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 […]

A Few Friday Links
comment 1 Written by on January 4, 2013 – 4:02 pm

I’m still getting my head on straight after the holidays, which involved throwing two parties, taking two road trips, and miraculously avoiding having the flu. As such, here are a few interesting things I’ve been reading that you might like reading too:

Tarquin has the second part of his series on roleplaying “The Secret Sauce” up at Dorkadia. Another good read.

Navi has a trick to powerlevel a pet to 25 in 8 battles over at The Daily Frostwolf. I still don’t have any pets above 15, but the strategy is one I’ll definitely be keeping in mind.

The Big Butted Bear talks about the paradigm shift that’s happened in WoW, and how he loves it. I don’t know if I love it yet, but I definitely haven’t run out of things to do. Thing is, a lot of those things are repeated things, which are hard for me, but still. I have only one character at 90, and SO MANY CHOICES on what to do next. I can’t decide.

The Secret Sauce of Roleplaying
comment Comments Off Written by on December 10, 2012 – 7:48 am

I am remiss in not linking to it earlier, but you should check out the inimitable Tarquin’s article on Roleplaying and why it’s awesome, over at Dorkadia. He’s starting a series there on roleplaying in general, and this is the first post of that series.

It’s definitely worth a read.

Friday 500 – Small
comment Comments Off Written by on December 7, 2012 – 7:49 am

This week, in lieu of a set of questions, we have a ficlet prompt! This is intended to be a small piece of writing, no more than 500 words.

This prompt is in honor of Shad, who came up with the best definition of an epic raid that I’ve seen yet (Epic: an instance that makes you feel small and powerless even while you’re kicking its ass.).

Write about a time that your character felt small or powerless and how they responded to feeling that way. This can be a negative or a positive experience, as you see fit.

If you don’t have a situation from your character’s past that fits the prompt, feel free to PUT them in a situation like that! Did they feel out of their league at the Jade Temple? Maybe they’re feeling powerless in the face of the Sha, an enemy we haven’t fought before. A new Pandaren character might feel very small when faced with the whole of Azeroth.

Be creative, and leave links in comments; I love reading these!

Retro Raiding – Ulduar
comment 3 Written by on December 4, 2012 – 9:47 am

Last night we did an Ulduar 25 man run for some transmog gear for our DK tank (and of course, I got 3/4 of a set that I wanted, so I’ll have to go back to finish my own set too). It made me remember just how much I really loved that instance.

For all the things people hated about it – it’s long, some of the fights were really obnoxious, we were working on it for a long time because of how many bosses there were, the legendary caused drama – I still can’t help but really like going back into Ulduar.

I have good memories of that raid. Memories of having a naked fist-fight with Zalbuu to determine which of us got Val’anyr first (I won the fight, but we decided to /roll because paladins are much better at punching things than priests, and he won the roll. I’m fine with that). Memories of fighting Yogg-Saron, of doing the hardmode fights (Firefighter can still fuck off and die, as far as I’m concerned). Our raid was strong, and we had a good group of personalities, and we were clearing the content even on a casual schedule.

In some ways, going back to Ulduar makes me miss 25 man raiding. I don’t miss the clusterfuck that it was to manage the roster and the subs, but I miss getting together with 24 of my closest friends and doing something that felt epic. Naxx and Ulduar and ICC all felt epic. I’ve not felt that way in awhile.

I’m hoping I’ll start to feel that way about the Pandaria instances. I’ve done very few of the heroics, and it’s all been lightning fast gearing runs. We did clear the first boss in Mogu’shan Vaults this week, and that was definitely a challenging fight to perfect the execution on. (We’d have killed the second boss but our raid leader’s afternoon got interrupted by a Basset Hound. For real. Had to quit early.) Even though we got off to a rocky start (2 last minute cancels or no-shows in a 10 man raid is pretty steep), I had a good time. I’m also terrible, but I think some of that is relearning positioning. I got better as the raid progressed, and I’m sure I’ll do better next week.

I want to feel like I’m part of something epic again like that. Even going back with 7 people and clearing Ulduar, you could feel the power of the instance design (and some of the boss fights will still gib you if you’re not careful!). Yogg Saron is still an epic fight, even if it’s not exactly hard anymore.

I’m not sure I can quantify Epic, as a design element, but Ulduar has it. (as did Ahn’Qiraj, Naxxramas, Karazhan, Blackwing Lair, and Icecrown).

I’m holding on to the hope that I’ll connect to Pandaria that way. I’ve enjoyed the questing content quite a lot; I hope the raids can have the same “wow factor” that some of my fond memories have.

And if not, I still need shoulders and gloves from Ulduar, plus a full set of hunter Transmog gear from ICC, so I’ve got some chances to go back and enjoy those places again, with good friends and less stress than the first go through.

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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