20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 5

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Hrm, what is my favorite item. I’m not one who’s been around all that long, so really it’s a relatively short list to choose from. The 2 things that most closely qualify would be the 350 engineering helicopter that I unlocked this past weekend on my dk, or my blue fox, Ashtail, that my hunter has. The helicopter is pretty sweet, and something I’ve seen before, but never  been able to afford (the higher level unlocked version I think exists) or create because I never really did crafting in WoW outside of cooking and first aid. Last weekend however, with some podcasts rolling and some wow-profession.com guides open, I leveled my mining and engineering from roughly 100 each to 425 each. It didn’t take all weekend, but it took a good chunk of time each day. It was pretty rewarding and I’m hoping this weekend to make it to cap so my dk can get the glove enchant for the extra strength or whatever it is. I’m also happy that I can make my hunter some rifles so the time spent grinding was time well spent, especially since I got to see some areas that I skipped while leveling my dk.

Ashtail is a supposedly rare pet, tamable in the 40’s I think, and while my hunter isn’t quite ready to tame other rares, it was the first and only time I went after one. Even though he has no really special abilities, and you can’t really tell that he’s different from any other pet, I know that he took a little more effort than normal tames, and he’s only the start of my stable of (hopefully) several rares (some day). He’s the visible reminder of the journey ahead, one that’s not intimidating, like hoping to get a rare drop weapon in a raid, but a fun one that I can accomplish without begging assistance from my guild and yet will stll 1) improve my capabilities as an end game hunter and 2) make me a part of that larger WoW hunter community.

20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 4

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

My favorite WoW memory? Two options. Getting my flying mount (my first!) on my DK as I worked the Outlands was amazing. Such a change in play and the ability to explore anything and everything. Combine that with Outlands in general, looking at the places floating in space, and eventually getting to Nagrand. I was reading the novel that explains the origins of the Horde / Draenei hatred and Nagrand just felt like what their world must have been like before things went downhill. Gorgeous. Not only was it gorgeous, it was huge (like  most of WoW, but this time I enjoyed the vista more). A real change from tor’s small static worlds.

My other competing memory is unlocking the Valley of the 7 Winds or whatever the place with the Alliance and Horde “capitals” in Panderia is. The music, the cutscene, and then walking into a lush new place, friendlier looking that the Jade forest and not so hilly. Another great vista and the music as you wander in for the first time is amazing. I also knew that I was almost “there.” I was not far from finally reaching a current level cap. I’d almost hit the cap in Cata, but that was 3 days (no joke) before MoP dropped, so it doesn’t really count. Walking into that valley with that music, the vistas, it was a great way to cap what had been a great month of wow which had started with me leveling my hunter from 30-55 where I started the DK and never looked back.

Good times.

20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 03

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

To be honest, I don’t really remember my first day in WoW. I got into it because a good buddy from high school played it and I thought it’d be a good way to chat with him every once in awhile. I do recall that while we were doing the RaF thing, he brought his dwarf hunter over to the Draenei starting zone to level with me (a Draenei pally) and while I understood some things (I’d played swg, age of conan, and eq2) I was still pretty lost. It probably would have helped if I had read the quest texts, but I was just trying to keep up with him. I remember that eventually I hit level 20 and got a mount (but not a sweet mount that required a quest 😦 ) and I was pretty excited about that. I wasn’t excited about trying to figure out how to heal (something I did a lot of in swg) and I didn’t want to deal with tanking, and in general, LFD was full of people I didn’t like. Oh well. It did get better, and I started a hunter myself which was a lot more fun. Still is since the hunter recently dinged 64 and the pally is still at 49 (where he’s been for 9+ months).

Lesson learned? Don’t play a class because you think it might be useful, play it because it’s fun. That’s a good lesson too, since one reason I am currently burnt out on tor is the fact that when raiding, I typically have to bring my tank (which I don’t enjoy a whole lot) or my healer. Considering I’ve healed all the content that tor has to offer (with another guild) outside of nightmare modes (think heroic version of heroic requiring what would currently be an ilvl of 520) and I can’t directly impact our success, since we seem to be limited by dps laid down on target or deeps being coordinated during mechanics. Anyways yeah, play what’s fun. Unfortunately for me, WoW wasn’t that fun compared to what I had in tor. Part of that was the very different game play, and part was the guild, which at the time, was not nearly as social as what I had in swg or how the guild is now.

Anyways, that’s my vague trip near memory lane.

20 Days of WoW blogging – Day 2

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

I’ve decided to blog many times, but never with a goal in mind, so it usually ended up being random thoughts and lasted about 2 days. Currently, I’m playing WoW and really enjoying it, even though I’m not raiding. I’m exploring a world that’s new to me and mechanics that are new to me. I’m starting the blog to let out the nerdy thoughts that fill my head when I’m playing and hopefully prompt a few people to comment and share their experiences. Reading about experiences on other people’s blogs has always filled me with a feeling of, “oooh, maybe I should try that.” I’m hoping that even one person can get that feeling, or at least that someone will share an experience or idea that inspires me on some new things to see and do in WoW.

20 Days of WoW blogging? But this guy hasn’t even done 1!

Hey yall, I’m gonna give this a try and see how it goes. So here’s the itinerary :

Day 01 – Introduce yourself 
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Who is Mooftak?

TL;DR version: Star Wars nerd, altoholic, can’t stop reading forums and blogs about gaming.

Hey there, I’m mooftak. You may know me from, well you probably don’t. I’m a frequent blog peruser and sometime commenter. Such blogs as Warlockery, Hawtpants of the Old Republic, Going Commando, and random other ones, as I stumble across them. My online gaming history goes as follows: MW2 (netmech via Kali or Microsoft’s gaming service from the mid 90’s), Quake/Quakeworld, a long break, SWG (came in during the nge), SWTOR, and WoW. What’s up with those games and this kid? Let me tell you (while skipping the early stuff).

I loved SWG, for the open worlds it offered, the space game play (that I was never good at, but enjoyed anyways), and the wonderful community it had. I still play swgemu from time to time, mostly when I feel like grinding up a smuggler to make spice (something I never got to do when SWG was live). I am afraid that no game will ever offer the openness that SWG did. I mean, it was fun to just drive around planets trying to find a place to drop a harvester so I could level my crafter. I spent countless nights in the cantina, just snarking about the customers (those silly pvp’ers and pve end game’rs) in group chat while laying down some tunes and dropping ridiculous mistells into server-wide Entertainer chat. Unfortunately, EA and LA conspired to kill SWG and we’ll never have anything like it again. I have a small hope that SOE will do something grand with Everquest Next, but am not investing myself in it at all.

WoW. Everybody plays it or has played it. I originally started so that a good buddy from high school could get the RAF bonus stuff. Being as SWG was still going on and it hadn’t yet been revealed that it was going to close, I found it difficult to invest myself in the game. I mean, who wants to play with trolls and dwarves when you can be a bounty hunter hunting the ultimate game, smugger player characters? Yeah, it probably didn’t help that I didn’t really try to find something in it that would pull me in. I mean, I rolled a hunter and he was fun, but I didn’t give it the ol’ college try. It was more of a way to chat with my high school buddy, who being married with 3 kids and recently returned from Kuwait/Iraq, had play hours that didn’t match my “whenever I feel like it” single dude times. So I stayed with SWG, even though I bought Cataclysm (I signed up originally about 2 months before Cata dropped).

SWTOR. Hrm. What to say? I was upset that it was killing the game that I loved and would result in the server community I valued being broken up across way too many servers to make alts on. I’d already resolved to only be in one guild on one server (the guild plays both factions), as it’s pretty difficult to keep multiple toons geared and available for end game content (SWG called them heroics, 8 man) across 3 servers (as I was doing for a year). Anyways, SWTOR beta came, and I knew it was going to be decent, great story, but missing a lot of things that I enjoyed in SWG. Let’s face it, I’m a Star Wars nerd, I played SWTOR way too much for most of the months after launch. I enjoyed seeing the personal stories, I enjoyed doing end game content with guilds of people I met either while doing dailies or through guildmates who were end game focused. Being an altoholic, there was always something to do, some story to see, some end game to run. However, for the last few months, I’ve been feeling burnt out. My guild is full of amazing people, but 1) our version of progression during raiding is starting to stall out, 2) I’ve had it up to here (envision a hand really high up) with Bioware and the way they act. I haven’t received my free coins for 2 straight months and they won’t resolve that without a phone call (with 2 hour wait times on average). They announced an “expansion” which 1) contains content that they lead us to believe would be free for subscribers, 2) doesn’t meet the standards that most people have for the term expansion. Gah. you don’t want to read  me rant, so I’ll stop. I’d like to love SWTOR again, but Bioware is making it hard. Time will tell if I stay subbed and/or get the fever again.

WoW again. Prior to MoP dropping, I got the bug again and got my hunter up to 55 where I left him until recently because, you guessed it, Death Knight! Mooftakjones on the Duskwood server has been my main, even though I’m not sure he’ll  be my main 6 months from now, but he was fun to level, and now he even makes running in circles fun (I race changed to Worgen baby!). I think I said earlier that I’m an altoholic, and guess what, I am. I’m loving my warlock, my hunter, sometimes my monk, and I’ve got 15 characters across 2 servers (one alliance, one horde). Anyways, WoW to me, offers a ton of things to do, something SWTOR could learn from. I don’t just mean raiding, but there’s a crazy number of dailies (however you feel about that), there’s fishing, cooking, pvp, and one of my favorite things of all. Achievements. Oh. My. All mmo’s need to get something like this in as soon as they’re able. It’s the biggest little thing they do. While leveling, there are constant “Hey! Good job!” moments that feed that thing in us. We get so much more out of constant little rewards than we do occasional big ones.

Other random stuff? No matter what game I’m focused on at the moment, I find myself reading blogs and forums voraciously. I dislike math, but I love reading about theory crafting. In general, I love to read. I’ve read a # of Star Wars EU books, but not all, and have started reading some Warcraft novels as well. I enjoy NCIS and NCIS:LA and not much else on TV. I miss college football (it’s the only sport I really follow). I am blessed with friends who are just as nerdy as I am, even if we’re nerdy about different things.

Anyways, that’s day 1. See you tomorrow. And thanks to Amijade for inspiring this.