Where has January gone?

Opps, I meant to post in Mid-Jan so it wouldn’t be over a full month from my last post and then real life caught up with me and here we are, January nearly over and it’s a month and a half since a post.  With lots of holidays and time off over Christmas, I always think I’ll get a ton of gaming in, but this time of year is so hectic catching up with friends and family that it just never really seems to happen.

What have I been up to in the past month or so.. We got a VR headset for the Playstation and that has taken up a quite a bit of my time with me being immersed in Skyrim. Actually getting to walk around and explore the world has been so far above and beyond how good I thought it would actually be. The scenery is simply gorgeous and it feels like I’m right there in it. My screenshot folder is filling up and I have to figure out a way to get the photos from my PS and onto the PC so I can post them.

I’m also playing a fair bit of Super Hot which is awesome dodging bullets matrix-style, and trying to shoot badguys before they take me out. I tend to move around too much playing it and have accidentally punched the TV once because I got way too close without realising. I need to set myself up a little cage or something to stand in. I’m eyeing off Beat Saber a lot in the play store because each time I’ve had a try of it that game has seemed so fun, I really think I’d play the heck of that game if I buy it.

I’ve been joining in with some friends from WoW for some real life D&D gaming. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try but never had friends that were interested in playing who actually live close. Now I’ve finally found some friends who not only love D&D but who are close enough for us to regularly play . Each month 7 of us gather together; our DM lives interstate and joins us via skype but did amazingly make it down in person for our Christmas session! We’re steadily exploring our way though the waterdeep heist campaign. I’m playing as a little elf Wizard. She’s level 3 and we’re about a 1/3 of the way through the campaign so a lot of adventures for her to work though still if she doesn’t get killed along the way.

I normally buy myself a WoW Mount or a pet as a christmas present but there has been such little WoW time happening that I decided to sink the real life gold into buying a house in Elder Scrolls Online.

It’s been the best present ever as I have a little home to call my own and have ben spending a lot of time learning furnishing patterns, gathering the materials and crafting and decorating away to my heart’s content.

I’ve popped back onto WoW for the new raid and went with my guild into it for a look around. It has grabbed me a little more than Uldir did and I like the fights I’ve seen so far. While it’s cool seeing Zee as a Night Elf for part of it,  I have to admit I’d much prefer a raid where I’m only attacking the opposite factions bosses. In my more uncharitable moments I feel this is very lazy design.
I’ve been testing out which toy’s will override the standard Alliance armor and let me see Zee’s night elf face.

I’m still finding it very hard to get enthused about the whole expac in general.. The story and expac systems are working in tandem to make WoW less enjoyable than it has been in the past. I’m still playing, but in very small doses.

Well, dear friends, I hope you’re all having a happy fun time in your games and adventures. I’ll try not to be a stranger and find more things to chat about more often!



Best dressed Zee

Dragonray was running a transmog comp a few weeks ago so I took a small ESO break to pop over to WoW and play dress ups.

I wanted to do mostly Druid Tier outfits but given Trolls have ugly feet, I used my Nelf Druid as model for all outfits. There were 3 tiers I didn’t really like for Druid so Lich King was Mage tier and MoP and BFA are Priest items.

I ended up being the winner by default, as no one else felt like playing dress ups. A far cry from previous transmog comps Dragon has run. I felt guilty for accepting the prize seeing there was no way for me to lose but dragon insisted rules are rules and so I now own a very cute Whomper pet, named after the giver 🙂

Thank you Dragon xoxo




Zee in Tamriel, Elder Scrolls Online time

No game has ever been able to pull me away from WoW for that long but if any can, I wish it could be this one.

As a massive Skyrim fan, seeing more of the world in the mmo version, Elder Scrolls Online, is just amazing. In Skyrim I spent hours wandering around reading books and collecting and making furniture for my house and ESO gives me all that along with really interesting quests, I haven’t  come across a single mindless go kill x mobs yet. The quests are all voice acted and if you take the time to listen/read the dialogue  they are really engaging. With other people running around the world it’s like having extra npcs spicing up my single player game.

As a mmo, I havent played long enough to know if the systems in place to keep players logging in suck long-term or not or what end game content is like, but in these early days it’s awesome. I get a gift if I log in daily, this is such a cool novelty.

The little blue patterned bear is a mid month reward for logging in. He has an animation of trying to catch butterlies and is so cute.

Theres 3 factions, each with 3 races and a swinger race which I think can be any faction. The only time the factions are really divided is in the PvP zone, other than that, you can talk, group and quest with any member of any faction. The devs  of this game can overlook the historical lore of division between the factions for better game play for their players. Being able to not have to worry about faction choice and still get to play the race I like with my friends is awesome.

Classes are really fun. I’ve been spending most of my time levelling a High Elf Warden;  she’s a magic user who runs around with a bear pet to help tank mobs out in the world. It seems to be a smart UI because it doesn’t seem to try to tank in dgns with a real player tank, despite there being no on/off taunt.  I’m also liking my Sorcerer who’s a more typical mage class.

I’m really slowly questing my way through the zones. There’s no rep to grind but there are achievements for exploring and questing and the rewards are dyes so you can colour your clothes!!

An achievement for accidentally killing a sheep.. Opps

ESO has multiple houses you can save up and buy, and then decorate to your heart’s content. The prices range from what seems  moderately reasonable to downright ‘Omg how will I ever make that much?’ The game gives you a room in each of the factions starting town which all your toons can use, so I’m starting with the decorating there as I figure out how to save up for the High Elf mansion.

Expect more ESO posts when I can tear myself away long enough to write about the game.

A lull at 3 months.. is it me or you?

My blog’s been quiet because I’ve been struggling to find positive things to say about WoW. My draft folder is full of posts with catchy titles such as ” WoW,  a negative psychological experiment?”, “Can repetitive ever be fun?” and “How are the devs so out of touch with today’s player”, but I haven’t wanted to hit publish on any of them. If you can’t say something positive, don’t say it at all, you know.

There have been positives in the last couple of weeks,  so lets see. Zee’s done enough quests here and there that all the apart from Magni, adore her. Magni’s not far from being won over to her charms and I’m waiting for the next emissary for him to realise we’re great friends after all.

There’s been a bit of raiding. I’ve been friends with fellow blogger Dragonray for a few years now and I popped along with her and her guild for a few raid nights. They are the most welcoming friendliest guild you can imagine. They made me feel at home instantly and offered my toon a place if I wanted to server change to be on their realm but I haven’t taken them up yet because I didn’t want to reward Blizz with more of my money.

Btw, Dragon is running an awesome transmog comp, come along and get transmogging!

I went to their guild meetup which was awesome and found that  most of the guild live in my city! One of the guildies lives in the same suburb as me!! Dragon and Moryrt, her lovely hubby, don’t live too far away either which is all shades of awesome.

Orville is one talented guy. I love this pic of all us that were there. He’s placed us all in a scene that was pretty close to the real photo we had taken of us all.

A couple of friends, originally from Deadline though we’re all spread out now, grabbed me to come heal a mythic 10.

I had almost forgotten how much fun harder content is and how I like pushing Zee but it was short-lived. I don’t want to pug keys and I don’t want to log in enough to find a dedicated group and I don’t want to bug my friends to join me if and when I feel like doing keys. I feel like I need to be logged in a lot more to expect them to come along with me

I dropped Zee into a friend’s guild on Barthilas as Deadline has no-one logging in anymore and went along with their heroic team and we cleared G’huun so I got my Ahead of the Curve achievement.

I was hoping raiding there and with Dragons guild would be enough to grab my interest but it really hasn’t.

Now for the negative nelly part.

For me personally  BFA at the moment is outright boring. Content in the current patch consists of Raiding, Dgns or Questing, whether it be world quests for rep and azerite or questing through the old world to level up the allied races. Repetitive questing is not engaging content. I miss the different  class hall campaigns and class hall mount stories from Legion which gave reasons to play and level alts.

MMOs might be designed to be grindy but the Azerite grind in BFA is beyond the pale. I had enough of the endless AP slog in Legion and I do not want to  face yet another expansion with another never-ending grind.. Azerite feels endless.. any gear upgrade brings a need to have a higher and higher Azerite level so there’s no end in sight until the very last raid and there’s no higher Azerite pieces to collect.

Terror on Darkshore shows the story will progress in 8.1 with Night Elfs exacting revenge but I’m  so sick of seeing the Horde and Alliance pitted against each other that Tyrande’s dark-eyed model upgrade and Malfurion’s rage fills me with sadness rather than interest.

I’m more interested in 8.2 which at least might see us working together against a common foe again. Given how closely we worked together in Legion, I was hoping we’d see closer ties between the factions and I know I wasn’t alone from reactions on social media when faction based war was revealed to be central in the BFA story.. I feel like the current storywriters don’t understand their player’s motivations anymore. Have gamers changed over the years and Blizz hasn’t realised?

The Diablo Immortal mobile fiasco at Blizzcon is another sign to me that Blizz can’t judge its current audience very well. The game may well be fun and is most likely going to make them a fortune from its targeted audience where mobile games with micro transactions are accepted and welcomed. But to launch it at Blizzcon, where the majority of fans are  predominately PC gamers looking for a long wanted expansion/new game reveal,  was so ill-judged. Released at another time or place and the reaction may have been favourable. The resulting fall out had immediate, even if temporary,  real repercussions for the company. The Immortal cinematic ended up with over 400,000 dislikes to only 16,000 likes as well as an actual negative effect on their share price. I don’t remember anything quite so extreme in Blizz’s past.

I said in my goal list for BFA I didn’t want to take another break from WoW, but I think I really need to for a little while, I’m becoming a little too bitter and jaded about the developers and direction of a game I adored once and want to love again. Maybe immersing myself in a world away from Azeroth might be a nice holiday.

I’ve subbed to Elder Scrolls Online and I’m going to Tamriel for a bit. 

It’s nice to feel like there’s an enormous world to explore that I haven’t seen before. I might be questing, but it’s all new!







Azerite Armor “improvements”… who thinks this shit up?

Lore  put a very long blue post up on the forums saying the devs have been listening to the feedback about how painful getting Azerite armor is through M+ and they want to try to fix it in 8.1. At the same time, it should help solve the RNG shitstorm that comes with trying to make sure you can farm specific  Azerite traits as not all traits are created equal.

After reading through it, and the gushing ‘ty’ posts immediately after it, it’s pretty clear the majority of readers went the TLDR route and missed some important points that make this seemingly nice change, not so great.

The post from Lore is long, so I’m going to try to bring it back down to size and combine a few paragraphs.  Ignore the ilvls mentioned, this is a change coming in 8.1, and it was clarified the ilvls would reflect the new higher ilvls in 8.1; the current ones just give a better comparison at the moment.

  • A new ‘un-named” currency will be implemented which is obtainable as a one off drop from the M+ cache you open once a week.   The amount from the cache scales, so if you did a 10, your weekly cache has more than your cache if you did a 7
  • You can also scrap Azerite pieces to give the new currency, the amount you receive based on the ilvl of the piece you scrapped
  • Azerite armor no longer can drop from the mythic+ weekly cache at all

So it was already hard to get Azerite armor from Mythic+ dgns as it didn’t drop from the chest at the end and you had a only had a once a week chance to get it from the weekly cache. This new system removes that chance altogether and puts it behind currency, which knowing Blizzard is going to be time gated too. More on that below.

And the big point  I took away from this is.. where is the incentive to trade unwanted Azerite armor pieces to people who really need them, post 8.1? Azerite armor just became immensely invaluable even if you can’t use it. It’s going to take a very generous person to want to hand over a piece of gear to someone who really needs it, because scrapping it instead will get them closer to their next piece.  Why even make Azerite gear tradeable if they now want you to hoard it?

  • Thaumaturge Vashreen will be back to let you spend your currency in one of 2 ways. You can spend it on a random dgn Azerite piece in a box (ilvl 335, 370 and 385). The higher ilvl boxes will cost more currency. To allow targeting, he will also sell specific 385 versions at a premium.
  • The timing is that you should have enough currency to buy a piece of gear that lines up with the ilvl of the dgn gear you’re currently doing, every 2 or 3 weeks and the 385 pieces are for long term goals for top players.

The higher ilvl costing more isn’t an issue as they’ve mentioned you’ll get more if you do higher content so this helps keep the ilvl pieces in line with what you’re upgrade I guess. What I really have the issue with is it’s only the 385 pieces that will be specifically targetable.

Why are the targetable pieces only for the highest ilvl of the high at extra inflated prices? So if you’re not running the highest content, you’re not considered a worthy candidate to be trusted to select your own piece. As a ‘punishment’ for not doing the highest content, you can stick with RNG.

The noting of expected timings that they think you should be getting a piece in is also interesting. Dgn pieces of Azerite armor are hard to come by already as you only had a once a week possibility to get them from your weekly cache and now under this new system, that weekly chance is completely gone as they no longer drop and you now have a 2-3 weekly chance if you gather enough currency.

Which leads me to wonder, is that 2-3 weekly chance just from opening your cache or are you now going to be spending time running all sources of azerite armor drops in order to be able to scrap it for currency?

  • Overall, we believe that this change will improve things in a lot of different ways:  Mythic+ players of all skill levels will now have a clear path to upgrading their Azerite slots   and High-end Mythic+ players will have a way to target specific Azerite pieces to optimize their setups

Holy elitist batman, it’s right back to, only the best of the best really need or want to target because everyone else will be fine with the RNG loot fest that is so prevalent in WoW nowadays.

I don’t think I get the direction this game is going in at all. It has become a RNG fest on top of a RNG fest and 8.0 for a non raider is an empty shell of an expansion with ‘improvements’ with holes that even a more casual player can pick apart. I’m starting to feel that the team that is working on WoW really have lost touch with what used to make it great, or maybe it’s me that’s changed.




Real Life Chatter – could I run 21km again.. should I?

October 2016 will always be the month I ran my first half marathon and it was going to be my only because it’s a freaking long time to run for a slow ass runner like me and I was soooo sick of the training runs by the end of it.

I came in at 2hr 42min for 21.2km (13mile) which I was fine with. I hadn’t gone into it with any real timeframe or pacing goal apart from “please dont be over 3 hours and just finish dammit”

After staggering over the finish line and finding my running buddy as we had split up over the course I promised her never again and promptly stopped running long distance.. and then slowly in the last year stopped running at all.

But it was the Melbourne half marathon weekend just gone and,  like the pain of childbirth, the pain of the marathon has faded to a rosy glow and I find myself wondering if I could actually do it again but faster.

But here’s the kicker, in the past year my total runs added together come to  less than a marathon and I’ve, for want of a nice way to put it.. got chubby. I was slow when I was fit, but I’m at a snail pace now with extra weight.

So here’s my goal for the next 360 days, learn to run again and lose the excess jiggles. Seeing I’m thinking about paying a stupid sum of money to go run a long way.. I better make it count. To be accountable, monthly blogs. You get to read the adventures of Zee the wanna-be returning runner.

Jeez I’m freaking insane irl.



Survivor Zee, I’ve missed you

I found out a few days ago that there’s a new Ark expansion coming out soon. I already own it because I bought the season pass months ago which included the next expansion to be released one day. Bit of a gamble in case it never came out but a really awesome surprise now.  With that news Ark has been on my mind a lot, and last night I couldn’t resist the pull anymore and logged on.

Ark is so high up on my list of favourite games. It grabbed me from the moment I started playing and after a few months away from it, it was awesome to see the world again.

Unlike WoW, Arks developers encourage private servers and tbh the official ones are quite rubbish to play on, so last time I played it was with a couple of friends on our own servers and it was fantastic. No competing with other tribes for limited territory, resources and dinos, the world was all ours!

I’m wondering how this game plays as a solo player. Even with our small tribe, it was still 3 people or so to gather resources to build and, more importantly, to trap and tame dinos. I’m not sure how well this game would go as a single player but it seems like a fun challenge to set myself.

I don’t know if I want to fire up my old server. It would definitely be great to see my dinos and gorgeous houses again but it is a fully established world ,where I pretty much have every dino and resource I could ever want, so it would be nice to start fresh and see what I can do.

I think it’s time for a bit of Ark!



Professor Zee and a new lazy pet

I’ve been steadily digging away in Zandalar and Kul Tiras archology sites as I run around doing world quests and was super super excited to get a rare solve for Zandalari which gave me the Professor title, as well as a brand new baby Direhorn Hatchling pet.

I was so excited about this because I thought it might be a version of the baby Direhorn the Horde rescue in Zuldazar and then promptly never get to interact with again after the initial set of quests but no. Rather than being a new, different and unique baby Direhorn, instead it’s a direct copy of the Pygmy Direhorn from Throne of Thunder.

It feels a bit lazy that the pet is a direct copy of an existing pet.

Surely with all the gorgeous colours of Direhorns in Zandalar it wouldn’t have been too difficult to use a bit of imagination and make a new coloured version?

Well a pet is a pet and I can’t be too ungrateful about a new pet, even if it is a lazy pet.


Organised groups.. dipping my paws in

I’m still in a weird position with my WoW mojo. I’m having a ball running around doing things like Archeology and hunting down obscure achievements but I’m starting to feel an urge to be doing organised group type things but not yet motivated enough to go find a proper team so its been the pug life for me.

I popped into a normal Uldir pug last night and it was really fun. We one shot every boss which I wasnt expecting in a pug so that was awesome, right up until Ghuun when the leader of the group said he had to go and the group disbanded. It was a bit late to find another group so I went back to world quests til bed. I picked up two upgrades which puts my ilvl at 359 which is probably high enough for heroics if I can find a group who doesn’t want AOTC linked to get in.

I’ve been starting with mythic plus though the keys I’ve been doing are pretty low, 3s and 4s but I’m  pretty sure with my ilvl I could be healing higher ones, I just need to get out there and try I guess.   I’ve seen loads of groups state they’ll be checking raider.io before inviting and  ouch my score on there is pretty low so there’s heaps of room for me to get my butt into dgns and get my score up.

Mythic plus are really fun are on a resto druid again. I need to get my ui fixed up though, I’m missing quite a few weak aura reminders that flash in my face.

I found a great addon which shows me the classes already in the group when I’m  looking in the premade groups list. It gives me a rough idea of what I’ll be facing if I queue up and if I’m brutally honest, lets me know what I prefer to avoid. Blizz’s class balancing is still pretty shitty so there’s some comps that just look like they’d suck to be a part of. I’m also not sure if it’s just me but I really hate healing Demon Hunter tanks. I don’t remember them being so squishy in Legion. Blood dks are my favourites so far.

My two big goals this week is to get Zee revered with Champions of Azeroth as she’s behind on reps and to try to get a few heroic bosses and some more m+  done.


Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 40: Getting to know you.

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier!

This fortnight it’s all about getting to know the blogger (or their main toon) behind the screen.

There’s a list of questions, it’s a bit daunting how long it is but let’s dive in and see what there is.

1. How do you drink your tea?  I’m a massive fan of Earl Grey and I usually have it with no milk or no sugar so the flavour pops. But if I’m really feeling like a comfort drink, I’ll make a really stong cup  with sugar and milk.

2. Favourite Dessert? I love all desserts but if I have to pick one, Tiramisu.

3. Favourite Season and Why?  Autumn. The chill has come into the air making it perfect snuggle weather with woolly blankets and cosy scarves. Leaves are falling from the trees and windy days are amazing.

4. What cheers you up?  Videos of animals being silly. I  have a good friend that I send cute animal pics/vids to if he’s having a down day and he does the same for me. Never underestimate the power of cute baby animals.

5. Dogs or Cats?  In all my time, I’ve only ever owned one dog and multiple cats so I guess it’s cats all the way. My life is currently supervised by two gorgeous moggies. They take it in turns to fight over a spot on my lap when I’m playing WoW,  never mind how much of an inconvenience it is to me. The loser generally sits just to the side of my desk shooting dirty looks in my direction.

6. Dream Holiday?  I’ve always wanted to go on a week, or longer, horse riding trek, preferably somewhere mountainous.

7. How many kids do you want? I have 2 and that’s pretty perfect for me.

8. Favourite weather?  Sunny day, but not hot, around 22 deg with  mostly blue skies but a tiny bit of white wispy clouds in the sky is perfect.

9. Last Meal?  An amazing burger with chips. I’d make it my life mission try all the burgers I can. The last one I had was a macadamia, zucchini and brie burger. I’m not a vegetarian but it was amazing.

10. 24 hours anywhere, any year? I want to know how and why Stonehenge was actually built; 24 hours during construction should   answer my questions.

11. Ghostly adventures? Hmm I’d  go to a big castle and pretend it was mine… sort of like what I do in WoW with Stromgarde Keep

12. Family ancestry?  My family originally comes from Scotland and it’s somewhere I intend to go and visit but haven’t got there yet.

13. What scares you? Elevators… fun fact, my new job is on the 9th floor of a building  and I regularly have to go to offices in other buildings on the 20th and 24th floors.. facing my fears every day should make me a better person,  right??

14. What are you most grateful for? Working in the city I’m surrounded by extremes..  Stores selling the most overpriced luxuries and at the same time I see people sleeping on the streets. I’m so grateful I’m in a position to be able to afford to pay rent and bills and food with enough to spare for luxuries like wow.

15. Dream Job?  One that pays lots of money that I could do from home. More seriously though, I don’t know what would be my dream job because I havent found it yet.

16. Aliens, yes or no? Resounding yes. The universe is too large and too unexplored to believe  that life couldn’t have evolved somewhere else. As to them being little green humanoids that have mastered interstellar travel already, that I don’t know.

17. Favorite Sport. Sportsball? Eww no. If I’m going to watch sport it’d be something like ice skating.

18. How do you relax after a long day. Video games and Netflix. 2 monitors mean I can do both at once and sometimes with wine. Perfect night!

19. If you could meet anyone? Hmm I don’t know, there’s many people I’d like to meet but I’ve always wanted to be able to go back in time and find all the people who made new discoveries in cooking techniques. How did someone work out to separate the yolk and white in eggs and then beat the egg whites until they turned all stiff for meringues?

20. If you had to be a teacher, what would you teach? Medieval English history.

21. Describe your perfect day. Breakfast of waffles at my favourite cafe, slow walk home through the walking trails catching Pokemon and then uninterrupted WoW until bedtime.

22. Describe yourself in one sentence.  I try to be kind but sometimes I’m too impulsive and impatient for my own good.

23. Who makes you laugh the most.  Animals being derpy like this gorgeous baby magpie.

24. What superpower. Time travel.

25. Favourite animal.  Horses, meerkats and magpies, how can you choose just one?

Biggest accomplishment? Something I’m  happy about, as weird as it sounds, is learning to really enjoy living alone. I used to hate being on my own but I’ve come to actually like it. I get to choose all the things I want, downside is I also have to do all the boring house chores but I get to choose when I do it 🙂

Pics!! Mara started this bit with his pic and it was so great to see the blogger behind the screen so a few others of us decided to do so too.

This is me..