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((Writing a story!))

I’m in the process of (i.e. barely started) writing a short story based on Aphel and Leafsong’s first IC meeting in Shattrath, which occurred sometime in February 2008. Obviously a lot has happened since then, both IC and OOC, and both of us have developed our characters and their backstories a lot more. Especially Leafsong, who was actually my first character on an RP server – for quite a while, when we first began to RP together, Leafsong was a monstrosity in BLACK MAGEWEAVE (SHAME! SHAAAAAME) who used to speak perfect Common, carry on intellectual conversation, had a perfectly normal upbringing and occasionally used to flip out and headbutt people into the canal in bear form.

Actually that last part was awesome!!!! I do miss being able to kick ass on Leaf nowadays. She has 0/0 combat skill.

But anyway as time went on, I created more of a proper backstory for her – her background of poverty, her lack of education, the family herb business, the terrible Common and her slightly peculiar accent. I also ditched the black mageweave and begun to kit her out in more humble attire. Aphel and I also worked out more of their mutual backstory, i.e. them meeting in Hyjal when he was an exile and she was picking herbs for her father to sell on a blanket.

During that time, the creation of the GHE was funded entirely through the gold Aphel gave to this moody urchin he used to see every few weeks on the mountain trails of Hyjal, who referred to herself as Twiglet – until she disappeared without notice or a word of gratitude. Ten years later, Aphel (reprived from exile and now struggling to salvage his reputation fighting with the Alliance against the Legion on Draenor) bumps into “Twiglet” in Shattrath, older and better-clothed, wearing a tabard embroidered with the words Gladefall Herb Emporium; a successful chain of herbalist stores best known for their lucrative Cenarion Circle contract.

None of the above backstory actually existed when Aphel and Leafsong first met in Feb. 2008, but since it’s a storyline which just involves two characters, we’ve decided to go back and “retcon” their first meeting; or, roleplay it out again, with all the additional characteristics and backstory we’ve added to them over the months (years!). It should be pretty fun, and I’m going to take a billion screenshots in the hope that I can locate the right folder later on (VISTAAAAAA!) and write it up into a proper story.

Edit: for the shame!!!! vvvv

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((New computer!))

I’ve been playing WoW for two years on my laptop, and I just recently got a desktop when I moved home to Britain. It’s like playing a whole different game =)

Laptop

Desktop

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(( Back! ))

(( Back from minibreak going around various Fundy national parks. After walking more in the past three days than I have in the past three MONTHS, my feet are killing me and I am covered from head to toe in insect bites. I suppose I was like a walking buffet to the flying wildlife of the park. Well I am glad that I managed to cater to their individual tastes (!!!).

ICly, Leafsong has retired to Darnassus for the final few days of her pregnancy. Now the size of about six barges, she is only able to loll around on a bed, Jabba-style, while bitching incessantly. She is going to (reluctantly) give birth tomorrow, which should be hilarious. I think poor Aphel is in for a long night! So, there will be a new post tomorrow. ))

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((More Kara fun))

Last week’s attempt at Kara ended at the Opera event, where we got Rom + Jules and failed utterly at interrupts. This is approximately the conversation we had while waiting for Barnes the stage manager to raise the curtain this week.

Leafsong: Right, I’m hoping that it’s going to be Wiz of Oz. Because if it’s Rom + Jules again, we are screwed. And if it is Red Riding Hood, we are screwed also.

Aphel: W/E.

Leafsong: …Because I have never survived being chased by that damn wolf. Never. He killed me every time at 70. EVERY. TIME.

(Ten seconds later)

Barnes:  Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this evening’s (blah blah blah) TAKE FOR INSTANCE THIS ELDERLY OLD WOMAN WAITING FOR A VISIT FROM HER GRANDDAUGHTER

Leafsong: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF-

*encounter begins*

Leafsong: /HoT /HoT — AGH WTF *is transformed into tiny red gnome* NOOAAAAAA

*repeat 4x throughout encounter*

In summary:
Leafsong: 4 times
Aphel: O times

There was a total period of about 20 seconds total the entire fight where I was not running madly around the stage, screeching and cursing. Luckily casting HoTs on myself + the fact that he only hit for about 3k or so when he did smack me, meant that it was not insta-death. Still. BAH.

Aran was hilariously easy, even though Aphel’s crab kept failing to keep still on Flame Wreath (only did about 3-4k damage). Chess was frustrating! It’s all about luck as much as anything. We managed to do it on our third encounter, with me riding Llane’s ass and Aphel hopping in and out of the conjurer/healing dude as needed. It was slightly helped by the fact that for the last thirty seconds, Chief Blackhand (the Horde king) decided to turn his back on me and do absolutely nothing.

Netherspite – wiiiiiipe. Couldn’t work out wtf the beams/portals did.

Malchazar – two wipes, the first being because both of us are hardly what you call BC raiding vets, and we didn’t realise that it probably wasn’t a good idea to be in melee range of Malch after his Enfeeble (drops you to 1 health). Second wipe was due to Aphel’s moron crab, the LESS SPOKEN ABOUT THAT THE BETTER.

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IRL?

Hmm so I was wondering the other day who would play Aphel and Leafsong in an IRL film (I was bored of studying, alright!?) I asked Aphel, and he was like Jeremy Irons. I – shamefully, for a native Brit – didn’t know who he was, so had to GI him:

I can definitely see Aphel as that guy. That guy is actually super hot, IMO. Though I might be somewhat biased as I have been told I have “weird” tastes in hot men. I thought the geek scientist dad in Honey I Shrunk The Kids was hot. HE IS HOT!!!

Leafsong was really hard actually, because she isn’t really based off anyone. And there aren’t many not-hot 20-ish actresses on Google. No, she does not look like Emma Watson. No, she does not look like Scarlett Johansson (ha!) No, she DEFINITELY does not look like Kristen Stewart (kill me!) There aren’t that many scowly, wide-eyed, long-nose, solemn faced actresses in Hollywood nowadays, I suppose. Actually, that description sounds really like a horse. Or a ….

Hrrmmmmmmm


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cataclysm druid changes

Yawn!

I suppose having an interrupt is nice, but I only go cat/bear for my levelling spec. Shroomkin is going to be hilarious though. I bet they will look like those hideous mushrooms that grow around the first Underbog boss, though. WTB some cute, dancing, Fantasia-style mushroom companions. Omg, YES. PLEASE!

I like the thought of a growth of healing flora beneath the feet of those you crit with Rejuvie, though. And no, random person on WoWinsider, this does not make druids “more gay”. I think you mistook “more gay” for AWESOME.

No more spells? NO! I’m sad! I don’t think that we have enough spells at all. Look at priests, and how many spells their have in their repertoire. And what is this about lifebloom stacks being able to tank heal? Seriously, they are bringing that back? IMO, they should have revamped Healing Touch (which noone uses apart from right after Nature’s Swiftness), to make it a legit big heal spell.

And tree form on a Metamorphosis type cooldown….arhrhhmmm, I’m in two minds about this. Actually, three minds!

PVE: NO! NOO! I love being a tree and hopping around instances. I might as well be a damn priest if I have to stare at Leafsong’s caster ass.

PVP: Eehh! Most of the time I stay in caster form anyway, as being a tree in WSG seems to attract the attention of half the zone.

RP: Hrrmmm. If Leafsong gets to run around healing as a caster, I guess that could be a little less lorebreaking than her running around as a OMGTREE (especially since she can’t even shift yet). But what about the people who RP in tree form the majority of the time?

Anyway I can’t afford to spend any more time than this thinking about it! It’s silly to get so het up, it’s early days yet and I’m sure a lot of things will get altered before the expansion comes out, whenever that may be!

Back to studying. Three chapters of fun coming up! Let’s see…

CH10: Goal-congruent Emotions
CH11: Curiosity and Creativity
CH12: Competence and the Need for Control…

AND THEN! Eight health care ethics essays to read over. Who wants to talk about euthanasia?! What a fun way to spend a sunny Saturday =)

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Tree form update?

From the recent Blizzard Twitter Q&A:

Druid
Q. Is there any ETA on tree / moonkin form graphical update?
A. Moonkin is hard because Moonkin players are so in love with that form. It’s tough to change it at all. We currently hope to do a new tree form for Cataclysm, but no promises.”

YES! YES! YES! So fed up of looking like a half-dead limp-rooted trunk!

Give us new forms, please!

Yes!

Yes!!

YEESSSSSSSS

Oh pleeeeeease Blizzard I want to be the tree that gives people the GIFT of LIFE!!! (or not, if I’m distracted/eating)

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