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Blogger Outreach

I know that you have noticed a lag in the posts here at A Healadin’s Tear, and I am eternally sorry for that. I love blogging but right now, I am in a very busy schedule where I haven’t had time for myself in a while. The past 3 weekends…booked. This weekend…booked. It has been really tight and non-stop. Hopefully by the next weekend, I will have some time to breathe and post and live again.

That said, it brings me to my reason for this post. I haven’t quite reached the 6-month marker and the last thing I want is to fall apart, don’t think I don’t notice those page views, because I do. So I am calling out to other WoW bloggers, whether you’re fighting burn-out or playing Beta or leveling the alt, I am asking for your help. I am in search of a guest post or two to get me through the next week. Angelya had some great responses for her guest posts so I hope this works! I already feel bad enough that it looks like it will be Tuesday columns back to back.

Guests posts are free reign except Cataclysm spoilers. I promised readers I wouldn’t do it and I won’t. Non-paladin class posts, paladin class posts, guild posts, raid posts, whatever your fancy!

If you’re interested, email me at tarinae (@) gmail dot com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

PS. Thank you in advance.

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Dear Cataclysm

I have been pretty busy this week with an out-of-town wedding so I haven’t had a chance to get together anything fun and researched or anything so I thought I would go with the Shared Topic for this week.

Which town, quest, NPC, or zone really needs to be purged with fire, in your opinion? Will you enjoy dancing on the ashes of a particularly hated quest giver? Or is there some zone you avoid like the plague (plaguelands excluded) where being nuked from orbit could only improve the experience? And why do you hate it/them so much?

With Catacslym coming, it will bring a lot of changes. There are some changes that are going to be sad but others that are long overdue.I know the shared topic is quests and zones and things but I am also going to through in a mechanic that I really dislike.

Please DIAF

QUEST: At War With the Scarlet Crusade

This quest is a chain series of 4 different quests that you do while in Brill. These quests are long, drawn-out, and repetitive. They seem to take you everywhere when nothing really gets accomplished. The first quest, you traverse half the zone and back again at Level 5ish to kill 10 warriors. Pro-tip: Don’t die.

Did I mention there were 4 quests in this chain!?

MECHANIC: 1 Potion / Combat

When this mechanic was introduced, I thought it was stupid. Having a haste potion popping DPS, makes me hate it even more. It really limits the use of potions which in turn, strains the profession that makes them. This also isn’t strictly related to raiding. You know that lowbie that you have, the one without healing powers, the one that could have survived if she could have only popped that second potion! This mechanic should DIAFAR…die in a fire and rot!

QUEST: Moonwells

OMGWTFSRSLY! Night Elves are so monotous to play because all they ever want you to do it “Get water from the special moonwell” or “Go get water so we can see if this moonwell is special”. Over and over the water goes in your pretty little vial and over and over they send you to go get more.

ZONE/MECHANIC: Limit 1 Flightplan per zone

The Barrens has THREE flight plans: Crossroads, Ratchet, and Camp Taurajo. Then why is it that I must run up and ALMOST ALL THE WAY THROUGH Stonetalon Mountains: Sun Rock Retreat to get to the only flight path? Or all the way through Stonetalon and then ALL THE WAY ACROSS to get the Desolace: Shadowprey Village? At least if there were “pit-stops” on the way, I could come back and finish traveling later but once you start your journey, you’re there for the long haul.

ZONE: Un’Goro Crater

It is very dreary, there are elites that are stealthy and will eat you, there are bugs, and there is a spot for the Exploration Achievement that always takes me like 20 minutes to find. ‘Nuff said.

I’m Sorry You’re DingIAF

R.I.P Mankrik's Wife

Dear Santa Cataclysm:

There aren’t many things that I particularly want in Cataclysm, I am pretty excited as a whole but there are a few things I feel this is a great time to mention:

  1. Attunements: I loved the part about TBC heroics when you had to have the key, please bring something like this back!
  2. I know you just took our Guild talent trees away, but give us some new cool guild things like an interface or mount covers!
  3. I am really excited for Heroic Shadowfang Keep, just please leave it the way it is for my babies that love it so much!

I am pretty sure this is no where near an exhaustive list for things I want or want to DIAF but it is a good start. I can’t wait to actually do the leveling I say I want to and say my proper good-byes to Mankrik’s wife, it is my only regret that she doesn’t have a name.

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I has favorites!

This week at Blog Azeroth the shared topic wants to know my favorites! Favorite anything. Favorite WOW stuff, favorite real stuff, favorite hobby stuff…just favorites! I was even going to go with a Sound of Music reference for my title, but I am pretty sure Six-Inch Heals has it covered :)!

All the same, with this being a WOW Blog (I should say Paladin lol) I figure you don’t want to know that my favorite band(s) is(are) Breaking Benjamin and Seether or that my favorite junk food is Chips and Salsa. I could have even told you that my favorite color is pink or my favorite books are Twilight and Harry Potter, but instead I decided to go WOW related.

I know that a lot of people instantly turn their music off and all ambient sounds. Some like their own playlist, some think it takes away from the play, but me, I love it. Sometimes I love it so much I hate being in Vent because I have to turn it down. So I thought I would share my…

Favorite WOW Sound Bytes

1. The Blood Elf Soundtrack

In this video it runs from 1:23-1:48 and OMG it is my most favorite soundbyte in the game! When you run across that bridge to Falconwing Square and that fanfare starts, I just feel so incredibly EPIC. It really is amazing!

2. Lament of the Highborne

I will stop everything when I hear this play. It is gorgeous and the translation is…awww.

3. Shadowfang Keep Instance

I really hope they keep this soundtrack. I love the music in this place and it is my favorite low-level instance. I cannot wait for Heroic!

4. The Devourer of Souls Script

YOU DARE LOOK UPON THE HOST OF SOULS! I SHALL DEVOUR YOU WHOLE! I said that so loud and so many times after the instance release. He has become my favorite 5-man boss!

5. XT Deconstructor in Ulduar Script

It is just so entertaining. And great for Ulduar noob hazing apparently! It even made its way into a pet version at the pet store!

There are a couple others that are tight forerunners for this list like the Howling Fjord & Grizzly Hills zone tracks (I even listen to the WotLK soundtrack!) but they just don’t top my fav 5 and I couldn’t think of 10 to make a countdown!

What are your favorite WOW sounds?

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Preparing for Cataclysm

This week’s Shared Topic wonders what I am doing to get ready for Cataclysm.

I am indeed, getting ready for the Cataclysm. I have been doing a little “character housekeeping” and trying to figure out professions and what I really want. Let me just take a look at all of this and I will also use this as a chance to introduce the new characters that will come around!

Characters that Said Good-bye

Yukami

She is potentially the fast level character I ever made as well as the highest level I have ever deleted at Level 48. She was rolled as a Soul Reaper for a HEAVY Bleach RP guild that was run by my boyfriend. She was a Blood Elf Warlock and Captain of Squad 9 – The Summoning Squad. She had the coolest RP outfit and the uniform was great. She even had an awesome mission for people who wanted to join her squad. It was AWESOME fun, but when the RP guild broke up because his computer exploded, almost literally, I couldn’t even stomach to look at her. Finally, I had the heart to give the guild away to a friend and say good-bye.

Selmala

I kept her around as long as I could. I really do want to play a druid, but you tell me I can play a TROLL instead of a C OW and I am going to go for it! Selmala was a great tank, PVP’r, and scribe. She was a stand-alone cow and very awesome, minus the cow part. I was keeping her for PVP, her xp capped at Level 29 so I could also practice the tanking. But when I had the realization that she was just taking up space, and I wanted to Level again for Mankirk’s Wife before she D(again)IAF or something!

Introducing: The Newbies!

Oh, I am so excited for this! I love making new characters more than playing sometimes :D

Neiytiri

I am an Avatar fanatic. I saw the movie 3 times in theaters and bought it the day it came out on the halfsie DVD, I wish I lived on Pandora! Anyways, Neiytiri is a great character in the movie and a great name for my Troll Druid. She will be blue with “black” braids because she is that awesome. I am not EXTREMELY pleased with the current Troll cat forms, but oh well, she will be a bear for the most part…and I would have said tree but they don’t exist anymore.

Leelöö

OMG! CAN YOU SAY 5TH ELEMENT REFERENCE FOR A SHAMAN! HOW MUCH MORE PERFECT CAN YOU GET! And she is going to be totally cute, I just know it. And if you haven’t seen this movie, do it, it roxorz! I am very excited to not only play this new race but to have such an awesome reference for an awesome character. I even LOVE the goblin shaman totems!

Yeah, I have characters with those names already in play but they’re little trashy things I can get rid of though Neiytiri is a little money maker right now. The one character that will be around that has no name or personality right now is my Worgen Warlock. I am pretty set that that is the class she will be but I will get around to the rest when I can play with features I do believe.

The Last Leveler

Okay, so she is only Level 7, I have tried plenty of times to play both a rogue and an undead so I don’t know how far I will get but for the moment, I do want to play through it all again to make sure I have it all *taps chest then head* in my head and heart. I love the old world but am very excited for the new. *Gives Mankirk’s Wife a proper burial then runs away*

Predicament

I have run into a problem though. I want to transfer my 71 S/Disc Priest to a different server but I still want a new priest on Shadow Council. I have a Level 8 I thought I would roll, but I can’t figure out if I want a Blood Elf or a Gnome. I will have 2 alliance at that point anyways…I could always change the 71 to a gnome on a new server? But I can’t delete him…hes a 450 herb/alch and thats an accomplishment for me lol.

Most of my preparation for this has been the fine tuning of the characters I want to play and the ones I want to make/delete. I have no idea what I want to do first. My boyfriend will roll a worgen and get his alliance sister guild off the ground…but Level 85 or worgen or….I just don’t know….

What are you going to do?

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Healadin Round Table

Ladies, gents, and healadins! Mark your calanders for May 18th! Raid Warning’s Round Table podcast is up for the Holy Paladins! Some well known healadins speak up on the class! Be sure to check it out.

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Cataclysm & Me

I’m not feeling excessively creative or like padding what I am about to say in fancy words, I’ve come down with a horrible sore throat that has kept me awake all night. All the same, I have read  a lot of other bloggers putting this type of information out there and I thought that I should go ahead and do it as well. No better time to do it then when you are feeling blunt, right?

When it comes to Cataclysm, this is what you can expect to see:

  • Class changes (i.e. Paladin & Mage class previews)
  • Game Mechanics (including raid progression, badge changes, mastery, etc.)
  • Battle.Net changes (RealID, Facebook, etc.)
  • Profession Information (I just think it would be nice to be the realm first Extraordinaire or w/e it will be)
  • All information will be documented in the title as Cataclysm:__________ for your reading pleasure & safety

Things you wont see:

  • Lore Spoilers
  • Zone Screenshots
  • Quest Spoilers
  • Starting Zone information

I have opted into the Beta but have avoided anything that has the words “alpha leak” in it. Having had access to the WOTLK beta, I doubt I will be so lucky a second time so I will probably only be dumping here what Blizzard dumps in our lap on general game play.

In regards to Cataclysm, the only thing model wise that I REALLY WANT TO SEE or at least KNOW ABOUT is the Goblin Shaman Totems. The dwarven totems were leaked a few patches ago when orcs & trolls got their own totems, but I have not heard diddly squat on the goblins, so if you know anything, comment with a link or feel free to email me tarinae@gmail.com.

So there you have it; what you will see, what you won’t see, and what I really want to see. I hope this helps reassure you when reading!

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Comment Love

This week’s shared topic is from Anea. She wants to know what kind of bloggers we let our comments make us; could we be better bloggers without comments?

On this blog, on my personal blog, and on past blogs, comments have meant everything to me. They serve one purpose; they show that we have an interactive audience, a reader base. If we didn’t have this fan base (if you will), we wouldn’t be blogging, we would be writing a journal…a diary even. But having two different types of blogs requires two different types of analysis for this question.

In a personal blog, and most of us have them, it does serve the purpose as a journal. A document and testament of our lives as we grow, something unlike a paper journal that will stick around for centuries. It will be readable by our children’s children’s children. But we just write what comes to mind, about whatever is on our mind. Most of us rant, talk about our hobbies (weight loss, fashion, sex, etc.); some of us use poetry and fiction to document a mood. But there we are pouring our soul into a post knowing someone will read it, but you don’t care because you feel better. You enjoy comments because they allow someone to say “I’ve been there” or “I’m here for you” or “OMG you’re an awesome friend”. They can be character building. They can be ego boosting. The can be tear-jerkers. And yes…they can be detrimental. Much like trolls across forums, if you allow anonymous comments on that personal blog of yours, people will troll it too. You can be hurt by them, you can cry over them; these aren’t slandering your opinions on a game…these are degrading who you are.

So comments on a personal blog: Give or take. I write for myself and it is nice to know people care, but its okay not to have them.

However, the reason this question was created was because we are WOW bloggers. We all write about a common factor. Regardless of topic or focus, it is still about WOW. We all have different reasons for blogging but generally it is to share our thoughts, opinions, and experiences in the game in an outside community. Most of us highly publicize these. We rave about new posts on twitter, join programs and forums like Blog Azeroth or SAN, some of us would even post links on the armory if we could. Comments help guide us. They give us direction and encouragement we need to keep going.

I don’t get many comments, I haven’t quite broke 100 in almost 3 months, but I would love to. I love knowing what my readers think. If I am a crappy writer, perhaps I shouldn’t apply for wow.com again (PS. Thankfully, no one has said this :)). If I have errors or links don’t work, I want to know about it. If my post was moving enough for someone to let me know they agree/disagree, I would love to hear about it. I blog to share experiences, I encourage people to share theirs with me in comments. I stand to learn a lot about different things from comments. They don’t change what I write about per-say, rather they give shape, definition, and purpose to future writing. After all, comments are criticism (and usually constructive at that)…and as a writer (or any kind of artist), you have to be willing to take it. I have enjoyed getting to know readers of this blog. I have enjoyed watching the reader base grow. I welcome their interaction with me.

So comments on a WOW Blog: I would go so far as to say necessary, in my honest opinion.

Given light on the comment nature of this blog, I would like to take the time to pose a question to readers. I am considering a Tuesday “column” so to say. I want it to serve as a hash up of all things wow. It will include link love for the past week, goals and/or experiences, news that is supposed to be dropping (ie. Paladin preview date change!), achievements, screenshots…overall just a random “musings” post for the week. I was considering calling it “Tuesday Thoughts” or “Tuesday Musings” or something. So I am asking for your input. I figure most of us will be down Tuesday mornings (EVERY Tuesday the closer we get to Cataclysm) and I would like to post and like to network to other sites for more reads and share some other fun WOW things.

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An Egg-Hunt Wrap-UP

Today was the last day of the extraordinary blogging egg hunt! I was able to send in my list of found eggs just in the nick of time Angelya posted the winners: Congrats to Rades & Poneria. I would have loved to win but alas I got tripped up and failed to find 3 eggs: Stories of WoW, Light in the Nether, and Pugging Pally. Like I said, I enjoyed placing my egg up on the site but alas, it is gone now. In addition to removing the egg, I have revealed the new theme and settings that I have been working on. I am pretty content with the new layout and really enjoy the look. I hope my site-readers do too!

In light of failing at the egg hunt, let me share a positive note: I earned the achievement [Three Car Garage (10 Man)] and got my T10 chest piece today!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Noblegarden and if you’re a mage, I hope you come across the [Tome of Polymorph Rabbit]!

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Massive Multiplayer–Not so much

I am in a pickle right now. In a rut and perpetual state of confusion and/or loneliness. I have played World of Warcraft for two and a half years; in that time, I have made some great friends & have a great time with real friends in a virtual world. The problem? Everyone I enjoy playing with seems to have STOPPED playing all at once. There are varying reasons for this occurrence but all the same, there it is. Where does that leave me?

Trying to Hold a Guild Together

Would you like to know how hard this is right now? My SECOND SEAT/CO-GM (who also happens to be my boyfriend) is taking a break. 50% of my officers are taking full deactivated account breaks (see Bear Bomb’s new post), another 2 officers are struggling to log on. This leaves me with 1 officer, he is spectacular. He does everything he is supposed to but the structure here is falling apart. If it weren’t for Barreb, I would probably crumble. I have held this guild together through a lot and we have had our moments of rising from the ashes (did you see what I did there?), but my player base…my foundation is disappearing. We are over two years old, I created <Age of the Phoenix> when I was Level 40 and we have had it all. Our current motto, I hope, should carry us through this difficult time:

The wings of the Phoenix will always carry you to blue skies.

Playing Alone

When you play with people ALL the time, I suppose it is reasonable to want to get on and do your own thing. It isn’t something you want to do all the time necessarily. I enjoyed (legitmately) playing with my boyfriend, my best friend (who is only waiting on computer repairs), my nephews, etc. I get on these days to see an empty friends list and typically, an empty guild & it is disheartening. I know that with my job, even though it doesn’t take up a lot of time, sometimes puts me a in “ijustwannawatchtvgoaway” mood, but when I get on and end up alone, it doesn’t make me want to play either.

Pugging

We had a good raid team established. We were moving through Ulduar (we were a little slow starting) and we had plans to move into TOC shortly. This was a carefully made decision to be able to offer our players end-game content in the most relax environment. We were little achievement whores & screenshot takers. We were progressing. Then my main tank needed a break, my main raid healer, my other tank had surgery and couldn’t play, then my other tank and tank healer needed breaks for their real lives, then my other healer just disappeared. Even my best ranged DPS (Allexant) had his account devastated and has temporarily (I hope) quite playing. There is my raid team in a nut shell…gone.

My friends/guildmates after our first Kologarn kill.

I miss the old days. I had a great balance between school and wow, I am sure I would have developed one for work too. Sure, wow was typically the only thing my boyfriend and I did most nights, but it isn’t like we had that much money to party hardy but we still had fun. This post probably doesn’t illustrate much of my emotions, but it really is disheartening. I get taking a break, fighting the burnout, etc. The part that kills me here…it all happened at once. It wasn’t just my boyfriend but I could still play with my nephews and bestie and Luxul and Voshten, and my guild, etc…it was BAM…and everyone is gone.

This isn’t a rant post or a QQ. I graduated with a BA in Sociology and my sub-focus is social interactions; my senior thesis was even on the social benefits of MMOs. This is a recount simply of how social the game can be; how integral people are to this game. You could call it an educated reflection.

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Noblegarden Egg Hunt

We here at A Healadin’s Tear…okay just me…are taking part in Angelya’s (over at Revive & Rejuvenate) Noblegarden Egg Hunt! Somewhere around this site you will find an egg. No, I won’t show you what it looks like, that gives you an advantage. I am not savvy with HTML, graphics, or anything of the like but I did have fun getting this ready! I will put it up at Midnight EST; at that point, it is officially Easter Noblegarden.

Be sure to check out: How to Hunt Eggs if you haven’t already and check back on Sunday!

Be sure to keep a check on her site for full list of over 40 blog sites that are participating and remember to have fun! You get awesome prizes if you win but in the end it is a fun and exciting way to check out new blogs!

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