OOC – Still plodding along…

November 28, 2016

 

Well, that’s one more Holiday behind us and two more to go for 2016. I know that we had a very quiet Thanksgiving Day and were very grateful for it too.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there!!  I’m always a day late with things this time of year because it seems like there are even more distractions for my poor brain.

Black Friday!  Oh my, seems like there are quite a few people daring the roads and the shopping malls these days, however, it does appear as though the online folks are getting hammered as well because not all of us enjoy the pushing and shoving that Black Friday normally brings along. I’ll be happy to wait in the queue for online shopping rather than getting out there and getting trampled and pushed around – I’m kind of nervous with crowds anyway and that makes the shopping experience a major nightmare for me, personally.  If I do much of anything for Christmas, it’s all going to be delivered to my front door because I just don’t have the stamina to run around the stores anymore.

I haven’t been playing as much lately because my attention span seems to wander off on its own when I log into Legion areas right now.  I am so far behind right now that it doesn’t seem to matter that I’m not playing for hours on end anymore.  I kind of like the change of pace and have enjoyed playing on a few of my alts because that’s why I made them – I want to enjoy the whole game and not just the Broken Isles.  At the rate that I am going right now, I may not even finish Legion before the next expansion drops – this is the first time that I only have one character at cap level so far, I’m usually rambling about and leveling multiple characters at one time, however, that doesn’t work all that well with this expansion.  I already know that I won’t be getting the next one because I’ve been playing this game for eleven plus years and it’s starting to wear thin on the entertainment side of things.

I am going to admit that World of Warcraft is my escape from things and there is no getting around that.  I used to watch a lot of television and read, however, World of Warcraft does give me the opportunity to socialize with people occasionally.   I’m not RPing as much either because most the people that I had things going on with as far as storylines have already bailed out on the game – guess the RNG is hitting all the casuals hard these days.   I know that you must play to get the stuff, however, that can be quite tedious at times and there is little to no direction as to what you should really be doing.  Scaling has taken a toll on me too because some of my character are above what they should be when they start an area and their gear reflects it – I think I have a lot characters twinked at this point so I can play them when I want and where I want for the time being.  So, that does mean that I am soloing this expansion again too because I haven’t gotten into the group thing at all this time.

At least I did get a cheap computer that seems to be working “okay” with all the unannounced changes that Blizzard has made that cooked my gaming machine quickly.  I wonder how many people are leaving the game because of the changes that will no longer allow them to play the game after these changes?   FPS really stinks on the new machine; however, I am moving around okay and I can do a lot of things without the stuttering and the incredible lag that I had for a while.  Loading screens?  Hehe, well, if you took a drink for every minute that you sat at your computer waiting for the things to load, you’d be too drunk to play after you got in there.  I’m at that age where I am not going to plank a ton of money on the purchase of a computer because most retirees don’t have that kind of disposable income and I happen to be one of those people.  Back in the day, there was no question that I would buy the best of the best and keep going, however, I can’t do that anymore and I have reconciled myself to that fact.  All my computer money went to replacing a broken hot water heater – the joys of home ownership.  I’ll be happy that I can romp around do the things that I want to do – kind of worried about dragging this potato into a dungeon with a crowd of people, however, I will get around to it one of these days.

I have been reading quite a bit on the forums these days to find out what is going on in the game and it really is amazing that so many people seem to really hate the game and they continue to play and pay for it.  I like seeing the bug reports and some of the quests that I have had trouble with being solved, slowly but surely, and seeing that some of the people are still plugging along and enjoying things.  I have enjoyed the various storylines that have been introduced in Legion – I’m wondering how much of the Lore has been kind torn asunder with some of the changes though.  If I have questions about stuff, I’ll hop on an alt and head back to the area and see if the quests have changed or what – sometimes they have, most of the time, they haven’t changed which sets up some conflicts.

Well, I suppose I should stop running off at the mouth and get back to some of the stories that I have been working on – yes, I know I need to write more and post more often if I plan on getting my following back.

 

Plans For The Future…

 

Written in very cursive script denoting the maturity and education of the author

 

November 17th

 

Dear Journal,

It feels much better to me having my freedom restored to where I can travel between Draenor and Azeroth.  Luckily for me, I have most of my people trained to the point that the Garrison can pretty much run itself – however, if hostilities start developing, I will be sent for regardless of where I am.  Poor little Zippie has her hands full keeping things running with the company and now she must be my personal messenger if needed or at least know where to reach me.

I am still adjusting to fighting demons again on Azeroth and adjusting to the new command of the Horde.  It does make me wonder sometimes if things are going to run smoothly with our new Warchief because her history does not bode well for future peace. I know some of the things that she has done didn’t sit well with the rest of the Horde and I know that her people are sometimes a bit hard to deal with, however, she is the one that seems to go her own way regardless of how others feel about things.

Poor Vol’jin said that he was given a sign as to whom should be the next Warchief and I sometimes wonder if his vision wasn’t tampered with by the poisons of his wounds.   His faith in his LOA and his endurance through past injuries and near-death at the hands of assassins, was a remarkable feat for any man, however, it does give you pause to wonder about his mental state there at the end.  Could he have just handed us over to another insane power-monger like Garrosh turned out to be?  I know that I feel like the Dark Lady is much more dangerous than Garrosh ever thought about being, at least you had some idea of where his mind was going.  The Lady is a mystery in so many ways.

I know that some of the things that I write about in my journals could be considered treasonous in so many ways, however, I make sure that things are hidden away where prying eyes will not find them too readily.  There are times that I truly miss Agatha and the way that she would always take care of things for me at the house in Silvermoon.  There are other things that I am missing about her too – we did indeed have a special relationship that had lasted for many years.

Oh, Agatha is still in my employ and is still at the main house in Silvermoon, however, I haven’t had time to go visit with the people there just yet.  I was too busy rebuilding my relationship with my wife and getting used to being able to see her in Nagrand and Shattrath like old times.   We have discussed trying to buy the house back in Dalaran and I think we would both be happier if we had that property again even though it would take a lot of work to get it restored back to what it was when I originally had it.   I know that it will be a foolish expense with the politics being what they are, however, it was the first home that I ever owned and I worked very hard to achieve that status symbol and to open Morningstar Enterprises.

At least now that we are not in Draenor all the time, I can finally go back to having some privacy and a bed of my own to sleep in without having to prowl around and find one that didn’t look like it had been used recently or “borrowing” someone’s residence to set up shop for a few days.

I know that I am happy that I can move around Azeroth freely again.  Draenor was different and the people there were happy that we had come to help them after all the trouble that Garrosh had stirred up, however, I know that some of them won’t be joining us to fight the Legion, which makes me sad.  I had hope that some of the people would feel the need to join us, however, I understand that they are still rebuilding from the past tribulations that visited their home world.

I honestly don’t know about the other people; however, it does seem like the demons are bigger and stronger than the ones that we have fought in the past.  Maybe it is because I am older and somewhat wiser in my strategy than I was when I was a young hot-headed Ranger.  I know that the Fel stench takes days to get out of my nostrils and quite a few trips to the bath to get it out of my skin and hair – that smell is like none-other.  I can see that it disorients some of newer recruits sometimes and they are constantly fighting against the fright of seeing these beings that they have only heard tales of before.  Sure, I’ll admit that I get a bit frightened sometimes too because it seems like a never-ending cycle and the demons keep coming.

 

Fnor Morningstar

 

November 9th – OOC – Still Wandering Around…

November 9, 2016

 

I must admit that I am extremely happy that the election is over and we’re done with the rhetoric that was going twenty-four/seven.  We’ll all have to wait and see how things pan out over the next four years.  At least we can all get back to other things.  I watched most of the election coverage last night and my poor brain is very tired of trying to figure out what was going on for a large part of the night.  Naturally, none of the shows that I normally watch on a Tuesday night were even available due to the election coverage.

I normally leave the television on when I am playing games for the noise factor and to keep the cats occupied and away from my computers.  Last night was a good night for the cats because they seemed to enjoy all the graphs and people drawing on them – they like to think they are helping things move along when they reach up and pat the screen with a paw now and again.   I know that I couldn’t concentrate on WoW last night and finally threw in the towel and went to bed around midnight.

Still running around on my main and questing – I just can’t seem to stick with one character all the time in this expansion.   I know I had the same issues with parts of Draenor and that’s what took me so long to get flight there.  I’m not even sure if I am going to get flight in Legion yet or not – haven’t even finished the first part of their Pathfinder.  Oh, I’ll get there eventually, however, I’m still doing lots of solo content at this point due to my guilds not being all that active now.

I go through this adjustment period every year when the “time changes” ensue and it doesn’t matter if I lost an hour or gained an hour – my anatomical clock just goes a bit wonky for a couple of weeks which throws everything else out of sync for a bit.  I can still remember living in countries where this nonsense was not observed and I never had the problems – oh well, guess that’s part of living in the US.

I think that the biggest problem that I am having right now is that I have too many characters and my poor brain can’t stay focused on them.  Of course, I know that it is my problem and my self-discipline needs a kick in the pants to get me motivated again.   I may be having a bit of “burn out” too because I have been playing this game almost daily for over eleven years and that is a long time to be playing any game regardless if it is World of Warcraft or any other.  

One of the things that I have noticed about playing Legion is that the self-gratification and the sense of accomplishing something is just not there.  I’m making progress with my characters, however, it just seems like I am going through the motions and I’m not that involved in things as I normally am.  I am enjoying the Lore in the game and enjoying seeing all the new sights though and that’s one of the main reasons that I am still playing.  I might end up taking a break soon so that I can get back to enjoying the game for fun again.

I have been reading the forums quite a bit to try to stay up-to-date with some of the things going on in game as well as finding out about some of the bugs that are currently causing issues in the game.  I usually don’t spend that much time reading some of the stuff because of the level of negativity that seems to be quite prevalent on the forums. Sometimes I wonder if people have forgotten how to present constructive criticism without attack people personally.  So, a word of advice, if you do happen to go to the forums, remember that some of the people only post negative things for the popularity they think it garners them.