Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pictures - Vier Memorial 26 August 2018

I didn't get any screenshots of Vier's Square whilst we went crazy with our toys.

I did make sure to put down a Train and a Train Wrecker - those are for you, my darling daughter.

Bearminimum, Mierlin and I went crazy with our throwing toys, then progressed to our noise-making toys and finished with our character transformation toys.  Vier's toy mania was well represented!

We headed outside and showed off our mounts, we even had a random stranger join in for a while.  Bear was the only one of us with a Fey Dragon, Vier's Fave, so we watched the colour-morph for awhile in her honour.
Fiery Dragons

Purple Birds

Purple Tigers

Scary Vicious Wolves!

Mount Lust! - Bear has a Rat mount from Legion Fishing!  Must. Have. One.!

Darkmoon Feast - Fancy Clothes!

All Girls - 2 Space Goats and one Nelf

Shiny! - I had one --something-- to make our Nelf sparkly.  I wonder what it was, need more!

Sandbox Tiger from the Faire and Multiple Mierlins - plus a sparkly Bonestorm!

Spectral Wolves, one dancing, A Beer Keg, Blue and Green Stuffed Dolls, a cushion, a sign, a crystal bonfire and a ghostly Mierlin!  Many Toys for Jenn.

Green Ballon, another cushion and a Turnip Punching Bag

Finally, a sit-down for some cake.
The End.
Jenn/Vier we think of you everytime we log on to WoW.
We Love You.
We Miss You.

Vier and Taxi

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Vier Memorial - Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:00 pm CDT - The Shrine

Sunday, August 26 at 8pm CDT
Vier's Square - Inn @ The Shrine
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Part 1 of 3:
The backstory of Jenn's WoW history, Blog Review "My Mom Plays WoW", some other memories.

Part 2 of 3:
Vier and Taxi.  The story [as I know it], my wish for and in-game memorial.

Part 3 of 3: This post: Memorial Invite and Requests.

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You're Invited
Vier Memorial - 26 Aug. 2018 8pm CDT, 
Inn @ The Shrine, Stormwind Park
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How you may have known Jenn/Vier: Battle Tag: jennlee#1411
Main: Vier [Wyrmrest Accord];
Alts : Halirran [Undermine]; Tobey/Tobian [Undermine]; Molim [Undermine];  Orc Hunter [Blackhand]; Sieben [Undermine];
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Noritam's Info:
WoW - noritam#1287,
Discord - Noritam#6049
Discord Noritam's Nexus: Vier Memorial Channel 
https://discord.gg/hBsb7WV
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Event 1: Toys - Shrine
Vier's Square at Inn at the Shrine

1-A: Someone post a Sign on her square [Dhan knows her square]
1-B: Darkmoon Feast 'cause everyone dresses up for a funeral/memorial [and it was included in an event Vier and Nor were working on for the Guild, that never happened]

1-C: Toy Extravaganza in memory of Vier's most annoying habit of playing with her toys whilst waiting on Raid Nights.

We all have toys to annoy people with. 

  • Pumpkins-Orange, 
  • Turnips-Pink,
  • Mask  Of Shame[Ken Ken Mask],
  • Wear the stupid Turtle shell hat [Nor needs one][Timeless Isle]

Event 2: Mounts - Stormwind Park

2-A: Someone post a Sign in a prominent location

2-B: Darkmoon Feast 'cause everyone dresses up for a funeral/memorial [and it was included in an event Vier and Nor were working on for the Guild that never happened]

2-C: Display as many mounts as possible, the more dinosaurs the better.

  • Dino Faire riding toy, or cat ones [tigers etc]
  • Make as much of a spectacle as we can.  


Final Event: Sparkle Ponies and Graveside Circle

Sparkle Ponies: Olivia's Pond at bottom of the hill to the Unmarked grave.
- Sparkle Pony Specialist organizes a sparkle pony hill climb to the grave

Graveside Circle

  • - Sign Specialist posts on the grave,
  • - Circle around the unmarked grave,
  • - place blue/green stuffed toy or any other toy that can be placed on the ground, flowers?,
  • - Paladins Contemplation,
  • - Everyone else - Kneel,
  • - FIREWORKS! and done.
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Guilds:

  • Fists of Rage - Undermine - Vier's Raiding Guild
  • Campion's Champions - Wyrmrest Accord RP Guild
  • Of The Sun - Undermine  Noritam's New Guild Aug. 27. "A New Chapter: The Story Continues"
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Volunteer Request For:

1. Fists of Rage: Guild Contact
2. Campion's Champions: Guild Contact
3. Of the Sun: Guild Contact
4. Memorial Raid Leader
5. Sign Specialist
6. Sparkle Pony Leader
7. Graveside Circle Ring Master
8. Screenshot Maker:
9. You Tuber:
[I'm looking for people who are not emotionally involved to help run this event]
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Non-WoW Players:
There will be a recap blog post. [Hopefully a YouTube vid]
If you'd like to make a free-to-play character, you'll be able to join the Memorial event at Stormwind Park and go with us to the Unmarked Graveside ceremony.  [You won't be able to participate in the Shrine Event because you have to be a paid, subscribed level 90 player]
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... Looking for: Frost(Labbattblue), Cross, Heavy,  Thunderbutt, Bambooholic, Kat, Sarge, Bearminimum, Nindae, Navimie, Ancient, Jormot.
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... Things to Bring:
- Darkmoon Feast
TOYS  - throwing, kicking and annoying toys and items
- Fire Stallion Sharesies Mount
- Faire Riding Toys
- Green or Blue Stuffed Toy [or other toys or items you can place on the ground/grave like flowers?]
FIREWORKS
MOUNTS
- Get your Sparklepony XL toy - 150 Darkmoon Fair Tickets

- Vier's Favourite Mounts: Any Dinosaur, Dragon Fey, Nightmare Warhorse Hitching Post.
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Transmogs
- Noblemen's Finery from the Faire
- Vier's Taxi Xmog - Cataclysmic Gladiator's Chain Armor
- Match Queen Vier Transmog
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HUNTERS
Hunter Pet Spectral Porpupette Green = Alphonse
Battle Pets Spectral Porcupette Green = Alphonse Jr.
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In case anyone missed it, Jenn's Obituary.

Almost a Year Later - Obituary


December 10, 1989 – August 26, 2017

Peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2017, Jenn passed away at the age of 27. She is survived by her parents, Auntie Sandy, cousins Kyle. B.J. (Jasmin), Michael, Christine & family, as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Special online friends, Leah of Great Britain and Rowan of Australia.

Born 10 December 1989 in northern Manitoba. Jenn and her family moved to the farm when she was four years old. She attended primary and secondary school in Manitoba. Her post-secondary education was in New Brunswick.

Jennifer loved words, books, languages, linguistics, expressing herself with wit and pith, and exploring cultures other than her own. She had travelled to the islands of the United Kingdom and Greece. In her second year at university, January 2009, studying French, German, Spanish and Japanese, she was making plans for a summer in Germany when she became ill.

Determined to continue her study of languages in the spring of 2009, she attended College to learn ASL.

At an early age, Jennifer was introduced to computer gaming, and was an early subscriber to the MMORPG “World of Warcraft”. After she became ill she dedicated much of her time to her online communities including battle.net (Hearthstone, Overwatch and WoW), Sapherna, Subeta, and support groups for people living with chronic illness.

In keeping with Jennifer’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private interment will be held.  In honour of Jenn you could play a card, board or online game with your loved ones; teach your pet a new trick; or read a book by J.R.R. Tolkien. You could also watch a Peter Jackson /J.R.R. Tolkien movie as long as you promise to snort or swear at the parts that are different from the books.

Jenn’s family thank the healthcare professionals at the Dialysis, ER and ICU Units. There are far too many medical personnel to name individually with the various team members running into the hundreds over the eight and half years. Your care and compassion in the treatment of Jenn’s illnesses and conditions were appreciated beyond what mere words can express.
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Pippin: “I didn’t think it would end this way.”

Gandalf: “End?… No, the journey doesn’t end here. 
Death is just another path, one we must all take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass,  and then you see it.”

Pippin: “What, Gandalf?  See what?”

Gandalf: “White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Pippin: “Well, that isn’t so bad.”

Gandalf: “No….No it isn’t.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Missing Vier - Almost a Year Part 2 of 3

Three Memorial Posts - Missing Vier - Almost a Year.
1. The backstory of Jenn's WoW history, Blog Review "My Mom Plays WoW", some other memories.

2. This post: Vier and Taxi.  The story [as I know it], my wish for an in-game memorial.

3. Memorial Invite and Requests.
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My goal/wish is to get Vier and Taxi in-game.  I think at the Inn or by the travel portal at the Shrine.

They'll always be throwing stuff at random players. [and for members of the 3 guilds, throwing an Awesome Fish].

The best case scenario is that they become a throwing toy vendor!

Fists of Rage-Undermine; Campion's Champions-Wyrmrest Accord; Of the Sun-Undermine.
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Dinosair
Jenn has loved dinosaurs since the first "Land Before Time" movie came out. The story of Taxi, I just learned recently. 

As a tween, Jenn belonged to an online cat RP forum. Only, Jenn had her pet dinosaur, named Taxi, whom she insisted believed he was a cat.  And they didn't kick her out of the forum, they played along.

One of her friends recently shared some early Taxi pics.

Her fondness for giraffes also appear.

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Taxi's colouring also showed up in her avatar forum, Sapherna.
While I was reviewing screenshots for these memorial posts, I noticed that Vier was sporting Sapherna/Taxi colours as well!

Her yellow sleeves really show in this ss.
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I discovered some Overwatch videos that Jenn was in on YouTube.
Cron Virus' two videos: ctf pro squad and DROP THE BEAT, in which Jay got POTG.


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On Raid Night with "Fists of Rage", apparently everyone had their own square in the Inn at The Shrine, whilst waiting for raids to begin.

This is Jenn's square, where I want to start her memorial.
3 up from the wall, 3 left from the stairs


Missing Vier - Almost a Year



Yesterday on my Friends log, Jay's friend icon rolled over to "Offline for 12 months" so I'd better get posting my memorial posts.

I would like to have an in-game memorial for Vier on Aug. 26, one year after she died.  This will be the longest of three posts.

1. This post: Backstory of Jenn's WoW history, Blog Review "My Mom Plays WoW", some other memories.
2. Vier and Taxi.  The story [as I know it], my wish for an in-game memorial.
3. Memorial Invite and Requests.

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Jennifer has been playing computer games since she was 18 months old.  We have some video of her loading a pinball game from a huge old floppy disk and playing pinball when she had to stand on the chair to reach the keyboard.

Himself [Jay's Father/Hubby-of-Mine] also played computer games and one of his early favourites was Warcraft.  I hated the original game and decreed that "I don't ever want to see you playing that violent game in front of the baby again".  In our world of a double-shift-worker-family, and our tag-team parenting, the critical phrase "I don't want to see" was upheld to the letter.  I never saw him playing the game in front of the baby. 

What I also didn't see was Kidlet reading the manual to Warcraft II for her father, helping him set it up, and then play.  What I also didn't see was her having the game memorized by the time she was about nine.

I don't know for sure when Jay started to play WoW online, but I'm pretty sure she played Vanilla.  I remember her un-subbing for final exam time in high school so she wouldn't be tempted.  I remember Thursdays and Sundays were Raid Nights and she hogged the family computer.

Jenn had bugged me for YEARS to play WoW with her.  I always had great excuses. "I don't play computer games."  (Seriously, I played a pinball game once when I was training for my job in the early '80s. I may have sat at a Ms. PacMan console in a bar once. I deleted the Solitaire game off all my early computers) "I'm too busy with work and the farm" "I'm too sick"

But, on Black Friday 2013, I had run out of excuses.  I was retired, my chronic illness was managed, ... "fine, I'll play BUT, ... You Have To Help Me."  I am sure she regretted doing this many times but ... in the beginning,  during a fit of laughter she remarked "this is just too funny to keep to myself" and she started blogging about us on Tumblr.  A format that I have never been able to figure out.  I convinced her to switch to blogger and thus the journey documentation began.
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From the beginning, the first post.


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The Cloak - Day Six

I was mulling over the quest rewards, Vier [im]patiently waiting for me to make my decision.
Nor - "I want to pick the cloak, right?"
Vier  - ‘That’s right, but why do you want to pick the cloak?’
Nor - ”To keep me warm and hide me?”

I remember this so vividly.  Jay lost her shit.  She couldn't stop talking about my very wrong answer for days and brought it up many times in years to come.

For non-WoW players, the answer she was hoping for was that I recognized the correct item to match my class and was an upgrade to my ilvl.  Instead, I was thinking about the elvish invisibility cloak from the LOTR movies that Frodo and Sam used to hide from Orcs.  This was also one of the first times that she rolled her eyes at my role-playing tendencies.
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My love/hate relationship with Striders begins and my darling, favourite daughter lets a little of her sarcasm into the blog.
"Noritam smacks a Tallstrider - right in the face!
Protecting Azeroth from certain doom."
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It's been a glum week here in My Mom Plays WoW world.  Vier, in what's becoming a terrible, terrible annual event, had the hunky paramedics come to her house and whisk her away to the hospital again.  Between that and the creepy-ness that is Bloodmyst Isle ... ugh.  Not a good way to start the New Year.

*Unfortunately Vier maintained that New Year trend for several more years.
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"Overflying the Howling Fjord, Vier spotted something she had never seen before.  Lucky for me, she was eager to investigate. ... It was High  --  Lair  --  Eee  --  Us! ... ...  A Turtle Boat!

 A boat structure built on the shell of a turtle, propelled by dangling some carrots in front of the turtle's nose.  Literally!"
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"In-game, Vier is my mentor, my hero, my rescue-er, our mother-daughter roles fall away, we're just characters in the game.

 Which gives license to:

  • ...  trying to set me on fire,
  • ... affixing me with the Mask of Shame,
  • ... doing 360's on her fishing raft and interfering with my fishing casts,
  • ...  generally being a high-energy, dexterous, brat!

In the shot below, the fire on the right is one I set out to do some cooking.  The one in the water is the one Vier tried to set on top of me!"
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Undercurrent of Cruel

"This next shot is indicative of the undercurrent of cruel that lives in Vier's heart. 

I had been riding on Vier as her Obsidian Nightwing, we were taking a boat from Stormwind to I-don't-remember-where. 

She landed on the sticky-outy thing on the front of the boat, morphed back to herself as a night elf, walked off the long sticky-outy thing, leaving me there. 

Casually saying "Don't fall off" as she walked back onto the boat.

I promptly withdrew my hands from my mouse and keyboard, pushed my chair back and just watched. "

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Booty Bay and The Story of the Widowed Strand Crab

I may have accidentally killed a Strand Crab.

As if I didn't feel bad enough, Miss Vier had to go on and on about the poor Strand Crab, ... and his wife and children left waiting at home for Dad to return, and he never would.  ... And putting the Mask of Shame on me.  ... And telling Mrs. Strand Crab, who arrived to discover the corpse of her mate, how cruelly I had killed him.

No matter how much I "pet" "hugged" and "loved" the deceased and the widowed, Vier wouldn't let up until I was literally crying from laughing so hard.

The screenshot shows the blue crab corpse [Mr.] with the grayed out name tag, the live red crab [Mrs.] with yellow name tag, the Mask of Shame on the front of my face [again], and in the chat log, the comfort I tried to provide to "Mrs." Strand Crab.

It was only a week later, I realized that the live "Mrs. Strand Crab", was probably the original dead crab, re-spawned.
--rolls eyes --"

[Years later, I've discovered that the toy "Ken-Ken's Mask" is "The Mask of Shame", which was first granted to me when I got stuck in/behind something like a rock or a tree. I also remember getting stuck behind a hut in the Everbloom in Draenor, so no, I haven't learned.]
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Feb 20, 2014 - I almost quit the game. We had our first mother-daughter spat in-game.

My daughter gave me a pep talk last night.  She advised me to go back and read the first post of this blog and realize how far I had come.  She told me that on the first day when I was RP walking, she had thought that maybe bringing me into WoW wasn't such a great idea if we were going to have to walk to level ninety!  That it took the better part of a year for her to level her first toon to max level and Noritam and Molim are half-way there after two and a half months.
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This post is a perfect example of "early days with Vier and Nor in WoW"

at this point, in real time, and with hindsight, ya gotta ask yourself, did Vier really know what she was asking for when she kept asking her mother to come and play World of Warcraft with her?  I mean, let's face it, during "the terrible teens", Himself [Vier's father], Himself's favourite daily saying was "OK you two, play nice".  Seriously, stereotypical mother/daughter teen-aged crap.  ... ... So really, even though we're almost a decade out from that, and lots has changed since then, when it gets in the thick of it, during this --- --vent silence-- --- ya gotta wonder, ... just how good of an idea was this? ... ... just askin'
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Vier is getting impatient whilst I'm reading quest text and lays out a path for me so I don't get lost. -rolls eyes-


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Why I have a Hunter I can't Play
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Rock Concert & Bar Brawl for Mother's Day

This is one of my favourite WoW stories.  Especially, the week after Mother's Day 2014 when my IRL friends asked how my Mother's Day went, I was casually able to say,
"Oh, Jay and her friends took me out to a bar, we got drunk, saw a concert and got in a bar fight". 
Of course, not mentioning that this all happened virtually in WoW!

"I started a bar brawl.  ... oops!  how can I not aggro a bunch of stuff when my screen is all blurry?  That's the story I'm stickin' to anyway.  I hopped over the bar to escape the uglies and fell into a pit of more uglies!
Kat saved me, Vier ralphed on me, and I made the mistake of asking Vier not to tell her father."

Which is also why every Darkmoon Faire, I must go and watch and dance to The Tauren Chieftains at least once!
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Unless it was for something she wanted [mount, transmog gear] Vier professed to abhor running old content.  Also, two years in, Vier had long since passed into the "be careful what you wish for 'cause you might get it" regret of having her inept Mother playing WoW. She introduced me to Mr. Kitty/Mierlin, who also enjoys doing achievements and doesn't mind babysitting me.
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Just for the eye-roll inducing pleasure of it all, I wanted to ding 100 as I handed in a Daily at my Fishing Shack.  Just because ...

Vier might roll her eyes so hard they get stuck backwards or pop out of her head!

Vier often got impatient and bored while I was doing stuff she deemed unworthy of her time.  Fishing, Achievements, Professions.

This usually resulted in her bouncing around, playing with toys and/or mounts and generally being a pest until I said: "OK, I'll finish this later, let's go do what you want to do".
For Example
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Questing in Telaar - Be Careful What You Wish For!

Jay Bitching to Leah

so i'm typing at her in capslockwhile finishing these few quests faster than ithink i've ever quested in my life "STOP. STOP MOVING. STOP. YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.""TURN AROUND. DO NOT GO THERE. YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY""MOTHER.""MOTHER STOP!!!!!!!"oh my god
Nor comment #1
I always know I've done something really stooopid and maybe missed a line or two in the chat window when the CAPS LOCK key comes into play and I see ...

MOTHER!

Nor comment #2
Although, it was fun another time when we were in a group doing some stuff and Vier was being her usual ... how shall I phrase this ... irreverent self. One of the guys was giving an overview of what we were about to face and mentioned we "shouldn't stand in the purple stuff".

Vier: "You can't tell me what to do. I'll stand in the purple stuff if I want to. You're not the boss of me. You're not my mother"

I waited for a bit, shrugged my shoulders and thought, why the hell not, so I typed "Don't stand in the purple stuff".

Kitty, who was the only other person in our group that knew I was, in fact, her mother was ROFLMAO-ing all over the place.

That was fun.

Remember, Vier had been asking me to play WoW with her for, literally, years before I finally acquiesced to her request.

"Be careful what you wish for"
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One of Mr. Kitty's friends did a drawing of Vier for her other blog.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Finally ... Darkmoon Faire Mount and Double Agent Achievement

So, I finally, finally, finally got my Darkmoon Faire mount!  One of my alts just got the magic number of prize tickets.  So Glad mounts are Account Wide!

Faire Mount and Pet!

I also inadvertently received the Double Agent Achievement when I boosted my lonely Horde Goblin.  Feels very, very strange being in Dalaran on the Horde side.  Where are the portals at?  Do we use the same bank?

Sazzil in Dalaran
What a cool mount she has!  Oh, and my new Guild "Of the Sun", has just created a sister guild on the Horde side: "Darkside of the Sun".  Much Fun.

Nor

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Missing Vier

BFF Buff - Vier was always handing them out.

Gotta find out what item was used for the BFF Buff.