#Blaugust2019 -Backlogs?

One of the things I have stumbled across since starting this challenge when reading other blogs is this idea of a backlog. Of games.

This blew my mind hole so far open I am not sure I will ever be able to close it again. I am such a WoW addict, I had never considered people out there play other games. They actually buy other games with the intention to play something other than WoW.

It occurs to me though, if you aren’t playing the time sink known as WoW you have hours in your week you can contemplate other games like a traitor. I also started to notice this phenomena when Ben and Oui moved in with us because Ben has about 12 other games he is playing and he keeps mentioning others he has bought or is waiting to download. What? He then spends his nights playing things other than WoW. I find this abhorrent πŸ™‚ So far I have heard of him playing, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and a DC one(?) – I am sure I saw the batmobile and an FPS..Call of Duty (Maybe?) or something like that anyway.

I have 1 game I play, and very very very occasionally I might dip my toes into Overwatch or Diablo – but they are all Blizzard games. The idea of having a backlog of games is so foreign to me. I don’t even look into other games to see what I might like playing. I am a bad gamer. Bad bad gamer.

I have zero games on my backlog and likely it will stay that way for a while. Although there was talk recently about resurrecting the old SWTOR account…LOL. After a very thorough search (ie 2 minute search online) I found some games I might be interested in dipping my toes into (when they eventually come out; Star Wars: Fallen Order, Zenith (currently on kickstarter), Mansions of Madness and Halo (but this will require an Xbox upgrade).

I just want to play WoW and you guys want to play ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!

#Blaugust2019 – The Queen’s Court of mischief

The guild actually killed the Court last week, but I was not online for it as I was at home, playing (and losing) Harry Potter board games with friends.

So I was pretty excited when our next raid night we started a fresh heroic run and managed to get all the way to the Court again for this week. The fresh run included one Apophis all the way through which, poor bugger, he didn’t join us the week prior for our Lady Ashvane kill so had no idea what was happening when we started the fight. Ooops. He made up for it by doing great DPS. I also cocked it up on that fight, but then so did a few others as we had to have a few attempts on her again to get it sorted. I think that is going to be one of those really random fights; some weeks the coral and people will be placed well, others I think it will just be bad and cost us. This was our second heroic kill so I am not going to be harsh on myself or anyone else for making mistakes.

I was, however so ecstatic I survived the entire Radiance fight I even took a screenshot. Look!! here is me alive…and Radiance dead! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!? I even got excited over voice comms.

We didn’t actually struggle too much on Orgozoa, but we did have a few attempts, it is a pretty unforgiving fight for the tanks and it can take one tiny mistake for it all to go to the pits. But in Warsong style we killed it with only a couple left alive.

So the rest of this post was supposed to be about how we killed the court and zaqul….but then on our next raid night we were down two healers, a tank and a lot of DPS. So we didn’t end up raiding and I didn’t get an awesome post of boss kills and I forgot to cancel the post after the non-raid!

#Blaugust2019 – IRL Collecting

What do I collect? I can’t collect real life mounts or pets (although that is a tempting idea) I do have a thing with collecting Pinny Arcade pins. I am always open for donations to either keep or swap with people at our yearly pilgrimage to PAX.

PAX for those unfamiliar is a gaming expo run by the Penny Arcade company. They have panels, discussions, tabletop areas, VR areas, an exhibition hall for vendors and dedicated areas for testing new games on the market. It is a 3 day event held in mostly the US, although they have had one in Aus since 2013. I didn’t go to the first event however I have been since the 2014 without fail. My hubby and I consider it our Christmas πŸ™‚

Since the first one though, I have been hooked on the pins. Hooked. Here is the vest I wear to PAX every year (although I am still toying with ideas for this years PAX).

Front view
Left side
Right side

I need more space than a vest because here are the rest of the pins I own which are not displayed anywhere or worn to PAX. I am toying with the idea of making skirt or pants with front facing panels with a layer of this but sturdy plastic over the top to avoid any loss of pins.

From the top
Middle
bottom

This is my collection for exchange with others. I have a brilliant friend in the US who sent me a whole heaps of ship ones to trade with others, and I have some left over from last year which means I can buy less this year to trade.

Trading

The basic idea is you trade pins with others, for pins you don’t have and they want. You ask politely if they are willing to trade you X pin for Y pin and they can say no if they don’t think it is worth it. There are “values” associated with them in that some are limited edition, limited print runs, promo editions etc. They also have dates on the back as well. During PAX you can also trade pins with enforcers if they have pins on – they usually have rare or exciting pins and there is also a pinny trade meet up with the pinny arcade staff – you can get all their pins then or when you see them on the floor. There is also a trading session with other folks as well and that was mind blowing, the last one I went to I saw an older gentleman who had huge ziplock bags of each type of pin. It was insane – maybe he was the printer? LOL

The most coveted set I want is the Australian 2013 set. I wish I had one of those, they are as rare as hens teeth because they didn’t make a huge print run. Some others rare pins require you to talk to people and locate them during events. It is an effort but for a nutter like me – totally worth it.

#Blaugust2019 – Creator appreciation – Music

Music is one of those things I want in my life playing all the time. Sadly I need to be talking to people and watching other things, so I can’t have music going as much as I would like. It is a huge part of my emotional rollercoaster balancing as well. It can put me in a good mood, make me cry or piss me off.

My favourite genre leans towards country with a soft rock feel. I do like most other things except screamy metal – so..death metal maybe? The screaming grates on my nerves and gets me agitated, so i avoid it.

Here are some bands I have recently discovered (thanks to Hubby on some of these).

Walking on cars – irish rock band. Easy to listen to. I would like to find more bands like this.

Lanco – country, their song “born to love you” kills me and is a favourite.

Larken poe – rock/country/blues mix with 2 sisters. There are far too many songs which are awesome. Just too many. They are so good we are contemplating going to Bluesfest in Byron Bay next year just to see them!

Chvrches – synth pop from Scotland; we have listened to them for a while but not enough people know of them. So i like to mention them when I can.

Dan & Shay – country duo, easy to listen to and very enjoyable. Currently on repeat with their albums.

I love music so much, we discovered I have a music library on my phone of about 36Gb and my hubby has 8Gb. This is why my car struggles when I connect my phone. I spent an evening cleaning out some old albums and bands I haven’t listened to in years and got my library down to 26.25Gb πŸ™‚

Go check them out and have some joy in your earholes πŸ™‚ Let me know what musical creators you are enjoying at the moment!

#Blaugust 2019 – Creator appreciation – INTPIPOMO 2018 RESULTS

You might remember, towards the end of last year I did INTPIPOMO….well I did some of it. Not all of it. I only managed to post a few photos, but that was enough apparently to score me a little random win.

Who would have thought πŸ™‚

You can read the full post here but I had no idea. I must have completely spaced out on that front. I feel bad I didn’t do enough images, but grats to Aggronaut on their win!

In honour of not having done enough then, here is another small gallery of images πŸ™‚ This sort of ties in well with having a creator appreciation week for blaugust and I will selfishly use this to display more of my own images.

I am no longer really doing photography, but I still love it and will occasionally pull out the camera.

#Blaugust2019 – Creator appreciation – Comics

I thought I would post about some of my favourite comics which i read and follow on social media so I know when new ones have come out.

Belzebubs – is without a doubt my current favourite. We haven’t had an actual comic for a little bit but I absolutely love this comic of a goth, satanic heavy metal band and family. I adore it. They actually have an album which was released this year in Jan but I have yet to listen to it. Heavy metal is not my music of choice anymore.

Catana comics – is a cute comic about a couple and as I am sure many other people, I find so many parallels πŸ™‚

Sarah’s scribbles – relatable to me in every way I can think of so far. I adore her comics.

One of those days – brilliant, this makes me feel like all the things in our relationship happen to other people. Love it and their art style is amazing.

There are other comics like Penny Arcade and Shen and a few others I read but don’t seek out regularly. Just when the mood hits and I am looking for things to do.

#Blaugust2019 – Creator appreciation – Youtube

Hubby and I watch more youtube than streaming and TV combined these days. I am not sure how it happened but we just enjoyed watching content people have created. We even toyed with the idea of creating a youtube channel ourselves but neither of us could really spare the time to edit, create and come up with ideas that were going to last more than maybe 1 week.

But here is a list of the channel we watch religiously when a new video is uploaded.

Kara & Nate – they travel for a living (jealous!!)

Abroad in Japan – Sarcastic Englishman living in Japan (funny as hell)

Bon Appetit – Foodie channel (Brad Leone makes me laugh and Claire making gourmet versions of food is epic)

Critical role – DnD, currently watching through β€œThe Mighty Nein”.

The Modern Rogue – 2 guys who do things…dangerous and weird things πŸ™‚ funny guys.

Becki and Chris – photography and life topics. Funny as hell.

Evan and Katelyn – they make things for their home, loads of fun.

These aren’t warcraft channels of course because I wanted to point out other channels and creators out there who don’t have anything to do with the game. The channels are people just living life, doing interesting things and making me laugh – and sometimes living their most dangerous lives. I have many laughs when watching most of these channels and I am extremely appreciative of their videos.

I think it would be very cool to have a channel but so much work and opening yourself to weirdos and trolls. Not sure I am willing to put up with that πŸ™‚

#Blaugust2019 – Creator appreciation – Artists

The writing ideas for this week are about appreciating people who create content. Things I like watching, buying, seeing and being involved in. I thought it might be cool for me to break down into categories but who knows. I may be out of steam by the end of a few posts.

Today I am going to link to the artists I adore for your enjoyment.

Sam Flegal

This was the piece I saw of his first and it just captured me entirely. I bought a print of this one and framed. I adore this painting.

I adored this so much I commissioned him for a proper painting. All the way from the USA. Cost me a packet but I love it!

Danny Beck

He used to work for Blizzard on Warcraft and I somehow found him via someone. I loved his really cute “”monsters and hamsters” theme. Reallly gorgeous. He was apparently bringing out a book but I am not sure what stage that is at. I should follow that up soon.

Wendy Ortiz

I found her randomly on instagram I think one day. I love her work. It is mystical, earthy and a little morbid. I love it.

Glenn Arthur

This guy draws hummingbirds in all his pieces and I would probably own about 4-5 pieces if I didn’t have hubby rolling his eyes at my art purchases.

I have this print of his.

Peter Mohrbacher

I adore the angel series. Yet another artist I would buy prints off if I could. It makes me sad I don’t live in the USA where I could visit these guys at their conventions and buy pieces. His work is absolutely stunning. One day I will own one or two of his work.

Well that is a short list of some of the artists I adore and love and follow. Who do you guys like and watch? What art pieces do you own?

#Blaugust 2019 – Fright Night

We had a night out with some friends to see “A midnight Visit, which is a warehouse converted into various rooms with different themes and actors doing Edgar Allan Poe scenes.

Some rooms were creepy as hell and others were a little meh. I felt a little creeped out in the streamer room and i loved the tell tale heart room.

We weren’t allowed to take photos in the rooms to ensure the entire thing wasn’t ruined for others. This was our group before we went into the actual event.

We had a chance to take a picture with wings, this is hubby πŸ™‚

This is me with my wings, nowhere near as cool as hubby.

It is in Melb for another few months and worth going through it if you are into a goth kind of dream state with Edgar Allan Poe inspired themes.

I should add this may seem like a weird post, but all the people in this photo I know because of Warcraft. I met them in game and through friends of people in game πŸ™‚

#Blaugust 2019 – Couldn’t be done, they said.

I didn’t want to raid this week given the current state of my brain, but I was online fiddling with my toon at raid time changing gear, getting chants (Thanks Oui) and pottering around. Anyway whilst sitting in discord I got outed by a few people about why I wasn’t in the raid, so I went along. I really just didn’t want to spend the night being told how we couldn’t kill a boss. So I just figured it was easier to not go. I play WoW for fun and to enjoy time with people who make me laugh, I don’t want to listen to even more negativity.

Either way, we took Apophis in as well as he the same ilevel as me and his DPS isn’t actually bad. So he got to see the first three bosses in heroic mode. He died on Radiance – but then….it is a super rough fight..so I sort of expected him dying somewhere along the way.

We struggled a little on Behemoth, not sure what has happening, but we wiped for the first time in a while on him and then even when we killed him it was a little messy. We did get him down though thankfully.

So we headed to Lady Ashvane, bane of our existence. We expected to be spending the night on her. But would you believe this.

4/8H

We killed her. With our first pull. It was pretty impressive. I confess I had the absolute best attempt, I didn’t get briny bubble nor did I get the colour circled. I literally just stood there, avoided circles and DPS’d πŸ™‚

We headed to Orgozoa, with the explanation from Queen Nelly of it being basically the same just everything hits harder and kills you faster. We wiped a few times whilst the tanks figured out their swapping and had a few mistakes etcs but we were getting it down pretty easily.

And would you believe:

5/8 H

It was a messy kill for sure, my death was in the last few % of health, annoyingly but I think it will work better next time.

Go us though, walking in an smashing through 5 bosses in Heroic and finishing early so people could go and PVP for the rest of the evening. I would have liked to have seen Queen’s Court for a few attempts but oh well. Grats the team though, was very happy to have killed 2 new bosses this week and I am glad I went. (Played Beat Saber for an hour after raid).

#Blaugust2019 – Mental health

This is a trigger warning for the below on multiple fronts. Proceed with caution.

This was a post I was deciding if I should post or not and if it has gone live, I obviously decided against my better judgement to let it go public. It is one of those stigma breaking things I need to get used to being open about.

I make no bones on this blog about my feelings and struggles with PTSD, rape culture and the ups and downs of my temper. I try and not post about it a lot because I use WoW as an escape from my head. People don’t need to read about all that stuff from me – there are plenty of other popular people out there who talk about their struggles openly. My issues stem from nearly being murdered and ignored during my rape.

Recently though, maybe the last 2 -3 months, I have been slowly spiralling a little into some of the darker parts of my brain. The hard part of this is I only have my husband to turn to because he knows the depths to which I have sunk in the past and how hard I work through things now to not go back there. I say it is hard, but I mean for him, he is the one who has to cope with my tears, temper and sadness. I carry the guilt of burdening him with my craziness.

There are a multitude of little things which is contributing to my current state of feeling worthless including a reduction in exercise, me feeling like I am always the one reaching out to others but noone reaching out to me or people not responding to questions IRL and over social media. They build up and come in waves, some days I don’t notice, other days even the smallest thing sets off my negativity and tears.

Two bigger events which are weighing me down are relating to people wanting to use my online handles/website because they are starting something new. In my head, they will re-write my history/my name and my mark will be erased (granted it isn’t a large mark but these are long standing parts of my life). No one really understands how much devastation I am feeling about either situation. Yesterday was the culmination of months of angst, hurt and fear and I just couldn’t stop the tears for hours.

Ultimately I wake up every day, I go to work, I smile I do what needs to be done for the day, I go home, cook dinner, smile, laugh and then whilst watching TV or playing WoW spend the rest of the night in my head trying to correct the negative self talk into positive. It is exhausting to constantly be telling myself I don’t suck and people do like me and wanting to overwrite every facet of my life isn’t bad, when everything fibre of my being is screaming the opposite. I just need to keep swimming through these periods so I can come out the other side alive.

This was a hard post to write especially when most people have no idea about what I am going through. I don’t ask for help or talk about how I am feeling because I was mocked publicly by others when I was clearly in recovery and actively seeing a therapist. I want everyone to believe I am ok now. So thanks for reading this if you did, I am sorry for anything I do or say which seems over the top.

#Blaugust2019 – VR and PS4

I tried “Beat Sabre” for the first time months ago at Sian and Michael’s place. Since then it has been a game I could not get out of my head and one I wanted to buy. Hubby and I even spent weeks pouring over all the VR options and prices to determine the best possible option for us given we had alienware laptops capable of handling VR we were mostly swinging towards the HTC Vive.

Then Ben and Oui confirmed they were going to move to Melb and we decided to put our purchase on hold as they had a PS4 with VR. I was happy to save ourselves a couple of thousand bucks in the short term to wait a few months and then see how much we actually used the VR.

I have watched so many videos for beat saber and been hanging to get back into, Michael has told me many times to just come around and play it. But I think I would feel like a crack addict getting a hit, so have patiently waited.

Sunday night though, after the guys had done some unpacking and setting up of bits and pieces. Ben fired up the PS4 and I was super excited. I jumped into Beat Saber with happiness.

Some random image not mine πŸ™‚

I played in easy mode for a few songs and was not finding it much of a challenge, but I wanted to get back into it slowly. Since it would have been impolite to monopolise the entire PS4 Hubby and Ben did a couple of sings as well. They both did it at harder levels than me and did exceptionally well. The motion sickness was there, but tolerable, when I was playing but watching other people play was really difficult when they moved their head. I will have to be ultra careful with this one.

We then decided to have a few goes at “Just Dance 2019”. I have seen this at PAX almost every year and have wondered how to play it because everyone looks like they are having a lot of fun. Now I know, I might have a shot this year.

I was doing very well, even when I was following the wrong person on screen for an entire song ..OOPS!! There was some very weird dancing animations though, this frog being the main one in my opinion.

But I was getting “Superstar” pretty often which Ben was surprised at because he didn’t even know it was a thing – I was surprised as well because it didn’t feel like I was going particularly well.

I was very very very sore the next morning because we had been playing for about 3 hours but I was having so much fun!!

I can’t wait to get home and play some more beat saber!!!

#Blaugust2019 – DnD

Funny story, years ago I was dating a guy who roleplayed. Shadowrun I believe was the name of the game. I used to give him so much crap about it because I just thought it was weird. Fast forward a few years after my love of Guild Wars had blossomed into WoW addiction and I was having a conversation with my hubby about how I was impressed with how they can make all this stuff happen in game. Like magic. He looked at me a little dumbfounded and then began to explain how WoW and games similar were based on DnD. I scoffed. Now way I am playing a real version of a made up in my head game.

It was a discussion that went on for weeks if I remember because I vehemently disputed I was a roleplaying nerd. Oh how wrong and ignorant I was.

It was until a few years ago he convinced me to give role playing DnD a go. Just a small experience to see what it was like. We set up a small one shot and it took about 4 hours for us to set up our characters and we played for barely half that time. I had no idea what I was doing but all the dice rolling and missing and hitting, picking and casting spells; it all started to seem a lot like WoW. I finally really believed him.

Fast forward again to present day and I am a full blown DnD addict. We have one group for DnD at level 4; we have been playing for a few months and meet every 3-4 weeks where possible – there are 7 people to organise so it can be a little hard. We are also in the process of setting up a second group with some friends interstate, so we skype the session, hubby DM’s and we just reached level 2. My husband and I are currently working our way through the many, many, many hours of Critical Role – Campaign 2 “The Mighty Nein”; of the 71 episodes out we are on 30. This doesn’t include the one shots we have played with friends, or the other youtube series we have watched like Will Wheton’s TitansGrave (which was awesome), LARPS (on repeat) or Acquisitions Incorporated by Penny Arcade.

Suffice it to say I actually really enjoy DnD. I understand entirely now how games like WoW are completely and utterly the same thing just all the dice rolling is done behind the scenes. It also isn’t as relevant today as it used to be with miss/resists taken out of the game.

I am not yet fully suffering under the weight of needing more dice constantly, although hubby did go through 3 sets last game because they were giving him bad rolls. We may need to set up a dice jail. I also might need to start buying more to cover the ones in jail. Just a few more sets, not many.

Like these guys – https://www.tumblr.com/search/dice%20hoarding

There is a deep joy in my soul when a bunch of friends gather and have a drink and some food whilst playing DnD and laughing at each other. This is the same feeling I get in a raid group when we kill stuff! Oooh!! Friends and gaming seem to be a consistent theme with me πŸ™‚

#Blaugust2019 – Dragons?

People may not know me well enough to know my slight obsession with dragons. When I mean slight I mean, I own a lot of dragon items in my house, my character names bar a couple all start with Dragon, I love all lore relating to dragons.

I can’t remember when I was first made aware of them as a mythological ideal, but I was a teenager when I started to consider them part of my life and started to collect them around me.

I see them as both fierce and tempestuous with intelligence and loyalty. A lot of my opinions of dragons comes from the magical world of Pern, mixed with Tolkien and various other books and mythological sources. I hope not to sound like a crazy but I see them in the shape of the clouds and in the shape of trunks/bark on trees, I take it as a great sign for the day when I see them.

I adore them, in all their fiery, scaly and inconsistent behaviours. Part of the reason I adore WoW so much is I get to ride around on dragons all day and collect dragon mounts. I don’t like having to kill them at all. But I get to ride so many different types of dragons I can’t understand why I would play any other game. I am not kidding when I say this next part. I sometimes just spend time in game flying around on my dragons doing nothing but just flying on them and admiring it.

I have always wanted a tattoo and there was never a doubt in my mind about needing a dragon. I still don’t have said tattoo and unlikely I will ever get it, but if it ever happens it will be a dragon. If anyone ever questions what they should buy me for a present I can guarantee them anything with a dragon theme will always be appreciated.

There is something about their size, grandeur and mythology which pulls me in and makes me feel part of them. Anyway, there you go, something you know about me now is my love of dragons!

#Blaugust2019 – Getting to know me week

Another day, another post for Blaugust, this week is supposed to be about getting to know me. I have no idea what people would be interested in knowing about me. Part of me wants to stick to the same stuff my readers would know and another part of me wants to talk about things that are wild and wonderful….except…there isn’t much I haven’t talked about on this blog over my time here.

So I am going to start with a basic bit of information about myself which is my absolute desire to be a creative person but I was only blessed with maybe a left arm that is creative. The rest of me missed out, but I am not sure what it got instead because it certainly wasn’t science.

I always wanted to be an artist. I drew a lot as a teenager and have kept a lot of the things I drew. I was pretty decent in my art classes at high school as well, but life got in the way and my art went by the wayside.

As an adult my husband got me into photography when he bought himself a camera and I ended up falling in love with digitally being able to paint a picture with light in a couple of seconds. It was magical. I adore photography and whilst it would be my dream job, I don’t have the self confidence to push through the negativity.

So I am insanely jealous and impressed with anyone who can make a living off doing art or photography. I think it takes balls of solid steel to push your way through all the negativity and sell yourself, part of the reason I why I love buying artwork, because you need to support the people who do what I can’t.

So if there is anything you are dying to know about me please hit me up in the comments and maybe I could do an AMA type post this week!!

#Blaugust2019 – Times they are a changing

So when this post goes live, our friends Ben and Oui, may have started their journey to move from Sydney to Melbourne.

They were planning on leaving “early” to start their drive but I have no idea if they will actually manage it.

We met them at PAX 2014 for the first time through Michael and Sian and we have developed a great friendship. We have spent a lot of time with them since (both IRL and in Azeroth!) and every year at PAX we try and convince them to move to Melb.

I never actually thought it would happen, but omg it is! They are going to live with us to get out of the rental trap and save for their own home. Melb still has something amounting to a reasonable housing market when compared to Sydney.

I am excited for them and I hope they have an easy drive down, not sure if their stuff will arrive before them or not. It is such a massive change for them and their lives and hopefully will only be positive for their future.

#Blaugust2019 – working with ladies

I still dispute calling her a lady when she looks like a monster and throws coral at us but she should be respected for her choices.

We actually cleared all three Heroic bosses without issue again tonight. I wouldn’t say they are on farm but we are doing really well. People are still taking a lot of gear with very few being passed off.

I died on Radiance because the squall happened and I couldn’t get through the swirling circle of death. I didn’t think I was far enough behind to not make it through with everyone else but it kicked me in the air and I got caught and died.

I hate that fight. Have I said it before? Should I say it again?

Tonight was our first actual night seeing Ashvane and I got pretty annoyed with being told we aren’t going to do it after 2 attempts because our DPS was bad. It very well might be bad, but we have had 4 attempts in total. 4. We need to learn mechanics, we have to work out what the heck is going on. Our DPS isn’t going to be top notch, especially for our guild of friends. We take a few nights to get the hang of the fight. There is no shame in that in my opinion, but it seems like some don’t like the effort involved.

Either way towards the end of the night we were getting the hang of the mechanics. We still had a few issues clearing the coral but we managed to get her to 20% a few times. The third shield phase is pretty hard to survive so hopefully a few more attempts and we will have it worked out.

I have to work out what I am doing wrong with my DPS because I should be putting out much better numbers than I am. I wasn’t moving particularly much but maybe that is enough to disrupt my numbers – I don’t know but it will require some research this weekend. I even told Queen Nelly to drop me as my DPS was bad.

#Blaugust2019 – First ever blog post.

This was a post idea on the discord channel and I thought it would be a good one to investigate. I went all the way back to my actual first post ever. 5th Feb 2003.

I remember the story of my blogging so well. I was working at MLC in North Sydney and my friend Minxi and I were at lunch in the Greenwood food court. We were sitting down talking about life and she mentioned she was “blogging” on this site called Livejournal. I said what is blogging? Like a virtual diary which people can read and you can have friends and join communities. It blew my mind!! We spent ages talking about it at length and I jumped on the bandwagon pretty soon afterwards.

When people would start commenting and offering support and advice and reflection on their own issues I knew I had found something I absolutely adored. It looks like I stopped writing there consistently in about 2010.

My first ever WoW blog post was June 13 2009.

It was on my original wow blog called “Arcane Ramblings” which no longer exists publicly, but I did move all my old posts to this blog so they would show a collective history. I am missing a few and I was working on importing them but I got sidetracked and never finished.

Reading over my early blog posts (both personal and WoW) I don’t think anything much has changed. I still make a metric tonne of typing mistakes, I still have bad punctuation and grammar and I still waffle on incessantly about inane things. I do feel a little nostalgic reading back, but I guess that was why I started writing. So I could remember the feelings, the good and bad times, the silly things happening in my life as well as the major ones. I really enjoy the interaction with other people.

So where did you guys all stat, did you have a livejournal? What was your first ever blog post?

#Blaugust2019 – ooooohhhhh Wrathion!!

I saw this news on twitter saying the continuation of the Azerite questline takes us to Finding Wrathion again.

From Reddit

The Black dragonflight again. Also a mount based on Deathwing can be awarded during Blizzard’s upcoming birthday. – details here.

I have no idea what else is in store, I didn’t read the post about Wrathion as I don’t want too many spoilers but I did get very excited about seeing his name again. My necklace only just hit 55 last week and I need to make a concerted effort now to get through the rest of the story based on this news alone. I know someone, maybe Simon?, in the guild mentioned you had to get your necklace to 70 for the next quest and I just looked at mine and nearly cried.

But this is what I am going to do. Quest my butt off for the next week with anything that includes Azerite and spend a morning on my weekends doing the expeditions. If I can find a group willing to do Mythic level even better, but will definitely stick to heroic to get them done. I need to get my necklace up.

We are soooo going to have dragons in the next xpac right? All dragons all day!!! GAHHH Maybe Ysera will come back somehow.

As I choose to remember her.

#Blaugust2019 – More generic stuff

All these little things happen that don’t deserve their own post, although maybe now is the time to make a single post for everything!!?

Firstly let us deal with Stupid Scrollsages who cannot tell when you have walked the pattern. I must be a millimetre off…

I had to do this about 5 times before it finally succeeded. I was so over it by the end. It is certainly a nice little challenge without much effort really. I do like the tortollen quests, they are nice and quick (usually) with decent rewards.

I got Neri up to level 10!!! Now I just have to start working on the other ones. If I can ever be bothered going back to Naz once I eventually get flying.

I actually got a power up for an essence, to level 2. Never mind the fact my necklace is still not level 55 (I know, I don’t play enough) and I only have 4 of the darn things. But can I point out, I don’t want to PVP for an essence, I don’t care how good it is, I also don’t want to do the million other things needed to collect the darn things. I really cannot understand why they had to make this plus the azerite gear such a burden.

I don’t want to have to switch my gear, talents and now my stupid necklace when I am going between mythics and raids and then even between bosses. Not to mention having to keep a completely different set of gear for tanking. I just don’t want to min/max that much. It just makes everything feel like so much more work for nothing and it irritates me. I think this is part of why I don’t want to log on at the moment, especially combined with trying to get flying.

On the plus side I am an uber fisherman who can’t seem to get “Fishing Buddy”to work anymore so I have to physically click my fishing now. <sob>

All in all I am just chugging along through the content and trying to get my professions up on my mage (Alchemy and tailoring) and my cooking up on my druid. It is also struggle city with those things. No matter how much I seem to herb or how many pieces of linen I have I seem to get like 1 skill point a week. I have to look out for the next Darkmoon Faire and get some cheap skill points.