My flag bearer

I got the Sha’tar tabard as my country.  I decided to use my mage for this as she is relevant to the BC era  😀 and has lovely long legs.

Anyway, I have to let JD know, so you guys are getting this before anyone else!!  This will be the only one I can post up here as all voting is anonymous on the outfits.

Waving her Sha’tar flag proudly!

God awful ugly colours let me tell you, but I am loving the outfit I put together 😀 I hope these pictures are better quality, they looked awesome on my pc, but not sure if they lost quality when i uploaded them, and my work computers are so old, I can’t tell if they are nice or not.

I hope you enjoy!

Mogolympics information

What did I just do!

I just requested to be entered into the

Mogolympics!!

Waiting to find out if I am in and which tabard I am getting.

Sha,tar!! I am IN – it is on girls and boys!

**edited to add**

Maybe one of my professional transmoggers can help me out here, what if you don’t have the item…for example..I don’t have a chopper…so do i just create my set without being near a bike and then the judges will be comparing it with an image? Will that disadvantage me not being near the item in question?

Oh god…this is stressful already and I don’t even know if I am in yet 🙂

Shared Topic – Who are you?

This week’s shared topic was mine, from this website 🙂  i thought perhaps I should actually get this post happening sooner rather than later :p

Whilst watching lord of the rings…again… I got to wondering who I was most like/would be like and who my friends would be.

I decided my hubby would someone like Aragon or faramir – honorable, sincere and all round nice guy. This of course always leads me to think about wow and who would be if I could be and I wondered what everyone thought?

Are you more like Thrall or Jaina? Would you wish to be like Lady vash’j?

Honestly, Lord of the Rings is a slight obsession 🙂 I will be honest here, although I have read the books – I disliked JRR’s  writing style, however the story is what captured my imagination as a child.  To be fair, I have done very little research into the warcraft universe, and although I played some Warcraft 2 (pretty sure it was anyway), and I played it badly, I do not really know much of the history or world aside from what I know about the storylines from the MMO.

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Leather and Lace

Mataoka over at WoWSugar has gone ahead and done another competition like the plate one recently thrown into the blogosphere – called Leather and Lace.  This one is more my taste considering I have gone to a lot of effort on my druid and my pally was not transmogged until about 3 days ago. Rules and information are on her website 😀

I wanted my baby to look like a druid with greens and browns and yellows, to be earty yet still sassy.  I did a few lowbie quests for some gear like my weapon which has ever changing flowers on it and I scoured the AH and professions of people to find gear I liked and matched my overal look.

I love my druid – almost as much as my mage – almost…follow me to see her Outfit to be Azeroth’s Next Top Leather Wearer!!

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Is anyone stuck on content?

We are still stuck on blackhorn in DS, and we have been suffering from the attendance boss; it has been a week since we raided.

So, to get my wow fix I am trying to find some more blogs and podcasts to get involved in. I jumped on blog azeroth for a few minutes the other day, but will try to add more time over the next few weeks.

What I have noticed, or maybe I just need to read/listen a little more, but ….is anyone stuck on normal DS!?!?!? Has everyone killed deathwing?!?

Are there no guilds out there struggling like us blogging and being involved on podcasts?!?! Do the ones struggling not get out there?

I am intrigued.

Blogs??

I just went through my links page and deleted over half of the WoW blogs I had listed there as they are no long being updated.

I need more again…..

Any suggestions would be appreciated; this does give me a valid excuse to get back into my Blog Azeroth love again though 🙂  I have missed being over at BA, but I have just been so busy with other things I don’t have the time to dedicate to it….It makes me sad.  I miss a lot of people and  a lot of blogs.

Blog azeroth excitement!

Blog Azeroth (BA) has been a little obsession of mine for a long time now, and even when I was not playing wow, I would drop past and check things out.

Recently one if the mods sent out a distress beacon asking for help and we responded to the call! I wasn’t at all sure I could fit in full time modship, but I can certainly put in some time to help out at a place I have adored and admired!

The current people in there are superb and I am honoured to be counted among them!

If you are a blogger and have not been to BA please drop by!! There is a link in my side bar – it will open up a entirely new world!

Thank you BA!

Day 10: Favourite Blogs/Websites

It has been a while since I have had a chance to do another one of these posts, so I figured now was a good time as any.

Favourite websites – is a very easy one for me, I only have a small amount I like to go to for WoW related information that I am sure 6,000,000 million other people go to 😀

Here is a non exhaustive list:

WoWbash

WoWinsider

MMO-Champ

Blog Azeroth

 

 

WoWhead

Of course there are many others I go to for information, but not that I visit almost daily like the above 5 sites. There are also others that are no longer running that I used to read religiously, like magecraft, officerchat and the list goes on of the places that are no longer running 😀

Favourite Blogs

I honestly have too many to list here with links – it would seriously take me hours to write this post.  My blog roll needs an update with the new ones I have started reading recently – but they are all in my google reader or I have subscribed to them via email.

These are just a few of the ones I have in my feed:

Shattered, clearcasting, Bossypally, Treebark, empowered fire, Jaded, guild mum, non-squishy heals, rage quit, postcards…..the list goes on 😀  I don’t tend to comment on many posts – I like to read though. I tend to be too embarrassed to comment on posts because they seem to all be able to write so well and actually have awesome blogs…mine is sort of sub par compared…. There are also a fair few who no longer have public blogs (or have stopped) and as with all things it comes and goes 🙂  I was really disappointed to find snarkcraft the week before they decided to go off air…!!!

Anyway, this post has now made me realise I need to update my blog roll to be inline with my google feed 🙂

I do love the blogs out there which are more personal and just a telling of the lives of others in guild and out.  I enjoy knowing others are succeeding, failing, pushing, achieving etc – it gives me inspiration, laughter, sadness, anger and all the things that make this game – and having networks fun.

 

Day 9: First Blog post

I wasn’t sure if this was meant to be first ever blog post or first blog post on this blog…so I am giving you both 😀  Just as dull and exciting as the other….

Personal Blog

WoW Blog

They are very short posts and pretty short…to be honest – I can’t remember if I was blogging about WoW prior to the link above other than in my personal blog…I may have to go and find out actually 🙂

 

Day 7: Blog name

Why did I choose this blog name?  Can I be realy selfish and say because I wanted something that started with “A”, so that when things are alphabetized I would be closer to the top?  Well it is true.. :/

I also decided after having a blog name that was very magey, where I wrote about my pally for over half the time, I needed a non class specific blog name that would cover all my toons, collection addiction and achievement whoring 🙂

I did also toy with the idea of doing some RP – but have just not gotten round to it yet….maybe one day..

I think Azerothian Life lets people know it is about all different aspects and not just one class or topic…(At least, that’s my hope)!  Does it do that?

Day 2 : Why did you start a blog?

To fully answer this I need to I guess start at the beginning.  I started blogging in 2003 on Livejournal, my friend got me onto it.  I was always one to continually be starting hand written journals but i just never really found the time to keep going with it.  So I would always stop.

The same is true of my blogs, I hve periods where life just gets in the way and I blog less, either way I found it a great way to remember all the things that have come before. Lessons in history maybe?

What I discovered was there were hundreds/thousands/MILLIONS of blogs on almost every topic I could think of being interested in and I decided to join in on that.

I currently have 4 blogs that I update regularly – personal, exercise, pagan and WoW.  I also used to have a baking blog but am in the process of incorporating that into my exercise blog.  Just as in real life you make friends that don’t share the same interests as all your other friends – and that is how I see my blogging, I have different areas of my life that I want to share with friends and people without having to bore them with all the other irrelevant things 😀  Most of my friends are not WoW players and I was spending so much time talking about WoW on my personal blog that I decided it needed its own space 😀

I would like to use my blogging as a networking tool – however I don’t really do much to increase my reader base to meet those potential friends 😀 I like the idea of people reading my thoughts and ideas and commenting etc, but in the same breathe I know I am boring and not a very good writer – so why would people stay once they have read a few of my posts…it is an interesting position, but I am happy to be in it.

So to sum up, I started blogging to meet people, network and share knowledge and information – this has developed into a full blown obsession 😀 hehehe

Shared Topic: Autoblogography

I was alarmed at our lack of up and coming topics, so I figured it was time I suggest a topic myself.

Lets write our autoblogography!

What pushed you to start blogging? What challenges have you faced? What are you favorite posts and why? What are the stories behind them? How has blogging affected your gaming?

Those of you who enjoy writing in character could write feature your character reflecting on how they’ve changed since day 1 and about their favorite adventures.

If you’re a new blogger, you can write about your experience so far, about what you hope for the future.

EDIT: Here’s an example post: http://bossypally.wordpress.com/2010/11 … ogography/

My autoblogography is probably not exciting to anyone else, but it is a journey for me which has given me an outlet I can use to just delve into life a little more.  I remember when I started blogging.  i was living in Sydney at the time and my girlfriend and I were having lunch and she was telling me about Livejournal and how good it was to just write stuff down.

I have been a big fan of written journals and over the years have kept quite a few, my only problem being I can’t seem to manage to ever actually update them.  Life gets in the way and I always lost track of them after a few months.  Online Blogging was something I could update anytime I was near a PC, I could just throw an email at it and then format it later if I wanted to.  I started my LJ on 5th February 2003.    I didn’t update it all that much and to be honest in those first few months it was rather a jumble of crap.

I was in a very negative headspace and to be honest I use my personal blog more of a venting station than anything, which I am slowly trying to change.  I still fall back into that habit though of not  updating about the positive things that happen.  We, as humans, always tend to remember the negative though.

Anyway when I started playing WoW in 2005, I would update my personal blog, but honestly, I had so many non geek friends that my updates made no sense to them and pretty soon I was fielding questions about my gaming life that I just kind of got sick of answering.  I stopped updating about WoW.    I really wanted a place to talk about WoW though, I wanted  a home I could update about my toons and use my screenshots and meet other people that love this game as much as me.  So I started reading other WoW blogs.  Just reading daily/weekly whenever they updated.

One thing I noticed was there were so many blogs out there with hardcore guilds.  I couldn’t find any small unknown guilds who were struggling to get past Crazy Cat lady – you know just your joe average teams.  So I started considering I could make a blog.  Originally in the hunt to find active mage resources I was going to make it a blog about mages – all things mages, but I decided I didn’t know anywhere near enough – or have the inclination to learn how or why things worked.  I just want to know the stats I need – I don’t need to know the formula and multipliers etc etc…That’s what places like elitist jerks is for – and that is not my style.  So in the end I just created a home for my toons and my wow life.  It has changed names a few times and I do keep meaning to make it a free standing website, but I just never get around to it.  Maybe I can make that a project for my Uni degree 😀

After I started delving deeper into the blogosphere, I started finding the average guild.  I was ecstatic when I read a blog (I honestly can’t remember whose) about how they were just unable to kill Freya – I even offered some advice as we had only just killed her ourselves after weeks of wiping, but it was so nice to see that others were struggling on bosses.  Just as we were.  So many of us read about these hardcore guilds and players that can reach 15k dps by clicking one button, but let’s face it – they are not the majority of the player base.  I felt much better about my gameplay, my guild and our progress when i found this out. I also started finding different boss strats and got better at searching blogs for strats, alternative methods for killing them which I could take back to the guild and we would try.

My blog, is not meant to be serious, and probably half the blogosphere finds it terribly dull that I update with boring things like mounts and pets and raid kills, however they are an important part of my WoW history and I enjoy that side of the game.  I initially created my blog to get connected and to make friends in the blogosphere, friends who understood the game and the obsession it can cause; the addiction that grows when playing. It didn’t/hasn’t happened (There is still hope right?!?!!?) and I still have very few people outside of the game that I can even chat to about it.  Possibly selfish motivations for creating a blog, I know, but hey I figured there was other people out there who were the same.

Currently, my blog is very much about the normal side of WoW life, as with Cataclysm coming out I am not raiding, I am not in an active guild and I am not really even playing all that much.  Just jumping on to do dailies and anything else I wanted to get done – like farm pets, mounts, rep, CHAMPION SEALS!!!!!  Etc.  Once Cata comes out and we start building the guild up and raiding, I am I will get back to posting about  boss strats and kills and guild drama, but for the moment I am enjoying the headspace of just WoW enjoyment.

Shared Topic – Online persona/Names

What takes the longest to choose, is the first thing people see, and is the one thing they always remember about you and your character?

Your name.

How did you decide upon the name for your character(s)? Did you delve into Norse, Greek, or Roman mythology? Did you choose a name from one of your family members? Did you mash the “Random” name generator button in vain until you stumbled upon something you liked? Is your name a play on aspects of your class, using spells or other traits? Did you play around with syllables, vowels, and consonants until you found something that you loved?

How long did it take you to come up with your name? Do all of your characters share the same ‘theme’ or naming convention? Have you ever run into someone who had a similar name? How did you feel? Does your character have a partner with “the other half” to your name (such as “Salt” and “Pepper”). Do any of your characters have a “themed” guild that goes along with your name? Do you have a nickname that your guild, friends, or significant other has given your character?

Has your character name become your online persona, or maybe the other way around?

Do you have any tips for naming your characters in WoW, or any other game? Resources, name generators, mythology websites, sources of inspiration, etc.

If you are an avid roleplayer, how was your name decided upon by family/friends? Did your character choose the name later in life or were they given it at birth? There are whole stories behind naming/birthday celebrations that I am sure are floating around out there.

So much can be said about names. What does yours say?

 

I like this as a topic, so have decided I must write about it 😀

My in game names generally try to revolve around dragons in some fashion…I say mostly as sometimes I have deviated.

My main nickname – dragonray – was developed back in the days when mIrc was the hip thing to do, before facebook,  twitter and even blogging and heck before I even understood what “being online” was 😀

I am a dragon obsessed individual who was once told I had a smile like a ray of sunshine, so I combined the two and dragonray was born for me.  Since then all of my handles have been dragonray, so chances are if you see dragonray around the traps it is me.  I used to even have a website which I maintained religiously, but gave that up once I found WoW!

My first toon was called named after an author just because I couldnt’ get dragonray and I never really thought I would be playing WoW for the next 5 years.  Consequently my name has evolved since then with every move and alteration.  Since that initial name though most of them have been dragon based – failing that they have been based on obscure goddesses in various mythologies, but that has only been twice I think.

Funnily enough a friend who has come back to WoW as well was going through his macros and with all my name changes we knew exactly what period of time he was playing with which addons etc.  Quite funny to be able to monitor your game play with just a name change.

Everytime I change a toon, race, faction, server etc – I change their names. Not because of any bad history, but because my toon is changing their life and so they need a new name to move into that life.  Perhaps a little odd, but I really do see my toon as an extension of me and every new chapter needs a new heading – so hence the new name  😀

The only other toons which I have not given draconic names to are my taurens, I tend to give them very tauren names – well what I think to be tauren names, like Stormhoof for my warrior.  My pally is prismatique like the scales of a dragon, but also for the holy spells they cast.  My mage is currently dragonfyre, I have a couple of low level alts which are dragonray or onyxiia.

I spend more time trying to find a name for my toon then anything else, considering the amount of time spent playing on the characters you have to enjoy being called some variant of the name you have chose.  Since I have been dragonray for so long, and even sometimes been called that IRL, I don’t mind my mage being shortened to dragon in game if need be during raids etc. 

When deciding on a name I generally have a list of the full name and the short name that is likely to occur, and I make my decision based on that – and of course what is available 😀

I personally really dislike names that you can’t pronounce straight off the bat, if I can’t pronounce it then chances are neither is the gaming population.  I also never put in funny characters because it just makes it too hard to type in game, send mail or whisper unless they are on your friends list.  So I avoid them like the plague, there is a also a little part of me that thinks it slightly unoriginal to add a character to the name because it is already taken…just think of another one!!! 

Since Wow, I have been finding I am using onyxiia more as well, she is after all my favourite ingame dragon and it is nice to have a different name to play with 🙂

So there you have it, an indepth look at my naming conventions 😀

Shared Topic – Design your own class

It’s quite simple. We’ll do it LEGO style. Take each available talent tree (either WotLK or Cata, if you’re in the Beta). Shake. Pick three.

To elaborate: Out of all the talent trees available, if you could freely choose three to create your own, ‘custom’ class, which ones would you choose? This is something that a few small budget roguelikes or diablo clones do, and it’s fun to ponder if this would work in WoW as well.
Your starting class gives you the skills to work with. You may take for granted that all talents that enhance a class skill also automatically give you that skill. You must have at least one talent tree of your chosen starting class.

I like this topic!!  What a way to start my blogging again then with a cool topic like this.

My three are probably so weird it would never work, but here we go I guess – Fire mage as my base – of course!!, resto druid for some healing goodness and Protection Paladin for the tanking…

I think druid healing is probably the better designed healing classes out there, and is much more versatile then say a shammy, although things may have changed recently.  Prot tanking because it is the shizz…I have tanked on warrior and pally and I much prefer pally tanking, although the warrior can be more of a challenge, I have a soft spot for paladin holiness and virtue….maybe it’s because I lack my own 🙂

Yup I would make a hybrid that could do it all if I felt the want.  I love hybrids, shame I don’t actually play any as a hybrid, but I think they are the best toons in the game.

I would call this hybrid – Maheatan!!!!

That didn’t last long….

Yup, I am back 🙂

Have moved my blog to a name I actually like and will continue to update again.

I will go through and update links etc so people can find me once again.

I hope you enjoy the new home as much as I hope to!!

Shared Topic : What needs to die in a fire in Cataclysm?

I have not done on e of these shared topics before as I never really had much to say on any of them, however, this one is great!

Which town, quest, NPC, or zone really needs to be purged with fire, in your opinion? Will you enjoy dancing on the ashes of a particularly hated quest giver? Or is there some zone you avoid like the plague (plaguelands excluded) where being nuked from orbit could only improve the experience? And why do you hate it/them so much?

There are too many for just one…so here is my long list 😀

1 – anything, and I mean anything, near, about, related to or that has any connection to Gnomer the instance – and I mean all quests as well…possibly even tinkertown!! I hated that place possibly the same amount as the next one.

2 – Uldadoom…..yes….I cannot speak anymore about it as it makes me froth at the mouth in anger!

3 – When i was levelling my mage there was a quest in Theramore near one of the guard towers, part of the stupid missing diplomat quest chain I am pretty sure….I failed it so many times i left it alone and came back when I was 80…..that’s two xpacs later – I hated it so much I could not stand it….that also goes for that stupid cow in the hut – Tabitha…yes….she should get her own graveyard.

4 – When doing the starting zone for DK’s there is a quest you need to poke people with a magical stick to get them to talk to you, the first time I ever did that quest t took me close to 50 minutes to complete. Every person I poked did nothing but die. It is a stupid quest and should be removed from the game! I hope they blow up eastern plaguelands and whoever hands you that quests get swallowed by lava!

and finally, the one thing that should be wiped off the face of Azeroth in a huge smelting pot of lava and fire are:

5 – murlocs…all murlocs should be made extinct, oh they are funny and everyone finds them amusing now, but I cannot count the amount of deaths I have chalked up to those horrible things. I often find myself back in SS or Elwynn forest just nuking them for fun and payback….

My blogavesary is coming up soon :D

Yeah on the 14th it will have been one year on this blog 🙂

Feels like it should be more, and I am not sure how I feel that it has only been a year 🙂

I need to do something special, but not sure what?

Any good suggestions?

Time to let it go

Yup, this will be my last post about stepping down, it has been 2 days and so far only my closest friends have said anything, a pool of people smaller in numbers than one hand of fingers.

Yes I am being very self centered, and perhaps idealistic, in hoping that my guild mates would say something, anything to show their support or dissent at the decision.

This leads me to be torn as to the motives behind the lack of chatter, and as I have been reminded so vehemently the last couple of days “ASS / U / ME” is the mother of all cock ups. So I am not even going to go into my theories suffice it to say I am feeling lost in the guild as though I should not be there.

I don’t know where I stand with anyone in the guild now and I think that scares me more than anything else. The last three years I have spent knowing my place and knowing where I fit in, now I am not sure if I am even supposed to be stay in the guild after the way it all went down?

Do guild leaders stay in the guild they step down from if they do it for negative reasons and not just getting too busy in real life reasons? Have others felt this sense of dismemberment from the people?

I am too scared to message people, as I don’t know who are the ones who dislike me, I have had no one actually talk to me since Sunday, and so I am not sure what to do, i didn’t really speak on vents last night or in raid very much as I had no idea what to say. I am second guessing everything about me even being there, do people even give a crap if I am there or not? Would they prefer I wasn’t? Do they have me on mute on vents – which would explain why people sometimes never answer me?

Yeah, defiantely time to let it go. I won’t be posting about this again as there is now nothing to say, i will see how things go once everything has settled down. Maybe I am just being ultra paranoid – or maybe I am right on the money, either way a few weeks from now I will have a better idea…I hope.