Posts Tagged ‘World of Warcraft’

Sim Life > Real Life

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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!

Treasure Treasure Treasure

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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.

Dammit Moon Moon

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Dammit Moon Moon, why are you floating!?

Someone Stole My Guild!?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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.

Experiment Fail

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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…

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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.

Wow… I’m Kinda Done With WoW…

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

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

Back To Digging In The Dirt

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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!

200,000 Gold

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Hi Readers,

I meant to post this last week, but got busy playing Rift and trying out the new Sims Medieval game, both of which I’ll talk about more in later posts!

I did finally manage to break 200,000g in World of Warcraft just a few days before my account expired. I’d considered giving it all away, or buying something extravagant like the Crimson Deathcharger before calling it quits, but decided to hold onto it because of a question that comes up during the cancellation process. It asked, “How likely are you to return?” and the truth is that I have no doubt that I’ll one day jump back into Azeroth, even if it’s just to try out a new event or get a cool mount or try out a new expansion. If they added new hairstyles, colors and some kind of pink mount that was obtainable outside raiding, psht, I’d re-activate my account tomorrow! Though I highly doubt those things can be found on Blizzard’s To Do list, I’m sure they will come out with something that sparks my interest eventually. As people say, it’s my $20 a month, it’s just that right now I am having more fun using that $20 on Rift than I was on WoW.

I’d intended to get into how I made the 200,000g in this post, but the more I think about it, the less I can pin-point any major markets or strategies I used. Having a max level of every profession meant I could just sell whatever was selling the best at any given time, and I never had to outsource any crafting steps, because I had it all covered. As other people crowded a market driving prices down, I’d just jump into something else. I went from selling profession bags to enchanting rods to engineering pets to flasks to dreamcloth epics and everything in between. I never really focused on it too intently, and rarely spent more than about an hour a day specifically playing around on the Auction House. It was a fun side-game during my WoW time, but even it wasn’t quite enough to keep me subscribed. Nonetheless, it will be nice to return to that amount of gold whenever I do jump back into it! Maybe whenever that happens I can even push it to 500,000!

Until then, thanks for reading, and I promise to do my best to keep it interesting, even if it’s not always about WoW!
<3 MM