gaming, Player perspective, Warcraft, Warcraft characters, Warcraft death knights, Warcraft Writing

New Death Knight, New Surprises

Come on, Arthas, smile for the camera!

Last night I decided to create a new death knight character. On the Horde side, I already have a 110 plus female blood elf death knight, but I’ve yet to manage to level an Alliance death knight very far.

In the past I’ve made female draenei death knights and male night elf death knights, but I lost interest with all of them eventually. So it seemed apparent that I needed to create one in a setup I already enjoyed.

To that end, the death knight I created last night was a female night elf, just like my rogue, Syaine. Not sure why I didn’t think of doing so before, I guess the mood just had to strike.

While I was customizing my new DK, I was surprised that I could get the Night Warrior eyes on her. That made the appearance choices even more extensive than usual for me.

My new nelf DK, Zyve.

While I was customizing my character I received a message from my oldest daughter playing in her room down the hall. She asked if I wanted company in the DK starter zone. I always enjoy playing with my daughter and we hadn’t done a starter zone together yet, so it sounded like fun.

Once I was done creating my night elf DK I entered the game and accepted the first quest. My daughter’s character was already there which surprised me. I later learned that she’d made her night elf DK a while ago and had just never started playing it. It seemed like the timing was right for both of us!

My night elf and my daughter’s night elf receiving orders from Arthas.

We quested through the starter area for a while before calling it a night and we communicated via shouting to each other through the hallway because it was faster than typing in party chat. We had a lot of fun wreaking mayhem as death knights together.

I’ve done the DK starter area more times than I can remember and it’s definitely easier than it was when Wrath of The Lich King first came out, but it feels like one of the more immersive starter areas.

My daughter and I finished up the starter area tonight and I’m glad we did it together. I took lots of screenshots and video to remember the experience by and there’s a sampling at the end of this post. Hopefully the memories I made with my daughter will motivate me to get this Alliance DK to max level. Time will tell!

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Dream Away – A Tribute to Warcraft Druids

My Zandalari troll druid in mid-dance.

Here it is! The music video I made featuring my druid boys! I had a lot of fun making it and it was a learning experience as usual. I hope you enjoy it! I will warn you though that the song can be kind of catchy and might make you want to jump up and dance.

Thanks to a suggestion from Mother of Imps on YouTube, the video quality for my druid video is greatly improved compared to my last video featuring my hunters. She suggested I use Bandicam to record my game play, so I gave it a try. Although my frame rate still isn’t great in game (I use DSL for my internet), Bandicam does a better job of recording quality video when compared the stock Microsoft app on my laptop.

The song for this video is called “Dream Away” by Kalle Engström. It’s rather short and has a great dance tempo. I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it on Epidemic Sound last year and have been known to play it on repeat to boost my mood. I felt it was a good choice for my druid video because the title “Dream Away” made me think of the druid’s Emerald Dream.

While druids can be known for their tendency to sleep a lot to enjoy the dream and recharge, my druid boys in this video aren’t sleeping. Well, not until the very end anyway. They’re having much more fun dancing to the beat and kicking butt with Lunar Strike and their other druidic abilities.

This video is also the first one I’ve completed using Movavi Video Suite instead of Windows Movie Maker. I downloaded a trial of Movavi a while ago and immediately found it easy to use and much more versatile than Windows Movie Maker. Movavi was having a sale on their suite so I got it and I’m glad I did!

The Movavi video program has an abundance of features that I’m still figuring out, but it’s fun to learn it all. With Bandicam, I record my videos in AVI form, which makes the video and audio into two separate tracks. Then when I edit the video in Movavi, I can easily adjust the sound of the original video or mute it altogether.

I muted the World of Warcraft sounds for most of the video and where you still hear them is where I left them audible on purpose. I felt it added a bit more flavor to certain parts of the video. For example, when the singer sings “I can hear your heart beat” and you hear my Zandalari troll give a defiant roar in game.

Tjoko versus a raptor.

I also played around with some of the transitions and visual effects in Movavi to see what they can do. One of the effects is the falling leaves on the screen when my night elf druid is taking the Dreamwalk to the Emerald Dreamway. I didn’t want to put in too many effects and make it overwhelming, but I’ll be incorporating them in other videos where they make sense.

Daxien casting Dreamwalk.

Although this video may have too much dancing and not enough fighting, I really love it and have watched it at least a dozen times on my computer. I even watched it on my phone before bed last night! Perhaps I love my druid boys a little too much…*wink*

Daxien dancing atop a structure in the Dream Grove.

Time flies when I create these videos as I’m constantly tweaking different aspects and finding I need to shoot different in-game footage. I’m learning something new about creating these music videos with each instance and I really hope to grow my audience just so more people can enjoy the upbeat music and stunning artistry of World of Warcraft game play.

gaming, Player perspective, Warcraft, Warcraft characters, Warcraft Druids, Warcraft Writing

My Love for My Druid Boys

Daxien and Tjoko, my druid boys.

Lately I’ve been showing my two druid boys a lot of love. I’ve been switching between my 100 plus level night elf druid, Daxien, and my level 20s Zandalari troll druid, Tjoko. I wanted to get the Fangs of Ashamane for Daxien so he could have the new feral form and I just wanted to have fun playing the Zandalari druid I’ve been waiting to make since Battle for Azeroth came out.

When playing my druids, I switch between feral and balance/moonkin specializations. I love being in kitty form and I find it does decent damage, which is why I played strictly feral for a good portion of leveling Daxien. As powerful as I know the moonkin spec to be, I just didn’t like the big, fat, fluffy, feathered moonkin form and therefore didn’t play it. That all changed when I discovered the Glyph of Stars!

I think I discovered it just browsing through glyphs in the auction house. I don’t do much with glyphs usually because they’re just cosmetic changes, but when I saw that Glyph of Stars gave a druid an astral form instead of the moonkin form, I was sold! I bought the glyph, applied it, loved it, and then realized I had to learn how to play the balance spec for druids.

Now I don’t consider myself an expert in any class in any spec, but I do the best I can to find a rotation that works for me. I played around with the balance spec as Daxien quested through Mount Hyjal and I felt it was more powerful and potent than the feral spec.

Daxien in astral form kicking butt in Mount Hyjal.

Plus, I liked how transparent my night elf druid looked. Being see through somehow went well with his short white beard and long white hair in braids.

I played Daxien as balance spec into Legion and only recently switched him back to feral because I like the new kitty forms given by the Fangs of Ashamane. I wish it was a kitty form I could have outside of feral spec, but I’m just happy to have it at all.

Daxien in the Fangs of Ashamane feral form.

While I’m not excited about doing the grind to 110 on Dax and then the unpleasant quests to unlock the class mount form of the big, fluffy owl…I mean the Archdruid’s Lunarwing Form, it will be worth it to me to have that new flying form. I already have a glyph that transforms my flight form into a sentinel owl, so a bigger owl sounds even better!

Daxien in sentinel owl flight form.

Since I was already familiar with balance spec when I made my Zandalari troll druid, Tjoko, I started him right out in balance spec. I loved the Zandalari moonkin form because it was less round and more dinosaur like.

A very jumpy Tjoko in moonkin form.

However, the constant hopping that form does during casting started to make me nauseous after a while, so I got Tjoko a Glyph of Stars too.

Tjoko in astral form.

I’m having a lot of fun playing Tjoko and I’m in no rush to level him because I know he’ll get there when he gets there. I’ve quested him in areas I haven’t necessarily quested in for a while such as the low level tauren quests in Mulgore. Since he started at level 20, he was already too high level for the starter quests, but I did them anyway to remember my days when I tried and gave up on more than one tauren character. I just couldn’t stand the rear scratching of the males and being a female cow just wasn’t for me.

Daxien and Tjoko have their own personalities because they’re from two very different races, but I like that they’re unified in the fact that they’re both druids. I’ve even made a new music video featuring them which I’ll be uploading tomorrow sometime. I tried uploading it today, but my internet is far too slow so I’ll be using the faster internet when I visit my mom tomorrow.

Despite the faction divide the current expansion seems to be promoting, I like to think that if my two druid boys ever met, they’d become great friends. After all, they were both created by the same slightly crazy, altoholic, Azeroth-loving woman. 😉

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Addicted to Warcraft Elves

My lovely blood elf hunter, Sriset.
My night elf rogue, Syaine.

It seems fairly obvious that my addiction to creating elf characters in World of Warcraft started with my very first character of a blood elf hunter. My first alliance toon was a night elf hunter I believe and among my 50 characters, the majority are some type of elf.

I’ve experimented with all the other races at some point and I do like the draenei and now the new Zandalari trolls, but otherwise it’s elves. Blood elves, night elves, nightborne elves, and void elves, I love them all!

I have too many to post pictures of them, but here’s a few favorite images of my plethora of elves.

My blood elf paladin in mid-attack.
My blood elf mage.
My nightborne shadow priest.
My void elf shadow priest.
My night elf druid.
My nightborne monk in mid kick.
My void elf warlock.

Why elves? Well, I think it’s their poise and grace of movements. I’m still disappointed that the nightborne don’t do the night elf flip because their jumping just looks awkward. Otherwise, the elves seem like the most lithe and maneuverable of races. Those traits aren’t necessarily traits I possess in my own body.

I’m obviously not the only player that loves elves as whenever I start a new blood elf or night elf, the starter area is full of brand-new toons questing around. Many of them are notably new toons of someone with a higher-level toon because they’re wearing heirloom armor. I have heirloom armor pieces as well, but I don’t usually put them on until I can transmog them to something more unique and appealing in appearance.

My newest night elf priest with an heirloom wearer running by.
My blood elf warrior in heirloom gear. Umm, no.
Much better after a transmog!

My oldest daughter thinks I have far too many elves and she’s entitled to her opinion. She’s happy that I’m enjoying playing the Zandalari trolls as a change of pace, but my first love will always be elves. It is a fantasy game after all and it’s fun to pretend to be something that doesn’t exist doing things not possible in the mundane real world.

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Never Be Alone – A Tribute to Warcraft Hunters

The video is best viewed in HD. =)

As demonstrated and explained in a previous blog post, I LOVE creating music videos! I have several songs picked out for the various World of Warcraft classes and I’m eager to make videos for all of them. I’ll also be making videos to go along with my Warcraft fanfiction (an excerpt of which is coming soon!), but those will take longer to create.

This video features the song Never Be Alone by Basixx and it’s once again from Epidemic Sound. All my songs will be from Epidemic Sound as they have every genre I could ever want and more.

After listening to the song a few times, it made me think of hunters and how they’re never alone because they always have pets. That’s one of the things that drew me to creating a hunter as my first character, never having to quest alone.

This music video features my main character of Sriset, who is a blood elf hunter. I switch her between survival and beast mastery spec usually, but with the return of Hati, she’s been strictly beast mastery.

Also in the video is Sriset’s Alliance counterpart, a void elf hunter named Valressa. I play Valressa in survival spec and usually use her original pet of a void warp stalker to help her fight. I just got her to level 60 last night and it’s so nice having flying!

Once again, this video was a lot of fun to make and the more videos I make, the better I become at it. I’m starting to experiment with animations and different elements and I imagine someday these videos will seem amateur to me. But for now they’re the best I can do. I hope you enjoy watching!

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Fun at the Trial of Style!

This past edition of the World of Warcraft’s Trial of Style, was the first time I’d participated in the event. I’d heard about it and seen the transmogrifier asking about it, but I didn’t really understand what it was.

The reason I tried it this year was because of the compliment I received on my nightborne priest’s transmog a few months ago.

The transmog I received a compliment on.

I love doing transmog and I bought a yak to make it easier. I used to not care about mismatched outfits, but I think transmog can become pretty addicting after a while.

So with that little boost of confidence provided by that one compliment, I decided to find out what Trial of Style was all about. At first I thought you just talked to the transmog guy and some algorithm judged you, but as soon as I started doing it, I realized that’s not what it was at all.

The Trial of Style is an “instance” you queue for and once you get in, it’s your toon and four or five others competing against each other. A theme comes up and you then have only a couple minutes to come up with a transmog that fits that theme. Some of the themes I experienced were Epic Purple, Tabard Time, Make Me Laugh, and Winter Wear. You can find a full explanation of the event here:
https://wow.gamepedia.com/Trial_of_Style

I decided to do it on my nightborne priest first because his ensemble received the compliment. The theme he got was Winter Wear though and I really didn’t have the best cloth pieces for that. He didn’t end up placing, but I greatly appreciate that all participants receive consolation prizes!

I then competed on my blood elf paladin and she received third place on her second attempt when the theme was Winter Wear.

My blood elf pally’s third place win.

I continued competed on her until I had enough Trial of Style tokens to purchase the Amaranthine Path ensemble. Below is my transmog of the ensemble with some modifications.

Amaranthine Path Armor with some modifications.

I then took my blood elf hunter, Sriset, through the Trial of Style and she got first place on her first try! The theme was Faction Pride and the following images show her transmog.

I continued with Sriset until she had enough tokens to buy all three mail ensembles. I continued doing the instance on various alts, including my blood elf death knight. My daughter and I ended up in the same instance twice while I was doing my death knight. We placed third and second for Winter Wear.

I did the Trial of Style until I had all the ensembles for every armor class and that’s pretty much all I did while playing Warcraft during the weekend.

It was a fun and interesting experience and I’ll definitely be participating again if they have new outfits as prizes. I highly recommend it for other transmog junkies like myself!

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A Musical Flight in Pandaria

Along with writing, creating cartoons, and actually playing World of Warcraft, I also love making videos featuring images and videos from WoW. It took me a while to even realize my laptop could capture video of my game play, but once I figured it out, I started recording my various characters adventuring through Azeroth.

I love uplifting, upbeat, and high tempo music and last year I discovered a site called Epidemic Sound that offers music for YouTube videos for a monthly fee. Well, I just really liked the wide variety of music the site offered and downloaded many songs to create my own playlists for writing and playing Warcraft.

It seemed the next logical step to combine my love of WoW with my love of music in a music video featuring scenes from the game. I fell in love with this inspirational and motivational song called, “Start Right Now” by Loving Caliber and I just knew I had to make a lyric video for it. So I took my blood elf mage on a flight across Pandaria to capture some of the many beautiful locations in that zone.

It took me quite a while to select good video clips and then fit the lyric words on the screen to the music, but it was a fun experience. I’m happy with the end result and I hope you find the song as uplifting as I do. Enjoy!