Time to hop back on the merry-go-round

March 11, 2010

Well,  after a month of being mostly AFK (ok that’s slightly a lie, I was AK -at keyboard?- but was cheating on wow with another gamelookit all my purty toons!) I’m feeling like I should probably finally make my return to Azeroth. I’ve been keeping tabs on the recent PTR changes and with patch 3.3.3 looming I feel like I need to pick Avvy off the couch, dust off the cobwebs, and whip her back into shape.

This is probably the longest break I’ve ever taken from WoW in the 5+ years the game has existed, so I don’t feel too bad about it – it was a good chance to remind myself that I don’t HAVE to play wow, I’m not OBLIGATED to log in every night, and it truly is just a game, not a job – it’s a hobby, not a chore. Hopefully I can hang onto this mindset as I ramp back into raiding.

I may even change my dual-spec to Subtlety and dip my toe in the cesspool of PVP for the first time since BC… oh, the huge manatee!


Still distracted…

February 10, 2010

I’m still swept up in the throes of Dragon Age (if you haven’t played this game, and you like intense, story-driven games, what are you waiting for?!) – I haven’t been this gripped by a game in a long time. I mean wow!Avvy is awesome, but DA!Avvy is falling in love (and for that, getting chided by other groupmates) and changing the world around her permanently. The character creation in DA is nice, too… DA!Avvy is much more loverly than wow!Avvy :3

DA!Avvy

Avvy does the Proving

I love that I can take over control of any member of my entire party if I want, or let them run around on a tactics script I set up. At this point I have 9 companions to choose from and depending on the combination in my party, they get into some pretty hilarious conversations with each other (I Fraps’d a few… might upload them later). I always have Alistair along because not only do I <3 him, but he seriously cracks me up on a regular basis; I will literally lol in front of my computer like a ninny, drawing the curious inquiries of my roomie (who didn’t like DA, actually, due to all the “story” – he just likes to go out and kill things… a FPS dude at heart, he is).

thrilling combat!

Alistair looks kind of like a paladin in that getup

So needless to say with all this Dragon Age madness going on I completely forgot about the mushy love holiday currently taking place in WoW. Luckily I finished the achievements and snagged my Love Fool title last year, but apparantly there are new pets (and a SWEET MOUNT) to be had this year, which may drag me away from Dragon Age for awhile.

It’s kind of nice, though, allowing myself to slip off the hamster wheel of WoW raiding for a bit and just enjoy a game for a game, and not feel the pressure of needing to log in every day to get my emblems and the nagging obligation of feeling like I need to gear up my mostly-pathetic alties. If I allow myself to think about it for too long, that little voice in the back of my head starts up again – “oh crap, you’re missing out! you need to get your Frost gear, the rest of your T10, or you’ll fall behind! and hey, what about this holiday stuff!? you don’t want to miss out on these pets, do you?” – so in that respect I’m enjoying the little vacation Dragon Age has given me.

I know it’s impossible to stay off the WoW-wheel forever, though…


“Hang on, I’m reading the quest”

February 8, 2010

I’m a reader. Text grabs my attention, and when I’m bored (such as waiting in a line somewhere or when left with nothing to do at my job), I shift about restlessly looking for something to read. I read books on my bus trips to and from work (currently plowing through Anna Karenina), read diagrams and posters stuck up in the break room, read the top folds of newspapers through their cases while waiting for my bus or my coffee at Starbux, and read all the dialogue in games I play.

Of course, this means I read the quests in WoW. I enjoy the story, the underlying plot, knowing WHY I’m doing what I’m doing. This can drive people of the opposite persuasion – who accept quests as quick as they can and turn them in without a thought as to what just happened – quite crazy when paired with me.

For example,  I leveled through BC and some of WotLK with my roommate, who is a most extreme non-quest-reader – he will grab all available quests and dash off to start completing them, while I pause at each questgiver to read over the text and learn more of the story. I’m a quick reader, but it still drove my roomie nuts.

“I’m starting without you!” he would call from his room.

“Hang on, one sec… just reading the quest!”

Often this meant I had to cut short and try to read the quest as we killed/gathered/did whatever we were supposed to do (this was the usual result as I hate feeling like I’m dragging somebody else down or wasting their time), or we would find ourselves in some quest-created predicament that didn’t make sense to him, but that I could explain. It ended up an incompatible questing partnership and we more or less had to quest our own separate ways for most of WotLK.

Are you the kind of person who will read every story, or do you subscribe more to the collect quests – dash away school of WoW?

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The other day I hopped the bird out of Dalaran toward Sholozar Basin for the fishing daily. As the gryphon was circling the city my onscreen graphics froze for a moment, as they often do before I DC, and then suddenly un-stuck with a most noticeable difference in the landscape around me.

my eyyyes

umm...

strangely hungry

are those.... fish? o_O

auugh

oh gosh it burns

what is this I don't even

oh ahahhaa the trees...

memo to self, lay off the caffiene

oh guildies (pardon my typos, the glitch was rendering my text box unreadable, so I couldn't see what I was typing >.<)

Maybe that’s what WoW would look like all the time if I took acid!

This happened to me once before on my old computer back in BC. I don’t know if my video card is about to give up the ghost (it runs insanely hot as is) or if this was just some weird random graphics glitch (apparently more common than not). I killed wow and started it back up and the world had returned to normal. It’s too bad, I almost missed the benevolent fish in the sky…

In other news I’ve started up Star Trek Online (for reals now) and have also been playing Dragon Age, which is an immense time-sucker of the likes to rival WoW (and I have to admit… I know he already has crap tons of fans and his own fanclubs, and I usually don’t go for the massively “popular” kind of attractions – but I am totally e-infatuated with Alistair <3 He’s so funny and weird and… totally my type! le sigh), so my WoW time has diminished somewhat, but never fear, I can never fully abandon my one true MMO love.

hee

oh Alistair...

Oh and yes, I’m a rogue in Dragon Age too… I’m always drawn toward sneaky stealthy stabby characters :3

Now I shall cease sneakily uploading screenshots and actually go back to work…