Archive for April, 2010

Slacking And Fear Of PvP

Been slack on the posting this week due to family commitments :S

Firstly, I was reminded that this weekend is the start of Children’s week, which brings me out in horrible cold sweats. I don’t enjoy pvp on my mage at all, I’m squishy and may as well be wearing robes with a bull’s eye painted on. I know I should have done the achievements last year but for some reason I put it off. It’s the last one I need for my proto drake too, so I forsee a lot of begging guildies for help. I’m even tempted to start pre mades myself.

Weekend was good for selling in auction house, made almost 3500g which was way over what I expected. I think it’s down to people being bored with raiding and turning to levelling instead.

Still no cloak for my mage, although today finally got gloves from VOA, so 4p T10 inc ^^ Guild has been managing to hold it together on 25’s, still no progress beyond Princes, but with the 15% buff we should be there soon.

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Alty Things; I Can’t Believe Someone Let Me Heal Their 10 Man

No 25 mans last night sadly, undersigns again. End of expansion ennui I think, which we did experience towards the end of TBC. I personally find it infuriating as I love raiding and also I still need gear 😦

Spent 45 minutes bouncing around Dalaran on my druid, tried to get a 10 man going, followed by 15 minutes of confusion over who was starting a group. Full guild run which was nice as my pug experiences have been horrific of late and I don’t trust my luck not to taint the group.

Things of note:

  • 3 hunters, a mage and only 1 melee dps does not an easy Deathwhisper make (magic immunity adds O_o)
  • No rogue = many traps sprung followed by running for the raid entrance
  • Died on Marrowgar due to being spiked and in a fire before kill and left there as everyone looted boss 😦
  • Doomed to forever have better offspec feral gear than main spec resto gear
  • Accidently rebirthed the marked target on Saurfang, who ressed (I though they died normally and panic set in)

Friday night means auction house time, to catch the weekend alt players! Last weekend make roughly 2k so hoping to get around that much again. Can’t wait until the proper version of Auctioneer is up again so I don’t have to manually stick all the important ones up, in case they only list for 24 hours and not 48.

The Cloak Is A Lie

Another reset, another set of raids. Weekly (Naxx), VOA (also Mage tier is a lie) and ICC 25 4/12.

Things of note:

  • The cloak(s) will never drop, and if it does it will go to anyone but me
  • Told off for demonstrating that Lil XT can kill trainsets before Saurfang
  • 3rd on dps at Saurfang! (was cheeky and didn’t kill beasts)
  • Shanked by a mind controlled rogue on Deathwhisper and died
  • Managed not to die on frost giant weekly quest \o/ think I understand what I’m meant to do now
  • No lag on lagship, this made it more boring however (35 fps O_o)
  • Mic fixed for vent but too afraid to speak
  • Told it’s ok for me to have sparkle pony because I’m a girl
  • New stabbing stick! Also it has ribbon round it
  • 1000 rep to exalted Ashen Verdict.  Haste gem in bag just in case

Balancing my RL/WoW Situation

/serious face

In the past, I was a true WoW addict. I first picked up the game at a low point in my life; I had split up with an ex, had a temporary job that I wasn’t sure I would be staying in and my dad had accidently run over my cat, which subsequently died. I found it easy to immerse myself in a world where nobody knew of these problems and it took my mind off every thing that was happening.

In the beginning I retained my social life, but as I levelled up and particularly once I hit 70, I started to not go out after work and spend weekends/holidays playing non stop. There was always dailies to be done, mats to farm, alts to level. After a while I experienced burn out but would go back and the cycle would start again.

I met someone online and developed a relationship with them, which lead to me moving into my own flat. I was then even more free to spend my time online and it was in fact necessary to keep the relationship going as we lived far apart. However, it all ended badly and since I didn’t want to be in WoW where I could “see” him I took a step back, logging on only for raids or hiding on alts he didn’t know about. I started going out more but with new content I was drawn back to spending more time online.

Then I met my current boyfriend through the guild I’m in now. We had a bit of a whirlwind romance and just over a year ago I fell pregnant with my daughter. I was terribly sick for the first 5 months, I alternated between missing raids and never logging on and being online to distract myself.  Later on, I would always be awake at 6am so could be found farming or playing on alts. I was determined to do everything whilst I still had time.

My life took a dramatic turn when I developed pre eclampsia (high blood pressure) and spent time in and out of hospital, ending in being induced more than 5 weeks before the baby was due. I had a pretty bad time and was in hospital for 2 weeks with the baby in neo natal for 3. In that time, I didn’t care about WoW once. Even when I came home, I barely logged on.

Eventually when things calmed down, I went back to WoW. Broken nights were spent sitting with the baby, playing the auction house. I missed the camaraderie of my guildmates and the enjoyment I got from raiding, but I no longer had the time or desire to play every spare minute.

So here I am now, trying to get time to myself and play WoW and balance that with a family life. It’s tough and a lot of people don’t understand how I can carry on playing. I do feel guilt, but I’m not neglecting my responsibilities and I think without WoW I would go stir crazy as I need something to focus on.

I admit to sometimes wishing I had more time to play, but I can always remind myself I’ve got something better in my family ❤

/end serious face

Alty Things; In Which ST Is Done

Been swapping between the pally and hunter a lot the last few days, both are roughly the same level so it’s quite interesting to compare the experience on each side.

Lucidique has been through Hinterlands, ran to Felwood, realised could only get one quest and went back to Searing Gorge. Cleared SG very fast and then onto WPL for lots of undead slaying. Enjoying the ret spec and managing to aoe and live. Almost 51, 7 more levels then switching to tanking for Outlands.

Ysolde actually got to experience dungeons, but sadly was sunken temple. Managed to get a group fast, zoned in, 2 drop group, requeue. Repeat about 6-7 times through the instance, with only the tank and I remaining from the original group by the end. Managed to panic skin a few stacks of leather too \o/ Pet pulled entire ghost/prophet room too which was amusing and only a lock died.

Tuesday’s lack of raid meant I teamed up with my good friend Roc for heroics and a normal. Druid first, nice spider place (the one that’s not OK), DK tank but he was easy to heal despite a low HP. Few OH CRAP moments but no one died ^^

Shadow priest up next, totc hc with Roc’s dps shammy. Pretty smooth run, druid healer using some weird spell combos (no instant healing touch is bad :S ). Roc shammy died once from aggroes on p3 of black knight. New hat yay, although sad to lose neckbrace.

Final dungeon was normal totc with my baby lock and Roc’s pally tank. No one seemed to know what to do on the jousting, but no deaths on that part at least. Another lock in the group but with better gear. They never used a pet though which I found a bit strange. New pants yay, but argument with druid healer. He insisting he should have them as they “are healer pants” O_o

Unrelated: I am trying to sort pictures to jazz up my posts so they are more interesting and nicer to look at ^^

Weekend Catch Up

Raids – Mage

Not enough guildies online Sunday for progression in ICC, so we attempted TOGC 25. Didn’t go amazing well, first bosses almost done, although I died in the fires 5-10 times, including ressed and dying again. I’m normally good at moving out of things but I think as I have the lowest HP out of the entire raid I die faster. I had awful IBS too so I wasn’t very focused.

My DPS still sucks, rating slightly above the MTs. I’m really hoping it’s my gear and not just that I’m useless. Average about 5.5-6k depending on deaths and random factors (damn you AM proc). Still rocking the fail cloak and pvp trinket, as we never go back to the older content where cloaks are obtainable or there’s a fight over the other caster trinkets.

There’s only 2 other raiding mages but I’m so far behind them on performance it’s sad. However, they are gnomes and everyone hates gnomes.

No raids last night either (14/25 signs does not a raid make) so it was alt hopping for badges and lewts.

Tonight is reset raid time so hopefully some weekly/VOA/ICC action!

Busy Busy

A slightly mad few days with family crisis and general RL things reducing my blog time, as such I will split my wowing into a few posts ^^

Finally got my sparkle pony on Monday, after many calls to Blizzard and my bank. Blizz were pretty helpful and only 2 hours spent on phone (most on hold, not sure I ever want to hear the stormwind music ever again)

Enthused to my guild about said pony and prompty put in the naughty corner 😦

It does look great, especially on new super pimped pc, the trailing stars is a nice effect. I do still feel some guilt though, like I should be ashamed for spending my hard earned money on things I want and I enjoy.  I’m fully prepared to reduced any one who whispers me about it to a snivelling pile.