Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Karathress Kill Vid

Bogwraith has made another kill video for RA.  This one shows us killing Fathom Lord Karathress.  He filmed it at a higher resolution so it looks better than the other kill videos.  Also, if you download them they look quite a bit better than streaming them.


You'll see me tanking the first add, then switching to kitty for the remainder of the fight.  As we move to the third add, you can see me b-rez Gud on the left of the screen there. 

Monday, April 21, 2008

This Week in Fishing

After posting last Monday about how Old Man Barlo has only offered the Crocolisk in the City quest twice since 2.4 went live, I decided that I'd start keeping a list of what quests he offers each day for analysis...that'll show Blizzard!!  Here are my results for the past week:




4/15 Tuesday Felblood Fillet
4/16 Wednesday Bait Bandits
4/17 Thursday The One That Got Away
4/18 Friday Shrimpin' Ain't Easy
4/19 Saturday Felblood Fillet
4/20 Sunday Felblood Fillet
4/21 Monday Felblood Fillet


Felblood Fillet has come up 4 times (57%) and all the others once each (14%) with my desired quests, the baby croc one, not coming up at all (0%).  Sadly, most weeks are like this, with one of the above four quests dominating while the Crocolisk in the City quests doesn't come up at all.  I want Chuck, damnit!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Guild Kill Videos

We recently had an influx of members from the guild Tribunal who all seem to be fitting in nicely with the guild.  :)  Similar goals, personalities, etc...you know, all those things that help make two groups of people click together nicely and become one group of people fairly quickly.

Anyway, one of our new members, Bogwraith, who is a pretty awesome Arcane/Ice Mage, has been making videos of our boss kills.  So, I thought I'd share them with you all (with permission, of course!). 

Magtheridon's Liar

In this video, you get to see me tanking.  You also get to see Bog's pet turtle, Speedy, Aquenzi's pet frog, Morela's firefly, and Bithan's Dark Whelpling and I think I saw Peanut, Mini Wing, and a Worg pup!  This is important commentary...you know you wanted to know.  :)


Serpent Shrine Cavern


In this video, we have Maul and Lung tanking Hydross and you see me every once in a while tanking the adds.  I'm on the front right add.  We assign them as front/back and left/right after ummm...well...a wee bit of an issue.  I know you're waiting for my list of who has what pets out, but as Bog's camera was way far out and the resolution isn't real good, it was hard to see (we don't discuss how old I am).  I did see Bog's trusty companion, Speedy and, I think, Mini Wing again, but that was all I could make out.


The Lurker Below

Maulmorr is tanking...I think...he's so far away it's hard to tell.  I didn't see that either Bog or the hunter next to him had little pets out.  We'll have to have 'talks' with them.  If you want to try to find me, you'll have to squint and look to the left side of the video...I'm the wee cat.


Leotheras the Blind

In this video, you get to see Bog die towards the end.  :(  You'll also see me as the cat hopping around trying to stay out of the whirlwind so I don't suffer a similar fate as him.  I was able to make out Aquenzi's frog and a few other pets but, again, the camera was too far out.


Tempest Keep: The Eye

Void Reaver

In this video, you get to watch Bog run around and open his inventory bags a bazillion times.  Bog, go download Tbags and Auto bar please.  ;p  It also grieves me to say that I saw no pets.  How are we even downing these bosses without sufficient pet presence?


High Astromancer Solarian

Maulmorr, Slashappy, and Lung are our tanks.  I'm running around all cat like with my Phoenix Hatchling.  Other pets I see are Speedy, Dark Whelpling, Clockwork Robot, Great Horned Owl, and, I think, a frog...better than the last video, but not nearly enough.


Mount Hyjal

Rage Winterchill

Maulmorr is, once again, our tank for this video.  If you pay attention, about half-way through you'll see me run across the screen from right to left and rez someone.  The true stars of this video were Speedy, White Kitten, Mini Wing, Dark Whelpling, and about 4 or 5 Mojo's.


In the future, I'll post videos as he makes them rather than bombarding you with so many at one time.  Hopefully, by then, he'll have AutoBar and/or Tbags and, more importantly, a better resolution so I might take 'pet roll' more accurately.  ;p

Monday, April 14, 2008

Those Baby Crocs are gonna get HUGE

If Old Man Barlo doesn't send me to fish them up more often!

In the three weeks since patch 2.4 has gone live, our server has only offered the Crocolisks in the City quest twice!

Now, I don't know anything about Crocolisks life cycles or how long it takes for a baby croc to mature, but I can't help but feel that Old Man Barlo is playing some sort of evil experiment here. I realize that Orgrimmar doesn't have a plethera of children running and playing about, but Stormwind does! And, although I tend to dislike the Alliance as that's what Hordies are supposed to do, I'm certainly not into the painful death that the jaws and teeth of a mature crocolisk can do to children!

So, lets cry out to save the children! Yes! That's it! This is all about saving the children and has nothing to do with me wanting a new pet! Give us the Crocolisks in the City quest more often!

Friday, April 11, 2008

/salute Baklor

Several months ago, our GM, Baklor, announced that his wife was pregnant with their second child. Along with this announcement, he informed us that, in 5 months, he would be stepping down as GM. Well, that 5 months ended a while ago. Although he is still playing when he can, he is no longer running the guild or actively raiding. This post is my Salute to him and to show appreciation for all that he has done for Rogue Angels and for me.

Meeting Baklor

My husband and I met Baklor in early 2000 in Asheron's Call. At one time, he was even my Vassal for a while, Asheron's Call (AC) is based on a Feudal system, and rather than referring to my Vassals as vassals or subjects, I called them my babies and took a 'motherly' role in taking care of them.

So, Baklor was one of my babies and he was always extremely independent, quiet, always ready to help others, and hardly ever asked for anything...in fact, I'd have to beg him to tell me if he needed gear or items. Really, the only thing Baklor ever asked for was help with corpse recoveries. In AC, when you died, you lost your highest valued items, which could include gear; 1 item per 10 levels...and you could level all the way up to 126! (It's higher now.) Typically, we'd carry around 'death items' which were items we didn't use that cost more than your important gear and weapons. However, if you died while trying to loot your corpse, you would start losing important pieces that would prevent you from successfully retrieving your stuff.

My husband was the Monarch (GM) of our AC guild and whenever our guildies needed help with corpse recoveries, we were the ones they called. Most often, about 95% of the time, when we were called for help with a corpse recovery, it was hardly needed at all. The person's corpse would be out of agro range or have one, maybe two, mobs within range and we had become to hate the 'corpse recovery' call. Except from Baklor...

Baklor had the amazing ability to die in the most challenging of places! Which is saying a lot because my husband and I were max level and had max gear and the game had become rather unchallenging for us. However, Baklor would manage to die in the most mob congested areas that it would boggle our minds of how he actually made it that far in before dying. We'd have to fight to get to his bodies, then fight to clear his bodies, then fight the respawns to keep it clear! And yes, I said bodies. Remember I said he was independent? Baklor would always try to recover his corpse...numerous times...and only call us in as a last resort. He never knew it, but my husband and I would be laughing at all the little Baklor bodies everywhere.

Baklor's Leading?!?!

When Rogue Angels decided to play WoW when it first came out, we actually played under a different guild tag, Uninspired, which I hated, and as Horde, which I hated as well (can you say UGLY?). I played WoW for about a year or so before quitting for several reasons; the two main ones were I hated playing on a PvP server and I hated my Druid. After about a year and a half break, I started playing again with a Night Elf Priest on a PvE server with my husband who had a Warlock and I was having fun again. However, as the expansion release drew nearer, my husband told me he wanted to play on his main (rogue) with the Rogue Angels guild again and he wanted me to come with him.

He assured me that it would be more fun than before; first off, when they switched servers they reformed under the tag Rogue Angels. Secondly, I could spec Feral and he and I could be all sneaky and avoid much of the PvP issues. And, thirdly, Baklor, one of my babies from AC, was the GM.

I have to admit, I had my reservations as I imagined him leading us into all kinds of trouble from which there would be no return just like he would run heedlessly into hordes of mobs in AC! However, I was soon proved wrong as, even though he was always eager to jump in over our heads, he was also an excellent leader in his organization, knowledge of classes, research into bosses and instances, and 'out of the box' thinking to make our raid composition work when most would say we were doomed.

The Tank Bond

When our guild began venturing into Karazhan, Baklor was our main tank and I was the off tank...well, actually, I was pretty much the only other tank in the guild. But, Baklor had confidence enough for the both of us and I tagged along beside/behind him learning the way of raid tanking. (I had never raided before!) Some would say that learning from Baklor should have doomed my tanking career, but he was an excellent and patient teacher.

So, it was Baklor and me holding back the forces of evil and protecting the rest of the raid! We functioned well together and had a trust in each other's knowledge and ability. We also had confidence in each other when things went awry and because of this assuredness in each other our raid overcame many potential wipes. People often joke around about how dumb tanks are and that they only have half a brain...well, if this is true, then it seemed that he and I shared the same brain. ;p Baklor will always be my favorite tanking partner and these beginning moments of exploring and first kills in Karazhan are, so far, my fondest memories of my second WoW experience.

Leadership Qualities

Leading anything is the hardest job. No matter how good of a leader you are there will always be people who think you suck. I know Baklor had to contend with a few people that thought he lacked in leadership qualities, however, they couldn't have been more wrong.

Baklor was an enthusiastic leader. He was always excited about new or harder content and pushing to get us to get there. If we needed recruiting or guild funds/items, etc., he was the first to jump out there and get it done. He did a fantastic job of leading by example as he never sat back to wait for others to do what needed to be done. Even though this type of leader can tend to try to 'do it all' himself, Baklor also possessed the skill of delegation which is a rare combination. He didn't hesitate to assign Class Officers, etc. and ensure that they were doing their duties.

Baklor was extremely patient. No matter what happened or how bad things got, he was alway calm, cool, and collected. Now, he would have times where he'd be very quiet on vent when things went badly and I'm sure he was probably cussing and banging on the keyboard. However, when he came back on vent, he exuded calmness and assuredness. He also had a very soothing, matter of fact voice and he could disagree with your or lay down the law in the nicest, yet firmest way I have ever heard! Not to mention he endured my endless tanking questions and would always have pets out because he knew I liked that. :D

Baklor was also a strong leader. Once he made a decision, he stuck by it...which can be extremely difficult when leading friends you know in real life and friends you've played games with for many years. He also had the rare ability to pull back and look at 'the bigger picture' in relation with the Guild's goals. Our guild's goals were to see end game content and he steadfastly moved and made decisions in that direction, even when it meant not capitulating to individuals desires. Some people may feel that this is harsh. However, it's just good management for growth. Once you get caught up in the cycle of trying to please each and every single person (everyone wants something different!), things quickly fall apart. Guilds (businesses, families, etc.) have to have a common goal and everyone has to work towards achieving it...Baklor never lost sight of this.

Zero Tolerance

My favorite leadership quality that Baklor had was his zero tolerance for drama! This impressed me so much I'm putting it under it's own heading!

All too often you hear about guild drama and the extremes with which it possesses...so much so that it can totally boggle the mind. We were lucky to have had a leader that did not put up with drama of any kind. Period.

He was extremely quick to deal with issues that had the potential for drama and to make unbiased decisions by choosing in favor of what was best for the guild as a whole rather than what was best for him or anyone else. Typically, reasonable people will see that a leader is making decisions based on the whole rather than on the individual and understand. However, those who are prone to drama do not...this is usually where they would reveal themselves and if they proceeded with the typical drama tactics to force 'their way', they were promptly /gkicked. There was no ifs/ands/or buts to it. No repeatedly trying to fix it/them. No repeatedly talking to them, etc....because we all know people who love drama will constantly create it and keep it going no matter what you do or say. It is their life blood.

One of the comments I've heard most from people that have joined our guild is how nice it is to be in a guild with no drama! What they don't realize is that it doesn't come naturally. You have to have leaders that can recognized drama and who aren't afraid to stop it or remove those people that are chronic 'dramatist' from the guild. (Yes, I am planning a future post on drama, how to recognize it, and how to eradicate it.)

Baklor was the best I have ever seen at this invaluable skill. Honestly, I learned a lot from him in regards to this and have employed zero tolerance for drama philosophy in dealing with my own family. I love Baklor for his example of how to put a stop to drama. The year or so proceeding my return to WoW was an extremely catastrophic one for my family. We had several heart-wrenching and traumatic events happen and I had extreme amounts of drama coming at me from all directions and from all my loved ones. So much stuff that if I told you all of it you'd think I was making 80% of it up. Baklor gave me the one place in the whole world that was free of that. For that, he will always be my favorite GM and a Hero to me when I needed one the most!

Looking Forward

Even though we're losing one of the best GMs ever, it's for a good reason. He is taking time off to spend it with his wife and kids and to help with the newest addition. I know we'll still see him online, however he won't be leading us all to doom....errrr...glory. ;) In his place, he elected Gankszor, my husband, to lead us and Souldrain as the Assistant GM. So, he's left us in good and capable hands.

Tax Season is OVER!

For me, at least. Sadly, there are others that are still stuck with the heavy workload.

Even though I finish my various client's books by March 15, which is when corporate income taxes are due, I still had my own tax stuff to compile, nit pick, and take to my CPA to process. I am happy to say that we're getting money back!

With that heavy load off my back, I look forward to posting more frequently and having more quality posts as well. But, as we all know, quality is relative. So, we'll see. ;p

I do have 4 weeks left in classes for this semester, however I am not going to take classes this summer. I decided that I need to get some organizational measures in place so that next year, gathering my tax stuff, etc. will be more streamlined and expedient.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Annoyance Factor = 10

In my efforts to assist the Shattered Sun Offensive, I've been doing my daily quota of dailies. One such quest, Gaining the Advantage, has been a source of annoyance for me...not so much the quest itself (frankly, the drop rate could be higher), but the act of herbing in Flight Form.

Now, I'll be honest here...I'm not an active herbalist. I farm when it's convenient...as in, I'm out killing something and...oh lookie! There is an herb at my paws! I guess I'll pick it. I rarely ever fly around 'farming herbs' as I just don't have the attention span for such activities.

However, with Gaining the Advantage and the drop rate of the residue being so low, by the time we're done with our SSO daily quests, I still need 2-4 residue. So, here I am, standing in Shat, with a quest half way to mostly done, and with 1 precious pack spot being taken up with residue. Now I feel compelled to do the dreaded 'farming run' which leads to the point of my frustration.

I understand the reasoning for removing our ability to pick herbs while flying and it's not that which irritates me. What irritates me is that our animation is ALWAYS flying. Since I always appear to be flying, 90% of the time when I try to 'pick' my herb, I get the 'You can not pick herbs while flying' message. Then, I spend another 30 seconds making several micro adjustments and picking attempts trying to get my position just right so I can pick the damn flower!!

Yes, I know I could just change forms. However, that is not the point. The point is, Blizzard gave us the ability to pick in that form if we are on ground, yet neglected to give us an animation change so we would know we were on ground! In fact, there have been numerous times where my birdie feet were under ground and the game still considered me 'flying'!!! It's extremely frustrating!

We went from not being able to pick herbs in Flight Form, to being able to pick them from 5 yards above the herb...and mobs, to having to be 'on ground' to pick yet with no way to know if you're 'on ground'. Honestly, I think this is the worst of the 3 options!

/rant off

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring Cleaning - Say Hello to April Fools!

Yes, yesterday's post was a trick. I did not delete any of my pets. How could I? They are my babies!!!

Sadly, after making that post I felt horrible! I felt as though I'd betrayed each and every one of my little buddies. Yes, I know they are just pixels. But, in game, they are my pets...who follow me...everywhere...and bring me good luck...and help down bosses...and, and, and, I've become attached to the wee critters! And just even pretending that I had deleted them made me feel cruel and heartless! Not to mention it was a lie. O.O I hate lying! And not just out-right, bold-face lies, but even those little twists of the truth that people so often do to ever so slightly skew the truth while convincing themselves they are being 'honest' when in all reality they are not and only trying to make themselves look better when they've done something wrong.

So, needless to say, what I thought would be a fun April Fools joke did nothing but make me feel bad. LOL I know that's silly. It was just a joke. But, none-the-less, it went against the very essence of my soul! I believe, next year, I'll leave the jokes to others. ;)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Spring Cleaning - Say Hello to Pack Space!

With all the new daily quests and the various quest items that continually fill up my packs, I decided to do a wee bit of spring cleaning. As a Feral Druid and the need to carry around a full set of Bear, Kitty, and Healing gear, pack space is a rarity. Add into the mix all the raid consumables, herbs when gathering, fishing gear, etcetera and you get zero pack space.

So, I decided to clean house! Since I can't sell my gear, herbs, and consumables, I finally came to the conclusion that my non-combat pets have got to go! After taking each of them on a little walk through Terrokar Forest I said my good-byes and deleted them all...and said Hello! to about 40 new pack spots! Now I'll be able to pick up every piece of grey gear and all the fangs and claws that people leave behind on mobs!! That full stack of fangs sells for about 30 copper! And, as Gene Simmons says, "Losing a copper is as bad as losing a million gold." Well, ok, maybe it was a penny instead of copper and dollars instead of gold, but you get the idea.