Mar 28th 2012 10:05PM Damn your three URL limit you cursed comment system!
Moving on to more traditional fantasy, I like Jim Butcher's Dresden files, but I found his Codex Alera series much better:
Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word series contains some truly likable characters and great plot:
Greg Keyes' defines great fantasy writing with his Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series:
Mar 28th 2012 10:04PM Book recommendations!
When I was growing up I thought Orson Scott Card, Robert Jordan, David Eddings (and later George RR Martin) were good authors, but as I've re-read their work I've found them to be average writers with interesting concepts.
If you really like strange then I would really recommend China Miéville's various writings. You might want to start off with King Rat:
Charles Stross's Atrocity Archives mixes Lovecraftian horror with computer based magic. Accelerando describes a very believable glimpse of the future leading up to a Singularity.
Feb 10th 2012 2:37PM I would try to balance both. You very rarely get the chance to whale away on anyone without being counterattacked, even (or especially) when you're trying to take down the other team's healer.
For gems, most of the socket bonuses are easy to match and pretty worthwhile so look for the gems that allow your dps stat (str, agi, int, mastery, etc) and resilience/stamina.
Is it worth spending money on enhancing your gear? I think even more than PvE you always need that edge to take out the flag carrier or pressure their healer or even just survive 1v1 battles. You don't need to go crazy, go for the cheaper enchants and green/blue gems. Nothing is more frustrating than to almost kill your target and see them get away.
If you need specific advise, check out askmrrobot.com for your spec and change your gearing strategy to PvP.
Feb 9th 2012 2:06PM I'd suggest you use a equipment manager like Outfitter. It takes some time to intially setup an outfit and keep it up to date, but then you can set a hotkey or automated script to change to your desired setup when you need it. Perfect example is having a fishing gear set and an raid gear set. A bonus with Outfitter is that if you change an item from your established gearsets, it will change its icon to show you that you're not wearing the full set (e.g. it will show you the icon for the Kirin Tor ring if you have that temporarily equipped).
Jan 10th 2012 9:16PM The main benefit to a 64 bit client currently is that your system (and now Warcraft) can use all of your 12GB of RAM. If you had a 32 bit version of Windows, only (a bit less than) 4GB would be used and the rest would be wasted.
Jan 10th 2012 9:11PM Sometimes your tank is waiting for a defensive or offensive cooldown to expire. I know its good to have your buffs active when I pull, but it won't help as much as the ranged silence I need to position that damn caster or proactively hit a defensive cooldown on a tough pull.
Food for thought.
Jan 10th 2012 6:22PM Well enough. You answered my main concern which is that I can get the chest/leg pieces - It'll just take two weeks.
Thanks for you answers.
Jan 10th 2012 4:06PM Q4TQ: I've started doing random Battlegrounds again after a long break and with the change in 4.3 to earn Conquest points, I've got a few questions. I understand that there are weekly earning caps and the Wowpedia article on Conquest Points refers to a chart based on your Arena/RBG rating.
What if I choose to only do random BGs? Will I be limited to a 1350 Conquest Point cap? If so, does that means I won't be able to buy the Conquest chest or legs pieces (since they cost 2200 points) without doing Arenas/RBGs? I'm okay with that if that's the case, I just want to plan out which other Conquest gear to buy first.
Either way I think Blizzard should make it easier to figure out what you Conquest cap is.
Dec 31st 2011 5:20PM /rand
Dec 30th 2011 8:53PM /rand