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6.2.3 is now Live!

6.2.3 is now Live!

Well 6.2.3 went live this week, and with it several things of note:

  • Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons.
  • One additional dungeon for Timewalking during TBC and Wrath events.
  • Valor Points, for…
  • MoP-style 2/2 item upgrades boosting items in item level by 5 per upgrade at a cost of 250VP per upgrade.
  • Grove Warden Moose* & Infinite Dragon Mounts (Heroic Archi & Timewalking bosses respectively).
  • Mythic HFC is now Cross Realm.
  • Mythic 5 mans now have item levels of 685 to 725.
  • Tanaan Baleful token drops can create items that range in item level anywhere between 655 and 695.
  • Felblight drops have been increased from gathering professions by about 20%.
  • 4-15% damage buffs for DKs, Druids, Paladins, Shamans and Warriors.
  • PvP season 3.

One little oddity I noticed:

  • Mirror of the Blademaster now summon magical blades as guardians, instead of mirror images of the caster.

This is probably a log issue, as the mirror images used to be targetable and carried the caster’s name.

All in all not bad for a minor (x.x.x) patch, and on a par with the so-called “major” (x.x) patch that was 6.1, which brought Heirloom Tab & Belf Model updates and…not a lot else from memory?

Already run my 5 TW dungeons for the event quest, and got my first batch of 500VP. I used that to upgrade my gun, but as yet the armory or ingame are not updated behind the scenes to handle displaying the increase in ilevel on the item itself.

Someday Blizzard, someday…

Oh, and watch out for the Fel Reaver in Warspear/Stormshield! 

*Further post about getting this coming in a bit!

Posted by Sar in Gaming, News, Patch News, World of Warcraft, Youtube, 0 comments
On design and updates…

On design and updates…

I’ve been working on a new design for headers etc over on Twitter over the past few weeks, and I think I’ve hit upon a design idea that I’m happy to run with for the foreseeable future!

Making it more generalised in step with the broadening of the theme of my writing, so it’s reflective of more than just gaming.

Started using Adobe Illustrator for the headers rather than my old favourite, Photoshop. It works quite differently, and there’s going to be a learning curve, but I really like the clean results vector artwork gives.

It certainly makes logo design a lot cleaner, but it’s definitely not as intuitive as Photoshop, but then again I’ve been using that particular application for over 15 years, closer to 20 actually!

I’ll be rolling out the new design to my very underutilised YouTube channel within the next week or so!

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Lifting the veil of Sar Crux…

Lifting the veil of Sar Crux…

Yep, I’ve changed locations as well as names. For clarity, the following has changed:

Why the change?

Well, over the past 6 months or more, I’ve become a lot more vocal about other things outside of gaming, such as politics, atheism, and so on, alongside the things I’ve always loved like gaming, books, movies etc etc.

I’ve been discussing a lot of these on Twitter, and it didn’t feel quite right talking about the intricacies of socialism vs capitalism with a gaming related twitter handle.

Similarly I follow quite a lot of atheism related folk on twitter, as well as contacting a lot of companies via twitter, and the gaming part of the handle didn’t really sit right.

It’s fine when talking about WoW and gaming related matters of course, but when you’re tweeting Jeremy Corbyn about his policy choices, or insulting David Cameron for his alleged pig fancying, it’s not quite as “grown up” as it could be.

So I sat for hours and hours whilst on holiday in Spain over the past fortnight, and got back yesterday and gave it a lot more thought between then and today, and went through literally dozens of different permutations and combinations of various words that seemed to fit.

The other thing I had to keep in mind was being able to get the name on both Twitter and as a .com domain name. This is the first .com I’ve ever owned, usually opting for .net domain names, but I thought I’d give it a go after reading a few books on blogging and improving my writing whilst on hols.

So I obviously wanted to expand my horizons a bit further, and increase the range of my subject matter beyond merely gaming, and WoW in particular.

So what now?

Needless to say that WoW and games will still form the vast majority of the subject matter on this site and my twitter feed as we go forwards, but the change to sarcrux.com/@sarcrux at least lifts the shackles of gaming from my hands and gives me the purview to speak on a wider range of topics without it feeling incongruous or ill-fitting.

So I settled on the word Crux, because it seemed a good word to use for the way I want to use this site and twitter feed from now on. I like writing (dur), and I, as best I can, always try to get to the crux of the matter being discussed.

CRUX: noun, plural cruxes, cruces [kroo-seez]
1. a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point:
The crux of the trial was his whereabouts at the time of the murder.
2. a cross.
3. something that torments by its puzzling nature; a perplexing difficulty.

This site and my twitter feed will also form the crux of my presence on-line. I will still be making videos, but I’ve never really had the time or energy to pump them out like some YouTube producers can. It’s frequently weeks or even months between videos, and I do feel bad for seemingly abandoning my subscribers there when it gets to be a while since the last video.

I’m getting a new video card this week (The Geforce 970 GTX), so maybe the increased frame-rates and fidelity will inspire me to make videos more often, but I make no promises!

Comments enabled!

To celebrate this mini re-launch, as a test, I’ve enabled comments.

I’ve had these disabled for the past year because of spam, and bots attacking the site when they were enabled last, meaning about a year ago I was plagued with downtime and hacks by Croation/Russian botfarms.

If the same thing happens again, I’ll be immediately disabling all comments once more, so fingers crossed…

Wrapping up….

However what I will be actively trying to do is improve my writing. As I said earlier, I’ve been reading a few books on writing, specifically blogging, and will be trying out some of the tips I’ve garnered from those sources.

Anyhoo, that’s it for this one, I hope you like the new name, it’s subject neutral so I don’t imagine I’ll be changing it again any time soon, which is a relief as it now allows me to spread my author’s wings!

Posted by Sar in News, Personal, Website, Youtube, 1 comment
Legion: Removing Gear and Weapon Drops

Legion: Removing Gear and Weapon Drops

Edit: If you’re coming here having seen Bellular’s video where he used my expansion quest stats, go here for the fuller story on that infographic.

Original Article:

I thought I should start putting my videos back up on the site once again, rather than having them sequestered off on YouTube!

I wanted to go into fuller details on the features of Legion, and go more in depth on my thoughts. Enjoy!

🙂

Posted by Sar in Gaming, News, World of Warcraft, Youtube

WoW Needs New Content ASAP! (YouTube Video)

And this should be a very nice 60fps for Chrome Users, more noticeable once you get into the D3 footage!

Plus, new Intro to go with the tweaked branding!

Posted by Sar in Gaming, RPGs, Website, World of Warcraft, Youtube

Pillars of Eternally writing Sheet Music

I’m really enjoying Pillars of Eternity so far. The storyline appears very interesting, pretty Planescape-ish in tone, and the classes seem good and varied.

As per the video, the class I chose for my first game was a female Moon Godlike Priest, and whilst she’s not a straight up healer archetype, she can throw out the occasional heal here and there, as well as dish out the damage 

The game by all accounts racks up at about 40+ hours of gameplay, so a real epic along the lines of the Baldur’s Gate series, which should keep me occupied for a good while


I’m going to try and tie down a specific day of the week for new videos, be they WoW-related, gameplay of other games or whatever, but I want to try and get regular content up on YouTube. First up though I want to try and get a new intro together.

Believe it or not this involves the use of sheet music and me writing the music for the intro!

This also involves me re-learning musical notation (I used to play multiple instruments as a child/teenager) and composing 8 bars of music.

All this just for the 6 seconds of an intro length. Yeah, I might be a little bit nuts, but #YOLO! *cough*

Posted by Sar in Gaming, News, Personal, RPGs, Website, Youtube

Amusing & Puzzling: Subscribers

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It always both puzzles and amuses me, whenever I take a bit of a content break (as you’re no doubt aware I do once or twice a year), that subs only ever increase during the break. However as soon as I start producing content again, the subs numbers actually drop lol

It’s like people think

“Oh yeah, that guy. I’ll unsubscribe if he’s just going to keep putting content up! Grrrrrr!”

Oh well, they’re welcome to re-subscribe any time, feel free! 

Posted by Sar in News, Personal, Youtube