I just don’t know. There are many things to talk about out there if I didn’t already talk about most of them on TNB. We’ve got the RealID stuff. We’ve got the upcoming Ruby Sanctum raid. We’ve got other changes possibly coming in 3.3.5. The, sooner or later, Gnomeregan and Echo Isles pre-Cataclysm events. We’ve got the Official Cataclysm preview drips and drabs coming out of Blizzard. And.. We’ve got all the hubbub about the leaks posted by MMO-Champion and now subsequently removed.
Now.. I could have linked to all of those things in that paragraph, but if you haven’t already heard about them all a million times, then you are not trying very hard..
Anyway. I didn’t want to put up a post “just to post”. I really just want to ramble, I think. My normal posts here tend to be more of a journal style. “This is what I did last night, last week, last month..” .. Whatever. Now, I assume you guys that are reading this like that, or you probably wouldn’t be subscribed to my site. Well, then again, I seem to get a lot of people who make it here looking for ToC hints and tips and tricks. Hello to all of you! Welcome to my humble spot on the internetz. I have written way too many words that all jumble down into pretty much the same crap over and over.
It’s difficult to find interesting words to say about the Raiding you’re doing (which seems to generally be all I do in WoW lately) when the actual raiding part is not all that interesting. Same fights.. Over and Over.. Not really much progression at this point. 10man is still banging on the LK (whoa.. I said Banging…).. 25man is trying to get Blood Queen and Putricide.. Haven’t even tried Sindragosa yet. I
I could tell you that last night we got Blood Queen down to 2mil health before she enraged. I could say that if the mage had stayed alive longer at the beginning we could have probably gotten her. I could tell you that on the subsequent pull we were doing great until 2 people disconnected and one never came back so we called the raid (was about that time anyway). I could say that we did awesome, as usual, getting up to that point (one shot everything else). But, all of that is generally what I’ve already told you.. (well, a few updates, but yeah).
I have 2 “Mains”. I know, the definition of a “main” is that it’s your main character. But I define it more as the best geared one. Well, my Hunter AND my Druid are both extremely well geared. I was hoping to pick some more 25man gear up for my Hunter (I swapped who went to which raids) but nothing so far. The druid might have a better gear score, but that is only because, generally, the higher level gear I have (and/or can buy) for the Hunter is not necessarily an upgrade (this is one of the places GS breaks down).
Don’t get me wrong. I know it sounds like I’ve had enough and I should just stop, but I still enjoy the time I spend raiding with my friends (or I WOULD stop). It’s a lot more fun than any of the other things I keep thinking I should/want to do. I still have 2 toons in the 70s (Rogue and Warlock) that I’d like to get up to 80 (why? no clue). I’d like to run more heroics with the Mage to get him some more gear so he can maybe start going to some alt runs and get ever BETTER gear. I do enjoy playing the mage (now that I understand all those buttons.. ) and would like to do it more in the raid setting.
I also have my priest.. Level 80. I enjoy healing with him, but I don’t enjoy healing in the randoms so much.. I’d prefer to get a group of friends together and do it that way, but there doesn’t seem to be as much of that going on either. It’s almost like we are on Raid-Only autopilot right now. Login, Raid, Logout..
I am playing a bunch of other games, which you can hear about weekly on Polygamerous. I’ve even been dabbling wth LOTRO a bit (the horror!). Been having a little fun with that and all. I’m still a WoW guy though. I don’t intend to quit anytime soon. I’m VERY excited for the changes coming in Cataclysm. I think they will all be pretty interesting and even if some of them cause big upheavals? Well, it isn’t called Cataclysm for nuttin’..
Of course, Blizzcon is also coming up. Very much looking forward to that. Well, it would be nice to know when the tickets are going on sale. Knowing when I need to be chillin’ at the computer with my finger on the F5 key. That would be nice.
So, do you think I have rambled on long enough? I have a feeling that if I keep sitting here typing.. Stuff will keep spewing out.. Maybe. Possibly. It might be completely incoherent (unlike what I’ve already written?). Anyway.. That’s pretty much all I’ve got. TNB is turning 2 years old soon and we’re trying to work out what we can do special for that (let us know on twitter or email, etc). Polygamerous is really moving along too. Still trying to build up the audience. If you know someone who likes playing video/computer games (or well, yourself, of course) let them know about it. Russell, Andy, Kelly and I have an awesome time recording each episode and I think it shows.
Have a good one guys.. Sorry for the wall-o-text.
So, I’ve been working on this little project I might have talked about before.
Yes, Fim’s MultiBoard.. What does it do? I’m glad you asked. It’s basically a Windows Soundboard with some added functionality. What is a Soundboard? I’m glad you asked! (well, maybe not..) So, it’s an application that gives one (or more) sets of buttons that, when setup correctly, will play a certain audio file out to an output. (Well, that’s it simplified anyway). My version has 25 buttons per panel and 5 panels at a time for a total of 125 accessible buttons without saving/loading the set (which you can do, by the way). Additionally, you can output that sound to up to 4 configurable audio outputs (your speakers, usb headset, special Virtual Audio Cables, etc). Each of these devices output level can be set independently and there is also a Master Volume setting that can be used to set the relative volume based on those levels. Also, there is a Mute functionality for each Device. (Only 1 of each device may be unmuted at a time)
Another feature I added was a Playlist functionality. Separately from the buttons (on it’s own tab [see below]), there is a playlist. This playlist allows you to setup any pre-show music or a set of audio files you want to play in a row and do so. It will output to the same devices setup for the buttons in the same way (you can’t play both at the same time though, sorry). The playlists, like the button set, can be saved and loaded. Both the current button set and current playlist are saved in a configuration file which will keep them through exit/restart of the application.
So, there you have it. I’m still working out the kinks and have the application currently in a bit of a Beta testing phase. If you are interested in checking it out and providing feedback, let me know. The only thing I ask if you decide to use the application for your podcast is to, at some point in your shows, please give credit and point listeners to my 2 podcasts, Polygamerous and Twisted Nether Blogcast.
Thanks! I really think this is a great little tool for podcasters, especially if you Broadcast LIVE using multiple devices (and utilities like Virtual Audio Cables). It’s good for playing voicemails, dropins. Just remember it only plays one audio file at a time and each device’s audio might be slightly out of sync (moreso if you have a slower computer, I think). The idea behind wanting it on multiple outputs is so that you and your guests (on skype, etc.) can hear it also (if you have some way of redirecting that audio back to them from a VAC or equivalent.) .. The playlist is great for preshow music! Oh, and I WILL be writing up the “How to Live Podcast the TNB way” soon over at TNB.. I’ve been a little caught up in writing this program…
I’m starting to get that “I’ve seen this place one too many times” feeling. 10 man is just a prelude to our attempts at the Lich King which haven’t netted us much farther than surviving the transition into Phase 3. We’re extending last week’s raid in the hope of finally getting him down, but we really need to have everything just “go right”. We still have defiles ending up in the middle of the platform and people standing too far out when the Val’kyr comes out to take them to Valhalla via the edge of the cliff.
For the 25man content we keep getting stuck on the wing “end” bosses. Last night we wiped on Putricide when he had 200k left … Tank died just as he was almost dead.. That’s such a long fight, we couldn’t bear to do it again, so we called it for the night (was getting toward the end of our time anyway). Tonight, we will either try him again or go for one of the others.. I was really hoping the increase to the 15% buff would push us over (other than, again, over the LK’s ledge) enough to make it all a little easier, but we are still fighting for every gain. Things like Festergut and Rotface, well, yes, those are getting silly. First wing, silly. But, you know, the ones that have decently difficult mechanics, the buff doesn’t help as much as we’d hoped. I’m sure that sooner or later it will be cake (kinda like how it is on 10 man right now), but I’m just not feelin’ it so far.
But, I’m still going in because I enjoy it anyway. There isn’t much else in the game right now that I am very interested in doing. I’ve been obsessed (just a bit … ) with a personal coding project I am working on, my MultiBoard. When it is more ready, I’ll explain it better here, but generally it is a tool I’m going to use for Polygamerous and Twisted Nether. In fact, I’ve already used it on PGP and it works like a charm (and is a lot of fun..) If you hear all the dropped-in sounds in the next episode.. That’s the program.
So, I log in to raid and that’s about it. The holiday’s don’t hold any interest to me, but then again, they never have. Running random dungeons on my alts might be cool except that for a DPS (which most of them are) it takes way too long to get into one and, again, I have nothing I really want to do while I’m waiting. PvP, well, I might try that a little more. I’m just not sure I am interested enough to get a new set of gear that I probably could use to really be useful.
In other news, it looks like we might be moving the TNB recording to Tuesday nights for a while (if not forever..). That gives me two nights of back-to-back podcast recordings.. But leaves my Fridays free. I’ll also be missing (or leaving early) the first night of our 25man run. Ah well, we do what we have to. Well, I think that is enough babbling for one post. Is anyone else getting excited from all the screenshots Blizzard is posting from Cataclysm? I think that, so far, things are looking pretty amazing. I really can’t wait!