Ten Years in Azeroth

Ten Years in Azeroth

To celebrate the upcoming 10th Anniversary of WoW, Godmother has put together 1o Years, 10 Questions so we can all look back on our time in Azeroth.

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1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
My brother had just started playing and while watching him do a few quests in the starting area, he showed me the cinematic trailer (which looked a little scary to me). Even so, he handed me one of his 10 day passes so I could try it out. I did and was hooked after the first couple of quests.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
A human pali which seemed like a fun character to play since she was melee with spells.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
I chose Alliance because it was the most normal looking race (and the one my brother played) although I didn’t know what server he was on at the time.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
I’m not sure if it’s necessarily in-game but there have been many. The Thanksgiving Event in 2011 turned out to be a real turning point for me. It gave me the courage to post in a public forum and turned out to be a great opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from other realms and regions.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
When I first started playing my hunter, it was all about taming those rares and collecting silver dragon shots. Now I have so many other interests from collecting pets and achievements to transmog and treasure hunting.

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
I find myself in Uldum quite a lot. I just love the zone from it’s Egyptian feel to the Harrison Ford questline.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
Since April 2005 and the only lapses in play have been from holidays where I’ve not had access to the game.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
I always like to read them through the first time (although that doesn’t always happen).

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
Some of the interactions with people.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
It’s funny, I only started collecting nerdy t-shirts over the last year. Sometimes when I watch movies, I’m reminded by something in-game although it’s probably more correct to say it’s the other way around. Other than that I like to keep my gaming persona separate from RL. My friends and family know I play but don’t know much more than that.

There you go, short and sweet.

Orphan Matron Cymre

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 reward.

Whenever I feel like a bit of rest and relaxation, I head to one of my absolute favourite spots in Tian Monastery, as featured in my Adventures of Cymre Jones video. Personally, I’d love to see a lily pond in my garrison but even if that never happens, I know where I can go for some scenic beauty.

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Then there’s the Ambermarsh in Townlong Steppes. I remember thinking it was some sort of magical wonderland during my exploration of the beta.

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Lastly, the Serpent Spine roll track was always fun, especially when you get the Roll Club achievement.

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As a reward I’d still love to see one of these glow flies in my collection. I mean it wouldn’t even have to battle.

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So what about you?

Liebster III

Liebster III

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.

OLRG Strikes Again

OLRG Strikes Again

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.

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

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 :)

Professions in Garrisons

Professions in Garrisons

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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