I Got Bonked

The other night I came out of Violet Hold, where Mrs. Amateur, Magik, and myself had been working on a Red Proto achievement, and I found myself turned into a rabbit.  Admittedly, it confused the hell out of me.  Not like I was flagged or anything like that.

Then I checked my mail a couple of days later and the above was in there.  What the heck?  Let’s inspect this further…

Interesting.  I didn’t even know this existed.  I don’t even know how long it’s been around.  But it’s amusing as can be, to be honest.  It’s one of those things that unless it happens (like it did to yours truly), you might never know it was out there.  Those are the kind of Easter Eggs I always welcome in a game such as WoW. 

Now, the source of this mischief is Minigob Manabonk himself.  Other than having the tag of “The Mischievous Mage” I can’t tell you a darn thing about him…other than he’s a weird ass looking dude…

Days Go By

It was a long weekend here, and I was enjoying the weather and the family yesterday and even some WoW.  So things here were quiet, though I did stay on top of the Transmogolympics.  The contest was only announced a couple days ago and we’re already up to twenty participants.  In case you missed it, there is no limit on how many people take part.  However, if we manage to have more participants than factions, then some factions will merely have more than one representative; much like the real Olympic Games. Also, I wanted to take a moment to once again thank Tome of the Ancient for the logo.  I told her what I wanted and she delivered beautifully.  I’m also happy to have her, Matty, and Khizzara as fellow judges for the event.

We had another successful Laid Back Raids on Saturday night.  The only place scheduled this week was Trial of the Crusader, but that didn’t stop us from also kicking down the doors to Ruby Sanctum and Obsidian Sanctum. We had a solid turnout including, for the first time, both Repgrind and Ratters (and his daughter as well)!  It was great timing as Rep knew TotC and was able to provide some guidance, though we did zerg the sucker down pretty fast.  For the Sanctums, I filled out the group with my friend Valanyr and a couple of his buds.  Oh, and Tum even got himself a new set of wings.

In Azeroth over the weekend, there was a great deal of puttering about, or “faffing” as Godmother and Kamalia have come to tell me.  Fireflint is finally 75, and that means time to boost his Blacksmithing.  I’ll obviously have to gain a few levels before I can max him out on it, fortunately I’ll be able to hit the Darkmoon Faire before the week is out.  I also snagged a few levels for Carrera and Estheriot.  Plus, three new faces are showing up around here now.

I have no clue as to why internet demons have taken the Gnome’s face.  Fortunately she sent me a postcard of her hanging with faction leader of epic epicness,

Zero Zero One One One Zero One Zero!

She joined the ranks for a few reasons.  The first, is admittedly, I had a sudden fetish to have a character with the Very Light Sabre.  As I pointed out to Mrs. Amateur, it’s a coincidence I gave her the Leia hair buns.  Also, I rolled her on Fenris (US).  I’ve heard horror stories about the economy and thought I would check it out for myself.  I farmed up some quick Peacebloom and Silverleaf, and threw that on the Auction House.  Neither was a full stack and it resulted in about 10 gold in her pocket.  That allowed me to grab a couple of items off the Auction House to sell, as well as purchase some of the rabbits from Amberstill Ranch and see if I can get a few coin for those as well.  So, so far things don’t seem too strange.  Hopefully the Schematic: Mechanical Mithril Dragonling sold at the behest of my advice.  I managed to sell one with Tumunzahar yesterday on Runetotem for 85g.  I still think that’s absurd, but if folks aren’t going to go get it out in the Hinterlands I may as well.  It didn’t hurt I was getting a couple points in Archaeology at the time either.

In closing, let me just tell you how strange it is to see “Semblance” in Trade chat.  Even merely as a name, it seems to look out of place.  Funny that.

Mog My Toon: Wife Edition

Ok, now do Naeda or Claragh. 😀

That was the comment from Mrs. Amateur after I spiced up Cheetahdave’s Hunter the other day.  So, this morning while she was downstairs with the wee one, I’ve taken the time to do just that. Of course, me being me I couldn’t really do one or the other.  So let’s see what we were starting off with this time.

So we have a Gnome Warlock and a Night Elf Hunter.  Truth be told, I’ve been teasing the Mrs. for a little while now regarding her Hunter, but was happy that she asked me to do Claragh (the Warlock) as well.  I decided to start with the Gnome and the only suggestion I was given was she needed to look all innocent.  The kind that would walk right up to you and then melt your face off.  I believe that was a near spot on quote of what I was told.

So I set out for something very non-Warlock.  I snagged a few ideas beginning with the chestpiece, but wanted a helm that matched as well.  It actually didn’t take long before I had put together Robes of the Exalted from Stratholme and the Augural Shroud.

I was really pleased when Frozen Shadoweave Shoulders were a good fit, but the hand slot irked me.  Unless there is a set that’s restricted to Mage or Priest, there are no Cloth gloves that are white.  Some are nearly white with coloured tips, but that’s as close as you get.  After a bit of toying around I put together Belly Rubbers and Wristguards of Tranquil Thought.  I capped things off with Gnomish Rocket Boots (she is an Engineer).

But then I realized she had no belt on.  Gnome’s in a dress do not have a great belt location, let me tell you.  Getting this far, I was frustrated I might have to scrap the works, because of the belt and how out of place it was.  Then I came across the Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, which made it look like something hemmed right into the dress and life was good again.

To complete the outfit, I realized in this case a staff wouldn’t look right.  So it was going to be dagger and off-hand.  Right away I decided on the Star-Heart Lamp, and then thought Fang of Oblivion offset it incredibly well and the look was complete.  What do you think?  Innocent?  Success?

Now when it came to Naeda, I didn’t even ask her what she wanted done.  For starters, my wife has had the bow from Prince Malchezaar for…well, a very very very long time.  So I was damn sure putting that to use.  I wanted something that also made the bow stand out (as it should).  When I came across Mail of Crimson Coins, I knew just how the whole outfit needed to look.

I added in the Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale but wasn’t completely happy with how they looked with the chest, but the Amber Filigreed Shirt fills in those concerns perfectly (and is better than the Ironforge Shirt because this one leaves the chest open).  Khan’s Gloves were also made for this build.

I had a number of options for the legs, actually.  But I went with Leggings of the Bloodless Knight, and added the very simplistic Talhide Lined-Boots for the feet, and then Fiery Chain Girdle for the waist.

Now the last couple outfits haven’t called for a cape, but for this I most assuredly wanted one.  I began to scroll through and see what would fit, and again I found the cape that belongs.  I couldn’t remember if Naeda had done the Thrall quest chain (and her armory cloak suggests that’s not the case), so Mantle of Fury is available for her to get and completes the look perfectly.

Here’s a shot of her from the back, showing off the Mantle of Fury properly.

So there you have it.  Two more toons “pimped out” as my generation might say.   I say might, because I’ve lost track of whether it came before, during, or after my generation.  It’s not too terribly important.  What is, is that hopefully Mrs. Amateur is pleased with at least one of the two outfits (and truth be told I’m incredibly happy with the Hunter).

Transmog By Race Part III: Gnomes

Welcome to the third instalment of my outfits for each race, based on their class and roles I envision them in.  Today, we’re off to Gnomeregan.

Part I: Dwarves
Part II: Tauren

Gnomes actually have the least amount of class options, even after getting the Priest class in Cataclysm.  Despite their technical dependencies I managed to create a few outfits that weren’t reliant on said technology.

Starting with the Priest, I just couldn’t get a feel for them healing or being even remotely disciplined.  Don’t get me wrong, it takes a focus to build the devices they create, but otherwise they come across as a frantic type of race.  So that left Shadow, which I had no problem with.  I went with the approach of a “Shadow Mage.”

Gnome Rogues are a much easier lot to deal with, since they’re pretty straightforward.  Using their size to their advantage, Gnomes can stealth about like nobody’s business.  But, with their technology, they could also prove quite useful in the dungeon just as I pictured the dwarf doing.  So, for the Rogue we have two outfits.  Again, the first is your standard “assassin” or “thief” type of Rogue.

The second Rogue is the trap disabling, dungeon delver.  The key for me was the Twinblade weapon as at a glance it could pass for a set of cutters.

I had zero difficulty buying into Gnomes as Mages.  Being Masters of the Arcane is easy enough to grasp, and I would think the Gnomes wiser lot that might lack the Engineering prowess would wield Magic instead.  This Gnome falls under that (and thus isn’t spec specific).

As we’ve established in the series, Warriors come in all shapes and sizes and things are no different for the Gnomes.  When all was said and done, I came up with a trio of Warriors from the Peacebloom-sized race.  The first is a result of the Gnomeregan technical capacity, playing on the Engineering ability of them.

The second Warrior plays off the Gnome a bit again.  I pictured having that Warrior with you that you could feed a tonne of coffee beans to, throw him in the middle of the fray and just watch him go haywire (no Dance Desire).  I was really pleased with the colours this combination ended up with.

Finally, for all the grief players give Gnomes (and the other races of Azeroth), I honestly believe if Varian sent out the call for aid, the Gnomes would answer.  In a time of war, there would be a choice few that would step forward and suit up for Stormwind.  Of course, the armor would still be a little bit big.

Last, but not least…Warlocks.  There’s a reason Gnomes aren’t Hunters.  They’d be lunch for 90% of any pet that could be tamed.  Yet, I’m intrigued with how they could possibly control demons.  In pondering that simple concept, I came up with two possibilities.  Either they imprisoned them or they weren’t real in the first place.  The first option meant I needed to go a little darker for a Gnome.  Also, I thought back to the interrogation quest in Borean Tundra, except with Demonic flavour.

The second Warlock possibility is the demons they summon simply aren’t real.  That means they aren’t Warlocks, but Illusionists.  This outfit, I very much enjoyed building and before you ask -the book model in her hand was very much deliberate.

Despite having but five classes, I still managed to put together nine interesting outfits.  I’m really happy with how each one turned out.  When I started, I expected several looks that relied much more heavily on Engineering.  That it didn’t go that way was a pleasant surprise.  We’ll have to see what surprises come about in part four when I present the tattered garments of the Forsaken.

Friday Top 5: NPC Gnomes

They’re easily the subject of the most jokes in the game, and people seem to either love them or hate them.  They are the Gnomes of Azeroth and they’re the subject of today’s top five.  While Gnomes are colorful and seem to draw attention wherever they roam, they’re not at the forefront of the lore outside of the Gnomeregan/Ironforge area.  Still, there are a few worth talking about.

5. Millhouse Manastorm
Players who started during Cataclysm, or even Wrath, might not get the full picture of Millhouse.  Those players would know him as the Gnome you chase through The Stonecore.  Older players might wish they left him to rot in The Arcatraz.  That’s where Manastorm first appeared, as a prisoner.  To this day, his lines in the final fight are among the best in the game.

4. Breanni
Not necessarily as lore impacting as most Gnomes, Breanni deserves to be on the list just the same.  Located in Dalaran, Breanni runs the Magical Menagerie pet shop.  She also sends you achievement pets, and the Mr. Chilly penguin.  More importantly, her and her shop are a direct tribute to Warcraftpets.com, easily the best and most comprehensive non-combat pet website on the internet.

3. Mekgineer Thermaplugg
Nevermind seeing him means you’ve finally reached the end of Gnomeregan, he’s villain numero uno to the Gnome race. His tale is a tragic one, and of course that’s only if you believe jealousy, greed, and manipulation are grounds for tragedy.  Well, they would be if he didn’t commit all of them.  Short story long, Thermaplugg was a genius inventor with ambitions of being the true king of the Gnome race.  When the council picked someone else, he kinda lost it.  Heck, there’s even rumours he caused the Trogg invasion in the first place.

2. Silas Darkmoon
The last name says it all, as Silas is the mind behind the Darkmoon Faire. If you really want to understand this Gnome, I recommend reading Blood Runs Thicker – a story involving the crew of the Faire. You really see Silas’ personality.  Otherwise, thank him when you visit the Faire at the start of each month.  You can find him strolling about with his bodyguard Burth.

1. Gelbin Mekkatorque
Who else could it possibly be?  The High Tinker himself has done more for his people than anyone else in their history.  Or at the very least, has had to helm the Gnomes against most of their adversity.  The original fall of Gnomeregan was unfortunate, and he really felt responsible for it.  It weighed heavily, and despite the fact his former friend was the driving force behind it happening, Mekkatorque worked diligently towards his goal of getting the city back.  Prior to Cataclysm, having the opportunity to fight alongside him in taking back the Gnomeregan was a great moment.