Category Archives: 3 – Perish Twice

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

In Bank Alts We Trust

By | December 22, 2013
Pattern Royal Satchel


My name is Martha *dramatic pause* and I’m a pixel hoarder.

I have now crammed poor Ashella’s bags and bank (and void storage) full to the brim with Soulbound items and it’s time to pull out the big guns– err, bags!

Which means I need Pattern: Royal Satchel.

Twelve days of Imperial silk seems a small price to pay to open up some wiggle room in my banks. Well, twelve days per bag… but it’s better than nothing.

Ashella Reputation

Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms…

The good news is I have plenty of silk ready to go.

The bad news is The August Celestials think I’m a pretty nice kid, but they haven’t seen me around much and aren’t that impressed.

Per Wowjuju, it’ll take me a little over a month to get to Exalted via daily quests, which is a long, looooong way away. So there’s plenty of time to make the rest of the silk while I bribe the nice pandas into loving me.

(As a bonus I’ll also be able to pick up Formula: Enchant Bracer – Greater Agility when I hit Revered!)


Gearing Alts by Accident

By | December 3, 2013
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple -- Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple — Jenny Joseph

Apologies to Jenny Joseph, but it’s been one of those, err– months? Years?

I’ve forgotten how long I’ve been running around re-learning How Not To Die. Which is appropriate, given the settings.

But I’m getting better at Not Dying, working out how to fit all the fun of Feral Feral’ing into fewer buttons (and more macros), and slowly… veeeeery slowly gearing up.

WoW seems to be subtly hinting that I need to play my alts.

Where ‘subtle’ means 75% of the build-a-bearcat gear drops aren’t leather.

On the on hand, it is a good way to lure me into looking over all the alts I’ve left to twiddle their thumbs, but on the other– I just want to wear purple goldarnit! With so many people running around, I’ve had more luck finding chests than I have killing anything, so the grind is that much slower.

Cranefeather Gear

Cranefeather Gear

I still need the chest, boots, helm and belt– which means I’m only 50% done.

Now if I only had enough high levels alts to use all the cloth, mail, and plate by-products…. *mutters*

Hearthing ALL the Stones!

By | October 16, 2013
My New Addiction

My New Addiction

So…. yes. I might not be spending quite as much time on the Timeless Isle as I should be, but finally all those years of Magic: the Gathering are paying off!

For values of ‘paying off’ that include ‘not getting my butt kicked too horribly.’

Hearthstone is actually a lot of fun and the fact that I don’t have to spend real money on it (although I did buy a booster-pack pair) is a big draw for me. I like the idea of playing to earn cards more, so I’m trying to limit myself to just finishing the daily quests.

I did the one free round of arena and promptly got my butt kicked. Darn you non-AI players! *waves fist as sky* Continue reading

Solo Feral Druid-ing (a Guide to Not Dying) : Part 1

By | October 3, 2013
I will call you, My Death!

I will call you, My Death!

Hello My Death, we meet again!

In my thus far fruitless quest to Not Die to the giant birds of DOOM has taken a new turn. I’m actually putting research into my rotation instead of just flailing about madly. (To be fair, I’ve done pretty well flailing up until this point.)

So, yes, time to think first and then leap charge! Or pounce. Depending on my ability to remember to stealth. Continue reading

Embracing the Timeless-ness-ing

By | September 26, 2013
Doing the New Gear Kermit Dance

New Gear Kermit Dance!

I’ve been cautiously setting paw in the new Timeless Isle… but apparently not cautiously enough, because I’m dying. LOTS.

But amoungst the dying (and accidental clicking of Level 25 critters that I immediately surrender to) I have been collecting new gear! 😀

And then dying some more… but I’m slowly but surely moving my keybinds around so my OhShit! buttons are easier to get to. I think I’m the only one out there blowing cooldowns to fight mobs, but what the heck– Bliz gave me the abilities, I may as well use them!

Which means I need to sit down and tweak my macros a bit. I’m still ending up in caster form due to mistimed ‘free’ heals and I need a way back to kitty-kill-it asap.

So in a bit there will be a post of ‘these are my macros, hopefully they’ll help someone else.’ Mind you, I’m probably the only person trying to play with a limited key range (yay treadmills!) but I figure if I can manage to get Feral down to a handful of keys and some mouse-buttons, I must be doing something right! 😉

Casually Running Two Patches Behind

By | September 10, 2013
Dancing Flames

Fire Pretty, Tree Bad!

I embraced the fact I was never going to be an end-game raider a long long time ago. I don’t play often enough to stay abreast of the theorycrafting and required grinds, and that was fine by me.

What I didn’t expect was that I’d find myself permanently behind the curve on basic content.

Sure, I hit level 90, maxed out my garden, and kicked some cooking achievement tush, but I’ve only muddled about a bit with pet battles, dabbled in archeology, ran a tiny handful of the new dungeons, and a smidge more of the scenarios.

Once the new patch hits there will be content I never got around to that I can now never ‘catch-up’ on.

True, I lost a lot of opportunities when Cataclysm hit, and a few more with each patch and expansion since… but I always figured I’d work my way current again at some point. The list was just so large it was hard to pick something small enough to focus on.

Now– well, I’m working on a list of ‘all the things I need to do before they delete somethings else!’ and when you add in the time crunch it seems pretty much impossible. Which would be why I haven’t logged in for two weeks and am really not looking forward to today’s download.

So yay, new patch? *sighs and goes off to try and find the fun again*

Scenery Long Su-Shi Fish Water

Treadmill Gaming and the FPS Condundrum

By | July 22, 2013
Engineers don't need pants!

Engineers don’t need pants!

One of my coworkers has been trying to rally the rest of us into playing Firefall– but I’ve never been that good at first person shooters and that was before I started playing on a treadmill.

But you can’t get better at things unless you push the envelope a bit and I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. (I have a lot of fond memories of playing Halflife at house-LAN parties and dying in new and interesting ways.)

So I settled in Saturday and played the first few hours on a barstool instead of walking… Which turned out to be a very very good idea. Continue reading

Getting Back on the Horse, err Cat!

By | July 10, 2013
The Blizzard Email of Shame

The Blizzard Email of Shame

Once upon a time there was a girl who walked through Azeroth…

And then she got lazy and stopped logging in.

Stopped running dailies.

Stopped working on keybinds. And rotations. And gear research. And blogging said research.

And lo… the fitness she had achieved via dual-boxing went right out the window and she did not make Level 5 in HealthMiles. And verily, she was sad. Continue reading

Of Holidays and Warcraft

By | June 28, 2013
Who knew dancing deer were so combustible!

Who knew dancing deer were so combustible!

I may have stopped posting, but I’ve been getting a lot better about getting on the treadmill and playing WoW on a daily basis. Which means not only are the stepcounts going up, but so are my achievements!

Sadly, I still would have forgotten about the Midsummer Fire Festival yet again if I hadn’t run into one of the tents while chasing down the old world daily cooking/fishing quests.

Even after way too many years playing I hadn’t done a single one of the achievements for this World Event, which I vaguely remember stemmed from frustration with the torch catching daily.

Thankfully I’m much more stubborn this time around, so I’ve been slowly grinding down the checklist.

Sub-tank Sadness

I even gathered my tiny amount of kitteh courage and did the holiday boss! It took two wipes with two different randoms before I finally got that checked off the list– but my DPS was only a little below the average and I have worse gear, so I’m counting it a win. (We’ll ignore the fact I also came in below the PvP-geared tank *sighs*)

I still have quite a bit of the ‘fly here, now fly here, wait fly over there too!’ checklist to complete, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to check off everything… except maybe the King of the Fire Festival. *ponders*

Up, up and away!

Scenery Long Ashella Hearthstone Mountains

And on the other paw…

By | April 16, 2013

Terrapyn and Pun

And yes, the turtle’s name really is Pun. *solemn nod*

So, yeah– I was feeling overwhelmed with all the things I haven’t yet done on my main, so I decided to start a brand new panda-lady in order to, well, have even MORE things that haven’t been done.

So beware Terrapyn and Pun, my mighty Horde excuses to Pet Battle my way across Azeroth!

Have I mentioned how happy I am that there are account-bound things now? So glad. *huggles all the pets she doesn’t have to get all over again*

Darnitall Tuesday!

By | April 9, 2013
Yeah it's a Tuesday

Yeah it’s a Tuesday

This is what happens when you login for a quick morning ’bout of farming after spend too much time with spreadsheets and research on The Undermine Journal.


Someday I will remember when it’s Tuesday! (That day is not today, obviously.)

But on that note, I think I’ve finally found a way to make money from the Auction House, so expect a post on ‘How not to be broke whilst Tailoring’ in the next few days. *crosses fingers*

Patch 5.2 Blues

By | March 15, 2013

Scenery Tall Ashella Scarecrow Flight Form

Oh Bartender, wherefore art thou Out of Date?!? *mourns her Addons*

…No, seriously, I can’t play right now. I am so dependent on the mouse at this point that fighting with the default actionbars is driving me a bit batty. So yesterday’s grand return to the life of treadmill gaming too a quick turn towards Farmville.

Which isn’t a bad thing considering I’m still churning my way through a food-themed bucket list. Just a few more meats (and one EVIL fish) to farm and I’ll have Master of Pandaren Cooking in paw.

I have a few ideas on what I want to do next, but I need my kitty-killit buttons to work first. *mutters*

So yeah, downloaded Dominos and it’s off to try something with a bit more teeth. …and plant things. *shifty eyes*

Baby Steps (Pandaren Cuisine & Pandarian Angler)

By | January 16, 2013
Ashella Fishing Rat Sunset Ocean

Any Minute Now…

Since I decided on a fishing and cooking (and farming!) themed Bucket List, I’ve actually made pretty good progress. I wasn’t fond of the idea of chasing the low drop rate items, but I’ve been lucky so far. Let’s hope that keeps up… *crosses fingers*

I was very tempted to drop everything and start Pet Battling instead thanks to Navi’s post, but I’ve steeled my resolve and am going to resist. … At least for another few days. 😉

Thus follows my notes about polishing off the two achievements. (I’ll try to keep up a ‘how I muddle through’ theme running as the week goes on.) Continue reading

Once More With Reeling

By | January 6, 2013
Ashella General Achievements

Achievements, Ho!

I’ve decided to ditz around with grinding Tiller and Angler rep and cooking as my next One-Item Bucket List… although it’s more of a theme than an item.

So far I’ve managed to eat my way through a good portion of Pandaren Cuisine and a decent chunk of Pandaren Delicacies. I really need to hit up the old world(s) dailies as well, so I can pick those up– but for now I’m content to just focus on ticking off all of the Pandaren checkboxes. *noms*

The fishing is also well under way– I’m a smidgen away from Zen Master Fisherman and hopefully tracking down the missing fish for Pandarian Angler won’t be too much of a headache. … I hope.

I figure it will take me a while to get Master of Pandaren Cooking, not to mention the others, so this should be a good first quarter goal for 2013.

Onwards! 🙂

Scenery Long Ashella Halfhill Farm

I Need Another Bucket (or: 90 Ding!)

By | December 29, 2012

Ashella Level 90 Ding

After 95 days of casual meanderings towards my goal… yesterday I finally hit 90, which means my one-item bucket list is now complete!

And that means that I need a bigger bucket.

There’s an infinite list of Things To Do now, with all the old content from Cata that I never finished (which is most of it) and all the new content from MoP that is finally within grasp of my claws!

  • I want to get a Giant Farm.
  • I want to harass the new factions who wouldn’t talk to my sub-90 self.
  • I want to Battle ALL the Pets!
  • I want to run dungeons and maybe raids.
  • Heck I want to run all the old raids and dungeons that I never did back when the world was new…

So, yeah, nicely bit of awesome to finish off 2012 with, but now I need to figure out what to do next! 😀