Dungeon Talk

I read comments now and then that bemoan the lack of social chatting and friend making in World of Warcraft’s Cross Realm Dungeons.

All I ever see are arguments about loot rolls and caustic remarks about the tank or healer. Where ‘s the beef?

After just such a week of “chat” I zoned into the middle of Black Rock last night and the worst “draggy tank” on the planet was swearing and chewing out the “healz”.

After a bit I mentioned that the Art of Chat was certainly not dead in this dungeon, and here I ‘d seen people complaining that nobody talked anymore.

What are we supposed to talk about ? Asks the DPS….
We’re supposed to Bond, I say.
I ‘ll bond with you says Foul Draggy Tank.
Unimaginably, the beaner role checks for another dungeon as soon as this one is done. Bizzaro.


3/27/14   Speaking of Dungeon talk…tonight we were advised “If you want healz, stand by the tank”.   Nice for the melee people.

Then a person who hadn’t played “in years” was giving the tank advice and begging the Death Knight to take over tanking.  The Death Knight who was dead every other minute.   The tank responded to all with a hearty 😀


The MisAdventures of Blah Blah Blah

I am distracted by real life issues, will be my excuse.  Read on if you dare.

I realigned my Rogue’s toolbar thus:

(Ambush) Mutilate, Rupture, Envenom, Dispatch, Slice & Dice, Kidney Shot, Recuperate, Combat Readiness, Kick, Feint, Vanish, Evasion.    I went in two dungeons with her and nary a sneer!  Yay little Rogue!

roguish rogue


Then, I thought to send my Paladin into a dungeon to level a little.  I’ve only been using her Inscription skills since returning to this server and haven’t played her otherwise in months.  After a couple of weeks of annoying, “drag-everyone-through-the dungeon-while-spinning-like-a-top-tanks”  I get into a dungeon and the tank does nothing.   He/she/it doesn’t say just a minute, or anything, just nothing.  Everyone gets all jumpy and runs and starts fighting and I tool along with them. Everyone dies.

I look at the character portraits to see who the tank is and dang if there aren’t three DPS in addition to myself!  Holy Hairy Snakes!!!!!!!!   I AM THE IDJIT TANK!   I have used my Druid Bear as a Tank in dungeons countless times when the tank left and my Warrior a few times.  No problems.

Somehow, this poor Paladin got talked into tanking last time she was around and I didn’t notice the tank checkmark when I queued and I have no clue how to play a Paladin as tank.  Just call me Dungeon Deserter.  I wonder if it is available on a T-Shirt.

Happy New Year from The Last Chapter!

World of Warcraft

After having so much fun working in Neverwinter, I had to break to do some of the Winter Veil activities.   Just as with the last couple of holidays in World of Warcraft, I approached the many requirements half heartedly.  There are too many activities for this busy time of the year, and having three PVP ones is a real pain.

So I did the gnome/battlefield one, entering the Isle of Conquest for the first time ever in a skimpy gnome Santa outfit.  Because I’d lose my gnome form if I shape shifted to my feral cat form or a bear or moonkin form for that matter, I had to go in as my Elf Self transformed.  I used my secondary talent set for which I have no talent never ever having used it…restoration.  I can confess here because I feel guilty that I was concentrating on my toolbars and skills and when I entered the battle ground I went in marked dps as always.  I suspect this saved my miserable gnome hide from instant death because I just looked like the only Santa gnome in the place, but not a falsely labeled one.  Shame, shame.


We tried some dungeons as a guild to get some of those achievements.  Only I and my husband and son and nephew dungeon dive, others don’t.  So we did a few, just us, to test things out, then got in the dungeon finder queue.  Unbelievably our first one had this Pin Brain From Mars who was critiquing everyone’s dps and skills and blah blah blah.   Obviously we were doing fine and didn’t need the Head of Bone and we should have drop kicked him sooner, but we waited till the end.  Luckily the next guy was just normal and we sailed along.  Not so confidence inspiring to those who we can’t talk into dungeons at all most days, and to me playing my dread rogue who I know is just awful, thanks for applying the brown sauce.

I’ve been running my shaman through some dungeons trying to level her up to use in the group instead of the rogue.  I’ve had trouble with her in the past which is why she is my lowest level class.  The dungeons in the 50 levels are just torture.  I am always so grateful to qualify for Hellfire Peninsula at 58.  I have been running into one after another of what I call “draggy tanks”.  They aggro one group of mobs then just chain drag them and everyone else through the whole place. Gack.  THEN there was the gnome who was playing his healer with his tank on follow or was it the other way around.  Nobody but me spoke up and said how bizarre that was, and when he died immediately because his following character got stuck on a wall, then everyone died…I got dungeon deserter for leaving that fun time behind.  How I love dungeons.

In an effort to have my spouse help me with a Winter Veil quest, I logged in his guy to just get him set up.  Lo and behold he has an in game email from the devs inviting him to try Raiding.  Hello?  He’s never going to try raiding.  Did any of my characters get it? NO.  Grrr.  Not that I’ve been raiding either but I do play.  

raid invite 2


Aimlessly working on my Pyromancer in Rift.  Am at level 24.  I was trying to do every quest in Silverwood but I couldn’t stand being there forever so I made sure my gathering skills were to level, finished what I could and stepped over the border into Gloamwood.  It is all gloomy and spidery, not looking at all like Duskwood from Wow but having that ambience.  A nice change and I feel like I’m making some forward progress.

Dearth of Games for PC yet again

I was thinking this year how in years past there were always maybe five games out in the fall I wanted badly and I’d ask for them for Christmas.  I can’t even think of the last time I asked for a computer game.  It is not as if there are a bunch on another platform I’d be buying either if only I didn’t love my keyboard/mouse so much.  There is not much of interest released if Action/Adventure is your genre.   I do not count those stoopid find the hidden picture puzzle games as Adventure.

There are a few upcoming lists with some possibles, but not much.

Board Games

New additions this season are Forbidden Island and Carcassonne.  I and my team mates liked both and appreciated the cooperative nature of each.  We are going to see if we can’t re-institute our board game day here, maybe we can eventually lure in others on a regular basis.  Snacks and board games, hard to beat that for entertainment and relaxation.


They’ve got my attention with the new game trailer and Kickstarter for the Repopulation.  They are sidestepping what I thought was a hardcore pvp game and practically stepping out of the video saying if you loved Star Wars Galaxies pre-NGE you will love us play play play!   Am I someone who could resist that?   I’m supporting the Kickstarter and if they bring that puppy up I’m going in for a look.



Happy gaming in 2014!   Atherne and the crew of the Last Chapter

Level 3!

Guild moves on upwards

We hit level 3 guild status about a week ago but I have been busy trying to get caught up on everything and get my Panda lass out of the dread Wandering Isle.  I disliked the Worgen area after the first run through and found it torturously long but Pandaland is pure torture from the get go.

Our level three guild perk allows us to have a faster mount speed so that is nice for questing.  I think the next perk adds again to how much xp we get killing baddies.  I guess none of the perks are uber or anything except Mass Ressurection at guild level 25 but it is fun to see our work on our characters pay off and contribute to the overall guild.  I have still not done any recruiting.  I don’t feel like I can keep up crafting wise with more peeps so…I could pick up one of those guys with a name like SlapMeAgain who ask in trade if anyone is recruiting, but you know that would end in tears.

Speaking of Pandaland I still don’t have a character to send to Pandaland proper so maybe the real thing is heavenly.  I shouldn’t disdain Pandaland, noooo.

Tanking Round Two

I have a Brewmaster Monk that I’ve got out in the world and to level 15.  This means Dungeon Time.  She is a tank, and we know how hard it is to play that well.

This time I’m going to make sure she has every bit of armor and weaponry and scrolls and you name it before she goes in so that she isn’t “squishy”.  I am going to concentrate on the fine art of holding aggro, which is hard anyway but if you have some bozoid on the team who wants to steal aggro or hurry things along I am going to just let them die and move on through the dungeon.  The other fine art I’ll concentrate on is keeping a sharp eye on the healer and make sure she has plenty of mana.  I’ve been through all those lower level dungeons enough times so I know the maps and bosses.  Fingers crossed!

Screen Distortions Continue

Hubbie continues to have intermittent problems with screen distortions.  They clear up, a rolling restart happens, they’re back.  He has tried every solution.  Although Blizz keeps insisting it is his computer that is a problem, the fact that it works fine for a bit only to be ruined by one of their updates points the finger at them.  Luckily he can do dungeons because indoor environments display a bit better.

Cross Realm Zones

I understand that Blizzard thinks this is a good alternative to server merges as population drops.  What I have found is that you get increased competion for mobs and have a harder time completing quests and getting bosses and you name it because these folks are everywhere.  I have not seen a single instance where it has resulted in people working together on anything.  It is also a real problem that level 85 characters are in your zones standing around killing things off for reputation.  No chance beating them to anything.

Tanks from Heck and Abandoner Marked!

So I was trying to level several characters last night. Worst night ever in dungeons.

Leave Dungeon Instance, you bet!

First tank thinks its high humor to go in circles in Dire Maul and do anything but go to the next spot.   Second time in circle out I went.

Next tank in Razorfen immediately starts whining and begging someone else to tank.  He doesn’t give a reason but finally says he just got his first ever “justice weapon” (whoopdy doo) and he MUST TRY IT OUT.   Poof out I went.

Switched characters and went to Durenhold?  Three healers in a row leave the the instance immediately.  I now suspect they recognized the tank.  Fourth one comes in and stays but the tank starts flirting with he/she/it and she says her hair smells so good and she and the tank start whispering sexy talk while all grinds to a halt.  Poof!

By now I am pretty annoyed so when we hit Stratholme with another character and the BEAR freaking tank won’t move out and he and another player start bandying about and he becomes vile, I leave, no questions asked.  This happened pretty quickly so I got the Abandoner Flag.  Honestly, I was ok with it.

Nut. Cases.