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.

 

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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.

OOC – Funtimes and Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!


November 22, 2017

 

Just a quick update on what might be going on.  I feel like I have running around like a chicken with its head cut-off – just busy in RL as well as in-game.  Busy times have started in RL with the Holidays approaching and the in-game stuff is almost overwhelming.

One of the big things is that I am an altoholic in a big way and I am finding that having so many characters to bounce around on can be rather difficult when you can’t play as much as you would like.  So many events to attend and so many things to do in game right now is mind-boggling.  However, I’m doing the best I can and if I am having fun, I’ll keep trucking along.

I did want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving though.  We are going to be going over to spend the day with family this year instead of them coming here.  It should be tons of fun and I know that we will enjoy spending time with them.   Of course, we’re not talking huge crowd of people, just the five of us all together for the holiday.  The last couple of years we haven’t been able to do this because of health issues here at my house, however, this year is different, and we aren’t feeling “off” this time, so, it’s family time again.

I am also very excited to see all the enthusiasm for Classic World of Warcraft and will be participating with that when it is available.  Oh, so happy to see the stuff for the new expansion too.  It sent chills up my spine and I will have to admit that I had been debating about purchasing the next expansion – now, there is no question about it.  I haven’t even finished Legion yet and I’m ready for the next one.  No, I’m not addicted, I just like having fun on Azeroth.

I did splurge and expanded my game library a bit with the new sales for Black Friday at Blizzard.  Finally got Destiny 2 as well as Overwatch, so, I am going to have fun times for the next few months balancing out my play time.   I shouldn’t laugh at myself, however, it has been a long running tradition for me to buy myself Christmas presents with things that I know that no one else would give me.  Now for my next expense will be a new small gaming keyboard.

OOC – BlizzCon and Other Things


November 6th, 2017

This was the first year that I have splurged and purchased a ticket to watch BlizzCon in its entirety and I will have to admit that I felt like it was money well spent because I got the mounts for Alliance and Horde as well as having the ability to watch all the neat activities and announcements.   I’ll gladly admit that I sat here like a dufus and watched as much of it “live” starting on Friday and did little else.  It was awesome – not only did I get caught up in the hype, I was an active part of it from the comforts of my home.  I know that my spouse was very understanding that I was busy watching all this stuff and was willing to let me have the time that I wanted myself to enjoy it.

Nope, didn’t get any screenshots because I was too busy gaping at everything that I could see.  It was great that they had things scheduled the way that they did and even have it where we can still access the videos for a month so that we can watch every little thing that we want.  I guess in the past that the access wasn’t as easy as it was this year and there weren’t as many venues to see.   I love the panels and the contests, and I must admit that I watched tournaments like a mad person.  Love the tourneys a whole lot and wish that I still had the reflexes to play in them.  I just enjoy being able to watch the players reactions to the esports as well as getting caught up in their enthusiasm for the games.   It rekindles my love for the games as well as being able to understand their love of the different games.  Let’s get real!!  I like seeing some of these folks win the prize money too because they have spent a great deal of time getting prepared for these games.

The new expansion looks awesome and I wasn’t planning on purchasing another one since I haven’t been playing all that much in Legion, however, I can’t pass on the Battle for Azeroth when things are kind of reverting back to the beginning.   Oh yes, the addition of the Classic game servers is going to be awesome – I knew Blizzard would eventually get around to presenting that aspect of the game to the people that weren’t here initially.  I think the whole thing, new expansion, new Vanilla servers and some of the new sub-races are going to be tons of fun.  I am looking forward to the new level scaling in the old zones because it will keep the game fresh and alive for us altoholics that have tons of characters at various levels.

Looking back on all the years that I have been playing Blizzard games, it looks like they are stepping back into the roots of their existence and breathing new life into the games.  I know that the MMOs aren’t exactly the go-to gaming that they used to be, however, it is the one place I love to go so that I can interact with other people and become a part of the fantasy with them.  It is hard to believe that I have been involved with World of Warcraft for the better part of 13 years in the MMO as well as all the years that I have spent in other Blizzard games.  StarCraft was my very first Blizzard game and I can remember playing for hours on end with games loaded on with my CDs.  Awesome times and nostalgia is a good driving force behind my feelings for it.

Now that we are going into that time of year where it’s a bit too brisk to be romping about outside in the elements, I’m sure that I will be playing more and starting to apply my writing skills more frequently.  The holidays in-game are some of my old-time favorites and I do intend on participating in them this year.  When people tell me that the game is boring and there is nothing to do, I usually smile and nod – wishing I could share some of my “full” quest pages with them on some of my characters.

Okay, I’m just rambling on now, better get my backside in gear and get into the game.  See you all in Azeroth.

OOC – October 5th – Yeah, I’m back at it again


October 5th 

 

I will have to admit that I haven’t been writing very much in the last year, however, that was due to the fact that I have been playing medication roulette with my doctors.  I think they have finally figured out what to give to take without killing me with it.  It’s been a rough year for me in the health department. 

Anyway, long story short, I have renewed my WordPress account and I’m planning on getting back into my usual (other normal) posting in this next year.  The brain is all abuzz with thoughts of projects and what I need to write about.  Hey, my writing isn’t all that great and I know that, however, I do enjoy it and it makes me feel like I am doing something other than playing video games. 

I know that I haven’t even been playing a whole lot in the last six months or so due to the fact that I just couldn’t concentrate on anything for very long before I just got totally lost in thought and confusion on some things.  Over-medicating your brain makes you real spacy and I was really starting to get worried about what was going on.  All manner of thoughts race through your head in regard to your faculties when you don’t feel like you’re doing things quite right or up to your usual standards.  

I never have followed the arena nor the MDI tournaments until this year and I will have to admit that I have spent a great deal of time watching those events.  I know I will never be that kind of player again, however, it does bring back some good memories of days gone by.  I used to be Hell-on-Wheels with PvP and as a raider, however, the reflexes aren’t what they used to be these days.  I had to put some of those things to the side and just get into the questing side more with my characters, which is not all bad at all.  Even though I am not up to snuff enough to really participate in these things but that doesn’t mean that I have lost the love or the interest in it. 

Another thing that I did this year is something that I haven’t ever done in the last twelve years and that was to buy one of the tickets on-line for BlizzCon.   I’ve never done that before and I am very excited to see it here in the comfort of my own home.   It should be fun and I’m sure that I will post other things in regard to that.   

I hope to be playing and writing more in the next few months and rekindle my love for all things World of Warcraft.  I have no great expectations for things, just the ability to enoy something that I have been doing almost daily for the last twelve years.   Hope to see all of you soon. 

Still trying to catch up on the posts that some of you have done and hope to have that caught up in the next couple of days.  Everything that I have been reading has inspired me to get back with the way that I used to be and to carry on with the rest of the gang.   

OOC – Better Late Than Never


September 3rd, 2017 

 

Sorry, I haven’t been playing much of late nor have I been writing all that much either.   Sometimes RL seems to take charge of things and you have to put a few things aside in order to keep up with it.  I wasn’t feeling all that well physically and that usually sets off a whole bunch of things that seem to backlog and get me into that rut we’ve all been in at some time in our lives.  Oh, it wasn’t anything real serious just ails of the aging body with depression added on for the topper. 

Just started getting back into WoW again and I’m enjoying it now that I have decided that I’m not under any pressure to get caught up with all the speed demons out there.  I’ll take my time doing stuff and will eventually finish Legion, if it ever really ends.  All the time gating that people were worrying with is pretty much over for me because the new patch has arrived and the past gates are now open for those of us that came toddling along at a snail’s pace.   I think that I am slower than a snail, however, it works for me and that’s what I’ll be doing, dragging up the end area.  Still only have the one 110 and he’s starting to move along nicely with all of the catch-up things happening now for me.  Still no legendary anything, however, it has to drop at least one someday.   I do hate RNG with a passion. 

Time is definitely flying by for me this year.  Just celebrated my 38th Wedding Anniversary and it sure doesn’t seem like it’s been that long except when I look in the mirror or look at my spouse.  Yep, we’ve gotten a bit older in all of these years.  Empty nest syndrome wasn’t invented yet when we still had people living with us, now it’s just the two of us and our senior citizen kitties.  Ah well, that’s what happens when you get older and now we have grandchildren, so, there’s another clue that we’re getting older.  Little Munchkins that you can spoil rotten and send them home with their parents – it’s fair. 

Did I see the eclipse?  Yep, watched on the telly because I’m a coward when it comes to my eyes and I wasn’t about to go outside (big place where the NPCs can be a bit dicey and there are bugs that bite).  I enjoyed it and just kind of watched the people on the television doing the commentaries.   

I do have quite a few relatives that live in the Houston area, so, the last week or two have been filled with a lot of anxiety and concern for them.  Everyone seems to be safe and sound for the moment although there was some loss of property for a few – they were fortunate enough to at least have some insurance that will help pay for some of the damage.  I’ve lived in the Pacific region and gone through typhoons and then lived in Florida where we dealt with hurricanes – I think I’ll just stay here in Colorado and deal with the snow and an occasional tornado, thank you very much. 

Well, I suppose that I will have to hop off here and get busy trying to get caught up with all of the people that I haven’t been reading for a few days on WordPress.  When I don’t feel like even taking the laptop and reading stuff on it, I know I don’t feel good at all.   See you all soon in-game and I hope to be adding to the written words soon.  😀 

 

July 28th – OOC – Enjoying Other Things…


July 28th, 2017 

 

Whoa!!  I’ve hardly played any video games for the last week due to the fact that I took a break and did some other things for a change.  I don’t normally watch streamers; however, this week has been the exception and did one all last weekend for a worthy charity organization or it seemed worthy in my opinion. 

I do come from a long line of military folks and law enforcement people that I have very big respect for because without them doing their part, I probably wouldn’t be able to have the life that I have today.  No, I didn’t serve in the military, however, I did support the effort in any way that I could. 

I watch a 36-hour stream for “Operation Supply Drop” that was put on by Wargames on their World of Tanks.  It was a rousing good time and definitely was international in its presentation as well as raising money for the support of all military folks.   The money raised was going to people that were deployed away from their families as well as those making the transition back to civilian life.  I know that it sounds silly to some, however, they setup people with a means to enjoy things on computers as well as giving them the ability to escape their current reality for a while.   It is being used to help eliminate some of the mental stress and depression that some of the folks go through.   If you want more information in regard to the organization, please give it a Goggle and enjoy some of the videos from the latest event. 

I know that it is supposed to be the edgy people out there that are quitting tobacco and switching over to vaping.  I haven’t had a cigarette for the better part of two years now and went from a 2 pack a day habit to zero with vaping, so, I’ve been doing some research on that as well.   I know that there are probably some health issues with vaping and there are reasons not to do it, however, I would much rather have my house and clothes smell like my vapes than cigarette smoke.   Found a shop here in Colorado that has met all of my needs – my needs are pretty simple since I don’t drive much these days – I needed a mail service that wouldn’t cost as much as the product and these folks fit the bill nicely.  

Oh, this is also, Shark Week!!!  I know I am the worst fan for watching anything and everything involving sharks. So, when I haven’t been watching streaming, I’ve been watching Sharks.  I’ll admit that it really does make me homesick for the saltwater and I know that I will probably never set eyes on that much water again in my lifetime, I still love it.   My spouse really isn’t into the water thing and sharks, so, we usually spend this week separated into different parts of the house.  We’ve been married for so many years now that it doesn’t bother us to take a break from each other now and again. 

I’ll probably get back into the routine with World of Warcraft this weekend and try to tell myself that I am not bored out of my gourd with Legion, yet.  I still enjoy the game.  However, this is the first time that I would much rather do something else for a while.  I think you call it burnout after twelve years of playing almost daily. Not to mention, I’m just enjoying myself with other things for the time being in hopes that I can renew my interest in the game.  

OOC – Birthdays & Anniversaries


July 1st 2017

 

Sorry for another OOC post, however, today is kind of special in a lot of ways.  Today is my spouse’s birthday and it is also a couple of anniversaries for me.  I know better than to put out the age too, I’m the older one of the two of us, so, that’s not gonna happen.

July 1st 2005 was my first date of actually playing World of Warcraft and if you want to get right down to the time, I think it was about 3:00 p.m.  Spouse was going out clubbing and I as planning on staying at home and get into this new game.  LOL, should have gone clubbing because here I am all of these years later, playing the game. Wedding Anniversary is next month, so, that’s another milestone.  Odd how they all kind of clump together, isn’t it?

Another anniversary of sorts also just smacked me with WordPress and that is that I have been blogging on here for five years.  Not so much writing during the past couple of years, however, I have tried to keep up with everyone that I have been following all of this time.  I enjoy the blogs and enjoy the people that utilize WP with some of their writing as well as some of the terrific creativity, crafting and just general sharing of information.

I spent some time last night cruising around on the forums in search of old guilds and such that I have been affiliated with in the past and perchance, seeing some of my old friends out there still posting – not a thing did I find that might ring a bell as far as names or even references.   Oh well, that’s okay, I’ll keep going and make some new friends out there too.