Archive for July, 2009

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Win TCG Loot Cards!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Only 4 more days to be eligible for the prizes!

This featured prize is actually 3 different prizes.  By donating and entering the “Need More Stable Slots!” SPCA Charity Drive, you could win one of three Warcraft TCG Loot Cards.

Slashdance

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This card will provide you with a Party G.R.E.N.A.D.E. (Goblinoid Resonant Electro-Neural Automatic Dancing Emitter) with 100 charges… each charge can be used to make everyone in a targeted area burst into uncontrollable dancing! Streamers and Confetti included!  (After all, it’s a PARTY!)

Papa Hummel’s Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit

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Redeeming this card will prodive you with 50 Pet Biscuits – the perfect treat for your favourite non-combat pets!  Not only will the pets enjoy the taste, but it will cause them to grow to double their normal size.

Sandbox Tiger

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Have you always envied those lucky players on their Spectral Tiger mounts?  Well, now you can mount your own miniature Spectral Tiger!  By redeeming this card, you’ll receive a stack of 50 Sandbox Tigers.  Plop one down, and you and your companions will be able to hop on and go for a ride on the Sandbox Tiger!

You know you want these!  One of them can be yours!  Youjust need to donate and support the great things the SPCA is doing by visiting the “Need More Stable Slots!” campaign page and following the instructions!

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Co-op WoW: The Adventures of Carapinka

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Or, What To Do When The Xbox Breaks Down.

Over the weekend, Gadgets and I were spending our time working our way through the seasons of IT Crowd.  Unfortunately, the Xbox controller decided to stop functioning (yes, I tried changing the batteries!) leaving us stuck with nothing to do.

We tried hooking up his new 24″ monitor and watching on the computer, but with a broken soundcard… it just wasn’t going to happen.  Since we didn’t have 2 computers to play alts together, we decided to play AN alt together.

We turned WoW into a 2-player cooperative game… and it was awesome.

Here’s what we did:

Grabbed a set of dice.

Rolled a d10 to pick our race.  4… Gnome it is!

Rolled a d6 to pick our class… MAGE!

While I know there is a function built in to randomize appearance, we decided to randomize manually through each feature, because it was more fun to do it one at a time.

Then we took the first randomized name that wasn’t already taken.

Meet Carapinka.

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But how do you play one character with 2 people?

Easy!  Gadgets took hold of the mouse, and he was responsible for targetting and turning.

I was in command of the keyboard, responsible for casting spells and moving forward and backward.

It took a bit to get the hang of it, especially since I’m a mouse-turner and he’s a keyboard-turner… but we worked quite well together.

Once we hit level 5, it was time to choose our professions.  Get out the dice!  To avoid some horrible combination like Jewelcrafting/Blacksmithing, we decided to roll for a gathering and a crafting profession.

We pondered over the worst possible combinations… Skinning/Jewelcrafting, maybe?

While we didn’t get the best combination (probably Herbalism/Tailoring for this guy), we didn’t get the worst either… Skinning/Enchanting.

At least he’ll be able to make his own wands.

And while we haven’t reached this point yet, we do plan on randomizing our talent points… to some extent, at least.

We’re also planning to join the first guild we see recruiting players of all levels.

It was really fun, and if you’ve got someone who you normally play with, I recommend giving this a shot! :)   It takes a lot of teamwork, but it’s like a whole new game!

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This Week in Raiding… More 10-Man!

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

The last couple weeks have been difficult.  Most players will know what the summer can do to any solid raiding guild, and we’ve experienced quite a bit of that problem.  It’s no one’s fault, really… people are busy going on holidays or having company over (or in my case, having a tooth removed).

So the last 2 weeks have been mostly 10-mans.  Last week we ran 1 group of 10, a strike force dedicated to rushing in and taking out Yogg. I was lucky enough to be part of that group for the first night!

And it was a lot of fun.  I always forget how much I really do enjoy doing 10-mans… it helps refresh your strategies and makes you feel a bit more responsible and valuable to the team when there are only 10 of you.

On Tuesday we got all the way through to General Vezax, and after taking some extra time after the raid, we got him down.  I was pretty excited, and revitalized to see him on Heroic next time!

Unfortunately I wasn’t there the rest of the week due to my tooth extraction, but the rest of the managed to go through and get Yogg Saron down… pretty exciting!

This week I was unavailable to raid Tuesday and Wednesday due to company, but the guild managed to get 1 night of 25s, then had to resort to 2 tens the next night.  It was sort of the opposite of the previous week for me, and I got to go in and see General and Yogg.

Yogg was fun!  I had fun dodging the clouds and going into the portals.  I am a bit scared of going in there with 25 people though… it’s rough enough trying to get 10 people not to stand in the clouds!

Anyway, I realized when I logged in to raid that I hadn’t logged into my Hunter since the previous raid last Tuesday.  That’s nearly 10 days!  And it made me figure out that I’m just not that interested in doing anything but raiding with her anymore.  That’s not a bad thing, but I really do know where my priorities lie.

Hopefully next week we’ll be back to 25s!


treasure_chest1This Week in Raiding… is my weekly Saturday post where I allow myself to brag about new gear, bosses, achievements, and such.

Come back next week for another dose of epeen and QQ!

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Dungeon and Heroic Gear for Needy Ret Paladins!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

instance_portalMaybe you read my Pre-raid Gear List for Anti-social Ret Paladins and thought to yourself, “But I’m not anti-social!  I hate rep grinds and wasting gold on gear.”

Then this is the list for you.  If you feel lucky enough to win the RNG game, or you just plan love to run dungeons and heroics, you can find a list of gear you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

I’ve also included Dungeon quest rewards in here, so you should pick up those quests for guaranteed ‘drops’.

Which dungeons should you be running the most, though?  Well, going through this list… the dungeons with the most possible upgrade are Violet Hold (7) and Halls of Lightning (9).  Chances are, something will drop that you’ll need.  What ones aren’t worth your time?  Azjol-Nerub (2) and Old Kingdom (2).  Yay!  No one likes those ones anyway, right? :)

Make sure you also check out all the non-instanced gear, there are some amazing items there if you’re willing to work for them!  Certainly the best gear set will come from a combined effort of instances and solo stuff, but not everyone has both as an option.

Head

Neck

Shoulder

Back

Chest

Bracers

Gloves

Waist

Legs

Boots

Finger

Trinket

Weapon

Libram

  • [Libram of Reciprocation] 15 Emblems of Heroism
    As of 3.1, this Libram is pretty useless.  This may change in 3.2 when they get rid of Seals of Blood and Martyr, but right now I can only see someone picking this up to finish off their Superior achievement.
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Diaries of a Marksman Hunter: Temporarily Out of Service!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

don't panic!

Just a quick note to anyone who is wondering where Nassira‘s gotten herself to!

She’s having some difficulties with her site, but it should be back up and running shortly. You can keep an eye on her Twitter for updates if you’re anxious!