September 8, 2012 – 12:50 am
And this was before the full crowd had arrived. There were eventually 33 people in the Alliance side raid, and almost that many representing the Horde.
In the end, there were countless fights, at least two players taken hostage, serious civil unrest sown on both sides, Bricu took a shadowbolt to the chest, and Aely had to set another broken nose. Armor is dented, and bruises are developing on both sides. There’s enough story material here to last a long time, and this was only the first night. And we haven’t even touched the world event yet. I’m on an adrenaline high that I’ve not had in game in a long time. Tonight was /good/.
And RP is dead?
Long live RP.
HUGE thanks to Bricu, Malkavet, Chelody, Shaila, ItanyaBlade, Davien/Threnn, Gharr, Tarquin, Lorelli and all the other people who made tonight possible. You guys did a TON of work, and at least on my end, it paid off. Thank you.
September 7, 2012 – 8:22 am
This weeks’ Friday Five is brought to you by one of my favorite things. Food. I love food – I love cooking and eating, especially eating with friends. I also love when someone else cooks for me (either someone I know or going out to eat).
So here are some questions for your characters about food!
- What’s your character’s favorite food?
- Is your character an adventurous or a picky eater?
- Does your character prefer to be alone or to eat with friends?
- Does your character cook at all? What’s their favorite dish to cook?
- Meta: Have you leveled cooking (or not) to match your character’s cooking abilities? What about seeking out special recipes?
Post answers in comments or leave a trackback! I’d love to see what different characters opinions are about what it is that they eat.
September 5, 2012 – 9:42 pm
Citizens of Azeroth
Now that our world has been saved from the wrath of Deathwing, I fear that the leaders of the Alliance and the Horde will soon look to resume the conflict against each other. The time has come for us to take action.
We may not be the movers and the shakers, but peace has to start somewhere.
Bricu Bittertongue has issued a call for peace. A call for us all to gather and discuss issues at hand, and see if we, the citizens of our societies can start a movement that will force our respective leaders to take notice and consider peace. This gathering is to take place at 6:30pm, on the first Friday of September, on the floating city of Dalaran at the Circle of Wills in the Underbelly, not far from one of the greatest co-operative actions taken by the Horde and the Alliance against a foe that threatened us both. Be wary of who you show this letter to; in some places, discussing peace is considered treason.
I hope to see you there.
Friday, Sept 7 at 6:30 PM Feathermoon Time (Pacific), in the Circle of Wills (Underbelly, Dalaran) will be a careful meeting for all those interested in discussing the possible cessation of hostilities between our two factions. Should your character be interested, please do attend, as a good showing from both sides is essential.
I don’t think I have to warn anyone, but no metagaming will be tolerated.
This is an open RP event, and summons will be available (Duerma-Alliance, Cantoria-Horde – Please /identify yourself/ before asking for a summon.) Each faction will be in a raid for faction-side chatter, as the main story will happen in /say, and there will be Ventrilo for translations.
And be prepared for shenanigans.
(This invitation brought to you by the estimable Orc of Peace, Gharr.)
September 4, 2012 – 8:08 am
I’ve spent a little time in the last week revisiting old zones. A lot of these places feel like old friends now lost to time, places once loved and populous that now host only those speeding their way through.
The boat to Northrend (which I still ride just for fun sometimes)
The original Azeroth is like that too, though it’s changed so much that a lot of my old haunting grounds are gone or changed. (While I love what’s happening in Eastern Plaguelands, it just doesn’t feel quite the same as it used to. Call me a nostalgic old fart.)
Shortly, the Cataclysm zones are going to meet the same fate, home only to those speeding through on their way to the new Pandaria zones, unlikely to spend any time in Twilight Highlands (which, though probably 1/3 too long, is one of my favorite places in Cataclysm, alongside Vashj’ir). And I’m wondering if I’m going to feel about these zones the way I feel about some of the old zones from previous expansions.
I can go back and quest in Outland or Northrend and still feel some of that pull that made those places special. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel that way about Stonecore. Maybe Vashj’ir – something about the water and the totally different environment there made it magical in a way that other zones weren’t (though I’ll admit that the story didn’t keep me interested enough to completely finish the zone on more than one character). Somehow I doubt I’ll take the time to go back and fly (swim?) around and take screenshots though, the way I seem apt to do in old expansion zones.
It’s a bit cliche to say “every new beginning is some other beginning’s end” (and I’m probably dating myself a little with the song reference, but whatever), but it’s a bit of an odd time in WoW right now. The leveling got easier, presumably to speed people along to cap who are looking to change mains or add new characters to their arsenal for Pandaria (see: Annie Mae). There are Pandaren in Stormwind, though they don’t interact yet.
And everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop – the World Event that’s going to bring us fully out of Cataclysm and (hopefully) back to the roots of the original games that seemed to just work better. Even the loading music sounds more like the original WoW.
I’m trying to push Annie Mae through the zones for one last hurrah, but I’m finding it hard – repeatability wasn’t a strong point of Cataclysm. Still, I’m trying to see things with fresh eyes before we all get distracted by the new and shiny that is on its way. I have a Pandaria goal list, and I’ve mostly met it. Now it’s just the last bit of leveling (Annie is closing in on 83) and waiting to see what the Peace Summit will bring.
If you asked, I’d say I don’t really have any established rituals for seeing out an old expansion, but I’m wondering if maybe I do. Maybe that last list of things to get done is my way of preparing for the new things on their way.