Monday, 31 August 2015

The Grand Finale - Blaugust day 24


The grand finale. It's been a race, it's been a marathon, but the last day of August (and thus Blaugust) is here.
It has been a hell of a crazy month for me. I landed my first real fulltime job (that will probably end this friday), I've had a really busy social life and I've had to re-evaluate myself and some of the goals I set while under pressure of time.

I have realized that my heart still belongs to World of Warcraft, even though I might critique and say goodbye to the game every now and then. I have started a crazy Heroes of the Storm project, that I do want to see through! I've gotten better at Hearthstone and have enjoyed playing some Super Mario Bros. on my 3DS again. I have evolved from a hardcore "I want to do it all" player to a more casual one with gaming taking up a much smaller role in my life for the time being. And surprisingly enough I'm more than fine with that.
Looking back to the start of the month, I might have set a bit too ambitious gaming goals for myself. I've barely been able to keep up with most of them and I've really only done the WoW and Hearthstone ones and I'm cool with that. I will re-evaluate my goals for September in my next post, probably being a lot less ambitious, and strive to complete as much as those as I can. Some will be a repeat performance (like getting rank 20 on Hearthstone), others will be new... But I won't spoil just yet.

Next to my own gaming and blog adventures I have discovered a lot of new blogs and new people. It's been a blast reading all of you. Even if I couldn't actually read ALL of you. You are all amazing people and keep on doing what you're doing!

I am a bit sad that I didn't make blogging all 31 days of August. I missed out on exactly seven days. However the reasons that I have been unable to blog all bring smiles to my face and thus it was worth it. Daily blogging might not really be my thing, but I have enjoyed blogging regularly and, by some of the really kind and positive comments I have gotten throughout the month, I think you readers have enjoyed my blog aswell.
I like to keep going strong and blog regularly after the Blaugust madness is over. I really don't want to fall back to only one or two posts a month, I have way too much to say for that.
For now though. Goodbye Blaugust!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Dance, Dance, Dance - Blaugust day 23

I'm writing this post feeling super tired. There was a really big dance festival near where I live yesterday and I went there with a good friend of mine and we literally danced the day and night away. I think I've been on my feet for about 9 hours, counting the walk to and from the trainstation aswell. I haven't been this tired in ages and I haven't felt this great in ages.
The atmosphere was fantastic, the people were great and the music was good enough to keep you on your feet constantly. Which isn't that hard seeing as there were about 6 stages to choose from. We were really lucky with the weather aswell, it was nice and sunny, not too hot and not too cold. No wind. Barely any clouds. There was beer, there was good food. All in all it was just a great day.

The funny thing is, after everything was over and done and I was laying in bed, the only thing I really wanted was to go home and spend some time behind my PC. Check out the new Diablo 3 season, play some Hearthstone and/or Heroes or just chat with some of my online friends, which I haven't talked too that much since getting my job. I really needed a day to wind down and just relax with some of my comfortable games. After writing my previous post, and the kind comments I've gotten on it, I realized that I'm still able to do all that I want and I should just stress less about everything. It's not horrible if I miss out on an evening of games because I'm tired. It's not horrible if I do other stuff. Gaming doesn't define me, but it's still my favourite pastime.

Seeing as I'm out of the house/on the road more often I've been playing a lot more mobile games. I've had the Simpsons Tapped Out installed on my phone since forever and ofcourse there is Hearthstone which I can play on the go. But I also installed Fallout Shelter (and am sucking horribly at it) and the Final Fantasy portal app which comes with a Triple Triad game for free! It has really helped me get better at Triple Triad and I hope I can use those skills to finally get into it in FFXIV.
Speaking of FFXIV. I have utterly failed at all the gaming goals I've set there. My WHM is level 46, my DRG doesn't even have enough esoterics yet to buy her chestpiece and I've barely touched the game at all. I guess I'm just a bit turned off by the time that it consumes when the only thing you want to do is run one or two dungeons. I really  need to figure out how to do this without me getting so annoyed with the game that I want to quit permanently, because for that I like the game way too much.

For now though I'm going to get a good night's sleep and get to work bright and fresh in the morning. So that I can zombie my way through heroic Hellfire Citadel in the evening.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Re-evaluating me - Blaugust day 22

As I started this crazy Blaugust journey I set some high standard Gaming goals for myself. I did these before knowing I would get a job that would get me out of the house for 4 days a week (and even 5 days next week). At the time I had all the time in the world to do what I wanted, I even felt bored and restless because I just couldn't find ways to fill my time and it was eating away at me.
Fast forward three weeks and I'm looking at myself in a completely different light. Now that I am finally entering the adult world of working I realize how much of my gaming is actually tied to me being bored. Now that I don't have the time to game as much anymore I feel much less of a draw to do so. When I come home I just want to relax, sit down, maybe head to the gym and watch some streams and that's it. I don't feel like picking up or opening any game whatsoever and it scares me.

I have identified myself as a Gamer Girl for about 10 years now, I've always had time to game with my school schedule being easy and never actually working for more than 8 hours (a saturday) a week. I had time and space to get into games, to not feel tired and to do whatever the hell I wanted,
But not anymore.
And now that I don't have that anymore, I've discovered that I'm not really that much of a Gamer Girl as I've always thought I was. I don't want to spend my weekends infront of my PC or console, just mindlessly grinding away at some game. I want to go out, see people, do things, enjoy life. I feel like I want to date again, to meet a great guy that I can spend my time with doing all kinds of things and not hang behind my PC anymore.

The weekend is my only real free time now and I don't want to spend it alone indoors. I'm an extrovert by nature (and a really extreme extrovert at that) and I'm always wanting to meet new people and do and see new things, challenge myself and be excited. Gaming doesn't really do that for me anymore and I'm seriously doubting more and more whether I should keep on logging onto my MMO's and other games. Ofcourse they are still a great pastime for the evenings when I'm tired and don't really want to do anything but sit on my ass. But even then I struggle to log in and be really engaged with anything I do.

Ofcourse all of this could also just be an initial rush of getting a job and suddenly have the freedom to do many things that I couldn't in the past. I've been saying yes to a lot of things because I have the money to do stuff now and I've been enjoying my time away from home. I haven't really settled into the job life yet (heading to bed on a fridaynight at 10pm because I'm exhausted kind of illustrates this) and I won't always have to fill my weekend with stuff to do.

Right now I just feel really at odds with who I am and what I want in life. A part of me is still that hardcore gamer that wants nothing more than to sit at home and play games all day. But a bigger, stronger part of me just wants to go out and enjoy the world and the wonderful people living in it. And games? Well, they will come around. Eventually.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Hearthstone Arena Run - Blaugust day 21


Today after a very long time I did an Arena run on Hearthstone again. I picked up a Paladin deck and, with the help of Heartharena.com, managed to put together a fairly decent aggro deck.
I haven't dabbled in Arena for a very long time. I'm still struggling to learn all the classes in Hearthstone (Paladin being one of few decks I have no experience with) and I'm still not very good at knowing what to do on what turn and when. I have a tendency to either go face too much or clear minions too much leaving me usually with an empty hand or an empty board. This results into many losses on my side.
It's one of the reasons I choose to focus on Priest and Druid since those are the two decks I've been playing the most and feel the most comfortable on. I really wouldn't know what a good draft is for any other deck, but this week I had no choice since all three champions were ones I wasn't comfortable on. So I consulted a friend, picked Paladin and went through a pretty long draft phase while tabbing back and forth to Heartharena to see which cards I should pick up. I did that all on Wednesday evening after the raid so I could focus on actually playing the Arena tonight.

The same friend who helped me discover Heartharena has also guided me through this particular Arena run. He is a good player, albeit a little inexperienced with Paladin, and he has been helping me out here and there. With his guidance (and me making misplays here and there) I managed to get this deck to a 4-3 arena run, which is about a 200% improvement over anything I ever did on my own. I got a nice TGT card pack and 75 gold as rewards and overall I feel a bit more confident in playing Arena as a whole.
With my friend guiding me I've gained a bit more knowledge on when to trade, when to play certain cards, when to go for face and that brainfarts are seriously bad.
All in all I'm pretty happy with the result though and I think I might want to try my next Arena run on my own. With enough practice I should be able to get a good result eventually right?

Ongoing game issues
Being almost fulltime (and fullitme next week) at work has shown me how utter impossible it is to keep up with two MMO's and a bunch of other games without some planning. Monday and Wednesday are my WoW nights since I raid then. Tuesday and Thursday should be my FF nights since I plan to coil then. This leaves me with only Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the rest of my games. Which is actually really sucky. It feels like my days and evenings fly by and I can't get enough time into games for it to be really satisfying. It doesn't really help that I go to bed at 23.00 every night, but I really can't stay up longer or I'll be a zombie at work.
It's messing with me and making me slightly cranky. I used to have all the time and freedom in the world to do what I wanted and that is gone now. I guess I really need to start planning my nights better or give up on raiding in one of my MMO's. And I really don't want to do the second...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Gaming at work - Blaugust day 20

Seeing as I have been and will be super busy these weeks, I've decided to put some time into playing Hearthstone while at work.
Seeing as I work "too fast" anyway it's not biggie if I take a few 5-10 min breaks playing it. Not only is this better for my general wellbeing (staring at a spreadsheet all day gets kind of exhausting), it also helps me rank up in the game and get rewards, all while getting paid.

It's a bit tricky though. I have my phone logged in on my secondary battle.net account at the moment and I have no cards whatsoever there. I don't remember why I logged that account, maybe because I thought it would be fun to get stuff on two separate accounts. I'll probably switch later tonight. But even on my main account I heavily lack cards. I don't really play as much as I should (I don't even have all my classes to level 10 yet) and I'm not really that good at the game, but it's a nice way to get through the day.

Right now I'm mostly focussing on playing Priest and Druid, which are also two of the shittiest decks to play when you lack cards. They are both control decks and require a sick amount of legendaries to work. Which I don't have. I hope by battling and unlocking wings in Naxxramas and Blackrock Mountain I will start getting a bit more on par with the rest of the playerbase.

Aslong as I can battle my way to rank 20 every month I'm happy. I love the monthly card backs that Blizzard designs and from rank 20 and up you also get a chest with goodies starting this month! I'm really curious to see what it nets me, although Blizzard already spoiled it a bit by saying they contain gold cards and dust.
I'm not sure if I should focus on another deck instead. I've had some experience with Paladin and Mage aswell... But I guess I have more than enough time at work to figure that out!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Heroes Heroes and more Heroes - Blaugust day 19



I've only done two things this weekend. Farm games on Heroes of the Storm and watch the LCS finals weekend for both EU and NA. I've cheered my heart out for Origen in the EU finals but alas it was not enough. However I'm more interested in the later game of today, which is CLG vs TSM. As a huge CLG fangirl (Doublelift forever!) I really hope they will finally win a split and qualify for worlds. I'm not sure if I can stay up and watch all of the games, but I do plan to watch atleast untill 1 AM!

As far as Heroes of the Storm goes. I swear the general population on that game is getting more and more dumb. People have no idea how to play together and often wander off solo... Getting themselves killed. It really boggles my mind in what universe you think it's OK to take on five other poeple by yourself, but I guess in their minds they are invincible and thus should be easily able to do this.
As far as champions go. You can see what is the f2p rotation this week. I've had Anub'Arak, Malfurion and Nazeebo in all my games so far. All strong champions if played correctly but unfortunately there's a lot of people still learning the game right now so I see a lot of horrible misplays... On both sides.

I do notice I get kind of complacent from playing Valla. I'm so used to being in the ranged role that having to play a Melee champion requires me to do a complete mindset switch. Right because of this I'm seriously considering picking up a Melee champion after I get my 100 games on Valla. Looking at the strong champions right now, and not wanting to pick up another Assassin, I will probably get either Leoric or Kharazim. They are exceptionally strong in the meta right now and both look ridiculously fun to play. I still need to play 90 more games on Valla however. She is level 6 now, my account is level 9. One more level should net me a 7 day stimpack aswell so I will definately use that to my advantage.
All in all I'm still massively enjoying myself in this game, even though I encounter a ridiculous amount of bad players. It's nice getting the tactics down and being able to direct a game and win. Close defeats are more fun than crushes, mostly because you get more experience for your account and hero the longer the game goes, but it feels so satisfying aswell to battle it out untill the bitter end.

So far I have zero regrets starting this project. I do need to figure out however how to balance my job, my heroes time and my MMO's.. And that's something I'm saving for a next post!

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Heroes Project - Blaugust day 18

Before I get to the real point of this post, I need to have a little rant about mothers, kids, and social media.
One of my best friends has a kid. I love the little spawn to death (number two is on the way by the way) and she posts a lot of pictures of her on Facebook and over Whatsapp. It's not a daily occurrence but often enough to make me roll my eyes a little. But I bite my tongue. There are parents who post much much more pictures of their spawn, often to the annoyance of a lot of people around them.
Now, posting pictures of your 3-4 year old kid is adorable. However making your 3-4 year old kid an own facebook account is where I go "What the hell?!". Obviously the kid itself is too young to decide on this and knowing who is the mother.. it's just a way for mommy to whore some more attention. And I feel sick by it. That you whore for attention on your own account is one thing. Don't use your kid to "ask" for even more. Kids that young have no place on social media and I don't think it's healthy for the kid in question to be known on the internet by first and last name on that young of an age. I can only see this go wrong, but I hope that won't be. Otherwise I'll feel even more bad for the kid in question...

The Real Subject
Right now that I have that off my chest. Heroes of the Storm. I finally managed to sit down and play for a bit on my main and my project account. Unfortunately I had an unlucky evening with a big losing streak. Out of 7 games played I only won 1. Usually after losing 3-4 games in a row I just call it quits. Losing streaks are never fun, especially when playing ranked games.  Most of the ones for this particular evening were caused by people just being terrible at picking working team compositions and then being even more terrible at the champion they pick. And in Heroes this is as much of a problem as in the other MOBA's. However where you can more or less carry a game solo on League of Legends if you're good enough this is just not possible on Heroes. The game is way too team and objective oriented and once you start getting behind it's really hard to get back and win. Especially on maps like Blackheart's Bay.
I decided I will do the quests given on my project account, simply to rack up the gold it gives. Which means I will have to deviate from only spamming one champion. I'm still planning to play atleast 100 games on Valla before focusing on a new champ, but I will take some "side trips" to other champions just to get my dailies done.

Speaking of Valla, I'm on 5/100 games now.
I'm still of the opinion that she is a great champion to play, albeit somewhat squishy. Her kit is good and I'm very fond of champions who have ways to escape when things get tough. I do notice the meta changing. With the latest three champions all being melee/warrior oriented I feel like Valla is in a tighter spot than she has been. Both Leoric and Butcher have a way to stick to champions aswell as the newly released Monk Hero: Kharazim. Right now I think they are all a bit broken in the sense that they all have a really great kit for getting in range of champions and they all have ways to have incredible self sustain, which makes them almost impossible to deal with. It also means that support champions are a bit obsolete healing wise. I guess Tyrande can really shine at the moment with her stuns, since the only way to stop these new champions is by CC'ing them...
It also makes me think about maybe picking one of them up after I do my 100 games on Valla. I'm usually not too fond of melee characters (Illidan being the exception) but I think I owe myself to atleast pick either Butcher, Leoric or Kharazim up. Just because they seem like powerhouses right now and a musthave for anyone who wants to play Heroes seriously.
With the weekend infront of me I should have some more time to play all my games, so this naturally includes Heroes aswell. I hope I can get up to 20/100 games on Valla. I'm not gonna set it as goal, but it is what I'm aiming for right now.
I'll keep you guys updated!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ska time! - Blaugust day 17


Every now and then I am in a silly mood and I need to listen to some British Ska. I really love the genre for it's wackyness and am heavily disappointed I wasn't around when it was a big thing. So for tonight I'm just putting on some Ska and have a happy evening. Which also includes Hot Butter - Popcorn, which seriously cheers me up after having a few crappy days.



All sillyness aside. There has been so much drama in my WoW guild the past week that I've lost all the will to log onto anything at all. People are annoying and take things the wrong way, and it's causing all kinds of crap. Add to it that I'm tired from work and all I want to do in my free time is lay down and sleep.
It's bumming me out. It's getting in the way of my plans and it's frustrating me. The only game I get some stuff done on is Hearthstone since I play that at work during offtime. This week's brawl is amazing btw but that's something different.
So yeah. Gaming wise everything has been slow. I've only been raiding with my WoW guild and other than that I've mostly been vegetating infront of my PC watching streams and random Youtube movies.
Before I descent into melancholy I will leave you all with one of the most brilliant comedians to have graced this world in the past 40 years. I hope my next post will be better!


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Raidleading... Again! - Blaugust day 16

Yesterday evening I found myself once again in an awkward position. I seem to attract that a lot. Maybe because I can't seem to keep my nose out of stuff that's not entirely my business. I just really don't like it when I'm a part of something that doesn't work because of people being stupid.
We have basically two leaders in our guild at the moment and they can't stand eachother. They are usually fighting and bitching and it influences the raid massively. One is a rager (he has a really bad temper) and will shout at everyone including himself. The other one is slightly autistic and not fit to be leader material in my opinion. I used to be the third leader, but due to circumstances I shed the officer mantle and just went back to being a raider.
Now, yesterday evening we had the usual attendance drama. People accept calendar invites and then either show very late without notice, or don't show at all. This has been an ongoing issues in our guild and yesterday Leader number 2 was sick and tired off it and logged off. After a lot of talking back and forth I got him to log back on again, albeit very grumpy.

From that point I decided to take up the raidleader mantle again. Our guild just needs someone to speak up on Teamspeak, to coordinate the group and the invites and to just make sure raiding is being done in a decent atmosphere.
I think I succeeded in that last night where there was for once no drama or bitching. We downed the five bosses we are familiar with, even getting someone entirely new to four of them through. People got loot, we wiped a few times, there were some laughs and it was all fine. But only because I once again decided to step up and step in. No one else in the guild can be bothered to do so and I hate it when there are minor issues that would prevent a raid from happening.

Our GM (who is retired and no longer counted amongst leadership) was already mocking me for stepping up again. Saying "I never change" and he is probably right. However I wouldn't have to step up if we had competent leaders who would do their job properly. But I guess I'm once again going to be the officer without an officer title. Simply because I just can't sit idly by watching needless drama happen.
And because when I lead, there is no drama, no shouting, no crying and no grumpyness. I feel like I can make a raid fun to be in, even for myself, and I guess that's what matters in the end. Right?

Monday, 17 August 2015

An Ambitious Project - Blaugust day 15

I made it halfway! Even if I'm two days behind, I'm now officially halfway through Blaugust. I hope to make another post later today, to catch up more, but for now I want to share with you an ambitious little project I want to start up. I hope I can actually commit to this, since I have really wanted to for a while and the familiar itch is once again itching so yeah.

Let's start off with the story so far. At some point in time I made a second battle.net account due to circumstance. I was in a bad place, fighting with a lot of people and I needed to be able to play my games anonymously. I was still very much into WoW at the time and decided to buy the base game (which now includes up untill MoP) for €5. It gave me a month of free play aswell and I was happy. Over time I forgot about this account as stuff went back to normal. I didn't really have a reason to play it anymore and shoved it on the shelf.

Since launch many more have been added ofcourse!

Fast forward a few months. I'm playing Heroes of the Storm quite a bit on my main account but feel like I've once again have made the mistake of just getting too many champions off the bat. I really only play Valla and Tyrande and battled my way to 40 on them mostly. I log in to do my daily quests to unlock more champions, but I really don't play any of them.
I consider myself a decent player, decent enough to carry a game on Valla or Tyrande if I have to and if my teammates aren't complete idiots, but I feel like I've "wasted" too many gold on this account. I bought a bunch of champions that I never play and thus am not good at and I feel a bit stuck.

Enter account number two. It's a fresh account. There are no bought champions on it yet and I haven't spent any money on this account, apart from paying that €5 for a WoW license. An idea begins to form in my head. What if I have an account where I can just focus on only the champions I really want to play? Spam super many games on them? Stay anonymous and solo and just battle my way up to max level and then through the ranks? So instead of owning a whole pool of champions I don't play, I just focus on mastering one at a time on this alternate account. Which I can then use on my main account aswell. It's safe. It's anonymous and I can spend as much or as little time on it as I wish.

And thus Project: Heroes is born. I want to pick up one champion at a time and master it. Spam 100 games in a row atleast. Learn the ins and outs on an account that nobody knows of and translate those skills into my main account. So that I can "carry" games better, get a better understanding of the game and it's different roles and hopefully master more champions than I have been doing now.
I really want to share this project on my blog because I really want to go through with it for once and instead of just having it in my head I am now making it public. And maybe it will help me make this happen.

I've already chosen the first champion of my Project..

Valla!

She is also already more or less my "main" champion on my normal account but due to me putting emphasis on my dailies I hardly get to play her. And getting a hold of her in Ranked games is very hard when you're not one of the first picks. So yeah. I'm planning to play 100 games on her. Just get to know her kit, experiment with her builds and get better than I have been so far. Maybe at the end of the 100 games I will buy a Master skin with gold (assuming I will be level 10), seeing as I feel like I've earned it then but I'm not sure yet. I'm not picking up another champion untill I've completed my 100 games on her.

I will add my progress of this project under the "gaming goals" page and will try to update about it in my blog posts aswell. I really hope I can stick to this! Because I'm sure it will help me get better at the game.
And before I get the obvious question: Why not do this on your  main account? I feel like my main account is a bit of a mess. I also feel like I can't really play anonymously or whenever I want since I have a big friends list and there's always someone online who I'm chatting with. I just want to focus on this, with a clean slate and no disturbances from anyone.



Sunday, 16 August 2015

Busy Little Bee - Blaugust day 14

Ugh, I had so hoped to not fail the Blaugust challenge. I was really looking forward to blogging everyday. But due to circumstance I managed to miss two days in a row. Bah!
Friday as I came home from work I was just completely exhausted. I crawled into bed after dinner with League of Legends on and basically watched that while half asleep... Before finally falling asleep at 22.00
Saturday has just been a blur for me. I had to pick up supplies for my best friend's babyshower in the morning and headed off to Amsterdam after that to see a friend who has hit a rough patch. I ended up staying there till about twelve, drinking beer at the Irish pub close to where she lives and generally having a good time. I wasn't really home until 1.00 AM and immediatly crawled into bed then aswell.
And today there was the babyshower and no real time for me to sit down and do anything untill I got home an hour before dinner.
So there you have the reasons I didn't really have the time to write anything at all this weekend. I've been superbusy and as consequence supertired aswell. But I finally managed to sit down now and discuss the things I've been doing.

Gaming Goals Progress
I managed to unlock the first wing of Naxxramas in Hearthstone today. Apparently I had won a 100 matches on my account across all types of games and that awards you with 300 gold. Which pushed me right over the 700 you need to open up a wing. So I did and ventured in to battle Anub'Rekhan, the first boss. Seeing as I've chosen to focus on two decks only (Druid and Priest) I picked my priest and prayed my healing spells would carry me through. Luckily I found it an easy boss to defeat, so I'm staring at the Grand Widow now.
Atleast I can scratch that goal off my to-do list!

As for the rest of the goals. I've barely logged any games this week. I've been absolutely shattered whenever I got home after work. So I've mostly sat around watching streams and series and not gaming at all. Which means that no I didn't get my Esoterics cap on Final Fantasy again and that my WHM is still poking about at level 45. I should really be playing now, but there is...

League of Legends Playoffs
My favourite game to watch: League of Legends. I basically root for two teams. One in EU (Elements) and one in NA (Counter Logic Gaming). Elements unfortunately had a bad season and didn't make it into playoffs, but CLG did and played their semifinals last night. It was a 3-0 and I could cheer for my team and had a great time watching it. The finals should be next week, and you can bet I'll be watching again. I really hope they win, it would be the first big prize they would get and I really think the team deserves it this year.

Anyway, I hope I can get back to posting everyday again this week. I hope work will leave me less exhausted and with more time to play than it does now. I really want to get my WHM to 50, so I'll probably make that a big aim this week, aswell as getting my Esoterics Chest on my Dragoon. But we will see.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

In Which I Rage - Blaugust day 13

Today I need to vent some issues about my new job. I've only been working for three days, but there's already some irritations that can turn into big issues in the long run if they don't get nipped in the butt.

My job is a temp one. It's basically based on a company needing people to complete a project before a deadline. In this case it's adding data to a google spreadsheet for articles from a big supermarket chain in my country. We work with a certain set of rules. What things need to be mentioned and where and we have a minimum target of articles to handle every day. We work most of the day on entering data into the spreadsheet, either adding data from scratch based on having the physical product or a picture of it. Or we correct data that has been entered by the producers of said products. The last 2-3 hours of the day are spent on cross checking all the articles we added for the day and erase mistakes that might have slipped in here and there.
What's really important to note is that we won't get to leave for the day untill all articles have been checked. We aim to be done at 17.00, but the first day we didn't finish till 17.30 and I've heard stories from people who worked on similar projects that it sometimes can get much later.

Our group of colleague's exist of 7 temp workers, of which I'm one, and a few people from within the company. On average we have 9-10 people working on the project every day. Some people are fast, some people are slow and some people only help out for an afternoon or a morning so they don't really count.

From day one I have been having "issues" with one of the people who comes from the company itself. She was more or less selected to do this work, whether she liked it or not, and seems to not enjoy herself at all. She complains about a lot of things. How no one is talkative, how much she still has to do, that she wants to go home at five. You name it, she complains about it. Not to mention that I personally believe that her tone towards our supervisors is disrespectful, but that is just a matter of opinion I guess. Up untill this afternoon she referred to me as "person sitting across from me" while she's heard my name often enough the past three days to know what I'm called. It just pisses me off and if I didn't know she would more or less be out next week I probably would have complained about her at some point. Because her negativity and work attitude is bringing everyone who sits at her table down aswell. It's distracting, it's annoying and I can't really shut her out. This makes me enjoy my work less and be less motivated to do stuff aswell.

Next to this the job is really "mistake" prone. Things have to be added in certain fields and the restrictions are very precise. Seeing as I don't want to be correcting mistakes untill the end of time I just ask my supervisors everytime something is unclear or if I don't understand something. Problem is, I'm the only one who does. Which leads to the fact that people either keep on making mistakes because they just guess and fill in or people asking a question that I actually can answer (because I know, because you know... I asked) to which I get the "how do you know?" reply. It makes me feel like some sort of goodie two shoes because I'm not afraid to just ask stuff. It's earned me some side-eyes already and it's making me uncomfortable.
It's also making me feel like I'm compensating for people. I'm already one of the people with the highest "performance" every day, but now I also have to be the one who knows everything? It's a bit too much and I notice it when I'm home. I'm so tired I can't even enjoy a game anymore. All I want is to eat dinner and head to bed.

Thing is, I really want to show off my best side on this job. I'm hoping this might lead to either a job at the company or a good referral that will lead to other jobs. So it pisses me off that I'm made to feel bad about something that isn't. About something they all should be doing, so that we don't have to correct all the damn mistakes that are being made now.
From all the people with an university degree I certainly expect better. But then again, people are stupid. And working a job only proves that more.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

My Favourite Gaming Series - Blaugust day 12

Seeing as my brain is very tired today I decided to make use of a writing prompt from the Blaugust nook, instead of coming up with my own subject.
Is there any particular game series that you will always be attached to? What is it that makes the series as a whole compelling (as opposed to just a certain game in the series)?
I have thought a bit about this question seeing as I've played through very few series. I didn't play all the Final Fantasy's. I didn't play all the Kingdom Hearts. And they are a few of my favourite series. I think the answer will be Pokémon though.
I have played (and own) Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow; Gold, Silver and Crystal; Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald; Firered (and Leafgreen but gave that to an ex boyfriend as bday present); Diamond and Pearl; Black; Hearthgold; X and Alpha Sapphire.
So yeah, I guess you can state the Pokémon series are my favourite. Pokémon Blue was the very first game I owned on my Gameboy and I nearly finished it. It was one of the few games that got me hooked as a kid and I've been a fan ever since, getting one of the new Pokémon games as it comes out everytime. There has been one notable exception though, I never touched Black and White 2 since I found that concept ridiculous.

I'm not sure as to why I feel this series to be so compelling. I am a collector at heart, seeing the amount of pets and mounts I own in both World of Warcraft and FFXIV, and Pokémon fills my collecting need. Add the fact that there is ever more Pokémon to collect and the game is right up my alley.
I also like the challenges posed in the games in the form of legendary Pokémon. Finding and catching those always gave me a little adrenaline rush. I remember fondly the first time I caught the three legendary birds (Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno) in Pokémon Blue with Ultraballs. It was just as exhilarating to me as catching Kyogre with an Ultraball was in Alpha Sapphire.
It's also a lot of childhood nostalgia, playing the games reminds me of playing the very first one when I was 9 years old. I'm still having as much fun in it today as I had back then.
All of this probably makes me come back to the games time and again... Unless they do something really weird to it.

And ofcourse I want to be the very best, like no one ever was!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Elune's Children - Blaugust day 11

In today's blog I want to talk about the Night Elves. There has been some discussion on my Twitter feed about Tyrande and Shandris and the roles they should play in the coming expansion... And it has rekindled my Night Elf fangirl lore fire.

The Night Elves have always been (and still are) my favourite race in World of Warcraft. I felt very much attracted to a society that seemed to be matriarchal and where the women were the warriors (sentinels in this case) and leaders. After reading Knaak's War of the Ancients I fell in love even more with the race.
Not only are they the ancestors to the Blood Elves and consequently Sylvanas, they are also a big part of the reason Azeroth is shaped as it is today. And even dating back to the time of War of the Ancients it was a female dominated society, with the most respected members being the Priestesses of Elune next to Queen Azshara herself.
Their lore is rich, with them being among the oldest races on Azeroth, and their people used to be many, with long healthy lives and a society of relative peace.



With Legion I really hope to see Blizzard rekindle some of that Elven lore. They already revealed to us that we will be seeing Queen Azshara in the next expansion in one way or another. Personally I hope she will be getting her own big story arch, and a bossfight, since this is one badass lady. During her time as Queen of the Night Elves she was probably the most powerful being on Azeroth that wasn't a God or a Demigod. Even Mannoroth did not dare to lift a finger to her when he was working on the invasion during War of the Ancients. Forming a pact with the Old Gods, which eventually turned her and her followers into the Naga, may have only made her more powerful. Powerful enough anyway to kidnap Neptulon, God of the Seas and doing god knows what to him while she has him captured. We can only assume she has been biding her time, plotting how to change Azeroth into her own private utopia.
With the reveal of the Broken Isles zones we already heard we will get a chance to explore Suramar, the ancient Night Elven capital, and see for ourselves how Night Elven society would have been if the War of the Ancients never happened.

Another big protagonist this expansion is Maiev Shadowsong. Ex head of the Watchers, Captor of Illidan Stormrage and Warden to the Night Elves since the times of the War of the Ancients. A lot of crazy things have happened to Maiev. She may have been a little too obsessed with capturing Illidan and she may have gone a little crazy after being betrayed by her own folk. But she is back now and we will see how much of a part she gets to play. I won't be surprised when her story arch will mostly evolve around Illidan again, but I guess we will wait and see.


Tyrande
The one big Night Elf character we have essentially heard nothing about is Tyrande. Actually Tyrande has gone into a some sort of non-existant state ever since Blizzard reintroduced Malfurion to the game. Which, in my opinion, is a huge shame. 
Not only has Tyrande led the Nightelves (against her will) for thousands of years, she is the chosen of Elune and a pretty badass fighter on top of it all. She is also responsible for murders on the Watchers so she could get Illidan out of jail, probably not her finest moment.
And yet she seems to be forgotten. Malfurion has been leading the Night Elves since Cataclysm came out, and has played a pretty peaceful role while doing so. Which comes as a bit of a surprise since the Horde is slowly chewing their way through Ashenvale, destroying much of his beloved forest.
Maybe it's time that Tyrande had a fit and chose her people over her husband. Since really, she has been the one to lead them for thousands of years. She has seen them suffer, losing their immortality, getting pushed back by the Horde in Ashenvale and the Naga in Feralas. Especially now that Azshara might come to the forefront again, maybe it's time Tyrande picked up some of that murderous intent again and turn it into something worthwile.

I would love to see her leading the charge for her kin. Travel to the Broken Isles and settle the score with Azshara once and for all. Make Night Elf women what they used to be and what they are supposed to be again: badass fighters. 

But I guess one can only hope...

Monday, 10 August 2015

A day on Eorzea - Blaugust day 10

It's FFXIV time!
The last day before I start work, and definately don't have as much time for games as I normally have, I decided to play some FFXIV. And with some I mean a lot. And with a lot I mean I've spent about 5-6 hours just playing FFXIV today alone. Why? Because I had to catch up on the weekly Esoterics and Alexander grind! I've been neglecting that for weeks now and even this time I won't make the cap. I'm about 100 esoterics off but well, it can't be helped. Seeing as I've been a bit unlucky with winning drops in Alex turn 2 today I've spent quite some time of my life looking at this screen.


Luckily for me I managed to win the Pedal (boots item) after four or five runs or so, saving me the headache of having to run it over and over and over again. I was luckier in Alex turn 1 and 3, where I won the items I wanted immediatly thus giving me atleast the boots this week and, if I'm lucky tonight in turn 4, the gloves. That would also give me a bit of an item level boost (I'm currently sitting on 183) and would leave me almost done with Alexander Raid Finder. I can only get the accessories, legs and chest from here on and seeing as I'm planning to buy the Esoterics Chest next reset it leaves me with very little incentive to return to this lovely place. That is untill my group starts running Savage Mode.

After my friend had to run for a while I decided to do my low level roulette on my White Mage. So I ended up doing a lot of healing... And a little bit of dancing.


As expected levelling via the guildhest and low level roulettes is fast enough. I was getting a level a day from them up untill hitting 41. Right now I'm sitting about 20% off level 43 which is fine. I'm saving up all my hunting log entries for when I'm 49 so that they are not only easier to kill but it will also speed up getting that last big hump to 50.
I'm still undecided as to what I'm going to do after that. A part of me wants to level my WHM up to level 60 so I can sit back and relax while running dungeons. Another part of me wants to get every other class/job to 50 first. Which is quite a task. Seeing as I won't nearly have as much time to play the coming weeks as compared to now I think it's better to just stick to WHM for the time being. This allows me to switch up some of the max level content aswell, instead of constantly sitting on my Dragoon, who is just grinding Esoterics for the time being.

As for now I'm waiting for my friend to return to do Ex-roulette and hope and pray that my first day of work tomorrow won't be too exhausting... Or I won't be gaming at all!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Feeling Braindead - Blaugust day 9

I want to say I have hit something of a writer's block but that's not the case. I know what I want to write and want to talk about on my blog. I even had a post prepared on my laptop, but for some reason I didn't feel like using that material right now. My head feels a bit heavy today, I'm having one of my headache days, and not drinking enough isn't helping either.

Looking at Twitter there is enough going on in the big world of gaming today. There was the WoW Dev Q&A that I missed which was apparently very uneventful. There is League of Legends playoffs which I'm having on in the background. I could catch up on some Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone tournament VOD's or look at Method winning Frostmourne. This is all stuff that I watch rather than play though. My motivation to start up a game is on an all time low today. I managed to get my mandatory Tavern Brawl win in on Hearthstone and played two games of Heroes of the Storm with a friend, but I'm just not feeling it.

I can't say I feel restless, I rather feel tired. Physically and mentally. My head is just empty today and my body desires nothing but laying down. I refuse to give in to it though, using the time instead to clean out my bedroom, the bathroom and vacuum the entire upper floor of the house. Oh and do some laundry aswell. I wish I could just start up a game and lose myself in it for a few hours, but meh. I guess today isn't really a gaming day and in a way that's okay aswell.



Lara Croft
One of the PS Plus free games this month is Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Unlike the Tomb Raider games this game isn't very much an RPG but instead a top down action/adventure game. You can play it with up to 4 people and your goal is to resurrect Osiris to stop Set.
I got to play it a bit with two friends yesterday and had a blast. I managed to claim Lara (she is a very contested character) and proceeded to die a lot, but that didn't matter.
The game is made up out of a main objective: defeat a Map's endboss and claim a piece of Osiris' statue, and a lot of side objectives. For instance there are 5 red skulls hidden throughout every map which you can find for extra loot. There's "beat the timer" challenges and "get x amount of points". Running with more than one person allowed us to get up to difficult places with good teamwork. It was also very fun to place bombs and blow my friends up with them, although I'm sure they disagreed.
There are a lot of fun mechanics to advance in maps and if anyone who owns a PS4 is searching for a fun game, which isn't too complicated, to play with friends I can heartily recommend this one. It will keep you busy for a few hours and you won't feel bored whatsoever.
I still need to discover how the game is solo, but I want to stripe of more of my gaming to-do list before I add this one.

Fun in the Sun - Blaugust day 8

It's a bit of a slow day today for me. I went out to visit a friend and we went shopping. Or well I went shopping and dragged him along haha. Gaming wise I didn't do much today. I took my 3DS with me, since I had to be underway for about an hour, and played through the first world of Super Mario Bros!
Another thing on my gaming to do list to scratch off. The problem I have with the Mario Bros game is that you don't really complete it by just finishing the game. You see every level has three big star coins hidden throughout the level that you need in order to unlock secret bonus levels. I have not been collecting all of them, I've been more focused on just playing through the game, but I intend to go back and grab all of them and "finish" the game that way aswell. Some are really impressively hidden so I'm sure it will take me some time to actually find all of them.
And then there are hidden worlds you need to unlock via special cannons... I'll probably read up on that after I played through the main storyline. Because unlockable content is cool!

Mostly though I've enjoyed being outside today, let my skin soak up some vitamin D (ofcourse with sunscreen on) had some nice munchies and generally relaxed before work starts on Tuesday. I have gotten my roster and boy am I in for a treat! I'm starting earlier than expected so I guess I'll have to get used to getting up at 7, instead of 9.30-10.00 that I'm getting up now. Atleast I'm rostered for 32 hours a week so the pay should be nice. I don't think I will get much done in the way of gaming though. I expect to be seriously tired and will probably go to bed around 22.00 the first week because I will lack sleep otherwise.

To end the evening, and before heading to bed and completely passing out, I've played through some Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris with a few buddies. It's a 1-4 player game and it was free through Playstation Plus this month. We quite enjoyed ourselves. I might write about it in a bit more detail today. For now I'm heading to bed.

I know I'm about an hour too late with posting this officially for Blaugust. But it's still considered to be my post for the 8th!

See you guys tomorrow!

Friday, 7 August 2015

The Garrison Campaign - Blaugust day 7

So today I managed to stripe two goals of my August gaming to-do list! I finally finished off the last few Garrison campaign quests on my Priest and I levelled my newbie Hunter on Draenor to level 30.
I think the Garrison Campaign was one of the few lore bits that Blizzard did right this expansion. I loved being sent on new quests after I had dinged max level and how the story unfolded after I worked my way through all the zones. Luckily apparently Alliance got the better end of that trade as our Garrison campaign had a bit more depth to it than the Horde one did, but overall the experience and idea of it was good. I managed to complete the latest quests, the ones that came with 6.2, today and it showed some interesting stuff. Mostly how some of the bosses of the Hellfire Citadel raid came to be there. I liked the bit of extra lore and was also saddened that Blizzard didn't do more of this throughout the expansion. Let's hope they will make up for it with Legion (tm).

The Hinterlands
So I had been levelling up my baby hunter Aylanna mostly on quests and had arrived in Arathi Highlands at level 25. Of all the zones left devastated by the Cataclysm, Arathi has been one of the few that has remained relatively untouched. It's still green hills and farmland, crowded with Raptors and Spiders.

Running around here makes me think of the Scottish landscapes from Highlander.

The ruins of Stromgarde are also still left standing. It's one of those quest hubs that you keep being sent back to. And again. And again... And again. I guess it's one of the few things that are annoying to me when it comes to Warcraft questing. Just give me the follow up quests as I complete them, instead of making me run back and forth all the time! 
Even the layout inside of Stromgarde hasn't changed. One part is being occupied by the Syndicate. One part by Ogres and the last part by the Alliance, trying to hold on to one of the last remaining Human Castles in the North.


Ofcourse there has been a little adjustment to the zone. They have added a small Forsaken camp next to the wall separating the Highlands from Hillsbrad Foothills. But other than that Blizzard didn't deem it necessary to fiddle around with this zone too much, for which I'm glad. Seeing as they did their best to completely destroy Hillsbrad and make it a Forsaken/Horde zone. (Really Blizzard, did you have to destroy Southshore like that?). I was a bit sad that the zone itself didn't last that long for me. Due to having Heirlooms leveling just goes so fast. It makes you miss out on some interesting quests. Maybe I'll go back to it when I'm max level, just to see what more is out there in the zone.

And ofcourse the little emo-themed Forsaken camp can't be missing!

Final Fantasy
As I expected I'm having a hard time motivating myself to do my ex-roulette every day. On the other hand leveling my White Mage is going faster than I thought. Doing guildhest and low level roulette alone, coupled with some Hunting Logs, I'm now sitting well into level 40, which means I only have 10 levels to go for that goal! For now it seems doing my roulettes gives me a level a day, so if that keeps up I will be 50 in ten days. Yay for me! I will get to do more crossing on my to-do list AND I will have the healer of preference at the point I wanted it before the xpac came out.
The only thing I need to decide then is if I want to keep on leveling that to 60 or aspire to bring all my classes up to 50 first. That would mean leveling my Warrior, Monk and Ninja... And the three new jobs: Dark Knight, Astrologian and Machinist. For now I'm leaning towards leveling my White Mage to 60 and use it as queue booster. But maybe I will change my mind. We shall see in the future!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

World of Warcraft: Legion - Blaugust day 6


Legion. The 6th expansion of the World of Warcraft. And most likely the final one?
A bold statement. I know. But I will go into detail as to why I think this is supposed to be the pinnacle of the World of Warcraft game.

Lore
From what the initial panel showed us, Blizzard is trying very hard to make up for the absence of lore in Warlords of Draenor. Not only are we continuing the fight against the Burning Legion, which will apparently be a bigger invasion than the War of Ancients was, we are also going to explore the Emerald Dream/Nightmare, have a run in with Azshara AND finally find out what happened to Alleria and Turalyon.
It's almost like a lore overload. A tiered cake of lore. You want more lore you say? Here we shall add another tier, and another, and... another. It feels rather overwhelming to focus on that many "big" stories at once. May I remind people that there have been rumours of an entire Emerald Dream expansion instead of the "addon" we get right now?
And Aszhara. She has been surrounded with so many mystery. She made a short cameo in Cataclysm if you played through the Darkshore story quest. She was once the most powerful being on the planet. Anyone who has read R. Knaak's "War of the Ancients" knows that even Mannoroth could not do anything against her. That makes for a pretty damn powerful woman. I had hoped she would get a bit more attention than just a sidezone in an xpac, but we don't know what Blizzard has planned yet.
And then there's the brief mention of Alleria and Turalyon. People have been wondering for ages what happened to them. They went into the Outlands only to disappear and never be heard from again. What has been their story? Can Blizzard do right by them?
And ofcourse there's the Burning Legion arc, which is a direct continuation of the story so far in Warlords of Draenor. We will be dealing with the biggest invasion ever, and might even get to deal with Sargeras himself? Who knows!

So yeah. What I mostly see here is Blizzard's attempt of knitting together a lot of loose ends that have been created throughout the years in the Warcraft universe. Lore that people have been yelling for, for years. The question is, will they succeed in doing this?

I see two scenario's played out here:

1. The expansion is an utter piece of shit. Lore is treated badly. The new gimmicks of Artifact Weapon and Class Halls suffer the same fate as Garrisons do now and people are disappointed. Sub numbers keep dropping and Blizzard will eventually either pull the plug from the game or decide it to go f2p. After 10-12 years it has served it's purpose, it's time to look to the future and focus on a different project.

2. The expansion is amazing and truly the pinnacle of the World of Warcraft. We finally get a lot of answers, if not all, to all our lore questions. The newly implemented features are great. PvP is finally in a good place. Sub numbers rise again and people are happy. The question is WHAT THEN?! Since it looks like they are tieing all loose ends in this expansion will people be open to new stories? New adventures? Or is this the end to the Warcraft story, which is good, and will Blizzard make it like Final Fantasy XI, it will still be around but there won't be any new content added. Instead we are groomed towards a new MMO, a better MMO. Warcraft 2.0?

So yeah. These were my first thoughts to make it to my blog on the newly announced expansion. I will probably write more about it when the dust has settled down a bit and more details are being brought out.
As parting words I will only say: OMFG DEMON HUNTERS! DIBS! ROLLING THAT!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Nostalgia, tome grinding and am I going to comment on WoW? - Blaugust day 5

Nostalgia!
After reinstalling Mickey's Castle of Illusion on Steam I was happy to find out that Steam actually saved my progress in the cloud! Which means I didn't have to work my way through the first world again and could immediatly dive into the second world (or act as it's called in game).

Act 2-1: Angry toys everywhere!

It was a blast from the past. I have actually played my way through Mickey and Donald on my old Sega (which also included toy like levels) and Mickey Mania, but never got Castle of Illusion. I'm so happy I picked up the remastered version during the Steam Summer Sale this year! It's taking me all the way back to when I first got my Sega Mega Drive when I was about 6 years old. Back then they had the better graphics compared to Nintendo and I remember a childhood filled with playing Sonic and Disney games. A feeling that this particular game brings back.
I love how they only remastered the sound and graphics and left the gameplay itself be. It's still damn hard at some points, just how I remember the old platformers.
This is one of those games of my gaming-to-do list that I'm happily tackling, because honestly it's just too much fun. I'll keep you updated as I progress through the game, but to give a little more info (and a feel of what I'm doing in there) I have added the official launch trailer below. If you like what you see, go get it via Steam!


The Grind
One of the goals I have set for myself is to get my Esoterics cap on FFXIV every week. This means having to do ex-roulette every day. Which, honestly, I kind of hate. There are only two dungeons available for this roulette currently, Neverreap and Fractal Continuum, and I'm not a fan of either. Fractal takes a bit longer and has more trash. Neverreap has the most godawful endboss that I've seen in a dungeon so far. It's safe to say I'm not really looking forward to doing this. Add in the horrible DPS queue times and you get a grumpy Sandy.
Next to this I'm rather frustrated with how my FFXIV raiding group has turned out. Ofcourse it's summer and holidays are in the way. But still, we aren't doing anything as group and grinding most content solo is boring as hell. It feels like a venture doomed to fail, especially since we have one more DPS spot to fill. Queue tremendous sigh.
I also wish I could show off more of the stuff I do from FF. But since I play on the PS4 it's actually kind of a hassle to get decent screenshots. I wish I could just somehow connect and copy/paste stuff but I'm being forced to use a USB stick, not the most elegant way. I'll try to add a bit more pictures, but don't pin me on it!

The WoW Thing
By now most people have seen (Activision)Blizzard's announcement about their financial Q2 and the tumble that the WoW subs took. Sitting on 5,6M currently it's a number that we haven't seen since Vanilla! All of which is due to the horrible lack of content that Blizzard provided with their latest expansion.
Queue some big names leaving in the past year or two aswell (Ghostcrawler and now Bashiok) and I wonder what is left of the old Blizzard core. Yes I do realize that those two had completely different roles within the organisation, but they were people that were out there in the community.

Everyone has had their opinions on WoW lately. I remember writing a post a few weeks ago that for me it was just done. I had my reasons. Cataclysm was the last really active expansion for me. I was an officer by the end of the xpac and the sole person keeping our tiny guild going, it drained me and the moment raiding didn't happen in MoP I decided to take my leave of the game entirely. I did not like the setting of Mists of Pandaria, was not enamoured with the Panda's as a playable race (I only made it to max level on a lvl 90 boosted Panda Monk) and the Daily grind for rep was... Horrible.
I came back every three to six months or so and started raiding again casually at the end of it, ready to come back fully for Warlords of Draenor which looked to be promising..

For the first few months it actually was. The leveling was much better in design than it had been since Wrath of the Lich King, there was enough content to keep you going for a while, the raids proved to be challenging enough. The only downsides for me were the horrible Garrison chores and the utter lack of decent PvP. Realizing that if I wanted to make gold or be self sufficient in any way would mean I had to run Garrisons on multiple characters was a nightmare and a huge turnoff in the end.
When patch 6.1 hit I was majorly disappointed. Instead of delivering more promising content we were stuck with a SELFIE camera, Twitter integration and a Garrison music box. Out of the three I think I've used the music box the most. I think I can count the amount of WoW selfies taken on one hand. Next to some newly added pets that was all the content we were going to get. And it sucked.
Queue 6.2 after barely logging in for a few weeks (we had killed Blackhand and had all done our Legendary quests) and again a huge disappointment. You got a second mission table, this time for ships, and an island that was even worse in design than the Timeless Isle. I hated doing the dailies the moment they appeared and haven't touched a single one of them solo. The few times I did do them were with a gaming buddy, but we both quickly grew wary of them. What grinded my gears even more is that Blizzard locked the Legendary profession behind your little ships table. A whole world of frustration that I can't even begin to describe right now. Let's just say I've lost enough epic ships to more or less want to shove the whole idea through the throat of the devs who came up with it.

So yeah. Blizzard dropping sub numbers like no tomorrow has come as no surprise to me. Ask my guildies, but I've been complaining about the lack of content since January. And Blizzard has done nothing about it. If they want to keep their game going steady, or want to get people to come back to the game they really need to do something special with the next expansion. Pump out way better and way more content. Listen to your playerbase. Communicate with them again. Otherwise I predict the giant that was once World of Warcraft to plummet down to f2p status. And I'm not sure if the game will survive that.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

It's aliiiiive! And back on Azeroth... - Blaugust day 4

So I'm finally done with reinstalling my PC from scratch. I think getting Windows 8.1 installed and fully updated has taken me a total of 6-7 hours, primarily due to having to go through the painful proces of installing Windows 8 first.
Anyway everything works again. My games are all reinstalled and I'm ready to rumble in the jungle. Or something.

Azeroth
Remember how I said in my 2nd day of Blaugust that gaming is a bit like crack? World of Warcraft is the biggest of them all for me. It's my core game, my first MMO ever, the game I have been playing for the longest and where I'm the most comfortable. And it has drawn me in again.
I have to admit that the new expansion announcement has gotten me slightly excited. Especially if the new leaked class is true. So, like everyone else who's still interested, I'm anxiously awaiting what Blizzard will bring us.
In the meantime I have been itching to pick up a Hunter again. Unfortunately for me I just really can't be arsed to pick up the one on Dragonblight and my other two are on Darksorrow and Stormrage respectively, servers I don't visit anymore. So I hopped into character selection and created a new Hunter on Draenor: Aylanna.


The name itself isn't very original. My hunter on Dragonblight shares the same name. But don't change a winning formula right? I have gotten into a real level frenzy and am currently level 20 after levelling my way through Ghostlands. I have just made the journey to Undercity to deliver a certain package to a certain someone..

Sylvanas... So we meet again.
After playing mostly FFXIV and GW2 over the past few weeks being back on Azeroth feels rather weird. I forgot how cartoonesque WoW is as a game and sometimes the bright colours, and awkward angles, kind of hurt my eyes. But I'm back on a Hunter and that usually makes me happy. For now. 
Leveling her to 30 will be added to my bucket list. Seeing the fact that I'm kitted out in heirlooms, and leveled my way to 20 in about 2-3 hours, that shouldn't be too much of an issue. For now I'm prioritizing stuff on Final Fantasy and Guild Wars, but it's nice to fall back onto WoW. It's like having a comfort blanket...

Monday, 3 August 2015

PC Woes and stuff to do! - Blaugust Day 3

The Bad
I had initially planned a post today about how I upgraded to windows 10 last week and how glorious it was running on my pc with no errors at all. How I had to get used to having the start menu button back, instead of swiping along the right side of the desktopscreen to get a popup to shut down my computer. Alas it wasn't meant to be.
Due to a critical bug when switching resolutions in a game I had freshly installed there was a conflict between Windows 10 and my Nvidia Graphics drivers. I tried reinstalling them after getting my PC to boot in safe mode (which by the way is almost impossible without a recovery disc) but to no avail.
Queue frustrated gamer lady and an unresponsive PC. I have had to reinstall Windows 8 from scratch (which is the OS it originally came with) and have spent yesterday evening and today updating everything and upgrading it to Windows 8.1

Luckily for me I still have my rusty old laptop. It might not play games, or run streams but it has open office installed which allows me to type atleast and a working Mozilla Firefox so I can upload my text into the Blogger text field. So with no further ado, here is my Blaugust day 3 post!

The Fantasy
Due to my pc issues I finally managed to get some time in on FFXIV again. I play it on my Playstation 4 but haven't really done anything with it after returning home from Sweden. Seeing as I'm way behind on farming Esoterics already I should be more active about logging in and getting my cap, but for some reason I don't really feel the need to.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy FF as a game immensely. I love my Dragoon and I'm in the process of levelling up my Bard (mostly for retainer purposes) and my White Mage because I want a healer up for shorter queue times. I have always loved the White Mage more than Scholar, mostly because White Mage reminds me of Holy Priest. The healing is simple and reactionary, or atleast it was up untill level 50, and the job gear at the time looked seriously pretty.
I think I just need to get back into my routines of doing ex-roulette and trial roulette for esoterics and low level and guild hest roulette to level my White Mage.
My Bard I intend to level on high level roulette and low level hunt mobs. That should give me enough experience to work my way up to 60 steadily. I'm also really curious about the new Bard abilities. I have mained the class throughout a chunk of Coil progression and ranged shooty classes will always have a soft spot in my heart. Hence my plans to get it to 60 aswell.

The Gaming Schedule
Seeing as how I'm starting a new job within a week I have had to think about making some goals for my gaming and how I'm going to schedule this. Running roulettes on FFXIV is rather time consuming (it can easily take two hours) and I don't want to be spending all my time on that game alone. So I've made a list with gaming goals that's pinned to a board and which outlines what I want to work on for now. Seeing as it's also more or less one of the writing prompts I'll share the list here for now and let you guys know when I have worked through most of it.

The List
  • Get esoterics capped on FFXIV each week
  • Do Low Level and Guildhest roulette on my WHM untill level 50 (current level: 37)
  • 100% Complete Kessex Hills on my Ranger in GW2
  • Complete level 20 personal story on my Ranger in GW2
  • Do Hearthstone Dailies
  • Get Hearthstone Rank 20
  • Play through Super Mario Bos 2. on my 3DS; World 1 to start with
  • Play through Mickey's Castle of Illusion, world 1 and 2 to start with

As you can see the list mostly involves doing dailies (Hearthstone, FFXIV) and play through some games I've had in my possession for a while now but haven't really done anything with. Since platformers are usually no brainers I figured it's easier to set goals for them. The gameplay is basic and usually easy to pick up after not playing a while, unlike RPG's where I completely lose track of what I've done and what I'm supposed to do after not logging in for an extended amount of time.

The Laptop
Seeing as I'm not sure when my PC will be fully up and running again, and since this used to be my university laptop and it's really nice to type on, I might keep writing my blog posts on here. I can always add screenshots later if I want (right?) And since it's a small laptop (Asus Eee-pc) I can take it with me and work on the road. Win/win! For now it allowed me to not miss out on day 3 of Blaugust, so we atleast have that.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Why gaming is kind of like crack - Blaugust day 2!

I had a lovely Skype discussion with a friend earlier today about how World of Warcraft is kind of like a drug. Even after a long time of not playing it, it still has it's appeal and once you decide to go back you're immediatly hooked again and you find yourself once again devoted to the game for atleast a few months. And then the high fades and you quit again, telling yourself that this is the last time you picked up the game. Untill you cave in again and sub for a month or two.
Personally I'm very guilty of this pattern aswell. Although I said my goodbyes to the game a few weeks ago I've logged in again a bit (you can log in for free now, but you are limited in your actions) and I can feel the familiar pull. My raidteam fortunately has a break now so that's not tempting me in, but I wonder how long I can resist the call.

To expand on this topic I feel like gaming in general is like a drug to me. I was perfectly happy barely playing anything in Sweden on holidays, but I notice I have immediatly immersed myself back into my games when I got home. I've been leveling a new character on Guild Wars 2. I've been playing a lot of Hearthstone. I've been poking around in FFXIV. All my time goes into gaming again and it's keeping me from doing other things that I would want. The pull is just too big and right now I'm not in the mindset to resist, or so atleast I tell myself.

I think a lot of the appeal that games have to me comes from the fact that I have wanted, and still want, to escape my life at home. I've not had an easy childhood growing up and at the time World of Warcraft was my way to escape the hurt and feel more accepted online than I did in real life. After things were starting to look up in life I was already very deep into the game and it had become such a big routine in my life that it was very hard to set it aside. And essentially this is still the truth, although WoW isn't the major game anymore.
And in that way gaming doesn't really differentiate from drinking or doing drugs for me. I can say that I'm not really addicted since I have no issues going without games for an extended amount of time. If you take all my electronics away tomorrow and give me a phone with which I can only text and call I would be perfectly happy. I have other hobbies that don't involve gaming and I have a big social circle who I visit regularly so it's not that I have nothing else to do.
But the lure of gaming is very big. Ever since I got back from my holidays I have sniffed at games again. I have done the first line of the cocaïne called MMO's and I'm spending a lot of time on them. Way more than I should. Way more than I would want to. And it's getting in the way of my other goals. I'm not going outside as much as I would want to. I'm not going to the gym. I'm not doing the Hero's Journey. I'm not doing anything but eat, sleep and game. And it's something that really needs to be changed, but I don't really know how.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Blaugust: Day 1!


We are finally starting! Today is officially the first day of Blaugust. I'm seriously wondering what I have gotten myself into, but hey, I signed up so let's make the best of it! Since the list of participating bloggers is huge (and I'm really unsure how to reflect this properly in my blogroll) here's a link to the nook on Anook.com: http://www.anook.com/blog/blaugust
If you are interested in reading other people's blogs during Blaugust go here!

The Job: Part 2
So I had my job interview yesterday and I actually  managed to get the job! It's a very simple job for only three-four weeks that mostly revolves around data entry but I'm superhappy I got it. I've been sitting at home for far too long and the chance to get out of the house and earn some decent money on top of that has lifted my spirits a lot. I will probably be very tired (I will be working a 32 hour week minimum) but it will be totally worth it. I will finally have some money to my name again and it's a bit of work experience I can add to my resumé. Anyway I hope this reignites my gaming fire a bit. I will have less time so I will have to make better choices what to do with that time.


Guild Wars 2
I finished off levelling through Caledon Forest a few days ago and am very pleased with how the levelling in this game has turned out. Compared to how it was at launch everything is much more smoothed out and easier to get into. I had to get used to the new specializations layout but in it's current form it's much better than it was.


I'm still amazed by some of the gorgeous environments in this game. A few of the vista's show hidden waterfalls like the one below. And I found a underwater organ you can actually play!


Gear progression is still a bit weird for me. I'm not a fan of the looks of the low level gearsets for this game. I guess I'm too used to either the clown combinations of WoW or the spectacular gear that FFXIV offers to people levelling up. All the gear you get here is brown and bland (luckily there's the option to dye it) and it all looks the same. It's a good thing the cultural gear for Sylvari looks absolutely amazing and I will certainly buy it once I have the level and the money for it. For now I'm rocking the awesome facemask look...
And here's to hoping that Kessex Hills offers a bit more gear variety!