I felt this was appropriate. A very nice production from Sharm, Cryssy and Quix0tica!


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No posts for the next week (including the weekly puzzle) because I’m away on holiday in the sun. See y’all soon!




Seems like all anybody talks about these days with regard to addons is GearScore, and either how much they hate it or how much they love it. I myself am guilty of the former. Which is why I present to you…


This fantastic addon is small, simple and exactly the sort of thing needed to prevent the unjust judging which goes on when someone says “Your GS is lower than mine, therefore you suck”. Allow me to quote from the website to explain what this great little mod does:

To understand how GearScoreBreaker works let’s first take a look at how GearScore (GS) works.  When a GS user mouses over a unit in game, GS calculates a value and sends updates to other guild members via a hidden addon chat channel.  Any other guild member using GS will take this update and store it into a massive database (this is how you can see someone’s GS even if you are not near them).

GSB simply responds to GS.  When GS sends an addon message this mod sends an update back with a new gear score and iLvl.  GS then receives this update and will in turn update its database with these new values.

It is important to remember that GSB will only change the value that is store in the database.  If a GS user is standing next to you then he/she will still see your true gear score.  This is a win situation for the authors of GSB.  At least a GS user must be close to you and hopefully the will then use their inspect button.

So in essence, it messes with the GearScore addon by sending out false information about you; I believe the default value it sends is 6000. So when the idiots inspect you to see your score, they’ll either believe the 6000 and let you in (= win) or have to manually look at your gear, which defeats the purpose of GS in the first place (= win).

You can see the above linked website for further information, and a link to download the addon. As with all my addon endorsements I feel obliged to point out that this mod abides perfectly by the WoW ToS, and all that jazz.


Saturday Smiles

It just makes me giggle every time, what can I say?

This week, I bring you some of the (in my opinion) funniest quotes I’ve heard from around the blogosphere recently.

From Critical QQ:

“For those of you who follow my armory page, you may have noticed that my haste has risen to a mighty value of 1175. For those of you do not, my haste has risen to a mighty value of 1175.”

From Forbearance:

“We should have gotten Insanity, but we went into phase 3 with the Exhaustion debuff. It was my fault– I forgot that taking my shirt off triggers global Heroism.”

From Greedy Goblin:

“Politics is like a sewer tank: the largest pieces float atop.”

From Gaussification:

“You Fail At Cooldowns If…

  • When asked to use them you check the temperature of your CPU
  • You believe you have no cooldowns”

[Author’s note: There were a lot of good ones in this post, these are just two]

From Cold Comfort:

“Fine.  There’s a solution for that.  Don’t use the Dungeon Finder.  If you’re unwilling to mix with people you haven’t met before, don’t put yourself in a situation where that is the only possible outcome.

It’s like having a peanut allergy and going to work for Planter’s.  No good will come of this.”

And from the name of the Yogscast’s Star Trek Online review:

“I just Shatner my pants.”

Did you see anything funny around the web recently that you’d like to share? Any other deserving quotes? Leave a comment below!


Machinimas and buffs

Yeah, yeah, I know, not two obviously related topics at all. But I didn’t feel either was worth a separate post, so I’ve rolled ’em into one.

First up, in this post over at Gaussafication, Gauss discusses some of his favourite machinimas. All of them are worth watching, and since it’s probably one of my all-time favourites, I feel especially obliged to point out The Craft of War: Blind, which he ranked as #4 of his top 5.

You may remember that a few months back I covered my own favourite machinimas, both movie and music, so if you need yet more to watch, go and take a look!

Also this week there was a statement from Ghostcrawler about upcoming changes, during which he mentioned that he felt Warlock PvE damage was too low, so we can probably expect a buff in the future, which is always nice.

Sorry it’s a bit of a throwaway post today, but it is the weekend and I’ve been very busy with that thing they call “Real Life”. I’ll continue to be busy all this next week too, so the posting might be a little thin, but it’s nothing to worry about!


Holiday achievements

Barney the Dinosaur

My God, she's embracing the big purple dragon!

“Wooteth (as we say on RP server).

Given you not so long ago bagged yourself a violet protodrake my topic for you is holiday achievements. I’m profoundly lazy about them: but what’s the big appeal? I mean a big purple dragon is okay-ish but there must be more to it. Why should we embrace them (holiday achis, I mean, not big purple dragons – that would be very dangerous), and is it worth it?”

Well, as Tamarind has challenged, so I shall respond, even if I am a little late. It’s like the Christmas present you didn’t want, and so you hid it under your bed and forgot about it.

I think there are quite a few reasons for embracing and completing holiday achievements. Firstly and most obviously, there is of course the reward for completing the meta-meta-achievement – the Violet Protodrake which I myself received not long ago. A 310% mount is nothing to laugh at, regardless of colour!

You point collectors out there can also admire the large amount of achievement points earned by completing the seasonal activities – there are generally ten or more achievements per meta, which gives an impressive total when you add everything up. Linked to this, almost every holiday (maybe all of them, I’m unsure) rewards a title, for example ‘the Noble’ or ‘Merrymaker’. There are other rewards too; things like holiday-specific clothing, tabards, pets and various other RP-centered items.

Each holiday brings with it its own challenges, whether in the form of quests or simply tasks that have to be done. Anybody remember trying to work out how to juggle torches for Midsummer? The quests, too, can be fun to complete, and often they give us fresh storylines to read and follow – for example, saving Metzen during Winter’s Veil. I think it helps with the immersion of the game, too – it feels more real, doesn’t it?

The seasonal events are also a great way to celebrate the real-life holiday with people who you maybe can’t celebrate with outside the game, for example your guildies. Nothing like running some holiday heroics! Which leads me to my next point – the events are, at their cores, designed to be something different and fun to break up the drudgery of dailies and raiding.

Is it worth it? It depends on what you want out of it. But I think we all know that what Tam was really asking is whether the Ice Stone has melted.

As for Tam himself, I could think of several things to ask him to discuss, including why I’m not on his blogroll *, why there is some sort of cactus at the bottom of his blog when you scroll all the way down, and how he found such a cute representation of an STD. But my serious blogging topic is: since you often talk about raiding and instancing and your experiences therein, which is your favourite raid / instance in the game and why? (If that’s been covered, though I couldn’t find it, pick the one you’d most like to bring back for level 85 in Cataclysm and say why).


* I jest.