June 21, 2010 – 10:49 am
As I’m spending today catching up after 4 days with house guests, today’s post is just a bit of link love to a post that I read and really enjoyed.
We talked a little while ago about what makes a character click – about how sometimes it’s the race, or the class, or some other ephemeral combination of things that has to align, and how that alignment can have us suddenly playing and enjoying a character we didn’t think we could ever make work.
Tamarind had a similar experience with his DK, and it’s really worth a read.
June 18, 2010 – 8:59 am
Not quite a Friday Five, but not a Friday Five Hundred either, today’s little appetizer for your creative muse comes from Sean, the writer formerly of Blogatelle.
I was playing Fulthruttle and one of the guild leaders called out for defenders to Stormwind. I answered the call and popped my teleporter to Toshley’s Station with the plan of hitting Shattrath and then taking the portal to Stormwind.
And when I came out of the teleporter, only my Evil Side made it. Yes, I’d been hit with Soul Split: Evil!
So what happens when a gnomish engineer goes evil? Why, they go Mad Scientist, of course. I think her finest moment was explaining to her guild master that she could easily deal with the Horde as long as she was allowed to kill everyone else in the city at the same time; she could think of five ways to do it, although her Puppy-Blood Fuelled Murder Engine(tm) wasn’t one of them. Yet.
Hence, this idea for a Friday Five.
1. How would your character react to a Soul Split: Evil?
2. How would your character react to a Soul Split: Good?
I thought it was a fun prompt, and the idea of Aely getting Soul Split: Evil was kind of a strange one – it took me some figuring to come up with much of anything. An experiment in extremes, I suppose!
Have fun and happy Friday!
June 16, 2010 – 8:39 am
Finding RP outfits can be as simple as stopping by the auction house and picking up a low level robe, or perhaps a pair of pants and a shirt. Many lower level items (or even saved quest items) are relatively fashionable, and you can make a lot of different outfits that will look believable and character appropriate. A particularly fashion forward mage might wear the latest in robe styles and bright colors, while a simpler adventurer type might feel more comfortable in leather boots and an workman’s shirt.
One item that often gets overlooked, in terms of RP outfits, is a tabard. Obviously these are easier to acquire at higher levels, but most people can either purchase (or find someone to help them purchase) a guild tabard, and it’s not too difficult from there to find an outfit that looks good.
Most tabards, unless they’re /very/ unusually colored, will look good with a white or black swashbuckler shirt, a stylish black shirt or a formal white shirt, some tuxedo pants, and whatever boots you have hanging around in either a dark or complimenting color. If you can’t find anything else, or don’t like the look of boots, a pair of Frayed Shoes will look really good, and you can find those in any low level zone.
Of course, you’re welcome to get more creative and colorful, but I keep that basic outfit on almost all my characters in case I need a quick RP look in a pinch. This is a good sort of basic investment if you’re just getting started, since a guild tabard is relatively “RP Neutral”, but – especially if you’re RPing mostly within your guild – will fit in easily. It’s also inexpensive to acquire, since shirts and tuxedo pants are crafted.
Because the Wildfire Riders tabard is Black and Red, Aely’s RP boots are a pair of Vileprey Boots that are black, red, and white. (This combo also looks quite good with the Shattered Sun, Argent Dawn, Argent Crusade, and many other Reputation tabards.)
Some tabards, however, are more difficult.
I present The Tabard of the Explorer. For those unfamiliar, it’s a tabard in various shades of brown with a big map of Azeroth plastered across the front of it.
Accessorizing this tabard took some doing, but it’s unusual looking and the colors aren’t too bad, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The general reaction has been overwhelmingly positive:
To recreate this outfit, you need:
- An Explorer’s Tabard, from getting the Explore Northrend achievement
- A Gossamer Tunic (of the something) and some Gossamer Boots (of the something)
- A pair of Expedition Pants (of the something)
- A Belt. This belt is a Windchaser Cinch (my go-to RP belt), but you could wear any belt that looked alright with the colors of the outfit.
Obviously there are variations you could use. If you really like the “tucked in” tabard look, in which case you might look at a Durable Robe (of the something) or possibly one of the robes with the Gaea’s Raiment skin (there are several). You never know what poking around in the Auction House (or in WoWHead) might turn up!
And no, I have no idea what to do with the Loremaster’s Colors. Sorry, you guys are on your own for that one…
June 15, 2010 – 3:18 pm
In the following conversation, I should note that Berylla is me (My oldest alt and banker, from before the days of Many Annas) and Sharidan is the alt of one Ulthanon Kaidos, (click for portrait) who, alongside Beltar Forgebreaker, makes up the bullet-firing core of the Wildfire Riders.
So it is to them that I turn most often for huntering advice (Well, them and the rest of the awesome hunters that hang around, but I digress).
Today’s question is a very serious and weighty one.
I can now go back to leveling Angoleth in peace.
PS: Yes, this is a Warhammer joke. I realize that this is WoW and not Warhammer. It’s also a longstanding WFR joke (particularly with Ulthanon), and one that makes me giggle.
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