Monday, September 1, 2014

How awesome the WoW Community is... again!

I saw this on Twitter, and went to go have a read, and it was a sad yet heartwarming post.  It was by a husband who was thanking everyone in Blizzard for making the wonderful games that they do because his wife and him love the game, and she has been diagnosed with cancer.  However, they seem really positive about everything, and are looking forward to Blizzcon and as many expansions as they can.

There are a HUGE number of responses on that thread, and you can't help but want to help too.  So I made a toon on the server and sent a message to Sai (and a pet - it is WoW after all, gotta give something game related, right?) and later in the day I logged in again, waited to see if other Equilibrium people would be online.

And she was online, and it was a mixture of dread and apprehension when I typed and deleted a suitable greeting so as to give my well wishes to Cillie.  I hated to think I was jumping on a bandwagon, and why would a total stranger have anything to say about my feelings towards her diagnosis or her situation?  But when I thought about it, I know I would have been friendly so why do I worry that people wouldn't be?  It's silly of me!

I sent her a hesitant whisper to which she replied to with a warm hello!  I didn't think I'd get to meet her, but I wanted to give my regards, and she was lovely and polite - it was getting close to her event that they were organising and I am sure that she was super busy talking to zillions of people, and it was nice of her to take the time to talk to me!  I wished her well, asked her where I could make a donation (for those of you who want to donate, you can click here) and I headed off to do that and thought about whether I should join in the activities or not.  I felt a bit shy about it (and it was a bad time of day - smack bang in the middle of family time)

However if you look at the outpouring of support for her by her guildies and husband, then you could see that she was well liked, well loved and well respected.  They are a raiding guild who have similar progression to us.  And when you read her story - it was hard not to identify with her.  A young female guild leader, horde side, with a large guild who is raiding?  Well minus the young part, but thinking about it drew some parallels - change a few things and that could be me in her situation! And like most people, you tend to feel the most moved when the situations are similar to your own.

I also realised that if anyone offered their condolences or respects or best wishes to me, I would be flattered and honoured by their efforts.  So it was foolish of me to think she would be anything other than kind.  There are those who in the same situation would just want people to leave them alone while they grieved but that didn't seem to be what Cillie was like.  In fact she was grateful, friendly and encouraged me to take part in her games but large crowds of unknown people make me nervous.  But if my guildies read this they would probably know that I would start talking to some random stranger I was standing next to and next thing you know they would be invited to flex or something LOL.

Anyway, it sounds like they had a great time!  And I even had a message from Sai thanking me for my mail to him.  How could I NOT like someone who loves WoW as much as me?  I have my fingers crossed for them, but as a doctor, and knowing her diagnosis and age... I can only hope for the best, yet expect the worst, and hope that they find joy in every little moment they have - because life really is too short for being miserable!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pet Battles: Major Payne's Advanced Pet Battle Training with Lindsay in Redridge

Community Manager
Well, Payne has decided to send you on a training mission that's sure to warm your heart . . . just before your soul is crushed! You're off to Redridge Mountains to face Lindsay's vicious team of bunnies. To reiterate your instructions: you’ll need to assemble a team of two level-4 pets and one level-5 pet. The level-4 pets can be either Undead or Elemental, and your level-5 pet can be either Humanoid or Beast.

Keep them in this order, and see if you can best Lindsay. Come on back here to tell us how you did when you're done!

P.S. There is a hidden secret in the blog. Can you find it?

So this time Major Payne has sent us out to beat up the cute widdle bunny wabbits of a sweet little girl.  I had to level a couple of pets to get them to level 4, and this is what I chose:

Critters are strong against Undead, and Critters take less damage from Elemental abilities, so I tried to find some beast abilities in the pets that I chose, and Mr Bigglesworth and Tiny Shale Spider seemed to fit that just fine.  Of course, those poor guys died while I let the Spider take all the glory.

Oh and I found the secret!  It's HERE!

If you're too lazy to go to the blog and click the full stop after "losing", you can click here to see why Crithto said "Winning is going to feel like losing."  Gee I'm a big meanie :P  Made a little human girl cry.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Filling in the gaps in my knowledge with Christie Golden's War Crimes

Amateur Azerothian recommended that I read War Crimes, and I had been waiting for a cheaper price somewhere so I could read it.  In the end, I found it on google books, and I know it wasn't there when I was originally looking for it, so I'm pleased it made it there and it was much cheaper than buying it from the Book Depository.

If you're going to read this book then don't read what I'm going to write!


I was skeptical about reading about Garrosh and a trial.  Now I personally am against the death penalty, but I know that there are a lot of people out there who are for the death penalty.  Not sure if I really wanted to read about mobs crazy for Garrosh's blood.

However, the stand out moments were in High Cheftain Baine Bloodhoof.  He is after all, my racial leader. Chosen to defend Garrosh in the Pandaren court, I don't think anyone envied him - in fact they probably despised him for it, for it was an impressive burden, and he did it to the best of his ability.  And I think that is the crux of the matter! Even though inside he probably believed that Garrosh should die for his crimes, and he was loathe to do the task set before him, he did it to the best of his ability, because it was the HONOURABLE thing to do.  I found that no different to me treating the injuries of a mass murderer - even though I would be reluctant to be caring for or helping them, it is my duty to deliver an excellent standard of care, no matter what a person's background.  I am not the judge, nor jury, nor executioner, and though I may wish otherwise, I have to put my personal feelings aside and attend to the task at hand.

When I thought back on it, I realised that there were a LOT of females in the story!  Though I hadn't really noticed it, it was reallly good to see features on other characters who seemed to have disappeared from the storyline - Shokia, whom we quested with throughout Jade forest and into The Valley of the four Winds and Krasarang; and also Warlord Zaela, of the Dragonmaw who escaped after the fight with Galakras.

There was a lot of delving into the past to see the crimes that Garrosh committed, and it was good to read those things.  Golden does a great job with her writing and her interpretation of the characters leaves little the imagination.  Sylvanas is so bitter and cold and angry, and Jaina herself was also very angry, though understandably so.  Vereesa too was filled with rage and I felt sorry for her children as they seemed to be cast to the wayside as Vereesa burned with thoughts of revenge. Looking at Sylvanas in this light makes me feel like we will have to kill her off one day.  I wish we could kill some alliance for a change.  I still mourn Nazgrim!

Hope.  Chi-ji reminded us all that hope is a powerful entity.  With hope, there is the chance for great things to happen, for people to change, a chance for success.  Essentially Garrosh was not executed because a dead person cannot change, or be given the chance to change. For there is always the hope that someone may change and bring about something positive in the world. And we cannot hope if we give in to hate and rage and despair.

So, Garrosh is allowed to live, but of course, he spurns his choice for repentance, and disappears into the past with a member of the infinite dragonflight disguised as a bronze. I hope in 6.0 or in the quest line in WoD we find out why that time was chosen...and what does it mean when Garrosh from our time meets up with his infant self?  Would a universe-ending paradox would ensue?

Well it didn't went Ambassador Spock met Commander Spock.  So I don't think it will happen in this new timeline either....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Raiding - First look at Paragons

I am sure that I mirror most people who look at the Paragons fight on heroic and think "OMG I actually have to pay attention to mechanics now???" Because, I know the only mechanic I really knew was kill the amber and drag people away from the kunchong.  Oh yeah I know the aim you gotta have a few people stand in it, and don't stand in the amber on the ground.  Maybe I did know a mechanic or two more than I thought I did.

But I watched the fight and it was a bit confusing.  All of us had our heads full and everyone had their 2c to say but fortunately Exray had his head sorted and he told us the order to do it and we did it boss by boss rather than get bogged down with all the details.

So.  They started hitting Rikkal so that the bloods went to him and then the other tank dragged Skeer away and then the next bloods were heading to him and we had to kill Skeer before the bloods got to him and healed him.  And this was a bit new - parasites were spawning and every now and then someone got mutated into a scorpion and they had to go eat a parasite.  I wanted to see that but it seems that healers don't get the scorpion debuff.  The poor DPS didn't like it because it made their damage go to poo and they also took more damage.

The first couple of goes were a bit fiddly as the tanks kept mitigating the hits and so parasites weren't spawning or something.  Damn being overgeared they said!  Also, having ox out didn't help LOL.

Hisek was doing aim and also doing this Rapid fire which was slow comet like things shooting out in a circle from Hisek which were easily avoidable at range but difficult to dodge in melee which of course I had to do a token stupid death of playing around in melee because I was trying to be clever and stand in my derp circle with my parasite so I would get some passive healing.  I didn't know this but the shadow priests and hunters can cheese the aim with dispersion and feign death.  That saves me some raid damage!

Mana seems to be a bit tight in that fight.  By the end of the night we had slid backwards a bit, with the last couple of attempts unable to even get Skeer down before the bloods got to him.  It was annoying that I couldn't root, typhoon, disorienting roar or faerie fire slow them so I felt rather useless.  I bet Ursol's Vortex doesn't work either.

But we have all day today to keep going and learning it.  At least I feel like I'm enjoying myself.  Doing it bug by bug gives me a chance to learn it at my snail pace and I think everyone will be in a good mood for more attempts tonight.  It was Jazz's birthday yesterday so she was a little bit merry and may have been slower than normal, but I still had a fun night.

OK, this time for real!  We're doing 25 man Garrosh on Monday!  Guildies, you better be on!  I am loathe to pug people because I want to be able to do our first full guild 25 man normal Garrosh.  It may be the only time we do it this expansion as we work our way towards the heroic version!