• Bares mostly like the taste of fase!


Sunnier and Arielle chat with Grafarion and Slootbag from Midwinter about tanking Mythic HFC, WoD as a whole, and hopes and dreams for Legion!

Sunnier and Arielle talk about the last few bosses in HFC.

Hello Guardians!

In case you missed it, this weekend, myself and Arielle were on Finalboss TV discussing all things Guardian, and that episode is now up on youtube:

We had an absolute blast doing the show, so thanks again to the guys at FinalBoss tv for having us on, and I hope you guys enjoyed it also.


I was originally going to do this in like a Pastebin or something, but then I realized that screenshots are useful. Basically a couple friends of mine were recently musing about connecting to Twitch chat through an IRC client. Then I realized that I had promised them instructions like a week and a half ago – and promptly forgot. So here they are.

How To: Connect to Twitch Chat with an IRC Client

Step 1: Get an IRC Client. Any old IRC client should work for this, but personally I use mIRC. That means all of my screenshots will be for mIRC, but you should be able to translate them into the client of your choice.

Step 2: Add Server Info. This is actually pretty easy. You just set up a new server with the information shown below:


The “Password” field in the screenshot above will be the password to your Twitch account.

Step 3: Configure Identd Info. Again this is simple. Simply configure as shown below:


The “User ID” field in the screenshot above will be your Twitch username.

Step 4: Connect. Once your server is configured, select and connect to it. You will be prompted to enter a channel name:


Enter the name of the Twitch channel you would like to connect to, preceded with a hashtag (“#”). For example if I wanted to connect to my channel I would enter “#deastin”. Click “OK” and you’re good to go!


I’ve tried to write this post several times now, and I can never get it right. I dunno what it is about writing “OMGFEELS” blogposts, but they never come out they way I want them to. Maybe I just can’t detect emotion in my own writing. Who knows. In any case I’ll try to give it another whirl and see what happens. Hopefully the letters that my fingers magically type will make some sort of sense. I tried anyway. We’ll see what happens.

In any case, the recent theme in the wake of the 9th anniversary of WoW has been to talk about how this silly game has changed your life. The game has definitely influenced my life, and there are things that I would not have otherwise experienced if I hadn’t have been playing for so long, or doing what I do. I’ll try to cover the big ones, and hopefully I remember everything.

Brotherly Love

I started playing this game in April of 2005. My brother had found it in Wal-Mart and was extremely excited about it. Since we had both been immersed in the Warcraft universe since a very young age, it just made sense to play this new Warcraft game. I had a little bit of previous experience with Ultima Online and Everquest so I sort of knew what to expect, but this was just incredible. We have been playing this game together for the overwhelming majority of the last 9 years, in every aspect of the game. I doubt I’d be as close with him as I am now without this game. It’s entirely possible we would’ve just found another game to play, but that’s not what has happened in this version of our universe.

Business Analysis

I’ve mentioned this before in a number of places, but my actual job is something called a “Business Analyst” for a software company. A Business Analyst is a relatively new position in – relative to the existence of software development which in itself is very young relative to other industries – the software development industry. In the past developers would directly interface with clients and figure out what exactly they wanted to have built. Nowadays developers are far too busy and too specialized to talk to customers directly (for the most part – our company does have some very personable developers) which necessitates someone to take over that portion of the job.

Being a Business Analyst requires very extensive analyitcal skills. You need to be able to anaylze a situation and determine the correct course of action given a set of restrictions. Not only is that a skill that can be directly learned from playing computer games, but combining that with communication skills is something unique to multiplayer games – specifically MMOs. Not only that, but if you do any sort of theorycrafting those skills will directly transfer to that kind of position. Similar to the previous topic it’s entirely possible that I would’ve had a different game to hone these skills on – but I played WoW. Without theorycrafting and raiding I’m reasonably certain I wouldn’t have the career that I have now, which is pretty incredible to me.

Friends and Community

Without question the biggest way WoW has changed my life is the people. I’ve made so many friends and have interacted with so many people, I don’t know if I’d be the same person otherwise.

  • If I hadn’t have started my own 10m group back in TBC, I don’t go to Blizzcon 2009. I never meet Bob (a Prot Paladin) or Phil (a Fury Warrior) that were in my raid group at the time. I’m not in the room when Felicia Day gets asked the famous “Carpet and Curtains” question live on stage. I never get to see Ozzy live. I never get inspired to come back to the game for the tail end of Wrath. That may lead to me never starting to theorycraft, or continue to play the game. I can’t predict what else might not have possibly happened otherwise.
  • If I don’t start theorycrafting, I never meet Lissanna, Reesi, Fasc, Tangedyn, or Yawning. The Team Waffle Podcast never starts, and I never end up going to Blizzcon 2011. In that case I don’t meet Hamlet, Lissanna, Ophelie, Oestrus, Perculia, Sunnier, Juvenate, Carebare, or Lore. Not only that, but it would also be the first inter-personal interaction I would have with “fans”. That right there is really what drove me to keep going.
  • If the podcast never starts I never meet Tinderhoof. That subsequently means I never meet Sylver, Beruthiel, Brade, Tikari, or Kristin. I also probably never to go PAX Prime 2013.
  • If I never by some fluke accident end up looking for a guild at the same time as Sunnier, I never join CFT. That would directly lead to me never being introduced to Anafielle or the rest of Something Wicked.
  • All of these things combined mean I never go to Blizzcon 2013. I never do N7 shots with Kaleri and Jasyla. I never get to meet Reesi, Maelfus, Anafielle, Settesh, Esoth, Derevka, Vixsin, Serrinne, Jack, Serrath, Khruuk, Tass, Theck, Mel, Entropia, Rhidach, Vosskah, Vidyala, Moshne, Kerri, Treckie, Slootbag, Hotted, Swifty, Shadowed, Zhug (Pat Krane), Mike B, Chris Metzen, Brian Holinka, Rob Pardo, Greg Street, Ion Hazzikostas, Chadd Nervig, Chronis, Scott Smith, Rob Breslau, Paul Chaloner, Joshua Gray, Robert Ohlen, Cdew, Conradical, and probably many others I’m forgetting because I’m a horrible person.

It’s pretty easy to see how making friends in this silly little game can change someone’s life. It’s at the point where I can’t see a universe where I only get to hang out with them once a year, they’re that important to me. In 2014 I’m going to travel to places I’ve never been to (Toronto, Texas, and Colorado) all as a direct result of this silly game.

In fact I can safely say that if I never make all of these friends, I wouldn’t even be writing this post right now.