Written by | Posted November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm A Girl and her Dog

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

ANNAS… IN… SPAAAAACE
comment 3 Written by on January 3, 2012 – 12:00 pm

*two points if you read the title in the appropriate Muppet Show voiceover*

So I took most of the month of December off from gaming, thanks to working holiday retail plus having houseguests and then going visiting, and all the assorted insanity that goes along with … well, December. One thing I DID do, however, was pop into the new Star Wars MMO, eagerly looking forward to gaming with old friends in a new environment. Many of the awesome folks I play WoW with are playing there, both Republic and Empire.

First on that list is, of course, Arrens, who is leading the Republic guild that I’ve joined up with.

My first character over there is, also of course, Aely – I’ve rolled her as a Jedi Consular Sage, with the intent of trying out a healing type spec, and will be rolling something like an Annata there too, as a Smuggler (also possibly a healer, haven’t decided yet). I’m a little nervous about healing, but I figure with a brand new game, if I suck, it won’t matter much, because nobody really knows what they’re doing yet.

First impressions of the game are very good – it’s immersive in a fun way, with so much to learn and figure out, and it really is quite pretty. I’m pretty slow to do much of anything, because I get lost easily, but so far I’m having a really good time. I just got Aely off Tython, but haven’t yet dropped in to Coruscant.

One thing, however, that I’ve not done any of at all, is RP. To be honest, I’m a little scared to. I don’t know the Star Wars mythos very well, and while the quests for a padawan are very illustrative of the various things that should be important to a Jedi, I feel a little awkward in a new situation. I’m hoping I can break the ice a bit with people I already know before throwing myself full force into world RP – which has been plentiful, by the looks of Tython so far. I turned off general chat, but I’m told it may be worth turning back on just to find other RPers.

(Also, Arrens and I have to figure out how Arrens and Aely’s relationship is going to work, given that Aely is currently a Jedi, etc.)

What’s in its pocketses?
comment 2 Written by on December 15, 2011 – 7:44 am

I was noticing the other day that most of my characters have a static set of things in their bags. Most of that is the usual complement of flasks and potions, food, water, and a smattering of profession items and RP gear. All of them have a few actual RP related items though, beyond a quick change of clothes for RP night.

Aely:

  • Gold Wedding Band
  • Antonidas’ Silver Coin (a gift from Arrens)
  • Crusader and Guild Tabards

Annorah:

  • Eyepatch and Goggles
  • Gnomish Army Knife
  • Zapthrottle Mote Extractor (even though it isn’t relevant anymore)

Angoleth is light on the possessions, and really only carries her skinning knife with her always. Technically that’s a profession item, but she’s pretty keen on keeping it, even though she also carries a Gnomish Army Knife. She thinks a proper knife works better.

All of my characters have had specific pets as well – which don’t take up bag space, but are part of their usual “kit”. Aely’s got Roger, her wolfhound, Annorah has Widget her firefly, and Angoleth has… well, Angoleth has lots of pets. Currently she’s keen on Muckbreath, her little crocolisk.

Back in the very first Friday Five, I asked what your character keeps, in character, in their pockets. (And I still think Tarquin had the best answer, both in length, and for “Possibly your wallet”.)

Today I’m asking a somewhat different question:

What does your character keep in their actual, in-game bags, either as flavor items or specifically for RP?

Doom Socks
comment 5 Written by on December 6, 2011 – 10:37 am

Last night our 10 man took our first peek into the Dragon Soul raid. It was largely successful, even if we did have a case of the derp for a bit on Zon’ozz.

The third boss of the instance, however, led to one of the more amusing wipes we’ve had as a raid group. Yor’sahj the Unsleeping (henceforth known as Your’socks, thanks to Yva) is an extremely color coordinated sort of boss. He’s the type that has all his clothes arranged by color (Do faceless ones wear clothes?) and each closet has a specifically colored slime/ooze thing to care for it. Periodically he calls up three of those ooze things, and you kill one and let him absorb the other two – the kill priority depends on the nastiness of the absorbs.

Anyway, Your’socks has a mechanic that, whenever he absorbs a purple shadow slime, stacks with healing – at 5 stacks, you explode. Originally, we thought this meant that the fifth heal that each healer cast would cause AOE damage. Everything went along quite swimmingly on our first attempt, until we got a big ugly AOE slime plus a shadow slime, and our holy paladin decided to throw around some Holy Radiance to heal up the raid.

It turns out that it’s the fifth heal cast on each PLAYER that explodes. And that five casts of Holy Radiance each count on each player it hits. And that, in fact, if the entire raid is stacked up to deal with adds and AOE…

BAM.

10 dead players. Instantly.

All of whom were incredibly confused, as we had the boss at about 30% and had no signs of anything going wrong. 100%-0 in one massive explosion.

Henceforth, on Your’socks, whenever purple slimes are absorbed, we decided NOT to use AOE healing abilities. That was much more successful.

Capitol Cities
comment Comments Off Written by on December 2, 2011 – 11:24 am

Every iteration of WoW has had its own particular gathering places for each faction. Looking back on these, it actually makes me a little nostalgic each time I visit one of the “old” capitols, remembering the game when that was the hot spot to hang out.

While Hordeside it was all about Orgrimmar, for Alliance, Ironforge was the place to be in Vanilla WoW, because that’s where the auction house was (back before the auction houses in Stormwind and Darnassus even existed, let alone were linked to one another). I still have my banker there, because the Ironforge Bank and AH just seem like the place to be, even if that’s not the major hangout anymore. Ironforge was also conveniently located right nearby to Blackrock Mountain, home of both Ragnaros and Nefarian, so it was the primary Alliance “raid stockpile” spot and where you went to repair/buy more arrows (you know, back when hunters had to carry ammo and it only stacked to 200).

Of course, with Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King we had cross-faction capitols with portals  to all the other major cities, so you were kind of silly not to hearth EVERYONE to that location – even your lowbie alts could get summoned to Shattrath or Dalaran and then set up a hearthstone there. These major hubs were the defining spots of the expansions, located near most of the raid content, and there was a good bit of RP that happened at least in Dalaran. (I still maintain that Dalaran is an excellent city for RP, because of the variety of environments and taverns there.)

Now we’re back in the “old world”, and it’s Stormwind and Orgrimmar for the two busiest cities. Both have portals to take you to the new content areas like Vashj’ir and Twilight Highlands, and the booming trade market has moved from Ironforge to Stormwind now that there are two auction houses there. It makes sense to keep the Horde capitol in Orgrimmar, especially with the prominence that Garrosh has had in leading the Horde – it’s always been the central location for the leadership. Alliance side, things didn’t really solidify until Varian Wrynn returned, and so it made sense for the major city to switch to Stormwind, since that’s where he is (we first saw that switch with the attacks on Stormwind Harbor).

I’m curious how this will all shape up in Mists though, whether we’ll still have the major faction capitols (Stormwind and Orgrimmar) as the biggest hubs of activity, or whether there will be a new capitol city in the new content, more like Shattrath and Dalaran were.

Having a faction hub in the old world, with portals to the new content, worked well for Cataclysm because it was such a spread out expansion. Hyjal, Vashj’ir, Deepholm, Uldum, Twilight Highlands and Tol Barad are all spread out around the world, with no coherent “center” to them. There isn’t really a good place for a new capitol city that would work out, especially not from a cross faction standpoint.

For Mists, we’re looking at an entirely unexplored new continent, much like Outland and Northrend, so a “new” city capitol makes more sense, especially if Blizzard is going to put in teleporter locations back to the old world content. If so, it’ll be fun to explore that new city and find places for RP. While I don’t think the Riders will ever stop hanging around the Pig and Whistle (Tarquin DOES basically own the place…), it’s fun for new expansion RP to happen right in with the action when it’s action oriented.

Very First Impressions

November 14, 2014 – 7:32 am

So I haven’t finished the intro quests yet (the server queues from the reduced server capacity due to the DDOS attacks meant I only got about an hour to play yesterday), but I’m finding that Draenor is pretty cool so …

A Girl and her Dog

November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger …

Counting down to Warlords

November 11, 2014 – 3:09 pm

What a long strange trip it’s been. I’ll be the first to admit that, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure Pandaria was going to be for me. I’ve made clear my dislike of daily quests, and that seemed to be …

Elevation

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 …

Introducing the Newest Anna

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 …

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 …

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