March 7, 2012 – 7:32 pm
Just a heads up that I’ve recently started a new job, and it’s going to take some settling out before I figure out exactly what my gaming time is going to be. (And relatedly what my blogging time will be)
Right now I’m working 9 hour shifts, with a one hour commute each way (plus traffic), so while the job is definitely a big step up from what I’d previously been doing (retail), it’s also a big step down in available gaming time. Especially when you consider my preferred 9 hour shift is 6:30am to 3:30pm, so as to avoid as much traffic as possible. And still occasionally see daylight. *
Anyway – I’m doing a lot of drive, work, drive, cook, eat, clean up, sleep sort of days. I’ve logged on to WoW a few times, but it seems that Mass Effect 3 has sort of taken my community by storm, so there’s been little going on. (Also, my raid has ceased to be. More on that another time; for now, all I have to say is /sadface.)
It’s hard to do much when you only have an hour, so I guess I’m going the route of the super-casual for awhile, both in game and on the blog.
*Basically, I get up at the ass-crack of dawn, and I go to bed at little old lady hours.
February 27, 2012 – 8:18 am
So my recent fascination in WoW is fishing. I don’t know either, usually fishing makes me a little cross-eyed with tedium. But I’m having tons of fun with it. So far I’ve discovered that I can make a good bit of money with it as well.
In the last two weeks I’ve gotten both Aely and Angoleth’s fishing to 525, mostly in Deepholm and Twilight Highlands. The fish that are selling best for me are Lavascale Catfish, Albino Cavefish, and Deepsea Sagefish. While most of my catfish catches have gone to various raid-cooks for creating Seafood Magnifique, the cavefish and sagefish are just straight up auction house fodder. Fortunately, cavefish and sagefish are both fishable in schools as well, so you don’t have to meet the 550+ effective skill level required to not catch junk in Deepholm, for example, to still make a good chunk of money, as long as you’re willing to fly around looking for cavefish pools.
My next fishing project is Annorah, whose skill is only about 315, so she’s going to be catching Deviate Fish until she’s got the skill level to fish in Cataclysm zones. She’s got the cooking recipe already, and though it can take a little time to sell them, they do eventually move on the AH.
It’s a fun little diversion from leveling, which is pretty tedious the 4th and 5th time you have to go through Hyjal/Deepholm. Still definitely want Annalira and Annie Mae to be at 85 by the time Mists hits, and possibly Annata as well, but my inspiration for leveling waxes and wanes, and this has been a lot of fun for the last little bit.
Besides, Angoleth the Angler has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
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.
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:
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.
October 24, 2014 – 12:01 pm
Squire Benjamin William Sullivan stood in the middle of Light’s Hope Chapel in his underpants.
Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of …
June 29, 2014 – 4:39 pm
So I’m not really in a position where I should be creating alts. This, of course, does nothing to deter me from making alts when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been really enjoying my Alliance hunter, and she’s my raiding main …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am
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 …
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 …