Dec 282009

And it’s time for another Fuzzy Addons!  What?  I’ve never done one before?  Don’t take away my thunder.

I’m an addon addict.  Tweaking the game gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling.  Every now and then, I find one that’s actually useful too!

Today’s Addon is Bad Kitty, a monitoring tool for Feral Druids.  It’s fairly customizable, and I suggest you do so.  The default amount of info it puts out is somewhat overkill.  Here’s mine:

I got to take this baby for a spin last night running a few Wrath instances for the first time.  It’s been mentioned to me a couple times that Critty Kitty DPS rotations are some of the most complicated and difficult in the game.  Let me let you in on a secret.  Kitties don’t have “rotations”.  We are creatures of opportunity.  We maintain four debuffs and one buff, pop two other buffs when they’re needed/available, and stay behind our target using Shred whenever the other affairs are in order.  For that task, an addon like Bad Kitty is useful beyond belief.

Bad Kitty gives info two ways, one in bar form and one in “idiot light” form.  You can choose how much, if any, either offers, and can move them where ever you’ll look at them.  The order of information can be adjusted and there’s a variety of orientations for the indicators (I like one vertical line, myself).

What do mine up there say?  I have 73 Energy and 2 of 5 Combo Points.  My Savage Roar buff has a duration of zero (is not up), Tiger’s Fury is not on cooldown, and I do not have the instant cast buff from Predatory Strikes.  The idiot lights say my target does not have Fairy Fire or Mangle cast.  The Rake debuff will end in 3 seconds.  Rip and Savage Roar are not up.  Tiger’s Fury is off cooldown and ready for use.  I just serviced Critty Kitty, so her Check Engine light is off.

The idiot icons typically disappear when their conditions are met, but I have it set to appear with a count down if the effect/cooldown has less than 6 seconds left.  This is optional, but I like to have a heads up if I’m going to have to refresh something in the next couple of attacks.

Notice that while Savage Roar and Tiger’s Fury are both buffs, they’re tracked differently.  SR is a buff you typically want to keep going always and forever, so it tracks the buff duration.  TF is a short buff with a long cooldown, so it tracks the cooldown, since you’re typically more interested in when it becomes available to use again.  I haven’t added Berserk yet, but it is also tracked via cooldown.  Handy stuff.

Bad Kitty works for Bear too, though they have less to watch.  It’s still handy for watching Lacerate and Mangle.  My only complaint is  BK only tracks Mangle as a debuff duration, but as Bear you’re going to occasionally be concerned both with its duration and cooldown.  If the rage is pouring in and I’m single-target tanking, I like to spam Mangle, (along side Lacerate, and Maul) as fast as it become available.  Such a minor thing, though.

Fortune Cookie:

Is it so wrong that I sing the Meow Mix theme as I’m laying waste to hordes of baddies?

Dec 262009

It feels good to get back behind the claws and tear off a few faces.  Got a few BGs in and I feel great.  After stretching my muscles and remembering how to attack with a scroll wheel again, I got looking at the holiday achievements.  They make me happy, now that I can actually do the bulk of them.  But one caught my attention:

With a Little Helper from My Friends.  I’d seen the Wondervolt machines as I was meandering about and tried to interact with them without any research into the matter ahead of time.  I’m a curious kitty, that’s what I do.  They popped me with a beam of light and nothing happened, so I shrugged and went about my business.  This time, I had a hunch, and wandered in in my underused human-person-type-form.  Insta-gnome!  O’tay, problem solved.  I instinctively hit my kitty button and Gnome-B-Gone.  Uh oh…

I have Immunity to Gnome!

Normally, this would make me happy.  I have nightmares about random gnoming and now I can sleep easy.  Unfortunately, to get said achievement, there’s really only one solution.  Honor-mooching.  I’ll have to head into a BG, all gnomed up, and be completely worthless.  Alright, not completely useless.  I have moonfarespam, of which I can muster five, if the mana wind blows in my favor.  There’s a few of those green root plant things.  And my crackling ball of death.  And that star comet of doom.  And I can throw a few heals.

Hey, that’s right, I’m a druid.  I am good at everything!  Casting may not be my forté.  I’m a shredder.  I slice open rear entries.  But by the code of the druid, I will adapt!  If worse comes to worse, I think I still have a picnic basket.  I’ll bring food and booze.  We’ll have a jolly AV gnome cookout.  No, don’t eat the gno…

*sigh*  Would you like a fortune cookie with that gnome?


Dec 252009

I’m not Skip. I’m an intruder. I only have two bars. The shame. In the spirit of the Holidays, I wanted spread some love and what better place to do so than here on the blog of my favoritest, bestest best druid buddy. Why him? Well,

  • He makes my buff bar look garnished.
  • He’s always ready to take on mobs eating my poor failSpriest
  • If something I want is hidden behind nasty monsters, he won’t think twice about stealthing to get it for me.
  • When I’m about to die, he lands that perfectly timed heal that saves the day.
  • When we were levelling characters together, before we had mounts, he’d always wait for me, even though he had travel form.
  • He would agree that druids in travel form should be rideable.
  • He remembers to bring water for me because I tend to forget.
  • When I ran to another server, he stayed by my side.

And after all those nights of staying up with me until dawn chatting about everything and nothing, of making up stories and strange theories together, of gaming until our fingers hurt, I am proud to /hug my favourite druid. Have you hugged your druid today?

Happy Holidays to Skip/Calhi and to all the druids out there who are amazing friends.

With love,

Ophelie the Bossy Pally.

Ps. I wanted to include a screenshot of the two of us together, but I wasn’t able to get one in time for Christmas.

Skip Cocoa (so moved, he speaks in italics normally reserved for Out-of-Skip voice):
OMG!  Yay!  It’s so beautiful… *sniffle*  You’re the bestest ever.  Happy Holidays favi pali and everyone else.  Skip is now feeling the holiday spirit.  Thank you so much!

P.S. failSpriest melted many a face and healed many a Critty Kitty.  Were we running around now, after the Innervate changes, I bet we would’ve had far less mana trouble.  You can mount me or drink me anytime you want.  Wait, that didn’t come out like I meant at all…

Dec 242009

Great Beelzebub’s sweaty gym socks! 85 spam comments! With me it disagrees. PM and it discusses. Is it just me, or is Gollum posting to my blog? I may have eluded to having the one ring, but I don’t. I had one of those ones given to the kings of men the story sort of glazes over, but I pawned it for some gaming scratch. It’s been worthless since that Mordor incident.

Anyham, your time it wastes. We’re here to share a topic of topic sharing proportions. I tend to leave these things to the next best bloggers. I’ve deprived you of my insight, and for that I am sorry. I will try to do better. So, on with the show with:

Shared Topic: WCYIRM (pronounced Wikee-Urm)

It’s the end of the year, if you follow that Gregorian mentality, and a time for looking back. I have the memory retention of a cinder-brick sponge and am twice as dense, so details may be hazy. Round 1, Fight!

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Everything past level 40, but before 80. Essentially nothing, with bigger numbers. Okay, that’s a lie. I branched out into the world of Battlegrounds, which I found intimidating before. I started doing some group material. I experimented in the world of guilds. I pretty much played the game, where as before it was a $15 a month chat room.

What was your favorite new place that you visited?

Canada. Wait, no, that wasn’t this year. It’s not really new, either. They put that in patches ago, I just wasn’t high enough level to go. I guess Northrend is kind of like Canada. It’s cold, full of cool stuff, not that far away, and yet no one seemed to notice it was there until all their friends were going.

Fair answer is I don’t have one. I was flooded with so much new content this year, dashing from my 40s to my 70s, I couldn’t pick just one. I’m growing partial to the Howling Fjords as we speak, though it really needs the Hill Top Zone theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 playing in the background to complete the feel. And a field of magma for no good reason. Everything is better with obligatory magma.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A raid. I’m not sure I’d actually enjoy it, but I want to try it. While we’re dreaming, a way to raid with my friends, despite lacking their work ethic and commitment.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Numerous ultra-rare vanity pets. While everyone else was getting level cap and raiding, I was fishing and running around trying to catch ‘em all. It’s not that they’re my primary interest, per se. It’s that I am easily distracted and they’re shiny.

What was your biggest failure?

Still no level cap. With dedication, I could actually make it there by year’s end if I started now and made the effort. Effort? Psh. This here is a game, junior. I play for as long as it entertains me, then I pop in Cobra Triangle for the NES and kill sea monsters with a speed boat right out of Thunder in Paradise. That’s how Skip rolls, son.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The new Dungeon Finder had me jumping, and didn’t disappoint. BG XP had me hopping too. Anything that promoted me actually playing the game with another individual, rather than hours of solo. I have shelves of solo games. Gimme social!

What do you wish you’d done less of?

In game? Nadda. Gaming game is gamey. Whatever I did with my time was what I decided to do, for whatever reason. No regrets.

Okay, maybe I could cut back on the macro and addon crack. I’m hopelessly addicted to modding and scripting, to the point of tweaking my game for the sake of doing so. New Year’s Resolution: cut the fat, try to play a bit more vanilla. Just a smidge.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

Unfair question. I read The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon by Ophelie and The Lazy Sniper by Jaedia because a) both are insightful and fun, and b) I know they read mine, and that makes it a social thing. Mmm, yes, I believe those will be my pimpage answers. Keep up the good work, ladies.

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

And the Skip, with his Skip-feet ice-cold in Northrend,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How do I ascend?
It came without addons! It came without gear!
“It came without ebay, macros or beer!”
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Skip thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe e-peen,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe e-peen…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then…?
Well…in WoW-ville they say
That the Skip’s small DPS
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his damage didn’t feel quite so weak,
He whizzed through the instance like a crack headed freak
And he topped all the charts! He mangled all into cubes!
And he…
…he himself…!
The Skip called his team all newbs.

Or… er… I learned compassion, or something fuzzy like that. I don’t know, I’m learning challenged. C’mon, let’s go stand in some fire and blame the healers.

Honorable Reader’s Fortune Cookie:

Thunder in Paradise. Lightning striking twice. Mess with Thunder. And you pay the price. *air guitar shred*

Dec 242009

I’ve finally fumbled through the busy season, and should be able to get back to gaming in the near future.  No, I don’t work in sales or involve myself in the holidays in any functional way.  Still, it’s the time of year where I’m demanded, and I don’t get much in the way of free time.  Yup.  I’m a super hero.  You would not believe the number of super villains who are influenced by the Grinch.  ”Oh, let’s steal Christmas,” they say.  Well, something of theirs grew three sizes that day.  Blunt trauma to the brain does that.  People give the Invisible Woman a lot of crap, but let me tell you, concussive force powers are freakin’ sweet.  BAMF!  Force ball to the face!

Anyham, don’t uncheck that RSS button.  I’ll… um… do a Shared Topic… or something.  Let’s see, what’s up next… A review of my WoWing this year?  My memory isn’t that good. I guess I could make something up.  Yeah, no one would know the difference.  What, is this thing still on?  Aw, bugger…