Mekkatragic

I was once again late to raid on Wednesday night, which happened to be the last one for me for a while due to Karate being back on. So when I finally did get into the game, I was told they had killed Rastakhan!!! I was very impressed – that was a hellish fight (and mostly sad I missed it).

I have no idea if they got me a screenshot but I am sure someone will send me something if they did…eventually.

I actually turned up whilst they were attempted Mekkatorque and it sounded like they were about to kill him. Not having read up about the next fight (I had researched the crap out of Rasta), I had no clue what Nelly was calling out – blue you’re orange, then blue, then red; Red you’re blue, then green, then..what the hell are you on about.

Blessedly they wiped 🙂 Muhahahahah.

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I got an invite and jumped in, Nelly getting me to root things like a good druid straight off the bat. We then did the fight again – me having zero clue what was going on – just rooting little bots and hoping like heck I didn’t get shrunk because I was so confused about the colour calls.

Would you believe I got shrunk on the last one about 30 seconds before the boss died, so my ineptitude didn’t affect the raid!

It is definitely a different experience being in a run with the guild when we are doing a new boss. People aren’t joking around as much, they are more easily frustrated and everyone wants their idea to be the one that works.

Ultimately, we get it done and that is the important thing 🙂

Mekkatorque 7/9N

The rest of this evening was spent on Blockade. Can I just say…what in heck Blizz. OMG. This is horrific. Solidly, horribly, terribly icky. This fight made me long for Patchwerk. Seriously. I just want a nice easy fight were I can face-roll my way to success 🙂 LOL

I was on the ship with the sirens and it was pretty difficult to stay out of the poop, get the siren, stay behind the poop if you got targeted by said siren but also drop the poop in a useful spot. Yuergh. Horrid. Even the slightest delay or bad placement and you were sent off the ship to your death. End of story.

It took us a few attempts to get this bit due to sudden onset death of our boat, but once we got it handled we had about 5 attempts where we made it back to the pier.

It was at this point even I got frustrated. Maybe because I had just watched the strat video or maybe I was just annoyed at the sirens, no idea. Not because we were wiping but because people would not stack up on each other. Like seriously guys you need to be on top of each other to reduce the ground mess. Don’t stand next to each other – you just spread it out. OMG!! Unless you played all the way zoomed in with your camera – you don’t need to see your actual toon.

If you do play with your camera zoomed all the way in – I would suggest you are doing something grievously wrong. Wrong!

Of course it was making me even more annoyed people were blaming everything but themselves as to why we were failing and trying to come up with different solutions to a problem which didn’t even exist. (Omg that sentence structure is terrible but I am still annoyed!)

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Anyway we weren’t getting very far into this one, adds being dropped early, balls not being soaked, ground covered in muck. Hopefully next attempts will be better.

A3 Pet Adoption…do it for the critters!

No, I am not kidding. You know when you find something you think is simply too good to be true…this is possibly it.

I know I haven’t been as pet focused lately and I do feel guilt for that, but this might be enough to get me back into it. What an amazing thing!

If you love pets you need to finish reading this post then head over to their website to sign up and get onto it.

I was trawling twitter a couple of days ago and stumbled across a RT by
Evolyn from A3 talking about adopting pets. So I had to follow up on it. I had no idea this was even happening – how could I have missed this!! Thanks Evolyn for RTing! The short version is; you join the guild on Bladefist Hordeside and then you check through their banked collection and request pets when the adoption week starts!!

This is simply a brilliant idea. You can read about how to get started on their forums here.

Here is the thing. I have so many pets duplicated but I can’t bear to release them because I figure someone surely wants them. But the people I know like Nelly and Ben have a metric tonne of the pets and don’t need what I have. This is perfect for them. They can get pets they are missing or even donate pets so other people can look after them. My plan this weekend is to jump online, create my toon, sign up on the forums and start going through my tradeable pets to donate.

So I tweeted them to make sure it was ok for me to write a post about them and share the love and knowledge of this unbelievable rehoming service! We have swapped a few DM’s as well but I wanted to show you my original tweet so you could understand my excitement about this. I used half my tweet allowance on “!”

I am so excited I am getting up early on Saturday morning to get the process started. This is the sort of stuff that makes me love WoW. This sense of community which is fostered by something as adorable little critters.

Ok, so I couldn’t help myself I signed up on the forums already as Dragonray 🙂 Say Hi if you see me around!

Continuing the fight

We need to discuss the fact we are turned into filthy alliance scum. We even get the spells the alliance have. I get turned into a Night elf and I do have to confess, I have missed having the NE flip. It is a little unsavoury being a completely different faction. I can not find anyone either because we all look similar to each other in outfits.

Turned alliance

Back to Opulence on Friday night and I got switched to the other side, is it was fire which was killing me and this time it was electricity. I actually did better this attempt and managed to stay alive through the tunnel rooms. We got into Opulence’s room and he died so quickly, I don’t think any of us were prepared for it. Everyone killed the adds after some serious CC commands, but it honestly just exploded into piles of gold coins unexpectedly. We were too perfectly focused – they are the least exciting kills.

Once the boss dies you dig for treasure….great amazing vendor trash treasure.
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I should point out at this stage that Chris and Jason – our raid leaders have been….away…deserting us. So Nelly has stepped up to be the raid leader and she is smashing it out like the pro she is. She explains things calmly, succinctly and just gets us through everything. She is kicking us through this new raid and the bosses are falling beneath our feet.

We headed to the Conclave of the Chosen. I had zero idea about this one. The adds on the way to this one basically give you all the information you need for the actual fight though, so it wasn’t too horrid. We had quite a few attempts. Quite a few. This was a challenge due to all the randomness – healers needing to dispel but only at a specific point, raptors that target but you have no idea which one is actually after you, wing buffeting from a random location. It got a little hairy after a few goes, but we did manage to get there in the end! That is all that matters.

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We spent the rest of the night having a look at Rastakhan. Some of us watched the videos during our break, came back and then got completely walloped but the mechanics. Sometimes you just need to see it a few times right? I thought we were doing really well until I happened to notice people getting the Heroic and Mythic achievements already! Seriously people…calm the hell down! Also Grats 🙂

Battle of Dazar’alor – You know it.

Last Wednesday night was the start of the new raid and also the day I picked up my new car. Yes. I have a new car – who cares about the raid right? I was late to the raid because everything was delayed at the car yard. I was so late in fact that the guild had managed to kill 2 bosses already by the time I got there! Sorry for the lateness of this post, we have had one of the busiest fortnights ever!

Nibblepie has uploaded videos to youtube so check out the playlist on the right hand side banner they should be there. Here is the guild’s first kill for the Champions of Light!!

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And then they went in and killed Grong!

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By the time I turned up they were having their 10 minutes break and I was about to enter into the world of the Jadefire Masters! Which, would you believe we one shot? LOL Walked in, had an overview, worked out heals and tanks and then we simply smashed them in the face. This was the only point to which I had watched videos and read strategies!

Warsong 3/9N

Opulence was horrid. It was at this point I discovered I may no longer be cut out for raiding. I am out of practice and not able to focus on everything I need to.

I died repeatedly. Just so often, I couldn’t get through the first two rooms without dying. I was so ashamed of myself. The We had some good attempts towards the end of the night but we still had some bits to work out.

For our first night it was pretty exceptional 🙂 Well done guildies!!

What side did you pick?

So I finally managed to get through the Sylvanas storyline last night. So it stands to reason there are spooiers if you are yet to play through this. I am really far behind so it would be pretty limited risk of giving anything away. On the off chance though here is your warningnto turn back now.

Sooooo, warchief has found out that Suarfang has escaped from the Stockades. Oops. I have no relloction of any involvement. I swear. So our mission is to “track him down before the alliance do!”. Now, i am not suggesting she isn’t being legit but we haven’t exactly seen a non-batshit-crazy Sylvanas recently.  However we head off to Stormwind to track him, fly everywhere back and forth, get attacked by some SI:7 loonies and drink some polyjuice potion. It was cute being a little child looking for my lost dog….not foreshadowing at all about how Sylvanas feels about Surfang. M

 

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This was possibly my favourite partnof the quest chain. Standing talking to this guy and the dogs are sniffing and growling, then start walking over. I was telling the ranger to shut up so we could leave before they attacked. Too late though.

She then…just leaves…so your standing in the middle of Redridge mountains with corpses all around and no clue what to do next – except explicitly not find Saurfang or go after him….but.. you wanted me to bring him back…why would i not find him when i am this close?

Seems I am not really aware of everything in this situation. Sylvanas is crazy again right? Still? Maybe that is a better description. Thankfully Zekhan turns up you have the choice to not betray the warchief or find Saurfang. I didn’t even think or hesitate as i picked up the next part to find Saurfang. Zekhan confirms my suspicion about the danger Saurfang is in so we head off to find him

Saurfang in Hiding

It is a fun story, I won’t give away all the end suffice it to stay I am interested to see how this plays out when we are trying to keep on the good side of the warchief after having defied her orders. I don’t want to be a banshee for the rest of my life.

What side de you guys pick? Was your story diferent if you decided not to betray the banshee queen?

We return to your regular scheduled programming :)

Sorry I have been so absent. A month is a super long time in the blogging world but honestly I have been so busy over the last month (Thanks Christmas and New Years) that I couldn’t fit time for blogging or WoW or anything much else but cooking, cleaning and entertaining friends.

Christmas was a low key affair with the mother in law and my mum in attendance and food and chilling out for the day. We had to go to Albury Wodonga to pick up the mother in law so that took some time up on the weekend prior. No orphans in attendance this year…one year it will happen.


Boxing day we have an open invite for anyone to drop past and relax with us with no set time, menu, expectations. Our good friends used to do this until about 4 years ago due to ill health and this year Hubby and I decided to bring it back and start up the tradition. It was a small event with only a few people turning up but we played some jackbox.tv games and had a great time. It was nice to just graze and have nice conversation.

Then we had a DnD session which was amazing. The only real amazing reason (aside from us having 9 people sleeping in the house each in their own room and bed!!!) was we managed to get our DM to fly down for the day to be with us for the game! Secretly!! We donated all our frequent flyer points to reduce the cost; me, hubby and Pracey (our DM) were just making comments about sending pizza through the webcam etc because he wouldn’t be here. But then. He was. When Sian and Michael turned up it was hilarious because Sian didn’t immediately register he was in a location he shouldn’t be. Ash lost his mind a little bit when he walked in saw Pracey as well. I thought for a moment I had broken him. It was an amazing night (and weekend) we played games the next day and just had an awesome time. It was the best Xmas present I could offer some of my best friends.

Then New years we had a friend come over in the afternoon and we headed to a good friend’s place for a BBQ. It was also so much fun. I dressed up all goth/witch for some giggles and we sat around a table, chatted, laughed and enjoyed the company of some of the best people I know. We left at about 9pm (? maybe) and headed home where the three of us proceeded to marathon “The Hobbit” extended editions. We got through 2 movies and were in bed by about 1.30am. I lasted until the new year though, so I am very pleased with myself. We watched the last movie the next day for recovery 🙂

This doesn’t cover the random things like coven meet ups for the sabbat, or getting the tyres done on the car or my very first endota spa massage and facial (omg I need another one!!) and the raiding with the guild again (woo!) the general housework that needed to happen after so many people keeping us busy 🙂

I am hoping to get back into blogging again now that we have had 2 weekends in a row without anything on and I feel a little less tired from all the company. I also miss wow, so started levelling my mage again as I have been tanking the raids whilst people are on holidays. I don’t mind it, but it is painful to not have an alt to play in normal raids 🙂

I hope every single one of you my readers had an awesome break (if you weren’t working like me) and that you are still feeling relaxed and refreshed for a new year!! Tell me what you got up to people?

Topic 43 – Why do you choose the games you do?

Z and Cinder have gone on holidays and left us with a few topics to keep us entertained and instead of posting I just sort of…didn’t!!  But…here we go – I am doing the first one!! 

I am also still deciding if I am allowed to continue Intpipmo given I only did one post….lol I failed on that front I think :p But hey…tis my blog I can back date and pretend they were done in November right?  RIGHT??!!?

Back to this topic though. The first game I ever got hooked on was Ragnarok – I have mentioned it previously I am sure.

Ragnarok 1992

It was an RPG game in the 90’s my brother and I played non-stop on the one computer we had. I would sit and watch him play so I knew how to when it was my turn.  It was about this time I started reading about magic and wizards (Thanks Magician by Feist) and so began my love of RPG – but I had no idea what that meant as a genre until much later.

I was without a computer or gaming for a few years and the next game I was hooked on was Pharaoh (thanks Sierra games) and thus began my love and adoration of City building games. 

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Pharaoh 1999

To  say obsessed would be an understatement, if anyone remembers the pain of this game and building some of the huge pyramids you will understand leaving the game running overnight in the hopes that your entire city wasn’t a burnt husk when you returned.  My enjoyment of city building still exists today and I have played a fair chunk of them but none of them had the same enjoyment for me as this one game (which I have on my pc now and sometimes pull out for an hour two). 

I love city building because it is a puzzle and needs to be done well for it to work, the AI in older games was very unforgiving and if you stuffed it up you knew….they made sure you knew.  I also really enjoyed the games with historical significance – who doesn’t want to build a pyramid and be a pharaoh?  I loved Zeus as well as the mythological aspects in the games were enjoyable. I would love that is Aztec/Mayan based with the same style as Pharaoh or even a Pacific Islander one with you needing to see up small colonies on islands with different but similar cultures.  <Swoon>

Then I found out about MMO’s. Guild Wars was my first.

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Guild Wars 2004

It was amazing to me that I could be a magic hurling character in a world like the books I was an avid reader of.  It made the worlds in my imagination real for me; I could see and interact with them.  That was until WoW came along in the form of a birthday present by a great friend.   I have tried a few MMO’s since and the only other one that was really engaging initially was Star Wars but WoW kept pulling me back for the graphic style, the lore, the story, the people and the dragons.

MMO’s are my favourite because of the team you play with. You get to work together, have a laugh with other people who want to be shapeshifting fire hurling agents of good (or chaos…looking at you SP’s and Locks) and you get to have dragons as pets and ride them.  What else can you possibly need? I love that other people enjoy high fantasy (…maybe not as much as me…in fact maybe they don’t even think of it like that?) and it sends me back to my days reading books like Lord of the Rings and the Belgariad…I can pretend I am a character in those novels and feel part of something bigger.  

AoTC – G’huunalicious

We have had a few weeks since my last raiding post being stuck on Zul, Mythrax and G’huun.  It has been a little bit of a struggle not because we aren’t good enough – we really are, but because we have had weird class mixes or not enough people etc.

One of the questions I was asked recently was “Why, by all the laws of science, does it take our guild to the very last attempt of the night to kill the boss?”  No solid answers came up except that perhaps on that very last attempt people actually pay full attention and do everything they can to stay alive and be aware.  The conclusion we drew was that we need to only allow a certain amount of attempts on the boss before moving on.  Which works for the middle bosses who you can do in any order, but not for the ones at the start.  My additional cruelty to this would be after the limited number of attempts you drop the difficulty back down until people can stay focused on those bosses….hahah.

I honestly wish we didn’t spend all night wiping to kill the boss on the last attempt and not because I don’t love raiding, but because people get angry at each other and we feel like we can’t do it….which is rubbish because we know we can do it – we have evidence on every kill we can do it.  So why…why is it  the absolute last pull of the night?

We started the night with 13 people and on patch night with computer issues everywhere. Drops, mini freezes, latency that wasn’t latency; it was my usual rage inducing experience.  Nothing makes me quite as angry as wanting to play WoW and being excited to get into it and having issues with the game.  My taurean (and tauren) side comes out like waving a red flag. Sets me right off into swearing and cussing.

We gave Mythrax a few attempts and were struggling with only 2 healers, but then a few of the people from Resplendant (another guild) were available and we pulled them in to make a 20 man raid. It was at this point after fluffing about for 10 minutes that my computer decided to really take a crap and it took me 3 restarts to be able to get back into game because WoW was not happy.  I finally logged in and found I was booted from the raid and ported back to the Great Seal and the guys were killing Mythrax.

I lost my mind. I cannot explain how much I lost my mind.  Part of my rage was because I spend all my raid time wiping. I only raid on Fridays which is usually hard boss night, so I don’t actually get any benefit from raiding just loss of money. So the opportunity for me to get one piece of gear (when I don’t currently) pissed me off so much.  I didn’t want to spend the rest of the night wiping on another boss with no gratification or gear out of it.  I had spent 8k buying potions/flasks before the raid and this has been my life for the last few months.  My first Wednesday in months and I got booted out.  I was raging.

Anyway it took a little convincing from Drew, Ben and Michael before I jumped back online as the guild was about to start G’huun.   Ben advised disabling all mods seemed to work wonders for him and Oui so left DBM running only and the game was playable without issue. Drew had suggested I disable all mods and that was just before my game went to the toilet on my heart so I didn’t have  chance to do it.

We were slapping him around with new friends from Resplendant and honestly we were doing pretty messy attempts.   We did get him to 2% with only tanks and heals alive.  No idea who was “leading” from the other guild – no one introduced themselves…. <glare> but he was pretty funny.  We had to stay alive going into the third phase and on this 2% I was the only one who actually died at the transition happened.  So it is pretty much my fault we didn’t kill him….I am blaming the healers though because well….heal me!!!

Sadly the heals were doing terrible DPS and couldn’t make up for what would have been my amount :p Unbelievable!!

Then of course, on our very very last attempt of the night, he died.  Ahead of the Curve; yes please!

I actually managed to stay alive until he was at about 2% but I had managed to back myself into a corner with the pizza phase and it just meant I had nowhere to run when I got a few effects at once. I was so annoyed with myself.  Chris and I were running balls again and doing well at that, we have a pattern and we rock!  Some might say we were cutting it close to the new raid being released but now we can spend sometime just getting clears (if people are around) in preparation for the new raid – I would love to get my gear better before we go into the new area.

Thanks to the filthy mouthed Resplendent guilds telling us to stay alive and for the healers to heal people :p;  it was an enjoyable night from about 9pm onwards….but not before.

Michael said he will upload the kill video to youtube and here it is!! I found it for you 🙂

Transmogrification Classic Winner!!!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!  (I know, I know, we don’t play PUBG…Shhhh)

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We have a winner!! Look at this stunning outfit! Who knew that cloth gear could look so good – I really want this for myself.

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Zeirah provided some fantastic transmogs and the judges voted this was the best by the highest tally of votes.

Grats Zeirah, you will always be a winner with this outfit even if noone entered!

Enjoy your Whomper 🙂

 

Inconsistency breeds unhappiness

So they say anyway. I may have just made that up as well.

I am sorry dear readers for my inconsistency this last few weeks, real life has been a challenge and WoW is also causing me struggles.

First RL – I am generally just home later these days and given how early we are awake in the morning it is just struggle city to get motivation for more than dinner and bed. This has not been helped with recent transport issues and delays on my line causing me to get home even later than usual. My anger levels have been spiking. Mixed with some medical things and it all just means “no” to game time mentally.

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Secondly – WoW.  Long time readers of mine will know i adore Warcraft and Blizzard. I very rarely complain about xpacs overall and how the game is developing but this xpac is getting pretty close to Drainor for me. When I get home with my total hour of free time before bed, I cannot justify logging on to do one thing which takes 30-40 minutes and know that isn’t really getting me any closer to achieving anything.

Perfect example a few nights ago our group decided to run a mythic (I worked from home) so whilst we were waiting for Michael to eat, Drew and I jumped online to kill the weekly boss – which should have taken 15 minutes max by the time you get a group happening etc.  As we killed the boss he reset or we phased or something and we had to spend another 10 minutes killing him again. Neither Drew or myself got a piece of gear out of that.  That was nearly 30 minutes gone for nothing as we were basically the first 10 in the group we had to wait for others to join.

I am time poor; I get that it is my issue, but I feel like even if I logged in every single night for 30 minutes I wouldn’t ever complete a “thing”.  Islands can’t all be completed in one session, LFR queues take 30-40 minutes for also no gear (whenever I have queued for them), the warfront takes about 40 minutes and good luck for gear on that one as well if the  370 quest isn’t up and world quests are pretty badly spaced I can only manage to get one emissary group done generally because it takes so long to get to some areas (not all I know!!)

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I appreciate they have made it way more accessible for people who are time poor, but they have almost made it harder because gear is so difficult to get. I much prefer being able to save up tokens of some sort from consistent drops so I know I will be able to buy a piece in a set amount of time if nothing else has dropped for me.

All of this has combined into me just not wanting to log into game knowing I really only have limited time.   Why can’t I win the lotto and quit work to become a WoW addict proper?

Intpipomo 2018 – Part 1

So I know i said I was going to get out with my camera and force myself to take more shots. I have failed so far, however I decided to go through my older photos and see if I could find any I wanted to try and edit and post.  I have hundreds of photos (like most photographers) that never see the light of day because of small problems with them.  I have tried my best to edit images I have never posted anywhere because I figured they were crap, with the exception of 1.

This is the first batch and I plan on doing a couple more posts. Hopefully before the end of November!! EEEEP!!

You can see more of my photography, if you are interested on my facebook page.

 

Transmogrification Classic Last Day!!

Today is the absolute last day to get your entries in for the event! You only need to create 8 outfits – I am sure you can do that in a couple of hours.  I have faith!

If you need to here is the original post.

I have created a button for you to be able to use on your blog (if you have one), just resize to whatever you need 🙂  I will have a winner button created once we have announced.

I want to make sure we get the judging complete before the Whomper pet disappears as I think it is a brilliant pet in support of a great cause for STEM, you can read about it here.

You are still able to donate prizes if you want to help out, that way we can provide more prizes, and who doesn’t want to get a prize?

I can’t wait to get into the judging!!

 

 

Zul-tastic!

Oh you cheeky raid group!!  I wassail recovering my from my near death flu, so was home on Wednesday to raid, I wasn’t going to as I wasn’t feeling 100% but it sucked me in. I ended up dropping at Zek because I was just exhausted. We cleared out the first bosses and I had a weapon drop that I was already carrying in my bags. Thanks RNGeebus.   I did get a screenshot of dead Vectis since I missed that one originally.

Friday. Friday was amazing though. I was a few minutes late thanks to work/transport but I logged into discord with Jason saying he would be dropping people if we sucked and I was thinking maybe I should just sit out. I am so glad I asked to come anyway though.

We had someone, a priest…Rempart? who was helping with the strats so I can only assume they were someone we knew somehow. I like having other people in helping us.  Our DPS has increased enough (including mine) that we were able to do the zerg strat as it is supposed to be done.

The lack of pre-potting was brought up by Laurie and I felt slightly guilty as this is one of the first weeks I actually had any pre-pots ready to go but as Ben said they are just too expensive. Need to spend more time herbing so I can make some more, but I just need so many mats on my mage it is ridiculous.  I didn’t think it would be possible to make professions even worse than Legion but they managed it.   I went through the stack of 20 pots I had during the night because I wanted to make sure I made up for my lack of DPS by using everything I could.

It took us a few goes after getting him to the second phase repeatedly before it all clicked in a very non-“Warsong” style (ie 90% of the raid dead, boss at 1% and a couple of poor buggers giving everything they had) but we did it!!  Don’t laugh, that is actually our style.  It is how we get most of our first kills, but I will say after that first one we do it much better the next week 🙂

We decided to take a picture away from the death hole incase someone happened to “accidentally” click it.

We headed to Mythrax next of course, he wasn’t much worse than normal imho. He hits harder and you take way more damage overall so you have to be much more careful but honestly it wasn’t that bad.  The healers suffer the most in this one if the rest of us are being numpty.

I loved the advice of “everyone should take less damage” hehehh; honestly I thought the objective was to take as much as possible 🙂  Love my guild sometimes. It made me laugh.   I wasn’t sure we would get this one as we kept getting to 30% and then being all dead; the first transition was a little rough but also bumping people out their balls of death was killing us because we were doing it badly.

As luck would have it though, after we stopped taking so much damage (which ironically is not represented well in the picture I took of the kill), the healers had more mana, we talked through the ball bumping better and would you believe it? We smooshed his face into the ground.

Can I just say how freaking happy I am it happened on Friday night!!! I was there for it 🙂  <happy dance>

I was relatively happy with my DPS, I was in the middle of the pack and doing pretty well (I thought). I was expecting boomies to be really bad when I started the xpac but they have made enough small changes that I am happy to stay as boomkin for a while longer.  I definitely could get more out of her if my gear was better stat weighted, but I simply am not online enough to get all the gear opportunities.  I might have to make a concerted effort to spend one day on the weekend to do some heroics, expeditions, world bosses etc.

Now we are left with G’huun then we will have cleared heroic again 🙂  I sort of don’t want them to do it on Wednesday, but I also don’t want them to spend the entire night wiping just so I can get the kill with them on Friday!  I am allowed to be selfish, no laws against it in Azeroth!!

Playing “Classic” thanks to a virtual ticket

I have fond memories of Vanilla WoW.  I met a lot of wonderful people and some which have stayed friends through the many xpacs that followed and the adulting that accompanied those xpacs.

What I can say without a shadow of a doubt is that returning to Classic is both terrifying and awful at the same time. I am one of the lucky ones who remembers all the bad and can barely remember the good compared with how it is today.  Our quality of in game life is so much better.   Now let me start by saying I don’t remember it being as hard as it is currently, I suspect some further things need to happen to make it playable OR I was max levelled when this patch came out and I have repressed how difficult it actually was.  It seems tuned differently, but it could be that we are all in whites in the demo but at level 15 we would have had some gear with benefits. Either way, it is hard.

I recreated my baby girl. Mage – Saradouglass – but only called her Sarad.

Mages were notoriously easy to kill in Vanilla, people mocked you for playing one because it was constant death (or near death) and I concur. After playing for only 40 minutes I racked up 5 deaths. yes, 5. That is more than 1 every 10 minutes.

And not only that, I only managed to complete 1 quest – collect 8 gnoll paws.

I might go back in…might…it was pretty traumatic.  The first of the traumas occurred when I went to kill a mob and realised I had no mana after killing 1 mob already, so I died. I then…(I am so ashamed of this) ran all the way back to Sentinel Hill from Moonbrook because I needed food and water.  Let that sink in. A mage…a level 15 mage….went to get food and water.  Instead of just…I don’t know…CONJURING MY OWN!?!!? Yup. I am that mage.

Part of the reason I died so much was this. Resists, parries, misses.  Constantly. Every second to third spell would not land but you can bet your little nuggets it used my mana.  It was resist-city people, RESIST CITY!!!

I even added all my points into my talents which helped with mobs resisting!!  All of them!

 

Can we take a moment to oooh and aaah over the majesty that is these talent trees! Appreciate the pictures that are behind the actual talents – the artwork added a lovely visual element to the trees which I really miss now.  We used to have to go midway (or all the way) down into Arcane to access the good stuff then spend whatever else was left in frost because running MC everything was immune to fire so there was no point being a fire mage…at least…that is what my memory is telling me.  It was a long time ago ok :p

I tried to go to Moonbrook to kill defias for bandanas and I spent the entire time just sitting and eating/drinking.  I just wasn’t getting enough mana back, there was no regen.  I did pick up a pair of Cuffs which had spirit…you know…the stat we all needed a little bit of to get mana back but all the healers would steal or get priority on. Like they need to heal or some rubbish?!?!?

Look at that charcter screen, with the resistances you had to magics and such a simple display of your stats. Even the skill tab had all the weapons skills back which levelled up when I did. It was exciting and made me laugh to see the “Unarmed” skill back.

For a full hit of nostalgia, because dying 5 times in 40 minutes wasn’t painful enough, I checked out my spell book and found all the different ranks of spells.  I had completely forgotten about it until seeing them.  Admittedly I miss the added gameplay on fights and in the field this presented you with.  I have fond memories of BWL and using the lowest ranks of our Blizzard whilst we chain cast it on the balcony to slow down the adds at Nefarion. Mages had one job, to get the lowest rank, spec into frosty nova and then stand and spam.  The benefit was it cost peanuts to cast, did some extra damage but slowed the mobs for as long as the rest of the DPS needed them to be.   Ahhh the memories – I miss those raids.

I took way too many screenshots for the 40 minutes I was in game but I wanted to ensure I captured what I could incase the demo is pulled for virtual ticket holders soon.  I am just glad I decided to jump in after Blizzcon and have a play because I certainly think a lot of people are going to be shocked at how different the game is now (and how much easier).

Differences I had forgotten about:

  • Instant scroll text
  • No points on the map of where to go
  • Multiple Self-buffs ( I had 3 self buffs at one point plus my herbalism tracking).
  • Buffing other people (yes I know some of us just got some back)
  • Quests have to be actually tracked they aren’t automatically added to your side bar.
  • Level Spam with what you had gained (awesome)
  • Running out of mana after killing one mob
  • Terror when you see a second mob come
  • Remembering how to polymorph and manage multiple mobs
  • Running back….anywhere….mountless (I haven’t actually levelled a new toon for a very very very long time).
  • The sheer time sink of eating and drinking.

What about you guys?  Have you played, do you want to? I think I have experienced enough to know that I love the game as it is now and I cannot imagine ever wanting to willingly go back to those days, but you know…if someone gets a 40 man guild going I might be tempted….

 

 

 

Transmogrification Classic is at the midway point!!!

The competition closes on the Saturday 17th November 2018.  Make sure you get all your outfits to me before that time to ensure you are not disqualified forever and out of the running for a cute (Or nightmare looking!!) in game pet or mount from the Blizzard store.

Please help spread the word by sharing, commenting, liking and linking this post as you only have one more week to complete this challenge.

Send the files to my gmail account of onyxiia. Please name them something similar to Dragonray_Cataclysm_Mage.

Here is my mage with my all time favourite Arcanist Robes 🙂

Basic Rules

  • No more than 1 tier piece in each transmog outfit allowed. Just 1 of either head/chest/shoulder.
  • You must be able to wear the item, so if you are doing a mage tier, you can’t have a shield.
  • You do not need to do wrists/cloak/pants (if wearing a skirt)/tabards. They are optional.
  • All items of gear must be included in your email for the outfits so we can check them over.
  • Judging will be scoring all outfits from 1-8 for each collection. Highest wins the expansion and most overall wins get the main prize!
  • Classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Mists of Pandaria, Legion, Battle for Azeroth (faction) outfits must all be submitted.
  • Winners announced mid-December to allow purchase of Whomper if you would like him.

Judges

Drew/Moryrt – my IRL stylist

Michael/Nibblepie – sensible and objective friend

Ben/Pracey – transmog lover and collector

Me – Dragonray 🙂

BlizzCon

Drew bought BlizzCon tickets and it took us way too long to realise they actually have a TV app for apple and chrome.  Don’t make our mistake next year by fluffing about for hours to get the laptop connected and everything running only to discover you could have just downloaded an app 🙂  I was still recovering from sickness and so I couldn’t handle the thought of doing anything else but vegetating for the weekend.  Drew also bought me a Whomper pet!! Such adorableness for a good cause. LOOOOOK!!!

Image result for whomper

Watching the panels with the voices behind the characters and the artists is one of the main reasons I watch BlizzCon.  It is so amazing to hear them and this year Laura Bailey actually sang the Warbringer song live. It was so freaking amazing. I cried.  I ACTUALLY CRIED!!  <3 Laura Bailey.

Every time I watch the artists I wish I had the abilities, skill and creative understanding they had.  So normally I comment something along the lines of ” Man, I wish I could do that!!”, Drew generally rolls his eyes and then says, “Have you done any practise? How many days have you drawn, photographed etc this week?” and I generally hang my head in shame.  I always forget that people have to make effort to get good at something, I like to  just think people are born with those skills and that is simply not true. They practise and they practise and they keep practising every single day until they can create these things of beauty.  I need my motivation to be better.

Things I have taken away from BlizzCon this year:

  • Flying is long enough way I can probably get my reputations completed by then.
  • The new updated graphics on Arathi Basin make me wistful for the hours we spent in there just having a laugh with friends. I miss it and I can’t wait to see update.
  • New raid is coming after the new year which should hopefully give me time to get the current heroics completed with the guild.
  • Kultiran Druid forms are the bomb and I want to run alliance druids now.
  • Timewalking to Drainer – no thank you. That place was bad enough once, I won’t willingly go back there to experience it – unless the gear we get is a legendary piece.
  • The new cinematic with Saurfang and Anduin was amazing. I can’t wait to see what story that leads into. A third faction? Some sort of choice? The end of Sylvanas’ reign?
  • New Overwatch character Ashe looks like fun.
  • I want to play more Overwatch and HoTS (still) – I really enjoy both games but I don’t enjoy playing with horrible people because I am terrible.
  • I really want to invest some time in doing something creative in my life – voice acting, drawing, photography…I am not sure…but something. I want to create things.
  • Classic is going to be a mindbender and I can’t wait to play with Drew’s demo access.

I still have a few panels I want to watch so will try and get through them this week, but I am pretty happy with the stuff I was seeing overall.

Some cool things though, Mike M showed up at the start like always 🙂 It was a nice touch to send us off into the future with one last goodbye and then Chris M turned up and asked a question in the Q & A.  It was epic!  So epic! He asked when the real warchief would return – we are all wondering the same thing.

What about you? What bits are you most excited for in the future?

Pax Aus and dying

Pax Aus happened recently and it was, as always, an amazing weekend of friends, laughter, gaming and sore af feet.

The weekend started with our guild meet up on Thursday night which I have already posted about and I honestly meant to post about Pax much sooner than now but we were super busy with friends and I got deathly sick. I honestly thought I was going to die, so blogging took a back seat for a week.

Friday at Pax we went to a couple of panels, Mike didn’t come out this year so the Q&A was with Kris Straub and Jerry instead. I had zero intention of collecting pins this year other than the standard ones you could buy, until I saw Blizzard had finally turned up at Pax Aus and it kicked me in the motivator 🙂  they had a lovely Diablo pin up for grabs. It was easy to get, but limited, so it needed to be done quickly 🙂 I generally have favourite pins I get every year, this one is my top one for the year. I love love love this.

Friday mainly involved playing indie games, my favourite being so adorable – Little Reaper – I can’t wait for it to be available. The group is now obsessed with Owls and Vowels which is a mobile game for creating words and we have leaderboards and are now competing with each other.

Saturday and Sunday was mainly tabletop games,  RPG and being infected by some random.  We played Call of Cthulu which was actually more enjoyable than I thought it would be. We were the only group over the weekend to talk to the ghosts instead of attacking them during the game because I lobbied for being friendly, I am a spiritualist after all. We then helped them attack another creature which had never been done, so it altered our ending in a positive way.

My biggest disappointment for the weekend was gold Pinny arcade pins.  The only way to get them was to find people in the wild of the event and they should have traded with you. I explained this to someone standing in a queue when we were discussing pins, they had no idea about it.  That person I later found out managed to get all 4 and I only got 1 because the time I did see the other people they said they didn’t have them at that time and to see them a different time.  I was super pissed. Changing the rules during a game would not fly during NHL, NFL or MBL. Harumpfh.

On the flip side I managed to get one of the most awesome pins this year from the CEO of Bethesda. They are a massive sponsor and part of the Pax experience, including the long queue hall area to get in.  The queue hall theme was Fallout Reclamation Day, so just before opening time there was a countdown and then streamers burst from the TV’s.  We had masks, party hats and blowers. It was awesome.  We actually were close enough in the queue to be see Ash and Matthias, they dropped their space and came and stood with us which made it much more enjoyable to have people to chat to.

But back to the second best pin of the weekend.  I was told it was pretty rare and hard to get, the only way was to trade with the CEO, Pete Hines who I had no idea what he looked like or where he was likely to be.  After getting to a sweet roll giveaway late I was told he was standing nearby so I went over and lurked.  He walked over and said “You appear to be lurking”, I blushed bright red and said, “I was told, if I was super lucky, you might be willing to trade a pin with me for one of those <pointing at rare pin>”.  I traded my spare Diablo pin with him.  I think game for game trade was fair. I even jokingly asked him if he was sure he wanted a Diablo pin and if it was a conflict of interest.  He was so nice during the interaction. But look at this pretty little gem.

Sunday after everyone had had enough and we were unable to find a monitor we liked (our only goal for the weekend), we headed home knowing that everyone would be heading to our place after as is now tradition.

So Sunday night we had Sian, Michael, Ben, Oui and Ash over, we ate some pizza, drank some alcohol and most importantly played some DnD. We played our first campaign together which Ben is DMing. It was hilarious, I have never laughed so hard at Michael mainly being one of the most vague Turtles ever. It was brilliant.

Monday was recovery and before Ben and Oui left for home, we played Harry Potter (WOOOOO!!!), Mysterium with Ben as the silent ghost (omg it was hard but more enjoyable than I thought it would be), a couple of rounds of F*CK the card game and the mind one (you have to guess who has the next number but aren’t allowed to speak).

I went to work Tues and Wed, but on the way home my throat started hurting something vicious. By Wednesday night I couldn’t swallow and my throat was so swollen it felt closed and I had a temp of about 38 degrees, Thursday I went to the Dr with a temp of 39 and unable to breathe and at all. I was able to eat a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt only for 2 days and the nurse who took my blood said that if I started drooling I needed to go to the hospital immediately.   I am blaming the random who played with us for Call of Cthulu as she was sniffling and coughing everywhere and we always avoid Pax Pox because we use hand sanitiser every 3 seconds the entire weekend!!  I basically spent from Wednesday night until Friday morning thinking I was actually going to die because breathing was so difficult, which kept inducing panic attacks and making it worse. I was terrified. This meant I just didn’t want to even play WoW  or blog or do anything but sit on the couch (or in bed) and not move.

I am feeling much better now though, I can breathe again except my nose is now snuffly.

Intpipomo 2018

Intpipomo is one of those things I never seem to know how to get in on and it frustrates me as I only ever know about it after the fact.  Not this year my wonderful readers!!  No, this year I am only  few days behind and I have even registered thanks to seeing this post on twitter which lead me to Gamer Girl Confessions who is running it this year.

I have always appreciated the writing event and whilst it isn’t really my thing, taking 50 pictures over a month is certainly something I can handle.

So what are the rules:

  • Take the icon (original size 500×500) and use it on your site! (If you want, it’s not required!)
  • Link back to the original post so folks know where to go and what to do.
  • Aim to post fifty (50) images of your own creation/taking throughout the month of November.
    • There is no strict posting schedule or theme to adhere to, but feel free to bounce ideas off of fellow participants!
    • Feel free to post these images as a once-a-week batch, or throughout the week in small doses.
  • Use the #IntPiPoMo hastag when you share your blog posts via social media.

That is it. Post 50 pictures that I have taken and they can be of anything. I am adding an extra challenge condition of them being RL photographs to help me get back into my photography. I have needed a boost of motiviation and this will be it.

Let me know if you are doing it as well!!! I am so freaking excited that I remembered this year, I am off to go and my camera and find something to photograph.

The Transmogrification classic is now open!!!

The classic demo is now live and so is the competition!

You can send me all your entries in one hit or in groups if you like. Whatever is easiest for you 😉

Send the files to my gmail account of onyxiia. Please name them something similar to Dragonray_Cataclysm_Mage.

Competition ends Saturday 17th November – get sharing/commenting and most importantly transmogging!!

Basic Rules

  • No more than 1 tier piece in each transmog outfit allowed. Just 1 of either head/chest/shoulder.
  • You must be able to wear the item, so if you are doing a mage tier, you can’t have a shield.
  • You do not need to do wrists/cloak/pants (if wearing a skirt)/tabards. They are optional.
  • All items of gear must be included in your email for the outfits so we can check them over.
  • Judging will be scoring all outfits from 1-8 for each collection. Highest wins the expansion and most overall wins get the main prize!f
  • Classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Mists of Pandaria, Legion, Battle for Azeroth (faction) outfits must all be submitted.
  • Winners announced mid-December.

Prize!

A mount or pet from the online store 

Judges

Drew/Moryrt – my IRL stylist

Michael/Nibblepie – sensible and objective friend

Ben/Pracey – transmog lover and collector

Me – Dragonray 🙂

Shared topic 42: What is your favourite role and why?

This week’s topic from Z and Cinder is a nice one:

Do you love being the shield that protects your group, or the damage dealer that melts the mobs before you or the healer at the back shaking your head at the people standing in fire and giving you something to do?

We’d also love to hear from you if you play a different MMO or one that’s not built on the WoW trio model.

I find it hard to choose between tanking and DPS.  I adore playing caster DPS and doing damage with spells. I like being able to burn, freeze, lightening and thunder my way through mobs.  I love collecting massive amounts of mobs and then AOEing them down. I feel powerful and awesome.  Any type of RP game I play I fall back onto playing a range caster – mage/wizard/sorcerer etc. Anything which allows me to just kill things. I like big spells with big numbers.

I temper that with my complete love of tanking. Mainly Guardian Druid form because I am bright purple and brilliant and who doesn’t love a bright purple bear saving them from destruction?  I tanked briefly through another raid period..maybe Ulduar? and I liked it then as well but the stress levels are way higher than DPS. If you miss a cooldown it could be the end of the raid or group but that is the limit of the stress. I never really struggled to get and maintain aggro, I always seemed to manage to pick up mobs easily enough, however my issue has always been learning to control my urges when tanking different things.  Tanking Mythics+ is different to raiding and I kept going into raiding and burning my cooldowns as though I was in Mythics+.  It caused issues when I needed a CD and I didn’t have one – I got better once I got my brain on board, but that was always highly stressful for me.

I would still be tanking except I cannot raid Wednesday and it would be unfair to the guild to try and keep that spot so I went boomy and raid Fridays only. One night of raiding kills me given it is mostly just a wipe night for me. I am not really getting the joy and satisfaction from it.

Screw Healing. You are all crazy. No way. Nope.Z

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