Friday, March 16, 2012

Closing up Shop

Since it has been six months or so since my last real post this shouldn't be a surprise.  Now I have quit blogging a few times, and I'm not really blogging at the moment.  This is the end for this blog.  I may start a new blog tomorrow about how cats shouldn't have front claws or about how old people shouldn't be allowed to drive in the left lane.  Or about how Peyton Manning is an idiot for thinking Seattle is too far from home but San Francisco is not.  Seattle is 2729 air miles from Miami, San Francisco is 2588.  That last 141 miles on an airplane must have been the deal breaker.

Anyway some parting comments and thoughts.  I can't go to school at night like I would like.  Something about my second grade son not being able to take care of his five year old sister by himself.  Hopefully when my daughter starts kindergarten this fall my wife can just work during the day (miracle required).

As far as gaming goes I don't play anything.  I do dominate at Wii bowling and Super Mario Bros from time to time. After six months I have found a game that works for me.  I am not huge fan of demons or their friends I will be playing Diablo III.  It will work on my computer, I can make a character (named Lakini) and kill things.   As far I can tell I don't need anyones help to finish that game.  I see that I could get the game free for subscribing for a year to play WOW.  No thanks, I'll just buy the game.

You can e-mail me at Csjones29@msn.com if want to bug me.  I even figured out how to have my phone tell me when I get an e-mail (fancy I know).  If any of you are playing Diablo III e-mail me and we can fail at some co-op stuff.  Thanks all.

I just looked at my first post, I was 28 when I started this thing, I wish I was 28.  Stupid last five years.

Love (not really) Chadwick Jones.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I'm not locked out my Blog Anymore!

That's pretty much it, maybe I'll make a real post someday.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Moving on

Last week there was a death in my family so I was out of town all weekend and put no thought to what was going on with the game.  Which I would have thought would help me make a decision that wasn't motivated by the frustration I was feeling last week.  That failed, I am really more irritated than I was before

As I posted last week I am quitting wow.  I will not be returning.  My return back in January was based on a flawed premise, that I could come back and not do end game pve.  That clearly doesn't work for me or I would keep playing.  The pve does not need to be competitive like it was in Wrath, but it needs to exist and not be terrible.

Right now, I regret coming back at all.  I spent money moving toons, time leveling them along with professions for nothing.  I accomplished nothing.  I didn't even get tier 11 cleared much less tier 12.  I had some fun, but mostly wondered why we sucked when we used to be good.  Then of course once we didn't suck we quit.

I doubt I will play an mmo again, I won't play one anytime soon.  I'd like to work towards getting my bachelors.  The kind of endgame pve that I would be interested in doesn't mesh with that, full time work and a family.

I'm not sure how to end this and not sound like a jerk, but when have I ever done that?  I want say thanks to the guys I played with in case I don't get a chance to talk to you again.  I hope nobody takes this as indictment of them or how they play.  I should have known that it wasn't going to end well, that most of us have played this game too long.  Good luck to you guys in stwor and try not to offend all the Star Wars nerds, they are more sensitive than regular nerds.  That's all.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

About the Reality of Quitting

I'm back at the point I was in Wrath when I quit.  I'm tired of doing nothing because people get bored and leave.  There is talk about playing the new Star Wars mmo amongst the group.  I just don't see it.  It requires me to buy a new game and new operating system (no mac support).  We are gong to end up on an east coast server raiding at 6:00 to 6:30 my time when 8:00 to 8:30 is what I really need.  There is also the fact that we will at some point stop whatever progression we are at because people will get bored.  Doesn't sound worth it to me.  Maybe I'm just cranky, that's all.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

About the possibility of Quitting

To put it simply if there is no end game, no raiding, no rated battle grounds there is no reason to play.  I haven't really blogged about the guild I am in, but I'm not nearly elite enough to get an invite to rated bgs.  That doesn't bother me, they are pushing 2500 rating, I'm not that good.  The bottom line is that I don't get to do them and druids that are not feral are pretty bad in arena.  So pvp is dead for me at this point.

Despite the facr we are progressing we are when we raid we rarely do.  We one or two shot (l2tank Beth Rob) three bosses in 90 minutes and quit because someone has to go.  Then we don't raid again for a couple weeks.  That isn't enough for me to justify the $14.99.  Anything I do with alts is based around making life easier for me on my druid, if there is no endgame there is no point to leveling my alts.

Speaking of leveling alts must one dps in a low level random think he should pull?  As long I have played I really don't have patience for people who are don't have a clue.  Pulling mobs on your own as dps is stupid, I left my last three randoms after some moron starts pull stuff.  In one a druid would take a pull off then go bear and pull his own set of mobs, on another a druid went pulled a pack while the tank was pulling one, I left both so I'm not sure how that went.  Then there was the Mara with a prot paladin and resto shaman who were both dps.  I have a headache.

Back to the topic, if we can't recruit and the 14 of us can't raid twice a week I'm done.  Rated bg's will not happen, that's all.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

10/2/11

This is when my subscription runs out, I'll need something more to do than level alts and get pummeled in 2's to play beyond that.  More later, that's all.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Journey to my Burning Treant (Long Edition)

The tier 12 two piece set bonus for balance druids summons a burning treant, which is everyone's dream come true.  So naturally when I saw that it was within reach this week I did something I had yet to do the this expansion.  Queue up for a random (alone), these have been out of style amongst those I raid with for a week or two.

I decided that regular randoms would be the way to go as I need dream shards and they would be easier to pug.  I queued up for both damage and healing and to my surprise I was in Grim Batol as dps in about three minutes.  It was going really quick and easy, I looked at the dps meters and was doing 20k to 30k on trash pulls while the other guys were doing 5k.  I just figured they sucked and this was easy.  Later I realized that I queued for a regular and not a heroic, which explained why it was so easy and the dps was lower.

Fresh off that success I did two heroics as a healer.  I hadn't done a non-troll heroic since April and it was noticeably easier to heal.  I did a couple of the Uldum ones, I don't remember what they are called.  The first one went smooth other than the tank for getting to participate in one of the boss fights, we killed him anyway.  The second has a couple of folks who like to afk and a tank who didn't notice, then he got mad and left.  His replacement was adequate and we cleared the place fine.

I did two more heroics in the morning and which kinda of run together for me.  I healed people, we won.  Then in the afternoon I saw that I could get Satchel of Exotic Mysteries  for healing a troll heroic.  Things became a struggle here, the shadow priest in the group was pretty bad, and the overall dps was a bit low.  We still made it through with only a couple of wipes.

At this point I only needed to one more for my gloves and set bonus.  I really didn't feel like doing another one, I shouldn't have.  I queued once more and got Stonecore, which I hate.  The tank immediately left, to be replaced a minute later with a guy in mostly greens.  After a couple of trash pulls I could tell where it was going and shut down WOW to go watch TV for a half hour or so.  When I returned I was still in Stonecore and the game told me I need to leave the instance or I would get saved to a cleared one.  I chose poorly (not to be saved) and requeued.  I got the same group which had wiped their way through some trash with the same awful tank, I immediately dropped group and killed 15 more minutes.

I knew I should call it a night, but I had to queue again.  I got an in progress Blackrock Caverns.  The group seemed fine and we pulled to the next boss.  I don't know the name of the boss I just know you need to move in and out of beams or adds turn into big scary guys.  First attempt I failed to move in time as did one other person and we wiped.  Second attempt I forgot to move out the second time and my add got scary.  The tank never taunted him (don't know if can) I survived quite a while with thing on me but not long enough for us to get a kill.  That was the end for me.

So Sunday night I logged on just before 11:00pm server time to give random heroic another try.  Just after I queued I got whisper for the gm asking if I could heal Ragnaros, I said yes.  This is the only fight in Firelands I haven't done any studying on and had know idea what happened in the fight.  I jumped in vent and the fight was explained to me pretty quickly.  I guess raid time was supposed to already be over or supposed to be ending any minute.  In phase one it was my job to make sure the group was topped off for fire traps, which would kill people if I didn't.  Phase two I need to stand in the green marker he put on the ground and move with the group when told.  We would move to a point together and there was massive aoe damage to the group, then move back to our spots.  Phase three had giant balls (for real) which would fixate on people and had to be kited and it with a dps spell before they hit you, if done wrong you would wipe the group.

The first attempt I burned through my mana pretty quickly as I wasn't in position and paranoid about letting people die.  The other two healers stayed on the tanks and healed themselves.  In phase two I moved to the wrong spot at one point,  I tried to move to where I belonged which meant a quick run through fire, not a good idea.  If I had understood the fight better, I would have waited five seconds and gone back to my spot alive.  I got battlerezzed and got my mana back.  We wiped in what appeared to be the transition from phase two to three.  Which was the fault of the dps and not me, which was good for me.

The second attempt went more smoothly for me.  By the end of phase one figured out how to best get my people topped off and still have mana left.  Phase two I didn't get lost, or intentionally walk into fire.  Phase 3 started and the giant ball fixated on my pretty quickly.  No travel form allowed so ran until it got close and moonfired which sent it backwards.  Now if I or anyone else sent one back towards people they would die.  When the boss was at 13% (you only take him to 10%) two balls came at me and killed me.  I don't know if they got knocked back at me or just both hated me, the important thing was the boss ran away and left loot.  I also didn't pop heroism on accident at any point in the fight, just throwing that out there.

I don't know they how they do their loot but I wasn't going to roll on anything.  They didn't use master loot one person rolled need on the tier 12 helm and someone greed an a nice caster weapon.  Right after the I headed back to Stormwind and picked up my Obsidian Arborweave Gloves and my friend, who doesn't proc nearly enough.  That's all.