WoW Update: Hodgepodge


Note to self: I really need to enchant and gem my off-spec healing set. Actually, I really really need to find myself a better healing weapon since I am still using the one from Maiden inKarazhan; Haven’t gotten a chance to roll on a healing weapon in a long ass time (being prot/ret, I wouldn’t of course roll over a legitimate healer). I guess I can craft this, since I already have alll of the mats.

Hodgepodge: Peggle for WoW, complete with a Peggle loot rolling system, guild scores, talent trees, duel modes, etc. New favorite raid downtime activity! I’ve been really bad about doing the Argent Tournament dailies lately as I’ve skipped most of them this entire week for one reason or another.

I’m looking for another raid fram add-on that’s cleaner than X-Perl; trying to reduce raid and targetting clutter, especially with vehicles and ToT. I might give oUF a spin tonight.

Spring 2009 Anime

Obligatory and occasional non World of Warcraft related post :P. I’ve gotten back into watching anime lately and for once, kept tabs on some of the this season’s lineup. These are the shows that I am definitely going to continue watching, though I might end up dropping K-On in lieu of patch 3.1 and all.

Fullmetal AlchemistĀ  Brotherhood:
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If you haven’t seen the original Fullmetal Alchemist series, it’s no big deal; Brotherhood isn’t a continuation, but rather a remake following the manga (I think).

Except for Ed and Al, I think all of the voice cast has changed. The only difference that I noticed was in Colonal Mustang’s voice, but it wasn’t a real big deal. What else can I say? FMA is one of my favorite series. *fangasm*

Valkyria Chronicles:
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The anime adaptation of the Playstation 3 game of the same title. I’m usually suspicious of RPG to anime transitions, since most end being cheesy and awkward.

This one though was quite good. The animation, character designs, and music are more or less identical to that of the game. Good introduction to the series, looking forward to watching more.

Cross Game:
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I wasn’t going to watch Cross Guard because I was under the impression that was a sports shounen series, but it was highly recommended by several people so I gave it a go.

Very impressed by the first two episodes. It’s looks to be a good slice of life show; the baseball is secondary to the characters and interactions.

Eden of the East:
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Not quite sure what this series is about yet, but the first episode had intrigue, very high production quality, action and most importantly, penis humor. I can’t really ask for much more.

Oh, I’m too lazy to look this up at the moment, but the character designs in Eden look very very similar to those in Honey and Clover. I’m betting that they were designed by the same person.


I enjoyed watching this show even though it’s cliche moe at best. It’s cute, I like the premise and rock bands are awesome even if they are cheesy and girly.

My guess is that they perform some kind of awesome concert at the end of the series. Unless K-On gets really bad, I’ll probably continue to watch it.

First Taste of Ulduar


I settled with (0/17/54) for my primary PvE Retribution spec and went PvE protection as my secondary spec (0/53/18), since we have been light on off-tanks lately, despite originally planning to go Holy. I still need to chat, gem and glyph my off-spec set. The in-game talent preview option is nice; Miss-clicking while assigning talent points sucks pretty hard.

Ulduar 10 was fun last night: My guild (and me to some extent) has been on a pre-3.1 raid hiatus for several weeks, so it fun shooting the breeze with everyone again. The Flame Leviathan event was a lot of fun, it reminded me of those old school arcade shooting games.

It’s a vehicle encounter, but unlike Malygos, the vehicles scale according to item level. We assigned two choppers, two siege tanks, and two demolishers, each of the siege tanks and demolishers carrying one passenger and one shotted him that way. We wiped on Ignis’ trash for a while afterwards. It’s been a while since we’ve encountered trash that required any amount of thought:

Molten Colossus: Tank them spread out so that the raid doesn’t get hit with double earthquakes. We had the tanks drag them to opposite sides of the hallway so that they were just within healing range, with the raid in the center. You can also just send a tank and a healer over to some far corner. Either way is fine.

Magma Ragers: The fire tornadoes will target people and chase them for around 15 seconds. They are slow and easily dodgable (but will knock you back quite far if you get hit). Tank them in the corners at the bottom of the ramp, have ranged stand at max range. FYI: The tornadoes form on the Magma Ragers, it’s really really easy to see.

Not so much luck on Ignis, we might try a different boss after Leviathan next time. Oooh: The instance maps now show the location of both you and your raid members; No more wondering where the hell certain people are. I have been wanting that feature for a really really long time.

3.1 Patch Day Downtime Musings

I guess I’m semi-back to posting entries since the patch is out. I don’t really go on hiatus per se, but the object of my fixation (WoW, this site, other games, anime/manga, obsessively playing the guitar, etc) rotates around on a weekly to monthly basis :P.

Random site stuff first: I don’t know why the WoW blog link bar disappeared off of the front page or why the comments don’t seem to update right away when not logged into administrator mode. I’ll look into that if I have time.

I tried to update my mods this morning and noticed that WoWMatrix wasn’t working very well. Apparently curse and WoWInterface are currently blocking WoWMatrix. So, hopefully either someone at WoWMatrix finds a workaround or the folks at Curse un-ass their horrid updater within the next few days. Hmm, the Curse Client has been vastly improved since I had last used it; So for the time being, I’ll use that to update my addons.

Anyway, it’s patch day! I have been so busy/distracted that I have completely forgotten about looking into my new retribution main spec and holy off-spec. Anticipating server instability and delays, I probably have plenty of time to do so…Oh also, I’ll do an updated UI post whenever I have my 3.1 interface stabilized.

Boredom Edit:  Maybe the servers will go up soon and we will all get to play? Oh and apparently Outfitter has been un-discontinued, which is nice since Blizzard dropped the integrated equipment manager from 3.1.