Like this blog post! I just posted recently about all the stuff that I owe readers and that I’ve been really busy with real life. And real life has been kicking my ass, I’m not going to lie. Last week was just a package of awful wrapped in awful and I was basically at wits end. I went shopping on Saturday to continue the ongoing process of furnishing my condo (because nothing is more fun than furnishing a place that is hours away from you when you still have a non-stop job AND have another property to keep up with) and basically hit my limit with people interaction at IKEA. How I used to work some of the biggest sales on holidays when I did retail is beyond me. Now, dealing with a crowd of people for more than a couple hours reduces me to a near panic where I just want to flee and hide. (There’s a point to this, maybe, so bear with me) Saturday basically just added to my burnout of real life and I came home to sulk. I was in a foul mood, and tried my damnedest to contain myself on an alt away from my raid team. But my alt is guilded on another realm with other friends who decided to run Sunwell that night. The best thing I could have done was stayed away, but against my better judgement I went, and my frustration got vented against an unprepared group of people (didn’t help that the Light Sunwell chest piece, that I still haven’t managed to get on Raz, dropped that run). I slunk off after we downed KJ, simply stating I needed to go to sleep.
I went to bed, my mind racing. I had offended one raid team while trying to hide from my own for our own night of fun runs. I was a mess and I knew it. I popped onto remote guild chat to send a massive apology to my healer who had assembled the Saturday night fun run in guild and told her I just couldn’t handle people and was trying to do the right thing by staying away. She gave me e-hugs and I eventually fell asleep, completely pitiful and wallowing in my own hatred. I even left poor Mal to tank the fun run because I was being my douche-tastic self.
I slept for like, 12 hours, and was still in a pretty frustrated mood when I woke up. And then there was a message asking if I had checked my in-game mail. And I was quizzical, but I hit up the mailbox. There were a couple wrapped packages, and a little hatchling waiting for me. Apparently while I was hosting my own pity party in bed, my dearest Deedle was locating 3 pets for me to hit the 100 pets achievement on Raz…
*sniffle* Did I mention how much I adore my Deedle? *GIGANTIC E-HUG TO MY FAVORITEST MAGE EVER*
And then, while I was still processing that I had 100 pets (and squealing over the Elementium Geode, because damn I like that pet!), Dee sat there and was calculating the easiest way to get me to 9K achievement points since I had declared Sunday to be “Achievement Point Sunday.” And I was going to farm ALL THE THINGS.
At some point, I went full derp and decided that one of the things I needed to farm was the rares in Northrend.
So, funny story here. I farmed up all the Outland rares while I was working on Northrend Loremaster. I mean, it probably would have made a lot more sense to…you know…work on Northrend rares…when I was in Northrend. But, this is me. And as many will attest, I don’t always do things logically. So, I completed Northrend Loremaster and my Outland rares around the same time. I think subconsciously, I was willing to do the Northrend rares because I was trying to avoid Outland. I had 12 characters at max level at the end of Wrath. I did a lot of Outland. I’m good with never going back. But I have to, because Raz never did Outland. And there’s that pesky Loremaster achievement…
Anyway, back on the rambly topic…
So I started farming Northrend rares, and I did pretty decently my first day. Eventually I got bored and wandered away from my PC for a bit, laying down to read some on my iPad. About 2 hours after I laid down, I decided I should be an adult and go grab a shower, but something called to me and I decided to do a quick rare hunt before hopping under the warm water.
I was in Storm Peaks, finishing up my loop for Vyragosa, when suddenly, NPCScan went off.
It was the Time Lost Proto Drake…
It was one of those moments of sheer panic. The moment of “OH GOD I WANT IT WHERE IS IT” to “OH GOD WHAT IF IT’S A CORPSE BECAUSE SOMEONE ALREADY GOT IT.”
My heart was racing, my hands were sweating, my eyes were wide. I started doing circles, trying to find it. And then suddenly, there was an Alliance Shadow Priest right beside me! I took off in the direction I hadn’t been yet, and was spam clicking the alert that NPCScan pops up on your screen. I was close enough to have the mob targeted, and it hadn’t taken any damage. OH GOD WHERE WAS IT!?!? And then suddenly, there it was! The Time Lost was soaring slightly above the ground and I took off after it. A quick Judgement and a fast Crusader Strike and the drake was dead. And I stood over it’s corpse, my body shaking, as I clicked to loot it. And there were the reins. And they were mine.
OMG. I just started NR rares today…I have the Time Lost Proto-Drake on Raz O.O
— Miri (@WoWMiri) March 4, 2012
And then the Shadow Priest appeared beside me…
I quickly looted the corpse and took to the skies, flying quickly back to Dalaran. It was at about this time that Mal woke up from his nap. My heart was still racing, but I managed to form words and show him the drake (which he thinks is hideously ugly, but that’s beside the point).
And the Shadow Priest hovered above, frustrated with my luck.
I wasn’t out looking for it, but I found it. And it made my weekend that much better. But the best part of my weekend? The fact that one of my friends was willing to set aside her plans for the day to help improve my mood.
<3 you Deedle! We’ll get you one too!
P.S. Yes, I know I am DAMN lucky with stuff like this…
Quick and adorable post. I mentioned in heroics on Friday night the story behind Raz and my overwhelming desire for an Elwynn Lamb to “complete” an aspect of the character’s RP story. It was a comment made in passing, with no real thought aside from the comedic value of the character (and several unfortunate incidents for poor Kirian and Raz at various intervals in Dalaran).
While I was running a heroic on my warlock tonight, our healer asked if I had checked my mail on Raz this evening and I admitted I hadn’t. She recommended I sign him on before logging for the night and check my inbox.
So I did…and as I stood in Dalaran, I saw a mail from a friendly and fun mage I had run with the night before. And inside the mail, there was a lovely note and a gift wrapped package. My curiosity was heightened as I collected the package from my mail, and my jaw fell open when I saw what it contained. Inside the gift wrap was an Elwynn Lamb, just for Raz. There may have been tears in my eyes at such a thoughtful gesture from a member of Lightninghoof”s RP community. She was promptly tackled in tells with more thank yous than I think she ever expected.
And tonight, I signed off from WoW with a smile on my face. Never forget the community–in your guild, or on your realm. There truly are great people out there!
Thank you again Derodra, your kindness and your quick memory have earned you a spot in my heart and on my friends list!
Earlier this week I was tagged into a new blog meme called “Sixth” by Bulidar of Among the Elements and Aralosseien of Achievements Ahoy! The meme was resurfaced by Gnomeaggedon on the 15th of February and I’m not gonna lie, I was sorta paranoid about what my “sixth” was. But before I share my “sixth,” let me share the rules!
- Go to your image folder
- Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image
- Publish the image! A few words to describe the picture couldn’t hurt!
- Challenge six new bloggers
- Link to them
Like, Bulidar and Aralosseien, I don’t have sub-folders in my images folder, so I selected the sixth image in my screenshots folder.
And without further adieu, I give you my sixth:
Should I be surprised that it’s Raz? Nope. Not in the least! I’m standing on the roof of Grommash Hold, the building that Garrosh Hellscream occupies in Orgrimmar. It was New Years Eve, and it was the first time since I’ve started playing WoW that I sat and watched the fireworks go off! I was later joined by a guildie, Ursal, for chitchat while we chilled. That week I had tanked ES’s first kill of Madness, and was in a generally mellow mood while I farmed satchels for mounts and pets.
Speaking of mounts. I’d like to point out that I finally got a mount from a satchel last night. I just happened to accidentally LOOT the damn thing from the satchel. What did I get you ask? Oh nothing great–just ANOTHER Green Proto. My anguished yell will echo in the hallways of my home for the near future.
Anyway, enough about my bad luck, let’s pick the next round of 6!
- @Mainfloortank of Dancing Runes
- @Boozekin of Boozekin
- @_Rades of Orcish Army Knife
- @_Vidyala of Manalicious
- @DrunkardRegalia (Dreämy) of Drunkard’s Regalia
- @Vitaemachina (Jadissa) of Yelling on the Internet
I’m eagerly awaiting to see what these folks have for their “Sixth!”
Really, what a long, strange trip it’s been! I never thought I’d last until the 20K mark on Twitter, much less be able to meet some of the most fun and loving people within the WoW community via Twitter!
So here we are, the infamous 20K. I pondered how I would celebrate this. I started watching my tweet count last weekend, knowing that I was getting closer and I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss it!
Since Twitter enabled me to share my blogging with the WoW community and expand beyond just Twitter, I figured a post here would allow me to share my thoughts with more than 140 characters!
The Guilds and Their Members
I can’t even begin to list all the people who have crossed my path since I started this roller coaster ride, but I’ve met 4 great guilds and had a blast with their members! A shout out to AF Guild, Waypoint, TTGF, and ES, 4 guilds that I’ve been able sprinkle characters in and have an absolute blast with their members! They allowed me to have fun in Warcraft again–which was a challenge since Cata started out as a very rocky road without a real home to settle in. Each of these guilds opened their doors to me, giving me a place to call home and to grow my abilities as a player and as a person. For this, I am forever grateful.
Dee, AKA Kirian
Most of all, I need to make a call out to my favorite sassy mage. Kirian’s keeper, Dee, has been a shoulder to cry on, comedic relief when I’m depressed, a source of calm when I panic, and the first person I talk to as I sit down at my PC with a cup of coffee. She has been my partner in crime in both PvE and PvP, a supplier of beautiful places with screenshot worthy views, and she knows when I just need to get away after a frustrating night of raiding. She is a truly beautiful person who I am blessed to know and each day I am thankful for that! One of my BlizzCon highlights was being able to sit down with her and talk lore and characters and everything else. She allows me to have fun and enjoy being cocky as hell with Raz before he gets smacked back down to reality by Kirian. It’s been hilarious to play the two characters off of each other and it’s made WoW that much more enjoyable for me :) Ironically, I think to a degree that in real life, we’re a lot like the characters we play, as I swear I saw her shaking her head at some of my antics at BlizzCon >.>
So thank you my Tweeps for sticking along for the ride, allowing me to meet some of the most fun members of the WoW community in one spot, having the ability to get together with you all at BlizzCon and to have an overwhelming desire to keep going back for more! Here’s to another 20K and even more friendships, fun, and excitement!
This was on my “To Do” list weeks ago, but I’m behind schedule (as usual), so I’m trying to play catch-up today (that, and I just don’t really feel like working the rest of the week)… – Miri
So on Dee’s blog, Raz was granted his own tag because he shows up every once in a while in her blog posts. I told her that Raz’s sassy Mage needed his own tag here on my blog, and that I’d do a blog post when I did it. So the tag has been created, and here’s the accompanying and promised blog post >.>
And in Raz’s typical fashion, the tag is designed to tease Kirian ;)
Thanks to Morniel for coming up with a more “politically correct” version of LFR!
I’ll just let this speak for itself as a lead-in to my LFR discussion post that will come later this week…
I’d like to point out that I hadn’t pulled a boss yet, and had just zoned in to Ultraxion. Gotta love LFR where you’ll be told how to play your class. Really?!? I don’t think you need to tell me how to play a Prot Paladin…I think I’ve got that covered =P And if I have questions, I have Rhidach that I can harass in guild!
So 4.3 dropped last week and I’ve been running around like a crazy person trying to see as much of it as I can! My summary of my experience so far with the 4.3 content is below!
On the Paladin Healing Changes…
With the launch of 4.3, I decided to once again change up my healing style. Mastery based healing is fun and a very solid healing style for 25s, but I felt very uncomfortable with the low amount of haste that I was carrying, and the realization that I wouldn’t be able to push fast heals in 5s and 10s should I ever end up healing in smaller groups. I was very intrigued with the changes to Holy Radiance, so I wanted to play with a more raid-healing specialized build and step away from tank-focused healing. Part of my willingness to make the change so quickly was due to the fact that we were running 3 tank-focused healers in our 6-man healing team. We have a mastery built Holy Paladin already, along with a Disc Priest. Part of me felt like I wasn’t making any ground with the healing style in Firelands; my output sucked and honestly I was at the point where I was going to throw in the towel on healing in general. I don’t like feeling like I’m failing at something–especially something that I did full time in raids in Wrath. It was like all my skills with healing went out the window–lots of restless nights trying to figure out how the hell I could improve, a lot of angry moments where I’d just storm off in frustration. Deep down, I realize I’m not a healer–my passion is with tanking, but I do enjoy the healing team I run with, so I was willing to make it work, somehow; and for the time being, I’ll make it work because it’s how I’ll get to progress through Dragon Soul.
Respecc’ing and regemming quickly after realms came up, I dumped myself into the new heroics with guildies and it felt better, in fact, it felt like I actually could output some healing! Healing the new heroics is still a bit of a challenge as a Holy Paladin (I’ve also healed them on a healer I didn’t feel confident healing ZA/ZG on and decided that Paladin healing in the heroics is probably the most difficult out of all of the healing classes), but definitely doable. I went into raid that night, knowing that Dragon Soul has a large quotient of raid damage, and even more interested to try out Holy Radiance. Let me say that healing with Holy Radiance and Light of Dawn is rather fun! I felt like I could push out solid AoE healing and be competitive with it! I’m very interested to see what I can do when I’m not splitting my time between a tank and the raid (which I was doing in raid last week due to us only having 1 tank healer, our Disc priest, available). We’re in the same situation this week (our other holy Paladin is sunning himself on the beaches of Costa Rica still *frown*), so I probably won’t get to really get into a raid healing mindset until the following week.
Anyway, I’m enjoying the hell out of raid healing again–even though it seems very wrong as a Paladin.
To the Ground…Or Not?!?
For once Prot Paladins were untouched! We got some buffs via the Retribution changes this patch, but our Mastery drug habit was left untouched. I’m going to step into LFR as a tank today–we’ll see how that goes (I will either perform as well as I expect to, or I’ll have derptastic healers and this will be a cluster)… LFR and the 5s are really my only chance to tank this patch, so I better get it in when I can!
The 5 Mans
The new 5 mans are fun dungeons, but I’m getting slightly frustrated about some of the loot drops (looking at you tanking helm in Well and tanking AND healing waists out of End Time). As a tank you need to be proactive about using CDs–some of the trash hits pretty damn hard (especially the trash right before the final boss in End Time). I think the boss fights are unique and interesting–the RP gets old and I’m REALLY tired of the Mannoroth fight after the…9th time? We got to the point where we just started doing achievements to make the fights more interesting.
Enveloping Shadows managed to 1-shot two of the three bosses on our first raid night in Dragon Soul. Morchok was a joke and Skittles was a 2 minute explanation and a successful pull. Zon’ozz was a bit of a bitch honestly in 25. The damage seems a bit high and we were having issues with the orb hitting pets, T12 set bonuses that spawn bonus things that DPS, and totems, just to name a few. We also apparently had some scenarios where the orb went through the boss and bounced off our tank, Rhidach, one-shotting him, much to his frustration. Two hours later, Zon’ozz fell and we cleaned up Skittles quickly before wrapping for the night. Hargara was another fun fight–it took us just a couple attempts to master the fight and figure out frost tomb placement. We moved quickly onto Ultraxion and we’ll have that fight in the bag this week–the downside of the Ultraxion fight is the ease at which you can tunnel vision on the fight (and the ease at which Recount can push your PC to 1FPS due to the massive amount of healing being recorded), and how quickly you can discover how hard it is for people to click a button. Our best attempt had Ultraxion with 2.4M health left, 1%! If I hadn’t tunnel visioned and if another could learn how to click, we would have had the fight on Wednesday.
Either way, 4/8 in the first week of raiding is impressive! We have a great raid team and I know we’ll be kicking Deathwing‘s ass here soon!
So LFD is Looking For Derp in my mind. LFR is quite frankly Looking for Retards. I haven’t had a good experience in there yet (we’ve cleared all the bosses without much issue, but the griefing and the general stupidity is annoying as hell). Sadness is when your tanks, fully raid buffed, are scraping by with 20K more health than you do in your healing gear, don’t know the fight mechanics, and eat (and die to) avoidable damage, and then have the balls to bitch about lack of healing. Yes, I am that asshole in LFR who is going to point out that I’ve yelled in /ra 5 times to NOT EAT FOCUSED ASSAULT.
In some ways, I really do miss the fact that raiding was reserved for the players who were willing to put in the time and effort to learn the fights, get the gear, etc. Blizzard’s current mindset is to make the content available to all players, but let’s be honest, not everyone is qualified. That’s like saying “well, just because you ask if you want fries with that, you should still be able to be a lawyer just so you can experience it.” Yea no. I could go down a huge rat hole here, but I’m going to save that for another post.
So far, it’s fun–I got the party late (I just started ticket collecting last night), but I’ve been able to score some easy achievement points and have fun with guildies! I also managed to get the bulls eye achievement on my 2nd attempt (and I wasn’t even trying for it)! DMF is going to be more pets and…I don’t know what else? I haven’t really paid much attention to what all I can get from it–I’m more interested in capping my guild rep each week >.>
This will be my money sink I suspect. I finally got my last piece of Dark Sunwell. Now I just need to get the boots and cloak crafted and I should be set for …well, something. I’m currently using Tier 6 for both Prot and Holy (I’m still missing 1 piece of Light Sunwell), but I’ll be transmogging over to Light Sunwell for healing as soon as I get the chest piece!
I decided to transmog my PvP gear into my Tier 12 healing gear for grins. My original goal was to use it to mind fuck people into thinking I’m an easy kill target–I transmogged everything that was visible, minus my PvP weapon because I don’t have a PvE mace from Firelands to use. My health pool in my PvP gear is actually slightly smaller than my health in my healing gear, but it’s not overtly noticeable. Tier 12 was my choice for a couple reasons: 1/ Raz looks good in a dress, and 2/ it’s still recent enough content that people would see it in a BG and possibly suspect that I was truly in PvE gear in a battleground. Apparently some people DID buy that and tried to whittle away at me, only to discover that I do have over 3300 Resil, so I’m not going to die as easily as they planned! Once I get my hands on Season 11 gear though, I’ll be wearing that–I’m in a weird mix of Season 10 Honor and Conquest gear, so I’m not coordinating t0o well.
I’m having a ton of fun so far this patch and getting to spend a lot of time getting to know my new guildies, perfect my healing skills and be able to find comfort in tanking. At some point I may do boss walk-throughs of Dragon Soul, but 25-man raiding is such a small community that I’m not sure if anyone beyond our guild would find use with it =\ If you’re a 25-man raider and want me to publish strat guides, please let me know! Otherwise I’ll probably just stick with little posts about boss kills.
Oh Paladins, you either love or hate your armor. You’re either vehemently opposed to skirts, you hate shiny armor, or combination of the above.
Paladin armor has had highs and lows, but with 4.3, we’ll be able to make sure we look exactly as we wish with Transmogrification!
I started playing right before the Burning Crusade, and didn’t start raiding until the summer after release. I remember all the Paladins in guild clamoring about the recolored Judgement and running those instances for the items (hell, every once and a while I rediscover a print-out from BC that Mal had done at work of the drop locations of the Judgement armor–where it is now, I have no clue, but we always get a good laugh out of it when we find it). And then I got to stare at our Paladins in Tier 4 (awful), and Tier 5 (even more awful). I honestly don’t remember the Tier 6 gear in our raids, I just knew that I was jealous of Paladins with their halos when all I had were eyeballs on my shoulders (the joys of being a hunter).
Anyway, having swapped mains (twice) since BC, I’ve always been wanting some of the specific Tier sets for my own RP purposes. Now, I don’t play on an RP realm, and it’s pretty much limited to me derping around in a major city (usually at the bank or something), but it’s me being me, so, I want the armor.
Well, with the announcement of Transmog, I immediately kicked into high gear to gather ALL THE SETS. And now my bank hates me so much. Between my normal gear sets (Holy, Holy PvP, Ret, Avoidance and misc. pieces that I swap around), my Transmog gear, my holiday stuff, and the fact that I’m an enchanter/JC? Let’s just say I can’t wait for void storage either…
Anway…let’s talk Transmog!
Finding the Transmog Building
Apparently this is the hardest part? People were so lost on the PTR that some made macros answering the “where’s the transmog building?” question. Either way, hit M and make sure you’re where the arrow is on the map pictured below:
If you aren’t there, then you aren’t at the Transmog building! That simple!
Once inside, you talk to the Transmog vendor and get a window that looks like this:
And then you drag all the armor you’re replacing into those slots. They’ll get a sparkly purple border (as seen below) to let you know that you’re transmogging to that item. Watch your cash total up at the bottom (with weapon/shield it’s about 300G, at least it was for me), click Apply, and go check yourself out in your hot looking new/old gear!
Paladin Transmog Options
I’ll be honest, I’m rather lazy with regards to weapons/shields. Pretty much for me, the Bulwark of Azzinoth wins hands down, and when it finally drops for me (insert string of curse words here), I’ll be using it like it’s the last shield to ever exist. I’m a nutcase that loves swords, so, my goal is to always have a sword with me–I haven’t honestly explored much in the weapon options simply because (insert string of curse words here) I’m still looking for the Bulwark and armor right now. Weapons are sorta down my list of needs at this time. <.<
But, without further adieu, I give you my picks for Transmog (and all of these sets in some various form are shoved in my bank right now):
The Original Plate Skirt: Judgement (Tier 2)
If I didn’t start this list with Judgement, I’d probably get beat down by the greater WoW populous, so here it is!
Hands down a beautiful set, the original plate skirt for Paladins. If anyone has a weapon/shield pairing idea, stick it in the comments! I haven’t even thought a moment about it honestly!
(NOTE: I didn’t put a cloak into this outfit simply because male belfs in skirts is pretty epic–there’s a reason I have my cloak turned off with my T12… That being said, I won’t be displaying cloak with this outfit, so you’re on your own for cloak finding. :>)
The Halo: Lightbringer (Tier 6)
The set I always dreamed of having (and now do!) was Lightbringer. I cared more about this set than I did Judgement, and I suspect that Tier 6 will be my go-to set for Transmog on Raz. I’m going to Transmog gear the way my old GM changed his hair style/color in Wrath (every raid it was different and we raided 4 nights a week…)!
I mean really! It’s got a HALO for christ’s sake! My current Twitter icon is based off of Tier 6, but the observant ones will notice that the halo is crooked on Raz’s head (much to his amusement and frustration)–this is a running joke about Raz not being a good Paladin (not in the sense of “wow, Miri sucks at being a prot” but as in “Raz is a jackass who doesn’t follow this ‘Light‘ nonsense”). So there you have it, a tiny look into Raz’s character development from an RP standpoint (lol).
The dark Sunwell set was actually alerted to me by Rhidach on Twitter the day that the Transmog news hit the web! Since then, the set has really grown on me, and I’m currently finishing up gathering it for stockpiling. It will probably be something I’ll swap to for Prot when I get tired of being sparkly.
Dark, not really what you’d expect a Paladin to be wearing–but that makes me like it that much more!
And last but not least, the light Sunwell set. This is definitely going to be my Holy gear transmog! It captures the purity and goodness of a Paladin (which really isn’t me OR Raz, but I like what it implies–proof that looks can be deceiving, at least when it comes to Raz and his personality) and the colors are pretty amazing.
I went with the purple cloak just to offset the light colors. Thank Rades for talking me into high contrast colors yesterday!
Getting to this point…
So this blog post has actually been weeks in the making, I’ve been just so damn slow at finding the time to piece it all together. Transmog is SRS BZNS, and apparently it results in me spending waaay too much time with the WoW Model Viewer and Photoshop, and results in some funny stuff, as I’ve shared below:
And then there was Round 2, after feedback was gathered from Twitter!
Which resulted in some humor for encroaching on cloaks that apparently a sassy mage wanted <.<
And then the final round of cloak evaluation:
Once you realize that this was me evaluating cloaks just for the dark Sunwell armor, you can tell I needed something to do yesterday (no, not really, it was me avoiding work).
- Icy Veins Cloak Transmog List - Great weapons list too, just start digging–they are updating almost daily with visual guides, which I adore because I want to look, not click!
- The Visual Roleplay Gear List - Great breakdown of item sets and where to get them!
- WoWHead Guides (lots of good stuff here, just start digging through the oodles of information that the WoWHead staff have been feverishly working to compile!
The one thing to remember about Transmog is that it can be as serious (like mine) or as funny as you want it to be. Enjoy!
TTGF raids are amusing. Guild chat is even MORE amusing. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to flip through my screenshots you’ve seen pictures of this newest Blogger, or even heard me yammering about him on Vent.
I give you, the newest member of the TTGF blogging family, Boozekin! Written by our very own Aldous! Aldous is one of our officers in TTGF, our official raid wiper, and my sometimes cotank on trash in Firelands. We’ve also drunk tanked Tier 11 content when we’ve been bored. His boss fight explanations are second to none, and his blog does a great job of capturing the fun and humor that he brings to TTGF.
His blog was born during random chatter last night on vent–at guild member urging, because Aldous is just too epic to be contained in just TTGF. He chose the name Boozekin after a questionable night in gchat that will remain with guildies until…well…until we have another epic quote night.
Rades has been capturing sound clips during random moments in vent, and has been able to provide us with some classic Aldous material:
- Aldous sings Staind
- Aldous “Drunk as Fuck”
- Aldous Reporting Reinforcements
- Aldous and the Metal Flute
- DLTBBB Part 1
- DLTBBB Part 2
- DLTBBB Part 3
Many thanks to Rades for hosting these recorded moments!
Be sure to check out Aldous’ blog, Boozekin: Musings of a drunk druid, for regular updates!
You can also tune in to the LiveStream tonight at 10p Eastern for Aldous raid shenanigans (since he’s doing trash with me tonight–not sure if he realizes it or not).
Anway! Raise your glass in welcome to our newest TTGF blogger!
So aside from overly delayed boss strat guides, I’ve been fairly quiet over here. I figure that today I can make up for lost time with a ton of blog posts, some of value, some for my own personal enjoyment. This will be a random rundown of WoW stuff, real life, and other misc. things!
So last week was sort of interesting! We had an earthquake in quiet little Virginia on August 23rd–a nice 5.8! It was the first time I’ve been in one since I lived in California and got to wake up to a 5.3. It was an odd sensation–I had stepped into my garage to put some recycle up and was walking back into the house when the floor started rolling. It sounded like a train outside and my first reaction, having lived here for so long was “oh my god, something has crashed.” This is sort of standard considering I live in a flight path and that Dulles Airport isn’t all that far away (my office is in the general vicinity). Me, being me, walked up the stairs into my family room and watched pictures sway on the walls while I listened to all the creaking of the house joists. Then it dawned on me. It was an earthquake!
Once the house stopped shaking, I sorta stood in the family room for a moment, shrugged, and went downstairs to check on Twitter, hit up the Internet, and rejoice over the fact that I now have an excuse to avoid cleaning the house.
The downside of the earthquake was that my cell phone and home phone stopped working for a couple hours. It was one of those fleeting moments where I was happy to discover that my IP phone for work was alive and well (CallManager is in another state), so I was able to make phone calls to friends and family to make sure everyone was okay.
Earthquake fun was followed up by Hurricane Irene fun. I scuttled off to the grocery store for miscellaneous food items, and got stuff brought inside on Friday, preparing for the wind and rain that blew through. The power dimmed a few times, but we never completely lost it. If we lost power and internet, it would have been a LONG weekend for me, probably resulting in wall climbing and spastic Tweeting from my cell phone!
Work has been pretty crazy–I finally took some much needed vacation last Thursday and Friday. Coming back to work on Monday was a culture shock, and I decided I needed more time off. So I’m taking off September 2nd through the 11th, just so I can do absolutely nothing but sit on my butt, play WoW, drink, probably go out to eat, and go shopping. I may even try to stay regular with blogging (again)!
So WoW has been pretty amusing. I rolled a Draenei DK alt over on Medivh-US to harass the lovely members of Waypoint. I’m not sure if they knew what they were in for when they told me to roll an alt over there! I guess I was fairly amusing, because since then, several of them have rolled over on Drenden-US to deal with my wackiness at a Horde level!
In the process, Dee (@outbirk) decided to move her Belf Mage over so that she could get help with group quests and continue making her steady push to 85. This resulted in much humor, especially when she was trying to decide if she was going to keep her character name or not. Much humor was had in the discussion of “special characters” for the name.
Anyway, Dee decided to keep her name, special character added,and away we went, grinding her quickly to level 85! I’m leaving out many of the snarky party chat screenshots as Kirian and Raz had much amusement in LFD. As Dee put it, the other party members were probably hoping and praying Kirian would STFU and not drive the tank out of the dungeon! Much hilarity.
While leveling, we did a bunch of stupid stuff to support our Transmorgification needs. This included runs of Black Temple, Mount Hyjal, Blackwing Lair, and even Sunwell, where we both picked up fabulous Transmog gear!
What can I say, it’s been fun :)
What follows are some random (and fun), screenshots from our travels!
Working on the grind to 80–there was a dead mage involved!
Grinding for Battered Hilts for Raz and Kirian (at 84).
Taking in the scenery in the Sunwell.
At the Sunwell. Which definitely needs a new paint job–something about a demon being on the wall just doesn’t really jive with a purified fount of energy.
So Dee has been humoring me (and her) with random Raz sketches as I helped her level…
The first one amuses me greatly–because it’s Raz in a nutshell: sarcastic, amused, and more or less a “WAT” type picture!
The second one is more of a character study, and Tweeps have seen it for a bit in uncolored form until yesterday, when the colored version went live. Well, the shoulders to head version went live on Twitter–now everyone gets to see the full cut of the pic <.<
I adore them both! Thanks Dee for humoring both of us with these!