Category: General

Halion, LK, and More

So, this week Ruby Sanctum is out, and my guild went in and gave it a whirl. Now, we are not the best guild on the server, but we are good. Top 10 generally. But wendsday we were able to snag a server first 25 man guild normal kill, and yesterday we did the 10 man heroic, also a server first (and 96th worldwide). I will tell you this, completing a challenge, any challenge, before anyone else on the server did felt awesome.

Halion on hard mode is a bitch. What you don’t see in the video is the 7+ hours we spent wiping to the boss trying to figure out what’s killing us. DBM didn’t work, people stood in fire, we didn’t know about how the dispelling mechanic worked, positioning, all that shit. We had a vague idea based off a video of someone’s kill (I believe premonition), but not everything worked for us and they didn’t explain anything.

So, it took a while and a lot of wipes, but we got it and I made a tutorial video so others can do it.

I don’t know about you, but I find kill videos boring. It also tells you so little about the fight. I can understand the extreme, best guilds in the world trying to hide their tactics for a bit, but that’s not my way. I would rather go through the tough fights, figure out what’s going on, then turn around and show others how to do it so more people can have a crack at it. I get a since of satisfaction that I people learned how to do something from me. These tactics need to be shared damnit, not hoarded!

Over the months since I’ve joined AA, we have been steadily progressing the ladder on our server. I wish I could say that I was a main contributor, or that our guild became so awesome that we give the high end guilds a run for the money. The reality is, 3 of the top horde guilds on the server collapsed and quit raiding, and who knows what happened on the alliance side. Now only Thrust is above us, and we are neck and neck with them progression wise. Right now our server is at a 7 way tie to get heroic LK down first for 25.

The benefit is that those in those awesome guilds that still want to raid, they have few choices to go, and a good chunk are choosing to make AA their home. We have gotten an influx of solid players with excellent gear and a lot of raiding experience, allowing us to still raid even through the dead zone that summer brings. We’ll see how many last through the summer though.

Heroic LK attempts were started on the 1st, and he’s every bit the beast people have been saying he is. Phase 1 is a massive dps race while balancing positioning and plagues. Out of 2 hours of fighting, I think we got into P2 cleanly once. Our problems were the shadow traps and the shamblers beserking. With the traps, it’s mainly people zoning out and forgetting that staying alive is more important getting yourself and others killed. The beserking issue is the more serious one. See, if a shamble is enraged, he 1 shots tanks. Literally does 80k hits on me. Hunters need to tranq shot to get rid of it asap, and it wasn’t happening. I don’t think 2 tanks will solve the problem, as any tank we put there won’t have the gear to handle it.

Next we will try cycling stuns more often to see if I can time it just right so when they beserk they are stunned, giving the hunters more time. But this means I have to watch the enrage timer, watch to ensure I’m in the right spot or need to move, taunt ghouls off of melee at every opportunity, watch for shadow traps, constantly reposition the mobs because they like to slide around and face places I don’t want them to face, all while doing my rotation. Failure in anything means raid wipe immediately, and I’m not ashamed to say that it’s stretching my multitasking abilities a bit.

But he will fall eventually. They all fall in time.


It’s X-mas in June!

The industry event of the year to shame all others has finally come to pass. E3 is here and officially starts tomorrow, but everyone who actually matters is getting their major stuff out of the way now while they can secure exclusive press time. At the time of this post, EA is in the middle of their press release, with Microsoft already done their little dance in the limelight. Blizzard already jumped the gun yesterday with all kinds of juicy new Cataclysm details. These would be…..

– Path of the Titans got axed
– Inscription now has “Medium Glyphs”, which are described as cosmetic
– Guild Talents are gone, and they took its money with it
– Can now reputation grind your guild (ugh)
– New raid lockout mechanics, such as downshifting and swapping raid ID’s mid week
– New lore developments

All good stuff to look into and talk about. But not today, and probably not via blog. I’ll probably talk about it via video later this week.

Right now, at this very moment, I’m constantly hitting refresh on as many game news sites as I can for any scrap of information on the upcoming Warhammer 40K MMO. We have been told repeatedly that the details of the game would be revealed, finally, at this E3. I want that info. I need that info. If there is one franchise that will make me sign a Faustian Bargain for is WH40K. I love the lore, the board game, the RTS games, the novels, everything. It is the only franchise that surpasses Warcraft, in all of its incarnations, for me. Sadly, Warhammer 40K is saddled with Gamers Workshop, who I feel don’t necessarily do their genius IP right, like they are purposefully holding it back for some unknown reason.

For those of you who are not familiar with Warhammer 40k, it’s a dark gothic sci-fi setting set far in the future. Humanity is living in a dystopia, engaged in constant wars both from enemies at the gates and traitors from within. Space travel is dangerous and necessary, enemies are everywhere, mercy is for the weak and victory is never without cost. It portrays humanity in its greatest forms, with tales of honor, bravery, heroism and sacrifice. It also covers the darker sides, such as corruption, stagnation, ignorance and blind hate. It’s humanity in its decline versus enemies who show no remorse, no pity, no respite.

I love every second of it.

Anyways, the new Xbox 360 looks nice and sleek, and I will probably get one in a few months since my current 2 are broken, and have been broken for over a year.

It’s about time

Sooner or later it was going to come to this. You can only say so much in 10 min or less videos.

My name is Caine and this is going to be my little soapbox for the time being. I’m not good with introductions so let’s make this quick so you can get off my lawn *waves cane*.

I am a gamer. More prominently a WoW gamer, but a gamer nonetheless. I’ve been playing video games for the better part of 25 years now. I wasn’t there when the brown box came out, but I was there for when Nintendo delivered it’s precious grey box to America and sparked the modern video game industry, and have been hooked since. I was there when Goldeneye made the N64 actually attractive to buy, when the Playstation became the dominant console of choice, when Game Genie was in stores and Sonic was cool and not some pimped out rodent. I was there when the Doom shocked my country and kick started a fledgeling new genre into high gear. I was there when there was no so such thing as a “right click” command in RTS games (Warcraft, I’m looking at you), when there wasn’t something as simple as “mouselook”, and when PC games took a billion floppies to install.

I remember weekly lan parties, spending $80 for a 33.6k modem to get my internet gaming on, and spending 200$ for a stick of 1mb ram. I remember there used to be such a place in virtually every mall where people would get together and throw down in some Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken, and not have it be in a Chuck-E-Cheese. I remember buying my first Space Marine miniature, my first dice, my first starter deck of Magic Cards, and writing up my first character sheet.  When portable gaming ment carrying an ugly grey brick with a black and white 2.6 inch screen. I also remember when gaming was just a hobby, when developers catered to the hardcore cause there was only the hardcore. When gamers showed a modicum of respect for others and not say such ear raping abortions that 12 year olds and grown men/women alike spew out on Xbox Live.

For all the memories of moments with friends gaming has brought me, none are as awesome as sitting here with my 3 1/2 year old son play Torchlight on his own laptop, and seeing him beat the first boss all on his own.

I write this so when you see more posts from me, you can see where I come from. I’m not new to this hobby. My intent is for it to be entertaining to you, and possibly educational or thought-provoking. I’m not here to sell you anything, or try to get you to subscribe to my site. All I want is to have my fun going off on a rant once and a while.

Now get off my lawn.