Mr & Mrs WoW Community Project

The lovely folks over at Mr & Mrs WoW have a brilliant project going on at the moment to get some positivity back in to the WoW community. They have asked:

What I propose is that we all list the top 3 things in Warcraft that we LOVE. The things that make us play the game. The events, places, achievements, battlegrounds… whatever it is that floats your boat. The more ideas we get the better – so many people haven’t heard or haven’t bothered with certain things because they don’t know (enough) about it. Let’s change that. Let’s give the community our joy of the game back.

What a brilliant idea! There really is so much negativity flying around in the community at the moment, so I think something the highlight the positives is a brilliant idea.

So, without further ado, my top 3 things in World of Warcraft that I love.

  1. Playing with the awesome people in my guild. 
    I’ve been so fortunate to find a guild that is as silly as I am. They are do funny and generous and just make the game so much more fun. Having played for about 4-5 months on my own with no-one in guild was sad, and really reiterated how much more enjoyable this game is when you’ve got other people to play it with. 
  2. The music
    The music in game is spectacular. Sometimes it can be heartbreaking (the music that plays in the destroyed Vale gets me every time), or downright terrifying (Naxxramas, anyone?). The music is always epic, even when it’s subtle. Definitely a favourite.
  3. My pet’s footprints in the snow
    It sounds silly, I know, but the changing sound of footprints as we walk over different surfaces has always fascinated me. I squealed the first time I realised I could also hear, and see, my pet’s footprints in the snow, as well as my own! I love little things like this! The sound of the map opening and closing as I get my bearings, the sound of the different types of loot going in to my bags – little sounds that immerse me in the world of Azeroth.
  4. Bonus: the sound that plays when I accept and complete quests
    This brings me back to the first day I played WoW, and still gets me every time. It makes me think of hunting and learning and ADVENTURE! And adventuring is what it’s all about. 

So there we are – my favourite things. If you’d like to be involved in the project, please do! Go check out this entry on Mr & Mrs WoW’s blog and join in. 

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Higher Learning

My gorgeous new Kirin Tor Familiar from completing the Higher Learning achievement in Dalaran. Took me about a month to get in the end, but well worth it. 

Meet Cinderstorm

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*I WILL KILL YOU!!!!*
*just kidding, guys* 🙂

Meet my Shaman, Cinderstorm. 

[my first gif! Thanks to JULIETA-RAVENCREST for the inspiration. More to come soon]

my favourite mount

Do you have a bucket load of mounts? Do you have a hard time choosing a favourite to keep on your action bars? Do you forget that awesome mount you got that one time that you used only once and have ignored since then because it didn’t match the totally awesome transmog you got the next day? Do you feel guilty searching through your Mounts window, scrolling past dozens of never-used dragons and horses and bears and dinosaurs and other fun beasts, hearing their sad little voices weeping for your attention? Well worry no more! Blizzard now takes the trouble of choosing your favourite child out of your hands with a fantastic new button:

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YAY!

I haven’t been having too much luck with the WoD beta of late. The servers seem to crash after I’ve been on for a few minutes, so I’m not had much chance to explore (though I did get a good 10 minutes doing the quests as you come through the Dark Portal – some good stuff there!). 

So whilst I don’t have much info in the way of Shaman changes, I have been finding some fun new things that (I think!) will make playing just that bit sweeter. I’ve already gone through the Toy Box, today I’m bringing in what could easily be the best thing in the game – Summing random mounts.

I have a few mounts (121 so far – still a ways to go!). And I’ve been quite fortunate to score a few rares, too. So it pains me to play favourites and have only 1 or 2 on my bars for quick mounting. But thanks to Blizzard, I don’t have to feel guilty about it any more! 

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Within your mounts tab, you now have the option to add mounts to your favourites list. Just right-click on the mount you want to add, and click Set Favorite. From what I’ve seen so far, you can set quite a few. I managed to add about 28 to my list before the servers booted me out. So you shouldn’t have to ignore too many of your children!

Once you’ve added the mount to your favourites, they will appear at the top of your Mounts list, and will have a gold star on them.

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And that’s it! Click that little yellow horse icon on the top right corner of your Mounts list and a random mount will be under you in no time! (well that sounds worse than intended). To make things easier, you can drag that yellow icon on to your action bars so you don’t have to open the Mounts list all the time. 

I like this little feature. If possible, I’ll probably add all of my mounts to my favourites list – I think it will be a lot of fun seeing more of the mounts I’ve collected over the years but never used for whatever reason.  

How many favourites will you have?

Monk tanking adventures

Well I’m finally home again.

After a few hiccups, I managed to get my access to the WoD beta working, but can’t actually connect to anything. Doesn’t seem to like me! Which is disappointing because I’m really keen to test out the resto shaman healing. I’ve been reading a few comments on the forums – a couple have said it’s quite boring. I wouldn’t be surprised. For me, the biggest disappointment is losing mobility. I hate the idea of just standing still and healing. I like to get in there, more around a bit – feel like I’m part of the fight. But we’ll see. Maybe it’s not so bad.

So instead, I fitted out my monk in some tank gear from the timeless isle and went in to the proving grounds for a bit of a laugh. I was levelling as a monk as part of the Loremaster achievement and quite enjoyed it, so decided I’d try max level monk tanking. I didn’t do too badly. It helped a LOT having my bf sitting beside me telling me how to actually play it (he’s a brilliant monk tank – taught me some very neat tricks!). In the end, I got through bronze and silver pretty quickly. Only took 3 attempts on silver to get it. Had one go at gold and laughed and decided I’d done enough. I may try again later. For now, I’m pretty happy that I got to silver. It means that if I do decide (for some crazy reason!) to tank in WoD I’ve met the requirements to do dungeons.

Beta beta beta!!!

I won a Warlords of Draenor beta key from WowHead! I’m so excited!! Although of course I’m still interstate at the moment so won’t get to try things out until the end of the week.
I will be focusing on my shaman and (where possible) testing out the healing changes, so stay tuned! And if there’s anything shammy-specific (ele or resto) let me know and I’ll do my best to get some answers for you. 🙂

Loremaster is DONE

Loremaster

I finally finished Loremaster! Here are some of my favourite moments from this incredibly long (but wonderfully fun!) journey. 

little bit AFK

Sorry I haven’t been around much. Work has been a little too stupid of late and  I haven’t had much time to do the tumblr thing. I got loads to post about, though! So expect some updates soon. 🙂

20 Days of Blogging – Day 15 Desktop background

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog


Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game

Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

Day 09 – Your first blog post

Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

Day 14 – This upsets you

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)

Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)

Day 18 – Your favourite outfit

Day 19 – In your bags/bank

Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it


My desktop picture at home is usually a screenshot I’ve taken. At the moment it’s of cherry blossoms in Jade Forest. 

At work, however, I have this: 

This is from Dark Legacy Comics Extras – http://darklegacycomics.com/extras

I chose it because it cracks me up. It’s simple, but gives me a good giggle, which is always nice to have at work. There are a bunch of other great wallpapers there, too. Check ‘em out! 🙂

Raiding again

blah! Tumblr ate my post. Now I have to try to remember what I said!

A couple of weeks ago I applied to a guild on my server. As my gear was too low for current tier, I was looking to join for Warlords of Draenor. They invited me to the guild and I’ve been hanging out there casually for almost 2 weeks. 

Cut to last night. I’m cursing my way through proving grounds (finally got to gold on my shaman – one shot it all on my holy pally, but shaman has been a nightmare for me) when there’s a message in guild chat for raiders to get in to mumble. That always gets me nervous – out of raid chats usually mean something bad. Not being a raider I just got on with what I was doing. Then a whole bunch of people logged off. I thought “this is it – no more raid team. And I didn’t even get to raid with them in WoD”. Sure enough, shortly after I get a whisper from one of the offers “Hey man”. Ah crap, I’m thinking this is it. 

Officer: “hey man”
Me: “hiya”
Officer: “so just wondering if you’re free to raid tonight?”
Officer: “actually I mean are you right to join the core raid team for current tier?”
Me: “sure!”
Officer: “great. See you tonight”
Me: “oki doki”

Not at all how I thought things were going to go. But yay!

These guys are on heroics, but have had a couple of people leave due to boredom (which baffles me – there’s so much still to do in this game!!) so they’re looking to carry me and another guy through normals to get some gear before we have a crack at the heroics again. 

I think I did ok. My gear was still low so I was never going to be awesome, but I did outheal one of the other healers who was far more geared than me, so that made me feel quit good. 

It was nice to be in a group of people, chatting away while we kill things. I didn’t speak last night. Mostly because I was using mumble for the first time. It’s mot massively mac friendly so I thought my push to talk button wasn’t working the whole raid. It was only at the end that I realised it may very well have been working, I was just a moron. So maybe next raid I’ll talk. The nerving thing is – I’m most likely the only girl in the group (pretty sure I heard everyone else speak). So I’m a bit nervous about that. But they seem like decent guys – yeah there were a few butt jokes, but seriously who doesn’t like a good bum joke?! And there were times when conversations could have gone in to un-fun territory, but they were always brought back to a better place. People had digs at each other as people do, but nothing was malicious. It was just fun jokes between mates. 

Anyway, during the run last night (we got up to Siegecrafter before calling it a night) I managed to get: 

  • tier helm
  • tier shoulders
  • tier chest
  • tier gloves
  • shield
  • 2x trinkets (including one bis slot for this level)

Not a bad haul! (Though I did spend 7 bonus rolls getting a few pieces). I gemmed and enchanted everything last night, and will figure out which items I’ll upgrade tonight. 

I’m just very excited to be raiding again. I hope they keep me!

20 days of blogging – Day 13 People you admire

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog


Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game

Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

Day 09 – Your first blog post

Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

Day 14 – This upsets you

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)

Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)

Day 18 – Your favourite outfit

Day 19 – In your bags/bank

Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
AND
Day 14 – This upsets you

Both of these are easily combined here. 

I admire anyone in game who is kind to other players and doesn’t automatically treat others like crap because they’re new. Anyone willing to help others out is great in my books. Jerks upset me. 

I admire raid leaders that don’t completely lose their minds when they raid lead people who are doing all sorts of daft things. People that insist on doing stupid things in raids upset me (as do people who don’t show up, who complain about being sat for a fight, who ignore the raid leader’s instructions, who complain about loot distribution etc.)

I admire people who stand up against those who are jerks in game. Anyone who calls someone out for being sexist/racist etc. gets a gold star. People that live up to the stereotype of an asshole gamer upset me. 

And situations like this upset me. 

Rant

I have rage-quit 2 LFRs this week out of sheer frustration of inconsiderate people. (As a side note – LFR is the only raiding option available to me at the moment, given I am not in a raid team, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be there!). 

The first LFR was on the weekend, going in to Gates of Retribution. As we’re starting the Galakras trash the paladin tank says “Just a heads up – I’ve not been in here before, so any advice is appreciated.” A few people groaned (including myself TO myself) and a few people went so far as to start saying already to “kick the noob”. The pally went on to say that he’d taken a break from WoW after WoTLK, that he was a fast learner so we’d be right. We wiped 4 times on Galakras, and not a single wipe was due to the pally tank. In fact, he was pretty awesome, and you could tell he’d tanking in the past. Without being told, he had the sense to turn the drakes away from the group etc. Just the little things that a decent tank will do that shows he knows how to be a tank. 

We head off to Iron Juggernaut, and again he asks for some advice. No-one gave him any, so I whispered him that when he’s not tanking, to not stand in front of the boss so his stacks drop properly. He said thanks. We went on to one shot the boss. 

Then we head over to Kor’kron Dark Shamans. There were a few wipes in the trash as the tanks were trying to tank things together that needed to be separated. Again, the pally mentioned he hadn’t been there before, so if anyone could tell him things then all would be good. Again, no-one said anything (to be fair, he could have gotten whispers, but given this group, I doubt it.) The first boss wipe happened because both tanks went in and started tanking the boss inside the building, rather than having them reset and brought out. The second wipe happened because the pally tank was near the doorway when the bosses respawned. That was the final straw for the jerks of the group, who went on to swear quite profusely at the pally, calling him all manner of names and telling him to “f**k off”. He said “I said at the start that I hadn’t been in here before. How was I supposed to know that this is where they would respawn? They were in the other room before!” to which people did not pay any attention to. I chimed in at this point and said “Guys, knock it off. He said at the start he hadn’t been in here before. He has been perfectly fine tanking us through this so far – cut him some slack.” Then the vote-to-kick window popped up. I smashed the “no” button as soon as I could and was in the middle of typing out another rant when the vote was approved, and the guy was kicked. I cracked it, saying “you’re a bunch of dickheads. He was doing fine, you didn’t have to kick him, you absolute morons.” and then I left the instance. (It’s worth pointing out that I was carrying the heals throughout all of the fights so far, so they were pretty stuffed unless they got a decent replacement). 

I just couldn’t approve of the behaviour of kicking people who are just giving it a go. And this guy was awesome. He was doing so well. I felt so bad for him – I imagined him sitting there being keen to get back in to playing the game, only to be surrounded by rude morons who think they are so much better than everyone that they feel they can talk to others like they’re trash, and kick them for making a simple mistake. The other issue I had here was that I’m pretty sure the other tank had no idea what they were doing, either, but never bothered to say anything. He made the same mistakes as the pally at Shamans. But it was the pally who was honest who got kicked, and the guy doing the same thing was left alone. 

*breathe*

The second rage quite was last night. Again in Gates of Retribution on the Galakras fight. Again, I’m carrying the heals, and healing my butt off through dps that stand in fire/poison smoke/skull cracker and tanks that don’t turn fire breathing drakes away. It’s fine, I’m used to that. But we wiped because one of the NPCs died as a result of no-one stopping any of the Bonecrushers from doing their Fracture ability. As the raid is resetting, people are whinging that we have to do it again. Someone had said “the healers need to heal the NPCs” to which I replied “we can’t – they have millions of health. It’s a waste of time and heals. The Bonecrushers just need to be stunned so the NPCs don’t get hit”. Someone else did ^ to what I was saying. By this point the fight is just starting again when a smart assed DPS shaman chips in with “Actually, you can heal them. I can crit heal almost a million on my shaman”. I cracked it and said “Then you fucking heal” and left the group in the middle of the fight. 

I know it’s a bit immature, but I’m really sick of the attitude that dps can just tunnel and do whatever they want, and it’s up to the healers to deal with all of the mechanics. I’m sick of the attitude that “I’m fucking amazing and all you peons are crap”. 

My reactions were a bit over the top, I know this. But I’m just so very done with the attitude of so many players. Sometimes you can get amazing groups (rare as they are) that make LFR tolerable. But most of the time it’s full of people who are just plain rude and think everything they do is perfect and everyone else is a useless noob. I’m particularly tired of dps who just tunnel the boss and ignore all other mechanics and get pissy when people pick them up on it, or we wipe as a result. I mean, why are you in there, then? Why are you even playing the game if you don’t actually enjoy playing it and want to play it the way it’s supposed to be? (I know the answer – they want their loot – but I have to ask, what the hell is the loot for??)

Anyway, that’s my giant rant. I’ll be staying away from LFR for awhile. Maybe one of these days I’ll come across a Flex group that’s not looking for a minimum ilvl of 560 and I might get a chance to play with some people that aren’t giant jerks. But I’m not holding my breath. 

20 Days of Blogging – Day 12 a usual day

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog


Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game

Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

Day 09 – Your first blog post

Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

Day 14 – This upsets you

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)

Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)

Day 18 – Your favourite outfit

Day 19 – In your bags/bank

Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time


There is no such thing as a “usual day” in WoW for me. Which could be why I’m not bored with the game yet. Part of this is to do with having the freedom to do whatever I want in the game – not raiding means I can do what I want, when I want, which is nice (though I do still miss raiding a LOT). 

What I do in game changes all the time, though I suppose there are some things I always do. When I first log in I’ll do my profession dailies on all the toons that still have patterns to learn. (At the moment this is only my Shaman with her Leatherworking.) I also take some time to do my auction house chores (I have a level 1 toon who sells all the greens I get from levelling and other bits and pieces I pick up). 

But other than that, each day is different. At the moment I’m working on the Loremaster achievement on a monk I’m levelling as a Bremaster. It’s pretty good fun. I should be done with Eastern Kingdoms tonight, and then it’s over to Kalimdor. 

I run a few LFRs on my shaman for the valor and the hopes of getting a non-ToT neck and ring, but have not had any luck so far. I need to finish these off this week to take advantage of the Heart of the Valorous buff we’ve all got at the moment. 

Sometimes, though, I’ll just find random things to do. For example, last night I went on the hunt for Lobstmourne. I’d come across one of the elites who dropped 1 of the 6 components required to summon Clawlord Kril’mandar. So off I went on an adventure around Pandaria to get the remaining 5 pieces to get this insane looking fist weapon. I’ll do an entry about it later tonight when I’m home and can show you some screen shots. It only took about half an hour or so to fly around and find everyone. And the fight to get the weapon was simple. Well worth the trip. 

And if all else fails, I’ll go hand out in the Vale and kill Mogu mobs in the hopes that I’ll get more Skyshards for the Alani mount. (one can only dream!)

Got my shammy a new outfit today. Had maxed out JP for ages so spent them on a few of the Relentless Gladiator’s Earthshaker pieces. I bought the helm, too, but after wearing it for a bit decided I didn’t like it much, so am going without for the moment. Waist is just my current Binkenstein’s Burnished Belt that I got from Ordos. Weapon is my cruddy LFR Horned Mace of the Old Ones and my shield is Norushen’s Enigmatic Barrier (again, LFR version)

Not everything is perfect, but it will do for now. Suggestions for a helm would be great! 

20 Days of blogging – day 11 Bad habits and flaws

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog


Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game

Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

Day 09 – Your first blog post

Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

Day 14 – This upsets you

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)

Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)

Day 18 – Your favourite outfit

Day 19 – In your bags/bank

Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

I don’t really know where to begin this. I have loads of bad habits and flaws! I figure I should keep this WoW related as I have with everything else. 

The worst habit I have is that I don’t use my cooldowns nearly as often as I should. I’m always conscious of overhealing, so I tend to save my CDs for when they’re really needed. But sometimes a fight could go better if I just use them earlier.  My reluctance has come from raiding in a guild where the raid leader would ask us to hold off on using CDs until they were called for. Which is totally fine with me – Raid Leaders are trying to control the fights so I had no issues with doing what was asked of me. However after that, I found I just wasn’t using them at all. 

I’m getting a lot better at this now, though. I find playing my shaman, I have a lot of utility that can be helpful in fights, so I’m clicking away when I can. I suppose I’m a little more confident now, too. I always saw CDs as these big magical things that should only be used on special occasions. 🙂 

Another bad WoW habit I have is that I drink a lot when I play. Especially Pepsi Max. The downside is that makes me need to pee all the freaking time. Which can be annoying for others (though I make sure to hold it until an appropriate time… or I’m about to burst). 

That’s enough bad stuff from me 🙂

20 Days of Blogging – day 10

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog


Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game

Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

Day 14 – This upsets you

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)

Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)

Day 18 – Your favourite outfit

Day 19 – In your bags/bank

Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 10 – Blog/website favourites

I know – I really dropped the ball on this one! But I still want to finish it this. 

So! I’m splitting this in to two sections – websites I go to that are WoW related that help me with the game, and WoW blogs I read cos they have awesome stories and advice and stuff. 

WoW blogs

Here’s a list of all the WoW blogs I follow. I use feedly to keep track of them all, though to be fair there are a LOT and sometimes I don’t see everything. 

Got a lot of these from the Liebster Awards, which is awesome 🙂

A is for Azeroth and Z is for Zeirah

Alternative Chat

Alts etc

Apple cider mage

Azerothian Life

Harypy’s Nest

Healiocentric

Kamalia et Alia

Mama needs mana

Mana tide totem

Mon plays WoW

Mr and Mrs WoW

Paladins stole my bubbles

Ravyn’s Reliquary

Sentry Totem

Sunshine, Luxypie and Rainbows

The Daily Frostwolf

Thunderspank

Tome of the Ancient

Tree heals go woosh

Wind lashed

WoW adventurer

WoW Misadventures

Useful WoW sites

Ask Mr Robot 
I actually pay for the subscription to this. With the new in-game Add-on, I have to say it’s totally worth it. 

MMO Champion
Sometimes I go in and laugh at all the QQing that goes on in the comments on this site. It’s hilarious. But in all honestly, I love MMO champ for the information and the heads up on things. 

Wowhead
Again, pretty standard for people to go here. Plethora of knowledge. 🙂

Icy Veins
Always a starting point for me when I’m levelling a toon I know nothing about. And I go back again later when I’ve hit 90 and am ready to raid. Very useful. 

Dark Legacy Comics
Seriously, hilarious stuff!

What a long, strange trip it’s been

I’ve been seriously working on this for awhile now. Not as long as others – only a year (probably around when the Midsummer festival was on last year). It was around then that I realised I only had a few bits and pieces to go before I would have this achievement. So I worked my butt off on it. And it really has been an insane journey. Mostly because I don’t pvp, so any achievements (like the Children’s Week achievements) that require pvp drive me up the wall. I suck at it. But I persevered. 

The Warsong Gulch part of the Children’s Week achievement was the hardest for me. I had misread what I needed to do and had done about 5 runs trying to capture a flag. Eventually I did. My heart was pounding, my hands shaking, thinking “this is it! I’m going to get it!” The flag capped…. and nothing happened (other than getting the Capture the Flag achievement). You should have heard me swearing. My orphan was out, I brought the flag to where it needed to go – I’d done it! So where was my achievement? Of course, to get the achievement I needed, I actually had to click on a flag that had been dropped by the enemy…. so back I went a few more times. 

PvP disheartens me. I’m quite bad at it, and because I have no pvp gear, I’m either yelled at by fellow team members for being a noob, or am constantly targeted by the enemy as an easy target. I was getting increasingly disheartened as every time I came close to the enemy with the flag, I’d get pounded on by the enemy and die before I even got a chance to hit on the target. I whinged in the instance chat that I was never going to get it. The enemy grabbed our flag again, though, and I dutifully chased him down. This time there was a group of us all together trying to get this guy down. It was intense – he kept self healing and stunning and I nearly died. And then all of a sudden he died, and the flag was dropped. I clicked my little heart out (not really knowing where to click anyway) and then it happened:

All my achievements popped up at once, AND we won the BG. I was jumping up and down in my seat, screaming as quietly as possible so as not to wake up my bf. I was thrilled. 

Here I am on my beautiful new violet pro to-drake:

I think I might have this as my desktop wallpaper for awhile. 🙂

It was all hard work, but I got it in the end, and I’m stoked. 

Liebster awards! (part 2)

This last week I was flattered to be nominated not once, but twice for a Liebster Award! Thank you to Zeirah and Calidyn! I’m going to do this in 2 posts, too, so I don’t take up too much space. Here is part 1!

So! What is a Liebster award, you may be asking? I asked myself the same thing, because, even though I’ve been blogging online in some form or another for almost 20 years (holy crap that’s a long time!), I’m not great with the whole blogging “culture”. I’ve always been on the outside looking in. So off I went to investigate, and taking a page out of Calidyn’s book, I’m stealing a quote:

“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.”

It’s just a nice way to share some blogging love. (This blog has a great run down of how this has changed over the years)

Part 2 has questions from Calidyn.

1. What made you start playing WoW?

I’ve written about this in this entry. The TL:DR version is that my boyfriend made me do it 😉

2. What made you start blogging?

Covered in part 1. 

3. Is there any blog post you’re particularly proud of?

Hmmm this is a good question. I think probably this one, in which I have a tanty about how some women gamers present themselves. 

4. Is there any piece of advice you wish someone had given you before you started blogging?

Not really. I know what I need to work on with regards to my writing. My biggest issue is being a lazy so-and-so. 🙂

5. Name one character from MoP you’d like to see in a future expansion.

oh good question. I always had a soft spot for Aysa Cloudsinger and Ji Firepaw. I like to think that Aysa saved him and that he’s recovered. I’d love to see them come back to the game and fight together… but then I would probably rather see them live happily ever after together. 

6. Is there a class or spec that you’ve never played that you’d really like to try one day?

I’ve had a few goes at playing a druid and have been pretty crap. I had started levelling a druid again before I switched servers. I started her again on Barth, and then used my 90 boost to boost a different druid to 90 (original Horde druid I made was troll… and I just didn’t like her. Made a tauren instead). When I boosted her, I basically got her to learn both gathering professions, levelled them to max and she hasn’t done anything since. I would like to have a crack at druid healing, but need to read up on how to actually do it… I’m thinking I’ll have a go at this over the Easter break. 

7. Dungeons or scenarios? Why?

Dungeons all the way. I passionately hate scenarios. I never know what on earth I’m doing, no-one talks to each other and I never know where I’m going. Hate them! At least with dungeons there’s a structure. 

8. What are you looking forward to the most in WoD?

New levelling and stories! New stuff! Really nervous about the healing changes… am keeping a close eye on them.

9. If you could have any WoW ability in real life, what would that be?

I think being a healer in real life would be pretty amazing. Though I reckon spinning crane kick would be spectacular! 😉

10. If they were a playable race, would you play a murloc? What class?

Hehe! That would be really fun. I think they’d need to be a caster – can’t really imagine them being melee range kicking around. Although, how funny would a DK murloc look! Actually that’s a pretty terrifying image in my head.

11. Tea or coffee?

Tea, though as I mentioned in part 1, I only really like English Breakfast/Melbourne Breakfast. I do like coffee, but I’m also very fussy about how I have it. Well, I’m fussy about my tea, too. I much prefer to make my own beverages… I’m far too fussy. 

So that’s part 2 done! I’m supposed to nominate 11 other blogs for this, but I don’t know any who haven’t already done this. So I thought I’d link to a bunch of new blogs I found by doing this whole thing. Go give them a visit and say hey! 🙂

Liebster Awards! (part 1)

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This last week I was flattered to be nominated not once, but twice for a Liebster Award! Thank you to Zeirah and Calidyn! I’m going to do this in 2 posts, too, so I don’t take up too much space. Here is part 1!

So! What is a Liebster award, you may be asking? I asked myself the same thing, because, even though I’ve been blogging online in some form or another for almost 20 years (holy crap that’s a long time!), I’m not great with the whole blogging “culture”. I’ve always been on the outside looking in. So off I went to investigate, and taking a page out of Calidyn’s book, I’m stealing a quote:

“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.”

It’s just a nice way to share some blogging love. (This blog has a great run down of how this has changed over the years)

Since I received her nomination first, I’ll be answering Zeirah’s questions first. 

1. What is your favourite zone in wow?

my favourite zone from this expansion is Vale of Eternal Blossoms. I loved the lead up to this zone – the secrecy about a magical place, the little previews from quests in the Valley of Four Winds, convincing the Celestials to let us in to the Vale, and then finally walking in and seeing it – beautiful!

And then Garrosh went and screwed things up, and now it looks thoroughly depressing. I was shocked when it first happened. I knew it had happened, but it was really awful zoning in for the first time and seeing just how badly it was destroyed. I flew around looking at all of the destruction. And then I heard the music. It had changed from being generally beautiful music to something incredibly sad. It was the sound of the mourning of the Vale and it broke my heart. 

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Honourable mentions include Dragonblight and Timless Isle (it’s like a giant easter egg hunt!!).

2. What is your idea of a perfect day?

There are a multitude of things that would make a perfect day. But for me, the only things that will guarantee me a good day are not setting my alarm and waking up whenever I want to, and seeing Thor’s face when I wake up and go to sleep (I know – nauseating much! Can’t help it – love the guy!).

3. If you could be any npc, who would it be and why?

This is tough, I mean, where do you start? I’m gonna go with….. Lorewalker Cho! Dude loves his lore, and that makes me happy 🙂

4. Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Tea. I drink a LOT of it. Just English Breakfast or Melbourne Breakfast – I don’t like fruit or herbal teas or anything. Just plain, simple, tea. With milk and far too much sugar 🙂

5. Why do you blog?

I’ve written a bit about this in this entry. I think another reason I specifically blog WoW stuff is that it’s a nice way to explore the world of Azeroth outside of the game itself. I love reading about other people’s adventures in the game. Especially when I’m at work – nice way to district myself from a cruddy day. 

6. What would you tell a brand new wow player about the game?

I’d tell them:

  • say goodbye to your spare time
  • do things slowly and enjoy the story
  • remember – at the end of the day, it’s only a game. If you stop enjoying it, it’s time to reevaluate what you’re doing in the game, or walk away. 

7. If you could pick any theme for the next expansion what would it be?

When I was levelling my Warlock I took a trip to some different areas to quest. One of these led me to a quest line and scenes of the Infinite Dragonflight. I looked in to their history and involvement in the game lore and was fascinated. I guess everyone who’s played the gam along enough has probably had enough of them, but reading through some of their history, I can’t help but wonder if they’re just misunderstood? Sometimes it looks like they were trying to help… but maybe I’m reading it all wrong. 

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image from WoW Insider article: http://wow.joystiq.com/2007/08/27/killing-your-grandfather-what-happens-if-you-wipe-in-the-cavern/

I’m looking forward to Warlords of Draenor, though. 

8. What is your favourite mount?

I had a go at answering this one here. But honestly, my favourite changes all the darn time. At the moment I’m loving my dread raven mount for flying (has a very peaceful flying sound effect) and the hearthsteed mount for ground mount. One of my favourite things about WoW are the sounds effects – when you’re riding a horse, you get that satisfying “clip clop” sound horses have. But even better – when you’re on a horse in the snow it’s muffled and crunchy sounding; when you’re on a stone bridge it’s louder and sharper; when you’re on wood it’s deeper. 

9. What cheers you up?

Blowing things up in WoW, reading, ice-cream…

10. Glass half full or half empty?

Both. It depends on the situation. I try to see both sides of everything, so will look from a positive side and a negative, but I don’t really let my view of the glass determine how I’ll react to a situation. I just do what needs to be done. 

11. Whats your favorite thing to do in wow?

I love levelling. 🙂 I really do. I’m slowly making my way through the Loremaster achievement in my spare time, though lately I’ve been focussing on getting through the legendary quests for my shaman so that she has a better survival chance when WoD drops. 

That’s it! On to part 2 with questions from Calidyn. 

Hearthstone on iPad!!

I’m so excited! Hearthstone is out on iPad! Can I please go home now so I can play? Here’s the info on the Hearthstone website (which is also where I grabbed the above pic from).

For those of you who can’t find the app on the iTunes store, here’s a link for you: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8

So far it’s just Australia, New Zealand and Canada, with the rest to follow soon. Have to say, it’s a nice change for something to be available in Australia before the US. 

20 Days of Blogging – Day 9

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog


Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game

Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites

Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws

Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time

Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

Day 14 – This upsets you

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)

Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)

Day 18 – Your favourite outfit

Day 19 – In your bags/bank

Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 09 – Your first blog post

Don’t really know what to say other than to give you a link to my first blog post…. So here it is

20 Days of Blogging – Day 8

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

I’m not very good at these types of things. I need a firm list of questions! But I will try my best.

1. I’m terrified of mirrors. Espeically mirrors in bathrooms. So much so that sometimes I wonder if I was murdered/attacked in a bathroom is a past life.

2. I hate the Sound of Music. And Annie. And any other musical with children in it. I only figured this out the other day, actually. I know I’ve always hated these shows but couldn’t put my finger on why this was. But it turns out I’m just horrible and hate child actors.

3. I have a little brother. He’s only one year younger than me, but I will always call him my baby brother. He’s in the navy and is pretty awesome (even if we did try to kill each other when we were younger!)

4. I don’t drink alcohol. Not for any particular statement or cause. I just don’t like it. I don’t like the taste, I don’t like how expensive it is, and most of all I don’t like people who drink it in excess. I also don’t like losing control of my actions etc. It stems from some bad experiences I had as a teenager with others who were drunk – I’d just rather not be in those situations again.
Sometimes it makes social occasions a little difficult, only in that some people really just don’t understand when I say I’m happy with a glass of coke. But for the most part people are fine.

5. I haven’t thrown up since 1996. The last time I threw up I was 12 and had just had my tonsils out. You can imagine that wouldn’t be a pleasant experience. It was traumatic and painful enough to make me terrified of throwing up since. It’s because of this, that my biggest fear about having children is getting morning sickness.

6. I used to play violin, then clarinet, then piano. One of my proudest moments was learning to play this piece on the piano for my final high school music exams:

7. I’m the only person in my family with green eyes.

8. I lived in England as a live-in nanny for a bit over a year. There sure are a bunch of stories from that adventure! But one of the ones that sticks out most to me:
I do a joke that my Mum used to do with us when we were kids (and actually still does now!) – when we go over a speed bump, she would always say “Hold on to your undies!” and we’d grab our undies and hold on. So one morning while driving the kids to school, I see a speed bump coming up and yell out “hold on to your undies!” and the kids all giggle. And Will (who was 6 or 7 at the time) giggled and yelled “I’M NOT WEARING ANY!!” We thought he was joking until i turned around and he’d pulled down his pants to show he wasn’t wearing anything under his school shorts. 
His siblings were mortified, especially when it was revealed that he had sports that day. (The school they went to was the poshest of the posh) So I dropped the kids off to school, then dashed back to the house, grabbed a clean pair of Will’s undies, and had the mortifying task of walking in to the school’s office and announcing to the women on reception that I had Will (surname)’s underpants here – could someone please fetch him so that he could get them? I was thankful they didn’t snicker until I’d at least started to walk away. 

9. I read advice columns to feel better about myself. 

10. I met my boyfriend on twitter. I had tweeted wanting to know what would make my afternoon better, he tweeted back saying “fairy bread” and we’ve been mad about each other since. 🙂 

Ok that took much longer than it should have, but it’s awfully difficult writing about myself in that way! Hopefully some were interesting for you. 🙂

20 Days of Blogging – Day 7

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

I’ve been bad about keeping this up. But there was a good reason! First, I was lazy, then, when I saw what the next topic was, I realised it was a good kick in the butt to do the name change I’d been planning for the longest time.

So! Welcome to Lexicon of Power. Named after the spell books scribes used to need in order to craft glyphs. I think the name suites me. First and foremost, it’s a book, so as if I’m not going to love that. Secondly, it looks pretty. But more than all of that, it’s powerful. And I love the idea of books holding immense power. 

I wanted this to be a space where I can write about all of the WoW things that happen. I want to comment on current happenings with the game (and boy do I have a rant ready about the proposed healing changes!), my adventures and a place to post all the awesome screenshots of the game (because let’s face it – this game can be beautiful at times!)

For anyone who was following me for non-WoW related things, I suggest you follow my other blog, How Now Brown Owl – that’s all the non-WoW related stuff 🙂

20 Days of Blogging – Day 6

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 6 – Your workplace/desk

I didn’t get around to this yesterday, what with being lazy and all (and getting access to Netflix – holy moly!!!). 

So this is my desk. Of course it never looks like this, but I had to tidy up for you guys so you wouldn’t think less of me 😉

You can see my MoP mousepad from the deluxe edition of MoP; my razer naga hex mouse (how I healed without this I’ll never know); my Joss-peration (inspiration from Joss Whedon). I have a bad habit of hanging my necklaces on the side of my computer, though only had one there for a change this time. 

I also did a panorama so you can see the view I’ve got beside me:

We’re up on the 8th floor, and that whole right side of the apartment is windows, making it a nice light apartment. I like it. 🙂 Though have to have the blinds down when I’m in dark zones – can’t see for squat otherwise! 

Anyway, that’s my little desk. 🙂

20 Days of Blogging – Day 5

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 5 – Favourite item(s) in game

Tumblr crashed and lost my almost finished entry 😦 So I have to do this again and I’m a bit too tired for it, so it’s the shortened version.

My favourite things in the game are the mounts. I’ve realised I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to mounts – though not nearly as bad as others. These two are my favourites:

Life-binder’s Handmaiden

I love this mount, because I had to earn it. She dropped from heroic Deathwing back when he was current. I was lucky enough to be one of the people who ended up getting her. I think she’s beautiful. (as are The Blazing Drake and The Twilight Harbinger). I like mounts that you have to earn. Which is why when I finally finish What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, and I get the Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake, I’m sure that will be my favourite for a long time.

Thundering Onyx Cloud Serpent

I know some people don’t like the cloud serpent mounts, and I do agree that at times I get a bit of motion sickness due to the way they fly, but I still like them. Getting this mount was a lovely surprise. It’s a rare drop from an Elite on the Thundering Isle – 1% drop rate apparently. I had made it just in time to get about 2 hits on Houlon before he died. As I was clicking to get the loot, Thor yells “mount! mount!” and there it was – the mount. (If only that trick would work with winning the lotto!)

I just love the lightning on this guy. I think it looks awesome. 

Decisions made

I’ve been blogging a lot lately, I know. I blame the 20 days of blogging for opening that gate! (though I’m not even a little bit sorry for it). 

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about WoW and what I want to get out of it. When my raid team fell apart and everyone left I thought what would make me feel better would be getting in to another raid team, so I was miserable not being in one. Then, as you know, the lovely Z came to my rescue and offered me a place in her guild so that I would have people to talk to. And you know what? WoW is awesome for me again – and I’m not raiding. 

I was thinking about it a lot over dinner – I was thinking about the post I did earlier today about my favourite WoW memories, and whilst some of them are raiding, it was the experience of playing with other people that I loved more than anything else. Raiding is stressful – there are so much pressures and expectations and rules that dictate how you spend your time in game You need to grind X rep to get X item/profession bonus etc, when all you might want to do is bum around and fish for the afternoon, or level an alt, or farm your next transmog. And while the raiding itself can be fun, it can be terrifying. Especially as a healer. 

The whole point of this rambling gibberish is that I’ve decided not to raid anymore. At least not for the rest of this expansion. I’ll probably change my mind somewhere down the line, but until then, I want to enjoy the game. Switching factions has been very eye-opening – there is SO much more to this game! I feel like I’ve only been experiencing half of it (which, really, I have been). What was missing wasn’t the raiding, but the people. And thanks to a kind friend, I’ve got that again. And I’m happy. 🙂

20 Days of Blogging – Day 4

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 4 – Your best WoW memory

This is actually a bit difficult to be honest. I don’t really have one that stands out strongly – though there are a couple of close contenders:

  • Getting all of Heroic Dragon Soul down
    I would run with the alt team in my first guild with my mage. I was always terrified. Always. I never felt good enough to be in the group (though I was hardly the worst in retrospect). The first time we got heroic spine down it was amazing. Loads of cheering. And then heroic Deathwing went down the next week and we were over the moon. And then I won the mount. Holy crap that was a good day. 🙂
  • Raid leading the alt team to getting down Thunder King (normal)
    It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it was to me. I was so proud of everyone – we worked so darn hard for it. 
  • Getting Garrosh down
    This was awesome, but sad at the same time. By this point the raid team was falling apart. Things were incredibly stressful then, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have at the time. To me it was just the stepping stone to going on to heroics, but unfortunately everyone else saw it as a good time to leave. But, we got him down, and we got the mount and the title (and I got a weapon!!) and it was great.
  • Taking a day off work to play Mists of Pandaria the minute it was launched
    Sounds a bit lame, but it was incredible. Nothing worked, lag was bad, but there were so many of us! It felt really cool to be a part of something with all of these other people. I’ll definitely be doing it again when WoD drops – though depending on what day of the week it launches, I may try to take the rest of the week off to do it. 
  • Meeting some awesome people
    The best thing about WoW has definitely been the people. I loved being able to play the game with my boyfriend, and I’ve made some lovely friends who are just awesome. I strongly believe the game is better when you’ve got people to play it with. 

I know that more than one… but I’ve never really been one to follow rules! 😉

Lag lag laaaaaaaggg

What the hell is wrong with Blizzard’s servers? There have been issues for the last month with logging in and stuff. And this lag, holy hell. Last night I was trying to do proving grounds on my mage and it was impossible. I would blink to move away from an Amber Globule thing, and I could hear the spell trying to go off but nothing would happen. And then time passes and next thing I see the blink has happened but I’m stuck in Amber in the new location and everything has exploded because I didn’t beat the timer that still had heaps of time left on it before I blinked. *sigh*

No more lag!! I want to get Endless on my healer 😦

20 Days of Blogging – Day 3

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 3 – Your first day playing WoW

My boyfriend played WoW well before I met him. When we moved in together he was raiding with a team on weekends. I still remember him getting so excited about getting the bosses down. I also remember laughing at him when he scored heroic pants. “You’re excited about pants? Weren’t you wearing any before then?” I’d teased. 

One afternoon he sat sat me down and told me to just give it a go, that I might like it. I rolled my eyes at him. Like a lot of other people who have never played World of Warcraft, I only knew the stories of the “types” of people who played WoW – I didn’t want to be one of those. But then logically, Thor wasn’t really one of those people either. And he was keen for us to have a hobby that we did together. So I gave it a go. 

At first he had me try his max level character – I was immediately overwhelmed. Too many buttons! What is a quest? How do I know where to go? How to turn, jump, cry in a corner? He could see he was losing me, so we decided to create a character from scratch. He guided me through how to choose a faction (Alliance (I didn’t want to be a “bad” guy Horde)) race (night elf), and class (mage). I then chose her facial markings, her hair, her skin colour – it was all quite fun. I then named her. Sylaera. (pronounced Sy-lair-ra). She entered the world, and Thor explained what to do. I was hooked from the first frostfire bolt. Honestly, I haven’t looked back since. I was amazed at this little character that I had created – she was running around on the screen, kicking ass, helping people, and getting stronger and stronger. She died a lot, and I was painfully slow, but I loved it.

Here is my mage now, 2 years later She’s had a few changes – I made her a Draenei shortly before MoP started. At the same time, I changed her name to Cinderella (thus starting my “cinder” naming convention). When she moved to Frostmourne she had another name change, this time to Cinderblaze. And now that she’s moved to Barthilas, she’s changed race and faction to a Horde Blood Elf. Here she is being all kick ass in the library 🙂

20 Days of blogging – Day 2

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 2 – Why you decided to start a blog

I’ve always had blogs. Way back in the day when we got our first computer with an internet connection (bcd in ol’ ‘95) I started building my own websites so I had a place to write. In 1998 Open Diary started up, so I used that site instead. I’ve bounced from blog to blog – had an LJ, blogger, OD etc. My Open Diary was a blog I kept for the longest time. And the people found it and the whole thing lost it’s shine for me. So I stopped writing in there. 

I have hand written journals, too, though I’m rubbish about keeping those now. I’m trying to be better – I should be writing more – which is why I created this tumblr. Originally it was just to post random things from the interwebs, but it slowly turned in to mostly WoW related stuff, and I’m ok with that. I enjoy playing WoW, but I don’t really have people in real life that play it, so poor Miss Meka is very kind and listens to my stories. Being able to talk about them on tumblr with people who play the game is nice too, though. 

Having moved to Barthilas and to an active guild, I find I’m reinvigorated. I’m going to turn this in to a WoW focused blog as I had planned to a little while ago, and write a bit more about what I’m doing in there. Again, it’s all about writing again. 

20 days of blogging – Day 1

So I’ve started this, probably 3 times now? And for whatever reason I never actually get around to posting anything. Zeirah has been doing this (which is where I stole borrowed the idea) and I thought it would be good way to write more. Here’s the topics for the 20 days:

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 1 – Introduce yourself

*wave*

Hello! In WoW I’m know as Cinder. I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my boyfriend, Thor (not his real name 😉 ) I work in a job that I can’t explain (not because it’s a secret, but because it’s difficult to explain without explaining the higher education system in Australia), that is government funded. With Tony Abbott now in power and departments around us being frozen, my job feels a bit up in the air (though I’ve been told we’ll be *just fine*). Won’t really know the outcome of everything until around April/May. I do computery/website/marketing/comms/policy type stuff. It’s a miss-mash of a role that makes me feel like I’m butting in to everyone’s business all the time. 

In my spare time I play WoW or read or sleep. I’ve started a paint-by-numbers painting which is very enjoyable, but I’m pretty terrible at it. It’s a nice change to a computer screen, though. I’ve been listening to the Game of Thrones audio book lately, so I just have that going at the same time. Makes for a nice afternoon. 

At uni I studied writing, and have been “working on” a novel since around that time. I started a second blog, How Now Brown Owl in an attempt to inspire myself to write more. Sometimes it works, sometimes I just get overwhelmed a bit. Slow and steady. 🙂

That’s about it really. Not too sure what else to say, so I’ll leave this here. 🙂

Thanks for visiting!

A change is as good as a holiday

… or so the wise Zeirah has told me. 🙂 

I am very fortunate – I have some lovely people in my life, I really do. After my giant whinge the other day about how miserable I have been in WoW, the lovely Zeirah left me some very kind words, and an invitation to join her guild if I ever decided to switch to the dark side change to Horde and change servers. So I did it. I figure this is my last chance with the game. 

So yesterday, while I was home sick, I forked out way too much money and did a server change and faction change. My little pally is now a blood elf! I’ve always wanted to have a blood elf. They’re just…. lethal looking. I played dress-ups with her, and everything just looks better on her (except for her skinny legs!!)

I’m already happier on the new server. There are actually people in the guild! And they talk! And do stuff together! This is a real novelty for me. Even in my first guild there wasn’t a great deal of talking/guild activities. So this is nice. Once I’m settled in a bit (and not sick!) I might even be brave enough to tag along in a flex run, which would be nice. But even if I don’t, I’m happy. I don’t feel like I’m in this giant world all alone, which is how it felt before. I’m even tempted to move my mage over, too. But I might wait until pay-day before I do that. (though my mage has so many awesome transmogs that will look SO cool on a belf!!)

Anyway, thank you, Z, for being so kind!

Here’s the results of my dress ups. Blood elves are quite attractive (I think, anyway). What I like, is that you’ll get the morons who will drool over the toon and make a world of assumptions about who you are (generally they’re not going to be flattering.) And in my mind my little belf is standing there, giggling in her armour, twirling her hair, looking all sexy and a little bit bored and what not… and it’s so glorious when 5 minutes later I’m out-healing/out-dpsing the shit of the moron. To me, it makes them lethal. I’ve always felt that about my characters actually. It’s a longer entry that I’ll write one day, but to me, I love playing female characters in this game – so unassuming at first, but lethal when you get close enough. 🙂

So! Outfit 1: the Lawbringer set. This was the first transmog I ever got. My boyfriend took me through molten core as soon as I dinged 85, and I was lucky enough to get most pieces the first night, and the remaining pieces the next week. She’s wearing her Undercity tabard cos she needs the rep… also, it makes the outfit look a bit Alliance. 🙂

Next up, my slutty outfit. I love this outfit. Yes, it’s slutty. It’s the transmog I wear when I dps and I’m beating the crap out of baddies. I find it empowering 🙂

Next is a mash up of current tier/other MoP bits and pieces. I don’t have the full set yet, so fill in the blanks with some other pieces. I LOVE this helm with these robes. She looks a little evil, I think 🙂

Next up is my Cata tier set. I really like this set. It feels heroic to me. Shame all the pieces weren’t heroic… 😉 

And lastly, my heroic ToT tier. I really love this set. You can’t see it in the picture, but everywhere there is blue – that’s lightning. I was really lucky, even though we didn’t get a full heroic clear of ToT while it was current, I somehow managed to roll heroic gear (just the visible stuff – failed at getting a weapon, rings etc. etc.) I worked really hard to get this set, maybe that’s why it’s my favourite. 

And that’s my pally! She’s got a few more sets, but I’ve spammed everyone’s dashes for long enough. 🙂

Undecided

It’s been about 2 months since my raid team/guild fell apart (most people have left the guild now, except for one of the officers who has just came back within the last week, and a friend of mine who plays casually). 

It’s pretty lonely for me in WoW now. My bf doesn’t play anymore, there’s no-one in the guild really, so I find myself in game on my own an awful lot. I Really miss being part of an active guild that has people online. But most of all, I miss raiding. Oh my gosh I didn’t think I’d miss it this much. But I do. Though not the raid leading part!! Just getting in there and trying to figure out how to get the bosses down, and panicking that I’ll let people die due my cruddy healing. 

I have been looking to try and find a team to join, but my anxiety is getting the better of me. I have troubles with most social situations. Even though I outgear them, even just going in to the random heroic dungeon can set me off. I just panic that I won’t be good enough, that people will get shitty at me etc etc. If you have anxiety issues, you’ll get it. If you don’t, it’s a little difficult to explain why I can’t just shrug comments off and get over it. Unfortunately my brain doesn’t work that way.

What makes it worse is not being in an active guild now. I’ve fallen in to a bit of a self-pity-pit in WoW as a result of not being in an active guild. My courage to talk to people in game diminishes by the day. So even though I’ve found a couple of teams that might suit me ok, I end up chickening out from contacting anyone. 

I’ve been very lucky in the past – I’ve always been in guilds/raid teams with people I already know. I started playing WoW because my boyfriend played, so I just joined his guild. I would join them on their alt runs and eventually made it to their main raid team. But then that all fell apart. I moved servers with some friends from the guild who had the same issues I did with the guild and we formed our guild and raid team, but that fell apart, too. 

I’m just feeling miserable about things. I’m honestly on the verge of just giving up on the game all together. (which is why I haven’t actually done anything about starting my WoW-only blog). But at the same time don’t want to quit, because I enjoy it so much. I love the story and the challenges and just playing it. And I’m so looking forward to Warlods of Draenor. Also, I’m just a few achieves off the What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been achieve, and dammit I want that purple drake!!

I’m at an impasse, and I really just don’t know what to do. 

In the meantime, how awesome does my lock look? She dinged 90 a couple of weeks ago now. Turns out I can’t play her for shit, which I’m really disappointed about. But at least she looks good!

I think she looks awesome on the Ashes of Al’ar mount, too. 

Guess who’s back?

Well our internet finally got connected. I must admit, the wait was worth it. We’ve been really lucky and have NBN (fastest internet you can get in Australia – which, to be fair, isn’t as fast as countries, I am aware!). So things are quite speedy.

So I’m back on WoW! Except some drama is going on and a whole bunch of the servers have died and none of us can get on. Ah well.

I figured I’d jump on here with an update on my plans. I’ve decided to change what I’m doing here on tumblr. Basically this tumblr will be mostly WoW (but sometimes other things). I’ll be renaming it (no idea what to yet – feel free to there some suggestions my way!) 

I’ll also be creating a second tumblr that will focus on writing. The idea is that I’d like it to be a source of inspiration for myself so that if I’m hitting a writing block, I can get the extra push I need. (And if it inspires/encourages some other people at the same time, even better!) Eventually I might post some of my stuff on there, but we’ll see how that pans out. 

I need some names for things – once I’ve figured that out I’ll set everything up and let you all know what’s going on. 

So that’s things! 🙂

No internets :'(

We moved house a little while ago. We knew we’d be without internet, so we made sure that we started the process of getting set up at the new place well in advance of us leaving. It’s now been probably 3 and a half weeks and we still don’t have anything. We’re getting jerked around all over the place and getting told different things all the time. It’s driving us nuts!

So that means I haven’t been able to play WoW for some time… it’s making me sad. WoW is my stress release. There’s nothing better than coming home at the end of a cruddy day at work and being able to go blow up some bad guys for a while, or do some gardening at Sunsong Ranch, or just do my auctions.

I’m just frustrated. And yeah I get this is a #firstworldproblem but that doesn’t mean I  can’t be annoyed. 😦

No internet…

…and no WoW makes Cinder something something…

Holy paladin silhouettes

So I came across this great post the other day that showed an awesome spot to take some silhouette screenshots. I decided to give it a go today on my pally. It was a lot of fun! And I think my pally looks awesome 🙂 Because she’s holy, most of her spells are beautifully golden. But sometimes a trinket would proc, giving this electric blue aura of doom. You wouldn’t want to mess with her!

Can’t wait to try on my warlock when she’s high enough level.

Kun-lai visits

Today I came across an amazing guide to In-Game Memorials in WoW on WoWHead. As the title suggests, it goes through all of the memorial sites in game that are dedicated to others. Some of them I have seen before (I still remember the quest line for Brad Bridenbecker). 

One of them I came across that I thought was very sweet was for Lonesome George. (Check it out here) He’s a little flying tortoise called Lon’li Guju in far north of Kun-Lai Summit. So off I went with my mage to pay him a visit.

He is ADORABLE!!! He’s just happily flying around the place and generally being all adorable and stuff. But if you do an emote to him (I did /love) he will come flying over to you at full speed to come hang out with you. He’ll even follow you on a mount! We had some fun flying around the little cliffs in this area. 

If you’ve got the time, I really encourage you to go pay Lon’li Guju a visit – might bring a smile to your face 🙂

All done

Well, my raid team has officially fallen apart. I’m pretty sad about it. We had some really great players – I thought we might have actually had a chance at getting somewhere with SoO. But one by one people left the team or stopped showing up or other such things…. at last Sunday’s raid we only had 3 people turn up. So the decision was made. 

I’m sad. I’ve now got this guild that’s haemorrhaging members. Pretty sure soon enough I’ll be the only left in there. *shrug*

I guess at least we got Garrosh down on normal I suppose.

😦

Exploring Blood Watch

Blood Watch

Flying around getting all the candy buckets for Hallow’s End and came across this little island. I have never seen this place before. It looks awesome! Everything is all red and stuff. 

Isle of Thunder

Isle of Thunder

I loved all the thunder and lightning on the Isle of Thunder.

Darkmoon Faire concerts

Darkmoon Fair concert

For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why there was a stage at the Darkmoon Fair. There would be people yelling out to come see some big spectacle that was going to happen, but then there wasn’t anything and I’d get bored and leave. 

One day a few months back I decided to stick it out and just sit there for awhile. And then it happened – a bunch of Horde rockers came out and performed a show for us. There were pyrotechnics and random NPCs dancing about the place – it was pretty awesome. Then a random Horde monk came along and instead of ganking me (as is what usually happens on my PVP server) he got up on stage and started /dancing and then a few others joined in. It was a lot of fun. 🙂

Leading the Flames

5.4 has been out for 2 weeks now. I’m still enjoying it a lot. The Timeless Isle is a lot of fun – it’s like a giant Easter Egg hunt! And of course there’s the new raid zone, Siege of Orgrimmar, which hasn’t been out long enough for me to hate yet. 🙂

What I’m not enjoying, though, is recruiting. As I’ve written about before, there were a few dramas in my previous guild, and a change of Guild Master meant that I felt I couldn’t be in the guild or their raid team any more. So I moved, and quite a few people left too. We’ve now formed our own guild, Flames of the Phoenix. We had five people come over with us – half a raid team. We just needed to find some tanks, at least 1 or 2 healers and some dps to fill in the blanks. I stalked the forums, spammed trade chat – everything. By the time our first raid time rolled around we had (well, we thought) all roles except a dps filled. Unfortunately, the second tank we had recruited didn’t show up. He had paid for a transfer, so I’m honestly surprised at this. From what I see he hasn’t logged in to WoW since 5.4 dropped.

That first week, one of our healer trials was unable to make it to the second raid, so we had to pug a healer and hit the jackpot with a really great resto druid. In the end we had to reject the other healer and brought her in instead. So that was some good fortune.
But this whole time we’ve been pugging tanks, and it’s beyond frustrating. Tanks are a hard role to fill – there are never enough of them, and to be quite honest, a lot of them can be jerks. (I think it’s because you need to have a thick skin to be a tank… so it tends to bring about some quite large egos). So we’ve had a different tank each week. Thankfully we had the same tank 2 nights in a row this week, however he did cause us to have to sit around waiting for 20 minutes which none of us appreciated.

I just want a solid, consistent team. And every time I feel like we’re getting close to having that, something happens – someone leaves or can only come a few days – and we’re back to having to find members again. It’s exhausting. It also hinders our progression. At the moment we’re only 6/14 and not nearly as far along as I would like us to be.

I’m also struggling to raid lead a constantly changing group. It’s hard to get used to people’s personalities and group dynamics when it changes each week. Those of us who have been in from the start have formed a good relationship, I think. But other newer people are still getting there.

I know things will work out eventually… I just wanted to be a bit more competitive than what we are now. Mostly, I didn’t want to be so far behind my previous guild. hehe

One of the biggest changes this tier has been raid leading as my pally. Previously I was playing my mage, but I am a healer a heart, and because I had left the other raid team I had my pally freed up I jumped at the chance to play her. It’s a bit tough watching healer frames and mechanics AND telling other people what to do. I’m not doing it nearly as well as I should, but hopefully not too badly.

On the plus side, I have managed to get some great loots already, so have a new outfit! It’s a mix-and-match of current and previous tier (and one pre-previous tier weapon) that seems to work alright. I’ll be happy to have the full set later, though.

Not the greatest shot of her… I’m at work so I can’t log in to the game hehe.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on at the moment. I’ll just keep wishing for a stable team.

What the WoW fox say?

During the great Friday the 13th hot"fix" death of all instances, my boyfriend got a little bored. He placed the following in game support ticket:

I have a question. What the fox say?

This was the response from a WoW GM:

Greetings, 

I am Game Master Flangarinoth and I’ll be taking care of your ticket. Thank you for contacting me regarding the fox, and what it might say. This is quite an elusive mystery, is it not? 

In order to answer properly, I must first establish my creditibility in what the animals say. For example: 

Lost Dog in Valley of the Four Winds goes “woof”. 
Black Tabby Cat in Hillsbrad goes “meow" 
Carrion Bird in Uldum goes "tweet" 
And Prairie Mouse in Kun-Lai Summit foes "squeek" 
Mottled Cow in Vale of Eternal Blossoms goes "moo" 
Forest Frog in Zul’Aman goes "croak" 
Bull Elekk in Nagrand goes "toot" 
Jade Crane say "quack" 
School of Fish in Darkshore go "blub" 
Lion Seal in Howling Fhord goes "ow ow ow" 

Bur there’s one sound 
That no Game Master knows 
What does the Apline Foxling in Townlong Steppes say? 

Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! 
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! 
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! 
What the Baradin Fox in Tol Barad Peninsula say? 

Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow! 
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow! 
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow! 
What the Corsac Fox in the Wandering Isle say? 

Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho! 
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho! 
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho! 
What the Redridge Fox in Redridge Mountains say? 

Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff! 
Tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff! 
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff! 
What the Whitetail Fox in Western Plaguelands say? 

Sadly, I cannot say for certain, as that knowledge is reserved for only the greatest warriors in all of Azeroth. Perhaps someday you will discover this knowledge on your own, after perilous adventures. Only time will tell! 

Best wishes, 

Game Master Flangarinoth 
Customer Services 
Blizzard Entertainment 
http://battle.net/support

 

Love it!

My first legendary

My very first legendary

[spoilers for those who haven’t done this yet and want a surprise – don’t look at the pics!]

Last night I got my very first legendary item in World of Warcraft. It’s been a long time coming – 6 months for my pally here. I’m really stoked. When I knew this legendary quest line was open to more people I was adamant from the start that I would get it. And last night I did. 

These pics are from the scene where Lorewalker Cho tells me “My Story” – it’s now part of Pandaria history. It’s pretty incredible, and makes you feel important (well, I felt special). 

Now I’m most excited to try out my new cloak! It’s pretty cool. It procs:

Spirit of Chi-Ji: Your helpful spells have a chance to grant you Spirit of Chi-Ji, increasing all healing done by 5% and causing all overhealing on players to be redistributed to up to 5 nearby injured friends, for 10 sec. (Approximately 0.58 procs per minute)

So you know, not half bad.

The other awesome thing is that you’re not limited to only have one – so I went ahead about bought the cloak for my dps set, too. 

My mage is next to get her cloak (she started the legendary quest line right at the start – so if anyone deserves it, it’s her! However I’m raiding on my pally on Sunday so… priorities, you know? She just needs to get another 2000 coins on the timeless isle and she’s done, so not long)

The other awesome thing about getting the cloak is that you have access to Ordos. The trouble with being on a pvp server is that the Horde like to make life difficult and gank you while you’re trying to kill world bosses. Thankfully a fellow guildie had managed to get in to a group, so I made a mad dash from the Vale in the hopes that I could get there in time. Luckily, I did. And even more luckily, I GOT LOOT! I almost cried. I got a chest piece that is best in slot until heroics, so I’m very pleased.

Overall it was a very rewarding evening. 🙂 Yay for 5.4! 😀

Haunted Sunsong Ranch

My ranch is haunted!!

My shammy got exalted with the tillers yesterday and best friends with Tina Mudclaw – so now Sunsong Ranch is mine! (I love being bound there – just sitting in the door frame looking at that beautiful view is so peaceful!)

However, I noticed a strange thing yesterday morning – there was a little black spirit guy at the door of the ranch. The first time I put it down to a phasing bug – it happens sometimes, I’ll be planting away when a random lock pet will appear for a moment or two, or a random spell effect will appear on the ground. So I thought maybe it was just that. The second time I saw it (later yesterday) I was a bit freaked out, but thought maybe it was just a coincidence… phasing issues again (even though he was in EXACTLY THE SAME spot as earlier in the day).

Today I have woken up… and he’s still there. So I can only assume he’s haunting my ranch. I have logged out dozens of times since first seeing him (long story there I’ll explain in a future entry). It creeps me out! I don’t like it! He’s totally ruining my view!

I think he’s the reason my poor Shammy never gets any gear. 😦 If so, an exorcism is in order!

But seriously, anyone have any ideas where he’s come from and why he won’t leave? I’ve not had this on any of my other toons; I don’t have any pets out that it could be associated with; and don’t seem to be on any quests that would warrant a ghosty dude following my around. Halp!

EDIT: So I just noticed that IT FACES ME WHEREVER I GO! *cries*

I quit raiding

This weekend I quit my core raiding team.

I’m pretty devastated. I really love raiding and I enjoy the team I raid with. However, raiding times were Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm, essentially wiping out the entire weekend. It’s been a struggle. I work a Monday-Friday 9-5 job, and I work damn hard. So then spending my weekend raiding I feel like I’m working 7 days a week. (anyone who thinks progression raiding is relaxing isn’t doing it right). It’s crazy setting an alarm every day of the week.

There are other people in the team who work Monday through Friday and they don’t seem to have this issue – just seems to be me. At the end of the day, though, I can’t keep pushing myself – I’m just not cut out for it I suppose.  I’m getting sick all the time and I’m exhausted in the truest sense of the word. So I had to do it. People are pretty pissed off, and I can understand that. But I can’t sacrifice my health and sanity for a game.

I feel a bit lost and a little scared about logging on, to be honest. Some people are going to be really pissed off. I’m sad about it, and I feel guilty, I’m not going to lie. I spent WEEKS deliberating over the decision. But I don’t know if that’s going to matter to some people.

Argh, I’m just rambling. The moral of the story is, I quit my raiding team and I’m sad. The end.

Girls talking about WoW

I have a bit of a gripe. Ok, a whinge, a whine, whatever. 

For those who follow me and may not know, I’m a girl. A girl who plays World of Warcraft. A LOT. I raid in two teams, one of which I am raid leader of (the one I post about on here most). I visit mmo-champion on a daily basis, I actually pay for askmrrobot’s advice, hell I even laugh/cringe at Dark Legacy comics because sometimes they hit a little too close to home (case in point). And I miss fatboss guides like crazy. I’m not “hardcore” but I do consider myself a gamer, and not a shitty one either.

So my issue is this. In my adventures on the internet I come across many WoW podcasts and videos, some of which are pretty great. Most of these are presented by males – something I have no issue with. The issue I do have is with the pdocasts and videos done by women. Because all of them that I’ve seen/heard feature women who feel the need to be overly perky or excitable. And it drives me nuts.  I’m sure these women are perfectly lovely people, and I love that they’re doing things that show girls actually do play games – that’s awesome. But it makes me wonder why they behave in this manner. Is this how they really speak on a day to day basis? Or is it a persona they feel they need to put on in order for people to listen to them? 

Personally, I can’t relate to them at all and find them very difficult to watch. I can’t stand that what they’re saying is punctuated with moments like this. Who is that for? Do guys take that seriously? Does it make them listen more? Do women relate to that at all, or does no-one care at all about targeting these videos to other women? 

I just want to listen to someone talk about WoW seriously without feeling the need to dumb it down or be overly “girly”. Talk to me about strats. Talk to me about gear changes and new raids and what you think about new stuff being introduced in upcoming patches. Talk to me about it seriously. You can have fun, but overly girly – not for me. Because that’s now how I am when I’m gaming. Not even a little bit. These women do not represent me as a female gamer. (I will reiterate this here – I’m sure these women are all wonderful people and love the game probably as much as I do. This isn’t about who they are as people, but how they are presenting themselves). 

So I’ll open the can of worms here and now – is this representation of female gamers one of the reasons so many males don’t take female gamers seriously? 

Maybe I’m just being a bitch. Maybe this is just how these women talk and it’s a coincidence that they’ve all spoken/presented themselves this way in what I’ve seen/heard (and let’s face it – I haven’t seen/heard everything out there!)… What do you think? 

Iron Qon

Soo…. we downed another 2 bosses tonight. Iron Qon took us a little bit, but only because our dps was a little low so if we lost one person we’d hit beserk. When we did get the kill we had already hit berserk and our DK tank was last man standing with like 0.5% health when he got him. It was pretty amazing. 

And then on Twin Consorts… we one shot it. First time we’ve been in that fight – first time even one of our tanks had seen the fight at all! – and we one shot it. SO awesome. 

So we took on the final boss for the first time tonight… didn’t do too badly. Didn’t get him down (that would have been a small miracle). But we did alright. 

Quite a successful weekend, though – 4 new bosses down in total. A decent effort. 

Dark Animus + Primordius

And another two bite the dust.

I missed updating about Primordius last week as I was heading off for holidays, but we got him down after only 2 attempts. And then tonight, Dark Animus went down. It was past raid ending time but we wanted to give it one last shot. And we got him! And we still have another night of raiding to go. Really, I’m so stoked with this team. Everyone is working so hard and listening to calls and just doing a bloody good job even with my cruddy raid leading. I’m very proud. 

In addition to that, today I was made an officer of my guild. Now I has even MORE POWER!! Mwhahahahaaa!!!! *ahem*

So that’s WoW news for today. I’ll upload holidays pics during the week after I’ve had a chance to go through them. 

Birthday Yak

I got a yak, hey hey hey hey! 

So my boyfriend wanted to make sure that I had something for my birthday, despite buying me safari tickets (!!!!!!!) So he bought me the most expensive mount in WoW – the Grand Expedition Yak, This thing is gloriously obscene. I LOVE IT! It has a little sales guy on board who does repairs, and best of all a reforger. Never again will I have to hearth every time I get some new gear – now I can just do it mid-raid. SO EXCITED!

I really am a lucky girl. ❤

Here’s an announcement

I have made a decision. It’s pretty important to me, which is why I’m announcing it on here. 

So given most of the people who follow me don’t know me, you should know  some things about me. Writing was always my first love. I would write all the time – I started my first journal on my 12th birthday and have had some sort of journal ever since. I won competitions and wrote lyrics to a song that got recorded and performed in front of heaps of people. I wrote poetry that I read at my high school graduation, and with my writing I got accepted in to a university degree that only took in 20 people each year. I was good. I was complemented by actual authors on my writing (one of my favourite moments was getting full marks on a series of poems written in response to a book. Next to the marks he had written “These are some of the BEST poems I have ever read.” I still have the marked assignment.) While at uni I wrote a novella that I have been wanting to turn in to something more for the longest time. 

But as happens all too often, real life gets in the way. When uni finished I had to get a real job. Working takes up so much of your life. And I was always so very good at having jobs that were a drain, so by the time I came home all I wanted to do was sit in front of the couch and zone out in front of the tv. A few times I tried writing again, but failed miserably. 

And now I’ve lost confidence.

That I have stopped writing and haven’t finished writing something worthwhile or substantial is a regret I don’t want to have at the end of my life. But I’m rusty. I don’t write for myself as often as I should. So I’m doing something about it!

As you will have noticed from my tumblr, I’m a World of Warcraft player addict. It’s time consuming, but I love it. My unease over my lack of writing has been leading me to ask myself whether or not I should continue to play. Then my genius boyfriend made the obvious point – write about WoW. So I’m going to. I’m going to create a site for all the newbies out there who are just starting to play – those who have barely heard of World of Warcraft, who don’t even know where to begin. I’m going to start a new account and create guides on everything from creating a Blizzard account to choosing a realm, a race, a class – everything!

It’s not going to be creative, but it is going to get me writing on a regular basis, which is what I need. And hopefully it will help out a few people in the process. So keep an eye out for it. I’ll post on here when I’ve launched it. 

We killed the heroic chicken!!!

We killed the heroic chicken!!!

It was pretty amazing. We spent probably 3- 31/2 hours getting him down (just over an hour Saturday and 2 and a bit today). The shot up the top shows what condition we were in when he died. Despite my almost 0 health in that shot and the incoming cheep on me, I actually managed to survive in the end (small miracle). You can also see the almost 0 mana I had. Even when he was down to 2% we were worried we wouldn’t get him. (well, I was worried) But get him we did! I was super lucky too and used a bonus roll and got myself a helm from him. After this weekend’s raid my ilvl is sitting at a pretty 522.

It was really great fun, though, and worth the effort. 🙂

Oh, in the chat you can see someone made a “Suck it team cupcake” – Our team is usually in the top 3 for the realm. However things have been going a bit downhill lately for a number of reasons. Anyway, another team formed on the server in the middle of the last tier called team cupcakes, and they started beating us, much to our displeasure. Getting this kill today bumped us back to being ranked 4th on the server and higher than team cupcakes. It was good motivation. 🙂

Snowfury II

I’ve been slowly levelling my lock in my spare timee. It’s funny, I’m still not overly fond of playing a lock, but I have a bit of a soft spot for her. I think because I think she’s pretty. I’ve always liked the way the female blood elves look. So very much the opposite of myself!

I find myself taking random screen shots of her in the world. I should take more, I think. This is my first Horde toon so I should be paying more attention in the world. 

Here she is at level 30 at Stromgarde Keep. I just really liked the scenery here. image

This one was taken today, not long after she dinged 35. One of the passive abilities she has causes little wild imps to spawn. I got myself quite the army this evening! 

This is Jintha’alor

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Anyway, she’s coming along well. 🙂

Snowfury

Some silly things have been happening in my guild and raid team at the moment that have been making me pretty angry. So to run away from those problems, and because I was inspired by Zeirah’s wonderful WoW posts, I decided to make myself a Horde character. 

To be honest, Horde characters don’t appeal to me all that much. Other than blood elves and now pandaren, they’re all a bit… not nice looking. I’ve done the pandaren starting area about 5 times now, so wasn’t keen to do it again, so decided to make a blood elf. Meet Snowfury (all of my Alliance toons start with Cinder, all my Horde start with Snow – it’s a thing 🙂 ) 

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I have one of almost all class, though only 4 are maxed to 90. I did have a gnome warlock but deleted her to make Snowfury. 

Straight off the bat, the blood elf starting area is pretty boring. (I’ve done it a few times – it’s been boring every time!) But I pushed through. When I was able to, I decided to queue for dungeons. I’ve never levelled doing dungeons, and honestly hadn’t even seen the classics, so this was actually pretty fun. And a much faster way to level, too (at this low level anyway). 

Here’s Snowfury when she got to level 20 – on her way to Hillsbrad Foothills.

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I’m not a fan of the “sucubus” minion. She’s a bit of a slut to be honest. One of her spells is to run around and seduce enemies so they don’t hit me so much. And her whipping herself and going “ooh!” all the time is reeeaaallly annoying. 

At Hillsbrad Foothills I got to do one of the best quests I’ve done in this game by far. I had to pretend I was a quest giver and give our quests to “champions”. It was hilarious. You can tell the devs had a fun time with it. The third champion I had to give a quest to was called “Johnny Awesome”, a male blood elf. He rode up on his sparkly horse looking all buff and superior. Here’s his dialogue for it. The first part happens as he arrives, the second after I’ve given him his quest. 

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Anyway, she’s at level 27 now. I only play her for a little awhile every now and again, but I like her. Warlocks don’t do a lot for me but I love their utilities- healthstones, soulstones, the portal thingies they have. So we’ll see how I go. At least it’s a nice way to see some of the Horde world. 

I has a bored

Today has not been the most productive of days. Although I did come up with a nice piece of alliteration “I find your fascination with fluids funny!”
There’s something almost dirty about the word “fluids”. Or maybe it’s just me. It makes me think of bodily functions (some fun, others less fun).

Apparently my disdain for Nickleback is not universally shared. I’m appalled by this. So much so I’m going to devote a whole entry about them in the future.

In the meantime, here’s what my day has been like:

It’s scary how many of these I’ve thought. To be fair, I haven’t thought about setting the building on fire… mostly because that would take a fair bit of effort, and if I went to the effort of setting the building on fire I could go to the effort of doing, oh, anything else really.

Also, rather than thinking about where I’d hide if a coworker went on a killing spree, I have thought about (in great detail) who that person going on the killing spree would be. (not me! Again, planning = effort = counterproductive to my lazy nature). It turned out to be the HR/Accounts guy at the time.

Well, I’ve killed off a sufficient amount of time, and now I get to go to the pub. Woo!

xo

Ps: I feel like I need to come up with some sort of witty sign off for this blog. Except I’m not exceptionally witty. Someone else come up with something for me?

New Girl in Town

I posted that title and now I have the song from Hairspray stuck in my head. 

The point is, hello blogging world, I have arrived! I’m not very good at keeping these things up to date, but I will try. I even have a proper entry all lined up! It’ll knock yer socks off! (if you’re wearing them).