OOC – Just Checking In

March 17th, 2018

I did take a couple of weeks off from my computers because I just wasn’t in the mood to do anything.  That happens every now and again with most people. Physically I do feel better, however, I just haven’t felt compelled to getting involve in World of Warcraft now.  I’m all set to go with BfA even though I have yet to complete Legion.

Legion has been a good expansion and I have enjoyed most of the storylines that I have completed, however, there just seems to be so much to do that there are times that I am overwhelmed.  There are times when I feel like we are being pulled in too many directions.  Yes, I do other things than play video games just as most of us do and sometimes I tend to get involved in those things.  Oh yes, binge watching shows that I have missed because of my involvement in gaming and then, of course, there are books that I want to read as well.  So, between doing all the other things, my gaming has not bee utilized as much as I would have liked. 

Normally at this time of year it is too bloody cold to go outside much, however, this season has been weird because we have had so many warm days that it makes you wonder if Winter is here or is it just playing with the rest of the country.  Our ski areas are getting good snow for the sport; however, the rest of the state is well below our annual snowfall rate which generates our water supply for the rest of the year. 

Since my oldest computer bit the big one, I’m down to one desktop and my laptop.   The laptop can’t really play World of Warcraft all that well, however, it is still functioning enough to log in occasionally.  Currently I am waiting on the prices to drop back down on the memory cards because it is unreal how the prices have jumped up.  We can all thank the bitcoin miners for some of the cost increases on technology now.  Yes, I do acknowledge that GPU is the thing that World of Warcraft uses intensely.  Back in the day, the money that I have saved up would have bought me one heck of a gaming rig off the shelf – this time I was planning on building my own, however, that seems a bit daunting.  Of course, I will be shopping around to get the best that I can afford.

One of the big surprises for me this week was the fact that I got an invitation to participate in the Alpha for World of Warcraft.  Talk about a shock and surprise because I’m not a streamer or anyone special other than being a very long-time player.  I have usually gotten the Beta testing invitations and I think this is my second invitation for an Alpha – last one was MoP.  I am going to be thrilled to work on the Alpha a bit, however, having learned from my experience, I won’t get too heavily involved so that I’m not burned out when the expansion drops.

Just wanted to check in and let people know that I haven’t passed away or anything, just take a brief break from the game that I love and my computers. See you all in Azeroth.

OOC – On My Way Back

February 25th, 2018

Well, this has been an interesting month for myself – decided to upgrade to the new expansion and immediately got physically ill.  Kind of reminds me of how things went when Legion started.   I hope that this isn’t the case because I am still getting caught up with the Legion expansion.   Let me tell you, getting old kind of sucks but I do think that the alternative would be totally boring.

I’m just cruising along at my usual pace and still enjoying the game when I get the opportunity to play.  Did some med changes and getting my body adjusted to that now, I think that I’ll live.  I had several days when I couldn’t even sit in front of the computer for very long and had to go back and lay down on the couch.   Now, I am feeling a bit better and will jump back into World of Warcraft.

Yes, it’s time for me to get back into the routine.  I know that I am not going to be running as crazy in the new expansion as I have been in Legion.  I’ll catch up with things eventually and I’m actually having an easier time due to the fact that I don’t have to wait on the “controlled” time-gates that  Blizzard had in the game when it was in process.  Not too bad because it’s still fun for me.  I will have to admit that I am taking my time and just enjoying the heck out of things.

Finally had to retire my oldest computer because it was just struggling trying to keep going with the things that Blizzard has added to WoW of late.  My FPS just hit the floor and it wasn’t much fun to play on although it still looked great.  So, now I’m on the market for a new gaming rig which is going to take some time since I’m not exactly going to buy “off the shelf” this time and definitely not doing the refurb route again.    Since my son is my IT guy, he’s helping me with the search for a new computer.  He definitely gets any old equipment that I have because he’s the one that has handled all of the upgrades and so on.

I’m in the process now of catching up on my reading of the blogs posted on WP and getting myself ready to do some more writing.  Hope to see you all in Azeroth soon.


OOC – New Leveling Changes

January 27th, 2018

I spent most of my day yesterday writing an OOC entry to publish and decided that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to share with folks.  I had been working on some of the stuff that I have in my many folders and trying out different ideas. One of the things that I wanted to address is the new leveling abilities in World of Warcraft.

I do go to the forums and read posts here and there to see what is going on with other people in the game.  I know that the forums are not exactly the best place in the world to find out exactly what is going on in the game, however, it gives me an idea of what people are not pleased with.  Yes, I know that the forums are not exactly a good representation of the game as a whole because only a small fraction of the player-base actually bothers to read and/or post on the forums.  You do have the select few that are posting and then you have the “celebrity” posters that have been at it for years.  Anyway, I did see that quite a few people are unhappy with the changes in 7.3.5.

I have definitely been enjoying a lot of the changes with my numerous alts and finding the changes very refreshing.  Since I am truly an altoholic, I have all of the heirlooms available to me and I’m using them as much as I can.  Yeah, I know that they got a nerf but I’m actually not noticing it all that much.  I know that as a truly casual player that this is not all bad either and I can take my time and enjoy it.  I’m not in a major rush to get things done all over the place, just filling my time with leveling  and laughing manically as I go romping through Azeroth.

I admit that there are times I get really fed up with World of Warcraft, however, I have yet to truly throw in the towel and walk away from it for any length of time. I do take breaks every now and again although the longest has been a month after my dog passed away- that hit me pretty hard and I still miss her after all of these years too.  No, I did think about getting another dog, however, I do enjoy not having to go outside when there is snow on the ground.  I’m spoiled.

The leveling changes are frustrating for some folks, however, I am just wheeling along at a good pace and not really worrying about it.  I know that some people are still trying to one-shot mobs like they did in the past and aren’t getting the results they want.  You just have to learn how to adjust your strategy and keep going at a reasonable pace.

OOC – First Post of the New Year

January 3rd, 2018

So far, I will have to say that it feels pretty much like last year with the difference being that I must remember to use 2018 on my dates now.  Hehe, nope, I wasn’t expecting some huge major thing to happen, however, I was hoping that I’d win the lottery or something exciting.  Well, that didn’t happen, or I’d be someplace where it’s warm with waves washing over my feet.  Nope, still in the Rockies and it’s a tad bit brisk right now.

We stayed home where it was safe and warm on New Year’s Eve and didn’t get out in the traffic and the freezing cold that we had going on at that time.  Can’t say that I wasn’t playing WoW most of the night because I was and felt like garbage on January 1st.  Got up yesterday with the full intention of sitting down to write and play some World of Warcraft and do some proper blog writing – didn’t happen because as soon as I sat down to do that – we lost our internet connection, phones and cable due to an unfortunate construction issue in the neighborhood.

Today was a bit off because I fell asleep on the couch last night and woke up freezing to death, got a throw and curled back up on the couch and went back to sleep some more.   So, today was a truly lazy day and uneventful – played late last night for a few hours and felt rather good about that too.

January 5th, 2018

Luckily my internet and cable seemed to have survived the last couple of days and has allowed me to get into my gaming a bit more.    I know that I have been running around on some of my lowbies and enjoying the different realms that I play on.  It’s always fun to interact with other people in the game and now that the Holiday Season has finally left us behind, I’m sure that there will be things to do and be able to get them done in a timely manner.    

I went on a bit of a binge of resubbing at six-month levels instead of month to month, so, I’ve been spending a bit of time on my alt account – I do have two separate Bnet accounts.  One is completely maxed out with accounts and is the one that I started with in 2005, the secondary account is about two years old and I’ve had a lot of fun just roaming about Azeroth on my own with that one.  Yes, I have too many characters and should cull some of them out, however, I just enjoy toon changing frequently – messes up my progression, however, it’s how I play the game that counts, and it is fun to me.

Some of my old acquaintances have shown back up in the game and that has made it more entertaining.  One can only stay alone for so long without feeling a bit lonely and isolated.  Anyway, the people that came back are equally as much of being altoholics as I am, so, it’s all good.

Okay, time to get back into the game so that I can get in the mood to write some more with my characters.  See you all soon – yes, I finally got caught up on reading all the posts on the blogs that I am following – great writing and reading the adventures that some are having these days too.

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 27th


Just wishing each everyone of you a belated Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.


It was a real strange holiday season at our house this year because we all seemed to have developed the colds that we have been avoiding so far, this season.  We had initially planned to spend time together as a family, however, one doesn’t want to give the gift that keeps on giving for the next few months, so, we all stayed in our separate little homes and tried to stay warm.

We have had a strange Winter so far with the weather being unusually warm and now we have opened the door to the cold weather in earnest.  I think we might make it above freezing today for the first time in several days.   Since my spouse and I don’t fare well in ice and snow, we have been staying inside for the most part. 

Reflecting on 2017 has been rather interesting to me because it appears I have been rotating from not feeling good most of the time to feeling somewhat better all year.  When I am feeling bad, I tend to cut myself off from people and things and just get over whatever ails me.   So, here’s hoping for a better 2018.

Yes, I finally got a second 110 and that’s been about my biggest accomplishment in World of Warcraft for the year.  Oh well, I hope I can get it in gear for 2018 and start enjoying the game as much as I used too.   See you all in Azeroth.

OOC – December 18, 2017 – Busy Times

December 18, 2017


Well, it’s another OOC entry for me today, however, it’s better than none at this point.  I’ve been busy in RL getting things organized.  Yes, the end of the year is always fun and when you’re living with someone that is the King of Procrastination, it adds a few bumps in the road at the end of the year.

Sitting here drinking a cup of coffee and trying to convince myself that I should get off my behind and get showered and cleaned up for the day but it’s not working, just one more cup of coffee and I’ll do that.

I have been playing a bit more in the last few days getting some of my characters leveled up that I haven’t worked on in a while.  Still enjoying Legion, however, I do miss my other characters when I leave them alone for a while.  Yes, I know I have too many characters and can’t even imagine that I could keep up with them all, however, I enjoy playing different classes and different areas of the game, so, it is worth it to me.

Christmas is coming soon, and I haven’t even finished doing all the things that I want to do.  We have been spending more time with the family and even playing in-game together with them has been fun too.  My guilds are usually very quiet, however, this past week, they have been jumping with activity – seems some folks are finally returning to the game after taking so much time off.  With a lot of the time gated stuff being “open” now, it makes it easier and faster for them to catch up.

I did startup a few new characters on another realm this month and have established a guild there as well.  Seems like I do better when I have the guild umbrella over my head and can do pretty much what I want when I want.  Thank heavens for Group Finder at this point.  I had been on this realm for a while searching for some old friends and even though that hasn’t been that successful yet, I will keep going and enjoying some of the RP that I have stumbled upon. 

Starting to get the immersion in-game started again and will start putting together some more journals for my characters.  Plan is to write more and keep on going.


Hope you all have a great holiday and I hope to see you all soon in Azeroth.





OOC – Special Projects and Ramblings…

November 26, 2017


I’ve been having a blast with all the things to do in-game currently.  Anniversary stuff as well as the killing turkeys event.  This is probably my favorite time of year for gaming and I do enjoy it quite a bit, however, I still have too many characters to deal with and that’s my fault.

At least I have a fully functional keyboard now because my son gave me another gaming keyboard that I can use without feeling like I’m trying to type on a Navy Carrier.  The last one was huge, had all the bells and whistles but it wasn’t for me, I’m not that great and when you can’t find the keys to use, it’s really crippling. Oh well, at least I now have something that I can use easily without any trouble at all.

I’ve been running around trying to do a few of the things that I want to do today, however, last week was a bit tough when trying to level up on the Moon Guard realm with the Project 60 running – not so much the disruption of RP sessions as it was in just general leveling.  Oh well, that’s how it goes, and I can understand why the realm was chosen by the streamers.  Now, this week I am on another realm for Project 70 to disrupt a bit, same issues – just leveling in general in the lower brackets.

I know that some of the forums have been raising all kinds of noise about the projects using RP realms for their adventures, however, it is primarily because the RP realms have special sharing and CRS abilities that are not available to the general realms or even PvP realms.  You have a few rotten apples in the barrel that try to deliberately upset people just like you do at any time you’re doing MMO gaming.  On a personal level, I choose to leave the people alone and let them do their things.  I’m all for embracing the thoughts of Classic Servers coming back to WoW, however, trying to live it this far in advance with all the changes in the game since it’s inception really is kind of silly – if they are having fun and not truly disrupting things, I’m all for it.   I’m sure that all of this will die down eventually, and we can all just kind of relax before the next expansion is released.

I know that I have gotten spoiled over the years with the advent and the ability to utilize my heirloom gear and I don’t know that I would enjoy reverting all the way back at this point.  I remember Classic and I remember what a pain in the backside it could be for those of us that weren’t affiliated with a progressive raiding guild.  I had multiple characters back then too and only played on one realm and there was no RP to be had, I don’t think.  All I can remember is that we (where I lived at the time) were only allowed to go onto one realm – lovingly referred to as IceDown (Ice Crown) and it was down quite a bit with maintenance and all kinds of server issues.  Oh, those were not fun days, however, Blizzard did reimburse us for time lost from not being able to play.  I know that I will be trying out the “new” Classic when it comes available, however, I know that I will continue to be active on my retail version more.



This is one of my many characters just cruising around with the rest of them, trying to get the Anniversary gifts from killing the World Bosses in Azeroth.  First attempt at posting pictures like I used to do – needs more practice.