Category Archives: Rambles

Politics & a CapLibSoc

Politics are complicated. It would be nice to have a label that easily conveys my viewpoints, but so far all of the labels I’ve seen fail to encompass the full breadth of my beliefs. I’m not a republican, or a democrat, or totally conservative, or totally liberal. So I’m borrowing from a couple different terms and making my own.. Apparently I’m a CapLibSoc? (Capitalist Libertarian Socialist) Continue reading

A New Class for Warcraft

Out of 36 available specs in World of Warcraft, there are 6 healers, 6 tanks, and 24 DPS. Released in November 2008, the Death Knight has a tank spec and two DPS specs. The Monk came in September 2012, with one of each spec. The Demon Hunter was released in August 2016 with a tank and a DPS spec, making it the first class to only have two specs. (Druids have four, that’s why the total number of specs is still divisible by three.) Will we see another class by the end of 2020?

A new class would need to be different to set it apart from other classes, but how to do that? We already have melee fighters with daggers, one-handed swords, two-handed swords, two one-handed swords, sword and shield, maces and axes (which fill the same slot as the one-handed swords), and bo-staves. We have ranged fighters with bows and guns. We have arcane, holy, void, and nature casters that deal damage and/or heal. What’s missing?

It’s worth noting that spell-casting classes have restrictions on their weapon choices just like fighter classes do. But spell-casters never use their weapon. The weapon stays on back or hip, never drawn in hand unless the player uses an emote to do so. If you’ve played the Dragon Age games, you know how freaking cool it can look when the weapon (usually a staff) is integrated into the spell-casting animations.

You know what that makes me think of? How about a spell-slinging Tank?

Okay, I know many of you who’ve been in the gaming community for a long time are already gearing up your arguments about Tank Mages, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m not suggesting giving a spellcaster’s DPS set to a tank. As a tank, this spec should be concerned with shielding the character and drawing aggro. And there are currently no cloth-wearing tanks, so anyone who prefers to play mostly tanks doesn’t get access to the largest pool of transmogs in the game. (There are also no tanks who wear Mail. That should also get fixed down the road.)

Then, how about an Arcane Healer? And a DPS class that uses non-magical weapons in magical ways? There are so many cool things you could do.

Class Name: Arcanist
Armor: Cloth

Spec 1: Thaumaturgy
Role: Tank
Weapon: Staff (two handed) – IMPORTANT, the staff would need to be integrated into the spell-casting in the same vein as the Dragon Age games.
Abilities & Talents: The Thaumaturge can create magical barriers around herself to block or absorb incoming damage. She can also bewitch enemies so they remain focused on her (taunt). She can play tricks with time, making enemies move towards her more quickly, but move away from her more slowly. The Thaumaturge can also use her two-handed staff to great effect, pushing or dealing damage to enemies.

Spec 2: Voodoo
Role: Healer
Weapon: Wand & Off-hand
Abilities & Talents: Voodoo can prevent damage and heal damage already taken. It can remove curses and charms, turn foes against each other, and can raise the dead. Unlike existing healers, Voodoo Arcanists could focus on preventing it, by increasing armor rating, reducing incoming damage, reducing the enemy’s accuracy, and so on. The only problem is that this type of support is less visible than outright healing, where people see their nearly-empty health bars get refilled. Blizzard would have to ensure that the class was balanced against content, but also felt strong & useful in gameplay.

Spec 3: Runes
Role: DPS
Weapon: 2 Daggers, Thrown & Returned with Magic
Abilities & Talents: Rune-casters enchant themselves and their blades to deadly advantage. They throw their blades in wild patterns, following lines of magic. They enchant their daggers with spells that poison or slow their enemies. With enchanted daggers whirling, the Rune-caster is a force to be reckoned with!

MMORPG Terms for the Uninitiated

Certain terms are common across the MMORPG genre, regardless of developer or decade of release. They’re so pervasive that I often forget people who don’t play MMOs aren’t familiar with them, even if they do play other types of games. So here are several terms and concepts that are deeply ingrained on my psyche, and that of other MMORPGamers. (What, I can’t do that? I’m doing it. I did it. MMORPGamers. It’s a thing now.) Continue reading

Smartphones in 2018

I carry two phones; one is mine, and one belongs to my employer. I could’ve transferred ownership of my phone number to my company when I started, but I don’t want to mix business with pleasure. As cool as our internal IT guys are, I don’t trust anyone but my husband with all my personal data. And I’m perfectly fine with carrying two phones. Continue reading

The Art, vs The Artist

There have been several columns published by people who are shocked or disappointed to learn of Orson Scott Card’s homophobic and hateful rhetoric, and his activism attempting to deny human rights to the LGBTQ+ community. Some people have come to the conclusion that they cannot in good conscience support such a person, and have therefore decided to boycott his books and anything based on them. It appears that OSC didn’t profit directly/monetarily from the Ender’s Game movie, but it did still promote his books, and I see why some people are uncomfortable spending money on the stuff this guy has produced. I’m not sure it actually has any effect on his bottom line, and I doubt any sort of boycott will change his stance on gay rights, but I definitely support a person’s decision to buy (or not) anything based on their comfort level. Continue reading

2017 Year In Review

Ah, 2017. A year of calling our representatives, frantically trying to protect the things important to us. The year of the Great Solar Eclipse (in the U.S.A.). The year of Harvey and Irma and other enormous storms wreaking havoc across the hemisphere. The year of the Equifax breach and the Patreon fiasco. A year where dozens upon dozens of high-profile men have been accused of heinous acts. But despite all of that, 2017 was also a year of less poverty, less world hunger, less child mortality, better education, lower crime, and other advances, because even as bad as it seems sometimes, we are getting better in a lot of ways. Continue reading

Remove Sidebar From Blogs

Do you want to remove the sidebar from your blog posts and blog category pages? Not only that, but you then want said posts & category pages to expand to fill the full available width? Have you spent hours stumbling over one wrong answer after another? Have no fear. I finally figured out how to do this, and I want to share it with the world.* Continue reading

Solar Filter

I ordered two new lenses for my camera with the hope of catching some great photos of the upcoming Solar Eclipse. But of course, you need more than just good lenses – you also need a Solar Filter. Unfortunately, such filters can be enormously expensive, costing even more than the lenses themselves. (At least, more than the lenses I bought.) And since I want to be able to take photos with TWO different sized lenses, I would have had to spend quite a bit of money to protect my camera (and eyes) with both. So instead of buying a solar filter or two, I made my own.

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