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Above all, have fun.

above-all-have-fun

My stab at the motivational thing.

Any complaints, address to Matt Foley.

Alright, how’s everybody? Good! Good! Good! Now, as your father probably told you, my name is Matt Foley, and I am a Motivational Speaker! Now, let’s get started by me giving you a little bit of a scenario of what my life is all about! First off, I am 35 years old.. I am divorced.. and I live in a van down by the river! Now, you kids are probably saying to yourself, “Now, I’m gonna go out, and I’m gonna get the world by the tail, and wrap it around and put it in my pocket!!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably gonna find out, as you go out there, that you’re not gonna amount to Jack Squat!!” You’re gonna end up eating a steady diet of government cheese, and living in a van down by the river!  Now, young man, what do you want to do with your life?

Great Chris Farley, SNL stuff.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2009 in Screenshots

 

So this is what a Gnome feels like. Hmmm.

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Yep, that’s me, the little rag doll in Snorri’s hand.

Oh, it got better when I did a few jobs here and there for them.

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Yeehaw!  That’s me on the kings back.

Again and again I’m blown away by what I’m seeing.  The King’s beard swayed back and forth as we ran out to meet Thorim, who flew in on his proto-dragon.  The Halls of Lightning in Ulduar… Nice.  The planets are pretty interesting conversation pieces.  And I’ve not even set foot on terra firma in Icecrown, and from what I’ve read about it I haven’t seeing nothing yet.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2008 in Screenshots

 

Joining the Mile High Club.

Oh, it’s not what you think.

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But kind of an ecstatic moment nonetheless.

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And, yes, I did mount up on each of my 3 flying mounts and take them out for a ride.  They’ve been in need of a little exercise.

The next headrush will be 80, and the next after that will be seeing the gear Windhunter talked about in his comment earlier.  :)

P.S. Now,flying about, I’m blown away by all the beauty and wonder I’m seeing!  Like Roy Batty put it:

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain…

At that point I’ll make my departure with Roy and say, “Time to live.”

P.P.S. Stunning.

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Posted by on December 22, 2008 in Screenshots

 

Photo op with Alysianah.

I saw the /emote.  Through the very walls of Altdorf.  Surprised?  You bet.  Look who Geil ran into.

Alysianah of Mystic Worlds.

Anyway, to spend a few moments in the life of a Bright Wizard and her player, go visit her site and enjoy the interview she recently gave about her and the guild <CoW> giving the Destruction side the what-for over on Averheim.  If you’re curious about the wild chaos of Realm versus Realm go read it.  She makes it sound like a lot of fun.  Dangerously, too much fun.  But that’s Bright Wizards for you.  Playing with fire and getting scorched a lot.  And liking it.  :)

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2008 in Screenshots

 

Satisfied. A note to the casual.

Ah.

Oh, there’s a few more things I need yet.  A belt.  The matching leggings for the arena gear.  Perhaps the chest.  I’ll get my new weapons in Northrend.  The beta has shown me there is a cat form staff in the Borean Tundra, and a bear form staff in the Howling Fjord, available from introductory quests in each zone.

And in the case of my lovely wife, the beautiful Itarilde, who’s been there with Greenclaw most every step of the way, I’d be remiss not to give her my undying Thanks! for all her good tanking.

P.S. And for the observant, yes, that is Braxxis’ Staff of Slumber, which is a tanking staff.  My cat form weapon, and that’s the form that I primarily fight in, is the Staff of Beasts which I got after beating the Ogre’s best in the Ring of Blood.  The reason you see Slumber, and not Beasts, is that my humanoid outfit is my bear outfit.  If I’m surprised, and knocked into combat before I can react with a gear swap, I’m already in my bear/tank/surviveability outfit.  I just switch to bear form and I’m ready.  Cat battles are usually initiated from stealth, and if you can stealth, you can swap your gear.  I use the ItemRack addon for the swaps.

P.P.S.  A note for the casuals and the soloists:  What you see me wearing is the so-called “welfare epics.”  Greenclaw’s not set foot in one dungeon in the Outlands.  He’s been in, maybe, all of 3 in his career.  (I remember the Scarlet Monastery, and a nut case made that trip a fiasco, and that’s all I can remember.  Oh, the wife and I duo’d parts of Maradaun.  Not once into a dungeon in the Outlands.)  I blew past 60 without pausing to pick up one single piece of level 60 pvp gear.  The only pvp gear I ever spent honor on has been the collected stuff in the screenshot.  I purposefully went after getting the Season 1 helm because I wanted the antlers to honor Cenarius.  Then I delayed further expenditures until I could buy the Season 2 shoulders because I wanted the shoulders that flourished with life.  The gloves I got because I had a lot of marks.  Now I’ve got 17 Warsong marks, and 10k honor.  Those leggings will be mine shortly.  Again, I’ve never been in an Outlands instance, and between the wife and I I’ve managed to equip myself fairly well.  I’ll add my biggest expenditure was a recent 400 gold spent on gems for this gear.  The Slumber I picked up for 40g at the Auction House.  I also spent a little bit here and there keeping my gear current for my spec and my level.  I never paid outrageous prices, and dinged 70 with over 700 gold in hand.  Be smart and find the quests you can get done that’ll provide you with good gear for your playstyle.  I dinged 70 wearing gear from a Hellfire Penninsula quest, and the Warden’s Hauberk from the Cenarian Expedition.  WoWhead is a great resource to help you find that equipment.  And if you happen to find yourself in a Battleground, and you’re not the best, i.e. max, level for melting faces, do your best to be the most help you can.  Healing is never rejected.  Being a nuisance is underrated.  Stay stealthed and report troop movements.  Hit them where it hurts.  You can help, so do it.  Bottom line is everyone, with patience, a thick skin, familiarity with the game, and a good attitude, has access to some of the best gear available in the game.

P.P.P.S. Hard to believe that it was April when we first passed through the Portal into the Outlands.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Dings, Druids, Screenshots

 

Flight for two. Justice. The Long Road.

Just a  collection of screenshots today.

The first is the lovely Itarilde and I, flying above Terokkar Forest.  That’s right, she’s dinged 68.  :)

The second is my Death Knight, Morticai, dispensing a little justice against the leadership of the Scarlet Crusade.  It was an exercise to see how clearing the Scarlet Monastery was.  I must say that Death Grip is a wonderful tool.

The third screenshot is Msaker, aka Grorc, riding on Northrend.  The scenery is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.  Parts of it are so “West Coast/Rockies” feeling I felt like I was on vacation.  Just incredible.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2008 in Screenshots

 

The timeless look.

I snapped the photo that became the new header the other night in Orgrimmar.

We’d just farmed up the last of the primals required to craft the lovely Droonda a Storm Helm.  And there with her Shattered Sun Offense tabard, her couple of matching pieces of honored reputation pvp gear, and two fel edged battle axes that I also crafted for her, the ones that cross on your back, (yes, they’re too fast, but she’s an Orc and I could craft them) she was looking particuarly Ninja Orc Shaman Princess.

And Msaker, with his Wicked Edge of the Planes, and the Prince’s own Decapitator, the glowing PvP shoulders from Season 1, the same tabard, and that wickedly delightful helm of the Headless Horseman, that glowing green, maniacal laughing, helm…

The screenshot looked more washed out than what is posted above here.  Because what is posted above is basically fantasy art.  Everything is right, for me at least.  The mood, the feel, the flow.  That sinister glance of Msaker as he looks off to his left.  This is unedited by software by the way.

It’s kind of funny, but I can’t even tell if the graphics are out-of-date.  And I don’t care.  The graphics in LotRO are nice, but don’t really appeal to me.  The EQII graphics were the same.  They had that whole “Uncanny Valley” thing going for/against them. 

And nearly a year later I’ll be loath to replace that helm with Tier 4 (should The Prince ever do me that favor), or the PvP version (Season 1 via token hand-in at Quel’Danas).  The current Season 2 helm, horns, I don’t like.  Season 3, the brawlers “face mask” helm looks okay.

I don’t RP.  I wasn’t an Orc, left as an Orphan in a Tauren household, raised by Troll Warriors to be a fighting machine, to exact my revenge on … Warlocks for the destiny they made for my branch of the Orc race.  Or gnomes, because they’re short, but real.  I’m not seeking my grand destiny in the footsteps of Thrall, because, frankly, it’s a game, and my destiny ground to a standstill at 60, and has ground to a standstill again at 70, and will grind to a standstill at 80.  Kind of like Col Kurtz ground to a standstill out in the jungle.  And look what happened to him.

I’m not a numbers guy.  That is, I am, but not like a hardcore raider would have to be.  I’ve got nearly a 30% crit rate, and I’m working on it, and my Attack Power.  I’m not wearing Pally plate, for instance, because it looks sweet.  I’m casual enough about my numbers, that I’ll work on them, but not so I wind up looking like I scavanged through the bargain bins down behind the local clothing wholesaler.  Nor will I spend all my gold on the perfect epic gems for a piece of gear I should have replaced.  What did Fernando say?  “It’s better to look good than to feel good.  And I look marvelous!”

No, I’m just playing an Orc across from my wife, also an Orc, and we look good as Orcs, and that’s pretty much what matters when you’re playing in a fantasy world, isn’t it?

And I guess familiarity with what you’re seeing goes a LONG way in how well you like it compared to something else.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2008 in Musings, Screenshots

 

First time.

And it feels like the first time
Like it never did before
Feels like the first time
Like weve opened up the door
Feels like the first time
Like it never will again, never again

-Foreigner

Dag, was that like high school?  No, earlier.  Classic stuff anyway.

And it’s what we did tonight, Msaker, that is.  Going into Blackwing Lair with the guild on a lark.  We started with 10 to get the attunement (20 minutes UBRS run), and wound up with 12 killing Razorgore and 14 killing Vael in BWL.  In the old days of the 60′s it took 40.  Who says gear doesn’t matter?  And you can go back and visit places like this.

Amusing.  Have fun with it.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2008 in Instances, Screenshots

 

Happy 4th of July!

And a big Thanks! to all the service members keeping our country free, preserving and protecting the nation created on the 4th of July back in 1776.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2008 in Screenshots

 

Mama’s got a brand new ride.

“Or rides.”

That’s the Mrs., and she was rather pleased last night to ding 40 and pick up not one, but two new mounts.

A black war stallion and a purple hawkstrider.

When business calls, go in style, and armor plate.

(Yes, even the bikini top is plate.)

Otherwise enjoy the basic pleasure model.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2008 in Droonda, Paladins, Screenshots

 
 
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