Archive for June, 2010

So, just last week, Patch 3.3.5 dropped.  Real ID was the big “news maker” from the patch.

But another a couple of other changes were made.  The one I’m referring to, in particular, is the changes to the Vote-Kick system. 

 To quote:

The functionality of the Vote Kick feature in the Dungeon Finder will now behave differently according to a player’s history with the system. Players using the Dungeon Finder who rarely vote to kick players from a group, or rarely abandon groups before a dungeon is complete, will find that the Vote Kick option will have no cooldown. For players who frequently abandon groups or vote to kick other players, the Vote Kick option will be kept on a cooldown. This functionality will adjust itself as a player’s behavior while using the Dungeon Finder changes.

I didn’t think about it too much.  That was, until last night.


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Real ID is here in all of the Battlenet worlds now. Personally, I don’t believe I’m going to get much use out of it. As it is, I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook so I wasn’t really keen on the idea to begin with. When I logged into Azeroth after the patch was downloaded, getting some RIFs (Real Id Friends) on my list was the last thing on my mind.

Of course, I couldn’t deny Darthregis’s friend request. My 2nd request was from someone who I am friends with on Facebook already so I couldn’t really say “no, I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with it the idea of this list”. In the end, I decided to jump on the band wagon and then made my first RIF request to my good friend Hello Tauren.

At least this way, with these 3 test subjects I can see if I actually want to take advantage of the RIF benefits. Thus far, since my 3 RIFs are in my guild, all I see are multiple login announcements in both guild chat and REAL ID chat. Thus far, I haven’t seen any evidence of secret Alliance alts (Draeni DK, really??) or characters on other servers.

Thus far, after only 1 night of use, there is one thing that really bothers me. It is the fact that I see REAL NAMES. Perhaps I lean a bit towards a RP ideology but honestly, when I’m in Azeroth, I’m more likely to call my real friends their main characters name then anything else. Even when they might be playing on an Alt, I think of them as their main character’s name.  And to see “REAL NAME has logged on” goes against everything I know Azeroth to be. 

To imagine that my RIFs see “MY REAL NAME has logged in” bothers me. It bothers me deeply. In WoW, MY REAL NAME has no place. My REAL NAME should not exist! A couple of my old college friends got back in to WoW and started playing with me. I remember the first time one of them used my real name in guild chat. It looked so wrong. I was shocked. I had no idea how to react. It was a hilarious and crazy reaction because it’s what they have known me as for more than 10 years. 

I’m not sure why I feel this way.  Maybe a part of its because I answer to my REAL NAME all day long and Azeroth is where I can escape to.   It’s likely that I just don’t like change.  Okay, fine. I do have a touch of crazy in me. But please, call me Chawa.  It’s my Real Identity in Azeroth and it’s one that I want to keep.

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A Little Unrelated

Quick post, and only slightly WoW related.

I use Google Reader to have all the blogs that I read bundled up in one place.  Many of you probably use something similar.

Well, one thing that Google Reader does, is that it often makes suggestions as to what other news/blog feeds that might interest you.  And here’s the slight WoW connection.  I subscribe to Big Red Kitty, but I do not subscribe to BRK’s (Dan Howell) non-WoW blog.  But because I subscribe to one, Google suggested I subscribe to the other.  Twice.

The crazy thing here, is when I clicked on the second option – the blog “stats” were different!

So, which is it, Google?!

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The Loot Sanctum?

Sartharion was a bit of a loot piñata.  He wasn’t really all that hard… well, at least without the three other drakes.

And with the drop of patch 3.3.5 yesterday, it means The Ruby Sanctum is even closer to opening its doors portal.

The mechanics don’t seem overly complicated for Halion, as long as you know your group reasonably well.  Split your groups up appropriately as per their DPS output and it should be a cake walk.  (I say this without actually experiencing the fight.)  It does sound a bit like a healer test with a good amount of group damage, but nothing insurmountable.  Especially with the awesome healers our guild has. 😀

So, with that said, have you had a look at the loot table yet?

I just discovered it today as I was looking for upgrades for the Warlock (who is sitting at a 592 hit rating right now.  WTF?!)

And I saw the drops, I started frothing at the mouth. 

I’m getting stares as people go by my office because I look something like this:


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Look at this.  Isn’t this weapon stunning? 

Definitely not your average staff!

Wait… the above screenshot does not fully express it’s beauty. 

I can only presume that this is what happens when you “let the Frostscythe’s chill flow through you

Beautiful Tiny Snowflakes!!

Is that not phenomenal?  If I had a night elf toon, I swear I would bounce at joy at owning such a weapon.

 I am of course talking about the newly updated midsummer festival boss’s drop, Frostscythe of Lord Ahune.  Upon reading that Bear Pelt had won his Frostscythe today, I did a bit of research and was left wowed at the images I saw on WoWhead.

 And then I looked harder at the stats on it.  Tragically, this beautiful weapon is not an upgrade for my priest who is currently sporting the Surgeon’s Needle from Garfrost in H.PoS and the Scourgelord’s Baton off LadyD 10man.  The haste would have been a joy …. /sigh.




Ah well.  I know a certain troll priest who would make good use of it.  Even if he is a Troll.

And who knows, maybe one day that troll will turn into a beautiful Tauren!   😉

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