Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in games this week.

Wowsers it’s been way too long since I’ve written a random Tuesday post.

Let’s see, all my games times have been cut down a bit because I took a good look at myself and realised that a year ago, I ran a half marathon (20km/13.1miles) and now I’m struggling to run even a kilometre. So I’m back to getting up early before work and heading out on a run; at the moment it’s a very slow, short run but hopefully if I stick to it long enough I’ll be back to being able to get  in a 5km run in the mornings. The running in the mornings has meant I’m super tired by night and instead of playing as late as I usually do, I’ve been in bed hours before. RIP game time.

Having said that though, there’s still been gaming going on.

I realised while running through The Dreamgrove yesterday that I’ve filled in all the appearances in the little pond for my Resto Weapon. My favourite is still the Owl; I really need to see what I have to do to unlock the other tints before Legion ends.

I’m finding as much as I hate the resto druid spell changes, I’m loving the boomy spell changes. Celestial Alignment is gorgeous, putting a blue starry pool below my feet that trails behind me when I run.

Ok.. Argus players – tell me how those greater invasions work. I turned up to one tonight (it had globes of blood around you had to kill as stage 1) and I was the only one there despite going into the portal right behind 2 other people. I decided to bum around and kill off the 8 globes while waiting for other people and ended up getting all 8 done and it went to the next stage. A mage turned up not long after and together we filled the stage 2 bar and got up to the 3rd stage, still only the 2 of us. We decided to kill the end boss together, we were taking about 20% off his health each time before we’d both be dead so it was a slow process but we ended up 2 manning it. So lucky that when you die, the end boss’ health doesn’t reset.  So tell me, all those other ppl clicking the portal before me – where did they go? Why did no one turn up in the one I was in? In all the others I’ve done there were people and it was fast and easy.

As always, there’s also been a lot of Ark time. Best thing in Ark this week was clearing Swamp cave, the 2nd hardest land cave. Yay for my beautiful Baryonyx’s as they could just squeeze into the cave and made it a lot easier to get through.

Max level wild dinos in the game are 150, but in the Swamp cave they can spawn up to level 400,  so it’s pretty challenging. Add to that, the cave is full of poisonous gas so you have to wear oxygen tanks and masks at all times or you die to the gas, and one of the mobs in the cave spits acid at you that instantly destroys all your gear if it hits you, including your oxygen tank. First time through we took 10 sets of gear each and luckily only ended up needing 3.

The loot in the cave is amazing though and now we make a point of clearing it each day. Nerve-wracking each time we go in, but worth it for the best quality saddles and armor patterns that come out of the loot boxes.

To make it even more spooky, Megalania’s are little lizards that hang from the ceiling, and we had a  moment when we spotted one on the ceiling ahead of us, and then looked up and behind us to realise we had passed under about 4 others. Thankfully they don’t seem to aggro onto the Baryonyx’s but I’m still a lot more careful to check the ceiling as well as the floor for mobs. 

The Artifact shelf is starting to fill up now. Only 3 Artifacts to go and they’re all from really hard caves. Snow Cave where you can’t take dinos and 2 underwater caves. We haven’t started taming the dinos we need for the underwater ones so they’ll be a while away yet.

And that was my week.  How was yours?




Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in my games each week.

I’ve been sitting at 19/20 completed Black Rook Rumbles for ages because normally I only ever see that WQ up around 1am, so while I finished the other 3 a long time ago, getting 20 Black Rooks was taking forever. But this morning it was up at a relatively reasonable hour.. 7.30am! I logged in straight away hoping it would be relatively deserted and it was.

I’m so glad I’m Alliance for this achievement mount because the Alliance Horse is really quite pretty (ignoring the skulls hanging off the saddle) and I much prefer horse mounts over the wolf that Horde always gets.

I took another step in Ark and decided to further build my raptor army by breeding the ones I had.

Once the females mating bar filled up, she drops a fertilized egg instead of the normal types of egg. I haven’t looked into just what I have to do to actually have the egg hatch yet but luckily you can store them in the fridge, you can craft and power, and it keeps them fertile for up to 7 days real-time. I let all 4 females mate so there are 4 eggs chilling away in the fridge waiting for the weekend when I have time to have a look at the egg layers breeding side of Ark. I can’t wait to see what colours I get.

I made a few random dyes by throwing a mix of berries into the cooking pot to see what I would get. The colours came out ranging from whites, golds and a few pinks and purples. Very pretty, so I went on a bit of a painting frenzy on some of the storage boxes.

I like how they turned out so if Dec doesn’t have a fit at the rainbow boxes when he logs in tomorrow, I might paint the rest of them.

Frogs with saddles. These guys jump so high and attack by flicking their super long tongues out. It’s hard to take them seriously when I see them, they just make me laugh so much. I wish they could wear the party hats.  

And that was my week in games.  How was yours?



Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in my games each week.

In WoW, I was running around Argus and one of the rares I killed dropped an Egg. I was quite happy to see this as I’ve heard they have mounts in them and I wanted to see what I’d get.

It was a Fel Glow Mana Ray. I’ll never say no to a free mount and I love that he looks like he has a cranky fel face on his back. That should help scare mobs away, if only I could fly him around in Argus hey.

On the Ark front, the baby pony survived!

As big as mum now!

Over the weekend Dec and I were talking about how full the server was getting. Ark limits the people that are allowed on each server to 70 but even though that number seems small it doesn’t take long for that many players to really make their mark. When we started on Scorched Earth it was almost empty and really fun to play on as there was no lag and lots of free space  Over the last few weeks more and more people were joining. The developers only released 2 oceanic servers per map and they are in peak demand. With so many people competing for dino tames and building structures which causes lots of server lag and increasing rubber banding (where you’re doing an action and you’re suddenly snapped back to the location you were a few seconds ago) the server wasn’t quite as fun.

One of the big things in PvE servers that is really annoying is that you can’t build within a certain radius from other players structures so a form of territory marking called pillering emerges as more people play on a server and they put essentially pillars down around their base and as much land as they can which limits the space available to build and just is rather frustrating and also really ugly as you can’t fly 2 spaces without seeing a landscape littered with pillers. PvP servers are much better for that as you can easily destroy other people’s structures as well as your interaction with wild dinos is a lot better as you can pick them up with your own dinos but PvP maps aren’t my thing as you can also be destroyed as easily as your structures.

So I spent a day researching how to set up my own Ark server and then went and made one. Unlike WoW, unofficial Ark servers are supported by the developers,  have thier own place on the official ark forums and you can even access them from the actual Ark launcher.

such original server naming right!

I was ridiculously happy with myself for figuring out how to do this because it meant I had to go work out port forwarding and static IP addresses and learn making batch files and scripts and all things that might be commonplace to some but was a huge learning curve for me and amazingly it finally came together and I have my own unspoiled unpopulated gorgeous server.

Dec and I spent ages just wandering around (and dying to dinos as we were in tourist mode and didn’t make weapons or  armor) just unable to get over how gorgeous the map is without other people. I feel like pinching myself when I think of all the gorgeous locations for bases I won’t have to compete with other people for and all the dinos are mine (and Decs I guess) so I can choose to tame the ones who’s colours I love the most.

My own server brings a few concerns though too, I need to remember to back up regularly and as I’m hosting it on my own PC, there’s no support if the server crashes or gets corrupted, I’ll have to either work it out or start again. But we’ll see as we go along, for now having the entire Island to ourselves with unlimited building possibilities  and no lag is too good to refuse.

I’m going to build all over this map!

The way Ark is intended to be played, is you advance through the maps, ascending at the end of each one by fighting the 3 bosses each map has. To do that you need to tame and breed strong dinos and then you can go to the next map and start again. That’s the new plan for our private Ark, stay on the Island map – breed up a few generations of strong dinos and then hopefully defeat the end bosses and move onto the next map. That should keep me busy for a few months.

And that was my gaming week.  How was yours?



Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in games each week.  I’ve changed the tag line to games, since there’s not a lot of WoW.

In WoW, we’re making  headway on Mythic Maiden. On our first night we got her to 44% after lots of wipes at 95% and above. That fight is really punishing if you mess up your colours and orbs and the new mechanic means you need to have people of both colours on the same side so there’s a lot of dodging and near misses.

After reading about Pebbles and Dog over at Coffee, Cakes and Crits.. I went looking and  also found a Pebble in Dalaran, so now I can go get Dog when I remember to head out that way.


Ark has skins! You can get different skins for yourself and your dinos for completing various achievements. I love seeing the witches hat on one of the fiercest dinos in the game.

And the Desert Map is still simply glorious. I’m drawn much more to it than to the green tropical map. Maybe it’s more familiar and like home living in dry and dusty Australia.


And that was my week. How was yours?



Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

Twas the night before Argus….

It was a week of collecting artifacts. Zee finally got her gorgeous Owl from the Mage Tower.

This took me ages to get partly because I refused to go in and try it for a long while because I kept screwing up the final 2 stages.  Once I got my healing rotation for the 2nd last stage under control, it took me a bit to work out I wasn’t handling the debuff at the end well so it took a few more attempts to work out how low I had to hold my health so I wouldn’t kill my minions but high enough that I didn’t die from the fel stomps the boss put on me. The last time it was up I ended up getting the final boss to just above 30% and I realised I was so close to being able to complete, so I was really impatient for it to come up again this week.

The owl is actually the only challenge skin I really love (I don’t think there’s any other staff like it in the game) so I really don’t know if I’ll go back in on alts and learn how to do it again.

Look at his little grumpy owl face!! I need to find a transmog that goes with it but this is the best I’ve been able to come up with that matches the colours. I think the dress is a little too blue and not aqua enough though.

I collected the final two weapons for my mage. The scenarios were quite fun but out of the 3 specs I really like Frost the best to play even though I think Fire is the better damage spec at the moment.

My Warrior got her class mount… with a hell of a lot of swearing  during the final scenario. I figured it would be like the other 11, aka rather easy and more of a story but I was wrong. It was a trial of combat where I had to defeat 4 difficult adds (1 at a time) and for my ungeared, underplayed alt it was so hard.  If I had any idea how difficult it was going to be I would have taken food and flasks in but I wandered in blindly and once I finally got the first guy down, there was no way I was leaving and having to re-do him. The 2nd and 3rd weren’t too hard but the 4th took a while. Finally done though and this makes the final class mount collected.

I went in to the treasure master cave with around 15k nethershards on my Warlock, determined to spend all of them in an attempt to get the Pilfered Sweeper and ended up getting it first go!

Then I decided to spend the rest of them trying to get an unstable arcanocrystal trinket and ended up getting a warforged socketed one first go! I was tossing up going and doing some old raids for mounts seeing she was having incredible luck but decided it was probably just Broken Shore luck.

Raid has been going steadily, we’re progressing on mythic Mistress and starting to regularly get her to 3rd phase so hopefully it won’t be too much longer on her. There’s been a lot of wipes so far as we learn the fight. I really like that we can wipe over and over and no-one has really lost their shit at anyone else, as long as we don’t burn out before she dies it should be good. In the meantime we’ve all been playing with our toys in raid which is fun.

And how awesome is our Ret Pally’s transmog? I thought for a bit he was wearing a coin illusion but this is his regular transmog appearance.

And it’s Argus when we wake up tomorrow…. I didn’t think I was excited but actually I am..    

And that was my week in WoW. How was yours?

Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.l

How is it Tuesday again already?

Let’s see what did I get up to this week? This was a really quiet WoW week.

Mage got her flying disc! This one was really fun.

The quest scenario felt a lot quicker than the other classes, though it did have me porting around the world a little.

Z got her first boomy legendary!

Apart from that it’s been a lot of other games.

Old School Runescape. The questing is really fun but I think if I was to try to max out all the crafting it would drive me insane.

And there was a little bit of the below…


And that was my week in WoW (and elsewhere).  How was yours?



Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

I found out that warlocks can kill Viscidious in Temple of Ahn’Qiraj by using Demon Bolt (demonolgy spec) to freeze him. Demon Bolt is a Chaos spell and chaos is made up of all the schools of magic including frost.

So helpful since I’ve been running her through there for transmog a lot. She just finished getting the warlock set out of there this week so I’ll have to work out what other classes have frosty spells.

Last 2 classes hit 110!

Both the Rogue and the Warrior were pretty much levelled solely through invasions which meant both of them got to 110 very very undergeared (even in heirlooms) and with no relics in any of their weapon sockets. Nethershard portal farming down on the broken shore is a really handy way to gear up, the  really high chance of dauntless tokens dropping from the portal mobs as well as it only costing 400 nethershards for a 850 item means you can almost full 850 gear in a really short space of time.

11th campaign done! My warrior finished her class hall. Only the Rogue to go now.

I instantly fell in love with the new mount that is on the Blizz store and had to buy it straight away. I’m a huge fan of cat mounts and this one is simply gorgeous.  

And of course I couldn’t leave Twilight, the new cat pet in the store either.

This is the cutest pet to use the pet mirror on as you get the colour change effect too.

My mage found a quest in her order hall to go collect a magic hat toy that lets her pull a rabbit out of her hat.

So cute and it had the best quest to go with it where you had to go into the magic hat and find out what was happening to all the magical bunnies.

Cinder mentioned  that there was a toy for sale in Stormwind that I didn’t have, so I popped down to pick it up. Bom’bay’s Color-seein’ Sauce was part of the Battlefield barrens event back in MoP and now Alliance can buy it again in Stormwind.

Using the toy gives you a random colour effect (Orange, Red, Yellow, Blue, Purple and Green) that lasts for 20secs and progressively gets darker until it expires.

Family Familiar is done!

The reward is the little corrupted Nightmare Treant pet. He’s actually pretty cute.

I feel like I’m starting to get through my to-do list for Legion so I’ll have to have a think about what else I want to get done before this expansion ends. There’s sure to be other grinds that are easier to do in the current expac rather than later.. any suggestions?

And that was my week in WoW.  How was yours?




Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.l

Holy Hell, it’s August. Which means Legion is a year old this month. Where has that time gone??

Raiding was a bit shit this week, we took ages to reclear sisters and then due to real life stealing raiders, we didn’t get to re-clearing Desolate, let alone working on a new boss. I’ve noticed in discord quite a few ‘taking a break’ messages so it’s going to be interesting to see if there’s enough people tomorrow. I don’t have the burning desire to get cutting edge this tier but I’d still like to get further than only 5/9 so I really don’t like the idea of roster issues hitting us so early.

More Mounts! Class mounts galore this week. Lock got both her concordance orange fire mount and saw the rare up on the broken shore and picked up her purple version. I think the purple’s my favourite but who can tell when they both look so good?        

Pally picked up her base colour of the class mount, there’s 4 for pally – generic gold for completing the quest and then a different for each spec.

It’s simply gorgeous and I love the golden footprints it makes but my favourite colourway is definitely the tank. one. Having said that though, she’ll be getting the holy one next as she’s only a few million away from concordance in that spec and at least 5 traits worth of AP away from the tank. Don’t even ask about Ret, I’ll be grinding AP for that one for months to come I’m sure.

Ms Monk also ran though the broken shore campaign and collected her mount as well. OMG the monk campaign was so long and drawn out, it had me flying all over Pandaria and then a long drawn out fight with the mount to prove I could fight well. I was pretty over the whole thing by the time I finally got it.

Rogue and Warrior still need to be levelled to 110, so they’re a few weeks away and Mage has only just started the quest line. But she has finished her class hall so that makes 10!

I’m going to have to think about what I’ll do once all the toons are leveled and mounts collected. I think next grind will be to get all the professions maxed out and then maybe it’ll be time to go explore some other games for a bit. It’s pretty much been a full year of focusing on Wow.

2nd last family familiar family is done! I only have 1 left in magic so it’s just a case of waiting for the right tamer to come up and I’ll be finished with family familiar.

And that was my week in WoW.  How was yours?



Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

We got our 5th Mythic boss down! This fight was way way better than sisters. I really liked this one. I got to zip between the two realms, starting in the downstairs realm and healing with the 3 healers down there and then mid-way popped back upstairs to finish the fight with the healer up there.

Photo courtesy of Cinder.. I completely stole this from our discord.. thanks xx

Given the difficulty of Mistress Sassypants, I think we’ll be on the next boss for quite a while.

My demon hunter and warlock got their class mounts. The warlock quest line wasn’t that great compared to the others, it was basically an Auction house quest, asking me to gather up some random gems, potions and minerals. Then a wait until the next invasion was up to finish the quest as you need an item off the last boss of an invasion.

The mount though is really nice, and my lock got concordance a day ago so once the  minion that sells the concordance mount  is back from his mission, she can buy the orange colour from him. The really pretty purple version drops from a rare on broken shore, so I’ll need to watch for that to be up.

I really really didn’t like the demon hunter quest line at all. You basically get told to go attack your mount until it submits. The whole quest was attacking it, following it’s blood tracks around and attacking more. Yuck.

Fittingly, it’s a really ugly mount too.

And that was my week in WoW.  How was yours?



Random Tuesday Mutterings

Random Tuesday Mutterings is the perfect place to put the random assortment of what-nots I’ve got up to in Azeroth each week.

Hmm what have I been up to this week?

I took my Druid and Shaman through their 15s for the week. I love the changes to the keystone letting it start higher. Z’s started at 14 this week which was a nice change from the last few weeks where she was getting an 11 out of the box and having to boost it a  number of time to get into the 15s. Easier affixs this week meant she zoomed through her 15 keystone.

My Shaman though was a whole other story. I was having a ridiculous time on the final boss in Maw of Souls 15 and managed to kill myself on an easily avoidable ability multiple times triggering a wipe each time. I was expecting a ton of abuse from the pugs and sure enough one gave it out to me; I didn’t really care what they said because it was nothing worse than what I was internally giving myself but the last comment they made really pulled me up. The person that had an issue with me, asked Dec if I was his wife (same guild so all I can assume is they figured that). Dec decided to answer in the affirmative, (yay for not disowning me completely over my derp attempts – I wouldn’t have blamed him for not wanting to know me lol) which immediately mollified the person and they toned right down. Interesting attitude, I’m pretty sure it’s completely based on some sexist notion of how females play wow since there was no indication that Dec and I were anything more than guildies.  I’m still not sure whether to be completely offended that they wrote my performance off based on my status as only a wife, or just freaking happy I got out of the embarrassing situation without the pages of whispers, berating my performance, I was expecting. I also really wished I had spoken up faster and said, Dec was my wife just to see the reaction.  Either way it was a rubbish boss that I do know how to do and just screwed up.. many times. Poor pugs, poor Dec.

I also took my lock through her first Mythic 10 for the achievement. I went along with Dec and Kublas which was really fun. Mythic plus with friends is way better than pugs.

I’m still way too amused by the ghostly souls that my artifact sucks out of dead bodies. I like to leave them for as long as possible before I have to turn them into purple balls.

My DK finished off her class mount and collected the three shades of dragon.

I really love the frost version. The blue and purple wings are just gorgeous and completely matches my current transmog.

I’m not entirely sold on the whole coffin and gravestone on the back of the dragon. I think it spoils what is a really nice dragon model and I can’t see how it really fits death knight lore, we’re undead but not vampires.

My monk picked up her last artifact weapon. The dps quest line was really easy but I’m really glad I stayed in tank spec for it. I think it would have been horrid without the tankiness of Brewmaster.

She also finished her order hall campaign. Only 3 order hall campaigns to go now.

More family familiar achievements! I only have 1 tamer left for 3 different classes so hopefully I’ll finish the last set off really quickly if the right combination of tamers come up.

And that was my week in WoW. How was yours?