Sorry for the … uh what shall we call this. I don’t want want to say this blog is dead, though it rather was for a while. When your warlock blog becomes a series of writing rants or posts about how your guild is recruiting, it might fit the bill of mostly dead. It’s not all-dead, because there’s only one thing you can do with all-dead.
Speaking of recruiting, my guild is 5/12 N on 25-man as of last night. We finished off T14 as 4/16 25H. We’re a bit full at the moment, though being full never lasts for long. At this point I think we’re looking for an awesome mage or warlock to fill it out. We’re trying to add a third night to our 25man schedule, so being able to raid at least 2 of 3 nights — Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday — is something you need to be able to do. Preferably a Sunday night since that’s the added day and our raiders are already used to showing up for W & Th.
I should update our kill pictures and other things on my guild page, but I have other things I’m doing. Have a screenshot.
Back to the blog.
Writing Blood Pact basically just meant that everything I wanted to talk about warlock-wise went there. For one, it’s paid over there and not over here, but for two, I also felt a little guilty if I wanted to take a topic over here, even if I thought it was too long/big to discuss over there. I just kept telling myself that it was writing practice, to work on my tendency to filling space with needless words.
But, writing for Blood Pact is highly public, and since I am The Warlock Columnist with all the capital letters of importance, any misstep I make is blown out of (or just into bigger) proportion instead of what happens when a random blogger missteps in her own corner of the internet. There’s not much room to learn, unless I try to do it with the creative side instead of with the actual facts.
Also, hi, I’ve been the warlock columnist at WoW Insider for a year now and I haven’t died yet. Go me. Insert joke about knocking on a tree druid without somehow sounding perverse.
Moving on, I’m trying to learn from my lessons there. I’m going to explore doing fun projects or topics, researching before I write this time, and then trying to not sound/read like a school paper summary on the topic. But to support that, I need space to muse and go in the wrong directions of the maze despite all the hate the internet gives you when you dare to do something suboptimally. Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Well, OK, you can read textbooks all you want and do experiments by yourself, but I think you get more out of learning when you do it with someone else, conversing about it.
Doing my own little projects is a thing I having really done since high school. Oddly enough, my depression and anxiety issues really started get in my way around then, too. Maybe coincidence — I’m sure I haven’t been taking care of myself as well as I should now that I’m on my own and have no parents to schedule things for me. But I have found myself less angry and less agitated in general when I create outside of pure research writing, which is what most of Blood Pact and boss guides for the guild have been. When I creatively write, whether fiction or poetry, or when I draw or when I try to organize gear or strategies or transmogs together, then I seem to find my inner peace more often.
So I’m going to go in that direction and hope it takes me closer to my mountain. I feel like I don’t know where my mountain is. Some days I’m surrounded by trees, so it’s a nice view, but I can’t see my mountain. Sometimes, much like last week and rather most of 2013 so far, those trees are thorns and I’m all out of swords.
So here’s to CFN and some theorycrafting pursuits that are hopefully not as incorrect or misled as I think they probably will be. (Maybe some toon roleplay? Maybe.) FC is going to stop trying to be fancy pants warlock who is always perfect and just go back to being my personal space, where often warlock things will happen.
Saturday night, I tried something out. I’d tried it out previously on a whim, and ended up stressed out due to being incredibly anxious over my performance, but this time around, I was prepared to not agonize over it. It was a very cool experience and I hope to do it again.
I was talking to somebody about writing. And telling them about how I don’t really want to write about affliction things you can find elsewhere, like talents & glyphs & spells & stuff.
How I want to write about affliction the way I like how-to-write-better books.
I don’t like the ones that say “do this” or “don’t do this” or “this is for that.”
I far prefer the ones that just tell “so this is me when I began writing and this was me two days later and this was me three years later and this is me decades now.” The ones that just really talk about the writing itself, or the circumstances that prompted the writing, but not really saying why. Maybe a personal why, so I can take that personal lesson with me, but also so I can take my own personal lesson with me.
It’s a bit like pornography. I know I like a how-to-write-better book when I like it.
I don’t like being told what to do, and I don’t really like telling others what to do. I’m all for that whole figuring it out yourself process.
But even now, that stupid gear list I did for heroics gear? THAT gets me the most pageviews. Posts I really enjoyed writing, and even now, still enjoy reading? Not much beyond their dawning week.
So this friend I was talking to then said, “Do you have to write for them, or for you?”
Pageviews are nice highs to have.
When I don’t like how-to-write-better books, I think it’s because I detect a bit too much For Them and a bit too little For You.
So, that answers that.
I’d leave it there, but while raiding, I’ve been doing a bunch of PvP (both BGs and a tiny bit of 2v2 Arena) and, more recently, going back to Outland to grind BC rep and solo/<5-man BC dungeons. While doing a Kael’thas Sunstrider attempt (The Eye) on Twitter, someone sent me a link of them doing a 3-man of it.
In the process, I found 2 new blogs to read: Glow’s Branches & The Other Tank. To start: for soloing old dungeons (a favorite relaxation/anger-purge of mine) and for taking screenshots (for sharing those things I’ve been doing). I’ll read on from there.
Technically my Hello World post was on December 23rd, 2009.
But I think something like 100 posts would be a better milestone to celebrate. Particularly since I tend to have a couple weeks’ lag in between spurts of posting rather than a solid year of posting on a regular schedule. This makes #94. Here’s a year’s worth of babble.
Inspired by Shamelessly stolen from Alas’s post. And because I’m not happy enough with my demon fic thing to post it yet.
Theme: pick a tameable hunter pet and name it after you. Which pet would it be?
Wicked / Spooky sounds Warlocky, right?
Green Chimaera like the Vilewing. Pretty much anything Fel makes the list of Warlock-feel, but the Chimaera looks particularly nasty.
Black Cats – Though, I’m partial to spots.
Vampire Bat – It’s not a real Vampire Bat unless the wings are red, mkay?
Black Scorpion – I think my fledgling hunter will actually go get this one. I like the grrrr! but so small & compact.
Personality of Me
But I really think the Pet of Me should be based on me, since basing it on warlockery would make it a Pet of Warlock. So what am I?
Am I a sporebat? Quiet, floats around, pretty in terms of colors, but odd-looking in terms of features? They reside in my favorite zone, Zangarmarsh. I like the quiet and colors there.
It’d be cool to be a Wind Serpent, particularly the ones in Zul’Drak. Maybe it fits; a lot of time I end up getting carried away on some wind of insult or inspiration. I’m a bit spiky to deal with sometimes and I tend to hang back from friendships at first, staying mostly neutral. I like to think of myself as a staunch protector, maybe not so Tenacious but definitely Cunning enough to defeat opponents.
Or a raptor, maybe? Especially this guy. Can’t you see the smile on his face? Green, like Warlocks should be, and they fight by almost bouncing. They don’t just OM NOM bite you, it’s like OM NOM BOUNCE. And who wouldn’t want to run with their arms outstretched like zombies?
I like the Green Raptor one, personally. He’s got a great grin. :) But since a lot of people come here for colors, I think I’d end up a sporebat in other people’s minds.
…actually, I think, Gazimoff already did this title.
Anyway, World of Raids is looking for some bloggers to take some beta keys and I was tempted.
(Well, actually, I ended up posting anyway, but I’m still not sure of myself.)
I think it was temptation. I thought “Ooooh!” because they specifically mentioned DKs, Druids, and Warlocks, and I’m at least one of those three. But then I thought about why I wanted the key. Just to experience new content now rather than later? Or to actually test the material? I think I would test anyway, and I try my best to give constructive feedback when it’s wanted, but I’m not sure of myself.
For one, I’m a small blog. That is, I hit 50 views on a good day. (I haven’t gotten any beta scams in my email box, either.) It’s okay, for the most part, I’m writing more for me than for large swathes of trolls (and gnomes and draenei and…) to give me attention. So it’s not like me making a post about warlock mechanics in beta build XYZ is going to make much of a bang. Most likely warlocks are already following the beta-goers posting in the Warlocks’ Den or reading Jagoex in Blood Pact on WoW.com.
Jagoex is really good, too.
Then there’s Nibuca, whom I once dubbed the Queen of Affliction. She updated the affliction warlock part of Raider101. I’d write a good long draft on some 3.3 cool thing, she’d post, and I’d see that her post was both better and clearer (more succinct?) than mine ever was.
So my being in the beta would only go so far if I can’t bring the beta to the community through my blog.
Don’t know much about pyrology,
Don’t know much demonology,
Don’t know much about Molten Core,
Don’t know what a Conflagrate‘s for.
But I do know that I love you,
And I know that if you love me, too,
What a shadowy world this would be.
Now I don’t claim to be some wiz Eee Jay,
But I’m tryyyying to be.
So maybe by being an Eee Jay beta
I can win your key for me.
That is how the song goes, right?
Theorycrafting & Class Guides
I’m not EJ-technical. I try to understand the mechanics behind my spells. I even practice it on a dummy for hours. But the EJ how-to’s are a) stuck in BC, and b) written for people who already understand the mechanics.
In a word, they’re useless.
I’ve wanted to write a How To Be a Good Warlock series for a while. I’ve been told in-game I’m a “good warlock.” Whether that means I do uber DPS (prolly not) or that I simply take my healers into consideration and don’t Life Tap myself to death, I still consider myself pretty knowledgeable about affliction warlockery. I want to share it.
It’s late Wrath. I got into the blogging game late, too. I do more lurking in forums than I do posting, mainly because I don’t feel as knowledgeable as those who were there since Vanilla. Not to mention there are so many points of view I could be talking on, it’s hard to write a non textwall without generalizing and having it read wrong. I feel like all I want to say has already been said before and I’d get laughed at for reiterating something so basic. Even with all the PUG horror stories out there.
In Cataclysm, everything’s being changed. I’m in the starting gates right now. I haven’t been out on the practice track, but I’m ready for the race.
I Love To Tinker
When my dad and I played Baldur’s Gate or Myst or Might & Magic, we’d first do it blind. Maybe we used paper and pencil to write down the puzzle codes in-game or whatever, but we wouldn’t use any walkthroughs or maps or guides that didn’t come in the box. We’d beat the game au naturale first, and then we’d go back and God-mode the heck out of it.
I’ve been leveling my alts without heirlooms. I find it more fun that way, having to actually struggle against appropriate-level quests and actually using quest rewards that are actually better than what I’m wearing. I love making my own talent spec while leveling, never looking at a talenting or glyphing guide until I’m cap level. I like reading the quest text and exploring my way there instead of immediately Wowheading it for the coordinates.
I actually like making the trip back to the quest giver instead of having a turn-in in-the-field. *cough* Makes for strategic hearthstone setting.
I like exploring.
I think I have the right mindset for beta testing.
But I’m not quite confident enough to say I would be great for it, to add to the beta forums or the community well.
I feel like a minnow.
(nnnnnngggg Multishot fudged the screenshot. >.>)
Yeah, it’s kinda weird that I have more druids than I do warlocks, but maybe that’s an indication of how much I love affliction how it is.
Also, the new warlock beta talents look way better than they were! Some new abilities in there, though I’m sad that Dark Pact is gone from talents (maybe in abilities??? please???).
But I have plans.
Next Toon to 80
I’ve figured out that I love casters. I don’t know why, but I figure if I really do love casters, I ought to have one of each of the DPS and maybe some of all the healers. Out of DPS I’m missing a mage and a spriest, and out of healers I’m missing the priests and a pally. I figure I can level priests like I did for druids — two of them — and either have a heal/dps x2 or a pure heals & dps/whatever. Mages…
I’ve tried mages. Really, I have. I can’t get past about level 14 or so because they go oom just staring at mobs. Which is totally ANNOYING when you’re questing. Like, not even the orange quests. And priests, they go oom too, but I had luck on the belf priest by dungeoning & healing.
I think a priest is next.
Yes, I know Cataclysm is “coming,” but it won’t be here for a few months, and I can definitely level something in that time.
Uhhh, my categories and tags, that is. So if stuff moves (not that feedreader people can tell), don’t worry, it’ll get settled at some point. I don’t know if this is my occasional UI twitch at work or if I’m doing some weird nesting gig in order to get ready for Cataclysm guide posting.
Because, y’know, everything’s changing, so I can actually do a leveling guide or a talents guide or something dealing with warlockery advice without repeating what the rest of the blogosphere has been saying for 3 expansions.
I mean, really. I had a few good typed rants that have been trashed. And I thought about doing the whole “YAY IT’S OVER” post, but…nyahhhhhhhh.
So there. Alas should be happy.
If you hadn’t seen INTERNET DRAGONS, you fail. I mean, really. It was all over Twitter and blogs and podcasts and stuff. You shouldn’t see it because it was everywhere, though. It was everywhere because it’s just that awesome.
Over this whole “saga” I retweeted more than I think I ever have, and I’d added a lot of posts to my “blog favorite posts” bookmark folder. Y’know, those posts that are just so awesome, I go back weeks or months (haven’t gotten to a year yet!) later just to read it again. Some of them are rants, some of them are happy posts, and some of them are sad posts. But they — bloggers, Twitters, the WoW community — all hit me right there.
In that place where your inner internet dragonslayer lives.
Psssst: welcome back, Gnome!
Y’know all those philosophy posts I never got around to… Well, I just kept thinking. And I might have lost the list of them… <.< >.> But this past week has provoked some thoughts. So I will continue in my uber-length fashion as always…
I’m concentrating on a few warlockery things, because I want to try out some demonology a little. So my bookmark bar (yeah, I put up currently reading pages up there) has some intro to demo articles on it. We’ll see how it goes later. I’m also trying to lurk more on the warlock section of EJ and lurking on the WoW Warlock forums. Not that you can really tell if I lurk more, but I need to read them some more.
<Single Abstract Noun> has been going around the blogosphere a little. I decided to be obvious and roll a human warlock named Poneria on Argent Dawn-US to join up with my States-side bloggin’ brethern. Of course, it’s not exclusive to bloggers, anyone is allowed in, but there’s a ton of bloggers already there. I log on sometimes to hit level 5 things but mostly to percolate.
Seriously, I’ll be out of ideas to blog, I’ll log onto AD, and then *poof* ideas, they come. If I’m AFK on AD, you can always whisper me or Twitter me, and the sound of either of those will get my attention.
The Elder Blogging Event has concluded, and you can check out Khi’s list of Elders to read them all. The event got linked on WoW.com, which was awesome. :) My top five in no particular order (there’s 17, go read them all!):
- Psynister linking his own posts and various other blogs as gifts. Clever…
- Cynwise gives some zen advice for newbie PvPers. I need this for my baby priest (she’s 40! halfway there!) because I’m a firecracker when confronted with dying and/or stupidity.
- Zahia’s Grid guide. Though I prefer TBJ, any addon guide that’s thorough is good in my book.
- Ophelie’s tips for PuGging dungeons. Bonus tip: if you are the last to leave group, sometimes the teleport in/out option isn’t there anymore and you have to hearth. Sometimes it is, but half the time, it isn’t. Maybe sometimes I actually beat out the other person to leaving? Bonus bonus tip: if you leave the instance via the door portal, it pops you back where you were as if you had used the teleport option. :)
- Gazimoff’s mage roleplaying. That post and reading up on WoW lore makes me want to take a day and just go over warlock-specific lore. That post and reading Too Many Annas makes me want to learn to & actually RP some day on a WoW server.
Good news, everyone! Conspiracy downed Putricide 25. The 10man I was in this week also managed to down two-heal one-shot Putricide, and got a couple of tries in on Dreamwalker after we killed Blood Queen. Wootah!
Nibuca did a State of the UI. I’ve been wanting to do one myself, but I’m moving it around, playing with it, plus I still get crap every once in a while for still WASDing. I tried mouse-moving once, and …I move the camera too much normally, so I kept autorunning in The Bad. =/
If you want to prettify your DBM bars, check this out. Personally, the big red or orange bars stick out in my face, so I’m afraid that prettifying them will lead me to not pay attention as often. But I like this post because it gives you an inside look of the addon folder if you’ve ever wondered how you can mix & match with not just whole addons but addon parts as well.
I’m still getting into the flow of raiding with Conspiracy. Putricide is oodles of fun now, I think, even when we wipe, I feel like I’m having fun. It’s even in the <35% DPS like your life depends on it because your life does, in fact, depend on it. Dreamwalker is more frustrating than I’d want, and I feel like I never really got to struggle much on things like Deathwhisper, Saurfang, or Rotface. Y’know, the bosses I heard so much about, then read up on so many times, only to go with Conspiracy and one-shot them all? Yeah…I get excited when I get to kite on Saurfang.
That hot topic about blogging about your guild. I like being honest. For one, it’s less stressful than to keep up what you should and should not know. For two, I don’t get into icky situations about being passive aggressive or two-faced. For three, you can be as honest back to me, so it forces me to grow a thick skin and a spine at the same time. In fact, one of my first posts concerned guildmates and a situation that made me uneasy. However, I never told them I had a blog until I left, and I don’t think any of them read it.
Now that I’m in Conspiracy, well…they know I have one, Lissanna told them when I applied. At first I thought it was okay because it would explain my novel length of an application. But now..I don’t know. I’m still a probie, so I’m still nervous half the time that I’m going to mess up whether being stupid about my class or not knowing an encounter or not being prepared or standing in The Bad or not doing enough dps for my gear or being unable to keep that @%#$ing Kinetic Bomb up that’s across the room from me but still on *my* side…lots of worrying, but trying to remain calm and constructive and willing to get better when I do actually mess up.
By the way…Flow is a domain now. Update your RSS feed, too, so you’re not like me wondering why the hell Flow is double-posting every day. <.< >.>
Honestly, no matter the class, I like looking at other people’s UIs. Probably because sometimes it sparks an idea I never thought of, or maybe I’ve been looking for an addon to do this one thing and there it is, or maybe I have this one addon, but here’s a better one, etc. I love addons and UIs.
Miss Medicina’s big healing post that sparked some debate. I want to write my opinion about logiccrafting healing, but I feel like my opinion would be very weak and one-sided, since I’ve only ever played a tree (my shammy is still 52 or something), and I’ve only ever really raid-healed in bulk. I’ve tank-healed a few times, but I was normally chosen by HPS not by spec or anything, so I don’t feel justified as an authority on tank healing anyway. Heck, I don’t really feel justified as an authority on warlocks, even though I’ve been playing one since I started WoW.
Matticus’s cross-training post reminded me of the Robes. This is honestly how we operated — we took whoever signed up for the raid, so long as we had a good ratio of tanks, healers, and dps, and went with it. Like Pocahontas, I never stepped in the same raid twice. It’s the thing most different and difficult about Conspiracy to me, honestly. Being able to get over hitting CoE when I’m DPSing next to Lissanna, since I’m so used to provided that debuff. Being able to not freak out about having only 339 hit rating because there’s always a draenei (I’m 3 +hit short, I know) and most often a boomkin or a spriest (could get away with 289!) in my raiding group.
The fresh perspectives part particularly speaks to me. Story time? Story time. Onyxia 10, pug raid. They didn’t really explain the fight before just pulling it. Apparently I was SUCH A N00B for going in the wrong corner during phase 3 and thus being feared into the whelps.
There are 4 “corners” to pick from (6 if you want to count the groups that did it in the entrance or in the back where P1 usually happens, or ∞ if you want to count the groups that did it wherever she landed), and I swear every PuG Onyxia raid picked a different one. It’s another reason I’m nervous in Conspiracy: I’ve watched the Tankspot videos, yeah, but I have no clue how you guys particularly do it. So I’m going to pretend I haven’t seen it anyway so you can explain it to me. Plus, it’s a refresher from what I read, right?
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My computer had been getting progressively louder and hotter, and finally Tuesday night I had had it and turned it in to the university bookstore where they fix your computer.
Fortunately, the tech guy heard the noise it was making and pointed out that it still booted into Windows 7, so it was probably not my hard drive that was making the scratchy sounds but twas the fan. Another friend had the fan fixed and said he got his back in a few days instead of the weeks they normally take to fix things.
And yeah, I backed up WoW on my external HD and can play it from there.
The idiot reason that patch 3.3 wasn’t backed up, however, is because I used Windows’s backup system instead of the long-ass copying of folders like I normally do. Windows…like to consolidate it all in this one app whereveer your backup lands which, when you click on it, doesn’t open into folders of whatever you had so you can check that you backed up something correctly, no, it acts like an application and asks you if you want to restore from this one backup.
I just wanted to copy these folders over here. GAWD IS THAT SO HARD.
Anyhoo…I’ll get around to writing a real post & helping out with the Twisted Nether Wiki and commenting on some posts I see and stuffs I want to blog about…when I can actually get into my notes and stuff that I backed up on Tuesday, whether that’s by finding it on my xHD or getting my computer back.
Also my priest hit 30. Woo!
Seriously, overnight addiction.
I sat in on my first TNB Live and it was absolute fun. Listening to the live podcast while chatting is a lot like being in a partial pug while being in Vent with guildies. It’s absolutely hilarious on the one end and when the two ends combine.
Yes, I took notes. Again. This time the guest was Miss Medicina. There were some links I forgot to save from the chat, so I might wait until TN puts up their short transcript before I put up my notesy review.
Other news: I volunteered to help out with the Twisted Nether Wiki, since apparently it’s somewhat backlogged. As the blogcast was partying onward, one of the email questions that came up was from a wannabe blogger who was inspired by the blogcast. Fim & Nib wanted to point this new guy to the Twisted Nether Wiki’s Blogger 101 page, but, alas, there’s almost nothing there!
So I’m taking it as my first venture into the Twisted Nether Wiki. After all, Nibuca completely pwns at affliction warlocking on Raider101, so, I gotta do something.
Anyway, I call upon you bloggers! This blog is barely over a month old, so I have some advice, but not much. Give me your tips or hints for new bloggers to put on the TNWiki. Of course, you will get credit where it’s due; I like to think I’m just a ponderer & collector of thoughts to put it all in one place. You can either comment here, or drop me some quick tips via Twitter (@slowpoker).
Edit: I started the Blogger 101 page on the TNW. It’s just a skeleton for now, mainly since I just realized it’s 6am and maybe that’s why it doesn’t quite look right to me at the moment. Feel free to add to it or change it or give me some advice on how it should look, etc.