Mum can I fly please?

Ok so what’s the plan for flying? I’m running into rocks and falling off cliffs far too much for someone of my delicate disposition. Something needs to be done. There’s a post on Blizzard Watch  (re-post actually as it was previously published  back in April) that gives some information.

BW starts by saying, “You may have noticed Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One in your achievement panel.”

Um nope – I never open my Achievement Panel but ok I’ll take a peek.

Right seems like I’ll have to complete lots of achievements. Sigh – of course. Remember when you could just save gold and buy flying. That was hard enough for a WoW pauper like me (some of my alts still can’t afford to fly in Northrend) but so much easier than this.

Basically I’ll need to explore the Broken Isles, complete world quests, complete a class hall order campaign, complete Loremaster of Legion, and reach revered with six different Legion factions.

The reward for that is …duh duh duh … increased ground mount.

Um what? That’s no good. Just letting me move more quickly on the ground is a recipe for disaster. I’ll just run into stuff more quickly.

And what else does BW say on this? Well nothing. That’s all they know. They do go onto say that the forum posts were in arms about all this when it first appeared in the Alpha & Blizzard’s response was basically at least we are letting you know up front this time and all this will cover the lions share and yada yada yada. I suppose it’s good that at least we know some of what we need to do to eventually get flying but we don’t know the full detail and more fundamentally I just don’t get it.

Why do we need to jump through hoops to get flying? If Blizzard don’t want us to miss all the pretty ground stuff (which I rarely see this as I’m usually stuck in a crevasse) why not just withhold it until level cap? And then let us buy it with good old fashioned gold like the good consumers we are.  And I know that some of what’s required will be done naturally as part of the levelling journey and so no harm no foul, but will all the quests really get that rep raised or will I still need to bow and scrape like some feudal peasant. I refuse to do so. There’s still some communist principles in these tired old bones (ok I’m only in my 40s and I’ve never been a communist but I could have been, oh yes, I could have been).

And why have these particular requirements? If the quests were at least related to proving flying competence that would be something. I could probably do with a refresher. Perhaps you could be required to reach a certain level first (aka age) and then take some lessons, then do a few quests to show you can fly in a straight line, reverse fly around a corner and parallel park your gryphon. Could even have some serious consequences – take to the skies after too many at Brewmaster and you’re banned for two weeks. C’mon Blizz – this is the sort of creative thinking we need. But raising rep so I can get on my mount and take to the skies. The one thing has nothing to do with the other. Feels like Blizzard just wants to keep us busy (i.e. out of their hair) and withhold treats until we prove we deserve them by meeting some spurious standard autocratically set by Blizzard and … – oh god just realised something …  Blizzard is my mother.

 

Bye Bye Blaugust

Well I did it. 31 posts. Blaugust 2016 (my first ever Blaugust) all done and dusted. It’s been a fun month. At times it’s been hard getting on here to write a post (ok I lie – at times it’s been hard breaking away from WoW to write a post) but it has been worth it (for me anyway, readers may disagree of course). It’s been a wonderful way to chart the month of August on WoW – so much has happened. From starting off with Beanie my low level hunter almost resenting the fact Legion was going to get in the way of my levelling journey, to ending the month a Legion fangirl (sort of – too middle aged a woman to fully embrace this title) posting on Facebook about how excited she is (cue some lovingly sarcastic comments from some family  members but lots of positive likes too- half of my family are tattooed to an inch of their life with characters from Marvel (Dad), a rubiks cube, a dancing M&M and other random things (brother), tiny elephants, flowers and owls (sister and step mum) so none of them can really judge – we all have our passions). Anyway I’m now getting well and truly into Legion, loving the new content so far (although only seen a bit of it), and massively grateful to the expansions along the way that let me level to 100 characters I thought were doomed to live in Draenor or Pandaria forever (bless). Even Seashell the mage was able to blitz from 96 to 100 just before launch. I did feel a pang of nostalgia when I saw the invasions had ended. Felt like the end of an era (if an era counts as 2 and a half weeks in August). But excited now about the journey from 100-110 (almost 101 as we speak – yes the new transmogged snail form is working well). Continuing to explore Aszuna but keep getting sidetracked by jewelcrafting (loved cutting my gem in one of the quests- very satisfying). To summarise: been a great month for me as a blogger and a WoW player. Cheers to Blaugust, Belghast and Blizzard. It’s been fun.

 

 

Breath of Fresh Air

Well it’s here and I’ve already played a good hour. Yes I’m that hard core. For the first time ever I logged on two hours ahead of time in order to be there for the launch. I surprised myself by how excited I was. I joined the crowd standing by Khadgar in Dalaran, not really knowing what was going to happen. And nothing did for awhile. So I busied myself levelling my jewelcrafting from 1 to 15 by making copper rings, trying to ignore all the Hordies yelling goodness knows what around me (probably “Why’s that idiot making copper rings?”). Then someone said, “Oh I have an XP bar”.  And yes holy moly (although I’m a shadow priest so this should be unholy moly) so did I. Then about 10 mins later my first quest appeared. It had started.

Husband’s quest took about ten minutes longer to pop. They must have figured I needed the head start. He complained and moaned of course – indeed we almost had a mini freak out as the minutes ticked by (though he’ll deny it now – watch for something in the comments).  I hmmed and tutted with about 1% of my attention, and tried not to let his howls of protest distract me too much. Eventually his quest appeared and we could all breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy it properly.

I am now the proud owner of Xal’atath blade (and I’m never trying to spell that again). I have a nice class home at Netherlight Temple and have started doing quests at Aszuna. I already love the look of Aszuna – so far reminds me a bit of Terrokar Forest with all its crunchy brown colours. Can almost feel the cool breeze on my face. Indeed the expansion so far seems like a breath of fresh air. Time will tell if this remains the case of course. All I know is right now I like it and I missed it today in work. My gaming time never seemed so precious.

 

Singalong Time …Legion Eve is Here …

Let’s all sing the following to the tune of Jingle Bells…

Legion Eve is here

And we say no to bed

As we pour a drink

Shake our crazy heads

Put our Twitter on

Post a thing or two

Then log into dear old WoW

And get to 102

Oh

Illidan’s back

Varian’s dead

Jaina has the huff

Sylvanas has

To lead the Horde

And she hasn’t even got a tusk

Oh

Khadgar says

We have to fight

And win another day

And all I know is

Legion’s here

And it’s better than Christmas Day!

The Medivh Files

With Medivh featuring prominently in the Warcraft movie, hosting a fantabulous Hearthstone party at disco central Karazhan and with Karazhan also reappearing in Legion – well it’s time to reveal a few unknown facts about the world’s favourite Guardian.

Fact 1: Although usually rather serious, circumspect and secretive (indeed his name means “keeper of secrets” in the high elven language) Medivh would gossip like a fishwife/husband (yes no un-pc jokes here) with garden slugs and snails. However, he would immediately stamp on them if caught in the act and then claim Sargeras  made him do it.

Fact 2: Would laugh like a drain at any joke involving a three legged cow, a blind cat and a dead fish. Would weep for hours if the joke involved a blind cow, a three legged fish and a dead cat as this was a bitter reminder of the childhood pets he never had but always wanted.

Fact 3: Was not possessed against his will by Sargeras. Sargeras tried to leave several times finding Medivh’s penchant for gossiping with slugs and snails disturbing. Medivh regularly convinced Sargeras to stay by remarking that it was raining outside and wasn’t it a pity Sargeras hadn’t brought an umbrella.

Fact 4: Pretended to be in a coma for 20 years during which time he was trying to figure out the door puzzle from Labyrinth. Still doesn’t get it.

Fact 5: After being killed by Khadgar Medivh was resurrected by his mother’s spirit. This was only to continue their longstanding argument about the correct way to fold a bath towel. Aegwynn insisted on folding from left to right, Medivh insisted on rolling it up in a ball and urinating on it. Sadly this argument was never resolved.

Fact 6: Medivh only invited the orcs to Azeroth for Sunday tea. Was surprised they wanted to stay longer. While in public he continued to be the welcoming host privately he criticised their bad manners to his favourite snail.

Fact 7: Medivh is a big Thrall and Jaina shipper and coined the name Thipper. It never caught on due to its spittle inducing effects which Khadgar found hilarious.

Fact 8: Never intended to turn into a black raven. The spell was meant to transmogrify him into a dancing penguin. However, something went very wrong and the penguin now only appears very occasionally. However, if you spend a lot of time in Karazhan drinking heavily there is a 1% chance to will see the penguin dancing with the horses in the stable. If so you should report this on twitter using the hashtag  #IFoundtheDancingPenguininKarazhan. Blizzard developers need to know.

Homecoming

Healed the Underbog today. Another straightforward dungeon. Starting to get to grips with my monk healing spells & knowing which ones to use in which situation. Also now using Chi Torpedo with abandon. This means I’m likely to roll right off a ledge at some point but sometimes you have to live dangerously. I need to download the add on that shows me in which direction someone is hiding when they are out of range. I always panic when the frame goes grey and I’m not sure where they are (particularly if I can see their health disappearing). It’s amazing how responsible you feel as a healer. I get stressed out at the thought of anyone dying. But really what does it matter? You should be able to just laugh about the mishap, regroup and start again. But that is only true if everyone is friendly, mature and polite. No blame culture etc. But WoW, life, the universe is unfortunately not like that in most cases – a depressing thought for a Saturday morning.

Samsara is now 68. There’s no way she’s going to be 100 before Legion. I just haven’t got it in me to do what I need to do i.e. the invasions. I am officially invasioned out. The Burning Legion can take all six towns for all I care. It seems like a fool’s errand anyway. We clear them out and they come again. Over and over and over. They can’t be reasoned with. They hate order, fairness and justice and want only for hatred and chaos to reign. WoW and the real world = both perfect for them.  They would enjoy the chaos of the pug and LFR and could have a blast on forums & Twitter. No wonder the invasions are so relentless. They are excited to be home.

 

 

No one Died

After yesterday’s post I plucked up the courage to go into a 5 man as a healer. Went for Hellfire Ramparts – a straightforward dungeon with less risk of me getting lost. Completed it twice and both times no one died. Yay. Main challenge was keeping up with the group. My Chi Torpedo is on the left hand side of my 2nd bottom action bar. You would think it was lost at sea the way my mouse hand struggles to find it. I also had no time to loot – a problem I remember from earlier days trying to heal. Luckily everyone left the dungeon at the end so I could run around in peace, loot most of what I needed and actually complete some quests. But one of the mobs with a severed hand I needed (nice) must have despawned. So I went in and did it all again. If someone wants me to get them a severed hand I get them a severed hand. Both times the groups were fine – quiet, business like, just the way I like it. Both times I pulled a group of mobs right at the start by running too enthusiastically towards the quest giver. So I probably didn’t make the best of first impressions. But I kept them alive. Overhealed like crazy of course. Panic does that to me. But it all made a nice change from invasions which I am heartily sick of (even though I love the experience and so can’t stop doing them, or at least flying to the invasion spot and tabbing out to write this blog post).

But going back to the dungeon – one thing I noticed is that the default UI and what I’ve done with my raid frames is a mess. I need to sort things out. Every time a loot roll came up it blocked my raid frame which I had placed too close to my action bar. What is the best add on to sort out your UI and make it exactly as you want including moving action bars around? And can you sort out raid frames when you’re not actually in a raid? I find I only see what it all looks like when I’m actually in there and already feeling the pressure. Finding out that this or that doesn’t work does not help with the situation. I really want to be able to customise my UI when not in battle & get it all laid out exactly as I want it. What does everyone else use?

Bravehealer needed

Tried doing a bit of healing during an invasion on my monk Samsara. I know this isn’t exactly preparation for healing in say LFR at 110. Samsara is only 45 so obviously hasn’t got the fill range of spells available to her. And healing in an invasion is different from healing in a raid. You don’t have the nice raid frames to be able to see at a glance who needs healing – at least not the way my UI is set up (straight out of the box). I tried using Tidy Plates Simple but I can’t seem to configure it right. So instead I ended up using key bindings to set C to target friendly players. This means standing in a crowd I could keep tapping C to “see” (geddit?) who needs healing. Seems to be working well enough although am I right in thinking I can’t heal people from a different realm – the ones with the asterisk by their name? Have spammed a great deal of heals in their direction but nothing seems to be happening?

In terms of rotation Icy Veins says:-

  1. Since Soothing Mist is automatically channeled onto the last target of Effuse, Enveloping Mist, Vivify, or Life Cocoon (until another spell is cast or action performed) I should try not to move too much after casting those spells. Check.
  2. I should use Renewing Mist on cooldown, and maintain maximum Enveloping Mist up time on the target – in a proper group this is usually the tank; in an invasion it’s whoever I see needs healing when tapping C I guess (remembering not to waste stuff on those strangers from another realm)?
  3. Higher damage – use Effuse to supplement the healing.
  4. Higher damage still -use Vivify instead of Effuse to supplement the healing.
  5. Save Chi Burst for when more than two targets are taking damage.

Ok seems straightforward. I’m really tempted to try a 5 man. But first I need to get over the fear of zoning into a dungeon and suddenly forgetting everything I’ve read, in the process losing control over my fingers and thumbs, mouse and mind, everything. It’s that image that stops me just getting in there and having a go. I hate the fact that even now, when so much has changed in my life, I’m still scared to try out some of the stuff I want to do in WoW. I really thought I’d be past that by now.

Fred and Ginger

I like the fact you no longer need tomes and dust to change your talents and specialisation. Instead you can just go off to a zzzz area to change things around. I can imagine this being more awkward in a raid though. Presumably in the past you’d carry enough mats to change whatever you needed to change whenever you needed to change it? But now you’ll have to leave the raid to get to a rest area. Presumably hearthstone out & then get summoned back. Would that work? If so that’s not too bad but obviously will take a bit more time.

In the past when selecting my talents I tended to go for the passive ones. The reason for this was not sheer laziness (although that was sometimes part of it), but more a case of wanting (needing) to keep things simple. But now that classes seem more simplified anyway I’m getting to be a bit braver with my talent choices.

There are limits though. Luxmii my shaman now has Primal Elementalist which grants her elementals Fred and Ginger (their official names) 80% increased damage and the ability to control them. Icy Veins recommends this as the best option because of its burst damage. But I’m not sure if I want to be controlling my elementals. I can barely control my main. I selected the talent the other day & brought them out to play but pretty much just left them get on with it. I’ve decided to trust them to do the right thing in any given situation. Nothing can go wrong with that approach right?

With my Pally my favourite talent is Justicar’s Vengeance which deals Holy damage to the target and heals me for the amount of damage done (double against stunned targets). But it’s been great trying out a range of talent combos, unlike previously where after picking the most passive arrangement possible I stuck with it through thick and thin. For me the new way of changing specialisations and talents has given me a flexibility I really like – although until I had the flexibility I never knew how much I wanted it.

Assistance Required

There are some quests I just can’t do. For example I have a real problem with the one in MoP where you get a chance to play as Sully and have to shoot the monkeys. I just can’t do it. I keep running out of time. Ridiculous. So if I’m ever on an alt and come to that quest I have to call in husband to do it. It’s so embarrassing.

I had to call him in a few weeks ago too when I was playing Beanie the hunter. I had to catch a wisp in Darkshore. Just one wisp. Easy peasy right? No. Not for me. It kept darting away from me. Similar to that quest in Hyjal where you have to rescue the little animals from the fire. So hard. So frustrating. You keep hoping one will realise you’re trying to help and sit still there long enough for you to press the button and catch the little blighter. But no. I’m always a fraction of a second too late. I have the worst reactions in the world.

And there’s one of the starter Death Knight quests too. Right at the end where you have to shoot some stuff down from the sky. I think you’re on a cannon? I can’t remember the details because every time I get to that bit I just get up and walk away from the computer. I cannot do it. If someone is not around to help I am stuck there forever. It’s the main reason I don’t play Death Knights.

I know these are embarrassing quest fails. And I won’t get started on the real life things I can’t do very well. Suffice to say knives, tin openers and bottle openers are usually stored out of my reach and there’s not a door in the house I’ve not walked into. Poor reactions and general clumsiness – both in and out of game. And I’m meant to be a hero in Azeroth? Somehow I suspect I’m more of a liability.