Purpose

The purpose of this blog is to document my joys, frustrations, unique finds and general information pertaining to my experiences playing World of Warcraft.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What the...

My Celestial Steed sired a bastard child with a common Stormwind steed...



I'm so ashamed.

This is an improvement imho:



Purty Priest Pony:


Death to Deathwing!

Dark Meat or Light? Jedi and Sith Sneak Peeks

While I'm finally getting a chance to check out patch 4.3, I thought you might like a preview of SW: ToR.

For the lighter side:



And for those in favor of the Dark Side:



And yeah, I know this is a WoW blog, but I figured, what the heck!

Happy Gaming!

Friday, November 25, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering...

I've been putting in a lot of overtime at work, so my posts have been scarce.  And I ran out of Haiku's I had already done.  Believe me, trying to come up with one after 11+ hours at work, knowing I have little time before I have to get up and do it all over again...I hope you understand.

I just haven't felt like writing much.

Okay, that's not entirely true.  I have felt like writing.  Quite a bit, actually.  It's just that I have to make more choices lately, and writing keeps drawing the short end of the stick.

Here's what I HAVE been doing lately:  playing Skyrim, then playing WoW.  I keep trying new games:  in addition to Skyrim, I now have Portal 2 and Dead Island.

HEY, VIDEO GAME MAKERS!  YEAH, YOU!  If I could walk and fly in your games like I can in World of Warcraft, I would LOVE some of your games!  And I do love my new games.  I just hate how limited they feel.

So, I play them for an hour, get bored and go right back to World of Warcraft.  I'm working on my rogue's and main's Hyjal dailies:  Ravyyn still needs rep, and Hearthyn still needs the last couple of achievements.

What kind of games do you play when you're not playing WoW?  After 7 years, are you bored with WoW?  Or do you keep coming back to it, like me?

Oh, and by the way, I got an invitation to do the weekend beta testing of SWTOR again.  I erased my previous footage, since I didn't have the sound turned on.  I'll try to get some this time, and as soon as it's safe, I'll post it to my Youtube channel.

Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

10 Things To Do For Hallow's End

In the spirit of The Daily Blink and their love of lists, I thought I'd come up with my own list.  Here's the top ten things to do for Hallow's End:

10:  Put the Dranei Male mask on female worgen priest and insist to fellow "Headless Horseman" dungeoneers that she's an actual male dranei.  Named Lycette.

9.  Announce in trade chat that you have a "Sinister Squashling" for sale, cheaper than ah, pst.

8.  Get mage to level 66, park in Shattrath.  Announce in trade chat "Mage ports to all cities in Outland that have candy buckets, only 10g."  If anyone answers, take gold and port them to Theramore.

7.  Join AV, eat G.N.E.R.D.S., sit in cave until 10 kills are achieved, announce in chat "Thanks for the chiever!" and leave before anyone can report you afk.

6.  Log on server you rarely play, on level 12 belf pally you haven't played since Winter Veil, and yell, while transformed into a Winter Veil elf in your green Santa suit while riding your reindeer-transformed mount, "You're all celebrating the wrong World Event".  Wait two minutes, log back out and repeat the next day.



5.  Eat all of the candies, use your toothpick...like this:


then run through a stink bomb, snap a screenshot and submit to Blizzard's "Screenshot of the Day".

4.  Join the "Headless Horseman" dungeon each day, and announce every time, "This is my first time.  Who do you want me to cc?"

3.  Announce to all your friends in Real ID chat every mask and costume/enchantment you get from going around to every single candy bucket.  In one afternoon.

2.  Call out the opposite building that someone else is calling for everyone to throw water on during the Headless Horseman's appearance for "Let The Fires Come".

And last but not least:

1.  Open your Loot-Filled Pumpkin, and announce upon finding the Headless Horseman's Mount, "Not AGAIN!!  This is the fourth one this week!" before leaving party.


Have fun!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Fun Day

It's the last day of my "weekend" at work, and I've spent both days hacking, coughing, and sneezing--yep, horrible, horrible cold.  The light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, though, was I didn't do much other than play WoW.

I started leveling my rogue again.  I took her to Mount Hyjal first, since they have the port to Stormwind up, and got it opened.   I have to admit, I still hate the voice of Aronus, but I love the opening scenes anyway:



Then, I took the port and went down to the Stormwind docks to open up Vashj'ir.  This is the kind of fun I had today:


 Talk about shark bait!

After doing some quests, I got bored and didn't feel like doing much that required a lot of thought or energy. I kept having coughing fits, and kept expecting to get ganked during one, so I got on Hearthyn and collected candy buckets in an effort to get the last 5 masks I need for "A Mask For All Occasions".  I got it down to 3...grrr...

I decided to stay on Hearthyn and do some archaeology, in an effort to finally get the recipe Vial of the Sands.  I didn't get it, but I did make over 500 gold and get this:



A new pet!

And now, FINALLY!, after several times getting this almost done and LOSING all my work, I present you with the following parade of mounts, featuring my death knight Diralei.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Haiku

Sorry AGAIN.  My excuse this time is the horrible sore throat I woke up to, followed by the 8 hours of work, trying hard not to hack and cough on my poor co-workers.  In my medicated state, I bring you Tuesday's Haiku:

Bad Example


The young, unguided,

Fall easily prey to me,

Sowing seeds of doubt.

I hope you don't catch my cold!  (I'll try not to cough in vent.)  

Have fun!

Friday, October 21, 2011

MISTS OF WHAT???

Just when I was considering being done, maybe for good......


ZOMG, MISTS OF PANDARIA! 


DIABLO III FREE!! 


MOUNTS FOR ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS FOR SIGNING UP!!!

I signed up and paid 3 months in advance.

Yeah, I'm still a geek.  Squeeeeeee!



Have fun at Blizzcon, and a big "THANK YOU" to all of you tweeting the whole thing!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Candy Buckets! Squeee!

I logged into World of Warcraft last night, and lo and behold, it's Hallow's End!  Candy buckets, the Headless Horseman, costume wands, OH JOY!!!

I logged on to level my rogue, actually.  She hit 80 last night thanks in part to the holiday quests.

I gave her a makeover the other day.  For some reason I do this when a character gets closer to max level, as if they have grown up and need a more "adult" look.  Here's a "before" and "after" comparison:



I actually started off doing the Argent Tournament quests, and while at the tournament grounds, I noticed I had mail.  It was the letter from Archmage Malin, one of the more touching quest lines from Wrath in my opinion:


I also helped lay Crusader Bridenbrad to rest, with the help of Ada'l.

After getting to the 2nd tier of tournament quests (Argent Aspiration, woohoo!), I decided to hit the candy buckets up on the way to doing the Kalu'ak dailies.  (I LOVE that fishing pole!!!)

The buckets in Dalaran turned my beautiful night elf into a hideous leper gnome--ew!  And then, this happened in Kamagua.  Awesome!



Leper gnome pirate ftw!!

In Wintergarde Keep, I tried the Chewy Fel Taffy.  I actually love that the candy has wicked effects but no buffs now:


The following pics are from Wyrmrest Temple, Moa'ki, and Kaskala.






I think the ghost costume looks kinda cool with the effects from the Soothing Spearmint Candy.

I'm debating whether or not to take Ravyyn around to all the candy buckets today and try for all of the achievements.  The XP is good, so I might.  Even though she's an alt.

Oh, and if you're looking for Arcane Powder, Brother Cassius is in the Stormwind Cathedral in the room on the right side, and Hagrus can be found in Orgrimmar in the Cleft of Shadow.

Happy Hallow's End!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Haiku

Patience



The warrior sits,

Calmly timing his moment

To strike enemies.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Haiku? And My Thoughts on Cataclysm 10 Months In


Time Lost



Love is never late.

A heart able to forgive,

Makes up for time lost.


 I really have no excuse for not posting this earlier, except that I was lost in time.  In fact, I spent a lot of today near this very ledge in Stormpeaks, leveling my rogue.  I took her from level 75 to level 79 today, all the while mulling over the changes to World of Warcraft since the release of Cataclysm.

I read a post by Liz Danforth not long ago, and in it she explained exactly what she thought Blizzard did wrong with Cataclysm.  You can find her post by clicking on her name.  Where World of Warcraft is concerned, I agree with her wholeheartedly, but I'd like to take it a step further.

And this may help explain why I haven't been posting lately.  Why I keep missing Haiku Tuesday, and why I'm finding it hard to care about a game I still love and still think is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played.  It may help to explain why I'm in mourning for WoW.

The points Ms. Danforth makes are excellent--we were heroes in Wrath, we had a purpose.  We made mistakes, but our intentions were pure.  And at the end, they put a statue in Dalaran so everyone could see that we finally accomplished our mission.

In Cataclysm, we seem to jump from one extreme to another.  Dungeons were extremely difficult before gear, continued to be difficult after gear, and people had to relearn how to use crowd control.  While crowd control is always an excellent thing to learn, the quests to get to those dungeons were fairly easy, and except for Uldum, didn't have much of a story line other than to open up that part of the new world.  

Even in Uldum, as fun as they were, I'm not sure to this day what the whole Harrison Jones quest line had to do with Deathwing.  In other words, I haven't seen a lot of continuity in Cataclysm.  

And the rewards have been less than par, for example, getting 353 level gear in the Zul's, when it takes 359 level gear to be able to complete them, at least for the most part.

In Wrath, everything tied together somehow, even the iron dwarves.  Yes, we probably should have had to use a little more crowd control, but the really good players have always known how to use it when needed, and we still had a definite plot leading up to a definite ending.  

And the gear progression was, well, phenomenal in my honest opinion.  Those of you that have played awhile, think back to when you started Ulduar after Naxx.  Weren't those stats amazing??  Remember drooling, and possibly fighting, over Worldcarver?

Also, the end-game daily quests in Cataclysm, well...bore me to tears.  The new Molten Front ones are just the same horrible drudgery over and over, and if you're on a pvp server, then they are painful drudgery.

Now, don't get me wrong--I love a lot of the changes Blizzard made, especially the way quests progress in Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms now for new characters.  They really have done an amazing job with that, and everything runs together almost seamless, making leveling enjoyable again.

I also appreciate that every expansion is a major undertaking, one that I'm sure most Blizzard employees take to heart.  I'm sure they tried very hard to keep everything new in line with old lore, etc. I realize that I am not a game developer.

But I am the end user.  And I just feel like, somewhere along the line, they lost the heart of the game.

Maybe I'm just burnt out from 2 years of raiding.  I would love to know what you think, 10 months into Cata.

Have fun, no matter what game you play!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Haiku

Gamon



Solitary soul,

Forever haunted by her,

Yearning to forget.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

WoW Lessons for the Workplace?

As you may or may not know, I recently went back to work after 2 1/2 years of being one of the unemployed. It was shortly before my last job ended that I discovered World of Warcraft, and shortly after my last job ended I joined a raiding guild and was a "casual elite" raider for most of that time.

I noticed some habits that I developed while actively raiding, and I got to thinking lately about how different the work force might be if we applied a WoW raiding mentality at work.

And I don't mean the "that's what she said" jokes.

In all seriousness, think about it:

What if you fully researched each job assignment, and even each potential job before an interview--from different aspects, learning what your role would be and how best to fulfill that role?

What if you actually kept researching after landing the job, making sure you kept up to date on any changes that may affect your role, always striving to improve your performance?

What if you researched potential "boss" encounters, learning what makes a particular boss "tick", and how to "dodge" potential "attacks" on your work and/or performance?

What if you learned to build up your "resilience" when constructive criticism was offered to you?

What if you actually set your alarm, juggled your other obligations, and made sure you were always early for work?  And not only early, but PREPARED with "food" and "flasks", i.e. a proper lunch, drinks and snacks if appropriate to your work environment, or the proper means to buy such items.

What if we continuously worked on self-improvement, attempting to keep ourselves healthy and fit both mentally and physically, essentially repairing our "armor", so that we can continue to deal with the daily "attacks" by outside forces, fellow employees, and life in general?

WoW may be just a game.  But many of us have or still take it very seriously.  Many of the things I have mentioned are basic, common-sense practices we should bring to the work force anyway.

But how many of us really apply these things?

Just some food for thought.

Ok, back to Brewfest.  Happy gaming!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WTF?

I did a rare thing this weekend.  I ended up with Sunday and Monday off, not Monday and Tuesday as normal, and, well...

I didn't log into WoW.  Not once.

This is a first for me.  In fact, it's a first in the 3 years since I started playing.  Usually every waking moment I do NOT have to spend cleaning (stop laughing, I at least do the dishes and laundry!), working, running errands, paying bills, etc. for the last three years has usually been filled with World of Warcraft.  I have six 85's to prove it, too.  And a Kingslayer title on my main, Hearthyn.  And 6/7 normal in Firelands.

So, what did I do this weekend?  Well, I rediscovered movies.  I actually struck up a conversation with my boyfriend, Mark.  I even walked outside, in sunlight and everything, and went OUT for a whole day! 

I rarely even checked in with Facebook or Google+.  In other words, other than checking emails from my new smartphone, I basically UNPLUGGED for the weekend. 

I call it Shannon Unplugged. 

And I have to say, it was WONDERFUL! 

But I miss WoW.  I miss my rogue I'm leveling.  I miss raiding, and work isn't going to let me do much of that any time soon.

Oh, yeah...

and I bought Plants vs Zombies for Android.  (Who wants to really unplug anyway, right?  And yes, I have the WoW Armory app, too!)

Have a great week, and don't forget to unplug now and then.  Even if it's only a little bit.

Tuesday Haiku

Conquest



A valiant fight.

At long last, evil conquered.

Friendly portal home.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two for Tuesday Haiku

Let me apologize.  I got caught up in training at work last week and completely forgot about Tuesday Haiku.  So, here is a double shot:

Autumn



Cinnamon spice dreams,

The harvest moon entices

Falling autumn leaves.



Companions


My transformation,

Companion at my side and

Together we rest.


 Training is over now.  I should be back to blogging.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Haiku

Long story short, car blah blah blah wouldn't start blah blah blah late for work blah blah blah better late than never:

Deathwing


Sky suddenly red,

Cast shadow looms over me.

Death glides on Death’s wing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Haiku Tuesday

Vortex


Swirling beneath me,

Who knows what ancient secrets

Wait in the abyss.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Leveling

My day now consists of A) getting up at 4am;  B)  learning about products and packages until 2pm;  C)  coming home and passing out before starting it all up again.

I am working 6 days to get my 40 hours in, too.  The joys of the J O B. hehe

So, as soon as my weekend started mid-Saturday, I decided to level my rogue.   This is my rogue, Ravyyn:




Now, I have six 85's already.  I have NOT been doing my Hyjal dailies even on my main.  I just can't seem to get into them--they are repetitious and boring, imho.  Also, I am trying to get this blog back to being "My World of Whoa" and not "My World of Woe"... 

Seriously, the ganking situation may have improved, but I decided I really do not want my mornings muddied with expletives and generalized faction slander, followed by the hurling of some various object, usually my headset. 

So I started leveling my rogue, in between Plants vs Zombies.  Plants vs Zombies has become my new comfort.  When I only have a few minutes, or seriously little patience for playing mains on a pvp server, I hit PvZ instead.

But I digress.  I started leveling my rogue, and I got her from level 52 to level 61 between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. Yay!

I had her in combat spec to begin with.  I believe I had switched from her assassination spec to add talent points and had just left her in it.  I was doing about 220 dps according to recount, and she was usually dead last for dps in the few randoms I did.  This was Saturday.

Sunday, after several levels, I decided to add the talents in assassination and play her in that spec awhile, to get used to the rotation and set up my bars again, etc. 

WHOA!  What a difference a spec makes!  Now, I know I went up past 60, but I was still only doing @ 220 dps in combat.  I started doing anywhere from 380 to 450 dps in assassination--that's right, double what I was doing in combat with her.  So, I either am not doing things right in combat, or at this level assassination simply rocks.

It's probably me.  I'm a druid at heart.

Have fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Haiku Tuesday

Exploration


Abandoned day camp

Bubbles with day’s adventure

As the moon listens.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Raid

There's been some controversy over the documentary by Kevin Michael Johnson that shows one guild on raid night.  Whoa!  If you haven't seen it, the documentary is called "The Raid", and you can check it out here:  http://jointheraid.com/site/.  If you haven't seen it yet, my comments won't make much sense to you, at least some of them won't.

Beau Hindman has a few things to say about it on his blog here:  http://epicdolls.com/beauturkey/?p=4476.  I just recently started following him, and I have only read a couple of articles.  I think he has some valid points, though.

I clicked on the link in his article and listened to Crucifer's point of view here:  http://www.twitch.tv/crucifer2005/b/291991177.  He had some valid points, too.

And now, I'd like to share my thoughts, as one of the "bitches" in WoW...

First, let me say that I am not a prude.  I am an older player, but I'm not ancient and I myself have been known to drop f-bombs, especially in a raid or gank-type situation.  However, there have been some trends by both the older and younger generations of WoW gamers, and I'm sure this holds true with other MMORPG's, that I'm really getting sick of and that I think could and should be brought to a halt.

NOTE:  when I say, "you" in the following paragraphs, I am referencing the offenders, not you the general reader.

Here are some of my "hates" when gaming:

I have noticed lately that a lot of people think it's okay to use "gay" as an adjective.  It has actually become quite mainstream, and I'm not sure this trainwreck can be slowed, but I'm putting it out there:  I don't care what you "mean" by it, I think it's derogatory and a lazy way to say what you really mean.

And while we're on the subject, I don't think it's appropriate for you to call people "faggot" either.  This one is just a whole new realm of bad.  I don't care how you feel about gays and/or lesbians.  Keep it out of the game, please. 

Also, girls have been playing WoW and other games for some time now.  Some of the best players are women, as a matter of fact.  Please, gentlemen, get over it and learn to deal with it.  You've had years to get used to it by now.  And this notion that gaming should be a men-only sport?  Please...do you honestly think, especially in today's society, that women don't deserve an outlet for letting off steam, too?  You should be grateful we're gaming and not outside with the AK-47 shooting up your neighborhood for all the years you tried to keep us in the kitchen.  Or in that kitchen adding arsenic to your soup.

And finally, I don't want to hear racial slurs.  Period.  I don't care what context it's in, "nigger", etc., is NEVER acceptable in my book.  

Any of these, or any combination of these, is sure to ruin my game-play quickly.  I really hate it when my game-play isn't fun anymore.

The bottom line here is this:  be courteous of other players.  Learn to let off steam without being offensive, sexist and racist.  Of course, you can be offensive, sexist and racist in-game if that's how you let off steam.  Just don't expect me to play with you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Haiku Tuesday

Archaeology






Seeking out our past.

Digging for a future hope.

I must not forget.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I R L

I started a new J-O-B Monday, so I haven't been posting as much lately.  I'm in training, so I've been concentrating on learning the ropes and haven't been playing as much.

I did, however, get a few things accomplished this past week in-game.  My lock is also stuck now on Putridus for his Frostbitten achievement, joining my hunter in Ice Crown for camping.  I got my priest's tailoring up to 500 finally.  And Whoa!  My Hearthyn got her Polar Bear from the Brunnhildar daily after a year or more!



 I flew her up to the Footsteppes to get rid of the blue girl look and shot a pic of her on the mount:



I'm slowly inching her closer to that Mountain O' Mounts achievement.  She's at 70 right now--I need to get her Outland mounts.  She has the netherwing drake, but not the Kurenai or Sha'tari Skyguard mounts.  Maybe now that I'm back to work and not raiding I can finally get that done.  (Waaaaah!  I miss raiding already.)

Have a great day, and happy hunting!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Haiku

Lightning

 

Hopeless wind whispers. 

Lightning strikes my heart so deep,

I lay breathless still.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Atramedes 4.2

As promised, here's the video:

Bloody Awesome!

I meant to post this the day it happened, but I've been busy editing videos, and then losing the data and having to start all over again.

Or having my video's music track muted by Youtube for copyright infringement, even though the song is public by the original artist on their Myspace page (I was shocked, too--people do actually still use Myspace!), and there are 7 pages of videos, 25 featuring the song they muted on me on the first page alone, when you do a Youtube search of the song in question.

I do not want to rob an artist of commissions due to them.  I used to sing and write, copyrighted my works, and I would never want to "steal" from someone.  However, exposure is a good thing, too.  And I did buy the mp3 download for my video.

*Sigh!  I'm redoing the video with techno music from Positively Dark.  He let's you download for free and use them on your  Youtube videos as long as you credit him and provide a link to his site.  If you need background music, or just want something to listen to, head on over to http://www.entropymusic.com.

I'll post a link of the video when it's done.

In the meantime, Whoa!  On August 4th, my death knight got Bloody Rare!  WOOHOO!



Now, you KNOW, if you've been following, that I love rare farming.  I'm still trying for Frostbitten on my hunter--yep, this whole time?  Been stuck on Putridus.

For this achievement, I did nothing special except fly around following the NPC Scan map overlays.  It simply took me several times over 2 or 3 weeks--of course, that will depend on your server population, how  many players are leveling in Outland, and how many players are going back for this achievement, too.  And of course the good old RNG...grrrr.  (I blame it for my hunter being stuck on Putridus!)

So, if you haven't done it yet, take the Dark Portal and fly around some.  Mine some ore, too, if you're a miner--Khorium still sells fairly decently, and so do the other two.  And if you haven't already, don't forget to fish the different spots you need for Outland Angler as you hunt for rares.

Good luck and Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beth'tilac Video Edited


I even narrate this one.  Whoa!

This is from Tuesday night.  I think the quality turned out fairly decent, although I think I need a better mike.

Have I mentioned that I love my new helm?  Yummy, yummy haste!

Enjoy!

Breaking the Haste Barrier

Whoa!  2135!  I have FINALLY passed the 2005 haste mark!  Woot!!!!  One more tick of Wild Growth!

Actually, I replaced a haste gem with an intellect one, so my haste now is 2095.  It is soooo nice to be able to gem int again!

I won the Cowl of the Clicking Menace last night off of Beth'tilac.  Look at that haste!



I raided with some old friends again last night, and we got all but Alysrazor, Majordomo Staghelm and Ragnaros down.  Yep--this week, 4 bosses in one night instead of 3.  I'm so proud!  I went from only doing one trash run to downing all but 3 of the bosses in 2 weeks.  Yes!

Not only that, but I FRAPSed!  And except for a couple of lag spikes, I had no problems running FRAPS and raiding!  You do not know how nice that is for me, seriously.  My old computer--I'm surprised I could raid at all.

So, I'll be editing and uploading as soon as possible.  I'll share the links when I get done.  So you can see how awesome I did.

And how I never stood in fire.

And how I always kept harmony and efflorescence up.

And how I never died to other boss mechanics that are just plain STUPID to die from.

And how I kept all of my assignments alive.

Honest.  I was perfect.

By the way, I have a bridge I'm selling in Brooklyn.  Know anyone that's in the market for one?

Learn to laugh at yourself and have fun!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Haiku Tuesday



 The comforts of home
Beckon soon the traveler
Who wanders too far.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Blog Design

I was checking out some forums at Blog Azeroth, and I came across a post for the Wow Model Viewer.  It intrigued me, so I downloaded it, played around a bit, and ended up with a new look for the blog.  What do you think?  Yes? No?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Ugly Shoulders

I have been missing raiding a lot lately, so when an excellent raid leader from my old guild asked last weekend if I wanted to raid Firelands sometime soon, I said yes this time.

Since leaving both of my recent raiding guilds, I have only been on one trash farm run since 4.2 dropped.  I didn't even step inside the instance until last week.  I have been dealing with real life, my boyfriend's vacation, and trying to level my Smolderthorn characters.  I told myself I was happy saving 3-500 gold per night by NOT raiding.

I lied.  I love raiding.  I miss raiding

I got to raid tonight.  We got Shannox, Lord Rhyolith, and Beth'tilac down, and got several good attempts at Baleroc in before calling it a night.

I have to say, Baleroc is an interesting fight from a healing standpoint, especially for a druid.  In fact, Baleroc hates me.  What do you mean I can't use my hots first?  Spam nourish, regrowth or healing touch only?  It goes against my nature as a resto druid.  It took a couple of tries, but I finally got the hang of letting my stacks build before switching to the tanks.  I look forward to trying to perfect my healing strategy tomorrow night.  Tank Spot has excellent videos explaining the boss fights, too.  Thank you Lore and Aliena!

I also got 3 new pieces of gear:  the cloak that requires Avengers of Hyjal friendly, Incendic Chestguard from Lord Rhyolith, and some BOE shoulders, the Flickering Shoulderpads of the Undertow.  Can these shoulders get any uglier???

Here are my old shoulders:



I never thought I would miss their "moulting" feature, until I got these:



Lanterns?  Or is that fire-wood?  I mean, WTF???  To quote Darnell, "Really Blizz?!!  Really?"

Sweet dreams!

Haiku Tuesday








Wary allies stare.

Facing off curiously,

Old and new reflect. 

I'll see you in-game after maintenance!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Balloons!

After taking quite a bit of time off, I finally got back to playing on Smolderthorn last night.  I got my priest Heathyrn from level 28 to 32.  Four whole levels-- Whoa!

It felt good to be playing again.  I didn't even get too bored with it.  In fact, once I hit level 32 with her, I got her her horde balloon pet, and decided I should get my other characters their balloons as well--after all, the quest is a low level one that suddenly appeared, and I have not heard if this is a permanent quest now or a temporary one.  I decided it is better to be safe than sorry, and spent 2 hours getting the balloon on both my Alliance and Horde characters on 4 different servers. 

Vin in Cathedral Square in Stormwind, and Jaga in the Valley of Wisdom in Orgrimmar, give out the quest for Alliance and Horde respectively.  If you click on their names, you'll find a map showing where each NPC is located.  You go around Orgrimmar or Stormwind collecting 5 runaway balloons.  Once you turn them back in to either Vin or Jaga, you get the balloon pet and Vin or Jaga float away into the sunset.  I hope they packed a lunch.

So, after 2 hours, I now have these on most of my toons:

ALLIANCE BALLOON



DEEPS MORE DEEPING...I MEAN, HORDE BALLOON


My goblin almost sounds like she inhaled the helium!  Have fun!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Haiku

I love to take screenshots.  In fact, I love to submit them to the Screenshot of the Day on the WoW website. Whoa!  To my knowledge I have not had any featured as the Screenshot of the Day.

I also love poetry, and I used to write quite a bit of it.  A friend of mine shared his first Haiku yesterday on Google+, and it got me itching to get back to writing again.

So, without further ado, I present: 

Tuesday Morning Haiku





Revenge


Fiery vengeance,

Like molten wings of hatred,

Fuels only death.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Firelands--I Didn't Mean To Lie

I haven't played much in the last week or so.  But I have a confession to make:  what little I did play was almost exclusively on Korgath.  Whoa!

I know--I'm in The Daily Blink's guild, Deeps More Deeping, on Smolderthorn.  I know--I said I was done with Korgath after the drama that took place a few weeks ago.  I know--I'm no longer in a raiding guild on Korgath.  I KNOW!

I am having a hard time leveling more toons on Smolderthorn.  I love Teh Blink, don't get me wrong.  But I deleted my first 80, and have an undead death knight on Drak'thul that's level 82 or 83.  And 6 85's on Korgath.  That means I've done Outland and Northrend quests 8 times so far.  Actually, my death knight farm toon on Smolderthorn is level 75 now, so I've done Outland 9 times. 

It's driving me crazy.  I'm bored stiff.  And my schedule has been so crazy, I have done very little leveling with other guild members.  They just aren't on or aren't my level when I'm on.

So, even though my characters on Korgath are in my bank toon's guild, Chicken Hawk (named after a gnome friend and his flying copter), I have been spending time in Firelands lately, working on my rep on my main, and working on getting the rest of my 85's there Firelands ready--I never quested much in Hyjal, only got Loremaster of Cataclysm on Hearthyn, so I'm having to open the area up for most of my other toons.  So far, I have my lock started on the Firelands dailies, and I'm working on getting my priest started next.

Why am I doing all of this, if I'm not even raiding?  Glad you asked.  At first I thought it was because I had finally LOST MY FRIGGIN' MIND!  But you have to understand something--I made my first character on Auchindoun almost 3 years ago.  A druid.  A week or two later, I found out my son-in-law played on Korgath, so I made my Hearthyn there and deleted the first druid.  For the past almost 3 years, I have leveled, been ganked, waged war, conquered fierce enemies, reveled and drank to excess, seriously blundered, and just plain had fun--on Korgath.  It is my home.  It is where my 6 85's, with their complementary professions and their varying degrees of ilevel reside.  They are my babies.  I simply cannot abandon them, or the friends I have made over 3 years of epic noob-ness.

I plan to continue casually enjoying Deeps More Deeping on Smolderthorn.  I simply cannot abandon my "mains" on Korgath.  I didn't mean to lie when I said you could find me on Smolderthorn from now on.  I hope you can forgive me.

Have fun, and happy questing!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vacation, Sketch and Google+

So, my boyfriend has been on vacation this last week.  I went several days without even visiting Twitter or playing WoW.  Whoa!

Last Saturday, @Vasburg sketched my Hearthyn and 59 other toons--all done in 3 hours and 20 minutes, leaving him 3 minutes and 42 seconds only for each.  Here is the picture I sent him:



Considering the time crunch, I think he did pretty good!  Here's his sketch:



I watched his live stream for over an hour, but I simply couldn't stay for the whole 3 hours and 20 minutes.  It was really neat watching him work.

By the way, I joined Google+.  If you would like to add me to your circles, and vice versa, you can add me here:  https://plus.google.com/110127862840009899291/posts.  Please post to me and let me know how you found me so I can add you to the appropriate circle.  Also, if you would like a G+ invite, leave a comment here.  I will try to check in again in the next few days, and I should be back full time after the boyfriend's vacation ends next week.

Have fun!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Circle of Healing?

Saunder over at Non Squishy Heals is starting the Circle of Healing up again.  Apparently another blogger used to do this, one that I unfortunately am NOT familiar with. Miss Medicina hasn't posted since December of last year.

Anyway, I read his post, and decided to join in.  Below are the questions and my answers.  I just don't know who to forward it to.  Whoa!  Can't complete the circle?

Oh, well, here goes:

1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Hearthyn, Restoration Druid

2. What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans) 10-man raiding, as well as some 25-man raids.

3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? Wild Growth.  It hits so many people and is even more powerful glyphed and used while in Tree of Life.

4. What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Healing Touch.  I'm getting better at clear casting procs, and the changes in 4.2 should definitely help, but it's such a long cast.  If someone needs heals that bad, they will probably be dead before I can finish casting it, unless Nature's Swiftness is ready.

5. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? The ability to manage mana, raid heal, and tank heal.  We are, in my humble opinion, one of the best all around healing classes.

6. What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? We no longer have an "oh, sh*& the tank's dying" button, that one spell that fixes everything for that one player in dire need.

7. In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?  Raid healing.

8. What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Priests, but paladins are a close second.  Any other healing class really.  They are all pretty competent as long as the player knows their class.

9. What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? See my answer for question 8.

10. What is your worst habit as a healer? Not paying attention to clear casting procs.

11. What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? DPS yelling for heals and battle resses.  I've been raiding for awhile, and I know my priorities.  If you aren't getting healed, it's because someone more crucial to the fight needs them more.  If you aren't getting a battle res, it's because the raid leader didn't ask for it yet. 

12. Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? Yes.

13. What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?  I use Recount for some evaluation, raid success for the rest.  Each boss fight is different, so I try to keep that in mind and go more lenient on myself, haha!

14. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?  I think people still tend to forget that battle resses are limited now, and that we aren't the only class to have them.  Just wait till they figure out they won't get many innervates from us since 4.2.  Talk about crap hitting the fan!

15. What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? How to manage mana and resist blanketing the raid with rejuvenation.

16. If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?  Overhealing.

17. Haste or Crit and why? Haste to 2005, when Wild Growth gets an extra tick.

18. What healing class do you feel you understand least? Shamans.

19. What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? Vuhdo.  I also have  Nature's Swiftness and Healing Touch hot keyed to my middle mouse button for emergency heals, and my Tyrande's Favorite Doll macroe'd in several of my spells so I don't have to think to get the mana back.  It's also aggroed a boss or two....ooops!

20. Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?  I need to work on haste.  I really need to strive for the 2005 breakpoint.  The extra tick on Wild Growth would be phenomenal.  Other than that, I usually follow Elitist Jerks guidelines when it comes to stats.

So, there ya go, Saunder.  Enjoy!

New Daily Blinks

This one isn't even the new one.  But I love them both.  Just follow their link on the right to get the latest one.



Enjoy your day, and find time to laugh!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Character Sketch and Postano

Happy Independence Day all of you US readers!

A couple of quick notes:  first, my character, Hearthyn, is going to be a featured sketch on Internet Hooligan for his (?) Saturday Sketch Night July 9th at 8:00pm central.  He's gonna be sketching several people's characters, and you can watch the live stream here:  http://www.livestream.com/internethooligan

Also, I discovered Postano and PostPost today.  I linked my postano to the right.  I really like it--Whoa!  It's like a webpage of every wow-related post I've made, "liked" or linked.  If you want more info, or to set up your own, got to http://postano.com.  Note:  they do charge an embed fee based on the number of twitter followers you have, but the main page is free.

Happy Holiday!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Personal Note

I haven't played WoW much the last few days.  I just wanted to make a quick post as to why, and why I haven't posted here.  I apologize--this is not WoW related, and not my usual frivolous post.  Out of respect, I will not be holding to my "Whoa!" theme.

I grew up with my abusive father and stepmother after my parents split.  My father was finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia just days before he died.  I do not know if my stepmother has received any form of diagnosis, but it's the general consensus of all of us kids, including her 2 boys by my father, that she is mentally ill.

I won't go into details except to say the abuse was mostly mental and emotional for me.  My brothers got beat pretty bad after I left apparently.  It was, needless to say, a very dark time in my life.

The one shining beacon during this was my grandmother, my dad's mom.  Grandma Jewell.  And was she ever a shining jewel.

Her and my grandfather took us in for a year when my parents first split.  Before and after the divorce, we would go over to her house most Sundays for a big family dinner.  Dad had one brother, and my uncle and aunt would be there.

Grandma was born in Green County, Arkansas, and so was my grandfather.  So dinner was usually southern fried chicken, biscuits, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy--and she made the mashed potatoes with evaporated milk, not regular milk.  Now and then she'd make collard greens and cornbread.  Grandpa loved to fill a glass with buttermilk and leftover cornbread and eat it, and I think she would make it just for him.

At some point during the evening, my stepmother would make some snide comment to her--you know, the kind that almost sounds like a compliment, but really isn't?  Grandma would look at her, grab her own ear, and say, "What was that, hon?  Here, let me turn my hearing aid up."  She confessed to me later that she heard every word my stepmother said--but she wasn't about to give her the satisfaction of knowing it.

She always greeted us at the door with a big hug and kiss.  Her house was always spotless, too.  She'd say, "Well, hon, you never know when (Ron and Nancy, George and Barbara, Bill and Hillary, etc.) are coming over."  If anything went wrong, she would fix it with ice-cream.  We'd sit over our bowls and talk about life.

She drank coffee with cream, and always said you weren't a true coffee drinker if you had to have both cream and sugar in it.  I drink mine with cream only to this day.

And almost every year, I got to go stay with her for at least a week, if not two.  It was the one time I could actually be myself without repurcussions.  I lived for these breaks from my horrible reality.  And I loved her for it.

Grandma was always a true southern bell.  She told it like it was and she was always a lady doing it.  She loved to laugh, she loved her family, and she loved her religion.

Early Wednesday morning, at the age of 90, she passed away.  She was fighting liver cancer with all her being, and it won.

Grandma Jewell, I love you.  May you rest in peace until the resurrection.

Thank you all for letting me grieve.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Hate Bullies

Over the last couple of days a drama has been unfolding on Korgath.  I am so sick of drama.

But I had to say something about it here, because frankly, I'm sickened by the actions of some of my old guild members from The Naked Fear.  I'm not happy with some of my new guild members in Bad Karma either.  So, I'm officially retiring my characters on Korgath.  My mains.  My babies.  I'm not transferring them.  I'm retiring them.

When my boyfriend first wanted me to try out World of Warcraft, I was skeptical.  My experience in playing with actual humans behind the characters so far was negative to say the least.  I didn't want to get asked to "cyber", asked other personal questions, or get bullied.  But he talked me into trying the game anyway, and I've been hooked for almost 3 years now.

Not once have I ever regretted picking the game up.

Until yesterday, when I read "Babykiller who can't handle shit" on a Navy vet's public note.  A Navy vet dealing with ptsd because of his service overseas.  Apparently, one of TNF's members, and I heard he's been promoted to an officer but I haven't verified that, decided it would be funny to join Bad Karma, send death threats to one of it's officers, and change several of our public notes.

The Naked Fear used to be a great, proud, wonderful guild.  It saddens me that one of their members could sully their good name, sinking it to a new all-time low.  It saddens me that no one has done anything about this rogue member yet, in fact, comments were made on their forums to the officer that allegedly (I have not seen them, but I'm confident he actually got them) got the death threats to, and I quote, "continue to suck more lawl".

So, this morning I will be pulling my characters out of Bad Karma and parking them in my bank alt's guild, with the help of one of my boyfriend's characters.  This is a continued feud between these two people going back to when we all were in TNF.  I'm sick of the drama, and I will not associate with cyber bullies, period.  The person from TNF that changed the guild notes and started this drama back up has been removed from my realid list and my Facebook friends list as well.

This saddens me to no end.  It took years for The Naked Fear to build into the great guild it was at it's height.  It has only taken a few people to completely tear it down to the shameful state it's in now.  I feel sorry for the good people that remain.  I am ashamed of the people tearing it down, and the people standing by watching and laughing.  I'm hoping they just don't know the whole story.  I'm hoping they just don't realize exactly what their member did when he temporarily joined Bad Karma.  I'm hoping they read this and fix the problem.

You can find me on Smolderthorn now.  As long as it stays drama free.

Have fun.  And remember, others are paying and playing to have fun, too.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Third Grey Camel Mount!

Sundays seem like the perfect time lately to hunt for rares.  I would have thought they would be horrible, seeing that the kids are out of school now and many people have that day off.  But it's summertime, and apparently it's also a good day to go to Church, visit relatives, hit the beach, etc.

So I spent most of today farming rares.  I finally got Frostbitten on my death knight on Korgath.  I forgot to take a screenshot...grrrr.

And since I finally got Frostbitten on her, and since I still needed the grey camel mount from the Mysterious Camel Figurines in Uldum, I headed on over there with her.  Sure enough, on one of the floating cement blocks in the water south of the Ruins of Ammon, there was a camel figurine.  So, I clicked on it.

I know, many still have not even seen the camel figurines, much less actually found the one that whisks you to the steam pools.  But as of today, my death knight now joins my druid main and my warlock in having the distinct title of "the Camel Hoarder".  Whoa!

And, true to form, here's video proof:




That's right.  I'm good.  Except for standing in the white circles at first.  And forgetting I had Path of Frost.

Happy Hunting!