Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog

I started this blog because I love reading WoW blogs in general.

Most people that write blogs don’t have to fake enthusiasm or knowledge to get their readers, they’re just themselves. If they’re pissed at someone, they’ll rant. If they’re happy about something, they’ll say so.

Because I like to read the achives first, I see how they started off: mostly just talking and ranting to themselves. Then, one day somebody comments on a post that struck a chord with them, and the author of the blog is all “ohmigosh the interwebs are reading this for reals?! squee”. And it’s all uphill from there.

I’ve played WoW for quite a while, and I’d consider myself a competant player and raider. So, I decided to play a character I’ve never seriously levelled before, and blog about her and her adventures. But I wanted a flexible name, in case I decided to use a druid, or a shaman, instead of a paladin, or in case I wanted to completely change my topic.

I know this is a day late, but because my wireless internet provider is awesome, I lost my connection for most of yesterday because the tower went down for unknown reasons.

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Dear You, Love Me

Dear Life-Tapping Warlock,

When I’m healing in a PuG and you bleed your mana bar dry, please, feel free to Life Tap. Because, as a bubby healadin, I have the spare mana and GCDs to fill you back up when you tap your life dangerously low. Wait….no. Bubby healadins don’t have spare mana or GCDs, especially not on a gosh darned boss fight where I am wildly flailing at my buttons in the hope that I can at least keep the goddamned TANK alive!

Somehow, we all lived through that nightmare. And, as all party members were mana-users, we all sat to drink. Some kindly folk even nommed some food to speed up the process, which I both noticed and greatly appreciated. But not you. Never you.

Because you think you’re too good to sit and eat-slash-drink with us? You think you’re above all that? Do you look at the slowly filling blue bar under my name and for some reason believe that it is your bitch?!

There is one small thing I will say: you are brilliant at picking up subtleties. After the tankadin had gone and pulled the next group you asked loudly in /p, “y no healz?”.

“You Life Tapped down to nothing and I was healing the tank. I assumed that you would eat/drink with the rest of us.” I replied, seething slightly that they would dare question my healing abilities!

“lol i wont healz nxt time k?”

….what? I was silent for several moments, just staring at the screen in horror, too shocked to even attempt a reply. Then, when I needed it the most, that beautiful Vote To Kick box lit up on my screen with your name on it. The reason given to kick you? “Full mana-wanding it”

WHAT THE HELL?! I opened Recount up, and lo and behold. Over 90% of your damage was via the wand. You wanted to Life Tap so that you could……wand?! How can anyone explain this? My fury was well past boiling at this point, so I allowed my temper to get the better of me, and clicked the KICK option. It passed and you left, being forcively removed from our group.

And I know that I wasn’t the only person angry at you, and your rude actions and comments throughout the instance. After you left, our tankadin said “Thank god he’s gone.”

“Wanker.” Our Shammie agreed. We all shared a lol, and decided to attempt to four man the final boss, especially since we now knew that we had been mostly carrying you for the entire dungeon. It went down without any hassle, especially since we didn’t have your minion taunting off the tank and promptly losing aggro to my holy crits of healy goodness. We thanked each other, and disbanded the group.

So, if you ever come across me in another group, be warned my dear warlock. For you are rude, inconsiderate, and yes, even though it is your $15 per month to play, that does not in any way give you the right to be a complete and utter tit to everyone you come across.

Yours sincerely,

Lyrra of Khaz’goroth. Healadin.

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Day 01 – Introduce yourself

Over at http://spellbound.nu/?p=829 , I saw the proposal for the 20 days of WoW Blogging Challenge. I figured it could help me start my own rolling.

These are the criteria for the days. I’ll hopefully add links once I finish each one.

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

So, Day 01. Introduce myself.

So, my name is Laura. I’m an Australian female gamer. I’m a complete altoholic, with about 30 active characters that I use at least once a week. I have difficulties keeping my characters down, as when I start one, I think to myself ‘Wouldn’t a druid/hunter/pally be awesome! Then I’ll be able to do other things too!’ Then it continues to explode. I am proud that I’ve managed to keep my Khaz’goroth population down to a mere four, and two of those are name placeholders that I use as bank toons. Every time I feel like rolling another character, I play on a different realm for a while.

I’m also a complete achievement whore. I love acheivements, and I want to get them all. I collect companion pets and mounts, as well as novelty items that amuse me.

IRL, I’m not the social butterfly that I am online. I am partially deaf, so I find conversations difficult to maintain, and I have had one hip operation and am requiring another soon, so I cannot stand or walk for very long. Also, because I don’t care to discuss things like clothes, makeup, hot guys, and that slut over there (ohmigosh what IS she wearing?!) I am left out by my peers (18-24). This leaves me alone to be the nerdy, techie chick that is socially awkward. =)  But I really don’t mind. I rarely go anywhere without my laptop and graphics tablet, and as I have talent points in Improved Stealth I go virtually unnoticed by those around me, leaving me free to sketch them without their knowledge, giving me amazing reference material for my art course that I’m currently doing.

I love anime and manga, as well as most books in general. I’m not usually one for the movies, as I normally love the books they blatently ignore to make the movie ‘fresh’. I’m not a Twilight fan (although I own all the books, hypocrite that I am), and I do not think Rob Pattison is the hottest guy alive, although I will admit he appeals to me more when he talks in his British accent rather than his fake American one he uses for Edward Cullen. I’m not a fan of the Harry Potter movies, although I adore the books. I love action, sci-fi and fantasy movies, like Iron Man, Hulk, etc. I’m not a romancey person, nor a fan of tear-jerkers, as not only do they bore me but I always end up crying. Fun Fact: When I yawn, my eyes overflow. No clue why.

I’d love to be healthier by going on healthy food diets, but I love meat and unhealthy foods way too much.

I’m 4’11”, as I shrunk half an inch due to my hip surgery. Fun stuff. Clothes never fit me properly, as women’s sizes are too long in arms and legs, and kid’s sizes are too small around the bust and hips. I hate clothes shopping, but I’ll happily wander around window-shopping.

All of my computers have been Windows PCs. From my ancient desktp with Windows 95′ to my nippy laptop with Windows 7, I’ve never owned an Apple Mac, and am proud of that fact. At school, I was forced to use the Macs in the Art rooms for my Photoshopping. They’re so restrictive in what they let you do. Eventually I just bought a Windows-using laptop, and brought that to classes. I now combine my laptop with my Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet, for my digital art.

Well, I’d best stop here before I run out of things for the next 20 days.

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Top Food For MMO Gamers?

Amerence over at blog Azeroth ( http://www.blogazeroth.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2883 ) asked the question of what the five favourite foods we personally enjoy while gaming.

I’m going to take it a tad further though, as I know for a fact that less than 5% of people will eat like I do while playing. I believe that the five favourite foods of the AVERAGE MMO gamer is (in no particular order): Pizza, Leftovers, Fast Food, Chips/Fries/whatever else you want to call them (dip/salsa optional), and cookies/biscuits. I believe that 90% of people will have at least four of these in their top five.

My own favourites are, in no particular order; ‘Black Chill’ Eclipse mints, Liquorice (black or red), stir-fried bamboo strips, rice (fried or boiled), and crystallised ginger. I also usually have decaf green tea, or a soy chai latte to accompany my games.

I pick my foods due to my habit of snacking. If I have food sitting in front of me, I’ll eat it fast. So things like bamboo strips that are chewy (at least the way I cook it) increases the amount of time my food lasts me.

Rice is great when you’re snacking and want 3000 of something. Fried is the best, as it isn’t as sticky or gooey, so when I inevitably lose my eating utensils, using fingers won’t ruin my keyboard.

Ginger, mints, and liquorice are good for sugar boosts, as well as those ‘ohmigoshi’meatinghealthyfoodshalp!’ moments.

Well, I’m off to try drawing a pretty pyramid to upload asap.

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Rise My Minion! Rise!

I’ve been having fun with the recent addition to the Death Knight’s spellbook – Raise Ally – or, as I have heard it called on Trade Chat “dkbrezomgwtfhuh”.

Why have I had so much fun? Besides the fact that I love my DK, I also love macros. Rez macros that bring about much laughing, rofling, crying (laughter or mental anguish), groaning, and/or head shaking.

Some fun ones I have seen are at http://forthebubbles.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/patch-exitement-omg-i-can-haz-brez/.

Although I haven’t yet seen many on the interwebs after much Googling of the subject, I predict that within a week we will have pages upon pages of glorious DK Brez macros on the WoW forums. Although some people will just take Druid Brez macros and claim they’re DK ones. Don’t do that. Be original. Like the internet.

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My baby Paladin is coming along nicely. Now a perky level 17, she’s been getting ready to tank her first dungeon.

Queueing nervously as a tank, I get an instant invite. I zone in to Wailing Caverns. Once my worst nightmare, I actually enjoy it now. The group is ready to do the last boss. It goes alright, but the healer isn’t healing me at all, save for the occasional Penance. So I’m having to use Word of Glory as often as possible in order to stay alive. A few seconds before the Murloc boss dies, so do I. All group members “LOL” in party chat.

I think I know why their last tank left.

A crappy group, but it was only for one boss. It was relatively painless for my first dungeon as a baby Tankadin.

Peace out, PuGGers!

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Hi there.

Hi, I’m Laura, and I’m an altoholic.

I play WoW on many different servers, but for the first time I’m planning on levelling on an Oceanic sever. I’m an Aussie, so it will hopefully stop me from getting up at 7AM in order to raid. I love my 7AM guild though, so I’ll never character transfer. So, I am now a proud member of Khaz’goroth-Oceanic.

As my first character, a Dwarf Paladin. What can I say? I think they’re pretty neat, as well as having a realistic figure. Can you tell I’m a female gamer? This blog will hopefully be used to chronicle my adventures of (not) standing in fire.

Ciao.

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