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More Stuff… 28-Aug-2017

More Stuff… 28-Aug-2017

Another blog about more stuff I feel like talking about from games, to sci-fi/fantasy, to art or whatever I feel like ranting about.

WARNING: Some images, language, and content on this page is not suitable for some viewers, those under 18, and “NSFW”, so if you may be offended by depictions of nudity, strong language, etc. it is advised you do not view or read this blog. You have been warned. Thank you.

 

Blizzard Strikes Again!

The release of the final patch of the Legion expansion on September 29, 2017, this most likely means no further content until the next expansion. It’s likely they will announce the next expansion in November 2017, then the new expansion won’t hit until late summer next year at earliest, or probably November 2018 which means a year to possibly 15 months with no new content between the release of 7.3 and the prepatch of whatever comes next. Plus you have no catch-up mechanics for your alts. So if you don’t have that third “relic slot” and if you’re item level is low on those alts- “f**k you!” Blizzard isn’t giving you shit for catchup for your alts- you’re just expected to keep feeding them $15 subscription payments for them doing nothing for you every month.

 

But Blizzard seems to have no problem letting WoW break while pumping all their time and effort into Overwatch and Hearthstone and kissing the asses of Destiny 2 players now. This is why I’m doing more Skyrim and Second Life, and just playing whatever I got on Steam, or just doing whatever other hobbies I got these days for myself. Once my WoW sub money runs out I’m done until 8.0 – and even then depends on what the xpac is going to be.

 

 

How about we start in Skyrim again today like last time? This time we have the semi-naked Nyrva fighting an enemy outside of Whiterun. I decided to kill Saadi after turning her over to the Redguards for the bounty. Then I killed the Redguards. Unlike WoW at least I have more control over what goes on in Skyrim with the use of addons and mods so I can make the game a little more my own. Plus you get player housing, no one to kick you out of dungeons or compete against you for loot- everything in the world is yours for the taking! There’s a lot of plus things about a game like this. Only thing is because you become the thane of every city and hold every major position there is in Skyrim, you pretty much become a Mary Sue. lol!

A frontal shot of Nyrva in the same leafy outfit in Skyrim in another one of those slow-mo battle poses. This version outfit does not have anything to cover the crotch. So her “feminine” area is constantly showing, yet no one scolds her for being naked because she has these very skimpy “clothes” on.

Of course you can always just have a straight-up nude Nyrva fighting her foes.

 

All of my depictions of Nyrva, whether in Skyrim, Second Life, or anywhere else are all based on my original character concept I conceived several years ago, represented in drawings I have done of the character also. Ideally any models of her should have very long brown hair with bangs and blue eyes but this is not always possible to do.  I also hope to get away somewhat from the quasi-Anime style I’ve used to draw her with and develop more my own style for the character in time. She is ultimately a character I created for a novel I have been working on that has undergone several rewrites, and until recently has been gathering a bit of “cyberdust” in my computer- but I’m starting to tinker with it again, and I have a lot of work to do to tinker with the back story and finally finish the first book. I had at least 2 books planned based on Nyrva as the main character of the story- other characters were possible if those books were of enough interest, but I figured finish one book first then seen.

I never wanted to do anything to destroy Nyrva as a character of course – just put her in all sorts of interesting situations in the story and see what happens with her. I’m not a writer, my story creation ends up being the result of sort of the elaborate roleplay of ideas, then I try and write them down. But it’s not easy to do. Nyrva is not dead here, or even harmed- simply sleeping in a strange, surreal alternate dimension in which her physical body is trapped. In the past I have given different explanations for this drawing and others like it as I have tinkered with ideas. But I like to roleplay putting her into strange situations and try to figure out the outcome. This drawing depicts trapping her in a strange place outside her world called “Dimension Zero”- how she gets in, and what she must do to get back out. More importantly, what does this strange experience do to her, and is it just a strange dream? Fitting concepts like this into the story of the novel she is in are part of the challenge I have faced given the direction of the general story- and I have even considered redefining her entire world.

 

 

I have drawn this also. This is another drawing of Nyrva pregnant, but instead of standing in a side pose, this time she is sleeping nude. And in one little lore bit I have about Nyrva she has a habit of also throwing off her covers. Sometimes it’s not clear the fate I want to decide for a character- do they live, do they die? What kind of things define and shape their lives? In this case, does Nyrva marry, does she have a child? I never have decided if she actually does become pregnant, and even if she does, by whom. Originally I decided to have her killed at the end of a novel by an enemy to create a tragedy and a legacy for a follow-up story. I won’t say that I have 100% ruled out this possibility- I would do it if I felt it really lent itself to the betterment of all characters involved, including Nyrva if she dies for a purpose. Does she become a mother? That isn’t clear either. I did draw this as visualization of the concept- an obvious depiction of offspring in her belly and the possibility of a continued legacy on her part as well. Nothing is ultimately decided about the future of the character. As I stated, the first story isn’t even written, but decisions like this will no doubt come as things begin to take shape.

 

This is one I drew of Nyrva standing nude on the beach. She covers her chest but unfortunately for Nyrva her vagina has no covering. On a more personal note I used to try and draw “hair” yes but it got tedious, so I just figure my women characters “shave”. This is one drawing I want to redo in the new style I’m trying to develop for drawing Nyrva that is slightly less Anime-ish than the past. But I’m still working on it. It’s not a complete change from how she looks now but I do want to start re-imagining the character to something I like better of course.

 

This is a drawing I did back in 2009 originally of my character, Nyrva, drinking coffee. It kind of became “poster girl” art of her I used for a long time and it still kind of is. Her outfit was originally white but I later re-colored it “Wood Elf” green. She was originally to appear in a bar-like scene drinking with her friends; something I still plan to do. I’ve already begun to draw a revised version of this with a full-body drawing of the character and had begun to draw some of her friends for the originally-planned scene. I never finished this but I want to reprise the drawing, this time in my newer style of drawing her when I do it, and accompanied by some of her friends- but it will take some time to do.

 

 

Here I decided to try and make a Second Life version of my character Nyrva sipping coffee. I mentioned redrawing Nyrva less anime looking, and I’ve also considered a different Second Life model- that is if I can find another mesh model that will look better than the one I currently use and more like I think how she should look.

 

Nyrva and Haime in Second Life in Nyrva’s kitchen having ale and lager together at Nyrva’s table after dinner. (I made the mugs myself).

 

The Elven Ambassador for their province and personal friend, Llewellyn, joins Nyrva and Haime for dinner that evening and sips a mug of Elven lager with them. All 3 characters are original characters of mine, these are just Second Life “versions” of them of course. I have never done concept art of Llewellyn but that is in the plans. This Second Life model is generally how I want her to look however.

Another shot of my Second Life conception of my character Llewellyn. I still want to do some concept art of her but so far nothing I’ve done has been satisfactory yet. I will likely now base it off the model since I like how she looks here. I don’t know if she will be the “Elven Ambassador” in the novel I’m writing- I use her in that role in RP in my Second Life RP groups, but her role in the novel is yet to be determined. She is however, one of Nyrva’s friends in the story. There is also Nyrva’s sister in the story, Raiya. Other Elven friends of Nyrva’s include Kyra and Myrna, and some neko-eared females shown elsewhere in this post- Mychelle and Raechelle- since that is also a race on Nyrva’s home planet in the story.

Nyrva and Haime eventually retire back to the main house after dinner and drinks. You have to know eventually the alcohol kicks in after enough drinks, people get horny… sometimes this is how kids even happen… lol!

 

 

On Second Life – Nyrva and Haime in her home – Nyrva, taking off her clothes, throws herself on Haime, feeling the “heat of the moment”. Of course he’s not going to say “no” to the girl he loves throwing her nude body on top of him. Second Life, of course, may roleplay possibilities exist, even the erotic ones – especially the erotic ones. A lot of people do them whether they admit it or not, and as much as they cut down on other people for doing it.

 

Of course things can always get very personal very fast… Haime plants his face in Nyrva’s vagina and does a little cunnilingus on his lover? Hey they’re my characters I’ll do what I want with them. I mostly get the pictures just for pictures for shock value just like this. lol!

 

More RP: Haime and Nyrva spending some private quality time alone together in Nyrva’s home, in Second Life. Only bad thing about these characters, sometimes the body parts stick through the clothes and things like that, but I still like to mess around and take these shots just for fun.

Another shot of Nyrva and Haime alone together. Oops, she’s not wearing underwear. I never could decide if female elves value underwear or if they don’t care about covering their unmentionables. lol!

I guess this was a fun shot to do. Anyone with a foot fetish out there? Here you go! I guess Haime told Nyrva he likes her feet so she gave him both. lol!

 

 

Of course it doesn’t always have to be sexual. Sometimes it can just be two friends. This was a fantasy shot I did of my Nyrva in Second Life with my pandaren rogue Yakusa from World of Warcraft. Maybe Nyrva’s having a bad day? Who knows. I always pictured the pandas as being lovy-dovy characters so here you go. Yakusa may be Horde, but she’s still a panda. lol! 🙂  Unattached from World of Warcraft of course, the pandaren model does not exhibit the same animations they would in World of Warcraft, but it’s interesting what animations you can have them do in Second Life. But because of the bigness and bulkiness of the models, some animations work and some do not.

How about if I have Nyrva and Yakusa just pictured together in a wooded scene here. This kind of stuff is cool to do too.

 

VOL’JIN LIVES! In Second Life! Blizzard threw him under the bus. Screw Blizzard! Bad Blizzard! Some of us still like the character. Frankly I don’t see a difference between doing this and playing with the models in WoW Model Viewer. I’m not selling the darn thing. I use it only for my own personal use.

 

Here is Vol’jin with Nyrva in Second Life. She gets to spend a little time with the now former Horde warchief. I just think it’s really shitty how Blizzard barely used him in Warlords of Draenor at all, and then killed him off in Legion when we already had a warchief change- the Alliance I could see, they’ve never had a change since WoW began. It was about time to pass the torch in the case of the Alliance, but 3 warchiefs now in 10 years for the Horde? come on!

Nyrva with my model of Sylvanas Windrunner in Second Life, and I’m glad to have it before they covered up the mid drift. I don’t know what Blizzard’s problem is, if the devs are gay or something or what, since they suddenly decided sexy female characters are no longer cool and covered up Sylvanas’ mid drift. And no, that’s not a bash on the gay lifestyle so nobody send me hate mail or something claiming I’m doing that because I’m not. But let’s face it from a demographic standpoint; the majority of people are heterosexual and the majority of WoW players are heterosexual males- so it is not wrong to have some female characters with sex appeal in the game. It’s not a game for kids to begin with. I’m not saying they can’t put some characters for gays and lesbians or whatever, OK fine, I’m not into that but whatever, that sort of thing is just not for me then. But that’s another discussion, and I don’t know enough about that to entertain a legit discussion since I don’t live that lifestyle. Leave that discussion for people more into that stuff, OK fine, whatever. But I’m straight and that’s what I like. People regardless of their lifestyle should have characters they like in these games. There was no reason to change Sylvanas other than just to be asshats. But then the whole sexual debate thing aside, Blizzard changes a lot of shit just to be asshats because that’s exactly what their cocky arrogant troll devs are. Like they changed the weapons, they changed the game interfaces and a bunch of other things just to be dicks. And by the way– if you feel I wrote something “wrong” here as fair as I’ve tried to be in my comments, etc. remember one thing- this is still America, I have a Constitutional right to free speech and I am exercising that right. No one is forcing you to read my blog, go read something else if you don’t like what I say- and that goes for anything I do. ‘Nuff said.

 

A model of a Hofbrau beer dispenser I built in Second Life that also dispenses bottles of beer I made for the dispenser that characters “drink” from. I custom-made my own bottles and mugs for this dispenser- and there is at least 1 bottle with appropriate lables for each of the handles shown on this model. I drink Hofbrau and German beers in real life in addition to local Wisconsin regional beers such as Leinenkugels, Sprecher and Point. But I wanted my own beer dispenser in Second Life so I modeled this largely after a dispenser I saw on the internet, though I didn’t copy it exact- it’s loosely based on the model I saw online.

This was the online model I saw that I used as a basis to create my model in Second Life. Again, I didn’t copy it exact, but I made my dispenser like this one, or loosely based on it. I did my handles different because of the odd oval-shape of the handles here- a little hard to duplicate in Second Life prims. There’s some things in Second Life I haven’t quite figured out how to do yet in terms of shape-manipulation. So I’ve got a lot to learn- but that means I just made my own handles my own way. I’d still love to have one of these beer taps for home though, but too much money. And wouldn’t you know- Point Root Beer from Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is on tap on this dispenser! Awesome, I want some! Point and Sprecher are definitely two local beer companies I also buy root beer from. (Well, Steven’s Point is a bit of a drive from Milwaukee but it’s a Wisconsin company- good enough for me!)

I always love these bar wench pictures like this. I had to do some of my own in Second Life of course. And I still want to do some drawings of my female elf characters as bar wenches. I can do the Second Life thing but there’s still some satisfaction I get from doing actual art. And, not to mention this woman is… very pretty! I’ve always been more partial to brunettes, don’t ask why. 🙂

 

I showed this in the last blog but here’s my Second Life conception of Nyrva as a bar wench.

 

And again Nyrva as a bar wench, but this time, holding a bottle of Hofbau that I made in Second Life, that comes out of the Hofbrau dispenser I made. The bottles are scripted with animations I found to make the character “drink” from it.

 

How can Nyrva send herself a letter thanking herself for killing someone in Skyrim?! WTF?! This actually came from my twin follower of my own character, and yes it’s a real quest to turn in for a measly 100 septims just for killing the person named in this letter.

 

Yes, I actually have Batman as a follower in Skyrim. Superman too, but he’s sitting at a table sipping ale in Riverwood while I have Batman helping me in this shot.

Working at the drafting table without clothes is far less sweaty and easier on the laundry bill.

Yes, this is a unicorn in Windhelm. I usually stick a unicorn in cities, then console-set it to follower and relationshiprank settings for the Dragonborn like a regular horse, then appropriate setav confidence and aggression settings to that it will attack anyone who attacks my Dragonborn (like guards if I steal stuff! lol!) Sometimes I stick a horse in a city and do the same thing, but I never ride them in the cities so it doesn’t mess up the horse I am riding in the world outside on the world map.

 

My Second Life version of my Felinian character, Mychelle, nude in Second Life. I’m not big on furry/anthro stuff. But I got chased out of a Star Trek RP by some asshole named Spires in a red shirt over using this character and the group leader let him do it. (Never mind that Star Trek has the cat-like race called “Caitians”)

And Mychelle as I draw her. My Second Life version is a bit different since I use the paw attachments on the hands and feet. But my drawing does not have such features, she’s just a girl with cat-like ears and a tail.

My Second Life version of my Felinian character, Mychelle, nude in Second Life. She is classified as a half human/half Caitian for Star Trek RP purposes, but a Felinian (human-like race with cat-like features) outside of Trek RP. Raechelle shown in the picture is a multi-purpose RP character: I use her as a green Orion girl, an elf girl, and a human. Mychelle and Raechelle are otherwise my own original characters, not affiliated with CBS or Star Trek. I merely use them in RP situations in Second Life, one of which happens to be Star Trek-related.

This is my normal, original depiction of my character “Raechelle”, like Mychelle, a cat-eared “Felinian” character. In this case, in a role like a “dungeon master” or “quest giver” with an obvious wardrobe malfunction. But Raechelle is also my own character idea. I just do not use her as a neko-ear in Second Life.

World of Warcraft: Legion – my Enhancement Shaman, Treedragon in her class order hall. I scored a kick ass weapon appearance upgrade for my shaman’s Doomhammer that allows it to take on the appearance of a Zandalari warhammer. It was a world drop off the Tides of the Deep world boss in Aszara.

One of the major problems I have right now with Legion, is aside from my monk and rogue who are 907 (windwalker monk) and 896 (outlaw rogue), all my other toons are below 850 and missing the third relic slot. This means at this stage in Legion with 7.3 coming out they are so far behind they aren’t worth playing.  I’m pretty much parking all my alts since there just is no catch-up mechanic this xpac. If there is anything in 7.3 I doubt it, but I don’t read patch notes, especially after WoD since all that ever was, was just “more garrison shit”. I’ve learned to expect nothing of substance from Blizzard anymore.

A quest I did on my shaman for her order hall in World of Warcraft where you have to recover Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker off this dead guy. Did someone say…?

Yes. Apparently someone did say… and they died for it too. (I still don’t have that damn thing on either my monk or my rogue, yet I had to recover it off a dead guy on my shaman? What’s wrong with this picture?!)

 

 

My favorite Skyrim bard (AFTER the Stormcloaks take over and she sings the RIGHT songs that is). I never tweaked her code in the console to make her a follower though. But maybe I should. Only thing is, what will she do, hit her opponents with her lute? lol!

 

 

 

A model of a Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser I have in Second Life- I shot it against a “bluescreen” then dropped in a space background in Adobe Photoshop again. I wanted to use something more worthy of the Klingons for this shot.

The Original USS Enteprise – NCC-1701. No bloody A, B, C, D, E, NX, JJ, or reboots. No redesigned Klingons, no band marching uniforms, etc. etc. I shot this entirely in Second Life with a model of the Enterprise against a star field. I like Next Generation Star Trek, DS9 and Voyager, but outside of those, this is the only other Star Trek I give a shit about- the ORIGINAL. Everything else is an offshoot. You nuTrek newfags wanna-be fans out there wouldn’t have your stupid JJTrek/Discovery reboot SHIT without this. (I’m tired of being nice about this, I’ve learned it doesn’t pay because I get tired of having to defend why I like the originals to those so-called “fans”.)

A miniaturized model of my ship, the USS Milwaukee, NCC-005 against the same star field. I also have the version you can walk around inside of as well. This is basically an archer-class USS Sagittarius model that I retextured with the name and registry of my own choosing. Since this is a small ship, I thought it was cool to base it off the real USS Milwaukee US Navy warship, also a small vessel- with a registry of LCS-5. That and I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I wanted a ship named after my hometown. I’m a homeboy. 😛

This was a fun fantasy picture to create- the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the year 2267, and the USS Milwaukee leaves a dedication ceremony at Bob Uecker Memorial Park for its maiden voyage into the stars. Bob Uecker of course is one of my favorite local personalities- known in baseball, his role on TV as Mr. Belvedere, and his role as a commentator in the movie “Major League” (which he does for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team IRL- and much of what he did in “Major League” was ad-lib as I understand it – and “Major League” was also shot mostly in Milwaukee). I just felt an homage and tipping of the hat to Mr. Uecker was in order and they really should have a park, or street or something named after him here in Milwaukee. January 26 is Bob Uecker’s birthday- 3 days after my own.  🙂

 

If Next Generation Star Trek can name their bar, I can name mine too. So mine, being on a small ship is actually a “ward room” like they have on actual naval warships, and I called mine “The First Ward”. 🙂  Another picture I shot of my ship against a bluescreen then dropped in a star field for this picture. I then did some basic text effects for the sign.

 

I went for a bit of a “sports bar” feel for my “ward room”- the rest of the ship is “fleet business” but the whole point of the Ward Room/mess hall to me is to relax a bit. And who says they don’t have sports on Earth in the 23rd century? I don’t know much about FC Bayern- I play with some people from Germany and 1 or 2 of them like the team so I put up this picture. But I’m a Green Bay fan so that’s on the wall too. 😛

Nyrva in a Starfleet Uniform in Second Life for roleplay. There is an actual roleplay reason I use a fantasy Elf in Star Trek. But after all the purpose is “to seek out new life and new civilizations”- at the end of the day, this elf is just another alien female on another strange planet they found along the way. Prime Directive? oops, shit happens! I made up my own badges for the USS Milwaukee shown on her outfit since every TOS ship had their own unique ship badge.  Oh, I didn’t make the Hofbrau mug by the way, as much as I wish I could claim credit for such a cool thing. lol!

Another beer sign in the USS Milwaukee ward room. A vessel like the USS Milwaukee, named after the warship and city of Milwaukee, would not be complete without a reference of some kind to “the beer that made Milwaukee famous”.

 

A mock book cover I made for a prop book in Second Life – the Starfleet Survival Guide for Redshirts. I guess this is why Next Generation Star Trek and everything that followed changed the uniforms, so we can’t make these jokes anymore. lol!

 

 

Another Trek fantasy where I took 2 ship models I had and shot against a bluescreen in Second Life and dropped in a star field in Photoshop. They were of the USS Milwaukee and the USS Enterprise. I wanted the two ships together in a scene. “USS Enterprise to USS Milwaukee- we want to discuss some cases of Romulan Ale we detected in your cargo hold…” lol! 🙂

 

Here is the original bluescreen image of both ships before the star field was dropped in with Photoshop. The same technique is used by Hollywood film studios of course to make epic special effects but on a more professional level.

Here’s another shot of the USS Milwaukee flying alongside the USS Enterprise in another space fantasy. I felt like it was so cool to make a sort of modernized fantasy of oldschool Star Trek ships, sort of up-to-date graphics, yet still looks sort of like the old TV show- so I love doing this kind of stuff. If I can do this, I don’t understand why CBS couldn’t have made Discovery more like this instead of just doing their JJTrekkish-style reboot. It’s going to be Trek fans from now on doing fan films or people like me making these kind of pictures in order to see classic-style Trek stuff anymore, they will never again come from CBS or Paramount because they don’t want to appeal to classic Trek fans at all anymore.

This cartoon pretty much sums up what I think CBS and Paramount have done to true classic and canon Trek fans- kind of said “piss on you” with all the damn reboots, etc. They’re just going to keep making the JJTrek nuTrek new timeline movies and now Discovery is a reboot along that same order too. They’ve pretty much pissed on, and given the bird to people who liked Star Trek the way it was. And their directors and actors are like a damn kid with their attitude towards Trek fans too. Even the guy playing the captain in Discovery doesn’t care if classic/canon Trek fans are pissed off. Jason Isaacs, aka “@Jasonsfolly” on Twitter, was even caught shit-talking classic Trekkies, and spat on the legacy of William Shatner and Patrick Stewart then tried to skirt around it after he got called out on it by William Shatner. As a representative and employee of CBS then, he’s representing the company’s views to the public with the shit attitude he has towards people who don’t like what he says. And he also called classic Trek fans who will tell him to go fuck himself “idiots” and dared them to watch the show. I also edited this last minute to add @jasonsfolly and change it to say “William Shatner” and “Patrick Stewart” fans because that’s more to the point- those who liked the original Trek timeline and TV shows are the ones being pissed on.

Any so-called “loyal” Trek fan who watches Discovery after a snippet like this, truly is a moron because this guy insults you and you cave in to this bastard’s self-fulfilling prophecy. He’s expecting you to hate the show but still watch anyways, and he’s counting on it, and “piss on” the legacy of Shatner and Stewart.

 

I’m actually planning to check out The Orville when it comes on. If I didn’t know any better I’d swear this was a new Star Trek show, maybe a sequel to the Next Generation or a clear cut parody of it. But it looks more like Star Trek now than the shit CBS is actually selling as Star Trek.

 

 

I don’t have much else for this blog. I let these things go for too long, but I hope to write shorter blogs of just whatever the hell I feel like talking about a little more often. Just me talking about my nerdy hobbies. I’ll close for now with a picture of my monk with Pepe on her head. This is my main now for a second xpac in a row.

Until next time! God bless!

Jade Draggon

aka Bigg Jim/Nyrvachan

The views expressed in this blog post and all others on this websites are the opinions of the writer of this blog and not necessarily anyone elses.

 

 

 


Blog About Stuff… 9-Aug-2017

Blog About Stuff 9-Aug-2017

Whatever I feel like talking about, games, fantasy, random rants, or whatever…

WARNING: Some images, language, and content on this page is not suitable for some viewers, those under 18, and “NSFW”, so if you may be offended by depictions of nudity, strong language, etc. it is advised you do not view or read this blog. You have been warned. Thank you.

Playing through Skyrim again, building my house, Lakeview Manor, near Falkreath. But hell, everyone playing Skyrim has this house. lol!

Yo! Blizzard Entertainment! You guys just never got it. A lot of us didn’t want those stupid garrisons you stuck us with in Warlords of Draenor. We didn’t want something tied to game progression either on or offline. We just wanted a player house. Something we could customize and have for our own, to kick it. Not have it tied to our whole darn progression you doofuses.

Skyrim is a bit cookie cutter, but that’s the thing at least the game can be modded, so that people can add or change things they don’t like. I wish more games would follow this kind of sandbox model and allow players to make the game, or at least certain aspects of it, their own.

Once you add all the stuff in it you’re all set to go, you can even hire a bard and a house maid. It begs the question why the devs at Blizzard are too arrogant to put in a proper player house- not the garrisons like they did, but the kind of player houses people get in every game besides WoW. I just think it would be cool to have a place for your character to “kick it” and have a lot of their stuff there- and without it being a damn garrison like in Warlords.

Meanwhile, latency issues, disconnections, DDoS and screens like this are becoming almost a norm on World of Warcraft lately in recent months, hence, this meme of “The New Normal” for World of Warcraft. And how does Blizzard “Customer Service” (@BlizzardCS) handle it on Twitter? They just send you here. This is why the problem never gets better, because Blizzard simply “handles” it always dishing out that same “canned answer” to everyone like their paid automatons are trained to do.

“By the power of Greyskull!” Oh, wait, wrong universe! lol! Getting an upgrade on my artifact weapons on my monk.

 

Luckily I don’t deal with any of those issues on Skyrim. WoW and Second Life represent pretty much my only two online gaming/MMO/social gaming experiences anymore. I’m just not big on online stuff- too many trolls, too much online drama. I like games I can just put on my computer or a console and just enjoy for myself where I don’t have to care what anyone thinks about it. What about the “social aspect”? I’m oldschool, I see my friends IRL. I don’t need the drama, life’s too short. I got my website, I can post a blog if I feel like it, and if people read it, great, and if they don’t, who cares? I’d rather have 2 people read it that appreciate what I have to say than 500 trolls that don’t. A lot of the internet is just a troll trove and a sewer anymore so who cares.

 

 

Outside of the gaming for LEISURE, you just gotta get out and see the real world, live IRL. I love this meme- this says it all. I quit raiding. I am no longer going to raid in World of Warcraft for example other than playing “LFR Hero” just to see the cinematics and the bosses, etc. enough to satify my curiosities. But I’m not going to raid hours and hours a week anymore. I don’t play half as much as I used to. I do a lot more websurfing these days than I do stuff on it. I guess I just don’t care to participate in a lot of online venues anymore other than just looking around at things of interest. But I will still post my blogs here when I feel like it. I have no set schedule for this. It’s just whenever I feel like writing something I guess.

 

Meanwhile CBS/Paramount is getting ready to unleash another piece of shit Star Trek reboot on us in the form of Star Hack Discovery coming up this fall. I swear CBS can take a pile of shit and slap the “Star Trek” label on it and some people will accept whatever they dish out. It was like in Anime and music circles years ago, when I used to denote distinguishing fans who were selective and knew how to find the good stuff on their own vs those who just accepted anything they were handed. I call the latter group “dupes” because they’re too damn stupid to think for themselves. I always respected those who didn’t just accept anything they were given, always did their own thinking, and were more discriminating about what they accept from these media companies. I care what true Trekkies think- those who liked the Original Star Trek, maybe TNG, DS9, Voyager, but knew when to stop at Enterprise, Abrams, and now this crap. I have to wonder about people who just blindly accept the Abrams timeline changes and this new reboot. They either claim to be “Trek” fans and have no loyalty to the original, or are NuTrek fans who want to say they are fans of this stuff but don’t know dick about anything before Abrams came along. I don’t care what any of those people think honestly.

 

So CBS thinks this is a pre-Pike era ship? Hardly looks like it. The visuals for this piece of shit show hardly look like anything I saw on the episode “The Cage” from the 1960s. And not just because of 1960s props- there are fan shows that take painstaking efforts to duplicate that style- no reason a studio can’t do it, maybe with a little updating perhaps.

WTF is this supposed to be? A pizza cutter? A bottle opener? What the hell kind of drugs was someone on when they made up this ship design anyways? Why are there cuts in the saucer section? Do they serve a purpose? This just looks like another piece of shit Jar Jar Abrams-inspired poor excuse of a spaceship, and not something worth tuning in for.

 

This is a “Klingon” now. You guys who have been dressing up like Klingons since 1980 have been doing it wrong, you need to do it like this now, and throw out the dreadlock wigs. This is now what a Klingon looks like according to the new CBS shit show. CBS owns the rights, so I guess that gives them the right to change how everything looks. So somehow a Klingon is supposed to magically go from this to how they looked in the original TV series in 10 years? I could buy this series if they would just come out and admit it was a reboot and it was 10 years prior to the events of the Abrams movies. This looks nothing whatsoever like the “Prime Timeline” Star Trek at all. Not the ships, not the Klingons, not the band uniforms the crew is wearing, none of it.

Funny how the new Discovery “Klingons” more closely resemble this cosplayer from Galaxy Quest than they do Klingons from Star Trek. Like WTF again?! And people will, and have said to me “Well you haven’t seen the show yet, how do you know how it’s going to be?” – because I don’t like the visuals so far, so no I’m not going to want to watch it. Ever heard of “first impressions”?

 

Let’s review– The guy on the left is an original TV series Klingon. the guy in the middle represents the way Klingons pretty much looked from the first motion picture all the way through DS9, Voyager, etc. etc. even though those Klingons went through slight variation, the general appearance was similar; ridges on the foreheads, samurai beards, long hair/dreadlocks, etc. The only difference between the TOS Klingons and the guy in the middle outside of the uniforms, is the ridges on the foreheads and the big dreadlock wigs. Otherwise they both have shaded skin, samurai beards, the eyebrows, etc. Now on the right, they expect us to completely dismiss the last 50 years of how Klingons look and accept this new shit look they have. The guy on the right has no hair, and has a smashed-in, stretched face. Like WTF? Did he headbutt a freaking wall 50 times?

All I can say to CBS and Paramount at this point is “F**k you!” They put out the crappy Abrams movies where they wiped out the original Trek timeline just so they could completely erase the previous 40-45 years of Star Trek, say that all of the original series, TNG, Voyager, and DS9 no longer counts as “canon” so they could write new canon and say “this is Star Trek now” and you’re expected to discard all your old Trek for the new crap. That is what a reboot does- it says “the old story is no longer canon, this is the story now”. That’s why the comic books keep restarting with issue 1, that’s why they keep rebooting movie franchises, to do away with the original stories, wipe the slate clean and start new. You’re expected to forget what the original story was. It’s like literary Orwellianism at its finest. So CBS and Paramount, instead of trying to make this right with the new series, just goes right ahead with a new reboot while lying through their teeth and claiming “Oh, this is Prime Timeline” – bullshit it is, meanwhile they’re suing people doing fan films who are doing way better stuff then CBS or Paramount could ever do. CBS and Paramount can take all their post-2009 so-called Star Trek TV-and movies and shove them up their ass, along with their “fan movie rules” too. If I make original characters or stories, they are mine, whether they are my own original works or whether I cross them with a Star Trek fan fiction. It doesn’t make me own anything that directly references Star Trek, but f**k you CBS, I still own my original content in the form of other characters or other works. You guys can eat shit on those fan rules of yours.

Here! These are Klingons from the original TV Series Star Trek- the ORIGINAL Star Trek, the ORIGINAL Klingons- the ones which all other Klingons were based off of. Screw that crap from Discovery!

 

How about some Klingons from the Next Generation Star Trek? These are cool Klingons too! Qa’pla! I’ll even take these guys! At least they aren’t the depature from Klingon appearance that Discovery is.

 

Here is a Classic Klingon battle cruiser. I dread to see what they come up with in Discovery.

This is the “Prelude to Axanar” – a short fan video which is very top notch that proves it is possible to have a quality Trek production, use traditional Star Trek imagery, characters, and ideas, and look current to today’s video standards. This video, if I didn’t know better, looks almost official to me. But CBS just decided to sue this out of production and do the Discovery reboot. Fuck CBS!

Another great series with a tragically short run is Star Trek Continues, which is going to end now with the 11th episode, as a result of the Axanar lawsuit. And now no new Star Trek fan video can be longer than 15 minutes and there’s a whole list of rules to make sure all new Trek fan films completely suck and are devoid of any true creativity or expression so that CBS can try to force everyone to accept their shitty reboot crap. They can keep it.

 

 

It isn’t Discovery I’ll be watching this fall, like many other tried and true loyal Trek fans not happy about CBS/Paramount screwing with Trek’s otherwise longstanding lore, I will be checking out The Orville. This is the big competition that seems to be drawing many Trek fans away from Discovery. Like the movie Galaxy Quest, The Orville is a Star Trek-like parody that in this case, is more like Star Trek than anything Jar Jar Abrams has done or that CBS is planning to put out in the form of Discovery. If nothing else this show almost looks like a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” parody offshoot. But that’s the thing, we’re stuck now in doing reboots and prequels with Star Trek, instead of taking the story from Star Trek: Nemesis and continuing forward- what happens 10 years later? 20? What about 50 years later? Why can’t we see a new show that happens years after Nemesis that shows us the direction things have gone since then? But that’s not what CBS wants to do. Like many studios now, it’s no longer about creativity or originality, it’s only about the quick buck. So it’s going to be shows like this that draw fans now. Or else we’ll have to look to fan films, independent and underground releases, or if you’re like me, you pretty much abandon television and most movies and find other ways to entertain yourself; writing, drawing, or any other creative hobbies that pass the time.

Moving right along…

I can’t do anything about CBS and Paramount screwing up Star Trek in movies and TV but at least I know places I can have my own Trek stuff that looks like it’s supposed to. ‘Nuff said! I built the navigator console and the consoles in the wall slots shown in the picture. I got the chairs, ship and screens from other sources.

I did build my own replica of the K-7 bar from the “Tribbles” episode for my ship though. I just changed the color of the wall behind the shelves from red to blue and the color of the bar from orange to Navy Blue, but otherwise I got it as close to the K-7 bar as I could. They also had an odd-looking contraption above the food hatch, but I put a console there. I did build the other console on the wall behind it- it was an odd shape to work with for texturing, that’s for sure.

My engineering room. I built the upper deck. And aside from the blue “warp plasma” inside the tube above, the 2 consoles on the far right wall and the 2 flat panels on the left side wall, I built everything else shown.

More consoles I built. The middle panels on the left console, and the middle and right set of lights on the right standalone console have animated lights. I build these for my personal use and do not sell anything I build and the only people who get copies are people who know me personally. So I don’t believe I’m violating any “fan rules”. But I don’t really give a shit about those since I’m not selling my Trek builds. And if it comes down to it a lot of my builds (though not all) can be recolored, re-textured, and re-purposed into “generic sci-fi” consoles so then it’s not “Trek”.

In my sick bay– a medical scanner I built. Also some tall “medical jars” of some kind I made in the background. The medical scanner has a Photoshop-textured panel I created, plus some actual switches and lights I made on it. It’s all just props for RP purposes but that’s the point. This was like a scanner that already exists in Second Life but it was too “Next Generation Star Trek”-looking. So I rebuilt my own that is similar to it and put original series Star Trek-style graphics, switches, and lights on it.

How about a fantasy scene I built for my rezzable holodeck? I bought a lot of this stuff but I do make a few of my own props. I the foreground is a “strategy table” I made. The mug is not my own however, is from another source. And I used a Skyrim map since I don’t have a substitute right now and I didn’t care to use a map of Gor like so many in Second Life do. (I never even heard of Gor/Gorean until I joined and don’t care about it because you can’t use any races other than human and to me that defeats the point of fantasy). I have made my own gold coins also with Skyrim Septim textures. I hope to make my own textures for gold coins also so I am not using a licensed property. But it also fun to build small fantasy scenes I can put into my holodeck rezzer and use at will.

 

This is the outside of an Elven Brewpub I made in the same scene. The gold brew tank in the middle is one I made. I did not make the larger one on the left or the large barrel on the right. But altogether it looks like this place brews some serious house brew. For RP purposes that’s the idea.

If you misbehave here you get the pillory and the jail. I also added posted “Dark Brotherhood” related imagery from Skyrim just for kicks.

 

The posting on the left is of course the note the Dark Brotherhood sends you in Skyrim for the “Innocence Lost” quest. On the right is a “response” note I made because I always kill Astrid then go wipe out the rest of the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim.

My answer to the Dark Brotherhood every time! Death!

Wardrobe Malfunction Detected! Looking up this skirt from a low angle we don’t see panties. Nyrva stands, legs spread, letting her “unmentionables” show.

ROLEPLAY SCENES AND POSSIBILITIES IN SECOND LIFE

Here we have a another rezzable roleplay setting I built for my holodeck which is supposed to be Nyrva’s family’s house (the house she was born and raised in, and the heiress thereof by her late parents) on her Elven homeworld in Second Life. She sits at her desk writing a letter on a scroll of parchment with a feather pen and ink.

Here’s another shot of Nyrva sitting at her desk writing a letter at home.

Sometimes I don’t always know how to caption the screenshots based on the animations from the characters and the props. I guess Nyrva is glancing over her document here and proofreading? who knows. After all they don’t have spell-checkers. lol!

Nyrva is deep in thought of what to say next in her letter? Or is it how to spell a word?

 

A view of Nyrva writing from the front angle, also showing her background with all her books, her scrolls and ink in the foreground and a pouch of her money on the desk.

 

A shot under Nyrva’s desk for a gratuitous shot here. I do this just for fun, she’s a frigging video game sprite at the end of the day.

Nyrva out in her yard after dark. Don’t ask me the light source. She stands amidst a campfire setup she has in her yard and also near a fountain with a gargoyle statue and a small house that serves as her kitchen and dining hall. In the background is her family’s brew tanks, since elves brew their own. Roleplay possibilities are endless in a simulation world like Second Life.

Nyrva working at the local Elven brewhaus as a bar wench, dress and all. She holds a beer stein I made myself, full mesh. Also coins on the counter I made and put in the scene. I used textures from Skyrim for the coins until I make my own original coin textures.

I also did this shot of Nyrva holding a bottle of one of my favorite German beers. I love Hoffbrau, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr- good stuff! I made a mesh bottle I can slap a few different beer labels on and in this case, Hoffbrau Oktoberfest.

 

And we have Nyrva outside in her bar wench dress, checking the brew tanks of the Elven Brewhaus- the beer has to keep flowing for the customers, you know!

 

Too exhausted to travel back home that night after a long day at work, Nyrva takes one of the beds in the Elven Brewhaus since no customers booked that room for the evening.

It’s too hot outside, and no air conditioning, so Nyrva takes it all off and sleeps in the nude in the Elven Brewhaus.

 

Still too hot to sleep, Nyrva sits up for awhile in the bed of the brewhaus.

A photo I snuck on a mature sim – Nyrva sitting nude on a toilet in a women’s bathroom on Second Life. I guess we now know what it looks like for a naked elf woman to sit on a toilet. lol!

If nude on the toilet isn’t enough, how about going to a so-called “Fantasy Faire” – barely anyone else was there, so I stripped Nyrva and got a few pictures.

Here’s another shot of the nude Nyrva at the so-called Fantasy Faire.

One more nude shot of Nyrva in this setting before we move on…

How about Insilico? A dead site. Nobody is ever there. One wonders how it stays open, despite looking cool, like it’s inspired by Blade Runner or something. Since nobody was around I took a few shots of Nyrva in the buff. I just think it’s fun to do. (Some people get into full BDSM and sex stuff with their toons, I just mostly take nudie pictures!)

From the same “Fantasy Faire” I shot the nude pictures of Nyrva at. What the hell do you call this shit? Nothing “Fantasy” about this. But I play an Elf in Star Trek so touche’ – but anyone wants to bitch at me about playing an elf in Star Trek sims should bitch at these guys from bringing this shit to a Fantasy sim. Make no mistake, I do like to mix sci-fi and fantasy, but this looks like a modern present day setting that got nuked or war torn or something, it doesn’t necessarily fit either one. Meh, go figure.

Another shot of this city scene. This looks more like a discombobulated Grand Theft Auto or Fallout 4 scene or something. I’m trying to picture how else this fits into either sci-fi or fantasy. Oh, well.

Poor Nyrva, she finds herself hopelessly locked in a cage. Is someone going to rescue her?

Speaking of mixing sci-fi and fantasy, I’ve been trying to get one of these soda machines in Second Life for months. I have seen this machine at Insilico and one other place only and they are otherwise impossible to find. And I can’t get the maker/seller to respond to me to sell me one. I do have a couple of the soda cans. I love the girl used for the picture, the Asian-looking girl as the “space elf” whipping the finger with the can of root beer in her hand. I guess putting my Wood Elf in a Star Trek sim by definition makes her a “space elf” so I am essentially playing one.

Kind of a general nude pose of Nyrva sitting at a friend’s place in a mainland sim area. My friend was building his own sci-fi ship in the background- not related to any branded sci-fi, which I can respect. At least it would be truly his own. (the colors are for establishing mesh faces)

A gratuitous nude shot of Nyrva laying out. She lays naked in an undisclosed location.

Sometimes I just do gratuitous nudes for no reason. Another shot of Nyrva laying nude.

 

I figured to show one more naughty shot from this set before moving on…. Nyrva again, lying nude in an undisclosed location. (I just say undisclosed location- it’s nowhere special, not important, who cares? etc.)

 

Nyrva sitting in ruins at a mainland location I held until recently (that I now have up for sale as of this posting.)

Another angle of Nyrva sitting nude in the ruins, just taking in the fresh air. Wood Elves are people of nature I guess?

 

Nyrva on location at the Darkwood Castle sim. I go here and poke around once in a while. I don’t really play here, I like fantasy but I’m not into BDSM stuff either IRL or in video games.

I have Nyrva here posed with two of my characters from World of Warcraft in Second Life. I figure if I ever quit WoW I can still play with my monk and rogue in SL as characters there.

 

Another shot of Nyrva posed with my monk and rogue from World of Warcraft.

In this shot Nyrva stands nude with the monk and rogue for the shot.

Nyrva stands nude as she continues to pose with my monk and rogue from World of Warcraft… (The pandas have no interest in the elf that way, they are just her friend I guess if you want to ask “that” question! lol! Nyrva is simply a character that is posed nude for pictures, put simply.)

Here we are back at the Fantasy Faire from earlier in the blog, Nyrva isn’t nude this time- wearing her best Wood Elf outfit.

 

I never could decide if I wanted Nyrva to be a mother or not in my fiction. I got her this pregnant belly in Second Life for some shoots of course for conceptual depictions of the idea. But I never decided what I wanted her fate to be in my novel- motherhood, marriage, death- a lot of that is still up in the air. Nevertheless, here she stands in this picture, nude and knocked-up.

This was original character art I did of Nyrva pregnant. Again, I could never decide what I wanted her ultimate fate to be, whether I wanted this for her or not. Since Wood Elves are a dying race in my story, it would be important for someone like Nyrva, especially as a female, to have a child with a male Wood Elf to help preserve the race. But it’s still undecided what I want to do with this character in my fiction I’ve been writing about her over the years. There’s still some back story I need to develop as well which has changed over time as I have developed the character. In any case- here is an original drawing by me of the pregnant, nude, Nyrva.

Nyrva of the tribe of Dragonwood. A female Wood Elf. She was an original character I created in 1997 and I also create original art of her. It has been awhile since I have attempted to update her appearance, I would like to work on doing so to make her a bit less “anime” looking when I get some time. Or at least have a version of her that is non-Anime, along side the “anime” depiction of her. I suppose that’s what I do with Second Life and Skyrim- imagining the character in more realistic and life-like forms with the virtual formats. But Nyrva is my own original character I created for my own fictional writing efforts and I have used her in game play along the way. Here she stands gazing towards the sky. But in this picture I attempted to make a background with stones, fake grass and sticks- I’m not sure it turned out like I wanted. I suck at drawing landscapes and I didn’t want to use someone else’s work- give me credit for being honest about it anyways.

 

 

This is one of my male alts in Second Life dressed in his “special agent/MiB” suit where I have him next to a Polybius machine at a virtual arcade in Second Life. The depiction is to play on a popular urban legend from 1981 in Portland Oregon about this alleged game, not confirmed to actually have existed (but sometimes you wonder.) I decided to have fun with my alt when I saw this machine.

 

MORE TO COME…

It’s been awhile since I posted a blog, and I actually have a lot more stuff to share but I must close this one due to the length already. I may attempt to write shorter blogs more often with more goodies and stuff about my hobbies or whatever I feel like posting, hopefully less bitching about what I don’t like. But I wanted to say something about the new Star Trek because I’m tired of these studios butchering stuff I like.

I will close this blog for now and begin work on the next blog, hopefully post it soon with more pics and stuff to talk about. Until then… God bless!

See ya!

Jade Draggon,

aka “Nyrvachan”

 

 


Return to Pandaria

Return to Pandaria

With the absolute disaster Warlords of Draenor was, I thought it would be nice to talk about some pictures and screenshots I got from Mists of Pandaria and the fact that perhaps that xpac wasn’t as bad as so many people made it out to be.

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Before Patch 5.3 “Escalation” dropped and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms was destroyed, I decided to get myself a bunch of screenshots of things I knew were getting wiped out after doing the 5.3 preview on the PTR. I’m actually glad I did even though we can never see these in their “pristine” form again (to use a recently thrown-up term, BLIZZARD)  But this was the Golden Pagoda as it was before it got obliterated in 5.3.

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People may remember the two giant Mogu statues before they got blown up? Here’s a shot of them.

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Another shot I got at a distance of the two giant Mogu Statues in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms before they – or at least one of them was smashed in Patch 5.3.

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Another shot of the Golden Pagoda as it was before.

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In the early days of my guild, Brew City Horde, my shaman, Treedragon– getting some screenshot pictures with some of the Golden Lotus members. I managed to get all the achievements available at the time for the Golden Lotus under “Eternally in the Vale” on both this character and my hunter before they disappeared with patch 5.3.

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This shot I’m on my hunter at the Golden Pagoda with the members of the long-deceased Golden Lotus faction, once again- the only other toon I ever got “Eternally in the Vale” on before they took it away.

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The gateway leading up to the Golden Pagoda from just east of the statues in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

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My hunter from back then with some old faces you can now only see in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid.

I have some more pictures I’ll be uploading at a later time but this is what I have for today.

Until next time… God bless!

Bigg Jim


Blizzard Shuts down Nostalrius Private Server

Blizzard Shuts down Nostalrius Private Server

Editorial blog –

In the last few days, the net has been buzzing about Blizzard Entertainment’s latest blow to WoW fans, which involves a recent court injunction allowing them to shut down the fan-run, non-profit, private Vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius, according to PC Gamer and various other sites.

With plummeting subscriber numbers in 2015 alone down to 5.5 million and Blizzard’s decision to stop publishing WoW subscriber numbers to hide their apparent embarrassment, especially in light of their complete mismanagement of their latest expansion failure known as Warlords of Draenor, do they really believe this is going to help their present situation? help their public image? help restore lost subscriptions and bring those players back to the current version of WoW?

Blizzard, it seems, for the last 2 years with WoD, and certain devs I could mention in charge, has made one blunder after another in my estimation. Videos are already emerging on YouTube with plenty of well-justified fan reaction to the situation.

Where does the drama go from here? Only time will tell. Hopefully these guys can put this server where Blizzard can’t touch it. I don’t care about playing Vanilla WoW myself but I think the option is neat. And Blizzard constantly refuses to open up some Vanilla servers despite fan outcry for them to do so, and does everything they can to snuff out the fans’ desire for this content.

Blizzard does a cease and desist on this – but fans do machinimas, they do raid videos, what’s the difference? People openly use Blizzard’s content all the time. Blizzard is well within their right to protect their copyright where they see fit, and I understand that.  However, they ignore the fact that a significant number of fans want these legacy servers. I don’t play on them for the record, but if Blizzard were to offer legacy servers of their own as part of their service for my monthly subscription I might be inclined to try it.

And seriously, with all the people peeved off over how shoddy Warlords is as an xpac, do they seriously think shutting down this server is going to bring these people back to the live game? How many of these people are those who quit somewhere along the way or don’t care for the current version of WoW to begin with?

And the direction they appear to be going with Legion is no better with more ability pruning, and cookie cutter weapons, and play styles, etc. Blizzard doing everything they can to completely dictate what the player experience “ought” to be according to the whims of their devs again.

Where does it go from here? Only time will tell. I’ll be grabbing my popcorn, sitting back and watching what happens on the internet with respect to this present development. Like when Metallica shut down Napster and a billion more “baby Napsters” popped up, will we see people taking the code for Nostalrius and popping up 20 servers like it? Will people get smart and put them somewhere Blizzard will have a harder time flexing their “legal” arm? It all remains to be seen. Meanwhile Blizzard – why not hire these guys on and BUY this server and operate it officially?

FOR THE RECORD – I don’t advocate private servers. There are too many problems, not to mention violating your TOS with your live game. But I think Blizzard should think again about the idea of opening their own legacy servers based on the popularity of this one. Maybe require people to purchase and subscribe to the latest content to access it? There’s all kinds of ways to handle it from the business side of it, but it’s clear people want the legacy content.

That’s all I’ve got to say for now.

Until next time…

Bigg Jim (aka Nyrvachan/Jade Draggon)

 

 

 

 


Adult Content Has Moved

Adult Content Has Moved

NOTICE: The 18+ page and adult content from the Skyrim page have been removed from this blog. This blog from today forward will no longer contain adult (18+) content. I am featuring that content on a new blog at darkforest.nyrva.org which is the new adult version of this blog. Posts on this blog going forward will not contain mature content. But posts on the adult blog at darkforest.nyrva.org will. Thank you for your interest in this blog.


February Blog 2016

February Blog 2016

General thoughts, World of Warcraft, Gaming, or whatever I feel like talking about…

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My character “Nyrva” as played in Skyrim. At least Blizzard devs don’t have any say about what I get to do here.

Blizzard Does It Again

Just as the issue of flying in Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard once again seeks to dictate what our gaming experiences should be in Legion with limited “artifact” weapons.

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It’s Blizzard’s “Class Fantasy”, Not Yours!

Many may remember all the drama Blizzard devs recently caused all the fans and players of World of Warcraft in Warlords of Draenor over the issue of flying over the last 2+ years. It started with them saying we’ll get it in patch 6.1 at Blizzcon 2013, and by Bashiok, to “No Flying in 6.1”. But the Capital Hill politician-style waffle-iron flip-flopping doesn’t stop there as lead World of Warcraft game designer, Ion Hozzakostas, on Friday May 22, 2015, the friday of Memorial Day Weekend, drops the biggest bombshell of all when he announces; not through an official Blizzard website, but through a third-party website, Paragon, that we will never get to fly again in Warlords or any future World of Warcraft expansion.

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Needless to say this announcement caused a major backlash among the user fan base, resulting in 10 major Battle.net forum threads, tons of messages on Twitter, a boat ton of commentary and fan videos on YouTube- resulting in Blizzard eventually having to backtrack and compromise allowing flying provided certain in-game conditions were met. And admittedly, while I think a bit excessive, not entirely unreasonable to say “do this content, you get to fly” but it unlocked flying on all characters. But the controversy didn’t end there- to this day there is no clearly defined timeline on when players will be able to unlock flying in Legion, just that it will “work similar” to “Warlords”. Stay tuned…

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If Taking Flying Away Wasn’t Bad Enough…

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Welcome to Legion where the BLIZZARD DEVS decide your “Class Fantasy”!

Legion is the newly announced expansion, hastily announced, seemingly, in response to severely sagging subscription numbers last summer, which Blizzard has since stated they are no longer going to make public.  It was announced last summer at Gamescon in Europe before a seemingly unenthusiastic crowd by their “usual suspects” in crime- Ion Hozzakostas, Alex Afrasiabi, and Dave Kosak.  The very three devs who stirred the pot on the flying issue and upset a lot of people were put center stage for this annoncement. Nowhere did we see Chris Metzen who was better suited to stir excitement about an expansion if anyone could do it. And Blizzard gave a mere 4 hours to WoW for Blizzcon 2015, so they paid their biggest game mere lip service while propping up other shit games of theres like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and other copycat games of theirs they apparently expect to eventually replace WoW with apparently. Meanwhile they’re buying up Candy Crush and other shit games while releasing minimal content for Warlords- consisting of more Facebook-style clicky garrison mission crap. We all know the failures of Warlords.

The lack of substantive content in patch 6.1 inspired satirical videos such as this one.

So we’re going to trust these three devs to provide substantive content in Legion? We’ll see! They better or the party is over for the longest standing MMO in history.

 So Here We Go Again Blizzard…

Just as you did with flying, Blizzard, you have set out to dictate and control what player  experience is with respect to what weapons they get to have on their characters based on the “Class Fantasy” (you guys are all the sudden fixated on this new fetish and term of yours) that YOU, not the player, have for our characters we are all paying $15 a month to play. And how? By assigning each character an artifact weapon with no other options other than that weapon. There will be no other weapons in Legion, and you will be stuck with this weapon type for the whole of Legion. You can transmog but only into the same weapon style that the item will transmog into. A Windwalker Monk fist weapon cannot transmog, let’s say, into a 1-handed sword or axe, you’re stuck with a fist weapon, period. Unless there is a major player-base uprising over this issue like there was about flying we’re stuck with whatever weapon designs the Blizzard devs, not we as players, think we should have. It’s their “class fantasy”, and not ours.

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Not to worry! Don’t like the item? You can use this nice, handy paint-by-number style system to just change the color and, voila! Now you have a weapon that’s different than your friend has! …not!

I’m getting the xpac myself, and I have mixed feelings not just because of this but because of all the recycling they seem to be doing of old content trying to make it new. But if this expansion is not just awesome from day one all the way through, I think Legion is where I will hang it up. And with subscription numbers the lowest they have been since Vanilla and Blizzard now concealing them from now on, I’m sure it will be the nail in the coffin for a lot of people if Legion doesn’t deliver, sadly.


The Demise of TekTek.org

TekTek.org Bites the Dust

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Thanks to Gaia Online, the conceptual site of TekTek.org has shut down for good. Providing Gaia fans a sandbox to dream up many possibilities for Gaia Avatars in a way you can’t do on Gaia without having tons of Gaia Gold (and things on Gaia becoming so expensive it’s a wonder how anyone gets a billion gold to get anything on their marketplace worth having) – Gaia used it’s legal muscle to shut down TekTek.org.

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With the permanent removal of Gaia’s long-running MMO zOMG, with the removal of various other features over the years such as the Gaia Cinemas and other fun features– Gaia is little more than a site full of worthless micro-transactions. And their attempt to launch an alternative social site Tentacl.com to replace Gaia’s anime-based social site, failed miserably.

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How much life Gaia has left to it remains to be seen. I expect the site to fold within a year or two but who knows. It has nothing of any substance to offer fans and there needs to be more than just a social hangout with anime avatars (as cool as their avatars can be). Many other game sites and platforms are out there and there are many other social networking sites. So what will keep Gaia afloat remains to be seen- probably as long as they can sucker people into spending $10 a pop on their worthless avatars which can do little more now than hang out in a virtual parking lot and chat all day.

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But the death of TekTek.org brings with it the death of an otherwise cool fan site, which was not charging anything for the ability to experiment with Gaia avatars in a sandbox environment in a way Gaia just cannot provide.

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 Mockups of my characters Nyrva Dragonwood and Mychelle Blackwood were entirely possible in Gaia and TekTek- but now Gaia sucks and TekTek is dead.

Game Over, Gaia!


Warlords of Draenor 6.2 Thoughts…

Thoughts on Warlords of Draenor 6.2

I don’t often write speculation posts about WoW but in this case I figure I’ll make an exception.

TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY

Blizzard’s silence on this issue is very strange and suspicious- they have managed to totally divide their fan base on yet again another issue.

I am pro-flying and will always be pro-flying. I totally agree that flying while leveling and perhaps during certain content would not be appropriate- but in the general world zones after you have leveled I believe it should be allowed and that people who do not like flying should simply not use it.

Blizzard it seems refuses to give a solid yes or no answer to this question after reneging on the issue with patch 6.1 when they originally said at Blizzcon 2013 we’d get flying then.

They delete any threads on the public forums where people say they want flying- as if Blizzard does not care what the fan base thinks. threads about flying are locked and deleted quickly by Blizzard devs and forum censors who don’t want people lobbying for this feature in the game. Interesting to note is that all pro-flying messages get tons of upvotes while anti-flying messages get downvoted hard.

Blizzard’s release of the skimpiest patch ever- 6.1 which only consisted of a selfie camera that ties to Twitter so they can dupe fans into giving them free publicity on twitter – begs the question to me of how committed Blizzard still is to providing their subscribers quality game content.

Will flying be part of 6.2? I want flying myself- and if I had the money to buy 51% stock in Activision/Blizzard– the Blizzard devs would have to choose between allowing flight or losing their jobs (yes I would really do that– no flying until level cap, then a questline or something to get flying, etc. they would be required to put this in or be sent to the street to find work elsewhere.)

But given how Blizzard refuses to touch on this issue at all and constant censors any fan attempt to discuss this- it’s probably safe to assume flying will not be returning to World of Warcraft any time soon, if ever.

This begs another question as to why they are selling store mounts that fly when you cannot fly with them in current content.

Until next time…

God bless! 😀


Welcome to Nyrva’s Warcraft Page

Nyrva’s Warcraft Page

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Nyrva Dragonwood

Nyrva Dragonwood was a character I created in 1997 and have been developing fiction about her since. The novel I have been working on has gone through several rewrites, in addition to development of the back story of the world she comes from. Meanwhile I also roleplay her in games where possible, and on sites such as Gaia Online, and in games like World of Warcraft. I have also roleplayed her in RPGs I have on Playstation and my computer where custom character creation was possible.

This drawing is a crop of a drawing I did of the character and represents her true appearance. So when I use her in a game like World of Warcraft I have to use the templates they provide. but this drawing represents the character’s true appearance.

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Nyrva, as I created her, is a brown-haired, blue-eyed Wood Elf with long flowing brown hair down to her butt, not a arcane-infused, green-eyed, Blood Elf- however since I use her in WoW, that’s what she is there.

This drawing, slightly revised for 2014, features Nyrva with extended ear length- part of the new design for the character.

THIS PAGE will be used for a personal blog about roleplay for this and other characters of mine, and just anything that interests me that is related. Unlike general art and hobby blogs I’ve done in the past, this is more of a personal blog, but people are welcome to check it out.

Nyrva Dragonwood – my mockup of her from Gaia Online.

Character Description, Info, and Stats:

Nyrva Dragonwood
Bio Info – Revised for 2014

Bio Info:

Nyrva Mariah Dragonwood
Female Wood Elf
Dragonwood Elf Tribe
Wood Elf
60 Inches Tall (150cm)
135 lbs
124 Earth Years old
(physical age equivalent to a 22-25 year old human female)
Innkeeper’s Cook/Barmaid
Messianich Protestant
Socially Conservative/Traditional Girl
Weapon skills- Ranged: Bows, Crossbows
(Does not use guns but can)
Intermediate hand-to-hand combat skills

This drawing offers a visual display of the character’s body design. Intended as an artistic nude, and a defining image of the character’s anatomy and appearance. This is a revised version including changes made to the character’s ears- they are now slightly longer than originally designed, this is a new and permanent change to the character’s design.

Nyrva Dragonwood’s appearance is defined as a 5′ tall, slender build, female Wood Elf with flowing long brown hair to her butt, and blue eyes. Pointed ears point straight towards the back of the head and do not extend past the back of the head. Newer drawings of her I’ve been doing show her with longer ears that still follow the conventions of her original ear design.

Pencil and Photoshop for character art and design.

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Nyrva Dragonwood art and character © by the owner of this website.
Background image original stock by character's owner.

 


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