Back to Telara?

Posted October 2nd, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I change my mind a lot… I was going to quit WoW, then didn’t, then did, then came back, now am quitting again. I loved Rift, thought it was the coolest thing ever, got to level 50, told everyone they should play, got kinda bored, stopped playing, and now am thinking about re-subbing again. The only reason Rift started to bore me was because I was mostly playing alone and they were missing a few (of what I considered to be) staples. I think it was the week after I cancelled my account that they introduced the Random Dungeon Finder, which was something I’d really wanted. Then a little after that they added Guild Banks, which would be very handy for my platinum making. In the latest patch, they are adding in new 1 and 2 person dungeons (called Chronicles), which is kind of awesome for a player like me, who can never seem to find more than 2 other people with which to do stuff in game. I even hear they are getting close to releasing the barber shop! That alone would tempt me to start playing again, there’s just something about running around with the same pink hairstyle that drives me crazy, and there’s not really enough cool cleric helmets to keep me from getting bored.

Also, one of my early posts here was about how Blizzard seemed to ignore their veterans more or less, and how I thought they should reward those players who’d been around since the beginning somehow. In Rift’s Ashes of History update they are adding special veteran rewards for people who keep their sub active for a certain number of months. The rewards are pretty awesome too, including your very own portable mailbox if you remain active for a whole 18 months. Sure that’s a $360 mailbox, but you’re paying to play anyway! I think it’s really great of Trion to give you special things based on how long you’ve been wandering around Telara and wish Blizz would have done something like that other than the odd Feat of Strength that everyone kind of has.

I just know there’s been a rift in my gaming lately, so I’m thinking maybe I’ll fill it with Rift! Lol…

Thanks for Reading!
MM <3

Experiment Fail

Posted September 27th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Hi Readers,

Thanks for the comments on my last post, I’ll answer them all asap, just been a bit busy lately! I guess my experiment didn’t really work, I was going to see if I noticed any change in my new “healthy(ish) lifestyle” while getting back into playing some World of Warcraft, but I haven’t logged on for more than a couple hours all month, so I can’t really judge. I have until Oct 6th before my account expires again, but since I’m starting a new job tomorrow and moving this weekend, I am doubting I will get a chance to play again at all before my time is up. My experiment should have been, can I handle any gaming while doing everything else I need/want to do in a day, because then I’d have a conclusion, which is apparently no. I haven’t played any games this month other than getting my mage to level 12 and a deathknight to level 58. I haven’t even built any Sim houses! I was going to play some Oblivion today because I’m starting to get excited about Skyrim’s release, but then I thought I should probably pack and not play xbox, lol. Now I’m doing neither, and blogging!

People seem to be liking my Lady Sylvanas dance video, so I thought I’d relink it here since it’s been like a year since I last did! It’s so silly, but yea, was fun to make. I miss Sylvanas!

MM <3

Is Playing WoW Unhealthy?

Posted September 9th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I mentioned to my little brother that I had reactivated my WoW account again, and he said something along the lines of, “Oh, so you’re giving up this ‘healthy thing’ now then?”.  That got me thinking, I have been totally focused on just being healthy and happy this summer, which did have me away from the computer and games for the majority of my free time. I got lots of sunshine and have been exercising lots and eating healthy and I really haven’t felt this good since I was a teenager, but I’m not really convinced that has anything to do with me not playing WoW… Don’t get me wrong, I know WoW is where a lot of my issues got a bit out of hand. I was pretty addicted in the early days, and then eventually it got easier to just not hang out with friends IRL, but stay in and play WoW with people who were kind of my friends in game. WoW was never the cause of any problems, it was always just the way in which I chose not to deal. When I stopped playing this last time, it wasn’t because I had decided to be healthy and just couldn’t manage a healthy lifestyle that involved WoW or anything, it was just that I was bored with the game. It had nothing to do with me and what was going on, it was just that Firelands came out and it was the same thing as always and no one I knew played anymore so I called it quits. I’ve never been a very active Summer player anyway and it’s always been the time of year when I usually take one of my breaks, but as Fall approaches I always get itching to start a new character or just go grind out some quests when there’s nothing else going on.

Personally I do think it’s very possible to play WoW and be healthy. Many people manage full happy lives while WoWing, and those that don’t, well I think that has to do more with them than whatever game they are playing, that was always the case for me anyway! I may not even be able to get back into playing again, I’m only level 12 after a week (I used to be able to do that in like an hour, lol), but if I do start to enjoy it again and playing more often, I think it will be another good experiment! I use a website to track all my eating and exercise, so it will be pretty easy to spot if my daily calories start going up and my calories burned start going down as my WoW time increases, even though I don’t think that’s going to be the case!

What do you think? Is it possible to be healthy and a serious gamer? Does WoW specifically encourage people to be unhealthy? Let me know!

Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

Kay… Not So Done With WoW…

Posted September 7th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Hi Readers!

So, my last big post was about how WoW and me were finally calling it quits after 6 long happy years together, how I was over it and moving on… Then my friends started playing again, and talking about it again, and before I knew it my account was reactivated and I was rolling a toon on the Galakrond server to be around them in Azeroth. A friend is paying for my first month in case I can’t get back into it, so it was risk free in that sense, so I’ll post again soon about how it’s going! I am thinking my new “main” will end up being another Night Elf Mage, since Missmediocre didn’t even make it to Northrend, we’ll see though. I’m going to avoid my Terenas server for now, I don’t want to get back into auction housing or archaeology or pet collecting, I just want to level whenever I have some free time.

My Easy Canvas Print

Posted August 16th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I’m artsy. At least, I like to think of myself as artsy, it’s a trait I always give to my Sim characters when I’m trying to make them close to my likeness anyway! I love drawing and painting and love hanging my stuff on the wall for my cat to admire (or anyone else who comes in my room I guess, lol). I also never got passed that thing parents tell their kids when they are too young to have any of their own money, that “a gift you make yourself is way more meaningful than something you buy at a store,” so my family has been bombarded with numerous sketches and paintings for Birthdays and Christmases over the years.

I was recently introduced to Easy Canvas Prints, a simple to use website that lets you upload whatever image you want to be printed onto canvas. I was very intrigued and had a hard time deciding what exactly I wanted to get printed onto canvas to hang on my wall. I was going to do an epic shot of my main WoW character looking over Stormwind, but since I don’t play WoW anymore, I thought that might not be the best choice. I thought of getting one of the sunset over Lake Huron, since I have some pretty awesome pictures of that from all the summers I’ve spent there, but since it could be an image of ANYTHING, I decided I wanted something more personalized! And what’s more personal than my face?

I like to play with Photoshop, so I took a picture of my profile, and then made it look all cool and blue. Then I went through all of my favorite songs and picked out a few lines of lyrics from each and put them into the picture around my face, each song in a different font. I was a little concerned about having such a large picture of myself on the wall (I went with the 12″ x 18″ size) but the more I look at it, the more I like it! (The picture itself, not my face, lol). I think it will be awesome to look back at in another 10 years, just to see what I looked like now and what my favorite songs were and how me and my taste in music may have changed. Plus the quality is amazing!

They aren’t cheap, but I think the bigger the size, the better the value. As someone who has bought blank large canvases in the past to paint, I know that they alone can be pricey. I do feel the price is worth the product, because it’s personalized and something that looks awesome that I will keep forever. I am planning on getting another one as soon as I decide what else I really want! They would also make an amazing Birthday or Christmas gift, and would still fall into that “something you make yourself” category!

What do you think of it? My little sister’s only comment was, “Why aren’t you smiling?” lol.

Wow… I’m Kinda Done With WoW…

Posted August 4th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

I have started to wonder if it’s really possible to play WoW casually. I don’t mean casually as in not raiding, I mean as in logging on maybe 3 times a week only for an hour or so. I don’t know what happened, but I just haven’t been able to get myself back into it this time and I don’t believe I’ll be renewing my subscription when it ends later this month. It just all feels so old, or maybe I’m just starting to feel old, and can’t really find the time needed to invest in WoW for it to feel fun for me. I won’t be returning to Rift right away either. Though I did find it a lot of fun, it’s the same sort of game, and really I just don’t have the desire to spend as much time on an MMO as I once did. My experimental week of not using any computer or tv maybe has a bit to do with MMOs losing their luster for me, time went by so slowly without a character to level or some item to farm, which was a bit boring at first, but it was nice having that much time to work on other things once I got used to it. I still enjoy throwing a game in the 360 now and then, or maybe spending a couple hours building a Sim mansion, but it seems a game like WoW just isn’t in the cards for me right now. The money to keep it active just isn’t worth the amount of time I’d actually play. So that leaves me wondering what to do with Miss Mediocre here.

I’ve never claimed that this was a WoW only blog, I had my little Rift vacation and occasionally some Sims slip in, but my posts have definitely been pretty MMO focused and always gaming related. I’m not throwing in the gaming towel completely or anything, but I really don’t play anything much right now, which leaves me wondering what I should post about? I could keep posting kind of rarely, just sporadically when I have something to say about some game I tried, or I could start posting about other stuff I’m doing more often. I’m leaving on vacation in a few days, so I’ll wait to make my decision until after I get back, since there’s no internet, computers or even a tv where I’m going, so I won’t have any way to post regardless! I’m interested in what you all think though? Would you rather hear about my non-gaming related stuff, or should I only post about games? My topics could be like my Whatever Wednesday posts, but every day of the week, lol.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

In Game Pets I’ve Yet To Get

Posted July 25th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Enchanted Lantern :
Unfortunately I no longer have a cross faction AHing toon (damn 10 per realm limit!), so I’m going to have to pay a fair bit for this horde version of the enchanter’s pet. They’re available in my Alliance AH, but I’m putting off buying one because they are around 3k, and I keep hoping I’ll find one for a little cheaper in the Neutral AH or that the price might drop a little closer to what the Alliance ones are going for.

Elementium Geode :
I’ve done a lot of mining since Cataclysm hit, but I’ve never managed to find one of these little guys.They have a small chance of dropping from Elementium nodes. The price for them is always fluctuating in my AH, so next time they are down to around 700g, I’m planning on just buying one.

Gold Mini Jouster & Blue Mini Jouster :
These will be easy enough to get. I just have to go do the quest (and possibly some quests leading up to it) in Hyjal. You can choose one, and then after doing the daily version of the quest for 10 days, you get the other one.

Armadillo Pup :
Only 29,061 critters to go… I kill a critter every time I see one, since coming back to the game, I’ve managed to kill like 39… This is going to take a while, but whenever I get my guild the Critter Killsquad achievement, the Armadillo Pup will be my reward!

Crawling Hand :
The Crawling Hand is one of the artifacts you can get from Tol’Vir Archaeology. I figure I’ll find it soon enough, maybe it will even be my next rare that pops up.

Fox Kit :
This guy drops off the foxes in the area in Tol Barad where you do your dailies. I’ve killed hundreds of those poor cute little foxes without luck, but I know eventually the RNG will stop being a jerk and let me have it, lol.

Core Hound Pup :
This pet is rewarded for putting an authenticator on your account. Since I’d quit playing I figured it wasn’t worth doing, but now that I am back I have been considering it, and it will get me a pet, so this one is a maybe.

Crimson Lasher :
This pet is purchased from Valarn Highbough after doing some of the Firelands quests, which I still haven’t started…

Hyjal Bear Cub :
The bear cub is also Purchased from Valarn Highbough after doing some of the Firelands quests.

Panther Cub:
You get the Panther Cub from a quest in STV. I just have to go do it, lol.

Pebble :
You get Pebble for completing the Lost in the Deeps daily quest in Deepholm 10 times. I’ve never done it on my main character, so I should probably get on that!

Tiny Shale Spider :
This one is dropped by a super hard to reach rarespawn in Deepholm. I believe you need to be on one of the Deepholm dailies to get to him, and as I mentioned I haven’t started those on my main, so I’ll have to start!

So getting all these pets will leave me at 149 pets, just 1 pet short of getting the Celestial Dragon. I am kind of thinking getting all of these will take me so long that they’ll have introduced some more pets by then, but we’ll see. If I was only 1 pet away, I might break my own rule and buy myself one from the online pet store…

Back To Digging In The Dirt

Posted July 22nd, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Hi Readers! I’m not quite back to regular posting, as you know, but I am almost back to regular gaming at least! I have been logging into WoW a few times a week, only to post one or two auctions and do some archaeology, but it’s more than I had been doing in game recently!

I was happy to find out they’d made some changes to archaeology since I left the game! They added a few more rares, including two new pets that I’ve already managed to find; the Pterodax Hatchling from Fossil fragments and the Voodoo Figurine from Troll fragments. Another new rare I got was the Haunted War Drum, which is a Troll rare that you place and can click on every 30 minutes, and it sounds like war drums. I also got the rare Ancient Amber from Fossil Fragments, which gives you a 5 minute buff that shrinks you a little and seals you in amber.

After finding these 4 new rare Artifacts, I was only 1 rare away from getting the “Professor” title, which is rewarded for finding 20 rares. I managed to get it Monday when I found the Ring of the Boy Emperor, which is an epic BoA lvl 85 caster ring that I’d really wanted before quitting WoW. I’m not sure how it measures up now-a-days, but it’s still nice to have an 85 BoA ring, even if it’s not that great now. The only rare artifacts I’ve yet to find now are :

Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds – Troll
Extinct Turtle Shell – Fossil
The Last Relic of Argus – Draenei
Headdress of the First Shaman – Orc
Blessing of the Old God – Nerubian
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron – Nerubian
Vrykul Drinking Horn – Vrykul
Niffelvar Beaded Axe -Vrykul
Staff of Amminae – Tol’vir
Scimitar of the Sirocco – Tol’vir
Crawling Claw – Tol’vir
Scepter of Azj’Aquir – Tol’vir

That seems like more than I thought when I group them all together like that, lol. I haven’t done much archaeology in Northrend, just because I find it kind of irritating there, but I’ll have to head back eventually because I’d like to collect everything! It’s much easier finishing Tol’vir artifacts now that they’ve made it so you don’t see as many dig sites from races you have already collected all the artifacts from and they seem to have added a few more dig sites in Uldum! I’m looking forward to finding the Extinct Turtle Shell, which is a new level 85 BoA shield, but who knows how long that will take, lol.

I’ve managed to make just over 17k gold this week in the Auction House, which isn’t bad since I’ve yet to do a scan or do any kind of research, lol. I noticed the new pet achievements and starting throwing my Black Tabby Cats back up for auction. Before the new achievements were introduced I couldn’t even sell one for 2k, but now they’re selling for around 6k. I also had a White Kitten that was just laying around in my inventory, and he went for 500g, lol. I am liking these new inflated pet prices, since I don’t have to buy any of them, lol. I am sitting at 133 pets, just 17 shy from the Celestial Dragon, which I’d really like, but I went through all the available in game pets and unless I want to wait until Children’s Week next year, I’d have to buy a pet online to get 17. The 16 pets available now in game that I don’t already have are kind of a pain for me to get too, like the armadillo (my guild is at 20k critters killed, and killing another 30k myself will kind of suck, lol), the Fox Kit, which I’ve already farmed for hours for without luck, and I believe I’d have to start doing the new Firelands Dailies to get a couple  others. I’m thinking getting myself a Celestial Dragon is just going to be one of those someday things, that I’ll work away at passively!

That’s really all I’ve been doing in game. I usually log on while I’m doing something else, which is why I’ve mostly just been working on archaeology since it’s pretty brainless now, lol. I’m missing Rift a little, I wanted to get a level 50 of every class but never finished any characters other than my cleric! WoW’s been looking nicer than what I remember, which is weird since I don’t think they’ve had any kind of graphical update since I left, but maybe it’s just the familiarity I’m finding appealing. It’s nice to be back anyway, even if it’s not very often yet!

Sup Azeroth? I’m Back!

Posted June 24th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

<a href=”http://missmediocre.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/WoW.jpg”>Don’t worry, Rift still rocks, I’ve viagra been craving some good old WoW lately, so I re-subbed to it and canceled dear Rift, just for a month or so!

I didn’t have any difficulty getting back into WoW, I guess after so many years of quitting and re-subbing, it’s just like riding a bicycle! I haven’t gotten back into the Auction House scene yet, now that I’ve been out of the markets so long it seems a bit intimidating to jump back in! I’ll have to do some gold blog/podcast research to find out what’s up these pre-firelands days. I have been using the Auction House to keep my eye on a Vial of the Sands, which I managed to not purchase before heading over to Rift 4ish months ago, but now that I am back in Azeroth and the price has dropped 6k or so on my server, I am once again itching to be a dragon, lol.

Other than fighting off my impulse buys, I have been working on leveling a horde hunter. I hadn’t gotten any of my horde characters to 85 before quitting and figured I’d check out the new quests from 1 to 60 horde side since I haven’t yet. Plus I have a J!NX Horde shirt now, and it feel wrong wearing it since I’ve played almost only Alliance since the Cataclysm, lol. I am really enjoying all of the new quests! Azshara was an absolute blast (kind of literally) to play through and I have been trying to actually read all the quest text and finish every zone, whether or not I am getting xp by the end of it.

I also joined a guild that’s just starting out, though I was recruited through the old fashion send-a-tell-to-every-guildless-player-you-see way, none of this fancy Guild Finder mumbo-jumbo! I was actually a bit disappointed with the new Guild Finder when I checked it out. I was hoping I could say click the specs for the kind of guild I was looking for, write a little about me blurb, and then be recruited by a guild. I guess maybe it makes more sense that it works the other way around, but there were just so many guilds to chose from once I input what I was looking for that I eventually just gave up and ran around guildless until level 15 or  so. I guess if a guild was looking for members and had to read through hundreds of player’s about me blurbs, that would maybe be worse though, lol. I just know it really didn’t help me at all. The guild I am in seems decent though, some people actually talk in guild chat and at times even to me, so it’s already better than most WoW guilds I’ve been in lately, lol.

I’ll try to keep up with my posting now that I am gaming fairly regularly again! I’m working on a little side project with someone which may lead to more posting as well, just possibly elsewhere . . . >.~

Big Thanks to Those Of You Still Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

PS : I just noticed in my post before last, my Rift character is riding a very similar bi-noggined tortoise creature, lol.

Computer Cleanse Challenge

Posted June 5th, 2011 by Miss Mediocre

Everyone has problems. Surprise, even me! There are stupid things I find really hard, and hard things I should do that I think are really stupid. I do enjoy self improvement however, and this summer I have been working on just feeling better, physically and emotionally. As with most gamers, I spend a good quantity of time sitting right here at my computer. I love gaming or Facebooking or watching videos or even arting it up in Photoshop, but since embarking on my self improvement journey I have heard numerous times how; “all my issues spawn from spending too much time on the computer. Computers are the bane of my generation. Spending time on the computer isn’t real fun, it’s fake fun. I’d sleep better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d eat better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d feel better if I just turned off the computer!” I always defend my beloved PC and the joys it holds for me, but the amount of people who seem to believe such things have got me thinking. Not thinking that my computer is to blame of course, but thinking how nice it would be to have some sort of solid proof to stand on when I prove them wrong.

My solution? I’m going on a computer cleanse! Starting Monday June 6th at 12:01 am I will be shutting down my PC for the week and I won’t turn it back on until Saturday morning (the 11th) at 12:01 am. I won’t deprive myself of the wonders of the internet over the weekend, let’s be practical here, but I should have a good idea of how drastically (or as I predict, un-drastically) my life has changed by shutting off the computer for 5 whole days. That means no Rift, no Sims, no Youtube, no Facebook, none of that for 5 whole days! Yeah, it’s going to be rough, but I am curious to see if I feel any different (other than just really bored, lol) and would love to be able to counter such technology bashing with evidence to the contrary. I’m a little excited to see how it goes and a little worried that I won’t be able to resist the temptation to plug it back in for just a few minutes, but I think if I have to post honestly here on my blog after the week is up and answer for any such slip ups, I’ll be less likely to have them!

I realize some people need to use their computer, for work or otherwise, but I’m interested as to if any of you have ever shut it down for a few days at a time (maybe because of a power outage or even if your computer broke) and if you felt any different? I don’t think I have ever gone more than a day or two without using a computer for something, not since before I had a computer anyway, so it will be a good experiment!

So, I Jenn, do solemnly swear that I will do my very best to not do or watch anything on a computer or any type of game console between Monday June 6th and Saturday June 11th. I do realize that this may mean missing sweet deals in the Auction House, entertaining Facebook drama, twitter giveaways, and the like, but in the interest of self improvement, I accept this self given challenge! Any of you want to take the challenge with me? (Lol)

Farewell Until Saturday!
Miss Mediocre <3

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