Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Random Mish-Mash of Stuff

I keep telling myself I need to update more often with interesting things. The problem with that is two-fold: I don’t have anything to write about and I am not very interesting. Moving on.

The following is just some stuff I have been collecting in my brain for future posts but have come to realize aren’t long/interesting enough to warrant their own article.

A New Blog!

Trees-Per-Second is in need of a makeover! Since I am no longer a tree druid and will most likely not be a tree druid again for some time, I have decided to shift the focus of the blog to a tank-centric atmosphere, complete with a new blog name! Bearly A Tank will launch with the Mists of Pandaria beta, along with new posts on all things bear related. On that note, I am looking for an artist to design the new page header. If you’re artistically inclined and are willing to do some pro-bono work for an aspiring blogger, get in touch with me.

Musings About RP Servers!

It occurred to me the other day after running myself ragged in random dungeon groups that I have never met a person from an RP server who wasnt at the very least polite. It’s entirely possible that I simply ran in to polite players who just so happened to be from an RP realm, but it got me thinking as to other causes of this (admittedly rare) phenomenon. Could it be that roleplayers in general are nicer folks? Doubt it. Might it have something to do with a roleplaying mentality, where you don’t drop character even for random dungeon groups? Maybe. It occurred to me that maybe these players are still “in character” even if they aren’t on their home realm for the time being. Their character isn’t a dick, so they don’t act like one. Or, maybe it is due to the fact that they have some sort of perceived “reputation” they don’t wish to tarnish. If they act like a rotten little prick then people will assume all roleplayers have bad attitudes, or that their behavior will reflect poorly on their guild or their server. Regardless, I wish more people acted nicer in random groups. It would make the whole process of leveling via the dungeon finder a lot less painful.

Iron Man Challenge?

I keep hearing about this thing and it keeps nagging at me. I want to try it. Part of me says go for it! The other part of me says I’m insane. Either way, if I decide to give it a shot I will post here about my adventures. They are destined to be brief and anger-filled.

And Much Fun Was Had

As I take a quick break from studying for a social psychology exam, I wanted to regale you with a lighthearted tale from today’s WoW adventures.

I was playing my level 34-ish Horde shaman, resto style, and was pretty damned bored. Low level healing, in my experience, can either be really boring or really frustrating. It’s rarely ever been “fun”. For instance, on my low level discipline priest, I find myself either boredly casting Renew and then waiting to refresh it, or healing like mad and running out of mana. There really is no middle ground, at least not yet. On my little shaman, I found myself loathing the very class mechanic that persuaded me to try resto in the first place: earth shield.

Oh earth shield…I was so interested in trying this out (for I am a simpleton, and its sound pleases me) and so I rolled a shaman purely because I wanted to make rocks float around the tank. But woe is me! Now this helpful little spell drives me insane! Earth shield is a lot like that one DPS who thinks they need to heal too. You’re charging up a big heal for the tank when WHAM. Suddenly his health pops up to full and you waste a chunk of mana on nothing. Upon closer inspection you notice that the shadow priest (or the ret paladin, or even worse the damn feral druid) is doing your job for you! And there isn’t even that much of a job to do, because low level tanks don’t need a whole lot of assistance in the health department. So you grumble quietly to yourself and tolerate this person as they stomp on your little healer toes. That quiet irritation is what I feel for earth shield. It’s sniping my heals. Got a big heal coming for ya – POW! Earth shield crits for 300! Heal is wasted. Glare at earth shield.

I digress! I was running dungeon after dungeon, and after the tenth time through Scarlet Monastery’s graveyard I was pretty damned bored. Cast earth shield on the tank. Pick nose. Refresh earth shield. Eat booger. Bored.

And then I zoned in to this wonderful group who caught me entirely off guard. The tank started off by apologizing for his gear, so I assumed this was going to suck. And then this tank, whether by sheer insanity or by some carefully executed ploy to derail my boredom, began pulling the entire dungeon in one seamless pull. It was all I could do to keep up. It was all I could do to keep him in line of sight. I saw a dent in my mana. Suddenly earth shield was my very best friend ever, and I apologized profusely for ever saying disparaging things about its mother behind its back. Our escapades went something like this:

Tank: *pulling everything withing a ten mile radius and running like the wind*
Me: OHGODOHGODOHGOD *healing like some sort of deranged psycho, spamming buttons as if buttons are going out of style*
Tank: *at 35% health, dives behind a wall and laughs maniacally with 40,000 mobs smashing him in the junk*
Me: OHGODINHEAVENWHY! *imagine an orc lady doing a running leap out from behind a wall, sliding face first along the stone floor, convinced the tank is going to die*
Earth shield: *smoothly* Chill out, my lady, I’ll handle this…*casually crits for insane healing, saves the day, and coolly saunters off into the sunset on a white horse*
Me: Oh thank God-AUGH! *tank runs off again, and the whole thing starts over*

And it was fun. I healed like mad. I pulled off things no level 30-something shaman with only two heals should ever be able to pull off. I was complimented. We cleared the Armory in 7 minutes in one long, crazy pull. We queued again and again together, all five of us, and wreaked unimaginable havoc on everything that dared stand in our way. I didnt even care that the hunter was rolling need on caster gear.

And then that tank regrettably left, and I figured that the next tank would be cautious and boring and I would return to loathing earth shield for stealing my job. But no! The new tank, after a few minutes, decided he too was righteously bad ass and pulled huge gobs of Razorfen Kraul all at once, and off we went!

I havent had that much fun running low level stuff in ages. I was having so much fun I nearly forgot about my studies, which I shall presently return to. Good night every body, and enjoy your time in WoW.