After an epic 12 week journey, I have to say it was a pleasure judging Dragonray’s worldly transmog contest. Kamalia, Navimie and I had a lot of fun seeing all the creative outfits our contestants produced. Kudos to those who stuck it out for all 12 weeks as you consistently impressed all four of us. One contestant even submitted all twelve outfits ahead of time.
It was always exciting to see who won each week as our tastes (and scores) seemed to vary quite widely. I noticed one judge seemed tougher in comparison so I started to wonder if I was too lenient. The night we decided on a final winner, it was interesting to see which outfits stood out and the criteria used to score each time. At the end there was a clear winner, any way we looked at it – you can check the winning banner below.
You can read about the list of winners from Navi’s blog and Kamalia’s favourites by heading to their respective sites.
It turns out I didn’t have a clear winner in weeks one, two or three (in fact, I had a three-way tie) so I won’t be including those but here are my favourites from the remaining rounds including the winning outfit from week six above.
Well done to all the participants, especially those who found themselves in my list of favourites whether you won the round or not.
Thanks again to Dragonray for organising the whole competition. I hope you all had fun along the way.
I’ve been an admirer of Noxychu‘s art for such a long time now, ever since I discovered she was the official artist for WoWHead. When I first saw this tauren, I couldn’t help think of my hunter who also sports the plaits so I would secretly imagine my character as the model. I now know her featured models are based off various WowHead employees.
Then I started seeing all these Blizzcon badges all over twitter as well as a fantastic commission piece for Elvine. It was only then that I started enquiring about the details and prices of what I could expect for my own commission one day.
Towards the end of last year, I gifted Noxy two of my favourite pets (the Sea Pony and Anubisath Idol) as a way to say thanks for all the awesome art she provides for the community.
Soon after that, I was anxious to send her my ideas for a commission piece since I’ve had this idea brewing for so long I just wanted to get the details down in writing. She immediately ok’ed me for the specs and planned to do it when her time (and my budget) allowed. This finally came a couple of weeks ago so I was excited to see this come to fruition. After a few preliminary sketches, she emailed me the final lineart which looked great.
As with my chibi version, I had very clear ideas of what I wanted and I think she incorporated the elements really well. However, for a while I did expect her face to look a lot like this but then it would have looked odd to have a cutesy face on that body :P
Whoo-Cha… (at least that’s the sound I hear when I crack my whip)
Since it wasn’t a full body sketch, I think it was really clever to use the whip as a border line. Now if only I could get a Blizzcon badge, ticket and trip sorted, I’d be ecstatic. Well, maybe next time.
Thanks again Noxy, just in time for my birthday too <3
Guess who stopped by to wish me happy birthday? It was none other than Navimie with the kids to drop off a present. When I saw the bag, I knew it was another plushie but since I already own the wind rider and gryphon, I wasn’t sure which one it could be.
A Lil’ Chen Panderen Plush. He sure is cute but that wasn’t all. Navi told me there was something else in the bag.
Oh, a card… and something that fell on the floor.
OMG, a scratch code and it wasn’t a TCG loot card.
This happened to be one of the exclusive items from a previous Blizzcon (which also happened to be on my Ultimate Wish List. At first I thought it was two pets but even so, one is still an excellent gift. In this case, Deathy was awarded to those attending the 2010 convention.
I was hoping to log on before the servers went down so I could powerlevel the pet but at least I could redeem to code in the meantime.
Thx again Navi :D
I woke up to find I had been nominated for the third time by Jojo of Admiring Azeroth. The first was by Reihyou and then… (afraid I can’t remember at this moment but it was someone who didn’t list any questions and was on blogger).
So here we go again:
1. Do you still play your first character? If not, why not and if you do, how much? Are they your main or just an alt…
No, I don’t. It was a human paladin (which I still have) but has remained level 23 or so since early vanilla.
2. What’s your opinion of the more monotonous side of WoW? Things like fishing, archaeology, rep grinds etc.
I usually do those for the novelty items like the Scepter of Azj’Aqir, then it’s the rep and achievements which keep me going until I’ve completed everything.
3. Which of the in-game races does the real life you best resemble? (I’m a Dwarf or Pandaren).
Definitely a Blood Elf although I’m slightly more shapely than the current model and my ears aren’t quite as pointy.
4. What other games do you play?
Hearthstone (and I dabble in D3 from time to time).
5. Are you a gold-maker in-game?
Not a serious one but I have been trying to generate gold for any outstanding pets I don’t have or the odd BMAH purchase.
6. Would you class yourself as a typical gamer?
I always thought of a gamer as one who plays lots of different types of games. I don’t, but I guess I am even though I only like to play WoW and Hearthstone.
7. I play on a laptop which is slowly dying from all the WoW-time. What do you play on?
I have my main computer which is what I do the majority of stuff on but I also like to use the laptop (in the evenings) when I can relax with some of the more casual stuff.
8. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you as a result of blogging?
I just love sharing my experiences with others in the WoW community whether it’s my own personal accomplishments or material I hope will help others. On the other hand, I often think sharing so much of myself on the blog limits a lot of interaction that I might otherwise have in-game (also shown by the few comments I receive) because people think they know everything there is to know about me – this isn’t necessarily the case. Remember, I love to read your comments.
9. If all the WoW servers were merged, so EU and US could play together etc, would that affect the game for you? What would you do in celebration? Or could you not give two beeps.
Not at all, unless they didn’t speak english perhaps. I’d much rather be able to do some fun activities like raid with cross-faction friends though. That would mean I could always bring my main for that one transmog item I’ve been trying to get, achievement or just help with heals or DPS.
10. We all have at-least one fun fact about us, what’s yours?
Ooh fun fact? Hmm, let me think about that one..
I used to be in the highest gymnastics class at school.
11. If you could add a new profession to WoW what would it be? Primary or Secondary?
I’d love to have another primary profession, maybe a plastic surgeon so I could customise my character more, LOL.
Well there we go. For those who haven’t participated yet, feel free to take this as an auto-nomination if you’d like to join in. Just don’t forget to add your 11 random facts about yourself and leave a message below so we can see what you’ve written.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy accumulating gold for the next expansion; that was until a couple of days ago when I noticed an affordable Soul-Trader Beacon in the AH. Considering the one I always see is still over 100K, I’ve been waiting patiently for the Ethereal Soul-Trader, Spectral Tiger Cub and to a lesser extent (because it’s never there) Viscous Horror to buy so when I saw one for a good deal cheaper, I took the plunge and snapped it up.
As a vendor, he sells a rather unusual list of items but you’ll need to start collecting Ethereal Credits before you can purchase any of his unique inventory. To start earning credits, he has to be close when you get the killing blow on any green mob or higher. This also works for PVP as long as it’s an honourable kill.
Ethereal Credit may be used to purchase:
I admit I was disappointed when I previewed the set since it doesn’t look all that close to an actual Ethereal (especially when it costs 2200 credits to buy). Even so, I’m in the process of collecting them now since I always thought they’d be a cool race to play. I’ll just have to stockpile the credits since I don’t have the room to hold the set right now.
Note that if you mass kill the mobs you won’t get a credit for each kill since the trader takes a couple of seconds to harvest each soul.
Now here are Aki’s companions with the mutagen applied. I imagine they’ll be like this until next Tuesday – unless a restart happens beforehand.
Oh and if you name your Soul-Trader, you’ll see this the next time he’s summoned:
<name> says: I have arrived. Shall we set to work, then?
Then tonight I saw another exciting (affordable) addition to the AH – the Spectral Tiger Cub. That’s two pets I don’t have to search religiously any more.
Woot! My Ultimate Wish List is shrinking slowly but surely.