Screenshots and observations

Aurac getting pwned in Kara

With so much happening, I’ll say it with pictures. Above is my Warlock called Aurac, who was fighting hard to stay healthy during the run. I was spoilt by the run as I got my Malefic Girdle, and Voidheart Gloves.

Still so much to do in Kara, and apart from anything else I need some better weapons.

Diamon at Karas Door

Last night I also entered Kara for the first time with Diamon, my Prot Paladin. He was not actually fighting, but was able to jump in after the run where Aurac was getting spanked to complete the first part of the massive Kara quest chains.

I was stoked to see him walking around in there.

Casserole - a new druid on Eonar

As it was a slow night a few of us Endeavour folks decided to start some Horde toons. We have a Blood Elf Warlock, a Blood Elf Paladin; and I picked a Tauren Druid – named Casserole (I like naming things).

I’ll hopefully enjoy the Druid class as I can see them being a good hybrid class, and I like that about the Paladin. The class mix should be very complementary, as two of the three can heal, might be able to tank later, and we can all dish out some damage.

 Crowd control might be lacking a bit, but I hope we all play at the same time, so three people playing at the same time will make questing easy.

I ding’ed level 6, picked up First Aid, Leatherworking, and Skinning. I was thinking of Herbalism or Mining and might switch, but I don’t want to take something that the other guys might take, and then have to share the nodes. Cooking basic training was more money than I had, but I’m planning on getting Cooking and Fishing, as they’re great stuff to do while waiting.

What spec will I choose, which gear path, blah, blah, blah? Stop! 

Goals:

  • Some good sized bags
  • Get across to the Blood Elf area, so I can play with the guys.
  • Either start a guild, or join one. Naming your guild is fun, and with us having 70s on the other side of the war, cash should be as simple as a trip to the neutral auction house.

I have to go now and attend the Alt-aholics meeting.

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The Tankadin Unleashed – Part Three

Pally AvatarNow that I’ve tanked a bit, I can see more of the balance you need in gear. +sp dam really helps me keep aggro, but +defense will make me immune to crits.

As a related segway, now I’m planning whats next for my toons. My goals are pretty much limited by time and gold; and to be honnest as gold is aquired over time, its really a question of what order to burn time on.

Ands thats what makes a good character in WoW, the time you spend. I’d agrue that any reasonable intelligent person who spends the time can get a nice character. This is why many people have 4x 70s, but others struggle for just one.

If I had 25,000 gold tomorrow it would accelerate my gear progression, but not fix the goals of getting certain drops and getting a good level of rep, which unlocks pattern and gear.

When I can, I’ll always run an instance. Most of the time this will generate money (unless we wipe a few times), and also get gear, practice, and rep.

As I run two characters, my shopping list is based upon the stuff that will have the most significant upgrade, but may not be the order I aquire them.

Here goes:

Paladin goals

1) Tankatronic Goggles (time – dependent on heroic badges or being lucky)
2) Darkmoon card – Vengeance (gold – just need the Six of Furies)
3) Epic mount (gold)
4) Kara / Heoric level gear (time)
5) Engineering to 375 (gold)
6) Gold
7) BG epic single-hander (time)

Warlock goals

1) Exalted with Violet Eye, etc (time)
2) Kara, Gruuls, and ZA gear (time and luck)
3) Enchanting to 375 (gold)
4) Gold
5) BG gear (time)

Make your own cartoons

tanks in warcraft

Even though you might lack any drawing skill at all, and have little idea of layout – a great little tool is available for the budding cartoonists who wish to make an impression.

Stripgenerator just such a thing, and its fun to waste time on. All I need now is a good few jokes to tell – which the tool can’t help you with. Shame really I could use the help (see my junky strips below).

the more things change cartoon

Here is better quality versions –  Angsty Tanks in Warcraft, and some other thoughts.

Paladin hits 70 and a new ride

Diamon and his Snowy White Gryphon

Wednesday night my paladin hit 70, which I’m pretty chuffed about. What made it extra sweet was flying straight away to get a flying mount. I had to save for a while to get the cash together for my warlock’s flying mount, and even longer for him to get his epic flyer.

This was not quite the same level of excitement, but certainly made the event a milestone in wow for me. White was the only real choice, as I don’t like the look of the black (unless its on a shadow priest), and the gold looks just like the normal gryphons, which is something I’m well sick of flying around on.

Screenshots

A few good screenies, to stretch time a bit – which is what I do when affected by lag or loading screens:

ignore and pvp gankfest

This is the result of a few Horde folks wandering into Iron Forge with evil intentions. Good show chaps, I think you deserve a small reward and a corpse run. I arrived very late by chance, and only saw the Warlock, Mage, and Rogue get killed but get the impression that a stack of Horde must have initially been involved – because the boddies were everywhere.

Also in this pic s a great character name: Ignore. Thats great, better than my suggested pvp team name of <Reagent Vendor>.

diamon looking tough - grrr

And this shot from a Shadow Labs run, where I tried to look threatening to all the monsters at level 68. A few laughed, but then saw the 4x 70s with me, and when all quiet, and dead.

Adelaide Festival is not powered by Bigpond

not powered by bigpondThe company I work for, Fusion managed a huge range of the development, media, and communications for the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts. It was the first year that one company has managed so much of the Festival, and this year has been already pretty successful and we expect the actual event to be as excellent as ever. Part of this project was the website design and development, which is a very significant tool for communicating to the Festival attendees, and the web project was highly challenging to finish in time for launch, and very satisfying to complete.

The Festival had always planned on using Bigpond as their webhost for all the reasons that many organisations host with them – they’re a great provider and can provide huge bandwith. However during the development phase it became obvious that the setup and details of the hosting were not going to be ready in time for the launch, so Fusion temporarily hosted the website while the Bigpond details were sussed out. No big deal, premium web hosting is one of the things that Fusion offers to clients, and it made sense for us to host and then switch over when Bigpond was ready. Up to this point I was happy.

Recently however Bigpond has asked the Festival to add banners on the homepage indicating that the website is “Powered by Bigpond”. This irks me, for a range of reasons; but most of all because its untrue!

The website is “powered” by Fusion’s CMS called Helium, and was successfully running through the launch period, till recently (2 months in total). It happens now to be finally hosted by Bigpond, but the underlying technology is still Helium, and its still Fusion’s CMS, and all our work.

The banner on the homepage has the affect of giving credit to Bigpond for the website; and implies that they created and now manage the site. Clearly wrong.

While I understand that there is an agreement in place for advertising, the fact that Bigpond seem to be taking credit for another companies work is suspect. Bigpond are a major sponsor, but so to is Fusion – if anything the banner should read: “Hosted by Bigpond, Powered by Helium”.

Please note: these are my views and not necessarily that of Fusion; and my humble opinion only.