I’ve Developed a Twitch

It’s true… every time I log in and walk around, or fly around, or ride around, or what have you, all of my characters twitch. They run on one leg or fly with the wings constantly up. It’s disconcerting. However, I’m convinced that it’s because there’s a little bit of Linux on my computer. Okay, maybe a lot a bit of Linux. I’m currently running Gentoo Linux and man is it easy to play video games in wine. While we’re far from omni-compatibility it certainly is simple to run most games in Linux.

I pondered for a short while what I planned this post to be, and I’ve decided that I will encourage and support WoW through Linux. While I am a programmer and have a decent knowledge of Linux, I’m not steeped enough in experience to be able to directly walk you through installing it, but I will tell you how I got mine to work, and some of the pros and cons of running WoW in Linux, as compared to Windows. See after the break for Linux talk! Continue reading

Unbroken and Cata Shaman RP

One of my favorite pieces of creative worked created for Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is “Unbroken.” It’s gotten a bit of air time on http://www.wow.com, a cool WoW blog that if you haven’t been to, you should visit! The story puts a lot of clarity into the story of the Draenei and, well, for shamans, it’s just plain cool. I myself haven’t finished it all, but I intend to in short order, once these Computer Science classes stop kicking me in the ass. I think that every shaman should read the story, but especially those interested in roleplaying as their shamans.

Speaking of which, I’d like to chat a little bit and offer some opinions  about the new Cataclysm expansion, and the opportunities I see for roleplaying as a shaman. I should mention that I haven’t roleplayed much in my history of World of Warcraft. I’ve tried a couple of times, and actually enjoy it, but have never really gotten into it in WoW. It’s interesting to note, however, that my MMO experience started with a text MUD called Achaea which is roleplay enforced. So not only did I constantly roleplay, but I loved it. I guess the immersion was removed because in WoW roleplay is not forced, even for things as simple as naming conventions, despite the claims of most RP realms. Don’t get me wrong, I have my fair share of non-RP names, like Cowmule and a bunch of characters named after protagonists and minor characters in my favorite book series (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, which I highly recommend), but I still find it irksome when I run across mains that are named “Archimondex” or “Sylvanaaaas.” That shows no power of creative thought, and for people that want to roleplay, it’s utterly ridiculous, and difficult to take someone seriously with those sort of names. As I said though, I have never been a big RPer in WoW because I had the eye candy (compared to the constant stream of text) to distract me into exploring, questing and raiding. When Cataclysm hits though, I’m going to try taking on the mantle of being my character. I don’t intend to try to act my character out in real life, but since I’m an author of creative fiction, I think it is within my power, and really my obligation in terms of character development, to really get deep down into the character that I created, and gave an RP name to. With the world changing as it will be when Deathwing ascends from the depths of his lair, I feel that the elements will be in a state of disaster and the shamans will be in great need. Plus, I have a set of islands to take back for my people, and what are they going to do without a shaman to guide them to their ancestral home, and make sure that they all stay healthy? “I tell ya mon, dat be the hardest part!”

I’m fascinated with the possibilities, and will probably keep a running log of what I do when Cataclysm hits. We’ll see what we happens when the world gets torn asunder. I’m looking forward to possible quest flavor geared towards shamans and perhaps a special quest or two that might allow some character fleshing. I also hope to meet others who are interested in roleplaying about the new events. Even if there isn’t anything specific, I feel like taking a shaman into Cataclysm will be much like taking my Death Knight through. With her, it was all about vengeance to the Lich King. He enthralled us and then tried to use us. Thanks to Highlord Darion Mograine, we saw the light, and sought to exact revenge for the evil that we had committed. I still haven’t had a chance to kill the Lich King with her, but when I do, that will be a fulfilling moment. I guess that has been my roleplay up until now: going through the early raids in preparation for the final battle, slaying countless of the scourge minions, the mindless beasts that I had once be very much like, and training through the Trial of the Crusader with purpose of assaulting Icecrown Citadel. My Death Knight’s one desire is to drive her axes straight into Arthas’ skull. I figure the same type of feeling will occur for shamans when it comes to the elemental lords we might get to fight. One thing is for sure, the elemental lords will not be happy with Deathwing’s disturbance, and the shamans will be needed to help calm the riptide of anger that may wash over the world.

Aside from quests I’m also looking forward to gear and new skills. I have never had a max level shaman, so I don’t know much about them, but I do know that every class is getting significant upgrades in Cataclysm, and the small amount of PvP healing I’ve done with my shaman has convinced me that I want to explore the skills and find the good combinations, both for PvP and for PvE.

I will leave this post with one last thought. The elementals are calling. Will you answer?

What a Shamantastic Idea!

You may not see it, and I may not see it soon, but making a shaman in the World of Warcraft was a Pheshamanal idea! I can sing “Shaman ama” while I quest through Ashamanvale.

Okay, okay. Enough with the puns. I suppose the first thing I should do is apologize for making this blog. Well, not so much the blog itself, but the name. I’m truly, terribly sorry. From the bottom of my heart.

My quest through shamanism started during Wrath of the Lich King. It wasn’t really my first interest. My first toon ever was a Mage. I got him up to roughly level 26 and decided the down time was too much, so I switched to Warlock. It took me just about the same amount of time to get to Outlands on my warlock as it did to get my Mage to 26. Needless to say, I was happy. After raiding with no direction towards theorycrafting or skill in Karazhan, I switched to a Death Knight for my adventures through the vast terrain of Northrend. This turned out to be a fairly bad decision, because I’m not really made to be a melee class. I enjoyed my Death Knight, and still do a little bit now that I’ve changed her from a bimbo to a rasta beauty! The diversity of the class is fun, but I mostly jumped on because everyone was doing it, and I didn’t feel like I fit into my warlock too well anymore for PvE. This is when I started making alts to see what I might like to play. I made a Druid, a Paladin, a Shaman and a Hunter, in that order. Hunter was too easy after playing a warlock and the Druid, while gripping in lore and roleplay possibility, didn’t match my complexity meter. The feral dps rotation was just… too difficult for my feeble Warlock mind. Next up was the Paladin. Wow. To begin with when I was playing him, he was very difficult. This was actually my first alt, on a different server with friends. He’s actually as old as my Warlock. I played him as a tank through the low levels, and then I switched to retribution when it still sucked. I gave up on him for a little while because I was playing my Warlock, and then my Death Knight. Now that ret is a faceroll spec, and I have a bunch of Northrend holy gear, I play him more often. Lastly was the Shaman.

I had a lot of reasons for sticking with my Shaman. The lore and roleplay potential were a lot more viable and to my liking than the Druid. They both had a shamanistic background, in that they were considered very wise within their tribes and communed with the spirits, and deal with the elements. Druids have cool shapeshift forms and have flight form (woohoo!) but Shaman was still for me.

I started out as just elemental because I was playing with a friend of mine (who happened to be a Shaman as well), and she was playing enhancement. Having spell casting gear meant that I could give her decently effective heals while she tanked for us in the Barrens. After awhile I went Restoration mainly so that I could get into instances easily, and get my friend in as well. The spell flavor for both elemental and restoration were huge attractions to me. They both related to my personal experience in life as well as the character that I wanted to roleplay, both in WoW and outside of WoW.

As for the personal experience, I won’t go too far into it because this blog isn’t about me, it’s about Shamans and WoW, but I’ve always felt very akin to water, and the elements in general (as well as being a huge Avatar: The Last Airbender geek.) Shamans also exhibit a very spiritual nature, and that is generally my philosophy and belief on life: spirituality.

I have more expertise in the restoration tree despite never being in Outland or Northrend, though I intend to raid with her as a restoration shaman when I get her at level. My account is actually currently inactive, but I plan to start playing again soon in preparation for Cataclysm. It may be obvious why I chose my Shaman for Cataclysm, but in case it isn’t, I suspect that there will be a lot to do with spirits and the elements particularly in the expansion. I think that there will be a lot of turmoil with Deathwing coming back, and a lot of the lore that I’ve followed that encompasses the event of the Cataclysm indicate a lot of involvement from the Elements and their Elementals.

I shall leave this post as it is for now, since this was mainly an introduction post, but I should get a column and weekly post up soon about Shamans as well as perhaps some other facets of WoW that I enjoy.