Sunday, December 15, 2013

I played four Warsong Gulch battlegrounds this weekend. I went 2 - 2.  I like this battleground, although I am not much of a flag carrier.  I tend to avoid it if I can.  I would rather protect or kill flag carriers.  What I like about battlegrounds over the 5-man PUG is that no one player, usually the tank or the healer can screw over the group as a whole and just leave.  That does not mean that battlegrounds are without drama.

You have people that like to go AFK, or cook up something tasty, or maybe work on a neglected profession.  What bugs me?  It is when players bitch and moan about everything, or everyone sucks, WoW sucks, or whatever.

I had a real winner in the one the losses this weekend.  They were the "leader" of our band of merry toons.  When he didn't get the proper responses or sympathy from the group as a whole, he switched his rant to raid warnings, so that it flashed up on the screen.  Ugh.. really?!?

A healer druid and four hunters had banded together and were mostly unstoppable.  Our leader strongly felt that we needed to kill the healer.  Easier said than done.  Did we lose?  Yep.  We couldn't get much of an offense together and put a stop to the beat down we were receiving.  Was it still fun for me, despite the beating?  Yep, but it could have been better without the rantings of a madman.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

It has been a fun week full of events.  The World of Warcraft Ninth Anniversary which gave a nice 9% bonus to both experience and reputation.  It ran into the first couple of days of the Darkmoon Faire for added fun.  I have been having awful luck trying to get a Crow battle pet of quality at the Faire, and the only time that I did find one, I killed it.  Sigh...  I am also getting closer to being able to buy the Darkmoon pets with the tickets.  I should be able to get them by the first of the year.

The last event of note was the Pilgrim's Bounty, or How to Easily Level Cooking to 350+.  I was unable to get the Plump Turkey pet, but I did level lots of cooking.  I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by.

I am very excited to hear that in the next patch, we should be able to mail heirloom gear across realms.  I have some gear lying around somewhere gathering dust.  I would be awesome to be able to put them to good use.  They would truly be bound on account items and not bound on realm items.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

How it all started.

A long, long time ago I got into MMORPGs.  My game of choice was City of Heroes.  I loved that game.  It had many wonderful things going for it.  The character costume design was outstanding.  I created countless heroes and villains that didn't go anywhere beyond the costume design.

I also enjoyed the ability to side kick or exemplar so that you could team up with other heroes regardless of your level.  I wish Blizzard would embrace this idea.  You could team up and play the end game content.  They have decided that they are going to hand out high level toons instead.

My friends talked me into getting into WoW.  At the time I was getting a little burnt out of CoH, and so I agreed to give it a try.  It was vanilla and Burning Crusade was about to be released.  I created a tauren hunter named Matador.  The graphics in Warcraft weren't as nice as CoH and the character creation was unimaginative and boring.

I stuck with it and chatted with my friends as I walked all over the Barrens which seemed like forever.  Barrens was a huge zone and you didn't get a mount until level 40.  Barrens chat was pretty wild at times.  Anyone who played horde during those months knows exactly what I am talking about.  Matador was my toon through Burning Crusade.  I had others, but he was my main.

Wrath of the Lich King was coming out.  I decided to make a change.  I created a gnome mage named Turwinkle.  He was my main throughout the expansion.  Wrath is my favorite expansion by far.

Then came Cataclysm with the addition of the Worgen and Goblin.  Another expansion and another restart for me.  I knew I wanted to play a Goblin.  I went back to the Horde and started Scur the goblin mage.  I almost made Scur a shaman because the goblin totems looked so cool.  It seems like a silly reason to make a shaman but there you have it.

Pandaria came out and my computer could not run it properly.  It was having a tough time in Wrath and Cataclysm especially laging in cities.  Wrath Dalaran was almost unplayable and I avoided the city as much as possible.  I finally got a new computer and have re-joined and restarted again.

This time around I have created a team of toons.  Instead of one main toon, I have created a team of them with all professions, races and most classes represented.  I have joined the pet battling craze, and I am happy with my decision to go this route.