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Achievements
Keep those bombs

Glory of the Pandaria Hero

Over the last few days, I’ve managed to complete the last two achievements for my Pandarian scenario and dungeon series. The hardest thing about this one was avoiding the targeting circles on the ground. Cool and I tried it once during a PUG but even when you ask if they’re willing to try the achievement, you don’t always get a response so it fails pretty quickly. Navi asked one of her guildies to join us and we completed it after three attempts. Two were due to my footsie being in the wrong More >

Archaeology
Cymre Jones-Croft

Archaeology Pets

The following pets are available through various branches of the archaeology profession. Dwarf Clockwork Gnome – requires 100x Dwarf Fragments (including up to 3x Dwarf Rune Stones) Flavour text: Mechagnomes were created by the titans, apparently as servants and caretakers, much like the earthen. This mechagnome was likely damaged because it is no longer focused on its original tasks and seems content to follow you. Fossil Fossilized Hatchling - requires 85x Fossil fragments Flavour text: When More >

Beta
Garrison trainer

A New Blingtron Appears

Several days ago, Jonathan LeCraft tweeted something very interesting: This pint-sized trainer looks familiar. She might just visit your garrison in the future Check out this Gilnean child with her epic looking Diablo team. While many can relate to having only the Treasure Goblin in their collection, I was excited to see both Mini Tyrael and Mini Diablo on the PTR a while ago. I just didn’t have the heart to level them. Talk about a dream team. TheCrafticus was even asking for names, so what More >

Blizzard
Clancy Brown

Two More Join Warcraft

A couple of weeks ago, the twittersphere was aflutter with exciting news about the Warcraft movie. Earlier today Duncan Jones shared an article which revealed the names of two more actors. Clancy Brown Gooood morning all! I've got CLANCY FRIGGIN BROWN in Warcraft! I have to say it…. "There can be only one!" — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 19, 2013 He’s definitely one of the more recognisable faces from the cast right now, most recently seen in TV’s Sleepy Hollow but after looking at More >

Blog Azeroth
BE orphan four winds

Orphan Matron Cymre

The first time I saw the Blood Elf Orphan during BC, I thought she was one of the cutest things in the game so I always made an effort to pick one up for Children’s Week. I was particularly excited to see the event commence on my birthday and was happy to show her a few of my favourite locations. Even though the event is now over, I still wondered what the Pandarian counterpart would include so feel free to join in with me. All you have to do is come up with three locations and a More >

Blogging
2012-Annual Report

Looking Back at 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve and my Annual Report from WordPress arrived just in time. A nice surprise from last year, I must say. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it. View the full report I was able to visit Paris back in ’97 but sadly I missed out on seeing the Louvre as well as some other well known landmarks More >

Cymre Jones
Cymre Jones NPC feature

Cymre Jones NPC

It was pretty much out of the blue and totally unexpected but after an impromptu brainstorming session for a new WoD achievement, Jonathan LeCraft (Sr. Game Designer at Blizzard) sent me the following DM: My eyes grew wide as I stared at the text. OMG! OMG! OMG! As a veteran player, my love for the game has never waned so to have a virtual representation of my beloved character after nine years is a dream come true. You only have to look at the list of Blizzard and Community References More >

Diablo
Treasure Goblin

A Reaper of a Gift

Yesterday Cool gifted me with the Reaper of Souls D3 expansion which includes the Treasure Goblin battle pet. They tend to be quite annoying in Diablo especially if they port away so I’m looking forward to having one by my side (for the most part). They are available as part of the Digital and Collector’s versions but I must admit, the datamined version was kind of creepy looking. It was always impossible to get a good look at them in-game but here they look almost cute! You also get a More >

Expansion
WoDbanner

Alpha News

All the interesting Blizzard news seems to happen while I’m sleeping so this is what I woke up to this morning – news from the Alpha for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Here’s what I found most interesting: A New File Format A new proprietary file format called CASC (Content Addressable Storage Container) will be used in the Warlords of Draenor alpha and beta tests, with the intent to convert everyone to the new format in a pre-expansion patch. It provides a ton of benefits not More >

Faction
Bipsi Bobbing Berg

Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg

A while ago, I read about a cool little item added specifically for mages in Patch 5.4.2. Much like the Anglers Fishing Raft for wood lovers, Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg is a great way to travel over water on a conjured sheet of ice. Save a tree, conjure a raft! At revered you can purchase the berg for 750G (discounted price with perks) from Nat Pagle. Non mages will not see this item on the vendor but it will only take a few days to get revered with The Anglers if you already have the commendation More >

Fun
Cymre with glasses by Coolidge

An Artful Surprise

When Cool asked me to log in this morning, he surprised me with this awesome mash-up of Cymre and I. In fact, it’s probably how I look when I’m working in Photoshop as I edit one of my rare spawn portraits, Super Sunday images, camp a rare or spend my time on the Timeless Isle. Funnily enough, the pose (minus the expression) reminds me of a portrait I did many years ago. Cool calls it an experiment as he plays with his new toy – the Wacom Cintiq 13HD and PS6. I think it looks fantastic and I’m More >

Garrison
Gronn

Repel the Invasion

Yesterday I noticed the quest was available for the Garrison Invasion scenario so I decided to give it a go. I had no idea what to expect so I tried to play it by ear. Let me just say it was pretty intense coming from no background info. I had a huge follower in my group which made it really hard to see. I was supposed to follow Legionnaire Grimjaw but quickly lost sight of him thanks to my huge lunky friend. The price of receiving a random bunch of followers, I guess. Looking back at the More >

Gifts
deathy-redemption

Death and Plushies

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. What? What? This happened to More >

Giveaway
mech-pan-dragonling

The Dragonmaker

A week ago, I posted the details of my latest pet giveaway for a Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling. Entrants could either submit a short story or draw a picture incorporating my toon, their toon and the pet. I’m pleased to announce Dragonray as the winner of my Let’s Celebrate giveaway. She definitely exceeded my expectations when I asked for a short story but I think you’ll agree the effort was worth it. I could feel the wrongness in the air; I knew something was not right with the hatchling More >

Guild
Msfus banner

MischiefUs Turns Seven

The guild may have moved and gone through some ups and downs but it still holds a special place in my heart. I had lost track of its foundation date (17/08/2006) but it wasn’t too hard to find since the original guild still existed on an old server during those good old vanilla days. As we played through the first expansion, the guild was re-created on our main server Khadgar, together with our first official guild site. The banner I created took much longer than I care to admit but I’m still More >

Hearthstone
Legendary-Noz

Clean Sweep

Each month I’ve been playing just enough Hearthstone to get to rank 20 – not to use the cardbacks mind you, I just like collecting them. Every now and then I’ll even step into the arena where I’ve drawn some really great cards like the combo below. At the time I was trying to decide between the two dragons since I’ve never used either but I thought Noz would be a more valuable card if I could keep it on the board a while. Unfortunately, when I was close to using it, I didn’t get a chance. My More >

Hunter
Hydra

Hunter Pets of Draenor

Anxious to tame some new pets in Draenor, I copied my hunter over to Beast Lore some wildlife. I know you can just look these up on Petopia but there’s something exciting about hitting that button and seeing whether something it tameable or not. There are three new families this time round. Hydras Some of you would have been lucky enough to tame a hydra back in Wrath when the spectral ones from Shalozar were able to be tamed. Unfortunately, I was not one of them since I wasn’t in a rush to More >

IntPiPoMo
Pearlfin Lake

IntPiPoMo – Pandaria

When I first logged into the beta I was immersed in all the rich landscapes taking pics in every direction. These are just some of my favourite shots from the beta. This post is part of IntPiPoMo – posting 50 screenshots in 30 days. #IntPiPoMo 50/50 Thx Angelya, it was a lot of fun <3 Share this:

Legendary
Legendary cloaks

Gaze of the Black Prince

I never thought I’d be completing Wrathion’s legendary chain on more than one character especially when you can still get an Ordos kill without it (thanks to my main) but with the recent buff and Deeds of Valor addition, I’ve been able to get my hunter past the 3K hump. It still took me three weeks to get there with the valor cap and only a week of double valor but the deeds make great use of those extra Timeless Coins. Now with the Gaze of the Black Prince added today, I’m also looking at More >

Lore
Four Senses Brew

Ren Yun the Blind

Over the last few months, I’ve discovered several references to Ren Yun including his walking cane – one of the common items in Pandaren Archaeology. Finding a pristine version will allow you to display it in the Seat of Knowledge. A long cane tipped with a head of carved whalebone, once used by the enigmatic Brewfather, Ren Yun. Blind since birth, Ren Yun’s other senses were heightened. As a result, he found the brews of his time to be harsh or bitter. Years of experimentation allowed him to More >

Mounts
Onyyxian Drake-sky

Enough Dots

The Onyxian Drake is one of the few mounts I’d be willing to buy from the BMAH but tonight that finally changed. I hadn’t even realised it was in the loot window until I summoned Jeeves to sell the items one by one but there it was – the Reins of the Onyxian Drake. Ain’t she a beaut? Share this:

Nostalgia
Theramore

Remember Theramore

Over the weekend I wanted to go and see Theramore for the last time as it was probably going to be the last time that I saw the place – the way it is now. It brought back memories of when I levelled my Priest through the zone. I was antsy to  get there as I needed to go to the profession guy there. I think it was the tailor, or maybe enchanting. So I flew Cool over there pausing just outside the walls to take a few pics while I wondered where Jaina might be. Theramore was just as I remember, More >

Novelty
Toybox tab

Toy Box – My Wish List

A couple of days ago, I logged in to try one of the features I’m most looking forward to – the Toy Box. You can easily find it under the new ‘Collections’ interface along with your pets and mounts. To add a toy, just right-click on any eligible item. It will no doubt be one of the first things I do on live so between that and filling up my second void storage tab, I should have a lot of room back. So after copying a few of my toons over, there are several items I’d like to see included: X-52 More >

Patch
ShaoHao

Video Goodness

The trailer to the Siege of Orgrimmar was just released last night but I’ve only just watched it. It’s a great prelude to what we’ll be seeing very soon as the new patch is released. Cool always tells me to be quiet during these videos but sometimes I can’t quite help myself. :P Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen the The Burdens of Shaohao series below, be sure to watch it. It’s EPIC! Share this:

Pet Battles
Carrotus Maximus

Pet Menagerie

The Pet Menagerie becomes available once you upgrade to a level 2 garrison but before you can unlock the plot, you’ll need to complete the quest Pet Versus Pests available from your garrison Kennel Master. Defeating all three legendary pets unlocks the plot and will eventually open up the daily to battle rotating challengers at level 3. Pets vs Pests All three pests share the Elite buff which reduces all damage taken by 50% and cannot be dealt more than 35% of their health in one More >

Pets
Elekk

Battle Pets of Draenor

Here are the pets which are currently listed in the pet journal of the beta as well as the ones we know about. As always, you can expect this list to change as more info comes in and I can flood the post with accompanying images. Profession Ancient Nest Guardian – Arch Frostwolf Ghostpup- Arch Lil’ Leftovers - Cooking Lifelike Mechanical Frostboar – Eng Mechanical Toucan – Eng Iron Starlette – Eng Sky-Bo – Eng Sea Calf – Fishing Elekk Plushie – Tailoring Reward Ghastly Kid – reward from More >

Places of Interest
Faerie Circle - Midnight

Faerie Dragon Circle

In the western part of Tirisfal Glades, you’ll find a magical ring of mushrooms at the heart of the Whispering Forest. The mushrooms emit a faint glow and every so often, a number of Fey-Drunk Darters will appear. They spawn individually at approximately ten to fifteen minute intervals so you’ll be in for a wait, but if you decide to hang around, you won’t be disappointed. Once all the Fey-Drunk Darters have spawned, it will be another hour or so before they start to move in unison. Magical More >

Priest
CM-staff

Gold Complete!

Last night I managed to get the last of my gold ready for our challenge mode runs this afternoon. The runs went pretty smoothly with a couple of stuffups here and there but all-in-all it was a lot of fun. I made sure I had all the consumables needed and even though I was initially excited to dps as disc, we would have had two disc priests in the group which is too much of a good thing imo. I specced over to shadow (using my normal set) with only some flasks and invisibility pots on hand (the More >

Professions
Cym disc male troll

My What Pretty…

err, tusks you have. Hooray, it finally happened. I went through the Dimensional Ripper only to come out looking a bit… blue, plus a Y chromosome. Now I can’t say I’ve ever felt more ridiculous but wow, I don’t think my mog suits a male troll. I had a bald head coming through so I wondered if a headpiece would look even sillier. I’ll let you be the judge. It wasn’t long before I switched to my shadow set to see how that looked. Um, yeah…not much better. I probably should have tried on some of More >

Quests
Son of Animus

Blood and Thunder

A while ago, Lor’themar asked us to go into the Throne of Thunder to retrieve the Remnants of the Dark Animus for a quest. This afternoon, we ventured into the Halls of Flesh-Shaping and came out victorious. Following our success, Lorthemar rewarded us with the Glorious Standard of the Sunreaver Onslaught. It’s a shame it can’t teleport you back to the camp though like the Sunreaver Beacon. The quest also gave us a 30min buff called the Blessing of the Animus (from the Animus Golem) so I More >

Raids
Prince-kill

Near Miss

These days, I don’t head into Kara much after collecting all the pets but since I’m travelling around the continent every day, I decided to clear all but the optional bosses to see if I had any mount and pet luck. Apart from the wrong opera and nothing from The Curator, I headed up to the Opera Event for my usual quick and easy solo. Now it usually goes without a hitch but for some reason I was stuck in the second piece I tried to move. After several attempts to eject myself from the pawn and More >

Random
Megaera

Unfinished Business

There are so many things I’d like to accomplish in-game and it would be so easy for some but for many I’m still left wanting. Sure there are times when all the stars align and I can get things done (when other people are involved) but the activities which require one or two people are what keep me going most of the time. Why is it when something bad happens and you feel like a failure from a guild collapse, you don’t always find support from the few you thought were your friends? Sure there More >

Silver Dragons
Grizzlemaw

Nagrand Rares

Seafaring ogres claim the south of windswept Nagrand, and they seek to dominate both the land and the orcs who dwell upon it. But more cryptic threats abound: a strange mist pours from the center of the plains, embodiments of nature stir around the Throne of the Elements, and the otherworldly crystals of Oshu’gun draw questers and fortune-seekers from all over Draenor. From the official site Nagrand is chock full of interesting beasts but I have to say I was really excited to find one of the More >

Style Me
Arabian Mercurial

Arabian Nights

A few months ago, I was looking through MogIt when I came across the heroic version of Robes of the Burning Acolyte. Ironically, it was one of the first sets I designed for Jstmel’s ROYGBIV challenge but having one last Princess Leia dress to mog, I decided not to use it. The Mercurial Vestments are still one of my favourite priest sets acquired from a combination of Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, Throne of the Four Winds and Baradin Hold drops. However, those championship belts More >

Super Sunday
Avengers

Avengers Assemble

A while ago, I created this Justice League banner after featuring the last original member in my Super Sunday series. It turned out to be pretty popular on both twitter and facebook so I’m posting it here again. I always planned to make one for the Avengers if I ever featured all of the characters but I wasn’t that interested in posting Black Widow or Hawkeye. However, I had still completed a lot of Marvel characters so I figured it may be fun to make a banner just for them. One of my More >

Treasures
Riches of Pandaria feature

Riches of Pandaria

When I first played through the beta, I was never able to loot the Ancient Pandaren Tea Pot due to the high level of phasing so when the achievement came out, I knew I would be one item shy from completing the Riches of Pandaria. Thankfully, this was no longer an issue after the addition of patch 5.1. Here’s the series you’ll need to compete: Treasure of Pandaria Fortune of Pandaria Bounty of Pandaria Riches of Pandaria As usual, each artifact may only be looted once per character – although More >

World Events
Midsummer feature banner

Midsummer 2014

As the nights get cooler on this side of the world, what better time to warm yourselves against a virtual flame? Midsummer Fire Festival is just revving up and although there’s nothing new to do if you’ve completed all your achievements already, you can still pick up a Crown of the Fire Festival if you’ve previously completed A Thief’s Reward. If you’re like me, you destroy yours every year just so you can save a bag slot. This year, Cool was kind enough to create a banner just for the More >

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