The Death of Google Reader

Morynne —  March 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

I know, it’s shocking.  I’m still alive.

I am still paying attention to what’s going on in the WoW world, even though my time has been consumed with a new dog, and preparing for a wedding in my family.  It came as quite a shock that Google has decided to nuke Google Reader, which I know is a staple for many people to stay up with their favorite sites, including this one.

I did some searching online this morning, and found a couple of pretty decent replacements, and have found that I like Feedly the most.  You can set it up to be exactly like Google Reader, and some additional features as well.  Another bonus? It uses the Google API, so it will do a seamless import of your existing feeds into Feedly — no arguments required.

Once my life settles down a bit, I hope to return to WoW and blogging more frequently, but that’s going to be at least a couple weeks away.  For now? I leave you with a picture of my new puppy.

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So here we are, about 3 months after Pandaria launched.  I had extremely high hopes for the expansion, and I still largely think it’s a success.  The world is one of the most immersive we’ve seen thus far, and the stories are incredible.  For that, this is arguably my favorite expansion. (Burning Crusade still ranks pretty high up there for very different reasons.)

Though I have a confession to make: I have a very difficult time logging in to do anything.  This is partially due to to real life getting in the way, but that’s really due to my hectic schedule during the week — not taking into account the free time I have on the weekends.  For that, there’s really nothing stopping me from logging in.

Yet I still don’t log in for much other than raiding, re-posting my auctions, and doing the occasional pet battle.

In the first month or so of the expansion, I was religious with doing my dailies every day.  I sincerely wanted to grind through all the rep, and collect those charms of fortune for extra rolls on bosses, and was mostly successful, though as time wore on, and I reached Revered with Golden Lotus and it unlocked more dailies with the Shado Pan and the August Celestials, I found myself not caring anymore.  There’s just TOO much.

I keep telling myself I need to log in and do dailies for the charms, but I always find something else to do.

I know dailies are optional, and I’ve been taking full advantage of that — but I feel like I’m missing out on a bunch of stuff because of it.  I know I’m behind the curve on a lot of things because I just don’t have the time, or the energy to slog through all those quests every day.

With raiding, I like the encounters.  There’s really none that I can’t stand — they all have really interesting mechanics, and I find them fun.  What’s not fun is how many freaking buttons Hunters have right now.

Even the great GC has said that hunters have too many buttons.

We don’t think hunters need a massive revamp (beyond range and ammo changes they already have). They do have too many buttons.

There are a massive number of cooldowns that hunters need to manage, and limited viable macro situations to ease that.  I am so glad that Blizzard did decide to remove the Aspect toggling from Hunters, as it was clunky and created (yet another) button to manage.

From an experience perspective, the raids are fun, but I find that the complexity of the class, while fun for some, has become burdensome for others, and has caused me to not enjoy the raid encounters as much as I could.

So the long and short of this story is that while I largely enjoy Pandaria, I’m not super pleased with the way Hunters are designed this expansion (while not super different from Cata, they did add a lot more cooldowns with talents and core abilities), which is a big reason why I haven’t been updating terribly often.

I want to love the game, and my hunter again, and will continue to post sporadically, but will likely be in more of an editorial fashion for the time being.

 

Hunters are Awesome

Morynne —  December 7, 2012 — 1 Comment

I know, I’m bad.  I haven’t updated in awhile, largely because life has crit me in the face.

I DO want to share though that I did contribute to the WHU Video, Hunters are Just Awesome.

Check it out!



Strategy: Feng the Accursed

Morynne —  November 5, 2012 — 1 Comment

This is a multi-phase encounter, and it’s got definite triggers that show the changes.

  • Name: Feng the Accursed
  • Raid: Mogu’shan Vaults
  • Phases: 3
  • Catch: Each phase is vastly different than the last.
  • Tanks needed: 2
  • This guide is for the normal encounter.

Continue reading to learn how to beast down this Mogu.

Continue Reading…

Thanks for being patient with me everyone.  I’ve been stupid busy!

I’ve cleared through Elegon in Mogu’shan Vaults — so those strategies will be coming.  I’ve also cleared the first boss in Heart of Fear, so that’s coming too.

In the meantime, check out what’s been sucking up my time.  GamerGlam.com

Be back soon!

TNB NewLogo 125This Sunday at 11pm EST, I’ll be on Twisted Nether Blogcast to talk about MoP! You should come hang out in chat, and listen to our shenanigans!

From what I’m hearing, along with the hosts Fimlys and Hydra, I’ll be joined by Lodur, DiscoPriest, and possibly more!  Should be a fun time.

Strategy: The Stone Guard

Morynne —  October 5, 2012 — 6 Comments

msv quillenThis is similar to Omnitron Defense System in that it’s a 4-mob encounter, but the quillen are far cuter than the golems!

  • Name: The Stone Guard (Amethyst, Cobalt, Jade, and Jasper Guardians)
  • Raid: Mogu’shan Vaults
  • Phases: One
  • Catch:
  • Tanks needed: 3 (assuming you’re doing 25m)
  • This guide is for the normal encounter.

Keep reading for how to deal with these four stone puppies. Continue Reading…

I’ve hit 90 — in fact that was last Friday evening late.  I’ve run heroics until I am sick of them, and have been grinding dailies like you wouldn’t believe.  My first raid is tonight, and hopefully we’ll down some bosses.

Tonight’s goals:

  • Reforge and Enchant stuff for raiding
  • Finish Dailies
  • Down bosses.
  • Profit.

More soon!

I’m not 90 yet.  I did make it about a quarter of the way to 88.  I’ll be 90 by end of day Friday, and then I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled programming. (Pre raid gear lists, shot priorities, etc.)

theramore craterI’m about half way through Tides of War, when I ran through the Theramore scenario on Monday evening.  It’s very clear that on the Alliance side, you might not have any idea what’s going on unless you’ve read the book — but I guess that’s part of the point.  The Alliance are, for the most part, blindsided by the Horde’s attack on Theramore.

Now, for the Scenario itself, I thought as far as something to do, it’s pretty fun.  It’s not overly difficult, and it requires 3 people, and has some neat rewards.  For an expansion launch event, I thought it was terrible.

Let’s think back to the previous launch events…

  • The opening of the Dark Portal.
  • The zombie and plague outbreak.
  • Deathwing flying around and killing people.

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Now, we may have been spoiled in the past, what with a big bad for every new expansion, but this “event” seems quite lackluster.  We had these three amazing events pre expansion that involved everyone on some level.  There were changes to home cities, rifts that had to be closed (I still have my haunted memento!), and could take out even the most unsuspecting newbie. Having some intro quests to prepare for the event — on both sides, would have helped it make sense without having read the book.

I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone, but there’s quite the political ordeal happening within the Horde, and the Alliance is left scrambling trying to get every body possible to prevent Theramore from it’s ultimate demise.  I bet you had no idea Kalecgos was involved! (read the book, I won’t ruin this)

These details really make all the difference in the world in preparing the story to move into the next expansion.

I can only hope that the destruction of Theramore is just preparing us for going up against Garrosh in MoP, and that the lead-in quests to Pandaria make a hell of a lot more sense.

Blizzard, having played the beta, I forgive you for this launch “event.”  I know Pandas are worth it, but this could have been SO much better.