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The Cobblestones all look the same.

I moved again.
You can give up on me  and my fickle heart,  however I have a feeling that I’ll be sticking around this server for a while because I didn’t have to think too hard about moving  my 80 Mage Alt who was my herbalist/Alchemist over as well. I moved an alt. It’s like leaving a toothbrush.  I’ve committed.
I moved to Dreadmaul  – back to oceanic and it’s PVP. ( yes I am getting around) because my ICC raiding guild moved off Blackrock to there, and I am back under their comforting tag.  We are aiming for  25’s. Currently there are two 10 man teams, one of which is members of  another guild that were part of a merger from an existing guild on server with us. It might have been silly moving given I’m not guaranteed a spot – but I will get a fair shot, and that’s all I can ask for.
This means leveling my scrub mage ( who is now frost ) on a pvp server – who handed her first quest in, in Hjal, and  was attacked by an evil horde goblin mage,  and this put my pet on attack mode, and I got one shot by the NPC’s while the goblin stood there alive cackling. Another ‘bad’ experience was doing the big fire boss in a cave in Hyjal – I had him down to 30k health and a rogue started poking me. So I sheeped him, and blinked  and did my best evasive techniques while I tried to get the boss down with icy lance trying to run away from him and the mob.   I died. But I tried!
The first test of how safe is this realm was me farming on my main for my 30 Volitile fires for my dreamcloth. No one bothered me. Though doing my Tol Barrad dailies saw me ganked 3 times. I then put on my pvp gear.
Most of the World pvp seems to be  much like a mexican standoff.  You leave me alone,  I’ll leave you alone.  It’s kind of thrilling to be wriggling ( my mage is draeni) up to a quest mob, and there being several horde standing around, so deliciously dangerous.
I do not often make the first move as I always feel guilty interrupting someones game, but I am determined for every gank I shall pay back in kind,  and that means anyone killing Allies as they zone into Hyjal.  So they kill my alt.  My main kills all of them,  Npcs kill my main, and its alllllll  fun.
The server time, and my time are the same, and it feels busy at the right time. The Sun sets and rises the right time though – no more dark streets when it’s my daylight, and vice versa.
I’m gonna miss fight club.  What I called our secret pvp channel, had a lot of  fun in there, even when we got restricted to semi 5 man premade groups.

I’ve also been watching supernatural season 4 and Dean keeps talking about ganking, and sam said it once!

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I get knocked down – and then I ghost out

I was queuing solo for WSG and most of the BG’s had a premade component to them.

There was 6 from one realm ( they qued  doing a ‘pop’   – all enter at once to bypass the 5 man restriction)  who demanded I go heals.  I have come a long way from the refusing to heal for people.  But Holy in BG’s in painful even when you know your team has your back.  Spurting out some flashes and renews only to be stampeded by the opposing team is not my idea of fun for a complete bunch of strangers.  1.3 resil in a Pvp dps spec, and all the wonderful trappings and stuns, silences and fears  I have,  I was better off staying in Shadow,  and healing if someone  needed –  and they did have hybrids on their own team.  After asking them – why they que’d as premades without heals,  I told them no.  ” I let them down” apparently.

There was a premade from Kilrogg that managed to get 7 in  and they all ghosted out when they found themselves getting farmed by a superior horde team- as per the above Screenshot.  Take my word for it that it wasn’t just a bad rez timer.  Yes stupid me went for the flag anyway – it was better than being a spirit ball ghosting out. I gave the premade some choice words  – eg ” You’re a premade – why aren’t you trying?”  To which most of them responded ”  It’s to0 hard..  or we are gonna lose anyway..   and the BEST response ever to my “See you in the bottom 5% of rated” was  “Your wrong – there will be people worse than we are”

I told them they had an opportunity to try different stats,   and not stand in the GY getting farmed.  If I could sneak over every time.  Down the ramp,  over the tunnel,  so could some of them if they had tried.

I’ve been a farmer.  It’s a strat that works.  Keep them in the GY.  This only works if the team is stupid enough to stay in the GY. So yes it works often – don’t be stupid.  Think outside the GY.

I was perusing a guilds recruitment website the other day, and one of the questions was a long the lines of picking a song that represents your attitude to progression, and wiping has always been the realm of PVE,  and Arena,  and now it will be BG’s as well.

The best song that comes to mind for me is the chorus to Tubthumping

I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never going to keep me down

Or because I remember the hours, and the deaths of Progression dying –  Stone Sours  Made of Scars

Yeah, cut right into me
Yeah because I am made of Scars
Yes I am made of scars

Getting knocked down, and collecting a few battle scars has always been the way progression goes. I’ve done it in Pve

and in Pvp

If you want to go places you need to die few times.  Get back up,  try again,  and do it differently.  They would have felt so much more better if they had worked as a team instead of Ghosting out.

Would you Character Transfer more if it were cheaper.

I  am going to be transferring some more of my toons over with my main. There may even be a race change to gnome on my second priest in there too. It will  mean I am committed to the realm at least.   I am still  not doing anything in guild, and effectively has only been a tag over my head, and that’s not what I really want, but there has been some roads into organising what we have in what I hope is organised pvp. We also seem to have way too many priests, but it will all depend on the race to 85 as to what they will really have to work with.

I’ve already spent about  $250 Aus  in the last 14 months or so on character transfers, and considering it works out that my yearly game subscription  is about 160$ a year  – it seems out of balance – Blizzard have made more profit from me, by cut and pasting pixels into a new server,  then they have in my share of ‘cost/membership fee’ for providing me the actual game.

If it were cheaper,  I would move all my toons together,  would even play some of them more as they would have more financial support for upgrades and professions, but considering that  Blizzard don’t necessarily want realms of ‘choice’ over populated  the price is also a deterrent or people would transfer more frequently, as given the speed that a transfer can be done they seem to have people dedicated to that task,  and when one transfer earns them almost two months of a single subscription it is quite a good little money earner for them.

Some of the transferring has even me being flakey. ( me flakey..  never.. )   Leaving a server and coming back,  or even escaping to another server, so now I have alts all over the place, and it would make it easier if they are all together because some of them have complimentary professions and one needs a sugar mummy of  a main to give them gold for Epic flying.

Once you server transferred once,  it gets easier to do it again.  I wonder what my game would be like if I decided not to follow some of my guild over the first time I ever left my home server. I left a decent trail place in a raid guild that accepted me after our guild broke up.  I could have stayed, and other things would have been different.

I think I learned a lot about playing , and people  leaving the safe confines of a comfy realm,  I now just need to settle.

Queen of Nothing in Particular

I put my foot in when we were talking about Achievements in our premade BG the other day ( when we used to be able to queue with more than  five.   Fooey ><)  They were asking how close we were to Master of WSG, and I had two achievements left,    Frenzied Defender – get 5 flag returns and Quick Cap  the speed cap one.  Both were relatively easy to obtain if I asked other people in BG to make a small concession for me.

Eg 5 cap –  let me return 5 flags – so no one else clicks on it.

Speed cap – pick up both boots ( we communicate when they are both up, and make sure no one from our team picks one up) use a speed pot in a clear field, and your home free.

I made the statement that it didn’t matter, and that I don’t like achievements because I don’t feel like I have actually achieved anything when I am asking other people to make concessions.  Of course I was talking to a collection  of people who did care about achievements, and I felt like I had made a serious social gaffe and was going to need to server transfer again.

I don’t want to rehash the Achievement topic to great lengths,  but if anything my almost callous statement highlighted that we all play Wow for very different reasons and that my opinion of achievements seems to increasingly part of the minority.

I understood the need for achievements like hardmodes in Ulduar as being a real measurement of progression.  I understand the accomplishment of Achievements that show true skill and co-ordination, and I find those worthy of pursuit.

Yes there have been achievements which I have chased. My Journey to Justicar, and  I wanted an Icecrown drake as much as the rest of them. Even now my desire for  “Of the Alliance”  by getting 100k honor kills.  To say ” I have killed One hundred thousand players”   ( Beats standing on the river bank waiting for the bodies of your enemy to float by) .

I recently completed all the silly  loving the pests,  the explorations, and killing bugs achievements. I  just keep running into people who like this achievement point thing,  it’s important to the people I play with, and thus I feel I ought to think it’s somewhat important too.

I’m # 10 in my current guild for Achievement points,  with just over 7200 points – like Gah..  and that is without even trying – it says I have done things. Been places. 

I don’t know what my motivations for playing wow are. Maybe some of it is that chemical reaction that gaming is supposed to give much like a drug on our brain chemistry,  maybe it’s the sociableness, maybe it’s fodder for another love of mine writing or communicating.  Maybe it’s somewhere to go. Something to do, but  I don’t want to be a Queen of nothing in particular. If  I chase or accomplish something that matters. I want it to matter.

See here I am thinking that other people take Achievement points  too seriously – I watch them eat and devour them one after the other, with little regard or passion in the accomplishment,  but maybe I am the odd one because I want them all to mean something. I want to be passionate about everything I consider to be an accomplishment.

Maybe it’s not the people Achievement point chasing people that have the issue but it is I who has the issue,  by trying to  find meaning and justification  in every 10 points when I should not.

It’s a small battlegroup after all.

Guess who I ran into this weekend,  Gnomeaggedon from Armaggedon’s comming well actually his alt Squidly while doing some Bging.

I think my battlegroup is getting smaller.  In the premades  not only am I running into ex flatmates,  ( pre wow days ) and ex guildys,  but bloggers too!

Then someone recognized me while in a BG and said Hi.   so Hi back to Caffinated :)

Though speaking of Gnome,   he has a guest spot on a  Podcast up with Obscurecast because he is a fire Mage, and the UK was celebrating Guy Fawkes day where they get to make things catch fire, so Pewter from The Mental Shaman, and Gazimoff from Manaobscura interviewed Gnomeaggedon, so go have a listen.

and another  very important thing..   Gnome talks about betraying the Alliance if the opportunity was provided, and as a fellow Alliance player I have  to register my protest,  I mean I have fought besides him in a battlefield,  to then having to kill him,  I would no longer be able to pvp if I was forced to kill little gnomes! Following Thrall does have its appeal,  for an orc I think he is a little hunky, and charming, and seems to be a good leader,  and even though I have to fault him a little for his um thing with Jaina,  I’ve yet to change factions for a man  ( though for thrall I would consider it briefly..    but Gnome..  the Taurens would only use you to play gnomeball punting   don’t go…

My Diabolical plan to escape.

Escape what you ask?

Deathwing the Destroyer is comming – how could you not know.   It’s all we have been talking about for months,  we even had a cataclysm trailer Seer’s Vision released yesterday showing us the future.  We know he is coming. We know he will destroy places.

Where are you going to be when the Catacysm hits? Think of your toons!

We can feel the earth shaking already beneath our feet. None of our Toons are safe.

This is where I reveal my plan.

Me @Rhiily aka Oh My Kurenai and  and @_Angelya aka Revive and Rejuvenate  have already thought about where we are going to be,  or not be.

My plan is to Borrow a Goblin Zepplin and hide out in Stormpeaks. 

WHO IS WITH ME

I’m not going to lie.  It may not be easy and I am going to need help.

 I am thinking a Duratar to Borean Tundra Zepplin might be an ideal target.  We can sneak up from Rachet and storm the Zepplin Platform.  Resistance should be minimal – while I prefer to keep the casualitys low, there may be some losses.  Fly it out, and once it hits Borean Tundra, divert the Zepplin  maybe just even cruise round the Tundra.  I  was going to head to Stormpeaks but I am expecting the colder air in Stormpeaks may cause issues with our hot air pump. Would like an engineer or two along just in case.

 I’m reserving space for  probably seven of my toons.  The rest will need to  find other safe spots.  The Zepplins can fit 150 people Maybe 200 with  standing room, and we can use the upper  and below decks without causing too much overload.   Mounts need to stay in bags sorry, and I reserve at least one of the Hammocks down below. 

So where are you going to be, and will you help me?

I’ll bring Cake,and maybe a Keg or two.

Do you look after Healers in BG’s?

Yes I have been Pvping a lot. 31900 odd HK’s to go to 100k kills.  It’s going to be a long time.

I was healing an Eye of the Storm this weekend and a little Pally healer  is yelling at people to protect them.  It took me a little while to get close enough to gear check them – and I think my snarky retort in Bg chat of  “It’s a little hard to protect you with 16k Health and no resilence’ probably got completely missed.

Protect the healers – Lol

I don’t expect to get protected at all while healing in a BG.  I have a trinket – I have fear, I have GS,  I have Shadow Meld.  ( Shadow Meld is very useful when getting smacked around by pets of any kind.   Works on  Army of the Dead, hunters pets ect. ) I can also heal myself.  I have to take some responsibility for my own  life – I mean I’m the healer damn it.

It’s not like I can ask a dps to heal me – hopefully they are either destroying the horde, or ccing them, and I am keeping them alive long enough to be more affective.

I have never asked people in a BG to protect the healer. Should a healer expect to be protected?

I work on the principle of  if you get heals in a bg your lucky. There is no target priority in any bg bar the flag carrier in WSG/EOS.  It’s keep up who you can, so if you are getting any heals be grateful. Mana gain in BG’s with that nerf, and  in Pvp gear can be pretty terrible – hence why I am in half pve gear while healing  – in Pvp healing gear it was heal untill your OOM – die then do it all over again, and I know some BG healers don’t even bother with Pvp gear at all. I like to be somewhat harder to kill.

As a dps I don’t do too much to protect healers,  I might fear any melee/pets away from them,  shield them , target their attackers – but not so much because I am protecting a healer, but more because it’s Pvp – and often thinking does not often move past.

OH!  RED  TAG  KILLLLLLL EEEETTT

Fear or death is usually the only thing to get a enemy off a healer anyway, sometimes they don’t notice the healer behind the dps healing their little heart out,  but when someone gets a little smart and ” Kill the healers First” command is issued – well then your healer is in trouble anyway.

I think a 16k health person – healer or not with no resilience is asking WAY too much for people to protect them.  Yes everyone needs to start somewhere – but it’s one of those times I would like to say ” Suck it up princess” because they can’t help you when you can’t even help yourself.

BGs take two…

I think we  also need to start a campaign for Disc Priests and the “Healing Done” on BG boards to include absorptions too.  While they are at it,  add dispels/decurses too.

Tier – Starcraft 2 Custom Map

I can’t help but sneak a Starcraft post in on occasion. It’s still Blizzard.

But I am loving these custom maps ( some of them)I really wished there were better instructions  on some of them. Hence maybe why I write posts about the maps I like.

It’s a 3v3 map.  3 on each side of the map.  The units that are produced are not controllable.

You have the ability to select either  a Terran or Proton structure to build.  You have 200 minerals to begin with.   Like Nexus wars you have enough to build  2 x Marine Barracks or a 1x proton gateway/forge or if you wanted to 4 x ‘minerals’

You gain Minerals as income, and for kills, you can plant ‘minerals’ for extra income, however for every 5 you plant you need to build a Supply depot at a cost of 250 minerals.

The units Spawn on a their own timers, and stand around until  a ‘turn’ is taken.  A turn is every 30 secs.  They then start running down their default path.  This path is manually changeable on each structure. Eg in case Mid is having trouble, you can tell some of your structures to send the units down the middle path.  You don’t need to build on an allies side.

You also gain Experience which you can put towards upgrades.

Below is a SS of the Marine Tech Tree

The First mindless aim of your units is to kill the enemy pylons/towers  at the opposite part of the tunnel part of the map – they act as a gatekeeper, and can cause significant damage to your units before they can do much damage to then. On top of that, you also have your oppositions units trying to destroy your pylons so a battle in the middle will occur until a side can take advantage.

Once the Pylons have been destroyed, your units then try and overwhelm the enemy base – eventually they are destroyed, and you claim victory.

Hints.

When I played it at first I built a variety of units,  very little minerals as income sources,  and I didn’t quite know how the upgrade system worked. We won anyway. I was probably being carried.

By the 3rd time – I had a better idea of what I was doing.

There is a Tier 2 and  Tier 3 option on your Tech tree ( bottom 2 symbols the blue and red cross square)  When you get enough experience by selecting tier 2, each of your structures for that type of unit you are upgrading the tech tree for will now have the ability to be upgraded to Tier 2. This has a cost of 95 minerals per structure so you need to plan a little.  What it does is double the damage and health of each unit that gets produced.  Tier 3 works similar as 400%. The Structure must be upgraded individually.

By my 3rd time I had developed a build order.  2 x Marines to start with, a couple of mineral bases untill I got experience,  upgrade the units,  build more marines  – realistically a 55 health marine v a 3000 health tower doing mass amounts of damage.  My 55 health marine gets 2 shot, but they are enough to kill any units the opposition are sending your way to start with.

Some people have the tactic of saving up  their minerals  – building only minimal units to keep the enemy units off their towers,  build lots of income producing minerals and then  hitting them hard, it depends on how hard the other person is hitting back at them though,

In one game I lost a lot of units to the enemy towers,  but I upgraded, and kept throwing them at them until I killed the towers and was the first to break through .

All marines might only work for some games.  An especially long game required me to build tanks and thors, and upgrade their trees because marines weren’t enough and the opposition where hitting with harder units.

The Map also only seems to only show you a Score screen if you leave before ‘defeat’  after a 47 min game – it was Epic.  We were overrun beyond hope,  seconds off defeat, so I left. Then only did I see the score screen.  All the other times I had been victorious and I never saw it then even though the button says scorescreen.

I like it  – I thought I had it beat and was going to get bored with it untill we lost that long game.   The other side was a bit more tactical than other games and seem to be collaborating, by sending a couple of waves of all 3 players units down the middle – weakening our middle, and making us have to go defensive to stop our allies structures ( and ours that were nearby) from being destroyed.  That game was stressful – it was good though.  Much more a challenge then the others had been.

I like these little games.  While the build orders might get predictable. The unpredictability of the other team, and even your own makes it interesting.  It’s like why I can do the same Battleground over and over again in WOW, and not get completely sick of it. The randomness of it all makes it enjoyably repeatable.

The WSG flag is not a personal shield

Something that peeves me off greatly is the flag carrying hero in wsg – 

I don’t care anymore that you’re not the right class, or don’t have enough HP, or resilience, Kudos to you for picking the flag up while everyone else was fighting in the middle.  ( unless you took it when a  better class/person was right there. It’s not worth arguing with people if they pick up the flag and they shouldnt anymore. Telling you to drop it in the middle of a spectacular melee is just as dangerous as letting you carry it sometimes.  So the rest of the team works with what they have got.

But if you want to be a successful carrier there are things you must not do and  one of them is to run back at the opposing team.  You have healers trying to keep you up,  DPS trying to slow down the people chasing you so you can get free, and then what do you do. RUN BACK INTO THE MELEE  yelling ”  STICK TOGETHER TEAM”

Getting the flag to the other end isn’t always just a matter of killing things.   It can be as simple as distracting everyone else so the flag carrier can get free.

I know this is not a new revelation, but carrying the flag does not make you a pvp tank with special abilities, you are as squishy as you were before, and you need to do as much to keep yourself alive , as everyone else is trying to.

Oh, and if your going to Bark your strat in EOS  – and the jump off the rock with half health. Stop, and heal yourself, missing the offensive wave you tried to send people on, and then scream that we are nubs because we can’t follow a strat.  Learn to Jump off the rock before you teach others battleplans.

Tank available for free. Just Pst me.

“Hi – are you a tank?”

“yes” 

“Wanna run a dungeon?”

He was level 77 Mage, ( I was 78) I said yes.  I finished checking the AH on my  Tank, and had been planning on Queueing anyway.

“Invite” he says, but can you wait till I finish my Bg?”

“uh…  ok.”

Waiting..  Waiting…

5 min later.  ” You can queue now”

So we queue,  and I don’t get an insta queue.  Waiting on  a healer.  I suspect because   of this..

This is my understanding on how the LFG Queues are filled. So a tank gets an insta queue, and clears  Line 1,  Healer gets an insta queue and clears Line 2

I come along with one DPS – and I couldn’t fit into group 1 2 or 3,   so  my Party,  A Tank and a DPS  gets shuffled all the way down the bottom so we fit into a group together.

“Sorry, It doesn’t normally take this long” I apologise  after 5 min – like it’s MY fault the queue isn’t instant.  More like it’s his fault. ^^ see above.

“Going for a smoke” he says.    1 min later – Queue pops. I click it.  Waiting.. Waiting..   he is still not back  – We miss the Queue.

1 min later I am thinking WTF am doing this for a complete stranger who is wasting my time

“You have 30 secs” in party chat.

about 40 sec pass and I leave party.

” I’m back” he says, and reinvites me to party  ” I’ve just got to do something”

“Queue now, or I leave.”  I tell him

He queues,  and it pops in a about 2 min.

We do VH – no deaths/wipes   – ” Want to do another? – I need to do more”

‘No thankyou.” I say.

I blame the posts from  Klepsacovic from Troll Racials are Overpowered “Dear Blizzard, Please end our loneliness”  and Adam from The noisy Rogue’s  “I am a Social Leper”  that got me worried that I am not friendly enough, and that I should give random people who whisper me nicely  more attention, and maybe they are just trying to be nice,  and friendly,  and that they don’t want just to sell me gold, or hack my WOW account.

 I can do reasonable requests.

Not only  did he make me wait till he finished his BG. ( and complained that all Alliance are nubs) He then made me queue longer, then he goes for a smoke making us miss the queue we had already waited for, and then wants me to wait for him while he does something else.

I should have said no, but I was trying to be nice. . It could have been a wonderful experience, and I could have waxed lyrical about the benefits of running with random people.

It was about 16 min of my life wasted – for a stranger. No personal benefit. The only thing he learned about me was that  this was going to be my 5th 80 – and all I learnt was that he smoked, and cared enough about his PC/whatever to not do it at the computer.

I do not feel like I have connected with the human race  in any useful capacity

So what was the point?

I wonder how many people he went through looking for a willing tank.  Used to happen all the time in BC -” can you heal this..  can you run this for us.. “

He didn’t ask in trade,  didn’t offer gold,  he just whispered random people  his request hoping for a bite.  He did it while in a BG too,  forward planning his convenience at the cost of others.

It’s  reasonable to ask someone to wait a couple of min,  but you  should do what you need to do first  before inconveniencing people,and not make people wait for you when your the one doing your own thing. I am not at your beck and call.

People wonder why people are so un-helpful. It’s partly why I don’t respond to LF enchanters anymore.  No one is bloody organised enough before they ask for people to do what they want.

So if I am feeling nice next time, and it’s gonna take a while to   build my friendly bar up again. Like Taxi’s when you order them ask “Ready now?”

IF YOU SAY NO – I shall say no too.


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