Pet Battles: You can never have too many?

I was discussing pets in guild the other day, and mentioned that I was going to start chasing the achievements for taming/collecting etc.  I never really got into it originally with the amount of time needed to devote to the levelling, however recently I have remembered that battling doesn’t take a huge amount of time and is at least a bit of a challenge.

The celestial tournament was what I had my sights set on, but given most of the strats call for pets I simply either didn’t have or were level 1- it was time to bite the bullet. Celestial tournament is the end goal  – to reach that I needed to get more pets to 25, to do that I needed my Safari hat (and charms) and that meant completing the Tamer achievements for the world.

Before I began my mission though Antheriel and Limpywtf caught up with me in Dalaran and donated so many pets to me that I am still losing my mind over it. They were all duplicates for them but for me it was an almost spiritual level event.  So many of them will be useful when I get the levelled and I really just cannot express how grateful I am too them. Nelly sat on vents with me and went trough all her duplicates while Limpywtf just added pets to the bank for me to run off with if I was missing them (I missed out on Syd the Squid as I couldn’t remove anything else for the day and by the time I got back the next day he was gone).

Abyssius is one I want to level because he is so gorgeous looking!

The Sandling and Imp are very cool looking but then the Firewing suits my whole fire mage look so perfectly that I feel such a stunning creature should be levelled asap. See, look how fiery and gorgeous she is! Just look!

The featured image for this post is the Sunfire Kaliri which was also lovingly donated, but it is also very theme appropriate for my fire mage – I just can’t decide between the above Firewing or the Kaliri.

Neither Nelly or myself could pronounce Cyrukh – so I feel I should change his name to Nelly.  I always like to change the names of pets to the characters of the people that game them to me; it helps remind me of the donation and the history of each pet, but this lot is going to be a massive struggle I think.  I can’t come up with that many variants 😀

The whelping will be added to my long list of dragons requiring levelling – since I am obsessed with Dragons I feel it is only appropriate that I level every single one I get my hands on.  Such hard work though!

The Sister is absolutely gorgeous – my very own mini succubus.  She even makes the whip noises and I simply cannot describe how much I adore this pet. I have always laughed about the whole warlock wanting to me mages thing – but imho mages should – in all honesty – be able to have pets – we are masters of the arcane, dammnit! – there should be a spec dedicated entirely to summoning creatures/elemental beings to do our damage during fights.

Of course the last little cutie was this little fella.  OMG look at those little furry feet, and the horns! GAH!  I like the Talbuk creature so this is just fun to have, I really wish we could have more than 1 pet running around with us – like a pet battle group but always around. Obviously that would be pretty intensive on the game if all of us did that, but I can have dreams right?!

Not only that but Antheriel also emailed me her noes about the Celestial tournament, all her plans/groups and tactics etc.  I cannot wait to get cracking on that section of Pandaria. I am sure her notes will help me through!

I cannot thank both Antheriel or Limpywtf enough for the amount of pets they gave me.  I owe them so much love and if I could have hugged them in real life I would! A blog post hardly seems like good enough payment for the joy. As I assured Nelly, they are going to a very loving home who will ensure they are looked after. I feel so very lucky!

The Long forgotten Hippogryph

When I say that Lominari would do pretty much anything required for Talbuk’s or hippogryph mounts, you have to understand I really mean it.  Spend hours farming rare mobs; no problem, farm hundreds of stupid ogre coins; easy.

Happen upon a glowing pink crystal and then spend the next hour chasing them down – done!

My lucky, lucky husband told me what he was doing when he was on the 4th crystal.  He was so nervous about not being able to find the 5th one,  so I headed to Azsuna to help him.  Of course it was me that found the 5th crystal for him, so I do take full credit, sadly I should have kept that small piece of luck for myself.

Here he is grabbing it!  I missed the text which says he has been found but I didn’t realise until after I had logged out.

Lominari is now considering doing the recruit a friend for the Emerald one because we are also doing the Argent tournament again for him to get the one from up there, Silver Covenant. He started with 1oo seals and only needs 150, so it should only take a couple of days and he will be all mounted up with his favourites.

As a side note: I found one of the crystals this morning and spent 3 hours searching – I only found 3 of the required 5.  3 hours. With Lominari running around as well including tom tom points!  No luck.

He disputes this game loves him.  Even though he jumped on his demonhunter yesterday (a toon we got to max level and then did pretty much nothing else on) and ran a mythic with some friends – scored a Legendary!!

Lominari – 2 // Dragonray – 0  <<  Legendary scores.

But nope, he isn’t lucky.

The mount os gorgeous looking though.  I am so very jealous of him!  At least it suits him when he is shadow form with all the purple and pinks.

Real Neat :D

I was nominated by Cymre for a Real Neat Blog Award.

This award is actually really appreciated as I have only just come back to blogging after anther hiatus and it is nice to know that someone is reading my blog again.  I have missed the friends I made blogging and I hope to be able to find some new ones.  Thanks so much Cymre for thinking of me!
Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the seven questions your nominator has provided.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and create 7 questions for them.

And the questions I have to answer:

  1. How would you pass the time during a blackout?

During a blackout I would probably start using every piece of technology I have to keep functioning online. I would plug my phone/ipad into my macbook to suck as much power as I could from it and I would likely read one of the many ebooks I keep saying I am going to eventually get to.  Depending on the time of day I would likely do some gardening if there was light because no way I am gardening in the dark with spiders etc.

2.  If you could be any superhero for a day, who would you be and why?

Hmm always a tough one but I would have to go with Scarlet Witch.  I mean she was a witch. She uses hexes and magic.  That is me.  I just don’t get to have red swirly magic shooting form my fingers.

3. What is one thing you love collecting or loved collecting as a child/adult?

I wanted to collect the entire car bear collection when I was a child. I still have 1 of the three I had.  My little sister stole my other two and to this day no one will admit it happened.  I did sort of grow out of it, but I can promise even as a teenagers (and they were not made) I would look up places and see if I could justify buying them.  I still wonder now if it is too late to start collecting.  I loved the idea that there was a bear for everything you ever felt.4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Anywhere – would be Scotland. It is one of those places on my travel plans but I have other places I am going first. I love a lot of things from Scotland and I can’t wait to experience it.  I married a Scottish guy, I love the accent, I adore bagpipes and kilts, I will one day find the Loss ness monster and I would really enjoy learning how to make proper haggis.

 

5. If you could only take one item to a deserted island, what would it be?

Since I am unlikely to pass off my husband as an item (and he would be my first choice of person) I would probably take a book that I could read repeatedly.  This is such a hard question, i mean why would i voluntarily go, is it permanent, is it tropical or rocky? hahaha

6. Who is your main and who do you love playing her/him?

My main is my mage, has always been and will always be.  I love playing a magic user, I like  throwing fireballs around.  I feel guilty if I am not playing her and even guiltier if I get achievements on alts instead of her.

7. Favourite phone app?

I would have to say Instagram or Imgur are on equal par.  I spend most of my spare time scrolling through both apps favouriting images.  I love photography and memes so the two of those apps basically cover everything I love in the world.

Given I am only recently back to blogging I haven’t really got that many blogs on my feed that are not already nominated for this award.  So if you happen to read this post and you haven’t been nominated please consider this my nomination of you.  Just answer the following 7 questions and link back to me so I can start reading your blog.

Questions:

  1. What is the most embarrassing in game thing to have happened to you?
  2. What is your favourite TV show and why?
  3. When you were younger what profession dd you want to me that would never have been possible?
  4. When you are reincarnated as an animal in your next life which one will you be and why?
  5. What is a topic you want to know more about but are too scared to find out about?
  6. The best meal you have ever eaten?
  7. Favourite sports team?

Free time again!!

So as most of my usual readers/friends know I do martial arts 3 nights a week (Tues/Wed/Thurs) and I am also studying for a bachelor online.  The last trimester of uni (which finishes this week) I decided to do 2 modules as I would in theory have 3 extra nights to study because martial arts were on extended holidays of Christmas. I was wrong.  The workload was way more than I anticipated.

I basically had no time for anything other than work, study and sleep.   I won’t likely do that again any time soon if I ever want to have free time to play WoW.

So a group of us have decided to do some regular dungeons runs on weekends which again, we haven’t managed to do with my schedule.  Finally this weekend just past we managed to get online for a couple of hours.

We did our first Mythic run “Halls of Valour” with Blikolorie tanking, Nibblepie healing, me and Lominari DPSing and we grabbed some random 5th person.  I might point out, neither Lominari or myself were really geared enough to be in there.  I think Lominari had a gear score of 816 or something and I was only 831.

The last boss was a little…difficult.  We had to do it about 8 times – if not more – and the random pug was really nice about the entire thing.  In the end…we got it done!

We decided to do some more work quests and chase some gear on the map, but headed to the epic world boss quickly first which scored some more gear upgrades for Lominari.  We did a whole bunch of quests and handed in 2 different emissary hand ins.

Do I look like I have a legendary yet? Do you see one on me anywhere? Can you see orange somewhere?

By the time we finished all the quests etc I managed to be on 838 for my ilevel and Lominari is now much more improved at 830.

We could even do some LFR which I am thinking i might do this week just to see what the new raids are like. Only the early raids at this stage but I am looking forward to – and also getting through some more of the Suramar quest line.  We are so far behind on the questing/class halls it is pretty daunting.

Over-watching again

Yeah, I am an addict of both overwatch and WoW now.

I am starting to learn how to play Lucio – a healer.  His is not a direct heal class, he is AOE essentially and needs to be in range for his healing aura to be effective.

I actually quite enjoy playing him.  I manage to get some gold medals with him and even have had some commendations at the end of the matches.  I feel quite proud of myself for that effort since FPS style games are not generally my strong suit.

I am trying to learn how to play D.VA as a tank but it is a little touch and go with success rates. Certainly no medals or commendations on this one, but that is no different to when I was trying to play Soldier 76.

I am still working on the other heroes but am still really trying to learn how to play the game.  Sometimes I feel like I am on point and going well, others i just feel like i am being smashed in the face repeatedly by a sentient brick wall.

Either way I find it enjoyable.  I really do wish I had friends that played though as I think being in a pre-made would make a massive difference to the way you can play. I am also nowhere near good enough yet to have learnt all the shortcuts on the maps and being able to use them to my advantage.

Some teams come in and just seem to steam roll over the top of everyone. It really is impressive.  I am only level 14, so still quite a baby in terms of experience but I am looking forward to spending more time getting better.

I have bene playing more Overwatch than WoW as I am feeling quite stressed and being able to blow people up has been quite therapeutic but more because I can play a couple of games in about 15 minutes and then log off without guilt.

Cooking in Azeroth

I hadn’t realised how long it was since I posted and in fact even played WoW.  I have been neglecting the second love of my life horribly.  Hopefully this post about the third love of my life will make up for it somewhat.

My usual New years tradition (has been for the last 6 years) has been to LAN with some friends and play WoW until the wee hours of the morning.  We normally chase dungeon/raid achievements for mounts etc which is a lot of fun.  This year our usual gathering was not possible so we offered it to another group of friends we played with.  IN the end the thought of having to unpack PCs etc was so unappealing they decided to just come over and play tabletop instead.

We played quite a few different games over the course of the night and had an absolute blast.  It was nice to chill out, have some drinks and just relax. It did feel weird not being in game though, even if we did get to see real fireworks in my local area instead of ingame ones!

What does any of this have to do with cooking you say? Of course having Azerothian friends I had to make something from the cookbook!

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Beer-basted Boar Ribs.  Oh hell yes.  I would make the every weekend if I had the time.

**DROOOOOOL**

They were not hard to make, but it is time consuming as you need to baste the ribs every 30 minutes. You make the sauce first which I wasn’t sure would be enough:

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and then begin to cover the ribs evenly.  This was the first acting they received, as you can see the sauce is quite thick.

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After 3 hours I can honestly say, these are gorgeous. Stunning.  The droves of Ironforge really knew what they were doing when they created this recipe.

The end product looks like something straight from heaven.  We had a couple left over the next day which we had for lunch and whilst they were just as nice flavours the next day, reheating in the microwave game them a slightly rubbery texture (as expected).  I would suggest you eat them all immediately when out of the oven.  Just keep shoving them in until you have finished them!  You will not regret it. Much.

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Post Pax Blues

Lominari and I have been attending PAX every year since 2014  We missed the first event in 2013 sadly.  I enjoy the weekend more than I should as it is an awesome time to catch up with friends and be invested in something where other people have similar interests to yourself.

I always find the crowds manageable and given the size of the venue I don’t ever feel like I am getting bumped/pushed etc, all the anxious types attending an event must allow for personal space awareness!  It is actually quite good.

I tried my first VR this year as well and as I keep saying if they ever made WoW into a VR I would quit my job and just go on the dole and do nothing but play it.  I couldn’t imagine anything better.  VR is a long way off that though but wouldn’t it be grand 🙂  Especially if it was on one of those walking machines as well – although I watched some poor guy struggle to even stand up in it so I am not sure I am co-ordinated enough for that myself.

This is a short clip of me doing VR with a little archery game – so cute and much better than I was expecting VR to feel.  I didn’t have any nausea issues with this game either.

We also gave Overwatch a try at PAX as the “Omen by HP” people had it running on their laptops. Funny story, about 2 minutes after we sat down at the laptop, one of the stand people advised us to just keep playing as they would be filming us on the laptops and since they needed footage we just had to keep playing until they told us to stop.  I think we ended up playing for about 40 minutes – if not an hour and just before we left we got given a huge mousemat each by Steelseries.  It was pretty awesome.  We went home and then bought Overwatch straight away we enjoyed it that much. So if any of you guys play, let me know as we would love to have more people to play with.

overwatchThe only other game we played was Dawn of War 3 – it was so stunningly beautiful graphics wise and I managed to fail the mission.  However whenever I play that style game, I always feel I should play Starcraft.  They do have a free trial for Starcraft where you get almost the full version so I might download that at some point and give it a chance.

We also upgraded our computer chairs from the awful ones we had previously.  Whilst my chair wasn’t entirely bad, it wouldn’t lift up any more, Lominari’s chair was so bad it had lost all it’s faux leather covering and was leaning to the side slightly.  I can’t imagine it was comfortable for him.  But have a look at these beauties.  They are so comfortable to sit in, they have adjustable armrests and you can almost lie flat in them, thanks to ZQ Racing who were having a 50% off sale making them still bloody expensive so they better be good quality and last.

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Lominaris chair is on the right of the picture and mine is the left. We both picked blue by chance and got slightly different shades which is kind of nice. I spent last night doing a uni assignment and it was so comfortable!

The only other exciting thing about PAX I need to mention is my Pin collection!  I got hooked at my first PAX and spend far too much money on these little buggers, but I love it!  This year I went to Lowes and bought a cheap vest to pin them all on.  I also ordered secure backs but they didn’t arrive in time, of course they arrived the Tuesday after PAX 🙂

pinny-arcadeThis was my pinned vest prior to PAX (I am yet to add all my new pins to it). I managed to have a couple lose their backs but stay in my vest, which I was very happy about, however I seem to be missing a few pins that I have marked off in my app, so I think I have another lanyard hiding in the house  it could be anywhere.  That is my next quest – to locate the lost pins.  A few people were asking me about my profile on pinnypals.com website when I was trading and I advised whilst I was on there I never used it, but given the popularity of it (some people had bags/T-shirts/flyers etc) I think I will start making an effort.

As you can see – I have nowhere near a complete collection but I only get to go to 1 pax a year and not all of them. I am happy with my collection though 🙂

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I also have a friend in the US who is going to send me pins they have lying around and I am super excited about that as any duplicates I get I can trade. The biggest shout out to my Sydney friends though because after coming back to our place on Sunday night for food and Blizzcon videos they left their pins strategically placed under a book for me so I could have 2 more early bird pins for trading.  I will give super squishy hugs when I see them next!  This combined with the pins Chapooke got for me earlier in the year (with my spectacular Red Whelping plushy) I am feeling completely inundated with pinny trading love!  I cannot thank my friends enough for helping with my obsession.

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