Twas the night

Twas the night before reveal date

And all through the house

Z was as excited as a mouse (that just found cheese)

For in the morning from bed she will stumble

and finally know warlords release date. Oh she must get on mumble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you kidding me?

I am speechless, utterly speechless and not in a good way

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I have looked at every single new model and thought wow they look amazing, so I was expecting really good things for trolls.

I am not impressed at all. Maybe the model will grow on me, or perhaps it will look better in 3d but at the moment I can’t say I like the look at all. And what the heck is up with the bottom right troll head? She looks odd

 

#10 Years10 Questions

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 Alternative Chat is asking ex and current wow players about their time in Azeroth. I’ve been thinking about these questions since I saw her blog post a few days ago and figured I would stop procrastinating and actually write the answers.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I basically started because I was a bit bored of all the games I had. I had ignored the existence of World of warcraft for a long time because I refused to play an online game. However, something made me buy it one day.. ok I’ll be honest, the battlechest was on sale for a ridiculously low price and came with free game time so I figured I had nothing to lose.
From the moment I started playing I was hooked, I think even if WoW were a single player I’d still be in love with the game.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
A human mage who I still play quite regularly though she has undergone a few transformations in her life including name, faction and server.
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I chose a mage because I always tend to gravitate towards casters and the mage seemed a natural choice. However now, with all my alts, I still only have 1 mage.
I find them a bit squishy and after levelling a number of alts from all the other classes, I am actually surprised at how I ever managed to persevere with levelling her to 85 (now 90).
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
When I installed the game, I only installed the vanilla expac so I didn’t have access to all the races there we can make now. In particular;  I didn’t have access to Blood Elfs. Which meant out of all the classes that were available the only two that really appealed were human or night elf; and at the start the elfs seemed a bit intimidating so I rolled a human and since I was a solo player at the start – I knew no one IRL that played Wow – all my friends who were interested in WoW were those I met in the first guild I joined and amazingly the majority of those players only had Alliance toons as well so I  pretty much played Alliance exclusively for the first couple of years just so I could stay with the friends I had made.
I think though had I had the option of playing a blood elf from the start I probably would have been horde. Now days I play horde exclusively though I do have a couple of max level alliance characters, they just don’t get any play time.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
 The most memorable moment would be probably when I realised just how open to exploring this world can be. I realised about the time that I jumped on the Deeprun Tram from Stormwind to Ironforge as a lowbie that if I chose to, I could set off and explore the world in any way I chose (well almost) as long as I was  prepared for deaths along the way; like the time when I took my  low mage into a zone for lvl 70s – my first experience of Karazhan/Deadwind Pass when I strayed out Duskwood.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Lore and NPC stories. I think the main thing that makes this game so enjoyable and that I can’t find in other games I play (which is why I keep coming back to wow) is the depth of the back stories behind pretty much everyone I come across. It’s the stories that will see me do things like pop down to Shattrath just to check out the interaction between Cho and Granny Smith or venture into old content dungeons just to see the NPCs that live there.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Dalaran. Pre-MOP every single one of my toons would have their hearth set to Dalaran from the minute I could find a friendly mage to portal me up there or an online guildy to  use their Have Group, Will Travel. I just find Dalaran so relaxing and beautiful and convenient. It’s full of amazing little characters like Windle the Gnome who will shine your shoes and Rohnin is often found striding the streets in order to do his speech and tricks with the sky. I still pause to listen to his “Citizens of Dalaran” proclamation whenever I hear it.
Post-MOP: though the majority of my toons now have their hearthstones bound to the Shrine, Dalaran is still my city of choice for Auction House duties or visiting trainers.
Oh and Karazhan, I spent a very long time visiting that castle to eventually get my hands on Midnight, now I go back just to see the place. I absolutely love that castle with its hidden rooms and mazes. If Iever have to make the decision to log out and not log back in again, it would be a very difficult choice over leaving them in Dalran or Karazhan.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
My two longest played toons are my mage and druid. My druid main has a /played time of 103 days and my mage is at 92 days.
I would say it’s been continuous. I’ve never unsubbed my main account (I’ve had a couple of accounts for RAF and one of them has 3 lvl 90s on it which I probably will re-sub one day) and though I’ve taken time off to go play other games I don’t think a week has gone past without me logging in for some reason or another.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
I wish I did, it would probably stop me having to go back and re-do the quest on so many toons in order to actually understand a zone. I usually start out with the best of intentions and read quest text but I find if I’m questing for a while I end up just reading the objective and running off to try to get as many quests done. Then I’ll turn around and wonder why exactly did that NPC send me off to gather fluff for him and renew my vow to actually read quest text next time.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
One. I went through a phase where wow became everything to me to the exclusion of an offline life. It had pretty significant consequences IRL. Now while I love Azeroth as much as I ever did, I’m trying really hard to make sure I actually have that balance between my online and offline worlds that I didn’t have for a while.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
I’ve managed to find quite a few very close friends that have crossed the lines from online friend to offline friend and my love for Azeroth has seen me reschedule many events so I can be online and of course I blog which means I’m thinking about wow a lot.

Raiding with Deadline

The new guild is going along quite well, I’ve found that I enjoy being in a sociable guild again more than I realised. Raiding is going quite well, since I’ve joined they’ve downed two more heroic bosses bringing the guild total up to 8/14 so that is quite exciting seeing them come along.

It’s also restored my confidence in my healing, I have a bit of an advantage in that my gear level is quite a bit higher than the other healers so my figures automatically are going to look better, but that boost and the fact I’m starting to play my class properly again rather than in the really lacklustre way, I was because I wasn’t really enthused with the raiding environment, means I feel like a proper healer again.

I had a few lazy habits as a resto druid that I had slipped into, such as not keeping 90%+ uptime on lifebloom or harmony (BIG BIG no-no – that should really be at 100%) which really affected my heals. And an unwillingness to actually pop my mushrooms – preferring instead to keep them up all the time also decreased my effective healing. So this is the few things I changed with pretty spectacular results for healing figures:

- I set up a tell me when to send out an audio alert when Lifebloom drops off. It shouts ‘Aww Crap’ at me if I don’t refresh it and it falls off. This alone has taken my uptime on Lifebloom from around 60-70% to consistently over 90%.

- I’ve started to pop my mushrooms a lot. I saw a tip recently that mentioned you should blow them when your legendary cloak procs as the amount of heals to the raid then is just ridiculous high. And it is.

- I retook Nature’s Vigil and put it on a keybind I can regularly use easily, instead of the static int boost from Heart of the Wild which I had been running for a while. I also found that I had put Genesis, a spell I never touched, accidently on a keybind  I hit a lot (I redid some keybinds) and and it feels like it provides more healing and doesn’t oom me so I decided to leave it there and use it when I feel like the raid needs a quick boost.

I’ve been trying to ignore the beta talk about resto druids in case I hear anything that scares the crap out of me, like a 30 sec cd on mushroom placements, because at the moment I’m really enjoying being back on my druid.

I’m still a terrible boomy but having a good store of coins set aside for bonus rolls has seen me manage to gather up an almost a full set of raid ready feral gear so I might change my second spec over and have a bit of a play being a kitty for a while.

That is when I get a chance to get on, atm between my internship, starting honours with the increased assessment workload that comes with it and still furiously job hunting (the odds must be on my side one day, one of the million resumes I send out must be attractive to someone..right?) means that there is definitely not as much downtime for playing any game as much as I’d like.

My thumbs are not used to this

I decided to try out something entirely different for me and give Tomb Raider on the x-box one a try. I can’t say I’ve ever been into console games a lot, I can’t actually remember the last time I played one but I really liked Tomb Raider when I played it way, way back.

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big big changes!  photos borrowed from here and here

The game is so fun but I find it really hard to play for 2 reasons.

1. My thumbs seem to have no control over themselves. I was watching a seasoned console gamer play and his thumbs move at a million miles a minute.. mine not so fast. Which makes my reaction time way way slow which usually means I tend to die a lot when I have to move the left stick fast or switch buttons. I also don’t seem to be able to operate the left stick (walking actions) and right stick (camera actions) at the same time, so I end up staring at the sky or directly at my feet being hit on by some enemy I can’t find.

2. I get so so apprehensive when I’m trying to work towards somewhere that I know enemies are. I have to keep telling myself to relax and if I die then the game’s autosave feature will kick in and I won’t have to start from ages ago but still I creep up and around corners and my heart moves into my throat because I get all caught up in the suspense and nervousness.

Hopefully as I play on, I’ll get 1. better with my thumbs and 2. stop getting all worried about dying and can maybe play the game faster than snails pace.

Raiding, and a Gift

It feels like ages since I posted but its only been 16 days. Despite the order of the title, let’s talk about the cool part first. I got a lovely gift, something I thought I probably wouldn’t see in wow.

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Look, I have singing Banshees!

Thor, who just happens to be the partner of the lovely Cinder and a pretty amazing player in his own right, brought his toon over from Frostmourne to join the Barthilas realm (more on that later) and he let me know that he had brought me a little present as Cinder had mentioned I would really love one. And it was a Sylvanas’ Music Box for my very own. I was gobsmacked and couldn’t wait to try it out. I decided to head up to Sylvanas’ and let her know I had her music box and I wasn’t giving it back was going to keep it safe for her.

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 I am so excited about this, this item will be in Z’s bags constantly, no languishing in the bank for this little trinket and I can’t wait for the toy box to implemented in WoD so all my toons can play with it. Being able to play the Lament of the Highborne whenever I want to hear it is pretty neat. If you want to hear it for yourself, I linked the video in this post I wrote about it a while back.

So I mentioned raiding. After I stopped raiding with Well Equipped I’ve been bumping around the world just doing ach’s and a ton of pet battles but the niggling urge to be back in a raid started to rear its head a few weeks ago but I wasn’t really sure I wanted to do the grind of progression raiding again.

Then I logged into the guild Cinder is in, I had stuck a few alts in to be able to chat with her and her guild is quite friendly, and I noticed the guild message was looking for a tank and a healer. Cinder is a healer in the raid, so I asked if she would think it ok if I asked to come and heal with her for a bit since they were looking for a healer and I happened to have a raiding druid who didn’t really have a raid and she thought it would be fun.

I talked to the raid leader and he was pretty enthusiastic, mostly I think because they wouldn’t have to start gearing my healer up and then if I left to lose all the gear – I think that’s a constant issue for all raiding guilds – gear a toon and if they leave you have to start over again – but anyway it was all sorted and I’ve done a few raids with them and it’s going pretty well. The guild is quite nice and I didn’t realise how much I missed 10 man raid. I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about WoD when Mythic has to be 20 and normal/heroic can be up to 25. I can’t see too many guilds running 10man when they’ll have to find an extra 10 if they want to do the hardmode, so I’m assuming most raids are going to default to the higher end of 20+ even for normal/heroic. But I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it, for now I’m just loving the smaller raid size again.

I said Thor brought me the music box from Frostmourne.. this is because Thor came to Barthilas to join the guild too;  since the guild was looking for a tank and he had a raid ready Monk tank not actually raiding at that time.. it turned out to be good timing all round.

I’m pretty excited about the guild now because I know Cinder and Thor from way back on Aman’thul. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned I used to raid with Cinder when we were both Alliance and I’ve done a few runs with Thor coming along and helping out my guild when they were suffering through my bumbling raid leading so to have a friendly guild with new and old friends will be great again.

Rogue time

I was levelling away on my Barthilas rogue, who was made for the sole purpose of gathering up heavy junkboxes for my mage to eventually hand in for Ravenholdt rep in her march towards the Insane title, when I realised that since I planned to take my mage to another realm I would either have to take my rogue with me or figure out another way to pickpocket lockboxes.

I granted my rogue levels from 1 to 60 through RAF which meant I actually had no idea how to play her and while she was really fun I didn’t feel really comfortable on her. Every other toon I’ve granted levels to, thereby skipping the levelling and learning stage, has been for a class I already had played so it wasn’t so new and bewildering. So I decided rather than pay for a realm change for a toon I didn’t really get and didn’t have much feeling for.. I’d make a new one.

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I know.. super original on the name…

So I have a brand new level 12 Rogue on Saurfang. She’s found a new home as a Frostwolf and she is actually really cool to play on. I noticed while questing in Eversong Woods my rotation at level 12 in heirlooms looked like this:

Stealth, Sap, Ambush, Loot, Skin… Look for next mob

It was really quite fun. I did do a number of battlegrounds once I hit level 10 and boy are baby druids strong at that level. Made me want a baby one again just to go and moonfire the heck out of people.

Anyway this Zeira is my new project, in between levelling pets and doing archeology, I want to get her up high enough to where she can comfortably pickpocket mobs for the lockboxes.

 

Navispam IRL – Frostwolves guild meet up

I’m very fortunate to be an honorary member of Frostwolves; I have a few low alts there and when I finally stop procrastinating I’ll have a few of my 90s over there as well. So a few months ago when Navi whispered me asking, if there was a guild meetup in Melbourne would I go, my answer was a resounding yes of course I would love to be there.

The meeting was yesterday at the crown complex in the middle of Melbourne. Normally there is a tram right from my front door to the crown which is fantastic but this weekend it was down due to track maintenance so I trained in. I love going into Melbourne, it wasn’t something I used to do much of,  so I don’t know Melbourne that well,  but since getting an internship with a company in the heart of the city I get to go 3 times a week now.

So I hopped a train and figured I’d be there about 10mins before we were due to meet up but google maps seriously overestimated the time it took to walk from the station to the complex and I got there 30 mins early, which wasn’t good for my nerves. On the train I had texted Navi saying I was getting so excited I could hardly breathe and the wait just made it worse. I kept peering at people wondering if they were also Frostwolves.

Eventually a group of people turned up and I thought I recognised Navi with them. I had seen a photo of her a few months ago from Blizzcon and she had 2 little kiddies with her and I knew she had a little  boy and a girl (my detective skills were working overdrive!). I decided to inch closer and see if I could overhear wow talk. I heard Navi talk and realised this was her so I introduced myself and was so excited to be introduced to people whose names I recognised like Severus, Aza, Morz, Voros and Lushnek. HK was there but I didn’t realise he was also Aimei which was the toon name I knew the most from guild chat. There were a heap of people who turned up too like,  Jazz, Nath, Sabrehawk, Lominari and Dragonray. I didn’t actually realise before hand just how far some people were going to travel – Morz came all the way from W.A for the meetup which was very cool

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The photo is taken from Navi’s blog as she has done a cool job of putting in our toon faces. I don’t want to post my photos as some people might want to remain anomonous.

I was really excited to meet Dragonray as she writes over at Azerothian Life and I’ve exchanged blog comments back and forth a fair bit. It was even more exciting to realise she lives in Melbourne too so we’re going to try to organise a meet up over lunch or whatever we can squeeze in during our lunchtime in the city.

It was a great day. At the start I was a little worried I wouldn’t know what to talk to anyone as I don’t know them as well as they know each other but I shouldn’t have worried, a bunch of wow players in one place means there is plenty of things to talk about. I sat between Sev and Morz for ages,  before I snuck off down to talk to Dragon, and they are both really lovely guys to chat to.

I was hoping to try to catch up with Navi again the next morning as they were touring the aquarium but I decided my budget probably wasn’t super flexible enough to stretch that far, downside of being a student with a limited funds I guess. But despite that, I had a fantastic day and I’m so glad I got to meet everyone.

Here is Dragonray‘s and Navi’s write-up of the day. It was a fantastic time and hopefully I’ll be around for the next Frostwolves meet up.

Purple entry for ROYGBIV

After playing around with a purple plate set and getting frustrated with not being able to match items I took a look at what my mage was already transmogged into  and realised she already fitted exactly the purple theme for this month .

Purple is my favourite colour and the dress that my mage is in is one of my favourite robes in the game.The robe comes from the Outland dungeons, there are matching shoulders and a head item for it  but I tend to prefer to make up sets rather than using all matching items.

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  • H – Brutal Gladiators Silk Cowl
  • S – Vindicator Shoulderpads
  • B – Shadow-cloak of Dalaran
  • C – Hallowed Garments
  • G – Darkbind Fingers
  • W- Girdle of Endemic Anger
  • F – Silent Slippers of Meditation
  • MH – Nightstaff of the Everliving

 

A little bit of everything

I haven’t been up to anything earthshattering in Azeroth lately. I was the really lucky recipient of a lil’ kt from being one of two winners for June’s ROYGBIV competition from MoMar. Cymre was the other winner but all the outfits were really lovely. I’m working on a purple outfit to match a lovely purple sword I picked up  for July’s entry but I just can’t seem to find the right shoulders or head item to match it.

My druid finally got exalted with the emperor so no more having to kill ordos worshippers for a while. She also has 3000 lesser coins so won’t need to worry about doing any coin farming for a while either.

I’ve been doing a ton of archeology lately. My mage is my digger and she’s working to get the crawling claw from Tol’vir ach. I’ve turned up tons of really cool fun rare items so far but no claw. Most frustrating.

Apart from that I’m tossing up moving some of my main toons over to Saurfang. I’ve already decided to move my mage; I’d like to be in Frostwolves a bit more than just when the urge to level Henrii takes my fancy and my mage is the toon I’m spending my most amount of time on lately. Now I’m not raiding in Well Equipped I’m really over being on a PvP realm and I’d like to be in a friendly guild again. I have moved a few of my toons into Cinders guild on Barth and they are lovely but I’d like to play on a non-pvp realm. Thinking long-term  – I don’t want to be grounded in WoD and on a PvP realm either. So that will happen sooner or later.

Apart from that it’s just lots and lots of pet battles. I have one more pet to go before I have all the celestial tournament pets so that will be another 2 weeks there. I did expend a rather significant amount of my gold onto an ethereal trader companion pet because there was a rather fierce bidding war going on Barth which drove the prices right down. Though I haven’t really decided if I want to keep it or see if it will be re-sellable and maybe turn a bit of a profit. The decision between possibly obtaining gold (which will no doubt be spent on obtaining more pets) or keeping a really cool pet is a little tricky atm.

Well that’s my flying update of how my wow time is spent. What are you guys all up to?