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This Week in Raiding: Double Boned

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

It’s a new year, and this week Razorblade Arcade gradually got back into the swing of things on Wednesday.  We started off the weekly raid quest, which was Malygos.  It’s been so long since I’ve been in there!  In fact, I apparently never actually did Malygos on 10-man before.  Show’s you how my situation has changed… I used to do exclusively 25-mans, and now it’s only 10s.  I’m glad I never uninstalled my MalygosCP addon, though.  That little tool is still quite useful!

After a quick Malygos, we went and did the first wing of Icecrown Citadel.  It’s been about 3 or 4 weeks since I raided, and it was nice to be back.  Not only that, but it was an extremely smooth run!  It makes me quite happy to be in a consitent raid guild, once we learn an encounter, we rarely have problems with it again.

We were so confident, in fact, that we decided to have a look at which achievements we might be able to get.  We had no problems at all getting [Boned!].  However, we didn’t thing any other achievements would be as easy in one attempt, and our focus was on clearing the wing in one night so our other nights can be spent in the Plagueworks!

Oh, and Lady Deathwhisper was kind enough to hand over my coveted [Njordnar Bone Bow]! Thank goodness, I’m back to a bow and can take advantage of the 20 000 arrows I had stockpiled just before picking up my gun. :)


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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Blizzard Pet Store: A Cue for QQ?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

So if you haven’t heard the news, Blizzard has added two extremely adorable non-combat pets to the Blizzard Store.  This was instantly controversial, with people calling Blizzard out for adding ‘microtransactions’ to the game, and being profiteers or some such.

They announced it yesterday.  I’m sure half the blogging world has a post on it by now, that’s what we bloggers do, you see.  We hear juicy topics of debate and our mouths start watering until we get to our keyboard.

Well, I had a whole post typed up about this and why I think this is nothing new.  That it’s no different from buying loot cards and is in fact better because there is no middle man.

But when I told the news to Gadgets, his reaction was that it was cheating.  After a lengthy conversation about why he thinks it’s cheating and how it’s different from buying loot cards, I was enlightened and found there are other ways to look at this than I initially did.

So instead, I’m going to outline our different outlooks, and how in the end, they seem to converge.

You see, Gadgets LOVES his achievements.  He’s about halfway through his last reputation to get The Insane.  Seriously, him and achievements should like… get married.  Or something.

If you don’t already know my take on achievements, I’m a fan of them.  But I rarely go out of my way for them unless it’s something I am passionate about or particularly interested in (see my Brewmaster, Chef and of Sen’jin titles).

Him and I have both been casually working towards the [Lil' Game Hunter] achievement (he’s at 73, I’m at 72).  But we’re working at them for different reasons.  Like I said, his epeen is measured in achievement points, and that’s fine.  Me?  I love cuddly little pets.  Why do you think I rolled a hunter in the first place?!  I had quite a collection of non-combat pets before the achievement system was even mentioned.  If you ever see me in-game without a non-combat pet trailing behind me, assume my account has been hacked and notify the authorities!

Anyway, here’s how we each looked at the situation:

Brajana: When I saw these new pets, I equated them to buying a t-shirt or the murloc plushie from the Blizzard store.  No one really needs them, but people want to buy them because they are cute, or because they want to show how much they like the game/their class/murlocs/cuddly things.  $10 for an in-game plushie-type thing?  Nothing wrong with that.  Have you seen Lil’ K.T.?  He’s adorable!  And what’s different from the card game?  Nothing. Except this is cheaper. And directly from Blizzard.

Gadgets: Of course, the first thing in his mind was the fact that $20 could get him from 73 to 75 for that tasty, tasty achievement.  But he wouldn’t do it, because it wasn’t a reward for something and it wasn’t something he earned in-game.  It’s like buying achievement points.  Spend $20 and you’ll have this achievement is what he saw.  Because he doesn’t run around town with a different pet each day.  He doesn’t bring out holiday-specific pets when it’s appropriate, he doesn’t raid with a non-combat pet by his side. As for the card game, Gadgets thought of the loot cards as a reward for being a player of the TCG.  Even if you sell it, you’re making money as a reward for playing.

And so we found our point of convergence on the topic:

Buying non-combat pets from Blizzard for the non-combat pet:  Dandy.

Buying non-combat pets from Blizzard for achievement points: Stupid.

It’s a very small distinction.

Let me go back to my “Blizzard Merchandise” theory.  If I bought the Murloc plushie because it’s amazingly cute and cuddly and I’d love to have it sitting on my desk greeting me every morning, fine!

But if I was buying the Murloc plushie because I have a plushie fetish and I’d just shove him in my box labeled “Plushies”, that’s just dumb.

But of course… this is purely an opinion.

The fact is that Blizzard is doing nothing wrong here.  And I will continue to believe that until the day they start selling things that have a major effect on the game (i.e. gold, emblems or gear).

So what do you think?

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A Quick Brewfest Token-saving Tip!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Just a quick tip that some people may not know about. If you’re worried about getting enough tokens to afford the clothes, Brew of the Month Club, and the other fun little things you’d like, there is a way to save some tokens!

You can return anything purchased from the token vendor for a FULL REFUND within 2 hours of purchasing!

The key here is to save up enough to buy all 3 clothing items at once, go get smashed and dance in Dalaran, then head back and return them.

Voilà! You just saved 350 tokens.

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The Many Mugs of ‘Brewmaster Brajana’!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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I’ve already got the title, yes I do!  You know how?  Because I actually worked on them last year, when Achievements were brand spankin’ new, and Wrath wasn’t even on shelves yet.

Why?  Because I love Brewfest!  I think it’s a great event, and always lots of fun.

I’ve built up quite a collection of paraphernalia as well, I might add…

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My Wolpertinger, who joined my array of pets back in the very first Brewfest.

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My Pint-sized Pink Elekk, newly added companion!

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And of course, my ever-growing collection of beer steins… currently consisting of:

I’ve yet to acquire this year’s new charms, and still waiting on the Brewfest Kodo!  (I’ve got the Ram from the first year, when it was super easy to get… muahaha)

Hope you are all going out and getting drunk during this great festival!  CHEERS!

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Slacker of the Frozen Wastes!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Hey there!

Remember me?

It’s been a while… I think this has been the longest break from blogging I’ve taken since I started.  So glad to be back!  Since the end of Blizzcon, I’ve left my job, started back at my last year of University, moved out, been homeless, moved in, been internet-less, been operable-computer-less… it’s been busy.

But I think I’m finally all settled in, and my computer seems to be letting me use it… for now.

What have I been up to in-game?  Well, like I said, I’ve been busy… I think I’ve only played 3 or 4 times total since Blizzcon!

But I have had fun in the little time I did play!

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I finally ran Heroic: The Oculus and picked up my [Champion of the Frozen Wastes] title.  I’m only, what, 8 months behind?  Ah well, it was a guild group and I wasn’t the only one who had never been in there, so we took it nice and slow.

Last night I was also able to get back into raiding.  Unemployed is having some problems with our raiding base (more on this next time) and we’re only able to pull together 10-mans for the time being.  To be honest, I don’t mind.  I enjoy 10-mans, they’re a bit more fun and relaxing!  Unfortunately some of my favourite people to play with have either quit the guild, the game, or are taking breaks.

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We did regular 10-man ToC yesterday, and cleared it straight from start to finish, one-shotting each boss and having only a couple deaths.  I’d only seen the first 2 bosses, so it was quite exciting for me!  Then we headed to Ulduar for some hard-modes, but without a Shaman, those are harder than they should be. :P

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Anyway, that’s just a quick update… more specific updates to come!  Hope you didn’t miss me too much!