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Tonight has alternately been one of my best WoW nights and one of the worst.

After well over a year, I finally got an upgrade to my shield – Bulwark of Smouldering Steel finally dropped after all the months we’ve been poking around in ICC 25 (stats say that this was my 13th Marrowgar 25 kill). Ori was my very first healer after I guild hopped to an IRL friend’s guild that was in need of a healer and switched from protection to holy in January of 2009. The very first run I did with them netted me the Voice of Reason from KT 25, and it’s been my faithful shield since, thanks to a lack of any other dropping while I was around. It’s become kind of a guild joke that there’s no such thing as shields, because it’s evaded me for so long. To finally get it was kind of a high point of raiding for the past few months.

Because honestly? Raiding has bummed me out. But I decided not to give a shit about what ever else was going on and just have fun raiding tonight. It actually worked for a while and I was enjoying myself despite the fact that there were stupid wipes. Unfortunately, I also realize lot of the tension has overflown and I’m afraid that my WoW experience just won’t be the same any more. I try not to talk about my guild and our problems any more in this blog, because I know that it upsets the members. But you know what? Being quiet and not trying to fix the problems, or worse – trying to “fix” them in explosive ways, upsets ME. I’m incredibly sad because BoO is a place where I feel that I can have fun and I feel that people enjoy interacting with me, and I’m not sure how much longer that’s going to last. Tensions are driving people away and I’m torn between begging them to wait and acknowledging that if it weren’t for certain people, I might not still be here and happy either.

But no matter what happens to the guild itself, I know that the people that I’ve gotten to know will still be my friends. That’s more important to me than pixels and monsters, and it makes me sad that not everyone feels the same way that I do.

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Yelling “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PORTAL LOOKS LIKE WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING” over Vent during your guild’s first attempt at Dreamwalker will instantly out you as someone who does not watch the tankspot videos.

If you do it with enough panic in your voice, it might get you laughs like it did for me though!

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I’ve been complaining that alts aren’t really exciting, and now I have to eat my words because I am having a blast with my hunter!

Muffin tabard lives on! My alt guild is VIVA LA MUFFIN – I like having all of them in one place so I can stash low level mats in a gbank and they can easily go to whichever alt needs them. Lysippae is accompanied by the gentleman crab, Soggleby. I love my crab, who was one of my very first pets, but I can’t wait until I can tame exotic pets! I really want a nether ray pet, and maybe a corehound too.

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BUBBLICIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already familiar with I Like Bubbles, Amber’s blog. Amber is Brotherhood of Oblivion’s GM, and her blog is pretty much the reason that I’m still playing WoW these days. I had always thought that her guild sounded hilarious and fun, but they were Alliance and I had no interest in leveling all the way up to 80 on a new faction. I had completely quit raiding for a while, and when faction transfers opened, I didn’t hesitate at all to go draenei and transfer over to Azgalor to join BoO. So you could definitely say that Amber’s had a hugely positive impact on me when it comes to WoW.

ANYWAY. She decided that, since her paladin is retired, her blog was lacking in paladin flavor, and asked me to talk about holy paladining over there. So I’ll be making regular bubble loving posts on her blog. :D I AM EXCITE.

Wait, does this mean … FRIDAY FLOWCHART POSTS? WITH PALADIN FLAVORING?

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My fellow bloggers in the guild pointed out that it’s been a long time since I updated this thing. It’s been a combination of 3.3 borking my addons and me being too stubborn to play without them, then the holiday season distracting me – I went away to my boyfriend’s parents’ house, which meant lag inducing DSL and little laptop screens. Plus I’m feeling like a little bit of a traitor these days, what with my Disco Priest blog and me playing a holy paladin full time!

And as much as I loathe to admit it, I feel really good about holy paladining right now. Disc priesting is fun, and has so many more options than paladin healing, which is probably why I went “F THAT” to paladining as soon as Cel was 80 and ready for raids. At the time I was still in Naxx, which is boring no matter what, and we ran with a superb healing team that included two other holy paladins, so my throughput wasn’t needed at the time. Now in ICC 10, running with a disc priest and resto druid, it just makes more sense to have a holy paladin on the team, and I love the ability to put out huge amounts of healing, while Amber does the mitigating. I feel much more secure than I would if we were running two disc priests in that group, thanks in part to Baconhax. And I LOVE the fights in ICC so far. The mechanics are interesting, which is all it takes to beat the pants off ToC, really.

And now, a meme that Kyr tagged me for ages ago!

World of Warcraft 2009 Year in Review

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before? 2009 was the Year of the Priest. I didn’t roll Celaeno until I was thoroughly disgusted with raiding Naxx (let’s see, Orithia hit 80 in mid December, so that means I was definitely tired of that business by January!), and dual boxed her up to 60 quickly, then dungeon healed my way to 80 so I could learn about healing along the way. Healing was also new in 2009 – I didn’t start until all of Crucible’s old BT/Hyjal tank crew finally reached the level cap and wanted tanking spots. There was definitely at least one run where we had 5 tanks, all trying to get in on the action. Since spell plate is easy to collect, I cobbled together a set and the rest is history.

What was your favorite new place that you visited? Ulduar! BEEP BEEP!

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Balance. I mean this in a personal way, not in a game mechanics way. When I let WoW become a big deal and devote a lot of time to gearing and trying to be the very best, I get disgusted with the game and need a break. At the same time, I like to be sure that I’m available when I’m needed. I need to find a good balance of time spent playing and time spent indulging my other hobbies (zomg guys, I got a sewing machine for Christmas!) in the coming year.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finally getting 25 man Anub’arak down was amazing. I think I had that feeling when we killed KT for the first time too, but that was dulled by the fact that it was easy every single time after.

What was your biggest failure? Patch day, 3.1, walking into Ulduar 25 full of excitement, spanking Flame Leviathan, only to repeatedly wipe on Ignis trash and never get him down. It was the breaking point for me, and I took a long leave of absence after. This is also about the time that the guild started to fall apart, and my favorite friend was forced to leave the guild, so it was a really low point for me.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Beacon of Light changes! REJOICE.

What do you wish you’d done less of? Playing because I feel obligated. It had a really negative impact on me when I spent 5 nights raiding, cursing at people who failed in NAXX OF ALL PLACES, and any time that I didn’t want to show up, I was generally told that they needed me, because I’m a tank/healer. It was incredibly stressful and definitely led to burn out. I’m a stubborn broad and too much of doing things that I don’t really want to do will eventually make me balk.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast? Undoubtedly Amber’s I Like Bubbles, because she taught me about disc priesting when Cel was a baby, and it’s thanks to her blog that I found my home in Brotherhood of Oblivion. FACTION CHANGE YAY \o/

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009. Nine times out of ten if a player is a jackass, he is playing a blood elf ret paladin.

One last piece of business: I’d like to direct you to a new BoO blogger, Mach!

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Boomdeyada, boomdeyada!

It’s so easy to get bogged down by negativity when it comes to WoW, especially lately. Boredom and burnout are rearing their heads, and it seems like every other PuG that I step into leaves me wondering how people are smart enough to even function. Sometimes I forget about the things that keep me playing: little things that I enjoy about the game and that have kept me engaged for over a year now.

Crusty Bob – Every single one of my characters takes a screenshot with this turtle who hangs out with the hunter trainer outside of The Exodar. Guys, HE SMILES. A TURTLE WHO SMILES.

Azshara – by far my favorite zone, I’ve always like that it feels deserted and ruinous. The autumn setting is gorgeous, and the lack of quests and people in the zone just adds to that atmosphere of emptiness. If you’ve ever done laps of the zone for herbs or mining, you know it’s a huge place, and there’s something peaceful about having it all to yourself (a few naga aside). The night elf ruins with the toppled Ravencrest Monument are a wonderful illustration of what the elves lost in the Sundering. Since Up (my favorite movie, words just cannot express) came out, I’ve started associating Azshara with the scene when Ellie and Carl lie under the tree watching the clouds – it just has that feeling for me.

Sheddle Glossgleam – Head upstairs in The Threads of Fate, plop yourself down in the Shoeshine Seat, and if you’re as in love with sparkly things as I am, prepare to be thrilled.

Windle Sparkshine – When it gets dark in Dalaran, he turns on the streetlamps, then sells Wendle’s Lighter, which lets you turn on any that he’s missed. :3 Dalaran in general is just a dynamic zone, and it was amazing to explore when Wrath hit and people were slowly trickling into the city.

Naxx doodad – the door in the arachnid quarter doesn’t say this any more, but it used to send me into thralls of glee, making it the only part of Naxx to do so. Doodad nerf ’09, never forget!

Karazhan – I’m a BC baby and this was my first raid. I’ll always remember it fondly for that alone, but the lore and the way that a manor full of sinister spirits speaks to me are what make Karazhan special. The encounters were interesting in ways that other raids have yet to top for me. How freaking amazing was the Opera event? In a similar vein, Duskwood is my favorite Azerothian questing zone. I love spooky undead!

Dorfus Alphamage – I didn’t play in vanilla WoW, but that doesn’t stop me from loving this shout out in Dalaran to a time when dwarves could be mages. How awesome is that spinny braid female dwarf animation going to be on mages in Cataclysm?

Flame Leviathan choppers – I squeal like a little girl when I get to ride around beeping my horn. BEEP BEEP. \o/

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner – Her story and the Lament of the Highborne are hauntingly beautiful. She is by far my favorite faction leader, and I miss being Horde because it means that I’ll never be doing my auctioning and hear her begin to sing. The only appropriate response to her song is to rush to the Royal Quarter and bow in reverence at her feet. People who don’t stay to listen to her sing are heathens!

Downing a boss for the first time – It feels amazing. Congratulations to everyone in Brotherhood of Oblivion for our first Anub’arak 25 kill! I logged off feeling giddy and remembering why I love raiding, that feeling of finally coming together and besting a boss who’s given you trouble in the past is nothing short of euphoric.

That’s just a few things that I can think of, and I know there’s more that I’m missing. My poor boyfriend can attest to the fact that every now and then I just start flapping my hands and squealing over some little exciting thing. The details are part of what makes the game enjoyable for me, and Blizzard does not skimp. So tell me, what do you love about World of Warcraft?

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