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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.

Pre-BfA Rush

Pre-BfA Rush

Hurry Hurry!

I did it. I ground stuff out and did things and stuff! And things. I’ve been kind of disenamored with WoW, as of late. Partially because depression makes it difficult to do anything but sit in front of Netflix, as of late, but also because I haven’t been enjoying alt raiding. Thus, I couldn’t really motivate myself in any sense to log in for a while. Which put me at a detriment when I tried grinding out a few things the two days prior to patch-day.

The Gold Queen put out a reminder about how Pet Tokens were changing, and that we should use them up before they were essentially dust. I didn’t actually know that was happening (I have a habit of not reading up on anything until changes happen because it’s all in so much flux and I don’t have the spoons to handle consistent changes in my games on top of managing life). So I rushed over to Dalaran, and talked to the fine ladies in the Menagerie. I picked up my mirror toy, and just bought a bunch of stones and bags to use up all of my tokens. So I guess I’ll get to do a bit of grinding out on pets when Squirt comes around, and use some stones, as well.

I also finally made it over to the Mage Tower on my main. I honestly don’t care much about alts, but I wanted the skin for my main spec (Prot), at the very least. It took me a few tries, though, despite trying it ages ago when it first released (to much failure). First try, haha. Well. It went extremely poorly. I forgot about only taking approximately 5-7 stacks (I had 10) and firmly faceplanted, even with an orb. The second try, I breezed through the first half and easily got to Kruul… where I got knocked off the platform (though I am unsure if it was by him or an add). The third time I had him down to 4%! But, look! An add! And no Intercept! Wheeeeee! Off the side I go again! The fourth time I was very confused. I got him down to 1%, and then thought I died. I was so absolutely angry. I was cursing and going on about not wanting to do it again (even though I knew I would), and then realized I’d rez’d in Dal. Wait. What? Why am I in Dal? Wait… did it say I got him in the quest? IT SAID I GOT HIM IN THE QUEST! So I trotted myself over to sexy Dadgar and handed it in and got my new (fairly ugly) mage tower skin. I called it quits on skins, after that. I rarely play DPS on Chestnaught because Blizzard has ruined trying to level alt-specs for me. And they also ruined playing alts for me (a thing I adored back in Wrath and Cataclysm before my five year hiatus), so I didn’t bother hopping on my Shaman or Hunter to grind those out.

Then I finally decided to get the last few First Aid achievements I needed. And can we just say that Field Medic was a pain in the butt… but bless all those parties that were going. And, honestly? Those parties made me feel a lot better about the WoW environment! I’ve spent a lot of time avoiding pugs of all sort this expansion because of some pretty poor experiences at the start (and then consistently getting kicking my under max level characters in every single Timewalk I tried…), but the Field Medic parties were pretty good. They were either completely silent outside of a “brb handing in”, or they were super chatty, wishing each other luck, joking about wishing drops could be traded, just generally chatting, etc. It was a nice backdrop while I watched Interview With a Vampire for the first time.

Meander a Bit

I’d been trying to work on grinding out some reps that were going away in the pre-patch, but I just haven’t had the time, for the reasons listed above. But, I still have a few things I’d like to finish before the end of the patch:

  • Level Chest-Dwarf to 60 (then boost to 110) for Double Agent achievement
  • Level Macadamia to 110 (towards Quintessential Quintet achievement—which puts me at 3/5 if I recall?)
  • 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

Yeah, there’s a theme there. I’d like all my Tauren ladies to be up and at max for the release of the expansion. So, we’ll see how far I get in a month…ish. So, those are my goals going forwards! What are you guys working on to finish out before BfA?

Streaming: Week of July 15

Streaming: Week of July 15

A new week means a new stream schedule! Last week, my depression hit me hard, so I didn’t particularly do much gaming in general. Today doesn’t feel much better on that front, but I’m hoping it evens out a bit for the week.

Due to not being able to stream due to health, I never did my 100 follower giveaway. So I plan on doing that on Sunday the 22nd @ 4:30PM EST/8:30PM GMT while I stream some more Life is Strange! The giveaway is for a $10 USD steam code giveaway. If you’d like to participate, you must be following my Twitch page, and you must be in chat at the time to enter the raffle.

For a change up this week, I’m going to be doing a little bit of WoW to dive into some of the few final things I want to grind out before BfA (before I’m no longer eligible).

Thank you to everybody who supports my streams and content in general. I appreciate all of you for understanding health comes first, and sticking with me through that. Y’all are such awesome people.

Pretty Birbs

Pretty Birbs

Posting this a week after the fact, but…

Image from Ru


IRON CIRCLE DEFEATED HEROIC ARGUS!

Congrats to all that were there on the first kill (March 29, 2018)! I’m hoping we can get the mount for some more guildies. A few folks have poked officers about it, and I think they’re concocting something along the same lines as the Moose? I hope so, anyway.

We’ve only downed him once, so far. But I’m sure we’ll get him on farm soon, so long as we can skip Coven. We’ve also only downed them once, and they are murder for us, apparently. I think I might be the only one in guild who enjoys the Coven fight.

Image from Moo

We skipped raiding on Monday, and we struggled a bit last night just due to lack of numbers, but we’re pushing back through for another full clear.

Maybe one of these days I’ll get my final piece for my four piece of tier… (That’s at least something I am looking forward to in Battle for Azeroth—no tier.)

Transmog and Trial of Style

Transmog and Trial of Style

Transmog and Me

This one was both “Epic Purple” and “Everyday Hero”. It’s Chest’s consistent transmog.

I’ve never really gotten into transmogrification in WoW. The biggest reason is that it got introduced into the game back in November 2011—about a month before I quit playing WoW for a long period, and moved over to EVE.

Then from EVE (which does have some pretty awesome character customization, despite the lack of ever really seeing your character), I hopped over into WildStar. Even in WildStar, I didn’t get too fancy with my costumes, outside of my Zatanna attempt.

WildStar has a pretty freaking stellar costuming system that a lot of games should take notes on. I hold WildStar up as the epitome of costume customization. Easy to save your current character look via copying a code string so you can come back to it. And then you can pretty much have unlimited costumes, if you’re willing to buy the slots for them. Another cool feature in WildStar—if your plate wearing toon obtains some plate, you can costume it onto a non-plate wearing toon. Sold!

So when I came back to WoW, and I was interested about getting into transmog, it felt clunky and annoying compared to what I was used to. So I just kinda… didn’t.

Strike a Pose (Vogue)

Shaelee’s “Summer” themed outfit

That’s changed a little bit since I tried out the Trial of Style on its most recent round through town. I’m still not one hundred percent sold on transmog, but I’m a bit more willing to try to play around with it if inspiration strikes me.

Participating in the event was fun, but kind of stressful, in a way. I have a clothie (Macadamia), two mail toons (Shaelee and Hazelnutt), and a plate toon (Chestnaught) that were easy to cycle through. The leather is where I had a difficult time.

Both of my high-level leather toons are toons that I no longer play, nor plan to play, except for maybe grabbing the initial 500 Timewalking badges on occasion. They sit there, at the bottom of my character list, and I do nothing with them. So choosing one to participate in the Trial of Style was difficult.

My outfit which kind of feels like a tribute to Aquaman!

I ended up choosing Chestnut, and using the same costume for all the competitions just to get them out of the way and get the gear, but I’m very proud of her costumes. I do need to roll up a new Druid and Monk, though, so I have leather toons. Maybe I’ll make them Highmountain Tauren.

I had more fun than I thought I would at the Trial of Style. I’m still not sold on transmog overall, but I’m willing to give it a bit more of thought and start really collecting items for it.

Mar ’18 Gaming Goals

Mar ’18 Gaming Goals

The Goals

It’s that time again to put together gaming goals for the month so I don’t just faff about and waste my gaming time.

She looks happy to start!

World of Warcraft

  • Level Chest-Dwarf to 60 (then boost to 110) for “Double Agent” achievement
  • Reach Honored with both Wrynn’s Vanguard & Vol’jin’s Spear (on Warriors)
  • Level Macadamia to 110 (towards “Quintessential Quintet” achievement)
  • Obtain flying in Draenor
    • Finish “Nagrandeur” achievement
    • “Explore Shadowmoon Valley” achievement
    • “Explore Nagrand” achievement
    • “Securing Draenor” achievement
    • Revered with The Saberstalkers
    • Revered with Order of the Awakened
    • Revered with Vol’jin’s Headhunters

Secret World Legends

  • Play more of my Dragon character
  • Upload first Let’s Play video
Dec ’17 Gaming Goals

Dec ’17 Gaming Goals

Cutting it Close

She’s dreaming of a white Christmas.

I realize that there’s only a week left in December, but I wanted to try to set a few goals for myself for the week, especially since life will be a bit lighter than usual. It’ll also focus the free time I have available.

The Goals

So, here we go! What do I want to try to accomplish this last week of December?

World of Warcraft

There’s a few of the holiday achievements I don’t have that I’d like to work towards, however, I also don’t have other stuff unlocked/obtained to work towards them (again, I’ve talked about it before, but if achievements are going to be account bound, they should damn well be actually account bound!!). Such as the reputation with Ogri’la, a Gaudy Sweater, a Crashin’ Flyer, the Iron Armada set, etc.

  • Level Arraign (Horde DK) to 90 towards “Quintessential Quintet”
  • Level Chestnaught (Alliance Warrior) to 55 towards “Double Agent”
  • “Crashing’ & Thrashin'” achievement
  • “Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s” achievement
  • “Let It Snow” achievement
  • Obtain a Globe Yeti (since I just found out about them, oh, yesterday)

Secret World Legends

  • Get Ky (Chest? I’m not sure how to refer to her…) to level 5
Nov ’17 Gaming Goals Review

Nov ’17 Gaming Goals Review

Last month I started back up with my gaming goals, in an effort to give myself some goals to get myself blogging again. So let’s take a look at how I did with them, shall we?

She’s sad that there was so little time to game as of late.

The Goals

I lacked time to game throughout November and December. Real life sort of ends up getting in the way at the end of the year. It’s something I’ll have to take into account for next year. Or try to remember to take into account. I always remember about it in hindsight!

World of Warcraft

There are a few achievements that I didn’t even begin to touch, such as “Well Read” and “Turkey Lurkey”. I worked on leveling my Death Knight towards “Quintessential Quintet”, though only got her about six or seven levels. Same with leveling my dwarf towards “Double Agent”. I did complete “Friend or Fowl?” because it was an easy two minute achievement.

I surprisingly ended up completing “Raiding with Leashes”, mainly because I didn’t need many pets to finish, and RNG was on my side. I haven’t been so lucky with “Raiding with Leashes II”, yet. I only grabbed myself a Menagerie Custodian, but I’ve been getting lots of Wolves and Custodians since, while trying to grab the Imp and Abyssal. No luck on any drops in SSC or TK.

Secret World Legends

I ended up rolling up my dragon for my new Let’s Play YouTube videos, and I’ve been playing a bit of her, trying to build up some back log of videos. I’ve never played a Dragon before, and have been having some fun. So, I achieved and even surpassed my goal of just rolling her up.

I also rolled up a RP toon to try to get into RP for the first time in a very long time (in MMOs, anyway). Sadly, I haven’t had much time to play her, but I’m hoping to rectify that a bit in the coming week so I can spend time gaming with folks, as well. I’m excited to get into her, though. I’ve a bit of a story concocted, but I need to spend a bit of time writing it up and putting it into the SWLRP mod.

Other

I ended up not touching my otomes at all, but I’m hoping to do a bit of that this coming week as well. I’ll be laying out some new goals to just finish out the month of December, and then starting fresh in January with a longer, updated, list.

Raiding with Leashes

Raiding with Leashes

This post is a part of #IntPiPoMo 2017. You can find more information and sign up to participate here.

I mentioned working on this achievement in my monthly gaming goals post, and I finished it sooner than I expected, to be honest. All I had left was the Viscidus Globule, Giant Bone Spider, and Stitched Pup, and I’d finally obtain Mr. Bigglesworth (putting me one step closer to Crazy Cat Lady).. but the RNGods have never really been in my favor.

Before I did anything, I decided to see how much they were on the Auction House, because I really didn’t want to trek all over on tons of different toons. However, after breaking down and getting the Viscidus Globule on the AH for 14k, I decided it was probably worth my time to just go farm the dang things. I know a lot of people won’t think that 14k is a lot, and it isn’t that much, but when you only have 300k gold to your name, one is kind of stingy. And at least it cut out having to trek over to AQ40 until I wanted to just get the achievement, or was working on transmog farming (which is low priority—pets first!).

I hit up Naxxramas on Chestnaught to see what I could get, and ended up with the pet from Loatheb (which I already have two of thanks to generous guildies), as well as the one off of Maexxna. Gluth was not kind to me, sadly. Nor were tier drops, for that matter. So since Naxx is so easy to get to, I’ll have to make farming both normal and heroic Dreadnaught Battlegear one of my first transmog goals. Anyway, the spider is gross. I’m super afraid of even Daddy Long Legs (yes, I know they aren’t spiders), so I put this guy out, took a picture, and put him right back. Blech. But at least I have him, now! And I’ll level him eventually when Squirt is back on the 30th (NA realms).

So, since Gluth didn’t put out for Chest, I hopped on my hunter, Hazelnutt, and decided to just hit up the Construct Quarter. She didn’t get lucky either. So off to the shaman, Shaelee! Only hit up the Construct Quarter up to Gluth as well, but she surprisingly ended up getting lucky. He’s cute in a kind of disgusting way. It was a bit annoying to try to run even old content as a healer, so I guess I’ll have to finally bite the bullet and get my enhancement weapon on her.

And so, I have finally obtained the adorable Mr. Bigglesworth! I also ended up with pretty much every 10 Man achievement on Chest on my run through. Which, honestly, is my top pet peeve in WoW. If achievements are truly supposed to be account bound, why on earth do I not get credit on the toon if I’ve already completed it on another! I shouldn’t be spamming guild chat with achievements I got back when it was current content when I was playing my Druid. That defeats the whole purpose, Blizzard. Fucking fix it. I don’t mind if I can’t get credit cross-characters for most achievements. That’s fine. Whatever. But I want the credit for the ones I’ve done, instead of a “Not completed on XTOON.” when I mouse over something.

#IntPiPoMo Count: 20/50

Buh-Bye KJ

Buh-Bye KJ

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A bit delayed, but just a quick hurrah that Iron Circle finally said buh-bye to Kil’jaeden on November 6th!

Some people are blocking other people, but I tried my best! ;P

Congrats to all that were there on our first kill, and our second kill yesterday! Hopefully we can get in another kill or two to get achievements for a few more folks in the raid team. It’s exciting to have him down. It means I can start working on my gaming to do list a bit more!

So proud of Iron Circle.

#IntPiPoMo Count: 15/50