Alive and Kicking


May 15, 2019

I’m still alive and kicking and trying to get myself to play a little bit more in WoW – it gets kind of lonely when most of the people in your guild have long since quit the game.  Ah well, it’s a game I know, and I can at least find my way around a bit.

My big thing right now is to settle down and try to get back into the story a bit more and just enjoys the game the way that I want too.  Hehe, I did get stupid and I was able to get the Collector’s Edition before it sold out, so, I do have to at least stay somewhat interested.  Since I have never purchased anything like this before, it’s my last hurrah, I suppose.

I know that I am going to be toddling around and getting some things done in the game now that the weather is a bit warmer and not so “dead” as it has been this winter.  Springtime in the Rockies is always a good time of year and one of my favorites even if it does drive my allergies up the wall.  Hey, you enjoy what you can at my age.

Just wanted to check in and let people know that I am alive and kicking, however, not as robustly. 

See you Azeroth.

OOC – Still Running Around Playing and having Fun


April 1st, 2019

I’m finally forcing myself to get a bit more involved in my gaming and starting to enjoy it more.  I would like to thank some of you for your words of advice in the fact that I’m not really “behind” – well, I know I’m behind but I’m enjoying what I’m doing with my alts and mains.  If there is anything that I can say about World of Warcraft is that it is time consuming which is something that I need sometimes so I don’t go completely off the rails.

I am still working my way through Legion and have rolled a couple of extra characters to get them going in BfA so I can get that going as well, might as well throw it all around so that I can get some of my monies worth out of what I have already purchased.  I don’t know that I will buy the next expansion on the pre-purchase thing again because I just haven’t gotten into it at all on BfA.  What I have seen of the stories and storylines has been entertaining, although, the actual game play seems a bit slip shod in some areas.   I’m not here to critique the game because I haven’t really played enough to the current content to give it much of a fair judgement call.

I’m literally trying my best to play a little bit more and I will admit that I have over-done it a few times and couldn’t really play much the next day.  It’s just fun to run through things on some of my lowbies and try to get my allied races going too – damn, wish we didn’t have to level them up as well, just as more salt to the wounds if you want the heritage armor.

We’re at that weird time of year where you just sort of guess at the weather because one day it is shorts weather and the next day it’s long-johns.  I am one of those people that likes to get dressed and live with it and add layers if I need too.

I have noticed that there seems to be fewer people in the game and that doesn’t surprise me with the game being as old as it is and with the changes that have been made over the last few months.  It’s rather daunting and discouraging to see the world slowly dwindling away.  I’m not going to quit just yet, I may just take a break now and then and play the way I want to play and if I get the achievements that I need to get things done – that’s awesome, if not, I’ll keep going and doing my thing.

Okay, see you all in Azeroth.

OOC – Still here


March 17, 2019

Well, I’m still having vision issues and I’m still trying to continue to play WoW anyway.  I’m so far behind everyone right now that it doesn’t really matter, however, I’m trying to enjoy the game as best as I can.  I have been working on some stories, but they will be based out of the old content where I am playing currently.ish me luck and I’ll see you all in Azeroth.

Wish me luck and I’ll see you in Azeroth.

OOC – Still here and plodding along


February 4, 2019

Well, I am going to try to get back into the habit of writing a little bit although I may be way behind everyone in BfA at this point, however, I still have my characters living their lives with the knowledge that they are at war and not called up yet to serve.  The thought of a battle or war looming in their futures has not dampened their spirits nor they’re for the adventures ahead of them with the rest of Azeroth.

My vision is still not great at this point, but the problem is getting narrowed down bit by bit and I hope that I can get something done with it soon.  I am still going to play a bit and write when I can because I can’t force myself to just give it all up and sink down in the deep abyss of depression that would welcome me with open arms at this point.  Nope, not going to give it up.  I know that I am not going to be doing a whole lot of group content because my vision is spastic sometimes and I would hate to burden other people with my issues.  Oh, my hand-eye coordination has been in the dumper for a while and that’s due to old age and arthritis, so, I’m just questing and dreaming my little dreams with my characters and trying to get their little lives back on track so that they won’t think that they have been forgotten after fourteen years of playing this silly game.

I’m finding myself in the older content more and more because I “know” where everything is there, and I don’t have to strain my eyeballs out of the sockets trying to see some of the stuff.  Besides, I was always happier in the older content and even if I am doing everything solo these days, my memories of the fun that I had when my friends were still playing keeps my mind jumping around a bit.  Sure, it gets a bit lonely, however, that’s okay too – if it gets to be too much, I log off and come back later. 

It’s kind of sand to know that some of my old friends have passed away to the great beyond but it happens to everyone.  No one gets out of this life alive and it starts going downhill from the day that we are born.  I’ll admit that there have been times when I just felt like bagging it, however, World of Warcraft is such a huge part of my life that I am not going to walk away from it just yet and I will keep paying and playing for as long as I can muster up the energy to do it.  Sure, I’m not going to be doing major progression or any of that, but I can still hide out in the lore (such as it is) and do my thing – poor characters may die a lot, but they will bounce back, and we’ll keep going.

Naturally, I have been seeing all the bad press for BfA and I still haven’t really gotten into the expansion very far at all.  I hope things pick up and people start liking the game again – it sure is depressing to hear all the negative stuff all the time.  So, wish me luck and I’ll keep plodding along.

See you all in Azeroth!!

OOC – Start Of The New Year


January 3rd, 2019

I will have to admit that I am not sorry to see 20118 go the way of the great white whale because it was not one of the better years for me, however, I’m still upright and kicking, so, for that, I’m thankful. Had one heck of year in RL with illnesses of my own and taking care of the family was almost overwhelming at times. Ah well, it doesn’t do to dwell on that so much because it just makes me feel very depressed.

I haven’t been playing much in the way of video games lately because my vision is not what it should be, and I don’t know if there is anything that can fix it either. Seems that cataracts are the wave of the future until I can get them taken care of. I can honestly say that getting old hasn’t been a great experience for me, however, I could deal with that, but the vision loss is really disconcerting for me when I am used to reading quite a bit as well as playing on the computer. I feel like the character in the series of Twilight Zone where the fellow wore glasses and his biggest wish was to be able to read as much as he wanted whenever he want and to heck with other people – well, long story short, he broke his glasses when his wish came true – there he sat surrounded by books and couldn’t read a lick.

My situation is much like that character in the fact that I did get my gaming computer, new screen and the whole lot – now, I can play for a bit of time before my vision bothers me too much. Oh, those dreams of getting everything caught up have crashed back to reality and I’ll play when I feel like I can see what I am doing for a bit. Let’s just say that playing solo does have it’s benefits because I know that I won’t be able to run dungeons or things that have a lot of activity for the time being.

I’m still trying to maintain a positive attitude with things being the way that they are, however, I will have to admit that there are times that I get depressed. I’ve tried to stay caught up on the news with video gaming and that is just flat out depressing for someone like myself that has dedicated most of their retirement to gaming.  I am still planning on playing for as long as I can, and I hope that things will get better for me physically so that I can enjoy it again.

I apologize for being such a downer, however, I just wanted to let people know that I may not be as active in reading and writing for a while. I am off to the doctor today to see if he will be able to direct me to a specialist that can possibly help me with the issues that I am having.

 

See you all in Azeroth.

 

 

 

OOC – So Many Tasks and Not Enough Time


October 31, 2018

 

Been rather busy of late with RL stuff but that’s how it goes sometimes.   I know that physically I have had a few bad days, however, that’s also to be expected especially at this time of year when the weather is constantly going from roasting your bum to freezing it off. Yep, Fall is not an easy time in the Rockies.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading of late and have been extremely happy with my purchase of a Kindle. Easy to read anywhere and it fits in my purse very easily. I’ve wanted one for several years, however, I have quite an extensive library of hardback books with bookshelves taking up a large part of my loft. Oh well, I still read those too and will continue to enjoy myself. I know that I have read over 20 books since I made the purchase and it really is very relaxing when you don’t feel like jumping around in a video game.

I haven’t played much the last couple of weeks because I’m still making up my mind as to how I feel about the current expansion in World of Warcraft. I can’t recall seeing as many complaints about the game before now and some of them seem to have a bit of validity. I will admit that I have purchased the game for all my accounts and had planned on playing quite a bit more than I have in the last few months. I know that I will keep playing regardless if it is good or not because I still enjoy playing and I still enjoy interacting with people. I know that sounds kind of lame with the way that I have been playing lately. I know that it is hard to just think about walking away for a while, so, mini-breaks can’t hurt too much. I don’t mind running behind the crowd either because I keep hoping that the “bugs” will get squashed before I get there.

I’m turning into quite the casual player of games lately and I don’t really mind it because I don’t like the idea of being forced into doing something that isn’t real fun for me. Most of the time, if I am in the mood to play at all, it will be World of Warcraft because I have been in that game for longer than some people have been born. I know, it’s an addictive game but I’d much rather have that addiction than something else.   Still bopping along in Destiny 2 and having a giggle fest with Call of Duty – hey, I know my reactions are bad when I go “oh crap!” and I’m already dead. It’s fun anyway – good thing I’m not trying to compete with some people that want to be the best of everything.

Oh well, I suppose I should get ready for Halloween – I just won’t comb my hair and put my teeth in – that should scare the socks off the little blighters that coming ringing the bell.

 

See you in Azeroth

 

 

Time For Healing


October 22nd

Dear Journal,

It has been a very long time since I have had the opportunity to write down anything. With everything going on the way that it has – the loss of my home in Teldrassil is one that I shan’t ever forget or forgive.

Never again will I see my little ones playing around my parent’s little cottage and never again will I be able to walk the beautiful halls of the Temple in Darnassus. So many things that have helped create the person that I have become are now gone forever.

At least I was one of the lucky ones that was forewarned by my beloved Sindorei and I was able to get most of my family away from the dangers and to our home in Nagrand. My heart still breaks at the thoughts of so many of our people that were killed with this disaster. So many lives were lost that were needless all because of one woman’s hatred for our people. Another insane Warchief that leads the Horde on her mission of killing anything and everything that stands in her way – even her own people.

I know that the pain that my poor mate endured will take a long time to heal as will my own. Those emotional scars are far worse than a physical injury sometimes. However, we’ve reconciled ourselves to the fact that we will be spending time with our family in Nagrand and Shattrath – all our lives have been torn asunder and have been pieced back together again. We have shared our grief together and have started our healing process – now, we must guard and guide our children through this latest upheaval.

We are trying to make sure that my parents are settling into their new little home in Nagrand as well as keeping them sheltered from things that might upset them about the latest conflict between the factions. I know that they have often wondered why I chose the man that I did, however, they have accepted my choice and have come to love him as one their own even with the differences that he has. I know that we could all be considered traitors to both the Horde and the Alliance, however, one thing that we will never betray is our love of our families.

Our estate in Nagrand is starting to look more like a little village than anything else these days, however, all the people that are living there now are friends and family.   We’ve sheltered many people over the years and we will continue to carry on that tradition – no faction can break the bonds that we have developed with these people – their children have grown up with our own and we consider them all to be an extended part of our family as well.

I did take my Sentinels to the Under City and we did take part in the battle there. It was just amazing how we all fought with such bravery, anger, ferocity and, in some cases, unbridled hatred. I know how our poor King must have felt when Sylvannas snatched the victory from our grasp like a cruel bully snatches a treat away from a child.   I think more of the shock and the horror that I felt when I saw the Horde troops being sacrificed by their Leader *spits off to the side of the desk* as if they meant nothing.

Anduin may never be the same King as his father was, however, I feel that he will lead as he feels is the best for all his people. I don’t think that we will see him sacrifice his people the way that the Dark Lady has shown that she is willing to do. Oh, Elune, how have we all come to this level on Azeroth?

Amynlarae Shadowmoon