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Just Stuff…. 24-Feb-2017

Just Stuff

24-Feb-2017

Talking about whatever I feel like talking about in games, sims or whatever…

Some content may be offensive to some readers or NSFW! proceed at your own risk! You have been warned! All nude images taken in Second Life were either done so at Second Life Adult or Moderate sites where nudity is allowed (or else can be easily gotten away with.)

The Dark Lady, Sylvanas Windrunner, but she’s not in World of Warcraft in this scene, she’s in a dark foreboding town in Second Life in this shot.

And here in Skyrim, I have Sylvanas Windrunner as my follower courtesy of a mod, of course.

An appropriate Skyrim poster hangs on the wall of my residence in Second Life at my prop “gaming station”. Ironic since I do use a lot of mods in Skyrim.

This third week of February 2017 has been my week of achievements- I finally got my Warglaives of Azzinoth on my Demon Hunter, who now, like my monk and rogue, also possess these cool legendary weapons from Illidan Stormrage and the Black Temple. Ironic in this case since Illidan is supposed to be the “big boss” of the Demon Hunters in WoW.

If getting my Warglaives of Azzinoth on my third toon wasn’t enough this week, getting level cap of 110 on my second toon, specifically my Outlaw Rogue, Yakusa, in Legion this week was a great achievement today. I’ve been slow this xpac, but I also had a 2 1/2 month absence from WoW due to medical reasons from October to December. So now I’m playing “catch up” with my characters and my game.

And I just gotta say it- I wish I could kill these stupid-ass Disney Alliance fruitcake pansy nature freaks in WoW. I won’t be questing in this zone on any more toons this xpac!

So fine, I took it out on a bunch of their stupid wanna-be pansy-ass “unicorns”.

I’d rather this be that stupid half-fawn centuarette.

Meanwhile… my gamer’s fantasy haven in Second Life– my personal residence, the downstairs is of course, a bar.

I just wish I could have a REAL Tron arcade machine like this instead of a Second Life prop. I remember those machines and when I used to pump quarters into those by the ton. So here sits this virtual model of one in my virtual bar.

On the other side of the bar area is a seating area, Skyrim and Horde posters, an axe on the wall… perfect for a fantasy and gaming nerd like me.

 

This was such a bad ass shot of a dragon in Skyrim that I had to shoot a screenshot of it and post it here.

Of course, after killing that dragon, my Dovahkiin, Nyrva, absorbs his power.

“Jaina Proudmore is a Dreadlord”

Searching for this on Google I found this cool image conception of a Fel-Corrupted Jaina Proudmore.

Confirmed: Jaina Proudmore is a Dreadlord!

Maybe she isn’t but considering the turn things have taken with her in the Legion expansion it’s possible she could join the Legion against the Horde and Alliance or just completely flip out.

Of course, as shown here, there is always the possibility that Jaina Proudmore is really the Dread Pirate Roberts instead!

This is the Skyrim version of my character Nyrva, donning Forsworn armor. I would very much love to find a way to somehow recreate this avatar for import into Second Life just to have my “Dovahkiin” version of Nyrva in there. However, since she’s made up entirely from mods and isn’t created unless the game is live I’m not sure how one would do this.

This prop made by a Second Life user features coins, a coin purse, and wine bottles from Skyrim. When I asked about it (out of interest of how to get this stuff imported into Second Life) they became offended, evasive and defensive. I guess I can look to no help from them, huh?

I wasn’t sure the above prop was from Skyrim until I zoomed in on the coins, and sure enough.

I decided to take a shot at making my own replicas of the Gold Septims from Skyrim in Second Life. While not perfect they aren’t too bad if I do say so myself.

Gold Septim coins in Skyrim. I’m always looting these.

 

I have the Gold Septims on the counter of the bar at my residence in Second Life.

Being the hobbyist I am, this is my original artwork of my own original character, Nyrva Dragonwood, where the young Wood Elf woman is depicted as being nude and pregnant. I haven’t yet decided if she gets pregnant in the novel I am writing that has her in it, that’s still in the air. But I have done conceptual artwork of her pregnant nonetheless. I did this in pencil then scanned into my computer and colored in Photoshop. The background is original stock photography shot by me.

And here is my Second Life avatar version of Nyrva depicted as a pregant Wood Elf . Why? Do I need to explain myself? I figure to explore all possibilities of this character’s life in the form of role play, but it’s just for personal entertainment, and also it helps me with my creative fiction ideas. I suppose in this case it’s creating a 3D virtual version of what I have created in art form.

Here is my own artwork of my original Wood Elf character Nyrva Dragonwood, sitting naked on a log in the forest. As always I drew her with pencil and colored in Photoshop. And the background is original stock I phototgraphed and own. Nyrva is a character I created in 1998 and actually have copyrights on, so anything I do with her on this site is either part of that or a derivative work.

Nyrva Dragonwood is captured by a fertility cult, forcing her into unwanted ritual sex for the purpose of breeding her against her will. The idea is that the cult has captured Nyrva and intends to use her as “breeding stock”, and to force her to reproduce and bear a child. For what purpose the child would be used for of course would not be known. But the major problem is that it’s a group of Forest Elves who have captured this young Wood Elf and intend to breed her against her will. (Forest Elves and Wood Elves are usually friendly with each other – and are essentially “cousin” races.) It is not decided if this will be used in the story or not and if so to what degree, but this is concept art for the idea. Other variations of this drawing, including a fertility cult member forcing himself on Nyrva have been done. I’ve used face crops of this drawing for a profile pic which is why in close ups of that pic she doesn’t exactly look happy. But I just like the detail of color on her face in the picture crop which is why I use it.

Here is a crop of Nyrva’s face from the same drawing. I feel like it makes a great face icon image of her despite her expression so that’s why I’ve used it. But most people don’t know (unless they’ve seen the full art) that Nyrva is strapped to a table with her vagina exposed.)

This is also from another series of conceptual drawings I did of Nyrva: Nyrva Dragonwood’s quest to reach the old ruins of her own tribe of elven people fails when she meets some thugs on the road. While they don’t kill the Wood Elf they strip her of everything she has including her clothes, leaving only a few meager coins in her hand for her journey home. Apparently the thieves weren’t interested in her death, just her clothes, and everything else she was carrying. But now she has to journey home in the nude. In this scene she has just awakened to this apparent reality.

Meanwhile, I’ll just let Nyrva enjoy her coffee. She’s not kidnapped by anyone right now. This is a drawing I did back in 2009 originally of my character, Nyrva Dragonwood, drinking coffee. 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 hope to do. I still consider this drawing of my official “poster girl” shots of Nyrva, but I hope to do a revised one.

An avatar based on my original character Nyrva Dragonwood as a nude Gaia avatar, as conceptualized via the late Tek-tek.org – I only wish that site was still in business.

This is a drawing I did where I visualized my character Nyrva Dragonwood as a catgirl or neko girl instead of a wood elf. Pencil and Photoshop for Nyrva, the background is original stock photographed by me.

As shown in previous posts, here is my Skyrim version or visualization of Nyrva, except I wish she had long-ass hair. But I love the bangs and the side hair.

My avatar of Nyrva’s younger sister, Raiya, sitting nude in a public setting in Second Life.

 

Another shot of Raiya sitting nude in a public setting in Second Life.

 

And yet another shot of Raiya nude in a public setting in Second Life.

 

Here Raiya is shown donning her uniform, and enjoying a Guinness, while serving in the capacity of a Starfleet Lieutenant, at “Starfleet Command” (TOS/The Motion Picture Era) in Second Life.

Raiya is in a roleplay here with a nice group of people who play in a post-TNG era Star Trek RP. She is 130 years from her original time of TOS in the story (but hasn’t changed much in appearance as elves live several centuries and show their age very slowly). I am not as much a fan of this kind of Trek, as I prefer the old Star Trek, but these guys make it fun so it’s well worth it.

Poor Raiya – This is her 130 years later, still not looking any older (since members of her elven race take a long time to show age and live several centuries) but she is captured with her crewmates and frozen by an evil villain in a stasis tube.

An evil scientist has captured Raiya and a couple shipmates and put them in stasis tubes to absorb their souls from their body for the life energy. Will Raiya escape or die here? (Roleplay in Second Life)

 

This would be my Orion Slave girl character nude in a public place in Second Life.

Another casual nude shot of my Orion Slave girl. This character was completely custom-made using various elements and an avatar in Second Life. (and if CBS wants to make this an issue, then she’s just a nude girl wearing green body paint)

While we’re at it how about my Andorian female avie? Both my Orion Slave and Andorian female characters are custom jobs in Second Life. They use the same avatar body model as Nyrva and Raiya so naturally there will be some similarities in appearance.

How about another shot of my Andorian female character in the buff?

How about Mychelle naked in the same public place? This is not exactly like my drawings of my character Mychelle but this is my “Second Life” version of her.

This is my original artwork of my original character Mychelle Blackwood – she is fully human-like in my drawings except for her cat-like tail and ears. But my Second Life version of her gives her blue hair and a tail instead of green, and cat-like paws for hands and feet. The actual character in my fiction however is as she is shown here.

Another nude of my Second Life version of Mychelle.

Here’s another shot of my character Mychelle sitting butt naked in public.

Another original drawing of my own Mychelle Blackwood, original character- frontally nude. This drawing is merely designed to show her anatomy. As always, pencil for the original drawing, scanned and colored in Photoshop, and layered against original stock photography I shot myself.

This is my Tek-Tek.org conception of Mychelle, based on the Gaia Online design of avatars. I used Tek-Tek so I could make a nude anime version of her based on this design.

 

I am flying around in my small shuttlecraft in Second Life.

How about an exterior view of my little shuttle. It’s so fun to fly around with this thing.

And that’s all I have for this blog posting of my good, bad, and ugly for today. Be sure to stay tuned to this site for future posts. I may try to do shorter posts a little more often. This is so long because I haven’t done one in awhile.

Until next time. God bless!

Jade Draggon/Bigg Jim/Nyrvachan

 

 


Blizzard’s Bullsh*tting and My Second Life…

BLIZZARD’S BULLSH*TTING and MY SECOND LIFE…

WARNING!!  I DO LEAK JUST A FEW LITTLE SPOILERS IN HERE ABOUT LEGION! AVOID THIS PAGE IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE SPOILERS!!!

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7.19.2016 The so-called “pre-patch” has come and as of today, 7.30.16, we still don’t have demon invasions, demon hunters, or any of the stuff Blizzard promised! It’s gonna be a bullsh*t launch already for “Legion”, it just seems like.

So what does one do while waiting to see if Blizzard can “Make WoW great again?”

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Screenshots and selfies! I better get this one at the Peak of Serenity before Blizzard blows the place up! I don’t need to use their stupid “selfie camera” to do what the “print screen” button will do already!

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I bettah take me monk in to get a shot wit’ me boy Vol’jin, mon, before Blizzard kill him off, mon! In fact get your screenshots in with Vol’jin and King Varian Wrynn while you can because they disappear forever on 8.30.2016

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I had to get me hunter wit’ de Warchief as well before he dies! I have other toons I will have to get my last screenshots with.

But honestly, other than the new transmog system to play with, and the ability prunes, patch 7.0 is a complete frigging joke so far. And the ability prune sucks! But the usual Blizzard “white knights” will defend to the death, every boneheaded decisions the Blizzard Devs make like the puppets they are.

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SERIOUSLY BLIZZARD?!

FUCK OFF WITH THIS SHIT!

Taking an epic raid zone like Karazhan and turning it into a girly bullshit goofy ass Hearthstone deck shitpile? Seriously?

This is exactly why World of Warcraft has been taking a shit for the last 2 years- the focus on shit games like Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch, which is why I personally BOYCOTT all Blizzard/Activision games that are not World of Warcraft. Yes- everything not WoW. I can live with it just fine. I play stuff on Steam, I play Second Life. and otherwise I just find other stuff to do. I can read books, write, draw- just find other ways to occupy my time or keep myself busy. Blizzard you can take this Hearthstone FUCKING SHIT and shove it right up your candy asses!

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Check out this self-abosorbed shitsack, Alex Afrasiabi, with a shit-eating grin on his face, taking selfies. They haven’t given us flight yet when he’s doing this but yet he’s announcing a new xpac with no flight for an unpredictable future- probably months before the expansion, and World of Warcraft itself, comes to an end. (They’ve killed off a bunch of people right at the beginning- Thrall, Vol’jin, Varian Wrynn, Tirion Fordring, etc. so I expect by Legion’s end most key characters of the Horde and Alliance will be dead, Azeroth will be devastated, the Horde and Alliance depleted- there won’t be anything for Blizzard to work with to make an expansion out of. So you can bet Legion will be the end.)

 

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We do have some good news from World of Warcraft however – it turns out Jaina Proudmore is NOT a Dreadlord. Jaina Proudmore is actually the Dread Pirate Roberts. So all rumors about her being a Dreadlord can be quickly and completely ceased and immediately put to rest.

Meanwhile I’ve been on Second Life outside of WoW- and for the first time ever. It’s old as dirt but it’s new for me. Unlike WoW where the developers decide everything you get to do, much of Second Life is probably 95% user-created content. So with that being the case, if you can build it, you can have it.

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Meanwhile, Welcome to my “Second Life”– this is “Agent 51” – you never saw him, he doesn’t exist. You might just “disappear” if you ask too many questions. Is he from “The Matrix”? or “Area 51”? Or that “Intelligence agency no one ever talks about?” – get every tin foil hat-wearing person you know to try to figure this guy out!

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Be sure to read the rules of the inn, because you know, these are just the sort of things travelers have to encounter when staying at a Days Inn or a Motel 6!

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Oh, no! It’s the Borg! Everyone is toast!

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A virtual sign on a virtual subway. Made me laugh. 🙂

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One of my first spaceships I built in what’s called a “sandbox”- where users build all sorts of things. I had another user help me with this and help me get it to fly.

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Here I am flying around in my ship. And while BLIZZARD is taking away MAX CAMERA DISTANCE in World of Warcraft, I can use it in Second Life to get me some really nice shots of my ship. (F**k you, Blizzard!)

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Wait! It looks like we have the wrong Emperor for the wrong Empire! (Doh!)

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Another ship I’ve built, the S.S. Milwaukee, one of my more recent ones after learning some skills- this one is named for my hometown of Milwaukee, WI– looks like a beer bottle and dispenses little beer and soda bottles I made the character can “drink”.

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A full shot of the S.S. Milwaukee spaceship I built. The inside has windows you can see out even though it looks like opaque brown on the outside.

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The name plate on the right wing of the S.S. Milwaukee as I built it. I made up the “Intergalactic Brewing Co.” just for the ship.

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Two more ships I built- like shuttlecrafts. Kind of based on Star Trek. One of them is like a “Space Police Car”. And I had a little fun with it. I also made little “donuts” that it dispenses as well.

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What’cha gonna do when they come for you?

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The DONUT PATROL is here! It was a a lot of fun to make this ship. I’m trying to think of what I want to make next.

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Of course there’s good and bad in Second Life like anything else. This is a bullsh*t “Star Trek” group I tried to join. They are so strict on their rules and take themselves seriously- they’re called Starfleet Alpha (SFA). The owner literally is addressed as “Admiral” and the people who run it are “Personnel” and the group “departmentalizes” itself like it’s really a real “Starfleet”.

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Members of its roleplay cult are expected to dress “in uniform” at all times while on “the grounds”. You get a “mentor” if you join. They seem to forget William Shatner saying “it’s just a TV show” on Saturday Night Live in 1986. I actually had to fill out a web application to join this group. Seriously?! This group won’t allow me to use my desired avatar or race. But one of their “mentors” plays a “mouse person” character and that’s OK. (Seriously! I got screenshots!)

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In this shot this “mouse person” is telling me my “wood elf” can’t be a race in their “Star Trek” group and I have to create something more “Trek Like” – (what the f**k are they smoking? When the hell is a MOUSE character “Trek”-like? But I guess it’s their group, their rules! They can have it and choke on it too!) This person was supposed to be a “mentor” in the group and “tell me how it is”. I guess they’re a bunch of crack babies is how it is? It’s just like players in WoW who tried to tell me what class I can play– they can tell me what class I can play when they are swiping their credit card to pay for my game time. And that goes for Second Life- when they are paying for my avatar items.

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Tall claims! But all lies! “No matter the species they portray” but I was not only not allowed to use my desired “species”, because my particular character avatar was incompatible with their uniforms (old outdated prim uniforms vs newer mesh- and I have the mesh) they won’t allow me to use my avatar either. But again, they allowed the mouse avatar person. So they pick and choose, they fly by the seat of their pants, make it up as they go along. Who cares?! I’m going to go where it’s fun. These guys remind me of the people in the movie “Trekkies”- at least I can feel more like a normal person.

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This text was what got me interested to join. “No matter who they are behind the avatar, no matter the species they portray” and when I first saw the mouse player I thought I would have no trouble introducing my character as a “new species”. I even took the time, and spent a good hour or two of my time, at their request, to fill out their “species request form” but despite this I was to come up with a new “identity” for my character “Nyrva” that I had been using for nearly two decades. Meanwhile I have other RP groups I have joined that have allowed me to work in my story group into their RP.

But I should have followed my initial instincts about any group that requires an online internet application to join, that refers to its recruiting members as “personnel” and who’s key members are nameless, faceless, people who make decisions that you never get to talk to, see, or have direct interactions with- the decisions are made subjectively behind closed doors without any question or input and then they send one of their lackeys to tell you their “decision”.

Which, just to be fair – applications to join a group in and of themselves doesn’t mean a group is bad. I’ve joined some very good groups who have applications that simply ask about your interest in the subject matter and it just helps them to understand who you are and where you fit within the scope of their group. That’s not a bad thing. And people who are really interested will take the 5 minutes (or whatever) to fill out the app and provide decent answers. People who don’t want to take the time- that kind of “weeds” them out, so I get it. I might use this kind of application in my own group.  But I think it’s easy enough to know the difference between that and the application of a bad group.

But in this group, they simply laid down “the law” and it was to be accepted without question or challenge. No discussion, no dialogue, no questions. Any disagreement or “rebuttal” is immediately deemed as “drama” and “being uncooperative” and their half-ass attempts to “answer” your questions are often labeled by them as “bending over backwards to help you” and when you still don’t go along with them, they boot you. But this was a cult-like mentality, bottom line.

So groups like this is best to be avoided at all costs. But some people who don’t have any personal pride or individuality will still join and submit to the “machine” because they’d rather wear the cool uniforms on their character and so-called “be” someone. It’s sad.

Suffice to say it’s best when you encounter groups where you don’t have to jump through all these crazy hoops to be a member. When you do that should be a red flag.

I don’t normally spend time to publish about bad groups and this is all my opinion about this group. I won’t publish about every group I encounter- I usually just quit and move on. But this is an example of a group who makes claims of acceptance, so long as you conform to whatever mold they want to fit into. Except they allowed some person playing a “mouse furry” to be a “race” in their “Star Trek” group but my “Elf” can’t be one? Seriously? I guess they’re into furry/anthro action aboard the starship? Who knows.

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Despite the fact that my uniform on my character is based on Star Trek TNG, and is very similar to their custom-made uniforms. (Which, for that matter my uniform was more like an actual “Star Trek” uniform or what you would actually see in “Star Trek” — their uniforms were their own custom design they were associating with “Star Trek”.) They were not willing to even allow me to use my character avatar (that I paid money for to create so I could have a character in Second Life that I like) in their group. They wanted me to not only change my character’s identity, but change to a standard Second Life avatar (which is outdated prim technology, along with their uniforms- the newer technology is the MESH that my avatar is made from in Second Life and where Second Life is going) – just so their uniform will work. There was a claim of “bending over backwards” to help me but no willingness to compromise. I could have even bought a jumpsuit outfit and overlaid the texture patterns of their uniforms onto it with a paint program but that’s something else. They were more interested in conformity. They’re just a bunch of robots and not human.

It should be a clue any time a group’s members are extending their RP roles outside of the actual roleplay. (i.e. when one is expected to address a member as “captain” or “admiral” outside the roleplay and act as if they really are a captain or an admiral instead of just a fellow player and hobby enthusiast merely portraying a character in a roleplay simulation.

 

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They’re so strict on rules but they made an outside “dance club”, with big beat boom box speakers, dance floor, etc. they know how to do that bullsh*t for sure.

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You know they had these kind of “ghetto blasters” in Ten Forward on “Next Generation” all the time!

I am no longer part of this group. I was actually bounced before I could quit but I was going to quit anyways so it’s all the same to me. But next time I see a web application to join a group with as heavy an emphasis on structure as this group, I’ll know to steer clear. I’m actually glad – they probably are too and I doubt they ever had any intention of working with me. Most people with a cult-like mentality are often inclined on having new initiates conform to the group norm rather than allow group members to set their own styles or work with them. So be it. Good riddance. Everything I’ve said about this group is merely my own opinion. What others think of it is their own business.

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I you see this sign when going to a Star Trek group- run! Unless you want to join a group that will tell you what your “Trek” experience can be like.

For the record also – I have found some Star Trek and Sci-Fi groups that are accepting of other characters. Just not Starfleet Alpha (SFA) – In my opinion, they are worth avoiding at all costs on Second Life. Because I think SFA plays at being a “purest” Trek group when they really just pick and choose what they like and will accept and what they don’t. But there’s other groups that will accept people who want to branch out into some other ideas.

Future blogs I’ll talk more about the positive experiences and things I enjoy. That is more my desired focus. But sometimes it’s necessary to point out that groups who are not desirable will come up and you have to be on your guard. It’s just like World of Warcraft guilds who have huge applications and turn what should be a game for fun into a job to the point it becomes no fun. That’s why I won’t join hardcore raiding guilds, not interested! I can see a short application that focuses on interest in the game and what the guild offers, ask a FEW questions- or for an RP group so that they can get to know a player and honestly interested people can take the time to fill it out. But rigidly structured groups are definitely a big “red flag” on my list- this one should have been from outset and I should have followed my instincts.

I found a second TNG-based sim that was the same- rigid, unimaginative, type of group etc. Most of the time it’s best to find general interest groups made up of people who have eclectic tastes rather than being hung up on one type of a medium or idiom. People who don’t mind blending Star Trek with Star Wars, Doctor Who, Fantasy, etc. as opposed to just being about ONE thing or another.

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Outside a place in Second Life selling cool sci-fi and fantasy outfits for characters that I like to go to- pretty neat.

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My player house — 100% custom- either stuff I built or bought. The house I built myself, pretty simple and low key to avoid using too many “prims” for the space I have. I imported my “Brew City Horde” logo for the wall. I also have a second property I will be using for RP purposes.

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An aerial view of my house. The land was in the water so I put it on a giant “prim” to provide a base.

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World of Warcraft comes to Second Life! I love it!

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Wait, Garrosh! You’re dead!

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Not a good thing to “die” in the middle of a “capture/release RP” sim. Luckily no one was around to “capture” my little elf character. So when her 30-second “death” wore off I was able to carry on without any problems. (Death was from fall damage in this particular sim).

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You have to learn somewhere. I was trying to figure out how to build- so I was trying to build a house. I have since learned better techniques for building in Second Life which would not only allow me to build something better but easier, more efficient and with less prims/land impact within the world. But I’m still new so I guess that’s my excuse. 🙂

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This is within the last week or so- cutting and shaping pieces to build a large spaceship that will fly and have a boarding hatch from the ground. It’s being built in the style of a Klingon ship, but not exactly.

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This was after I “snapped” the pieces in the above picture into place to form what I wanted for the rear hull section.

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Oh, noes! Someone has captured my poor Wood Elf and put her into a stasis unit. Curious creature from a non-warp society falls headlong when she stumbles into a universe dominated by tech.

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By the time I saw this “Trek” group I was so cynical about how Trek groups are in Second Life I figure they would disallow my character just the same as the rest of them. I never did try this one but I found others that allowed it.

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This was my first player house in Second Life when I got my premium membership. I figure for a “Wood Elf” this kind of fantasy house is suited. But I since got the equivalent of private land and now have ocean-front property where I built my own home.

That’s another thing…

Second Life

Final Fantasy XIV

Skyrim

Wildstar

Star Wars: The Old Republic

all these games and sims have one thing in common that World of Warcraft’s developers are just too damn arrogant and thick-headed to provide- and when they did they made it so ridiculous it caused everyone to reject it:

PLAYER HOUSING

People in WoW did not want Garrisons, they wanted a damn HOUSE for their characters, you idiots at Blizzard!

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Some places are happy to have visitors- and they’ll even show your profile picture when you come through the door. This is a cool sci-fi gadget place but their stuff is pricey. 🙂

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Meanwhile, it’s 10:49am Central Time here in Milwaukee, WI as I quickly insert this image. I have Legion. I have 9 level 100 characters on account. Today is Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – and I still cannot create a damn Demon Hunter. Blizzard fails again!

Failed patch release, failed execution! Legion will be a FAIL EXPANSION! My prediction.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll be saving up more screenshots for the next posts. And if I got more stuff about WoW or Skyrim or whatever I feel like writing about I’ll post that too.

Until next time! God bless!

Jade Draggon


FF XIV, WoW Xmogs, and whatever…

4/4/16 – Roleplaying, Hobbies, FF XIV, WoW XMOGS, and Whatever…

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A drawing I did of my character Nyrva, playing World of Warcraft.

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Probably the best video game sprite adaptation of my character Nyrva ever- from Gaia Online– except I never use that site much anymore since they got TekTek.org shut down and they stopped running their zOMG mini MMO. While I made this sprite on Gaia itself, I actually made a lot of sprites on TekTek because it was the only way I could make fully nude ones. But the site was also useful for visualizing your sprite with things you couldn’t always get your hands on, on Gaia if you didn’t have the “Gaia gold” to buy it with or whatever, especially considering how screwed up and severely over-inflated that site’s game economy has long since become where everything now costs billions of gold and impossible to get. And for what? Just to pin a specific graphic item on your sprite to stand around and chat in the Rally there? Really?

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My wood elf character, Nyrva Dragonwood in a black variant version of one of her outfits. This would be Nyrva on her quest to find the ruins of her people before being taken on the road by bandits and robbed of everything she has, drugged, stripped, and left for dead. The original of this was of her in the nude, so the outfit was added later digitally.

This is Part III in my Machinima series –

World of Warcraft Meets Skyrim Part III

The instability between the worlds of Skyrim and Azeroth continue to expand and now a permanent stable portal between the two worlds has formed allowing the free passage of people and beings from either world to freely pass between Skyrim and Azeroth. To make the situation worse, Horde and Alliance soldiers entering Skyrim have also brought their fighting with them as well, and even to Skyrim’s towns and villages. This also allows the Dovahkiin, Nyrva, a first hand brief look at Elwynn Forest, seeing for herself the might of the Alliance of Azeroth. She eventually comes to realize both the Alliance and the Horde could easily plunder and destroy Skyrim, and seeks to find a way to separate their worlds again.

Problems worsen when Elisif the Fair of Solitude attempts to persuade the Alliance to help her overthrow Ulfric Stormcloak, and crush the dominant Stormcloak Rebellion for Ulfric’s alleged murder of her husband, the High King Torygg. This means Skyrim is now officially pulled into the Alliance and Horde conflict as well, as the Dragonborn, who has fought with the Stormcloaks to overthrow the Empire’s and the Aldimeri Dominion’s hold on Skyrim, assembles a group of Horde and Stormcloaks to stop Elisif’s plan. When she sees so many Stormcloaks fall to defend against Elisif’s plan, she sees how fragile the armies of Skyrim are against the more advanced armies of Alliance and the Horde.

What’s even worse are known dungeons which were part of Azeroth, that have materialized in Skyrim, have now become farming grounds for Skyrim’s natives to hunt down and claim for themselves, Azerothian weapons. As people begin to collect these weapons, new hopes of overthrowing the Aldimeri Dominion begin to surface, but it means the corruption of the people of Skyrim with weapons they were never meant to have.

The Dovahkiin also finally meets the Pandaren monk who originally came to Skyrim, whose epoch stone she left there may in fact be responsible for this whole situation. Where does it all go from here?

Side note: I also tried to throw in some fun little nods and digs to WoW players I hope people will enjoy.

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This proudly sits atop my desk- here’s my figure of Lady Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft who normally stands proudly atop my computer. (I just took her down for this shot). I don’t think it really looks like her too much, especially the face. The should have hired a better sculptor.

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I mentioned catgirl figures, this is one of them. This is my figure of Cham Cham from Samurai Showdown– I also have the normal green-haired version with the yellow tiger-striped outfit. This is blue-haired, white tiger variant, rare and hard to find, from Japan. I also have 3 different figures of Felicia from Darkstalkers.

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I just love how my Skyrim “Nyrva” looks in Forsworn gear – now it’s almost the only gear I use.

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This is another one I’d love to have a figure made of- I always considered it one of my iconic drawings of my character Nyrva, but it’s of her just drinking coffee. Wood elf drinking coffee- I just think that’s cool. Would be neat to have a figure of her standing of my desk like that.

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I normally play my character “Nyrva” as an elf, but in this case, she’s a catgirl in Final Fantasy XIV. The female elves in that game are just too disproportionate with small peanut heads on large man-like bodies with man-like shoulder widths- and those are their female elves for Pete’s sake! So “Nyrva” is a catgirl in FF XIV.

I needed another game to get into in case I decided to break from World of Warcraft – if Legion ends up being as lackluster, lacking in substantive endgame content, and cruddy as Warlords of Draenor has been. I play a bit more passive on Final Fantasy XIV right now which is why my character is still in the noob zone at level 13. But I least have another game to dive into if needed.

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So far the only outfit I do like for my toon in this game is her starter gear, so I guess once I figure out what this game’s version of transmogrification is maybe I can set her best gear to look like her starter set? I have no idea how that works yet. Apparently one toon can play all classes and never has to trash their gear. It’s not like World of Warcraft where each toon has their set class with gear restrictions based upon that class. FF XIV reminds me a lot of when I played Final Fantasy Tactics on the original Playstation when every character in the party learned all jobs/classes- leveled them all, could be/play them all, etc. Except in this case you have one toon who can literally become a “jack of all trades, master of all”.

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Oh, noes! They killed her! I got in over my head against some mobs. Apparently you don’t “die” you’re just “KO’ed” but what’s the difference? You can’t continue playing until you “awaken” your character wherever they are set to “hearth” back to, or unless someone rezzes you and there is, like in WoW, the matter of durability damage every time you get KO’ed just like when you die in WoW- which means “good job, Captain Repair Bill” when you “die for being stupid” like I did in this case.

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One thing for sure about FF XIV, very story-rich, a lot of RP like in WoW during many of the main story line quests for your character. So that’s always a plus. But in this case, unlike being just “hero” or “champion” like in WoW, just another “warrior” for the Alliance or Horde, your character in FF XIV IS the story. This story is about YOU, the hero. There is no “Alliance” or “Horde”, no factions, YOU are the star of the story in FF XIV.

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Moving onto World of Warcraft transmog, This is a mockup of a Frostwolf transmog leather set sold in Vol’jin’s Spear in Tanaan– but this comes from a toybox item. So my hunter can wear the toybox item for a half hour- I actually like her in it. But since the real set is leather it won’t transmog onto her mail set.

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Another shot of my hunter in the toybox item set.

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This is my monk wearing the leather set.

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And another shot. Monks in World of Warcraft have shitty transmog choices prior to Pandaria especially due to limited transmog tier options. So it’s hard to find decent sets. But just imagine how shitty it will be for Demon Hunters in Legion since they won’t be able to use any tier prior to Legion.

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Still one of my favorite boss encounters of all, along with Garrosh Hellscream himself, the Lich King. And I got my monk here, getting a picture with the Lich King wearing her Shado Pan transmog.

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The Shado Pan NPC, Tenwu of the Red Smoke dons the chest and legs of the Rogue’s Tier 6 armor from the Black Temple, so I did the same thing with my own Rogue and made her look like a Shado Pan as well and like my monk, Milwaukee, using the Underdweller Spaulder shoulder set from Dragon Soul, to be worn on them in the same fashion as Taran Zhu’s single tiger head shoulder piece. To top it off, I formed my own guild for her called <Shado Pan> along side my own <Brew City Horde> guild, and made her the only toon in it. So now my rogue, Yakusa, runs around with <Shado Pan> under her name in addition to looking like one, and having for herself, the name of the Japanese Mafia as her own name. (Pandaren, mock-Asian panda race, a rogue is your basic “thief class”, so… “Yakusa” is a perfect name to me.) To really add to it I made her my jewelcrafter. So your basic thief class, named after the Japanese Mafia, picks locks, picks pockets, is the one who cuts the gems and jewels, etc. – I just loved the total package of it all.

A WoW Machinima Tribute – For Han Solo

A tribute to Han Solo, one of my all time favorite childhood heros, brutally killed by an emo punk Kylo Ren, who desperately deserves to die. So I put that in a machinima, and I hope he dies in the next Star Wars VIII. And I think Snoke is Darth Plageius the Wise, I don’t care what others think, so there! 😛

Machinima – “Party Like a Rock Star” Hair Metal version

Everyone knows the song by the Shop Boyz, but this is a machinima I just released with my characters and the L90ETC Tauren Chieftans jamming to the HAIR METAL version of the song- artists unknown. It was something I found on iTunes under the name Radical Re-Interpretions but they credit absolutely no musicians as far as who played what on the song. (the jerks!) but it sounds like Mark Slaughter on vocals to me, not sure who else might be playing.

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A shot of my Skyrim toon clone of Nyrva strirring soup. I caught Sylvanas Windrunner doing that since I have her as a Skyrim follower as well. But missed out getting a shot of it, that was trippy. I hope to catch her in the act at some point and put it on this blog. What kind of soup would the Banshee Queen make? lol!

And FOUL on killing Superman in Batman vs Superman, if you bring him back, that’s BS. That whole thing of killing off characters and bringing them back has been done into the ground and done to death. It’s just so old, give it a rest already. Leave Superman dead then.

Despite the one issue, I LOVED Batman vs Superman despite many critic reviews and fans poo-pooing the movie. But I think for myself and my opinion is my own. I am actually looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie and the Justice League movie as well. I’m not so interested in Suicide Squad– that’s like playing Grand Theft Auto to me, I’m more into the heroes, I don’t care about the villains. I like to see the good guys beat the villains, but I’m oldschool, so I’ll leave it at that.

That’s all I got for now! Until next time, next blog!

Peace out! God bless!

Feel free to comment me on Twitter! @Nyrvachan

Until next time.

Bigg Jim

aka Jade Draggon/Nyrvachan


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.


My Mains for Warlords of Draenor

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My Mains for Warlords of Draenor

Despite my disappoinment with the lack of endgame at level 100, and Blizzard’s boneheaded decisions about no flying for the whole xpac (apparently) among others, I have been working with my Pandaren Windwalker Monk, Milwaukee (left) and my Blood Elf Beast Master Hunter, Nyrva (right)

Nyrva (right) became my first main, was my first level 90 since I started World of Warcraft in October 2012, and Milwaukee (left) has been my main so far for Warlords- is now my first level 100, with me getting close to 100 on Nyrva.

But who says you have to have only one “main” – I see it that my monk is my main melee toon and my hunter is my main ranged – both DPS.

Both of these characters, I got the legendary 600 cloak on in Mists of Pandaria, in addition to getting ilvl 570+ on between normal raiding and epic drops from Ordos on Timeless Isle.

Despite my disappointment with a lot of Blizzard’s decisions about this expansion, I plan to work with these two, along with developing a 2nd Pandaren Beast Master hunter I’ve leveled (with skinning) and a few other toons of mine. I also figure I’ll develop these best as I can, and farm some old content I wasn’t able to solo before this, such as Deathwing and a few other instances for transmog and mounts.

Meanwhile, here’s some screenshots of my two “mains”…

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Hunting for cool xmog is always a must!

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The Warglaives of Azzinoth were not an option to me. I’m also after them on another monk I have, and my Pandaren Rogue.

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Hard to get these shots of my character and jumping just right- split-second timing for the shot.

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My two mains standing together again in my monk’s garrison.

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I’ll be especially curious to see how my hunter looks whenever they release the new blood elf models.

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These shots were hard to get!

That’s all for now! Enjoy!

God bless!

JW


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