Archive for January, 2011



Dragonstalker Helm

I’ve always been a girly girl. I loved to play with dolls, style them, dress them, make them pretty. I couldn’t wait til I was old enough for wearing lipstick and nail polish, practiced by putting it on myself with varied results.  Nowadays, I still love makeup and am a huge fan of accessories, have a large collection of handbags, belts, hair stuff and jewellery. This is something I’ve applied to game. I collect dresses and costumes, and have major bank space issues storing it all. Only sad thing is shoes, really. No matter how stylish they are, on me, hoof girl, they end up looking like leg warmers. Only bad thing about being a draenei.

I was a very happy panda the day barbers were introduced. So far, I have spent 448 gold in the barber shop, mostly by changing my hair. Different instance may require different hairstyle! Right…? In comparison, 316 gold spend on respecs and 426 gold on travel.I wish they could even more hairstyles into game, more jewellery, tattoos, marks, everything to pimp your toon!

I love shiny armor, but there’s one thing I am really curious about. The Blizz helmet designers  -what’s going on in there? Are they all high on mushrooms? Are they just slacking? Or do they simply have a really, really strange taste when it comes to headwear?

Mist of the helmets seem to go under one of these categories:

 

 

Dead Animals: Blizz wants us to wear cadavers on our heads. Specially heads of wolves, fishes and birds. They love the “a head on top of a head” idea, the weirder the better.. Definitely very speculative. Not very shiny.

 

Nutty Professor: If it’s not a bird, is it a plane? An antenna? If your head was a magnet, and you were to dive into a scrapyard, the result would be a very average Blizzard helmet. Rotating objects, blinking buttons and twisted metal parts. Very bling bling, sort of shiny yes, but in the wrong way.

 

 

Simply Fugly: Helmets that would be too scary even for the spookiest Halloween party. Teeth, bones, stitches, creepy details. Very Hannibal Lecter inspired. Not shiny in any way.

 

 

 

There are some helmets that look nice, of course. Most of them are the ones that don’t really look like helmets, more like headbands, hoods or tiaras. Sadly, these are most common while leveling, at end game level it’s back to the horror show. It might be just me of course, but in 95 % of the times, the headpieces are a big no no. Thank god for hide helmet option 😀

Your helmet – shown or not?

 

Other helmets you might not want to wear on the first date:


Favourite NPC and why?

Moo. Kaja.

Very tricky one for me, this one. I am not a big fan of questing, so I hardly notice the NPC’s, even less read the actual quest. However, there is one npc that I like more than the others, and that’s because she has a special name. She is a weapon vendor in Ogrimmar and her her name happens to be the name of a person I trust, admire and love so much; my sister. She has been object of my adoration for 20 years and 9 months, which is impressing considering she is only 20 years old. I remember very well the day I was told about the new family member, and even no one at that point knew it was going to be a her, in my mind she was already a she. I used to sing to her before she had developed her ears, telling her about all the things we were going to do when she arrived.

My diary the day she was born

After months of anticipation she was finally born a rainy day in June. She was the prettiest baby ever, with lots of dark hair, big, dark eyes and golden skin. I brought my mum flowers picked from syringa tree in the garden, and still remember the smell of them, the rain and the newborn baby, all at once.

While my brothers and I could fight and argue, she was my living doll to be watched after, I loved changing her diapers, helping out with her baths and play with her. My friends thought she was the most adorable baby sister ever, I couldn’t agree more.

Somewhere, from being a baby, a child and a stubborn teenager she somehow became one of best friends. I feel really close to her, and I don’t think there’s anyone else that got me wrapped around her little finger like her. Even when she mindlessly, at dinner table years ago, burst out with the fact that she saw me smoking outside school and got me in lots of trouble, it was hard to be angry with her. She tends to get into the strangest situations, and even though she sometimes drives me crazy, not to mention she seems to believe I am a personal taxi driver / caterer / bank, I’d gladly do anything for her. We have been on holidays together, shared stories and secrets, and I am so glad that she is…well, that she is just her.

So yes, my favourite npc is the lucky tauren that happens to carry my sister’s name; Kaja.


Favourite Race and Why?

I have 10 characters on Bronzebeard, and these are the races:

Human 2
Draenei 2
Night elf 3
Blood elf 1
Worgen 1
Gnome 1

First of all I have to add that they are all females, and as already stated, I don’t think I could ever play a male. So when it comes to favourite race, I am thinking of female race. If I had to choose male, hmm, Id probably go for male tauren, I have to admit I find them rather, erm sexy. They are so big and strong, and even though they scratch themselves all the time (just like real men!) and mooo’s, they are really masculine, rough and…a bit attractive! is that wrong?

Anywaaaay, female night elf used to be my favourite, I, as many others, are fascinated by elves. I like their height, their animations, voices and faces – especially with markings and the right hair style. However, seems something happened after Burning Crusade when blood elves and draeneis were introduced, sort of like the developers spent more money and time on creating the new races, they look so more detailed, in my opinion. I love the blood elves, they are so spicy, fun and pretty. They have a cute dance, pretty, green eyes and soft hair. Even earrings! Which I simply love, I have 74837984 pairs and simply need to wear them every day. Big fan! Also, all armor looks so good on them, blood elves are like the supermodels of WoW, and also my adult version of playing with a Barbie doll.

Isn’t she lovely

Still, the draenei is nr 1 for me. Their bodies are amazing. Their skin is smooth and flawless and I’d so kill for their breasts, slim waist and long legs. Their curves make the night elves look rather flat, and they move with such a grace and elegance, swinging their hips and shaking the tail to tease. Some might think the tentacles, horns and hooves are freaky, I’d say exotic. Also, the female draeneis got a laugh that can melt the coldest heart. Even though I’m not really into Lore, their story is interesting, epic and also sad. Draeneis are proven to be extremely intelligent with a natural affinity for magic in all of its forms. What’s not to like?

They seem to have some issues with steering panels and orientation in general, since their spaceship crashed in Exodar, leaving survivors feeling confused and lost. Now that’s a feeling I can relate to, so I hold them, if possible, even closer to my heart. I am a true draenei lover, give me any indigo skinned, long-legged beauty with glowing eyes and I will keep enjoying World of Warcraft for a long time.

Do you have any favourite race? If so, why?


Happy new year! One of the things I’d like to do more of in 2011 is write more here, so when I came over a “20 days of World of Warcraft Challenge” at Specced for Drama, I decided to grab the opportunity. Since I am not raiding yet, I haven’t had that much to write about, there’s a limit for how much you can write about heroic runs and leveling archeology.

Anyway, first question of the challenge is:

Favourite class and why?

Shaman! Hmm not much thinking required for me here. My blog is called ShammyLove for a reason. So, why a shaman? My first toon was a hunter. Then I made my lock. My shaman was created right after BC release, but it wasnt before I reached level 70 that I actually appreciated it. After starting to heal in heroics, then in raids, I also learned how to play. Well, more or less.I can honestly say, shaman is the class I  find the most fun. Why?

Versatility

Whatever you prefer the most, throwing electrical lighting bolts and burning masses of lava at safe range, smashing multiple mobs with heavy maces or go crazy with the big heals, playing a shaman gives you all these options. So far, I’m more or less using the same gear in resto as I am in elemental, and it’s nice to be able to go from healer to facemelter within seconds. In Burning Crusade the shaman was mostly about raid healing, chainheal, chainheal, and some more chainheal, but a shaman makes an excellent tank healer as well nowadays. So ok, we can’t tank (anymore. We used to have a taunt, looong ago, did you know?), but we can do everything else, and we do it with style!

Uniqueness

Ok, not as much as before, when shaman was a horde-only class, and maybe even less after dwarves now can be shamans too (pfft!). 8 % of WoW players play a shaman, so we are on bottom of class choice together with warlock and rogue. But still, our spells are quite unique, and a mystery to the ones outside our exclusive club. Leveling a shaman is not faceroll, sometimes it can be a pain even, but the end result is worth it.

Shinies

To start with: There. Can. Never. Be. Enough. Totems. A shaman feels naked without her / his totems, and need to make sure to always keep them up. Before Cataclysm, when paladins used PallyPower to make sure every class got their right buff, every boss fight usually started with off with someone moaning about might, or kings, or wisdom, or, more likely, all of them. Funnily enough, people very rarely moan about missing a totem. Whether this is because shamans are so pro that they would never forget putting them up, or because non-shamans don’t really notice or know which totems they would benefit from, I don’t know. I’m guessing the last.

Just when you thought he was out…he pulls himself back in! Yes, shamans are the only class able to resurrect itself apart from the warlock’s soulstone ofc, but that’s not half as shiny as dying, popping up and nervously hoping no one noticed that you went down in the first place. Very cool. Very shiny.

There’s no place like home: If you are like me and tend to forget bringing something, no need for despair, Astral Recall makes sure you can get home every 15 minute or so. Glyph it and together with heartstone and guild achievement for reduced cooldown on that, and you will never, ever need to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Wooo, Heroism (fine, Bloodlust if you prefer); no reason to even try explaining why this is a shiny. Makes everyone ecstatic. Nuff said.

Other shinies: communication with the spirit world, popping huge flame or earth guys, transforming into wolves, cure magic and curses, enter trances that boosts our abilities.

Crash, Boom, Bang

All the three shaman specs in Cataclysm are so far pretty great to play, sure, the average resto shaman may struggle with mana and can’t afford non-stop casting like before, but we still manage. And both elemental and enhancement shamans are able to do really well dps-wise. We can take our knowledge into Cata and proudly continue to make mobs fear us and fellow party members envy our awesomeness.

So you wanna play a shaman?

Great! What you should remember is that you’ll need to learn your spells and rotation, there’s no press one button – watch the big numbers thing. You also need to have knowledge about other classes, like putting up a strength of earth totem is no use if there’s a dk with his horn in the party, and that the paladin’s blessing of might gives you an opportunity to use your healing stream. You’ll also need to communicate with other shamans in the group to make sure you get maximum out of tour totems.

Like a wise once shaman said, paladins may have their light, but shamans sure ride the lighting! What is YOUR favourite class, and why?

Ps. Passing this challenge on to Tom! 😀