September 27, 2010 at 10:21 am (Uncategorized)

Six characters a day I’ve been running through Brewfest. This post is a little bit of QQ.
There is no denying how utterly SIMPLE Brewfest is this year- just click twice to get in, wait 15-30 seconds for the queue to pop and then take 20 seconds or so to kill the boss. I don’t even bother popping readiness on my hunters because the fight is over before my rapid fire drops off. I hit Bloodlust on my shaman during the fight and still had a good 18 seconds worth of buff left over after he went down. It’s so fast I don’t feel (too) guilty bringing in my extremely sub par DPS toons- my DK and my shadow priest, or DPSing on my non-geared druid tank who has seen less than no love in the past few months.
The order of importance on my toons is very clear- Orc Hunter > Dwarf Hunter > Troll Shaman > Undead Shadow Priest > Blood Elf DK > Tauren Druid. So far I have seen exactly ZERO mounts (I have horrible luck with holiday mounts and such) and ONE Direbrew remote- which dropped on my shaman. I also got two (yay!) of the maces- oh, but look- they are selling for less than an epic gem right now and are useless for pretty much all of my characters. Though a dwarf enhancement shaman dual wielding tankards would be pretty awesome…
Guildies have been pretty successful so far. One has lots of mounts on alts now, only missing the Ram on his main. I know I still have about half of Brewfest left to keep going, but most holidays do this to me- I get about halfway through, doing them religiously, and get NO results. Then I get frustrated and quit trying. I think I’m going to try and force myself to finish Brewfest this year- at least until I get some mounts for my main, unlikely as it may be.


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Green orcs are sissies

September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm (Ayriana)

I have to wonder, how will those on Draenor (outlands) feel when the Cataclysm comes? I mean, their planet has already been pretty ripped apart. If I was an orc on that planet and I saw all the sissy whining that was going on on Azeroth over a few earthquakes and some cranky elementals I might just call them a little sissy.

I’m gonna let your world finish exploding and everything, but Draenor had the best Cataclysm of ALL TIME!

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Cata spoilers!

September 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve got a huge cataclysm spoiler post up at wow_ladies if you’re interested- including screenies of the current female worgen model!

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Old Gods

September 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm (Ayriana) ()

Why do I have the feeling we didn’t so much kill Yogg-Saron as make him or some of his friends veeeeeeery angry?

Stonetalon Mountains

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Best and Worst of Wrath

September 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm (Ayriana) (, , , , , )

As Wrath of the Lich King comes to an end and we all patiently await the coming end of the world, I found myself thinking back over Wrath. Like I’ve talked about before, in TBC I was really a noob (spell power on my mail wearing hunter level of noobishness). But in Wrath that was different- I had a group of people who didn’t suck who I was able to get together with on a regular basis and kill internet dragons. Some of my favorite times on the internet were had during WotLK.
I have two very strong memories from Wrath, one positive, and one fairly negative. First- the good!
Twilight Vanquisher used to mean something. When Wrath hit, doing Sartharion with all of the drakes up was the hardest thing in the game. The guild I was in had some early struggles getting going- but once it got going it went very well, but that Sarth 3D achievement was eluding us. Something would always go wrong- the Resto shaman that just couldn’t understand the concept of void zones- a tank barely getting one shot, real life causing our raid leader to go MIA for a couple weeks. Finally, on the eve of the release of Ulduar, we all knew that if we didn’t get it that night it would cheapen the achievement. Doing it with better gear would not mean nearly as much. We wiped all night- flame waves glitching out, warriors emo quitting because they wanted to do something else, replacements not understanding some of the changes we’d made to the strategy. Finally we decided to call it, and kill one of the drakes and just do 2D- again. Someone, and I don’t remember who at this point, said- “one more try, then trash respawns. Lets just give it one. More. Try.” With that idea in our heads, we did it. You can see my poor dead moth, and my own dead body in the video, which I just re-discovered on You Tube today. I really wish the YouTube video included the sounds in vent- the nervousness as we realized we were closer than we’d ever been before- and the sighs of relief and cheers as the dragon fell.

But with the good comes the bad. As Ulduar became the most relevant content, and we hit roadblocks, my raid team started to fall apart. I realized that things were getting pretty ridiculous when I found myself leading a raid- I was something like 7th in line to be in charge, so how that happened I still don’t remember. People started leaving for greener pastures- different guilds on the same server or even server transfers. I found myself in the second category. I wound up in a very nice guild that was making progress and was quite successful. I had to sit out for some fights and found myself sitting on top of ulduar wondering what my real guild was doing. I just didn’t fit in with this new guild- they raided much later (which technically fit my schedule a little better, but cut into my hubby time). No one ever talked on vent and it didn’t seem like anyone was actually friends with each other, more like colleagues or co-workers. Sitting up on top of Ulduar I realized that this is and always will be a game. I wasn’t having fun anymore because I wasn’t playing with my friends. That was when I made the decision to get back into my old guild. The core of that guild is who I play with, and who I plan to play with into Cataclysm.
It does seem that we have collectively taken a break before the world ends, me mostly because the Beta is taking up my game time, others because of real life or burn out. I’m pretty confident that Cataclysm will get the group back together, and hopefully I can make some more excellent memories!

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Wonderful World of Pet Skins!

September 9, 2010 at 9:32 am (Ayriana) (, , , )

The pet design pass hasn’t happened. However, like a few other hunters out there, I wanted to be prepared for when it did. So I spent yesterday afternoon on the Beta taming different pets from different families. Up to this point leveling I have almost exclusively used my bear (partly because ferocity pets are broken at the moment). Mostly I’ve been using my bear because, well, he’s my bear! I’ve always used a bear as my tanky pet, except for that time when gorillas beat all the other tank pets hands down.

Snuggles! (Image courtesy of Petopia)

When I first read about the option for up to twenty five pets I was extremely excited. I’ve always had a list of pets that were less than stellar in terms of performance, but I wanted to tame because I liked the look, or had an awesome name that I wanted to use. I was browsing through petopia when I realized that there are also twenty five non-exotic pet families. With this design change hunters will be able to have one of EVERY kind of pet.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

First, like I said above, my bear has always been my tanky pet. Same with my wolf, at this point at least. He’s my go to pet for killing stuff, and I named him after my childhood dog who died when I was about eight. Before the wolf I used a moth named Dustbuster- that little guy earned the Twilight Vanquisher title when it was new! Each of these pets is a part of my character- Ayriana is not the same without each of them in her stable.

Twilight Vanquisher Dustbuster

Second, if I’m required to have one of every pet available, how will I make those connections? A hunter is symbiotic with her pet, and I find it hard to believe that one hunter could have a legitimate connection with 25 different creatures. That’s the RP part of it. On my end, I want my pet to be a part of my character- when I go to log in, my bear is chillin behind my toon when I click on her name.

So, I went through the list of pets and created a spreadsheet. Which skin from each family will I be taming? As I looked at my growing spreadsheet with all the pretty pictures, I felt no connection to the majority of the pets. Could I ever give all of them the attention they deserve? At the moment my moth is all but retired, even though I can’t bring myself to retire him, and that’s with only five stable slots! How could I give all of these guys the right amount of attention?


Since each pet could potentially bring a different essential buff to a raid environment, each hunter will essentially be required to have one of each pet in order to contribute the most effective composition to their raid team.

How do you feel about this? Excited or apprehensive?

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A rose by any other name…

September 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm (Tiadaalma) (, , )

When I began my WoW journey, I had very little guidance from my brother who claimed to love the game but definitely did not want to take the time to explain the basics.  That being said, the one thing he stressed was the importance of naming a toon.  This coming from a guy who named his character Bigstanky.  

Who you calling Stanky?


So, I began with 2 characters Spajackrow (a rogue) and Madamswann (a priest).  At the time, and really, ever since I could remember, I have had a small thing for pirates (the first time someone gave me a Savory Deviate Delight-they might as well have given me 100 gold :-).  Spajackrow was a mashup of Jack Sparrow and Madamswann was named after Elizabeth Swann from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Neither toon was much fun and it wasn’t long til I bought the Burning Crusade to become a BELF.  TiaDaalma was born.  

Tia Dalma was not much of a character until the end of the 2nd Pirates movie, when we discover that she has brought Captain Barbosa back from the dead (perfect for a Holy Pally!)  After she hit 80, I began the hunter, Caalypso (Tia Dalma’s alter ego.  Clever huh?!) From there came Baarbossa the mage, Purl the shaman and Sparro the druid.  My bank alt is Murtogg but you’d really have to know the movies to remember him!  

Do I know you?


Of all the things my brother didn’t tell me about, I feel grateful that he did emphasize this one thing.  I love my pirate toons, and am entertained when people who know me recognize one of my alts.  But, when they live in a guild named “Dead Men Tell No Tales” how hard could it be?!  


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Baby Goblin!

September 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm (Ayriana) (, , )

Made a baby hunter goblin yesterday while the game was still in the process of downloading. Hit level 4 and and a broke quest. So far, the goblin starting area is a blast.

Then I flew around the old world a bit just to see what was different, can’t wait to quest through some of this to find out what is causing all of this chaos!

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You got WoW in my RL!

September 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm (Ayriana)

This week I had an interesting experience. Now, this is an experience that many people in my generation have had, but I just recently realized that this was the first time I had had this experience. In the past, I have had the opportunity to, but chose not to, mostly because I was chicken.

What did I do? I met someone in the real world that I had previously only known online.

I play alliance on occasion with a co-worker. His guild needed some decent DPS and I have a habit of creating alt after alt after alt, so I made a hunter there and play her once a week or so with them. One of the guys in that guild is also a hunter, but with that group he mostly plays his Pally Tank. He is also one of my co-worker’s roommates. As far as I was concerned- this guy looked like this:

Now, on Monday I was sitting at work minding my own business (I had actually ran out of things to do for the day and was contemplating trying to sneak out early) when this guy comes in. He looks like a kid who has recently graduated college, and was wearing a sweatshirt from the local college and carrying a binder. I assumed he was interested in a job (ha! Like we have those!). But here’s the thing- he starts talking to me like he knows me. Which has me floored, then I realize who he is and we all have a good laugh about it and annoy the hell out of the one other co-worker who is left by talking about wow related stuff. Hey, it gave me something to do for the day! Well, in the real world, Mr. Pally tank really looks something like this:

Someone in my main’s guild has mentioned a few times that if anyone ever wins the lotto, we have to pay for every other guildie to go to BlizzCon. To me this sounds awesome, I would love to meet up with the people I spend so much time with every week and just chill out and grab dinner or something. Then I remember that the game is really what we have most in common. What would we talk about other than guild politics? Age differences aren’t a huge deal in game, but can be in the real world when you start referencing something that someone in a different generation is not familiar with. I imagine it might be awkward- but I really do want to hang with some of my guildies IRL!

On another note- hello Cataclysm Beta! Installer is currently at 85% and as far as I know the realms are down… but I should be in and playing soon!

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My WoW Story

August 26, 2010 at 9:15 am (Ayriana) (, , , , , )

Recently, with Cataclysm coming out so soon, I have been thinking back on my experiences with WoW. I have been playing for close to four years now. I picked up the game in late 2007 while I was finishing my student teaching, and full on wedding planning.

Originally I never picked up WoW for a few reasons, including that people I knew became addicted to the game, I never had time, I never had an internet connection that was good enough, or my computer was only marginally good enough to play on. One day I was hanging out at the game store (like I did a lot at that point in my life) and they were all playing a game I wasn’t a fan of- some war strategy board game that takes 19 hours to complete. I was bored, and the owner of the store had his computer set up and was getting back into WoW, so he showed me how to roll a toon and make it work. I made a little blood elf rogue. She was fun to play, and I think I made it up to level 8 or so that night. I actually asked how to save my progress at one point, because I was not familiar with how it all worked.

That night I got the trial and made myself a troll rogue. Here’s my dirty secret- I would have made a blood elf if I had the expansion (shhhh!). Why horde? Well, that’s what my friends at the game store were playing, so I rolled up on their server. I got that rogue to 20 before I realized something- I hate rogues. So I made my hunter. I thought of making her a troll, but decided against it. There began my love affair with orcs, and hunters.

So I played my hunter through wedding planning, student teaching, unemployment, job hunting, and extreme under employment. During that time in my life we were on food stamps, and had cut back on everything but internet (my excuse was that I really needed it for job hunting, but WoW was part of it too). I hit level 70 in the middle of the summer, right after the fire festival, wearing some pieces of spell power gear of all things. Then my friends all quit and I found myself alone in my guild. I joined a very casual guild where I sat while I famed up clefthoof leather in Nagrand. Nagrand is still one of my favorite zones. I had little understanding of patches and what they meant, I rarely did five mans and never did heroics. I did a little reading- mostly BRK, about my class. The concept of a raid extended only to battleground, which I was HORRIBLE at because my computer was made of fail tied together with bailing wire.

I farmed the heck out of this guy

Then patch 3.0 hit, and my little casual guild did some raids (I don’t remember if they did any before that patch..) and I got dragged along to Gruuls. Apparently I did pretty well on the meters that run, because the other hunter in the guild acted impressed. From there wotlk released in Nov and I leveled to 80- a little more confident in my class and what it could do. By December I was raiding Naxx. There was some drama and I and a group of friends ended up leaving that guild and we joined forces with another that had recently experienced some issues. We became one of the top guilds on the server. The core of that group is who I play with today.

How much time did we spend in there?

Whats your WoW story?

– Ayriana

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