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Having fun with the Aqua Jewel

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.^^


But wait! Actually there is something to do..

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). πŸ˜€


Oh Terraria

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..


Screenshot Time: Fall is beautiful

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.. πŸ™‚


Flying high!

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.. πŸ˜›


Sometimes, all you need is a good kick in the butt..

And I didn’t really get one, that’s why it took me so long to get posting again! To be fair, I wasn’t at home for quite a long time, and that feeling of being on vacation doesn’t really help with being productive. And then I was rather sick for a good while once I got back home, so it’s not like I was just lazy all the time.

But now I’m feeling way better already.. and keep pushing the work on a blog post to ‘tomorrow’.. and then again the next day.. and never get anything done at all. It really isn’t so easy, getting back into a routine with something that is fun, but still work of some kind, not the same as just playing or browsing around and not having to think at all.

Now I did find some motivation somehow.. and who would have thought? It was a kick in the butt – only that I wasn’t the one receiving it, I was the one giving it!

I feel sorry for the poor guy.. being depressed and wanting to die, and then a random person comes up and kicks him all the way home! For anyone who’s wondering, he is the objective of the quest Finding Yi-Mo from Mei Barrelbottom!

Now, getting back into something that isn’t super-rewarding in itself (and I’m not saying that writing isn’t like that for anyone at all – it’s just always a bit of a chore for me, even though I like to do it) really can be pretty hard. And it’s not like nothing happened in the meantime, there was a lot I could have made a post about in the meantime.

But then again, writing the first post in a blog after a whole lot of time feels weirdly a lot more like writing the first awkward post that started everything back then, and maybe that’s one of the reasons it’s getting harder and harder to get back into something. I guess eventually a lot of people aren’t the kind of animal that is having an easy time getting off it’s butt and start doing something, and I’m definitely one of them. That’s why routines and habits are so important!

The only solution apparently is to keep the lazy butt hovering over the comfy armchair, instead of slumping down in it to never get up for doing anything again (or at least for a long time). But anyway, hereby I made the first step for being more active again, so hopefully I’ll keep up with it from now on!

Maybe I should just start to kick people more often..


Is this Mercy, or just a different kind of Cruelty..?

Since there was only one faction left for our little guild to get the achievement ‘Dungeon Diplomat‘, it seemed like a good idea to set out and get exalted with the Thorium Brotherhood. For that reason I did some questing through the Searing Gorge, where I happened to stumble over one of the more odd quest chains in World or Warcraft – or rather, it stumbled over me! In form of a pacifistic (Wikipedia describes pacifism as the opposition to war and violence.. maybe it’s not the correct term for this one. His methods did seem to be a bit violent..) Ogre who demands me to stop killing anything and let him handle stuff to get me my quest items without having to murder ‘innocent’ beings.

I’m not so sure that it’s actually a great idea to let hordes of Glass Spiders live, firstly because they’re dangerous and aggressive and bite helpless chicken critters to death all the time (in a rather cruel way ._.), and then it doesn’t seem to help much for preserving life when you have to attack and weaken them first to then have a huge Ogre jump on them and ride them around until their venom (that needs to be collected for the quest) gets squeezed out of them.

Next time he appears to try and prevent the killing of Dark Iron Dwarves.. again more an act of humiliation and torture than actually saving anything. I’m pretty sure that the survival rate of having a huge mountain of meat that’s several times your size sitting on you wouldn’t look great at all. D:

How much pleasure this treatment means for the victims should be obvious, and some of the comments the Dwarves say before they lose consciousness point in the same direction:

Where… did… he… come from…

I can’t feel my legs…

Ugh! Why are you WET!?

Light… fading… dying? No, just sleeping…

Now I can imagine how it would be to have a moist (why is he wet? o_o)Β  and smelly Ogre sitting on me until I ‘fall asleep’ (I’m still not so sure about this part! And surviving with a broken body doesn’t seem to be too much fun either), even though I’d rather have different thoughts on my mind.. So eventually these quests are less fun for me than they were supposed to be, unless there’s some more serious meaning behind it than I know of at this point. And I really do feel somewhat pitiful for those poor NPC’s that have to live through Lunk’s plans for protecting them. ._.

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There is no time to do everything! o_o

Between power levelling my characters, levelling the guild, possibly working on achievements for it/myself and then actually being around a person I can do stuff with (and I mean in real life here, I know that sounds crazy – people outside of the internet!) compared to being alone most of the time when I’m at home, there’s just not much room for writing anything at all really. And then, when questing the night away like right now, I’m getting these kinds of tasks.. good times. πŸ˜€

Who would have thought that gathering Rotten Arakkoa Eggs wasn’t the best idea ever?!

But well, a Night Elf must do what the Quest Giver demands.. and there I am now, puking around getting stunned repeatedly, trying to find an egg that might not break on the slightest touch. To then hand the precious delicacy over to a guy who pukes all over me after eating that disgusting thing and claiming it to be amazing. But I guess that’s to be expected from someone called “Tobias the Filth Gorger“…

I’ll never work with these people again once I’m done with the Shadow of the Betrayer achievement! O_o


Screenshot Time: Sometimes a great view is just right above you

This is one of the great parts about starting to write a blog about a topic you know well – eventually you start to pay attention to details you have never noticed before. So recently I discovered that the ceiling of Scholomance actually is very detailed and looks awesome! And I don’t even know if it always looked that way or if they changed it together with the rest of the dungeon when they did the big purge and revamp. Who ever pays attention to the ceiling of a dungeon? Turns out that I never did..

Though that’s also a great thing in itself, apparently there are still new things for me to discover in World of Warcraft, and not only when new content gets added. Even if it’s only something small like this.. It reminds and makes me appreciate again just how detailed and amazing this game is.

Also, here’s an extra screenshot for everyone who isn’t so much interested in the virtual architecture of WoW (flames are great for everyone, right?):


Addicted playing behaviour: Activated!

Well, I made it through the whole week without playing, but on Saturday I finally added a new subscription and got some more gaming time. Seems like I’m a little addicted to WoW all over again, after all this time.. and that’s just from the fun of levelling a new character that I love, once more.

The only bad point about it at all is that I currently have to share a computer with someone else, so we have to take turns to play something or even just to browse internet stuff.. And the rather uncomfortable keyboard where nothing is how I’m used to it at all. Even important letters are missing!^^Β Making a blog post is pretty weird, I’m completely not used to how everything functions, stuff works so differently than on my own computer.. that’s the reason why I’m not being very productive with my posts at all. o_o

Despite these just a little uncomfortable circumstances (typing really is hard if you have to look for the right keys all the time!) I finally made it to level 60 on my hunter over the weekend and am going to proceed swiftly towards 90, hopefully. The ability to fly really makes everything so much easier..

Oh well, at least I figured out most of my user names and passwords, so I guess I might do some more writing during the next week than over the past one. πŸ˜€