Thursday, April 17, 2014

Favorite Racial Leader (Horde)

This will surprise no one: Lor'themar Theron
     Might be slightly more surprising that even though I've loved the blood elves since I started playing Lor'themar would not have been my answer if I had written this in Cataclysm. Back then I'd have picked Vol'jin. I really didn't like Lor'themar that much back in Cataclysm. Since then I've had a chance to read the Leader Story for him and got a better understanding of who he really was. But more than that, we got to see a fair bit of him in Mists on the Horde Side (and even a little on Alliance side).
     He played a pivotal role in the Dominance Offensive Dailies in 5.1 and again on the Isle of Thunder and it's given me a much better feel for his character, enough that I can't help but love him.
     He's a man thrust into a role of leadership he never asked for or wanted and left with no real choice but to do his best to protect a people beset on all sides and already decimated by war. He will do whatever it takes to preserve what's left of his people regardless of what else he might have to betray. And he's still less crazy than Jaina.
    I'm glad he finally got some lore attention and had it done right so that I think people (like me) who'd been indifferent to him finally got a chance to see his character in action. For the Glory of Quel'thalas.
    Vol'jin's still my second favorite and was my first pick for Warchief so I'm ridiculously thrilled that's happened and can't wait to see how it will play out. I think he'll be a great Warchief, though it will be interesting to see if the fact that he's not an orc will end up causing friction down the line.

Postscript: In looking over my post for yesterday I couldn't help noticing that Genn's shorter than Tyl. All the other leader models are larger than life (and player characters) but Genn seems to just be ordinary human sized. I can't help wondering why that is.

Favorite Racial Leader (Alliance)

     Day Two of the 30 Days of WoW is about my favorite Alliance Racial Leader. This was a tough question. I had to put a lot of thought into it. I don't play Alliance side nearly as much as Horde so I didn't have a ready opinion. I was glad for the question though, because in a way it made me put some serious thought into the characters.
     I'd have liked to be able to say my favorite Alliance Racial Leader was Tyrande.
     She's the Night Elf after all and I love the concept of her, this strong female leader for the Night Elves, who is also a strategist and a military force. But for what little I've actually seen of her in action in game I don't feel like she lives up to the concept at all. It saddens me, though while thinking about it today I came up with a theory regarding the 'A Little Patience' Scenario that is my new head canon. 
     But Tyrande still doesn't get to be my favorite Alliance Leader. At least not until they give her more of a role that lives up to what she should be in game. Still I love the concept of her, so she's my second favorite.
     And though this is silly and a little off topic: I really hate her new hairstyle.
     But who is my favorite. I went through all of them and the little I know about them mostly what I've seen in game and I finally decided that it's Genn Greymane.
    Mostly because of what I saw of him in the Worgen starting area. He's a king without a kingdom currently, his people are all cursed and he's been through a lot. He's made some mistakes, but in general I think he's always been trying to do what he thought was best for his own people. Besides, Worgen are pretty neat. So Genn Greymane's my favorite Alliance Leader, though I can't think of any of the Alliance Leaders that I actively dislike the way I do with a few of the Horde Leaders.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WoW 30 Day Challenge: Day 1

     I've seen a few people doing this challenge from Meat-Vendor and it looked like so much fun! I thought I had sort of missed the party, but then noticed that everybody seems to be writing at their own schedule, so I've decided to go ahead. I'd like to challenge myself to blog every day for a while and a list of topics should make it easier. The 15th of April to the 15th of May seems nice and symmetrical.

Day 1: Alliance or Horde?

     Tai feels like I should let him answer this question. So he gets the screenshot for it.

     I do have maxed characters of both factions. Two Alliance side (will be three when I finish leveling the little paladin to 60 and scrounging up the money for a preorder to boost her.) and 9 Horde side. When I played WC3 I loved Night Elves the best and in WoW I can't help having a soft spot for them.
     I'm also very fond of the draenei, not only because they're lovely and an interesting race but because what lore there is about them is very intriguing.
     But if I'm honest with myself, when it comes down to it, I've got very strong Horde leanings.  This can be blamed partially on the real life friends who got me into the game and played Horde side, and partially on Blizzard. I was going to be an elf paladin and only one side has them. (I still don't understand why Night Elves can't have paladins of Elune.) Since then I've fallen in love with some of the Horde side lore and with my characters and their story in it and I don't know if I could ever truly switch factions. Probably not even if there were High Elf  and Night Elf paladins to play (though I would almost certainly have one of each.)
     So: For the Horde!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hunter pets and Old Ladies

I had never noticed this window before. It's so adorable!

     One of the things I love about the Old Ladies Raiding Guild (aside from the Old Ladies themselves. Seriously you are all amazing!) Is getting to take the time to notice stuff I hadn't on other runs before and having people who will share my enthusiasm. It is always fun. Even when we wiped a couple times it was really fun figuring it out and laughing about it.
     Oh how I enjoy those runs! Tyl got a bunch of achievements for 10-man Ulduar and a gorgeous new bow which is leading to some more time spent in Mogit. Probably a lot more time because male night elves are much harder to transmog than male blood elves.
     Tyl's Bloodstone also got to come out and get some exercise, though that first battle rez didn't end as well as it could have. And this got me thinking again as I have many times before about my hunters and their pets.
     I have a lot of hunter alts. I love the class almost as much as paladins and monks. I've got two at max level, Aug is survival and Horde and Tyl is Beast Mastery and Alliance. All of my characters have personalities, and the pets add a whole other dimension to that.
     Aug has a stable full of gorgeous pets, especially cats. He sort of collects them, he runs around with all of them from time to time but he does not have a favorite. Seriously, I keep trying to get him to settle on one and he just won't. They're all his friends and he's happy with that.
     Tyl, on the other hand, has Snowthorn. He's also got a stable of pets. He's got a stampede full of special Beast Mastery pets with him, each chosen for some utility or another. (Beast Mastery is the 'There's a pet for that' spec.) I try to get him to switch  them out. 'Let Hellshade out for a while, Tyl. He's got Ancient Hysteria' 'Run with Bloodstone for a while, Tyl, that battle rez will be handy.' 'Let some of the other pets see some love or action.' But unless he has to call out Dreadghost for water walking or switch over specifically for that Bloodlust or a Battle rez he's got Snowthorn. Always. He has other spirit beasts. But Snowthorn is his best friend.
      Snowthorn tanks things for him, she heals him as best she can, and generally eats the faces off of anything he asks. And I suspect that when I've logged off and left them on their own, she probably also sleeps on the foot of the bed and takes up far more room than she should, just like my real cats.
     And because he does, I love that bunch of pixels and AI almost as much as I love my real pets. That seems silly to me, but in a way Tyl's Snowthorn is as much a character to me as any of my others. And mainly for that reason, I think, Tyl's my favorite hunter. I also don't think I will ever tame Loque'nahak again, though most of my alt hunters are beast mastery and could. (Provided they could find it.) Because there's only one Snowthorn and I can't imagine Tyl without her or anybody else with her.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This would be neat: Racial Paladin Titles

     Ailuuya is making her slow way to 60 to get ready for her boost. Slow because I'm working on Laen's legendary cape and leveling the distracting priest and several other projects at the same time. But she's getting there and I'm realizing that I do love my draenei paladin.
     And that was one of the things that got me thinking about this: Why can't there be a quest chain where you can earn your race's name for paladins as a title? I'd love to let Ailuuya run around with the title 'Vindicator' in front of her name.  Seish would love to wear 'Blood Knight'. There are such neat names for paladins. I don't have a tauren paladin... yet, but I might have to roll one about yesterday if I could eventually earn them the title 'Sunwalker'.
     I'm not sure what the titles would be for human and dwarf paladins, maybe people who play Alliance more would have suggestions. For humans I almost like the idea of simply 'Paladin' in front of their name. Gawaine wouldn't mind wearing that. Dwarves have me entirely stumped, though. What's a dwarven paladin called?
     You see some of these titles on NPCs and I think it would be neat it we could earn them: maybe through a quest chain. Something long enough to make it feel like you accomplished something but not not full of awful RNG like the Legendary cape. Maybe something that fed you just a few tidbits of lore about your race's paladins and their relationship to the Light.
     I was chatting to Matty at the time I really got this in my head and we ended up having a fun little conversation about titles and characters and some others we'd like to see. There are a lot of neat title possibilities I'd love, but of course this one, since it's about paladins, is my favorite.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Paladins are supposed to have wings.

     I waited a few days to make this post until hopefully it will no longer be just a knee-jerk reaction of upset. When I'd seen mention before that they were thinking of pruning out some abilities, burst damage and what-not for Warlords I had this tiny little moment of fear: Oh but what if they take Avenging Wrath and Guardian of Ancient Kings? Those are two of my favorite paladin abilities to use, not just because they do neat things but because they are gorgeous and golden and shiny and when you see them not only do you know there's a paladin around, but also that they mean business. 'Oh they won't do that' I told myself. 'Those are two of most paladin of all the paladin spells and people would be too upset.'
     And then I saw the alpha patch notes for paladins.

-Avenging Wrath is now only available to Retribution Paladins.

Well, Seish gets to keep his wings, but Rim and Laen are out of luck.

-Guardian of Ancient Kings is now only available to Protection Paladins.

Sorry Seish and Laen. No more angel for you.

-Inquisition has been removed.

Not being upset about this yet. I'm assuming the damage increase will get baked in somewhere and this just means no more pushing a button every minute or so.
    I'm not getting upset about any of the other changes, names and things being moved around. I'll have to relearn to play like I do every expansion. That's the way of things.
   But Avenging Wrath and Guardian of Ancient Kings?! You better believe I'm upset. This means that no paladin will be able to do what Laen's doing in my screenshot up there ever again. But at least Ret Paladins keep their wings, and Prot paladins get a Guardian to look after them during heavy damage. But what does poor Laen get. Nothing. That seems a little unfair.
     Kamalia's Post on the subject has a quote that gives me a little hope that maybe the wings won't be gone for good for Laen and Rim at least. All I can say is I hope it's right and they find some way to give all the paladin specs their wings. I'll resign myself to the loss of the Guardian, I'll be sad but I'll deal with it. But when it comes to the wings. I don't care if they even do a single thing except shine, paladins are supposed to have wings!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Liebster Award: Kamalia's questions (part three)

But first a random shot of Ailuuya because I really want this hippogryph!

The questions from Kamalia, maker of many amazing transmogs!

1) Tell me about a game or games — video or table or both! — that you are really enjoying right now.

I don't do much tabletop gaming sadly, other than the weekly D&D session which I love as much because of the people I play with as anything else. Aside from WoW I'm currently dabbling in Rift which is lots of fun but won't be replacing WoW for me any time soon. Think my favorite thing about Rift is character customization and pretty. I take so many screenshots.

2) What classes, races, or roles do you find yourself most drawn to in RPGs, whether in D&D, a single-player video game, or an MMO?

For classes: If there's a paladin or a reasonable facsimile of a paladin I'll play it. Sometimes I branch off into warriors, but usually if there's not something paladin enough for me or if I'm feeling a bit insecure about learning, I'll pick the archery/hunter class to start with. In D&D this translates into mostly paladins or rangers.
For races: If there are elves... I'll play them. Especially Dark Elves for some reason. Other than that races with feline influences are a really neat thing for me. I rarely play humans even if they're an option.

For roles: I quite often pick the tanking role. Either that or dps. I almost never pick healer right off the bat. It's taken me years of WoW before picking it up, though I admit I'm enjoying it a lot now.

3) When you make your first character in a new game, do you try to make a character that is in some way an avatar of your RL self, or do you make someone entirely different?

I almost never make a character that I'd consider an avatar of myself in any way. I play myself in real life, so usually when I go into a fantasy game I make a different sort of character that I want to tell myself a story about as I explore the game. So my characters are nearly always very different from my Real Life self.

4) Describe a typical session of playing your current favorite video/computer game.

I get my coffee/tea/beverage of choice. I sit down at the computer and tell myself: Okay Seish needs to do these things, Laen needs to do these things etc. I pick one to prioritize and then log in to try and start it. Sometimes that means I accomplish my goals for the day or the week... sometimes I log on, I get distracted by a blog post or a mog idea or just a stray thought and end up going off and doing something completely different than I originally intended. This is why Ailuuya just hit 40 on her way to 60 for the boost, but Saelindir the distracting priest just hit level 44 and got pretty clothes to run around in. 

5) What was the very first computer/video game you ever played? How old were you?

I can't remember how old I was... elementary school, I guess. And there was this game called Oregon Trail...

6) Do you have more than one blog? If so, what is/are your other blog(s) about? (Blog names/links not necessary, and you don’t have to include personal/family/work-related blogs unless you really want to.)

I've got a largely neglected livejournal blog about writing and books and am debating starting a second one for games I play aside from WoW (mostly so I can post screenshots because I'm a screenshot junkie)

7) Name three non-WoW/game-related websites that you visit frequently.

-Google (so useful)
-Deviantart (so much pretty)  Not wow related but sort of RP related because I use it to name characters sometimes.

8) What was/is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?

Tigers! I love all of them really but I love tigers the best.

9) Cake or Pie? What is your favorite flavor of your preferred dessert?

Pie. Cherry, raspberry, or Coconut cream.

10) What toppings do you like on a pizza? on an ice-cream sundae?

For pizza: All kinds of meat. (I'm a carnivore) For ice-cream sundae? Caramel and nuts, I guess.

11) What is your favorite writing instrument?

If I'm not using the computer which allows for fast typing and easy editing then I like pens. Especially fun colored gel pens.