School got hard (my fault for taking history classes, where entire books are assigned on a week to week basis), so I ran out of time for everything. Something needed to get axed, and I picked writing
That was pretty stupid. Kick the one productive hobby I have? Bah.
Then one day I woke up vomiting blood and I had to go to the hospital. That was a fun couple of days. Turns out the blood vomiting wasn’t that serious, beyond, you know, vomiting blood. Something else entirely different was wrong. Oh joy!
I’m keeping the details private, but essentially I’ve had to radically alter my diet in order to stave of certain death.
Just in time for Christmas. Whatever.
Upon finally returning here after a few months of melancholy, I decided I’ve been gone far too long. Too much time in the ER, not enough time scribbling stupid stories.
I, uh, am not a fan of my own work. Not at all. I hate everything I’ve published so far. Rubbish! Crap! The flailings of a third grader who dares categorize himself with alumni such as Stephanie Meyer.
It all stays up though. A testament to my eternal shame and failure.
I’m going to start over. One shots can stay, whatever. The overarching Arkenheart story, however, is in desperate need of attention, retcon, rewrites, and outright obliteration. So I’m going to do just that, and hopefully version two will be much more coherent and suck slightly less. Doubtful, but I’ll be happier with it (I lie. It will still suck and I will still hate it.)
Well, fuck. Not much else to say is there?
Let’s get on with the crappy writing.
(Cataclysm thoughts for those interested.)
I’ve shifted my main entirely to paladin, primarily retribution spec. Arkenheart hit 85 less than 48 hours after Cataclysm launched, cause I’m just that hardcore. My mage has largely sat utterly ignored, though I did manage to pull him up to 81 about a week back on a whim. I’m just… not interested in magery anymore. Don’t really know why. Face smashing all the way from here on out, I think.
Retribution, however, was awful in PvP for quite some time. Survivability was crap, my heals were crap, no snare, no gap closers at all. The only thing I was good for was defensive support, mainly by giving freedom to other people and healing them with super powered Words of Glory.
It was a dark, dark time. A dark time us paladins had been predicting for months and months on the beta. (So I rolled a warrior, and it was stupidly OP. RIP warriors, may your nerfs be less stupid in the future.)
Hey, a few buffs later, and now ret paladins are actually on par with the other top classes. Some would say overpowered, but I just think those people haven’t had to treat ret paladins as a threat before, and now that paladins actually are threatening, they just cry nerf rather than learning2play.
Ret’s mobility is now very good, except against hunters/DKs/mages, where it’s still terrible. Fortunately blizzard seems to be pushing for all melee to have terrible mobility (for some bizarre reason), so I guess that’s fair.
Our damage is strong, though badly designed as its utterly reliant on RNG. It’s entirely possible for me to be out dpsd by a DK pet one arena, then utterly curbstomp a clothie in five globals the next. Frankly the entire idea of holy power is another example of “good idea, horrendous execution.”
Offhealing is still very strong, thankfully blizzard hasn’t nerfed that yet. They’re going to, I don’t know why. Offhealing is how I peel for my teammates. Other classes can stun/snare/CC enemies, I can’t. When my friends come under attack, the only option I have to save them is to heal them. Word of Glory is my peel.
And, of course, we finally get a defensive cooldown that isn’t absolute garbage. Hurray and enjoy it before it gets nerfed, because god knows paladins aren’t allowed to not be terrible. Except Holy, which is exempt all the time for some reason.
If anyone is interested beyond this at all, ask away in the comments. I pretty much only do PvP on ret paladin these days though.
Feh. Enough pointless chatter. Good health to all, and may my stories entertain you at least somewhat while you poop.