Sunday, September 28, 2008

False Alarm

Okay, so my warrior has fallen out of favor, right? Right. I thought I'd get back to the Alt Swarm, but I was wrong. I decided that I was tired of running battlegrounds with a twink hunter. I stopped the PvP and started up the PvE. Good times, that. She's now up to level 41, and just learned Dragonscale Leatherworking.

I was kinda depressed to discover that there isn't any true hunter gear in the leatherworking specializations. Tribal is for druids and Elemental is for rogues. Both specializations are purely leather. Hunters, of course, can wear mail after level 40. So, there's Dragonscale. All items are mail, but none of the crafted gear adds agility. A hunter can certainly benefit from the Netherscale Armor set, but the lack of agility is rather surprising. Hopefully, that will be fixed in Wrath of the Lich King.

Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that the Alt Swarm is still on hold. But you guessed that anyway, didn't you?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back in Action (sort of)

So, I'm back! My warrior main hit 70 a few months ago and I was all excited to run heroics and raids. I was pretty pumped to tank. But no one wanted me because I wasn't geared enough. And I wasn't geared enough because I couldn't run any instances. Quite a predicament I'm in. My guild is nice, enough, but there's never anyone online when I am. There have been times when I was, quite literally, the only guild member on.

Anyway, that has nothing to do with the Alt Swarm. Well, marginally. It means that I'm bored of my warrior again. Bad for him, good for the Alt Swarm!

Tonight, I loaded up Marilith and starting running some quests. I wasn't able to make any real progress, though. I updated my video drivers about a week ago and now my video crashes periodically. Usually, when I'm fighting something. Quite annoying that.

It's a shame that the "welcome back" post is so lame, but my game session tonight was pretty blech. Hopefully, I'll be able to resolve the weirdness with my video adapter and write some meaningful posts. Well, more meaningful than this one, anyway.

Monday, May 19, 2008

On Hiatus

Yeah, yeah, I know. It's been a while since I've posted. What happened to me? No, I didn't fall screaming from a burning building, breaking every bone in my body.

What happened is a lot simpler than that. I respecced my warrior main to protection and suddenly became really excited to play him again! As a result, the Alt Swarm has suffered. Sorry if you've actually been following my progress.

I'll get back to the Alt Swarm "soon".

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Long Haul to 12

I'm not sure why, but it seemed to take a lot longer to get to level 12 with Rilly than with the other characters. Sometimes, it seemed like I was dying more frequently. Certainly more often than I would expect with a demon pet soaking up damage. I don't know, maybe I'm just so used to melee combat that I want a warlock to blow things up quicker.

I'm rather curious to see how long it will take Rilly to hit level 14.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Elwynn Forest is Too Big

I spent too much time today just running from place to place. The zone is unnecessarily large. It's all well and good to make you feel like you actually had to travel to get somewhere, but if it takes several minutes of running, running, running without anything happening between point A and point B, then the zone is just too big.

On a less QQ note, stupid head Hogger didn't want to die tonight. Nobody else was fighting him, so I went toe-to-toe with him. Five or six times. It's hard to keep track of your death count. I got him down to 17% the last time I fought him. I died because my potions had one second left on their cooldown. One second! *sigh*

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bubble, Hearth, Log

I had never really used the paladin's bubble, but tonight, I learned of its greatness. I was fighting Lord Melenas for the Twisted Hatred quest. He had one little friend. I smacked Melenas with Hammer of Justice and started whaling on the grell. All was well until the grell decided to run, pulling two other grellkin, one of whom was a rare demon.

Great. So now what? I finished of the first grell and turned my attentions to Melenas. It didn't take long for my health to become dangerously low. So, I bubbled, coincidentally right after Melenas kicked the bucket. It gave me enough time to heal twice without interruption, which gave me enough health to be able to squish the remaining two grellkin.

Not bad for a n00b pally. Four demons lying dead, one draenei standing victorious.

WAAAGH!: The Ten Commandments of Altitis

I found a pretty fun blog post today on WAAAGH!: The Ten Commandments of Altitis. All of the commandments are great, but here are some that I felt stand out from the crowd.

2. Give An Alt A Chance To Impress

Characters usually need a running start before you get a good feel for the class — yet it’s easy, as a higher level player, to grow impatient with a lowbie toon who has only basic skills, few (if any) class-defining abilities yet, and not even a single mastery point to help differentiate your alt from the pack. Reserve your judgment until you’ve given that alt a fair shakedown.

6. Go Off The Beaten Path

Alts aren’t there to be carbon clones of your previous characters, stomping down the same exact path that you’ve already explored. Try something different — after all, that’s the POINT of an alt! Try new zones, new classes, new roles, and you never know what you might discover in so doing.

10. Embrace Your Altitis

Don’t be ashamed of it when a guildie moans “ANOTHER character?” after you re-join the guild with an alt for the tenth time. Just grin, emoticon a grin so they know you’re grinning, and embrace the fun and joy of being diagnosed with one of the most enjoyable diseases an MMO gamer can have!