Kamlia (of Kamalia et Alia fame) and Angelya (of Revive and Rejuvenate fame) provided the energy behind this year’s Second Annual Great Blog Noblegarden Egg Hunt. Participants hid some variation of ‘egg’ (in word, thought, or deed) in their blogs, and the hunters were tasked with finding every instance of ovoidation. After reading over the list of hiding places, I can only stand in awe at the creativity employed by my fellow writers!
Kamalia, who is a wonderful artist of all things Azerothian, even gifted Disciplinary Action with a fabulous portrait of Kachunk and Liala as a thank-you gift for providing one of the prizes. She also immortalized Fyreuni’s characters for her work with the contest, and everyone looks their best in Noblegarden finery. Do check it out.
Congratulations to Rades for winning the contest and his record THIRD personalized Disciplinary Action (I think at this point he just needs his own series). Work has already begun on a work for his Death Knight of such surpassing beauty that I feel certain he’ll treasure it forever, or at least wait until his next hard drive cleanup to delete it.
I always think it’s endlessly entertaining to watch how things are made: crayons, sweaters, laws, sausages- you name it, I want to see the process from start to finish. I particularly love to watch people painting or drawing. To me, it’s the best way to improve as an artist, whether on the computer or by hand.
I’ve tried to make the process of creating the Disciplinary Action comics as transparent as possible to encourage anyone who has a story to tell to consider this medium as a non-frightening palette for expression; you can watch many of the comics come together live or archived on the Disciplinary Action Livestream.
For quite a while I’ve wanted to record the creation of the Stained Class pieces and turn them into a fast-moving short. Unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented the live recording from working, but I did finally manage to get it all working together and went back to the original files and recorded a brief walk-through of the Druid (though it was already completed).
There have been a number of requests to see the process in action, and I’ll certainly be recording the creation of the next piece (vote to choose who gets the next Stained Class here) in higher resolution. For the curious, I’m recording using Fraps and putting it together in Windows Live Movie Maker (shameful, I know, but trying to figure out Adobe Premier Pro made me want to shank someone).
While waiting for my tablet to reinstall for the nth time, I’ve joined the unwashed artistic masses over at Deviant Art.
Disciplinary Action is now also available on Deviant Art under the ubiquitous DiscoPriest label. Check it out to quickly view comics, art, and a number of leftovers that never saw the light of day here at Disciplinary Action.
My sincere apologies for the continued absence of this week’s installment of The Orc Detective.
The comic consists of about 90% mouse-driven, Photoshop work and about 10% hand-drawn tablet work. My tablet has chosen to present me with a host of exciting alternatives to functioning, and I continue to wrassle with it.
Rest assured the hard part (the 90% Photoshop bit) is complete (for the next three episodes!), and as soon as the tablet is up and running it’ll only take an hour or so to complete and publish the strip. Next week’s installment will come out on Wednesday, as schedule., without the delay of this week’s strip affecting it.
In the meantime, do head over to Kamalia and Angelya’s 2011 Great Blog Noblegarden Egg Hunt; the winner will star in an episode of Disciplinary Action by yours truly, and all participants will be entered for a chance to win a black and white sketch of their character by Fyreuni.
If your love for the Orc Detective knows no bounds and requires expression on a coffee cup or dog t-shirt, do feel free to stop by the Disciplinary Action Shop to fill your soul with film noir orc while the technical problems reach resolution.
Most guilds out there, even if they want to raid, have gotten just about as far as… Magmaw. The vast majority of guilds haven’t gotten even him down yet.
The elite raiding core of the game may be chomping at the bit for Firelands, but the majority of us are still cooking dinner, dropping small humans at school, picking them UP from school, doing laundry, washing dishes, studying for exams, and, if we have the time, gearing for raids- to say nothing of actually running the raids themselves.
For guilds and groups that are just now starting to look at Magmaw, or have progressed only a few raid bosses into Cataclysm, most raid guides do nothing more than give you a wicked bad case of gear envy.
So for those of us who have more enthusiasm than time, can reliably expect someone to take a bio break to change a diaper, and run their dailies for points once in a blue moon, I’ve compiled a selection of indispensable real-life raid leader- and raider- resources:
1. Boss Blueprint: You’re standing in the middle of Blackwing Descent, trying to communicate to your DPS (who are assuredly not listening) that they need to go THERE and then HERE and then run THAT way when everything turns to steam, when it hits you: These damn colored floor flares are never, ever going to get your point across.
What you need is Boss Blueprint, a drag-and-drop online Strategy creator that you can easily customize and then mail out to your raid team. It’s so easy it’s stupid.
The beauty of Boss Blueprint is that you can do it at work, and then email it to your raiders, who can then look at it at work- which, as we all know, is the only place where any Real-Life Raider has time to think about strategy.
2. Deadly Boss Mods: Everyone on your team should realistically have this. I realize there are some people who get all bent out of shape about add-ons, but… c’mon. C’mon.
When you look up ‘deadly’ on Google, the first suggestion that pops up is ‘boss mods’. Doesn’t that say it all? (PS- I don’t know why almost as many people are searching for ‘deadly women’, but it can’t mean anything good.)
DBM gets you out of the bad, reminds you to stand in the good, and shouts at you when it’s time to run away. Yes, that’s right: DBM is your mother.
3. Boss Loot Lists: Everyone likes to be encouraged to raid, and what better way to encourage your raiders than to remind them the phat lewts they might get their grubby paws on if they can actually remember to make it to the raid on time?
Just go to Wowhead, type in the name of the boss you’re attempting to kill, scroll down to ‘Drops’… and mail that list to your raiders. I guarantee your attendance will improve.
As an added bonus, Wowhead lists a nice, simple strategy for each boss, as well- a guide to create that Boss Blueprint image you’ll be sending around to the group?
For your ease and convenience, I’ve linked the normal raid bosses here:
4. Email and Prosper: REMEMBER: With a group of mature gamers who have complicated lives and not nearly as much time as they’d like, email is a great way to get in touch with them. We can all read email at work. As most of us are blocked from viewing game websites, this is your best chance to get in front of your raid team when they have time to actually listen.
If a raider doesn’t want to give you their personal email address, fine: have them create a new one on Yahoo or Gmail and then forward it to their work address.
DO NOT put links in your email. If you want them to see anything, copy and paste it. Darned Websense, ruining our fun…!
Don’t overload them with emails, but one before each raid night is great. Include:
– The loot list, right at the top, to get everyone psyched
– A list of every person’s character name and their role, to remind everyone that they are important to the success of the team as a whole Example: Zacariah – Main tank (warrio) Zoe – Off tank (bare) Zebidiah – Healing Zachariah (disco) Zusterke – Healing Zoe (pally) Zoot – Healing Raid (tree) Zounds – Ranged DPS (warlock) Zeke – Ranged DPS (huntard) Zabra – Ranged DPS (mage) Zorym – Melee DPS (d nugget) Zasha – Melee DPS (d nugget)
– A SHORT strategy (I find Wowhead’s length is good) with pictures you create at Boss Blueprint illustrating each stage or major change.
List people by name to tell them what they are doing at each stage. You may have to replace them, but at least everyone will know who is being replaced.
And when you have an entire raid yelling at a puggee to do exactly the same thing, it will- shock!- occasionally sink in.
Just because you’re not finished with every boss in the game doesn’t mean you can’t raid and raid well. You have the inestimable bonus, with your group, of having actual fun.
Wiping is not fun. Losing is not fun. Knowing what’s going on, what your raid expects from you, and where you ought to be is. As a good raid leader, your job is to make it easy for everyone to come and have fun with you.
I took the liberty of datamining some of the items the well-dressed Zul’Gurub NPC native will be wearing in the upcoming WoW Cataclysm patch 4.1.
Disclaimer: This is, of course, speculation and this all may end up differently in the final build!
The renovated 5-man instance replaces the former 20-man raid, and everything’s gotten a visual upgrade. The detailing on the items is beautiful; here’s hoping we get our own PC paws on these in upcoming drops!