A Moose for a Druid

 

Hmm  well so much for my plan to blog weekly… moving on

So this a bit of a tardy post as I actually got my Moose a few weeks ago, I just haven’t posted.

My guild did their final kill of Heroic Archimonde for this expansion when I was off exploring overseas in November and as  I’m not really into the idea of pugging and  the idea of finding a regular raid team just wasn’t grabbing me as much as it should in order to actually commit to a team,  I figured I probably wouldn’t get the chance to get the Moose Mount.  So I was utterly thrilled and super surprised  when I got a text from Cinder a few weeks ago  letting me know one of our guildies Neuro, who not only raids with us but also with an  American raiding guild,  was about to run through Archimonde and wanted to know if I was around and if I wanted to log on and they’d take my druid through as well.

Did I ever want to log on! I jumped on and was so nervous and excited about getting to go with them that I stuffed up their vent details 3 times and was sure I’d never get on in time but I did and they breezed through heroic Manneroth and then onto Archimonde as if it was no big deal. They are Mythic raiders so it probably was no big deal to them but I was over the moon excited that they were taking me along. Once Archi died, I grabbed the quest from his body and turned down their nice offer of the leather gear that had dropped.. I really just wanted the Moose quest.. and druid teleported over to Moonglade to have a chat with Malfurion and.. yay a flying moose for Z.

 

A massive thanks to Neuro and his guild for letting me tag along for the Moose. He is a seriously pretty mount and super special because I was so sure I wouldn’t see him in my stable.

The best toy

I was listening to an episode of Battletagged this morning on my run (I do all my podcast listening while running, makes the run go much faster as I get wrapped up in listening) and Cinder made mention that she thinks the best toy is the Blazing Wings you can get from doing the game down at Darkmoon Faire.

This immediately started me off thinking what I feel is the best toy in the game and for me the Soul Inhaler is far and away the best toy.

It has an awesome effect that when you use it on a corpse you can suck the soul out of them and they shrink. You also get cool purple warlock wings and a void shadow over your toon.

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It is a seriously awesome toy. What other toy lets you casually take advantage of a guildies death to be a demon kitty?

I have to say a  massive thank you to Klor who willingly came along and committed toonicide when I said I wanted some photos of the shrinking in action. Soul toy 1  Soul toy 2 Soul toy 3

This toy is dropped by Tor’goroth <The Soul-Gorger>  who lives on a small island in the far north of Frostfire Ridge.

What’s your best/favourite toy?

 

The cost of WoW for Australian Players

I might be a long way behind the times but today I just found out that I can pay for my wow subscription in Australian Dollars not US Dollars which brings the cost of my monthly play time back to $16.50 AUD a month not the approx $20+  odd dollars I’ve been paying when you take into account the conversion rate from AUD to US.

I’ve been subscribed to wow for a really long time so it seems when they offered the option to pay in my local currency, probably when they brought out Oceanic servers, the pre-subscribed accounts weren’t automatically transferred over.

If you haven’t had a look at your account lately and you’re in Aus, pop into your account settings and see if your subscription says AUD or US. If it’s still in US dollars you need to un-subscribe and then re-subscribe through the shop on the blizzard launcher page and it will start taking your money in AUD at a set price, not dependant on the exchange rate. Small win but still a win :)

 

The close of 2015

I can’t believe that 2016 is right around the corner and coming with the new year will be a whole new expansion to play in. Very Exciting!

Even with my reduced wow play time lately, I’ve still managed to have a screenshot folder full of pictures from every month this year. I thought it’d be a nice way to say bye to 2015 by putting up a picture from each month.

January

Mysterious eyes Spires of Arak

February

Illidan and Moon

March

Vintage Tree Selfie

April

Easter Mount

May

Singing Zaleri

June

Ahn'kahet

July

Lions Watch Ally Druid

August

Worgens

 

September

Socrethar kill

October

Moon over Garrison

November

Murkadin

December

 

Christmas 2015

Hope you all have a very happy 2016.

A Wind Rider Cub for Christmas

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Blizzard store hoping they would bring the plush Horde Windrider toys back in stock and they obligingly did, just in time for Christmas. So as a Christmas present to myself, I ordered one.

The plush toy is so cute!

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He came with his own little horde bag and best of all, a code for an in-game Windrider Cub.

Windrider Cub

He even flys when I’m on a flying mount. So adorable!

Flying Windrider Cub

I’m trying to decide if I want to buy the Alliance one. While it would be nice to have the matching pair of plush toys I don’t think the Gryphon is as cute and there’s already an in-game battlepet gryphon cub so I probably won’t.

 

Zee the Explorer IRL

Wow, where has the time gone. I can’t believe Father Winterveil is here and actually nearly gone.

The biggest thing I’ve been up to lately was when I went overseas for a holiday to New Zealand in November. It was absolutely amazing exploring around the North Island and sightseeing my heart out. We started at the top of the Island in Auckland and drove across and down the Island for a fortnight and flew out of Wellington at the very bottom of the Island.

It really was an absolutely beautiful country to visit. Coming from Australia where it’s really brown and dry,  I couldn’t get over how green everywhere was.

We drove right past Mt Taranaki which was the most beautiful snow covered mountain. It was strange seeing all the snow on the mountain on a beautiful sunny day.

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I made sure that we popped into the Hobbiton Set Tour. Seeing the hobbit holes up close was great! They are super cute. The tour includes lots of stories about how the movie is made which was  really fascinating to hear.

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One of the most fascinating things I saw though was the thermal springs. New Zealand has a great deal of geo-thermal activity and there are heaps of places where there are natural thermal springs.  One of the places we went to was Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig in the sand and warm water (boiling in parts) comes up through the sand. It was lovely.

We even found boiling hot streams just dotted through the countryside. We were driving along and started to notice patches of steam rising from the ground. We stopped at one really big patch and found it was a natural hot spring stream.

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We stopped at the thermal pools that the stream fed into for a swim. The pools were so hot, much hotter than what a normal bath I would have was, but it was amazing and so relaxing swimming around in the hot water. The next day my hair was so soft. I think if I lived near there I’d be bathing every day.

In Wellington the last thing tourist activity we did was to go to Weta Workshop,  the company that does all the physical props for heaps of movies and TV shows including Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

Not unsurprisingly the hobbit influence is pretty strong throughout the country.   There are some really beautiful Hobbit art pieces at Wellington Airport,  Gollum and Gandalf.

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Even though I saw so much, there is plenty of places I really want to go back and see and I never saw any of the South Island so I’m going to go back as soon as possible.

 

 

 

My poor neglected blog

Wow, time sure does fly. It’s been ages since I last blogged. I feel so bad for my blog, I just haven’t been in much of a chattering mood lately.

My wow time is pretty low at the moment, I’m pretty much logging in Wednesdays and Sundays for raiding. We’re currently sitting at 8/13 Heroic and 13/13N. I think though once we get 13/13H I may unsub from wow until Legion comes out. I’ll revisit that idea when I finally get there but paying the sub fee to just  log in every now and again seems a bit silly. Of course I could be wrong and I’ll get my wow interest back and I’ll be playing and blogging up a storm by the time Legion is released.. I’ll wait and see.

I’ve still been flitting around the game universe a bit. I have a level 70 seasonal Witch Doctor on D3 which is incredibly fun to play. The build I’ve been working on for her involves dropping large clouds of acid onto mobs heads and not only is she quite strong at dps, graphically she is really fun to play. I’ve just started a crusader which isn’t as interesting to play, and she takes forever to kill mobs but nothing seems to be able to kill her so I’ll keep going along with that.

I downloaded Civilisation 5 last night and have already invested quite a few hours into that.. my Sunday morning run may well have been delayed by me heading to bed at about the same time I normally get up.. next week.

And I’m currently waiting for Payday 2 to download. Not the style of game I normally play but I have a few friends playing it and it’s on a massive sale.. down to $4.99 US so not a big loss if I really don’t enjoy it.

On the personal side of life.. I have a new job which so far (it’s only been 3 weeks) is looking really promising. The work is quite interesting and in a field which I like working in and best of all it’s only a 6.6km drive from home rather than the 45km my last job was located away. So it’s amazing to only have to fill up the car with petrol fortnightly rather than weekly and be at work in 10mins. Makes quite the change.

Well wow friends.. let’s keep all our fingers crossed my wow mojo comes back because it’s a little frustrating to not be interested in the one game that I used to think defined me as a gamer but seeing all the other types of games out there is good and I’ve even been making room for some TV watching. I’ve worked my way through the 3 seasons of Orange is the New Black and now only have a year to wait for Season 4.. so plenty of time to explore the gaming world.

There’s one thing Wow has that ESO hasn’t…

And that is all my friends! ESO went down for maintenance tonight so I popped back over to WoW and I had lots of lovely mail from my guild buddies sending me warm wishes and I had a quick chat with Toco, his raid team is so close to getting heroic Archimonde which is very exciting for them and a brief hello with Matty.. she is up super early as it was very early AM her time.

Thanks guys for reminding me that this game is a lot more than just for solo play!

The way NPCs interact with you in a game

Just a random thought rolling around in my head but does the way NPCs interact with you passively, not when you’re interacting with them for questing reasons, have an effect on a game feels?

Playing wow on the horde side mainly meant that most of the time if you mouse over a npc you get a “whaddya want” or a rude(ish) abrupt greeting, not always but often enough. It wasn’t something I really picked up on until I started to seriously level my alliance druid and all of a sudden the way NPCs greeted me was completely different. They were friendly and polite and even interested in how my day was going at times.

It’s something I’m also really noticing in Elder Scrolls Online, as I wander past an NPC I’ll randomly get a hi, or a hello or another friendly greeting. Now I’ve started to perform little feats of heroism for them I’ll even have npcs mention my past exploits such as “you’re the hero that saved the king” etc.

It adds a friendly touch to the game and thinking about it, it really gives a pleasurable feeling to be surrounded by friendliness from the NPCs.

What do you think about the way NPCs interact with you?

Elder Scrolls Online; first week, first impressions

I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Online for about a week now and so far I am incredibly impressed with the game. It not only is visually beautiful to play but the gameplay itself is really fluid, intuitive and the questing experience flows so well.

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So far I’m really enjoying the game but with only a week of playing under my belt there is still a lot to learn.There are 3 factions with 3 races each. Each race can be any of the 4 classes (Dragon Knight, Sorcerer, Nightblade or Templar), however each race has bonus attributes that can make them more suited to different class such as High Elves receive a bonus to destruction staffs which are typically used by sorcerers, however there is  so much choice in how you can play each class that you can really take whatever race/class combo you want.

All the classes can equip the different types of armor in the game as well as equip any weapon they come across so there is a ton of customisation in the game. I think once you hit a certain level you can have 2 types of weapons saved with different spells sort of like a duel spec.  Perhaps there is a specific build required for end game but as I’m more interested in just levelling, it feels like there are unlimited choices available. There is a lot of complexity in some ways as each class has 3 talent trees you can pick from, as well as weapon skills, armor skills, crafting skills all of which require skill points to level up;  you get skill points from questing, exploring and levelling. I’m currently just picking and chosing what sounds good.

The quests are done really well.  Most of the quests are mini stories that you follow along, I haven’t come across a single “go kill x number of mobs” style quests so far which makes a really nice change. All the quests are voice acted as well as having text if you want to read faster than the quest giver can talk. I thought I recognised the voice from one of the main story quest npcs and sure enough, The Prophet is voiced by Michael Gambon, the actor who plays Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies.

There are so really cute features in the game, such as when you look in your bag.. your toon actually looks in their bag or when you are cooking, your toon pulls out a cooking bowl.

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The combat is very different to wow. I use left mouse click as my weapon attack, 6 hot keys for spell attacks (there are a ton more spells than just 6 so it means I have to choose what I want to use) and each spell can also be upgraded (morphed) into stronger versions of it once you use it enough to level it up and rather than selecting a target, you simply mouse over the npc you want to attack.

There are so many options you can choose from when making a toon; not only the standard body type/hairstyle,/face etc but right down to size of their legs/hands, voice or tattoos/markings. I’ve been trying out a few combinations of races/classes just to see what I like the most. I chose 1 race from each of the three factions as they start in completely different areas and have different quests. They are still quite tiny at level 8 each (no idea what end level is, I’ll let it be a surprise) so like most levelling toons they are in a hodge podge of mismatched gear that I’ve either picked up or crafted for them.

High Elf Sorcerer currently using a Destruction staff and lots of lightning style spells.

High Elf Sorcerer

A Breton Templar  with a sword and shield though I’m thinking of swapping her out to a Restoration Staff for healing and ranged attacks.

Breton Templar

And my absolute favourite of the 3  is a Dark Elf Dragon Night with a destruction staff and lots of fire spells. So far she has been really easy to solo level with.

Dark Elf Dragon Knight

This is such a brief overview of the game, I hardly feel like I’ve done it any justice. I can really see this game holding my attention for quite a while as I’m fascinated to quest through the beautiful zones and follow the stories of all the different quests. If you were thinking about trying it out, I would 100% recommend you give it a try.