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When in Doubt, Create a New Toon

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My latest death knight astride her mount.

Yesterday I played my blood elf hunter, Sriset, for a while working on reaching exalted with the last few factions she needed. However, I find that tedious after a while so once I finished the emissary quests for the day I was looking for something different to do.

As I’m an altoholic with all 50 slots filled on my account, I obviously enjoy making new toons. I couldn’t do that yesterday though until I deleted a couple toons. That was easy enough to do because I had a couple toons on a realm and no longer remembered why.

In fact, I had a night elf warrior I hadn’t played in so long that when I logged in she was parked where Auberdine used to be. I was very confused at first as to why she wasn’t in an inn and then went, oh my!

The other toon on that server was a draenei death knight because when I start on a new realm I usually start with a DK so I can make some gold somewhat quickly. After checking the toons over though, I concluded they didn’t have enough money or items worth saving, so I deleted them.

With two slots now open, I chose a new server I haven’t played on before and made, you guessed it, a death knight. Specifically a female blood elf death knight. I already have such a toon at 112 on a different server, but one can never have too many elves, in my opinion. 😉

My belf DK stole a tiny horse for her future mount.

I had a lot of fun running her through the DK starter quests, even though I’ve done them more times than I can count. I think that’s because Wrath of the Lich King was the expansion that came out when I started playing. I started by playing Burning Crusade, but Wrath will always be my marker for when I started playing World of Warcraft.

With my heirloom armor on, my belf DK reached 60 shortly before finishing the starter area. But as the server was new to me and not compatible with any other servers I’m on, I needed to get her some funds for flying. Such occasions make me very happy that WoW tokens now exist. I don’t buy them very often, but they certainly come in handy!

After buying my token and putting it up for auction, I headed to Razor Hill for some Noblegarden fun on my DK. The area was busy of course, but there were still plenty of eggs to be had. I even found a nice little spot where three eggs spawned.

Noblegarden eggs
Egg under table and egg in box.
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Egg behind the bags too!

I stood there and collected the eggs and no one else even came near me. I would’ve happily let them take the eggs if they wanted, but I had no competition last night.

After that, I took my DK to Outland and parked her at the inn at Thrallmar. It’ll take her a little over a week to get full rest experience, but I certainly have numerous toons to play in the interim. Or I may be a rebel and play her without experience. But knowing me, probably not. 😉

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Don’t Let the Dance Die – A Tribute to Warcraft Rogues

Syaine in mid Roll the Bones.

Yes, it’s another video from your truly! I actually posted the original rogue music video three months ago, but I didn’t publicize it much because while I loved it, the quality of the video wasn’t the best. The same holds true for the other videos I did prior to using Bandicam to record my World of Warcraft game play. Chances are, I’ll redo those two eventually as well.

Although my video quality will always be limited by the capabilities of my laptop, I think this remastered rogue video looks better overall. I shot all new game footage for it and even switched the specs and outfits on my rogues a few times to mix things up and keep it interesting.

Rogues are definitely one of my favorite World of Warcraft classes because they can sneak around enemies rather than having to fight everything. I know that their stealth capabilities and underhanded attacks are why a lot of people don’t like rogues, but that doesn’t make me like them less. They’re just a lot of fun to play and I believe any sort of game should always be fun.

My nightborne rogue breaking off some ice for her drink.

The song is for my rogue video is called Don’t Let The Dance Die by Mad Modishi featuring Dayon and as soon as I heard the words “You’re a murderer” I knew it was the perfect song for rogues. Plus it has a great beat and lends itself well to all the unique and agile moves that rogues possess, including their dance moves. 😉

So here’s my new video featuring rogues in all their sneaky glory. I hope you enjoy it!

gaming, Player perspective, Questing, Warcraft, Warcraft achievements, Warcraft characters, Warcraft Hunters, Warcraft rogues, Warcraft Writing

Mounts as Motivation

When Blizzard first talked about the World of Warcraft achievement Two Sides to Every Tale where a player could earn two new mounts, I was intrigued. I thought it was cool that they were rewarding players (like myself) for playing both factions through the war campaigns and story lines. I also liked the idea of having a horse mount for Horde and wolf mount for Alliance.

With the help of my oldest daughter, I got my Horde main, Sriset, through the war campaign and story lines without much issue. However, my Alliance main, Syaine, was another story.

On my night elf rogue, Syaine, I’d become stuck on the quest called The Treasury Heist. I couldn’t get past the section where I had to run the gauntlet with all the traps combined in one horrible section. I tried it several times when it was first released, but after dying all those times, I decided to give up.

But then recently I started thinking that I really wanted those mounts from Two Sides to Every Tale and I decided to try the seemingly impossible quest again. I told myself I’d give it one more go and see if I could do it.

Well, it took me three more tries of running the gauntlet in one night but I finally made it!

After that, the rest of the Alliance war campaign was easy. Time consuming, but easy.

Along with the Alliance war campaign, I also had to complete The Pride of Kul Tiras achievement. I’d stopped working toward it when I hit the first dungeon quest, but after surviving the gauntlet, doing random groups for dungeons didn’t seem as intimidating anymore.

It took me a couple days, but yesterday morning I finally completed the last step with A Nation United. I was so happy to have the achievement notification flash up on my screen along with the notification of the Ironclad Frostclaw mount added to my collection!

Once I got past the horrible gauntlet segment of that one quest, grinding for the rest of the required achievements for the mounts was actually fun. It was nice doing something that felt important on Syaine again, as I’d grown tired of warfronts, daily quests, and rep grinding. Now that I’ve got my mounts, I’ll go back to playing lower level alts until the next interesting part of Battle for Azeroth comes out.

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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.

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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.