Wednesday, 13 August 2014

10 years, 10 questions

So there is a little community event going about the 10 years of World of Warcraft, started by Alt:ertnative Chat 
Nostalgia is worth quite a bit of currency for Blizzard, as we’ve seen from Thursday’s announcements concerning the 10th Anniversary celebrations. As I prepare to take a break from actual Podcasting I’m not stopping the process however, anything but. In fact, part of the reason for taking a break is so I can start preparing for a project that I’ve been planing for a while now, and which I think it’s high time to share with you guys and at the same time ask you for help. My forte has always been sound, and as a result I’ve decided to launch a Project which is nothing at all to do with me and absolutely EVERYTHING to do with you, and the memories you have of World of Warcraft over the last 10 years.
Hence the 10 YEARS :: 10 QUESTIONS project was born, and I need your help to make it a reality.
What’s this all about, I hear you ask? Well, it is very simple: I want to ask AS MANY PLAYERS AS I CAN FIND the same ten questions about their time in Warcraft. The more responses I get, the easier it will be to build a balanced and comprehensive picture of what matters to players after a decade: what they remember, what Warcraft has given them as an experience and most importantly the legacy of the game for players as we move into the NEXT ten years of Warcraft’s life. That means getting the word out everywhere: social media, other sites, and I’m not just looking for current players either. I’m attempting to contact ex-players too for their responses because this isn’t just about the people who remain, I grasp that those who have left have as much to say on this as the existing playerbase.
Here is my entry...

1. Why did you start playing World of Warcraft?
Well, my ex-boyfriend at the time was playing it and got me curious, since he knew I liked games. I made a character on his account in March 2007 and have been playing on and off ever since. Right now I'm at an extended break untill patch 6.0 hits.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
My first ever character was one on the account of said ex-boyfriend. After doing some research, and after him telling me not to make a Night Elf druid because he had one, I settled for a Female Human Mage. I figured it would be fun to sling spells everywhere. That character has unfortunately been lost because we broke up.
My first character ever rolled on my own account was a Female Human Warrior and she still exists on my account till this day only she is now a Female Night Elf  who hasn't been logged for a while as you can see.

3. Which factor determined your faction choice in game?
Well, I'm not sure actually. I rolled Alliance at first because well, that's what I got introduced to. I didn't roll a Horde untill Wrath of the Lich King where you could have both factions on the same (PvP) server. After that I've played both factions but have always preferred Alliance because of Nightelves and Draenei. The Horde characters that I do still play are Bloodelves and a Panda. I like prettiness when I have to look at my characters and most of the Horde races just don't fit that standard for me.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
I have to say the first time I entered Serpentshrine Caverns with a full 25 man group here. It was the first time I had ever done content harder than Karazhan and I was very very impressed by how it all went. My computer was absolute balls at the time so on Morogrim Tidewalker I was literally stuck for a minute when the murlocs spawned but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
This is a tough one to answer. I am a collector in general so when achievements got implemented it was a very good day for me. I also still like to collect mounts but have dropped the collecting pets a little. The reason for that is mostly because I am not a huge fan of Wowkemon. I had almost all pets available ingame before the introduction of Wowkemon and suddenly found myself lagging behind on other collectors after the introduction. It's then that the enjoyment of the pet collection lost it's shine for me.

6. Do you have an area that you always return to?



One of my favourite area's in game was Azshara, pre-Cataclysm. It had a wild feel to it with lots of secrets and mysteries. Whatever did happen to Timbermaw Hold? And the dialogue with the ghostly dragon there, if you were on the quest, was amazing. Sadly they remade the zone for Cataclysm and so I can never really return. I think if I have to pick an area where I would rest my character when the servers go offline for the last time it would probably be Nagrand. So green and peaceful.

7. How long have you /played and has it been continuous?
Seeing as I don't have gametime at the moment I can't really check, but assume that my playtime has been pretty long across all my characters, with my Warrior having the longest.
It has not been continuous. I have taken several breaks, starting with when Diablo III came out but also a few months after MoP release and again now.

8. Admit it, do you read quest text or not?
Yes and no. I try to read all the quest text the very first time I level/play through an area. I like lore and want to know what's going on. Every character that follows after I don't read anymore.

9. Are there any regrets from your time ingame?
Too many to name here. They come down to a few basic things.
I mostly regret not being able to pick a main character and stick to it. The only character I have played continuously throughout my 7 years on WoW is my warrior, but I have main switched more than I can justify. I see the same happening in other games now, I guess I'm not really cut out to just pick something and stick to it.
My other regret is letting my choices be influenced by my SO who I was playing with at the time. It led me to abandon a marvelous guild and my hunter who I loved so much back then. After that I decided not to move or do anything if I didn't wanted to myself.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside of gaming?
Hmm. Well it has found me friends and more. I found one of my exes on the game and we were together for 3 years.
Other than that it has been my escape from a troubled home situation for a long time. Although I'd like to say it didn't influence my school/studies, it did. I did manage to finish high school, a bachelor's and a master's degree, just a bit slower than I should have.
I never let the game get in the way of my social life though but there was a time where I considered myself to be addicted, especially during TBC and WotLK where I would play for many hours where I should have been studying.

So yeah this was my take on the 10 years, 10 questions. I hope you enjoyed the read :)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Chopping Away...

DING! 50!


Botanist level 50, I thought I would never make it. But yesterday I finally did. And I'm so happy! It's the first class that isn't a battle class that I managed to get to 50, and boy it has been a grind.
I used up all my rested xp, company seals, about 40 vials of cordial and 2 stacks of food (and multiple FC buffs) but it was all worth it. I immediatly picked up most of the best in slot gear and now I just need to (over)meld it to get to gathering the nodes I need to get even better gear. I hope I can make some nice money of the botanist, but I'll have to see. For now I'm just squeeing over all the new things I'm exploring as botanist.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Struggles

This post might come as a surprise after my previous happy post full of updates and pictures, but I feel the need to put it out there anyway.

For a while now I've been struggling with being a "gamer". I notice it a lot on the weekend nights, Friday and Saturday, where I sit at home and play games while I feel like I should be doing something else. Mind you, it's not like I don't have a social life at all. I still see my friends and am out of the house a lot, but still.
Right now I'm in the position that I still live at home with no income and with people I don't really like. My friends have all moved away, the closest one is a 15 minute drive by car now and I'm not really interested in "bar hopping" by myself.
Thus I turn to gaming. I have a lot of "online friends" who are gamers like me. Although I have fun with these people and have some sort of bond with them, it's not the same as having real fun with real people. And after a while I find myself shunning the group of people I usually hang out with and retreating into a depressive state where I don't like anyone or anything.

I've thought long and hard about why I have these moments where I absolutely despise logging or starting up any game imaginable. Is it because I'm unemployed right now? Maybe. I have more time to play than ever and when you spend hours and hours on a game it gets boring fast. However when I still had a job I've had more than enough of these moments aswell.
Is it because I feel lonely sitting behind my PC every night? Maybe. I'm used to being alone, being raised as an only child, and I've always found ways to entertain myself so this is nothing new. However I'm actually a quite extraverted person and I thrive in social situations. I love the buzz of people around me and I'm happiest when I'm in the big city where people are lively and abundant. I like doing new things and meeting new people and that's not really something you do sitting in your room behind a computer. I also miss the social connections sometimes. Like I said, I have many online friends, but somehow it still feels shallow compared to the rich real life friendships I have.

Gaming has long been my escape from the big bad outside world. But now that I've finished my university and my life is actually settling down I feel it to be unhealthy to escape to a game when I feel like shit. It's distraction, but it doesn't make me feel better. Actually I often feel worse when I feel stressed or depressed and I start up a game. I feel like I'm avoiding why I feel this way by escaping into a game instead of tackling the issue head on.

Maybe I'm just very very bored at the moment and is this clouding how I feel about games. I'm not sure. All I know is that I'm slowly slipping into a phase of being unhappy with what I do and that I feel like shunning games as much as I can but still returning to them because there is little else to do. Which in turn kind of makes me despise the games I'm playing, thus making me more unhappy.

Maybe I'm just whiny, who knows. When I talk to my online friends they don't really feel the same way. They find other games to enjoy or are able to just lay the game down. I don't want to game hop too much however, mostly because of limited finances. I have tried to quit games, restrict my gametime or just play one game for a while. And although this works for a while I find myself logging more and more hours on more and more games untill I'm back to sitting behind the PC for hours and hours every day and feeling bad about it.

I don't know if anyone else has struggled with these feelings and how they've tried to fix it, but I do hope I'm not alone in feeling this way...

Updates and pictures

It's been rather quiet on the blogosphere of late. Maybe it's because of the holidays, maybe it's because a lot of people quit playing Wildstar (myself included) or maybe it's just because there is nothing to blog about.
I myself fall into the last category. Well not entirely. I have tons and tons of things to blog about, but I just can't seem to get it in writing.

Right now however I have achieved a lot of things on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn that I just HAVE to share it with everyone.

First off: my static Coil group has made it to turn 9. Or the Second Coil of Bahamut Turn 4, whatever tickles your pickle. Unfortunately I wasn't there for our first turn 6 clear, but I am there on the kill screens of the turn 7 and turn 8 kills.
On the turn 7 picture I'm standing to the far right, on the turn 8 one I'm standing on the far left. And no I'm not the big burly Roegadyn ;)



I'm very proud that my team has come this far. We are currently competing over the first turn 9 clear in our Free Company with another coil group and we hope and pray that we get it first. But for that we will need some more gear...

Speaking of gear, my Animus bow is coming along nicely, I'm currently working on book 7/9 and I hope to be finished next week. After that the big grind for Novus begins, but I'll comment about that in another post.


Speaking of gear. I have been having fun with some glamours to make my character stand out among the crowd (see above picture). You need to see glamours as a sort of transmog from WoW but a bit different. Luckily for me one of the healers in my coil group is a master crafter and had an awesome looking chestpiece "lying around". Mind you this chestpiece is worth 1 million gil on the Marketboard so I was kind of stunned he just gave it to me. For reference, it's the Augmented Saurian Tabard of Aiming and for anyone who plays endgame, you know how ridiculously expensive this thing is as normal quality... This one is high quality. Anyway, I do believe Sandrian looks awesome in this look so I think I'll keep her this way for a while.

Another interesting thing that I did was finally bring Sarella over from Shiva. And turn her into a Hyur because having two Miqo'tes is kind of meh.
I've been mostly using her as Botanist so far, currently level 31, but main Monk on her, a class that I thoroughly enjoy. I'm currently in what I believe a very sexy gearset for botanist so ofcourse I had to share this with you guys. The set that you see here is one that I crafted myself on Sandrian and I'm damn proud of it!


For the near future I hope to level Sarella to level 50 botanisht and show off that gear and clear turn 9 and get my Animus weapon on Sandrian. Which I ofcourse will show off aswell.
I can't make any promises about blogging more, but I will try to put an update of my activities every now and then.