• MMO/Gaming

    My Bad

    This is the one in which I totally fail to heal Halls of Reflection. I really, really need some better gear. We made it past the first bit, the line of sight fight. It was the gauntlet area, with Arthas striding along behind, that did us in. I just couldn’t heal it fast enough, and at the very end I was totally OOM each time. Granted, we were trying to four-man it, so DPS was probably low. But still…I felt so bad for everyone (and their repair bills!).

    Most of my upgrades, unless I start raiding, are here, more’s the pity. Hmmph…must have a think.

  • MMO/Gaming

    Paladins Rule

    My posting schedule continues to be irregular. I’m still in the much-hated job, and each night I come home after a very long commute feeling tired, depressed as hell, and without the energy to do anything that I’d planned. Sometimes I coccoon, wrapping myself in a duvet on the couch while I re-watch Firefly or the Harry Potter movies. Those are bad nights.

    If only I’d realised how much growing up and becoming a responsible adult would suck, I don’t think I would have bothered. :/

    I have been doing a bit of healing on my still-woefully-undergeared pally. I enjoy it a lot, although I think I would get very flustered if trying to raid heal. Better gear, with more intellect, would help a lot. Speed runs are tough, if there are people who need a lot of healing.

    I know that healing has been described as whack-a-mole, and it’s true…there is an element of that. You stare at Grid while trying to keep half an eye out for shadow circles or fire or whatever on the floor. God knows what the instances actually look like. And yet, it’s fun. I’ve played ranged dps for so long that healing is a challenge, and everything feels new again.

    The new pally changes are interesting – I love the idea of being a melee healer, a type of battle monk. I’ve loved classes in other games that combine healing with dps, and this would be a huge step in that direction. The only thing that I really don’t like is the combo-point-type mechanic. That is part of the reason why I’ve never been able to actually level a druid or rogue past 30…the combo point/finishing move mechanic just feels too artificial and stilted. But we will see. Despite my being a total tard at playing melee dps characters, I think it will be a good change.

    Well, back to work. This was a stolen moment from my workday, taken to make up for having worked through lunch. I know, I know…emo¬† much?

  • MMO/Gaming

    Overhealing like Mad

    I’ve done a lot more healing this weekend, and although Kes isn’t ready for the runs that I really want gear from, I’m getting more used to healing groups (otherwise known as Not Screwing Up). I really need to figure out Grid, however – although I can heal five mans by clicking on bars, it would be much too slow and clunky for anything more demanding. I overheal like mad, which at this point is ok by me as long as everyone stays on their feet. I’ll work on more efficient healing as I go on.

    Oh, and Miz? “One of the things a new paladin needs to learn is not to be timid with Holy Light, but to be willing to use it a great deal, even if there is a lot of overhealing.” So there. :P

    I would love to see the Hyldnir as a playable race. There’s something about these stout blue ladies that I really like. Although they, undeniably, do look stupid on a sparkle pony.

  • MMO/Gaming

    Brand New Healadin

    I had an inordinate amount of fun this weekend in Warcraft. I’d been on a WoW break for some time, due to work pressure and general meh-ness. I played some Red Dead Redemption, and levelled a Priest/Knight to 21/20 in Runes of Magic, but otherwise I hadn’t done a lot of gaming.

    I heard that a good friend (Hi, Raz!) had come back to Warcraft, so I transferred my new-80 Paladin back to my original home server and set about gearing her up for ” friends” runs and 10 mans. Raz, Kaz and Miz were kind enough to let me experiment with healing for the first time on several runs, which astonished me with how easy and smooth it was to do. And then we realised that the instances had been set to normal, so we went back and did them again on heroic. lol…

    It was fun. It was different, which is what I really need, and it was genuinely fun. I let people die several times when things got manic (sorry Kaz and the little pug mage!) but overall it was great. I was in greens, and had virtually no mana to speak of, so it was slow. I know I was probably overhealing, which didn’t help the mana issue. But I did enjoy it, very much.

    And afterwards, I was kitted out in crafted purplez and blues through the immense generosity of friends. Thank you all for the time and effort and all of the titansteel and other mats…I promise to grind until I pay you back!

    A good weekend, overall. It’s nice to rediscover a love for the game.