Umbrella of Chi-Ji

Umbrella of Chi-Ji

I was all set to get my last three bubbles working on my Archaeology but that took a while so I ended up doing a few short quests as well. My current Pandaren artifact was the rare item – the Umbrella of Chi-Ji so I was looking forward to completing it; especially when the icon looks like an unbrella but I thought it would just be a vanity item. I was excited to find that it was actually a pretty nice off-hand :)

Umbrella of Chi-Ji-water

Isn’t it lovely? Dare I say transmog worthy too :)

However, I’ve noticed if you completed the item before this current build on the beta (as I did on another toon) you’re still left with the placeholder item in your bag, same with the Spear of Xuen. So if you suspect you have a rare in your journal that you’d like to see completed, wait until the model is implemented in-game.

Oh and soon after that, I managed to get Zen Master Archaeologist. Too bad there’s no title though :P

Mists Weekend

Over the last couple of days, I managed to do quite a bit of pet battling in Northrend, as well as looking through some of the latest priest changes. However, when Cool came to pick me up, I didn’t notice anything unusual at first because I was busy with my pet battles. But BOY did I notice when I finally captured my Eagle…

At first I thought he was just showing off but when I stopped to look at him, I realised that he could easily qualify for my Game Glitches post. Turns out it happened as part of a transporter malfunction :P

Since he looked like some crazy, naked Alliance toon, I suggested we duel.

Actually, I remembered I had glyphed my Penance spell which allows me to cast on the run so I wanted to try it out. It’s a nice addition to our abilities, even when I decided to replace my instant Holy Fire – another fun addition. The funny thing was, after I finished playing with my spell, Cool noticed that my critter was attacking him :P So he suggested I summon another pet I wouldn’t mind getting killed but to summon some pet I wouldn’t mind losing, in case he kills it and it disappears from my journal. So I summoned a L10 squirrel. Guess what? As soon as he came out, he ran straight for the woods. I guess I would too if I saw a hostile L87.

After that bit of shenanigans, Cool and I looked at buying another vendor set for my Shadow spec but I was having a lot of crashing issues as soon as I ported from Org to the Valley. So as soon as I was physically able, we set off for Kun-Lai Summit which offers another vendor to purchase some more level quality gear. Our currents sets for our off-specs were mostly LFR quality so the new gear was quite a nice upgrade.

A lot of weapons have new designs, including the staff I was using. It reminds me of an activity on Romper Room, an old kid’s TV show, just more ornate :P

There was also a new loading screen which looked pretty cool…

We queued up to DPS in a dungeon, but the wait was about half an hour. So to fill in the time, we went looking for some more champions, managing to find another four. The dungeon turned out to be Temple of the Jade Serpent, a dungeon we had done before, early in the beta. I didn’t have much fun the first time being L85, having no addons and not really knowing what to expect. But I’m happy to say, today it was – as Shadow. The first boss, I hated back then as I was so focused on healing that I was having a horrible time jumping around when I needed to move. But today as a DPS it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, all the bosses were pretty straight forward and died without much issue. We even managed to complete the quests there and I managed to get a couple of upgrades which was nice.

After having a good look through my bags, I managed to create a pretty decent Shadow set, resulting in a lot of bag room from sold Cata raid items, etc. I was particularly excited to have a few new dungeon pieces to play with so I swapped a few items to add to my Disc set too. A few had no spirit but I wanted to test the limitations on the setup. We queued for our second dungeon as our main specs and managed to get Mogu’shan Palace, one we had not done yet. Even though we were unsure of where to go after one encounter, it wasn’t too bad. I did have a couple of mana issues, but that was partly due to being only my third dungeon healing since I started the beta. So after the dungeon, I went back to as much spirit gear as I could had which should help some.

Our new inn

Our new inn in the Vale

Later while working on some Archaeology, I noticed the new animation to Void Tendrils. They’ve become a lot bulkier again. I actually prefer the way they looked before but it’s still an improvement to how they originally looked.

I thought this Yak Wash was pretty interesting :)

Something About Me

I’m not sure how long these challenges have been going on but this month, Battlechicken has given us the following for July.

Give me a detail about  yourself.

You can tell me something about your gaming personality or about your favorite color. You can tell me how you got started playing the game you love to play. You can tell me how gaming affects your life or you can get personal, if you want. Tell me about something you fear, something you treasure, something you’ve learned. Tell me about why you write. Tell me about why you play.

Tell me about you, because from what I can see, you’re pretty cool. :-)

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on doing this challenge as I didn’t know what I could share – other than what I already had but over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read on a lot of great things on the topic and realised that everyone has something to contribute no matter what their history is. Mine is very different to the life and death decisions or pivotal events which help shape who we are. Some are horrifying to read, while others prefer to play the naming game and relive first passions.

Now I’m not normally a fan of posting photos on the blog as this is about my gaming persona but I think I’ve shrunk the images down enough that you get an idea of who I am without every little detail. Hence the costumes, sunglasses, helmet or mask :P

I’m an adventurous kind of soul who has never said no to an amusement park ride. Although at Magic Mountain, my cousin said he would wait while I queued for my first free fall ride – this is not an uncommon occurrence as other males have declined going on a roller coaster with me. So I queued for Freefall and ended up being seated next to two 15yo girls. As our three-seater rose to it’s final elevation point, I wasn’t sure if I’d made the best decision but when we suddenly started plummeting down, the girls proceeded to laugh their heads off while I actually felt a bit of angina. There’s nothing like a life and death moment to snap you back to reality. To this day, it’s the only ride I’ve ever had an issue with.

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to do quite a bit of travelling including Fiji, New Zealand, Asia and the States, while going on my first big solo trip in ’97 travelling across Europe. The opportunity to take lots of pics was too hard to pass up for an avid photographer and I’ve managed to upgrade my camera a few times since then.

On occasion, I’ll even dress up for a good cause – like Catwoman for a work Christmas function, play an extra for a commercial or movie as well as a catwalk model.

I’m also lucky to be blessed with great genes. My last living grandparent (who was the only one I got to know growing up) died at the ripe old age of 103 (although she had no birth certificate so her children were a little unsure of her age). She always had very good skin which was passed on to my mother and then me.

Around high school, I began my beauty regimen which consisted of a three-step morning and evening ritual. During a school retreat at age 16, another girl commented that she didn’t even wash her face. At the time, I wished we could fast forward to when we were thirty to see how our skin compared.

Even now, I’m often mistaken for being a lot younger than my years. I’ll just say I was a child of the (early) 70’s but a couple of years ago, I was mistaken for a 21yo by my old Project Manager.

We were working over the weekend, when he said:

PM – You’d be too young to remember so-and-so (I can’t remember what we were talking about)

Me – You might be surprised.

PM – So how old are you?

Me – XX

PM – (he looks at me) How old are you really?

Me – XX

PM – No, come on, how old are you?

Me – Do you want to see my Driver’s Licence?

PM – Seriously?

Me – Why? How old did you think I was?

PM – 21 or so

(he was 28) :P

By the way, I’m Eurasian (Chinese/Russian) so the Asian part defiantly has a lot to do with it :)

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

The Dark Phoenix Saga” is an extended X-Men storyline focusing on Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force which ends in Grey’s apparent death.

It is sometimes divided into two parts, with the “Phoenix Saga” referring to Grey’s seeming assumption of the Phoenix power and the repair of the M’Kraan Crystal, and the “Dark Phoenix Saga” referring to her corruption and fall. It is one of the most well-known and heavily referenced stories in mainstream American superhero comics, and widely considered a classic.

Taken from Wikipedia

Honestly, I found Phoenix’s history to be quite long-winded from the short amount of research I did. As you know, I like to write a little blurb about the Super I focus on for the week, usually referencing just one site. Again, only having seen her in the X-Men movie, that’s really all I had to go on.

After my recent poll which asked readers to pick their favourite Superhero or villain, Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix came up as the first two ‘other’ votes, so I added her to the list. By the end, she had 6 independent votes placing her in the top spot (followed by Batman on 5 and Wonder Woman on 4) so I thought it only fair to add her to my Super series.

Artist: JTran218

I think the top image is particularly stunning and I love the second image which has a distinct Blood Elfy feel to it. Another mix of armour was used but this is the first time I’ve used a shirt in place of the chest piece – as well as being the hero piece.

Dark Phoenix

Background courtesy of Ashelia

Dark Phoenix

Background courtesy of Rades

Don’t forget to check out the rest of my Super Sunday series :)

Pet Battles and PVP

Pet Battles and PVP

Some things have been bugging me on the beta lately. I was annoyed to find what almost appeared to be random flagging on a PVE server if you were just working on Pet Battles. I thought this was a bug since you would be flagged flying into Mulgore, for example, but I’ve since read that it’s an intentional feature. Thx to BrokenRavens for bringing this to my attention.

Here’s what Mumper had to say on the matter:

[bluequote author="Mumper" link="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6193959516?page=1#5" source="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/6672182/"]The fact that players are vulnerable to PvP attacks while in a pet battle is intentional.  However, a couple features that go along with this are not implemented yet.

First off, the exact pet you were fighting when you were broke out of pet battle will be respawned.  Same quality, stats and skin color.  Second, you will get a 3s damage shield that absorbs 50% of incoming damage to help negate the fact that you need time to recover after exiting the pet battle interface.  Both of these will be in for the next build.

We feel its very important to keep the PvP aspect of the game intact and if you choose to play on a PvP server, you will certainly be fighting for those rare spawns. (This rule effects PVE servers as well but only in contested areas.)
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I admit, I don’t get bothered too often while battling. In fact, there have only been two occasions.

The other night in Searing George, I was knocked out of my Battle (quite a challenging one due to the level) after a Hunter decided to attack me. All the battles in that zone were particularly challenging due to the lack of suitable pets I had at the time). Tonight while researching my Wild Pets of Outland post, I decided to go AFK while I went to do a few things, paying for the auto-flight from Hellfire to Netherstorm before I left. Normally you would be safe as an auto-flight kicks off the PVP flag but when I came back I saw I was dead outside Area 52. Little did I know, a L85 gnome had killed me and was busy tea-bagging me on my return. If you notice in my previous post, even though I’m currently L87 (I’ve stopped levelling so I can be surprised), I was wearing my Pet Battle set (non-transmog) so he must have felt high and mighty being a low level 85 killing someone when they’re AFK.

When I rezzed, I just buffed myself and gave myself a basic heal. This person (I’m assuming a kid) decided to fly to my rez spot and follow me as I flew all around Netherstorm. When I noticed that he was indeed following me I decided to switch back to my PVE gear and contemplated kicking his ass but to be honest I was feeling quite tired and wanted to get my previous post published. In the end I just blew it off and flew back to Area 52 to check something but I’d had enough for the night and logged out.

I really enjoy putting together these guides and sharing my experiences with whoever cares to read but times like this, the earlier achievements and new captures that I managed to get earlier don’t seem as shiny and new as they were.

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