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Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 14th 2007 12:08PM Horde!!

BigRedKitty: The Whole Scorpid Thing {WoW}

Aug 8th 2007 4:03PM For crying out loud, you people just can't help picking at him, can you? I swear, I'm just waiting to hear someone correct him for using "to" instead of "too". (No, he didn't, I'm just offering an example...)

The point of the post is not the nitty-gritty details of the math, and he's not telling you to go find yourself a scorpid pet and get going on Vashj. He's just relating a very amusing and useful trick, one that is STILL AMAZING even if he, what, made an error in the third decimal place? And for those of you insisting that this can't work due to miss rates...him, perhaps you might not have noticed the other posters who are seconding that this DOES work? Ah, and about that 'you can't pop two trinkets at once comment'--whether or not that's possible, considering that he said it in the same breath as 'sacrifice a squishy to the spell-casting gods', I wouldn't take it literally.

I'm all for getting the math right, and sharing a friendly tip here and there, but the persistant tone of 'BRK's an idiot because of X' is starting to sound pathetic, particularly given that the only thing you can criticize him on this week is a couple minor math errors.

BigRedKitty: What Kind of Hunter Are You? {WoW}

Jul 25th 2007 5:21PM PS: I have very little experience with the end-game, so by the same logic that drove me to scour Petopia, I really enjoy reading your column, BRK, so I at least don't act like a COMPLETE n00b now :)

BigRedKitty: What Kind of Hunter Are You? {WoW}

Jul 25th 2007 5:16PM Um...I'm not a spectacular player or anything, and while I have three hunters, the highest is only 54, but I never made any of these lowbie mistakes, lol. A hunter was the first class I picked, and I was so excited about it and getting to have a pet that I found Petopia long before I hit level 10. I knew all about taming animals, how to get skills, which pets are for tanking vs dps, and how to never, ever make a jump without dismissing the pet first. I spent several days choosing my first pet before I ran down to Durotar to grab her (a Durotar tiger): looking through charts of pet stats, reading articles on how pet stats and abilities have changed (dang, all that outdated information still floating around is confusing when you're starting out, lol), plotting travel routes on maps of Azeroth, and pestering my non-hunter-playing-but-far-more-experienced brother about what pets were boring and common vs rare.

It was awhile before I understood stats, mind you: I was in my 30s when I realized that there are better qualities to look at in armor than, well, the amount of armor it has.

Huh. I guess this is what you get when you combine a wow-player, a nerd who loves to read, and an animal-lover, lol.

Killing off the Horde and their heroes {WoW}

Jul 24th 2007 5:18PM I love playing Horde, and I have perpetual arguments with some of my RL friends that they are NOT evil. However, the fact of the matter is that orcs in particular WERE evil: they were allied with, controlled, and corrupted by the Burning Legion. Naturally, you're going to have a lot of orc bad guys.

And if we're counting the trolls of Zul'Aman as a Horde race (despite the fact that those trolls were never allied with the Darkspears), then Illidan, the biggest boss in the game yet, should count as a member of an alliance race. And what about Kharazan?? True, you never fight Medivh himself, but that show is really all ABOUT Medivh. Why aren't we talking about him? If you want to get picky, both Naga and Eredar could even be argued as alliance races.

It's just silly to expect that there will always be a perfect balance between horde- and alliance-races in the instance/raid bosses, so naturally sometimes the scales will tip. Not a single boss has been introduced that doesn't obviously fall out of pre-established lore, and I heavily object to the idea of twisting the game inside out just to convince some of these players that their faction isn't being targetted. Sorry guys, if you choose Horde, accepting the unsavory parts of your history is part of the bargain.

Frankly, after playing both Horde and Alliance, I am REALLY sick of hearing Horde players whine. Yeah, there are advantages and disadvantages to both sides. For one thing, Horde have got it MADE when it comes to zep towers (as opposed to Alliance boat docks), and the Alliance first aid quest is a pain in the butt compared to the Horde's. Yeah, minor things, but no more minor than "waa!! allies get to have sprite darter pets and we don't!"

Breakfast Topic: Got upgrade? {WoW}

Jun 19th 2007 1:04PM I hit that same hunter bottleneck in the 40s/low 50s, but my character has been doing fine. When I realized that I'm seriously starting to push it, I go to thottbot and search out improvements that I might be able to seek out.

The only serious bump I hit was getting a mid/upper 40s dagger for my rogue. I'm subtlety spec, so a dagger is an absolute must, and good daggers just don't EXIST at that level! It's nuts! After watching the AH for weeks (I was working on leveling another character at the time) and getting nothing, I did a thottbot search, and came up with the Scout's Dagger from WSG as my best option. So I pvp'd for the dagger, and now it's all nice and shiny and waiting in my bank for me for when I turn 48 (I'm 45).

Ask WoW Insider: BC loot etiquette {WoW}

Jun 8th 2007 1:34PM As to the primal nethers, if you're with guildies, you ought to be able to come to an amicable agreement on that.

If you're in a pug, I say that no special consideration should be given to someone who says they can make a BoP item with it, and here's the reason why: If a BoP _item_ drops in the instance, and someone need rolls, it's stuck to them--they can't lie and then sell it on the AH. If a BoE item drops, and someone need rolls, you can demand that they equip it, so they can't lie and then sell it on the AH. But what is stopping someone from lying about intending to use the item to make something BoP?

If you use the BoP > BoE criteria for crafted items using primal nether, you are unfortunately just going to get a lot of people lying about what they'll use it for and then swiping it out from underneath you. If you're with buddies, sure, give them the benefit of the doubt, but in a PUG...there are sadly just too many dishonest players out there.

On the flip side, though, I don't think there's anything wrong with _asking_ the group if you can have it, particularly if other members have already gotten some nice drops and you've gotten nil. Just don't get mad if they say no.

Breakfast Topic: Famous Last Words {WoW}

May 31st 2007 4:43PM Two stories that I had the fortune of watching/hearing about, and not actually being responsible for (Creon and Twolf, if you're reading this, please don't kill me):

-During halloween, my brother decided to turn the main tank into a bat. I believe they were facing Rag at the time. Yes, the raid wiped, but they all thought it was hilarious.

-My husband was fleeing a pack of orcs, close to death with no panic buttons left. His flight took him across a rope bridge high above a river, and he got the brilliant idea to just jump off into the water: woo hoo, he's falling, enemies can't come after him, it's a brilliant plan, AAAAAAND...turns out the water is only a foot deep. Character instantly keels over.

Female elf hypothermic syndrome: Won't you help us find a cure? {WoW}

May 7th 2007 4:35AM /agree with 18

I really appreciate being able to stick a shirt under some pieces of armor--it'd be nice to have the same option for pants. Call 'em leggings.

I'd think even the players who LIKE their skimpy characters could appreciate a new piece of clothing like that: Shirts can be used to make a mis-matched outfit a little less painful on the eyes, or to add some extra snazz, or to wear without armor when you're just walking around the city. Leggings could be used the same way. And I'm sure we'd end up with some leg-version of the swashbuckler's shirts anyway >.