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!


WTB Moar Time

Hello everyone!

After doing the math the other day, and putting myself in a slightly cranky mood, I realized my available free time has decreased significantly. Only have a couple hours in the morning and a couple at night to play, less so if I want to have some kind of social life :P.  That’s fine, as it is college classes that are taking up my time and adjusting my schedule, and learning is good and important, and getting a degree is something that is VERY important to me, but it sure is throwing a big ol’ wrench in my WoW to-do list! (Gaming time in general, also) Also with blogging, which I feel especially guilty for since I was so used to blogging every day in August!

Have I mentioned I am a horrible procrastinator? That I talk more about doing things than actually doing them? Because I totally do. However, in knowing that about myself, I can plan ahead and around that, and even conquer it. Someday. Maybe later. Also, fun fact for those who aren’t on the internet and live under a rock, SoO has been out for a year and I still haven’t done anything really. ^.^

Several months behind the curve as per usual, I received a beta invite to Warlords of Draenor the other day. The few minutes I’ve had to frolic around has shown me a few things. The list is bulleted for your entertainment.

  • I have absolutely no bag space on my main, so the addition of the toy box and extra storage space will be MOST WELCOME THANK YOU
  • I have purchased about half the items I need for a new computer build, and this is showing me that I need to get the remaining items and finish that pup before launch
  • The black screen of death is upon me, so I should adjust my graphics settings next time I log in
  • I am excited

These are my very first impressions with the beta, those who have been in it, or who have been studying about it, I won’t be here letting you know about the latest and greatest because I am too far behind the curve to do THAT, but I will still try to share my experiences and thoughts with you, whether you like it or not ^.^

In live-realm news, I’ve transferred my lock to her new home, and I’m steadily leveling up a druid, because one can never have enough alts! I’m planning on running more LFR wings with my friend, although my hopes for running CMs are kind of dimming. Unless I get carried, I’ll probably have to get better gear on my lock, and with the expansion looming, I’m feeling torn, like at the end of every expansion. Do I want to get gear that will be quickly deemed useless and replaced by a quest reward and random drop? Time will tell. If I get enough friends interested I might try for it, but for now my focus is (moar bullets)

  • Green Fire Quest- I KNOW I KNOW DON’T YELL AT ME GOSH
  • Legendary cloak quest – SEE ABOVE
  • Moar battle pets
  • Tame what pets will disappear soon on my huntress, and figure out if I want to transfer her as well
  • Whatever else I want to do

I find myself wondering where I’ll be in a few months time, when the expansion is live and everyone is leveling and gearing and prepping for whatever they want to do. It’s a mix of exciting and scary, not really knowing what I’ll be doing, if I’ll be raiding or just puttering around in my garrison. Adventures are always fun, whether it be in a game or in real life, so I’m eager to see what happens!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to browse the interwebs to better educate myself on what all is going to change in 6.0. Spoiler, a lot!

 

Have a great day!


She’s Back

It’s interesting how a pretty simple change can improve your mentality about a game immensely.

When I transferred my warlock to her new home a little over a year ago, the name that she had carried for ages, since I created her, the whole time I played her, was taken, so I had to rename my main lady. This was more upsetting than I had originally anticipated. For a while, when I would see my own name in party chat, guild chat, even the icon in the interface, it would freak me out. I felt like I wasn’t playing the same character, even though the only thing that changed about her was her moniker. It just made me feel…off… when I played her, I don’t really know how else to describe it. I know it’s a silly thing, some of you are probably shaking your head or are laughing by now, but when you’re used to being called the same (nick) name in Ventrilo or Mumble for years, used to seeing that name pop up in chat or seeing it in the UI or in quests, it throws you for a loop when suddenly it’s different.

She’s back. Caewen is no more, now we have Hexxia!

Last night I ran LFR (the second wing of SoO) with a friend, who was healing on his priest! I only died once, which I entirely blame him for. Just kidding. (Not really). It was the first time I had done the second wing, because I’m a huge baby and forever late to the party. Maybe it’s my leet hardcore raiding background, /rolls eyes, but I like to know the fights ahead of time and be prepared for whatever the Big Ugly is going to throw at me. I know LFR is easier, the fights are lower in difficulty and mechanics and damage are changed, but I still like to know what I’m getting into. My friend gave me the cliff notes version of each fight, which as a ranged DPS was basically don’t stand in the fire and kill the Big Ugly, which I kind of figured.

We successfully downed all the bosses, by which I mean we didn’t totally wipe over and over again. I died once, a couple other people died a lot more than me, but I was more focused on trying to get my muscle memory to kick in insofar as my spell rotation was concerned. I was oops’ing and hitting my cool downs when I shouldn’t, but surprised myself by remembering when I shouldn’t  hit them, which would indicate I do, in fact, remember when to hit them.

Bring it on, giant murder scorpion

Bring it on, giant murder scorpion

 

I got three pieces of gear! New gloves, new pants, and a new ring. I also got a couple more important items, which were my last two sigils of wisdom, so my next goal in the legendary cloak questline is to go kill the Sha of Fear again, and loot a thing off of his cold corpse. Hooray!

It was suprisingly fun, running LFR. It helped immensely I was with my good friend, so I had someone to chat with during trash pulls or while we waited for everyone to prepare before the boss fights. I still have a little of a negative mindset when it comes to LFR, mainly due to the bad experiences I’ve had in there, but from what I’ve seen I’m definitely not the only one that happens to, and you have to endure the crappy times to enjoy and appreciate the good ones, whether it be in life or in Azeroth.

In real life news, Felix the cat is still super awesome, and I am beyond happy still every time I come home and see his cute widdle face. I survived the first week of classes, kind of getting used to my new schedule, although I am kind of irked I have less time for gaming, but such is life!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


The End Is Nigh

Well, today is August 31. This is the last day of Blaugust. I have sucessfully posted every day for 31 straight days, and I am unbelievably proud of myself! They haven’t been award winning posts, I’m sure I’ve repeated topics and thoughts, but I still did what I set out to do! I made a schedule, stuck with it (except for a couple deviations when the mood struck me to write otherwise), and I am really happy to see a lot of other bloggers doing the same, even the ones that picked it up later on in the month still posted with consistency.

I urge you again to check out Anook, it’s a really cool new website, and it not only features every post from all of us during Blaugust, but there are many other gamers on there sharing screenshots, videos, stories, and blogs.

I negelected to do a weekly recap, that’s not really something I even considered, honestly, until a week ago haha. Instead you will get a monthly recap!

Here are all my posts for the month of Blaugust:

Day 1: The Journey begins! Again

Day 2: Many Games, Handle it!

Day 3: Change of Course

Day 4: Galaxies and Final Fantasy

Day 5: Let’s Kill Some Stuff

Day 6: Trying Something Entirely New

Day 7: What’s a Soapbox?

Day 8: Falling out of Love

Day 9: Real Life Adventure Incoming

Day 10: Adventure Complete! Nap Time

Day 11: My Answers

Day 12: A Thought and a Prompt

Day 13: Continuing our Story

Day 14: Hello There, Old Friend

Day 15: My Favorite Zones

Day 16: Feeling Lost in Lore

Day 17: It’s a Hard Knock Life

Day 18: Dungeons and Druids

Day 19: Almost had Writer’s Block

Day 20: The Story Goes On

Day 21: Building Blocks

Day 22: To Do Lists are Fun

Day 23: Traveling Heroes

Day 24: My Typical Sunday

Day 25: Creating Things

Day 26: Let’s Talk About Pets

Day 27: Into Kirkwall

Day 28: Here’s Another One

Day 28: New Home Time

Day 30: New Home Time, Part Two

And today’s, which you don’t need a link to :)

 

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me and my blog! You have no idea how much it makes my day even when someone likes a post I did, let alone comments on it! I know all the time I browse through blogs and neglect to click that like button, not because I don’t like it, but because I am too busy moving on to the next thing, or too caught up in what the person was talking about or the story they were telling. So thank you :)

Have a great day, and here’s to the completion of Blaugust!


New Home Time, Part Two

If any of you follow me on Twitter, and you should if you aren’t, because it’s full of randomness and delight and sass, you will see that I got a new friend today!

^.^

^.^

I am 90% sure I am going to call him Felix, but I am also debating Sir McFloofykins. It might depend on my mood. He is almost a year old, I adopted him from a local pet rescue shelter, and I couldn’t be happier!!! He seems quite content as well, he’s been in his new home almost two hours and has settled in, even taking a little nap a while ago.  I’ve been wanting to get a cat for a while, and a couple of my friends on Twitter saw this adorable guy at a pet store, where the shelter puts up a couple cats at a time for adoption, and immediately blew up my phone with pictures and texts. I went over there that night after work, started making phone calls, and now he’s mine, and I am his!

Who is that? It's you, bud. NO BUT WHO IS IT

Who is that? It’s you, bud. NO BUT WHO IS IT

I will continue to flood my Twitter with happiness and FLOOF, so stay tuned for that!

In gaming news, I talked about building a new home for my Sims 3 family, and I have almost completed the work on it. I still need to fill it with things for them, but the groundwork, structure, and necessities are in!

Before....

Before….

And After!!!

And After!!!

Second floor, consisting of bedrooms/bathrooms

Second floor, consisting of bedrooms/bathrooms

The little unfinished bit in the lower right of the building on the second floor is because of a dirty tile (thanks to my Sim’s puppy) that I have to have them clean before I can remove that and build above it. Hooray glitches! The addition jutting out of the middle right is my indoor greenhouse, I am going to add a fenced-in area behind that for fruit trees. The little building to the back is for my butler, because my Sims are spoiled rotten.

It’s a castle-ish house, I’m going to mess with the design more as I go, but for now this is the rough outline of where I want it to be!

Building and designing homes in this game is quite fun, and I’m very eager to see how I can play more with it in The Sims 4! Which reminds me, I got an email notifying me that I can pre-download it so I can just boot it up and go for Tuesday when it releases… Going to do that tonight!

I am off to hang out with my new friend and make sure he’s got everything he needs and isn’t getting into anything he doesn’t need!

Take care, and have a good rest of your day!

 


New Home Time

Not for me, for my Sims!

When we last left the poor unfortunate pixel people, the family was whole, albeit chaotic due to so many Sims in the household for me to try to manage everyone properly. I did get to the point where I just let them be, let the free will of the game take over and sit back and watch what happened.

In not too long of a time, my Simself’s husband died of old age (surprisingly sad, as I didn’t get that into playing him) and the eldest son fell in love with some random townie, and I decided that was a good opportunity, so I quickly had him get engaged to her, threw a giant wedding party, then kicked his arse out of the house. Now it’s my Simself, still hanging in there even though she is about 50 days older than her departed husband, and her four daughters.

I have decided they need a new house.

I could always buy them a house, between my Simself being a bestselling author and raking in about 12,000 in royalties, plus her husband’s income from being a superstar athlete,  and all the money their kids have earned, there is quite a cushion of funds. But that’s far too easy. Instead I shall build them a home! I’m going to build it on the existing lot, the location is good, kind of mid-distance between the town center and the outlying areas (I’m in Sunset Valley, for those readers who also play TS3)

I’m going to build them a castle. It is going to be three floors, the top floor will act as the deck, with a grill, hot tub, telescope, and other random outdoorsy activities. I will include a greenhouse, as I have The Seasons expansion, which makes… seasons… and causes the plants and such to grow dormant during fall and winter. I might even add in a basement (dungeon) for the inventing table, alchemy lab, and other things of that nature. The first floor will house the library, the kitchen and dining room, and the living room, bedrooms and bathrooms will be on the second floor, but I’ll have a half bath on the first floor!

I’m going to also get them a butler, I’ll give him a little cottage to the back of the property.

I am excited to start building. Building and designing the houses, as well as messing with the clothing and hairstyles of my Sims is quite fun for me, and I spend more of my time than I should doing that instead of playing through their lives ^.^

I’m off for my day, I CANNOT WAIT for the long weekend. I have stuff to get organized for school still, and have to clean up around my house, and might even have friends over and try to be slightly social, in between gaming sessions XD

Have a great weekend all, and enjoy the long one if applicable!


Here’s Another One

If I fall asleep while writing this, someone come over to my house and take over for me, and make it entertaining and stuff, k? K.

Last night was one of those nights. Yes I had my bowl of ice cream (with a fork) but that shouldn’t have kept me up until like uhh I dunno 5 am was the last time I looked at the clock, then my alarm went off at seven. I had an appointment downtown that I somehow made it to and through, then I got food and went to work, where I kind of auto-did my tasks and answered questions and such.  I can’t for the life of me remember what I did, but I think I did it all correctly. I’ll find out tomorrow when/if I get scolded by my boss ^.^

Hm, what to write about… As Blaugust is winding down, I’m finding myself not so much at a loss of what to write about, but more that I feel as though I’m focusing on the same topics and not really deviating from my little path I’ve been traveling. I should probably write more about the ‘real life’ gaming topics and scandals, but honestly it’s kind of so skewed to me the information that is out there that we really get to see, that I feel like it would be more of an opinion piece, plus that’s not really what I set out to do. I created this to tell my little stories, share my triumphs and funny experiences, and maybe a few cool screenshots.

Like now, when my brain is failing…. There are a lot of games in my Steam Library that I haven’t uninstalled because I still do plan on playing them. Banished is one of those. My interest was piqued when it was first getting talked about, and I muddled a bit in it, but got in over my head and didn’t take it slow and really enjoy the game as I probably should. So that’s one I’m considering revisiting.

Such a peaceful little farm...

Such a peaceful little farm…

Another game really and truly on my bucket list to complete, but one in which I suffer greatly from the ‘ooh I want to try it this way now’ disease is Kingdoms of Amalur. That game is phenomenal, the story is excellent, the graphics are fun, and the way you can change your class pretty much at a whim is always alluring to me.

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Faeblades….

 

That’s kind of all I have for tonight, I will have more constructive and less cobbled together posts for the final push through Blaugust!

Have a good night!

 


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