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.  

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?

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….

 

 

 

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!!!

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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.

Guild meetup

We organised a guild meet up the weekend of PAX and I hadn’t expected 17 people to actually show up!! I organised for Hofbrauhaus to host us, it is oktoberfest after all and I thought it would be good to have a nice relaxing dinner before PAX festivities.

Unfortunately I didn’t realise they would be having a live band or that the music would be so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think. What is with restaurants being so loud these days?

Dinner was amazing, some people ordered wursts, some schnitzels and a few of us ordered sharing platters – it said 2/3 people could share but I would say 3/4 in all honesty.

I ordered a pretzel which was so good I ate it before taking a picture of it 🙂 it was so good. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Here are some pictures of the gang chilling and hanging out 🙂

we headed to a pub after dinner which we hoped was a little quieter but it was so quiet we felt we would be out of place so we moved to a club called “the carlton”.

Decor was boudoir-goth-dark. We went all the way up 6 flights of stairs to the rooftop bar to be told it was closed and we had walk all the way back down.

We chilled out in the outdoor section because it was so hot in the actual club. I forgot to take any photos, but it was also really dark.

I hope everyone had an awesome night and I cannot believe how awesome this picture is that Ash made! Just look how brilliant it is! It is based on the group shot we took out the front of the Hofbrauhaus!

It was so cool to put faces to names and actually meet people. The thing about meet ups like this is that you already know each other and have jokes and stories so there isn’t a feeling of weirdness (imho). I had so much fun. I can’t put into words how much fun.

Yup, I can say I have done it now.

I did LFR. <hangs head> Why?  Tell me why I thought it would be a good idea? What makes it worse was I had to keep signing up.

The first one I jumped into was Zul only. They had already killed FD and Vectis. We pulled the entire platform of adds. We basically died a horrible death twice before we even got to the boss. Then we wiped on Zul because no one did anything to the hexxers, just left them summoning bloods etc.  It was beyond a joke.  We came back from death and then explained the fight and we killed him the next time. Thankfully.

After leaving that one the next one popped for:

G’huun. Yup missed Mythrax as well. We actually did pretty well on him. I think we one shot it, I joined after what looked like a wipe though as people were explaining things and the balls groups had already been sorted out.

I was grateful I didn’t have to dd it in LFR, I enjoy it in raid because we have a method so we all know what we need to do. But randoms…no thanks. I just want to stand and pew pew.

You know there is a problem when I am top DPS. I am a boomy…I am not the best choice to be at the top, however the Demonhunter pulled their finger out towards the end and we managed to battle it to the end – they eventually won.  But we did kill G’huun and we didn’t wipe. That is all that matters.

I did end up going back and getting the other bosses I had missed, but that was another couple of runs. I didn’t end up getting Mythrax – I was completely over the craziness by then.  I did make sure to ask before every boss if people needed an overview of the fight because I would rather take 2 seconds and tell people than waste a wipe and have the abusers start going crazy calling people names.   Deserved or not.  The tank who kept taunting MOTHER and walking her through the barrier after the first flames for example, needs every name under the sun, but it just makes it hard to stay in the group with name calling. Even though it was 3 wipes on MOTHER…..we did better in Heroics.

Anyway, I can say I have done it, I might go back but unlikely, and certainly I might pick a better day to do it 🙂 LOL How is everyone else finding LFR?

Running with Zeirah

Yes, the famous one 🙂  I knew her before she became famous, that makes our friendship real right?  HAHAHHA

Zeirah has a blog which is how I met her, when I came back to the game a while ago, we discovered our blog names were soooooo close.  I sent her a message just to let her know because I thought it was cool that someone came up with a very similar blog name, but I was more concerned people would think she was me and I didn’t want her having to put up with that sort of confusion. Getting a reader base is hard enough in such a niche thing without people thinking it was me and not engaging with her.

Suffice it to say we have been friends since 🙂 She is awesome so go past and check out her blog if you haven’t read it!

Due to one of her posts recently where she was lamenting the loss of group content that wasn’t a PUG or LFR, I decided to start trying to wrangle her into our runs.  The first of course being a couple of mythics. I point out again, Michael, was unavailable.  I mean this time the excuse was some sort of dinner for one of their good friends…I mean what is that?!?!?!  How dare they have friends outside of WoW!! It was a perfect opportunity for me to pull Zeirah in with us and have a run around.

We pulled in Matty, poor Orkrist to help us DPS. Motherlode made me laugh so hard. I warned Zeirah that we usually went down the left side of the instance and she stuck left. Pulled mobs from behind houses, pulled mobs to the side, pulled mobs everywhere.  It was hilarious.  She moves a lot as a healer, which is fine except for this instance. She started swearing towards the end of the run when it happened but I almost had tears from laughing so hard. I was calling out for her to move to the left or right to avoid mobs and it was almost always too late….ahahhaha

Matty kept dying because he was standing in stuff, pulling aggro (not deliberately) and just being in the wrong spot at the wrong time.  I would have hated to see his repair bill.  It was such a fun run though.

So much fun we decided to head to Underrot as well – suckers for punishment if you ask me.  At one point we all died except Zeirah who was being attacked by one mob she ran halfway through the instance to meet us coming back in just so we could save her.  Must be great when you are actually a good healer –  to be able to survive when taking damage, unlike some other people attempting to heal.   We pulled so many extra mobs in here as well, the first couple of pulls on the ramps being super bad – but we can only put that down to Drew for a change.  I make sure to get a few food “gg tank” comments in there.  He spent the entire last xpac telling me the same when we wiped….lol

I don’t think we got any great gear but it was fun to just be running around and having a laugh.

The creepy tea party.

If you haven’t found Abby in Drustvar, I would suggest you do. She is creepy as heck. Fair warning though – don’t do it before bed. It isn’t so much that children are always portrayed as evil, it is the creepy little song she sings and the way she says things.

“Our poor little Village is dead.”
“All the people have gone stiff or fled.”
“There is no more noise…”
“…except me and my toys…”
“…just like all the dark birdies said!”
It may not just be the words but combined with the tune, it is a little spooky. She asks you to help her find her toys for a tea party and that seems all ok, until you find a cat and I think (as do many others) the she killed the cat!
As you find various parts of the quest chain she appears as says super creepy things, I give you exhibit A which seems pretty sort of standard and expected in a zone full of witches and covens:
Then she pops out with something like this:
It is just creepy. Then you finally get invited to her tea party:
If I have learnt anything from watching too many supernatural shows like Supernatural, Haven, Charmed etc it is that whenever there is a symbol on the ground and a creepy kid – something bad is going to happen right.  RIGHT?!!??!
There must be a trigger to her appearance as she wasn’t there the first time we ran through the area. I would suggest it is linked to the quest chain for opening up the footholds (and likely reputation) so definitely go back and check her out if you haven’t seen her.

Warfronts

I really enjoyed the warfronts I did when they went live. I did about 3 I think, 1 for the main piece of loot and a couple more times with others just for fun. I did get nice pieces of gear upon completion but none of them were upgrades for me due to raids and mythics etc. It would be a great gearing option though.

The first one was all wtf are we supposed to do, mainly running around just trying to kill things, but the following ones had a little more focus on my part. However I got gradually worse with each one and collected less and less items to hand in and spent more time farther afield killing mobs.

I even somehow managed to capture a flag/location 🙂 Go me!

I can’t wait to get back into these because I love them at the moment. Mix this in with expeditions and I am finding I have things to do constantly. In fact, I feel like there is too much to do now. I simply don’t have the time to do it all!! I think Blizz went the other way on keeping us busy, but my god I love it.

I also did a few more expeditions but we failed on a heroic one again 🙁 So depressing, we were running around like mad people trying to locate azerite and just couldn’t find any! It was so frustrating. As you can see we were not even close to completing it.

We did manage to complete one on heroic though, so it isn’t all bad.  I still find these loads of fun.

I have seen a few people around the traps saying they only do these is mythic!!  HOW?!?!?!  I am too scared to even contemplate mythic until we can nail heroic versions!! Just another thing I wish I had more free time for.

 

 

 

 

Shared Topic 40: Getting to know you

Oh, I am likely to read all these ones!! I love finding out about the people behind the blogs!

The current topic from Z and Cinder is as follows:

This lovely list of questions has been floating around twitter a lot recently, and we thought it would be a great topic challenge for everyone to get to know each other a little better. There are quite a few questions, so if you don’t want to do them all you don’t have to.

For those who prefer not to talk about themselves so personally on the internet (or if you would like an extra challenge!), our challenge to you is to answer these questions on behalf of your main toon.

So here we go!!

How do you drink your tea? White with one sugar

Favourite dessert? Cheesecake – any of them.

Favourite season and why? Autumn, my birthday and I love the browns of the leaves.

What cheers you up? Cute animal pictures, WoW, dash cam videos ( I love the swearing), returning military surprise videos.

Dogs or cats? Both – honestly I would have both for various reasons.

What is you dream holiday? Scotland/Europe

How many kids do you want? 0-1

Favourite weather? Rain/Storm

What would your last meal be? Takoyaki

You can spend 24 hours anywhere, any year, where do you choose? Fall of the Berlin Wall – November 1989

If you were a ghost, who or where would you haunt? I wouldn’t want to be haunt – I watch Supernatural – I would rather move on.

What is your family ancestry? Mum Kiwi and Dad Lebanese. I am dual citizen automatically for NZ and I can request it for Lebanon if I want.

What scares you? Spiders.

What are you most grateful for? My husband.

Dream job? Running an occult/geek store/cafe/space or travelling the world non stop and making money with blogging/photography.

Do you believe in aliens? Yes – we cannot be the only life that has managed to develop in the millions of years of the world.

Favourite Sport? Ice hockey

How do you relax after a long day? WoW or Netflix

If you could meet one historical figure, who would you choose and why? I have no idea. We don’t learn from our past so I am not sure why I would want to go backwards.

If you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach? Life Skills – how to do a resume, attend interviews, understand taxes, open bank accounts, save money, address letters/envelopes, cook (meal plan/prep), laundry etc.

Describe your perfect date.  Warcraft and Chill with rum and coke and cheesecake.

Describe yourself in a sentence.  I am all the things people should not be.

Who makes you laugh the most? My hubby.

What Superpower would you choose? Teleportation so I could be anywhere in an instant (including places which contain money *grin*).

Favourite animal? Dragons – no one said they couldn’t be mythical!! Real one would probably be tigers.

Biggest accomplishment? I have stayed drug/cigarette/suicide attempt free for almost 15 years.

There you go – I think I answered them all, what about you guys, comment with your answers and check out some of the other posts on this topic as well.

Marathal

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Alunaria

Gnomecore

GamingSF

Kamalia

Syrco

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Apparently people want faces!! FACES!! Here is mine 🙂

Enjoy the little things

I am going to start with the absolute best thing I have seen in game so far, and I am making a concerted effort to find more because they just make me laugh. I love the humour that Blizzard puts into its games.

Likely you have ridden past this one over 100 times already but because you are running past you have missed them.  They are in the Great Seal. I adore them.

This is their comments on the absolutely stunning Aztec/Mayan architecture – beasts! If you look around you find these two with a selfie stick.

Just look at them?!!?  HAHHA I love it. I should’ve taken a selfie with them as well with my camera!

My next most loved and hated quest is the turtle quests. I am ok with shooting the crabs but screw those birds. The targeting is so difficult.

I just love everyone is referencing this now. LOL.   Laurie posted this picture to our guild facebook  a couple of days ago and I am sort of shocked and amazed at the same.  Seems like a crazy thing to get tattooed 🙂

I mean…seriously insane!!  I have always wanted a wow related tattoo so I am not questioning a wow tattoo but I would be leaning more towards a horde/alliance crest personally.  Kudos to their love of turtles reaching the water 🙂

I also finally found one of these little beauties!!!  I am so proud of myself.

Can you see the gorgeous rainbow? Just look at it!!  Stupidly I was standing right underneath it later and didn’t notice until too late as my flight master whistle went off. I will need to go back. But look!!  A RAINBOW IN GAME!!!!  SQUEEE!  Moryrt and I also noticed sand winds in Voldun recently, just a small layer on the desert moving with wind.

Blizzard are killing it with the weather effects if you ask me. Not just weather either. I nearly lost the plot when I saw the new Warlock Summoning portal and cookie dispenser. They are amazing.  If you haven’t seen one yet, ask a lock friend to put one down for you. They are stunning.   Here is a picture from reddit.

The picture just doesn’t do it justice. It is brilliant!!

And whilst waiting for a run to happen I managed to get this little achievement, just means I spent far too much time playing to hit the 250k score in one game 🙂 I blame Oui for that, completely! Correct me if I am wrong, but did they update the images in the jewelcraft or have they always been those icons, I remember them being different?

Whilst trawling the land I found these little cuties, when you click on the lute next to them the rainbow appears.  I admit to spending far too long clicking the lute.

The other thing I am loving is the underwater bars around the world. As a druid it is probably easier for me to investigate the water – but seriously they are all slightly different with funny things happening. This one has a dancing murloc in a top hat and disco jellies.  I check out the vendors, have a couple of drinks and then look for the next one in my travels.  These are very cute hide away places!

What else have you guys found that gives you a little kick of enjoyment?

 

Topic 39: What’s on your to-do list for BfA?

Z and Cinder bring us another topic for the fortnight and I honestly don’t know how well I will cope with this one.

Battle for Azeroth has been out for a few weeks now and while it’s still early days, there’s a lot of content for us to gobble up. What’s already made it to your to-do list to get through in the next couple of months or even next couple of years? We’ll check back at the end of the year, like we did in our Legion post, and see if your plans are still on track or have shifted slightly.  I know I have a massive to-do list already, so we’d love to see yours!

For our topic this week we are asking you –

What’s on your To-Do List for BFA?

Wow, so many things, just too many!!

  • Battle Safari (I have maybe 4 pets at the moment).
  • Pathfinder One (and Two when it is released)
  • Reputation/Questchain for honourbound reputation so I can open the Siege of Boralus dungeon. (Sloooooow going!!)
  • Level my Mage
  • Level Alchemy/Tailoring on my mage and Enchanting/Engineering on my pally/fishing and cooking on my druid.
  • Complete the Legion dungeon/raid achievements for mounts
  • Chase down some leather druid gear for trial of styles (I have so few items to use)
  • Complete some of the gear sets on my mage ( I have about 8 sets in which I missing single or double items only)
  • Level or boost an alliance toon to experience the story line from their side.
  • Level more of my battle pets to 25
  • Try the warfronts (still haven’t done the opening thing yet).
  • Mythics/Raiding

Other bloggers:

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Legends of the Tidesages

Whilst running around discovering the places in Kul Tiras we decided to chase down the rest of the Tidesages because we stumbled across one in the wild.

Nice easy achievement Legends of the Tidesages when discovering the areas.

I have added them to the attached map for easy locating if you don’t have co-ordinates.  The purple diamonds are the locations, sorry they are so small, I was adding them in via Handynotes and forgot to enlarge them.

There are also way points on wowhead from Varenne:

/way Stormsong Valley 49.51 80.90 Legends of the Tidesages Part 1 (Near the waterfall)
/way Stormsong Valley 59.02 59.54 Legends of the Tidesages Part 2 (On top of the hill)
/way Stormsong Valley 31.95 72.91 Legends of the Tidesages Part 3 (Near the lake)
/way Stormsong Valley 33.81 33.23 Legends of the Tidesages Part 4 (On top of the island)
/way Stormsong Valley 56.02 38.53 Legends of the Tidesages Part 5 (Up the mountain right of Warfang Hold)
/way Stormsong Valley 44.18 36.60 Legends of the Tidesages Part 6 (Up the mountain left of Warfang Hold)
/way Stormsong Valley 62.08 30.22 Legends of the Tidesages Part 7
/way Stormsong Valley 75.07 31.13 Legends of the Tidesages Part 8 (Near the Shrine of the Storm entrance)

They have some beautiful scenery from the mountain tops. Really lovely shrines. These are my favourite ones, I could picnic up there all day I think.

Just stunning.

 

Heroics, finally :)

Our heroic runs have been basically smooth as butter. Until our first attempt on Merektha.

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She spanked us in ways, we ought not to be spanked and we died. Horrifically. There was just…stuff going on everywhere and we made too many mistakes.  We went back in and killed her the next attempt but it was touch and go as well.

I think the moist difficult thing in the dungeon is the electric balls of pain. Do not attempt this when drunk. I can vouch for it being very hard to watch the patterns and react fast enough. Someone else in our group can also vouch for the pain. I hate to see these in mythics. I really just don’t want to.

Of course Moryrt just flaps himself over. Cheater.

We did a few others and they all went super smooth. A few niggles and me pulling extra moonfired mobs, but I swear it was some other druid we are in the group with.

Underrot wiped us a couple of times due to those stupid snakes, we tried…attempted…to stealth past. Stealth by a rogue type person. It failed.  We had multiple snakes and it was nasty.   We didn’t do that again LOL.

The motherlode was nowhere near as bad as I had thought it would be. The last boss was horrific. I still just don’t get that fight, so much movement and too many things to watch out for.  I can’t wait to see that one in mythic and tear my hair out in tears.

I learnt during our heroic runs that my battle rez is no longer instant cast. I have to actually cast it?  Like what the heck? I need to plan what I am going to do and when I can rez people.  It is insanity. INSANITY I tell you!  Then I tried to dispel a curse and found that has an 8 second clown.  WHAT?!  I tried to help our healer and failed.

The heroics are fun, I can’t wait to see the other dungeons from the alliance side. Especially whatever id in Drustvar, the witchy part of my soul loves that place.

It is enjoyable doing new dungeons!! ilevel is now 310…nowhere near what i need for raiding or mythics but we were all swapping gear with each other and it is making it easier to gear up.

Quests…so many quests

It is just endless and all over the place. I sort of like it. Sort of.  There is this constant underlying anxiety to playing at the moment as you have no idea if you have actually finished with the line or if they are going to spring some more on you.   Fred posted on our guild page the Dark Legacy Comic a few days ago and my god is it accurate!!

I was laughing to stop from crying at the accuracy!  I am not sure I enjoy just having three never ending continents, I think I prefer lots of smaller areas as it makes you feel like you are achieving zone completion.  I am not sure as there is something to be said for only having to remember 3 zones for the xpac. LOL

But some of the quests have just been fun. So much fun! I have a gallery of some of my favourites. Including the ones in Vol’dun which I missed on my druid but found on my mage (I might go back and do them).

I particularly enjoyed being turned into a giant toad and licking my enemies to death. I also don’t think there can be enough Bawonsamdi in this game. I want to die more often just to hear his smart arse comments.  I had no idea about them until I died 4 times on my mage and noticed one of his snarky sayings was “That blink didn’t help you at all, did it?” LOL  Awesome. Just awesome.  Moryrt enjoyed turning into a blood troll and looking like a heroin addled drug addict 🙂

And be sure to Eat Your Greens whilst you are questing in and around Nazmir, it is to ensure you have strong constitution to deal with all the killing, maiming and hunting.

Levelling is so much fun. I almost wish it never ended.