A charming smile tells everything, right? That guy is surely not creepy or scary at all! So nice that I don’t even want to go near him.. but the quest says he’s friendly eventually. T_T
It takes ages to craft enough Jard’s Peculiar Energy Sources for getting the Sky Golem – especially for someone who is too lazy to go farm Ghost Iron sometimes, or simply forgets to log in and do the daily crafting on some days, so I could have gotten it a bit faster after all.. But now it is mine!
Taking screenshots of it isn’t so easy as well, considering that thing sways a whole lot while flying around. But at least the noise isn’t so bad, one of the things I always disliked about the flying machines I can make as an engineer – they’re simply too loud to be fun to use. But now I have a robot with an evil goblin face to ride on! I’m just hoping it won’t run away with my gold tonight..^^
At least from what I’ve seen so far at BlizzCon for the plans of the new add-on, Warlords of Draenor: housing in form of a whole customized town, all these quality of life changes with account wide tabs for fun items or heirlooms, getting rid of certain stats (yeah, I wasn’t a fan of having hit AND expertise), item squish for getting more grounded numbers again, main stats on armor changing with specialization, seeing the past of Draenor before it’s destruction and the Iron Horde.. I don’t even know where to start, and I’m probably forgetting half of the news!
The most impressive thing that I’ve seen so far and am really excited about is the update of the character models:
(The picture belongs to Blizzard, obviously; here are also the new models of male orcs and gnomes available besides the dwarf so far!)
This is probably what everyone has been waiting for, finally not looking like a weird old curiosity that crawled out from a dusty attic somewhere as soon as you stand next to a pandaren or goblin. And they’re even doing a really good job of keeping it as close to the original design as possible, only enhancing the look and making it pretty badass without turning it into something different! I’m really looking forward to getting a peek at the female updates – the facial expressions of the gnome they showed at the event were the best.
My biggest hope is for female humans actually, their animations where always so stiff and uncomfortable that I could never play one, and for the dwarves to look better in general in the future. I might be able to actually play a paladin once the changes are live!
I don’t know how that is for other players, but I think I’m getting addicted all over again – but by now it was kind of obvious that I probably wouldn’t be able to get away from this game anyway, at all, ever..!^^
Not all of them sadly, because I missed taking some good screenshots from the other two parts of the chain when I was doing it the last time. But I thought these were still great! 🙂
I was doing the daily queue thing for getting the Loot-Filled Pumpkin of course, in the hope of maybe being lucky and finding the The Horseman’s Reins. Ending up only getting more Sinister Squashlings than I can carry on top of multiple The Horseman’s Horrific Hood‘s (of course not on a character that can use plate), besides the countless masks. So it seems like I’ll have to keep playing another year and see how it goes when Hallows End comes around for 2014!
But I don’t even care so much about the horse, it’s a rather rare mount anyway and I’m not really expecting to get it. The worst part is that my favourite mount disappeared again: the Flying Broom. T_T
There is no other mount that small and comfortable in the game at all, I still end up using an every day Gryphon or Wyvern most of the time because all these awesome and cool mounts like the different dragons, and now with Pandaria the cloud serpents for example, are nice to look at – but very impractical. It’s so much nicer not to get stuck in every door frame and being able to land on smaller ledges without problem to quickly mine some ore or just for sitting in a nice place with a great view, that it’s always somewhat painful to return to these huge and inefficient flying mounts. If only I would be allowed to keep my broom.. It’s one of the few things I really don’t like at all.
I would probably even buy it from the Blizzard Shop if was the only option for getting a permanent broom they offered, and I’ve never bought anything from there at all.
There have been a lot of items introduced with the Timeless Isle and all those new rare mobs running around everywhere on Pandaria, and lot’s of them are not only fun to use – they are actually useful in some kind or the other. For example, there is the Cursed Swabby Helmet, which not only turns you into an ape with a diving helmet (yeah, I know they’re Hozen, but they’re rather ape-like after all o_o), but also gives you a nice buff that increases your swimming speed and grants breathing under water:
That alone is neat enough already, but on top of that the Aqua Jewel is usable when in Hozen form already and applies its buff over it, resulting in a ghostly look. So if you ever need a ghost ape for roleplay purposes – at least the look of it applies to transformations like this one, and I’m assuming that the speed buff works as well, though I’m not entirely sure if stacks with the one of the helmet – will have to try this out at some point.
Additionally, there are other transformations or extras that get altered when using the Jewel, like the Druid and Priest Statue Set (the green glow becomes rather ghostly too, and way harder to see than normally), the Goblin Dragon Gun, Mark II (the gun looks as see-through as the user, and the flames are pretty much invisible) and also on the changed shape of the Elixir of Wandering Spirits (and makes you look like the spirit of a Pandaren for real – I guess that could be useful for roleplay purposes as well eventually).
And not to forget, besides full transformations it also works on stuff that applies to the character like Ken-Ken’s Mask (This one makes it almost look like the face disappeared instead of showing a mask – though I guess it would have been cool to have it floating around with its normal look instead) and on mounts! And that’s only what I tried so far, maybe there are even better ways to utilize the spooky effect. Even though Halloween is over already.^^
Because it’s the time around the year, with Halloween nearby and of course the Hallow’s End event, there’s this tiny chance of getting the mount from the Headless Horseman.
Halloween is my favourite holiday by far, so I’m trying to get all those nice items that are limited to this short amount of time right now, and the mount is still on my list. So of course the queue for receiving the Loot-Filled Pumpkin is one of the few things I need to do daily – besides crafting Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source – in the hope of being lucky this year. If I can’t have a permanent broom mount (yeah, I actually hate blizzard and druids a little for this, why are they allowed to have their no-cast form all time of the year, but I can’t keep my broom? It’s so very sad when it disappears, every year again 😦 ), I’d at least like to have the horse at some point! I’m not positive it will happen, but there’s no other way but try..
In the meantime, while WoW has it’s Halloween event out for ages, and even Terraria is spawning loads of pumpkins and dressed up zombies, the Harrowing in League of Legends is still nowhere in sight.. They keep saying that it isn’t related to Halloween and they’re going to release it whenever, maybe even just in November, but that would definitely put me off slightly. I want to get and try out the Haunted Zyra skin around the right spooky time, not when it’s pretty much over over and Christmas is about to approach rapidly, somewhat killing the whole mood mood.
For that reason, and because the skin will be permanent and some other, old skins will be available for a short time I might put that back for a while and get some of those instead, especially since people speculate that a Zyra nerf incoming with the release of an amazing new look, but I will see.. not sure if I can actually resist, it’s my favourite theme after all. FrankenTibbers Annie and Pumkinhead Fiddlestix are on the list as well.. When the event finally comes up it won’t be good for my wallet. Not at all. ._.
It’s probably good I got Zombie Brand last year already.. Even Headless Hecarim and Haunted Nocturne are very tempting, and I’m not even playing them. Why is it that purely cosmetic content in free to play games is always so irresistible? I’m not looking forward to the day when Blizzard eventually adds holiday themed and seasonal armor and mounts to buy for real money eventually, following those weird Helmets they introduced a while ago!
But while I wait for the opportunity to spend money I don’t actually want to spend.. I’ll probably go build a haunted house in Terraria (Since I finished my Daily Quest and Timeless Isle stuff in WoW already). 😀
Sometimes this weird thing happens in life.. Everything is coming at once, way less time for doing fun things everyday, and then there’s a new game taking almost all leftover time away from the long-term favourites, so things shift around uneasily.
What happened to me is Terraria at the moment, which was rather unexpected – bought on steam when it was on sale for really cheap, simply to take a look at it because some online streamers seemed to mention it frequently (yeah, I can be influenced that easily. On the plus side, I don’t trust normal advertising!). I never played Minecraft either because it never seemed to have that much of an appeal…
And now I happen to log in every day, on the server of a friend that’s constantly online, to do some more digging and building instead of playing more World of Warcraft. Overall the time is only enough for doing a bit of daily crafting and quests now, which is neither exciting nor.. inspiring. So what happens with a blog that’s based on a certain game, but there’s just nothing happening on that front and so there’s not really anything to write about at the moment? It gets neglected. >_<
And that basically right after I wanted to get better with writing more in general. Great move. But what now? Going back to World of Warcraft full-time, or starting to post about other games instead? Things are to be considered..
It’s something of an interesting paradox, as the days are getting short and cold, the colours are getting warm and gentle. Personally I like fall, because the tones of orange and red with lots of others in between are just awesome – and of course the days are getting shorter, which I don’t care so much about, but the nights are getting longer! And that means a whole lot less awkward going-to-bed-after-sunrise occasions. Though I can’t say they don’t happen anymore at all.. 🙂
And I don’t just mean the fact that I managed to push both of my mainly played characters to 90 by now and got them somewhat decently equipped to start with more serious things soon, but also quite literally:
Isn’t the Timeless Isle awesome? I think it is, especially for people like me who decided to change servers and start completely new right when it could get interesting with the last 90 hunter, so as the eternal slowpoke it’s great to have a faster way of getting good equip.
And then there’s just so much to do in general when hitting max level! All those new quests and dailies, the Black Prince, Proving Grounds, exploring everything on the Timeless Isle to get the shiny new gear and steamroll some heroic scenarios with guild members.. And of course picking a new character to level next!
I actually did want to play some League of Legends, Bioshock Infinite, Hitman, Skyrim and all those other games sitting there, waiting for me until I have some time to dive into them, but then I never get to it. Too bad that WoW just never ends.. at least not for a good amount of time yet, until things get a bit boring again until the next expansion. If it gets as good as Mists of Pandaria (and in my opinion it’s the best Add On they ever made) I’ll definitely spend money and a big amount of time with it again.
Guess I’ll only ever really stop playing when they finally shut the servers down.. though then they’ll keep that one realm still going, so all the old people have something to play because they knew it from their youth and don’t forget all about it when they try to learn new stuff that’s too confusing anyway. So in the end I might never quit after all.. 😛