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15161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Best WoW solo class on: December 13, 2004, 04:41:18 PM
Hunter by far, from my experience. Why?

You know how most people say to grind on -1 and -2 mobs for lots of experience with no downtime? I can grind on same, +1, and +2 mobs with no downtime. My cat and I absolutely slaughter the opposition.

Getting a group slows me down. Just find an empty spot (easier on the quieter servers and if you visit the out of the way places), and go nuts. Bonus points if you find quests associated with what you're killing, too.

The only thing that stops me are my loot bags either filling up, or I run out of arrows (after about two hours of non-stop killing at level 31).

My 'best' series of kills was taking on four mobs, one after another (so I was either in a solo or duo fight constantly), without stopping (adds throughout the whole fight), and without either my pet or I getting killed. It took everything I had to do it, but I did it.

Show me another class that can take on 4 mobs without even a second's break between battles (the same level as you, too), and get away with a victory.
15162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 08:14:25 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
I'll have to turn my skills to attempting to see if I can reach that airfield slywink

The crashed gnome plane on the side of the mountain above Menethil cracks me up smile I want to see if I can get to that too!

You know, the Hunter has the Eyes of the Eagle spell - 50,000 range (anything within range of sight), and I've been able to see a few neat things with it.

I wonder if I could get a closeup of a few areas with it... biggrin
15163  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Hunter Class on: December 10, 2004, 08:11:07 PM
So... raptors, where and how?  If I was a troll hunter, it'd be easy, but as a NE, I don't want to wait so long ;-).  Then again, my snow leopard does look really nice.

You'll have to pay a visit to The Barrens to grab a younger Raptor. It's linked off the Night Elf Territory, but you'll have to travel through a relatively safe (following the roads and with a map) 20-30 zone to get to it.

Personally, I'll be sticking with a cat in some shape or form. 1.3 attack speed (yes, 1.3 seconds per attack instead of the more common 2.0), can learn all four currently available skills, has about as much HP as I do at 30 (950ish HP), and eats just about anything.

Why do you want a 1.3 second pet? Casters. While your pet still has the same DPS overall, attacking that quickly utterly kills casters. I've taken down a level 28 Werewolf something (a caster) taking absolutely no damage at 29, as it dared to cast a spell. Between my 1.3 second cat and my 1.5 second (after quiver bonus) bow, he couldn't get a single spell off before he dropped dead. biggrin
15164  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Good/bad of WoW being on PvP vs PvE servers? on: December 10, 2004, 08:06:16 PM
I had fun yesterday hanging around the Crossroads with my 29 Night Elf Hunter sniping the NPCs buried inside the town, just trying to see if I could get a PC to come out and play.

After about 45 minutes, seeing nothing but the occasional low level (highest was a lone 25 Warrior), I gave up and wandered back to questing.

And left a pile of dead NPC bodies in my wake. biggrin
15165  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anyone still playing SWG? on: December 10, 2004, 03:24:11 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"


Come to the Dark Side and play WoW, Mitch. biggrin
15166  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Maps on: December 07, 2004, 07:42:40 PM

Thottbot - the best site (IMHO) for finding just about anything. Want to see maps overlayed with specific mobs or mining spots? It's there. smile
15167  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Spell Information? on: December 07, 2004, 04:34:05 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Anyone know of any good websites that have detailed skill breakdowns for priests?  I use Thottbot a lot, but honestly there are a lot of holes in it's data (at least for priests).

Thottbot has holes in it? Since when? They're the most informative site I've seen as far as WoW goes, period.

The only holes I've seen are some exact percentages in Talents, and that's it. - Talents - Skills

As for any other sites... The only one I can think of is Alkazham, but I have no idea how to actually spell it to provide you a link.
15168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 06, 2004, 06:10:19 PM
World of Warcraft, with a bit of World of Warcraft on the side.

Addicted? Heck no. biggrin
15169  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What low population servers are you all on? on: December 06, 2004, 05:52:22 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Its all about Lothar.

Low pop, Ron, not high most of the time. biggrin

I'm personally on Tenris (think that's how it's spelled) on the MST time zone. It's marked as a Low population server, but I've had no problems finding groups or other players in general during the day. And the Auction House has quite a few goods in it (my other way of seeing if it's a dead server or not).
15170  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I can't decide- it's driving me nuts! on: December 06, 2004, 05:40:22 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Arrghh, I want to find my perfect class and put lots of time into it, but am having so much trouble.  Her'es what UI want, and maybe you can tell me what would be best.

* A class where I have a good chance of winning a 1 on 1 PvP encounter if I'm smart about it.

* A class that as I level up I get to have cooler looking outfits so I don't look like everyone else.

* A class where I can easily solo most of the time.

* A class that is actually fun to play, has variety, and attacking is not comprised of the same 5 clicks in a row.

*  A class that continues to be rewarding for the time I invest in it.

Well, as I post elsewhere, I love my Night Elf Hunter. The class is extremely solo friendly (you always have a Warrior/Rogue teammate, depending on what you have by your side), and like most classes, has a good chance of winning a PvP battle if you keep watch of your surroundings.

Attacking isn't just the same button presses, at least all the time. You have to carefully manage aggro, as if your pet gets in over its head, you want to do what you can to save it (as it's cheaper on your resources to both get hurt than to rez your pet).

As I said above, you're an extremely solo friendly class (hit 26 just yesterday doing nothing but that), but because of your strengths, you're wanted in groups if you choose to join one. It's entirely up to you.
15171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gameboy Multicarts? on: December 05, 2004, 06:05:40 PM
Quote from: "DragonFyre"
Wow. Sorry for causing extra work. I'm so embarrased.  :oops:

Hey, no problem. You didn't know. It's not like you purposely linked to a pirate site or something just to get us in trouble. You had an honest question.

As for what to do... Well, I remember some relatively recent news where Nintendo went after some little mall kiosks where they were selling pretty much the same thing you saw. Shut them down, sent out a PR piece about it, etc.

So Nintendo will actively try to stop this kind of stuff. Send them a link of the site, at the very least. Give them something to do. smile
15172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sirius vs XM Sat. Radio on: December 05, 2004, 05:49:22 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Thanx for all the help guys.  I ran by Radio Shack yesterday and they only had 1 receiver and then mobile dock and home dock.  He threw out something like $39.99, $29.99, and $79.99?  Or something.  But they only had 1 receiver unit whereas online at there site there are a million of them?  Is there something I am missing?  Where did you guys get Sirius?  I will go check out though, thanx for the heads up.

I just hit my local Best Buy to pick up my Sirius set. Yes, they only offer a single base device, but it's also the best one out there (IMHO) of the bunch. It's also the most expensive, but...

If you want to listen to the channels available, go visit and sign up for a 3 days pass thingy. It's also the same site used to subscribers to listen to the music via the internet. Yes, you can't get all the channels online (you get everything but the sports/weather/news/traffic stations), but when you're stuck at work with nothing better to listen to, I can't complain.

Either way, get either Sirius or XM. It's SO much better than radio (as Hair Nation I think puts it - No commercials; not ever), it's not even funny.
15173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gameboy Multicarts? on: December 04, 2004, 10:07:16 PM
Absolutely illegal. Links removed from your post.

Amazing what's out there though, no? So many things you can buy that aren't legit. Blame the fact that the console business is so huge nowadays.
15174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 04, 2004, 09:18:26 PM
Baldur's Gate II

"Magic is good but now Minsc leads. Swords for everyone!" biggrin
15175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW custom interfaces on: December 04, 2004, 09:10:28 PM
BTW - how to fix the '4th line in the popup tooltip for items/weapons/whatever' bug in Cosmos, do the following:

Go into the Cosmos options and disable Props. I can't give a more detailed explination as I'm at work, but I just looked it up on the WoW site.

Yes, I'm bored at work. smile
15176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Your PvP Encounters on: December 04, 2004, 05:42:09 PM
So, I'm wondering if any of you out there have gotten yourself into and PvP action on World of Warcraft. While I personally play on a PvE server (Tenris, I think it is, in MST), I ended up with a very quick PvP battle almost accidently.

I was over in the Stonetalon Mountains with my then level 24 Night Elf Hunter. I had just picked up the 'A Gnome's Respite' quest, in which I was going to help stop the deforestation of the surrounding areas.

Little did I realize that I was in technically a contested zone (where both sides travel).

I was looking over the ruined forests, getting myself ready for my next move, when I suddenly notice that the Night Elf guard for the quest giver was being attacked by a Tauren Druid. The Druid (24 as well if I remember right), obviously didn't see me, or else he wouldn't of attacked.

I waited a moment to see if the guard needed help (which she did), and then wasted no time in letting rip with my cat and my arrows. To say that it was a short fight (between myself, my cat, and the guard all whailing on him), was an understatement.

And then I found myself in a panic as I realized that I was in PvP mode for the next five minutes.

During that time I had a Troll Priest run up and give me a second glance, but realized that he wouldn't of had much of a chance in battle. I was more worried in finding the Druid again, but I got away lucky in the end as my PvP wore off.

So, anybody else here done any PvP combat yet? I almost feel like wandering abroad and seeing what else I can get myself into. It was fun.
15177  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Q&A, Hints and Tips, Etc. on: December 04, 2004, 05:14:42 PM
If your starting city is either Stormwind or Ironforge, to get to the other you have two options available for you right from the getgo:

1) Take the Tram. You can find it either off the Dwarven part of Stormwind (look for a tunnel covered with sparkles and rotating in place) or from the Gnome section of Ironforge (look for the same thing).

2) Take the Gryffin. You'll find it off the Trade District in Stormwind and in the very center of Ironforge. It costs 50c and is a bit longer to take, but you can step away from the keyboard if you need to do something else for a few minutes.
15178  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW custom interfaces on: December 04, 2004, 05:07:19 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
One feature I would *love* is if you could "lock" the toolbars. I've died too many times because I dragged my spell out of the tool bar rather than actually casting it.

Ive done this with spells and attacks...I have to open up my stuff and recreat the hotkey button during a fight..not fun...usually its due to lag.

Cosmos has that feature (at least mine does). In the very lower left corner of the screen (just to the left of the very first power) is a small little box you can check. This locks all spells/abilities in the many taskbars so they can't be moved anymore.

And as far as Cosmos being bloated - well, I only have 1/3 of Cosmos actually enabled. Yes, most of it is just a bloated mess, but you can easily turn it off with the dozens of configuration options.
15179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Birthday Stiffler! on: December 04, 2004, 04:49:23 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I turned 27 today, which by my math means I am 3/4 of the way to 30.

It's been a great day.  Even though I had to work, I realized that I got to spend the day in my classroom, surrounded by my students, fulfilling my dreams and doing what I love.

I sure hope you don't teach math.  :wink:
15180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finally Friday on: December 04, 2004, 04:48:11 PM
Well, my weekend is Wednesday and Thursday, so I'll be spending the technical weekend at work.

When I'm bored at work, I'll be posting about how I love World of Warcraft.

When I'm off of work, I'll be playing World of Warcraft.

No, I'm not addicted at all. biggrin
15181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / just sold my PS2 on ebay -- awesome ending! on: December 03, 2004, 08:23:27 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"
 Wing Commander Kilrathi Saga

What made this so special?

Was it an add-on for Wing Commander?

From what I know (and this is coming from a pure Wing Commander geek here), that the Kilrathi Saga was nothing more than the first three Wing Commander games, modified so they'd run natively under Windows 95 (and thus WinXP). These games (especially 2 and 3) are an utter bitch to get running under XP.

And they're such great games, too. I still own the original box, manual, and schematic posters from the games. Might put them up on my walls one year to show my geekdom. biggrin
15182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW custom interfaces on: December 02, 2004, 11:44:30 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Seems to be a bug..i have one with prices showing up..they show for an instant then are goneand i have to move my mouse away then back over the item to see what the store is offering.

What makes no sense is that I have this issue with one of my characters, yet I don't on the other. Same account, same server, same settings (as far as I can figure).

I'm guessing one of Cosmos' options is causing it, but I can't tell. I have that UI and two from another - LootLink and MobHealth. LootLink keeps a running database of all the items you see on other people/yourself (collected by just clicking on a person), and MobHealth attempts to estimate, well, mob's health in numerical format. Both are great addons that I love having around.
15183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: November 30, 2004, 05:25:07 PM
Planescape: Torment

Baldur's Gate II

What can I say - I'm a Bioware fan in the end. biggrin
15184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 30, 2004, 05:19:27 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I freaking love the hunter class, and especially have gotten extremely attached to my animal companion, Kitana.  She is a Moonstalker Nightsabre cat from the Elven lands.  I take her to the Dwarven Lands alot, where her black coat really stands out.  

Oddly enough, I took one of the Dwarven White Cheetah's into the Night Elf lands. Artax's white coat really stands out in the greenery of the Elves. smile

I also get the occasional emotes aimed at my Panda pet I got from my CE edition. All the thing does is run around and sleep (right at my feet when I'm in a life and death situation, mind you), but people seem to love it.

That and the Diablo pet. Can't imagine why...
15185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is WoW worth it as it is right now? on: November 30, 2004, 05:15:27 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I've really been digging my hunter.  You get decent melee, good distance damage (guns or bows with special attacks) and your own personal tank in pet form!  I also enjoyed playing a paladin back in beta, so that might be a worthwhile choice as a healer character.

The hunter is awesome.  With my pet it's like two, two, two characters in one.

I third the hunter comment. Me and Artax (white cheetah wolf from the Dwarven lands, and I'm a Night Elf) rock the lands as the perfect duo. I hit level 20 recently, and I see no signs of stopping my solo campaign on my off time with my set gruop.
15186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 05:04:14 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
I just want to play all the time!!!  biggrin

Yes, so do I...

Damned job. I wanna go home...

"Hi, my name is Tim, and I'm utterly and totally addicted to World of Warcraft." biggrin
15187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the hell would you take this stuff? on: November 30, 2004, 04:58:07 PM
Why I absolutely hate drug ads on TV.

*some people dance around all happily and crap while 10 different 'this drug may cause this and this and this' are said in the background*

Just my side of things as I'm a pharmacy tech.
15188  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is WoW worth it as it is right now? on: November 29, 2004, 06:50:51 PM
WoW is worth every penny and every minute of your time, IMHO. Just don't pick one of the busiest servers (as they're having issues with occasional lag and queues to get into the game itself), and you'll have the best time you've ever had with a MMO.

Heck - this game was nearly complete 3 months ago when it was still in closed beta. And it rocked then.
15189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Honey I'm on Do you want some pot?" on: November 29, 2004, 06:45:08 PM
Quote from: "Balshazaar"
They have something wacky with their search engine. Check this out.


For the hell of it, I searched simply for Marijuana at Target, and ended up with a whopping 500 entries. Some of the primary results are kinda scary, too.
15190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 05:04:47 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Falator - if you're reading, I have a question for you.  My NE Hunter just turned 12th, and her leatherworking is up to about 55 or so.  Do you find that as you level up your leatherworking, you are making things that you can actually wear, or does stuff you find/buy outdue what you can make?

In my relatively quiet server (Tenris or something on Mountain), I personally wear just about everything I craft as a Leatherworker (skill of 105 right now and I'm a level 18 Hunter). I've found a few +AGI pieces of clothing as well that I've crafted, which really helps the damage.

And as I've posted before (and on my Daily Wrap), WoW is like crack. If it wasn't for my job, I'd be playing far, far more.
15191  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 29, 2004, 05:02:34 PM
I love my Hunter pet. I love the whole class in general. The pet makes for an amazing tank (using the Cat class with Growl and Claw), and once the pet gets aggro, it takes nearly an act of God (or my aggro drawing arrow) to get it off.

And I do some obscene damage, too.

Now, if I wasn't at work, I'd be playing... Damned job.
15192  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help with processor on: November 27, 2004, 08:14:02 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
You do know that the '3200' in Athlon XP 3200 doesn't stand for it's MHz, but for it's performance as compared to a P4... right?

I thought about saying that as a response as well, but then I looked up my processor according to WinXP:

Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+
1.60 GHz.

So my 3200+ processor is truly a 1.6ghz at its core. A 2.2ghz would be in the 4000+ range, no?

As for the question, I don't have a good answer at all, unfortunately.
15193  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft box art poll on: November 26, 2004, 05:25:37 PM
Quote from: "Sudy Nym"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
What about those with the Collector's Edition?

We don't like you because your pets clutter up the gameworld. ;P

Hey! I love my panda pet! Even though all the little thing does is sleep all the time... biggrin
15194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Server Choice Question on: November 26, 2004, 05:24:28 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
Another question for you guys.  I live on the West Coast, so I would normally play on a Pacific Time Zone server.  I see that all of the guilds talking here are on Central time servers.  If I were to create a character there, would I have terrible lag?

All it is is the time zone that the servers are based on, and what clock they run by. In short - most people in that time zone went to that set of servers, so odds are you'll find people playing the same time you do.

Remember - EQ had servers all in one central location, and nobody had problem with their servers as far as lag went.
15195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So any one else languishing at work today? on: November 26, 2004, 05:18:36 PM
I spent the last two days playing nothing but World of Warcraft.

And now I'm here at work again.

15196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Server Choice Question on: November 25, 2004, 07:55:56 PM
For reasons unknown, you can create both an Alliance and Horde character on a PvP server. When you think about it, it shouldn't be that way.

And as for a PvP server - from what I know, only in Contested zones (about half the zones out there) can you be instantly jumped and attacked by somebody of the other side.

In the other half, there's a PvP flag of sorts that can be turned on and off based on your actions.

For a Non-PvP server, both sides have to have their flags on in order to attack one another. Otherwise, you can both wave and curse at each other.

Somebody, please yell if I got this all wrong. smile
15197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can't beat Halo 2 end-boss HELP! (spoilers) on: November 25, 2004, 12:48:13 AM
To be bluntly honest with you, I didn't even fight him.

My first time I encountered the boss and unloaded with all the weapons I had. Sarge said something or another (which I never heard), and I accidently hit a jump pad somewhere while I was trying to reload.

Before I could get back down to keep on firing, I had suddenly somehow won.

Worst end boss fight EVER.
15198  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW Buzz. on: November 24, 2004, 01:13:34 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
It was not a good idea for them to present them by time zone I think.  They are pleading with people to use the Pacific and Mountain realms right now.

When I logged in last night, there were two more MST servers out there - maybe I'll give one of them a run, as I'm looking for a semi-quiet server.

Yeah right - like that'll exist. biggrin
15199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW Buzz. on: November 24, 2004, 03:36:16 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
The WoW forums are buzzing with discontent right now.
I, like many others, have waited in queue for hours. Personally I'm at 2+ hours.
Plus I've heard that the lucky ones who actually get to play are experiencing a lag fest.

From what I know, the queue is because there are either too many people on the servers, or there are too many people trying to get into that server at the same time.

When I was picking a server, one of the ones with a Low population had a 10 minute (270 people) cue. The very next one up in population let me in right in without delay.

Of course, this was at 12:00 noon MST today...
15200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [CG] Ad Banners on: November 24, 2004, 03:33:46 AM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Am I the only one for whom the ads aren't even showing up?

Apparently you blocked the ad server that we use some time ago from some other site. You freeloader. biggrin
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