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 …

Legendary Bridesmaid
comment Comments Off Written by on February 24, 2012 – 11:18 am

What do Fragments of Val’anyr, Festergut and Rotface’s Acidic Blood, and Eternal Embers all have in common?

I have all of them in my bank.

It seems, you see, that I am fated to be the legendary bridesmaid.

I’m the *second* person in a raid in line to get a legendary weapon. Which, with my raids, means the person who has an assortment of legendary bits and bobs, but no actual weapons. I’m not really too put out about it, since in each instance we either only barely crafted one (Val’anyr) or didn’t actually ever finish them anyway (Shadowmourne and Dragonwrath), but it’s still an odd collection to have hanging around.

At least I managed to get a Rhok’delar! (Which, by the way, I’m super glad ISN’T actually Legendary, because then I can transmog it over my other stuff!) I was second in line to get that one too (or maybe third?), but it required more work on my part than it required the work of a whole raid to gather drops.

I don’t know if I agree completely with BoK that Legendaries cause more trouble than they’re worth, but I know a number of people who hold that view. Maybe part of that is the raids I’ve been part of haven’t had the loot drama issues that seem to come up a lot elsewhere: Zalbuu and I determined who would get the first Val’anyr by having a naked fistfight on the steps of Ulduar, for example, and we only have one rogue in my 10 man raid.

I like the idea of Legendary weapons though – things that are rare and really special to get. I also really like the lore that usually surrounds them – the quest chains are pretty epic. But sometimes I wonder if the Quel’delar model (or Rhok’delar/Benediction) isn’t more sustainable in the long run, and less likely to promote drama. While they do still require luck and/or a raid to get started, they’re largely a solo effort to complete, and they’re not SO epic that you can’t end up with more than one in a raid (Dragonwrath aside). As well, they’re usually replaced more quickly, so there’s less hurt feelings if someone doesn’t get one.

On the other hand, there’s something really special about having one of the original Legendaries. Very few people have the Twin Blades of Azzinoth, and it’s definitely a mark of pride and achievement to have them.

I guess I’m on the fence about Legendaries. I mean – I’ve kept all the various bits of them instead of trashing them, so obviously they hold SOME value. But I really do treasure that Rhok’delar too.

Sixth Shots
comment 4 Written by on February 21, 2012 – 8:11 am

So Gnomeaggedon started a round of the sixth screenshot meme recently, and while I’ve not been tagged (pout!) I’m going to play along.

Here’s how it works:

  • Go into your image folder
  • Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image.
  • Publish the image! (and a few words wouldn’t hurt, though I dare say I couldn’t stop a blogger from adding a few words of their own).
  • Challenge six new bloggers.
  • Link to them.

Anyway – so when I opened up my sixth sub-folder in my screenshot file, it didn’t have six images in it. So I picked one of the four:

bubblehearth

10 Paladins vs. Naxxramas – Bubblehearth go!

So apparently two years ago, around the time all of us were in Icecrown, TRI decided to have a Totally Paladins raid again (we’d done this previously for Karazhan, and it was so epic we’ve continued the tradition). The capstone of any proper Totally Paladins raid is the synchronized bubblehearth, which you see pictured above.

For the tagging part, I’m afraid I’m rather out of the loop. I’m trying to get back into the swing of the WoW Blogosphere, so I was a little late to this party. I went to tag Revive and Rejuvenate, and they’d already DONE it.  Jaded Alt has too. So has Red Cow Rise. And of course, Gnomeaggedon had STARTED the whole thing. And I’m pretty sure someone has already tagged Gazimoff too. So, batting nearly 1000, I’ve decided to do this a little differently.

Since I want to be reading more WoW blogs (or good gaming blogs in general, I’m not picky about the game), if you’re reading this, leave a comment, and I’ll “tag” YOU for the meme.

In which we turn 4
comment 5 Written by on February 14, 2012 – 10:51 am

So I am a bad blogger, and missed my bloggiversary (which was a little over a week ago, on Feb 4, as best I can tell). I’ve been very busy getting ready to start a new job (OMG YAY), and it just completely slipped my mind.

Which is sad, because this little corner of the internet has been such a staple of my video gaming for the last four years that I’m not sure really how to measure the effect.

I am a better raider for writing guides, a better roleplayer for writing guides and ficlets, a better writer in general for all the posts I’ve written. This blog got me a job with the Azeroth Advisor (which is sadly no longer in effect, but that’s OK, it was very very fun while it lasted) and has made me a number of friends – the kind of friends who bridge the gap between “internet friend” and “real life friend”.

Right now, though, I’m not sure what the eventual direction of Too Many Annas will be. It’s a time of transition for me (new job, changing game, expansion soon, Diablo III, Star Wars), and that’s always been when I’ve had trouble figuring out what to write about.

I’m not playing Star Wars much anymore – there are a number of factors at play there, but the short version is that I’m finding it hard to connect to the world and to feel sucked in by the quests. When I log in and play, it’s fun enough, but I don’t have any burning drive to log in and find out what’s next. I am playing WoW quite a bit, from leveling Annie Mae, Annalira (which is probably a post, my priest is back to her oldest name, with a new haircut and a new spec), and Annata… and possibly Annylais too. I’ve been fishing and cooking, working on Angoleth’s gear.

There’s still a lot to do in WoW, and a lot of people I really like to do things with, I’m just not sure what to write about it. It feels like so much of that has already been done, if only because I’ve been doing this for four years!

So I figured now’s as good a time as any to ask YOU GUYS what you think. You’re the ones doing the reading and commenting, so I’d love your input.

What kind of posts do you like best? What would you like to see more of? Is there anything you’d like me to revisit or start doing again?

Let me know in comments or via email (toomanyannas at gmail) – I promise to read all of them, and I’ll do my best to incorporate what you guys like into the future of this space.

The Second Time Around
comment 2 Written by on January 31, 2012 – 7:37 am

I am, officially, strange. Not that this is news to any of you, but I was reminded of it again this week while playing Ana’leth and Annata.

I like content better the second time I complete it. When I’m new to a zone, I don’t know what to expect, and I tend to miss a lot of stuff for being either overcareful or surprised by things all the time. When I get to someplace a second time, I have an idea how it’s going to go, and I can sit back and enjoy the game a lot more.

This is true in whatever game, it seems. WoW, Diablo, SWTOR, Torchlight. It’s not that I like to know exactly how everything is going to go…

Wait actually? That’s kinda it.

I like to know in advance how things are going to go. It gives me more time to react to them in character, among other things. I’m also a lot less likely to get lost or turned around. And I learn which quests are going to make me want to pull my hair out too, so I can skip them. It goes faster, but with more time to take breaks and think about character interaction.

In short, I like re-doing old content a lot more than I like running dungeons for gear at max level. Not surprising when you consider the stable of alts I keep around.

Unfortunately I’ve not hit the enjoyment mark with Cataclysm content, though. I’ve been having a lot of fun with Annata in Outland, and I’m looking forward to Northrend, but I still can’t seem to get Aely!Priest and Annie Mae out of Hyjal. At least with rested XP it’s a bit faster. Perhaps I need some deadlines or goals or something!

Either way though, it means I have to remember not to make my mind up too much about new content until I’ve done it at least twice. I always feel disgruntled when I’m stuck on stuff or things seem really slow because it’s the first time I’m doing them, regardless of the game. I truly HATED Outland the first time I went through it (for both content and social reasons, I was getting whispers to heal things every 15 minutes, even when I was not actually in Outland). Now some of my favorite zones in the game are there (Zangarmarsh, Nagrand).

So even though I’m not feeling particularly sucked into and immersed in Star Wars, I’m not making my mind up yet. I need to run it at least twice before I decide. Now I just have to remember to log in, instead of doing more on my WoW alts…

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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