Ask The Amateur!

Dear Illidan that title sounds horrible…I mean, in my head it made complete sense.  Yet seeing it there, well, I just wonder what’s going to come in terms of spam content today…

Moving on, as the title would suggest, I thought I would take today to answer some questions from the old mailbag.  Since I put up my e-mail (over there, on the left), I’ve started getting comments and questions and shared transmog pics.  Please, keep them coming.  I’m genuinely flattered every time someone takes the time to share their thoughts, creations, or laughs with me.  So let’s get to a few questions, ok?

I used to check up on your blog a few times a week for gold ideas, but I don’t see them nearly as much.  What gives?

In all honesty, it’s a case of plenty going on and quite frankly not wanting to repeat myself. Many of the ideas I’ve shared over time are still just as applicable now. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, but transmogrification took off far more than even I expected.

I can’t get over some of the outfits you’ve shown off for Transmogrification.  Do you, um, practice making outfits?

Not at all, but you could sort of say that at one time I did.  The big secret behind my outfit building skills comes from essentially one source: wrestling video games -specifically those with CAW mode, or Create-A-Wrestler.  From back in the N64 days, I spent far more time than I ever have in Azeroth with games like WWF Wrestlemania 2000, WWF No Mercy, Smackdown vs. Raw and Fire Pro Returns creating wrestler outfits.  There are many people far better at it than I am, but I always looked closely at how they did what they did.  Your wrestlers were allocated certain components, or in some cases merely layers, and you did as much as you could with what you had.  I’ve managed to take that approach to Transmogrification and I’m quite happy with the success I’ve found.

You gave up on 2012 in 2012 because you were quitting.  But you stayed, and still are quitting your own challenge?

Indeed, I am.  Granted, there’s a slim chance I actually still pull it off.  However, in no way am I actively pursuing that.  I have just way too much going on with what WoW time I have these days.  I never expected half of the things that have come across my plate in the calendar year already and there’s more on the way.

Is it just me or is the Ironman challenge something that was right up your alley?

You’re absolutely right.  See previous question.

Do you know where Flinthammer went?

No, oddly enough.  I say that because I pondered this question myself the other day when I realized there’s been no activity this year.  It’s disappointing as I really enjoyed his stories and the characters he brought to life.


So there’s just a few questions I thought I’d take the time to respond to.  It was only over the weekend that I realized I had what I considered enough to make a column about it.  Who knows, if I keep getting sought for wisdom or am just a wall to bounce a question ball off of, I might do more.  In the meantime I’ll try to come up with a better title.

9 thoughts on “Ask The Amateur!

  1. Navimie May 15, 2012 / 8:25 am

    Maybe it’s because you and Ancient both start with “A” but ask the amateur and ask the ancient have a nice ring to it IMO. Hmm, my suggestion for this segment? Advice from the Amateur? hmm, maybe not quite the same….

    • JD Kenada May 15, 2012 / 9:34 am

      From bad to worse? lol

  2. khizzara May 15, 2012 / 9:02 am

    The Amateur’s Mailbag? Question Me? Amateur Advice? Hmm… I got nothing.

    But… you’re kidding me, right? There was a transmog-like component to wrestling games? Isn’t that like, some macho thing? That’s so breaking all the stereotypes. I love it! XD

    • JD Kenada May 15, 2012 / 9:37 am

      Seriously, YouTube Create-A-Wrestler and you’ll see all the games in the past decade have the option. Think about it, you’re playing a wrestling game and the chance to make your own…to say nothing of players who would essentially create their own roster.

  3. Magik May 15, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    Amatuer Questions?

    • JD Kenada May 15, 2012 / 8:17 pm

      I thought about that. I wondered if it might be insulting to those asking the questions.

      • Magik May 23, 2012 / 9:57 pm

        Thats the point! lol

  4. tomeoftheancient May 16, 2012 / 5:41 am

    I do have a question and it’s in your area of expertise but it’s the wrong game! Last night I couldn’t figure out if I should spend money on blacksmithing in D3 or not so it’s a profession question.

    • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 7:25 am

      This actually isn’t an area of my expertise, simply because I know very little about Diablo. However, from what I gather from Khizzara’s guide you do want to level your blacksmith when you have the chance because he’s the one making your gear for you. I could be wrong.

      Eventually I might be helpful in this regard, but not yet. Khizzara as well as Laz and Effy are probably much more viable sources of wisdom at this time.

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