Written by | Posted September 8, 2015 – 9:51 pm Descent and Ascent

It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – was Gromnor dead? Was he really in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms, somewhere […]

The Many Varieties of DPS
comment 1 Written by on November 7, 2011 – 8:28 am

Before you read this one, go check out the first in this series – The Differing Species of Tanks and the second – the Differing Species of Healers.

  • Quiet DPS: Thinks he’s the best <class> ever, but never really says much. Just shows up and does his job. Probably tops the meters without anyone noticing until the logs are posted.
  • Noisy DPS: Thinks she’s the best <class> ever, and Just. Will. Not. Shut. Up. Constantly chattering in vent, possibly even to the point of missing instructions or talking over the raid leader.
  • Hax DPS: Thinks he’s the best <class> ever, and knows his class mechanics better than the developers. Manages to pull stunts that make other raid members blink in confusion. Occasionally wipes the raid trying to pull these off, but when he’s successful, it’s AMAZING.
  • Excuses DPS: Thinks she’s the best <class> ever, except for that night, and that other night, and that time with all the lag, and the day her video card started fritzing, and the other evening when it was raining, and …
  • Patient DPS: Thinks she’s the best <class> ever, and manages to get every other player of her class in the raid to perform consistently better, week by week.
  • Prepared DPS: Thinks he’s the best <class> ever, brings enough flasks, food, and other consumables to make sure everyone else is the best ever too.
  • QQ DPS: Thinks she’s the best <class> ever, but thinks Blizzard has it out for her class and made it so that bunnies/swords/cats/tinfoil doesn’t work on that fight. Complains loudly and repeatedly of being gimped by the developers, regardless of where other players of her class/spec fall on the meters.
  • Stands-in-it DPS: Thinks he’s the best <class> ever, and might actually prove that he is, if he could only figure out how to not stand in the fire.
  • Chuck Norris DPS: Thinks he’s the best <class> ever, and actually pulls it off.

(And yes, this is FIRMLY tongue in cheek. Especially since I now play DPS!)

So this Deathwing character…
comment 6 Written by on November 6, 2011 – 8:27 am

People keep telling me they end up getting nuked by him. That he sets zones on fire and stuff.

I’ve never seen it though, on any of my characters.

I think it’s a conspiracy.

*I’m invoking Murphy’s Law on this one, figuring if I say something about it, I’ll actually get to see the event.

Begging for a Cadillac
comment 3 Written by on November 5, 2011 – 8:14 am

Begging in the streets of Stormwind (or Orgrimmar, or wherever) is a pasttime as old as WoW. Low level players without enough gold to train come through, begging for 1 or 5 gold, or just a few silver, to be able to buy skills (or a mount – though that used to be a bigger fiscal commitment… GET OFF MY LAWN!) Usually I don’t pay too much attention, though if someone is particularly nice/polite and RP’s at me, I’ve been known to help them out.

This week though, I encountered a whole new level of begging.

[07:24] [Y] [Redacted]: i need 225g  please

At least he said please, right?


Turning Points – Annata
comment 1 Written by on November 4, 2011 – 8:11 am

When Cataclysm started I really had no idea what to do with Annata and how to get her restarted. The Defias are a different game than before, and Ravenholdt is still a really cool idea that hasn’t been much developed.

I figured I’d level her as much as I could through the new zones and see what happened. She was level 35ish, so I went through Eastern Kingdoms: Hinterlands, Badlands, Searing Gorge, Burning Steppes, Swamp of Sorrows, Blasted Lands. That actually took her almost to level 62, between heirlooms and guild XP bonuses, and it was actually a lot of fun.

While I’m not a huge fan of the heavily scripted zone designs, for Annata, it gave her an interest in something new that was going on. In her case?


Her original reason for being in Stormwind may have been the Defias, but she’s really developed an interest in (and hatred for) the Twilight’s Cultists that have wrought so much damage on the world. She hasn’t yet actually run into Nefarian (other than in the Badlands quests), but I have a feeling that between him, the cultists, and the demons in Outland/Shadowmoon Valley, I won’t have to do much searching to find her motivation for running amok in the world.

The only thing that’s weird about leveling right now, though, is the Old World is not as old as it was. Since the original zones got revamped, Azeroth is now current world – and Outland is a HUGE chunk back in time. It’s a little jarring, even if I’ve come to be rather fond of parts of Outland, especially for character development. Essentially going back in time (which Northrend is too, but Outland seems much more like “old business”) is harder for me to swallow, from a character standpoint, than dealing with “old world” zones – at least then it was like playing through to “get to” today, instead of starting at today and then ping-ponging around until you got to 85.

Fortunately, Outland is faster and a lot easier to do now, with the changes in leveling speed, and the ability to fly right at 60 (which is pretty nice, even though I would love to tell you about walking uphill both ways in Blade’s Edge without a mount before). Annata is level 63 and working with Honor Hold and will probably skip most of Zangarmarsh to work in Terrokkar, Blade’s Edge, and Shadowmoon Valley – a completely different path than I took with Annylais, whose interest in Druidry kept her closely aligned with Zangarmarsh and Nagrand.

Northrend, however, I expect will be odd. There’s SO much nostalgia there (and another blog post somewhere about Wrath lore being kind of the high point of WoW RP for me… so far).

Aely’s real connection is with the Riders again, and to our own guild-driven stories (which is certainly fun), but it’s been a pretty large adjustment from the massive interaction she had with The Argent Crusade in Wrath. I’m really hoping to get Annata connected to the Riders as well, since I think she’d fit in with them – and it’ll be fun to have a more physically interactive character at the Pig and Whistle. Rogueing is a LOT of fun, and Annata is actually good at the stabby bits (unlike Angoleth, who is a little gimpy, and Aely, who has always been primarily a healer). Also stealth/sap is still hax.

All in all, the leveling process has made me think that Cataclysm is a lot more “story friendly” for newer characters.

Older characters, especially those like Aely with little connection to the elements, have been a lot harder for me to “find the link” for than the newer, younger characters – like Annata, Annylais, and Ancelyn (my Dwarf warlock)… and Cuanyin (my little Sunwalker Tauren… who really needs a proper introduction around here). As a sufferer of severe alt-itis, this isn’t a huge deal, but it’s been hard to balance story wise with my established characters.

Annata is around to stay though, and hopefully will be more involved with the general mayhem now that she’s a little higher level and a lot more solid of a character!

Descent and Ascent

September 8, 2015 – 9:51 pm

It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – …

The Stink Eye, Part II: You remind me of the babe

August 4, 2015 – 12:22 pm

An old story, reposted here as I’m shaking the mothballs off Ankona and needed an easy way to show people a little bit about the (batshit) things she gets up to. Enjoy, and don’t be too creeped out!

It really …

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 …


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 …


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 …

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