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The Scenic Route’s Detour – A World of Warcraft-inspired Short

November 12, 2011

 

Lonewulf as he was on 12NOV2011

It’s no secret that I play World of Warcraft.  I’ve actually been playing (almost daily) since June or July of 2009.  I started out as a male Night Elf Hunter and played ONLY a male Night Elf Hunter for about a year. I also had a Druid whose name I was saving for the then-announced Cataclysm, but he’s since become an off-played alt for when I don’t want to do anything important, as well as randomly creating characters to try the starting zones only to kill them off a few days later on way back to my original.  When the Shattering hit, I created a Tauren hunter so I could learn the new hunter’s setup without looking too much a fool on my original character.  I now sit on a half-dozen hunters (yeah, I like hunters, so sue me) of different races and factions, a few priests, a paladin, a pair of druids, and one shaman who is the biggest standout of all my characters because there’s a really weird back story behind it.  All in all, I think I have 16 characters floating around out there.  I play a lot…

Lonewulf's Pets

Who doesn't like having huge animals around?

Anywho, one of the biggest things I found myself enjoying the most was the social aspect of the game.  There were all kinds of people all over the place!  Some of them were nice, friendly, chatty, while others were elitist pricks.  Being on a Player versus Enemy server (PvE) without it being a RolePlay (RP-PvE) server, I figured there would be little room for me to be roleplaying.  Boy, was I wrong!  I quickly developed friendships with people who were almost as heavy into RP as I was!  Not so much the over-the-top, “Oh my God, you broke character, how dare you shatter my pretend world” type roleplayers but people who would do some friendly introductions and play-bantering.  I had a blast!  I even had a 45-minute conversation with a Game Master (GM, someone who actually has a lot of power in the game, hired by Blizzard to help players out, interact with the world, and institute instantaneous justice when needed) that started because I was trying to get a particular name on a new realm (sadly, that failed) and then progressed to what it’s like being a GM, crybaby players on the forums, and then a little bit of actual light roleplay with the GM to help them understand that roleplaying is all about writing out your actions, thoughts, expressions, and emotions and not so much having some awesome character in mind.  Then again, being a GM, you’re practically a GOD on the game.  A god that can be fired for causing issues, but a god nonetheless.  (more…)

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Random Thought of the Day 27SEP2011 – Random Forums Sillyness

September 27, 2011

Today’s “Random Thought” isn’t so much a random thought…  I was reading the World of Warcraft forums and found an unusual thread.  That thread was labeled: Nerf my GF’s sex drive.   My thought:  Oh, I gotta check this out.  (After the jump, of course..). (more…)

RToD: Sensitive Subjects are Sensitive

March 16, 2011

I spent about an hour or two writing up another Random Thought today.  It’s pretty well written, touching on a subject that’s a serious one to me: Gun Control.  More specifically, how I truly believe that all the gun control legislation really isn’t hampering crime and, in some ways, actually helps criminals while being based on the flawed logic of “Guns Kill People.”  The thought hit me shortly after the Arizona Representative was shot.  While I felt bad for her, all I could think about is, “Great.  Now all the gun control nuts are going to froth at the mouth about how guns should be taken away from citizens.”  I finally got the urge to write it out and, after having completed it, I think I’m just going to shelve the article.

Why shelve an opinion piece?  Isn’t that self-stifling?  Potentially, yes.  That said, I don’t want to be thrown into the mix of angry speech that comes from it.  My opinion is simple: Gun Control Laws Don’t Work.  Writing more will be just as effective.  Meaning, it won’t.  But, the piece touches on something that I don’t wish on anyone.  (At least not anyone I’ll admit to)  I play first-person shooters.  One of my World of Warcraft characters runs around using a rifle only because I haven’t managed to run across a bow I want to give him.  I’ve also got first-hand training on weapon usage being from the US Navy.  I understand the reality of weapon ownership, as well as the arguments against it.  But, right now, none of that really matters to me.  What DOES matter to me is, I don’t want my blog to be a platform to grandstand for one political idea or another, especially on a topic that’s more sensitive at this very second.  Guns are used all over the world for both good and bad, and the bad people shouldn’t be able to get them, but I don’t want to be the one using tragedy for my own opinion-benefit.  (more…)

Holiday’s Lack of Posts

December 29, 2010

As I’m sure some of you have noticed, there’s been an unusual lack of anything at all for the past week or so.  Between feeling sick, work, my son, and generally not feeling well, I haven’t had much to post. 

I know it’s a week (or more, depending) late, but I hope everyone is having happy holidays.  Mine are going generally well.  It turns out that my son can not only stand on his own but has become an accomplished climber.  The day after Christmas my wife and I found him on top of the dog food bin.  We pulled him down and he climbed right back onto it!  That wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that we were using that bin to keep him out of the kitchen after our dog tore up the divider we’d made.  Back to the drawing board, I suppose. 

I’ll be honest: All of my writing has been on a stand-still.  Part of that has been my self-inflicted exhaustion.  Being up all hours of the night on World of Warcraft have left me with no battery in reserve.  Although I was planning on being in bed early last night, my Kikat told me that if I didn’t go to bed (at 9:30), she was going to take away all of my game consoles!  All because I was trying to download a -censored as per confidentiality agreement-, and I wanted to make sure it finished!  I’ve also been lacking in motivation recently.  I have a suspicion that that’s part of being tired, though, so we’ll see how much that’s affected by my new attempts at resting. 

Anywho, here’s hoping that I can pick up slack again soon!  I really like doing my writings and can’t wait to get that drive back.

RToD: World of Warcraft’s Latest Patch Delays

October 12, 2010

I can smell the Nerd Rage already…

Blizzard is updating World of Warcraft with their patch 4.0.1 today.  What does that mean for you non-WoW players?  Nothing unless you are in the trollin’ mood.  See, the realms were supposed to be up 2 1/2 hours ago.  They are still down.  Not some of them, ALL of them.  That’s going to leave a lot of WoW-heads pretty torqued when they go to log into their beloved Warcraft to find that there’s nothing available to them.  Me, I’m generally unconcerned.  Why, you might ask?  Simple!  I’m at work.  When I leave work, it’ll take me at least a half-hour to get home.  That means Blizzard’s got about 2 1/2 hours to get it running.  You hear that Blizzard?  j/k 

There’s going to be some serious changes coming up here.  This is the first in a larger series of updated that are being done.  The idea is to get the games ready for the release of Cataclysm, which is good because I remember when I first installed World of Warcraft onto my laptop.  It took me (no lie) over 12 hours to download the game and all of the appropriate updates.  Okay, so I have DSL that tops out at 1.5Mbps, but still!  That’s a lot of downloading. When the game is released, as long as you have your background downloader turned on, you won’t see any real big delays in gametime on Dec. 7, 2010 when Cataclysm is released because you’ll already be ready!  You’ll see the Worgen and the Goblins running around fine.  (And, really, people, what’s the big deal with the female Worgen displays on the interwebz?)  The changes that we’re going to see now are the class mechanics changes, the dropping of some stats, the addition of the newest stat, and the ability to reforge your weapons.  No new classes or races.  You’ll have to wait until December for that.

Either way, I’m actually pretty nervous about this whole change-up.  I play a hunter, meaning my class is getting the heaviest changes this time ’round.  The play is changing from mana to focus.  I use-ta-could drink a potion if I ran low.  Now it’s “Wait X seconds until you gain focus or use specific shots to get it back.”  Plus the changes to talent trees (all around, not just hunters) and the loss of my favorite AoE (Area of Effect) attack makes me VERY nervous.  We’ll see what happens. 

Anywho, my time at work is almost at an end.  Hopefully Blizzard’s fixed it…

A Random Series of Thoughts for 01OCT2010

October 1, 2010

I wanted to post this up real quick.  I’m in the process of writing Chapter 24, which is coming along nicely so that’s not of concern.  I do, however, want to say hello to those who’ve been reading the pages.  I appreciate all of the input I get and I do take it seriously.  That’s not the reason for the post, though.

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft recently.  Recently as in I’ve been playing for about 15 months now and have logged a total of more than 35 DAYS of actual playtime on the game.  That’s a lot of time.  However, about four weeks ago, I broke the level 80 mark for the first time.  YAY!  So, my Night Elf Hunter is now trying to get into raids.  That’s worked about…  Well, never.  Everyone else has already pressed into the current end-game raid, and if you don’t have what these people want, you ain’t getting in.  What do they want?  Gear Scores over 5500 points.  (2750 if you’re using WoW-Heroes.com.  Achievements that say you’ve played the raids before and know what you’re doing.  Basically, everything I DON’T have.  I’m not giving up hope, but it is a bit annoying.  (more…)