Trocar ganked you! He who stabs last, stabs best.

29Jan/120

WoW Weekly Wrapup #4

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:

21Jan/124

WoW Weekly Wrapup #3

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.

14Jan/128

Weekly WoW Roundup #2

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:

13Jan/120

Heads Up to Those Who Participated in Blizzard’s Live Online Q&A

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 passwords@coveritlive.com if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
CoveritLive Team

I change my WoW passwords frequently but those who don't may want to consider it.

12Jan/126

Ganking vs. Griefing: A Rogue’s Tale

What is ganking? When does it become griefing? Why all the questions? Well this past week I was accused of griefing/camping, and after a bit of thought, I decided that I wasn't going to take those accusations lying down. No I would take them sitting down as I hammered out a strongly worded blog entry about the do's and don'ts of world PvP. So I bring to you: "Ganking vs. Griefing: A Rogue's Tale" also titled, "You're on a PvP Server, Stop Being a Pussy, Its Not World of Peacecraft."

First to clarify... what is PvP? PvP is Player vs. Player combat. WPvP is World PvP, that is PvP occurring in the "world" outside of Battlegrounds (BGs) or Arenas.  I am clarifying this because just the other night a fellow in /2 was asking what people meant by WPvP and being mocked mercilessly. Hey, it's cool if you don't know the acronym as long as you are ready to get stabbed at a moments notice. That out of the way, let's move on, shall we?

8Jan/126

Weekly WoW Roundup #1

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...