Thursday, 5 April 2012

Finding new ways to play

As you will likely be familiar with, the Ironman Challenge is a popular-enough-to-be-promoted-by-Blizz thing now. So my newest toon, Cruithne, is far from unusual. I think my rules for her deviate a bit from the accepted rules though.

To break up the monotony, I've decided that I'm ok to do the daily cooking and fishing quests. They do give xp, but not a massive amount. The only one I won't do is the Orgrimmar one that requires killing the boars outside the city. Well, I might do it, once, when she's high enough level to get no xp from the kills. For the achievement. The only mobs that she will kill and even actively chase are rare spawns. While there's no achievement for getting every rare in the game, I've been wanting to try for a long time and spending a lot of time in more zones (been round all 4 starting zones now, again with breaking the monotony) means there's a better chance. Though if I end up with the Time-Lost Proto Drake on my (nearly) no-kill toon...

Just now, she's level 15 and has taken about 16 hours to play to there. I'm not sure why, but I made her a pally. If I should ever get the notion to do this with another toon, I would probably choose a different class. Which class, I'm not so sure. Maybe a mage, for Blink and portals...

Plans are just that at the moment though. My IRL situation means I've just run out of game time on that account and can't afford more just now.

And the Mists of Pandaria beta invite arrived about an hour ago...

Saturday, 4 February 2012

In which I nearly quit WoW, then change my mind.

Last night, while suffering with my disrupted sleep pattern, I was browsing Twitter. @Warcraft retweeted @talkingcongas who had tweeted a link to one of his blue posts as Zarhym, a Community Manager on the US Blizzard forums. As most EU players will know, the US forums are more prominent that ours and have more interaction between players and Blizz devs.

The crux of it what the blue post said: in MoP, Blizz are wanting to introduce new stories and big bads and make it relevant to the wider story of Warcraft. 

This is the context referred to in the tweets; it's "lame" to be fighting a boss you don't know, and not knowing why you're fighting him or her.

Presumably, his current personality breaks Wheaton's Law deliberately.

The usage of 'lame' to mean bad, odd, weird, wrong, silly, etc jarred so I tweeted a reply expressing polite unhappiness at the lazy usage of ableist language. The response I received was both so tired and poorly thought -through, I'm compelled to share a screen shot of it here. Is being a dick a character he's playing as CM? HAS HE USED ALL THE WORDS??? (Because, as we all know, they have charges. In 5 years, he's burned through ALL the others.) Because it's the last 15 minutes of the work day/week/wev, the requirement to not hurt people is waived!

Srsly though. It's no effort at all to think about the words you use. Someone (I wish I could remember who, even to google her and provide a link) else put it very well; using words like that might hurt someone. Not using them hurts no-one.

You'd think that Blizzard community leaders might have learnt a bit about that after the Blizzcon homophobia debacle, but apparently not.

Edited to add: blogging while depressed (that's 'medically-diagnosed-and-being-treated' depressed, not 'well, life's a bit shit, isn't it?' depressed) means I have the functional memory of a goldfish. I forgot to add this link to FWD/Forward - Ableist Word Profile: Lame. The other posts in the series (heck, the whole darned blog) are very much worth reading, too.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Lost and... found

Recently, and not long after signing up to the annual pass scheme, I lost my WoW mojo.

Tarry is now the proud owner of a Flameward Hippogryph. I'm not sure what else there is that I can do, solo, in the Firelands.I've been a bit half-hearted about the new Darkmoon Faire content with her and managed to get enough tokens to get the Darkmoon Monkey during the second fair since the big changes. I really dislike Tonk Commander, of all the dailies there. Not that that matters much either way.

I've been logging into WoW less and less, but playing other games more and more. Glitch and Dragon Age: Origins, more recently Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 3. All of which are good games (and I have Fallout: New Vegas and Oblivion sitting on the shelf waiting to be played, too) that I would highly recommend.

Being guild leader, I feel that I have a responsibility to play WoW though. We're hoping to expand the membership a bit this year, and find ways to access content otherwise out of reach to a small group of 4 or 5 players. I'd feel uncomfortable retaining the position of leader if I wasn't around to help out or oversee it, at least. One guildie, Ellindiel, has been excellent as recruitment officer - I just don't have the wherewithal to put myself out there as a potential targets for some of the worse elements of the WoW-playing community, even if I do want our guild to be a place where people feel welcome and don't have to be wary about what might come up on /gchat at any given time. If you take pride in not 'being PC', jog on. After listening to Stewart Lee.

There are a lot of reasons why I don't like the MMO part of WoW, but they are the same reasons why I like it so much. I consider the people I interact with, my guildmates, as friends. Ell somehow came across a couple who couldn't be lovelier and are very enthusiastic about running dungeons and the like. And that's where I found the misplaced mojo - tanking as my death knight, Pulseczar. Kshia healed (and was as much a novice as I was), Ell and Kshoo worked very hard on controlling their aggro - being 85 to my 83, they generated quite a lot of threat! And we didn't wipe! It was fun!

I love Tarry to pieces; she's still my main, but I think I might allow her to rest up in Orgrimmar for a while. Even if I did just drop a few hundred gold on transmogrifying her gear.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Glitching to share

So I somehow came across Glitch about a week ago. To say I'm a little taken with it is an understatement.

Well, any game that sends you an email that says
[name] has added you as a contact on Glitch. They probably did this so they can contact you while playing the game.
It may seem weird, but don’t worry - it’s not weird. No, “weird” would be if [name] happened to be a manatee with opposable thumbs and an underwater laptop who was adding you as a contact so they could send you U2 lyrics in German. This is just someone who wants to invite you to parties and maybe send you treats in the in-game mail.
when someone adds you to their friends list has to be worth a look, right? It reminds me of Hello Kitty Online (yes, I played it. For serious.) but it's a bit more grown up. The butterfly massage/milking wouldn't really be appropriate for kids, really. Nor the Purple Flower buff...

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Please, just stand in the fire.

I'm feeling grumpy because, well, I just am, ok? I need to take my meds but to do that and not vomit after several hours of unbearable nausea, I need to eat. There's no food in the house and I need to shower before I get dressed and I'm having difficulty actually leaving the house, but that's another story, not for my WoW blog. I only mention it because I want to make it clear why this thing is getting on my tits, and why I feel the need to write about it. I'm far less grumpy a player than I was a year or two ago, that still stands.

Hallow's End is generally my favourite seasonal event in Azeroth. I love Hallowe'en but no-one invites me to parties any more and even if they did, I wouldn't go anyway (mostly because most people I know IRL and nearby aren't friends, or people I'd necessarily chose to spend time with by choice).

Last year, I tried to do as much as possible on Tarryfingert as back then, she was my main at the time; this year she really is my main (what with being my only 85 and the one I want all the pets, mounts, tabards, achievements, titles, etc. on) However, Lady RNG had other ideas. Of the masks being given out, I got 2. I got neither the Sinister Squashling, not the Hallowed Helm. I did somehow get G.N.E.R.D. Rage, though I have no recollection of doing so. Anyway; it didn't go well.

This year, much better. I only need 6 masks and to be zapped by the wands to get the seasonal achievement. I completely less than 3 both the new pets (Creepy Crate and Feline Familiar). So why so grumpy?

"Let the Fires Come"

I've heard tell that players can form bucket chains, like people might in the real world, as a dozen people running around and randomly chucking water around isn't really an accepted method of putting a fire out. I asked the Fire Brigade. Trufax. Of course; no-one actually does that. In-game, I mean. But about half a dozen people can do it, if they all focus on the same building (I'm meaning Azeroth, obvs.) The fire spreads too quickly for one person to douse one building on their own. Apparently, there's a bunch of people who still haven't figured this out yet. It's difficult enough to find enough people in one place who all want to have a go at this daily. And, when they're unsuccessful, they give up and don't try again (not everyone, but enough flake to make it harder next time around). This feeds into itself. Because so few show up at once, more and more people fail, so fewer show up next time. Last year, by about the end of the first week of Hallow's End, pretty much no-one was putting out the fires. This year, it's two days in. If you're not on at about 4pm(GMT), there's not much going on, and even then, I'm assuming that there's more activity when a large percentage of the player-base get home and log in for the dailies. I've not been on to see for myself.

It's just frustrating to try it with three other people, and for one of them to decide to start on the third building while everyone else is working on the second. Then someone else decides to join them, leaving two people on each which doesn't work. I hate people sometime.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

A picture speaks a thousand words.

I don't have a cohesive idea to write about (RL circumstances making it a challenge to come up with more than about half a dozen cohesive sentences) so here; have some (edited) screen shots I've taken over the last... while.

All pets should travel this way.

Evidently, this was during Noblegarden. You can also be turned into a turkey while on your mount during the Thanksgiving thingie, though once a turkey you can't mount IIRC. I think I was taking this guildie
to Un'Goro to lay an egg. As all Easter bunnies do.

Never was there such a tale of woe...

This is tucked in a corner of Stromgarde Keep in the Arathi Highlands. Starcross'd gnomes? Who knows?

The gravity mechanics of Azeroth have long confused me. Things don't behave as you'd expect them to when they fall, especially when dead. But that's because I'm expecting Earth gravity. Azeroth seems to be a much smaller planet.

I'm not a physicist.

What does it mean?
Isn't Vash'jir pretty?

Remember I mentioned RL? Yeah...

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Wait, wut? I don't even...

This deserves a post all to itself.

I was looking for stuff on Firelands vendors, trying to figure out when I'll get to access them, when I came across this comments thread.

Starting from Xhosant's comment about a percieved irony, keep on scrollin'. It gets better.... I'll wait.
You got to elionor? Yeah. Me too. I have no idea. I need a stiff drink and a lie down in a quiet, dark room.