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

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:

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...

23Nov/110

Blogging Challenge Day 3: First Day

This 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge is certainly keeping me on my toes. With other content to be posted, and the family gathering type holidays (and stabbing to get one of the 3 ASUS Transformers on sale for $250 at Best Buy on Friday morning) I will probably resume this on Monday. Maybe before. Maybe after. We will see.

Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

It is tough to remember the actual specifics of the day, but I'll do the best I can. My buddy, and roommate at the time, and I were both big gamers. He had been a fan of several MMOs but I had done my best to stay away from them remembering how addicted to plain-ol' text-based MUDs I was at one time. I had ZERO interest in getting wrapped up into something with spiffy graphics and all. Then came World of Warcraft. My circle of gamer friends were all big into the Blizzard games. We used to have LAN parties and beat the snot out of each other in Warcraft and Starcraft, and played co-op (most of the time anyway heh heh heh) in Diablo. One of the friends got into the beta. We watched him play. And watched. And watched. And wrestled for the keyboard. And watched some more.

Finally, release day! My roommate and I had a running "Hey, thanks for getting me (item name here) for (holiday name here)" deal going, where we just bought ourselves what we wanted and spared the BS (though I do fondly remember our Xmas palm tree). Apparently I got him WoW on release day for Xmas that year. Something was going on and I was short cash so, uh, HE couldn't buy it immediately for me but I had it about three weeks later.

My first day playing WoW, and I was a few weeks behind my friends. I opted to play an Undead Rogue. (Yes gentle reader, this troll you all know and love was not always a troll!) As I said earlier, I had never played a graphical MMO before so I was getting used to the interface and just taking in the scenery. I remember wandering around somewhat aimlessly doing a quests here and there. Those who played in the early days will remember that quest hubs weren't quite as condensed as they are now. Somehow I ended up somewhere in between Brill and Undercity killing bats.  And that's what I was did until I ran into a level 20ish warrior who suggested I go to Orgrimmar.

"What's an Orgrimmar?" I queried. "Here, follow me," he replied. And so I did. He led me to the Zeppelin tower and then further on to Orgrimmar. He gave me a few more pointers and went on his way. I spent about another hour wandering around Org checking everything out before I logged for the night, concluding my first day playing WoW.

22Nov/110

Blogging Challenge Day 2: Why?

I can already tell that this is going to be annoying at times, and I am fairly certain that there will be the occasional spaces between days posting. So for the second post of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge we have:

Day 2 – Why you decided to start a blog

Well, this really should be more "Why did I start a gaming blog." A former raid lead suggested I create one during a discussion about their blog (now defunct) but I never got around to it. But that conversation planted the initial idea to fill avoid in quality rogue blogs. Elitist Jerks is a most excellent resource, and Aldriana posts excellent content, mot most players either are not willing wade through all the theorycrafting or are unable to. (Funny timing, someone else thought the same thing about the same time.)  I figured that I could offer information out there that would be a benefit to other rogues. And I could have a place to direct people when they came to me with the same rogue questions.

The timing of the launch also had to do with Blizzcon. I had been tossing a project idea around for a while and wanted to have it up and running before Blizzcon. Well the full features aren't happening, but the basic concept is there, and thus this site was born.

But the site isn't just for others, it is also beneficial to me. Whenever I would get a "new" rogue question, I'd sometimes have to research the answers, and that forced me to delve deeper into the theorycrafting and study of the game mechanics. By having to research those things, it would make me a better player as well. My hopes are that by posting in a public manner like this, I will improve my own game as I research content to post.

And the last reason? For the chicks, man! Chicks dig Troll bloggers. Truth.

21Nov/110

Blogging Challenge Day 1: Introduction

So, I've been out of it the past two weeks - sick practically the entire time with two different bugs.  I caught a pretty bad cold when helping a friend move, and that put me out almost a whole week.  Then when I finally felt better, tired of being cooped up for a week,  I went out with another friend and caught a nasty brought into the household by his 3-year-old germ incubator. That one took me out for another week (5 days of which was with no solid food).

And when I return, what do I see? Tikari and Jack (among others) have started this 20 Days of Blogging Challenge. Well I can't let these Alliance whores... erm... these members of the opposing faction get the better of me can I? At first I thought to my self, "Trocar, why would you want to do this? You don't know any of these people on a personal level." But then I figured, what better way to get to know others and for others to get to knwo me. So without further ado, I present...

Day 1 - Introduce Yourself

Hi, my name is Trocar, and I like long walks on the beach, stabbing n00bs with pointy things. Let's see... walking... stabbing... yea, that pretty much covers it. Oh, you want more?