Archive for World of Warcraft

I Can’t Do It

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on July 22, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

I just can’t seem to move past this … I just can’t. In the interest of moving on it looks like I have to show this but I just won’t say anything. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll keep quiet … for once. Really, now on with the show.

Present Sasche the Undead

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New and Improved Sasche the Undead

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My Dog

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My New and Improved Dog

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 Just … yeah.

Wildstar, I Hardly Knew Ye

Posted in General Gaming with tags , , on July 18, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

totahomeYeah, I’m being dramatical. Wildstar’s not dead or anything but I felt it wouldn’t be right to just leave without saying goodbye. There’s Totatu, she just hit level cap and she’s surveying her kingdom … but apparently it’s not enough. She hit level cap and that was it.

She managed to make it to level 50 during the free month which seems kind of like shooting yourself in the foot. I’ve read accounts by others saying leveling was taking too long so it might just be me. I really like the game so I subscribed for a month. Kinda like a, way to go! Great game!

Totatu has an Elite Mineral Deposit at home and all she did was login a few times a day and mine and then sell it … for a month … that’s all she felt compelled to do.

I tried another alt but I just wasn’t feeling the Engineer, my favorite by far was the Stalker so why didn’t she want to play.

The world is beautiful, I enjoyed seeing new zones. Music is well done, I really liked the combat although if you took ALL my alts deaths in WoW and lumped them together I don’t think they’d surpass Totatu’s deaths.

When I first heard about double-jumping I thought, big whoop. I was so wrong, it’s one of my favorite things and managed to get me to actually not hate jumping puzzles. Nothing could make me like the logic puzzles. Nothing.

There was a LOT of bugginess in the world story chain. A lot. Imagine having to do logic puzzles that you could not fudge and a jumping puzzle over and over and over because the quest bugged at the end. Frustration level off the chart. But that wasn’t it either.

Because I play when most people are at work or school I’m usually alone in the world. Early in Wildstar you could find people for group quests but later levels the population thinned out at least on my server, so I was pretty much alone which I’m used to.

And I felt alone. Here’s the weird thing, in WoW I never feel alone. I know, I know … no I’m not losing it. I know they’re NPCs but I’m all alone trying to find a rare Moccasin in Swamp of Sorrows and I stop by Bogpaddle to sell some junk to a Goblin and I get, I got what YOU NEED from him and I’m not alone.

I know! I don’t know how Blizzard imbued this sense of life I get from the NPCs but they did for me. I have yet to get that from any other game I’ve played … so yeah … I’m off to the Swamp of Sorrows again for that stupid rare snake but I won’t feel lonely. I got my buddy in Bogpaddle to check in on.

I will say if a disaster befell Blizzard and the World of Warcraft was no more, I think Wildstar would be my backup plan out of any of the games I’ve played. I could mine, decorate my house in between double-jumping around the world.

So Moccasin, you’re on notice. I’m coming for you! I will not be denied!

 

 

OLRG and Blog Spammers and Scammers

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on July 14, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

cimcelebSaturday I was so happy the stars aligned and I made it to an Old Ladies’ Raid again. I had asked Cim to get screen shots. I assumed she knew I meant of the old ladies, but no. She took the opportunity to get a picture of herself with a celebrity. She ran over to Kalecgos and just took shots of them. Jeez, just like a Warlock, me, me, me. It’s all about me.

Oh! Those are lovely gloves! I must have them! They’re perfect for Cim! Oh! I got them! Yay! Yes, you noobhead, they’re so perfect for Cim in fact that she’s WEARING THEM. Sigh … a memory would be handy at times, nevertheless I got to raid with the old ladies, so all good.

Lately I’ve been missing the old days. Not of WoW but of this blog. I used to get so much entertainment from spam. Gone are the glory days of Norwegian Carrot Cake. Spammers today are … boring.

If they’re to be believed, I do now have a handle on who visits my blog. I’m sure the spammers scientifically target just the right blogs for the market they’re trying to reach.

So welcome my friends! To all you very rich (high quality diamond ads), recovering drug addicts (ritzy addiction recovery retreats) I bid you greetings! I did not know you all were interested in WoW.

I must add that I was also shocked to find out that while you’re all quite rich you still take time to find the very best deals. Quality diamonds are one thing but getting a good deal on a car is apparently a priority.

Good for you! I’ll have to check and see if there’s a Bubba’s Used Cars in our area. If Bubba’s deals are good enough for diamond-adorned, posh wow-playing people in recovery, then they’re good enough for me.

In other blog news I’ve been contacted by an Advertising Manager in a Anonymous Gaming Company! How do I know? Cause he said so in his anonymous gmail … not from a gaming company.

He wants to give me money for advertising! Yay! Yay! I find it a little odd that an ADVERTISING manager isn’t familiar with the fact that a free WordPress hosted website can’t advertise but no matter. I’m SURE he’s on the up and up … really.

How I long for those halcyon days of carrot cake … sniff … and I do feel kind of sorry for Bubba, somebody is really taking him for a … well … ride.

Shared Topic: What Reminds You of Home

Posted in Blog Azeroth Shared Topic with tags , , on July 10, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

kalimdortreesOr more specifically, what in WoW reminds you of home. Syrco of Syrco Owl came up with a great shared topic idea.

Have you ever felt like something in WoW reminds you of where you live or where you’re from?

Like a zone or area which looks like where you grew up, where you spent your holidays or simply reminds you of your country?

My first moments in WoW were experienced in Teldrassil. If you look up, that’s what you’ll see. A canopy of trees.

treesbackyardIf you stand in my backyard and look up … yep … it’s almost the same. I can’t speak for all of Virginia, but where I live, you travel on winding roads through trees with only occasional glimpses of sky. A horizon is something you see in the movies. A horizon would probably scare the crap out of me.

tedshedA Night Elf cottage in Teldrassil.

backyardshedA Night Elf cottage in my backyard. What?? Okay, so maybe it’s the shed but come on, one could have moved in there. It looks like they’d feel at home there.

It’s probably why I immediately felt at home in WoW. I loved Darkshore and Ashenvale and before that stupid Deathwing tore it all up I would make the trek to Kalimdor to level no matter where the character was born.

Now I’m going to check that shed for a sign of Elf. It could work both ways you know. Stands to reason, if I feel comfortable there, they’d feel comfortable here. Doesn’t hurt to check.

Somnolent Cats, Self-centered Warlock and Real Life

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on July 8, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

catsleepSo things haven’t been going smoothly lately or at least not as planned. Last Saturday I was looking forward to an evening with the Old Lady Raiders. I had told Breige I’d see her there and I was sure we’d have lots of fun.

I missed it. Stolen by gypsies? Abducted by aliens? Yeah, I wish I had a cool story but … no. I was asleep. The previous evening fireworks in our neighborhood went on until the wee hours, I didn’t get much sleep. I sat down on the couch about a half hour before I usually login.

In my defense my husband had formula one racing on. I’m sorry formula one fans but that stuff put me to sleep faster than you can say Lewis Hamilton. Three and a half hours later I woke up. Yeah … missed it. I guess that’s what old ladies do. Snore …

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I’ve come to realize that, big surprise, my Warlock is pretty self-centered. The last thing she did in the beta was take advantage of a death-free photo-op with Grommash Hellscream and then she split. She does not have it in her to selflessly explore the beta. She doesn’t want to know. I told her Cymre and Euphyley were doing it and she said, fine I’ll read them instead.

I kinda know how she felt though because aside from Garrisons I was running around just killing a bunch of stuff hoping it would complete one of the quests I had because I didn’t want to ACTUALLY READ the quest text. Because I don’t want to know what’s going on.

I mean I met Yrel and covered my ears and ran off like a madwoman. I hope she forgets that by expansion launch. I didn’t mean to be rude but I just want to save it.

So I decided to head back to MoP. I was thwarted in that too. That’s what I’ll do. Nope. Nope. Nope. Not happening.

My husband is off work for a week. He has PROJECTS, we must then drive around securing materials (much like garrisons) to complete said projects. And while out we must dine in style … repeatedly. By the time his week vacation is over I’ll have accumulated enough material to make one banging GIANT garrison not to mention the ten pounds I’ll have gained.

So sleep on little Cat, we’ll make up for it when I return from real life. I promise.

Warlords Beta: In Search of the Poop Quest

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , , on July 2, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

stayregularIt kind of tickles me that when giving a beta key to a long time subscriber, Blizzard had no idea that said subscriber was also a nut job blogger who’s enamored by poop quests. One of my top priorities has been searching for the Warlords poop quest.

Can it be? Has the poop quest been elevated to the lofty status of an achievement? And yes, I tried but they haven’t hooked up the plumbing quite yet I guess.

raidtierOMG! Quick! Someone get a shovel! There’s raid tier buried here! Probably find lots of stuff for transmogging. I wonder if that little dog Pippers did this.

bowlingtCim! I told you not to muck about with stuff! You messed around with that monument thingy and now we’re stuck with … what is it anyway? The Largest Bowling Trophy Evar … I see. Can you please just not touch stuff if you don’t know what it does from now on?

It’s so embarrassing, I know Cim’s a Warlock but look at the way she treats her followers! It’s shocking! I wouldn’t be surprised if they walked off the job on her. Really Cim!

Yeah, guess I’d better get back finding that poop quest. Inquiring minds want to know! Oh, okay … maybe you don’t but I sure do.

 

 

Pippers the Helpful Garrison Dog

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on July 1, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

pippersI was happy to see that the Garrisons come complete with a dog and cat. I noticed Pippers running out of the Garrison. I was concerned, it’s dangerous out there. Where’s Shelly? No where to be found so I went running after him to make sure he didn’t get in trouble.

Oh! Pippers, thank you! He led me around and took me to places he’d buried Garrison Resources. I’ll be interested to see if he buries more tomorrow.

outhouseI thought I should introduce myself to the inhabitants of the Garrison and found that, YES, I have an outhouse. And that one lumberjack kept knocking back beers so fast I don’t know how much use he’ll be.

surveyA Dwarf was surveying the area and I asked if I could have a look. She graciously allowed me a peek.

view Shadowmoon Valley is shockingly beautiful compared to what exists there now but for my crappy eyes it’s a little dark.

What most struck me today was the incredible difference a day made. Yesterday I thought this expansion would never be ready by December. Today Garrisons have been stable and I’ve not encountered one problem. Evidently I know nothing about game development. Now I’m a whole lot more optimistic.

Makes me want to start over with another character and experience it while working as intended … I’m just afraid. Cat? Could you make sure you stay in cat form and don’t scare me with the Stern Elf of Death?

Khadgar’s Happy to See Me!

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on June 30, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

KhadgarI knew Khadgar was one of the greatest wizards ever but damn, that guy is a little intimidating. I got up my nerve and had a chat with him. He sent me on my way. After that it all got a little buggy, I feel bad cause I know he’s depending on me.

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I was happy I got to meet Cyrme’s flatulent friend. All I want to do is finally have a garrison but it’s proving harder than I’d imagined. Not the mobs but this:

techdiffI’m either being booted off or I’m actually there but … can’t see anything … or move. I was dumped at the Dark Portal and then anytime I moved anywhere I ended up back at the Portal. This is starting to feel like real life. This can’t be right. I finally found a mini Dark Portal in Stormwind where the Cata portals are. Success! I’m in!

Oh not so fast Missy! Damn, the server went down. I’m taking a breather. This is hard work. I just really wanted to show my Khadgar screen shot. Because giant … ah … WIZARD.

First Impressions: Um … Who are You?

Posted in General WoW with tags , , on June 28, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

madcatYike! Yike! Yike! This is not my sweet Cat! This Elf scares the bejeebers out of me. She looks … she looks like a big meanie. Somehow seeing the artwork does not prepare you for seeing the change to your character. I was so alarmed by Cat’s stern countenance I switched to Cim. If Cat looks scary what in the world will that Warlock look like?

So while I’m switching I’m listening to the music and THAT’S intimidating too. Jeez, they weren’t kidding about Warlords being brutal. Okay, here’s Cim … Cim?

schoolmarmWTF! Cim the Warlock looks like a schoolmarm! Still, it’s less disturbing than Cat. I think I’ll stick with Cim although she lost all her pretty clothes and now looks like a refugee from a garage sale. I kept getting booted off so my first impressions are few.

Yay! Toy Box! Finally found it on my pet tab. First thing I did was clean up her bags. I wish Cim was more of a collector, I would really have seen an improvement with Cat but I can’t go there, she’s too scary.

There’s now a little icon on your bag to auto arrange. DON’T DO IT! I had to spend a lot of valuable time putting it all back the way it was because we don’t see eye-to-eye on arranging issues. AND IT STOLE MY STUFF! Oh … I see … sorry. I only had one stack of Spirit Dust but it had about 74 in it. That’s wonderful.

Next, I spent most of my time doing keybinds. I’m fine without addons but really need the keybinds to stay alive for any length of time and a few macros. There. Let’s do this!

Well, we got through the portal but she’s stuck on a kill eight Orc quest. I think we managed to get to six. I think we’ll have to wait until next week daytime. There were not enough Orc to go around for the mobs of people, so finding an undead one was pretty tricky.

The most surprising thing was my reaction to Cat, she seriously disturbs me at this point although I liked the new models when the art was released. I know they’re still working on them and they’re not a finished product. Hopefully they’ll end up looking a little less … forbidding.

 

 

Cat’s in Heaven and I’m Conflicted … or was

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on June 27, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

cathumanmaleI wasn’t going to do this but Cat just won’t let it go. It’s no secret that Cat has long been an admirer of the human male even in their present form, but this! Aaaiiieee! She’s in heaven! She wanted me to post their picture so everyone could enjoy them. Um … yeah, sorry about the Cat photobomb but she just wouldn’t move.

I’m worried that when Warlords gets here she won’t leave Stormwind between mooning over Jarel Moor and the Stormwind Guards.

Now for the conflict. I got a beta invite today for Warlords. Let’s face it, I’m the last person you want in beta. Useful feedback? I don’t think so, we’d get hotness reports on the NPCs from Cat and from me? I generally just gawk around and look at the scenery. And then I don’t want to wear it out before it gets here either. So … yeah conflicted.

There, that’s settled … not going to install. End of story … okay so I was the teeny tiniest bit interested in just SEEING A LITTLE bit of the place. That’s all, just a quick look around.

Okay, yay! Let’s install that baby! Oh … although it says I can install it now it’s not there. What’s there is Warlords of Draenor which really isn’t, it’s just the normal game and then Alpha: Warlords of Draenor which is not the beta. So maybe someone forgot to change the name to beta, I’ll try installing it. Nope … get an error right away.

cantgetinI tried the “more help” and that didn’t work either. Maybe they’re just busy … maybe I should be patient.

AAAIIIEEE! LET ME IN DAMMIT!

Yeah … I know. I went from conflicted to OPEN THE DAMN DOOR pretty fast once it was denied me. I will continue to puzzle over it until someone LETS ME IN!

So now we know if you want me to do something tell me I can’t. Sheesh, I’m predictable. And another thing, I find the timing suspicious too. I had just received an email from Wildstar telling me my free ride of a month was coming to an end, set up a subscription. Now I’m totally distracted. Crafty … very, very tricksy Blizzard, and it worked!

 

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