Sunday, October 23, 2011

Favourite Blizzcon Moments

Blizzcon was an impulse buy.  With The Wayward Initiative besties doing guild chat live updates I wanted in on the action.  It proved to be one of the best things I did all weekend!  Live streaming at home meant no lines, no one walking in front of the screens or blocking views and, more importantly, I did the whole thing without pants! 

So here are my highlights of the weekend in no particular order:

Mists of Pandaria: After watching the panel on the new expansion and seeing the concept art and new changes I'm not worried.  Who doesn't love cuddly pandas? I've said it a million times this weekend but I just want to poke their chubby bellies and squish their faces!  Kung Fu Panda similarities aside it's obvious that Blizzard is excited for it and has put a lot of time and thought into it.  However, it doesn't mean that I'm not not going to make fun of it. /bangs gong.

WoW Annual subscription.  Okay - we all know about it, but I got a little teary eyed with excitement as Mike Morhaime made the announcement.  It's dorky I know, but I felt like we were getting something for our continued patronage.  A free game, a beta key and a mount - it's a lot for what most of us are already paying for on a yearly basis.

Jay Mohr! Jay Mohr was on my "List" in university and I like that we're both fat now.

Jazzed historian: Shawn Copeland! Mostly an inside joke but every time he was on stage it felt like he was trying to motivate us about how awesome his job is.  He wanted us to be as jazzed as was and jazz us in the face.

Geeking out over Christie Golden.  She wrote Lord of the Clans in 6 weeks.  SIX WEEKS!  That is very impressive for such a great book.

Dude in the paladin costume.  This appeals to the RPer inside of me: HAWT!

Live Raid: Come on! It was probably the most thrilling event of the Con to watch.  I have never seen those boss fights and pitting Horde against Alliance really appeals to the competitor in me.  I felt that Blood Legion was fighting for my love and for the honour of the Horde. With the race so close I was glued to my seat!  Even more impressive was just seeing what hardcore raiding is like.  They did in an hour what our guild can do in about two expansions. Grats to Blood Legion! FOR THE HORDE!

The FooFighters show and Dave Grolh signing those fab tits.  Hey - a girl can be appreciative of them too.

Probably one of the best discoveries about Blizzard was finding out that Cory Stockton was the most adorable WoW developer ever! (call me!)

Live streaming Blizzcon was a lot of fun. I'm sure that it would have been sweet to experience it first hand but it was great to be able to switch back and forth between panels.   It was cool to be able to watch along with all the tweeters at home and especially fun to make catty commentary with Chawa and Regis.  We're currently rewatching the Lore Q&A from yesterday as I type this and showing these nerds NO MERCY.
Now that it's over and I've identified the cute boys, I'll leave it up to the real blogs to give actual content from Blizzcon but I can't leave without sharing a rainbow! Here's a bonus shot from the Diablo III/Auction House panel!  I don't know anything about Diablo, but it's got my attention...!

See you next year Blizzcon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Expansion Wish List

Thought I would offer my little thoughts and hopes for what I would like to see the next expansion what ever it might be.
Turalyon and Alleria! Despite my dedication to the Horde as it is now, I loved how these two fought against the possessed horde as well as their feelings for each other. We last see them follow Ner'zhul through a portal but they never materialize.  If they came back to the game I would probably level an alliance toon just to see them.
Thrall:  Thrall needs to come back and depose Garrosh as Warchief.  I only consider him now to be a substitute Warchief.  Probably why I never listen to him, talk through his speeches and throw paper airplanes over his head.  I suspect that we will see Garrosh act selfishly to save the Horde just like his father and die in an act of heroism which will make me feel bad about how much I hate him now.
New faction: I would like to have a third faction which was neutral to Horde and Alliance.  That way I could enter into the cities and not be pummelled by guards and players.  I just want to take a look around and see how the other side lives.  And sometimes while playing battlegrounds I wish I could shiv, stunk or spank some of my fellow players for being jackasses.
More mail dresses for hunters! 
and um...more achievements?
Of course there are tons more but I'm trying to get this up as fast as I can before they announce the actual expansion and the Diablo III date and all this becomes mooooot.
Happy Blizzcon weekend! 
Hello Tauren

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oh Blog, I could never quit you.

It's been so long that I've posted here regularly that I've stopped drafting "Farewell and thanks for reading/Turn out the lights on your way out" posts. This blog has served its purpose of being the place I can spread the happiness my guild, The Zug Initiative, has given me on to you: my dear, faithful readers and fellow Warcraft blog addicts. I thought I would just let it exist in its own little way and visit from time to time to reflect on my journeys through Azeroth.


It would appear that my rainbow bucket is near full again and I can't not share with you all the happy times I have in the game. With all the guild drama, bitching, and awful PuGs out there sometimes you need a little unicorn chaser to balance things out.

So let's play a little bit of catch up.

The summer did not yield too much raiding, if any. We did do some old timey achievements such as a full Naxx clear as well as killing our server's namesake, Kael'Thas (fiiiinally). The mount even dropped and [Enhancement Shaman] won the roll! It was one of those I'm really happy you got it but I wish it was meeeeeee moments.

There has been some PvP. Oh yes. PvP right in my face. I hadn’t entered a BG for about a year and when Regis/Chawa asked if I would like to join them it was like awakening a monster inside of me. I'm sorry Alliance, I know that there are nice players behind the faction but I cannot get enough of killing you. I've also come around from scowling at the BG call outs such as "OMG U SUCK" and "dis is why ally win" etc to finding it hilarious. Picturing them sitting in their room just seething as they violently mash out their frustrations for lack of defence or killing healers- well it makes me chuckle.

In other alt news I levelled a warrior solely through questing as a spin off project from Dechion's LFD only levelling experiment and rerolled a troll rogue which I'm having a lot of fun with. She just dinged 60! Maybe I’ll write more on her later and levelling through Eastern Kingdoms vs. Kalimdor (because one was faster than the other).

Okay, that's enough to go on for today. It's Friday and I think that we're going to the Firelands tonight/Sunday! Hooray!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hello Tauren: Squee Edition

You know when something is so awesome that you can't stop looking at it? Well hold onto your wizard hats because I'm about to share with you something very special....

We have this guild member, see? And she's a really great artist, see? And she's very, very, very cool, see?

It was during guild chat that the subject of rainbow-barfing unicorns came about ('natch). Which turned into a rainbow-barfing Tauren which turned into riding unicorns and shooting rainbows in general. I half jokingly asked if Sebyr would take a simple request of a Tauren riding a unicorn shooting a rainbow from a bow. More specifically my Tauren.

You know, the usual type of thing. Oh, and could he be wearing a dress too? Pacheco loves dresses.


Ask and ye shall receive....

Behold! Pacheco, the Tauren Hunter on a unicorn mount shooting a rainbow from his new PvP bow, wearing a red dress! Just look at him! LOOOOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!

The fabulousness and awesomeness and utter fantasticness of this work of art I could have never imagined. She captured him perfectly! The hair, the ring, the bow, the dress! THE FLOWERS!!!!! Those kill me! I have been staring at this photo for the last few days now and every time it fills me with sunny beams and sparkles!

So I want to give huge thanks to Sebyr for working so hard on my request. It's now my desktop as well as a framed photo on my nightstand, (sorry Archie - consider your ginger mug replaced)! I am in awe of your talent and I hope we see more of your art in the future! /hug!

/Hello Tauren is forever on a unicorn, shooting a rainbow and filled with happiness