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!

gaming, Player perspective, Questing, Warcraft, Warcraft Writing

Zandalari trolls! At last!

Queen Talanji and my Zandalari druid.
My Zandalari shaman listening to his queen.

Yesterday was the day my oldest daughter and I had been waiting for since we first heard about Battle for Azeroth and the new playable race of Zandalari trolls. It was finally the day of the patch that would make the Zandalari trolls playable!

Yesterday was the day my oldest daughter and I had been waiting for since we first heard about Battle for Azeroth and the new playable race of Zandalari trolls. It was finally the day of the patch that would make the Zandalari trolls playable!

We’d had to wait longer than we expected to, but we were more than happy to group up on my blood elf hunter and her troll rogue and tackle the quest to unlock the Zandalari.

My blood elf hunter and my daughter’s troll rogue with Talanji and the gang.

The quests to unlock them were interesting and contributed more to the story, but I really didn’t need to be turned into a bug by Krag’wa! That was the most stressful part of the whole experience for me.

For that stress I blame Jani, the loa of discarded things. Wowpedia calls Jani a male, but to me that annoying voice of hers is female. Her quests turn you into a saurid and I’ve died many times doing them. My daughter does a lovely impression of Jani saying, “Silly Saurid, ya be dead again!” It makes me twitch.

Fortunately, I didn’t get killed while in bug form and I found the tests of Talanji by the remaining loas much more tolerable.

Good old Bwonsamdi looking for a bargain.

The end result of the quests was unlocking the Zandalari and I was FINALLY able to create the male shaman and male druid I’d been wanting to since I heard about the race being playable.

While my daughter plays the original style trolls, the constant hunching and crouching of the males make me feel like I’m hunching too. I never got into the female trolls. I made several toons of them, but I eventually deleted all of them.

My daughter came up with the names for my two new toons and I eagerly started them in the game. I had originally paid attention to what the druid forms of Zandalari were going to be, but when they kept pushing off when they’d been released, I gave up on them ever being playable. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by the moonkin form of my druid.

My Zandalari druid in moonkin form jumping for joy!

I’ve created shamans before, but the horde races that can be them weren’t really for me either. I can happily say that I love my Zandalari shaman and look forward to leveling him and finally fully experiencing the class.

My Zandalari shaman.

It might be unpopular opinion, but I miss when new races started at level one and had a whole starting area to quest through before going out into the rest of Azeroth. I’m not sure why Blizzard abandoned this concept, but they did and so I’ll adjust accordingly.

To have my Zandalari feel a bit more “at home” outside of Zandalar, I plan on questing them through the starter zones of perhaps the orcs and trolls of Durotar or even the blood elves of Sunstrider Isle. Considering how insignificant I feel on my blood elf hunter when I’m questing with my daughter’s troll, it might be nice to be a big troll among tiny elves. We shall see…

gaming, Questing, Warcraft, Warcraft characters, Warcraft Writing

Déjà vu in Eversong Woods

My daughter’s blood elf mage and my blood elf warrior questing in Eversong Woods.

This past weekend I created yet another new World of Warcraft character, this time it was a blood elf warrior. I already have two warriors, a male draenei and a female nightborne, but I had yet to create a non-demon hunter or non-death knight version of a blood elf. I created the male blood elf warrior as research for my Warcraft fanfiction, so I could “live” his backstory, as it were.

On my brand new blood elf warrior, I did the quests in the starting area of Sunstrider Isle and got him to level six this past weekend. Then last night I decided to play him again for a bit. I have a few pieces of heirloom armor that I use for new toons, but the appearance wasn’t quite befitting a blood elf.

My heirloom armor as it appears once created.

To fix the wardrobe issue, I ran him all the way to Orgrimmar where I transmogged his gear into as much of the Sin’dorei heritage armor as I could. His belt can’t be transmogged yet, but I’ll live.

My blood elf warrior resplendent in the Sin’dorei heritage armor.

Amid my running back and forth, I asked my oldest daughter if she would be kind enough to get on her low level mage and invite my new warrior into our guild called Rawr Flex. She said she would and that we should quest together for a bit. I thought that idea sounded quite lovely and so I invited her to a group and started on my way to catch up with her toon in Fairbreeze Village.

My fabulous blood elf warrior dashing through Eversong Woods.

To go from Orgimmar back to Eversong Woods requires taking the portal to Undercity and then taking another portal from the Ruins of Lordearon to Silvermoon City. Not a horrible way to travel really, but at level eight with no riding, running takes a while. Plus, I hate Undercity and really don’t mind that it’s destroyed in Battle for Azeroth.

As I made my way through the streets of Silvermoon City and out into Eversong Woods amid the gently flying dragonhawk hatchlings gliding about, I was struck with a feeling of deja vu. The feeling grew stronger as I ran across The Dead Scar with its skeletal mobs called plaguebone pillagers.

A lazy dragonhawk hatchling flying by.
Nearing The Dead Scar filled with Scourge.

My running journey on my blood elf warrior was so familiar because I’d taken a similar journey when I first started playing Warcraft and I was running to catch up with my brother. Except then I was on my female blood elf hunter, Sriset, and he was on a blood elf male of some class I no longer remember.

Last night I was once again running to catch up to a family member, but this time it was my oldest daughter, a player I’m responsible for bringing into the game of Warcraft. She’s also a much better player than I and more enjoyable to quest with than my brother was because she waits for me and tends to get just as lost as I do.

My daughter’s mage playing “keep away” with her frost nova spell while my warrior attacks un-stealthily from behind.

It felt sort of surreal when I realized that 10+ years had passed since I first ran through Eversong Woods and crossed The Dead Scar. Back then I knew nothing of the lore of the blood elves. I didn’t understand what The Dead Scar was and I didn’t even notice that there was a broken gate into Silvermoon City where Arthas and his Scourge army broke through.

But this time, after playing the game for years and reading Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden, I knew the lore well and respected it.

My warrior observing the broken gate into Silvermoon City.

So much has changed in my life since my first character sprang to life in Azeroth over a decade ago, but last night reminded me that Warcraft has come with me on my journey and has now become part of my oldest daughter’s journey. I look forward to experiencing many more adventures in World of Warcraft and continuing to see Azeroth through fresh eyes with the help of my daughter.