#Blaugust2019 – Classic

I won’t be playing Classic, in fact I haven’t even installed it. I played on the beta weekend a few months ago and whilst I was all nostalgic for the game, it was enough of a taste to remind of why I don’t need to go back there.

This tweet reinforced that in my mind.

I adored Classic, I have so many memories of great fun and wonderful people. I had no idea that 15 years later WoW would still be affecting my life the way it has (and continues to). I made friends in my first ever guild which I still have today, which has given me more friends; I work with one of them and two are living with us at the moment. So it changed my life in so many positive ways. I always believed friends you made online were friends in the real sense and for me it is certainly true.

However, I levelled a mage to level 60 back in the day. I remember the constant balance between death and death. The amount of running prior to getting your mount at level 40, I remember the lack of quest data on the maps, the standing around towns looking for groups for hours. I remember a lot of the negative things which are only now negative because the game advanced and developed beyond those bad things. Does it still have issues – yeah, but the playability of the game is 200% better than Classic.

I remember all the good things as well and the sense of wonder at going to Molten Core for the first time, after one hell of an attunement quest. I still have my Sceptre of Celebras and Mallet of Zul’Farrak, and my first ever Epic item Elemental Mage Staff; they live in my bank as reminders. I also have a lot of the MC/BWL gear I received in my vault, even after the wardrobe function. It might just be a bunch of pixels, but they meant a lot to me. I look fondly at raiding with 40 people – all wanting to see the boss die, but spending most of Sunday getting through one raid zone was a little over the top 🙂

I fear for anyone new to the game who wants to relive the magic of Classic with the current player-base. Just look at the hate-filled discussion about a LFG addon created for Classic; it has been unbelievable to watch. There is a much higher percentage of dickheads in the game now who feel they need to prove something to random internet strangers and I don’t think it is going to be a great experience for anyone . I have my fingers so tightly crossed I am losing circulation because I want to be wrong, I hope with everything I am, people are nice to each other and remember this is a game that has brought a lot of people together.

If enough of my friends decide they are playing Classic and start a guild, I might decide to dip my toes in, but I really do think it was something I would rather leave to the memories at this point.

Memories

#Blaugust 2019 – Fright Night

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

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

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

We had a chance to take a picture with wings, this is hubby 🙂

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

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

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

#Blaugust2019 – Times they are a changing

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

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

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

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

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

#Blaugust2019 – Whispers of War Podcast

Guess who is getting interviewed on Whispers of War? Me 🙂 How exciting?!!?

The above tweet went out recently and I saw it in my feed from a retweet and I thought, what the heck; I am a lady who plays WoW and loves talking about it as well – I have 30-60 mins spare! Just had a blog for a few years rambling about the second love of my life, can’t possibly love talking about this game at all.

She had a lot of people respond to the tweet – which brings me joy to know there are so many women out there playing and wanting to talk about the game! I am being interviewed at 5.30am/6am on the 3rd August and I have no idea how long it will be before my interview is available for download but I thought I would give you, my lovely readers, a heads up it is happening. Maybe it will be awful and will never see the light of day, who knows!

I do have to think of a topic outside of the interview we could talk about, but there isn’t one main thing I can land on. I am wracking my brain. Do I talk about casual raiding, or the Azeroth cookbook and how i want to make more recipes up or how I wish I had more time to get stuff done because there is too much in the game now to actually complete and I am a filthy casual, or the friendships I have made!!??! GAHHH!!!

I am not much of a podcast (or audiobooks) listener simply because I don’t really commute anywhere for long enough and I find I have an issue with my brain; it must hear the constant speech and tone as a signal to start meditating and I zone out and fall asleep. I really have to work hard to stay awake; it is a really frustrating issue if I am perfectly honest, but I do appreciate people who can listen to them without issue. Having said the above, I am going to make a concerted effort to listen to a few of her interviews before mine! Wish me luck!

I am also super excited about it because this is only the second podcast I have ever been interviewed for in relation to WoW. <squee>

Rise of Azshara

So patch has been out for a couple of weeks now and I am going very slowly through the content. It has been really hard to find the energy to deal with Nazjatar. I dislike the area. In fact, honestly, I cannot think of a zone I have detested more than this one, maybe Suramar city; but that was one section of an entire zone. I have seen a few comments on twitter suggesting once you get flying it is amazing…but I feel the sensation of flying after 11 months would be amazing no matter where it was.

I much prefer mechagon as it seems easier to locate quests and move around on a ground mount.

There are a few spots in both zones where the respawn rates are completely over the top fast and others where you have to battle to the death for 1 creature every few minutes. So I feel there is some minor annoyances with quests and I am hoping I don’t have to do them for too long. I like the bejewelled quests and the string ones – but I have been a lover of puzzle games for a very long time.

We have been running around and questing with Apophis when we can be bothered struggling through them. I really want flying though. The three of us as pirates in Mechagon.

Overall it is nice to have new content for dailies, even if I am still trying to figure out the new essences and necklace stuff. Apophis was saying that his necklace is at 53 or something and I only just hit 50 a couple of nights ago. he has been doing really well keeping up with his dailies and island expeditions. Makes me feel guilty, so I have to fix that.

I am up to the scenario now, which I might try and get done tonight, but we ran Apophis through LFR for Jaina so he could get through the war campaign and maybe we can do the new scenario together at the same time.

A3: pets galore!

I finally managed to get online to create a horde toon, was surprised to find that Dragonray was available and also I could fly from the starting zone to Orgrimmar and I didn’t have to spend 100 hours running there. Woo!

I posted on the forums with my Btag and was invited in about 3.5 minutes. Super fast by Jedikitten. The only reason I remember the name is because I wanted to make a star wars joke but couldn’t think of anything witty.

I nearly fell off my seat when I looked in their guild tab. This is Tab 1 and Tab 6 below – just to give you an idea of the pet scope I am talking about.

Tab 1 – Just check it out?!?!
All the way to Tab 6. Every single tab is like this.

I was seriously agog with the amount in there. I then spent some time working out all my duplicates (thank god for addons with filters), thankfully, I noticed there is a list of animals they don’t want donated. Unfortunately I didn’t read all the way to the bottom first as I was going through alphabetically – but the last line was…No vendor pets…oops.

But I donated all these guys to the adoption program and I think there was only a couple of vendor ones in there.

I cannot tell you how much you should join these guys if you are chasing pets. My next step was to update the forums with the pets I wanted from the bank. In total there was about 8 I don’t have, so it take a few weeks for me to complete them all but it will be awesome when I have everything. I just need a way to get more pets so I can donate more. I need a pet making profession.

Let me know if you go past though because it would be cool to know i sent you 🙂 It would be well worth supporting these guys so they can continue to offer pets to people who are discovering the joys of collecting and battling 🙂

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?

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

Your quest log is full

Alunaria

Gnomecore

GamingSF

Kamalia

Syrco

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

Why are we so behind?

After coming back from Malaysia and having played with streaming I was so keen to get home and do it as well.  Until I came back and actually tried. More on that later.

I discovered an entire world of crap upon my return.  The first being I had forgotten how often my pc disconnected from the WoW servers.  After moving my pc around the entire house and doing isolation testing we came to the conclusion our network cards are crap. But also, we really prefer a wired connection for gaming.

So we tried power-line adaptors on the suggestion of friends. and they worked initially but whoever designed them was a twat.  They are too big to have in a normal double adaptor wall plate and be able to use the second power point and you can’t plug them into a powerboard.  So…in our house we have 1 power plate in each room (yes shitty design we know).  We could plug the adaptor in and then nothing else. Just stupid.

At $130 (260) per set of adaptors and me needing one as well, we decided we may as well just spend the money and get someone in to add points (ethernet or telephone) upstairs.

My kitchen being dismantled by the cabling guy.

Drew trying to help the cable man find the point upstairs which he can break though and feed cable, and finally our finished port upstairs with our modem now plugged in and computers all wired up.

In amongst all this discussion about ports and connections I discovered that ADSL technology is what causes the issue for streaming.  It physically can’t get more than 1Mbps upload.  What this means is I can stream at like…480 with particular settings and you can see most of what is happening but it will never be like it was in Malaysia.

I was devastated. Thus began the speed tests in the house. This is our ADSL 2 service.

I can’t even begin to explain how crap that is.  This following test however is the 4G connection we have.

Both tests were done in my lounge room, on my iphone about 2 minutes apart and in the evening peak time. So I am wondering how well I can play and stream on the 4G connection instead of using my ADSL.  I preface that by saying I have 160GB shared data on my mobile plan which I can utilise and I am not sure I would use that much by streaming a couple of raids or mythic runs a week?  I have to test it out. But I just haven’t set it up and bothered fiddling with getting it happening.

Why don’t we have NBN you say?  Because I won’t have it until possibly 2020.  Unless we sell the house and just move to a place that has it already installed and working…<hrmmmm> there is an idea.  Do I want to go through the stress again just so I can stream?  We are in the one tiny area not covered by our neighbourhood. I kid you not.

Does anyone stream on 4G? Does it cause issues? Would you be willing to give it a shot with the speeds above?

Shared: Topic 34: What is your favourite pop culture reference or easter egg in the game?

It always brings a smile to my face when I stumble across a NPC name or flavour text that points to a show or person I recognise from the real world. It also makes me wonder how many more there are that I’ve missed.

For our latest challenge topic, we want to know:

What is your favourite pop culture reference or easter egg in the game?

Ok, so I may have cheated a little with this one.  When you have been playing the game for so long there are always things you forget about.  Whilst trolling through sites trying to remember what easter eggs are even in the game, I found this page which lists a fair amazing amount of them. It is actually pretty funny just reading through them, sort of like remembering old friends.

However the ones I really remember enjoying at the time were all the Firefly related ones, so much so I levelled my shammy about 5 level farming for the pet.

  • In Zangarmarsh, the engineering Grandmaster K. Lee Smallfry <Grand Master Engineer> is a reference to the character Kaylee Frye, the engineer on the show. Her dialog includes the word “shiny”, a common adjective for “good” used on the show.

  • The non-combat pet [Captured Firefly] has the flavor text “Still flying…” which is a line from the show.

  • During Brewfest, one of the beers you can purchase is Mudder’s Milk, which is from the episode ‘Jaynestown’.

  • The reagent vendors in Ogri’la and the Lower City are named Mingo and Fanty, after the twins who engage Mal to perform the robbery from Serenity’s opening sequence. While these characters in turn are references to thugs from the 1955 The Big Combo, the NPCs more likely reference the former.

  • [Strange Engine Part] and [Broken Engine Part], which are fished randomly from pools of Steam Pump Flotsam in Zangarmarsh, bear the description: “It reads ‘Capissen 38’ on the bottom.” This is a reference to Kaylee Frye’s line in the film “Serenity:” “Don’t ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky.” [Strange Engine Part] starts an Alliance quest that you turn in to K. Lee Smallfry.

  • In the Sun’s Reach Harbor, the Innkeeper Caregiver Inaara <Innkeeper> is a reference to the Companion character Inara Serra, a character portrayed by the Brazilian-American actress Morena Baccarin. Her face and outfit looks also very similar to the series’ character.

 

I didn’t know about this one from the list:

Robin Hobb

  • The name of the tauren at the Nesingwary Safari in NagrandShado ‘Fitz’ Farstrider, appears to be a reference to the character FitzChivalry “Fitz” Farseer, and possibly also to his mentor Chade, from Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy. In addition to the similar names, Shado wears a wolfshead helm, and FitzChivalry was bonded with a wolf. (As possibly more of a stretch, FitzChivalry was a Wit or “beast magic” user, and seen by some as half-man/half-beast, a possibly fit description for a tauren.)

And as Robin Hobb is one of my favourite authors I am going to have to check it out again because I never made the connection. I might also have to pull the books back out now that I think about it.

 

On a more personal level the following one is really interesting:

H.P. Lovecraft

  • The Black Morass, an instance in the Caverns of Time set in what is to become the Blasted Lands, may refer to Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”, in which Inspector Legrasse, investigating reports of strange rituals in New Orleans swamplands, is described to have “plowed on through the black morass”. The design of the zone itself closely adheres to Lovecraft’s description of the New Orleans marshes.

Drew loves HP Lovecraft and has always loved Black Morass. It was one of his favourite instances and always compares new ones to the love he felt.  I wonder if he knew of this connection (I am sure he did) or if this is just one massive coincidence for him?  I simply had no idea about the connection and it has me smiling!

I think my absolute favourite though has always been and will always be:

The Goonies

  • In The DeadminesEdwin VanCleef‘s pirate ship’s location inside a cave bears a resemblance to that of One Eyed Willie’s ship.

I had always felt as though that was what it was in reference to and Goonies is one of the best movies ever created (IMHO).  Of course the ships don’t look the same at all but it is a nice thought either way.

 

Other posts for this topic:

Techni”cool” Dad

Ann In Wonderland In Azeroth

Lord of Icecrown

Your Quest Log is Full

Alunaria

To Stream or not to Stream?

To be, or not to be? That is the question—
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them?

I have been toying with the idea of streaming the last couple of weeks, more so since Drew suggested I should get into Vloging.  He really enjoys watching Panser #tradechat and she is enjoyable and fun, but I am not sure the stuff I blog about would be worthy of a Vlog.

I decided to see how hard it would be to start streaming and jumped onto Twitch for a squizz. I downloaded a program called Bebo and started fiddling with it. I would say I was “streaming”in about 20 minutes.  Not so bad really for a clueless nublet such as myself. I put that in quotation marks as flipping between game and software doesn’t really mean I was doing anything other than flying around herbing 😀 But I was sending data into the multiverse!

I remembered Panser commenting about moving to FB live to do her streaming now thanks to Youtube and their change in expectations with vidoes. So I also created a page on FB for Azerothian Life because I wanted to test out the Blizzard live streaming function they had, but I didn’t want it on my personal feed.  I have to test it out with my group and see if it records discord as well so they can be heard on the stream and not just me.

There is a video on my twitch channel of the 5 of us running a mythic 10 in kara however you can’t hear them very well as I had the wrong settings chosen.  I corrected it later and tested it with Ben, so in theory I know how it works.

I didn’t notice any frame rate issues with my laptop when running the stream in a dungeon, so I am hoping to stream on our raid nights, but honestly no idea how that will go.

I haven’t even looked at Youtube based on the Vloggers I watch who have commented on their recent changes making it difficult for people to even subscribe and receive content or be paid for that content.  So at this stage I am tossing up between twitch and facebook.  I also note that because I am an Amazon prime customer I get twitch prime which is nice as well.

Anyway, feel free to follow me on any of these places and let me know what streaming platform you prefer to use or watch!