I mean I’ve always been here. But I mean I’m back to Warcraft. I – yes I’ve been playing but. Look there are other names in the frame okay? That aren’t my green garrison names. And I’m in a different zone called Hellfire Citadel. I’M RAIDING AGAIN YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Wednesday night my guild ventured into HFC for the first time. We successfully downed some bosses, got some loot, much fun and merriment was had. I was almost giddy with excitement, and was probably slightly annoying, but hey- I wasn’t playing for a while and didn’t realize how much I missed it until I was back in that ‘familiar’ setting. Logging into Mumble, sitting down and eating the feasts, talking boss strategy, figuring out new trash mechanics, joking around with my guildies- I missed that.
I was proud of myself for not looking at or getting upset about recount showing my DPS on the bosses. I’m running enhancement still on my shaman, and even with doing a little questing and some rep grinding, I was still feeling a tad bit rusty on some of my abilities. Muscle memory quickly kicked in, and I got right back into the rhythm. I still need a little gear to catch up to my guildies, but I wasn’t feeling *too* carried ^.^
Other than the initial quests that led me to building my shipyard near my Garrison, I am slightly embarrassed to say I haven’t done much questing at all in Tanaan. I haven’t unlocked any of the reputations, haven’t gotten close to being able to do the dailies to earn flight.
I still have to complete a few other tasks to unlock flight, but honestly, I’m in no hurry. Sure it will be hella convenient to be able to fly around, but I’m not outside of my Garrison very much, or won’t be probably even after I attain flight. It will be really nice on my alts, but I kind of like riding around on the ground.
Of course, I’m saying that NOW, and as usual my mindset will probably change, I’m mercurial like that. GET USED TO IT.
OKAY OKAY I CAVED TO THE INEVITABLE AND RESUBBED TO FFXIV SHUT UP OKAY GAH
I’ve been back for about 20 minutes. 15 of which was spent just chatting in FC chat and switching back over to being an Archer from a Pugilist, 5 of which was spent paying for a name change, so I am Byx Keeneye now instead of Lyra Keeneye. It may seem like a minor thing, but I’m so used to being ‘Byx’ now that playing a character with a different name feels wrong.
Now that I can pay for Warcraft (for the time being) with in-game gold, FFXIV is my only subscription-based game that I’m playing.
Enjoy your day, rainy and windy here, which means lots of gaming later! For now tho- Off to work
I’ve pretty much been neglecting my warlock for the longest time. After I boosted my shaman, I really began enjoying the hell out of her, and kind of pushed my once-favorite character aside. Since I have been back to Warcraft in the last couple weeks, I’ve been investing a lot more time in her. She is currently halfway through level 98, and I’m optimistically hoping to get her to 100 by the next couple days. I’ll be honest, my main goal in leveling her was to be able to start accruing Treasure Hunter followers to start making more gold via Garrison missions, but since I’ve been leveling her, I’ve been remembering what fun she is to play! She’s demonology (as you can hopefully tell from my tall dual-wielding demon friend in the above selfie), and that spec is so damn fun.
I’ve created and halfheartedly leveled a few other classes, after I get Ms Hexxia to level 100, I will work on my Warrior next, then my Hunter, most likely. Since I’m not actively raiding this xpac anymore (may always change my mind, but for now I’m content to not be) I am free to focus on whatever the hell I want to do in-game, and that freedom is slightly exhilarating in a sense. There’s nothing poking away in the back of my mind, no pressure or rush to gem and enchant gear, to farm for a piece of loot in LFR, etc. The game is funagain, which speaks volumes, and makes me ever so happy I took a break when I did.
A brief mention: with the announcement that flying is coming to Draenor, I noticed a lot of conflicting emotions. I for one am fine with the announcement, and the ‘attunement’ process involved with attaining flight for my characters. There were a lot of negative comments (or mostly comments about negative comments) and that makes me sad. I think a lot of people, myself included a lot of times, get too involved in this game and don’t remember that it is just a game. In my mind, there is a reason for every change or update the Devs make, and while it may not make sense at first, if you just absorb the information and revisit it at a later time, it may make more sense. They are also human, and aren’t governed primarily by the player’s wishes. Yes, we ‘pay’ them in some respects, but Blizzard is also a company that needs to make a profit, and sometimes ours aren’t the only voices they have to listen to. I still do enjoy this game tremendously, and acknowledge the fact that with several different titles, the focus from Blizzard may shift from game to game, and some may feel neglected at times.
And that’s all I’m saying about that. *nod*
I recently (yesterday) re-downloaded Forge, a streaming service that is free, and is currently still semi in the development process. It starts streaming immediately as you boot up the game, and doesn’t require setting up a streaming software and then linking it to Twitch. The only problem I personally have with it is that my stream quality is very grainy and pixellated, and I don’t have a ton of options to fine tune the stream. My computer is a good one, I can stream fine on Twitch and the quality is decent/good, but my internet is not the strongest, plus I don’t know how far my data is being transmitted to bounce back onto the Forge server to stream, so it may be garbled just because the center is super far away. Apologies if I’m not getting the terminology right =P
I want to start streaming on Twitch more regularly (I know, I know, this is something that I say all the time). I think it will help me if I just do it when I play, and not build myself up to “okay I’m streaming Thursday night from 8-10 here we go”. If I do it more often, I won’t have a chance to build it up into Something Major in my brain.
I realize this is a silly thing, but it’s me, so silliness abounds. Duh.
I’m really tempted to do a Let’s Play series on playing and leveling a mage-type person through Skyrim. I’ve started a few characters, but I never make it that far, as my usual play style in that game is stealth and archery, or dual-wielding weapons. Thoughts? ^.^
I HAVE BEEN AVOIDING IT AND DON’T LET ME LOG ON THERE AND BUY THINGS OMG
But I kind of want a new game to play. BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH LOL.
I enjoy how rapidly my blog post deteriorated into insanity. I hope you all do too <3
I was talking with my friend Jaedia the other day about burnout, etc with different games.
She had posted about feeling ‘meh’ about FFXIV, and I’m realizing I’m feeling the same way. It stinks how a game that once captivated me, I’m now just looking at with a bored feeling, logging in momentarily, then back out again. I want to like the game, I still do like the game, but I think I became too obsessed with it and am now feeling burn out. So I’m going to take a bit of time off, and come back a little after Heavensward comes out *nod*
What’s nice is I don’t have any obligations to any games, so I’m free to roam around as I like, spend as little or as much time in them as I want. Be as productive, or unproductive as I see fit. It’s a nice feeling.
IN OTHER NEWS
My warlock is halfway through 96, I’m hoping to have her ding 100 at some point this week or next. I’ve began churning up gold via Treasure hunters and selling off the greens/random grays I get from salvage crates. My next alt up to 100 will be my Tauren warrior, after that I am torn between my druid and hunter. I’m enjoying the game again, which is a happy, good feeling! It felt awkward for the first couple days, but now I’m back into the groove!
I’ve been streaming (although not recently, okay only one day, but I’ll do more, LAY OFF ME) a play-through of Skyrim, but TO THE SURPRISE OF NO-ONE READING THIS I made another new character. I’ve always wanted to play through the game as a mage-type person, so I am attempting that. Thus far I’ve pretty much stuck to the sneaky archer type, so I’m going the fire and brimstone route. Well, conjurer probably, but still.
Even though I’ve played through the game countless times before, I still get that same rush of ‘Ooh, I can do whatever I want, yesss’. Main story quest? Pfft. Side quests? Pffft. I’m going to chase this fox through the forest, and go from there. I’m going to make a beeline to the Mage’s College, and start up that quest. I’m going to start killing random townspeople. Wait, no, murder is frowned upon, haha, sorry guard.
OOPS real life crafting is appearing in my blog! OH NO.
I’ve been working on a ginormous cross-stitch for my Mom and Evil Stepfather for Christmas. I’ve been posting the progress on Twitter, and I’ve got five of the twenty-nine panels complete. I love cross-stitching, I find it very soothing and calming, plus I can multitask and watch Netflix at the same time ^.^. It cuts into my gaming time, but it’s a fun hobby, so it’s okay. I’m finding the balance between the two, and reminding myself that my free time is my own. Dammit.
I’m back to Warcraft, and I’m pretty much doing the same thing I was doing before I left. I’m okay with that.
Garrisons, farting around on alts, pet battles. It’s pretty much the same game it was a little over two months ago, but it feels different. Maybe it’s because I’m a different person than I was, even just two months ago. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being A Grown Up, it’s that life can change quickly or slowly, and you often times don’t have a ton of control over it. Sometimes it just happens, and you have to roll with it.
Yeah, I’m too tired and don’t have enough time to crop my photos, so enjoy my UI ^.^
The beauty of this game, as well as others, is that there is a lot to do. While not all of it appeals to everyone (I’m not a fan of PvP, for example), there are a lot of options to while away the time in. I’m actively trying to formulate a plan in which I earn enough in game gold to buy my game time, I have enough gold now for a couple months, so I’m taking some time to re-learn the game and figure out which way is *best* for me. I’ll probably end up doing a combination of treasure hunters/missions and running murderously through old raids for loot and such.
In a way it’s almost like I’m seeing the game from a different perspective. Taking time off was beneficial, as I’m enjoying my game time again!
I like not feeling pressured (by myself) to get all up in raid mode again, it’s been really fun to just do my thing. Life is stressful again, and it’s nice to have this familiar world in which to escape for an hour or so.
My voidwalker looks 1000000000000% done. And so am I! With this post.
SCREENSHOT TIME for Murf’s post at Murf Versus for the Newbie Blogger Initiative! I haven’t been participating much this year, even though last year I was a “newbie” , I wanted to try to tag along and join in the fun. There’s always next year!
First up: Selfie!
She’s a cutie, my little Tauren warrior.
When Warcraft implemented the S.E.L.F.I.E. cam I was a little snarky about it, but now I’m obsessed. It shows off the new character models so well, and being able to do different emotes and have filters for it is super fun. Being able to share them on Twitter from within the game client is neat as well!
Next: Heroes or Villains!
She may be tiny, but she’s my little hero in FFXIV. Whether she is completing quests, helping out the locals, taking part in an epic story line that spans across the whole continent, or taking time out of the seriousness to goof off with friends or just explore.
Mulgore is probably one of my favorite zones, and has such a nostalgic feel. My very first character I created in Warcraft was a Tauren Druid, and I spent so much time just flailing around in this zone way back in BC, learning what the hell I was doing before I finally ventured into the dangerous zone that was The Barrens. I played on a PvP server, got slaughtered so many times. Also, dangerous due to Barrens Chat *shudder*
The green hills, the mountains ringing the little snug and cozy valley, the animals roaming around, especially the packs of kodos, really made this zone feel so alive when I first started playing the game. I always enjoy questing through it on a Tauren, even though my time there is now usually very brief ^.^
Finally: The Scariest Place!
Skyrim is one of those games that manages to make me jump at silly times, like when I’m going through a cave and a Draugr pops open a tomb door and starts shuffling towards me, or when I’m minding my own business walking down the road at night and SUDDENLY BEAR.
There ya go! My four entries to the contest. May the best screenshotter win ^.^
After two months away from the game, I figured I would take it slow re-entering the world, not jump right back into it feverishly. I logged on Byx and checked out her garrison, but was quickly overwhelmed by the state in which I left things. Her bags are overflowing with salvage crates, random greens everywhere. Instead of stressing myself out unnecessarily (after all, I came back to this game now because I thought it wouldn’t stress me out, so why drive myself crazy…), I did the inevitable and logged on a newly created alt, albeit one I created a few months ago.
I may (will probably) throw up a post at some point delving into the feels behind me returning to Warcraft, but this morning is not that morning!
Time Management is Fun
Now that summer is here, I’m finding I have Too Much To Do And Not Enough Time. Which is kind of fun. I have my blog (duh), various games, my fictional story thing I’m working on, my cross stitches, not to mention hanging out with real people in the real world and stuff, which I guess is a thing? I like to be organized, but I’m trying not to schedule my free time too much, as that’s slightly insane, and I’m not that crazy. I do have my “gaming notebooks” where I keep track of what I’m doing, and what I want to accomplish, but I’m not in any rush to do anything, and really, why force myself to do stuff. One of the main reasons I stepped back from Warcraft was feeling total apathy towards the game and my goals therein, so forcing myself to do things is only going to drive me away again.
I’ve been having a TON of fun in FFXIV, but one aspect of the game I haven’t messed with too much as of yet is crafting. I still feel like a newbie in that game, so I’m trying to get a grasp of just leveling my character in general before I split off into other areas of the game, but I’m learning that in that game alone there is A Lot To Do. I want to experience all of it, so I’m trying to keep myself on track and not branch off into every little thing, because then I won’t get anywhere! So far I’ve leveled damage dealing classes, I want to try tanking and healing but I’m kind of afraid of that too. I am lucky enough to have a really amazing grand company, so when the time comes I could probably find some friends to go with me and help me out. The low level dungeons don’t seem too tough insofar as mechanics go, and I’ve been in a bold and sassy mood lately, so I may be trying it out sooner than expected.
Real Life Update
I’m happy to report that life in general is much improved from a few months ago, for those of you that are keeping up with that. Some days are still a struggle, but in general I’m on the up and up, which is amazingly wonderful news. My parents are back from Florida where they were ensconced all winter, lucky bastards, and are now home and nagging me as usual ^.^
I’m working out more, trying to eat better, generally trying to improve myself as a human and listen to my body more. I let things slide a lot this winter, so trying to get back on track.
I’m wanting to stream more, I’ve been messing about with uploading my streams to YouTube but not sure if I’ll keep doing that or not, they seem to be too one-sided for that. Maybe I’ll try some let’s play videos? I need to get some graphics for my stream. (stream starting soon, follower tracker thinger, etc) HALP.
I left for a variety of confusing, convoluted reasons that I thought only made sense to “me” (to later discover what I was feeling was actually quite normal); but returned yesterday because it felt like it was the right time to do so.
Sure, roll your eyes at me (or the length of this post) if you like, but this game (and the community I’ve become a part of) are important to me.
Have a lovely day =)
What, you’re still here? Oh right, cat .gif, sorry, yes.
All copyrights to the appropriate people for the above.
In my real life adventures, I’ve (re)started the Couch to 5K program. I’ve found I really enjoy being outside, just me and my music. It’s nice challenging myself, and the only reason I’m restarting is because the first go around I mussed up a knee and was limping around for a week or two. I’m starting over again and taking it a bit slower, there is really no time limit to when I have to ‘complete’ this, it’s more of a personal challenge thing. So, uh. /pom poms and confetti
While I was out huffing and puffing along last night, I began thinking about how our video game characters stay in shape. We make them run all over the countryside, sometimes for hours at a time, and sure in a game where there are dragons and giant spiders and you can throw fire around, you can suspend the disbelief of certain things. However, due to the way my brain works, I got to thinking about this topic.
Are there running groups in Eorzea? Gyms in Warcraft? Treadmills in the inns of Skyrim? In most MMO’s, you’re bringing your character up from nothing to making them super powerful. Sure, in the leveling process you get stats, increased abilities, stronger and better armor, but what if you character has shin splints? Hyper extended their knee? Wore the same pair of boots too long that the soles wore out, and now their feet hurt but OMG I have to run across the continent I guess. Another side to the coin, say your character does get their stamina up, what happens when they get a mount? Do they become less in-shape? Do they then have to spend time working out?
This might be more on the role-playing side of things, but it’s a humorous idea to me, the thought of a mighty hero grumbling as they hop on the treadmill for a bit, or practicing swordplay with a friend, or even a stranger at a random town in the middle of nowhere. What makes me giggle like a child is the thought of my Lalafell in FFXIV tottering along on a treadmill. Or do Lalafells have wheels, like hamsters? Now I’m laughing, oops.
IN OTHER (real life) NEWS
I am so happy to not have classes for the first summer session at the college I attend. It is giving me a chance to breathe and to be able to have that nice thing we call free time. My parents are home from Florida (yay) and I’m excited to Do Stuff for a bit this summer, until the second summer session kicks off in early July.
I’m steadily plugging away at the massive cross-stitch I’m sewing for my parentals for Christmas, I’ve gotten 3/29 panels done, averaging about a panel a week, haha. Cross-stitching is incredibly soothing for me, and the bonus is that I can watch Netflix or listen to podcasts while I’m doing it, yay multi tasking!
I’m also trying to get my cat used to walking with me while wearing his harness and leash, although currently the leash is still in the OMG STRING category, and it’s more of a playtime event than anything else, which is fine ^.^
I’m realizing my posts are fairly short, but once I’ve gotten my point across… what else is there to talk about? Have any of you ever thought about this, or am I the only crazy one?
This game is pretty much a constant one for me, but one that I have yet to ‘beat’ insofar as going into the nether and fighting the dragon, or whatever the kids do nowadays.
Me? I like to build. I don’t build anything crazy fancy, usually I just try to find a village and build a wall around it, ensuring I have a steady food supply and creepy friends to hang out with and protect from zombies and such.
This game is one of those that I am obsessed with for a couple months, then I get bored with it or just move on to something else, and don’t touch it for months at a time. The inevitable always occurs, and I open up one of my old worlds in vain and try to remember what I was doing, but usually wander around in a state of dismay as I wonder why the hell I put that thing there, what I was thinking building THAT, etc.
This game is a fun one because you can play it just like a sandbox in creative mode, and build whatever the frick frack you want, or you can run around in survival mode and play it almost like an RPG. What’s neat about this game is it’s been around forever, and there have been so many mods and servers created to adapt to different play styles. I enjoy the RPG-esque atmosphere, traversing the countryside in search of food, supplies to build shelter, luring farm animals back to my enclosures. I like finding temples or dungeons, poking around in there and hopefully not dying to traps while I search out the loot.
I like upgrading my character, crafting her armor, building the enchanting table, enchanting my weapons, armor, and tools. I really like building my base, making it look pleasant, having a different building specific to different things (forge, enchanting hut, storage sheds, etc). I especially find mining and leveling or moving dirt around very soothing. It’s almost like a control thing, in a way. I can define and re-shape the landscape to how I want it to be, and no-one except maybe Endermen will mess with it.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, I hope you’re enjoying watching my descent into madness, but I’m sure you’ve seen me talking a lot (too much? Oh well) about streaming and my fears and anxiety tied in with that. I know there is no easy fix for me to get over that, it will just take time and persistence, and luckily enough I have awesome people that support me and cheer me on, which helps so very much.
Streaming a game like Minecraft is relatively easy because most of the stuff I do (level the land to make it look a certain way, mine, build random things) I can do without really thinking about it, so if there is someone in chat I can carry on a conversation relatively easy.
Today’s been a short post, yeah, but that’s all I have, so that’s all you get.