Austerity – Level 1 to 20

Posted October 20th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

14 Hours, 53 Minutes, 1 Second

I meant to write a level 1 to 10 post about my experiences while leveling my priest, Austerity (without killing anything, if you missed my earlier post), but by the time I sat down to write it, I was already level 20. So obviously it hasn’t been too painful an experience yet. I’m actually kind of enjoying this alternative and slightly roleplaying-ish way of leveling. So far I’ve just been focusing on picking herbs, mining and doing any quests that don’t require me to kill any mobs. I’ve been bouncing between continents hitting up all of the low level Alliance zones and really the most frustrating thing so far has been WALKING! It’s been so long since I started a new character that wasn’t able to ride a horse within like 2 hours of creation, that I had forgotten how slowly you get places when you have no flight paths discovered and have to walk everywhere, lol. As soon as I dinged level 20 though I hearthed back to Elwyn Forest and trained the riding skill at last! I feel like things will really speed up from here.

She made me bleed my own blood!

I had a rather disappointing experience in Westfall. I was questioning the homeless Stormwind citizens for a quest, and one of them didn’t want to answer me so she turned hostile. I didn’t take her out of course, just threw on a shield and continued questing and collecting things. I’m not sure why, but she just would not leave me alone! My shields kept me from taking much damage from her, and I’d fear her whenever I wanted to pick an herb or mine, but she seriously followed me all over Westfall for almost 15 minutes! She ended up punching me all the way to Sentinel Hill, where a kind high level warlock one-shotted her in passing. I was happy to be rid of my abusive side kick until I noticed it’d counted as a kill! That was pretty crappy and I considered scrapping the whole project but eventually decided that I still knew I hadn’t killed anything so it was still something I was interested in seeing through.

It’s going to be kind of tricky from here because I realized in a mine in Dun Morogh a few levels later that if I fear something and someone else kills it, it sometimes counts as me killing it. So people who are being helpful by killing the mobs smacking me, thinking my poor priest is overwhelmed when really I’m just trying to get to some copper, are actually ruining everything! My stats say I have killed two mobs now, but I haven’t! I don’t have a weapon equipped and have never even used one of my offensive abilities. I’ll try  to be careful about the fearing thing from now on, but really I had no idea I could be scaring these poor mobs to death.

It’s taken me just under 15 hours to get to level 20, which isn’t bad considering what I’m doing and that I’ve AFKed out a couple of times at least. Now that I can ride my horsey, I’m thinking I’ll start hitting up all those nifty candy buckets that are located in the Inns for Hallow’s End! They each reward a decent amount of experience and it will coincide nicely with my exploration! Hopefully I’ll be posting about level 30… or maybe even level 40 soon!

The Austerity Project

Posted October 13th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Gaming is a pretty awesome escape for me. When things get really bad, sometimes losing myself in a virtual world for a few days helps me deal, without really focusing on dealing. It’s probably not the best method, but hey, there are much worse things I could lose myself in! Someone I know was having a bad a day so I suggested World of Warcraft to them as a fun distraction. They thought it wouldn’t work for them because they didn’t want to have to kill things! Even in a video game, it was just something they didn’t want to do. That gave me kind of an interesting idea!

So I made, Austerity, the human priest, who will never kill a mob of any kind for any reason. I really don’t know how well this is going to work out but I am really interested to see if you can be at all successful in the World of Warcraft if you refuse to kill things. I know there are collection quests, experience for mining or herbalism, exploration experience and probably other things I haven’t even thought of.

My goal will be to get to level cap with a “–” still as my “number of creatures killed” (meaning zero). Then if I can get all the way to 90, to find out how successful/useful a character Austerity can be! This probably seems like a silly waste of time to a lot of people, but I’m hoping a few of you might find it as interesting an undertaking as I do! Anyway I will continue to post about my progress until I reach my goal or throw in the towel, lol. If anyone has an alternative experience gaining ideas for me, please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading,
Miss Mediocre <3

My Moon Moon Adventure

Posted October 13th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

This has been my first week re-subbed to WoW. My game priorities tend to  be pretty different than a lot of players I think. I didn’t jump into any of the new content or start running dungeons, instead I just checked out the Darkmoon Faire and everything that had changed since I departed from Azeroth in the spring. The first thing I noticed was the ability to upgrade heirlooms to level 85, and that it only cost 44 tickets per item. Since I’m a hardcore alt-a-holic, this excited me! While I was grinding tickets across my many alts I saw the zone-wide notification about Moonfang spawning in the woods. I figured she’d be something that would be too tough for me, or something I’d at least need to find a group for, but someone in general mentioned where it was so I thought I’d go check it out.

I helped kill her and was happy to discover that I didn’t have to be part of a group to get loot. I really love that new feature because I’ve always hated trying to get into groups for such things. Then I got 10 tickets for turning in Moonfang’s paw, which was awesome since I was trying to get as many tickets as possible to upgrade all my heirloom pieces! After killing her on a couple of my other characters to get the paw turn in and more tickets, someone ran by me trailed by the Moon Moon companion, and I knew I had to have one of my own! I hung around Darkmoon for the rest of the day, helping to kill Moonfang every time she spawned. I figured out it was roughly every hour and I had a level 90 on two different servers, so I hopped back and forth between them for most of the week, killing her about 38 times.

Yesterday I noticed a level 20 looting her corpse and I realized I didn’t need a 90 to kill her. I then started hopping between my 6 main servers, piling up another 42 kills before finally finding a Moon Moon of my own tonight on my old Horde server.

Pet collecting is a pretty big deal to me from long before pet battles came along, so I was very happy to add this new little guy to my pet family. I’m currently at 362 unique pets and have noticed lots of other new pet faces running around since my return, so collecting them will be one of my next big in-game projects. I just wanted to post about my little Moon Moon adventure because it did take up a huge amount of time this week and just in case anyone else was trying for the pet and getting discouraged, I just wanted to say to keep at it, across as many servers as possible and you’ll find one!

PS – As I was finishing this post, Moonfang spawned, I killed her and found a second Moon Moon! Hopefully I can sell it for a decent amount since there have not been any listed on my main server’s Auction House all week!

Re-Subbed to WoW

Posted October 7th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I reactivated my WoW account for real today. This will be my test month, to see how much I actually play and decide if it’s worth it to stay subbed throughout the winter. Part of me misses my old obsession days when I’d wake up and log on before I even ate breakfast. It was unhealthy the amount I played back then, but it sure was a lot of fun. The only thing that’s really changed is now I play all alone and back then I was with a guild and a few family members. It really is the more the merrier with WoW, but I’m managing to have a somewhat merry time solo so far! I know I could probably find new people to play with if I transferred servers/factions, but I think my transferring and re-rolling on new servers days are behind me! I seriously have 80s all over the place from attempting to find a new group to play with!

I’ll continue to blog about my solo adventures in WoW and whatever other games I pick up in the next little while. I’ll also keep posting any game-related artwork I do. This one I finished last night of my main, Lauriella the Paladin, in her new transmog set.

Side note, as I was attempting to post this Friday, my internet went down and stayed down for the WHOLE WEEKEND! So I wasted the first few days of my WoW subscription but got a lot of artwork done while I was internetless. Thankfully it’s now fixed so I can get to WoWin’!

Best Board Games to Play to Win Money

Posted October 4th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
You can play many board games for money, and although board games such
as snakes and ladders can be significantly spiced up once you start
betting real money on them, as the results depend entirely on chance
your chances of winning are the same as the other players. The best
board games to play to win money are those where you have an edge, in
other words where you have a better chance of winning than your opponent.

Obviously this includes mind games such as chess, where you can always
beat a better player, but it is very difficult to hide the fact that you
are better, and after winning a few games nobody else will want to bet
against you.

However, if you choose a game that most people think is entirely chance,
but you know some special tactics and strategies that give you a
significant advantage, then you are in the driving seat and in the long
run you will always win.

An example of this kind of game is Monopoly. In this game there are some
mathematically proven strategies that will always increase your chances
of winning and that few people know about. For instance, Marlborough
Street, Bow Street and Vine Street are the most visited properties; and
this is where people are most likely to land when they get out of jail.
And Park Lane, a much coveted property, is rarely landed on. These are
just a few examples; there are others if you care to research them.

There are also many online casino games that are based on traditional
board games where you can win a very large amount of money. Play the best 
online casino games in the UK at JackpotCity.co.uk. For instance the afore mentioned snakes
and ladders is used as the theme in various instant win games as well as
some interesting slots. There are also slot versions of monopoly. Other
exciting examples include Cluedo slots, and although there are slots
games based on Draughts (or Checkers if you prefer) we are yet to come
across one based on Chess.

Quintessential Quintet Achieved

Posted October 2nd, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

My free WoW time is up today but I do think I will re-sub! I had a lot of fun just leveling by myself and actually got two different  characters to 90 tonight. I now have a Paladin, Priest, Warlock, Mage and Rogue at 90 and got myself the Quintessential Quintet achievement. I wish there was an achievement for leveling more than 5 characters to 90, but it is cool they added any alt-related achievements at all. When I got every class to 80 before Cata there was no special reward, other than having every class at 80 I guess.

Whenever I actually re-activate my account (potentially later on today), I’ll have to finally go check out the Timeless Isles and other more recently added content! While playing my 7 free days there were lots of things I thought I’d like to do, I was just focused on trying to get at least one more character to 90, so hopefully when I come back I can actually keep busy in game this time!

If anyone has any must-check-out suggestions for me that have been added to WoW anytime in the last 10 months or so, please let me know! I know there’s a lot of new content, it would just be nice to know ahead of time what is the most fun or rewarding!

Leveling and Brewfest and Transmogs!

Posted September 30th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

It’s kind of funny the things I fall back into when I get a little WoW time. Basically I ran Coren Direbrew until I got the DPS trinket for my main. I leveled my mage from 85 to 89 in one sitting and then ran Direbrew with her for the trinket. I also tried to make some gold on the AH and went back to farming the transmog set I’d been after before I canceled my account. I haven’t even checked out any of the new content at all.

I have been enjoying my WoW time though, so actually re-subbing when my time runs out Wednesday evening is a definite possibility. I’d like to get one of every class to 90 before the next expansion because leveling is still one of my favorite things to do! Plus I actually got the transmog piece I’d been farming for ages last night, so that made me want to keep playing. It’s the [ Cassock of the Loyal ] from Heroic Underbog. Basically it’s the re-colour of the cool Paladin Judgement set skirt. It’s hard to find a plate skirt, which is why I love it so much. I’m not so much into having a complete set though. I more like taking certain pieces from a bunch of different places and making a cool outfit, the skirt was just the foundation. I really like how my paladin ended up looking kind of like a mage, lol. She’s got on Warrior’s Embrace from Sunken Temple and a Purple Martial shirt from the clothier in Dalaran, who I had totally forgotten about! Oh and Mask of Penance, which is the Judgement set re-colour from Steamvaults.

I have managed to step away from WoW for a few minutes here and there to keep working on some of my artwork at least. I finished my painting of my warlock, Elaynna and her imp. I am pretty happy with how it turned out! Now I have started a Halloween themed Night Elf picture. It seems like every painting is just a little bit better than the last, so hopefully my progress continues!

Thanks for Reading!
MM :)

I’m Back! … Again!

Posted September 28th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

It always hits around the first day of Fall. It’s like the changing of the leaves triggers something in my brain. Unlike other mammals whose instincts tell them to collect food and hibernate, cooler temperatures always send me into virtual worlds. I haven’t touched a video game in 6 months but now I’m back into SimCity, adding another 30 hours to my total play time in the past week. There are still a lot of irritating bugs, but I managed to get up to 80 million dollars in my city, which is a new personal best. Blizzard, those sweet marketing geniuses, obviously read my mind and sent me 7 days of free play time too, which I foolishly activated before installing the game. Now I’m trying to play while the background downloader is running and it keeps crashing my game, but it’s still so nice to be back!

I guess gaming is like my form of hibernation! Thankfully I still have this lovely pink blog on which to share my gaming adventures. For some reason if I write about it, it doesn’t feel like gaming is so much of a bad thing to spend my time at! Plus I have been toiling away trying to improve my drawing/painting, hoping someone someday will buy something I’ve done and I’ve already started working on a few of my own characters. Yaay for gaming inspiration!

I’m not sure if anyone still reads this thing or not, but either way I will likely be posting more as the nasty cold season approaches!

Bates Motel… Sim Style!

Posted April 28th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I’ve been getting into the new series Bates Motel and I’ve also been playing SO MUCH SIMS. So naturally, I created Bates Motel for the Sims3! I thought it would be fun to move in my own little family of psychos, rent out the motel rooms to some unsuspecting tenants and just see what happens, lol. I also wanted to share it on here since I searched for one in the exchange before building this and couldn’t find one!

I made it as close to the television house as I could, I even followed their floor plan. Hopefully someone else out there is a fan of both Bates Motel and the Sims and can get a kick out of this.

Here’s my link to it on the Exchange : http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=7240653

Ground Floor

Second Floor

Hotel Rooms

Happy Noblegarden

Posted April 6th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I haven’t been playing much in the last couple of weeks but I logged onto WoW quickly tonight to check out the changes they made to the Noblegarden event. I noticed they added a new mount, the Swift Springstrider for 500 eggs and two new colours of bunny ears, pink and black, each for 50 eggs. I wasn’t sure I was up to farming 500 eggs for the mount, but figured I’d give it a shot. It actually only took me an hour and a half to get 500 eggs in Azure Watch. I got enough for 2 mounts, a Polymorph Rabbit Tome, and a pair of the black ears before I got bored of it. I found an extra mount in one of the eggs as well as about 10 of the Spring Rabbit pets. I’m attempting to sell the extra mounts for 2700g, which is less than anyone else on my server right now. Hopefully they sell and if so the mount I kept and the gold definitely make all my egg grinding worth it!

Anyway I just thought I’d post quickly about it in case anyone was thinking they maybe wanted the mount but thought it would take too long to farm for. The eggs respawn super fast and the chance of one dropping from an egg helps to keep it interesting. Best of luck and Happy Noblegarden!

MM<3

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