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!).

Thus…

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

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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

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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 NO. JAINA. THIS IS SO COOL BUT KINDA SCARY.
  • Wait… WHY ARE WE BURNING MORE THINGS. NO. STOP IT. STOP. *slaps hand* BAD BOY! NO!
  • 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!
Levelling Lordaeron (Horde)

Levelling Lordaeron (Horde)

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For the Horde?

As Horde, I came into the scenario having to help empty out Undercity. Which is understandable, I suppose, considering Sylvanas had to be a petty bitch. But it was still sad. I never really played Undead (outside of a bank toon), but the layout has always seemed very straightforward to me, so I enjoyed hanging out there on my bank alt.

So once we got Undercity all cleared out and we were all outside, there was just… mindless killing bull which I was not down for and just wanted to be done with. And I was pissed once again that we were dropping Blight on our folks. I cried last time as Alliance, but this time? This time as Horde I was absolutely livid. I was beyond the point of crying. I wanted to do something about it.

I will always give you a second chance. Screw Sylvanas for letting you get caught.

After that Sylvanas wanted us to run around and drive the Alliance back through the fog itself. Um. No thanks, lady. I took a gas mask, and instead I healed some of the trolls running around that got stuck before they perished from the Blight. It at least made me feel some semblance of “better”, though not by much. Because screw you, Sylvanas.

Then, the cutscene, again. I cried once again. But this time because I was mourning that there weren’t more characters like Jaina around.

At this point it was back to countering the Alliance, and I kinda just let it go blah blah on. Because I’d lost my immersion value. I was far too angry at the cascade of events going on. Moreso than I thought I would be, having already played it (essentially) as Alliance.

Horde did get one mini RP scene between Sylvanas and Saurfang that nobody else got (before Saurfang gets captured and brought to the Stocks by Alliance). I liked that he called her out. And, to be fair (begrudgingly), Sylvanas did have some points back to him (despite this being ALL HER FAULT TO BEGIN WITH). But  OH BOY. When she pulled that line about his son? Uh uh. Lemme roll up my sleeves and have at her!

So we abandoned Saurfang, and get a slightly different/extended cutscene (by a few seconds) than Alliance, where Baine pretty much puts his foot down and tells Sylvanas to stop being a Queen B. But then she calls him out, and he reluctantly puts his tail between his legs.

Final Thoughts

I wanted to try to write something coherent about this, but I’ve just been so angry for days that I couldn’t string something worthwhile together. This whole questline has left a sour taste in my mouth, and I’m very much hoping that something happens with the the expansion to start the palate cleansing before we dive deep into the “how can Sylvanas fuck things up some more” story that’s coming.

Also, Baine Bloodhoof for Warchief! Once he gets a bit more experience under his belt, of course. Which, honestly, I feel this expansion is going to give to him in SPADES.

Levelling Lordaeron (Alliance)

Levelling Lordaeron (Alliance)

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My first thought when going into this was truly a, “Wait, why did they make this one a scenario and not the other one?”. It felt like it flowed a lot better, which was kind of a shame. War of Thorns felt… stilted, comparatively.

The start of the scenario felt like absolute mayhem. Which I suppose was the point. But… I didn’t enjoy killing all those goblins and trolls and tauren. To be honest, I kind of stayed at the back of the pack and let other people handle it. And then add on the fact that Sylvanas comes out with the plague?! I was infuriated at that point, especially as a Horde main.

I did squee when Jaina came in with her cutscene! That helped to change the tone of what was going on a little bit. And honestly, seeing her made me cry. Because it made me feel hopeful. But then at the same time seeing Undercity being attacked made me cry.

I really enjoyed the mechanics of the fight with Durja, even though I felt crappy about having to fight to begin with. This whole situation is a load of horseshit. Though I completely understand why the Alliance retaliated.

After Durja, we ran into Saurfang. My first thought was, “No, I won’t kill Saurfang. I’ll stand here and let other people do it”. Then I got kind of defensive when Anduin went on about how his “father gave everything for the Alliance! The question is, are you willing to do the same for the Horde?”. Like. Anduin. Please, honey. He lost a lot for the sake of the Horde. And your father showed mercy on him in Icecrown after he lost his son. C’mon, now. But, I did appreciate Anduin deciding to spare him (once again) and putting him in the Stockades instead (though I hope there’s no rescue mission, and he’s released by some other way, because I don’t want more war).

And at the end cutscene, all I really had to say was, “Fuck Sylvanas”.

Torching Teldrassil (Alliance)

Torching Teldrassil (Alliance)

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After finishing the Horde portion of War of the Thorns, I thought it only appropriate to complete the Alliance portion before moving onto the Lordaeron counterpart.

As an Alliance player, I came into Astranaar as the wisps are fleeing, and the Horde have poisoned the Elves. It was a fairly saddening scene to come into, and made me angry, quite honestly. Angry that I can choose to not do the quest (Or can I? Can I even play in BfA without doing the quests as Horde?) and miss out on story, or do the quest and be an asshole Horde that ruined things for the Alliance.

I did feel a bit better about the whole bit when I got to ride the Ancient around and smash things. It felt very Lord of the Rings to me, which I appreciated.

The thing that really got to me, though, and made me just stop with some time left on the timer and just cry was trying to evacuate Darnassus. Helping the people just felt so… hopeless. I’m sure it didn’t help being in a weird headspace as of late, but it just struck a chord with me that broke me (even writing about it makes me tear up).

I’ve never seen the Horde as evil. I’ve always seen both sides as extremely grey for different reasons and decisions (I mean, no human being, or humanoid being is perfect), but Sylvanas has pretty much gut punched me with her petty ass decision to torch the tree. Just. Why?

But hey, at least the Hippogryph is pretty awesome! I’ve always loved Hippogryphs. Since I started playing back in Burning Crusade. Zangarmarsh was my favorite zone, mainly due to the Hippogryphs. Plus, I’ve mained a Tauren Druid for the majority of my time in WoW. So they just hold a soft place in my heart.

Torching Teldrassil (Horde)

Torching Teldrassil (Horde)

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The War of Thorns

I’ve never particularly been a fan of elves of any sort in any fantasy setting. They’ve never been my jam. Don’t even really care for them in Lord of the Rings. To me, they always feel very trope-ish, and I have yet to find one in my reading that breaks all the “Elven” tropes. Even in WoW. I tried hard to like Elves in WoW. But I only got a Night Elf Druid to level 6 and a Blood Elf Paladin to level 5 before I made aggravated noises and rolled different characters.

But this dislike of Elves has only ever extended into the realm of, “eh, I don’t care for Elves and will roll my eyes at you for trying to convince me to play one,”, and “that’s awesome that you like Elves and think they’re great and have perfect qualities! I’m happy for you! But that still doesn’t change my opinion.”

So this whole, poison-Elves-and-burn-their-town-to-start-our-advance felt really dirty. And completely against how the Alliance and Horde have been attempting to work together to conquer the Legion this past expansion.

And then just like, choosing to burn down Teldrassil just because? JUST BECAUSE?! I know Sylvanas isn’t a nice character, per se. I know how conflicted she is per her back story. And I understand her tactical advances (the first portion of the questline). But this was a step way too far. Just because she wants to “kill hope”? Like. Just. This is epic bullshit.

Saurfang

After finally finishing the War of Thorns on Horde side, I watched the Saurfang cinematic. I don’t really know how to put into words all the feelings I had while watching it, outside of saying that I cried at all the things. Pretty much the entire time. For lots of different reasons. I’m excited to see how Saurfang plays out as a part of the expansion story, because Blizzard wouldn’t spend the resources on making a cinematic like this if it wasn’t important.

Becoming a Yakuza

Becoming a Yakuza

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Sunday I got into my first Yakuza game ever—Yakuza 0. I’ve been watching Sushi and Elly play various Yakuza games for a while (I can never seem to catch Ty when he’s streaming!), and they look like fun. But I’ve always postulated that fighting games (and shooters) aren’t my jam, so I’ve never really delved into them outside of one or two attempts at different titles (of which I couldn’t even name, now).

Having won Sushi’s most recent subscriber giveaway, I found Yakuza 0 sitting in my library. And since I was having fun watching the ladies play, I figured it was worth at least giving it a try myself (on the easiest setting, of course).

And you know what? I had a blast! I’m engaged in the story, the fighting pieces feel relevant and I’m not beating my head against a wall on them, and I’m enjoying the humor a lot (the “fisting master” piece broke me—approx 1:27:00)!

I’m looking forward to playing more of it and working my way through the story.