Monday, February 22, 2010

It is beginning to look alot like Christmas....

Wait a minute, aren't we in the final stages of February?  Christmas was 2 months ago!

Well, today merited the day when I got the snowblower out of the back shed and fired it up.  We had 2 feet of snow, the nice make snow balls and snow man snow.  The type that when the plow gets your street, you have to manually shovel it out.  That type of snow.  But I have to tell you, it is so beautiful out.  It reminds me of Christmas.

It reminds me of  Psalm 51:7
   Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
       wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

When God cleanses us, He makes us pure as white snow.

Ok, on to another reason it is Christmas.

I accomplished - What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been
Have a great journey!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love and Honor

This time of year is a perfect time for paladins.

Why do I say that?

We have Love, where the Bible has a full chapter dedicated to it. (1 Cor 13)

As we celebrate Valentines Day and the Love is in the air, we need to remember we have a God that loved us more than we can imagine.

Next we have Honor.  Paladins are all about Honor.  In World of Warcraft we are celebrating the Chinese New Year with honoring the elders.  While this is more a form of ancestor worship concept and against what I stand for, I do think it is important to honor and remember those that have gone before us.

So as Paladins, we should be all over this, being Honorable and Lovable today.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Two blogs in one day!

Yup, blogging again, but this time about balance issues.

Blizzard is having a poor time trying to balance end game play.

Here is the problems they faced -

Original WotLK was supposed to cap the item level at i245.  Instead, it capped out at i284.

Ya, so some things scaled out of control, like Paladin tank health.

So we got a nerf, I am sure you have read about how blizzard just snuck it in and caused major server lag issues when they did it during normal prime time game play.

I am not really upset about the nerf, it was needed.

But now they have boosted warlock damage back up so they went from the worst dps class to the top dps class.

Other pure dps classes still fall behind hybrids.

On top of that all this stuff was rushed in because of Arena.

So here is my hope for the next expansion pack.


Fix the game.

Get rid of Arena or make special Arena realms and servers where it is balanced around arena and not pve.

And I like pie.

A new era

Once again, I find myself blogging this Saturday morning, keeping my promise to try to blog once a week on the weekends.

My guild is transitioning into a new era.  We have two new officers, a new strategy for raiding that is focusing on 10 mans.

My only concern is that since we started the transition, more people are coming out of the woodwork, originally, when we started we had just enough for 2 teams.  Now it looks like maybe 2 and 1/2 to 3 teams.  But the balance is wrong, cause it looks like we are lacking tanks and healers, so we will end up having to sit some people during the week.

Now one of the big transitions back to doing 10 mans is we could not get 25 people together to perform the raid content.  Even now, with the spreadsheet I have made, I see that we do not have a single night that we have 25 people on to do the raid.

Also many people just could not handle the 25 man raids, they would lag out, DC, etc.  Others just missed the fellowship that 10 mans provide.  We were falling apart as a guild as people focused more on gear than having fun and fellowship.  We were no longer Raiding for the Glory of God (our guild catch phrase), but raiding for self.  At least that is the way it felt.

So now we embark in a new era.  10 man teams, running at different times, having fun and fellowship.