Bows, Cheers, and Salutes

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hail my Compadres of Carnage,

Woot! 1.5 days until the Mists of Pandaria Launches! I don’t know about you, but I am glad it’s finally here. The waiting and anticipation is even killing an old Undead like me! The reason for my giddy glee is because this will be the first time in my WoW career where I actually get to take part in the launch when it begins at 12 midnight PDT here in the US. Plus, I’ll be taking a vacation day or two to sit around to enjoy it all at my own leisure. Depending on how things go with the launch and how sleep deprived I am, I may be a day or two late in posting for next week as well :)

Besides, who in the heck is reading anything by me with the launch about to occur anyway?

Since it’s the end of the month and the exciting start of the expansion, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s post to send out some thanks and special appreciation with a “Bows, Cheers, and Salutes” post and a story about my visit on the Hearthcast Podcast.

Contemplating making a fool of myself

Hearthcast AoE and Me

A few months ago, I was contacted by Demonicric to take part in playing against him in a game of Hearthcast AoE on the podcast show, Hearthcast. I truly was very flattered and honored to be asked. In fact, I think I initially turned him down. Trust me, I wasn’t wanting to be rude or mean in my intentions for declining the invite. You see, I have never done a “live” taping of any podcasts up until this point despite the fact I submit my pre-recorded audio warlock segment to both The Instance, and the Convert to Raid shows. For me, doing a show “live” is a completely different animal. Like a deer in headlights, the thought of doing a “live” show made me freeze in my tracks.

First, I knew I’d be a nervous wreck. Yep, I can’t help it. Believe it or not, IRL, I speak to large groups quite often and it doesn’t phase me. For years, I even played live music in several bands and rarely, if ever, did I get nervous about performing and in fact I often got excited about going on stage. For the life of me, I have no idea why either of those two actions never seemed to bother me, but the idea to go on a live shows terrifies me. Weird, I know. 

Demonicric is a great guy and I consider him a friend, and since he did a good job of coaxing me to participate, I took a chance and went on the show. Rewt, one of the main co-hosts was on vacation at the time, but Freckle Face was there to lead the game between Demonicric and Me. Ha! I won! Yep, I didn’t beat him by much, but I’ll take what I can get. Sorry, I can’t help myself for gloating about my victory /em laughs in a maniacal tone

Well, a couple of weeks ago Freckle Face contacted me via Twitter asking if I’d like to come on the Hearthcast and be a guest on the show. Gah! Whaaa? Me? After making sure she wasn’t making a mistake or at least not taking any particular medication that might have made her psychotic, it turns out for whatever crazy, nutty, “omg-what-are-they-thinking-reason” that it was true. Ugh, what to do what to do? Should I have turn them down gracefully? Hold them off until I ran out of excuses? Pay them hush money to keep them quiet about my nervousness? Send a demon to greet them in their sleep? This was a big decision for me and so I decided that I should consult with some of my friends.

Jaina uses a magic mirror, I use a magic ‘lockbox

Consorting with demons, The Insane Horde Posse, and a Muse

First, I thought about talking with my demons in-game. Yes, they may appear to be animated pixels but they’re still family and I trust them.  I was SoL there. So…when my raid team “The Insane Horde Posse” gathered for our weekly raid night I asked them for their opinion on the matter. Suhli, our Rogue told me I should do the show, but only answer, “I like turtles” whenever I was asked a question. Ashella, one of our tanks who plays a male-belf paladin (because he says he likes the hair…yeah right!) suggested I only talk about Maltcast.com. Maltcast.com is a new blog and podcast about home brewing beer that several of my raid members (Suhli, Ashella and Siv) are creating. Gah! However, everyone else was quite encouraging and suggested I should take part on being on the show. I won’t tell you what our mage Asaphiry said…jealousy gets her no where and I try to keep this a clean PG-13 blog. Plus, we all know mages aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed even with an intelligence buff. (<3 Asa!)

Despite my teasing of my own raid team, I will admit that they were a great moral boosters. Thanks IHP! However, I still didn’t know what to do because I still had that awkward, sick to my stomach feeling whenever I thought about appearing on the show. Ugh, again what to do? Then, I got lucky and found a special muse while in game. I was working on clearing out my bank alt for the expansion when a notification popped up in my chatlog. <Leeta> has come online.

You may have heard me mention Leeta_WoW a time or two on this blog. She’s the Muse of Warcraft and I was fortunate to befriend her several months ago. Leeta’s well known with many of the WoW Podcasting and blogging community circles. She’s a warlock who’s got a great sense of Tmog fashion, and she’s always honest and sincere. So I annoyed whispered Leeta asking for her advice. Despite my resistance, she convinced me I should go on the show and just be myself. It was strong common sense advice but, she gave it in a much more eloquent and convincing manner. Now, I now why she’s the muse that she is :) plus, her aussie accent and sweet charms could calm anyone I can imagine.

So, it was finally settled. I decided to appear on the Hearthcast Podcast. Omg, what am I getting myself into!?

My Observer smiling for the camera. I can’t wait to quest at the launch if only the RNG gods and my modem allows it

My Cable Modem goes boom

Both Rewt and Freckle Face were very flexible when it came to working out a schedule. Again, I want to send them a special thanks for changing their normal recording night just to accommodate me. With the expansion getting closer and the “big day” of recording for the podcast quickly arriving too, I became quite excited. So imagine my horror when three days before I was to appear on the Hearthcast show my wife sends me a text that our internet isn’t working. Omg! Noooo! Yep, my cable modem went boom and quit working. Then it would work. Then it wouldn’t work. Then it would rinse and repeat that scenario teasing me in a mocking manner. Omg! Grrrr!

Luckily for me, a new one was delivered on the same afternoon we scheduled to record the show instead of the three days later when my ISP estimated it would arrive. Upon returning home on the day of the recording, I literally finished setting up the new modem, got online, entered Skype, and then the show began with only a minute to spare. Whew! The RNG gods smiled on me that day, so I hope they forgive me for cussing them out after my last attempt at the Ravenlord Mount.

Hearthcast I am in you!

I won’t give away any details about the recording or the show other than a few things you might want to know. Rewt and Freckleface were absolutely great. Both made me feel right at ease from the start. I didn’t get a chance to watch the clock, but I think we recorded over 1.5 – 2 hours that night. Was I still a nervous wreck? Hells yeah! Do I remember anything that I said? No. Did I speak coherently or babble? I have no idea, but I ‘m pretty sure I did babble. To this day I think I should have taken Suhil’s advice and just said, “I like turtles” over and over again. Who knows, I probably would have come across as more entertaining had I done that. TBH, I’m actually looking forward to hearing the show because due to my nervousness I really can’t remember any of it.

The one thing I do know was that I was having so much fun, and was so engrossed in the conversation that time seemed to stand still. Rewt and Freckle Face are both funny and entertaining, and I cannot thank them enough for their gracious invitation and heart-felt hospitality. Now, if you would like to be entertained by the incoherent ramblings of an old warlock, please take the time to check out the next episode of Hearthcast where you may or or may not hear me talk about liking turtles…grrrr…if only I could remember what I said! To the Hearthcast crew – Rewt, Freckleface, Demonicric, KFE and everyone else, this old warlock humbly /bows, cheers, and salutes

The great demon chase

Good-bye to beta

While there seemed to be a gazillion beta keys given out during this expansion I was fortunate enough to get my invite by the second week, or was it the first? Heck, I can’t remember what I did yesterday to a large degree. Either way, I got a lucky proc and got in the beta very early. If I had to do it all over again would I take part in another beta. Yes.

Would I change anything I did during the beta? You bet. First, I wouldn’t have wasted my time writing about the new talents and specs in as much detail. This was particularly true for the first few months when the changes were so fast and frequent that everything became outdated in a week or two. If I had to write any details about new mechanics I’d put it off until near the end of a beta when things were more stable. 

To my peeps in the “Not in a beta Guild”… Thanks for all of your conversations, and help. All of you put up with me during this crazy time and I’m forever grateful for the experience and stories I can take with me. It’s been an honor and a privilege to fight for the banner and by your side. So from one beta guildy to another I respectfully /bow, cheer, and salute each of you and wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors in Pandaria and for all the honor and glory that it may bring…

Yes, we discuss floating pink shards on Hearthcast

A quick wrap up

I’ll keep the closing short and sweet in wishing that all of you enjoy the launch of the new expansion.  I hope that error code #37 never finds you, that your enemies fall before you, and may you always have plenty of bag space for more loot.

And in case I forgot to say it during my Interview on Hearthcast for Episode #138

“Maltcast.com” and “I like turtles” :)

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