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Busy As a Bee

Man, I just realized it’s almost been two weeks since I’ve actually written a post! (Not that this is particularly out of the norm for me, of course, but time has seriously been flying lately.) Between some real life stuff (jury duty, car registration, a flat tire, and various other things going on) and in-game things (with Minecraft, raiding and the PTS), I’ve been fairly busy recently, and just have kind of set the blog on the back burner for a bit. Never fear, Underdog is here! … Well, maybe not, but hey, whatever.

So, with that, I’ll leave a video of our most recent progression kill, Herald Gaurath. After dealing with a content ID match, and it being blocked everywhere in North America, not even my own guildies could watch it! Terrible shame, that, so I had to re-render with different music and re-upload. Still, works quite well, I think. “But how have you been so busy with in-game things?” you might ask? Well, I’ve been doing the master dungeons available, and have been creating various video guides for the different bosses in the dungeons. No easy feat, let me assure you. There’s loads of wipe footage that I’ve had to go through, slice up, and then get over my self-consciousness about putting my voice on anything recorded for lots of people to see and listen to.

As such, I’ve been quite occupied. Unfortunately, I can’t decide on a new topic for the next post! So, I’m gonna leave it to you to help ME decide! (This is mostly because I don’t want to drop all the options into a hat and pick one out at random.) I’m no whiz with polls and stuff so I’ll leave some options:

  • Planar Attunement
  • Chronicles
  • Sentinel healing
  • Purifier healing
  • Shaman damage dealing
  • Justicar tanking
  • Thoughts on Cabalist
  • 1.5 stat and talent changes

What say you, my readers?

Homogenization: There Are Good Things

One of the biggest complaints I heard in World of Warcraft was about class homogenization. The idea is that if you take the classes and combine the enough, that you would basically end up with tank, healer, melee DPS and ranged DPS. This is true, if you happen to go that far. I recently read a blog post about this that does bring up an interesting point – choice. This extends into Rift a little bit, because there has been a lot of discussion regarding 1.5 changes and capability of different classes to perform in particular roles – most notably, tanking and DPS.


A definition from reads, “to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function.” What I want is for people to think about this for a little bit. Similar in function. Meaning, capable of performing to approximately equivalent values. In Rift, there are twenty (20!) different souls that are focused primarly around dealing damage. There are six that cover tanking. Four are specifically for healing. Two are your support souls, focusing primarily on buffing/debuffing (though Bard arguably also fits into healing, but it is not primarily about healing).

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That’s All She Wrote

So, this Thursday, we managed to get Greenscale down, the last boss in Greenscale’s Blight, one of the two Tier 1 20-man raids in Rift. It was loads of fun to do, too! I’ve always been a raider at heart, ever since I got my first taste of Karazhan back in the day (yeah, I was a BC player, so sue me). It’s always been the part of a game that I’ve enjoyed the most, to be frank. I’ll casually PvP, yeah, but my focus is mainly raiding, and making sure I’m capable of doing so. As such, it’s been a fun time so far in Greenscale’s Blight, but it’s nice to be done with it (well, to the point of “He’s dead, thank fuck” at any rate). So now, we get to work on clearing out River of Souls, which is actually quite fun as well, even if we’ve only killed one actual boss (and I get to DPS on that boss, which is fun, too).

One of the things that I’ve liked doing for a while is creating videos for kills and such, too. As of now, I’ve had the pleasure of having videos for three of our progression kills (Prince Hylas, Uruluuk and Lord Greenscale himself). It’s a bit tedious, but I genuinely like doing it. Granted, I’m not the greatest at it, and still have a lot to learn about it, but hey, at least I’m playing with it! So far I’m more content with my WoW kill videos than my Rift ones, but that’s more due to needing to find content I actually want to record, which is harder than it sounds. I’d like to put together a better intro-type thing for my videos but that will come with time. In the meantime, this is mostly just a quick post to say, DARGONZ IZ DED!!!11! This puts us at three raid instances out of five completely cleared, so we’re shaping up to get into Hammerknell sooner rather than later.

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