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OLRG Strikes Again

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This week, OLRG hit the ground running with some old raids on Horde so I was really looking forward to going with them. Many of the usual suspects were there like Matty, Kamalia, Helke, and Taik but there were also quite a few I didn’t recognise so if you happened to be there, let me know in the comments below.

I had asked Matty the night before if there was anything on the agenda and she replied there were a few suggestions but to add my own if I had anything in mind. Needless to say, I suggested ULD but with Daylight Savings ending early this morning, I was a little unsure of the starting time so I set my alarm for 9am as a reminder. Little did I know, I would still wake up at 8am so I logged into the laptop to see if I could confirm the raid time. I was happy to see Matty on through the Battle.net launcher and asked her to confirm the start time. Phew, one hour to go.

An hour later, I logged in to find them already in ULD so I joined them on the way to Ignis. I was especially excited to try ULD25 for another chance at the Soulscribe or Starshard Edge for my Stargazer outfit. Kamalia even told me she’d be taking her Pali so she wouldn’t be rolling against me. Luckily for her she won hers on my run for completing Val’anyr.

When we headed to Council, achievements were mentioned as they decided which one they would go for. As the last council member died, Kam told me my dagger had dropped. OMG! I was excited to see it again but had a mini ‘What the’ moment when I noticed I couldn’t roll need; I admit I didn’t notice the stats since I’m so used to the caster versions above.

Enter Matty who asked everyone to pass so I could have it. <3 Little did we realise Algalon would drop another just as we joked a few moments before. My shoulder token also dropped (two in fact) which was the last piece I need to compete my set but they went to two other lucky individuals. Grats to whoever won those.

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As you can see, I even managed to walk out with a couple of new achievements during Thorim and Yogg. Next came BWD with a premature pull and subsequent wipe (where I kind of lost my bearings after being teleported to the spirit healer). It was so long since I’d done the place, it was like waking up after a nap.

Things went pretty smoothly after that. It was especially great to knock Achieve-a-tron off the list since I was so close to completing it when it was still current content.

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Thanks for the laughs guys and girls. See you all next time.

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The Liebster Award

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Last night, I was surprised to find I’d been nominated for the Liebster Award by Reihyou over at Mana Tide Totem. Now if you’re not sure what a Liebster Award is, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Here are the rules:

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1. If you’ve been nominated for a Liebster award, thank the person who nominated you, and post a link back to their blog.

2. Display the award on your blog.

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award (who have less than 200 followers).

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you’ve nominated them for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

So here we go:

What inspired you to become a blogger?

I had been reading several blogs but wasn’t sure if I wanted to create one myself so I decided to use our Guild site web journal as a stepping stone to see how I liked it. It seemed like a great opportunity to interact with people sharing a common interest and was encouraged by Navimie to make a post for Blog Azeroth’s Thanksgiving event back in 2011. It was really tough pushing that publish button as the content of that post became more personal than I anticipated.

What was the first character you raided with? Which raid was it? Do you still use this character as your main?

Tallys, my tauren hunter back in vanilla. I’m not sure if it was MC but it was certainly the most memorable. We were stuck on Luci for the longest time. When BC came out, my hunter was retired for my Blood Elf priest Cymre although I would say she’s one of my two main alts.

If you could instantly be knowledgeable and proficient with any class/spec, what would you pick and why?

Probably still my hunter, I strived when playing the minority specs, just to prove to myself they were still viable. This included BM and Disc when both were unpopular.

If you could live in any virtual gaming world, which one would you choose?

Azeroth – no question.

What would you do if Blizzard shut down WoW permanently? Would you play another MMO or game?

I would be so sad to see a game I had invested so much time and effort into close it’s virtual loading screens forever but it’s one of the reasons I’ve documented everything on my blog. Just like my RL photo albums, this is my WoW equivalent. I’m not really sure if I’d play another one, I’ve never really been interested in any others but you never know.

If you could change anything about the class you play in WoW, what would you change and why?

The ability to use or transmog whips in-game – I mean it’s a Cymre Jones signature piece.

If you could pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be?

I love seeking rares and treasures around the world so I would love to design those.

Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love?

It’s great to see so many bloggers who have stood the test of time and still have a loyal readership. Names which come to mind are Navimie and Alternative Chat. There’s also Tome who often writes with humour and Kamalia with her mogging prowess.

What is the oldest screenshot you have in your WoW Screenshots Folder? What is the story behind it?

I’ve posted my earliest pic before although I’m not entirely sure if it was since a lot of my pics were edited back then. Here’s the earliest unedited one I have in my folder right now. Just another pic of Coolidge trying to kill me back in 2009.

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What is your favourite in-game memory of WoW?

There are so many but it’s usually, with Coolidge, testing our limits like finding those rare elites in-game as you level but one that stands out in particular was going into BRD back in late vanilla, farming mobs while it was still challenging with 2 people.

Eleven random facts:

  1. I love marzipan
  2. Enjoy aromatherapy
  3. Only order pizza for home delivery
  4. Have quite an extensive candle collection, especially beeswax and novelty candles, like my wizard which is one of a kind
  5. I also have several dragons including a painted vase, a decorative bottle, candlestick holder, novelty candle and figurine.
  6. Follow the less is more philosophy, esp with makeup and jewellery
  7. I prefer wearing natural fibres due to my sensitive skin and neutral colours
  8. I love watching sci-fi and vampire movies as well as those romantic drama series.
  9. I tend to choose ocean/beach themes although I don’t like swimming too much, go figure!
  10. I can’t wear pierced earrings because my ears get infected – even gold is an issue
  11. Yoga is my preferential form of exercise

Ok, as these things go, the longer you leave it, the harder it is to find people to nominate so here are my selections.

Now for the questions.

  1. What is your earliest memory in WoW?
  2. What is your favourite activity when playing?
  3. What is your best WoW memory?
  4. If you could have any title in WoW, what would it be?
  5. What is one thing in-game you could not live without?
  6. What is your favourite item in-game and why?
  7. Who was the first character you created and do you still play them?
  8. If you could design any transmog piece, what would it be and why?
  9. Who inspired you to start blogging?
  10. What is the first thing you’ll do when WoD becomes live?
  11. What was your biggest noobish mistake?

Have fun :)

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Professions in Garrisons

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This is a past Shared Topic submitted by Dragonray:

With you being able to build a third profession area – what are you likely to choose? Have you got all professions covered by alts so are just going to focus on money making? Did you take professions specifically for mounts/raiding or some other purpose but didn’t really want to? Is there a profession you want for specific reasons?

garrison gemsOver the last two expansions, I’ve focussed on levelling all the professions over my family of alts. The only one I didn’t have at the beginning of MoP was blacksmithing.

About a week ago, I changed one of my primaries from enchanting to engineering. This was mainly for the ‘fun’ factor and items which will improve my gameplay like the portable mailbox and vendor. I do tend to use my Argent Gruntling a lot but with a 4hr CD, it left me needing a more frequent option. It also allows me to vendor inside a raid or dungeon when I can’t summon my mammoth inside of one.

During the last Artcraft edition, I was interested in learning more about personalising our garrison but in terms of professions, here’s what we know:

For the profession hubs, we wanted the player to be able to experience leveling up their chosen professions not only with skill points, but also visually through their Garrison. As the player progresses, each profession hub will level up, and the associated building will become more visually impressive. We treated each profession hub as an opportunity to describe the NPC who works there—how neat or messy they are, how they might work, and how they’ll grow with you as you level up your Garrison. We also thought it would be fun to throw in small hints of different races that might be associated with certain professions, such as draenei for Jewelcrafting or dwarves for Blacksmithing, to tie in the many races that give the World of Warcraft its depth and history.

- Jay Hwang, Senior 3D Artist

garrison-forgeIon Hazzikostas explained this further during a recent Yogscast by explaining that Garrisons will have a new NPC AI system which allows them to behave less like the scripted NPCs we know today. Essentially, since we have the ability to place a number of buildings at different locations, the interactions of those NPCs could not be pre-scripted in the usual manner.

As an example, imagine your Blacksmith follower waking up to go to work. Over time he’ll become thirsty and want to take a break so he’ll go to the tavern. Finally, you’ll see him going back to the barracks to sleep.

Then there was this:

I don’t know about you but this sounds great. I can’t help wishing that I’d also be able to see my alts pottering around doing what they do or even just walking around my personal city but I don’t see this happening. Now if I could choose a third non-gathering profession, I would have to say tailoring since it’s useful as a cloth wearer, a seeker of bigger bags and how can you resist those magic carpets?

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