June 15th, 2017 – OOC – Patch Day and Beyond…

June 15, 2017

I will have to admit that I was looking forward to sitting here and enjoying the game quite a bit more with the advent of the new patch 7.2.5 – well, patch day was more than a little bit exciting than I wanted it to be. Of course, I’ve been kicking around in this game long enough to know that it isn’t always a good day to play when we have patches. I never go into current content on the day of a patch because I know that there will be bugs galore and I heard that I wasn’t too disappointed with that plan either.

Lost my mounts for a time on my main account (the one that has all the achievements coming from it and all the mount collecting) which really set me off on a tizzy until I figured that the patch had changed the filters on my mounts – fixed that and it was on with the show.

I will have to admit, again, that I am totally an altoholic and love playing my lower levels, not in a big rush to hit end-game at all. I rushed quickly to the Under City and got my heirlooms all maxed out. Even did the weapons to be on the safe side and had been saving my gold up for said purchases since they mentioned the upgrades in a Q&A. I love my heirlooms because it allows me to have the time to level up at a good clip and not worry about my professions nearly as much. Yes, my big guys do make stuff for the little guys, however, I don’t mind going back and farming for mats on the little ones either. I’m weird that way because I enjoy running around on my hunters and doing the hunter thing.

Discovered that there had been a bug with World Quests and went in this morning and found that I finally had them showing on my Alliance alt. Why I have been holding back on running any other characters around on the Shore until I was able to figure things out a bit more. I hadn’t been able to do archeology of any relevance on the same alt too because it would not show up on the map – now it does. Weird bugs that have been plaguing me since I started playing the Legion content. Too bad that there isn’t a real “guide” on what you need to do with this expansion because I’ll willingly admit that I have spent a great deal of time trying to figure things out – that isn’t nearly as much fun as actually getting play the game through.

Still no flying for me yet in Legion because I have been dragging my feet and going at a snail’s pace due to mechanical malfunctions with my computers as well as not feeling well physically. Now, I can move along and do what I want to do and just take my time. So far, my intent is to finish up my gaming career with Legion unless they come up with a super awesome expansion for the next one. Legion started out pretty good and has dwindled off to the RNG gods too much and I just run around and do things hoping that I will be able to better equip my characters – no luck for me on getting any of the goodies that everyone has been raving about. I’m not complaining about the fact that I haven’t played enough to get even one of the Legendary items, however, it does seem like I am wasting a lot of my precious time trying. I don’t like the amount of RNG for everything in the game – glad that it doesn’t control my bathroom privileges because we might have real issues then too.

With the Summer kicking in, finally, I don’t know how much time I will be spending in front of my computer because I enjoy being outside without looking like the little kid from “Christmas Story” where he is all bundled up in his Michelin Man winter clothing. If it’s too hot, I don’t go out there and stay in the A/C as much as possible although my loft where all my computers and drawing materials are located gets a bit toasty because of the skylights. Hehe, love the natural light, don’t like the heat.

OOC – Pets are Great…

June 9th, 2017

Had a great day started with getting myself settled in to start working on some more things in my writing when my big 14 pound kitty decided to do some break dancing on my desk.  That wasn’t so bad because it’s something that I am used too with him – he demands attention frequently.  He hasn’t done anything like this for a number of years, so, I was a little bit astounded at his level of activity on the desk.  He likes to watch the screen when I am typing or when I’m gaming, so, it’s been a happy thing until this morning.

To make a long story short, I ended up wearing my cup of coffee, keyboard was filled up with the stuff as was my desk-top and mouse.  Luckily I was using my keyboard on the tray that is built into the desk, so, the computer was safe.  Oh what a glorious mess it was and I spent quite a bit of time getting things put back together.  Keyboard is working okay even though it took forever to dry it out and the mouse is working.   Luckily, it wasn’t the “new” fancy gaming keyboard, however, it was one that I happened to like anyway.

However, it did put the squish on my mood for writing anything productive today for a while, so, I’ll get back to that later on, possibly.  I did manage to get everything back up and running – had to take a quick trip downstairs from the loft and change my clothes – I was definitely awake after all of that because there is nothing so shocking as to have a full cup of coffee landing in your lap whilst soaking you from chin to crotch along with the aforementioned equipment.

I’m just fortunate that the poor old fellow didn’t hurt himself when he was making his escape because it might have been just as easy for him to leap off the balcony of the loft – I think the hot coffee freaked him out as much as it did me.    Anyway, I’ll try the writing thing later today or in the morning because I did have some ideas floating in my head prior to the misadventures of the feline.

 

OOC – June 4th – Meandering Thoughts

June 4th

This is an OOC post and one that has been running through my mind for quite a while. It all must do with the fact that I have been playing World of Warcraft for 12+ years almost non-stop.  Addiction?  Maybe that’s true, however, I do take breaks from playing the game, however, that doesn’t mean that I will stop thinking about it.

I was sitting here this morning and was thinking about all the fun that I have had playing the game over the years and it wasn’t all rose-colored glasses in my memories.  I know that I love the game enough to have quite a few accounts and a plethora of characters that I merrily change to play on a moment’s notice.   Logging into the game can give me those warm fuzzy feelings or it might give me that sense of dread because I’m in an area of the game that I don’t particularly care for.   Unlike some folks, I don’t rush madly to the game forums and write a rant about how much I dislike the game or even come here to write how much I dislike something.  One of the things that I have learned over the years is that I do have the ability to “not do” something if I find it is something that I don’t like to do.  Sure, I’m still playing Blizzard money for the game, however, you do have to stop to think that you are paying for more than just Legion.

I’m one of those casual older players and I don’t have an issue getting tagged with that brand if people do stop to realize that I have forgotten more about the game than some people have learned currently. Of course, I don’t raid anymore like I used or if, at all, I just don’t join up with a lot of groups because my hand/eye coordination is a bit slower than I would like for it to be.  Hey!  Age catches up with everyone and no one is exempt from that either.  I even have my AARP card and have had it for quite a few years – we won’t go there.

Video gaming is always an escape from reality, however, you must be cognizant of the fact that your RL is a higher priority.    I use my gaming to keep my mind active and to keep my social skills going sometimes because I don’t get out that much these days.  Once upon a time I was pretty out-going and did socialize a lot, however, due to health restrictions and other issues, I have grown more reclusive in my old age.   I would much rather stay where it’s warm when it’s cold outside and I’d much rather stay where it’s cooler when it’s warm out there.  Love talking to the neighbors now and again, however, it’s not something that is a requirement.  We do have some great people in our neighborhood and we’ve watched it change over the years many times.   I will have to admit that I enjoy the kids running around and seeing them having some fun – yes, grandchildren are great and they get to go home with their parents and leave me here with my spouse and cats.

Sometimes…it makes me bonkers

I don’t know if anyone else is having issues with the publishing on WordPress, however, there are times it takes me three times as long as it should to get everything to look correctly.  I realize that you have to use the HTML when you pull documents in from Word, however, I have found that if I use my old version of Word, I don’t have the same problem.  Is this a WordPress thing or is it a Word thing?  I’m sure I don’t know.

Anyway, I do hope to start writing more as time goes on because it helps me to flesh out my characters with role playing, which is what I do a lot and why I started writing stories for them.  Hope you all enjoy them as much as I do playing them In-Game.

Memorial Day 2017

May 29th, 2017

Well, it’s Memorial Day in the US and one that always brings back memories of lost loved ones. I always have treated it as day of celebration and thankfulness to the ones that have gone on before me, military and just your normal folks. One of my own personal beliefs is that if you remember folks after they have gone, they are still with you. Don’t be sad today, it’s a day of celebration and remembrance.

I know that I am thankful to all the people that have served in the military because without them, we would not have the freedoms that we still have today. I know that my family has always had a lot of people in the military and law enforcement and for that I am very thankful.

OOC – Back in the saddle again…

May 28th

I know I have been writing a lot of OOC posts of late because my brain has just been wired that way for the moment.  Oh well, I know that it isn’t very interesting to read about someone’s personal stuff, however, I am not overly fond of FB (Face Book) either.   I know that it is really a social network that I do try to avoid quite a bit.

Anyway, to make the long story short, I finally have my gaming computer back up and running and I will have to admit that I am totally amazed at how the World of Warcraft looks with the new video card.  Mind boggling at how long I was just happy to be able to play the game at all.  So, it’s off to the races and back to some gaming in Legion.   I am so far behind everyone else that I know that it really doesn’t matter how I play, so, it’s back to playing for the sake of fun, which is what I pay for.

As I said previously, I did get a new keyboard and mouse for Mother’s Day and only got to play with them for a few hours before we decided to upgrade the computer and three weeks later – a birthday too – the thing is up and going strong.  Now I will be able to finally take some screen shots that take forever to load and look at the map without the game just stopping until I closed – yeah, it was bad.  Processor was great; however, the old video card was kind of bad but doable and I had to make-do until I could afford to do the upgrade.

Now the fun part begins with me trying to play and get used to the new toys.  The keyboard that I got isn’t a big deal other than it is a gaming keyboard that I have never had before.  Big, keys all over the place and lots of buttons that I will eventually figure out the key bindings. Mouse is trippy with all kinds of buttons too that, thankfully, it downloaded the stuff it needed that was compatible with WoW and I’m getting used to that.  LOL, I am going to play off by myself for a while until I get the hang of this new stuff because I have already shot off some stuff by moving the mouse – hehe, was kind of funny but I really didn’t want to kill the little critter either.  I know that I am talking to myself a lot when my character takes off and trots off the side of a mountain because I’m trying to make them stop – I’ll get it figured out.   Just typing in chat is sometimes a challenge because I am still trying to get the feel of the keyboard and key layout – no multitasking for a while. So, if I respond to you with gibberish, sorry, fingers got on the wrong keys.

That old saying of “You can’t teach an old dog some new tricks” that we’ve all heard a thousand times.  Well, I am going to do my best to prove that wrong.

May 24th – OOC – Starting Anew…

OOC – Starting Anew

May 24th

Well, I did something that I haven’t done in a very long time and started a new guild on Cenarion Circle to help with the overflow of materials from the guild that I dearly love on Sisters of Elune, Broken House.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be playing on Wrymrest because I most definitely will be, however, a change of pace is always something that I am searching for in World of Warcraft.

The new guild is named Safe Haven – what other name would I call it?  I always feel like I need a home of my own on any of the servers that I happen to play on and this fit perfectly because I can use it as a banking guild and a place to keep some of my many little lowbies while I am working on getting my technical issues getting resolved.  I know that the merged servers is definitely a bonus in this regard and I can check out a new server all at the same time without the restrictions of not having a guild – also, it does eliminate the issue of “Guild Invitations” appearing out of the blue.

With the help of multiple accounts, a lovely stranger and a good friend, the guild was born last night.  Of course, I hope that it will kick off my urge to write a bit more about my characters again too.  Having terrible trouble with writer’s block and anxiety attacks that appear out of nowhere.

Well, off to run my Guild Master up to 20 so that I can safeguard the bank if something should happen – Blizzard will only give you your stuff back if you have a Level 20 covering the bases.  No, I won’t be actively recruiting guild members because it is a casual guild and a place to hang my hat.

If anyone needs to get in touch with me in-game, I have two BattleNet accounts (yeah, they changed the name but I still call it was.  Jaxom#1569 (main and oldest account) and Perndragon#11881.