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Less casts, More talk


No, this isn’t an announcement for a new radio station playing the latest hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with less ads, more music.

No more than 13 ads in a row!

This was an exercise born out of frustration. Actually to be honest I wasn’t that frustrated, but 5 losses in a row made me want to yell…

So I yelled!

In a nice way of course!

Before I begin, let me assure you Cynwise already knows I was playing BGs and I got what I think was a comment of approval…

Go to your room! NOW!

Aaawww Mum…

I had been in loses in AV, EotS, SotA, WSG and EotS once again.

I decided to give it one last shot. While the previous fights had been loses, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Some good battles were had and an appropriate level of:

L2P nub!

had been shared around

SotA popped one more time.

As soon as I zoned in, we were on offense, I started typing.. (more…)

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I think it’s because I am a terrible cook.

Actually, that is probably giving my culinary expertise too much credit.

I am no Dr. Bombay!

I was married to an awesome cook for a while. She was one of these people that could visualize a recipe, imagine how it would taste, pass her nose over the cooking pot and tell you that it needed a pinch, or a spoonful, more salt.

Me… I can cook pancakes – damn good pancakes, plain, boring, but delicious pancakes.

Way too clean…

However put me in a stainless steel, high tech kitchen and my pancakes at best come out tasting the same, often… well there is something missing (more…)

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You guys are soooo yesterday!


So what time is it?

Ohh yesterday… For you…

Today for me, although for you that would be tomorrow…

You have to hate that, don’t you?

Need the lotto results?

Drop me a line!

Unless of course you are one of my sheep loving cousins (more…)

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When will I learn…


That I can’t solo a battleground?

I mean it’s quite obvious really, but when I rush to a node and only find 5 opponents, my 1st thought isn’t to run to a safe distance and pick them off…

No…

My 1st thought is whether I can hurt them all in my 1st move.

When I see 10 players battling over a node, do I join them?

No!

I race to the seemingly undefended one. Often it is, when I get there. However as soon as…

Gnomeaggedon has assaulted your honor by ninja’ing your node

…appears on the screen I get a horde of, well of bellowing (often mooing) Horde charging me down.

The post Battleground Leadership makes some good points.

A losing strategy may become a winning strategy if you are all following the plan. Maybe by brute force you can dint the opposition enough for them to doubt their own strategy and either try a new one giving you the chance to capitalize, or fall apart at the seams giving you the chance to dominate.

Of course they may just group up and farm you.. Well, they will group up and farm you. If no single person is threatening their nodes, they can afford to commit their full force to destroying you constantly depleted one.

What happens next?

To my mind it’s what happens when the lemming strat actually tips the balance (more…)

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What a Gnome can’t do with words, a fish can show in action.

  • Ever wondered why 10 apparently organized BG players die one by one when leaving a node?
  • Ever wondered why one guy gets to the next node and looks back to see 2 others dying midfield/on the road, and the others haven’t left the starting position?
  • Ever wondered why you hesitate when one guy charges off, but not when 2 or 3 do?

These fish can tell you.

Catalyst: Follow the Leader (08/04/2010)

Well, these fish and the researchers studying them.

It’s a totally non-wow related video. It goes for about 6 minutes and you will catch the action of the fish about 4.09 minutes in… but if you do skip, you will miss out on the WHY (more…)

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I’m trying…


… but not being very successful…

To be inspired:

The 1st round of Cataclysm class changes have been announced. I say 1st, because experience has taught me that what is announced at this stage of pre-expansion hysteria is not what we will see.

  • I’m humored that this gnome with big balls of fire will have a bigger ball of fire.
  • I’m surprised that “people” find fire & frost ward irrelevant. I know I use them a lot in PvP, but doesn’t everyone use them in VoA?
  • I’m slightly interested that rated BGs are coming, but to be completely and brutally honest I think this is already one patch too late.
  • I’m disappointed that there is no mention of a Gnomeaggedon statue appearing anywhere.
  • As for reclaiming Gnomeregan, well… I know this is blasphemy, but… Whatever!

I’d like to thank folks for the emails and tweets informing me of this, but without trying to sound like an April fools joke, I am actually more excited by the concept of the Trolls retaking their homeland.

To take pleasure in a conversion:

A while back I got a taunting email from a Warlock reader (yeah, I don’t get it either… Locks reading a Mage blog?) (more…)

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A bit of this, a bit of that


Lately I’ve been doing a bit of this and a bit of that.

More of this and barely enough of that!

32 hour working days can knock the stuffing out of you, even if it isn’t immediately apparent. One week I work silly hours, the next week is the annual Easter LAN and I sleep through it. I think I have that all arse about.

In game has been much the same. If you read the WoW in an Hour interview, you already know I like to mix it up. This has never been truer than right now.

I don’t think it’s the pre-expansion malaise, I think is a mix of my love of all aspects of the game and my growing weariness with all aspects of the game.

  • I love a good instance – but one is enough.
  • I love a good battleground – but one (win) is enough.
  • I love a raid – a single weekly raid boss is enough.
  • I love Wintergrasp – but one is enough.
  • I love questing – but 5 are enough.
  • I love Arena – but 10 are enough.

Speaking of Arena

We have managed to get through 2 weeks.

I’d like to say we are getting better.. (more…)

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