Welcoming the Iron Horde

I watched the spoiler cinematic movies last night, and am now raring to go slaughter some Iron Horde. No spoilers here, but I will say the Talrador ending is my favorite.

Until the Dark Portal opens for us, what am I doing?

1. Pet battles. I can pet battle with one hand, which is great when holding ze bebe. Been leveling pets and pushing over the Celestial Tourney. Do my circuit: master trainers in Vot4W, Krasarang, Pandaria Water Spirit, DW, the Vale, port to SW, trainers in Elwynn Forest, Westfall, and Darkshire. Trying to level pets now that I should have leveled earlier and stock up on battle stones.

2. Amass gold. Seems like WoD is gonna drain a lot of accounts as everything will be paid in gold. Might as well prep for it.

3. Miscellaneous Pandaria achievements. Almost completed all that I wanted to complete. Got the dungeon meta done last night. Need two more defenses for Binan All-Star, and ten golden treasure chests for the Palace of Lei-Shen meta. Maybe Ill get them. Maybe not.

And what was that? Soloing old content is even easier in 6.0? On it!

Hunters in WoD

Hi!

I leave blogging and WoW when kid #1 arrived. Kid #2 arrives and I return to blogging. Don’t ask, I don’t know why either.

This time, this blog will be far less formal. Not that it was super exacting before, but–fair warning–I’m going off the cuff from now on. Many of these posts will be made from my phone, which makes me terse cause I’m not a fan of typing on my phone.

The topic. People have been bemoaning hunter dps in WoD, MM and SV in particular. All the simulations have us near or at the bottom of the charts, barely ahead of the tanks. With WoD due next month, panic is creeping in. Me? Not too concerned.

1. Blizzard has proven willing and able to keep dps between classes and specs close. Various fights will favor some specs over others, and some specs will be better during some patches than others. Overall, the differences between classes and specs are due more to player skill than game design.

2. Fights involve movement more than ever. Sure, we have moments when we can stand and deliver pain, but many fights require moving almost constantly. Hunters have always excelled at dpsing on the move compared to other ranged classes. And with other ranged classes losing some of their moving dps in WoD, and melee having their inherent spatial issues, our place in raids are not going away any time soon.

I’m not saying Blizzard doesn’t make mistakes or that we won’t need buffs. I’m optimistic that we hunters will be okay in WoD. We’ll see in a month.

GL HF!

Well, I was going to write a long goodbye post. I did, but I decided against it. I might post it someday. Maybe, maybe not. Here are the highlights:

  • I’m still alive. More importantly, the bebe is alive. Happy, healthy, she’s a good baby.
  • I’m still not playing WoW. My wife plays (and is playing right now). A few hours a week. With videogames, I’m either all in or all out. I can’t do casual. I have nothing against casual players, it’s just not for me.
  • I’m still not interested in MoP.

So why the post if nothing’s changed? I wanted to wish everyone well before MoP dropped. I hope it’s a great expansion and that those who play it have a blast. I also wanted to say that the achievement guide is now obsolete and I will not update it unless I resubscribe. Doubtful that will be any time soon, but who knows.

Don’t expect any updates for a while. Life with babies moves fast. Not much time for anything else.

LPFW FTW!

How was my weekend, you ask? Here’s your answer…

FYI: That picture is of KVSC's volunteer phone bank, not our team.

If only we had gotten 20 more points! Also, take a look at Google Your Own Adventure's points and place.

Fifth win for the team, second win for me but my first “real” win. I played remote my first year for a few hours, nothing serious but I helped. This is the first time I walked on the stage as a champion.

Sample questions (with answers in white; highlight the blank spaces). And yes, we got these all correct:

Q: Though he was voted the most ugly in the United Kingdom, this little boy married a diva. According to his website, 15 pounds was spent on his tux and his lovely bride wore a Michelle Ochs that costed over 1,000 pounds. First names of this couple.

A: Lola and Mugly (dogs)

Q: What is the title of the album featuring the Eleros Coffee Shop on the cover?

A: Cigars, Acapella, Candy (by The Belmonts)

Q: George Caldwell is in need of transportation. The car, turns out, to already have a passenger – one Grover T. Maldoon. George is in publishing. According to Grover, what is his profession?

A: Thief (from the movie “Silver Streak”)

Q: The 1973 Chevron Research Company release called Music Makers Guitar contains an insert instruction booklet. In this book, on page 2, are four points for discussion. Please give us the first and last name of the person mentioned in point 4.

A: Kathy Vaughn

Q: Larry Walker, during an April 24, 1994, baseball game, forgot there were only two outs after making a catch and presented the game ball to a fan. Please give us the name of the child who generously returned the ball so that the play could continue.

A: Sebastian Nappier

Q: This fictional big screen character is the seventh son of a seventh son and is preparing for a battle against evil. One of the jackets that he is shown wearing has a city and state on the back. What city and state is shown?

A: Santa Cruz, CA (I think this is from “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising”, but not 100% as I was asleep when this question was asked.)

Q: Will you be prepared when the zombies attack? Shawn and Ed weren’t. While hurling different household items at the zombies, a vinyl album shows promise as a possible weapon. Retrieving a record collection, the pair begin to find suitable projectiles. As discussed between Shawn and Ed, what are the names of the four records thrown at the zombies?

A: Sade, Second Coming, Dire Straits, The Batman soundtrack

Q: When we see characters Holden and Hooper walking among an oasis of music, no doubt you recognize some of the CDs on the wall in the background. What are the two titles of the albums we see between the numbers 12 and 14 in the background as they move through the store?

A: No Doubt, “Tragic Kingdom” and Oasis, “What’s the Story, Morning Glory?”

Q: As you are entering the village of Elba, a quaint little town near Batava, New York, you will read the welcome sign that gives the population. What does the sign say the population is?

A: “Just right”

QVisual Trivia #2: These glamour girls of the 1900 to 1909 decade were known as who? Note: this was one of four 250 point questions. If you can get this one, let’s talk :D

A: Floradora Sextet

If you found these questions fun and exciting and are interested in learning more about KVSC trivia, let me know. You need not be in Minnesota to participate. We have players all over the country.

We tied the all-time record for wins this year. Next year, let’s set the record!

My thoughts on Super Bowl 46

New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

  • What a boring game. For a four-point Super Bowl that began with a safety and ended with a fourth quarter comeback and failed end of game Hail Mary, you’d think it was a great game. You’d be wrong. It was boring for long stretches. No big plays either for the offense or defense, no signature moments until a very surreal play at the end of the game, nothing that enthralled the audience. If this was a regular season game, I’d have watched something else.
  • Part of that was the match up. Pats and Giants in the Super Bowl. We saw this Super Bowl four years ago. We saw them play in week 9. We hear about Brady constantly, we hear about the Mannings constantly. Coughlin, Belichick, Welker, Cruz, Kraft, Mara, we know the actors, we’ve seen the setting, excuse me while I go watch another play.
  • Of course I still watched the SB. I just didn’t care who won. I wanted a good game and good commercials. Got the latter, did not get the former.
  • #Belichickfail 1: Never cut a player the day before the Super Bowl. Karma doesn’t take kindly to dick moves. There’s a difference between being cut the week before the Super Bowl when game plans have not been finalized, and being cut the day before when plans have been finalized. Also, the player added doesn’t have time to prepare mentally for the biggest game of his life.
  • A bit of research shows that Alex Silvestro, the activated player, has appeared in one game in his entire career (a home win against the Dolphins). Tiquan Underwood, on the other hand, is a three-year vet with 14 catches over 18 games. Neither of these guys are important cogs for the Patriots. So why the last-minute change? So Chad Ochocinco could be activated. That makes the move even despicable. This wasn’t strategy, it was marketing. Pats gotta pay bills, too, I get it. But if this was strictly a marketing ploy, it should have been done much earlier in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Tinny Tim feels for Tiquan Underwood.
  • I applaud the NFL for awarding the NFL’s Man of the Year Award immediately before the Super Bowl. We see the efforts that get MVPs and Players of the Year awarded, so we don’t need a pre-game ceremony for them. We don’t see the hard work players devote to charities, so showing the world that the NFL recognizes and appreciates players’ efforts is a nice gesture. Well done.
  • A safety on the first offensive play for the Patriots? And an ugly one at that. Defenders of Brady will say someone ran the wrong route. Haters of Brady will say he got flustered and made a poor throw. I’d say both happened. Right call by the refs.
  • Someone won $50,000 for that penalty. A person bet $1,000 that the first scoring play of the game would be a safety for the Giants. At 50:1 odds, that’s a $50,000 payout.
  • Why the NFL trots out decrepit has-beens for halftime acts is beyond me. Madonna was the biggest music star in the world 25 years ago, still popular 15 years ago, but irrelevant now. Every star fades. That Madonna lasted as long as she did is amazing. The worst part of the infamous Wardrobe Malfunction is that now the NFL is gun shy when it comes to halftime shows. I’m not saying they should hire Marilyn Manson. Yet these baby boomer acts are tiresome, worn, lame. I was more entertained by the thrice-read book in the bathroom than I was by this year’s halftime show.
  • Please, Madonna, stop trying to be 18. You’re a 53-year old mother of four. You can look great at 53, but in a different way than when you were 18. You can be risqué at 53, but in a different way than when you were 18. And please do not ever try acrobatic dance moves again. You looked as agile as Gronkowski looked yesterday; did you have a high ankle sprain?
  • Tyree or Manningham, who had the better fourth quarter comeback catch? I vote for Tyree. Less time on the clock, third down versus first down, and he caught it on his helmet. Manningham made a fantastic play, I’m not taking anything away from him. Tyree, though, made the iconic play of that Super Bowl and one of the most iconic catches ever. The whole play was amazing: Manning was in the d-lineman’s grasp, managed to wiggle free, slid away from the pressure, threw it before getting clobbered by three Patriots, Tyree caught it with Harrison all over him, and held on as Harrison wrestled with for the ball. The 2012 miracle catch had a perfect pass and catch. Less drama all around.
  • Fact: Tyree’s catch was the last reception of his career.
  • The biggest play of the game, the Reluctant Touchdown, was also one of the most surreal plays I’ve ever seen. The defense stops playing so the runner can score quickly. But then the runner realizes he shouldn’t score, so he tries to stop himself from crossing the goal line. He can’t and thus falls backwards for a touchdown. When was the last time you saw a defense want the offense to score a touchdown AND the offense not wanting to score a touchdown? Wacky.
  • I hated hearing the announcers excoriate Bradshaw for scoring. He tried to fight the instinct to score that he’s developed for his entire life. He’s a running back. He is taught to score touchdowns any way he can. His “mistake” put his team up by four with less than a minute to play. If your defense can’t keep the timeout-less opposition out of the end zone for 55 seconds, you do not deserve to win the game, let alone a Super Bowl. Put the pressure on the other team to win the game, don’t put it on your field goal unit. Even though the attempt would have been extra point-esque, that doesn’t mean it’s automatic. Weird things can and do happen on field goals. If Coughlin wanted to kick the gimme field goal, he would have had Manning kneel three times. He didn’t, ergo he wanted a touchdown. He didn’t want to leave the game to the whims of the field goal unit.
  • #Belichickfail 2: Make the other team beat you. Never give the opposition the upper hand.
  • Speaking of the zebras, they proved themselves worthy of being selected to adjudicate the Super Bowl. They let the players play for the most part, but made correct calls all day. The only call I questioned was the holding call on NYG in the fourth quarter when they converted 3rd-and-1. Looked iffy, could have gone either way.
  • Both offensive lines were outstanding. Sure, they gave up a combined 5 sacks, but that’s 5 sacks on 81 pass attempts, or one every 16 attempts. Most sacks were coverage sacks. The line can’t block forever, eventually the d-line will break through. Brady and Manning looked quite comfortable in the pocket for the majority of the game.
  • Problem for the audience was that the secondaries for both teams played bend-don’t-break defense. The longest offensive play of the game was Manningham’s catch. Otherwise, we saw dinking-and-dunking. Nobody got behind the defenses. Neither Manning nor Brady truly tested the secondaries, which made for a rather bland viewing experience.
  • Also, the defenses didn’t provide much excitement either. The Giants-Niners NFC championship was an exciting defensive struggle as both teams made plays on defense. The Super Bowl lacked any outstanding defensive moments: the safety was a penalty, the interception was a horribly underthrown ball, no strips, no jarring hits, no stops on third-and-1, no goal line stands.
  • It’s not the yards: Green Bay and Pittsburgh combined for 725 yards in a compelling, fun game, whereas New York and New England combined for 745 in a snorefest. It’s how you get them: GB and PIT combined for six plays of 25 yards of more (including an interception returned for a touchdown), whereas NYG and NWE combined for one play of 25 yards of more (Manningham’s catch.)
  • It’s not the points: New York and San Francisco was a thrilling 20-17, whereas NYG and NWE was a monotonous 21-17. Basically the same score, but much different viewing.
  • This year’s Super Bowl lacked pizzazz, style, thrills. Oh well. There’s always next year.
  • Super Bowl 47 prediction: Miami Dolphins 31, Minnesota Vikings 28

My favorite SB commercials (the best get linked)

  • Bridgestone football = Watching Deion complain while the Playstation ad guy dances in the background is priceless
  • Kia dreams = Before the Super Bowl, I saw a headline that Motley Crue was in a Kia ad. I couldn’t imagine why they would be in a Kia ad. Now I know why. Great ad.
  • Dannon Oikos = I could watch John Stamos get headbutted all day. All. Day. #fuckyouFullHouse
  • Doritos dog = Sometimes it’s what is not said that makes all the difference.
  • Audi vampire party = “Oh look. More exploitation of vampires. Woo. Oh look. Another car commercial. Woo. Oh loo—OMGWTFVAMPIREBBQ!!!!! BRB LOLING 4EVA!!!”

Bad SB commercials (No links for these wastes of time)

  • GoDaddy.com = I can’t stand GoDaddy.com commercials. Never have, likely never will. Please stop.
  • Coke = Why did Coke have to ruin the polar bears?
  • Cars.com = Hey look. Someone ripped off Johnny Knoxville’s character from MiB 2. How gross. Ew.
  • Chevy Sonic stunts = Why did Chevy start the ad with “Don’t try this at home, kids” then proceed to show you all the awesome things you shouldn’t do with this car? Likewise, why do car companies feel the need to advertise their vehicles doing impossible things? “Welcome to our fantasy world, where are vehicles don’t suck and you want to die trying to make our fabulous machines bend the laws of physics!” #fail
  • TaxAct = Okay, the kid needs to pee. What does this have to do with taxes?
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