Thursday, May 28, 2009

Raiding Again

After the collapse of Shafted some of the more active members have decided to swap over to Fate, which is basically a reformation of my old TBC guild with which i got quite a few server firsts in BT/Hyjal back in the days.

Expect me to be raiding again starting this next wednesday and i am actually really looking forward to being just a 'member' again, no more harassment from people who have too much time on their hand to play WoW complaining about loot \o/

During this week break i have allready watched more of my favorite anime series then i have in ages before :p For those of you who wonder which are the ones i am following right now: Pandora Hearts & 07-Ghost.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Long Overdue Update (Guild Failure & New Druid Dorms)

Some of you might have noticed that i haven't come around to updating my blog lately and that is due to a number of reasons; Biggest reason was just work related pressure and then racing home to barely manage to be on time at raid time while eating in front of the computer.

Then when raids get cancelled because other people just don't show up without any explanation people get frustrated which i can completely understand. This is followed up by said people leaving which means the guild goes in a ever worsening spiral leading to untimely death.

Which happened yesterday, Shafted is now a casual non raiding guild

Due to the stress that this gave me i will probably take at least two weeks of a break from WoW because it felt like work and was no longer fun at all with all the hassle around it.

Now on to the main point of this post:

In case you missed it, here's a recap from the blue post about it:

In our next major content patch, druids will find a host of new textures for two major forms, cat and bear. There will be five different designs for each of these forms for the Horde and Alliance. Night elves can choose to change their cat and bear look at any time by visiting the barber shop and changing their character's hair color, while tauren will be able to change which look they use by switching skin tones in the barber shop -- a new feature for tauren in the next major content patch. Given that there are more hair colors and skin tones than unique form looks, some colors and tones will overlap with these new textures. The hair and skin colors chosen will, in most cases, correspond with the color seen in the look of each form. Some similar colors that may share a particular cat texture will not necessarily share the same bear texture.

At first i was like YAY! customizable forms like i (we?) wanted but when i looked at the preview i was getting a nasty feeling like: "Wait, isn't that exactly the same as old model but with just some extra texturing on it? I mean it still has the fly catcher mouth"

Then when re-reading the blue post i noticed this thing: "Night elves can choose to change their cat and bear look at any time by visiting the barber shop and changing their character's hair color"

All i can say about this entire thing so far is .... FAIL BLIZZARD!!!

I mean i get to select a slightly different texture for my bear form while keeping the OLD MODEL by changing my hair style in night elf form to neon pink? Wtf....

UPDATE: I just saw a reply from Neth: "Also, in the screenshots the bears are roaring, but when just sitting normally, their mouths will close in a toothy grin so to speak", if this is true then it's not as bad but still having to change my hair colour is retarded...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ulduar progress

This Monday and Tuesday we had some proper raids going on again with the aftermath of Queen's day, my guild claims i was still pissed (slang for drunk) on tuesday *shrug*.

Anyhow, there was plenty of mobs left so we started with an easy farm kill to set the mood (Razorscale), which dropped Eiya's second fragment of Val'anyr.

Next up was Ignis which we could not kill the week before because the kiting/tanking of the constructs wasn't done correctly but this week with a slightly different approach (read: death grip abuse) that shit was sorted so easily that it became a basic face roll.

We figured we should try Kologarn next and within the officer core we prayed people would not run around spastically with the laser beams on them for once and behold... we were wrong. Headless chicken style running around seems to be everyone's favorite past time but we did have 1 attempt where the only people that got beamed were the ones with a brain so he did go down.

Last boss we did this week was the Iron Council where we first attempted to keep the Runemaster alive but the consequent explosions which involve (surprisingly) people to move away killed too many people so in the end we opted for the easiest one and left the Stormcaller alive for last. The enrage timer on this fight has been nerfed so hard however as my Omen was screaming at me that he was enraged.... which he wasn't.

I did get a new toy from him tho \o/ and Eiya got his third Fragment of Val'anyr.

Now next week we have to kill the chick with kittens from hell, which were dropping there tanks faster then i can go afk when i want a coffee.

For those who might be interested i will write a tanking guide (specifically for bears) on the first two wings of Ulduar somewhere this weekend.