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

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.

gaming, Hati, Player perspective, Warcraft, Warcraft characters, Warcraft Fanfiction, Warcraft Hunters, Warcraft Videos, Warcraft Writing

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!

gaming, Player perspective, Warcraft, Warcraft characters, Warcraft Events, Warcraft Writing

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!

gaming, Pandaria, Warcraft Fanfiction, Warcraft Videos, Warcraft Writing

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!

Warcraft, Warcraft characters, Warcraft Comic, Warcraft Fanfiction, Warcraft Writing

Caruun and Slosh – Volume One

Creating a comic strip from the numerous videos and screenshots I’ve taken from World of Warcraft seemed like it would be an easy thing. It proved to be harder than I expected but now that I’ve done it once, I think it will be easier from now on.

I’m still not 100% satisfied with this because when I put it up in the original strip format, it was too small to read in WordPress, but I’ll get it right next time!

Without further adieu, I present the first edition of my Warcraft-based comic entitled, “The Adventures of Caruun and Slosh McSloshers!” It was a fun challenge to create and I hope you enjoy it. 😊

DISCLAIMER: All the characters appearing in World of Warcraft are copyright of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc, parent company Activision Blizzard. No infringement of these copyrights is intended, and is not authorized by the copyright holder. All original characters are the property of SrisetSyaine.

gaming, Hati, Questing, Warcraft, Warcraft Hunters, Warcraft Writing

So Many Hati, So Little Time

Sriset with Serpentbite Hati, my favorite Hati coloration!

When I learned that hunters would be losing Hati when Titanstrike lost its power, I was disappointed and sad. I was somewhat pleased to learn that beast mastery hunters would still be able to have two pets, but it just wasn’t going to be the same without my favorite lightning sparking wolf, Hati.

I was therefore very excited to hear that whenever the mythical patch 8.1.5 came out, beast mastery hunters would be able to get Hati back! With all the other things coming with that patch, it was hard to pick what my favorite element was. But now that I’ve got Hati back, I’d say it’s definitely him.

The quest to retrieve the two pieces of Hati proved more challenging than I expected and I was killed by Hati twice in the process, but it was worth it! The cinematic to put Hati’s two pieces back together was beautifully done and I just wish I’d known it was coming so I could’ve made a video of it. Perhaps if the quest still exists for my void elf hunter, I’ll record it then.

Although I didn’t get video of the cinematic, I took several pictures of it and here are some of my favorites:

Okay, so my favorites were pretty much all the screenshots I took, but oh well! I’m certainly not the only hunter who’s happy to have Hati back.

Another perk of having Hati back is that he’s now rideable too! Hunters have to buy a special object to make him rideable for an hour, but it’s worth gold in my opinion to be able to hop on the pet I already have with me. I hope they expand it to all pets someday, but I’m not holding my breath.

Riding Hati!

Yet another bonus of having Hati back is that I can now have him in six different colors, i.e. six different Hati pets. I of course collected them all and named them according to their essences to help keep them straight. The only one I kept named Hati was the Hati’s sacrifice version because it was specific to the quest to regain him.

Serpentbite Hati and Boarshot Cannon Hati, my favorite color combo!
Eaglewatch Hati and Elekk’s Thunder Hati. Eagle would not cooperate for the pic and Sri was exasperated. Lol.
Titanstrike Hati and Hati’s Sacrifice Hati.

I am ridiculously happy to have Hati back and have him in every color too! He’s the first six pets in Sriset’s stable for now and I look forward to our continued adventures in Azeroth!