A break from killing

One of my favorite things to do in WoW, especially towards the end of an expansion when there is no push to “finish” things, is to crank up some music, possibly crack open an adult beverage, and just mindlessly fly around a zone gathering herbs or ore or fish. I find it fantastically relaxing — … Continue reading A break from killing

Expectations and disappointment

I note that that bulwark of Blizz fanpeeps, Blizzard Watch, has a post today by Matthew Rossi (one of my favorites) asking what readers would like to see in Patch 8.2.5. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I enjoy Blizzard Watch, think they generally have well-written and often interesting posts, and do from time to time offer … Continue reading Expectations and disappointment

What I did on my summer vacation

My two weeks of writing vacation went by far too quickly, but now break is over and it’s time to lace up my hard shoes and get back to school. While I was out, I spent a lot — A LOT — of time playing WoW. Too much, even in my own opinion. But I … Continue reading What I did on my summer vacation

Initiate destruction sequence

Last night, in what is beginning to seem like a bizarre reenactment of Ground Hog Day, we doggedly wiped over and over again on the second boss in Heroic Crucible of Storms. No, we did not kill him. What with the July 4 holiday and all, we basically have one more raid night left before … Continue reading Initiate destruction sequence

Is it enough?

WARNING STATEMENT: This post may contain spoilers. If you are hyper sensitive to such (“OMG, there are two new zones??”), best to skip it.  Patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara, is live as of yesterday. The technical rollout, at least from my perspective, seemed flawless. Announced outage was from 10-6 my time, and I had planned … Continue reading Is it enough?

Learning curves and Plan B

Two somewhat disjointed things to talk about today — but hang in there, they are connected. One is a techno-babble Blizz announcement about Patch 8.2 changes to their user interface. The other is that I spent many hours — in fact all my usual weekend game time and then some — playing Final Fantasy XIV. First … Continue reading Learning curves and Plan B

Hunter smackdown. Again.

The one thing I have been relatively hopeful about regarding Patch 8.2 is that Blizz pretty much left hunters alone, did not screw with us much. BM hunters are still woefully low in damage, lack any sort of significant burst ability, and are mainly at the mercy of a mechanical button-mashing play style, but hey … Continue reading Hunter smackdown. Again.