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Sharing the Beauty

Okay okay, so I know that I was taking a break from WoW but a very dear friend has gifted me with some time because the moths in my wallet are no fun. All the same, I have been re-analyzing how I am looking at this break from WoW and I know now, and know it well enough, that this is not permanent; this is a “let’s hope I get the promotion” and more money.

But to calm my anxieties, and there were many, about not playing I made my background one of my favorite screenshots of all time. Not only did I love the main storyline in this zone it has become my favorite in appearance as well. This image is working as a 1680×1000 desktop.

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The Shattering: Desolace

One of the zones I was looking forward to the most in the new world was Desolace. The zone was in horrible disrepair and was entirely out of date and lonely. It was once an eye sore but life and Earth will always win, for even the most beautiful flowers can grow out of the rocky mountain faces high into the sky…and Desolace is no different.

 

The next picture is of the newest addition to the Desolace map: Cenarion Wildlands. This image is an outlook from Ghostwalker Post (Horde). For other before images check out my guest post at Revive & Rejuvenate or Angeyla’s Photo Tour of Desolace!

Please note that while the content of the images belong to Blizzard, the compilation before and after images are my own pitiful attempt at imagery and they are licensed under my Creative Commons license.

A Screenshot Tip:

I found this tip late and in one day I find it from two resources on how to enhance the quality of the screenshots that we take.

Gazimoff illustrates the image quality differences while WoWhead recommends the enhancement for submitting screenshots to them!

As standard this is set at 3. A quality setting of 1 reduces the filesize of the screenshot at the cost of quality. A setting of 10 provides the best quality, but creates larger files.

/console screenshotQuality 10

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Desolace! What changes were you looking forward to that you couldn’t wait to check out? Underwhelmed? Overwhelmed?

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Be Ready!

As of today, the patch data is available to us in the Background Downloader. There are multiple sections to this data around 4.68 gigs each. Each takes around 45 minutes to an hour to download fully while not running WoW; once the first section is [Finished] you must re-open the .exe file to continue. I would like to thank SuicidalZebra for pointing out my flaw!

If you need help running the program, here is how to find and run it in Windows Vista:

– (My) Computer -> C:

– User -> Public -> Games

– World of Warcraft

– Backgrounddownloader.exe

See, easy as pie! The fact that this data is available and the blue post announcing extended maintenance tomorrow, strongly implies tomorrow is patch day! I hope to be able to provide a 4.0.1 guide, but I cannot guarantee at this moment when it will be available. Also remember to do anything with your current currency should you chose to do so! Good luck and hope to see you around tomorrow for Tuesday!

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Time to cash in: Currency Conversions

The question burning through my mind and the minds of most of the people I interact with regularly is what to do about the currency. We know that Cataclysm is bringing with it (i.e. 4.0.1 is bringing it) currency conversions for all emblems, including Badges of Justice, as well as a new honor point system. That raises the types of questions of what should we do with what we have? I was recently even asked whether we should grind and get our BOAs now or wait until 4.0.1 was live and then do it.

My response was uneducated at the time, thinking that the prices for gear would be relatively the same and that grinding the new mechanics would work it out for them to know how the changes in systems is working. But I was wrong. For the general cost of gear, it is on par for what they cost in emblems (an Emblem of frost being ~11 JP and the standard piece being 1100) but I was mistaken in the rest of the answer.

So now I have done my research and I have resolved the bad advice and I want to share what I found with all the readers who are asking the same questions.

Currency Conversions

The current cost of 1-80 hierlooms on the PTR is much higher then it should be. Teir 10-251 gear costs 695/1100 JP, whereas the heirlooms cost 2700/3500 JP.

The cost of heirlooms in 4.0.1 has been intentionally increased above what they currently cost to match the gain of points players will see at level 85. It’s recommended that if you want to buy heirlooms you do so now before 4.0.1 is released, or wait until after purchasing Cataclysm, leveling to 85, and running that content for points.

Bashiok

The conversion rates for Emblems -> Justice Points, as well as the “drop-rate” have been released as well.

These changes are expected to happen in patch 4.0.1 and to come with a soft cap of points meaning that you can be converted to have more than 4000 but you will be unable to receive any more until you are under the cap. With 4.0.3 comes a hard cap of no one being able to break the 4000 cap for any reason (source).

The drop rate for the points versus the method in which emblems were dropped is:

Lich King Heroic dungeon boss — 16 Justice Points
Lich King daily normal dungeon — 12 Justice Points
Lich King daily Heroic dungeon — 23 Justice Points
Lich King raid boss — 23 Justice Points

Cataclysm Heroic dungeon boss — 75 Justice Points
Cataclysm daily normal dungeon — 75 Justice Points
Cataclysm daily Heroic dungeon — 75 Valor Points
Cataclysm 10-player raid boss — 75 Valor Points
Cataclysm 25-player raid boss — 105 Valor Points

This is to prohibit gaining points from places we would have “out-grown” (source).

So the ultimate idea is to buy your BOAs and spend your honor now while you have it and while you know WTF is going on. Good luck to you and I hope this helps answer any questions and resolve any doubts you had.

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BoA Bad Behavior

Okay, there are a couple things I could work on, but something else that has been in the fore front of my mind lately as I play on baby toons. That thing is the concept of BOAs and just how much they get on my nerves. The concept behind BOAs it seems is to reward those that have made it to end game and want to level again, all we ever hear about is how much leveling sucks. I mean, when I started playing, mounts started at Level 40. But I’m not talking about that…I am talking about the new generation of WOW players. The new environment created, not only by, but in major part by BOAs.

It is important to address that the LFD tool has sped up the wow playing process. I don’t mean this in the obvious way that it helps leveling or finding groups, rather that it has encouraged even low level instances to be spam ran in under 5 minutes. This is bad enough in heroic instances where most people outgear the content, but when you couple that with healers with mana inefficient spells and tanks that are “brann-spanking” new, it isn’t a good combination.

With that said, let me address what a new player sees when running with other BOA geared people.

The biggest part is there is no SOCIAL aspect to these groups. This idea has been covered and beaten like a dead horse since LFD was introduced, but this isn’t how the game should be introduced to new players. As when I started playing, it should be a warm, welcoming, converstaional place. Not “GOGOGO!”s and “PULL MOAR PL0X!”. It fosters the same sort of behavior and environment that most of us complain about in heroics. It just plain sucks.

But what about the fact that BOAs foster a since of carelessness? What do I mean by that? Simply that some people just want the BOAs for the XP boost and don’t particularly care about what they are using. Did I say most or all? No, so don’t jump to conclusions but this fact is true. There are some people that have EVERY BOA just so they are fully prepared to play anything, but there are some that don’t.

Let’s talk about the hunter for example. If you saw a random hunter in all greens or blues, stripped of any BOAs, but they were using stuff with STRENGTH on it…you would call them a huntard for using such things! You would correct them and explain that does nothing for them, they don’t whack things. But what about the hunter using Bloodied Arcanite Reaper?¬† Oh, it supplies crit but it is worthless for a hunter…and doesn’t even provide an XP boost. What is the point of using it on a hunter then?

I can thing bring up the point of a new rogue I ran into. He rolled on an Intellect ring, but it could easily be explained to him the types of things he needs for stats not intellect and spell power. He understands and it makes sense. I am looking for someone to explain the sense to me in a rogue wearing the Tattered Dreadmist Robes. Knowing that BOAs mean that person has an 80, what if that new rogue saw the cloth caster wearing Rogue and modeled after that? Its bad and fosters an unknown lack of knowledge for new players.

And my last and final vanity point to all of this is that every single player looks the same. I am SO sick of looking at BOAs it makes me want to vomit. I miss seeing my clothie’s pants!

All the same, the only point I am really trying to make is to use the BOAs that are¬†appropriate for your new class. If you don’t know the stats for that class, it is a great time to look them up and study the class. I am always willing to help a new paladin make the choices for BOA gear.

Optimal healadin choices!

Disclaimer: The term “you” is being used as a generalization and this is not directed at any on post or person.

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Real ID & Openbook

What information about me will other players see when I use Real ID?

If you are using Real ID, your mutual Real ID friends, as well as their Real ID friends, will be able to see your first and last name (the name registered to the Battle.net account). You will also be able to see the first and last name of your Real ID friends and their Real ID friends. Your Battle.net account name (your email address) is not displayed to other players through the Real ID friends list. In addition, players with Real ID relationships will be able to view each other’s online status, Rich Presence information, and Broadcast messages, and will be able to see which character and game their Real ID friends are playing across supported Blizzard games.

Yeah, that is the blue text from the Real ID FAQ. This is a response to an outcry of the public wanting to talk to their friends across multiple servers/factions. Showing my first and last name is fine to people who I know, but why is it necessary to that random paladin I wanted to friend? Or that one guy I would never meet outside of game but he is a great player? I have Facebook for the people I want to see and talk to online. Hell, I even have a facebook group fully dedicated to my guild where I got to know the names and faces of several guildmates.

Running an extra client may boggle some systems but if talking cross lines like that is important to you, utilize programs like Ventrilo or Skype.

This concept is great in theory and a great idea, but the employment of it is hinky. I should be able to hide certain characters or log off/invisible when I want to solo play. Don’t deny it, you have hidden on alts too. But for them to know EVERY character, even that one I have never mentioned, not cool.

I think this is an innocent case of TMI but I am still anti-Real ID.

Suggestion: The Steam Client works wonderfully. I can run a game through the client allowing friends (mutually agreed upon) to see what game I am in but not what character, I can talk regardless of game, servers, factions, etc. and I can set a unique display name. Nowhere on the client is my first and last name needed or listed. I can also choose to log out of the client and play or stay online/available while not displaying that I am playing.

WTB Steam System for Real ID.

The action taking place on the battlefield is just one part of the StarCraft II experience — we’re also working to make sure that you can easily connect, communicate, and play with your friends. To help accomplish that, the new version of Battle.net will offer integration with Facebook. This new functionality will start off by allowing you to quickly import Facebook friends into your Battle.net friends list, and additional features will be added over time.

I can’t even begin to describe the things that are wrong with this. It is awesome that they turned the armory feed into an application and there are other apps like Hearthstone and I Play WoW; but linking facebook to battle.net breaks some hidden security rule of thumb. Recently, Facebook has opened up even more privacy issues with their personalization to sister sites likes Pandora radio. You can turn these off in settings but facebook is seriously getting as bad as myspace these days. Anyone and everyone AND THEIR MOM can have a facebook now. I don’t need my battle.net account to publish to my wall, I don’t need it to talk to my friends. For a very long time Facebook was its own entity and now it is everywhere and everything and that makes a dangerous combination.

It was said well today by @Kirinkouki when they referred to it as Openbook. When you have a facebook…your life is like an open book…even employers can check it before deciding to hire you.

If life weren’t so boring sometimes, I would suggest everyone delete them and forget about them and go back to paper pictures instead of mobile uploads; but so is the 21st century and we must live in it. Therefore, we must take our precautions and privacy seriously! They’re your accounts in whose hands?

PS. There are people in game I would rather see DIAF then find on facebook.
Source: Blue Post

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The Bank Alt

As promised, here is the shot images of my beloved bank alt. The bank alt style is very important when you are trying to make it in the world. Not pictured are her Brewfest Stein & flowers or her winter clothes. She loves holiday fare and pirates!

Her everyday wear consists of:

  • Tattered Cloth Pants from Undercity
  • Black Swashbucklers Shirt
  • Acolyte Shoes (starting Blood Elf Warlock gear)

She also sports the occasional Blue Lumberjack Shirt!

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