The Crystal Jewel

The Crystal Jewel

The other day, I was reminded of a recent visit to Questacon, our National Science and Technology Centre where my favourite exhibit involved swapping a rather large jewel with a bag of sand.

Sense-a-Swap

Swap a ‘diamond’ sitting on a pressure sensor with a bag of sand, so you don’t wake the statue

Much like the Indiana Jones movie, the skull (or in this case, diamond) was sitting on a pressure sensitive plate so you can see the similarities.

crystal skull

I admit I had to try this a couple of times but I’m happy to report I emerged victorious.

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Meanwhile, it seems my NPC is getting a name change to something more fitting for a Blood Elf. Too bad I can’t just be an anomaly. :P

Cymre Jones NPC

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:

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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 currently in-game to know a lot of people have made an impact and it appeared I had too. I couldn’t believe it, I would actually be making an appearance as an actual NPC like El of El’s Anglin’ and Beanni of WarcraftPets fame. Funnily enough, it was a subject I had written about previously but my ideas have changed somewhat since then.

During the last beta, I was lucky enough to get an early invite so I was itching to see what MoP had to offer. This included a lot of zone exploration and the genesis of my my Wild Pet series. Funnily enough, it was a while before I tried any pet battling since I never played Pokemon so this little side game was kind of lost on me. However, I was soon hooked after a couple of battles.

My first encounter became the foundation of my beginner’s guide – Getting Started in Pet Battles. You can read about my early experiences with pet battles and my hysterical first match with my moonkin against a critter – oh if only I did videos back then. Maybe Cool still remembers me almost sliding off my chair as I almost died of cuteness. At the same time, I was interested in testing the archaeology changes which eventually led to all the Novelty Items I’ve encountered and subsequent Archaeology section of the blog.

When it came to my NPC, I asked if Cymre could wear her trademark outfit but I wasn’t sure if any customisation would be possible (like some of the NPCs I’ve seen) with edited pieces. Her current look was created with the help of WMV and Photoshop so they don’t necessarily exist like this in-game.

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The pants were cropped to look like shorts since I really liked the conventional look of the upper half but the bottom portion was just plain ugly. Unfortunately, there weren’t any boots I wanted to use so after looking through every possible option in WMV (which is no small feat), these sneakers worked out perfectly. It turns out they are a recoloured version of the mage cm set but I couldn’t help notice how well they matched the shorts. The glasses would ideally look like Gunnars but sadly they don’t look as cool in-game.

So after the first preliminary screenshot (which looked similar to what you see above), I couldn’t help but tweak her a little. I had a quick look in MogIt to see if I could come up with a decent alternative – that way I could stick with in-game items while still keeping the same look. About an hour later, I ended up getting something pretty similar.

This morning I awoke to find a lot of congratulatory tweets as my npc (just one of several) had made it into the alpha. So thanks to everyone who have shared my excitement and especially Blizzard who continue to feed my imagination in this beautiful virtual world.

P.S I look forward to posting my own strat as well as reading your own but one question remains: in a battle with myself, who will be victorious? There can be only one! :D

Whoo-Cha!

Whoo-Cha!

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.

miyari-guideThen 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

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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

Jonesing For An Update

As I flew over Undercity on my way to Scholo, I noticed just how impressive the ruins actually are. It’s been almost a decade since my first visit to the old capital but if I remember correctly, the exterior was only updated in Cataclysm.

That’s when I noticed some of the more interesting historical aspects of the place. It’s really quite impressive when you take the time to look around but as I went to explore one of the towers, I noticed something odd about my leg.

Blizz, what’s with the double-jointed twitch? I always noticed one leg hovering lower than the other but I guess I never looked this closely before. I’ll just put it towards another thing to fix during the model update. Here’s hoping the female Blood Elf will be just as good (if not better) than the new Draenei model and I just love the racially themed underwear. I foresee gemstones in my bikini.

But first, here’s a new Cymre Jones outfit since I’ve never been entirely happy with her sets before – at least ones I can actually wear. I guess this is what she might be wearing if she still had that chestpiece as an all cloth set.

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and then I’ve always loved this leather chestpiece.

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Hmm, doesn’t quite mesh. Times like this I wish we had more stylish shoes like the ones found below in WMV.

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In the meantime, here’s a compromise. Funnily enough, I couldn’t find the pant model in v0.7.0.5 and the more recent version had issues displaying any of my models but thanks to Photoshop, it’s looking better and better.

Cymre Jones – the Motion Picture

Cymre Jones – the Motion Picture

This project has been in the works for a while but I’m excited to say that the video (created by Navimie) is finally ready to view. I only saw it for the first time today and I must admit, the music was a great fit. Funnily enough, the archaeology scene was deleted but I think it still captures who she is. As with any great adventure you’ll find action, exploration, a love interest and even a blooper when she’s flung backwards as a meteor.

I felt like I was riding a hoverboard (from Back to the Future) although it was quite difficult skimming the water with all those rocks. We also managed to record some of the Last Relic of Argus locations and follow all the forms of Kroshik on the Isle of Thunder. It was a little odd to glide over Ruby Lake and still sink with levitate activated – just shows I don’t glide very often.

It’s a long way from that first video she created of a certain tauren hunter and druid :P

Thx so much Navi. <3

DIY Robot

DIY Robot

Have you noticed the new fluff items from your daily Blingtron Package lately? A Steamy Romance Novel may be old news to some but the Blingtron Heart Key is certainly new. Then that got me thinking… along the lines of finding all sorts of treasures around Pandaria, what if we could find random body parts, kind of like piecing the Crumbled Chamberlain together and make our own robots but each piece had a random chance to be a different colour or design – like one could be a bionic arm or some other unique feature.

Blingbot

Maybe one design could look like Blingtron or Jeeves or possibly a new design but you couldn’t see what kind of robot you had until you had all the pieces.

Crumbled

The Crumbled Chamberlain

I imagine my robot to be a companion like the Argent Gruntling who can sell, trade or access your bank. Maybe even loot stuff like the Fetch glyph for Hunters or Helpful Wikky’s Whistle. On the other hand, imagine if we had a portable hand-in for all those archaeology artifacts without having to go back to the Seat of Knowledge every day. If that’s the case, handing in those pristine items could open up a holographic dialogue of sorts letting us know more about the item we’ve discovered.

I don’t know, maybe I just have Archaeology on the brain but finding all those Lost Treasures and Riches of Pandaria injected a new kind of excitement I’ve been missing for a long time. By the way, if you’re in the market for creating your own shirts, check out this T-Shirt Printing site.

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