Lorelei’s Favorite Quests in WoW: Decontamination

I really like the fact that the Gnomes have their own start zone inside Gnomeregan, even though it just lasts for a few levels. The quests you do in there really speaks to my inner Gnome. You get to save other Gnomes who are hurt after the somewhat failed attempt at reclaiming Gnomeregan from Thermaplugg.

SavingGnomesAnd once you have shown your potential to the rescue people the agents from S.A.F.E. will insist that you get decontaminated and go up to the surface to help the Gnome cause up there. The decontamination is rather fun, and a tad bit scary.

SavingGnomes2If you haven’t done these quests already I recommend you make a little Gnome and go have some fun down in Gnomeregan just to get a feel for the new start quests. It won’t take more than 10-15 minutes.

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Cautiously Excited About the New Guild Wars 2 Feature Pack

I used to play Guild Wars 2. And then I stopped. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the game. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my characters. It was all due to my server being more or less dead. Guild Wars is a game that is at its best when there are many people in the same zone, engaging things together. It is a game built for having fun together. So when I started to find myself all alone in the zones the fun of the game soon disappeared.

LotsOfPplGW2 is so much more fun with lots of people

One of the features in the upcoming Feature Pack is Megaservers. I am hoping that this will mean an end for being all alone to tackle events and bosses. If it manages to live up to my hopes I think GW2 will be back on the list of games I play regularly.


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The Liebster Award – Part 5: Kamalia’s Questions

~~For more info on the  Liebster Award, see part 1~~
~~You can read Kamalia’s post here~~

Liebster011. Tell me about a game or games — video or table or both! — that you are really enjoying right now.
I’m having a lot of fun with the Diablo III expansion. I have been planning a few blog posts on that topic. But I want to play a bit more before I write about it.

I am also enjoying Star Wars: the Old Republic (SWTOR) where I’m having a lot of fun leveling my first Republic character and experiencing her class story.

2. What classes, races, or roles do you find yourself most drawn to in RPGs, whether in D&D, a single-player video game, or an MMO?
Depends on what kind of RPG it is. In digital games I don’t RP much so I pick a class based on game mechanics. In MMOs when playing with other people I prefer to heal, but I also enjoy tanking. When playing solo in digital games I mainly prefer classes with range weapons, like the Demon Hunter in D3.

Ding50My Demon Hunter and the hubby’s Witch Doc a few weeks back.

In tabeltop RPG I mainly go for whatever suits the personality I want to play  (for more on this, see my post Making a Character Come to Life). I have played so many different characters over the years, with a lot of different roles and concepts. All my characters end up more or less social.  And a lot of them are quite sneaky.

3. When you make your first character in a new game, do you try to make a character that is in some way an avatar of your RL self, or do you make someone entirely different?
Something entirely different.

4. Describe a typical session of playing your current favorite video/computer game.
In SWTOR I usually take a look at all my characters’ Crew Skills and send my horde of companions out on missions. Then I usually look to see if I have sold anything on the Galactic Trade Network and if there’s anything fun to buy to a nice price.  Then I go on to play the character I planned to play. Usually questing solo or 2 manning 4 man content with the hubby.

HK-47_02 Two manning HK-41 in the Foundry at lvl 37.

In Diablo it’s a bit more straightforward. Me and the hubby are running through the story on two new characters, we are just about to start act 2. We basically just log on and then the action begins.

5. What was the very first computer/video game you ever played? How old were you?
We didn’t have many digital games in our house, and the ones we did have we got rather late. I’m guessing Pac-Man and Space Invaders. I was probably around 6.

6. Do you have more than one blog? If so, what is/are your other blog(s) about?
I have two blogs. The other blog is called Zazzy Mogs and is a WoW transmog blog with ocassional comics.

Click here for the rest of the post: Alt Appreciation: The Hunter Wannabe

7. Name three non-WoW/game-related websites that you visit frequently.

  • Ted.Com“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks” I love to watch Ted Talks.
  • YouTube – I watch anything from new music videos to old kung fu movies. I also use it to listen to music if it’s a song I don’t have and I can’t find it on Spotify.
  • Looking For Group and a few other web comics (almost not gaming related).

8. What was/is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?
All of them! (With the exceptions of zoos that have insects, then it’s all but the insects)

9. Cake or Pie? What is your favorite flavor of your preferred dessert?
I don’t eat much cake or pie these days. My favorite desert atm would probably be oven baked apples with cinnamon and some whipped cream to that.

10. What toppings do you like on a pizza? on an ice-cream sundae?
I really like salami on my pizza. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a proper ice-cream sundae, they aren’t all too common over here. But you can’t go wrong with chocolate sauce on ice cream. And whipped cream. If you add some meringue to it you have covered the bases for a popular desert here in Sweden, the “meringue suisse”. 

11. What is your favorite writing instrument?
Desktop computer.

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The Liebster Award – Part 4: Class’s Questions

~~For more info on the  Liebster Award, see part 1~~
~~You can read Class’s post here~~

Liebster011. When and why did you start to blog?
I started my first blog, Zazzy Mogs, in late September 2012. I love transmogs in World of Warcraft and at the side of making lots of mogs for my own toons I helped a few friends out with finding items for their mogs. After a while I started thinking that maybe it would be fun to have a blog about transmogs. After thinking about it for a really long time I finally took the plunge.

I soon realized that I wanted to do posts on other topics than transmogs, and maybe even other games than WoW. So I started The Pixel Lives of Lorelei in January 2013.

2. What are you looking for in other peoples blogs?
Most often one of two things: (1) good and solid information on things that I am interested in or (2) a personal perspective on something that interest me. Most often I want to read blogs that go a bit further than just “I did this today”.

I also prefer blogs with shorter posts compared to really long walls of text. I know that I tend to write walls of text myself at times, but I try to stay away from them and if I do I try to break them up with pictures and things like that.

3. Twitter or Facebook?
As far as blogging is concerned I only use Twitter. And I tend to spend a lot of time on Twitter (much more than on FB).

4. What games are you playing?
As far as digital games go these are the ones I’m mostly playing at the moment:  Star Wars: The Old Republic, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Civilization V . My World of Warcraft sub is still active, but I hardly log on these days. I also play tabletop RPGs most weekends.

huuumThe toon I play most in SWTOR atm is my red zabrak trooper,
seen here with one of her companions.

5. What do you do for fun when you are not playing games on the computer/console?
I’m a major gamer so it does fill most of my spare time. But there are other things I enjoy to do as well. I love to read, mostly fantasy. I love to write, both fact and fiction. I love music and I listen to a lot of it, mostly metal. And I also love to watch TV-series, it’s almost an addiction.

6. What is your favorite TV-series?
There are so many! Do I have to pick just one? I think I’ll go for five of my favorites:
Bones, NCIS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Big Bang Theory and Gilmore Girls.

Fav_TV_Series2I like to have my favorite TV series on DvD.

7. Horde or alliance, and why?
ForTheHordeI do play both. And the last few months I have mainly been playing alliance (due to the fact that most people I interact with play alliance). But my heart belongs to the horde and has done so from day one. I’m not really sure why. It just feels like home.

And just to be clear, I really dislike Garrosh and the things him and his Kor’kron has been up to. I was sad the day he was appointed Warchief. I had my hopes set for Saurfang the Elder or someone like him.

8. If you could go anywhere on holiday, where would you go, and why?
My travel dreams aren’t all too farfetched. I love nature and the mountains so I really like to go to the mountains here in Sweden. It’s been a few years now since I last went. So I’m starting to feel that urge again.

9. What is your favorite food?
Tricky one. Probably grilled meat.

10. What is your favorite old-school event/instance? (Opening of AQ-gates, outdoor bosses etc)
The epic hunter class quest at lvl 60. I learned a lot doing this quest that I could use to improve my gaming in general.

11. If you could meet a person of choice from Blizzard -who would it be? And what would you ask him/her?
I’m one of those people who can love a game or a movie and still have no clue on who made it. I tend to be more focused on the art than the artist so to say. So I hardly have a clue on who’s who at Blizzard. From what I’ve seen most people at Blizzard seems to be rather geeky, so I think they could all be fun to meet. But if I could only pick one I guess it would be Chris Metzen. He seems like a really creative person and I think he would be fun to talk to about creative processes, world design and things like that.

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The Liebster Award – Part 3: Rinike’s Questions

~~For more info on the  Liebster Award, see part 1~~
~~You can read Rinike’s post here~~

Liebster011.When and why you started blogging?
I started my first blog, Zazzy Mogs, in late September 2012. I love transmogs in World of Warcraft and at the side of making lots of mogs for my own toons I helped a few friends out with finding items for their mogs. After a while I started thinking that maybe it would be fun to have a blog about transmogs. After thinking about it for a really long time I finally took the plunge.

I soon realized that I wanted to do posts on other topics than transmogs, and maybe even other games than WoW. So I started The Pixel Lives of Lorelei in January 2013.

2.If you would be stuck in an elevator and could pick any person (alive, dead  or fiction) to be with you, who would it be?
Since I would want to get out of there as soon as possible, I’d go with MacGyver.

3. What do you listen while playing?
Depends on the game. For most games I only have the in-game music and sounds. But in some I games I mute the in-game music to listen to music of my own choice, most often metal of some sort. And for some more tedious tasks, like farming in WoW, I occasionally listen to audiobooks.

4. What is your fandom (if any)?
There are so many things that I love and enjoy. But I don’t often go in to the level of details that is expected of a “true fan”. For example, I love Star Wars but I have no interest in knowing Luke Skywalkers date of birth.

But I guess there’s a few areas where I am a bit more dedicated:
Yotsuba, NCIS, Tabeltop RPGs and World of Warcraft. I guess there might be a few more.

RPG_Books02Some of our RPG Books and a few board games.
We have way too many RPG books to get them all in one shot.

Dice02Some of my dice I use when playing tabletop RPGs.

5. What colour is your toothbrush?

6. If you would have to choose, what animal you would be?
Some of my friends in high school though my totem animal was the dolphin, but I think I’d rather be a dog. Maybe a Labrador.

7. Would you rather go about your normal day naked or have smelly breath and body odor for the whole day?
I’m usually very cold and have a hard time staying warm so I’d have to go with smelly rather than nude.

8. What was your first computer/console game?
One day my dad came home with a floppy disk (the 5 1⁄4-inch kind) with some classic arcade games on it. I remember that it had Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Those were the first digital games I played.

9. PC or console?
I do have two consoles (a PS3 and a Wii), but I spend a lot less time gaming on them than I do on the PC.

10. What in-game (from any game) feature you would like to have in RL?
Heal spells. Would be so great to be able to magically heal people who are sick and injured. And without any side effects. If the heal spell could also remove debuffs it would be even better.

11. Are you casual or hardcore gamer?
When I first saw this question I almost automatically thought about it from a “World of Warcraft Perspective”, since it’s a hot topic in the WoW community. But then I began to think: “What does it mean to be a hardcore gamer?” So I decided to look up some info online (urban dictionary was very helpful) and put together a definition:

A hardcore gamer is someone who…
…plays video games as a primary hobby.
…typically have fairly diverse taste in games.
…spend a large percentage of their free time playing games.
…mainly cares about good gameplay and don’t mind things like poor graphics.
…spend a lot of their disposable income on video games, consoles, or PC
…spend a large percentage of their free time discussing games, online and off.

Based on that definition I’d say: Yeah, I’m a hardcore gamer. But I know these terms mean different things to different people. And even though gaming in different forms takes up most of my spare time (playing games or talking about them) I don’t see myself as a hardcore gamer but rather just a gamer.

And to give the WoW version of the answer:
I used to be hardcore back in vanilla. I was class leader and raided about 4-5 times a week (with everything that comes along with that). But I’ve since started to play WoW more casually due to IRL factors. And I get more and more casual for every expansion. Sometimes I joke about it and call the play style I have today über casual.

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The Liebster Award – Part 2: Cymre’s Questions

~~For more info on the  Liebster Award, see part 1~~
~~You can read Cymre’s post here~~

Liebster011. What is your earliest memory in WoW?
I started to play WoW shortly after it was launched in EU. The hubby, a few of our friends and I had all planned to play together. We even decided what classes we would play before the game was released.

But since WoW was my first MMO I wanted to play a bit on my own at first. I like to learn by doing rather than have ppl tell me how I should play. I played on my own for an hour or two the night that I got the game and I was such a noob. I even got lost in that little itty bitty cultist cave in the Durotar start zone. But I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot.

2. What is your favourite activity when playing?
I love game content that is challenging in a game mechanical way, preferably in smaller groups. I think that I could love the challenge mode dungeons in WoW, but I haven’t tried them due to lack of gear and lack of ppl to play with.

The past months I think arenas is the thing that I’ve been appreciating the most in WoW, both 2v2 and 3v3.

I also enjoy herb/mineral farming and pet battling. And I used to love crafting, but I’m not enjoying the crafting system as much this expansion.

3. What is your best WoW memory?
There are so many. But probably the world PvP raids from the time before the battlegrounds. There were some really amazing raids back then. And I met some great people in those early raids on Astranaar and Southshore. (Lok’tar ogar!)


4. If you could have any title in WoW, what would it be?
Classically Trained Raider

5. What is one thing in-game you could not live without?
A proper heal class. I love to heal and I often lose interest in an MMO where there’s no “dedicated healing”.

Ayi_026. What is your favorite item in-game and why?
Once again, there are so many to pick from. But maybe Anathema. It’s a great looking weapon and a reminder of the fun I had doing the priest quest. I almost always use it for transmog on my troll priest.

7. Who was the first character you created and do you still play them?
The above mentioned troll priest (the toon who got lost in the cave in Durotar). And yes, I do still play her. She is one of my favorites.

8. If you could design any transmog piece, what would it be and why?
“The emperor’s new shoulders”, would be invisible just like the emperor’s new cloak. And there would be a pair for each armor class. I would love to have a way to remove the shoulder graphics.

I would also love to see a knee length skirt/robe/dress. There are shorts/knee length pants. So why not a skirt?

Oh, and flails. We could use some flails!

9. Who inspired you to start blogging?
I had the idea to start blogging for a long while, but I kept postponing it. But then my friend Sarri pushed me a bit, something I am still very happy for.

10. What is the first thing you’ll do when WoD is live?
Go to the first 90+ quest zone to start leveling. And since I tend to not look up too much info in advance on this sort of thing I’ll probably be amazed by the zone and want to explore a bit. And I will probably get distracted by herb/mine farming.

11. What was your biggest noobish mistake?
Leveling a heal priest from lvl 1 to 60 without spi? It was a standing joke in our group that my priest had a drinking problem.

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