Thursday, December 15, 2011


That's Deathwing dead then. Now what? ^^



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This Week, I Will Be Mostly...

White damage. Don't knock it :D

  • Running the Family through instances for cappage. LFR continues to be a cheap and easy way to make 250 Valor (with possible added free loots, your rolls may vary) It's also a fairly simple 45 minute burn with 25 and (in my opinion) a better option than doing 5 mans. That will change, probably at the point where I have specific gear requirements (like on Hunter #2) and when LFR lives up to the moniker I'm hearing certain people use right now. I HATE the R word, I really do...

  • Working on reputations and quests on selected alts.

  • Trying to finish my second College assessment, hence the current (intermittent) transmission. (Hopefully) will be back in the saddle by the end of the week...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Changing Tack.

You didn't know there was a dragon to Ravenholdt?

Yesterday morning, I did the 'Obtain your Epic Daggers' part of the Rogue Legendary Quest Line. Needless to say, it's made me think about the direction I take my characters from now-on in.

Needless to say, without one the other wouldn't have happened... ^^

It's an INCREDIBLY hard quest line for the Casual Rogue that I am: not making any bones here. I'd not have gotten it completed AT ALL were it not for help of a very good in-game Mate and my Husband, who took his rogue through at the same time. He was kind enough to credit me with the stun on Lord Creed that finally saw us down him after many failed attempts, but I know I'd not have done the pre-fight sneak without him. The only way these Daggers will be getting an upgrade is when I can solo Dragon Soul, but having spent 10,000g on getting them I feel I ought to make some effort in gearing the Rogue and improving her skill set. Ironically she's now my third-best geared alt in the family right now, and for large portions of the LFR I was in the top 5 for dps. There's something I NEVER thought I'd see. Her gear however is way below optimal (though the mogged outfit's quite special) and part of my long-term planning will be to kit her well, and fill in some of her achievement gaps. First up, getting her some relevant Cataclysm tabards to round out her reputations...

An Explanation.

This woman eats people. I assume that dress she's wearing is Soylent Green... ^^

I owe you good people an explanation. Bear with me.

The last week's not been great, let's be honest. I've not been well (and you don't want to know, but needless to say for the best part of two days I couldn't move) and after that... I don't know if it's the time of year, or whether it's simply the fact that when you get hit by illness sometimes it's quite hard to get up but... something has changed. I'm not sure what it is, but in the particular corner of my Game World, it's stopped being about enjoying things. It's looking a lot like a job right now.

Some people have just vanished. Some are clearly off doing 'other stuff', and many of those who remain are purely focussed on gearing. Don't tell me you're not, because I know that's not true. Something seems to be missing: no chat, no happy asides, it's just gear or how hard this or that boss is. Maybe it's just me and I'm just unfortunate, but some of the soul of the game seems to have vanished. When your task in a blog to talk about something that you find interesting and that thing suddenly stops being so, then it's probably time to step back, so last week that's what I did, because I reckon you guys are going to know when I'm lying. In fact I know you are.

The worst bit was the Advent Calender, which I was really enjoying, but which I should have done more planning on before I launched into it. I ran out of good ideas and being ill meant I was getting progressively further behind. Needless to say, I have learnt from this and (I hope) when we do it next year I will come to the table better prepared. I feel I ought to apologise as a result for selling you guys short. It's not my intention to come here and not deliver the goods, after all. This is why you read a blog to begin with.

It's at times like this that I realise that the main reason I continue to play this game isn't for the content, it's for the people playing it, and when those people aren't about or they're focussed on other things... well, the game changes. It becomes a place where people are indiscriminately mean and thoughtless. Last night for instance, when I accidentally strayed too close to a mob when CC-ing in a PuG, the tank told me I'd not get healed again by his guild mate priest, and I didn't, and was left to die on every subsequent pull. These are the kind of people who make me realise that I play this game in a very different way to many others, and it makes me sad.

I'd like to apologise to everyone for the interruption in service, and I'd like to ask for your help and for your understanding while I try and find my way again. It may take a while, but we'll get there, and I think it's important that the effort is made. If at least one other person is reading this, then I think I have an obligation to do the best job I can to keep you entertained. Let's see if I can do that.