IntPiPoMo 2018 Results

IntPiPoMo 2018 Results

The List

First, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who participated this year! It was a much better turn out than 2017, and I’m thankful to everyone who took the time. If you’re unsure what IntPiPoMo is, you can check out the starter post from this year, and mark your calendars for 2019!

Some Stats

Stats! I love stats! I like providing little tidbits of information on wrap-up.

  • Thirteen (13) total blogs participated in this challenge (including my own measly participation). This is double what participated in 2017 (6) and approximately the number the participated in 2016 (14).
  • Twelve (12) blogs posted at least 5 images.
  • Eleven (11) blogs posted at least 25 images.
  • Seven (7) blogs posted at least 50 images.
  • Six (6) blogs went above and beyond the 50 images.
  • The highest number of posted images was 104, followed by 95, and 92.

The Winners

I offered up prizes again this year, so let’s review what they were, and the winners!

  • Grand Prize – Of all participants who complete 50 photos, I will be using a RNG ( to draw a winner for a Steam game worth up to $15! This is also exchangeable for an MMO subscription.
  • Three Other Prizes – Of all participants to complete the 25+ photos (up to and including those who make it to 50 pictures), I will be using a RNG ( to draw three winners for a Steam game worth up to $10! And the winners are…

I’ll be reaching out to everyone via Twitter (or on one of your blog posts if you didn’t list a Twitter account on sign up) to dish out prizes!

Thank you again to everybody who participated! I’m hoping we keep steaming along next year!

Meandering in ESO/WoW

Meandering in ESO/WoW

This post is a part of IntPiPoMo! You can find out more about IntPiPoMo and find the sign up form at this post.

Welcome to Warden-ing

Manthing and I have been searching for a game to play together for a while now (like, a year and half). Part of the problem has been schedules not lining up, and part of it has just been, by the time one of us chooses a game, the other isn’t particularly interested in it, or is farther along, etc.

So the other week we were both sick, and date night wasn’t a thing. So instead, we hopped into ESO and leveled a little bit together—which was a lot of fun! Once he’s done with school for the semester, we’ll probably level a little bit more together on alts, while I stream leveling my main to catch up with his main. Then I will most likely end up switching which toon I’ll stream, so you’ll see a bit more of this Orc lady (my alt) in the future, I’m sure!


While doing some world quests (ugh) in WoW, I stumbled upon this scene, and had to share, because it made me extremely happy. Who can resist Pooh!

And their location, for those who want it! Oh, speaking of WoW…

Warcraft = Meh

I’ve been feeling super “meh” about WoW in general, lately. So I did some hardcore reflection on it. And a big portion of it is not enjoying playing a Warrior. (I mean, part of it is that BfA just isn’t that great, but, spending time with my guildies helps outweigh that factor.) I’ve barely logged in, and have felt bitter about raiding. Like, where even though I’m trying my hardest, it doesn’t feel like it’s good enough (because Prot Warriors really suck right now).

The last time I felt like this about a class/spec was in Cataclysm, when I played a Guardian Druid. I spent a lot of time feeling bitter about the class, and that was a big contributing factor to why I quit WoW for five and a half years (I mean, it wasn’t the only reason, but there’s some baggage there).

I don’t want to quit WoW for another five years. Honestly, I love logging in to spend time with guildies. But when I haven’t been enjoying the Warrior, it makes it harder to log in, because I’d mostly be running M+ and shooting the shit.

I did hundreds of M+ dungeons in Legion. I mean, Warriors weren’t perfect, but we weren’t shit tanks, either. It was middle-of-the-road, and it wasn’t bad. This expansion I’ve run a total of two M+ dungeons on my Warrior.

I’ve made a lot of “Oh, I’ll log on!” promises, and then end up reading a book or binging Netflix instead. Because the Warrior isn’t enjoyable.

For the longest time, I didn’t want to be the person who changed mains every expansion. Especially since I am an achievement hoarder, and WoW’s achievement system is not very conducive to rolling alts (IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE ACCOUNT BOUND FUCKING MAKE THEM ACCOUNT BOUND AND STOP GIVING THEM TO ME IF I ALREADY GOT THEM ON ANOTHER CHARACTER, DAMNIT. …Yes, it’s a pet peeve).

But I think I’m going to switch from the Warrior to the Death Knight. Which will completely change my goals for the month, but, I think it needs to be done, or else I’m going to end up distancing myself from friends I wish I’d never distanced myself from in the first place.

November ’18 Gaming Goals

November ’18 Gaming Goals

This post is a part of IntPiPoMo! You can find out more about IntPiPoMo and find the sign up form at this post.

October Recap

Well, November is already half over and I’m finally getting to writing this. Woops! October’s recap is a pretty quick one—due to life being super busy (vacation, assisting with SphinxCon, LARP, etc.), I didn’t really have a lot of time outside of raid nights in WoW, and work deadlines, to do much gaming. Of my list, I really only completed a few things.


I finally ended up getting my Pathfinder (Part 1) achievement. So that’s one less thing to worry about come whenever Blizz releases Part 2.

I got a fair bit done in my miscellaneous goals. I hopped into Diablo 3 for a bit, and finally got the first expansion (that Ainyan gifted me for my birthday) to redeem. So now I can finally play campaign mode! Manthing says he’ll help level me so we can do some Rifts for the season, but we’ll see if it happens with the holidays (and multiple birthdays) approaching.

I also played a bunch of games as a part of #HorrorGameOct—The Park (1/2), Layers of Fear (1/2/3), and I started Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines (1/2/3), which I plan on continuing until I finish a full playthrough.

November Gaming Goals

I don’t have many goals for November, because (1) it’s part way over, and (2) I have a busy rest of the month ahead of me.

World of Warcraft

  • Reach Exalted with one BfA reputation
  • Zandalari Blacksmithing 150
  • Zandalari Cooking 150
  • Zandalari Fishing 150


  • Finish a route (or two, or more…I’m so close to finishing the game!) in Sweet Fuse for #VNNovember
  • Start Period:Cube for #VNNovember
  • Create a new main in ESO
  • Work through side missions I’ve not yet completed in Secret World Legends to catch up with main story
IntPiPoMo 2018 is Here!!

IntPiPoMo 2018 is Here!!

What’s This IntPiPoMo?

IntPiPoMo, or International Picture Posting Month is the image equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo focuses on writing 50,000 words over the course of the month of November. So, if a picture is a thousand words, that means that IntPiPoMo requires fifty pictures. Makes perfect sense.

These can be anything from screenshots from any game, to photographs you take in real life and want to share on your blog, to some artwork you’ve recently completed. Seriously, they can be anything—character selfies, shots of combat, sharing your game UI, showing off all those pretty new scenery shots with the new graphics card you got… you get the idea.

IntPiPoMo was started back in 2011 by Angelya of Revive & Rejuventate. In 2013, Jojo of Admiring Azeroth picked up the initiative. In 2015, Jojo passed it along to me, as she was out of the country and unable to run it. I changed it up a bit when I took over, offering some prizes for those that completed the challenge, and I plan to do so again this year. (I already have the funds set aside so you guys don’t have to wait, again! Because I finally learned how to budget!) I’m hoping to continue to do the initiative justice, and I’m excited to see what kinds of screenshots and pictures folks are going to share!

That Participation Thing

  • Fill out this form to let me know you are participating! You can join at any time throughout the month of November!
  • Take the icon (original size 500×500) and use it on your site! (If you want, it’s not required!)
  • Link back to this post so folks know where to go and what to do.
  • Aim to post fifty (50) images of your own creation/taking throughout the month of November.
    • There is no strict posting schedule or theme to adhere to, but feel free to bounce ideas off of fellow participants!
    • Feel free to post these images as a once-a-week batch, or throughout the week in small doses.
  • Use the #IntPiPoMo hastag when you share your blog posts via social media.

Those Prizes, Though

First, your overall prize is the satisfaction that you completed the challenge! However, I am offering a few prizes (again) this year.
  • Grand Prize – Of all participants who complete 50 images, I will be using a RNG ( to draw a winner for a game up to $15 on Steam (game time for an MMO can be worked out if preferred)!
  • Three Other Prizes – Of all participants who complete 25+ images (up to and including those who make it to 50), I will be using a RNG ( to draw three winners for a game up to $10 on Steam!

You Awesome Participants, You

Updated 13 November 2018



Updated 31 October 2018

I got some great questions last year, and I’d like to continue the answers. Don’t hesitate to reach out if your question isn’t answered here!

Q: Can I sign up during the event itself? I don’t know if I can/want to participate.
A: Of course! You could sign up the final day, though I don’t suggest it.

Q: I don’t want to put these on my main blog. Can I use my SFW Tumblr?
A: Yep! Tumblr is a form of blogging called micro-blogging. Some people also have micro-blogs on other platforms, too. All these micro-blogs are welcome as a part of the event!

Q: You mentioned photography being allowed, but what if I wanted to share some artwork throughout the month. Can I use it as a part of my submissions?
A: Yes! Whether it’s digital artwork, sculpting, knitting, etc., any form of creativity can tell just as much of a story as words can. Who am I to tell you that you can’t use these as well?

Q: I really don’t want to fill up my blog with photos. Can I participate and utilize photos as a part of my regular posts to count?
A: Indeed! Images don’t always convey everything you want to write, and sometimes you don’t want to make images the focus of a post. You are more than welcome to count images that you include as a part of a written post, so long as they are your own screenshots/photos.

Q: Can I create an animated GIF of images to get my point across?
A: So long as the images/screenshots are your own, feel free to create a GIF! However, at this point, it will only be counted as one image towards the total.

Q: Do I have to take all new shots? Or can I utilize shots I’ve already taken?
A: There is no need to take new shots, but I ask that you utilize shots that have not yet been posted in any other blog post, please!

October ’18 Gaming Goals

October ’18 Gaming Goals

August (& September) Rambly Recap

Look ma! I’m a DANGER NOODLE!

The way I used to do these posts was as two separate entities—one post recapping how I did the prior month, and then a second post outlining my goals for the current month. Honestly, for sanity’s sake (and because I really don’t like having multiple small posts that are kinda pointless to anybody but me), I’m condensing them all to one post, now.

If you’d like a recap of what the specific goals were for August (which I carried into September due to a very stressful move), you can check them out here. I’m only going to discuss how I did meeting each section that I laid out.

So I learned the hard way that with the Double Agent and Quintessential Quintet achievements that they’d been changed in the pre-patch. So they’ll still stay on my list of “achievements to work on” but get moved around to a lower priority, I think. I also never got anywhere with obtaining flying in Draenor—life saw to that.

I also didn’t get any alts up to 110 except Macadamia whom I’m slowly working on leveling up as my second 120, pretty much solely for the fact that she can make bandaids and I need bandaids for mid-combat because I’m a warrior.

Because life was crazy and hectic and draining, I also never even logged into Secret World Legends, or touched an ARPG for August’s Community Game-Along, though I do still want to poke into some Diablo 3 for the first time*, and so maybe I can have a game to play with Manthing occasionally (y’know, we still haven’t gamed together… XD). I also never got to do anything for September’s Community Game-Along, but I didn’t really game much in September to begin with.

I also never logged into FFXIV. At this point, honestly, I’ve let my subscription lapse (partly because I haven’t had the time or energy to change my card information after having my bank account hacked on top of dealing with all the address and card changes from my move). I think I’ll pick it back up in December, but we’ll see. Also, a lot of those goals are moot because cross-classing is no longer a thing, I learned, thanks to Rakuno.

October Gaming Goals

Guys, it’s October. So what does that mean? HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND SPOOPY GAMES!! Though, I pretty much completed all the Halloween stuff in WoW last time around, so there’s not much spoopy MMO things to do. But that just means more time for spooky games on stream?

World of Warcraft

  • Disturbing the Peace achievement
  • Level Macadamia to 115
  • Level Chest-Dwarf to 112
  • Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One achievement
    • Explore Tiragarde Sound achievement
    • Explore Drustvar achievement
    • Revered with Champions of Azeroth reputation
  • Reach Exalted with one BfA reputation
  • Zandalari Blacksmithing 150
  • Zandalari Cooking 150
  • Zandalari Fishing 150
  • Archaeology 950


  • Finish side missions in Egypt in Secret World Legends
  • Play some Diablo 3, finally
  • Participate in #HorrorGameOct as a part of the Community Game-Along
Blaugust 2018: Post Mortem

Blaugust 2018: Post Mortem

This post (15/31) is part of the Blaugust Reborn event! You can find out more about the event at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. Armagon created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

As of midnight, Blaugust will be officially over. It has been an interesting month for me, and I (re-)learned some things about myself in this time that I wanted to put out there as a finalization of the event.

  • Blogging every day is a valiant goal, but it is not something I can manage full-time. As evidenced by only completing half the month, it’s not something I could keep up with at a normal pace. But… I kinda knew this already
  • On the days I journaled in my bujo (bullet journal), I was less likely to post a blog post. I’m sure a lot of this is due to having to process real life goings-on over posting something a smidge less personal on the blog. And I’m okay with that, to be honest. I’m proud of myself for writing in some form or fashion for 29 out of 31 days this month, even if only half of those were for a more public consumption.
  • I have good intentions of mini-events, but can have a difficult time implementing them. In particular, I’m referring to the mini-podcast I wanted to put out this month. To the folks that sent stuff in—I do still intend to post all of those this weekend as I’ve a bit of downtime I can sneak it in. This is something I’ve noticed about myself in general, though. Last year I wanted to start up a short bi-weekly podcast on my adventures in pole dancing, but it hasn’t happened, yet. And you know what, that’s okay. I just need to think about the time something will take before I agree to take it on. Which is something I can apply to a lot of different areas in my life. Good intentions are great, but knowing my limits is even better.
  • When life gets overwhelming, my content creation endeavors take a nose-dive. While I understand why I do this, I really want to strike a balance in the future of being able to keep up with a schedule of some sort for content (Twitch, YouTube, Blog). My current goal, as I work my way back into streaming come October, is twice a week on the blog (which could include a weekly Twitch schedule or update), and streaming twice a week in some capacity.

I do have quite a large backlog that I want to get out there, so I may be posting a bit more than twice a week every so often the next few months, but I’m not going to overload or overwhelm folks.

I loved getting to meet bloggers and content creators that I hadn’t yet met. It was really neat to read new voices. I do look forward to catching up on the posts I’ve missed, and to continue checking my Feedly a few times a week to see how folks continue to write.

I also want to send out a huge thank you to Bel for all the work and time he’s put into this event. You’re a pretty awesome person, Bel. A simple thank you isn’t enough, but that’s all I have for you, right now. I appreciate all your time, and all that you do for the blogging community. You’re a spectacular person. So keep being you.

Battle of the Mold

Battle of the Mold

This post (14/31) is part of the Blaugust Reborn event! You can find out more about the event at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. Armagon created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

I’ve been a bit preoccupied as of late, which has put me behind with Blaugust (if you hadn’t noticed). And I just needed to do a bit of, well, bitching. So please feel free to skip this post!

It all started on July 20th, when this happened…

Which then resulted in this starting on August 2nd, which still hadn’t fully been taken care of as of August 21. Which, y’know. Is totally healthy.

So I’ve spent close to a month fighting with the complex to try to get someone to come and take care of the mold. I did get fed up with everything, and put in my 60 day notice to cancel (just before the mold appeared) as per my contract, but then when the mold appeared, and it hadn’t been taken care of, I went down to change the terms of cancelling my lease. Luckily, things went in my favor with the manager, and I’ll be moving into a new place on September 14th.

I finalized everything with the manager today, and paid my prorated rent for September. We also signed a page I came up with so that laid out everything we agreed upon (so if things go south, I have that in my corner, too)—prorated September rent, no termination charges (typically charged per leasing contract and early cancellation), and no charges for any damages, repairs, or cleanup to prepare the unit for the next tenant (good luck, next tenant!).


Moonlight: A Sailor Moon Fanzine

Moonlight: A Sailor Moon Fanzine

This post (13/31) is part of the Blaugust Reborn event! You can find out more about the event at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. Armagon created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled on it. But there it was, in my Twitter timeline—a Sailor Moon zine. First thought: “Holy crap! A zine! I haven’t seen zines, since, like, high school!!” and second thought: “IT’S ALL ABOUT SAILOR MOON AND THERE ARE PHYSICAL GOODIES AND I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.”

I don’t get hyped about many fandoms, day-to-day. I have a lot of interest in various fandoms, but there are none that get me excited like anything Sailor Moon does. My obsession with Sailor Moon knows no bounds. If I could have every single thing both officially and unofficially created that was even remotely Sailor Moon themed, I would.

Though, to be completely honest, I’d buy it just for the Black Lady content. She has always been my favorite Sailor Moon character. I don’t particularly have a favorite Sailor Senshi; I suppose by extension it would be Chibi Usa. But there’s just something about Black Lady that has always called to me. I consider her of “waifu” status.

If you browse the official Twitter or Tumblr for the Zine, you can get previews of some of the artwork featured, and I’m super excited.

There’s a contest to win a copy of the zine, but I personally think it’s worth purchasing, regardless of which package you picked. I ended up moving money around in my budget and picking up the Galaxy bundle, because I think it’s important to support all of the work that’s gone into this.

…And also because I really want all the pretty things that come with it.

Warbringers: Azshara

Warbringers: Azshara

This post (12/31) is part of the Blaugust Reborn event! You can find out more about the event at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. Armagon created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

The newest Warbringers video released a few days ago, this time about Azshara.

I’ve made it known that I’ve never liked elves. But, there’s just something about Azshara’s story that grips me… I wonder if it’s because the corruption from the Old Gods? I’ve been interested in them since I first discovered they were a thing. They’re completely of the Lovecraftian horror genre (unrelated: I wish there was a different name for the genre because so many people have made so many better things just from Lovecraft’s inspiration), and I do have a (somewhat) secret enjoyment of the cosmic horror of the unknown and unknowable.

I’ve also just always loved how ruthless and cutthroat Azshara has been from the beginning. Which is strange, to me, because I don’t particularly care for Sylvanas. Maybe because Azshara owns that she’s evil, whereas Sylvanas likes to play more in the grey areas? I’ve also loved how the story for Azshara, and the Old Gods in general, has been a slow burn for a very long time. And it just… makes me excited that we’ll finally be getting a stab at her, and thus, heading towards the Old Gods at large.

Necklaces and Rescues

Necklaces and Rescues

This post (11/31) is part of the Blaugust Reborn event! You can find out more about the event at Belghast’s blog. I (Chestnut) created a Twitter list of all participants. Armagon created an OPML file of all the bloggers to import into your feed reader.

Spoilers Ahead!

Before I begin my ramblings on the little bit of the expansion that I’ve played so far, I wanted to address a few things. First…

This post has spoilers… obviously. Read at your own risk.

Second, I’m going about this in a slightly different way than I typically do with blog posts. It’s just going to be a bulleted list of thoughts. It’s also going to be full of images. I’m playing through to max level first on Horde (so I can take my time with the story and still be leveled and geared in time for when we start raiding), so all thoughts right now are from Horde-side. I’ll try to contextualize them, but sometimes it just won’t happen. So, without further ado…

Bye, Illidan

  • It was fantastic actually seeing more of the Titans in a cutscene! I wish we’d gotten more of them in Legion.
  • Of course Illidan wasn’t going to come with us, Velen. Like, his life has been dedicated to killing demons, and specifically, chasing Sargeras. There’s no way he was going to do anything but take the opportunity to try to destroy (or at least imprison) Sargeras. Even if it takes a very long time to complete the task. Also, the smirk he gave Velen was WOOF.
  • Sargeras looks so cool!
  • Seeing Sargeras drive the sword into Azeroth brought on the tears.
  • I’m bummed we won’t get to see any of the Illidan/Sargeras battle.
  • I had chills just seeing Sargeras’ sword at the end of the cutscene.

An Amulet!

  • Whee! My amulet! I loved being able to hear a Azeroth a tiny bit. I think I’m going to enjoy this.
  • I was surprised that they give you the new gear to begin with? I didn’t really research much on how the gear system would work in BfA, though I did know that artifacts were going bye bye. And I learned the hard way that there was a stat squish. And I remember a guildie telling me that tier sets were going buh bye, but I was very confused on which gear piece to pick out—would I get chances to get them later? So after some searching, I finally found out that you do indeed get offered the other pieces later. I wish that was a bit more apparent, because I was obviously not the only one to have this concern/question.

Storming the Stockades

  • …oh goody. I get my orders from Sylvanas…
  • DANGIT SYLVANAS. I didn’t want to go release Saurfang from the Stocks! But I knew that’s what we’d end up doing, even though I was hoping we wouldn’t. Dangit.
  • Wait, is Rokhan the Troll from the cinematic? Regardless, I’m a little bit more interested in this run. I like this guy.
  • Okay, riding in on the birds has kinda sold me on this being pretty cool.
I don’t blame you, bruh.
  • Oh, we’re not getting Saurfang? Okay… I hope he escapes anyways. He needs to come back and bitch slap Sylvanas.
  • The trolls seem absolutely intriguing. I’m looking forward to learning more about them.
  • This whole stealthing around the city is kind of intense. More intense than I expected it to be when I first saw the AoE stealth activate, actually.
  • I mean, an ambush is to be expected, but it’s so freaking creepy and is actually making me anxious to have the Worgen trying to catch up with us. I mean, I know they won’t because of how the AI is probably set, but it’s still very… “GO! GO! PLEASE, GO!”

  • Oh, okay. I get why you did it now, but still. Stop it.
  • I’ve already forgotten the Princess’ name, but I need more of her!
  • Why are we blowing up ships now?! Can we just stop it!?
  • Oh but snap I want so much more of the Princess!
  • And this music! I haven’t played with WoW music on in a very long time, and this is giving me chills!