Category Archives: Blogging

The OverLore’s Podcast

So, as promised, I thought I would do the write up and explain to you guys what is going on with this podcast!

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Rilandune approached a handful of bloggers with the idea that with Cataclysm coming out, most people will rush through the new quests and the new zones and the new levels of awesomeness that is the new World of Warcraft.

I thought it sounded like a great idea (and still is!) so I said yes and decided to join in on the fun. We have hashed out all of the details, all 5 of us, including Fimlys who has helped us along the way and taken our production under the Twisted Nether name. We started as homeless goblins and ended up with a home on Gilneas-US as a band of 5 worgens, strong and determined to remember where we came from but with intentions to see the world!

Working behind the scenes has opened my eyes that I am still a newb at a lot of things. This has been my first experience in google groups and documents, voice recording, wordpress self hosted sites, etc. but I have absolutely enjoyed every minute of it.

I am going to be putting an arm out there and trying druid healing…could you see this blog becoming The Emerald Tear…yeah, me neither!

So without further ado, I introduce to you, The OverLore’s!

Starring:

Nibuca from Mystic Chicanery and Twisted Nether Blogcast fame
Tarinae from A Healadin’s Tear
Nevik from Nevik’s Notebook
Psynister from Psynister’s Notebook
Rilandune from Heroically Random

Check us out on twitter or at Twisted Nether for updates and information!

1 Comment

Filed under Blogging

20 Days of Warcraft: Day 5

The meaning behind Tarinae’s name?

I adapted this question a little bit because the original question addresses my main. Well, without any hint of a doubt, Tarinae is my main. She has been my main since I rolled her 3 years ago and I can assume that she will continue to be my main throughout the Cataclysm expansion. She has been through her life changes and has spend a fair share of gold in the barber shop on look changes but she didn’t always exist as such.

Once upon a time, she existed as a nameless set of pixels on the character creation screen. Enjoying all that TBC had offered, I remember sorting through the features that the new-to-me blood elf race had to offer. Obviously, she has that very noble and very peaceful face with a fair skin tone and originally she had her hair in a noble bun the shade of the freshly fallen snow and her large golden hoop earrings hung majestically down from her Elven ears.

But the hardest part of the character creation was her name. It is always the name because it means so much; it says so much about your character in that first impression than anything else. It is also a name I am choosing to be known by in this virtual world, a name people will refer to me as. Given some much thought (and the fact that I play on an RP realm) I have always stuck to RP names, even on normal or PVP realms, I can never been known as “Pwnfacenoob” or “Wetwillywarlock” or “Cockblocker” or anything horrible like that. Could you imagine the vent conversations? So no, this, the naming of the character, is the most important step in the process.

I can prove my obsession to the naming game as I will re-roll any character any given amount of times until I am fully satisfied with the name, the way it looks in chat, the way it comes off, its pronunciation, and even the way the character looks with the name. My current record for striving for this level of perfection is 12. Tarinae however was a different story, she was perfect. She has always been perfect…even if she (like me) enjoys changing her hair.

So how did I come up with her name and what does it mean?

Well specifically speaking it means nothing as far as I am aware. At the time of her creation, I was a Latin student in college and was (and still am) in love with the Latin diphthong “ae” pronounced as a long I (eye sound). So using that as a basis for the end of the name, I simply went about putting different sounds together and just knew when I hit the mark! Since then I have been Tarinae or Tar for short but in no way is it pronounced like “tar” as in “tar pit”! And please, don’t call me Tarin…if you’re going to go that far…its either 1 sound or 2 letters!

So I will end off with a pronunciation of her name, but it will not be in IPA format.

[Tair-in-eye]

How have you been saying it? Were you pronouncing it correctly?

4 Comments

Filed under Blogging

20 Days of Warcraft: Day 4

First, I would like to wish all those in the US a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you enjoyed your time with your families and had a glorious holiday! I haven’t done a meme post in lieu of content posts for the new patch but while everyone takes their tryptophan induced naps, I figure I would catch up and move on into Day 4 (which is a hard question and that may or may not be a factor in me putting it off).

Favorite emote & when to use it?

There are a multitude of emotes to use in WoW; some of them write out the action (i.e. /pet), some (e.g. /cry) have actions and audio that follow, while some simply one or the other (i.e. /dance or /silly). Essentially, while it has no effects, you can even make your own by /me. But the question isn’t what kind of emotes exist, rather what my favorite one is.

There are several that I do enjoy.

/pet: Tarinae pets Kida. -> Fantastic for feral form druids!

/facepalm: Tarinae looks at Allexant and covers her face with her palm. -> Best used when someone needs a facepalm.

/jealous: Tarinae is jealous of Allexant. -> Best used when he wins the last Zulian Tiger mount!

/love: Tarinae loves Azazoth. -> Make love, not War(craft)!

I even have /bow and /yw (which replaces /welcome for saying you’re welcome) wiggled into a JC macro that thanks them for their business and blesses the patron! I get mad props, yo!

But I think that of all of them /snicker: You quietly snicker to yourself. I snicker all the time at a bunch of things in game and in real life. Situations may be of a variety of situations that call for a snicker. You may snicker at a mildly unfunny joke, you may snicker because someone just made a fool of themselves, or you may use a snicker instead of the obnoxious laugh that can be ear-splittering for blood elf ladies.

I love /snicker!

There are also a LOT more emotes than I even know about, I am very entertained by what /talk is reported to say: You talk to yourself since no one seems interested.

Did you know that there is an entire list of emotes that exist in the game? I have never even seen some of these. But even with this monstorus list, I wish they would put in a /confused because I know I try to use that one ALL THE TIME but for now, I guess I will just remain /puzzled!

/farewell


 

1 Comment

Filed under Blogging

20 Days of Warcraft: Day 3

Favorite NPC?

I have given this much thought. And I have decided that there is no way to answer this question fully; it must be answered in three disctinct ways.

First, my favorite NPC Easter Egg

Hands down, that is Floyd Pinkus, the Thrallmar Innkeeper. I mean let’s just think about how cool Pink Floyd is and the awesomeness of this lonely innkeeper increases!

Yeah, they’re not the best, but they are iconic and I love it!

And then, my favorite Horde or Alliance Leader

I have thought for a long time that my favorite leader would be Sylvanas. I think the obstacles that she has overcome have been of a great magnitude and she has still risen to lead her people to their hard-sought freedom. She has put her hand out to them in the darkness and helped guide them back home. The betrayal of the King’s son was dire upon her soul and she was ripped from the mortal shell, only to rise and fight as the Banshee Queen. While her stern ideas and thoughts are rigid and driven, she too, is human retains her humanity, this is evident in thoughts of her sister, Alleria.

But, I have decided that her unbridled readiness for war is too much. And though he has stepped down, I give my life of duty to Thrall. In a world full of hate, racism, and war, he wants only peace. He does not want to fight nor disturb the balance. He understands much of what his people need and understands that the Earth, as we are, is living. He is well rounded and understands what must be done to save the world and everyone in it, not just the superior Horde.

But really it comes down to my favorite general NPC

This image is by no means mine. It is found on the Community Site FanArt and happens to be my favorite.

That’s right, High Inquisitor Sally Whitemane. For one, her model is astounding. Across time it has become a fan favorite to recreate. There are tons of images in a GiS where she “sexed up”. But above that, she is a priestess who leads an entire command, The Scarlet Crusade. Alongside Scarlet Commander Mograine, she is willing to end those who seek to destroy their holy mission. During the fight she puts everyone into deep sleep only to ressurect her fallen companion and together, they heal one another and will proceed to defend what they stand for. I have fashioned my own ressurection macro from her (to which some accept and claim their loyalty to me <3)

/y %t, arise my champion!

And let us not forget her lore:

The Monastery was once a proud bastion of Lordaeron’s priesthood – a center for learning and enlightenment. However, with the rise of the undead Scourge during the Third War, the peaceful Monastery was converted into a stronghold of the fanatical Scarlet Crusade. Under Whitemane’s command, the members of the Scarlet Crusade have become ever more extreme in their battle against the Scourge. Their grasp on reality was slipping and as time moved on, Whitemane and her followers no longer trusted anyone that was not part of their own Scarlet Crusade, considering them plagued. Large numbers of innocent men and women were tortured and eventually killed because of this. –source

There you have it in a nut shell! I could not decide easily between these three, and so…I shall claim them all!

3 Comments

Filed under Blogging

20 Days of Warcraft: Day 2

Favorite race and why?

Oh, this is so easy! My favorite race is Blood Elf. I could list all the vain reasons you could imagine:

  • Boobs! They’re not saggy like those Alliance Human boobs…they’re not rotten like undead either!
  • Clothes! Absolutely everything looks good on a Blood Elf!
  • Hair! ‘Nuff said.
  • Voice & Articulation! Strained voices talking about odorant…no thanks, I will take my facials and stupid jokes about bones in my nose!

But really, you don’t want to hear how hot blood elves can be, right? You want to know how much win their racials are:

Or, I could just chock it up to the fact that I don’t like playing monster classes, you will NEVER see me (in WoW, D&D, or anything) as an Orc! But even that can’t be the reason because I do have an undead (though I only have 1) and I do love me some trolls mon!

It must come down to how awesome Blood Elves are when we’re topless…

Yeah, it is definitely that…

2 Comments

Filed under Blogging

20 Days of Warcraft: Day 1

Before I even get started, I am going to admit to you that nothing on the holy paladin has inspired me lately. We’ve covered it all, not that there aren’t things to be revisited, this is a holy blog after all, but to revisit it now, means to revisit it again in approximately two weeks. I’m working on a few things from RP to gem priorities, but for now, I am hopping on the blog train and doing 20 days of Azeroth as brought up at Specced for Drama. You can still find the 4.0.1 survival guide on the sidebar and can still email me any holy business you have questions about at tarinae @ gmail [dot] com! Just be prepared to see more general warcraftiness until Cataclysm! /smile

So going with the full 20 day meme, we’re starting off with:

Favorite class and why?

In the three years that I have been playing I can easily tell you that my least favorite class is a dead-last tie for warrior and rogue. Simply put I am not a fan. What ranks as my favorite class is clear, no second best. No tie.

Above all else, the paladin is my favorite. I love the idea of hybrid classes; the one thing that drew me in to it was the ability (to be blunt) to kick ass AND heal myself. I had a world of options at my finger tips and could be anything I wanted to be.

I had no idea what DPS was when I rolled Tarinae (why yes, she is the first and is still awesome) but I had knowledge of a healer and a tank; even more, I didn’t know we should put our talent points in one tree. So when I stopped being a noob, cool went to farking awesome!

Back in the day, seals lasted 30 seconds, so there was dynamic to a ret rotation even if it was a lot of auto-attacking (Crusader Strike was level 60!) and then I always had that back up to heal myself when I got into trouble. Then I got bubble! Not that crappy little protective thing…I mean the shield of all shields…THE bubble and was in heaven.

THEN…I got Crusader Aura.

Back in the day, I had a major case of alt-itis. I tried it all, I had new GM jitters I suppose, but I did. The significant moment from rolling all of them was that I kept wishing I had the utility that my paladin had and no matter what, I kept going back.

Paladins in WoW to me are like Rangers in DND; they are the cheese to my macaroni (ps. did you know that Rangers are divine spell casters with a small spell list including heals? No? Now you do!). I love them both unconditionally and for both WoW and DND, each are considered my main: Tarinae, Level 80 Blood-Elf Paladin & Sabina, Level 13 Phoenix-Touched Deep Wood Sniper.

Hybrid…it is the new black.

4 Comments

Filed under Blogging

A <3Felt Thanks

It was simply just too much to not post about it. It is too important to me to leave it in comments. And that is my thank you to everyone. I am so appreciative of everyone’s support and kind words after the blog post and during the event that I have climbed back up and I am not going to let this douchebaggery bother me any more.

Words cannot even begin to describe the sensation of having so much support from such an amazing community. The sheer sincerity that people showed makes me feel a little fuzzy inside, I imagine that is what the Grinch felt like when his heart grew 3 sizes! I love this community and I love being a part of it, and I hope that you know how grateful I am for your thoughts.

Yesterday was my first return into VOA 25 and we did a full clear and neither tank died, ever. And (though it is not a marker of a good healer, I know) when we finished Emalon last, I was number one.

I am sure there are things we are going to have to work on until Cataclysm’s release, and there will be even more to fix when we’re 85 but what is important is…

I KNOW I CAN DO THIS!

And, one more thing…

THANK YOU!

Look to the light, and you will find me...

1 Comment

Filed under Blogging

Tuesday with Tarinae 7/20

Quite possibly this may  be the most rushed Tuesday post I have mustered up yet. I don’t intend for it to be this way but I have *coughgaminggroup* company coming in less than 30 minutes and tomorrow at work I have a big project I am still working on and have to finish. All the same…

Cataclysm

The wow world has been decently quiet except for the hubub of the Cataclysm Talent Trees being released in their 31 point fail glory. I have already covered holy paladin changes and there are a couple other people covering a few aspects. And while I know there are lots more, my feed reader is a mess and I can’t find them all.

  • Adam says he might cry at rogue talents
  • Rhidach talks about the trends in changes for paladins
  • Kurn shares initial thoughts for holy paladins
  • Okay, I have searched my reader over and can’t find the priest links anywhere! All the same…

Helpful Blogging Tips

As a blogger who is still relateively new, I think that reaching your potential is very important. Both in content and layout, your blog is under constant scrutiny. I am thankful for the readers that I have and encourage anyone of you that may be interested in starting your own blog to:

  1. Let me know :)
  2. Check out Zelmaru’s amazing blogging tips!

A new (front!) runner

As we are very aware, Vrykerion has been keeping us all posted on the current campaigns for Warchief 2010. There is a new candidate running and most men agree it is pleasant to watch her do so! Introducing Sylvanas Windrunner for Warchief 2010!

PS. I would totally serve under Thrall in real life but I do LOVE Sylvanas!

Off-Topic/Other Game

Okay, I AM SO GULLIBLE! I admit it openly and honestly. I can’t even begin to describe to you the level that my naivety can reach sometimes. That said…is Real Life…really a game? Or…what? I mean, I play Sims but…I feel so silly. Forget I asked!

Too Embarrased…

I’m not even going to give a conclusion, just a good-bye!

7 Comments

Filed under Blogging, Tuesday with Tarinae

Tuesday with Tarinae 7/13

So another Tuesday goes by and I am a little closer to a calmer life. Only 2 more Tuesdays before a vacation! Well, a break from work anyways. All the same, this post is a little later than my typical 10:45 because I woke up feeling ill this morning and called in to work. My boss had a virus last week and I hope that has nothing to do with this. But you’re not here to hear about me! You’re here for the wow goodness, the fun stuff, the srs bsns!

What must come first is…

A BIG thank you to Zelmaru & Angelya for their amazing guests posts. The awesomeness that they generated last week propelled me through and I should be able to keep up the pace. If you have been working on a post, please let me know and email me at tarinae (@) gmail dot com and it will be posted!

In other news…

Yes, I have told you that Blizzard has changed their minds for the Real ID on the forums. It was brought to my attention that I didn’t make it clear that they stated the change is “at this time”  but I meant to do that. I am not won over by the fact that they hide behind the “optional” use of it all and that they still have intentions for the forums and the Real ID feature. BUt to tag along with this, many players ~1,000+ wrote to the ESRB about the situation for help.  If you were one of those people, chances are your email has been leaked. PS. There is also another security flaw you should know about.

Up sprouts a new blog!

Congratulations and good luck to Cynwise who has just released her Auction House based manual blog! Her latest post is about why you need a bank alt, and supports the fashionable cloths that these factors can wear.

For more bank alt goodness…

Rades posted an amazing farewell to his bank alt. I read the biography of the great cow and was in awe. A great (RPish) post.

Because I love mine so much, I thought I would share…again…in all her fashionable glory.

Beta time!

So, we all know the beta has started. The moment the NDA was dropped and invites went out, there was a rush of information tot he blogging world. People couldn’t wait to share the changes, the spoilers, the goodness. I was a little sad I didn’t have an invite. I have mentioned before that I am not sure what I would do in beta, but I would definitely check out the talent trees and professions for Tarinae. All the same, I share the good news that a new round of beta invites are going out this week! So to anyone who has opted-in, I wish you the best of luck!

Other class feature

I have a category over there, *points to right sidebar* for other classes. See it? Good. I have been wanting to do a small feature of some sort for hunters but I just haven’t managed to think of anything pertinent to say. With that said, while I work on getting a paladin gear slot guide done, check out another one of Rades amazing posts on Distracting Shot that is perfect for that huntering newbie (different than noob!).

A farewell screenshot

To say good-bye is to leave you with beauty and loot blessings. Until next time…

2 Comments

Filed under Blogging

The End to Disaster

We all know about the fiasco surrounding the idea of the REAL ID posting our real identities on the forums. I don’t have the link readily available to you if you don’t know, but now you do. As my very productive day progresses, I want shower you all with more Real ID news. I have made it publicly known that I have chosen not to utilize the Real ID feature in game; I have tweeted it, I have politely refused to give my ID, etc. I have seen the way the interface works and while it is a neat idea, and the interface is fancy and whatnot, it still isn’t something I want to utilize in game.

With that said, I also don’t post on the forums. I have made a question or two for a couple of things or technical support, but for the most part, you won’t see me ebing an integral part over there any time soon. So the decision for Real ID there didn’t effect me much, not enough for me to get up in arms about it, only about its implications that security might not matter to Blizzard.

Blizzard has been accused of not caring, of not listening to their customers, and being Acitivision puppets (all of this after the announcement so I am not linking all sources here). However, I am the bearer of good news: They have changed their minds! Due to public outcry, Blizzard will not require the use of real names on the forums. They strongly encourage the positive use of the website and forums instead of trolling, so take that into consideration.

I am not going to rant or rave about how bad the decision was or how awesome the change is. I am glad to know they listen to us. I am thrilled at that actually. I am glad people can get on with blogging. I am also glad that for the moment privacy is a concern and it is being regarded and is safe.

With that said, if you are interested in reading the posts around the debacle of Real ID, I implore you to do so ’til your heart is content:

I am sure there are more but I think that hits a nice fraction. I don’t think even if I had a day off I could really link all of them.

I wrote into Gaz’s Obscurecast regarding the issue so be sure to check it out at Mana Obscura. I am also glad to have had a moment to myself to get this out here and so I leave you with a compelling thought that hopefully will have you thinking until Tuesday.

Everything about Real ID thus far, Blizzard has assured us is optional. But even Battle.net conversions were optional once.

2 Comments

Filed under Blogging