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20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 16

This is the 16th installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.  

Things you Miss (Post-Cataclysm)

Missing things in an MMO is something we all do. We all have rose-colored glasses as we look back at our own “glory days”. I don’t miss 40-man raids; or even progression raiding, which I did in Vanilla. I don’t miss being dragged through content other people could clean up on without my help.   Which is funny, because I am more than happy to run other people through low-level dungeons on my toons that can solo them; and I have really enjoyed JD’s Laid Back Raids on both Oquae and Sveala when they were level appropriate.

Remade Zones

The number one thing I miss post-cataclysm is some of the old versions of the remade zones.

Ashenvale. I playAlliance almost exclusively, and the complete devastation of the Night Elves’ area is heart-wrenching. I’d rather have no quests in Stonetalon Mountains or the Barrens than go through Ashenvale again.

I also miss the Defias story line in Westfall. It could have been tweaked slightly near the end to flow into the new dungeon; or better yet, leave the non-heroic Deadmines alone and give us the new story for the Heroic only!   A few level 80-85 quests phased into Westfall could have easily handled the tie-in.  I suspect part of my missing the old Westfall is that, once again, I don’t like the story there now.

There’s also Southshore. I made a point of leveling there on every character; and unless you’ve played a Worgen (or Forsaken, I’m given to understand), the attack on Southshore is out of the blue and why aren’t we fighting to take it back? Hmmm?The second thing I miss post-Cataclysm is the ease of travel between the main cities of your faction and those from the other expansions. Being able to move between these areas made going to the zones easier, which in turn probably helped make areas feel more populated, even if they weren’t necessarily so.

People

Generally speaking the only other thing I miss post-Cataclysm is people. I think a lot of folks got burned out on the expansion early, because so much time was spent on the 1-60 remake that it felt like there was less for people to do at max level. Add in the on-rails questing, and it’s hard to make doing it more than once fresh. I’m not usually one to find the story repetitious, but even I found it tedious once I’d completed Loremaster on a solo toon post-Cata.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 14

This is the 14th installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.  

This Upsets You

Another tough topic. One of the reasons this is tough for me is because I try very hard to let stuff just roll off. People will do what they think is fun, even if they know it’s probably upsetting someone else. There’s a significant portion of the gaming community that hides behind anonymity; and who feel that they can get as raunchy and rude and whatever as they want to because of it. Things they wouldn’t dare do at work, school, or around their aging relatives.  While I wish this weren’t the case, it’s a thing that is, and I’ve not got the fortitude to fight the good fight every single time I run across it.

What does  upset me, however, is when people assign their expectations of a class or role on every single person who comes along who might fit into their tiny box, before taking a moment to figure anything out about the player.

For instance, I recently got told by a rogue (in a mix of normal DS and LFR gear, wielding Jaws of Retribution) that I was a crappy tank after the first pull in a normal Grim Batol. Now, this was not the first pull of dragonkin. It was the troggs in that first hallway. I threw my shield, and he popped Fan of Knives. I pointed out that my shield only hits 3 targets. He said I should have dropped consecration. I asked him if he’d rather wait for me to get mana every other pull, or wait two seconds for me to cast Holy Wrath/Hammer of the Righteous.  He proceded to continue to complain about my tanking until we finished the drake run, where we opted to kick him.

Our replacement was a new rogue, this one needed instruction with the bosses, and requested that I mark my target. He waited every single time until I had either hit Holy Wrath or Hammer of the Righteous to start using Fan of Knives. His one downfall – he needed on a tanking piece, and one that I actually wanted.  But when I brought it up, he apologized, saying he didn’t really understand the mechanics of anything that doesn’t have Agility on it. He also traded me the item.  The hunter in the group took it upon himself to give the rogue a very quick summary of what sorts of gear he actually wanted while we completed the instance.  After that, we sent him off to read websites.

The difference between the two was starkly apparent. The first rogue had a chip on his shoulder, and I suspect was running normals for justice points for heirloom gear. Or out of boredom. But there was no way I was going to be a good tank, no matter how flawlessly I pulled only the groups I needed and read his mind on which target to start with.   The second, who would have only been able to hold aggro against me for about two seconds (based on his gear!) was so polite about being sure he was on the right target and only using his AoE when I had fully established threat that if it hadn’t been for that one foibled need, I would have assumed he was merely new to Grim Batol, not the game.

At the same time, if I were the type to pigeonhole people, I might have lit into that poor unsuspecting newbie immediately after the way I was treated by Mr. Raider.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 13

This is the 13th installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.  I’ve been a bit lax on working on this project for some time. Partially because of today’s topic, and partly because other things, including my other hobbies and responsibilities, have gotten in the way.

People You Admire

Admiration is an odd beast; really. I find that I have admiration for people for what some might call the strangest things.  I’m going to start with players, and then move on to bloggers; because I don’t play with a lot of the bloggers I know. (Though that seems to be a theme that is changing).

Players

First and foremost, Karih. He was the player who got me into WoW in the first place. He was able to put together a 40-player team of  individuals (without the help of RealID or other team building tools) who were not in the same guild, and then successfully get them to kill more than one boss in their first night of raiding. While he has a personality that some might find difficult to deal with, he is always honest about his emotions, his desires for his game play, and his ability. He steps up to the challenge, and when he believes in something, he doesn’t back down.

Second on my list is Suthine. He can stay calm in just about any situation. If you say “hey, I’d like to get a Ragnaros kill in” while he’s already in combat with Rags, he’ll run away or let himself die, just to give you the opportunity to join him.  He is the type of guy who is always there to lend a helping hand, regardless of what it is you want to accomplish.

There’s Delvian, who balances home and WoW with precision. He has a bajillion level 85 toons, it seems. He plays all of his classes at least adequately, if not excellently; yet he’s always there for his family, and pursues a demanding career as well.

There’s Keloot, who just has such an awesome time playing the game that his enthusiasm is infectious. It’s always a blast catching up with him and getting some dungeoning or raiding done.

There are several former players whom I respect a great deal in part because of how well they played their classes, and but mostly for the comaraderie and their desire to enjoy the game. Those folks include Malcolm, Hobbes, Qalien and Kennison.

Bloggers

I read a lot of bloggers, and most of them don’t shy away from tough topics. It’s kinda hard to pick out only a few, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Oestrus has to top my list for a few reasons. She has amazing courage to be herself and be vocal about who she is. She also has a wonderful ability to let bygones be bygones, which I have experienced firsthand thanks to our shared WoW past.  Additionally, she tackles a lot of the hard questions, especially the ones that affect her as a girl gamer and part of the GLBT community. (Just go read her blog, already. There are too many options to pick just one link!)

Next up, even though I’ve only known him for a short time, would be JD Kenada. JD has a wonderful understanding of himself, and knows that life balance is important. He has been able to change his mind on big decisions while staying true to his values.

I cannot let Ratshag go without mention, either. It’s hard to describe why I respect and admire Ratters, but I think a little bit of it can be explained by this post.  He just takes things head on, as simple as simple can get; yet he makes you think about the world of Azeroth and the world around you.

Certainly there are many other bloggers who regularly entertain me and make me think; give me lore, screenshots, and a perspective on the Horde; contemplate the gaming community as a whole; and make me laugh, enrage me (usually not at them!), or let me relive the wonder of things I might gloss over in the game on my journeys.

I can’t list everyone, because I’m sure I’d miss someone. So this is the best I can do. The folks above stand out in my mind. I leap on reading their posts, and I comment on their blogs more than others. (And link to some of them an awful lot, too!)

In closing , I’d like to point you at the Inspirations section of my sidebar, where I put links to the blogs of those who have inspired me to write posts of my own; sometimes in response, sometimes in kind, and sometimes via the Blog Azeroth shared topics.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 12

This is the twelfth installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

A Usual Day in your Life/Online Time

I could very nearly give you the timeline of my entire day, including an outline of my job, but I’m an accountant, and accountant’s jobs are boring. Sometimes even to us. So, instead, I’m only going to highlight the fun parts of being at work. I’m going to use a work day, because the weekend model is what I’d like, and rarely what actually happens.

6:15 am – I get up, feed Screech (my cat) her morning food/medication; preferably without Sona’s cat (Leia) realizing it. Give Leia treats because she knows Screech got nummy wet food.  Go get dressed for work.

6:30 am– Eat breakfast that my darling Sona has made. After breakfast, I get free time until 7:00, this is usually between 15 and 20 minutes. That is often WoW time, sometimes nap time, and sometimes kitty cuddle time. (Usually the kitty cuddle time is instigated by one of the kitties, because I’m really trying to have nap time, but I’m right there, doing nothing, in the good chair.)

7:00 am – Pack the items for lunches that are in the refrigerator. Deal with bedhead and spend time with the kitties so they know we love them before we leave for work.

7:15 am – Head to work

7:30 am – Do boring accounting things.

9:30 am – Go for a walk with Sona. Our desks at work are a chess knight’s move away from one another. We do actually like this.

10:00 am– More boring accounting things.

12:00– Lunch time! Lunch is also with Sonaira, and after eating, we take a short walk.

12:30 pm – Back to boring accounting things.

4:00 pm – Run away!!!! The work day is done, time to go home.

4:15 pm – Feed the cats again. Screech is frequently living up to her name upon arrival. (She is part Siamese); spend time dinking around with my computer. Frequently WoW, sometimes reading blogs, sometimes playing other, simpler games.

6:00 pm – Dinner time. Sona cooks most of our meals on Sundays, so things get thrown into the microwave for a reheat, and then it’s time to eat.

6:30 pm – Screech gets fed and gets her evening meds. And then I generally get to relax with a quiet evening of WoW, other hobbies, or spending more direct quality time with Sona. I try to dedicate Tuesdays to other hobbies, and Wednesdays are me nights. Thursdays used to be the Dwarven Dungeon Crawl, but are now dance lesson nights. (DDC is on Sunday during the lessons)

8:30 pm– Tea time.  Sona and I stop our separate endeavors to have tea together. Which may or may not include tea. It’s a nice way to reconnect.

9:00 pm – Generally back to our own thing. This is a time that Sona frequently takes a walk, and I frequently just go back to what I was already doing.

10:00 pm – Prep lunches for tomorrow, do dishes, get ready for bed.

11:00 pm – Bed time! G’night.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 11

This is the eleventh installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Bad Habits and Flaws

I try to be a very self reflective person (no, I do not consider this a flaw), so I could probably go on at length about a wide variety of character traits that I consider flaws.  But, while I’m willing to put some of it out there; I’m not really willing to bare my entire soul to the internet. So, you’re going to get a short list of probably some pretty run-of-the-mill flaws. Sorry, love you all. Don’t love that guy over in left field who doesn’t know how to say anything nice on the internet.

I’m a procrastinator – I will procrastinate on anything I don’t find fun. Laundry? Sunday afternoons, folks, because I need those clothes tomorrow. That really boring group of data I need for my boss. Yep, you guessed it, put together a half hour before he needs it.  And no, I do not try to assuage my procrastination by saying I work better under pressure. I don’t. I know I don’t.

I’m passive-aggressive – I debated whether I would actually put this out there as a flaw, because I’m not really passive aggressive in that annoying severe way of examples. I’m merely generally a very passive person, right up until something just really bugs me. And then, I’m aggressive.  I will bend until I am about to break, but once that moment arrives, all bets are off.  (To be fair to myself, I try not to let myself get that far; I usually succeed, so I think I’m doing much better than I used to.)

I’m relatively sedentary – I say relatively only because I have built into my work day a total of almost two hours of walking a day. It helps that I walk to and from work.  Every summer I say I want to get more active, and every winter around DecemberI realize I’ve spent the last two months only getting that walking in for exercise.

I can be obsessive-compulsive  – I do not have OCD, but I can be very obsessive-compulsive. Gurdrid did all 25 of her dailies for over a month. She did every one of her Molten Front dailies from the time she unlocked it until she finished it – unless I didn’t log on to WoW at all. This one probably causes the most strife at home, too; because when I get obsessed with something, everything else flies right out of my head.

I’m a keyboard turner – Even though Vuuk quite thoughtfully wrote a very good guest post for me to get me to break the habit… I just can’t do it.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 9

This is the ninth installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Your First Post

Since I can’t just toss this out there without looking back a little bit, I’m going to make a few comments at the end. But first, that very first post:

Hello!

This blog comes from all of the things I’ve been reading about World of Warcraft: what I have found lacking in the guides department; the joys and challenges I’ve faced as the leader of a tiny guild; and the musings of an alt addict.

My primary (main, if you must) toon is Shoryl. My guild is Higher Authority (US-Ysera), and at this moment in time, has a whopping 13 member accounts (49 member toons).

Shoryl is my second paladin, which has led to one of my personal memes: Everybody has a pally alt.  Taoiseach was my first paladin, and the one who gets the memories of raiding in vanilla. There’s a story about that, but I’ll save it for another blog post.

I’ll be posting once a week, on Tuesdays (to give people something else WoW-related to read while we can’t get into the game).   I plan to post on one of 3 rather broad topics each week:

  1. Instance Guides.
    Yes, I know there are a lot of instance guides out there. But they lack information for people who don’t have the support of a great big guild behind them. What does that trash do? What’s the fastest way to get to the achievement? So I’ll be perusing lots of other guides and resources, and posting my own, with pictures!
  2. Life in a Tiny Guild.
    Tiny guilds face some unique challenges, but also have some great benefits.
  3. A Perspective on Altitis.
    There are plenty of closet altaholics out there. Altitis is serious business, and managing your altitis is important for your success in WoW.

My Thoughts

Well, I’ve managed to hit on points 2 and 3 pretty well. I’ve tried a couple of different types of guides, but never seem to get back to them. Guides require research, and while I like doing a certain amount of research, I can’t do it at work any more, which means it has to eat into my WoW time. It makes me grumpy to have to research in my play time, so the guides have gone by the way-side, at least for now.

I really did enjoy putting together the Achievements by Zone guides, though. They’re more fun than the average guide. 🙂

I need to start including more pictures. I’d love to start a silver dragon gallery, as well as maybe chronicling some achievement hounding.  But we’ll see how all that goes.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 8

This is the eighth installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

In proper top 10 fashion, we’re going to go backwards.  Unfortunately, I’ve let slip several things about me in my recent blogging, but I’ll try not to let that hold me back.

10.  I’ve been to 49 of the 50 states in the US, (Hawaii is still on the list) and 5 countries outside the US.

 9. I’ve been married.

 8. I’ve run two separate BBSes, one with my ex-husband and one as a solo venture.

 7. My first ever online game was PernMush, which I didn’t actually like.

 6. Until I stopped attending them two years ago, I had attended science fiction convention(s) for 20 years with only one one-year break. Once I went to four different conventions in the same year.

 5. I’ve been in 8 guilds in WoW, though two of them didn’t last two weeks.

 4. My primary non-computer related hobby at one time was making chain mail; and I cut my own links.

 3. I didn’t get my driver’s license until my mid 30s.  And now, I own a car that I drive only a handful of times a year (because Sona much prefers to drive compared to me.)

 2. I was accepted to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, but had to turn down the scholarship due to a sports injury making me ineligible for service.

1. My other hobbies today – outside of video gaming – include scrap-booking, cross stitch, and collecting stamps.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 7

This is my seventh installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

The reason behind your blog’s name

Tiny WoW Guild is somewhat self-explanatory.  I am the guild leader of not just a small guild in WoW, but a tiny one. The difference, in my mind, is about scope.

A small guild is often a lean raiding or PvP guild. One that is built with just enough players to maintain a roster for whatever end game activity the group plans to pursue.  A small guild of this type may only have 10-15 members, but it’s by design. Social guilds, however, can be utterly huge; yet a common size seems to be around 100-200 members.

Higher Authority, however, has fewer than 20 member players. Of those member players, I know at least one who isn’t playing WoW at all right now, four who play primarily on different servers, and two who primarily play in their own vanity guild. While we are closing in on 60 toons, they’re mostly alts.   There are some others who are sort of MiA, but since we don’t make any requirements on anyone’s time; there’s no reason to remove them from the guild.

I figured, in all honesty, no matter what happens, I will always run my guild like a tiny one. And it probably won’t grow into anything bigger than a small guild.

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 6

This is my sixth installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Your workplace/desk

Since I work in a bank, I can’t show you my work desk. It’s a pretty standard short-wall cube affair, though. With a couple of pretty significant differences:

  • The “back wall” of my cube is a montage of all of my favorite pieces of art from the calendars that I’ve had while in the position. There are many dragons, several old-fashioned maps, some Escher prints, and the little corners and crevices that didn’t get neatly aligned are filled in with various WoW bosses.
  • I have a bunch of origami scattered around my cube, because this year’s calendar is a page-a-day origami calendar.
  • Most WoW noteworthy, however, is that the poster I received for going to the midnight event and picking up my collector’s edition of Cataclysm is on the side of my desk – the only place it would fit!

But let me show you where I play WoW:

I sit on the left

That’s Sona’s PC on the right. It really is two desks, but they’re just wide enough for our towers and our knees.  The cat on Sona’s desk is Leia (pronounced Lee-ah, not like the noteworthy princess).

And here’s the view out that window. Sadly my phone can’t take pictures to do it justice.

11 Stories up, you can see for about 2 miles on a sunny day

20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 5

This is the fifth installment of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Favorite Item(s) in Game

This is an interesting one, which is actually difficult for me. I don’t tend to covet items (though that might change as I get more interested in transmogrification); I am a mount collector, and pet collector to a lesser extent; but overall, items are flavor for playing a game… so I’m going to change the name of it for a bit of fun:

Most Notable Item(s) in Game For You

There, that’s much better.

Yesterday, I talked about the Lawbringer Boots. And how I saw so many drop before I got my own, and how they were what completed my Lawbringer set.  Ironically, when I took Shoryl (II) to Molten Core to get her the Lawbringer set for transmog purposes, the boots were the last item she got. Suthine got at least three pair (those were the ones he linked to me when he was doing it) in his own instances locks before I got mine.

There’s also the Reins of the Albino Drake, which I had coveted since I knew they existed. I’m honestly a little sad that Blizz didn’t make the model notably smaller than the other drake models, as it would be a beautiful reference to Anne McCaffrey’s White Dragon. Shoryl is the proud owner of an albino drake, though Taoiseach never did get one.

Since I’m a mount collector, another one I’m quite fond of is Ashes of A’lar. Which, of course, have not dropped for me. Oddly enough, I had a moment of elation when the white chicken did drop. Until I realized is wasn’t ashes. Sonaira has her Pheonix Hatchling now, though, so maybe I’ll get the Ashes eventually.

I’ve wanted a Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros since vanilla, but I haven’t quite worked out how to solo Rags on Gurdrid. Shoryl and Sona can two-man it, but we’ve got nothing else to run the whole huge instance for any more, now that Shoryl has her set.  Oh, wait, there’s a rep in there…

Shoryl (the first one) carried a rabbit’s foot for quite a while. I had this notion that it might be an Easter Egg of RNG love.  I think I got rid of it right around the time of the 8th or 9th drop of Lawbringer Boots…

There’s also the Zhevra mount, which I got when Sona and I recruited her parents into the game.  I ended up giving the mount to my warrior because I didn’t think Taoiseach (then Shoryl) would get much use out of it, since paladins still had to quest to get their epic mounts, so they were becoming rarer.

I made my first “fortune” on theSuper Healing Potion. That was the first time I broke 10,000 gold, which was a lot more than it is today in BC. Sadly, I’ve never been able to reproduce the consistent sales of those things.