Transferring hosts

I’m in the process of transferring hosts. Things may break over the next 24-48 hours…

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Make that the next few days…

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Domain transfer is finally complete – Site’s up to 90% operational again. All should be well in the next 24 hours or so.

Patch Tuesday.

So I’m off sick, and of course it has to be patch day :(

Anyway, here are the basic patch notes (Spent all morning trying to find the in-depth ones to no avail).

Patch Notes for v.0.6.4:

  • Added new vehicles: premium heavy Lowe and KV-5, KV-13 and Pz38NA, tier 8 SPGs: Object 261, GW-E serie, T-92.
  • Readjusted visibility parameters of all vehicles while standing still and on the move.
  • Introduced detailed damage mechanics for tracks. Reworked durability of tracks and repair time for all vehicles.
  • Increased match-making value for tier 9 medium tanks.
  • Reworked vehicle movement system – sticking at vertical surfaces and map borders is nearly eliminated. Reduced chance of getting stuck in terrain objects.
  • Changed damage mechanics for tracks. You can damage tracks if you hit the leading or the rearmost wheel of the tank. It will be much more difficult to detrack it by hitting middle part of the tank.
  • Added the possibility of dismounting non-demountable equipment (Rammer, Coated Optics and other) for 10 gold.
  • Added the automated ban system for teamkillers.
  • Added new maps: Mountain Pass and Prairies.
  • Corrected a lot of mistakes connected with objects’ disposition, passing ability, getting stuck on most of the maps.
  • Fixed a lot of rendering errors, increased the efficiency of advanced dynamic shadows.

My thoughts? Ok, new maps are always good. I like the variety, and some of the current ones need a bit of balancing/reworking. New tanks? Meh, don’t really care. I’m too busy working through the lower classes. As for TK’ing bans, I think it should be based upon a vote. I’ve seen a few instances where a teammate on a narcissistic binge will damage as many teammates as he can without killing them, effectively weakening the entire squad. Such a teammate deserves to be put out of his misery, and banning the person that does is not the solution. I do like the reworked movement and track damage a lot though. I’ve been stuck on map edges and inside sniping buildings way too many times for it to be “novel” any more. And fixing the track damage to be more specific to where it’s hit adds a further layer of realism to the game.

Anyway, last night I played a few rounds, which was quite entertaining and taught me a few things. Firstly, we had a bug on a few maps where certain terrain was indestructible. Imagine a thin guard gate being impassable: we immediately noticed it and used this to our advantage, creating a choke point around our base and defending hard. Easy victory. The next map however had one of the two bridges bugging out, causing neither team to be able to pass over or even see each other across the bridge. This caused a mad dash to the only other bridge, and with quite a few TD’s and heavies, this turned out to be quite the battle.

Next up, with about 8k experience left to my T1 Heavy, I’ve almost given up on the foul M3 Lee. As a diversion I’ve bought some Russian tanks and am progressing much faster to the KV. It’s become so bad that I play extremely cautious with the M3, trying to set myself up way before choke points so I don’t get destroyed too early. This means I don’t see much action, and play longer with less experience on these maps. Then when I switch to another tank, I forget that I’m not in the lumbering beast and sometimes totally forget that I have free turret movement, which brings down my light game. All in all not a nice experience.

On a lighter note, we had a map last night where everyone rushed left. Our team rushed our left, their team rushed theirs. Only 3 tanks were destroyed in the entire battle and we ended up winning by getting our guys in their base faster. Many “gg”‘s and giggles were had by all :D . I didn’t even see an enemy blip on the radar all match.

Now… only another 3 hours till patch time is over…

… Yet not a drop to drink

Technical mumbo-jumbo alert. The following post has nothing to do with gaming.

I finally convinced myself I need a bigger hard drive. Since giving up the MMO scene for more casual single player gaming (and the occasional delving into Minecraft multiplayer) and an abundance of series and movies my current menagerie of drives were constantly complaining of low space. The fact that first a 320GB and then a 160GB that I was using to back the 320GB up with decided to start giving SMART errors didn’t help either.

So out came the credit card and in came a shiny new 2TB external drive. This brings my total storage to 4.5TB. (Edit – I just remembered purchasing my first drive: a Seagate MFM full-height monstrosity with 20MB storage. Yes, thats megabytes… took me forever to find enough data to put on it.) On the way home I opened the box and was shocked to see a “quick start” manual as thick as my thumb. It’s a hard drive, how can they fill 120 pages as “quick start”. Turns out that it’s 4 pages, double spaced, granny font… in like 60 languages. I read it more out of boredom than anything else, and giggled to myself when I read the following line: “This drive has been preformatted in FAT32.” FAT32? a 2TB drive? Fat chance. It must be an old manual or something.

Anyway, I started transferring data on Sunday night, moving all my series to the new drive. This went pretty smoothly, albeit a bit slow. Next up came the Anime, which was started on Monday night. This morning I awoke to an error message on my screen. I was half asleep, so I just caught something about “not enough free space on the volume for this file”. I closed the message, thinking how on earth did I manage to fill the drive already. I’d only copied about 800GB to it.

Then it dawned on me… The drive wasn’t full, the file was just too big for the partition… it really was formatted in FAT32. What to do? I hadn’t even started copying over my Blue-ray backups yet. No way would they fit. so I packed the drive in, took it to work and started researching. I wasn’t about to copy everything back again to repartition the drive. There had to be another solution.

First google attempt: Found a program called Easus Partition Master that claimed to be able to convert filesystems without losing data. Quickly downloaded and installed it. 2 Minutes into the transfer process it stopped, claiming critical errors on the drive. It did however undo everything it had done to that point, rendering the drive still useable.

Second google attempt: Found out that Microsoft actually has a built-in command to do this. You open up a command prompt as an administrator and then run the following: convert D: /fs:ntfs (where D is replaced by the drive letter).  However when running this on my notebook, it gave me an “Insufficient memory” error. So I ran it on my desktop and 5 minutes later I had a NTFS drive with all my data intact.

If you’ve just sat through all this drivel, thanks and sorry. Personal life and quitting WoW has kept me pretty much away from writing in general, and I guess it’s time to have an outlet again. I’ve got some ideas as to the direction I’m going with blogging, just have to see if it’s got enough material and content.

Cheers for now,

b0b (Pindleskin nevermore)

Blizz you ninjas!

I’ve been scarce, I know. I’ve just been horribly busy pushing for progression in my guild and trying to get as much betatesting done in Lego Universe (Which I’ll tell you all about once the NDA gets lifted, I swear). And to be honest I don’t have much to post about. The guild’s quite secure, everyone’s peachy and there’s another guild that wants to do joint-25mans in the near future. I also had a great time tanking with a guy I’ve spoken to 100 times ingame but never had the chance to play with.

So the topic today is just something that’s been on my mind for quite a while. Now as some of you may know, my main’s name is Pindleskin – blatantly stolen from Diablo 2. The truth is I couldn’t resist when I made him. I mean cmon, an undead warrior. The character creation screen looks just like him too.

Seems Blizz noticed this though, and struck back with great fury. Here’s how:

The third character I created, shortly after Pindle hit 60 and ages before TBC was even imagined, was a female tauren druid named Keyrah. Soon after the release of The Burning Crusade I was questing through Zangarmarsh when a druid in distress called me over. What would her name be?

Kayra

Ok so the names are just slightly similar, and once is a coincidence right? If only… With the release of The Burning Crusade, blood-elves came to be. I rolled a male priest, thinking the racial at that time would help. I named him Bloodbane. I got him to 70 way before Wrath was announced, and managed to get him quite far in the raiding scene.

Then Wrath hit. I made a Deathknight purely to see what all the fuss is about. In fact, he’s still only level 72, and will probably stay there for all eternity. What I did find during my quest through the DK starting area was a very interesting NPC by the name of Orbaz Bloodbane. This time he wasn’t the same race (human compared to belf) but the name matched 100%.

Since then I’ve used names that are so obscure that if they were to copy it, I’d know for sure. But 2 for 1 seems fair anyway. So umm… you can stop now Blizzard, I get the point. I won’t use any of your names again.

Images courtesy of wowwiki.com and probably copyrighted by Blizzard Entertainment

RealID Roundup

I haven’t posted my thoughts on RealID because frankly I couldn’t care less. I use the forums once every 6 months at most for a status update on my guild’s recruitment needs and that’s about it. My guildies all know who I am, what I look like and where I live. It’s no secret.

Yet I totally understand where a lot of people are coming from. If I were an active member of the Blizzard forum community, I’d be outraged too. If, for instance, they decided to put that type of information on the IT forum I inhabit, I’d kindly withdraw myself and go someplace else. Except for most WoWers, there is no place else.

Instead of continuing to say what everyone else has said, here’s a quick roundup of the best posts on RealID I’ve found:

If you don’t read them all, just do yourself a favour and peek at Nagrarok and Greyshades’ work. And if you know of a great post to join these, please let me know.

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And just as I thought Angelya was gonna stay out of it, she drops this fairytale bombshell.

Achievement unlocked!

Woop!

This morning I noticed my blog has recieved its 500th hit. Yup, a measly 500 visits is not much, but considering I never expected more than 3 people to ever visit my blog it’s not bad. In the last 4-5 months I’ve had as much comments as the larger blogs get from a single post, I’ve recieved 10 spam comments, done a measly 16 posts and become totally bored with the game that started me blogging in the first place.

I still want to write about WoW, I still want to finish my book on the early history of pre-Warcraft 1 Azeroth. I’m still excited about the changes Cataclysm will bring to the game, more so than I was with The Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King. Yeah I’ve had some awesome times in both TBC and early Wrath, but I feel that Cataclysm will bring the changes necessary to bring numbers back to my server and make it worthwhile to build up the reputation and experience of a guild.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is that with my small readerbase I’d like to continue along this journey, I’d like to continue blogging about my experiences in WoW, maybe not strategies, blue posts and specs like some of the bigger guys, but more about the social interactions, history and memories I’ve had sharing my ingame life with almost 500 guildies of past and present, random readers and one dedicated fan. I’d like some topic suggestions, some requests and links to bloggers with a similar taste so I may experience what they have experienced, share in their history and memories. Here’s to another 500 readers in the future and hopefully 500 posts like the big boys. Thanks @Angelya_au of Revive and Rejuvenate, @GamerGaz of the Mana Obscura , @jaedia of The Lazy Sniper, WeFlySpitfires, Stabby of Stabbed Up and of course Dristan!! for the follows, retweets, reads and comments. Yeah I missed some of you but those that I mentioned have done the most to inspire, advertise and help me along the way.

Taking one for the team.

Last night worked out perfectly.
I really wasn’t feeling up to raiding. My stomach was cramping, I was exhausted and was just feeling generally down. Stacked on that, the healers were being their usual selves and showing up late. Thankfully we had just recruited a new warrior tank and our main paladin tank (who didn’t sign for the raid) showed up. He took charge of the raid, got everyone sorted out and running, and gave me the opportunity to add another 65% to my priest’s second-last level.
To make matters even better, Festergut died with very little effort and then they proceeded to get our first kill on Rotface. Considering Festergut has only been downed by us twice, and that with our most experienced group, this was a great night.
They then wiped a few times on Putricide before I logged off teamspeak and went to sleep, but it seems like some days you just have to take a step back and let things handle themselves.

Yeah I know, rubbish and short post for today, but I’m still feeling a bit worse for wear. Just one and a half weeks till I go on leave and I can get back into the swing of things.

Update:

Oh wow, on my worst blog day I’ve received the best response ever. 500% more visitors than on any day in my blogging history! Thanks readers, I’ll try to keep low writing standards as this seems to have the best effect :p