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My World of Warcraft subblog focusing primarily on learning how to dual-box effectively, but also prone to game-related tangents.

A World Without Warcraft

A Paladin by any other game...
A Paladin by any other game… is still a catgirl

My World of Warcraft subscription expired a few months ago when my bank card did… and I didn’t notice.

Part of that was because my coworkers had lured me first into Star Wars and then into Final Fantasy (where I current reside), but even before that my actual time in Azeroth was sparse. Ever since the new expansion dropped I’ve been losing interest in playing. I wanted to log in, I wanted to explore the still new-to-me content of the expansion– I just didn’t.

I tried leveling alts or working on random achievements instead of chasing level cap, but nothing could hold my interest. I even found myself swapping windows to look something up only to forget I was playing. Being a druid just wasn’t druid-y enough anymore and I found myself resenting the game for having grown away from what I wanted it to be.

Final Fantasy isn’t druid-y and neither was Star Wars, but I wasn’t expecting them to be. So ditzing around in FFXIV trying to level ALL the things or burying myself in the entrancing story-line of SWTOR wasn’t burdened by the memory of what they used to be. Sure, in time that feeling will leach into these games –with every new expansion the digital worlds I play in are apt to warp and sunder– but for now they are just fun.

And I’ll keep the hope alive that maybe someday WoW will be fun again too… I still have Druid-ing to do, after all.

Scenery Long Ashella Catform Mountains Snow Temples

New Expansion Downtime

Ashella Making New Friends
Ashella making New Friends!

I love new content! There are new quests to do, new things to ooh and aah over. Cutscenes and lore and all the new goodies that come with a new (or old) chunk of Azeroth popping into existence.

What I don’t like is all of the people.

I spent last Friday fighting server queue times, insta-spawning quest monsters, rares that are only up long enough to click once and pray you do damage before they’re down again, and layers upon layers of friendly folks who’ve buried the quest givers under a sea of mounts… It the same thing that happened with MoP and it’s enough to make a Kitty Blender of Doom™ take a vacation.

Stuck on the Docks
Stuck on the Docks

I can’t wait to play the expansion, but after a long day of work the last thing I really want to do is fight with the game for a chance play my Kitty Cuisinart™.  So I think I’m going to throw in the towel/keyboard for this first week and let the newness wear off a bit.

In the meantime I’m just going to soak in the awesome goodness from all the other WoW blogs on my blogroll and maybe play a little SWTOR on the side…

A’WoW’ing We Will Go… Maybe?

World of Warcraft Woe
World of Warcraft Woe

I had grand plans to get on World of Warcraft tonight after work– it’s a new expansion so there’s plenty to do on my main that isn’t just a max-level grind. But alas, the entire rest of the universe wanted to do the same. Whodathunk? 😉

So instead of walking away the miles while I play all things New and Improved™ I’m staring at a screen that constantly changes it’s mind on how long I have to wait.

But I am a patient kitty and soon new levels of foes will taste my claws… at some point… eventually… *goes off to play on other WoW blogs in the meantime*

1 year, 6 months, 90 days, 4 Weeks, 1 hour

Terrapyn and Pun Ride Again!
Terrapyn and Pun Ride Again!

The World of Treadcraft is officially back!

Starting today I’m going to play World of Warcraft for one hour a day and I’m going to do it for one year. The only acceptable excuses will be ‘I am sick’, ‘ or ‘I physically cannot get to the computer.’

Why am I doing it? Because of this article over on Cracked and the fact that starting next month I’m going to have highly stressful (but incredibly fun) job and I need some way to burn off that stress.

I’d been thinking of doing something more artistic, like resurrecting the old comic strip or focusing on learning sculpting and casting, but my creative muse has a habit of vanishing right when I need her.

A year is a long time, so I’m breaking it down into smaller and smaller chunks (hence the cryptic title). All I care about each day is that one hour. I don’t care what happened yesterday, I don’t care what will happen tomorrow.

Last time I did this I got through 32 weeks and 172.65 miles — time to start breaking some records! 😀

Treadmill Desk + Warcaft, 3 Years Later

Treadmill Desk 3 Years Later

It’s been a little over three years since it seemed like a good idea to turn my gaming adventures into something a bit more challenging.

While I’m still nowhere close to my hour-a-day goal, I’ve come a long way!

At this point I can comfortably play a single character in Diablo or World of Warcraft, dual-box in WoW at varying levels (depending which pair I’m playing), hold my own in an FPS (which I wasn’t that good at sitting still), and not die immediately in StarCraft.

There’s something very comforting about being able to move when you’re playing a game that gets your adrenaline up. It’s not something I’d miss if I was playing a turn-based game, like Civ, but for things like Diablo and WoW– it feels really weird now to have to sit still when I’m playing on other computers.

Overall, the setup hasn’t changed much over the years. I did some tweaks to the height of the keyboard and the mouse (adding towels under the wooden boards), but it’s pretty much the same as it was when I first started.

So if this sounds like fun– I’d highly recommend trying it out! :)

Treadmills don’t cost that much, heck you can pick up used ones on Craigslist for cheap, or brand new from Walmart for under $500. And yeah, mine is pretty much jury-rigged in a way that would make MacGyver proud, but isn’t that half the fun?

(Sure you could buy the whole kit and kaboodle for three grand, but where’s the challenge?)

On Liebster Award and Blogging and Wow

Liebster Award
Liebster Award

I was tagged the other day by in a meme that apparently has been running about the internet since 2010! (No idea how long it’s running in the WoW community, but now I’m sort of itching to find out…)

Much like the Sixth Meme it’s a tagging bonzana, but there are some extra rules this time.

1) Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award badge
2) Answer the eleven questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3) Provide eleven miscellaneous facts about yourself
4) Nominate eleven blogs of relatively small readership that you think deserve to be better-known
5) Notify the bloggers that you’ve nominated them
6) Compile eleven questions for your nominees to answer

Step 1 is already done (Thanks Kamalia! :D) and her eleven questions are below (Step 2). Continue reading On Liebster Award and Blogging and Wow

Learning 2 Bear(tank)!

Inkpaw - Meatsheild-in-Training
Inkpaw – Meatsheild-in-Training!

I have a coworker who invited me over to his guild on another server, but alas I am cheap– so instead of a level 90 cat they’re got a level 1 bear-to-be.

Thankfully they have no problem with that and leveling’s been quick and tidy. Now that I’m up at 22, it’s time to trade in my DPS ways and learn some actual tanking.

Icy Veins guides are always a great place to start! So I hopped on over to Guardian Druid Tank Guide (WoW MoP 5.4)

Then I ambled over to The Inconspicuous Bear (since that was the expert listed in the guide) and settled down to read. …and read …and read.

Last, but not least, I hopped back over to the Big Bear Butt Blogger, because lo, I read that blog for fun anyways– might as well learn something too! 😉

Was this overkill for a level 22 baby-bear with all of six buttons? Oh heck yes.

So what did I actually use for my very first dungeon run? Continue reading Learning 2 Bear(tank)!