Archive for October, 2009

Weekly Lagout!

Posted in MMORPG with tags on October 23, 2009 by theerivs

Well another week has come and gone.

WoW -

Got some raids in, got some badges…Looking forward to buying some stuff. Still don’t know if I should get the heirloom leather for my Worgen if I make a Rogue, or if I should make a Worgen Warrior. I already have the plate. I think Worgen Rogue sounds cool from kind of a RP stand point. Feral type toon, just sounds awesome. Plus I have a pally tank by that time I hope.

Still no Baron Mount.


Alot of changes AP, Performance. I am really on the edge of reupping, but with NANO on the verge of kicking off I don’t want an extra diversion.


National Novel Writing in a Month, the object is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I’m gonna try again thise year. Tried last year, failed…big time.

Other MMO’s -

Nothing really catching my eye, might check out a non-MMO like Dragon Age, not sure yet.

High Latency Love -

I’m giving Big Hit Box some love. It’s a new WoW blog on my blogroll, and they retwitted something of mine today. I had to check them out, I really like their blog, it’s nifty looking, that’s right I said nifty…now what?  Alot of melee dps info, it’s a good addition to the blogroll of blogrolls.  Let’s show them some High Latency Love.

Funny of the Week-

The Beer Diet – Now this is a diet I can live with.  

With that….


666- The number of the beast

Posted in Writing with tags , on October 23, 2009 by theerivs

I rarely do these self ego stroking posts, and even though I surpassed 20,000 views some time ago, this is the mark that I think I want to share in this haunting season. But the real credit goes to you guys,and gals thank you so much for reading my drivel, and adding your thoughts.  666 Comments, and all of them APPROVED..SHOUT AT THE DEVIL!!!


RPG’s Of Yesteryear: Bard’s Tale

Posted in Gaming with tags , , on October 23, 2009 by theerivs

thebardstaleI decided once in awhile I am going to pay homage to RPG’s of yesteryear. Without RPG’s I don’t think we would have MMORPG’s..we would just have Second Life.

My first RPG I will be paying homage to is Bards Tale. It was made by Electronic Arts. I played it on the Commodore 64.

“The song I sing
Will tell the tale
of a cold and wintery day;
Of castle walls
And torchlit halls
And a price men had to pay.
When evil fled
And brave men bled
The Dark one came to stay,
Till men of old
For blood and gold
Had rescued Skara Brae”


The Bard would sing in the opening of the Bard’s Tale. Poor Skara Brae trapped in a spell of eternal winter. I remember seeing the 3D town as you walked about it. Seeing animated Enemy portraits.  I use to spend hours mapping dungeons on graph paper, committing 4 letter spells to memory so I wouldn’t have to look them up.  I remember staying up until the wee hours of the evening to get to the next part of the dungeon.

They say you never forget your first, well I’ll never forget my first RPG. Bard’s Tale.

Is there such a thing as Hardcore anymore?

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on October 22, 2009 by theerivs

Back when I was a little mageling of 60 in the Vanilla WoW days, we had to bang out MC/BWL 6 of the 7 days of the week, then as the expansions came upon us. We got treated to 25 man raids instead of 40 man, they had less trash, or maybe even just one boss or two boss AKA Gruul, or Mag.  Then came PvP gear, the Token Gear.

Nowadays anyone that has a bit of time, and ambition can get as good, or better gear as some Raiders who spend their time attacking Ulduar 25 like a Religon.

Does this mean that Hardcore doesn’t mean what it use to? What does it mean to be Hardcore these days? Certainly gear can not be determinant anymore, cause any shlup can have good gear. Do you go by acheivements now does that make you Hardcore?

What makes you Hardcore these days?

Mage Stat: Spell Hit Rating.

Posted in MMORPG with tags on October 22, 2009 by theerivs

towelieSpellpower is probably your biggest stat to get. The other stat is Hit Rating to Cap. But with all the respeccing, and gear changes sometimes we mages forget what that cap is.

This is from Elitist Jerks, and you can’t get no simpler then this.

“The hit cap for raid bosses(skull mobs) is 17%. With 17% you will have a zero chance to miss. There used to be a 1% chance to miss that you could never circumvent, but this is no longer the case. You can now achieve 100% hit rates.

Common Hit “Goals” (always rounded up)
17% – 446 Hit rating
14% – 368 Hit rating
11% – 289 Hit rating
8% – 210 Hit rating

1% of Hit is equal to 26.232 hit rating

It’s pretty easy to figure out how much hit you need. Check your talents, subtract that from 17, do you have a shadow priest or balance druid providing a debuff? Subtract that. Viola! The rest is what you need from gear/gems/food.”

So I’m Arcane Spec I get 6% from Talents, I usually have a Draenei in the group so that’s 1% I can knock off, though I can’t count on shadow priests and or balance druids doing the raid debuff,  so I would shoot for about 263 .

The Scourge of Frost.

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on October 21, 2009 by theerivs

motivator8404544I play a mage, I love Frost spec. Though I do raid as Arcane. My number one favorite spec is Frost. Yes I was one of those gluttons of punishments back in the old days, Frost AoEing my levels. I remember learning my craft back in Lakeshire on Gnolls. Body pull, Mana Shield, Frost Nova, Blizzard, Rinse, Repeat. 

Though I did stints in Fire, FFS, and I raid as Arcane. Frost will always be my first true love.

So when I heard this….Deep Freeze: This spell now deals a large amount of damage to targets permanently immune to stuns.

Supposedly there is also a major glyph that will make your Water Elemental Permament. 

I can’t lie I got excited. The great thing about being geared for Arcane, I’m geared for Frost as well. So I am very prepared when this goes live, if it does. 

I say this has got to be the best time to be a mage I have remembered since Vanilla WoW. Maybe their hiring more mages at Blizz, and firing the Locks.

Rocking out with my Arcane Out

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , on October 21, 2009 by theerivs

darnassus_bankA good night last night, went into TOC 10, we one shotted the beast encounter, and the demon encounter. Which was pretty cool, never beat those. Faction Champs was a different story. We were facing Warrior, DK, Shaman, Pally(Holy, I think), Hunter, Mage. With our raid combo we were just not getting it done. I tried to sheep the Mage, but our DK put out his Death and Decay and broke it, that was ticking me off, and if anyone asked me why my mob wasn’t sheeped, I would of laid into them fo’sheezy.   The plate mobs just went for the healers, and a bunch of other problems. It was a mess. So instead of banging our heads against the walls, we decided just to go to Onyxia 10. Onyxia is a little different then it use to be, but it was easy peazy.

I didn’t win nothing, but it would of been cool to get the Netherwind Helm, it looks old school. I dig that. I did have some great fun, learned a bit, got some badges, and someone actually took my portal to Darnassus again. LOL! I love that shite. I always go pick them up, but it’s just funny as hell.  Couldn’t ask for anything better.

Also I did my usual Baron Mount Run, no Baron Mount, but I got a Crimson Felt Hat, which looks so awesome I’m keeping it. So pimpilicious.

Easy like Sunday Morning.

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on October 20, 2009 by theerivs

faithnomoreIs WoW too easy? Larissa, and Kyr have their thoughts, I’m sure everyone has their own opinion. Well Clint Eastwood once said, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.”

Well time to show you my asshole.

Difficulty is a subjective thing. What is easy for me, may not be easy for you.  You being a rocket science may think doing fractal math is easy peazy, where as my talents lie…elsewhere.  Can you chug a fifth of whiskey without taken a breath, or eat 3 football sized burritos in under 10 minutes, for me that’s easy, may not be for you.

I remember in High School, I knew about some subjects so much I could probably teach them. I never did homework, never even brought a book home. It was boring, to me it was easy. My grades were not good though because I never did the homework, or even though I usually got A’s and B’s on the tests I could have done better if I applied myself, challenged myself.

Let’s bring this to the WoW plane, Your pretty good at what you do, you faced alot in Ulduar, and the other Raids. Your sick of doing dailies, you have 8 alts already, your kind of sick of them. You got enough money to buy the Lich King’s Icecrown Castle, and evict him.

So what now? Where do we go from here?

You need to make your own challenges, sometimes it’s even the little things like that fricking mysterious egg, I want my green proto drake, or the dang Baron’s mount, or make gold, maybe the challenge is just getting enough guildies to go on a run, maybe helping them raise the bar on their playing.  Maybe recreate yourself and customize your toon, start a new toon on a completely different server, RP some, something out of the box, mix it up.

Is WoW easy? I don’t think so. It’s more accessible now. Gear you can get if you just put in the work through getting badges, and quests. I think it is somewhat easier than Vanilla WoW, but that does not make it easy in itself, because once we had BWL on farm I thought that was easy. To me WoW is alot of Grinding in general, and sometime that to me in itself is the challenge as well, because once I think I’m done with the grind, there is another one there for me to grind all over again. 

As a side note Mike Patton is awesome, I loved him in Faith No More, and I love all his projects, Mr. Bungle, and Mojo to name a few. He redid this song, “Easy like Sunday Morning” and it’s awesome. I wonder if he plays WoW?

Pure Win

Posted in MMORPG on October 20, 2009 by theerivs

Though I loathe warlocks, when someone speaks truth I listen. He give’s us some rules for raiding….Preach on brother…Preach on…..

The Feminine Product was right

Posted in MMORPG with tags on October 20, 2009 by theerivs

Kotex_Freedom_Maxi_8_Sanitary_PaperYep Kotex the Druid* was right. I went into a fail TOC 25 PUG last week, thinking since I didn’t kill anything in there I shouldn’t be saved. So I signed up for TOC 25 Guild run.  Kotex said that you are saved now if you join a raid that is saved, but he wasn’t 100% sure. Welp he was right, I was wrong. I was pissed at myself, and I did so want to go. Our Guild Bank needed Frost Lotus, I bought 5 of them for 175gold, and deposited into the guild bank as my penance. I also apologized to the guild leader, he said it wasn’t a big deal.

Perhaps it’s not a big deal, but there was no excuse but my own lack of judgement. Not real life, or something else that happened which prevented me from raiding. nope, just plain ole stupidity on my part. When I say I will be there, I try my damndest to be there. It’s a commitment. I take those pretty damn seriously, and maybe that’s a little too old school. It’s just the way I am.  I gave my word, and to me my word is a  big deal.

* I wanna get something straight, Kotex aka Kotekh is probably one of the best druids I know, he’s got mad skills, knows his game, and one of the best players I have had the pleasure of sharing raid time with, I call him Kotex cause I truly do like him, and he is the Pantyliner that protects me from my accidents in WoW.


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