I kind of miss healing. A teeny tiny bit.

Anyone here been around since the early days?  Aaaaanyone?  You there, in the back, maybe?

Well all two of you might remember my Wrath of the Lich King days when I was raiding on two characters.  A hunter (of course), and a healer druid.  I raided quite a bit on both and my druid was all kitted out in raid epics by the end of that expansion.

But then I rather unceremoniously retired her.  Mostly in protest of the removal of perma-tree-form.  And I haven’t healed anything since.  I kinda feel like I would have no idea what I was doing.

But yesterday I got nostalgic thanks to WotLK timewalking and logged into my druid.  She’s got the glyph that makes her a perma-tree and all the basics like Regrowth, Rejuvenation and Lifebloom still exist.

And I kiiiiind of almost miss healing.

Kind of.

Almost.

Hey, I might even give it another whirl someday!  (Key word: “might”)

How IS healing these days?

The Ultimate Cross-Faction Dick Move

…is when they kill your follower before killing you.

There’s some druid who hunts me down at least once a day (what did I ever do to you, bro?) and does just this.  Yes yes, I know, PvP on a PvP server, whatever.  But what did Vivienne do to you?  What did Aeda Brightdawn do to you?  WHAT DID TALONPRIEST ISHAAL DO TO YOU??

btw I just saw this movie yesterday and it's brilliant.
btw I just saw this movie yesterday and it’s brilliant.

The second biggest dick move is in PvP is in battlegrounds when they take your insignia for no reason.  Like really does anyone rez anywhere BUT the graveyard?  No reason to take the insignia but some people do it anyway and I feel like it’s the WoW equivalent of teabagging or something.  I dunno why I feel that way.  Always have.  Is it just me?

Okay, enough of my ranting.  Originally I had a completely different post lined up but that fecking druid, guys.  That fecking druid.

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Mercenary Mode is a Band-Aid (But It’s a Good Band-Aid)

So, the big news!  Remember not so long ago when I was lamenting the faction imbalance in PvP lately?  Well have no fear, Mercenary Mode is here, which lets you queue up for the opposite faction in order to alleviate pesky things like queue times.

Although this doesn’t address whatever the core, underlying problems are– and I suspect racials have to do with a lot of it– I think this will probably do a decent enough job at helping to treat the symptoms, at least.  I don’t really suspect us Hordies will be able to try the faction hop anytime soon, since it’s the Alliance who has most of the queue problems, but hey, maybe with some Alliance on our side we can actually win AV now?  Maybe?  Like, just once a week?

Honestly my biggest question right now has to do with battleground chat.  It’s always been a toxic place; one that I put up with, rather than leave, just because it’s nice to be able to call out “incs” and be able to actually talk tactics on the rare occasions that I’m not making liberal use of the ignore feature.  Presumably now you will be able to communicate with the opposing faction and I foresee a lot of dumb playground fights and namecalling from both sides.

You know who else forsees?  ARCHMAGE TIMEAR!
You know who else forsees? ARCHMAGE TIMEAR!

Ah well.  More people to sacrifice to Ignore for the Ignore God, I suppose.

The REAL question now becomes “Is Ashran fixable?”  (Probably not)

Sometimes The Anxiety Just Comes And Smacks You Like a Truck

I have occasionally mentioned both here and elsewhere the anxiety problems that have plagued me throughout my life.  For the most part I managed to get this under control thanks to the amazing modern wonder that is medication, but sometimes it just sneaks up you anyway.  These last few days have been like that.

BMOIt’s been difficult to focus on, well, pretty much anything.  Logging into WoW is followed by logging out 15 minutes later, not because I don’t want to play or don’t have anything to do, but because I feel like too much of a basket case to do anything.  I did manage to play some Warcraft 3 the other day.  I think that game works nicely as a distraction because, as an RTS, it forces you to pay attention to it and only it.  So that was helpful, at least.

There’s no real point of this post other than to say that I’m still here, just having “technical difficulties”.    Hopefully it all passes soon, because I just want to play video games!

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Fortunately I think it’s beginning to (slowly) subside, so hopefully there will be some more gaming time today. :)

“Starting From Scratch”

So Blizzard released a poll asking what class you’d make if you were starting completely from scratch.

blizzard poll…seriously did you guys think I was going to say anything else?

My alts are really fun though, as I mentioned in my last post.  My paladin got some sort of execute and it’s just absurd how fast things die.  But if I were going to start from scratch and make a new main, there’s only one class for me.

I mean, clearly.

If I was forced to pick a different class, I’m honestly not sure what I’d say.  Possibly druid?  But right now I’m kind of hugely in love with my mage and spoiled by teleport so maybe that.

How about you guys?

Alt Leveling Right Now Is the Best It’s Ever Been In This Game

That’s a bold statement, perhaps, but it’s true.  I have been playing this game for almost a decade and I have never had this much fun leveling up new characters.  I’m not sure what it is, exactly.  I think it’s a combination of both the new Heirloom Tab and how easy it is to use, and how streamlined classes feel right now.  It feels like every class I touch is just an absolute blast.

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and yeah.  I highly recommend it.  Leveling is smooth, quick (but not too quick– then again, I’m only in about half heirlooms) and fun.

Regardless of what you may think about this expansion’s endgame, I can’t complain about this expansion for alts.  This is the best it’s ever been!

Good Games That Are Good: Yars’ Revenge

Ahh, the good old Atari 2600.  You know, no matter how classic it is and how many hours you may have dumped into it back in the day, I’d imagine that most people these days probably wouldn’t think that there’s much of a reason to spend hours and hours on one of these games in this day and age.

And readers, that’s where I’d like to introduce you to Yars’ Revenge.250px-Yars_Revenge_coverIt doesn’t matter what year it is because this game is still great some thirty-odd years later.  I can still pour hours into it.  I don’t know what, exactly, it is about it that makes it so addictive.  I think because it packs a surprising amount of depth for an Atari 2600 game.  You have to shoot the guy at the opposite end of the screen but you also have to break down his shield and avoid his missiles, while using the colorful ribbon across the screen as a tactical advantage.  Like many old games, the point is just to get your score as high as it can go– and boy, I have definitely spent hours trying to do just that.

275239-yar3If you don’t have a 2600 or don’t feel like digging it out, don’t fret: you can play the game online.  Granted, playing it with the keyboard doesn’t compare to playing it with a real joystick, so get yourself an Atari Flashback because it’s worth it for this game alone.

Enjoy!

So I logged onto my Alliance character for the first time in months…

…and promptly ran to the wrong auction house door in Stormwind.  Ahh, good times.

CJn2w0DUsAELzjM.jpg largeSo it turns out that good ol’ Tawyn– the first character I ever rolled in this game– has got all sorts of fun stuff in her bags.  Like Dartol’s Rod of Transformation.  The original, not the toy!  Also Blazing Signet, which I have literally been carrying around since Burning Crusade.  I should probably get around to finishing that quest, huh?

So, tell me, my friends.  What sort of junk do you have stowed away in the bags (or banks) of old characters?

Flashback Friday: Remember Sneaking Into the Badlands as Horde For That Flight Point?

Kids these days and their flight points that let them fly from Undercity to Booty Bay and vice versa.  Back in MY DAY if we wanted to do that we had to connect flight points in between, and the big one was Kargath in Badlands.  If you didn’t have it you were stuck with the zeppelin to get from Undercity to Booty Bay.  And no one wants that.

Oh, and you had to go through Loch Modan to get it.  Loch Modan!  As a Horde player!  Uphill both ways!

Cranky_Kong_DKCRLemme just say that I’m glad you don’t have to go through that rigamarole anymore.  I don’t think my old bones could handle it.  Yup, I am old and casual these days.

Yup this is my super important blog post topic for the day.  Don’tcha just love my blog and how it always discusses critical topics?  …hey, where are you going?

I play on an RP-PvP Server and I like it

My first tentative forays into World of Warcraft were on RP servers.  It started out that way simply because that’s where my friends were playing, but as I continued to play and began to explore and branch out to other servers, I quickly realized that, no, there really was something different and special about RP servers.  Even if people weren’t actually roleplaying, you were more likely to run into people who had put at least a little bit of thought into their character, and since that’s how I usually play the game as well, it was nice to be among like-minded folks.

Have I mentioned that I'm kind of a lore nerd?
Have I mentioned that I’m kind of a lore nerd?

Then, one day, one particular friend invited me to make a character on his server.  It was a PvP server, and I tell you what, I was not a fan.  I tried to play on it, I really did, but I was being ganked by max level characters left and right and most of them had terrible borderline offensive names and it just all felt pointless.  So I decided to transfer my character away.

Originally I was going to head to a normal RP server.  But then something made me stop and think.  What if it wasn’t actually the PvP that was bothering me?   Afterall, I was that person who would happily spend hours and hours in Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin. What if it was actually just the lack of those two little letters “RP”?

So I decided I would give PvP servers one more chance, but this time, I’d throw an RP-based community into the mix as well.  So I did a little bit of research, browsed around on the official forums, found a server that sounded good called The Venture Co., and off I went.

Thunder_Bluff_in_the_distanceTo this day I remember logging into my new server– I was in Thunder Bluff– and immediately feeling that things were different.  Trade chat was different.  The people around me were different.  It was as though the virtual air itself was different.

That was eight years ago.  And I’m still here.

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It’s difficult to explain what is special about RP-PvP servers.  To be sure, the ganking is still there, but it feels different.  It’s less pointless.  Why?  Because a lot of these people are, in fact, roleplaying.  It was very common, back in the day, to have a guild “claim” a section of land and guard it.  Usually there were all sorts of in-character motivations for this as well.  Actually I can confirm that this still happens because my baby Paladin was killed yesterday for getting too close to Alliance lands (not until she had actually begun to cause trouble, mind.)  For some people this won’t matter — they will either love or hate the world PvP.  As for me, I like it.  Sure, I may be dead, but it’s immersive, damnit!  It adds an extra layer of depth to roleplay and character backstory.

Pic of Cayrel being cute and shiny about ten minutes before her untimely death.
Pic of Cayrel being cute and shiny about ten minutes before her untimely death.

Another thing I’ve found about these servers is that, I think more than any other server type, we kind of stick together.  There are so many PvE and PvP servers that most people probably couldn’t name even a fraction of them off the top of their heads.  RP servers are more rare, but there are still enough of them that you have certain divides (largely revolving around whether someone is on Moon Guard, Wyrmrest Accord, or one of those others that most people fail to remember.)

But there are a grand total of six RP-PvP servers in the US.  And thanks to realm zoning, all six servers now interact with each other on what’s kind of one big happy (and gank-happy) RP-PvP server.  VeCo long ago got merged with Lightninghoof and Maelstrom, so those are the people I mostly interact with in Draenor, but when I’m out in Azeroth I’ve certainly seen people from the other three servers– especially people from that most infamous of servers, Emerald Dream, which is the current World PvP hotspot.

It feels neat to me, somehow, that there aren’t many of us.  Those of us weird enough to want RP in our PvP, and vice versa, had to be corralled into our own handful of special servers and now we’re all merged together.  Being weird together.  I guess I just think it’s neat.

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I just happened to be in the area yesterday farming tin ore and Tarren Mill was under attack. So I saved it! Just like old times.

So yeah.  That’s my (long and rambling) story and I’m stickin’ to it.  To paraphrase a blue cartoon alien: this is my server.  I found it all on my own.  It’s little, but good.  Yeah… still good!

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