Monday, May 11, 2009

Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 114 - Post Holidays Blues

Aprillian, Glanthur and Ashayo discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's great MMORPG. Contest Ongoing send an email to telling us how you play WoW, either as an altaholic or dealing with it in your family life to being placed in a drawing for a month free of WoW or a $10 iTunes Gift Card or an Authenticator, they are back in the store.

What We've Been Doing:


Doing Children's week. Was going to do some Northrend dailies with the kids on Aprillian and Elyte, the only two who don't have profession Dailies. Did 3 dailies yesterday, mana cell, gas goggles and Sunfury attack plans, and the goggles and Sunfury today and they got the achievement

Then I decided to do it on my alliance toon as well. You never know when I may play them.

Got 494g for the Runed purple out of the Fishing bag

Noblegarden Vendor is still there and you can buy eggs to plant and others can loot the egg you plant. My ally pally who didn't do any egg hunt, was able to get the achievement I found one, in Stormwind. Wow, wish I had known before, I would have bought a bunch.

Monday night, ran around with Auruk, DK Twins & Aprillian doing the Children's week thing. Got to COT and Aprillian didn't have the quest. I guess there are times when you have to actually have your orphan out. And she must have not had it out at the Elements place. She went back but it was time to go to bed.

Tues got up early and did some ally AH, had made a ton of the weekend and needed to restock, luckily Mon morning I had moved a bunch of stock over. Bought some Eternals for Aprillian along with some frostweave and then got on Auruk to do the cooking daily and Epril did her JC. Auruk was getting the last of the mustard as the server was going down and turned the quest in with 45 sec to spare. I got Aprillian to the elements and then Silvermoon, but her hearth was on cd. So I logged off and got Tiiaa to Silvermoon with Veyle to see if she made a portal and logged off if it would stay, and it did. Aprillian was able to log off and use the portal Tiiaa had made. Cool beans. Aprillian got to Tanaris as the server was going down. woohoo!

Tiia dinged 46 back in ZF and then headed to ST. We got into the instance, but then she was no longer on rested xp. Is it worth it to run her through for half?

Thu realized Children's Week was up tonight. Ran a few low levels around to get the pet. Never know when I might want to play them.

Took the Quad to Garrosh Landing. Just trying to get them up to 77 together. Decided I'm just going to go through each area and do as many quests as possible. Did the escort quest but one alt was fighting a little ways back, had to do it twice.

Back in ST with Tiiaa and Elyte. Got some good XP until Tiiaa again ran out of rested xp

Took the Quad to Underbogs, completed it with the help of Ashayo. Then went back to Slave Pens first by myself, but kept whiping. Then I got a call from an Angel, Ralff

Seen in Trade Chat: Need more for 10 man maly, need vent and will be wow hero'd! pst

Got a whisper on Auruk:

Became fascinated with running old instances. Did RFC and Deadmines

Don't need Mana loom for bolts of imbued netherweave


Oracles report: 1 x Tickbird, 1 x Cobra. Jekle has his first egg - standby for next week!

Fishing daily - completing them all gives the achievement [Chasing Marcia]. Lots of Brady Bunch "Marcia Marcia Marcia" talk in gchat!
Fishing - sealed vial of poison quest ; just hand in for gold. Also got a blue fishing pole reward that vendors for more than the purple one (Soulbound unfortunately)

The best indication of gear progression so far - did a CoS with 6 mins to spare on drake run.

First title on Asheal - Asheal of the Undercity. And Argent Gruntling

Exploring on Jekle - Got the explorer tabard just for exploring Northrend.
Found that Argent Tournament is available at 77. There is an NPC in Dalara flight deck to fly you up there even at 76

ZF in 15 minutes! Well, not really. Zerg it to run Eastley through before yet another server restart.

Elixir of water walking works while mounted. Was it always that way?

Anyone seen Minigob Manabonk
An npc in Dalaran that sheeps you and mails you a one-use wand to sheep someone else.

Tried to get a date with Tracyq, a chinese gold farmer on both Jekle and Hiide. Much to try and keep them occupied.

Hiide hit 77 - cold weather flying. Talent tree is stuffed - no points spent. Got free respec. thanks. I think.

Argent Tournament dailies continue ; on all 4 toons nows. Ashayo of Orgrimmar. Exalted with Sunreavers - 20 Exalted reputations
Nice! If you joust with a full bag, you get emailed the mark quest item! :)
J&H working on becoming champion for Thunder Bluff / Orgrimmar

Raiding was mostly Asheal this week
10-man Naxx ; nice ring upgrades and cloak, tier legs, spirit world glass trinket
25-man naxx First time mind control on instructor. 2-shot. But managed to wipe the raid 3 times on 4-horseman

Guppers 25 man did venture into Ulduar and we 1-shot the first boss. Props to Visygoth for prepping and explaining. Raid also downed 2nd boss, but I had to leave and missed it.
Also tried 25-man Vault of Archavon's new boss for 1st time. Got very close ; had to rush because WG was about to start. Next week for sure.

Tried to dual-box High Priest Thekal in ZG. fail. Stuns and silence and need to kill at the same time is tough to co-ordinate.

Jekle hits 79
J&H - K3 quests, lead into Sons of Hodir dailies. Not sure where to quest or what factions to grind. Probably non-tabard ones.


Found my own cool little Easter Egg. This is a lyric from a Depeche Mode songs called "Precious".
Also, I'm working on the Seeker achievement and Loremaster achievement on Glanthur in between raids.

I got to heal a bit on Arlaerus with Saga

Big news though is Children's Week and PvP. Hated every second of it, but yet had so much fun. I hear that's the life of a PvPer.
Lots of achievements in battlegrounds.
Real-life stuff kept me out of raids I had signed up for. Communicate with your guild!

Bladed Edge

Hey all... Blade here...
It's mudders' day... and Ol' Blade had to cobble together this edge real quick... but before I get to it... I just want to say a big thanks to Linai, Auttikin, Cloud and Malanus for dragging my sorry excuse for a 62 healer priest through Steamvaults...
K... yeah... I know what yer thinking... 'Steamvaults is a level 70 dungeon, Blade!'
Yeah... I know... I realised that after we started in and I actually moused over an enemy... eek!
... come to think of it, that's *probably* why I got two-shotted a couple times... Warlock Soulstone ftw!
We churned through the entire place and only got stymied at Warlord Kalithresh until a timely assist by another guildie (Malanus) turned the tide.
Other than that - what with the summer semester starting - I haven't been doing much... got my druid to 65 and - barring my getting *really* bored - there he will stay... 'cause 65 is the level you need to start doing the higher-level (as in Northrend) skill patterns of professions... and I just can't get into the druid for some reason... it feels off... on a rogue, you are gear-dependent... the higher dps you have on your daggers, the more damage you will do... with a druid that's all different, though...
Maybe I've just played gear-dependent classes for so long that anything else seems a not quite complete fit... which is probably why I've been taking so long leveling my caster classes...
Ah well...
Anyone have any suggestions on how to more-successfully level some squishy casters... short of what I'm already doing - which is logging in and hoping someone will be running a dungeon around my level...?

From the Dirty Little Tricks Department...
I had *had* the thought to make this podcast contribution a tribute, as it were, to Mother's Day... but I could only find two designated 'mothers'...
Mother Smoulderweb in Lower Blackrock Spire
and Mother Shahraz in Black Temple...
Neither of which I'd classify as mothers that one should try to emulate... one beng a great huge spider, the other being a concubine for... well lI dunno *what* she's a concubine for...
This week, I'm thinking I'll honor Mother Blade in a slightly different way...
One macro for each healer class...
... for all the times mom has been there to pick your butt off the sidewalk, put a bandaid on your scraped knee and make you suddenly feel a whole lot better.
Shamans - Purge or Cleanse (Which will Purge or Cleanse depending upon the criteria it sees when you mouseover your intended target... be careful though... it will remove a paladin's bubble so far as I know...)
/cast [target=mouseover,harm,exists] [target=target,harm,nodead] [target=targettarget] Purge
/cast [target=mouseover,help,exists] [target=target,help,nodead] [target=targettarget,help,nodead] [target=player,help,nodead] Cleanse Spirit

One for Trees... (pretty self-explanatory... Nature's Swiftness makes it an instant-cast heal...)
/cast Nature's Swiftness
/cast [help] [target=player] Healing Touch

One for Priests... and because I tossed a few healing macros out there before... I made *this* one easy... it "loads" the heal spell into your cursor (the glowing hand)... all *you* have to do is click on the recipient - either in your fancy-dancy healbot addon or on the side of your screen when you're ina casual group... or heck... even in any situation where you can toss random heals around.
/cast [target=none] Flash Heal

and one for Healadins... This one has you saving the butt of whoever the boss is targeting... *you* target the boss, it redirects the spell to the boss's target. Well... not exactly... in order, this macro heals *you* if you right-click, or else it will heal your target (if they're friendly) or else it heals the target of your enemy target (when you're targeting the boss) or it will give you the 'glowing hand' targeting cursor if you don't already auto-self-cast.
#showtooltip Flash of Light
/cast [button:2,target=player][target=target,help][target=targettarget,help][target=none] Flash of Light

The best thing about these macros is that they're interchangeable between classes and spells... you can substitute any spell of *your* class (or any different spell) that would fit (be it a big heal or heal-over-time)


From Ol' Blade's Easter Egg Basket...
More movies... Mrs. Blade and I like our movies.
There's a pair of NPCs on the second floor of the Alliance inn at Honor Hold (Anchorite Barada and Anchorite Klaatu).
Now... there's a little something extra to this pair...
Yes, their names are two of the three words Ash utters (or attempts to utter) in order to obtain the Necronomicon in Army of Darkness... but he is by far not the first one to do so...
The phrase itself... "Klaatu Barada Nikto"...


Did I catch you saying it?
Will there be an opening in the fabric between dimensions ushering in a horde of zombies and horrible nightmarish creatures?

While we wait for the chaos to overwhelm this dimension, a little background...
The phrase itself was first spoken in the 1951 movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still". The alien, Klaatu, arrives on earth with a message for Earth's world leaders... of course his presence is less than welcome... anticipating that things could go very wrong, Klaatu teaches a human woman the phrase in case something should happen to him...
Which, of course, it does. Klaatu is killed and his associate - Gort - unleases his robot force and begins to start destroying the earth. The phrase: "Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!" communicates *something* to Gort... in any event, Gort stops wrecking the planet, resurrects his buddy Klaatu and the movie ends on a high note.
Those 'three words' have become so ingrained into our subconsciousness... or maybe it's the fact that it's an awesome pop-culture classic-cult-movie phrase... that they appear (in some form or other) all *over* the place!
In television: Farscape, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and The Monkees
There are appearances in movies such as: Return of the Jedi, Galaxy Quest, Tron, Willow, Toys, and of course the slightly-altered version in Army of Darkness... Keanu Reeves also utters a phrase very like it in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still", but the movie executives disallowed a direct translation, apparently...
There are appearances in the cartoons Darkwing Duck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jimmy Neutron and a spoof-version in The Simpsons;
The music band Klaatu named themselves after the character;
Those of you that are running Firefox can type about:robots into your page line for a little extra treat...
Webcomic appearances of the words include PVP Online, Van Von Hunter, and Sinfest
In video games, there are appearances in Duke Nukem, Myth II: Soulblighter, Sacrifice, The Lost Vikings 2, and, of course, our beloved World of Warcraft... interestingly enough... as a side note, if you *kill* Anchorite Barada, *another* character named Colonel Jules (friendly to Horde and lying in front in the bed) will start floating - He will float into the middle of the room and back into the bed.
If you speak with Colonel Jules, he says the following:
"Be gone, ! Leave us be, or we will enter you next and show you true despair!"
Hmm... is the Draenei praying for our Colonel Jules... or is he trying to stop whatever is possessing Jules from coming into this world?
Thoughts to ponder...

As always, an awesome podcast guys...

Klaatu Barada Nikto!

Loremaster Blade

The Jeppy Update

We talk with THE Jeppy, Multi-Boxing extraordinaire of


Email #1 from Jason

Hey guys, love the show! just thought i'd ask a question....

What do you guys find is the best race & class combination?

hope to hear a mention on the next show!

Jason, in Ireland

Email #A from MO

Hello all,
listened to episode 113 and thank you so much for your great work as always.

To start out I have had this idea of sending emails to my favorite podcasts and blogs called Momomments or maybe I can come up with a better name but essentially ideas, stories, "noober" momments, whatever basically and of course wow related.

Hope I can have that to you for your next episode.

Wish me luck and hope you can read or play the sound clip if i can get that all worked out.

as for the game,

I just started doing the argent tournament on 2 of my characters on my main server, Balanzzar.
So far the beginning has been fun but I am not jousting yet, I must still be a peon argent "noober"

as my RAF is winding down, and as I cry, I am trying to level a priest, warrior with a hunter on the referred account.
they are at level36-38 so I think I can be at 60 before May 13th, we shall see.

Well I need to get to work on my segment if I want to get it out to you all and all the other casts and blogs that
choose to air it or post it.

Thank you once and always, and Glanthur, dont worry for all the Alliance bashing, I know there are some 13 year old that are rooting for you and the Alliance

Have a great start to your May and
For the Ctlraltwow, Horde, Alliance i guess and to all your listeners


Email #2 from Soulbiter

It is from Star Trek:TNG, Worf talks about love to Wealey Crusher.

Worf: Men do not roar. Women roar. Then they hurl Heavy objects. And claw at you

Wesley: What does the man do?

Worf: He reads love poetry. He ducks alot.

Soulbiter, AIE, Earthrn Ring

Email #3 from Ron

Hey guys,
Great podcast as always, haven't written in awhile (it was so long ago, I don't know if April even remembers......a contest she had where she asked for people to submit suggestions for a "tag line" to end her show with....well that was the last time I wrote...and actually won a flame tabard).
So I had a couple questions for Glanthur. On this podcast (I'm always a week or so behind on listening to podcasts) you mentioned graphic problems you were having with your computer that were being worked on. Well I thought you mentioned a couple weeks earlier that you were gettting a new computer with a Radeon 4850 vid card? The reason I'm asking is that I'm getting a new computer next month and am debating between getting the Rad 4850 or the Nividea 9800 GT, and was anxious to hear your opinion of the Radeon card. So if you could comment...that'd be great.
Also, while I'm at it, let me also ask you another one. After you left the show the first time after co-hosting for awhile (I believe that you got a new job and moved) April briefly mentioned that she had heard from you and that you were completely done with WoW and that you had deleted it from your computer. (If my memory is foggy and this was a Dallas-related dream sequence I'm sorry) But if this did happen, could you tell us why you did leave the game for sometime and what brought you back.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
p.s. A coupIe weeks ago I think that I was the only person listening that caught Ashayo mimicking a voice from the classic "Muriel's Wedding"...nicely done

Email #B from Valla

Hello Guys
Valathilia here

So this week has been great :) just this week I got exalted with the trolls and started building my shadow set :) it didn't take me long to get exalted I just had to run strat for runecloth. And for my shadow set I just ran some heroics and ihave to say being a spriest rocks :) in other news I just got my2nd Druid to lv30 with refer a friend which is so awesome :) having done refer a friend it kind of spiced up wow for me again and I am no longer bored, well ty for the great podcast like always
Sadly I am gonna miss this one since I am going to the wonderful of Disney in Orlando :)
For the Horde

Email #4 from Bellaswan

Hello to all of you over at ctrl alt wow, my brother just told me about you guys. You got a pretty nice podcast going.
My name is Bellaswan from the Duskwood server. I've played wow since 2006 with my fiance and yes we are pretty much alt addicts. I do still have a soft spot for my mage, (which is my main character) but I have lots of other alts that I still love playing and I'm slowly leveling up. Anyways just wanted to say "Hi" to everyone!

Email #5 from Turbos

Hey Ctrl Alt WoWians

Thanks for reading my email last week! My fiance likes to watch even more now and she started to listen to your podcast a little bit too!
Anyways, I got around to listening to the first few episodes of the show. I really think you did a great job with the foundation and structuring of the show April.
How come you dropped the "wow at home" segment? You should bring it back!

I'm working on building a new system and I was wondering what video card each of you currently uses and if you had any advice on what I should pick up? I've heard good things about the new ATI cards and I know the GTX series are nice. Mainly I'm just looking for a 1gb card, hopefully in the $200 range, what do you think I should get?

Thanks for the wonderful podcast!
Have a great week!

Drak Tharon

Email #6 from Inacan

Hello fine folks of ctrl-alt-wow,

I just wanted to drop you a note telling you how right you are about dual boxing.

Now that I have tried it I understand why you think playing one toon at a time feels like your missing something.

I am doing refer a friend with a long time gaming buddy and we have managed to get a hunter and Pali to 60 in a week. Using my 80 Pali to run us through instances and watching the levels rise at such a rapid rate almost feels like cheating.

Its a bit of a let down when you get to 60 and the real leveling rate sets in.

Thanks for introducing me to the dual box aspect...Big fun.

Happy hunting,


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