Hacked : Update

Posted January 19th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I got a response to my ticket this morning but it was not a pleasant one. Basically they told me that there was nothing they could do about my missing gold. They said my account had been compromised back in August of 2011 and because it was so long ago, I was just out of luck. I was so upset and considered cancelling my account on the spot but then decided I’d try to clarify what had happened since I recently had to go through 10 different GMs before one of them could help my brother get his account back. The second GM I talked to today said they saw what had happened, that someone had accessed my account for only a few seconds so GM#1 had missed it. They restored the gold that had been stolen from my main character, Lauriella, but the 60k gold stolen from all my alts was still missing.

I clarified that I’d lost gold across all of my characters and listed each of their names and the amount of gold that had been taken from them through the Auction House. GM#3 said there was nothing they could do about that lost gold because they couldn’t find it in the logs. That was frustrating but I contacted them again with a screenshot of the Auction House receipt for the “Tough Hunk of Bread” the hacker had sold to my characters to get the gold from them and again listed every character that was effected. The 4th GM was wonderful and got all my gold back for me!

I’m so glad I contacted another GM after GM#1 let me down, otherwise I’d probably have never played WoW again, lol. Now I can re-focus on getting to 90!

Hacked!?

Posted January 18th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I logged in tonight to do a bit more leveling. My pally is a couple quests away from 89 so I figured I could get that done before I had to sleep! To my dismay I looked up at my titan panel at one of my favorite things to see, my gold, and it was GONE! My character was exactly where I’d left her, somewhere in a field in Pandaland, yet she only had 56 silver on her. I thought it might be a glitch and quickly re-logged, but nope, my golds were really gone. I changed my password, opened a ticket and began inspecting the damage. As far as hackings go, I’ve heard some horror stories, but mine doesn’t seem to be too bad. I have all my gear, my banks and guild banks don’t seem to have been touched and the hacker only stole my gold on my main server.

It appears they logged into my 10 characters, recorded how much gold they each had and then created auctions for bread for each of the different amounts. They then bought the auctions on each of my characters and finally put them back in the exact same spot as I’d left them. The hacker was nice enough to leave me with 87g on my deathknight, but maybe that just didn’t seem worth the effort to take after the hundreds of thousands of gold they got from my other toons.

I’m not all that upset, as long as a GM can help me get my gold back then I won’t be upset at all. I even know who the hacker was because they left the auction house mail receipts in each of my character’s mailboxes. I have no idea how they got my password, I’m always super careful about what sites I visit and I have never given it out to anyone but I guess it’s pretty common. At least it was my WoW account that got hacked and not my bank account I guess!

Anyway, I took a mug shot of my hacker from the armory, just for fun, lol. His name is Tayneranos and he’s a warrior. He looks like a dick! I wonder if Blizz will suspend or cancel his account for this? It seems crazy that they would go through the trouble of taking all my gold, putting my characters back to where I left them, and then leave the auction house receipts so that I know who they are…

Needless to say I did not get to level 89 tonight. I just didn’t have the heart to play with an empty gold purse. I’ll update in 2 days when it says my ticket will be answered…

eff…

Playing Pandaria

Posted January 5th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Wanted to share this moment of this quest, because it made me giggle.

I finally caved and bought myself Mists of Pandaria. This was the first WoW expansion that I didn’t get right at the midnight release, but as my blog here betrays, I haven’t been quite as into gaming these days. I like Pandaria but I’m all by myself in WoW now, my 11 year boyfriend and I used to always play through the new expansions together but we broke up in the spring, so this is the first expansion I’m tackling totally solo. It’s definitely not as much fun without someone to joke about the content with and share in the experience, but I’m still enjoying it. It’s definitely a solo-friendly expansion, which has helped.

I’ve gotten my 8 year old Paladin to level 88 now. She’s always been ret, but with all the class changes I’m not really liking her anymore! I’m finding her boring and am looking forward to getting to 90 just so I can start on one of my other characters! I think I’ve got a Mage, Rogue, Warlock, Druid and Priest at 85 but I’m not sure which I’ll play to 90 first, or if I’ll start myself a Monk. The pandas are pretty cute so I don’t think I’d mind playing one, but I was also thinking I might make a Bloodelf Monk just to be different, lol.

I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to making gold or organizing holiday guides now, but I’ll try to keep posting on here as long as I’m playing, even if it’s just to say what I’m up to!

Gaming Dilemma

Posted December 24th, 2012 by Miss Mediocre

Hi! I’m still alive! I’m also bored and it’s cold outside, so I decided I wanted to play some video games. First I revisited an old favorite, Vampires The Masquerade Bloodlines. I beat it twice last month, then decided it was time for something else. I got the Hearthfire expansion for Skyrim, but didn’t like farming for mats and quickly got bored of it after building just a tiny house. I have been playing Guild Wars a bit. I have an account and I find the game entertaining, but unfortunately every time I try to play my computer nearly bursts into flames because it’s old and tired and needs to go live out it’s days on a farm somewhere. My computer also can’t handle all of the Sim expansions I have, so I can’t play that anymore. I knew SWTOR had finally gone free to play so I patched that thing up and logged in today. I got so angry that they had merged the servers and made it so I had to rename ALL of the characters I’d created that I uninstalled it. I had the legacy name Darkmoon and a character named Lady… so “Lady Darkmoon”, I logged on as soon as they introduced the legacy system just so I could have that name, loved it, and now it is gone… Effff that!

Occasionally I find myself humming the Lament of the Highborne and have started seeing pandas in my sleep… I’ve used up all my free trials so my last WoW option is to purchase Pandaria and re-sub. I’m so angry at Blizz right now though! My brother’s account got hacked and I had to talk to 8 different GMs online and 2 on the phone before any of them could tell me what we actually had to do to recover it. Each of the previous times they would tell us what to do, we’d do it, then they’d tell us that wasn’t actually what you had to do or they just wouldn’t respond at all. Then we ended up having to submit two forms filled out by hand, a picture of him holding his drivers license, his drivers license laying on a national newspaper with today’s date clearly visible, and an image of the license. None of the representatives were understanding or apologetic and when they finally recovered the account they were just like, okay, there’s your account back. Plus the whole process took over a month!

I’m bored, I want to play something fun, but I just can’t bring myself to give Bliz any money after dealing with them. The worst part is, I have loved the new expansion anytime I’ve tried it! I should probably just get over it and buy it if that’s what I want to do, but my brother and I have been active subscribers since launch, we’ve each given the game so much time and money, and we were basically just shrugged off by 9 out of 10 blizzard employees. It just doesn’t seem right!

I hope I can get over it and play, I’m so bored I’ve even taken up cross stitching! Like my Link?… lol

Someone Stole My Guild!?

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Miss Mediocre

I tend to take my summers off from gaming but when the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to change I start itching to pick up a controller or log into some virtual world. I figured since the new expansion is almost here that I might jump back into WoW for a while. I looked around on the armory, checked out my characters and noticed that some of my guilds had been taken over! My main guild that I made way back when WoW first came out hasn’t been active in many years, but I kept it around and bought all the bank tabs and kept the characters of everyone who didn’t play anymore in there for nostalgic reasons. I used the many bank tabs for storage in my gold making campaign and never thought when I deactivated my account that I’d be saying goodbye to my guild, my inventory and my gold simply because I didn’t take the time to kick out all the characters that were not my own.

I ticketed a GM to try to figure out what happened and they told me all about Guild Dethronement, which did not exist when I left the game. They basically said there was nothing they could do but if I had a suggestion about how to improve this feature that I was welcome to share it. There was probably about 100k gold worth of stuff in the guild bank and I believe 100k gold as well, which I’m sure is now long gone. A level 42 druid is the new guild master of a guild I started 7 YEARS AGO! My guild is level one, there have been no achievements or perks unlocked, it was an obviously inactive personal bank guild that someone stole just for the contents of the guild bank. I’m sad and angry that Blizzard would allow for this to happen without so much as attempting to warn inactive players or to remedy the situation at hand.

They spend all this time working to make account security better. We get authenticators and do everything we can to prevent our account from being hacked, and then Blizzard implements something to allow people to ninja entire guilds and their bank contents with no repercussions. Because of my dethronement and the loss of countless hours of collected goods and golds, I will not be reactivating my WoW account after all. It seems a good time to say goodbye to Azeroth forever. The loss is just too great and at this point even angry birds seems much more appealing.

Update : I used a scroll of resurrection and got back into WoW for 7 days to check on my poor lost guilds. It turns out the two that I was dethroned from, the dethroners were kind enough to leave me at a high rank and to not touch anything from the guild banks! I am now the GM of my Horde guild and my dear 7 year old Alliance guild. I have now kicked everyone else out so someone less kind doesn’t dethrone me in the future if I don’t continue to play.

Still SWTORing

Posted March 6th, 2012 by Miss Mediocre

I’m still around, just busy busy but managing to find a little time for SWTOR. I have been playing maybe 3 times a week for about  6 hours total. I haven’t been doing anything but leveling alts really. My brother joined a raiding guild and has been trying to get me to sign up, but I just don’t have the time for that kind of in game commitment these days unfortunately, though I hear the end flash points and Ops have some amazing stories and I’m pretty jealous of his sweet gear…

I’ve managed to get one of every class to level 10 now, so I have 4 Republic characters and 4 Imperials. I’m trying to pick each of the different advanced classes as well, so for example my Imperial Inquisitor is a Sorcerer and my Republic Consular is a Jedi Shadow, just so I get to experience as much as I can through my 8 characters. All of the starting quest lines have been interesting and I am finding it harder and harder to shut down the game as I get further into each of my character’s main story. I am really enjoying my companions too and am finding myself driven to learn more about them and make them love me, lol.  I’m always so excited whenever the little icon pops up to let me know they want to have a chat, though sometimes it’s just tricking me and I get to my ship and they are all like, “what do you want?” That’s always disappointing.

I haven’t played my level 50 very much. I finished her story quest line and now only log on to check my mail for love letters from my husband, Andronikos Revel haha. He keeps sending me level 1 epic courting gifts. I’d prefer credits or maybe a sweet new pirated light saber or something, but I guess it’s the thought that counts. I’ve managed to get all of my Inquisitor’s companions to like me 10000/10000 except Ashara, who isn’t too friendly if you’re female and doesn’t really like any gifts, so she’s only at 6000/10000.

I’m really liking my Bounty Hunter who is level 30 now, but I’m only playing her with someone else, so I can only play her when they want to. Same goes for my Sith Warrior, Smuggler and Imperial Agent, but I may start soloing if I run out of alts!

Anyway I just wanted to pop in and update on what I’ve been up to! I’ve been thinking of playing some more Skyrim or buying The Vampires Masquerade Bloodlines on Steam, just for something different, but I really don’t have that much gaming time, so I’m trying to resist getting into anything else. I’ve been working on a new website too, it has nothing to do with gaming but in case any of you want to have a look at it, it’s fabhowto.com.

Thanks For Reading (even though I don’t post often lol)
MM <3

So…. SWTOR!!

Posted January 25th, 2012 by Miss Mediocre

It’s kind of strange, I have been hearing things about this game’s approach over the years, but I really wasn’t that excited about it. Maybe because with every other MMO I’ve tried other than WoW my interest has always been fleeting. I’d give it a try, play for a few months, get bored and go back to WoW. Knights of the Old Republic was one of my favorite games ever, so I knew I’d give SWTOR a try at least, but I really had no expectations going in. Now, I am in love, hehe.

I don’t know what it is exactly, just everything maybe, but this game has actually managed to keep on par with my early WoW days experiences! The quests are amazing and just don’t really feel like quests because everyone talks to me, and I can talk back! And be so evil! I’m always finding myself bursting out laughing in the middle of the night at some dialog or cackling manically depending on the circumstances, hehe.

My main character is a Sith Inquisitor Sorcerer. I’m currently at level 38 and am having so much fun being as mean as I can be! I love Khem Val, me and him are tearing up the galaxy and making Jedi everywhere cry. It’s been a blast so far. I also have a level 29 Bounty Hunter, who I’m trying to make a good guy, and a level 24 Sith Warrior who is as evil as can be.

Anyone who may be wondering if it’s worth trying out, it is! I’d go into all the things I love about this game, but really I just don’t have the time because I want to get back to playing, lol. The icing on the SWTOR cake? There’s a freaking SWTOR INSTANCE PODCAST! Listening to the Instance was really the only thing I was missing about no longer playing WoW, so I was more than thrilled when I found out there was a new SWTOR edition! I’m listening to it right now, hehe.

Fus Ro DONE!

Posted December 22nd, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Yaay, after 135 hours I am finally all finished the achievements in Skyrim! The last thing I needed to finish up was getting to level 50 so I leveled some of those skills I never used, like block! It’s so nice when I can actually 100% games without putting in like years of my life to do so, lol. We’ll see if I play anymore before an expansion comes out, or if I get caught up doing other things. As soon as the servers come back online, I’m going to give this Star Wars The Old Republic a try… I’m hoping I don’t like it tooooo much, I don’t want to miss Christmas!

I like dragons… so I bought Skyrim. Also Oblivion was the only game I ever got 100% of the achievements for, and I played the crap out of Morrowind back in the day, so I figured I’d at least enjoy Skyrim a little. I’m 115 hours deep now, have 42/50 achievements completed, and am still loving it! Bethesda’s good at making games that are long, but don’t start to annoy me when I’m trying to finish them. I have only run into a couple bugs, and there were a couple things that bothered me, but some patience and a couple of fan-made addons fixed everything right up.

I decided to play a Nord as my first character, and with some serious self control, I’ve managed to stick with that character all the way through (I’m a bit of an alt-o-holic, which makes it take forever for me to get things done usually, but not this time). I decided to make my character (Elaynna) warrioresque, so she wears heavy armor and dual wields one-handed swords. I like the  combat on the PC, though if anyone is in the room when I’m playing, my mouse clicking tends to annoy them, lol. Having my two mouse buttons swing my two swords is so fun, though I’m not sure why I like it so much…

The quests have all been fun, especially the College of Winterhold ones and the story is really interesting. The dungeons aren’t too repetitive, they are a bit, but not intolerably so. Playing on normal difficulty (Adept) gets really easy as you level up, but you can switch the difficulty level at anytime, which helps to keep it challenging. I’m getting a little sick of slaughtering dragons, but at least they give me lots of gold. I’ve got a bit over 200,000 now, so I’m not too concerned about making it anymore. I still have houses to buy, which will likely burn through it quick, so far I only own Breezehome in Whiterun.

My character hasn’t gotten married yet, I haven’t been able to find anyone I actually want to marry, lol. I was pretty disappointed that Sven from Riverwood wasn’t interested, since he’s been my sidekick since level 3 or so, plus he plays the flute like a pro. I was thinking maybe I’d marry his girlfriend Camilla Valerius, just so he couldn’t… haha. I’ll have to pick someone soon, if only for the achievement! The only ones I have left to get are that one, Standing Stones, Wanted, Master Criminal, Skill Master, Oblivion Walker, Thu’um Master, and Master. They should all be fairly easy to finish up I think, except for Oblivion Walker (to get 15 Daedric Artifacts) which will take some time.

I figure I’ll have all the achievements by Christmas or so. I can’t wait for the first expansion, hehe.

Thanks for Reading!

Hey Don’t Eat That Candy!

Posted October 18th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Hi Readers,

I’ve been playing WoW a little more frequently lately. I managed to get my new mage character up past level 20 at last, and logged onto my paladin main to check out how Hallow’s End was different post Cataclysm. I noticed that you don’t talk to Innkeepers anymore to trick-or-treat, you just click on the candy buckets. You also don’t have a trick-or-treat cool down now, but you can only do it 79 times for Alliance or 108 times for the Horde because that’s as many candy buckets as there are. There are new daily quests that reward Tricky Treats, which are basically the new Hallow’s End currency, which I didn’t realize at first, and was running around on a sugar high, puking them up and wasting them, lol.

You can also get Tricky Treats from the candy buckets, and I ended up with about 160 of them after visiting all of the candy buckets (other than the ones in Outland) for Alliance. Of course I spent my Tricky Treats on the Feline Familiar pet, which cost 150 Tricky Treats. It is a cute little black cat that wears a witch hat and can even fly on a broom! It’s great! There is also another new companion pet you can get from the holiday quest line that starts in Stormwind from Anson Hastings in the Trade District or Orgimmar from Edwar Goodwin in the Valley of Strength. The pet is called Creepy Crate, and it’s basically a creepy crate that follows you around and EATS CRITTERS! It’s so funny, and counts toward the guild achievement Critter Kill Squad! Time to go plant my little Crate in the Deeprun Tram… lol

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