Thursday, September 6, 2007

Link Loot Test!

Thanks Ratshag for giving me info on how to link items in blogs. Even though he thinks all we night elves do is sing folk tunes in a coffee shop. We hold hands in a circle while singing songs in the woods thank you very much!

Here is my first test.
[Gyro-balanced Khorium Destroyer]

And now something less blammo
[Captured Firefly]

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mouse over Loot?

Can anyone explain to me noob-style how to add loot to my blog so that when you mouse over it, it shows its stats? Like you can do in game with tooltips I guess?

Here's an example BRK did with the fiend slayer boots.

I'd like to add pictures too someday, but I don't want to get ahead of myself here!

Monday, September 3, 2007


I guess its official. I am no longer a full-time raider. I'm not even a part-time raider. I'm, well...I'm just a player. I quit raiding a while back, but in the back of my mind I still wanted to raid. In the back of my mind, I was trying to justify that all the things that pushed me away from raiding weren't really that bad.

I still do the occasional Karazhan run to hang with friends or help out. But that doesn't count as raiding.

I barely keep up with what my own guild is doing inside of instances anymore. I used to miss being in there wiping with them. Now I think "I'm glad I don't have to pay those repair bills!" and "That wipe could buy my alt a new breastplate".

Why do I feel this deserves its own post? Well I first started blogging in part to talk about raid issues that were leading to burnout and me wanting to cut back. So, it took me almost a year to leave it behind.

It deserves its own post because raiding in WoW turned out to be a huge part of the game for me. I honestly thought I would be so bored without raiding that I would quit if I didn't raid. So I'm surprised to find myself having fun with the game, even without having it revolve around raiding.


I wonder how Blizzard will handle future expansions in regards to alts.

My friend did a successful raid spot switch from one main to the a new one recently. Anyone who has raided on one character for a while knows its not always easy to switch to a new character - especially if the old role was one of those abundant healer or tank roles and the new role is the scarce dps roles. But he did so, and is having fun. However he's finding having to re-grind reputation a bit of a pain.

I had a easy time of it on my first 70 because everyone was running everything. Getting different reps - Aldor, Scryer, Heroic, Sha'tar, etc - came rather easily as a part of leveling and doing quests and helping others.

But on my subsequent alts I can't bring myself to run various instances that I've done so many times already I'm exalted.

One player on the general forum (really wish I still had the quote) said something about how having to stick with one character, build upon it and make permanent choices is really what RPGs are all about. There were comments that the alt-friendliness that is counter to sticking to one character is what made WoW successful and gave it staying power. You can't raid at end-game? Roll an alt!

Leveling gets stale, but is still doable. However the things Burning Crusade introduced have made alt playing at endgame slow down, from my limited view. I know of 3 people who play multiple characters at that level and they don't have jobs.

What does this mean for the future of WoW? If anything? I think they'll need to ease up on the endgame requirements. Or maybe that's just my wishful thinking.

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