Category Archives: World of Warcraft

WoW Leveling in Patch 9.1.5

Yes, I still play World of Warcraft. It’s a mindless time sink for me. I’m what you’d call a “Filthy Casual.”

Well, I’m sure YOU wouldn’t call me that. You’re classy, and above that sort of thing.

That being said, I find it necessary to find resources to explain to me just what the Hell is changing with new game patches. Websites blather on and on, telling but not explaining. I’m certainly not going on social media to find out what is going on because that’s where people are, and people are terrible (not YOU of course. Again, you’re classy like that.)

But then where does one go for information without having to deal with people? TO THE YOUTUBES!

Dalaran Gaming came through with a good video explaining the quality of life things for those who might be trying to level a character through Shadowlands in Patch 9.1.5.

I was aware of some things (heirloom gear upgrades), but not of other (Torghast is actually useful for something? Really?)

So check out the video from Dalaran Gaming. I hope you learn something. I know I did… classy.

I Tried

I tried.

I really wanted to give this Final Fantasy game a real go. But try as I might, repeatedly, I could not get my computer to choke down a 45GB download. I’d let it run overnight so it would have all the download juice it could muster, and do so uninterrupted. Well for some reason it did interrupt. Twice. Two nights in a row, my computer would chug along and wait until I had gone to bed before it decided to put a stop to this nonsense. The next morning, I would be greeted with a little error message box that would tell me, in no uncertain terms, that it had decided to stop downloading. And starting over meant just that – right from the beginning.

So what about World of Warcraft?

Look, I’ll be honest. I haven’t paid to play that game in over a year. I level up characters so that I can run the daily quest grind, earn gold, use said gold to buy game tokens, and use THOSE tokens to pay for my subscription. I don’t pay to play, I play to pay.

I don’t raid. I don’t PVP. I don’t buy mounts or pet, nor do I collect said beasts. I kill time in a way that sometimes activates those crazy dopamine receptors, and makes me feel like I accomplished something.

But what about Blizzard and their shitty treatment of their workers, specifically female employees?

Well they fired this pin-whistle for starters.

In reality, firing JAB doesn’t mean much. It’s a token gesture, but it’s a start.

So does this mean I’m back to playing World of Warcraft?

Guess it depends on whether I can talk my computer into working WITH me rather than AGAINST me.

California Sues Activision Blizzard

I can barely bring myself to format anything here regarding this case. The only reason I’m posting anything is for my own bookkeeping. I have a World of Warcraft category on my little blog here and if nothing else gets posted regarding WoW, I’d just like something here that outlines why. Here’s a video from Bellular News regarding the case against Blizzard and its shitty workplace environment.

Here’s another video discussing the shitty human beings associated with aspects of the case. People I actually met and shook hands with at BlizzCon.

I fucking loathe this “yeah bro” mentality. Fucking Blizzard.

I hope Final Fantasy 14 is good.

BlizzCon Cancelled Again

Okay, I really need to remember I have this damn thing. Blogging can lead to sanity, or at least a writing exercise.

Speaking of writing, let me regurgitate something someone else wrote regarding this year’s actual, physical, FOR REAL BLIZZCON (Spoiler – see the title of this blogpost):

Hello Blizzard community,

Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

But we will meet again!

We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.

Stay safe and stay well,

Saralyn Smith

Whirlwind Barbarian, Executive Producer of BlizzCon Hello Blizzard community,

Now this was posted back on May 26th. Yeah, I’m not exactly prompt with my “reporting”. So why post this now? Well today is my last day of vacation. I had nothing scheduled to do all day. Good day to play some World of Warcraft, right?

I didn’t log into the game. And, if I’m being honest, I didn’t miss it.

For the past ever, I log in and run the dailies for gold. I do that to buy tokens to resub, or to transfer/boost characters. But today I just didn’t feel the need to do it. And I think that had something to do with BlizzCon. Yeah, it was ok to watch the virtual show. But there’s just something electric about being there in person. And with little motivation to do much else in the game, that electricity was keeping me going. My battery is dead.

A break is good, and it might only last a few days. I’ll see how it goes.

But again, BlizzCon is cancelled this year.

Booooooo.

Blizzcon 2021

BlizzCon 2021 has arrived… online!

Opening ceremonies start at 2pm Pacific, 4pm Central. Streams will be available at Blizzcon.com, as well as several other locations.

I’ll have my tequila ready!