Hey…. Are you in THE FROSTWOLVES?

Here I was about to fight the rat-bunny thing in a LFD run on Dasal, when I get that in party chat… I thought they were asking if I was in the Orc clan Frostwolves, you know the one in the new expac, like maybe I was a dev or something?

“My guild has been called that for about 8 years” I answered. I figured that would make it clear I wasn’t a dev, but maybe if they had heard of the guild make it also clear I wasn’t in a copycat guild or something (is that even possible). Come on, I’m not on the raid team in the Frosties, whoever would have heard of me.

“OMG I love the blog!”

Ha ha, now I knew what was going on. I had met a fan of Navi’s blog,

“Navi, I’ve met a fan of your’s” I posted in gchat.

So the fight was a bit rough as we attempted to fight, not die and also figure out what we were talking about. In the end I promised to hang about after the fight for pics.

The run had been interesting already, as the first healer had left and Dasal tried to take up the slack while still in Shadow spec. I do have Holy spec but I haven’t sorted out the buttons since I changed the UI. I managed to heal through the first boss, the big Hozen, but failed miserably on the rat-bunny. Too many other people getting damaged (like me). We died.

Then just as a new healer arrived the above conversation started.

Totemic was pretty excited to meet a guildie of Navi, She credits Navi with getting her into blogging. She even reads this blog mentioning a the previous post “Weak Spot in the Clouds” which to be honest I didn’t remember writing. Just checked now, it was only 5 posts again… oh dear my memory! (Hey Totemic, if you read this, there’s a vid on Youtube to match that post) [Yeah, that's a subtle way to get more views, lol]

Oh, glad I took a picture too :)

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And I promised to let Navi know and said goodnight after I found her blog. I like her guild name too, <Potential Unleashed>. It was also interesting to see an Elemental specced Shammy at work after so long running Mabaho as Enhance.

Oh, Dasal is 87 now. Not far to go.

Update to the WoW return

So my return to WoW hasn’t been meet with sudden rush of gameplay, however I have had a few good sessions.

The first thing I did was to reset my UI, I’m now using ElvUI and it is taking some getting used to. The hardest thing is getting the font reset all over the place slightly bigger (My eyes are getting old!) as the default font is smaller than the default UI size.

Mabaho hasn’t been up to much. As usual, I’ve not been around when the Guild has been doing it’s fun things on Fridays and Saturdays. They are just fun things for them, but often things I would like to complete.

Magdasal, (still getting used to the new name) is progressing and should very shortly be level 87. This time though I am running her as Shadow, and that has certainly made questing easy. Possibly even easier than Mab had it. With several of her attack returning health to her, she is very survivable, I guess that makes up for the cloth armour.

I haven’t done any healing, but she has done a couple of runs through LFD. The Brewery last night and the Temple a couple of times. A few upgrades there as well.

I should have secured my chopper by this stage, now it just remains if I decide to Pre Order the WoD expansion. I expect I will, probably next pay.

In other news, my friend Navimie was interviewed on the Blizzcon Countdown podcast the other week. Ep 25. (and don’t forget to listen to Ep 26, where she gets a surprise). My little connection there is that I recommended the hotel as I had stayed there about a year prior.

6 months?

So I think I managed about 6 months before WoW Crack sucked me back in, lol. What got me back, a combination of factors that I talked some about in the “Should I come Back?” post. I have the time now that I could level with the others, making it a lot more social for me than any other expac, that’s a big plus. I’m curious of course about where the story is going, hey I’ve been in this story for about 7 years. Logging in for the 10th birthday is actually a bit of a drawcard. The final drawcard is the level boost if I preorder.

Once the decision was made the first step was to log into the website and set up the subscription. Then it was time to download the 30GB of game. I immediately noticed that the Mac client is much more slick than before. Also the chat function in the launcher is new to me. It also spoiled the surprise for my guildies, as a friend spotted me even before the game had downloaded.

I’ve dusted off my 4 main toons for a review. With only Mabaho (Enh Shaman) at 90, I have an 85 priest (Magdasal), 77 lock (Mabango) and 57 warrior (Pumatay), I’m looking at perhaps one of the last two for the boost to 90 so I started out levelling Pumatay to get him to 60 – if I pick him, I can take advantage of the profession boost for toons over 60.
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I think I will like to boost Mabango over Pumatay and level Magdasal the old fashioned way, she only has MoP to level through. Alternatively I could start a whole new toon, but I would like to get the profession boost.
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So what professions are suggested. Mabaho already has Alch and herbs. Magdasal has mid level in ench and tailoring. I would really like to take engineering as I have always wanted to make some of that stuff. That leaves one spot most likely for mining or jewelcrafting, and I’m leaning towards mining.  Any opinions?
 
Apart from that its time to get back into Curse and make a new UI. Any suggestions for a HUD style mode?
 

Should I come back?

Warlords-of-Draenor-Banner-LogoSo MWO is just a hassle, I’m too lazy to keep rebooting. I started thinking that I actually have settled into a routine so maybe gaming Sun-Thu is workable. And with a new expansion I can level up with the others and perhaps join in, instead of spending the entire expansion just trying to catch up to my friends (gee, I’ve been trying catch up ever since I first logged in so many years ago).

So I’m considering returning to WoW.

What do you think?

(oh and a 90 boost, who for… and even worse, the boosted toon ends up a higher ilevel than my main…. oh the embarrassment)

Meh, Unsubbed again

Yeah, that pretty much is it. I came back to WoW with more time, but find myself doing other stuff during the week and not logging in (and hence there isn’t many  blogs).

…. just deleted a bunch of whiney stuff there…..

Just not having fun… going to go do other stuff. Like Tomb Raider.

 

The Wise Godmother speaks…

work ethic quotes

Due to a couple of appointments I ended up at home early this afternoon, in time to listen to the Twisted Nether blogcast live (I think the last time I did that was when Navi was interviewed, but then they changed the time so it’s mid afternoon Mondays here).

Anyway, a blogging I have heard of, but never actually read or listened to, the Godmother of ALT:ernative Chat was being interviewed. Now I know Navi is a friend of hers, but I suddenly feel like I’ve been missing out.

Godmother was talking about her boy and and a bunch of things about needing to do work in WoW, when she said this…

Work is the ethic.

And suddenly all the grinds and all the other work that we all put in making our characters better, learning to play them better makes more sense. I have often heard people discussing how their best memories, or favourite achievements are the ones we have worked for. My favourite in game ones are the same.

Blizzard is teaching kids (again she was talking about her boy) that you need to work hard to get what you want – BUT also that when you get that thing, you will treasure that more than what was given to you.

This lesson is everywhere. It’s in lots of games too, not just WoW. I still remember the accomplishment I felt when I finished XCom, or the original Tomb Raider (I’m working on the new one at the moment, hence the lack of WoW at the moment).

And these lesson last outside as well. Kids can learn these lessons in the games and take them outside. For example, I’m working hard at improving my riding skills. It’s going to be a long process, but I’ll have that forever.

So if you want something, work for it, when you get it – you’ll treasure it more, whatever it was.

Sunday. Home. Guild. Flex.

WoWScrnShot_020214_205529It was Sunday. I was in Canberra before 8pm. Guild. FLEX.

I went RAIDING!

I have no idea who that is. I have no idea what I’m doing, I know I died here at some point. And my DPS was just barely more than Navi, who was healing.

So the guild carried me through wing 1 and wing 3(?) and a few bosses. I didn’t make the end of the second wing, I was too sleepy. It had been a late night Saturday at home, a long day and a few hours on the bike.

But I went in at about iLevel 430 and came out at 469! Picking up a new back, shoulders and hands, I was pretty happy with that.

I died a few more times. But we kind of expected that.  One bit I really got sick of was all the small mobs around the Valley of Strength in Org. They just seemed to never stop.

Apart from that, it was great to get a chance to play with the guild. I certainly won’t be raiding seriously with them, my DPS was less than 1% of the top 3 or 4 DPS combined. Orders of magnitude smaller… and I was doing about 5K more than I had before! Yikes, I guess that’s the effect of a 50-100 point iLevel difference.

I don’t think I’ll make next week, I expect to be a little late. But I look forward to raiding again soon and catching up with the guild as well.

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yup, dead again

 

Ok, I’m 90, now what?

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So I started out hitting up some quests and it all seemed pretty easy on Timeless Isle. Then the chain began, Kill 50 Elites and Kill 5 Rares. That sounded easy until I tried it…. it’s kind of embarrassing being slaughtered by a pink stork.

So I tired the Turtles and that was worse.

I didn’t even go near the others, they were 91 or more Elites.

It was also busy and I’d be setting up to tag a pink stork, laying out totems, letting the doggies out, casting Lightning Bolt… when someone would come past and tag them.

I did manage to kill Evermaw as I was stuffing about.

So off to guild chat for some pointers about Timeless Isle. With some tips I managed to get a few pieces of gear. I also ran several Scenarios and 5man Heroics. These didn’t get me much gear, but the JP and VP helped me buy some more stuff. Hopefully I can be back here in time on Sundays to run Flex with the guild too.

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And in other big news, Dasal arrived. I changed her name to Magdasal, so almost the same. Close enough that I was happy.

WoWScrnShot_012314_214900Once again, McTacky gave me a lift to The Shrine, picking up a bunch of flightpaths along the way. And then back to the start of Pandaria to start the levelling all over again.

Das is going to run Shadow for a little bit, then I might go back to Holy and run through some dungeons. That’s how she levelled before and it will be a challenge to do it again.

 

And then there was one

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I found a village beset by some kind of insect race and helped out. Part way through they sent me into a misty grove to talk to a martial arts trainer. Obviously I had some work to do as he easily tossed me halfway across the grove.

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This egg looked just a LOT suspicious.

I killed a few more horror creatures and stole some eggs. I also smashed some wooden and stone beams and eventually I passed his training.

The bird from the big egg returned.

The bird from the big egg returned.

And I dinged 89. Navi reckons the expac might be out April-May time. So I have one level to go, about a week of holidays here then weeknight evenings free, I am quietly confident I’ll be 90 by the expac. Now whether I’m still in quest blues and dungeon purples, we’ll see. Maybe I can get in some flex raids or such with the guild post 90. That’d be a big boost for me into the Warlords of Dreanor.

Of course, then there’s Dasal and Mabango. to work on. I’m still questing in Valley of the Four Winds, there are about 3 more zones to quest in so plenty of content not yet covered.

Tilling in the Valley

WoWScrnShot_123113_074403I started off this morning with some gardening. I had decided not to do any reps, and certainly have no plans to set up a farm. However this morning I decided that the quests were probably pretty painless and would be valuable XP.

So I worked in the farms around Halfhill. Watering plants, clearing out vermin, and other farm related tasks. At once stage I was being severely beaten by some vermin (their Ankle Bite was a killer) when I realised my weapon enhancements had expired. Oops. A renew of these and it was better. The Ankle Bites still hurt though.

A variety of quests followed, killing moths and other various creatures.

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Lurking like a crocodile

I abseiled down a cliff to fetch some hops and fought this ugly beast. Horror is a good name.

WoWScrnShot_123113_074626Though he went down pretty easily. Not long after that the servers went down and I found myself wandering an empty land. I must say that it has been years since I’ve had that happen. It wasn’t my connection as the internet was still working, and the Armoury app on my phone couldn’t connect either.

I haven’t quite made 89, about 15% to go. Except for the uncertain effect of several other RL commitments, I am pretty sure I can make 90 before the end of January. Hopefully before I start back at work on January 20.

Happy New Year all – enjoy the evening however you choose to celebrate it.