I have Blizzcon brain. If that’s not already a known medical condition, it should be. Unfortunately, because of my Blizzcon brain, I am not able to accurately describe the symptoms. Basically my anticipation and excitement have been ramping up at such astronomical levels recently that my brain is just sort of swollen and numb. I am so excited, I can no longer express any excitement. Does that make sense? I mean, I’m spending all this money to travel halfway across the country to celebrate a video game and the sheer joy of knowing I get to do that has affected my brain in such a way that I’ve only played this game I’m celebrating about 3 hours in the past week. Do you know why, because every time I sit down to play I go all BLIZZCON!!!
I did, however, manage to have a rare stroke of luck and on Monday evening when I logged in I immediately traveled to the Darkmoon Faire and as soon as I zoned in someone announced the Darkmoon Rabbit was up. I had never seen him, dead or alive. I immediately whispered the dude and ran straight over there. We killed him with approx. 13 people and I lost the roll on the pet by 3. But I wasn’t too upset. I didn’t really expect to get the pet on my first ever kill. I sure was excited to finally get the achievement though.
As soon as we were through there, someone announced Moonfang would be up in a few minutes. Unlike the rabbit, I have killed Moonfang several times; but I ran straight over there so I could have another chance at Moon Moon. While we waited a few minutes for the spawn I was going through my inventory and I randomly decided to trigger Rime of the Time-Lost Mariner because ghostly skeleton pirates are cool. Next thing I know, someone near me had set down a Brazier of Dancing Flames and this weird combo happened. Everyone got a big laugh out of it.
Oh, and hey – in less than 12 hrs I will be in the air. Have I mentioned I’m excited? ‘Cause I totally am. Kim and I are going to have so much fun.
If I were a better player and had a quicker reaction time than I do, I’d likely enjoy PvP. Running around pwning the opposite faction is probably a lot of fun and the Bloodthirsty title would be an awesome one to have. I think it would be less fun to run around and gank your own faction, but that’s just my opinion and it’s certainly not based on experience. However, I can say for certain that not willfully participating in PvP and choosing to live life peacefully on a PvE server yet dying because you accidentally flagged yourself is not fun. Neither is it fun to die because a member of the opposite faction purposely stepped into your AoE to force you to be flagged. When these types of incidents happen I stubbornly just stand there until they kill me. I refuse to put up a fight because I want them to know they just killed someone who was not interested in their little games. I don’t want them to brag about how they owned me; I want them to know they killed someone who wasn’t even defending themselves. Do they actually see it that way or feel bad because of it? No. I’m quite certain they are laughing hysterically and hoping I’ll run back and rez before the 5 minute timer wears off so they can kill me again. Sometimes, because I foolishly believe every person has kindness buried somewhere within, I do rez and they do kill me again.
This subject is on my mind a lot these days thanks to Bloody Coins. I am still limited in my playtime currently, but in my few excursions to the Timeless Isle I have been killed while AoE’ing a rare and getting flagged. But hold on, I’m not actually going to complain about that (well, I complain out loud with obscenities at the time it happens but it fades). It’s inconvenient and I don’t love it, but I don’t begrudge anyone who’s interested in gathering the coins for doing what they have to do.
But hold on again, I am going to complain about 1 specific incident that happened to me a few days ago. See, the Neverending Spritewood is the purple crystal that spawns near the tree that has all the Nice Sprites dancing around it and clicking on the crystal triggers them to turn into Angry Sprites. Killing Angry Sprites triggers some Scary Sprites and killing those gives you a chance to receive the rare Dandelion Frolicker pet. Did you know the Neverending Spritewood is only clickable once per day by each character? It is. If you get lucky enough to spot it and click it you can’t click it again until the next day, even if you see it again.
So I am going to complain about the fact that the other day, during a rare 1 hour chance I had to login to the game, I was robbed of my chance to try and get the pet to drop by a Night Elf druid from my own server MY OWN FACTION. I happened to spot the crystal and saw no one near it. I ran over, clicked it and prepared myself to pull a group of the angry sprites. I approached them, targeted one and started my biggest AoE. A split second later, I saw a someone run up in cat form and the next thing I know I am dead. I had only gotten 2 of the sprites killed. Now someone flagging themselves and then wandering into the midst of my AoE while I’m helping bring down Houlon is annoying, but when I rez I still get to loot Houlon. Same with the rest of the rares on the Isle. But in this particular instance it’s not just you getting your Timeless Coin and me still getting credit for what I was doing. It was cruel, in my opinion. Days later I am still upset about it, which is silly and certainly won’t change anything, but it’s true. Maybe this person didn’t realize I wouldn’t be able to simply start the event over. Maybe she did and just didn’t give a fuck. I’ll never know. I passively, aggressively whispered her to tell her how disappointed I was but I got no reply, which is probably for the best. No need for me to turn into an asshole just because I perceived someone was being an asshole to me. I did immediately tweet her name out and I apologize for that. Twitter is so instant it makes it easy to try and name shame there. I’ve done it more than once, but I don’t like myself for doing it.
What is the purpose of all this rambling? I just wanted to get it off my chest so maybe I can stop being so pissed off about it. In a couple of weeks I will be able to start playing more again and there will be more chances to trigger the event and try to get the pet drop. It’s no big deal, right?
(Let’s pretend I actually finished this and posted it during the morning, instead of falling asleep at the keyboard and deciding to go to bed and finish it this evening.)
Once again I have proven my brain doesn’t function when it comes to all things Azeroth. My ineptitude is getting so ridiculous, I have decided to embrace it as blog fodder and allow you all to laugh at my silliness in hopes that the joy it brings you will help keep me from facepalming myself into a headache.
So this weekend I began my return to WoW from recent limited game time and as I refocused on things, I really began to lament the poor quality of my weapon. I have a blue staff, ilvl 450. How sad is that? It’s pretty sad. As I looked up gearing lists I realized there’s not a lot of options to upgrade my weapon outside of LFR. There’s a chance of a drop in Heroic Scholomance and a chance of a drop from Galeon, but nothing I can go out and buy or obtain easily. It made me a little grumpy because even though I had ignored my weapon for a long time now, I had promised myself I would queue for ToT LFR this weekend and suddenly upgrading my weapon became a priority.
I mentioned it in guild chat and one of my guildies said “hey, don’t you have the Frostscythe from Lord Ahune?” And I was all like “oh it’s a transmog from last year, had it in my bank.” Then I carried on my merry way of whatever derping around I was currently doing and dismissed the entire conversation. Four hours later my eyes opened wide and this conversation came back to my mind and slapped me upside the head to let me know what a fool I was.
You may recall back in June I wrote a blog post just to be silly and brag about all the Frostscythe’s that were dropping for me since I was doing the holiday boss across 3 toons. My DK got it a couple of times but doesn’t use staffs and my Troll Druid got it and I specifically remember looking at the weapon’s stats and recognizing it as an upgrade so I equipped it on her. Elfi had already transmogged her old one and now I (thankfully) don’t remember specifically if a new one actually dropped for her this year… and I’m glad I don’t remember. Because somehow I went through the holiday never realizing it would be an upgrade for Elfi. As soon as I got the pet to drop on one of my toons, I didn’t even do the fight anymore on any toon. OMG I AM SUCH A MORON.
I just knew Elfi already had it and now my horde toon did too. I never connected the fact that it was an upgrade for my horde druid to the fact that my alliance druid needed an upgrade. HOW DO I FUNCTION AS A HUMAN BEING? Seriously, you guys gotta believe me that I’m not this stupid all the time. I do manage to hold a job and get myself dressed every morning. The moment this all finally blossomed in my head last night, hours after my guildie had mentioned it, I was flabbergasted that I let this happen.
It’s time to finally just admit I have a terrible attention span when it comes to WoW. I come into it like every day is a new day, which is fine for most video games. They are meant to be a mindless distraction. But WoW is more to me than a video game. It’s a community and one that I’ve been a part of for years now. I want to be better at it but my brain seems to just login and go “yay, distraction for the human so I can sleep” and I skip off into the sunset looking for sparkling flowers. So I have finally realized, I need a WoW notebook. And a stack of post-it notes. If I can’t force my brain to remember that the last time I played my shaman she needed to go to SW and train up mining before questing again, then I’ll start writing that shit down. Here’s hoping it works.
When you get 4 weeks of vacation time at your job, sometimes you just take a week off to go nowhere. Which is what I did this past week. I only had two plans for my little staycation: reorganize, rearrange, redecorate & deep clean every room in my place and play a lot of WoW. Unfortunately, only one of these two things happened. The house looks awesome and I’m so glad I made the changes I made. Although I will say it cost more than I expected to thin out my clutter and organize things more efficiently. I had to buy storage bins, custom size frames for years worth of art I collected that had never been hung, new rugs that matched the decor, etc. etc. But I am so pleased with the results, it was all totally worth it.
Because I’m me, I didn’t start with one room and work at it until completed. I did little things randomly all over the house at once. I’d work on the bedroom closet for 15 minutes and then stop to use the restroom and decide to work under the bathroom sink for 10 minutes. Then I’d head into the kitchen for a drink and pull everything out of the pantry before deciding I should really get back to that closet and stopping along the way to rearrange the dvds on my new shelf. Yep, this is how I roll. So the entire house was in disarray all at once and everywhere I turned things were unfinished. It was sort of overwhelming so when I wasn’t actively working on the house, I found myself in the recliner watching Netflix. I just didn’t have the energy to sit at the desk and play WoW, as silly as that sounds. So I don’t have any LFR stories for you as I had anticipated.
What I do have are some random pictures of how things look now. Not that you have any idea of how things looked before, but that’s okay; I’m going to show you anyway. The only really huge thing you need to know is that my computer desk and my treadmill desk used to be in my living room which meant the living room chair was stuck in the darkness of my bedroom. Because I work 3rd shift, I had blackout curtains up in my bedroom and it was pitch black 24 hours a day and only used for sleeping. I have now taken down the blackout curtains and moved the computer desk into the bedroom and the living room chair back into the living room. The treadmill has gone into the spare bedroom with the laptop setup on it so I can watch Netflix or type blog posts or whatever while I’m walking. I have actually hung things up on the wall and decluttered the tops of dressers, end tables, etc. to put things away in newly organized closets. Doesn’t that sound exciting? Trust me, it really is.
Now that I finally have my second level 90 in the same faction and on the same server as my main, I’m starting to realize how useful it is to have more than 2 maxxed professions. Not only does Morrissa now supply Elfi with ghost iron bars to be transmuted into Living Steel, but she gathers extra ghost iron ore and kyparite to sell on the AH. I am starting to get addicted to this making money thing. So about all I’ve been doing for the past week when I’ve been in game is gathering and selling herbs and ores.
I was actually offline all of Friday & Saturday and most of Sunday because I was camping with my brother and his family. As children we put in plenty of time doing the whole primitive camping thing, so now we enjoy a camping trailer with a slide out for the living room, a full size bathroom and shower, mobile satellite tv and most importantly, air conditioning. Yes, we spend more time outside than inside and we still light campfires and cook outdoors, etc. But it’s nice to have the best of both worlds. It’s also nice to know you can sleep inside comfortably and not outside where you find things like scorpions.
That’s actually the first ever scorpion I’ve seen out in the wilds, so it’s not something to really be concerned about here while camping. Now copperheads? That’s another story. Lol. But actually at the campground we were in I was more concerned about what type of people frequented the place once I saw who some of the playground equipment was reserved for.
After all the time I’ve spent trying to farm rare mounts and not getting any, it’s nice to know there’s a good chance at pet drops to keep me from raging too much. Yesterday I got this cute little dude from Kara. It made me happy.
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.
In-game holidays are fun, right? (Sidenote: how the hell is that dude riding his wind serpent upside down? [not an innuendo])
When the achievement “What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been” went live in September 2009 I immediately began doing all the things. I actually got the achievement pretty quick, though if I remember right I had to wait for the second Love Is In The Air to roll around because I missed one of the elements the first time. I was actually trying to verify the dates a few minutes ago by viewing my achievements, but I don’t believe they’re displaying correctly. If they are, then I actually completed this the first time through each event.
EITHER WAY, the point is I haven’t done the Lunar Festival in it’s entirety since then. I mean, if I happen across an Elder I will stop and get free xp or gold depending on my character, but I haven’t bothered to fly all the places and track them all down in years. However this year the Lunar Festival happens to coincide with me making a big effort to level up my DK. She’s around the lvl 64, 65 mark so when the event began I thought to myself “self, you should fly around the lands and get that free xp. It will be easier than leveling and will fit right in to your lazy lifestyle.” Of course, I still have other toons to take care of, so I’m not devoting all of my time to it but I’ve been chasing down Elders for a few hours a day the past 3 days and I’m really starting to question if it’s worth it. I mean, I’m not max level so in enemy territory the NPCs are kicking my ass. In the higher level Northrend and Cataclysm zones, any old regular mob I get too close to is kicking my ass. As a DK I basically went from Eastern Plaguelands to Hellfire Peninsula so even though we start off with a lot of flight paths already known to us, most of my maps aren’t opened up to show location names. This means I’m spending a lot of time tabbed out to look up coordinates for the majority of the elders. So between the repair bills and all the wasted time running back to my body, flying across the land and tabbing out every 3 minutes I’m beginning to wonder why I’m doing this. I am pretty sure if I had stayed in Nagrand and continued questing this entire time, I’d be leveling much faster. Although I will say I am enjoying grabbing all of the mining nodes I come across.
Oh that’s right. I’m doing it for the Lunar Lantern. Never mind the rant, totally worth it.
Also, I am now realizing I should do this on one of my Horde toons to get that pet as well. But I can guarantee I will use the level 90 for that adventure.