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Hear me Roar

Bravetank finally reentered the dungeon world today after quite some time away. I decided to go into my old favourite Dire Maul – Gordok Common. I’ve been in there so many times some of the mobs no longer attack me and instead give me a little wave. I have after all been crowned their king over a hundred times. So it’s nice there. I take treats for the dogs.

The group was friendly. Someone said “Hi” so I knew we were onto a winner. And when we wiped at one point (I hadn’t given healer husband enough time to loot so was left to die at the hands of 5 angry mobs as punishment for my tanking sin) no one moaned (apart from me, to him, a lot). At one point I messed up & over pulled (a great mass of mobs came running towards us such is the range of my Avenger’s shield). I apologised & one of the dps said it was all fine. Maybe he was amazed at a tank apologising. I’ve certainly not seen it much. So a really nice group. Drama free run. Was still nervous as hell though. Why is that? Why am I still nervous when all is going well? Why am I still nervous even when running with people from the Raggy Dolls guild which was set up to support people like me? Continue reading “Hear me Roar”

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Pandarian Quests

I like to be ahead of the game so when I heard the Mists of Pandaria news yesterday (after checking for the 100th time this was no cruel elaborate hoax to entertain the crowds at BlizzCon) I began to look into pandas with my research partner Mr Wiki Pedia (always reliable). What I wanted was a sense of what the early quests in Pandaria would likely be so I could get into training for them (my kill and collect skills are a little rusty). Anyway from even a cursory glance at some of the information available I think I already have the first ten quests pretty much mapped out. I’ll be very surprised if Blizzard do anything different from the following:-

Panda fact one:- their diet is 99% bamboo (tasty) Continue reading “Pandarian Quests”

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A Styleesh Hallow’s End

Ooooh Hallow’s End  begins today 18 October (actually because of time zones not sure if that is actually my 18 October 2011 or someone else’s that begins tomorrow, or another from yesterday, next week or last year).

I’ve never done much festival stuff in WoW.  To be honest I’m not that much of a traditionalist in real life either (my usual Sunday lunch is pizza with popcorn) apart from loving Christmas and singing carols as soon as there’s a “ber” at the end of the month. But the spooky, dark, scary atmosphere of Halloween in real life and Hallows’s End in the game does capture me.  So this year I’m going to try to take part. Continue reading “A Styleesh Hallow’s End”

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The Run of the Mill Slightly Dubious Guys Part 1

The Run of the Mill Slightly Dubious Guys
(a homage to The Usual Suspects – Azeroth style)

Part 1
by Bravetank


The water of Stormwind Harbour hits the surrounding wall – making a dull hypnotic sound. The jetty creaks. There is a flap of wings in the distance.

A single match lights the darkness and illuminates the face of MALFURION STORMRAGE. His green hair is wet and his ears lie flat. One eyebrow curls rather becomingly. Blood from a large cut runs down his face and through his little green beard. The red and green looks almost festive.

He is slumped on the deck of a boat, leaning against an upright post for support. His purple legs look odd – and purple – don’t forget the fact they are purple (that might be important later on). They are twisted in strange angles. He tries not to look at them.

There is liquid on the ground by his feet. He throws down the match and it ignites. The flame follows the course of the liquid, down the deck, towards the end of the ship where there are oil drums. Liquid pours out from one of them. The flame almost reaches the barrels. Malfurion watches and smiles.

Suddenly there is more liquid – it extinguishes the flame. Two feet appear. Not purple. This is unimportant. The liquid is urine (do you know some people drink it and claim it is detoxifying – just saying). The man walks over to Malfurion. Continue reading “The Run of the Mill Slightly Dubious Guys Part 1”

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The 5th Realm

I’ve been thinking a lot about the realms in WoW and the choice we have – PvE, PvP, RP, RPPvP  (and probably some other combination of the letters E,P & R that I’ve overlooked). It’s just not enough. I’m concerned that a certain category of player is being completely overlooked in the current set up. I think we need another realm type.

To select players for this realm there will need to be some sort of screening up front. Not everyone will be allowed into this realm. We cannot allow the player experience to be diluted. I’m thinking there would need to be some questions up front – yes/no questions perhaps. The type of player who deserves a realm of this nature will naturally be identified from the answers to some of the following. It will be like natural selection/evolution – but happening very quickly, right before your eyes via a clever game mechanic (so exactly as Darwin described). Continue reading “The 5th Realm”

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Greetings Friend

I make it a point to always say “Hello” when I go in a dungeon. I used to say “Hi” but I’ve discovered “Hello” gets more responses (more detailed statistical analysis to follow). “Hello” breaks down social barriers in a way “Hi” doesn’t. Have considered other greetings in the past. Seen the odd “Yo” but it sounds more street than I am (the sea is more street than I am). Was going to try a Welsh approach but it’s the same word just spelled slightly differently which will just look like a typo and not get me off to a flying start with a group whose respect I crave. Have thought about coming right out and saying what I want to say, basically “Hi please be friendly and don’t criticise my tanking/dps/healing”. But that sounds too pathetic even for me. Did once announce that healer and I were married and that definitely eased the tensions (not between me and husband mind but the others in the group decided to just relax and watch their very own WoW domestic soap opera as it unfolded before their eyes). Continue reading “Greetings Friend”

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Glyphs Galore

Fantastic new announcement today – have you heard? New glyph system for dungeons based on the role you play rather than your class. Completely different from anything we’ve ever seen before.

I’ve read some pre-patch notes on what the Prime glyphs are going to be like. Have a feeling we’re going to be wondering how we ever managed without them.

Tank Prime Glyphs

Glyph of Map Awareness

Fantastic addition. No longer will any tank need to look at the map (the animation just gives you away) or ask sheepishly, “Where to now?” Once you have this glyph you will instinctively know your way around the dungeon even if you’ve never ever been there before. And even if you somehow get it wrong the dungeon will now rearrange itself to fit with your perception. Since you are of course all knowing and all powerful –  always have been but at last the games mechanic has caught up. Continue reading “Glyphs Galore”

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The Righteous Fury Poltergeist

A while ago I posted about a dark day in my tanking life – actually they’re all pretty dark seeing as they’re all set in dungeons (boom boom- my jokes are reaching new heights I know – not good heights admittedly but new ones anyway). I had forgotten to put righteous fury on and was struggling to hold aggro. Oh how we laughed. After wiping. Several times. Now I check my aura, seal, kings and righteous fury every 2-3 minutes in the same way that at home I check the locks and that the plugs are switched off i.e. obsessively. Continue reading “The Righteous Fury Poltergeist”

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The Tanking Road to Recovery

What is it with people and speed in the game? Last night and this morning I’ve been in groups where one person has wanted to blitz through at the speed of light. What are they rushing for. Life is but one long journey to the grave after all- why hurry there?

Actually really enjoyed last night’s run – huge shout out and thanks to the Raggy Dolls guildees who ran with me (hope they don’t mind being named…Mosschops (he has no say – he’s my husband in hunter form bragging about the size of his bow), Kochi (awesome mage who is dual specced as a need/greed counsellor and made a break through with me last night!) and Jacqlyn (fantastic bear tank who is everything I’m not when I tank – polite, considerate, prepared to wait for healer- she has set the bar very high!). Jubilate was busy doing grown up stuff raiding so the four of us tackled Deadmines (twice) then Ragefire Chasm & then – without me – they did Shadowfangkeep – they died in that quite a bit so I understand – read into that what you will 🙂 Continue reading “The Tanking Road to Recovery”

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Syntax Error

Feeling all nostalgic today. Been tempted to log back into Realms of Despair and see if it can still hold the old magic for me. Not sure if any of you ever played it (or still do)? RoD is a text based mud that I stumbled across years ago and got very addicted to for a long time (I get addicted to everything – currently black magic chocolates and Haagen Dazs if anyone’s interested). At the time I joined it was number one on this list Top Mud Sites .It now appears to be no 10 which is still good. I’m not surprised though – it still regularly demands votes – clearly nostalgic itself for its good old days. Sometimes I wander over to the website just to check its existence (sort of like calling in on your gran just to make sure she’s alive). I’ve also checked on Twitter and it has a page/feed (whatever you call what we have on Twitter)- got to be a good sign? So there is still a world of text muds out there going strong even while we have the colourful visual feast of games such as WoW and Rift to enjoy. Continue reading “Syntax Error”