One of the things I do when I’m bored is thumb through the spam comments that akismet picks up.

Apparently, the spammers like me. Got one today that said “I find¬† you very attractive.”

Unfortunately, when I checked the link, it was to increase my penis size! WTF!?

September 16, 2009 | Posted in: General-WoW | Comments Closed

More Thoughts on Cataclysm, my Guild, and the Future of WoW

Unfortunately, sometimes the demands of real world life cause us to neglect other parts of our life. For me, it’s my gaming and this blog. I hope to get more time to write soon, and perhaps play more once I’m done with the cycle I’m about to start. (Stupid damned privates… ugh)

If you need any more proof that WoW is casual-friendly these days, take a gander at my armory page. I have Tier 8.5 chest and helm. Ilvl 226 pieces all over, and my T9 shoulders. The emblem changes have allowed me to pick up the chest, helm, a neck, a belt, and some sick shoulders. Currently, my game priority is to experience and collect some of the old-school stuff that I won’t be able to get once cataclysm revamps the world.

Namely, [Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers]

My guild was nice enough to help me with a Molten Core run on Sunday, but alas! The leaf did not drop. It’s a 50 percent drop rate, so hopefully tonight will be more fortunate.¬† I already have the Sinew that I need, so the Leaf will allow me to do the quest that gets me the bow that used to be a symbol of a hunter who knew what the hell he was doing. Granted, the quest will probably be trivial now, but it is my hope that I can obtain it before it is either removed or revamped. I also have 8/8 Beastmaster and 4/8 Giantstalker (The latter obtained during my last two Molten Core runs), and a [Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds] that i like to use while posing on the bank steps.

I posted a while back about guild disinterest, and the problem has gotten both better and worse, depending on your perspective. A few members have moved their mains to more hardcore raiding guilds, and AUO is still raiding, but people are primarily bringing alts to 10 man Naxx runs and whatnot. Unfortunately, that means that those of us who can’t commit to a truly hardcore raiding guild are still with AUO, and can’t seem to convince the other members to raid the higher level content. And, given that some members of AUO have taken to pugging, we KNOW for a fact that the current raid content, hard modes notwithstanding, is not too hard for a casual guild to run. So unfortunately, the guild is not doing what we set out to do with Wrath’s release: namely, raiding all current content as it’s released, in at least 10 man mode. I look back with a bit of sadness at our early days in Wrath, when we were clearing 25 man Naxx, OS, and eventually EoE, which was the highest level raid at the time. Now, we are relegated to clearing out 10 man naxx for people’s alts, which would be fine with me, but I wish we would at least clear out 10 man ulduar and start working on ToC. It’s frustrating, and can be attributed to a few factors.

First, many guildies left. A few left for greener pastures, a few had real life committments and I understand that. Our guild leader left and rerolled on another server, which bothered for mostly selfish reasons, although I understand painfully how real life can stack up on you. Mostly, I identified her as the face of the guild, and any soldier knows that the loss of a leader can be demoralizing on a few levels, and we forget sometimes that people have lives outside of WoW. When a particular person and her hunter-blog are the reason you joined a guild, having both the blog and the person go *poof* can introduce some shakiness into you. Dagr (also Edreus) had moved one of his toons to another raiding guild so he could raid the higher level content, and was asked to leave the guild altogether as a result. Yet somehow, this behavior is OK now. Once he left, many others moved their mains as well, and I attribute this to the reason we lost so much raiding momentum so quickly. I feel that some people thought raiding with AUO was making the content too difficult, as we had to put some effort into EoE and naxx 25, whereas raiding with a hardcore guild could potentially make it easier. I thought that was part of the appeal of raiding with AUO, that we had to WORK and EARN the full clears we got. With the new raid lockout extensions, we wouldn’t even have to worry about clearing the whole place in a week if we wanted to, so the time limit isn’t even an issue.

I guess what it boils down to is this: we lost some people who really just USED AUO as a stepping stone. One raider in particular stayed in AUO long enough to get naxx geared in multiple specs, then bailed out because we “weren’t raiding enough.” Hell, if we weren’t raiding enough, how the fuck did you get all that gear!?

Pisses me off. I was and continue to be loyal to the guild, whom I consider friends. I put in the time in Kara, and spent countless hours in heroics when wrath released helping some of these people gear up. It chaps my ass that we’re struggling to do 10 man Naxx nowadays because of the exodus.

I haven’t completely decided what I’m going to do about it. My hope is that, with the release of Icecrown and cataclysm, there will be a new interest in doing what we set out to do: be a casual guild that can kill the biggest “baddies” (in normal mode) the same as the big no-life guilds. It’s possible. Hell, Ulduar can be cleared in blues if you’re skilled enough.


Cataclysm, Me, and Casual play

3.2 is upon us, Cataclysm has been announced, and /AFK Auto Shot has been conspicuously absent from the blogosphere. Basically, work has been a complete draw on my time, and I have very little time for other things, WoW included.

I’m a Drill Sergeant in the Army, which basically means that I’m working nearly 7 days a week, up at 0330 many days, and leaving well after dinner for home. I get home, I eat, and I sleep most days. Some days, if I get off at a reasonable hour, I play for a bit… but most days, nothing.

So I’ve decended further down the “casual” ladder, but have still managed to progress a little, gear-wise, thanks to the 3.2 changes that make gearing up extremely casual friendly. I picked up enough emblems for a [Broach of the Wailing Night] and a [Belt of the Ardent Marksman], which were my last ilvl 200 pieces other than the Darkmoon card I have.

More later… will edit this post. Inspection coming for the recruits.

Basic Trapping Video

At a slower pace than it would be in a real instance situation, to illustrate the idea of creating space. The YouTube captions didn’t work (of course!) so I had to narrate it using the cruddy built in microphone on my work laptop. Next time i’ll use the Blue USB mic. Click HERE for a downloadable MP4 version of the vid.


April 3, 2009 | Posted in: Hunters | Comments Closed


A friend of mine, Dagr, linked his Heroic: The Twilight Zone achievement to me as soon as I logged on. He’s a much more hardcore player than I am these days, and I will admit a twinge of jealousy when I talked to him. However, it got me thinking about why I’m NOT in a hardcore raiding guild, and why I run with the miscreants that I do. A casual guild, but one that possesses a great number of skilled players, is an oddity in the WoW community. So I began to think a bit about why I’m not more hardcore than I am, with the exception of my employment with the U.S. military.

BigRedKitty is a heavyweight in the hunter community. The intricacies of trapping, kiting, and general hunter tactics would be lost on many people were it not for his hunter-guide movies and help. Let’s face it… the man is a behemoth.

Which made it all the more surprising to read his latest blog post and hear that he’s hangin’ it up. At the end of that post, he mentions that he hopes it may cause others to look at their lives and determine if they’re running down the same path as him. His caution is one that none of us should take lightly… for every WoW-player who can manage a family life and the game, there’s one who has let this game consume him and ruin relationships.

Read the rest of this entry » Mobile Authenticators

So, a while back a few guildies were hacked… They also have a buttload of gold, so about 50,000g was taken. One of their computers was compromised, and they all logged on through that computer at one time or another.authenticator

Security conscious folk have Blizzard Authenticators. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a device that generates a code based on a serial number and a time-sync. The code changes every 30 seconds or so, and you have to have the hardware device in your hand to see the code get generated. Of course, this is one extra thing you have to carry around.

Enter the mobile authenticator from Blizzard. Now, the same time-sync code can be generated from an app on your iPhone.

Head over to The site to get one, or jump on the App Store in iTunes and download it. It’s free. It works pretty well when isn’t having issues.