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 […]

Quick Update
comment 3 Written by on October 27, 2009 – 10:37 am

Working on NaNo stuff today (hooray for being prepared, right?) as well as getting read for some RP things.

Bullet Style Updates!

  • Somehow, after a process that I’m still completely boggled about, I have a level 72 prot warrior. This means that Annie Mae has now passed Angoleth.  O.o
  • I need to learn how to tank. (I can’t believe I just typed that.  Someone send help, the NaNo is doing weird things to my brain.)
  • TONS of RP lately with Aely. It’s totally awesome and making me look forward to logging in every night.  (So much RP, in fact, that I can’t get involved with all of it, or I will explode.  How cool is that!)
  • In the RP vein, big event tonight that Aely is kinda running.  Should be fun!
  • This NaNo thing is kind of crazy – the more I plan, the more ideas I have.  Meaning I have to, you know, choose.  I’m not sure I like choice. But I think I’ve settled on what I’ll be writing. It’s novel-length, but not fiction, since both of the potentially do-able fiction length pieces will need more than another 3 days of planning. (And no, that’s not a cop out – it just takes longer than that for me to solidify a plot into an actual sequence of events that I can write about, especially when my brain is acting like a bouncyball.)
  • I’m crocheting a monsterAnd knitting an alien Yep, it’s definitely Hallow’s End.
Telling the Truth – It’s just a game, right?
comment 6 Written by on October 26, 2009 – 11:33 am

TJ wrote a really excellent post about lying on the internet.  You should go read it (then come back, please!) I started to leave a comment and then realized that it would be as long as her post, so better served to put it here.

Anyway.

World of Warcraft is just a game, right? And not only is it just a game, but it’s just a game on the /internet/ right? It doesn’t matter what you tell people, it’s the internet, who cares!

Hopefully you guys all know better, but it doesn’t quite work like that.

It’s a game where you interact with /people/. And just like when you’re at the mall, or in the airport, or at a giant convention, you have no idea who you’ll meet and when.

“But Anna, some people on the internet are /bad/. I can’t tell them the truth!”

… well duh.

Obviously you wouldn’t tell some random stranger on the bus your full name, age, address, and phone number. In the same vein, you also don’t want to tell some stranger on the internet the same things. (And if someone you don’t know in either situation starts asking you really personal questions like that? Run away.)

Not telling someone something is /very/ different than lying to them.

Choose to say “I’d rather not share that” rather than making something up. Why? Because not disclosing something won’t come around to hurt you, but making something up can.

A little while ago there was a blogger who claimed he/she worked for Blizzard on one of the class development teams who then was revealed to have been a string of different people, none of whom ever worked for Blizzard (and none of whom were the woman in the pictures supposedly of the blogger – that had, in fact, been stolen).

An “innocent lie”, right? Obviously they were just trying to get credit for their articles about playing certain classes.

Except that when they were revealed to be a phony, a lot of their articles were called into question as well, even though they were quality writing and had nothing wrong with them.

As soon as you create a precedence for distrust, you lose trust about /everything/.

I choose what to reveal about myself based on what I’m comfortable having out on the Greater Internets At Large. You have no idea if I am who I say I am, other than that you trust me as a writer and blogger to not be a phony – and I take that trust very seriously.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you think the person you’re lying to can catch you. (Do you really think you’re smarter than everyone else you meet, especially on the internet where SO much can be tracked?) Eventually, lies about what you have and haven’t done, who you have and haven’t run with, instances you have and haven’t tanked/healed/dps’d, raids you have or haven’t been on will catch up to you – and when it does, you stand a good chance of losing any and all credibility you might’ve had.

You might be able to do a fine job in that group, but if you lied to them about having been in a guild, or having done it before, and they find out?

Chances are you’ll get booted from the group, or not invited back.

I’m sure most of us have heard of or known someone who lied about his or her age when they first met someone, trying to appear older (or younger) to seem more attractive, only to have relationship issues when they revealed that no, they had been lying.

The internet isn’t all that different.

Choosing what you tell or don’t tell people is wise. Protecting yourself in an open environment like the internet, where you never know who is watching?  Smart move, and something I do all the time.

Just don’t attempt to “protect yourself” by lying about it, because when you do?

Everything else you’ve said will come into question, and that’s not a fun position to be in.

annas

This post is partially spawned by a conversation I had with a young player in general chat, who wanted me to believe that he was 13, and that he could “prove” it with a MySpace page – but that he’d lied about his name and location because he “wasn’t that dumb”. My point that his admitting to lying about one thing calls into question anything else he said was, thankfully, well taken.

Ask Anna – What is RP?
comment 5 Written by on October 24, 2009 – 10:51 am

One of the cool things about getting incoming links from other sites is that they bring in an audience of folks that don’t normally hang out here in my little palm-frond covered corner of the internet.

Of course – sometimes that means those folks aren’t familiar with RP, especially if they’ve been playing on a PVE-normal or PVP-normal server for the entirety of their time in Warcraft, and haven’t ever really thought about roleplay at all (other than the MMO-RPG part).  One of those folks had the courage to ask me, flat out, about RP (though he or she didn’t actually leave their name), so instead of leaving my answer buried in the comments, I’m going to tackle it straight up.

Dear Anna,

I’m gonna be frank and just ask… What IS RPing?

Is it a series of carefully planned scripts people follow ingame? Do you talk with a medieval accent? Do you wear greens and grays to role-play characters? Please Help!

-Unsure

Dear Unsure –

Roleplaying is nothing more than approaching our characters in game as though they were actual people living in an actual world. Rather than just being “toons”, they have personalities and histories.

  • Sometimes that means simply having a loose idea of where a character came from. If you play a Forsaken character, it might be something like knowing who they were before they died, or how they broke free from the Scourge.
  • Sometimes it means setting up big “player created” quests and events in game. These events can involve just your character or your entire guild – or even the entire server. They might just be a big party (like the one I’m throwing on Tuesday to celebrate a year since the Zombie Invasion of Stormwind), or they might be more serious.
  • Sometimes it means writing stories about them (I have a lot of those up at the Story Archive link at the top of the page). Those stories can be long or short, serious or humorous.
  • Sometimes it means that we sit around like old friends, getting drunk and telling stories in the local bar, where everyone knows us, but where we welcome and enjoy the company of new friends as well.

You should check out my sidebar of links about RP, or go check out the world of warcraft official page about realm types and RP servers to get more information.  In fact, they have one of the best short-definitions of RP I’ve seen:

If you choose to play on a Role-Playing realm, you should act and speak as your character would in the World of Warcraft setting.

However, it does NOT mean that we sit around talking in a medieval accent.In fact, this is one of the most persistent stereotypes about warcraft RP, and it is almost 100% false. I’ve met a lot of people in the last four+ years of roleplay, and I have never met ANYONE that said “Forsooth!” in a roleplay situation.

It also does not mean that we are incapable of raiding, pvping, or progressing through content. In fact, some of us even raid in a roleplay environment – and are pretty successful at it (progressing through ToC 25 heroic). Our (mostly) Fearless Leader, Tarquin ap Danwryith, wrote an excellent post on how RP Raiding works, if you’re interested.

It’s something we do in WoW – and everyone approaches it a little differently. There are as many different ways to enjoy RP as there are Roleplayers (much the same with raiders and pvpers an any other game demographic).

It also doesn’t mean that we set up elaborate “scripts” for other players to follow, like writing theater. Sometimes we have a “well, this story needs to go this way” clause for things? Kinda like a party planner usually has a list of activities or events. Those don’t define how people react to them or what the final outcome always is. They just give a basic framework to something that’s going on.

Though yes – sometimes we DO wear greens/greys or non-tier armor when we’re not out fighting. (People that wear only “RP clothes” while fighting usually get pretty frustrated with it) Would you want to sit around in a park with your friends while wearing an entire suit of armor and padding, unable to bend half way? I know I wouldn’t! So Aely usually wears pants, a shirt, and a vest, with some leather boots when she’s just “hanging out” – simply because as a /person/, it makes more sense. (Even Knights from the Medieval era didn’t wear armor 24/7)

I hope that helps as a little “basic intro” to Roleplay, Unsure.

I know that we roleplayers get a lot of grief, especially in places that aren’t populated by many roleplayers (or around people that have only ever met some notably unfortunate examples), but we’re not a bad lot!

Keep an eye around these parts early next week for an updated post about resources for a new Roleplayer!

Writing
comment 15 Written by on October 22, 2009 – 10:58 am

Some of you may have noticed that I write things.

For awhile, I was even getting paid to write things (and being employed as a writer was pretty cool) – though sadly that job doesn’t exist anymore.

And the more I write – about the various Annas that hang out around this little corner of the internet – the more I wish I wasn’t writing something that is, essentially derivative. I could never make these works my own. They’re my writing, but I’m writing in a borrowed world. And, should they decide that my writing is in some way bothersome to their copyright, the Big Shots at Blizzard could email me a cease and desist, and tell me to take all of my writing down.

This is not ideal – especially for characters like Aelflaed, who could easily stand on her own in another world, because who and what she is doesn’t depend on the Warcraft Universe.

Some of you have asked me if I was planning to do NaNoWriMo.

My response has always been no, since November is incredibly busy, since I have houseguests and traveling to do, and since – to be honest – I don’t have a novel’s worth of writing planned out. Of course, the fact that I don’t have it planned out is largely a factor of my not having planned it out. I have characters rattling around in my head, to be sure. And bits and snags of world building too.

So I’m pitching my hat in the ring.

Publically.

(Which is scary, really – now I can’t weasel out of it.)

I have nine days to plan out what I’ll write, and then thirty days to write 50 thousand words.  Fifty Thousand.  For reference – the Wrathgate story (not including the epilogue post) is around 6500 words.

No, my writing will not be public – I don’t post unedited writing, and the essence of writing 1700 words per day means I don’t have time to edit. But yes, it will be fiction. Probably fantasy. Possibly somewhat historically grounded fantasy – dunno. We’ll see. I’m going to go plan now.

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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