Wednesday Linking Love

This tiny Vid sits on my desk and grins her gormless grin at me when I'm staring into nowhere trying to think of something to write. She even had little engineering goggles... but they made her too top-heavy so they had to be left out.

I’m afraid I don’t have the time this morning to write very much of my own, but such times are great for pointing out posts I’ve enjoyed by other people in the last week or so. Here they are, conveniently in alphabetical order (I don’t think that matters, but even so).

Zal over at Blessing Of Fish wrote a good post about designing a tabard for your guild. It even has a colour wheel, which instantly wins my art nerd over. He points out that with the changes to guilds coming in Cataclysm, tabards are going to be gaining importance and prominence. You’ll want to make sure it looks good right now. Personally, I like the lobster – you know, the one who looks like he’s pinching…? Ah, nevermind.

Rhoelyn from Beneath Two Skies writes the story of poor Archavon the Stone Watcher’s diary. You know, it might be his vault, but I don’t see that it’s done him any good lately. “The Makers are gone. I have been left to watch.” Check it out, it made me laugh out loud.

Kae at Dreambound Druid has some strict ten perspective for folks who might be thinking of scaling down from twenty-fives to tens in Cataclysm. It’s about what ten man raiding is, isn’t, and will be, and whether the grass is greener after all. (Hint: When you’re not over-geared for it, it isn’t necessarily easier. Heroic Lich King, yet to be killed by any strict tens guilds in the world can attest to that.)

Windsoar at Jaded Alt writes about what it’s like to experience class prejudice towards her DK before she’s even been given a chance. I’ll admit, I met my fair share of clueless DKs, but I wasn’t even rude to those ones. You could boil this concept down to “just don’t be rude to people,” really, but it’s an interesting read. The universe isn’t doing much to convince me I should level that DK alt anytime soon!

For all you bloggers, Psynister’s Notebook had some great tips this week about leveling up your blog. You’re willing to grind everything else, right? Why not this?

Frequent commenter and my friend Redbeard from Parallel Context recently started leveling up his draenei paladin as a holy paladin in LFD. If you’ve been wishing for some lowbie pug antics, check out his first trip to Wailing Caverns. Oh, the memories.

Finally, last but certainly not least, Gameldar at WoW In An Hour wrote an article I thought was well worth noting: To Fish, Or Not To Fish? The question isn’t “Should you fish?” (The answer is always a resounding, “Yes,”) but rather, is the fish feast the best buff food for your raiding, or would you be better served to bring along your own? I like to think of it as “default fish.” But it’s always better to make an informed decision than just go the lazy route. Plus, it has a fish chart!

Now, because I can’t help myself. I’ve been sitting on these for a little while.

Search results!

leveling a holy paladin in lfd – Have as many heirlooms as you can, get cozy with your Flash of Light button once you get it, and most importantly bring your sense of humour.

do warlocks have any toes? – I thought this was funny because I just re-read “The Witches” by Roald Dahl last month or so, and one of the ways you are supposed to be able to identify witches is that they have no toes, and force their square feet into pointed shoes like “normal women,” (hah, not this one). Anyway, no word on whether or not warlocks have toes. When it comes to pug warlocks, it’s their lack of common sense that I found most alarming, but that could just be me.

paladin gear on draenei - Looks fabulous. There are a few exceptions, particularly for Male draenei. Here, let me show you.

"I'm a champion of the Light, I don't have time for cuddles."

You see, I see this, and I think:

Built like an armoured car.

I’m not quite sure why.

vuhdo paladin setup, vuhdo paladin, vidyala’s vuhdo, vidyala’s vuhdo post, vuhdo addon beacon of light not showing, make vuhdo show beacon of light, vuhdo beacon of light hot icons, showing beacon on vuhdo – Apparently, writing about how to make Vuhdo work for paladins filled a bit of a niche, if this week’s search results are any indication.

you are fools to have come to this place – I hear this a lot. If only I could remember who it is that screeches it in my ear…?

gnomeregan run time - Eternity. I’m sorry. It’s approximately, “Cancel all your appointments, give up your friends, forever, you’re never leaving.” I’m sure some version of Vid is still there, running in circles with leprous gnomes chasing her.

squishy rogue syndrome – Hehe. I’m not sure why this brought you here, but I’ve heard tell of it myself.

when its time to let your girlfriend go – This is a long shot here, but probably when you feel the need to Google it is a fair indicator. Just be nice, would you?

one light in the darkness pugged – Hah! Good luck with that. We went back to do this for some guildies who’d missed it the first go-round, and it was (if you’ll pardon the pun) a nightmare. You really do have to know what you’re doing and can so easily get screwed over by RNG stuff or people not running away from Malady or people going insane in the brain room or people not freeing people who are being choked by a vine or people brushing up against Giant Green Clouds of Death or killed by adds in the last phase…sorry, was I rambling? Anyway, a pug could do it if you had people experienced with the fight, but we basically had to learn it all over again when we went in with folks who’d never done Yogg before, let alone One Light. Try and do it with guildies or friends if at all possible. And make sure you take Thorim! Freya’s sanity wells might be tempting, but the adds in the last phase still pound hard enough that it’s really hard to just brute-force heal and DPS through them without the ability to take them out of commission entirely.

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13 responses to “Wednesday Linking Love

  1. Thanks for the props, Vid! All I can say is that I was glad I was overpowered for the instance.

    That’s a nice mini-Vid, there. Do you work with sculpting?

    when its time to let your girlfriend go – This is a long shot here, but probably when you feel the need to Google it is a fair indicator. Just be nice, would you?

    Beverage alert!

    • You did great. Reading it really reminded me of the frantic “working with limited tools” aspect of the pug leveling. It’s been fun.

      Thanks, about the wee Vid. I don’t sculpt in any serious capacity, I just had some Sculpey, spare time, and desire to make something that all happened to coincide.

      • I think the thing that was most surprising to me about that run was that I was the one who initiated the Vote to Kick. I almost never do that unless the person DCed or something.

        I don’t sculpt in any serious capacity

        You have got to be kidding. You’ve got the touch.

  2. You could boil this concept down to “just don’t be rude to people,” really,

    This. Ever so very much this. In WoW as in the world outside. :)

  3. Thanks for the link. :D

    Uh, yeah. I forgot I came here to read the article because I was checking out that sculpt. Redbeard’s right on that one, you’ve got it.

  4. Sindragosa is the Dragon responsible for the “you are fools” quote. Not as annoying as her “Let your precious magic. . . BETRAY YOU” quote IMO.

  5. If I’m not mistaken, Blessing comes after Beneath in alphabetical order… silly holy paladin :P

    And if you think Gnomeregan is rough, try pugging Blackrock Depths! Two hours later, we finally found the Ring of Law…

    • Meh, my copying and pasting may have gotten a bit careless; I didn’t know you moonlighted as a librarian! Next time I’ll try to be more Dewey-Decimal if it means so much to you. :D

      Also, you clearly haven’t delved into my totally awesome archives… I did pug BRD… from something like level fifty through fifty-eight. /shudder And I still haven’t the faintest idea where I’m going when I am there. Sometimes I think the only dungeon navigation system that would work for me would be an arrow under my feet. “Now go here, now turn left…” WTB Dungeon GPS!

      • Sometimes I think the only dungeon navigation system that would work for me would be an arrow under my feet. “Now go here, now turn left…” WTB Dungeon GPS!

        I installed Atlas from Ye Olde Curse.com last night –hey, with the patch antics, I had nothing else to do– and the first map that pops up when I clicked on it? Blackrock Depths.

        I’ll play around with it when Quint solos the Blackrock areas and let you know if it’s any good.

      • I did actually install it myself – and used it, for BRD last month sometime? (I was soloing it to get the recipe I needed to make Jeeves). It’s probably the only thing that enabled me to find my way through that mess, but even with it, understanding the elevations and twisting, turning passages was a nightmare. It was better than nothing though! I used it in combination with Jame’s BRD guide so that I could sort of know which encounter was intended to lead to which next one, often having to backtrack and still managing to get lost – but I think that’s more me than Atlas. :)

      • I used it in combination with Jame’s BRD guide so that I could sort of know which encounter was intended to lead to which next one, often having to backtrack and still managing to get lost – but I think that’s more me than Atlas.

        I’ll have to check that out. I already have a local copy of Cassandri’s BRD: Prison entry for use as well.

  6. Thanks for the link Vid.

    Looking at the picture of the Draenei Paladin… reminds me of a Transformer actually… possibly just something about the emblematic thing in the centre of the chest piece…. but also very mechanical looking!

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