I also submitted this article to my Associated Content account, after much deliberation. I write for a living now, so I have to attempt to make as much as I can. I hope you all understand. Please follow the link at the end of the article to view this article on my Associated Content page (shameless pageview plug).
I am trying to to revive my blog, as well. There will be exclusive content in the future, don’t you worry! Feel free to subscribe and whatnot. :)
Toto, we’re not in Wrath of the Lich King anymore. Blizzard has shifted gears again. This time, in Cataclysm, you are encouraged to join guilds and play consistently with guildmates as opposed to relying on pick up groups (PuGs). In Wrath of the Lich King, we were accustomed to being able to pick random players of any class and blast through heroics and a lot of raids. With the difficultly bar raised in Cataclysm and the perks of being in a guild, there really is no reason why you should not find a group of like-minded individuals to socialize and play with.
Just stopping by to say that I may actually be writing here again soon. :D Some of my old guildies and I got back together to raid 10mans. Along with that comes some blog inspiration, of course!
Look for posts in the future.
I know it’s been a month, and not much has come of the site as of yet. I’m still working things out in real life. I’ve been very busy with work, writing, I just joined a gym, and quit MMOs. Yes, I quit WoW. :O Shocking.
Keep checking back as the site unfolds into something glorious (ok that was bad, but I’m in a rush).
EDIT: For now you can catch some of my writing at Spawn Kill ;)
Some major changes for Gurl IRL are underway! I don’t want to reveal all my ideas yet because frankly, not all of them will make the cut. The page will definitely be going under a major overhaul though. I have no estimated time of completion; it’s more or less whenever I feel like it. But don’t fret! I will be back and better than ever!
Some hints of what’s to come:
-Daily updates (maybe themed, maybe not. I haven’t gotten that far.)
-I will still talk about WoW, but Gurl IRL will no longer be a “WoW fan site”. It will cover all sorts of games and other hot geeky topics.
-Possibility of hosting my blog. DUN DUN DUN!!
Well, those are just a couple of the ideas I have right now. You’ll notice the changes as they come since I can’t really deactivate the site or anything.
I’ll start chatting it up again when this all is over with, you’ll see me promoting it on Twitter, etc. I just hope you all will enjoy the final product!
This isn’t a good-bye. Not in the least. Since the end of Bad Mojo WoW hasn’t been the same for me.
A handful of us from Bad Mojo transfered to Horde last week to just do some 10mans for a bit, then we were going to start applying to guilds on Mal’Ganis. As soon as we transfered to Horde we had an offer from the top Horde guild to possibly join up with them and give them a bit of a boost in raiding. That was total failure. Half their raid can’t stay focused or take what they’re doing seriously. We were attempting ToC Heroic 25man Northrend Beasts Sunday and the group of us left early because there was just too much bullshit going on for us. We told them as we were leaving, “Let us know when you’re ready to get serious about raiding.” From there we went on to do ToC normal/heroic 10man.
After some talk on the forums we all pretty much agreed that the game hasn’t been the same since the end of our hardcore raiding days in BM, and that we’re all interested in looking at different options right now.
Basically, we came to the decision to have 1-2 scheduled 10man nights in WoW. We all want to continue to play WoW and experience raiding, but we want to do it on a more personal, casual level. We’ll be raiding with just friends, and extremely talented players. What about the other nights of the week that we’d normally be doing 25mans? Well, a bunch of us bought Aion! We’re in no rush to level or do end game (if we even become interested in end game there), but we’re making it more about the experience of leveling and grouping with our friends. This also gives us time to do more stuff outside of MMOs with friends if we want to. Also, don’t forget about console games! I know I just bought a DSi that I’m itching to play, and I have like three console games waiting for me! :D
I think overall I’ll like the more casual side of WoW. I’m just afraid of “purple jealousy” and boredom. If I get too bored I might want to start filling time with 25mans or the fact that I won’t be able to get THE BEST gear available in the game may really, really start to bother me. My friends and I are just testing the waters, getting our feet wet. We’ll see how it all turns out! :D
Last week I started AV leveling my rogue who was 72 at the time. Let me tell you, this is the way to level after you hit 71 on an alt. I will always suggest going through the actual leveling content at least once the way it’s meant to be just for the experience. I’m an lolore nerd, what can I say. Seeing that this is going to be my 3rd level 80, I think it’s time to take a sort of cheap way out.
The toon that I’m leveling through AV is a horde rogue; it’s also my only horde toon. I’ve neglected her somewhat. I’ve had her for about a year and a half, and only leveled her in small spurts here and there. I never got her to 70 before WotLK came out. After patch 3.2, and the introduction to leveling through BGs many people in my main Alliance guild started talking about how crazy the XP is in AV in the 71-80 bracket. And so it is pretty damn crazy! Over 18k XP per cap, and I haven’t taken notice, but I read on a site that each win is about 43k XP.
Next part, some of you may not like so much. I AFK in AV. Yes, I’m “that guy”. I’m a rogue so I’ll stealth on our base and pretend to defend, but I’m really not paying attention to the BG. What’s my excuse? I use that time to get other stuff done. Example: Right now. I’m stealthed in Drek’s room on my PC, and I’m typing this on my lap top. I can get XP and honor while I’m being productive in other areas of my life. I know, I’m a horrible person. If I’m going to be in a BG I should participate, yadda yadda. Who cares. I hate PvP. I want to level easily on my 3rd toon.
A couple downsides of this is that I’m not leveling my weapon skills, I’m not getting any gear via questing/dungeons, and I’m not making gold. I usually wait until I hit max level before doing any crafting, so I’m discounting that (I’m even still in the 200s for lock picking). It’s not that big of a deal to me though. After I hit 80 I’ll just go back to do the “green” quests. I’ll blow through them while leveling my weapons and making more gold from them then I would have below 80. With the gold I make from quests/dailies I’ll be able to buy mats for crafted gear. I also don’t think it will be a huge issue finding some normal dungeon groups for gear and rep before I start doing heroics.
I’m definitely making out with the greater end of the deal. I’m sorry to everyone else in my AVs. I also don’t condone AFKing in BGs. I’m ashamed of it, but not afraid to admit it. Don’t fret. I’m almost done leveling, and you won’t have to deal with me in your BGs anymore.
Inc PvP flames.