Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Not Raiding

I'm officially on a break from heroic raiding. I'm getting too easily annoyed with people over things that don't matter, and I needed to cut something out of my schedule. So heroic raiding is gone! My Saturday normal raids I'm keeping. Those are fun to do, usually. Well, when we're not trying to kill Oregorger anyway. So for a change of pace, we're going to try some different bosses and see if we can start getting tier pieces.

It's raid time right now, and to keep from logging and pestering people about how it's going, I'm looking for distractions. Studying would be the logical one, or looking for apartments in Raleigh for next summer. I've done enough of both of those and now I'm stuck trying to decide if I want to live by a lake, or close to a classmate. The lake is mostly winning, except the other place has a washer/dryer in the unit. And I was sick this past weekend so I kept thinking "I don't want to have to go anywhere to do laundry." If only I wasn't in Grenada and could visit these places! Since those two options are not appealing to me, writing it is.

The Darkmoon Rabbit popped up the other day, and it looks like it hasn't been buffed yet. I think if I see it again there is a chance I could solo it. Which would be awesome, I now have 3 people on my list who need the pet. But it is awesome that I was able to get 10 guildies together and there in 5 minutes to kill it. I do love my guild sometimes.

Challenge modes didn't happen this week. One of the DPS wasn't feeling up to it, and I had a test to study for and didn't really want to find a replacement and still have to go back to the same place anyway for the guy who missed it, assuming we could get gold. My second challenge mode group hasn't even gotten off the ground. One of the people I'm trying to coordinate it with has a lot going on. And he's hardly ever on anymore when I am. He's a friend. I'm happy that things seem to be going well for him. At least, I think so. I feel like I can't ask questions of him anymore to find out. I'm a very quiet, usually private person and I tend to be that way with people until I know how much I can talk and ask and how much they want to hear. It feels like I can't really say much more than generic stuff anymore, since I hardly ever get a chance to talk to him anymore.

PvP is going along. We have a surplus of healers interested in battlegrounds, so I'm considering gearing up my mage. Since I have done nothing with her PvP wise, she has a 10k conquest cap. And the thought of getting there is daunting enough I've been barely puttering around Ashran on her while I make up my mind. I don't know if I have the time to learn to PvP properly on my mage. I really like to be prepared and know my class well, and my mage usually just makes the bags for everyone. I did do some CMs on her last expansion, and did pretty well I thought. But I remember how different it was to go from raid healing to arena healing- all of a sudden I was CCing and using talents I hadn't paid any attention to at all! I don't know if mage will be as big a change.

So that's this week's WoW in a nutshell: not raiding, on bunny watch, and trying to figure out what I want to do about PvP.

Day 10

Day 10 is about my friends willingness to keep banging our heads into walls trying things. Since I can't exactly find a picture that accurately represents things like our numerous raid wipes, or the hours we've spent in challenge modes changing little things, I went with this. First week trying to kill Oondasta! I think we were one of 2 or 3 raids trying. There was a lot of death.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Days 7, 8, and 9

7- The day the dinosaurs came. Every time I say that phrase in my head, I think of this poem. Sorry I didn't crop out the vent in the background first.

8. Fun with stags. Someone in my raid group drops stags throughout the fight. I remembered to add to it this time. Think 4 was our highest. One day we'll get a stack taller than the boss.


9. My water gun! I love it. Someone else helpfully jumped me around on a mammoth while they were helping a guildie out, and I hitched a ride. I love it! Some of my raid- less pleased.



Friday, February 6, 2015

So I did great with starting this in a timely manner. A quick catch-up on the first 6 days of February: 

A reminder that there is an awesome part of the community as well as the people I see in LFR. I was very sad at the demise of WoW Insider, and very happy to see Blizzard Watch rise. btw- not my artwork, think it was Apple Cider Mage. Pretty neat, huh?




2-Continuing with the community theme, the annual Gnome Run! Usually in October, this run supports breast cancer. The sight of so many tiny pink gnomes making the run to Booty Bay is always a blast. The lag is a tad crazy for me, but I enjoy it and giggle at the gnomes the whole way.



3-Friends, new and old. My guild friends (who have been awesome about sharing mount camps- thank you those few people who waited a ridiculous amount of time for Poundfist to spawn, then summoned me!)


And people I meet from blogging- on OLRG shot, from one of the few times I made it. I love doing things with people. More the people than the things.


4- Easter Eggs! These made me giggle so much, I did the nests every time I was fighting Ji-kun that week (a lot- I didn’t have the pet yet.)



5- The odd bugs you get. Sometimes just random, sometimes someone lets the mages loose and they get bored.
I have no clue what was going on, but that's one bada$$ beetle.





6-How you can connect with total strangers over random things. My oldest- and quite possibly first- WoW screenshot, the dragon line-up while a couple of raids waited for their Ulduar run to start. Plus it reminds me of the run to get my bronze drake. Fun times.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I'm Back!

It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything, but I have a tad more free time now and I feel like I need an outlet to vent. Someone told me to “stop depressing” the other day, which made me angry enough to stop being sad. I feel like it’s unfair to dump everything on the people I talk most with in game, so I’ll dump it out here! Whoo!

I’ve been pretty sleep deprived lately, which always leads me to being more easily overwhelmed by emotion. It’s made me really easily upset by our failures in challenge modes, which leads to me obsessing over them. But I decided to take a break from worrying about CMs. I’ll watch the next video, look up some things for me, and trust the others to do the same. And start looking for pugs on the weekends, maybe, if I have the time. 

I also decided to try not raiding heroics for a week. I do a lot of griping there, and I get easily annoyed when our raid leader starts suggesting they go up in the number of tanks to try to circumvent dealing with mechanics. Uh, if we’re trying to raid mythics (not that we’ve gotten there yet, mind you but still), you ought to be able to keep track of things well enough with 2 tanks. Plus our DPS isn’t stellar, we’re already over-healing it, let’s not lose any more. So rather than arguing with him and making myself mad and potentially others, I’ll just take a break this week, and consider extending that to no more heroic weekday raiding. I will continue to run the weekend normal group. I run that, I get to do what I want as far as the number of tanks. Heals I sometimes fiddle with- seems we either have 3 for 25 people or 8. If I have free time maybe I’ll pug some heroics. I don’t feel bad if random groups make me upset and I want to leave. No need to stick it out  like a guild group.

As far as the other things I schedule go, the Thursday CMs have been planned and cancelled twice, so I am not scheduling those again unless everyone tells me they’re good. Sunday CMs are still on. I’d really like to be able to do old raids for achievements on Fridays. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll see if I can.

On the school front: this is my last semester on the island! On May 9th I take my last flight out of Grenada. I will miss the weather and the beaches, but I am looking forward to my clinical year at North Carolina State University! (Not to be confused with University of North Carolina.) I’ve talked to one of my classmates who is also going and begun the apartment search. Super excited about being 3 hours from my fiance and my family, and being able to bring my dog with me!

This semester we begin a few clinical rotations. We’ve already had emergency, and I hope I was just too tired to properly compartmentalize because one of the cases hit me kinda hard. And I still want to consider emergency as a possibility, but if I cry at every lab with an issue that is doing poorly I’ll be in trouble. Aside from that, it’s been fun actually doing things with real living animals! 

One year left! I’ve heard some unpleasant things about 4th year- that clinicians may scream at you for mistakes you make, a few comments from that come across as very snobbish from current students that they made they’re groups of friends already so don’ try to fit yourself in. Uhm, really? Don’t try to be friendly, really? WTH people? We’re all students in this together! Makes me really glad I know who I am rooming with.

And on the WoW Inside ending and Blizzard Watch rising, I am really happy. The news of WoW Insider made me sad. I’m hopeful that Blizzard Watch will develop into something I really enjoy checking and reading articles from. 


I’ll be back later with a ton of screenshots for Matty’s #28daysofeoelove

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Patch!

I haven’t been terribly impressed with the new content. This is the first time I’ve played through a major change, and having my addons working one day and broken the next is annoying. Altaholic, I’m looking at you. A little annoying, having to go look up if I had an item for transmog instead of just mousing over it. That whole 5 seconds I use doing that!

Old content being really easy to solo is nice. I spent a lot of time looking up how to get past the healy dragon in ICC with my mage before I realized you can just walk past her. Going to try the LK heroic, here’s hoping the pony drops! Since soloing is so easy, I made a list of all the mounts and all the places I need to go. Not too overwhelming, as long as I don’t try to take all 9 90’s through all 12 things every week, and all 6 daily ones. I might have to focus on either running 1 toon through them all, or all of them through 1. 

I’m thinking the EoE for everyone, since the most annoying part about that is getting there. Kara too, since that’s just the first boss. I’ll work in my plans for the rest, I have a feeling it will change based on how bored I feel. Things die so quickly now. It might be fun to do a guild “mount run” night and just steamroll all the raids. I still prefer doing things with friends to soloing, but things die so quickly there’s hardly any need for more than 1 person.

I have my pet from thee quests, I’ll work on the Bronze Drake later. Right now, my plan is to do heroic/old normal Garrosh tomorrow for a quick kill with the guild. I did put a gear limit on that run, so I planned a normal/old flex run for Friday, with clean up on Sunday so those without the ilevel will hopefully have a shot at Garrosh (and I can practice monk healing in a low-stress situation). 

I managed a kill on my shaman and mage, so I have the int staff and my other toons can go for agility weapons. I always level DPS and swap to heals at max level. Just what I’ve always done, but it means I want my monk and druid to have an agility heirloom. Here’s hoping tonight’s run gets decently far, ideally past Spoils for a quick clean up on Sunday, and that tomorrow’s run has a quick kill.


I’m a little nervous about healing on my monk. From what little I’ve seen, monks tend to be on the bottom of meters. I used to fistweave a lot, so I am not sure how the stance dancing will work out for me. I’ll let you know what I think. I hope monks are still ok in WoD- I have to remember our toons are tuned to be approximately equal at level 100, and right now what I’m seeing means nothing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What I've Been Up To

So, as the new patch looms over us, I figured I’d recap what I’ve been up to and what my plans before the expansion are. This is exciting for me, I’ve never played to the end of an expansion like this. I did start in Wrath, and played in Cata, but I stopped in both before the last raid tier had been released. Preparing for the next expansion is something completely new for me.

I finally managed to get Proven Healer. All together, I am guessing I’ve spent about four hours trying. It was in spurts. I’d get to 28 or 29, screw up and go pout. I finished it this weekend. I did not get Brawler’s guild. If I had known about mouselook earlier, I probably would have finished it months ago. As it was, I hit Hexos and stopped. I play on a laptop. I did not have a mouse at all, until I bought one I ended up not using for Hexos. Managed to get him down Sunday, but with the time I spent helping people with CMs I did not have enough time to finish the Brawler’s guild and get enough sleep to be functional in surgery this morning.  

Oh, surgery- I was anesthetist today. I think it went pretty well. Our dog (who turns out to be from the same family as our neuter) did not want to go down with her premeds, but took a long time to be what I considered sufficiently recovered enough to leave her alone. We did have one rough moment where she needed a bit more propofol to help keep her comfortably under, but otherwise she was nice. No hypotensive issues once they started cutting, she was the smallest dog so she had a fluid pump and the calculations for that were super easy. And at last check she was looking good.

And back to things I didn’t do: we never tried realm best times. Makes me a little sad, I was looking forward to trying.  I don’t know if we’d’ve managed one, but I think it would have been fun to try. And if we did manage, the title was pretty neat. Our tank/healer/DPS/whatever we needed him to do did not manage to get his rogue’s CMs done. I tried, but unfortunately he’s our best tank. What I learned from that: don’t go with sub-par tanks, you won’t get things done. I am also left never wanting to schedule anything ever again. Except these achievement runs, and I’m already thinking about future CMs, and raiding in WoD, and so many other things. 

I said several times I was done scheduling things for other people, but I kept going back and trying again. I have a short memory and a tendency to forget how bad things really were that keeps me going back.

I’ve been making plans to prepare for WoD. So far all I’ve got is make sure I clear the crap I tend to hang on to out of my bags and bank, and get good bags for everyone. I think my poor tailor still has netherweave bags in her bank slots. If I have time, I’d like to finish achievements for MoP raids, but I have a feeling I’ll be back at level 100. 

I’ve logged on a few toons to collect my JP/Valor gold, I was curious how much I’d get. So far, 11k with 2 toons to go. After spending all my JP on two toons for Wrath rep tokens. I saw my poor gnome and hated her face, went immediately to the barber shop only to end up with the exact same look. I did chance my druid’s face a bit, and I am going to look at the other tauren and troll looks to see if I can find a nicer one, but I think I’ll adjust to the new models quickly. Most things look the same from the back anyway.