A little over a year ago I asked for some advice on purchasing a new desk chair. Several folks responded and offered feedback, and I took all of it under consideration. However, when push came to shove, I couldn’t decide what I wanted and ultimately chickened out at the costs. I ended up purchasing a back support for my current chair and went along my happy way.
Then one day Brade commented on how the cushioning in his chair (which was identical to mine, only about a year newer) was gone, and he thought he needed a new chair. Of course, at that point it made me realize that the cushioning in my chair was also long gone and I could probably use a new one as well. However, we happily sat in these chairs for another few months until one night on a chance trip to Costco we happened across some office chairs. We each happily plopped our tired butts into different chairs, and went “ahhhhhh”. And hey, the one that I had picked was supposedly all ergonomical and promoted for good posture by all these different medical people. What could go wrong?!
The Nefarious Costco Chair
We made our respective purchases, and brought them home. And everything was good – for a time. But (there is always a but!) about a month after I started using this new chair, I started to experience pain in my right hand. More specifically my right pointer finger. I used my Googlefu and WebMDfu to try and figure out what could be the cause – and just so you know, Dr. House ain’t got nothin’ on my self-diagnosing abilities. Just sayin’. Time after time, when I put my symptoms in, I came up with the same result: Repetitive Strain Injury. And one of the key contributors was consistently listed as poor posture with long hours on a computer. Read the rest of this entry »
The past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling a little bit of WoW apathy, which may be considered burnout, and I’m not entirely sure why. I mean, things are going well for the most part:
· Our progression raid team has been doing fantastic, so much so that we have been down to a three night raid week for the past couple of weeks. Of course, we’ve not put in a whole lot of time on HM Halion or HM LK, but the night we spent working on HM Halion pushed him into phase 2. At this point in the expansion it’s a very fine line you have to walk between finishing progression and pushing people towards burn out.
· Our 10 man has stalled on HM Lich King, after pushing him into phase 5 before the 30% buff. And sadly, we’ve not been able to come together with the right group of people to even go back in and work on him since they’ve implemented the newest buff. This actually has me pretty bummed. We are really very close, just needing to iron a few more things out to net our kill. But, something always seems to happen last minute, and our group crumbles into a workable group for the zone, but not for HM LK. So much for “bring the player, not the class”, heh.
· With the exception of my mage, all of my level 80 alts have seen a good bit of ICC, are well geared for the most part, and largely ready for the expansion. Perhaps part of my apathy is too much ICC raiding? Hmmmmm.
But, outside of raiding, I’m finding that I’m not netting a lot of time online these days. Ok…I do kind of raid a lot. Between my alts and Beru I probably raid 5+ days a week. But still! I’m not online as frequently have I have been historically.
I think part of it is because I’m trying very hard to eat well, so almost immediately after a raid I’m logging out to cook dinner. And a good dinner, not just a run down the street to McDonald’s, but real food that is prepared before consumed. I’ve been Queen of the grill lately, which is fantastic, but it takes time and effort to put together a proper meal on the grill. After dinner is ready to eat, I generally sit down in front of the telly to watch an episode of whatever show I’m watching, and then it’s time for bed.
I think another part of it is that my mom is coming to visit and I’ve been cleaning. Oh god have I been cleaning. I mean, my mother knows that I’m a terrible housekeeper, but she doesn’t need to know exactly how terrible. And, a good cleaning isn’t going to do us any harm. But it’s time consuming. A lot of my weekend time has been spent dusting, vacuuming, and organizing. I seriously should have just hired a maid service to come and do the job for me. They could have done it more efficiently and probably better than I’m doing it now!
Of course, there is Starcraft II that has been occupying some of my free gaming time as well. I’m about 5 or 6 missions from completing the campaign on Normal, and generally enjoying myself. It’s been a nice breather from WoW, but I don’t know that I’ll go through and replay the campaign, or do much with the multiplayer outside of giving some of my guildmates a good laugh =)
As I sit here and type this, I can’t help but wonder if some of my apathy is from too much ICC raiding. Perhaps if I go back and level some of my half completed alts I’d feel a little less blah. I did this at the end of TBC and it helped keep the game fresh for me. Brade did ask me last night if I intended to go back to my baby druid. I mean, I do intend to, I just don’t know exactly when. I think that maybe this isn’t a bad idea. (After I finish Starcraft, of course!).
You know, I could also do one of my other favorite pastimes: gather and watch Magnum PI. I haven’t seen Magnum in awhile, and he’s great to watch while fishing, mining or herbing. (Let’s be perfectly honest…there isn’t ever a bad time for Tom Selleck). Herbs and ore still sell well, and you can never have enough gold or supplies for an expansion. Yes, perhaps this is just the ticket!
You know, now that I’ve written it all out, maybe the apathy is really all in my head. Maybe I’m not apathetic about WoW at all…maybe I’m just apathetic at everything right now. And maybe if I’d stop thinking that I’m apathetic I wouldn’t be anymore.
So, tell me, what do you do to cure your apathy?
Just in case anyone missed it, the small patch that will be releasing soon (3.1.3) will be making some changes to Mimiron. There will be three changes in total:
The flight time of Rocket Strikes has been increased, and Rocket Strikes will try to prefer players at range.
The Leviathan MK II component of the V-07-TR-ON (phase 4 feet) will become stunned during Phase 4 when the VX-001 component begins to cast the Laser Barrage ability.
Proximity mines now deal less damage and have a lower duration. A small arming time has also been added so proximity mines will not detonate immediately on creation.
It is the second of these changes that I am happy to see. What this does, it is basically makes the feet in phase 4…well, manageable during a laser barrage. It also means, if I am reading it correctly, that the feet cannot cast Shock Blast during a laser barrage. In my opinion this is a good change, and not so much a “Nerf” as something that probably should have been in place from the introduction of Ulduar as the feet mechanics during laser barrage were oddly (and perhaps even poorly?) designed, and clumsy.
These changes should help the chaos in phase 4 of this encounter significantly, and should help those that will be learning him for the first time immensely. So, as you bask in the glorious…GLORY! that is Mimiron, you should be able to do it breathing a little easier in phase 4 :)
The past week or so I have been living and breathing the General Vezax encounter in my mind. Our 25 man got to him last Monday night, and we just had one of “those” nights (you all know what I’m talking about, we all have them!). After a fantastic raid week, it was almost like we just ran out of steam. From bizzare multiple pulls of the boss during clearing the trash (FYI mirror image during trash clears in the room with Vezax = BAD), to just stumbling around the mechanics of the encounter.
All in all, we probably got maybe 2.5 hours worth of online attempts in on the encounter our first night…which was about 10 pulls. This fight has a number of things going against it with regards to the “learning” curve.
First and formost is that you are up against a good bit of trash every two hours; which in itself is fine. However, this is the only boss in Ulduar so far that actually has a “run back”. There is no teleporter to take you right outside of the bosses room. And for the first time in quite awhile, we found it quicker to “recover” after a wipe then to have everyone release and run back. We set a five minute recovery benchmark, this means that everyone needs to be rezzed, buffed and ready to pull within five minutes. Our pulls were averaging 5-7 minutes in length a peice; add another minute to that for everyone in the raid to wipe (FYI rogues, hunters and mages, just bloody well DIE already, so we can recover faster…PLEASE). That puts each attempt at roughly 10-13 minutes, which allows you approximately 4-6 pulls an hour. Read the rest of this entry »