fredag den 27. november 2009

We interrupt the scheduled program to bring you...

I know this does not really fit into the theme of this blog -then again, maybe it does, i'll get into that in a bit- but there is a new album that came out a couple of days ago, that I want to recommend everyone to give a listen.

And it is just amazing. Anyone who knows a little about this guy won't be surprised at that statement. Anyone who doesn't:
Get this now!

So how do I still think this somehow fits into a blog about dwarf death knights? Well ehh. First off this is MY blog on Dwarf death knights, and this is amazing, so there.

Mostly this is an artist that captures all that I love about Dwarfs.
From the tunnels in the deepest mountains, the songs of the real dwarfs can be heard. There is not comical relief sayings down here. There is no "grab my beard and toss me -just don't tell my male companion elf about it" type of BS.
Down here, you dont see daylight for months, and the only company you have are your homebrewed liquor, your pickaxe, and the songs.

Songs of kingdoms gone, growls of love lost and days that never was. Through the dampness of the deep mines and the harsh alcohol, all apparent beauty of the voices chiming these songs have all withered and died. Only pure will forced any sounds past the scorched vocal cords. The growls that sometimes sounds more like dogs barking or old men dieing, are used as both instruments, choir and lead.
when they sing that there is no devil "only God when he is drunk", you know that they have seen all that life has to offer -and still go on.
This is the voice of Tom, this is the setting of the dwarfs.

These songs are not fragile little flowers that everyone can agree on are pretty. These songs are gravel churned with whiskey into a howl of sadness. These songs, like the dwarfs, are not for everyone. But once you get into their rhythmic chiming and past the smudge and apperant uglyness, you will find the gems. Just like the mountains they work in. And you will find that these gems holds more beauty and meaning than anything.

Now take a listen to "Lucinda" and tell me, that you cannot see hardworking dwarves hammering in the mines (of Moria?) and bemoaning the devil of a woman that has killed their hopes to ever love again.

Now her hair was as black as a bucket of tar
Skin was as white as a cuttlefish bone
I left Dun Morogh to follow Lucinda
Now I'll never see heaven or home

Think this is the best answer i can give to anyone who asks me why I play dwarf.

Editors note: This is a better version of the above link (although there is a mix of another song in it), but i'll leave the above since it has lyrics aswell.

onsdag den 18. november 2009

Blizzard is not patronizing you, Little Fella'

Allright, so everyone has by now (I assume) read about how the Icecrown instance will play out.
And it is great and thrilling!

Okay so after you have proved yourself and your guild to be the champions of the [faction] in the Colliseum, all the combined war effort has been redirected to support a small elite unit (thats your raidgroup) to gain entry to the great stonking home of the big bad baddie.
Millions of troops are set out to create distractions, and you have the whole Ashen Verdict supporting you inside aswell

"The Ashen Verdict provides reinforcements and material for players to assault Icecrown Citadel, but this support is not endless. Raids will have a limited number of attempts total each week [untill they have to pull back]"

So you have the whole war effort depending on you to make that critical strike in the heart of Icecrown. And all of a sudden Colliseum made sense! All of a sudden this whole dammed expansion comes together to make for this thrilling battle, where each week you will conquer a little more of the Lich kings fortress, untill you finally reach the big guy himself! This is so cool! Finally the gating system and the limited amounts of tries makes SENSE!!!

We believe a staggered release of the content will allow players to experience Icecrown Citadel at a sustainable, measured, and ultimately more enjoyable pace.

Wait what???
Stop everything. What? What the what what?
pardon me readers... erhremmm WHAT THE FUCK?

Oh I see, so you believe that the staggered release of content will make us happier? Theres the frikking idiots I've been complaining about this whole expansion.
Hello there.
I mean seriously, are you afraid that if we play your game too much we won't enjoy it? What am i? 5? Are you afraid that if I eat all that candy at once my wittle wummytummy will wurtsie so i cannot weepysleepy? (this is to be pronounced like a certain wabbit chaser would pronounce wuuurds).
Well cudos to you, you managed to sour everything I've been looking forward to in my 4 years of playing this game. Thank you.

No really. Whats next?

Sorry about that Redux, here have a preview of shadowmourne with stats and everything
I ehh. Whoa, thanks!
Thats really... wait a minute. Do I have to be an elitist 4 days a week 25 manned raider to even be allowed to dream about this? (hint at the questline) Well uhmm, maybe Aww maaaaaan.

Fell in love with a... Dwarf

So following my own rules of only writting happy things has become a whole lot easier. Because I'm really happy with WoW atm.
And the reason why I'm so happy: i've fallen in love.

He has a weird accent, he has a stylish beard and a big axe. Oh and he passes judgement on others. Apart from the Axe, that is me!
He is ofc Duffler, my paladin Dorf!
And im just so happy with the game again. Soloing is fun with him, grouping is fun. Tanking is also fun (although I do think that the DDK will still remain my go-to-tank). its just fun fun fun.
So fun in fact that im using my non-gaming freetime on and new (to me, it is very old i think) site ive stumbled over: maintankadin.
Boy i'd wish a site like that excisted for DKs. I guess that comes with the territory of beeing the new kid in class.
First everyone was jealous of us, now we are almost ignored. Maybe that was a bit harsh.
But the feelings the same. Unless you are Alt-ing or un-guilded, chances are you aren't playing a DK. Where have they all gone? Think that now that the novelty has worn off, a lot of the rerollers have either given up on the game as a whole or rolled back to their old class.
And apart from the Ensidia guides, there aren't that many super quality DK talks going on anywhere. (at least nowhere as near as many as the other classes has). So when I feel a bit alone and on my own, I just log onto my paladin and solo as ret (almost at 80 now!!) with all the other paladins-playing-ret-alts out there. Because O M G there are a lot of them around.
Thats when you remember your movie classics and say:

This is my Pink-a-din. There are many like it but this one is mine.
My Pink-a-din is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
Without me, my Pink-a-din is useless. Without my Pink-a-din I am useless.
I must fire my Pink-a-din true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will.
Before God I swear this creed: my Pink-a-din and
myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy,
we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen.

mandag den 16. november 2009

5 years of WoW

So yea, Wrath is one year old, but next week marks the 5 year anniversary of The game we know as WoW!
5 years? How time flies when you are having fun.
(Even if "fun" these days constitutes a mixture of 'Torchlight' 'and Borderlands'? -Shut it, old grumpy man!)
In that regard, one of my favorite online magazine The Escapist via their sistersite Wacry, has a lengthy interview with one of the old top dawgs!
Rob Pardo (or as he is rarely known: EnoYls

The Lengthy interview is here, and for someone like me, this is pure solid internet gold. I really really love reading these sort of interviews. Perosnally they give me a behind-the-scenes insight into why and how. Also, it restores a lot of faith into my heart about Blizzard.
For example:

"If I was going to pick on a game design thing that I look back on and think was a mistake? We really never designed WoW to be a competitive e-sports game; it was something that we decided to start tackling because there was such a desire and demand to evolve it in that direction, to introduce competitive arenas. I'm not sure that that was the right thing to do with the game."

It warms my heart to read that.Because, like he goes on to say:

"Right now, WoW has a bit of a schizophrenic philosophy behind it, and we're trying to figure out how to guide it."

And who doesn't agree with that?

But I won't spoil the fun of reading all of this, go on follow the link (here it is again) and spend 5 minutes on something, that should make any wow player happy to read.

fredag den 13. november 2009

Google analytics (meta-blog post)

If you haven't allready set up google analytics for your blog, you are cheating yourself out of a lot of interesting funsies!

You can track amounts of visitors, and where they are from, you can see how they found your website, and you can track how much impact other blogs have on your blog. (for example i doubled my visitors when Righteous orbs used my snottydin post and linked my blog on the top of one of their posts - as compared to a "normal day" when i don't post anything myself. Likewise did my numbers soar after Larissa linked to me aswell.)
You can also see a little measure of how many visitors you have on a single day (hi mom!!).

But the mostests fun is the little function that tracks where people who visit your blog. For example I can see how many visitors I've had from, say, Uppsala in Sweden. I've learned so many new city names this way :D

But the upper mostests imba amazing fun with this, is the fact that one of the most frequent cities to visit my little blog (besides London) is Irvine, California!
So without getting too bigheaded: Dwarf designers, and Death knight designers, gimmie a PM and i'll take requests on topics you would like me to cover, seeing as you are such big fans :D

-Too much?

tirsdag den 10. november 2009

Fighting the grumpy old man

So recently I had a bit of an eye-opener. As a matter of fact, I've had several. All of them leading to one disturbing fact.

I am becoming an grumpy old man (tm.)

Most of these tell tell signs comes in the great mmo called RL, where Mrs. Dw-redux is quick to point em out to me.
For example when I go to my favorite live sport events, of local Basketball, and even when my team wins a fantastic game against all odds, I'm still able to turn heads when yelling at the ref. (well that is not only me being a grumpy old man, that has a lot to do with me and sports, and a crappy crappy referee. God he was awful) Most recent of these, where my last post right here on this blog. Where I attacked Blizzard for not having the moral spine of an earthworm (are you calling me a spineless worm? Is that supposed to be an insult? We really don't have spines you know).
Since their moral compass seems to work like the "unusual compass" of their own game...
Then a nifty smart little wiseass commenter named *Urnakk pointed something brilliantly out to me. The issue of paying for a pet, isn't really much different than buying a t-shirt at a concert.
And he is right. Even if the so-called charity of it all, is just a frikking lame excuse to pretend you are doing something good, when all you do if try and get as much gold into your own pockets as possible, abusing charities as you go along. I mean how low can someone sink?? Frucking abusing peoples good-heartedness to get some money into your own pockets? How many souls did you give to Satan, to be able to pull that one off with a straight face?

Erhm, where did that come from?
Anyways. I've decided to ditch my inner grumpy old man Yea right and only post positive stories about things that are good. Because I don't want to end up like my grandpa, who hated and feared everything. He was bitter at life, because it kept moving on, and he didn't. I do not want to end up like this. Even if everything in this game was purer and better around the end of vanilla.

Who said that?
So what if the game is not how i'd want it to be, its still the best adventure game out there. So what if I feel that Blizzard has indeed sold out on the very core of their founding principles, all in order to own football teams and get rich quickly. The game is still fun, and the people playing it are still the same. Have you looked at your friend list lately? 40 names and 35 of those have not been online the last 3 months. have you looked at your realm forum? Dead dead dead. Its a dead game filled with dead memories. Crammed tightly with wow-addicts trying to relive their glory days. Like all addicts, searching for that initial rush yet again.

Whoa. Seems like I cannot get rid of that old grumpy man inside me after all. Hopefully I'll be able to keep him at bay for a while.

Remember that in 3 days from now, "Wrath Of The Lich King" will be one year old (No wonder them leeches called it "Lich king") and I was allready the first to review its first year in this old post. Go read it again, and comment on how great i am, err on how you thought the first year of wrath was.

mandag den 9. november 2009

(Because im inventive) Whats thte big deal with purcha-pets?

This Issue has been up and about a lot in the comics, the forums, the blogs everywhere.

And its the new ability to buy pets with real life money. And it is a horrible idea.

Yet another short post.
Sure, the money goes to a great charity (for now), and well they don't do anything, so whats the harm?

Well, i'll tell ya: the fuzz is two fold (maybe even threefold)
"I has moneys!!! you has not!! I has cool pet because im rich and you are not!!!!" That is not the sort of game i signed up for and spend an enormous amount of time on. Skills, not bills please. Leave those wankers to the wanker games that provides the ability to brag about spending money on e-famed glory.
Why would anyone do this?? I mean, they are immensly cute, so i can see why people would buy em. But why would anyone at Blizzard do this? Does it make the people who buy theese things more happy with the company and the game they play? No. It just raises the question of 'why do i have to pay for this all of a sudden'. What it does do, is make the people who do not want to pay for this pretty damned pissed. So on a game that you are not loosing money on (in fact they are making buttloads) Blizzard actively chooses to ruin (well at least damage) theyr overall market value for a few measily quick bucks. Its a question of long term strategy- Do you want your consumers to spend as many £/$ on you asap or do you want to build up a brand name, that people will see and know that it stands for values they like and will buy. (in blizzards example, its about gamers knowing that this is a game made by gamers, for gamers and made with the highest quality as possible, release dates be damned.) In the last two decades (or there about) Blizzard stood for the ladder. Then Activision happened.

Now they are destroying a brand name, and the market value of this brand name must be dwindling. I know that my preorders of both SC2 and Dialbo 3 have been put on hold. (for starcraft permanently and for diablo im still holding my breath).
So for a short term gain they are gambiling with their long term success. And it wasn't as if WoW was a product that was costing them money.

Thirdly, this is the one I think most people will get behind me on (even if you do disagree with the above), and that is the fact that these new pets can be traded.
Yaaa!!!! Blizz has allowed for gold-selling.

I'll repeat: Blizzard has allowed gold-selling. Great. fan-fucking-tastic.

(How do I redeem a Pet Store pet once it's been purchased from the Blizzard Store?

After you purchase the pet, you'll receive a code that can then be redeemed on any World of Warcraft account via Account Management. You don't need to redeem the code on the same account that made the initial purchase – feel free to send the code to a "friend" as a gift.)

tirsdag den 3. november 2009

The one that is not a dwarf

Meet Flimsy.

She is a pretty Draenei, who came on a spaceship and likes pretty pets to fight for her.
Also She is NOT a dwarf.

This may throw off some of my long time readers (Hi mom), since people who know me, know that I am all about teh dorfs.

Here is her story. Back when TBC launched I hated hunters. I hated playing chick toons, and I loathed guys who played females (well, no, I just didn't respect them) .
And I thought that the Draenei was a silly silly race.
Naturally the only way to combat ones aversions is to embrace them. So i rolled a combo of all that I hated (also once rolled a female gnome lock for the same reasons, that -however- did not turn out as well).
And i played her for a bit. She got a Ravager pet, and she called it 'Fluffykins', and she was... fun. I fell in love. Absolutly completely and wholeheartedly.

Now we fast forward to last week. Race changes came alive. And oh my. All of a sudden I could change her to a dwarf.
But I don't want to.
This is a whole new feeling for me. Both my shaman and my druid (where I dont have a choice) I would turn dwarf in a heartbeat. But not my flimsy. Not my little chef. I've fallen in love with a girl. A blue one at that. And one with a tail. Bronzebeard would be ashamed of me. What am I to do?

Speaking of race changes, Ensidia got back on the top of the raiding ladder this week with an amazing "noone dies when we raid" 25 man achievement. And immediatly got thrown in their face that the only way they could have done that, was to abuse the race change option to get dps benefits.
First off, who in their right mind would ever ever ever change race on something as silly as racial abilities (oh.. erhm, hai Calli... erhm, you aren't included in this ofc :p), and even if someonee would play a race they didn't like for this tiny benefit... so what? They still did something truly amazing. (yes not sucking for a whole raid is hard)
And doing so in 10 manned is almost just as bad-ass!! Oh, yes I did do that, and i'm very proud. It was a fun filled saturday morning getting that achievement.