OOC – Update and getting there…


August 19, 2018

Having so many stories roaming about in my brain and wanting to play instead of writing has been an issue of mine for the last year, however, think I’ll try to do a bit more writing and build up my following a bit more.

Had zero issues with the launch of Battle for Azeroth and have enjoyed what little I have played in the new zones, however, once again, I am still stuck with some of the things in Legion if I plan on expanding my character base a bit with new Allied races.  I will never understand why Blizzard locked everything behind the reputations and will say that I dislike it immensely.  That’s just my personal opinion and nothing against those that have done it – I am always behind these last two expansions.   I don’t think that will change anytime soon because I’m not doing a whole lot to advance myself – toon hopping is not going to make it go faster although it does make it more entertaining for me and I never get bored with it.

I am going to say that I don’t care for the “new” armor – never did like the idea of running around looking like a sad neon sign. So, I will be doing a lot of transmog in this expansion as I level just to keep my immersion going. The super bright gold on the armor makes me feel like I am standing in a cave with a spotlight on myself – not appealing to me at all.  Again, this is my opinion.

All the drama leading up to the launch left me feeling very drained emotionally because I play both Horde and Alliance.  I can see why this was done the way that it was and that was to build up the hype and get more people to join into the hype for the War, however, if left me feeling a bit depressed.  

On the Horde side, I was dismayed and sad to see that the Horde is being touted as the bad guys as usual, however, the genocide was not enjoyable for me.  Both factions have done horrible things in the past and will continue to do so – this is World of WARcraft, after all, not my Little Pony.

At least I am starting to feel like I am going to be able to play a bit more and I’m able to do play a little bit longer at a time.  Having some vision issues again, however, that goes with the age.   Still enjoying the game and I hope that everyone is enjoying themselves.  I’m going to hang out in Legion a bit to grind out the reps but that’s par for the course.  I’m always behind and I get to play at a leisurely pace.

 

See you all in Azeroth.

 

OOC -Just Having A Good Time


July 26th, 2018

I will have to say that I have been having some fun playing World of Warcraft for the last couple of weeks and haven’t really written anything.  Just been busy playing away and trying to get caught up since I seemed to have gotten over my medication issue for now.

I know that I had quite a few characters to go back and re-establish with their classes and tried experimenting with some of them.  I do have access to Beta and to the PTR although I will have to admit that I haven’t been using either one of them lately at all – just trying to make sense out of the current expansion and trying to get set for the new one.  I know that I have spent more time on my computer in the last few days than I have since I got it.  It’s awesome to be able to zip around and do the things that I want without hearing my old computer groaning and dropping the rates down so low that I felt like I was crawling.  It was a real potato and I still have my second computer that tends to run a bit warm, but fans are a wonderful thing.

I finally got brave and took some of my characters off “Twink” status to finish out areas before moving onto the next expansion.  I’ve decided that I am just going to run with them and go where I feel like going.  Trying to level a character or complete some of the achievements in Draenor is darn near impossible now since the mobs hit harder and kill you faster than they do on the Broken Shore.

One of the things about the Battle for Azeroth pre-expansion quests is that the characters must be maxed out, so you don’t end up running a bunch of alts up the ladder.  I know that I had quite a few that I ran up to the 100 level during the pre-expansion stuff for Legion.  It was fun running around and being a part of the Invasions before Legion dropped.  Now I am trying to do the alt catch up a bit too.

Now that I am starting to feel somewhat better, I am finally getting to do a few things in-game and in RL that I haven’t been able to do for a long time.  To be able to sit down and read a book and comprehend what I’m reading is a wonderful thing.

I hope to see you all in Azeroth sometime soon. 

Life Goes On


July 13th

Dear Journal,

It has been a while since I’ve had a respite from dealing with these demons and getting completely worn out with the constant fighting, however, I do think or feel that things are winding down.  The battles aren’t as intense as they once were, and the evil things are not mounting the huge offenses that they once did.  Do they know that we will keep fighting for as long as it takes to rid ourselves of their presence?  Naturally, with all the battles we’ve had on the Broken Isles and victories we’ve had have been costly to both factions, however, there was a cohesiveness to it all, I hope it lasts.

Thinking back on my life a little bit and I think that the only time that I have known some peace and true happiness was when we were finishing up our fights with Arthas.  That’s been a long time ago and there were happy times to be had in Dalaran before we were driven out.  All the Blood Elves were blamed for the bombing of Theramore and Lady Jania ran amuck with her power in Dalaran.  I still yearn for those days in my heart and the home that I had worked so hard to build there.  It was a wonderful existence while we were there although it doesn’t compare to the life that Amyn and I had in Shattrath where the boys were born.

Maybe after we’re done here, there will be peace for a time or even a brief respite.  I know that when Amyn and I are released from our service here in the Broken Shore – we are planning to take a long break from the stress of it in our home in Nagrand located in Outland.  We’ve built a wonderful mansion there with enough room for the whole family and our friends that care to join us.  It will be good to see our children there for a while.  With both boys taking the appearance of their Mother, it has been hard for us to get together and spend the time together that I would like.  I think that is one of the reasons whey I cherish the Old Dalaran days so much because it has truly been the only time that I could acknowledge my mate and our off-spring without any fear. Ah well, those days are gone, and I suppose that I should move forward.

The last trip that I made to Orgrimmar has me a bit worried because there were higher level gossip going on within the faction – the Warchief was under some scrutiny for her tendency to raise the dead too quickly after a battle regardless of the faction.  The all seem to follow her after they have been risen and I will have to admit that it sends a chill down my spin because it reminds me so much of the Scourge and Arthas.  I wonder if other people have noticed the similarity or are there so few of us left that remember those days?  I’m concerned because I don’t want to go through that again and see some of friends be turned into foes after their demise.

Our businesses are booming, and we are still able to meet the contracts that we pick up and I will have to admit that I am happy with that because if we can keep our coffers full, we will be able to endure just about anything that may happen here on Azeroth.  I’m still funneling some funds to Draenor to help support the work being there – there are still need for goods that can be obtained easily there.  No, we’re not pillaging the resources like we might have in the past, but we are able to keep up the supply for the demand of goods easily.

Damn, the horns are sounding again which means that we have another incursion of demons somewhere close to the camp – that means I need to stop writing and get on with my duty and plunge back into the smell of Fel.

Fnor Morningstar

 

OOC – Things Happen


July 12th, 2018

Well, all my plans for the month of June had to take a hiatus due RL stuff going on and I am going to try to get back into this thing called writing.  I know that I haven’t even spent the time to try to catch up with all the authors that I have been reading for years.   I’m going to take my time so that I don’t get all that stressed out with everything too.  Stress is my bane of existence because if I get too stressed about stuff, I get sick and that is exactly what happened to the month of June.

I know that when I had planned to get stuff done, I was being a bit ambitious and that was my undoing.  Some things you just don’t learn as you get older too – overloading does not make the task enjoyable. I know that I really know how to plan things out and with as much time on my hands since I retired years ago, sometimes I just think that I will have all the time in the world to get things done.  I used to work in an industry where deadlines were your bread and butter and you were judged on your achievements in that area – add in quality of work and that was a bonus.

I know that with the way our weather has been in Colorado, I haven’t had much time or inclination to be spending a lot of time outside in the sunshine.  I know we have broken several records so many times this season that it is almost shocking.  Heat and I don’t get along all that well.  When you get to be my age, there are only so many clothes you can take off before you start laughing uncontrollably.  Gravity is not my friend at this age.    With all my computer equipment being in my loft, it does get warm up there even with AC – heat rises and with lofted ceilings, it likes to heat up and hold it there for a long time.  My skylights are heavily tinted to keep the brightness out of the loft as much as possible because it has gotten to where the super bright lights tend to blind me at times. 

I don’t know why I thought I could get a lot of stuff done in Legion before Battle for Azeroth is dropped on August 14th and I tried, however, being an altoholic does make it a bit more fun.  Sure, I don’t have the new races released yet with the rep grinds and I don’t have flying.  I am just calling a screeching halt to the constant grind I’ve been doing while I’ve been online.  I’ll get it done when I get it done and I don’t have to have all the shinnies that were in Legion either because I don’t really care at this point.  I will do the best that I can and enjoy the time in the game just as I always have.  I know that I think Blizzard can take their Pathfinder requirements and put them where the sun don’t shine because that has taken a lot of fun out of the game for me.  Draenor drove me to distraction and I got it all done, however, it was after Legion dropped that I really started overloading myself with characters.

When Legion did their expansion drop preliminary events, I did run up quite a few characters with it and I’ve been stuck with them in Draenor for the last couple of years because I was busy in Legion trying to get caught up with things.  It’s not so easy to do when you have two computers crap out on you and you must save your money up, so you can get a new rig (which I do have and totally love).  I have several characters in Legion currently and I was mistaken for a long time when I thought that you “shared” some of the achievements and reputations – really put a roadblock out there for me.  I am willingly admitting that I have always used “guides” to find my way through the expansions and with Legion not having that information readily available for deeper research, it has been challenging.  I’ll do what I can when I feel like playing at this point and continue my happy way.

I also have been able to get some new glasses and that has made a huge difference for me because I was struggling with a pair of glasses that really didn’t do it for me sometimes.  I know that I have been reading a lot too – books that I have had a long time and couldn’t seem to get my brain to stay on them for as long as I would like.  When I ready, I am one of those people that likes to lay down and get comfy – which leads to unanticipated naps.  I’m also known for binge-watching television shows that I really liked a lot.  Hey, it’s not a big deal when you can make up your own schedule as you go along.

This was a lot longer than I wanted it to be, however, it is a start in the right direction of writing a little bit.   I will try to get caught up on the reading of my friends’ posts and try to get some character writing done as well – just like last month.  I hope to see you all in Azeroth soon.

 

 

 

OOC – Busy Month


June 9th, 2018

There are times when one must take care of a multitude of things in RL and it keeps you from doing the things that you want to do.  My one big hope was to get some time to write some stories and that didn’t work out all that well as you can plainly see – busy times abound.

Winter, Spring and now we’re into full blown Summer with all the heat and surprisingly torrential storms that seem to hit our area.  At least I don’t need to use the snow shovel now, however, a boat might come in handy later.

I’m really enjoying the new computer and have put in quite a bit of time in the Beta lately so that I can test out and see what is going to happen with our characters in the next expansion.   The classes seem to be okay and the one thing that will throw everyone for a loop is the GCD.  I know I had to change my playstyle a bit to do some of the things that I normally just blast through – it’s just a bit more of a time-consuming thing.  As always with each expansion, you must learn how to adjust to the game again, however, I don’t think there were massive things done like in Legion and some of the classes are getting some of the things back in their talents to take the place of the weapons.  One thing I was happy to see when I was able to take a character that I was familiar with to play on – no Hati for the hunters. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I liked the concept of Hati and what the intent was but somehow, the poor thing feels a bit short when you were in combat.

I knew that I needed new glasses for a while now and finally got that off my plate.  Got some new specs and am enjoying the lack of eye-strain for a major change.  Of course, I have the usual age-related eye issues that aren’t too bad yet and I can see at 20/20 again for the moment.   I just must know I am going to have to take breaks when my eyes start feeling too tired.

The one shocker was that my son finally got married to the woman that he has been living with off and on for the last nine or so years.  I’m happy that they did do that because they do have a little girl to think of that is about to turn eight years old.   Of course, they didn’t have a ceremony or anything like that and kept the affair very low-key.  I know that it is going to be one of those things that they might regret later, however, the days of spending thousands of dollars for weddings has been long gone in my family for quite a few years.

We also had a major roof leak that required quite a bit of work and you know how you feel when there are people climbing about on the roof and the hammering – that will put you off gaming and writing when you have all that going on. 

Let’s see, yep, had a birthday and turned a new year over – yep, leveled up to 69 and I’m still here and trying my best to hang in there.   As they say, “Time marches on and Time waits for no man.”  I know the last few years have zoomed by quickly.

Anyway, just thought I would let you all know that I am still alive, and the intent is still to get some writing done.  I won’t be zipping about in the great outdoors because it’s bloody warm here now and I can’t deal with the heat very well.   Hope to see you all in Azeroth soon. 

 

 

OOC- Stop and Just have FUN…


May 10, 2018

One of the things that I am starting to enjoy about Legion is the fact that it will soon be over, and I have reconciled myself to the fact that I may never get flying for this expansion, however, I’m getting my money’s worth out of it.   Now that I have stopped worrying about reputation grinding and such for the Allied races, I’m having a blast playing the way that I want too.  So what if I have a few 100s stuck all over the map in Azeroth, they will all eventually get to where they are going – one step at a time.

Yes, I was getting caught up in the grind of getting the reps and was missing out on the fun of the game, so, another step back and two steps forward.    I started out behind due to health reasons and that isn’t Blizzard’s fault or my own – there’s no reason for me to punish myself over that bit of trivia.   It’s not Blizzard’s fault that I have so many characters because I’m an altoholic in the worst way, however, I’ll keep playing the way that I want and put the fun back in the game for myself without the pressure.

Age does not always go hand-in-glove with Wisdom.  It takes some of us longer to figure that part out and before you know it, you’re in a tizzy for no reason.

I’ve played a little bit of the new Alpha version and I’m enjoying it so far, seems a whole lot like Legion.  Some of the class changes are not what I would call mind-boggling but will require some player adjustments.  I know that I am used to blasting my way through with my high levels and I don’t think that is going to be the case with BfA, who knows, they are still doing adjustments and such.  What I have seen of the storylines, it seems okay, however, I’m holding out on my decisions on that since Blizzard is still doing a lot of changes with some things.  As I have said before, I am not going to do the thing of spoiling any of it for anyone.  I know that I will enjoy it a lot more when it goes live too.

I also know that if I stuck with one character, I would have everything done quickly, however, I would also have a bad case of burnout as well as a case of stress that wouldn’t let me play the game at all for a few days.  Yep, I must stop and take more frequent breaks than I used too, however, that comes with the age and health.

LOL this is all about me instead of the game, sorry about that.

 

 

Trying to Stay Focused On Our Future


May 1st

 

Dear Journal,

I know that I have been too busy getting things in order with my family to even be able to sit down and write anything in my journal.  Seems like it has been forever, and I know that it hasn’t.  Fnor and I have been busy in the battles with the demons to have much time to sit down and relax.  I’ll admit that I do run way to Stormwind and sometimes to Draenor, just to escape everything for a while. Just being able to sit down and not smell Fel in the air or even that constant looking around to make sure that you’re in a safe place can sometimes drain the soul out of you.

I had to come back to Stormwind to take care of some business and to check on my boys that are in the city as well as going to check on my parents.  They are getting up in years and there are times that I do worry about them   I know that I am one of the lucky few people in Darnassus that had been raised by my parents instead of being sent off to be raised with the rest of the children.  Yes, it’s odd how our people send their most precious things in the world off to be raised by strangers and not have that family bonding that other races seem to have – it builds a foundation for the families to grow on.  It could possibly be a hold over from the days when the High Elves felt that the parents were not paying proper attention to their duties and the children were a distraction and needed to be trained by others.  I’m never sure why that all came about.  However, back to what I was prattling about.

My parents were doing fine in their little home near Darnassus and seemed to be quite happy there, however, I tried my best to have them make another change in their lives – move to Nagrand, to the house that Fnor and I have there, or we could even build them their own little house.   They have lived with us in Dalaran in Northrend and they were happy there, however, they were extremely frightened when we were driven out – or I should say, when Fnor was driven out because of his heritage.  I think the whole thing was stupid – I can understand that Jaina was upset with the way that things had happened in Theramore and I will admit that we all were – luckily, Varian was still alive back then and could put some kinds of constraints on her hysterical reactions to things.

I think my Father was on the verge of refusing my suggestion when my Mother stopped him and told him that there must be a reason that I would want them to make a change like this and gave me that look that I always dread.  One thing about being raised by your parents is the fact that they really get to know you as an individual, which, makes it difficult for you to pull any shenanigans with them.  She knew I was trying to hide something from her and I had to admit that there were reasons that I wanted them to move.

With all the contacts that Fnor and I have on both factions, we seem to get information far ahead of the counselors and leaders of our separate factions.  We have a lot of people working for us in our businesses and it seems like they can get into places where our military people seem to overlook.  Let’s be real about this, common people talk more amongst themselves and aren’t busy plotting their political intrigues as the higher ups seem to find the time to do.  There appears to be a lot of political unrest in both factions and there have been hints to the common folk that they should be prepared to guard their homes and families even more in the future.  No reasons were given out as to why and it makes me wonder if we’re not rolling back the clock of history to the days when we dare not be affiliated with friends of a different faction.

Of course, my Mother’s opinion of the Dark Lady is pretty much the same as most people.  She was a poor choice for the Horde to take on that evil woman for their Warchief. Even my beloved is not fond of the situation, but one must be careful about voicing your opinions too loudly.

With the rumors flying around like a crazed dervish, I did tell my parents some of the rumors and they were greatly saddened by it, however, they did resolve to make the move to Nagrand within the next couple of weeks to be safe.  I’m almost willing to bet that we are going to end up with a small village of relatives living on the property – we will make room for anyone that wishes to join the family.

Now, I need to go talk to my loving husband and let him know that there is going to be an influx of elves coming to Nagrand to live for a while – naturally, we are going to decide for most of them that do not know that my mate is a Blood Elf to live away from the main property.  I don’t want to bring the old hatreds to where we live.

Amynlarae Shadowmoon