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Meandering in ESO/WoW

Meandering in ESO/WoW

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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!

Pooh!

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

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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

Miscellaneous

  • 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
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

Miscellaneous

  • 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
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 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)

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.

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.