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Kutu’s late WCPI promotion.

March 18, 2009

Ok ok so I have been exceedingly slack with my posting and with no real reason. Even after Slayer and 1.2 launched I still struggle to find the time and will to play.

Anyway I have a duty to keep my few readers informed and I signed up to the WCPI so I will darn well post my promotion links!

This week I have for you all Syp and Regis.

Syp has posted about the lore we all miss when accepting quests. I highly agree with him that I start to skim the quest I am being given then just accept it, safe in the knowledge that a little red circle will show me where to kill stuff, or an arrow if Im in a wrong zone.  Syps view on the different players makes me think where I fit in to it all. I dont follow the lore very much, I will kill things because I am told too kill them . . . I dont really make up the lore to fill in my gaps. I just kill because well, its kind of fun…  I probably miss alot of the experience, but its fun for me anyway.

Regis follows up on Syps post, by thinking of ways to feed people the lore in such a way they will read it and understand it.  I have chosen to highlight both of these posters this week as I really like to see the blogging community responding to each others posts.

Keep up the good work guys!

I would also like to give a shout out to Tuffmudda with his screenshot of how to defend a fort.  I was actually attacking the fort at that time, and became really frustrated that destruction could always heal the door back to strength using Bulwark. What I didnt appreciate was the fact they were queued up efficiently… who knew destruction had brain cells?


The WAR Community Promotion Initiative, or WCPI for short, is a player-wide effort for WAR fansites, blogs, forums, and other WAR community efforts to cross-promote and expose content to everyone who visits them. Members of the WCPI regularly promote each other through links, spotlights, and other features. If you have a WAR site and you’d like to join, check out the WCPI thread or PM PhoenixRed on the Warhammer Alliance forums.


A bit traitorous

March 10, 2009

With the new release of 1.2, and the live event I am still floundering.  I have completed the live event tasks, and unlocked the Slayer as of tomorrow and I am greatly looking forward to it.  However the WP is getting semi retired now I think.

I log in, check the AH for cheap stuff, then log out again and go to play Atlantica Online. Its a turn based MMO that takes me back to the days when I started gaming and is pretty adictive once you get the hang of it.  So yeah I guess I am being a traitor, but still.

In news in WAR, with 1.2 Talisman prices have dropped dramatically. Before 1.2 I sold a +19 str for 550g, now they are a struggle to hit 100g. Good thing for users, bad thing for my wallet. I liked having that niche market to sell into. Oh well, I will live with it.

Just after 1.2 launched, Karag-Hirn was given a transfer unexpectedly, and most chose Norn, as such Norn is now a huge population, and very well balanced. Order and Destro zergs are a daily occurance, with forts flipping all the time now.  Order even proved a strong opponent and managed to get to IC and indeed get some Warlord and Invader gear! I unfortunately missed it due to being in the pub. Im a little sad, but there was alcohol so not that sad really!

So RvR is an extreme hot zone, action in 3 zones all the time now. Its great for the community but a pain for me, as I just dont want to stand there spamming Martyrs Blessing on everyone any more. Oh well, 1 day to go then I can mellee stuff!

Slayer and Choppa got buffed in 1.2.c, unfortunately Mythic have disabled their respective subforums, so I cant link the changes, but it basically made Slayer a lot stronger, and Choppa a bit weaker, just about evening them up in the long run. Aparantly Slayers AoE line, Path of the SkavenSlayer is fairly solid and strong now as opposed to the trash it was in 1.2.a. We will see the changes announced tomorrow perhaps.

Recruit a friend is live for both sides of the pond.  GOA and Mythic offer a 10 day free trial with rewards for the referer if they subscribe. I note Mythic are giving pet rewards, but GOA havent announced any so far, nor the free game time. I wish they would, I could recruit a fair few folk again quite quickly too! Blah GOA!

WCPI post coming up later on today, need to get back into the swing of blogging, sorry for my lax attempt this week. AO and job hunting have taken over.

In a response to my earlier post about my Blog Title, I am going to go with Kutu’s Blog and remove my sub tag for now.


Patch 1.2 Arrived

March 5, 2009

Well yesterday morning, got up nice and early to start the patch then went back to bed for a few more hours while it completed.


I have to admit I am greatly in love with the changes, bar a few. The niggly bugs, stuff like crashing to desktop on a /reloadui, crashing to desktop on afking out of the game.  Though hopefully todays maintenance will solve these issues.

Last night on Norn, after partaking in my “Tentacle Pie” throwing and scouting quest for the days Live Event(I wants Slayer nao!) and doing the odd bit of crafting with no crits yet again, I heard Order were pushing Caledor for the first lock of 1.2.  I rolled on over and we farmed some destruction at their warcamp, held the keeps and BO’s long enough, and opened up Fell Landing.

We all streamed across the zone in a mad rush, Order has never taken a fort that didnt involve a glitched Fort Lord before, we were determined to show we could do it this time. We got both doors down in less than 15minutes, no real issues yet. We formed up on the stairs and made a rather excellent tank wall charge, knocked a hole and all streamed in. Unfortunately I died just at the top of the stairs, but the rest managed to wipe destruction and kill the Fortress Lord legitamately.  I did however win a blue loot bag, yay, have a shiny +20willpower, -2% chance to be crit hit and +17wounds jewellery piece.  There are loads of loot bags now, something like 40+ which is a great thing! And talisman boxes with +1 power, +5% special in them too!

Anyway, after locking Fell Landing,  and noting Black Crag was already 60 odd % under our control, we all steamed over. It took several hours, Destruction put up a great fight, kept running through PvE to Healing Boon or the South Keep, but with 4 or so Warbands we had around, we would zerg them wherever they went. Eventually we held Black Crag and were hyped up for our second fort and our first ever IC push.

We hit the fort up easy enough, no issues getting to the ramp to lords room. This was when it all went down hill…  The lag was insane, I had already switched all names etc off, already turned all visual effects off, and yet I could barely move.  We made a push for the lords room but as you turned the ramp to face destruction everyone, destro included got kicked out.  Never mind we thought, we can try again. Back in, roll up to the fort, still 45minutes on the timer and both the doors are back up. . . Then get through them, and the lag is worse than before.
To me the only reason destruction manged to hold the second fort was lucking out with the lag. Else IC would have been burning pretty colours tonight!  I had a wicked time though, best time in RvR since I cant remember when.  If the proposed server stability changes work today then I will be a  very happy bunny!



March 3, 2009

Ive held off posting for a few days due to some real life issues and time constraints.
Yesterday I got the first chance I have had in a week or so to actually sit down and play for any length of time without distraction. So off I went, logged into my Warrior Priest, then 5minutes later logged back out again. I am bored. I am bored of folk bitching for heals, complaining they die. Im bored of being a glorified heal bot.  I try to RvR but it bores me . . . I am holding out drastically for 1.2 so I can change my way of thinking, but who knows when this will launch for EU yet.

I have been tempted to try WoW again this week, I can say my boredom hasnt drawn me in yet thankfully. I find end game R40 diabolical. Yes we can lock forts and keeps, but thats it. I still have yet to find a LV group, I still run to the Crypts and Tunnels to help gear folk up but frustrated at getting nothing again.

More frustrations in the way GoA treats its EU subscribers. We know nothing of what is going on, right now Mythic is patching 1.2 in for the NA players, EU who the hell knows when we get it.  We got to do a fraction of the testing the NA players did, we never got to respond to feedback on our new “forums” which will probably die with the stress on the first day.

Point in case: GoA uploaded R28/RR26 templates to the test server to try Slayer/Choppa in T3, they never announced it. They took PTS down, never announced it.

The stark differences between GoA and Mythics service is attrocious. Yes I understand Mythic do stuff and then GoA have to try to copy it with such short notice. Really the two need to sit down and hash it all out.  But come on GoA your not all innocent, and dont pretend like you are.

Wheres our non flash website? You promised a web site revamp months ago. Our website is attrocious compared to Mythics.

Wheres our invite a friend programe? Heck Mythic give rewards to players for theirs, get on the ball!

Wheres our working – not out of date – realm war page?

Wheres our communication from you?

I feel let down as a subscriber by lack of communication, how hard is it to say “We are doing X on Y date” ?

Im just griping and moaning today. Im meant to be job hunting and thats going poorly.  But throw up some announcements on the website GoA, let us know when we will be getting things and maybe, just maybe you can start to limit the damage your silence is causing to the EU community.


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!


What to do when the PTS hates you.

February 24, 2009


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!


Haieyeyeyeyey—-IAO! Death from Above


Shiny 2 handed weapon.


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!


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!


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.

… … …

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.



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.