Day 20 – Hypothetical WoWpocalypse

***Oh, ‘what-if scenarios’… Sometimes you’re fun to think about.  Mostly, you just depress me.  This is the latter.  Reiteration: This is hypothetical.  The likelihood of this happening is about .073%.***

Husband: “So, let’s stop playing WoW.  Today.”
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Day 18 – My favorite Outfit

I have at least 3 favorite outfits.  I can’t pick just one!

My all-time favorite is the Priest Vestments of Faith (T3).

It’s just… pretty!  I love the halo! Sadly, my priest was never able to acquire it (she was created in Wrath), but I like to deck her out with it in the WoW Model Viewer and ooooh and ahhhh. :3

My second favorite set is the Druid Cenarion Raiment (T1).

Lizzia modeling T1! She's still missing the shoulders, tho.

It’s classic Druid attire! Complete with HORNS. /ROAR!

And lastly, my newly favorite set is the Black Mageweave Set. On a female Dorf.

SEXYLAYG

Check out that caboose! She’s hot. Admit it. ;D (Belt not included!)

[Update] Circle of Healing Questionnaire!

Laerith over at Totemic Grace has tagged me to fill out the Circle of Healing Questionnaire (developed by Miss Medicina)!  It’s quite an honor to be tagged — I still feel like an “outsider” to the world of WoW Bloggers and especially the Healer niche.

[Update] Check out all the other responses to this questionnaire here. And be sure to read OrvilliusTank Questionnaire!

It has taken me a really long time (i.e., the ENTIRE TIME I’VE BEEN PLAYING) to realize that I am a healer, deep down.  Doesn’t matter which role I’m playing..DPS, Tank, or Healer.. I am *constantly* checking health bars and have been known to throw out an instant Flash Heal while pally tanking.  I just can’t. Stop. Healing.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to get a wide perspective of healing — 25-man, 10-man, 5-man, and PVP situations.  It’s also neat to see how others feel about their classes and healing in general.

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UI Matters: Using Project 5×2 as Restoration

UI Matters: Using Project 5×2 as Restoration


A few weeks ago, I posted a suggested Project 5×2 table for Restoration and Balance druids.  It was a great critical thinking exercise, but I really just left it alone after writing it up.  Until a couple weeks ago during a raid, when I realized that my UI had been causing me problems.  I had been using ElvUI and it’s pretty slick. I enjoyed the simplicity of installation and tweaking; the resource-friendliness; and the communication of interrupts to the raid/party.  Seriously, that was pretty helpful.  But I also realized that ever since I installed ElvUI, I had been paying more attention to my user interface than the players I was healing.  And that is a big issue for everyone.  As many people have said before, a good healing interface should lead to less tunnel vision, not more.  I knew I had to do something.

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Day 13: People (players/bloggers) I Admire

Throughout my experience in WoW, I have come across lots of great people (and lots of aggravating, ass-headed, rude people too).  Several of those people just stand out as being admirable.

Note:  This is not an exhaustive list and definitely not meant to exclude anyone.

Here’s a list of people I admire and why I admire them:

Day 12: Usual Day in My Life

Fair warning: This is going to be the most boring blog post on this site.

5:30 am – Bash the alarm clock off.  Stare at it for a few more minutes.  Pop up out of bed.  Then I head straight for the shower and get ready for work.

6:00 am – Traipse into the kitchen to give Marvin his first insulin shot of the day and some breakfast.  This can either go one of two ways: 1) He’s laying patiently on the floor waiting for his shot; or 2) He appears to be laying patiently on the floor waiting for his shot but in actuality, he’s totally gonna roll over when I get a good spot and so I have to fuss for about 2 minutes to get him to HOLD STILL. /sigh

6:15 am – Log into Twitter/WoW/MMO-Champion/Google Reader to check auctions, mah frands and what’s happenin in the world (of Warcraft).  I also sometimes check the local/national news (but usually only if there’s a story I’m following).

6:30 am – Leave for work.

7:00 am – Arrive at work.  Start the insanity.

7:15 am – Get coffee.

8:00 am – Listen to about 5 people complain about 5 different people.

9:00 am – Finally be able to check the Federal Register (I try to do this at 8:00 am…).  Oh wait no! “Lizzie.. can you please help me fix this spreadsheet (that has embedded Word objects in it that can’t be copied & pasted from)?”

9:30 am – *headdesk*

10:00 am – Wish it were lunchtime.

11:30 am – LUNCHTIME.

2:00 pm – Official “Tender Time” — This is when I become a total Space Cadet.  I typically stare out the window for a bit.

3:30 pm – RUN THE HELL OUTTA WORK.

4:00 pm – Get back home and do a combination of the following depending on my mood and status of the house: dishes, vacuum, pick up all of my husband’s crap… Typical housework.  If the house is clean, I can typically squeeze in WoW time starting now.

5:00 pm – Make/get dinner.  I like to cook, but I’m usually too tired (read: irritated at having to pick up my husband’s crap) to cook anything most nights.

6:00 pm – Give Marvin his second insulin shot of the day and some dinner of his own.  Sometimes he gets fed earlier depending on how hungry he is… This is identifiable by the frequency and urgency with which he paws at my legs.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (or 10:30 pm on raid nights) – PLAY (more) WoW

9:30 pm – Go to bed; Play Pokemons; Read a book.

Day 03: My First Day Playing WoW

It’s been quite awhile since I started playing WoW that I don’t remember my first day.  I do have some memories of those first few weeks, however.

My very first ever character was a night elf druid named Mireille.  My husband rolled his warrior, Loocifer (who he still has today!) and we set off to kill some purplish cats.  I couldn’t quite figure out how to fight, so I ended up doing a mishmash of Wrath spam and whacking at the cats with my staff.  For some reason, I remember the movement a female night elf makes when whacking things with big sticks.  I also remember getting super frustrated with her and yelling “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO” and “HOW DO I MOVE.”  I’m one of those people who when playing Mario Brothers, I physically make the controller “jump” to make Luigi (Yes, I always have to play stupid Luigi) jump.  I’ve never been very good at console games, so learning how to move around and use abilities in WoW was a week-long testament of my husband’s patience.

We finally finished the quests in the little cave there in Shadowglen after about 3 days.  We both kept dying to the evil, evil spiders for quite some time before realizing that we could just run away from them (and they’d “reset”).

I eventually rerolled a human rogue whose name has completely slipped my mind.  I leveled her to 20 and lost interest.  Maybe it was the poison quest in Westfall?  It was likely the sparkle-factor of the new Draenei (since we had finally purchased TBC).  Deleting that rogue has cemented my altoholism quite firmly. /sigh

Project 5×2: A Restoration/Balance Druid Perspective [Updated]

A couple weeks ago, Mat McCurley of WoWInsider sent out a call through Twitter for help with developing Project 5×2 where people offer the bare-bones necessities of a class or spec so that disabled WoW players (I would say everyone) can experience a better quality of life in the game. The main concept is breaking down a class or spec into 5 buttons with 1 modifier and a middle-mouse button.  The point (in my view) is to strip out all of the “extra” abilities and focus on what is actually necessary for playing the game well. This may be a rotation, important CC abilities, heals, whatever.  It’s all about getting the most out of a class/spec while maintaining a physically manageable set of buttons to press/click.

My Twitter frand, Cynwise, recently posted his take on Project 5×2 for warlocks and I was so impressed with his logic (#1 DoT as button 1!).  I was also excited to see a class I’m not familiar with broken down to simiplified terms.  I’m very much a TL;DR kind of person who gets lost amongst the rabble of EJ or even some class guides.  I’m not disabled, but I am finding the entire Project 5×2 immensely helpful for picking up a new class or spec.  @slowpoker has also been compiling links and 5×2 setups from around the ‘net and this listing can be found on her blog.

So I really started thinking about how would a Restoration or Balance Druid work in a Project 5×2 setup. I realized quickly that I kind of already use a 5×2 setup for my Druid.  She’s main spec Restoration and off spec Balance.  I use mouseover macros + raid frames to do my treealing* and a Razer Naga mouse with action bar buttons 1 through 12 keybound to the 1-12 buttons on the Naga.  My hands are I’d say medium-sized, but I have trouble reaching buttons 9-12 on my mouse, so I tend to keep my important spells bound to 1-8.  I also use a shift modifier for another set of 1-12 buttons, and an alt modifier for yet another set.  After reading Cynwise’s post and comparing his logic to my Druid, I realized I could probably reduce the 1-8 to 5 (and move around some of my shift modifiers to make room for the remaining 3 abilities).

[Update]: Thanks to Quorniya for pointing out my derp! I totally forgot to include Healing Touch, Nourish and Innervate.  Considering the amount I actually do use these spells AND the new Restoration Druid Mastery we will be getting with Patch 4.2, Healing Touch and Nourish will be even more important to have keybound.

Derptastic, indeed Liz.

Anyhoo, here’s a suggested Project 5×2 setup for Restoration and Balance Druids:

There is quite a list of clickable abilities for both specs, but most of those spells are situational in nature (damage abilities as a healer, heals as a DPS, etc) or could be provided by another class (CCs, buffs, etc).

How would you play a Resto/Balance Druid with only 5 buttons + middle mouse?  Tell me in the comments, or leave a comment on @slowpoker’s page about Project 5×2!

Peace!

*Tree + Healing = Treealing :3

A New, Yet Familiar Home

About a month ago, I wrote about starting a character on Medivh-US and playing Rift.  The weekend before last, I resubscribed to WoW.  I haven’t had the motivation to log into Rift since that time.  My highest level Rift character is 38 and it just seems more of the same – quest here, close this annoying rift (I’m lookin at you, Mr. Bring-the-Wolves-to-the-Light Rift), quest quest quest.

One point of demotivation: I know a helluvalot less about the world, history, NPCs, quests, etc., which was frustrating for me.  While the Rift database at Zam is starting to look as cool as WoWhead (they’re owned by the same company), it’s just not as robust.  And let’s face it, I pay my bills by finding needed information.  An empty database is pretty, well, irritating for me (yes yes, I know it will be filled soon; I’m not keen on waiting for that).  There are also a few other things about Rift that have made me think “Meh, I liked [whatever feature] in WoW better.”  This is not to say that there aren’t features in Rift I wish were in WoW (like checking the box to cast on target’s target – no macros needed; right-clicking a waypoint on the map; public groups).

So I found myself yearning to return to the familiar.  I also wanted to start “fresh,” so to speak.  I was leveling a bébé druid named Lizzia on Medivh with the guild Waypoint.  I thought to myself (like I’m prone to do now that I have 7 level 80+ characters), “why am I leveling a whole new druid when I have one at 85 already!?.  So, I transferred my 85 druid, Lizziã to Medivh last weekend and changed her name to Lizzia (no funky a; baleeted the bébé to get it).  I also respecced her to Restoration and have been having such a good time!  Guild chat is not a communication desert anymore!  There are actual people I can actually help!

I’ve even been 50% successful on bringing my husband to Medivh.  He rolled a nelf rogue last night about 4:30pm and 3.5 hours later, level 9. We will likely get to level 10 tonight, he on his rogue, me on my new dorf healadin Beattrice.  I’ve been asking him to transfer one of his level 85 characters (preferably his ret pally) but he’s not keen on it (considering he’d have to part with money to do so).

So!  Thanks to Waypoint for being awesome.  I feel welcomed and liked.  That feels nice for a change. :)

To mah Rifting frands: I’m sorry to disappoint if I have; may you bring Regulos to swift justice in the near future!

Salute!