Yeah, I know, long time no post…

June 14, 2012

I’ve been busy recently, with casual work, and two evenings a week taken up attending bellydance classes again. I’ve missed them  a great deal, and am having a great time learning to move in ways I didn’t think was possible. So I’ve not been doing as much in game as I should. I’ve achieved about 1/2 of the Frostbitten achieve on Eir though. And am packing 2 Souldrinkers, so it’s been pretty good.

And I’ve now got a proper part time job lined up too, in an area which I suspect I am truly going to enjoy.

But enough of me. I want to show some link love for a blog of a good friend of mine. It’s not a WoW blog, but it IS a gaming blog. Card and board games to be precise. And how he’s introducing them to his little girl. It’s a beautiful blog, and I’d heartily recommend it to gaming parents of youngsters, and as a shining example of some exceptional parenting. If you know of anyone who’ll really enjoy it, please do feel free to spread the word!

Training a gamer






The Secret W…tf?!

May 14, 2012

I must admit, when I first heard about The Secret World, it ticked all my boxes.

Let me explain a little further. I was brought up on table-top rpg. I ran Cthulhu for a bit – I even volunteered my services as a gamesmaster in the Student Nationals this year after a rather long sabbatical. Yeah, I know, I’m not technically a student, but I’m friends with members of the Uni role-playing teams our way, and they wanted some help. It was hard work and it was fun. A lot of fun.

For those of you unfamiliar with Cthulhu, it’s a game without levels. Instead you have skill points and percentages and they don’t increase that dramatically. It’s a nifty system, and it’s a fun system. And I like it.

Oh, and I’m ever so slightly into the occult in real life. Myths and legends, mythology, magic. I’ve once played in a game of Cthulhu where the gamesmaster handed us a list of books only to burst out laughing, as we actually had a couple of them in our library. No, not the Necronomicon….

So wheee! If ever there was a game I wanted to play, this was it.

I signed up to the newsletters, read around it, joined the Facebook page, and then …bam! They hit us with The Secret War. And that’s where I stopped, read what they expected and stuck my feet into the ground. So…you do well by recruiting a load of friends from Facebook and move things around on a map. The map bit wasn’t a problem.

Recruiting friends on Facebook was.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot of them. Plenty enough to do this. They’re also friends and I respect them. No bloody way am I going to spam them with requests. I hate that when people do it to me, or when they drag me into a group which goes against all my opinions without my permission. Yes, people have done that. I’ve extracted myself from groups talking about how dogs shouldn’t be allowed to be walked in public places, and the last one I left had something to do with mammary glands of a religious nature – best not to ask…

Suddenly I slumped from being excited about this game to thinking how cheap it was of them to force their potential customers into doing the marketing for them. I didn’t like that they were trying to bribe me with the “chance” of winning beta access by pimping my friends into what sounded like a cheap flash game, only suitable for the likes of Facebook.

Maybe if they decide to have free sample weekends I’ll try it. But until then, I’ve put my eagerness to investigate the occult in the virtual world on hold.

For now, I shall retreat to my library and be satisfied with the tomes therein. I’m certain I can stir up some nefarious occult dealings from there. Who needs pixels anyway?  Now…how does it go…?

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn…..





Your signatures please! Another cat – and common sense – related plea.

March 8, 2012

For those of you who are reading this in the UK,  I’ve got a request to make.

You might remember last year I posted asking for help regarding a branch of the RSPCA. Well, I’m doing it again. This time I’m not asking for money, only a simple signature on an online petition if you are willing.  There’ve been a few cases of antifreeze poisonings in cats in the area near the branch. One of my friends is spending the morning distributing leaflets informing people and I want to help her spread the word, and hopefully raise awareness in general.

For those who don’t know, antifreeze in this country has a sweet taste. Because of this, it is attractive to animals and probably children too. It is also highly toxic. Cats and dogs poisoned by antifreeze have very little chance, if any, of recovery, and die a horrible death if they’re not put to sleep first. By the time symptoms show, it’s often too late.  This could be avoided if a bitterant was introduced to the product. It’s not expensive, it doesn’t affect the quality, and it would save a lot of broken hearts in the long run.

So, here’s a link. If you are happy to sign, please do so.

I promise to turn into feral cat and purr for all of you who do!


Can’t see the wood for the…DK?!

February 29, 2012

I hit a crisis point recently. Regarding healing.

For some reason I simply couldn’t face it any longer. I don’t know why or how the reluctance set in. Possibly it’s because it’s been pretty much all I’ve done in our guild in raids for a long time, possibly it’s because I finally became fed up of the meters telling me that while I was good, I wasn’t quite good enough for my own personal standards.  Even with the pesky meters out of the picture, I could still feel it. And while I love being a part of the team healz, I am constantly frustrated with the fact that I’m not quite reaching things as I should, and am not providing the best I can for Team Raidz.

In some respects, this is a silly way for me to think because I’ve consistently provided a dedicated healer for raiding.

Anyway, something happened. Alq’s resto charm slipped away, and Eir, the frosty dual- wielding little Draenei slowly worked her way into the fun space where Alq had been.  I realised it was time for a break from Resto, before it broke me. Luckily our guild is understanding and very supportive about things like this, and people stepped into the healing spot for me to try my hand at DK DPS on Monday.

Eir’s been on a few heroics, and some LFRs, and isn’t too badly kitted out now. She needed a replacement for her 346 offhand, which was swiftly remedied, and the tank belt which helped with ilevel has now been replaced with a 397, following some more LFR fun today. She went on a guild Spine and Madness outing on Monday too. I learned a lot from that and when I went into LFR today, I had far more confidence in what I was doing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot of work to do, getting timings right, working out how to squeeze every last juicy drop of DPS out of this girl. But in the short time I’ve been playing her, I feel that I might actually become a better DK than I ever have been a resto druid.

And that feels very strange indeed.  But good strange, if you know what I mean.




Things I’ve learned in LFR.

February 18, 2012

Don’t wait until everyone’s there before you pull. Don’t worry if you’re not the tank. You’re so epeentastic, it’ll all work out, even if he’s afk and has fallen asleep. Blame the healers when the dragons aren’t taunted down and the floor is being redecorated in lots of purple fire.

Internet disconnects. No, Internet really DOES disconnect. It’s perfectly reasonable to have many childish giggles about how Internet’s down too.

It’s also perfectly reasonable to have a protracted argument in raid chat about whether one of the mages has ninja-ed the shoulders he already has, even when he argues it’s for his offspec. It’s even more reasonable when the person arguing is one of the tanks and is highly obnoxious with it.

If in doubt, threaten someone with kicking. Always, always pin the blame on someone else, and whinge mightily about it loudly and publicly. If loot drops, whisper whoever wins it. Offer an exchange of loot. Offer useless loot for the class. If that doesn’t work, continue to be highly obnoxious. It won’t help, but it’ll make you feel better. And the person who won it, as they happily add you to their ignore list.

Don’t fall off the edge of the platform when fighting Deathwing. If someone falls off the platform when fighting Deathwing, don’t laugh at them.

It’s possible to get up mid-fight, remove cats from the room, lock the door firmly, return and continue dps-ing and still be in the top five.

Always remember that glyphs, enchanting and gems are optional – especially if you’re the tank. People who complain about this being otherwise are apparently “gay”.  80k is supposedly acceptable health for tanking, and yes, it will be argued.

Heroism should be used on the pull. Always. No matter what else happens afterwards. Heal at all times, even when nobody’s injured, to ensure you stay on top of the meters. Popping tranquility whenever it comes off cooldown is essential.

Tanks called Snugglepup are cool.

But, for me, most importantly it beats the hell out of grinding heroic after heroic. And going in with guildies is priceless.

Thanks to Theanorak and Coltoon for some of these reminders. Watch this space for more.

Six…six…six…the number of the beast…

February 16, 2012

Morrigu at Arsenic and Old Mooncloth tagged me.

This was my sixth image.

So, uh yeah. It’s the Grey Camel. I stumbled across my first ever camel figurine in Uldum a month or so ago, looted it, and was unbelieveably transported straight into a fight. Cue achievement, new mount and pretty uncommon title.

There was much squeeing.

I’m not a fan of tagging, instead I’ll leave it up to you as to whether you share your sixth image in your sixth subfolder (if you have one, this was the sixth in my only folder) of screenshots.


“We have girls. They’re hot”

February 9, 2012

I don’t normally read trade chat unless I have a reason. Tonight we were looking for a few extras for a chance BH run, when I came across a guild recruiting in trade chat with this gem.

“We have girls” followed a bit later by the classic “They’re hot.”

My initial reaction was a disgusted “What? You’re using that as a selling point?” Our guild is quite female-centric, we’ve got a great base of great female players and we think nothing of it.  And frankly, in every single MMO I’ve played (all three, whoop), there has been a decent proportion of excellent female players in the guilds/kins whatever.

The more I thought about it, the more I inwardly screamed. This, exactly this attitude and its continuation is why we women in gaming have such a hard time of it. The advertising of a guild with girls in it implies that we’re rare creatures in the WoW  world, that women in gaming don’t really exist, and OMG this is SUCH a selling point.

But if we think about it logically the male/female ratio is roughly 1:1. Why shouldn’t there be such a split in gaming? Are we hiding ourselves because of this attitude and others like it? Are we actually helping to perpetrate that myth ourselves?

It’s a tricky one. And one to which I don’t have an answer. But one thing I do know for certain. Guilds who advertise themselves as “having girls” are going to be guilds that get no love from this tree.