Mount gods are kind to me this month.

I guess the universe has taken pity on me. Real life has been a bit of a roller-coaster these past few months. So it had given me the consolation prize of Ashes of Al’ar at the beginning of the month.

Was about to call it a night after a couple of unsuccessful attempts of getting the Headless Horseman to drop The Horeseman’s Reins and finishing all the Argus dailies on Aestalas. Then I remembered, I had Argus leather tokens to give to my Demon Hunter. Gear her up, then figured “Meh, why not? It’s only a 20 minute run.”

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Tonight, I got the elusive Mimiron’s Head. I now have to find something else to do as a space filler after the weekly resets. I’m not complaining, it’s just that Mimiron’s Head has been a part of my weekly WoW life for several years. So now there’s a part of me that feels like I might have to run it on occasion just for shits and grins (perhaps there’s some cloth mogs in there that I don’t have yet).

Oh! I know! I can get back to farming Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. Yes, I said…

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“Triumphant” return to raiding?

Right place, right time?  Depends on if you’re asking me or the guild.

Perhaps “triumphant return to raiding” aren’t the right words. Perhaps “Let the bodies hit the FLOOOOOOOOOOOOR!” is more appropriate. To further clarify, when I say “the bodies,” I’m including mine in the list of said bodies.

A request was sent out for bodies to fill the raid group for Fallen Avatar and Kil’jaeden. Requirement was 890+ iLevel and DPS role. Well, Aes fits the bill. So for me, it was definitely right place, right time. The group takes down both bosses. I tanked the floor for a while on both fights. I flubbed the mechanics. I’ve read the fight notes, but haven’t committed them to memory. I haven’t even seen them in LFR yet.

I hadn’t logged into Discord since before the move from Florida, so while I was pushing up daisies I was trying to get that re-situated. I finally got it sorted out just as the team kills Kil’jaeden. So I’m able to use it when we next kill pixels in ToS.

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So perhaps I wasn’t the best body to fill the vacancy. Still, I wasn’t completely useless when I was alive. I did contribute, a little.

I left the raid seeing the final cut scene and wound up with some goodies:

 

I can’t complain at all at my luck tonight. It’s a first step at getting back into raiding.

Moar Mounts

I didn’t think much would be happening in my WoW life this weekend. I’m in the middle of another move. I’ll fill in more on that later.

So I decided to sneak in a little bit of time in for 2 quick mount runs. I’ve got the Ulduar Mimiron’s Head run down to about 20-ish minutes for a full clear and the Tempest Keep Ashes of Al’ar run down to about 10 minutes. I love running them both on my Fury warrior. Whirlwind all the things to victory. Plus, she’s an engineer, so she uses Wormhole Generator: Northrend to teleport directly to the steps of Ulduar and uses the Ultrasafe Transporter: Toshley’s Station to port to Toshley’s Station in Blade’s Edge in Outland.

Imagine my surprise when this drops for me this afternoon. Color me ecstatic.

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Blogiversary

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In all my relocation and trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing on this rock of ours (news flash: I still have no farking clue), I apparently missed my 3 year blogiversary with WordPress (by about 2.5 months). Heh! Preoccupied much?

This originally started out as a place where I could geek out about WoW and riding motorcycles. On the heart front, it’s seen me go from happily married to the woman of my dreams to accepting that her heart has moved on (though I hadn’t really posted a lot on that subject). On the home front, it’s seen me living in FL, then *poof*, gone and mysteriously in Oregon and already looking for a new place to live. On the motorcycle front, it’s seen me and the bike through all kinds of fun and not-so-fun times and (though I haven’t posted the details) driving across the entire US from FL to OR. On the WoW front, it’s seen me wasting time chasing ridiculous achievements, destroying a guild that I once considered family, server transferring my toons to a more active server cluster and guild (almost a parallel to my cross-country relocation), become a raider (and eventually an assistant raid-lead), and then slide back into the background of the green text. I didn’t think this would become a living entity of sorts. It’s been a source of new friendships and another place to connect with existing friends.

So here we are. Three years in. Here’s to at least 3 more.

Changes and transitions 

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Since leaving central FL on 2017/05/13, I’ve effectively stopped playing WoW. I’ve logged in on occasion to handle mail, auctions, kick off missions (until I ran out of resources), occasionally try the Mimiron’s Head and Ashes of Al’ar runs on a toon or three, and claim the pets/mounts that I’ve collected via the WoW shop. However, I have not really played. I’ve missed 7.2, class mounts, and Tomb of Sargeras (yes I can still enjoy the content, but it’s old news). Patch 7.3 is out now, and I’m about to be relocating again.

I’m not leaving the state, just the current residence. Long story that’s not worth the telling, but I’m looking for a room for me and my computer system and a garage for my motorcycle and my tool box. I’m looking at a couple places in Beaverton (west southwest of Portland rather than southeast of Portland). I will be returning to Azeroth sometime in October.

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So even though I’ve not been in game much, I’ve got a few more mounts and pets anyways. Paid for the BlizzCon virtual ticket and got the Stormwind Skychaser and Orgrimmar Interceptor mounts. Picked up the bundle with the Luminous Starseeker mount and the Twilight pet. Picked up the Shadow pet as the contribute-to-charity pet Blizz seems to offer each year. Also headed over to Seabreak Isle in Azsuna and got the Squirky.

Though I’ve been effectively logged out, I’ve been content in being able to keep in touch with my guild members through slack and twitch. I’ve even been able to meet Alvi (of Alvilda’s Abstrations) from Denmark too. Color me happy.

Also, I’ve been able to get back into Kung Fu. One of my Kung Fu brothers that moved to Portland 10 years ago decided he wanted to teach his kids the Wah Lum style of Kung Fu and worked with Sifu Mimi to get himself certified to teach. Now he’s my Sifu here in Portland. Right now, the class is comprised of 4 of us. I’m hoping to see it grow a lot in the coming weeks and months.

I’ve got pictures from my journey across the US. I will wind up compiling them into something cohesive, when I’m not working from my laptop (how I’ve been interacting with the online world since May 13th, that or my phone).

You can’t take the sky from me

I was torn on the title. Was thinking the song from Seal, but I did that last expansion. So I chose Firefly.

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With my personal life still in a transitional state, I haven’t been dedicating a lot of time to Azeroth. Though, some would say I still have my head up Azeroth’s ass well enough. They’re not gamers, so their opinion doesn’t matter. Also, I’m a grown (legally speaking) man with no familial or property responsibilities, so fuck it. I do what I want.

Anyways, back to the point. I’ve been keeping my eye on the requirements for flight in Legion and doing what I can.  I unlocked flight for my account. I was a bit put out about the invasions requirement, because the invasion schedule was just ridiculously inconvenient for me. There were a couple of days when the invasions happened when I was sleeping or at work, so could not participate in them. Though, I was able to knock out all the invasions before I got the Armies of Legionfall rep to revered. Still, I’m happy they took that part out. It penalized folks that aren’t lucky enough to have their bills paid for them.

I’m enjoying this gated flight mechanism. It does force you to experience the zones in a way flight removes. There’s challenge to going somewhere. My only gripe is how long it takes for Blizz to enable flight. I shouldn’t be working on my 5th or 6th max level toon before flight is enabled. **note: that’s my personal opinion and you’re allowed to disagree with me. **also note: you will not change my mind.

Moar mounts (meant to post last month)

I’ve been pushing Aes through the Suramar quest lines. I have to say, I really like the progression of the Nightfallen story. Once again, I like the tie in between the questing and the raids.

Once again, I managed to get more mounts to add to the stable.

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The Heroes of the Storm thing took me by surprise. I figured I’d wind up just dual-boxing my way through the matches. That proved to be a bigger pain in the ass than it was worth. So I grouped up with folks. I had a lot of fun with it. Played Tyrande and was actually figuring out my ass from a hole in the ground. When teamed up with Gul’dan, Tracer, or Muradin, it wound up being a powerful duo. It’s definitely going to be a fun way to waste time when I don’t feel like logging into Azeroth, but want my gaming itch scratched.