Archive for October, 2011

The One Where I Redo All Of My Bars… UGH!

I don’t know how everyone else plays a druid, since I’ve only ever been me while playing a druid, but when I play a druid (that was almost confusing) I manage to use all of the forms at some point. While flight form, travel form, and aquatic form don’t affect your action bars at all, bear form, cat form, and Moonkin form all do. There is a point to all of this and I have two screenshots to share, but unfortunately, I have already exceeded the number of commas allowed in a post and I must end it here. Thank you and goodnight.

Okay, fuck grammar. This is the interwebz and it doesn’t care. Back to what I was saying. Basically my bars were all messed up. Every time I redid my talent tree, stuff on main spec bar got changed but stuff on the other bars did not. Then Blizzard screwed up my ENTIRE WORLD by taking away permanent tree form. I used to be able to walk around in my resto spec but in my natural night elf form and use my damage spells on my main action bar to do questing and protect myself. Once I shifted into tree mode to work as a healer, my action bar would shift with me and all my healing spells would magically appear. Magic is cool. Blizzard ate my magic. Let me go off on a small tangent here, one I’ve gone off on before, and say that I still don’t understand why they did this to me. They claim it’s because some mysterious people were complaining they never got to see their tier gear because they were always shape-shifted. Yet the tree was the only form they removed. Healers were the only ones affected. Seriously, the balance spec doesn’t need to look like laser chicken’s to do dps… other classes do dps without shifting. So if this really were about people seeing their gear more, they should have also taken away Moonkin form. Yes, I’m still QQ’ing even after all this time.

So not only did some of my bars have outdated crap on them, most of them had spells that were common to all forms in completely different locations. Every time I switched I was a tiny bit confused. Don’t misunderstand, it never rarely affected my dungeons and raid runs because I had the buttons mostly memorized on the forms I used the most. It was just a minor inconvenience if I had to go bear all of a sudden in an effort to get away from a mob without dying. Or when I switch to cat and prowl around things I would normally have to kill.

In addition to needing them to all make sense and match up well my whole bars area just needed to be resized and reconfigured. I use Dominos for my bar mod and I have had no problems with it, I just needed to redo it and make it look better. Line up my whole UI a bit more and make things a bit more even. So even though you won’t see how the bars look every time I change forms, I do have a before and after screenshot for you.

*click on the pictures for da big size

Here’s the before – not too terrible, but just not good and a bit too tiny.

And here’s the after – you may think at first the changes are too subtle, but they are huge in terms of making my life easier.

Don’t Get In The Van With Pedo-Tree

It’s sad that we no longer see
Druids in raids as full-time trees

The new tree form is now a cooldown
A giant monstrosity that looks like a clown

Some think it looks like broccoli
But my guild thinks it’s a pedo-tree

Don’t get in the van with pedo-tree.

The Reason I’m Glad I Take Screenshots

World of Warcraft Screenshot by rosey_krh
World of Warcraft Screenshot, a photo by rosey_krh on Flickr.

I am still slowly editing the massive amount of screenshots I recently uploaded to my Flickr account and just this morning I stumbled across this image. Darkshore was one of the zones hit the hardest when Deathwing passed over and the boat docks and village of Auberdine were featured in the media trailer previews for Cataclysm. After installing the new expansion, this is the first place I went when I logged in. At the time my hearth was set in Dalaran so I used my druid ability to teleport to Moonglade, flew to Rutheran Village and then flew towards Auberdine. I was in shock to see how completely the whole zone had changed.

After I explored everything on Elfindale and got her to level 85, I rolled a Worgen druid and spent a fair amount of time doing the new quests in Darkshore. Some of them were so sad. That’s the only time I’ve passed through the new area, but I remember thinking they did a great job of keeping the story interesting. Though it’s really weird to realize how different the place looks, I do believe the changes made there were for the best. Darkshore used to be such a long, boring grind and I remember feeling like I’d never get out of there when I took Elfi through years ago. The Worgen was in and out pretty quickly and I found myself remaining entertained the entire time.

I’m really glad I was able to capture this sight before it was destroyed completely. In the months before Cataclysm was released I spent quite a bit of time trying to capture scenic images of the world before it was forever changed. Strangely enough, Deathwing did not actually do as much damage as I expected and a good 80% of the landscapes I decided to immortalize don’t really look any different. I do know that I took pictures of Thousand Needles though and I can’t wait until I finally come across those so I can see how things used to be.

This Is My Favorite Time Of Year

Most people find this strange, but Halloween is my favorite holiday. No, it’s not because I’m evil (as far as you know). It’s just that I happen to love decorating with witches, bats, spiders and pumpkins. I love watching scary movies and all of the paranormal tv shows about ghosts. I love eating pumpkin pie and drinking hot chocolate. Strobe lights, black lights, glow in the dark sticks, jack-o-lanterns, purple and orange streamers, fake cobwebs, fake caution tape … these are all things I can’t wait to use every year. I love helping my nieces and nephews pick out costumes (only 1 this year that’s still young enough – cry!) and putting their makeup on for them. No princesses and firemen allowed on my watch, they all have to be some sort of creature or a victim of some sort of injury. Combine all of these things with the fact that October is my favorite weather month here in Missouri and I am one happy camper right now. I am also one very busy camper right now. This is always the time of year when I’m most active. There are all sorts of cool fall festivals in the area, I do a lot of shopping for new decorations, I take a lot of little scenic drives to photograph the fall trees, and my family hosts a giant community hayride and potluck/hot dog roast every 2nd Saturday of October (which is this next weekend if anyone wants to travel to my little corner of the world and have some good old-fashioned country fun) and after the kids all go home and get tucked in it becomes a beer around the bonfire night. What’s my point? Well, my family is cooler than yours would be a good one, but the main point is to say I’m going to be mostly AFK this month.

I also love this holiday in-game and I squee like a little kid when Hallow’s End begins and I see all the pumpkins and decorations all over Azeroth. So even though the purpose of this post was to let you know my online time for gaming and blogging will be greatly decreased and almost non-existent, you can bet your sweet ass I will still be logging in as many days as possible to participate in the Hallow’s End events and get some achievements for my alts AND MOST IMPORTANTLY to try and get that damn mount. It’s just that I won’t be doing much more than that.

Screenshot Saturday

Planking is EVERYWHERE !!!

World of Warcraft Screenshot