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Already put up a WoW post, so now it’s time for a cooking post!  (Yes, I actually cook.)

As the title of the post suggests, the meal of the day is Beef Bourguignon.  Recipe, pics, and such are all after the cut.

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Stick It Out

We’ve all been there at some point.

Whether it be in a PuG or with friends, your group ends up wiping on a boss or, heck, even a bad trash pull.  Then one impatient (and/or intolerant) bozo decides to drop group.  Then someone else drops and before you know it you’re back in the queue all by yourself.  It’s unfortunate, because most of the time, just working through the mistakes made can end up paying off in the end.

The biggest pay-off is learning.  Learning the strategies and the fight mechanics will mean that it will be easier the next time you face the encounter.  Whether it be five minutes later after you wipe or tomorrow when you hop in the dungeon again.  Or you may just be learning how to adjust to the rest of the group should you be in a PuG or grouped with Alts.  On top of that, you can learn when it’s best to use your cool-downs and push the limits of your character (DPS, heals, or tanking tools).  Maybe it takes up to three, five, or ten times to get it, but as long as you’re learning and adapting, it’s worth it; you’re becoming a better player.

The secondary pay-offs are the rewards and the sense of accomplishment.  The rewards being JP’s/VP’s and, of course, phat lewtz!  The sense of accomplishment will vary depending on the situation.  Varying from “Thank goodness, this dungeon is over,” to something as wonderful, “Hot damn, it was great to finish this with my friends!  VICTORY IS OURS!”

So, when you’re getting frustrated with a certain fight or run, just remember that if you stick it out to the end, it may end up being worth every minute of the struggle.  Just hang in there and do your best!

Take care and have fun, folks.

– Darth

Now, here’s some music for fun:

PS – A special thanks to The Zug Initiative.  We had a couple of tough Zul’roic runs this weekend, but thanks for sticking it out and getting those bastards sorted out!

I’d like to see race specific flying mounts.

Orcs get wolves with wings. Trolls get raptors with wings. Etc. (But obviously Blizz would have to utilize much cooler ideas. :P)

Yeah, just a thought…

We’re seven months into the Cataclysm expansion.

It’s been eight or nine months since I’ve “actively” raided.

Sure, sure…The Zug Initiative has done some older raids and tried to keep relatively active.  But really, times have been a little slow at TZI for a plethora of reasons.  As such, we really didn’t try (or consider?) raiding post-Cata launch.  I’m sure you already knew this because you’re dedicated followers, but our dear friend Hello Tauren! already covered a couple of reasons.  (Out of those, I’d put lack of attendance as the leading cause.  But hey, life happens.)

With the changes of Patch 4.2, there’s been some murmurs of getting back into raiding.  We’ve gotten some decent upgrades from the new Justice Point gear, we’ve put some extra efforts into gearing up in some dungeons, and attendance is on the rise a bit.  Heck, even the other day we had a full ten people online.

So, we’re going to do some raiding this weekend.  Nerfed T11 stuff…but hey, it’s new to us.  And we’re doing it with friends.  That means one simple thing:  FUN. 😀

The scary thing is…I’m nowhere near prepared.  I haven’t researched the fights, watched any of the videos, stocked up on flasks and food.  I also probably need to tweak my gems, talents, and enchants.   I don’t even know what bosse we SHOULD try (other than Baradin Hold, assuming we have it.)

I’m getting some weird pre-raiding jitters and it’s still two days away. 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Late to the Party

Not only am I kinda late at giving Patch 4.2 tips, I’m late to other things.

Like twitter.

@darthregis