Saturday, May 25, 2013 is TOWEL DAY! What's that you say? Well if you're reading this you probably don't have to ask, but in case you don't know, it is a day of celebration and tribute to the late author Douglas Adams who wrote the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Still in the dark? You can read about the origins of Towel Day on Wikipedia or TowelDay.org.
Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
So what's the free stuff you ask? Well back in 1999 (yes, you have to read this crap to get to the goods), I was able to interview the great Douglas Adams himself (albeit very briefly) about his video game, "Starship Titanic," that was just being released for the Mac and was going to be sent some promotional posters to give away. Well the posters got sent to an old address, which was then forwarded to my father's address... who promptly stuck it in the attic with other crap of mine I never got around to moving. Flash-forward to 2012, when I was digging around my father's attic looking for some crap of mine I never got around to moving and I find this poster tube containing those posters that Simon and Schuster Interactive had sworn up and down they had sent me. (Sorry Peter, I didn't mean those things about your mother.) I open up this tube, and what do I find? THESE POSTERS ARE MOTHER#^)&!NG SIGNED! (No Peter, not your mother.) So instead of listing them on eBay as suggested, I decided to do a giveaway to some lucky Douglas Adams fan. Or two. Or more. Who knows?
The prize is a poster that looks something similar to the picture to the right and is signed by Douglas Adams. I'll take a picture and post it later, but it's too late right now and I don't want to deal with fighting with rolled up posters to take a decent picture at 2AM. It has a bronze colored border to it and a bunch of the promotional info like publishers, game launch date, etc. It is about 16 "x 22" and has been sitting in a poster tube for thirteen-ish years so has that lovely curl to it. Deal with it - it's a free poster signed by Douglas Adams.
First off, non-US residents be sure to read the WINNING section and understand that YOU are responsible for shipping charges if it is much more than me shipping it to the US ($7-ish). You can enter multiple times through a few different ways:
Twitter: To enter via Twitter, you must be following @TrocarRogue and re-tweet at least one of my giveaway tweets. If you tweet them all you get that many entries. How many will I tweet? Who knows, it really depends but probably at least once per day until Towel Day. Favoriting is nice to, but won't count for the contest, but I may consider it "sucking up."
Instagram: To enter via Instagram, you must be following TrocarRogue and "like" the Towel Day images posted. Those images will be tagged "#towelday." Same deal, one entry per image, and "liking" all the other pictures of my cats won't get you extra entries, but may be considered as "sucking up." (Sorry Twitter folk, re-tweeting the links posted by Instagram won't count, but again, it's a nice "suck up" thing to do.)
Google+: Yadda yadda circle me and share the Towel Day posts etc. I haven't exactly figured that one out yet, so I'll be winging it. It will probably be counting the people who +1 and share the Towel Day posts.
Facebook: It sucks. I'm not willing to jump through whatever hoops to reactivate an account I don't want to use just to give free stuff away so suck it.
Sucking Up: I have a few posters, and may choose to give more than one away. Or not. If I do, sucking up could go a long way. But then again, it might not. If there was a guarantee, it would be some entry rule and not sucking up now wouldn't it? You can favorite tweets, like pictures of my cats, +K me for Douglas Adams, smack Ghostcrawler on the back of the head for me for what they did to rogues in 5.3 (okay, I'd about guarantee a poster for that one), or say things like "Hey, you sass that hoopy @TrocarRogue? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." You get the idea. Be creative. Catch my attention.
Infinite Improbability: I may, however improbable, decide to have miscellaneous random contests to give away a poster for some infinitely improbable reason. Be paying attention to Twitter since that's where I tend to be most active. Was that a hint? A diversion? Improbable.
I'll be making some handy dandy spreadsheet with names and numbers then will use some online random dealio to pick the winners. Wait did I say winners? I meant winner. I'll post the winner's info on this site for them to contact me with addressee info to ship the poster to. I'll be posting names/handles so don't enter if you are undercover CIA or something. I'll pick up the tab for shipping if you are in the USA. If you are outside the USA, you can still enter, but I'll find out what the postage is, let you know, and YOU get to pay the shipping via PayPal. I'm not here to spend $50 to ship a poster to the North Pole.
Speaking of rules, there have to be some. This is a very informal contest but if it causes too much drama I'll stop the whole damn thing and pick a winner from the valid entries and they win. Again one entry per tweet/picture/circleplusthingie, and valid accounts ONLY. Don't go creating fake accounts to do this. If I think it's a fake account, I won't count it. Let's see, usual disclaimers, not worth any monetary value, you can't sue me, no warranties, I reserve the right to call this off if people start shenanigans, void where prohibited by law, decision of judge (me) is final, some assembly required, contents may settle during shipment, use only as directed.
Anyhow, that about covers it all, if I think of something else, I'll post it here. Play nice, have fun, and always know where your towel is.
I wish I had a good excuse for not posting anything - no rogue news, or something of the like. Unfortunately that isn't the case. The new talent calculator was released with some major rogue overhauling (good stuff so far), Daxxarri posted some good information about upcoming shiv changes, and some damn gnome dragged me into some meme thing.
The reality is that I've had to take on a lot of additional duties at work which has been quite draining, limiting my twittering, theorycrafting, and even gameplay. Fortunately I've still been able to raid and have been able to keep on track with full Dragon Soul clears each week, but just haven't had much time to sit and write as much as I would like.
I'll be getting to all of this soonish... I promise.
Quite a bit of news this week... namely, after fully clearing Dragon Soul since its launch, I FINALLY have The Sleeper and The Dreamer. Other than that, I must apologize for not actually GENERATING content, just regurgitating that of others that I found interesting for you to read. It is still a bit of the busy season for me, and lately it has been get up in the morning, go to work, get home from work just in time for raid, go to bed, rinse and repeat.
Something else I have to mention... I really think it is a bad plan for Blizzard to cancel Blizzcon this year. Well, the reality is that they didn't cancel it, they never scheduled it in the first place. But we all got used to it happening every year and many were looking forward to attending it again this fall. But why do I think it is a bad idea? Because they will have launched at least two new products and need to capitalize on the hype. They also need to be ready to apologize for the pandas: "Hey, we're sorry. It was a bad joke, Ghostcrawler took too much LSD and we all just went along with it. We're already hard at work on the next expansion, 'Clouds of Misguided Ideas.' Please forgive us and come back to play?" But in all seriousness, I am looking forward to seeing what Mists of Pandaria have in store for us, and hope to all that is holy that they fix the rogue talent tree before launch. Maybe instead of Blizzcon we can stage an #OccupyBlizzard camp on their lawn and hold our own impromptu "Dev Q&A" sessions by ambushing them 60 Minutes style. Or if its the developers who approved the rogue talent tree, just ambush them.
Anyhow, on to the wrapup:
Yes, I know... I haven't been too visible lately. Work has been keeping me so busy this past week that I haven't even been able to keep up with all the Twittering. But this next week looks like it is going to slow down a bit so I should be back to normal soon. Well... my rendition of "normal" that is.
One thing I do want to comment on before jumping into the Weekly Wrapup (and yea, I changed the name) - the world first legendary daggers. So it seems as though some enterprising rogue decided to hop servers to be able to clear Dragon Soul multiple times in a week to be able to finish off the quest faster. It was also suggested that his whole raid team did the same thing.
Do I think this is gaming the system? Yes, I do believe this is gaming the system. Do I think that this is "cheating?" No, as much as people cry out, I do not believe this is cheating. I think that Blizzard implemented a system that allows this, and it is well within their ability to prevent this if they wanted to. It is a cheesy move, no doubt, but just because I think something is cheesy to do, doesn't make it cheating.
Although I am still annoyed that I am about two boss kills away from being able to get the second phase daggers. But again... enough QQ... on to the Weekly Wrapup.
I seemed to get positive response from last weeks "Weekly WoW Roundup" so I guess it is going to be something I keep doing. There was quite a bit this week, and several "controversial" topics... especially from them damn gnomes.
A personal update, even having cleared Dragon Soul every damn week, because I'm in a 10M raiding guild, I still haven't graduated to The Sleeper and The Dreamer yet and it is getting pretty irritating. I'm at 272/333 so I need to average 7.625 gems each to be able to finish that phase next raid week... it doesn't look good. But enough QQ, on to the Weekly WoW Roundup:
Just a quick heads up, apparently, CoveritLive, the chat system used by Blizzard for the live online Q&A feature (which they haven't done in a while but should), has been compromised. The following email was received a bit ago.
CoveritLive recently discovered that certain proprietary data files were accessed without authorization starting on or about January 7, 2012. We have not yet determined if, or to what extent, CoveritLive account information (i.e., user names, email addresses and/or passwords) was accessed. We do know, however, that no financial account information has been compromised.Our investigation is ongoing, and, as a precautionary measure, we will implement required password resets for all active CoveritLive accounts. We plan for this process to begin Saturday January 14, 2012 at 12 AM EDT (5 AM GMT). The next time you log in after the process has begun, you will be asked to change your password before you will be allowed into your account. NOTE: we do not anticipate that you will experience a disruption in your event if you are using CoveritLive while the change is invoked.Your password and all account passwords are encrypted as a standard CoveritLive information security practice, and we have no evidence that an unauthorized individual has actually retrieved, or is using such data. However, out of an abundance of caution we recommend that if you registered for CoveritLive using an email address and password combination that you use for other online accounts, you should immediately create unique passwords or new login credentials for those other sites and accounts.We take this matter very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect your personal information from unauthorized access. We also would like to take this moment to remind you of a couple of tips that should always be followed:
- Do not open emails from senders you do not know. Be especially cautious of "phishing" emails, where the sender tries to trick the recipient into disclosing confidential or personal information.
- Do not share personal or sensitive information via email. Legitimate companies will not attempt to collect personal information outside of a secure website.We regret any inconvenience that this password change process may cause you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.Sincerely,CoveritLive Team
I change my WoW passwords frequently but those who don't may want to consider it.
I know, I know... I've been neglecting this site the past couple of weeks. Holidays, busy season at work... all excuses, yes, but they are all legitimate factors. I promise to get more good content out there for you all... and starting with this - the "Weekly Roundup." I thought I might start posting interesting tidbits from other sites and some commentary every week. This week will have some older content as well, but moving forward, I plan to just have articles and content that appeared in the most recent week. But I may add more. Who knows, its my site and I can do what I want.
So without further ado...
I'm getting a lot of traffic from people looking for instructions on how to actually stealth to Lord Hiram Creed. Before I say anything more on the subject, I want to say this:
YOU ARE A ROGUE! IF YOU KNOW YOUR CLASS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT! THE BEST PART OF ROGUERY IS FIGURING OUT WAYS INTO PLACES YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE AND GANKING SOMEONE! HALF THE FUN OF THE QUEST IS FIGURING IT OUT ON YOUR OWN! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE AT LEAST TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT ON YOUR OWN!
That out of the way, I previously posted about the engineering HALO route I took (and how my old PTR route has been made MUCH more difficult), but I realize there are many non-engineer rogues out there who are still trying to get the path figured out. Recently I came upon another rogues blog that has the best detailed instructions on how to actually stealth in to assassinate Creed. Squelchy has written an excellent guide with pictures showing the positions of the guards and patrols etc. If, after reading my above shouting, you still need stealth directions to get to Creed, check out his article, Slouching Toward Gilneas: the Stealther's Guide to Hiram Creed, part one. He hasn't posted about the actual combat with Creed, I assume that will be part two, but I have that covered in a previous post.
Squelchy seems to be a pretty cool rogue, and I'm glad I stumbled onto his site. There's just one problem with him. He's a gnome. I like gnomes, really I do... just I like them tenderized and fileted with a bit of garlic and butter. The most fun part of the dinner prep is the tenderizing, but I guess I'll let it slide this time...
So Ghostcrawler (Blizzard Lead Systems Designer, Greg Street) posted another Developer Blog today, "Seeing the Forest for the Talent Trees," that addresses many of the common questions about the new Talent Trees in Mists of Pandaria. Is it really true that he wants to see bad players publicly humiliated? Well it certainly seems that way from the direction the development is going.
What follows is my analysis of that Developer Blog, from a rogue perspective: