Pet Review – Windserpent Done

March 31, 2008 at 2:12 pm (Game Design, Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , )

I finished my review of Windserpents for the Pet Review. The short sweet version would be “More trouble than their worth.”  Still recommended higher than my crab, but lower than everything else.

I’m now going to hang out in Deadwind Pass hoping that some nice raid will let me in to Kara so I can tame a bat.  While I’m there I’ll test how hard it will be to do spiders.  I’m desperately hoping that the agro issues I’m hearing about don’t ruin my previous testing.

Six down, seventeen to go.

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A Priest Explains Mana Nerf

March 28, 2008 at 12:27 pm (Hunter, Warcraft, World of Warcraft)

This has the most detailed info about what happened to your mana:

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Manic Drinking

March 28, 2008 at 11:32 am (Game Design, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) ()

Welcome to your weekly dose of WoW blog drinking games. Grab your Best Hat and prepare to see the world like a Dwarf! (If you are under 21 or don’t drink, it is recommended to do your drinking in-game just before/during a raid and /yell the cause each time you take a drink.)
On tap today: Mania’s Arcania: Read the rest of this entry »

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Blog stuff

March 28, 2008 at 10:27 am (Uncategorized)

I tested the dismissing the pet by running away and it definitely does not reduce happiness by 50. You can see the testing procedure in the Rumors.

I love finding patterns, and nothing bothers me more than thinking I see one only to be proven wrong later. I had noticed the obvious pattern that the more often I update and respond to threads, and comment elsewhere, the more hits I get. This week was probably one of the better in regard to that. Coming off a really popular last week because of the drinking games, this week I posted 4 times (this is the 5th), created a new section of the FAQ, posted a few times on the official forums, tkasomething, blog azeroth, and other blog’s comments. I wasn’t trying to jack up my hits, I just found I had a lot to say this week.

The odd thing isn’t so much that hits didn’t go up, but that yesterday was my lowest day since December.

PS: I’m just pointing out something odd, not complaining.

I’m thinking of making Fridays into ‘Drinking Game Fridays.’ /target maniasarcania

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What is PvP?

March 27, 2008 at 10:37 am (Game Design, PvP, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , , , , )

Time for a “design for Blizzard even though they will never see it” post.

If you go to the official boards, one of the things you’ll hear over and over again with regard to battlegrounds is that there is “no PvP in PvP.” I disagree. When the horde and alliance raids run past each other in Alterac Valley and rush to the bosses, who is standing in my way of winning? It’s not the archers in the towers. It’s not the pathetic wolves/rams. It’s not even Drek or Vann. It’s the other raid. Just because we’re not killing, them doesn’t mean we are not competing with them. That my friends is Player versus Player. I’d even go so far as to say most gearing, cosmetic upgrades (netherwing drakes), non-combat pets, damage meters are all a form of PvP. Without other players to compare yourself to, there is little point.

What the people are really complaining about is lack of PK, Player Killing. This is a completely different concept. This is where the only objective is victory in battle over another player. The difference between PvP and PK is the difference is easily seen between battlegrounds and arenas. Battle grounds have win-conditions based on non-PK objectives, while arean’s win-conditions are the PKs. If you’re the guy posting “no PvP in PvP” get it out of your head. you don’t want PvP, you want PK. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windfall

March 26, 2008 at 9:16 am (Tradeskills, Warcraft, World of Warcraft)

I have a few alts running around on servers other than Kel’Thuzad, and always I go with 2 gathering tradeskills so that I don’t have to worry about money. On one server in particular, the only thing that seemed to sell for a decent price was ‘light leather.’ I went for about a gold a stack where everything else, such as copper bars, bronze bars, medium leather, even gems, was going for less than 50s. It was pretty pointless to try to sell anything else. I happily farmed it, bought it cheap from people who didn’t know what the going rate was, and had almost enough for my first mount, and several blues before I hit 30.

Then just 10g away from my mount, for whatever reason, the market dropped. 20s a stack became standard, and that price was actually less than the ‘cheap buys’ I had picked up. I had 25-30 stacks I had bought for 40s. I was losing money on the deal, and even if I sold everything for 20s, it still wouldn’t be enough for my mount (6g). So I just sat on it for a month and hoped that the prices would go up. They didn’t.

Now it’s time for drastic measures – manipulating auctioneer. Personally, I love the addon, but you have to watch out for people that are doing what I’m about to tell you.

I created an alt and sent him 5 stacks of light leather. I then had him list each stack for 10g / 48 hours. Two days later, the price is up to 40s. Repeat – 60s. There’s the occational listing for 20s still, but I just buy them out again since I know the price will go up. It’s now at 80s or so, and I’m seeing people list for over 1g, and none for less than 40s. I’ve sold my inventory and will be riding around in just a few levels. </MarketManipulation>

Now here’s the great part.

I logged in to my cheat character and found in the mail: 4 stacks of light leather and a paycheck for 10g.

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Why I Moderate Comments

March 24, 2008 at 11:47 am (Guide, Hunter, Warcraft, World of Warcraft)

I had a comment submitted the other day that claimed:

  1. About the pets not gaining XP, their loyalty lvl has to be at 3 or better, at least that’s how it seems to work for me.
  2. … after the 20 seconds are up on the feed pet timer, feed them again, at least up to 3 times, then go battle a couple guys and feed them once more.
  3. if you want to dismiss your pet without losing loyalty, use the stay command(CTRL-3) to make them stay and walk as far away as you can from them.
  4. Hunters are one of my fav classes in WoW.

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Pet Review – Windserpent Progress

March 24, 2008 at 10:17 am (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft)

I have been working on leveling up my windserpent, Screwtape, and managed to get 2 loyalty levels. Below level 70, it’s easy enough to know the amount that 5% of the hunter’s exp needed to level actually is, but the bar gets turned off at 70. Screwtape has gained a loyalty level at around 41,000 and at 82,000 exp, which means that level 71 would take 820,000 exp if it were possible. That number seems to follow the growth from wowwiki. I would also like to point out that prior to BC, 60-61 was listed at ~220k so this could change with WotLK coming.

I had some major frustrations with Screwtape initially. The first mobs I took him to were the good ol’ fel boars for some fel glands. These things have charge, but it only goes off if you’re within range. My normal mode is to get to max distance, send pet, and open fire. It’s so second nature I had actually forgotten they charge.

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Owls, Agro, Windserpent Started

March 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , )

Axiom was abandon last Wednesday, but not before I double checked my opinion on soloing for Pike. My owl rarely lost agro, while she had problems with hers. There was a definite possibility that I was throttling back or that I was just not paying attention. So, I went up to the ogres above Shat and killed 5-6 and only lost agro once when 3 of my first 4 shots crit. I also confess that I drew agro from 2 others when they were below 15% and they died before they got halfway to me, which isn’t bad considering they were 71. As long as I don’t get hit, I consider that fine agro management. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hare in Your Drink

March 20, 2008 at 9:38 am (Game Design, Hunter, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) ()

Because Pike evidently needs more that 2 reasons to drink, I give you AotH drinking game: Read the rest of this entry »

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