November 29, 2011 – 8:20 am
We did not get Ragnaros last night – not through any fault of anyone in the group, but because you can’t fight both Ragnaros and the Internet Boss and hope to win. Connection problems and lag were plaguing various raid members (even after they chased down their housemates and unplugged Netflix).
While I’m not upset that we couldn’t use our full raid time to off the Firelord (no real point in being angry at the whole internet), I’m a little sad that today will see the beginning of 4.3 and the Deathwing raid. We’ve done a lot in a few months, having not even started raiding until sometime in August (I think? It was pretty late), but I was really hoping we’d see Ragnaros loot to usher in 4.3.
Next week, Firelord… next week…
November 28, 2011 – 8:14 am
Recently, Bricu put up a post over at WTT:RP about getting ready for the upcoming expansion and how we and our characters can get ready for it. It’s a good idea to start thinking about those things now, especially with the end of year/Christmas game releases coming, Diablo III on the horizon sometime in Q2, and then Mists of Pandaria coming along as well.
In some ways it seems very odd to have a new expansion on the horizon already, but I think that’s largely due to how much of Cataclysm I wasn’t really involved in. While I’ve “caught up” content wise, there’s a lot of stuff that I wasn’t really there for – and it feels a lot like getting “back into the game” from a roleplay standpoint. Fortunately other people are still around (though I definitely feel the loss of several members of our community).
I know that new expansions are points of transition, when people leave for other games or come back after extended absences. In that light, I’m trying to keep the new content at least on the horizon of my thoughts about WoW and my characters.
While I know I’m unlikely to have the kind of raiding/RP connection that I had to Wrath, I think the increased PVP emphasis in Mists should provide for that as an RP outlet.
On the other hand, I really HOPE that raiding and roleplay can have the same kind of connection that I and my characters had to Ulduar and Arthas, if only because that was such a fertile ground for RP and writing and fiction that it was almost overwhelming. Aely’s interactions with the Keepers never made it into Fic, particularly her relationship with Hodir, and that’s something I’ve always regretted.
We don’t know a lot yet about what the raiding game will look like in MoP, but we do know it’ll be less “big bad” oriented (which is something of a relief after Kil’jaeden, Arthas, and Neltharion). I’m hoping that openness will result in more opportunity for RP, and not just Pandaren RP.
For specific characters, though, it remains to be seen.
Maybe this will be the expansion where Annie Mae really comes into her own? Aely’s struggled to plug into Cataclysm, but I’m finding her little niches within the Riders. Maybe I’m just greedy, and want an expansion where I’ll have both guild RP AND “game” RP for my characters! I’ve already got ideas for a Pandaren kicking around in my head, but I’d like to have that connection without a “token” character (though that is how Annorah came onto the scene, so I can’t complain too much).
Regardless, the upcoming expansion will be a new scene for everyone. Maybe not AS new as Cataclysm was (my characters are still trying to get over that), but new enough, with new races to get used to and a new continent to explore.
Are you doing anything particular to set up the upcoming changes to the game? What kinds of things are you hoping that Mists will bring to the game?
November 26, 2011 – 8:25 am
Annorah, in her tier 12, looks positively devilish from behind…
November 25, 2011 – 8:13 am
This is not at all the ficlet I set out to write, but it’s what happened when I started. I figure I’ll just run with it today, and enjoy a little glimpse into Aely and Arrens’ celebration of Pilgrim’s Bounty.
Late afternoon sun streamed through the window of Arrens’ study, deceptively hiding the intense fall chill in the air. He took a deep breath, enjoying a moment’s reprieve from the stack of term papers on his desk before picking up his pen again to make notes- only to be interrupted again by an odd noise.
Sounds like someone is wheeling in a cart full of rocks?
The sound stopped, and he could still hear Aely walking around, so he went back to the paper again.
A few moments later, and he could swear he heard someone taking a hatchet to something… in his kitchen. Alarmed, he scampered around his desk and out into the hallway.
“Aely? Aely! Is everything ok?”
The offending paladin popped out of the kitchen, hatchet in hand. “Yeh, ‘m fine. Why?”
“I… you… hatchet? What are you doing?”
“Makin’ pies.” The expression on her face was deadpan, as though this should be the obvious answer to why she was wielding a hatchet to the kitchen.
“With a hatchet?”
Aely flicked a bit of orange goo off her shirt. “Yeh, gotta cut up th’ punkins somehow…”
“Pun… oh. Oh! Where’d you get the pumpkins?”
“Th’ last ay th’ garden ones. Found a few that’re no’ squishy yet. Figured I’d make pies t’ bring th’ wee ones feast t’morrow, yeh?”
Arrens grinned. “Good idea too, love. I’m sure they’ll be devoured. Do you need help?”
“Nah.” Aely brandished her hatchet ferociously. “Just gonna roast ‘em up an’ make pies. An’ I’m mostly through th’ punkins. Hope I dinna bother ye too much?”
Arrens shook his head. “Of course not, but I think I might come join you in the kitchen, especially if you’re going to be smashing pumpkins with a hatchet. It sounds like it might be more entertaining than these term papers. The last few have been just dreadful.”
She made a face at him, and went back to her pumpkins, chopping them into manageable pieces for the oven. It wasn’t hard work, but there were quite a few hunks of orange squash gore spattered around the kitchen when she finished. She did not TRY to fling bits of goo at Arrens, but it wasn’t her fault he was within flinging range.