Heads up, suckers! I have found my way back online. My grandfather has improved enough to be moved to a nursing facility near his house for therapy. That means my mother no longer has to stay with me and since he’s back to being 2 hours away and out of danger, I don’t have to spend my days sitting at the hospital. My free time has returned and as a direct result so has my derping around. I’ll admit, the first night I was able to login I did not stay online long. Even though it had only been roughly 5 weeks I had been gone, I had been so focused on other things and so stressed out that I let WoW leave my mind completely. Which resulted in me logging in to Elfindale, gathering my crops and planting new ones, and then standing there in the middle of my farm staring at my bags trying to figure out why I had all that shit and what the hell was it all even for. After about 15 minutes of this brainless staring at inventory, I gave up and logged out.
The next night I logged back in to find my brain had mostly returned to normal and I was able to do dailies, run a scenario and switch over to my DK for some leveling. Ah, it feels so good to be back. I’m behind in that I’ve not done any Thunder Island stuff, so I need to hop over there. However, I think before I get sucked into the island hub, I’m going to finish up some things on Elfi I never got around to, such as finishing off my cooking by completing all of the Ways and getting a few more reputations up to exalted. I will simultaneously work on taking my DK from 86 to 90 so she can fly while gathering ore for me.
In almost related news, screenshots:
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.
As I stated in my last post, I have been running a lot of old content on my Horde toon with a couple of friends so that we can all get our grubby hands on pets and mounts. Of course, we have done Sarth 3D so I have recently acquired the Black Drake and the Twilight Drake, but we hadn’t had much luck getting any of the random drop mounts from other locations. We’ve been doing Malgyos as part of the rotation, even though I cannot strafe to save my life, and headed in there again last night to see if our luck was any better.
After only a few minutes it became obvious that something was different this time around because we were beating on the dragon and he was laughing in our faces. It took longer than normal, but we got to the second phase and suddenly my partner earned the “Denyin The Scion (25 player)” achievement. Aha! Now we know what’s wrong here. We are accidentally trying to 2 man the instance while it’s set to 25 man instead of 10. We did manage to get to the last phase, but I soon died (see previous statement about being terrible at strafing). So we run back, get our bodies and have a moment to decide … are we going to try it again on 10 man or have we wasted enough time here already? Well, we’re already standing here so what the hell.
We change to 10 man, go in and stomp all over everyone and everything and when it was all said and done the Reigns of the Azure Drake drop. Ermahgerd! We both rolled Need and I won it with a roll of 100. I already had the “Needy” achievement, but it would have been awesome if I had earned it on this mount instead. Naturally, in all my excitement I forgot to take a screenshot of the loot dropping but a few minutes later I posed outside of the entrance and included the chat window with my roll in it. Of course, this doesn’t mean we will stop our weekly Malgyos runs because there’s a Blue Drake I need to add to my collection and my friends still need to a chance for these two. But it certainly means I can fly there in style next time we go.
Can’t write a real post today because I’m too busy gathering eggs. For one thing, this character has no holiday achievements and doing the quests is easy xp. For another, as a self-diagnosed mount addict, I MUST FIND MOUNT.
In my last post I talked about how I finally found a place to transfer my main, but I already had an alt with the same name on that server. So I pondered what to do. Almost everyone agreed I should just delete the little alt because she was still low-level and it wouldn’t take long to gain those levels back by re-rolling. I agree that is the correct answer.. EXCEPT what I forgot to mention in my original post is I had just given that little alt a Spectral Gryphon mount from getting someone to use a Scroll of Resurrection. That was why I was stressing out over what to do. I LOVE collecting mounts and SoR mounts are not account bound. If I delete the character, I’ve lost the mount forever. Sure, I could try to get another SoR used but I already had to pay for someones game time just to get this one and while I’m not opposed to paying for mounts I certainly don’t want to pay for the same one twice.
So I finally went with a $10 name change on the little alt because it’s cheaper than paying for game time if I ever even found someone to use another Scroll for me. And even though she is only level 30 (lvl 28 at time of original posting) she already has achievements and professions and a personality, dammit. I am not a role player, but I do get attached to some of my characters and this little one was precious to me. So her name has been changed from Elfindale to Elfyndale and after an approximate 30 day waiting period I should be able to transfer my main and life will be good.
And in my final, rambling paragraph I just want to say that while I am absolutely loving my time in SWTOR and being part of a full-time raiding team for the first time ever, I am glad I decided to buy the annual pass and continue dinking around in WoW. Even though I only average a 3 or 4 hours a week, it’s just like being home to me. It may now be my secondary game and I may not be surrounded by all the people who I used to love playing with, but it’s still fun for me and I’m happy to still be playing.
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.
Elfindale, the Night Elf Druid, now has an evil twin. With the exact same name. Which makes her more of an evil clone than a twin. Because most people don’t name their twins the exact same name. But I digress. Meet Elfindale, the Blood Elf Mage.
Let me try to explain a few things. My break from WoW would have happened regardless of SWTOR, and SWTOR did not cause me to need a break. There was something just not sitting right with me. Elfindale is my one true love, my only level 85. I have a handful of alts, but never stuck with them long because I just always wanted to be logged into Elfi. But she became useless. She was/is a casual healer in a raiding guild with more than enough healers to go around. I have spent so much of my time in Cata simply farming herbs and playing the Auction House. I rarely even did any 5 mans because somewhere along the way (before moving to the raiding guild) I lost confidence in my healing. It’s all I ever wanted to do but I became too afraid to do it. So I decided to just switch to laser chicken and no big deal. Except then I really lost interest in everything. SWTOR is amazing and I’m loving it and trust me, it’s filling up my time and then some. But I do still WANT to play WoW.
So over the past week, I’ve started dipping my toes back into the pool. And I’ve dipped some new toes into new pools. I’ve created and deleted a couple of toons this week as I’ve tried new races and new classes and spent 7 or 8 levels deciding how they felt. An Orc hunter, a Troll rogue, a Gnome warrior. Nothing really felt right. I missed Elfi and yet cannot bear to play her. I thought briefly of deleting her and starting over, but she’s the first ever character I ever rolled and I just could never do that. Too many memories tied up with her. I thought briefly about unexpectedly gquiting and server transferring her, but it’s not about my guild or my server at all. I like people there and they have nothing to do with Elfi feeling useless to me. No matter what server she was on she would still feel the same to me.
That’s when it finally hit me that maybe I should just recreate her differently. I’m playing caster dps in SWTOR and really enjoying it, so let’s try that out in WoW with a race I’ve never played before. I’m still in the starting area, and it’s not like it’s going to be a fast process because I am concentrating on getting two characters raid ready in SWTOR, but so far this alternative Elfi feels good. And there’s the added bonus that I don’t have to change the name of my blog if I want to talk about her. WIN!
Getting down to business.