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..

 

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Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 39: What’s on your To-Do List for BFA?

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

It’s early days yet and the to-do list will obviously change a bit as more patches and content comes along but already I’ve got a list of things I want to have done before the next expansion comes along. Not all of the bucket list comes from the current expansion but they are loose ends I want to tie up before we move out of BFA.

  1. Level ally Zee Druid to 120 and get exalted with Proudmore so I can make a Ku lTiran Druid even though the mookin form is the ugliest form I have seen in my life..
  2. Get the Archeology titles – Professor and Headmistress
  3. Go back to Legion and buddy up with Conjurer Margoss and all the fishing friends
  4. Ride all of the Rickety Planks in Vol’dun
  5. Get 100 reps, Zee should be pretty close to 90+ once the reputation changes come in as part of 8.1
  6. Level all the allied races for the 110 achievement
  7.  Buy all the rep/faction pets.. I havent worked out how many tokens I need yet
  8. Collect 1000 pets

That list should keep me going for a while.

I’m not sure if I want to put any raiding goals on here. My raiding mojo isnt back yet and given all the negative class balancing issues so far, the game seems much more fun being played  from a casual point of view so I’ll keep on that path for now.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 38: How do you level in Battle for Azeroth?

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

I took a completely different style to levelling in BFA than any other expansion. Normally I’d group up with a bunch of friends and we’d run through the quests and  queue dgn  but this time I really wanted to see the story so I decided to quest by myself so I could read as much or as little of the quest texts and poke around sightseeing and it was by far the best choice I’ve made.

I had a ball actually reading quests and finishing off each quest line and zone achievements before moving to the next.  I had taken a few days off from work so I didn’t have to rush I picked up every side quest I came past but im still surprised by how many I find now that i missed. I do want to go back and finish all the little ones ive missed before BFA ends.

I felt I was levelling really slowly since I was taking my time but I reached 120 on the Thursday night after release so it was actually quite fast. I only popped into dgns when the story brought me to them because I didn’t want to see spoilers for the quest lines.

My ally levelling was a lot more fractured because there’s been huge gaps while I’m been on my Horde doing the main story and then world quests and gearing on my Horde girl.  I was determined to see the Ally story in full, just like Horde so I picked up every quest and fully completed a zone before going to the next

While it felt a little strange at the start not being in a group, I actually had a lot more fun questing this way and I’ll be doing the same next time too.

Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 37: First Impressions of BFA in pictures

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! To celebrate exploring a brand new expansion our topic this time is to share the screenshots we’ve taken in BFA so far. We said 5, but to be honest sticking to just 5 is near impossible, so I’ve gone over a bit a lot.

I’ve been playing as both Horde and Alliance and both zones are just so gorgeous. I think I’ve got a small bias towards the scenery and zones in Kul Tiras over Zandalar, but pretty much every step I take no matter what zone I’m in is just simply gorgeous and picture worthy.

Zuldazar is a gorgeous ancient golden city full of tropical rainforest and waterfalls. I adore waterfalls in real life, so this city just feels like a tropical haven.

Deserted beaches in Nazmir are beautiful and spooky.

Moving from the tropics of Zandalar up into Kul Tiras makes me feel like I should be transmogging into winter clothes.

Next to waterfalls, rainbows are one of my favourite natural phenomena and Tiragarde Sound gives me both.

The skies are simply stunning in every zone.

This was the cutest reference to come across.

The details are so well done, the spoons in a little house in a fishing village are fish-shaped!

I’ve collected Honey Bee battle pets and I’ve seen Hunters with Bee pets, I’m really hoping there’s a Bee mount hiding somewhere in this expansion too.

This expansion really brings the children into the scene.

This was a gorgeous tea party to stumble across near the maze in Boralus. The human girl is holding an adorable patient cat in her arms.     

Even ducking underwater gives some gorgeous views.

This is one very beautiful expansion. There’s a lot of exploring yet to be done and I can already see my screenshot folder filling up after only a fortnight.

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 33: What Achievement would I add?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier!   Posts are meant to go up fortnightly by taking in turns, but I must apologise that I have really dropped the ball in the last few months and most of everything I do has got shunted to the side or procrastinated or simply not been done as I work through personal stuff, and that includes our blog challenge. Cinder has been amazing taking up the slack but she shouldn’t have to do alone, so I’ll be trying to make sure my fortnightly contribution gets done.

But this fortnight, Cinder has come up with an awesome topic and given us a chance to talk about an achievement that we could make and put in the game and I know exactly what one I would like to see. Because I’m a completionist addict, it of course has to do with collecting and it’s “Frequent Flyer”. Awarded when you have clicked on every single flight path master in all the zones.

I’ve always wanted there to be an achievement for finding and clicking all the flight paths in the game and am really surprised there isn’t. It sort of goes hand in hand with The Explorer achievement but should be recognised on its own.

The rewards could be a jaunty little winged hat, or more in line with current collection achievement rewards, you could be awarded with a tabard with a big green ! on it and 10% off every flight fee from then on.

What do you think? Should we all submit suggestions to Blizzard today for recognition for all us flight path hunters out there?

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 30: 2018 Bucket List

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.  

A brand new year stretching out in front of me, full of possibilities and what-nots.

Rather obviously I haven’t been playing WoW as much in the last few months, and I actually think I rather like that. I’m not locked into a rigid raiding schedule so I can indulge in a Netflix binge and not have to tear myself away (currently loving Pretty Little Liars) and I have been trying out a ton of new games which has been awesome. But.. I do miss WoW too, and the few times I’ve logged on lately I’ve stood around feeling a bit lost as to what to do. For a really long time WoW=raiding so if I’m not raiding I really can’t think of what I should be doing in WoW.

The bucket list for this year might keep me on track a little. I’m guessing we might see a new expansion come out this year which might derail my plans but there’s a ton of Legion specific things I’d like to get through before embarking into a new world.

Zee’s 2018 To-Do List

1. Get all professions to 800. I already have a couple there but I’m still missing:

Leather working
First Aid
Mining
Engineering
Enchanting
Jewel crafting
Tailor
Blacksmithing

2. Prestige 4 for the mount.

I don’t have high hopes of getting much further than getting to the mount, though more levels past 4 would be nice.

3. Deadmines and Wailing Caverns pet battles

I haven’t even started these ones and I think there’s another new one. I’d like to get at least the 2 original pet dungeons done this year.

4. 70 exalted reps

Z needs 9 more reps to get to 70 and I still haven’t touched the reps  for the insane title or most of the BC reps so  there’s plenty to chose from.This is rather ambitious and I’m not sure if I’ll actually get there but I’ll see.

5. Get a horde character all the way through the Suramar questlines.

This one will probably be dependent on hearing more about the requirements to get Nighborne elfs for Horde. Z was the only one that had fully finished the questline but now she’s Alliance, I’ll need to see if the achievement will be account or faction specific.

6. Lucid Nightmare

Absolutely no idea how to get this mount, though I know it was a lot tricky if I remember my twitter feed correctly. It doesn’t look like the Dreamweavers are giving me a white unicorn anytime soon, so I really should get my butt into gear and try to get a black one

8. Deaths of Chromie

Another new feature I haven’t tried out. I’m not putting a level on this to complete, simply going over and trying will be fine!

9. Collect the last couple of Artifact weapons.

I think the only 2 ones I’ve got left is the disc weapon for Priest and both dps weapons for Warrior.

 

And that pretty much wraps up what I really want to get through this year and also what I need to do to make Legion feel complete for myself.

What’s on your list?

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 22: Your WoW soundtrack (or lack of)

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.  

This topic was suggested by Kamalia and it’s taken me ages to get around to writing because I wasn’t sure how to answer. I don’t usually play with music on in WoW; I’m pretty much always on discord and having music competing with voice can be annoying.

Actually I’m not a huge music person at all, it tends to be low on my list of priorities and when I’m stressed or overwhelmed it’s the easiest sensory overload to cut out. Work has been an absolute shocker the past month, 10 people resigned or were retrenched leaving their workload to be picked up by just 4 people (in addition to our own workloads) and I realised that I haven’t had the radio playing in the car that entire time simply because my stress levels are so high on the way to and from work that all I want is quiet (it’s also part of the reason my blog has quieted down a bit over the same period, there’s just no mental energy to spare atm).

Given my lack of musical interest there’s really only two pieces of music that spring to mind when I think of wow. The first is a very unlikely combination, but in MoP I was on voice with a guildie a lot and for months they had Radioactive by Imagine Dragons playing on repeat. A whole lot of time spent afking in the Alliance Shrine and hearing that song means I can’t go into the place without expecting to hear it being played. It also means if I randomly hear it somewhere, I’m instantly transported to the foyer of the shrine and I can see it so clearly in my mind.

The second is one of my favourite songs and it’s a Nightcore one, ‘Angel with a Shotgun’. I can’t see a holy priest in their Angel form without thinking of that song.

 

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 19: What’s in a name

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.   This topic was inspired by my recent faction/server change and having to pick new names for my toons on the new realm.

Naming a new toon can be one of the hardest things I do, I really like the idea of keeping my alts names similar but at the same time I want all my toons to have their own personality and I don’t feel that can happen if I named them all a combination of Zeera or iterations similar but that’s exactly how my main name started.

My first toon was called Zira, which as I’ve talked bout before I thought I was so original in creating until a random person asked if I was named after the Queen from The Lion King.  And then I made a few iterations of Zira for alts after that  Zyra, Zeirah and Zeera were the main ones. I think at last count I have at least 5 Zeirahs sprinkled across various realms and across different games too tbh. I definitely have a GW2 and an ESO Zeirah as well.

But after a while I moved away from having them all named the same and wanted distinct names for them all. One convention I really noticed is that I tend to have a lot of names end in ‘a’ – Zeera, Elkina, Eleara, Amarlia, Arzira, Jazria as well as lately ‘ri’ – Zelmeri, Zidari, Ivari, . I also really like names that can be shortened to a 3 letter name, Zee, Ele, Jaz etc. Though there’s always outliers – my Pally rather than getting called Ama, is always referred to as Marli.

If I’m really stuck for a name, I’ll hit the random generator enough times to find a name that I can shorten to something suitable in my mind and that also looks pleasing to the eye. It’s part of why I love Zeirah so much, I love the way the letters actually look in combination together. When I changed my main toon’s name to Zeera, so the pronunciation would be easier for people,  it took a long while for me to get used to the look of the letters and actually like the way it was written  but now I find I actually adore the Zee start to the name and it makes it much easier for other people to shorten.

I realised when I changed my Shaman from Goblin to Draenei just how much their appearance/race dictates their name. As a tiny little Goblin, Totzie was a great name, a combination of a subtle play on words to suggest a small Zee but it also seemed to really suit a goblin. Once she became a  tall statuesque Draenei, it just didn’t seem to suit her.  Along the same lines my Panda Monks name is Zhii, which is pronounced the way I shorten my main’s name but also seems to suit the theme of monk in looks and sound.

So how do you pick names for your toons?

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 18: Random little things in WoW

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.   This fortnight’s topic is to share the little random things we’ve come across in WoW.

My most random thing is found in one of my favourite places in Azeroth; Greymane Manor in the Ruins of Gilneas. I found a chair that must have been placed into the game backwards because when you sit on it, you’re forced into staring at the wall.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 17: Best Dressed

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.   This fortnight’s topic is all about our favourite transmog.

I love being able to transmog and spend a lot of time making up outfits for all my toons. It kills me a little bit that my favourite outfits are not on a leather class, I find leather sets a bit boring compared to the really gorgeous cloth and plate sets that are around, and the majority of my time is spent on a leather-wearer /sigh. Since the new appearance tab came in, a huge chunk of my time is now spent running all my toons through as many old raids as possible to gather up all the sets and then once that’s done, I’ll start on dungeons for even more pieces. There’s so many gorgeous transmog pieces I’m missing.

I usually make outfits out of random pieces I pick and choose so my toons are always dressed in random outfits rather than actual sets. I don’t have a favourite set, it changes almost daily, so my toons pretty much are always being dressed and re-dressed each day, depending on my mood,  but I do have a few sets that I like so much I save so I can always come back to them.

While I don’t really dress them according to class fantasy, I do find that I tend to stay away from outfits that really don’t suit a particular theme, like putting a druid-themed staff on my warlock or skulls on my paladin.

Cloth

  Leather

It actually drives me a little crazy that two of my favourite leather pieces I can’t use on Zee.  The pink/purple sandals of the insurgent don’t show up on a troll and the brown skirt is from the Kureni which is Alliance only.

Mail

Plate

Actually writing this post highlighted just how little nice mail and plate I have, so I need to get into some raids to be able to dress up my toons!