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Checking in with the trolls

monk troll wow pandariaIt’s been a while since my last post about my trolls in World of Warcraft, so I figured it’s time for a quick update. Last time, I formulated some achievable goals, so let’s so how I’m doing there, yes?

On my way to the siege
By now, Umaru is level 90 and preparing to kick down the gates of Orgrimmar. He’s halfway through LFR Throne of Thunder, and with an item level of 486 not that far away anymore from the final raid of this expansion. I marathoned a big part of the LFR raids over the past weekend, and even though the encounters were horribly easy (probably also because my raids were packed with overgeared characters farming points), I have to admit that I liked the mechanics of many of them. It’s good to see that Blizzard keeps toying around with the possibilities, even though some bosses have some annoying tricks up their monstrous sleeves. Does Ji-Kun really have to try that hard to blow us off the platform?

Anyway, I’m taking it easy now, slowly plowing my way through the item levels. With a bit of luck, I’ll have Garrosh underneath my boots by the end of my Christmas break.

Raising a hunter
Another goal is to have at least one other max-level character before the expansion hits. For that goal, I’m busy leveling a troll hunter named Jubaru. Jubaru is decked out in heirlooms (all he needs is the bow, but I can’t be arsed to get him that) and pew-pewing his way through his twenties now. I always wanted to have a hunter, mostly because I remember how fond my brother was of the class back in TBC and Wrath. So far, I like having a pet (Jubaru won’t leave the house without Shuffles, his trusty turtle) and steamrolling everything that comes in my way. Pandaria, prepare yourself for another troll!

Serpents & skinning
My final two goals are about professions and a faction grind. Umaru is busy training Skinning and Leatherworking. The former has hit 150 today, while the latter is barely at 75. Professions have always been the most boring part of the game to me, and so I find it hard to level them. It’s really just clicking a button and waiting while your character rubs his hands together. Can’t Blizzard make crafting somewhat more exciting?

Talking about exciting, the reputation grind for one of those sweet serpents is also not that special. I’m halfway through Honored and already looking forward to the racing dailies unlocking at Revered. However, I must give some credit to Blizzard for at least giving us some variety when it comes to dailies. You’re not repeating the same set of quests every day, and the fact that one of your dailies is about interacting with your chosen serpent hatchling at least tries to give you a connection with your future mount.

All in all, WoW is really scratching a certain itch right now. That itch needs a game that feels familiar and where I can do some things that don’t require too much of my attention. When slaying low-level mobs to level my Skinning feels relaxing, I know that WoW is what I need right now.

Damn, that rhymed nicely.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: it’s the season!

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“Christmas” by elgunto

November came and went, along with Movember, NaNoWriMo (which we will discuss in a future post) and many other things. Now, December will reign, and you all know what that means: effing Christmas time! But before we dive head first into my favorite season, let’s re-cap the last week in this short Weekly Wrap-Up!

  • I had a blast in Riga with my friends, drinking and sight-seeing through a great experience. If you want to see lesser known part of Europe, make sure to visit this Baltic capital!
  • Gaming-wise, my Troll monk Umaru has made it to Pandaria. With four levels left to the level cap, I’m starting to formulate my goals until Warlords of Draenor hits, while also thinking about sharing my opinions about the current expansion.
  • Furthermore, one of my friends has been pushing me to give Awesomenauts a try. The game has been sitting on a my harddrive for a while now, and I’ve been trying it cautiously. It’s MOBA nature is not appealing to me, but the 2D graphics look attractive. Only one way to find out if it’s my cup of tea, right?
  • The Steam Autumn Sale is still on, but there hasn’t been anything attractive for me on sale yet. However, I’m keeping an eye on The Wolf Among Us, and that Legendary edition of Skyrim is still on my mind. Valve, why do you want to rob me of my money so much?
  • Finally, the Playstation 4 has made it to Europe last Friday. Of course, I wrote about it.

Well, that’s this week for me. I’m tired and Monday is on the horizon. Let’s dive into another week full of potential, shall we?

World of Warcraft – it will never let me go

bokuzen northrendWhen Funcom announced that The Secret World would go B2P, I rejoiced and did my happy dance. Not just because I like to do silly dances, but also because I’m a Scrooge McDuck and like to keep as many Euros for myself as possible. The fact that I can keep enjoying TSW without paying a fee meant that I could dabble in other MMORPG’s, possibly even one that might require a subscription fee. That was when World of Warcraft reared its not-so-ugly head.

You see, WoW and I have a long history. I started playing the game-changing MMO one month after its release, and took only short breaks from it until Cataclysm. The world-shattering expansion also shattered my last shreds of interest , and so I said goodbye to it for quite a while. Then, Mists of Pandaria was released, and a month after its (surprisingly positively received) launch, I bought the expansion and started playing a new toon, together with some returning and veteran friends. To my surprise, I found the changes made to the game really enjoyable. The new talent system is limited, but now I have the feeling that choosing a specialisation and a talent actually matters. The Pandaren are less whimsical than I had expected, and the Monk is actually a really fun class to play. Damn you, WoW, for being fun again!

So, for the last months, I’ve been playing WoW on and off again on multiple characters. I hit 70 with my Pandaren Warrior today, and I’m working my way back to the level cap together with a group of friends. It doesn’t feel as great and fantastic as it did “back in the days”, but I have fun rediscovering a world I thought I knew so well.

Azeroth, I’m back!