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When the Stars Align and Making Amends

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , , on June 23, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

ulduarcimFinally got to go on an OLRG run again. With Matty, Breige and Hekle in her stabby Rogue persona, we visited Ulduar which as always was beautiful. I was glad the stars aligned and Cim got a chance to go. She cleans up nice and LOOKS civilized but at the end of the day she is a Warlock, she isn’t happy unless she’s killing something or someone.

Doesn’t have to be a reason … doesn’t have to drop anything … she just wants them dead, so thankfully she got a chance to get that out of her system. I was afraid she’d start chaos bolting people’s Perky Pugs in frustration. So whew, thank you ladies!


Now Cat’s a whole different story, she generally only kills things that try to kill her first. I wanted to cheer her up so I knew just the thing. Billy Goat Blasting! So off we went to Fuselight and Cat had a really great time. Yeah, she’s pretty low maintenance.

We have slacked off in our mission to build an overwhelming large stable of rare pets lately. Cat thought it would be great to head to the Swamp of Sorrows and try our luck finding the elusive rare Moccasin or the Swamp Moth. We had no luck but a Flawless Battle-Stone dropped, so instant rare Swamp Moth! We’re now BFFs again … all is forgiven.

seekerkBut … Cat has plans and I’m not really on board. I mean I didn’t tell her no but I can’t see me going the distance on this one. The acquisition of the Crawling Claw nearly broke my spirit … and this thing? I’m not liking our chances. We’ll see how it goes, she’s easily distracted so I’m hoping something comes along and she forgets about this. Got my fingers crossed, wish me luck!

Persona Non Grata and a Wildstar Tip

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

catbackAw … come on Cat, I said I was sorry. Really, it’s not like you to hold a grudge this long. Cat? Cat? Sigh. She’s really mad at me this time. I logged in to find Cat outfitted with an un-gemmed iLevel 496 hat on. I remembered selling a helm before I logged out. Oops.

I had sold her upgraded gemmed helm … by mistake … a thing I do frequently. But the reason she won’t speak to me is because I made her go to the Timeless Isle and start gathering coins again. For a whole day … which she didn’t like.

Yes, it took a whole day for the hamsters that power my mind to get up to speed. Eureka! I know! Item Restoration! So she’s all set again but still mad that it took me a day to get my memory powered up. It’s not like her but I guess maybe she’s feeling grumpy too about our  long wait for Warlords.

hidehelmSo far be it from me to hang around where I wasn’t welcome. I went to visit Totatu in Wildstar, I had a vitally important mission for her. She COULD NOT continue to run around wearing an ugly gas-mask. We MUST find out how to hide helm. It’s of the utmost importance, right up there with acquiring plushies for our house.

Success! We found a Protostar Appearance Modificator egghead guy in Thayd and you select Costume 1 and yes!!! You can turn off your helm! Mission accomplished!

eyeballYeah … it occurs to me that I might want to mention to Totatu that just because something dropped for you, you don’t have to necessarily use it. I mean I would but I’m already persona non grata in WoW maybe I’ll just keep this to myself. If Totatu gets mad at me the only destination left to me is real life where there’s cleaning and stuff to do. Yeah … giant eyeballs aren’t THAT bad.

WoW and Wildstar Woes

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on June 4, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

cymannoyYeah, Cim’s a little annoyed with me right now. We seem to be having a string of bad luck. Okay, okay! But I’ve TRIED fixing the sticky key Cym, I’ve tried. My w key was sticking so I used air to blow any gunk out of my keyboard. I got an AMAZING amount of black dog hair out, wads of that stuff. Nope, didn’t help. Now once it sticks, it stays down and you have to pry up it. So, kind of a permanent down.

What this means is that Cym might be casting and halfway through she lurches forward stopping the cast. I mean I KNEW that was a problem but the … ah … accident she had? I did not see that one coming … at all.

She was getting her valor this morning and someone was at the door. I was considerate and left her safely on the path where nothing would bother her in my absence. And yeah … the key was stuck down. I didn’t take time to pry it up.

Imagine my surprise on my return to find her over by the beach being killed by a snake. I guess that key decided it was time to move on. Head ‘em up, move ‘em out! Land ho!

I know Cym, I said I was sorry! I don’t want to replace it, they don’t make that keyboard anymore! Geez, I’ll make it up to you somehow. Really, stop whining. So I decided to visit Wildstar.

ClariseestuckAnd then this. No, she’s not saying pull my finger. She’s stuck that way. It’s so embarrassing, people are beginning to stare. The last time poor Clarisee holstered her pistols her arms shot up and she’s been pointing fingers at everyone ever since.

I’m sure people wonder why she’s menacing them with her fingers. I tried toggling weapon on and off to no avail. I don’t know if I can go on like this. Clarisee, if this is a joke it is SO NOT FUNNY ANYMORE!

If anyone has advice for sticky keys or stuck arms it would sure be appreciated. I think I’ll equip her weapons in the meantime. Maybe she’ll look like a badass that way instead of just … an ass.

I have two Free 7-Day Trial Passes for Wildstar, anyone interested in taking a look email me at tomeoftheancient at gmail dot com. I believe Wildstar is PC only.


Death Knight Redux, Broken Promises and Dance Party

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

rotlimbSo yeah, my Death Knight. We have just never had a connection. She was born as soon as the class was added and I wanted to like her. I really did. I raced changed her to Worgen, thought that might help. Nope. She’s always been Unholy, I thought maybe a change was in order. She resisted. What was the problem?

Rotlimb. She didn’t want to give him up. She was really attached to her permanent … um … friend. Look, unless you want to molder away in your slot something has got to change. Okay? We’ll try Frost, it must be popular because it’s the Death Knight spec Blizzard has featured in their, “Leap into Action with Our New Level-90 Crash Course Videos.” Let’s watch it.

Oh hey, I think we can do this! Three spells! There are only three spells you’ve got to worry about! Hey, we can handle that … nah … don’t worry about all that other stuff. They just used three spells. No, I have no idea why you’ve got all those other things but don’t worry … Blizzard said.

What about Runes? Oh don’t worry about them just keep mashing those three buttons, something’s got to happen. You worry too much. I thought Death Knight were stoic. Chill … we’ll be fine. People will just think you’re a boosted character.

So at iLevel 493 we set off for the Timeless Isle to learn the craft of Frost Death Knightery.

Holy shit! This pink chicken is kicking my ass! Janinna! Really! Is that how a Death Knight talks? You’re damn right it is! Are you crazy! You’re going to get me … you will resurrect in 25 seconds

Crap! Oh calm down Jan, let’s try the little buffalo thingies. Oh wait! Come on! We’ve got to find crabs to get you a shell hat so you can go up top and get your Burden of Eternity!

After the crab episode she stopped talking to me, told me to do more research. Okay … might be a plan. I don’t think she appreciates this whole bonding experience but it’s early days and I have hope.

Yeah … promises. I promised myself that I would not pre-order Wildstar. I have a bad track record of buying these things and sometimes I’m not even still playing before the free month is up. And I held out. I DID!

Well, until today but I was very frugal I’ll have you know. I got the no frills, no cool hoverboard, no dye, no outfit, plain vanilla Wildstar. How’s that for restraint? We’ll see how this goes. I know at least my Death Knight would be happy to see the back of me.

picoloCim the Warlock was so excited when she got back from Stratholme I thought maybe the mount dropped. No, she said, but it’s just as wonderful! I finally have my own Piccolo of the Flaming Fire! Wow, I so did not see that one coming. The Warlock’s been dreaming of a piccolo? And dance parties?

I think she’s been hanging out with Cat too much. Maybe you should play that thing around Janinna, I think she needs cheering up. She misses Rotlimb, yeah I mean who doesn’t … um … miss Rotlimb.

All Fired Up

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

upinsmoke Yeah, this is so not even funny anymore. That’s the little Inn on Timeless Isle … in flames again. I frequently login, check my bags, look at quests … oh shit, I’m dead. Blizzard can’t you make that thing fireproof or something? Given the warped sense of humor of some of your customers you should have seen this coming.

I always wonder if different servers have different customs just like regions and countries or is Molten Guardian pulling a realm-wide custom. I mean do they call Fizzy Faire Drink soda on one server and pop on another? Is Timeless Isle tent flaming universal or just popular on my server?

Anyway, I was feeling disgruntled and crabby after my Hunter was cooked yet again on logging in. We’re going to have to learn to login and then run like hell … you know, just in case. Maybe she should hit Disengage immediately on login and shoot out of the tent. I think I’ll try that next time.

I had enough with the merry band of pranksters. I’m leaving. I know, Cim might as well take another stab at Attumen the Huntsman for his horse. I know we won’t get the horse but I like it in there anyway.

firehorseWTF! This can not be! There was much elation! Cim and I took screen shots and then were hit by the post-attaining-whatever-it-was-you-wanted-depression. Well crap, what are we going to do now? It usually doesn’t last too long. Lord Rivendare you’re on notice, the unattainable can be obtained!

So thank you, you little stupidhead Molten Guardian pullers for running me off the Isle. I have a Fiery Warhorse and you don’t. Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah.

Even NPCs get Testy

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

This coming November I will have played WoW continuously for eight years. This is the first time that apathy has set in. It probably won’t cause me to unsub … but yeah … what to do. I don’t even have anything to say … cause I’m not really doing anything.

Thanks goes to Zeirah of A is for Azeroth and Z is for Zeira. Because of her recent post life was good again, I had a mission. Meet Mojo Stormstout in person and see if he’s still feeling out of sorts.

WELL I NEVER! How dare you!

The Draenei are known for their hospitality, Cat thought she’d talk to one of them. While not quite as grumpy as Mojo he wasn’t too pleased with her antics. I can only assume that the long wait for Warlords is taking its toll on not only us, but the NPCs too. You have my sympathy guys, really you do.

Thanks Zeirah! Cat’s off to see who else she can annoy!


OLRG to the Rescue

Posted in OLRG with tags , , , on May 18, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

chaosboltTypical. So typical Cim. I wanted screen shots of EVERYONE and all you took is one of yourself. Really, if you can’t think of others I might have to send Cat next time. You got to go to test my theory. I was giving that stupidhead Staghelm the benefit of the doubt. I thought maybe because Cat was there with her Fandral’s Flamescythe in her pack he mistakenly thought he didn’t have to hand one out. It didn’t work.

In the name of all that is holy Staghelm you DUMBHEAD, GIVE MATTY THAT STAFF! Enough already! We’ll come back if you do, we promise.

After that the Old Ladies were kind enough to revisit Naxxramas because I had missed last week’s Shocking achievement. Led by the stalwart lass Breige, we got it and that completed Glory of the Raider for me. Thank you kind ladies and men!

We were joined by a dashing Worgen Death Knight, Fenry. I hope he’s alright. He’d eaten some tainted dog food and was a lovely shade of green for a while.

And I have to say, sometimes I really wonder about me. I talked … AT LENGTH … really, must have been half an hour or so without getting a response from anyone. Did I check the mic? Nope. I kept fiddling with vent settings, must be something wrong.

I’ll have to write a note to myself. After fiddling with the bendy microphone thingy, check to make sure you haven’t TURNED IT OFF. And no, I didn’t have any wine. Not for the whole evening because I forgot to … so it’s not that.

But the very best thing … in Cim’s eyes at least, because let’s face it … with that Warlock it’s ALL about her … were the drops. She’d been so disgruntled that the outfit she’d planned fizzled. Just didn’t work like she’d hoped.

firewarlockThis morning she equipped what she got last night and even without changing the belt and the boots it looks pretty darn good (and didn’t cost ME anything) and she’s pretty pleased. And you have NO idea how hard it is to please her. There’s just one little thing. She’s now unhappy with the color of her blob, Gork.

The last I saw her she was headed to Stormwind, somewhere near the Slaughtered Lamb she says there’s a new salon where they’ll dye your minion to match your outfit. I was skeptical at first but then why not, there be these.

Thanks for a wonderful evening Matty and Old Ladies’ Raiding Guild!


My Warlock the Ingrate

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

greenglowCim really is the most high maintenance character I’ve ever had. She wanted this outfit and wasn’t willing to wait. Unfortunately for me, two of the items could be made if I bought her expensive patterns. While the pattern was expensive, Cloak of Eternity was at least cheap to make. The pattern for Cord of the White Dawn wasn’t cheap and then the only Runed Orbs I could find were not either.

Spire of Scarlet Pain? Wait for it to drop in Firelands? Not a chance, she told my bank alt to snap it up at any price if it appeared on the AH. Which it did.

And there she is … whinging and moaning. Yes, even her Voidlord threw up his hands in disgust with her. She immediately complained about her enchant’s green glow on the staff. She felt she should be able to turn it on or off. She was NOT happy.

warlockonfireShe then complained that the cloak only worked the way she hoped while she’s on fire and said she’d just not display cloak until she finds one that works. WHAT! YOU WHAT? Did I get a thank you? NO! I get complaints.

I’m reduced to complaining to you because too much arguing with a Warlock can have … consequences … is all I’ll say. Nobody else is this demanding. Let’s take a look.

catreplicaCat goes around in replica gear and a belt she bought for 50s because it was green. No high maintenance fussy dresser there. Okay she’s hardly ever in Night Elf form but still. Cat I appreciate it, I really do.

rosecloakHere’s Rose in her Timeless Isle gear. The ONLY thing she requested was a less busy cloak, she’s happy with the rest. Must be a Druid thing, they both are low maintenance. Never any trouble … okay … yeah … Cat does have a thing for pets but at least she’s grateful.


Okay, here’s my Shaman the comedian. She’s wearing a mish-mash of stuff and doesn’t care. All she wanted was an Anvilmar Hammer cause she thinks it funny. See what I mean? ONLY Cim causes trouble.

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. As a favor to me if you see Cim could you tell her she looks great just as she is? Maybe it will stop all this nonsense, it’s worth a try.

A Horse with No Name a Post with No Words … sort of

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

palaquincarryYeah … it’s happened before. I had this whole post but blah, blah, blah who cares. As has happened before I don’t hold a grudge against the pictures. I’m fine with the pictures, so I’ll leave them.



Our new neighbors.

This morning I did read something interesting though, Deeds of Valor will cost 3,000 Timeless Coins and grant you 100 Valor. I know Cat will be happy to hear that. In an effort to get rid of her coins she’s been using them to summon the Archiereus Of Flame, then she logs out so the luckless Hunter can have a shot at a Burden of Eternity.

It’s not working at all but coins are burning a hole in a lot of my character’s pockets so they’re all happy to have something to spend them on.

And oh … he’s a Coywolf, I did not know they existed until they moved into the neighborhood.

Don’t Stop Believin’

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , , on May 10, 2014 by Tome oftheAncient

dontstopbelievingJust a small town Elf livin’ in a lonely world … Psst! Cat! Cat! What are you doing sitting by the mailbox singing Journey songs? What? It’s how you make it magic? Oh come on, I don’t think … read what? OH! Okay, you got me, I will never doubt you again.

Do you know how much I wanted an Ashleaf Spriteling? I know Cat, I know. You’d think with all the time you and your sisters spent on the Timeless Isle you would have seen one drop but nope. Let’s see him!

catsmileOh no! Cat, he looks scared. I know it’s your smile but you know … there are an awful lot of teeth in that smile, I think it upset him. Can you just kind of smile with your mouth closed? I don’t know, he still looks worried. What could we do to make him feel at ease? I know! Road trip! I think I have just the thing!

scottyfriendWe set off for Townlong Steppes to pay a visit to Scotty. Um … Cat? Better dismiss your Spriteling before we visit Scotty. Why? Well, I don’t think it will put him at ease if he sees how we get Scotty’s Lucky Coin, do you? Yeah, bring him back out … you know … after.

After the deed was done Cat used Scotty’s Coin and the little Spriteling was clearly in awe of her dance moves. I think he feels more at home now. She left with him to start his training right away.

She says she can speak Spriteling … I don’t know but I’m not doubting her after how the whole singing Don’t Stop Believin’ at the mailbox thing worked out. So anyway Cat said his name is Helkeke, I’ll have to take her at her word on that.

Thank you so much Helke! Cat is ecstatic, last time I saw her she was entertaining Halfhill dancing with her new pet while taking a training break. Helkeke says to say he’s well and happy … after he got over the whole giant teeth of the cat thing.

Never doubt the magic mailbox.


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