Have I ever been this glad to have bought a virtual ticket for the Blizzcon this year! So many new announcements from Overwatch to the first Warcraft movie to the Documentary LFG,… I feel like I’m on an emotional rollercoaster this weekend. My geek batteries are reloading!
Anyway, the thing I wanted to talk about in this post is the “Presentation of the Warcraft movie”. I’ve really been looking forward to this and I can tell you that now I’m even more excited for the release than before! The panel was so passionate about the movie, about WoW and its’ world. I was having goosebumps and tears of joy in my eyes at the same time. It’s so great to hear that people that passionate and with so much love for the game are working on this project!
And I’m not only talking about Chris Metzen or Duncan Jones,… even the actors that play in it. When they first announced that Travis Fimmel from Vikings (awesome TV-show!) was a part of the cast, I couldn’t believe my ears. And the good news just kept rolling in. From Clancy Brown (original voice of Thrall) to Robert Kazinsky who, by the way, made quite an entrance on stage with Doomhammer on his shoulder. He explained how much he’s a huuuuge WoW fanatic (DK, 500 days played *respect*) and how much he wanted to play in the Warcraft movie. His imitation of the “Orc walk” still makes me laugh and added to the inflaming excitement that has been the overall vibe of the Blizzcon this year.
Having heard the panel talk about how amazing it was to walk through Stormwind for “real”, seeing its’ message board, mailboxes,… all coming to life make me want to do only one thing: let’s play even more and let’s play it now! Laters…
A few times a year, I manage to forget my lack of time and decide to re-roll. It happened again a few days ago when I started a new paladin. I enjoy these moments because they make me revisit the old content and remind me of quests that I had completely forgotten about.
That’s exactly what happened when I was levelling around Southshore and stumbled upon an old friend: Kingslayer Orkus of the guild “Red Like My Rage” (lol).
This awesome quest chain is without a doubt my favourite one ever created. The remembrance of that goofy Orc still brings tears to my eyes, but I won’t spoil anything. If you’ve never completed this chain before, I highly recommend you do! Just fly to “the Ruins of Southshore” where you’ll find Orkus “drowning” in the water. He’ll give you the first quest to an awesome adventure!
Look who visited us on our server this sunday morning… We first met at the Razor Hill’s inn, then we travelled through a lot of phasing and trees in the face to finally arrive in Winterspring where we had a great time dancing, chatting and taking screenshots.
Navimie even had an amazing surprise for us both. So, Navimie, if you’re reading this… Thank you for everything!
Since the release of WoD won’t be for tomorrow, I’ve been keeping myself busy with rep. grinds, achievement hunts and the last steps for getting my legendary cloak.
A few days ago, while queueing for raids I had the idea to get exalted with the “Argent Dawn”. But, having that said, I had no idea how to… there is no tabard and there are no dailies. All of a sudden, I got a little discouraged, thinking I would never get that rep. up. Wrong! Actually, after having searched a little, I discovered a fairly easy way that took me less than 2 hours to get exalted with that faction.
After having finished questing in the Eastern Plaguelands, you’re supposed to be “revered” straight. When that’s done, you simply go to “Light’s Hope Chapel”. There you will find an NPC named “Lord Raymond George”, located on the cemetery behind the Chapel. He gives 2 quests: Annals of the Silver Hand (Stratholme) and Aberrations of Bone (Scholomance). Despite they are marked yellow, you can pick them up as many times as you want in one day. Each of them will grant you 2000 Argent Dawn rep.
I’ve first started with “Aberrations of Bones”. This one requires you to kill “Rattlegore” in Scholomance. He’s located in the very beginning of the dungeon so, the whole thing goes pretty fast. The only thing that took a lot of time is to fly back and forth handing in and retaking the quest.
“Annals of the Silver Hand” is the one I’ve been running in loop though. It’s situation is much closer to the quest-giver and very simple, really… you just run through Stratholme and let all mobs and bosses follow you till the end where you one-shot them (beware, I did this with a level 90 character!). Then, in the very end of the dungeon you will find “Instructor Galford”, you kill him and take the book from him. Once you leave the dungeon, the book will respawn so, you just go back to hand in the quest, retake it and run fly back to Stratholme. If you don’t reset the instance, there won’t be any mobs to kill left, leaving you a clear path to run through. I don’t remember how many times exactly I’ve done this but, like I’ve mentioned before, it took me less than 2 hours to get exalted.
At first I thought it would be a boring grind but, I actually had quite some fun re-seeing some “old” instances. It made me feel so nostalgic. Especially Scholomance… That place is soooo beautiful.
Alternative Chat is doing a project where in honour of the 10th Anniversary of World of Warcraft, she is asking players from around the world to answer 10 questions about their experience of the game. Here are my answers:
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
When I was younger, gaming in general was quite badly seen in the environment where I grew up in. Especially when you’re a girl. So, given the fact that it was such a taboo, I stuck to the good old paper and dice role playing games, which we could easily play hidden. It wasn’t until I met my partner in crime, my sweet husband, that I broke with that awful stigmatising world. Even though it took me 4 years of watching him explore that awesome world named Azeroth before I jumped on the Blizzard train as well.
The biggest reason I started playing WoW wasn’t to rebel against taboos, but because I love to explore new worlds and live adventures that make your creativity juices flow. I love lore and find the world of Azeroth both inspiring, and tremendously relaxing. My husband could always talk with so much passion about “the game” and he was always having so much fun that one day, I joined him on his adventures. On the 18th of February 2010 to be precise, was the day I asked my hubby if WoW could run on an iMac (quickly and gladly exchanged for a gaming pc). Since then I’ve been on a roll and became a big Blizzard fan.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
The first character I’ve rolled was a Night Elf druid. I loved the diversity of the druid. The shape shifting, the different specs,… it all had a lot of charm back then. Little did I know that there was a “Cataclysm” on the menu. Since that expansion, I lost my fun playing that character and rolled my new main, an Orc hunter.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in-game?
Well, I started levelling my first character on the Alliance. I just loved the starting zones of the Night Elves. So peaceful, beautiful,… But, I quickly realised that I was fighting on the wrong side. I just prefer all Horde leaders above the Alliance ones. I prefer the capital cities from Orgrimmar (being my favourite) to Tunderbluff. And, most of all, I prefer the races. On the Alliance side, I always find it hard to roll a new character because I just don’t like the races while, on the Horde, I never can choose whether it’s going to be an Orc, Tauren, Troll,… I just love them all. So, yeah, “For the Horde” all the way!
4. What has been your most memorable moment in WoW and why?
I guess that would be my very first day in WoW. As a complete gaming noob and newbe, I found that huuuuuge world so overwhelming, I felt like Santa on xtc in Disneyland.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Wow, that’s a tough one cause there are so many favourite aspects… hehe… (choices, not my strong point). I would say that exploring that huge open world full of quests (lore), collectibles, achievements,… is my favourite.
6. Do you have an area in the game that you always return to?
Darkshore! I love that place and if I could choose a place to live in, in-game, I’d build a little house there. I know, it’s an Alliance place, blame it on my first day in WoW, that day marked me… hehe. And, then there’s Winterspring! I love the snow, the cold, and above all, I love running around in those beautiful landscapes, pretending I’m making snow angels.
7. How long have you played and has it always been continuous?
Since 18/02/2010. On and off, the longest break I made was one of a few months. The usual reason is some real life crap that comes in between. All my high level characters together (low lvl ones not included), I’ve played about 109 days of WoW (2616 hours)… well, and I thought that my 100+ hours spent in Skyrim would be an achievement?!
8. Admit it: do you read the quest text or not.
When it’s a new quest, yes. Like I’ve mentioned before, I love lore, but after a second or third time, I start to skip on reading them once more.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in-game?
At the beginning, I didn’t know the first thing about gaming. Hell, I couldn’t even run in a straight line with my character (-insert: you may laugh now-). So, needless to say that I was dead afraid to run dungeons or raids with my royal noobness. As if people could kick my ass for real through my screen or something, but later on, when I started being more at my ease, I kicked my own ass in stead, and now I even raid (something I swore one day I’d never do lol).
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside of gaming?
A huge one. It may sound corny, but WoW has changed my life for the better. It helped me throwing my past luggage overboard and it gave me the chance to help breaking the taboos of being a gamer girl (still need to kick ass big time over this one, but it’s totally worth it). A few years back, I didn’t even dare thinking about telling anyone I was playing WoW, now I scream it from the rooftops and smash all naysayers under my size 6 boots.
These are pretty much my few years of adventures in a nutshell. If you are interested in this survey, I invite you to read this post on alt:ernative.
Finally got something useful from a Blingtron. I still can’t believe it. After all this time… I always summoned my own, but, yesterday, I saw that there were plenty of them up in the Shrine, so, I thought, why spam the place with another one?
Due to the lack of time and most of all, the lack of a blog, I didn’t participate to Blog Azeroth Shared Topic a few weeks ago (or should I say months…). Syrco of Syrco Owl came up with a great and simple question: “What in WoW reminds you of home?”.
I live in multicultural and tiny Belgium. We have mountains, forests, the sea, our big capital city, Brussels, and most of all… fields, lots of fields and meadows… Especially, in the part of Belgium where I come from.
The zone that first popped into my head was Westfall. It’s a tranquil farming area that brings back a lot of childhood memories. Eventhough, I haven’t been raised on a farm and my parents were far from being farmers, our house was surrounded by them. The haystacks, scarecrows, lonely trees in the middle of a plot…
And, then, there is Feralas, which reminds me of our lush, green nature during the summertime. It’s maybe not as exotic looking but, the certain shades of green are quite similar to ours end spring / middle summer.
Last but not least, well,… I guess I won’t have to explain on how much the next picture of the “Caves of Dinant” looks like a real dungeon 😉 We have plenty of those and I always get carried away, dreaming up adventures and stories whenever stumbling upon one during a long walk in the Ardennes.
Wow, writing this post actually makes me realize on how many places in Azeroth remind me of “home”. Before starting, I really thought I’d have a hard time finding any resemblance at all but, now I’m on a roll and have a hard time stopping :-S Thank you, Syrco for the awesome idea 😉
Maybe this already is old news but, man, am I excited to see “Siskie”‘s new look in WoD. The revamp of the female Orc is awesome. Goodbye blank stare, hello facial expressions. I’ve been staring for quite a while at the new models now. The more I look at them, the more I love them.
From the visible muscle tones, to the haircuts, to the new look of the tusks. Hell, I like the whole package. But, not only the Orcs look amazingly well-done, the new female Tauren models are pretty kick-ass as well.
The size of the hooves remain practically unchanged but, a huge upgrade on the hair (love the bangs ;-)) and again: facial expressions. Can’t wait to see my druid rocking this upgrade.
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