Let’s Do The Timewalk Again

Timewalking is so awesome.  It was the perfect mix of nostalgia and gearing.  If LFR brings out the worst in people, timewalking brings out the best.  I did not encounter a single asshat, and most people were polite and downright chatty.

I get why it is limited time, I truly do.  The gear rewards are too good for the level of difficulty (it’s slightly less difficult than a heroic but with gear of a significantly higher level) and if you have something available all the time, you don’t get the crowds to make a snappy queue.

However, by limiting these events, I think Blizzard missed an opportunity to appeal to casual players and new players.  This sort of dungeon is a huge deal for people who are leveling.  Imagine you are leveling up and joining a guild, and trying to get to know all the guildies.  Unless a guildie has a toon within two levels of you, you can’t run a thing together.  And leveling happens so fast that even if you are leveling with the same people, it is very easy to get out of sync.  Something like timewalking could allow social people to, well, be social.  Sure, I ran my main through the event (5 times, for the garrison rewards), but I also ran my level 72 shaman through and was able to easily hold my own in a group full of 100’s and the occasional 90+.

Timewalking would also create a bit of variety.  Do you know how many times I ran Skyreach when I was level 99 and all my buddies were level 100?  A LOT of times.  I would have killed to have some BC dungeons to add to the mix.

I can’t wait until the next Timewalk weekend!

Surprise Raiding

I confess that I’ve basically ignored patch 6.2, Hellfire, and all that crap because I’m still in the process of getting raid-ready that was started in earnest only 3 weeks ago.  But last night, the guild leader tells me that we’re all going tonight.  All as in me too.  And of course I’m undergeared and unprepared.

Can I say that curse word now?

Can I say that curse word now?

Instead of logging off and leisurely watching tv, thehusband finished up legendary ring apexis grinding while I gemmed up and calculated necessary resources to make my trinket (I should have them when I log on tonight, if my alchemy minions haven’t been slacking off).  Dinner time tonight will no doubt be a last-minute cram session while Twig rolls her eyes.

Why am I even writing this?  There are videos to watch!  Guides to read!  Later!

When Not Raiding

Between gearing for raids and raiding, I also did random stuff around Azeroth.

Can I have a flying mount just like this?

boomkinplane

Seriously, boomkin look just about adorable in any conveyance.

I was flying around getting the parts for my music box.  Why?  Eh, why not.  It’s not usually the kind of thing I bother with but I was pretty tired of the music while fishing.

I got to steal a boom box from some crazy dancing orcs.  They were not happy when I took it and they proceeded to pound on my face.  I was laughing so hard I had trouble remembering any bit of rotation with which to kill them.

boomkinboombox

To celebrate my descent into common thievery, I went to my garrison and drank some goblin nitro fuel.  According to the tooltip, it will set you on FIRE if you go near fire, but I did not believe it.  It does in fact set your head on fire and it hurts like hell.

onfire

I was embarrassingly close to dying in a fire.

Raiding Occurred

I’m saying “raiding occurred” and not “I raided” because the latter statement would imply that I contributed to the raiding.  I completely did not.

I am always out of mana.  Obviously, I’m undergeared, but the mana situation this expansion makes me think that they are purposely trying to annoy me.

The party line: “[W]e still want healers to think about their mana when deciding which heal to cast, and so the mana costs and throughputs of many spells are being altered to give players a choice between spells with lower throughput and lower cost versus spells with higher throughput and higher costs.”

What it means: “Here are all these cool abilities.  Just kidding, you can use them maybe twice per fight or you’re in the wonderful world of running on fumes.”

We must translate from Bullshit into English whenever possible.

Peons Be Lazy

As you may have read, I have loved smacking peons ever since the orc starting area.  While I was disappointed that in my own garrison the guards had to do the smacking for me, my first quest in Nagrand was to smack the shit out of some lazy peons who were lounging around instead of building my future outpost…

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They were out fishing…

fishingpeon

stopfishing

… or sitting around

sittingpeon

getup

… or sleeping

sleepingpeon

wakeup

motivated

… or making googly eyes at the innkeeper?!

flirtingpeon

notimeforlove

No time for love, Dr. Jones!

Oh Right, The Studying

One obvious disadvantage to being a raiding newb so late in the game, besides lack of gear, is that everyone else has had months to practice the same raid encounters.  I suspect patience with noobs who don’t know the mechanics is pretty low.

Today, I start raid prep (I’m only level 98, but as Gerald says, “we must be ready”).

we must be ready

“I am invited to a party”, Mo Willems is the author, go get this book for your kiddo, for realsies.

Cramming the info from 10 raid bosses into my brain all at once won’t be a problem, right?

Unfashionably Late To The Party (Raid)

So… I started playing wow again, the expansion released, I putzed around and hit 100 in my own time.  At which point work started pwning my face.  Damn you, employment that pays for my subscription!

Here I am, 6 months post release, and finally going to begin to raid – right when other people have been there, done that.  I feel like such a noob.  I’m supposed to fill up health bars, right?

I start gearing next week.  I. Can’t. Wait!

We Have Evolved (But Not In A Good Way)

At some point, as proto-humans, we stopped being hunters and gatherers and started planting things so we could stay in our same cozy houses every night.

Now apply this principle to the decision not to give us flying.

Previously, I needed flight primarily for picking flowers.  No flowers mean no potions, no potions mean no raiding.  I would spend hours swooping around enjoying the scenery and grabbing all the herbs I could.  Remember when you’d be swooping down on a flower and some assface druid swooped faster and didn’t even have to shapeshift?  Yeah, those were the days.

In Cata we could fly from the start… well unless I’m forgetting things.  And I did the quests with flying and was happy for it.  This is one of my favorite screenies:

I’m putting out fires in bird form carrying a freaking bucket in my beak.

In WOD, I have not been out herbing once because WOD is no longer based on a society of hunter and gatherers.  We’ve been evolved, whether we like it or not.  Anything I want, I grow myself in my stupid garrison.  While at first it was convenient, later we realized it was just a monstrous chore.  Instead of circling and swooping, I’m poking from planter to planter on a tiny little plot of land, sending out my idiots, and putting in work orders.  A chore that was formerly at least marginally fun is reduced to garrison tending or, out in the world, the hack and slash of the leveling process to fight your way to your resources.

The devs talk about the world being vast and full of danger – and I never see it because it is too time consuming to gather flowers on foot.  And you don’t get a sense of vastness when you’re toe to toe with monsterface on the way to a flower.  It narrows perspective instead of broadening it.

You can’t roll back the clock and revert the game – it has to move forward.  But settlers are boring and are most certainly not the adventurers that hunters and gatherers are.

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