Monday, April 21, 2014

Two more Liebsters means more excuses to post

I had Lorelei at The Pixel Lives of Lorelei nominate me for a Liebster (on April fool's day - for one minute I wasn't sure if she was joking or not) and I put my reply on her blog, but I thought I would also put it here so I can remember it (otherwise I'll feel like I was eternally ungrateful for not remembering who nominated me).

1. When and why did you start blogging?
I started in January 2010, when all I wanted was to make a BIS gear list for my druid that I could cross off.
2. What inspires you to keep blogging?
I love writing. I used to like writing diaries when younger, and now I think of blogging as my way of remembering things that happened in game. I may not have a huge readership, but I’ve made great friends along the way.
3. What do you look for and appreciate in the blogs you follow?
I love to hear the voice of the person behind the blog, and that I feel like I’m talking to them. When people reply my comments on their blog, I tend to like their blogs better as it feels like they enjoy talking to me – so all my favourite blogs are people that reply to every comment that is made on their blog.
4. If you had to describe yourself by comparing your personality to a game character/race, what character/race would that be?
This is dreadful, but I think I have the personality of a gnome. I’m a little bundle of energy and excitement almost all the time. The horde part of me is disgusted.
5. What are your all time top 3 favorite PC/console games?
My favourite game is WoW, but other games that I loved a lot were Simcity and Heroes of Might and Magic.
6. What PC/console games are you enjoying at the moment?
I play WoW and Hearthstone, but I also play Disney Infinity with my daughter on PS3 sometimes. I don’t really like it though.
7. Do you enjoy playing any non-digital games?
I LOVE board games. Pictionary is my favourite board game, but Monopoly and Bananagrams are also much enjoyed!
8. What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not gaming or blogging?
I love making things. I do cross-stitch, scrapbooking and cardmaking. I also like to sew theatre scrub hats for myself.
9. If you could spend a day in any fictional world (from any game, book, movie and so on), what world would you pick and why?
I would have thought I would choose Azeroth, but actually, if I had to pick somewhere, it would be on the Starship Enterprise (new version with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban).
10. What season of the year is your favorite?
Autumn. Winter is too cold, Summer too hot and Spring gives me hay fever.
11. If you could magically learn any language in the world, what language would you learn?
I would like to be fluent in Arabic. Hardly any Asian people speak Arabic!

I had another Liebster nomination the other day from Noritam at My Mom Plays WoW but she didn't pose me any questions, but I wanted to thank her for nominating me and I was reading her blog - I love how people are discovering and enjoying the game and their adventures along the way.  I suppose most of the blogs I read are like that - about enjoying the game and sharing their experiences.  She did have some fascinating facts about herself - she has 2 different coloured eyes!  I was immediately thinking of Xmen: First Class where Charles Xavier was picking up some girl in a bar who had two different coloured eyes and told her she was a mutant.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Navispammed: I had a visitor, Tahugrumm!

I'm a simple person and easily pleased, so yesterday you can imagine my delight when I got a whisper from a low level toon named Tanugrumm!

Tahugrumm said that he wanted to say hello because he read my blog.  How exciting!  I immediately went over to take a picture with him, though it did take me a while as I had promised me daughter she could play World of Warcraft and even though I directed her to the Orgrimmar portal, she still wandered around sitting in every body of water to "bathe" my toon before I could coax her to switch to flight form and fly towards the arrow.

Naturally I was burning with questions, and in my excitement they all came out in a rush.  What toon did he normally play?  Where was his toon?  Which server?  When did he start playing?  What did his name mean?

Tahugrumm said his main was on Hyjal, with the same name so I went to armoury him, but couldn't find him. Then, sheepishly he told me that he had misspelled his own name!  LOL!  I found his toon, and naturally admired his transmog as he was in Tier 6, which is always a good tauren look.  He said he had been feral, but now was tank, and his name was a randomly generated one.  And here I was, playing around with the letters trying to figure out if it was an anagram (Um hurt mag, Mum art Hug).

He said that our raids sounded like a lot of fun, and he would like to come to flex one day. I noticed that his raid progress was waaaay ahead of ours, and said that Flex would be so boring for him!  He said that he would come anyway, even though he had an 11 hour time difference, and I said I would watch him and learn how to feral, since I am way sucky at it.

He also told me that he enjoyed reading my bedtime story strats and when I asked him which one he liked best, he couldn't pick one.  I still like Immerseus best as it was the one my daughter liked the most, and that was more incentive to finish writing my half finished Garrosh one.

I gave him a token of appreciation for brightening my day, and hopefully I'll get to see him again one day, and thanked him again for reading.  Cheers Tahugrumm!  Does this qualify for a sticker?  Yeah, of course! Any excuse to use Ancient's sticker :D

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I guess it's time to pay attention to Garrisons

When Blizz announced the Garrisons feature for Warlords of Draenor, I wasn't particularly excited.  It reminded me of Heroesof Might and Magic, where I would have to keep upgrading my keep to get better defences, produce gold and build armies.  I listened with half an ear when they talked about how your "followers" in the garrison could go and do your professions for you - that reminded me of your companion in SWTOR - and I know I did perk up a bit and pay attention for a few minutes when they said you could breed your pets there.

Then people said that you could build it in certain zones - and I was thinking of how Luxy used to describe her secret hideaway base/home she'd build in DayZ and wonder if I would have to defend it, or would it be like the farm and be out of phase for everyone.  I thought it might be something I would do but it wouldn't be a big thing to me, like PvP or pet battling is - and I certainly didn't think it would be a necessity (like Golden Lotus rep
Garrison Building - 3 tiers of upgrades

But, after reading WowInsider and also reading Alternative Chat (and she's even written a whole GUIDE to garrison building), it seems that Garrisons are going to be a major feature and an important cornerstone in Warlords of Draenor.  It seems to be a place where you could spend a lot of time in WoW, like how pet battles were, making a game within a game, with it's own little quests, things you can only craft in a garrison, and a way to boost your collections of other resources.

And it's not going to be phased just to you - your friends can come and see you too (admittedly, I had heard that somewhere).  And you can show off the cool buildings and trophies (from achievements), your mounts (apparently the stable can display 5 of your favourite mounts).  The followers feature where they go and do dungeons and get you STUFFS.  Sending them off to get stuffs is pretty neat, but it's going to be a little bit like dailies, I imagine, or doing your daily profession cooldown - more reasons for Blizz to make you login everyday to play!

Godmother concerned me because she said that you will HAVE to have a Garrison because you'll keep having to go back to it when you're levelling.  That it's possible you can't max your tradeskills without one.  Cymre was very excited about Garrisons, but she, like Ancient, is really big on solo or small group stuff, and Garrisons are right up her alley.  I guess Garrisons will be something I can do while I'm at work in down time whilst in WoW - and just when I thought Hearthstone was going to fill that niche for me since I get a bit tired of pet battling during those spare moments.  However, though initially I was chafing at it (because it sounded a bit like the Golden Lotus gate to opening up Shado-Pan and August Celestials), when you're levelling, there are so many things you have to do anyway.  I'm sure that there is only a bare minimum of things you have to do in Garrison to reach the goals you want - the rest of it is frills and pride and the feeling of something in the game that is yours and customizable.  Everyone loves to customize stuff, from their UI to their appearance, so I think the people who like those things are going to love playing with their Garrison.  In fact, after thinking about it I am kind of excited about it now - after being a bit apathetic before.

I mean this is all very cool - there is going to be so much more solo stuff I can do in WoW now (as opposed to archaeology, pet battles).  But you know what I really wish?  I would really like my Garrison to have a WARDROBE and an ARMOURY.  Somewhere to store all my items for transmog!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Raiding - The first joint raid with Scion: 25 man Garrosh

I can't help it - I was nervous.  I thought I would be the only one, but I wasn't!  I don't think any of the Frostwolves officers were nervous, but I had a few admit to some anxiety from the Scion side.  What if it went poorly? What if we didn't get along?  WHAT IF SOMEONE GOT UPSET on either side?

Starting at 830pm was already a bit of a stress.  Fortunately, I had walked my kids the 3.6km (according to Google maps) to McDonalds to get them a soft serve around lunchtime and that was enough to make them that little bit more tired so they would go to bed on time.  Worked a treat, if you can put up with the sticky fingers on the way home.

There were a few hiccups.  Unfortunately they were ALL on our side.  First hiccup was me starting the raid.  Yes, I forgot to change it to 10 man. But the other thing was that I missed Thursday's raid so I had Wednesday's lockout and that's why nobody could zone it.  Had to reform the raid after we'd filled the damn thing too.

Second hiccup - in good faith, I decided to let Scion raid lead.  After all, they are the more progressed guild and perhaps we can learn from them, AND we also don't really have a raid leader at the moment.  But having to learn their strats makes us a little bit more fudgy-footed, so there were problems with disorientation as we tried to figure out where we needed to be.

Thok was... ugh.  Messy.  I think it was positioning and stuff which threw us off a bit, and because they're working on heroic Thok, they had a particular way of placing the boss.  We had people all over the place, people getting trampled, people dying to poison.  It took us 3 goes to get Thok, and I was spitting chips when Owl rolled himself Thok's trinket... MAN I still can't get that!  I wonder if I'll be able to get it before the expansion!  There was SO MUCH loot to distribute, holy crap.

Our hunters made me laugh.  After they had their amazing DPS because of Thok, it was time to put them back in their place by giving them belt duty.  We put 2 hunters on each belt - one belt had our hunters, the other had theirs.  It was Nath and Alariantha - I was dreading it because it was going to be UGLY.  I don't know if Ala has managed to live through a whole Blackfuse whilst doing belts.  But there were DPS issues on the belts so they had to be supplemented a little, and in the end when it went down we had a lot of dead people!

Oh, and I am starting to see why being a resto druid sucks in 25 man.  In the presence of 2 disc priests and 2 shamans, there really isn't any room for hots to do anything except overheal.  Being at the BOTTOM of healing is something I'm not used to, and I don't think I like it, even though I have to accept that it's probably how my class works.

Paragons was fine, and we even got to hear Lushen speak. Owl said, if we one shot Paragons, Lushen will talk.  He said "Hello."  Well, that was pretty exciting!

What was funny, was Dragonray.  Paragons dropped 2 Vanquisher Tier pants, and I gave one to her and one to someone else.  She was swearing and carrying on in guild chat.  "F***ing pants!" she proclaimed.  I was wondering what she was talking about - maybe she wanted some other pants.  She started grumbling about how she was going to drop from the raid because of stupid pants.  There were a few more spouting carry-ons before she said "And that other guy wanted it offspec too. DAMN STUPID!"  And I realised, she was talking about the Tier pants.

"But you have Tier pants," I said in guild.  "Look in your bag."

There was no typing from her for 20 seconds.  I said it again.  "LOOK IN YOUR BAG!"

I went to check the loot distribution and yes, I had given it to her.  The silly duck didn't realise there were 2 pants to distribute.  "Well?"

"I can't find it," she said.

A chorus came out from the guild.  "Use the search function!"

Kyjenn said, "This is why you shouldn't drink when you're raiding."

"I'm not drunk!" she exclaimed.  Which made it worse because she had lost her excuse for being a dunderhead :D  Then she started to profusely apologise for her ignorant carrying on.... and all we could do was laugh.

Garrosh had a good first attempt, and the MCs at the end got us because we try to kill any of the adds, and maybe we should have.  The second attempt had people dying to the add on the way to Garrosh in dream phase so we wiped, and then the third attempt we got it. We even got an Ahead of the Curve achievement for 25 man!  I didn't know there was a separate FOS for 25s.

Jazz, Alariantha, Asys and Aza all got Heirlooms, so that was pretty exciting for them!  I think that everyone seemed to enjoy 25 mans. The officers got chatting after that and it seemed obvious we can do normals, but we may not be able to do heroics.  It looks like the best way to see if we can mesh is to do these Garrosh runs EVERY Monday.  I'll ask everyone and see what they think - but overall, everyone seemed to have a good time and there was minimal friction - I have already had some feedback and it's all been positive.

There are a HELL of a lot of them though...