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Hudson's Hideout

Ramblings of a MMO player and Miniature wargamer

Author: pvthudson01

WoW guild will throw Ony some bones. Hopefully not ours!

Posted by pvthudson01 Tuesday December 30 2008 at 11:19AM
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I logged in Monday night (now without football) to my new home on Rexxar to find a busy and active Aftermath guild and we were up to about 15 members online. This surprised me and at the same time made me happy in pants. We were rolling full steam ahead and everyone was busy helping one another get things done. I pitched in too, and off I went to help some lower levels run Blood Furnace (also an achievement my warrior had never gotten) and then we ripped through Hellfire Ramparts.


When people make posts like this it makes me VERY happy:

"I just wanted to thank everyone in the guild. I have really great fun with you guys and this is a great group of people. This guild makes me laugh and i just have an awesome time. I love being in this guild and you guys are great. A lot of people have gone out of their way to help me."

Aftermath is going to run Onyxia tonight at around 8pm server time. That is right. We are taking all our level 50+ people and hitting the ole dragon up. We actually have been farming Ony for the Tier 2 head pieces and some of our 60-61 level folk are wearing them. It is nice to see the old helms still in action. We want to get our druids the moose antlers as well. We actually 6 manned her the other day, but I died horribly in the deep breath, something that I never seemed to do back in the day. I also forgot about her tail swipe and in the ultimate noob move ended up being smacked in to the hatchery. Good times. I hadn’t been in so long I had almost forgotten all the little tricks to the raid.


The guild high levels have been going back and helping those in need, the bank tabs are full to the brim with tradeskilled items, and people are getting the gear they want to help them progress further into the 50+ range. Not overlooking the rerollers and new members we have been cruising them along at a steady clip and helping them out when they mention they might need it. Not being able to find groups at low levels is a big pain, and no one wants to struggle along at that stale old world content. However it can still be a blast when you get help and hang out in Ventrilo with guildies and go through these older instances. If you head over to our forums and just look at the screenshots posted yesterday you can see some older instances that I have not stepped foot in since 2005.


As our 80’s and high level 70’s backtracked to help those in need, I realized that I and my awesome Prot spec’d DPS were not needed so off I went to the old world…err the newer old world: Outlands.


Odd right? Finding myself there I got wrapped up in something I had never done with my human and that was the Isle of Quel'Danas. Since I had only tried these with my undead mage and found them tedious to say the least, I went in with my warrior and just took quest after quest. By the end of the night I had made over 56 gold, 4 bubs of XP, and cleared the achievement for 5 dailies finished. All in all I did 15 dailies last night, and even though they were only rewarding 4 gold a hit, I was still having a blast because for the most part the Isle was EMPTY. I even found enough mineral nodes to increase my mining to 402! Add to that I finished the “explore Hellfire Peninsula” and “explore Terrokar Forest” achievements and I had a pretty damn good night. Add to all this the two dailies I found in Howling Fjord, and I am well on my way to keeping busy for at least an hour each night and having fun while doing it. I was able to bomb boats, take portal readings, bomb people and even fly a plane and shoot down gargoyles. Good stuff!


Ok so reminder tonight guild members and guild members of the future: Onyxia “raid” at 8pm server and lets get that achievement!

2008: A look back at Hudson's gaming

Posted by pvthudson01 Saturday December 27 2008 at 4:57PM
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Last year when 2007 ended, I really didn't have a entire year of blogging under my belt and I wasn't sure I was going to keep writing this thing every month as it was.

Well times have changed and with the amount of free time I have at home I have the opportunity to really jump in and post some thoughts on an almost daily basis. I have watched this blog go from deep thoughts to crappy patch notes posts all the way to comic and Blu-ray reviews. One thing this blog was never meant to be was anything serious. It is an outlet of my mind and my random thoughts. It is a way for me to express anger and happiness and to rant and rave about my hobbies. If you have stuck by this blog and kept reading it over the past year and a half you will notice that my writing as well as my moods go all over the place.

One thing you will also notice, and I only mention it this last time, is that I write a lot about World of Warcraft. I have played it for 4 years now. I cannot say that it has exceeded my expectations but it is obviously doing something right. I have matched with WoW my time in Everquest 1 and that officially puts WoW forever branded in my memories and life. I try to mix it up but this blog is primarily about my adventures in that game and that, whether you may like it or not, probably won't change anytime soon. I may have had times this year where I played other games, but I never STOPPED playing WoW except those months in the mid year when I was getting adjusted to real life issues.

So without further ado, let us take a trip back through my first FULL year of blogging.

Jan 2008

In January of 2008 I kicked the year off with a bang by having the flu. A steady trend I hope to see fail this year in 2009 as the New Year heads in. In fact my first post was January the 2nd about how sick I was. The rest of the month saw me flounder between Dungeon Runners, playing horde alts as I tried to put my alliance guild debacle of October 2007 behind me, and Pirates of the Burning Sea.

On Jan 21st, as things were kinda so so in my home life and the ex and I played fewer and fewer games together, I played EQ2 again and joined Openedge's Simple Complexities guild on Antonia Bayle. I didn't last too long though as the usual thing with EQ2 kicked in and I quickly became bored with it.

Feb 2008

Febuary was one of the weirdest months I had ever had. My ex-wife's mom passed away and all my gaming pretty much came to a standstill. I noticed my blog going through a rapid alteration as I changed the name from Wife Agro to Hudson's Hideout. The month ended with me posting some Hellgate London stories and trying to get my personal life together. At this point I honestly thought I was going to quit blogging altogether.

March 2008

Since I wasn't gaming too much, March became a month of news stories and me re-posting some Korsun Pocket (a computer wargame) after action reports. I wanted to keep the blog running and not bore people to death but I think I still bored people to death. At any rate the blog kept going and the only really big news was that Hellgate: London had post office boxes added to the game.

I was still secretly playing WoW but only very casually and as a Horde Blood Elf rogue in the middle of no where and with no friends or company. I managed to solo him to 46 before I quit for the next few months.

April 2008

Here is where everything hit the fan. This month saw me make my lowest post total in about a year, coming in at a whopping 8 posts for the ENTIRE month. Tabula Rasa had a free return deal and the writing was on the wall for that game. I think that Garriott mentioned something about going into space as well but I am not sure. We all learned that Ian McKellen will play Gandalf in the upcoming Hobbit movie.

May 2008

The first rumors of Diablo 3 popped up on Blizzplanet. Blizzcon was announced, and Josh Drescher (EA Mythic designer) announced that Warhammer Online had 5 years of content at launch. He probably meant you could run the same scenarios over and over for 5 years and cap out eventually. Who knows. I made a post that Wrath of the Lich King would make the game of WoW easier because Blizzard would listen to its player base, and turns out I was right. Funcom banned a bunch of exploiters in Age of Conan.

June 2008

The end of June saw Diablo 3 get announced for REALZ, and most of my month was spent trying out Lord of the Rings Online as well as still messing around in World of Warcraft with that rogue. I was still in the Warhammer Online beta, but June was one of the best months as they released a ton of cool PVE content. Sadly this zeal did not last more than a month into the games official release. Hellgate: London started to really get slammed in the press as a nasty forum leak came out about the inner workings of Flagship Stuidos. The writing on the wall was there for that game as well. The company later tried to deny everything which in fact turned out to be true.

July 2008

July I started to get REALLY bored. I was only playing the WAR beta, I had cancelled WoW, and I was in Age of Conan for what amounted to 3 miserable weeks of one of the worst MMO's I had ever played. I busted out my XBOX 360 and dipped my feet back into console gaming. At this time I was sold that Warhammer Online would be my next MMO based on the beta. Looking back I was an idiot. Oh well. At least I got some cool XBOX games. I had already cancelled LOTRO as well due to sheer boredom. Noticing a trend here? If I was not playing WoW I could not stay in an MMO. Maybe the WAR beta was so much fun because it was free? That always helps. I was pretty mad in July at the state of online superhero games it seems.

August 2008

On August the 19th the WAR NDA was lifted and the freaking BLOG-O-SPHERE BLEW UP! I started posting all of my many many beta diary posts I had saved up and was having a grand old time. As the open beta approached I logged into WAR less and less and they forced us to test more PVP (err RVR) content and I should have noticed there my interest was starting to fade. I managed to post some awesome PQ videos and things about the PVE aspect of WAR, but much like today no one cared. DANGER DANGER! I had Madden 2009 and played it about 3 times, Casualties of WAR was ramping up their recruitment and the upcoming launch started to get a lot of press time. So that takes us into those fateful days of:

September 2008

WAR launched and at first I was having a blast. The PVE areas were chock full of people and the idea of running scenarios over and over and over and over and over and over with about 90% of the population of the game never got old. I fought off attacks from bloggers that apparently could not take the time to try new games (I later apologized for that), I got into a fight with one blogger that instituted a communist regime, and I ripped Age of Conan for server merges and larger boobies in game. Gold spamming was the issue of the day in Warhammer. Being a blogger that talked about the new game was a constant battle of the "Bartles v.s. the Jacobs" as I like to call that great war. I am a veteran, I wear my badge with honor.

Of course looking back now it was all really quite dumb. HOWEVER I didn't get into the war of the BLOG O SPHERE as much as others and generally kept a low profile. I got an awesome mention on the Channel Massive podcast though but my readership didn't go up much. By the middle of the month I was reading comics more than I was logging into Warhammer and for some reason the "need to log in" addiction was just not there for me in Mythic's new toy. I wasn't sure what was going on but the game felt like a beta still and I was not feeling the love. My eyes turned toward Northrend...

October 2008

As the Halloween month rolled around, something started to happen in Warhammer Online. The PVE content and social aspect of the game dried up, bugs started to creep out of their little lairs, play balance was questioned, and no one was found roaming the countryside. WAR was not everywhere and neither was the community. No grouping PVE wise was to be had, the low level areas were already ghost towns, and I started to see a chink in the armor of what I liked to call "pre launch" fun. By October 17th my mind was already wandering OFF WAR and heading to thoughts of other games that were more polished and had an established player base. I posted a poll that asked the readers to pick what I played. Most votes were to have me keep playing Warhammer Online and save money, but since the entire goal of the poll was to pick me a second game I threw out that result and picked the runner up with 23% of the votes: World of Warcraft. Of course everyone knew I was going to go back anyway, but that just cinched it. As October ended I was once again enamored with WoW and Warhammer Online was already a faded memory of failed potential. Enter:

November 2008

The Lich King was coming. Even after all the hate I had thrown at WoW (mainly in denial that it was my bitch), I was back and addicted again. November saw me dive head on into playing the Horde as I took advantage of the Refer A Friend program and leveled up the three classes I wanted to play the most: a warrior, a priest and a shaman. By the end of the month I had 3 level 60's and had to pick which one I wanted to take to level 80 and be my main. By the time all was said and done I had spent hours playing my priest and never once logged in the shaman or the warrior and my path was set. Lich King launched and there was much rejoicing. I spent my Thanksgiving sick with a cold and took some time off to experience all the new stuff the expansion offered. I played a little Wizard 101 but my effort to level the WoW characters won out and I didn't return to that game as much as I should have. Tabula Rasa announced it was shutting down and I added Hicks to the blog as a co-writer.

December 2008

So here we are! On December the 9th, Illinois sent another Governor to jail. Gov. Rod Blagojevich sought kickbacks as he considered a replacement for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by president-elect Obama. Much chaos ensued. I mentioned in November I was happy on the horde side, so what did I do? Totally reversed direction and went BACK to alliance! Go me.

I have started a new alliance guild on Rexxar named Aftermath. We are doing quite well already and have a large amount of mature players all helping one another as we gear up for 10 mans.

You can view our guild forums and our mission statement below:

As far as the blog was concerned, not much changed really. The name of the site, the look, and the URL got an overhaul. I am still playing WoW, but not EQ2. When I started blogging back in June of 2007 I was playing EQ2 a lot, but only because I felt that my time in WoW was not worthwhile if I was not raiding or doing something UBER constantly. As EQ2 started to really drag on and the ex-wife and I came back to WoW things picked up for a while but I never had as much fun as I am now with my new guild.

The condo has sold and I am soon going to have to move. The new year will bring a new address, new internet access, new train routes and a whole slew of changes in my life. My game time may slip a bit, but I know that the stories will give great blog entries.

RMT started to get introduced in mid December as companies looked at their books and tried to think up new ways of tapping the MMO market. With Sony releasing some things into EQ1/EQ2 we soon saw rumors that the next Star Wars MMO would feature this as well.

Predictions? I usually stink at this but I have some:

Spellborn and Darkfall will flop hard.

I think RMT will now make us pay more for our games and the sad thing is we won't notice it until we do the math.

I think that Sony will close Matrix Online and Pirates of the Burning Sea will sail off into the sunset.

Age of Conan will shut down and we won't see any major releases in 2009.

There ya go.

Have good new year everyone. See you in 2009.

We did it! New guild Aftermath and my return to Alliance WoW play

Posted by pvthudson01 Tuesday December 23 2008 at 6:55AM
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Last night was a crazy night for the AFTERMATHIANS (?) and my World of Warcraft life

Firstly I reactivated my retired level 70 human prot warrior that is now on Rexxar. Yeah I know. I got to thinking and I really wasn’t happy with the way the game was going for me, and if I was going to indeed tank again why not use the same damn character I was tanking with back last year that was fully geared, factionized and trade skilled (are those words? FACTIONIZED!)?

THE GUILD <AFTERMATH> is now recruiting and we are LIVE. I cannot thank everyone enough for coming over and trying this new guild out with all of us. In one night we invited 19 people and had as many as 13 on at once. We have every broad stroke of player in the guild, from level 80's to level 12's, and last night all of our very mature, outgoing people worked together to get AFTERMATH up and running in about 2 ours

We have, as of today:

1) One bank tab full of nice gear for everyone, bags, and a generous donation of gold
2) Our website is up and running and we are in full gear with posting and discussion at:

3) We have our ranks adjusted, new recruits have posted apps from Rexxar, and we had a blast last night helping those that rerolled through Deadmines and some Westfall quests
4) A 15 man Ventrilo server
5) we currently have 3 officers and 2 veterans in the guild that can invite. If you are interested and want a good natured mature guild think about checking us out

Secondly I did a very nerdy thing, nerdier than this blog post probably. I actually activated my Blizzard Authenticator AND going one step further added it to my keychain. I think this makes two statements:

1) I am truly an addict

2) I think its says to the whole community that yes I play World of Warcraft sure but I do practice safe WoW, and I know that turns all the ladies on and makes me look really responsible.

My friend Hicks joined me over there too. Being alliance has a plus factor for him in that he can actually FIND things in the auction house (I floated him a little cash to get started. NOTHING major) and he can make a human that gives him faction bonus. Looking at WoW, if you don’t raid or have perma heroic groups there is only one way to get nice gear: faction or tradeskills. Humans having a faction bonus is the primary reason I always make one. It is a true casual players dream.

I think the main issue is I just could NOT do it all over again. Having my tradeskills at grand master and doing some of the things I have done with that character are just something I did not want to do again. For the love of GOD he has 362 mining and is a grand master cook. He also has a high fishing skill. I am revered with every alliance capital, I am revered with Aldor. Do you honestly think I have time to do that again? I also like to tank. I like warriors. I have to play what I like or I will simply not be happy.

This warrior is the same one that was tanking Kara and heroics when my old guild fell apart and I stopped playing. Please reference last October and November for more info thanks.

Currently at level 70 I am still running what was considered “good” back before the expansion. I am at 12,884 Hp unbuffed and:

Armor: 11826
Defense: 503
Dodge: 21.25%
Parry: 15.63%
Block: 18.78%
Resilience: 0. (who cares)
The ultimate goal for Hicks and I is this: he heals, I tank, we make our own groups.

Ok well I am out and have many things to do today. Take care all!

- Hudson

Interested in starting a WoW guild FOR the player by the PLAYERS?

Posted by pvthudson01 Monday December 22 2008 at 11:38AM
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I think I may try my hand at starting a guild based off of WoW only players.



I also can give you the link to the boards we have up, but I want to make sure only interested people email me first at the above address.

I am going to post here to get some input from the WoW playing readers of this blog that may be interested in either re-rolling or transfering to where I am. I have the core things established already and a small forum up to discuss policies. This will be an alliance guild (sorry hordies!). Honestly faction will not really matter since we are not PVP oriented and more interested in leveling and getting into Wrath content. However that does not mean we WON’T PVP (such as it is in WoW) and you will not be forced to level quickly if you re-roll. My point is: if you want to group with mature people and not PUG anymore, then lets do something about it.

This is not a blogger guild, just to get that out of the way. While we will not be a hard core OMGZ raiding guild, we will be focusing on heroic 5 mans with the idea of adventuring into 10 man content maybe ONCE a week. If you do not play WoW exclusively (ok 80% of the time) or think you may get tired of it please do not consider joining. Some people have their own playstyles that fit certain guilds, others are looking for something else.

Again, I am looking for emails from people that play WoW as their primary game and want a fresh start with mature capable groupers and players. This is not a blogger guild. As such, comments will not be activated on this post. I will take direct emails only from those interested in wanting the information and jumping on board. I need about 2 more officers as well who will have the following duties:

1) handle in game invites (along with me) and if you invite please edit the notes if it is an alt or not. Assign the appropriate rank to the invite (recruit or alt)

2) Provide input on the guild and vote on decisions in the officer forum

3) provide input on applicants and perhaps talk to them in game and see if they would be a good fit

4) no need to recruit, but an officer should always be outgoing and MAYBE talk to someone if it looks like they have a good head on their shoulders and are not guilded. You never know

5) handle in game issues such as beggars, complaints, etc etc and post the issues on the boards in the officer forum to be discussed

That’s pretty much what I am looking for. Consistent play would help but I know the holidays are coming. I DO NOT WANT TO BE THE SOLE LEADER, I want to do a council system. As such I will need go getter individuals willing to help me out and make decisions with me.

I have all the time in the world. I do not care about level 80. I do care about people not being left out and ignored. I do care about getting everyone up to speed and having quality members. I don’t care if I run Deadmines 4 times a night with my 70 I just want to help and have fun.

General Requirements for membership:

- The “main” you plan on playing should be your main for now. Since we are starting off I would like to avoid an influx of 5 alts per member.
- Since we are an adult guild, you should be 18 or over (WE WILL MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOLLOWING AN INTERVIEW).
- A fairly consistent playtime
- Be a mature individual. Realize that newly formed guilds take time to blossom. Be willing to take your great level 70 plus character and help those that are lower level gear up in instances even though (OMG!) you may not even gain anything out of it but a slap on the back and a “thank you”.
- Be willing to have a microphone and log in and hang out with us on Ventrilo


I don’t think I need to go into the rest of my guild beliefs, but if you want to read them head over to my Guild Leadership 101 blog post from last year, which you can find here:

12.11 Azjol-Nerub: The Spider Kingdom and my adventure there

Posted by pvthudson01 Thursday December 11 2008 at 11:18AM
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Last night was another fun night in World of Warcraft where I got into something way over my head but managed to pull it off. Case in point: a jaunt into Azjol-Nerub. Azjol-Nerub is one of the new 5 man instances in Wrath of the Lich King and it looks AWESOME. This is one of the coolest instances I have been in and the place oozes (literally) with polish, atmosphere and style. Pronounced “ah-ZHOL nuh-ROOB”, this place is torn between trying to stay out of the current conflict but suffers from a civil war. The Scourge has had its influence here and Arthas is trying to go back and finish the job he started when he first came to Northrend: wipe out the city and the culture of the Nerubians.

Of course all this makes a great opportunity for quests as YOU the adventurer go in and attempt to help the neutral Nerubians reclaim their lost city from the crypt lord Anub’Arak.

For more pictures, and the rest of this rather long post, please click the jump:


Is WoW too easy right now?

Posted by pvthudson01 Tuesday December 9 2008 at 2:14PM
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I have to admit I am pretty lazy when it comes to surfing message boards looking for developer posts or the next big Mark Jacobs announcement. Whether it be Warhammer Online or World of Warcraft I just do not have my pulse on the community as far as impending nerfs and doom.

I choose to mainly ignore these things because, like an angry Ret Paladin, they all go away after a while. One site I have become recently addicted to though is MMO Champion's Blue Tracker site. This place parses all the "blue" posts and puts them up for lazy people like me to check in on with my Google Reader.

More after the jump...

Don’t ever let em tell you you CAN’T: Nexus at 67

Posted by pvthudson01 Wednesday December 3 2008 at 4:06AM
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Once again last night I hooked up with members of a guild other than the one I am in and ran all night with them. Oddly enough I am starting to get to know these people pretty well, and the funny thing is I am learning that they are a nice group to hang out with. I would like to give a shout out to Honor Guard guild on my server Drenden for grouping me the past two nights and letting me prove myself.

Tuesday night in WoW proved to be no less crazy than any of the nights I have had the past two weeks. Coming away from my play session I learned one thing after seeing Northrend for the first time last night:

You can have your Warhammer Online and your Vanguard or whatever. Nothing they have beats the polish, artwork, and the atmosphere of this new WoW expansion. I am now a true believer. If you are refusing to play it in the hopes of holding on for some miracle patch in your broken game or because you think WoW is the Anti-Christ don’t. Get your retired 70 in there and really check this expansion out. Heck get your level 60-68 in there and group up and take part in the tons of people in this game. If you are a cloth caster type this is a great time, as every group has tons of plater wearers that pass on everything. WoW is bustling right now and this is a great chance to gear up in 5 mans you may have missed out on earlier.


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