Trick or Treat

For the month of October, Ambermist proposed the following challenge:

If your character were going Trick or Treating in Azeroth, what would their costume be? Tell me all about the what and the why, and if you can find a picture of it or something similar, please post that with it–I’d love to see!

Red Riding Hood

A while ago I posted a picture of Little Red Riding Hood as part of Saz’s Through your Interface challenge which was a lot of fun to do. The outfit was pieced together very quickly but I think it turned out pretty well. Several items were from my current set while the others were made up of selections from my virtual closet.

Having watched the latest incarnation of Red Riding Hood, I’ve loosely based my latest version on that.

From the Red Riding Hood Movie. Courtesy of Warner Bros

I’ve modernised the backdrop somewhat with a shot of our Horde city in the background.

Red Riding Disc

rrh-pet

But careful though, even battle pets can be deadly this time of year…

I’m a Collector!

LOL, what an understatement! Collector, Hoarder, you be the judge :P

For the month of August, Ambermist proposed the following challenge:

I want to know what you collect in the game

However and why-ever you loot, keep, store, organize, whatever you hold onto, or even if you refuse to hold onto anything–tell me about it!

OK, I use auto-loot. There, I said it!

Coolidge scolds me for this fact but I find it easier to loot everything in case there’s an extra nice shiny, recipe, transmog item, pet, etc. on one of the corpses. But I can’t wait for mass loot to come into play on Aug 28. On the other hand, I haven’t been using that setting on the beta, so I’m used to looking through the loot to pick and choose what I want to pick up.

It’s no secret that I collect a lot of things in the game from transmog pieces, tier sets, novelty items, pets and mounts (luckily the last 2 no longer take up inventory space). In fact, I’ve been known to hold onto quite a few things for their nostalgia value – like the Brazier of Invocation, Banner of Provocation, my Seal of Ascension ring, the Extra-Dimensional Ghost Revealer and Spectral Essence.

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of bag addons like ArkInventory and Bagnon but for the past six months or so I’ve been using AdiBags since it automates a lot of the filters. You can even split the main categories into sub-categories like consumables, gems, recipes and trade goods. I especially like the fact that it will save your sets to their own sub-categories.

Backpacks – All illusionary bags

As you can see, a lot of the items I carry around with me are mostly transmog pieces, since my Void Storage and Bank are already full.

Bank

My bank holds an assortment of bag sizes, including an enchanting bag. Hmm, I should probably change that to a normal bag. The majority are not surprisingly transmog items with a splash of novelty items and various transformation toys. All the tabards are ones you can’t easily buy or collectibles.

My Void Storage is pretty organised, except for the loose pieces which only have 3 items in the sets. Hopefully that will change someday. I was sad to notice there was no extra space in Mists – even an extra column would have been something.

Now I admit my transmog pieces have spilled over into parts of the Guild bank. This is sure to change before Mists though. But with other items like the basic ore and gems, I always think I’ll need them for something later. You just never know when you’ll need to make that particular piece or level up a new profession, right?

The hardest thing will be to clear up a lot of bag room before September 25. It’s kind of an exciting prospect thinking about all that free space but it’s asking the question what do I get rid of? that will take the most time.

At least I have these pics to remember what was…

…but until then, the countdown continues.

Something About Me

I’m not sure how long these challenges have been going on but this month, Battlechicken has given us the following for July.

Give me a detail about  yourself.

You can tell me something about your gaming personality or about your favorite color. You can tell me how you got started playing the game you love to play. You can tell me how gaming affects your life or you can get personal, if you want. Tell me about something you fear, something you treasure, something you’ve learned. Tell me about why you write. Tell me about why you play.

Tell me about you, because from what I can see, you’re pretty cool. :-)

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on doing this challenge as I didn’t know what I could share – other than what I already had but over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read on a lot of great things on the topic and realised that everyone has something to contribute no matter what their history is. Mine is very different to the life and death decisions or pivotal events which help shape who we are. Some are horrifying to read, while others prefer to play the naming game and relive first passions.

Now I’m not normally a fan of posting photos on the blog as this is about my gaming persona but I think I’ve shrunk the images down enough that you get an idea of who I am without every little detail. Hence the costumes, sunglasses, helmet or mask :P

I’m an adventurous kind of soul who has never said no to an amusement park ride. Although at Magic Mountain, my cousin said he would wait while I queued for my first free fall ride – this is not an uncommon occurrence as other males have declined going on a roller coaster with me. So I queued for Freefall and ended up being seated next to two 15yo girls. As our three-seater rose to it’s final elevation point, I wasn’t sure if I’d made the best decision but when we suddenly started plummeting down, the girls proceeded to laugh their heads off while I actually felt a bit of angina. There’s nothing like a life and death moment to snap you back to reality. To this day, it’s the only ride I’ve ever had an issue with.

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to do quite a bit of travelling including Fiji, New Zealand, Asia and the States, while going on my first big solo trip in ’97 travelling across Europe. The opportunity to take lots of pics was too hard to pass up for an avid photographer and I’ve managed to upgrade my camera a few times since then.

On occasion, I’ll even dress up for a good cause – like Catwoman for a work Christmas function, play an extra for a commercial or movie as well as a catwalk model.

I’m also lucky to be blessed with great genes. My last living grandparent (who was the only one I got to know growing up) died at the ripe old age of 103 (although she had no birth certificate so her children were a little unsure of her age). She always had very good skin which was passed on to my mother and then me.

Around high school, I began my beauty regimen which consisted of a three-step morning and evening ritual. During a school retreat at age 16, another girl commented that she didn’t even wash her face. At the time, I wished we could fast forward to when we were thirty to see how our skin compared.

Even now, I’m often mistaken for being a lot younger than my years. I’ll just say I was a child of the (early) 70’s but a couple of years ago, I was mistaken for a 21yo by my old Project Manager.

We were working over the weekend, when he said:

PM – You’d be too young to remember so-and-so (I can’t remember what we were talking about)

Me – You might be surprised.

PM – So how old are you?

Me – XX

PM – (he looks at me) How old are you really?

Me – XX

PM – No, come on, how old are you?

Me – Do you want to see my Driver’s Licence?

PM – Seriously?

Me – Why? How old did you think I was?

PM – 21 or so

(he was 28) :P

By the way, I’m Eurasian (Chinese/Russian) so the Asian part defiantly has a lot to do with it :)

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