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My Warcraft Year in Review Meme – Take 2

Alright, I did this a couple of weeks ago and decided at the time that I didn’t really want to tag other bloggers with it because doing that feels wrong to me. Why? Because it’s sort of like a chain letter, someone sends it to me, I send it to five people, they do the same, etc., etc. Part of my responsibilities at work is to find people who are doing this kind of stuff with their work email and kill it before it starts perpetuating. It just feels wrong!

But feeling that way bothers me more, enough so that over the last two weeks I keep on thinking back and who I should have tagged. I mean, come now this is the freaking WoW Blogosphere we’re talking about here! We’re here to help each other, encourage ideas, share our thoughts, and all the crazy business.

In the end, my desire to be part of this great community of WoW bloggers won me over, so it’s time to take another shot at this and actually do what I was asked to do. So let’s try this again shall we? And this time, we’re playing tag!

My Warcraft Year in Review Meme
1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?
3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
5. What was your biggest failure?
6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
7. What do you wish you’d done less of?
8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
This question is both hard and easy to answer. It’s hard in that I only played for a short time in 2008, so almost everything was new. It’s easy in that, well, everything was so new.

To list a few, I did the following: Reached level cap, purchased epic flying, made my first successful twink, left my first true “home server”, switched from playing primarily Horde to Alliance.

Take 2: Thinking back a second time, I’d say the two main things I would list here are actually the switch from Horde to Alliance followed by testing out a Roleplay server.

2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?
This one is pretty easy as there really wasn’t much of anywhere that I went this year that I didn’t reach in 2008 save for the higher leveled areas of Northrend. To pick a single place though, I will have to go with the AQ40 raid. I went there for the first time a month or so ago with our main guild on the new Alliance server, Durotan-US. We had a blast in there and I found that I really love running around on the mounts that drop in there. It really sucks that you have to be in the instance to use those mounts, but it was really cool to go in there for the first time and really nail one of the big raids from the past that I was certainly nowhere close to being ready for while it was actually being played.

Take 2: This one doesn’t change at all. AQ40 was amazing.

3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I think I’m looking forward to actually participating in some of the end game raiding in 2010. Not a whole lot, but a little bit. I’ve never been a fan of raiding, and I don’t expect to become one any time soon either, but I just recently got a new computer that I think can actually handle the the load that an honest raid will put out where before I would lag like crazy if there were more than 5 people in a group.

Take 2: The more I look at this question, the guild that I’m in, and the goals I really have right now, I’m not sure that I’m any more likely to raid in 2010 than I was this year. In the end it all comes back to the fact that I just don’t care for the experience leading up to raiding. I like going into the raids and seeing the more serious content there, but I don’t care for a gear grind, a reputation grind, or anything else of that nature. It’s just not something that I enjoy in the least. So scratch that idea.

Instead, what I want in 2010 that I didn’t have in 2009 is a home. I think I’ve found a home server now that I really enjoy, but that’s the extent of it. What I need is a guild that I fit into, I need to stop joining these raiding guilds that my wife is a part of because I don’t care about raiding. I need to find myself a decent guild that really fits in with what I want to do, or at the very least get some more friendships going on the server beyond the five or six people on the server that I really consider friends.

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
There really wasn’t much in the way of achievements this year in the use of the WoW term, so I’m going to say that reaching the number of views on my blog would be my greatest achievement of the year. I think I did quite a bit to move up from being “just another WoW blogger” to having people actually care about what I’m writing. As I check the stats on the blog, I find a lot of people constantly referring back to things that I wrote here, particularly in relation to the Prot Paladin. So I know that to at least some degree I am actually reaching my goal of helping people.

Take 2: I think this one holds true. Not much was actually accomplished in game, but I’m happy with the success of the blog.

5. What was your biggest failure?
My biggest failure is going to tie into one of my biggest changes, which was the swap to playing Alliance rather than Horde. I had two of my friends end up paying to transfer their characters to my Horde server, and this year my wife made the switch to an Alliance server herself and after going to help her get a start I actually found myself really enjoying the server as well. So much so that I actually very much dislike playing on my old Horde server now except for the occasional run.

I also left a fairly good guild because I wasn’t going to raid and joined another which decided shortly after my joining them that they would open their doors to everyone. The guild now has over 500 members who constantly talk about random, stupid crap that makes me actually leave the guild channel in another chat window that I never look at just so that I can ignore them all.

So basically I screwed myself by switching to a fail guild, and then I screwed two of my friends out of actual money as they transfered the characters over to play with me and then I changed servers myself. For those reasons, I suck.

Take 2: This still really sucks, and for that I really suck. I don’t know what to do on this one. Do I leave friends to play with friends? Do I split up my own time to play consistently between two servers? I don’t know the answer to this one, I just know I screwed it up.

6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I think the only thing that really got me excited this year as far as WoW goes is going to have to be Cataclysm. I’m still excited about it even though we have no idea when it’s actually going to hit the shelves yet, and I can’t wait to jump in there and get started on rolling a whole new set of characters.

Take 2: Nothing’s changed here, they let the Cat out of the bag early but it’s still got me stoked.

7. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I had done less of my twinking. While I had a great deal of fun doing it, and I’m still doing it even now, I wish I had done a bit less. The blog stopped getting updated while I was doing it, I pulled away from other players quite a bit while I focused on doing my own thing, and so on. It’s a great deal of fun to twink a character and to really get to know the ins and outs of your abilities and increase your knowledge and skill with the character, but it has its drawbacks sometimes too which you don’t always see until it’s too late to fix them.

Take 2: I think the bigger picture here is wandering aimlessly. I move a lot between doing this or that, and whatever it is that I’m doing at the time is what I focus on. I can’t just dabble in a little something over here for a few and then jump back to my main focus because whatever I take on takes the slot of main focus when I do it. If I decide to go jump on the twinks for a bit then they become the focus. If I have a bad match and want to go level a different toon to wind down a bit, then I get focused on the leveling. Right now I have no direction, and that can be a good thing in the freedom that it offers, but it also drives me into being a loner in almost all aspects of the game. And while I’m fine with that and prefer it in most cases, I do actually enjoy doing things with other people and being able to be social.

8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
This one is really hard, actually. There are a lot of things that I like about a lot of the blogs that I read out there. Narrowing those down is a bit too hard, so I’ll just link a few that really come to mind right off: LoreCrafted, Darraxus the Warrior (Real Azeroth Heroes, especially), Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual, Through the Eyes of Death, Empowered Fire, Slice and Dice, Troll Bouquet, and Shaman on Ramen.

As far as podcasts go, I’m still new to them and the only two I even listen to (and on an infrequent basis at that) are For The Lore and WoWPhiles.

Take 2: Nothing new on this one.

9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.
My reply here is actually going to be almost exactly the same as the one from which I was tagged who said, “I learned that it is not worth it to offer up constructive criticism or unsolicited advice. Even if you think you are friends with someone and see themselves repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot with their poor communication skills. Even if you see them run folks off with their communication style and their lack of respect for others’ ideas and opinions. Just keep your mouth shut. Because all you’ll get is a black eye for trying to help someone be more aware of how others are perceiving them.”

In my blogging I try to go into a lot of detail to break things down and explain in such a way that anyone could pick it up and put it to use even if they were brand new to the game. I don’t always do the greatest job with that, but I try. It has recently been brought to my attention though that using the same type of language in replies or offering of my own opinion makes me come off as more of a jerk than someone trying to help.

So I’ve learned something quite a bit like what Miss Nexxi there learned, that giving advice when it isn’t asked for, no matter how useful or important it might be, is better left ungiven.

Sometimes I actually want to get someone upset, to show them how stupid they’re being, or to tell them they’re screwing things up for the rest of us. And in those cases I come right out and smack you upside the head and tell it like it is. But for the most part, I just want to open doors, broaden views, or give some insight into things that people don’t know or haven’t figured out yet. The key is expressing that without coming across in a completely different manner, and while I haven’t learned yet how to do that, I have learned the need for it.

Take 2: Moving right along then.

5 Folks I’m tagging to Complete this Meme
As I said at the top there, I’m not tagging anybody in particular with this. It’s just not the kind of thing I do, personally. So instead I’m going to offer this up to the first five people that feel like taking it upon themselves to do so.

If you’d like to tag yourself with this, then drop me a link to your blog in the comments to this post and I’ll add your name and your link to the list below:

Enough with the giving into my inner workaholic, it’s time to give into my inner altoholic and spread the love. But most of the people that I know pretty via Twitter have already done this or they have blogs that are pretty strictly focused on a specific topic and I don’t really want to ask them. So I’m going to tag some people whose blogs I read frequently where this might work and might not, despite how little I know some of them, and we’ll see if it catches at all. Will they join in a meme from someone they barely know, or in some cases don’t know me at all? We’ll see.

1) Restokin.com
2) Tree Bark Jacket (My twink still needs one of those, btw.)
3) Honor’s Code
4) Righteous Defense
5)

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2009 in Blog, World of Warcraft

 

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Help Me, Help You – Again

I still get frequent searches and questions regarding what loot drops from which instances, and Scarlet Monastery is still the most common one that’s asked about. I started to address this issue by posting an article that covered Ragefire Chasm and Wailing Caverns that listed all of the loot and all of the bosses in there, but I’m not entirely sure that the approach I took there was really what people are searching for.

If people do simply want to know what loot drops from a particular instance, then I can tell you right now that the easiest way to find that information is to simply look up the dungeon on Wowhead.com and it will list all of the good stuff right there along with who drops it. It really doesn’t get any easier than that.

What I think the users are really looking for is more along the lines of what drops for a specific class from a certain instance. So instead of taking two instances at a time and covering all of the loot from all of the bosses, I am considering taking a different approach where I pick a specific class and just hit all of the loot in every instance for that specific class. That way if you feel like running something with your Druid, you don’t just go check to see what drops in SM:Cath because you were told that’s “the place to go” for loot in your 30s, instead you look up your class and see which instances drop which items for you and decide for yourself where you want to look.

If you don’t mind, take just a minute to share your thoughts with me here so that I can better address everyone’s needs. If you think I should do both, then feel free to vote for both. If you have further input, then by all means drop me a line in the comments below and let me know what you think.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2009 in Blog, World of Warcraft

 

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Psynister’s Sticky Notes

This blog is here to help people in the process of their leveling, and here lately I’ve had a lot to say about twinking and next to nothing about leveling. So, I decided to start up another blog that will hold all of my twinking information from here on and try to keep this one focused on the leveling.

If you’re interested in reading about my experiences with twinking, then feel free to check out the new blog: Fiery Weapons

This post is mainly to inform you of the twink blog and also to let you know that I plan to keep the twinking mostly out of this blog so that those of you who like what I write but don’t care about PvP at all can still come and enjoy.

I don’t really like having blog posts that are tiny little things like what’s right above here, so I’m going to continue on. But, this will be the point to stop if you’re a TL;DR kind of person.

To give you a quick update on where I stand right now with my playing, I am currently in the process of a few different in-game projects and my time is unevenly divided between them all depending on whatever mood I happen to be in that night.

Psynister: With the recent changes in the last two patches to Paladins, my posts related to leveling them have largely become obsolete because spells no longer work as they once did. So, rather than rewriting the information with what I think needs to be done I instead rolled a new paladin. Since Durotan-US didn’t have a Psynister on it yet, that’s the name I went with. Where I am twinking with a lot of my characters right now I plan on taking Psynister straight through the leveling process and likely doing very little, if any, PvP with him.

I also plan to take full advantage of the new LFG system with him to see how well it will work for leveling. He’s one of the major projects as I haven’t even bothered taking the time to level my mage up all the way to 80 on this server yet since I’ve been having so much fun with the lower level toons.

When I don’t have people asking me for help I plan to focus strongly on this guy.

Legendary Warrior: I had a great idea to level up a warrior and then go after all of the legendary weapons in the game so that I could have them all on one character. But, only a warrior can do that and I just absolutely cannot stand leveling a warrior. Do, the toon got deleted and the cool idea with the weapons got deleted with him. As cool as it sounds, I said “screw it”. I’m not about to spend that much time doing something I know deep down that I hate (playing a warrior) just to hold some spiffy weapons that really don’t do me any good. I can tell you right now that once I got all of those weapons on him he’d just sit there on my character select screen and never get played again.

This whole idea got trashed, so don’t expect to see any future updates on it.

Twinkies! The pseudo-major project I’ve been working on to level various twinks continues on. As I continue on I come to feel more and more than the hunter is going to be a waste of my time since I really prefer healing and support in BGs rather than just killing people, so there’s a good chance that Killutiludie is going to get deleted. While I spent some gold on his gear he’s not high enough level to actually use most of it, so it’s not that big of a loss. Hotstuffbaby is still a lot of fun to play, so she’ll be around for a while yet. Blastoph is the new kid on the block, a green mohawk wearing gnome mage, and he’ll be getting twinked soon. I’m toying with the idea of doing a paladin twink or possibly a warrior twink to see how they play though I have a feeling that the warrior twink wouldn’t go anywhere. Regardless, you’ll find most of their information on the Fiery Weapons blog that I linked up top.

Any time I have a bad day at work you can expect to see me on the battlefield killing people. I can’t take out my frustrations on mobs as well as I can some scrub Rogue named “Lolurmomzkk” who thinks he stands a chance.

Alts: Alpha and Omega
My Alt’ernate Universe post last month about all of the new alts that I’ve rolled is definitely outdated. Not so much because I’ve made about six more toons since then, but because half of those toons have already been deleted as I have given up on the idea of leveling them and am already focusing on other toons. The hunter? Deleted. The Priest? Deleted. The Warrior? Deleted.

I think I’ve probably got ADD in relation to alts or something too. I’ll get an idea for a great toon or something I want to do, get them started, and then give up on them and /delete. The only reason I haven’t deleted more toons than I’ve created is that it’s literally impossible to do so as you have to create before you can delete.

So many alts see their beginning and then meet their end quickly thereafter. Oh well, life goes on for me though it may not for so many of them.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2009 in Blog

 

My Warcraft Year in Review Meme

I took this a second time because I didn’t bother tagging people the first time and I also had a few revelations after the first shot. Take a look at my updated response Here.

It seems that over the Thanksgiving Holiday, which I extended by taking some vacation time, I was tagged to participate in this meme to share with you some of what happened to me through the 2009 year in relation to WoW.

As with any meme, the general idea is to answer the questions and then pass it along to other people to see what everyone has to say on them. Instead of passing it along to five people in particular though, I’m going to throw it out there for all to see and allow you to tag yourself with it if you choose to do so.

My Warcraft Year in Review Meme
1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?
3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
5. What was your biggest failure?
6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
7. What do you wish you’d done less of?
8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
This question is both hard and easy to answer. It’s hard in that I only played for a short time in 2008, so almost everything was new. It’s easy in that, well, everything was so new.

To list a few, I did the following: Reached level cap, purchased epic flying, made my first successful twink, left my first true “home server”, switched from playing primarily Horde to Alliance.

2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?
This one is pretty easy as there really wasn’t much of anywhere that I went this year that I didn’t reach in 2008 save for the higher leveled areas of Northrend. To pick a single place though, I will have to go with the AQ40 raid. I went there for the first time a month or so ago with our main guild on the new Alliance server, Durotan-US. We had a blast in there and I found that I really love running around on the mounts that drop in there. It really sucks that you have to be in the instance to use those mounts, but it was really cool to go in there for the first time and really nail one of the big raids from the past that I was certainly nowhere close to being ready for while it was actually being played.

3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I think I’m looking forward to actually participating in some of the end game raiding in 2010. Not a whole lot, but a little bit. I’ve never been a fan of raiding, and I don’t expect to become one any time soon either, but I just recently got a new computer that I think can actually handle the the load that an honest raid will put out where before I would lag like crazy if there were more than 5 people in a group.

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
There really wasn’t much in the way of achievements this year in the use of the WoW term, so I’m going to say that reaching the number of views on my blog would be my greatest achievement of the year. I think I did quite a bit to move up from being “just another WoW blogger” to having people actually care about what I’m writing. As I check the stats on the blog, I find a lot of people constantly referring back to things that I wrote here, particularly in relation to the Prot Paladin. So I know that to at least some degree I am actually reaching my goal of helping people.

5. What was your biggest failure?
My biggest failure is going to tie into one of my biggest changes, which was the swap to playing Alliance rather than Horde. I had two of my friends end up paying to transfer their characters to my Horde server, and this year my wife made the switch to an Alliance server herself and after going to help her get a start I actually found myself really enjoying the server as well. So much so that I actually very much dislike playing on my old Horde server now except for the occasional run.

I also left a fairly good guild because I wasn’t going to raid and joined another which decided shortly after my joining them that they would open their doors to everyone. The guild now has over 500 members who constantly talk about random, stupid crap that makes me actually leave the guild channel in another chat window that I never look at just so that I can ignore them all.

So basically I screwed myself by switching to a fail guild, and then I screwed two of my friends out of actual money as they transfered the characters over to play with me and then I changed servers myself. For those reasons, I suck.

6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I think the only thing that really got me excited this year as far as WoW goes is going to have to be Cataclysm. I’m still excited about it even though we have no idea when it’s actually going to hit the shelves yet, and I can’t wait to jump in there and get started on rolling a whole new set of characters.

7. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I had done less of my twinking. While I had a great deal of fun doing it, and I’m still doing it even now, I wish I had done a bit less. The blog stopped getting updated while I was doing it, I pulled away from other players quite a bit while I focused on doing my own thing, and so on. It’s a great deal of fun to twink a character and to really get to know the ins and outs of your abilities and increase your knowledge and skill with the character, but it has its drawbacks sometimes too which you don’t always see until it’s too late to fix them.

8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
This one is really hard, actually. There are a lot of things that I like about a lot of the blogs that I read out there. Narrowing those down is a bit too hard, so I’ll just link a few that really come to mind right off: LoreCrafted, Darraxus the Warrior (Real Azeroth Heroes, especially), Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual, Through the Eyes of Death, Empowered Fire, Slice and Dice, Troll Bouquet, and Shaman on Ramen.

As far as podcasts go, I’m still new to them and the only two I even listen to (and on an infrequent basis at that) are For The Lore and WoWPhiles.

9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.
My reply here is actually going to be almost exactly the same as the one from which I was tagged who said, “I learned that it is not worth it to offer up constructive criticism or unsolicited advice. Even if you think you are friends with someone and see themselves repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot with their poor communication skills. Even if you see them run folks off with their communication style and their lack of respect for others’ ideas and opinions. Just keep your mouth shut. Because all you’ll get is a black eye for trying to help someone be more aware of how others are perceiving them.”

In my blogging I try to go into a lot of detail to break things down and explain in such a way that anyone could pick it up and put it to use even if they were brand new to the game. I don’t always do the greatest job with that, but I try. It has recently been brought to my attention though that using the same type of language in replies or offering of my own opinion makes me come off as more of a jerk than someone trying to help.

So I’ve learned something quite a bit like what Miss Nexxi there learned, that giving advice when it isn’t asked for, no matter how useful or important it might be, is better left ungiven.

Sometimes I actually want to get someone upset, to show them how stupid they’re being, or to tell them they’re screwing things up for the rest of us. And in those cases I come right out and smack you upside the head and tell it like it is. But for the most part, I just want to open doors, broaden views, or give some insight into things that people don’t know or haven’t figured out yet. The key is expressing that without coming across in a completely different manner, and while I haven’t learned yet how to do that, I have learned the need for it.

5 Folks I’m tagging to Complete this Meme
As I said at the top there, I’m not tagging anybody in particular with this. It’s just not the kind of thing I do, personally. So instead I’m going to offer this up to the first five people that feel like taking it upon themselves to do so.

If you’d like to tag yourself with this, then drop me a link to your blog in the comments to this post and I’ll add your name and your link to the list below:

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Posted by on December 3, 2009 in Blog, World of Warcraft

 

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Did you lose your pen, Psyn?

I have received quite a few emails lately making specific requests for information, macros, specs, etc. I wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that I do plan to address each of the requests that I have received, and to let you know why things are quiet around here right now.

I am currently out of town on a business trip that is open ended. Meaning, I don’t go home until the project is “over”. And “over” isn’t really defined because if I get to the end and then we find something else that is needed, or wanted, then I have to stay until that’s finished up as well. So what might have taken a day or two

The good side of this whole deal is that I’m normally on a restricted 32 hour work week, but when I travel the limitations are lifted and I’m free to get whatever overtime I need to get the project done. So this means more money for me.

The “bad” side of the deal is that I have no time to play, which means I have no time to blog. So I’m taking a few minutes during my break here to go ahead and throw that out there so you know what’s going on.

Most likely the project will come to an end in the middle of next week so that I can get back home and back into the normal swing of things.

I haven’t lost my pen, I just haven’t had time to pick it up.

Break’s over, back to work.

~Psynister

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Blog

 

Snow Leapard

While the world is going crazy over this Snow Leapard,

There’s still only one “Snow Leapard” that matters to me,

Not that I’ll ever have a hunter high enough level to tame that sucker, but every time I see people talking about Snow Leapard on Twitter, it’s that amazing beast right there that comes to mind.

Oh yeah, and for the record – I’m a PC.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Blog

 

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New Page Added: Psynister Support

Though this not related to WoW, it is related to my blog, because it’s related to me.

I have added a page on this blog to show you two wonderful organizations that I support, in order to give you an opportunity to show your support as well. Though I would ask for your support, I certainly do not require it nor do I expect it. It is merely a hope. This will be the only post I plan on ever focusing on anything other than WoW on this blog, but I wanted to give you a post to make you aware rather than hoping that you might one day stumble across it on your own.

Neither of these organizations are paying me anything at all to do this, I put them up there because I care. I get nothing out of doing this other than a sense of hope that others might lend a hand as well.

New Page: Psynister Support

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2009 in Blog

 

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