Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WoW 30 Day Challenge: Day 1

     I've seen a few people doing this challenge from Meat-Vendor and it looked like so much fun! I thought I had sort of missed the party, but then noticed that everybody seems to be writing at their own schedule, so I've decided to go ahead. I'd like to challenge myself to blog every day for a while and a list of topics should make it easier. The 15th of April to the 15th of May seems nice and symmetrical.

Day 1: Alliance or Horde?

     Tai feels like I should let him answer this question. So he gets the screenshot for it.

     I do have maxed characters of both factions. Two Alliance side (will be three when I finish leveling the little paladin to 60 and scrounging up the money for a preorder to boost her.) and 9 Horde side. When I played WC3 I loved Night Elves the best and in WoW I can't help having a soft spot for them.
     I'm also very fond of the draenei, not only because they're lovely and an interesting race but because what lore there is about them is very intriguing.
     But if I'm honest with myself, when it comes down to it, I've got very strong Horde leanings.  This can be blamed partially on the real life friends who got me into the game and played Horde side, and partially on Blizzard. I was going to be an elf paladin and only one side has them. (I still don't understand why Night Elves can't have paladins of Elune.) Since then I've fallen in love with some of the Horde side lore and with my characters and their story in it and I don't know if I could ever truly switch factions. Probably not even if there were High Elf  and Night Elf paladins to play (though I would almost certainly have one of each.)
     So: For the Horde!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hunter pets and Old Ladies

I had never noticed this window before. It's so adorable!

     One of the things I love about the Old Ladies Raiding Guild (aside from the Old Ladies themselves. Seriously you are all amazing!) Is getting to take the time to notice stuff I hadn't on other runs before and having people who will share my enthusiasm. It is always fun. Even when we wiped a couple times it was really fun figuring it out and laughing about it.
     Oh how I enjoy those runs! Tyl got a bunch of achievements for 10-man Ulduar and a gorgeous new bow which is leading to some more time spent in Mogit. Probably a lot more time because male night elves are much harder to transmog than male blood elves.
     Tyl's Bloodstone also got to come out and get some exercise, though that first battle rez didn't end as well as it could have. And this got me thinking again as I have many times before about my hunters and their pets.
     I have a lot of hunter alts. I love the class almost as much as paladins and monks. I've got two at max level, Aug is survival and Horde and Tyl is Beast Mastery and Alliance. All of my characters have personalities, and the pets add a whole other dimension to that.
     Aug has a stable full of gorgeous pets, especially cats. He sort of collects them, he runs around with all of them from time to time but he does not have a favorite. Seriously, I keep trying to get him to settle on one and he just won't. They're all his friends and he's happy with that.
     Tyl, on the other hand, has Snowthorn. He's also got a stable of pets. He's got a stampede full of special Beast Mastery pets with him, each chosen for some utility or another. (Beast Mastery is the 'There's a pet for that' spec.) I try to get him to switch  them out. 'Let Hellshade out for a while, Tyl. He's got Ancient Hysteria' 'Run with Bloodstone for a while, Tyl, that battle rez will be handy.' 'Let some of the other pets see some love or action.' But unless he has to call out Dreadghost for water walking or switch over specifically for that Bloodlust or a Battle rez he's got Snowthorn. Always. He has other spirit beasts. But Snowthorn is his best friend.
      Snowthorn tanks things for him, she heals him as best she can, and generally eats the faces off of anything he asks. And I suspect that when I've logged off and left them on their own, she probably also sleeps on the foot of the bed and takes up far more room than she should, just like my real cats.
     And because he does, I love that bunch of pixels and AI almost as much as I love my real pets. That seems silly to me, but in a way Tyl's Snowthorn is as much a character to me as any of my others. And mainly for that reason, I think, Tyl's my favorite hunter. I also don't think I will ever tame Loque'nahak again, though most of my alt hunters are beast mastery and could. (Provided they could find it.) Because there's only one Snowthorn and I can't imagine Tyl without her or anybody else with her.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This would be neat: Racial Paladin Titles

     Ailuuya is making her slow way to 60 to get ready for her boost. Slow because I'm working on Laen's legendary cape and leveling the distracting priest and several other projects at the same time. But she's getting there and I'm realizing that I do love my draenei paladin.
     And that was one of the things that got me thinking about this: Why can't there be a quest chain where you can earn your race's name for paladins as a title? I'd love to let Ailuuya run around with the title 'Vindicator' in front of her name.  Seish would love to wear 'Blood Knight'. There are such neat names for paladins. I don't have a tauren paladin... yet, but I might have to roll one about yesterday if I could eventually earn them the title 'Sunwalker'.
     I'm not sure what the titles would be for human and dwarf paladins, maybe people who play Alliance more would have suggestions. For humans I almost like the idea of simply 'Paladin' in front of their name. Gawaine wouldn't mind wearing that. Dwarves have me entirely stumped, though. What's a dwarven paladin called?
     You see some of these titles on NPCs and I think it would be neat it we could earn them: maybe through a quest chain. Something long enough to make it feel like you accomplished something but not not full of awful RNG like the Legendary cape. Maybe something that fed you just a few tidbits of lore about your race's paladins and their relationship to the Light.
     I was chatting to Matty at the time I really got this in my head and we ended up having a fun little conversation about titles and characters and some others we'd like to see. There are a lot of neat title possibilities I'd love, but of course this one, since it's about paladins, is my favorite.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Paladins are supposed to have wings.

     I waited a few days to make this post until hopefully it will no longer be just a knee-jerk reaction of upset. When I'd seen mention before that they were thinking of pruning out some abilities, burst damage and what-not for Warlords I had this tiny little moment of fear: Oh but what if they take Avenging Wrath and Guardian of Ancient Kings? Those are two of my favorite paladin abilities to use, not just because they do neat things but because they are gorgeous and golden and shiny and when you see them not only do you know there's a paladin around, but also that they mean business. 'Oh they won't do that' I told myself. 'Those are two of most paladin of all the paladin spells and people would be too upset.'
     And then I saw the alpha patch notes for paladins.

-Avenging Wrath is now only available to Retribution Paladins.

Well, Seish gets to keep his wings, but Rim and Laen are out of luck.

-Guardian of Ancient Kings is now only available to Protection Paladins.

Sorry Seish and Laen. No more angel for you.

-Inquisition has been removed.

Not being upset about this yet. I'm assuming the damage increase will get baked in somewhere and this just means no more pushing a button every minute or so.
    I'm not getting upset about any of the other changes, names and things being moved around. I'll have to relearn to play like I do every expansion. That's the way of things.
   But Avenging Wrath and Guardian of Ancient Kings?! You better believe I'm upset. This means that no paladin will be able to do what Laen's doing in my screenshot up there ever again. But at least Ret Paladins keep their wings, and Prot paladins get a Guardian to look after them during heavy damage. But what does poor Laen get. Nothing. That seems a little unfair.
     Kamalia's Post on the subject has a quote that gives me a little hope that maybe the wings won't be gone for good for Laen and Rim at least. All I can say is I hope it's right and they find some way to give all the paladin specs their wings. I'll resign myself to the loss of the Guardian, I'll be sad but I'll deal with it. But when it comes to the wings. I don't care if they even do a single thing except shine, paladins are supposed to have wings!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Liebster Award: Kamalia's questions (part three)

But first a random shot of Ailuuya because I really want this hippogryph!

The questions from Kamalia, maker of many amazing transmogs!

1) Tell me about a game or games — video or table or both! — that you are really enjoying right now.

I don't do much tabletop gaming sadly, other than the weekly D&D session which I love as much because of the people I play with as anything else. Aside from WoW I'm currently dabbling in Rift which is lots of fun but won't be replacing WoW for me any time soon. Think my favorite thing about Rift is character customization and pretty. I take so many screenshots.

2) What classes, races, or roles do you find yourself most drawn to in RPGs, whether in D&D, a single-player video game, or an MMO?

For classes: If there's a paladin or a reasonable facsimile of a paladin I'll play it. Sometimes I branch off into warriors, but usually if there's not something paladin enough for me or if I'm feeling a bit insecure about learning, I'll pick the archery/hunter class to start with. In D&D this translates into mostly paladins or rangers.
For races: If there are elves... I'll play them. Especially Dark Elves for some reason. Other than that races with feline influences are a really neat thing for me. I rarely play humans even if they're an option.

For roles: I quite often pick the tanking role. Either that or dps. I almost never pick healer right off the bat. It's taken me years of WoW before picking it up, though I admit I'm enjoying it a lot now.

3) When you make your first character in a new game, do you try to make a character that is in some way an avatar of your RL self, or do you make someone entirely different?

I almost never make a character that I'd consider an avatar of myself in any way. I play myself in real life, so usually when I go into a fantasy game I make a different sort of character that I want to tell myself a story about as I explore the game. So my characters are nearly always very different from my Real Life self.

4) Describe a typical session of playing your current favorite video/computer game.

I get my coffee/tea/beverage of choice. I sit down at the computer and tell myself: Okay Seish needs to do these things, Laen needs to do these things etc. I pick one to prioritize and then log in to try and start it. Sometimes that means I accomplish my goals for the day or the week... sometimes I log on, I get distracted by a blog post or a mog idea or just a stray thought and end up going off and doing something completely different than I originally intended. This is why Ailuuya just hit 40 on her way to 60 for the boost, but Saelindir the distracting priest just hit level 44 and got pretty clothes to run around in. 

5) What was the very first computer/video game you ever played? How old were you?

I can't remember how old I was... elementary school, I guess. And there was this game called Oregon Trail...

6) Do you have more than one blog? If so, what is/are your other blog(s) about? (Blog names/links not necessary, and you don’t have to include personal/family/work-related blogs unless you really want to.)

I've got a largely neglected livejournal blog about writing and books and am debating starting a second one for games I play aside from WoW (mostly so I can post screenshots because I'm a screenshot junkie)

7) Name three non-WoW/game-related websites that you visit frequently.

-Google (so useful)
-Deviantart (so much pretty)
-Behindthename.com  Not wow related but sort of RP related because I use it to name characters sometimes.

8) What was/is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?

Tigers! I love all of them really but I love tigers the best.

9) Cake or Pie? What is your favorite flavor of your preferred dessert?

Pie. Cherry, raspberry, or Coconut cream.

10) What toppings do you like on a pizza? on an ice-cream sundae?

For pizza: All kinds of meat. (I'm a carnivore) For ice-cream sundae? Caramel and nuts, I guess.

11) What is your favorite writing instrument?

If I'm not using the computer which allows for fast typing and easy editing then I like pens. Especially fun colored gel pens.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Liebster Award: Mel's questions (part two)

First a random screenshot of Stonetalon Mountains at night because it's pretty.

The questions from Mel/Thela over at MoMaR. (Who is also hosting the awesome ROYGBiV transmog contest every month! Go look!)

1. How did you get started playing WoW?

I had played Everquest for a few years when it was fairly new so I wasn't new to the idea of MMOs but was resisting the idea of getting into another one after quitting EQ. But then my friend SprYte started playing. She played for several months and then finally talked me into letting her Recruit-a-Friend me. The rest is history.

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

Video games wise I was doing Fable and a little Dragon Age: Origins (I still haven't finished it. Bad WoW.) I was also doing D&D and Magic the Gathering.

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

Entirely because of WoW. Before this blog I mostly had a livejournal about writing and books and a deviantart account.

4. What is your least favorite zone and why?

Hellfire Penninsula. Partly because it's ugly and orange and barren. Mostly because my main and a bunch of my older alts are on a pvp server and it's gank central. All the jerks hang out in Blasted Lands/Hellfire Penninsula to the point it's not even worth trying to quest there.

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

I've never been a raider (not for lack of wanting to) so I don't miss old raids because I can go back to them whenever. But I do miss the Cataclysm heroics surprisingly. Not so much for the dungeons, though Halls of Origination is really kind of neat, but because back then I had a busy guild and could always find at least one or two people to queue with me. I miss that.

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

This is a tough one... and I originally thought of answering for Seish the raid boss then reread the question and am answering for me as a raid boss.
On pull: Well, that was your first mistake!
On killing a player: Not as good as you thought you were, were you?! (probably with some maniacal laughter)
On death: This is only a setback... (In hopes of getting a new five man later)

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

I kept comparing it to Everquest at first.
I thought the art was cartoon-y and wondered why all the elves looked like body builders.
But things started to grow on me: Wait... I don't lose experience when I die? I don't have to loot everything off my corpse individually when I rez? I don't have a loading screen most of the time when I move from one zone to the next?! I get to ride something without having to be rich?! I get to play night elves like in Warcraft 3? Wait! There are -raptor- mounts?! (Darkspear rep was the first one Seish got)

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

Mostly just people being jerks for no good reason, whether that's in saying cruel things or in behaving badly and queuing as heals in ret spec and not doing anything.
As for the game itself... I really hate CRZ. The merged realms are kind of growing on me but I still can't find anything remotely positive about Cross Realm Zones.

9. Horde or Alliance and why?

Well, I'm somewhat bifactional. I've got leveled Allies (two) and my Alliance hunter gets far more playtime than my horde one. But really, that said...
For the Horde!!  Because it's where I started and where a lot of my friends are. Because Blood Elf paladins and blood elves in general, and tauren, and trolls. (Tai insists that we have to add female orcs to the top of the list of glorious reasons to be Horde.) And I love the story.

10. What is your favorite movie and why?

I love all three Lord of the Rings movies. If I have to pick one of those it's probably Return of the King. And because well, it's Lord of the Rings. It's fantasy, it's epic.

11. What is your favorite song and why?

I like a lot of music. I like a very wide variety of music too, and I go through phases of listening to largely one type or another and I'll sit and listen to a song on repeat if it fits with a project I'm working on (and there's no one around to be annoyed.) So it's hard for me to pick a favorite song because my current favorite may vary somewhat day to day. But if I have to pick one that's been my favorite for years it's probably Soldier's Lament by Steve McDonald.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Liebster Awards (part one)


      I feel so honored! TomeMel, and Kamalia all nominated me for the Liebster awards!! Thanks guys :) I looked to see what this was and couldn't help being excited because it's questions... and I like questions since they prompt me with topics that I don't have to think up first. And so I can't resist answering all the questions (though not all in one post because it would be a million miles long).

Tome's questions:

1. How long had you been playing WoW when you realized it was not a passing fancy but true love?

This is a good question I think. Maybe a few months. I knew I liked it from the beginning, and back then I had a guild full of so many friends, always busy and chattering and that help. Then I started really soaking up the lore and the environment. I remember excitedly exclaiming to my husband one night 'My elf has a shotgun!' Maybe that was what did it? Any game where you can have an elf running around with a pet cat and a shotgun is pretty darn amazing. (That said I always mog my guns into bows now because I got tired of the shooting sound.)

2. Are you a screen shot taker and if so guesstimate how many you still have.

I am a screenshot taker. I wasn't as much at first but the more I play the worse I get about it and this blog has only encouraged me. I've got... thousands? Hundreds for sure. I think I still have pretty much all of them. Though lately I tend to spam a bunch to get the shot I want so I do sometimes go through and delete the ones that are just bad to save space.

3. What is your favorite zone and why?

Storm Peaks. Because of Ulduar and the way it looks in part, but most of all because of the music and the snow.

4. What are you most looking forward to or dreading about Warlords?

I'm looking foward to the new zones and new stories and Seish is so excited about having a garrison and army of minions. (I don't know what to do with him and his ego sometimes) But I'm dreading the decision about flying. I don't mind waiting 'til max level at all. I can even be fairly resigned to waiting until the first patch, but I love my dragons and they are just not the same on the ground so if they neglect to put flying in the expansion at all I will be a little heartbroken.

5. Who is your favorite non-essential character in game? A favorite repair guy or an auctioneer you much always deal with

There's one banker in Silvermoon that I always seem to visit, Hatheon. And Kiro the War Harness Maker next to the bank in the Valley of Honor is my favorite repair vendor.

6. When I first started my blog I was too scared to comment on others. Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event 2011 changed that for me. Is there an event or blogger that made you feel comfortable commenting on blogs?

Well Lae commented on one of my posts for her alt appreciation week and that made me feel a little bolder but I was still really shy. But gradually I kept trying and almost every blog I got up the courage to comment on I got these wonderful friendly responses. So there was a catalyst, but mostly I think it just comes down to the fact that there are a lot of awesome bloggers out there.

7. Do you have any strange WoW quirks? For example I seem to think the harder I hit the keys the more forceful my attacks are. I know ... but it can't hurt.

If I hold my breath while hitting the lucky roll button it won't give me gold again. Hey... sometimes it works. Usually not, but sometimes. And I do the same thing with my attacks! Hitting the button more forcefully makes them work better. It's science.

8. Do you have WoW themed things in real life? Example.

Well I've got the gryphon plushie from the pet store sitting on my desk next to me. I would like the windrider too some day. And I've got the visual guide and I'd have a phone case if they made them for my phone. So a few, I guess. I'd like to have more.

9. Are you lucky enough to have real life friends or a spouse who plays WoW too or are you bravely going it alone?

I've got several real life friends who play WoW. Including the one who got me into it! And then I got my husband to play with me too, though he doesn't like it as much as I do and is currently taking a break until Warlords.

10. Do you still find surprises in-game that you didn't know were there? I recently saw someone selling a Wine Glass. How did I miss that! My bank alt needs one! 

I still do, especially in cloth gear since I hardly have any clothies at all. And sometimes in older content, or little nooks and crannies in dungeons. Even in Pandaria I still stumble across neat little places that I had never seen before.

11. Finally, do you think you'll still be here when they pull the power and turn off the lights? I know I will.

I will. And I will be heartbroken. Azeroth is my second or third home.

Eleven Miscellaneous facts about me:

1. I am, in fact, female, even though the vast majority of my characters are not.
2. I love history, and cultures, and languages and particularly love well developed and fleshed out fantasy ones. I also love creating them for stories I write.
3. Green is my favorite color.
4. I play D&D with friends every Tuesday, where I play a whole lot of... you guessed it... Paladins. Though I play pretty much everything else occasionally too.
5.  I've got a soft spot for bards too. Sort of wish WoW had something of the sort.
6.  I'm a shameless coffee addict. I feel that there's very little that can't be improved with a cup of coffee or at least a good tea.
7. I love the horse mounts in WoW partly because they make me miss the ones I grew up with just a little bit less.
8. I'm a big fan of Original Star Trek. (Somewhat less impressed with the movie reboot.)
9. I could not name a favorite book or author because I love too many of them.
10. I do not currently have facebook, twitter or any other social media. WoW, this blog and an im program are where I do all my online socializing.
11. My best friend gave me the nickname 'Plaid' in college(It's a long story) and it stuck. I answer to it far better than to my birth name.

My nominees:
(I think most of you have already been nominated so please don't feel obligated to answer my questions too unless you want to.)
Kamalia et alia
Sugar & Blood
Tome of the Ancient
Reputation Grind
WoW I suck at this... (my real life best friend and occasional partner in crime and rep grinds.)

My Questions:
1.What is your favorite thing about WoW?
2. If you could add or change one thing about character customization what would it be and why?
3. Why did you pick your preferred class (if you have one.)? Was it the first thing you rolled?
4. What is your favorite WoW race and why?
5. What is the luckiest thing that's ever happened to you in game?
6. What do you think is the nicest thing somebody has ever done for you in game?
7. If you could play any race on either faction (Horde Draenei for example) would you still play what you do? If not, what would you play instead.
8. What are your plans for Warlords?
9. Did Mists of Pandaria meet with your expectations? Why or why not?
10. What is your favorite major city?
11.Do you or will you play any other MMOs?