Monthly Archives: July 2013

Screenshot time: Journey through Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria is just so insanely pretty, I love to take pictures of all these colourful and interesting places! This one is from the Temple of the Jade Serpent in the Jade Forest, before the sky becomes clouded and dark because of the Sha’s presence.

If only the Horde and Alliance could have kept their war away from Pandaria.. That probably wouldn’t have been very interesting as an expansion, but I want to kick both Varian and Garrosh into certain places for doing that. And I’m fully aware that nothing of this actually exists in the real world.. but I surely wish it would. ._.


Right now I have one of these phases – wanting to log in, wanting to play, but not really finding any motivation to do anything. Should I get it together and finally level my main on the new server to 90? Should I create a new character with a class I always wanted to try but never really did, especially with the big changes made? A Monk or Shaman would be tempting! Or simply level some battle pets to level 25..  There’s so much to do, maybe too much since I can’t decide what and eventually just end up checking the auction house quickly and then logging off again, maybe to play another game. The Summer Steam Sale surely didn’t help with that..

But wait! There’s this profession that was somewhat annoying and exhausting when first introduced, but now after some changes it’s actually a lot of fun. Archaeology! At least it is for me, others might prefer to go fishing or something. Anyway.

Now, when I’m not really in the mood to do anything properly on WoW like questing or queueing for dungeons (the randoms are just too meh most of the time >_>) I take out my rough and dirty working clothes and go exploring:

And go to dig up some shiny crap. Sometimes it’s even shiny and useful, or at least fun! It also gives some good experience, so it’s a nice way to make a quiet and steady level or two every time there isn’t much motivation to actually do some serious levelling, without wasting too much on the way.


Some Findings are rather hard to move..

That’s what I’ve been doing in the past few days for a bit of levelling, looking for digsites here and there (the travelling around really is rather comfortable as a mage) and it got Teribeth from level 83 to almost 85 now without having to pay too much attention or putting effort into it. Plus the convenience of being able to watch a movie or go afk/do other things on the desktop every few minutes if I please to do so. 😀

To all the people who wished for a hot summer..

I hope you are happy with it now that you got it. x_x

I mean, it’s not bad to go swimming once in a while, and I wanted to do that more regularly anyway. But it’s rather annoying if I HAVE to because otherwise I would die in this heat, and I don’t even want to think about cooking anything or eat any heavy food or maybe light a candle or moving around. About anything that would produce any rise in temperature at all, even moving in front of the computer is annoying.

Which makes it really rather hard to play anything. I sit here and barely scratch together the motivation to log in to World of Warcraft to check on my auctions, so it’s only natural I don’t get much levelling done, and I don’t even need to start thinking about exploring and finding new things or writing anything. I really wanted to keep up with it and make a post once a day or maybe every two days and on top of that reach Pandaria soon with my new main, but apparently the summer is messing with me. So I guess I’ll stop whining and go find some ice cream now.^^

Makes me wonder how other gamers deal with the summer weather, besides using a laptop while lying in a swimming pool. Man, that would be great right now. ._.

Size scaling of items – Something is a bit off here with Thunderfury

Looking through some of my older screenshots, I found another one to show – here I am on my bloodelf hunter with my oldest WoW friend just after I finally got my Thunderfury as well, a while after helping him to get his legendary, so we compared the size..

I mean, alright, elves are significantly smaller and thinner than tauren so it’s natural, but even a gnome has a bigger sword than that, I’ve tried the same comparison! And while standing right next to each other, one looks like a big and intimidating weapon and the other like a sparkling toothpick in the meantime. I knew Blizzard never wanted female bloodelves as close ranged and weapon wielding fighters, this makes it obvious! 😀

I don’t really mind, I always hated the sound female bloodelves make when hitting something in close combat, but it’s a bit mortifying for the ‘Blessed Blade of the Windseeker’.. And probably any other sword that is meant to look like a dangerous weapon, or at least impressing.^^

Beware of the fabulousness!

I had something else planned to show off for this time, but because the weather is way too hot at the moment and a friend told me about his vacation recently, I’ve been in something of a holiday mood. So I went shopping in the auction house, got some pretty clothes for higher temperatures and went out to find a nice place to cool off a bit.

Behold – the Fabulous Summer Outfit!

Nice for any kind of summer party, be it on the beach or elsewhere, and perfect for showing off in general.^^

Rhinestone Sunglasses: Do I need to say anything here? Flashy and sparkly, for everyone who feels like being bold and drawing attention. For that reason they’re not the easiest to get though, it either requires to find a jewelcrafter with the recipe that’s rather rare as far as I know, or find one in the auction house from someone who was lucky enough to have it drop from the Blingtron 4000 Gift Package (or try to get one this way yourself, but I surely didn’t want to wait that long). Costly, but unique and fun.^^

Elegant Robes: One of the most fancy dresses in the game in my opinion, along with the differently coloured ones of the same model, like the Mooncloth Robe. I like how the colour of the neck part matches with the frame of the glasses, so I picked this up for another high amount of gold on the auction house. Could have been way cheaper if I was patient, but I wanted it right now so I paid the price. Oh well, that’s what I earn my money for with tailoring!                                 I guess there are a lot of other nice robes this could work well with, like the Robes of Insight (again rather expensive; these would be even better for hot weather, but the really revealing stuff always looks a little awkward on gnomes).

Arachnidian Bracelets: No gloves for the summer, but to avoid having the arms completely naked I chose these because they accentuate the gems on the Elegant Robe nicely. For other versions of the robe the colour could be rather off though.^^

Knitted Sandals: The easiest and cheapest part to get by far since they can be bought in a lot of main cities of both factions, and a must have for lots of nice combinations with robes and dresses that don’t fit well with heavy boots or other kinds of footgear. There is also a green version of this item for transmogrification as reward from The Kurken’s Hide, the end of a quest chain on the Azuremyst Isle , but sadly for alliance only.

On this trip I also dipped in the pool at Gallywix Pleasure Palace, but I had no bathing suit, so no pictures! 😛

My thoughts on the new Cosmetic Gear

It’s not really possible to miss it,  that new shop gear is everywhere! There’s a big advertisement in the wow launcher and everyone is talking about it, on blogs, the internet, ingame and probably in real life too. I’m not sure how to feel about it since it might be a step towards adding more important and actually useful items to the game that can be only achieved by paying even more money, which isn’t exactly the direction I want this game to go for.

But on the other hand, as long as they keep it this way and don’t advance any further it isn’t even too bad, especially since the new shop gear doesn’t look that great. On top of that it’s way too expensive – when I see someone ingame with it, I don’t think ‘hmm, that looks kinda cool’ I think ‘damn, someone paid 15 dollars for that weird hat?‘, which probably isn’t what they were aiming for with these. But for real, if they made actually good looking gear for 2 dollars a piece I would seriously consider buying it if I had some good money left for that month, but 15? For one hat? No way!

Alright, maybe make it five dollar for something that actually looks amazing, but now we get to the point of why I’m not too keen on this new stuff:

Crown of Eternal Winter:

Hmm, it’s a nice crown, blue and icy, I would like to wear that on hot summer days. But what’s with the awkward skull image? Don’t get me wrong, each their own and everything and it’s not even a bad idea, but it would have made more sense to introduce something like this before everyone who’s really into the dark and cool undead vibe (I might be more negative towards this because I’m playing on a roleplay server *cough*) mained a deathknight anyway.. But I guess it’s nice for everyone who wants to play an alt without having to give up the cool aura around that kind of character.^^

Now to the next one, the Jewel of the Firelord:

  This headgear is the more unusual one than the other two I guess, there are horns in the game already, but for everyone who wants to look like a warlock or something without actually being one this seems to be the item of choice – except that it looks pretty weird.

If I think about it objectively, they’re probably made to look like proper horns, big and intimidating like the ones Red in Hellboy has or basically like any other demon with big horns. But all I see is a pair of huge and mutated flame druid eyebrows, it’s what my mind does with this one, so I can’t possibly take anyone who wears it seriously or even consider getting it myself, unless I want to look awkwardly hilarious. :/

And finally, on to the last one! The Hood of Hungering Darkness is my favourite of the three:

It has a nice dark red colour theme and I actually think there is normal gear in the game that it can be worn with eventually without looking completely out of place, and it’s cool without having as much of the forced badass touch the other two have. Though I do find it sad that the top part looks very similar to the Crown of Eternal Winter, doesn’t exactly look like there was put that much work into these items that would justify the high price they are sold for. The Hood would be an item I might consider buying at some point if it was actually a micro transaction price, but not with this halfassed try of opening up a big new source of income.

So in the end it comes down to: nice try, Blizzard (or Activision?), but not quite there yet. I’m pretty sure there will be a considerable amount of people who will buy these items and give them the money they want/need so badly, so as long as it keeps WoW running I don’t even mind so much. Those are nice additions for someone who wants to look different, and I always like the introduction of new item models.

Anyway, I stated above why it’s rather unlikely that I will ever buy one of these, but I have to admit that anyone who manages to build a good matching set around it could look pretty awesome. 🙂

Favourite Screenshot time!

Over the years of active playing, a lot of these pictures tend to gather – most pretty meh, some kind of okay and a few really nice ones. Since I don’t really get to show them to anyone and mostly just look through them by myself to remember old times or to look at the beautiful landscapes WoW has to offer, I thought I could as well pick my favourites and show one now and then. 🙂

This is one of my oldest characters, the shadow priest Tirisha I played on a different server back then, and who I saw countless runs of Stratholme, Scholomance and Dire Maul with. I mostly healed as a shadow to these times, because there was no dual spec. Dear lord, that was so long ago already. ._.