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.

 

 

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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!

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 16: Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

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 was  suggested by Syrco from Syrco Owl and it’s to talk about if there is a zone in WoW that reminds us of home.

This is a really interesting topic, especially given how wildly different the various zones in Azeroth are but I really dragged my feet on writing this one as I had a lot of trouble thinking about any place in WoW that I could identify instantly with my home. Home in itself is such a tricky thing to define; is it where I live now, in one of the biggest capital cities in Australia, or is it the city I love the most but I only lived there for a really short time but hope to move back to, or is it where I grew up? I decided I better stop dragging my feet and I finally picked the town where I grew up to see if there is a similar place in Azeroth. The place I lived when I was little is probably the place I think of as home, even though most of my family have all relocated to other cities apart from my Grandma.

The town I grew up in was, and still is, a  tiny little country town where everyone knew everyone else and a heck of a lot of the people were related or their families had been living there for generations. It was a really nice place to grow up, and while I occasionally think about how awesome it would be to leave a big city and go back to the country, I don’t think I ever could. I’ve got too used to the conveniences of a capital city where you can find pretty much anything at any time of the day.

In WoW, there’s no one real zone that captures all the elements, though the closest that would come would be Elwynn Forest. My town’s origins came from timber, cattle and farming, and Elywnn forest has all of that.

I’m going home for my Grandma’s  90th birthday next weekend, it’ll be the first time my full extended family have all been gathered in the one place for a long while.  I’m actually really excited to see my home town and see if all the places I remember are there, even though it does mean no living in Azeroth while I’m there.

 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 14: The funniest way you have died

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  comes to us courtesy of regular contributor, Ann,and it’s about the funniest way you have died.

I can’t really think of the one way that would be the funniest way I have died.  All my toons have had a lot of deaths, and on all of them the top cause of death is from falling. At least I’m consistent. Z alone has had 145 deaths from falling.  Displacer beast has stopped Z from a lot more deaths now, as you can pop it just above the ground and it will safely teleport you to the ground. I really like throwing Z off tall cliffs and landing safely on the ground, most of the time.

The most memorable death I have though, is on my hunter when I was doing a guild dgn in Grim Batol and I merrily disengaged off a platform into the abyss below. To be honest it wasn’t that exciting but it has always stuck in my mind for some reason.

What I won’t ever forget though is the most memorable death I’ve caused. It was in Hellfire Citadel and we were fighting Blackhand and from a noobish moment, I ended up flying through the air and off the platform, falling towards the lava pit at the bottom. In mid-flight I manged to get a battle rez off on Cinder. I was quite proud of myself because I couldn’t save myself but I figured at least a healer would be up.. right until Cinder rezzed in the air off the platform, to fall to her death in the lava pit below too.  That was fun.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 13: The WoW race you just can’t stand

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 was  suggested by Thebmatt from Your Quest Log Is Full and it’s for us to talk about the WoW race we really don’t like.

There aren’t actually any playable races that I don’t really like, though when I look at my alts I can see distinct bias towards the ones I actually do play. However, there are lots of non playable races that drive me crazy. Murlocs and Harpies with their screeches are pretty high up on my list but the absolute worst though, is the Thistleleaf npcs that can be found in Val’sharah. Their voices are so annoying!

The lines they randomly say are funny when written down:

“This one’s slow. Someone get me a dagger!”
“Oh yeah, come on, come at me!”
“Ohhhh, let’s kill it!”
“I just soiled myself”
“Can’t see…too much pain.”
“Just wanted…a little fun.”

but their voices.. ugh. I actually find myself getting really cross when I have to go into their areas if there’s a world quest up because I have to listen to these horrid little imps. There has been quite a few times WoW has been muted just so I can get my questing done in peace.

My extreme dislike of these npcs means I will actually go out of my way to avoid the areas they are in when I’m passing through Val’Sharah just so I don’t have to hear to them.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 12: Design your own Zone

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

My all time favourite zone is the Ruins of Gilneas.  I love the spooky deserted English/Scottish countryside feel of it.  I head up there fairly regularly just to spend time exploring in the deserted Gilneas, poking my head into all the gorgeous little houses and wandering through the rooms of Greymane Manor.

I’ve made quite a few Worgens to get to see Gilneas in its hey-day. One of my biggest regrets about the zone is that more of the houses in Gilneas city itself aren’t able to be entered into. It would be awesome to be to click on a door and have it open so you can go see inside. Given how much I Iove Gilneas, it shouldn’t be surprising that I really enjoy going to visit Bradensbrook in Legion, as it uses a lot of the same architecture and feel of the zone.

So if I could design any zone; I would want to actually take the existing Ruins of Gilneas and modify it a little into an awesome enchanted adventure zone. I’d like to see secret passages inserted into Greymane Manor that you can activate by clicking random panels on the wall and get to wander through secret rooms hidden away. Or stepping on  specific floor boards that then open up staircases that lead down into winding tunnels that could come out into main city or even down onto the beach. I want a library inserted that has all of the readable books that are currently available in the game in the one place, and I would put in  extra books where the text is actually clues or maps to follow to go find random treasure chests.

I’d like quest givers to be there but their quests would be randomized each time you talk to them and offer a series of riddles or clues that you would have to solve to reach the next part of the chain or next quest giver.

One of my favourite books when I was little was the Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. So I think the insertion of a big spooky forest that you could wander through with daily shifting paths that lead to secret little dells with random portals  that lead to other places would be awesome. No names or distinguishing features on the portals so stepping through them is an adventure in itself as you wouldn’t know where you might end up. You wouldn’t be going to this zone with your hearth on CD. Oh and no big spiders in this forest, we’ll stick to populating it with the cuter critters of Azeroth.

I would adore to be able to have a zone that you can just visit solely for the purposes of exploring and each time it’d be slightly different so exploring and meandering through it would feel a little new each visit.