I’m alive. I’m still playing WoW way too much. Just been concentrating on getting my mining alt up to Panda land so I can gather my own Ghost Iron Ore for Elfi to use in her transmute. I finally made it to the Jade Forest last night. Too bad I can’t fly or else I’d just stop here. Lol.
I’ve also been working some voluntary overtime and I’ve had a touch of the blues coupled with exhaustion. As a result, things have been quiet here but I’m quite certain I’ll be back to blathering about all my normal nonsense in no time.
Since I’m currently a tad bit emo, this seems like a good post to include the picture of my Blood Elf I took when she got smashed up against a giant mushroom in Zangarmarsh and the camera didn’t know what to do. It reminds me of a typical profile picture from an emo teenager.
I absolutely love the color red. Not only is it my favorite color, but you can actually sell me all sorts of shit I don’t need just by presenting it to me in red. I’m sitting at my desk at work right now and just in a quick glance I see a red pencil holder filled with red pens and pencils, a red water mug, my red lunch cooler, my red tupperware sitting on top of my cooler, my red mouse pad, my phone’s red case… I could go on. It’s probably a bit ridiculous, but I don’t care. My Nikon 3100 DSL is even red.
Obviously I love the color red in my video games too, though it’s easier to theme things red on the Horde side than on the Alliance side. Which is why when I faction changed my Worgen druid to a Troll druid several months ago, I was excited to be able to choose bright red hair. I wish all my characters could have bright red hair, it makes me sad. I know there are several races that are able to have a natural red hair color, but I don’t actually care for that color. I want the true red. The fire engine, superman’s cape color of red. It was my favorite thing about my troll.
But you know what else I’ve discovered I love? Transmogging. And I have recently completed a transmog set for my troll where the items look so good together I voluntarily changed my hair color away from red to match my outfit. Yes, it’s that big of a deal. It’s such a big deal, I had to show it off to you guys. I think the hair color makes the whole thing even more awesome looking because it’s seriously like an exact match. Also, while I do like the staff I’m carrying (it’s a kick as staff with bonus animation) I would be interested in finding one that goes along with the pale green color scheme a bit more so if you have any ideas, let me know.
Here are the pictures of the transmog outfit I gave up my red hair for and a list of items can be found below the pics.
Head = Runic Leather Headband
Shoulder = Epaulets of the Fateful Accord
Chest = Lunar Eclipse Robes (different colors depending on faction)
Wrists = Contender’s Leather Bracers
Hands = Embossed Leather Gloves
Waist = Melador’s Mercurial Wrap
Staff = Sulfur Stave
One advantage to wearing a robe is I don’t have to transmog my pants.
One advantage to being a troll is my boots don’t show. (not actually an advantage, I hate my troll feet)
One advantage to not displaying your cloak is … your cloak doesn’t display.
My tiny little Horde guild managed to luck into 5 of us online last Friday evening and we stormed through Ulduar 10 man to collect our Rusted Proto Drakes. Achievements and mounts for everyone! Next on the agenda, finish the 25 man run we have mostly completed to get the Ironbound Proto Drakes for those of us who still don’t have them.
Sidenote: It is hard to get a good picture of 5 flapping drakes. Sorry my dragon is rudely covering your face, Morgrull.
May your day of feasting go better than my did, and may you not be interrupted by undead priests dancing on the table and slobbering on the turkey.
Both of the Shrines in the Vale are equally beautiful, I just happened to be on my Horde toon when I decided to snap a shot.
I’m still slowly plugging along on my new Elfindale project and as you can see from the screenshot, I’m newly guilded. For the first time ever I had to submit an online guild app and once that was approved I had to meet up with the GM on Vent for an informal chat. The online app was no big deal because I only applied as a casual member so I just had to introduce myself and insert some of my personality and humor. Besides, with a level 27 toon as basically my new main, there wasn’t a lot of technical character related stuff to say even if it had been required. I was extremely nervous about the Vent chat simply because you can’t backspace and redo anything stupid you actually say out loud, but I survived and was officially invited.
That’s very exciting news and even though I don’t know any of them really well yet (and at only a few hours a week that may take a while) every time I have logged in and awkwardly jumped into gchat they’ve graciously acknowledged me and replied back. I don’t feel like I’m being ignored and that’s important because some of my other experimental little alts have felt that way before in new guilds. So I’m very happy to be where I am and I am confident I will only get happier.
However, this post and this screenshot are not about showing off my guild name. I mean, I made it a priority to point that out, but I could have taken any old screenshot to do that with. This screenshot is partially about the achievement but mostly about the crumpled up night elf you see in the background there. Because at level 27 I got my first pvp achievement while outside of a battleground, on a PVE server and I killed a level 85 to get it. I realize it’s a fluke and it’s not an achievement I earned by being awesome. But oh holy shit, did I giggle like a schoolgirl for 20 minutes afterwards. Here’s what happened.. I was in Orgrimmar for only the second time ever on little Elfi and I had just trained fishing and picked up my first fishing quest. The quest required me to attach a stag eye to my fishing pole and then go fish somewhere with it and catch a certain kind of fish. Blah blah, same ole same ole. As I headed toward the Orgrimmar rear gate to go kill a stag over the border in Azshara, I spotted a small flurry of activity off to the right of the path.
Now I was headed to the rear gate, but I wasn’t really very close to it. If you are familiar with Orgrimmar, I’d say I was halfway between the hunter stables and the rear gate. And this flurry of activity was a night elf getting beaten on by a whole handful of npcs. I’m assuming she was stealthing her way into the city for some reason (obviously) and then got too close to an npc. She was running back towards the gate as fast as she could attracting more and more npcs the entire time. I was so shocked to see her there at first that I just stood and gawked like I was watching an episode of cops or something and I never even moused over her to see her level or anything; but I did follow the procession towards the exit. For some reason right as she was breaking out of the gate it dawned on me I should target her and hit her. Which I did. And she immediately died, the achievement immediately popped up and I immediately started busting out laughing my ass off that I just got a pvp kill. Sadly, I forgot to hug her body. But I tabbed out of the game to IM one of my friends and share a laugh with them about how funny it was I just hk’d a level 85.
After approximately a minute, I tabbed back into the game and found myself face to face with a level 85 night elf very much alive and breathing. And my little baby ass was flagged PVP. So I squealed and ran back into the gate as fast as I could and was very thankful that she never made a move towards me. She certainly could have taken me out quickly and I would have deserved it. But I think she may have been just as shocked at how it all went down as I was. It’s probably something that only amuses me, but I sure was happy as hell about it the entire rest of the day.
p.s. – I apologize for how crappy this screenshot is. I normally try to make my screenshots as pretty as possible. I don’t know what happened with this one, but none of my usual tricks seemed to help it look any better.
Being away from the game for a while has started to rekindle my desire to play again on a part-time basis. And while I will never delete Elfindale, the Night Elf Druid, I am currently very happy with my decision to roll Elfindale, the Blood Elf Mage. Granted, I’ve only logged 4 hours of play time with her and I’m only level 8. But it’s been a really enjoyable 4 hours. I really think the fresh start and the change of scenery is doing me some good.
I’m on a random server, I haven’t talked to anyone yet or searched the server for names I recognize. I even deleted my real ID contacts. I’m just puttering along, carefully reading the quest text (we’ll see how long that lasts), taking in all the pretty new sights, and laughing my ass off when I see little Elfi’s ears bounce as she runs. I’m also laughing my ass off to see her scowl at me and act all haughty and disinterested when I have her pose for a picture. I am not, and have never been, an RP’er but I can totally see little Elfi is worming her way into my heart and my brain and she is definitely developing a personality. Yes, I am excited about that.
What do I do when I’m enjoying the game? Yep, I take tons of screenshots. So here are some shots of Elfi showing me some attitude while posing and then some general ones showcasing Sunstrider Isle. Enjoy.
Thursday night, at roughly 7:00pm server time, I was in Ironforge to grab the fishing daily when I was surprised to see the above scene layed out before me. Yep, that’s a Goblin rogue all kicked back in the middle of an Alliance city, doing some fishing. We know they do it, just like we Alliance members go fishing in Orgrimmar. But the difference is, when I go fishing in Orgrimmar I generally do it at like 5:00am server time and I go in naked and hide behind one of the huts in the Valley of the Spirits. And even with those types of precautions, I’ve still been noticed and killed several times.
I think the image of the rogue above is a testament to the core difference between people who play a Horde character as their main and people who play an Alliance character as their main (i know most of us actually have a toon from both sides); the Alliance are just basically nicer people. When I rounded the corner and saw this guy my first reaction was to laugh and take a screenshot. Then I targeted him, which must have made him just a hair nervous (although I don’t know why because Horde rogues can kill a resto druid with their eyes closed and one hand tied behind their backs) because when he noticed me he stood up. And then I applauded him. Way to have some major balls buddy! Lol. And I wasn’t the only person there either, there was another druid and a pally both standing there watching him. Well, actually, the druid was dancing with the disco ball the rogue had out. But my point is, we didn’t attack him, we left him alone. Now I can’t say for sure that he managed to survive his entire adventure because I do know there are many Alliance players who would immediately attack. I just think that the Alliance, as a whole, is more friendly and passive than the Horde. If I had been in Orgrimmar at 7:00pm server time, I would have been dead before I even got my beach chair out of my backpack.