Welcome to duffry.com

This is a site introducing the various online activities of Dominic Hobbs. The links below will expand a section that will introduce that topic and also link you to the relevant websites.

If you would like more information please feel free to email me.


Almost five years ago I co-founded a gaming community with the core function of being a hub for a competitive Battlefield 2 clan. We competed in European ladders (Clanbase) for almost a year and had one of the largest collection of privately funded game servers in the world.

Competitive Battlefield 2 ebbed away but our community continued and moved almost exclusively to World of Warcraft.

Our website and forum are the core of the community. I have administered these since I first set them up in 2005. They are based on a basic punBB forum upon which I have added a large number of bespoke features, CMS structure and pages. This has been the place where I have indulged my interest in web development and learned to overcome each challenge as it surfaced.

DMZ-Gaming.com, Webmaster

<The DMZ> Eonar EU

The DMZ guild was founded on the principles of the DMZ-Gaming community and as such puts behaviours and cooperation at the forefront of our gaming experience.

I believe that this is the cause of our becoming one of the longest running guilds on the Eonar (EU) server; as well as one of the most respected.

We have also enjoyed great success in achieving our raiding goals, regularly holding a high rank on the server. This blend of social harmony and target achievement is currently enjoyed by well over 100 members.

<The DMZ> Eonar EU, Guild master

WoW Insider

For nine months in 2009/10 I worked for WoW Insider as their warlock columnist. This was a highly enjoyable and demanding role providing expert advice and opinion to thousands of readers each week.

WoW Insider is a blog site for World of Warcraft and a part of the Joystiq network (Aol). At the time I was writing it averaged around 22 million page-views per month.

You can read my articles from the links below.

Blood Pact
A new Lock in town - 14 Sep '09
Warlock guide to surviving Trial of the Crusader, part 1 - 21 Sep '09
Warlock guide to surviving Trial of the Crusader, part 2 - 28 Sep '09
The hidden power of demonology - 05 Oct '09
Warlock glyphs to use, ignore or to dream for - 12 Oct '09
The birth of a warlock - 26 Oct '09
Meet the minions, part 1 - 02 Nov '09
Meet the minions, part 2 - of voidwalkers and threat - 09 Nov '09
Patch 3.3 raid build roundup - 16 Nov '09
Meet the minions, part 3 - the succubus and crowd control - 23 Nov '09
leveling a warlock, 10 to 40 - 30 Nov '09
Meet the minions, part 4 - the felhunter and mage-hate - 14 Dec '09
Warlock tips for Icecrown Citadel, part 1 - 21 Dec '09
2009 through the Eye of Kilrogg - 28 Dec '09
Meet the minions part 5, the infernal and doomguard - 04 Jan '10
Leveling a warlock, 40 to 60 - 11 Jan '10
Warlock tips for the Plagueworks - 18 Jan '10
Mistakes other people make - 25 Jan '10
Using SimulationCraft for gear selection - 01 Feb '10
Affliction 101 - 08 Feb '10
Tanking the Blood Prince Council - 15 Feb '10
Patch 3.3.3 raid build roundup - 22 Feb '10
Meet the minions, Part 6 - the felguard - 01 Mar '10
Be a raider not a robot - 08 Mar '10
Demonology 101 - 15 Mar '10
Leveling a warlock, 60 to 80 - 22 Mar '10
Destruction 101 - 29 Mar '10
Leveling up through the Dungeon Finder tool - 05 Apr '10
Truth, science and flying monsters - 19 Apr '10
Running circles around the Lich King - 26 Apr '10
Stones, armor and artistry - 03 May '10
Emblem upgrades - 10 May '10
Warlock professions - 17 May '10
Shattering souls - 24 May '10
Tip top trinkets - 31 May '10

Other articles
Breakfast Topic: Awesome animations - 13 Sep '09
European weekly maintenance: 23rd & 24th September 2009 - 21 Sep '09
The Patch 3.2.2 Warlock bug clearout - 23 Sep '09
Grunty the Murloc Marine arrives for DirecTV viewers - 24 Sep '09
Patch 3.3 PTR: Warlock pets bite back - 08 Oct '09
Patch 3.3 PTR: Area-of-effect damage cap change - 09 Oct '09
Patch 3.3 PTR: More DoTs - 15 Oct '09
Patch 3.3 PTR: Fine threads and feisty pets for warlocks - 17 Oct '09
Patch 3.3 PTR: More Warlock changes - 21 Oct '09
Cataclysm: Stat and system changes for warlocks - 02 Mar '10
Breakfast Topic: Romantic entanglements have a Mass Effect - 01 Apr '10
Cataclysm Class Changes: Warlock analysis - 08 Apr '10
Arcane Brilliance: The end of an era - 11 Apr '10
Ready Check: Zen and the art of precognition - 21 May '10

WoW.com, Warlock columnist

Fire Marshals

I was one of over 50 fire marshals for the Barclays Bank technology centre in Cheshire. We felt that communication between marshals needed improving and I proposed an intranet site to be a central point of contact and a data repository.

The following images are from a proof-of-concept site I produced. Much of the information on the site is understandably sensitive which limits what I am able to show.

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