New World

It’s a new world, but not a new player base.

I bought New World, and on launch night I tried to join the server that some ex wow guildies had designated to be our server. It turned out so did everyone else in Asia Pacific because the queue was 21.5k long. As I stared into the queue abyss I decided I really wanted a chance to play that night so was pleasantly surprised when all the other available oceanic servers were only 2k deep. So I picked one and about 40 min later I was in.

Anything new and shiny is always exciting, and I enthusiastically dived in. Since launch I had not played WOW. The server issues were fixed ( at least for us ) ques were smaller, but there’s still a lot of lag especially in the cities. I’ve only logged in briefly tonight to WOW because New World Servers were going down at 9pm for several hours upsetting all the people in general chat at having to log out.

I had been trying to rush my first dungeon for a couple of quests and we had to disband before killing all the required mobs, but I got at least one important quest done while we were in there. The bones to get my pet will have to wait.

I’ve been spoiled with wow, New world has less buttons to press, but targeting feels a little clunky and even though I’m playing a Tank Spec in heavy armor with a 2 hander. I have had to level up a range weapon so I can chase down those pesky Does, Elks, and Buffalo for settlement quests. As it is your often competing to get the skin because while your target has been leading you around the map, other players have whipped out their ranged weapons and are trying to kill it too.

I have done SO MUCH running. Even with hearth points and fast travel my legs have been churning up the roads. No mounts in the game, and the only speed boost I had was when I spec’d into a charge with one of my weapons so I could move forward on cooldown.

I’ve not tried PVP – feeling a little better about my gear and at Level 30 and there’s active wars between factions territory’s which will be fun as long as the servers can maintain their player bases and there isn’t a dominating faction..

I’ve been having a lot of fun, it’s great timing given the negative sentiment around WOW right now, it’s familiar enough of a game to be comfortable but different enough that it’s different to WOW, and the grind! We all love a good grind, Chopping, gathering, mining, crafting, cooking, milking cows, getting honey from bee hives, and killing a lot of zombies.

My first dungeon was a little chaotic – we had at least 1 healer but I’m pretty sure there were at least 3 tank/dps and we were all doing our own smashing.

Player housing is going to be what I thought Shroud of the Avatar was going to be, but no real world money. You buy your house at the town of your choosing if you have the gold and the standing, and you then need to pay a property tax. You can outfit your house with crafting recipes, and drops. 2.5k Gold is the cheapest house, but I have my eye on a larger one with at least a front grass area. Your house ‘overlays’ other peoples, you always see your house, and if you invite someone in they will also see your house. Benefits of a house include another hearth cool down, and more storage. You do need to pay property taxes to make full use of it though, and for now- it’s a little steep to justify just yet.

Speaking of storage and grinding and crafting. You need a lot of space for all your bits , every settlement has independent storage volumes, you can transfer between banks for a fee if the settlement locations are controlled by the same faction.

I’m not too keen on the chat. It takes up too much of the screen, too many channels and way too much spam. I didn’t know what a discord kitty was. I knew, but I didn’t know the lingo ( age is showing ) I learned because of the chats and the requests for discord kitties, in game girlfriends, sugar daddies etc… people were already boasting about coming back from bans in game already, the usual name choices you see when people are pushing inappropriate naming conventions, but in the last few days it feels like it’s been cleaned up. For a new game, they have a lot of adverse media to read about from Blizzard and learn from.

The patch tonight is going to prevent whats being referred to as an AFK running into the wall hack – players run themselves into wall so they don’t get logged out. When queues are long for some people to get in trying to prevent logging. The patch will also bring in the groundwork for server transferring so the orphaned people on launch don’t need to re-roll and can pick a server and play with friends.

I’m having fun, turning into a hoarder, gathering all my crafting material and looking like a tanking bad ass. Server populations need to be kept high enough for all the aspects of the game to function – so once the initial frenzy is over the test for Amazon will be how to sustain peoples interest.

Almost level 31 at the moment which is a fair crack – fast travel and killing anything with a quest icon above it to keep completing the quest boards in the settlement which help the settlememt raise the tiers of their crafting stations. Kill 25 rabbits, bring water, craft a potion, fund some buckles. It’s been adding up.

Faction identity & working together

Are you Alliance or Horde to the core?

There was some suggestions floating around Facebook, Reddit, and forums that allowing Alliance and Horde to work together more, would decrease overall toxicity between players and in the game, and that our factions just seek to divide us further and encourage hostility towards each other.

I’ve been flagged for PVP all of Shadowlands – its a nice little bonus and for the most I get left alone. There’s the odd bones of a death sitting around the steps on the Seat of the primus in Maldraxxus, where I have made my home. It’s a reminder not to go AFK at the flight master, and on occasion there will be some PVP and general chat calls all the warriors to home to defend against the enemy.

When we quest in Korthia there’s a bit more action and Horde and Alliance travel around in small packs and we have a bit of a tussle – this only often lasts as long as it takes for either one of us to finish our quests, it’s more of a you’re there and flagged so you are fair game rather then a true faction hunt and destroy.

I used to be afraid of World PVP, didn’t think I could hold my own, and didn’t want my game play and fun interrupted. Now its an acceptable dalliance,camping is never fun but if your silly enough to keep coming back to the same spot on a quest (yes me, in the hope they have moved on ) then dying a few times and a corpse run while still an inconvenience, it’s not too bad.

I know there was controversy when they removed the /spit emote. It wasn’t one I felt I needed to use. Most the /spit’s I saw were in battlegrounds. Being that hateful to your opposition never really seemed to be a Alliance v Horde thing, it’s we are taught generally in society that if they aren’t on your team then they are the enemy. I don’t think it’s going to matter who the opposition is, even if we bring in Alliance v Alliance PVP matches – the other team is still the other team. Going back to playing sports as kids and playing other schools – being taught ‘sportsman’ like behavior and shaking their hand at the end of the match was one thing, but truly considering them mates, or equals or even having a friendly chat didn’t happen. In professional sports team bonding is encouraged amongst your own team members to keep the team strong and loyalties clear. Do we need to feel like we belong to a team to the exclusion of all others, and would breaking down those lines between Horde and Alliance going to make everyone nicer to each other?

Generally I think if people want to be asswipes and /spit its not because of a faction is because they are asswipes. Faction wars is just an excuse ‘ But they are horde… ‘ or they are filthy Alliance… ‘

I like the idea of reducing pure Alliance v Horde PVP – I want a good game, and if that means that they can do better matching and faster queues then that’s great. I don’t think it matters if my team mate is an Orc or a Gnome, if they are on my team and we have a flag in mind, we both want to win that game. Mixing up the starting positions in PVP also means we are forced to adjust strategies and get a better feel for a map rather then starting at the same gate every time.

I don’t think we need to keep the lines between Alliance and Horde so strict – and I am supportive of blurring these where it could. We are currently fighting for the same world.

Will it make toxic players less toxic? I don’t think so, there will always be ‘otherness’ faction , race, gender. It won’t matter what your otherness is – some people will always find a way to use that to divide.

🕷 Arachnophobia Mode – Satisfactory🕷

Satisfactory has an Arachnophobia mode

I talked about WOW and Arachnophobia in my post here There are spiders everywhere in WOW, you craft with them, quest for them, cook with them, eat them. In Satisfactory you can craft with their bits for biomass or you can craft a recipe for you to inhale their organs for a full health bar.

You will find black spiders in satisfactory spitting bright greenish yellow acid at you when you run into caves, or when you are wandering around at night. Launching themselves at you with the scurry of their legs. I’ve come across two levels of spiders, the little ones that you can knock down in two hits and give you 2 Alien Organs, or the bigger mama spider that gives you 3 alien organs and is harder to kill.

Come across either of these when you don’t expect it especially in a darkened PC room and the cold winter – EEEK I still jump in my seat.

Whats interesting and fun though is Satisfactory Arachnophobia mode.

First I had a look at this youtube video to see what the Mode looks like. A video from vypermajik’s youtube channel here shows the gameplay. I tested it by changing my mode in game.

*******BIG SPOILER*******

The spiders become cats

There’s at least two types of cats, and when you have the sound on you can hear them meowing at you while they attack you. Their disembodied heads floating around.

What’s even more terrifying is a pack of cats running at full speed at you in the cave.

I think this a cute little mod. Spiders are commonly used in gaming, and Arachnophobia is more likely to effect women then men according to some reliable studies. I’m fine. I grew up with Red-backs in the backyard, and the fear of whitetail spider bites. Daddy longlegs and Huntsman are harmless.

I love the horror aspect the spiders introduce into Satisfactory, fire breathing or charging headbutting mobs aside, the Spiders make you cautious exploring the dark. The dark can kill you.

If you did have a fear of spiders though – Cat mode is a great idea.

Permanency – Existential crisis in a gaming world

Sydney’s still in extended lockdown, and when I am not working or spending time with partner I have been gaming/ binging tv shows on duel screen monitors alot.

Instead of seeking out people in a MMO ( Wow ) I am obsessing over making widgets, finding coal, smelting enough ore and Spaghetti,

Spaghetti in Satisfactory is the imprint you have on your environment. The conveyor belts, your pipelines and electrical wires. When I first started I tried to keep my footprint small. Despite my mission to exploit the map for the purposes of my employer “Conquer nature, build multi-story factories, and automate to satisfaction!” I didn’t really get the extent of the possibilities until I started looking up stuff on youtube, & problem solving some of my automation difficulties. Glass, steel and concrete castles in the sky.

Look upon my works and despair ( despair at my organised Chaos) I am very much grass based still. Its getting way to disorganised to manage now and so I have some concrete constructors going so I can start seriously building up.

I’m the only player on this Map, and the MAP is huge, I am not even close to exploring even 20% of it, and its a conflict. Explore or progress. I know I am still using Biofuel too much, so I leave for too long and parts of my automation shut down so I am building more coal powered stations, and so far have my Water pumps self sufficient. I need to up the power automation because my newly built train and train tack ( yes how cool is that ) is a power suck so I had to disconnect it from my grid .

Early access only goes to Tier 8 and I am currently on Tier 7 and just working out the logistics of Aluminum smelting.

My footprint on this world is huge – its getting bigger, and once I tidy up things, and get better at automation, I will build my fancy glass walled factory in the sky

the only permanency I have in World of Warcraft is my Garrison ( remember those ?) I have left the Christmas decorations out so I can change into a gnome when ever I feel like it. I still visit it from time to time because it was the first real attempt for any kind of player housing.

I loved playing ARK – my Tamagotchi dinosaurs that required regular feeding so you had to log in regularly or you lost your base, and you got to design your base how you wanted. I felt part of that gaming world, because pieces of me were left behind. People could look at my base and my Albino Tyrannosaurus and neon pink Saddle. As a player in WOW I exist only as pixels, leaving no physical mark or reminder that I exist.

I like having that permanency – that connection that what I create is mine.

I am currently chasing the technology advancement in satisfactory, but am enjoying the problem solving and the complete control over where I can build. Ramps to no where, to cross a river or an ocean, to get to a drop pod. or just because I wanted to see what was ontop of a really tall rock. It;s all there till i decide to take it down.

I can fly I can fly…. on a fly & Satisfactory a game.

So I now have Shadowlands Flying, and the first thing I did was fly to this chest I couldn’t get to and had been taunting me on a map In Maxx only to find I don’t have the key to open it. Life is full of disappointments.

Flying is going to help with dealing with the occasional PVP war that occasionally happens on the steps outside the Necrolords. The flight master is out of the safe zone, and sometimes it can get dangerous. Sometimes it gets frustrating, and my go to move is a mindbomb and dispersion and flee to the safe confines of that scary looking skeleton on a throne in the picture above.

I didn’t mind not flying, I got used to it, got more efficient at getting where I needed to be. The Maw no mounts was the most annoying so glad that changed.

I’ve been doing the new Maw quests in Korthia and as fun as the new content has been with fresh new things ! There are these really weird deja vu moments where I find myself killing the same mobs again and and again. I feel the quests make excellent double use of the same area, and Korthia is starting to feel quite small after 2 weeks. The Invasive mushrooms that require creating thinking to get up a tree limb were a fun touch.

Sydney is back in lockdown – and we’ve been told one more to go, means working from home again, not going out unnecessary. It’s been harder this time round. Will be getting my 2nd dose of the vaccine soon.

More time at home means, more time to sink in a new game. I am also currently playing a lot of a game called Satisfactory – mining/world building from Coffee Stain Studios. My factory is still on grass, and is a conveyor belt of a mess. I still haven’t set up my coal power plant so running around putting bio fuel in my Bio fuel burners is getting to be a pain.

The construction doesn’t need supports thankfully – which means to get creative and getting access to certain points in a game like a green power slug, I build a relative cheap concrete ramp and leave it there for when the slug eventually re spawns. I love the problem solving aspect, the experimenting with newly learned tech and items, and moments of accomplishment when you solve a problem like getting a coal mine working on top of a plateau – first how do you get up there ( jump pad of course.. ) how do you power and wire a plant, and then how do you get it down the cliff. There is a special part for that! The only rules I’ve found is you can’t have conveyor belts that are too steep. I currently have a coal conveyor belt that’s across country. I also drove a rover in the middle of a small lake accidentally ( well more to see what would happen) Its stuck. won’t move while submerged. The internet tells me you can’t get it out, and I am better off dissembling it.

Next challenge is to run a water pipe from a source of water I have just found and then set up that coal power plant, reconnect my wiring all so I can be more efficient at making widgets that unlock more item to make ( and maybe tidy up my production so its not a maze of belts). Youtube shows me all these awesome neat little factory set ups from other players who have spent way too much time playing minecraft – this I shall aspire to, but for now, I call it organised chaos

Stay safe.

Felicia Night

I found Felicia Night in Maldraxxus wandering around the Necrolord Seat of the Primus. AKA a tribute to Felicia Day – this makes me feel nostalgic. Felicia is an unapologetic Gamer & Geek, and Warcraft player and I loved watching the guild. Its good to this see this nod to her,

Also just a friendly reminder that The Guild is back on Youtube woo! and who can forget the song Do you want to date my Avatar? I also really liked I’m the one that’s cool

I picked Necrolords because Icy veins told me it was a good option. ( though Night Fae appears to be the most common for Shadow Priests ) I am happy with the Necrolords – additional shield for when I’m squishy, some 2 min buff bonuses depending on who’s life force I have sucked up, and while I am about to lose my set bonus of 100+ Intellect depending on gear piece selection, Unholy Nova is also a good extra little dot for healing and damage when used on cooldown, and importantly, no one is LFR has laughed at me.

I also think the outfits are also cool. You can’t see it in the pic but my cloak with the bone talons are flexible and when you jump around as I am oft to do they jiggle like boneless tentacles

First Guild implosion for the season

Mind Vision makes for great upclose screen shots of scary looking mobs

I rejoined a guild that I had played with last xpac. I had been kicked for being inactive last year. It was a bit of a suprise to me that I hadn’t logged in that long. I meant to, I just didn’t want to, their gkick rules were fair, non inactive players for 90 days were cleaned out unless there was a special exemption. It was that kind of guild though, always rotating the numbers and rotating new players in and out hence the need for a strict gkick policy I had been there for less then one week before it imploded the first time, took half the raiders with it. Happened a few times more while I was there, and I pulled further and further away from wanting to raid, and I remember one raid I was pulled into that I hated every minute of and then I just stopped logging in. I needed the break. I bought a switch, got lost in Animal crossing until I had grinded my way to the last house upgrade and lost interest in that and some other things along the way when I wasn’t working or being otherwise occupied.

So new content in Shadowlands, excitement, fresh challenges, and positive thinking. I joined back with the old guild and was happy with a casual sunday raiding promise. Then the core members all left for another game this week.

I was in a happy spot gear wise did all my Covenant stuff for gear, was now filling in the gaps with lucky drops, worldquests and chests. Running YOLO RBGS enough to upgrade PVP gear to 207. (Been PVPing as Holy heals and if I push for serious RBGS I’ll need to go disc, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve that makes playing holy really fun for me, and I’ll blog about that at a later time.) I either needed to start doing heroic/mythic raiding or running keys and that required me to commit to a regular time, and casual Sunday raiding suited my time better, so disappointed that the guild has imploded so early on.

So back to wandering lonely as a cloud….

I played Valheim this weekend a bit, been hearing good things and I like me a good survival game, Ark ate a lot of my time that wasn’t in WOW and I have played with a few other survival games ( loved The Forest ). After a three hour time sink in Valheim I poked around the interwebs to see why it was so popular given it was so simplistic and I have to agree with what a PC gamer article review said, and that it was a very forgiving survival game and that less time is spent on the mundane. ( having said that I am now currently spending my time trying to shoot some deer with a bow and the damn buggers keep running away even when I am being stealthy ) I have died once to a falling tree, but stupid me was standing under it so I deserved that, and now I am slowly exploring – I have the materials to make a raft and having enjoyed rafting so much in Ark I am looking forward to exploring on it in Valheim.

I don’t blame everyone for leaving, my break last year was the longest I have ever had. Life, game balance is important, and sometimes I feel WOW can be a rather demanding relationship. We love and we hate the grind. So keep managing your life and game balance, and fun and game balance, its meant to be fun, lets keep it that way.

Dating on WOW by Class – A perfect Match.

Repost of an old post – Just because of the Valentine spirit

‘Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this evening’s presentation tonight we plumb the depths of the human soul as we join a lost, lonely girl trying desperately to find love. See for yourself what tragedy lies ahead when the paths of star-crossed lovers meet. Will she survive? Will she prevail?  Only time will tell ( Ok so I stole those lines from the Opera Event… )

Who would be your Perfect partner?

index The Demon Hunter

In hopeless campaigns, and bitterest strife,  Demon Hunters feel like they have been at the front all the days of their lives. *  Your object of affection has overcome  the thrall of a charming and illustrious  ( and green and yellow glowing ) leader, and still faces  the doubt of his new allies when fighting at their side,  expect your family and friends to not invite you both to events for a little while.   When threatened, or someone leaves the toilet seat up,   they  may lose themselves in a uncontrollable rage, that causes a terrible metamorphosis. A kitten may sooth the savage beast, but please see a a good blacksmith for appropriate caging options in the event of overnight stays.  They may also jump your bones,  the bed,  and the roof  of any dwelling if surprised.

Dislikes:  Suprise birthday parties & mirrors  Hobbies: Paragliding  and Parkour.

Looking for: A lover not a demon

Ui-charactercreate-classes_deathknight Death Knight

Not since Angel on Buffy have we seen such a brooding and dark creature, wracked by eternal guilt. The Death Knight has long avoided intimate contact with loved ones. You will really need to grab and pull this one out of their shell. Persistence and a lot of love and tender care required to nurse a Death Knights heart back to normalcy and once you have done, you will find a devoted partner – who given that you are their first love in a long time may get a touch obsessive.
You may find the Death Knight watching the moon rise wistfully in the cool night,  their glowing eyes, a jeweled beacon,  illuminating their pale pallor in the  darkness. They don’t  like talking much,  their voices crackle back at them, and they get mistaken for a mechanical  being. Ignore their awkward  attempts at the Bus stop   or water cooler  humor when it comes to  small talk.  They are still adjusting. They really are great people.

Dislikes: Unfocused, erratic individuals Mushy emo stuff, and Pink.

Looking for – nothing. They don’t need anything they say. They have fought the bounds of the prince of darkness what could you ever offer them in comparison. What they really need is a slap on the head to knock them out of their melancholy  . Go on. Do it. It will shock them into taking your pursuits seriously.

Druid}The Druid

The Druids heart belongs to no one,  they are free spirited  and love to love everything.  Often Vegetarian ,  they are also active environmentalists, the druid is an outdoorsy type, loves long runs/swims/flights in the nude.  Loves to garden and uses natural therapies  and rolls in piles of leaves. To catch a druid you must be playful and joyful, and run very fast agilely through the woods,  they like all shapes and sizes but be prepared to share. They may drool when petted and stroked.

Dislikes: Being used as a scratching post, or peed on by Worgens,  being kept indoors or being tied down to one person,  Pollution.

Looking for: Multiple someones who don’t mind a little bit of fur or feathers around the house, doesn’t eat deer or bear meat and loves the outdoors.

Hunter}Hunter

They love the thrill of the hunt being experts in tracking and laying traps, and the challenge that each new beast presents.  A patient person they will wait for the perfect opportunity to take their target, and  will only go after partners that present a challenge. Often a loner, its hard to get close to the Hunter’s heart,  but if you do you will have to be constantly interesting and hunter worthy or your hunter will move on to another conquest.   Likes playing games in the bedroom so be prepared to get a little adventurous.  They get along with household Pets of all types, but be prepared to have an indoor tiger or bear as a pet, and when you break up  don’t be surprised if your Cat or dog went with them. You will find your hunter out Camping and game shooting.  Its advisory to wear bright colours and make lots of noise so as not to be mistaken for an animal on first contact.

Dislikes: Vegetarians, and Sit down dinner parties that don’t allow pets under the table.

Looking for: A Partner that understands that sometimes you just need to be alone, and will  knows how to cook what ever they have brought to the table, and have a warm mug of ale waiting at home for them after  a long hunt.

Mage}Mage

With a slight touch of neuroses Mages find themselves driven to the perfection of their chosen talents and can become quite narrow minded in their pursuit, they enjoy reading non fiction books on topics that include science  & astronomy, and enjoy intellectual debate. Seasoned  travelers in far off and mystical places they are constantly searching for answers. As they prefer the pursuits of the mind as apposed to exploration of the body. Role playing and a fierce intellect in a potential partner is a must . If you want to keep a mages mind engaged, steel their heart by knowing as much as they do

Dislikes: Dumb People, and working out at the Gym. Loves watching Reruns of captain planet  for the moments  where the elements are called into power.  EARTH,  WATER, FIRE and thick dusty tombs.

Looking for: Someone who will support their ambition with lots of book shelves, and who can   keep up intellectual debate.

Paladin}Paladin

Is very social and compassionate, likes talking but is a great listener. An early riser they are practical and courageous, they like getting their hands dirty and are self sacrificing. A practical high achiever they want to make their mark on the world.  If you want to catch a paladins eye tell them about your charitable work down at the local orphanage.  Paladins are loyal partners, and devoted fathers. You will never fear taking a Pally home to meet your parents, but beware their Martyrdom.

Dislikes: Money and Large corporations

Looking for: A partner who will be at their side helping them make the world a better place.

Priest}Priest

The priest doesn’t have much room in their life but for their one true god.  Often respectable figureheads in their local community they are stoic and steadfast in their beliefs, often to the point of  stubbornly. Some priests enjoy Ghost Hunting and Public speaking.  Dependable and reliable,  once committed to a cause or person they remain so.  To catch a Priest you need to share their devotion,  coming to them for advice and showing your commitment to the faith is a good start, Often found in medical facilities, they make good surgeons & nurses, able to heal or hurt they wield their powers with benevolence. They struggle with the temptations that shadow allows them,  the pressure to heal while others enjoy themselves a ongoing battle.

Dislikes: Unfaithfulness people, and waste.

Looking for: Someone who understands there is the dark and there is the light and there is what must be done for the good of all.

Rogue}Rogue

Are often misunderstood People who were frail or weak in childhood, they learn often deviously that their strengths lie in depriving people of things and  stealth – theory.   While not necessarily aligned with evil, or  bad, their unsocial like behavior does not encourage many friends.  Collectors of rare and valuable things they are often wealthy and smart. Look for your rogue at Auction houses, or in Museums.  Catching their eye is not difficult if you are a pretty thing,  they will feel the urge to possess you.  Once however their interest is caught they will shower you with gifts and affection,   just make sure those gifts don’t have someones name engraved on it.

Dislikes: Being the center of attention, Loud parties, and noise.

Looking for: A shiny bauble to possess.

Shaman}Shaman

The Shaman is a supportive type,  non judgmental,  and slow to anger, But will defend their love ones with all the powers at their call.   They are are romantics, looking for their one true life partner.   They like cuddling and have a great sense of humor.  Creative people who love Music and screen- shoting and storytelling.   You will find your Shaman at the Inn sharing a beer with the locals, they don’t do one night stands,  so be prepared to show your true inner beauty to make the shaman fall for you. Shamans will turn any sedate gathering to the party of the raid calendar year,  and  always bring their own disco balls and strobe lights to any party.

Dislikes: Rudeness, and Bigotry

Looking for:  The one that the moons rises in their eyes, and smiles sparkles with the brightest stars

Warlock}Warlock

Is a studious character and also somewhat unsociable.  A Hoarder of knowledge they can be often found chanting demonological languages under their breath at local formal wine bars.  Appreciators of fine music and wines they like their entertainment on the exclusive side.   Watchers rather then participators they appear vague and aloof. To win what is left of their heart be prepared to demonstrate your extensive knowledge on the culinary delights of various cultures. If you can impress them with your class and style they will be yours.  Meeting their minions for the 1st time can be quite a shock, and their loyalty to their partner  is often questioned when their mistress appears.

Dislikes: Drunks and Gaudy people.

Looking for: Dark and Sultry

Warrior}Warrior

A rather down to earth character. who loves watching and participating in all sorts of sports.  Can get hot tempered when he has been drinking with the Shamans in the pub, and likes a good ‘trying to balance on logs’ while drunk challenge.   Be Prepared for Bruises and breaks that are not work related.  The Warrior trains hard but likes to party hard too.  To catch a Warriors eye,  be on the dance floor doing the latest dancing fad.   Do not be taken back by his slurred one liners, he really is a romantic at heart,  just has trouble expressing himself with all the drills pounded into his head.   A Fierce defender of what is his, and  is great with his hands  but be aware,  his loyalty lies with his Commanding officer,

Dislikes: Middle management, and sewing.

Looking for: A practical person to learn to cook sew, mow the lawn, and patch the roof.

 

*paraphrased from  The Vanguard a Poem by Henry Lawson

Companion App

I’m back in office a couple of times a week now and what better way of keeping up with my companions adventures then with the mobile app.

I feel it’s almost an essential tool ( at least in the initial frenzy of an expansion) to milk the most out of your playing schedule and the irregular mission time lengths. When I logged out last night I had frustratingly short half an hour left on one mission and an hour and a half on a second that I wasn’t able to wait around in game for. Before sleep I was able to send my little minions off on another adventure and on my commute to work – send them off on another. Using skip to the end of course.

I have only ever watched one complete combat – skip to the end is the only option. Who wants to watch a bunch of face plate circles bouncing around a screen playing dodgem cars and for this reason I feel like this is a wasted animation. Keep the combat log, but I would prefer a more stylised over dramatic combat scene that changed with each mission to bouncing balls

As for the other features which include a Map showing the active worldquests is also a little frustrating feature because if I’m on my app it means I’m not on my computer and I’m not going to run home or stop what ever I am doing to make sure I get that world quest. ( though since getting my renown up the gear rewards have been a little useful filling in my neck and trinket gaps)

I didn’t use the app last expansion. I didn’t want to be so connected that I felt like I had to carry around the game. This xpac because of Covid I have been spending more time gaming and the desire to do all the things means I am feeling more pressure to maximise the experience.

World PVP is dead. Long live PVP

I’m leveling Shadowlands on a PVP realm.

I’m flagged for PVP because of Warmode bonuses. I had planned on staying flagged until I got annoyed enough to unflag.

So far my PVP experience on what used to be one of Oceanic’s most brutal PVP realms while leveling has been a Rogue that tickled my kidneys while I was killing a mob. He had a quick jab, and then vanished.

I’ve accidentally dotted up a couple of cute Pandas – including once during the 3 stone rare mob summoning. I happened to run past at the same time that a Horde and an Alliance player were standing on a rock channeling a great big jar, and figuring I should join in and see what happened because there was a silver star on the map, I stood on the third rock.

Surprise mob waves!

I have three dots again so it was dot dot dot.. OPPS and apologies to the poor Horde Panda.

I’ve gone AFK and come back to find that I was very alive. I passed Horde idling on the side of a road, and did not kill them. No one has stalked me on the lonely roads to hunt me down. It can’t be because my shadowy self is scary, I’m the worst geared pre expansion then I have ever been. I am using crafted greens because they are better then what I have earned/picked up on the way.

Have we lost the world PVP blood lust, or are we all too busy leveling as fast as we can, that we don’t want to poke the Bears, or the Pandas, or a fiesty Gnome or Elf?


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