Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It was one super silly fun night!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
What are ordinary reasons for entering a dungeon:
- Quests to complete
- Looking for treasure (loot)
- Need to boost reputation
- Companionship and having fun with others
Story Driven Role-Play
- Boss So-and-So stole the weapon of your ancestors and you have vowed to take it back. You have gathered your friends who have volunteered to follow you into this dungeon to assist you. A fairly easy thing anyone can role-play I think!
- Some of the team members are there purely for researching purposes and the others are hired to assist the researchers through. They are studying and cataloging the creatures found in side. Of course they will need to examine their insides, which is where the slaughtering comes into play. They are interested in seeing every corner of the dungeon to obtain the most accurate records Azeroth has ever seen!
- Your guild has a ritual that each member must enter and kill X and Y before they are considered part of the team. The new member is coached along by veterans of the dungeon. If it is a new team they are grouping together to reach this goal of guild acceptance. Ceremonies and parties can take place when the ritual has been completed.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Anna gives us some interesting questions to try to answer in character each Friday and this week it is about a terrible storm making it's way to Azeroth. No doubt this is on Anna's mind with hurricane's ripping through her neighborhood. I'm praying for her, her husband and their kitties to recover from the disaster quickly. Hopefully they are all doing fine.
1 - Would your character leave or stay? Why or why not?
Desdarii would leave. Immediately. She has a limited amount of bravery as it is and battling mother nature is not something she would even consider an option.
2 - Where would they go (if they were leaving), or take shelter (if they were staying)?
She would most likely choose to hide out the storm as far as her portals would take her. Depending on where the storm was focused on, first choice would be back home in Exodar.
3 - How would they get there?
Desdarii is a mage! She easily slips in and out of the corners of Azeroth.
4 - If given 2 hours to pack, what would they bring with them of their current possessions?
I don't know if Desdarii would even focused on packing so much as gathering her friends and family so she could provide safe portals to wherever they were choosing to hide out. She might also be handing out bread and water for folks to pack up and take with them on their journey.
She would definitely crate up all her pets as you can't leave them behind. The base items for her professions like her pick, fishing pole, jewelers kit and grinding stone.
5 - What would they leave behind?
Anything that could be replaced. Spare robes, costumes, a wand she likes because it sparkles. They're just items and Desdarii always knows how to find more.
I found on Armaggedon's Coming that that there's a new one day event to participate in. They have pirate costume's for everyone!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Our real life friends whom we've been playing MMO's with since 2002 and Keste even earlier with some of them have performed a mass exodus of WoW. Ok, maybe not a mass exodus as there are like 7 of them but these are not just game friends, these are people we hang out with quite regularly face to face.
They contact us and asked if we were going to play Warhammer with them. Keste and I were conflicted. We really really enjoy our playtime on Blackwater Raiders (they play horde on another server) and adore our guild. We're getting to see all kinds of things we didn't expect to see thanks to the guild and other friend's help. We have plenty of stuff we still haven't done to keep us significantly busy. We opted to stay in WoW and wishing them well in Warhammer citing all the reasons above.
Last night Keste and I log in to a world of guild drama. Everyone claiming they are unhappy with the state of the guild. It came as a rather large shock to Keste and myself as we are both very happy with the guild. A guild meeting has been set up for Saturday to discuss member issues. I'm optimistic that things can be resolved although I admit I'm still a bit clueless of what is causing people grief.
With the exit of our friend's departure and the guild we love teetering, I'm left thinking why I'm still here. Here's what I came up with.
- Even if guildless I have a lot of friends I really enjoy here. I would be upset if the guild dissolved but I'd still be able to play everyone.
- My Mage. Desdarii is a character that I truly enjoy playing. I used to be an altaholic until I played her. I have Goldy who honestly used to be my favorite but far and away this mage is one of my favorite things in WoW.
- Keste is a large reason. He absolutely loves his druid and he can't see playing anything else right now. He really doesn't even touch his alts. I would keep playing for him.
- This blog keeps me playing. I know I don't add anything useful for other players to learn about magey goodness but I really like sharing the things I experience.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
After killing Netherspite we wanted to at least see Nightbane. Unfortunately no one had his urn.
Our team is truely pulling together to be very successful and we are so excited to start over and try to get there again this week.
Monday, September 15, 2008
We've killed him twice before but that's it. Every other time we run into him we just die. As a result, Aran is sort of a moral killer for our team. We often try him a couple times and then give up and move on to the Chess Event. Last night we decided to just keep attacking until he died or raid time was up.
At first we were very disheartened. We kept losing healers and key fighters early leaving us unable to kill Aran. After wipe number three, we considered altering our plans and going to Chess anyway just so we would get something for the night. We voted on one more try.
We were all pretty frustrated at this point and proclaiming our hatred of this undead mage. Nyriell surprised us all when she said that Aran was "a really stupid applesoup". Now I don't know what that means but I thought it was hilarious.
This try we ran in screaming "STUPID APPLESOUP!" and everything just clicked. We were able to burn him down quickly, the elementals were controlled and killed, we lived through the pyroblast and we all stood around stunned that we not only killed him but no one had died!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
After that we ran to Magtheridon's Lair which Keste and I had zero familiarity with. The raid leader was patient and explained what would happen in a way that made perfect sense. I felt very nervous before starting but it all went very smoothly. Keste got his T4 chest piece so he's now super tank! Well he's super tank to me.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
People newer to role-play tend to forget their environment. It’s pretty common. They are focused on their character and the conversation and not their surroundings. My suggestion is to learn to pull your environment in. You’ll feel more immersed and will give more story and interaction for those around you to comment on.
Let's start with something simple. Most taverns (probably all) have some sort of seating area with food & drinks on the tables. Your character doesn't have to have any of those items in their backpack to be able to interact with it. You can emote you handling any and all the items on the table.
- You are hungry and bite off a large chunk of your turkey leg.
- You guzzle your ale in one gulp and call the bartender for more.
- You are a waitress and are tidying it up after the last customers.
- You are a hungry orphan trying to filch some of the bounty the table without being caught.
- You notice your pet is hungry and toss them a bone.
That one was really simple example. Everyone knows how to behave in a tavern, right? There are endless other little things in game that you can use to interact with.
- Browsing bookshelves, picking one up and sitting down to page through it.
- Looking at wares in a shop. Asking the shopkeeper prices and if you can see certain items.
- Trying to catch frogs by the side of a pond.
- Sifting through junk mail while standing at the mailbox.
- You are a pickpocket and casually slip unattended items into your pocket.
Don’t forget you can also interact with things you do have in your pack. You can even link the specific item in your chat to show specifically what you are interacting with.
- Polishing your armor
- Sharpening your weapon
- Cleaning your totems
- Counting your reagents
- Jingling your key chain
Any and all of these things can be going on during conversation. I don’t know about you but rarely am I simply sitting still doing absolutely nothing during a conversation. I’m a fiddler and will fuss over little things. Doesn't mean I’m not listening. I just can’t sit still.
These can also be used as great ice breakers. Fellow role-players will be able to identify you if you are interacting with things even if you aren't currently involved with any other role-players. It will invite them to comment on what you are doing and join in your role-play.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Are you kidding? OF COURSE I WOULD BE INTERESTED!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Whether you are a real life couple (like a husband/wife team) or just role-playing a relationship with a friend, having a partner in game can be an enjoyable experience. There are a few things you should know to help you make your role-play romance really come to life and feel believable.
First off you will have to find the other half to your couple. This part is up to you, I cannot help you here. It can be anyone from your real girlfriend to someone who just shares a similar online schedule as you so you spend a lot of time together.
If you do find someone you do not know personally, make sure you speak to them first and discuss the possibility of role-playing a relationship. Make sure they agree that it would be fun! If they do not wish to role-play that way; you’re not a couple. You’re a crazed stalker insisting someone is your beloved. Don’t be a weirdo. Later on you can discuss if you want to do an in game marriage, kids, the works. But both parties have to be comfortable with the story otherwise it just isn't enjoyable.
Like all other forms of role-play, playing as a couple is open to many types of interpretation.
- You can be under the spell of first love and act like giggly little teenagers.
- You can be an old cantankerous couple who have been together for decades. The affection for each other is there, but you may have to look to see it.
- You can be the definition of true love and still feel your heart leap each time you see one another.
- You could be of an arranged marriage and be not quite comfortable with your partner yet.
However you choose to build your relationship, there are certain behaviors you will need to adapt. The giggly teenager couple does not act the same way an old couple does.
Keste and I definitely have the “old couple” bit down. We tease and jab each other often. He’ll claim to not have met the quota of dead Draenei during a raid and I’ll remark something about his huge furry posterior. At first glace you may think that they do not seem to really like each other much. But further on you’ll notice little things like Desdarii squeezing Keste’s hand in reassurance before a boss pull or Keste curling up next to Desdarii while resting that shows that the affection between these two is there. This was a natural choice for us as it is very much how our relationship behaves in real life. We had tried in the past to do the lovey-dovey stuff and it was difficult for us to do without sarcasm so we dropped the idea.
Showing your affection in public is your choice. There are the built in /hug, /love, /kiss emotes available. These tend to be generic though so if you are in the midst of role-play, you may opt for more descriptive gestures. Things like brushing hair from your partner’s eyes or your eyes twinkling when you glance at them.
I’m not going to lecture you about what you to do or don’t do in private chat. Just keep it private and so I don’t see it and I’ll be happy. Being “overtly sexual” is against Blizzard’s policies and can get you reported or banned. Keep /say under the general public’s acceptance of displays of affection and you should be fine.
My personal rule is: If I’m not comfortable doing or saying it in front of my grandparents, I should rethink before putting it in public chat channels.
Other ways to show you’re a couple without simply shouting your love from a mountain top:
- Use role-play add-ons such as FlagRSP2 and MyRoleplay to give yourselves the same surname.
- Announce it during introductions such as “This is my lady, Desdarii”
- Use simple gestures like holding hands to show you are together.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
- Raise Money. Lots of Money.
Keste was nice enough to pony up for your epic mount. Time to repay that favor. I dislike the dailies greatly but I have little alternative. I lack the brain-power / attention span for other methods of gold generating. Stop dilly-dallying and get the man his epic flight!
- Do more dungeons.
My jewelcrafting options are pathetic. All you are at this point is a glorified ore blower-upper. Get off yer tush and at least give the dropped recipes a chance to find you.
- Grind Reputation
I'm not going to be specific because all my reputations across the outland could use a boost. I am only honored with the majority of them. You know what would help with this? See #2. Focus on the reputations that can help with either gear or jewelcrafting recipes.
- Help Goldy
Poor lass has been stuck at 67 seasons for a while now. I should give her some attention and encourage her to finish those last 3 seasons.
- Mine More.
I don't know why I picked jewelcrafting since I dislike mining so much. I think part of my distaste is due to how much flak I get for being a mage miner. People and their prejudices!
- Discover Missing Factions
Places I've never been like Netherwing Ledge or Ogri'la. I've heard these things are neat but I've never actually taken the time to work on these factions. We're talking I'm zero reputation with these folks.
It got me thinking about how did they come about having the same name as me. I have a couple possible solutions I thought up to answer this.
- Did they also just come up with this name?
If so, then I should think them people I could be friends with. Who else could just come up with such a wonderful character name?
- They stole it from me!
Yeah, not putting to much into that theory. It's a unique name but it's hardly pretty or particularly interesting sounding. I'm certain there are better names to borrow out there.
- Perhaps I stole it!
If it's a name from a character either from a game or a book I can honestly say I was unaware of it. I genuinely thought I had made this name up.
- Blizzard stole it!
Only other idea I have is maybe Blizzard stores used names and spits them into their random name generator for others to use. These other two maybe just choose the name from a suggestion. I have no idea if this is really how it works but it's an interesting concept.
Only remaining question I have is: what is the plural version of Desdarii?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I don't see how I was the rude/lazy one in this situation.
- The fact I died was no fault of mine. The issue was a miscalculation on our Paladin friend on what was the bigger threat. Did she think I purposely died and didn't release to trick her into killing Tusker for me?
- I didn't invite her to the group nor did I in any way request her specifically to assist me. I came to help the Paladin. She could of stayed in Stormwind all evening as far I was concerned. She was a healy priest like me, it wasn't like I personally needed her skills.
- I don't see why I should have just given up rights to finish the quest myself when the two of them were able to finish the job without me.
Not to mention the long time I sat around killing with the intent to make it easier for them! I'm unsure if she just strayed from my killing path or if that elekk had just arrived but I had done quite a bit trying to make the area safe for them. Not once, but three times!
Perhaps I was just out of sorts but this really burned my bottom. Even if the tables had been turned, I wouldn't have just left her corpse lying on the ground.
I marched back to Shattrath swearing I would never offer to help anyone ever again. I know I don't really mean it though. What good is a Holy Priest if I'm not healing someone?
Monday, September 1, 2008
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