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Crappy rosters, DOTA2, warcraft movies and boredom

I know, I haven’t had a post in a couple of days, and in truth, it may be a couple of weeks before any decent ones happen again.

I have been given the gift of crappy rosters for the next month, this week I have 7-3pm for two weeks and then 10-6 for two weeks…no in betweenness which means I have to be up super early (which means early to bed) for the first two weeks and I will be getting home late for the two weeks after that. :( These next two weeks I have to be up at 4am to catch my train to hopefully get me to the city before I need to be at work and I need more than 4 hours sleep a night so I will be in bed at probably about 9pm.  My online time will be pretty rough and hard to pick as  likely I will be home at a about 6pm (thanks to having to wait until 4.20 for a train after finishing at 3 and missing the 3.15pm) which doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else when you add making dinner etc to the time slots.  I really am just completely tired of living miles away from the city. But we are working on the house at the moment and fixing up what needs to be fixed so we can sell..it just takes time.

However I have been reading blogs and websites and currently getting excited for the warcraft movie stuff that is coming out of Comic-Con.  I know it isn’t much but even just basic information is awesome, given how long we have been waiting!!

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I like that Travis Fimmel is going to be the human – he is dreamy and a Victorian so I am all on board with him.  The fact the he is awesome in Vikings is just gravy.  I am more than happy to be in love with him for multiple roles.  Trivia says that he used to have a CK billboard in times square that was causing accidents because people would stop/slow down to ogle him.  I think it may have been this following image:

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But, in truth I prefer him looking like a Viking warrior, yup..that is so much better and much more attractive – even the facial hair, which I normally am not a fan of on men.

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The description of the movie trailer sounds ok so far, but I am devastated we have to wait until 2016!!! Such a long wait!

Which brings me to the next waiting adventure that we are being put through  - our horde chopper!!! Sign in before September 30 and you get your account flagged for it.  I love it, and only horde players can use it – this would likely have turned me horde if I had still been alliance.  I can’t wait to see it in game!  It looked magnificent in the real world!

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I have a small confession in that I have been playing a little bit of DOTA2, but only small amounts and with some other friends.  My real reason for playing it is so I can understand how to play Heroes of the Storm when it is released!  However I do enjoy playing it, it is not WoW (which is not ok) but each game has been taking about 30 – 40 minutes to get done and it is slightly more fun then spending that same amount of time in WoW doing nothing (or waiting for an LFR queue).  I know that sounds bad and horrible and I should be slapped for it, but everything I want to do in WoW requires other people which aren’t available when I am.  Or it requires a lot of time waiting for queues as DPS (like LFD/LFR or even Oqueue) and then you have to actually spend another 40 minutes doing the actual content.  DOTA has been fun because you log on and start actually playing within a few minutes, then I can log off and go to bed :)  This has happened a few times and I can honestly say I love it.  I love my guild – I really do – but they run to a late schedule and that mucks up things a little bit for me at the moment only because have rosters and I live 2 hours away from work. I can’t be online late into the night do to things, I really must find some friends that play between 7-9 hehe.

Other than that, I have not been in BETA at all, I know i should but busy-nesss and tired have just sucked my will to do much of anything. I am hoping to jump in game today and maybe play a little bit with my Ui..after all those images the other day I decided I wanted to go back to a cool UI again. I missed it.

I will try and get in game this week!!  I must must must!! I am not bored with WoW per se, what I am bored with is the need to be doing groups things.  What I like about DOTA2 is they have bots.  So in a 5v5 game I can be the only actual player because the rest are bots.  They do their thing and I can be part of it.  I like that I don’t have to wait to find players or people or groups.  I can just go myself and jump in.  I don’t like that I spend most of my time currently in game switching toons and doing nothing at all.  I  stand in town chatting in guild chat to the poor souls that are online when I am and I just can’t find the energy to do anything because I know it will take forever to find a group.  I know i could be pet battling (but it isn’t a favourite thing of mine), I could also do brawlers (but I feel a little meh about it), I could do dailies – but really how many more times can we do the same daily quests….there isn’t much else to do.  Just wait. ALWAYS WAITING!!!!

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Becoming a better player?

So given my crapiness at DPS, I decided it was time to try and be a better player and not be a clicker.  I am not saying clickers can’t be good players, but there is definitely something to be said for not having to move the mouse when you need to use a new spell.

A few weeks ago, I set up my buttons to be more conducive to button pressing and I set up the buttons on my mouse, I tested out the settings on a target dummy and then promptly freaked out every time I was in combat and went back to clicking.

As per my previous posts a couple of days ago I was discussing it with people again and decided I had to give this a serious attempt.  I headed to the Timeless Isles with good intentions and once again got into combat and started clicking. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

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I spoke to Lominari about it and we decided my issue was movement.  I don’t want to die in the fire and that worries me more than anything which is what makes me nervous.  So, I spent probably 30 minutes running around the shrine, just using my mouse as my mover and keeping my fingers over the buttons I would normally use for spells so that I could get used to the sensation.  I have to re-programme 9 years of playing – this is not going to happen overnight.

I went and killed some stuff when I was more confident, but realistically I kill things fast and even on the timeless isles the mobs were dying pretty quickly.  I needed a boss.

Flex. Oh Flex how I adore thee, let me count the ways.

I don’t have any logs for the previous flex’s we have done so I can only go off the numbers I think I remember in my head but I think I did ok.  I warned everyone that I was re-learning and that I would possibly suck and die.  I requested the healers not heal me if I was standing in the poop because I needed to pay the price for not moving – which would in theory make me better.  I died only once on trash before Siegecrafter and I am still not even sure how that happened.

I also requested Drauka, Owl and Aza to keep reminding me not to click incase I fell back into habits.  They reminded me and I can happily say -the only clicking I did, that I shouldn’t have was the dream phases on Garrosh – I freaked a little.  At this stage I don’t have any of my AOE keybound so I was having to click that, but I am not overly worried about trash – I am concerned about my DPS for the bosses.

So, on Garrosh, I managed a staggering – 203k DPS.  This was better than my previous attempts as far as I can remember I never hot 200k for Garrosh…I was close, but could never push over that ledge.

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I can’t remember what boss this was after….Thok maybe?  or Spoils possibly, either way it was much better than I usually do on said fight and hence why I took a picture of it.

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So I am pretty happy with the above numbers, they are still well off where I could be – but it was my first night not clicking – and I saw improvement on my usual numbers – this is good in my book.  We also didn’t have anyone providing the 7% buff to haste which my gear is built around having, so I was not haste capped and although that is not really a major increase, it is still something I was lacking.  I also later realised my pet had been passive on Garrosh for the last part due to the previous dream phase and that would have reduced my DPS a little bit.

Overall, I think this was a very positive first attempt.  I didn’t die to anything stupid, I did manage higher DPS even though I was stuffing up my rotation about 30% and I was getting confident with it by the end of the run.

Let’s see how I go over the next few weeks trying to continue it when I am not in a run.

My ever changing UI!

A few weeks ago, whilst enjoying my blogiversary, I was amazed at the amount of UI changes I have had over the years and I did promise a post.

So..here they all are!!  OMG!!!

In truth there were possibly more, but do you know how many screenshots a person collects over 9 years of playing the one game!??!?  Not including the ones I have lost to time and computers!!

Minipost because MUCH EXCITEMENT!!!

 

 

Just leaving this here :)

 

BETA

OMFG!!!!!  OMFG!!! 

I will see how much I actually get into it, but I don’t want to ruin the fun of playing it brand new.  I do however want to play with druids to see if I like the new oomkin rotation :)

3 more Golds down

We had these done before the guild meet up, but you know I felt that post took precendence.

Friday night I didn’t happen to log onto my mage and see the mail from Owl (exray) advising we were doing CM’s on Friday night at 9pm.  So I was quietly watching some TV and I got an SMS about it from Navimie and boy did I jump online fast!

The usual suspects attended, me, Aza, Nav, Owl and Crooked made up the group and we headed into Scholomance first.  Aza getting excited in the background! I couldn’t get a ninja pick with Owl as he was running and jumping around like a crazy person, and crooked moved everytime I got close – almost like he knew what I was trying to do.

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I like his transmog to be honest, especially being used in EPL, it seemed fitting.  Yes, I enjoy the little things.

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Scholo was hard, not in that it was particularly difficult, but it had a lot of big AOE pulls and I was reminded why I could never be a healer…Navimie is just amazing I was watching Owl’s health at some points and wondering how in hell he could survive but he did, testament to amazing healing and tanking.  I was gobsmacked! Whilst we were attempting to kill the last boss Aza was on a particularly upset tirade about how he didn’t want to be grats’ed for silver.  (Remember readers, we go for gold – even if I only need silver – Aza doesn’t CM for silver!! )  We got silver originally as one of the bosses bugged and we lost too much time.  So we re-did scholo just to get the gold, we pumped out a little more DPS and speed and didn’t bug the boss!  WOOT!

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I forgot I recently reinstalled my WoW and I have been playing modless since, including my screenshotter!!!  So this is the exciting achievement spam I have for completing it!

We then decided to head to Niuzau temple because apparently all the dungeons I have left are the hard ones, which terrifies me as these haven’t been easy by any stretch, but I think that is the issue when being dragged through – they know them really well and I am just trying to keep up and not make bad decisions.

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We actually did pretty well actually with this one hardly any issues, we started a couple of times, stupid debuff killing us.  But overall I was pretty ecstatic I had another 2 knocked off my list.

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After completing this though the guys were keen to do more, but…I only had the really horrible ones left until I mentioned I had Jade Serpent at silver only.  Well, that was completely unacceptable and it was apparently easy, so off we trundled for the last of our golds for the night!

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I know have Shado-pan Monastery, Stormstout Brewery and  Mogu’shan palace to get.  I also just noticed I have silver for Setting Sun, but don’t tell Owl or Aza, they might make me do it anyway!!!  heehehh To be honest though, given I have only really done all these once for the achievement and not really gone back to see if I can better the scores I have – I find this below list actually pretty good…we are not that far off the guild bests….on some of them…I would hate to see the realm bests or even world bests to be honest!

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gratitude

As always another post about how much I owe these guildies, there are just not enough words – there will never be enough that I can say which will sufficiently cover the amount of gratitude I feel for them.  So here is something that may express one small tiny amount:

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Guild meetup!

What can I say…we have awesome guildies…both in game AND in real life.  I didn’t think they wouldn’t be awesome, but I am not the best with meeting people in real life.  I am actually surprised at myself because I didn’t cancel, although as I was walking the driveway to get to the car it was my thought to just call and say something had come up.  Agoraphobia is not something I openly still say I suffer (I try to pretend I am perfect 100%) but I do sometimes have issues crop up.

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So when I say this was pretty exciting for me, I really mean it.  I generally don’t like meeting people because as with most social anxiety issues I believe everyone dislikes me on sight for things that are completely irrelevant. I am too fat, my hair is too frizzy, my nose has a huge bump in it, my skin is dry, my eyes are brown, I have an awful laugh, etc etc….the list goes on, but meeting everyone yesterday was pretty cool for me.  I was completely nervous all morning and then heading there I started to panic slightly and then as we were having trouble getting a car park and and then finding the place, my nerves were just at the end of my tolerance levels, I almost told Lominari to just go home again.  Secretly knowing that Navimie may have launched missiles to kill me if that had happened.

Lom and I were late (thanks crown casino car park management for not having people provide good direction or proper guidance as to which car park was members only) 40 minutes late to be exact, as we had to do a couple of round the blocks to find the actual carpark.. the street name is now seared into my memory so shouldn’t be anywhere near as bad next time :p  Nav decided to give us hell about that- apparently we are always late…yet I think turning up 5 minutes before raid is being on time :p hehehe  I may be drunk…but I am there when I can be :) HAHAH

I, did not take any photos…because..well..I didn’t know who liked their photos taken or if it would be an issue ( I know some people do not like their faces online unless edited) and in the end I just sort of..forgot to once I was there and chatting to everyone.

When we got there it was pretty full – 2 tables worth  of people chock full of food.  We got seats down the end near Jazz and Nath after everyone was introduced.  Lominari and I ordered some food because he couldn’t eat any of the pizzas (thanks gluten hate) and then just started chatting away.

I had special T-shirts made for Navi and myself – I wanted to give her a gift to show our appreciation. It may not be something she ever wears agin, but I thought it was cool.  Aza even wants one, so I may have to make and order of them :) I do get a 10% off next time I order more if I put piccies up in them and tag ourselves :)  Might be worth seeing who wants one :p I actually had been getting help from Aimei about the T-shirt as I wasn’t sure she would like it or that it would be welcome.  But Aimei assured me she would love anything and so..I knew I could blame him if it went wrong.  I even asked him to confirm her size as when I got the package the T-shirt was tiny….funnily enough Navi was saying how everyone tells her she is tiny when they meet her…soI figured that was a great sign.  The T-shirt fit perfectly I would say – I am pretty sure she got a photo of it, so I may have to snatch it off her so I can post to the company about it.

Here is my T-shirt!!

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Navi’s T-shirt had “Overlord Naviwugs” written on it. Pretty simple I know, but I liked it – not many people would know the reference to it if you wore it out in public and yet, anyone in the guild would get it straight away.  I thought it was perfect!

I had a chance to chat to Zeirah as well, she is adorable…like a little kitten adorable….although since she plays a druid I am sure she would prefer I describe her as something more fierce like maybe…Xena?!? (who is also adorable) either way, we are FB friends now – plans to catch up for lunch soon as she works near us in the CBD.  Even if it isn’t lunch – given my small window – we might be able to do other things after work.  Pretty excited as she was lovely and outgoing and fun :)

Aza was wearing my Kobold hat which I scored from Jinx for $10, the candle is velcroed on and can be ripped off for many hours of “YOU NO TAKIE MY CANDLE!!!”.  I seemed to be enjoying it more than most probably should. He was being very tolerant of my occasional need to steal his candle! Isn’t it adorable????!?!?!?

Excuse my messy desk!!

Excuse my messy desk!!

I really wish I had taken some photos now!!! GAHHH!!!!

I don’t think I am any different to online than in person and I hope that came through.  I am pretty excitable and I think everyone noticed that by my constant hugging! I tended to be more comfortable with the people I know online more like Nav, Aza, Aimei, and it was just laughter and teasing, which I was loving.

Anyway I was tempted to go to dinner with them, but as I was only wearing my Frostwolves t-shirt I didn’t really think that was dinner attire for most places they were planning on going, so I decided to skip (against my wishes). I stupidly should have brought another top with me just in case.  I would have loved to have spent more time with them, I would have stayed all night and gone back to the city today as well if the invite had been there, without any hesitation. However at some point my self hate kicked in and I decided they probably all couldn’t stand me and I would be better off going home anyway…so that’s what I did!  (YAY Self confidence you always make me feel the love!)

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It was a fantastic couple of hours, I enjoyed my time with my guildies so much!!   I really hope they had a lovely weekend and a great dinner at the restaurant I suggested!  It is one of our favourite places to eat – if you are ever in Melbourne be sure to check out – Red Spice Road!  You can read Navi’s post and food review here. Thanks to everyone for making it a lovely afternoon and my only regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time with you all.  See you next time – perhaps even in Sydney? yeah I would probably fly up for that if I had enough notice!!

 

 

 

Finished dominating the offensive…

I am pretty stoked about finally receiving exalted status with the offensive, and I think finishing the questchain?  I will keep doing them for a few days as they are mostly pretty easy quests and the money is needed.  But I got two mounts out of the effort – admittedly the same mount, one with armour..but 2 mounts none the less.  I think I am at 157 mounts or something now??  Miles away from 200…MILES!!! I don’t know how people have 200 to be honest.  But enough of that tangent!!

Time to find the bell.  Making me sneaky is not the best idea…I sort of suck at doing that (hence why I never managed a rogue).

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After 3 false starts I managed to make it to the area with the bell. it was kind of fun finally making into the area I needed!

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Then we had to run around Dalaran saving people, killing others and basically doing some work that any of these uber powerful people could have done without me :p But I felt obliged to help save their butts.

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And then…the big moment!! Watching Garrosh like a twat ring the bell and Anduin trying to stop him.  he made everything turn evil, and I had to kill these poor creatures.  poor Blademaster Ishi, he became infected and I had to protect the world.

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And this numpty, thinks he is able to control the power?!?!?  Gah…I wanted to smash his face in so much!!

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Instead I had to be content with riding my awesome new mount :p

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And then realising how close I was to becoming exalted, I went and played on my farm to get the last bit.  I do like the farm being able to provide you with rep gains…brilliant idea!!

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So I flew all the way back to the offensive so I could pick up the other shiny!  Not sure which one I prefer, possibly the unamoured version…

Armoured Gryphon

So, now that is done, I will do it a couple more time to see if the questline continues but pretty happy the rep I need now for Pandaria is Timeless Isle and the tillers individuals  :)

Gold: challenge modes – Scarlet!

I was hanging about online one night and got simultaneous messages from both Owl and Navi asking if I was doing anything.

It was challenge mode time?!?! I have determined golds are crazy and we managed to get two done. I had never done them before so I was feeling as though I was letting the team down because I was making mistakes and not really outputting the most because I wasn’t sure when the tank would need my spells. I felt completely overwhelmed!

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Domination offensive!!

I am having so much fun with this reputation grind. I am adoring the involvement in the actual siege of org storyline for taking down Garrosh.

Razor Hill War

A little while ago I was passing through Razor Hill and noticed that Vol’jin and Baine were there with an army talking about taking Orgrimmar. I was pretty excited about it and listened to them for a few minutes.

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I adore seeing things in the world be affected by quest lines. It makes me fell like I really am part of the world.

A few days later I was helping out the Blood elves and whilst I do enjoy the idea of being a hero of the horde, given the amount of fighting I have done for these people I should be treated as a hero!!

Hero of the Horde

His speech made me wonder if they plan to make blood elves be able to pick a side like pandas. I mean they are not happy about the way Garrosh is treating them and it would be quite possible to have some defect to the alliance on that basis. I will hold further judgement until I get the rest of the quest line done though.

Changing alliances

Then we went off to find out about the divine bell, apparently in Darnassus with those nasty night elves. I admit, I was worried getting through to her, all those statues doing the floor smashing had me worried a couple of times and I wasn’t entirely sure I could make it through unscathed.

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At least Vol’jin is healing and should be able to come help us himself, lazy bugger!!

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Learning about being an idiot

Every once in a while I discover my stupidity knows no bounds.  In fact this first bit Lominari was quite happy about as he “got to teach me something about WoW” which we did have a good laugh about.

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For the past few weeks I have been thinking of taking my pally into LFR, but I want tank gear without tanking.  So people had been telling  me to just go and and loot change it. Me, being stupid thought they meant to go in as tank spec but just choose DPS – isn’t that what we used to do?  I didn’t want to do that though, I felt I should at least try to DPS if I was going to be in there to get some loot.

Finally after chatting about in guild the other day, I mentioned it to Lominari and how I felt bad about doing that,  he laughed at me and said to just change the loot drops.  I stared at him blankly for a few moments, silently thinking he was crazy.

He showed me :

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I basically screamed at him : WTFTFTFTFFTFTF!!!!!  Yeah, I missed that one.  Had I known that I would have gone into LFR much sooner.  The entire guild waffling on now makes sense to me.  I understand why it is so easy now and how it is even more impossible for people to be tanking with no gear…there is really no excuse for it –  AT ALL!

However after having finally jumped in there with pretty bad gear – mix of prot setup gear and ret from the timeless isles, I am not sure I am cut out out for retribution.  I sort of suck.  BIG TIME!!

Ret Pally DPS

That shot of DPS was from Ji-Kun – I am number 20.  TWENTY!!!  I didn’t even think DPS went that low.  I am hating questing and I am hating raiding because I cannot kill anything.  We won’t dicuss our time on the Isle of Thunder, Lominari on his rogue killing stuff at 90k DPS and me struggling with one mob.  He generally comes and helps me after he has killed the other 5 or 6 standing nearby.

I will  continue to see if I can get some gear on my pally and once I get some ret gear happening so I can so at least be midpoint on DPS, I will start worrying about my prot gear.    I would like to get enough that maybe I could tank some normals/Flex with the guild as practise or relax runs…just to see if I am any good in a raid environment or if I have lost it completely.

From a stat point of view, I have met all the requirements and I am following what I believe to be a pretty basic rotation (need to do more reading though) but I feel that my DPS should just not be that low.  Some of the guys in the guild say ret pallies are sucking anyway and so I may just always suck with her.  We shall see – a few more LFR’s and maybe it will start picking up.

Another idiotic thing I have done recently, was to sort of, possibly…maybe….forget what buff I was using on my mage.  I was complaining bitterly, in guild chat a few weeks back about why my stats off Ask Mr Robot were not matching with my in game stats.  After much discussion with guildies (and I think they were pretty sure I am mentally challenged) I discovered that I was missing some of my haste because I was using my mage armour and not my frost armour.  Yes, I was missing 7% haste and wondering why things were not working as intended.

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And it just keeps on coming, I finally moved my druid over to be with the rest of the family (YAY) and realised I have been playing my level 90 druid without one of our fairly important spells since I reached max – Astral Communion.  I only discovered this as my bars got all messed up in the move and as I was re-adding all my spells to my bars I found it.  I will point out, I had wondered what everyone was talking about when I would read balance guides because I could never find the spell they were talking about.  For shame!!! Made worse by me going into LFR and doing Durumu in Tauren form and not Boomy, funnily enough – all my buttons were fine once I changed forms.  Yes, this would have to be the worst mistake yet.

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