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What I really mean by that title is “Enjoy the Break (from WoW)”.

Which is a little misleading. As stated in my last post, playtime from WoW is down significantly. But it’s still not zero. A little bit of LFR on a weekend, maybe. And I’ve logged a few hours in the Beta.

I don’t want to put TOO much time into the MoP Beta, as I don’t really want to ruin the leveling/story experience. I’m mostly dabbling to see how the changes feel, particularly with the talents. So far, the Mage, DK, and Hunter all seem to play mostly the same. The talents seem to meet what Blizzard has intended – more for personal style than a “must have” increase to DPS/Threat/Healing output. I mostly have trouble with the PvP-centric talents, and that’s because I build my toons mostly for PvE. But as I said, I believe that’s intended.  As for Monks…it’s an interesting dynamic, and I find them pretty fun.  I’ve only tried the DPS spec up to level 11 and the tank spec at 85 (no dungeons, though).

Anyway, I’m enjoying taking some time off from WoW to do other things. I’ve been able to play other video games, watch some TV series and movies, spend more time with Chawa doing non-computer stuff…and with the onset of summer, probably a few more outdoors-y things, such as walking, bike rides, and barbeque (or as Texans cal it: grilling). I’m also going to play Diablo 3. I’ve been watching some game play videos and trailers, and it looks quite interesting. I have played D1 and D2, but never got into them too intensely…so we’ll see how D3 goes. Given that it was free with the annual pass, it’s really no loss on my end. (I say “free” because I would have been paying for my WoW sub for a year, anyway.)

So, that’s WoW stuff. Now for some Pulled Pork.  This is mostly inspired by @Dechion and his Pulled Pork Recipe post.  This version is mega lazy.  And to emphasize my laziness, I am also not going to show any pictures. 🙂  Note that this will feed four people with two hefty sandwiches each, or feed two people twice.  It freezes and reheats without concern.

Things you need:

  • A crock-pot to do the cookin’
  • 2 lbs (0.9 – 1 kg) Pork Loin roast (don’t trim it yet!)
  • 1 large red or white onion
  • 1.5 Cups of your favourite BBQ sauce (mine is Cattle Boyz Original)
  • 3 TBsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1.5 – 2 TBsp Worcheschire Sauce
  • 1.5 – 2 TBsp Molasses
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano (fresh if you have it, but dried works just dandy)

Add sauces and dry product together in the crock-pot and stir thoroughly.  Remove the string from the pork loin roast, but leave the fat on!  Chop the onion as you like.  Add the pork and onion to the crock-pot and use a spoon to coat the pork and onion with the sauce.  (If you don’t coat everything, don’t panic!  Everything will get coated eventually as it cooks.)

Set the crock-pot to High.  After at least 2 hours (3 – 4 hours is also fine), remove the pork.  Now you can trim the fat, which slides off very easily.  Discard accordingly.  Now take two forks and shred the pork and shred it good (I prefer mine finely shredded).  Return shredded pork to the crock-pot and set the crock-pot to LOW.  Stir to ensure the sauce is mixed nice and evenly.

Allow the shredded pork to cook for another 4 hours on low.  I also recommended stirring the pork every so often to minimize any searing of the mixture to the sides of the crock-pot (this may or may not be a problem with your particular model).

If you want to make your own slaw, I again refer you to Dech’s recipe.  Otherwise, any store bought mayonnaise based coleslaw will do. (Vinegar based slaw doesn’t work as nice, IMHO.)

Buy some nice buns or rolls, cut in the middle, put the pork on, top with some slaw, and then close the roll.  Open mouth, bite down (watch your fingers!), chew 26 – 32 times, swallow, and enjoy.

Now it’s time for me to see how my Tiny Tower is doing…

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Sorry there haven’t been more posts from us here, but things have been pretty quiet in our corner of the World (of Warcraft).

We’ve still been playing regularly (aside from a few Civilization V breaks), but we just haven’t been doing all that much in-game.  Grinding reps, doing dailies, working on professions, playing alts, etc.  And there’s not much news there, other than it’s hell to get enchanting and tailoring to 525. 

And that playing a hunter is basically cheating – at least when questing. 

And that all druids should probably have only gathering professions because of flight form.

Anyway…last night, we managed to have enough people to run a heroic last night with my DK as the tank.  Chawa took her priest (as shadow), Pacheco was huntering, and [Enhancement Shaman] was actually [Assassination Rogue]’ing.  Brokentree was healing, like a boss.  We randomized things and ended up with Heroic Deadmines.  Other than myself seeing the latter half once, none of us had really been there.  Hooray for learning as a guild.

And dying as a guild.

Yeah, some of those trash packs can be a bit of a doozy.  But we stuck it out and managed to get our achieves.

I also scored some offset loot:  Cookie’s Tenderizer.  And man, it makes me glad that I switched my offspec to Frost DK’ing.  Because man, he looks like a BAMF now.  Just look!

Someone needs a hug.

 

That’s it for now!  Sorry there hasn’t been more exciting news to report, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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That’s right, kids.

I’ve been unfaithful to one of my characters.

I know… oh, I know!  HOW SCANDALOUS!

I’m usually of such a high moral standard that such a thing is barely believable!

But sadly, it is true.

Ever since patch 4.0.1 launched, I’ve found myself in a similar situation as Dechion, who is not all that pleased with the changes to his hunters.  (And now a day after I wrote that line, Dechion is re-inspired.)  Either way, I am not all that pleased or comfortable with druid tanking right now…or as Dech/BBB have both noted, maybe I’m not willing to re-learn druid tanking.

But I have found my tanking “mistress”…

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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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Or is it the other way around?  Anyway…

A few weeks ago now, Chawa, Brokentree, and I entered into a random heroic instance using the LFD tool.  BT was going to tank on his warrior, Chawa heal on her priest, and I was going to DPS with my mage.  We ended up getting Pit of Saron.  It went smoothly up until the Krick & Ick fight, where a Death Knight ended up biting it.  Some drama ensued and it resulted in vote-kicking him from the group for being rather rude. 

I really wanted to rant and rave about this guy being a jerk, but decided against it.  Then a little while ago while I was watching some Judge Judy on TV (I’m addicted!), Chawa had this great thought: 

What would it be like if Judge Judy was addressing the drama that came up in LFD PuGs?

So, we conceptualized the dying DK situation from awhile ago and co-wrote this fun little Judge Judy court case. 

Warning:  It’s a bit of a longer read, but it’s a good bit of fun! 🙂  Please enjoy!

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Hello!

Welcome to my un-authorized and previously un-discussed counterpart to Brokentree’s post on Pugging as a Tank.  Yes, I’m riding on your coat tails.

Anyway, this post is mostly inspired by an altercation I had over the weekend while pugging away in the LFD system.

You see, I teamed up with one of our Pally tanks to acquire my EoF’s for the day.  No worries!  Having a tank in group = no waiting!  The loading screen fired up and we were presented with Oculus.  No problem!  Two more EoT’s and a chance at a funky mount.

Of course, the start of the instance is arguably the worst because of all those stupid whelps.  But you usually manage.  I find as DPS it’s usually best to just target one whelp and blow the hell out of it.  Sure, you get zapped once or twice, but it’s only one whelp so it isn’t so bad.  Anyway, we go into our second pull with a couple of the dragonkin and the DPS Death Knight gets a ton of aggro and dies.  Smarmy words ensued.

I was initially going to detail the argument, but it detracts from my point.  Short version is that the DK blamed the tank for not having aggro and I defended the tank, suggesting that DPS stealing aggro is the fault of DPS.

So, I’m going to provide you with a two very simple tips to help you share a healthy balance of threat with your beloved tank:

  1. Read THIS. (Hooray for more coat tails!)
  2. Learn what your tank’s AoE ability looks like and wait for it.

Otherwise, my DPS brethren – pulling aggro is indeed YOUR fault.  Have some situational awareness.  Adjust to your surroundings and your tank, whether it be their play style, gear, or inexperience.

Thank you, that is all.

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This should have been a Monday post, but the day was far too busy.  And I lacked focus.  Because focus is for chumps.  And for people who know what they want to do.

But that’s where I was this past weekend, as well.  I completely lacked any focus about what I wanted to do with my characters.  Sure, I had a general idea, but I had no plans on how to go about it.

Darthregis – I’m pretty much “maxed” out with him in regards to gear, other than trying to farm EoFs.  I’m far too impatient to worry about that.  (Ie: I won’t spend 48 days straight doing a random just to get the iLevel-264 chest piece.)  But I was gradually gaining the materials to get the Bejewled Wizard’s Bracers to upgrade from some Naxx-25 bracers I’ve had forever.  Fortunately, I finally got all the mats put together and found someone to craft them for me (I don’t have the recipe myself).  Now that the Patch 3.3.2 is getting released today, hopefully I can score some T10 pants and gloves in VoA as I did with my current gloves and pants.

Naturalregis – My goal with him was to get away from stacking so much stamina and getting some more avoidance, primarily through more agility.  I’m not sure if it’s necessarily worth it from a survivability standpoint, but I think it should help overall (maintaining threat, etc.)  Anyway, this was achieved by saving up all my EoTs so I could buy four T9 pieces all at once.  I just couldn’t justify the gear swaps until I could get the set bonuses.  I was sitting at about 25 EoT’s away from that.  With some help from guildies and then some chain-heroics from Chawa, BBB‘s horde toon, and a couple of his pals, I managed to get that done. 

Unholyregis – “Wait!  Who the hell is that?” you might ask.  Well, that’s my Death Knight.  I haven’t been doing much with him.  In fact, once he got out of the starter zone, he sat in HFP for a long, long time.  I’d hop on and maybe run some low BC stuff with guildies.  But I’ve dabbled a bit over the last couple of weekends.  Last weekend, I got him up barely to level 66 and got him some heirloom gear (finally).  This weekend I crunched away and got him to level 67 and level 68 (and Northrend) are in clear sight!  The new map/quest tracker system has made questing very efficient for me and with randoms tossed in there as I run through, leveling has been quick.  He now sits in Nagrand getting himself rested up for his next forray into the wilds.  XP bonuses are delicious!  (Much like bacon.)

Trappyregis – “Wait!  Who the hell is that?” you might ask, again.  Well, that’s my baby Hunter.  I quested with him for a good while, early on.  I gave him a break to tinker with a Shaman but that didn’t last because I’ve been in the Barrens too many times.  But I’ve got the heirloom chest and shoulders for both the hunter and shammy (yay enhancement!), but priority is on the hunter.  So I got him from level 40 to level 43 and did some questing with some lowbies in the guild.  We also ventured into Mara Orange and made it pretty far in, but we couldn’t keep up with the bosses being four to six levels higher than people in our group.

Spookyregis – He sat idle.  Poor Warlock.  But he’s reserved for any questing with Chawa’s priest, and as you may have read, she didn’t get much attention either due to Chawa’s other conquests.

The crazy bit is that I managed to get all that done while still doing some errands with Chawa AND getting some PS3 action in there.  Getting close to the end of Batman: Arkham Asylum and got a couple of games in “Be a Pro” mode of NHL ’09 (I’d like NHL ’10, but I got ’09 off a buddy at work).  Yeah, it was a fairly eclectic weekend.  They usually don’t feel so productive.

Now that I’m done all that rambling, I’ve got a few questions for you:

Do you play the game just going with the flow, doing whatever feels right at the time?  Or do you go into the game with specific goals?  Or both?

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