Category Archives: Oh snap

Sensing a trend

Is there an echo in here?

I think I have a release date nailed down: Sept 25, 2012.

nic cage

Somebody’s feeling a bit smug now.

Names changed to protect the stupid

I was cycling my mailbox, minding my own business.  I had just reposted all of the Inferno Inks I had made for the day (there’s virtually no money in making cards now, but leveling scriveners in a hurry still buy ink) and was pleased to see that they sold almost immediately.

I use TSM to automate posting of auctions based on a few simple rules. For ink, one of the rules is that if nobody else is selling, post at 75g per ink.  Someone will surely undercut, but there will be some decent profits on the race for the bottom.  Apparently, that’s what happened this day.

WIM popped a private tell up, some guy I never heard of before.

Noisy: 75 g per ink? Are you serious???

Hm. Rarely does somebody complain about pricing.

Me: I sell at market rates. Did you just buy all my Inferno Inks?

Noisy: Yeah, that was me.

Me: Were you wanting a refund?

Noisy: No …. I used them already.

Me: We’re done here.


Seriously, if you’re stupid enough to pay that much, don’t expect sympathy.  That’s why my buying is all done by hand. I recommend that for anyone that buys and sells mass quantities.

In this case, the guy just ate 5000g worth of Inferno Ink to make, I dunno, origami eggplants or something. That’s gotta hurt.  But I bet he’s more careful in the future.

A dream to some …

(200 quatloos to the person that completes the quote and names the source)

Yesterday was an explosion of beta madness.

Sadly, there was angst and drama as some that "paid for beta access" (via the Annual Pass program) were incensed that SOME people that DID NOT PAY got in AHEAD of them.  To them: Listen very carefully. The terms were "guaranteed" access, not "exclusive" or "preferential". I’m willing to bet there are many people out there that were outstanding beta testers for Cata that they want to get back into the process before the tourists come mucking about. So, chill the fel out and go kill some womp rats for a bit. I have faith that you’ll get a turn.  Love ya, buh-bye.

Okay, done being judgmental and vindictive for now.

Let’s talk fun stuff.

With there being no NDA for the beta, and thus having access to the full-on list of glyphs ((WoW Insider has a good list.)) at this point has future glyph mongers like Illume polishing their pestles with glee. To others of less mercantile intent, the list provides insights into what Blizzard means by "moar fun" in this expansion. Druids are absolutely thrilled at many minor shape-enhancing glyphs specific to various forms, such as Stag, Orca, and Chameleon.

What really floats my barge are likewise superficial.

Glyph of Nightmares – Your Felsteed and Dreadsteed can cross water while running and leave a trail of flames.

Throw in a flying demon steed, and I’ll call it even with Death Knights.

Glyph of Felguard – Your Felguard will equip a random two-handed axe, sword or polearm from your backpack.

What this seems to imply is that every warlock out there will have the option to personalize his or her Felguard in a fairly unique way.  Of all the glyphs I’ve read about so far, this one seems to have the greatest chance of being dropped – because how many weapons will they have to deal with, right?

A big fear I have right now is related to something said by a Blue a while back, that being that eventually we’ll be seeing both male and female succubii.  Or succubii and incubii, more properly. I can see it coming out like this.

Glyph of Succubus – Your Succubus will take on a male form.

Why can’t it be

Glyph of Incubus – Your Incubus will take on a female form.

Even better would be this.

Glyph of Demonform – Your Demon form will be male.

Why? Because this game defaults to a male-dominated mindset entirely too much.  Shake up the dudes. Or, at least split the difference between the demon form and succubus defaults. I’m not saying it would undo close to a decade of we-are-the-patriarchy-bitch buffoonery, but it would be a step in the right direction.

On the other hand, how about an even more brilliant step, and making it a game option and not pissing off anyone? Yeah, that’d be cool, too. A couple of little flags is all it would take, guys!

Enough with the negativity on my part ((You are of course welcome to continue on your own.)). I’m looking forward to learning more about how all the new stuff will work out.  This is some good stuff!

Results speak for themselves

You may be aware of the most recent installation of the "Gold Capped" series on WoW Insider. You may also be aware of the "advice" given there, namely, that Inscription isn’t profitable.

I’m at 600K now, almost all earned by selling glyphs.  I’ll be at a million within a month or two.

I stand by my own advice on this matter. 

How many zones, again?

UPDATE – Darthregis pointed out a math error in the table. I’ve updated the post and table.

The actual count for Cata is 11 zones (previously stated: 14).  You can read the comments for my conclusions on how this happened (hint: anatomical limitations)

Hey, I’m a frostamancer, not a mathamancer. If I was meant to count past 10, I would have more hands.

Regardless of the lower number, Cata is still perfectly competitive with the previous expansions.  Nice to have a margin for error, in this case, since error did occur.

It’s seems to be popular amongst the blogeratti to say -  in a dismissive fashion – that Cataclysm is in some way inferior to other expansions because it doesn’t have very many zones.

I did some quick poking around.  Let me share this table with you.

Expansion Zones

Compare to BC’s 10 and WotLK’s 13 zones and suddenly Cata doesn’t really fall so flat.  So let’s drop that argument.

One might object that three of the zones for Cata are all part of one mega-zone named Vashj’ir, but even so, that would change Cata from 14 11 to 12 9 zones. Not a huge difference, and not, say, half of the previous two.

I realize that some may consider Wintergrasp in WotLK, and I’m OK with that. Traditionally, PvP zones aren’t counted in such surveys. However, since you can visit and do things in it in between battles, it would be reasonable to accept WG, especially in light of Tol Barad showing up under Cata’s header (though it has a non-PvP half, which is what I counted).  So, feel free to add WG, or take TB out.  Doesn’t really alter the tally drastically and does nothing to support the argument that Cata is deficient in zone count – (added) at least not in the way that most people characterize it.

They’re great with the waffle cone, too.

They don’t have much call for soldiers of the Light in Tanaris, but they do appreciate – and pay well – soldiers in general. As always, when passing through, I like to stop by the racetrack on the Flats and enjoy a little goblin-on-gnome mayhem.

I admit it, I just watch to see the crashes. Goblins + gunpowder + more gunpowder = really big explosions. As a Dwarf, I really do appreciate that sort of thing. As a Wildhammer, doubly so.

And they usually tip well when I help heal their shattered bodies afterward.

Today, something was different. I saw a familiar silhouette by the ice cream vendor.  And it looked like she was buying a cone for her squire.

“Flora! I didn’t expect to see you here.”

I’ve never seen a warlock jump so high in all my life.

“Amus … um … hi! Fancy meeting you here!”

“Getting a little treat for the squire, I see. That’s mighty kind of you. Yep!”  The squire beamed.

“Yes … the squire … Andy likes the butterscotch, don’t you, Andy?”

“Yes, milady! It’s my favorite!”

“That’ll be ten silver, ma’am,” Brivelthwerp piped up.

“Ten … that’s for two cones.”

Flora flushed a little, “Well … yeah. Might as well have one, too, since I came all this way.”


“Listen … Amus … it wouldn’t do for this sort of thing to get around Stormwind. You know … evil matron of Demonic forces … ice cream cones … just doesn’t … well, what I’m saying is, I’d make it worth your …”

“I’ll take a butter Pecan sundae, extra nuts.”


What can I say? I’m a sucker for the butter pecan. Especially with the hot fudge on top.