This is the only time I’ve made an off-topic post here at Bible of Dreams. But it’s for a good reason.
As many of you know, I’m planning to add Star Wars: the Old Republic to my gaming life once it launches. And given that blogging has, for several years now, gone hand-in-hand with my enjoyment of my game play time, I’ve started a new blog to house those posts.
I briefly considered just melding in SWTOR content here in this comfy blog home, but it just didn’t feel quite write. Shadowpriests and Sith Inquisitors don’t really mix. And thus: Inquisitor’s Roadhouse was born. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the new blog, and if you plan to play SWTOR, please take my poll on which class you’re going to try out first.
I have no plans to stop blogging here, though my play time — and thusly my blog posts– have decreased as of late due to RL being incredibly busy, as previously noted. And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…
Recent posts around the blogosphere that have caught my eye:
Evaluating Holy Priests with World of Logs on Cannot Be Tamed.
A long standing argument I had in a prior guild with my other raiding officer was around measuring performance and holding raiders accountable. As a healer, he felt only the DPS (my peeps) could be measured and held accountable for their performance via tools such as World of Logs. No matter how many times I wrote posts here around how to compare and evaluate players in all roles, he held on to that POV. And thus I am always thrilled to see folks taking up the accountability mantle and showing that yes, in fact, healers can be evaluated too.
ilvl 365 Vicious Gear and the Phantom Tier on Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual.
I haven’t PvP’d seriously in several expansions, but always love when Cyn takes a big PvP community dust up and writes one of his epic posts on it. Judging by the twitter response to this article, it seems to have really given folks some food for thought.
Three-Legged Stools on Psynister’s Notebook.
This post touches on subject matter I’ve been meaning to address head-on for some time: my mojo in WoW is off, as is that of a number of the folks I love to play with the most. Not sure how — or if we can– climb out of this funk, but calling it out is definitely a key first step.
Making a Buck While Leveling alt No. 2349 on Jaded Alt.
This post inspired me to start mentally drafting a post on how I make my alts financially self-sustaining through crafting. This post, however, gives tips that even the laziest non-crafter can follow so that they’re never that guy begging for Gs for repairs before raid (or worse yet, for epic flying.)
No I Didn’t Start Playing WoW Again on The Stoppable Force.
I absolutely love online gaming and my group of friends and co-conspirators I’ve met through the WoW blogging community. And like TSF, I fully intend to keep on blogging and chatting away on twitter, even if a time comes when my focus shifts to another MMO. Like TSF, I am definitely going to be giving SW:TOR a try when it comes out (despite being annoyed at the prospect of having to install Windows on my machine to do so.)
What’ve you read recently that’s truly struck a chord?
You know how some folks seem to always have the answers to every WoW question that comes up? And are always recommending a blog post to you to read? It’s probably not just because they have an encyclopedic knowledge of the game. I’d bet they have a well-worn list of WoW bookmarks, like I do. The following are the five resources I can’t get by without:
I used to be a thottbot fan. But eventually, I became a WoWhead believer and fangirl. They have a frequently updated item database, great comments that inevitably address whatever annoyance sent you there. And they have some timely and informative blog posts too.
I remember WoW life before MMO Champion, but just barely. It’s truly become the Gawker and CNN rolled together of Azeroth. I go here to keep up on what the blues have to say, keep track of patch note changes, and to get a sneak peek at the bling future raids and instances will provide us.
This is where I go whenever I have a burning question about an NPC or bit of lore, or want to read a profession guide. And if I have extra time, I go on a bit of a click safari here, moving through related topics, learning more about Azeroth and its inhabitants.
Despite its name and original purpose, Tankspot has become the defacto boss strategy resource for most folks I know, not ust for tanks. If I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard someone say “Did you watch the tankspot video” or “Go watch the tank spot video” I’d have laundry money for months!
The Daily Quest.
This occasional column on WoW Insider rocks for drawing attention to thought provoking (or just plain fun) posts throughout the greater blogosphere. There are days when I really need a good WoW read. And this is where I always look first.
It’s about that time again. Time to start thinking about putting together successful raid teams, or plotting how to get into your guild’s raids. That’s why this week’s five are five of my favorite raiding advice posts that you can read and share with your raiding team to get things off on the right foot.
Personal Accountability: A Raider’s Checklist.
One of the most visited and linked to articles in the blog, this checklist provides an overview for a conscientious raider of how to ensure they are bringing their A game to the table.
Taking Attendance: Raid Signup Etiquette 101.
Sometimes common sense is not so common as the discussion this post generated shows. Not everyone realizes how their behavior affects the other 9/24 people who sign up and show up for a raid ready to go.
In addition to the above bits of advice from moi, there have been some pretty helpful and thoughtful posts in my feedreader that pertained to raiding, as my favorite bloggers get back into raiding. Here are a few of the highlights:
Which Raid Boss Should You Attempt First? This World of Matticus post gives one raider’s opinion of the best order in which to progress through the first few Cataclsym dungeon bosses. Raiding is not all about linear progression anymore.
It’s pretty funny that it took me over two years to finally get that written. I blame all the vanity pets in need of acquiring and profession lists that needed to be created for waylaying me. Wouldn’t you?
Nothing more to see here. Logging back in to WoW to earn some more fabulously cheap and easy cooking achievements on my alts thanks to the Pilgrim’s Bounty holiday.
Last week’s WoW time was somewhat curtailed by the livestream of Blizzcon taking up most of my attention (and it rocked to share thoughts and reactions to the panels real-time via twitter; not as good as being there but still pretty darn fun.). But I made up for it this week:
My Alliance warlock, seen here watching the circling bats at Telredor, dinged 66 today. I am a terribly slow leveler, so her progress over the past 2 weeks has been phenomenal.
My bank alt gave in and bought her 4th guild bank slot. Now, I have to do a sweep and make sure I am not hanging on to much in the way of pre-Cata Azeroth quest items. Somehow I don’t think I am going to need those red, green, yellow and blue Un’Goro crystals again…
The purchase of the slot was due in part to the mass creation of Jewelcrafting items for the lock as she moves towards 450 JC (she’s presently at 328 jewelcrafting.)
I’ve not managed to obtain the Headless Horseman’s Mount on my Horde Shadow Priest, despite her daily attempt at it. This is fair and all, since my 3 Alliance ladies got it, mind you. I am also awash in hallowed helms and sinsiter squashlings on some toons. WTB BOA hoiday pets!
I didn’t follow-up on trying to attain my goal of guesting on a podcast, but I did do some audience-sitting for a few post-Blizzcon podcast recordings.
I was thoroughly charmed by the Blood Elf Druid song, (from the Plants vs. Zombies composer who brought us the new sunflower pet’s voice.)
Blogs You Should Read
Although it wasn’t an incredibly busy week around the blogosphere, there were some good reads:
Twisted Faith wrote a post that debunks the offhand Blizzcon comment that so riled me up: “Shadow priests have been known to be bursty” (hint: no we haven’t and no we’re not.)
In no particular order, here are five blogs I read each week (or however often they update) that you should have on your blog roll too:
An Interesting Thing Happened in the UC Sewers
Tessy over at Reflections from the Pond did Wrathgate again recently, and had a run in with a perfect stranger who jumped down her throat for not assisting Varian with his assault on the Undercity. And yes a big motivator for linking this post was 1) I want more frequent posts from Tessy! and 2) the video link is a must watch. Mwahaha.
The Walls of Wintergrasp and Terrain Exploits
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Cyn this worked up, or writing this much on a hot PvP topic. A must read. After all it kept him from our ZA fun run, so you know he was consumed with writerly inspiration.
Lots of good WoW blog reading around the Interwebs this past week or so…
Your first stop should be the Blog Azeroth Shared Topics "What Should Give Guild Rep" post. Some great ideas in the participating blogs. Especially around what, in a perfect world, would *cost* folks some of that hard earned rep.
Flash of Moonfire has a nice article on a few Vanilla quest chains to do before Cataclysm potentially renders them obsolete.
Pugnacious Priest has a nice long piece on why whom you are playing with matters. I've been a raid healer in serious raiding guilds, and a DPS in more casual guilds, and swapped between one of each in a raiding 10 setting. And how I felt about my role and whom I was playing definitely fluctuated depending upon with whom I was spending my play time.
I keep meaning to write a post on what players want from their guilds and what guilds expect from their members, but now that Alas has written one, I can continue to slack off and not do so.
Jaded Alt's post on add-ons for kitten herders introduced me to a mod I'll definitely try out soon. Because who wouldn't want to run a mod called Angry RaidInviter? Ditto for Synergy. Oh to have had these when we ran the 25Naxx scrubraids!
Anything you read this week that I should go check out? Let me know.
Blogs I’ve visited and interesting posts I’ve read that you should check out this weekend…
I think the first Righteous Orbs post I read was the How to Lose Friends and Alienate people post earlier this month. I’m consistently drawn into read the spots here. Definitely a blog to follow. How am I so late to the party on this?? 🙂
In the throes of our darkest nights in Icecrown Citadel, as we worked tirelessly towards Arthas’ overthrow, our conversation naturally turned towards whom should be our next warchief. Our 10-man team was almost unanimous in our decision: BASIC CAMPFIRE FOR WARCHIEF! Although, as a Forsaken, the COOK message didn’t resonate with me on a personal level, I do enjoy watching my comrades enjoy the food I make with such love and attention. And standing next to the campfire, near Arthas’ frozen throne, did raise my spirit a bit. Major kudos to Vrykerion at Oddcraft for giving the warchiefcandidates a platform, and for thosequirky city tours.
Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual
As he points out, one of the primary barriers to success in the BGs is a lack of 1) familiarity with the battlefield amp and 2) a lack of knowing what the strategy is once you get inside the BG. Which is why he created some awesome battleground strategy maps. Pop over there and check them out before your next BG queue.
His article on dealing with lowbie LFG primadonnas is excellent. But I would be lying by omission if I didn’t tell you it was spewing out coffee from laughing at the I haz shuvel! stickfigure drawing that really sealed the deal for me.