Bravetank finally reentered the dungeon world today after quite some time away. I decided to go into my old favourite Dire Maul – Gordok Common. I’ve been in there so many times some of the mobs no longer attack me and instead give me a little wave. I have after all been crowned their king over a hundred times. So it’s nice there. I take treats for the dogs.
The group was friendly. Someone said “Hi” so I knew we were onto a winner. And when we wiped at one point (I hadn’t given healer husband enough time to loot so was left to die at the hands of 5 angry mobs as punishment for my tanking sin) no one moaned (apart from me, to him, a lot). At one point I messed up & over pulled (a great mass of mobs came running towards us such is the range of my Avenger’s shield). I apologised & one of the dps said it was all fine. Maybe he was amazed at a tank apologising. I’ve certainly not seen it much. So a really nice group. Drama free run. Was still nervous as hell though. Why is that? Why am I still nervous when all is going well? Why am I still nervous even when running with people from the Raggy Dolls guild which was set up to support people like me? Continue reading
I have been totally neglecting Bravetank the last few days and I feel dreadful about it. But it has been for a good reason. Instead of sticking with my plan to do Hallow’s End stuff with my arcane mage Styleesh I’ve actually shown some respect to my highest level and longest serving character Terema and have been doing everything with her. This has been nostalgically enjoyable – playing Terema is like getting an old Sindy doll out to play with in some strange way ( I mean it feels nostalgic in a strange way not that I ever played with my Sindy doll in a strange way – although I can’t speak for what Action Man got up to when he was involved). Continue reading
I’m sad today. Very sad. Broken-hearted you might say. Yet for some reason I think coming on here and typing will ease the tightness in my chest. Let’s hope so because I can hardly breathe right now.
My sadness and heartache are work-related. Wow. Sadness. Heartache. Broken-hearted. These are big words for work but work is a big thing for me. I’ve been very hurt and let down. It’s the same issue that happened a few weeks ago. Things have been ongoing. I’m hoping there’s a light at the end of the tunnel but things have been hard. Continue reading
Ooooh Hallow’s End begins today 18 October (actually because of time zones not sure if that is actually my 18 October 2011 or someone else’s that begins tomorrow, or another from yesterday, next week or last year).
I’ve never done much festival stuff in WoW. To be honest I’m not that much of a traditionalist in real life either (my usual Sunday lunch is pizza with popcorn) apart from loving Christmas and singing carols as soon as there’s a “ber” at the end of the month. But the spooky, dark, scary atmosphere of Halloween in real life and Hallows’s End in the game does capture me. So this year I’m going to try to take part. Continue reading
The Run of the Mill Slightly Dubious Guys
(a homage to The Usual Suspects – Azeroth style)
The water of Stormwind Harbour hits the surrounding wall – making a dull hypnotic sound. The jetty creaks. There is a flap of wings in the distance.
A single match lights the darkness and illuminates the face of MALFURION STORMRAGE. His green hair is wet and his ears lie flat. One eyebrow curls rather becomingly. Blood from a large cut runs down his face and through his little green beard. The red and green looks almost festive.
He is slumped on the deck of a boat, leaning against an upright post for support. His purple legs look odd – and purple – don’t forget the fact they are purple (that might be important later on). They are twisted in strange angles. He tries not to look at them.
There is liquid on the ground by his feet. He throws down the match and it ignites. The flame follows the course of the liquid, down the deck, towards the end of the ship where there are oil drums. Liquid pours out from one of them. The flame almost reaches the barrels. Malfurion watches and smiles.
Suddenly there is more liquid – it extinguishes the flame. Two feet appear. Not purple. This is unimportant. The liquid is urine (do you know some people drink it and claim it is detoxifying – just saying). The man walks over to Malfurion. Continue reading
I make it a point to always say “Hello” when I go in a dungeon. I used to say “Hi” but I’ve discovered “Hello” gets more responses (more detailed statistical analysis to follow). “Hello” breaks down social barriers in a way “Hi” doesn’t. Have considered other greetings in the past. Seen the odd “Yo” but it sounds more street than I am (the sea is more street than I am). Was going to try a Welsh approach but it’s the same word just spelled slightly differently which will just look like a typo and not get me off to a flying start with a group whose respect I crave. Have thought about coming right out and saying what I want to say, basically “Hi please be friendly and don’t criticise my tanking/dps/healing”. But that sounds too pathetic even for me. Did once announce that healer and I were married and that definitely eased the tensions (not between me and husband mind but the others in the group decided to just relax and watch their very own WoW domestic soap opera as it unfolded before their eyes). Continue reading
A while ago I posted about a dark day in my tanking life – actually they’re all pretty dark seeing as they’re all set in dungeons (boom boom- my jokes are reaching new heights I know – not good heights admittedly but new ones anyway). I had forgotten to put righteous fury on and was struggling to hold aggro. Oh how we laughed. After wiping. Several times. Now I check my aura, seal, kings and righteous fury every 2-3 minutes in the same way that at home I check the locks and that the plugs are switched off i.e. obsessively. Continue reading
I’m easily obsessed with things. My husband hears me squeal at the computer and clap my hands like a seal and he immediately knows he’s lost me to some new fad or idea. Currently it’s writing my own MUD. I have enrolled in The Builder Academy to learn how to do it. This has caused me a great deal of stress and since I’m taking a much needed holiday from work (I have been very obsessed about work too) it is crazy I’ve allowed this MUD stuff to dominate my spare time. Yesterday I was morosely stomping about the house complaining I hadn’t been given a VNUM. Peter (finally decided to name him…sorry I mean say his name on here- he’s not a puppy who I’ve just been calling Cutiepie for years) didn’t even bother asking what a VNUM is (if you’re interested and don’t know it’s what they call the room, mobile and objects in Mud builder work – each one is distinct – and I need one to start practising building). Anyway Peter just hears these strange new words falling out of my mouth, rolls his eyes and thinks (I’m sure) “How long will this one last?” By the way I have the VNUM now – got it this morning – but now the GOTO command won’t work so I can’t go to the VNUM room. Sent another mudmail to the main guy on TBA – Rumble – poor guy doesn’t know what he’s in for now I’ve been set loose in his academy. Continue reading
What is it with people and speed in the game? Last night and this morning I’ve been in groups where one person has wanted to blitz through at the speed of light. What are they rushing for. Life is but one long journey to the grave after all- why hurry there?
Actually really enjoyed last night’s run – huge shout out and thanks to the Raggy Dolls guildees who ran with me (hope they don’t mind being named…Mosschops (he has no say – he’s my husband in hunter form bragging about the size of his bow), Kochi (awesome mage who is dual specced as a need/greed counsellor and made a break through with me last night!) and Jacqlyn (fantastic bear tank who is everything I’m not when I tank – polite, considerate, prepared to wait for healer- she has set the bar very high!). Jubilate was busy doing grown up stuff raiding so the four of us tackled Deadmines (twice) then Ragefire Chasm & then – without me – they did Shadowfangkeep – they died in that quite a bit so I understand – read into that what you will Continue reading
I meant to say yesterday (thank you for the prompt Issy!) that I have an article up on the excellent Mana Obscura . Over the moon obviously to guest post there. It’s about personal identity and WoW (& a litle bit about my diet!)