In real life news: i always wanted a cat, alas some allergic family members can’t breath around them, so no cats in this house or any pets.
Sometimes an NPC is so amazing and i feel the need to make a character just like them, let me admit: i don’t play dwarfs, but Shilah here is so cool i want to make a character like her, a protection warrior or paladin? but i’m not sure i can get this outfit on plate class.
When i started playing WoW i thought it’ll be a year or two and i’ll quit, obviously this did not happen, the game is a virtual home for me now, i’m sure i’ll keep playing it for few more years, so today i would like to go back to my earliest WoW memories.
Warning: long post, better to bring cup of hot tea or coffee 🙂
WoW in computer shops and magazines, in the early 2000s the internet was slow and expansive in this part of the world, more than that the internet did not have much to keep anyone connected for a long time, computer nerds (like me!) have to buy computer magazines and go to computer shops where they sell applications and games in large boxes, how i miss these shops.
I saw a piece of news about WoW in 2004, i think it was about beta WoW, i knew from that moment that i want to play this game, it took me many years to do that, every time i go to a computer shop i’ll see the beautiful WoW box and beside it a box for subscription cards, paying online was something few people could do back then.
I watched my brother playing WoW .. a lot, fuzzy memories here, but i remember watching my brother playing WoW, i think he was playing a troll or an orc, back then my idea about Alliance vs Horde was naive and simplistic, i thought the Alliance looks good so they are good, the horde factions look ugly and evil .. they are evil!
I even asked my brother why he is playing the “evil side”? he said everyone he knows play them, nevertheless i enjoyed watching that colorful world, i was so excited to see my brother fishing “ooooh fishing amazing” but felt disappointed when all he did was clicking on the fishing bobber, you see .. games like Ocarina of time have different way of fishing:
I’m not asking for much, am i?
The Worgen almost made me buy the game! from time to time i visit World of War craft website, read about classes and races, after announcing Cataclysm i saw the worgen and i loved the game more than ever, i thought this is the coolest race.
I have to say, i miss the old web, the web designs before this lifeless flat design that look the same where ever i go, old WoW website was beautiful, the current one looks good but i prefer the old one.
My first character was a gnome monk, with green hair! i asked my brother to let me create a character, i think that was in first months of Mists of Pandaria, it was a temporary character, just to test the game, and yet … and yet i could not help it to do som “research” before i made the character!
I’ll admit: i don’t like anything famous! when people go to famous coffee shop i refuse to go there, i choose local small coffee shop because it is less known, less famous, and that was the reason to choose gnome monk, because it was the rarest combination for race/class.
My english back then was not good enough, i can read but understanding what i read meant i read quest text slowly .. reread it many times to understand it, i did all the quests in the starting area for gnomes, and i have to say this soundtrack is stuck forever in my brain, i truly feel happy every time i hear it:
After the starting zone, went to Kharanos, and there i got a quest to go to Ironforge by the flying point, but i didn’t read the text well, i walked there and i’m glad i did, Ironforge for the first time was made me stand in awe, how magnificent is the whole city under the mountain, i walked around and around, i ignored my quest and went in a journey to explore.
Lucky for me it was the time for Darkmoon Faire, i saw the NPC in a bright green robe, told her to teleport me to Elwynn Forest, and there i saw the chat explode, so many people talking.
The one when i thought i could milk cows! in Elwynn Forest chat channel someone said that all the cows in the forest are dead, someone killed them all “how can we get milk from them now?” he asked not knowing that a fool nerd (me!) was so excited by the idea .. “i can milk cows in this game?! awsome!” these small details always more facinating to me than big flashy things … of course you can’t milk cows in WoW .. how disappointed i was when i learned that.
Walking around the forest i reached Stormwind and got lost there! i have no idea how to reach the Faire, untill i saw another green-robed NPC which teleported me to the Faire, i clicked on the portal, few seconds and another soundtrack started to take a place in my brain forever:
To this day the Faire music still bring me to the first time i was there, i love this place.
Then i bought the game, it was by the end of Mists of Pandaria, bad timing if you ask me, Pandaria was one of the best expansions in my opinion, but i was excited and confused, i made 3 or 4 worgen hunters to understand the game, i make a character, i get frustrated by my “mistakes” or by not finishing zones and getting lost in exploring, but i enjoyed every moment of it.
So first i found trogg new model, now i see Wendigo new model, also you can find it in other names like yeti or sasquatch, i was trying to level up mining for my gnome rogue, i found these new model in a cave:
compare it to the old model (taken from Wowhead):
Clearly .. old model was not happy, old model yeti share the same pain with old model troggs, but now with more polygons and better teeth, they can feel some pride 🙂
This hardware gift guide from MOP made me think about what i want to do with my computer, the idea was getting the best computer i can but i could not, so i have to make compromises in hope to upgrade my machine slowly, so this post is just my shopping list for things i want to buy in near future.
SSD, loading times is the main reason, i want faster computer and the old tech hard drives is slowing everything down, so i want SSD, it will probably be Samsung 850 EVO 500GB.
Monitor, the current one is good but i want a second monitor, it does not matter if it is smaller, i just need a way to have more information displayed instead of switching back and forth between apps.
The other option is to buy one big monitor where i can have 2 or more windows but that could mean i need better graphic card to support that.
My current Monitor is also good enough for TV, i mean one day i’m going to buy Nintendo Switch or borrow my brother’s and i prefer to play it on big monitor, so this one could work.
So basically i need more monitor space, but i’m not sure which way to go, 2 monitors or 1 big monitor?
External DVD/Blue Ray driver, i rarely watch any movies, in the last 7 years i probably watched 2-3 movies, but i watch documentaries and i still prefer to buy them on disc, after watching them i give them to people who have no access to this kind of content.
Logitech G13 Gameboard, or other devices provide same features, this one is not important, but i would love to play WoW with it.
Speakers, this is not important, but sometimes i get tired of headphones, also some times i miss listening to radio while i’m away from my computer, in the other hand speakers means more wires, i don’t like that.
I almost forgot: Laser Printer, i like paper, i like printing stuff, i hate printers! let’s leave it at that.
That’s all, i would love to see your list, write it in your blog, link to this post.
For a long time i read about mechanical keyboards and how they are better, last longer, easy to repair and feel better, i thought i’ll give them a shot, and i’m glad i did.
Months ago i bought WASD Keyboard, chose boring colors for the keys, the company shipped the keyboard after few days, it didn’t arrive, my mistake because the phone number i put was wrong, corrected that and i waited for the shipping company for a month, it didn’t arrive.
Contacted WASD Keyboards customer service and told them about that, they said the old keyboard is lost, and they sent another one for free! i really feel guilty for this one, it was my mistake and the shipping company, but they didn’t say anything, just sent another one, arrived in few days.
It really feel different, i don’t know how to describe that other than saying it feel more fun to type on this keyboard than any other cheap ones i can buy at local store, it makes me want to write more to enjoy using it.
Taking off the caps is easy, the keyboard comes with a “Wire Keycap Puller” which helps to take caps off, i can clean the keyboard or change the caps if i want to, check out this gallery which makes me regret not choosing happy bright colors for the keys, WASD also offer custom keyboards, check them out.
There are people and small companies sell crazy looking caps, i’m going to buy some of them, and i’m sure i’ll buy another mechanical keyboard, there are so many sizes, shapes and features, and one day .. maybe, just maybe i’ll make my own keyboard, some people did it, i want to do it because i want a keyboard with Leap Keys.
To see more mechanical keyboards, check this Reddit
Useful tool: While i’m trying to organize my alts to see what to do with them, i found a great website which could help me with that: Simple Armory.
Is there another websites do the same? i feel there should be an addon for WoW to plan each alt, provide a checklist for things to do daily or weekly.
Hunter story: flying from Icecrown Citadel to Borean Tundra, i flew over Sholazar Basin, i thought while i’m flying i’ll search for one of the rarest pets for hunters, Loque’nahak, not only it is a rare rare, other players try to kill it or tame it, so there is a lot of competition around this mob.
No matter how many time i search for this pet or wait for it, i never saw it except with few other hunters, so i was so suprized to find it there in the Basin, no other player around, i wasn’t prepared for this, lucky for me i have 4 pets with me, there is a free space for 1 more, tame it .. my heart was beating fast, i read so many stories about player griefing around this pet, angry hunters kill the pet before other hunters get it, other players seeking to get achivement and they don’t care about hunters.
4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … boom, i have the rarest pet! i’m so happy, time to show off the pet all the time now!
Some random screenshots:
I find this whole thing fascinating, i mean road shrines and the offerings by travelers, so much to learn here.