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Levelling Lordaeron (Alliance)

Levelling Lordaeron (Alliance)

This post (9/31) 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.

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)

This post (8/31) 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.

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)

This post (7/31) 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 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

This post (6/31) 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.

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.

Streaming: Week of August 5

Streaming: Week of August 5

This post (5/31) 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 I’ve mentioned before in regards to my streaming, I’ve been dealing with a pretty rough patch of depression. But one of the goals I set for myself for the month was to stream once a week to get back into the swing of things. Even if that’s all I do until I get settled in a new apartment sometime in September.

Sunday’s stream counted as a part of the first “week” of August for my personal counting purposes. I decided that I needed something where I could lean back in my chair (thus, needed to be a controller), and something that was fun, had some story, but was pretty mindless. So I decided on Yakuza 0 (which I won from a subscriber giveaway that Sushi did).

I know streaming isn’t everyone’s shtick, but if you’re interested, come by and hang out some on Thursday!

August ’18 Gaming Goals

August ’18 Gaming Goals

This post (4/31) 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 love stumbling across these kinds of things in games. They’re part of the reason I set game goals! To explore!

Like many other bloggers participating in Blaugust, I am one to set gaming goals. I won’t go into reasons why, at this particular moment, only because I was inspired by someone else who doesn’t do gaming goals to go into a deeper explanation on why I create them! This post is also a “get the post in for the day” type deal, as I’m having a low spoon day, and I had to do some apartment hunting on top of it.

For a bit of clarification (because it may seem like a lot of goals), when I set my goals, I don’t set them to necessarily be accomplished for the month. But more on that in the aforementioned post.

World of Warcraft

As I outlined in my Pre-BfA post:

  • Level Chest-Dwarf to 60 (then boost to 110) for Double Agent achievement
  • Level Macadamia to 110 (towards Quintessential Quintet achievement)
  • Obtain flying in Draenor (so that I can level more alts for Quintessential Quintet)
    • Finish Nagrandeur achievement
    • Explore Shadowmoon Valley achievement
    • Explore Nagrand acheivement
    • Securing Draenor achievement
    • Revered with The Sabersatlkers
    • Revered with Order of the Awakened
    • Revered with Vol’in’s Headhunters
  • Level Arraign (Femcow Death Knight) to 110
  • Level ?? (probably Kaelari, the Femcow Paladin) to 110

Secret World Legends

  • Finish out all leftover side missions up to Egypt

ARPG August

This is part of the community game-along run by Apricot Sushi at Chic-Pixel.

  • Pick up Diablo 3 for the first time!*

*Well, kinda more the second time. I didn’t get far the first time, only two hours in.

Final Fantasy XIV

  • ARC 30
  • FSH 20
  • LNC 15
  • PGL 15

Cross-class skills are a thing, and I’d like to start picking them up in a reasonable fashion.

One Fish, Two Fish

One Fish, Two Fish

This post (3/31) 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.

Both Rumorsmatrix and  Stroeb recently talked about going fishing in WoW. Which made me get bitten by the fishing bug. But not in WoW (I have a lot of other achievements I’m focusing on than grinding out my fishing ones), in Final Fantasy. A while ago, when I streamed some FFXIV on Twitch, I told folks I was going to just level through ARC/BRD (currently at 24) to max and ignore FSH and go back to it later.

But after seeing those fishing blog posts, the fishing bug bit me bad, and I had to hop in and play some last night. I dug out the fishing leveling guide I was using a while ago, though I don’t know how accurate it is anymore? My old main never made it past the 30s in fishing, if I recall. I spent a good two hours just chilling in Limsa, using up all my rested EXP (woops), and getting to FSH 10. I’m looking forward to doing some more fishing.

But also just found out that there’s a weekly fashion contest at the Gold Saucer, so now I’m torn on which spec to spend some time on this weekend…

Scarcity of Subjects

Scarcity of Subjects

This post (2/31) 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.

Methodizing Material

Image from Wordart.com

The theme for Blaugust from August 1-7 is “Topic Brainstorming Week”. The hard part is… I don’t really have any? Most of the time when I write, I choose to expound about what’s going on with me. Or sometimes I’ve gotten an idea from another blogger’s post, or from interacting with friends on social media (mainly Twitter).

In fact, one of my favorite ways to mine “evergreen” post topics is to browse the Massively OP’s Massively Overthinking opinion column for ideas! Tons of my “to-be-written” posts stem from the column. So, I’ve never really needed to “come up with” blog topics. In fact, my backlog of unwritten posts is pretty vast (it just requires energy and the right headspace, and the headspace part has been pretty difficult as of late).

But, since the theme for the week is essentially a topic dump, I will come up with a few to be a good mentor and contributor. 🙂

Promising Prompts

  1. If you could only play one game for the rest of 2018, what would it be? It doesn’t have to be an MMO. Would you just ignore games the rest of the year if you could only play one?
  2. Is there a game (board, video, card, LARP event, etc.) or other media (TV show, movie, book, comic) you’re super excited to release before the end of the year? Share your passion!
  3. (While talking about “worst super heroes” at dinner last night (Verdict: FLORIDA MAN!), I started thinking about this topic.) If you could be a superhero (or supervillain), what would you be? Think the whole shebang—not just your powers. What’s your backstory? Your outfit? Who’s your Scooby Squad/Sidekick? Do you make use of an Alternate Identity (Tony Stark is Ironman, whereas Clark Kent isn’t Superman). Who would be your nemesis? Get creative!
  4. What is one fandom that has stuck with you through the test of time? When did you come into this fandom? How? Do you think this is a fandom you’ll love for the next few years? Will it stand the test of time?
  5. What is one (or more) thing you love to collect? It could be physical or digital. It could be fandom-related, or something antique. Share a picture/screenshot or two of your collection so far!
Some Last Advice

Some Last Advice

This post (1/31) 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.
Columbo would like your attention real quick!

Okay yes, I know that Blaugust prep week (and thus the advice-centric week) is over, but I wanted to do one last small piece of advice, that’s actually kind of important.


That’s right. If you plan on advertising your posts on social media (outside of the Blaugust Discord), it benefits Belghast if you use the correct hashtag. I know that sometimes it’s difficult to remember, and some folks have mentioned that they’re shy/uncomfortable with pimping their stuff (News Flash: YOU ROCK FOR DOING THIS, DON’T BE SHY! YOU ARE AMAZING! PIMP THAT BAD BOY.), but, truly, it helps.

Let me give you a story to put it into perspective.

In November, I run a blogging initiative/event called IntPiPoMo (International Picture Posting Month—and I hope y’all will still be blogging and want to participate!). The TL;DR premise is that a picture is work 1k words, so posting 50 pics throughout the month means you’ve written 50k words (the goal for NaNoWriMo, also held during November).

Having to go through multiple blogs throughout the month and keep a count of the pictures that people have posted can be quite a task! Especially if I take a social media break for a day or two. So some folks started to keep a tally on their blog posts (at the top or bottom), and they generously used the #IntPiPoMo tag on Twitter. It’s a task whether there are 8 participants, or 20 participants. Not that it isn’t fun. I get great enjoyment out of it. But it’s a lot of hours per week devoted to the task.

So imagine, for a moment, having 80+ blogs (HOLY MOLY!) to go through. And not only are you counting the number of posts written by these blogs, you’re trying to keep track of which tiers they’ve accomplished (there are 5). Then imagine taking a day or two off for a personal break.

Bel is a pretty spectacular person (though, I’m pretty sure we all are at least starting to realize this by now!). He’s giving many hours of his day (and thus week) to help tackle the Blaugust event. He is giving us the benefit of his time and energy, and that’s a commodity when you’re an adult. So, obviously, he cares! If he didn’t, he wouldn’t do this.

So just give him a small moment of help—tag your posts on social media, and consider adding a post counter at the top (or bottom) of your posts. In fact, if you want, you can steal mine!

Thanks for letting me get on my soapbox, folks. And I’ll be actually following the weekly prompt tomorrow!

Impostor Syndrome and Your Blog

Impostor Syndrome and Your Blog

Blaugust Prep Week

Guess what time it is everybody! It’s the end of the week before Blaugust Reborn starts on Wednesday, August 1st! Before I delve into my mentor pre-Blaugust post, I wanted to toss up a quick reminder that I’m working on something I’m coining as the, “Blaugust Reborn Mini Cast”. It’s essentially a quick hit of those that want to participate into, well, how they got started, and why they’re participating. A quick, “get to know you”, if you will.

You can view my original thoughts on it at this post, but I figured after talking to a few folks, I’d do a quick update on it, and just repost it here for ease-of-use, since we’re now edging on 70 (maybe over?!) bloggers, by now!

The Concept

  • Create a 5-20 minute audio clip answering a smattering of the below questions
  • Load the audio clip into a file-sharing location (Dropbox, Drive, etc.)
  • DM me in Discord (from the Blaugust discord) with the link to your audio file

The Questions

All Participants

Please include in your audio file:

  • The pseudonym you go by
  • Your blog title
  • Why did you decide to get into blogging? What’s your “origin story”? (It can be as simple as, “a friend was doing it”, or “it sounded fun!”)
  • How long you’ve been blogging
  • Whether you’re a mentor-participant or blaugustan-participant

Mentors

Please include in your audio file:

  • Why did you sign up as a mentor for Blaugust?
  • What do you hope to get out of Blaugust?
  • What is one (1) piece of advice you’d give to others for blogging? (It could be for completely new bloggers, folks returning to blogging, or veteran bloggers.)

Blaugustans

Please include in your audio file:

  • What do you hope to get out of Blaugust?
  • What are you looking forward to the most?
  • What are you looking forward to the least?

Now, onto my actual mentor topic!

Impostor Phenomenon (/Syndrome)

In 1978, researchers Clance and Imes coined the term impostor phenomenon as, “the psychological experience of believing that one’s accomplishments came about not through genuine ability, but as a result of having been lucky, having worked harder than others, or having manipulated other people’s impressions”, stating in this study that the participants, “chronically feared not being able to maintain their success”.

“But, Chestnut, how does this relate to blogging?”

I’ve seen this mentality pop up time and again with other bloggers in my eight and a half years of blogging, but I’ve also seen these feelings shared by those that are participating in Blaugust Reborn. Hell, I’ve experienced them myself many a time.

So I wanted to talk briefly about it, because it’s not a topic I’ve seen other people cover, and psychology is something I am fond of researching and discussing (I mean, that is part of why I want to get a PhD in Counseling…).

Lots of folks out there feel these feelings. It’s okay. It’s natural. Sometimes, it’s tied to other mental illnesses (if you suffer from anxiety or depression, for example, the brain weasels are quite common, and are similar to the kinds of thoughts those with impostor syndrome are prone to think, though it shorter bursts).

You know what, though? You’re not a failure. You’re not going to be terrible. You do deserve to be a part of this endeavor, and you are talented enough to be a blogger/writer/content creator.

The Muse has some tips for combatting imposter phenomenon, but I wanted to focus on one in particular—writing it down.

The Muse states to write out your personal story. To let yourself shine on paper. And then accept that it’s true.

Because, really, it is. The fact that you decided to blog (or stream, or just be a content creator in any sense), whether it was yesterday, or ten years ago, is a huge accomplishment. It may seem like it’s something that everybody does, but I think that’s because we’re in the thick of it.

So remember as Blaugust continues, regardless of what you accomplish compared to your own goals (or what you think they should be), you are successful, you are deserving of being a part of this community, and you’re not the only one who feels this way.

Y’all got this. And y’all’re going to kick ass.