Shades of Kae

An Ode To Starfall

Not your usual wall of text today, just a quick update.

Moonkin will never be the same

The PTR 4.0.6 patch notes are full of important stuff that I should probably comment on, but one item stood out for me:

Starfall will no longer strike targets that are not in combat and will now drop stars at a slightly faster rate.

Oh Starfall, why did you have to go change?

I loved you as you were, despite everyone’s gripes

You were so magnificent, pulling everything in range

You caused us so many amusing wipes

You gave me a reason to make fun of moonkin

and someone else to blame

I always thought that you were really something

I could count on to stay the same

Er… yeah, that’s enough. I should never ever try to write poems. I am very sorry. The point is, although I know that this will be a boost to Moonkin DPS on trash because they won’t have to live in fear of pulling the entire room, it still makes me a little sad to see it change. It is just one of those things that will fall into WOW’s history as an amusing anecdote.

Blog Stuff

I’ve been doing a little work behind the scenes on some static pages that I wanted to share:

  • Power Auras Tutorial – a quick overview of Power Auras Classic and a walk-through of an example (also accessible under Resources > UI > Power Auras from the menu)
  • Addons List – a list of all the addons I currently use (also accessible under Resources > UI > Addons List from the menu)
  • Website Information – hosting information, WordPress plugins, etc. (also accessible under About > Website Information from the menu)

A Generous Gift

Vidyala from Manalicious offered 5-minute sketches to commenters on her Blogaversary post. I’ve been a long-time fan of her lovely WOW art, so this really excited me. I don’t think she realized just how many comments she would get! :)

Last night she posted a bunch of these sketches, and to my delight, my shaman was among them:

So thanks again to Vidyala for being so wonderful! She really captured the spirit of the characters of so many in the community, with simple black-and-white sketches. It was very generous of her to donate her time and skill.

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  1. Wowzers says:
    January 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Don’t worry, I loved your poem haha. Awesome sketch from Vidyala!

  2. Boobah says:
    January 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Gah! Rhyming poems need a meter.

    Also, meant to ask Jardal what he thought about the (tentative) Starfall change.

    Very nice sketch. Although the second thing I thought on seeing it was pointlessly nitpicky.

    On the subject of addons: I’m finding features on both Recount and Skada that I really don’t want to be without. I’ve not been able to get Skada to give me a nice summary of incoming damage/heals in the time shortly before death. It’ll give me a time of death. Far less useful than Recount’s postmortem, which gives me every time anything changed the deader’s health for the last while before dying (I don’t know if it’s a certain number of events or a certain amount of time before death; it’s not something I’m eager to test), complete with a running total of how much health was left after each heal/attack landed.

    I do have to agree that Skada is far easier to navigate, and it’s ability to tell me how much damage my tank absorbed/blocked/parried/dodged is incredibly nifty.

    1. Kaelynn says:
      January 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

      Oh I know the poem doesn’t work, but I wasn’t interested in thinking very hard. Technically it is not an ode at all.

      I do miss the postmortem on Recount, as Skada’s isn’t quite as nice, but it doesn’t bother me enough to run two addons

  3. Vidyala says:
    January 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks Kae, I’m glad you liked it. :)

  4. Andkon says:
    June 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I really love poems and I love your work. Thanks a lot for sharing this poem. I already saved it for my list of inspirational poems. I appreciate its very brilliant! Hope to read more poems!

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