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A quick word

Posted in A Word, Pie, Real Life with tags , , , on October 18, 2012 by forthepie

Just a quick little post to let you know what’s going on. No, 4thehorde isn’t going away, I know we’ve been a little quiet in the post department, though. Real life has crept up on us and a couple of us haven’t been able to log in for a week or so.

My issue is reoccurring issue with tendonitis in my right wrist. The Sunday raid with BigBearButt in ICC really aggravated it. Basically, I am a mouse clicker, keyboard turning player. To be honest, it’s really not an issue for me, because I don’t PvP much. After this bout with tendonitis, I’ve decided to retrain myself to use the mouse to turn and the keybinds to use my abilities. It’s a lot to relearn.

But, right now, I am taking a break from the game to give my wrist some rest. I haven’t even logged in to harvest my vegetables. I am enjoying WOW enough to know I won’t stop with just harvesting.

Have a great weekend everyone.


I can read: Warcraft books from Cataclysm

Posted in Cataclysm, Lore, MOKFP, Reading, Real Life, RP, World of Warcraft books, WOTLKEE with tags , , , , on September 27, 2012 by forthepie

I know, MoKFP has released, but really, do you need another impression of the expansion?  I am planning on giving you my impression, but I played from about 2:15AM CDT, took a nap in the middle of the day and then ended my day about 6PM CDT to watch my newly arrived Avengers Blu-Ray.

I like MoKFP. There, in 3 words I summed up the post I may or may not write later on.

Today, though, I wanted to talk about the Warcraft books, specifically, The Shattering and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects. I just finished Thrall last night, finishing Shattering a few days before. I read fast and I read Thrall pretty much in one day. I am behind on the books and I need to catch up. I’ve started Jaina, but I am not that far into it.

I am not going to get into the Knaak vs Golden debate. I like both.

I love Thrall and for those that have read some of my RP stories, you’ll know Halkale loves Thrall too. I see Thrall as the ultimate Orc. Yes, I know Kor loves him some Garrosh and I’ll be honest, I think Blizz may be doing Garrosh a disfavor by not developing him, but I am not sure every hero needs to be redeemed.

Thrall is about honor and understanding that the Orcs must be about something more than war and destruction. Yes, the game is called World of WARcraft, but let’s be honest, other than a few areas, are we really at war? Is Mists going to change that, as we believe based on rumors and hints?

Shattering really renewed my interest in the dwarven history and lore and made me want to run out and get my dwarven paladin leveled. I also think Varian came out looking okay in the book and I am looking forward to see how they bring Anduin up.

The book Thrall combines my love of Thrall and the Aspects, especially the Life-Binder. Again, if you’ve read my stories you know that the red dragonflight plays a huge part in them. I absolutely love all the quests that deal with them and Halkale will always use the red drake has his flying mount.

I really wish I had read these two books prior to the release of Cataclysm or at least before I went through all the quests in the zones. Seriously, they make a lot of those quests come alive even more. Especially the Call of the World Shaman line.  I really wasn’t planning on buying the Wolfheart book, but I am now.

These books really fill in the holes between WOTLKEE and Cata, but based on the few hours of questing that I did Tuesday, I am not sure there is much needed to explain Panderia. Although, if they released some books on the Panda’s adventures from the Shattering to MoKFP, I am pretty sure WOW folks would buy them, yes?

I do believe that after you read the books you might not hate Varian and Garrosh as much, maybe not at all. Both are flawed, yes, but I think they balance people like Jaina and Thrall and even Cairne who don’t seem to be imperfect. Until you read Thrall and realize how much self doubt the big guy goes through.

I really would like to have a book written on the Tauren perspective. I know there are rumors the next book will be on Vol’jin. Not a huge fan of trolls in game, but hey perhaps I’ll learn a few things from a book.

I know when I was reading the Star Wars books, preparing for TOR, there was a lot of debate on canon. I know in the past, Knaak’s universe vs the other authors was debated. It seems that Blizzard has combined the two story lines a little bit. Characters that never appeared or played so minor roles in other authors, but were main characters in Knaak seem to have a place in Golden’s telling of the world, granted she did kill off one of my favorite reds, but did it with such feeling, I got a little misty-eyed…okay a lot.

I said I wouldn’t get into the debate, but I do think Golden may be the better story teller, the better emotion puller. Perhaps it’s the stories she’s allowed to tell or not. I know a good book when I read one, I know it because I find myself in the characters’ hearts and minds and I go through their emotions. I find a do that with both authors, but maybe Golden just a little more.

I love the books, but I do agree with one blogger (I think it might have been BBB) who said since the books started releasing, Blizz got lazy with in game lore. At the same time, the books allow me to read the “in-between” stuff and make sure I am caught up on both sides of the war.

Read the books, I think you’ll enjoy them.



A long time ago, in a galaxy quite near actually…

Posted in MOKFP, News, Pie, Real Life with tags , on August 30, 2012 by forthepie

April 6, 2010, I made my last post on 4theHorde. It was a review of the WOW headphones. 2 years, 4 months and a 23 days later, I return. I haven’t been gone from WOW that long, but I haven’t had much to say, unless you count the comments I’ve made on other people’s blogs.  My feed reader still has a couple WOW blogs in it. 4TH good friend and lover of all things holy paladin Repgrind, and of course the one and only Big Bear Butt and a new one I love, by Garrosh himself. I was reading and looking up stuff for Cataclysm and then, as the others have said, the group started to lose their love of WOW. Fikkle and I tried hard to find our lost love for Azeroth, spending money switching servers…then switching factions, then switching back. Star Wars: The Old Republic loomed on the horizon and probably sometime in May or June of 2011, I left WOW, for what I thought was for good. I actually deleted the game from my computer. Which, I will tell you, is a bad thing, if you ever play again. All my settings were gone. I had to find my addons by trial and error. Before you delete the game, copy and save your WTF folder. Seriously.

In the first part of July 2011, I was invited to SWTOR Beta, the only one of the group and I was probably the least interested in the game. I was only going to play because the others were going and they were pumped and I hoped that we’d all group up again in a galaxy far, far away and it would be good.  I played Beta from July through the release, then switched over to live and grouped up with Fikkle and his brother Kevin, leveling in a group most of the time. I started out as a healing bounty hunter, Fikkle an evil Sith Warrior and Kevin as a dps bounty hunter. Things were great. We then started leveling a group on another server on the Republic side. I was a Sage, Kevin and Fikkle were troopers. We spent a lot of time in the warzones, PvPing it up. Fikkle healed us, while Kevin and I spent most of our time killing the other team. Sadly, Kevin and Fikkle got ahead of me level-wise because of a vacation they took. Then, the big patch Fikkle talked about hit. Fikkle left TOR and I went back to my bounty hunter to level him to 50. I found another guild, great group of friends that welcomed me in. I switched over to dps and we raided. Then summer hit and I got tendonitis in my right wrist, which reduced my game time. The guild started leaking active players and I couldn’t find another place.  I stopped gaming for a bit to allow my wrist to rest and heal, and to catch up on some of the shows I watch, to start some new ones and to slog through the Song of Ice and Fire series. (book 4 how you drag on…)

Meanwhile, Sy and Kevin and even Nim were talking about WOW and I started getting a little homesick for Azeroth. Kevin needed a Scroll of Resurrection to get the new mount Blizz offers, so I took it at the end of July, 2012. Soon after, Fikkle received my SoR. We’ve wandered around visiting places and learning the game again. We didn’t really want to delve too deep since the game changed Tuesday.  This post was written Monday morning and scheduled for my normal post day of Thursday, so as you read this, I am learning the game over again, just like you. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be posting from the perspective of a paladin. Yes, I know, Halkale is pretty much my main, but Sy has been playing his hunter most in Cata and he wants to bring you the hunter perspective, so I’ll be bringing you the world of Bratwurst, the Tauren Tankadin.

Welcome back 4theHorde

Before I end this post, I wanted to sum up my thoughts on what TOR does that I really think Blizzard ought to put into WOW. By this, I don’t mean making WOW like TOR, but some quality of life things that I really enjoyed.

1) Cross Faction mail system for your account. There was no Bind on Account or Heirloom gear in TOR, if it was bound to your character it was bound to your character, but credits and other supplies were able to be moved from one character to another. Now this only came about after Legacy was introduced, but still, I miss that so much in WOW. I have a few alts, I’d like to be able to move stuff around.  Heck I’d really like for them to get to a point where we could mail our heirlooms across servers, too. That way I wouldn’t have to pay for server transfers…..hey, I see what you did Blizzard.

2) Crew skills vs professions. First, I don’t think WOW should have crew skills, what I mean by this is how TOR allows you to keep your mats in your bank and then be able to use them to make things. It’s so annoying to have to go to my bank and fill my bags to create some items. I realize part of this is to require folks to get into town or blow their mobile banking cool down, but really is it that fun?
I had a couple more ideas, but then Blizzard went and announced they were coming in the next expansion. I am interested in seeing how the really work in game.

Lastly, it may be blue, but it sure is epic:

It seats 5, but has no vendors.

Blood and Thunder! Lok’tar Ogar! For the Horde!

Posted in Random, Real Life on August 29, 2012 by Kor

Lok’tar friends!

It has been a long time since I’ve uttered those words here at For the Horde. But as you may have seen from a few posts, we’re back. Most of us anyways. We came back to the game, and we came back to blogging. I wanted to talk about what’s been up and why I left and why I came back, as well as what I’ve been up to in the mean time.

Back when the Cataclysm beta was still closed I was lucky enough to receive an invite from Blizzard to come and test the expansion. At the time, I was super excited. There’s only a few things I would’ve considered more exciting (like writing for Blizzard (hint, hint, wink, wink… lol). Deathwing was the big baddie, worgens and goblins were the new races, and I’d been wanting to play a goblin since BC. The world was being torn asunder and being reworked… All of it was really cool. I am also a huge fan of Garrosh, which I know puts me in the minority, but I don’t care. For an Orc Warrior, Garrosh was my kind of leader.

But then they decided to change the talent system. And I hated it. I absolutely hated it. From a player who had almost every class at max level, the thought of having to relearn how to talent and spec all of my characters (all of which had dual specs, usually to fulfill multiple roles), just seemed rediculous. But that ‘work’ wasn’t really what made me leave, it was the fact that I hated the way the new classes played. I think it was a matter of too many radical changes all at once.

In any case, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way about Cata. I read somewhere that it was WoW’s worst expansion in terms of player retention. While I don’t have a link for that and can’t really confirm it other than by speculation, I can see how it would make sense. Its the most radical expansion they’ve had so far, and generally people are usually in favor of change for the sake of change. All of that being said, the expansion by no means ruined the game. As far as I can tell, WoW is as vibrant as it ever been, even if the community feel of the game is somewhat less alive than it used to be. (Again, a purely anecdotal observation).

So I left the game. It was probably a good move for me at the time. I actually took a break from all gaming for a long while, until Star Wars The Old Republic was released. Regardless of what you may think of TOR, I actually had a lot of fun with that game when it was released. I levellled a Sith Warrior to end game and then a Trooper Commando. The Trooper was a pure pvp healer and levellled that way and then continued to only pvp at end game. Without patting myself too much on the back, I’ll just say that I got pretty good at it. The warzones (BGs) on the server my Trooper was on were generally dominated by the Empire faction, so the matches were always very challenging, but I quickly earned a reputation on the server as one of the top healers, and I was listed as KoS by the two top Empire pvp guilds, which was both flattering and frustrating.

But BioWare made some game design choices for one of their early patches that were going to significantly alter the way many of the classes played, and in my opinion they really botched the whole thing. Pie has his theories on what happened, but this is how I saw it. Leading up to the patch, they told us that significant changes were coming but that they weren’t going to discuss the details until they released the details. Fair enough. I know what MMO communities can be like and the devs were trying to prepare everyone for what was coming. But then they released all the details, and there was about a week where the devs wouldn’t engage anyone in the community on their concerns over the changes. I don’t really remember all of the details anymore, but I know that there were nerfs to all healers, and the changes were going to seriously affect pvp healing in particular. For someone who’s whole game had been about pvp healing, I was interested in suffering through a buff nerf cycle that was going to make my gaming experience every night even worse than it already was. Despite what I said about my personal reputation on the server, we actually lost about 80% of the pvp matches on our server. So for them to say that my class needed to be nerfed was a little much, especially when the class that had the easiest time solo killing a commando healer was getting a major buff to DPS. Anyways, I don’t want to get too much into it, but I chose to leave the game in protest. Before I get hounded with the “QQ moar nub” comments, I want to point out that the reason I left was over the way the devs handled the community. The forums were in an uproar that week, way worse than they had been over most other changes, and the devs wouldn’t even engage us in discussions over the changes. Their attitude was “we have the stats on the game, we know best” and that was it. In the end, a large portion of the player base left the game from what I understand, and BioWare eventually let to a large portion of their community team. It’s too bad, I really did enjoy that game for a while.

So after TOR I took another break from gaming and decided to focus on work (which got super serial). But then my friends started coming back to WoW and discussing it in our shenanigans emails. But that still wasn’t enough. Oddly enough, I got talking about wow with a coworker, someone who had only played the low levels of the game and wasn’t as into it as I was. But I got explaining who my characters were and what their backstories were and what cool things they had done in the game. What I realized is that while they may only be color pixels to some, these characters were like friends. I knew their histories and I knew their struggles. I was there in Gruul’s laid when the Kate tank went down and Fik jumped in, spell stole the shield and began burning the boss, which led to a successful kill. I was there when my friends and I cleared Karazhan together, when we attempted Naxxramas-10 for the first time and when we ground out the Bloodsail Admiral title together.

All of that nostalgia was too much to take. After a long break and many denials, I have come back to WoW. Since being back I’ve managed to level Kor up to 84 (had to take a small hiatus due to work), but he should get to 85 before Mists of King Fu Panda drops.  I’m not 100% certain what I’ll be doing in MoKFP, but I suspect I’ll be sticking with Kor, the Orc Warrior. I’m also interested in going back to my RP roots and writing some stories for them, so that may be a side project I work on as well.  For now its a work in progress, and I’d like to make some headway with it before I choose to publish anything, so that I won’t fall behind if work picks up.

That’s it for now. If you are a returning reader, welcome back to For the Horde. If you’re new, then stay a while and make yourself comfy. If you need anything, whatever is Sy’s is yours. 😉 In the meantime,

Stay Hordecore!

— Kor (or the blogger formerly known as Fik)

What Gnomer Said…

Posted in Rant, Real Life on July 7, 2010 by Kor

Lok’tar friends,

First, what Gnomer said.

Second, I haven’t posted here in quite some time. Actually, none of the bloggers who have posting rights have done so. Some of us are still playing the game, very regularly. I have taken some breaks from the game, but I’ve been back now for a while. And I have been having so much fun. At least I was.

I have never been chicken little. Throughout the course of my wow career I have seen game changes come and go, and I’ve heard the nay-sayers proclaim that the end is here or near or around the corner. The introduction of Badges of Justice, Blizzard selling vanity items (to name a few) are some of the issues that people have cried havoc about and let slip the dogs of account cancellation. This happened again with the announcment of Real ID not too long ago and I’ll admit, I once again thought that it wasn’t too bad a system. Even once implemented, I actually enjoyed most of the functionality. It did take away my ability to go bounce around on a lowbie without logging into vent and having that sense of anonymity to it, but it was okay since it wasn’t the end of the world, even though as one of the more knowledgeable members in my group of friends (about the game), some of the newer folks are constantly asking me questions about what this means, or how’d they do that, or which piece of gear is better. Those things get tiresome after a while, and now I have no way to hide from that, but, not the end of the world.

But now the sky is falling. The WoW sky. In order to play this game that we all enjoy, we have to sign the Terms of Service and as such, we declare that we have no right to the in-game stuff and all that techno-babble that most people don’t bother to read. But that does not give you the right to publish my personal information. Period. And this isn’t even some paranoia rant or ‘dual-life’ argument that I’ve read about. I’m not a chick, so I’m not at much risk of being stalked, and I don’t have a really unique name or anything IRL. People that I work with already know about my pastimes and I’m not disadvantaged because of it.

I can understand the need to give Blizzard my information to play their game. That is reasonable to me because when I give them that info I trust that they aren’t going to do anything stupid with it. I trust that they are going to respect my privacy. And this is the part where all the people who disagree with me will say “Oh Noes, but failID is optional, you don’t have to use it.” And yes, that may be true. But if they are willing to let my personal information that I gave to them in trust be published WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE THAN TO NOT USE IT, than I’m not going to use it.

One more quick little side bar. I only play one MMO at the moment, this one. In fact, I rarely play any other video games at all. Why? Because WoW is where all my friends are, it is fun and interesting and its all I really need as a hobby. But this is going to far for my personal likes. There are plenty of other games out there I can play. I did play Assassin’s Creed II over the Christmas holidays and had a blast with it, despite the fact that its really short, in comparison to something like, say, wow. I stopped playing Oblivion mid-way through completing that game when I started playing wow, and never went back. I have only played Civ III, my all time favorite game ever, a handful of times since I started playing wow, and that game was old faithful for me for so, so many years. There are other options for my gaming time.

As one individual I don’t have very many options to protest Blizzard’s actions. I can’t tell them that in order to get my subscription fees (and numerous server transfers, race/faction changes, character re-customization fees), they need to sign a terms of service with me that says they are not allowed to publish my personal information anywhere without my direct permission. They don’t allow petitions on their forums, so we can’t show our support that way. They didn’t ask us in a poll. They just decided that they needed to make their game more like failbook. And I use failbook, but I use failbook with people who I already know, who already have my information and could get nothing else from it no matter how hard they tried.

So to Blizzard, I say this: My identity has value. It has value to me and you have no right to devalue my personal information by making it available to anyone, anywhere, anytime, in direct violation to the trust I placed in you when I gave you that information. I suppose I could go on paying you each month and then some, but that would just be tacit approval that what you are doing isn’t wrong. And it is wrong. It violates the trust I placed in you and the faith that I’ve had in you ever since I played Diablo 1 oh so many years ago. The only recourse that I have open to me is to tell you that I will stop supporting your company with my hard earned money. That goes for this game and every other game you make. I don’t care how amazing they are, you will not see another penny from me ever again.

That, and what Gnomer said:


Fikkle and out.

Merry Christmas from all of us at 4TH

Posted in Holiday Event, Real Life with tags on December 24, 2009 by forthepie

Merry Christmas to you and your families.

A special thanks to those serving, at home and abroad. To those who spend this holiday season away from their families and those in harm’s way.  Thank you!

Here’s to a prosperous New Year to all of us.  Okay not so much for you alliance peoples…but just maybe a little bit.

Perhaps next week when the family isn’t in town, I’ll tell you of my embarrassing heroic run back in BC…Fellhoof, the druid Tank reminded me of said story.

Real Life Expansion Packs and Heroic Dungeon!

Posted in Real Life on October 19, 2009 by sylus

This past week has been extremely busy, crazy and off the wall. Many of you knew that I was waiting on the release date for my newest real life expansion pack, and as of Wednesday morning(3:12 to be exact) the ex-pac went live! Let me tell you, this expansion pack (titled Fatherhood: Your Life will Never be the Same) comes only after completing one of the hardest(and disturbing!) 5 man dungeons in the game…HEROIC BIRTHING ROOM 2!!!

Now, let me give you a bit of detail about this encounter leading up to the expansion pac. First off, it’s your standard 5 man run. All of the standard group requirements are there. You’ve got your tank(the mother holding all aggro), your healer(doctor), your DPS class and support roles(nurses and me!). All in all pretty standard group makeup.

Now, something you need to know about HBR2(Heroic Birthing Room 2) is that it’s not a “normal” boss encounter. You see, at first the boss is this little gnome, all cute and cuddly. It’s not a normal fight either. Yes, the tank is keeping aggro, the healer keeps the tank(and group) from wiping, and the rest of us give our support, but there’s a new mechanic involved in this one too.  The fight is long and hard. When we ran the instance it took about 13 hours…Yes, hours. From what I have heard, 13 is nothing, some groups running it in as many as 36+ hours for a succesful run….ouch. During the encounter(the entire run involves a single boss(well, it could involve 2, 3, even 8(sorry octomom!)), ours was just he single boss mode…I guess that makes the others hard modes? Anyway…

This fight is done in ten stages, a diagram below illustrates this for you:


Sorry this pic is on its side…. the chart wasn’t cooperating with me. If you’d take a look at the progression, it gets larger, and more difficult as the fight goes, building in intensity throughout.

Now, this fight comes with its rewards, in fact, one of the best pieces of loot I’ve ever seen dropped! First, lets show off the regular ol’ gear drops.


Yes, two helms dropped! The little one is +20 frost protection, while the big one is +40. (This is the difference between the smallest and largest they give new born babies at birth!)

Now, the loot you’ve all been waiting to see….


That’s the tank(my wife…wait, tank doesn’t sound flattering…meat shield?) holding the legendary drop! Little Lily!

The stats on this one are amazing, 8lbs, 14 oz. 20 1/2 inches long, born at 3:12 am. Totally way past my  bedtime, but totally worth it! Thanks Ladygil for giving me an awesome new daughter,you are the greatest gal an orc could ask for!

Oh, and I got a new title as well!
~Papa Sy