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Archaeology – sure is easy….

So many people I know have been working on their archeology that I thought there must be some reason for it that I was yet to discover. A little achievement called The Seat of Knowledge!  Looks awesome having all your little items in the hall (Thanks Navimie for posting the piccie), you get a title “Seeker of knowledge” – it sounds very cool.

Looked easy enough, do some arch, discover some pristine items and hand them in. How hard could that possibly be?  I should have read the comments first.  I REALLY should have read the comments first.

I spent about 3 hours perhaps, flying around Pandaria and collecting dohickies and putting them together. I don’t know how many I collected, but I scored a Gun and a Sword and a whole bunch of other stuff.

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Instruments of cruelty

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But I didn’t discover any pristines at all, so then I thought perhaps I was doing it wrong and headed back to the Lorewalker Cho, and could find nothing of use at all.  So I kept going for a bit longer and after gathering somewhere between 20 – 30 artifacts I gave up.  I only gave up, because I read the comments, the comments which state that it took people like 400 + items to find all the pristine items.

400+!!!  Just let that sink in for a moment.

Yeah….

ain-t-nobody-got-time-fo-dat-sweet-brown-31241125-480-330It will all depend on how much time I have left over after getting my pet battles done and my Challenge modes.  Honestly I have plenty of time – I still have months so I can’t think I won’t have time, I am just not sure I have the patience to do it.  That is a buttload of archaeology to do and it isn’t the most enjoyable of things, I find it horrible boring.

 

 

 

 

Mr and Mrs WoW Top 3

I finally decide to track down the original post and contribute.  I think it is a great idea given I very rarely complain about WoW.  I actually still really love it, and aside from the cooking this expac there isn’t much I have ever complained about.  I felt I would have something nice to say about it.

Here is the page where all the information is being collated!!  Is it lovely to see so many people have contributed to this!

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So, here we go my top 3.

1: Fantasy – this keeps me coming back. I love that I can ride dragons, I can shoot fireballs from my hands, I can heal, I can tank, I can be anything I want to be.  I can live a story in game that has nothing to do with bills, work, family and stress.  I can log in and fly around the world, see monsters, save people.  I am a hero.  I am legend in Azeroth.  I enjoy building my story in game.  The stories that control Azeroth are huge and old and there is so much lore.  The fantasy is the best part of this game. I suggest chasing the collections for the weird and wonderful creatures that make up the fantasy of the game – if that is Onyxia or a Blue Drake….or a murloc pet – go and chase it down!!

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2: Social – I have always enjoyed the social side of the game. Yes there are twats, and people who should learn some manners, but overall people are nice. They are wanting to chat about the game, and they have interesting stories to share. I think if this game didn’t have guilds I would not still be playing it. My current guild is one of the best I have ever been in and I have been in some amazing guilds (and i have been in lots).  I enjoy getting to know people online – thy can become friends outside of game. You can support each other, keep each company, have laughs.  The online world has opened up so many options in regards to making new friends, people you would never have met before.  I have lost many hours in game standing in a main city just talking in guild/whispers and not actually doing anything.  My suggestion off this one, is get to know some players, group with randoms and actually talk to them – add people to your Btag, talk to the poeple in your guild – get to know them and have a laugh – sit on vents talking crap and being involved.

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3: Raiding – My preference is for 25 man, but 10 man satisfies me somewhat.  I enjoy working with a team, to try and take down a challenging fight without all killing each other in the mean time.  The sensation you get when the fight you have been working on for ages is finally defeated, when they collapse with 0% HP after doing hours of wipes and investigation.  The overwhelming feeling of success and teamwork is just amazing.  I love listening to the first time kills and listening to people whooping and cheering – you can hear the happiness and excitement!  It is a big deal.  I always asked Lominari to make up kill shots for our guild because they meant a lot to me.  I wanted them to be special. My suggestion for this is to get into LFR or Oqueue and do the content that you haven’t seen – the developers put in a lot of effort for people to see the content…go forth and conquer the big baddies!

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There you go, my top 3 things with a bit of a blurb I know….I waffled a lot because of my love. Check out the post and add to it people!!

 

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I didn’t actually add anything for you to actually do – so ….I have added some bits in :)  You may have to re-read :p

General musings about WoW

Lately, at the onset of another expansion, the general question of should I change toons has loomed large in my life.

I wonder, honestly, how hard it would be to learn to heal on a toon.  Can you spend 10 years playing a game as ranged DPS to switch to something as difficult as healing? Is it difficult?

My healing experience is as follows:

  • 2 weeks on a Shammy in Black Temple
  • approx 2 week in 5 man dungeons (mainly Well of eternity) on my pally with friends only
  • approx 2 weeks in Cata PVP on my Paladin
  • 1 week in LFR Dragonsoul on my Druid
  • 2 levels in Dire Maul on my Priest

That sums it up.  Can you combine that and become an effective healer?  I don’t know.  I am not even sure I want to be a main healer in WoD, but having said that healers are always useful if they are good at their role.  I am not sure I would ever be good.

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I also have a lot of history with my mage – not sure I am willing to give that up.I am thinking it might nice to go Fire again, but it will depend on the spec come WoD.

There is also the question of what I will be doing in WoD.  Since the release date is November, I have less time to muse over whether I will be a raider or not.  I want to be a raider…and once we move back into the city I will be able to handle the raid times with the Frosties.  Just…unlikely we will have sold and moved in time.  Beginnings of expacs are always a time of changing and moving though, so I will cross that bridge when we come to it.  I want to raid though.  I REALLY hate missing out!! Being in game now and watching the others raid and having to find other things to do has been a real eye opener for me…I can’t handle it!!!  HAAHAH  I need the raiding fix that LFR just doesn’t give me – I think LFR just devolves into name calling and abuse whereas a guild normally just keeps going. The jealousy is just unbearable some nights…

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In the end I know day 1 will rock around and I will jump on my mage and I will start questing, but I don’t want to regret that decision.  Last expac Lominari leveled a monk from scratch, we helped as  much as we could and he was ready before half the other raiders in our guild.  We stopped playing and when he came back, he picked up his Shadow priest again….I don’t want to do that.

I know two things for sure, I love my guild and I can’t see myself ever leaving it by choice and secondly that I want to raid this expac.  I want to see all the content.  I have to make those two things work for me.

I must make a concerted effort to find whatever the money maker is in WoD and be fanatical about it on my toons. I must gather funds this time round so I am not constantly scratching around when I want to buy mounts.  I mean I still can’t afford the repair mammoth (that is half my current stash) and I not even close to getting the 108k Yak….I couldn’t even contemplate buying it…I can’t buy all the other mounts like the cloud serpents (too darn expensive – 7k!!!  pfft)

I need money!

 

 

Twilight Highlands vs Deepholm

I am clearly an idiot.  It is written all over my face.  As part of my bucket list I am trying to get some of the rest of my pet collection done, so I have been diligently flying around Eastern Kingdoms trying to get it done.  It has been enjoyable just sitting on the couch watching TV and pet battling, until you realise you have been flying around the wrong area.

The last 2 days I have needed to complete Twilight Highlands – which looks like this in some parts:

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I spent all of last night flying around Deepholm thinking it was the last section I had to get done, which looks a lot darker and – SERIOUSLY!!!  IT IS UNDERGROUND!!!!!

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I mean really!?  I was chasing the last pet I needed…a Stowaway Rat…thinking how awesome I was going to get my Eastern Kingdom Safari achievement and do you know what I got instead?

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I looked at my screen for a full 5 minutes before I realised my tracker said “Twilight highlands” as incomplete.

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Honestly, I was so confused.  Clearly I finally clicked and my brain registered that I was in Deepholm, I felt so stupid!  On the plus side, I don’t have to do deepholm now :p  I headed over to Twilight Highlands and I kid you not, I had the best luck ever!  I got rares on the Twilight Fiendling, Wildhammer Gryphon Hatchling and Yellow-Bellied Marmot.  I am not aiming for any particular rarity – I figure at the moment, I will just get the achievements done, then I can go back and hunt if I feel like it (or just do the dailies for the stones to upgrade). After catching a mob in the highlands I got this achievement and that made me so happy!

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In the end, I gave up on the last two I have to catch from the area, I couldn’t find them anywhere and I was getting a little over it – a Highlands Mouse and the Highlands Turkey.   My battle team is a pretty crappy one, but I wanted to get some other types levelled to get the achievement for having one of each type at level 25.  I will head back in tonight and see how I go.

Current Team

I spent a lot of time with dead pets because they just suck in conjunction with the others I was using, however my moth is now almost 25 and I have a couple of others almost 24, so I am slowly getting there and I may just move some around again as it was a very close call on any battles that had multiple greens (or a blue). I originally started with my fawn, when I was in the lower level areas, as the healing was very cool, but then I jumped from needing a level 6 zone to needing a level 23 zone – I had to switch out for my lowbie pets.

Well onward tonight chariot!!! These are the animals I am currently missing – The Snowshoe Hare will likely kill me and the Irradiated Roach – both of them – I have been unable to find (I spent an hour on each a few nights ago).  I even created a gnome to get the Roach with no luck what so ever!  Wish me luck on the rest!

Eastern Safari

Release Date and OMFGWTFBBQ cinematic

Because we are all addicts I am going to assume you have all watched the cinematic – specifically…ALL OF IT!!!  and the last few seconds even more specifically!!  If not  – here it is!!

I cannot adequately describe how much excitement is coursing through my veins! I have watched this cinematic on every single break I have had today at work and each time, my heart has raced and I have gotten so excited!

NOVEMBER PEOPLE!!!  NOV-FREAKING-EMBER!!!

I have already put my leave request in and had it approved so if they change the date I am screwed!!  I like having the time to sink my teeth into the content and play with no time limits. I like being able to go until the wee hours of the morning without worrying about work.  I enjoy getting to 100 and watching everyone else do the quests and DING – I help out where I can, run dungeons etc and generally just get straight into it! This year I want to get my mage done ASAP and then start on my druid straight after that, depending on how hard the actual questing is I may try for a third – however my plan is to just have 2 toons – and a druid is like having 4 really :p.  I always take leave for the expansions, and I generally go to the midnight launches – but not this year – I didn’t buy a collectors edition (although I was tempted) I couldn’t be bothered driving the 3 hours to and from a store when the digital version is so much easier!

This date now gives me a timeline I have to work with – which means I have to get my CM’s done and finish brawlers guild before then – BARE minimum!

I have PAXAus on the last weekend in Oct, then Blizzcon and then WoD!  What a perfect 3 weeks – which I have off – from the 31/10/14 until the 21/11/2014! I intend on spending a buttload of time in game prior to it – emptying my bags and getting my stuff sorted.  I now really have to focus on getting more money and my toons bags emptied (BRING ON THE TOYBOX!)

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Just breathe!!!!

The excitement!!

 

10 questions for 10 years

Godmother is collating a survey and many other sites are doing this so you have probably read hundreds of them by now, I thought I should join in!! She wants as many answers as possible and has other methods of providing them to her – drop past and check it out.

10 questions

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

My husband and I were playing Guild Wars and thinking there could be nothing as good out there.  Our best friend was playing WoW at the time and trying to convince us it was better.  He came down for a LANing weekend and allowed us to log in and have a play around on his druid.  I have vivid memories of killing rock elementals in the Badlands and watching him turn in a cat and completely losing my mind with excitement.  He bought us a copy each for our birthdays!

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

My mage, which I still play today.  She was human with black shoulder length hair and brown eyes and her name was saradouglass.  I didn’t really consider my name very well, I thought she would just be a test character, but I ended up loving it so much I just stayed with her. No name changes back then :(

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

We wanted to go horde originally, but our best mate was alliance and so we rolled that side so we could play with him – he did get us the game after all!

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

My most memorable has been discussing with my hubby and our best mate starting up a guild.  We spent hours talking about every aspect of it, what we wanted, could we do it, goals, rules, website, ranks etc.  We made sure we were all on the same page before we even created it.  It was some of the most fun I have ever had.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

Raiding.  Raiding!!  Ever since the first time I stepped into Molten Core and starred at the huge mobs on the bridge I fell in love with it.  I don’t like the way raiding brings out the twat in some people – it is a game and it is not meant to make you so angry you give people the silent treatment etc. But I love the working together aspect and having a laugh whilst killing the baddies of each expansion.

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Not really, I tend to stay in the main cities.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

I have played since May 2005 (vanilla).  I took a break during Wrath for about 6 months and again at the start of pandaria after levelling to 90 for about 12 months. Otherwise I have always been around.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

I read it the first time I do it.  I am a very fast reader though so most people don’t believe me when they see me play.  I won’t read it the second time though.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

I regret a lot of things, i regret the friends I made and lost, I regret I didn’t fight harder for my guild to stay running, I regret that I didn’t stand up for myself when I should have, I regret that I have never nagged guilds I have been in to take me into raids, I regret that I am an idealist and I just assumed my being online at raid time ready to go was enough to tell people I was keen, I regret that people in game are sometime twats and I would let it slide, I regret that I have spent so much of time spending gold instead of making it, I regret that I never did end bosses before content (most of the time), I regret I never got the Staff of Alteish.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

I have many friends now that I would never have if not for WoW.  That is a massive thing for me!  We don’t meet up as much as I would like (due to distance) but they mean a lot to me and I am so grateful to have them in my life.  They are some of the most supportive people I know and I  am so grateful to call them friends.   @sian @michael @navimie @werner @dreddly

Not many people would know but the other way WoW has affected me is by teaching me to be more tolerant of people IRL. I tend to be more careful that people could be colour blind, disabled, anxious etc and it has helped me with tempering my frustration at people.  People do learn differently, they grasp concepts faster/slower (which I already knew) but WoW really shows that when explaining boss strats to people. It is an immediate result that you can gauge their learning method.

 

There you have it.  My 10 questions.  I hope I am not too late :)  If you haven’t done it already – get cracking!!

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 :)

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