Five Toons Walk Into An Instance …

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It has been awhile since I wrote about my adventures in Azeroth, so I figured now was as good a time as any.  First, let me start off by running down a few things about me and this game known as World of Warcraft.  I have been playing since the release of The Burning Crusade expansion.  I picked up both and jumped into the fantasy world by starting a human warrior.  I played this fine character all the way up to 57 and then deleted him one day because I was not having any fun.

Enter The Hunter.  Right before deleting my warrior, who was named Naheim (rest in peace, brother), I had started a Draenei hunter.  Shavelle, along with her (yes, you read that right) boar Hogg won me over and brought back something I had been missing: fun.  So at this particular moment, I have an 85 hunter, 83 warlock, 80 death knight, 53 priest and a 17 hunter.  I love questing and leveling different class/race combinations.  I’m a glutton for punishment, evidently.

One thing I’ve never done while playing is group up.  I have ran solo for all these years, only grouping with a buddy who no longer plays to get a few pieces of gear.  The experiences I’ve had on the one or two times I have PUG’ed was unpleasant.  I realize this isn’t a sunshine and roses type scenario, but I absolutely hated the couple of times I joined queues with strangers.

This brings me to the here and now.

That level 17 hunter I mentioned above:  he’s my social experiment toon.  Aroben and I are going places at a nice steady pace.  We are going to take things slow and experience level-by-level the joys of the Dungeon Finder.  At level 17 1/2 tonight, I hit the little button for a random to launch my new quest into socializing in WoW.  After 6 minutes, we were wisked away to Wailing Cavers.  Mind you, I’ve never been to Wailing Caverns and I quickly pointed this out to our little 5-man group.

Aroben: “Hello. Just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve never been here before. So if anyone has a problem with a “noob,” just let me know and I’ll drop out.

No one replied, so we went on our way.  The tank, a warrior, and our healer, a pally, fought constantly.  The tank couldn’t hold aggro and didn’t seem to know where he was going.  The paladin stayed on his butt.  The priest eventually dropped and the mage just hung back and kept attracting stray elites that we were no where near.  I tried my best to keep up, when I knew who to follow – eventually just deciding I’d stick with the warrior since he was suppose to be the tank and had came in as group leader.

I’ve never been to Wailing Caverns, as I’ve said, but from what I was seeing, neither had anyone else except the paladin.  He eventually left the dungeon after everyone died except me and the warrior. The warrior went afk and I just started killing random mobs because I figured, well, what the hell? at this point.  Eventually I died and the tank became pissy and asked if I was going to come back.  I said:

Aroben: “Sure, I’m on my way, but I figured you’d just leave, too :P

At which point the tank said: “F*** this!” and logged.

I’d like to thank all four of my dungeon partners for showing my my fears of grouping have always been justified.  I’d also like to say, though, that I’m going to continue jumping in there on this toon.  I want the full experience on my way up the leveling ladder so that when I reach the coveted 85 spot, I’ll be experienced enough to jump in with the best and take down the big guys … right?

I Say “Hello,” They Say “Goodbye”

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnets...

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You know what this Saturday is don’t you?

That’s right, May 21.

Know what else it is?

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT … AND I FEEL FINE!

Saturday, May 21, 2011 is when the Rapture will occur, according to some nutjobs.  They have successfully cracked some mystical code and beat the 2012 enthusiasts to Judgement Day by well over a year.  Never mind the fact that The Holy Bible says no man shall know when such an event will occur, but maybe you’ll take note that a Christian group is the one pushing the crap.

Well, maybe I’m out of line – for all we know, it may well be the 21st, but it won’t be because some batshit crazy folk predicted it based on numerology in The Bible.  So, this may be the last time I blog, or I may see you on the other side.  Either way, have fun!

World Will End on May 21st, Says Christian Group (via Prison Planet)

Fox Continues to Destroy Programming by Avoiding Good Shows

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There are two tidbits of news that I just stumbled upon today, and both concern Fox television.  First, despite early word of praise based on a now never-to-be-aired pilot, Fox has decided against the television series adaption of Locke & Key, based on the awesome and popular comic/graphic novel series of the same name.  Bad move #1, Fox.

Second, they took a perfectly fine show with a stellar cast that has really come into its own, and decided to cancel it in favor of a J.J. Abrams series.  Human Target has been canceled.  I really liked this show – which, of course is why Fox canceled it.

Two shows, one felled swoop, and there you have it: Fox continues to ignore what people want and instead throw out the crap caked onto the bottom of the trash can.  Evidently they have decided to go with an all sci-fi line up as they now have Fringe, Abram’s Alcatraz and Spielberg’s Terra Nova.  I almost hope and pray that none of the new shows are good, ’cause we all know they won’t last long if they are.

Oh, and for anyone already thinking about what I’ve said above, yes I realize Fringe is hailed as a very good series.  I have yet to watch beyond the initial two episodes of the 1st season because it never peeked my interest.  I do plan on going back and watching a season or two to see how it hits me when viewing isn’t broken up into week-long waits, but I still stand by my claims of Fox catering to the crappy.

D&D Encounters

Dungeons & Dragons: Encounters is an ongoing single campaign that casual players – or hardcore players with limited time – can simply drop in on and join the game play.  Oh, just watch the video, it’ll explain it much better than I can :)  Also, you can find an encounter near you, the basic story and character creation sheets by clicking here.

The Students with Bush on 9/11 Share Their Thoughts

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We all remember the images of President George W. Bush sitting in a classroom as The Pet Goat was read to the 7 year-old students gathered around him.  I certainly remember the crude remarks made when he didn’t jump up and go running out of the room when he was told about the events taking place.  But what do the students think/remember?  An article released by Time discusses just that.

via Yahoo! News: The Students with Bush on 9/11: The Interrupted Reading

One thing the students would like to tell Bush’s critics – like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the students after getting word that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center – is that they think the President did the right thing. “I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us,” says Guerrero. Dubrocq agrees: “I think he was trying to protect us.” Booker Principal Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell, who died in 2007, later insisted, “I don’t think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?”