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Hunter-Related Blogs:

Other Classes/Multi-Class/General WoW/Gaming:

If you do not see your blog here and know that you have been here in the past, it means one of two things: either your blog has moved/disappeared and I don’t know where your new one (if you have a new one) is, or you haven’t updated in a couple months. I still keep tabs on you inactive guys (<3 you all!) and if you start regularly updating again, I will re-add you to the blogroll as soon as I can! Similarly, if you have simply moved your blog, pop me off an e-mail and I will get right to it.

Questions or comments? Got a new blog you think I’d like to know about? Feel free to drop me a line: pikestaff21 [at] gmail [dot] com. I can’t guarantee that I will link to everything you suggest but I will consider each link I am sent.

When it comes to the categories, please note that if you talk about hunters but you also talk about a lot of other stuff you will be added to the “General” blogroll. If you think you have a hunter slant and I haven’t noticed or something (or vise versa), please let me know and I’ll be happy to move you to the appropriate blogroll.

Wow. Part 2.

So this morning I woke up, feeling horribly sick with (yet another) flu-type-thing, and stumbled over to my computer and hit the “Next” button on my Firefox toolbar, which brings me to my unread blog entries.

BRK pops up with some of my pictures on it.

Now you’ve gotta understand, it was about 5 AM and I was sick and it took a while for me to register what I was seeing. “Oh look, BRK… oh look my pics… yawn… snore… WAITAMINUTE.”

So aside from the fact that BRK is like the WoW version of Slashdot and caused a mass flood of newcomers to my humble abode, he requested some of my UberCute WoW Character Portraits (TM).

Telling BRK that you’re not going to make him some pictures is like telling Linus Torvalds that you aren’t going to build him a Linux distribution. Not to mention, I’ve been itching to draw the BRK duo for a while. So of course I accepted the challenge:

Big Red Kitty: Bringing You Massive Quantities of Sustained Ranged Pewpew Since 2006

Turned out pretty good I think. Entirely mouse-drawn in the GIMP because I currently don’t have a working scanner or one of those fancy-tablet things, so it all had to be done by mouse.

Anyways, BRK suggested to me that some other people might be interested in having their WoW characters UberCute-ified as well, and that I could possibly take commissions on them… afterall, as much as I would love to do these for free, the fact of the matter is that each one takes a good few hours to do. (BRK’s admittedly took a bit longer because I made a few different versions.)

So what I’m asking here is… if I were to charge something small like $5 or $10 to make you an UberCute version of your favorite WoW toon, would you be interested? If I get enough interest, I’ll definitely set up a PayPal button or something, and we can get the proverbial ball rolling! (And if I only get a few takers, we’ll figure something out too!)

And of course, all opinions on whether this would be a good or bad idea are welcome too.

Dear Google

Every so often I check my Sitemeter referrals to see how people are finding my blog. I do this mostly to see if anyone is linking to me that I don’t know about yet, so I can go check out their site and perhaps reciprocate the link =D But a lot of people find my site through Google, too. There are a few search terms that people consistently seem to be finding my site from; I wanted to address some of those here. So without further ado…

If you have found my site through Google and are searching for information on one of the following things, here is any help I can offer:

Pike World
: This is probably the one that I get the most hits from. I have no idea what Pike World is but it sure is popular. I’ve Google’d it myself and the closest thing I can find to a “Pike World” is “Pike’s World: Exploration and Empire in the Greater Southwest”, a museum exhibit in Colorado that I don’t think is around anymore. If this sounds like what you were searching for, then here’s a link to it.

Leveling a low-level pet in WoW: Unfortunately I know of no easy way to do this. Once, quite some time ago, I wrote a post on my own attempts at doing this and my own little strategy. You can find that post here. However, keep in mind that I wrote that post a few months ago when I was still in my 50s, level-wise. Also keep in mind that I think this mostly comes down to finding your own little strategy. The next patch should make pets level up faster, though, so that’s always a plus. For more general pet-related information I direct you to Petopia and Mania’s Arcania. A quick search of my own also turned up this guide.

Linux and WoW: I wrote up a basic Q&A about this which you can find here. You might want to try searching for information regarding your specific distro. If you use a ‘buntu then I can’t recommend Ubuntu Forums enough.

Linux and Ventrilo: Unfortunately I have yet to get Ventrilo working entirely on Linux, although I plan on making a more concerted effort sometime soon. The best advice I can give to you is to check out this thread on Ubuntu Forums, and also this great guide over at Synarch (the blog formerly known as /dev/random).

Funny WoW Huntard Stories: /chuckle Well, I’m sure you can find a few of ’em if you look around my site long enough… though I try to focus more on being a “good huntard”…

Hunters in Battlegrounds
: I wrote up a few basic information posts on being a hunter in battlegrounds, the series starts here. They are more aimed for PvP-newbies, though, so if you have some experience already they might be too “basic” for you.

Guides on How To Be a Good Hunter: While I am immensely flattered that my blog somehow shows up when you search for this… I cannot in good conscience keep anyone away from BigRedKitty. Read the articles he has posted on his sidebar under “Hunter Training List”. Read the comments. Read more articles. Visit his forums and ask questions.

If for some reason you come back to my blog after feasting on the wisdom of BRK, then glance at the blogs I have in my blogrolls on my sidebar. Click on some links and explore them. There are a lot of blogs out there that provide very valuable information.

…if after that you still come back to my blog for some reason, well make yourself at home and feel free to leave me a comment or question or two. ^^

Alrighty, there you have it, Google-searchers! Have fun.

Just a Bit More on WoW Gender-Bending

I got a lot of great comments in my previous post about this subject, and I’ve seen some more articles too. What’s great is that it’s shown me there are a lot of valid reasons to play the opposite gender in WoW– more reasons than I’d even thought of before.

Maebius says that he plays the opposite gender in order to specifically avoid making just an “avatar of himself”.

Matticus says female characters let you see more of the screen.

Mirsh just recently wrote up a great article about how he’s been able to discover and express new aspects of himself through playing the opposite gender in WoW.

Anyways, I just wanted to thank everybody for their comments and responses; I’ve really discovered a new appreciation for playing the opposite gender… like I said before, it was never that I had a problem with it, so much as I was a bit mystified by how widespread it was. But it turns out there are a lot of very good reasons for it that hadn’t occurred to me.

And now I’m inspired; I want to go make a male gnome rogue, I’ve got some great character ideas floating around in my head for him… and yes, I know I’ve said before that I can’t stand playing melee classes, especially rogues, but I dunno, it seems like I’ve had an unusually high number of people recently telling me how fun rogues are, I think maybe something’s trying to tell me to give it another shot. It’s so hard for me to play other classes, because to me… WoW = hunter, for the most part. But sometimes, it’s nice to wander off and do something completely different. Hence why my mage will randomly get sudden spurts of playtime.

I have way too many blog post ideas, I should really start writing them down…

Answering Questions (Mostly of the Linux Persuasion)

I got a couple positive responses to my Linux guide (thank you for the shout-outs, Lassirra and Kestrel!) as well as a couple questions that I would like to address:

Think it’s possible to dual boot a Linux distro onto a macbook? Although I haven’t had experience with this, a google of “dual boot linux macbook” brought up some promising looking links and Pelides mentioned this: “With Paralells installed on an Intel Mac, you could run Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD and any other X86 operating system within the Mac OS X environment. You could theoretically run WoW under WINE in Linux through Paralells on your Mac. You’d be working about 2 virtualizations deep at that point, but it should work.” So I’d say the answer is a yes!

Just for fun, I’m going to say the screenshot used in your wallpaper is a character overflying Mulgore, north side somewhere. Hehe, that particular wallpaper is available here and yes, I’m going to say it’s Mulgore too. (I actually find myself wanting to say they’re headed southwest through Mulgore from the direction of the Barrens, but that’s probably just me being a geek, as usual.)

Did you use the RPM based Wine or did you get Cedega?
Because I use a Debian-based distro I do not use RPM files which are for Red Hat based distros. To install Wine I would either use a Deb file, compile the thing from source, or do it in the terminal via a sudo aptitude install wine. As for Cedega… a lot of people swear by it and say it works a lot better than Wine. I prefer to use Wine for two reasons: one is that it simply works for me, so why fix it if it ain’t broken ;P and secondly because it is one of the few Linux programs I have run into that you have to pay for, and I would rather keep my stuff as “free” as I can. But if you are having issues getting Wine to work and you really want to play games on Linux, then Cedega might be worth a shot, and your money.

“World of Warcraft is unable to start 3D acceleration.” *sad panda* Sucks, because other than that, it feels like I’m SO. CLOSE. I got that same message when I tried to install WoW (via Wine) on my laptop. Now I didn’t spend too long trying to figure this one out because firstly I don’t know if my laptop can even adequately run WoW =P And secondly because I’ve got it working fine on my desktop. But from my quick research I was able to determine that it is possibly a driver problem. You may want to try seeing if you need to update your video drivers at all. (This would also be a good place to mention that as far as Linux is concerned, Nvidia is the clear winner over ATI.) Otherwise I would recommend asking around for help on the many Linux forums out there; if you use a ‘buntu then Ubuntu Forums is an invaluable resource.

Alrighty, that does it for now, as far as Linux is concerned. Please let me know if you have any more questions or comments, I love getting them! Also, I want to mention something. I seem to have inspired some people to try installing Linux or even just consider it. I think it’s great that a lot of people want to try it out and that I have inspired some people that way, but I also want to remind the adventurous reader that WoW and Wine are not a foolproof combination and that while there are a lot of people like me who have managed to get it working with little problems, there are also a lot of people who haven’t got it working at all, for whatever reasons. There is truly a lot of luck involved in what kind of hardware you’ve got and how Wine reacts to it, and things like that. But don’t let that deter you from giving it a try if you want! You will gain a deep satisfaction for “getting it working” if you are successful, and of course you will be using a very fun new operating system 😉 But I wanted to lay the cautionary note out there too. Back up your stuff, and be prepared to revert back to your previous operating system if it doesn’t work out right.

Lastly, I got this question in my previous post…

“More information on BG’s would be cool, it sounds like you enjoy them and spend quite a bit of time there. I have not found or read much information about them but they sound interesting. Any guidance you can provide would be appreciated.”

Firstly thank you very much, TazButane, for your faith in my PvP abilities, which are in my opinion still rather meager. Your question is a rather “large” and open-ended one as opposed to a more specific one, and as such I will probably have to think on it for a bit and see if I can come up with a good satisfying post for you. So stay tuned =)

Patch 2.3 next week! My alts are quivering with excitement.

Reclaiming the Term

This probably will mark me as a bit odd, but I’m going to say it anyway: I call myself a huntard. All the time. And I sorta like being called a huntard.

“But Pike, ‘huntard’ is a bad name! And I thought you were into being good at your class and that kind of thing!”

I am. And I consider myself to be a fairly decent hunter. But see here’s the thing: I don’t view the term “huntard” as an insult like most other WoW-ers do. I consider it to be more of a term of endearment. Like “pally” or “shammy”. (Though I guess some paladins and shamans are offended by those terms– but many do refer to themselves as such.) “Huntard”, to me, should be a word signifying somebody who is geekily obsessive about, and hopefully skilled with, their chosen class: hunter in this case.

Obviously most people do not go along with my own personal definition of the word. As such I have to be careful about when and how I use it. I can’t go into a group and introduce myself as a huntard; that would probably be bad. I sort of hope that someday I can, though. I hope that someday I can say “I’m a huntard” and that will clue people off to just how much I love and try to perfect my class.

Ah well, we can’t have everything. In the meantime my boyfriend calls me huntard and I call him grumpy warlock. It works out!