I’ve not been posting much lately because I’ve been worn out from work. I had to pull long hours this past week because of a major production issue we were having. As a result, I wound up working Saturday and Sunday (unusual for me). Luckily, I get a long weekend this week or else I’d be going out of my workaholic mind.
In other news: we’re discontinuing the PuG raids. Too much work, too much time, and too much loot drama.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an important appointment with my pillow that just cannot be postponed.
I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW-Europe RP forum. This week’s update starts the ramp-up to Gundrak and shows that not all trolls are like the Darkspear. Also, we get to see a glimpse of Zerith’s rather…unreasonable dislike of trolls in general. A lot of people think Zerith is one of the “better” characters but, the truth is, he has his dark side. He just tends to keep better control over it than Alayne or Ger’alin (though, both of them are learning to keep theirs reined in a bit better).
I’m seriously considering keeping Alayne’s Story to one update a week.
*ducks behind a shield*
I just haven’t had as much time to spare on it as I did with Parts I and II. And, I’m coming up to a brick wall where I am now. Until Blizzard releases some information on whether or not we’ll be able to kill/defeat Arthas and what the dungeon will be like for that, I’ve got no clue how to describe it other than to take my best guess at what they might do. And then, chances are they’re going to throw another curveball at us like they did with Ulduar (though, at least, it was kind of foreshadowed a bit through quests and dungeons in the game ahead of time).
So, my question is this: if I keep it to one update a week, would people prefer Monday or Friday or another day? If I can get back to two updates per week, it will be on Monday and Friday. However, unless work slows down a good bit, I may just not have time for a long while to crank out the material to make two updates per week sustainable long-term.
That’s the furtherest we’ve gotten General Verax down so far. 31% and then our healers were all out of mana, the eight saronite vapors had been used, and we wiped.
It’s a tricky fight. I suspect that we’re really going to have to work out a solid rotation, go more slowly on killing the vapors, and I’m going to have to get better at strafing the boss when needed.
Ah well. We’ll get him next reset. In other news, my husband’s guild (The Order of Azeroth) has gotten Yog-Saron down in 10 man.
Oh, and I’ve stumbled upon a new site to add to my reading links. Coffee With Sargeras. Check it out. It’s a riot.
I’ve just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW-Europe RP forum. This covers the final quest in the Drakuru quest-chain over in Zul’Drak and begins the lead-in for the next part. The next few updates may seem a little confusing time-line-wise as they cover the same time period that we’ve just gone through but from a different perspective. I’ve been trying to work on my time-shifting skills and I’m hoping that this is less confusing than other attempts I’ve made towards this end.
In other news, I’m really going to update the chapters and the full story file this weekend. I keep telling myself I need to and this weekend, I’m going to find time to do it.
We got Freya down in Ulduar tonight. We’re now 10/14 in there.
And Christ am I tired.
It’s the 25 man PuGs that are sapping me. Today, I managed to win two things; the helm from Gothik and then the sword from 4Horsemen. I actually expected people to roll against me and was kind of surprised no one did. Then, when someone (don’t remember who) started muttering that I had already won the helm when I was given the sword from 4Horsemen, I almost passed up on it entirely even though I was the only mainspec tank in the run and it was a pretty tremendous upgrade.
Today was bad because, while there was very little loot drama, it was enough to make me just want to call the whole thing after Loatheb.
Don’t get me wrong; I love organizing the 25s. I love taking people in there to see content they normally wouldn’t get to see and I love having a nice, smooth run where we can relax and talk about Ulduar while we’re trashing Naxxramas. What I don’t love is people refusing to get on Vent and then, when I manage to /w them about half the loot rule, they fuck off out of the raid because we’re not going to give them everything. Well, dude, if you’re in Synergie, why the hell are you pugging Naxx and wanting any loot? Seriously, go run it with your Ulduar 25 top-end guild. We’re doing this so people can see stuff they might not get to see. Not so you can get ubergear because I’m supposed to be impressed by your guildtag.
If you want to impress me, you’ve got to be named “Diamster.” She’s the best raidleader on the whole realm and the most awesomest person ever. Seriously, if you’re not her, you’re not impressing me.
Add another name to the blacklist.
I also don’t like the “not getting on Vent” and then not wanting to follow the tactics as explained in /raid. And, seriously, if you’re going to act like a moron and ask for BoK or BoM or BoW every thirty seconds, don’t be surprised when I groan when you ask me anything later on.
I thought I was going to be disappointed to have to end these runs but really, I’m almost looking forward to not doing them. Maly 25 and Sarth 25 on Saturday are nice quick one-shots and will mean very little loot drama. I mean, there’s just not much to bitch about when you’ve only got one boss. It means I should be done with raids by 5 pm instead of 6 pm and I can take a week off because Grog will cover for me.
And no, I’m not going to even think about Ulduar. The only way would be if I could stack every run with Stormcrow healers and if we only invited DPS who we all knew personally and all knew would not be morons. We would never spam /2 for an Ulduar pug. Either you’re signed up through the website or you’re not coming at all.
Ah well. It’s just the constant idiocy of Someone Bitching Every Week For Ten Weeks Straight that has finally gotten to me. Naxx just takes too long, has too much loot, and is wearing me out. Going to the short raids means I probably won’t quit doing the PuGs entirely. I hate it for all the people who are going to miss out on seeing Naxx 25 but, really, it only takes one or two people to spoil a run and I’m tired of having those one or two people (seriously, are they all in some kind of assholes-only club?) every. damned. week. I don’t see how Diamster put up with it. Probably because she’s awesome and I’m not.
It took all night and we got frustrated and irritated several times, but we finally managed to pull Thorim down. I must say that the gauntlet is the hardest part of that fight. The arena group stumbled on to an easy way to keep their end under control early in the evening but those of us in the hallway were struggling to figure out the knack there up until the last attempt when we got him.
That makes us 9/14 in Ulduar so far. Tomorrow we’ll try Freya and, if we can get her down without too much hassle, we’ll go back and pull Hodir down again. I’m really hoping we can get her down because it’d be nice to take a crack at Mimiron soon. I think that we’ll have Ulduar cleared in a few more weeks if we can just buckle down and learn the fights a bit better.
Also, this weekend will be the last weekend we do the Naxx 25 PuGs. I’m just getting so worn out from all the raiding and raid leading I’ve been doing and, with not a weekend going by without some form of loot drama, it’s turned me off doing them. We’ll go to doing Sarth +X and Maly on Saturday afternoons instead, I think. Much less loot drama there. And, I’m still leaning against doing Ulduar 25 in a PuG. My current condition is that we have every Stormcrow healer in there to make any arguments over that blasted legendary moot. Even then, I’m still really unsure about it because it’s not like Naxx where we can afford to have a few undergeared people in the run.
Ah well. I’ll worry about it later.
I have just posted the latest update to Alayne’s Story over on the WoW-Europe Roleplaying forum. This part covers the last bits of the Drakuru quest chain in Zul’Drak. Pretty interesting stuff if I do say so myself. I never really liked the thought of “one guy sneaking into a Scourge base and killing the commander” though. It made more sense to me that you would need an army to pull that stunt off. Luckily, Ger’alin and the others have an army.
Now to get cracking on next week’s work. If I can keep up the 15 pages a week for another two weeks, I can probably go back to two updates though I’ll have to scale them down to 8 pages posted a week instead of 10 posted. The 15 pages a week is doable but only if I do no work on The Unexiled and I’m not thrilled about that.
Ah well. At least I have Ulduar tonight.