A bit of Ark and a bit of WoW

I think I’ve found a happy medium between the two games, though Ark is still getting the main played time. I’ve found myself logging onto WoW a little more this week to dip my toes into world quests on Argus a bit more.  Boy that place is confusing trying to find my way around. I’m pretty sure I’m missing something because I remember doing a couple of weeks of quest campaign and now I can’t find any follow on. It’s frustrating me a little because I’d like to see more of the story.

Playing only Boomy while I’m questing about, I decided to drop all my AP I’m collecting into my balance weapon to get it up to 60 and then I’ll probably go back to putting it into Resto.I feel a bit guilty not focusing on my resto weapon but it’d be nice to have the first row of boomy relics unlocked. I noticed the guild message of the day was telling the raiders they should have Artifact level around 67-68 this week as they’re starting mythic Avatar. Z’s resto weapon is only at 64 which makes me realize there would be a ton of catch up if I wanted to get back into raiding any time soon. For now though, I’m enjoying running around Argus as a boomy, she still has the dumb arms out to the side animation but the fights are short so I don’t notice as much and I’m usually distracted by the cool flashy lights and glowing spells that come with throwing moons and astral beams at mobs.

Playing boomy more means a whole new transmog is needed. I really don’t like the boomy scythe that much but decided to embrace the style I disliked the least and make an outfit to match it. I love the top I picked; I’ve wanted to use it for ages but every time I went to make an outfit with it, I’d try to match it with something blue and I just don’t have any blue leather that looks good. Last night, I was trying every pair of pants I had and finally found a pair I like, picking up the brown colour for a change.

Up to Day 197 in Ark and the house just keeps growing. I knock down walls and add new rooms as I go and as the dino count expands past the space we have inside.

It’s a bit haphazard but I like how it’s looking so far.Inside it’s spread across 4 different levels and still mostly wood and stone but I’m getting close to the point where all the big metal pieces of crafting equipment are made so then all the metal collected can be turned into metal building parts.

I really love the staircases that can be built and basically made a whole room just to use the staircase. It’s completely empty at the moment until I find a use for it, but I love going into the room, climbing the staircase and looking out over the river and forest from the balcony.

Early morning mist over the forest.

Taming went crazy over the weekend with heaps of new additions. My favourite at the moment is the Thylacoleo, he’s an amazing climber and in the wild they usually perch about half way up large trees in the Redwood Forest and leap out onto you as you fly past. It makes the forest really scary, you should have heard me scream when one of these leapt off a tree and knocked me off my mount and killed me on the forest floor today. Tamed though, it’s such a cool dino as it can climb up walls and cliffs and jump really really high.

Look at these cheeky little Raptors. They are so hyperactive when they’re in the wild and come in so many different colours. No surprises that I want to tame every colour way lol.

The snails can wear hats! These little guys are so cute just wandering around the place and you can equip them with hats and then put different hat skins over them. My favourite is by far the party hat one.

It’s a good mix of both gaming worlds at the moment. It honestly was the best feeling looking at my watch this lazy Sunday afternoon and realizing I didn’t have to be logging on to WoW to lock myself into Tomb for the rest of the night. Wonder if I can get through next expansion or next raid without burning myself out?



Day 126: Island time flies

Day 126 on The Island and so much has changed with a new house and quite a few additions to our dino family.

Once we leveled up enough to be able to tame flying Pterodons, the whole Island opened up and choosing a new house location became much easier. Flying in this game is so much fun, especially on the little Pteros. They can’t hold much weight but they are pretty fast so getting around takes way less time, and it’s much safer in the air!

This site for the 2nd house was chosen to be near all the different biomes. It’s in a slightly more dangerous area then the first house but still fairly safe enough to be kept in wood. It’s not quite in the centre of the map but it’s close enough to be a short flight to everything – snow, forests, swamp, volcano and beaches, which is handy as different dinos and resources are found in all the different regions.

I’ve been looking at really gorgeous buildings that people have made in Ark and I’m so far away from being able to build amazing structures (and I don’t think I’m that creative tbh) but I’m fairly happy with how the house is coming along so far.

It’s 3 levels inside, the bottom floor is for crafting and where the smaller land based dinos live.

The middle floor has the balcony to get outside and where the Pterodons are parked.

And the top floor is open to the air and where the bigger fliers are parked.

I got my greenhouse up and running and luckily it rains a lot on this map, so the plants and watertank stay full of water. I can’t stand gardening IRL but I love getting to muck around in the garden in Ark.

The faster you tame an animal in Ark, the better level it comes out with at the end. Each food that you can tame with, meat, berries etc have different values for taming timer but the fastest way to tame is by cooking kibble made with the different dino eggs. The first type of kibble I’ve decided to focus on comes from Dodo eggs, so I’ve been taming a collection of female dodos.

They make the cutest little cooing noise when you’re around them. I built them their own little thatch coop off the main house. It’s gorgeous to walk in there and listen to them carrying on. They are super cute (but also a bit creepy ) and they to stare at you as you walk around. You can also pick them up and run around when holding them. Dodo cuddles!

There was a level 100 Spino (150 is the max wild dino level) frolicking around in the water under our cliff tonight so it was a great chance to go get one. Next to Rex’s they’re one of the most dangerous dinos, super fast in land and water and super strong. Dec helped me set the trap up and lured the Spino in because I was being an utter chicken and didn’t want to get close to it even though it was my idea to go tame him. Even when he was in the trap and I was shooting him with Tranquilizer arrows, I was so nervous he’d suddenly break out and I was going to get munched on.

He didn’t break out though and is now guarding the front of the house when we’re not there. He ended up taming right before I logged off for the night so I can’t wait for tomorrow night to  see what he’s like to take into the water. The wild ones bounce around like crazy when they’re chasing fish in the water.

He is absolutely massive!

And saving the best for last…

I tamed a Unicorn!!

On each map, there can only ever be 1 Unicorn alive at a time so they are super rare. I’ve seen 2 before but both were in really dangerous places and pretty much were eaten not long after I saw them, but out collecting Dodos tonight, I saw it and amazingly it was in relatively safe, scary dino free area, though ages away from the base. I raced back to the greenhouse to collect carrots and flew back with my fingers crossed hoping he was still there. He was!

The tame was pretty quick  thanks to the boosted tame timers on the server but then I had to decide how to get him back to base. There was no way I was riding him back without a saddle to give him armor, especially as I had to get through the Swamp which is really dangerous. I  ended up leaving him in the middle of the closest deserted spot I could find and flew back to get the Quetz which is the biggest flier and capable of picking up horses, with my fingers even more tightly crossed this time. Amazingly nothing killed him but even flying back was a bit nerve wracking  because every time I’d have to land to get stamina for the bird, I was sure we were going to be attacked. But I got him home safely and am so excited to have my own Unicorn.

Though, given my track record with keeping horses alive, it might not be a long-lived Unicorn. 


Day 36

My server is 36 Ark days old and I’m still on my starting island, though my house has grown from the thatch hut I started with.

I’m still in the safe part down south so wood should be fine to keep most of the predators out, though once I start expanding up north I’ll need to move into stone building. The further north you go on a map in Ark the more you encounter the stronger carnivore dinosaurs that are able to break wood and thatch, though every now and again you may get an exploring carno come down even to the south zones. Case in point was last night, I spent a good hour taming a triceratops only to have it eaten 5mins after taming by a level 60 (I was level 14) carno who had come down out of his usual hunting grounds. Most frustrating.

Dec and I had a talk after that and decided to bump up the xp and taming timers on the server. His new work hours and the time difference between us means we have about half the play time together each night we’ve been used to  having. The faster rates means we can actually get things done when we’re both online and as I’m playing by myself after Dec logs off for the night, I’m more likely to go tame something alone if I know it’s only going to take me 30-60mins rather than 2 or more hours. We also bumped up XP gain a little to help with the  fact that when I shut my pc down at night, the server shuts off and we don’t accumulate passive xp like we would on a normal server which keeps going even if we’re not online.

After the carno/taming shenanigans last night, taming the next trike in only 15mins was much more pleasurable. The faster tames also means if a dino accident does occur it’s not such a huge effort to recoup.  To tame most dinos you need to knock them unconscious and then feed them while they’re asleep. They actually make little snoring sounds while they’re out, it’s really quite cute.

Once she was tamed though, I added a pen to the main house to try to help keep her a bit safer.

We’ve had a beaver move in on the river near us which is awesome as it’s a nice handy source of wood but I have to be really careful the beavers aren’t close by when I raid their nest as they get really aggro and chase for ages. Some dinos, if they can’t catch you will actually go for your house, so I’m really careful about when I go help myself to free wood because I don’t want a cranky beaver to turn around and destroy my house in retaliation.

Inside is coming along, we put down a forge and workbench to start making metal tools but this house is definitely going to only be a temporary one as it’s quite a long way from any metal spawns so trekking through the bush and then lugging heavy metal back isn’t going to work too well.    It’s early days yet, I can’t wait to get out and explore more.


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?



Ark aka farmyard simulator

I decided to tell my raid group the other week that I’m didn’t want to keep raiding and I love the feeling of not having to log in. However.. Naz heard I wasn’t raiding and immediately asked if I’d be a possible fill-in healer in their raid for a few weeks as they had a healer going on holidays. I’ve missed raiding with Naz (also a resto druid) since Misanthropy split and he’s in a guild with our old MT from Misanthropy along with another raider friend from there, so I said if they needed me I’d come along. I’m actually looking forward to maybe getting to play with them again for a bit, we’ll see if I’m needed on Wednesday.

But with no raiding since Wednesday, it’s been an absolute Ark fest.. prepare for incoming pictures of absolute cuteness. I had no idea that I could take a prehistoric dinosaur survival game and turn it into a farming simulator, but I can! Ark has horses! and sheep! and I spent the weekend collecting for my own personal farm.

First up, the Ovi (aka sheep). I’ve wanted one for a while but:

1. The food you need to tame them with is tricky to make as you need Honey to make Sweet Vegetable Cake (how good does that sound) and Honey expires super quickly so you need to have all the materials on hand to make the cake with and,

2. you need to find a sheep before the cake spoils. And they have been rare for me to find.

It just happened that we tamed a Giant Queen Bee this weekend and had our own hive in place (meaning easy to access honey on demand) when someone mentioned in general chat where there was a wild sheep wandering around. It was a mad scramble to gather the mats, make the cake and then rush over hoping that no-one else had got there first..But I did it and the sheep was mine! Now to find another so I can mate them and have lambs.

(btw do you like my hair colour?? I found dye in the game and made the hair similar colour to what mine is IRL. I love it so much, I worked out how to hide my hat so now I can see the pretty purple all the time)

After the sheep taming, it was the saga of the horses. Ever since I saw one ages ago on the Center map, I’ve wanted one but they were really rare on that map. Not rare at all on Scorched Earth so I’ve been working on taming my own.

However I’ve found  I really really suck at keeping horses alive. The gorgeous one above was killed by a rock golem and it’s successor (who I didn’t take a photo of, was killed almost immediately after taming by a boar). Both horse deaths had me in tears which really really shouldn’t happen as they really are fairly fragile (and it’s a computer game) but you know, it made me sad.

So next time I went and tamed 2 at once,  just in case I got another killed, and would you believe what happened…

They mated and made a baby.

The foal is absolutely gorgeous but while it’s in the baby/juvenile stage has a tiny food bar which doesn’t stop needing to be filled and there’s a high chance that overnight his food will run out (unless I decide to get up in the middle of the night) and he’ll starve. (No tears Zee, you know it’s coming). If that happens, I’ll try again with the breeding next weekend but I’ll start them really early in the morning so I have all day and evening to get it through the baby stage of constant feeds.

Jerboa cuteness overload! I’ve tamed tons of these little guys because they come in heaps of different colourways and I want to catch them all.

I decided to try to be a little bit fancy in my building and found a tutorial for a octagon shape (built completely out of square tiles), it looked awesome when I got the floor laid down.

but when it came time to put a roof on and build a house inside it, it just didn’t work. Walls for structures work by snapping to the floor, and because the floor went in multiple directions to fit in the shape, snapping wasn’t possible. So instead of my grand plans of a large impressive greenhouse for crops, I ended up with a little version, but I got all 4 crop types in and they are giving enough vegetables for taming and cake making so it works in the end.

And.. I’m very glad these two guys are friendly! They’re a little intimidating even still. They turn their heads to watch you when you walk past but I love taking them out when I go exploring because there’s not much that they can’t take on.

Except for those rock golems I mentioned earlier, those are scary scary mobs as not much kills them! Luckily they run slow and have a tiny aggro drop range so you can usually escape.

Can you tell I’m still having fun?

Stepping back from raiding?

I have such a short attention span I’ve decided. A few months ago all I wanted to do was raid mythic but a few changes in guild and in the way Druid feels to me and now the last thing I want to do is spend multiple hours locked inside Tomb.

I’m just not feeling the love for my Druid atm. Between changes to  spell stances that see my toon forced into the most unnatural, ugly poses for 6-8mins at a time, and an entire tier of gear that is considered useless by the majority of druids, forcing me to essentially run the previous tier raid to *hope* for higher and higher warforging to keep my ilvl relatively current with the rest of my team and I’m just not feeling the love at the moment.

No idea if I want to just float around the world doing old stuff. WoW to me is raiding, if I’m not doing mythic raiding is there a point in chasing AP or upgrades? Will I feel differently about my Druid in a bit and then kick myself for not keeping her current? Do I want to finally learn to play boomy (hah I’ve been saying that for 6 years) or do I want to give another healer class a whirl? As ugly as the changes to Druid animations were, the changes to Priest were simply stunning.

All the choices out there, guess I need to settle to something.

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?



Ark vs Argus

It’s actually not that much of a competition at the moment to be honest. Argus brings annoying decisions like do I drop a 940 relic for a 930 because the Concordance 66 (5 concordance and billions and billions of AP away)  is better etc etc and Ark brings Dinosaurs.

I’m finding I’m really not bored in Ark yet as there’s always another building I want to make, or a dino to tame.

In one evening I managed to kill 3 dolphins in 1/2 hour all to unwise choices around piranhas. I got really upset at the start but then decided after that,  since they take about 6 mins to take (as opposed to hours like some dinos), to think of them as one time use pets and if they survive an outing it’s a bonus.

Ark has 4 different maps, similar to expansions as they each bring new areas and new dinosaurs. Since the game went live I’ve been playing on The Center map which is basically a series of tropical islands. A great feature of Ark is the ability to transfer your toons onto other maps with no cost (if only server xfers on WoW were free). The only restrictions being you can’t transfer between official and unofficial maps or pve and pvp maps.

I decided to pop my toon over to the new map, Scorched Earth which is a desert map.

It’s absolutely gorgeous but really hard because it comes with really limited water sources and fun climatic events like electrical storms, heatwaves and sandstorms. Sandstorms really freak me out though because you can’t fly during them and if grounded in dangerous locations it’s pretty scary especially as visibility is almost zero.

It does have the cutest weather warning system you can imagine though. Tamable little Jerboas make different warning sounds for the different storms that periodically come and you carry them on your shoulders.

The desert has really pretty plants and flying mounts.

I’m actually starting to wonder if I can really be bothered with keeping up with a regular raiding schedule atm because having to be online on WoW when I really don’t feel like logging off Ark is starting to be frustrating but then again only 3 bosses to go in ToS and it’s nice to be so far through.

Finally! 6/9M

There were a lot and a lot and a lot of wipes on this boss. In the last week most of our wipes have all been sub 5%  so it was actually a relief when this boss died.

If I’m really honest I was sort of hoping this would mean an early night and more time to play Ark but we went straight onto the Maiden fight.. and I have 0 idea of that fight on Mythic.

Time to watch some videos.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 25: Who do you cheat on wow with?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.  

Well if you read my blog lately you’ll see I’m definitely having a bit on the side with Ark, pretty much to the full exclusion of WoW.

From hunted to hunter. I have a T-Rex!

For 8 years WoW has pretty much been my only game but every now and again I find I get caught up in other games. Usually it’s really short lived because I tend to have mostly mmos on my game list and with the very nature of MMOs (grindy, designed to keep you logging in daily) playing more than one MMO is a difficult and I usually decide if I’m going to put the effort into a game, it may as well be WoW.

My favourite  MMOs are Wildstar, GW2 and  SW:ToR . I have max level toons on each of them but I really hardly ever go to see them anymore.




Skyrim is one of my favourite games ever and as single player it means I can just go do my own thing when I want some alone time. The amount of horses I’ve bought and then lost in this game is astronomical.

And then every now and again a game I think I’m just going to dip my toes into ends up grabbing me hard and I really want to spend a lot of time playing in that universe for a bit.

At times when I’ve gone off and played another game for a while, I usually find myself wondering why I put so much time into WoW to the exclusion of other games. Especially when WoW can be such a frustrating game at times. Currently, changes to spell animations, an entire expansion built around RNG , and development decisions I just don’t understand that never seem to get addressed are actually making me really disillusioned with the game at the moment. I know in my head it’ll be temporary but at the moment it’s enough to make me find playing other games seem like a breath of fresh air until the feelings of discontent go away. WoW is a winning model, and because one small subscriber doesn’t like aspects, it doesn’t mean the game is flawed.

It’s actually really awesome that there are so many games out there to be able to spend my free time in different worlds whenever I feel like it.