Archive for August, 2012


Good News Everyone!

Good News Everyone!

Sometime tomorrow, or possibly the next day, ConstantlyCalibrating.WordPress.com will essentially be shut down. WHAT?! But I thought you said it was good news!

Yes, yes. Calm down and allow me to explain, imaginary voice in my head. Yes, our WordPress ‘blog’ will cease to be tomorrow, but in its place will be a whole new Constantly Calibrating! Well, to the naked eye it will probably look the same, but only at first. Sometime between 10PM PDT (1AM EDT) tonight and 10PM EDT (1AM EDT) tomorrow ConCal will be torn up from its WordPress roots and repotted in its new home at http://www.ConstantlyCalibrating.com. So make sure prior to tonight you update whatever bookmarks or whatever with the proper information. I don’t know if our site will still be up and running during this timeframe, so don’t be alarmed if you visit us and find nothing during the next 24-48 hours.

I will have more updates on things as they develop, but stay tuned to ConCal, our fan page on Facebook, and maybe even my personal Twitter (if I remember to start updating it again) for any and all info.

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Welcome back to the second edition of Pandaren Ponderings. Last week I took a look at the Pandaren race. This week I’ll cover the new class introduced in Mists of Pandaria, the Monk.  Lets go over the basics, shall we? Monks are available to almost every race in the game. The only restrictions are no Worgen and no Goblins. For those not counting that leaves the 11 remaining races to get their Monk on.

Pandaren Chi PunchMonks are a cloth/leather wearing melee-based class. A true hybrid; they can Tank, Heal or DPS. Lorewise they follow the theme of Asian combat monks, not the stuffy old man in a brown robe stereotype. The reason for this is simple, the class is being “taught” to the other races by the Pandaren. The Monk has three specs which are as follows Brewmaster (Tank), Windwalker (DPS), and Mistweaver (Healing). I’ve always been a tank first and foremost, except for that 2 week stint of role experimentation when I first began playing, but we’re not going to talk about that. (Ed: Ahh, Brad’s college experimentation years.) So as such I’ve spent the most time on beta with a Brewmaster Pandaren Monk. It has been awhile since I played with him so I’m sure a lot has changed, but I still have a fairly accurate idea of how the core class mechanics work.

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Welcome to The Secret World

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Recently I had a chance to play Funcom’s new MMO The Secret World (TSW henceforth) during their free to play one month celebration weekend. The results were beyond my expectations to say the least. I had heard about TSW almost 2 years ago via a co-worker; I saw the video and brushed it off, after all it was just a teaser anyway. Somewhere between then and now I lost track of the title altogether, it slipped through the cracks with me I suppose. Fast forward to a week or so ago I saw a story on one of the many game news sites I follow that there was a free weekend coming up.  I was already visiting a friend to get some games (legally) that I can’t download myself because of bandwidth restrictions. I asked him to pop it on my hard drive as well to give it a test drive. Come this past Friday I created an account and jumped in.

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Calibrating Returns

We have returned! Nearly a month ago we took a brief hiatus from podcasting. It wasn’t planned. It wasn’t even logical, but still it happened. What is important is that we’re back baby! For today’s podcast we get back into the swing of things and discuss what we’ve been up to. Make sure you stick around to the end for a “special” minicast that was recorded while waiting on line for <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>.

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