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Wow . . . Purdy!

This big dragon was parked over Stormwind when I logged in after a bit of hiatus.

Apparently, someone has gotten the Legendary Weapon!  Nice!

Reminds me of back in the day when I got the WinterSpring Frost Saber and the Furblog Exhaulted achievement when it meant something!

The King of Ironforge (Alive back then) would announce you as being an ambassador!  Newbees would constantly ask me where I got the mount.

It used to take months to do either achievement.   Probably can do them quickly in my sleep now.

If the King of Ironforge is dead, who makes the announcement  now????


I Am the “King” of the Mountain!

More BlizzCon pictures from the seat of the Ice Throne!  If only my toilet was built like this!!

Between my cell phone and camera, I am still finding pics that I took at BlizzCon 2011.

Goblin Engineers are everywhere

There was a wall to write your name on that was later defaced by some guild or player that covered up a majority of names.   A second wall was made available later and my wife and I got our names up on that one also!

Luckly, Zaren, (next to Stap) managed to find a spot on the original wall out of the way of taggers that wanted to monopolize wall space.

My Lovely Wife (Princess!) managed to find a spot on the wall also!

Some fantastic artwork donned the floor of Blizzcon!

I wouldn’t want to see this guy coming full speed towards me . . ever!

An awesome statue of “Tyrael” from Diablo.

I’ve said it before . . . Dranaei chicks are hot!

It wasn’t REALLY warm that day, but Dude HAD TO BE SWEATING in this thing!

She was just HOT!  Mmmmmm!

My first Blizzcon was very awesome! 

It was nice to be in a place where Geeks and Nerds could just be Geeks and Nerds!  We Owned the Streets during those days!! NO ONE was gonna mess with us!!

Coming from Chicago, I get different vibes about places I visit in my travels.  Anaheim, California felt very safe and relaxed to walk around in.

I dare say that even if trouble were to befall convention goers there in Anaheim, Horde would help out Alliance and Visa Versa.

More to come about Mist of Panderia!

Breakfast Topic: How Would You Improve Leveling in WoW?


There has been much debate about whether the streamlined leveling is beneficial to the player’s experience in the World of Warcraft.

 For the new player, it’s a double-edged sword.  Yes, you can level faster to catch up with your friends, however, the new player may be missing out on the repetitious play that allows the player to learn their character’s abilities. 

If you join a level 25 guild (in the current system) that has all the guild perks, your leveling will go much faster than a player who doesn’t join a high-end guild. 

Add to that the benefit of Bind on Battle.net Account gear and the leveling experience becomes a cake-walk according to veteran WoW players.  I’ll even add to this mix a good Leveling Guide and some dungeons and the new player will find themselves doing less than half of the quest that were picked up in their current zone.

I, however, am of the school of thought that new players should get as much time as possible learning how to effectively play their characters.  New players should be required to level a base character (level one) to at least mid-range on the current leveling scale.

 But what about the veteran player?  I (like a lot of current players) have numerous alts.  Rolling a new alt every time I want to learn how a different class plays is not a good time!  (once you get past level 60)

 NOTE: Now I know Blizzard HATES the use of the word “HERO CLASS,” but they did use it in the beginning with Wrath of the Lich King, right?

 I’m not suggesting a “HERO CLASS” per se.  I’m suggesting a subscriber option that would be similar to how Death Knights start out in the game.

 This option (obviously) would be available to the veteran player.  And let’s make it only available to a player that has leveled a character to level cap.  This means you must have an account that you have leveled a character from level one to level cap.  (level 85 currently) 

I would even entertain a requirement to have a certain expansion or charge a small fee for this option!

 This would open up an option to create alternate characters that will start at level 55 with a mount and armor equivalent to level 65 or 70 content.

 A veteran player would then be able to create characters that would be available to Raid in a relatively short period of time.  This would help with the drop off of players during slow months like the summer months. No longer would you have to scourer the Looking for Guild Tool, or spamming capital city and trade chat for appropriate classes. 

 It would also allow diversity in guild groups as guild members would have access to the three roles needed for raiding.  Need a different healer type?  Chances are that someone in the guild will be able to have that class available in a short period of time.

Breakfast Topic: How Long Do You Take to Create A Character?

I like to roll alternate characters to level, because I like leveling.

I especially like the lower levels where you don’t have all of the abilities for the class that you have chosen to roll. It makes it interesting! There’s nothing like trying to kill a mob by pressing a key bind that does not exist for the current character. Plus I like the whole Golden Aura you get when you Ding a new level!

This time, I attempted to put more effort in the character’s creation. That way, I will feel a little more connected to the character and want it to progress and become more powerful.


Alliance.  I already have a Tauren one.  (5 minutes)


Human.  I haven’t had one of those in a while. (about 10 minutes including bathroom break )


Male.  (1 minute – didn’t want to be “that guy” ya know? )


Paladin. (0 minutes – already wanted to roll one)


Now this is gonna take some time!

Do I want the character to look like someone or like me?

Do I want gray hair so that he looks wise and battle worn or some other color?

Should he be clean shaven or have a mustache or even a beard?

Should he look angry, determined, clueless?

For some reason, the face option took longer to decide that the name! I mean I want him to look fierce, but I don’t want him to look like that all the time.  (32 minutes)


I gave him my real life name. I may change it later. Who knows?  (10 minutes)

(So long story short it took 58 minutes to create my new character! WoW!)

How much effort do you put into creating a new or alternate character?


The Birth of Zaren

A guy like this scared the crap out of me when I was a newbee!

Once upon a time (a long time ago) in the world of Azeroth . . .

There was a young human named Zaren.

Zaren had run carefree round the forest of Elwynn and enjoyed the love of friends and family until adulthood when he was recruited to fight for his King and nation.

He traveled to the village of Northshire where he began his training as a Warrior to defend the Kingdom of Stormwind. 

One of his first tasks was to go into Echo Ridge Mine and rid the area of a Kobold infestation.  From level one to six (because he didn’t know any better back then) he spend time in a mine killing Kobols and taking their candles for some reason.  He also found that with each kill, he was awarded a small amount of copper.  “Hmmm,” he said.  “I could probably buy a new sword if I earn enough copper!”  So Zaren killed and killed kobolds until one day, he had amassed 75 silver!

“Huzzah!  I will have a gold one day! ” he exclaimed.  So Zaren continued to slaughter poor little Kobolds until one magical day, his heavy copper and silver ladden pouch suddenly became lighter!  Upon inspection, he found that all the coins he had accummulated dissappeared and in its place was a solitary gold coin!

Zaren couldn’t believe it!  “I’m gonna get the best sword ever!!” he thought to himself as he ran over to the arms vendor.  Zaren didn’t like the selection that the vendor had and knew that if he traveled to Stormwind, he would find a sword worthy of a Warrior who has downed a multitude of Kobolds. 

When his leave time was approved, he followed the road that would lead to Stormwind.  Along the way he saw many other souls that were similar in appearance to him.  He also saw the occasional traveler on a great mount wearing shiny armor and wondered where the traveler had come from and what adventures he could tell.

After a bit, Zaren found himself getting close to a village named Goldshire.  He decided to cut a little bit through the forest, because he had heard the residents of Goldshire was a rowdy bunch and he had no time for distractions.  Zaren was on a quest for a proper sword.

For his efforts, Zaren encountered a couple of wolves that seemed to want him for supper!  Zaren used every bit of his might, agility and cunning to escape the jaws of the deadly beasts and escaped to within an inch of his life.

Zaren stood at the gates of Stormwind and froze as he gazed at the gigantic statues that lined the path to the inner city.  All kinds of travelers and towns people were coming and going.  He stopped to read the names and descriptions and he was full of wonder and pride to join the ranks of heroes who defend Stormwind.  One day he would be a great hero too, he thought.

Clearing his head, he set back to the task at hand.   He stopped a Stormwind Guard to find the location of the nearest weapons dealer and was given a map to the vendor’s location.  Upon arriving at his destination, he promptly slammed his gold coin on the counter and said, “One of your finest swords, vendor!”

The vendor looked at Zaren.  Then at the single gold coin.  Then back at Zaren.  The vendor said, “You need about 19 more golds to add to that, son.”  Zaren was crushed!   ” How am I supposed to get that kind of money??”  Vendor said one word,  “QUEST.”

Dejected, Zaren walked the city trying to figure out what to do.  He was gonna be due back at Northshire soon and suddenly he saw a strange sight.

It was a large Warrior wearing heavy bright armor ladden with gems that sparkled.  He was  riding what looked to be . . . a Ram? 

He had never seen such a beast before.  It looked so big to him.  He had to investigate.

 Zaren walked up to the Ram apparently forgetting that there was a rider on it.  He looked the Ram up and down.  He ran circles around the beast to get a look at if from all sides.  He got real close to it and backed up for a wider view.  It was almost as if Zaren was some kind of insect the way he circled the beast to get a good look.

Zaren had totally forgotten about the Rams rider who apparently had noticed the annoying little human.  In an effort to find out what Zaren wanted, the Warrior rider turned his mount abruptly toward Zaren.  Startled by the abrupt move and the size of the rider and mount, Zaren scurried off out of the city back to the road to Northshire.

While avoiding all the obstacle on the way to Northshire, Zaren vowed to himself to become one of the greatest Warriors that Stormwind will ever see.

Some of you may now that Zaren is now a Tauren Warrior for the Horde.  How did that happen?  Well, that’s a whole other story . . .  


Transmogrification . . . Thanks, I Think?

Blizzard has released what Transmogrification is all about:

“The Ethereals, emerging from the nether, will bring with them a new technology they call Transmogrification. They’re heading to the capital cities of Azeroth to set up shop and to offer adventurers a unique service — copying the appearance of one magical item onto another. They only ask for a modest gold donation to recoup their costs.”

“Visiting a Transmogrifier will present players with a new interface that will allow them to change the appearance of an item while retaining its original stats. “

I like the idea of changing my armor to look like an armor set I previously loved but with the stats for the current level of gear I am wearing.

I have always loved the Dreadnaught Battlegear from the old 40-man Naxxramas Dungeon.

Putting the old stats and bonuses aside, I loved the color, the skulls and animation that this tier 3 set for Warriors had. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t do any real Raiding until after the realsease of The Burning Crusade expansion.  I wished I could form a raid with my alt and just solo what I needed, but alas, my Warrior, Zaren, would never have the honor of wearing the Dreadnaught Battlegear!

With the release of Wrath and Naxxramas moving to Northrend, a friend told me that there would be a Dreadnaught set available.  I was estatic!!  Zaren was at the appropriate level for the content and in a guild that was ready to run Nax!  JOY!!!

Alas, it would not be the same.  The Dreadnaught’ Battlegear had much better stats, but it’s animation and styling seemed watered down.  (to me at least)

IN comes Transmogrification!  Now I can make my current set look like Dreadnaught . . .


You have to HAVE in your possession the gear that you want your current gear to look like????  AAARRRGGHHH!

Anyway it probably will be a good option for a horder that has several sets of gear clogging up his/her bank. 🙂  I used to be that way too!  All through Burning Crusade, and Wrath, I had several gear sets that I kept for sentimental reasons I guess.  Besides, I spent WAY too much time and effort to get them, can’t cash them in, and did not plan to delete them.

Until Cataclysm came.  New talent trees, new mechanics, new stat weights. . . seemed like I would never wear my old gear sets ever again.  So I deleted them! 😦

Who knew Blizzard would come up with this idea AND JUST AFTER I deleted my old gear sets???

Blizzard used to cling to the silhouette theory that you can’t change the cosmetic look of your gear because you should be able to identify a character’s class and race by the silhouette of said player’s gear.  Now they’ve thrown that out the window essentially!

Well, I guess I can craft an Imperial Plate Armor set, grab my Aegis of Stormwind Shield from my bank along with my Stormwind Tabard and walk around Stormwind pretending to be a Stormwind Troop.  Could be interesting in a dungeon especially on the Horde side! 🙂

I personally would like an advanced version of Character Creation/Editing.

This way, I can customize my characters body features and dimensions. 

And NO, I would not be the guy that would want the slide bar for “Chest” and then make all my female characters Double D Bimbos. . . hmmm . .



I would also REALLY like to be able to change the color of my gear rather than make it look like an old gear set I used to have.  And yes, I would make all my gear Black . . . cause it’s cool!

But I guess beggars can’t be choosers!  And with Blizzard Entertainment I guess the formula for change is to complain about something for years and eventually you’ll sort of get what you want! 🙂

I’d be interested in what everyone else thinks of the changes!

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

So Much Has Happened


 After a long day at work, I sat down to my computer to relax.  I loaded WoW and decided to give my Shaman, Dgilbert, some more attention.  (her jewelcrafting will save me some gold down the line)  She had recently dinged 68, so I got her cold weather flying ability from the trainer and rushed out to Northrend. 

When the loading screen appeared, it hit me how there are so many things that new WoW players have missed out on. 

My wife asked me if that was the Lich King that I used to talk about.  I said, “Yes, and No.” 

My wife has gotten snippets from me of the goings on of the game during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, (she’s now showing more interest in the game) but I found that just explaining the first picture was going to take a bit of time to explain.   This would take away from my “relax time”, but I enjoy when she wants to know more about the game I love.  As they say.  A picture is worth a thousand words! 🙂

Of course we know that the first picture is the Great Tirion Fordring who took the Lich King crown after the defeat of Lich King Arthas.  (There must always be a Lich King) 

She asked why he looks like that.   And I told her that he consumed and was changed by the fires from the Red Dragonflight used to cleanse the area of a plague unleashed by the forsaken. (Of course I explained the back story, but I’m not typing all that)

She apparently never saw or paid attention to this loading screen back when I played the Lich King expansion:


 Go to Northrend and you won’t see this picture load again. 

This guy was the reason I logged on for so many hours.  To level my character to get a chance to fight this smug Son of A @#$%&*.

So I explained to her why there must be a Lich King and why the first loading screen is really a sad reminder of a time gone by rather than an inspiration for the gameplay that is about to happen.

But for a new player, this will be totally missed. 

And maybe that’s why so many veteran WoW players get burned out and leave the game.  You get ready to play and the loading screen shows you where you are about to enter the world then the memories of how difficult it used to be pop into your head.  And even though you’re rolling and alternate character that is at the appropriate level for this content . . . it will NEVER be to same experience.  All the wonder is gone, cause you learned to play several characters (hopefully) and know the basic mechanics.  So basically the REAL challenge of learning on the fly is gone.

We all remember HATING to see the Deadmines loading screen, right? (or whatever your dreaded dungeon was)   My experience as a tank was seeing that smug bastard then joining a group and seeing this loading screen:

As a Warrior Tank, I HATED THAT PLACE with a passion!!!  I had difficulty with AOE threat and over zealous Dps!  Ugh!

New players will not know that uneasiness, because it will just be another leveling zone.  And even if they experience some sort of awe in the design and play of this zone, it will NEVER compare to what we experienced when the zone was relevent.

Personally, I love World of Warcraft.  I hope it never ends!  While I guess I will eventually find no challenge in the game in the future, but I can see myself logging on and exploring and rolling class and race combinations that I haven’t fully explored yet.

Well, enough with the buzz kill . . . . time to attack Northrend from the other side of the continent this time!  Weeeeeeee!

Starting a New Character?

A few days ago, Ty Briggs over at Wow Insider posted a breakfast topic:  “What class should a brand new player pick?”

I have tried (for a few years) to get my wife to play WoW with me.

Side Note:  My wife loves the human characters while I prefer to be furry.   (Something about a tail she doesn’t like.)  This isn’t a picture of our characters, but would probably represent our personal choices.

When I was single, my (now ex of course) girlfriend would play an online game with me in 4 player mode.  We would KILL the other two opponents (who may or may not know each other) and it was a great feeling having that person backing you up in a game!  I’ve had that feeling with guild members, but it’s not the same as having that person right there with you.

Upon hearing news that we have tickets to BlizzCon, (something I’ve never been to) my wife began to show an interest in rolling a character.  “I guess I should try to learn how to play, so I won’t be following you around BlizzCon all day,” she said. 

 She would have been happy just to go to California during the beginning of our cold season at home.  However, I think it’s because I told her BlizzCon is an all day two-day event and I probably would not see her until the end of the day each day.

I’m excited, because I really want to share my love of WoW with her!  She has asked questions about WoW, but I really can’t just explain what I love about the game without her being in it with me!  You have to experience it for yourself to understand.

During my earlier WoW playing days, she  would ask questions about WoW  but the expression she had was that of someone watching another person waste their time with some stupid game.  Back then, she wasn’t aware  that the game involved some math; people skills; priority setting; money (gold) budgeting; strategy; stat maximizing; the ability to not take too many things personally; and learning the different race, classes and abilities for Alliance and Horde characters. 

If it was just killing stuff, she should know that I would bore of it quickly, right?

Anyway, that was the past.  She saw me leveling a character I made specifically for her (some time ago) for us to level together.  This toon had been my private guild’s banker forever and forever at level 12.  Since I needed a jewelcrafter on the Alliance side, I decided to level “her” character and make it a jewelcrafter/miner.

At the time, I was questing/gathering.  I remember her saying, ” Is that my character?  I hope she isn’t a spell thrower!”  LOL  Actually, this was a good statement, because I immediately knew that she didn’t want to play a clothy.  Luckly, she character is an Elemental Shaman.  She got to see how bad ass her toon can be when it wants to be.  Suddenly, it was jumped by a bunch of mobs. (my fault really)  My wife’s character owned them in seconds.  So fast that she was like, ” did you kill them all?”  Hehe…yes, of course!

She said she liked the toon I made for her.  However, I told her to play this one, she had to roll another from level 1 so that she will learn the right way to master her abilities.

This is a good thing too, because I can then roll a healer type to back her up.  I already have several healing characters, but I want her to get the “real feel” of leveling a toon.

Some of my friends have tried to warn me about getting my spouse to play.  They would site that she will probably always want to borrow your stuff or your gold, so be prepared. 

I said, no worries!  Just like in real life, she needs a profession so she can pull her own weight!  🙂