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 – 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.

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.