An Update

Good Morning!

This month can be summed up nicely in one word- hectic.

A last minute idea and gung-ho approach to NaNoWriMo, the launch of Warlords of Draenor, the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and a crazy snowstorm that has most of my city still shut down. There’s been a lot going on in the last couple of weeks. I’ll address these in order, and to those that may be wondering, I am fine insofar as the storm. I live north of the city, we only got a few inches here, and it’s been manageable, although my college has cancelled the classes all week since Tuesday when the snow hit.

NaNoWriMo

Well, I gave it a good shot. Currently, I am sitting not so pretty at 16,783 words. While I am impressed with myself, I am disappointed also that I am going to be unable to achieve the goal of 50k words in 30 days. Looking back at how the decision came about, I can see that I was totally unprepared for how much time it would take up. I decided to do it the day before, with no planning or forethought about when I would schedule time, no organization really other than the plot outline and a few characters fleshed out. I am, however, impressed with myself that I was able to stick with it for as long as I did. I am super proud of my friends that I have seen blasting their daily word count out of the water, and I am quite happy with my story, and now have the confidence to know that I can indeed sit down and spew forth words at a good rate. The hardest part for me was writing without going back and editing. Not going back, re-reading, changing words, realizing I typed ‘said’ way too much, trying to just let the words flow, and let stream of consciousness take over. I have had a couple friends entrust me with their words to read, and I am probably going to cheerfully return the favor. I really do like my story, I’m happy with where it will be going, and I’m excited to see how far this branch of the road takes me. I have Too Much Going On right now however, so I will be unable to hit my goal. Oh well, there is always next year, and a whole 12 months for me to plan out and schedule my life!

Warlords of Draenor

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Insert ‘that’s no moon!’ here

 

Wow. Wow as in the interjection, in this case. I am absolutely blown away by this expansion! The initial bout of server instability, crashing, and queues was annoying, oh yes, but I was affected less than others. I can certainly understand the pain and frustration, especially since EVERYONE WAS SO EXCITED AND POSTING THINGS EVERYWHERE!!! The zones are absolutely breathtaking, so much time and care went into just the landscape alone. Questing is fun and engaging, it draws you right into the story and doesn’t let you go for quite some time. You hit the ground running from the time you step through the dark portal, and then you get to your garrison.

I could easily write an entire series of blog posts about garrisons, but another wonderful human (Alternative Chat) already has that quite well covered, so go read her words if you’re not already. I promise you won’t regret it.

Needless to say, in typical fashion, I am tearing down and replacing buildings to accrue more garrison resources. I have to remember this is a long-term game, if the past stands to be true, so while I want ALL the things, I need to build SOME of the things first in order to accomplish what goals I have in a, if not timely, straightforward manner.

Aww yiss

Aww yiss

I am having quite the time on my enhancement shaman, who is now officially my new main. I am still getting used to playing as a melee in a group setting, my amount of mistakes seems to be decreasing at a somewhat steady pace. I am forever over critical of myself, and see so much more room for improvement, but my guildies and friends are supportive and helpful, which always helps tremendously when building one’s confidence. More about all this later, you’re writing a summary post, self!

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Tell em girl

Tell em girl

THIS GAME. Holy crap. Amazingly beautiful, I really love the pacing of it thus far, and I’m having a ball just exploring and seeing what all there is to do, and there is a lot to do. The first area you’re sent to has a myriad of side quests to do, and while I want to go through the story line, I also want to explore everything, because I know myself, and I will let those quests just rot in my quest log, and never go back and complete them. I can also see myself playing through it on multiple characters, as is the tradition with Dragon Age games. So far my favorite thing has been just how BIG the world is. One of my least favorite things about Dragon Age 2 was that you were very confined with the world. You had Kirkwall, the beaches, and the Deep Roads. I have already spent a few hours blissfully running around, with Solas, Varric, and Cassandra in tow, and that was only one quest area. This too, deserves a solo post!

 

To summarize: THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON AND SO MANY GAMES I WANT TO PLAY AND ARGH. I might be contemplating streaming (probably not till the new year), as a side note- please let me know if this is something you think I should pursue, or if I have too much on my plate as is.

 

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!


AFK: Writing!

EXCITING NEWS!!!!! My computer build is complete and works fully (with SOUND) and now I can install ALL the things! Here are some more updates:

First thing, I need more coffee.

Second thing, I just noticed my last two blog posts contained ‘Arise’ in them, so I’ll try to avoid that word for a bit.

Third thing, I have decided to participate in another month long online event, this being NaNoWriMo.

I had heard about it of course, being on the interwebs as much as I am, but I hadn’t really thought to look into it. Life had taken over, and I was being bogged down by that whether I consciously wanted to or not. Now, however, I am Done With That and Moving ON. I have  learned a hell of a lot about myself in the past few weeks, and I’m quite proud of the human I’m evolving into.

As yesterday proved, this endeavor of writing 50,000 words in one month will take a good chunk of time to invest. This proves to me now very strongly that a schedule must take effect, otherwise I will let things go and not think about it other than that I should be doing something, and nothing will happen.

Now then: WoW news!

My boosted shaman is quickly becoming my favorite character, and is still in the running to be my main come Warlords. I’ve learned her skills and abilities better, I’m getting more comfortable with her, plus she’s a panda so she’s super adorable. I’m working on leveling her herbalism, and her pets, and I’m really truly super hoping to have one level 25 team by the time WoD drops. I’ve only been trying to do that for about a year or so now.

*cough*

I never promised to be timely.

I am getting more and more excited for Warlords with each passing day! I’m excited to take Byx into the savage land, and meet all the savage people, and savagely build her garrison, and savagely stay there forever and need someone to pry me away with a savage crowbar. New content, with my awesome guild, new adventures with my equally awesome friends!

Short post today, as will be the norm for a while, I fear. Feel free to poke me on Twitter, get a conversation going in the comments, etc!

 


Technical Difficulties Arise

Hello! I know it’s been forever and a week, but here I am!

I recently did the thing that most of us PC gamers do at least once in our career, and that is building a new machine from the ground up! Motherboard, processor, video card, power supply, I purchased ALL the things and installed them all (with remote help from a very good friend who did my previous build). Everything went super smoothly, I was mildly freaking out as I installed the chip for the processor, heck, everything was in a light state of panic, as he was helping me over the phone and couldn’t actually see what I was doing to help. Skype or Facetime would have been too easy!

Everything is running 100%. Graphics are AMAZING,  after having to run every game on ‘low’ or almost no graphics, turning everything to ultra (even with only WoW installed) is so so pretty. The only issue I’m having, if you’re following me on Twitter you will see much ranting and raving about this, is my sound not connecting. I’ve done all the troubleshooting I can think of, and I think it’s an issue with the motherboard, which had a built-in sound card. I still have my old sound card from my previous build which I could always install, but I don’t want to overload myself and my limited knowledge of this kind of software nonsense with moar things .

Other than that, life is pretty swell, both in-game and out!

I will be putting together a blog post probably over the weekend about my experience boosting my shaman to 90, and my positive and negative thoughts about that. I am leaning towards making her my main, come Warlords. I love my warlock, always will, but lately the game play on her feels kind of stale, I don’t know how else to explain it. She’s always going to be my main, I might end up changing my mind on a whim and going back to her, but for now the shaman is quite fun, the rotation (elemental) is fairly simple, but I’m enjoying the slight challenge of learning the new abilities and programming my muscle memory ^.^

Holiday news: I did get both of the new ghost cat pets that were introduced this year, as well as a ton of masks and costume wands to aggravate random pugs with ^.^

No screenshots today, as new PC and I don’t have my old pictures transferred over yet.

I am trying my best to get on a consistent (blogging) schedule again, real life as always has handily provided me with excuses to not post; even though as this morning proves, I can cobble together some kind of semblance of words in a brief period of time =D

Take care =)


New Roles Arise

Looking back on it, every time there has been a fairly significant change in my life (moving, ending a relationship with someone, getting a new job, other various Life Events), things have changed for me in Azeroth, too.  I’ll change servers, change guilds, change my main. Change.

The winds of change are upon us once again.

I don’t want this to be a post bemoaning my future, or whining about my class changes. Warlocks didn’t really change all that much, they removed some of our movement capabilities, which is fine to work around. My damage, even though the numbers on recount and Skada are much lower, is basically the same. Things that were dying before are still dying, mobs are taking about the same number of hits to perish and give me their loot, it’s nothing crazy that I can’t handle. However (and you knew that was coming, didn’t you) she doesn’t feel… the same. She is a blood elf, so there were no re-customization feelings, good or ill. She just doesn’t have that same spark when I play her.

I am a very loyal person. In real life as well as in-game. This is a strong suit of mine, but also can be a detriment. I will stubbornly play her even if I’m not necessarily enjoying her as much as I should be, just because she is my Main.  I was talking with a friend and guild mate about this, and in the past I’ve felt just puttering along on her. I’ve never been an amazing warlock (again, something I’ve talked with another good friend and past guild mate about), never been the highest on the damage meters in a raid, never been on the cutting edge of new rotations an abilities and when you use what, like a lot of awesome players I know. I’m a good raider, I’m very aware, I’m quick to pick up on new tactics and strategies, but where most of the pressure is put for me in the past, in those numbers, is where I falter.

My new guild (and friends) are amazing. Not at all like that. I raided with them for the first time in WoW last Wednesday, and I had an absolute blast. Yes, they are all uber-geared for (what was) heroic raiding, while I’m sitting comfortably at probably ready to just begin (what was) normal.  Not once was DPS brought up and mentioned, not once did I have someone whisper me about pulling my weight, which has happened in the past, and is the WORST feeling in the world, especially if you’re bringing a new spec into a raid for the first time. That positive atmosphere, that goodwill, that general sense of being a part of something, even if I’m the relatively new person to the group, was absolutely amazing, and really made me quite happy with the game.

That being said.

I’m leveling up alts, as you do, and realizing that I’m having a great deal of fun on my warrior, and also on my tiny hunter. I still have my 90 boost sitting up in the top of my character selection screen, glaring at me every time I log in. I’m still not sure who I want to spend it on. I’ve got my shaman, who is currently the forerunner in the race, but she is very closely followed by my little warrior. I really miss tanking, I had a great deal of fun with it in Wrath and some of Cata, and while I may not have that opportunity in raid, I’d like to be able to have one ready in case some friends and I want to run dungeons or old content, and need a friendly neighborhood meat shield! I have also never really raided as a melee DPS, other than flailing with my Death Knight early on in Wrath before I switched over to my Warlock as my main.

I’ve been having a lot of negative thoughts and feelings about my life lately, both in game and out, for which I’d like to apologize for. I try very hard to not bring real life things too much into Twitter or here on my blog, but these past couple weeks have been quite tough. Leaving one job, beginning a new one, dealing with the wrath and ire of my current boss while just trying to finish out my last nine work days with as much dignity as I can muster, is proving to be quite a difficult challenge, and I appreciate every one of you that has helped me out. It’s been more needed, more helpful than I can adequately describe on here.

 

Pumpkin Tauren says hello!

Pumpkin Tauren says hello!

Now then, other in-game news! I’m about halfway to having enough whatchamacallits to get one of the new ghost cat pets, if I can go along without letting myself get super distracted. I am planning a “hooray 6.0.2!!” blog post in which I talk about more of the changes in greater detail, I just have to get my ducks in a row and plan out time accordingly, while dodging real life events.

 

I hope everyone has an awesome Monday, I’m going to try my absolute best to do the same!


Onwards and Upwards

So, here we are, less than a week away from The Patch.

And I still have things left to do.

I am leaving them undone, and I shall explain why.

Here’s the thing. Every one of us plays this game for different reasons. Some play it for the hardcore, bleeding edge raiding, are into running the numbers, simcraft, being the best they can be at raiding. Some play it for Player versus Player, running the numbers on that,  getting the macros, the gear, the teammates, the compositions just right. Some play it to get ALL the things, and play the collection game; lists galore, spawn times and locations mapped out to the minute. Some play it for Internet Fame, with different angles to achieve this depending on the above. Some play it for the social aspect, to keep in touch with family and friends, chatting away whilst they accomplish their in-game goals.  Some do a mix of the above, dabbling in everything, and not really being able to or wanting to take the time to perfect everything, but to just be the best they can at it and be happy with that.

Oh, sorry, that last description was me ^.^

I hate defining myself, applying terms and words that are open to interpretation. I’ve had words applied to me throughout my gaming experience that I won’t share, not that any of them are particularly bad, but I just choose to not revisit them. When you’ve been playing a game consistently for a long time, you can look back at past actions and wonder what the hell you were thinking, and also see A LOT of personal growth and development. I’ve made mistakes, bad mistakes, lost a lot of friends due to my own actions, but at the time I thought I was doing the right thing for me, and didn’t see the repercussions of my actions and words.

The point? Yeah I’m getting there, hold your horses.

I have seen a lot of negativity both in-game and on social media, calling out people who didn’t get things ‘done’ this expansion for one reason or another. I know I unsubbed for a good chunk of time, and the rest of the time I was caught up in other things and didn’t feel like applying the time to WoW. A week or so ago I felt like I had set myself up for disaster, so to speak, by not planning my time properly and getting the things done that I needed to. I thought I had all the time in the world, when really time was slipping away faster than ever, as it tends to towards the end of a journey.

Throughout every expansion, there is something I didn’t get done. Something left unfinished, that was removed from the game, or changed, and guess what? I’m okay. I am still playing the game, still enjoying it. Sure I will miss not having gotten my legendary cloak on my main, or not completing the green fire quest while it was relevant. I didn’t ever do a full gold CM run and get a transmog set of gear or a cool mount. I never raided SoO at all with a raid group, only with LFR.

Guess what? It’s okay to leave things unfinished. It is okay to realize that things change, that sometimes you don’t always get what you want. I’m trying to put a positive spin on my life currently, and I’m letting that bleed over into my online life as well. I’m trying to turn negatives into positives, so I’m looking at this as the start of a new adventure, new goals to achieve, new lists to scribble down and cross off progressively.  The thing I love the most about this game, the thing that keeps drawing me back, is it’s constantly changing and evolving, and it just feels like home.

Change is scary, ’tis true, but like most other humans I both abhor and adore change.

Throughout all of Mists, I’ve felt behind. It’s not that I didn’t want to get into the story, or get into the raiding, or what have you, but I’ve felt like I’m scrambling behind.  Every other expansion I’ve known the ins and outs of almost everything. I’ve had all the boss fights down, every enchant and gem cut and stat priority for my main down to a science. I had my farming routes down, my dailies down… But this expansion I just felt like I was flailing along the entire time. So I’m ready to start anew. Learn new boss fights. Maybe raid some, with an actual group of friends instead of LFR. Learn all about Garrisons (so freaking excited for this feature), LEVEL MY MAIN AGAIN!! There is so much that I’m looking forward to!

 

To steal a line from a friend (you know who you are ^.^), it’s time to draw a line and move on.

 

See you in Azeroth!


Honestly, Though

Disclaimer: The following is a very honest portrayal of my current mindset and state of the game, and probably will not be as light-hearted and full of bad jokes as my normal posts. Just something I feel I have to address, for myself.


 

As discussed many times previously, I am a chronic procrastinator. Heck, I even state as much in my bio on Twitter. This spills over from Real Life into the games that I play, as many other mannerisms do.

With Warlords basically right around the corner, and 6.0 even closer, I am realizing that I am not going to be able to accomplish all that I want to do before the World of Warcraft changes once more. It took me a couple days to be okay with that. No, this post is not going to be me beating myself up, I am going to try to put a positive spin on all this. Yes, I realize (more than most I think) that it is Just A Game, but it is also my main game, my main ‘thing’ that I do to pass the time when I’m not working, at school, or socializing in the real world.

The main two things on my to-do list are to get my legendary cloak for my main, and also get her green fire quest done. As of yesterday, my main priority is the green fire quest. I have gone without legendaries for a couple expansions now, and although the cloak looks really cool, and the lore is also really cool, I can live without it. I can also live with being a procrastinator, as long as I realize I am one, and don’t let myself fritter away for literally a year on my goals.

Life happens, interest wanes, in the big picture I didn’t play WoW for probably half of Seige, and yes the time that I’ve been active since then I’ve been playing other games, but I have to remind myself that that is okay, it is okay to want to do other things, to not feel like one game is a job, because that is the main factor that has put me off of WoW in the past.

But, Byx, what does all this have to do with some pixels in a video game? Well, I’m glad you asked. They are goals I set out to achieve, and now I am worried that I will not have time to complete them. Before the hammer strikes and 6.0 drops and Azeroth changes, with the legendary quest chain becoming obsolete, and the ability to still get the green fire, but without the title and it being a feat of strength, I want to know and accept and realize that it is okay that I didn’t do everything. I am allowed to leave some things undone.

I think I mentioned this in other posts, in fact I am sure I have, but I have a tendency to talk the talk but not walk the walk. This is something I am aware of, and something that I work on each and every day, even in minor instances. Even now, I look over at my real life to-do list, and there are several things I need to do, I know I need to do them, but I get busy in the day to day and forget until it’s weeks later and I’m swearing.

I had a conversation with someone (who if they are reading this, thanks, and also you know who you are ^.^) and they said that ‘priorities are hard to balance, but if it really matters you do find the time’ Simple words, but they resonate. Sometimes a simple conversation can create a spark, and get the gears turning.

All that being said, my goal for the immediate future is the green fire quest. Wrathion is a cool dude, and I will definitely be sad if I never get the legendary cloak, but it is also no-one’s fault but my own. I have had a year to do this, I have had several days in which to accomplish and complete the tasks, but I have put it off for another day. Now that my life is suddenly (wonderfully) busy, and I only have a few hours during the week, and occasionally the full weekend day, I am realizing other things are taking priority than some pretty pixellated cloak.

I am constantly evolving and changing, day to day. A year ago I was a different person, and in another year the same will be true.

Thank you as always for reading, and have a great day :)


Still Chipping Away

Morning!

I had the chance to run LFR over the weekend, since during the week I have about zero to no time to commit to anything, at least for now, since nothing is ‘required’. What do I mean by ‘required’? As in I’m not in a raid group currently, and while it’s not something anyone should feel forced to do, it does promote more of a schedule and I am willing to stay up and raid a couple nights a week, I miss it that much! However, that’s unlikely to happen until Warlords drops, so I have a couple months to get myself squared away in the energy drink department.

Back to where I was: I went through ToES with my friend, who I guess I should start calling by his online moniker, but I’ll shorten it. Sar and I (and 23 of our closest friends) raced through the instance, to my surprise it was a fairly decent group, probably mostly people like me, after things for the legendary quest chain. I looted the thing I needed off the Sha of Fear, went and talked to Wrathion, got my legendary gem (woohoooooo!!!!!!!!), and now I only need about 1800 more valor points to get to the next stage in the chain.

I do find it interesting that I had completed some of the side tasks (getting my reputation with The Black Prince up high enough to where I didn’t have to grind mobs, and also the quest chain in Krasarang where the Horde and Alliance do their usual thing of punching each other in the face) without even meaning to. Good job, self! So, now I’ve got that going for me, and I will be running LFR as much as I can all week.

School is starting to pick up, as in quizzes and exams are starting to be talked about in class, so my few hours of me time will rapidly diminish on some nights, but that’s okay! I have to remind myself why I’m after this degree, and as much as I love playing WoW and other games, I have to remember that unless I get really lucky (or work REALLY hard) I won’t be able to make a viable career out of that, so I have to put aside the things I want to do to accomplish the things I need to do.

Hm, other gaming news.. I’ve been playing The Sims 4, I’ll be putting a post up about that probably later this week. A very belated ‘first impressions/look’ post. I’m still wanting to continue my Dragon Age 2 playthrough/story time, so that will probably begin popping up once a week again.

I realized the other day that Blaugust instilled quite a few things in me. It’s now over two weeks since it ended, but I’m realizing I missed my little quiet time first thing in the mornings, drinking my coffee and waking up as I typed some words up. It makes me happy that I’m no longer super anxious when I hit that post button, that I put less stress on myself for making something the best post ever, and also that I repeat myself a lot, as I think I say something similar to this once a week. Stop it, self >.>

Oh, I also got into the beta, which is another stress point as I want to spend time in there exploring and seeing what is different (as well as test for bugs and broken things, yes the beta/alpha exist for a reason other than to preview new content ^.^) but that takes time away from the live server things I need to do before Warlords hits us like a semi.

I’m off to do more note cards, also Felix needs love and attention apparently. What am I, his mother?

 

Have a lovely day!


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