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Breakfast Topic: The bandages {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2008 9:55AM My WL main does carry bandages, but usually I forget to use them.
Besides, a main char is for raiding -- who needs bandages when you get 2-4 HoTs whenever you sneeze (swap HP for Mana, I forget the english name)?

My twinks?
70 warrior. Obvious candidate for 2 stacks of bandages and 4 of healing pots.

70 Shadow Priest. Look, I can't heal, I've never been main healer for any instance group (well once, but that failed miserably - "Oom" -> "Wipe" -> repeat -> "Leave the group pls" *g*); and I definitely suck at whack-a-mole when the moles are running around like mad AND yelling "heal me".
Well I can sorta heal ... after combat. Bandages? WTF for?

70 Hunter. Got a HoT for the pet ... and really tried to learn, need, and use bandages. Got skill up to 120 and still haven't used any of the woolen bandages I made a year ago. Threw them away now.
65 Pala - WTF for would a paladin want to learn bandaging for? Bubble-and-firstaid?
58 Druid - why would I need first aid?
53 Rogue - does carry bandages, but usually I only use them between fights. Stun+firstaid seems stupid - why heal yourself a little if you can just swallow a health pot and do massive damage?

IMO bandages are useless for any class that has healing spells.

Grimtotem Spirit Guide, I hardly knew ye {WoW}

Jan 15th 2008 4:14AM Sirg got the point exactly:

The really good hunters who care about getting unique pets already have this wolf.

It is an excellent decision to make it untameable now before every Tom, Dick and Harry on your server hears about how to tame the critter -- a few more months and every Tom, Dick and Harry's lowie Hunter twink would be running around with a blue wolf.

So it's great to have tamed a unique pet? Cool: This change will make sure the pet STAYS cool instead of becoming every Huntard's and their twinks' default pet, like it used to be with Brokentooth.

Blizzard's stubborn requirements on the summoning stones {WoW}

Dec 6th 2007 3:54AM Pure consumer arrogance.

"If I pay 15$ I should be allowed to whatever" is, bluntly speaking, complete idiocy.

Blizzard lets you play THEIR game according to THEIR TOS. If you don't like it, go away. There've been people claiming that their 15$ gives them a right to cheat other players, to buy gold, to behave like utter morons, to insult other players ...

Also WoW is a game being played by 8 million wannabe game designers, none of whom have the slightest idea about how difficult balancing can be.

Breakfast topic: What do you pack for a raid? {WoW}

Nov 8th 2007 9:01AM Main (Warlock): Usually around 40 Soul Shards, 20 Spelldmg food, 2 of those oils that you smear onto weapons to improve spelldmg, 10 Super Heal Pots, 5 Super Mana Pots, plus some Elixirs (Master, Adept, ...)

Warrior: Since she's just a twink, I don't have the usual Warrior problem (tree bags full of armour: Off equip, plus Def equip in five different resistance flavors). For instances, I take 10 super health pots and some +Sta / +Dex foods; since she's my Alchemy twink, she usually has all the other potions lying around as well. And, erm: no, my twinks don't have heroic keys.

Hunter: Agi/Attack foods and pots, lots of arrows, some spare arrows. Hint: Pack at least 2 different types of arrow/bullet. I usually carry 2 - 4 stacks of an alternate kind, e.g. the Halaa bullets/arrows from Nagrand. This way, if I run out somewhere, I'll usually have some 400-800 shots in reserve.

Breakfast topic: I wish I knew then what I know now {WoW}

Nov 6th 2007 10:41AM a) Don't roll a human female. They they can't dance [except when Noggenfoggered into skeletons], their jokes aren't funny, and the flirt lines are terrible.

b) Don't start on a PvP server just because all your friends are there, and claim PvP makes the game is more exciting. (It's exciting to run to your corpse every time a well-equipped Lv70 feels bored?)

c) Get Enchanting in order to make money.
(Level to 35, Enchanting 300. Go to AH often, buy all green armor that's above level 57 but below 3g80s (except Silithus quest stuff), disenchant. You'll usually get 2 Arcane Dust which you place in the AG for 2g each, and you won't make money off that. Sometimes though you'll get either a blue shard or up to 5 Arcane Dust.
Summary: Buy item for 4g, disenchant, sell Dust for 9g.

d) If you decide to level your lowie bank alt, think carefully about whether you'd prefer to 1) delete the stupid twink and level up a new one or 2) eventually reach 70 on a twink with a name like "Itembank" only with wrong spelling. ["Lager" in German is "stash"]
Don't laugh.

Breakfast topic: Rarest hunter pets {WoW}

Oct 31st 2007 10:55AM I had one spider tamed for looks - the elite spider in a cave just east (I think) of Duskwood village. Several players went "Yuck" or "my god that's one ugly pet, man" when I walked past with that one :)

However spiders are just for looks - they can't learn useful skills.

Currently (my hunter just turned 70) has:

69 Ravager. Got it purely for its looks - it's the sort found around Toshley's which will change color every time you summon it. Good DPS, my currently favorite farming pet.

68 Wolf. Levelling this one in case I find a group for, say, an instance or somethign. The Howl skill will increase party dmg by a small amount, and wolves can only learn Bite with the 10-sec cooldown... but that may still make more sense in the party than taking the Ravager farmpet.

... and, frankly, I can't decide on what else to take. One of those flying windserpents with Lightning? Everybody hates flying pets (basically it's "bring a different pet or we'll kick you") because they get in the way so much - the warriors I know especially hate Windserpents. They will - half-seriously - demand that if they have to party with a hunter, the hunter better bring a low-profile pets like a scorpid ...

Preview of new Dustwallow Marsh content {WoW}

Oct 18th 2007 12:17PM I've levelled beyond 50 several times ... skipping the insanity of STV every single time.

[I only joined a PvP server because colleagues played there. I hate PvP, and usually lose. Hell, I managed to lose with my 62 WL against a 58 Druid one time, that's how bad I am at PvP. I'm a Warlock with only 200 (two hundred) lifetime kills so why am I on a bleedin' Pvp server ... agh.)

Seriously, when in STV, usually there's several annoyed high-level players who got ganked or lost in BGs - and go to STV to let all the rage out. People in my guild do that occasionally - usually we're carebears, but sometimes ... "Man I'm so fed up with getting stabbed in the back by Horde while fighting mobs, I'll just be in STV for the next hour or so killing anything I find."

Since it's the area to go for Lv65+ who just got a thrashing, and now wish to bestow the same upon younger enemies, it's not much fun questing there alone.

[Actually my Lv 50 Rogue got one of his TWO lifetime kills - don't laugh - in STV ...]

Is gold buying being used to launder money? {WoW}

Oct 17th 2007 5:01AM @#1:
a) Buying gold is cheating. Who but the worst scum imaginable would cheat in an online game you play with others?

b) Most people will like a game less after they have cheated in it. That's actually the one thing I hope for - that people who are stupid enough to spend money on cheating in an MMO don't care about the game anyway and will either LEAVE, or get kicked out of the game for violating the TOS.

c) Buying gold finances the spammers who annoy the hell out of everyone.

d) It is rather well-known that the spamming gold-seller companies operate illegally and just can't be sued because no sane person attempts a lawsuit in China.

In short: IMO #1, #2, #3 are yelling and whining NOT because they think gold sellers are harmless. They're whining because they've cheated, and losing interest in the game because they cheated, and being loudmouthed in order to tell themselves they are not pathetic, cheating losers after all.

The Brewfest wrap-up question {WoW}

Oct 16th 2007 10:00AM Having lived near Munich for several years, unfortunately, I got to HATE the Octoberfest.

Don't go. It's a stifling hot tent filled with drunken louts trying to pick a fight. The supposed 1-liter stein is filled with 1/2 foam, 1/2 beer. Drunken guests urinate under the tables routinely in order not to have to get up. Last year someone vomited onto my elbow while I was trying to eat and then asked me if I wanted a bloody nose. On the train ride back, several scared girls with dyed hair hid in a corner while drunken farmboys talked about "gassing antisocial elements" - scary.

The main effect for people unfortunate to be in the area is an invasion of loud, obnoxious country bumpkins.
On the plus side, one gets to watch obnoxious drunken country bumpkins break their own jaws ... on the negative side, more than 100 rapes are committed next to the Oktoberfest each year.
It's a celebration of stupidity and superficiality - and I hate Blizz for those two weeks where everyone was re-enacting this World's Stupidest Party.

All the World's a Stage: Oh the drama! -- When to "/ignore" {WoW}

Oct 15th 2007 5:32AM Most of my toons have the same 20 or so idiots on /ignore -- mostly people who spend hours chatting in the trade channel.

Since it is usually the same 20 or so abusive, opous, ego-inflated idiots (michistar, carabus, many others) from the same 2-3 guilds (NoD, Phi), it's fairly easy to get rid of their verbal diarrhea.