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Well, look what we have here!

Apparently this year the anniversary from WoW will be a bit bigger than usual – but no wonder, seems like it’s been ten years already… Kind of weird to think about, it sure as hell didn’t feel like ten years, but man, now I’m definitely starting to feel old.

 

Check link for the Blizzard post with some more details!

 

But anyway! At least it looks like some of the event stuff they’ll put up around the celebration date looks pretty cool, even the Tarrens Mill vs Southshore Background seems awesomely nostalgic for someone like me who doesn’t particularly like PvP much. But back in the old days.. I do remember me and my sister as healing undead priest and tauren druid having a feud with two nightelvish rogues.. I think they both were Nightelves? At least one of them was, I believe, but it’s really been ages. Cre and Podi, if you still exist somewhere somehow, in this dimension or another, I still remember you! And I sure hope I never forget everything, even though I’m not sure anymore whether I spelled the names right. ._.

Ahh, Battlegrounds used to be somewhat fun when there were still faces to remember, allies and foes alike, even without a fully premade group. The epic battles from the past are exactly that, in the past. No going back to that anymore now.. I miss you, old Alterac Valley. 😥

Another thing to look forward to might be the upgraded Molten Core, it surely has been a while since the corehounds were a threat at all. Though the nostalgia of 40 man lag raids is probably something I’m not exactly missing that much. I’m not even sure the computer I have now will be able to handle it so well..

But the one thing without any downsides is the Molten Corgi (except if it happens to have some particularly annoying animations or sounds, which I really hope it doesn’t ._.) that I’m hugely looking forward to.. I really have to be careful so I don’t miss it!

Either way, seems like the forecast for this years November predicts kind of hot weather, not to say.. fiery. 😀


Screenshot Time: Pretty teeth..

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


I got the Sky Golem, finally!

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..^^


The future of WoW is going to be awesome!

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..!^^


Screenshot Time: Elements

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! 🙂


No reins from the Headless Horseman again this year :/

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.


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.^^


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.. 🙂


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.. 😛


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..