Chasing achievements

Ever since the achievement system came into effect, I have had a few BC dungeons not listed as completed.  This has always sat in the back of my mind, because I don’t recall doing anything to get the ones I already had.

Yesterday, I finally decided to get off my butt and do them.

I did do Setthek Halls just before this so get my birdie…he didn’t drop 😦 Maybe Next time right?

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Shared Topic: Single Realm

This week’s Blog Azeroth topic is from Frinka At Warcraft Street.

If it were possible, would you want Blizzard to put all characters in a single realm/game world by realm type — PvP vs PvE vs RP? Why or why not?

I am hoping I have understood this topic correctly, because I would love nothing more than to have entirely separate realms based on game type.

Of course in my perfect world, the developers for Blizzard would be just inundated with so many things they have to balance it would be unfair really 🙂

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Battlechicken July Challenge

So, I have never done one of Battlechickens challenges, but since I am getting out there a little more in the community I thought it was high time I did 🙂

I have been considering writing a post on this topic for the last few weeks, about something quite personal and I just never found the right sort of context and this topic has come up, which allows me to kill two murlocs with one stone.

I have put it behind a cut as it may trigger and be hard to read. It is also long winded and waffly, as is my style 😀

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PURPLE NURPLE!!

He is complete – for the moment!! 

I still need the helm and a better weapon, however the helm I generally have hidden anyway, so I am not worried about it and my weapon is kind of crud, so I want to get it upgraded before I worry about transmogging it.  However the longer I look at him without a matching weapon the more it is going to annoy the hell out of me, so it may end up done this week anyway 🙂

My shoulders dropped off Omor tonight and I was wrapped, so I am sorry for the posting in the last couple of days, I have been going overboard, but seriously it just rocks my socks and I am so excited I had to share immediately!!

Shared Topic: Starstruck

Yeah ok, so you can blame me for the topic this week, and in all honesty I was going to delete it if we managed to get some more topics, but then I just got lazy because I would have to change dates on other topics, so you are stuck with it.  Given the last few weeks though I have found I would be interested in this from other people’s point of views.  We have some newer bloggers out there and they must have people or bloggers they are inspired by etc, so I am keen to find out who those on a pedestal are.

Are you starstruck by anyone? Does someone in the community respond to a post or a tweet and get you all speechless because they actually responded? Is there anyone you are waiting to have respond directly to you? Is there someone that you would like to chat to, but are too chicken? Am I the only one who puts other bloggers on a pedestal?

I also feel this could be slightly weird, given people will be named on here and how awkward it would be for those people, but blogging is about being honest and having the guts to put things out there 🙂  I came up with idea simply because recently a few people in the blogosphere were having their posts linked to, being interviewed and being responded to on twitter by people that i would literally be in shock if it happened to me.

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Mogging it

I was transmogging gear again with Mog it last night and getting sooooooooo annoyed that my low level characters had bugger all items…I hung around hoping that Navimie would turn up online as I couldn’t figure out the problem and I was gong to beg her to help me.

Turns out, google search was useless in helping me and I couldn’t find what I was after.  The Navimie saved my bacon though…stupid filters 😀 took her about 0.1 of a second to know the issue…got to love that girl.

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Shared Topic: Nicest Thing

This one could be about 600 pages long, and in all honesty I could not mention the millions of nice things people have done for me in game.  I will try to list as many as I can though – it is always good to thank the people out there who made this game what it is and not just moan about the idiots who make it that little bit of hell 🙂

My first guild was full of nice people who just wanted to help 😀  Auricthewise – pulled me aside one day when he saw I was wearing all manner of weird shit and explained to me that each class has specific stats..a mage wearing strength and agility was not the way to go 🙂  He spent a packet on the AH (back in the days before dailies so money was precious) and got me some upgrades 😀  I will never forget that kindness.

Theholyman and Alexelder, trundled me through Gadzetzan and Dustwallow marsh a few times to help me quest, fun times 🙂  Bomma running me through Deadmines repeatedly and making me fall in love with boomkins 😀

Senna, a fellow mage, i honestly can’t remember how we met, but s/he gave me money towards my first mount 🙂 s/he also spent a lot of time with me teaching me how to duel, pvp, rotate spells.  All very important stuff as a mage!

Koliara and Dreddly – gave me a lot of support when doing the guild leading thing. That is both ingame and out as well,  but basically being officers and doing bank organisation and being class leaders after a fashion, without wanting to actually be officers. It was a blessing.

Mithraci and Cayehn- for being co-gm’s with me and dealing with the shit with me and booting people and controlling the insanity.

Those are the four major things that actually come to mind when thinking about the nicest things.  I mean after playing since Vanilla, I couldn’t just come up with one thing 🙂

Check out everyone elses thoughts – we are a lucky bunch if you ask me 🙂

Frinka

Crash

Devee

Faye

My flag bearer

I got the Sha’tar tabard as my country.  I decided to use my mage for this as she is relevant to the BC era  😀 and has lovely long legs.

Anyway, I have to let JD know, so you guys are getting this before anyone else!!  This will be the only one I can post up here as all voting is anonymous on the outfits.

Waving her Sha’tar flag proudly!

God awful ugly colours let me tell you, but I am loving the outfit I put together 😀 I hope these pictures are better quality, they looked awesome on my pc, but not sure if they lost quality when i uploaded them, and my work computers are so old, I can’t tell if they are nice or not.

I hope you enjoy!

Mogolympics information

What did I just do!

I just requested to be entered into the

Mogolympics!!

Waiting to find out if I am in and which tabard I am getting.

Sha,tar!! I am IN – it is on girls and boys!

**edited to add**

Maybe one of my professional transmoggers can help me out here, what if you don’t have the item…for example..I don’t have a chopper…so do i just create my set without being near a bike and then the judges will be comparing it with an image? Will that disadvantage me not being near the item in question?

Oh god…this is stressful already and I don’t even know if I am in yet 🙂

Completely freaking out!!!!

I just sent an email to Blizzard regarding their corporate partnerships and I am waiting for a response on what information they require to consider said partnership with companies.

Also waiting for call backs from a couple of IP lawyers that I have emailed as well…

I cannot express how much I am freaking out at the idea of rejection…or hell, even a positive response.

Has anyone dealt with Blizzard from a merchandise point of view – how was the experience? Overall?

Shared Topic: Rename WoW

Frinka asked a very simple, yet hard question this week for the shared topic on Blog Azeroth.

Knowing what you know now about the game, what name other than World of Warcraft would you give it? Why?

It sounds simple really, but coming up with a catchy name is harder than I thought it would be.

Some of mine are not really language safe – as is my way, so I have shoved it behind a cut to shield potential bad words 🙂

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Name Change time

So I have been updating some of my personal blogs to their own domains and I figured it was about time my little wow obsession got some of its own space.

I have been blogging about my wow adventures for a while now..in fact i think my anniversary is coming up..or just past…WOW would you look at that..Today in fact…my first blogging post.

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Didn’t raid last night :(

Up, down, up, down, up, down.

I swear I feel like I am on a roller coaster that I just can’t get off because the guard is laughing maniacally at the gate and pushing the machine to go faster, pussycat, faster!!

We had 5 people online last night, so we are hoping Thursday is a go.  I really thought given we smashed through 6 bosses on Sunday that people would be all busting chops to go… 😦

I have found myself looking at guilds again…secretly…when I think I am not looking….it’s pathetic – I agree – but I just can’t shake the feeling that I am completely and utterly addicted to the game and raiding specifically.

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Shared Topic: Top 3 Things

Cymre has given us a topic this week that I felt compelled to write about, it has been a while since I have done one and because this is about sentimental items – I just had to jump in!

Once again, I’m hoping this hasn’t been done already, but after the last couple of days of being hacked, I’m putting this out there.

“What are the top three items on your main that you just love for sentimental, fun or silly reasons and would hate to lose? Tell us a story, what makes them so special and as always illustrate with screenshots”

I went a little more then 3, but well, I have been playing the one toon since Vanilla…I think I deserve a little wiggle room :p

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Stupid = Stupid :)

Yup, another grand ole post about my inability to use the soft grey matter embedded in some cavity on the top of my body.

I am sooo close on my three toons to getting a mount each from the darkmoon faire, my mage being only 9 tickets off now, my druid is about 15 off and my pally about 60 off (so admittedly not that close).

However, I did all my darkmoon faire stuff on my three toons when it came out so I could bump them up another notch.  Then realised the next day, stupidly…that the dailies award a prize ticket as well….DUH!!!  Really?!!?  I have spent months just doing the main quests and never going back for the dailies and wondering why I was so far behind on the pets and mounts…..but somewhere in my head I knew they gave tickets…i just…forgot it temporarily?

Brain failure!

What I find so funny though,  is my fantastic plan to actually level my druid professions to the magical 75 mark for fishing, cooking and first aid so i could do the profession quests…after how many months of the DMF?? She was the only toon I didn’t have them even started on.  I do, however, refuse to do archaeology on any other toons…it was hard enough on my mage!!

So after feeling like a complete nuffy for a) not utilizing the professions quests, I was b) not even doing the dailies for 7 days to get the most tokens…I am now – hopefully on track for getting my mounts and pets next month on my toons.

Yes…hail me, for I am the leader of nuffyland!!

I spanked Diablo

I have never ever managed to actually get to a Diablo fight, so when I say I am excited, multiply it by about 1500 😀

I am still home today, as hubby has been sick with a flu and is coughing like a madman, this has meant over the last 4 days I have managed about 4 hours sleep a night, I am running on empty.  Anyway, I got even less sleep last night, maybe 2 hours, and I am not fit to drive into work – it’s a 2 hour drive.  I am a danger!

So I decided since I can’t sleep I may as well try and kill Diablo,  I haven’t been back in the game since I attempted him the other night.

And voila!  A dead Diablo!!

I am quite proud of myself that my reflexes were good enough to actually do it, I thought I would be doing this for a while given how tired I am.

As usual another spectacular cinematic – I am going to rewatch this one another 100 times no doubt, but they have all been so spectacular.  I would love Blizzard to do an animated movie…WoW related of course because their cinematics are always so amazing!!  The Lich King – need I say more?!?!?

So after the wonderful death of Diablo I got my very own congrats screen 🙂  I yelped in excitement!   I killed Diablo!!  I killed Diablo!!  Makes me want to go back and kill him in the other ones now…I have done it once, I can do it again with crappier graphics right??

I am not sure if I am going to do nightmare mode, the thought of clearing all those maps again makes me sag in disappointment.  But maybe it can be a side project or something.  I would honestly prefer to play WoW given how much I want to get done before MoP comes out with rep grinding, levelling alts and soting out the professions on my toons – I want to get first aid up on my druid, and cooking/fishin – because if i change my main to her come MoP she needs to be able to hold her own and do dialies etc.

Anyway, woot!!  I could always do co-op through nightmare difficulty perhaps?

MMO’s declining?

MMO melting posted about the decline in MMO’s being caused by game design and i am sad I missed this topic, but there is nothing saying I can’t post about it now.

I have always been an advocate of the larger raids, 40 mans were my favourite an always will be, a 40 man raid team needed to have massive stable guilds, that all had to want to work together and be part of that team.

So what if 10 people in the raid were not the best players, at least they could be hidden away and have fun enjoying the game without hindering the team too much.  I certainly was not a great player when I started, I needed to learn a lot and having a 40 man raid team gave me the space and skills to learn that  without being the cause of constant wipes.

40 man raids also promoted a better sense of being in a team, I can’t remember how many times I got beaten on rolls for a raid spot, but, i didn’t mind because I knew I would be in the next time.  I didn’t come into raiding feeling a sense of entitlement for my raid spot, i knew i was in a team that needed everyone to be supportive and not a tanty thrower.

However when they changed it to 10 and 25 man raids, I noticed a distinct change in people believing they should never be sat out in a 10 man guild.  I have always been a string believer that you have to have spare people, because people do miss raids, life happens and you need to be able to continue raiding if someone is unavailable.  But I had massive arguments with people believing they would miss out on loot and why should they sit out?  The arguments only got worse if you were trying to move from 1o man into 25 man and trying to run 2 x 10 man groups and ensuring one group is as successful as the others.

As anyone that has read my blog knows, we can’t clear Dragonsoul, because the couple of people that can’t play their toons exceptionally well hold the whole team back.  The boss fights are getting more and more complicated and is not just a case of standing there and doing a job.

I am not saying the boss fights were boring in MC or BWL, I didn’t think they were, you still had to decurse, move behind barriers, craft cloaks and avoid damage, handle being polymorphed into giraffes etc.  I didn’t mind being a mage and my only job was to decurse the entire fight, that was the job I needed to do, it is no different to me doing fiery grip on Spine.

I truly believe LFR is awesome for less skilled players and should really be advantageous for them, but it means you don’t even need to be in a guild anymore if that is your kind of thing.

My issue, is I should be able to do 10/25 raid with my guildmates and not be weighed down by their skill levels. Yes I know a lot of people have said that DS is easy and so many people have cleared it, but my guild is the perfect example of the people missing out on stuff because of a couple.  I like the heroic modes, I think they should have it automatically unlocked so the skilled players can head straight into it if they want and it should be hard for them.  We are a group of friends who have been raiding together  since Kara and we have done a lot of content together, but we generally miss out on the last boss, Vash, Kel, Rags and now DW.  It’s a shame with all the hours we put in, the content is just that smidge too hard for some people to in on.

I like the guild perks and levels, however i think they need to give the xp boosts as level 1 and 2, then it won’t be hard for guilds to build up a player base.  Or get rid of those two perks entirely.  it isn’t needed given how easy it is to level up. I know in my recent guild hunt I wasn’t looking at any guilds below level 25 because mentally i figure they have a large player base that is active.

Anyway, I guess the point I am trying to make is that MMO’s aren’t in decline, but the sense of community and just enjoying the game is being ruined by the fights getting harder and therefore lesser players are getting abused or made to feel they can’t enjoy the game either.

I don’t see a solution, but I certainly don’t think we should have to call out the bad players and make them feel like crap when they pay exactly the same amount as me each month.  LFR brings out the worst in people, pugging requires already cleared, high gearscores and heroic is just well out for  lot of people.  People are still playing WoW – millions apparently, but there aren’t that many people raiding and it does not surprise me at all.  If I was new to the game, I would probably have never set foot into a raid the way it is now, and i wouldn’t be pvping – achievement for me then 😀

Diablo is easy…

MY ARSE!!  LOL

OK, I am up to Diablo – attempting to defeat him and I have only given it one shot, but I have been online all day, I have decided now is avery good time to take a break for a few hours, rather than get frustrated 🙂

I think it will be  challenge and I am certainly not going to be able to kill him easily…I know I have found all the bosses moderately difficult, but only because of my lack of skill as a player.  I am not good with no camera angle changes and having to use mouse for attacks and movement…I am just not getting it as easily as some.

However given I played Diablo 1 and 2 and never ever even got to actually fighting Diablo – I am pretty impressed with myself 😀

I am likely going to start a monk next, but I highly doubt I will ever get her very high.  I am assuming I need to play the nightmare level now to get my character to 60, but I highly doubt I will make it that far.  Although it is a game I can take my time with and do it with friends or co-op to get through it, so 60 may be doable.

I did another co-op today and just as we were killing a boss, the entire game froze and threw us out.  So I signed up again and got a bunch of people who kept constantly dying, so I would res them, and then die to the hundreds of mobs they managed to pull. It was a bit of fun anyway 😀

I just figured out my graphics were not set as high as they could be and that has made me a little disappointed as I wonder how much better the spell effects were..but I will see that when I start my monk I am sure 😀

So here is a picture of my wizard:  isn’t she lovely?

I have opened up so many new banner things, I will have to have a play with them, but I just was so focused on clearing through everything 😀  I am happy to report I cleared everything I could find, BUT – I seem to have missed a few achievements relating to areas…so I am going to have to dredge back through the entire place as I did not leave a corner of any map undiscovered.  I can only assume I left some doorways with the intention of coming back to them, but never got around to it.  There are also some events I missed, so I will have to go back through and see if I can find them as well.

How far through are you guys?  Enjoying it?

Shared Topic: Windows to the world

Martha.net has once again come up with a right cracker for a shared topic.  I cannot help but love looking at other people’s UI’s. They have such wonderful designs and mods and it makes me want all the modz!

I have not had a standard UI since Vanilla when I saw a post on our guild forums and asked how to change mine. I was in heaven from there and I have had some very very out there creations.  IN fact, I am pretty sure I have an old post somewhere in the archives about all my different UI’s over the years….hrmm….ah ha!  Here it is 

After a break from the game I generally don’t touch my UI for about 3 months, and then it is all hell for leather and I will change things on a whim.  I spent all of Sunday re-doing my UI as I was having massive trouble when raiding with being able to place spells down – like flame strike etc.  I had so much in the way and in the middle of my screen it was so annoying.  Not only that,  I had timers, and markers and reminders all over the screen – It was HORRIFIC!!!

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