Piloting, from hercs to mechs.

Piloting, from hercs to mechs.
A running recap of what I'm doing for fun, between active duty flying, technology, gadgets, and some of my favorite games.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If I knew then what I know now...WoW in Iraq would have been better.

So, I learned some great lessons from Iraq!
Some are SO important for high-latency players that I just have to list them:
1. If I’d known it was that easy: I would have been doing the weekly raid quests every week! I accomplished both Ulduar and Naxx and even with my latency in Iraq I would have had absolutely no problem succeeding in those instances! I’d definitely have enough Emblems of Frost for the chestpiece and I’d be halfway to the helm or shoulders by now!
2. CT_Mailmod is a MUST.
3. AltClickToAddItem is HUGE...because of latency, this addon makes literally any player-to-player or player-to-AH/Mailbox interaction SO much smoother. Do yourself a favor and stop clicking dragging and dropping.
4.Auctioneer scanning is ftw! Everybody with bad connectivity knows there are simply going to be downtimes when you can't party up, you can't hang out in Dal, and you definitely can't raid. There are times when you probably have too high latency to even farm your gathering profession (if you still haven't woken up to where the real $ is). How about letting the AH scanner collect useful data that can make you a ton of gold? It's easy and automated, and it's something you can do even if your ping gets up to 4000, which happened often to me over there.

5. Leatrix Latency Fix (also, google for a similar command line function for macs - I used both and both worked!) This made WoW much more playable! You can also use an http tunnel...I used Socks2Http to be able to play in the USO, where they "locked out" the WoW ports. (I used to use that trick when I was at the Air Force Academy too.) So, if you're over there, grab some latency fixes and you'll find that your latency will drop from 1900ms to about 900ms, which is a noticeable difference.
DISCLAIMER: simply improving your latency won't help with bandwidth...I have no idea what to do about that, sorry.

6. Blogs are a great way to enjoy the game even during downtime, which can be much more often over there than just Tuesdays.

1 comment:

  1. "6. Blogs are a great way to enjoy the game even during downtime, which can be much more often over there than just Tuesdays. "

    I will have to agree.