Thursday, July 31, 2008

So Cute...

DC Figures

They release all the Warcraft toys.

Achievements..... Again

WoWWikki has a lot of achievements up. I mean a lot. Yea... A lot.

I think I remember somewhere that these things are going to be retro-active and that if you have done something in the past then it will carry over to the present. I hope so. I have done a lot of that stuff. I have come close to a lot of that stuff. I have a lot more stuff to do.

I would love for Blizzard to surprise us and say something like these things will carry over to your other toons. That these achievements become server wide things. I currently have 3 70s and real close to number 4. Although I will not be heart broken by skipping this on most, it would be nice to do it once and be done.

I see that they mention something called Achievement Points. I would love to know what this is going to be for. Vanity Items? Cool new gear that no real value to the game than just to show off? I would be content with that.

Lich King

First up... It seems to be the current trend to warn when revealing LK spoilers... I really can't see how this is an issue. I really do not need to be surprised... I just want the cool stuff now. However, I am not thick-headed to the point where I can not see your point. I look at it like this though... I have had 3 kids... Each one, my wife and I have found out. I like to plan. I like to know what is coming. I like to be prepared. I am not saying that LK is like a new child for me... that would be far too messy, what with the diapers and all. I am just saying that I like to know.

Having said that... SPOILER ALERT!

There... I did it.

Hunters just got much love.

"There are 2 additional slots in the stable.

Integrating hunter / warlock pet management into the new mount and companion UI has certainly come up already. Let's give the new UI a whirl and see if it works and then we can consider if it makes sense to integrate the stable or anything else into it. "


That is pretty cool.

A Screen shot that I borrowed from Mania's Arcania

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Harry Dresden

This post has nothing really to do with WoW. However, I do not think that matters to the type of people that come to my blog... Most of my posts are gibberish anyway :) The only WoW related thing that I will throw in here is that I am still making slow and steady progress on the Druid. I got him to 325 skinning last night.

Hairy Dresden

You may have heard of the character or the series before, but until the Sci-Fi channel show I was clueless. I just finished up the final book on Saturday and now I am stuck. I want more Dresden. There is a Graphic Novel series being release that I will have to pick up and a RPG in the works that may be worth checking out.

A brief Synopsis or you could just check the Wikki is this... The time is now, the place is usually Chicago. Magic is real, fairies are real, Vampires, Werewolves... all real. There is a Council to control magic and to keep the "world" safe. People generally do not know about any of this. Not because it is kept out of sight all the time, but because people don't want to know. If something is seen they explain it away... even to themselves.

Hairy is a practicing Wizard. He is in the phonebook under Wizard. Most people think he is a crazy or fake. That does not bother him, he likes to help people and keep the "nasties" from getting out of hand.

Go check it out, great stuff. If you know of any series I should look into, please... post it for me... I am running out of books to read. I hate looking for new stuff... Lazy... help me...

Currently I am reading another Dune book. This one is about the Butlerian Jihad... Meh... I will finish it, and the others... but need something else... help me...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Skinning & Gathering

On Saturday I decided to start getting ready for the gold making extravaganza that will be Gathering in WotLK. Horde side I have two useful toons to work with and that is where I currently enjoy playing. I kept tailoring for the lock and picked up mining. My druid kept herbalism and picked up skinning. My Lock is just over 200 mining now and my druid hit 303 skinning last night before I logged for bed.

I love skinning. It is so easy. You do not have to go on "wild goose" chases for ore or herbs. You just take a few extra seconds to loot a litle bit deeper. I have had many many toons over the course of my WoW gaming. Every single one of them at some time in there leveling has had skinning. It may not be a huge money maker, but it is easy.

I started off Sunday evening around 8 pm at 0 skinning. By 10 pm "ish" when I logged for the night I was at 225 skinning and ready for more. Last night I took a couple more hours and made it to 303. Skinning just goes so fast and it is nice and relaxing. I just start grinding mobs and the time flies by. For me skinning is the perfect profession, I like to grind... and skinning is made to grind.

Tonight, if we do not make it to Old School Night, I will finish up skinning to 375 and begin to collect mats for all the gear I will need when I hit 70. My druid is going to need 3 sets... Bear, cat, and resto. I plan on getting as much as possible at 70 crafted to help out.


STV is like skinning Nirvana. You can skin there as low as 150, maybe lower... but I only show up at 150. You can slowly move south and make it all the way to 300. No traveling needed. No wondering where to go next... just start at the top and make your way to BB.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Blizzard has sparked the inner demon in me with this new Achievements nonsense. My mind is tossing around all kinds of things that may come out of this. I know that readers of this blog have seen my ever so fickle nature time and time again. Alliance... Horde... Paladin... Lock... Hunter... Druid... I am all over the place. I have had all the professions but JC maxed now... and dropped them. I just dropped enchanting again last night as it is just easier to buy the mats.

I noticed last night that the toon I love the most, my Warlock, has the least amount of rep. I need to fix this. I think I have time. I am almost done with fishing too. I will need to work on swords and unarmed... then all my skills will be maxed. I should take my lock on a tour of the world to make sure I have it all explored. There are a few more tailor patterns I want to pick up.

With my other toons I can settle for just having them at 70. With the lock... I need him to be complete. Well.... at least until I change my mind again....

Thursday, July 24, 2008


By request here is my good friend Llanion's Panzerkin build...

Enter at Own Risk

I can tell you from experience that although it seems crazy, it works. I have seen him tank, heal, and dps all with the same build. Not just so so.... I mean my prot paladin can throw out a couple heals.... I mean he does it well. Looking at his build I could never have come up with it. I have been Moonkin for a bit, I have been resto for a bit, I am now and have been feral several times. He passes up things I would say to myself I must have.... and still it works. It works very well.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Random Ramblings

I managed to get the Druid to 66, then what do I see.... the end of my rested xp... NO! It can not be. You see I have this whole policy about leveling an alt with no rest. It seems that I now have to take a few days off and let rest extend....


The bright side is that I am way ahead of schedule.

I went in Kara for the first time in a long time. Got both my tier 4 tokens for my lock and had loads of fun. We had 2 druid healers, a paladin tank, a Panzerkin tank, 2 fury warrios, a mage, a rogue, and 2 locks. We tore the place down. It was a blast. Most if not all were "overgeared" for Kara, but still... and odd mix there.

I am sure by now you have seen info on the new "rumored" WotLK talents. I like a lot of what I see, but what interests me most, as always, is the information on locks. I will never leave Master Demo.... There I said it. I would not leave my felguard.... He will not let me leave... Simple.

Now that the situation is stated allow me to express my thoughts on the new stuff...

Affliction (21 points)
Improved Curse of Agony - Rank 2/2
Increases the damage done by your Curse of Agony by 10%.

Suppression - Rank 3/3
Increases your chance to hit with Affliction spells by 3%, and reduces the mana cost of your Affliction spells by 6%.

Improved Corruption - Rank 5/5
Reduces the casting time of your Corruption spell by 2 sec.

Improved Drain Soul - Rank 2/2
Returns 15% of your maximum mana if the target is killed by you while you drain its soul. In addition, your Affliction spells generate 10% less threat.

Improved Life Tap - Rank 2/2
Increases the amount of Mana awarded by your Life Tap spell by 20%.

Soul Siphon - Rank 2/2
Increases the amount drained by your Drain Life and Drain Soul spells by an additional 4% for each Affliction effect on the target, up to a maximum of 60% additional effect.

Grim Reach - Rank 2/2
Increases the range of your Affliction spells by 20%.

Nightfall - Rank 2/2
Gives your Corruption and Drain Life spells a 4% chance to cause you to enter a Shadow Trance state after damaging the opponent. The Shadow Trance state reduces the casting time of your next Shadow Bolt spell by 100%.

Siphon Life - Rank 1/1
Transfers 15 health from the target to the caster every 3 sec sec. Lasts 30 sec.

Demonology (50 points)
Improved Healthstone - Rank 2/2
Increases the amount of Health restored by your Healthstone by 20%.

Improved Imp - Rank 1/3
Increases the effect of your Imp's Firebolt, Fire Shield, and Blood Pact spells by 10%.

Demonic Embrace - Rank 5/5
Increases your total Stamina by 15% of your Spirit.

Improved Health Funnel - Rank 2/2
Increases the amount of Health transferred by your Health Funnel spell by 20% and reduces the initial health cost by 20%.

Fel Vitality - Rank 3/3
Increases the Stamina and Intellect of your Imp, Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter and Felguard by 15% and increases your maximum health and mana by 3%.

Soul Link - Rank 1/1
When active, 15% of all damage taken by the caster is taken by your Imp, Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter, Felguard, or enslaved demon instead. That damage cannot be prevented. Lasts as long as the demon is active and controlled.

Fel Domination - Rank 1/1
Your next Imp, Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter or Felguard Summon spell has its casting time reduced by 5.5 sec and its Mana cost reduced by 50%.

Demonic Aegis - Rank 3/3
Increases the effectiveness of your Demon Armor and Fel Armor spells by 30%.

Unholy Power - Rank 5/5
Increases the damage done by your Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter and Felguard's melee attacks and your Imp's Firebolt by 20%.

Master Summoner - Rank 2/2
Reduces the casting time of your Imp, Voidwalker, Succubus, Felhunter and Fel Guard Summoning spells by 4 sec and the Mana cost by 40%.

Master Demonologist - Rank 5/5
Grants both the Warlock and the summoned demon an effect as long as that demon is active. Imp - Increases your fire damage by 5%, and increases the critical effect chance of your fire spells by 5%. Voidwalker - Reduces physical damage taken by 10%.
Succubus - Increases your shadow damage by 5%, and increases the critical effect chance of your shadow spells by 5%. Felhunter - Increases all resistances by 1 per level. Felguard - Increases all damage done by 5%, and reduces all damage taken by 5%.

Demonic Resilience - Rank 3/3
Reduces the chance you'll be critically hit by melee and spells by 3% and reduces all damage your summoned demon takes by 15%.

Demonic Empowerment [NYI] - Rank 1/1
Grants the Warlock's summoned demon Empowerment.
Succubus - Instantly vanishes, turning the Succubus invisible and restoring it's health to 100%. The vanish effect removes all stuns, snares and movement impairing effects from the Succubus. Voidwalker - Increases the Voidwalker's health by 20%, and it's threat generated from spells and attacks by 20%. Imp - Increases the Imp's damage by 20% and chance to critically hit with spells by 20%. Fel Guard - Increases the Fel Guard's attack speed by 20% and breaks all stun, snare and movement impairing effects and makes your Fel Guard immune to them. Felhunter - Resets all the Felhunter's cooldowns.

Demonic Knowledge - Rank 3/3
Increases your spell damage by an amount equal to 12% of the total of your active demon's Stamina plus Intellect.

Demonic Tactics - Rank 5/5
Increases melee and spell critical strike chance for you and your summoned demon by 5%.

Fel Synergy - Rank 2/2
Your Summoned Demons share an additional 10% of your Armor, Intellect and Stamina, and you have a 100% chance to heal your pet for 15% of the amount of damage done by you.

Summon Felguard - Rank 1/1
Summons a Felguard under the command of the Warlock.

Demonic Pact - Rank 5/5
Your pet's criticals apply the Demonic Pact effect to the target. Demonic Pact increases the spell power of all attackers against that target by 10% of your Spell Damage for 12 sec.

There is my build at the moment. It may not suit you. It may not suit me... but right now it gets me all I want out of Master Demo and lets me put out the dots. I do not like the Demon Form. It may rock. I am sure it will.... I just do not like it. I play Master Demo for my felguard. It is how I want to play. It is how I envision my toon. By taking Demon Form, that kind of takes away why I like the class. My personal choice.

Enough for one post....

Hermit out

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Old School Night

My guild has an Old School night. I have talked about this concept with many many people but it never got of the ground. I am not motivated. This is a really cool concept though, and I wish I had been motivated. All of that is meaningless though as my good friend Llanion is very motivated. He only has one real toon and only wants one. The up side to this he does lots of ingame stuff that the rest of us skip.

What is OSN? Simple. It is a night where we as a group, not the whole guild, go about doing old raids, instances, key quests.... That kind of thing. Last night we went into LBRS to start working on our ONXYIA quest line so that we as a guild can go take her down when we feel.

We were doing great. Killing with reckless abandon... Too easy for 3 70s and my 64 Druid. Then the unthinkable happened..... The servers crashed... :)

We go again next week... come on server....

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Much Druid Progress

I am way ahead of schedule on the Druid Countdown. I have been motivated and I am rapidly moving through some quests. It feels like old school leveling. I travel everywhere in bear or cat form and just kill anything that moves until I get to my quest area. I am having loads of fun with this toon and that it all that matters.

I did some research on BBB's Blog and found a small gear list to work towards as I level.

Braxxis Staff of Slumber (AH @64)

Belt of Natural Power (70)
2 Nether Vortex
10 Primal Air
10 Primal Life
2 Heavy Knothide Leather

Badge of Tenacity (70)

Stylin’ Purple Hat (69)
6 heavy Knothide Leather
2 Cobra Scales
8 Primal Shadow
4 Purple Dye

Necklace of the Deep (65)
3 Mote of Water
10 Jaggal Pearl
1 Shadow Pearl

Resolute Cape (70)
10 Primal Mooncloth
12 Primal Earth
1 Primal Nether

Heavy Clefthoof Vest / Leggings / Boots (70 / 70 / 69)
6 / 6 / 4 Heavy Knothide Leather
40 / 34 / 20 Clefthoof Leather
4 / 4 / 4 Primal Earth

Delicate Eternium Ring (70)
1 Eternium Bar
5 Mercurial Adamantite

I already have the Necklace of the deep, and the staff. My lock is currently saving Mooncloth for the cloak... things are looking good. Now I need to start thinking about cat dps clothes too though.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Traveling Mat

Recently I have been traveling around saying hey to various bloggers. I find more people that know of me than I had realized. Not saying I am a blogging star... no no no... just shocking to find more people than I went looking for. Last night I visited BBB and his guild. I found one of my own guildies there. Small world.

I am not done with my travels yet as I still have some more bloggers to visit. If you are sitting there minding your own business and some little hermit pops up to say hi, give him a warm welcome for me. :)

If you get bored, then tighten up your laces and do a little traveling of your own. You may be suprised at the reception. The way I see it the blogging community is like a bigger version of a guild... I "virtually" know a lot of you...

As you can see by the sidebar over there, I managed 4 bubs last night. You might say that I am slow. I would agree with you, but I have no desire to rush. I do not really plan on raiding with him. I do not plan on instancing with him. I just want a 70 Druid. Yep. That is it.

I have some business travel coming up, and will be out of town the majority of August. I will still be WoWing it up from hotel rooms, and blogging, but D&D is going to have to hold off. As of right now the genral consensus I have seen from those that are interested have said more or less the same... People are busy. This will give us more time to read the rules, and digest the material. If this comes a diappointment to you then I am sorry. Rest assured that I have not abandoned the project, just need to extend.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Final Countdown

There is a new item over there.... Look... Over there... No... the other side...

I added the Druid Countdown. That way you the readers will get to keep track of the exciting last few levels of my Druid. YAAAAAAAAY.... Sure... as if leveling your own toons was not enough now you to watch the painful way I level a toon that I have really become bored playing. Last night... I gained 3 whole bubs. Who knows.. Maybe I will take a betting poll for the actual ding date of the Druid and give out a prize to the victor.

I have been sitting alliance for a long time now. Alliance side all my toons are in my alt guild. So the only people there are me... myself... and sometimes I. Coming back to horde it is both odd and refreshing to see any comments in guild chat. I am enjoying the commentary. I am still a slacker though. I have yet to do an instance. I do not know why... that just not do it for me. I am not above helping out a friend and tagging along... but the thought of putting together a run... even with friends... just causes me to cower.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Math is Fun

I decided that I can no longer sit by and let my Druid "rot" at level 62. He must get to 70. Why? For not other reason than he is so close. Here is how it is going to go. I currently have 4 bubs in, which leaves 16 to go. I will then have 20 bubs for levels 63 - 70, which comes up to 140 bubs. Add all that together and I have 156 bubs until my Druid is level 70 and can rest before WotLK.

I thought to myself last night... "Self.... If you do a minimum of 2 bubs a night it will take you 78 nights to finish..." Ouch. That is painful. A little over two months.

The good side to this strategy is this... 2 bubs takes like maybe an hour. Waaaaay less than that if you turn in any quests. So I can still do all the other things that occupy my time and still devote minimal time to the Druid for leveling.

I am an odd one. I will admit. I now have 3 70s. The only zones that any of them have done... Hell Pen, Zang, Nagrand, and Terrokar. I did maybe one or two in BEM.. maybe one or two in SMV... Maybe one or two in Netherstorm. I just do not like those zones. Meh.

As of right now my Druid has gone from 58 - 62 and has yet to leave Hell Pen. I have been to other zones, but no quests yet. I still have a few quests to go as well so by the time I hit Zang I should be 63. Last night I got 3 bubs just running around killing boars and demons getting used to my Druid again. There was this big lumbering Bear just running around mauling things.


On another note... If you visit here and have a blog and would like to be added to my list just let me know. I try to get everyone and spread the wealth... but I am sure I miss some of you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ode to the Gulch

A second post today devoted to the often hated, by me at least, WSG. Why do I hate it? No timer. No assurance that you will ever escape. You are trapped there looking for a flag.

You might say “But Hermit, after so much time the flag carriers are visible.” You of course would be correct. That however does not imply that your group will behave in a respectable manner. You may go after the flag one at a time. Why don’t we just group up? Good question. I can’t make them group. Well just wait on them… I do.. I wait on them… then I am called an afker… or while I wait they still don’t group. So what do I do… join up with one and run… hope for the best.

You might say “But Hermit, after so much time the flag carriers become weak.” Again… you would be correct. However…. See above.

Some games go well. We win quick… We lose quick. Or it goes back and forth and ends in a challenge. All good. Then comes the turtle, or even worse the complete selfish pug. Nobody in the entire group is in sight of another. You see people over way on the side. You see people on the roof all alone. You see people spaced out in the middle. They are in the tunnel… Everywhere.

I could try to get a group and join as 10… Then that defeats the purpose of me in the BGs… I am allergic to pugs. I break out in wasted time every time. I am just lucky like that.

My question to you is this, if you care to respond. Maybe offer advice? Point out what the heck I could do to make matters better, if anything… Or just join with me in the suffering that is WSG.

Where do you enjoy WSG?

Do you linger in the Flag room? Do you hang out at the base of your tunnel? Do you hang out in the middle? Do you hang out near their tunnel and play “safety”? Do you do everything possible to stop the enemy from taking your flag and escaping?

Do you rush like a crazy madman to the enemy flag room? Do you pick up the flag or support the runner?

Do you linger in the middle? Do you honor farm here? Do you just do your own thing regardless of what is going on around you? Does the flag drop in front of you and you ignore it due to the bloodlust of one more kill? Does the flag runner sprint by you and you not even take notice, as your dps is focused on another just for fun?

Me? I like Defense with my hunter. I hang out between dead middle and move from tunnel to tunnel accordingly. I love hunting the flag runner. Sometimes I make it and return the flag, sometimes I am too slow, but this is what I enjoy about WSG…. When it works… I would say a third of my games in WSG are fun. I win, lose... no matter… they are fun. I hate the turtle with a passion.

D&D Update

I am still waiting for my copies of the D&D set to arrive. I ordered the collector's set and still... am waiting. If I do not have it by Friday I will break down and just go pick up another set. I have read through the PHB and most of the DMG though, so I have seen at least some of the changes. For character creation I think the best method for us will be the point buy system. You start off with an 8, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10 and then get a pool of I think 22 points to distribute. There is a chart in the PHB and I believe this is method 2 for determining your stats. No evil toons. I have run games where I allowed them... and they just did not make sense to me. Just easier on everyone else, including me. :)

For those of you that are truly new to the concept of D&D it is a fantasy world. It is an RPG. Normally you would play this game with people around a table. One person is the Game Master and controls all the Monsters and NPCs. The others, you, are the players. You have stats such as strength, intelligence, wisdom, dexterity. You have hit points. For the most part you "assist" me in telling a story. When combat occurs, dice are rolled comparing your stats vs the enemies stats. In a normal game you control your dice, I control mine. In this version I do all the rolling... you merely inform me what you will attempt to do. As the story progresses you level up... gain more skills... and just enjoy the ride.

Now for some WoW.....


I have to pace myself. I allowed myself to get into a slump with the hunter in the BGs... I didn't make it long. I did maybe two weeks solid BGs. I realize I need to break that up. I enjoy the BGs... well all but WSG... I enjoy winning... I enjoy losing... it is a token and it can still be fun. I just can't stand the conversation. I have been in BGs where it went smooth.. we either lost with style or won, but nobody made it uncomfortable with the whining... BAH. I need a way to turn off chat. Just turn it off..

Thursday, July 3, 2008


I am heading out of town for the 4th of July weekend.

As of right now I have several that have expressed an interest in the D&D game that I will be starting. We will be going with 4th Edition Level 1 characters. Start getting those thoughts and ideas ready. A couple of you have expressed character ideas already but are willing to help out the group and fill in where needed. This is fine. If you already know what you want to be race/class then respond to this e-mail and we can start filling out the party.

Like I said, it will be slow going at first but once a week is not so bad. Maybe I will step up to the plate and do a little more... who knows.

If you have any questions post here or drop me an email wildhermit at gmail.

Later and enjoy the 4th!!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

58 Minutes!!

Ok... first let me get some D&D info out of the way.... Hulan sent me this link for a 4e D&D character sheet. I thought it looked kind of neat and makes things a lot easier. Also... I agree with Sonvar. After much thought on the topic I think level 1 is going to be the starting point. I activated my .mac account tonight and will use that to host images and stuff like character sheets, loot info... etc.

Now to the WoW...

I have been BGing it up with Drakhan my hunter lately. It is loads of fun actually having some dps alliance side. I have abismal dps right now as far as hunters go... I am rocking my boar for the charge ability which I love and just because he is my boar... Mine.... I am also only using Hemet's Elekk Gun. I think if BRK were to see me running around he would slap me with my lousy gear.

I am enjoying it though. I think I would disappoint Megan with some of the gear that I wear in the BGs but with no arena team and new to the whole thing... A 70 hunter does what a 70 hunter can.

Now... you may ask... 58 Minutes???? What does that mean?

I was in an Alterac Valley match last night that lasted 58 minutes. It was wonderful. I loved it. It was fairly obvious real quick that the horde did not want to win. They were just there to honor farm us and enjoy the ride. So... for the first time ever almost all the alliance joined up and aided the horde in this task. We just hung out and killed each other. Galv never dropped... We got pushed back to our cave and fought there and on the slopes. I racked up 189 kills in that one game. We lost... but we loved every minute of it... Nobody complained... Nobody whined about losers or n00bs... just good clean killing :)