Knights and Clerics

Okay, its an axe - but I will end up with a hammer/mace

Okay, its an axe – but I will end up with a hammer/mace

So this week I had a bit of a change of direction with my characters. After leveling a DeathKnight to 60th in preparation for the profession upgrade ready in the next patch I decided to leave my shaman and start to concentrate on my Paladin. I often wonder which sort of class I play the best within any game. I usually end up with either a pet class or the magic user. I think this is because I would always volunteer to play this class in the ‘olden days’ of dungeons and dragons. When playing World of Warcraft, I actually do enjoy playing a healer, mainly due to the fact that I find it hard to maintain the constant competition to achieve the highest DPS values of the long queues for raids when not playing a healer. With the new Crusader class coming out for Diablo 3 – I suddenly thought I like playing a class in heave armour (preferably plate) and weilding a shield and mace – or alternatively a two handed hammer. With this in mind I decided to start playing my paladin Armyth again.

Nothing but Holy

Nothing but Holy

Healing with Armyth is nearly as enjoyable as healing with my shaman Jajot. Once I had figured out how to build up holy power I was pleased to place the eternal flame HoT onto the tank with my beacon of light duplicating some of the healing onto the off tank. Holy Shock has a relatively short cool down and I like using the Holy Radiance to heal groups of melee. Hurling what I call my ‘healing hammer’ round the melee also helps and gives me a slight dps gain. Mana is a problem in some fights, although Divine Plea is effective and useful, I’m not sure whether I should in the midst of the fighting hitting things with my mace to get some mana back or whether it is just my gear which is currently not allowing my mana to return quick enough.

Out of the healing domain of raids, I can kill things effectively in retribution spec. Unfortunately this means I use a two handed weapon and, although I like it how my blood elf swings it round his back every now and again, I miss my shield and that ‘clunking’ sound when I shield bash. I’m not sure if tanking spec – not sure what this is called – is viable for leveling, although the thought of collecting another set of tanking gear does not fill me with glee!

What am I doing with Armyth at the moment? Well I have just got his healing helmet and as you can see from his armoury I still have some 528 pieces to get – especially his chest, shoulders and cloak. I’m looking forward to getting the shoulders since this will complete the overall look of his armour. I’m also trying to get his mining and blacksmithing up as well as collecting lesser tokens from quests to be able to have more rolls in raids. It’s keeping me busy at the moment, although I don’t think I’ll actually get to Raid Level with him. I’m certainly enjoying the journey at the moment though 🙂

2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

  1. Profile photo of Longshanks
    February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

  2. Profile photo of David Thompson
    March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

    I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
    I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
    I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
    I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
    For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
    I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
    For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
    For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

    I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

    The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
    I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

    Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
    Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
    Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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