Old Friends, Frugal and Fickle

Posted in General WoW, WoW Classic on December 4, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

Although I tell myself I set my home in Classic to Theramore because of convenience, I’m pretty sure that’s not the main reason. Classic is about the only place in life that I can erase the bad times and go back to the good. I like hanging out with Jaina and Pained. Theramore is intact, nothing bad has happened there and Jaina has not changed. It’s a happier time for both of us I think.

I was intent on being able to buy a mount the minute I reached level 40. I was so frugal a level 20 Murloc could kill my level 35 self because I didn’t buy many spells. I see HOWEVER that Kitwynn spent what at the time was a lot on her pet cat. Apparently that was more important than staying alive to her.

In spite of reckless purchases we finally made it, whew. What a relief. I don’t remember not being able to ride bothering me but back then because I didn’t know what I was missing, this time I did. So happy to have a mount to ride back and forth in Booty Bay.

I pre-purchased Shadowlands and that came with a boost. Okay, I don’t know if anyone else is like this but the decision on who got it was so hard. I wanted to boost my Dark Iron Warlock just because. I felt guilty even thinking about it. I glanced around furtively as though Cat and the others knew what I was thinking. It was just wrong.

I decided it should go to either Sasche my main Horde character or Zorakar the Hunter my very first character back in 2006. My husband doesn’t play games, I’m not sure why I asked him what I should do. I really didn’t think he’d take it seriously. He looked at me like I was bonkers to even suggest there was a contest. The Hunter it must be, so there she is.

I feel kind of bad, I told Cat I’d be right back when Classic got here and nope, didn’t do it. And now I’ve been distracted by trying to figure out Huntering as I have no idea how anymore. I’ve just been running from new shiny to new shiny. Sorry Cat. We’ll go mount hunting soon, I promise. I just need to get Zor a bow and then Kitwynn needs a …

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Posted in General WoW with tags on October 11, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

I feel kinda bad about this. I sort of implied to Cat that I would be back to BfA as soon at Kit got cat form. In my defense I didn’t lie intentionally, I thought I’d be right back but it turns out not so much.

I had to take care of the really important stuff like acquiring a pet chicken.

I then set out to visit places I liked like The Wetlands where I died so much I decided to just kill things that came near the cemetery. Save some time. Unfortunately for the most part this meant Murlocs, my bitter enemy. Stupid, stupid Murlocs.

This! I had totally forgotten buzzing people! I mean Kit had to pull up her legs to avoid bonking that cow. Trips are much less boring flying that low.

Since August I’ve had intermittent latency problems so that’s been pretty much the whole time Classic has been out. I KNOW it’s Comcast but they’ve broken me. I can’t face spending the day on the phone with support being told to plug and unplug stuff. Someone in the neighborhood must have had the stamina as there was a Comcast truck in here and now latency has been around 175ms for days, it’s wonderful.

It kind of worked out okay though. Kit’s good friend Azshandra aka Red was incredibly kind and gave Kit a huge amount towards her mount fund. Azshandra told Kit she had all that money as someone was very generous to her. Kit asked me where I thought she got all that money and I said it’s best not to get noisy with Rogues and their ways. I’ve heard rumors that they might pick a pocket or two but you didn’t hear it from me.

So Kit decided to start working on her mount fund rather than leveling. She trying to do it through fishing which isn’t that affected by lag. Now if she can only get it to sell!

My husband is a snooty audiophile. Although he has CDs and players he’s always kept his turntable set up because “the sound is superior.” Okay maybe he can hear it, I can’t but he was listening to Sly & The Family Stone and all I could hear was BOOM shaka laka BOOM shaka laka which seemed like something a Rogue would hum to themselves while pick pocketing and just like that a Night Elf Rogue was born, she needs another A but never mind.

Oh yeah. You can do NOTHING in cat form. The only thing you can do so far as I know is skin. I guess I should be happy for that but look at this guy! Look at him ignoring Kit! YOU, YOU … big horse’s ass you! I mean really of all people I though he would speak to her but NO. Jerk.

I really wonder about these Classic Druids. Kit was in Moonglade and she was horrified by what could be someone’s great Uncle Henry decorating the floor. Barbarians! I’d expect this from Goblins but the Cenarion Circle?

So we’re enjoying our time here in Classic a lot even when it gets a little weird. A guy who’s half horse won’t speak to a cat and ancestors as interior decor. Who knows what’s next?

I Don’t Know Me

Posted in General WoW with tags on September 1, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

I was really excited about Classic WoW but more in a “I want to visit my favorite places” way than a “I want to be agonizingly poor again and have fish jump off the hook” way. I thought I would use the bulk of my WoW time with Cat and maybe a half hour or so every day in Classic looking around.

I was wrong and didn’t see that coming AT ALL. What has happened so far is pretty much the opposite. I thought I remembered the crushing poverty but nope, I didn’t. Remembering I couldn’t buy a mount until about five levels past when I could have is what I remembered.

What I didn’t remember is having to decide which talents to train cause I can’t afford them all. Kitwynn up there took a screen shot on arrival in Darkshore because she was so proud to have accumulated almost 30 silver!

She had only 18 silver twenty minutes later as she was killed so many times by Murlocs repairs ate it all up.

I forgot the immense joy of getting a six-slot bag from a Nightsaber.

What’s strange about so many things like the improvements with Fishing over the years I really appreciated them at the time and yet now I’m so happy the lovely improvements that I loved are gone.  I did not see that coming. I don’t know if it’s just nostalgia or what but I am enjoying all the bugs too. Oh yay! I remember that!

I now see why my first Druid didn’t make it, I’m not sure how Cat prevailed but man, I am dead all the time. It’s quite an adjustment from Cat pulling four or five on a quest to a Level 10 Classic Druid.

After the Murlocs murdered Kit repeatedly she came to her senses and returned to Teldrassil. Killing something her own level is touch and go and she can’t afford the amount of water she needs to get her mana back.

So everything kills her, she’s really, really broke. Killing something her own level has like a 50% chance of success, fish jump off her hook.

Good times. No really. It really has been good times so far. I didn’t know that’s what I wanted but I guess I did.


Waiting for Classic

Posted in General WoW, WoW Classic on August 23, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

Cat’s been doing her version of fun stuff while we wait for Classic. She was so excited to get this Voidwiggler in Arathi Highlands. She couldn’t wait to tell her Warlock friends, well, at least Sasche, that she could now have two Voids out!

I didn’t really have any names I wanted to save as my first character is still here although semi-retired and living at the moment in Highmountain because she likes it there and she still has her name, Zorakar. She has that name because I couldn’t get the one I wanted back in 2006. I wanted the name Zhora from the original Bladerunner movie but no luck.

Many, many characters got the boot along the way. My first Druid did because if I remember correctly you didn’t get cat form until level 30. I got tired of dying. Part of the problem may have been I bought and wore white quality vendor armor. Thankfully my son-in-law insisted I check out the auction house and what a difference that made.

Thinking about why I’m anxiously awaiting Classic I realized it’s pretty much sight-seeing. I can’t wait to go back to the places Cataclysm disrupted. I know some people didn’t like Darkshore but I did. It is so, so sad to go there now. In Classic I can’t wait to go back. Including Thousand Needles, Silithus, Wetlands … yep lots of traveling to do.

I created an Alliance Druid and a Warlock on Myzrael and an Undead Warrior on Mankrik. I not sure what the Warrior is about cause I can’t Warrior. I’m not sure at this point if they’ll see action as both servers are showing as high and full. Can’t figure that out as you can’t login. Maybe we all are just starring at our characters counting down the moments.

I can’t believe it, less than a week until we see pointy head squirrels once again! Strange what you miss and oh! Tanaris and Hillsbrad Foothills and and …

I Fought the Hogs and the Hogs Won

Posted in BfA, General WoW on August 7, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

I’m sorry. I can’t help it. I usually never get memes or pay much attention but this one is driving me crazy.  The Clash, I Fought the Law won’t stop playing in my head.

So yesterday, yep, Cat ran into 30 to 50 feral hogs in Mechagon. They kinda had a standoff. Nobody knew what to do least of all me.

Cat was SO HAPPY to get the blueprint for the Anti-Gravity Pack even though she hit Revered a few minutes later and didn’t need it to fly. She still loves that thing.

So flying is a thing again, I’m so happy. This is the first time it really hurt questing. I would run, run, run, run to an area to kill 10 whatevers and when I’d get there someone would fly off leaving carnage behind and me with nothing to kill.

I can’t believe Blizzard’s forgotten to create enough mobs so I think in the past I must have been the annoying person flying off. I was much slower getting here this expansion, don’t know why.

Finished Making the Mount the next day! Cat’s been busy, having fun, killing rares in Mechagon and just goofing off.

I asked her what’s she was most pleased about. You got it, her encounter with the herd of feral hogs. Better than Hogger she said.

Captain Oblivious

Posted in BfA, General WoW on June 28, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

Cat! Lookout! Behind you! Cat! Okay, at level 120 she’s probably not in much danger really. I don’t know why I even try. We have been derping around the world totally clueless. I mean it’s fun but I’m totally out of touch.

For example this. I don’t know if I make these things up but I thought there was a time when you could set that you were away and when you came back and used the cursor it turned green again.

So I just noticed it doesn’t and to anyone looking I went down the hall for a bathroom break about five years ago and never came back. Did not notice and I don’t think I remembered to change it. Kind of like not noticing Oondasta up there right behind us.

So yeah, Cat and I are just having fun being clueless and goofing off listening to … um demonic music boxes and sightseeing.

And then we spotted the BEST mount! A mount we had to have. It must be new! I will investigate!

Welp. Apparently a vendor has been standing in a cave in Nazmir since patch 8.1, like last December. That’s how oblivious we are.

Okay, I knew better than to go to Wowhead to get those links. I have no idea what is going on but every time I visit them the result is this: 555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555 and on and on until I reboot. What is up with that? It’s a shame cause I used to live there for info.

Anyway Cat loves her frog, it was kind of pricey so although they come in three colors she was frugal and bought just the one. She used her Anglers’ Water Striders her buddy Pat Nagle send her and she’s good to go. Last time I saw her they were hopping across the water towards the two new patch 8.2 zones to make everyone love her an exalted amount so we can fly once again!

A Possible Alt Comeback?

Posted in General WoW with tags , on May 31, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

Cat! Cat, I know you can hear me. This was not the deal. At all.

Jeeeez, If I’m being honest we both have horrible impulse control so I shouldn’t get mad at her. The deal was we would save up 300 service medals for the ring next. I mean I let her buy the pet first so she should have been able to have SOME SELF CONTROL.

But nooooooooo. It’s not even a pretty mount.

Is too!

Is not!

Okay, we’ll have to agree to disagree. Is not.


Oh, nothing Cat.

Cat also remembered there was a pet to be had from Archeology so she’s been busy doing her thing. She’s pretty good at entertaining herself. It’s all my alts I haven’t seen around.

What? I did not know that.

Cat says my very first character is thinking of getting back in the game. My Night Elf Hunter has been pretty much semi-retired but she did at least level up each expansion until now. She apparently HAS TO HAVE a Riverbeast. I hope she continues to hear the call of the Riverbeast.

My Shaman stayed in Boralus after helping with Children’s Week pets so maybe she plans on helping out there. So that’s really good news, there may be hope for these alts yet!

The Classic WoW stress test was indeed stressful. After stressing the server repeatedly asking it to let me in I gave up. I was glad to see it still up the next morning so gave it another try, success! I’m running along thinking, no surprises here. Been here. Done that.

Oh, pesky wolf. No biggie, only three levels above me. This Warlock will make short work of, OW! OW!

What is going on? Resist? What do you mean Resist. Ouch!

Yeah. Been there, done that but it appears I forgot about things like spells being resisted. And how could I ever forget my Shaman deciding to change weapons and spending a long, long time leveling up her skill with the new one.

Who knows what else I’ve forgotten so it could get real interesting. At least this time around I’d know you can’t hide behind a tree. Between my alts perking up and Classic coming, things are looking up!






It Doesn’t Take Much

Posted in Battle Pets on May 7, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

It doesn’t take much to amuse Cat. She doesn’t like the Darkshore Warfront because it reminds her of Teldrassil and it just makes her sad but she loves Stromgarde. Her idea of a good time is to run around and kill stuff and then make a um, annoying sound with her toy after the kill. Jeeeezzzz Cat, grow up.

Legion pretty much ruined alts for me. I wasn’t aware that leveling their professions and being self sufficient was pretty much why I enjoyed them. The leveling through dungeons put an end to alts for me. I got Cat leveled and that was it.

I’ve been collecting Allied Races but the poor guys don’t get leveled so don’t know why I do.

Over the years I’ve seen people say they don’t pay attention to holidays anymore. I would always think to myself, I will NEVER get like that. Yeah. I did and haven’t participated in anything but picking up gifts in Ironforge for a while now.

I saw four new pets for Children’s Week! Yay! This is great! Ooops, do I even have three more guys at 110? Let’s see, Cim leveled up to 110 went in one dungeon to level tailoring and got promptly kicked for being stupid. She was then in a snit and wouldn’t even speak to any of us so there’s Cim, that’s one if she’ll do it.

I asked and she must have been bored. She was in Boralus and done within the hour. Maybe she’ll like it and decide to stay.

Okay my Shaman is 110, she got there by sitting in Draenor leveling pets. She’s pretty agreeable unlike Cim so I knew she’d help in a quest for more pets!

That leaves Sache who I used the boost on so just enough! Her trip was a little harder as she’s the first of my Horde to set out for Bfa so she had to do the scenario. I didn’t want to miss it anyway but in the end she came through!

Four new pets with time to spare! And hopefully these guys might decide to continue to level and investigate. Got my fingers crossed. We might be able to get this alt thing going once again!

BfA Archeological Dig and It Cannot be Unseen

Posted in General WoW on April 25, 2019 by tomeoftheancient

I put that screen shot up as BfA cred. I really am playing although only Cat so far. I seem to have lost interest in alts. Hope that doesn’t last. I am so clueless this expansion I just now found this underwater establishment off the Jeweled Coast just before Slickspill. I am so behind.

I really miss writing about the game. I was going to clean up my links but got so depressed seeing how many were no longer active I just quit. Blah, some other time. So yeah I figured there is nothing stopping me writing about absolutely nothing to entertain myself.

So I’m digging around and here and I find that I did start a post a while back. I thought I had started one and here it is. Haven’t lost my mind. Yet.

Sam the dog and Cat the Druid seem to be best buddies. He agreed to recreate her first month of BfA through … ah … interpretive dance. Yeah, we’ll call it that. Cat was thrilled with all the Kul Tiras zones, kept bouncing back and forth excepting quests until forced to do a few to be able to except more.

Just a paragraph but I was sure I had started a post long ago.

So anyway I feel ambivalent about Blizzard lately. I used to spend mumble, mumble, mumble money on this game. I would pay to change guild name, pay for mounts, pay for pets, pay for second account so I could invite my characters to my two introvert guilds. I used to be a whale.

They came out with the flying pig mount which is something I would definitely have bought once upon a time. After the announcement by Bobby Kotick that they’d had a banner year and oh yeah, lets let go four hundred people I started to feel different. I don’t know if it’s true but I recently read they are starting to hire back those positions as contractors. No benefits.

I felt even MORE differently about Activision Blizzard.

Yeah. That’s all I can see now. I mean what was his salary? 37 bazillion? So I can’t buy your flying pig Sir as, um, it looks different to me now. And not in a good way.

So anyway, I decided to have some fun again talking to myself. If I run out of WoW stuff I can always complain about my hearing or the LOUD shrieking in my ears. Luckily the name of the blog works for that stuff too!



The waning moments of Legion …

Posted in Battle Pets, Dog, General WoW on July 16, 2018 by tomeoftheancient


I find myself coming here and reading old posts. Back when stories were told and poems were frequent. Yeah, not by me, those other guys. I don’t like my last post’s pictures, so at least one more post is in order.

That fox was at the top of my Legion list. Never happened. It’s funny considering how hard those sewers were at first that at the end I couldn’t even die in there. I would aggro the entire place in the hope of dying and … nope.

I finally gave up. This is ridiculous. I hate you Legion, I hate you Blizzard. I want one, just one crappy little thing and noooooooo. Recently I had a little time and checked and I had just enough to hire a crew to go once again into the sewers and YAY!


Gratuitous dog picture. Have to have at least one of those. And jeeeez, I’ve been gone from this blog so long the whole set-up has changed and I’m having a hell of a time figuring it out.


So my priorities here at the end of the expansion have been, aside from getting a fox mount, all about pets. There’s Cat thanking Algalon for her bunny.


Here’s Cat with Uuna who just dropped yesterday. Finally! Yes!


Tomorrow is the patch. This is the last day to defeat the Mage Tower, in Cat’s case Agatha. When did we try? Today, we left it until today. Yeah, not smart. We gave up after, I don’t know, between five and ten tries.

Everything went great until the big freaking boulders. Cat died pretty much every time from being knocked off into the toxic goop and not being able to find a way out before she was dead.

Welp. No blue sparkly kitty for her. Perhaps this will teach her better time management in the future, poor Cat.


Yup. That’s what’s on the agenda for the rest of today. We’ll be hanging out in our beloved Teldrassil. Cat’s always been a Cenarion Circle, lets all live together in peace and harmony kind of Druid but harm her home? Not sure how that’s going to go over with her.

We will see.