Archive for March, 2012

The One Where I’m In A Quandary

As you guys know, I recently created a Blood Elf mage on a random server and named her Elfindale, which is the same name as my Night Elf druid. I decided to name the mage Elfi because she’s temporarily my main character and Elfi is just who I am. It’s my identity. The two toons are on different servers, so it shouldn’t ever cause a problem, right? Wrong. I have been searching for a new server to transfer my Alliance side Elfindale to so I can try and rebuild my relationship with her. She’s the very first character I ever rolled. In fact, when I first began playing I didn’t understand how realms worked and even though my brother told me what realm he was on and that I should choose that one, I didn’t. I let it pick a random server for me not knowing that meant I couldn’t talk to him in-game at all and not realizing it wasn’t free to transfer. I figured it out after only a few days and approximately 8 levels. This was over 4 years ago so lowbie levels weren’t as fast as they are now… and I had never before played an mmo or rpg game. It took me a lot of work and learning to get a few days in. So by then I was stubbornly attached to Elfi and I actually paid to server transfer a level 8 character to my brother’s realm.

I’m still stubbornly attached to her. I have loved / do love this game so much and it’s all tied in with my silly Night Elf druid. The friends I’ve made, the adventures I’ve been on.. it’s all so freaking priceless. Needless to say, even though I’m a bit disenchanted with Elfi right now, I would never dream of deleting her or abandoning her completely. Which is why I’ve been rolling alts on different servers and hanging out with people I know from blogs and from twitter and a few irl. I’ve enjoyed my time on several different servers and I appreciate everyone who suggested their realm and spent a little bit of time with me there. I recently made my decision, I want to transfer Elfindale to Whisperwind and hang out with a couple of my friends on the Alliance side there.

I was getting ready to process the transfer today when it suddenly dawned on me … that is the same server my Horde character named Elfindale resides. So if I transfer my first-born Elfi there I will have to change her name. Hence the quandary. I seriously don’t know if I’m okay with changing her name. I realize that probably sounds so trivial to some people but it’s really freaking me out. And I’ll feel silly if I suddenly change my mind and tell my friends I won’t be joining them on Whisperwind after all because of my name. The Blood Elf is up to level 28 (considering SWTOR is my main game, I’ve done this fairly quickly over the past couple of months) and she’s in a great guild that I’m really enjoying so I don’t want to delete her and re-roll with a different name. I’m trying to convince myself that it will be okay if I change original Elfindale to something like Elfindell or Elfindalle or some sort of variation like that. But I also cringe when I think of changing it.

So, I’m not looking for anyone to make the decision for me but I am curious as to what you guys would do in this situation. How important should this name be to me? It’s not like this is the only server option I have, it just happens to be the one I had decided on based on friends that I actually work with being there. Would you pay to change the name of the level 28 Horde toon, since she’s just an Elfi junior and is only a couple of months old? Would you just slightly change original Elfi’s name because it’s no big deal? Or would you keep looking for a server where you could keep both names the way they are?

Hello, My Name Is Elfi And I Am A Mount Addict

I have now officially purchased every mount that can be officially purchased. And I even had to pay for a 30 day game card to convince a friend to use a scroll of resurrection for me, so I technically purchased one of those too. But the other one was from a friend who re-subbed, so that’s cool.

So The Scroll Of Resurrection Seems To Be Popular

You gotta hand it to Blizzard, they know exactly what type of carrot to dangle in front of us. The Scroll of Resurrection seems to be going over very well. Heck, even I managed to find some poor fool… I mean, old friend who I could sucker into using the scroll so I could get a cool spectral mount added to my collection. Of course, I had to buy a 30 day game time card for him to use but oh well, it was worth it. In fact, speaking of adding mounts to my collection, I totally bought the Heart of the Aspects mount while I was at the store buying the card. That’s the prettiest “real money” mount there is, in my opinion. So I dropped $40 but it made me happy so it was money well spent.

I took the screenshot above after I had rolled an alt to check out a server for possible transfer and within my first 2 minutes there I happened to be standing next to two players who had just created characters with the scroll. It was freaky seeing all the achievements roll by. I almost wish I had a second account I had let lapse just so I could take advantage of the instant leveling to 80. Especially since I still only have 1 level 85 character EVER. Ah, the life of a slacker.

The One Where A Fluke Made Me Feel Like A Stud

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.