Nov 6th 2011 4:24AM To extend our reach to the stars above...
Oct 24th 2011 8:22AM Dan, thank you so much for keeping this awesome site great for all these years. Good luck on the road ahead. Shorel'aran!
Alex, congrats! Keep it going.
Aug 25th 2011 1:43PM Actually, the turn keys do have one function that I've grown fond of. When I'm PvPing on my paladin or warrior, I love to stun my target in place, and then press and hold either A+E or D+Q (I seem to naturally prefer A+E). This causes your character to constantly run in a perfect circle while always facing the opponent inside. The circle is perfectly small enough to stay well within melee range, and you're running at full speed. And your mouse is totally free to do whatever.
This means you get to just unload crazy attacks on your opponent; and in my experience, they usually just get confused and don't run away, even after that initial stun wears off (the stun is just to help make sure you're going perfectly around your target, although you can just start running around someone in this way and they'll often stop moving). I can't help but grin every time they actually sit in the middle and just spin around trying to hit me, it's very amusing.
While using this technique, I find it easier for me to just switch from using my hotkeys to clicking my abilities, since two of my left hand fingers are busy holding the two movement keys. People like to bash on clicking your abilities on the action bar, but the GCD is more than enough time for me to move my cursor (accurately) from one ability to the next. I've never heard of anyone else doing this exact thing, so I can't say if it works well for everyone, but it has always worked great for me.
Aug 17th 2011 8:41AM I miss Frostbite so much. I've been a mage since early TBC (was a paladin before that), and I was always frost spec. My friends knew they'd always find me in BGs, clad in Merc gear, freezing and shattering things into beautiful oblivion. Frostbite gave a 15% chance for your chill effects to freeze the target in place for 5 seconds. I guess they decided to remove it because they wanted to add the new "Shattered Barrier" talent, which is an AoE freeze when your Ice Barrier breaks. I wish so much that they would remove Shattered Barrier and bring back Frostbite.
Also though, I do miss Divine Intervention. My old paladin used to always receive praise from the whole group when he was able to completely save the healer right before a wipe in a dungeon. I miss that.
WoW has changed far too much for its own good. (Not the spells, but as a whole. That is why it has recently lost about a million players, and that steady growth it saw during TBC has all but faded away.)
Aug 10th 2011 12:25AM No, F is for fire that burns down the whole town...
Dammit I hate myself for knowing that.
Jul 15th 2011 4:01AM You could get it a bit cheaper on Amazon, but here's the official link with descriptions of what it can do:
Basically, you can program any of the keys on this thing to any action in the game that you want. And then, as Jonathan suggested, you could use Bartender to lay out your abilities as you have them mapped on the Nostromo.
Jul 12th 2011 9:58AM Haha I do the same thing. I've done that for a long time, even with the first Metroid, just kind of spinning like a ball in mid air while the screen shifted over lol.
Jul 12th 2011 9:02AM Geez that was long.
Jul 12th 2011 8:57AM All my characters' names begin with Neo. Neo is just my game name. Oddly enough, I didn't really mean to give myself that name. You see, my old game name was Fox, and when I was Alliance four or so years ago, all my character names ended with fox. The first part of my character names usually described them in some way (i.e. my classic Twink Rogue, Tracefox, who still exists in his old school twink form :]). I was often called Fox by my guildmates and others, so it became normal to me.
During TBC, I went through a series of events that made me decide to switch my hardcore Alli loyalty to an even harder-core Horde loyalty, and I made a new blood elf. I had trouble naming him at first, since it felt odd even touching the Horde side of the character creation screen. Following my old naming conventions, I eventually thought, "Hey, this guy is the start of something totally new. He might even be my new main on a faction that's new to me. 'Neo' means new... and it sounds cool!" (FYI, in 100% honesty, I had not even seen the Matrix at this time, and hadn't even heard that the main character of the movie's name was Neo. I get people assuming that all the time.)
And so the belf mage Neofox was created. What I didn't count on was that people started shortening my name to just Neo rather than Fox. So, as time went by, and I ran more and more dungeons making more and more friends on the server, I got so used to the name Neo that it replaced Fox almost entirely. Now, all my character names begin with Neo, and end with a describing name, or some name that I feel fits somehow.
Additionally, all my characters have to be blood elves if possible, and with the same face, skin color, and hair as the others. These oddities are strictly for immersion purposes. The blood elf thing is because their lore actually matches my own in a lot of ways, having left the Alliance to join the Horde. Also, when I made my mage, I felt blood elves fit the class batter than any other. The identical appearances is also about immersion in that I made my mage to look as much like myself as possible. For example, I didn't used to have a goatee, now I do. Guess what? All my characters went through the same change. Except for my druid and shaman, as they are my non-belves.
Although my characters obviously can't look a whole lot like me (given, you know, the elf thing), making them look as close as possible helps me connect to the characters, and through the characters, connect to the game world as they experience it.
Jul 6th 2011 6:27AM This may have been asked before, but is it likely that Blizzard will be releasing a box set of all the books? I haven't read any yet, but I'd love to get them all and start with the first one in chronological order.