Blaugust Day 7 – Exciting Times Ahead!

So, yesterday was the big day. There was the official announcement of the new World of Warcraft expansion: Legion.

I AM EXCITED MK

I’m learning so much more about Warcraft lore, the classes, different NPCs that are so important to the story, and it’s all really exciting. Kind of overwhelming, but for right now I’m mainly feeling excitement!! I have a renewed interest in the game and learning as much as I can about it. I mean I’ve been playing WoW for almost 8 years, and I’m almost embarrassed when lore discussions happen and I’m asking “who is that?!?!?!” I’ll learn eventually though ^.^

This weekend is a Pet Battle weekend in Warcraft- normal pet battles you get 200% more xp, and there is a quest with various goodies if you win 5 random PvP battles. I’m mainly going to focus on leveling up my little wee ones, I might try the PvP battles but eh, not going to stress about it.

I’m also re-installing GW2- I think I’m going to truly and honestly give it another shot. I played it for a super long time for a while, I think I need to just find a good guild and stick with it!

In exciting real life news, I broke the news on Twitter yesterday, but I have accepted a position as a receptionist at a small law firm and I start at the end of the month! I’m nervous and excited and anxious, and ready to begin the journey at my first ‘real job’ haha.

I hope everyone has a good weekend! See you tomorrow =)

mlem


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Blaugust- Day 6 – What’s a Title?

Today is a big day. For those of you under many rocks, there is a Warcraft announcement due out today (unless it’s been spoiled already by the time I post this.

I don’t really have many thoughts as to what the next Expansion will be, I am pretty much content no matter what Blizzard decides. Of course, I have some things that I wish were included (more prevalent female NPCs please) and some things I don’t want any more of (spikes, orc bros), but I will still play the game no matter their decision*

Today is a fairly big day for me IRL, and yes I shall leave you all in suspense until tomorrow. Because I’m evil, or something.

I was involved in a big lore discussion yesterday- by which I mean I just read along as other people went on and on, and I tried to absorb what I could- about the Arrakoa, Broken, and other races in Warcraft. I was impressed by their knowledge, and how the backstory effects what we as the ‘heroes’ do. It made me want to learn more about the lore, about the how and why of what my little pixels are doing. It also had the side effect of making me want to level up my Alliance character all the more, but lol time.

I’m excited and anxious and nervous to see what today holds, to be perfectly honest; in regards to both real life and fake life. Change is always hella scary, but I take confidence and pride in that there are people that have my back in both worlds ^.^

No I didn’t forget about the cat gif, sheesh.

kitten hugs

Also here’s a picture of the cross-stitch for Jae

Wrinkly but preeeettty. The mermaid is about 7" long.
Wrinkly but preeeettty. The mermaid is about 6″ long.

*I can always change my mind, and that’s the beauty of it =P


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Blaugust Day 5 – CAN’T BLOG TOO BUSY

HI EVERYONE

Today was a crazy day and it’s not over yet hahahahaha

spazcat

I have a homework assignment that is building off of an Access database we are working on in class- most of my time will probably be spent arranging the fields and changing the colors of the backgrounds on all the forms >.>

I don’t think I’ll be taking summer classes again, lol. The class is just way too fast-paced for me, and working full-time plus school eating away at what little free time I have… Ick. No thank you.

I had A Very Good Life Thing happen today which I will explain in more detail at a later point (If you know, NO SPOILARZ)

Let’s see.. I haven’t had much time for gaming due to LIFE being BUSY and STUFF, but I have actually done some cross-stitching, which, yes, takes as much time as accomplishing something in-game, but shush. I finished the top half of the giant cross-stitch I am working on for my mother and stepfather, and I will begin on the bottom half… at some point.

What time I have spent in gaming.. Doing the Garrison chore stuff on Byx and my warlock, Hexxia. I have leveled my warrior a couple levels, and created a few more “Byx-punny” character names, most of them named by my guildies. Will I level them? Heck if I know. But they are there! THE OPPORTUNITY AWAITS!!!

…….I’ve had a lot of coffee today okay? OKAY ??!?!?!?!


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Blaugust: Day 2

Hello!

I’m always oddly proud of these community events, even though I have nothing to do with their creation and organization ^.^

It’s so neat seeing the community come together, a ton of people all like “yeah, let’s do the thing!!”

Join usssssss

Warcraft

I am now officially a filthy casual, I guess? I’m not raiding, and miss it a ton, but my work schedule won’t let me raid with my guild, and I’ve beat this poor dead horse way too many times, and I’m sure you all know the story. My shaman, Byx, is doing the Garrison Shuffle, and last night I got the last achievement I needed, outside of Tanaan reputations, to unlock flying in Draenor.

That means the inevitable must occur. I must gird her loins (? yick), and venture forth into the terrifying, deadly world of TANAAAAAAAAAAN.

*dramatic music, thunder crashing, cat bolts under the bed*

Basically Byx in Tanaan.

I’ll let you pick if Byx is the ANGRY CAT or the plastic dinosaur.

I’ve been to Tanaan before on my shaman of course, but it was very similar to my first experience in Timeless Isle, where I basically ran around internally screaming for a couple days before I figured out what I’m supposed to do. Byx is geared enough to survive, and obviously as a shaman I have a bit more survivability than a pure DPS class, but I’m a baby and get scared of the BIG SCARY MONSTERS.

I also need oil. For boats ships. So, there you go.

My warlock is level 99.5, I’m still being super lazy and she is getting all of her XP via garrison missions and picking flowers/mining. I’m having a super fun time leveling my warrior, she is almost 76 and I am hoping to have her 80 or close to by the end of the weekend. Yay rest XP and Heirlooms! I now have one of every class created on my ‘home’ server, so I will probably slowly level them up as the mood strikes me. I’m not hell-bent on needing any of them leveled up, but I enjoy seeing the game from different classes’ perspectives. For those new to the party, I primarily play Horde, but am working on leveling my Alliance alt to 100, again to see the different perspective, but also for nerd points.

Pet battles are also a Thing I will be poking my nose back into, but I want to try not to overwhelm myself with my in-game to do list if at all possible. I’d rather log in and accomplish one small thing, than to log in and not really accomplish anything at all. I do game for fun, but I also like getting things done, dammit ^.^

Other games

I’m a game-aholic, I have Too Many Games and Not Enough Time, but I enjoy bouncing around from game to game as the mood strikes me. Last night I picked up a small expansion to The Sims 4 (I wish they would put them on sale….) so my Simself and her family can go camping. While I was in Origin, I wistfully looked over at Dragon Age: Inquisition, so that will probably get dusted off in the not so distant future as well.

I picked up Ori and The Blind Forest and Child of Light on the Steam Summa Sale, and I of course want to play through those games as well.

Life

Life is busy right now, the two jobs which have me working full-time hours, job hunting, back into the shark-infested dude bro waters of online dating, as well as taking classes… Oof. I’m a busy gal =)

In general, life is a thumbs-up currently. Busy is good, keeps my brain occupied with that instead of the other stuff.

Here, have some nightmare fuel!
Here, have some nightmare fuel!

That’s all for today folks, I hope everyone has a great day!!!

-Byx

Back to the Grind

HAPPY GHOST WULF DANCE
HAPPY GHOST WULF DANCE

Warcraft

I’m back, bitches.

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 ^.^

6.2 Thoughts

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.

FFXIV

'Sup
‘Sup

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

Off to work
Yep, here I go, wait, ack.

 

Putting the “Lock” Back in Lock & Bolt

Warcraft News

Hi.
Hi.

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 fun again, 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*

 

Streaming

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.

Skyrim

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? ^.^

Steam Sale

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 ❤

Have a great day! YES YOU

herro

 

Turning ‘Meh’ into ‘Yay!’

Hi, my name is Byx, and I’m a game-aholic.

 

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

Hi-Ho Warlock, AWAY
Hi-Ho Warlock, AWAY

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!

Skyrim

lol hi
lol hi

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.

OH IT'S HAPPENING, LOKIR.
OH IT’S HAPPENING, LOKIR.

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.

Cross-Stitching

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.

 

Short ‘fluff’ post today, but there ya go.

 

Back to the Routine

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.

Listen here, you. I'm the Commander, k?
Listen here, you. I’m the Commander, k?

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.

That's IT?! Featuring my guild's MOTD
That’s IT?! Featuring my guild’s MOTD

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.

Also, Belfies.
Also, Belfies.

My voidwalker looks 1000000000000% done. And so am I! With this post.

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY here’s a cat gif

*whoomp*
*whoomp*

Let’s go on a Safari!

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!

Hey.
/flex

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!

FFXIV Wanna FIGHT

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.

Third: Landscape!

BabyDruid

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!

BEAR
BEAR

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 ^.^

Make a Dragon Wanna Retire, Man.

YOU KNOW WHO TO BLAME FOR THIS.

*chair dancing intensifies*

Anyways, back to the words.

You don't have to throw FISH AT ME
You don’t have to throw FISH AT ME

Warcraft

Meet Kyx.

She’s a rogue. She’s fun to play.

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.

Dramatic back lighting
Dramatic back lighting

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.

FFXIV

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.

 

Oopsie gotta run, ENJOY YOUR DAY ❤