World of Warcraft Classic: I am home

Hello everyone. It sure has been a while. How are you all doing? 🙂

You have been so sweet and the messages from you, both on the blog and in my mail, nudged me to write an update today. Thank you.

Because yes. With World of Warcraft Classic, I am truly home.

To set foot on the grass of Teldrassil again…Was nothing short of amazing.

The launch of Classic was a night to remember. It´s hard to put into words, the level of “hype”, that went before it.

So many of us stayed up late, to log in at midnight to rush to secure our Guild name right away. Everyone made Night Elves, and started the grind for 10 silver to purchase the Guild Charter.

Our Guild Nighthaven is brought to life. And I am so grateful to everyone who made it come together. It is truly a unique and wonderful place to be.

We are having the best of times, playing in Classic.

What a community, what a game.

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The slow pace, the old quests, the excitement over looting a bag! Seeing everyone buff each other. Old character models. Old spell effects. The music, the ambience, the water, the adventures.

I am level 16 now, and taking it slow. (Well, I haven´t got much time to play, what else can I do, one might say :p )

We settled down on the PvE server Pyrewood Village.

Those names of the Classic Servers though…Not a fan! But oh, well. The queues in the beginning were several hours. But now I am able to log in straight away in the evening 🙂

Oh, right, Alunaria´s Avenue was meant to be about pictures more than text. Here we go!

The beginning. 00.01. So. Many. Nightelves.

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My beloved Teldrassil.

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Aaand we are up and running, as one of the very first Guilds on the server 🙂

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I find, that I am noticing so much more this time, compared to 14 years ago. The joy of returning must enhance my senses.

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Getting lost in the very first cave I entered. Oh, yes. Now I remember 😉

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Visiting my Class Trainer. What a joy to do that again, instead of having my spells just magically appear on my action bar.

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The old water effect. Gorgeous.

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Aaah…Auberdine.

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Doing Druid Class Quests. More joy. Joy, joy, joy!

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Inventory management is real. People cannot spend precious bag slots on carrying around things to make their own campfire! So we camp (hah) near the NPC made ones, to level our cooking.

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Rain over Auberdine.

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Even something as simple as waiting for the boat turns into a social get together with strangers, with buff exhanges and advice. 🙂

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The long awaited run from Wetlands to Ironforge. The memories!

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Look at that beautiful light reflecting in the snow.

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I know that, the current version of World of Warcraft is so much prettier, in the eyes of many. But I just adore Classic. Look at the shadows of Northshire Abbey. Beautiful.

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That was it, for now 🙂

I wonder, if any of you are playing Classic, and having as wonderful a time as I do? I sure hope so.

And if not, I hope you are enjoying the current version of the game instead. And that the real world is treating you well!

I haven´t been kept up to date with World of Warcraft outside of Classic, so thank you for making that easier for me too, with your devoted blog posts 🙂

And thank you again to those who have been writing me, it means a lot to me to know, that you did not forget about the Avenue, despite my silence.

Take good care, and may today treat you with kindness 🙂

An update on the Avenue

Wooosh, away with the dust.

Remember me?

I almost vanished there!

Marathal was sweet to write and check up on me, which made me realize, that an update is in order, because vanishing without a word really is not my thing.

I hope, that all of you beloved bloggers are well. I am not neglecting my blog or you, because I lost inspiration, but I am simply so busy elsewhere.

And one must go where the passion carries them, right 🙂

Those of you who know me, also know, that I very much anticipate the arrival of Classic World of Warcraft. I thought I would just play it next to the Current version of the game, yet now, I am not so sure.

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It feels as if it came out of nowhere, but the Officers and some of the Members in the Guild I led in the past, have suddenly started coming together, with all of their joy and excitement.

And so, the rebuild of my beloved social Guild has begun. I am beyond thrilled.

I have been blessed with the most amazing Officer team, I have ever had in my 14 years of playing World of Warcraft, and I am so grateful for them. Being able to rebuild what we had, before the Classic game has even launched, provides us with such a solid foundation, and it is where I now spend almost all of my spare time – and happily so.

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As for the Current version of World of Warcraft, I hardly play anymore. I have roleplayed the last couple of months, but the activity was starting to drop at the same time, that my beloved members came together, so it makes it feel as if things happen for a reason;

I am now meant to draw on my 14 years of World of Warcraft and Guild experience to really make this Classic journey absolutely amazing.

I feel as if this Guild will be the culmination of everything, that I have learned in the past, and it is my hope, that Classic will make it easier to appeal to potential members, since I imagine, that players with a similar mindset to our own, will be drawn to Classic.

I am excited for the times ahead, and I look forward to the gameplay, that Classic has to offer. It just appeals so much more to me, and I cannot wait to slow down 🙂

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Alunaria´s Avenue is here to stay though, and once the roots of my Guild have grown strong, I will mix in a little blogging, when time allows for it. That is my hope.

Until then, I wish you all so well, and hope, that you still find joy in World of Warcraft.

Always remember to take a moment and appreciate all the little things, such as the gryphons in Battle for Azeroth and the way they drink water from time to time. 🙂 There is beauty all around us.

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Have a fantastic – not too hot – not too cold – not too rainy – not too humid – not too dry – but just right – summer, and thank you for still visiting me here.

I will look forward to catch up 🙂

~ Alunaria

Best of “Elegy”

I have been wanting to make a blog post about this for many months now.

I more or less devoured the novella “Elegy”, as soon as I got my Battle for Azeroth Collector´s Edition in August last year.

Back when it was revealed, who was behind the Burning of Teldrassil, Christie Golden, the author of “Elegy”, recieved a lot of downright nasty comments.

I found it really unfair, (and unacceptable to go on a hate-crusade like this, over a story of a video game, but that´s a debate for a whole other post) and I wanted to make a post highlighting all of my favorite parts of “Elegy”.

Christie masters the English language to perfection and I thoroughly enjoy reading her work; it helps me learn more and it is written in such a way, that it fuels your imagination so easily, I must have read it over three full times by now.

So here are my favorite parts from “Elegy” (and give me credit, I actually worked hard to slim down – I think I had like half the novella listed here at one point!)

I originally wrote these paired with my own comments, but I have decided to let them stand on their own instead.

All pictures are taken from Wowpedia. I wanted to show all of the art from the book, but became unsure of copyrights, so I wanted to play it safe. If you want to download it though, it´s right here.

Malfurion bent over a silverleaf bush and plucked a leaf, crushing it between his fingers and inhaling the clean, revitalizing aroma. As he did so, he brushed the plant with his other hand, murmuring his thanks. Three leaves burst from the stem; Malfurion had repaid the plant threefold for its sacrifice.


Delaryn watched Cordressa go. They were Sentinels, hardened veterans of more battles and even wars than most of the younger races could remember. Some members of the Alliance and the Horde thought that, because the kaldorei were long-lived, death was nothing to them. As if one could have “enough” of life – of joy, of laughter, of love, of ritual, and wonder. Of simply being kaldorei.

She felt the tentative brush of his fingers against hers, ready to draw back if she did not respond. But she did. Of course she did – Delaryn could not envision a time when she would not. Their duties – and truth be told, their natures – kept them apart, but Elune saw to it that they always reconnected.


She ran to the commander’s quarters and seized a linen shirt. The druid caught the scent, then crouched low and peered up at her. For an instant Delaryn hesitated. Druids were not animals. They usually did not allow themselves to be ridden like beasts. But he knew, and so did she, that the rogues had killed the night sabers so that any survivors would be on foot – and there was no time for that.


The Forsaken made no answer but laughed again. Delaryn raised the dagger, but the rogue’s laughter turned to a coughing wheeze. Gooey liquid spewed from his throat, and then he lay still. He had cheated her; his wounds had claimed his unlife before she could.


Ferryn didn´t know, but whenever the two of them parted, Delaryn prayed to Elune that he would be safe. She asked for that favor again now and for the first time, she had the faintest fluttering that, in this battle, the beautiful, loving moon goddess might not answer that prayer.


“King Anduin?” It was the Sentinel – Eriadnar, Anduin thought her name was. “This is only the beginning. Shan’do Malfurion has issued orders for a complete evacuation – not only of the city, but of the surrounding area of Darkshore.”

Then be believes there is no hope.

No one said it, but he could see that everyone present shared his thoughts.


The two women embraced. The queen didn’t like to have favorites, but there was something special about this soft-spoken green-haired priestess. They had always had a rapport. Quietly, Mia asked her, “How is everyone holding up?”

“We are kaldorei,” Astarii said simply.


When a portal whirled open, the normally reserved night elves cheered. The magi who stepped through, who until this moment had only cautiously been made welcome in Darnassus, smiled un surprise. The cheers swelled when they each opened another portal – and reached a crescendo as, over the course of several minutes (and with not a few interruptions) a dozen bears, birds and nightsabers came through.


He pulled Delaryn to him and kissed her, softly this time, then pressed his lips to her forehead. For her ears only, he whispered: “I know you are afraid. And I know that you fear is for our people, not your own safety. But do not despair. We are not done yet. And we will make every death count.”


There was a swirl of violet at the corner of her eye. Vannara, who had been standing beside her, crumpled to the ground. An arrow fletched with striped feathers, its slender shaft adorned with metal bands and beads, protruded from her throat.

“Go,” came the single whispered word. Other ears would think they heard only the wind sighing in the leaves, but Ferryn knew the voice of his shan´do.

Malfurion Stormrage. Ferryn could not see his teacher, but Malfurion could see him – not just him, but his furious, breaking heart. As he so often did, the archdruid spoke exactly what Ferryn did not want to hear – but needed to.


Ferryn sprang, jaws wide, claws extrended, his heart slamming against his chest. Another brightness – a mage’s spell again. Saurfang’s eyes met Ferryn’s. The druid was too far away. He felt the rush of air as the orc brought his axe down.

So strong was the blow, so sharp was the weapon’s edge, that for the next few brief increments of time, Ferryn was confused at what he saw, as his severed head hurtled through the air.

But he had enough time to understand his failure before there was nothing.


“Do so,” Shandris ordered. “Tell them to have their druids command nature to bring us wind. We need to return to Darkshore immediately. Do you understand?” The druid, haggard and pale, nodded gamely. Shandris smiled and squeezed her shoulders.

“Give us just a little more. Then you can rest. What is your name?”
“Teshara.”

“Teshara,” Shandris sad, gravely. “You may have just saved your people”.

Through the weariness and fear, the young druid brightened.


As she withdrew the blade, she angled it so the black, tar-like smear of poison was visible on the wound´s mouth. Then she went to the next corpse. Eventually, the rest of the Sentinels imitated her. She loved them fiercely in that moment, for she understood exactly what it cost them…and what a gesture of trust they were displaying in her leadership.


There was nothing Delaryn could do. She watched, helpless, grieving and angry, as Saurfang charged – as Tavar, so young, so full of talent and promise, drew his daggers and struck out at the high overlord of the Horde. The blow did not land. Saurfang´s did, cutting cruelly through the youth´s neck.

But then…Delaryn shivered violently. Some instinct older than time made her recoil. The hairs on her arms lifted again, not from the presence of Malfurion and his near-godlike power over nature, but from something else – something twisted, wrong and un-natural.


In small groups, the spirits of the dead were indeed innocuous. But in large numbers, they could bring down a demon lord – and they had. (…) But if the wisps could not make a tight cluster, they were no more dangerous than raindrops.”


We could win, Delaryn thought, and she almost swayed with the force of the revelation.


“There will be no forgiveness for this, Sylvanas”.

“I know.”

It was night. From atop her hippogryph, Tyrande beheld the grim sight of hundreds of night elves fleeting towards Darnassus from other parts of the World Tree, surging into the city and covering every inch of the pale white stone of its streets and the green of its grasses. And as the feathered wings of the great creature beat steadily, Tyrande´s heart broke even further.


She kept her gaze locked with Saurfang´s as she knelt and placed a hand on Malfurion´s still-breathing form. Sylvanas´ darkness had left its ugly marks on the archdruid, but it was the horrible gaping wound in his back that lanced Tyrande´s heart as her fingers sank into a rivulet of blood.


Tears filled her eyes, but she would not let the orc see them. She allowed herself one last look at the towering trees of Ashenvale. At her home.


“Soon, it will not hurt at all,” came a warm, familiar voice. A loved voice. Ferryn was beside her in his favorite shape – that of the nightsaber. For a moment, Delaryn rejoiced. But then she realized, that he was speaking. He should not have been able to. Feline mouths could not form words.


“Close your eyes,” Ferryn said. He stretched out in front of her, trying to shield her from the inferno’s tortured brightness. But his ghostly form was translucent. He blurred, but did not block, the sight.

(…)Would it still hurt, when she passed into oblivion? There was no Ferryn to ask.

The sacred waters spilled. The great stone bowl tumbled down, and the statue of Haidene lost both arms. A chunk of the basin severed the statue´s neck, sending its head toppling onto the screaming night elves who had sought refuge in the pool. The moonwell shattered, and its sacred waters flowed onto the grass, red now with the blood of innocents.


The fire was relentless. The smoke would kill them, and the flames would devoir their flesh and even their bones. Only ash would remain. But they would feel nothing. No pain in the Lady´s light, in the Lady´s love. Mother and child both slept, breathing gently despite the smoke. Her duty faithfully discharged, Astarii allowed her own eyelids to flutter closed.

There will be justice, one day, but eyes other than ours will behold it.

The last thing she heard was a cracking sound as she slipped into slumber.


O little last one, listen

To the song my broken heart will ever sing

Of the story of the Tree of the World

And the death of all the dreams

It once cradled it its mighty boughs.


Anduin dragged a sooty sleeve across his wet eyes. His raw, aching heart broke at what he had to do. Quietly, calmly, he steeled it. After this, there would be nothing else. There was no choice.

No doubt.

No regret.

War.


Thank you, Christie Golden.

“Saving Little Wing” – a roleplay event

Once more, a roleplay event founds its way to the Avenue. This is no ordinary roleplay event though, no. This is my very first attempt on hosting an event myself.

It took me countless of hours to plan and execute it, in the way that I wanted it to (my attention to detail, how I cherish you) – but I made it, a lot of lessons wiser.

Here we go 🙂


 

This is the text written prior to the event

 

Saving Little Wing

Posters with the following text have been (gently) nailed to every single tree in every single city imaginable, without exception.

MISSING!

Below the short text, you´ll find a picture of an adorable – if not the most adorable – Hippogryph Hatchling, with feathers brighter than the sun.


Forget about The Old Gods…
Forget about saving Azeroth…
And forget about wanting the head of someone on a stick.

Get your priorities straight!

Little Wing, one of the most aspiring Hippogryph Hatchlings, has gone missing and it up to you to make sure, he is brought back safe.

So bring your weapon, wisdom and wildflower, for you might need it all, when The Botany Band adventure deep into the lush jungle of Feralas.

In search for both Little Wing and a cure for the taint of corruption, that has been inflicted upon Feralas for far too long, we might deal with both a…Flying fox and a Ferocious ogre…? – some of them rumored to not even be wearing a shirt.


If you are an experienced botanist, gathering of the following will absolutely benefit us on our adventure.

(Having prepared them beforehand into both salve, potion and elixir will be greatly appreciated too; it is the intention for this event to ‘just’ last around two hours.)

– The Emerald Shimmercap

An eerily-glowing green mushroom whose surface shimmers with the energies of the Emerald Dream.
Found at the green pools of Felwood.
This fungus is infused with the magics of the Emerald Dream, and does not feed from the fel of the pools, but rather works to cleanse it. It can be consumed as a mushroom paste as well to cleanse fel taint from those afflicted.

– Aloe Thistle
Spiked, thick green leaves growing in clusters.
Found at Karnum’s Glade in Desolace.
The liquid within this may be used for burns, infections and other skin issues.

– Fuming Toadstool
A sickly yellow cap with a cream stalk.
Found at the damp areas among the crumbled stones of the Ruins of Lornesta in Darkshore. (If you are bringing your Horde character, this is your time to shine, given you have easier access to this one right now. Seize this opportunity, it might have an immense impact on restoring the faith between the factions.)
The Fuming Toadstoool can be mixed into a salve, which will close wounds and lessen pain.

– The Moonleaf
There appears to have been left out information on this one. Intentional? Should it have been on the list?

– The Moonpetal Lilies
White lilies with tall golden pistils, and bright magenta and flame-colored interiors.
Found at Water’s edge in Shadowglen (Only those who have compressed, dried specimens will be able to bring this. It is no longer possible to obtain, since replanting it outside of Shadowglen has proving unsuccessful up until now.)
Their residue is potent enough on its own to create an antidote against the poisonous spiders of Feralas, should we need it.

– Crying Violet
Small, delicate purple blooms with yellow eyes.
Found in Felwood.
These flowers, which shiver their petals at the slightest sound, can be used to purify corrupted Moonwell water, if infused properly.


 

And here are the screenshots; not as carefully taken as usual, I was kinda busy! 😉

So thank you to everyone who were kind enough to spend their time supplying me with the screenshots, that you took.

 

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Let´s just start with one of me in stealth, calming my stage fright. 😉 What a turn up.

 

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And here is the OOC (Out of Character) Moose Guide that helped me get a few things out of the way, before the event really started.

 

Great. Here we go, then!

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Two more, these are from Ethan

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For those interested, here is the list of toys I used:

Whole-Body Shrinka’

Ravenbear Disguise

Foxicopter Controller

Odd Polished Stone

Cozy Bonfire

Elune´s Lantern

Path of Elothir

Mylune´s Call

Tol Barad Spotlight

Kovork Kostume

Chain Pet Leash

Magic Pet Mirror

Bubble Wand

Green Balloon

Toy Train Set

Tiny Green Ragdoll

Foul Belly

Chalice of Secrets

The Heartbreaker

Fruit Basket

Turnip “Paint” Gun

Tiny Blue Ragdoll

Worn Doll

Angry Beehive


 

What a ride. It was remarkable to see an event, that I spent so much time on, coming alive; everyone who participated did so actively and I am so grateful for that.

Thank you so much.

“Herbal Hangout #01” – a roleplay event

Oh, gosh, has it really been an entire week since my last post? Someone is busy planning their own event, leaving very little time for my cherished blog. I shall soon return!

Until then, we had our first Herbal Hangout event yesterday, what an opportunity for some interesting interaction across the factions, I greatly enjoyed it. 🙂

 

A leaflet is neatly placed on the local billboard:

‘All herbal heroes are hereby invited to our Greenhouse for an evening of verdant veneration. It will be an opulent opportunity for all bodacious botanists to get ardently acquainted and compare chlorophyllic collections. We may even feel the Greenhouse Effect!’


 

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Thank you to everyone for showing up; we really had some experienced roleplayers, I could sense; what an inspiration and chance to learn more. 🙂

Beloved bloggers; thank you for keeping me updated from the World (of Warcraft) outside of roleplay with so many news, that has been thrown our way this last week!

Happy Easter, everyone 🙂

“Come Wheat May” – a roleplay event

 

Another round of screenshots from a roleplay event- with clever hints and parallels, which just makes it even better. I´m so happy I got back into roleplaying; it really sparked the joy for the game again. Here we go 🙂

 

A leaflet is neatly placed on the local billboard:

‘Shady rumours claim that the Proudmoore Admiralty is considering a referendum that could make Kul Tiras abandon The Alliance. Such disastrous event, that some diplomats already now refer to as ‘The Kulmination’, must be prevented at all costs! However, one single plant could turn the tide. Thus all bodacious botanists are hereby invited to a leafy lecture that will require our full audacity. We may break the rules. Even run through the fields of wheat! Nobody is ever perfectly behaved are they? What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did?’


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Have a joyful day 🙂


“Moonrise” – a server wide roleplay event by Nataari

Why stop the steady stream of screenshots now – here is another round from one of the most cherished events; the Moonrise.

Leaflets are pinned to some houses of Stormwinds various districts and woodlands. Approaching one of the announcements, it is visible that the text is held both in Common as well as in Darnassian.

“Ishnu’Alah, Kal’Dorei brethren and friends and citizens of Stormwind!

Back in the past years, the Nightelves of Kalimdor have invited your allies and kinsman alike to join the old Kal’Dorei custom of the monthly Moonrise, to share your friendship and your praises to Elune. In the light of recent events, your homelands became contested, with many of you finding refuge here on the other side of the world, which was surely no easy choice for you.

Now we invite you to continue your custom, here in Stormwind, in the circle of your friends and allies. Your homelands may be far away and troubled these days, but we are all gazing upon the same moon.

Be welcome to join us on the 1st sunday of this month, and every month, by the old grove above Stormwind Harbour, to share an evening of kinship and reminisce. There will be food and drink, and Cherwina will hold the prayer when it is time to receive the Goodnesses blessing.

The festivities will commence an hour before Moonrise, and everyone is welcome! Leave your grudges and your weapons behind, and enjoy with us a peaceful celebration of Elune, of kinship and of the beauty of the rising moon.

We are looking forward to see you there!”

 

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Phfew, I got through all 200+ I had taken. Thank you so much for the wonderful event!

Enjoy your Monday 🙂

A tribute to Mike Morhaime

Today, on the 7th of April 2019, Mike Morhaime will officially be stepping down as a strategic advisor – a role be picked up after stepping down as CEO. That means, that his days with Blizzard will be over.

I cannot let this day go by without a tribute to him. What a legacy he leaves behind.

He was not alone in this accomplishment, I am aware of that, but today, it shall be all about Mike.

So, thank you, Mike.

Thank you for every memory you made possible for us players to create together.

Thank you for all the stories you have told, for all the music and for all the hours we have been able to spend in the company of epic adventures.

Thank you for all the ideas of yours, that have enriched our lives in way, we cannot even describe.

Thank you for always appearing so welcoming during each Blizzcon.

Thank you for giving us a magical platform, where we form friendships, that might last us a lifetime.

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We are sad to see you go. But know, that what you created, will stay with us forever.

We wish you all the best ahead.

What an emotional moment at BlizzCon 2018, where you passed the torch to J. Allen Brack.

And what a clever intro;We may think we know J. but we don’t!” Genius! 🙂

We are confident, that he will do his best to fill those enormous shoes.

And to quote J. Allen Brack: “You made this.”

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And Mike…If you should ever find yourself in doubt…

I invite you to stop by and look at my Wall of World of Warcraft. (Which is just about the most geekiest thing, I have ever made!)

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To Mike!

 


“Prodigal Son” – a roleplay event

Here we go again, this time a roleplay event hosted by Ethan Redwood.

Thank you so much for putting it together!

It took place in Gilneas – a zone in World of Warcraft that really echoes with atmosphere- and even involved cross-faction roleplay, made possible by the elixir called Elixir of Tongues, which added such a cool aspect to it.


 

What’s it about? Well, when the Alliance and Horde left Draenor at the end of Warlords of Draenor and all the portals were closed, Ethan was left behind. When the Horde champions returned not long after to retrieve the mag’har, over 30 years have passed on Draenor in the meantime as it caught up to the present. In that time, the young hedge wizard turned into a middle aged man now older than his mother and lived an entire life in the savage world. In that time, he romanced a Blackrock orc and had a son – a half-orc named Galgar Flamehair. When the mag’har, including Galgar, escaped Draenor, Ethan stowed away and some of you had the pleasure to meet him literally just after he got back to civilization. [Point of note, this is based on the character being literally left aside since Warlords, so I decided to incorporate this into his backstory]

Galgar joined the Horde and fought for it for some time, until he was captured by the Alliance in Stormsong Valley. When Ethan learned of it, he started regularly visiting his son to try to mend their relationship. However, the half-orc would not let himself stay a prisoner, as his orcish sense of honor would not let him. He eventually escapes and that’s where you come in.

Ethan has taken to calling some of you friends after the past few events. So he’s asking you for help in finding his son and whatever troubles result from it. Because the son is a half-orc (and in game terms, a Horde character) it involves cross faction RP.

 

Here we go 🙂

 

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I hope the pictures managed to tell a story on their own – Happy weekend to all of you 🙂

 

 

 

 

“Fortune Favours The Gold!” – A roleplay event

 

Here we go again, another immersive event to enhance our joy in World of Wacraft 🙂

 

A leaflet is neatly placed on the local billboard:

‘Many races are prone to regard certain plants as omens for better or worse. Scholars mostly dismiss this as superstition, but throughout the ages there are certain plants that continuously have been connected to curious rumours across different cultures. One such herb shows golden promise. As we once again invite all able adventurers to join our leafy lectures, you have got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do you?’

 

As last time, not all screenshots are mine, since I am not able to stay until the end, but they are editted by me, so I guess that´s something! Dulvarinn was kind enough to share those, from when I am not there.

I wish I was able to write a nice recap, in the best of roleplay-ways imaginable, but I do screenshots, that´s my thing. Let´s just say, the introduction to our Guild Bank was remarkable and very unique! And we were quite lucky 😉


 

There are a lot of screenshots this time around. I blame the gorgeous horses!

First, a screenshot behind the scenes though, that made me laugh out loud.

We had to come to the aid of a few who were joining, who couldn´t come to Dalaran on the Broken Isles. A kind Warlock offered to summon them.

In one of these “I totally forgot I am supposed to be In-Character, because I am so focused on assisting, so I´ll make one of the most rookie RP mistakes-ever”– moments, I just had the Warlock place their enormous Summoning Stone/Portal thing (when did that get an upgrade?!) right in the middle of the Greenhouse, where the event is suppose to start. (For those unaware, these things are not exactly something, that Druids are fond of, that is an understatement) I think Dulvarinn said something along the lines of this never being acceptable!

Sigh, Alunaria.

But what do you say – you hardly notice it, do you?

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Anyway. Here we go 🙂

 

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Thank you so much to Dulvarinn for hosting the event. I do not know, how you do it, it would take me a week worth of playtime to be able to put such an event together, with all those small details, and they just keep coming! Thank you to everyone who participated, it´s been great fun and entertaining to see the personality of your characters expanding and evolving, my own included 🙂 A life of their own. Looking forward to next time!


 

Wishing you all a joyful Tuesday 🙂

Do you ever take a moment to…#2

It´s been a long time, since I did one of these, and with the new Patch 8.1.5 (well it´s new to me, hah), I figured, that it´s time for another episode 🙂

So. Let´s play…

Do you ever take a moment to…

 

Do you ever take a moment to be super much, genuinely excited over the fact, that Leather robes, ROBES, people, ROBES, seem to be making a comeback?

They took my suggestion! Finally. This is the first one to arrive in Battle for Azeroth, instead of just pants, pants, pants and a chestpiece. Sure it´s not that druidic, but I take what I can get! Also, there is one from Battle of Dazar’alor as well. Joy!WoWScrnShot_030419_202110

 

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Do you ever take a moment to adore the new horse model? Really, adore? Oh, I cherish these so much. (This screenshot really took long to get just right.)WoWScrnShot_031819_102422

 

One of my favorite music tracks of all time…

 

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Do you ever take a moment to goof around with it too? A log carrying a log. Hah, I couldn´t help myself there 🙂WoWScrnShot_031819_104800

 

Do you ever take a moment to immerse yourself in the quest lines, even though they might not always involve your favorite race – they are still really good?WoWScrnShot_031319_200109

 

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Do you ever take a moment to appreciate the new horse model? Oh, what, did we do this one already? Well, it´s absolutely gorgeous!WoWScrnShot_031819_102855

 

What have you taken a moment to appreciate in World of Warcraft lately? 🙂

 

Have a joyful weekend, everyone.

“Mumbo Gumbo!” – A roleplay event

From battling vs. AI opponents and to adventuring through sandstorm and desert in search of a rare flower, which can cause quite the burn injury!

The opportunities in World of Warcraft for entertainment sure are many.

The study of plantlife continues with another immersive event 🙂


 

A leaflet is neatly placed on the local billboard:

‘Not all plants grow in verdant landscapes. Some thrive amongst scalding dunes under the intense gaze of An’she, persistently adapting to their unforgiving surroundings. We are about to examine such herb with a little help from the race that knows it best. Once again we invite all able adventurers to join our leafy lectures. Get ready for some hot stuff!’

Quest Objective: Meet with The Botany Band in the greenhouse at the Magus Commerce Exchange in Dalaran (Broken Isles) and receive further information.

 

The screenshots is a mix of my own as well as Dulvarinn´s (my early bedtime hinders me from staying until the end, shoot!)

 

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Thank you again to everyone 🙂 I´ve been having such a good time in World of Warcraft lately and I am sure, that the roleplay enhances my gaming experience. It´s so nice to be a part of.


 

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

The Artificial Intelligence of World of Warcraft

 

I have genuinely been having a great time in World of Warcraft these days, with the new Battleground Brawl called Comp Stomp.

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It takes place in Arathi Basin, and instead of Horde, we now fight Artificial Intelligence opponents.

It has been quite fascinating to participate in since Wednesday, especially since the AI opponents seem to be learning.

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It´s a lot harder than it was just a few days ago;

They now CrowdControl extremely well and their Silence is spot on and chained, They never leave a node undefended.

You cannot just lure them away and kite them around.

Often their Druid and Rogue pair up and stealth around to cap. The same team avoids getting camped, so you cannot just farm them at their graveyard.

They never place themselves to be easily tossed out from the hills of Lumber Mill either.

Their damage input has increased, and as soon as they spot a Healer, they all go for her (Trust me..!)

That being said, it´s not all that difficult, and I won every battle, which made me keep going. Some were close though, with a score around 1400 vs 1500, and some were not, with a score around 800 vs 1500.

It is possible to predict some of their behaviour, but not all.

Some laughs during the Brawl included witnessing the AI opponents acting exactly like players; if they would arrive to a contested point, where the Alliance outnumbered them, they would simply turn around and flee the scene!

 

I´m very curious, where this might lead us in the future.

If there is a faction imbalance, perhaps AI opponents comes to the rescue?

 

I also wonder, how the Horde has experienced the Brawl this week? Are the AI opponents harder to beat than real Alliance players, given the note at the announcements of these at BlizzCon? 😉 (You´re Welcome, Alliance)

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Will we see them in more Battlegrounds soon, such as Alterac Valley?

Unlike Warfronts, which feels a bit “flat” to me, this kind of AI in Arathi Basin seem way more intelligent.

Do not get me wrong, I do like the set up of Warfronts, especially Darkshore; it´s easy for me to engage myself in. And especially as a time-poor player, the fact that it´s a guaranteed win makes me participate, since I generally have stopped playing content, where I can risk walking away half an hour later with nothing.

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I even had a moment in Arathi Highlands, where an enormous wave of NPCs and myself took down a boss all on our own, it was epic!

So these AI opponents are very welcoming for me, in the state they are in right now. One can argue, it´s not real PvP, and that is true, it´s not.

But because we know we can win, and we do, this has been an opportunity for me to…

 

…see Arathi Basin again in its new upgraded version. It looks beautiful.

…gain reputation with The League of Arathor, all the way to Exalted (Working on 100 reputations)

…gather a good amount of Marks of Honor for transmogrification gear

…obtain some of those Captured Insignias as well as Fallen Adventurer´s Journals to hand in at the Darkmoon Faire for Tickets for all the Mounts, Pets and Toys I want

…participate in organised gameplay with friends that I rarely have an opportunity to group with, because I am so time poor (a win can take as little as 10 minutes)

…get items that I can disenchant so I can level my Enchanting and begin on the quest soon

…witness the Alliance winning, for once. Sure, it might be against “easy bots”, as some might argue, but perhaps it sparks a little motivation and belief, that through organising, Alliance can once again win more often in the “real” kind of PvP

…loot fish from the box after each victory, to help me level Cooking

…earn a little extra cash, around 200 gold pr. win

 

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Look at that list!

If there is one thing I like, it´s double bonus results, just like doing Incursion and Emmisary at the same time. Time efficiency is a joy.


 

A part of me worries, though, that AI opponents might end up doing more harm than good, depending on where they will be used, and how much Blizzard intends to use them.

 

Perhaps Artificial Intelligence will be “The New Big Thing” of the next Expansion?

 

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I can see many things, it would be excellent for. Imagine a better escort quest, where the NPC are way more ‘clever’ than today.

Or Scenarios, where Tyrande, Malfurion and Nathanos would fight in a more “real Player vs Player” kind of way, instead of the ‘a-little-bit-awkward manner’, that we are used to?

Or how about the “average mob you have to kill for a Quest Objective” suddenly being able to predict your every move, Silence and Crowd Control you, forcing you to stay sharp throughout the questing experience?

Or new versions of the Mage Tower Challenge?

Time will tell.

 

What do you think, Artificial Intelligence Opponents  in World of Warcraft – good or bad?

 

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Happy day everyone 🙂

“A fungus among us” – A roleplay event

 

I hope you all are enjoying the new patch 🙂

I was lucky enough to participate in another roleplay event hosted by Dulvarinn Moonwalker.

 

A dried silverleaf adorned with moonglow ink writing is neatly placed on the local billboard:

‘It is a well known fact that the ecosystem of Azuremyst Isle and Bloodmyst Isle suffered heavily from the crash of the Exodar. Reports of an invasive fungus on Bloodmyst Isle has reached the Kirin Tor and rumours also circulate that one of the best mycologists of the Cenarion Circle has gone missing while investigating the matter. Once again we call on able adventurers to help solve the mystery.’

Quest Objective: Meet with Kuhuine Tenderstride and Dulvarinn Moonwalker in the greenhouse at the Magus Commerce Exchange in Dalaran (Broken Isles) on Monday the 18th of March at 20:00 CET and receive further information.

 

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Roleplaying really makes the World of Warcraft feel more alive, and these events are being planned down to the smallest detail, using so many neat tricks and toys to make it such a joy to be part of.

Thank you to everyone who participated and to Dulvarinn for all the effort and passion thrown into it – it shows! 🙂

“How do you like them apples?” – A roleplay event

 

This is just me hawking my blog to post screenshots today. I was fortunate enough to be able to participate and get engaged in roleplay again – for the first time in years. I stayed up way too late, and got way too little sleep, but it was worth it.

Hosting RP events can take a lot of preparation and I am grateful for the dedication Dulvarinn showed. I got invited through an unexpected letter in the mail, and on the billboard a note was placed saying the following:

“A note with additional contact information is neatly placed on the local billboard: ‘All capable travellers with a green thumb is hereby invited to help solve a mystery regarding a special kind of apples with an extraordinary rich taste and delicacy. So far we have nothing but a few samples and a single indication to the origin of the fruit and thus we require assistance in order to investigate the matter further. The apple never falls far from the tree.’

Quest Objective: Meet with Kuhuine Tenderstride and Dulvarinn Moonwalker in the greenhouse at the Magus Commerce Exchange in Dalaran (Broken Isles) on Monday the 11th of March at 20:00 CET and receive further information.”


 

I won´t go too much into details of the whole event, after all, it was not my creation 🙂 But I took the time to edit screenshots from it, that I want to share here as a thank you to all who participated and to Dulvarinn for making it come alive. 🙂

It was such a pleasant, immersive experience.

 

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I used to do portraits for my old RP guild years and years ago, perhaps I´ll pick that up again – this is just a raw draft 🙂

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Happy Almost Patch Day everyone!

Let´s Craft #7: The World of Warcraft Night Elf Crest

Months of work on this has finally paid off.

I rarely use the word “proud”. But I am, I am so proud, that I was able to make this piece come together, in the way that it has. That I didn´t give up mid way, but I saw it all the way through.

Ever since my Illidan’s Warglaive made out of beads, I had this idea for the Night Elf Crest. Me and hubby are slowly making a Wall of World of Warcraft things, and I needed a masterpiece. My masterpiece. And it finally hangs on the wall, finished.

The pattern was the biggest accomplishment, by far.

One thing is following an already-made-pattern, but another is coming up with it, as I go along, and still have it turn out okay. That is what took me the longest.

The entire thing took almost two months of working on it a little bit by bit every day.

I´m happy to share the progress pictures down below. And I will try to include a few helpful tips, if you ever want to make something this large in beads yourself.


 

Night Elf Crest 1.JPGI´m slowly getting started. I printed out a picture of the Night Elf Crest, and then I enlarged it, and printet out another in several Word Documents. (I´m that low techy techy, I know)

I heard, that you can use some kind of program to make these into more pixel-friendly versions, but I didn´t have it.

 

Night Elf Crest 2.JPGThen I just began, little by little, one pegboard at the time. You can see how I cut out the Night Elf Crest and placed it on the boards, then made a “line” and worked from there. The above picture is a raw draft, without shadows being added – that was an idea I got later on.

 

 

Night Elf Crest 3.JPGWhenever I wasn´t working on it, I would cover it with baking paper- to prevent dust. I knew it would have to lie there for months – and with the paper, it also prevented the beads from falling apart, if I would touch it accidentially. (We just have one table, so I used our dining table, which luckily is a very large one!)

 

 

A few more showing the process. First one shows the shadows being added. I use a pair of tweezers most of the time, especially for things like that.

 

 

To make sure that each part of the glaive was equal in length, I used a measuring tape. Even though i followed the picture I printed out in size, sometimes, I had to cut corners or enlarge bits here and there, to make a nicer looking detail come to life. So it wasn´t 100% accurate to the printed version.

 

night-elf-crest-9.jpgWhen you are making something this large, it actually helps to take a step back (stand above it) and take a picture with your phone or camera. The project just somehow “shows” itself a lot better like that, and getting a picture helps you spot “weak areas” you might want to improve. (Tip. Do not be a perfectionist!)

 

Night Elf Crest 10.JPGTry to cover all angles. It´s easy to miss “stray” beads, with a project this enormous!

 

Night Elf Crest 13.JPGTake pictures of it up close; especially if you are using beads of colours similar to each other. Then you can spot the wrong ones a lot easier.

 

night-elf-crest-11-1.jpgDone, before ironing.

 

Now cover it up with “paint tape” – It´s called Masking Tape in English I think? So you can flip it and iron it without doing it on the pegboards.

 

Night Elf Crest 15.JPGFlipping it was no easy task. This is where I went wrong; I should have had some kind of large “metal base” underneath it, and then flipped it over. All I had was carton, but it turned out okay. It was a two person job though. If you need more details on this, let me know, and I will try to find a video that describes and shows it better!

I have no pictures of the flipping process, too much panic for that! I was being so focused/holding my breath-not knowing if it turned out okay-mode in the picture removing the pegboards, I didn´t even notice the picture being taken.

 

Night Elf Crest 16.JPGSlowly removing each pegboard, hoping the masking tape keeps all the beads in place.

 

Night Elf Crest 17.JPGWhat I especially like about the masking tape is, that after removing the pegboards, you can now place each bead differently, if you need. So no beads are “floating” far from the other. That gives a far better finished project.

 

night-elf-crest-26-e1551549608987.jpgAnd here we go, flipped and pegboards removed. The angle is a little off here, because I had to stand high on a chair to take this picture! And it´s mirrored, since it´s the backside showing.

 

I forgot an important detail. A way to hang this on the wall that is more sturdy than just a bead or two. So I made these two “hangers” in a colour that matches our wall the best.

I left out four beads, so there was plenty of room for the screws. Making these on the masking tape afterwards was not the easiest of things, so don´t be like me, but remember it beforehand instead 😉

 

Night Elf Crest 31.JPGLet the ironing begin. Do not have it on carton, like I had to. It behaves weird from the heat. I made it work, but it could have been easier.

 

Night Elf Crest 32.JPGDuring ironing, I tried to create a little 3D-like effect, by carefully bending the beads while they were hot.

 

Night Elf Crest 34.JPGUse books for the parts of if, that you want to have “flat”. Others, you can bend, carefully, to make them pop, like I show above. I did that to the feathers and leaves and the end of the glaives 🙂

 

Night Elf Crest 33.JPGBefore I started hanging it on the wall, I used a bit of thread to make sure, that the arrows would not be too heavy and break.

The real thread being used now is more see-through than this. I recommend, fish line? I believe? I haven´t got it myself yet. I added two more of the threads I do have though, to be sure.

 


 

And that was it.

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Before I end, I want to include the very first version I made of this too. It was made to figure out the right colours and such. Quite fun to see it now, compared to what came out of it, hah 🙂

 


 

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Total bead count: Around 32.000

Colours used: Shiny Green, Dark Green, Light Green, Black, Light Purple, Purple, Dark Purple, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Gold, Bronze, Silver, Light Grey, Grey, Dark Grey, Pale Grey, White and Pearl White.

Bead brands used: Hama and Nabbi

Number of pegboards needed: 42


 

I hope this can be an inspiration to someone – I searched long for it myself, but never did manage to track down something similar to help me get started.

So happy crafting out there, everyone – and a joyful weekend to all of you 🙂

 

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Other Let´s Craft Projects

 

Moontouched Feather

Darnassus and Teldrassil

Illidan’s Warglaive

Halloween Decorations

Christmas Calendar with gamer quotes

Treasure Chest

The Voice Actors of Battle for Azeroth

One of my biggest joys, when I do Incursions in World of Warcraft these days (when I get the chance, those timers…), is Grumbol Grimhammer, the dwarf who is quite happy, with when we stomp the Horde flat!

I think he deserves the spotlight today, so here we go 🙂

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If the name of Grumbol rings a bell, it´s because he actually is the Alterac Valley Battle-Master (In Hillsbrad Foothills).

I find it so nice to see, how Blizzard brings in our old timers to newer expansions and roles 🙂 He has been in the game since 2005!

The voice actor did an amazing job portraying a true Dwarf. All the lines he says are gathered in this video.

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Listen and smile 🙂 I can´t even decide which quote is my favorite!

It must be the one with the lily-livered, it reminds me of Phoebe´s line from Friends, hah 🙂 (It´s at 1:00)

 

Although the way he says “bearded noses” is just genius!


 

I discovered, that it´s André Sogliuzzo (link to him here) who is behind the voice of Grumbol Grimhammer.

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What´s funny is, he is also labelled as Voice Actor behind World of Warcraft – Allaris Narassin, Arluin as well as Advisor Vandros! Talk about variety in voice skills 🙂

 

A cool overview here with pictures on who else André has lend his voice to, what an arsenal.


 

Battle for Azeroth has a lot of details and joys, and it´s easy to feel the passion behind the expansion. If one wants to see it.

Obviously, there are are a lot of other Voice Actors, who nailed their character! This is just one of them 🙂

 

Which Voice Actor has made an impression on you in this expansion?

 

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Patty Mattson (Voice Actor of Sylvanas) is a long time favorite of mine – have you heard her songs outside of World of Warcraft?

 


 

The Voice Panel of Blizzzcon always has me smiling. I find it so fun to hear the character´s voice brought to life – live, so to speak 🙂


 

There are so many Voice Actors worth mentioning, it´s hard to single one out. I just felt like shining the spotlight on Grumbol Grimhammer today 🙂

 

Which Voice Actor has made an impression on you in this expansion?

 

Have a joyful day, everyone 🙂

Remember the good, old days? – Why does it matter?

Pausing the Happy Thoughts for a moment today, and hoping for a constructive discussion.

Thank you so much in advance for getting involved 🙂


 

Remember back when you would play a video game, and that would be it?

You wouldn´t even know, who made it, you only cared, if it was good.

You didn´t connect and discuss with people online. You didn´t hear news of the company behind the game. All you were interested in was if the game provided you with the entertainment you expected.

 

I can still remember playing The Lost Vikings 20 years ago – yet it was only a few years ago, that I discovered, who was behind the game.

 

 

Those days are gone.

What happened?

Is is “just” the arrival of internet (and social media), or did we change, too?

Is it mostly us as gamers or the world around us?

Perhaps it is the level of greed, that plays a larger role now, when it comes to the reputation of a company. Yet, we would be kidding ourselves, if we didn´t admit, that of course they are here to make money. It´s not just about making games for “fun”. Still, gaming companies need to adapt and stay updated.

So why does it matter to us now?

I would appreciate to get your view and thoughts on it.

 


 

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It´s not often, that Chris Metzen gets involved in discussing the state of Blizzard anymore.

 

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Player Segmentation

 

As for Blizzard, Activision, World of Warcraft: I fear, that what we witness in these times is, that the player segment, that gets the most focus no longer are those, who cherish the Warcraft franchise. We do not bring in enough cash.

I have played World of Warcraft for over 14 years, since I was 22 years old. I never did try Warcraft, but naturally, I have a different “connection” to Blizzard, than a 15 year old who just arrived to the game would have. I knew Blizzard before Activision arrived. I belong to the player segment, who cherish the Warcraft franchise.

 

Is the cost of pleasing our kind too high?

 

What are we asking for? Are we impossible to please, do we play too little?

Does a company really has to rely on microtransactions to make it work today?

Why is a game of good quality, a finished game, no longer the goal?

Was that not what Blizzard was known for?

Is there any Blizzard left?

I imagine, that the average age of purchasing microtransactions is probably closer to 15 than 50 too.

 


 

I hate how the cynical part of me imagines, that all the mentioned developer-power Blizzard wants to add to their team, after they laid off 800 people, will go straight to their mobile games.

Because we all have phones, don´t we?

 

What´s the deal?

Will those of us, who are long time-fans be forgotten, out with the old, in with the new?

Will we have to settle for Classic, and Warcraft Remastered? Is that the explanation behind the timing and reason for those? Because surely it is not the plan to add microtransactions to them?

 


 

 

The loss of a good corporate image

 

I keep circling back, to what Blizzard admitted earlier;

that “they want to improve their communication with their passionate player base.”

Yet going through this post makes it difficult to see, how laying off people, that help them do just that, will help to achieve the goal of better communication. Building a solid reputation as a Community Manager can take years.

One could argue, that, after all, it´s better to have a stronger, more finished game (hiring more developers), instead of communicating.

 

Perhaps the goal is to get rid of communication all together, since the success of it – apparently – cannot be measured?

 

Perhaps times were better, back when players had no “need” for updates and communication –  or even more so, had no way of keeping updated, no place to come together.

No place to discuss their class – if you like it, great, if not, move onto another game. No “expectations”, that your voice can have an impact, that it can help change things. Perhaps those timers were simpler, easier. Just accept it or move on.

 

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I miss Alunaria the Gullible. Where is the hiding?

Do I need to blog through this, for her to come out again?

If only I didn´t care. After all, the less I care, the more happy I am?

 

Blizzard. You matter to us. We want you to succeed.

 

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“For Ythisens”

These are grim times for the gaming industry.

I went to bed yesterday preparing to wake up to the news of Activision “cutting costs”. I hoped for a maximum of 200 employees, I feared 700. It’s 775.

But, for when I tried to reassure myself, that better times would be ahead for the game, for the company…

Do you want to know which thought popped into my head?

 

“Well, at least they will keep people like Ythisens around”.

 


 

 

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If you are not someone, who visits the WoW forums, Ythisens is (was…) a very beloved Community Manager. He was welcomed into the community in 2017,  and he was the kind of person, who gave us hope. Always active, respectful, and blunt – a mix of qualities that are not easy to come by.

So wakening up to the news, that even Ythisens have been laid off, leaves me with little ability to defend these actions. With little hope.

 

“Building your way up to the reputation and respect Ythisens had is no easy task.”

 

Laying off someone like Ythisens at a time where we now more than ever need clear communication is nothing short of bizarre. I cannot help but fear, that this is a very clear sign, a symbol, of what is to come. And I struggle to remain hopeful for the game, because of that.

 


 

But despite it all, I am still as naive as can be, and I will at least make an attempt to have this desicion revoked.

I know there are so many employees that have lost their job overnight, and it´s not like Ythisens, is the only one I care about, please believe me.

But for me, he was the shimmer of hope, a shining star, always there with a spot on response. Actively communication with the player base.

Fighting for him to get his position back, is a symbol of not accepting the way, things have changed. Despite how foolish and unfruitful it may be.

 

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Ythisens being laid off is such a clear statement, and I will not have it, until I have done what I can to change things around.

A part of me wonders, if this is just a cruel trick. Laying off someone Activision knows, that the community actively will recognize and miss deeply, then revoking the decision and come out looking like heroes.

Gosh. Look at how quickly hope and naivity can turn into speculation and pessimism. Press on!


 

But enough about that, for now. That was not the intention of this post.

So, for you, Ythisens…

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To everyone else who have been laid off, despite no personal note to you, please know, that my thoughts are with you, just as they are with Ythisens.

Thank you for all that you contributed with to enrich the company, we once knew.

 

“Do you want to show your support?

Bring out your Zao, Calfling of Niuzao today and rename it Ythisens.

It´s the least we can do, for all who just lost their job.

Let your voice be heard.”

 

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Other posts on the subject

 

The Ancient Gaming Noob

Venture Beat

Ars Technica

Misdirections

Game Informer

Deez Wurds

The Scruffy Druid

Blizzard Watch

Fanbyte- Jordan Mallory

Massively OP 1 and 2

MMO Fallout

Zephirah´s Adventure

Kaylriene

Unidentified Signal Source

Contains Moderate Peril

Variety

Parallel Context

Lunar Festival 2019 Transmogs

The sweet Kam was so kind and inspire me to do a few transmogs for the Lunar Festival, so here they are.

Can I be so lucky and get a Kam-approved stamp, do you think? 😉

I just have three versions of the Crowns, I miss the last one, until next year, so three transmogs I made. Not a day too early to share these, I know, but better late than never!

The first one, the staff should be the Springrain one, as Kam suggested, but I forgot to take a new screenshot after the change! You can see it in the featured image of the post though.

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Did you make any specific Lunar Festival transmogs, you´d like to share? Do you enjoy the new Hearthstone Toy? I sure do 🙂


 

A few thoughts

 

I genuinely hope you all are well, and happily gaming in World of Warcraft. In these times, we need people to stand together and be part of the solution.

We all want the game to succeed; players, developers, everyone.

 

We should do our best to remember, that a game such as World of Warcraft is meant to entertain us in so many different ways, and we cannot expect a fraction, of what we might favor, to be enough.

 

Take your time, do your best to spread the joy, be construtive and hopeful.

Write, share, participate, forge new bonds 🙂 Blog! Even just the smallest of posts might help you re-capture, what you once cherished about blogging about World of Warcraft, so let´s. We miss so many of you!

Once more: Here´s to a great year of World of Warcraft in 2019. 🙂

Auberdine Rebuilt

I am so grateful to see Auberdine rebuilt in Battle for Azeroth.

Have you made sure to take your time and notice all the small details, that makes it look so breathtakingly beautiful?

If not, here´s a good old fashioned plethora of screenshots 🙂

 

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Absolutely gorgeous rebuilt. The art team this expansion has outdid themselves over and over again.

 

What do you think, was all of this new Night Elven Architecture made / improved, just for the rebuild of Auberdine and the Warfront?

Or does a rebuild of Teldrassil and Darnassus awaits us, once Battle for Azeroth is over?

I believe!

 

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Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone 🙂 Happy thoughts, continue and press on!

The “Happy Thoughts” Experiment – Final thoughts and Giveaway -Winner announcement

What a journey we´ve had with this “Happy Thoughts” Experiment

But…I know, that no one is going to read my words here – You´re all simply going to scroll down to see, who won the Vulpine Familiar, isn´t that so? :p

So I guess I´ll start with that 🙂


I chose to use the tool Random Name Picker. I didn´t even know such a thing existed, how fun!

Out of all those who participated, I counted a total of four bloggers, that qualifies for the Vulpine Familiar Giveaway with a minimum of 7 posts during the two weeks – the only criteria that had to be met (Correct me, if I am wrong, please, then it is not my intention!)

 

Wrath, Leto, Eppu and Erik.

 

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I so wish I could have done a stream or some kind of live event with this, but I am low techy techy, I apologize.

But, let´s spin the wheel, shall we!

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…Isn´t it exciting!

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…And the winner is…

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Get in touch with me and send me an e-mail at alunariasmail@gmail.com to begin the adoption!


…One would think, that that was it…Right?

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Not at all. I am feeling generous, and because of that…

 

For everyone else who participated, who didn´t win the mount…No matter if you made your seven posts or not…For everyone who tried…

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…For Kam at Kamalia et alia

…For Marathal at Deez Wurds

…For Wrath at Coffee Cakes and Crits

…For Eppu at Co-Geeking

…For Erik at Co-Geeking

…And to Grimgrog for his always encouraging comments and faithful readership…

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… 🙂

I chose Cap´n Crackers, because everyone will be able to remember, which expansion he came from, and when we did this experiment. And I heard he will actually sit on your shoulder, if you /whistle at him. Pretty neat 🙂

I hope he will bring you joy. And if you ever find yourself feeling dragged down by the unconstructive negativity, just bring him out, and he will remind you, how powerful a positive mindset can be!


 

I hope none of you have him. If so, and if you are feeling generous yourself, you are more than welcome to pay him forward, of course. But I really hope none of you have him.

Get in touch with me at alunariasmail@gmail.com and inform me, if you wish to recieve a US or European code, and which e-mail I can use.

I discovered, you do not need to hand out your BattleNet info to me, if you feel uncomfortable with that; an e-mail will do just fine and the adoption is instant 🙂

Please let me know if you have any issues with it! It took me 4 conversations with Game Masters to get this to work, hah.

So I´d appreciate a headsup, also when it works, so I know it arrived safely.

The deadline for the adoption is one week from today, Wednesday, January 16th.



 

Final Thoughts

 

Here ends the “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment.

I am happy to say, that it had an impact of me, more than I thought it would, and I feel much more positive about the game now. Unfollowing a few YouTubers, staying away from all unconstructive negative comments and posts, carefully selecting how I spend my time, making small positive blog posts, read all of yours…It all contributed to a much greater positive mindset.

So thank you and enjoy your new companion, big or small!

Happy New Year and happy positive mindset 🙂

 


 

Look at Leto on this beautiful mount…

Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

 

And Grimgrog with Crackers

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Wrath with Crackers

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Keep ´em coming – That sitting on the shoulder feature is beyond cool, hah 🙂

Why Druids are the best

…It´s been a while since one of these posts, and the screenshots are piling up, so I shall let them speak more or less for themselves… 🙂

In attempt to keep up a steady stream of blog posts, despite the – perhaps- lack of content they contain. Editting screenshots is always a joy for me.

Here goes!

 

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“Deer lighting things on fire”

 

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“Orca with wings getting chased by a mini Zeppelin”

 

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“Bear with…Stuff”

 

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“Warming up that fur”

 

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“Casual stroll during Incursion. There is time for it all”

 

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“Scenery turned into perfection, because, cute deer”

 

 

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“Grizzly Hills music and atmosphere”

 

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“Deer poking people with a needle”

Precious!

 

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“Most brutal high five ever given”

 

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“Orca on land vs. Blood Troll 1-0”

 


 

How can you argue?! 😉


 

I sure look forward to picking a winner for the Happy Thoughts Experiment Wednesday –

Happy day everyone 🙂