I got owned…

by Dara…

You see, as I have mentioned before, Dara and I have been leveling not one alt, but two.

We’d do 5 levels on each, before switching to the other, which allowed us time to get rested XP bonus, and 5 levels is just long enough to get sick of one toon, before switching to the other… and 5 levels on that one was just long enough to get bored doing the same content we did the days before, and then we would switch.

It’s been a bit like Bear and Cassie with their leveling, where they stay together XP wise, so that they ding each level together…

except… Continue Reading »

So there was once this blogging friend of mine that I knew I could take at his word.



But it appears he found a closet…

Called it away from townContinue Reading »

I’m late for work (but then when aren’t I?).

I’m sitting on a train that’s stopped due to signal failure ahead.

No, I’m on a train that’s reversed back to a previous station so people can get off.

I’m sitting here wondering whether I should be patient, or maybe I should get off, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving.

It’s the 1st step that’s a killer.

Oh, and that’s how I am finding WoW right now. It’s broken, too many things wrong.

Do I get off, or stay on?


It definitely doesn’t help that I haven’t had the time to keep up with the news. Even if I had read just one of Cynwise’s posts I would have realized that the best way to greet 5.04 was to wipe everything and start fresh.

Well, I’ve read that now… when I have some time I will return, wipe the adding, wipe the toolbars, wipe it all and start fresh… one toon at a time Continue Reading »

The MoP Trailer had me at the warning Continue Reading »

Well I’ll be buggered.

Dara and I have been leveling our closet alts through a mix of activities.

  • Questing – I kill the mobs, she collects the loot (assuming she isn’t too busy skinning).
  • Dungeons – I do the killing while she finds the right corridor to where the rest of the party is.
  • BGs – I head to the graveyard while she stealths on the outside (Hell, she remembered to stealth even found the stealth button, that’s a good start).

We have been leveling in tandem, so we would start each level kind of together, but somehow I will always reach the next level 1st (she calls me a cheater).

It’s not a big issue, I let her catch up… sometimes.

What is an issue though is this funny quirk, I’m going to call it a bug, where if one of us levels up (yes, 50% of the time me), that one gets kicked from the BG (or instance for that matter) queue.

So imagine if you will. Continue Reading »

BigBearButt outed me to Matticus on Twitter…


Out of the closest… again.

So just for the record… yes I have a Warlock, an Affliction Warlock..

But I am wondering what rock the Bear has been hibernating under, because the rest of you you know I have had it for a long time.. some time in 2008 I started my Lock Twinking adventures with Twinking your level 19 Warlock: Part 1. Introduction. The thing is, I could never bring myself to finish the experience, so the Lock was languishing at level 17 for 4 years.

There has been a long quiet spell in our guild lately and Dara and I found ourselves playing BGs over and over again… it was starting to get stale. One of the problems with BGs is the scenery doesn’t change too often, so I decided to change the personal scenery and add the Lock to my BG stables (currently housing Mage, Shaman, Druid, and an unloved DK).

So the Lock got dragged out of storage, Dara dug up her young Shaman and we started the leveling process.

That didn’t last long… REROLL!

Not long after that we rerolled… Did I say I liked the Lock?

Now we had two alts each, A Lock and a Pally for me… A Shaman and a Rogue for Dara… leveling in tandem.

One of the advantages of leveling on one character for 5 levels, then switching to the other, is there isn’t much time to get sick of the 1st one… at the 1st sign of boredem, we just switch toons.

One of the disadvantages is it feels like we just completed that painful collection quest… oh yeah we did… on the other toons.

That Mage…

There was a moment, early on, where I found myself face to face with a Horde Mage in WSG.

So I killed a Mage!

and yes I liked it.

Stupid Mage should have iceblocked…

Lessons learned

Our “juniors” are now well into their 70’s and some things are very clear now Continue Reading »

Dara (who you may as Skip from a certain short story comment) writes the following, after much nudging from me, especially as I yet to this day don’t understand how Bear’s post of horror could be an inspiration for someone to join the circus that is LFR.

Here it is…

Some blog’s inspire you more than others, some inspire you to do something the author may not have intended.

After reading I Have Met the Asshat, and it is Dalra I said to myself

Dara, do LFR NOW.

Wasn’t hard, one button clicked and I was in a queue.

I do not enjoy the PVE side of World of Warcraft. I leveled my second toon to 85 purely on BG’s after level 34. (My second maxed toon, I tell you the party is still happening. Ok she is a priest too, but a Horde priest so that makes her different to Daraiste.) My knowledge of BG’s may just go beyond noob level now, you are welcome to join me in a BG to find out and after that I will lure you back with promises of improvement.

I very much doubt Bear’s post was intended to inspire someone who knew nothing of these raids to join, my logic was less than sound I admit.

Here it is:

If someone can play against the raids objectives for even 10 seconds before it was noticed then I might just get away with being there.

Please direct all “girl don’t you know how to use google, wowhead, blogs, your guild, your mates or your basic common sense and learn about such things before you do them” to Gnome, he likes reading.

Pop. OMG.

omg, breathe.

In I went.

Did I know what I was doing? Hell no!

I struggled to keep up with what Deadly Boss Mods was telling me on more than one occasion.

Did I cause the raid to wipe? Not on that day.

I am not sure I have caused any wipes at all (well since I started using LFR), once healing was mentioned but that was by the tank who the rest of the raid though was clueless. I got a whisper that first day that went along the lines of

You should have said if you were new

followed by a quick


I wonder if he noticed me get the achieve later on.

I should mention I went in on full pvp gear.

I had so much fun, I still do LFR.

I have not given up on asking Gnome to join me, one day he may just say yes. I have some nice drops from doing them but I have something much better.

I have another part of WoW that I want to learn about, I go in with friends and get help and have a laugh. I have even recently started doing Arena’s. We won 6 before we lost on the first night. All of this because I saw the potential for getting away with something I would not have tried otherwise.

I guess I should finish this with…

Don’t try this at home, read up , get help or worst case scenario, wing it and grow.

Remember, there is a big difference between a Dalra and our Dara

Gnomer and Out (or as Dara likes to say, BB, BoB & CC… but that’s another story)

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I say a little prayer to the holiest of holies, the Bear amongst men

Oh Dear Bear, what 5 buttons should I press when I am in Feral forms.

I’m a Boomkin (and a bad one at that)

Or maybe I’m a tree (and a bad one at that Continue Reading »

… a well geared AFK/Bot.

Yeah, this is kind of another post where I link back to an old post like I don’t care about the color of your clothes, shake my head lolwut heirlooms in your Battleground? and wonder when people will ever learn.

I had a few experiences over the weekend that have brought my philosophy of gear being less relevant than attitude to the fore.

Like Raiding in Blues

There was a time, BG – Before Gevlon, where the concept of raiding, seriously, in less than the top of the line purples was scoffed at. “We all knew”, despite protestations to the contrary that you had to have the best of the best to even be eligible to apply for a bench seat on a raiding guild, let alone raid.

You WILL leave your fun on hold until you have suffered on the sidelines for an appropriate amount of time. No you may not play with your friends until you match their ever escalating gear score!

40% down

Yet in BGs, people just shrug at AFKs and Bots in BGs… Yeah the report them AFK, but we have gotten to the point were we expect 10-20% of a PuG BG team to be AFK Continue Reading »

Priesting is not my thing.

I’ve rolled a couple, I know a couple, but they just aren’t my thing.

But I’ve learned a few things from them.. some of them friendly, some of them not so friendly, all of them teachers in some way.

I think one of the most underused spells in a Priest’s arsenal is Mind Control, and I don’t mean the Beware Mind Control in the wrong hands kind of mind control, but it will still make you do silly things.

Here are some examples…

Alterac Valley & Isle of Conquest

Wipe inducing

I enjoy frustrating the Horde when they are preparing to engage Van, but funnily enough it’s not easy as a Mage to get Van to come to my rescue. I have only one or two options.. taunt a Hordie far enough in the room for Van to stop cleaning his nails, or pop Mirror Images… For some reason, while the Images inherit my aggro, Van inherits theirs and he will charge to attack their enemies. I guess if I had a DK, I could pull them one by one to have a chat with Van, but it’s priests that have the real power to absolve the sins (through death) of the Horde Continue Reading »

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