Good Times!!

March 11th

Well, this is definitely an OOC post if there ever was one, however, it’ a happy one.  Yesterday I went absolutely bonkers, which didn’t take much.  I had been depressed about the supposed rumors on the WoW forums about the fact that there might not be flying through the entire World of Draenor expansion.  I mean, I was really bummed because I have a plethora of flying mounts and that would mean that I would shelving them for a bit.  Some people don’t care for flying, you miss out on so much or so they say.  Well, I do both and I like that option of being able to fly over an area that I have been in hundreds of times and I don’t need to know that Blizzard added one pixilated daisy in the Jade Forest.

Anyway, the Pre-order for the new expansion went live yesterday and I was probably in line before the mad rush started in the afternoon.  I was actually planning on “not buying” the expansion because of the “no riding” rumor to wait and see if there was some truth to it.  Well,  I initially was only going to buy two and wait on the other two, however, the sale craze hit me and I upgraded four accounts. So, I’ve jumped from eight 90s to twelve real fast.  However, I was very selective with the characters that I upgraded.

1 Forsaken Hunter – Hazey – she had been stuck in Outland for freaking forever and I like Outland, which is kind of bizarre.

1 Draeni Enhancement Shaman – Magdamia – poor girl was questing in Northrend and doing her profs in Outland – jumping back and forth was making me loopy. She is doing herbalism and alchemy.

1 Worgen Death Knight – Allize – She was doing her part in Outland for quests and was still running around the Eastern Kingdoms trying to level her mining and blacksmithing.

1 Tauren Balance Druid – Nahai – Poor fellow changed his leatherworking for herbalist – he was bouncing between Northrend for questing and  Kalimdor for his “new” profession. I hadn’t played him for a very long time because of the changes that had been made for druids in the last year, however, I thought, well, for old time’s sake, let’s give it a go.  I was also looking at 4K gold to upgrade his flying.

All of these characters were over 60, so, I took full advantage of the max on the professions.  One of the things that they don’t tell you is that the character might be maxed, however, they don’t have any of the recipes. I think the most expensive one to get caught up on the recipes was the Death Knight, however, I think that it is going to be well worth it.

At least all of these characters can fly straight away in Pandaria which will make the mining, herbing and leatherworking fairly easy and a pleasure instead of the constant “fight your way to that node, have someone else grab it  and fight your way back syndrome”  that you deal with while you’re still on foot.

Since the newbies have hit max level so quickly, so many things have been added to them that it is going to take me some time to get used to the mechanics as well as setting up my action bars to accommodate them.  Luckily, I had experience with the DKs  and some on the Shaman, however, the Druid is going to take some getting used to again.   I’ll probably trot across the street and get some help from the neighbor again because he has all of his characters running Flex Raids – guess he knows how to play them rather well.

With the way that the characters are geared when you get them – starting area was Timeless Isle when I landed, which I have had a huge fear of.  You can start right there and go for it.  Since the hunter was something that I was more than familiar with, it was a natural thing to get her going there and she got geared up pretty quickly, however, not quite ready for Flex Raids yet.

Oh, yes, one of the things that they don’t tell you is that you have to find all of the flight paths again.  That’s not so bad with flight.  However, you still have to go through the landing areas questing to gain access to not only the rep building, to also get to the point where you can land at some of these flight paths.   I’m one of those people that loves to quest, get immersed in the game and can do that for many hours on end without flinching.  I may have done the quests many times before, however, I always find something “new” and different that I may not have noticed before.  Questing these new 90s is going to be a blast for me.  My inner geek is jumping for joy.

I have quite a few alts and, now, 90s to work on.  I have faction changed many of my higher level characters in the past which has had me hanging in limbo for Loremaster (after almost ten years)  however, I was one zone away from completing it when Cata dropped, lost all of that work and was starting over.  Thank heavens for shared achievements.  Anyway, long story short, I found one character that was still “pure” and she will be the one that I will be doing my Loremaster on primarily.  I also play solo for most of the game, however, I do like to jump into a dungeon with friends sometimes or even throw back a couple of drinks and hit the LFR.

Now that I have gotten over my fear of the Timeless Isle, things will move along at a rapid pace.  I may not be as fast as some of the other players, however, I will be out there killing and bashing things along with the rest of them.

I would like to give a special thanks to a friend of mine of many years that took the time to show me around the Isle and I would also like to thank my Alliance guild for doing the same thing and telling me that dying isn’t all that bad – the repair bill is a bit much, however, I’ve found my way around.  If you are ever on Timeless Isle, Wrymrest Accord,  and you see a character wandering about aimlessly, that’s probably me.

So, I’m a happy camper, got my 90s, got over my fear of the Isle and now I am in questing heaven and yes, I am going to just jump into things with wild enthusiasm.  With all of the new 90s out there now, I can hide with them and no one will notice some of my noob shenanigans. I was gazing at the forums this morning and noticed that LFR is now broken because of the “new” 90s jumping in without a good understanding of the mechanics on their characters – it made me giggle a bit, anyway, I won’t be one of those doing that.

Until next time for an OOC thing – Good gaming!!



Starting Some New Adventures…

January 30th

Dear Journal,

Well, I’m sitting here at Thrallmar, smelling the dust, the sweat and the blood as it wafts on the breeze.  Even for a Forsaken, this place is definitely not going to get my recommendation for one of those “must visit” places.  Nothing but red dirt and dust for miles and crazed Orcs that have decided to take another path other than with the Horde. It really does make me long for the smell and cool darkness of the Undercity.

There aren’t even any decent coffins where a girl can lay down and get a good night’s rest, just beds that you oft as not end up sharing with someone else, like a perfumed up Blood Elf or even a Tauren. As I opened my eyes this morning, I was lying in a bed face to face with a Troll. Okay, I’ll admit that I was slightly foggy headed and my brain was definitely not in the “ready” state at all and I screamed.  Scared the heck out of everyone in the Inn and definitely scared the Troll bad enough that he jumped out of the bed and ran out the door.  Well, guess who got stuck with paying for the nightly lodging?  Next time I feel the urge to do that sort of thing, I’ll hit the door too and that way I won’t have to pay.

I did go to the Faire last month and had a great time and here it is almost time for it again.  I am in hopes that I will be able to slip away and go again because I need a break from all of these living folks that seem to have some kind of death wish for even being here in Hellfire Peninsula.

Last trip out was great because I ran into some people that I hadn’t seen for a while. I actually ran into a fellow employee of Morningstar Enterprises.  Poor little Tauren was having a tough time in trying to decide the best way to get to the Undercity and Silvermoon.  Apparently, she was scared to death when she went to Orgrimmar and saw the conditions there and was afraid that she might get caught in some kind of coupe between Garrosh’s goons and the Tauren.  I told her that I didn’t think that we would see that anytime soon because Garrosh had lost enough support for most of the people that were left loyal to the Horde. I guess the guards were what had her put off when she visited the Tauren section.

Anyway, long story short.  She had been sent to Orgrimmar by Zippie to make a delivery and pick up the money.  She had done all of that and had run away from Orgrimmar as fast as her hooves could carry her and was then in a quandary as to how she was going to get the money to Zippie as quickly as possible. I told her that the mail was still running and that she could just mail it in like I do sometimes, however, she seemed to be real nervous about that because it was a great deal of money that she had collected from some goblin engineers.

Well, I was in a good mood from the Faire and I told her that I would take it because I had some stuff that I had to drop off in Silvermoon and I was going to be visiting with my sister in the Undercity for a few days and I would take it.  I should have known that it was a great deal of money because she handed me a chest of some size to deliver for her.  There are times that I could kick myself in the butt, if I still had one, for trying to be helpful. If there was enough money to fill up a small chest, guess I should just skip through Undercity real fast and get over to Silvermoon through the portal and come back to see Brianca.

The Tauren told me that the Boss had been in Thunder Bluff and had been there with some red-headed girl as well as his best friend, that good looking one as well as a very pregnant Blood Elf. Well, I could figure out the good looking elf, the Boss and the pregnant girl, however, the other girl, I was real curious about because the description fit the Boss’s sister that has been missing for months.

Damn!  I hope it wasn’t her because I was going to take some more time away from this wonderful paradise to see if I could find her myself.  The Boss had been offering a sizeable reward for information and the return of his sister to the Silvermoon office.  Brianca and I sure could have used that money now that we have two separate living areas to keep up.

Let me back up here and explain the two living areas.  I still have the house in Orgrimmar, a nice little two bedroom place for Brianca and I, which hasn’t been cheap to rent.  Well, Bri and I got into a fight about stupid stuff and she went back to the Undercity in a snit.  That’s the main reason that I was going to Undercity to visit her and try to convince her to come back to Orgrimmar with me.  We’ve never really been apart since the plague hit and we became Forsaken.  We’re all that is left of our family and we need to stick together.  To be honest, I had been pushing Bri real hard about doing more work and she was getting more homesick every day and kept wanting to go back to visit some friends and I just kept pushing her.  I thought that she was being lazy by fishing all of the time and not leaving the city that much to gather the hides and the artifacts for the company.  Well, it never dawned on me until after she left that she might have been afraid of going out into the Barrens on her own too. I know that I have had a few close calls out there and almost had to burn my pants a few times because I had been that scared.

I went to Silvermoon to deliver my stuff and drop off the money with Zippie that the Tauren had given me.  While I was there, I was chatting with Zippie and found out that the red haired girl that had been with the Boss in the Bluff had, indeed, been his wayward sister.  Let’s just say that Zippie wasn’t too happy that the girl was back although she was happy that the reward didn’t need to be paid out because the Boss had found her himself.  Damn, there goes that reward that would have been nice in my pouch.

Anyway, to make a long story short. I caught up on the gossip that is always going on in the company and  Zippie told me that she was going to be traveling back and forth between Silvermoon and Shattrath quite a bit. I guess the company is getting ready to open the doors in Shattrath here pretty soon since they are sending quite a bit of stock down there, I got some stuff to take back with me while I was there.  I was kind of pleasantly surprised when Zippie asked me if I would be interested in doing some escort work while I was in Outland.  Well, yeah, I’d be interested in it, it pays a whole lot more than going out and gathering skins, hides and various other things, it doesn’t pay as well as the artifacts but every little penny counts.  Seems Zippie wants to keep in touch with me and when she is traveling back and forth from Silvermoon to Shattrath, she wants me to accompany her.  Well, that’s a cush job if there ever was one, so, I said that I would make myself available.

I did get to visit with Bri in the Undercity for a few days and I’ll admit that it felt nice to be home for a while.  Of course, I left my coffin in Orgrimmar and had to make do with this ungodly made coffin that Brianca had gotten for me.  I won’t say that we kissed and made up though because she doesn’t want to come back to Orgrimmar to live for a while, she seems to have found a male companion in our fair city.  Well, at least he’s Forsaken and there won’t be any hanky-panky going on because I’m not even sure if he has those parts left. I got to talk with him for a while – Nestick is his name and he’s even more addle pated than Bri and I were when we first realized our condition.  At least he doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of trouble getting used to things and Bri has been helping with things too.  Well, so much for that idea of having her come back to help cut down on the expenses since she’s taken it in her head that this fellow needs help more than I do.

I got back Thrallmar and the first thing I get handed is orders to go out and kill a bunch of boars for the meat to feed the rest of the people there.  I guess the little Blood Elves didn’t want to get their hair messed up and their hands dirty.  Besides, I’ve gone out in the field with a few those elves and they usually scream like little girls and run if their hair gets messed up.

Luckily, I did run into another Forsaken fellow that has decided to partner up with me although I will have to say that our socializing is a bit limited.  He doesn’t have a lower jaw and it’s hard to understand what he is saying half the time.  I find myself grinning a lot and nodding my head even if I don’t know what he just said.  I did suggest that he should get back to Undercity and see if he could get a jaw replacement and all he did was pull his pockets inside out to show me that he had no money.  Well, we’ll get him some money and get him back there.  He’s kind of funny about the way he keeps trying to keep himself clean and tries to make sure that his gear is in good shape all of the time.  Never saw a Forsaken that was that meticulous about what’s left of his hair either – could he be a Blood Elf or was he a Blood Elf before?  I sure can’t tell.   Oh well, at least he’s very dependable and I can always count on him to have my back covered when we’re out there killing more boars.

Hazey Smythe