Restore the Balance

Hubby and I have been wanting to do this achievement for a while and although it is simple as cake (which is a lie!!) we just hadn’t done it.

The panda cinematic was, like all the others, superb and really sucked me into the land of dragons!!! This felt like something we NEEDED to do.  Poor crooked Incense holder.  All broken and down trodden by Orcs and Humans and their race wars.

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But after a few seconds worth of effort we restored the balance! Isn’t it a stunning visual??

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Catch up….long post

ok, so I started blogging and then have been so addicted to the game I have done nothing but play.  So, this post will be an attempt at a full update which I can then proceed to update normally after 🙂 There is a lot in here, so bear with  me and enjoy the amount of stuff one person can get up to in just over a month.

Starting with my druid is now 90!!!  Woot 🙂  I love my boomy, as my old readers would know, I have however, never been able to play boomy – even after reading, testing and practising.  I love the spec…I just suck, but that should never stop you from playing – just don’t do it when it matters :p

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My priest is now 81 – slowly getting her up, hubby and I are levelling together with his rogue.  I am enjoying playing a SP, but I do forget I have a heal button which can sometimes be very useful.  I haven’t had a change to get much past 81 as we have been busy doing dailies on our mains. I wish you got an achievement banner at every level, it would look so much better than 80!

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Of course this leads to achievement chasing with so many different quest areas and achievements associated with them.  All of these have been done with just me as a frost mage and hubby on his SP so I think we are pretty awesome for having completed so many – and some were quite challenging in lower end gear.  There was the rares on thunder isle and the rares for each type of race which were the most difficult as clothies…but only a couple took multiple attempts and that was more because of added mob respawns.

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As part of the dailies you can do achievements without even realizing what you need to actually do to defeat them 🙂  I did mention to hubby that perhaps we needed to kill the bloods?

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You also discover achievements that should be done because they are fun and nerve wracking at the same time – yes, 90 seconds on those pillars doesn’t seem long, until you are trying not to fall off!

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Or achievements you have no idea how you actually got….Hubby had gotten this a couple of days ago, so I had made a concerted effort to focus…but I swear – I don’t remember throwing any fire down, I was studiously laying down the oil first…I am certainly not going to say no to this though!!

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I have done most of the LFR’s at this point, but missed a couple of screenies as I didn’t have my addon running, but I only have SoO to go now!!  Even thought it took us about 8 attempts to finally get a Pinnacle of Storms LFR!!  And the second half of Mogu Shan I finally got done as well!  Woot Woot!  Some of the boss fights are fantastic…completely fantastic, others a little bland in LFR, but for the moment I am content with being in a raid again.

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Vale of eternal Sorrows (which I have been calling Shadows – fail reading there on my part, no wonder no one knows wtf I am talking about)

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Phew!!  There are going to be a couple more posts but for the moment I think I have bored you all enough!!  Such a good time in game since I have been back. Really has been so much fun!

Where have I gone?

Into a cave somewhere in the swamp of sorrows to hide from people and the world in general.

Since I last posted my world has been turned upside down again, and so I have basically not been able to get online – nor have I even had the inclination in all honesty.

This is a very long post but I wanted it here as a reminder of my WoW life.  Feel free to have a gander.

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MIA

I am sort of missing in action at the moment as I am just having so many issues going on in my RL I can’t spare the time or the motivation to blog.  Although I have a fair few posts I could write about all the things happening at the moment, I just can’t find the energy.

Life sometimes beats you down so much that you can barely find the will to stand, we have all experienced it at some point.  We all deal with (or not as the case may be) it differently and have very different coping starts.  However I am way beyond the ability to cope with everything at the moment.

I still love blogging, and I love my WoW, I love my readers and my commenters and everything the blogosphere has brought into my life this year, but unfortunately it does not solve the real life issues that crop up and so my focus is now on other aspects of my life. What is pathetically horrible is that all it boils down to is my inability to find a job.  I am not unemployed at the moment, but I am not in a job that suits – aside from me travelling for just over 2.5 hours to get to work each way, I am working with my parents which brings a whole swag of issues, plus the huge pay cut I took doing it to help out when my mum had her nervous breakdown thinking – stupidly as it turns out – that I could get another job with a snap of the fingers, I spend most days bored out of my mind because I complete things 3 times faster than my mum does.

Anyone who has been job hunting or constantly rejected knows how horrible it can feel, and after 18 months of not even having one interview and redesigning my resume over 5 times, I am in a very bad mental place where I cannot hope to even be a good blogger – not that I was ever good per se.  I do not want my feelings to spill over into my wow life and so I will still be reading your posts and looking up blogs, but you will not likely see me comment much because I just don’t have the capacity right now.  Job hunting in NSW as well as VIC is going to take its toll on me and I cannot think of anything worse than making harsh or snippy comments and risking friendships because I am grumpy.

I am not sure when I will be back blogging again, it may never happen, but for those who want to add me and chat in game Dragonray 1445  is my battle tag.  I am still in game fairly often so more than happy to have a chinwag with people.

MoP Devastation Quests

I was doing a quest the other night and I found myself completely devasted by it.  I felt awful.  I was excited to find a tauren camp, I thought Navi would be excited to see others of her kind.  Then this unfolded and I was welling up. For whatever reason this reminded me of a post I read – ages and ages ago – I want to say it was Akabeko that wrote it, but honestly I can’t say that.  However the post was about the end of their days and I actually cried when I read it.  Like a baby I balled my eyes out – and I commented as much if I recall – I will see if I can find it again…

I wasn’t balling like a baby, but this really moved me. (Behind a cut as some people may consider it spoilerish – piccies only)

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My thoughts so far on MoP

I am currently sitting midway into level 87 and I will honestly say – hand on heart – I am sick of levelling already. It feels long.  Really long this time. I normally don’t mind questing, but I am finding it particularly frustrating this time around.

My very quick reasons for this – is the maps are confusing and quests are spread out all over the place.  I have felt as if I have spent all day running back and forth for like 2 quests, or you find a random in a forest who has 3 quests but had you not walked past him you wouldn’t have known they were there.  I would prefer you have a map with one city in the middle and some dude hands you out 50 quests all at once, then I can just go around the map and do them in some semblence of order.  Yes – I want order!

The second issue I am having is being unable to find ways to get into quest hubs, yesterday I spent 30 minutes riding around an entire map to find an entrance that was on my map, but not when I got there. It has happened multiple times.  Yes I know it is not Blizz’s fault because I get lost, but if we sued the above solution, I wouldn’t be annoyed about it !  :p

See, very quick negatives, onto the other things!

I have run both available dungeons :

First time I ran it I got locked out of one of the boss fights because the tank ran in like a looney – although that seemed to be a theme with the runs I went on today (5 – if memory severs me correctly). I didn’t get a chance to enjoy my time in there so I really cannot comment,  I hate the first boss who requires you spend the entire fight running in a circle….what a stupid fight for people that need actually cast….stupid….

The last boss in this place, I SWEAR!!  did different things when I went in…so I am assuming there is a random element to it..it may help if I actually read the dungeon journal – I might do that tonight :p  I liked this instance, the litle elemental things are in it 🙂 They are awesome! Bad image but you know which creatures I am talking about.

I have been taking great care to read things and just enjoy the small things that are always in the game but generally missed out on.

A guildie also found one later that said something along the lines of scratching their botom they sniffed their finger and will never do it again.  I must try and track it down, it was funny 🙂  I liked the Hozen, not as annoying as JaJa binks but almost!

I am having massive bag space issues as the gear I am getting all looks so awesome, I am wanting to keep it, but my void storage is completely full, so is my bank and my only options now are to go through and delete any double ups of gear – like for my tier 13 stuff I have duplicate LFR pieces that I was using for PVP etc…I can get rid of them now and that may free up some space, but for the few pieces that will get rid of, I have already gotten quite a few novelty items from quests that I can’t bear to part with like my puntable marmot.  So transmog is an issue.  I am a fully fledged addict.  I want to enter more competitions! LOL

I am having issues with my mage – my damage seems to be crap.  I tried frost with no luck – I was struggling to get the hang of it, and am now trying fire.  I seem to spend far too long killing one mob, my normal spells are hitting for less than 20k (they used to hit for almost 30k and up to 50k for a crit) – I have to investigate what changes were made, was the damage output reduced for everyone or are the mobs just that much harder to kill? I am feeling quite distraught about it.  Fire is still RNG, although I enjoy the playstyle, I was barely doing 14k on some fights and others I was hitting just over 23k….which in my mind is pathetic.  If I get a chance over the next couple of nights I will start my investigations, this will be an easy fix once I figure it out I am sure.

Overall, I am enjoying myself!  I can’t wait to get to 90!

Scenarios and awesome things

Tonight, I was determined to do the new scenario, and I loved it!!!

I had heard mixed reports, and as usual I had no complaints 🙂 I can’t wait to see more of them as thy will be quite enjoyable o do when you just want iTunes with a couple of mates though some quick things.

I liked that I could blow stuff away and not worry about aggro or threat or healing etc. Obviously having a healer does make a difference if you are grabbing bundles and bundles of pats, but if exercising caution, you could survive quite easily without.

Anyway when I came out of my scenario, I landed on top of someone. Just another person until the name registered in my brain and I actually squealed. Hubby thought I was mental. I then proceeded to jump like a maniac because Akabeko was standing right in front of me!

Akabeko! THE AKABEKO!!

After a moment of complete speechlessness, we had a quick chat and swapped battletags. Of course, I was too chicken to actually talk to her after that, but small steps ok? I also have to thank another special Druid for helping that connection 🙂

I did the scenario on a couple of toons, did some healing on my pally in PVP and then decided to call it a night!

But, immense night tonight!

Beavertown

Yeah, busy like beavers…you thought I was going to the gutter again didn’t you :p naught naughty readers!!!

I have barely been online this past week due to things..just random things, but things nonetheless.

Our guild got to level 10, I missed it sadly, but I was there for our level 11 ding!  YAY!

I also discovered, stupidly slow again, that there is no cap on the dailies anymore. I knew it was happening but didn’t think to check as I thought it was a MoP thing.  So I spent one day going nuts with the dailies and then haven’t done them since. I must get another couple of days done, on a couple of different toons, I want to have more money saved up for MoP.

My shammy managed to beg a couple of runs with the guild and now has enough gear to get into the twilight heroics, however, I am a little meh about playing her as enhancement…I shall see how it goes though, I am missing totems, it was what I played the class for. Apparently Elemental is the way to go!

I am certain my levelling experience through MoP will be my mage, druid, paladin, warrior.  The last two being interchangable depending on time factors etc.  In previous expacs I went nuts with my mage doing everything possible before worrying about the next, however there is no demand for that this time so I will just get them to 90 and spend time alternating on them.  Aside from raiding requirements on my mage of course 🙂

I will probably level a monk with the frosties so I have a healer/tanking toon over there, rather than just a tank.

I am going away this weekend as well, so will be MIA a little bit, hopefully will get online tonight for a run of some kind, and a scenario or two 🙂  I can’t wait to see it!!!

This is the last week in cataclysm, and I am sad and happy and excited and nervous and so many emotions.  As alway,s I get emotional when it comes to this game. I love it.  I love the world and I love the story.  I am amazed that people have created this just for my pleasure 🙂  I could think of nothing better than spending my days playing this game and just chilling out with my pets and dragons and oomkins 🙂

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never had a problem with the changes or things that Blizzard do to this game.  So far, each time has been better with awesome changes and more fun.  I can’t wait for Pandaria and I am just excited to be blogging through another xpac!!

 

Catching up…slowly

I was away last weekend from Thursday to Monday night, and missed a whole bunch of stuff like transmog events and such.

I am slowly catching up, but it will take a few days I think, I am trying to set up some posts and I was halfway through a shared topic that I didn’t get to post, the one about head cannon, and it was such a long winded waffly post, I may just post it anyway!  Yeah I am a rebel!

I have no idea what I missed on twitter, and I am not going to go backwards through it all!!

I only remember last night to check my friends requests in game and had about 16 spam messages…really?!?!  SPAM!!!?  I was amazed!!  No I don’t want to be your friend and buy gold. PISS off Xhygsh!  LOL

I hope everyone is well and I will try and catch up on blogs when I can, hugs and kisses!

Transmogolympics: Discus!

Discus Event – LIVE!

Once again fantastic commentary,  is this the first one with duplicate outfits? Spectacular outfits though 🙂

Gold Winner!!

Check out my transmog page for my outfit 🙂

In truth discus was the one event I re-did about 12 times, in the end I put forward the most appealing.  I could not get this right at all.

Shared Topic: Lifechanging?

This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic is suggested by Effraeti.

Very simply:

How has WoW changed your life?

Oh, you wonderful woman for suggesting such a topic, this could be a horrifically waffly post, which I love doing 🙂  There may even be pictures involved if I can find them 🙂

I have been trying to write a post for the last 3 days about how wow has changed my life and I am really struggling to put into words the changes. How can I describe the sense of achievement I get when we kill bosses, the feeling I am contributing to something with others, how do I explain to you the friendships I have built and am building every day with new people who are fun and interesting and worthwhile?

Is it even possible to put into words the comfort I get from throwing fireballs with my bare hands at huge ugly mobs when I am having a bad day, or the overwhelming pride when I kill someone in PVP before they kill me and recognise that I have actually improved my skills, or the enjoyment I get from reading and improving my character in game.

Wow has changed me in so many ways, and I don’t want to sound like a primary school teacher here, but it has taught me a lot about team work, co-operation, dealing with difficult personalities, enjoying my ability to find information, making friends – the list is endless.  I just wish it could change my temper, although it seems to be one of the few things that sets my temper off, well not the game but ignorant people 😀

I am still learning things every day and WoW is still changing my life, not just through the game but through the community.  Blogging, twitter, jogging etc have all shown me that there is a huge world out there of people to meet and things to do.  I hope WoW never stops changing my life because I could not honestly imagine waking up one day and finding it not there anymore.

Here are links to some of the other bloggers post, make sure you bring tissues – you may need it for a couple of them!

BeMop

Confessions of a Grown up Gamer

Syrco Owl

Draigs Lab

The Dancing Tree

Flask Half Empty

Ysera’s Daughter

Bikesbabesbytes

Amerence love WoW

Kor’kron 501st

Gaming Couples

The Crimson Hammer

Saving Azeroth

Sisterhood of Kia

Red Cow Rise

Transmogolympics – Hammer Throw!!

JD has done the most awesome commentary on the Hammer throws!!

I have been laughing like a maniac since I started reading…

Here is the post he has up 🙂  

The winner – Undercity!

Gold Medal Winner!!

From the looks of it, I appear to have a silver medal in the Hammer Throw 🙂  SQUEEEEE!!  Check out my transmog page for my outfit!  I think I have checked the post over 5 times to make sure I am reading it right, that I won a medal, I am so happy 🙂 I was hoping to win just one, I can die now 🙂

Making friends and warm fuzzy feelings!

I need to start this off my saying I am not great at making friends in person, online though; I am not nervous or shy. I think the benefits of essentially being unknown is that you can take a few moments to compose responses or think of witty responses to things.

Most people would consider me an extrovert, however I consider myself an introvert until I really feel comfortable in the company.

I have been blogging since 2009 about WoW and really, I made very little attempt at making friends or getting out there in the blogosphere for fear of rejection or ridicule.  Anyway once I decided to put myself out there and just start talking to people no matter how dumb I felt, I found an entire new world of basically very very lovely people.  One being Navimie.  Anyway, you all know how beautiful she is,  recent experiences have shown how much you all love/appreciate/enjoy her.

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Shared Topic: Custom Fit Professions

Effraeti brings us a colourful topic on Blog Azeroth this week :

Professions are fun for some and a necessary evil for others.

Some of us have farming professions. Some of us have crafting professions. Some of us have a little bit of everything! Professions are leveled because they fit our style of play, help us in raiding, allow us to outfit our alts, and make us money.

What professions do you have on your main? Do his/her professions fit their personality? Why did you choose them? If you chose professions based on your character and not on gaming needs, would that change some of their professions they use?

(This can include the secondary professions of archaeology, fishing, cooking, and first aid too!)

Such a long and detailed post this is going to be, as you know, I never do anything by halves 🙂 Here is my story…

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Kirin Tor Mini Mage!!!!

O.O yeah baby!!!!

Took just under 18 months :p to finally get it

I spent the ENTIRE day logged into WOW from my PC – which I can see from the kitchen or on the laptop – being carried around the house with me because I was determined to get the last 2 books!!

I nearly missed one because I was checking soemthing out on my mac and not watching my pc, but someone got the Higher learning achievement and i happened to notice out of the corner of my eye.

Then finally…and about 5.30 this afternoon, whilst sitting on the floor like a drunken hooker, I saw a book spawn on the shelf.

 

I didn’t realise you got a mail with a little book to keep forever 🙂 My collector OCD went into overdrive excitement!

My very own Kirin Tor mini mage!

 

Shared topic: Introducing RL friends to WoW

Frinka has given us another great topic this week.

Have you ever tried to introduce real life friends to WoW? If yes, how did it go? If you never have, why not?
Mine is in two parts, the story of my recruitment and me recruiting others.
My recruitment I am sure i have posted before, but since I have no idea when you all get the story again :p