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March 2009


I was tickled to be tagged for this meme, the Honest Scrap Award, by my guildie the amazing Kadomi of Tank Like a Girl. She was kind enough to trust in the potential of my shadow priest, even as a nub 80, and for that I will always be grateful.

The rules of this award are as follows:

  1. When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real.
  2. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. (NOTE: I swear that all my favorite WoW bloggers have done this meme so I may have to x-post this to LJ)
  3. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!

So, given that this is a blog as much about in-game me as out-of-game me, I am going to go half-and-half on this list:

1.) IRL, I have a tuxedo cat named Bill who is much beloved.

2.) My first career path was journalism but it makes a much better hobby than a way to pay your rent.

3.) I have been playing WoW since January 2006, after a good half year of watching my significant other PWN in old skool 10-man Scholo and that newfangled raid ZG.

4.) I live on the left coast, in San Francisco.

5.) This is one of 2 blogs and 1 journal I maintain.

6.) My first character was a druid, who remains my alliance main.

7.) My time these days, however, is focused on my shadow priest, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

8.) My SP needs more pets. I am wondering if it will take her 600 casts to get a sewer rat...

9.) I am still bitter that I fished up crawdads and made tank food from it for a year and a half and never got a mister pinchy.

10.) I am afraid of the MCing in Naxx but I do it anyway, focusing very closely on the screen, and compeltely unable to talk/read/do anytihng else at the same time.

If you are reading this and actually have not done this meme yet, TAG! You're it!

Shadow Power FTW!

I have to admit to loving the fact that my 25man raiding team is one that newcomers join and say "Wow, that's a lot of Shadow Priests", rather than being the token SP. I know a lot of folks would prefer to be a unique snowflake in their raid, and yes, in theory, it will make drops harder to come by, but I like being part of a subteam in a raid. I blame my 40-man raid and its class-specific Team Speak channels for making me this way.

Thanks to Mind Sear, we make very short work of the trash. 10k crits on that if your procs and the pull allow. Having come from raiding on my Boomkin, who only had great AOE for 30 seconds every 3 min when she could use starfall plus typhoon, it's a world of difference.

So far, the only scary part has been learning the MCs for the Razuvius fight. MC just hasn't been something I've played with a lot. I got the hang of it, and looked up the macros for the next go round so that I can announce what I am doing without having to type/think about it, and so there will be no debates about whether or not I used my bone shield ("It's on CD, so that's pretty clear that I popped it regardless of what you see, k?")

Last week the 25man team couldn't get together the right group for finishing off Thaddius, so they called it. I know it was a tough call for them, but if my choices for the evening are to wipe on Thaddius for an hour with undergeared/inexperienced folks or have the raid called and get to bed early, the former would not be my choice. Signups for Saturday look good though, so I am hopeful we will kick as much butt as we did the week before.

When thngs have gotten me down in the past, alliance side, I used to sometimes think to myself that maybe I should stopraiding. But upon further reflection, it was always clear that raiding is what I always have loved doing, since I dinged 58 3 years ago and got hauled into MC due to our raid being short on healers. The key is realizing whom you want to raid with. Happy to have found such a great group of folks -- both in guild and in the scrub raid -- with which to do so.

Engineering Needs an Interdimensional Pocket

Overheard on Vent:

"I think in one of the next expansions what engineering needs is an inter-dimensional pocket so you could just show up in a town."

What an excellent idea. Of course, like the teleporters, I would suspect it would do things like randomly port you into whichever town it felt like. Including...cross faction towns. Oh yes, that sounds like a delicously evil new engineering device we definitely need...

Some Days, it's Like You're Falling Through the World...

The other evening, as I was minding my own business., disciplining some lazy (allegedly exhausted) Vrykyll, currying favor with the blue ladies who gave me the nice bear, I suddenly fell through an invisible mine shaft and found myself...falling through the world.

It was sort of pretty at first, in a Cocteau Twins sort of a way.

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Compiling My Cooking Recipe Book

I was  obsessive and completionist regarding my professions long before the Achievement System was put into place. But Achievements have exacerbated these tendencies. Case in point: Cooking recipes.

I had always thought my druid had a comprehensive selection of the recipes available to the Alliance. I mean, yeah I wussed out on the Broodlord chain well before I had the recipe for [Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops]* in my grasp, but I did have all the cooking daily recipes and even the Cenarian Circle’s [Smoked Desert Dumplings].

But then I spied the Sous Chef Achievement for 100 recipes, which was achievable before the Expansion, and was perplexed. How had I missed another 15 possible recipes? Thinking back, it’s possible that on my first character (who, incidentally, is still my main) I didn’t pick up cooking initially, and thus hadn’t gathered all the lowbie recipes. Also, with the addition of the Draenei starting area, they must have added some quests and recipes there as well.

And then I saw the Chef de Cuisine achievement for 160 cooking recipes, only attainable after progressing through Wrath, at which point I got serious about it. And thus, another big ol’ list was born…

Download my list of Warcraft cooking recipes in a PDF or read on for the list in HTML after the jump.

* Turns out this annoying recipe is required to get the achievement as of right now, unless you are a rogue and can thus learn thistle tea. Patch 3.1 will provide at least a couple new recipes to solve for that.

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Fishing Dailies Return in 3.1

El's Extreme Anglin' has the scoop on the new Dalaran fishing dailies that will launch in 3.1. And here I had just been complaining yesterday about only having fishing and JC profession dailies. Lots of great junk rewards in them, including lucrative vendor trash, some bank alt bling, and a crawler minni pet! Whoohoo!

The five rotating quests are available in Dalaran, from Marcia Chase the Fishing Trainer who buys your vendored coins next to the Eventide Fountain. A search of professions-related quests on WoWHead lacks details on the 5 dailies El dug up, but it does turn up a daily from Old Man Barlo in Crystalsong forest. We'll see if and when that goes live as well.

I am a little disappointed they went with additional BoP fishing poles as rewards, rather than a new and improved fishing line to augment the shiny epic Kalu'ak fishing pole, or a BOE pole you could use to help get your lazy alts started fishing. Oh well!


Everything Looks Better in Shadowform

BEFORE shadow


AFTER shadow.

No, aesthetics aren't why I love my shadow priesty ways, but DAMN! She looks hottt in shadowform. Just saying.

This lady was my first horde character, and the only one I have leveled to level cap, three times over now. I started her on the server one of my RL friends played on, thinking we would get to hang out and do stuff together, but that's just not how it turned out. I eventually suckered all my friends into rolling horde alts there as well, and started a lowbie guild. But it turns out I have a bunch of online friends who like to start -- and abandon -- 4 or 5 lowbie alts at a time. And tho I do love Shadowfang Keep, I grew tired of running everyone's alts through it as my primary guild activity.

Early this year, I vowed not to let another level cap raise come and go without this lady (who has always been one of my favorites) getting to see some action. So I rolled a mage to test out the all-girls guild affiliated with an online girls gaming community of which I'm a member. I found the gchat to be lively, and decided to take the punge. In retrospect I have to say it's the best $25 I've spent gaming.

Despite my 3 week Internet outage, I made decent time taking her to 80. I ground out her tailoring to ensure she would have a full set of blue gear at 80. I spent countless hours working on reputation so that slowly but surely she could get a good weapon, access to the Hodir shoulder enchants, etc.

Despite my 3 years experience playing WoW, and the fact that I did some raiding (Kara) on my alliance shadowpriest (who I rolled only b/c I was tired of not having anyone to play with horde-side), I initially did not have the confidence playing this lady in groups. But my patient and supportive guildies gamely invited me on my first heroic, and many more after that. In the past two weeks, after our guild's first Naxx weekend, I felt good enough about her gear and dps to to volunteer for open slots in a few heroics put together by our allied guild.

It's all I hoped for and then some. Heck, she even got to do Vault and OS 10 mans today! My formerly overworked shaman can't even say that.

I still have my alliance toons, and pop on them to do the occasinal raid with my friends, or just to say hi, but this lady is the one getting all my time and attention... and it is finally starting to show!