Protectr Dings 60, Becomes My 4th

Ding 60 with ProtectrI never thought I’d have more than two toons at 60 when I finally got Gitr into Molton Core. I thought that would be too much work, but it really hasn’t been. Protectr, now a Holy paladin, became my 4th class to reach level 60 last night. Gitr is currently a 70 Fury/Arms warrior, Huntr is a 64 Beastmaster hunter, and Deadr is sitting right on the verge of 68 and is still happy being a Shadow priest.

What has been interesting with regard to Protectr is that I went directly from abandoning Paladr (level 50 Belf protection pally) on Velen to starting a new protection pally on Silvermoon to complement Gitr for end-game raiding. I wanted a tank and a healer, but I wanted to do the dirty work as a paladin rather than a priest.

The moment I hit 59, I re-specced him to Holy in hopes of running around with a buddy and healing his mad dps/tanking and to try to get into an early Ramparts. Neither one really happened this week, so my progress was a bit slow, especially due to the adjustment of not being able to run through thickets of mobs and wear them down to get at what I want. I’m finding myself picking and choosing one on one fights and trying to do some burst damage, only to drink far too often.

Fill us in on what you have been doing with your alts. Anyone hit 60 or 70 recently?

Flash Vulnerability for World of Warcraft

Breaking Flash vulnerability newsBlizzard is announcing via WorldofWarcraft.com site and the in-game login screen that there is a security vulnerability in some versions of Flash that affects WoW users. The upgrade was pretty quick and easy, so if you have administrator permissions, go ahead and get this taken care of before you join the thousands of hacked accounts. Here is the official word from Blizz:

A recent vulnerability has been discovered in popular web-content delivery program Adobe Flash, and it could potentially be used to target World of Warcraft players and accounts. The newest available version of Adobe Flash, version 9.0.124.0, does not contain this vulnerability, and we recommend that everyone upgrade their Flash player as soon as possible by visiting the Adobe.com download page at the link below.

http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/…

In addition, to avoid exploitation of this vulnerability, we have temporarily disabled the ability to post hyperlinks in our forums. Any links will need to be copied and pasted into a browser. We’ll continue to evaluate any potential security threats and take any steps necessary to ensure a safe and fun environment.

For more information on this issue, you can read the announcements from the Adobe security team concerning the threat at the links below.

http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2008/05/potential_flash_player_issue.html
http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2008/05/potential_flash_player_issue_u_1.html

Go upgrade and play safe.

Welcome to the New Gitr Knows WoW

It was high-time for a new theme to showcase the vast content contained in over 800 posts in a logical pattern. The re-categorization is far from over, but is certainly well under way. If you are a WordPress theme-hound and love checking out new themes, this one is based on Darren Hoyt’s Mimbo Pro, just as the last version was based on his free version of Mimbo 2.

Running down the features you’ll see here:

  • The main navigation bar consists of the categories and sub-categories.
  • The lead post area contains the latest post with a big thumbnail and the last 5 posts over to the right.
  • Below that is my favorite part: our exclusive class guides to get you through those milestone questlines. Use the arrows to see all of the guides available.
  • Running down the middle of the lower area, I’ll be switching up the categories that show up to keep things fresh and stimulating.
  • And ever-important to our continued content, we are proud partners with Joana’s Horde Guide and Brian Kopp’s Alliance Guide to assist you level as fast as possible, because we all know time is VERY valuable.

Stay tuned for exciting new content from new authors and wonderous new areas of the site. Things are beginning to jump around here.

Thanks again for all of your patronage over the years.

-Gitr

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Dump Wowaceupdater for Jwowupdater

I’ve had problems with Wowaceupdater even loading for months. Then I heard from PhiLogical this weekend that he was having the same problems. Due to a recent Windows blows issue that necessitated a fresh install of XP, I gave Wowaceupdater another try.

After the download started, it stopped. I tried to resume it, but it told me that it had already begun and couldn’t continue. So I deleted the temp folder it was creating and calling out as the issue several times, but it refused to try again.

Throwing my hands up in the air, I decided to Google for a Java-based updater, just on a whim. I found Jwowupdater at http://code.google.com/p/jwowupdater/ and I’ve never been happier with a little piece of software in my life. Not only does it download your Ace addons, but you can point it to the interface addon sites to download updates to non-Ace addons.

Jwowupdater screen

All you need is to have a semi-current Java installation from http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and it will automatically link the .jar filetype for the updater to run with Java. The program’s interface is a bona-fide stupid-easy, but there is an excellent README included.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

Patches Are Creating Stupid-Easy Mode

Blizzard is making the game too easy. Sure, I see why they are doing it: there are fewer and fewer people playing in the Old World to make it easy to group up and complete Elite quests. Now that you know I know why, I’m going to complain about it anyway to make a broader point.

Remember those Elite kill quests in Winterspring? The bear, Ursius; Chimera, Brumeran; and that ever-so-hard cat, Shy-Rotam? Man, those were benchmarks of greatness! If you could take those on as like-level or below, you were the bomb!
Killed Ursius solo

Those benchmarks are no longer cool, because Patch 2.3 removed the l33tness from them. Ursius is just a big bear, and he’s not the only mob that’s been neutered. I’ve noticed things being easier than before and it just wasn’t clicking that they are no longer Elite.

So what the heck are we supposed to do for benchmarking our abilities? I can kill things 4-5 levels higher than me right now, but how would I stack up against the great Ursius?

I’ll never know.

What former Elite mobs are leaving you with a big let-down when you go after them?