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We have Troll and Worgen druid forms!

July 3, 2010

It’s true! They’re up on MMO Champion, although I’ll admit I got the link from Big Bear Butt!

In any case… Wow.

Well, here let me drop the gratuitous images all over this page, and then we’ll talk. I’m gonna go reverse alphabetical and start Worgen first. At any time you’d like to see a larger image, just click the image and it should open into a new tab at full size.

Worgen Cats. I like ’em. They seem to be using the tauren druid form as a base, but the new skin with that bit of texture on the nose seems to help with the bull-terrier look. I’m kind of neutral about the studded leather bits, but the color combinations are kinda nice. I wouldn’t mind having that bluish one in the upper right!

Worgen Bears. I also like these. The paw-guard claw-covering things are pretty cool, and the mane somehow looks better on them than the Cats even. Colors also good, my favorite still being the bluish one in the upper middle, although the black in the upper left is a near second. Consensus: I’m excited about the idea of making a feral worgen when the time comes!

And on to the trolls! Brace yourselves!

So. Troll Cats. Um, what to say about them? They are… colorful. They have stripes… the stripes are a nice touch to make them different. They seem to be using the night elf cat model as a base, which is interesting, although it makes sense given the ears. Oh, they have little tribal belt thingies. Not sure I like the tribal belt thingies, anyone who has a cat knows how well something like that would actually stay in place once the druid was in motion. And the color selection? Hm. I’ll comment on the colors in a moment.

So yeah, there’s the troll bears. You know, I was talking to a good friend of mine who was very excited to get the link to the forms. My reaction wasn’t quite as extreme as hers, but all she could say was, “I’m OFFENDED!” Yeah. I really don’t know how I feel about these. I promised we’d talk about color and, honestly, seeing these bears… I’ll take the cats! The cat colors aren’t very complimentary, but they also have the benefit of having less “Day Glo” to them. Of all the bunch, I think the purple mane on white cat and teal mane on teal cat are the best there; and the yellow mane on blue bear the best of the ursine forms. But honestly? Not too sure I’ll be seeing a lot of feral trolls…

So far as the model itself, they used the nelf base again here. I’m not entirely happy with it… I get the feeling like the manes and tusks have a much lower polygon count average than an equivalent area of the rest of the animal, and the skin work on them seems low-res too. Yeah, you guys make your own opinions, but for me the worgen came out the clear winner in this match-up.

I have to admit I’m disappointed, though. I was really hoping for unique forms. That the night elves and tauren of Moonglade have bears and cats because they developed a rapport, and the tauren learned from the elves how to do that druid thing. (I am also hoping Moonglade doesn’t somehow pop up a bunch of trolls and worgen like they’ve been there the whole time.) But I was thinking lynx or raptor for troll cats, and some more… natural… bear for their bear form. I was thinking that at best they would get fun new models of lynx/raptor and bear, and at worst they would recycle the boss model half-troll animals from the troll raid zones. Never did I think the art would go in this direction.

I think what I was hoping for the Worgen was a big burly fluffy-mastiff model for their “bear form” and some doberman-with-big-claws-ish thing for their cat form. The idea of a bunch of humans that can’t manage to hold their human shape in combat because of the worgen curse somehow managing to hold onto a bear or cat shape different from either the human or the wolf just seemed ridiculous.

In any case, if these forms must be it- I’m content with the worgen forms, and… I hope the poor troll druids of tomorrow can take themselves seriously.

Cheers!

-Mitawa of Earthen Ring

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On bears, bows, and Rp

May 25, 2010

I’ve dusted off my hunter recently, and I’ve been having a blast. Skybreak, the hunter, was my first character and only recently has Mitawa, the druid, managed to creep past Sky in time /played. Sky doesn’t have use his birdy anymore and I’ve been meaning to head back to Winterspring to release him, but even so the change to playing DPS is incredibly fun. Yes- I know, I know, the great thing about druids is that they can play any role in the game but… Well, I don’t -really- get along with mana bars, and I’m just generally “teh suck” when it comes to Cat form. (Read: I do better damage in tree form than when I try to stand behind a boss as a Cat and try to look busy…). So I’ve been using hunter as my way to enter into that fascinating realm of damage meters and it’s been absolutely awesome.

On the other hand, where does that leave “Going Bearfoot”? Well, I could just abandon it. I could make some big move to a new, shiny blog with a new name and be all a druid/hunter thing. Or…… I could just stay here because I rather like the name, I don’t relly feel like starting something new, and ultimately this is my little dictator ship and I say so because it’s my project! MUAHAHAHAHA- *ahem*. Sorry.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is… I love all my characters (All near-50 of them. Yes. 50. Because 50 is the character cap or there might be more…) and I don’t really see myself as being on the cutting edge of druid information right now. Sure, I’ve been tanking and healing in ICC, but between you and me? I don’t really think my healing has been as good as it used to be lately, and I just don’t have that much to say about bears that hasn’t been covered elsewhere, with a spreadsheet.

What will I be doing here then? Well, I’ll be making this more of a personal ‘Blog than the questionable resource I might have thought I was writing before. (Yes, I really thought that somehow I was going to be doing theorycrafting, when I’d never done it for myself let alone for other people on a huge platform!) I’ll end up with a random mix of classes, probably a good number of Friday Fives from Too Many Annas and just whatever catches my fancy.

The Good News: the ‘blog will still live! Yay! And there will still be posts like the Cow Skeleton and the nature of good and evil (Which still seem to draw at least 5 views a day- go figure, I guess there just aren’t that many anatomical drawings of cow skeletons on the net these days).

The Bad News: There will be no predicable pattern or frequency to the posts. As the summer wears on, I will probably set myself goals to get back into the swing, but don’t expect anything especially regular for awhile.

On the other hand: I haven’t updated in months, and should anyone still come back and check here for updates once in awhile… you certainly aren’t “expecting any regularity in my posts” now are you???

Ah well, it makes me feel better to type like I’ve been a responsible writer with an adoring public all along, so try not to tell my self-esteem and ego that it’s not true, kay? I mean, that would be like poking a puppy with a sharp stick. YOU WOULDN’T POKE A PUPPY WOULD YOU?

*shifty eyes*

Yeah, and that wasn’t a low blow or anything. Yep.

So. TLDR- I’ll be posting again, but without any attempt at an overarching theme or with deadlines.

Happy summer!

P.S. Yeah, those pictures aren’t really supposed to make any sense, I just felt like putting in lots of pictures of random happy tauren!

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A new direction for now

January 28, 2010

Hello wonderful readers who either stumble upon this page or perhaps check it on occasion to see if anything has changed. A lot of things went down concerning guild and drama and all of those wonderfully awful things that can happen when you put a bunch of people who don’t really know each other on the internet and tell them to play nice.

The thing is, WoW was getting a little intense in the way that makes it bleed into RL so Etsu and I are taking a break for a little while. Who knows? Maybe we can learn how to get the dishes done in a timely manner!

In any case, we took the BIG step and canceled our accounts for now… though probably only for a few months. My hope is that by the time we get back the ol’ batteries will be recharged and I can actually deliver information on the weekly basis that is still promised in my “about” box. v_v

For now, should you be or have any interest in being a middle- or high school teacher, please feel free to visit the new blog I launched to document being a student teacher, CaSO4: Chalk|Dust.

In the meantime I wash you all lots of Triumph Badges and Frost Badges… and go take Arthas’ pony for me, alright?

<3 Mitawa, Druid of Sunblaze

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What’s going down

November 6, 2009

My apologies for the abrupt stop to my posting, school started again and I’m beginning my set of student teching field experiences which take a lot of time. Added to that, we have a new puppy to take care of, so I barely log in once every week.

I’m leaving this here knowing that I can still post once in a while, and that eventually I’ll pick up weekly updates again. I’m considering starting a different, personal blog about teaching or puppies or who knows what, but I’d feel like a bit of a poser writing about bears or trees or roleplaying when I’m not currently doing any of the three!

So, I hope that you’ll understand my decision to put Going Bearfoot on hold for now, I will return. So, I’ll see you in the summer at the latest!

I’ll probably be back with better banner art, my header has been outdated since they made us pretty. :)

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Public Service Announcement: Weapon Skill

September 9, 2009

maceWeapon skill is a pain to level, unless you know how to do it the easy way.

It’s come to my attention in interactions with guildies and reading comments on WoWhead and WoW.com that many people don’t know the easy way to do it, but never fear! Mita’s got your back.

ogreghostYou just have to have enough bag space to strip all your gear off, and come with all the weapons you want to max. (Look for weapons with fast swing speeds, vendor bought whites often do.) What you’re going to do is go to Dire Maul North. Stealth, kill, or use your level 80 reduced aggro radius to simply walk through the instance until you get to the last chamber with the king.

Strip off all your armor (being in combat causes durability loss even if you’re not getting hit) and DON’T kill the king. Walk around him to the back of the room where you’ll find a fine selection of ogre ghosts. They only have one hit point, but that doesn’t matter because they can’t take damage and can’t damage you. They will, however, increase your weapon skill.

You can even AFK for long periods of time while you wait because you’ll be in combat and therefore can’t log out. You will come back to a wall of yellow logout error spam and your weapon at 0 durability, but you just jump to clear your afk and switch weapons and have at.

Leveling weapon skill is easy!

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Caution: Tauren at Work!

August 28, 2009

Hammer

In light of news about an impending Cataclysm, Going Bearfoot will be pausing it’s current series about tanking and tanking methodology and launching a new series soon.

We are currently sending teams of tauren and dwarves to go scrambling around on rocks all over Azeroth under the direction of our resident amateur scientist, Tawadikata. Azeroth as it is must be recorded for posterity and some rather interesting ideas about the origins of the world and races will be brought to light. We thank you for your patience as we prepare this new series!

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A Tanking Primer: Adaptability

August 11, 2009

uldapowWelcome back to the Tanking Primer series here at Going Bearfoot! Here we’ll explore a new aspect of tanking each week for the next several weeks, continuing with today’s topic, Adaptability. My hope is that I’ll manage to stay objective enough to cover tanking aspects without making this a “druid only” resource, and even include things specific to my warrior, paladin, and death knight brethren.

Tanking Primer Table of Contents

1. The Pull

2. Tank Talk

3. Adaptability

4. To be continued…

The World of Warcraft, like the “Real World” ™, is usually in some state of flux, and while you’re tanking there will always be patrols, groups with casters, groups without casters, bugs, lagspikes, awful PuGed people, and Cenarius knows what else. Your job then, is to always be prepared to deal with things, shift around, and make changes on the fly.

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