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Monday, 20 October 2014

Aspect of the Ostrich?

I'm guilty of not having blogged for ages again! Sorry! Same story as before, work was busy and I spent the spare time I did have playing WoW. But, now Patch 6.0.2 is here I finally have something to write about...

Last Wednesday was patch day in Europe and I was out on a work meal which meant I didn't log in to the joys of 6.0.2 until Thursday. I'll admit I'd been pretty lazy and not read a great deal about the patch or about Warlords. In part this was a conscious decision to avoid spoilers but it was also due to sheer laziness. I am the proverbial Ostrich with their head stuck in the sand refusing to acknowledge that change was looming around the corner.

So you can imagine the state of shock I found myself in when I logged in on Thursday and found...
  • My aspect bar had vanished
  • My pet bar had moved and there were mysterious numbers on the abilities
  • My traps had gone and upon later inspection I found I needed a button for each!
  • Stampede was a talent and
  • mend / revive pet had merged (I partly remembered reading about this)
I had gone from this...
I got to rank 8 of the Brawlers guild the night before the patch :)
... to this...

Despite the initial shock I like to embrace change and it's not taken me long to sort things out again - remove my second mend/revive pet, laying out my traps etc. Fortunately, I suppose, none of my main abilities have disappeared so my iffy rotation is the same - unlike the changes some classes have faced! 

I barely even notice anything has changed now. Although it has to be said I'm still a little confused about my aspects vanishing - guess I should go read those patch notes!

Monday, 1 September 2014

10 Years : 10 Questions - My Answers

The Godmother over at ALT:ernative is currently doing a survey - 10 Years : 10 Questions. If you haven't already taken part you can do so by completing this simple form (or blogging or emailing her) and I'd recommend that you go do it! At the end she will be putting together a series podcasts detailing the results and I think it will make for some really interesting reading, well listening.

Token pretty picture to make up for all the text

On with the questions...

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I started messing about with WoW sometime in 2011 playing on my boyfriends account. At that time we were both at uni and lived separately and there were times when I was bored at his house with nothing to do - so I started exploring Azeroth. Whilst it was primarily a way to pass the time, having seen him play WoW and raid, it was also something that I wanted to know more about.
Eventually in February 2012 I got my own account (i.e. he got fed up of me stealing his game time and romantically got me it for Valentines!).

Monday, 7 July 2014

The Past Month in WoW

This is my follow up post to last weeks return to blogging post and will be about what I've been up to this past month in Azeroth.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Life! (my return to blogging)

It's been well over a month since my last post and a lot has happened since then! Most notably I have moved house :) So I was without the internet for a good week or two but we're now all settled in and I'm gradually clawing back in-game time.

The new house is lovely and I have to give the other half a massive amount of credit! He pretty much single-handedly packed our stuff up at the old place, moved us and the unpacked whilst I was stuck working stupid hours.

Our new living room is a much better layout and we now have our desks side by side, so you know we could hold hands whilst gaming and have lovely little discussions or more accurately get distracted by each others screens and telling each other what to do!

We've also gained a conservatory which is epic. It's actually a double conservatory comprising two rooms; one has sofas in and we're using the other shabbier half as our new greenhouse. The plants are loving it especially our collection of peppers (both chili- and sweet bell peppers) plus my mini lemon tree which has shot up. We also have a range of plants outside (as we did last summer) - runner beans, dwarf french beans etc and a hanging basket that I have just put up.

But I think the biggest bonus of the new place is we have a pond! And it has newts in! It's got a bit of a chickweed problem that we're working on - sieving the water etc - and we've got some new plants on order for it. My parents we kind enough to give us some snails from their pond and a bit of my mums yellow flag.

Plus when my parents visited yesterday they brought us some furniture goodies from my late uncle Fred's. Meaning we now have a funky ottoman and I have a sewing box and my gran's hand powered sewing machine. That's right - hand powered. I currently sew everything by hand so this will certainly speed things up. Just need to decide what my first project with it will be.

Aside from moving I've had a pretty rough month at work - working in a different team to usual so lots of on the job learning and long hours which ultimately came to a pretty sour end but I'm now back in my ever faithful team - thankfully!

I think I'll do a catch up post on what's being going on in Azeroth later this week and then hopefully I'll be able to get back in to the swing of blogging! I've missed it & you all!

Sunday, 18 May 2014


Apologies for being absent again this week! Those of you that have me on battle tag might have noticed that I haven't logged in since last weekend, or possibly Monday. For once this hasn't been work related but is real-life. We are moving in a couple of weeks and decided to start early with the sorting and packing side of things. I'm bored already but I've managed to sort through and bin most of my old uni stuff.

In more exciting news it was my birthday yesterday. Ding ding, level 24! You may have seen on Twitter that I posted about some of the presents I got but if not here are the highlights:

One of my friends is currently in Australia on a working visa so she sent me some presents from Broome where she currently is. I think it's safe to say that the main present is the 'Genuine Kangaroo Scrotum' bag and that the salty croc toy and the stubby holder / can cooler thing were to soften the blow! As a group of friends we tend to give either jokey presents or hideous items found in a charity shop. I think that the scrotum has to be one of the oddest gifts ever and I'm not sure I'll treasure it forever... or at all.

The boyfriend got me Lurky the plush Murloc from the Blizzard store. He had to order it all the way from the US as the EU store still isn't selling physical items. I knew that I was getting something from Blizzard as he'd got himself a Diablo 3 lanyard. It's safe to say that I love my little Murloc and I will be treasuring him forever! He also got me some Star Wars lego and a third item that's still in the post somewhere.

Finally I thought I'd share my Hugo Hedgehog cake with you - available from all good Sainsburys! He tastes lush and is very cute... whilst he's still here.

Last year I had a proper little in-game party and held a transmog competition but this year it really seemed to creep up on me and I didn't really have much time to plan anything sadly. But I have some idea's for future shindigs and I'm determined to have a Dwarf pub-crawl at some point so keep your eyes open!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Sunday Flexing Takes on SoO Part 3

Sunday just gone we returned to our usual Sunday flex schedule after having a week of Easter weekend. I'd decided we'd try our luck with Part 3 again but that we'd try Malkorok maybe three times and if there was no hope go back to an earlier part.

We had a fairly well represented group and were missing a tank only. Luckily we managed to find one via trade who turned out to be someone that had joined us on a previous run do so was familiar with our laid-back, casual approach = massive plus!

The first attempt at killing Malkorok went really well despite the wiping. We soaked the purple pools, maybe missing one or two, avoided the nasty smashes and grouped up at the right time. The issue was that we didn't spread good enough after we stacked up. We went back in there and kicked some serious butt - again everyone spread, soaked and stacked as necessary followed by a perfect rinse & repeat spread, soak and stack.

I think we were all a little dumbfounded that we downed Malkorok! I'm not sure how many people had read the rest of Part 3's tactics but I'll admit that I hadn't exactly planned out the next two bosses myself.

I left Queks to split the group up into two for the Spoils of Pandaria as I wasn't 100% sure myself and as a raider figured he'd do it best. We were really close on our first attempt and were literally a hair's breadth from clearing both the first rooms before the enrage timer thingy. Second time was much smoother although one side was opening the crates a little too slow for comfort so we had to send a couple over. But all in all, for a boss we'd not encountered on a Sunday flex I think downing it second time's bloody good going.

Next up - Thok the Bloodthirsty. Thok proved to be quite tricky and it took a fair few attempt and a number of raid member changes before we got him. Initially we had a couple issues with people running through everyone when Thok fixated on them and generally people being unaware that they were stood in the fixated persons path and thus being insta-killed. But we got over that fairly quickly.

I'm not sure what I had expected to happen but it certainly wasn't that we'd clear Part 3! But it was a lovely surprise clear and I think everyone was happy with our progress. Unfortunately I failed to take any screenshots (you could say I was in shock) but we'll be heading back to Part 3 this Sunday so I'll be sure to get some :)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Liebster Awards: Part 2

1. What is your favourite zone in WoW?

Hmm pre-Pandaria I'd probably have said Stranglethorn (north & south) or maybe Grizzly Hills but I think Krasarang Wilds is my current love. Despite all the Mogu it's a rather tranquil place and perfect for fishing - one of my in-game loves.

2. What is you idea of a perfect day?

I think my perfect day would be a mixture of being out & about, playing computer games and sat schnuggled up with my zebra blanket. Most evenings I actually sit playing WoW wrapped up in my blanket or in my Jedi Robes. I'd go for a stroll in town (assuming it was sunny), I love window shoopping for pets and then home for gaming. To top  it off I'd either have take away or some other home cooked yummy food (i.e. Chinese, pizza, curry...).

3. If you could be any npc, who would it be and why?

Well the obviously choice would be Jojo the Pandaren that sells cooking supplies in the Shrine! 
Alternatively someone like Nat Pagle who just chills out all day by the sea fishing.

Jojo & Jojo

4. Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Other people. I'm a sociable person and I get lonely quite easily - unless I can distract myself playing games etc. So if I had nothing but food, water and shelter I'd probably go crazy pretty quick. I also, unsurprisingly, suffer from cabin fever!

5. Why do you blog?

I started blogging after I finished my masters as something to fill my time whilst I was looking for a job. When I got a job I never stopped blogging although admittedly my blogging has gotten less frequent. I suppose it's fair to say I still blog as I enjoy it. It gives me a media to ramble about my virtual life and I've met some amazing people as a result of it! I hope that by continuing to blog I'll more awesome people too.

6. What would you tell a brand new wow player about the game?

If it's grey vendor it but other things you should try to sell (auction) - atleast test the water - you could make a lot of money.
And the internet turns even the nicest people into jerks - ignore them and move on... but never give up!

7. If you could pick any theme for the next expansion what would it be?

I don't know a lot of lore if I'm honest so I wouldn't pick anything lore based like this Emerald something that lots of people chat about. And WoD fits with my desire to have more Draenei lore going on. Which leaves me with nothing springing to mind if I'm honest.

8. What is your favourite mount?

I think I did a post about my favourite mounts not too long ago. Since that post I've actually gained a few new mounts too. But, if I had to pick one mount *grumbles* I'd probably go with... the Swift Zhevra which I don't and probably never will own.

9. What cheers you up?

Food, cider, schnuggles, gaming...
10. Glass half full or half empty?

Half full! I like to be positive as much as possible.

11. What your favourite thing to do in wow?

I don't think I could name just one so I'll list a few of the things I enjoy - leveling, pet battles, the so called 'boring' things (i.e. fishing, archaeology and farming ores, herbs etc.) and my most recent love has to be flex raiding. Never thought I'd enjoy flexing as much as I do - the people are definitely a contributing factor! [Same goes for Friday Fun Runs - we could be doing anything, it's the people that make it].

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Liebster Awards: Part 1

During my impromptu absence from blogging it seems a new craze happened - The Liebster Awards!

The Liebster Awards are given by bloggers to bloggers as a way of discovering new blogs (I think!). There's a lot of information over at Wording Well including details on the various rule-sets. It's lovely to know that not one, not two but three fellow bloggers are aware of my existence enough to nominate me, so thank you! And, well thank you to everyone that take's the time to read my ramblings.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Night We Kicked Butt!!

Last we went back to Siege of Orgrimmar Part 2 for our Sunday flex run. It was already looking promising as we had 2 tanks, 3 healers and a range of damage roles meaning no need to pug a random. But little did we know that was just the beginning...

We had no problems with Galakras at all. we barely touched on the tactics but everyone performed perfectly, stacking for the fire balls etc - something we've struggled on previously.

Then onto Iron Juggernaut and again no issues at all. But that was hardly surprising as we're pretty good at one shotting Iron Juggs.

Next was our arch-nemesis the Kor'kron Dark Shaman! We cleared the trash and reset the boss. The pull began pretty smooth and we worked around Org in an anti-clockwise manner. It went very smooth!!! Finally people seemed to understand that the ranged need to get the green blobs down asap. And we didn't lose too many to swirly purple things, ashen walls or falling ash things. To everyone's surprise we did it - first time.

This faced us with a bit of an issue - we were not only moving onto a boss some hadn't seen on flex, General Nazgrim, but we were losing a tank to real raiding too. Fortunately we found a replacement sharpish.

Nazgrim brought the only wipe of the night - and right near the end. Fortunately everyone understood the necessity of killing the adds - especially the Warshaman. The wipe came right near the end of the encounter - we popped hero and ignored the last massive round of adds - to our demise. Second time we didn't make the same mistake and executed a smooth kill.

It was such the occasion that I took a screenshot (see above). Thanks to everyone that took part (including @ElisaAnttila @Jolabero @Sivation @ReliqEU @ManaAdept @Chromeeh_Gnome @EnunciatingEnd et al.) and on to Part 3 next week...