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Notable quotes

Posted in Blaugust, WoW by Nogamara on August 8, 2018

Were there any quotes by guild mates or people on your server that became the stuff of legends or just quoted to no end? Some of them are probably in-jokes, but I have two I fondly remember even after many, many years.

The first one was about Illidari Council late in Black Temple.
WoWWiki says “[…] it sports a difficult pull and a rather chaotic battle for survival, which requires high situational awareness and fast reflexes from all raid members.” and thus someone called it
The Super Bowl of… not standing in things.” and it’s the most apt and yet funny description I’ve ever heard about a raid boss.

The second one was spoken by our WoW guild leader at the time.
I can only paraphrase it, but it went something like:

I love all of you. But I also love the safe feeling that you’re all living hundreds of kilometers away.

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my eigth post.

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Random blast from the past

Posted in Blaugust, WoW by Nogamara on August 3, 2018

Yesterday Jeromai posted something I didn’t know, that you can get a random blog post out of your WordPress blog by appending “?random” to the URL – of course I had to try it and see if it’s something interesting.

My lucky draw was: Mirror, mirror on the wall from March 2010, and there’s a reason I want to write about that post.

Basically when I wrote Ranking WoW’s races two weeks ago I was pretty sure I had a post about this exact topic and wanted to link it, but either I didn’t find it or, more likely, forgot at the end of my rambling post.

So yeah, my taste has stayed closer to 2010 than 2005, but also not completely. That’s why I blog, to remember what I was thinking about 8 or 13 years ago 😉

 

PS: Blaugust has started and this is my third post.

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Still trying to resist

Posted in Blogs, WoW by Nogamara on July 23, 2018

This blog lay pretty much dormant for the last half year, apart from a little talk about SW:TOR and a little Diablo 3, and I actually didn’t play much from January until July. No special reasons, I just didn’t enjoy any games except Picross on mobile while waiting for stuff.

But for some reason or another I started to play SW:TOR again like 5 weeks ago and now I’m playing too much again – every minute I’m not at work, or sleeping, or outside basically.

WoW’s Battle for Azeroth expansion is drawing closer and every day I’m feeling the pull getting stronger. It also didn’t help to join another Discord where people are excitedly talking and blogging in preparation of the new expansion.

That Discord… Belghast restarted Blaugust planning for 2018 already and while I have written about it in 2015 I haven’t ever taken part. But all the excitement is pretty infectious and maybe I’ll give in and do start. I actually thought I was part of NBI in some year, but I might be misremembering. (It’s a shame really, I just found a dead .com and a dead forum url for it, would’ve been a nice trip back in time, but I’m too lazy to scour the web archive now…)

Or maybe I can resist and neither join Blaugust nor jump into BfA, although there aren’t really any good reasons to skip either…

Ranking WoW’s races

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on July 22, 2018

Yeah, I’m a bit late, but I wasn’t in town when I read Grace’s post which in turn linked Syp’s post about the core races in World of Warcraft, and it’s something I have an opinion about 😛

First of all, I can’t really rate them the same way, most of the time I don’t agree on the Male versus Female versions, so I kinda need to make two lists.

Female characters:

  • Really like: Orcs, Tauren, Dwarves
  • Like: Humans, Night Elf (but only Warriors), Gnomes (mostly Rogues)
  • OK: Blood Elf (Paladin and Warlock, not so much Warrior, Mage or Priest), Pandaren
  • Don’t like: Undead (except Warriors), Troll,
  • Meh: Draenei, Worgen, Goblins

Male characters:

  • Really like: Orcs, Trolls, Tauren
  • Like: Dwarves, Undead (only a few face options)
  • Don’t like: Gnomes, Pandaren, Goblin, Worgen, Blood Elf
  • Hate: Night Elf, Humans, Draenei

So first of all, the scale of female chars goes from say 1-5 of 6, the scale for Male chars goes 1, 2, 4, 6 with 3 and 5 missing.

I don’t think I can articulate my thoughts about the races as well as the 2 linked posts above do, but I don’t care much about lore in WoW in the sense of “what am I playing?” – I like to read up on it and the NPCs are part of it, but I am the player, the center of the world, I am not to be judged what my forefathers did 🙂

So just some quick points:

  • Draenei: Space squids, ugly, space ship story doesn’t check out
  • Undead: Too mopey and earnest, but overall ok.
  • Orcs: Totally overused in the greater WoW story, I hate Garrosh
  • Trolls: a bit over the top with the Jamaican thing and cannibalism, otherwise total ❤
  • Blood Elves: snobs
  • Night Elves: “One day I’m gonna make a NE hunter and call her ‘Stereotype'”
  • Dwarves: Boring (but solid) run-of-the-mill fantasy dwarves (plus gadgets, like in Warhammer maybe, less than Gnomes at least)
  • Goblins: should’ve stayed neutral
  • Pandaren: shouldn’t have been playable, were awesome as MoP NPCs
  • Worgen: nice starter zone, meh models (high quality, don’t enjoy)
  • Tauren: used to be too big in Vanilla (PvP etc)
  • Humans: boring, but also solid, I hate Varian
  • Gnomes: weird limbs, too much armor clipping, overall fun

So on the one hand that means I straight out refuse to play certain races as male characters and to the best of my knowledge when I did try.. I deleted them all before Level 10, something I don’t do often in MMOs… on the other hand I’ve made some questionable choices in the past that I wanted to remedy but didn’t want to spend money on.

Also my view on certain combos have changed a lot over time. I didn’t like female Dwarves at the start (like vanilla to WotLK?), wasn’t a great fan of female Orcs and Tauren, I liked Blood Elf males when TBC launched. I liked male Goblins when they were introduced. I didn’t like Undead, period.

So much for the general view on WoW races, now some personal history of poor choices:

First is my female Blood Elf Warlock. I made her when TBC hit and Blood Elves were the new shiny thing (didn’t play Alliance at the time…) and she was awesome. OK, the Frozen Netherweave Tailoring gear was maybe a little overpowered, but hey, why not top damage meters on a fresh alt? I imagine I was just really good at Warlocking! For now I’ve made my peace and as a (practicing and at heart) Pen&Paper roleplayer I hate to retcon characters… Next is my female Blood Elf Paladin. Only Blood Elves could be Paladins, so it had to be Blood Elf. When race changes were announced I really wanted to make her a cow (and it was a less-played alt, so the RP thing wasn’t as bad..) but then I was too tightfisted to really do it, then I played her a ton more and then I collected T2 armor and it looks really, really good so.. no cow. Then my male Blood Elf Priest. Started as a duo with a female Blood Elf Priest and in the end.. he doesn’t bother me so much that I *need* to race-change. I still might, at some point, but it’s only “I made a mistake.. but I can live with it.” My male Pandaren Monk. Oh boy. I liked the male Pandaren at the start, they had this laid back Baloo/Yogi bear feeling to them but as I leveled to 80, 85, then 90 – maybe it was also because Monk was the first class that was decidedly unfun from Level 20 up to when I stopped.. I just don’t feel that character anymore… maybe if it was a female Pandaren which I at least find adorable with the right hairstyle.. meh. I also have a lowbie (<90) male Goblin Warrior on another server which I don’t hate, but as my first real (Blood Elf) Warlock, he was only levelled to experience the new starter zone and race, then played catch up in friends’ guild.. Never properly played, no real connection. On the other hand I still have some characters I like a lot better, and to a certain degree I think the race/class combo does matter: 81 male Troll Hunter, 100 male Undead Death Knight, 74 female Pandaren Priest (all wrong server again).

For all that moaning about races and classes, for all I can tell (been inactive in WoW for a while), I’m 100% or at least 90% happy with all the choices of characters I ever dubbed my main, main alt, or pet project (that female Dwarf Shammy I leveled up just for the Algalon achievement, that 3rd max-level Rogue at Level 90…).

Wow, that’s been a long post, but I quickly want to touch on the Allied Races. I only read about them and am a bit dismayed you have to do so much to unlock them. Especially as someone who had played for 10 years and stopped just before they were announced. We’ll see if I will play BfA and if I will try to have a look at some of them. I also don’t know if you can do a paid race change to one of them, I might investigate that. Not sure I want to level anything up again from 1, I did that often enough…

Some of them look quite interesting though, first and foremost the Dark Iron Dwarves and Zandalari Trolls. Also the Kul Tiran Humans as far as I have seen. Void Elves look ok (but only a Blood Elf reskin? Also the Lightforged Draenei?) Highmountain Tauren look cool as well. Not a fan of the Nightborne or Mag’hart Orcs.

Update: Another take on the matter, even if I vehemently disagree on most points 😉

WoW: Legion, 10 weeks in

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on November 15, 2016

Quick summary of what I did (achieved?) after 10 weeks since the launch of WoW’s 6th (if I counted correctly) expansion.

  • 5 characters at max level (NE DH, Orc Shammy, Troll Warrior, Orc Rogue, Dwarf Paladin)
  • 9 more level 100 chars (every class besides Monk, and Warrior/Rogue twice :P)
  • started to get mostly one of every class towards max level (or even just starting) on Alliance side as well (Priest 72, Hunter 60, Mage 20 – missing Warlock, Druid, DK, Monk)
  • used my Level 100 bost (Pally), still have the Level 90 boost
  • 2 class hall quest lines done, 2 more mostly done, 1 just started
  • iLvl 851 (Shammy), 848 (DH), 841 (Warrior), 834 (Rogue)
  • zero exalted WQ factions, many revered
  • started/grabbed at least one artifact weapon on 3 more chars
  • Finally levelled some pets with the event, sitting at 55 Level 25 ones now
  • Still trying to finish the Naval mission achievements
  • Started Tanaan on one character, very low prio
  • Timewalking is really fun
  • Still haven’t done more than one Mythic – I just don’t like 5mans
  • Transmog is still one of my favorite features

This Legion thing is fun!

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on October 1, 2016

So yeah, just barely made it to not post for 2 full months. Too much work, too much summer, too much WoW I guess.

My main is a Female Night Elf Demon Hunter at iLvl 832 that has yet to tank a Heroic, but is doing some OK damage in Heroics and the one Mythic I tried.

I also levelled my Orc Ele/Resto Shaman to 110 (iLvl 820) but so far I’ve been very unimpressed with the damage, maybe I should try Enhancement.

Finally I got some Artifact weapons (Assassination Rogue, Fury Warrior, and Frost Mage) and brought the former two to 101.

During the Legion pre-events there was a lot of pushing. DK 90 to 100, 2nd Warrior 90 to 100, Druid 90 to 100, Warlock 90 to 100, Hunter 90 to 100, Mage 90 to 98, Paladin 90 to 93, Monk 85 to 90, 2nd Paladin 1 to 61. And maybe I even forgot some – but I was so unimpressed with Draenor levelling after the first time Horde and Alliance (still managed to get 5 toons to 100 the proper way, 4 back when WoD launched and one in my month before Legion) that I decided to take every advantage I could get from the easy XP.

All in all I’m really happy with Legion, especially transmog, Artifact Weapons, the Order Halls, the level scaling.

The only downsides for me are Professions (too different, too many dungeons, too many quests, too much focused on your main) and Reputations – I was hoping I could skip like one zone per character to not repeat *everything* but because of the reputation requirements for World Quests you have to do all of them (or at least the first half) and can only decide on the order. That is a very wasted opportunity for replayability for me.

There and back again

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on July 31, 2016

I bought my first WoW token 3h ago and so basically I’m back. My last visit was a short one – bought WoD and stayed for exactly one month. Now I have one month to become excited for Legion… or not.

In other news, I haven’t really played any games (except a bit of training and moving ops in EVE) and logging in for daily rewards in GW2 and Marvel Heroes.

Problems with the WoW token

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on April 24, 2015

xxxxxxx: so, when are you coming back to wow again?
Armagon: next expansion for sure. maybe if the token comes to europe
yyyyyyy: uhh… Started this week

And so I had a quick look, it’s at 40902 Gold atm, quite on the costly side. wowtoken.info seems to be an easy way to look at it.

My problem now is the UI ingame. I can log in my sub-20 chars, as I wrote in my last post and when I click on a high-level character, a popup appears that lets me buy 30 days of game time for xxx Gold. And that this gold will be evenly deducted from the characters on this account.

Now my problem is that I don’t have a clue how much gold I own on any realm or in general. I could have 200k, I could have just a few hundred Gold more then the buyout price and I could have not enough and it’s buggy and shows the popup anyway. I just tried 3 realms and get the same popup on any of them, I am *pretty sure* I have enough gold on two of those realms, and absolutely sure I don’t have enough on the third – that’s why I find this confusing.

As I don’t want to buy a token right now I didn’t try clicking on it – who knows if there’s a confirmation window and/or how many steps I need to go through to actually activate it, but why o why couldn’t they put the amount of gold on this realm on the char select screen?

A very quick visit to Azeroth

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on April 19, 2015

Some time ago I had read somewhere that apparently nowadays you can log in to your not subscribed WoW account and play low-level characters. This week I was sick and in bed all day, mostly sleeping, so at one point I fired up the Battle.net client, tried to find my authenticator and then patched up WoW.
I could indeed log in, see all my characters and log in with the ones below level 20 (didn’t check if below 20 or below or equals 20 though). I only did 5 jumps in an inn, but it’s nice to know. Maybe I will visit some people in the future. And if the WoW token comes, I might even spend some ingame gold to check back for a month, we’ll see.

Garrison summary

Posted in WoW by Nogamara on December 27, 2014

Subscription runs out in 40 minutes and I had forgotten to write this up as I had planned, but gladly I woke up soon enough to do a quick last login.

Although I hadn’t anticipated it, I think I have spent more time with garrisons than while levelling in this month.

Here’s the rough outcome (ignoring iLvl and luck on getting a follower on higher quality in the first place), all level 100 if not noted otherwise

  • Rogue
    • Epic: 12
    • Rare: 5
    • Uncommon: 5 (1x 99, 1x 90)
  • Warrior
    • Epic: 7
    • Rare: 9
    • Uncommon: 2
  • Shaman
    • Epic: 10
    • Rare: 8
    • Uncommon: 4 (1x 99, 1x 95)
  • Priest
    • Epic: 3
    • Rare: 11
    • Uncommon: 5 (1x 98)

Only when tallying up I noticed I only have 18 on Warrior and 19 on Priest, doh.

The Shaman had stupid luck, I think 4 or 5 of those 10 epic followers came this way when getting them, whereas on the Rogue all 12 are manually upgraded from Rare or even Uncommon.

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