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Posts tagged “Mists of Pandaria

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


Waiting for #Legion

Waiting for #Legion

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Blizzard, having failed to learn “the lessons of Pandaria” as it were, as with Siege of Orgrimmar, has us all now sitting a second expansion in a row waiting well in excess of a year for new content to drop. Blizzard’s own promotional materials lists September 21, 2016 as the “release by” date for the forthcoming Legion expansion.

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Blizzard’s own promotional materials confirm we have a long way to go before #Legion drops.

What to do until then?

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If one stays subscribed to World of Warcraft, there is plenty of old content to catch up on. This of course is a great time to level alts, farm gold, farm transmog, achievements and the like. And now is a good time to take advantage of garrison gold missions since Blizzard is taking them all away when #Legion drops.

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I for one am looking forward to the new transmog system where all transmog items will be shared account-wide. In this case, my hunter, Nyrva’s ability to hide her footwear with the item Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes (no longer obtainable in the game – it was only available during patch 5.3) will be shared with any other toons I want to use them on in the game.

I have been leveling alts myself, and catching up on some achievements during the wait. I wouldn’t recommend any further garrison or shipyard development at this stage, especially if you can craft your own gear for your toons and farm Kazzak for ilevel 700 drops and any baleful items you can get out of Tanaan Jungle. It would cost lest to buy a weekly raid token for 500g at this point out of Ashran than to sink thousands into new garrison development now here at the end of the expansion. And I wouldn’t go gung-ho on obtaining mats anymore either since they’re selling for peanuts at auction house these days. The scent of the expansion’s end is well in the air and there’s still 6 months of waiting for #Legion to drop.

But I’ve also been playing my other favorite games such as Skyrim and Rocket League, and trying out some other games as well.

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This is my clone of Nyrva – my Skyrim character in Skyrim.

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As “Nyrva” in The Elder Scrolls Online now as well. I scored a copy for $9.95 off of CDKeys.com and since a subscription is no longer required to play it, I figured TESO can be a nice “filler” game between now and Legion.

Apparently there is no future for an Elder Scrolls VI since Elder Scrolls Online came out and Bethesda is entirely fixated and obsessed with Fallout 4, so any hope of a conclusion to the Aldmeri Dominion/Thalmor story in Skyrim is solely left up to the fans. But that is an entirely different discussion altogether.

(I would personally like another Elder Scrolls game while my computer that I currently own that plays Skyrim is still sort of state-of-the-art so I can keep Skyrim with all my current addons and mods and Steam games that I like, thank you Bethesda.)

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If nothing else, I guess we can help the Stormcloaks overthrow the filthy Imperial Thalmor lapdogs, crown Ulfric Stormcloak high king of Skyrim and then liberate Skyrim from the Thalmor once and for all? (I figure I have to write my own conclusion since Bethesda won’t give us one.)

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Nyrva Dragonwood – nude female wood elf pose. A word about roleplay: While I don’t talk in character in games, I do use my original character “Nyrva” as a basic roleplay character in a lot of games. Nyrva is an original character of mine I created back in the late 90s, defined as a female wood elf. This is a character drawing I did of her which simply defines her anatomical appearance. While I can’t exactly duplicate this appearance in most games, I usually end up roleplaying a female elf with brown hair with the name “Nyrva”.

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This is an older drawing, but Nyrva standing by the oceanside in her birthday suit. I keep wanting to do an update drawing. Seeing as I haven’t done any drawing in awhile I’m about due for some. Nudes aren’t the only thing I do, but sometimes I don’t always have costume designs I like for my characters so I just do artistic nudes.

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Another drawing I did of Nyrva Dragonwood nude in the forest.

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If you don’t like nudes, here’s my classic drawing of Nyrva drinking coffee. Do wood elves drink coffee? I have no idea- this one does I guess! lol!

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Gaia Online and TekTek.org were two sites I liked to use to make sprites of my character Nyrva such as this one- of her naked and shackled. (I think I may actually draw this one of these days! haha!) But Gaia sucks ever since they shut down their fun little Zomg MMO and closed down TekTek. All they have now is an over-inflated economy where you might as well cheat to buy Gaia gold if you want to obtain any character items worth talking about, but seriously who cares? It’s just pixels on a dress-up virtual doll. I originally joined thinking it was some kind of online game with anime-like sprites.

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“Nyrva” is not the only character I have played of course – my main for Warlords of Draenor has largely been my Pandaren monk, Milwaukee.

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Xandrelle (Zan-drell’) – my Ret Pally is my latest level 100 for Warlords and my boosted character for Legion– but it wasn’t without me leveling her to level 70 first so I could get some idea of how to play a pally, and of course it let me get the profession bonus since I leveled her to 60 before boosting.

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Wisconsinmoo is my Tauren Balance Druid (Boomkin) – I boosted him in Mists of Pandaria but as a Feral at the time. I never really spent any time trying to play the character so he ended up shelved for a long time, except for being used in a few of my machinima videos as a character “extra”. But out of boredom in the last couple months I decided to bring him to the server I’ve been playing on, level him to 100 and get to know the class. I switched from Feral to Boomkin and still trying to figure out the rotation but I suppose by the time I got it down Legion will drop and I’ll have to figure it out all over again. Go figure! But I figure with the long wait for #Legion this is a great time to level new toons and experiment with new classes.

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Another thing I did was get my Playstation 2 emulator on my computer up and running, PCSX2, so I can run my favorite Playstation 2 games, which include among others, all my favorite arcade classics from back in the day.

Here is a video I did playing Joust on my PCSX2 emulator, then doing the Joust quest in Mt. Hyjal for an achievement in World of Warcraft – talk about catching up on those achievements, right?

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Experimenting with an underground bath house addon in Skyrim- this one had a shower room. But it caused too much conflict with other addons, so I had to “86” it.

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Working on my “WoW Meets Skyrim III” video – setting up different shot ideas. It’s helpful to have a mod with Sylvanas Windrunner as a follower. I guess some of the extra time is giving me more time to work on Machinima. I’m burned out on raiding lately anyways.

This was my WoW Meets Skyrim II video – a bit long but it sets up the story for what’s coming in Part III.

 

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I guess this could be a shot for the “Sports Illustrated Nude Elf” edition? My Dragonborn, Nyrva, standing atop some rocks near Whiterun.

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There’s always time to mess around on Skyrim…

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Vladimir Kulich as Ulfric Stormcloak (there is an actual mod of this on Nexusmods).

That’s all I got for now.

Until next time! Take care and God bless!

Jade Draggon


Roleplaying in 2014

Roleplaying in 2014

Changes to World of Warcraft and Gaia Online, among other roleplay options, examined.

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First, I really don’t consider myself much of a roleplayer, except that I play RPGs and use my characters where I can, or just create characters based on existing models in a game. Just that it happens I use my own character, in this case, Nyrva Dragonwood, as an RP character in some games. And it’s just to use the character, I don’t roleplay her or talk in character, etc.

But I’ve been weighing my options in terms of my gaming and online entertainment.

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Gaia Online has ended, it seems, their longstanding run of Zomg. The game is no longer featured, accessible, or playable anywere on their site. Since that game is no longer available on Gaia online, I would presume all character data, items, achievements, and related play materials are all gone.

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Gaia’s player housing is one of the only remaining options for using Gaia characters in a roleplay-type situation. But this is more like a virtual dollhouse rather than a game.

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One of my Gaia alts, “MIB Agent 51” with his vehicle at the “Rally” and his “Insurance Company”. This “undercover” agent I created is kind of a joke – especially since he stands out so much in this crowd of well-decorated characters. But he’s really in the “insurance business” and of course, is behind all the conspiracies we know all about, except that “they don’t exist”.

With the end of Zomg, there are no real online roleplay options for Gaia anymore. The only other roleplay for characters in Gaia is their “hangouts” like the “Rally” which are nothing more than a chatroom with Gaia dolls, rather than actually being a game. (Strangely, Gaia classifies and lists this as a “game” when it’s just a chat room.)  And they’ve now launched another site, Tentacl.com,  which I expect will be the end of Gaia Online itself, soon enough. The days of Gaia itself may very well be numbered if Tentacl is successful. Who knows. Honestly, I haven’t done much with Gaia at all in the last year. With the demise of Zomg, I rarely have any reason to go on the site anymore.

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Two original characters of mine as Gaia Sprites- Mychelle Blackwood (top) and Nyrva Dragonwood (bottom)

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As for making custom avatars, I can achieve most of what I want via tektek.org as far as that goes.

World of Warcraft

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Dual-boxing on World of Warcraft.  My Pandaren Windwalker Monk, Milwaukee (left) and my Blood Elf Beast Master Hunter, Nyrva (right) – at my monk’s garrison on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

I must say, despite criticism by many WoW fans, I rather enjoyed much of the lore behind Mists of Pandaria.

I am rather disappointed with the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor  — many of the features we were told would happen from Blizzcon 2013 never made it into the game. These include putting garrisons anywhere we wanted, capital cities for Horde and Alliance later changed to Ashran, tabs for BOAs and tabards — totally gone, no plans in sight. And they told us we’d get flying in 6.1 and how have gone back on that too, and told us no flying. But this didn’t come from a blue post on Battle.net. Rather, it was a hidden, clandestine, off-Blizzard site like Reddit, where they decided to finally reveal this. (I don’t pay attention to sites like Reddit and Twitter, etc. I feel like I shouldn’t have to police those sites to get relevant news about my games- that should come from the official source to me.) Blizzard seems to have very little credibility in terms of what they say they will do with their games as opposed to what they actually do with them.

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As for the new expansion? While I enjoyed the awesome cinematics and leveling, the endgame absolutely sucks. The terrain is a twisting maze of cliffs and canyons with “jump puzzles” similar to what you’d find in a Super Mario game. With the total removal of flying, and no hope for flying in sight, Blizzard actually expects people to not only level without flying (reasonable expectation), but they expect everyone to put up with 2 years of a 2 tier expansion that will now, apparently, have no flying. I suspect flying will no longer be allowed in any future World of Warcraft expansion as Blizzard’s way of cutting costs, and catering solely to the  demands of the “Vanilla WoW/hardcore” crowd.

As far as the whole flying issue goes on WoW, I love the blatant hypocrisy of those who are of the “anti-flying” crowd who have the audacity to want to force their play style on the pro-flying crowd but then have the nerve to use the in game “flight masters” or flying mounts of any kind in any of the old zones. Those people should only be allowed to own and use ground mounts.

Endgame sucks and is very limited. You can farm your garrison, do PvP, and wander through the terrain doing dailies like a Super Mario, jump-puzzle character. You don’t get to do dungeons or LFR if you don’t first do, and clear, the silver “Proving Grounds”. Otherwise you have to find people to pug with if you want to do instances. This won’t serve as any gate since people can join premades through the new in-game “oQueue” feature or sign up for runs on sites like Open Raid.

I love WoW overall but I hate the new expansion. The storyline (finishing off the Iron Horde, and developments with the Burning Legion aside) pretty much seems to end in Negrand where you finally kill Garrosh Hellscream.

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I hope the next patches will have something of a redeeming quality to justify the changes, and especially, the “no flying” stance. (Not to mention I have spent $150 on store-bought mounts I can never fly on in the new content! Plus all the mounts I have farmed because they could fly. I’m peeved about this!)

I hope the next expansion will be some real quality material instead of a rehash, and reboot of previous expansion material as well. While I liked the revisit to the Burning Crusade content with some new twists, I’d prefer to see some all-new material, expecially with the changes to the Horde and the Alliance we saw at the end of Pandaria.

I am checking out some other games, just not wanting to put so much into WoW anymore. I will still play, but I will cancel it if they keep making boneheaded decisions as what they put out for content.

I’ve been trying out some other online games, in addition to exploring other single player options. I might even hook up my old Playstation 2 again for some of those games I haven’t yet finished.

That’s all for now. hope to post more soon!

God bless! 😀

JW


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