December 11, 2009 – 9:03 am
The final push, the breaking of the siege – and it’s not really very pretty in there. The 5 man instances are filled with a sense of foreboding, and while I’ll avoid spoilers, the first 5 minutes inside the raid instance is pretty mind-bending as well.
Any character that is fighting there will need to find some strength, some faith, or some /something/ to keep them going, just like any person that’s ever found themselves in the throes of a terrible war; just like the soldiers whose letters we found on the undead during the Scourge Invasion last year.
Today’s prompt is in kind.
Your character is at war (if they aren’t in a position to be fighting the Lich King just yet, either pretend, or have them in another of the many wars that have ravaged Azeroth – from the Sundering, to the Shifting Sands, to the First and Second wars). Write a letter home from your character to someone they care for – a mentor, a lover, a friend, a family member.
If your character isn’t one that would BE at war, write a letter they receive from someone they know/care about that is fighting, or the letter of encouragement they might send back.
This doesn’t need to be long, and it doesn’t need to be dark, necessarily. Will your character ask for more cookies? What happens to inkwells in Icecrown (I’d bet they freeze). Are there any comforts of home that they miss particularly? This isn’t meant to be an epic prompt or a dramatic one – just a little slice of how your character deals with the one thing that seems to have been constant on Azeroth for … well, the extent of this World of Warcraft. I guess they named it that for a reason, huh?
December 10, 2009 – 11:15 am
So I had this post all ready in my head (several actually) that was clear and explanatory, possibly even worthwhile and informative! After a link post yesterday, I figured you guys were due for some actual posted content too.
And then… and then I got a ping in GoogleChat from Arrens.
It had this in it (from Loreli of AoD Studios):
I’ve mentioned before how amazing it is to have someone create art of your characters.
There’s something about seeing your mental creations taken into visual space that just – well, it’s hard to explain. It makes the character even more real, it’s hugely evocative, and it makes you just want to hug whoever did the art while you dance around shoving it under anyone’s nose that will look at it and listen to you gush. (Which is, of course, essentially all this post is… >.>)
This piece is quite different in style from the previous artwork I’ve had done of Aely – Lansiron’s work is very finely detailed, this piece from Loreli is done in broad strokes. But the emotion, the expression, the general atmosphere is just as effective in both styles, and I’m totally thrilled with both. I love the fact that it’s done almost as a negative image – the background is dark, and it’s the places where there is /not/ color and shading that makes it work so well – and both of their facial expressions are just awesome.
So thank you again, Loreli.
You kicked the awesome up to 11.
(And to anyone that’s wondering, or couldn’t tell – if you have the opportunity to have someone create art of your characters? It’s /totally/ worth it. Especially if the artists are as amazing as Loreli and Lansiron are.)
December 9, 2009 – 5:35 pm
I was too busy writing this.
(With Arrens and Linedan obviously)
It’s long, and rather epic, and I’m quite proud of it. It’s also 12 kinds of too long for a blog post, so I hope you don’t mind me sending you over there to read it. Have fun, and back to normal posting tomorrow!
December 8, 2009 – 10:15 am
Best thing to do on patch day, hands down?
- You don’t need a UI or addons that work – just have to be able to see your chat window.
- You don’t need the server to be stable.
- Lag is mildly annoying but not gamebreaking.
- You don’t need to be in a major city, on a certain continent, or anywhere near all the OMG NEW STUFF mob.
- You don’t even need your home server – coordinate on your guild forum, roll up some alts on a server that’s live, and head into town. Level 1’s can get most anywhere these days without too much fuss.
Which isn’t to say that running a new dungeon isn’t awesome, and that I won’t try to sneak a spot into the new 5-man (possibly OOC, possibly IC, we’ll see) – but sometimes (ok… anytime) when there’s a major patch, the servers aren’t stable, and oh GODS my UI looks like crap, and EVERYONE wants to be where the action is so there’s Ahn-Qiraj levels of lag, and hey look Northrend is offline, and server reset in 15 minutes, and World Server is Down, and… well, you know how it goes.
So if you find yourself frustrated tonight, think about popping down to pub, the park, Bruuk’s tavern, Silvermoon City, Thunder Bluff, Stormwind, wherever the RP happens. You might be pleasantly surprised!