It’s Alive!!

I haven’t updated this blog in over a year, and I apologize for that. The reason that I made this blog was so that, in addition to having a place to talk about World of Warcraft and my characters, I would have a project that I would keep relatively regularly updating, as a practice in self-discipline. I seem to have…strayed from that original goal.

There are a couple of reasons as to why I haven’t updated in 12 months. First, as a university student, my classes and extra-curriculars during the school year take up 300% of my time, and I don’t even get time to play, much less time to write about playing. Second, as I just said, I haven’t been online a whole lot, for two reasons: I just don’t have time most days, and that leveling my alts has drained my desire to play, particularly in Warlords content. Third, I have also started playing Wildstar when it went F2P, which I will attempt to make the occasional post about on this blog. I haven’t gotten very far in the game, but I am thoroughly enjoying it thus far.

I’m planning on making two more posts between today and tomorrow, which will be actual blog posts. Just keep in mind: if I don’t update for a long time, and there will be times where I don’t, it just means that my daily life is really hectic and I have no time to play and/or update. Thank you so much to everyone who’ve read or followed this blog, and I promise to try my best to do more on here in the coming months.

-Katherine

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Thoughts on Warlords… and an Explaination

Thoughts on Warlords… and an Explaination

Wow… two months and ten days since my last post.

Honestly, I didn’t plan on being away – but I kind of knew when I started this blog that my updates would start diligent and regular, but would eventually become sporadic as all hell. I didn’t realize it would be this quick, though.

School. School got in the way. Midterms in the middle and end of October, final projects and papers in November, and 3 finals in the first two weeks of December, and now I’m taking a bit of time to breath, and having Christmas with the family tomorrow. From my last post until Warlords launch, I didn’t play any WoW, so that explains why I had nothing to post. The rest was mostly just taking my time through new content and getting a chance to go through some old stuff as well. Be prepared, this post will be a big one, to make up for the time I’ve lost. 🙂

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Surreal Feeling

For the unaware, Growing up in Azeroth held a contest about 2 weeks ago, with 2 of the prizes being beta keys, and the other 2 being water colour paintings of a character of your choice. So…. I got 4th place, getting me a portrait of Deathdaisy.

WoW Nelf DK commission

Made to player’s specifications 🙂

I just… I’m kind of overwhelmed right now; there is someone, another human being, that took time out of their life to create art – of one of my characters. I didn’t win first or second in the contest, but honestly? I don’t care. I think I actually prefer this. It’s an absolutely gorgeous portrait of her, and it the pose and expression and armour and weapon and GUH. I LOVE. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

So thank you so much, Fussypants, for this incredibly fun contest, and this amazing prize! JSYK, I’m always up for art trades in the future ;)!

-Katherine

10 years, 10 questions

A few days ago, the Godmother posted a series of 10 question for WoW’s 10th anniversary. I did my best to answer them, though I may have forgotten some details along the journey.

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I started WoW when I was quite young. My dad played the original Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo games, and also gamed with his friends in EverQuest. Once WoW came out, they all started to switch over and continue their adventures in Azeroth. My dad caved, and we got the game in January of 2005. My dad has since lost his love for the game, claiming it’s “too easy” (as so many naysayers do), but I still adore it.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

The first character I ever played was Goldenblade, a female human warrior. My dad told me and my sister that we couldn’t play the same race or class, so we would experience different things – we also watched each other play, so we got the story for both anyways. If she hadn’t picked first, I would have been a Night Elf druid, believe me. Goldenblade was my main through Vanilla and BC, but was deleted coming up to Lich King. My main is now Deathdaisy, an Unholy Night Elf Death Knight. Surprisingly, I only really started playing druids in Cata, even though they are easily my favourite class.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

For the most part, I show no faction bias. When I first started playing, my dad and all his friends played Alliance, so my main was also Alliance. We had a second server (remember queue times?) for our Horde characters, which is where I made my first druid. Since then, I have played fairly equally between the factions. Unfortunately, I feel as if I can never have true Horde pride like many do – not after what happened in Cataclysm. Darkshore, Ashenvale, Azshara, Felwood, Stonetalon – I can’t stand Blizzard destroying Night Elven culture and people like this. I also loathe Garrosh, which doesn’t help much. So, I’m neutral with a slight lean to the blue & gold. 🙂

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

There have been many memorable moments for me. The thing is, I don’t raid, or PvP, or do dungeons at level. Most people’s “big moments” were probably along those lines. Mine? I have three that instantly come to mind:

  • Finally getting Thunderfury on my Death Knight;
  • Running Karazhan (solo) for the first time; and
  • the Savior of Stoneplow questline/cinematic.

These were things that made the game amazing for me: the challenges, the stories, the settings, the personal ambitions and experiences.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

I am, first and foremost, a casual player. It breaks my heart when people say we “ruin the game”. So we play a little differently than you, so we find our joy and excitement somewhere else – so what? I will always adore the lore of the game, exploration, pets (both collecting and battles), mount collecting, rep farming, and dungeon running when you’re 30 levels higher than the bosses. To put it simply: I am casual, and I love it!

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

It depends on the character: my druids are usually hanging around Moonglade (one of the many reasons I love druids), my NE priest is usually in the Temple of the Moon, my Troll druid has recently fallen in love with the Filthy Animal in Dalaran, and my DK has spent more time in Molten Core than is healthy for anyone, living or otherwise. However, the one place I know I will always return to is Zangarmarsh. I cannot get over the beauty of the zone, and I absolutely love both the Cenarion Expedition and Sporregar.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

Hoo, boy – here we go:

  • Deathdaisy: 49 days, 4 hours, 38 minutes, 12 seconds
  • Kethysa: 3 days, 20 hours, 12 minutes, 7 seconds
  • Zanjun: 3 days, 19 hours, 42 minutes, 24 seconds
  • Aleer: 1 day, 14 hours, 29 minutes, 11 seconds
  • Isabelledobs: 1 day, 23 hours, 0 minutes, 28 seconds
  • Moragolden: 0 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes, 4 seconds
  • Cielbright: 0 days, 16 hours, 57 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Meie: 0 days, 18 hours, 20 minutes, 17 seconds
  • Tivaan: 0 days, 1 hour, 0 minutes, 14 seconds
  • Lannea: 0 days, 0 hours, 15 minutes, 50 seconds
  • Katheri: 0 days, 0 hours, 14 minutes, 27 seconds
  • For a grand Total of: 68 days, 4 hours, 10 minutes, 35 seconds

That isn’t even counting the alts that I’ve played, leveled to 20, and deleted (believe me, there were a lot of them). And no, it isn’t continuous. I mean, I’ve never unsubbed, but there’s just been points where real life just gets in the way…sometimes for months at a time. My playing can be kind of sporadic, but I have an incredibly busy schedule, and WoW isn’t something you can really do in 15 minute chunks. Well, not much, anyway. 😉

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

Absolutely! When I first started playing, I was really young, so I didn’t care, and when I went through WotLK for the first time with Deathdaisy, I was just trying so hard to get to max before Cata hit so I could do Operation: Gnomeregan. While I’ve been leveling my druids, I’ve been taking things slower, reading quest text and flavour text, and having more fun with the questing process. There are also some great references, jokes, and tearjerkers in the text.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

Oh, god – there will always be this one that stands out. Before Lich King came out, I had a level 16 mage who was buying pets off the auction house (using alts’ money, of course) and holding on to them for my Death Knight. Early on in the game, the Hyacinth Macaw could be bought from the same vendor as the other three. However, between launch and Lich King, it was removed and made a zone drop in STV. I bought all four parrots off the auction house, but couldn’t remember which was which. Stupid me didn’t look it up online, no of course not – I went and learned one of them. The Hyacinth Macaw. The only pet in game that is epic quality – and for good reason. It is a really freakin’ low drop, and I had to go farm it once WotLK hit. As soon as I saw those blue feathers I felt like smacking myself. So, a word to the wise: always look something up online before doing something dumb, OK?

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming? 

Well, I have alienated people because of my love of Blizzard games, that’s for sure (well, person). However, World of Warcraft has also gotten me to be more serious about my artwork, my character designs (planning, that is), and my writing. My story on here, Rise, Legendary? First time I’ve ever published anything that I’ve written. It’s also the first fanfiction that I’ve written, and the first original piece that I’ve written since 6th grade (I have written stuff since then, but all of it was rewritten and reworked stuff from earlier). WoW has also introduced me to many new novels and comics that I completely adore – I’ve read Lord of the Clans maybe 5 times now? I adore Christie Golden’s writing, and I am with the rest of the playerbase with hating Knaak’s.

Well, there’s ten years of WoW from me! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the trip as much as I have, and I hope all of you continue to love this amazing game.

-Katherine

My home away from home…in WoW

2 weeks ago (wow, I’m falling behind), Syrco Owl posted an interesting question:

I’ve played WoW for many years now and I’ve spent a lot of time running and flying around exploring the different zones and areas in the game. Most of the zones are very unique and nothing like anything I’ve ever seen in real life, but some of them reminds me of where I’m from and they feel like home. (…)Now, tell me: What in WoW reminds you of your home?

As soon as I saw this question, I knew I had to make a post about it. The only problem is, Canada is a very diverse country, and you could drive for 30 minutes and you wouldn’t recognize the scenery. So, I thought about doing my home province. But, while Saskatchewan’s stereotype is that it’s “wheat fields and flat”, it’s actually more diverse than that. Yes, there are fields, but there are also forests and marshes and sand dunes and the Canadian Shield and giant lakes up north. So I took a step back and thought, The question is what reminds me of my home. So, here’s my home! Continue reading

Azeroth in Real Life – Westfall Stew

Before I get started, I feel like I have been neglecting something:

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.

I started reading WoW blogs about a month ago, but really got into the idea of making one myself after stumbling across Kamalia et Alia. I spent most of the last couple of days perusing her blog, and came across an interesting recipe: Westfall Stew. I read through it and thought, hey, this is something I can do! So, my first real foray into the world of Azerothian cooking IRL. I made it for supper for me and my family tonight, and the end result was lovely. It also tasted amazing.

Delicious Westfall Stew.

Delicious Westfall Stew.

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I urge everyone reading to check out Kamalia’s blog, and also, to try any Azerothian dishes they want in the real world!

– Katherine

Hello and Welcome!

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft ever since 2005, during the Vanilla years. In that time, I’ve come to love (and at times, hate) the WoW community. Recently, I’ve been spending more times on WoW blogs, and I decided, hey, why not make one of my own? I hope to regularly update during the summer, but I make no promises for the rest of the year, due to a busy schedule and starting my first year of University in September. But, enough of that; you probably want to meet these “4 druids and a death knight”.

Deathdaisy is my main character, a level 90 Unholy/Frost Night Elf DK.

Way back in Vanilla, I made my very first character, a human warrior named Goldenblade. The entire reason that I didn’t make a Night Elf, or a druid, was because my sister already made one, and my dad said that we had to make different characters. I honestly can’t remember how much I played her, and how much I got my dad to level her for me. I do remember her getting to 60 before Burning Crusade hit.

I also remember being extremely lucky, and being sick on the second day of BC – in other words, I got to stay home and game out all day. I made two new characters on a new server (Nordrassil) – a Draenei Shaman named Cadrathya, and a Blood Elf Mage named Spinadrella. I got Cadrathya to 16 before I deleted her, and Spinadrella to 20 before she met the same fate. I never could be bothered with leveling; I think it was because I love being able to go anywhere and do anything, without any restriction of level or gear or whatnot. They came back several times, always the same race and class, but never got much farther than previous attempts. I still played Goldenblade, and got her to level 70 in Outland. However, she fell to the wayside when I heard the news about Wrath of the Lich King.

When I heard about Wrath, I got my sister to hurry up and level her Draenei Hunter, Silea, so that I could make a Death Knight on Nordrassil. I also found out about the pet tab in the spell book. So, I made a new human mage, also named Cadrathya, and sent all kinds of gold to her from my sister’s and dad’s characters so she could buy pets for me. When Wrath hit, Deathdaisy was born.

What beautiful Outland quest gear you have!

What beautiful Outland quest gear you have!

My favourite quests at the time were the Death Knight starting quests, and I absolutely adored Northrend. Honestly, I don’t think anything else inspiring really happened. And then, along came Cataclysm…

Mourning the loss of the Park, and the druids in it.

Mourning the loss of the Park, and the druids in it.

Coming up to Cata, I took part in both of the launch events – the Elemental Rifts, and Operation: Gnomeregan. I rushed to get Deathdaisy up to at least 75 in order to take part in the latter…and then spent a few months doing nothing but Argent Tournament dailies. When Cataclysm came out, I made two brand-spankin’-new characters: Rhea, a Worgen Druid, and Kellista, a Goblin Hunter. I got frustrated with the Xylem quests in Azshara, and deleted Kellista at around 16. Rhea made it all the way to 20, before she, too, got the axe. I also took Deathdaisy around Azeroth for the first month or so, just to see the changes to the world, and to do every new quest. I also created some new druids, but none of them lasted past level 12.

When Mists of Pandaria came out, I decided to get serious about my druids – they are my favourite class, after all. So, over to Cenarion Circle I went, trying my hand at roleplaying. I created 4 druids off the bat, one of each race (I’ll make separate posts later describing them). They are: Kethysa, my Night Elf; Aleer, my Tauren; Isabelledobs, my Worgen; and Zanjun, my troll. I also quickly got Deathdaisy up to 90 and started working on rep grinding – shiny new mounts, tabards, and pets, ahoy! Recently, I also got a few other characters going – Meie, my Pandaren druid monk; Althene, my druid of the flame; Cielbright, my Night Elf priestess, and Mora, my entry into the Iron Man Challenge. So far, she’s level 5, as I have been focusing on leveling my main alts over her. I also intend to level a “For the Neutral” Pandaren – created on Caelestrasz with the name of Tzaziki.

Aleer at level 40.

Aleer at level 40.

I am eagerly looking forward to Warlords of Draenor, and everything I see with item models and character models and zone art and pets and mounts just…GAH. It can’t get here fast enough!

I am a hardcore casual player: I collect pets, mounts, and tabards, I grind reputations, and I farm achievements. I also run dungeons only when I can solo them, and I am working on soloing Vanilla, BC, and WotLK raids. I also want to try my hand at Battlegrounds this summer, though I have no idea what to expect.

I think this blog is going to be a fun project, and I hope to meet some great friends and fellow WoW-junkies while I’m running it!

-Katherine