Thursday, November 10, 2011

EQ2 DoV/Drunder/WoZ progression

My thoughts on the progression:

On the heroic side, you're expected to start with the PQs, work up through the DoV instances (Tower first, then Velketor's, then Kael), and finally have the gems from Kael to get you into Ry'gorr armor. That'll let you get into the Drunder instances, which'll get you the Drunder crafted armor. You'll also be in a position to run the Tower x2 raid zone, which'll get you good jewelry.

On the raid side, Ry'gorr armor and Tower x2 jewelry is enough to let you start raiding the DoV x4 zones. You're expected to work up through the 3 zones in order of difficulty, and the normal-mode DoV x4 armor and jewelry gives you enough to start on the Drunder x4 zones. The armor and jewelry from those in turn is enough to get you into the Plane of War x4.

There's two crossover points from heroic content into x4 raid content. When you get Ry'gorr armor and Tower x2 jewelry, you can jump to the x4 content at the start of the DoV zones. Once you're in the x4 content, you can go from the end of the DoV x4 zones to the start of the Drunder x4 zones and from those into PoW x4. When you get Drunder armor, you have enough to jump over to start the Drunder x4 zones. The Drunder x2 zone also gives armor that's just a hair below normal-mode DoV x4 armor, so it makes a good alternative to either Drunder crafted armor or normal-mode DoV x4 armor.

Notice here that there's no way to skip progression. If you expect to skip the DoV x4 content and jump directly to the latest Drunder or PoW content, it won't happen. And if you expect to skip directly from SF raid content to DoV, again it won't happen. There were too many complaints about a lack of content, mainly coming from people who skipped over the majority of content going directly from one expansion's raiding to the next. The devs seem to have designed things this time so you can't skip content, you need to work through all of it to gear up (or have a toon already working the higher-end raid zones who can get loot for your alts).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No, I'm not dead

I'm still around. I just haven't had the energy to post anything extensive lately. Having my legs messed up (still) also messed up the rest of my life, and I'm thinking I've got a case of depression going on from having had this going on for so long. I'm definitely in a mental state that isn't good, witness the fact that I'm having a hard time mustering the energy and enthusiasm needed to do something about it.

I do go for a physical therapy evaluation in the afternoon. Hopefully I've got enough nerve function back that there's things they can recommend to help me get flexibility, strength and motion back in my feet and ankles. The warm, stable weather's doing wonders for my pain level, that helps a lot too.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead

It was announced last night that Osama bin Laden is confirmed dead.

Net effect on the national situation: a lot of lobbyists spent a sleepless night and will be laboring today to come up with explanations why this doesn't change anything and the government money flowing to their agencies and companies in the name of national security shouldn't be reduced.

Net effect on the world situation: pretty much zip. The Middle East's already in an uproar, the increased uproar won't even be noticeable. Al Qaeda will rattle some sabers, but if they could hit the US itself with anything they'd've done it before this. Suicide bombings... will continue in the usual places at about the rate they've been for the last few years, because that's all the extremists have left.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kristine Rusch on publishing royalties, e-book and otherwise

This could be bad for publishers. What she's found is that the major publishers who handle her books are consistently under-reporting sales on her royalty statements, both e-book and print editions. I suspect she's right: technology has changed, but publishers have stuck with old methods that estimate sales and those methods are inaccurate. The big tech change is Bookscan, the system that tracks sales of books at the register. In the 80s and before it didn't exist, so there wasn't any way for an author to double-check the sales figures. When it did start, authors didn't have ready access to it's data so they still had no way to audit the publisher's numbers. But now any author can get Bookscan data. It's not a complete check, since Bookscan only covers about 50-70% of book sales. But it does provide one check: it should be physically impossible for the sales reported on a royalty statement (adjusted for reserves) to be less than what Bookscan reports. If an author's royalty statement shows sales less than what Bookscan reports for a title, the royalty statement is simply incorrect.

If authors start checking sales and demanding audits, things could get very sticky for the major publishers.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

$2000 to clean up a couple drops of blood

So, the kid cuts himself. And happens to drip a few drops of blood on the sidewalk while waiting for the ambulance. The city attorney decides, on his own, to call in a hazmat team from another city to clean it up, and sends the resulting $2000 bill to the kid. Talk about asshattery. Kemp's head's so far up his gastrointestinal tract, he's got to open his mouth to see his own colon. I mean, really. Yeah, it's blood, there's possible contamination issues. A gallon jug of Clorox bleach and a push-brush will deal with that, then wash the sidewalk off with a garden hose. Should take 1 janitor, 15 minutes of time and no more than $50 worth of materials (assuming you've got to buy a new brush, bucket and jug of Clorox).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Neurologist appointment again

On the 18th I've got another appointment with the neurologist, followed by another IVIg session. I've got to set up an appointment with my primary physician, too. The feet are improving, but the improvement means they hurt more. Now it's not the pins-and-needles neurological pain, more and more it's just plain bruised-and-battered physical pain. The pins-and-needles mostly comes from shifts in the weather making things act up.

I need to talk to the doc about 2 things mostly. One is the fact my feet and calves are just stiff. I'm starting to get movement even in the right foot, but everything's so stiff it's not funny. And my toes aren't bending right. I think I need to go back to the physical therapist to have them have a look and see what I can do about this. The other is my weight. Mostly I need to get my primary to stop harping about it. I know it's been going up, and I know it's higher than it should be. Low activity levels do that. I've got the eliptical, I'm working on increasing the workout time as much as my knees will allow, and I'm going to get some light dumbbells and a simple bench ordered soonish to help with the arms, sit-ups and such.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Neurologist results

Went to see the neurologist yesterday. The good news is it's not just my imagination, he's seeing tangible improvement in my feet over last time (before the start of the IVIg therapy). He's going to continue the therapy and have me come back in 3 months to see how we're progressing. I'm hoping the IVIg keeps things improving, because the next step up is immunosuppressant drugs and I really don't want to go there if I don't have to.

Things to look at: more PT, X-rays of my toes to see if they're really dislocated, massage, check on the spa and pool down at the Mission Valley YMCA (their pool's heated, nice when it's too cold for the one in the complex), weight bench and dumbbells to help with strength and exercise in general.