Monthly Archives: July 2016

BlizzCon

I have been buying myself a virtual BlizzCon ticket every year for a few years now. It’s so much fun! I can’t watch in real time, so I come home and watch the panels after work, but that’s fine. It’s still a great experience to plop on the couch with food and flip through the panels at my leisure.

No joke, the big reason I order the tickets is for the little in-game pet. Some day I would love to attend the con in person – I live in California, and not horribly far from the convention center. I think it’s about a 5 hour drive. It’s just cost prohibitive to rent a hotel and pay for the tickets. Some day, though. It’s a goal.

But with Legion launching before BlizzCon this year, I’m not sure what WoW news will be revealed. A BlizzCon without WoW news leaves me…almost nothing to watch.

I love Diablo but I haven’t played in years. I don’t even own the expansion. I liked Hearthstone well enough but I stopped playing after I got the WoW mount. I’m just no good at it. And I have a blast playing Heroes, but…again, it’s one of those things I don’t put a lot of time into. WoW is my main squeeze – what’s going to draw my attention at BlizzCon if the major WoW event of the year has already passed?

So do I plunk down $40 on a virtual ticket for the pet, knowing that the panels this year will be less than interesting to me, or do I skip it and feel left out and petless?

What if they DO announce something WoW-related and amazing? What if they drop a big WoW-sized bomb on us? With the new Legion expansion and the (kind of) successful WoW movie that recently released, they’d be nuts not to have something WoW-related lined up to reveal at the con.

I’m hoping for something cool, like patch info or some big reveal we haven’t sniffed out yet from datamining. But I’m not super hopeful. What is going to be the draw this year? The movie is already out, Legion will already be out…how will they get our attention?

I’m still debating buying the ticket and finding out for myself.

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It. Is. ALIIIIIIVE

My new computer LIVES!

A good friend of mine built it a few nights ago with my husband acting as his assistant. It took one evening and countless vulgarities to build, but it went together flawlessly and it’s simply gorgeous. Am I the only one who things sleek new technology is gorgeous? Probably not.

The real issue was getting an operating system on it. I have Windows 7 on my old computer and it has been nagging me to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, but I refused since a) I expected to ditch that computer anyway and b) I tend to resist change.

So my husband managed to download the upgrade onto a thumb drive, which then failed to operate as a boot disk for some reason. After a day or two of setbacks and delays and general frustration and grumpiness on my part my husband was able to contact Windows support and get the whole thing working. I think the issue was that my existing computer was somehow lacking a Windows product key, which was necessary to boot up the new Windows 10. Customer support eventually gave him a key for free. Don’t know how he managed that, but it worked out. And now I have a brand spanking new top of the line gaming computer!

…with nothing on it. I’m working on that. Downloading my entire game library from Steam and Blizzard is no small task.

Next on the list of exciting things to spend money on: a new keyboard and gaming mouse, and a new monitor.

I seriously cannot wait to play WoW on this thing. Download fasssteeerrrr….

7.0

Well guys, here we are. On the eve of the expansion pre-patch once more.

It has been a long, tumultuous couple of years since Warlords launched. Some of it was beyond fun, some of it I could stand to have done without. And now it’s all over.

Of all the things coming tomorrow, I think I am most excited for the wardrobe feature. At the very least it will clear out a ton of bag space across the board, and make transmog more accessible to those who aren’t able to hoard massive amounts of gear.

Unfortunately as of right now my poor old computer just can’t handle the pre-patch download. I am officially out of space on my hard drive. My lovely husband is working on remedying that as I type, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to download and play 7.0 tomorrow.

The good news is that the parts for my new computer have arrived, minus the motherboard which is still shipping, and we’ll be getting down to business on the build sometime this week.

The first thing I’m going to do when I log in during 7.0 is clear out my void storage, bank, and bags on every alt. I’ve been stockpiling gear ever since they announced the wardrobe and I’m full to bursting with armor sets and weapons. I think the next thing I’ll do is make sure my druid’s spec is tweaked accordingly and then take him through some Timewalking to get the hang of the new resto/guardian features. I don’t think resto has changed much, but I’m not sure about guardian. We’ll find out.

Of course I’m going to have to try out the new demon hunter class! I know almost nothing about them except for the preview we got at Blizzcon, so I’m really excited to poke around and learn. In the meantime, I have a laundry list of stuff I’m working on to kill time in-game.

I’ve been working on killing the bosses needed to get the Pepe whistle, collecting a few random pets that evaded me all this time, finishing up some archaeology achievements, working on gathering Lunkers for Nat, you know what I mean. Random stuff I never did during the expansion.

And of course I’m still crossing my fingers in hope of the Grove Warden mount from Heroic HFC. The RNG gods have not been kind to me when it comes to the Friendship Moose random draw, so if anyone out there is willing to take a resto druid along for an Archimonde kill, don’t be shy. 🙂

 

Ready, Set, GO!

Guys, I have been playing the hell out of Pokemon Go.

While it is not everything I ever hoped it would be, it’s damn close, and I love it. I was a big Pokenerd when I was a kid, back when the first generation games were released. I was in elementary school and my parents got my sister and I each a GameBoy Color, and a copy each of the Pokemon games. She got Blue, I got Red, and a lifelong love of Pokemon was born.

I used to play my GameBoy non-stop. I think my parents paid more for AA batteries than for food for a family of four. I don’t think my parents ever quite understood my fascination with Pokemon (and never would understand my love of video games), but they played along and dutifully bought me every Poke-themed item I could ask for. Pokemon Snap and Stadium for the N64 (which I still have), Pokemon cards (…also still have), a stuffed Pikachu (…it’s in storage somewhere…), Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon Happy Meals at McDonald’s…you name it, I wanted it, they bought it. I think they were secretly relieved when I eventually phased out of my Pokemon obsession and moved on to other games and franchises.

While my sister was never as obsessed with Pokemon as I was, the two of us used to play Red and Blue together all the time. We’d connect our GameBoys to battle and trade, and I usually came out the better in both of those. As far as I know she never picked up Pokemon again after elementary school, but I eventually found my way back to the series when I discovered my (then) boyfriend’s GameBoy Advance a few years back. He had one of the later generation games…Leaf Green? Soul Silver? I dunno. Something like that. I played that for a while, then forgot about it. Then I downloaded a GameBoy emulator on my phone and started played Red all over again. It was an awesome way to pass the time at my old job, where I worked sort of on call with long stretches of time with nothing to do but read books and play mobile games (it was great at first and quickly became soul sucking. No, seriously, you think you want  a job that low key until you have one, and then the boredom kills you).

When they first announced Pokemon Go, I was so excited. I had really high hopes for the game. I wanted to see an open world where Pokemon roamed around, waiting for the player to find them and battle them to capture them. The game isn’t exactly as immersive and realistic as I had originally imagined, but it’s a whole lot of fun. And to be fair, I don’t really have the time to battle every Pokemon I stumble across in the app, anyway.

The local state university, which is directly across the street from me, is a Pokemon Mecca if ever I saw one. 30+ Pokestops within easy walking distance, 4 or 5 gyms, and easily accessible to anyone who wants to come play. My husband and I have gone for a Pokewalk there several times now in the evenings and have found ourselves surrounded by tons like-minded people all having fun and engaging with each other in ways our community usually doesn’t. On Monday night I swear there were more than a hundred people on campus after dark, all of them playing Go, everyone being generally awesome to one another. It’s a really great way to de-stress after work and get some exercise while meeting new people.

I hope Niantic and the good folks at the Pokemon company continue to iterate on and update the game. In a few months when the hard-core players have exhausted themselves and the more moderate ones have grown less enthused, I hope the developers have a few new tricks up their sleeves to keep players interested and engaged. Maybe adding later generations of Pokemon (Mareep is one of my all-time faves) or the ability to engage other players directly in battle. I’d also like to see a system for trading Pokemon to others.

If you’re one of those people who feels the need to be immediately negative about something harmless that other people are clearly enjoying, please consider keeping your mouth shut. There’s so much negativity and awfulness in our world right now; you do not need to add to it. It is not necessary to belittle or degrade people for having fun. Grow up.

 

Public Service Announcement

If you didn’t hear the news about all the stuff that will vanish with the Legion pre-patch, you might want to get out there and do some research. This helpful guide over at WoWhead can help you figure out what to prioritize during these last few weeks. The Legion pre-patch is due any week now, so don’t delay.

Among those items that will no longer be available after the patch are the mount awarded by defeating Heroic Archimonde, the challenge mode mount, and the guild pet rewarded from earning challenge mode gold as a guild.

If, like me, you are completely pet-crazy and cannot pass up an opportunity to collect a pet but your guild sucks and has been dead for a year, don’t despair. You can get the pet fairly easy before Legion.

The Deathwatch Hatchling is a reward for the guild’s superior efforts in challenge mode dungeons, so not every guild will obtain this fine pet before Legion hits. Thankfully, a lot of great folks have opened up their guilds to the pet collecting community.

Step one is to find a guild that has the pet unlocked. This thread over at Warcraftpets has a lot of good information in it on guilds that are currently accepting new players for the sole purpose of nabbing the pet. Find a guild and get yourself an invite.

You’ll likely have to create a new character on the guild’s server, which probably means you’ll start off with no gold. A fairly easy way to remedy this is to buy a pet off the auction house (or obtain one from its source if you’re patient enough) and then learn it so it is added to your collection. Log onto your new alt, cage the pet, and re-sell it on the auction house. If you aren’t able to do so, I recommend leveling your new character with two gathering professions and selling the materials. Also, if you have any pieces of Timeless or Baleful gear laying around collecting dust, the BoA pieces can be mailed to your new character and sold for decent gold. The hatchling only costs 300 gold, which is easy enough to make with a little effort.

The hatchling also requires revered reputation with your new guild. On your main character, purchase a guild tabard from a guild vendor (the kind that boosts your guild reputation gains) then mail it cross-server (or even cross-faction!) to your new alt. Bonus: you can sell that tabard when you’re done for more money.

There is also a guild raid achievement mount, but I have not seen any guilds offering it up without a hefty gold tag attached.

And lastly, if you’re still hoping to get the moose mount before it vanishes forever, check out Friendship Moose and give it a shot.

Best of luck to you guys!

 

Birthday Shenanigans

This is my birthday month (woo!) and I felt it was the appropriate time to drop some cash on a new computer as a gift to myself. After consulting my bank account I decided why the hell not. I work hard for my money. I’m gonna spend it on me for once.

The component parts of a sweeeeet new rig are on their way to me in the mail as we speak and some time next week all hell will break loose in my apartment as we try to put them together into something resembling a computer.

Excited!