Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Whoa.

Glad I'm so busy today (I really am), because VN looks like a drama-fest.

Of course, it DOES make for good reading sometimes . . . ;-)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Ah . . . Chu

I think Chu-Chu raised a good idea the other day, to wit, going on "old" quests just to do them. Frankly, I love the idea myself. I've only done Frore once, and it was tagging along with people WAY higher than me (and, of all things, it was when I was "Ken Po," the UA no-magic-at-all-I'm-serious-not-even-item-which-made-getting-around-totally-suck-donkey-ass gimp.

So I spent most of my time wailing away with a fire cestus, making progress in killing at about the same speed as Tim Robbins did digging that tunnel in "Shawshank Redemption."

Hrm. Come to think of it, I *DO* have a standing scroll translation on me. Maybe I'll take her on that (besides the good ol' Dapper Suit quest, the single best quest in the game). I just hope she keeps the EoL talk to a whisper, though. Apparently, she had this whole falling out with them years ago, and it somehow involves her RL hubby Stee Jans and/or Kiaya. I think Chu's fun, and I know that plenty of people in the EoL think she's fun too. But there's some sticking point, and it prevents reconciliation. Ah well. Her not joining the EoL hardly means she can't quest!

Life's too short. Especially when you're around me. =P

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Well, El isn't ticked at me for the last PoTB debacle

[LFG] El-Minister II says, "Everybody Tai Fung Tonight!"

LOL

My new signature on the EoL website. I'm so easily amused. ;-)

http://www.photodump.com/direct/Tai_Fung/TaiFungsignature.jpg

Eeek.

Holding the pit in EO by myself at the moment.

Pardon me while I, um, "lay some eggs" out of fear. =O

Friday, August 11, 2006

And my plants wept.

I just got the Bracelet of Dark Essence tonight. It casts +30% recovery on my health and stamina. My red and yellow plants only do +25% each, and have a time limit.

Time to throw the watering can into my villa's chest, and let my "doggies" (i.e., my golden grommies) come back out into my yard to play. =) Those plants are going to someone who can use them! ;-)

Tai Fung, proud member of the EoL

So it's been a weird time since Kaos swore into the EoL.

I originally had reservations resulting from a weird exchange when I had (surprise) screwed up during a Kings Quest. I know some people are pretty tightly wound, and prefer a very tight ship, but I wasn't prepared for the level that some folks got bent out of shape on Capt Justice's behalf when I committed a party foul). The single knock I'd ever heard about CJ was that he was pretty deliberate about quests, and that if you deviated even a little you were smacked down but good. So that day did indeed seem to confirm that. Thus my reservations.

Yet, on the other hand, from the start, everyone (and I mean everyone) has been nothing but nice to me. This is not something I'm used to, particularly when I think of my original (pre-Kaos) alliance. Hell, that pre-Kaos alliance was what turned me into such a solo artist.

Chung had noticed that many moons ago, when I was ready to swear into an alliance, it was down to him and Kaos. I chose Kaos, and didn't regret it, because it was just big enough to do neat quests, and just small enough that it felt less corporate. Alas, it was SO small that when people started to have real lives (and babies!), and otherwise get tired of AC, they left. So, I was under Chung, who as I mentioned, had observed that I'd been inclined to come to the EoL anyway.

When we joined, though, I was technically under Capt Justice, who has seriously been nothing but helpful (hell, even before I was sworn under him, I sua sponte asked him for help when I was doing my virgil Aerlinthe quest (solo, natch), and he talked me through when I was stuck trying to find the Behemoth of Tennawhatever). Every group has its positives and negatives. Some clans are PK havens, and that's not for me. Some have uber-restrictions on XP. Others have "Type A" quest leaders. I guess all other things being equal (and they're not), I'd go with the latter every time.

Anyway. When I joined Chung's clan, within what seemed like a day, there was a call out to help someone (I think it was Jonathan something) get his bodies back. They were scattered out near some sort of chest not far from Ayan, and I immediately LS recalled and went to help. Gotta make a good impression I figured. Chung & I were the two who showed up, and we ended up getting all his bodies back and were outta there in no time. At the time, Chung was monarch. I was impressed with that.

I also found myself pretty impressed with my Ancient Armor. Hella-impressed actually. I mean, I'm not really dying as much anymore with that suit of armor, and Chunglee's 2 hour buffs (I had to go for pincers in my dapper suit, only to die to a mutilator to experience THAT fun).

But since I was still bothered by the "dual Kitra" look, I went on the EoL message boards and just asked if someone wanted to sell some pigmentation (with color restrictions laid out by my girlfriend, who has a far better eye than I). Aye?

Right out of the blue, there's response after response from clan members just wanting to freaking GIVE me pigment. And, sure enough, one named "Misty" just up and gave me BLACK! Woot! So now whether I wear the black covenant that draws comments, or the AA, I'll still have my signature color (that of funerals, to wit, mine).

None of those folks had to do that. They hardly know me. Hell, they still don't know me that well, and yet they went out of their way to help. I guess this just confirmed for me one basic thought about my new alliance -- I'm in the EoL as long as they'll have me.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Olthoi Mutilator makes you bleed all over your dapper suit!

Exactly why, oh, why . . . do I get a nice new suit of Ancient Armor, and then decide to do a pincer run in my dapper suit?

Ouchies. I was baned and everything.

Gawd I hate looting my own corpse.

Your task is now complete!

Tukora Lieutenant tells his pigeon toed purple friends, "OMG I just killed my 250th Tai Fung! I can get PP Hyssop now!"

Fucking rocks.

Haw ---> "Hello Tai Fung"

When I saw that Humming Crystal portal out in the wild, I announced it, against my better judgment, in General chat. So I got this in response:

[General] Doomherald says, "Hello Tai Fung"

D'oh. I heart anonymity. Attention to me is like sunlight to dracula (and yes, I realize that this blog makes no sense, but trust me, I'm just a glutton for punishment).

So, I try to think of something to say back to Doom. I figure I'll just do this emoticon: =P

Instead (I actually think I was flustered!), I managed to (ever the gimp!) hit the key to the LEFT of the "P," so I typed out this: ={

WTF is that? Snidely Whiplash?

(blank stares)

Ahem -- THIS guy:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Villianc.jpg

Anyway, I managed to type out this: ={

So that absolutely BAFFLES Doom, who said something about not accepting sad emotes. Well, good point, although that wasn't what it was.

So, naturally, as I always do, I deflected. And discussed brackets. At length.

(No log of this, so this is from memory)
You tell Doomherald, "Sorry hit the bracket key instead."
You tell Doomherald, "What's the difference between the squiggly bracket and the other one?"
You tell Doomherald, "Aren't they both brackets?"
You tell Doomherald, "I MUST KNOW THESE THINGS, THEY WILL GRIP ME ALL NIGHT"

Yeah. So Doom moved on (probably back to torturing Ixus, who is still proclaiming victories after getting his ass kicked over and over, just like the Democratic party in Presidential elections).

I bet NO ONE gets the Snidely Fucking Whiplash reference, even WITH the link.

Sigh.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ah, the good ol' humming crystal portal.

One of these days, I'll just do that quest for the heck of it. But for now, I have to get my melee D up to three points from max and then wait my time out for "Hard Harbinger."

Huh huh huh. "Hard." Huh huh huh.

Edit/update: It's two points. And, once again, I suck. I stopped hunting entirely to go run to the Untrain Giant Head, and then to run to the Specialized Giant Head, because I'd gotten myself 2 points from max, and worried that I'd blown some free XP.

Instead, I blew XP after all by quitting hunting to go run all over creation. =/

Although, the good news is that I got "proxy-griefed" by teh Foxy. <3 :D

Um, is that you Kitra?

If I am actually going to go hunting with a partner, it's typically going to be my mage hunting partner, Kitra Zan. She wears a full Ancient Armored suit I bought her from Tarn or somebody a year ago (no time for BM quests Dr. Jones!). Anyway, now that *I* have one, it is great.

But it flips me out to log in. I freaking look like HER. Hell, it looks like it's HER wielding a bow(!). THAT is disconcerting.

I need some AA dye. But, I went to the MP, and there was one guy selling "Ultramarine" pigment (or maybe Aquamarine). I pulled up that look on Maggie's, and my girlfriend told me she thought it looked pretty gay and flamboyant. So, of course, I dug it. =) =P

Now then, I'd settle for Black, and be thrilled, since it's the color of my covenant armor that gets so many compliments.

But one problem -- the dude in the MP wanted 70(!!!!!!?????) MMDs for it.

Ack. =(

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Die ripper die!

The difference in armor performance was palpable. I could have stayed in the EO for quite a while. But "Southern Yankee" announced on LFG that he needed help with a body recovery (3 corpses) in the PoTB, so I excused myself from the uber XP and went to help. It was just as well. The EO has a strong "Tusker Holding" flavor to it, with assigned locations, people monitoring XP flow, etc. That doesn't do me too well. At least PoTB is so empty now that people are just happy if you're IN there, slagging it out in the pit.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I better go eat the ice cream now!

Chunky Monkey, a fellow alliance member, just outright GAVE me some Ancient Armored Leggings(!). Now I have a full suit!!! Woot!

Now I have a decision to make:

Do I wear the AA suit, and get Chunglee II (my patron, and clan buffbot) to just hit me with 2 hour level 7 buffs? Including full banes, getting me up to 1330 armor level for everything?

or . . .

Do I keep wearing my Covenant armor suit, tinkered up nicely (but not that high), and with majors? The life protections I used came mainly from my clothing, rings, and bracelet, so it's not possible to do both.

Let's see here:

In the AA suit:

Level 7 creature and life buffs
1330 Armor level on everything, against everything.
Coord 330
Bow 451 (I forgot -- my whispering blade ring gives me +10 bow, so revised from 441)
Health 356
Magic D 334
Melee D 479
Missle D 370


In the Covenant suit:
Mostly level 6 buffs, the odd level 7 from Dark Sapphire and Dark Ruby rings (from that Singularity Caul recall quest).
Armor in the 880 to 1200 range (closer to the 1000s on average)
Coord 337
Bow 455
Health 361
Magic D 345
Melee D 482
Missle D 334

So, I've got some thinking to do, but I'm surprised that the melee D isn't that far off. There's a difference of 7 points in Coord, and 14(!) in bow. I only lose 5 points in health, and actually gain(!) in missle D, not that it matters.

Anyway -- thank you Chunky!!! =)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

What a cool clubhouse!

I finally went to the Whispering Blade Chapterhouse, and it was effing great. I had no idea there was that life crystal there (click it, and it hits you with a full array of life 7 buffs!).

I'll have to decide -- between that thing, and the buffbots casting 2 hour skill buffs, I wonder if it won't be easier to simply (gasp!) drop my full covenant major suit in favor of some Ancient Armor (I have all but leggings). I could bane the bejeezus out of the AA, get free life 7 buffs, skill buffs, and with my template, I might actually be pretty hard pressed to die.

Although I'm sure I'll find a way. =(

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

AH-HAH-HAH-HA!

Get 'im, boys! ;-)

And leave it to the Clueless Wonder, pkhere, to just figure that it's all "trolls" making stuff up.

Yeah, all those e-mail bombs to my inbox from good ol' Davy were just figments. Good thing I kept em. =)

Rejuv 7? Woot!

Sweet . . . Jade Dragon, the alliance tinkerbot, just landed an imbue of Hematite on a bracelet with Rejuv 7 on it. This will replace the one I had with Rejuv 6.

Oh, and it has Major Thrown Weapons on it, too. =/