How Do I Heal Again? (or: OMG,BUTTONS!?!)
So, it’s been two weeks since I last checked in… I’m obviously up to level cap now, right?
My main problem with committing to WoW is that I have serious gaming ADHD. Which isn’t at all helped by my friends, who in the course of the past two weeks have dragged me back into playing Final Fantasy, ditzing around in Windward, and getting hopelessly lost in Stellaris.
I’ve seen a few blog posts recently asking what would make WoW fun again– and for me it is still fun, it’s just not and addictive enough sort of fun that I drop everything else to play.
And maybe that’s a good thing?
Either way I’m overdue for some Fite Timez! *sharpens claws*
I am the cat that walks alone.
But as all places are alike to me… I sort of wish I had a guild. I’m not looking to raid seriously, or become The Most Excellent Cat of Excellence, but it would be fun to have someone to chat with as I ran around killing things.
And maybe run dungeons with. *eyes her completely useless healing spec* Because I can’t bring myself to try a random with a healer, I get enough headache just being a DPS and not knowing what I’m doing.
I can’t get better without practice, but when I try and practice I get insulted because I’m not better. This is like an entry level job with a three year time-in-grade requirement! :p
I want guildies I can make stupid mistakes with and get gleefully mocked not insulted (there is totally a difference).
Alas, I haven’t been able to lure my coworkers into playing WoW, but it does look like we’ll be heading back into Final Fantasy at some point. Which means I’ll get back my snarky dungeon smartassery quota I’ve been missing. (Quotia isn’t a word? I could have sworn it was a word. Weird.)
Which means my soloing will continue, I suppose.
*heads off to finish getting to 100 so she feels less behind when the new expansion drops*
Old bags, full of Old tricks
So far my progress with my main has been… well, progress.
I’ve been slowly making my way through the zones trying very hard to not skip anything before moving on. I’m up to level 95 (yay!) and slowly learning how to deal with Garrisons. And trapping. And mining. And, and, and… gah!
I really should have tried to keep my nose to the grindstone last expansion, I’m getting a little tired of the ‘no time left and everything to do’ mode. :p
But the bag space issue finally drove me to the point of spending gold to make the headache go away (which I hate!). Even with moving everything I could into my personal bank and into my vanity guild bank I was still annoyingly close to maxing out my carry space.
New Bags, MOAR GEAR!
I am a packrat, I embrace that, but I was under the very dimwitted impression that having a toy box would have helped a lot. Sadly, I did not have as many toys as I thought.
That said I am really looking forward to the wardrobe management come next expansion! I’m not ready to trust the ‘everything you ever earned will show up’, so I don’t want to get rid of gear until then.
Which meant buying bags…
And spending gold…
And ended with one really broke Kitteh.
But hey, at least I’m not just a pair of smoking boots? MOOD WHIPLASH PPLS, I HAZ IT.
Ooookay then Mr. Boots
Well it’s about time…
Soo… yeah. Better late than never, eh? ^_~;
Thanks to the recent Nerd Fitness Assassin’s guild mini-challenge I’ve been getting back into the swing of things in Azeroth. Which means I might actually hit level 100 sometime this year… (I’m assuming anyway. I have no idea how long it will take to level anymore.)
I’ve mostly figured out how the Garrisons work again (although I need to re-read the Wowhead guide figure out how to get to Level 2) and I’ve started moving forward in the quest-line. I’m trying to be obsessive about doing every single last quest in an area so I don’t have to come back later.
The last thing I did before log off was head back to the bank so I can get rid of all this random stuff I’ve picked up. (I think my bank & vanity guild bank are full, but I’m holding out hope. *crosses fingers*)
I’ve actually been really enjoying the story lines, although it’s a bit of mood whiplash to go from watching people die in cut-scenes to being followed around by a pack of helpful killer bunnies… o_O;
To be fair, I really really enjoyed the killer bunnies… they should be summonable minions. For reasons.
Back to the grindstone!
Level 91 and so far behind…
…would still end up being a cat, if I’m playing it. Most of the time at least.
I am really truly for serious going to get back into playing WoW daily so I can properly revive the World of Treadcraft. On that note I’ve been logging in and taking a look at what I have to play with… and it’s all coming up druids!
I do have other classes in my gallery of alts, but I have at least one druid of every race and at least one of all four main classes (although I love feral). Only one is anywhere near level cap, but I’ve made decent progress with the rest over the years. I know there will probably be a metric ton of changes when Legion hits, but if I’m going to try and rekindle my love of the game, it looks like I’ll be doing it on four paws.
So time to log into my main and pick another achievement to chase… Good gravy I’m running behind on this expansion. o_O;
*dusts off treadmill* Back to Azeroth! 🙂
Pattern and Recognition
Treadmill Gaming, Rebuilding a Habit!
Playing computer games while walking on a treadmill is one of the few weird skillsets that I’m proud of developing over the years. Thanks to Nerd Fitness and their 4 week challenges, I’m finally getting up off my duff and playing again! 🙂
My old gaming treadmill setup worked fine in the old house, but in the new house things are arranged a little differently and I hit the added hump of having two people who are going to be using the treadmill… of drastically different heights.
So a simple shelf on a wall with some wooden shims wasn’t going to cut it this time. (To be fair, it was never a very good setup last time either, I could never get the angle quite right).
With that in mind, I worked out a way to combine an Ikea bookshelf and a desk-mounted monitor swivel arm into the perfect adjustable setup!
Here we go a’Druiding… with DANCE!
It’s a new year, a newly repaired treadmill, and time to return to the lands of Azeroth!
…Well, to be honest I was going to renew my sub once the whole gaming rig was back up, but some friends wanted to play early so… yeah.
They wanted to play Horde, so Shandris is was! In theory we were all starting new toons so we could relearn how to play (they’ve been gone a while longer than I have). Since I already had a Troll druid on Shandris, I figured it was time for a Tauren. 🙂
So I suppose this means I should start a series on How to Low Level Cat. *ponders*
But first I need to see if Curse is still out there, because it doesn’t seem to be installed on my computer anymore (weird!) and play catch-up with all the WoW blogs that I don’t read on a semi-daily basis, and, and, and….
Treadmill Gaming – Starting Over
I played World of Warcraft (and Diablo, and Firefall, etc.) while walking on a Treadmill for a little over three years. It was fun, I was in better shape than I’d been for quite some time, but then the treadmill broke…
It seemed like a simple fix, but after I replaced the drive belt the walking belt started randomly skipping. It’s hard enough to walk and game without having to deal with the ‘ground’ lurching around! After much YouTube tutorial watching and tinkering, I gave up and meant to get a professional to fix it some time after we moved.
Which was roughly a year ago.
So why am I finally getting around to setting my treadmill gaming rig back up?
One of my goals for this year was to ‘win’ one of the Six Week Challenge rounds over at the Nerd Fitness Rebellion. It went about as well as most New Year’s Resolutions are wont to go… but I realized it’s still something I want to do in 2016.
(Plus I noticed I was getting traffic from the Treadmill Gaming subreddit every now and then and felt guilty I wasn’t keeping up the fight.)
The next Nerd Fitness Challenge starts January 4th and my goal is to have the gaming rig ready to go so cross your fingers and wish me luck! 🙂
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.
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
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…
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*
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! 😀
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?)
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
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