Archive for April, 2012

Booted

Posted in Alt with tags , , , , on April 30, 2012 by zarigar

You have been removed from group.

Um, what? I’m back in Stormwind? How did this happen? Let’s back up a few steps.

Torvell, the old grampa mage, needed to do one more instance to cap out his VP. He had been doing a mix of the HoT heroics and the old school ones. I’ve been trying to build up my JP among my 3 85s on Winterhoof so that they could buy heirloom stuff for the druid. (My priest got heroic HoO earlier in the week and that group did every single boss. Normally that would annoy me to hell but that time I was thrilled.)

So grampa mage queued for an older heroic and got ZA. One that was already in progress, even. Because I am lucky like that.

I started figuring out how long I would have to wait before pulling a Slice. Or I could just eat the deserter debuff and work on Children’s Week stuff. I saw that they were at the trash in front of the bear boss–and he’s pretty easy–so I would stick around and see what happened.

It took a while to get going since the hunter was apparently lost and couldn’t figure out how to get to us. Which is kind of understandable because when I loaded in, I was on the path up to the eagle boss, but everone else was at the last trash by the bear boss, with everything between them already dead.

We worked out a strategy to take the surges, then he dies and I win the crystal. Go me. Onward to the bird boss.

On the first trash the mob they mark for sheeping is immune to it, but he dies anyway and we go to the next group. This next group wipes us. Oh well. We come back in, sheep one of the remaining mobs and kill the rest.

(We do this 4 person because the hunter is lost again. Everyone released and got back in, but now he’s wandering somewhere near the front.)

We go to the next group. One mob is marked for sheeping. I sheep it–

–then I get a loading screen and I’m back in Stormwind. That’s it. We are back to where the story began.

So what happened? I don’t know. And since I will never know, I can only guess.

I can cross being mouthy off the list. I don’t think I said anything during that run; no one else did, either.

My dps & damage were right in line with everyone else’s. There was no wild variance where one person was carrying someone else.

Were they mad that I didn’t set a table? Nobody asked for one or for any food. I don’t make a table for every run, maybe that makes me a bad mage, but whatever. (I don’t think is the reason, I’m just listing all the ones I could think of.)

Was my PvP cloak offensive? Maybe. I had found it in Sarinde’s bag and sent it over to boost Torvell’s ilevel. Then I just ended up wearing it. If I’m going to cheat I might as well go all the way. It’s the only PvP piece I have, but it’s highly noticeable, so someone wouldn’t even need to do an inspect to see I’m wearing. So I can’t discount it.

My other guess is that is was by mistake. Well, that would be the least offensive reason. They “accidentally” picked Vote to Kick instead of Inspect and then they “accidentally” put in a reason and then they “accidentally” clicked OK. It could happen, right? Or I could say that they meant to kick the clueless hunter who was wandering around and got me instead. Yeah?

Something I forgot to mention was that every person from the group came from a different server, so it was unlikely that it was a group of people banding together to kick someone out “just because”. Or maybe it was. Whatever the reason was, at least 3 people had to agree on it.

The act of being kicked actually doesn’t bother me.  The anonymity of it is frustrating; I would like to know the reasoning behind it yet I would never want to get a message saying something like: “You have been removed from group because of…RETARD.” I will never know if I did something or they did something or it was a mistake or they were just being mean.

If I was the lost hunter and got kicked or was doing less damage than the tank or something obvious, then it would be understandable. Maybe the explanation is nothing more complex than “4 (or 3) people wanted to be jerks.” I queued up again and got Hour of Twilight. The group was much more geared and I was definitely the scrub doing the least dps. But I didn’t get kicked. Explain that, internets!

510 eggs

Posted in Achievement, Holiday, Zarigar with tags , , , , on April 16, 2012 by zarigar

That’s how many eggs it took Zarigar to get the stupid Noblegarden mount. 500 to buy it and 10 that I accidentally turned in for the stupid daily so I had to go collect more to make them up.

I also ended up finding some tuxedo pants and a shirt so picked up that achievement, as well. No fancy dress, though, and I don’t care. Once I had enough for the mount I was done.

It took several days to collect all the eggs I needed, because I would get bored so easily and have to run away and do something else. There was rarely anyone else at Bloodhoof Village, so I would just run around in ghost wolf form making the circuit. I don’t know how many times I would see that stupid wolf running through the village and think it was another shammy collecting eggs. >.<

It would have been nice to get the mount as a drop and not have to collect all those eggs, but I guess I am not that lucky. I should just be grateful that the mount wasn’t only available as a random drop. Knowing there was a definite end helped a lot.

But oh, how I cursed those eggs. It got to the point where if it wasn’t a chocolate I was pissed. I got like 6 bouqets, 4 branches, 3 pets, 5 shirts and a pair of pants.

After about 200 eggs I was wondering which would piss me off more: if I never got the mount and had to collect all 500 or if the mount finally dropped after wasting so much time farming. I think I might have been mad if the drop came and I was left with hundred of chocolates. What was I going to do? Buy more stupid rabbit pets and ship them off to alts?

Anyway, that nonsense is done. No other toon will be collecting eggs; I would rather do archaelogy at this point.

Friday Fun: moar stupid little things that piss me off

Posted in Rant with tags , , , on April 13, 2012 by zarigar

This is me taking advantage of my blog to whine about dumb things. You’ve been warned.

Queue Queue

Yes, the Hour of Twilight heroics are awesome (for the most part). Yes, they are usually shorter than other instances. Yes, they have better gear. And while I find End Time the most annoying of them all, none of them are as awful as Halls of Reflection was.

But sometimes I don’t want to do them. And so I don’t queue for them; I queue for the normal heroics. Sometimes I want to do an instance that I haven’t done in a while or, yes, be that awesome overgeared healer who helps carries a relatively new group through.

So it annoys me when I queue for those and get the HoT heroics. I also hate whoever thought it was a good idea to throw the trollroics in the mix, too. Hate them.

What’s a troll gotta do to get a nice, relaxing H Deadmines up in here?

Achievement whore

I waver on achievements a lot. Sometimes I am all down for them and sometimes I couldn’t care less. If in a guild raid or heroic and someone wants to try one, then great. If we get it, awesome…if not, oh well.

In a pug? Meh.

A lot of achievements require working together and planning strategy beforehand, something you don’t always get in pugs. (Remember in the beginning of Cata when we had to CC? Good times.)

5 words I hate to hear in pugs: “wanna go for the achievement?” My initial response tends to be “no”, but I will usually give it a try if someone really wants. I won’t throw myself at an attempt over and over, racking up a huge repair bill, but I’m usually down for one attempt.

Again, though, if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. In a Well of Eternity, we were all trying to dodge eyeballs. “Follow me counterclockwise,” sez the hunter. We actually dodge eyeballs for a while, then the tank runs in the middle and resume the fight. Not sure why, but oh well.

You would have thought the tank spat on the hunter’s mom for all the nastiness that then came out. “We could have had that!” Could we? Did the tank make an honest mistake and lost focus? Did he think someone else was about to get nabbed and jumped in? Did he purposely do it to be a dick?

Who knows. Who cares. Don’t get mad because a group of strangers won’t play your way to get you some fakey nerd points. If it’s so easy, why don’t you have the achievement now?

Let’s make a deal

I’ve conceded that LFR is dog-eat-dog and all the rules of fairness get thrown out the window and people are going to make a run for whatever they can get their hands on. I can’t change it so I accept it.

It’s like those stupid frozen orbs. You can have 4 people roll Greed on it and the last person jump in with a Need and take it. So then we all started rolling Need.

Neither of my shamans need much out of LFR anymore, but I still like to go in there and get my points at least. I guess I am the anomaly, but I don’t Need for stuff that I don’t need. I don’t have offspecs and I’m not going to Need something for the sole purpose of making sure someone else doesn’t get it.

Or Needing it so that I can use it to barter for something later. That one annoys me. I don’t like when I zone in and get whispers “hey can you help me roll on some gear?” Um, no.

I threw Zarigar into a Fall of Deathwing LFR and it started out amusingly. The dps were accusing the tanks of not bringing down the drakes and holding aggro and the tanks were accusing the dps of taunting the drakes off of them. Then on Ultra the tank was mocking all the people doing 30k and saying his rogue (or rouge, as he called it) could do 50k and that people were doing 30k in Wrath and everyone was scrubs.

The ensuing back and forth was so amusing that I didn’t notice that tier legs had dropped. I checked Zarigar and..hmm..he still had 378 legs. An actual upgrade. There were at least 6 shamans there so I didn’t even think I would get them, so was pleasantly surprised when they dropped in my bag.

With winning comes losing, though. We were barely on the boat when I get the “can I have those pants? I’m trying to get a 2 piece and you already have 4 piece”.

Eek. Of course he can’t have my pants (heheh) but it probably does look bad that I took them. Yes, I have 4-piece but I downgraded a helm to get it. The pants would let me keep my 4-piece and put my better helm back on. Plus, of course, the pants being an upgrade in themselves.  But I didn’t want to explain all that to him so he only got a “no” and the thought that I am just a ninja troll.

Then another whisper from a different toon “I am shaman like you. Can I have and then I can give you something you want?” /facepalm

I was about to drop then a holy pally started chatting about how he hopes the caster shield drops from the boat. Hmmm. I could use a new shield; currently Zarigar is still rocking the 359 crafted one. The problem is the shield has a terrible drop rate. The only time I’ve seen it drop in a normal raid was in Crits when Khiaren got one and I’ve seen it drop once in LFR when I was on Jendora. I didn’t even know that it dropped in LFR, that’s how rarely I’ve seen it. Arv laughed at me when I got all excited to see it but then realizing I was on my druid.

So what the heck, give it a try. Mr Super 50K Rouge is a terrible tank and it’s a painful fight. But, oh hi, the shield actually drops. The holy pally goes orgasmic. “OMG IT’S FINALLY DROPPED AFTER 12 WEEKS!!!!!!!” He’s acting like it’s already his and doesn’t seem to realize all the shamans and holy pallies there are. (Maybe that’s the reason it dropped, there were so many people who could legitimately use it.)

It would be a nice ending to the story if Zarigar won it. Alas, he did not. But it was kind of worth it to see the holy pally flip out when a resto shammy won it. (I know, I’m mean, what can I say? I’m a troll.) But I was done with that raid so I took my pants and left.

Stupid little things piss me off but sometimes stupid little things amuse me.

Hardly eggs-citing

Posted in Holiday with tags , , , on April 10, 2012 by zarigar

Yeah, I resorted to a cheap egg pun. Whatever.

Zarigar got the Noblegarden meta achievement back in 2009, so the past couple of years I haven’t really paid that much attention to it. I don’t really go for the intensive holiday grinding or achievement chasing on my other toons.

Even with the meta, though, Zari is till missing some of the little achievements for the holiday. Finding a dress and finding the tuxedo outfit. Achieves that are part of the holiday but not part of the meta. And since they are not part of the meta and I didn’t “need” to do them, then I just didn’t.

And this year was going to be no different. The thought of farming eggs in the hopes of getting the clothes out of them was boring to me.

But then they put in a mount. A stupid little mount that you can get and all you have to do is collect eggs.

Wickedly genius, Blizz.

If I farm enough eggs I can get the mount. The mount could also be a random drop. And while I’m collecting eggs I might get those last few achievements. I could potentially kill several birds with one stone.

I don’t even have to wonder if I will waste the entire holiday farming eggs. Regardless of my luck, I can get the mount if I am patient enough.

Patient? Zarigar? Yeah, that would be the drawback.

Bloodhoof Village was pretty dead. There were only a couple of rabbits zipping around. Eventually it seemed like I was the only one there.

And OH.MY.GOD. how boring that was.

Farming will never be my strength. Whether it’s herbs or ore or pixel eggs I just don’t have the patience for it. I am the reason AH prices are jacked so high; lazy people like me will pay almost anything not to have to go out and do the work ourselves.

Unfortunately I can’t outsource egg farming. I stuck with it longer than I thought I would, only because I knew that having the place all to myself was a rarity that I should take advatage of.

I did eventually give up for the night with the only things found was the pet that I already had and a bouquet of spring flowers. I accepted the daily and gave her my chocolates before realizing in horror what I had done. NOOOOOOO, I NEEDS THOSE CHOCOLATES!!! GIVE THEM BACK!!!!!!

I’ll go back later and work on it some more. To anyone farming eggs on more than one toon, I have 3 words for you:

You are insane.

Beta & boredom

Posted in Cataclysm with tags , on April 6, 2012 by zarigar

The other morning I checked my email and there was a pretty little invite into the beta for MoP. “That’s nice,” I thought but didn’t really think anything else about it. I didn’t rush over to the computer to immediately start downloading the beta. “Maybe this weekend or whenever.”

What it did make me do was think about how (relatively) close that makes the end of Cata and the coming of MoP. And from what I’ve read from others, they absolutely cannot wait. Most of my last several posts have been about my friends being bored and going off to do other things.

Which made me wonder, why aren’t I as bored and why aren’t I more ready for MoP?

Is it my ridiculous number of alts? Is it the fact that I have so many of them, each with different plans and goals? Hmm, I don’t think so. They tend to follow the same path when leveling and gearing up; so if anything, doing the same questlines over and over should have burned me out long ago. 

I think all these things saying “MoP is coming! MoP is coming!” is only just reminding me of all the things in Cata that still have to do and see. I don’t know if it was because we only had 5 levels to grind, but it seemed like I only saw parts of a zone before I was off into the next one. Ding! Oh, goodbye weird underwater zone. Ding! Good luck, Harrison Jones.

Each toon that made their way to 85 pretty much took the same path. So now I have a handful of max toons who have never seen a lot of stuff in Cata. I think the only zone I’ve actually “finished” is Deepholm. I blasted through a lot of story.

So now I have to decide if I want to go back and look at some of this stuff before it’s too late. (Too late in the sense of doing it before MoP.) I would like to have someone finish each zone at least once. Even that awful, awful Vash’jir.

As for the beta, I will probably give it a whirl. I really am excited to play MoP when it comes out. I just want to be satisfied with Cata first.

Laziness never pays off

Posted in Zarigar with tags , , , on April 4, 2012 by zarigar

I haven’t learned by now and I probably never will. (This is going to be one of those ramble type posts. This was your warning.)

Prior to the raid I remembered that I wanted to move some things around in Zari’s spec. Nothing major, just shuffling over a couple of points that I had placed in odd spots.

I didn’t want to undo everything and reset it, but then I remembered that empty off-spec that was just sitting there. Brilliant! I put in all the points where I wanted them, then pressed Learn. Excellent!

Then I realized that I would have to reset all my bars now, too. Fail! And apparently this was the spec that Zarigar used when he was a healer for 3 days so all the buttons were way off. Super fail!

I tried to recreate from memory where I had everything, but finally I had to just switch over to the old spec, screen shot the bars, then put them where they belonged on the “new” spec. (Yeah, I’m saving so much time here.)

Finally it was raid time and my new spec and I trudged off to DS. Heroic Morchok one-shotted and no one important died. (Sorry Zug and slice.)

Do I have any astute readers going “wait, zari, back the fuck up”? “You switched over to an offspec, set up talent points and redid your bars. And that’s it? There was nothing else you had to do? Nothing?”

Erm, yes I was raiding with no glyphs. Whatever >.<

(That would explain why my lightning shield kept falling off.)

So, kids, when you think cutting corners will save you time and effort, just remember that it usually doesn’t.

At least the rest of the raid went much better. Got the achieve for Taste The Rainbow and, later, the one for Deck Defender…(totally by accident.) This shithole boat dropped some lame-ass non-caster shield and Van and I both wept. While she would probably get it before I do, just never seeing it drop at all is so sad.

Speaking of Van, she writes briefly about burn out today. Yes, little zari weeps when one of his friends cuts back on their playing (even Sorak!) but it really is understandable and not at all surprising.

The cliche is still true: don’t play if it’s not fun. If you don’t want to be logged in 30 hours a week, then don’t. If raiding once a week or fishing or *eww* doing archaeology is what is fun, then just do that. I would rather have one of my friends logged on for only a short while and enjoy it, then feel like they are logging in out of habit or because they feel they have to.

And I know that Van knows all this already; it was more of a general throw out to my other 4 readers. I, on the other had, apparently have an alt addiction and have no desire to be cured. While leveling my dwarf mage, I decided I needed to have a ret pally in the wings. But that will have to be another story for another day.