OOC – I’m Still Here…

March 19th

Whoa!  All of my good intentions of writing more frequently kind of ended up not happening because I’ve been rather busy sorting things out and getting a bit more organized with game-playing.  Yep, I have a few alts that I am working on and enjoying the effort even if it is going to take a long time to get some of them caught up.

Finally made my second 100 happen and I have one on Alliance and one on Horde now – the gearing shall commence on the new one that I just happened to hit last night.  What an awesome feeling that was because it has been a real struggle getting poor Kaldor to cap because I wasn’t real familiar with the Alliance side of Draenor and I’m not the best person for map reading either.

Whee!! This has been a bonus two weeks for me because I finally got my S.E.L.F.I.E camera and the upgrade, so that part of the game should be heating up for me too.  I’ll have to post some pictures when I have time and I’m on the computer that has my screenshots on it.  I also got my Menagerie opened on my Horde Garrison and will get the same for the Alliance later on today as well.

Unfortunately, I think one of my desktops is going through its death throes at the moment and that makes me sad because I wasn’t planning on replacing it this year at all.  Guess I finally killed the fan on it and it should be an easy fix once I get it into the shop.  Oh, don’t look at me like that, I’m not mechanically inclined at all and I’m afraid that I would do more damage than repair if I tried to do it myself.   I’m not sure if that is all that is wrong with it either because I was smelling that smell of burning plastic and I’m afraid to crack the case open.  Maybe I’ll get my son to take a look at it before I take it into the shop because he might be able to fix it for me – good thinking, right?  I would just like to be able to get some of the files off of that computer before it goes completely belly-up and I’m trying to figure out what I can do in so far as a quick back-up to another hard-drive.

I guess I am going to be busy trying to get my Alliance characters caught up with my Horde since I was dragging my feet so much on getting that goal accomplished, however, I am looking forward to it and I know that I am going to have a lot of fun with it.  One of the things that held me back on the Alliance side was the fact that my main was a Night Elf and I just couldn’t stand to look at him if I left the new models on.  Now that they have somewhat fixed that issue, I can run around and enjoy the models a bit more.  My next big plan is to cap out a character that isn’t a hunter – I have a ton of hunters.   At least I have a good portion of my writing and character bio information saved off on a flash drive for now.

One of the other things that I have been doing is spending some time outside a bit.  After literally being locked in the house for the better part of a month I was really starting to get a good case of cabin fever which is not conducive to a good relationship with one’s spouse if they are suffering the same malady.  I know that I was really getting tired of the snow and ice for the month of February and was more than tired of feeling like it was never going to end.  We’ve had a few days here in the Mile High City that have broken the records for “Highs” that have been standing for quite a few years and I know it felt good to be outside and seeing the bright light out there.  My heart truly goes out to the people that live back East because they have really had a miserable winter.

I’m still planning on getting back into a writing schedule of some sort in the near future and keep on writing, however, my mindset hasn’t really been all that lately.  I want to write and I want to enjoy posting on my blogs, however, I just haven’t had the mood swing in that direction a whole lot lately.  It happens and some of it has to do with the fact that I am suffering a bit of a writer’s block.  I go through these phases as I am sure that most people do, however, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven’t felt like playing as much as I have in the past.  Used too I would spend hours upon hours just sitting here in front of my computers and playing, however, I am finding the urge to do other things more compelling than that.  I do still have some health issues, however, I am getting better at controlling some of that.  Some of my problem is that I was going through some major burn out after playing continuously for the last two years, grinding out levels on guilds and what not solo – that was very time consuming even if it felt rewarding at the same time.   I’ve caught up on some of my reading and I’ve watched some shows that I kept putting off because of my heavy involvement with World of Warcraft.

Oh well, off I go to do some other things and get back to playing the game.  I am still having fun even if I still think that there is something seriously “off” with WoD.


OOC – What’s Going On

June 11th

Well, I’ve just been too busy to write for the last few days due to the fact that I made a decision and acted on it in-game.  Yep, I still had a few stray characters out there that weren’t in my personal guilds and I decided to move them back “home” after a year away. I will miss some of the people in the guild that I was in, however, the guild itself has been quite dormant the last couple of months without much activity from other members.  To be exact, 95% of the time I was the only one on-line in the guild no matter what time of the day or night.    It was a royal pain in the bum to get them back to “exalted” in the guild especially when they have done all of the quests in Pandaria – that meant doing a ton of dailies.

While I was getting my Alliance main back to exalted again in his home guild, I had to venture back into some areas for dailies that I had almost forgotten about and realized that I had truly enjoyed those areas. Oh, I’ve boosted a few characters to avoid going through the leveling process, however, I am finding that I really do enjoy the leveling.  When you hit cap, it’s more grinding to make sure you have the gear, going back and getting rep built up is a chore when you’re a 90.  Let’s just say that I hope to get my Alliance guild to Level 25 before WoD drops.  Yep, still soloing the game as usual.  It’s not that I am anti-social, I just feel better when I’m not in someone’s hip -pocket and learning all about what they do or feel about things in RL.   I do enjoy running in groups sometimes and enjoy the social aspects of the game when I chance upon them.

So, to make a long story short, I think that I am going to stick with the leveling on the majority of my alts now.   I do have a few of them wandering around and I play a lot.  I always find places that I don’t think that I have been on my lowbies, usually I’ll remember I did this quest chain years ago after a while.

One of the reasons that I tend to have a lot of alts is that when I am writing and a “new” character crops up, chances are that I will roll that character in-game in order to get inside their little heads to see how they would react to certain things. Of course, being on an RP realm, there isn’t the pressure to level up every single character that you have at a mad dash pace – to borrow a saying from the Pandaren “Slow Down – life is to be savored”  or something like that.  I already have an army of 90s to deal with, however, there are just times that I want to play the old content to my heart’s content.

I am sitting here kind of chuckling at the moment because I have seen a couple of things in-game that make me shake my head and wonder at things.  Yesterday, in example,  I was in Krasarang doing the fishing dailies and watched  a dwarf shaman go into the village and kill everything he could – well, that happened to be one of the areas that you had to go too in order to accomplish one of the dailies.  I sat here watching this fellow thinking that he was trying to get his daily done as well, however, I thought it was rather odd that he would tag everything in the village to do it.  Not only would he have a mob surrounding him, he would tag anything that spawned in the area as well.   I finally spoke up and told him that there were people in the area trying to do dailies and his greed was prohibiting productive game play for others.   I really expected to get one of the typical answers and snide comments, however, this fellow replied that he was sorry and how many more of the villagers did I need to kill and grouped with me.   Of course, he was killing everything in sight and I was still trying to get my daily done.

Okay, that was yesterday morning, quite early.  Later in the day, actually late at night, I logged in on one of my Horde characters to do the Halfhill dailies.  Not a problem, I don’t mind doing dailies at odd times when it’s not quite so crowded.   Lo and behold, there was the same dwarf shaman from my early morning adventures killing all of the goats on the mountain.  Okay, that wasn’t part of the daily quest and it didn’t interfere with what I was doing for the most part, however, it did make me question what and why the fellow was doing this.   He wasn’t skinning, just looting the kills and off to the next mob that he could gather up and kill.  There were some delighted skinners that were following him around and skinning, both Horde and Alliance.   I know that he can sell whatever loot he might get from the kills and might show a profit on it – yes, I did check to see what level he was and he was capped, so, I can only make the assumption that he was just killing mobs where he could gather them up easily for the loot.  It just struck me as odd.