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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!



Nook Update Coming Soon

As I predicted when Engadget first reviewed the ebook reader, it seems Barnes and Noble will be rolling out a software update that will fix several issues.  Engadget has more in their official post located below.


Engadget: Barnes & Noble Nook to get an Update This Week

Shavelle Achievement Update

Mainly, on Shavelle (my hunter), I’ve been logging in to do dailies.  Specifically, I’ve been focusing on The Shadow Vault, Argent Tournament, Cooking and Fishing.  They all provide rep for their related faction, and along with the “Wrath” feature of earning specific rep in dungeons when wearing a tabard, I’m almost exhaulted with The Knights of the Ebon Blade. 

I’ve gotten a little discouraged after finding out there can be some “noob” haters, even within random dungeons via Dungeon Finder.  Seems that the only way to get better gear is through dungeons, yet if you are in a party with people who have better gear, some of them tend to hate on you for holding them back.  Gotta raid to get gear, but some won’t let you raid without gear.  Hmmmmm … 

Anyways, Shavelle’s recent achievements include:

Cooking with Style

Exhaulted Champion of Ironforge

Champion of Ironforge

100 Dalaran Cooking Awards

25 Dungeon & Raid Emblems

100 Stone Keeper’s Shards

and, Dual Talent Specialization.

Oh yes, I broke down and invested 1,000 G into dual spec.  I checked on the ‘net and found several different marksman and survival builds, tried them both, and am currently working on a 0/18/53 build for Survival.  Meh, without better gear, though, I’m only pulling in 1,500 dps according to the Recount add-on.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.  I may get up enough nerve to venture back into some more dungeons soon.

Dungeon Finder, You’ve Changed My Life

What did I spend my Friday afternoon doing?  Why, funny you should ask!  After nearly three years of avoiding them like the plague, I finally broke down Saturday and tried out Blizzard’s new Dungeon Finder.  Dungeon Finder is, of course, the upgraded version of the old LFG tool (that’s “Looking For Group” for the uneducated).  The tool matches you with dungeons in your level range, for example, if you’re level 72-80, you’ll be allowed to select random, heroic or specific content from upper level Outlands to Northrend.  At 80, you’re allowed to select from random heroic, regular or specific Northrend only dungeons. 

So far, the only character I’ve used this on is my 80 Hunter.  Frost badges are the new hotness in patch 3.3, so it adds another level of conversion to the whole picture.  To get lower level badges, you suddenly have to be a mathmatician and able to deduce which badges need to be downgraded to fill a certain quota to buy Gear X.  In current order, it goes, to the best of my figuring: Frost –> Triumph –> Conquest –> Valor –> Heroism.  I’m extremely interested in Heroism badges because they allow you to buy some Heirloom gear, which is account bound and can be sent to lower level toons for xp bonuses.  The gear grows with the character, readjusting their bonuses as the level increases.

I’m getting a little of topic, I suppose. 

What I’m trying to say is, I’m excited about the Dungeon Finder and plan on taking full advantage of it.  I love the fact that I don’t have to spam for groups, worry about being rejected for gear reasons, etc.  Though, part of the new system is the ability to kick someone from the party, with enough votes, so I suppose that could still be a problem.  From what I understand, the system compares gear, and will usually place an undergeared toon in with some overgeared toons so the party won’t be too hampered.  I’m still buidling up badges to upgrade my equipment, so it’ll take me some run time.  But, you can’t upgrade if you don’t run, so it’s a bit of a catch if you start getting kicked from groups. 

All of you folks that have never wanted to group before, you have to give this a try.  Pretty much everyone I’ve grouped with, so far, has been nice, gets in there and kicks butt, and I’ve only seen the group vote to kick once, and that was on a priest who wasn’t healing during fights.  We all died (including the priest), well, I feigned death because I was the only one left and the mobs were heading my way!  It all turned out good, though, as we hardly had to wait at all for a replacement to be sent in.

Dungeon Finder is also a great, quick way for casual folks to get their raiding in without having to wait for guild runs or, as I already said, spam trade or worry about being rejected.  Now, no one really has a reason to complain about not getting good gear.

So, go try it out, don’t be afraid.  The worst that can happen is you get voted out of a group, but it does have to be unanimous, I believe.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go collect some badges.