Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Gavendo of Rapid Fire

TNB_Welcomeby Beruthiel – Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Gavendo of Rapid Fire!

Gavendo found himself hooked on WoW shortly after the Wrath of the Lich King expansion released. Gavendo has always played his hunter as his main character and has put extensive work into mastering the class. When he isn’t leading raids for his guild Veneficus Ex, he is chasing down achievements in hopes that he can achieve them all.

Gavendo started writing Rapid Fire at the end of the Lich King expansion hoping to cull some of the end of expansion doldrums and providing thoughtful topics for the hunter community. While Gavendo’s main focus is all things Hunter, he does admit to taking the occasional side trip for other things that interest him.

In the few months since Gavendo started writing, he’s covered all sorts of great topics. He’s given some insights on Tier 11 Hunter Gear and how you should gem and enchant your new shinies. He also has the raiding hunter covered with a great guides for Hunter consumables and professions. You will also find a great guide on Hunter Crowd Control. Heck! He’s even got all the information you need for your pet covered!

Not interested in Hunters? Not to worry! Gavendo does things other than poke bad guys with pointy sticks. You can check out his Archeology Review and his thoughts on 10 vs 25 man raiding. If those don’t interest you, perhaps some of his thoughts on some of WoW’s achievements will tickle your fancy.

Gavendo tells us that we can expect more hunter and achievement guides and updates, along with the occasional reflection about features that he likes, or dislikes, in the game. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly looking forward to seeing more!

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Gavendo!

Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an email to fallingleaves51@gmail.com, with the subject line "Welcome Wagon." She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Resource Site Spotlight – WoW Professions

Even in our favorite game world, we still need to work to live. No matter what you do in the World of Warcraft, you need gold to survive. Whether or not your in-game “job” is to play the Auction House, do daily quests, or beg in the streets of Orgrimmar, you need gold to survive in the world of Azeroth. Inside this game of ours is a crafting and materials gathering system that allows for one means of “making a living.”

I know I do not need to spell out the professions available in WoW, however for sake of thoroughness here is the list…

Gathering:
Herbalism (pronounced, of course, with the first syllable sounding like “her” NOT “er”. The cool kids say the “H”)
Mining
Skinning
Crafting:
Alchemy
Blacksmithing
Enchanting
Engineering
Inscription
Jewelcrafting
Leatherworking
Tailoring

That looks a rather daunting list, does it not? Well, it is. It is nigh impossible for any one person to be so knowledgeable of the in-game professions to not need any guidelines to help in leveling said professions. For the rest of us mere mortals, there is Wow-Professions. I am uncertain how long Wow-Professions has been operating, but I do know it is a site that I have used on many occasions to help in leveling my professions.

It is a simple site, with simple guides, written very concisely (I love this) with good applicable pictures/screenshots, and the bottom line is it makes leveling professions feel far less mysterious and prevents one from wasting a great deal of time and gold. Because lets face it, certain professions are already NIGHTMARISHLY expensive to level (looking at you enchanting – at least it was for me).

I am not the type to buy a guide. Though there is nothing wrong with this, I simply do not have the disposable income for such a purchase. For me, a site like WoW-Professions is perfect. They provide a great service and I hope that my constant visits for checking things like mining node layouts on zone maps off-sets enough of their costs through the ad-sense ads they have on the site to make it worth their while.

There are many sites in the ‘verse that discuss professions guides, this one just happens to be my favorite, and has earned their respect with good information and a secure browsing experience.

For all the alt-a-holics out there (looking at you Psynister) that have given yourselves two more profession slots per character, I suggest filling those slots, and doing so with as little aggravation as possible, and WoW-Professions can help you do just that.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

You can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/rilandune | read my (currently nuked but coming back soon) blog – Heroically Random | Listen to the other Twisted Nether podcast, The OverLores, of which I am a cohost

Shared Topic: Were 5 Levels Enough?

Here’s a Topic that reaches right into our heads and encourages us to speak up on an aspect of Cataclysm that we’ve all secretly pondered: were 5 levels (as opposed to the usual 10 per expansion) a good idea?

Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer deserves all the credit for bringing up this great Topic:

For the first time, WoW’s latest expansion, Cataclysm, only raised the level cap by 5 levels, in addition to the other content it added. Was Blizzard right to make this call? All other things being equal — the same number of high level zones and dungeons, for instance — should they have raised the cap by 10 levels? Should the fourth expansion be a 5-level or 10-level jump?

Want to know what WoW bloggers and readers had to say about it? Read the posts by:

Fealen from Cow and Bones

Elionene from Good Morning Azeroth

Elsen from View Through the Branches

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Tazok from Azeroth and Beyond

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

Naithin from Fun in Games

Etherjammer from Duct Tape and a Prayer

Corath from Corath’s Blog

Anslym from Bag Overflow

Squelchy from Blame Squelchy

As for this upcoming week, our Shared Topic concerns boss fights. For the common of the mortals, most raid (and even some 5-man) bosses feel chaotic the first time. It’s like being in a loud, flashy bar where everyone speaks a foreign language. But eventually it falls together and before you know it, you’re doing the fight with one hand, while doing your nails with the other and watching TV. How do you get from the initial chaos to the magic “ah-ha!” moment where everything falls together? Blog all about it and share the link in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Want a peak at some more topics? Check out:
Digging archeology?
Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?
When Good Guildies Go Bad

Resource Site Spotlight – be.imba.hu (Character Auditor)

*********EDIT: Thanks to the commenters here on the page and also a DM on twitter, I have found out that this site has not yet been updated to work with Cataclysm, I apologize for not having seen this prior to posting. Also, this same site was featured in a 2009 RSS posting by Euripedes, so please note that at the moment this site is neither working for Cataclysm, nor is it updated past what Euripedes had posted upon previously.**************

Good Wednesday to all, and my apologies for the lateness of this RSS post. Last week I was quite zombied by the plague that is the cold/flu that is going around, and then I spent the weekend in the land that data connection forgot existed. It was perfectly lovely, thank you for asking.

On to the Spotlight!

During Wrath of the Lich King I found myself in a position I had not known throughout all of my days in WoW, starting from the very launch of the game, that being participating in progression raiding. Being one of only two Rogues on a 25 man raiding team in ICC afforded me a substantial loot pile to sort through. In combination with the ever-popular DPS simulation spreadsheets, I used a website called Elitist Armory to keep track of my gear, make certain I had everything gemmed properly, enchanted properly, etc. I did not use the suggestions of the site per say, but rather used it to more readily view the pieces and gems and enchantments in an easy to view layout.

Elitist Armory closed it’s doors shortly before the ending of Wrath.

I wept.

I have now found it’s replacement for what I need now that I am properly gearing up for heroics and raids, as I know the greater part of the WoW population is now doing.

be.imba.hu

I have to claim a bit of ignorance on my part in never having researched be.imba prior to this week. I have heard of it before, I knew it existed, it was simply a service I never used, not for any fault of theres mind you. The site functions almost identically to Elitist Armory, but only better… because it’s still functioning (stating the obvious is obvious, right?).

The ability to see a full layout of gear and accessories without having to hover over individual pieces like one must in the official armory is far superior for getting down and dirty with a spreadsheet. And I do mean dirty. The official WoW Armory is of course sexier in look and layout, but that is what it is meant for, the sexy factor. be.imba.hu is simple, it has one purpose, put the information you need in front of you. That’s it.

Even if you feel you are not in need of a site or resource to layout your gear and gemming choices for easy reading and consolidation, you do. Especially now as the stat allocation system has so dramatically changed in Cataclysm, such that we are all scratching our head at times to know which is the best stat to stack or push to secondary.

Go to be.imba.hu and sign up for a forum account, use the Character Auditor, you can thank me later.

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Go to this posting by Ceraphus over at Variant Avatar that guides one through using the Battle.net Armory for much the same purpose as what I was describing here. Thanks Ceraphus ;)
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Cheers!

~Rilandune

Follow Rilandune at twitter.com/rilandune
Read his (currently nuked but coming back soon) blog – Heroically Random

Episode 115 – Reflections of Rioriel

alt Twisted Nether is happy to welcome our second overseas guest in as many weeks. Riorial of Postcards from Azeroth joins us early in HIS morning this week. We talk about the fine art of taking screenshots at 1 fps and choosing character names that have good short versions. The news this week includes Ghostcrawler’s manifesto on why heroics are hard and Cataclysm sold how many copies in a month?  A bunch of TNTCast posts and even some blogging links! Another edge of your chair TNB Episode is waiting for you!

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