gigs? Makes me wonder if it’s the Theramore lead in for Mists. I think it is getting to be about that time. Maybe? Usually I don’t notice these background downloads, but things were acting kind of hinky in game, which did get my attention.

Dangerous taxi rides. No wonder he’s called Therm, the Hope Ender


Don’t you just love it when strange, unexpected things brighten your day?

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