Updates: Where We Stand

11 Jan

Posting has been slow this year, so I wanted to give you a heads up on what’s in the works. I’ve got more than what I’m going to talk about in this post, but this should give you a fair idea of what’s going on. I’ve also got some links to new blogs that I’ve found down at the bottom for any of you who really don’t care to read about where the blog sits right now. I know a lot of readers come strictly for content so posts of this nature are boring and a waste of space on your feed reader, so I want to offer at least a little something for your time.

Paladin AoE Grinding Guides
The first thing that needs to be mentioned is the most highly sought after information on this blog, which is the final edition of the Paladin AoE Grinding Guides. These guides right over here and here, in case you’re wondering.

My paladin has sat mostly idle for quite some time as I’ve gone to a new server and been caught up doing other things. But, he’s sitting at level 78 and I am starting to get an urge to get back to leveling him. The Northrend version of the AoE Grinding guides has been mostly written and sitting there in my Drafts folder for quite a while as well. I haven’t put it out yet because I haven’t had a chance to try out all of the abilities with the whole not reaching level 80 yet thing, and every time I’ve gotten close to just throwing it out there anyway a new patch has come along that changed something in there.

But fear not, the last installment of the Paladin AoE Grinding series is on its way and I’ve received far too many requests for it to just leave it alone.

Mage Guides
The Mage guides are probably next up on the priority list, but there’s going to be an unexpected twist in those. Basically I’ve got one, maybe two, more posts to do on the Frost Mage before it’s done and then it’s time for the twist. What’s this twist I’m talking about? Well, I guess you just have to follow the advice of one of my favorite authors and RAFO (Read And Find Out).

More details to come in those posts themselves.

Dungeon Loots: Class Series
My big project for this year, noting the fact that this is still a leveling blog, is going to be covering all of the gear that drops in each of the dungeons for each specific class. Each class will be broken into three sections, one for each of the three expansions currently out.

One disclaimer I need to put out on this one right away though is that if Cataclysm comes out you can fully expect this entire series to either disappear or get knocked back for several months. There are far too many changes coming up in the new expansion that will impact low level play for me to just leave it as is.

I’m going to be moving kind of slow on this series to begin with because certain rumors suggest Cataclysm might be reaching our desktops within the first half of this year and nothing is going to piss me off quite so much as writing all of these posts and then have them nullified by the release of a single expansion. I got a small taste of that just from Patch 3.3 in relation to my Racial Analysis posts, so you might see my first out right rant post if Cat comes along and screws a series like this.

New Blogs on the Rolls
Let me start off here with a shout out to my buddy Arrens of Through the Eyes of Death who answered one of my questions on twitter in his post, Playing With Yourself. Minds out of the gutter people, minds out of the gutter.

Next up is a blog I stumbled across this morning: The Wayward Initiative which is a nice, informative blog run by multiple authors. I’ve only had a chance to skim about four pages worth of the blog so far, but I like what I’m seeing there.

Then we have somewhat of a new blogger as far as I can tell over at Random Rogue. Maybe I just haven’t found the blog navigation features over there, but it looks to me to be a long time player with a fresh new blog. It’s covering the leveling of a Rogue done primarily through use of the new Dungeon Finder feature, so you might find it interesting as I have so far.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Force In Balance for all of my Resto Druid tree-huggers for yet another great source of druid healing. I probably follow around 12 different restro druid blogs, and yet my highest druid is level 38 and hasn’t been played for months. You would think that I would actually get one leveled up one of these days…

I also can’t forget my PvP side, so I’m going to give a shout out to BG PVPer here as well. The blog hasn’t seen any activity since the end of November last month, but given the bundle of holidays and such that we have in the end of the year I’ll assume that the inactivity can be chalked up to that for the time being. Regardless, you can find some solid PvP information there if you happen to share my love for killing other players.

And last but not least, let me direct your attention to Ankh = Life for whom I wrote my own Kris Kringle post. It’s a shaman healer rather than a druid healer, and if you’ve ever had any interest in playing a Shaman then you know that their blogs are very few and far between.


Posted by on January 11, 2010 in Blog, World of Warcraft


12 responses to “Updates: Where We Stand

  1. Nochecazador

    January 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I like the new look.

    • Psynister

      January 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM

      Thanks. I continue to forget I need to change that stupid image up at the top there. I’ll get around to it one of these days though.

  2. We Fly Spitfires

    January 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    I’ve just start a Paladin alt so those guides of yours are going to be invaluable to me!

    Digging the new look too! :)

    • Psynister

      January 11, 2010 at 12:50 PM

      It’s always nice to see them put to use. The primary difference that you’ll see due to patch releases after being written is going to be Exorcism because it is no longer an instant cast spell.

      The last post on the paladin series will include how to make up for that change though.

  3. DarthRegis

    January 12, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Hey there!
    Checked out my dashboard and visits to the site were unusually high these last few days. So I’m always curious to see where they come in from and your blog was one of them. (Usually it’s from me making an arse of myself somewhere.)

    Anyway, thanks for the shout out and I’ll definitely return the favour and throw you up on the blogroll!


    • Psynister

      January 12, 2010 at 3:05 PM

      It’s my pleasure!

      I haven’t had the chance yet to dive into your blog very deep as I’m having electrical issues at the house that prevent me from using my computer and work’s been crazy.

      Hopefully I’ll be able to get that taken care of soon so that I can give your posts some serious reading attention and offer some feedback.

      I like what I’ve had time to see so far though!

      • DarthRegis

        January 12, 2010 at 3:28 PM

        Again, great to hear. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve had the chance to read here, as well.

        You won’t need to dig too deep over at our blog. We’ve only been blogging for a few months thus far. It’s mostly ramblings, but eventually I’d like to potentially offer something useful. :)

    • Psynister

      January 12, 2010 at 3:32 PM

      Even ramblings are good to read. A lot of WoW bloggers are strictly facts, strictly end game, or blog about a specific niche that you’re either part of or you aren’t. It’s nice to read something with a varying perspective that’s not just one specific thing over and over.

      You keep on blogging, and I’ll keep reading.

  4. Rilandune

    January 13, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve started playing a Paladin alt myself, and even at level 25 I’m finding the usual “grind” to be very much not a grind and the AoE damage done is amazing. I really look forward to reading through the guide as I’m always looking to improve leveling speed!

    The site looks great, and we need to work on getting A Rogue’s Tale in that blogroll of yours :)



    • Psynister

      January 14, 2010 at 9:21 AM

      There’s no need to hide a secret Prot Paladin, that’s just good business. Now, if you went with a Ret spec instead, then that would be an entirely different matter.

      I’ve never had a problem with grinding so long as there was a clear goal in mind for when it would end. When I started grinding with my first mage it actually became a lot more fun that it was before on other classes, though I did die quite a bit. Switching to the Paladin provided even more enjoyment and far fewer deaths, so it was a win-win situation.

      It’s not in there? *openeditcopypastesaveupdate* I have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s clearly sitting right there in the rogue section. *innocent whistle*

      Good luck, and thank you for comment!

  5. Nefarious

    January 13, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Hello there! Thank you very much for the shout out/link to my blog! I very much appreciate it. :) And I apologize for you being unable to find my navigation. There isn’t much to go to yet, besides and about page. HOWEVER, I made the background stand out a little more so hopefully you can find it now. :( My bad. I’m not giving any hints where it is but let me know if you do (or don’t :( ) find it.

    Anyway, as I was saying, thanks again and I shall see you around! :)

    • Psynister

      January 14, 2010 at 11:47 AM

      No problem, Nef.

      I enjoy reading the various blogs that are talking about leveling via the LFG right now. I’m considering doing that with a druid here pretty soon doing a tank/heal dual spec so that I can fill either role.

      The navigation I’m talking about are ones to view older/newer posts. I assumed that since I didn’t see those (and still don’t) that it’s a new blog and just doesn’t have enough posts yet to require that navigation.


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