A low-WoW-content weekend here, at least proportionally. I took (and passed) the exam for the lowest level of ham radio license. We went to the bookstore to look at books on electronics projects. Church, both sets of services. Went to lunch at a pizza pub and found they’re the local hangout for the Steelers ex-pat fans in this Florida town, so Nomster got to cheer for the black and gold which will make her grandfather very happy. Went to the beach, tried teaching Nomster not to drink the ocean, failed.
And spent a lot of time rassling computers. See, we had this great idea; let’s try LoTRO. We’re Lord of the Rings fans, we’re MMO playesr, it’s free-to-start, at least, WoW’s in a down time, my RAF time just ran out… so let’s give it a try. Hmm. My gaming rig, Peorth, doesn’t have enough hard drive space. Ok, grab an external SATA plug in device, add hard drives lying around from our last round of computer surgery, profit. Hmm. LOTRO doesn’t have a Mac version so how do we get it to run on Reversion’s laptop? Try Parallels. Nope; large black splotches all over the game because emulated hardware just can’t do graphics right. Ok. Try his offside machine, Urd. Urd has unpatched XP. Urd won’t install the version of .Net framework that the game needs. Ok. Hook in my offside, Belldandy. Find a long cable to run the monitor, get the wireless keyboard and mouse going. Find the Windows 7 key, register Windows 7. In business. No, wait, the sound isn’t working. Try new drivers. Try external device 1. Open up Belldandy, insert new sound card. Find drivers. Profit.
I played a hobbit Minstrel up to about 7 and had fun, then we switched to a pair of elves, a Lore-Master for me and a Hunter for Reversion. Lore-Master, at low levels, feels like a mage. Different…. fun. The world has a slow feeling, immersive. Reminds me of Neverwinter Nights somehow. I don’t see it replacing WoW but as another game to play now and then, sure!
And some instance runs in WoW with alts. My dk, tanking for various alts of Reversion to get them up to Outlands level. DK finally hit 60 so tanking should be easier now with Death and Decay. Today, a lunchtime run with my priest and his paladin, running Hellfire Ramparts. The XP is amazing when you’ve got rested and heirlooms. We’re going to rotate pairs in and out of storage, only running them when they have XP, and see how far we get.
And now the rumor is Cataclysm will drop November 2nd. Crap. We were hoping for a later November date. This is going to kill our NaNoWriMo chances – it’s hard enough to write 50,000 words in November without a Cataclysm getting us out on the wrong foot.
Things are quiet. But not TOO quiet.