Pirate’s Day

It was Pirates Day in WoW the other day. It  coincides with International Talk Like a Pirate Day which happens in the other game I play.

There was a new toy added this year so I had to pop down and pick it up. The Slightly-Chewed Insult Book lets you shout pirate themed insults at friend and foe every 30 mins. 

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And now Brewfest is on and I’m pretty sure Z still needs a few Brewfest achievements and mounts so I’ll need to squeeze that in between mythic+ dungeon runs, herbing and fishing, levelling my hunter and having guests pop in on me for the next week. I’ve decided the only way to fit it all in is with late nights, early mornings and tons of coffee.

Let’s see how it goes!

Guild Wars Screenshots

This game is absolutely visually stunning. I’ve been taking a bit of time out in the last few days before Legion goes live to get back into playing Guild Wars 2. As always, I’m completely blown away by how gorgeous this game is.

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I would love to see WoW done on this engine.

Battlepets of a different sort – Pokemon Go with friends

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately with Pokemon Go and trying to catch them all. More for the cuteness factor of the pets rather than wanting to battle other people really. After talking to Cinder and Thor, who are also into catching the little monsters, we decided to meet up in the city this morning and have coffee, cupcakes and a catch up.

Where I live and work is pretty much a barren wasteland for Pokemon, so going into the city was a real eye-opener.. there were pokestops (most with lures) covering my map no matter where I looked and I managed to pick up a ton of new little guys to fill out my pokedex. I’m still a really low level but in the couple of hours we were out, I went from lvl 9 to 12 and collected a heap of pokemon I hadn’t seen.

Love the name of the nearest pokestop we were next to.

Funny Pokestop

As for those cupcakes, I think I’ll be making a special trip back in for another round. They were absolutely awesome and in the most amazing flavours including Bubblegum Marshallow, Croquembouche, Cookies n’ Cream and Hot Cocoa.

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The shopping centre  we met at was pretty awesome, when it was being built rather than demolish the 19th century Shot Factory which was once the tallest building in Melbourne that was on the site, the designers worked the entire factory into the middle of the centre including an enormous dome to cover it all.

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All up it was a really fun day and awesome to catch up with two of my wow friends 🙂

 

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The levelling bug has bit again

I haven’t really been playing with my alts this expansion, sticking mostly to my druid for all content. However, with Legion just around the corner the urge to have all my 90+ toons (that I play anyway) to 100 kicked in again and in the last couple of days I’ve got the Death Knight and Mage both up to 100.

The mage hit 100 by questing the last few levels with a friend who was levelling a DK. It was nice questing with a friend, it made the already familar zones feel new again as we had different perspectives of the ways to go and with him on tanky class it helped make  being on a squishy mage much more enjoyable. Though right at the end I found out that turning on my water elemental’s Water Jet spell and macroing it to Frost Bolt made for a lot more procs of fingers of frost and made her damage skyrocket. I may very well have not read a single note on mage playstyle changes with the new expansion. Let’s just brush over that shall we.

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The DK quested her way through most of all the zones though the last level in Nagrand came mostly from killing rares and picking up treasures. I love having her around as a blood DK, it makes a nice change from my slightly squishier caster classes, though she hasn’t set foot in a dungeon as a tank for 40odd levels.

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The mage and dk join my already 100 druids (Horde and Alliance), shaman, priest, paladin and hunter.

My warlock is my last 90+ Horde. She’s sitting at 97 atm, I have plans to have her hit 100 in the next few days and then I’ll  decide if I want anymore of my alts to 100. I have a 90 monk on Barthilas but I moved her to the alliance side when there were free faction transfers and the  idea of levelling an Alliance toon on a Horde-heavy PvP realm leaves me a little cold so it’s unlikely she’ll be levelled anytime soon. And I have a couple of double up classes on Alliance which probably won’t be levelled this expansion, I’m fairly happy just playing one set of classes on one faction at the moment.

I still haven’t decided where Z should be sitting for Legion, faction or server wise. I may  end up levelling her where she is and then decide where I want to go from there.

Apart from that I’ve started dabbling in  Starbound which I have had in my steam list for quite a while and never got around to playing.

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It’s a building game along similar lines to Terraria but I have a spaceship and can travel to different planets. With it coming out of beta in a short while I thought I really should get around to having a look at it.

Eeek.. Time Flies

Holy Heck it’s been way too long since I’ve updated. So my plans of weekly blog posts went out the window around the middle of March.. right about the time my real life hit some massive changes.  The boyfriend and I, after a turbulent 3 years which included a couple of nasty breakups and reconciliations, decided that we just weren’t going to work out and I moved out.It sounds so civilised now but it’s been a pretty bad couple of months. But time heals or blunts a lot of things and with the love of some amazing friends (you know who you are!) I have to say I’m in a way happier place both mentally and physically. I love my new house! I can decorate it how I want, and enjoy Z time without walking on eggshells and life is really good right now.. (Crosses fingers  and hope that I’m not tempting fate by that comment).

Gaming wise.. I’m still not over my Skyrim obsession. The news of Legion’s release date actually made me think more about what I wanted to finish in Skyrim before I throw myself back into Azeroth. Guess the Skyrim bug is still hitting hard.

I had to change companion because I lost Illia  when a quest made her stay behind and she just never turned up again. I checked all the places I thought she could be… where I found her, my different houses but she just didn’t show up again. The only frustrating part was her inventory was rather full of gear she was storing for me. I ended up grabbing another mage companion from the Mage’s College and he seems really strong, I much prefer playing with another mage companion than any other of the followers.

I’m sitting at level 42 and trying to get as many achievements done as I level. Level cap is 81 but the levelling has seriously slowed down after 40, so I have no idea how long it will take to get to 81.  I managed to hear about Platinum which is a trophy (achievement) you get for getting all 50 trophies  in the game and my completionist side kicked in but so has my ambitious side and now i want to get that in 1 play through. There’s a couple of quests you can mess up and make it impossible to get all the trophies on one character if you chose the wrong options, so I’m being a bit careful and checking guides every now and again.

The game still doesn’t fail to amaze me visually.

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I’ve just started the DLC content which is adding tons of new scenery to the game. I didn’t want to go into new areas before i finished the main dragonborn quest line. I have to make the choice atm between becoming a vampire and killing the vampires. So I’m umming and ahhing over the pros and cons there.

On top of all that.. I also re-discovered my love of Terraria and have been happily digging and building in that game for something different when I feel like I’ve looked at enough Skryim for a while.

In Terraria when you build a house with rooms and fulfil certain conditions like killing bosses or exploring things you get a NPC that comes and lives with you. Most are vendors though the nurse has healing abilities. My character is the little one the ground on the left in the dress. Many bosses drop vanity items you can equip, my favorite is the pharaohs robes which I coloured with multi-coloured dye. I’m playing multiplayer with a friend in this game at moment. His toon is the one shooting out green lasers.. right at me :p

Terraria Small House

The same house after a few hours of game play and building. I had a paint and wallpaper vendor turn up after a while which meant I now have a pretty colourful house. The decorations are souvenirs I’ve collected out and about on exploration to different biomes.. each area is themed so there are many different styles of decorations you can loot.

Terraria House

This is a map of my small world.. The black is places I’ve not yet explored. It’s mostly underground places where you can only get through digging. I’d like to have the full map dug out one day… completionist tendencies coming out again.

Terraria Map

 

Well that’s my last month and a half wrapped up. With all the big news of a release date for Legion  and lots of Skyrim time, there shouldnt be any shortage of blogging. I’ll try to get back to a regular posting schedule.

 

 

Heart string tugging quests in Skyrim

Skyrim is still going strong. Through a mixture of questing and levelling skills such as smithing and enchanting I’ve hit level 27.

I’ve come across a few really memorable quests, like the one where you reunite a pair of centuries-old ghost lovers separated by war.

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Neither party actually realise they are ghosts and you have to go between the two of them to work out their story: the wife Ruki is out searching for her husband as she heard there was a hard fought battle where his military unit was meant to be. The husband, Fenrig,  however believes the battle will be tomorrow and he hasn’t actually got to it yet. You eventually lead the husband to the wife where they are reunited and finally together again they pass on together.  It was a seriously lovely quest and completely unexpected to stumble across.

I managed to find myself another follower, Illia who is a destruction mage like my toon but she uses primarily frost spells and now that I’ve equipped her with a few different staffs she swaps between them so her spells are a mixture of frost, conjuring animals to fight alongside us and lightning and sparks.

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Being two ranged is really fun though she has the same voice acting as Lydia so still the “oh” wherever we go.

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I came across a wild horse at one of the military camps and found I could ride it. Now whenever I fast travel somewhere the horse turns up and I can mount it but if I don’t get on straight away it will just wander away to who knows where. I followed it for a while just to see where it goes and it seems to meander wherever it likes. It always turns back up when I travel though which has been nice so far.

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The game just keeps rolling out absolutely beautiful scenes so my screenshot folder is quickly filling up.

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So currently 100 hours in and I’m starting to get an idea of what I want to do in the game, I’ll post about that next time.

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Leveling in Skyrim seems to be rocketing ahead, before I even knew it I bumped up to level 21 last night.

Each time you level you get to increase your health, magica or Stamina (so far the only use for Stamina I’ve found is it lets me sprint until it runs out). My health doesn’t seems too bad, I rarely die so I haven’t been increasing that much at all from the beginning level. Magica though…. In a long fight I’m always Magica starved as my spells just seem to drain it too fast so I’ve been increasing that with pretty much every skill up I get.

Along with each time you level you get a point to put into your skill tree. So far I’ve got 5 points un-allocated as I just can’t decide where to put them. My offensive spells seem strong enough for now, there’s very little I can’t burn though.. as long my magica holds out. I’m thinking I might drop a few of the 5 points into enchanting which will have the benefit of making any enchantments stronger and then I’ll put all magica regen or booster enchants on my gear which should help with the feeling magica starved.

It’s tricky because there are some very useful perks I want to put my points in but they are gated by certain levels which I’m not at yet, so I don’t know if I should just horde my points until I reach the level or just use them up now.

I’ve been wearing heavy armor (plate, steel, iron) which is giving me skill ups in the heavy armor skill tree but the weight of it is pretty hefty which means I can’t carry as much gear before I get overburdened and have to find a vendor to offload some stuff. There is a perk where you can make your armor weigh nothing but it’s very high up the heavy armor skill tree. There’s a corresponding perk for light armor (fur, hide, cloth) but it’s much lower down the light armor tree which I’ve been eyeing off but I’m not actually sure I can change my armor type at this stage of the game. My heavy armor has leveled up to around 40 but my light armor skill is still way back down at lower than 20.

It’s always tricky with a new game that you don’t have the in-depth knowledge that comes with playing that one game for years.

I’ve decided it’s time to find a new companion. Lydia is annoying me by constantly blocking the mobs and ending up with a fireball to the back of her head, injuring her and wasting my magica at all once. And Lydia tends to say “oh” a lot with no rhyme or reason.. we zone through a door  and she shouts “oh”, we walk down a slope and off she goes – “oh”.. I cannot figure out what she is finding to exclaim about.

I think I’ll go hunting for another ranged companion that should avoid the fireball to the head issue I’m having. I did have an archer that I recruited way way back at the first town I came across but he got unceremoniously booted out of my group when a quest foisted an npc on me who took his place for a quest. I think he might have gone to wait in  to the town I originally  found him in but as Lydia was waiting at my house, I found it easier just to recruit her than go hunting for a lost companion. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll go look for him or find a new questing companion to have tag along. I think another mage might be fun for a bit if I can find one.

I’ve been given another house servant as a reward for helping out the Jarl of Winterhold with some issues he was having, but from what I can see, she’s melee as well so she can just stay in Winterhold, no point changing melee for melee.

I’m really looking forward to getting back home (I’m thinking and posting about Skryim in my lunch break at work) and looking for a new companion and maybe seeing if I become really squishy if I change armor types this far into the game.

Questing in Skryim

I mentioned to one of my twitter friends that I’d do a quick blog post on my evenings playing in Skyrim to show them what the game looks like. This post is all about how I spent an evening questing and playing in Skryrim.

I continued  from my last save  in my house in Whiterun. As a reward for doing enough quests for the local Whiterun Jarl (like a lord), he trusted me enough to allow me to buy a house in town which came complete with a servant, Lydia, who I enlisted as a companion. There are a number of npcs you can recruit but I’m happy to keep Lydia even if she’s not… I’m ranged and she’s melee so there have been a few times she’s got in the way of my spells and ends up getting a little burnt, she generally complains about that when it happens.

The house comes as an empty shell but you are able to buy furnishings for each  room to make it feel cosy. The house also has the benefit of coming with bookcases and cupboards so I can store extra items that don’t fit in my inventory.

 

Before I can head off questing I need to sell all the bits and pieces I picked up on my travels to clear out my bags.

Some vendors are specialists and will only accept certain items but there’s usually a  general vendor in most towns who will buy anything I care to sell. In Whiterun, I go visit Belethor.

Belethor

 The downside is he only has 750g at one time so I have two options in trying to offload all my goods. 1. Sell to him until he’s bought 750g worth of stuff from me then travel to another town and use a different vendor until his gold resets.. or 2. Sell to him until his gold is used up then I can quicksave my game and kill him. Once I reload my saved game his inventory and gold stores will have reset. Just a word of caution with this route, you need to reload after you kill him as  once killed he won’t come back to life and killing a peaceful npc puts a bounty on your head so the guards will arrest you and put you in jail. Don’t be like me who accidently hit save instead of reload one time after killing him and had to load an older autosave to get back to a point where he was still alive.

After a few saves and reloads, I have mostly clear bags so I pop up the hill to Dragonreach which is home to the Court Mage and his enchanting table. At the enchanting table I can disenchant any gear that has magical properties so I learn them and can place enchants onto gear if I have the mats.

Now all the basic housekeeping have been done I’m ready to head off and adventure.

I have a quest in my log to go see the Jarl of Windhelm. There’s a battle happening between the imperials and the Stormcloaks headed by the Jarl. I chose to join the side of the Stormcloaks and they want me to join them on a mission to find a crown which had been lost and which, if found, would help the leader of the stormcloaks assert his right to rule.

I hadn’t discovered Korvanjund, the quest location so Lydia and I set off to walk there.

Once at Korvanjund, we set to exploring old ruins looking for the Crown. My favourite quests are ones where i get to poke around in old ruins or tombs and this one didn’t disappoint. The group of soldiers sent to help me retrieve the crown kindly waited as I poked around looting the odd burial urn and worked my through the various traps and puzzles the ruins had in place.

I’m playing as a destruction mage, specialising in fire spells but I also have at my disposal spells from the other schools of magic that help make my life a little easier. I’ve levelled up a couple of healing spells from the restoration tree and a few handy utility spells from Alteration like Candlelight which gives a  ball of light to follow me around and light up the dark corners.

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Once the crown was recovered it was back to Jarl Ulfric who immediately sent me off on another quest to go sound out the loyalty of the local Jarl in Whiterun.

Ulfric didn’t even have the decency to offer me a meal before heading off again. I eyed off the desert on the table but the bounty to pay the guards if I was to steal the sweet treat just wasn’t worth it so I left it alone.

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Luckily I had already discovered Whiterun in my travellings so I could take the easy way and fast travel there. Once there the news wasn’t good and rather than joining with Ulfic, Whiterun decided to stand with the Imperials. Back to Ulfric I went to pass on the bad news. War was coming and it looks like I was involved.

Back at Windhelm, but before I could pass on the bad news to Ulfric, there was  a random dragon attack. As the game progresses, these attacks are getting more frequent.

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Killing a dragon gives me the ability to absorb a dragon’s soul which then means I can use certain extra spells that are unlocked via dragon souls. The spell I use the most is Whirlwind Sprint, a dragon shout which propels me forward at great speed for a few metres. Seeing I do my exploring on foot (I had a horse but he was killed and I’ve never got around to buying another), this helps cover ground a little faster. There are also offensive and defensive options but I tend to leave the shout set to the utility one.

 Ulfic was a bit annoyed at the lack of support and decided the best way to move forward would be to declare war on Windrun.. and guess who he wanted to give a hand.

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Once I got back to Whiterun I was a bit worried to see the flaming balls being hurtled towards the city.. my house is in there! We rushed the city walls and after checking my house was ok, we headed up to see the Jarl. The battle of Whiterun ended with him surrendering.

The next stage was to get more orders and continue harrasing the Imperials but I decided that was enough of that quest line for the evening and headed of to bit a questing from elsewhere in my quest log.

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In addition to questing, Skyrim has quite a developed crafting system, where you can make your own armor, weapons and potions. I haven’t really played with the crafting system that much but I generally collect all the mats I come across and store them away for when I do want to have a go. You use herbs and flowers for making potions through Alchemy. The details on the flowers below is just stunning.

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Even though it’s been out for quite a while, it’s a really well designed game to play and one I’m really enjoying.

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.

Heros of the Storm and a free mount for your toons

I’ve been playing Heros of the Storm on and off since it first went onto beta. It’s the first Moba style game I’ve played.. in case you’re wondering (I was), a moba is…

Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), also known as action real-time strategy (ARTS), originated as a subgenre of the real-time strategy (RTS) genre of video games, in which a player controls a single character in one of two teams. Wikipedia.

Basically it’s a team of 4-5 players (you can play with real ppl or AI players which is good if you don’t feel like interacting) against another team (AI or real) and you play across a map with the ultimate aim of destroying the other team’s towers which are protecting a larger tower called a Core before they destroy yours. First team to fully destroy the other’s Core wins the game. There are objectives to complete along the way that can help your team destroy the others and there are little minions that spawn for each team that can help attack and hold up the other side as you try to win.

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Attacking the Core
In Heros, the characters you can choose to play as are drawn from across the Blizzard universe, so in a single match you can find Wow, Starcraft and Diablo characters. The best thing is some of the characters can interact with each other and have a little conversation at the start of the game depending on which characters people have chosen. So far I’ve heard Muradin Bronzebeard tell Arthas to keep that sword (Frostmourne) away from him and Arthas replied telling Muradin to stay out of his way (in wow when Arthas claimed Frostmourne, Muradin was injured and lost his memory). The other interaction I’ve heard is Raynor asking Nova to not shoot him again but I missed the rest of the conversation and as I’m don’t know any  Starcarft lore I’m not sure what was going on there.
The heros rotate each week so you can try out different characters regularly and if you really like a toon you can buy them (either with real money or the in-game gold you can earn through quests or winning matches), so you  can access them all the time not just the week they are open. I’ve played my way across quite a  few toons but my favourites are:

Li Li, Malfurion and Falstad.

The toon I haven’t played with but really want to try, mostly because of how awesome she looks is Sylvanas.

Sylvanas

Seriously awesome looking. I wonder if she and Arthas have any interaction if they are in a match together. She’s currently 10k gold to buy (not sure how much in real money), I have enough to buy her but I’m holding off until she comes free to play just to try her out. I would hate to spend my in-game gold on a toon I didn’t actually like to play once I try her.

The game goes live today, I’m not sure what time due to the time difference between here (Aus) and the game headquarters (US) but as there won’t be any more wipes the integration from beta to live should be seemless and no progress should be lost.

As a perk of it going live Blizzard has a little facebook game set up and you can take part and get a free mount for your Hero to ride around on. I didn’t know about this, so a big thanks to Cinder for posting about it or I might never had known. Basically you like the Heros facebook page and play a quick game building a team of 5 of your facebook friends and assigning traits to your team. Then, based on the traits you pick you and your friends are matched to the Heros toon that most resemble you. The traits I took for myself were Chatterbox and Likes to Explore and I was matched up with Zeratul; a Starcraft npc I know nothing about but apparently it’s a chatty exploring type.

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Malfurion on his new Mechanospider mount.

There’s also a pet in the pet journal, Graves,  that comes from reaching level 20 in Heros of the Storm, so I’m really hoping this little guy will turn up in the mail when the game goes live.

It’s a free to play game and there’s no real reason to spend real money on the game to be able to play it so if you’ve been thinking about it, definitely give it a try, the matches are relatively fast and watching and listening to the different characters is really entertaining.