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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!!

 

***Edited***

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

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!!

5 years worth of screenies

Trolling through 5 years worth of WoW screenshots is a pretty tough thing to do.  I have thankfully sorted them by month in each year, so it makes it more like chunks of pictures.  Slightly easier to deal with, but let me tell you..I am completely DIZZY with the amount of different UI’s I have had over the years.  I am going to make a separate post for that, I have so many.  I cannot accurately represent it to you via text!!

But here is a gallery of screens I have taken; funny, serious and boring all jumbled in.  This is a very brief 5 year overview.

 

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5 years blogging about wow – an actual post!!

That’s embarrassing!!

I saved the post and forgot to actually fill in something useful :)

Yes 5 years blogging about WoW today. Unbelieveable!!  But let’s face it, even with some breaks, that is a long time to be blogging about the one topic!

I was going to link to some of my more stupid posts, but well, the effect may have been lost now that my post went live with nothing in it!!

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So here’s to me and here’s to my readers!!  Thanks for all the good times!!!  Since May 2005, the only toon I have played is my mage and although she has had many moves, name changes and server transfers she will always be my main and the only toon I hope to keep playing for another 5 years.

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After a quick flick through my screenshots, I may actually put a gallery up in the next couple of days, there are some pretty funny ones in there folders that I would love to share :)  Keep an eye out !

Thanks for all the comments guys!!

New blog design again….

Yeah, I know…I keep changing, but a couple of weeks ago, you would have noticed I changed my blog design again.  I like this one much more than the other one.  And the only reason I can give for that is pink was not Azeroth enough for me.

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That’s depressing :(

Whilst fiddling with my site I came across some really depressing search terms :( I have no idea why they have brought people to my blog – I am half tempted to test it out and see what the connection is.

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Shared Topic: Fantasy Smart Phone

Matty has brought us this topic for the week:

Fantasy Apps!
What Smartphone/i-phone apps would your character have on their ‘fantasy phones’ Azeroth?

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Liebster Award

It seems this blogging award has finally made it into the wowverse.  It has taken a pretty long time to make the skip from personal blog land to Azeroth.  I was handing out Liebster awards (and a multitude of other ones) a couple of year ago on my old personal blogs, it is really nice to see it has been picked up in this part of the blogsphere :) I like the sense of community it creates.

It was pretty cool to be nominated by Cymre actually and I also found out that Thela/Jstmel nominated me as well :)  So as has been the fashion this last couple of days – (and mine is later than most) here is my Q&A, I have included all the questions I have been asked:

Cymre’s questions :)

1. What is your earliest memory in WoW?

My earliest memory was before I had started playing and my friend was showing us how good the game was.  He was a druid running around in the badlands, changing forms and killing rock elementals and it was amazing!  I was completely in love with the game.

2. What is your favourite activity when playing?

Raiding. I like working with other people to kill bosses, there is a sense of achievement that I don’t get anywhere else for being part of team and problem solving issues that are not real life related.

3. What is your best WoW memory?

I have so many good WoW memories – I have been playing too long!!  If I had to pick one memory to keep and all the rest were going to get wiped, I would say it was The Dark Within clearing Kara :)  It was the guild we built up from nothing – we created the environment, we pushed the people to do the content.  It was awesome.

4. If you could have any title in WoW, what would it be?

Probably the Insane – I started it a while ago, but really all the grind just made me bored, not insane, so I gave up :)

5. What is one thing in-game you could not live without?

My Elemental Mage Staff – it was one of the first ever epics I won when I hit 60.  It was mine!

6. What is your favourite item in-game and why?

My Frostbrood Dragon from ICC – yeah it is the second best dragon in the entire game and I love it because the first time I saw the Wrath cinematic I knew I had to have that dragon.  I am one achievement off the 25 man and I will have that soon as well.

7. Who was the first character you created and do you still play them?

My mage and yes.  Since May 2005!

8. If you could design any transmog piece, what would it be and why? 

hrmm, I think I don’t have an answer –  aside from there needs to be more items with sparkles or glow (or funky effects).

9. Who inspired you to start blogging?

My good friend in Sydney – but I started blogging personally and it got overrun with WoW content :)

10. What is the first thing you’ll do when WoD is live?

Level to 100 and take a million screenshots and make billions of posts no doubt :)

11. What was your biggest noobish mistake?

I have them every week….the most recent was changing my spec and not realising i needed to actually use the button I had just changed to :p

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Jstmel’s questions:

1.) How did you get started playing WoW?

As above – same as my earliest memory.

2.) What other games were you playing when you discovered WoW?

Guild wars (I was hardcore man, nothing was better than GW!!!), Rise of Nations, Diablo2, Warcraft, Pharaoh, Zeus.

3.) Did you create your blog because of WoW or another reason?

Because of WoW – specifically to keep it separate from my person al blog.

4.) What is your least favorite zone and why?

Hellfire peninsula – and ONLY because when DK’s came out, I think the hubby and I created over 10 of them, and never took them anywhere…so we have done level 61- 63 far too many times…would you believe we have deleted them all as well so we need to start it all over AGAIN!!  GAHHHHH

5.) What old raid/dungeon do you miss most and why?

Kara – it was fun and well paced – the fights had a theme that was different but enjoyable.  I am not sure what it was about it, but it was so much fun and I wonder if that was because we had been soooo bored with Vanilla it was just exciting to be doing something new?  I don’t know…but it was a great raid.

6.) If you could be a dungeon/raid boss, what would your tag lines (the things you would shout at players as they beat upon you) be?

You can’t touch this!!!  then do an MC hammer dance :p

7.) Do you recall your first feelings about WoW and what were they?

I was amazed that I could throw fireballs with my hands…I was completely taken in with the universe.

8.) What aggrivates you most about WoW as it is today and why?

Honestly, the people.  The fact that a large percentage of the population cannot be nice to other human beings.  Really pisses me off.  It is zoo hard to just be nice?

9.) Horde or Alliance and why?

I don’t care – as long as I can play my mage :)

10.) What is your favorite movie and why?

Burlesque – Cher and Aquilera…there is nothing else that needs to be said!

11.) What is your favorite song and why?

Honestly, I can’t answer this question…I have so many favourites…like a stupid amount of songs that I can listen to over and over ….S4 – she is my girl, Adele – Rolling in the deep, Nemesea – In control, Margaret Berger – Feed you my love, Emmelie De Forest – Only teardrops, Anberlin – Hello Alone….god the list could just go on and on.

OK, so I will be honest, I have spent the last few 30 minutes trying to find people that I haven’t seen nominated anywhere (that I think would deb keen to do this) and I could find none.  So, please…anyone on my blogroll – please know I read you and I would have nominated you had it not already been done!  I love all your blogs and I read as much as I can.

You don’t need awards to tell you how fantastic you are and how much fun and smiles you bring to my life!  Thanks to those who nominated me, I feel very honoured and special right now

Shared Topic: Questing with alts

I am leaving this until the last minute I know, but, you know…so many things to write about!!!  So this week, I bring you another topic to discuss which is also our first topic to have gone fortnightly!!!  Yes, the executive decision was made to give the blogosphere a chance to get back into the topics by spreading them a little more.  Fingers crossed this helps get people involved.

I am sure this has been done years ago perhaps, but I felt I should ask again as it is particularly relevant to me now that I am back :)

What sort of method do you use for leveling the multiple alts? Do you follow the same quest chains each time, do you avoid a certain quest section, do you only dungeon etc?? I am leveling my 5th to 90 now – from 85 and I just wondered how you guys do it??

I am not talking about the oddball leveling like just herbing to push yourself to the limit of insanity, but the more run of the mill levelling.

I have to confess, I sort of forget to buy heirloom gear for my characters, so aside from my warlock, stuck at level 23 and my hunter who has two pieces of heirloom gear, I pretty much only level with the guild bonus.

I find leveling a real struggle if I have to go through the same area – for example, my monk is now doing the Ashenvale area, which my rogue has only just started doing as well….do you think I can find the energy to log onto my monk anymore?  Nope…I need to get him across to the eastern kingdoms and quest there for something different, because I can’t even be bothered logging onto my rogue and doing it either.  Both toons are stuck at level 23ish because I am too lazy to log on and spend the time moving one to the other continent.

My higher level toons, I always try to find a different quest zone for.  My mage – of course did everything :) My druid was leveled with dungeons and herbing  (and some skinning as well just to get some xp but only if the bare minimum quests required it) I think she has only done about 200 quests in her lifetime, for leveling purposes. My warrior did Kun lai and some of towlong steppes (I think), my pally did Dread wastes – and I struggled to find a starter quest, but no way was I doing Kun Lai or steppes again :p, my Shammy has been doing kun lai – and dragging her feet about it, but again, only because  I can’t be bothered flying to dread wastes and doing those damn spider quests.  My priest will probably head to dread waste to be honest once she gets past the first few levels, but I will head to the wilds with her instead of pangs stead…so sick of that place!!

I do LFD as much as possible and generally am queuing up the second I am online, it just helps so much, especially those first couple of runs when you have quests to do and hand in.

I have found that I hate doing the same quests straight away, if I have to do it later – like a couple of months, that is fine, but when it is just one after the other, I don’t really enjoy it.  I think this time round it is worse as I have nothing to do but level alts, so all of them are getting done in pretty quick succession.  Normally I level my mage straight off the xpac and then my next toon takes months as my mage has my focus for rep, gearing, re-learning etc, I would say that I don’t really even level an alt until my mage is at a point that I can’t get anymore upgrades before raiding or anymore rep for the day.  That takes a few months at least, so the pain of leveling has somewhat diminished by then :)

 

Other particpants:

Elkagorasa

Erinys

Velgana

OLRG: Firelands

A couple of weeks ago I happened to be online at the right time to join in one of their runs.

OLRG is run by Matty and they do random raids and just go and have some fun.

I was pretty nervous about going as I only knew a couple of people in the raid and well..I am a little shy.  My only level 90 toon is currently my druid and so I advised Matty and she asked if i could tank.  EEP!  IN theory I could tank – but never having tank don my druid could be a little difficult. I had changed my druid to bear recently because after everyone left my previous guild I thought I amy need to help out, but had done nothing since then.

So, there I was about to tank Firelands on a toon with half tank and half boomy gear….and I was thinking I was going to completely fail and look like a twat! I didn’t fail horribly, however it turns out I can’t tank on my druid worth a damn :)  I couldn’t hold aggro or even get aggro and I had no idea what I was doing, I was button mashing like a crazy person but it was fun.

Here are the piccies of the boss kills :)  My Druid has now been to Firelands.  The only negative from today is that I really really really want to get in there on my mage and get my embers so I can get m legendary!!!

 

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