Old Ladies And Gaudy Sweaters

The weekend that was ended up being a weekend of raiding -casually, of course.  The Mrs. and I were faffing about on the TImeless Isle (man is that place easier for a Priest when you have someone with you).  I managed to figure out the pillar Treasure Chest and get to it before a Troll Priest.  We also chased  Evermaw half way around the island…in the water, and to no avail.  But Tome came on and in striking up a conversation with her she wondered why I wasn’t there with them.  Well, I didn’t really know where “there” was and who “them” referred to.  Turns out it was Old Ladies’ raid night.  Moments later, the Amateurs were in Dragon Soul.



This was my first Laid Back Raid since I stopped doing Laid Back Raids when I stopped playing last winter.  More than anything, it was nice to see some old friends (many of which were there with new faces to play with).  We enjoyed ourselves collectively and got as far as Ultraxion before it was called off. I believe that to be the case as we weren’t in vent and the group disbanded rather suddenly.

Last night was Gaudy Sweater night and with many people prepping for New Year’s or still catching up with family over the holidays (or perhaps last night’s football game too), it ended up being a quiet run of myself, the Mrs; and Helke.  The latter had her Mage, Mrs. her Druid, and me my Hunter.  With three of us, that meant Karazhan was our destination and we tore through the place with the greatest of ease.  Tome, be happy to know Cat’s not the only Druid thinking “animal form means they won’t notice I have no sweater.”


If you’ve read the blog for any length of time you know Kara remains my favourite instances in the game.  It was great to go through it again (no mount) and remember why.  It’s also like the dungeon itself missed me.  I out-rolled the Mrs. and snagged the Fiendish Imp (it ended up being the lone pet to drop), and that was after The Curator finally dropped the Dragon-Quake Shoulderpads.  I farmed those for the longest time after Transmogrification was introduced as I had designed an outfit around them for Liouxpold.  Of course, I’ve long since moved on but will have to go back and put something together for him.

Between the two nights it was great to lean back with some friends and bounce through the two raids.  When you leave the game for any length of time and try other MMO’s the first thing you tend to notice is things are drastically different if you lose the social aspect of it.  Yes, there are thousands or millions of other players, but it can take you a millennium to build up a circle and odds are you’re not going to know them as well as your WoW “crew.”  Plus for some, randomly becoming buddy-buddy with people just isn’t going to happen.  Being gone I missed the folks I knew and this weekend was a lovely reminder about part of the reason for that.

9 thoughts on “Old Ladies And Gaudy Sweaters

  1. koalabear21 December 30, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Just so you don’t worry, all of the treasure chests on the island are available for each character. So the chest that the Troll Priest looted was the same one you looted. Each person gets their own chest. 🙂

    • JD Kenada December 30, 2013 / 4:43 pm

      Awww, and here I thought I ninja’d someone.

      I’m such a Mists noob…

  2. tomeoftheancient December 30, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    I think I’d be disappointed if that mount ever dropped for me as I wouldn’t have an excuse to visit Kara. So there mount, don’t drop, see if I care!

    It was great you two could make it for OLRG, it’s usually at 7:00pm eastern on Saturdays. Although I never speak until spoken to just seeing battletag friends online makes my happy because they’re there and I feel like I have company. Not so in other lands, lol.

    • JD Kenada December 30, 2013 / 4:44 pm

      I’ve grouped with you enough to know your in group personality. 🙂

      Thanks for letting me know when the raiding usually is. I had more than enough “you need to come!” and far too little of “by the way, this is when.” lol

      • Matty December 30, 2013 / 6:27 pm

        Well, you can always look for OLRG http://wowsugar.blogspot.com/2013/12/olrg-good-bad-and-fading-twilight.html posts on the old blogger-oo, and I was thrilled you guys could make it! I had no idea you weren’t in Vent: when I read that I literally laughed at how that must have seemed! LOL Tome was kind enough to start our very own Vent channel for these runs, so no excuse! Our only creed is no elitism or stress. Ever. Need on mog gear you want, and let the chips fall where they may. If there is any a special quest or deed you’re trying to accomplish, come on that character and speak up (which is why I was wondering why you weren’t on your rogue in the first place). We want all of our dreams to come true —even with repair bills.

        • JD Kenada December 31, 2013 / 9:05 am

          So “I wanna sap the boss for my Rogue” was a fine request.

          As soon as vent was mentioned I responded with “no vent.” No mic and I have no working headphones, which is important because I’m right across from a three year old who is supposed to be going to sleep. lol

          • Matty January 1, 2014 / 9:31 pm

            Totally understandable: then let’s figure out a better way to communicate – we’re smart folks, we can figure it out! My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so seeing text in a chat line sometimes skips my line of sight. If we go in there with a plan from the get-go, we’ll be able to make dreams come true (going to trademark that!) lol

          • JD Kenada January 2, 2014 / 3:56 pm

            Heh. No worries at all.

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