Archive for February, 2009

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Kutu’s Blog

February 25, 2009

It just doesnt seem a catchy name.  My tag line has always been “A Warrior Priests Perspective” but I rarely give the view point of the WP on the situation.

Couple that with my will to play a Slayer and I think its time for a new tag line!  Any suggestions? Something witty and catchy would work.

Kutu’s Blog, The Warhammer Way?
Kutu’s Blog, Healing and Stabbing across the Warhammer World.

Or just leave it as it is for now?

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WCPI Mark 2.

February 25, 2009

*Cant wait for the exciting logo folk are making so I could stick it in here*

For my second part of promotion for the WCPI I have chosen to select the following folk.

Wizards & Wenches is one of my chosen features this week for their second Caption Contest that they are currently running. Some great entries were posted for the first Caption Contest with the winner just being chosen.

Gaarawarr Gabs is a new addition to the WCPI and in this post asks the question, “Are you a tomeaholic?” A very good look at what it would take to become addicted to the tome of knowledge in game. I know I am not in that category . . . I get bored waaaay to easily, but big props for all the unlocks!

Obsessive-Focus builds on Regis of Wizard & Wenches fames post on Things to do and not do in Scenarios. I fully agree with the last point in particular. I so hate when folk cant stay on their feet so I can target them. If your going to bunny hop, go play CoD4, and dont whine to me when you didnt get heals.

Girl IRL gets a mention today for her post on Knockbacks inspired by her boyfriends rage at them. Comparative post on the skills comparing them to similar skills in “That other game”.

Thats all for today!

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What to do when the PTS hates you.

February 24, 2009

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With all the recent hype over the Slayer and Choppa on the test server I must admit I am very dissapointed, not with the classes. But with the test server itself.

After waiting patiently in line to try the new classes, and creating my R18 template and realising I have no real clue how the heck the class would play at R18 I figured that to give myself a fighting chance I would load over my UI I use on the live servers, at least then I would be able to figure button placement for skills, hide all the nasty garish elements I dont want etc.

So off I go, do the usual, copy the addons folder, usersettings and maco.xml files from /War/user to /War/User_test and hey presto all works nicely. I afkd out though as I took a phone call, on trying to relog Vista decided that War was creating a fatal error and bounced me out. Try again, it happened again, and again, and again . . .

I deleted my War/Interface folder and try again, low and behold I can get in. . .  so I now know it is an addon that is causing the issue, but which one? At last count my interface folder has over 100 addons, and I really dont have the will to test them all out individually.

Playing without the addons, just created a really bare, impossible to use UI for me. On trying to reset to the default UI I had to remove the interface folder else WAR would atuo load every addon present in it . . .

Oh well! What the hell do you do when you are bored of spamming out heals on your warrior priest? You have no real interest in rolling a new order class, since you REALLY want to play Slayer?

Answer, retake up your old Destruction Characters, for now I am running around as the Chosen Nevare or the Sorceress Lazerz on Karak-Azgal. Look me up if you can find me… I still get bored incredibly fast and really wanna try Slayer, so will no doubt end up trying to fix the darn PTS for me.

I throw an edit in here, as the PTS randomly has decided it likes me again, without me doing darn all. So a few superscreenies of my Slayer.

kutu_078Bring it on Choppa’s!

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Haieyeyeyeyey—-IAO! Death from Above

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Shiny 2 handed weapon.

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Tagged . . .

February 23, 2009

Blame the Healer has “Tagged” me with the latest internet meme in their WCPI post, so I must respond.
Firstly I want to thank Don’t for featuring me, its an honour.

Now to the “rules” of this tagging,

  • Get tagged by someone.
  • Open your Warhammer screenshot folder.
  • Sort by “Date modified” (or “Date created”) and select the sixth screenshot.
  • Post it on your blog and say a few words about the pic.
  • Tag six other blogs who haven’t been before!

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So here is the 6th screenshot in my Warhammer folder, its of Karae the Witch Elf, long deceased. A screenshot from my initial first day of Open Beta testing when doing some of the starter quests. I was very much in awe at the game and what was going on. Great times! Unfotunately I never did resurect Karae after launch, it was the class I was hoping to play, but decided against it going instead for a Chosen to support my guild better.

So now to find 6 folk who havent already been tagged.  This could be slightly harder now but lets give it a go.

  1. Alt Much?
  2. The Garrison of War
  3. Metro Gamer
  4. Cabal of War
  5. The Greenskin
  6. Bugmans Best

I couldnt see any of these having been “tagged” so give it a go!

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Setting up for Slayer

February 23, 2009

Well with Bitter Rivals soon to be launched on the live servers, sometime this week I hope, and with me just happening to have a weeks holiday next week for job hunting/playing my slayer. I feel it is time to start naming my slayer and setting up my general slayer-ness.

My Warrior Priest is named Kutu Wantheals, Kutu is a tag I have used for the past 7 or so years in any MMO i played since FFXI. As such I continued the name into WAR.

But I never really play a second character, always getting bored/burnt out focussing on one. And so I have no second name in reserve yet.

So I am looking for help here, throw me some ideas of Slayer esque names, and you might just win the chance to “Name my Slayer” and get invited to the official naming ceremony, get an ms-paint created .bmp file to keep for ever kand ever… ok no you probably wont. But still throw me some names if you have them!

So far I am liking the sound of;

  • Dimble
  • Dracken
  • Slash
  • and many other bland names.
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February 23, 2009

I thought something had gone wrong with wordpress this morning when I log in and find 500+ page views and still counting. It looks like the public actually do read what is posted on WHA. Good going guys!

Just a small post to say that lolhammer hit its 1000th page view early this morning, and looks on stride to hit its 1500th before the night is out yay to F5’s!

Slowly but surely doing some clean up today, actually getting around to updating the blogroll with some new and interesting blogs that have long resided on my RSS reader. There are many great blogs out there, if I dont have you leave me a comment and I will get on it!

Oh and to whoever managed to find my blog by searching for “FFXI skill up chart” . . . i feel your pain.

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Kutu’s WCPI effort

February 23, 2009

Well I have already been beaten in throwing up the first post for the WCPI.

This week I have scoured my RSS feeds and found you three of my favourite posts from some excellent blogs.

Tome of Knowledge has a great post comparing the Slayer and Choppa skills and stats side by side.  I know Bugman’s Best beat me to this exact same link, but it really is worth mentioning again.

Portraits of WAR has some awesome wallpapers, I especially like the one I linked, but not only the awesomeness of the images, but the fact there is a lot of thought into the background of why they are created. Keep it up!

Battle Standard posted up about Chosen AoE tanking capabilities and how to do it at different levels. Interesting read through, Chosen was the first class I rolled and loved it up until R24ish, when my whole guild hopped on over to order.

Thats all for today folks.

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Patience

February 20, 2009

Patience is a virtue, so the chinese proverb goes. Alas patience is a virtue that I am running low on . . . I WANT MA SLAYER!!!

The US public test realms got the slayer/choppa launch last night, and I have been spamming F5 on the war eu site looking for our update to no avail, hoping it would be this morning but still nothing. Come on GOA!

So now it is morning and I stumble over to browse WHA and find their new War Community Promotion Initiative or WCPI for short. They are promoting forum members who post on their own blogs/forums/fansites in  turn promoting another WHA members blog/forum/fansite. A great way to get the community ball rolling. And very easy when you are blogging to do.

Other news today, Ariwyn over at WHA is looking for folk to write about the slayer/choppa experience on the PTS with the chance to get your posts spotlighted for the weekly spotlight they run.

Last sunday Syp posted his seven favourite in WAR, now unfortunately I was too lazy to post mine. But figured I should actually get around to it, even more encouraged by his guilt trip of not linking folk now (Just kidding chief!).

Favourite Zone – Black Crag, I love the fact its a complete maze, you can get lost so easily in the rvr and pve areas of this map.  In fact all the dwarf maps are really well done.

Favourite Race – Looks wise I have to say Dwarf, look much better, just dont like the classes much.

Favourite Career – I have to say Warrior Priest, it is all I play. I have tried out others but found their mechanic  doesnt fit my play style very well.

Favourite WAR Feature – The public quests were a great thing to start with, now few folk do them unless grinding crafting materials from chapter 22. Walking up and just joining in a quest was a great idea!

Favourite Skill – Rampaging Siphon by far, rank 2 morale for WP, hits for 600 on every enemy in range and heals entire party for 600 per person hit. Great last minute skill when your wiping to a warband of destruction.

Favourite Scenario – I see a lot of Riekland Factory here, but I never got the chance to play it, would never pop on my server at the time and so I have to say that my favourite is Mourkain Temple. Such a simpler time that was than T4.

Favourite Live Event – Night of Murder, its the only one I have actually completed. The rest I was never too fussed about.

So now I have made Syps soul feel a little bit more guilty (still kidding) what have I been up to? Well last night I ran another crypt group and managed to finally get my hands!  Now I am 5/5 Sentinel wards, and have my conquerer fists too since they have better stats than the sentinel ones in my opinion. +21 bonus healing? Yeah 2.1 to every healwoooo! More willpower please!

Don’t has created a look into how RR points is distributed in a few different combat situations over at Blame the Healer, Definately worth a read, especially if your trying to figure why you got x y or z.

Ventris at Alt Much? has posted a fun story about his fat assed sorceress. Love the role play element you managed to add and get everyone working with it when you werent even trying. Keep up the good work.

Other than that I am patiently awaiting my Slayer . . . oh gah gimme the Slayer already . . . I feel like I should be a drug addict or something with this not so patient wait.

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Patch 1.2 my thoughts and views.

February 18, 2009

So far I have held off on posting about the 55 pages of patch notes instead waiting till today, too see what it actually means. Today GOA announced the EU PTS is open, and so off i trotted to Shifting Isles to check some things out.

If you dont want a few spoilers then dont read on… Read the rest of this entry ?

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A weekly roundup.

February 11, 2009

I am not in the habbit of making weekly roundups per se but it has been a busy week for me doing sod all.

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Done some general UI tidying up,  too many unused addons before. Moved Squared down a bit, added Phantom and State of the Realm. Going to work on my unit bars, I need more space for skills! I am still addicted to FraithUI by Fraith of WHA as my base though, just cant find anything as sleek to replace it with.

RvR is getting a major facelift this includes the following tidbits of information.

Keeps and forts are being redesigned to have 2-3 ramps. This should make things a lot more interesting for keep/fort defense, as well as weaken the popular tank wall strategy. Also, Conqueror Armor pieces will drop off guards and not just the lord in a fort.

I like the sound of this, the tank wall strategy, while working, is very boring. I like the idea of being stretched on multiple sides. Plus, on Karag-Norn, we have never flipped a fort before, order or destruction, it would be quite nice to see it happen and some loot drop (For order of course, not those smelly greenskins and co over at CIR 😛 ) Any opertunity to experience more end game, yes please!

Mythic will be expanding the ORvR influence bar. There will be more rewards as a result but it will take much longer to max out them out as well.

Yay finally a reason to keep RvRing! I must admit, i am only near getting the Elite reward from the elf campaign, and not even half way in the other two, but still. Once you cap the bar theres no more shiny things to use/salvage/npc.

Stunty Stomper has some nice HQ Wallpapers available now, very pretty and shiny. All go look! And download!

Again more WHA love from me from the ComicCon roundup. Someone asked Mythic the following.

Q: In your personal opinion, what's the most powerful class, most balanced class, and the weakest class?

A: I would say the most powerful- Warrior Priest which is better than the Disciple of Khaine.
The most balanced- we like the marauder how it is now.
The weakest- the Shadow warrior needs love.

I must admit I was slightly shocked by the answer. Mauraders seem failry well balanced, but on the other hand not so with their fetch/knockbacks. Maybe I am just jealous at my lack of CC as a Warrior priest. Shadow Warriors being the weakest? Er again unsure. Yeah they are weak, but they are devastaing too. Maybe they need toughned slightly but not much in my opinion, ever try soloing as an Archmage? I found that significantly weaker, again though perhaps that is just my playstyle.

Now the big shocker, Warrior Priest is the most overpowered? In what way? We do mediocre dps when specced for it, we do fine in group healing situations but are not great single target healers, how do they find us overpowered? We have survivability but thats just by healing through damage, which doesnt work 99% of the time in my view.

WHA and IGN have been speaking about the soon to be Official Forums over at Massively and how they both will try to focus for the times ahead.

Wizards and Wenches has posted about the upcoming Choppa and Slayer mechanics “Berserked” along with the Choppa’s matery path and skills. Nice insight into what we can expect, though Im still rolling order! I need my salvaging alt 🙂 Aparantly he is getting cake for converting, tempting I guess but what cake?

What about Kutu? Well I am still RR40, 22k to go before those Conquerer gloves get used. I now have my Sentinel Helm all I am missing is the gloves. Soon to start looking into finding a regular Lost Vale group, alas I currently cannot commit the time with real life comitments, but I hope that in the next few weeks to be able to free up a few hours a couple of times a week for it.

Plans for the future other than above is to roll my Slayer! I have fortunately been told I have to take holidays at the start of March. What a shame, it happens to be Slayer release week so WooHoo headstart!