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BlizzCon 2009 DirecTV stream now active {WoW}

Aug 21st 2009 1:27PM Anyone have any idea why the high quality stream won't even load? I'm thinking it might be connection related, but I have all the required ports open etc and still nothing :(

BlizzCon 2009 DirecTV stream now active {WoW}

Aug 21st 2009 1:02PM At about 7PM UK time I believe.

Anyone else having problems watching the high quality stream? Just sits there on the loading screen for me...

Media Player boosts WoW performance {WoW}

Dec 19th 2007 11:20AM Well, I originally thought that. However, you'd have thought that'd mean that WMP would also launch slowly initially, but in fact it loads almost instantly for me. So I'm not sure why it would take WoW any longer to loads the same resources?

Media Player boosts WoW performance {WoW}

Dec 19th 2007 11:13AM Just tried this and it does make a very noticeable difference on both initial loading times and world loading times for this machine.

Very bizarre, but that won't stop me using it!

Breakfast Topic: Less money, more problems {WoW}

Dec 5th 2007 10:02AM Mining and skinning is definitely the professions of choice for me when I'm levelling up a char. I've tried combinations of others (herbs and alchemy etc.), but nothing seems to make the money as quickly and easily when levelling as you come across lots of skinnable mobs and mining nodes through questing, so you might as well make some money out of them while you're at it! However, I do tend to ditch one of them once I hit 70 and go for a crafting skill instead.

Regarding the lack of money for chars under 70, when I first started playing I was always stuck for money because I hadn't realised my point(s) above. I remember I had to accept a very generous loan from a guild-mate to pay for my first riding skill-up. This was mainly because I just hadn't realised I'd ever need to spend that much having never levelled a char before.

I think once you've been through the whole process once or twice you tend to identify the money black-spots in the levelling chain (40, 60 etc.) and prepare for them. Experience certainly seems to count for a lot in keeping your character relatively flush!

The Light and How to Swing It: Maximizing Paladin DPS, Part 1 {WoW}

Oct 16th 2007 7:42PM Nice blog post.

I must admit, I'm probably a typical "retnoob", but I do try and stay informed and learn how to make my main (a BELF) better etc. Although I'm still leveling at the moment, 68 so far.

Anyway, I've been going with a hybrid 0, 25, 36 build so far because I was always under the impression that getting Reckoning from the Prot tree was essential for a Ret Pally because of the extra burst damage generated when it (and SoC) procs.

Is this not the best route to be taking? It does mean that I'm not able to reach Crusader Strike in the Ret tree, but I don't know whether that's a problem or not really? This guide certainly doesn't hint at getting Reckoning at all? Unless I've missed it.

I enjoy playing PvP with guild-mates, but I doubt we'll ever really get a chance to do any serious end-game PvE, so I'm trying to focus on PvP gear/build I guess.

Apologies, I'm still relatively new to WoW (no shit, I hear you cry).

Retribution gets passive threat reduction! {WoW}

Oct 16th 2007 2:41PM Excellent!

2.3 sounds like it's going to be a good one.

The race to 70: Why the rush? {WoW}

Oct 16th 2007 2:30PM When I first started playing, I found questing quite interesting. I used to read the quest texts properly and used to enjoy the variety of different things I had to do.

I think the problem is, once you've been through the handful of different types of quests (i.e. find something, grind some mob, speak to some guy) and seen the majority of zones etc., it all gets a bit repetitive.

For me the novelty wore off rather quickly.

When I level a toon now, I try to get to 70 as quickly as I possibly can. I don't read quest text properly (i.e. I just scan for the objectives, ignoring the story) and just plough through it as quickly as possible.

I guess some would say that's kind of a waste, but I honestly just find questing deadly boring now, with a very few exceptions (the odd entertaining quest etc.).

The end-game content and PvP are where the fun is at for me.