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Stuff… 2-June-2018

Stuff…

Just whatever I feel like talking about!

June 2, 2018

WARNING: Some content here NSFW, some nudity, language, or other content that could be appropriate for some viewers! Use your own discretion!

I haven’t done a blog in quite awhile. A lot of stuff has happened, a lot I could write about but then sometimes I just never know what I want to say, so I end up not writing anything. Probably not the best way to run a blog, but it’s my blog right?

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First, a public service announcement:

 

World of Warcraft “Friendly” Reminder:

Attention Alliance PVP Idiots! (most of which are bots anyways)

When in PvP Battlegrounds, keep your fat, grubby, disgusting, imperialistic, tin-pot dictator-serving, blue-blooded paws off my Azerite, carts, resources, bases, flags, and pretty much anything and everything else in there, just die when attacked. Thank you. And remember: You suck!

And stop fooking cheating and running bots! Learn how to actually play!

#LoktarOgar #FortheHorde #ForHonor

 

 

A Little Trip in the Virtual “Way Back” Machine…

It’s recently been occurring to me that Second Life makes it possible for me to, in a way, revisit one my favorite hangouts from back in the 80s, now long since gone in the real world. I’m building a model of one of my old favorite record stores, Mainstream Records and Tapes, which was located in a strip mall near 76th and Layton Ave in Milwaukee, WI. Now long-since gone. While I’m not building the strip mall, I’m rebuilding the store as it was inside the strip mall (as if you sectioned the store out of it) with the entrance to the store as you walked into the front entrance shared by 1 other store in their particular part of the small strip mall at the time. (It was a weird arrangement.)

This was one of the earlier shots. While I’m not using the actual front texture of the strip mall the store was in, I am using one of wood accents that characterized Mainstream, at least at this particular location. I was fortunate to find a Mainstream Records logo from back in those days for the front window. And of course, I had to find a “Ticketron” logo for the sticker on the window, since that was how you got concert tickets back in the 80s before Ticketmaster was a thing. I also found logos of two local rock radio stations from that era, WLZR LAZER 103 FM (they also had an AM simulcast but I don’t remember the channel anymore) and the late great 93 WQFM FM that rocked Milwaukee’s airwaves from 1973-1996 until their parent company, Shamrock Communications was bought out by Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) and they turned the once awesome rock station into a shitty “Smooth Jazz” station. (Kind of reminded me of in the movie “Airheads” when everyone found out “Rebel Radio” was becoming a shitty “easy listening” station.)

This was the beginnings of my rebuilding the store before adding any of the wood accent textures. I tried to build the interior layout of the store as I remembered it, as you walked in, up the steps to the riser in the store entrance, around the front counter, then into the store– all wood-accented. The sound of boards clunking and creaking under your feet, the smell of either “Sandalwood” or “Sex on the Beach” incense in the air– and it was always either Spiritual Sky or Gonesh Sticks, and they had a selection for those in the “Head Shop” in the back. (Hence the back room).

I don’t know if I have the wood accents correct. It has literally been over 2 decades or more since I was able to set foot in this place. But I’m trying to do it best as I remember. The front counter is as best as I can remember it. The front riser had steps that went down into the store and out the front entrance. Out on the floor were the record racks, and even on the right edge of the riser and down on the floor next to the riser were racks of records. On the left wall next to the counter were the cassette racks, and on the opposite wall that I remember, a wall of t-shirts for sale. Not to mention album flats all over the walls and so forth. So at this point will be the real work, making the record and cassette racks (I don’t remember how CDs were, and CDs weren’t really a thing until the late 80s that I recall). I also have to figure out how to do the “tshirts” on the wall. So I got a little work to do. But I will share the progress on this model as it develops.

This I could not help doing. For one of the old record crates I found a logo for “Peaches Records & Tapes” – another long-since defunct local record store. I applied the texture to this record crate I bought in Second Life from the Marketplace. For reasons I cannot explain, it would not be unusual for a store like Mainstream to end up with a crate like this in their store (maybe due to purchased assets from the store’s closure, who knows) but I definitely plan to have at least 1 record crate in this store with this little nod to Peaches Records & Tapes also.

This was another must- I took another record crate and applied an image of the old 93QFM Hometown Album project as a texture shown here. I definitely want this to have all the feel of the old Mainstream Records and definitely an homage to 80s Milwaukee Pop Culture.

I will have more to share on the development of this model in future blogs.

Antares Class Starship Build – Second Life

For my Second Life Star Trek TOS roleplay, I’m building an RP model Antares class freighter ship. But since I’m not building it to scale I’m not fully able to follow the internal schematics to the degree that I’d like, so I find I have to improvise. In either case, the ship is being build for group roleplay rather than to be an exact model of the ship from the “Charlie X” episode. So my interior design my differ from the actual schematics and also somewhat from the design from the show to a certain extent. Still this has been a fun project.

 

 

My character, Nyrva, who serves as my main Second Life character (and my building character) standing on the bridge of the ship, which, due to the size of the model, is not the small “bridge” dome on top, but rather, inside the “head” section of the forward part of the ship.

 

Here is my character, Nyrva, standing in front of consoles I made for the bridge of my Antares ship. a science console on the left, and a standard operational console on the right. Some textures I got from other people, but I made the “control” textures myself. I also made the little “comm” boxes on the panels. Another friend made the screens with the “rounded” corners that I fixed to my consoles- the pictures actually change when you click on them. I also made the overhead screens shown in the picture.

 

I did a little improvising in the engineering area and made a sort of TOS-version of a “plasma” warp generator. I’m not sure if such a thing could have existed in the TV show era, so I suppose this is a little bit of a license I’m taking on my part.

 

 

Now outside the main bridge area, looking down towards the rear of the ship, and down the main corridor of the main deck.

 

 

In this shot I have my character standing on the main deck of the ship, with the camera angled down the turblolift shaft of the ship in the main body section. There are 6 decks in the main body. Plenty of space for a small group roleplay; maybe 10-14 people. But most groups are usually smaller anyways.

 

There’s a half-circle part on the aft section of the ship, so I just made this room in it. Not sure what should really go in here. I suppose anything technical for ship operations.

 

I decided to make the entire tail section “Engineering” related. So I built these walk-in cages for equipment, consoles, or other components, complete with walk-up ramps to get in and out.

 

 

Here is a full side view of my Antares ship. Much of the work is done, so this is probably 90% complete at this stage. The middle section, the upper portion is not exactly as the TV show, but I did not know how to cut the prims exactly to match the shapes. However since this is an RP ship I was more concerned with people being able to roleplay inside than making it look like an exact model. I hope at some point I can start learning programs like Blender so I can do better at rendering correct shapes for some of my builds; Particularly some of the more difficult shapes you find from shows like Star Trek.

 

Personal RP pursuits

Nyrva Dragonwood – Second Life edition of “She-elf’s quest failed” – Nyrva stripped and left drugged and naked by thieves in the forest. This is a Second Life version of my fantasy from this story idea.

 

Nyrva Dragonwood original drawing of “Quest Failed” – thugs who robbed, stripped her, and left her laying in the woods just shy of her entering the very ruins she came to see– the ruins that once belonged to her elven clan virtually destroyed in the great wars against the Dark Elves of her land. She now has the choice of continuing to venture on, or turning back home, several days journey on foot: either choice in nothing more than her birthday suit and whatever water, food, and shelter she can find along the way. I never fully decided if I was going to use this in the novel or not, and I never decided on the outcome other what her survival outcome would be. Plenty of details I would want to iron out for this part of the story if I did use it in the novel. But here is the concept art, and I did a few drawings based on this scene. I used a photograph of real woods I took at a park for this picture, so I own both the original artwork and the stock imagery.

 

 

A “aerial” view of the same scene with Nyrva laid out on the forest ground. She hasn’t yet awakened from the chloroform-like drug yet to discover her current set of circumstances. This would be my “Second Life” version of another drawing I did similar to this scene.

 

This is an overhead view drawing I did of Nyrva Dragonwood laid out in the forest, again after being drugged by thieves and stripped of all her clothing and provisions. Since Nyrva is one of the main characters of course I elected not to have her killed, but simply placed in this situation. And I’m not entirely decided if I will use this part or not depending on how well it comes out after I rewrite the scene and how it plays out. If I can make the circumstances and the outcome developed well enough to my liking and interesting enough to read. It can’t just be about a lone elf woman stripped and left for dead in the middle of the forest. There has to be some development to the scene and it has to flow with other parts of the story. I make no apologies about making her nude for the scene. It is simply a situation that happens to the character. But she is neither killed or raped, just drugged, stripped and left as you see her. The thieves simply see no purpose in killing her. Admittedly my drawing style could use quite a bit of refinement but I’ve always been a cartoonist, so that’s my drawing style.

 

 

Facial recognition fail!

I did an experiment with my iPhone with the picture of this woman and my Second Life version of Nyrva. My Apple iPhone actually thinks this woman (who is just some woman whose picture I found on the web – otherwise no relation whatsoever, just some naked woman off the internet) is the same as my Second Life version of “Nyrva”. It actually identifies her face as being the same person. It’s really kind of creepy in a way since I don’t know who this person is other than some nude woman off the web. And it just makes me think they have a lot of bugs to work out in these things before facial recognition is used for far more serious purposes, such as to identify people for law enforcement purposes. Either that or I can hire this woman to play my character if I were to need an actress to play “Nyrva” in a live action movie featuring the character.

 

 

Nyrva Dragonwood trapped in Dimension Zero – Second Life Edition – This was another story concept idea I had for Nyrva where she is captured by a dimensional guardian for her intrusion into the forbidden Valley of Mystics and she is imprisoned for a time in this strange dimensional universe, though not physically harmed. It’s occurring to me how some of my artistic concepts I’ve done in drawings can now be realized through the 3D model sandbox format of Second Life. It’s the same pose I used for my drawings in both the “elf quest failed” and “Dimension Zero”, so it’s the same pose and camera angle for these two pictures as well. Additionally I was able to find a foreboding checkerboard environment for “Dimension Zero” as well as build a forest scene for my other picture.

 

 

 

Original concept drawing: Nyrva Dragonwood in Dimension Zero – one of my original drawing concept ideas, this was the checkerboard world version. I’ve used this particular drawing of Nyrva for a few instances but I’ve also had a couple variations of “Dimension Zero” – which is really a sort of “null space” world that means nothing in the context of normal time and space. For all intents and purposes, Nyrva, though still alive, is kind of put into a world that technically doesn’t exist, that serves as a prison realm for her. The dimensional guardian that places her here uses this place as a non-lethal means of punishing those who violate the forbidden lands. Such persons are simply banished for a time to this “non-world” realm. (If that doesn’t totally make sense that’s OK. I’m not really sure it’s supposed to.) I own the stock imagery for this also since I created it in Photoshop along with the original artwork of my character.

 

Second Life – Nyrva Dragonwood’s Journey Home – this would be a Second Life version of Nyrva’s journey back home after losing all her money, clothes, provisions, and personal weapons to thugs while on the way to see the ruins that belonged to her people. She must now journey home relying on her best survival skills to stay alive under these conditions.

 

 

Nyrva Dragonwood heading home through the woods after her failed quest. She decided it would be better to head home adter being stripped of her clothes, money, and all her provisions. She knew it was dangerous no matter what she did, and that she was in a very vulnerable position either way – without her personal weapons for defense, all she has is her hand-to-hand fighting skills (of which she is decent, but clearly not a master against an ardent opponent) and her birthday suit for “armor”. She must now find whatever water, food and shelter she can along the way, even engaging in petty theft if she must when she can, to survive the 4 to 5 day trip on foot home. In this shot, I couldn’t tell you what she’s doing. Maybe her foot itches. The forest road isn’t exactly easy on bare feet. I own both the original artwork and stock imagery since I drew/created/shot both.

 

This was one drawing I did of my character, Nyrva Dragonwood, pregnant and I’ve shown it before. But I never could decide if I wanted her to be a mother or not, at least in the 2 novels I was planning to write that the character is one of the main characters of. If I did take this route it might be in a third story where she is not such a central character and she has moved on to a more “settled down” phase of her life where she had married and sought to raise a family or something, but I’m not sure I want to do this in her main story arc or not. I created and own both the character art and stock imagery for this picture. What I want to do with her in this case is still up in the air. But I leave my options open about what to do with my characters.

There was one idea I had toyed with briefly that involved having Nyrva Dragonwood kidnapped by some weird fertility cult to be used as breeding stock. The idea is that the cult uses Wood Elf females, breeds them against their will, and takes the elven babies from the mothers then and has them out for sale or trade on the black market. (I’ve actually read about stranger things that have happened in real life situations.) The only problem with this idea is that it is more dark and twisted than I really want to get with the story, and if there isn’t really any benefit to the rest of the story with respect to the character of Nyrva then there wouldn’t be any point in using it. But perhaps this might be material for some side book full of dark, twisted, side tales if I ever chose to do one. Still this kind of idea is still a bit creepy, even for me. But I drew this after reading of some really weird real life accounts even more bizarre than what I’ve just described as a possible story plot. But I’m not really into the idea of using women as chattel property, as kinky as this drawing might seem to some. (i.e. “tie me up and f**k me!” lol!) Once again, I created and own both the original artwork and original stock in this picture. I did not create a Second Life version of this fantasy, and… I’m fine with only the drawing.

 

 

As long as I mention the idea of dark and twisted side stories this is more an idea I would consider – I always had an idea for a side story involving vampires that wouldn’t impact the main story. I would simply write it in such a way to be an alternate story, or someone’s dream or something like that. But I thought it would be a fun idea to have some kind of Vampire Story with my characters. This was original artwork I did for the idea – Nyrva does not fare so well in this story, ends up being sucked dry by one of her own friends who falls prey to the infectious plague. Perhaps I may do a Second Life Machinima of this story as well if I get it written.

 

 

I did this drawing of Nyrva as a model pose for a possible figure I’d like to have made of her – just a figure of her casually laying nude on her stomach. I created and own both the artwork and stock imagery in this picture.

 

I have yet to do a Second Life fantasy of this one – just my classic “Nyrva Drinking Coffee” shot. This has always been one of my “poster girl” drawings of Nyrva.

 

 

Nyrva Dragonwood awakens in Dimension Zero. The dimensional guardian tells her why she is in this place and how long she will remain his prisoner. But she is promised to be provided for and to be returned to her world when her sentence is up.

Nyrva Dragonwood in the dojo practicing a little elven martial arts. She is not the most ardent fighter when it comes to hand-to-hand combat, yet, but she’s managing to learn her kicks.

 

Another shot of Nyrva practicing in the dojo. Only thing is I’m looking at the position of the kick and how the left foot twists. And I’m wondering if the left foot really twists that far the other way with such a kick and if the designer of this karate animation took this into account when they designed the animation? Hard to say.

Someone tell Oxhorn that the Panda Exterminator has been busted! He won’t be killing any more pandas!

 

 

 

Here is my original character, Nystasha, at a table with Nyrva, a few Pandaren, a Tauren, some games, cards, beer, and the stakes are high. Who will take home all the gold tonight? (In the background just some elven NPC).

 

 

 

 

Nyrva in the USS Milwaukee mess room. She can’t decide what kind of donut she wants from the donut replicator.

 

Nyrva at the bar on my ship, the USS Milwaukee. Yes, the K-7 bar was a must on my ship, so I built one. I changed the colors a bit but it’s the same bar that was on the original “Tribbles” episode. I also made the beer dispensers that I put on the bar. As a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin I make one simple rule: No fooking “synthetic booze” on my ship!

 

These are the two beer dispensers I made for my ship, and just for general roleplay use, and they actually dispense little bottles of beer I made that correspond to the brands on the handles. I just put in fantasy versions of real beers that I like. I don’t sell these at all, I made this just for roleplay. I modeled the Hofbrau dispenser after an actual picture of one I saw on the web – though it’s not exact, I got it as close as I could for Second Life, so it’s probably 20% off from how the original looks.

 

 

 

Here is a shot from my TOS Star Trek RP group in Second Life. We recently did an RP at the SciFi Expo in Second Life benefitting Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

 

Another shot from earlier in the same RP session at the SciFi Expo RP we did.

 

 

Here Nyrva sits in the briefing room of my ship, the USS Milwaukee. I got the table from a friend, the chairs from another source, as well as the banners. But I built the table consoles as well as the consoles on the right and far walls. I either make stuff that looks like the original TV show, or looks like it could fit on the original TV show. There are many in Second Life who sell Trek-related stuff they make. I am not one of them. I only make stuff for personal use. And I give my stuff for free to friends or other roleplayers for personal use only and for roleplay.

 

World of Warcraft and Second Life?

My Pandaren rogue in Second Life? Or am I playing with WoW Model Viewer? I’ll never tell! But I thought this Fantasy airship in Second Life with the Asian theme would be a great setting for a “Pandaren” air or starship. I figure “Legion” has opened the door to Azeroth space travel with the silly space goats, and there’s all the “titan” tech sitting around so why not?

 

 

I think I might have to buy me this ship. Seeing my panda rogue in this scene almost sells me on the “Pandaren Starship” idea. I’ll have to think it over.

 

 

 

Here I have my original character Nyrva (Second Life version) with my rogue from World of Warcraft. But I’ll never say how I do these shots. That’s “privileged” information. But this was shot on a location in Second Life.

 

Nystasha – another original wood elf character of mine created and shown here in Second Life in the form of this digital model.

 

Star Trek TOS Lives in Second Life

I don’t need JJTrek, I don’t need Discovery! #NotMyTrek Not as long as I can do my own stuff in Second Life. These are two model ships I shot against a star field. I use this stuff only for personal use, and even build some of my own Star Trek stuff for personal use. I don’t sell it at all. Since you can’t look to CBS or Paramount and since I’m sure most people who watch those and play Star Trek Online think Chris Pine is the original Captain Kirk (and probably don’t know what William Shatner is famous for), I figure this is the best way to do it– play it on Second Life.

I’m also a huge fan of fan shows like Star Trek: New Voyages and Star Trek Continues. The Orville is also high on my list- even thought it’s not “Trek” by name, it still very much is like watch the old show- just as a sort of “TNG sequel” with a few dick jokes.

 

Second star to the right… and straight on until morning! (I didn’t have a better caption! This is just a cool Enterprise shot I made)

 

 

Nyrva Dragonwood wearing a TOS Star Trek-style uniform. This is aboard my roleplay ship, the USS Milwaukee – Archer Class, registry number NCC-005. The registry I used doesn’t necessarily follow the normal conventions of Star Trek registry numbers, but I took the registry number from the real US naval shop of the same name, but with the registry LCS-5 and simply adopted it for my ship. And I also thought it would be a nice salute to the men and women aboard that fine vessel.  My character Nyrva is also wearing phasers I made myself, in both an unscripted “wear-only” version and a scripted “weapon” version that can actually be used in roleplay combat. (For those not familiar with Second Life RP) I also made several of the consoles aboard this ship since it comes unfurnished. I got the captain’s chair from another person in SL who makes Trek-related items.

 

 

I recently made this machinima to explain how my character, Nyrva, was discovered by Starfleet in Second Life Star Trek RP. Even though for my novel there is no such thing, but since I use my character in RP, this is how I do crossover fan fiction with my own character.

 

 

 

Uh, oh! Someone killed a unicorn in Skyrim.

 

 

Playing World of Warcraft, on my monk I sit atop the Lucid Nightmare mount. A mount resembling a nightmarish-looking black void-kissed unicorn-like creature, obtained through a secret quest line with a series of elaborate puzzles, ending with a rather lengthy maze. But I beat it nonetheless. Here’s my character sitting on the mount! You might find a few clues to clear some of the puzzles along the way, and some of the puzzles even have toys like them that you can buy in the game, but nothing can truly prepare you for the maze since it is truly 100% random- even if you use the so-called add-on to help you map your way through it. And that is simply a matter of time to complete. I finished it in a little over 3 hours.

 

 

One of several clues leading to many puzzles along the way of the Lucid Nightmare quest. But if you haven’t done it yet, I’m not going to tell you where this is. You’ll have to find it yourself.

 

In the maze in the final stage of the Lucid Nightmare quest. Every room with 4 exits with at least 1 or 2 always blocked, an altar, and 2 stands, and your search is for 5 colored orbs to place on the 5 colored altars that correspond to find your way out. If you leave before you finish you have to start all over again, once you’re in you’re committed if you want this thing. I got it on the first try, albeit it took me over 3 hours. I was in it to win it. Go ahead, use an add-on if you like. Even doubling back the doors can completely change. They did for me a few times, even if you go back the exact same way. This place is truly random.

This was actually one of my favorite quest lines to do for the entire xpac of Legion to be honest. I hope we get another one in Battle for Azeroth. Another hidden quest for another hidden mount.

 

 

 

Undercity’s Last New Year

Last time ever for fireworks at Undercity – or for any kind of activities. Horde loses Undercity. Alliance loses a worthless level 1-20 zone nobody fooking uses.  If Alliance lost Ironforge then we’d be talking equal loses. The Horde player base is getting fooked out of their “Ironforge”.

 

I better get one last shot sitting on the throne in Undercity – where Arthas Menethil slew his father, Terenis Menethil II, and the bloodied crown fell to the floor that day. Note: It was an ALLIANCE prince who became the Lich King, not Horde. Sylvanas happened because of neglect by the Alliance, not the Horde! Just keep that in mind.

 

August 14, 2018 will see the launch of World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth. This new Alliance-centric xpac will see the loss of a level 20 leveling zone for Alliance players (Teldrassil/Darnassus) and a major hub for Horde players.

Blizzard Says: F**k the Horde!

The Alliance will gain control of Undercity, creating a new faction imbalance for major cities for the first time in WoW history. It also means the end of the Horde Zeppelins as the Zeppelin towers in the Undercity/Brill area will be destroyed. As of this day, 2-June-2018, Blizzard has not stated what will be replacing the Horde zeppelins or explained why they are being such dicks to the Horde fan base and so kiss-ass to Alliance players. It can only be assumed Horde players will no longer be able to take Zeppelins from Orgrimmar to the Undercity/Brill area to get to the Eastern Kingdoms. No such denial of access to Kalmidor has been created for the Alliance players in WoW by Blizzard. (As of this blog, Blizzard has had plenty of time to address this issue by publishing something that could have appeared on MMO-Champion, WoWhead or other fan sites by now, so up yours, Blizzard!)

 

We did 14 months of Siege of Orgrimmar to get rid of Garrosh Hellscream so we could have Vol’jin as Warchief, only so the troll devs at Blizzard who no longer seem to give a shit about the WoW Lore (because they’re now more concerned about fucking Overwatch and Hearthstone) could not use him hardly at all in Warlords of Draenor, then throw him under the bus at the beginning of Legion, and stick the Horde with a Warchief that is “Garrosh Hellscream meets the Lich King”. She will be causing good Horde leaders Varok Saurfang to leave the Horde in Battle for Azeroth, and it’s hard to foresee if a new Horde rebellion will rise so we can get rid of this Lich Queen for someone better, like Baine Bloodhoof or Gamon, for Warchief again.  And while I might seem critical of WoW and Blizzard I’m asking questions I hardly see anyone asking- a serious WTF moment.

 

In any case, fellow Horde, have one last look at Undercity before we lose it to the Alliance player base.

 

CBS Continues the Reboot Onslaught with “Discovery”

As if JJTrek wasn’t bad enough, and recent announcements that Quentin Tarantino is now being tapped to do the next Trek movie, (“Klingon, motherf**ker! Do you speak it!?”)  Vandalism of the once beloved franchise, now by CBS, continues (As if their lawsuits against Project Axanar and their neutering of Trek fan films wasn’t already a sorry insult as it is). Season one of “Discovery” has come and gone, and has not only been wrongfully called “Prime” timeline, but has redefined everything originally created by Gene Roddenberry, and visually suggesting everything from the 1960s TV show is not the correct representation of the franchise any longer. CBS redesigned the uniforms, the Klingons, the Captain Pike Era weaponry, and everything else that goes along with what Star Trek should be 10 years before Captain Kirk took the bridge for the original 5 year mission. Never mind that every ship of that era (prior to the Motion Picture years) was supposed to have their own ship badges, they went ahead and issued the “Enterprise” Arrowhead badge to the Discovery as well.

 

 

CBS Apparently doesn’t care about Trek canon, or the fact that each ship was supposed to have their own unique uniform emblem prior to the Motion Picture era. Only from that point forward did the iconic Enterprise arrowhead become the standardized symbol of Starfleet.

 

I guess if we have to have a “magic mushroom” drive in a Star Trek prequel series nobody in any series in the previous 50 years would ever have heard of, perhaps it’s time to start pulling rabbits out of our ass too. The plot devices of Discovery are nonsensical and idiotic at best.

 

 

 

The excuses of CBS to visually “reboot” Star Trek to how everything looks on “Discovery” for what is supposed to be 10 years before the original TV Series era of “how outdated” the original show looked is a bunch of malarkey. Visuals like this, of an original series Constitution Class ship in a dry dock orbiting planet Earth, serve as proof that it is possible to create the look and feel of the original TV show and still have a somewhat updated feel fit for today’s more modern audience. Most people who would watch Star Trek are not even in the demographic CBS is trying to attract anyway, as most Trek fans are 30s and up (This is also true of Star Wars fans which is why Disney is having the same problems with Star Wars fans presently). Most people under 30 of the so-called “Millennial” generation do not care about Star Trek other than for the “flavor of the day” moment. And I’m trying to imagine the outrage of Star Wars fans if Disney had updated the Millennium Falcon from the original appearance of the 1980s to fit a more “modern appearance” the way CBS has to the original Star Trek appearance and made the kind of drastic changed to the Millennium Falcon that CBS made to the Klingons where you can’t even tell what it’s supposed to be. But CBS would have been much better off to simply make a new series set in the late 24th or 25th Century, past all existing Trek canon, where arguments of this sort would not even be an issue.

 

The numbers don’t like. A lot of true Trek fans were not happy with this insult of a show. While we may not be in the majority per say, this is almost half. But let’s see if the next season is enough to get CBS to cancel this terd.

 

It’s best to sum up what CBS/Paramount can stop doing to Trek in one single meme.

 

 

By the way, getting back to Second Life Star Trek RP for a moment – it never ceases to amaze me – I’ve had at least 2 people in Second Life (who shall remain nameless here) whether a person playing a “furry” character who refused me membership in a Star Trek RP group for playing a “non-canon elf” (I don’t care about that particular issue anymore but there’s a point to bringing it up), or a human player who gave me flack over what kind of characters I play in a fan fiction Star Trek RP for “canon” and has some bone to pick with me for whatever reason. And yet, to those very same people who gave me flack over playing my character – I’ve found myself actually having to defend Star Trek TOS canon against reboots like Abrams and Discovery.

My purpose is not to call anyone out here, so I’m not naming or showing the players involved. It’s simply to make a point: I find the level of hypocrisy very interesting. I can’t have an “elf” character in a fan fiction RP situation (even though I base it off of “exploring strange new worlds” and “seeking out new life and new civilizations” and I even “Trek up” her back story for the RP – and I even made a machinima now that shows how she got “discovered” by Starfleet off-world personnel) but it’s OK for JJ Abrams and Discovery to completely shitcan original canon for their shitty reboots. I’m simply trying to add a race and character to the story, and in the unofficial 5th year of the Enterprise 5 year mission in a roleplay. Yet people who make up their own fleet names, their own ships, their own timelines, have a problem with this, but have no problem with the Abrams or Discovery reboots? Seriously, WTF?! At least I’m all about preserving original canon, maybe just taking a little license with it at best from a fan fiction standpoint. But not changing the whole damn thing.

 

 

On the other hand, take a show like The Orville, that is more upbeat, and looks like an unofficial sequel of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” with a few dick jokes in it- but it still has a lot of the same kind of stories and story telling, good character development, makes you care about the characters and the story? This so far appears to be a success despite what the critics say.

 

 

93% of fans liked The Orville against the critic score– contrast against 56% of fans who liked Discovery? It’s easy to see what the real Trekkies want in a “Trek” series.  And even though The Orville isn’t Trek by name, it has surely taken up the gauntlet of what Trek once was. Personally I’ll stick with The Orville, and practice “Safe Star Trekking” by avoiding “STD”.

 

If I had my way… But then maybe that would only kill the show?

 

 

Only bad news about The Orville so far involve some rumors of Alara Katan (played by Halston Sage) possibly being written or killed off the show in season 2 – which are yet unconfirmed either way (there are videos on YouTube from a few sources that discuss this possibility, and a new cast member that may be replacing her).

Also actually confirmed – The Orville season 2 launch date of December 30, 2018. Because fooking Fox is going to make us sci-fi fans wait until the stupid jocks finish football season. (Fuck football! None of them know how to respect the American National Anthem by STANDING and they piss on our flag anymore anyways, and they have the nerve to profit in America and call it the National Football League, but that’s another story! So fuck the NFL, cancel that shit, and give us The Orville, Fox!)

 

 

CBS is not the only one on a mission to destroy a long-time classic franchise. Disney and Lucasfilm are doing their best to compete with them by dragging another well-known popular franchise right down the toilet as well. With a thinly-veiled remake of the original Star Wars Episode IV marketed as a “sequel” in form of “Episode VII: The Force Engorges”, to the Mary Sue know-it-all known as “Rey” and the emasculation and killing off of Luke Skywalker in “The Last Jedi”, not to mention that flying nun “Mary Poppins” scene with Princess Leia when direct exposure to space would be nothing short of a guaranteed death sentence… Everything Disney has done with Star Wars thus far has been a complete insult to the fans who grew up and loved the originals, and have been waiting over 30 years for more. Kathleen Kennedy has been cited in a number of fan videos and articles as insulting many of these fans, along with JJ Abrams – the same hack who rebooted and screwed up Star Trek and sent that down a path it will now never recover from.

One thing is clear to me — JJ Abrams is a hack on an apparent mission to destroy at any cost, classic sci-fi for his own libtard SJW soy boy agenda. He cares more about his social justice warrior bullshit than he does about canon, developing good characters, or telling or staying true to a story. It also seems clear to me that CBS, Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, and Rian Johnson with both Trek and Star Wars have been all on the same mission and warpath. Enabled by soy-guzzling pansies who think using these entertainment mediums to push their SJW nonsense is cool, while the real fans shake their heads, facepalm, and can only helplessly sit back and watch the train wreck.

 

 

Despite paid critics and apparent Disney shills praising the movie to the rafters, it was clear what real fans thought of The Last Jedi. At my last look, this score was down now into the 40% ranges. People do not like this trash sack of a movie despite all the excuses Kathleen Kennedy, Rian JohnsonJJ Abrams, and the number of media shills have thrown out to defend it. That includes fans being called all sorts of names by these people who don’t like poorly developed characters like the Mary Sue they called “Rey”, or Admiral “Gender Studies Giraffe Neck” Holdo, or the fact we waited 30 years for more Luke Skywalker only to see him reduced to an emasculated alien tit-sucking whiney nutjob and then they killed him off, or that goofy Mary Poppins Leia scene. What about waiting to find out who “Snoke” is only to have him just killed off? The Rebel Alliance virtually wiped out by the end of the movie because of poor “empowered” feminist leadership? (yeah, put everyone in unprotected transports and let the new Neo Empire pick them off one by one! Great strategy Admiral Gender Studies!)

And no, this was not an issue of the leaders being female. There are plenty of great movies with female characters. Princess Leia up until this movie was always my fave (this movie they bastardized her like all the other characters). I loved “Wonder Woman” (to name another example). I’m writing a story with a female character – my elf “Nyrva” is one of the primary characters and a female, so I have no problem with female characters or even female characters being empowered. This was a badly-written movie, with shitty characters and a totally shitty execution of story and plot, little detail to canon and continuity, period! All the way around. What about Han, Luke and Leia all dead with Carrie Fisher now really dead, with no chance now of ever having an on-screen reunion with our favorite space trio, and the only supporting characters there will be in Episode IX are “Mary Sue”, Finn, and Darth Emo? Seriously?! We’re in for quite a conclusion to what was once an epic saga. Even Jar Jar Binks wasn’t as bad as how they finished Episode VIII and the train wreck of a movie IX sounds like it’s going to be.

 

So here we are, Lucasfilm says “Let the past die” through Kylo Ren in Episode VIII and they killed off Han Solo. And yet we now have a movie solely about him as a stand alone. Who cares about his origin story now? He’s dead. And frankly, we have the REAL Han Solo on the left, with Harrison Ford as bad ass as ever, and this newfag soy boy wanna be, little whipped dog on the right, with his gun airbrushed out by the studio to appeal to the anti-gun crowd– politics wins again, and art loses.

We also have to be worried now about Lando’s sexuality, as they announced he was “pansexual”. I guess he screws pots and pans? (WTF is a “pansexual” anyways? seriously!) I am straight-I am unapologetically straight, and I frankly don’t give two shits what people like to screw behind closed doors – how people live in private is their own business to me. Especially if it doesn’t do anything to enhance the plot of a story. And you know there is a way to suggest a character is gay or straight or whatever without making it a big deal. We don’t need big press to announce that a character who’s sexuality didn’t matter 30+ years ago, suddenly matters now. Nobody gives a shit and I’m willing to bet that even LGBTs don’t care either. Most people I know in those circles just want to be accepted as human beings and not be mistreated because of how they live. And like other straight people, they too are more interested in what Han Solo or Lando’s places are in reference to the rest of the Star Wars universe. I doubt they give two shits who they like to screw if it has nothing to do with enhancing the plot of the story.

But now the media and the SJW libtards are all involved in cramming this shit down everyone’s throat and calling anyone who doesn’t go along with it a “racist” or “bigot”.

 

Here were the initial RT scores for the Soylo movie as of May 28, 2018.

 

The Shills Strike Back

Shills for Lucasfilm have no doubt been hard at work since May 28, 2018 to bring the score for this shitsack of a movie up a whole 10 points to make it look more favorable than it really is, despite this movie opening with worse numbers than any other Star Wars movie in history- and that’s even with the original trilogy with numbers adjusted for inflation.

 

 

Lord and Miller were fired by Kathleen Kennedy and Soylo was reshot at an awful expense, let’s see how much over their additional expenses this thing grosses, and how much they throw Ron Howard under the bus if this flops. Meanwhile this meme explains what Lucasfilm can go do with this piece of SJW trash movie with their cheaply-named L3-37 feminazi rights L337$p34k name droid. Until they fire Kathleen Kennedy and stop inserting politics into what’s supposed to be a temporary escape from real life for 2 hours (hence why it’s called “entertainment”) it’s time to dump this franchise.

 

 

Spore drive? You want a spore drive? Here’s a fooking spore drive! Giant Super Mario mushroom included! Enjoy!

 

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Here’s a blast from the past, a classic shot of Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger with the band Dokken, on the set of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” – still one of my all time favorite slasher films from the 80s, and “Dream Warriors”, one of my favorite videos for a related theme.

“Maybe tonight you’ll be gone! Dream Warriors”

 

Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger. Still one of the best on-screen slashers of all time, and the best personas in a horror movie.

 

 

World of Warcraft – The Windrunner sisters: Vareesa, Sylvanas, and Alleria Windrunner.

 

And that’s all we have for today. Thank you for checking out my blog for today. I hope to start doing these again a bit more often instead of every few months, especially since I pay to keep up my website, right?

And I felt it would be good to close out with the National Anthem. The NFL doesn’t respect it, but I do. I respect our flag, our country, our troops, our Constitution, even if I don’t agree with our politicians. Our men and women in uniform fight for our freedoms laid out for our constitutions and it’s what makes it possible to have free expression. It’s not something to take lightly or easily dismiss. #GodblesstheUSA #SupportOurTroops #StarsandStripesForever #FirstAmendment

 

 

 

 

And for those of us who still do respect our country (unlike anyone at the NFL) the American National Anthem.

God bless the USA. Support our Troops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waiting for #Legion

Waiting for #Legion

WARNING: Some content on this page not suitable for some viewers or those under 18

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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


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.


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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