Friday, August 9, 2013

Played Lately: World Of Warcraft

  • I've been tinkering with my personal World of Warcraft server again lately. My stated goal when I setup the server was to tune it to provide a single player experience clear through, including instances and raids. I've certainly messed around with various systems to see how well they are implemented, but I haven't tested my modifications in a dungeon. So Sunday night, I decided to do something stupid: I streamed myself playing on my personal private server, making my first foray into the Deadmines.
  • The first thing I realized upon entering the Deadmines is that it is full of Defias Miners who are non-elite. That would be no problem with a five player group. But gangs of non-elite really hurt solos. So even though I had turned down the elites, it was these miners that gave me the most trouble.

  • I'm not all that great of a player, so I actually ended up making several corpse runs (which you will have to sit through if you watch all the way through these videos). Sloppy play got me killed time and again. Although it was not a huge challenge, I still had to work to complete the instance.
  • But even though everything was a little bit off, I actually had a great time. It was so much fun, in fact, that after I shut down the stream, I went and ran the Stormwind Stockade as well. Which means I stayed up way too late on a work night. I have no regrets, though. I haven't enjoyed WoW like this for some time.

  • For the curious, elite mobs are turned to 35% health and damage, which I suspect that is a little too low. I might bump things up to 40% and try again.

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  1. Dude, I didn't know you were playing on a private server, that's awesome. I did that once myself years ago, but I can't even remember how I was able to do it.

    1. Ha ha! Yeah, I setup a server on my computer and can access it from any computer in the house. It's not exposed to the internet, so I am the only one on it. But I did have my brother visit this weekend and did verify that the both of us could be on the same server at the same time. A tiny thrill, but it was pretty cool.