BBB on the BRK Podcast (and Hunter loot)

Okay, yesterday, I alluded to BRK having a huge secret… and said it was the podcast.

That wasn’t entirely true.

Okay, it was a complete lie. A prevarication. It was pure BS.

See, BRK had shown me pictures of his new Core Hound BRK Hunter t-shirt when we were warming up for the podcast, he’s been teasing me about it in emails ALL FREAKING WEEK, and was totally stoked about the massive unmasking… telling me how nervous he was, how excited, what a huge secret it was…

So when I made the title of my post yesterday “BRK has a HUGE Secret”… it was to give him a coronary when he saw it. And when I teased you and made you scroll down to find out what the secret was… yep, more coronary.

Now, in BRK’s podcast, even with me on, his show is a Hunter show, and I was flattered that he offered to have me on as a guest. I tried to come prepared to talk Hunters. Mine dinged 79 last night, or this morning at 2:00 AM, thank you all very much… and so level 80 gear is a topic in the forefront of my mind.

Mostly, it’s a topic I want to get closed out so I can move on to worrying about Druid gear.

At the moment, I have every piece of Swiftarrow LW crafted gear worn except the Helm, I have the Engineering Goggles instead. They were better than the quested stuff I’d put together while leveling. But I know it’s not what you want, pre-Naxx.

So I asked BRK, via email, to give me a few suggestions as to what to plan for, as a Hunter Pre-Naxx. Especially for a Hunter that figures on not ever getting to see Naxx, since every other person in the guild seems to be a Hunter wanting to run Naxx. At least, that’s how it feels sometimes.

So, going back and forth a bit, what he suggested is the following list, which I am going to be kind enough to share with you…

Crafted
Legs – Giantmaim Legguards – LW Crafted BoE
Bracers – Giantmaim Bracers – LW Crafted BoE
Back – Ice Striker’s Cloak – LW crafted BoE
Ring – Titanium Impact Band – JC crafted BoE – takes 4 Dragon Eyes to make (ouch).
Helm – Truesight Ice Blinders – Engineering crafted BoP
Ranged Weapon – Nesingwary 4000 – Engineering crafted BoE

Heroic Emblems
Chest – Heroes’ Cryptstalker Tunic – 80 Emblems
Hands – Heroes’ Cryptstalker Handguards – 60 Emblems
Neck – Pendant of the Outcast Hero – 25 Emblems
Trinket – Mirror of Truth – 40 Emblems

Reputation
Shoulders – Spaulders of the Black Arrow – Ebon Blade Revered
One Handed Weapons (dual wield) – Fang of Truth – Wyrmrest Accord Honored

Quest
Ring – Jagged Ice Band – Quest Reward “Forging the Keystone” – Storm Peaks

Heroic Drops
Ring – Mobius Band – Heroic Culling of Stratholme – Chrono-Lord Epoch Drop
Trinket – Incisor Fragment – Heroic Drak-Tharon Keep (Griz Hills) – King Dred Drop
Waist – Sovereign’s Belt – King Ymiron in Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle
Hands – Handgrips of the Savage Emissary – Heroic Violet Hold (better than Heroes Crypt)
Helm – Plunderer’s Helm – – Dropped by Ingvar in Heroic Utgarde Keep
Ranged Weapon – Drake Mounted Crossbow – Dropped from Ingvar in Heroic Utgarde Keep

So while BRK was quite correct in the podcast on how important it is to be prepared for various circumstances, have gear to swap in and out… it is very nice to have some idea of what the first things to shoot for are, and where they can be found, pre-Naxx according to the BRK.

Since I don’t want to have to theorycraft Hunter loot AND Bear AND Cat loot, thank you very much, for just one class, can someone else please be the one to do the work?

You will, BRK? Thank you oh ever so much!

Meeting and greeting the awesomest people!

Is awesomest a real word?

And if it was created in the ’80s, am I still allowed to use it?

It’s time to poke my head out of the Bear cave, and begin to admit that, yes, there is a world outside of WoW.

I pretty much cut myself off from the digital world since Wrath got into my grubby little meathooks (to use my Mom’s favorite expression), and it’s been family time and WoW ever since.

But now, now I need to rejoin the land of the blogging. Because if I wait until tomorrow to write, you’ll all figure I only blog when I’m bored at work. And to quote another fine lady, Granny Weatherwax, “I can’t be havin’ with that!”

What seems like an eternity ago, but was really all of last Wednesday, I met a lot of great people at Buffalo Wild Wings in Maplewood, MN.

I was stunned by how many folks showed up at BWW.

I was expecting maybe one or two people to show up, and instead, eleven foolhardy souls braved the late evening chill to stare at the tame Bear.

And wonder of wonders, every single one of them was cool and fun to meet and speak with. Every. Single. One.

I really liked talking with all of you, so it’s not really fair to single a few of the folks I met out, since everyone was really nice, and smart, and funny and a joy to talk to. But, as I knew a few of them from the internet before the event, and you might recognise them also, I think it’s fair to mention them by name.

First, of course, is Xathras, who was the first person to specifically tell me in the comments that, no, I wasn’t gonna be sitting in a bar all alone if I held a meet and greet. Which is funny, since he plays a Hunter as his main.

And for the other pair you may have seen before, I had two internet celebrities stop by and visit; Jive the Resto Druid, and her partner and pet Prot Warrior tank of the blog Bringin’ The Wood, came by for a visit. And they are just as nice in person as they are on their blog. Well, her blog, since Jive is the only one that writes there. 

We all talked, shared stories, and generally had a blast. The night flew by, and before I knew it, it was already 11:00 PM, and hey! Wasn’t I supposed to go to this big shindig at a Gamestop or something? Aww… but this is fun!

I told some insider behind-the-scenes blog stuff to the folks there that no one else knows, and during the course of the rambling conversation that followed, I mentioned how much I enjoyed a certain Paladin song that a friend in the guild had started singing in vent one fine day…

And lo! This being the technology age, someone at the table whipped out their iPhone, did a web query, and found the bloody song within 1 minute. I shall reproduce it here, as I promised I would;

The Song of the Paladin
“I’m a little Paladin, short and stout,
Here is my hammer, here is my mount,
When a fight breaks out, I scream and shout,
Pop my bubble and hearth me out.” 

Ahhh, that was hilarious to hear coming across vent. I believe it was Garolan the Pally that sang it for me, I’m pretty sure. It’s been a long time.

The meet at BWW was actually a little, teeny bit fail on my part. It was tons of fun, but I was unprepared for people to actually show up, so I was sitting in the middle of this long table… and people of course sat at both sides of me. So this Bear tank had poor positioning on the mobs, and if I taunted or swiped at one side, the other side was being ignored. Silly old bear.

I’m afraid, even though I tried to talk to everyone, that there were still some folks that came that I didn’t take the time to talk with as much a I would have liked to. I know that if I had traveled across a city to see some dude, I’d hope to be able to chat with him for a few minutes. One lady in particular, at the far end of the table to my right, I swear I turned to specifically talk to her since I hadn’t done so yet, and she was gone. Poof. I felt horrible, because there I was chatting with folks, and maybe she got tired of watching someone else have a conversation, got bored and left.

I’ll relate a story about this… I’m a big fan of Henry Rollins, Spoken Word performer, former lead of Black Flag, Rollins Band, and general intense guy. I love his writing, his “the First Five” are pretty insane, and I admire him for his ability to be so outspoken about himself and his feelings. He just let’s it all hang out.

I went to see him a few years back, when he appeared at the U of M for a Spoken Word show. He did a thing that I have, ever since, been completely astonished at. During the show, up there on stage, he mentioned that, after the show was over, anyone that wanted to meet him, have something signed, or just say “Hi!” were welcome to stay behind and come visit him in the back of the stage. And, I swear, he said “I’ll be hear as long as some of you are still waiting to see me.”

Now that’s class. I was just amazed… here was a guy that was, seriously, a famous man, done a ton of things, and yet he was willing to put himself out there, because, as he said.. “If you are willing to spend some of your valuable time just to meet me… I am awed, and I’ll certainly be here to see you.”

It just seemed surprisingly, insanely nice for any famous person to make themselves accessible to fans like that, and maybe that says more about how self-centered I expect famous people to be than anything else.

Now, I’m not anywhere near as famous, and I’m sure I never will be, not even remotely… but I totally feel the same way, if someone is willing to go to the trouble to come out and say “Hi”, then I want to say hello back, darnit!

Oh, and yes, I stayed behind afterwards, and I just… ahem… “happened” to have a copy of “The First Five” with me, and just MAYBE I had Henry sign it. Could have happened. **shiftyeyes**

Anyway, it was a lot of fun to meet everyone, and when it was 11:00 and we broke up so some could go home, some could go to other stores for their copies, and we could shuffle out in the cold to get in line.. well, I bumped into another reader just outside BWW, who had pre-ordered at the other Gamestop.

Whoops.

See, in the first post, I mentioned there were two Gamestops, and stressed the importance of going to the right one… but I didn’t keep doing that for the subsequent posts. Damnit. So, to my one reader who came to see me, and got to say Hi for, like, 2 minutes before going back to the other store… “Damnit! Sorry, man.”

Okay, now, you know there is gonna be at least a little crankiness, right? At the Gamestop… this big pre-release party thing?

Yeah…. ummm, not so much. Unless your idea of a party is standing in a line. In the cold. No music, food, tent, nothing. A line. Waiting. In the cold. No costumes. Nada. A line.

Now, credit where credit is due. That was the smoothest, most orderly, well organized and well-prepared event I’ve seen for a midnight release. Everyone paid and settled in advance, inside the store, and then got in line outside. When midnight hit, they shuffled you in, handed over receipts, and got handed a game (or 3), and out you went. Within minutes after midnight, everyone was gone. DIS-perse!

So they let everyone get their trade-ins, credit card hassles, returns and other drama out of the way BEFORE it was time to hand over the games. Bravo.

But… come on, that was not how it was represented to me. It was a line in the cold to get a game. There was no event.

And I wouldn’t care, really, since I was grateful to have had the main meet and greet in Buffalo Wild Wings in the warm, where I could quaff a Guinness in peace.

But when I went in the store to get my receipt for the pre-order?

I handed over my pre-paid proof of pre-order, and as the cashier handled the transaction, he gave me a well-rehearsed spiel… “Would you like to buy a guide to the game? If you buy now they are 10% off cover price. And while you’re here, why not place your pre-order for Left 4 Dead, for when you take a break from Warcraft?”

Seriously. I’m standing in line to get the expansion at midnight, instead of waiting for the next day… and instead of a celebration of Warcraft, an enthusiasm for Warcraft, or even a “faking it” for Warcraft…which is what I was expecting, I get asked to drop money right that second, before I even get my hands on the expansion, on a pre-order for some zombie game I’ve never even heard of before?

WTF?

Now if they were asking if I wanted to drop money for a pre-order of Starcraft 2, well, hell… that would have been fine with me. Commendable, even.

But Left 4 Dead? The damn game has a number in place of a word! That alone screams crap to me! Geez, people, have some class.

Anyway, I want to say, for everyone that came out to see me, thank you very much for making it such a fun time. I enjoyed meeting you all, and I hope you email me, if only to say hello.

For those of you locally that wanted to come out, but pre-ordered somewhere else, or simply can’t go gallivanting around late at night in the middle of the week… I missed you guys.

What I want to do, assuming there is any interest, since that was sooo much fun, is to have another meeting, just for fun and to say hello and hang out. Perhaps not in a bar, next time, for those that do not care for alcohol. And certainly not late at night in the middle of the week. Not immediately, since, well… you all got an expansion to play. My bet is, nobody is reading blogs over the weekend unless you’re at work, so I won’t get feedback until tomorrow. But I would like to know if the choice of a BWW is the wrong venue, if it made anyone uncomfortable, or if that kind of thing is fine.

But if there is interest, then yeah, I’d like to do that again soon. You folks are wonderful. I was expecting… I dunno, WoW Insider commenters, or something, and instead I got a tableful of folks I’d love to hang out with anytime. Anytime at all.

Thank you everyone, and I hope you are having a lot of fun in the game. I know I am!

A little fried Bear, anyone?

Good morning to all of you wonderful people in a new Wrathful day!

This… this is not going to be a real blog post.

Sorry.

I have a massive recap of the group meeting last night I’m GOING to do, I’m just not feeling up to it right now. I was on the very last few moment of a cold last night, and guess what? Standing in the chill for an hour did not improve it. At all. So I’m now feeling like crud.

Blargh.

Thankfully, I did not feel like crud until Cassie graciously booted me out of bed to help her install the expansion.

In short form, which will be expanded on much later;

I was late getting to Buffalo Wild Wings by 8 minutes, because Sidhe Devils did one last pre-Wrath full Karazhan clear. Every boss except the Animal boss, in order, straight through, two and a half hours. Since Wulfa from Two and a Half Orcs was there on her Shadow Priest, that was somehow appropriate.

I was planning on stepping out to get to BWW on time, but we were so close, I pushed on. Sorry!

I got enough Badges to get my 150 Badge Crossbow on my Hunter. Which I gloated about at the meet. Hehehe.

I met a lot, and I mean a LOT of great people at Buffalo Wild Wings. We sat and talked until 11:00, and had a great time. You all were awesome, and I want each of you to email me later just so I can keep in touch, maybe get together again some other time. It was just wonderful talking to you about the game, and meeting you. Seriously, what a blast.

Yeah, yeah, more detail later.

Ummm, stood in line. Check. Froze. Check. Complained about commentary tracks on DVDs, check. I mentioned I loved the commentaries on Resident Evil, and on Braveheart. Found out that I, alone among geeky people, do not still love The Simpsons, check. Talked my way out of being crucified by unruly fans. Check.

I got home, installed 100% easy, very smooth and easy process, and then… made a Death Knight. And got to 56.

Then, it was 2 AM and I crashed. And now, Cassie is literally leaning over my shoulder, logged into her expanded game on her Rogue, telling me sternly, “What are you doing writing? I have EXPLORING to do!”

So I will write a much larger post extolling the wonders and fun I had meeting folks last nght.

But for now, I’m off to help the ball and chain explore…. the Screaming Ford. Or the Whining Honda. Or whatever that place is that we are exploring first.

Fjord… what, like it’s hard enough to get people to spell Rogue without mentioning makeup, now we get to see kids attempt to spell Fjord for the next two years?

I hope those of you at work have a great morning… time to go!

Yes dear, stop poking me! Ow!

Reminder… Meet the Bear tonight!

It’s cold, there is snow on the ground, WoW was down all the way to bedtime last night, and the forecast for tonight is drizzling rain / snow.

I’m sure everyone local is in JUST the right mood for a pre-release meet and greet, right?

If you’re planning on coming out to say “Hi”, my plan is to be at the Buffalo Wild Wings at 9:30 PM for a beer and some wings, and to meet folks in a nice relaxed setting…

I’ll be there until about 10:30 PM or so, and then I’ll be wandering across the street to the Gamestop right next to the Circuit City, there to be standing awaiting, fol-de-rol and hey-diddle-diddle.

I’ll be dressed in a “Big Bear Butt” shirt, a black jacket covered in Marine Corps unit patches, and jeans. In the (highly) unlikely chance someone else is wearing a black satin jacket covered in hand-stitched Marine Corps unit patches and a Big Bear butt shirt, I’ll be the one drinking Guinness.

If there are two of us doing all three… well, we’ll probably be at the same table anyway at that point, so that should make your choice easy.

I’ll have 30 buttons to hand out, with two different designs, one with website address and one without. First come, first served… and since BWW is a restaurant and not just a bar, even if you are underage don’t hesitate to duck in for your button!

Oh, and I made buttons without website address first, since you all already know where the heck you see me… but I was prevailed upon to have a second version with website, to hand out for WoW Insider readers that may not know about the blog. That’s all. Same picture.

So Xathras… looks like it’s just you and me, bud.

GameStop #531
Maplewood Commons
1900 County Road D E.
Maplewood MN, 55109 US
651-779-9669

Buffalo Wild Wings is JUST across the street!

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For all who serve this country… THANK YOU!

Today, in the United States, it is Veteran’s Day.

And although I think I’ve made my appreciation for our active duty servicemen and women clear in this blog over the years, I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to say it again. :)

It’s mai blog, I can do dat.

For each and every one of you, no matter where you are, who serve this country, and do your part to keep liberty alive, to protect and defend the freedoms that I cherish and enjoy, and who place your lives between my wife and my son and the enemies that seek to harm them…

THANK YOU, from my heart. God bless you, each and every one of you.

I thank you for your sacrifices, I thank you for standing up and being the men and women who continue to make me proud to be an American, with your faithfulness and your dedication and your sense of duty and honor. Thank you.

And for every family member who is, even now, continuing on with their lives while those they love serve their country at home and abroad, and for all of the sacrifices that you have to endure while you miss and pray for your loved ones to come home to you safely, I also thank you.

You may have never sworn an oath to serve this country, but you suffer your own hardship and loss as those you love serve their country, and for your sacrifices, I truly thank you.

God bless you all, and may all of those whom you love remain safe, and sheltered in His hands, and return home to you when their duty is done.

Semper Fi!

Where YOU are the star!

Well, I’m a Bear of my word.

I said that I’d showcase the photos of your BlizzCon adventures and Halloween costumes if you sent them in, and by gosh here we go!

I also said that I would try and give a prize to the best Halloween costume I got.

There could have been a reader poll for costumes, but as I had only one Halloween costume entry, I think picking a winner ain’t gonna be that hard.

That being said, I have a few reader pictures to share with you from BlizzCon first, and then a Halloween photo full of win!

First, let’s have a few really neat photos from BlizzCon.

Our first photos come to us from Ted Kniazewycz, who says that he went to BlizzCon, and took part in the Costume Contest as a Feral Druid in Bear form… I’m assuming as Alliance, since there is a conspicuous lack of horns. Ted, you just don’t look very horny in these photos, dude.

He says that not only did he go as a Bear, but he even did the Bear dance on stage… and Mike Morhaim took his picture for his personal album… okay, that last bit kind of scares me.

You’re a very brave Bear, Ted!

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Everyone, give Ted a big round of applause!

Next, we have a wonderful round of photos from Phaedra and her husband (who apparently shall remain nameless, and whose role in these photos was designated camera holder. Poor guy.) 

Phaedra says that she leveled Druid with a bizarro spec, and raided as a healer, but after switching to Feral, she has developed a love for tanking with her face. Ah, words I love to hear.

The two of them obviously had a great deal of fun at BlizzCon, and that Murloc was a constant friend and buddy, that went everywhere they did. Ah, the stories that little guy could tell!

Well, he could if we could understand Murloc, anyway. Perhaps we need a few of the more famous Murlocs to be Ambassadors for the cause, help us develop a Murloc to English dictionary. I nominate Phaedra as the human representative.

No, Phaedra is not in costume… but she does wear an “I tank with my face” shirt, and she tanks her Murloc with her face, so it’s all good.

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I have to say, it gives me goosebumps to think that someone was proudly representing the Feral Druid Facetanks at BlizzCon! Way to go Phaedra!

And finally, our one and only Halloween Costume entry…

From Joe, aka Lazaros of Llana, we have this!

Heya, Bear! I saw your Halloween picture call and I’d like to at least toss one your way. It’s not a druid form, but it should be semi-familiar to the Hordies out there.

May I present, my daughter, Nicole, the Barrens Giraffe!

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Congratulations, Joe, that’s adorable!

As the winning Halloween Costume entry, Nicole wins a t-shirt of her choice! Just go to the store and make your pick, and email me the link (and your address, of course!).

Very fun, everyone. And thank you all very much for sending in your pictures, I really enjoyed seeing them!

How about these Zombies, huh?

Let’s state the bloody obvious for a moment, shall we?

The Zombie event was a good idea. An exciting, neat, fun concept.

The key word in that sentence there is concept.

It is in the execution of that concept that it became a pain in the ass, rather than exciting entertainment.

I can see the thought behind the idea. “Hey, the Lich King is coming fast, Halloween is right around the corner, we have this big undead thing going on and everyone loves Zombies. Let’s have ourselves some awesome fun by letting the players turn into Zombies with special abilities and tear around Azeroth for a while!”

“And to make things even better, we’re going to ratchet up the tension to the breaking point! At the beginning, it’ll be isolated incidents, easily fought. No fear, just a little idle worry. But as time goes on, we’ll crank up the tension and fear by shortening the time from Infection to Zombie, and remove the Argent Healers! The plague will sweep Azeroth, and the players will fear it and feel that ramping terror, until we give them a plot chain to pursue, seeking a cure. It’ll be awesome! They’ll have to work together to save Azeroth!”

At the same time, of course, we have just one or two other things that might be going on to occupy our attention.

Like, oh… the invasions of World Zones, hunting down and fighting the Lich King’s forces in remote areas of Azeroth. If you haven’t taken part yet, it’s a ton of fun, and you can get some great Undead Slayer epics and neat items and Argent Dawn reputation. If you equip your Argent Dawn Commission trinket, you can even loot Invader Scourgestones for more Argent Dawn rep.

Or wait, what about the new boss, Prince Mirkblood in Karazhan? He’s up in there to fight, and a blue post says he is only there for a limited time, less than 10 days until he disappears again forever.

Or wait, how about… the whole Trick or Treat stuff? Or the Headless Horseman? Or leveling your alts and having fun playing the game?

Oh heck, do people still do that?

I mean, surely no one could possibly be trying to level to 70 prior to Lich King at this point, right?

No, no, let’s just unleash the Zombie hordes.

It was a great idea, and I love having so much to do. I think having all this to choose from is pretty kick ass, so long as you’re not faantically trying to do everything. If you just want to have a taste of different fun things here or there, then it’s pretty cool.

If you tried to do EVERYTHING, you’d be playing all the hours of the day, every day, all weekend.

Some of us are allowed to have fun, and still have a life, right? Just checking.

We had a week to play with specs, beat up the Headless Horseman, do a few raids, and explore Azeroth and Trick or Treat. Then, Zombie Attack!

I really only have one problem with the entire thing.

Blizzard, you gave the power to inititiate PvP and kill players and camp them, to the asshats. The Asshats! That is epic fail on your part.

I do not play on a PvP server. That is a conscious choice I made, because I have no tolerance for asshats. When I am playing the game, I have zero, I say again my last, ZERO interest in being a walking target for any room temperature IQ that gets off on ruining the fun of others.

As soon as I saw Phase two start, and saw that they were dropping the incubation period of the infection, I saw it coming.

And Blizzard should have seen it too. You DO read your own forums right?

Oh boy, do you mean to tell me that players will have the power to become a Zombie, infect an area with a cloud of gas, and anyone touching it or getting hit will become a Zombie, and then die?

Oh boy! Sign me up for victimhood!

And even better, they will get flagged PvP, and stay flagged even when they rez as a normal non-Zombie again?

YAHOO!!! Asshat paradise!

Geez, let’s see, where do YOU think the asshats were going to go to try their best to ruin the fun of others against their will on PvE servers?

How about, oh I dunno… every Flight Master, every chamber that people Teleport to, every Inn where people Hearth to, the Auction House, and the Bank.

You think?

Maybe?

Two things, just two things would have made this whole thing a non-issue, and left it as a totally fun, awesome event…

  • When you die from being a Zombie, you SHOULD NOT resurrect still flagged….
  • There should have been swarms of Guards and Argent Healers at those few key points I mentioned above, so you don’t log in blind or land, already infected by asshats, and if they do get you, you can choose to clear the infection fast.

Just from a Lore point of view, are you seriously telling me the plague and Zombie invasion is that hardcore that the cities aer overrun, and none of these guards will have their posts changed to protect the vital areas? Or maybe have reinforcements?

Seriously. I am all for the event. I think becoming a Zombie and chasing folks is a neat idea… so long as it is PARTICIPATORY.

You give the power of control to asshats, and the first thing they DO is go looking to see how many people they can hurt, you morons! That’s what they do! It’s all they know how to do!

Our Trade channel was quiet this weekend, except for people upset at getting ganked every time they set foot in those places listed above. Or Shattrath.

Why was it so quiet?

Because every time I entered one of those key areas, there were Zombies attacking them, Zombies with names made famous as being lame little hateful asshats in Trade, each of them frantically busy trying to hurt people. Finally, they had the kind of game they wanted. They no longer had to resort to using their limited, four-letter-word vocabularies to try and inflict pain, and could now just go after the players directly. Innocent victims that couldn’t fight back in any meaningful way to hurt them in return. Joy!

Yeah, as a problem, it ain’t that big a deal. But the idea is for people to have FUN. That is why we play the game. So when an event like this ruins the fun for a lot of people, because of a few small oversights, over an entire weekend, it’s worth talking about.

It’s fair to say I’m personally enjoying the game. There is a lot to do, and I’m having a lot of fun getting in there and killing the Scourge.

We went into Karazhan and beat up Prince Mirkblood, and that was neat to figure out on the fly, and of course nobody new what he’d drop at the time, so everyone getting to loot their very own Vampiric Batling was awesome!

But the fun I had was in spite of the Zombie invasion and the asshats, not because of it. And that makes me kind of sad.  

It was a great idea, but any time you give the power to asshats, they will abuse it.

C’mon Blizz, you KNOW that was poorly imlpemented.

Fortunately, I’m sure that it will all be over soon.

After all, I bet the complaining about being killed by asshats against your will on PvE servers has to have reached a fever pitch as this progressed, and somehow I don’t think Blizzard is laughing and rejoicing at the knowledge that they have actively pissed off their player base just to please a handful of ganking trolls.

Oh hey… on the plus side, my cat has spontaneously learned how not to Prowl! Just magically stopped auto-Prowling. Go figure.