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Breakfast Topic: To "grats" or not to "grats" {WoW}

Feb 15th 2011 10:17AM After reading some comments about whether to Grats or not to Grats, I thought of this scene from one of my favorite movies:

Anti-Aliased: We put the no in innovation pt. 2 {Massively}

Nov 17th 2009 3:25PM This article is a decent article. However, after reading just what Alganon is I have to admit I think this article is a bit misleading in making the claim that Alganon is a *wow-clone*. After looking over a few of the features that are to be offered in Alganon, I have come to the conclusion that Alganon make look like WoW in a *few* aspects, but I believe the similarity stops there. This article made no mention of the following features:
1) Studies
# Allows players who cannot play every day to advance their characters
# Allow characters to grow over time at the same rate as other players
# Provides an underlying system that allows casual gamers to compete with hardcore gamers
2) Consignment System
* Players can post requests for items to be made or found.
* Balances out material needs for those that may not wish to directly obtain those materials.
* Allows players to setup and participate in player-based "Item Quests" within the Consignment house.
* Gives players who only have a short time to play something to do. It is quick to hop on the Consignment house, pick an order to fill, and craft or gather those items.
3) Families
4) Four Core System
5) Deities and Crusades

I just think that everyone should just head on over and check out the website. I think the *cloning* comes from the belief that WoW is just too easy of an MMO. Grant it, these usually are spouted from the mouths of the Elite MMO Veterans of older MMOs such as Ultima Online, Everquest, Vanguard SoH, etc... Just because we other 10 million+ players don't enjoy 2-hour corpse-runs doesn't mean that we're wusses. It means that we want those 2-hour corpse-runs to be turned into

I think that this article was a bit biased from the beginning. I think the author must *really* have a deep dislike for WoW, took a look at the UI (example being the overlay), and the klaxons started wailing. I had never even heard of Alganon until this article, but now I'm glad I have. They have some original ideas in their game and I wish them good luck. To all those that are doubting based on *this* article? I suggest you go have a look at Alganon's website. You might find something that tweaks your interest as well.

WoW Rookie: Add-ons for rookies {WoW}

Nov 6th 2009 8:51AM Actually, WoWMatrix is still a viable source of addons. The bad rap they received was due to believing the words of Curse over WoWMatrix. I suggest reading WoWMatrix's article explaining the entire ordeal regarding the alleged robbery that WoWMatrix was accused of. You can find the article at:

I currently use the Curse Client due to most addon authors are hosting their work there. I would prefer to use WoWMatrix due to how *easy/fast* they make the entire updating/installing process easier. I loathe the idea of having to use curse's *free* (gimped) client to install, and the idea of *bribery* to get me to take advantage of the *better/best* download process.

I hope that more authors start using WoWMatrix to host their addons, even if they continue to host on Curse. The WoWMatrix Client does a better job of informing us users whether the author of the addon accepts donations with a handy little popup after installing/updating their addon. It's a very nice feature.

Although WoWMatrix is at a bumpy place in the road, I don't believe they're *dead* as was mentioned earlier.

Don't believe the crap that was spewed forth from Curse during the *battle of the mods*. It's very interesting to see just how uncompromising they were to finding a solution to the problem, instead trying to *strong arm* the competition out completely.

Just my opinion.

Officers' Quarters: More loot-rolling shenanigans {WoW}

Nov 3rd 2009 12:04PM Now, wait a minute. I'm a little unclear on what we're all talking about here. The author states that the couple was using their rolls to get *extra loot*. Aren't most people in a pug limited to two rolls per run? Shouldn't you be able to use your two rolls in any way that you want? I'm a bit confused, as I was thinking that in RAIDs you have a Master-Looter that determines who gets to roll. Also, it said that the married couple were guild leaders. Are we talking about Guild-runs or PUGs here? If it was a guild, is that the *norm* for their guild? Were the complaints against them from newbies joining, or from longtime/existing guildies?

I have seen how hard it is to get people (on certain servers) to PUG 10/25 man instances. I, for one, usually avoid them like the plague (other than VoC) to avoid these types of problems. If you want to RAID, find a good guild to do it. Don't depend on PUGs, as morality, as stated quite often, is strictly from a certain point of view. *A certain point of view?, Luke asked Obiwan.*

When I join a PUG raid, I *never* go for the loot. Ever. My wife and I have adventured in Azeroth for over 3 1/2 years and have never done what the aforementioned couple have done. However, if that couple want's to run THEIR guild in this manner, that's their right to do so. I have the right NOT to join their guild and find one that suits MY wants/needs.

As happens so often in our existence we humans try to *change* someone else's view/belief to conform to our own. It happens in government, in foreign policy, and even in-game. Instead, we should find like-minded people to socialize/guild with. Let the *thieves* be *thieves* together. Let us honest folk join together and not worry about those *thieves* and their guild. Disassociate yourselves from these types and move on. Don't try to change others to conform to your ideals. That will never work. Be honest to yourself and treat others the way you want to be treated. This way, you'll be happy/satisfied...well, at least 70% of the time. :)

Maintenance for Tuesday June 2nd {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2009 11:58AM LoL...I caught myself playing the song in the background while singing these lyrics...freakin awesome!

Tip: Show possible slot gear on character screen {WoW}

May 26th 2009 5:17PM One that I really like to use is the Wardrobe addon. I uninstalled it after the patch, wanting to use the in-game Equipment Manager. However, there's one problem I have with the in-game doesn't list whether the items in your inventory are part of an existing *gear-build* or not. Wardrobe adds a line in the tooltip letting me know whether is part of the gear-build . This makes vendoring soulbound items easy, without me *accidentally* selling a part of my healing set. If there *is* a feature implemented into future versions of the in-game, then I will definitely uninstall my current addon and use the WoW Equipment Manager.
Other than that, the WoW in-game Equipment Manager is awesome. It's fast on the switching, the editing of outfits, etc...I just wish it had a tooltip I.D. system, allowing the players to see which gear is associated with which set we're carrying.

WoW Rookie: Filter out the #$%! {WoW}

May 14th 2009 6:01PM Actually, the word *fuck* isn't strictly referring to sexual intercourse. In common language it is actually used more often as something that *doesn't* refer to sexual intercourse at all.

Here is an educational video regarding the word *fuck*. It isn't very long, but *very* informative it most certainly is:

~WARNING: Contains mature content and is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES only~

WoW Rookie: Filter out the #$%! {WoW}

May 14th 2009 5:53PM Another good voice chat service is GSC. I have used it (and still use it for friends), and think the chat is really clear. Also, it's free for up to 200 people. It's hosted on remote servers, allows creation of numerous *chat rooms*, and allows up to 200 people...for free. It does use a bit more resources than ventrilo, but not too much. Oh, and did I mention that it's free for up to 200 people? :P

Note: The one thing that isn't ideal about GSC is that there isn't official support for 64-bit (although, it may work under 64-bit emulation). GSC is a good alternative to the guilds that may want to use a good, clean voice client that isn't reliant on a checkbook.

You can get it here:

GC's happy with healing in Ulduar {WoW}

May 8th 2009 7:10PM The *only* problem I have with GC's comments is that it has ignored 79 levels of game play, and other mana-using classes. Soloing a boomkin or a mage is a sheer headache now. Also, in a raid without a ret pally, shadow priest, or shaman mana regen becomes a real problem. I agree with an earlier statement made that suggests that the *replenishment* be nerfed, not the passive spirit-based regen. At least decrease the nerf from the *whopping* 40% to 20% and try it there. I think in focusing on *heals only*, they've hurt the caster classes that oom constantly. I think GC and his team need to revisit this mana-regen decision and create a solution that doesn't hurt multiple classes when addressing one (type of) class (i.e. healers vs mages).
I, for one, *hate* the mana regen nerf and wish that it had never happened. I think that something definitely needs to be done, and that right soon. Only my opinion, but this is how I feel.

Officers' Quarters: Want loot? Buy us a server {WoW}

Apr 21st 2009 2:01AM You might also want to look into GSC (chat client). It's free for up to 200 members. It's very popular in FPS team games. I've used it before and it's pretty nice. And, it's free for up to 200 people. The only issue that I have heard of the last time I used it was that there was no 64-bit OS support. I'm not sure if that's the case now, but definitely worth looking into. Oh, did I mention that it's free for up to 200 people? Hehehe...