Sim Life > Real Life

Posted February 21st, 2014 by Miss Mediocre

It’s usually a sign that things in my life have gotten pretty bad when the only video game I find myself playing is the Sims 3, lol. When making a couple Sims, finding the right career and woohooing out a couple babies is more appealing than chopping things up with my sword, it makes me realize just how much of that “family stuff” my life is missing. Thank goodness for virtual realities!

Anyway I have been playing A LOT of Sims. During the anniversary sale I picked up the last couple expansions I’d been missing so now I’m rocking everything from World Adventures to Into the Future. One of my favorite things to do when simming is to make houses and venues. I’ve posted about a couple of them before on here so I thought I may as well share my latest creations since I don’t have anything else gaming related to share!

One of the expansions I bought recently was Island Paradise. I was really excited to try out the new house boats but after building a couple and living on one for a few days, I realized the water graphic in fast forward was starting to make me feel sea sick! I have to have my game graphics pretty low if I want my game to run well and I just couldn’t handle the water constantly rushing by on the lowest setting, so I moved to a private island and opened a resort! I got it up to 5 stars and basically lived there with my Sim while I ran it because the owner gets to stay for free. It was fun, reading the reviews guests would leave and then upgrading the place accordingly, but once I reached 5 stars I was ready to move onto other things. It took me about 20 hours to build, decorate and furnish the thing though, so I figured I’d better at least share it. The link to The Sunflower Resort and Suites on the exchange is here.

The other expansion I picked up lately was Into The Future. As hard as I try I’m never able to make decent looking modern homes. I love big old Victorian houses with turrets and ghosts and secret rooms, so everything I build in the Sims usually ends up in that style. I checked out a bunch of the new Into The Future homes though and looked at some modern houses online and came out determined to make one for myself. I think I scrapped two before I had a layout that I was happy with but now that it’s finished and decorated I really like it. I decided to share it as well, it’s on the exchange here.

Right now I’m not really using either of those lots however because I decided it might be interesting to try to make an insane asylum. With Into the Future came the “unstable” trait, which is a great one for the patients to have. Combined with some of the other ones, evil, neurotic, insane, etc, it’s made for some interesting characters. Whenever I’m done with it I’ll upload it as well, it’s now open, but still under constructions!

I haven’t felt up to logging into WoW at all. I totally missed the Valentines day event and I believe a couple thousand gold worth of my auctions has probably been deleted from my mail box now. I’m not sure why my interest died so suddenly, but it probably has to do with my change of address more than the game itself! I have still been making some WoW related jewelry though, I just finished my second set of hearthstone earrings (studs this time) and a “Horde” pendant to wear with my Alliance hoodie, since I really do enjoy both factions equally. I’m also working on a Fluxfire Feline figurine to go with my paladin statuette, I’ll post a photo of it whenever I get it painted!

Paladin Statue

Posted January 28th, 2014 by Miss Mediocre

Haven’t been on WoW much this month, but I did make this 7″ statue of my character Lauriella this week! (Made out of polymer clay and acrylic paint) So I thought I’d share it on here.

Happy Winterviel

Posted December 24th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I made this a little while ago but since I’ve been playing so much WoW that I haven’t had time to post about it, I thought I’d at least post my winterviely picture! I just got to 90 on my 9th character last night. That makes it Paladin, Warrior, Warlock, Priest, Hunter, Rogue, Shaman and two Mages at 90, lol. I believe that just leaves me my Monk (lvl 30), my Druid (lvl 85), and my Deathknight (lvl 62 Alliance or lvl 80 Horde) and then I’ll have a 90 of every class! I’m getting excited about it, reaching 80 on every class back in Wrath was one of my proudest WoW accomplishments, lol.

Anyway, I just wanted to wish everyone who reads this Happy Holidays! And everyone who doesn’t read this as well, but they just won’t know about it, lol.

Oh, and can you guess what the gift is in my drawing? 😛

There’s Only “I” In This Team!

Posted December 3rd, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I just wanted to write a quick post about my latest achievement. I have a guild that, up until 2 days ago, was made up of only my own characters. Because I have been into making gold for the past few expansions, I’ve been pretty good at keeping up with all the different professions. I noticed that there were only a few professions that I didn’t have at 600 yet, so I started working on them. I have Windwool Cloth coming out of my ears, so First Aid was simple. I’d found SO much Exotic Leather just grinding for rep and killing Zandalari Warscouts, so Leatherworking was rather painless. I had just reached level 85 with my Skinner, so I just ran around Pandaria for an hour and got my Skinning up to 600. The last step was Engineering! My warlock is 90 and had her Engineering around 500. Thankfully I have 3 level 90 Miners, so I had just enough Ghost Iron Ore to reach 595. For the last recipes I had, I needed Spirits of Harmony, which I had just used up making Living Steel the day before because my warlock is also an Alchemist. I really didn’t want to go and farm motes but I was SO close! Then I noticed all the Darkmoon Faire posters and balloons and remembered that you get 5 skill points for completing the profession quests there!

I headed happily to the faire, did my quest, reached 600 and NOTHING! I was so disappointed. I noticed that the guild achievement was missing Jewelcrafting, so I logged over to my JCer and because she is a Draenei, it was at 602/610. I whipped up a couple of rare gems and sure enough as soon as she reached 610/610, I got the achievement, Working Better as a Team. I was pretty happy since it is a guild achievement and I soloed it! I was even happier to see the reward was the Heirloom Leggings! I only have two more characters on my main server that can even use them, but I did notice something interesting yesterday that might make them more useful for me!

I know Blizz has talked about making BoA items cross server and I’m wondering if it’ll actually be fairly soon! I was mailing something to my alt and I noticed “Stelark – Drak’thul” as one of the options. I’m not even sure who that is, but I decided to try it out for one of my own characters! I typed in “Sylvadora – Winterhoof” (my blood elf paladin) and tried to send her some Timeless Plate Gloves. It didn’t go, but some text popped up that said, “You cannot send mail to that server”. It seems like a good sign that the option is already in the game, just not accessible yet! My alt-o-holic fingers are crossed!

Finally Exalted With Shaohao

Posted November 30th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

After many MANY hours of farming the Burning Berserkers on the Timeless Isle and a little help from the Pilgrim’s Bounty / WoW’s 9th Anniversary bonuses to reputation, I finally reached exalted with Emperor Shaohao and got my Reins of the Heavenly Golden Cloud Serpent! I have full burden of eternity upgraded gear for my pally now, I’ve gotten all the pets/ mounts that I know of, so now I’m wondering if there’s any reason for me to go back to the Timeless Isle on my paladin at all?

A Guide For Getting Back Into WoW

Posted November 29th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I got a free week of game time in the mail at the beginning of fall so I jumped back into Pandaria to check it out. I found the first few days frustrating and confusing, even though I hadn’t been away all that long! My bags were full, I didn’t know where I was supposed to be questing, I couldn’t remember what heirlooms I had and who I’d put them on, it was a mess. After I trudged through those initial few nooby days however, I started to really enjoy myself and I’ve been playing more and more frequently ever since!

I’m not a “pro” now or anything like that but I do have 7 level 90 characters and have at least a pretty good understanding of all things panda. Since Blizzard has made so many game enhancing changes recently and with the price of Mists of Pandaria dropping down to $9.99 for Black Friday, there will likely be quite a few people dusting off their toons and returning to the World of Warcraft. Because of my own experience those first few days after my return to Azeroth, I thought I’d whip up a quick guide for anyone who might find themselves in a similar predicament!

Add-Ons

I’m not a big add-on user myself but there are two that I absolutely cannot do without but did do without for a while when I came back just because I’d forgotten all about add-ons! The first one you should grab is Auctioneer. It will help you clear out that inventory and those overflowing guild banks. Second, grab Alt-o-holic. If you’ve only got one character, you might be able to do without, but if you’re anything like me and you’ve reached the max number of characters for your account (50), this handy add on will make finding heirlooms and whatever else, a breeze!

What Stuff’s Worth

What you’ll want to do when you first log in is to head over to your nearest Auction House and run an Auctioneer scan. This usually takes no more than 10 minutes and it will give you a good idea of what everything is selling for now. You don’t want to end up vendoring something that didn’t used to sell for much, but is now worth 500g or more! There have been a lot of changes and being aware of at least some of them should keep you from missing out on potential profit!

Take Inventory

Log onto each of your characters on your main realm. Open each of their banks and guild banks and all of that information will be stored in Alt-o-holic. Then you can just search for what you’re looking for in the alt-o-holic window, crafting mats, heirlooms, consumables, etc, and it will tell you exactly which character it’s on without you having to log onto one after another searching!

Get A Guild

If you’re no longer part of a guild, it is worth it to find yourself a new one! There are bonuses to experience, mount speed, and lots of other things that can give you an edge while leveling! Try to find a guild that is at least level 6 because of the perk Fast Track, which will give you a 10% bonus to experience. Of course keep in mind that for a guild, the higher the level, the more perks you’ll have access to! You can ask in trade chat or open the Guild Recruitment panel (J) to brows through guilds and send out up to 10 membership requests.

Clean Out That Inventory

Thanks to Auctioneer you should now have a decent idea of how much something sells for just by mousing over it. Go through and cleanse your inventory. Try not to focus too closely on how much gold you can make, but on getting stuff out of the way so you can get to leveling through the new content! Try not to be a hoarder, like me! My bags are always full and it’s so irritating.

Tip : When cleaning, keep an eye out for gear that might be in demand for transmogs! I had a couple Vanguard Breastplates in one of my guild vaults and those things sell for 11k gold a piece now!

Visit Your Profession Trainers

Professions now max out at level 600 so don’t go picking herbs if your herbalism is still at 525/525! Nothing’s worse than wasting precious skill points!

Hero’s Call Board

Check out your nearest Hero’s Call Board (located in the major cities) to find out just where you should be questing. It will send you to the appropriate zone for your level.

Spend Your Talents

Don’t worry, spending your talent points is nothing like it used to be! You only get 6 points to spend by level 90, so reading through the possible abilities and picking what you want is rather painless! If you’re having trouble though, check out a site like maxdps.com to figure how best to spend your points.

Grab Some Glyphs

Glyphs can really help while leveling, especially some of the major ones. Check the Auction House to see what’s available for your class. Once you’ve grabbed a few you can manage your glyphs by clicking the tab at the bottom of the talents panel (N).

Heirlooms

There are now so many heirlooms available from so many different places! You can also upgrade some of your existing heirlooms to go all the way to level 85. Check out Wowhead’s Heirloom List to find out how best to go about getting yourself some!

Hopefully some of you find this helpful! I know I would have appreciated checking out such a list when I first came back!

Treasure Treasure Treasure

Posted November 25th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I logged into WoW tonight. I have been leveling alts but they’ve all used up their rested xp. I was grinding rep on the Timeless Isle with the “Celebration Package” that granted me 9% bonus rep for WoW’s 9th anniversary, but I didn’t really feel like doing that anymore since it’s been my main focus all week. I had just started looking at the new Pandaria reputations about a week ago and what I could get from each of them, so I thought maybe I’d work on one of them. I have been keeping my eye out for Zandalari Warscouts for the last couple of weeks because they drop those nifty insignias that give you 1200 rep with one of the Pandaria factions and I was trying to get to revered with the Shado-Pan with the insignias so I could learn the Dancing Steel enchant. Using any Golden Lotus insignia that’d dropped from the warscouts my rep with the Golden Lotus had just reached Honored, so I thought I’d finally go do a couple of their quests.

I’d come across an Ancient Guo-Lai Cache Key when I was working on my Glorious achievement (which I finally finished this week, yaay) and was too curious what it was for to delete it, but not quite curious enough to actually look it up. When I started working on the Golden Lotus quest, “The Crumbling Hall” I finally found out! Basically the quest sends you into the Guo-Lai vaults to retrieve a quest item, but when you arrive you are greeted by a 10 Ancient Guo-Lai Cache chests. Opening treasure chests is something I never tire of, which is probably why I love the Timeless Isle so much! When I opened my first cache I got a BoP cooking recipe, a rare and epic BoA rep item for the Golden Lotus, a couple crafting mats and a “Treasures of the Vale”. Yep, a treasure box IN a treasure box! I decided to see how easy it was to farm some of the keys, so I used my Celebration Package and started killing the mobs inside the Guo-Lai Halls. I was averaging about 3 keys every 20 minutes and getting between 20-27 rep per kill. The mob weren’t much trouble for my ilvl 531 gear and I even picked off a few rares while I was in there. I reached exalted with the Golden Lotus, found so many crafting mats that I filled up my guild vault (mostly trillium ore, spirit dust, cloth, herbs and leather) and I had 15 Relic of Guo-Lai and 9 Relics of the Thunder King left over (each give a chunk of rep with the Golden Lotus) that I can send to one of my alts, and I did all of that in just a few hours. I also got myself all 6 BoP cooking recipes.

I looked into the Acient Guo-Lai Caches a bit before I started farming and from the comments I read on Wowhead I think they must have been really hard to find before, spawning randomly throughout the Guo-Lai Halls and having a long spawn timer. The chests respawned for me as fast as I could farm keys however and a few other people would run in now and then and open one or two as well. Even if you’re not after Golden Lotus rep, this seems like an amazing way to farm Pandaria crafting materials! I got about 10 “Treasures of the Vale” every hour and so far it’s the best Pandaria farming area I’ve found yet, though I have only been back a little while now. Oh, and once I turned in the quest that sent me in there in the first place, I still had access to the vault and all of the chests.

I just thought I’d share this since farming these things seems much easier than it used to be and is potentially a pretty good way to make some gold with your professions! If anyone knows of a much better farming spot, please let me know! The screenshot is my cute new birdy that I purchased from the Golden Lotus at exalted.

9 Years of WoW

Posted November 18th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

In honor of World of Warcraft’s 9th Anniversary today I thought I’d write a little post about how WoW has changed for me over the years. As I believe I have mentioned here before, I started playing WoW just shortly after it’s release in 2004. My boyfriend at the time sat me down at his computer and told me to make a character on his account, claiming this shiny new game was just like Dungeons and Dragons, but ONLINE! Needless to say, from the moment my little human warrior’s feet hit the ground in Northshire, I was hooked. I then took over my old boyfriend’s account and still have that first level 12 warrior who shared a name with my D&D character. Since then WoW has been a big part of my life, sometimes a bit too big.

Years 1 to 3

When I first started playing my whole focus was interacting with other players. I was just so mesmerized by the fact that all those little characters running around were actual people and I wanted to befriend all of them. I started up my guild when I reached level 30, which was what I felt a good level to be able to really help people out. The guild was The Pink Fluffy Kittens and people still tell me that their time in that guild was some of the most fun they’d had in WoW. I’d help people level and run dungeons and make them gear, but the main focus of PFK was just fun. I’d organize trivia competitions, gnome battles, scavenger hunts, just any kind of fun event that everyone could be part of. We even had weekly guild meetings in a bar in Stormwind, thought it has since been destroyed by Deathwing. The guild got to be a good size, around 300 players in it’s prime, but when Burning Crusade hit, my focus changed and the guild inevitably died off. It’s still there now, but I use it and it’s bank as junk drawer more than anything else.

Years 3 to 5

In Burning Crusade I started playing Blood Elves a fair bit. I made the Evil Fluffy Kittens as a Horde guild to attempt to keep us all connected, but it didn’t really work. I also got interested in doing more dungeons and end game content and joined a guild that was a bit less casual than PFK. It was kind of incestuous though. The players were older and quite a few had actually met up IRL and had relations, a MMORPG thing I’d been totally oblivious to! I got really involved in the “drama” of the guild when I started actually speaking to them on team speak, making WoW more like a playable soap opera than a video game. It was really entertaining for a while but of course with all the drama, that guild completely imploded. When it all fell apart I started to get into raiding.

I joined a raiding guild close to the end of BC that was more or less drama free. It wasn’t a hardcore raiding guild, but we all did our best and progressed through the early BC raids, Kara being my favorite. I really liked working on fights and mechanics, figuring things out and overcoming obstacles as a group. I didn’t like having to play on a schedule though and I believe that is what eventually drove me away from raiding, that and the release of Wrath anyway.

Years 5 to 7

When Wrath hit and all the gear I’d accumulated while raiding for hours and hours became totally obsolete, I changed my focus entirely to leveling. I re-joined PFK on all my alts and just started leveling everything! By the end of Wrath I had an 80 of every class and two 80 priests and paladins. I’d always liked having lots of alts, but that was the first time I got them all to max level. I got into PvP then because I had such a good understanding of how all the different classes worked. It definitely gave me an edge and for a while I really enjoyed it. By the end of Wrath however my interest in WoW was starting to wain. I was playing more xbox 360 games than WoW, basically just because I didn’t really want to raid, but had done everything else I could think of!

Years 7 to 8

When Cataclysm hit I was determined to get a realm first, level fast and blog my face off about it. I missed my realm first for fishing by 3 minutes and leveled my first couple of characters very fast, but then my interested faded. I tried starting up a new leveling guild that would eventually raid called Luck, but it never really got off the ground. I’d maxed my archaeology, was making really good gold in the AH, was kind of sick of leveling and there was this new game, Rift. I didn’t want anything to do with other players in WoW anymore, any social interactions basically made me lose faith in the human race. Players were mean and greedy and would take you for everything they could. I joined a guild with my little brother and while they were nice to me, anyone not from their guild they were horrible to, just for their own entertainment. I cancelled my WoW subscription and started spending my time in Telara with all my pretty characters and their armor customizations. Then I stopped gaming entirely for about a year, lost 110 lbs, went through some very hard times and did a lot of growing up.

Year 9

I got Pandaria 2 months to the day after it’s release. It was the first time I hadn’t gone and stood in the midnight line up for an expansion. I played to level 90 on my main character and then un-subbed a couple months later. I didn’t come back until September of this year. I’m still very anti-social in game. I avoid interacting with players almost at any cost. I don’t even do dungeons. Now I basically spend my time leveling characters, trying to get back into making gold and farming old content. I spend 99% of my time in game alone and I’m not sure that will ever change. I’ve just had too many bad experiences with nasty players. Even my guild, Luck, I’m leveling completely on my own. I have a few RL friends who play, but they started on another server when they joined the game. I’ve started over on new servers so many times that I just can’t play over there without feeling like it’s a waste of time. My home is Terenas, where it has always been, unless the merge it with something else anyway.

I just found it interesting looking back over the last 9 years at how much my WoW playing has changed. When I started all I wanted was to interact with players and now I do everything I can to avoid ever interacting with anyone. I’m enjoying playing right now, but I am aware that unless I get into end game content, or they release another content patch, I’ll likely lose interest in playing again before Warlords of Draenor gets here. I will be back for WoD though, because that sounds way too awesome to miss!

Anyway, Happy Anniversary WoW! (Even though I’m disappointing that you didn’t send me a pet!)

Dammit Moon Moon

Posted November 7th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Dammit Moon Moon, why are you floating!?

Some Time on the Timeless Isle

Posted November 6th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I have been re-subbed to WoW for a month now so I thought I’d share my thoughts on how I’ve been liking it this time around! It took me a while to check out the Timeless Isle because honestly, new content kind of scares me. Most of the time I jump in there, everything kicks my butt and it turns out I need to do a dungeon or find a group or something. I did finally port over there though and I believe I’ve been doing dailies and killing rares for two weeks now. I know a lot of people really hate it, but I actually love it. Perhaps it’s because I’m so new, but I love how easy they made it to gear up if you’ve been away from the game for 6 months or so like me. I also love how solo-friendly it is! You don’t have to find a group or have friends to help you, you can just run around tagging rares getting sweet epics! I’ve gotten a few of the vanity pets, which are totally my thing. I just managed to reach 400 of them last week so I was sent Venus as a reward, who kind of creeps me out.

I also got the Huolon mount and then was like, wait, why can’t I ride it!? I figured out that I had to go talk to the Order of the Cloud Serpent people, which for some reason, I had just totally missed and didn’t know they existed. At first I was grumpy about it, grinding dailies for rep is not my favorite thing but it actually only took me a handful of days to get to exalted! Between a few Quivering Firestorm Eggs from my adventures on the Timeless Isle and the Grand Commendation of the Order of the Cloud Serpent which I purchased at revered, it really was a very quick process! I also got to tame the three baby cloud serpent battle pets when I reached exalted, which are pretty darn cute!

For some reason it took me three characters and almost two weeks to find one piece of timeless gear for my pally, the shoulders. I had two other alts in full timeless gear before I finally found some spaulders in a chest behind a tree. I had been collecting lots of those Burden of Eternity things though in the meantime so now I have almost upgraded all of my gear to ilvl 535. It’s pretty awesome how much butt I can kick now as a ret paladin. I haven’t felt like that in a long time because I basically skipped gearing her up in the last two expansions, which was obvious by getting the achievements [Epic], [Cataclysmically Epic], [Mystically Superior] and [Mystically Epic] all at the same time! There are now many rare elites on the Timeless Isle that I can face alone and killing 20 elite creatures a day is a cake walk. I have also started gearing up my warlock and priest, and even they don’t have a hard time killing the elites anymore. I’m just enjoying being tough again, gear was pretty unattainable to an anti-social player in the past.

I’ve still been working on the Austerity project, she’s level 27 after visiting all of the Candy Buckets of the Eastern Kingdoms and doing some of the Hallow’s End dailies. I had been purchasing some Unclaimed Black Market Containers too, but they seem  to be selling for around 12,000 G now, which is a bit too steep for me, since last time I got some beautiful BoP level 60 mage boots for about 9,000 G. I don’t really have any gold making strategies anymore because I was away from the game for so long, so dropping 12k every couple days on potential garbage would burn through my coffers pretty quick. The only way I have been bringing in gold lately is with some much overdo guild bank cleansing, and most of that goes to Timeless Isle repair bills to be honest. I’m pretty bad at staying out of the AoEs…

Anyway I will continue to post as I continue to play! I’m not feeling like the un-sub will come anytime soon plus I would still like to get every class to 90!

Thanks for reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

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