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- 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.

 

 

OOC – Busy Times & Distractions


April 28, 2018

 

Well, so much for me getting a lot done with my writing and game playing.  Been a tad bit busy with RL as well as recovering from a drug reaction that will take some time to get out of my system.  Oh well, that’s how things go when you start getting older.  Funny thing is that I don’t feel old in my head, but I do in my body.

I’ve been spending a lot of time doing catch-up in Legion as well as getting used to the new set-up with keyboard and mouse.  I know that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I sure as the devil am not going to let this get me down and I will succeed.  It’s hard to re-learn some muscle memory techniques, however, it’s a work in progress that is going to take a while.

I haven’t had time to keep up with all the goings on with the bloggers on WordPress of late because when I’m not playing WoW – I’m doing chores around the house and taking care of my spouse.  Hey, sometimes things just keep getting in the way.

I do hope that everyone is doing okay and that I hope to get some things done and finally get back on track with my stories again.  Take care all and see you in Azeroth.

OOC – April 6th – Surprise…New Expansion Release Date


Friday – April 6th, 2018

I will have to admit that I sure wasn’t expecting the expansion release date for Battle for Azeroth to be as soon as it appears to be currently.   August 18th doesn’t seem to be all that far away when you’re as far behind as I am.  Part of the reason that I am behind is due to health reasons and part of it is because I wasn’t paying attention and played stupid.  Oh well, I’m still having fun and will continue to do so.

I do have the Alpha for BfA, however, I haven’t played it all that much because I don’t want to get burned out and I don’t want to know everything that is going to happen before it happens in the “live” portion of the game.  I have been in almost all the Alpha/Beta portions of the expansions and I will have to admit that it spoiled some of the initial joy of seeing the stuff on live.  Oh well, I’ll keep plodding along and doing the things that I want to do because that’s the life of a casual player.

I am excited about the new expansion getting here and will play my brains out for a few days, I’m sure.  I think it’s rather ironic that it is going to drop on a Saturday according to my calendar. The EU folks are going to be binge playing like mad because they have a holiday that feeds into the expansion release period.  If I was working, I would arrange to have a few days off – I used to do that when I was working anyway.  Silly person that I am, I will plan my chores around this event and try to get everything done prior to that.  I’m excited because I have a feeling that this is going to be a good expansion because even if I haven’t played Legion all that much, it was good in a lot of ways.  Yes, I hate the RNG and the gating that went on, however, being so far behind isn’t all that bad because I don’t have the gates to deal with.

I’m not going to talk about what I have discovered in the Alpha stuff because I know that there are a lot of people out there that don’t want to have the “live” version spoiled by knowing too much.  I think that we are all going to be adjusting to our class changes and how the squishes are going to hit us all.  I am just happy to get away from the weapon setup that we had in Legion – I did hate that with a passion.

I feel like an utter fool right now too because I have all these alts in-game and I play them because I enjoy them, however, I don’t know why I thought that the reps were shared.  Of course, they aren’t shared, you dolt!  Now, I am going to have to bust my behind to get some of my characters really caught up.  I don’t know why I was running with that misconception other than the fact that I was paying more attention to Pathfinder than I was to the rep grinding that was required.  I’m not proud and I can admit when I screw up and move on.  I know that I felt stupid when I found out the error of my ways – was looking up info for a friend and that’s when I saw it.  Poor person had been working like a fiend to get all the reps for the new races and she thought the same thing that I did, and we were both wrong.  Oh well, hey, you gotta learn the hard way sometimes.   I can imagine that she is a bit disheartened with the way she worked to find out that the only thing she got was her 110 to almost everything exalted, and her alts start out at friendly.

I will have to admit that I am bouncing all over the game and exploring since I got my new computer, just seeing all the things to see and just killing a bit of time too.  Still working on screenshots and things of that nature, might be able to upload them one of these days.  I think I am just enjoying the game and laughing like a loon when I get myself into weird situations – still wish I had my flying in Legion but it doesn’t bother me that much except for when I leap off something without thinking about it beforehand. 

 

OOC – Finally Bit The Bullet


March 26th, 2018

I will have to admit that I really am pleased with the fact that my search for my computer is finally over and I am as happy as can be with the one I purchased.  I’ve been toiling around and trying to find my “build” and tried all kinds of different things only to find out that it was more than just a bit pricey with the cost of the video cards that have tripled in price. So, I started doing the other thing of looking at sites with machines that I could buy off-the-shelf and found exactly what I wanted.  I ended up with a Corsair One – a top of the line machine for me as well as the peripherals.  Nice Razer keyboard and mouse as well as a headset that I have been needing for quite a while. Oh yeah, got a bit screen too so that I could see what I was doing – that seems to be rather important.

Now, I’m still in the process of getting all the things setup and getting everything downloaded (all games are downloaded and playable).  What I really like is the fact that this machine didn’t have any bloatware on it so there wasn’t a whole lot to clean up.  I know that this is the first machine that I have ever had that I didn’t spent tons of time cleaning up the bloat over the following months after I bought it. With all the new things, I’ve been running around like crazy looking at all the stuff in World of Warcraft and the other Blizzard games and I’m sure loving it.  Loads of fun.

Please don’t think that I am bragging because I’m not.  I just am so excited about finally getting a new gaming rig.  I even got yelled at last night for having the volume up too high and rattling the rafters and it wasn’t even turned up all the way. Life has improved for me as far as my computer goes and that makes me very happy.  I spend a lot of time on computers, so, it’s always a bonus to get them all up and running.  Laptop is kind of old, however, it does work for me to write on and do web-browsing.

So, now I have a good reason to keep on playing running around like I’m crazed.  I know that I couldn’t be happier right now because this is something that I have always wanted and now I have it.  Naturally, I went over my budget and that’s okay because it wasn’t too bad.  Didn’t want to get the spouse all riled up or anything of that nature.

Well, wish me luck and I’ll keep running around Azeroth and start getting immersed in my characters again, so I can write my blog. 

OOC – On My Way Back


February 25th, 2018

Well, this has been an interesting month for myself – decided to upgrade to the new expansion and immediately got physically ill.  Kind of reminds me of how things went when Legion started.   I hope that this isn’t the case because I am still getting caught up with the Legion expansion.   Let me tell you, getting old kind of sucks but I do think that the alternative would be totally boring.

I’m just cruising along at my usual pace and still enjoying the game when I get the opportunity to play.  Did some med changes and getting my body adjusted to that now, I think that I’ll live.  I had several days when I couldn’t even sit in front of the computer for very long and had to go back and lay down on the couch.   Now, I am feeling a bit better and will jump back into World of Warcraft.

Yes, it’s time for me to get back into the routine.  I know that I am not going to be running as crazy in the new expansion as I have been in Legion.  I’ll catch up with things eventually and I’m actually having an easier time due to the fact that I don’t have to wait on the “controlled” time-gates that  Blizzard had in the game when it was in process.  Not too bad because it’s still fun for me.  I will have to admit that I am taking my time and just enjoying the heck out of things.

Finally had to retire my oldest computer because it was just struggling trying to keep going with the things that Blizzard has added to WoW of late.  My FPS just hit the floor and it wasn’t much fun to play on although it still looked great.  So, now I’m on the market for a new gaming rig which is going to take some time since I’m not exactly going to buy “off the shelf” this time and definitely not doing the refurb route again.    Since my son is my IT guy, he’s helping me with the search for a new computer.  He definitely gets any old equipment that I have because he’s the one that has handled all of the upgrades and so on.

I’m in the process now of catching up on my reading of the blogs posted on WP and getting myself ready to do some more writing.  Hope to see you all in Azeroth soon.

 

OOC – New Leveling Changes


January 27th, 2018

I spent most of my day yesterday writing an OOC entry to publish and decided that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to share with folks.  I had been working on some of the stuff that I have in my many folders and trying out different ideas. One of the things that I wanted to address is the new leveling abilities in World of Warcraft.

I do go to the forums and read posts here and there to see what is going on with other people in the game.  I know that the forums are not exactly the best place in the world to find out exactly what is going on in the game, however, it gives me an idea of what people are not pleased with.  Yes, I know that the forums are not exactly a good representation of the game as a whole because only a small fraction of the player-base actually bothers to read and/or post on the forums.  You do have the select few that are posting and then you have the “celebrity” posters that have been at it for years.  Anyway, I did see that quite a few people are unhappy with the changes in 7.3.5.

I have definitely been enjoying a lot of the changes with my numerous alts and finding the changes very refreshing.  Since I am truly an altoholic, I have all of the heirlooms available to me and I’m using them as much as I can.  Yeah, I know that they got a nerf but I’m actually not noticing it all that much.  I know that as a truly casual player that this is not all bad either and I can take my time and enjoy it.  I’m not in a major rush to get things done all over the place, just filling my time with leveling  and laughing manically as I go romping through Azeroth.

I admit that there are times I get really fed up with World of Warcraft, however, I have yet to truly throw in the towel and walk away from it for any length of time. I do take breaks every now and again although the longest has been a month after my dog passed away- that hit me pretty hard and I still miss her after all of these years too.  No, I did think about getting another dog, however, I do enjoy not having to go outside when there is snow on the ground.  I’m spoiled.

The leveling changes are frustrating for some folks, however, I am just wheeling along at a good pace and not really worrying about it.  I know that some people are still trying to one-shot mobs like they did in the past and aren’t getting the results they want.  You just have to learn how to adjust your strategy and keep going at a reasonable pace.