Blizzcon 2011, And Also - Why Yes, I'm Still Alive!
- 2011-10-21 05:30:33
Why haven't I been posting? Still dithering about which software I'm changing the blog over to. Not to mention figuring out how I'm going to convert the files - I'm not anything like a code guru, which explains why it's taking forever for me to get around to this. (I also got an ereader and it's sucked up a huge amount of what would previously be gaming time. Oops.)Flickr: Wow Hooha
But! I do have piles and piles of screenshots I'm very much needing to post. And we did manage to get a couple of tickets to Blizzcon somehow. (It was odd, we tried like crazy the two previous years, failed at the ticket clicking game, and then gave up - and randomly husband managed to snag two this year. When we'd given up on it.) And since the previous Flickr is mostly full of travel photos, I've decided to use a new account for all the Wowish screenshot fun. (Mainly because the parental units worry a bit about how much time I muck about with video games - yes, I'm a married adult, and the parents, they still worry. Some things don't ever change.)
So the blog won't have live Blizzcon updates - but I will be posting photos (as they happen, if the powers of wireless are with me) at this link:
We'll see how well my cell phone signal works inside the convention center. I'm thinking I can at least try and post during breaks.
And now, a few random shots of me murloc-ing around. That's the Murloc Costume
from Blizzcon 2007. The most humorous thing is that if you put it on a gnome, and then mount up with the costume on, the size of the mount shrinks and the results are humorous. (Annoyingly I can't share it with my horde characters, since you had to choose one side over another.)
And that is the Headless Horseman's mount
. Seemed like the Halloweenish thing to go with the murloc look. (This did not drop for me this year - I still only have one, nearly two, level 85s. I've been mellow about leveling this go 'round.)
The statues in front of Stormwind all have witch hats on them. Did they do this in past years? Because I'm totally not remembering the hats. Also the bird pet has somewhat unusual legs. Hadn't ever stopped and taken a close look before.
Hunter Checking in from the Patch!
- 2011-02-08 15:14:28
Yes I know, long time and not posting. Doodling in the background with how to take this to WordPress now. Much manual cut and pasting in my future is possible, etc. But on to the important thing - the Patch and the screenshots. If you want quick info on where the locations of the pets are, skip to the very end.
So thanks to the epic hunters that are on Mania's Petopia Forums I knew ahead of time that some of the in world beasts were due for a change. Since I'd tried it before (in a previous patch) I knew that there was a good chance that taming the thing prepatch would mean that it would transform overnight in my stable and boom, there the "new" pet would be. So first it was off to Winterspring to tame Hell-Hoot. (Yes, I cannot help but laugh at the name.) So pre-patch Hell-Hoot was a giant brown owl. Here he is being tamed in the last week of January:
Here you should note that though this hunter is lvl 84 and the owl is lvl 53, I'm still using the trap while taming. This is because I've had way too much fun with interrupts in my past and so it's just become a habit. Plus it's less worry if I want to take screenshots. (I won't go into the story of nearly being pecked to death by a tallstrider on a low lvl hunter.)
For a brief moment Hell-Hoot is tamed and yet large...
So Be Good For Goodness Sake!
- 2010-12-12 06:39:13
Guess who's coming to town this year?!
And once upon a time I thought I could only get truly silly screenshots with my gnome! The in game holiday hasn't started yet but I somehow felt the need to get more seasonal.
Diggin' the Cataclysm
- 2010-12-09 19:12:39
Oodles of screenshots are piling up, and as always I'm way, way behind in posting here. But look, flying over Stormwind in the moonlight!
There is just SO much to do! And not much sleep is being had because of it. I decided that despite my druid being the character I raid most on (I still enjoy the healing, even with the new changes) I was going in on my hunter first because frankly I enjoy soloing on my hunter the most. I'm also the most shy about grouping with her because I've always felt my dps sucked. Well, thanks to a few quest greens, and a nice green gun that dropped I'm 82 and my dps is looking much much better. Still shy about grouping though, as always.
As soon as I get myself offline long enough to format them I have loads of pet taming screenshots to share. Which will bore the non hunters silly, so I'll try to make them amusing.
And now, a moonkin moment.
Death Knight Gnome and Other Bugs
- 2010-10-22 21:18:54
So now that you've seen Roo - here's a few more shots of bugs, this time the normal, vaguely expected kind. For instance, I can never pass by a bottle of Underbelly Elixir on any character. It's all nice and glowy and I must pick it up and either drink it or save it. I think it's the glow that makes me. In any case Roo drank some, and then went flying off to do his fishing quest. In bug form. (Note: you don't always turn into a bug.)
And I do mean flying - if the elixir turns you into a bug you can actually fly above the sewer water, above everyone's heads and around town. (Unless you go too high and have the parachute slapped on you by the Invisible Flight Police.)
But what I didn't know was that when I tried to fish a tiny bug sized fishing pole appeared in my er legs.
Death Knight Gnome and The Loading Screen Weirdness
- 2010-10-22 20:53:14
This particular issue happened mostly in the months before the Big Pre-Cataclysm Patch that just came through. And this particular character has been acting normally on the loading screen of late - but in the past months Something Has Been Deeply Weird.
This is Death Knight gnome Rootahbaygah, of whom I've blogged before. Primarily comic relief, he's also there to be a tank (or as I call it Desperation Tank) for holiday instance type runs, when anyone needs it. Or when a Sacrificial Gnome is called for. So that's what Roo, as we call him, looks like online, when he's not wearing any of his collection of silly helms. This is the gear I leave on him when I log out. Only when The Great Oddness started to happen suddenly I'd see Roo on the loading screen - you know, where you choose which character to play - with some items of clothing gone.
At first it was just funny - "Roo has somehow lost his pants!" - and then it kept happening...
Spotted In Dalaran...
- 2010-10-22 20:29:41
I'm still here! Just way busy with the Wow holidays (daily instance fun runs, wheee) and the real life holidays (working on a skull wreath, which I'll leave up through Christmas). While I'm nattering, I should add that I'm probably going to be taking this blog and moving everything to new software. Mainly because I want the RSS feed to work without so much bother, and I don't want to pester the husband to code anything when I have the drupal option. Cataclysm is the perfect time for this because I'm going to need to rework my old content over anyhow. I'll go back and find the most searched for posts and then update and post all those to the new blog first. Then the rest can be used when I write, for example, a Remember When post and then a revist to that spot to see what still works in Cataclysm. But at the moment a lot of the stuff people are trying to get info on here isn't correct, or at least needs a few facts rechecked. So that's something I'll be working on in the next few months.
Meanwhile, I have to admit, there's nothing I enjoy more than seeing the random rare mounts around Dalaran. Because of course the next best thing to having one yourself is getting a good look at one. This particular Rocket Mount had me giggling to myself (in a good way, not in a crazed serial killer way) the rest of the night.
I believe this is the X53 Touring Rocket
. I really should learn to get over the shy thing and just randomly whisper people more. Because the combination of the Murloc Costume and the Ogre Costume here is just too hysterical - and of course I didn't think of getting anyone's name until later.
Hillsbrad Grave Site, and an Update on Crildor
- 2010-07-28 17:20:30
I always appreciate it when people drop into the comments on old posts to update me on things or pass along information. For instance, I had a post on Crildor, a night elf that paths around Darnassus, that I wrote back in 2008. Back then there wasn't any detail on who exactly Crildor was, only rumors that he was supposed to be a memorial for someone. I was a tad skeptical because back then every other npc with the slightest bit of mystery would have a commenter on Wowhead or Thottbot saying that "the character is a memorial to a dead programmer/friend/etc." Well now there's a WowWiki page and a name. Check the post for an update at the end.
One of the things I'm trying to do before Cataclysm is to tour the land and visit places that either may not exist or may change somehow. Or that I just haven't gotten around to visiting - yes, there are still some left! The post about Crildor reminded me, because one of those places is the grave of Anthony Stark
You'll find the place just south of Dun Garok
, and if you've never been there (I somehow hadn't), it's just across the street from Durnhold Keep - there's even a path to take you there. I'm sure there's a Horde quest I've missed that would have sent me there to gather items and kill dwarves. (Note to self, remember to locate these quests
, killing dwarves sounds fun. That link gives links to quests at Dun Garok, by the way. I now realize that I missed them because I never finished the Battle of Hillsbrad quest chain or the Elixir one either. Now restraining self from going into a Why I Don't Bother Finishing Some Chains tangent!*)
Back and Silly Over Pets and Tallstriders Again
- 2010-07-28 15:50:23
Yup, I was on a Wow break for a bit - not because I wasn't into the game, just because there were a lot of other projects I was working on. Also there was a bit of traveling to be done, you know, in the real world. Like other Wow bloggers my jaw dropped over the whole "let's all start giving our real names" business some weeks ago - but at the same time it wasn't a deal breaker for me - I was just never going to post anything on the forums ever again. And I thought it was a silly move - I do not play Wow to have another Facebook (ugh) type social thing, and I don't want my real name all over the place for simple privacy issues. Such as I don't think future employers need to know everything about my life - not that I'm embarrassed about my Wow playing, just that I dislike having my life be an open book that way.
Anyhow I was reading the various blogs on the Cataclysm beta and wouldn't you know it, the Wow bug hit me and boom, I jumped back in game last night. And blame (not really!) where it's due - I read Mania's post about the fox pet. Ohhhh I do want a pet fox, especially a blue one. It's actually the first of the new pets that have made me say that - here's the Petopia page of new pet looks in Cataclysm. I'm going to be REALLY interested to see if Grunter stays with the look of a hellboar, because I've long wished that we were able to tame them. I'm totally "meh" about the other new pets - not interested in any of the looks so far. The crabs are interesting, but I'm not at all a fan of the monkey or the mastiff. However since the mastiff is the new starter pet for the worgen I suppose I'll get used to one - because yes, I must have a worgen hunter.
Anyhow, the short version is that Mania is in the beta and I am so thankful! I have a ton of things I am/should be working on at the moment and so I'm delighted to not be in the Beta at the moment. (Seriously!) Er, not that I'm not signed up and all. Meanwhile I'm delighted to be peeking over Mania's shoulder and reading the Petopia Cataclysm Forums to see what's in the Beta for hunters. And anyone who's interested in what the pets and places look like.
And now for the (hopefully) amusing "Batgrl Fails In Reading For Detail" story.
So I have a new pet now - a turquoise tallstrider
to match the flamingo
. I've gushed about that tallstrider before
, so this isn't a surprise - but my fear was that - gasp! - the Clutchmother
hadn't been sighted in the Beta! Oh no, it'll be gone and I must tame one now!
Now this sudden need for the turquoise bird gave me a problem - my stable slots are all full and which pet should I release?
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