Sunday, 18 May 2008

Random Musings

I'm really beginning to hate Avenger's Shield.  Every time there's a Pally tank or OT in the group and I have to trap something, my target gets smacked with a flying plate of freshly-baked threat, and I have to stand there nuking it to get it back.

And then I inevitably forget to turn auto attack back off and break my own trap.  Arrgghh!


I wasted about 25gold today trying to enchant my bracers.  I find an enchanter with one of those nifty "whisper me and I'll tell you what I can do" addons.  I figure out that I want Assault which will give me an extra 24 attack power.

I go buy the mats from the AH and log back over to Its.  I get in contact with the enchanter who informs me that it's 8 Arcane Dust, not 6.  Guess I must have stuffed up; I log back over to an AH alt, buy two more, mail them back, and log back over.  I hand him the extra dusts and my bracers.  He says he can't enchant them... stupid hunter, Assault is for gloves!

Argh.

Then a nearby enchanter who had overheard the conversation (my enchanter was saying all this out loud for some reason,) told me that I'd gotten it wrong and that the bracers version needed 6 dusts.

Ah-ha!

So I hand back the six dusts and the bracers.  The enchanter does his thing.  Interesting fact: when someone enchants your gear through the trade window, it shows up the name of the enchant, but not its effect.  So, having been convinced earlier that Assault for bracers didn't exist, I didn't think twice when I saw "Brawn."

Yeah, I only found out that he'd actually given me a strength enchant later.  Turns out that [Enchant Bracer - Assault] does exist, and requires six dusts.  Sigh.  So I ended up finding an enchanter that could actually read his own enchant list to do it.

The bit that really peeved me off?  That I tipped the first guy 20gold for wasting his time.


I really wish Cheeky would hurry up and release an OpenOffice.org-compatible version of her spreadsheet.  The OOo version is kinda broken and out of date.  The really worrying bit is where it's telling me that

Consortium Blaster
Binds when picked up
Unique
Ranged Gun
111 - 207 Damage Speed 2.40
(66.3 damage per second)
+15 Stamina
Durability 75 / 75
Requires Level 70
Requires The Consortium - Revered
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 7 (0.32% @ L70).
Equip: Increases attack power by 28.

is better than

Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle
Binds when picked up
Ranged Gun
149 - 278 Damage Speed 2.70
(79.1 damage per second)
+15 Agility
Durability 90 / 90
Requires Level 70
Equip: Increases attack power by 32.

I mean, Hunter itemisation can't be that screwed up... can it?!

P.S.  Many thanks to Phaelia over at Resto4Life for writing WISP.


Dear Adobe,

I was really looking forward to trying out your Premiere Elements product.  It was the right price, looked to have the right features, and I had some cool ideas I could use it for.  In short, I all but had the credit card in-hand.

But when you went and hid the trial download behind mandatory registration, it put me off.  What right do you have to my private information just so I can decide if I want to buy something from you?  But I persevered; I found a working login at Bugmenot, and started the multi-gigabyte download.  Sadly, I do not have super-high-speed internet access, so I had to pause the download the next morning.

And what do I discover upon attempting to resume said download?  That your pain-in-the-arse server invalidates download links after a short amount of time, corrupting what I had already downloaded.  There is absolutely no reason why this should ever happen.  HTTP/1.1 has had support for this since at least 1999; every server I've ever used has had support for this.  I cannot believe this is the result of ignorance or stupidity, so my only recourse is to ascribe it to outright malice.

You wasted my time, you wasted my bandwidth, and you've wasted a customer.

Go and jump off a cliff,

 – Its.


I'm conflicted.  Jewelcrafters have 120 recipies that require reputation with someone, thus ensuring something new and exciting from virtually every end-game faction.  Engineers have four, two of which are from Zul'Gurub reputation and can thus be safely ignored.  The other two I already have.

I'm not sure if I should be upset that Its gets virtually nothing out of reputation grinds, or happy that he doesn't have to grind with every single bloody faction in the end-game to get all the recipies.

Then again, Porphyrria is a Jewelcrafter, so I suppose it evens out either way.

1 comment:

Lathe of Llane said...

Just began reading your blog after seeing your comment on BBB. Good stuff.

My hunter, too, is an engineer. I completely feel where you're coming from with the rep schematics. It'd be nice if there were a few more, but I can't be bothered to rep grind. (Plus, I make decent side cash on the Elemental Seaforium Charges.)

With a second main (shaman) as my JC, like you, Wow gets back at me for going Engy.