Timeless Isle on a PvP server

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This week’s shared topic on Blog Azeroth comes from Amerence who asks:

Let’s talk about “Time” in Timeless Isle? How much play time do you really spend time hanging out in this Island? What are the benefits despite those elite mobs ganking at you or if you’re in PvP server for any faction tries to kill you? Or just Rare hunting? Is it really fun? Do you finish all the dailies by yourself or in a group? Please share your thoughts! Thanks!

I used to like Timeless Isle when it was new. I went there on my druid and shaman to explore, do the quests, kill rare mobs and do some achievements. I even did the bosses every week. But this was back when it was new and everyone were busy exploring. Now, months later, most people have already completed everything. At least on my realms, Tarren Mill and Kazzak EU. Except for me, I thought I’d wait until I had more time to play and till everyone else were done with it so there would be fewer people around. Bad idea.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve gone back to Timeless Isle to do quests, achievements, pet battles, rare mobs or the weekly bosses, only to be instantly attacked by fellow Horde players pretending to be Alliance. Yes, that’s what I call it. Both my realms are PvP realms and we rarely see any Alliance around except for in cross realm zones of course. But that’s what I liked about the realms, the majority of players being Horde and you don’t have to worry about being attacked while playing.

Sadly, that’s impossible on Timeless Isle. I get attacked almost every time I go there, and not by Alliance but members of my own faction playing around with that ridiculous item Censer of Eternal Agony. I know, they just want to collect Bloody Coins to buy the mount. Yeah, that’s what I thought at first too and it was ok to be killed once in a while. Until I learned that many players create groups or even raids, use that item and run around killing other players just to annoy them and make them angry. They don’t care if you already got the debuff because you’ve already been killed and killing you again won’t give them any Bloody Coins, they’ll still kill you over and over again till you log off. It doesn’t even help to ask them to stop so you can complete your quest, kill the boss or whatever you’re doing. They’ll just laugh at you, tell you to cry more or throw some very rude words at you.

I’ve given up on going to Timeless Isle on my newly dinged and badly geared characters after being killed over and over again while trying to kill a rare mob. It’s so annoying because they don’t care what gear you got or that you don’t have any chance at all. And some of them actually wait for rares to spawn and then they go to that place just because they know there will be other players there which they can kill. I’ve also been invited to other realms after looking for a group to Ordos and Celestials in the group finder, only to be transported to the other realm and instantly killed by a raid of players.

It’s not that I dislike PvP because I actually play a lot of PvP, but I like to choose if I want to PvP or not and I want to actually have a chance to do something, which you usually don’t get at Timeless Isle. Not even on my druid and shaman which both have pretty good PvP gear, I don’t have a chance because they’re usually a group. It doesn’t even count as PvP, more like RvP, Raid vs Player. I think it would be more ok if it was Alliance that killed me, because then I would understand it and it would be natural. I don’t think a faction should be able to kill members of their own faction. I know, by using that item they become an emissary of Ordos, I don’t care, it’s the stupidest thing Blizzard has ever come up with. And I hope they never create anything like it again.

I know I’m not the only one being annoyed by this because I’ve seen people raging in general chat and on forums. Even a GM told me how much he hated it, so he moved all his characters to a PvE realm. Sadly, I can’t afford that and I would like to stay on my current realm because of my friends there and a guild I’m planning to join. I think I would play on a PvE realm if I could start over again and choose, but I remember how much I liked playing on a PvP realm back in the Burning Crusade when we arranged raids to Alliance cities or even met other raids of Alliance in a zone to PvP, that was great.

I don’t know if I’ll ever go back and complete Timeless Isle, maybe some time in the future when people are busy in Draenor. I still try to do Celestials every week because I want PvP items on some of my characters, but I dread going to the isle. I usually fly there or use the teleport if I got it, look for a group on the way, run straight for the boss, kill it and the Hearthstone as fast as I can. I’ve watched my boyfriend play on the Timeless Isle several times per week to complete the quests, kill the bosses and sometimes rare mobs. He told me he gets attacked by other Horde players almost every time he’s there and they usually kill him because they are 2 or more.

Timeless Isle would have been a great place if it wasn’t for that item and players being able to kill their own faction over and over again. I hope Blizzard never makes that possible again.

 

Have you experienced anything like this on Timeless Isle?

The Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by three different people! The first one was Neri of Mama Needs Mana, second one was Amerence of AmerPriest Blog and the third one was Marathal of When 140 characters is not enough. Thank you!

I had never even heard about the Liebster Award when I was nominated. But after reading some posts about it I learned that it’s a small token of appreciation given to up and coming bloggers. It’s a great way to find new blogs and recognize blogs you think deserve a little extra attention.
It seems like almost everyone I know about have been nominated by now, so it took a while to find some people I don’t think have been nominated yet.

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General info (from Wording Well)

  • This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers
  • It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: Dearest, darling, beloved, sweetheart
  • It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people
  • It can be misconstrued, depending upon your personal views, as either something wonderful (who doesn’t like awards?) or as an annoyance (a chain letter that involves work)
  • The choice lies within each of us to accept it, and continue paying it forward or to refuse to accept it, thereby stopping or interrupting the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself
  • Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned
  • Variations have been made over time to the “rules”
  • Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted
  • Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”

Rules

  1. Write a blog post about the Liebster Award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
  3. Display the award on your blog
  4. Answer the eleven questions that the blogger who nominated you gives you
  5. Give eleven random facts about yourself
  6. Nominate eleven blogs that you think deserve the award
  7. Create eleven questions for them to answer
  8. List the rules in your post
  9. Inform the bloggers that they’ve been nominated and provide them the link to your post

 


 

Questions from Neri of Mama Needs Mana

 

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
    • Other blogs I read inspired me to start blogging. I thought it would be great to have my own space to write about my thoughts on different topics and a place to share my screenshots from the Cataclysm beta which had just started when I made my blog.
  2. If you won a free ticket to Blizzcon, what panels would you be most excited about seeing?
    • I would be most excited about the art panel and the sound panel because I’m very interested in the art and how the game goes from concept art and sketches to the finished game. And the sound panel because I’ve always loved the music in Blizzard’s games and I would love to meet the composers.
  3. How do you balance time in-game with your ‘RL’ commitments?
    • I try to do everything that needs to be done in real life first and then play later when I’m finished with everything.
  4. If World of Warcraft shut down its servers tomorrow (Or you aren’t currently playing), what would you be playing instead?
    • Diablo III
  5. Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love?
    • Cymre: Has one of the greatest blogs I know about, amazing screenshots and inspiring posts. Amerence: Love the way she writes. Always fun and easy to read posts. Neri: One of my favorite blogs because she writes about gaming and other interesting topics like how it is to be a geeky parent :P
  6. Are you brave enough to show us your gaming set up?
    • Sure: Asus G74S, Razer Naga, Belkin n52te Nostromo and Logitech G35
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  7. At what age would you let your children (Real or hypothetical) start playing video games?
    • I don’t have any children, yet. But I would definitely introduce them to video games at some point. Maybe some educational children’s games at first when they’re really young like 3-5 years old and other games when they’re a bit older.
  8. You have a weekend of interruption free gaming ahead of you. What essential supplies do you stock up on to get you through it?
    • Chocolate and ice coffee! Maybe some homemade pizza buns ready to heat up in the microwave.
  9. If you could pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be?
    • I’ve dreamt about becoming a game designer since I was 10 years old and I haven’t given up on it yet.
  10. Have you ever done any gaming cosplay?
    • Not really. But remember that I used to find sticks in the woods and make them into swords when I was little and pretend to be Link from the Zelda games. I might dress up as a moonkin if I’m ever going to BlizzCon.
  11. What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen done in an MMO or multi-player game?

 

Questions from  Marathal of When 140 characters is not enough

 

  1. Do you have a favorite(s) blogger you particularly check to see if they have posted.
  2. Mandatory question I guess.  What made you start blogging?
    • I thought it would be great to have my own space to write about my thoughts on different topics and a place to share my screenshots from the Cataclysm beta which had just started when I made my blog.
  3. Is there any blog post you’re particularly proud of?
    • I’m proud of my post about the Whispering Forest because not many others knew about the even when I wrote that post and it has gotten a lot of hits since I posted it in July 2011.
  4. Any advice you wish you could have given yourself prior to writing a controversial blog?
    • Don’t be afraid to express yourself
  5. Pick a community manager you would love to see as an interactive NPC.
    • I’ve actually no idea as I don’t really know the community managers.
  6. Is there a class or spec that you’ve never played that you’d really like to try one day?
    • I think I’ve tried every class and spec there is, but not seriously. Right now I’m thinking about leveling my 85 mage and try frost in battlegrounds.
  7. Opinion on labels ie. Casual, Elite, Hardcore, can’t we all be called players?
    • We’re all players, but we play at different levels. I call myself a casual player because I don’t play a lot at the moment compared to what I did back when I raided 3 times per week and played every evening.
  8. What are you looking forward to the most in WoD and would you give up a raid tier for them to improve one thing and what would it be?
    • I haven’t actually read that much about Warlords of Draenor. But I’m looking forward to leveling and learning more about the story behind it all. I want them to take the time they need to make it as good as they can. Buuut, I would give up a raid tier for an updated version of the Moonkin Form.
  9. If you could have any WoW mount to ride in real life, what would that be?
    • Swift Zulian Tiger
  10. If they were a playable class, would you play a Ranger? What race?
    • I doubt it, if it’s like a hunter because I’m not a big fan of the hunter class.
  11. Cheesesteak wit or witout.
    • Witout

 

Questions from Amerence of AmerPriest Blog

 

  1. When did you start blogging, what it’s all about and why?
    • I started blogging in July 2010 because I wanted a place to write down my thoughts and share my screenshots from WoW. I also wrote a lot about moonkin back then when I raided 25 man heroic as a moonkin.
  2. Post your most favorite Screenshot of all time!
    • This one from the Whispering Forest faerie dragon event
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  3. Favorite city in WoW you hang out to and why?
    • My hearthstone is set to Shrine of the Two Moons and I spent a lot of time in Orgrimmar when I’m at the auction house. But I think my favorite city is Dalaran because it’s smaller, has an auction house and not a lot of people. I should spend more time there.
  4. Do you play other games besides WoW? Any console you using besides your PC?
    • Diablo III
  5. What’s your favorite Transmog gear?
    • The Feralheart set
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  6. How many WoW characters in game do you have? Do you equally play them a lot?
    • I have 5 level 90s, 7 80-85 and a ton of lower level characters. I don’t play them all. My favorites are my druid and shaman.
  7. What’s your current achievement score? What’s the most favorite one and why?
    • 16480. The old titles The Immortal, Hand of Adal and Champion of the Naaru because they are now Feats of Strength and I remember all the fun I had getting them.
  8. What was the most memorable experience since you started playing WoW?
    • Joining the guild Ash and getting to know a bunch of awesome people <3
  9. How many total deaths of critters do you currently have? What are your thoughts about these creatures since they can battle now with your own Pet collections too.
    • 24937. I don’t kill those you can battle.
  10. First word comes in mind when you think about WoW and why?
    • Raids, because I used to raid a lot, for years, but not anymore
  11. Warlords of Draenor is coming up soon, it’s the new expansion everyone is talking about, what are your expectations and why?
    • I haven’t actually read that much about it, to be honest. I’m waiting until the beta, and if I don’t get in, then I might not read anything at all, just wait for the release. But I hope the new world PvP zone will be fun as I think it’s time PvP got some love. I’m also looking forward to the new flexible raid system because it might be easier to find a guild to raid with 1-2 times per week where you don’t have to worry about missing raids once in a while because I want to play more casual. I also hope they’ll update the Moonkin Form in Warlords of Draenor.

 


 

11 random facts about me

  1. I’m half Filipino, half Norwegian. Born and raised in Norway.
  2. I used to be a huge Brann supporter (Norwegian soccer team) and I went to every home game and even some away games for years.
  3. I don’t have a driver’s license but I hope to get it some day
  4. I used to practice Taekwondo and I miss it
  5. I love metal music and used to go to a lot of concerts

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    GWAR live, Copenhell Denmark 2011

  6. I have asthma but I hope I’ll get better when I start to exercise more
  7. I used to be part of a small amateur theatre group and I had a secret dream about becoming an actress, but I kinda gave up on it. I might get back into amateur theatre as a hobby some day and I’ll always keep my eyes open for auditions in my area.

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    Me with the green cape

  8. I’m open to the possibility that what we call ghosts exists because people I know, trust and believe claim to have had some in their house
  9. I have a cat of the breed Maine Coon, her name is Bonita and she’s brown tabby with white

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    Bonita

  10. I’ve always wanted a tinker horse because they are beautiful and I would like to learn more about horses
  11. I haven’t played an instrument since I played the alto horn and the transverse flute in the school band and the piano at home. But I would love to start playing an instrument again.

 


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I nominate these bloggers

Lyrestra of Alts Etc
Cidien of Cidien
Salvira of Miss Salvira’s Hangout
Saz of World of Saz
Batinna of Batinna games
Askevar of You Yank It, You Tank it: Blog of a Tanking Death Knight Lady
Ashunera of Wind Lashed
Nightwill of Info from Nightwill the Altaholic
Vaylen of Legacy of the Brew

 

11 questions for the nominees

  1. When did you start playing WoW and why?
  2. What was your first computer/console game and what do you remember from it?
  3. If you were to enter the costume contest on BlizzCon, what would your costume be?
  4. What is your best WoW memory?
  5. What’s the most “noobish” thing you’ve done in WoW?
  6. Do you play any games besides WoW?
  7. When did you start blogging and why?
  8. Is there any piece of advice you wish someone had given you before you started blogging?
  9. Is there a blog post you’re particularly proud of?
  10. What is your favorite WoW secret (hidden place, pop culture reference, easter egg)?
  11. Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of where you’re from and why?

 

Congrats! Have fun :)

 

Celebration of the races of Azeroth

This week’s Community Blog Topic at WoW Insider asks us to design a new WoW holiday.

World of Warcraft has had the same holidays for a while now with very few changes. It’s time for something new to fill in the months that have no events. What would your new World of Warcraft event be?

I’ve always loved the WoW holidays. I still remember the first Hallow’s End which took place when I was leveling my first character. It was so fun to explore a whole new game when I could wear a pumpkin on my head and use a broomstick as mount. But the WoW holidays have been the same for many years now and I’ve already completed all the achievements and got almost everything there is to get, so I think it’s time for some changes or maybe a whole new holiday.

Lore has always been something I’ve wanted to learn more about and I’m so happy Blizzard has included more of the important lore in the quests and dungeons through the lasts expansions. The only thing I miss now is a holiday which celebrates and teaches you more about the lore in WoW.

Most of us players have leveled many different races through the years but how many of us do really know the story of the races? I’ve read about them so I know a bit, but I’d love to know more and most importantly to see it and learn it in-game, not by reading through different websites.

So I thought it would be great with a holiday that celebrates the different playable races in WoW. The races are as different nationalities, with their own language, homeland, culture and leaders. They all got a unique story behind who they are and why they are who they are. There are so much more story to the races than what you learn when you create a new character.

Of course this is just an idea I had and it would take a lot more planning and brainstorming to come up with a real and perfect holiday which actually can work in the game. The holiday would require a good title, the achievements would also need some amusing names and a fitting title was reward would be needed.

Celebration of the races of Azeroth

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An event to celebrate the playable races in WoW and learn more about them. You will learn about their story, languages, homelands, beliefs , culture and leaders. It can take place in the end of March or start of April, or end of July to mid August. Two to three weeks.

All the races are represented with a stand and NPC in the factions major city, Orgrimmar and Stormwind. The stands will be decorated in the colors and design of the different races. There will be an NPC in every other city which will give you a quest and tell you to go to your faction’s major city and talk to the NPCs in the stands there.

The NPCs will tell you about the holiday and give you a quest. You can do the quests for each race, no matter what race you are. But you can of course not to Alliance races’ quests if you play Horde or Horde races’ quests if you play Alliance.

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Every race has a start quest which tells you to go to the race’s major city and learn about that race and what’s unique about them. This can be through a series of small quests where you walk around in the city and listen to a person telling you their story and quests where you for example gather items, travel to different areas or create different items to learn about how that specific race. Or a phased event where you go back in time and watch and take part in an important event to that race or a cut scene where you see outtakes from different important events. Rewards from the quests will be different gear and weapons inspired by the race’s traditional clothing usable as transmog for your class and spec.

After you’ve completed all the quests or events in the race’s major city, you’ll get a new quests which tells you to go back to your faction’s major city where a trivia is unlocked. There you’ll speak to an NPC which then asks you questions about the race you just completed the quests for, something like this quest in Mount Hyjal. And if you answer all questions correctly you are rewarded with a prize. The prize is a special new pet which is inspired by the race’s mount. So for example from tauren you’ll get a kodo pet, blood elf a hawkstrider pet and so on. Worgen with their Running Wild ability for mount might give a worgen pet.

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Achievements will of course also be avaliable

  • Collect all the pieces of gear and weapon, go to the major city of each race and wear their gear and do a /cheer at a player of that race
  • Eat all of the races’ traditional dishes
  • Drink all of the races’ traditional drinks
  • Obtain all of the races’ pets
  • Collect the autographs of all the races’ leaders
  • + more

A title will also be reward for completing the meta achievement.

What do you think of this idea for a holiday? What would you add?

Syrco Owl is now on Facebook!

I’ve considered creating a page for my blog on Facebook for a while now. I’m following quite a few blogs on my personal Facebook account and I think it’s a great way to keep up to date on new posts because I usually check my Facebook every day.

So after reading a bit about how to make a page, I finally got it up and running. I’ll share my posts there in the future.

Feel free to like and give feedback on my page, post and the blog

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My WoW New Year Resolutions

WoW Insider wrote

We’re coming up on the new year, so it’s time for new year’s resolutions. For this week’s Community Blog Topic we ask, “What are your World of Warcraft resolutions?”

Level my paladin

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I’ve never had a max level paladin before but I started leveling one last fall but didn’t have time to level all the way up to 90, so I want to finish leveling my paladin, hopefully before the release of Warlords of Draenor.

Play more PvP

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PvE has always been my main priority on all of my characters, but now as don’t raid anymore I’d like to spend more time doing PvP. Mostly battlegrounds and maybe some arena with friends, but it would be fun to get into rated battlegrounds again, I’m just not sure which character I’d like to play.

Level an Alliance character to max level

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I’m Horde on my main and my active alts, and I have leveled Alliance before, but never past 85. So I would like to level an Alliance up to max level and see what it’s like to level as Alliance in Pandaria, and Draenor when Warlords of Draenor is released.

Beat the Celestial Tournament

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I have leveled up plenty of pets but I’ve never completed the Celestial Tournament. I have tried but I it was hard and I didn’t get very far. Mostly because I wasn’t sure which pets to use so I might have to read up on it before I try again. I hope to complete the tournament and collect all the pets.

Find a new home (guild)

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After Ash disbanded I transferred and joined a new guild with high hopes, but it didn’t go so well and they disbanded after a while. I want to find a new guild I can call home. I don’t know if I’m going to start raiding again or what I’m going to do. I might just play casual. But I still want a guild with plenty of active players there some might be raiders and some might be social. I just want a friendly and helpful guild where I can find new people to play with, whether it be raids, alts, PvP etc. Where people do more than just log on for main raids, where they arrange different kind of things like alt raids and maybe rated battlegrounds.