Topic 43 – Why do you choose the games you do?

Z and Cinder have gone on holidays and left us with a few topics to keep us entertained and instead of posting I just sort of…didn’t!!  But…here we go – I am doing the first one!! 

I am also still deciding if I am allowed to continue Intpipmo given I only did one post….lol I failed on that front I think :p But hey…tis my blog I can back date and pretend they were done in November right?  RIGHT??!!?

Back to this topic though. The first game I ever got hooked on was Ragnarok – I have mentioned it previously I am sure.

Ragnarok 1992

It was an RPG game in the 90’s my brother and I played non-stop on the one computer we had. I would sit and watch him play so I knew how to when it was my turn.  It was about this time I started reading about magic and wizards (Thanks Magician by Feist) and so began my love of RPG – but I had no idea what that meant as a genre until much later.

I was without a computer or gaming for a few years and the next game I was hooked on was Pharaoh (thanks Sierra games) and thus began my love and adoration of City building games. 

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Pharaoh 1999

To  say obsessed would be an understatement, if anyone remembers the pain of this game and building some of the huge pyramids you will understand leaving the game running overnight in the hopes that your entire city wasn’t a burnt husk when you returned.  My enjoyment of city building still exists today and I have played a fair chunk of them but none of them had the same enjoyment for me as this one game (which I have on my pc now and sometimes pull out for an hour two). 

I love city building because it is a puzzle and needs to be done well for it to work, the AI in older games was very unforgiving and if you stuffed it up you knew….they made sure you knew.  I also really enjoyed the games with historical significance – who doesn’t want to build a pyramid and be a pharaoh?  I loved Zeus as well as the mythological aspects in the games were enjoyable. I would love that is Aztec/Mayan based with the same style as Pharaoh or even a Pacific Islander one with you needing to see up small colonies on islands with different but similar cultures.  <Swoon>

Then I found out about MMO’s. Guild Wars was my first.

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Guild Wars 2004

It was amazing to me that I could be a magic hurling character in a world like the books I was an avid reader of.  It made the worlds in my imagination real for me; I could see and interact with them.  That was until WoW came along in the form of a birthday present by a great friend.   I have tried a few MMO’s since and the only other one that was really engaging initially was Star Wars but WoW kept pulling me back for the graphic style, the lore, the story, the people and the dragons.

MMO’s are my favourite because of the team you play with. You get to work together, have a laugh with other people who want to be shapeshifting fire hurling agents of good (or chaos…looking at you SP’s and Locks) and you get to have dragons as pets and ride them.  What else can you possibly need? I love that other people enjoy high fantasy (…maybe not as much as me…in fact maybe they don’t even think of it like that?) and it sends me back to my days reading books like Lord of the Rings and the Belgariad…I can pretend I am a character in those novels and feel part of something bigger.  

AoTC – G’huunalicious

We have had a few weeks since my last raiding post being stuck on Zul, Mythrax and G’huun.  It has been a little bit of a struggle not because we aren’t good enough – we really are, but because we have had weird class mixes or not enough people etc.

One of the questions I was asked recently was “Why, by all the laws of science, does it take our guild to the very last attempt of the night to kill the boss?”  No solid answers came up except that perhaps on that very last attempt people actually pay full attention and do everything they can to stay alive and be aware.  The conclusion we drew was that we need to only allow a certain amount of attempts on the boss before moving on.  Which works for the middle bosses who you can do in any order, but not for the ones at the start.  My additional cruelty to this would be after the limited number of attempts you drop the difficulty back down until people can stay focused on those bosses….hahah.

I honestly wish we didn’t spend all night wiping to kill the boss on the last attempt and not because I don’t love raiding, but because people get angry at each other and we feel like we can’t do it….which is rubbish because we know we can do it – we have evidence on every kill we can do it.  So why…why is it  the absolute last pull of the night?

We started the night with 13 people and on patch night with computer issues everywhere. Drops, mini freezes, latency that wasn’t latency; it was my usual rage inducing experience.  Nothing makes me quite as angry as wanting to play WoW and being excited to get into it and having issues with the game.  My taurean (and tauren) side comes out like waving a red flag. Sets me right off into swearing and cussing.

We gave Mythrax a few attempts and were struggling with only 2 healers, but then a few of the people from Resplendant (another guild) were available and we pulled them in to make a 20 man raid. It was at this point after fluffing about for 10 minutes that my computer decided to really take a crap and it took me 3 restarts to be able to get back into game because WoW was not happy.  I finally logged in and found I was booted from the raid and ported back to the Great Seal and the guys were killing Mythrax.

I lost my mind. I cannot explain how much I lost my mind.  Part of my rage was because I spend all my raid time wiping. I only raid on Fridays which is usually hard boss night, so I don’t actually get any benefit from raiding just loss of money. So the opportunity for me to get one piece of gear (when I don’t currently) pissed me off so much.  I didn’t want to spend the rest of the night wiping on another boss with no gratification or gear out of it.  I had spent 8k buying potions/flasks before the raid and this has been my life for the last few months.  My first Wednesday in months and I got booted out.  I was raging.

Anyway it took a little convincing from Drew, Ben and Michael before I jumped back online as the guild was about to start G’huun.   Ben advised disabling all mods seemed to work wonders for him and Oui so left DBM running only and the game was playable without issue. Drew had suggested I disable all mods and that was just before my game went to the toilet on my heart so I didn’t have  chance to do it.

We were slapping him around with new friends from Resplendant and honestly we were doing pretty messy attempts.   We did get him to 2% with only tanks and heals alive.  No idea who was “leading” from the other guild – no one introduced themselves…. <glare> but he was pretty funny.  We had to stay alive going into the third phase and on this 2% I was the only one who actually died at the transition happened.  So it is pretty much my fault we didn’t kill him….I am blaming the healers though because well….heal me!!!

Sadly the heals were doing terrible DPS and couldn’t make up for what would have been my amount :p Unbelievable!!

Then of course, on our very very last attempt of the night, he died.  Ahead of the Curve; yes please!

I actually managed to stay alive until he was at about 2% but I had managed to back myself into a corner with the pizza phase and it just meant I had nowhere to run when I got a few effects at once. I was so annoyed with myself.  Chris and I were running balls again and doing well at that, we have a pattern and we rock!  Some might say we were cutting it close to the new raid being released but now we can spend sometime just getting clears (if people are around) in preparation for the new raid – I would love to get my gear better before we go into the new area.

Thanks to the filthy mouthed Resplendent guilds telling us to stay alive and for the healers to heal people :p;  it was an enjoyable night from about 9pm onwards….but not before.

Michael said he will upload the kill video to youtube and here it is!! I found it for you 🙂

Transmogrification Classic Winner!!!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!  (I know, I know, we don’t play PUBG…Shhhh)

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We have a winner!! Look at this stunning outfit! Who knew that cloth gear could look so good – I really want this for myself.

Wrath of the Lich King

Zeirah provided some fantastic transmogs and the judges voted this was the best by the highest tally of votes.

Grats Zeirah, you will always be a winner with this outfit even if noone entered!

Enjoy your Whomper 🙂

 

Inconsistency breeds unhappiness

So they say anyway. I may have just made that up as well.

I am sorry dear readers for my inconsistency this last few weeks, real life has been a challenge and WoW is also causing me struggles.

First RL – I am generally just home later these days and given how early we are awake in the morning it is just struggle city to get motivation for more than dinner and bed. This has not been helped with recent transport issues and delays on my line causing me to get home even later than usual. My anger levels have been spiking. Mixed with some medical things and it all just means “no” to game time mentally.

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Secondly – WoW.  Long time readers of mine will know i adore Warcraft and Blizzard. I very rarely complain about xpacs overall and how the game is developing but this xpac is getting pretty close to Drainor for me. When I get home with my total hour of free time before bed, I cannot justify logging on to do one thing which takes 30-40 minutes and know that isn’t really getting me any closer to achieving anything.

Perfect example a few nights ago our group decided to run a mythic (I worked from home) so whilst we were waiting for Michael to eat, Drew and I jumped online to kill the weekly boss – which should have taken 15 minutes max by the time you get a group happening etc.  As we killed the boss he reset or we phased or something and we had to spend another 10 minutes killing him again. Neither Drew or myself got a piece of gear out of that.  That was nearly 30 minutes gone for nothing as we were basically the first 10 in the group we had to wait for others to join.

I am time poor; I get that it is my issue, but I feel like even if I logged in every single night for 30 minutes I wouldn’t ever complete a “thing”.  Islands can’t all be completed in one session, LFR queues take 30-40 minutes for also no gear (whenever I have queued for them), the warfront takes about 40 minutes and good luck for gear on that one as well if the  370 quest isn’t up and world quests are pretty badly spaced I can only manage to get one emissary group done generally because it takes so long to get to some areas (not all I know!!)

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I appreciate they have made it way more accessible for people who are time poor, but they have almost made it harder because gear is so difficult to get. I much prefer being able to save up tokens of some sort from consistent drops so I know I will be able to buy a piece in a set amount of time if nothing else has dropped for me.

All of this has combined into me just not wanting to log into game knowing I really only have limited time.   Why can’t I win the lotto and quit work to become a WoW addict proper?

Intpipomo 2018 – Part 1

So I know i said I was going to get out with my camera and force myself to take more shots. I have failed so far, however I decided to go through my older photos and see if I could find any I wanted to try and edit and post.  I have hundreds of photos (like most photographers) that never see the light of day because of small problems with them.  I have tried my best to edit images I have never posted anywhere because I figured they were crap, with the exception of 1.

This is the first batch and I plan on doing a couple more posts. Hopefully before the end of November!! EEEEP!!

You can see more of my photography, if you are interested on my facebook page.

 

Transmogrification Classic Last Day!!

Today is the absolute last day to get your entries in for the event! You only need to create 8 outfits – I am sure you can do that in a couple of hours.  I have faith!

If you need to here is the original post.

I have created a button for you to be able to use on your blog (if you have one), just resize to whatever you need 🙂  I will have a winner button created once we have announced.

I want to make sure we get the judging complete before the Whomper pet disappears as I think it is a brilliant pet in support of a great cause for STEM, you can read about it here.

You are still able to donate prizes if you want to help out, that way we can provide more prizes, and who doesn’t want to get a prize?

I can’t wait to get into the judging!!

 

 

Zul-tastic!

Oh you cheeky raid group!!  I wassail recovering my from my near death flu, so was home on Wednesday to raid, I wasn’t going to as I wasn’t feeling 100% but it sucked me in. I ended up dropping at Zek because I was just exhausted. We cleared out the first bosses and I had a weapon drop that I was already carrying in my bags. Thanks RNGeebus.   I did get a screenshot of dead Vectis since I missed that one originally.

Friday. Friday was amazing though. I was a few minutes late thanks to work/transport but I logged into discord with Jason saying he would be dropping people if we sucked and I was thinking maybe I should just sit out. I am so glad I asked to come anyway though.

We had someone, a priest…Rempart? who was helping with the strats so I can only assume they were someone we knew somehow. I like having other people in helping us.  Our DPS has increased enough (including mine) that we were able to do the zerg strat as it is supposed to be done.

The lack of pre-potting was brought up by Laurie and I felt slightly guilty as this is one of the first weeks I actually had any pre-pots ready to go but as Ben said they are just too expensive. Need to spend more time herbing so I can make some more, but I just need so many mats on my mage it is ridiculous.  I didn’t think it would be possible to make professions even worse than Legion but they managed it.   I went through the stack of 20 pots I had during the night because I wanted to make sure I made up for my lack of DPS by using everything I could.

It took us a few goes after getting him to the second phase repeatedly before it all clicked in a very non-“Warsong” style (ie 90% of the raid dead, boss at 1% and a couple of poor buggers giving everything they had) but we did it!!  Don’t laugh, that is actually our style.  It is how we get most of our first kills, but I will say after that first one we do it much better the next week 🙂

We decided to take a picture away from the death hole incase someone happened to “accidentally” click it.

We headed to Mythrax next of course, he wasn’t much worse than normal imho. He hits harder and you take way more damage overall so you have to be much more careful but honestly it wasn’t that bad.  The healers suffer the most in this one if the rest of us are being numpty.

I loved the advice of “everyone should take less damage” hehehh; honestly I thought the objective was to take as much as possible 🙂  Love my guild sometimes. It made me laugh.   I wasn’t sure we would get this one as we kept getting to 30% and then being all dead; the first transition was a little rough but also bumping people out their balls of death was killing us because we were doing it badly.

As luck would have it though, after we stopped taking so much damage (which ironically is not represented well in the picture I took of the kill), the healers had more mana, we talked through the ball bumping better and would you believe it? We smooshed his face into the ground.

Can I just say how freaking happy I am it happened on Friday night!!! I was there for it 🙂  <happy dance>

I was relatively happy with my DPS, I was in the middle of the pack and doing pretty well (I thought). I was expecting boomies to be really bad when I started the xpac but they have made enough small changes that I am happy to stay as boomkin for a while longer.  I definitely could get more out of her if my gear was better stat weighted, but I simply am not online enough to get all the gear opportunities.  I might have to make a concerted effort to spend one day on the weekend to do some heroics, expeditions, world bosses etc.

Now we are left with G’huun then we will have cleared heroic again 🙂  I sort of don’t want them to do it on Wednesday, but I also don’t want them to spend the entire night wiping just so I can get the kill with them on Friday!  I am allowed to be selfish, no laws against it in Azeroth!!

Playing “Classic” thanks to a virtual ticket

I have fond memories of Vanilla WoW.  I met a lot of wonderful people and some which have stayed friends through the many xpacs that followed and the adulting that accompanied those xpacs.

What I can say without a shadow of a doubt is that returning to Classic is both terrifying and awful at the same time. I am one of the lucky ones who remembers all the bad and can barely remember the good compared with how it is today.  Our quality of in game life is so much better.   Now let me start by saying I don’t remember it being as hard as it is currently, I suspect some further things need to happen to make it playable OR I was max levelled when this patch came out and I have repressed how difficult it actually was.  It seems tuned differently, but it could be that we are all in whites in the demo but at level 15 we would have had some gear with benefits. Either way, it is hard.

I recreated my baby girl. Mage – Saradouglass – but only called her Sarad.

Mages were notoriously easy to kill in Vanilla, people mocked you for playing one because it was constant death (or near death) and I concur. After playing for only 40 minutes I racked up 5 deaths. yes, 5. That is more than 1 every 10 minutes.

And not only that, I only managed to complete 1 quest – collect 8 gnoll paws.

I might go back in…might…it was pretty traumatic.  The first of the traumas occurred when I went to kill a mob and realised I had no mana after killing 1 mob already, so I died. I then…(I am so ashamed of this) ran all the way back to Sentinel Hill from Moonbrook because I needed food and water.  Let that sink in. A mage…a level 15 mage….went to get food and water.  Instead of just…I don’t know…CONJURING MY OWN!?!!? Yup. I am that mage.

Part of the reason I died so much was this. Resists, parries, misses.  Constantly. Every second to third spell would not land but you can bet your little nuggets it used my mana.  It was resist-city people, RESIST CITY!!!

I even added all my points into my talents which helped with mobs resisting!!  All of them!

 

Can we take a moment to oooh and aaah over the majesty that is these talent trees! Appreciate the pictures that are behind the actual talents – the artwork added a lovely visual element to the trees which I really miss now.  We used to have to go midway (or all the way) down into Arcane to access the good stuff then spend whatever else was left in frost because running MC everything was immune to fire so there was no point being a fire mage…at least…that is what my memory is telling me.  It was a long time ago ok :p

I tried to go to Moonbrook to kill defias for bandanas and I spent the entire time just sitting and eating/drinking.  I just wasn’t getting enough mana back, there was no regen.  I did pick up a pair of Cuffs which had spirit…you know…the stat we all needed a little bit of to get mana back but all the healers would steal or get priority on. Like they need to heal or some rubbish?!?!?

Look at that charcter screen, with the resistances you had to magics and such a simple display of your stats. Even the skill tab had all the weapons skills back which levelled up when I did. It was exciting and made me laugh to see the “Unarmed” skill back.

For a full hit of nostalgia, because dying 5 times in 40 minutes wasn’t painful enough, I checked out my spell book and found all the different ranks of spells.  I had completely forgotten about it until seeing them.  Admittedly I miss the added gameplay on fights and in the field this presented you with.  I have fond memories of BWL and using the lowest ranks of our Blizzard whilst we chain cast it on the balcony to slow down the adds at Nefarion. Mages had one job, to get the lowest rank, spec into frosty nova and then stand and spam.  The benefit was it cost peanuts to cast, did some extra damage but slowed the mobs for as long as the rest of the DPS needed them to be.   Ahhh the memories – I miss those raids.

I took way too many screenshots for the 40 minutes I was in game but I wanted to ensure I captured what I could incase the demo is pulled for virtual ticket holders soon.  I am just glad I decided to jump in after Blizzcon and have a play because I certainly think a lot of people are going to be shocked at how different the game is now (and how much easier).

Differences I had forgotten about:

  • Instant scroll text
  • No points on the map of where to go
  • Multiple Self-buffs ( I had 3 self buffs at one point plus my herbalism tracking).
  • Buffing other people (yes I know some of us just got some back)
  • Quests have to be actually tracked they aren’t automatically added to your side bar.
  • Level Spam with what you had gained (awesome)
  • Running out of mana after killing one mob
  • Terror when you see a second mob come
  • Remembering how to polymorph and manage multiple mobs
  • Running back….anywhere….mountless (I haven’t actually levelled a new toon for a very very very long time).
  • The sheer time sink of eating and drinking.

What about you guys?  Have you played, do you want to? I think I have experienced enough to know that I love the game as it is now and I cannot imagine ever wanting to willingly go back to those days, but you know…if someone gets a 40 man guild going I might be tempted….

 

 

 

Transmogrification Classic is at the midway point!!!

The competition closes on the Saturday 17th November 2018.  Make sure you get all your outfits to me before that time to ensure you are not disqualified forever and out of the running for a cute (Or nightmare looking!!) in game pet or mount from the Blizzard store.

Please help spread the word by sharing, commenting, liking and linking this post as you only have one more week to complete this challenge.

Send the files to my gmail account of onyxiia. Please name them something similar to Dragonray_Cataclysm_Mage.

Here is my mage with my all time favourite Arcanist Robes 🙂

Basic Rules

  • No more than 1 tier piece in each transmog outfit allowed. Just 1 of either head/chest/shoulder.
  • You must be able to wear the item, so if you are doing a mage tier, you can’t have a shield.
  • You do not need to do wrists/cloak/pants (if wearing a skirt)/tabards. They are optional.
  • All items of gear must be included in your email for the outfits so we can check them over.
  • Judging will be scoring all outfits from 1-8 for each collection. Highest wins the expansion and most overall wins get the main prize!
  • Classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Mists of Pandaria, Legion, Battle for Azeroth (faction) outfits must all be submitted.
  • Winners announced mid-December to allow purchase of Whomper if you would like him.

Judges

Drew/Moryrt – my IRL stylist

Michael/Nibblepie – sensible and objective friend

Ben/Pracey – transmog lover and collector

Me – Dragonray 🙂

BlizzCon

Drew bought BlizzCon tickets and it took us way too long to realise they actually have a TV app for apple and chrome.  Don’t make our mistake next year by fluffing about for hours to get the laptop connected and everything running only to discover you could have just downloaded an app 🙂  I was still recovering from sickness and so I couldn’t handle the thought of doing anything else but vegetating for the weekend.  Drew also bought me a Whomper pet!! Such adorableness for a good cause. LOOOOOK!!!

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Watching the panels with the voices behind the characters and the artists is one of the main reasons I watch BlizzCon.  It is so amazing to hear them and this year Laura Bailey actually sang the Warbringer song live. It was so freaking amazing. I cried.  I ACTUALLY CRIED!!  <3 Laura Bailey.

Every time I watch the artists I wish I had the abilities, skill and creative understanding they had.  So normally I comment something along the lines of ” Man, I wish I could do that!!”, Drew generally rolls his eyes and then says, “Have you done any practise? How many days have you drawn, photographed etc this week?” and I generally hang my head in shame.  I always forget that people have to make effort to get good at something, I like to  just think people are born with those skills and that is simply not true. They practise and they practise and they keep practising every single day until they can create these things of beauty.  I need my motivation to be better.

Things I have taken away from BlizzCon this year:

  • Flying is long enough way I can probably get my reputations completed by then.
  • The new updated graphics on Arathi Basin make me wistful for the hours we spent in there just having a laugh with friends. I miss it and I can’t wait to see update.
  • New raid is coming after the new year which should hopefully give me time to get the current heroics completed with the guild.
  • Kultiran Druid forms are the bomb and I want to run alliance druids now.
  • Timewalking to Drainer – no thank you. That place was bad enough once, I won’t willingly go back there to experience it – unless the gear we get is a legendary piece.
  • The new cinematic with Saurfang and Anduin was amazing. I can’t wait to see what story that leads into. A third faction? Some sort of choice? The end of Sylvanas’ reign?
  • New Overwatch character Ashe looks like fun.
  • I want to play more Overwatch and HoTS (still) – I really enjoy both games but I don’t enjoy playing with horrible people because I am terrible.
  • I really want to invest some time in doing something creative in my life – voice acting, drawing, photography…I am not sure…but something. I want to create things.
  • Classic is going to be a mindbender and I can’t wait to play with Drew’s demo access.

I still have a few panels I want to watch so will try and get through them this week, but I am pretty happy with the stuff I was seeing overall.

Some cool things though, Mike M showed up at the start like always 🙂 It was a nice touch to send us off into the future with one last goodbye and then Chris M turned up and asked a question in the Q & A.  It was epic!  So epic! He asked when the real warchief would return – we are all wondering the same thing.

What about you? What bits are you most excited for in the future?

Pax Aus and dying

Pax Aus happened recently and it was, as always, an amazing weekend of friends, laughter, gaming and sore af feet.

The weekend started with our guild meet up on Thursday night which I have already posted about and I honestly meant to post about Pax much sooner than now but we were super busy with friends and I got deathly sick. I honestly thought I was going to die, so blogging took a back seat for a week.

Friday at Pax we went to a couple of panels, Mike didn’t come out this year so the Q&A was with Kris Straub and Jerry instead. I had zero intention of collecting pins this year other than the standard ones you could buy, until I saw Blizzard had finally turned up at Pax Aus and it kicked me in the motivator 🙂  they had a lovely Diablo pin up for grabs. It was easy to get, but limited, so it needed to be done quickly 🙂 I generally have favourite pins I get every year, this one is my top one for the year. I love love love this.

Friday mainly involved playing indie games, my favourite being so adorable – Little Reaper – I can’t wait for it to be available. The group is now obsessed with Owls and Vowels which is a mobile game for creating words and we have leaderboards and are now competing with each other.

Saturday and Sunday was mainly tabletop games,  RPG and being infected by some random.  We played Call of Cthulu which was actually more enjoyable than I thought it would be. We were the only group over the weekend to talk to the ghosts instead of attacking them during the game because I lobbied for being friendly, I am a spiritualist after all. We then helped them attack another creature which had never been done, so it altered our ending in a positive way.

My biggest disappointment for the weekend was gold Pinny arcade pins.  The only way to get them was to find people in the wild of the event and they should have traded with you. I explained this to someone standing in a queue when we were discussing pins, they had no idea about it.  That person I later found out managed to get all 4 and I only got 1 because the time I did see the other people they said they didn’t have them at that time and to see them a different time.  I was super pissed. Changing the rules during a game would not fly during NHL, NFL or MBL. Harumpfh.

On the flip side I managed to get one of the most awesome pins this year from the CEO of Bethesda. They are a massive sponsor and part of the Pax experience, including the long queue hall area to get in.  The queue hall theme was Fallout Reclamation Day, so just before opening time there was a countdown and then streamers burst from the TV’s.  We had masks, party hats and blowers. It was awesome.  We actually were close enough in the queue to be see Ash and Matthias, they dropped their space and came and stood with us which made it much more enjoyable to have people to chat to.

But back to the second best pin of the weekend.  I was told it was pretty rare and hard to get, the only way was to trade with the CEO, Pete Hines who I had no idea what he looked like or where he was likely to be.  After getting to a sweet roll giveaway late I was told he was standing nearby so I went over and lurked.  He walked over and said “You appear to be lurking”, I blushed bright red and said, “I was told, if I was super lucky, you might be willing to trade a pin with me for one of those <pointing at rare pin>”.  I traded my spare Diablo pin with him.  I think game for game trade was fair. I even jokingly asked him if he was sure he wanted a Diablo pin and if it was a conflict of interest.  He was so nice during the interaction. But look at this pretty little gem.

Sunday after everyone had had enough and we were unable to find a monitor we liked (our only goal for the weekend), we headed home knowing that everyone would be heading to our place after as is now tradition.

So Sunday night we had Sian, Michael, Ben, Oui and Ash over, we ate some pizza, drank some alcohol and most importantly played some DnD. We played our first campaign together which Ben is DMing. It was hilarious, I have never laughed so hard at Michael mainly being one of the most vague Turtles ever. It was brilliant.

Monday was recovery and before Ben and Oui left for home, we played Harry Potter (WOOOOO!!!), Mysterium with Ben as the silent ghost (omg it was hard but more enjoyable than I thought it would be), a couple of rounds of F*CK the card game and the mind one (you have to guess who has the next number but aren’t allowed to speak).

I went to work Tues and Wed, but on the way home my throat started hurting something vicious. By Wednesday night I couldn’t swallow and my throat was so swollen it felt closed and I had a temp of about 38 degrees, Thursday I went to the Dr with a temp of 39 and unable to breathe and at all. I was able to eat a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt only for 2 days and the nurse who took my blood said that if I started drooling I needed to go to the hospital immediately.   I am blaming the random who played with us for Call of Cthulu as she was sniffling and coughing everywhere and we always avoid Pax Pox because we use hand sanitiser every 3 seconds the entire weekend!!  I basically spent from Wednesday night until Friday morning thinking I was actually going to die because breathing was so difficult, which kept inducing panic attacks and making it worse. I was terrified. This meant I just didn’t want to even play WoW  or blog or do anything but sit on the couch (or in bed) and not move.

I am feeling much better now though, I can breathe again except my nose is now snuffly.

Intpipomo 2018

Intpipomo is one of those things I never seem to know how to get in on and it frustrates me as I only ever know about it after the fact.  Not this year my wonderful readers!!  No, this year I am only  few days behind and I have even registered thanks to seeing this post on twitter which lead me to Gamer Girl Confessions who is running it this year.

I have always appreciated the writing event and whilst it isn’t really my thing, taking 50 pictures over a month is certainly something I can handle.

So what are the rules:

  • Take the icon (original size 500×500) and use it on your site! (If you want, it’s not required!)
  • Link back to the original post so folks know where to go and what to do.
  • Aim to post fifty (50) images of your own creation/taking throughout the month of November.
    • There is no strict posting schedule or theme to adhere to, but feel free to bounce ideas off of fellow participants!
    • Feel free to post these images as a once-a-week batch, or throughout the week in small doses.
  • Use the #IntPiPoMo hastag when you share your blog posts via social media.

That is it. Post 50 pictures that I have taken and they can be of anything. I am adding an extra challenge condition of them being RL photographs to help me get back into my photography. I have needed a boost of motiviation and this will be it.

Let me know if you are doing it as well!!! I am so freaking excited that I remembered this year, I am off to go and my camera and find something to photograph.

The Transmogrification classic is now open!!!

The classic demo is now live and so is the competition!

You can send me all your entries in one hit or in groups if you like. Whatever is easiest for you 😉

Send the files to my gmail account of onyxiia. Please name them something similar to Dragonray_Cataclysm_Mage.

Competition ends Saturday 17th November – get sharing/commenting and most importantly transmogging!!

Basic Rules

  • No more than 1 tier piece in each transmog outfit allowed. Just 1 of either head/chest/shoulder.
  • You must be able to wear the item, so if you are doing a mage tier, you can’t have a shield.
  • You do not need to do wrists/cloak/pants (if wearing a skirt)/tabards. They are optional.
  • All items of gear must be included in your email for the outfits so we can check them over.
  • Judging will be scoring all outfits from 1-8 for each collection. Highest wins the expansion and most overall wins get the main prize!f
  • Classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Mists of Pandaria, Legion, Battle for Azeroth (faction) outfits must all be submitted.
  • Winners announced mid-December.

Prize!

A mount or pet from the online store 

Judges

Drew/Moryrt – my IRL stylist

Michael/Nibblepie – sensible and objective friend

Ben/Pracey – transmog lover and collector

Me – Dragonray 🙂

Shared topic 42: What is your favourite role and why?

This week’s topic from Z and Cinder is a nice one:

Do you love being the shield that protects your group, or the damage dealer that melts the mobs before you or the healer at the back shaking your head at the people standing in fire and giving you something to do?

We’d also love to hear from you if you play a different MMO or one that’s not built on the WoW trio model.

I find it hard to choose between tanking and DPS.  I adore playing caster DPS and doing damage with spells. I like being able to burn, freeze, lightening and thunder my way through mobs.  I love collecting massive amounts of mobs and then AOEing them down. I feel powerful and awesome.  Any type of RP game I play I fall back onto playing a range caster – mage/wizard/sorcerer etc. Anything which allows me to just kill things. I like big spells with big numbers.

I temper that with my complete love of tanking. Mainly Guardian Druid form because I am bright purple and brilliant and who doesn’t love a bright purple bear saving them from destruction?  I tanked briefly through another raid period..maybe Ulduar? and I liked it then as well but the stress levels are way higher than DPS. If you miss a cooldown it could be the end of the raid or group but that is the limit of the stress. I never really struggled to get and maintain aggro, I always seemed to manage to pick up mobs easily enough, however my issue has always been learning to control my urges when tanking different things.  Tanking Mythics+ is different to raiding and I kept going into raiding and burning my cooldowns as though I was in Mythics+.  It caused issues when I needed a CD and I didn’t have one – I got better once I got my brain on board, but that was always highly stressful for me.

I would still be tanking except I cannot raid Wednesday and it would be unfair to the guild to try and keep that spot so I went boomy and raid Fridays only. One night of raiding kills me given it is mostly just a wipe night for me. I am not really getting the joy and satisfaction from it.

Screw Healing. You are all crazy. No way. Nope.Z

Here are some other posts on this topic:

Gnomecore

Your Quest Log is Full

 

 

Guild meetup

We organised a guild meet up the weekend of PAX and I hadn’t expected 17 people to actually show up!! I organised for Hofbrauhaus to host us, it is oktoberfest after all and I thought it would be good to have a nice relaxing dinner before PAX festivities.

Unfortunately I didn’t realise they would be having a live band or that the music would be so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think. What is with restaurants being so loud these days?

Dinner was amazing, some people ordered wursts, some schnitzels and a few of us ordered sharing platters – it said 2/3 people could share but I would say 3/4 in all honesty.

I ordered a pretzel which was so good I ate it before taking a picture of it 🙂 it was so good. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Here are some pictures of the gang chilling and hanging out 🙂

we headed to a pub after dinner which we hoped was a little quieter but it was so quiet we felt we would be out of place so we moved to a club called “the carlton”.

Decor was boudoir-goth-dark. We went all the way up 6 flights of stairs to the rooftop bar to be told it was closed and we had walk all the way back down.

We chilled out in the outdoor section because it was so hot in the actual club. I forgot to take any photos, but it was also really dark.

I hope everyone had an awesome night and I cannot believe how awesome this picture is that Ash made! Just look how brilliant it is! It is based on the group shot we took out the front of the Hofbrauhaus!

It was so cool to put faces to names and actually meet people. The thing about meet ups like this is that you already know each other and have jokes and stories so there isn’t a feeling of weirdness (imho). I had so much fun. I can’t put into words how much fun.

Yup, I can say I have done it now.

I did LFR. <hangs head> Why?  Tell me why I thought it would be a good idea? What makes it worse was I had to keep signing up.

The first one I jumped into was Zul only. They had already killed FD and Vectis. We pulled the entire platform of adds. We basically died a horrible death twice before we even got to the boss. Then we wiped on Zul because no one did anything to the hexxers, just left them summoning bloods etc.  It was beyond a joke.  We came back from death and then explained the fight and we killed him the next time. Thankfully.

After leaving that one the next one popped for:

G’huun. Yup missed Mythrax as well. We actually did pretty well on him. I think we one shot it, I joined after what looked like a wipe though as people were explaining things and the balls groups had already been sorted out.

I was grateful I didn’t have to dd it in LFR, I enjoy it in raid because we have a method so we all know what we need to do. But randoms…no thanks. I just want to stand and pew pew.

You know there is a problem when I am top DPS. I am a boomy…I am not the best choice to be at the top, however the Demonhunter pulled their finger out towards the end and we managed to battle it to the end – they eventually won.  But we did kill G’huun and we didn’t wipe. That is all that matters.

I did end up going back and getting the other bosses I had missed, but that was another couple of runs. I didn’t end up getting Mythrax – I was completely over the craziness by then.  I did make sure to ask before every boss if people needed an overview of the fight because I would rather take 2 seconds and tell people than waste a wipe and have the abusers start going crazy calling people names.   Deserved or not.  The tank who kept taunting MOTHER and walking her through the barrier after the first flames for example, needs every name under the sun, but it just makes it hard to stay in the group with name calling. Even though it was 3 wipes on MOTHER…..we did better in Heroics.

Anyway, I can say I have done it, I might go back but unlikely, and certainly I might pick a better day to do it 🙂 LOL How is everyone else finding LFR?

Zul the Wipemaster

What a rough and awesome night all rolled into one.  I think the most demoralising thing about learning this fight is the difficulty with knowing what percent you are actually getting him to.

We started out the night all pumped up to kill a new boss. The guys were still on a high from their Vectis one shot – they were expecting it to be really hard and it wasn’t.

So Zul. The conversation was mildly distracting throughout most of the night:

Someone in the guild, who shall remain nameless, lead us down the path of depravity into learning what a stuntcock was.  Don’t look it up kiddies without adding reference to urban dictionary maybe.  The chat pretty much stayed in the gutter the entire night, thanks to Justin pulling out lines like this throughout the night.  I am glad Ben isn’t able to stream at the moment – it would be soooo rude.

We accidentally pulled the boss to start a couple of times, thanks to random things, however what was funny was we all made comment that it could only get better than 100% from here right?  How wrong could we be?  It was 100% all night because of the bloods.

However we did have a few low spots, we were getting to 50% consistently but generally we would get overrun with ads.

This started to be the common view.  We did however though, get him to 35% on one attempt and then consistently we were getting him to phase 2 with a very quickly end to the attempt after that.

We tried the zerg method (bunch up and focus on boss only to get him to 40% with Bloodhexers CC’d). I think we were just short of DPS to make this work and I am meaning a whisker close. If the guys pick up some new gear on Wednesday night they have a fair shot on Friday I think.   We also tried the method of control with focus on adds and on the couple of attempts I spent zero time on the boss and all my time running around chasing adds.

For some reason I kept being the person to jump into the purple puddles of death (they mostly spawned right next to me), and I noticed Zeirah was jumping in them a fair bit as well – I kept thinking she was Lana though as she was cat form when jumping into them and would change back to her normal self and I was so confused!!  I think I even called her Lana at once stage – my apologies lovely!!

I think the zerg method worked best and  we will be really close next week, if not killed.  Phase 2 is really hard – I have no idea how we are going to be able to handle all the adds that are up plus all the red crap on the ground. But hey that’s the fun of it right?

I read some strats (as I do) and noted that some strats mentioned moving the blood hexxer when they spawned to the side of their spawn location so a second one wouldn’t spawn on top. I would like to see how that works in practise as I am not sure how far they need to be from each other.  Almost need a DK or something to grab it to the point of a hunter trap or something.   I also read that because the boss can’t be tanked in the first phase, the tanks should be picking up the blood hexxers, which would also make moving them easier I think?  No idea but it sounded like it made the most sense. Not sure how that works for the tanks though but it might help with the super fast bloods!!

21 wipes in one night. It was expensive and fun. So much fun.

Welcome…to the Transmogrification Classic!

Do you remember your entire WoW Journey? Did you start at Vanilla, or did you join during the earth shattering Cataclysm?  It doesn’t matter when or how you came to be part of the history of Azeroth, it matters only that you had a journey!

In conjunction with the release of the playable demo for World of Warcraft *Classic* at Blizzcon I am running a competition to pay homage to the world I have adored since 2005!

 

Starting at Vanilla/Classic, then moving through the expansions, you will design an outfit based on one piece of tier gear from that time.   The catch?  You can only use the head/shoulder or chest piece as the base for that outfit.

But what about BfA – we don’t have tier gear!?!?!  That is why your final transmog will be to battle it out in horde vs alliance style and give me the best faction outfits you can create – no restrictions 🙂

Basic Rules:

  • No more than 1 tier piece in each transmog outfit allowed. Just 1 of either head/chest/shoulder.
  • You must be able to wear the item, so if you are doing a mage tier, you can’t have a shield.
  • You do not need to do wrists/cloak/pants (if wearing a skirt)/tabards. They are optional.
  • Send the files to my gmail account of onyxiia. Please name them something similar to Dragonray_Cataclysm_Mage.
  • All items of gear must be included in your email for the outfits so we can check them over.
  • Judging will be scoring all outfits from 1-8 for each collection. Highest wins the expansion and most overall wins get the main prize!
  • Classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Warlords of Draenor, Mists of Pandaria, Legion, Battle for Azeroth (faction) outfits must all be entered.
  • Registration is open now – comment or email me to let me know you are in.
  • Competition opens Saturday 3rd November (BLIZZCON WEEKEND!!!) and ends Saturday 17th November.
  • Winners announced mid-December.

Prize!

A mount or pet from the online store.

If you have them all, we will work out something else never fear!!

Transmog Competition – Update!

Since my previous post about running a transmog competition was so well received  I have decided to actually think about it a little more and I am currently in the process of organising all the behind the scenes details!  It is going to go live very soon 🙂 (Maybe even this weekend!)

I am currently organising/looking for the following:

Judges – I have myself and Drew and the moment. (Yes, I managed to rope him into it!!) But if anyone else would like to help judge instead of enter the competition I would love it!!  I would ideally like 1 more person so we have an odd number.

Prize Donations – I am going to be buying the winner a pet or mount from the store but would love other prizes to be able to give the runner ups.  So if you feel so inclined hit me up with details of what you are willing to give away!

Logo/Name – I have a name for the competition and I will be begging Drew to do the logo for me this weekend. If we get that done I will announcing it!

Shares/likes/comments – Spread the word far and wide 🙂

I will post more details either this weekend or early next week, so please stay tuned and start getting your Transmog add-ons updated :p

So we finally got our things happening

I am back at karate on Wednesday nights now so I cannot attend the Wednesday night raids. So I can only hope, in my selfish boomy heart they actually get boss kills on a Friday night instead.

Sort of like last week 🙂

I was told on Wednesday they tried a few new things for strats on Zek’voz which seemed to help the raid get to phase 3 consistently so I was hopeful we would be close on Friday.  I was actually not going to be able to make Friday as I had friends coming round on Saturday and I needed to clean the house and make food. But you know…raid comes first.  So I ended up jumping in.

I jumped in to find we were doing normals because we didn’t have enough heals, I immediately thought I should message Zeirah again. It was Friday night, we are all introverts – maybe she would be home bored and interested in a solid night of progression wiping? Thankfully she was. I asked in raid if she came would we be doing heroic instead and the consensus was yes.

Zeirah killed us a couple of times, which she will likely never hear the end of now because it was hilarious and my guild like to hold onto things for tormenting people with later. We gathered quite a collection of bones because she copped an eye beam and was about to run out when Jason called for Tranq and as she was trying to run away and use push-to-talk to say she would do it in a second and we all blew up. It was pretty funny.

We got the boss, repeatedly to 1%. And even 2 times we got him to 0%.  ZERO %! You read that right.

If you can’t see his HP it is 168k in this picture. So close to death – I am surprised his tentacles are still attached.

This one shows 386k.  I mean…so hard to watch when you have so many people technically alive just not on our side. You think you can still do it until everyone starts reminding the chat channel they are mind controlled.  So painful to watch.

We had so many attempts with him under 5% it was just a matter of time. Chris was repeatedly telling us to just CC the first 2 mind controlled people so we could all just focus our DPS on the boss during Lust and I have to say that was what ultimately did it for us.  KILLSIES!!!

I was pretty ecstatic to be there for this kill. It has taken quite a while to get (comparatively) so everyone will be happy he is dead. I am not sure he will be so difficult in the future as we have a system now which seems to work and having figured out phase 3 now we will be ok in future I think.

Check out the playlist on youtube for our kill videos which is linked in the right sidebar, we have a couple up there from different perspectives.

On a more personal note my ilevel is now 358 and I can see definite improvement in my DPS levels now. I am sometimes getting close to Nelly in numbers and that means I am doing mostly the right thing.  I don’t have enough haste as yet and I still have some pretty bad pieces of gear, but all in all I am pretty happy with the level I am at.  I wish professions this expac were better (specifically Alchemy) so I could have all the flasks/potions I need for raiding, but I just don’t have the money to pay thousands of dollars for one flask or a couple of potions.