Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Raiding - The week of pain

So this is the week we're extending to have extra goes on Blackfuse.  People talk about it being horrible, a raid killer, the most painful fight ever... and yes it is painful.  For the first 40 or so goes I really had no idea what was going on, or so I thought.  But it's gradually started sinking in.

I'm really bad with my spatial orientation.  You know how I always pull mobs with my ass... well I am always trying to get as close to the sawblade to place another sawblade and I am so bad I keep clipping it and getting knocked back.  That has slowly improved though.

The laser when magnet comes out is also another problem.  It seems like only Morz can live when he gets the laser on him first during  magnet phase - the second laser is easy because you just run it around the outside.  But I am notoriously clumsy and keep dying... ugh, I know Nath feels bad for dying all the time, but I feel just as bad!

We did make some solid progress though, which is really encouraging!  We got it to 12% on our last attempt for the night which buoyed everyone for Thursday's attempt.  Luckily, restarts which were supposed to happen at 10 server time were pushed back till midnight so our raid wasn't interrupted.  Though, I was secretly hoping for a break!

I need to not be an idiot tomorrow and be more spatially aware!  And not die to laser and sawblades when I get it first.  Or let Aimei die when I'm running away.  Oh so many things to get right tomorrow - but I can tell you, everyone is pretty excited.

I'm also hoping we have 25 guildies to do Garrosh on Monday night at the end of the raid week.  I would just like to see everyone together and see how they go.  Fingers crossed we get 25 guildies turn up!


MrandMrsWoW's Community Project - 3 things I love in WoW

MrandmrsWoW sent me a tweet today asking me to participate in an idea of theirs:

A Community Project – I Need YOUR Help! 
I’m really tired of all the negativity about the game I love most, World of Warcraft, that’s rocking our community at the moment. EVERYWHERE I turn there’s someone moaning… forums, twitter, skype, in-game…. BAH.
So, here’s my solution, for which I need YOUR help. I would like to head a community project called: 
THE COMMUNITY’S TOP ** BEST THINGS TO DO IN WARCRAFT BEFORE WoD RELEASES 
…or something.


What I propose is that we all list the top 3 things in Warcraft that we LOVE. The things that make us play the game. The events, places, achievements, battlegrounds… whatever it is that floats your boat. The more ideas we get the better – so many people haven’t heard or haven’t bothered with certain things because they don’t know (enough) about it. Let’s change that. Let’s give the community our joy of the game back.
What a wonderful idea! Firstly, I LOVE that somebody still loves WoW, because I sure as hell still do, even if people complain content is boring and old - and joining in with something that everyone who feels the same way as me is enough to put a smile on my face (and make me feel all warm and fuzzies!)

So, here are my top 3 things in Warcraft that I LOVE:

Number 3 - Dalaran
What, that old place? The place nobody goes to unless they want to do WotLK content?  Dalaran is not merely the city of magic - the place is MAGICAL!  It's full of wonderful little secrets and references - there are SO MANY pop culture references in that place (NPCs galore - there must be at least 15 I know of!) and every time I find a new one I get all squeee!  And then there are the hidden little things - have you had your shoes shined by Sheddle Glossgleam, or spoken to Windle Sparkshine after 9pm when he's finished lighting the lights of Dalaran and gotten Windle's Lighter so you can go around and light all the light's he's missed?

(see what I did there? I snuck in lots of things under the "Dalaran" heading so I could get more than 3 things out - tee hee!)

Number 2 - The execution of Ji Firepaw
Ok, I wouldn't call this a FAVOURITE and nor do I love it, but it is something that should be seen, maybe just once (and besides, I was going to make a blog post for it, but putting it in this post will do!).  After a false start, where we interrupted Aysa's death, the second time round we all sat and waited it out.  It is sad to watch, but most people will probably not see it unless they waited specifically for it.  And yes, you can see us heartless souls sitting on the hill watching the public execution...




Number 1 - My guild, Frostwolves
OK, this is corny! But I do love my guild in World of Warcraft.  My guild is my family and friends - I spend lots of time with them, I enjoy their company and I chat to just about every member in the guild.  I said to one of my guildies the other day (Cptsars) that I find it a little bit strange listening to people talk about all the different guilds they had been in because I had been in Frostwolves for so long, that I had forgotten what it was like to join a new guild (which actually, is not entirely true, because my low level alts are in other guilds and I do know the feeling of nobody knowing who you are and nobody speaking to you when you say hello in guild chat). I know not everyone in the guild feels this embarrassingly sappy emotion about the guild, because new people find it a little daunting trying to fit in (and even old members find it daunting, wondering who all these people are), and I always do my best to say hi to new people so they don't feel like nobody knows they are there.  They are the reason I enjoy the game as much as I do, and I know without them, I would not love the icing and sprinkles on this chocolate cake of a game that I love to play! Hugs all round!



I look forward to seeing the final list of what MrandMrsWoW come up with.  Maybe I'll find some new things to do before WoD! (Like I haven't already got enough to do...)  If anyone has a list of their 3 things to do before WoD, or 3 favourite things in game, leave a comment below so I can let MrandMrsWoW know that there are more than... 10 people in the world who still love WoW :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

I have Seeked ENOUGH Knowledge! No more Archaelogy for the rest of Pandaria!

I decided to knuckle down and do my archaeology because McTacky told me it wasn't too bad, and Cptsars was doing his as well - misery does love company!  Though I think I just had to be in the right MOOD to do archaelogy, and I was in the mood!

I had been sitting there with ONE to go for a long time, which was the Pristine Carved Bronze Mirror.  I was so happy to get it finally!


I was happy to knock out this one first, because then I could just focus on doing the mantid ones!  After that with the Mantid locator it was much easier, though still annoying waiting for my last pristine (which was Banner of the Mantid empire).




So here I am standing with my title (and looking around at all the pristine artifacts in the collection!).  I have handed in every single crated artifact for Tol'vir ones but still the bug mount eludes me!  Oh well, hopefully they'll have a setup like this in WoD so I can try again there - not doing any more digging this expansion!


So, my total diggings, before I got the achievements were:

Mogu
Anatomical Dummy 1
Quilien Statue 1
Petrified Bone Whips 34
Terracotta Arms 30
Thunder King Insignias 30
Mogu Coins 22
Edicts of the Thunder King 21
Iron Amulets 32
Cracked Mogu Runestones 26
Warlords Branding Iron 29
Manacles of Rebellion 37
Worn Monument ledgers 26

Pandaren
Spear of Xuen 1
Umbrella of Chi-Ji 1
Apothecary Tins 35
Pearls of Yulon 22
Twin Stein Sets of Brewfather QuanTouKuo 23
Empty Kegs of Brewmaster XinWoYin 21
Pandaren Game Boards 22
Standards Of Niuzao 22
Walking Canes Of Brewfather RenYun 25
Pandaren Tea Sets 31
Carved Bronze Mirrors 22
Gold-Inlaid Porcelain Funerary Figurines 23

Mantid
Sonic Pulse Generator 1
Mantid Sky Reaver 1
Remains of Paragons 32
Ancient Sap Feeder 27
Banners of the Mantid Empire 25
Inert Sound Beacon 23
Praying Mantids 29
Kypari Sap Containers 23
Pollen Collectors 28
Mantid Lamps 26

Friday, August 15, 2014

Staying up late to watch THE Blizz announcment

A couple of crazy Frostwolves stayed up till 230 to watch the stream live on Gamespot and it was a good crowd!  McTacky, Luxy, Sars, Exray, Asuna, Morz, Shou and myself were hanging out in guild and a couple of us were on Vent (telling Tacky to stop talking) and listening to all the announcements.

It was like a mini Blizzcon really.  There was lots of talking, showing us screenies and gameplay from Warlords of Draenor - things that people in the beta would know well.

Ashran looked exciting - somewhere for me to waste time and grind achievements :D And to hear that the prepatch would be some UBRS to get us ready for WoD - I think a lot of us were excited to see that as UBRS was a much loved dungeon in its day!

Watching all the things on Orcs, and the Horde, made me feel excited and proud to be horde.  Luxy was talking about how she was to be an orc!

The introduced mini series was good.  Lords of War, another lore insider story like The Burdens of Shaohao.  Don't read beyond this bit if you don't want spoilers, but it was good to see Kargath and the origin of the Shattered Hand. I can't wait to watch the rest.

And a release date...

13 NOVEMBER

Just 3 months from now!

And then the cinematic which we were all waiting for, kept till the very end...



Amazing animation as usual for the cinematic!  Now how am I supposed to sleep after seeing that!  Orcs not drinking the blood of Mannoroth?  Now that was a revelation to me!  LOL and Mannoroth DIDN'T KILL THE ENGINEER and got the spinny wheel in the face!

I think it's time to get my annual leave in order for some solid days of gameplay! :D  Who's going to join me!