Setting up things is hard

Well not really hard, just time consuming. I decided to do a reformat and reinstall of Vista, Visual Studio, WoW…you know, the important stuff :)….and get round to swapping my macro’s around from being assist based to being focus based so I could also benefit from the new Picture in Picture functionality of Keyclone, which essentially lets you switch mains on the fly, but if you have an assist based system it becomes harder to swap things around.

For example, if I was using the following code
[code]
/assist Smara
/cast Lightning Bolt
[/code]
then if Smara dies I would need to have a second button to assist off a new character and on down the line. using a focus based system though I can have one macro that switches focus to the next character in line that’s not dead or under mind control AND have it happen on the same hotkey that I use to bring the new characters window to the fore as the new main. Means with having Baanmee there, if I’m quick enough to switch to him and closet gnome him to tanking gear I should be able to survive the end of the fight without a wipe if Smara dies (and will definatly be able to do so if I have Jhentar in replacing Ivana at times).

I probably won’t get too much benefit from this yet in instances but I can deifnatly see it being useful in arena’s in the future…for example I can go in with Baanmee appearing to be the tank and Smara the healer to totally screw with minds and hopefully have them waste some time trying to “take out the brain” before I switch to the real tank and hopefully turtle down.

In other news, I am currently at 56 with everyone and am on leave from work until the end of the month so the goal is to really push to 70 before then with the crew, am a little behind where I wanted to be (was hoping to be 58 by tonight) but I think it was worth it and just have to put in extra hours for the rest of the days. My plan was initially to go to outlands as soon as I hit 58, grind on orcs there to raise honour Hold faction and level to 60 before starting to grind Ramparts and Blood Furnce for gear/cash/faction then move to Coilfang around 64 and do the same thing, then Aurichi…basically try to level up to 70 without questing and maximizing my faction so when I hit 70 I could pump through all the quests for the extra faction and money to hopefully have enough for my epic birds fairly quickly.

Thinking about it though the last two days, I think I’ll stay in Azeroth until 60 since the xp bonuses that 2.3 brought in are only available in the old world so I save myself some leveling time there and then once I go to outlands I’ll do the quests rather than grind. I know, it’s not efficient but I figure if I’m only doing this for grinding instances (and badges eventually) then I’ll be spending more than enough time in the instances to make up for the lost money and leveling faster due to the xp bonus from completing a quest rather than grinding, eg if I can finish a kill quest on 5 chars and get 10k xp for doing so while the mobs I had to kill were giving 200xp then I have gotten the equivalent of 50 mob kills in about 1/100th the time it would take to kill them. Having the group will also allow me to do all those group and elite quests I missed out on previously which will also be extra cash so just seems to make sense to do it that way instead of grinding but will see.

Regulators………mount up

Spent some time running scarlet monastary today for quest and then xp and drops, had some trouble with the start of the cathedral where I’d pull too many mobs or get a pather come at the wrong time and wiped 3 times before really getting settled…did teach me a valuable lesson though, get [item]ahnk[/item]’s for my shaman or his self-res is uesless.

After clearing the cathedral I had managed to one-shot all 4 bosses and completed all the SM quests I had so I hearthed out to hand in quests and managed to hit 40. At this point I realized I now didn’t have to find my way from Stormwind to Exodar to buy my mounts the hard way, I ported Ivana to Exodar, grabbed Portal: Exodar, ported back to Stormwind where everyone was hanging out after handing in a quest to Maelin and then portaled them all to Exodar. Total time for this was under 5 minutes, as compared to a 7 minute flight to Menethil, then boat to Darkshore, then boat to Exodar…first goal for this group makeup was now acheived, shortened travel time to most places.

After training I went and checked the price for mounts + training and was 85g total for everyone but Smara who got 75 riding for 85s from the paladin trainer, so I transfered over 500g from my rogue (consider it an investment as she should get paid back 10x as much before WotLK release) and now have an elephant train behind me anywhere I go.

After this I ran back to SM but had made a bitch post about how much I hate having to try to take level 40 characters through the Bullwark to get ganked by the 50+ mobs there and gotten a fairly quick reply that I could just go west from Southshore and up through Trisfall. I decided to try it and was amazed that it worked, and that I had never tried it before. After playing from release I had never thought to do this since I figured that Trisfall was horde territory and would be guards and such around the place (especially since the in-game map shows that you have to go through Undercity to transition from one map to the next) but most of the NPC’s I went past were friendly and you totally bypass Undercity so guess this is my new route from now on…and definatly will be once I start boosting my planned druid team in SM. Anyway, ended up back at SM and just farmed it for a few runs till I got bored and headed back to questing since the library had turned mainly green to me and I had gotten the Aegis of the Scarlet Commander off Morgraine on the second run and three Whitemane’s Chapeau, only bad thing that almost kept me there was I got two Robe of Doan on my first two kills of him which I gave to one mage and priest and just couldn’t get the third to drop so my second mage now looks different. Overall though it was a profitable time in terms of upgrades for them, the Aegis I will likely now use until at least level 60 for instance, and good for teaching me how to use them as a team in instances so definatly worth the time for anyone multiboxing to take time to do the instance properly at least once or twice…as an example when I first started I couldn’t get to killing Doan without at least respawns up tot the cloister and was taking me about an hour to clear the cathedral but by the time I called it a day there I was killing Doan and exiting before repops and Cathedral was taking me under 30 minutes from the time I left the courtyard and opened the door to exiting the instance.

The team is now level 43 and pushing for 50 by the end of the coming long weekend so will be interesting to see how that goes.

Sunwell Trilogy

So I was out looking to buy a friend a present for her birthday last week and was just going through the local Dymocks fantasy section when I spotted they had two copies of the Ultimate Sunwell Trilogy graphic novels for $48 each. I had an initial look through one and it looked ok, and since I had also found a book on H.R.Giger for a present, I decided to grab it given patch 2.4 is related to it.

I got it home and damn is that think actually bigger than it looks, even for a graphic novel I had to do it in two sessions to finish it. The artwork is great, though I would have loved it if the entire thing was coloured as the first 8 pages are, and the story had some interesting twists to it. The thing that really got me into it though was the Kalecgos and Aveena storyline and the way the encounters for Kalegcos has been reported from the ptr…it seems like there could be a really good story-arc possible from here if the Kalecgos fight is really to do with him battling an internal demon to keep his sanity and not turn against Aveena and the Blue Dragonflight in future patches/expansion.

It’s going to be interesting to see how things play out, but in the mean time I can highly recommend picking up the Ultimate trilogy if you spot it as it’s good “manga” as well as a good bridge between current WoW and the 2.4 storyline if you aren’t up to speed with the lore behind it.

Enter the 5 Fingers

So anyway, as I was saying in my first post I have now started multiboxing in World of Warcraft so I thought I’d give an explaination of how and why in case other people find themselves interested in such a thing.

The path to multiboxing for me started back in the days of Everquest where most people would dual-box either for raids or purely to powerlevel new characters up for raiding, but once I started playing WoW I didn’t really see the point to it as even from release it was painfully easy to solo to 60/70 quickly. Fast forward to about two months ago and I somehow came across Dual-Boxing.com and was intrigued at the ideas being shown of multi-boxing 4 or 5 characters for running your own arena team or instances. The more I read on the forum and blogs of others doing this, the more it seemed like a fun way to spend time when not raiding and as a way to gear up characters for other roles if needed on raids without relying on others or having to cajole friends to run SLab for the umpteenth time just so I might get [item]Cloak of the Inciter[/item] for a dps character.

As I kept reading I kept looking at my current pc, along with my bank balance and tax time approaching in a few months and decided I needed some new equipment as a write-off so worked out what I would need and what I could make do without and set down the markets on impulse. I ended up back home with a Q6600 quad-core, 4Gb of Ram, a 500Gb hard drive, a BenQ 22″ lcd and a gigabyte P35 motherboard, fast forward about 6 hours and components have been swapped around and the new pc is up and running (as a side-note, there is definately a problem with the system as it keeps crashing with memory errors during wow, or randomly rebooting at other times, and Prime95 tells me there is a rounding error but I can’t track down which component is the problem).

At this stage I went and sent myself 3 trial invites to go with the 2 accounts I already had and bought the keyclone software that seemed so popular on dual-boxing, and this would have to be the best investment in multi-boxing one can make. After setting up the accounts and playing around with window sizes to have my main on one screen and the 4 others on the other screen I finally got to try multi-boxing and found it to be fun but still limited due to the add-ons I was using and lack of mapping options (next post I’ll likely go into add-ons and such that are helpful) so I did more research and found people raving about a product called X-Keys and some about the G15 Logitech keyboard.

After reading some reviews I decided that the X-Keys would be too expensive to buy in australia and the G15 with the 18 G-Keys was being phased out so I started scouring threads for other options, and found some people posting about the Belkin n52 Nostromo. I decided to start hitting up ebay for these and after managint to lose about 4 auctions and the supplies drying up I took a gamble and started phoning up electrical chain stores around the place that stock computer equipment…to my surprise the one I least expected had an n52 in stock and one of the EB’s around had a G15 Gaming keyboard still in stock so I quickly snatched them both up before they were sold, along with a Razer Lacitech mouse just to keep the blue lighting of peripheral theme going (and my MS mouse was just about dead).

With these now in hand I found multi-boxing to be much easier and a lot more fun so I eventually buckled and brought 3 final battlechests, at a good saving, and started up my first official 5 man team for PvE playing…but more of that later :)

What I’m up to

Been a while as I have been trying to work out what to do with this domain but think I now have everything set in my mind and figured I’d add a blog as the first thing to try and keep my thoughts in order and press on with what I want to do.

As some may know, the domain name came about from my development company name of Generation XXX but that was taken so I had to go with just GenXXX which I actually think suits better. The thing to note though is that the name has nothing to do with porn or porn development but was more a play on the ideas of Generation X, Generation Y and my favourite wrestling stable of Degeneration X…so go and put all those thoughts out of your mind and we can move on.

There will likely be two sides to this blogging area, one regarding any coding projects I am working on either for my day job or my company and the other will be just general things going on in my personal life (eg expect to see a few posts over time regarding my striving for fitness) and gaming (specificially in the realm of online/live poker, xbox360 and World of Warcraft where I have now taken a keen interest in the idea of multiboxing but more on that in a bit).

My next few posts will be about WoW and the idea, concept and implementation of multi-boxing in it with 5 characters and then we’ll  see how much time that takes up and if I get anything else done in terms of gaming on other platforms or if releases such as Burnout Paradise and DMC4 will have to wait for me to free up some time.

On the personal side of things, I had a fairly decent christmas though the highlight of it would have had to come on the 20th of December when I finally graduated with my second degree from the Australian National University…this time with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) to go with my Bachelor of Science (Computer/Maths). The toll of studying fulltime while also working fulltime was pushing me to breaking edge over the last two years and I was actually about to quit the degree in 2006 but I passed just enough units to leave me with one unit left to graduate so I stuck it out with the decision I’d quit no matter what if I didn’t graduate in 2007 because 13 years of study was just not fun any more.

 I left the exam room in November pretty unhappy and knowing with 100% certainty I had failed the exam and would not be graduating (which I think was made worse because my parents had been unable to see my first graduation and had already organized travelplans to come down to see this one) so I had resigned myself to fate and left it at that until the day results were to be posted on the web. I checked the results in the morning (about 6 hours before they were supposed to be up) and there they were, quickly scanned for my name and then sat stunned for about 5 minutes as I saw a P for my mark….I was so surprised and shocked I actually screenshotted it and then kept checking both it and the graduation invitation post a few times a day for the next week just to make sure they didn’t change.

There have been a few things I have done so far that have made me happy or proud, but I can honestly say that seeing that pass and then going up to accept my degree knowing my parents were in the crowd watching has been the most special and proudest moment of my life, and think it will only be passed when/if I get married and have children so I’d just like to take this time to say thank you to them for the support over the years and I love you both, and never say anything about it again.

Other than that last year was fairly run of the mill and this year already has goals set so I’ll stop boring you with details and just get on with the fun…..hope you enjoy your time here but please bare in mind that this site is still under construction while I get it finished off the way I’d like and any suggestions will be most appreciated.

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