Archive for July, 2014

Faces and the Wild Ones

Posted in General WoW with tags , , on July 31, 2014 by tomeoftheancient

realinkeepSo as far as beta goes I seem to just login occasionally to check out faces. Does Rose have a new one yet? Nope. I seem to have become the self-appointed Commissioner of Faces. Find bugs? Nope. Do quests? Nope, just faces.

I’ve been so self-absorbed worrying about my faces I didn’t even think to worry about the NPCs … yeah, I’m ashamed. There’s a shot of the lovely Innkeeper at Greenwarden’s Grove in the Wetlands.

betainnkeepHere she is in the beta. I know! Always thinking of myself, those NPCs have their problems too.  Okay, enough of beta. We’re doing some serious catching up now.

Cat was SUPPOSED to be doing archeology. I think avoiding that accounts for her sudden interest in pets again. She’s been trying to acquire all the wild pets she still needed and she’s been very persuasive in getting help.

She’s talked the Death Knight into doing the Celestial battle every week to get Celestial Coins so she can buy Marked Flawless Battle-Stones. I love how in that link’s picture they stack to 20. If only.

The Shaman managed to make it out of Gnomeregan without radiation poisoning and finally with an Irradiated Roach. Then she moved on to Arathi in search of a rare Cat.

swarfnudeThe upside of all this wandering is that she found a place no one had been before. She visited the Dwarf who has a farm on the coast. When my Dwarven characters saw this they were a little put out. Where’s the Dwarven lass nude? What is it with all the Human nudes? Aren’t there any Dwarven painters?

Anyway, we’re just about done with the wild pets. Everyone was a great help … except … the Warlock. Cat thinks she needs to participate, she has an idea.

critterkillHey, I’m not asking her Cat, you’re on your own. There is no way I’m asking that Warlock to kill 44, 211 critters so you can have the  pet … just no. You do it and see what happens.

Somehow it does not surprise me that I would contemplate doing this. Legendary Cloak? Way too much trouble, not doing it. Green Fire? Way too much trouble, not doing it. Kill 50,000 critters single-handedly? For a pet? It’s on!

Matty’s End of the World Mogging Contest

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on July 26, 2014 by tomeoftheancient

saschesoutfitSo I asked my characters who would be interested in competing in Matty’s End of the World Contest. Cat’s found a renewed interest in getting her pets leveled before Warlords so she’s out. Cim showed interest but Sasche yelled, pick me, pick me! I’ve already done it before!

Done what Sas? Survived the end of the world … as I knew it anyway. Who better than an Undead to fight a possible Zombie Apocalypse!

Wow, I don’t think I’ve heard her talk that much in the whole time I’ve known her. Okay Sasche! Show us what you’ve got!

Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator

Vital in keeping in touch with other survivors, I’ll be able to pick up radio wave transmissions with my helm.

Spaulders of Primordial Growth

The crackling electricity generated by these babies will keep my helm powered, won’t be one dropped call … guaranteed.

Enchanted Thorium Breastplate

Really Sasche? How come? Well, keeping spirits high in times of crisis is very important. I … well … I think it’s pretty.

Makes sense to me Sasche.

Buckskin Cape

I don’t know, it seems to just set the mood. I feel very survivory in it.

Bindings of Multiplicative Strikes

These were a no-brainer, anything that’s going to increase my strikes has got to be good for mowing through whatever dire foes abound in this apocalypse.

Bloody Surgeon’s Mitts

Injuries at the end of the world are a given, I’ll be ready at all times with my Bloody Surgeon’s Mitts equipped!

Aboriginal Loincloth

These can double as a swimsuit so on land or sea I’ll be able to swiftly escape without having to worry about a skirt getting tangled in my knee bones.

Boots of the Blowing Wind

The Goblin who sold these to me assured me that they’d increase my speed by 20%. Perfect for those times when staying and fighting is not the best option.

Scimitar of the Sirocco

I really will need a slashy, slashy sword to well … slash my way through hordes of, I don’t know, whatever. And a glowy one? That just makes it so much better.

Bureaucrat’s Handbook

Lastly, but probably the most important. When we prevail and start rebuilding what are we going to need? Yep, bureaucrats.

As for my pet, what’s most likely to survive the end of the world but roaches! What? Yeah … okay … and the bureaucrats but I don’t have a pet one. I’m bringing along my Resilient Roach to the end of the world.

So there you have Sasche’s End of the World outfit. There’s still time to compete! Check out Matty’s post for rules and information.

I Can’t Do It

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

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


New and Improved Sasche the Undead


My Dog


My New and Improved Dog


 Just … yeah.

Wildstar, I Hardly Knew Ye

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

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 tomeoftheancient

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 tomeoftheancient

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 tomeoftheancient

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 …


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 tomeoftheancient

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 tomeoftheancient

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?