Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Naked Warlock

In light of all the releases of the new character models I am reminded of a short chapter in my WoW history that I'd like to share with everyone. I think I can look past my embarrassment now sufficiently to do it justice. It's not a long story but it is humorous.

I had never had a chance to see my character without any armor on and can say, up until this particular point in time, never had any inclination to do so. I'm not quite sure what made me want to do it when I did.

Zab was level 30 or so and was questing through Darkshire when all of a sudden I wondered what my character would look like without clothes on. Did she have underwear? Was she naked? Would Blizzard put naked characters in the game? Did she look like a Barbie doll?! Up to this point in my short WoW career I had never been witness to the night elf female dancing mailbox phenomena that I've heard tell about many times, and had never seen any character running around naked. At least not that I had noticed. Who knows. A drove of naked somethings could have ridden by me on the road in Stormwind, and so intent was I in my early WoW playing to find and complete quests, that I surely wouldn't have noticed a bit.

Anyways...I am getting off on a tangent. So I'm running around in Duskwood, literally. This was when you didn't get a mount until level 40, and I decided I really wanted to know just what was under my characters robes. I was at the bottom of the large graveyard just off the road, you know where you get give the jittery guy his ghoul giblets (the place that now has a worgen camp), and I stopped. I turned my character around to see if anyone else was lurking nearby. Oh my god I cannot just stand here in the road and strip down in front of other people can I! There was no one else around but for some reason that was just not good enough. If you're familiar with the area there are a couple of shacks just off the road there that are empty. So to stave off any possible embarrassing situations I took my toon into one of those huts. That, my friends, was where I was brave enough to strip my human female warlock of her robes and take a peek. I felt very weird about this at the time.

Afterwards, with my curiosity satisfied, I put all her armor back on her, and came out of the little house. I felt just a little silly that I needed to go into a hut to strip my assemblage of pixels of her clothing. When I think back on it now it makes me giggle at how silly the situation was, and how funny it is that I felt it was indecent to just strip my toon out in public.

So there you have it. My little naked warlock story. :)
By the way, I still don't care to run her around in public without clothes on.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I'm a slacker....I know. The update.

I didn't realize it's been this long since I posted. Man what is wrong with me. Busy busy busy I guess.
Work drives me nuts and leaves my brain with much less room then I used to have. I keep trying to figure out a way to not be so damn drained at the end of the day that I don't even want to play WoW during the week. Weekends have been my thing lately.

I have 3 toons to 90. Warlock, druid and my horde hunter. I am planning on seeing the offensive from the Horde's perspective. Right now I'm doing, of all things, Argent Crusade dailies to get the pets from that faction. I just make sure I am not thinking about how long this is going to take, or I will just stop and not go back.

My raiding group has completely died. I am doing LFR when I find time and feel inclined. I've gotten the 4 piece which is exciting. Once the drop rate increased I had it in 2 days. What's up with that?!

I am excited about Blizzcon! I can't wait to see everyone! :)

I got the green fire tome 2 nights ago. I have never been one of those people to have good luck so I am going with the idea that they must have increased the drop rate or something. I didn't spend all that much time farming for it. I have probably killed a few dozen rares or less, and had decided it was going to take forever, and there is was! I got it off Ramuk. I don't know if that makes any difference. That being said, I am enjoying the Thunder Isle and it's dailies. I find it all rather interesting. The mobs are challenging in some areas. The elites are everywhere which makes you pay attention to what you're doing. The areas are diverse enough to keep me interested. All in all I'd say Blizz has done a good job with this one.

That's the wrap up in a nutshell. Take care y'all.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Post 100! Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!

We've made it to 2013. What timing eh? Post 100 and a new year. I think I'm just going to take this opportunity to let you know what's been going on in WoW for me.

First off, externally, as you can see, I'm not writing as frequently as I'd like to. I have resigned as wikibrarian for Twisted Nether but that doesn't mean I will not continue to work with them. Hopefully I will be able to pick up something else. That just didn't seem to be working. By the time I got to it Rio had them done. So I didn't feel like I was contributing very much.

I have been trying to work on a new banner for this site but have not been able to create anything I like. I am not the most savvy with computer artwork or graphics. I just don't do it that often.

In game is going ok. I have been so crazy at work the last few months that I have not been spending any quality WoW time during the week. Being a weekend warrior is just not good enough for me. I have been trying to figure out ways to make it easier to get on more. I hope that now the new year has begun, and I have gotten caught up at work, that the brain fry I have been experiencing will cease, and I will want to do something besides stare at the TV and eat when I come home from work. We shall see.

Dailies suck. I think I will expound on that in another post. They wear me out. 

We are not raiding. We lost a couple of raiders in November and they all happen to be healers. We are currently recruiting for 2 healer spots if anyone is interested. Not that there is a ton of people reading this to make a difference.

I created a guild website for my guild that no one is going to. That is fun. I have been trying to make it more fun to try out but it's not working. Any suggestions are awesome. Honestly I didn't expect much. We had a website before that was hardly visited. Now with the in-game calendar,  events, and recruiting there is really no reason for a website. We have a facebook page so I thought perhaps this would be a good alternative to that. Where people could leave posts and messages. Facebook is so convenient that I don't think this will take really. I'm not paying for it so that's ok.

That's about it. Rather hum drum ho hum right now. Which I find a bit frustrating.

There is good news here. I have had several friends return to the game around Christmas time, and a few new friends join the game. I'm very excited and happy to see them return. One of them is the woman who got me started playing. I'm excited to be able to spend some time in game with them. We all rolled Panda's last week and are playing once or twice a week together. This is my roll playing gang also so it's like an additional game night for us. We all hop on vent and yell at the new people to keep up lol.

I have plans to get this site a little more spruced up if I can find the time to spend with Gimp and learn more better (yes that is a word...more better) how to use it. /fingers crossed
I also owe ElJeppy a review about the new keyboard...oh new! Wait, I have a bunch of new stuff. New keyboard, new computer and new headset. Very exciting. I can now get more than 4 fps!! woot!

All righty that's it for today. I need to go play now. :)  Happy New Year!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Changing Yet Again....Spec #3

So here I am again. I was running Demonology until my first raid. With another Lock in my raid running Affliction I couldn't help but be impressed by the numbers he was generating. Nearly twice what I was doing. That could mean I just sucked but who knows.

After serious consideration I have changed yet again. If you listen to Twisted Nether you'll know that I was talking to Hydra about it and had respecced while she was in town here in Orlando.

I decided no holds barred I was going to just close my eyes and jump. I changed everything. My Destro is now gone (/mourn). It has been replaced with full-fledged, totally committed, Affliction. I have reforged, regemmed and torn apart my bars to move items into their correct rotational situational position (hehe). I have modified macro's and learned new skills.

After running it now for 2 weeks I am still not sure if I feel like it's me yet but I'm working on it. I am still figuring the more subtle things such as when to use Drain Soul to get the most damage. Those sorts of small things that mean more than just hitting buttons.

What I do know is this:
I enjoy the dot juggling, it's very similar to what I was doing with destro except the filler is different. Instead of Incinerate I'm channeling Malefic Grasp
I miss having something to hurl at the enemy. With Affliction there is no Chaos Bolt or Shadow Bolt. It is totally dot dot dot dash(channel). I can throw the occasional Haunt which is a lot of fun but doesn't feel as ominous to me. It's not the I'm gonna blast your ass away, it's more the I'm gonna sneak up on you and cut it off when you're not looking kinda thing. Surprise! You're dead! That works for me.
When I can get the Soulburn & Soul Swap going whew boy! Now THAT is good times. If you manage it right you can take a mob down in a hot second. It works beautifully for two or three at once.

I plan to keep working on this and playing with the glyphs and talents as I go. I'll try to keep you posted since I've started talking about this more, and let you all know how it's going.

Indulging in Chocolate Bar - A Bar Broker Add-On

I was thinking the other day that a lot of people talk about add-ons. What they like, what they use, and what they recommend. Rarely if ever do I discuss my UI because I think I'm a bit cluttered.

That being said I do try to pare it down as much as possible and I would like to share with you one of my favorite anti-cluttering add-ons. One that I realized recently I nearly never think about, but use every single time I log in.

If you couldn't guess from the title it's called Chocolate Bar. It is a UI bar broker add-on. A broker is an add-on that you use to handle or manage other add-ons.
First, here is a picture for you. This bar sits along the very top of my screen and pushes everything down slightly so it fits neatly.



Chocolate bar can be configured into multiple bars anywhere on your screen. The most common are top and bottom, but you can create many small bars and locate them around your screen if you're so inclined. I changed to Chocolate bar from Titan Panel when Titan Panel became too difficult to manage. This particular broker allows you to drag and drop items around on the bar if you don't like where they're located. When I found this add-on I was only looking for something to put across the top of my screen and this fits the bill wonderfully.

I chose this particular type of add-on because of the over abundance of add-on buttons that began to surround my mini map. I needed to get them off and into a manageable state. So in the top right hand corner you will see all my add-ons that used to be around my mini-map. They are still available to open on one click. 
Just to the left of those is my volume control and next to that is my actual time. Since my realm time is different from my actual time I leave the clock on the mini map for realm and the one on the bar is local time.

On the left hand side are the other random brokers. There is a gold broker which when moused over drops down and tells me how much gold is on each toon. It will also tell me how much I've made and can be configured to show daily weekly or monthly income. It can also be configured to include other types of currency such as  JP.  Next to that I have my current repair status. 

In the center where you see the latency and frames per second information, when I mouse over that it becomes the mini bar drop down. That is where I select my dungeons, customer service, mounts and pets. Generally anything that you'd find in that box that used to be at the bottom of the screen by the bags. Right next to that is my location coordinates. The coordinates can be expanded to show the name of the location (city) and the zone you are in.

Once I started using this type of add-on I began to explore other features. Any add-on that says its a broker can be used with Chocolate Bar as well as many other add-ons can be managed with it. 

 I have seen many UI's that are very minimalistic. I don't like things where I can't see them so I have chosen this route. It keeps everything there and one click away but it keeps it manageable.

If you like to have things handy but need to de-clutter I would seriously recommend a bar broker add-on. 

Chocolate Bar can be found at Curse. Click here to check it out.