On The Edge Of Nowhere

Before I begin my post in earnest, I have to mention this, because it’s just completely ridiculous and I’m not even sure how I managed it. But I did.

This last weekend I shuffled all my games over onto my external HD that I have set up, but was going relatively unused (1TB, inherited from my husband when he bought a newer model). I was clogging up my internal memory quite horribly (having Guild Wars1/2, Rift, Star Wars, WoW, Diablo, etc will do that to you). The ‘easiest’ way to do it was to do fresh installs on the external since pretty much every online game/MMO has an option to download the client directly from their websites. Had to reformat the HD itself to get it to accept Guild Wars 2 (which needed a NTFS platform, and the HD was set for Fat32) which was pretty annoying, but it got done. I patched all my games up again whilst watching back-to-back episodes of MST3k on Netflix (the best show ever, by the way). Then, I proceeded to uninstall ALL the games from my internal drive, giving me quite a bit of nice shiny space left over. Huzzah!

Till three days later, when I was messing about with my theme for this blog. I can’t seem to settle on anything, but sometimes if I go through my screenshots folder I’ll find something just by chance that will make for a good background or header…

Imagine my surprise when I find approximately five shots in the screenshots folder. Normally there are loads because it goes way back to when I first got this PC in 2010. Pictures from my time in Ebon Phoenix. Pictures from end-of-Wrath, and Cata, and everything in between. Most of them were kinda bullshitey, just random pictures I took while faffing about.

Muggins here forgot to back up her screenshots folder before deleting it from her internal HD. Completely and utterly forgot to do it. Years of memories lost because I was a complete dunce and forgot I even had a screenshots folder to begin with (this is why I love GW2 because their screenshots folder ends up in My Documents, so it’s hard to miss). To say I was mad at myself could be considered understatement of the year for 2014; the cats were privy to a string of curses that would make a sailor blush as I just sat at my computer, staring at a very weaksauce screenshots folder.

I can look back on it now and laugh I guess, because we’ve all been there–all done something so incredibly dumb, a ‘how did I even manage THAT?’ moment where our brains just up and fail us. If there’s an ‘up’ side, it’s that I do have some shots I put on FB which I can try to retrieve (‘try’ being the operative word here, since it might muck up the quality compared to the originals), and wordpress has saved what I’ve uploaded to use here on the blog. So there is some stuff left, but much more gone the way of the digital wind. There might be some really high-tech way of getting it back, but it’d require more effort and brainpower then I can muster–I’m a proper dunce I am :D

Arse biscuit.

And now on to your regularly scheduled programming:

I want this for a transmog. Seriously badass piece of kit...but unfortunately, it's only a disguise </3

I want this for a transmog. Seriously badass piece of kit…but unfortunately, it’s only a disguise

I’ve been working on pushing my shaman, Zanzeeli towards 90. Last I spoke of her, she was stomping all over the Outlands, and despite not having any heirlooms (I do things the hard way obviously, including leveling–I don’t really mind the grind most of the time), she made short work of Northrend. Cataclysm was a tiny bit slower just because urgh, Uldum, but lo and behold she dinged 85 last night mucking about with the shamans up in Twilight Highlands. Whilst working through Cata content, I’ve been trying to keep her gathering professions up to date, which is a bit difficult when you’re boosted through content at a faster pace than intended.

With most of my professions (okay, ALL of them) I try to use profession guides to keep me on track, and to keep me from wasting my time and efforts and mats doing ridiculous shite that won’t give me any progress. I also use them if I’m stuck in a spot with mining/herbalism/skinning and need a reminder of a level-appropriate grinding spot. This happened with my mining, where I was a few levels short of being able to mine elementium, which was getting super annoying since I seemed to be tripping over it whilst questing in Uldum. The guide I consulted suggested some spots in Vash’jir to go to level; normally I wouldn’t bother with it and just go to Mt. Hyjal, but 1.) I’m frankly sick of Mt. Hyjal, and 2.) I had already quested in Vash’jir and had flight points, plus it’d give me another excuse to use my sea horse.

So, out I went, trying to follow the path outlined by the guide. Long story short, I found myself in this particular bit:

Abandoned Reef
It had mining nodes…but not much else. No mobs. No quests. No NPCs. No battle pets. It’s just a spot on the map in Vash’jir that, at least to me, was unknown and unexplored. I most likely went far enough to get the exploration achievement for that zone, but I obviously didn’t go any further since all this was new territory to muggins here. It was completely empty, devoid of any obvious life*, on the very edge of the zone map.

Abandoned Reef 2

Can I put my Garrison right here? It's a good spot!

Can I put my Garrison right here? It’s a good spot!

And once I had finished with my mining, I just stopped and looked around, taking in this ‘new’ area. I realized that wasn’t something I was used to doing anymore; exploring, taking in the world around me wasn’t a part of my gaming experience anymore, at least in WoW. It was going from point A to B, running along the rails and never deviating from the course set out for me. I had stopped putting myself out there, exploring for the sake of exploration, just to find something new. It had been something I had done in Vanilla–back before exploration achievements (where it’s become more about ticking the objective off rather than consuming the content itself), back before you could fly in Azeroth–this is kinda sounding like I’m shaking a fist at Blizzard because they totes ruined the game. I’m not. They haven’t ruined anything, or else I wouldn’t still be playing, seven years after I started, with very few lapses in my subscription.

This is more a personal thing, where I’ve slacked. I need to make more of an effort to color outside the lines, to give myself permission (and ambition) to explore the world, no matter what expansion we may be in. Of course so much of it has lost that awe because I’ve been playing so long, and there’s a finite amount of what you can see, I’ve accepted that reality. But once and a while, there’s a spot that pops up that catches my attention like that, where I stop and smell the roses (metaphorically speaking, obviously).

That said, this bit of the map–known as the Abandoned Reef (according to WoWWiki) is a very comforting place for me and my shaman. I’d like to think she’s the type much better suited to a more solitary life, and you can’t get much more solitary than this spot. It’s calm, and serene, and you could just…float, just commune with the spirits, get away from all the distractions and anxieties that life likes to throw at us (and our characters!).

In short: you could send me to the Abandoned Reef, with this 8tracks playlist (http://8tracks.com/8cvetko/pure-chillstep) playing in the background and I’d be one very happy shaman. I’ve been dealing with personal issues lately, various levels of anxiety and depression popping up to kick me in the face every so often, so finding this particular spot in-game was quite apt timing, in the grand scheme of things. I found it just when I needed to. It’s now my place to just go, and to just be. Nothing about the past, nothing about the future, or even the present really; just existing for the sake of existing, floating along without a weight in the world.

That’s rare. And I cherish those spots, and those moments with every ounce of my wee troll heart.

This is Zanzeeli's heaven.

This is Zanzeeli’s heaven.

*A/N: I learned that the Abandoned Reef is where Ghostcrawler (the rare spawn) pops up. I didn’t see anything when I was out there, and I was on my shaman anyway, but Applecore might make a trip out just to see. I knew he spawned somewhere in Vash’jir, I just wasn’t sure the specific subzone. The more you know!

WoW Resolutions: 2014 Edition

Guilty as charged.

Guilty as charged.

In my real life away from WoW, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve had almost 30 years to learn that I’m absolutely rubbish at making plans, ones where I’m so convinced I’ll do X, Y and Z and I’ll be super organized and prepared and ambitious…and then I’m not. And then I get really disappointed in myself, and cue the self-loathing, and a cycle of beating myself up over stupid stuff. So, for the most part, I avoid them like the plague. I instead try to focus on just being happy in the coming year, whatever that might entail on a personal level, adjusting to the spanners that tend to get thrown in the works and muck everything up.

For the most part, I try to avoid making big huge sweeping plans in WoW as well. I’ll tell myself I’ll sort everything out and attack my goals with an almost surgical precision…and then I don’t, choosing to faff about with whatever takes my fancy at that particular moment. And then I feel bad because I’m not working on what I ‘should’ be working on.

See a pattern here?

That said, I was reading the most recent WoW Insider Community Blog Topic, which concerns WoW resolutions, and reading the comments and blog posts got me thinking about making my own resolutions in the game. I tried to avoid super specific goals and focus more on general Things To Be Accomplished, preferably before WoD drops (which is hopefully SOON).

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

1.) Be more engaged in the WoW blogosphere/online community. I’m a very shy, introverted person by nature, both IRL and online (in some respects–I’m quite foot-loose and fancy free over on my FB). I tend to scurry away from engaging with other people even in Warcraft; the bad encounters in-game far outweigh the good, and it’s been difficult for me to make battle.net friends or have anyone to faff about with in-game. That said, I look fondly on the interactions I see between my favorite WoW bloggers/personalities, and a part of me wants to chime in and sit at the table–but I don’t. I desperately want to try and resolve that a little; I don’t need to be a super social butterfly, but I’m also quite keen to get over my almost primal fear of other people. It’ll require lots of work, and unpacking of deep-seated issues, but I’d at least like to make a more concerted effort in 2014.

(And on that note, I try to read as many WoW blogs as I can, but I’m always terrified to comment. But I’m lurking! Hopefully that’s not creepy or anything *shame*)

2.) Finish getting my Hordies on Hellscream to 90. I’ve got 8 so far, with three to go–my shaman (who’s sitting pretty at 82.5), my monk (at 41) and my wee warrior Spindlelegs at 9. I’m not sure I have any particular order in mind as to which one to level per se; I just work on what class I fancy playing at any particular time. Most likely the shaman will be next just because the finish line is so bloody close. I’d love to get them to 90, with farms if at all possible, because it’s almost a compulsion of mine at this point.

3.) Get at least one Alliance to 90, if not more. This really shouldn’t be difficult at all, but I find myself focusing quite a bit on finishing up affairs on Hellscream, that if I work on Alliance on another server I’m screwing around or not being productive or whatever. I have a worgen DK at 86, so this goal is very feasible as it stands right now. That said, getting a few decently settled Alliance characters would be a huge bonus. The DK is on Shadowsong EU right now which seems to have a decent Alliance population, and if that continues I’ll most likely make it my ‘permanent’ home for Allies–this is always something I’m sore about, just because I’m stuck on Hellscream with an abysmal Horde population, and it sucks. Building up a few Alliance toons will also benefit not only my social life (hopefully), but it’ll be easier to farm for pets and mounts, and to buy things off an AH that is eleventy billion times more lively than on Hellscream.

4.) Don’t hesitate to play something other than Mage. I find myself afraid of stepping outside of that comfort zone, of really giving anybody other than Alyzabeth real effort and work. I’m taking baby steps with my hunter Applecore, taking her into LFR and flexing my brain a bit more in the process. Sometimes I get burnt out on Alyzabeth, and having a couple other toons who I feel comfortable playing with at max level would be nice. I’m thinking Applecore is a good second choice, since I’m vastly more comfortable playing ranged rather than melee, and Apple is SoO ready. That said, I would like to try and get better with someone like Yulianna (my DK) or Antebellum (my pally that just dinged 90, wheee!), for a change of pace when the norm gets to be a bit too boring even for me. Doing that means not tunnel-visioning my DPS meters, or letting performance anxiety get the best of me, and just giving it a shot–let LFR do what it’ll do, and knowing that I can always leave if it becomes detrimental to my mental health. With this goal, I HAVE to give myself permission to fail, if need be.

5.) Maybe not strictly WoW-related, but in the same hemisphere at least: work more on my WoW based fiction writing. A million good ideas, and brilliant scenes I play out in my head whilst trying to sleep. Nothing to show for it. I talk a good game about how I want to do it, but I don’t. That has to change. Many of my characters have backstories I’d like to flesh out, and again, it’s about confronting some very big fears I have, and just letting go. And, sharing what I write! I feel reasonably comfortable now with my blog writing, but I feel much more dressed-up and formal when it comes to fiction, hence the stage fright.

6.) Get Ashes of Al’ar. This is strictly RNG based, but by Riker’s beard I want it! Alyzabeth is the only toon I feel comfortable and capable on whilst solo’ing it; I know others run multiple alts a week through Tempest Keep…but I can’t. I just have to take what the WoW gods give me, but words can’t describe how badly I still want this stupid mount.

Again, these seem like quite vague resolutions to me, but it’s how I work best. Of course, I have some specific WoW goals in terms of achievements and such I’d like to clear up before WoD (achievements concerning Pandaria content at least), but I think this is a reasonable list to work with for now.

To those fellow WoW’ers who are reading, I hope you have an amazing and prosperous 2014 in Warcraft, and may you get all the mounts and pets and cool achievements and gears and golds you’re lusting after :D

 

Yes, I named my pet dinosaur after a Mexican dish. I was hungry at the time, and it sounded really good. (And ignore that DPS meter plz, not even in the top ten lmaoimgonnagocry)

Yes, I named my pet dinosaur after Mexican food. I was hungry at the time, and it sounded really good.
(And ignore that DPS meter plz, not even in the top ten lmaoimgonnagocry)

So Long, Wrathion! (And Good Riddance)

The range of emotions I experienced during the Legendary quest chain. There was no in-between for me.

The range of emotions I experienced during the Legendary quest chain. There was no in-between for me.

Alyzabeth dinged 90 on 8/10/12, according to my achievement date–so well over a year ago. It was then that she embarked on the Legendary quest chain, picking up a Mysterious Note and coming into the service of the black dragon Wrathion. Over the past year, she collected sigils and runestones and valor points and reputation and trillium. She flagged herself PvP and threw her squishy, magey self into the mercy of MoP’s battlegrounds, somehow squeaking out a couple nifty victories. She queued herself for countless LFR runs, sometimes finding riches beyond her greatest expectations (wow, two runestones in one week?! neato!) and very often walking away with nothing more than some spare valor that she doesn’t need.

There were weeks when Alyzabeth didn’t bother at all with it. The quests, in their varied stages, stayed in her quest log, mocking the mage. It was a constant in her life, something that she should probably get around to at some point but kept putting off. Eventually though, she’d complete another stage, and run back to the Tavern in the Mists only to be told by Wrathion that there was still loads to do, and Alyza was sent packing back into ToT or SoO to dirty her hands once again.

The moral of this story is that I don’t do well with ‘forcing’ myself to do things, certainly not on any sort of schedule. I can make lists, and the Best Laid Plans, but then I toss them all away and throw a hissy. I’m the type that does things in my own time, when my mood and anxiety allow me to indulge in certain things–LFR, PvP, etc.

Basically, I dragged ass all through the Legendary quest line. Plenty others raced by me and completed it as soon as they were allowed to, slaying the four Celestials on the Timeless Isle and getting their shiny new cloaks and all that jazz. And I didn’t.

At least until now.

Still need to gem it, but that's easy enough. New UI courtesy of Supervillain UI (http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info16837-SupervillainUI.html)

Still need to gem it, but that’s easy enough. New UI courtesy of Supervillain UI (http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info16837-SupervillainUI.html)

It required me to finally get my finger out, and to realise just how close to the end I was getting. It helped that my husband was on pretty much the same step as I was with his hunter, so he was able to encourage me, and give me some tips along the way. After helping Wrathion and Co. forge that stupid spear on the Isle of Thunder, I was sent to talk to the four Celestials in their respective temples, and to battle Wrathion in the Jade Temple; much like the solo scenario on the Isle of Thunder, I smashed my way to victory. There were a few defeats as I got a feel for what I needed to do (I’m very good at reading strategies, but not comprehending them until I actually get my boots on the ground), but with some luck and a few tricks I won. I then found myself with the ‘daunting’ task of defeating all four Celestials on the Timeless Isle; I say this is daunting since on Hellscream EU, Horde-side is quite tiny compared to the Alliance, so getting a group through more traditional means can be hard. I tried doing it the old fashioned way, but we only got three people together before people started dropping.

Bugger that.

I was then reminded that we have a nifty Raid Browser tool, and that it now includes world bosses–including the Celestials. It took me queueing up several times before I was able to get groups to defeat all four, and lots of back and forth between various servers (which is quite disorienting, not to mention depressing when you zone into another server and they actually have PEOPLE talking!). There were a few instances of accidentally getting flagged and steamrolled by the Alliance, but oddly enough I kept going. I just tried to let it go, to not get frustrated or disheartened.

I loves me some acheesements!

I loves me some acheesements!

And I did it! Alyzabeth’s very long journey came to an end last night on the shores of the Timeless Isle, in the heart of the Siege of Orgrimmar, and in the Tavern in the Mists. Hours spend collecting and button-mashing and running back and forth culminated in that tiny inn tucked away from the rest of the world where she received her upgraded cloak, a few handy achievements, and a very angry Wrathion (what a turd, seriously). Not only had Alyzabeth finally crafted her Legendary cloak, but she also managed to defeat Garrosh in LFR, something I had been struggling with for the past few weeks–yes, I know it’s old hat, but muggins here got groups that couldn’t get past the first boss. Technically that’s another weight off my shoulders, along with the Legendary, since I wanted to defeat Garrosh at least once before going into WoD.

It’s a tad bit bittersweet to come to the end of this journey. It was frustrating at times, triggering some long-held anxieties I have regarding this game (mainly the PvP aspect, but also just socializing and LFR and such). There were times where I wanted to wring Wrathion’s scrawny little neck when he sent me out on some stupid bloody quest (Lei Shen’s heart in particular, especially considering I had already been in ToT right before that). It may have taken me a while to get there, but it’s not necessarily about how fast you complete the journey–it’s about the journey itself. I stuck with something long enough when it was quite easy for me to just give up, and got my reward in the end. To more ‘hardcore’ players, it probably isn’t a big deal; there’s plenty of debate on the intertubes about whether or not Blizzard went in the right direction regarding this particular Legendary (a debate I’m not keen to throw myself into, by the way). But to me, and my wee mage Alyzabeth, it’s a pretty big deal. It’s something to cross off her bucket list, a heavy weight pulled off her shoulders heading into the next expansion.

oooooooooh! ahhhhhhhh! So shiny! Much impress!

oooooooooh! ahhhhhhhh! So shiny! Much impress!

 

I suppose the inevitable question is ‘what’s next?’ for her, and I’m not sure. I reckon plenty of faffing is in order, since there’s plenty of achievements she has left that could be done. She still doesn’t have Ashes, so there’s plenty more TK runs in her future. Pets need collecting. Alts need leveling. Golds need to be hoarded, farms tended to. There’s still some upgrades to be found in LFR, something I can do as and when I feel like it, without the spectre of the Legendary hanging over my head.

What a long, strange journey it’s been*. For now, it’s a rare moment where I’m quite chuffed with myself, and I’ll try to hang onto that feeling for as long as I can.

Time for her Riding Off Into the Sunset moment I reckon.

Time for her Riding Off Into the Sunset moment I reckon.

*Another achievement which I consider among some of my finest. Another example of sticking with something long enough, and confronting my fears (Children’s Week!11!) in order to achieve something I really, really wanted.

**Yes, I love my Time Lord set from Cata. It’s one of my most popular transmog sets, just because it has that funky steampunk-esque feel, and it matches, and I love the headpiece <3

Alas Poor Yor(r)ick!

[A/N: I know it's been a couple weeks since my last post. I just haven't had the will to write, really. And I haven't been doing anything particularly spectacular in-game. Aaaaand, I've been suffering from a wonky sleep schedule, so I blame that as well. Like I mentioned on twitter, I'd rather not write at all, than to write something that's so obviously crap. But this is a good attempt, I suppose.]

This has been me lately. It's been one of those days/weeks/months/years/lifetimes.

This has been me lately. It’s been one of those days/weeks/months/years/lifetimes.

I suppose a tad bit of a progress report is due, considering it’s been at least a fortnight since my last post (way back during Thanksgiving, whoa!). I have made some decent headway in some of my ‘projects’ on Alyzabeth. In no particular order:

*Managed to knock out quite a few of the Burning Crusade reputations I had been grinding out. The only one I had left is Scale of the Sands, which is basically me flailing around the Battle for Mt. Hyjal whilst spamming Arcane Explosion and racking up the reps. It’s not terribly difficult–more just time consuming, since the enemies come in waves, and it can require a bit of running back and forth between mobs (mostly with Thrall, Jaina’s pretty simple). I also need Ogri’la as well, but their dailies has always left a really bad taste in my mouth, so I’ve constantly dragged my feet on making a concerted effort to work on that rep. I know I SHOULD do it, but it’s one of those things I conveniently avoid doing.

*Managed to gain my 20 Secrets of the Empire, after what felt like a million years. I wooshed off to find Wrathion to turn them in, after which he sent me back to the Isle of Thunder to complete <The Thunder Forge>. It requires you to protect Wrathion whilst he forges some fancy-pants lance thingy; the first part is fairly easy, where you fight off some mogu while Wrathion’s busy tinkering to get the forge started. The second portion though…oh my gods, it made me want to throw my computer out my window. You have to help protect a Celestial Blacksmith NPC who’s charging up a room full of anvils, while little (and sometimes big) sha’s come at you. You have a Celestial Defender NPC to help you…but it didn’t really help me. My camera angle kept going wonky, and I couldn’t keep up with the enemies to keep them off the Blacksmith, and I couldn’t seem to get to the charged anvils fast enough to stop Insanity going off (a nifty little spell that completely fecks you up, and you NEED to interrupt it). Needless to say, I had to leave the scenario a few times in order to maintain my sanity (and to keep my computer safe). Somehow, eventually I managed it though (after many tears on Alyza’s part)! Not entirely sure how I did it, and if you were to ask me for tips or tricks, I couldn’t give you any–it seems I managed to spam my buttons well enough to keep the NPCs up, get the lance, and finish off the Sha Amalgamation.

(I did take some comments to heart from the wowhead page for this quest: http://www.wowhead.com/quest=32593#comments, if you should need it. I still reckon it was blind luck that saved me.)

No matter how many times I do this bloody boss, I will never completely suss out this bit. I've survived maybe twice out of the eleventy billion times I've run it. Le sigh.

No matter how many times I do this bloody boss, I will never completely suss out this bit. I’ve survived maybe twice out of the eleventy billion times I’ve run it. Le sigh.

I finished that scenario off, and ran back to Wrathion to get the next part…oooooooooooh, I need 12 Titan Runestones now. Great. Basically the same thing I did before, just different stones? Seems to be a theme here, but off I went. I managed to get lucky the first week I had the quest, and got six or so from LFR (the last two ToT and the first two SoO). It took a bit of blood, sweat, tears (and wine), but I managed to get my 12. I ran back to Wrathion, with a super excited mage–I’m getting closer to the end of the chain, aren’t I? I’ll have a shiny cloak?!

Yes, I am the spark, but first I must fetch him more stones! Somehow I think my mage is above this shit.

Yes, I am the spark, the fire that will spread across the world, but first I must fetch him more stones! Somehow I think my mage is above this shit.

Now I need the heart of Lei Shen. Oh.

Well.

I might of audibly sighed at my computer when Wrathion told me that. I know it’s a Legendary quest chain and all, but one can’t help but feel that this ‘friend’ of ours is taking the piss. Thankfully you can loot the heart if you’ve already killed Lei Shen for the week (which I’ve done), so I’m gonna take a stab at him tomorrow–thankfully, the ToT groups I’ve run into have been fairly seamless now that the content is a bit older, and people are better geared/more knowledgeable/more comfortable with the content.

From what I can tell, I’m quite close to the end. My husband is a step ahead of me, but he’s run into some problems defeating the Celestials, so he’s put it off for the time being. That doesn’t bode well for me, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. All Alyza wants is a shiny cool cape–she doesn’t care about it’s Legendary status, or its stats, just that it LOOKS awesome. But to be fair, on a personal level, this is something I want to finish before WoD drops.

*Managed to FINALLY get a couple pets to 25. I’m the world’s slowest pet leveler, and battler–I do it when I feel like it, and I get very easily distracted, hence why it’s taken me so long (/embarrassed). The first one to make it to 25 was Yorrick, the disembodied floating skull that Alyzabeth talks to (don’t all mages go a bit squirrelly at some point?). I’m hoping to get one of each family to 25 within the week–the rest I need are in the 23/24 range so it shouldn’t be difficult, so much as time consuming. My brain isn’t made for pet battles, but it’s something I do want to do more of, and knock out some achievements in the process. That, and I’d love to open up the Beasts of Fable and Pandaria dailies, and take a stab at the Celestial Tournament (ahahahahaha, like I’ll ever defeat that! But I’d like to try XD).

When you've been practicing magic as long as Alyzabeth has, you start to become...weird. No one has the heart (or stones) to tell her that she has a problem. He's a great listener though!

When you’ve been playing with magic as long as Alyzabeth has, you start to become…weird. No one has the heart (or stones) to tell her that she has a problem. He’s a great listener though! And yes, Yorrick with two r’s, because he’s ~*special*~

*Managed to get the achievement for the second wing of SoO. Every time I got thrown into it, it was right smack in the middle. I constantly needed the first two bosses in order to get the achievement and progress, but I couldn’t…until I could! I might of nearly wee’d myself in excitement when I saw not only Lor’themar, but Aethas there for the Galakras fight (especially Aethas without his cowl/face mask…thing! Very surprising). Also managed to get the third wing completed as well, so I can technically take a stab at Garrosh…except all the groups I’ve been in so far have been fail. I’ll have to wait for the reset and see what kind of luck I have on that front.

Alyzabeth has the biggest girly mage crush on Aethas (even though she could probably wipe him out on the DPS meter--look at his armor?!)

Alyzabeth has the biggest girly mage crush on Aethas (even though she could probably wipe him out on the DPS meter–look at his armor?!)

*Made progress on a couple of leveling toons: my shaman Zanzeeli, who had been stuck in the Outlands has finally progressed into Northrend, and sits pretty at 72. I also did a bit on my Alliance DK, Aveshka, on Shadowsong; I underestimated the advantage of having access to two separate AH’s in terms of looking for pets and other Things Made of Awesome. Hellscream’s AH is pretty abysmal at times, but Shadowsong can have some decent deals–if you have the money for it. Which I don’t. At least I don’t until my DK hits max level, and can start a farm, and I can start flogging stuff on their AH. It’s been kinda fun questing from a different perspective; she’s 84 at the moment, and I hadn’t done Cata content Alliance-side, and I’ve been making an effort to read the quest text. Sometimes I get so stuck in with my characters on Hellscream, I forget there’s a whole other half of the game that I’m not familiar with :D

I might of facepalmed when I saw this. Memories flooded back of when my husband and I slogged through all the episodes of '24' on Netflix. Just no.

I might of facepalmed when I saw this. Memories flooded back of when my husband and I slogged through all the episodes of ’24′ on Netflix. Just no.

This, on the other hand, made me laugh. Quite hard. It's the first time I'd done these quests, and then to find a fecking dwarf in a box...lols forever.

This, on the other hand, made me laugh. Quite hard. It’s the first time I’d done these quests, and then to find a fecking dwarf in a box…lols forever.

 

 

Mana Buns: Thanksgiving Edition

Even though I’m currently living in England, as an American expat, I find time to celebrate Thanksgiving (or as the English refer to it, Thursday). We have our own type of dinner (sometimes it includes yorkies instead of rolls, and there’s custard involved in some point), and despite my snarky, cynical nature, I try to keep the spirit of the holiday at heart–to be thankful for what I have, to see where my privileges are, and to be appreciative of them.

In Warcraft, there’s no exception. This year, I find I have a lot to be thankful for in-game. It seems I’ve run into a decent streak of good luck in the game in the past fortnight:

Awww yeah!

Awww yeah!

Managed to snag the Raven Lord’s mount after countless times running that depressingly fugly dungeon.

Awww yeah Part 2!

Awww yeah Part 2!

Managed to get the White Hawkstrider off of Kael’Thas (ahahahaha suck it you were a sucky prince anyway!).

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND:

My mage has now adopted a new puppy for the holidays. Comes with unlimited supply of brandy. And he drools! XD

My mage has now adopted a new puppy for the holidays. Comes with unlimited supply of brandy. And he drools! XD

Screenshots don't do this mount justice AT ALL.

Screenshots don’t do this mount justice AT ALL.

The blue version <3

The blue version <3

And it's yellowish/brown/tan version!

And it’s yellowish/brown/tan version!

I was extremely fortunate to have a generous husband who gifted me the Enchanted Fey Dragon AND Alterac Brew Pup from the Blizzard store, for an early Christmas present! He knew how badly I wanted the mount, and how I would of been willing to sell my soul to whatever Old God I needed to in order to get it.

But to top it all off:

Wat dis?

Wat dis?

Good gods this mount is huge. Look at my mage derpin about at the controls XD

Good gods this mount is huge. Look at my mage derpin about at the controls XD

When I logged onto Alyzabeth to go do my farms this morning, I saw I had mail from my husband’s engineer alt. I thought he made me a pet or something–sometimes he does that and gives me an extra because he knows I don’t have a max engineer to do that stuff with. I may have almost peed myself when I saw a Sky Golem sitting in my mailbox; I immediately started trying to get him to take some gold off of me, or to post it onto the AH so he could make some gold for himself. He refused, and made me accept it after assuring me he wasn’t worried about the gold, and he knew I needed it, blah blah blah.

He’s a bloke I don’t deserve, but I’m extremely thankful to have in my life :D I’m thankful that I’m privileged enough to be able to play this amazing game for as long as I have; to have the computer and internet and hell, even electric to be able to actually play the game. I’m thankful I have the financial means to pay for a subscription without sweat or hassle (again, thanks to my husband for that!). I’m thankful to be a part of the WoW community, and to have been met with support and camaraderie by the WoW blogging community when I first started this venture*. Over the course of 2013, I’ve become acquaintances and friends with some AMAZING people; over my course of playing WoW, I’ve met people who I consider my best friends (without having met them face to face even, but that’s irrelevant to me).

In my real life, I’m extremely thankful to be so privileged to be living in another country, to be able to still be with my husband despite the hurdles of immigration and distance and money. I’m thankful I have my friends, and my cats are safe and warm. I’m thankful for my mom, who even though she’s 5,000 miles away (which makes this time of the year wicked hard, I’ll admit), is still around despite having several health issues pop up after I moved away from the US. She’s still a phone call away (and a plane ride away next year), and I’m extremely fortunate to still have her here.

I’m thankful for Mana Buns, for my own little slice of the internets. A place that I can call my space, and my virtual home. And I’m thankful for everyone who reads my posts, and likes it, and comments on it, and RTs it over on twitter. And hell, I’m thankful for the people who follow me over @blanket_burrito, who’ve been nothing but supportive and friendly.

I’m on deviled egg duty today, so it’s time for me to sign off. See you on the other side <3

Happy Thanksgiving!

She Works Hard For Her Money

I remember buying those bags from NPC vendors.

I remember buying those bags–they were Quite A Big Deal back in vanilla.

Back in my halcyon days of WoW, I remember how difficult I found it to make money. Having one gold was something for me to brag about, an achievement that felt like a milestone. That said, I still needed help buying my first mount at level 40, a beautiful plain brown horse for my human mage; my guildies were very generous, and knowing I was new to the game, loaned me the difference so I could finally ride with the big kids. I still remember how bloody excited I was after I got it, so much so that I just ran back and forth between Eastvale Logging Camp and Stormwind. I didn’t need end-game raiding or shiny armor to make me happy then. That brown horsey was enough.

I digress.

Back in the days of Vanilla WoW, making gold could be considered quite difficult–at least it was for me. Dailies hadn’t been implemented yet, and flying mounts were an expansion away still. Options were limited once you hit level 60, and since I didn’t really raid or PvP much, my mage found herself desperately grinding elemental mobs in Silithus for common quality items to try and flog on the AH. I traipsed across the Burning Steppes and Eastern Plaguelands scavenging for items I thought had value. Every scrap I could get my grubby mittens on got sold, no matter how little I got for it (like the Tesco advert says, every little bit helps!). It was in a desperate bid to get my epic mount skill at level 60, which back in that day was nigh on impossible unless you were either 100% super dedicated to making money, or lucky. I never did get that mount–I kept my level 40 horsey all the way through the Dark Portal until I stopped playing at 68 and switched to my EU account.

Nowadays it’s a million times easier to make money, and I don’t blink an eye when my new alts manage to come up with several gold without having to exert any effort. Dailies are a HUGE boon in this respect, giving us another option besides mindless mat farming in order to generate gold. I admit I get super burned out on dailies, and haven’t touched any of the MoP ones in weeks (besides the 20 elites on the Timeless Isle for my mage, and the dailies to get my Tillers rep to exalted on new 90 alts so they can get a proper farm). That said, having the choice between money-making options is brilliant, and has made my WoW life infinitely easier.

Basically, kids these days. You don’t know how easy you have it blah blah fart blah ;D

Last night I noticed my ‘bank alt’, Spindlelegs reached 50k gold on her. That was never an official number. I never set out to get X amount on her, it was just a number that popped out at me when I was sorting through my affairs. I didn’t have a celebration or anything (well I was drinking a beer so that might count), but it was a pleasant surprise. Alyzabeth has a cool 38k on her at the moment–it was 40k yesterday, but I found a pet on the AH I wanted and 2.5k wasn’t a bad price. See, I don’t hardly blink at spending a couple grand, as where my old self would probably die at the thought of shelling out that kind of gold for a bloody pet (but then again, my old self existed in a world that didn’t have pet battles, soooooooo). I find that for certain things, if the price is right, I don’t mind parting with the gold–my time and sanity are more valuable, and therefore if I can spare the effort grinding a pet or glyph recipe or cut gem, I’ll do it.

I’m always fascinated learning more about how my fellow Azerothians make gold. I’m intrigued by the notion of playing the AH almost like you would in the real world, how the concepts of supply and demand work in a virtual space. Filling the gaps where a market hasn’t been cornered, be they glyphs or gems or enchants, timing your auctions just perfectly to maximize profits, knowing just the right price to put stuff up for–not shooting yourself in the foot and losing profit unnecessarily whilst keeping your product competitive. I stand in awe of the players who reach gold cap via those means, making smart choices on their server, where the gold making business becomes a game all in of itself (a game within a game? O.o).

I ain’t those people though. And I will never claim I am.

I’ve spoken before about how utterly disorganized I can be in this game, despite my desire to be otherwise. I see my husband making spreadsheets, and being very deliberate in the things he does. In comparison to him (and some others), I’m a hot mess, flying somewhat by the seat of my pants in pretty much every respect. Making my money isn’t any different. I utilize about zero strategy when I approach money making. The most ‘organized’ part of the affair (a tip I picked up from my husband) is to designate one toon who I guess could be considered a bank alt of sorts–my warrior, Spindlelegs.

Spindlelegs is unique in that she used to be a level 85 orc warrior in Cata. Whilst I love female orcs, I wasn’t in love with her, and I got the itch to play another forsaken on Hellscream. So, in a spur of the moment decision, I deleted the 85 and rerolled a forsaken warrior, and I don’t particularly regret the decision (in this case, my time and effort isn’t worth as much as the real life money I’d pay for a race change). I have every intention of leveling her, but for the time being she serves my purposes fairly well, parking herself in front of the Undercity AH. Everything gets funneled through her, and she collects all the gold which she distributes when my other characters want/need some money. It keeps things reasonably neat and tidy, my focus directed in one place, which my poor muddled brain needs.

Another thing I use is the Remote AH via the Mobile Armory, which has been a complete lifesaver for yours truly. Even though I’m at home and have access to the proper game, I’ll use the mobile app right before I go to bed and set up all my auctions (except on certain days when I know my husband will be selling, since I don’t want to undercut him–keeps our marriage solid ;D). I can easily switch between things I have on Spindlelegs, her bank, and her mailbox so I don’t even have to fuss with picking up my mail THEN posting it. I set the app so it takes a flat 5% off the lowest price so I can undercut people without even having to do the math. I don’t even LOOK at the prices; I just set my stacks and make sure those are good, and then press sell. I even collect all my gold from the app since it’s a one-click affair. I hardly use the in-game AH anymore except when I’m browsing for stuff to buy.

But what do I sell? It’s easy to find stuff when you have 7 farms that produce mats on a daily basis–and yes, I’m pretty religious about logging in and collecting my stuff and replanting my crops, even if I don’t feel like doing much else in WoW on that particular day. Most of it ends up being herbs and leather which I end selling at (what could probably be described as) dirt cheap prices, but I have SO MUCH of it that the profits add up after a while. I’m also starting to sell off some of my cloth and dust, and sometimes I’ll sell cut gems if I think they might turn a bit of gold. It’s a bit tricky on my server, since oftentimes I’ll have to repost the gems a few times before someone picks them up, but eh. No real skin off my nose. Golden Lotus is always a good money-maker, even if it’s only 50-60g per piece–I usually put 20 of those up at a time. Again, every little bit helps. I find I focus more on selling raw mats than crafted items for the time being, just because I’m not entirely sure of what will sell–selling crafted items feels like a much bigger gamble to me than just throwing up mats. I may try to break into that part of the AH at some point, but for now I’m comfortable with my methods, and they’re reasonably successful.

There’s a pattern here. It’s basically I’m lazy. I’m also not in any particular rush, nor do I have any set goals in mind which I guess has made it feel fairly…easy I guess.

And do I have anything particular in mind to spend it on? Not really. I’ve been tempted to try and pick up a Unclaimed Black Market Container but I’m not entirely sure what the end price for it is on my server. I see it a lot up for 10k, but with a long time left on the auction, and I have yet to hover around to see what the top bid is–it’s one of those things I may just have to do spur of the moment and see what happens (protip: I’m not a wild and spontaneous person by any means, especially with spending money, so it’s scary). I’d only really do it for the chance to get a fecking awesome mount, like Ashes of A’lar, which means I can die a happy mage whilst flying around on a glowy phoenix.*

Maybe someday I’ll be gold capped. I’m more likely to become the Queen of England but if it happens, it happens. I just reckon my wee warrior’s pockets are a bit heavy this morning, but at least I know I’ll never have to beg a friend or guildie for my riding skill money again.**

This was my entire WoW Vanilla experience.

This was my entire WoW Vanilla experience.

*My heart might literally explode if I ever get the Ashes. It’s all I’ve ever wanted since BC, and my attempts at farming it myself have been poopy.

**I apologize to my guildies way back when, since I can’t remember if I ever managed to pay off that debt. I feel bad now D:

TL;DR: Warlords of Draenor Edition

This would look totally boss painted on the side of someone's van.

This would look totally boss painted on the side of someone’s van.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock without a wi-fi signal for the past few days (or you’ve been intentionally avoiding it), you’ve most likely heard the big news to come out of Blizzcon regarding the future of WoW: Warlords of Draenor. I wasn’t terribly surprised that they picked that title; as you well know, it was copyrighted shortly before Blizzcon, and many (including me) predicted it’d be the title to the next expansion. I was surprised that, as far as we know of the story so far, it won’t be a predominantly Burning Legion-centric narrative. In short, we’ll be sent into the past (about 30 years or so), except it’s an ‘alternate’ timeline of sorts; Garrosh has escaped justice, and goes back in time to stop the orcs from drinking the blood of Mannoroth and becoming corrupted. Sounds good, except that he has intentions to unite the orc clans under his banner (known as the Iron Horde) to invade Azeroth, which of course Is Kind of a Bad Thing. Not to say it won’t involve the Burning Legion at some point since it was them that corrupted the orcs in the first place, but the primary narrative will surround an orcs versus draenei conflict, back when Draenor was still a proper planet, unspoiled by the effects of Ner’zhul’s dark magics.

I won’t go on and on about all the features they debuted at Blizzcon. A much better source for that would be wowhead, that has the best Cliff Notes version of the 411 surrounding Warlords of Draenor (http://www.wowhead.com/wod). In my very humble opinion, there’s nothing they showed that would make me say ewww icky, I won’t buy it/play it. There’s going to be some major changes in terms of raiding and such, but since I don’t do that outside of LFR, my own experience will be relatively unaffected by it. Instead, I figured I’d talk about the things I’m personally looking forward to, or intrigued by (with the usual caveat that any of this stuff can change at any time before WoD goes live–remember Path of the Titans?)

(And bullet format is much easier, so bear with me, plz and thank.)

*The free level 90 toon boost: basically when you buy WoD, you get 1 character to automatically boost to 90. It can be a level 85, level 30, even level 1. For me personally, I don’t think I’ll take advantage of this feature, unless I was really desperately struggling with a toon. I like having toons to level, it gives me something to do besides end-game content (which sometimes bores me to tears), and I like being able to get acquainted with my classes whilst leveling (even if I end up sucking at them at max level). That said, who knows, never say never right? And it’s not mandatory, and if other people do it, it doesn’t affect me, so I’m meh on it. As a game mechanic though, it’s very intriguing (though not particularly new in the MMO world), and kinda smart of Blizzard to offer: they know many players want to get to max level so they can do things with their friends, and making this easier (along with RAF) pleases that part of the player base.

*Level 100 talents (I’ll only be talking about mage ones here, for obvious reasons XD):
Focusing Crystal
40 yd range, Instant.
Conjures a focusing crystal at the target location, which is attackable by only the mage. The crystal will absorb the power of all damage dealt to it. After 10 sec, it will release bursts of energy, dealing damage equal to 130% of the damage it took, split between all enemies within 8 yds, over 6 sec.

This one interests me, because seven hells, it’s never something I’ve done before. Attack something OTHER than my primary target, in order to inflict damage on said primary target, and I’m the only one hitting it? That’ll take some getting used to, because my mindset is pretty much HIT ALL THE THINGS but if it’s only me attacking the thing, I might panic and think I’m doing something wrong (it’s a reflexive action on my part). A cool concept though, and I’m very interested to see how it’ll factor into max level DPS rotations for all three specs (if it does).

Falling Stars
Arcane Orb (Arcane) Instant, 15 sec cooldown. Launches an Arcane Orb forward from the mage’s position, traveling up to 40 yds, dealing 1000 Arcane damage to enemies it passes through. Grants the mage an Arcane Charge each time it deals damage.
Meteor (Fire) Instant, 40 yd range, 45 sec cooldown. Calls down a meteor which lands at the target location after 3 sec, dealing 10000 Fire damage, split evenly between all targets within 8 yds. Also burns the ground, dealing an additional 2000 Fire damage over 10 sec to enemies within the area.
Comet Storm (Frost) Instant, 40 yd range, 30 sec cooldown. Calls down a series of 7 icy comets on and around the target, each of which does 2000 damage, split between all enemies within 5 yds of its impact point.

These sound pretty decent too. Arcane Orb is very similar to Frost Orb, so that’s easy enough for me to picture as a decent addition to the arcane rotation. Meteor and Comet Storm (more Comet Storm since I’m frost, but that’s subject to change) as an AOE spell is always welcome for me as a mage, because I feel I shine the brightest when I get to pewpew lots of things at once, and everyone loves me for it.

*Garrisons: These are going to be HUGE, just going by initial player reactions. It’s one of the biggest things I see people talking about, as Blizzard’s nod to player housing (which, many WoW players have been bugging Blizzard about since forever). Player housing itself wasn’t something I was terribly concerned with, but after dealing with my farm in MoP, and having ‘my own space’ in Azeroth, I think it’s a really neat idea, especially considering how functional it’s going to end up being. You’ll be able to use it to gather resources and loot and help with professions (which were in dire need of a makeover), and you’ll be able to not only micromanage and upgrade your buildings, but your ‘followers’ as well. Your friends can even come see and visit your garrison (as long as you’re partied up), and I can see it becoming quite popular if it makes it live. It’s obvious Blizzard wants to push the social and community aspect of WoD by making your garrison open to friends, and to me, that can only be a good thing :D

*New character models: This was one of the BIGGEST things for me from Blizzcon. I’ve been waiting desperately for news about this project, and it feels like Blizzard has been working on it for a million years (which is understandable somewhat, it’s not a small undertaking by any means). When I play games like Rift or Guild Wars I always end up becoming insanely jealous of their character models versus WoW; not that WoW’s graphics are ‘bad’ per se, and WoW has its own style apart from other games and I would never want them to get rid of the style I’ve grown to love over the years. But it is a bit…dated, I guess?

That said, oh my gods. The developers gave us some teasers of what they’ve done so far, and it’s literally like night and day. The new models are much more detailed and expressive versus their older counterparts whilst maintaining the classic WoW style, and they’re still recognizable as the races we’ve been playing for years. All of them blew me away, but especially the dwarf and gnome women (go check them out at the link–DO ITTTT!). They say they’re about 25% done, and that seems about right; they can’t say whether they’ll be ready to go live at launch, or shortly thereafter, and it will most likely be a staggered release, but still. I will have to roll ALL THE RACES! when it happens, because they’re gorgeous!

(I guess my one question is, will these new models apply to our existing toons? Or only for toons created after the new models go live? I desperately hope Alyzabeth can get a bit of a makeover, urgh)

*Itemization: Guys! They’re getting rid of hit! And expertise!

I’m still kinda digesting that one, because hit has been a huge bane of my existence with my mage. I can’t do the deeps if I can’t hit shite, and that’s been the ONE stat I’ve had to keep my eye on for years of end-game content. They’re also scrapping reforging because it’s a PITA, and I agree–it sounds good as a concept, but it’s the biggest pain to get an upgrade, but then you’re thinking crap, I gotta reforge my junk AGAIN! All because my new upgrade dropped me 1% below my hit cap or whatever. It seems itemization is getting cut down quite a bit to make it a bit simpler and more streamlined, which I can’t complain about. Gear will change based on your spec, which, thanks the gods, finally; every hybrid player in existence cheered for joy when this was announced (I know my husband did, considering his struggles gearing a DPS/tank paladin). I’m not big on making things complicated just for the sake of being complex/difficult (and I imagine I’m not alone), so I think this could work out really well.

(Don’t expect me to get into the maths of these changes, because hahahaha, no, you don’t want that XD)

*Inventory & UI: Big stuff for me as well, because I never seem to have enough room for anything. Quest items not taking up inventory space? Me gusta. It’s something other MMOs have been doing for a while now, so it’s good to see Blizzard jump on that bandwagon. Your bags can also be allocated to hold certain items, like one for consumables, one for vendor items, etc–all things that separate addons have been doing for years, but functions Blizzard’s now adding to the default UI. Definitely can’t complain about that; I’ve scrapped using addon packages for a while and resorted to using the default UI, and it’s kinda nice getting back to basics. I also know how much time I’ve wasted trying to sort my bags, and wishing I could just put stuff automatically into separate bags without having to run third-party addons. Huzzah!

Heirlooms and vanity items are also getting their own UI set up (similar to mounts and pets) to free up space, which I like, considering how much of my bank space is currently clogged up with this stuff. It’s about time Blizzard made Heirlooms truly account bound; as it stands now, it’s only account bound on the same server and same faction (because you can’t post things cross-faction or cross-realm), and putting it into its own panel and making that accessible to ANY character on the account is awesome.

Our quest logs will also automatically break down quests–you’ll either have ‘main’ quests, and ‘side’ quests, which is something else other MMOs are doing (looking at you, Rift and Guild Wars!), so it gets a thumbs up from me :D

*This little tidbit I found under the Zones, Quests and Leveling section:

When completing quests, you’ll have a small chance to get a rare or epic reward instead of the expected one–this adds an element of surprise.

WHHHHHHHHHHAT? That’s kinda neat! It’s one of those things that I won’t get bent out of shape if I DON’T get a blue or puple, but if I do? I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

You also won’t be allowed to fly in Draenor until 6.1, but really…eh. That only starts to really bug me when I’m leveling my fifth alt or so through the content, so I can’t get terribly upset about it, especially considering there was a point in time when we couldn’t fly at all, so there’s that.

*Lore: WoW’s lore is one of the best features of the game for me, as a fan of the fantasy genre and as an aspiring writer (ahahahahaha yeah right). It’s one of those features I focus a lot on whenever a new expansion comes out, because for me it sets the tone and ‘feel’ of the content I’ll be consuming. I admit, I haven’t been super psyched about MoPs lore thus far–it’s okay, but it’s not my favorite, not when compared with the likes of Burning Crusade and Wrath (blood elves and zombies respectively). I’m excited to be able to see these mythic names in action: Durotan, Grom, Ner’zhul, Khadgar, and visit a part of Azeroth’s ‘recent’ past (albeit in alternate timeline form? O.o). I’ve always been curious as to what Draenor was like before it was torn asunder and became Outland; I’ve read the novels which were good, but it’s not the same as being able to see it in-game, as the developers envision it (and whether it matches up to my own vision I suppose).

I do have a beef though.

There’s a distinct lack of women, at least in terms of the main cast. All of the orc clans are led by men, you got Khadgar who’s awesome and my magey patronus, but there’s no major female characters that have been mentioned so far. There’s Y’rel, who sounds interesting enough, and I hope she works out and they write her well, but really. Blizzard straight up said WoD is a ‘boy’s trip’ which irks me, because it doesn’t NEED to be this way–they’re the ones in charge of the lore! Write some decent, well-rounded women. It’s really not difficult (protip: pretend women are people, with the same complexities and troubles and strengths and weaknesses as men). Aggra gets to stay home and take care of Thrall Jr instead of following her partner through the portal. I don’t even know if we’ll get a mention of Draka even though Durotan’s name has been dropped (and c’mon, of course they’ll throw in Thrall’s daddy! duh!). I really hope as they further develop the story, they can insert characters that aren’t automatically cismen and diversify the cast a bit, because there’s absolutely no reason it should be a boy’s trip. Urgh.

On a more selfish and personal note, I’m very curious as to the blood elf narrative in this expansion. Last we heard, the sin’dorei were quite disillusioned with the Horde under Garrosh’s leadership, and even though Lor’themar lent his support to Vol’jin as Warchief, there still has to be bitterness and anxiety on part of the blood elves. What position are they in going into this effort? How enthusiastic are they entering into this conflict, another one that they didn’t necessarily start, but have to participate in nonetheless? What about Dalaran, and the Sunreavers, and their conflict with Jaina, and the constant rebuilding efforts in Quel’Thalas…I’m eager to learn more, and how it affects my mage. (And on that note, weren’t the blood elves thinking about rejoining the Alliance because Garrosh was such a d-bag? Wouldn’t that be something! *cry*)

Oh, and Thrall is gonna smash things again. That’s good, I kinda miss my slightly aggressive (yet merciful) ex-Warchief :D

*PvP: Ashran will be the new PvP zone, and it’s been described as ‘Timeless Isle with PvP’. That’ll be interesting! I’ll most likely give it a go though, because it’s kinda open-ended world PvP with objectives, with an old-AV feel to it. Thing is, it’s also going to be cross-realm (because it’s near the Dark Portal) and there’s no limit to the players that can participate, so my computer may very well blow up in the process XD

I know this got extremely wordy, and if you read this far, good on you! Delicious mana buns to be had! And possibly a beverage of your choice, because that was a lot to get through and I normally try to keep it a bit more condensed, but I have Opinions and Ideas and Things I Want.

TL;DR:

Everything seems really cool and interesting, and I’m eager to get my hands on WoD. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long, since Blizzard said there will be no 5.5–it’s straight to 6.0 and Warlords. I don’t imagine they’ll want us to go without content for *too* long, but we’ll just have to sit and wait patiently for a release date (well, beta first, then release date, but you knew that).

So yeah. The end!

This is your reward for reading my word vomit. BaconSpaceKitty thanks you for your readership!

This is your reward for reading my word vomit. BaconSpaceKitty thanks you for your readership!