Showing posts with label personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label personal. Show all posts

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I'm a slacker....I know. The update.

I didn't realize it's been this long since I posted. Man what is wrong with me. Busy busy busy I guess.
Work drives me nuts and leaves my brain with much less room then I used to have. I keep trying to figure out a way to not be so damn drained at the end of the day that I don't even want to play WoW during the week. Weekends have been my thing lately.

I have 3 toons to 90. Warlock, druid and my horde hunter. I am planning on seeing the offensive from the Horde's perspective. Right now I'm doing, of all things, Argent Crusade dailies to get the pets from that faction. I just make sure I am not thinking about how long this is going to take, or I will just stop and not go back.

My raiding group has completely died. I am doing LFR when I find time and feel inclined. I've gotten the 4 piece which is exciting. Once the drop rate increased I had it in 2 days. What's up with that?!

I am excited about Blizzcon! I can't wait to see everyone! :)

I got the green fire tome 2 nights ago. I have never been one of those people to have good luck so I am going with the idea that they must have increased the drop rate or something. I didn't spend all that much time farming for it. I have probably killed a few dozen rares or less, and had decided it was going to take forever, and there is was! I got it off Ramuk. I don't know if that makes any difference. That being said, I am enjoying the Thunder Isle and it's dailies. I find it all rather interesting. The mobs are challenging in some areas. The elites are everywhere which makes you pay attention to what you're doing. The areas are diverse enough to keep me interested. All in all I'd say Blizz has done a good job with this one.

That's the wrap up in a nutshell. Take care y'all.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Post 100! Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!

We've made it to 2013. What timing eh? Post 100 and a new year. I think I'm just going to take this opportunity to let you know what's been going on in WoW for me.

First off, externally, as you can see, I'm not writing as frequently as I'd like to. I have resigned as wikibrarian for Twisted Nether but that doesn't mean I will not continue to work with them. Hopefully I will be able to pick up something else. That just didn't seem to be working. By the time I got to it Rio had them done. So I didn't feel like I was contributing very much.

I have been trying to work on a new banner for this site but have not been able to create anything I like. I am not the most savvy with computer artwork or graphics. I just don't do it that often.

In game is going ok. I have been so crazy at work the last few months that I have not been spending any quality WoW time during the week. Being a weekend warrior is just not good enough for me. I have been trying to figure out ways to make it easier to get on more. I hope that now the new year has begun, and I have gotten caught up at work, that the brain fry I have been experiencing will cease, and I will want to do something besides stare at the TV and eat when I come home from work. We shall see.

Dailies suck. I think I will expound on that in another post. They wear me out. 

We are not raiding. We lost a couple of raiders in November and they all happen to be healers. We are currently recruiting for 2 healer spots if anyone is interested. Not that there is a ton of people reading this to make a difference.

I created a guild website for my guild that no one is going to. That is fun. I have been trying to make it more fun to try out but it's not working. Any suggestions are awesome. Honestly I didn't expect much. We had a website before that was hardly visited. Now with the in-game calendar,  events, and recruiting there is really no reason for a website. We have a facebook page so I thought perhaps this would be a good alternative to that. Where people could leave posts and messages. Facebook is so convenient that I don't think this will take really. I'm not paying for it so that's ok.

That's about it. Rather hum drum ho hum right now. Which I find a bit frustrating.

There is good news here. I have had several friends return to the game around Christmas time, and a few new friends join the game. I'm very excited and happy to see them return. One of them is the woman who got me started playing. I'm excited to be able to spend some time in game with them. We all rolled Panda's last week and are playing once or twice a week together. This is my roll playing gang also so it's like an additional game night for us. We all hop on vent and yell at the new people to keep up lol.

I have plans to get this site a little more spruced up if I can find the time to spend with Gimp and learn more better (yes that is a word...more better) how to use it. /fingers crossed
I also owe ElJeppy a review about the new keyboard...oh new! Wait, I have a bunch of new stuff. New keyboard, new computer and new headset. Very exciting. I can now get more than 4 fps!! woot!

All righty that's it for today. I need to go play now. :)  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Living in Azeroth - Why We Feel for the Game

I sometimes stop and wonder who else has tread on the ground I now occupy. 5 years ago, 50 years ago, 300 years ago? Was there a battle here from a war? Did a Native American once set up their wigwam where I now reside? Who else has been here? What did they do? How did they live? What did they think? What people have walked this path and how did it look to them? Did they stop and look around and wonder too?
It is an amazing thought and can put your life into perspective. The same way seeing a night sky spread out into infinity can make you feel so small and yet a part of everything.

WoW does this for me somehow. I find myself stopping and looking around in the world. Examining it. Feeling like a part of it.
I've never had a "feeling" about a game before this one. I've never felt emotionally attached to a game as much as I am to WoW, the characters in it, and the people I play with.

I can speculate. It could be the zones, the terrain, or the scenes you run across. While the pixels are not perfect, and the trees may seem rather symmetrical, the arrangements can be provoking. A lamp along a path. A conversation between NPC's you might happen upon in a small town. A fire in a hearth. Sometimes moving from one zone to another. One of my favorite transitions is from Dun Morogh into Loch Modan and into the Wetlands. Coming down out of the mountains.
It could be the music. Blizzard has put a lot into making their lands sound right. I work in a theme park and I relate it to what we call "site sound". Locational soundtracks. As you move around the park where I work you will hear music to evoke that time period or a feeling that you may have associated with a motion picture. It conjures memories and attaches you to the location. In most cases without you even noticing. Blizzard utilizes the same mechanic. The music solidifies the area and the feeling for you. And they are very good it.
It could be the lore and the stories. This world has a history. A long and rich history that involves all sorts of humanoids and their families and offspring. Their wars and their loves. Their hopes and heartbreaks. Why else would we be so occupied with why Jaine Proudmore looks like she's had a really bad day in MoP, and speculate to the nth degree of what that means to us and how we feel about it.
Blizzard has done a fan-tabulous job of creating characters we can relate to. They are not heroes yet they are heroic. They have been imbued with all the characteristics that we can relate to and associate to those trying to act as best they can. Vulnerable yet strong personalities. What we would believe ourselves or our true life heroes to be. Not perfect but with good intent; at least as far as their personalities will allow (and ours).

There are several psychological terms that go along with the concept of attaching feelings to the game. Anthropomorphism, the idea of giving inanimate objects feelings and/or human characteristics, and animism, which is generally the same term but attributes consciousness or spirituality to an object. Animism is used more in terms of natural objects, such as a tree, than inanimate objects like a computer. The theory I have seen a bit more recently is that is it part of our human makeup and falls into the essentialist category. Meaning that is it essential or part of our nature. In other words, we are predisposed to name inanimate objects like our car or our first blankie, and attribute feelings to them. I am including a bunch of links at the bottom for where some of this information can be found on the web and where I looked up the specific definitions.
I saw this idea most recently in an episode of Through the Wormhole on The Science Channel and was immediately struck by how often I do this. Personally I am very apt to attribute human characteristics to an object and I think that's why I tend to be a pack rat. I not only want to keep that piece of string because I may be able to use it later, but I hate the idea of that piece of string sitting in the garbage can all by itself. Don't get me wrong, I still throw it out. I just have to not think about how the string will feel about it. It may sound silly but since reading a little more on this it is a trait that many humans share.

Feelings. I think that is the key. Somehow, through good storytelling and persistent imagery, Blizzard has managed to engage our feelings. We are very easy creatures indeed.
I find it really interesting that I call Azeroth a home and my guild part of my family. I don't find it surprising, and I embrace it. I believe it is part of how and why I enjoy the world and the game so much, and why the social aspect is so compelling to so many people.

http://anthropomorphism.org/
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/essentialism
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/twine/ecofem/essentialism.html
http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/animism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animism

http://science.discovery.com/tv/through-the-wormhole/  Season 3 Did We Invent God?




Thursday, July 5, 2012

Accidental Tourist - Beta Exploration in Error & a bit of Warlockery

I had just finished my second panda in the starter zone when I decided I wasn't quite done with my beta testing for the evening. I still had some time before bed so I went to play around with the current iteration of level 85 warlock spells and found myself wandering around.

The reason I chose to limit my testing in the beta to the Panda starting zone is because I LOVE exploration. I especially love exploration on launch. This habit came from the first expansion launch for Burning Crusade. Where Hellfire Peninsula was so overcrowded and stupid you couldn't complete a quest without being an asshole to everyone else simply because everyone else was being an asshole. Not on purpose but out of close quarters and frustration. So I simply went off on an excursion those first few days. I was probably one of the first on my server to get to Shattrath and wander around, and I dragged along some of my guildies as well. Since then it has become a kind of ritual for me. I go off by myself, or with one or two people, and spend the first few days just wandering around zones trying not to die. It is always exciting, and I have found that those are my best, and some of my most memorable and treasured moments in WoW. There is something about the newness and the anticipation. Not knowing what is around the next corner. The thrill of discovery!

So this is what happened....
It all started innocently enough. "I'll just go see if the new warlock pets are better or worse when using the single more powerful pet or the multiple warlock pets talent". La-de-da and ho-hum off we go. I had rolled a level 85 pre-made warlock to take a look at the spells and talents a while ago, and she was still sitting there. I had taken her through the first quest from Varian to get to the Isle of Pandaria, and then I had just stood there looking over and picking talents. When I was done messing around I had just left her there. So back to her I went. I looked over the talents and skills and decided that I should really understand this burning embers mechanic. I went out into the field there by the landing area and just started killing things to see how these spells worked.  Wow! I was quite affected by the new destro warlock spells. They are so much fun! Blowing up stuff and setting myself on fire and.... let's just say I was hooting, and giggling and then finally laughing maniacally. It was a lot of fun, and I have to say I cannot wait.
I was drunk with my new found power and so elated I got on my horse and started galloping down the road. I'm sure I was thinking I'd just find a few other things to kill where I'm not interfering with people questing. 
Next thing I know I'm looking around and wondering whats around this corner...and that corner...and running from mobs...and seeing mountains and streams and houses and houses on top of mountains I can't get to and OH MY GOD WHAT AM I DOING!!
I had to make myself stop. I told myself all about how I'd ruin my first few days of launch. I forced myself to take her back to the starting field, and made myself log off. It's like a drug! I want to go back just thinking about it. I want to go back and PLAY! Run around and smack things with my new spells. Level up and explore!!

/facepalm
I hate beta. It is like chocolate cake in the house when there is no one else around. You have one piece, and know you shouldn't but you just HAVE to have another. Then you think...well there's no one around to know, I can have the whole thing!
I heard Matt Rossi from WoW Insider share that he always does beta testing in the opposite faction from what he intends to play in game. I have to say that's a good tip I will have to remember. Right now I'm better off abstaining, or sticking to little Panda's. Or maybe rolling an undead warlock? No. I think I'd rather wait and enjoy it when it gets here. Kinda like Christmas!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nothin' Doin'

This is what I've been up to lately.

Basically finishing up achievements and doing a lot of PVP. You know its the end of an expansion when my guild starts hitting the PVP hard. I enjoy it and it's fun to play with others. It's unfortunate that most of my guildies don't seem to get into it until the end of an expansion like this, but I take advantage of it when I can.


I am working on one last achievement from Firelands Ready for Raiding II. I have one more of these guys to kill and it seems like he's never up when I look for him.

I'm working on the rares for both Bloody Rare and Frostbitten. I have finished the majority of them, but am having problems with the hunter pet ones such as Loque'nahak. He is apparently very popular ;).
I have a guildie that has spurred me into searching for the rare mounts in the various raids and instances, but I have not yet motivated myself to really get into this one and hit the instances every day. 
I am also finally doing Archeology. Yes indeed. It seems to be something to do while looking for the rares and it works, especially since I'm in Outlands with it at the moment, and I have no gathering professions on my main. At least I feel like I'm accomplishing more at one time while flying around.

On the other side I am playing Diablo3. Like a nub I might add. I have only dabbled in Diablo before so it is new to me. It's fun and different. I enjoy the choice of spells and abilities. It makes your character quite customizable. I have found I can use abilities that are more in tune with my play style. I am also dragging out the XBox. I am finally catching up on my podcasts and Ladies of Leet has really motivated me to go back to other games when I have time. I am finishing up Call of Duty Black Ops single player campaign. I had to learn the controller all over again. I think it's been over a year since I played.

On a personal note I quit smoking last week. Today is day 7. I'm a bit hectic and crazy. Just when I was feeling like I was getting things on the right track I've gone off the deep end. lol

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Boots!

So I just have to add this little tid-bit. I bought 2 pairs of black boots yesterday. They are in the mail to me...soon. lol  When I get them I will share a photo with you. I spent too much money but they were on sale and I don't care, I decided I was worth it.

And they are so hot!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Be Your Own Advocate (Not WoW)

I don't post non-WoW stuff very often but I wanted to share something from my life these past few months.

In August I realized I had a medical issue. Nothing bad, nothing that couldn't be taken care of with medication. I went to see a doctor about it and was put on some meds that I will probably have to take for the next few years. Soon after that I began having sleep problems. I mean really weird awful sleep problems. I had a really hard time getting to sleep and when I could finally get to sleep I was unable to stay asleep for more than 4-6 hours at a time. You might think that's no big deal. Let me tell you that after a few months of 4 hours of sleep your brain just does not function the way it should. Add to that I quit smoking in early December and you have a recipe for utter crazy.