A new lease on WoW life

So, as some of you may know, I’ve recently been burning out on Wow. What with guild leadership stress and the falling apart of that guild, I was just shattered and I couldn’t muster any enthusiasm. I stopped logging on much at all and when I did I didn’t really do much.

Recently though, things have changed a bit.

How you ask? Well I’ll tell you my bright-eyed little disciple. I completely stopped playing for any other reason than to have fun. I got into a ToC 25 man run on my alt hunter, I didn’t care how many bosses we downed, I was having great fun and kept yammering on and making little jokes that popped into my head. We only made it up to Faction Champs where we wiped on that run, incidentally.

I made a couple of friends from it though, who said that there was a place in their guild if ever I wanted it. That made me feel good, because I was just having fun and I infected the people around me with that fun. It was a great feeling.

I then logged on tonight, wanting to raid. I spotted someone looking for a Rotface tank. So I hopped onto my paladin and I responded and was promptly invited. This was a raid that was a joint effort between two guilds who usually raid together with a pretty stable IC 10 group. They asked me if I had vent and then gave me the details of the one they were using. I popped on and they were friendly and nice. (The raid leader was also from Ireland, and I always love meeting a fellow countryman, countrywomen in this case)

I gave a few pointers when the tactics were being explained (I was asked, I’m not snooty) and we proceeded to try him out. We wiped I think….3 times? Maybe 2. But it was fun the whole time. I couldn’t give a shit if we were wiping, I was having a ball of a time tanking for these people and chatting away. We killed Rotface and moved onto Putricide. I wasn’t expecting much from this group as they seemed uncoordinated.

I was wrong.

We didn’t kill him, I think the closest we got was 41%. However, I could see them improving each time, reassuring each other and doing everything with a casual and fun attitude. This was fantastic, this is what raids were meant to be like. By the end of the night we called it because people had to sleep.

I didn’t mind that we’d only killed one boss, I couldn’t give a shit about loot. I made more friends and spent a very enjoyable evening killing giant monsters, and isn’t that what WoW is supposed to be about?

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Alliance Alt Hooooo!

I love the Horde. Since day one, and throughout the times I was playing Warcraft 3, I’ve wanted to play Horde. I have two Horde 80’s, and the rest of my characters bar one or two name holders are Horde. The highest level I have ever gotten an Alliance character has been 10. I just found them visually unappealing and boring.

However, since Cataclysm was announced I’ve been thinking. I don’t want the whole of Azeroth to change before I’ve had a chance to experience it from the Alliance point of view. This is also the reason I’m going to be doing Loremaster on my paladin, but that’s a story for another day.

With this in mind, I rolled a dwarf priest. I got this priest, named Rales, to level 10. There he will stay forever, because I had a look at the high level armor sets on him and I just didn’t really like the way it looked. I have to like how a character looks to be able to play them. It’s why I hate gnomes I think.

I then decided to create a female Draeni priest. This was done at the same time my brother started one, and we’ve been levelling them together. Once I got over the strangeness and the idea that it was freaky for a guy to play a female character, it became very fun. I like how female Draeni look, the males are great for plate classes, but they’re just too bulky for cloth and such. I’m really looking forward to playing through the various zones that I never visited before and having a look around the strange new cities. I think I’m also going to love buildings that are actually made made of stone instead of rough animal skin and wood. πŸ™‚

This post turned into a strange dear diary kind of thing, but I just wanted to announce that I was levelling an Alliance alt, because I find it very strange to be on the wrong side.

Lok’Tar Exodar!

ALL OF THESE ARE TOTALLY TRUE

I am quitting!/moving out of the country!/joined a folk trio that plays Albanian jazz!/deleting my blog!/am going to make money out of performing coin tricks with my nipples!/am incredibly angry with someone you know!/am breaking up with my (gf/wife)!/am going to sell all my possessions!/drop out of college!/need you to hide a body!/am going to jail!/just vomited blood!/have a secret sexual obsession with wooden horses!/lost my wallet!/lost my baby!/lost my house!/lost my babies house!/am really little red riding hood!/am really a horse!/have found out I have several illegitimate children!/am telling lies!

If you managed to read all of those, well done, and April Fools! πŸ˜€

BA Shared Topic – Starting Over

This post is a response to a Blog Azeroth Shared Topic I saw when perusing the forums in between bouts of gnome-killing.

If you had the chance to start all over again in WoW, but your char is already level 80, or level 1 depending on if you like to level or not :>. What class would you pick? What race? What faction?
Why would you pick that class/race/faction?

And most of all what would you plan to do with it? Raid, PvP or just hang out in Dalaran?

It just fascinates me what people would do if they would be given the option to start all over again on the highest level, would you pick the same class you play now or would you make your secret wish of playing (say) a mage come true?

Like to hear your stories Mine will be up after dinner.

PS. Would love to hear some RP blogs on this. Would you pick the same sort of character with the same sort of background or would you make up something entirely new?

Phew, well that’s quite a big question. If I had to start, all over again? I might just stop playing. I know that I’d need time to recover a bit from my beloved characters’ disappearance as I’ve grown quite connected to them as digital representations of myself over the course of my WoW life.

In case you didn’t know, my main isΒ  a Protection Paladin named Vash. I’ve got one 80 alt, and that’s an Orc hunter named Ironsights. I’ve got alot of achievements, mounts, titles, minipets, etc on my Paladin and he has been my main since Burning Crusade, as well as my first max level character. I’ve had the best times on my paladin, but those times are past, and if I had to start all over again, I’d probably choose to play a hunter(Gasp, shock, horror!). Yes, I’ve been Protection and actively tanking since my first talent points on Vash and it’s been fun, but I’m ready for a new role now.

Ranged DPS is thrillingly different to tanking or melee. I have alot more room for manoeuvrability, I generally have to move less, and unless the boss has a cleave I don’t really need to worry about where I stand as long as it’s not within my dead zone.

THE most fun part of being a DPS though, ranged or otherwise, isssss….*drumroll*…wait for it!…..here it comes!….!

If you die or fuck up, the raid doesn’t die with you.

This is such a fucking relief, let me tell you. It’s so much more relaxing to just concentrate on shooting or stabbing the big bad guy with sharp things, or wiggling your fingers at him than to be the one your raid/party depends on to carry them through the encounter. If I as a dps fuck up, oh no, a loss of DPS, if I as a tank fuck up, we’re fucked, and that attempt on the boss is over unless it’s within a few percent of keeling over. Also I finally get to use some of those sweet looking dps weapons they’ve got lying around.

So the answer to the question in a general sort of way seems to be that I would prefer any role that is not quite as stressful as tanking!

Of course, this is assuming I stay Horde. Oh the untold mysteries of the Alliance! (Which I am exploring on my Dwarf Priest Rales on Aerie Peak EU)

Sorry for lack of posts

Sorry to the two of you that read this, but I’ve been ill for a couple of days now and haven’t been able to post anything. I get disoriented every time I try to move my head or my body, I think it might be blood sugar related. That or I’ve caught a case of the death.

A beautiful thing

I’ve been questing in Outland on my Orc Shaman recently, and I just did the quest in Shattrath where you choose an allegiance. I decided to choose Aldor as I had chosen Scryer with my other characters. I was wandering around Aldor Rise when I saw this Night Elf Hunter NPC, completely different from the Draeni that were typical up here.

Caylee Dak

I thought that there must be something special about this NPC, so I got the name, Caylee Dak, and typed it into Wowhead. I found out then that she ended a quest that a child in Stormwind gives you, to give her a poem.

This is the poem.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,
across Northrend’s bright and shining snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,
on Westfall’s fields of golden grain.

I am in the morning hush,
of Stranglethorn’s jungle, green and lush.

I am in the drums loud and grand,
the thunderous hooves across Nagrand.

I am the stars warmly gleaming,
over Darnassus softly dreaming.

I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

I wondered about this, as it seemed strange to have a quest out of nowhere to deliver a nice poem. I then found this comment on the NPC’s page which told me the story behind it.

She was put in by blizz after a player named Alicia who wrote a poem for Dak Krause, a player in her guild who died of leukemia last August. His character was a hunter named Caylee with a pet cat called Dusky. Dusky, appears with his character (a female NE). His character is also still wearing the same armour as he had last equipped it. Alicia then went on to petition Blizzard for the memorial and succeeded in gettting herself and her poem into the game as well as Caylee.

This saddened me, but I think it was a touching thing for Blizzard to put this into the game. Sometimes, you find beautiful things in places you didn’t expect.

And this may be very late, but RIP Dak Krause.

About the constant theme switching…

I keep looking at other blogs like Mischief Magic and Rocket Science, and Orcish Army Knife and they’re so pretty, makes me want to jazz up my blog. That usually leads me straight to the theme page and I have a look through them until I see one I like. Don’t worry though, I’m sure this one will be the one I settle on. πŸ™‚