Saturday, 19 June 2010

I Haz Announcementz

Well I've got a day off so I'm actually able to update for once! I had a very productive day levelling my boomkin and stopped early to look at the mountain of planned posts I'd made while bored at work. Then I sat in a car for 8 hours and listened to England play terribly in the world cup. Not exactly what you'd call a perfect day. I'm beginning to think I'm cursed and that any football team I follow is doomed to failure.

Before the car journey I was rifling through my notes I keep around my pc. I have all kinds of scrawled notes from my loot system on my pug runs, officer duty reminders and notes about players I want to invite to alt runs. The vast majority is notes on my alts and the gearing plans I make plus the associated theorycrafting with notes to check my bookmarks to find the pages again.

I was considering alts and how I play them. I'm incredibly cheap with my alts - I almost never spend ages gathering crafting mats and having shit ready for them but at the same time I've very single minded about gearing once I have them at 80. It occured to me the other day reading some other blog (I shan't flop my wowcock out, don't worry) that I'd also rolled an alt of that class and spec too, and given how in depth the person had gone about various subjects I was curious about what state their character was in. So out came Echo the Internet Detective and I tracked down their character on the armory. I was surprised with their gearing level. I don't mean GS - hell, the holy pally BiS libram is ilvl 200 but with what items they'd picked up. I honestly thought they would have a much more optimal setup given what's available to them. They're on about ICC yet theres some pretty nice upgrades available outside that would help them out.

I don't mean to disparage anyone but gear makes shit easier. There's a saying army types have which goes something like:
"A litre of sweat is worth a drop of blood" 
That basically is my entire approach to raiding. However I'm also a bit of a slacker so I use what other smarter and more dedicated players have done. Every time I roll a new alt I generally have a clear idea of what I want to do at 80 and so I research and collect so much information I figured I might as well put it to good use and do something with it.

So, expect several guides on how to play in patch 3.3 which don't assume you want to pay 30k gold and blow all of your carefully hoarded goods but will have you ready for ICC with a least a broad clue of what you're supposed to be doing. Currently in the works are Holy Paladin, Boomkin, Elemental Shaman, Arms Warrior, MM Hunter and maybe a spec of DK if I get overexcited.

In other news I stumbled across a couple great bloggers so I'm in the process of updating my blogroll to reflect this. There's been a couple I've left off for too long. Also the webfilter at work means I'm able to read  you have if you have your own site as anything with blogspot/wordpress is blocked. Although I may have found a loophole that will enable me to view but not comment.

/echo out

PS. Today's question is: Even though you're playing on a multimedia machine do you also take notes in the old fashioned way if you have to remember something or plan something to do with wow?


  1. I think the only time I've crafted myself gear for an alt is if I've happened to have the stuff lying around. But most of the time I'm too cheap to craft stuff - I rather spend some time doing Heroics etc. to gear up to the extent that I can.

    While I have a lot of alts, I have to admit I only focus on my main and maybe 1-2 alts. The rest tend to just hang around and maybe farm, do some alchemy etc.

    For the question, I definitely make notes on paper. I always have post-its and a pen or something lying next to me on my desk. :)

  2. I know exactly what you mean! This is kinda the point I'm getting at - everything I read seems to only give you the ridiculous alternatives as in paying 10k gold or going to normal toc5. Normally I'll be raid ready in about 2 weeks of casual play and by raid ready I mean ICC. I think it's just planning properly and making sure you abuse guildies into helping :p

    I think it's fairly common most of my wow pals have post its and pads too.

  3. you have too much time in Azeroth, that is all.