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My Fascination With Pandaren Kites

26 Mar

I think it’s because I don’t understand how they go. How do they keep propelling themselves ever forward as I stand astride them from flight point to flight point?

Misha on a Kite

Do they have a little engine inside? Does the air flow through the bamboo and somehow propel them that way?

Ghostly Kite In The Sky

It’s probably for the best I haven’t gotten a player mount version yet. Otherwise I’d work myself into a tizzy trying to figure out how they hover midair.

Pirate on a Kite

But they sure look lovely gliding through the air.

Ghostly Kite And The Moon

Friday Screenshot – Sha-Touched Sky

22 Mar

Sha-Touched Sky

Sometimes looking up at the sky can be a little less relaxing than clouds…

I’m not exactly sure where I was when I took this screenshot, but I bet a Sha was around.

Or I was dead. The spirit-realm sky has its share of freaky skies too.

A funny thing happened on my way to Patch 5.2…

19 Mar

So the other day I went to play World of Warcraft on my laptop, and being that I haven’t played on my laptop for awhile, it had to update to the latest patch, 5.2. I waited for it to update fully… or at least I thought I did:

Censor bars for Tauren - it's the new thing!

Censor bars for Tauren – it’s the new thing!

At first I wondered if there was a ninja patch since last I played that was purposefully adding that… but then I thought better of it and assumed my copy was glitching out just a little bit.

(My first hint at that is when I got to the login screen and the flashing cursor marker on the password field was about 10 times as tall as it should’ve been. It looked hilarious but I wasn’t able to grab a screenshot as it flashed. Oh well, maybe next time).

Friday Screenshot – Flying Through Clouds

15 Mar

Misha in the Clouds

The sky is often beautiful rendered in World of Warcraft. I suppose it should be, with all the flying done in and around it. But the clouds! *swoon*

My only wish is that I had been wearing something a little prettier in this shot, haha.

(Okay, two wishes — the second wish is that it would be easier to take screenshots while flying!)

Why Transmogrification Is A Good Idea

25 Aug

I think the belt really pulls it all together. *shudder*

This outfit says it all.

Shattering Changes

24 Nov

A lot has changed with The Shattering, but since I’m busy writing my NaNoWriMo novel (or selling glyphs >.>), I leave you with this single, shattering change in one character’s life.

My bank alt before The Shattering:

 

Mandlebrot poses in his Barbaric Loincloth

"No one ever gave me pants. T_T"

My bank alt after The Shattering:

 

Mandlebrot poses in the Silvermoon City tabard

"PRAISE BE TO THE LIGHT! I AM MORE CLOTHED!"

I think he’s happy to finally have that Barbaric Loincloth covered with a smexy red Tabard instead of ‘bar-baring all’.

*dodges tomatoes*

-Misha

New WoW Alts!

6 Aug

Recently, I’ve created new WoW Alts. Yes, that’s right — even more characters. I only really made them because I’ve gotten myself another account (a purchase that may or may not have been made to be able to ride on a rocket).

Mishaweha on a flying rocket.

Whee!

>.>

So since I recruited myself to play, I decided not to waste the triple experience and level up some pairs of toons. My goal is to get them to 60 before the triple XP runs out, but I’m not too sure if I’ll make it with two sets of two… but we’ll give it a go!

Pair Numero Uno

The first pair (and in the original plan, the only pair) are on the US-Feathermoon server, which is an RP server. Please keep that in mind when I introduce to you…

Crèmè

A female human mage with short orange hair in a brown dress.

A human mage

and Brûlée

A draenei woman with short spikey hair.

A draenei paladin

(Yes, I have trouble spelling their names too).

And if you don’t get the reference, let me explain…

I’m a sucker for naming things with themes. I love love love cute names like that. My previous specially-made dual-box pair? Priest/Hunter draenei combo named Obladi and Oblada, with the hunter’s pet named LifeGoesOn. My ‘main’ hunter? Mamisha, with her ‘main’ pet Rexxa, a play on Rexxar and Misha. My dwarf hunter? Abbota, with her pets Costello (the white bear), and Costella (the black raven bird). My orc hunter? Maxwel, my orc hunter, with her pet boar SilverHammer. Heck, I even got The SA to make a toon with me on Moon Guard once to go with the ‘Christmas theme’ guild Xcessive made there (even though we never actually met up with any guildies):

Two female human priests posing, with the names Hallee and Aivee.

That's right. Hallee (Holly) and Aivee (Ivy). They're priests.

So when I had to make two toons that would be dual-boxed with each other, I had to pick names that matched. But I also had to keep the names reasonable-sounding, as Feathermoon is an RP server. While searching for pair names that weren’t outlandish, I came across the dessert Crème Brûlée, and immediately decided that that would be a great pair of names (besides the fact I love Crème Brûlée — I’ve only had it at restaurants, and I wish I discovered it sooner!) The names stand on their own, I think, and only together do they make a phrase that references something IRL. And really, it’s a benign phrase compared to some of the names I’ve seen on RP servers.

Unfortunately, some folks had already taken the proper spelling of Crème. Then I tried Creme, but that was taken too. Luckily, my last resort of Crèmè was still available. (For some reason, no one had taken Brûlée… I wonder why?)

Anyway, I really love Brûlée’s hair. I had this style planned for a draenei mage at one point, but when I decided to make a paladin instead, I kept the style.

A close-up of Brûlée.

Best hair and horn combo -ever-.

Crèmè and Brûlée are already level 18 or so. There were only a few ‘double dings’ while they were leveling, though, due to class quests for each of them. But I did get a screenshot of one:

Crèmè and Brûlée level at the same time.

The Elusive "Double Ding"

Plus, I get to giggle when I see things like this in chat:

Pair Numero Dos

The second pair I originally didn’t plan to make. What changed my mind was that one of my guildies decided to start playing again on the US-Windrunner server with a few other guildies, and I decided to join the fray (although at this point in time, I think I’m horribly behind them in level, and/or they stopped playing on that server). They all rolled dwarves, so I decided to keep with that theme when I made them.

So here are my two new dwarves, Thymine and Adenine.

Two dwarf women (Thymine and Adenine) stand next to each other.

Thymine is on the left, Adenine is on the right.

Thymine’s a warrior, and Adenine’s a priest, but you’d never be able to tell from the gear they were wearing in the picture.

Yes, I did name them after a DNA pair. I’ve had about three LFD groups comment on that so far. And yes, I’ve already saved the other DNA names on the server for my bank alt (a dwarf paladin) and planned cataclysm toon (who will be a dwarf of some kind).

These two have recently dinged 31, thanks to a productive run through Gnomeregan. You can certainly get a lot of quests to complete in there, which is especially handy if you get triple XP!

It seems like only yesterday they were completing Fire Festival dailies (gaining a level for the quests each day I remembered to do them, which was two XD) and spinning in the fire.

Adenine and Thymine spin in festival fires.

Adenine and Thymine spin in festival fires.

Adenine and Thymine spin in festival fires.

I have a lot of pictures of my toons spinning around the Fire Festival pole, but not too many of two of them spinning in unison!

So How’s The Leveling Going?

How considerate of you to ask. It’s actually going fairly well. As I mentioned before, Crèmè and Brûlée are 19 and 18, respectively, while Adenine and Thymine are both 31. So one pair is already over halfway to 60, while the other is almost a third of the way there! Considering my usual (extra-slow) leveling pace, I think this is going really really well.

The speed at which they level can in-part be credited to the ease of getting into dungeons using the LFD system. With the triple-XP, I usually get at least one level per dungeon! At least! That may change once they get to the later dungeons, especially if the queue time increases (I’ve heard not as many people queue when you have such gems as Sunken Temple and BRD in the list).

I only queue as DPS, so I can fail dual-boxing in non-critical roles (though I was realizing that I could probably tank with one while dual-boxing if I dps’d with the other. But for now it’s just safer for me (and the group) if I just dps!)

Another handy thing about the triple-xp is that I don’t need to worry about rest XP, so I can park the toons wherever I feel like, if I need to log off in a hurry. But I still usually drop them off in cities and inns; a good habit, I guess.

A screenshot of Brûlée.But there are downsides to this rapid leveling. I’ve neglected to give any of these toons professions, as I’m trying to focus on leveling. They would have likely out-leveled any gathering profession I took, and due to the 90-day limit on the XP bonus, I don’t want to stop leveling to farm things. This means I’m in a non-self-sustaining loop. No professions means no gold coming from the auction house, and leveling mostly through LFD means I don’t get a much quest gold to pay for skills.

They did get starting gold from various sources — Crèmè and Brûlée received gold and bags from Likal, my only other toon on Feathermoon, who has been making money from tailoring and herbalism. But I haven’t been playing with her as much, so less gold is coming in. (On a side note, I find it amusing that Crèmè and Brûlée’s “sugar mama” is currently level 18, and they both have more XP than her). But it shouldn’t be hard to use Likal’s professions to get more cash for the dual-boxed pair.

Adenine and Thymine, on the other hand, got their initial cash from my guildie’s old main on Windrunner. But I’ve squandered all the start-up gold on ‘skills’ and ‘mounts’ and ‘weapon training’, so they’re getting exteremly low on gold. My plan is to fund them with the cloth and other useful items they’ve picked up in dungeons — I just need to get all their stuff transferred over to the ‘bank alt’ I made. And then sell it. 😄

Another downside to rapid leveling is that the toons have a tendency to out-level their gear! I was replacing a gray on one of them in their mid-twenties (Note: I’ve actually done this before on a not dual-boxed toon. >.>;; ).

An easy way to solve this would be to buy gear from the AH, but due to me being low on gold on these servers, I think it would be best to save my “hard earned” gold on more important things (like skills). I guess all my LFD groups will just have to suffer. : )

What about you?

Have you ever got yourself another WoW account just for those recruit-a-friend rewards? Or do you have actual honest-to-goodness friends that want to start playing WoW? Do you like coming up with silly names for toons, or do you have a different method for naming toons? How often to you make new alts? Let me know!

-Misha

A Screenshot Tells A Thousand Words (A Shared Topic Post)

26 Jul

Today’s post is a Blog Azeroth Shared Topic for July 26-31. Nuniel, from the very art-filled and aptly-named blog “The Rambling Draenei Death Knight”, asked us to share a screenshot, fan art, or handmade drawing, and then tell us about it and how it makes us feel. Since I love art and pictures, I’m going to do, not one, but TWO posts on this subject — with multiple pictures in each post! (That’s allowed, right? I could hardly pick just one image to talk about — I couldn’t make up my mind! Which reminds me – this is an image heavy post!) Later this week there will be a post focusing on user-made art, but today’s post will be about screenshots.

Screenshots. Lots of people take them. I know I do; I’ve even ‘graduated’ from manually taking most of them to letting the addon Achievement Screenshotter take pictures for me. And let me tell you, there are a lot of reasons I take screenshots.

The majority of them nowadays come from Achievement Screenshotter. So obviously, I get a lot of screenshots of my achievements (which include my usually messy UI!) It was fun to flip through and see all the ones I have gotten in the past.

Mourninglory killing the last boss in Maraudon.

It only took her until level 80 to get this achievement! Poor DKs.

Adenine gets the 'Can I Keep Him?' achievement.

I see this one a lot. No comment as to why. >.>

Marlenn receives the 'Not In My House' achievement while dead.

Getting achievements while dead in BGs is more common than you'd think.

Achievement Screenshotter also conveniently takes pictures when you ding!

Mamouska dings in a dungeon.

Ding!

I have tons of screenshots of my toons dinging now. Sometimes they are in quick succession when they are going from 1-5 in a single play session, but quite a few of them are toons dinging from turning in quests, and more commonly, while in the middle of a dungeon (but I won’t bore you with any more of those. 😄 )

In addition to both the ‘dings’ and the achievements, Achievement Screenshotter can also grab the battleground info. I eventually turned that off, because I participate in quite a few battlegrounds where I lose horribly the score is uninteresting, so I figure I can save the space on my computer for screenshots that don’t show such crushing disappointment aren’t so boring.

The WSG battle score

But here's one that's interesting, since the Horde won. Check it - I even capped the flag to win. Hooray!

But not all of the screenshots I have are taken with the addon. I do still use the good ol’ fashioned ‘print screen’ key to take them. And after going through just one of my screenshot folders (the one on my main computer — I’m leaving the other computers out of this post), it’s occurred to me that I take screenshots of a lot of random stuff.

I mean, check out these chats I saved:

An ASCII 'THIS IS SPARTA!' scene.

You've probably seen this before, but it still makes me giggle.

I have used a quiz addon to keep some of our raids occupied during downtime. Please note which player gave the correct answer first, and that Lightness, bless his heart, is a paladin. Quizzes are so much fun!

Another quiz question, another silly answer by Lightness. To his credit, he IS Canadian. (And an awesome healer!)

Usually I don’t screenshot chats, so I bet I thought these were extra funny (I hope you find them amusing too, actually!) I’ve started using WoWScribe to log chats (for RP purposes), so in some cases I won’t have to take screens of chats anymore. But it’s only useful if you start logging before the funny happens. 😄

Of course, some screenshots were more congratulatory. Like when the raid would pose for a boss kill:

Xcessive standing in front of a dead dragon.

We won, hooray! Now if only we could pose better after a kill... 🙂

Xcessive poses on KT's throne

That's better. 🙂

I was surprised at how few of those boss kill screenshots I had. I distinctly remember lining up for some when we killed Moroes and Netherspite, way back in the day when we ran Karazhan all the time. Since it was so long ago, I probably took those screenshots on my old computer. Hopefully their in my backup folder on my current computer (Remember folks — when you move between computers, make sure you always grab the screenshot folders from you games! They’re easy to forget, and you may miss those screenshots you took!)

Of course, there are other reasons we took group shots. Like after we took out the Alliance Leaders — FOR THE HORDE!!!

Group of Horde toons riding warbears in front of the Alliance Inn in Dalaran.

After trouncing of the Alliance cities, we obviously we had to go pose on our bears in front of their inn, right?

This particular bear run was set up by Dreykala. She set up weekly runs for months (maybe even more frequent than that), with an almost 100% success rate. And if they did fail on one, she always made sure to follow up so everyone could get a bear. It got to the point that people wouldn’t go on a For The Horde run unless she was leading it. And then she would sing a song in vent after the raid. It was pretty cool, even if you had to stay up ridiculously late. Eventually, server trade chat troll Hemoomoo raised gold (through trade chat and word of mouth) to buy Dreykala a motorcycle. That was pretty cool.

Of course, not all the screenshots I take have massive groups in them. Some of them can actually be rather silly situations:

Mishaweha sits with others (including Alliance) in Dalaran, around picnic blankets.

Love is in the air! Horde and Alliance (and Undead Ghouls) all sitting together and having a good time.

Mourninglory stands on a visible divide between terrain types.

"I stand on the divide between good... and evil. Or something like that."

(Incidentally, it was a little tricky to get up there. I think it happened while I was gathering herbs. A few screenshots later in my folder, Mourninglory is standing at the patch that has three different terrain lines. I guess this will end up being a rare sight in Cataclysm!)

Characters end up being the focus of many of my screenshots — it’s kinda hard to avoid that when the camera is usually centered on them. But the reason why I take the screenshot of my character differs, though. Sometimes it’s to show off some armor…

Mishaweha shows her blue swirling shield.

I love that shield. I think I still have it.

Mishaweha stands with others wearing similar gear.

Check out my totally awesome gear. It's so rare, I doubt anyone else has ... wait a minute...

Or because I have a weird effect…

Mourninglory is green.

OH NO! I'M GREEN! Also for some reason my horse turned green too... check out those glowing hooves!

Mourninglory, in Zangarmarsh, colored a pink-purple.

Pink now!? Enough with the color-changing already!

Mamisha (probably) is a human ghost, on a kodo.

Can YOU find the Tauren in this picture?

Methril in an ice block in the Thunder Bluff bank.

Stop - hammer time!

Or just because I look cool…

Maiheela stands with the moon directly behind her head.

"That's not the moon! That's my holy radiance you're looking at!" >.>

But my character usually isn’t the only thing on the screen. For example, I have screenshots of my hunter pets:

Mamisha and Moonshine.

Mamisha and Moonshine.

Mamisha and Rexxa.

Mamisha and Rexxa (her first 'real' pet)

(And I’m not even showing you the ones with just the pets. 😄 )

And I also take lots of pictures of my mounts, especially ones where I’m flying around.

Mishaweha riding on a hippogryph.

My very own Cenarion War Hippogryph.

(On a side note, my keyboard is too big for me to reach from the ‘w’ key to the ‘print screen’ button with one hand, which is what is needed to take a screenshot of a mount ‘soaring’ from the side, as the mouse is holding the camera. I always forget about the arrow keys until it’s too late!)

Three red drakes in a row.

Three, three red drakes! Ah ah ha...

Mishaweha on her violet protodrake.

Oh, I'm not doing much. Just guarding these eggs here.

But my favorite type of screenshots, out of all the ones I’ve shown from my extensive collection, are the ones that take the character out of the picture, and just admire the scenery. The World of Warcraft can be a beautiful place.

Depressing rain in Silverpine (probably).

A silhouette of Icecrown, from Dalaran.

Golden ring floor

BRD Wall Art

Netherstorm Sky

The Flying Book in the Scribe's Library

Sunset by Booty Bay

But these are only my favorite types of screenshots. Do you have a favorite type of screenshot? Do you take lots of screenshots, or only when you think it’s a ‘special’ moment? Let me know!

-Misha