In the Spirit of Hallow’s End…

November 8, 2010

Hallow’s End has come and passed, and hardly a peep about it came from me. I’m not your typical holiday junkie. What I yearn for is more of the atmosphere of the holidays. So, without further ado, I present to you a mystery:

 

There is a spooky place out in Duskwood. Errmm… I mean, spookier than most places in Duskwood. It’s called Beggar’s Haunt, and no one seems to be able to explain its existence.

Located at coordinates 90, 30, is what appears to be the grave of a very prominent person. You reach it by taking the road from Darkshire towards Deadwind Pass. There is a path with archways to the left which meanders past a destroyed tower where a Forsaken Apothecary sits. If you continue around the tower the path will lead you to this spot.

There is a sarcophagus in the center with benches circling it. At the head and under the central arch, is a stone marker or altar. There are two smaller arches connected by latticework on either side, and behind these arches are statues.

These statues are the same model as those around the Dark Portal (similar statues found at Twilight Ridge in Nagrand and the Altars of Storms).

I’ve done my bit of research, and no one seems to be able to say what this place is. It is obviously a grave, but who’s? People have been asking this question since Vanilla and we are still no closer to the answer.

Thank you to Spellpower for showing me this secret.


Ice in Northrend

November 4, 2010

Another alt has made it through Outlands, and so arrives in Northrend, ready to kick some ass and take some names.

I think I spoke once about how everyone takes the obligatory going through the Dark Portal picture of their toons, but no one does a going to Northrend picture. Well, here ya go.

I'm on a boat!

Viva leveled through Borean Tundra with Totallytotem. Ice is going through Howling Fjord with Torq. We’re quite the odd couple. He’s a gnome, I’m a draenei. Why don’t I have any screenshots with him? Oh, that’s right. She’s too fabulous to include anyone else in her pictures, it would just mar her image.

Having landed at Valgarde with supplies.

I’ve been questing questing questing, because I’m kinda scared to tank yet. WTB replacements for my crappy starter DK gear. I figure I’ll wait until I hit 70 and then see whats on the AH. I’m finding that there are way too many quest rewards that are purely for Holy Paladins. What did Blizzard think, we’d end up with no Holy Pallies if they didn’t bombard them with gear?

Most fun quest in Howling Fjord so far?

Harpoon Surfing!

 

 


Gender Issues at Blizzcon, Hawt PCs and NPCs, Who Cares?

October 26, 2010

The infamous Victoria’s Secret catalogue question has been making its rounds on the blogosphere, and I am jumping on the bandwagon. The entire Open Q&A session text can be found here.

I love what you guys have done with WoW, I love that there’s a lot of strong female chars, though I wonder if we can have some that didnt look like they came out of a Victoria’s Secrets catalogue?

Which catalogue would you like them step out of then? We feel ya, we want to vary our female chars more in the future. So yeah we’ll pick different catalogues.

NPCs

This got me thinking about the female role models in WoW, and what they are wearing. The following are only those currently appearing in game.

Alexstrasza – yep, skimplily clad

Sylvanas Windrunner – also skimpily clad

Jaina Proudmoore – belly showing, but well covered

Vareesa Windrunner – suitable armor, not skimpy at all

Tyrande – tasteful robes suitable to a priestess

Greatmother Geyah – tasteful robes suitable to an elder

Shandris Feathermoon – armor suitable to a Sentinel

Magatha Grimtotem – very low cut

Lady Liadrin – armor suitable to a paladin

High Priestess Ishanah – belly showing, but well covered

Moira Thaurissan (aka Bronzebeard) – very scantily clad

The Black Bride – suitable armor

Of these twelve, I consider four of them to be unreasonably skimpy, 2 of them show belly but are otherwise acceptable, and 6 of them are well armored or geared for their class/race. Really, women are outraged over 1/3 of the NPCs in the world dressing a little naughty?

Players

Now, let’s take a look at what we are wearing as players.

Tier 7 (Naxxramas):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Tier 8 (Ulduar):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Tier 9 (Trial of the Crusader):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Tier 10 (Ice Crown Citadel):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Although I did struggle to find screenshots of every set on female models I did find a majority of them. The trend this expansion has been very covered up. If anything is showing, it’s a little bit of belly. I haven’t seen anything low cut this expansion at all.

My Thoughts

I am a woman, and I like my characters in a fantasy game to be scantily clad. I give my characters naughty roleplay or city walking outfits because I think it looks cool and I like it (see here). I like looking at it. I don’t know what that says about me or my own self image or whatever, and I don’t care. I like to look good, and I wasn’t impressed by the tier gear this expansion.

I find it frustrating that the questioner at Blizzcon (who I assume was female) did not do thorough research before asking such an inane question of the panel. I’d be more interested to hear they are putting Jaina in a more proud position lore-wise and making her less of a spineless, sniveling crybaby, than that they cover her belly up.

After hearing this questioner and the outcry from many women throughout the blogosphere, my fear is that the gear in Cataclysm is going to have us wearing boxes. Afterall, how much more covered up can we get?


Ashwynn’s Big Day Out: Take Two

October 20, 2010

Some of you may have noticed that Ashwynn is no longer level 69. That’s right ladies and gents, the prodigal warlock has been sent out on a mission, to gain a level.

The interesting thing about all of this is that I actually enjoyed leveling her for that one level. I specced her out in a sexy Destruction build, gave her some very Warlock-ish BOAs, and went out and started some fires.

Ashwynn in her Sexy BOAs

Now, before you start asking why I bothered doing any of this, well, its rather an embarrassing story… You see, Ashwynn is my tailor, and I thought it fitting if she had a flying carpet. So I got the mats together and at great expense she made herself a lovely little flying carpet… that she couldn’t use. The tooltip on the carpet told me that I needed to be level 70 to use this item. So, you see, this was my reasoning behind leveling Ashwynn to 70.

There was only one thing that I forgot. Ashwynn already has flying skill, and there is a lesser flying carpet that I should have made for her first. I had crafted the epic flying carpet instead of the regular one. No chance I am wasting 5,000 gold to give her epic flying. Maybe if some day I have gold to throw away, but that isn’t the case right now.

So I wound up gathering the less considerable mats for the lesser flying carpet, and celebrated with Spellpower at Krasus Landing.

Carpet Surfing with Spellpower

Afterwards, I took her out for a little spin with Spellpower to visit the Baron in Stratholme. Old Rivendare just isn’t what he used to be. Yet, he still refuses to give up that steed.

Hello Baron

All in all, a fun little adventure for Ashwynn, and a lesson for me. Perhaps Ashwynn will not be stuck in Ironforge forever.

 

 


Revenge, At Last!

October 10, 2010

Old school achievements and dungeons are not my guild’s thing. Luckily enough, my best friend’s guild sometimes does these things, and I get to tag along. Many thanks to you guys, and to you, Spell. ❤

Today, Ama got her revenge on Lady Vashj, finally! I know, I know. Not the most epic of achievements for a level 80, but a milestone for Ama nonetheless.

Die, you naga wench! Die!

The guild I was in during BC ended its raiding days without having completed the last bosses in SSC or TK. We made brief attempts at Mount Hyjal, but were only able to down the first boss there. We never stepped into Black Temple or Sunwell. We were exceptionally late to the game, and the introduction of Zul Aman created epic proportion drama that destroyed the guild.

We had made a few attempts at Lady Vashj before we moved on to Mount Hyjal. That fight has to be one of the most infuriating fights in the game.

This morning we did it with 10 people, which was a challenge in and of itself, given all of the adds and the different corners where the cores come from and then need to go to. Thank heaven for Vent!

We also completed TK and killed Kael’thas. Unfortunately I didn’t get screenshots of that. It was very fun to get to see. I had seen all of the bosses in TK except for Kael’thas. By that time it was nearing the end of BC and our repeated failures on Lady Vashj had us convinced we would not be able to kill Kael and his council.


I have slain the King!

October 8, 2010

It is done. Arthas has been put out of his misery by mine own hands. Well, not just my hands. Well, actually not really my hands at all, but I did keep those alive who did do the killing bits.

And along with his demise came these:

 

Precious achievements! My Precioussssss!

I am beyond happy! I was truly concerned that I wouldn’t achieve my ultimate goal for this expansion, and I would have had no one to blame but myself. I would have had this done long ago if I hadn’t taken a break from raiding and explored other realms.

I’m not sure if there are others in the guild that still need titles, but for now we are still scheduled to return to the Citadel next week. Maybe we will try some hard modes, maybe we will just grind it for badgers and fun. Either way, the pressure is off, and it feels wonderful!

 


Oh, Sindragosa… again.

October 1, 2010

So, the Alt team is making its way through ICC 10 man. Since myself and two others who were on the progression team didn’t make it to the Lich King kill, we have been relegated to to the Alt team, which is really the only team. Are you confused yet? So am I.

We’ve killed everything, except for Sindragosa and the Lich King with the Alt group. This should be an accomplishment, but since everyone has already done it all on their mains (except the three of us), we kind of thought it would be a cakewalk. Well, not so much.

Welcome to nights of wiping on Sindy.

I managed to make the most of it, by playing with my Teldrassil Sproutling between attempts.

Ama playing with her Sproutling between Sindragosa attempts

As attempts wore on, the poor sproutling got kind of tired, and Ama didn’t blame her.

Sleepy Sproutling

One thing I have learned, sometimes Ama is perfectly content to be trapped in an ice tomb.

Happily tombed Ama

And sometimes Ama absolutely hates being trapped in an ice tomb.

Grrr! Ice tombed again?!

Particularly after Lady RNG has seen fit to chain tomb healer after healer until we wipe.

All in all, I think we are doing well. The first time we killed Sindragosa was after wiping on it for a week. This is a completely different group for all intents and purposes, and although we may all be the same people behind the toons, we are a different team. Many are re-learning how to do the fight in a completely different role than they are used to, and we are all re-learning how to work with each other in our different roles. We should be proud of getting her down to 8%. I have faith that we can get her down, but it was never going to be easy.

EDIT: The bony bitch is down! Woohoo!