Now that Liouxpold is 100, I feel like I can hold my own bounding about in more recent old content, namely Pandaria. We had talked about it before but I wanted to wait until I had hit the century mark to head out with Tome. Finally our schedules were able to coincide that we could actually follow through on the idea, if only for a little while. Since I had only healed a couple of Pandaria dungeons and she hadn’t seen much of them either, we decided to tackle them together. We could probably each solo them, but discovery is always more fun with a friend.
We decided to do them in order from lowest to highest and as you can see…very little issue. I suppose two 100’s will have that effect in most places, particularly the lower level dungeons. So we have three down, and three to go (plus the revamped vanilla ones) before we test our mettle against the raids. I’m sure most people have long completed these tasks, but for the two of us it will be fresh and fun. Oh, I also promise to get Catwynn in a few pictures.
I know I have been rather quiet as of late. In fact, even my gold making series died faster than it started. In large, that was due to a busy second half of September. I’ll admit disappointment simply because I would have loved to see how I actually ended up. But, alas, it was not to be. Instead I’ll know that I can easily make the money to continue playing (so long as the darn tokens don’t continue to rise in price!).
As you can see, I haven’t been idle in what time I have had. Liouxpold is the second member of the Army to hit 100, and first among the Alliance. While he’s never been one of my front of the line toons, I remember thinking all along that he should be the one to do so for Draenor. So that’s the case. Tum and Siori are in Draenor with him, but how fast they level is hard to say. Liouxpold has spent his early days at level cap hanging out with a Cat friend. But more on that later.
I received the annual notice from WordPress today with the number crunchings from the last 365 days. Given that I spent many of them nowhere near authoring anything around here, I was still pleasantly surprised. The site averaged over 5 thousand visitors a month which, again for someone who wasn’t posting anything, is great to see as it means what I have written over time is still useful or relevant.
I knew the review would come and I had been looking forward to it just to see how it looked. My hiatus dropped the traffic immensely and so has not posting as much (ok, almost nothing) transmogrification ideas. It happens to be one of those things I just haven’t been able to take the time to do. Since coming back I’ve been too busy with my WoW time.
But as the new year kicks off, I’m still pleased to see so many have maintained interest and in some cases come back to reading this blog after I resumed writing it with some regularity again. Hopefully you’ll continue to enjoy reading as I continue to enjoy writing. I wish you all the best this year and if you have a curiosity that needs fixing, some of the details for the blog can be found below.
Here’s an excerpt:
Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
With a little bit of pet battling, I hit level 90 on Tumunzahar. It was a good feeling, and a strange feeling. I think because I returned at such a high level to begin with, it didn’t really feel like a huge accomplishment. Perhaps it’s due to the fact I really didn’t feel Pandaria and viewed the last few weeks as nothing more than getting ready for Draenor. I have another theory as well, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
If you look at the picture, you’ll see that Tum is standing in front of the Pet Battler in Shadowmoon Valley. I took great pleasure in doing the daily, and kicking his arse for the monumental ding. When I first found him, I beat him with ease. When he turned into a daily, it took six tries. Hate his pets. So, yes, I relished the moment (which I attribute to the pet generosity of Tome, by the way). There is much more significance to me choosing that location though. You see, man,y many, many, many, many moons ago, I hit the level cap for the very first time. Level 70, with Siori, and yes that’s the zone I did it as well. So I felt the need to come full circle and do it again.
Except, I didn’t.
For the first time since I started playing World of Warcraft, I did not hit the level cap with Siori. I’ve always gone through the game with her blazing a path and the rest of the crew following behind (at various paces, of course). She was the one to see everything first. Heck, if not for a nap she would’ve been world first Rogue to 80 in Northrend. I think that’s where part of this odd feeling comes from. It just seems out of sorts for someone such as myself who settles in to a certain way of doing things. But, she remains retired. Oh, she still “makes with the stabby-stabby” as Mrs. Amateur would say. But her heading to new worlds and such ended back when she watched the fleet leave for Pandaria in the first place.
So now that I’m 90, what now? I know Shoryl and Mrs. Amateur spoke of scenarios, while there’s dungeons I haven’t seen and a few easy pets I haven’t caught. There’s always learning the panther mount recipes, or seeing where the level 90 quests lead me lore wise. For Tumunzahar, time will tell.
For the rest, it’s hard to say. Liouxpold has landed in Pandaria, and seems to enjoy gallivanting about with his pets, not to mention I think Tum has relayed a few more. There’s also a Horde presence with Saintvache and even another Priest in Paramita. Do I level Logard so that he’s ready for the return to his homeland? Perhaps someone lower will step up in their adventures.
Ah, the joys of altitis and the time between expansions.
Yes, it’s that time of year again. For our American friends it’s Thanksgiving Day. I’ve never understood the choice of date, but that might be just me. Whatever the case may be, it’s a day of parades, football, and the eve of shopping season. For us Bloggers, it’s a time to give some thanks as well.
This year was a bit tricky for me. I thought about doing something similar to the inaugural event in 2011 when I parodied Billy Joel’s Piano Man. But the more I thought of it, the more the “sequel” would just seem lazy or at the very least unoriginal. I also thought about giving thanks to the anonymous bloggers responsible for me being able to pass through Pandaria as I get ready for Draenor. While I have a suspects list, none of the sneaky buggers have ever come forward. Part of me also wanted to thank the people who continued to read AA even while I was barely writing Posthumous. It’s appreciated that every time I post a new chapter I seem to gain a couple of followers. Then there’s the incredible reception I got when I came back to the game this month. In-game, comments here, and e-mails. It was a really amazing feeling.
I really couldn’t decide on any of those things as the focus for this, and actually came to the conclusion rather quickly that there was something else I wanted to do entirely. There’s a fellow blogger I wanted to thank instead. Praise, really. Forget some of the little things she’s done for me outside of the game (which I am grateful for, of course), from a strictly blogging perspective thanks needs to be given to Tome of the Ancient.
First off, if you’re under a rock and have never read her blog I will happily wait while you go check it out. Right now. Go.
Okay, so you no doubt enjoyed that, right? Of course you did. It’s because Tome has an incredible way of entertaining the reader in such a way that it really feels like she’s telling you these things over a cup of coffee. Yes, she can be a little self-deprecating with it, but it’s still done with such a flavour that you are chuckling along with her, never at her.
Each of her characters has flavour, has personality, and she captures it so well. Sometimes it’s with pride, occasionally frustration…often times with a big old *facepalm.* But when you read it, you understand it completely. But that right there is the key, and often times you don’t even realize it.
Look at many of Tome’s posts and you’ll see the things I’m talking about. But look at them closer, and you’ll find something even more important: information. Genuine details to the game itself. Sure, it isn’t raid numbers, or crit rating, but it is straightforward nuggets of info. Often times you absorb that information and don’t even realize it. Words cannot begin to describe that kind of writing.
In all of the blogosphere, I don’t know of any writer like Tome. She’s a one of a kind. As a person, I’m incredibly glad to have her as a friend. As a reader, though, I’m thankful that I (and many others) have her as a source of unique wisdom.
Whether she wants to admit it or not. ;)
For the first time since Mists launched, I finally feel connected to the game again just from this trailer. Can’t say whether it will ignite a return, but be damned anyone doesn’t want to bring down Garrosh.