Daily Archives: June 13, 2007

TAGN Central

Per Cuppy’s request, this is where I spend most of my time online.

The table is unusually clear in this picture

Here you see my Dell 20″ LCD monitor, the requisite Logitech G15 keyboard, my new Plantronics 510 headset (a topic for another post), some Logitech speakers, my Kensignton Expert Mouse (also another topic), and some other minor items all arrayed on a sturdy folding table that I bought at Service Merchandise well over 20 years ago.  I agree with Brent that nothing beats a good, solid, flat surface.  I just got it in white rather than faux wood grain. It replaced the table on my gaming rig at the time, seen here:

I am sure I’ll never use this picture again…

Oooh, Wizardy!  Dual floppies!  And check out that CH Products joystick!

Next to the table I have something that is probably not in your home office, a seven foot tall 19″ rack.

Check out my rack!

I have to reconfigure it to my office at our new house.  I just squeezed it in to my office a couple weeks back, so you can see I still have stuff plugged into the power strip on my table.  I should be able to get another shelf set at the bottom to hold the big, purple, Alienware CPU sitting on the floor beside the rack and then the subwoofer can move under the table.

Here is my co-pilot who keeps my lap warm and provides plenty of kitty hair to get into the keyboard and fans.

Felix reclines

His name is Felix and he enjoys standing in front of my monitor during boss fights.  You can see a little discoloration on the chair behind him where his brother, Oscar, threw up on my chair the other day.  Bleh.

Things you do not see in these pictures:

  • 14 banker’s boxes still full of stuff from moving
  • 3 six foot tall book cases on the wall opposite the computer
  • One of our litter boxes
  • A Shredder
  • My LEGOs
  • A closet trying to contain 25+ years worth of crap


I couldn’t compete with Brent’s stack of MMO boxes, since some of mine are still packed away, so on the desk, above my track ball, you can see the original EverQuest manual that was printed up when the primary partner was 989 Studios.  You need a 3D card with 4MB of RAM to run the game!

The red pen under my monitor is, in fact, a special “Welcome to Strongbadia” pen, a special bonus that went with something I ordered from Homestar Runner.  It features The Cheat in his tire who moves back and forth as you tilt the pen.

By request, here is the desktop picture shown on my screen.

EVE Online Jump Gate

Click on it to see it full size.

Horned Leather Crisis

In trying to get my weapon smith up through tier 7 I face a number of challenges.  The first, which I mentioned previously, was what I should do with the items I produce.  Handcrafted, or normal stat, equipment is not in demand.  Fortunately, Tipa Tanglewood suggested trade skill writs, which was something of a “duh” moment for me.  That was how I got Nomu, my alchemist, to 60 way back when DoF released.  I can only guess that my desire to make the fewest items possible played into my thought process.  Writs rarely seem to require items at your current level.

So, with the output of my production accounted for in a way that at least generates a little bit of income plus some status (our little guild is within 8% of level 30 now, so status is good) I can now worry about my next problem.


Blintz, at level 56, is not able to harvest everything my weapon smith needs.  Each weapon I craft at tier 7 requires:

5 adamantine clusters
2 hanging roots
3 horned leather pelts
10 bit coal

Of course, the coal is available in the trade skill instance for 34s 56c a pop, so fuel cost is 3g 45s 60c.

Blintz can actually get to and harvest hanging roots pretty regularly, and even when he cannot, the market price runs about 1-2s per.

Adamantine clusters, at the least the ones I have found, spawn in areas that are a bit too dangerous for Blintz to harvest sufficient nodes to keep up with the production needs.  The market price for clusters runs around 1s though, so I can afford to buy rather than harvest.

Horned leather pelts on the other hand are not only located in places that Blintz cannot harvest safely, but the market price runs from 50s to 1g per hide.

Buying the three pelts can boost the price of production 40-80% per item.  Cheapskate that I am, I have to find a way around that.

Once in a while I see some pelts up on the broker for much less and I try to snap them up before the broker buy-bots grab them to resell.

Fortunately Gaff just sent me two stacks of horned leather pelts last night, which might just be enough to let Minama my weapon smith work her way to level 62.

At least her trade skill vitality will have time to recharge between production runs.