Ten years in Azeroth: 10 Years 10 Questions

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WoW’s 10th anniversary is coming up and Alternative Chat has started a podcast documentary project called 10 Years 10 Questions. But she needs our help. She wants as many players as possible to answer these ten questions about their time in World of Warcraft. You will find all the info you need here.

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1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I had friends and classmates who always talked about it and it sounded like a fun game because it was so different from anything I’d played before.  So I bought the first expansion and started playing with my friends.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

A male tauren warrior called Syrcorax which was my main from I started mid TBC to start of WotLK when I rerolled druid. I still got the warrior on my account but I haven’t played it in a while now.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

I wanted to be the same faction as my friends and they were Horde. But I thought Horde seemed like a much cooler faction than the Alliance because they were more fierce and wild.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

It’s impossible to just pick one because there are so many great ones. I’ve been part of so many exciting boss kills over the years but my favorites were our first Illidan kill and our first Arthas heroic kill. But I have so many great memories from my time in the Scandinavian guild Ash and with all the awesome people I got to know there. We even had guild meetings where we all got together for a weekend.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

I’ve always seen myself as an explorer and adventurer. I have to explore every corner of the map, see everything there is to see, it’s so fun to be able to go exactly where you want, why just follow the road when there is so much more just waiting to be explored?

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Orgrimmar because I got everything I need there.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

I started playing in October 2007 and I played a lot the first year, and even more some of the following years because of raids.  I haven’t had any real breaks except for maybe a few weeks holiday here and there.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

I like to read them the first time so I know why I should do what they want me to do. It’s more fun when you can follow the story.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

Yes, I’m sure there are some, but nothing specific comes to mind. If I have to pick something, maybe I regret that I switched from Horde to Alliance early in WotLK. I should have stayed Horde and joined the guild Ash then instead of in the end of WotLK.

10.What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

WoW has taught me a lot. I’ve become much better at writing and reading English which is my second language. I met my boyfriend through WoW. We were in Ash together and first met at a guild meeting in 2010. Now we’ve been a couple for almost 3 years.

 

Summertime

It’s summer here in Norway! The weather has been surprisingly good the past since we moved back here in May. We’ve of course had some days of rain and but it has been warmer and drier than it usually is during summers here. We haven’t got a lot of rain, which we usually get plenty of, and we’re so used to the cold and wet weather that it takes a while to get used to this heat. I love sun and summer, but I wish it was colder at night so I could sleep better. I also dislike that the sun gives me headache sometimes and it’s too far to the nearest beach. With too far I mean 10 minutes drive.. I wish I could just go outside and jump in the sea too cool off every now and then.

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I got a summer job which started in June and lasts until August, so I work almost every day sometimes early and sometimes late. We also got an apartment! It wasn’t easy to find an apartment which was cheap, good standard, central and allows one to have a cat. But the apartment we found now is perfect and we’re moving in next week.

The summer heat, summer job and moving to a new apartment takes a lot of time so I don’t have a lot of spare time left to spend in front of the computer. It isn’t exactly comfortable to sit inside in front of the computer here right now anyway, it’s around 28 degrees in this room, the air doesn’t move, and having the computer on will only make it even warmer. Hopefully it won’t be as warm in our new apartment which got bigger windows and it’s in the basement of a house so the sun won’t shine directly on it all day.

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I would of course take the time to play more if I had the beta, but I haven’t got in, not yet. But I hope I’ll get lucky soon.

Anyone used to the heat and can give me some tips on how to survive and make it cooler inside?

My Blog as a Mix Tape

I first discovered this link-up on Nerdjoy but it was started by Joie Fatale of Confessions of a Book Pimp.

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What would your blog sound like if it was a Mix Tape? Five songs on side A, and Five on B?
Create a playlist, of 10 songs that describe your blog! Any genre! Any song!
Tweet your link with the hashtag: #MyBlogMixTape! And please, please, please! Leave me a comment with the link to your post! I want to hear all the music!!!

I love music, so this topic is perfect for me! But it’s not easy to pick 10 songs to describe my blog. My blog is first and foremost a World of Warcraft blog. But I’ve also written more personal posts and I would like to continue to write not only about World of Warcraft but about other games, other interests and maybe some personal stuff every now and then. I’ve been working on this playlist for some weeks now, not all the time of course but I’ve been listening to different music, reading lyrics and thinking.

The lyrics are very important to me, I always read through them when I hear a new song I like so I can learn what it’s about and understand it. I often find my own meaning with it because it reminds me of something. The songs I’ve chosen for my playlists are all songs I like a lot from my favorite band Machinae Supremacy, a song from Donkeyboy, my favorite song by Lindsey Stirling, one song by Porcupine Tree and the music from the faerie dragon event in the Whispering Forest.

I’ve added parts of the lyrics that appeal to me.

Donkeyboy – Crazy Something Normal

There’s a ripped off cord
To my TV screen
Because I will never
be afraid to dream

I’m a dreamer, sometimes I have to remind myself to live in the real world and not only in my dreams,

Machinae Supremacy – Republic of Gamers

We are all equals here
and we fight for dominion tonight
We don’t ask color, race or creed,
dedicated, free-for-all

Passed through my line of sight
You are the one that caught my eye
I’m coming for you right now
Yeah you can try to hide
How many levels can you up
before I track you down and make you die?

The first part reminds me of WoW and how you can be anyone you want, you don’t have to tell anyone who you are in real life. The second part makes me think of PvP in WoW, when you’re in a battleground and see one person and you decide you’re going to go get him/her.

Lindsey Stirling – Minimal Beat

This song is an instrumental and has no lyrics. But the song and the video makes me think of dreaming and traveling, and it gives me inspiration to do what I like and what I want.

Machinae Supremacy – Rise of a Digital Nation

Though far apart, united by heart

We’re all far apart, from different countries all around the world, but internet makes us connected and united.

Machinae Supremacy – A View From The End of the World

Friend me, follow, fan and like
Say, what’s on your mind tonight?

Just as well when the real world feels so small
We are gods here, and we can reach it all
I can hear the whole world call

We excel at passing time, and we share our hearts and our minds

The Greatest Show on Earth is right here on the net
And we are a part of it

Again internet brings us together. We friend each other, follow each other, fan and like. Share our thoughts and what we do with the whole world. We’re part of the greatest show on earth.

Porcupine Tree – Time Flies

But after a while
you realize time flies.
And the best thing that you can do
is take whatever comes to you.

She said nothing ever happens
if you don’t make it happen.

 

Time flies, it really does. We grow older every day. If you want something, you have to make it happen. Follow your dreams.

Machinae Supremacy – Force Feedback

Take a look across this vast uncharted battlefield
You still don’t know your enemy
A bunch of pissed off freaks with infinite mad skills
And a newfound taste for blood

I don’t think you understand
These are our shores and our land
You are a stranger here
And we won’t be idle as you interfere

This song also makes me think of WoW and a new expansion where we don’t know who the final boss will be. Or a battleground where the opposing team don’t know their enemy which is us, “a bunch of pissed off freaks with infinite mad skills and a newfound taste for blood”.

And the second part is also about an enemy who enters our territory and we want them gone.

Machinae Supremacy – Crouching Camper Hidden Sniper

Do you always play warfare just to lay around
With your ass in the grass and your chin to the ground
Again and again every round

Now your chicken shit outfit and need to survive
is just trying my patience and cramping my style
It deals a lethal blow to the thrill
playing punk-hide and seek to get kills

I’m gonna do you a favor
And not t-bag you for your behavior
But even so you and I are far from OK
Your lame bullshit slows down the game

I was all about action, I played every day
But the failed interaction with lamers dismayed
Eroded the appeal of the game

These days I play for one and one reason alone
I’m here to practice muh stabbin’ on pissants who prone
I always got the most knife kills
Check your killcam to review my skills

Are you afraid of a showdown
(Rather) shoot in the back than react face to face
It’s not our fault that you’re slow
now be a good bitch and die before you go

This song makes me think of Counter-Strike. But parts of it can also be about WoW and bad players who don’t do what they should.

Machinae Supremacy – Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive

I know that I’m not meant to kill this indiscriminately,
but I get a bit bit carried away by the sounds of pain

What I may never know is the place of the maze
in which I would have erased some fucking fairies from space
I neglected to ask before I killed the last dairy farmer who knew

I wish I had waited for you
I wish I could invoke some better part of me

I know I’m supposed to be all “the one”
but I have too much fun killing everyone

I came here to play, now could you come out and stay
so I can kill and away you
to the gods you pray to and never look back.

I know that all these NPCs don’t pose a threat to me
But I gotta kill kill something right now and this’ll have to do

This is one of my favorite songs by Machinae Supremacy because it’s different and fun. It also reminds me of WoW.

Music from World of Warcraft – Song from the Faerie Dragon event in the Whispering Forest

This song has no lyrics. But it is so mysterious and beautiful. Makes me think of the event and the feeling of finding a new and secret place, the excitement of adventures in WoW.

So, what would your blog sound like if it was a mix tape? Let me know in the comments below which songs you would add or make your own playlist and post it on your blog. Remember to post a link to your post on Confessions of a Book Pimp :)

Roadtrip to our new home

I apologize for not posting more often these last weeks, I’ve just been so busy packing and fixing stuff. We moved this week, from the west coast of Sweden to the west coast of Norway. Back home to Bergen where I’m from. We rented a moving truck in Sweden and my boyfriend’s dad drove all the way up and then back the next day.

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It’s usually a 11 hour drive but we spent around 14 hours on the road because of different reasons. Like in Oslo we missed our exit because the GPS was slow and I was asleep so we drove right into the center of the city and a traffic jam due to road works, complete chaos! Think we spent an hour there, moving slower than a turtle before we finally found our way to the right road.

It also took longer than usual because we couldn’t drive top speed with that heavy moving load in the back and we took some breaks a long the way. Some of the most disgusting toilets I’ve ever seen can be found a long the way from Hønefoss to Gol, I’ll never forget the stench and the flies. But there are also some great views along the way.

We continued up through Hallingdal before we finally reached Geilo, which is located halfway between Oslo and Bergen and 800 meters above sea level. Geilo is a perfect spot to take a break and get something to eat. So we ate the best pizza in Norway at Peppes Pizza.

Then we continued through Hardangervidda where the highest point was almost 1300 meters above sea level. It was more snow there than I had imagined it would be in May. You don’t want to drive through Hardangervidda in winter because of the snow and the road might be closed. But the roads were free of snow now and the view was beautiful. By the way: the scenes from the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1979) were filmed in Finse, not far from where we were. Imagine the AT-ATs walking around.

The way down was really steep and winding, but we got down in the end and saw some great views along the way. Like Vøringsfossen in Hardanger where you can stand on the edge of a cliff and look 200 meters down in the valley. It’s scary because it’s so far down and nothing between you and the edge. I didn’t go too far out so I didn’t get any photos to show you how far down it is.

After our break at Vøringsfossen we continued down through Måbødalen where the road looks like this:
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Hardanger was really beautiful!

We crossed the Hardanger bridge which was new in 2013.

I bet there are a thousand tunnels here west in Norway. I know there are many between Voss and Bergen. What was really annoying was that when we got to Voss, there was a sign about a tunnel being closed and you could only pass every half hour. And we were starting to get really tired as we had already spend more time on the road than we thought we would. So we just wanted to get home fast. When we finally got to the closed tunnel it was 22:15 and there was a line in front of the tunnel. Some guy came over to us and told us that the tunnel was closed because of road works and that we had to wait until 23:00 to pass.

Luckily we had brought food and drinks to have a long the way, so we sat and waited until they opened. Then we drove for maybe another hour before we finally reached our destination! But we couldn’t go to bed until we had emptied the truck which took another half hour or so, then we got something to eat and went to bed.

It’s the longest drive I’ve ever been on. I know we could have chosen a shorter route but it was fun to drive the route we chose because there were so many great sights a long the way.

By the way: I’ve been thinking a bit about writing more personal posts, like this one, every once in a while. But I’ll still write about WoW and maybe Diablo III as well. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’m also wondering: Have you ever been to Norway?

Another Liebster Award

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Jojo of Admiring Azeroth has nominated me for another Liebster Award! Thank you!
I won’t nominate anyone else as I’ve already done it once, check my other post about the Liebster Award.

Here are the questions from Jojo and my answers:

  1. Do you still play your first character? If not, why not and if you do, how much? Are they your main or just an alt…
    • No, I don’t play my first character at the moment. My first character was a warrior. He was my main till the end of Naxxramas in Wrath of the Lich King when I rerolled my balance druid alt to help out my guild. My warrior is level 90 but I haven’t played him a lot after I hit 90. I got enough with my druid and shaman which are my favorite classes, but my warrior is my third favorite class so I might play him more when I got more time.
  2. What’s your opinion of the more monotonous side of WoW? Things like fishing, archaeology, rep grinds etc.
    • I don’t like farming. Doesn’t matter if it’s reputation, mats for something, running the same instance over and over again for a mount or piece of gear. It’s so boring doing the same thing over and over again. I even dislike farm raids. Progress raids and working on a new boss is much more fun. Archaeology and fishing can be ok if I listen to music or talk with some at the same time, or while waiting for battleground queue, looking for raid etc.
  3. Which of the in-game races does the real life you best resemble? (I’m a Dwarf or Pandaren).
    • Haha, I’ve actually never thought of that. Maybe a Pandaren. Because Pandaren love good food, being with their family and friends, and taking naps. Some Pandaren also love adventures. They also seem very friendly and like they don’t take themselves too seriously so they’re always fun to be around and come up with a lot of great jokes. I love good food and being with my family and friends, and I like naps. I want to go on adventures and see the world. And I see myself as friendly, fun to be around and I like to believe that my jokes are funny.
  4. What other games do you play?
    • Diablo III Reaper of Souls! Just got the expansion last week. It’s so much fun!
  5. Are you a gold-maker in-game?
    • Well, maybe a bit. I’ve always enjoyed selling things at the auction house because it makes me so happy to open my mailbox to find loads of gold! I started selling flasks in Wrath of the Lich King and earned a big amount of gold there. Or it was big for me, around 50k in a few weeks, without spending hours at the auction house. After that I started selling glyphs and earned quite a bit there. Now it’s enchanting scrolls which don’t sell so good at the moment but it was good money earlier this expansion.
  6. Would you class yourself as a typical gamer?
    • I’m not sure what a typical gamer is. But I would call myself a gamer because I play games and I’ve played games for many years. I think I’ll be a gamer for my whole life.
  7. I play on a laptop which is slowly dying from all the WoW-time. What do you play on?
    • I’m also playing on a laptop. Asus G74SX, two years old, runs games very good actually. I had to buy a laptop if I wanted to continue to raid because I moved around a lot. I know laptops don’t lasts as long as real computers. It acts weird sometimes, freezes and crashes, so I might send it in for repair. I want to buy a real computer before Warlords of Draenor.
  8. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you as a result of blogging?
  9. If all the WoW servers were merged, so EU and US could play together etc, would that affect the game for you? What would you do in celebration? Or could you not give two *beeps*.
    • I would be very happy if I could play with friends from blogs and Twitter who play on US!
  10. We all have at-least one fun fact about us, what’s yours?
    • I think my most fun fact which not everyone knows, but which I already mentioned in my other post about the Liebster Award is that I’m half Filipino. My father was from the Philippines. Many of my relatives from the Philippines live in Australia. I was born and raised in Norway and I’ve never been to the Philippines or Australia, but I would like to go some day.
  11. If you could add a new profession to WoW what would it be? Primary or Secondary?
    • I’m not sure if it can be called a profession. But I’ve always thought I could be fun to be able make more out of our pets, like breeding. Imagine that you can mix some of your favorite pets and create new mixed breeds with new looks and abilities. I’m not sure how it would work out. I wouldn’t want all pets to be able to breed with each other, they might have to be the same family like flying, aquatic, beast etc.