Hail and Howdy All,
I want to give you an apology to everyone right from the start. I accidently hit the publish button instead of the “Save as Draft” button. It’s late, I’m tired, and I made a mistake. This post wasn’t even remotely close to being finished. I needed to add my pictures and links to it and re-read it, revise it, and then revise it some more. However, I have no idea how to take it down without deleting it. So until I give it a quick finish, it will appear a lacking a bit.
Since I’m still trying to keep up with the challenges set forth with the Newbie Blogger Initiative and because it’s a holiday weekend here in the United States, this post will be somewhat short :) The topic for week 4’s NBI challenge is, “Learn Something New” where new bloggers go out into the wilds of the world to learn something new, then come back and write a simple post about it. Sounds like fun, eh? Well, I’ve actually done two new things so I’ll give you a rundown on both.
“Learn Something New” #1
For my first challenge, I wanted to do something different, something completely new to me, and something that took some guts or bravery on my part. I wanted a true test of how far I could go with taking on a challenge, and yet I wanted it related to topics on this blog. So I chose to do the farthest thing from my mind that I would ever consider…ever! You might have guess it…I decided to roll a mage. When your done laughing, here is my personal goal: roll a mage and try get it to level 20 just to see how the other side
can stand it lives. Yes, I chide and kid on our dopey mage friends, but it’s all in good fun. Besides, if it wasn’t for mages who would buy up all those bright, ugly and flowery pastel green level items I sell on the AH that I’m making such a great profit on? No one that’s who!
First, I had to decide on what side to create one. Would it be Alliance or Horde? I sat at the character screen clicking around on the Alliance side. I’m kinda goofy and picky when it comes to the toons I select. I’m sure many of you are the same way, tweaking and playing around until the character and its style appeals to you. For me, the animation along with the look of the character has to feel just “right”. Well, after having tried a human, gnome, dwarf and a worgen mage…nothing felt right. Now before I get tons of hate mail from my Alliance friends let me explain why.
The human male didn’t appear too passionate in what he was doing, I’m thinking it might have been because his robe looked like a skirt, or maybe being a human male and a mage was too embarrassing even for a cartoon? I don’t know why it felt odd and I couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong. The human females weren’t bad, but since I have a human female warlock already, I didn’t feel right making another human female, even if it was a mage. It would have felt awkward to me like I was cheating on my spouse or something.
The animations of the
yard Gnomes weren’t bad. The tiny characters looked like they were really trying to cast spells with some feeling and passion, so I was hopeful. My only problem with trying to play the Gnome race was when I thought about what would happen if I decided to level this toon later on. Knowing I couldn’t just throw out all my sense of self-dignity I had to pass. Although, I must admit the idea of dressing one up like a North Pole Elf for Winter’s Veil Celebration made me giggle but that is what…two or three weeks only per year? So, I had to pass on the Gnomes. Once I hit the delete button the Oompa Loompa song from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stopped playing in my head. Excuse me a sec…*shudders*…just writing about that made me re-live that feeling over again, sorry! If you like Gnomes though, you might want to check out a new friend of mine, Gnomegates.
Dwarf males weren’t too bad IMHO either, but their facial features made them appear as if they suffered from irritable bowel syndrome. Maybe it’s their mainstay diet of Alterec Swiss Cheese, or all the Dwarven Ale and food during the beer festival makes them constipated? The female counterparts of the male dwarves didn’t appear to enjoy what they were doing much either when I’d let them launch off a spell. Worse yet, all I could think of when watching mine run around was that someone invented support bras for a reason. OMG I felt bad for her, it looked painful! Yes, I can get “jiggy” with it from time to time, but for daily life…I’m all about comfort. So I had to pass on the Dwarfs.
Worgens, even though they look very cool (I love dogs IRL), have one of the strangest casting animations in all of Azeroth. To me, it looks like they are throwing up. It’s odd, they wave their hands around their tummies then throw their face and hands forward in one quick heaving motion. Plus, like Draenei, they have tails. Tails and capes do not bode well with Transmog. Instead of a cape draping nicely around the backside looking regal, any tails on a toon make the fabric stick out at a weird angle. So after passing by the Worgen, my last hope with the Alliance fell on the Night Elf characters.
The male Nelf characters I could live with, but let us be honest, their animations are less than desirable. In fact, their animations are quite boring to me. No wonder so many people roll Nelf Hunters. I’m sure having a bow and a pet would have made the character appear much more threatening in his appearance. The female Nelf, on the other hand, had it all going for her. She looked like a Barbie Adventure doll. Her animations appeared as if she meant business when it came to inflicting some Rdps, and her running didn’t hurt to watch. Everything was going great until I reached level 8 (or was it 9?) and made my way into to Teldrassil, Right here, let me just stop and say that it has been a while since I’ve leveled a new toon and I’m surprised how fast I could ding in levels. I think it took roughly one hour and I was almost level 10. Not bad at all for such a short time sink.
So there I was, a new female Nelf mage ready to take on the world entering the mighty capital city of my race. I went by the AH, bought a couple of cheap greens and then headed over to the bank of Teldrassil underneath the great tree. If the great tree’s carvings of the bear or eagle could have separated themselves from that tree bark and fled, I’m sure they would have done it. At the base of the great tree bank, I came upon a frightening sight. At first, I was in shock because I didn’t think anyone would be in Teldrassil. I just remember Teldrassil being deserted the like the Blood Elf capital city of…Oh, what’s that name again? Shadow Moon Valley? No, that’s not it. Shadow Council? Nope that’s a faction. Oh yeah, Silver Shadow City! (Er…you know what I mean, that one town that looks like a big birthday cake in a Dr. Seuss book)
There, for any and everyone to see, were several female Nelf toons mailbox dancing with no clothes on while a level 18 worgen and a level 16 male gnome cheered them on. OMG! I stopped, watched in horror for a moment and then immediately logged off. This was a new server to me, and maybe there that sort of behavior you can get away with doing. Maybe, I just had too much of a warlock in me because I’m too used to setting a standard, not lowering them? Geez louise, the toons they were dancing for weren’t even at the game’s cap level. Bah! So much for self degradation. I can only tolerate so much…
Moving along to the Horde side I had a few choices: Orc, Undead, Troll, Belf or Goblin. Orcs and Trolls are very nice choices but the thought of running around the Barrens again to level made me queasy. Yes, I know it’s been divided up but it’s still questing in Barrens. Ally players won’t get that joke but Horde side players will. So that left me with the choice of Belf, Undead or Goblins. I like the idea of creating either Belfs, the blondes or the brunettes. Both look good in robes and both have acceptable hairstyles which helps with Transmogging since I could wear both a helmet or not. Once again I shuddered thinking about having to level up again in that one place…Um what’s the name again? Shadow Moon Valley? Er….Sorry…you know, the Belf starting area where no one goes or can find. I did that zone on my huntress so once was good for me.
Trolls are appealing to me and I don’t know why. I guess it’s because they are so ugly, they are cute to me. I tried a male troll for about 1/2 hour. Even though he looked great, like the male Nelf toon, his animations as a caster just didn’t work for me. It wasn’t as bad as the worgen casters, but it was like the male human caster where I just couldn’t put my finger on why I didn’t like it. Male Trolls however, look much more foreboding doing the melee animations anyway IMHO. I could have created a female Troll, but I have one who’s a shaman already and the animations were the same. So that left me with choosing the Undead. Since my current undead warlock is female this left me with only one clear choice.
I rolled a male Undead mage and he’s now at level 8. I promise to stick with my plan and get him to level 20 and I’ll let all of you know what I think.
“Learn Something New” #2
Due to my career, I travel quite frequently and podcasts help pass away the many hours behind the wheel. Needless to say, I listen to A LOT of podcasts. One of the things I have noticed is that many of the WoW podcasts have short segments at the end of them. The topics of these segments vary: some talk about addons, some talk about tanking, some discuss vanity pets, etc., The one thing I haven’t heard a short segment on is warlocks. This got me to pondering as to why not. Warlocks are a great class despite their problems and we have a lot to say and discuss.
So, to learn something new, I’ve decided I would attempt to make a few “short spots” or “segments” concerning warlocks and if they aren’t too bad, maybe I’ll send them off to a couple of the WoW podcasters and see if they would consider using them on their shows. Like this blog, I have never done something like that before so I’ll be a total and complete noob. I’m not sure how to do it yet, but I have been reading up on it.
A suggestion from one of my guildmates, who runs a well-known WoW Podcast (I’m keeping them anonymous in case anything I submit is really bad), I’ve downloaded and installed the audio editing software called, Audacity. I’ve played around with it so far, and if there is one thing I’ve learned, like viewing my own pictures, hearing my voice is PAINFUL. Utterly horrid! Since my voice sounds so terrible, I’m going to have to learn how to manipulate the sound files to make them more acceptable for others to hear. I’m not sure if it will be up to the sound quality of Revngeek or Johnny Feisty (two other guildies of mine), but I’m going to try :)
Now, I’m open to suggestions from my reading audience. What topics about warlocks would you like to hear on podcast? Addons? Transmogging? Making fun of mages? New Beta stuff? If there is anything in particular you would like to hear, please let me know.