Saturday, 14 December 2013

Gear Design: A Thumbs Up

It's been a while! I haven't found much time to blog, unfortunately, but I feel like sharing my thoughts about gear design in World of Warcraft.

A lot of time the complaints of the female community are that female characters are often depicted as sexy and as such gear looks much more sexy on them. To an extent I agree. When it comes to low level gear both WoW and FFXIV respectively have some armor sets which make me want to raise my eyebrow. It barely covers the body of the female character in question and appeals very much to male players.

HOWEVER...

When it comes to endgame sets, especially in WoW, the genderdifferences are mostly gone. Female characters and male characters are getting the same gear, both clad from head to toe in cloth, leather, mail or plate. There is less and less sets where the female version is much more "naked and sexy" than the male version and I think it's a good sign to give to the community. Just because a character is female doesn't mean that she needs to show off her body.
For WoW this hasn't been anything new. From The Burning Crusade on you didn't really have gender differences in gear anymore and if you had, they were minimal. My warrior as female Nightelf looks as much an impenetrable wall in tier 6 as she would have been a male.
So for this I want to give the developers at Blizzard a big thumbs up! Thank you for not portraying our female characters as "sexy" and just give them the same badass gear as the males.

On another point I have recently begun streaming my games. Mostly World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy. If you want to follow me or watch me stream you can find me via this link: http://twitch.tv/sandrian

I hope I'll have the time to write a more elaborate post soon but I'm still alive! Don't worry!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Lightning Returns!

Right now we're in the middle of the Lightning Strikes event on FFXIV. I believe all the stages are unlocked now and people are able to get the entire outfit and weapons from the event. If you're curious as to what the event is, here is a link: http://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/2013/Lightning_Strikes/

The entire event is based around doing FATE's, which can be awesome (if you like doing them) or totally horrible (if you hate doing them). I myself am somewhere in the middle. See, there are some specific FATE's that you need to do and even when those spawn you only have a 50% chance of Lightning actually being there so you can get the special items you need. This comes down to a lot of waiting for FATE's to spawn and hoping that you can join a group because having to earn Gold ranking by yourself with a lot of people waiting around for the same is almost impossible.

There's a few things you can get from this event. An entire gear set by completing the various quests that are offered and next to that weapons which you can buy with items dropped when completing the special FATE's with a gold rating. I have to say that the weapons look awesome and I want to get them all so I can use them in my vanity slots and make my character look that tiny bit more awesome. I also like the gearset quite a lot, it's sexy yet tough so I will probably spend some time on this event yet to get all of the stuff (I only did the first two quests so far). 

The entire event is a promotion for the release of FFXIII: Lightning Returns! A game that is set to release on the PS3 tomorrow and focuses on Lightning, one of the protagonists in FFXIII. I'm kind of bummed out that I won't be able to play this game, as I have no PS3, but I hope they will re-release it somehow so that it's playable on the PS4 when I get it somewhere next year. I think it's nice they've coupled the release of this game to an event in the FFXIV world and I hope they'll do it again when FFXV releases. I just hope they won't use the same concept of having to stand around and wait for FATE's because honestly, that kind of sucks.

This is my opinion so far on the event itself, I will do a picture post later on when I have obtained all the items to show you guys how awesome all the stuff looks.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Reroll Project Extraordinaire!

I've been thinking a lot about wanting a fresh start on World of Warcraft for Warlords of Draenor. I want to raid again but I feel like I can't really leave Aeternus without hard feelings so I decided to take part in a reroll project that currently is taking place on the Stormrage EU server. A lot of people were enthusiastic about the idea and we already have about 40 members in the guild. The project took of on Thursday evening at 19.30 server time and from then untill I logged off today I managed to get my baby Hunter up to lvl 30 without any help from RAF or looms.

As I just said I decided to roll a Hunter. I already said before that I love the class and it comes naturally to me so it was kind of the only option to go with in my opinion. Her name is Sarella since Sandrian was already taken (curse you random Stormrage player that took my name!) and she's a little Draenei. I really didn't want to roll another Night Elf, since I already have Aylanna who I still play aswell, and I feel that Worgen don't look so good in a lot of gear, same goes for Pandaren. Since Draenei have the +1% hit passive it was actually only a toss up between that or the +1% crit from Worgen. And for me aesthetics win out then and I went with Draenei. As far as professions go I went the same route I did on all my Hunters: Skinning and Leatherworking. Might not be ideal for raiding, but the critical strike buff that Skinning provides is very nice as Hunter and when you start over on a new server it's kind of annoying if you have to pick up two crafting professions from the start.

So far I'm loving the atmosphere in my "new" guild. Everyone is friendly, we have a Mumble server up and running, a guild website and an IRC. The only thing that I'm pretty sad about is that a lot of people have opted to run with Recruit-A-Friend, giving them a huge headstart over people who do not want (or have) to spend money on a new account solely for the levelling boost. I did this in Wrath of the Lich King to level a Druid and lightning speed, and a Shaman, but I really do not want to spend money that I barely have on something that is hardly necessary. Then there were the people who transferred over their main characters so they could level up with heirlooms, and they are quite a lot ahead of the rest aswell.
I decided that I'm mostly fine with levelling up the "oldschool" way. I can more or less level up my professions simultaneously and I don't feel rushed or burned out. I'm actually managing to keep my Leatherworking more or less up with my level (I think I'm currenlty about 5 levels behind with what I can craft and the level I am) and Skinning isn't an issue at all.

I'm really curious to see how this little project will develop. I wonder who will stick around to raid and who will leave, so far there has been a plummet in numbers a bit already with 30-35 people online on Thursday night when we started off to about 20 people online now. I hope we can stay stable and keep the guild together long enough for Warlords of Draenor to hit the live servers so we can level up together and raid. Untill then I still have a long way to go to lvl 90 (60 levels to be exact) and it's keeping me quite busy. I really had to decide to not level for more than X hours otherwise I would probably go insane.

I'll keep you updated how things go with little Sarella but my next post will probably be about the Lightning event on FFXIV!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

I Got Thyrus!

I finally got my first relic weapon on Final Fantasy! It's Thyrus, the White Mage relic. I worked hard for it, finally managed to down Titan HM after two weeks of wiping with random groups and now I have my pretty staff on Sarella! Mission accomplished. Now to just find some way to get into Bahamut's Coil...




I'm definately happy with the way it looks, next week I'll have my Cleric's Robe aswell so Sarella will look even more awesome as a Healer. I'll also be getting my last two Darklight pieces then and then I should be all set for Bahamut's Coil! In the meantime I'm levelling up Archer/Bard and I think I want that as second class, but not sure yet.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday Blues and Schedule Troubles

I don't function well on Mondays. The day after the weekend I have huuuuge issues with getting back into the rythm of work, even if I only work 3 days a week, and on monday evening I'm just a huge wreck that doesn't want to do anything but lay in bed and sleep. Maybe it's because I sleep less on the weekends or just because I go to bed too late on Sunday but it's the same thing every week. I'm exhausted at work and when I get home I just fall into bed and sleep untill dinner. When I'm still tired I sleep after dinner aswell and then I can handle the rest of the evening just fine untill I go to bed around 12, where I almost immediatly fall asleep again.

All this sleeping has caused some serious issues with my schedule, aka shit isn't getting done, and I'm not really sure how to handle this. I'm currently playing 2 MMO's, one more hardcore (FFXIV) than the other (WoW) but I don't want to quit either one. I love playing Sarella on FFXIV and exploring the game more and more, finally levelling my gather professions and other classes and playing with friends. I also love playing Aylanna on WoW, she just feels so natural to play and WoW is a game that has got me hooked since I started in 2007 although I don't play it that hardcore anymore.
With me playing two different MMO's I've also noticed that I can't really "alt" properly. Since I want to get capped on Myth Tomes on Sarella every week (which requires me to do 10 WP runs) but also want to do a complete LFR run on Aylanna while still maintaining my daily CD and Shaohao daily for rep it leaves me with very little time to do other stuff on the games. Sometimes I'm ok with this, sometimes it really frustrates me. Maybe it's because I'm so used to jumping from character to character that it feels weird to stick to just 1 (or in my case 1 per game), or maybe I just need to accept the fact that I can't do everything at once if I want to enjoy things.

Next to my MMO "struggles" I've also decided to pick up Assassin's Creed III again, in preparation of IV coming out in a few weeks for the PC. I've even bought a controller since that plays a lot nicer than keyboard + mouse for games like that. And then there is Pokémon X aswell...

Maybe I'm just suffering from a classic case of: too many games to enjoy and too little time to enjoy them in. Especially since I've been working I'm just noticing I need to make tougher decisions when it comes to dividing my time between all the things that I like and have to do, and let's just say that scheduling/planning/making decisions about my time isn't one of my strong points. Ugh, I really do need to work on this :(

So yeah, with all these schedule conflicts and uncertainty about what to play I'm also not really updating my blog here regularly. A part of me also wants a new background that shows my hunter with the blue alliance symbol behind her and on the other side Sarella as white mage with the Twin Serpent symbol behind her. Not sure how I'm going to get that, but I'll get it somehow!

For now I'm back to managing things on WoW and FFXIV and will blog about stuff again when I find some time to squeeze a writing session in.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

A Noble Hour

Hi everyone and welcome to my weekly series of "A Noble Hour".
What is this you might ask? Well I have decided to start a little project in the weekends on FFXIV. I've started up a new character and will only play her ONE hour on Saturday or Sunday, depending on what day is more convienent to me.
I've started this series to show how "fast" you can do things on FFXIV with only one hour of playtime. This is for the people that really can't play that much and have to plan their playsessions. I'm sure that they have a bit more time than I am taking now but this is just a little experiment from my side to show how easy or difficult it is to manage a game like FFXIV on a limited time schedule.

So without further ado: let's start with a little introduction.

Character name: Sandrian Noble
Server: Odin (EU)
Free Company: None (yet)
Race: Miqo'te
Staring class: Arcanist

What have I accomplished in 1 hour?
Starting level: 1
Level at logout: 6
Hunting log: Arcanist 01, 02 and 03
Gathering/Crafting: - (not available yet)
Activities: I've picked up all low level quests in Limsa Lominsa to kickstart my levelling process and finished all of them. I've also picked up the Main Story Quest but chose not to pursue that further than getting send to Summerford Farms, instead I focused on my lvl 5 Arcanist Class quest and finishing off all the low level quests in Limsa.
Next to this I've picked up my mail that contained 2 Minions and a nice little levelling Helmet that gives +20% experience untill level 10. I've taken part in 3 FATE's, all in Lower La Noscea and picked up the breadcrumb quests to advance in Lower and Middle La Noscea.

So that is what I've been able to do in my first hour on Sandrian. The first few levels always go pretty fast and especially when you do all the initial quests that are around in the city you start in. I suspect that after level 10 things will go a bit slower and then I will also pick up some crafting professions, thus bringing some more variety to my gameplay.

See you next week for another Noble Hour!

Friday, 25 October 2013

I'm Back On Azeroth...

After being WoW-less for about a month and a half the itch finally got too much for me and I resubbed for a month. I'm not really sure why but I just felt the urge to play my Hunter again. Maybe being inspired by playing/seeing people play a Bard on FFXIV while I don't intend to level that class up yet, or maybe because I just missed playing something that shoots pointy things on a high level to start with.

The character I've fled back to is Aylanna, my Hunter. I have two Hunters at max level, one Alliance and one on Horde side (Temarí). It's been one of my favourite classes in WoW for a long time and I actually had a 3rd hunter going up to level 85 in Cataclysm, she was a Worgen, but due to me breaking up with my ex, she was on his server, I deleted her.

Coming back to play Aylanna has been a huge positive thing for me. Playing a Hunter is so natural to me that I can abandon it for months and then pick it up without any loss of skills or classknowledge whatsoever. Maybe I need to check what is the new most important stat but that's it. I know how to play a Hunter and how to get the best possible DPS out of one so that I never feel like I'm behind much, even if my gear isn't up to par compared to the people I play with.

For now I haven't really done much more on her than fiddle around on the Timeless Isle and doing some LFR. I've been lucky though, on my first Celestial kill since coming back I obtained Tier gloves and in LFR I got a shiny trinket and a new necklace, replacing the last two pieces of green gear I had on her and cranking my average ilevel up to 509.

On the front of Final Fantasy I've been busy with my Relic Quest on Sarella. I've completed it up to Garuda HM so the only boss left is Titan and then I should get Thyrus, the Relic Weapon for White Mages. Since Titan is extremely difficult I don't see me downing him anytime soon though which leaves me to farming dungeons for Tomestones to substitute my gear with the Darklight and Cleric set.
I've also been levelling some new classes and have unlocked the Warrior job in the process and am close to unlocking the Monk job, one I will probably level to max level next. I feel Monk is insanely fun to play and it would make a nice DPS class to farm things with when I don't feel like healing.

That's it for now. I'll keep you updated on any news and maybe when I see the time I'll write a review on some of the games I've played and why I think you should, or shouldn't, buy them. Untill then!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

In The Meantime

Last Saturday the game that I've been waiting for for more than 6 months arrived: Pokémon X! I'm very psyched about this since I'm a huge fan of the Pokémon series as a whole and have one game of each generation, except Black/White 2 since I found those to be silly. It's the first Pokémon game for the 3DS and I have to say so far that I'm enjoying it a lot.


I picked the Fire type starter: Fennekin. I really love the way it looks, so adorable, and I've always loved Fire type Pokémon. Seeing as the first Gym is apparently a Bug-type Gym picking the Fire starter is probably the smartest move I've done making that first Gym a piece of pie.
Next to this I've also received the special Torchic via WiFi. This Torchic has a special ability and holds an item so that it can Mega-Evolve in battle once I have trained it up to become a Blaziken.

I've only recently started the game, I'm still only just past Gym number one, but I already notice that the variety of Pokémon you can catch from the start is enormous. From the starter town to the first Gym I've already encountered about 12 different Pokémon to catch. Some are new and some are familiar faces but I want them all anyway. It also gives you more thought about how you want to form your team over the course of the game. For instance I have Fennekin as Fire type, Pikachu as Electric, Pansage for Grass and Azurill for Water. And that's only those four. There's 2 flying types to catch, 2 normal types, 3 bug types... And that's all before the first gym!

I'm curious to see which Pokémon I'm able to get in this game and which ones I will really have to transfer off of my Black to get. For now I'm happily levelling up my Pokémon and catching more and more every day and I'll keep you updated on how it goes!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

I Made It!


I made it! Level 50 White Mage. Late last night I finally dinged level 50. The last level actually went quite smooth. I had saved up my exploration and hunting log and by the time I had done those I had already done 380k out of the 530k experience needed to ding level 50. After catching up with my Main Story I managed to be 30k experience off of dinging so I picked up some random quests from the Scion's Headquarters and delivered them and voila! There I was. Even though it was 2 am I decided I wanted to get the last job quest done so I could get my shiny Healer's Robe, so I did and the above picture is the result of that!

What's next?
Well for now I want to focus on finishing off my main story, so that's doing the last few dungeons, and get my shiny 3rd mount, the Magitek Armor! After that I'm going to focus on getting geared so I can start doing endgame and next to that I will probably pick up professions a bit more again. I decided that I want to combine my professions a bit more, so I picked up Mining and Goldsmithing (I seriously lack good accessories) and am probably mostly going to focus on levelling them first.
Next to this I seriously need to find out what is expected of me on level 50, I read a lot of stuff about relic/pre-relic things, certain currencies you need (Allagan Tomestones?) and high level gear that you can buy and or make. I know that Healing Skill wise I should be fine, I haven't had any complaints so far anyway, but that I need to pick a few more abilities from Arcanist and Thaumaturge to complete my skillset as White Mage so maybe I'll focus on that a bit aswell.

Most importantly I'm going to kick back and be a bit more casual about the game now. The road to level 50 has consumed much time and I feel like I've spent most of my time on FFXIV while neglecting other things that I shouldn't have. When I get a deeper understanding of the class I might write a guide about how to play a White Mage, but for now I'm going to enjoy being level 50 and afterwards we'll see.


Friday, 11 October 2013

Dripping Along


Today marked the first day of ideal gaming weather: cold, windy and rainy. For me personally there's no better weather imaginable to focus on a game for a few hours. It's so nice to be in a different world when you can hear the wind roaring around your house and the rain pouring on your window.
Unfortunately for me I spent the day mostly stuck at work, so gaming wasn't an option... Well maybe some Candy Crush Saga during the moments that I wasn't really doing anything but that doesn't really count as gaming, does it?

Somehow I also feel less guilty when it's pouring out and I retreat to my room to lose myself in a game for a couple of hours. It gives a legitimate excuse to not really do something useful, since the weather is awful anyway, and people don't question why you spend the day alone in your room instead of outside or doing things around the house. You don't WANT to go outside when it's pouring out and rightly so.

I know a lot of gamers have the opinion that the type of weather doesn't really matter when it comes to their gaming habits, but I'm not one of them. When it's cold and rainy out I have absolutely no issues with being inside gaming. Same goes when it's snowing. However when it's spring or summer and the weather is nice and warm I like to be outside and soak in the sunrays. That's also one of the reasons I can really enjoy having a Nintendo 3DS. It gives me the option of gaming wherever I want and when I have the day off and the weather is lovely I can choose to pick up my 3DS and sit in our backyard enjoying the sun while simultaneously trying to catch all Pokémon.
Another thing is that during nice weather I'm much more restless than when the weather is awful. I feel like I have to do something when the sun is shining and the weather is pleasantly warm. Sitting down infront of a computer or TV to play games doesn't really go together that well with being restless so often I choose to do other things than gaming. When the weather is awful and cold I feel much more relaxed and am able to just sit down infront of anything and take hours doing that particular thing. I guess I have the opposite of a winter depression, I have a summer mania!

Perhaps this also explains the ease that I have with levelling on FFXIV and the ridiculous amount of time I have put in the game so far. I think that if the weather would have been nice or if FFXIV had come out at the start of the summer I wouldn't have played it as much as I am doing now. I'm currently level 45 on Sarella and will post an update about her here when she dings 50 and how I perceived the journey towards endgame so far.

Untill then I'll leave you with another rainy picture... To set the mood for gaming!


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Final Fantasy XIV 101: Levelling

Today I've found some time to write down some of my thoughts on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I've been playing the game since launch now and feel like I can publish my opinion on certain things and the first thing I want to topple is.... Levelling!

I'm currently level 37 on my highest class and I've noticed that I've done some stuff that I shouldn't have and how I would do it differently if I were to start over and I would like to share my tips with players that are just beginning or don't very well know how to level up.

1. Stick to your class
Assuming you've done some reading up on what you would like to play in the game I would advise anyone starting to stick to the initial class they pick when levelling up. It's very easy to get distracted with trying other classes but if you want to see endgame you need to focus on just one class and stick to it. Ofcourse you will need to do the associated Job aswell since Jobs usually mean a boost in either DPS, Healing or Tanking skills which are very usefull in dungeons. I personally feel like my healing is much better/easier as White Mage than as Conjurer so I queue as White Mage for dungeons and/or Guildhests.

"But Sandrian" you might say "There's so many things to do and so many classes to play, why should I stick to one at first?"
Well first off Square Enix has implemented a system where every additional class you level next to your first one will receive an experience boost based on the level difference between your highest class and the new class. As you can imagine you get a much bigger experience boost when the level difference is 30 levels than when it is 5 levels. This makes it much easier to level alternate classes and is also extra motivation to level your "main" class/job to max level, to make it easier to level other classes.
Secondly you lose a lot of time levelling other classes, making you reach endgame way after everyone else. If you don't care about the endgame you can ofcourse do what you want, but honestly who doesn't want to be in the fray seeing the last boss and obtaining the best gear? That's why it's better to stick to your initial class, get to endgame, get better gear and then start looking at other classes.

2. Everytime you log out, make sure you're rested
This should really speak for itself. If you're rested you get much more experience from killing monsters than when you're not rested. This boosts the levelling experience a lot and makes it much easier to level up. You know when you're rested when a little moon symbol appears underneath your experience bar as showed in the picture below.


There are two ways to be rested. The first is to return to your main city, this is either Gridania, Ul'dah or Limsa Lominsa, and talk to the innkeep to go into an innroom. If you click on the bed you can choose to log out or exit the game and when you do you're immediatly rested.
If you don't want to go back to your main city, search out a sanctuary. Sanctuaries are usually the towns that have Aetherytes. Once you enter a sanctuary you get rested and logging out in a sanctuary means you will remain rested.

3. Don't be afraid to do everything
There are many ways to gain experience in Final Fantasy. Main story, Class quests, Sidequests, Levequests, Guildhests, Dungeons, FATE's, Hunting logs. There's an abundance of things to choose from and my advice is: do them all. At the start you might not need to do the Levequests but they are a great way to get that last bit of experience you'll need to level up for your Mainstory to continue. New Guildhests should be done as soon as they're available since the first time you get a huge bonus from doing them.
Sidequests not only give great experience, they also sometimes offer really nice gear rewards so keep your eyes open for them.
Hunting logs give an enormous amount of experience and can make the difference in a level up so make sure you keep to them!
Dungeons are a very nice way to level up aswell. They usually give about half a level of experience next to a chance on some nice gear. The queues might be long as DPS but you can just quest and do FATE's while waiting for the queue to pop. Just make sure you're able to switch class when needed!

4. Use your consumables
Something that is quite overlooked but are a huge contribution when levelling up are consumables. With consumables I mean potions, food and medicine. You sometimes get these as rewards from quests and it's a really good idea to utilize them. When it comes to potions and ether I found it very handy to put them on a hotkey on my action bars, as you can see below, so they're more readily available when I need them. Medicine (like antidote and eye drops) I keep in the first page of my bags so when it's really needed I just have to press "I" and can immediatly use them.


Food is something special. Not all foods are usefull for the class you play, however the ones that are should be used a lot. Food gives a buff to your stats making it easier to level but almost all foods also give a +3% experience buff and any experience buff is one you want to have. So if you get food as quest reward and it is usefull for your particular class, use it! I can't stress enough how nice it is to get that tiny little extra boost.

Well that was it for now. There is much more that I can tell about the game but these are the basis things that I think people should know when starting this game. Ofcourse it's all up to you how you want to play, but keeping to this style of play has made me level up so much easier than I thought I would and it works really well for me personally. I'll do some more posts in this fashion, probably talking about Dungeons and Crafting, but for now you'll have to do with this one! Good luck and have fun in your journey through Eorzea!

Friday, 4 October 2013

The Final Fantasy High

The past two weeks I have been losing myself in the vast realm of Eorzea. I'm really loving Final Fantasy 14 and spend most of my time online playing the game.

Currently I've mostly abandoned my Character on the Phoenix server (this is an EU server) because the friends that I went there to play with are hardly online and being online by myself in a Free Company kind of sucks donkeyballs. My main focus has shifted to my little Miqo'te Sarella on the Shiva (EU) server where I have quite an active Free Company. I started as Conjurer on her and am currently level 37 in that respective class and it's associated job, the White Mage. Next to this I've been fiddling around with playing a Marauder (lvl 25 now), Thaumaturge (lvl 15) and Arcanist (lvl 15).

The sheer amount of options this game has to offer is almost exhausting. There are numerous ways to level up with quests and FATE's being the fastest way but if you want you can spend hours doing Guildhests, Leves and Dungeons. Since you can roll any class on one character you don't need alts but levelling them all to level 50 is quite tedious. Hell even levelling one class to level 50 is proving to be quite tedious for me. Maybe because I've let myself be distracted a lot by starting up other classes and crafting classes. Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by all of it and wonder if I'll ever make it to level 50 at all.

So far the Classes/Jobs I've enjoyed the most are White Mage, Marauder and Pugilist. And I feel like I'm only discovering the beginnings of things! There's so much to see, so much to do! AAGHHH! Yeah, I'm going slightly crazy.

Anyway that's what I've been up to the past weeks. I'll make a longer post about Final Fantasy when I can sit down properly to write one, right now I just want to play and not write :)

Cya laters folks!

Friday, 20 September 2013

A Different Route


So as I've told before I wanted to get Ducktales Remastered and I did in August. I have always been a huge fan of Disney and Disney games, I played loads and loads of them on my old Sega console, and when they announced a remake of Ducktales I was ecstatic. I love the game even more so now because I can save inbetween levels and don't have to keep playing untill all my lifes are lost, one of the downside of really oldschool gaming. This allows me to just pick a level, take about 30-45 mins to finish it and then quit the game when I don't feel like doing another level after that. It's a really nice way to play games when you're used to being in games in an everchanging world where you don't really have levels to finish but rather characters to develop.

The concept of picking a level (or more) and finishing that off with an endboss is really very old. It's how all videogames work(ed), look at Super Mario, Sonic, practially all Disney games, Crash Bandicoot, Rayman and many more. However with recent day gaming the developers kind of let go of this and replaced levels with missions that you have to complete in a continuous game. This concept is ofcourse not very new either, it's what most RPG's like Zelda, Final Fantasy and Pokémon are based on. You live from mission to mission, making the character you play with better by fitting them out with new gear or new spells so you can take on harder missions while keeping the game in a continuous flow.

What this means for me as a person is that with most games I own, which are RPG's, I find it very hard to get into the game properly since it takes a while before you can do truly amazing things on your character but I also find it hard to step out of a game once I've properly dove into it. I see it with most of the MMO(RPG)'s I play where I can get lost in for hours and suddenly realize that I haven't done anything I was supposed to do and then berate myself for gaming too much. I don't have this problem with level/endboss based games. I can start up Ducktales for instance, pick a level, do a boss, shut down and go do something usefull. This because you don't really "evolve" during the course of the game. The skillset of the character you play stays mostly the same throughout the game, you can earn power-ups in the levels you play but other than that there's no time commitment when it comes to developing your character and I've found out that this gives me a lot of peace and enjoyment when gaming. Progress is easier measurable, aka I've finished 3 out of 5 worlds in Ducktales now 2 more to go and the endboss and then I've finished the game, and it's easier to get into and out of the game. You can say for yourself: I'll just do this level and then I quit and that feels good to me. I can decide for myself what I want to do in how much time and not have the feeling that I need to keep playing for 5 mins longer so I can get an upgrade or level up and unlock a new spell. It just doesn't exist in level based games and that gives me much enjoyment right now.

This doesn't mean that I'll throw out all of my other games, but in my current mindset I will probably be focussing on playing a lot of Ducktales on my PC and level based games on my PS2 (Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and more) and 3DS (Super Mario). I'll probably post here for now about these games that I play and maybe I'll get back to posting about MMO's and League of Legends on a later time.

For now I'll leave you with another picture of Ducktales, one specifically to show how the new models look compared to the old game. I love what they've done to this game and I hope they will remake more Disney games in the future and let me relive my Sega childhood!


Thursday, 19 September 2013

What If You're Not A Gamer Afterall?

Lately I've been having doubts, struggles even with the fact that I see myself as a gamer. Because I think that's not really the case anymore. Over the years I have bought many games and started them all at some point, but never finished. I have a huge pile of PS2 games lying underneath my bed, scarcely touched because after 10 mins of playing a game I get bored with it. It doesn't absorb me anymore, not the way it used to anyway.

This dilemma has been going on for a while, I've had periods before where I didn't really like any game I played but just logged certain ones because of the people that were online. Sidestep: I have always considered myself to be more of a social gamer, I like interacting with others while I play, it's probably the big reason why I love any form of MMO so much. Sadly for me most of my IRL friends have stopped playing games alltogether. Real Life has taken over in many situations (too bus with jobs, kids, money, boyfriends/girlfriends etc) and it has left me feeling very alone. Sure there are some hardcore people that still play certain games that I play aswell, but they do what they feel like leaving me to fend for myself in the process. And I hate that. I hate having to run around and farm alone, I hate having no social interactions in games, no one to banter with or to compare things with or have fun with. It makes me cranky and upset and more and more I get the feeling that it's being destructive for me as a person.

I get moody a lot, I get cranky and annoyed and I take it out on the people that are dear to me. I lash out and whine and behave like a child because I don't really get what I want. Another side effect is that I can see myself getting more introverted again, a state that I had left behind when I broke up with my most recent ex. My personality is in general one of extraversion, I like having people around and I blend in with any type of personality great. When it comes to friendship I am a huge maintainer, I want to be able to physically touch my friends every now and then and keep extensive contact, because I need that. Not that I need them for my self esteem, I'm perfectly comfortable with who I am, but I need it because that's who I am. I blossom in social situations with many people and I'm a wreck when it comes to having to deal with being alone for extended periods of time. Sometimes I wonder if I have a case of separation anxiety purely because I just want certain people around me in my life and I get really upset when they can't be around me for some reason or the other.

Right now my biggest dilemma is whether I should even bother with buying new games anymore. The only games I can truly say I've played to pieces are World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and my Pokémon games. The former two were because I always had people to play with, the latter is because that's probably the only gaming brand that really captures my interest. My WoW sub is running out and I am probably not going to renew it because I just feel like there's nothing there for me anymore. There's 1 raid per week (a flexraid) that I can join, but I don't want to spend money just to do a once per week raid. Not while I'm also playing FFXIV which costs me money on a monthly basis aswell. And even there I'm having doubts of whether I want to keep playing even though I'm having a lot of fun in a game for the first time in a looooong time. I just don't know anymore right now.

The only thing I do know is that gaming isn't making me happy anymore... And when something isn't making you happy anymore, maybe it's time to move on to something else.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Shooting With Pointy Things

Ranger, Archer, Hunter. Three names for classes in three essentially different MMO's, but when it boils down to it, they all do the same. Every MMO has one of these, a ranged damage dealer that does it's thing with either a bow, crossbow or gun (or some of the more exotic weapons you can equip on GW2), sometimes has a pet and doesn't cast spells. It's the class that attracts me the most in any game. I "main" an Archer on the Phoenix server of Final Fantasy XIV, I have two high level Hunters on the World of Warcraft (and mained one for a period of time in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm) and the character I've spent most time on in Guild Wars 2 has also been a Ranger.

Even though the differences between games are quite big I love the class in general and think I'm most comfortable playing a ranged dps. It even shows itself in a game like League of Legends where I prefer the role of AD carry, champions that stand from a distance and shoot! On Diablo 3 I also leveled a Demon Hunter but due to the group of friends that was I was playing with already having one I never "mained" it, instead I played a Monk because after Hunter my favourite class to play is some sort of Melee, on WoW and Guild Wars 2 it's a Warrior, on FFXIV I haven't really checked yet what I like.

Anyway back to the subject of me playing the "hunter" type class. I'm not really sure why it appeals to me so much. I like not being dependant on mana, even though WoW Hunters used to be but they had a very proficient system for regenerating this mana, and being able to auto attack while from a distance. It gives me a "safer" feel and I don't have to worry about having to stand still to cast spells. Next to this for some reason I have always been able to get much more DPS out of my Hunter on WoW than I was able to with any of my other characters. On FFXIV I see the same with my Archer just being ridiculously damage-y compared to some of the other classes I've tried so far, the only thing I miss on the FF Archer is the fact that I don't have a pet. I feel like it belongs to a Hunter type class but I guess you can't have it all.
Next to this I think I also just like "uniqueness" of the class in most games. It's a midway between playing an auto attack dependant melee character and a mana dependant spellcaster. Hunters are often also a bit more tanky than the squishy spellcasters so that they survive better when it comes down to it and in the case of World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 you have a companion on your travels in the form of a pet. The pet can act as tank aswell giving you an extra buffer of safety.

All in all a Hunter/Archer/Ranger just gives me a nice combination of things to make me feel like it's my favourite class to play in any game. I've been levelling my Alliance Hunter (Aylanna) on the World of Warcraft again and gearing her up with some help of the Timeless Isle to see what I can do still on a Hunter before my sub runs out. Next to this I'm also still levelling my Archer on FFXIV and maybe when time allows it I'll pick up my Ranger on GW2 aswell, for now though I'm still shooting with pointy things and enjoying myself immensly doing so! And I'll leave you with a look at my three lovely ranged characters :) Kassandri Nobre the Archer, Aylanna the Hunter(Cata screen, pre disallowing Hunters from having a Ranged and Melee weapon) and Vayne Redleaf the Ranger.





Friday, 6 September 2013

Final Fantasy XIV: Meet the Characters!

So, for the past week and a half I have been playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn like crazy. It's the first MMO after WoW that has really captured my interest and made me addicted again. I have been toying around a bit with making characters and am currently levelling up 2 on 2 different servers. This because on one server I could log more often during the past week, there were many server issues, and some friends of mine are hanging out on the other server.

My first character is Sarella, a Miqo'te Conjurer who currently resides on Shiva EU at level 22 (as Conjurer) and who has just gotten her own little Chocobo! She aspires to be a White Mage in the future but for now enjoys exploring the world and all it has to offer. As far as professions go, she is currently a Botanist, Carpenter and Leatherworker, all low level.
Here she was as a little level 1 Miqo'te in the Miqo'te starting outfit. Isn't she cute? I really loved levelling on her as Conjurer, it gives me many benefits (mostly instant queues for dungeons and duties) and I like the combination of spells I have making me an excellent Healer but also someone who is able to dish out some DPS. The only downside I am currently experiencing is that I find myself going oom quite fast in solo quests, making me struggle when there are big waves of mobs. Also as Conjurer you do not have much in the way of AOE spells so it can take quite long to get all your foes down... On the second picture you see my Conjurer as she is now, level 22 and on her little Chocobo called Cheri!
I really do love riding around on my mount. It makes it so much easier to go from place to place. Especially when moving to FATE's or when gathering with botanism it's nice to not have to walk everywhere.














The second character that I would like to introduce to you all is Kassandri, a Hyur Archer and my favourite race after Miqo'te (I think everyone loves the Miqo'te!). She's my newest char and situated on Phoenix EU. Type in Kassandri as first name and you'll find her when I'm logged on! To the left is a picture of her on level 1, the right picture is one on level 10 which is also the level I'm currently on.




So there you have it :) My adventures in FFXIV. I'll be playing it a lot and maybe hope to see some familiar faces ingame!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Gamescom And Why It's Bad For Me

So basically the last few weeks/days have been filled with announcements for new games. GamesCom is well under way in Germany and they have been promoting so much good new stuff that it's just not funny anymore.
The biggest nerdgasm of the day for me was the announcement of the Diablo 3 expansion: Reaper of Souls. It looks hella awesome and I will definately be getting it. Inbetween the announcement at Gamescom and the ones at E3 earlier there are just so many good titles coming out that I need to massively save up to get them all.

There are a few games I'm going to get no matter what and a lot of games that I seriously want to lay my hands on and all in all this makes a massive list, which I'm obviously going to post (and update) here on a new page. For now I'm enjoying everything that Gamescom has to offer and hoping for more exciting announcements!

Tuesday Troubles

So, I recently added a "To Do" page where I highlight what I am planning to do during a WoW reset since it's the game I still play the most. Unfortunately for me, planning something to do and actually doing it don't always coincide hence the lack of things crossed off on my to do list. I did manage to level Sanelle a bit and got some time in on Rift.

Even today's post got delayed by a day because there is just too much for me to do and too little time to do it in. I'll be updating my To Do post for this reset but keep things more general. I have been playing games outside of WoW and LoL, it were just not the games that I said I would play in my To Do. Since I'm very very busy again right now I'll give a more extended update later in the week.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

A Few Words on Guild Wars 2

So I've been going through my many many many games and stumbled upon Guild Wars 2. I bought this game when it came out last year, played some but for some reason never managed to get really engulfed into the game. I started it up today and saw that I had missed a lot of content, a 2+GB download proved this to me, and after loading in I immediatly saw the changes they had made to the game. It feels like they upgraded the graphics a bit, they changed abilities (I made a Sylvari Ranger since I've been out of the game for so long I just want to start anew) and they changed the Achievement system. So far I've liked what I saw, especially the chests with goodies you get when attaining a certain amount of achievement points! Unlike in World of Warcraft it really feels like they want you to do things because it earns you bonuses for your characters and I like that.

However, the events in the game just boggle me. I stumbled in halfway through the voting for a new skycaptain with Zephrytes and everything a few weeks back and now it's Queen's Jubilee. I've done some fights on my Warrior but the event itself kind of eludes me. There are apparently hot air balloons and torches and what not and wow it's just all too much. And it's not like you have an event and then have some peace, no the events are being stringed behind eachother in rapid suspension and if you're still a "beginning" player, I consider myself this because I never made it past lvl 25, all of it can be quite overwhelming.

Maybe I have been dumbed down by WoW, maybe I just need to spend more time on getting back into the game... I'll let you know if I'm able to do that or not.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Chapter 1...

So a few days ago I finally managed to finish the first part of the Legendary quest chain in Mists of Pandaria. Yes, a few days ago, you read that right. The reason? Well...

I started out in MoP promising with a guild that would still raid and thus gathered some tokens in the first few weeks of raiding on my Warrior. I didn't really run Looking for Raid because I sincerely hate the system with a passion ever since it came out in Cataclysm so I was already running behind as far as Sigils went. Then my guild ceased raiding entirely and I took a two month break from the World of Warcraft, being completely burned out on the game and all the drama it brought along for me. After coming back from my break I found my Warrior quite lackluster and decided to level my Shaman to have another character at level 90 to play with that wasn't melee (I levelled her as Elemental). Simultaneously I had started levelling my Horde Hunter to be able to play with some of my friends over on the Horde side, I never even started to do LFR on her however because I didn't feel like raiding at all when I came back.
I did do some LFR on my Shaman, mainly with my S.O. who also came back to the game around that time, but never gathered enough Sigils to finish off the quest. Fast forward a few months, I levelled my Paladin and raided on her a bit aswell, gathering Sigils but also not enough to finish the quest (gee, while I'm typing this I see how fickle I can be sometimes).

And so we made it to the present where I decided last week that I should atleast do the whole Legendary thing on one character and picked up my Warrior again because she was farthest along with the quest and finally managed to complete it, picked up a Sha-Touched weapon in the process and am now sporting it with a nice +500 strength gem.. And now I'm back to gathering Valor Points on my way to finishing Chapter 2, a feat that will probably take me a while yet since I don't really feel like raiding... Again!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Gamer's Outrage: Are We All Addicted?

On my Twitter I've seen some posts and tweets flying by about another attempt of the media (the BBC in this case) to put gamers in a dubious light saying that gaming companies need to warn more about the dangers of becoming addicted to games. I've seen mixed responses about this, mostly they go into the general direction that gaming isn't really an addiction, and I felt like I needed to give my opinion in more details about the matter.

First off, I know a bit more about how the human brain works and because I'm running an internship at an addiction care facility I can chime in here with a touch of professionalism. I'd like to make clear first off the bat that anything CAN BE an addiction, this includes social media, games, books, watching television, eating, drugs, alcohol but it doesn't necessarily mean that it IS an addiction if people spend more time doing a certain thing than what is normal in society.
An addiction is a psychological disorder and the most important quality of a psychological disorder is that it disrupts your daily life and routine so badly that you can't function properly anymore. This means that you are unable to hold a job or go to school, are unable to keep social contacts and are neglecting your basic needs as human because you are not able to meet them anymore.
We all know the image of the drunkard that wakes up with a glass of Vodka and goes to bed with three bottles of wine and the cocaine addict that needs to have his lines or else he'll go into physiological distress. The big question is, can this state of mind happen for games? And my answer to this is yes, it can happen and it has happened and it will happen. There are cases, although very few and far inbetween, of people being really addicted to games and the act of gaming. People that lose their jobs, their schooling, their family and friends because the only thing they want, the only thing they need, is to play games. The need to play games overrides any other thought or compulsion the person may have and the most extreme cases of this have been in the media: the stories about men/women/children dying after a marathon of gaming where they wouldn't eat, drink or leave the room. These are prime examples of gaming ADDICTION and unfortunately for the people mentioned it cost them their lives.

However, what the media portray as an addiction is something that is simply not true. I have been a gamer myself for a long time, sometimes I would be more enthusiastic and more willing to spend all my time on a game while sometimes I wouldn't game for weeks while feeling perfectly happy about it. I know many people like me, spending a lot of time on games, getting called "addicted" by your family and/or friends because you spend a lot of time on it. But are you addicted then? I still go to school, I still meet friends, I have a job, I have a boyfriend but I prefer to spend my free time on gaming. For me it is a hobby and I would be bored out of my mind if I couldn't game. This sometimes leads to gaming sessions of 10-14 hours on the weekends. Does this mean I'm addicted? No. Does it mean I spend a lot of time on doing the thing I enjoy, even though it can be frustrating? Yes.

And here is the crux: Why is it normal to take a weekend off to go fishing but not to go gaming? Why is it considered normal to watch TV the entire day, but not to play games? Why is a 40 hour gaming marathon considered pathological but a contest who can sit the longest on a pole considered an achievement?
Because society needs a scapegoat. It's how we work and that will never change and unfortunately gaming is and has been the scapegoat for a while and will be for a long time. Games are made to capture your interest, being them MMO's, FPS's, RPG's, Strategy games or whatever you want to play. Even mobile phone games like Candy Crush can be very time consuming, but that doesn't mean they are addictive nor that they are bad. Personally I have had some gaming marathons with the release of new WoW expansions, were they bad? No, they haven't harmed me in anyway apart from the fact that I was very sleepy after staying up for near 40 hours. If it doesn't affect your normal life, if you still go to school or work, if you still have friends and if you still eat and drink normally, why not have a gaming marathon every now and then?

However if you prioritize your gaming over everything, start abandoning your school, your work, your friends and family and neglecting to take proper care of yourself I urge anyone to seek professional help, because when you crossed that threshhold your hobby has become an addiction and that is not a place where you want to be.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

A Quick One

Since I have been working a lot and have been attending family Bbq's I haven't had much time to game, let alone write a post on this blog. There are a few things that I want to talk about and among them are Guild Wars 2 and how it could have been superiour to World of Warcraft and my discovery of the fact that there will be coming a Final Fantasy MMO which I will definately buy because I have been a Final Fantasy fan since forever. 

Right now however I am on my way to another all you can eat family fest and I'm already dreading it... See you soon!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

So I Went on Safari...

Since my significant other is on vacation and I don't really entertain myself well I decided I would turn my attention to the pet battle side of the World of Warcraft to see if it could keep my attention and if I would enjoy it as much as I enjoy playing Pokémon.

Most of my pets so far have come from achievements, vendors, drops and the pet store and I hadn't spent much time catching pets because I felt like it was boring, however since I'm bored on WoW now anyway that I don't raid I figured I might aswell set out on a quest to catch them all! And so I started yesterday with the Northrend Safari, one that doesn't really require too many pets to catch and if I was lucky I could get my hands on an Unborn Val'kyr, one of the more rare spawns in the game.


And now here we are, about 24 hours later and I have completed my Northrend Safari and... got my hands on an Unborn Val'kyr!! How lucky am I huh? I was also lucky enough to have it snow in Storm Peaks so the Arctic Fox Kit would spawn and so this was probably one of the fastest Safari Achievements that could be done. And doesn't my Paladin look cool with the tiny Val'kyr at her side?


Next up: Outland Safari

Sunday, 28 July 2013

League of Legends: The Climb

So, I haven't played much LoL over the past few weeks, like I didn't play any other games a lot, the heat in my room is unbearable and so I postpone my gaming sessions untill the evenings.

Today I decided to try my hand at some ranked games again, I'm currently in Bronze I (yes yes, I'm a scrub I know) and wanting to make my way up in the world. My aim for now is Gold V before the season ends because I know that when you're Gold you'll get an awesome champion skin like the Jarvan IV skin in Season 1 and the Janna skin in Season 2.

The biggest wall I'm facing at the moment is that I've mostly leveled up as a Support and never really got to practice mid/top/ADC champions because my "friends" were always putting me either in the Support or Jungle role and I'm quite sick of playing that. First off I decided I would just get some AD Carry's because I do like the duolane (I feel safer with someone else in lane next to me) and I got off to quite a good start on Caitlyn, but only being able to play one champion isn't going to cut it, plus the competition for certain spots is quite fierce and I want to be able to carry a game if I want to make it all the way up to the Gold division so for now I just made a new account, buying the champions with IP that I want to be playing on my main account and practising them from low level up and maybe that will help me getting better at the game in general since in ranked queue things will quickly escalate and turn into flamefests when one of the players is underperforming (especially in the lower Divisions like Bronze and Silver) and I do want to get out of there as fast as I possibly can.

I'll be updating my progress every now and then with a little League of Legends posts, what champions I've been playing on and what have gotten me wins in rankeds and I hope I can be able to help out others who are struggling with the same ladder climb as I am.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Parttime Project: Back to the Beginnings

When I was just a wee little gamer taking my first steps in the World of Warcraft it wasn't on an account of my own. One of my ex-boyfriends introduced me to the game and encouraged me to make a character on his account to try out the game in the hope that we could play together. He gave me the booklet to see what races and classes there were and I set out to reading what I wanted to become.

After a long time looking through the book and then fiddling around in the character creation screen I settled for a Female Human Mage, I wanted to be able to fling spells, but not in an evil way and I liked the way Humans looked in their robes. That mage never made it past level 20 because we broke up, but I still have fond memories of running around and exploring the world of Elwynn Forest and Westfall, and also dying a lot. This was when TBC had only just launched and there was no lowered XP to get to max level, mounts were only available from level 40 and higher and clothies were slaughtered easily by any mob you would encounter if you had no idea what you were doing. I can't remember much of the mage, I didn't really get the chance to play her much, only that I chose Frost as specc because "omg I can summon a Water Elemental then" and the only profession I had was Tailoring because it would let me craft my own gear, which came in handy because I had absolutely no money nor help in the game.

Because I do really fondly remember that Mage, and I obviously can't get her or those circumstances back, I decided to start a little project. I made a new Mage on a new server with no money, I changed the race from Female Human to Female Nightelf (I'm a huge Nightelf lover, they're my favourite race in the game) but her main/levelling specc will be Frost, I'll pick up Tailoring as first profession (not sure yet about which one I want as second) and in addition to this I'll be levelling up a new pet team aswell.

And so I present to you: Sanelle with her trustworthy Blossoming Ancient companion. No I don't really name my pets, maybe I'll get round to it someday but for now I wouldn't know how to name them in the first place.


As I said, I'm on a new server with no gold or levelling items to help myself. I have accepted a spot in a social guild to give me that 10% experience boost and because my first Mage was in a guild aswell. I'll be reliant on my own professions and wits to make "a living" for myself on this server. Luckily for me Blizzard has implemented some things to help me gather bags etcetera faster and I will be picking them up when I can, I don't want to be stubborn and not take the handles Blizzard have given me to ease my gaming experience. I've struggled through TBC when it was still hard and prefer not to relive that experience again.

How much time I'll be spending on this project I don't know yet but I'll keep you updated on how it goes, might even get a character feed going if I can get my hands on a decent RSS, but you will see how my pet battle team fares as it will be displayed on the right side of my blog.




Tuesday, 23 July 2013

One Can Only Be So Lucky?

Sometimes I have evenings where the RNG gods smile down upon me and I seem to be able to get what I want in the vast World of Warcraft universe.

From the moment I started playing in TBC I was a collector. Pets and mounts were awesome and I wanted to have as many as I could possibly have. Even if they took up all of my bagspaces (thank you blizzard for making a pet/mount tab!!!). I paid for Epic Flying by the way of Mining on my Warrior and was so proud of myself that I could fly around on Nether Rays when I was level 70. With the introduction of the mount and pet tabs, and me having too much free time, collecting as many mounts and pets as I could became an obsession for me. The character I did this on was my Warrior since she had been my main throughout most of TBC and had already the biggest collection of mounts and pets available. Right before Mists of Pandaria, and with it the new mounts and Battle pets system, hit I was 4th or 5th on my realm (Dragonblight) when it came to collecting pets. The only pets I missed were two of the dragonlings, red and green, the Crawling Claw and the Firefly.
Around the same time I had one of my RNG lucky evenings with seeing an Eye of Sulfuras, Ashes of Al'ar and the offhand Glaive drop. Since I already had made Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros I passed on the Eye so it could go to my significant other, but I did win Ashes and the Glaive that night.

Fast forward to June 28th. I decided to do one more pet run with my significant other for the two pets that I still missed for my "Raiding with Leashes" achievement. They both dropped. Feeling lucky I abandoned my running mate to clear Karazhan and to my big astonishment I saw the reins of the Fiery Warhorse drop. I think I blew out my partner's eardrums on Skype with the scream I did, but boy was I happy!


And now, more or less one month later I had RNG on my side again and managed to finish off "Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition" bringing me to a total of 284 pets.
This has given me the push to pick up pet and mount hunting again, I'm levelling a Blood DK to level 90 so I can start solofarming Dino Island, and maybe more. Currently I can still get many many pets, but I think I'll start of with the Safari Achievements and take it from there and see...

If you're curious as to what other rare mounts and/or pets I have collected, you can click the armory link on the right side of my page to see my Paladin and the mounts/pets I have on her and also the Feat of Strength mounts/pets I have, which are quite plentiful. For now I'm off to pet hunt again!

The Why and How of Aeternus Gaming

Hey everyone and welcome to my blog. In this first post I'd like to explain the choice of name and a little bit about me and my gaming history.

First off: Why Aeternus Gaming? Well Aeternus is the WoW guild that I have called my home for the past 2 years, I'm an officer there (and kind of co-GM) and most of my characters call this guild their home. I've met my significant other in this guild and made many many friends besides that and I don't really think I could call anywhere home but there right now (although I do make some side-trips to other servers here and there).
So in honor of my guild, this blogged is named Aeternus Gaming.

Now a little bit about me. I've started my gaming career quite early on like any kid of my generation. You either had a Nintendo (NES or SNES), Playstation or in my case Sega Mega drive when you were growing up and it was the time that the first few computergames were introduced. I look back fondly on those times where I would play Disney games untill my thumbs hurt on my Sega only to switch to play some Sims or Rollercoaster Tycoon on my computer. For the long travels I frequently had, big family living far away and such, my parents got me a Gameboy Pocket with some games and that has made me fall in love with handhelds untill this day. They're nice and easy to carry along with you and I find it very comforting to just pick my Nintendo 3DS and sit somewhere in a corner and get sucked up into a world for a few hours.

More recently my main addiction when it comes to games has been World of Warcraft. I started to play the game in July 2007 and have only taken one big break during my entire career on WoW and this was when Diablo III came out. It was at the end of the Cataclysm expansion, Aeternus as guild had ceased the raiding and a large group of us had acces to Diablo due to the Annual Pass Blizzard had thought up. From July 2007 to July present I have played many characters as main, sometimes I would switch because of Guild interests, sometimes because I felt like I wanted to play a different character than I was currently playing. The only character that has been constantly with me throughout my travels is my warrior Sandrian. She was the first character I made on my account and will probably always be my off and on main. Right now however I find the most enjoyment in playing my Paladin Fiorentin, hence I show her achievements on this blog since it's the character I'm playing the most.

Next to World of Warcraft I've been known to try out other games every now and then. Some games stick more than others but I'm always up for trying something new. This has led me to the realm of having too many games to play and too little time to play them unfortunately. Right now my main focus is World of Warcraft with League of Legends on the side but other games I play are Assassin's Creed III, Tomb Raider, Civilization V, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS), The Sims 3 and numerous games on my iPhone (unfortunately I have to admit that I'm quite addicted to Candy Crush Saga). With this list of games, knowing that I'm by far not done with them all, there aren't many new games coming out that draw my eye. Some games I have set aside temporarily because I have played them too much and feel like there's not much I can do in the game itself (Diablo III being an example of this) or because I'm in a state of mind that the game itself can get very stressful and not fun to play anymore (Battlefield 3 is an example of this, I've managed Captain rank but no more than that).

When I don't game I enjoy some time to myself to read (currently making my way through The Song of Ice and Fire, I'm in book 4: A Feast for Crows) and watching League of Legends streams, especially the LCS (League Championship Series). Next to that I work and study, like hanging out with my friends and workout during the weekends: aka a very normal life for a not so very normal girl, or so society says.

Anyway, you'll be reading of my adventures in (mostly) World of Warcraft on this blog but I won't hesitate to post about some other games that I play either. I hope you'll enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it...