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Right place + Right time = Magic

BlizzCon.

If you don’t play Blizzard games, you can’t possibly know why BlizzCon is important to those of us who do. If you do play Blizzard games and have never been to a BlizzCon, you need to go. Make every effort to make it happen at least once; you won’t regret it.

This year was my second; my first was in 2014. I can’t pick which is my favorite of the two because each had their own, unique experiences associated with them that could not possibly be duplicated. However, of all the unique experiences I’ve had at BlizzCon, the one I’m going to share with you here is second-to-none.

I arrived on Thursday of con week, and stayed until the following Monday. My intent was to find a group of people to join up with who were going to Disneyland on Sunday; I haven’t been since I was 18 and I was looking forward to being a big ol’ kid again. However, I was up past 2am on Saturday night, and the prospect of getting up early did not appeal to me, so I didn’t message any of the people that I knew had plans to go. I figured that if I ended up going, I’d just meet up with whomever was there when I got there.

Having decided that much, I woke up that Sunday morning and laid in bed browsing Twitter, trying to figure out what to do for breakfast. I ended up connecting with my friends Alyssa and Dave and some of their other friends. One of them was kind enough to drop me back off at the Hilton afterward, where I proceeded into the Starbucks to get an iced tea. As I walked toward the entrance, I noticed a woman, wearing a sleeveless shirt, sitting on the bench outside, talking on her phone. She had a tattoo on her upper arm that looked familiar to me, so I looked at her face, and that’s when I realized who it was…

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The End is Coming. Finally.

Get thee out of my quiet, lovely, Valley of Wisdom, you Negative Nancy, you!

The end of Warlords of Draenor is coming, Legion is almost here, and it’s about damned time. I have to say, I’m so past ready for new stuff in WoW that I am nearly apathetic to the fact that in 26 days, there’ll be new things to do.

Warlords of Draenor was a disappointment for me in many ways, and perfectly enjoyable in other ways. I, like many others, feel that the devs missed the boat with garrisons. I resented greatly being made to play my supposedly immersive, massively-multiplayer role-playing game as if it were one of those utterly ridiculous Facebook games that makes you spam everyone else’s Facebook feed with requests to join the game just so you can get 5 more resources…I mean, coins. Garrisonville missed the mark with me, big time, to the point where even though I knew how much gold I could’ve been making, I never optimized even one of my 5 level 100 characters’ garrison to rake in the 1000s of gold I saw others hauling in daily.

Lore-wise, I thought WoD really nailed everything during questing. I still haven’t done the Alliance side of the experience, but I thought the Horde side of the experience was amazing. Even now, if I leveled another alt through Frostfire, the cinematic at the end of the zone would give me chills. The cutscene in Talador induced both chills and tears, as well as a fierce desire to eradicate the Iron Horde, Gul’dan, and everything he stood for. I was so excited during questing! Then the end of the questing came and…well. Between there being nothing story-driven and the fact that most of my guild felt the same way, I quit playing WoD about 6 weeks in, for a period of about 4 months. I basically only logged in once a day to swap missions around and do my AH business. I was really disillusioned.

Over time, I managed to get all 5 of my previously-capped toons to 100 on my main Horde server. I also got my second hunter to level 60 and promptly server-transferred her with a faction swap so I could join a guild I had friends in on the Alliance side, in order to pursue my Alliance Loremaster. This is mostly out of a desire to understand the other side of the faction coin; I’ve been such a Dirty Hordie for almost all of my 7+ years of playing WoW. Previously I had only ever leveled to about 31 with a toon on Alliance side, after which point I gave up because Darkshire is goddamn depressing. I used my Legion pre-purchase boost to bring that same hunter to 100, which means I’ll be able to do all of the 1-100 content with ease and then get her to 110, eventually. I’ll always be a For the Horde kind of gal, but I am such a fan of lore, I have to experience it all.

At this point, though (and really, for months now), I’m just tired of waiting for the new content. Next Tuesday will be great, assuming that the Demon Hunter new area isn’t so clogged with pre-purchasers that the lag is too bad to play. I’m interested in the lore of the DHs, too, of course, plus the idea of a new melee class is interesting for sure. For someone like me who took a long, long time to come around to the idea of playing melee at all, that’s kind of a big statement. However, because I’m uncertain about changes to my beloved Beast Mastery, I figure that I need to keep my mind open to the fact that for the first time ever I might enjoy playing a different class/spec more than my usual “BM FOR LIFE” mentality.

Upon consideration, however, I’m actually quite glad that I’m on vacation from August 25-31. I won’t have to endure that last week of sitting in my desk chair, bouncing like Tigger, going “OMG IS IT HERE YET?!”, because I’ll be busy with extremely the pleasurable pursuits of showing off my home state to a highly-anticipated visitor. I return home the day after launch, which means I’ll miss out on some of the awful server lag and maybe the worst of the queues to get online. I’ve never been the one who wants to race through leveling, anyway, so world-first level 110 hunter will not go to me, and that’s the way I like it. I’m going to take my time with leveling, though I may do some dungeons along the way this time around so that I’m not so hopeless about them when I actually reach 110. You wouldn’t believe the flak I’ve taken over the years when I get to max level and tell people in dungeons “this is my first time in here”. Some people are completely incredulous that one would not want to do dungeons as one leveled. It’s never been my favorite thing, but it might be time to shake things up a bit in my approach to the game, to make sure it really does feel new and fresh.

The end is finally coming; bring on the new already!