February 20, 2008 – 10:19 pm
What is it that makes you *click* with certain characters and not others?
I ask, because right now Anryl and I are sort of at odds. I like her, her look, her class, and her character concept. I think she’s one of the more solid characters I’ve created recently. And yet, I find her stagnant to play. She’s got great pets; I’m excited about her spec… but she just doesn’t have the addicting feel that new characters usually hold for me.
Maybe it’s the cross faction thing, as I’m quite unfamiliar with Horde territory past about level 25 and have very few friends there; Maybe it’s real life getting in the way (that job may not be so awesome as previously hoped, and is currently slipping through my fingers). But when I rolled Annorah, and Annalira, and Berylla, and Brietta and Laisrean I got, in a sense, “hooked” on them. I played them straight through to 20, or 35 in the case of Laisrean, or 70 in the case of Annorah, in one giant push over the first few weeks, as though I just couldn’t get enough of the character. New characters are fresh and exciting, the leveling is fast, they learn new things all the time, and there’s a “bigness” to the world that’s addicting. They take on a life of their own, and I can’t seem to find that life with Anryl.
In some ways, I’m rather afraid it’s because of Angoleth and her burnout – another elf hunter, that sort of thing. Angoleth was the first character I clicked with and is still extremely nostalgic to me – but I can hardly stand to play her anymore, because of various things that happened in the 6 months leading up to the release of Burning Crusade. Those various things being Zul’Gurub, Blackwing Lair, and the honor grind. We’ve all got horror stories of things we’ve farmed for that never dropped, but I became rather obsessed with a few things that I either couldn’t get to drop, or had ninja’d when they did. And I had a major conflict with a raidmember who took it upon himself to be arrogant, spiteful, and condescending to me in such a way that I can still hardly look at Angoleth without thinking of what a horrible, worthless hunter I am. (yeah, I know that sounds silly, to have let someone in my head that way, but for whatever reason, I did). Not new gear (looking at tier1 was making me upset), not new goals, not even Tim… the ravager have been able to keep my interest in her lately, and she’s languishing at 68 again.
And I’m afraid that that fear/insecurity/disgust/tired feeling is rubbing off on Anryl, who should have the fresh exuberance of a new character in a new zone (my first blood elf). I love the hunter class, and I’m finding myself afraid that I won’t be able to play it anymore.
And so I ask you, my 3 readers, for advice. What have you done in the face of character burnout? Class burnout? Do you have any advice?
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February 19, 2008 – 4:46 pm
Just a quick update (I’ll hopefully have a longer post later) to let you guys know why I’ve been a little quieter than usual. Quieter than I’d like really. I have a “new” job – as a permanent substitute teaching middle school choir until May, most likely, so I’ve been a little busier than usual, since it’s an everyday sort of job. So far it’s a lot of fun, small choirs and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve also got a teaching mentor, of sorts, who has invited me to sit in on and help with her band classes in the morning (not for pay, the district will only pay me for the afternoons, but learning is good! Hopefully once the newness wears off I”ll be back to normal everyday updates again!
February 17, 2008 – 5:59 pm
So, I’ve been looking at all these “Post your UI” threads on various warcraft forums lately, and I’ve come to have UI envy. I was introduced to warcraft by a guy that wrote addons, so I’ve never used the default UI for longer than it took me to get things working again after a patch. But… I’m also a healer – and very forgetful. People have UIs that have two buttons on them. Warlocks and Mages have Necrosis/Cryolysis – spiffy little circular mods that do just about everything. Rogues have one giant button and three little buttons next to it.
So this is my shaman’s raiding UI. It’s cluttered. Shiny. Flashy. It shows little or no resemblance to the standard Blizzard UI. I’m tempted to go on an addon purge, and go back to something more like what the original game came with, with more minor modifications… but I’m so used to having things where they are, I’m not sure I could function.
*Stands at Podium* My name is Anna, and I have an addon problem.
February 15, 2008 – 4:59 pm
Another BlogAzeroth shared topic – How did your characters get their names?
Well, ok – before I start, let me give you a bit of insight into my characters before I weird you out. That way you’ll be well warned. I am an RPer. I play on an RP server. My characters, to me, are separate entities with personalities and histories. And, to some extent, they are separate from me. So occasionally I might mention that Annalira told me something, or Angoleth – and I really do mean that (in a non-multiple-personalities-disorder sort of way). I’m a lore junkie, so most of the time I do my research and piece together a character, and then start looking for their name. And I figure they’ll tell me when I’ve got it.
Of course – that doesn’t work for Angoleth – her name is a Sindarin (see: Tolkienian Elvish) construction that means some sort of frost sorceress. But the name was something I remembered from my DiabloII characters, and I needed *something* to name the nightelf in front of me. I would go back and change it now, but I honestly can’t find another name that suits her better. She’s old – very old – though she looks most like all the other elves that were alive pre-Nordrassil Destruction. An has had the fortune to serve her people in most of the major battles they’ve fought in the last 6 thousand years and the misfortune of not getting to die in any of those battles. She’s a scarred old sentinel with a busted shoulder, a quick wit, and an even quicker temper. She failed at what she thought were her two callings (first a priest and then a druid) and “ended up” a hunter. She will (if at all possible) only use crossbows now, because her left shoulder is deteriorated to the point where bows are too painful, and guns are just “too bloody noisy”. She’s grumpy, generally tired, seriously distrusts anything that has to do with demons, and has a lot of really great old stories that she loves to tell but doesn’t really let on that she enjoys telling them. Her D-P Character Diamond words are: Wary, Self-sufficient, Sarcastic, and Nature-loving.
Annalira I knew was going to be very close to me, in personality. My real life name isn’t Anna, but I’m a Medieval reenactor, and Anna is the name that I use for that (since my real name is decidedly not Medieval), and I wanted a little priest named Anna. And I sat at the character screen and typed in Anna. And I can honestly say that from somewhere she said “Annalira, but just Anna is fine, thanks”. And so (sometime just before the first war) Annalira was born. She’s an RP experiment – can I create a character that has a happy family life, no major deep horrible bloody secrets, and an upbeat personality that will be well rounded enough to make it as a “realistic” character. So far it’s worked remarkably well, and she’s by far my favorite character to dig into. For a priest, she’s got a fair amount of doubt in herself and her abilities, particularly since she’s had some serious conflict with the Cathedral lately. She’s also recently found herself in a relationship (IC), which is also a lot of fun to play. Her D-P Character Diamond words are: Faithful, Self-Conscious, Insightful, and Compassionate.
Annorah, my Draenei, was supposed to just be Nora. And odd permutations brought up yet another Ann character. She’s also pretty old, as Azerothian races go, but youngish for a Draenei – who, it seems, don’t really have a determined age. Velen is at least 10 thousand years old. I figure Annorah saw at least the last world that the Draenei were on before they got to Draenor. Obviously, she was not a shaman then, but just a young hunter or warrior of some kind. She’s never had a particularly strong connection to the Light, but was content with her people and her small family. She was there at the destruction of Shattrath by the Orcs, one of the survivors that made it to Zangarmarsh – and that’s where she eventually met Nobundo. (If you’ve not read Unbroken, Farseer Nobundo’s story, I’d say it’s required reading for any Draenei Shaman) She’s got a pretty dry wit, a fair sense of revenge/vengeance, and an incredibly deep spirituality and connection to the elements. She’s also got a serious angry streak when it comes to anything that has to do with demons.
My other characters? Aelflaed is an old Norse name meaning “elf flower” – my clumsy paladin. She’s a fierce warrior, very tall, regal, redheaded and green eyed… and about as accident prone as anyone can get. Berylla is a gnome mage, named because I thought of the little green Beryl gems, and she’s got green eyes. Fiery little thing with a collection of toads. Brietta is a dwarf rogue, so named because I liked the name in the babybook. Laisrean was a login I saw on an old forum that I used to frequent, and I just liked it. Turns out its a celtic male name, and the night elf druid that wears it is definitely female. But that actually fits her rather well. She’s a really fun character – a feral druid, and an odd one at that. From what I can tell, there weren’t really any female druids being trained until WoW started, so she’s one of those wilder sorts – had some druidic instinct, but no real training until recently. One golden and one silver eye, weird stuff braided in her hair, short, relatively socially backward little thing.
All that to say, I guess I don’t really have a system for naming my characters. Sometimes they take a lot of work (like Angoleth), sometimes they just happen (like Annalira), sometimes an odd combination of the two. I should probably do a full Character Diamond rundown for the lot of them someday too.