Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Introduce Your Pandaren
comment 4 Written by on May 14, 2012 – 8:04 am

What kind of Pandaren are you planning on playing? Will you be rolling a monk, or some other class? Have you thought at all about an RP idea or a character basis for that character?

I’m kicking around the idea of a little old lady Pandaren – nosy, busybodyish, and constantly peddling all kinds of (probably disturbing) folk remedies. I have this image in my head of her wandering around with a big jar of 4 Thieves Vinegar with a dead bird foot in it, forcing it on anyone that even hints at getting sick.

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I haven’t decided what class she’ll be (which probably means she’ll be one of the multitude of Pandaren Monks come Mists release). But I like the idea of having a slightly… unorthodox character, and that concept won’t require that she have any semblance of quick leveling to be successful in RP. In fact, it’ll be fun to do low level pick up RP with her. She’d peddle those remedies all through Stormwind (or whatever the major city of the next expansion turns out to be).

I’d love to hear what your Pandaren character concepts are though – brag on them (or just brainstorm ideas) in comments!

Where have all the levelers gone?
comment 6 Written by on May 10, 2012 – 7:42 am

I’m noticing more and more how deserted it’s been leveling Ancelyn and Annata. There might be one occasional player, though it’s seemed as often to be a Horde player as not, but I’m almost always alone while I’m out in the world. Hard to find even anyone to /wave at, let alone do things with.

Combined with the much-earlier times that I’m playing (I am offline by 6:30 or 7 server time unless I do some serious planning ahead) and the general lull that is the wait before an expansion, and it’s pretty darn lonely!

My guess is that all the people who are thinking about rerolling are going to wait for Cataclysm and roll Pandas (which I’m also planning to do), and all the people interested in seeing the new Cataclysm content are well and thoroughly past Ferelas and Shimmering Flats.

Still, it’s a little unnerving to see all the people hanging around in Stormwind only to find literally NOBODY out in the world.

Names: Don’t Fence Me In
comment 10 Written by on May 8, 2012 – 6:59 pm

*this post is part of the Newbie Blogger Initiative – if you’re new to the world of MMO blogs or thinking about starting one, check out the site!*

Part and parcel of starting a new blog is, quite simply, deciding how you’re going to set up what you want to write about, and then naming your blog. Do you want to write about PVP? Maybe how to make tons of gold? Passionate about high-level raiding?

That’s all pretty easy to think about, but when you’re just getting started, quite honestly, you don’t know for sure what you’ll be writing about in three or six months. You also don’t know how limited you’ll find your chosen topic. Those things just come with time and practice.

So be careful, and don’t fence yourself in with a name.

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Don’t pick a name like Pete’s Priestly Ponderings unless you are REALLY sure that in 6 months you’ll still have a priest as a main and not have run out of priestly things to say.

If you are even remotely tempted by alts, a class (or role) name may turn out to be too restricting. While some restriction is good, because it helps you focus what you want to write about, overly restricting yourself can set you up for the dreaded blogger’s block!

While it’s good to give yourself a focus, it’s not always good to name your blog after that focus.

We’ll take the example of Pete and his Priestly Ponderings. Say Pete really likes his priest right now, and has a list of 10 or so posts he thinks he could write about priests. So he queues up a new wordpress.com or blogspot.com blog and gets started. He manages to keep from being too enthusiastic and posting all 10 ideas in two days, and sets himself up on a posting schedule. In a few weeks, between his comments on other blogs and posts on twitter and other social media, he’s getting a few comments every week and his pageviews are going up. Then he writes a really excellent guide to Priestly Thingies just before a major patch, and his traffic skyrockets.*

That sounds pretty awesome right? Pete’s effectively set up an audience of other priests to create his blogging community.

But then… then Pete rolls a mage on a night when his usual raid is canceled. All of a sudden, mageing is really, really fun. It’s different! And new!

And his blog is all about priests!

What to do? Well, certainly for a few posts as a side project, there’s nothing wrong with posting about his mage alt on his Previously Primarily Priests blog. Most people have alts, after all.

But what happens when, after he gets his mage to 85, Pete decides to switch mains? That happens all the time – especially at expansion switches. (I know I’ve had a main switch with every expansion, though I was a shaman for both BC and Cataclysm)

Pete now feels kind of pinched by his Priestly Ponderings blog title. (Admittedly, if Pete doesn’t care, this doesn’t matter as much.) So he’s left to either write about mages all the time on a blog that labels itself about priests, or he has to switch blogs.

And switching blogs is, essentially, starting over – while some readers will follow you, you lose the continuity of community.

Of course this is a simplistic example. There are plenty of bloggers who picked a class and stuck with it, and other bloggers who picked a class name and are writing about whatever they feel like. But most bloggers go through some wandering before they settle on their true “calling” as writers.

It took me almost two years to get to writing much about RP, and that’s been my primary niche  (or was, but getting back into it is a topic for another post). It also took me two tries to come up with the name Too Many Annas, but the flexibility of the name has let me switch mains, switch topics, and even (for a little while) switch games.

There are plenty of guides out there about how to name a blog. (Google!)

MMO blogging has a lot of the same concerns, but if you want to set up for the long haul, be careful not to pick a name that you’re going to wish you could change in a month or two. You can pick things like factions, or a character naming trend. A favorite passion in game, a profession you like, or even a favorite item. While you CAN change your name (I did, after my first month of blogging), you take a setback in the form of readers and community.

So be careful, as you get started.

Don’t fence yourself in!

*These are all good tips for new bloggers as well!

I have a little warlock
comment 2 Written by on May 7, 2012 – 7:03 am

*sings*

I have a little warlock,
She’s pretty fun to play,
And when she’s feeling evil,
We DoT things up all day!

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Amazing art by Loreli, of course. (I can’t explain how much I love this portrait. There is so much personality in it! Lore does commissions (of which this is one) and they’re worth every penny.

Right now I’m not playing a whole lot, but my attachment to my warlock is growing steadily. She’s a little bit evil, and that’s made her encounters with the largely sub-human populations of Ferelas (ogre, gnoll) highly entertaining. We’ve moved on though, and now we’re killing pirates in what used to be the Shimmering Flats.

Oddly, while there are some aspects of the quest layouts that bug me, the general levity and silliness is really suited well to Ancelyn. I’m not always a fan of rampant silliness on other characters – Aely and Angoleth are both more serious when they’re out “working”, and only really silly when they’re at rest/play. Ancelyn’s biggest motivation is “does this amuse me”, so she finds and enjoys all kinds of silliness as long as she’s the one doing the burninating.

I’ve kept up with Cynwise’s posts about warlocks in Cataclysm, and he has some really good points. There are definitely issues with the class design and it’s occasionally quite boring as Affliction (dot, dot, wand, wand, rinse, repeat).

But it’s also highly effective, (especially with how easy it is to overlevel the content) and she takes on elites pretty handily, so it’s kind of a wash. I definitely can see the complexity getting me in over my head once I start groups with her, but I am having a lot of fun doing the other half of the new content, so I’m not grouping much right now. (Annata leveled through the Eastern Kingdoms, so Ancelyn is doing Kalimdor, at least from Ferelas upward.)

Now all I need is to get her into some RP! And maybe find her some really warlocky outfits. She is a former (now excommunicated…) Dark Iron. She should look the part!

Deconstruction

November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Patrol

November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

Riders of Lordaeron – Logistics

September 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm

(With Tarquin and Annalea)

Once more, four people made their way through the thickets and hills of Lordaeron, this time in the crisp chill of late morning, seeking after the Rider. Aelflaed had snatched what sleep she could while Chryste …

Riders of Lordaeron – Problematic

September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

(With Tarquin)

She hadn’t wanted to leave Jolly – not so soon after finding him again – but once away, it took about five minutes for Aely to figure out she had a problem.

That problem had just announced that …

Riders of Lordaeron: Arrangements

September 9, 2013 – 10:05 am

It was an uneasy goodbye for him, but it was agreed by both he and Aely that a stroll back to Hearthglen would not be very easy to explain, nor would the explanation needed for the three Argent soldiers once …

Riders of Lordaeron

September 7, 2013 – 9:02 am

“Light sent me ye when I needed ye afore – an’ now again when I need ye. I canna ask fir more than tha’.” She sighed and slung the shield back across her shoulders. “It’s… Light. Been awhile hasna it? …

Dark Rider of Lordaeron (Part 4)

September 6, 2013 – 2:02 pm

She blinked, but did not drop either of her shields. “Aye, though I’ve been Caltrains fir th’ last near three years. Canna say I’ve any memory ay ye.”

“Yeh’ve far moar’n yeh realize,” he replied evenly, his grip tightening on …

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