Category Archives: 3 – Perish Twice

My World of Warcraft subblog focusing primarily on learning how to dual-box effectively, but also prone to game-related tangents.

Gearing Alts by Accident

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple -- Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple — Jenny Joseph

Apologies to Jenny Joseph, but it’s been one of those, err– months? Years?

I’ve forgotten how long I’ve been running around re-learning How Not To Die. Which is appropriate, given the settings.

But I’m getting better at Not Dying, working out how to fit all the fun of Feral Feral’ing into fewer buttons (and more macros), and slowly… veeeeery slowly gearing up.

WoW seems to be subtly hinting that I need to play my alts.

Where ‘subtle’ means 75% of the build-a-bearcat gear drops aren’t leather.

On the on hand, it is a good way to lure me into looking over all the alts I’ve left to twiddle their thumbs, but on the other– I just want to wear purple goldarnit! With so many people running around, I’ve had more luck finding chests than I have killing anything, so the grind is that much slower.

Cranefeather Gear
Cranefeather Gear

I still need the chest, boots, helm and belt– which means I’m only 50% done.

Now if I only had enough high levels alts to use all the cloth, mail, and plate by-products…. *mutters*

Hearthing ALL the Stones!

My New Addiction
My New Addiction

So…. yes. I might not be spending quite as much time on the Timeless Isle as I should be, but finally all those years of Magic: the Gathering are paying off!

For values of ‘paying off’ that include ‘not getting my butt kicked too horribly.’

Hearthstone is actually a lot of fun and the fact that I don’t have to spend real money on it (although I did buy a booster-pack pair) is a big draw for me. I like the idea of playing to earn cards more, so I’m trying to limit myself to just finishing the daily quests.

I did the one free round of arena and promptly got my butt kicked. Darn you non-AI players! *waves fist as sky* Continue reading Hearthing ALL the Stones!

Solo Feral Druid-ing (a Guide to Not Dying) : Part 1

I will call you, My Death!
I will call you, My Death!

Hello My Death, we meet again!

In my thus far fruitless quest to Not Die to the giant birds of DOOM has taken a new turn. I’m actually putting research into my rotation instead of just flailing about madly. (To be fair, I’ve done pretty well flailing up until this point.)

So, yes, time to think first and then leap charge! Or pounce. Depending on my ability to remember to stealth. Continue reading Solo Feral Druid-ing (a Guide to Not Dying) : Part 1

Embracing the Timeless-ness-ing

Doing the New Gear Kermit Dance
New Gear Kermit Dance!

I’ve been cautiously setting paw in the new Timeless Isle… but apparently not cautiously enough, because I’m dying. LOTS.

But amoungst the dying (and accidental clicking of Level 25 critters that I immediately surrender to) I have been collecting new gear! :D

And then dying some more… but I’m slowly but surely moving my keybinds around so my OhShit! buttons are easier to get to. I think I’m the only one out there blowing cooldowns to fight mobs, but what the heck– Bliz gave me the abilities, I may as well use them!

Which means I need to sit down and tweak my macros a bit. I’m still ending up in caster form due to mistimed ‘free’ heals and I need a way back to kitty-kill-it asap.

So in a bit there will be a post of ‘these are my macros, hopefully they’ll help someone else.’ Mind you, I’m probably the only person trying to play with a limited key range (yay treadmills!) but I figure if I can manage to get Feral down to a handful of keys and some mouse-buttons, I must be doing something right! ;)

Casually Running Two Patches Behind

Dancing Flames
Fire Pretty, Tree Bad!

I embraced the fact I was never going to be an end-game raider a long long time ago. I don’t play often enough to stay abreast of the theorycrafting and required grinds, and that was fine by me.

What I didn’t expect was that I’d find myself permanently behind the curve on basic content.

Sure, I hit level 90, maxed out my garden, and kicked some cooking achievement tush, but I’ve only muddled about a bit with pet battles, dabbled in archeology, ran a tiny handful of the new dungeons, and a smidge more of the scenarios.

Once the new patch hits there will be content I never got around to that I can now never ‘catch-up’ on.

True, I lost a lot of opportunities when Cataclysm hit, and a few more with each patch and expansion since… but I always figured I’d work my way current again at some point. The list was just so large it was hard to pick something small enough to focus on.

Now– well, I’m working on a list of ‘all the things I need to do before they delete somethings else!’ and when you add in the time crunch it seems pretty much impossible. Which would be why I haven’t logged in for two weeks and am really not looking forward to today’s download.

So yay, new patch? *sighs and goes off to try and find the fun again*

Scenery Long Su-Shi Fish Water

Treadmill Gaming and the FPS Condundrum

Engineers don't need pants!
Engineers don’t need pants!

One of my coworkers has been trying to rally the rest of us into playing Firefall– but I’ve never been that good at first person shooters and that was before I started playing on a treadmill.

But you can’t get better at things unless you push the envelope a bit and I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. (I have a lot of fond memories of playing Halflife at house-LAN parties and dying in new and interesting ways.)

So I settled in Saturday and played the first few hours on a barstool instead of walking… Which turned out to be a very very good idea. Continue reading Treadmill Gaming and the FPS Condundrum

Getting Back on the Horse, err Cat!

The Blizzard Email of Shame
The Blizzard Email of Shame

Once upon a time there was a girl who walked through Azeroth…

And then she got lazy and stopped logging in.

Stopped running dailies.

Stopped working on keybinds. And rotations. And gear research. And blogging said research.

And lo… the fitness she had achieved via dual-boxing went right out the window and she did not make Level 5 in HealthMiles. And verily, she was sad. Continue reading Getting Back on the Horse, err Cat!