I have a good friend with a fondness for nostalgia. This isn’t always a bad thing, mind you, but it does tend to cause emotional burns from time to time. So whenever she talks about doing X, Y or Z, I tell her that the stove is hot. She knows the stove is hot. She should stop touching the stove, because touching the stove she knows to be hot is stupid. I find it obnoxious when people give advice they obviously don’t follow themselves, so I try to live by my own
words of wisdom idioms.
I fail at this on a regular basis.
I was looking for some new way to consume my game time, since Daschela got her cloak and Niremere is stuck trying to get hers. So about a week ago, I had a very specific dream about leveling a panda rogue. I mentioned this to Goa, who (of course) said that it must be a sign and maybe I’d like rogue this time around! There is something to be said to exposure, after all, since you can teach yourself to like formerly hated foods by eating them until you just don’t care anymore. In this case, there’s the Forsaken rogue I started (and abandoned because WTF AUGH CAN’T DO ANYTHING BUT WAIT), and all the former rogues I’ve deleted.
Still, I delayed. No rogue, I said, because the stove is hot, and I’m not touching that. Maybe a panda shaman? I like shamans! But then I realized that would be my third shaman, and that could be considered just a bit class-obsessive. Okay, so how about a panda hunter, then? I like hunters! Oh. Wait. If I made one, that would be my third hunter. Panda monk? No, too obvious. Panda mage! Meh, Arcane Explosion is still not considered a rotation unto itself. What about a panda warrior, then? Naw, I still haven’t finished leveling Pixelby, who’s somewhere in the 60s. While thinking through all this, I could practically hear my subconscious cheering in the background. Panda rogue! Panda rogue! Panda rogue!
Yeah. I made a mother trucking panda rogue.
And the weird thing? I … I liked it. Kind of. Assassination is more fun than Combat, as long as I don’t blow all my Energy at the beginning of combat (which I often do). I dunno, I like the character for some reason.
There are still some issues, like positioning:
And the lack of AoE is a real bummer.
The other weird thing is that healers don’t seem to like me much. There have been several parties where every other member’s health has been topped off but mine was left at far less than full. Is it because I am a rogue? Is it because the perception of my DPS depends on the other DPSers in the party? (That is, if there are other players in looms, I’m screwed. If I am the only one in looms, however, I look great.) Does “Nioma” mean something bad? If so, oops.