Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Anti Iron-man

That's right, I'm Anti Iron-man and proud of it. Now I'm not talking about the superhero (because who doesn't love Tony Stark) but the WoW Iron-man challenge. It just seems like a giant waste of time, when players could be getting their characters raid ready or leveling alts for the coming expansion. Here is a link to the official rules of the challenge.

It seems like everyone in the WoW community is looking for a way to make the game harder, or more dynamic to level. I agree that after you have done the same zone 4-5 times is gets pretty old but doing it to just make it more of a grind is just silly. Now I may not be the typical WoW blogger because I only have one, level 85 character but I don't really have the time (or ongoing interest) to have a stable full. It took me over a year to get Chuckem to 85, actually close to two years. I will admit that I get distracted to I took breaks for weeks at a time, and that I rolled several alts along the way, but I just can't imagine doing this without the help of enchants, buffs, Purples, Blues or Greens.

I'm sorry but that is just crazy. Playing with just white/grey equipment, or even just greens, is stupid. The best part of a long form game like WoW is the gear. If you are stuck just wearing any crap that drops, how are you supposed to progress?

And without a guild, how does that work? Maybe I just don't see the appeal because it won't work for me, but if there are people out there who want to try ... who am I to stop them. The point of a MMO is to socialize with your friends, your guildies. I just don't see the appeal of trying to solo it again.

If anyone out there is trying this, please let me know what is driving you to walk this path?

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Blog is Changing

My blog, much like my life, is changing. I have been busy with work, school and parenting but that is really not an excuse. I have been getting distracted by side projects (as usual) and that has lead to less playing of WoW. If I play WoW less then I write about it less. Everything in my life goes in cycles like this.

So, I have decided instead of having 4-5 websites running at the same time I am going to consolidate my posts to just this blog. The other sites will remain (for now) but I will basically link them to here for the current updates. I hope that this adds to the flavor of the site, making it more personal, rather than taking away from my core audience (of like 3 followers). ;)

What that means for the Lord of Assets blog is that you will start to see several different kinds of posts. Some will still be about WoW, MMOs and gaming in general but you will also start to see posts about my artwork, my family, Pokemon (or Dokemun), complaints about life in general and whatever other little nuggets I can come up with. So please stay with me as these changes take place, cheers!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I have been busy...

I have been really busy over the last few weeks between grad-school, scheduling meetings for work and being a father. I just wanted my readers to know that I haven't forgotten about them and I'm working on something. Hang in there and I'll try to post soon. Cheers!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mickey the Mamoswine

Another installment of the Dokemun Party. In today's episode we will be taking a look at the promotion Momoswine available from pokemon.com.

I plan on using this Mamoswine as a blocker. Unfortunately, he got the worst Defense IV possible at 0 so he will not be as effective as I had hoped.
I do have a soft spot for Mickey though as he is sporting the thick fat ability which will half the damage taken from fire and ice type moves.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Krookodile named Hook

Here is the 3rd installment ofDokemun's Party. Today we will be discussing my Krookodile affectionately named Hook. Like the crocodile in Peter Pan. His is surprisingly fast.

Now it is time to talk about the IVs of my Krookodile. This was actually one of the first 'mons I ever EV trained. At the time I know very little about IVs and I had no idea how to accuratelycheck them. Now that I can clearly see his IVs I'm quite impressed with just how fast Hook is. I was lucky to find a Sandie with a high, natural speed. I'm also pretty satisfied with his 22 attack and 26 special attack.

I think that it is important for my team to have a quick, dark 'mon to counter any psychic Pokemon I may encounter. As you can see I have EV trained my Krookodile in speed and I don't expect many 'mons to act before Hook. Since his speed EV is raised by 252 he is truly one of the fastest 'mons I have.

I also EV trained his attack by 254 on top of an IV of 22. It's not topped out, but it is definitelyrespectable. As you can also see his attacks are all physical in nature. I have considered replacing swagger with a special attack but for now I'll keep him as a physical sweeper. I also like having bulldoze, which gets Hook out of the way when I use surf in a doubles match. That has come in handy with my current doubles team. More on that later.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Shiny Axew named Chuck

I wanted to take a look at specific Pokemon of mine and explain how I plan to grow them, EV them and then us them in my game. I thought this might be a fun addition to the blog. I plan on doing posts about every major 'mon I use in my current Pokemon Black game.

I got this printout from Pokecheck, a fake-GTS stat recorder. I have included a link in the name for your convince. I have found this website VERY useful for checking the stats, IVs and EVs of my 'mons. It was also valuable when configuring my pprng program as I needed my SID and had no way to get it. I highly suggest using Pokecheck for anyone interested in breeding or RNG'ing their Pokemon.

I think that it is important to note the date that the egg was received/hatched. As you can see the egg was both received and hatched on October 12th, 2012 (a date in the future). I have beenworking on RNG training my Pokemon. There are several useful tutorials available out there onSerebii.net and Smogon.com. I may write a post about it in the future but for now I will entertain myself with talking about my current 'mons.

Chuck is the first of my RNG'ed 'mon who I have to EV trained and plan to level up for my team. I plan on creating a series of trained 'mons with maxed IV stats and EV'ed to taste for mycompetitive team. Silly thing is that I do not currently competitively battle in Pokemon. Maybe once I have a full team I will.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

RNG'ed some Shines

I just wanted to make a post to say I was finally successful at RNG'ing some shines over the weekend. My first was a female Woobat with the wrong IV'ed stats, but shiny never the less. Then I went on to catch a 3 Mienfoos. Lastly I was able to egg breed 3 shiny Axews but with the wrong natures. But it was still major progress. Here is some info on the 3 different types of pokes I was able to RNG.

Male Axew from Egg

Nickname (if applicable): Chuck

IV's: 28/31/23/31/31/31

Nature: Quiet

EV'd or UT: UT lvl 1

Shiny/Not Shiny: Shiny

Female Woobat lvl 37

Nickname (if applicable): Mandy

IV's: 31/31/31/29/3/13

Nature: Naive

EV'd or UT: UT

Shiny/Not Shiny: Shiny

Female Mienfoo lvl 39

Nickname (if applicable): Amy

IV's: 30/31/31/28/29/31

Nature: Hardy

EV'd or UT: UT

Shiny/Not Shiny: Shiny


Black FC: 1721 5916 5276

Monday, February 6, 2012

Being Sick Sucks

Just a quick post to apologize for not posting anything over the weekend. I was deathly sick on Thursday and Friday. I went home from work with the stomach flu on Thursday afternoon and got in bed. I didn't get out of bed until Saturday morning. I spent over 36 hours in bed, and didn't eat for 30 of those hours. I have not been that sick in a long time. Needless to say I didn't get around to writing a new post because I was so busy on Saturday and Sunday catching up on what I missed Thursday and Friday. Anyway, I'm back and working on some new stuff.

Pokemon, who plays that?

I play Pokemon.

I play with my 5-year old daughter, but I don't' just play because my daughter is interested. My daughter plays because I'm interested. But now she is really interested and that is fueling my interest in the game. Does that make sense?

I enjoy RGPs and bringing the game with me in the hand-held variety is definitely a plus. I also collect things like comic books, trading cards, action figures and whatnot so collecting Pokemon was not that much of a stretch. It turns out that the strategy of the game, while based on a simple concept, is pretty complex with 19 different types and hybrids creating thousands of combinations.

I think that one of the biggest things that brought me into it was playing over wifi with people from around the world. It basically makes Pokemon a MMO. Not in the same way as WoW or EVE but it becomes a multiplayer experience. You could argue that this is no different than xBox Live for the 360 but I feel that this is a little different. On Live you get into giant 16 player battles but you don't get the same sort of 1-on-1 gaming experience. I guess that you could, but not in the games I play on Live. I guess it is exactly the same. Anyway, give me a shout out if you also like Pokemon.