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Watch this space!

June 26, 2009

The URL won’t change but there is a possibility that the age may undergo a redesign. While WoW is still dead (even uninstalled it from my PC) and my focus is still very much on Church at the moment that doesn’t exclude me from being able to blog and over the past few weeks there have been a number of things that have come up that I thought about blogging about.

So, it may be way more sporadic than in the past and it’ll probably cover a wider number of topics (my PC hardly gets turned on these days) but if I have something to say, it may very well end up here. Maybe I can coax some old readers back and maybe even gain some new ones.

Watch this space indeed…

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The Crossroads of Life (without Barrens chat)

May 21, 2009

Really it’s amazing how life can quickly change and make you sit up and take notice. Yes, this is one of those kind of posts.

First off I need to once more apologise to my readers out there that you haven’t had anything at all for the past couple of weeks. This post is going to be an explanation of just why that is and what the future holds.

I think I need to give you all some background so you know where I am coming from, so here is an insight into my real life outside of sitting in front of the PC playing WoW. Despite the world in which we live in I am a Christian, and I attend Church every week. This is not my attempt to divert my blog into a recruiting ground, nor to espouse the sinfulness and wickedness of all things, merely to say that I have a part of my life that is a really big deal to me and sits quietly behind the scenes of my online persona. The Church has a lay ministry, the officers tasked with the day to day running of the congregations are unpaid volunteers drawn from the units they attend. Ever since I joined the Church in 2004 I’ve had a calling (the term we use for officiating in a position within the Church) and all members are encouraged to serve. These callings have required varying amounts of commitment in terms of how much time should ideally be devoted to performing them.

Still with me? Awesome. For the past few years I’ve tried to balance the service I’ve been tasked with and sitting around playing WoW and to be honest WoW has been the one thing that for the most part has taken more priority. It’s taken up more of my thinking time as well as actual time than any of the callings I’ve had up to this point. Now, some of these callings ask a lot more of our time than others. For example a Sunday School teacher may spend a few hours during the week to prepare a lesson, but the Bishop (the leader of the unit) will devote much more of his time to fulfill his role.

A few weeks ago I was asked to fulfill a new role within our Ward (congregation) which involves working closely with the Bishop and helping him out with a lot of the various parts of our unit. This is the most meaty of all callings I’ve been asked to do and I was rather amazed that someone with as many flaws as I have would be called to such a position of responsibility. It’s times like these that cause us to (hopefully) take a step back and assess our lives and what we are spending our time doing. This is the reason that my WoW time over the past two weeks has been reduced to nothing. When we receive a calling we believe that it comes direct from the Lord, as we beleive that he sits at the head of the Church and directs it through his Prophet on the Earth (it’s all on the website). This adds more weight to the calls that we receive, I always accept callings and therefore accepted this one and have had an absolute blast so far in the two weeks I’ve been doing it.

Due to this calling coming at this time I did take a step back and assess what I was doing. Hence the large amount of time I was spending sat on the PC (even though I had reduced that time for Operation: Casual Horde) has been culled to the point of not even being noteworthy. I have even cancelled my WoW account with a month’s play time still on it. Doing that was probably the final nail in the MMO coffin as despite the fact that I have enjoyed my time in the game I realise that in order to do my best and really be doing the things that I should be doing WoW needs to be removed, yes it’s fun but it doesn’t really do anything for me and so I’ve been spending my time putting myself where I believe I need to be and doing the things I believe that I need to be doing. To be honest, I feel much better for doing this.

That’s not to say I now condemn people who spend time in WoW, quite the opposite, there are many merits to it, but for me the time has come to hang up my coat. Obviously as I won’t be playing WoW anymore that kind of spells the end for the blog too, I can’t really blog about a game I’m not playing and I won’t be keeping up with things. There are many blogs that have been retired recently and for me this has nothing to do with the game itself, more of me restructuring my life to better fit with how I feel it should be.

I joined the Ashen Rose Conspiracy with Greenborne around a month ago now, my only regret really is that I haven’t gotten to spend as much time with them as I would have liked. They are a really great bunch of people and have been the most friendly and welcoming guild that I have EVER been a part of out there in MMO land. I’ve played with guilds that normally start out from RL friends and have grown from there, but this guild, well, it’s been a great pleasure to be counted among their ranks even for such a short space of time. Is there a possibility that I may one day return, well, never say never but I just can’t see a space for it right now as I try to put my life on track in terms of the Church.

I’ve been way happier in myself since I have made this change and deep down know that it’s the right thing to do.

I wish everyone out there in WoW land the very best for the future and lots of epics and to my recent guildies, simply, you guys rock!

Nick (aka Bo, Lekktra, Greenborne)

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Memory Like a Sieve

April 21, 2009

As an aside today I was going to talk about the changes I’d made to my Elemental Shaman Lekktra over the weekend. I spent a bit of time out of the new project to look over the new Glyphs and I respecced from 3.1 hitting and resetting everything. A run on the target dummy saw me doing 2400DPS which isn’t bad from badge epics and a couple Naxx drops. (That’s unbuffed btw).

I was going to go through my talent spec and expound on some things but forgot to tag myself in the WoW armory and as I am posting from work (shhhhhhh) I can’t get there now to post things up.

I did swap out my Glyph of Lava for Glyph of Totem of Wrath though, 10% spellpower bonus for 1 spell against +30% spellpower for 5 minutes everytime I plonk a Totem of Wrath down was a no-brainer for me. I can hit a level 80 mob for over 75% of its health now with a Lava Burst crit, and my Lava Bursts ALWAYS crit.

My selling of Copper Bars and Light Leather from the gathering specs I grabbed on Greenborne have been uber-successful too, everything he put on the Auction House has sold, along with the green items I picked up from drops while questing. I have almost 60 gold already after having spent most of what I’d earnt from questing on glyphs already. Ten levels to my mount and I am hoping for continued success to mean I’m not going to have to wait for that Kodo.

Also, following comments on the voting for the Casual Horde thing I dropped Bind the Undead Mage and recreated the Mage as a Blood Elf called Snowborne. I doubt this character will see any play time but if the Druid falls through I have a backup. In true casual fashion I shouldn’t be on until Thursday night and that will be the only weeknight this week that I’ll be playing. Green will be hitting up the Stonetalon Mountains and the last sections of the Barrens according to TourGuide. I may actually start to write down my observations too, I come up with a lot of material but once I try and remember it days later for a blog post it’s all gone.

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Elvis has left the building

April 8, 2009

I had an absolutely appalling pug last night trying to add Ahn’Kahet to my list of completed Heroics.

I have started the draft of the Shammy Vs Priest Pt2 post but as of right now my blogging muse has left me. Tonight is my normal weekly night off anyways so I’ll be doing some thinking, hopefully this dry spell won’t last too long.

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Nine out of Ten

March 11, 2009

No game updates or amusing posts about vertically challenged beard lovers bent on world domination. Mondays and Wednesdays are generally non-gaming days and I was out last night too so am looking forward to sitting down tomorrow with an absolute wad of rest XP that will hopefully see me quickly ascending to 80 by the weekend, I only need a bit under 2000 gold now for the epic flyer too. Would having it now make levelling easier and faster? Undoubtedly, I’d be flying around Icecrown raking the cash in but Lekktra has a lot of instances she hasn’t run yet and Storm Peaks is seeming like a good place to grab the levels as it should also open up the Sons of Hodir rep line.

Shockingly I also have a free character slot on Argent Dawn now, I currently have a Blood Elf Paladin, Draenei Priest, Draenei Hunter, Gnome Warrior, Blood Elf Rogue, Draenei Shaman, Human Paladin, Human Death Knight and a Night Elf Druid (all female btw). That extra character slot will continue to taunt me until something occupies it, however, I’ve done the Draenei starting zone about fifteen times and can’t bring myself to throw another character through that, next character to level when the urge takes me is likely to be a toss up between the Hunter, Death Knight and Druid, I seem to have a thing for Hybrids though, I just seem to work better with them in this game. I expect a /facepalm from Roop, but he may have to  wait until he regains consciousness once he reads that I only have 9 characters on the server not 10!

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Links updated

February 12, 2009

A bit boring for a post I know but I have updated the links with a few of the blogs I read. A couple of these are mostly responsible for me starting up a blog of my own and I heartily recommend checking them out, some of them are pretty specific in their scope but I have found them to be highly entertaining.