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Link Roundups – A Blast From The Past!

6 Aug
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It’s a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I’ve posted it, I’m likely never to finish it!)

The past month or so, that is. At any rate, let’s dig in!

This time the topics include an epic RP Storyline, some Auction House stories, thoughts on Spending Cash in the cash shop and elsewhere, some thoughts on the Past, Future, and the Present (of WoW).

RP Storyline

I don’t know if you keep up with the Feathermoon crew much (I haven’t of late, to tell the truth), but Too Many Annas has a nice short with our good Headmaster Arrens in it. It made me quite curious to find out what happens next, and luckily I got to read on, as seen in the follow-up stories in this mega-storyline:

Hopefully there will be more soon!

Auction House

Phat Lewt’s Gold Blog points out that TSM 2.0 is in open beta. I didn’t even know there was a 2.0! I think I’ll stick with the old fashioned TSM for now until more info is out on TSM 2.0, because at least I know how it works!

Power Word: Gold gives the rundown on how iLvl jumps work and how you can profit from them. Full of pretty graphs!

Spending Cash

The Grumpy Elf has some thoughts on WoW, the new cash shop model, and if it will ever go F2P.

If Navimie from The Daily Frostwolf was in charge of the WoW Cash Shop, this is what she would add (or remove).

The Daily Frostwolf also reports that one of their guildies has actually bought the transmog helms from the ‘pet store’. They actually look pretty nice on a Tauren, as seen in the post. But… I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be paying $15 for them. Maybe if they go on sale…

And for a slightly different take on how you can spend your money, Cold’s Gold Factory reported way back in July that the most recent WoW TCG expansion has all the loot cards! Maybe it’s time I get back into that hobby? Maaaaybe.

A Look To The Future

WoW Rare Spawns gives us a preview of … well, rare spawns! In 5.4 on the Timeless Isle, apparently. Neat!

In a look at futures that could maybe (possible) be, Variant Avatar suggests Blizzard make guilds more appealing. A compelling argument, with good improvement ideas to boot. (Yes, I would like to create my own guild quests!)

Herding Cats writes a little on the future (or lack of future) of MMO blogging. Not specifically WoW-related, but this is a blog about an MMO (or two, or three), so it’s a good read for you bloggers out there.

A Look To The Past

Tome of the Ancient prefers the places in Azeroth that haven’t changed. I must say, I’m rather adverse to change as well. But I haven’t even touched most of the Cataclysm leveling zones yet… (not that surprising, knowing my leveling record).

Power Word: Gold got a rare drop and asks if you remember a time you got an exceptionally rare item? I know I do; it was a fancy purple ring I got in a Scarlet Monastery run that freezes enemies that attack you. She’s outgrown it, obviously, but I’m pretty sure I’ve kept it in her bank.

WoW In The Present

Now with sub-categories: Just Playing and Raiding (which I suppose is a subform of playing but nevermind that!)

Just Playing

The Grumpy Elf talks about soloing WoW for the challenge.

Is leveling too easy? Not if you forget how to play your class, as Tome of the Ancient helpfully demonstrates. Don’t worry — I’ve done that very thing P L E N T Y of times.

Fellow altoholic at That Was an Accident has a goblin problem, I presume much like I have a Tauren problem.

Why do you play Warcraft? The Grumpy Elf examines this in a thoughtful post; I agree with many of the sentiments expressed.

Raiding

The Daily Frostwolf gives an example of how they decide who sits out for their 10-man raid. My guild does it easy — no backups. Of course, this means sometimes we don’t raid at all when people are missing… >_>

The Was an Accident! has been having fun in LFR. First, a look at healing LFR without friends, and then going to LFR with friends. Plenty of screenies in these posts too!

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That’s all for today! Happy gaming, everyone!

—Misha

Link Roundups – From Last Month And Beyond!

23 Jul
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It’s a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I’ve posted it, I’m likely never to finish it!)

Welcome to yet another edition of Link Roundup, where I share with you some neat blogs I’ve read as I’ve ever so slowly catch up on my blog reading (people keep posting when I take a break for a few days — how rude!)

This week I’ve picked up on quite a few WoW Topics, including Auction House players, tanking, healing, PvP, GMing, art, and so much more! Including a few people talking about the upcoming in-game store. I know a lot of people wrote about this, so maybe I’ll catch up on those when I do another archive binge in Feedly. 🙂

Oh, and there are a few other links regarding other games such as SW:TOR and everybody’s favorite, Animal Crossing! (Be my friend so I can visit your town? >_>)

Auction House

Theoretical Gold Farming, the ‘new kid on the block’ if you will, has a pretty good post on how to do ‘the shuffle’ without using spreadsheets (as long as you’re already using TSM, which I am). I’d put this to use but I don’t have JC at a high level. Maybe next expansion! XD

Power Word: Gold has a good analysis of what gear sells well (for them) based on the item’s suffix. I found it quite interesting. (Maybe because I like spreadsheets and numbers?)

Tanking And Healing In WoW

Tzufit explains why she’s monk healing nowadays instead of tree healing, and goes a bit into character identity too. (And one of these days I may have a Monk at max too… *laughs and laughs and laughs*

A Sunnier Bear lists off different ways fights encourage (force?) the use of two tanks. A very good summary of MoP tanks fight styles.

PvP!

Alt:ernative will be hitting up arenas again soon, with the upcoming changes. Will you? (As for me, maybe, maybe not. I’ve enjoyed a bit of pvp here and there, but unlike Alt:ernative, I’ve lived all my WoW days on carebear servers. 🙂 )

The Daily Frostwolf has a series (term used loosely) on their latest forays into the world of arenas and tournaments and the like. Pretty neat stuff, especially when reading from the perspective of a pvp noob like me. Here is the second post on arenas, and then the third is here.

In-Game Store Musings

Achievements Ahoy has a list of cosmetic-type items that would be cool to have in an in-game WoW shop. Looks good to me! Though really, wouldn’t scribes make dye since they’re already milling herbs for ink? /SCRIBEPOWA (Plus, some of these, for the WoW game engine, would be hard to implement, like armor dyes (the coolest idea, of course). And trading in multiple pets for a better pet? Yes please!

Alt:ernative also talks about what would be on her list of things to buy in an in-game store, as posed by the Community Blog Topic from WoWInsider.

Variant Avatar also has some thoughts on Blizzard’s cash store.

Other WoW Type Stuff

GMing can be hard. Alt:ernative gives an example in the post, “When Love Breaks Down“,  and further elaborates on her GMing in “Cruel to be Kind“.

Bible of Dreams lays it out pretty clearly: The Raid Boss Doesn’t Care if You’re Not a Raiding Guild.

Look at this pretty watercolor art Vidyala did! Pretty! (And she does commissions too! 😀 )

Spellbound is too cool for Tirion’s help while defeating Arthas.

Let’s do the time warp agaaaaain! Or… just read this article by The Grumpy Elf on how time perception during fights in-game can seem to warp. That’ll do.

Other Games

In An Age has been playing a game called Don’t Starve, and boy does it sound hard. Not too sure if I’d enjoy it or rage quit after dying for the 10th time. Seems interesting though! (You can read a follow-up post on Winter here).

MMO Melting Pot pointed out MJ’s delightful article on Barping – Bar RPing – as it is in SW:TOR. A very good references for RPers, even if you do not play SW:TOR as much of the advice can be ported elsewhere!

Also on SW:TOR Life, MJ interviews a person who RPs as a droid. Sounds like fun, and a nice change of pace to boot!

Tales of Aggronaut lists out the top 10 must haves for MMOs. I rather agree with the list, they all seem rather nice to have. And here’s the follow-up post: Other MMO Wants. I especially approve of mentoring – it was really nice in City of Heroes. /weepsForTheFallenGame

The Wolf Den has an interesting post called “Confusing Gear-To-Play with Learn-To-Play“, stating that while people may say ‘l2p’ in games, nowadays no skill is involved with games – merely more gear (gotten through time). I’m not sure if I entirely agree, at least when thinking about WoW — after all, even if you put a poor player in the best gear, they still will not function as well as well-communicating highly-skilled heroic teams. And I would expect more parity in raiding (such as everyone at the start of an expansion doing nearly equally well on all bosses in an instance). The article still makes a good point, though.

But Mostly Animal Crossing

Lady Jess has caught the bug that’s been sweeping twitter — Animal Crossing. And it leads to much much more than that!

Hestiah is also playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and has lots of advice to share. For example, I’m really wishing I had planted my first perfect pear! Oh well, a little late now. And thank goodness I ended up with an eye shape that I like!

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And that’s all for now! Must. Keep. Reading. XD

—Misha

Liiiiiink Roundups is the place for me….

16 Jul
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It’s a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I’ve posted it, I’m likely never to finish it!)

Welcome to another edition of Link Roundup, where I, Mishaweha, walk you through posts I found interesting 2+weeks ago and have finally found the time to format and post them for your reviewing pleasure, in case you missed them. (Really, I don’t understand how the rest of you manage your awesome posting schedules!)

This latest entry for Link Roundup was, in part, inspired by Google Reader shutting down, which forced me to start anew elsewhere. I had taken a look at commafeed, but when Feedly finally showed me their cloud version, I was hooked. (Amusingly, my husband also started using Feedly independently.) It seemed like the perfect time to get back into reading WoW blogs on the regular! (Too bad I’m already behind).

Anyway, the topics for today’s link roundup include: WoW – Lighter Side, WoW – Moar Serious, Other Games, and Transmogs. Because I love me some transmogs, even if my grand outfit plans have barely come to fruition.

WoW – Lighter Side

Want to feel rich every time you sell something on the AH? Power Word: Gold points out the addon for you!

The Lion Guard, responding to the community blog topic, states Humans as their favorite race. Fah! Tauren are clearly superior. (And yes, a Tauren is my main… and I have lots and lots of Tauren alts. Femtaurs ftw).

Tzufit talks about her Mom playing WoW; a good read for those interested in seeing something from a new player’s perspective.

Tome of the Ancient has a chain-smoking Death Knight. Yeah, you should go read that post.

WoW – Moar Serious

Life In Group 5 has a nice analysis of how healing is coming along in this post: Status Check: The Healing Game as of 5.3.

The Grumpy Elf has an epically long post with thoughts on LFR (and whether Flex raiding will end it), CRZ & Virtual Realms, and random grouping in general.

Alt:ernative talks about server communities and if there is any hope for them existing again, what with those virtual servers looming in the distance.

An interesting post at The Daily Frostwolf continuing discussion on women in WoW. (I know a lot of other people wrote about this too: You can find some linked in The Daily Frostwolf, and I’m sure you’ve seen even more).

The Grumpy Elf also talks about how people are feeling ‘the end of expansion blues’ already… or is it something else? (Something that I am currently feeling, I think. I agree with this post wholeheartedly).

At Tree Heals Go Woosh, Tzufit muses on why the Battlefield: Barrens is not the most exciting battlefield out there. I tend to agree — I was all gungho the first 3 weeks, and now suddenly I don’t have the time/interest to head out there and kill bosses. Least I got my pet.

In An Age talks about why, in this day and age, warriors still need to have shields to do a Shield Bash. Or rather, why they won’t anymore.

Other Games

Tales of the Aggronaut talks about Rift and how you should play it (I’ll play it with you!), along with how consoles — specifically their graphics and gamplay — used to have an advantage over PC gaming. And then starts a series on how to Rift, starting with character creation!

In An Age gives us impressions of the Firefall Beta. Seems interesting, but I already have lots of game on my plate! (Plus, I’m still keeping an eye out for Wildstar beta invites. *stare* )

Transmogs

Phixuscarus‘ transmogs! I love the rogue! :3

Klym on Ravencrest certainly has a striking transmog, as pulled by Transmog Fashion.

And the WoW Fashion Police have found this stunning number in black. Along with this awesome transmog, with a goblin lady model to boot!

Shorts? There are shorts! Cool!

Someone else is wearing Mandlebrot’s number – the Ancestral Woolie! (Well, at least something sharing the same model.) And they’re making it look good, too. (Coincidence that this one is a blood elf guy too? I think not.)

This pose with this outfit is awesome, right? I thought so. (But for a minute I thought she was a DK wearing this – sorry!)

You do not mess with the lady in blue holding a scythe.

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And I think that’s all for this roundup! See you again in a month (or two). >_>

-Misha

Many Link Roundups! Handle Them!

7 Nov
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It's a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I've posted it, I'm likely never to finish it!)

Welcome to another edition of Link Roundup! I’ve been monitoring links throughout the week, and boy were you guys on a roll! Looks like I’ll have to break things down a little more than I usually do!

In this Roundup I’ve pulled out posts on Pandaren (where be the women folk?), Helpful Tips (Alchemists will want to check this out), Shaman (a personal favorite of mine), Musings on the Current, Future, and Past state of WoW (there’s some SW:TOR and Gnomes in there; you have been warned), NaNoWriMo (encouragements) and a few Silly Posts.

Hope you have the time to read through all this great stuff!

Pandaren

Holy Concentration explains her love of Pandaren and is really tired of your complaints about them.

Ratshag makes the very valid point that there are no female Pandaren in the concept art. I too hope that they put more time into the female Pandaren design. Maybe for the next race they’ll design the ladies first (as a true gentleman would do)!

Amerence ponders what class she’ll make her Pandaren, and also finds a possibly real concept image of what female Pandaren will look like! If it is real, I am pleased with the results. If it’s not real… it should be!

Is this the Pandaren Female Design? If not... can you make it be the Pandaren Female Design?

Helpful Tips!

Power Word: Gold has a warning for you Alchemists out there: Change specs now! 4.3 is bringing a new, more expensive way to switch your specialization, while taking away the old version.

Just My Two Copper talks about manually adjusting addons to get them to do just the right thing. While this post talks about more auction house related addons, you could apply the same ideas to other addons you use. Have you ever tweaked an addon before?

Shaman!

Interested in a MoP Shaman talent preview with a Resto twist? Totem Forest has got you covered.

For those interested in Shaman changes in the more near term future, Life in Group 5 wrote about the Shaman Tier 13 bonuses and the changes to our healing spells. I agree that changing Ancestral Healing to add health to your target isn’t the best idea (especially since it can’t be tracked!) And the 4-piece bonus for Tier 13 is something that I would probably never use; I hardly remember to use Spiritwalker’s Grace anyway (maybe THAT’S why it’s a bonus… to get silly Shaman like me to remember to use those new spells they gave us at the start of Cata).

Current Game Musings

Screaming Monkeys would like more games to allow your high level toons to easily swtich servers/factions to help out friends in need. What do you think?

The Grumpy Elf has written an interesting two part series on how DPS are just numbers. It’s a little introspective, and yes, a little grumpy I might add. But it does sum up the sad state of the world (of warcraft) that people think of tanks as tanks, healers as healers, and dps as the dps who did 13K. See the first post here, and the second here.

Restokin talks about Stat Inflation (you know, the reason why DPS numbers just keep on climbing to ridiculous heights). There are two solutions discussed; Mega-Damage and a Stat Reset. I agree that a stat reset would be best.

Upcoming Game Musings

Azuriel at In An Age muses that the upcoming MoP talents changes may not be so different from the old Vanilla/BC style…

In the more near-term future, Rades is not impressed with the looks of Death Knight Tier 13. I’m not either, though I haven’t liked many Death Knight Tier sets in general. Maybe because it just looks like the human is covered in construction paper tubes with drawings on it. Maybe it looks better on a different race/gender, like my lady Tauren DK Mourninglory.

While the armor still isn't the best, it looks way better on a Tauren. :3

In other news, Screaming Monkeys has a little story involving two game company employees discussing Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’m a little surprised by their comments too.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Priest With A Cause remembers Karazhan, a place we both miss. I think I miss it more than my guildies; we spent a lot of time there. >.>

Alas remeniced about PvPing with a group of identical Gnomes… which has now spawned a Gnome Clone project. You can find more about the Gnome Clone project here, on its blog Revenge of the Gnomes. Even more details on the EU version were written up over at Spellbound.

NaNoWriMo!

I’m still hard at work at my attempt (which I may post about later), but Rades has been writing up a storm with his Letteres. Feel free to read about the silly Azerothians who waste their gold to store useless items and to wear matching clothing. Or would you rather read about ADORBS CRITTERS and how they SHOULDN’T BE FIGHTING EACH OTHER D: ? (I suggest you read both, and the other letters Rades has written so far!)

For those of you who are participating in NaNoWriMo, I Like Bubbles gives some encouragement.

Bika has a less flowcharty encouragement here.

On The Silly Side

The Grumpy Elf had lots of random thoughts. I must agree, coming up with names for your toons is pretty hard, especially so many of the ones that make sense have been taken!

I may have missed out on the #iwasanoob twitter hashtag, but Elfi didn’t, and carefully transcribed many tweets for your enjoyment!

Fulguralis asks… What Would Star Fox Do?

And I think that’s all the links for today, folks! Thanks for reading!

A Wild Link Roundup Appears!

30 Oct
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It's a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I've posted it, I'm likely never to finish it!)

Happy Hallow’s End and welcome to the Link Round Up!

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I blame a lack of round ups due to me not reading other blogs consistently. However, I’ve recently been sprucing up my Google Reader and therefore started to read blogs again. This leads me to find interesting links to share with you in a round up! Let’s see if this trend continues, even as NaNoWriMo looms…

Today we have some thoughts on leveling, Pandaren, gold making, art, and storytelling. But first up is some Hallow’s End goodness!

I, for one, I’m looking forward to art from Cat! If I find some time, maybe I can return the favor…
Anyway, that’s all for this round up! Thanks for stopping by!

Link Round Up – Flashback!

30 Mar

Dearest Readers,

Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It's a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I've posted it, I'm likely never to finish it!)

I have been slacking on my blog reading. Shocking, I know. It may have to do with the fact I’ve moved to a more open cube arrangement at work. Or perhaps it is because The SA and I have had company over for two weekends straight.

Whatever the case, there is suffering involved.

No no, the blog itself does not suffer from the lack of new posts (after all, it is merely pieces of data on a server somewhere).

And I’m sure you, dear Reader, do not suffer much from the fact nothing new appears here. After all, there must be something in the archive that you could delight in reading (again, I hope).

The real tragedy, my friend, is that my Link Round Up post has become horribly outdated.

How could this travesty happen, I hear you ask in a most devastated tone?

Let me explain.

A month or so ago, when I was keeping up with the blogs, I started to pull out what I thought was interesting into this very post. And I gathered a fair number of links, and I said to myself, “Self-” (as I am prone to addressing myself as “self”) “- you should take a break. Surely there will be no harm stopping your collection of links now and picking it up later. Obviously you won’t forget to check on your blogroll for a few weeks because you became ‘busy’ and then continue to not check them because you ‘don’t have the time’ to read all of the posts AND pull out the interesting ones into a link round up post. So go ahead and start checking your auctions!”

For some reason, my suspiciously specific denial came true. My blogroll has lain untouched for too long, as I would feel remorse for missing so many interesting links, and would have to possibly abandon these brave links that made it into the original attempt at this link round up post.

But no more! For now I present to you a flashback to the earlier days of March, where I pulled out the following links for you, dear Reader, to laud.]

Links From The Not-So-Distant Past (Unless You Are Reading This From The More Distant Future, In Which Case You May Ignore The ‘No-So’ Part)

I hope you enjoyed this ‘blast to the past’. Now please remind me not to finish up my posts late at night.

Much Love,

Misha

The Return of the Link Round Up!

2 Mar
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It's a link roundup! (This is still a WIP, though now that I've posted it, I'm likely never to finish it!)

I’ve a conundrum, dearest Reader. Is round up supposed to be one word, or two? As you can tell, I’ve settled on two words, but The Internet seems to think it can go either way. Which way do you prefer?

This week, in a shocking turn of events, I’ve divided the list of links into three categories, as I found quite a few of them since my last link round up post. (Maybe that isn’t too shocking). First there is General WoW News, followed by Shaman and Healing, because Shaman and Healing go together like Peanut Butter and Brown Sugar (seriously — try it. You’ll love it, especially if you like sugar. And peanut butter). Lastly, there’s news from In The Blogging World. Those are items that are more related to the blogging community than WoW itself.

One or more of these categories may have been a little ‘forced’ in order to split up the links. >.>

And in case you haven’t heard from every healing blog in town (especially those owned by Druids and Shaman), there is an important blue post mentioning something about a ‘shaman healing buff’ and ‘awareness of need for life-saving cooldowns for Druids and Shaman’. I’m sure it’s old news by now, but I thought I’d bring it up, just in case you only read my blog. <snerk>

What, you want me to link to something? What do you think this is, a post for linking to things? No, no, there were far too many places talking about this, I simply cannot be bothered to find each and every one of those links.

Now onto the links I did bother with!

General WoW News

  • Disciplinary Action wrote a post on how you can haz WoW on your iPad (at home). I might try it out someday when I have a reason to use something smaller than my desktop/Alienware laptop.
  • A Hasty Experiment by Beruthiel at Falling Leaves and Wings talks about Dark Intent (mm, haste), which apparently should not go to Resto Druids. It’s a very informative post, especially for Warlocks and Druids.
  • Polymorphed Sheep on some grass.

    Who -wouldn't- want to sheep something? I mean, look at it! It's a sheep! (Image from Wowhead)

    Beru also talks about CC, tanking, and why they won’t tank anymore.  I haven’t had any major CC debacle happen to me before, but I haven’t been tanking. The situation described, however, seems like it would be very common. (As for me, I’m usually not called upon to CC since I’m healing. But if I’m told to hex something, I’m on it! As long as you keep reminding me — paying attention to marks is not my forté).

  • I Like Bubbles talks about the BWD Elevator Boss. A boss that is so threatening, it’s kill count will soon be recorded. Even Ratshag has noted the deadliness of this boss. Twice.
  • Need to keep up with the latest hairstyling trends? You’re in luck! Kamalia wrote an excellent Barbershop guide (for the ladies). Just click through the ten posts to see screenshots of all the different hair styles and hair colors — it’s very impressive! Thanks to the MMO Melting Pot for pointing out this gem!

Shaman and Healing

  • Shaman’s Chain Heal is apparently better with mastery than previously thought. Discovered by EJ forum goers (and what isn’t), both Totemic Grace and Totem Forest wrote up some posts on the matter. (Mastery, however, is still low on the Shaman’s stat totem-pole).
  • Speaking of healing, Oestrus explains how the Mage talent Cauterize works, how it kills them (softly? with song? Nah, just FIRE), and what you (assuming you are a healer) can do to keep them from dying. I’d recommend reading it in case you group with a suicidal mage.
  • Minnesota, the state of hockey. And apparently, a mysterious Shaman element.

    Back to more Shaman news! This one is from Kaelynn, at Shades of Kae, called The Essence of a Shaman. It’s a great lore-type post explaining all about Shaman; talking about the elements, races, and other things of Shaman goodness. I especially liked the mention of ‘The Wild’ spirit, which I assume is related to hockey.

In the Blogging World

But wait! There’s more! What kind of blogger would I be without blatant self-promotion? Here a link to my most recent post about the Orgrimmar Auctioneers and their dislike for a certain holiday. I’m rather proud of the post, especially since it takes a lot for me to stop being lazy and write some ‘real’ fiction, so go check it out!

Already read it? Click the link anyway! Not sure you want to read a long post? Sure you do — there’s chocolate!

Ralinza eats some chocolate.

Mmm, chocolate.

Link Round Up!

14 Feb
Misha rides a kodo, using a lasso to roundup links

Yeehaw! It's a link round up! (This is still a WIP, though now that I've posted it, I'm likely never to finish it!)

Upon realizing I have not that much to say, and a lot of you folks do, I decided it’s time I start ’rounding up some links’, as it were. A common practice around the blogosphere, I know, but hopefully you’ll find a few new things to read (and if you don’t because you already read them, you can feel cool that we read the same things!)

My strategy for collecting these links is to dump them randomly into a post as I find them and, once there are enough, attempt to pretty them up with some words to make them fit for human consumption. We’ll see how well this goes, or if these posts will turn into some sort of Frankenstein link monstrosity.

A Frankenstein with links for stitches

This was going to be some kind of anthropomorphic link, but it was much easier to draw a Frankenstein with links for stitches instead.

And without further ado, here are the cattle links this round up produced!

  • A few bloggers chose to hang up their blogging hats last week. Two of my favorite blogs, Righteous Orbs and Through the Eyes of Death, have closed shop. Those links go to their farewell posts. I shall miss them both; Tam and Chas were a cornerstone of the WoW Blogging community, and Arren’s blog helped to introduce me into the wild world of WoW RP. Their writings will be missed.
  • In case you don’t follow Auction House type blogs, I should have you know that The Undermine Journal is back online, as reported by nearly every single Auction House Blog (yes, those are all separate links — start clicking!). It’s worthy of the press, however. The Undermine Journal is a nifty tool that scans all of the US realms’ AH data and displays it in nifty charts charts and graphs. You can search for specific items or sellers. Even if you don’t play the AH, I would recommend checking it out. Even a casual buyer (or seller) could benefit looking at an item’s listing history.
  • There’s been some interesting posts on Shaman, mostly from a Resto Shaman perspective. Totem Forest explains that certain design choices drag down our ability to heal. Totemic Grace brings up similar concerns when they discuss recent Shaman changes. And Live In Group 5 talks about how Shaman are the last vestiges of a utility class. All of these are good reads for Shaman.
  • Speaking of healing, here’s a nice healing pep talk from Healer Aggro: Healers: Never give up, Never surrender! The pictures really tie everything together.
  • Joseph Ducreux Explains Eye of the Storm, by He Came From Shattrat. I believe the title is self-explanatory. (I hadn’t heard of this meme before, actually. You learn something new every day!)

While I’m talking about links, I’m pleased to inform you that I’m finally working on piecing together my blogroll. Once I’ve rebuilt it in Google Reader (don’t ask why I have to rebuild it), I’ll write a program to harvest the links in a nice list format to put on the blog. Sure, it will probably take me another few months or more to actually put the links on the blog, but I’m sure I’ll let you all know when it happens.

In the meantime, if you’d like to make sure your blog appears the blogroll (I’m quite sure I’ll miss some by accident), please leave a comment here or ask me on The Twitters. And then soon you’ll see your blog on the blogroll! Magic!

Are there any links you’ve been fond of recently? Share the link love here at the Link Round Up!