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Leveling and Transmogging

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by sylus

Welcome back everyone to your favorite Horde-centric, multiblogger, random horde blog on WordPress. Yeah, I’m being a bit specific on this one, but hey, we really need to narrow down the audience right? I mean, without naming you guys, which we may have in the past I’m not sure, I’m not sure what to call you. So, until further notice, and we come up with a better name for you guys, I’ll call you Steve.

So, Steve, I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Real life was awesome, took the kids to a pumpkin patch/farm and had fun thing the little ones tank the headless horseman… Wait, I’m getting in game mixed up with retail life again… That happens from time to time. We did go to a pumpkin patch, there wasn’t a headless horseman giving away candy, trinkets, mounts and helmets, but we had fun none the less.

In game, Hallow’s end started up and everyone has been enjoying this… Me not so much, I’ve just been leveling my monk. He hit 69 this weekend, which was only a level off of my goal. I knew I would be pushing things to get to 70, but I thought, hey, let’s shoot for the stars. What amazed me was how far I went this weekend. I started out at 62 and I only had to do parts of hellfire and nagrand to get to 68, then I dropped everything and made a mad dash for northrend. It felt good to be back on Azeroth. Random thought, It’s a really weird feeling knowing you are on another planet… Outland is another planet… Huh, I guess I never gave it much thought.

Anyway, so I hit 68 and headed for Borean Tundra. That was fun. That zone did a good job introducing you to northrend, new races, new questing styles, and a very “cold” feel to the landscape. It did a great job transitioning into some of the more advanced zones.

I’m fully convinced I could have hit 70 this past weekend if not for one little, very addicting thing. Transmogrification. Yup, I’m still Transmogging every upgrade I get. Spending 10 minutes every gear upgrade while questing zoning back to Org, mogging the gear, and zoning back. Seriously… It’s really sad. Well, if everything goes well, I’ll be sitting at 74 by the end of the week, so I can push through to 80 next weekend. We’ll see, but either way, it’s a goal.

~OldManSy

The State of the World…of Warcraft

Posted in Alts, Cataclysm with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by sylus

Here we are, a week after the 4.0.1 patch drop. As I look around at the landscape of my personal gaming friends, I see more than just a game patch that changes how we play the game, but a game changer that is the end for some, and a new beginning for others.

Looking back over my personal gaming career change has always been the catalyst that drives my gaming style. Back on console games I would change games several times per day, constantly wanting something new, regardless as to how I was doing in my current game, a level of Mario, wait, lets play some Tetris. A level of Zelda, oooo, Battle Toads! I was a bit ADD, even if just in my gaming style. Onto the larger world of MMO’s. I started my online gaming career back in Star Wars Galaxies. I had tried Everquest a few years prior, but hated it. I just wasn’t ready for the MMO landscape. Galaxies was a blast. I played from about six months into the game through the NGE, aka New Game Enhancements.  This was through two combat upgrades and finally the death of SWG for me, NGE. SO, as you can see, I’m use to combat systems changing. When I left SWG, I migrated to WoW. I’ve loved wow for five years now. It’s been a great game, I’ve made some great friends, and learned alot about some friends I drug (or drugged?) into wow.

Now we sit at a junction. 4.0.1 is one of those game altering changes. Not much about playing wow is as it was just over a week ago. Yes, you still have dps classes, tanks, healers, etc, but how they are played is different. Talents that were once must haves are gone, talents we didn’t know we wanted have magically appeared. Tree’s are simplified, or as in the case of Nimrock’s Druid Fang, only come out every once and a while now! With the coming of 4.0.1 and the huge wealth of information out about it’s imminent arrival I had alot of reading to do. At first I thought to myself, Crap. This is Star Wars Galaxies New Game Enhancements all over again. I was worried that this would alter the game to the point that it was no fun. The game would never be the same for me. I would have to wait six months to play another MMO that looks good to me(TOR). I was wrong for me. Others, this has been the case.

One thing I know about the oncoming Cataclysm is that there is going to be alot more change. Now might be a good time for some of us to “reroll” our characters and let go of what we cherished about wow pre-4.0.1. For some of us, it’s time to rekindle a love for older mains, reuse the characters in our wow-verse that were once very valuable to our playtime. This is where I stand. I’m back with my stabby toon, the rogue, and have almost abandoned my hunter. My DK tank is in the garage for the moment, and to be honest, might not come out again. That’s the brilliance about this game. He can sit there as long as I want, and one day, I may come back to him. For now, times are changing, and I need to roll with it, find something I do like, and nurture that.

For some of my wow friends, I know you have chosen other things. This game isn’t what you remembered, or enjoyed. That’s the choice you have to make. If you ever decide to come back to Wow, know we’ll be here with open arms, and just because you choose not to play this crazy game anymore, doesn’t mean you didn’t mean anything to those of us that still do. You will be missed in game. Keep in touch. Also, I CAN HAZ GOLDZ?

Sensitive and Insensitive at the same time,
~Sy

The End has Come… and Gone.

Posted in Cataclysm, Discussion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by sylus

The End is Here! 4.0.1 is upon us! The time for making amends has come! Woe is me!

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic. As many of you have experienced first hand, yesterday Tuesday October 12, 2010 Patch 4.0.1 dropped. This is the big precursor patch for Cataclysm that makes sure everything is ready for the big release. all of the class changes, talent changes, user interface changes, and general newness has entered the world of warcraft. Yes, it is VERY different. It is a bit scary, even for a five-year vet like myself, but with a bit of reading, some time messing around with target dummies or in the field, and I’m sure all of us will be back on our feet dispatching homies with prejudice. ( I think I heard that in a rap song)

I’ve been a bit bored of Wow in recent months. I was even considering that I might have grown up a bit and needed to move on permanently from wow. I took most of the summer off, not even logging in the entire month of June, and finally letting my account lapse in July. Around mid september I picked the game back up, very casually. I play only in the late evening after my daughter is in bed, and only if all of my work is done and the wife doesn’t want to watch some tv. (we’ve gotten hooked on netflix and television seasons.)

So, my first impressions of wow 4.0 are as such:
The first thing that struck me was how fun the new talent trees look. Take my rogue for instance. The tree descriptions AMAZE me. Fancy words like Assassin, Swashbuckler, and Executioner… SERIOUSLY. My rogue has been 80 for over a year, and has sat there, content in junk gear not being played. Rogue was a huge love for me in wow for a long time, but it was lack luster at 80 for me. Now I’m totally wanting to play her.

The next thing I noticed was my hunter. Yes, yes, the tree’s are pretty much the same, BUT I have a new game mechanic, focus. I also have HUGE stables!!! I can keep up to five pets ON ME, and TWENTY in the stables!!!!! I must set up a good BM spec and go out and round-up EVERY PET I’VE EVER DREAMED OF USING!!!!  I’ve been a hunter through and through, now I see myself playing Gozz, and at least 2-3 other hunters as well! (I have a 56 troll hunter with a full set of Gladiator waiting for him at 60, a worgen, and an undead hunter with my internet namesake waiting on Cata!)

Thirdly( is this even a word?Grammar Hammer ruling needed please.) the graphical overhaul. The new water/lava effects are very well done, and just like other graphical changes was much-needed. I had to bump my rig back down a bit, but my computer could handle the graphics, but not at the frame rates I like to see. Either I’m stuck getting a smaller monitor(BOO) or finally updating my rig… (How can I get this one approved by the committee…aka wife…)

Fourthly, This has my interest peaked again. That’s the end all at the moment. If this game can keep me happy, keep me around, keep my friends playing, then I will be here…. Well, at least until the spring of 2011… Then the inner nerd inside of me that lives in a galaxy far far away just may take over… I’m just saying… Wow Vs. SW…. No contest. Especially a Bioware MMO. KOTOR I&II were AMAZING. But for now, Blizzard is doing a good job of bringing me back in. Good on ya Blizz, good on ya.

Also, if this didn’t interest you, Here’s a Pony.

Rambling on since 1980,
~Uncle Sy

Fikkle’s Citizenship Status

Posted in Alts, Cataclysm, Humor with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by sylus

Here at 4theHorde we like to keep you all up to date on teh many changes we have going on. So here’s a rundown of the most recent changes. Gnomageddon has deleted his gnomes and started a tauren Warrior. He looks good in a side of beef. Nimrock’s Healer tree has now began tanking heroics for a tank set. That’s going well. Pie’s Hunter is running a fulltime BM spec. My Priest was reformed into a troll… and finally Fikkle has the most changes of all. Kor is now a gnome warrior, not an orc warrior, his shaman is now on the alliance side waiting on the dwarfs to get their act together and start doing shaman stuffs, and finally Fikkle is working toward American Citizenship. If that doesn’t work out, he’s moving down south with Gnome. So, have a great day all, and I’ll keep you aprised of the changes as they occur. Also, the Grammer Hammer can Eat this post up, I’m okay with it.

4theAlliance,
~Sy

Re-Hordifying

Posted in Alts, Humor, Hunter with tags , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by sylus

Re-Hordifying. Yes, it’s a word.
A word according To The International Dictionary of Sylus. Created by the brilliant minds at Sylus, for Sylus.

Now, it’s time for a brief grammer and contextual usage lesson kids. Everyone pull out your International Dictionary of Sylus…It’s in your desks. I’ll give you another minute…Everyone ready? Okay. Turn to page 4,256, about half way up the page…right between ready-set-FEIGN DEATH!, and Reasonifying.

You, in the back row, could you read the definition of Re-Hordifying to the class?  Yes you, the Lady in the pigtales, from California, what’s your name….it’s been a while sinse you’ve been in class, Yes, that’s it, Gamedame! Go Ahead, we’re listening…

“Re-Hordifyingverb (used with object), verb (used without object), -fied, -fying.-to make or become reeducated and reacclamated to the ways of the Horde. “

Okay, thank you, now for the synonyms. How about you, the one in the Parka. Yes you, all the way up in Canada-land. Fikkle. Go ahead.

“Synonyms: Anti-Alliancing, Dwarf-shunning, Dranei-dropping, Nelf-Nerfing, Human-hating, Gnome-punter.”

Thank you, both of you, you have earned an extra credit point for the day. Now, lets have a brief discussion on the subject of Re-Hordifying. Over the past few weeks, a month or so at most, I’ve been destroying hordlings in the battlegrounds as a dwarf hunter. I’ve been doing very well in teh battlegrounds, but I blame that on all of the lowbies hitting the BG’s due to the whole XP thing. I’m not complaining in the slightest. It’s been a blast, and I will still play over there and level that hunter to see the content and get a toon to 80 on the dirty side(AKA Alliance).

I have however started playing on my horde toons again as well. Gozz 1.0, my main, is back at doing the argent tournament quests and doing his wintersgrasp quests at least one per week. I’m even taking the time to log in Sylus and Abadon, Rogue and DK, both at 80, to hit wintersgrasp weekly as well. You’re probably wondering to yourself, why now? why them? Well, sit back class, and let me educate you.

Hey, you with the pencil up your nose, Pie(Click the link, you know you want too) is it? stop that, it’s gross. Where was I? Oh yes, Re-Hordifying. In the process of deciding to level a toon on the dirty side to 80, I transferred all of my hunter and rogue heirloom gear to Winterhoof to play with Crits. This left my hordies H-gearless(heirloom gear). H-gearless is also found in The International Dictionary of Sylus as well. Page 739 if you are interested. Now, I’m wanting to level a Hordecore Orc Hunter(don’t tell Roz, or maybe a troll…they have bow bonuses…). Can I have a troll in an Orc’s skin costume?

Anyway, so I’ve been figuring up the easiest way to get all of the needed gear for my low level hunter. Here are my options. I can do wintersgrasp on my rogue and DK every week. If my figures are correct, I can have the needed stone keepers shards on each toon to get my two heartseeker daggers in two weeks. There, melee weapons, check. Now, I’m running Gozz through WG weekly as well, earning him 30-50 per week, depending on how hard I hit it, and he’s got 70ish now, so in three weeks give or take, I can have the shoulders. (I want the pvp ones for sure)

This leaves his ranged weapon and chest piece. I have a few options for the ranged weapon, so lets look at the chest piece. Really, with my time input at current(which is relatively low compared to my time input as of six months ago) it would be safe to assume I won’t be running a ton of heroics. Yes, I could run HTOC in thirty minutes every day, netting me three marks of conquest per day(not to mention a few extra champions seals). I would need 40 to get the heirloom chestpiece this way. I have roughly 10. So, theoretically, if I ran HTOC every day, I could have it in 10 days or so. I don’t run it everyday, and if I put effort into trying, I would probably only run it once every other day or so. Therefore, this route would take me 2-3 weeks to earn enough marks of conquest to trade them in one at a time(fix this Blizz!) into the marks of heroism. Then purchasing the pve heirloom chestpiece. My other option is to save up 60 champions seals and purchase it from the argent tournament. I currently have 26 seals after running my dailies today. Now, I can earn 10 seals per day, with the occasional extra seal being looted from the bag they give out. That’s six days of dailies, which can be a bit time consuming considering I don’t play a ton anymore(school, work, NEW BABY, and family see to that).

Now, yes, I have 26 already, I could have that puppy in a few days. There in lies my next predicament. I want to get the ranged weapon from the argent tournament. It’s 90 argent tournament champions seals, and in my opinion easier to get than saving the 350 shards for the wintersgrasp ranged weapon(Also, it’s a gun wg, I like the zing of an arrow to the pow of a gun). So, add this to the equation, and that means I need 130 total champions seals. Subtract out the 26 I already have, and I’m looking at 10.4 days. Just short of two weeks. Two weeks, in which chances are my new baby girl will be born. You see the predicament here. Life will be upside down. My other option, gather a group of friends(Nim on heals, Fik, Pie, Roz, Jaarka…wait, Grubbs, Sliggy, or any combination of the listed above, and tank on my DK Abadon. If we hit a chain of heroics on say, a Sunday afternoon(tomorrow) I could get the heirloom chest piece relatively quickly. I think he has a few marks, less than ten. If each heroic instance drops an estimated 4 marks of conquest per run, we’ll say assuming I have 5(I know it’s more than 0, but less than 10, so 5 average), that would be 9 runs. Assuming 45 minutes per run, allowing a quick 5-10 minutes in between to repair/reammo/release bladders, we’re looking at roughly 8 hours total. Oi… I guess that’s out!

With all of these variables, class, how long is it going to take Gozz 1.0,Sy, and Aba to gather all of the heirloom gear for a lowbie BG Horde Hunter?

You sleeping in the back row…Slig, wake him up, yes you Nimrock. Answer the question please…

“uh, what is the square root of four-million-three-hundred-twenty-one-thousand-seven-hundred-fifty-six to the third power of the infinite subset of i…”

I don’t even know what that means, but you are obviously smarter than me, and can do math in your sleep that I could never do with years of training, therefore I’m going to assume you meant roughly three weeks.

Yes, with just three weeks of work, I think I can be ready to give all of my lowbie heirloom gear to a tricked out horde orc(or troll) hunter and start tearing up the battlegrounds. This is a good thing, seeing as I have no idea what name to use, and seeing as I also am not sure what toon to get rid of( I have ten toons on DB…) I’ve got time to ponder this predicament. Now, should I factor in name time? oooooo, this could lead into a naming contest….I’ll save that for another post.

Anyway, class lets review, the definition of Re-Hordifying is what? You, in the back, the one with the injured butterfly wearing a sling, yes, you Rozjin.

“Um, it’s you returning to your Horde ways?”

Close enough, close enough.
~Uncle Sy

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