Wednesday, November 11, 2020

WoW is for Everyone! My experiences in Azeroth & beyond.

  I dabble in WoW. 

I live with a bucket of chronic illnesses that hugely hampers my daily life. I use Azeroth as somewhere to go when I'm feeling ok, my hands are functioning and I just want to do something.

I’ve never counted my diseases individually but I have a few. The two biggies being Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia. I also deal with depression, S.A.D. [Seasonal Affective Disorder], IBS, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, and some sleep issues from 25 years of round-the-clock rotating shiftwork. There are a few other, mostly side effects from meds or main diseases, that are too boring to list and I try not to think about them too much. 

[I'm not providing links to anything 'cause focusing on my illnesses is not a good use of my time and Google is Your Friend]

The end result is I've been housebound since 2003, I have hand, mobility, cognitive, and memory issues. This means I'm too slow both physically with my hand manipulating my mouse and cognitively with processing information to be an effective Dungeon or Raid Team member. 

I do enjoy professions, pet battling, world events, achievements, collecting, and generally just exploring. I am very easily distracted so I might log on to do one specific thing and six hours later find myself just flying around and exposing unexplored areas on an Alt's World Map.

This morning I spent a few hours setting up two 2-page spreads in my WoW Bullet Journal to track my Alts progress in all the expansion's professions and designating who is going to be responsible for grinding which reputation. Now that Flying is opened up in both Draenor and Legion zones, I can finish up some things that have been collecting dust for a while. 

I've also started to do more WoW Blogging since joining Brann's List Discord. Most recently, participating in the Glow Up! contest and coming in second place and with this post, participating in Just Geeking By's Weekly "Lead Up to Shadowlands" Challenge.

Our Glow Up photos and main goals.

1. Noritam 

two side-by-side images of a WoW Character

Jewelcrafting the Jeweled Onyx Panther twice. Once for me and once for Lilpipnik.

2. Sareen

The newest member of our team. She's working on levelling her Blacksmithing from scratch and generally prepping for Shadowlands. Sareen was started not too long ago, strictly to gain the Gilnean Raven Pet. I chose Death Knight just because it is a class I hadn't played yet, not knowing that DK's were going to be a big part of the Shadowlands Story. w00t!

3. Sushel

Su was our very first alt. She was created just because our first boost was burning a hole in Vier's pocket! Vier couldn't stand the thought of me having a boost and not using it so convinced me to make a hunter and boost her to 90 so Vier could take us on a tour of Pandaria. Sushel is a dwarf because at the time female dwarves were the least played race in the game. We like her down-to-earth no-nonsense badassness. Sushel likes drinking beer and eating sausages in a nod to my peasant German heritage. My Dad's family were sausage makers in the Old Country and continued the family business when they immigrated to Canada in the 1920s.

4. Seelybrook

Seely's main task is generating Living Steel for Sushel's Engineering plans. She also keeps us in Water Breathing potions.  Seely is very elegant and lady-like. She was created when we discovered that as a plate armor wearer, Noritam couldn't easily wear all the lovely dresses she was collecting in-game. 

5. Sallaana

Sal's main job is keeping Sushel stocked up with Sumptuous Fur to make Hexweave Bags. She'll be heading to Legion Dalaran now that she can fly in Legion, and making us a Moose Mount!

6. Soozuu

Soo was our first bank alt and was never supposed to be levelling, thus the weird name. She's currently based in Northrend working on the Argent Tournament.

7. Serran

Ser is our Banker with his own guild, The Canadian Bankers. He is learning how to operate the Auction House profitably and make us some gold. On a side note, he is currently levelling to 30 to get flying 'cause he's fed up with riding his horse all around Stormwind.

8. Sazzil

Sazzil came to be because in the middle of the night one night, our guild was toying with the idea of making a sister guild on the Horde side of the house. Saz was a charter member of "Dark Side of The Sun" before it disbanded. Now she's parked in Hillsbrad Foothills killing everything in sight, waiting for the Black Tabby Cat pet to drop. For the record, she loathes Undercity.

9. Styxxi

Styxxi came about due to another middle of the night conversation. My WoW Friend Babybug was contemplating a new character for the new server for her guild. Voila! 

Styxxi & Lilpipnik

Currently levelling in Cata.

Question: How many alts do you have to have before you are deemed an Altoholic?

Sunday, November 1, 2020

World of Warcraft Challenge by Just Geeking By

 Heather of Just Geeking By has issued us with a challenge.

Without comment here are the prompts:

Heather says
"The whole point of this challenge is to have fun by expressing our love for World of Warcraft and sharing it with each other. Sometimes people will say things you don’t agree with and that’s ok. The world would be a really dull place if we all acted the same way.

You’re welcome to mix and match prompts 8 – 22 so you’ve got a race and class combination, but it was important for me that people had that option. Also, these prompts (8-22) are designed to be about NPCs rather than your own characters.
There are no corresponding adjectives to allow you to interpret the prompts however you wish. You could for example choose to talk to interpret a prompt as your favourites, your dislikes, the most interesting or influential. It’s completely up to you 🙂

 The 7 Day version is basically a condensed version of the 30 Day challenge so if you’re not sure what a prompt means take a look at the 30 Day version for inspiration

Anyone who knows me, knows I am just not up for an "every day challenge" what with my 40 sleep/wake cycle and the fact that I am So Slow at everything I do!

I'm going to try the weekly challenge. Oh, and yes, this is for the month of November which seems to have snuck up on me so ... go!

Let's do this! 



Friday, October 30, 2020

Sushel Wins!

 Sushel won a second place prize in Brann's Glow Up!
She was allowed to chose any Blizz Shop pet and as you can see, she chose Dottie!

She is very happy and Dottie's animations make us giggle.

In other Wow news:
Noritam got changed into a cat by one of the Tricky Treat Candy Buckets.

Hallow's End is Nor's fave holiday!

Styxxi and Lilpipnik are levelling away. They both were gifted the Sprite Darter Wings transmog and I'm excited to take pictures of us both the next levelling day.
Lilpipnik in her Sprite Darter Transmog,
with her Sprite Darter Pet,
and her Fey Dragon Mount!

Gnomes are very little while some Monsters are very BIG!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Brann's List Discord "Glow Up" Event

 My entry:

Sushel is the most bad-ass of my gals. She's not into froofery stuff but let me dye her hair if I promised to put it up so it would quit flopping around and getting in her way. She's a little sore from the new tattoos and piercings but she's feeling sassy for Shadowlands.

Calling all healers!

 Brann's List is a discord server for WoW content creators. A member is looking for some healers to collaborate.

Discord: Brann's List

Channel: creators-camp

Requirements: Healer, Beta Castle Nathria XP

Member: Layria

Message: I’ve started planning a new YouTube video that will be round table style with each healer class discussing Castle Nathria. I’m looking for guests who have done enough beta raid testing to be able to share their thoughts about the different fights with regards to healing.

My goal for the video is to offer players some insight on what to expect in Castle Nathria and help prepare them. There’s so much out there about m+ and healer classes but not so much about the new raid.

Is there anyone here in BL who would be interested in participating in this video (could be just audio or video, doesn’t matter), or do you know anyone who has done raid testing and might be interested? This is the first time I’m sharing this idea with anyone, and everyone in the BL community has always been so helpful so I wanted to reach out here first!


On a personal note, if you look at the first posts on this blog, you'll see that when I started WoW, I wanted to be a Healer. Actually a Healer/Mom to a raid group. It's been almost 7 years now and I've never done a raid, my healer is at max level but she is very squishy.
In the last two expansions, I've only passively levelled her through world events and professions. She's a great alchemist that keeps everyone topped up with water breathing potions and she does all our transmuting. But, she's never served her main purpose. In fact, she double specced away from Holy to Disc just so she wouldn't get killed quite so much levelling. I'm always looking for healer content and ideally would love to find a learning guild on Undermine so she could actually, y'know ... heal!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

New Friends and maybe a new guild?

 Today I got brave and joined 2 new discord servers:

  • TSM - maybe I'll finally learn how to use it
  • PerkyPugs - I peeked into this server awhile ago but got freaked out at the massive number of people so backed out pretty quick.


The Guild I found shortly after Vier left us has disintegrated and I'm looking for a new place to call home. Plus, it's been so long since I've done any new content.

BfA scared me so bad when I fell into Freefall or whatever that "walk right into this mess of bad guys and see how many times you can die" place that I've passively levelled through the expansion.

I recently created a DK to get the Worgen pet and boosted it when I learned that Shadowlands is gonna be all about Death Knights. Noritam, my main since I started is at 120 but does not have a high enough ilvl to do anything at end game right now and Sareen does but damned if I can figure any of this scary stuff out!

At least I have Sareen, the DK to start the new expansion with.

I am currently levelling a gnome, Styxxi-Stormrage with Babybug's Gnome Lilpipnik. Babybug is my pet battle friend.