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Magic Number

As promised yesterday, this is my second hit of Community Giveback this week, this time directed at Mr and Mrs WoW, and timed to tie in with a second post later today on the start of my Pre-Expansion Grinding Activities. This morning’s Community Project is entitled:


where ** in this case refers to three. You want three things to do before Warlords? I could give you a hundred, but that’s not the point of the project, so let’s pick the ones that *really* matter to me. Number One really should be a no-brainer:
1. Collect Mounts.


The best games turn displacement activity into an Artform. This appears to be becoming increasingly the case in Warcraft where a large, static population of players demand a continuous stream of incremental Achievements based on frankly ridiculous drop rates or the presence of two key factors: lots of friends and/or an ability to outgear content. Nowhere is this more true than the ‘Collect X Mounts’ Achievement. The last milestone was 200. Come Warlords, that number increases to 250 and the Felfire Hawk above is the reward. Needless to say, this has galvanised a fair few people to start the grind, and you can expect a post on this from yours truly later today because, frankly, I gotta start RIGHT NOW.
Everything drops eventually, after all.
Clearly defined totals = Attainable. Eventually ^^
Not sure long, soul-sucking and repetitive grinds are everyone’s idea of fun, BUT IT WORKS FOR ME.

2. Make Gold.

Advantages of Long, Repetitive Grinds #1

Undoubtedly, there is one HUGE benefit to the business of soul-sucking and repetitive grinds: GUBBINS. All that crap that drops from the business of farming for mounts has a value, and depending on where you do it will dictate the value of what you receive. For instance, grinding Skyshards to get the Alani Mount (8/10 /flex) means you clear your way through a phenomenal number of mobs at max level which drop a pretty hefty selection of eminently useful items. The key *then* is what you do with them, and that’s where the gold making comes in. Even if all I did was vendor everything I’d still make cash (in this case useful for the mats I’ll need for Jewelcrafting Mount construction :D) but making more than just selling is an art form, as another static portion of the playerbase will happily tell you on a weekly basis.

Making gold’s always been a bit of a sideline for me, but it will be very important in the weeks that follow for me to maximise potential in as many places as possible. Needless to say, if this old fart can do it, then you can too.

3. Get Organised.

Obligatory Reaction GIF as standard..

I can already see some eyebrows raising here. However, like it or not, this is a part of the game that I enjoy.


This means selling, and de-crapifying (TOTALLY a word), and working out what I can do to maximise XP when I start levelling again. It is working out which characters to Garrison with and which I will skip. It may also mean throwing fate to the wind and sticking a few people back into LFR for upgrades, or indeed using OpenRaid to try and grab a normal run or two for my Hunter(s) to get upgrades. It is deciding what Achievements are actually doable in the timeframe I have and which will, inevitably, have to be surrendered to the inevitable march of time.

It is, in essence, what the #TEAMFAFF hashtag is all about, and what I probably enjoy most of all in Warlords. It is doing things at my pace, in my timeframe and to keep me happy so I have fun. If you don’t like this definition, or indeed if you are one of the funsucking leeches that this Project was set up to counter?

I have but one thing to say to you:

I’ll see everyone else in game :D

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An ailing hobby

Published on August 21, 2014 by in Uncategorized

In many ways a tabletop role-playing game is very social. You sit around a table with friends and interact a lot with each other during hours. In other ways however the hobby is somewhat insular: Your table is the virtual world, and that world does not…

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My Gaming Undercarriage

Published on August 21, 2014 by in Uncategorized

It’s time for part two of Jasyla’s twenty-one gaming questions – and my sincerest apologies for misspelling your name the first time around. I copied it from Liore who didn’t quite copy it correctly and it ended up being one of those elementary school things where the teacher asks you to whisper something in your neighbor’s ear and by the time it gets to the last student in the last row the message is completely different from the original.

I would like to put in a bit of Guild Wars 2 news first, though – it appears ANet has relented and commander tags will now be 300g for the full set of four colors. I would like to specifically give kudos to Zach and Tyler for working over the weekend to make this change happen. (Thanks!) I briefly considered buying gems and snagging one at 100g before the price goes up, but I decided against it. I think if I really want to command something (probably EotM when nobody else has tagged up) I should have to “earn it” – that is to say, by earning the gold in-game. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this “sandbox” thing where you set your own meaningful goals. To a certain extent, anyways. So, now that I’ve rambled for a bit, here are my answers to the second set of questions:

11. Describe your perfect video game.

A long-play MMO with layers of meaningful progression, good mechanics, the ability to perform any role on a single character, decently-written lore and characters, and a believable world with nice graphics.

Ill be keeping an eye on /r/GameDeals.

12. What video game character do have you have a crush on?

Grace Nakimura from the Gabriel Knight series. I’ve never actually played it, but I did relive it vicariously by reading Syp’s playthrough of Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. In the game’s stunning FMV (Full-Motion Video – remember when we called it that?) Grace was played by actress Joanne Takahashi.

Joanne Takahashi.

The acting in GK2 was overdone, to say the least, but I did admire Grace for her intelligence, forthrightness, dedication, and ability to speak passable German. She’s the type of research assistant I wouldn’t mind having around on a permanent basis.

13. What game has the best music?

Guild Wars 2 has excellent sweeping orchestral themes. WildStar combines every type of futuristic and techy bit of music I’ve ever heard from previous games. Which soundtrack would I listen to if I had never played the game? I have no idea. There’s just too much good music out there for me to pick one. No, seriously, there is so much awesome music out there. For instance, this rocking version of Contra – Jungle Jam:

14. Most memorable moment in a game:

Listening to “Eyes On Me” on Disc 3 of FF8. The million dollar song that was the centerpiece of the game.

15. Scariest moment in a game:

I thought I was going to say when you open the door to the final boss in Wolfenstein 3D and he shouts “Guten Tag!” but I just watched a video of that game and wow…that stuff is fairly comically dated. Probably just any time I messed up and got frozen in place by a ReDead in Ocarina of Time.

16. Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:

My buddies and I were playing TMNT2 the morning after sleeping over at a friend’s house. My mom called me up and told me we were going to my aunt’s house for the rest of the day. Oh, man, that was rough.

Oh, in a game. Well, when Aeris…oh, forget it. I’ve already been talking about that particular franchise too much. I just can’t remember playing anything else. My mind is stuck at the moment.

17. What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?

Check out my blogroll on the right.

18. What’s the last game you finished? 

The Queen’s Jubilee in GW2. Seriously, I don’t remember. It’s been so long since I’ve played a game that you can actually win. It must have been a game I played on an emulator. Maybe it was Ocarina of Time.

19. What future releases are you most excited about? 

World of Corecraft. Um, I really wish I had a better answer to this one. Minecraft for Oculus Rift? John Carmack always comes up with good stuff. Depends on whether Notch will let him have it.

20. Do you identify as a gamer?

Not really. I am a person who plays games as a hobby, and a very narrow range of games at that. I’d say a gamer is someone who has at least a somewhat broader range of gaming interests than I do and doesn’t just play games primarily alone. Could I become a gamer? Sure, and I probably will once we win the lottery and I decide to connect with my kids via my gaming past. Nowadays I’d call myself an MMO junkie more than anything. I’m not excited about consoles or console games; I don’t really care about FPS or shmups or platformers or tabletop games or D&D or any of the cool stuff that lots of other passionate bloggers talk about at length with depth and sincerity. I just play MMOs on repeat.

21. Why do you play video games?

As a form of relaxation after a hard day’s work. To spend some time within my inner world and ponder the meaning of whatever spreadsheet-based story I’m playing. To escape reality. Usually not to connect with other people, which I should really be doing but probably won’t. It’s a nomadic, hermetic ritual for me.

This is my post for August 21st. You can read more about Blaugust on the Blaugust Initiative Page.


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I Know That Feel

Writing that post the other day about the Sega Genesis titles got me feeling rather nostalgic. I’ve written about nostalgia recently, along with dedicating a significant portion of last week’s podcast to the topic. Regardless of whether or not nostalgia worked well or not is besides the point. What the point is, is that I […]

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Young and Old

Too much fun in the sun yesterday, as we threw a party at the local water park for my daughter’s 16th birthday; as well as a last hurrah of the summer, I guess. I don’t often hang out with a group of teenagers, and it’s an interesting experience. The things they chit-chat about are basically the same things we discussed when I was that age. The hot celebrities, the latest couples amongst their friends, the upcoming school year, etc. They sing along with the popular songs on the radio—which I have heard most of and do enjoy, thank you very much. Makes me feel young and old at the same time.

Meanwhile, with the impending release of Warlords of Draenor, Scooter got an email offering her Mists of Pandaria free when she resubscribes to WoW. Presumably it’s an open offer to any returning players. We might take advantage of it, I dunno. I honestly am not sure when we’d have time between now and November.

We’re making progress with our new WildStar characters, Flint and Lave (which, as I have been informed, is short for Lavender Daisy). Tonight’s NCSoft outage didn’t help, though.

There’s still a ton folks in the running for Blaugust champion. Follow all the posts on Anook or using the #Blaugust hashtag on Twitter.


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Mythmaking in Warlords

So let’s step back for a minute.  This whole exercise of telling stories isn’t new.  The art of creating heroic narrative and framing the narrative on several levels and placing the audience in the story, this has been going on for centuries.  We ha…

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Perks of being a Fleet Admiral

The Path to Level 60 in Star Trek Online Cryptic released the first of many, I assume, dev blogs regarding the Delta Rising expansion. This one deals with raising the level cap from to 60 from 50, Admiral to Fleet Admiral ranks. Before I get into it, I just wanted to mention how much I’ve enjoyed the […]

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Beginning preparations for Warlords of Draenor

Last week, Blizzard had a big shin dig to announce the release date of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Based on the number of subscriptions and the people who have left, I am sure there will be a huge swell of people flocking into the game to give the expansion a try come November 13th,but

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Twitter account…. Deactivated

Published on August 20, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Not that I think more than a small handful of people may notice. But for the near future @marathal is AFK from Twitter. I do have our guilds twitter that I check once a day, and recently I created a personal one that I have added a few people that I thought of to include. […]

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Tower Heist

[Post #21 of the Blaugust Challenge!]Due to an issue of misplaced trust, a talented building manager (Ben Stiller) puts himself and his coworkers into a pretty dire situation. Some more dire than others. His eventual solution is to put a few of them in…

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Many Sentences Written

Gaming Questionnaire Part 1    When did you start playing video games? I don’t remember, however, my family had a computer since I was pretty young, infant school age I think, so in late 80s / early 90s I guess.   What is the first game you remember playing?  Not sure if this was the…

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Gaming Questionnaire part 1

So it’s nearly 10 pm here in the UK, the birthday boy has just got to bed after a long, fun and tiring day at Legoland and here I am getting my 20th blaugust post out :)  (if I’d been sensible, I would have pre-written it…) I’m going to keep it easy today and tomorrow…

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On ギルガメッシュ

As a break from slightly more serious subjects, let’s talk about Gilgamesh, the best character in Final Fantasy. Our Free Company organized a group to fight him in FF14 over the weekend, and certain things about it seemed really familiar. Battle on the Big Bridge Gilgamesh debuted in FF5, where he serves as a minion […]

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The Replacements

Blaugust 20th “I’m here to replace you,” says the youth to the elder. This, I think, is how a lot of people view the generations as we grow older. Sometimes this turns into arrogance, but there’s some truth to the statement. The younger generations will eventually be the older ones. How the statement’s interpreted is […]

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EQ2, The Forgotten Quests: Cedona Books, Freebloods, & City Quests


Cedona ventured up from the Caves and into Qeynos to check out the sage’s offerings in the Mage’s Tower and to start her adventuring in Antonica. She was still level locked at 10 but close to flipping the switch. The helpful Sage, Indis Surion, gladly sold a selection of books from his vast offerings. I was disappointed to find that no history of Freebloods was available. I understand why after a Twitter conversation with Nathan McCall, but still disappointed.

@GamingCouples @everquestii All of their lore was released as a in-game event, leading up to, and through, their release.

— Nathan McCall (@kaitheel) August 19, 2014

So since I missed the Live event back in 2010, I did some digging around on the web this morning. Here’s what I learned. Freebloods were introduced into the game following Nights of the Dead in 2010 and were the result of experimentation by the vampires (House D’Morte) of Neriak. Cedona is not at all pleased to learn that she was brought back from the dead as the result of some twisted experiment by vampires. However she is relieved to learn that she is one of the lucky ones and has freewill and can bask in sunlight.

Having learned all this, she purchased the High Elf, aka Koada’Dal, history book along with several others. She hasn’t started the quest the book offers yet but it will be up soon. After purchasing the books, she did the Freeblood racial quest line in Qeynos which is very similar to the quest offer in Freeport. It offered a glimpse into why Freebloods are allowed within Qeynos.

Running around Antonica was helpful. Cedona started the lost love quest line which has a much different ending than it’s counterpart in the Commonlands. She also slaughtered gnolls at the bequest of various factions within Qeynos, hey what can she say easy way to level AA. Cedona then ran into my favorite halfing in Antonica and began his quests. It isn’t complicated but the poetry is lovely and you get a feel for the zone.

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Gaming Questions

Published on August 20, 2014 by in Blog Stuff

I found this questionnaire via Contains Moderate Peril. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so I figured I would answer it, to give my 3 readers something to look at for 2 minutes. When did you start playing video games? When I was in Elementary School is the … Continue reading

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Gaming Questionnaire

Jasyla over at Cannot be Tamed posted a gaming questionnaire which features an interesting variety of questions. Many bloggers are responding to it as a part of the ongoing Blaugust event. Reading other peoples responses is, as ever, very illuminating and once again confirms what a diverse bunch of people the gaming community is. So rather than

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Buckets for a Cure?

Published on August 20, 2014 by in Uncategorized

If a picture is worth a thousand words, could avideo be worth…$15.6 million dollars?So yesterday I was doing my usual perusal of the web (or maybe I was finishing up yesterday’s blog post? idk), when I was told to jump on Facebook. I don’t really use…

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Game Journalism: not really that important

There were a few events this week that got everyone pon […]

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Gaming Update

I haven’t written much on what I’m currently playing, so I thought I’d give a weekly update on where I’m at with the various titles I’m plodding my way through. The Secret World I haven’t had anywhere near as much time to devote to this game as I would like. One thing I always say […]

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