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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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Master of Beasts

Like many out there, I have a few alts.  Some get neglected and some just “click” and I play them whenever I’m not using my mains; my hunter is one of those.  I worked pretty hard to get him up to 85 and he’s already geared for heroics…well, barely.  But he’s fun play and can solo things I wouldn’t think of doing on most of my other characters.

But really, one of my goals was to get all the Spirit Beasts with my hunter.  And today, I finally have accomplished that.  With a bonus pet!!  Wheee!!

See the gallery after the cut!

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TTIF

Thank Thrall it’s Friday!

In fact, I thank Thrall for being awesome every day.  I really do!

Anyway, as some of you may have guessed from my last post, I have been leveling my hunter.  And although I did manage to tame an awesome monkey last weekend, I also had a couple of WTF moments.

Also from my last post, I had indicated that I was going to do some adventuring in Winterspring.  I’m not entirely sure why, but I enjoy the zone for the most part.  Of course, some of the quests that you’re doing involve the Timbermaw.  And some of your quests, although given in Winterspring, take you back through Timbermaw Hold and into Northern Felwood.  Okay, no problem! 

Well, no problem, if you ignore the fact that all the mobs you need are dead because there’s a level 80 Warrior farming rep.  He told me to “Quest elsewhere,” but considering the zone if for questing and not farming rep, I just kept going.  Fortunately, as a hunter, tracking humanoids gave me a bit of an advantage finding mobs before the warrior would one-shot them.  So I would send my pet in and tag the bad Furbolgs.  This aggrivated the warrior because I was clearly tagging “his” mobs:

Quest rewards are now a ban, apparently.

You can’t tell from the screenshot, but I was quivering in my boots.  Honest.  No sarcasm here.  I definitely didn’t /ignore him and I surely didn’t stay there until I had finished my quest.

Well, moving along…

One of the other things I dabble in while I’m questing is some good ol’ fashioned PvP.  I’m not very good, but I enjoy the change of pace.  I usually just play in Alterac Valley.  I’m not sure if it’s because of Drek’Thar is almost as awesome as Thrall, or if I just like scale of the battleground because it feels more epic.  Anyway, if you haven’t played, there are two ways to win:  Kill the opposion faction’s General or kill all their reinforcements.  There are some finer aspects of the battleground, but that’s neither here nor there.  The point is, if the battle is resulting in a stalemate of sorts – that is, neither faction is really advancing and both are fighting in one of the zone’s bottlenecks – the only means of victory is through killing the reinforcements.  And if your faction has 120 reinforcements and the opposing faction has 60, the chances are that your faction will be victorious.  But not always:

Let's cut it closer, next time.

Ah well, can’t win them all, I suppose.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend, all ye faithful readers! 🙂

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New Beginnings.

I’m not an author, nor do I aspire to be one.  But I wrote some fan-fiction.

Which is a tad ironic, as I don’t really read that much WoW (or any) fan-fic.  But I thought it would be fun to write out a little story about a new pet my hunter recently tamed.   All I wanted something a little more interesting than saying, “Hey, look what I have!” /screenshot

So I started writing.

And then I kept writing.

And then wrote some more.

So yeah, it’s a lot longer than I had intended and I’m not even sure if it’s any good.  I’m also not sure if I care.

But it’s after the cut if you wish to read it.

(Don’t worry, there is still a screenshot – and it even works into the “story”!)

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The title of this post is rather ironic considering our recent successful progression in ICC 10man…

I would love to post you some numbers about BM’s performance against MM and SV in a 10man ICC raids.  I’ve been thinking about it because in my experience, BM is a viable raiding spec and does not “suck” as bad as it’s been reported with information that I believe is based mostly on 25M raiding

Alas, I have finally have decided against posting any numbers in defence of BM.  Today I heard about this blue post:

The only specs we really failed on in LK raiding were Frost mage, Subtlety rogue, BM hunter and Arms warrior.

Oh crap.

Did he just call my spec “fail”???

What does he mean?  What’s the context – is he talking raiding 10mans, 25mans, heroic modes?  GC’s complete words were:

Yet, even though Enhance’s dps was low, there were thousands of dps shaman raiding ICC. By far the majority of raids had at least one. The only specs we really failed on in LK raiding were Frost mage, Subtlety rogue, BM hunter and Arms warrior. If Enhance’s numbers are higher on mobility fights, then those participation numbers should only go up.

Okay GC, so… what you’re saying is that the 5 above mentioned class specs have lower dps compared to the other classes and their specs in raiding. However, since Shaman DPS was still being used by most raids, it isn’t as “failed” as the others?  What if BM hunters had a good representation in raids?  Would that change your opinion?

Does this mean that I’ll get my moose instead?

Trying to prove that BM can produce raid-worthy dps is rather pointless when Blizzard has come out and agreed with the masses.

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Reading around the blogosphere, I’ve seen where people have defended the statement:

yes in the min/max, heroic lich king downing, hardcore community, BM failed. these are the same people who wont pug me as survival. that being said, i was in a 25toc gdkp where the 2nd highest dps of the carriers was a BM hunter, who i only beat just barely, granted this was only one instance, but lets be honest, how many BM hunters do u see?

And I’ve seen what people have responded with:

you have just verified what Blizzard said. You just named 1 example from WotLK where BM was second on DPS…. The only thing it says about that particular run is that the rest DPS was either incompetent, raiding with VERY low gear compared to him or simply they were other failed DPS specs.
And you also answered yourself. The reason you dont see BM raiding is exactly the fact that it is failed raiding spec. So no, not in the min/max, heroic LK, hardcore community but in general. Although it is the king of soloing specs.

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Trying to prove that BM can produce raid-worthy dps is not a fight worth fighting if  people will come along and insult my fellow raiders or the guild that I run with.   I know what dps BM can do and I doubt very much that just because Blizzard failed me, I’m going to drop BM now.

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Last weekend was full of lots of raiding.  Some highs, some lows, some guildies, some puggers.  The focus will be on the latter.  It was interesting.  Anyway, moving along…

Friday night, the guild started off with the weekly raid on Friday night, which was the first boss in ICC:  Marrowgar.  We have downed him before, so we went in there with a good bit of confidence – and rightfully so.  Once he was downed, we decided to keep on trucking deeper into ICC.  After a couple of wipes on bosses (and Gunship suicides), we managed to clear the first wing of ICC for the first time!*  So, congratulations, Zug Initiative!!! 😀 

But for this guy, there was more to be had…

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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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