Archive for January, 2013

Howdy All,

Well today, I’m hoping to keep this post for the WoW Blogging Challenge short. I know I can be long winded sometimes, but really…how much can I write about the title of my blog? We shall see…

 

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 6 – The reason behind your blog’s name

If you read my 2nd challenge, you’ll know that I reached a turning point last year when it came to warlocks and why I decided to start blogging about them. When I started my account at WordPress.com the website url was something along the lines of http://www.wordpress.com/warlockery.html. WordPress.com I came to find, will send you emails with upcoming changes and announcements about their services. After about a week or two I got an email from them asking me if I would like to upgrade to my own domain name. The email listed some of the key words they had chosen that might make me consider upgrading to a private domain. One of the suggested domain names took my breath away. Up until that point I was only using the word warlockery as a placeholder until I could come up with a catchy or meaningful name on my own.

According to WordPress’s email, it actually showed warlockery.com as being available as a domain name. Naw, that couldn’t be! How could such an iconic word NOT have a registration on it already? I still couldn’t believe it. After doing some quick searching on the web it turns out they were right and as a matter fact it was available. *Sighs* For about a week or two I drove myself crazy debating if I should submit for the name registration or not. The word warlockery, to me, is such a powerful word and it’s a powerful word particularly for WoW players who are warlocks. It felt sacrilegious for me to even consider using it. It would have been like trying to register the rights to something like the wind or sunlight. Being nervous and feeling odd about the whole thing I decided to wait, debate it with myself and to mull it over in my own mind.

No! Anybody but him!

Around this same the news was quite hot and heavy about a certain actor. I won’t mention names, but let’s just say he was on a famous TV show, he started ruining his life and career by resorting to illegal drug use. This same person claimed and made comments about being a warlock that were quite over the top. Gah! It was bad enough that warlocks in game were getting a bad rep at the time, now we had people IRL who were claiming to be warlocks doing even more damage!

A few nights later while watching the news I saw an interview with this poor individual. I was quite saddened to be honest. Here was a person who had so much going for them in their life, he was living a life most people dream about and yet due to drug addiction he was throwing it all away. It just goes to show you that drug addiction plays no favorites. To make matters worse, you could clearly see that during the interview the actor was quite high from something and the reporter was loving every over-the-top line or phrase this deluded individual was saying. During one of his out-of-his-gourd rantings he said something along the lines of, “And I’ve got a lot of things going, shirts, book deals, movie deals and websites.”

 

Did I just hear him say websites? I immediately logged into WordPress and registered the name within minutes. The last thing I wanted was for this sad, pathetic actor’s agent or public relations machine to take a word such as that from us. To make matters worse me, I even felt a tremendous amount of guilt registering it. I’m just one derpy ‘lock with an odd take on things. How was it my right to take such a name? The word Warlockery represents so much about our class. I must have stared at the “Purchase Now” button for a good 10 minutes before I finally clicked on it as that actor’s bragging words rang through my head.

Looking back, I’m glad I made the choice because up until that time anyone with $29.00 and credit card could have purchased it. What if a mage took it to poke fun of our wonderful class? What if this sad, pitiful actor’s PR agency decided to run with it as well? What if some fly-by night game company or toy company registered it only to let it sit doing nothing years after their products left the market? I’m not even bringing up the other types of sleezy websites who post things that aren’t so nice. What if some bizarre cult group took it? For me, it was too risky to chance.

As it stands now, I don’t see myself as owning warlockery.com. I see it along the lines in that I’m merely safeguarding and protecting it for our entire class and our pride. The way I see it is if you’re a warlock in WoW and you want to post something about our class then please, hit me up and I’ll be more than happy to post it for you. Maybe, I should pursue this idea when i get done blogging out my 20 days of challenges? Maybe I should have other warlocks write a post or two? Yes, I think I will.

 

Tagline, tagline, who has a tagline?

With an iconic domain name such as warlockery.com I really wanted a good tagline to compliment it. The way the events unfolded in selecting the domain address seemed to force me into safeguarding the domain name warlockery.com, but now I had to come up with a good tagline too. I can’t remember how many different ideas and combinations of words I played around with in which I attempted to be trite or catchy. TBH, I can’t remember any of them at this moment. My only driving thought was that I really wanted the tagline to stand out, to be memorable, and to convey exactly what my readers could expect when they visited. My only goal at the time was that I wanted WoW players to be motivated enough to login, roll a warlock and have fun. I didn’t want the website to be a how-to website because there are plenty of those sites out there who do a much better job than me. Why reinvent what was out there already?

The problem I kept having was that I liked the wording, “A warlock’s motivational webguide” because it expressed my main goal and intention to play the warlock class, but by itself, it still fell flat to me. It still felt boring. It still needed something. What that something was or what my tagline needed exactly, I had no clue. For another week or so I thought long and hard about warlocks and many of other player’s attitudes towards us, and even our own attitudes towards ourselves. Keep in mind warlocks were at the bottom of the barrel at the time and our sparse numbers left many to think it we’d be extinct.

 

One of the common jokes that people bantered around was that warlocks were always trying to take over the world. I blame some of the Blizzard Warcraft books for making that image stick ;) When you think about someone trying to take over the world you always picture some crazy-over-the-top maniacal character who get’s foiled in the end and usually by their own demise. Remember the old Pinky and the Brain cartoons? Stop and think about any famous evil super villain and you’ll know just what I mean. I guess in my own strange way of thinking I just wanted it to be a little more meaningful than the standard stereotypical evil-doer. I wanted it to have a deeper meaning. I even thought that since we deal with demonic forces maybe if I could make it so that when people read it backwards they’d hear a hidden message? Naw, that had been done before and I didn’t want the blog to end up on some of conspiracy theory websites as fodder.

Living to your potential and never settling for anything less

Granted, as warlocks, we all know that world domination really IS our main goal because tolerating the multitude of masses beneath us can really be tiring. Who better to lead than us? Mages? Ha! Hahahahaha! Sorry, I kid. It’s a universal truth that warlocks want to take over the world and anything less is intolerable; however, I don’t think other players see world domination the way we do. So in my own smart-alec tongue-in-cheek way, I added “to dominating the world” to the end of my tagline. When I put the two phrases together I liked the way it looked and sounded. In that silly, simple tagline it expresses what my blog is about and it conveys a simple truth…and the truth is that no one can control your happiness, your life, or your destiny, but you. When and if you ever realize that idea, I hope that you carry that thought with you both ingame and IR because truly then you’ll rule the world and nothing will be able to stand in your way.

And so my dear friends, that is the story of my blog’s name and the odd events that brought me here to creating “Warlockery: A warlock’s motivational webguide to dominating the world”. After looking over the black illuminated pixels spelling out my core message at the top of my blog’s homepage, I can be the first to admit that I don’t see it winning any great awards in literature anytime soon, but if it motivates even one person to fall in love with the warlock class as I do, as I’m sure the way many of you love warlocks too…then I know it will have been worthwhile /em bows

 

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Howdy, howdy!

Here I go on day 6 on my blogging challenge and who knows where this one will end up?

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 6 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)

Saldy, there will not be pics in this post showing my desk. For a couple of reasons. 1.) who wants to see a picture of just my desk? It’s quite boring, trust me. I’ve read halfway through the book Middlemarch, before I couldn’t take it anymore, so I’ll take it on the advice from others when they say it stays the same until the end. 2.) I’d rather write about my desk because I think it will be a challenge to sit and ponder about my little space in my warlock lair and what it means to me.

 

My computer, computer desk, and my home office sits perched in a corner of large loft located on the second floor of my home. I have an older corner desk/hutch combo I purchased about 10 years ago. When I’m sitting down the monitor points out at me from the corner itself. To my left is my hutch desktop cabinet that holds paperwork and all of the normal office supplies a working desk would contain. I decorate it will small mementos from either my family or my real life job. I have a few awards from my company, along with numerous pictures of my kids and wife. Hanging on the opposite side of the wall to my right is a large corkboard frame that holds some of my most cherished picture memories. Over the years I’ve tacked up pictures of the family, friends, and our animals along with drawings and letters my kids have made.

Next to the corkboard frame, is our large three pane window (kinds of like a bay window in three panels) which overlooks our deck and backyard below. All it takes is a slight turn of my head towards the window and I can easily gage the weather and what’s going on outside in the world around us. What I really like about our window is the view it offers is all encompassing. From the sky, to the trees to the entire backyard…all of it is in full view because of the angle and hillside of our property. We live in a heavily wooded area near a small mountain. It’s very scenic.

 

My on again off again relationship with battling the clutter boss

When it comes to my desk, I go through phases. Sometimes, it will get cluttered with tons of paperwork that I’m often too lazy to put away, or that I need to leave out to remind me that they need to be completed. After a week or two, I usually can’t take the mess anymore and will spend an hour or so filing everything away. I’m the cord keeper for our household :) and pretty much any electronic device that needs charging can be found on, or in a nook, or drawer of my desk. Computers really do have a lot of chords and it drives me absolutely nutty in keeping the clutter down on our household’s cord control.

I guess the reason electronic chords get on my nerves is because not only does my desk serve as a resting spot for our home desktop computer and printer, it’s also home for my work computer, docking station and printer as well. Needless to say, that’s a lot of electric chords when you have them strewn around and behind a single desk. Even though my corner desk/hutch is quite large, it looks and feels small because of all the devices that it holds. I’m not even including my headsets or any of the microphone cables I’m using for when I’m recording my segments too or even the small 8 Channel Behringer PA I used to use for mic’ing my drums when I used to play music that I still can’t part with for some reason.  I love that little mixer!

Doodling is as doodling does

I’m a scribbler. Whenever I want to remind myself of something or if I find a particular word or concept I want to lookup or research, I scribble it down on the many scrap pieces of paper I have lying about. When I’m on a teleconference or a video conference with work, or if I’m on a long flight plan in game, I’m often scribbling words or phrase or just doodling silly pictures. I’m not sure if my doodling and scribbling is helping unclutter my mind, or if it’s just pent up energy releasing it’s force by way of a pen on paper.

Like the paperwork and household bills that pile on top of my desk, my scribble papers will gather for a few weeks on end when finally I can’t take the mess anymore, and then I’ll begin the arduous task of looking them over to decide if anything is worth keeping.  I’m a southpaw, (left-handed IRL) and I’m the type who hooks and drags my left hand behind me when I write. If I’m using a marker pen or any pen that’s medium or higher you can tell I’ve either been writing or doodling because the edge of my pinky finger to my wrist will have ink stains and smudges. Ink smudging is the reason why I only like medium fine or fine style pens because they don’t smudge, or at least not as bad. I love writing with pencils as long as the point is sharp. Thin point = no smearing for a lefty. Unsharpened point = dirty paper and carbon coated dirty hands.

 

My current weapons of choice for gaming gear

Right now, I’m using a Logitech G110 keyboard along with a Naga Razor mouse, and a Turtle Beach X12 headset. When I’m recording my segments, I’m cranking a Sennheiser 835 dynamic with an MAudio Mobile Pre A/D converter with a different style studio headset because my Turtle Beach is incompatible with it’s added USB plug. My desktop computer is almost a six year-old HP tower. When I purchased it way back then, it was quite pricey and one of the most expensive computers I’ve ever purchased. Now it’s sadly lagging behind with the ever changing technology that never ceases to astound me. It served me well over the years, even despite my HD failing me back a few weeks ago.

For monitors, I once tried a 30” LCD TV but the quality was lacking in detail and so I replaced it with a 27” LCD monitor until a lightning strike close to the house a few years back fried it in one big *poof* and zap. For the cost to fix the monitor, it was easier to buy brand new. Fortunately for me, the lightning didn’t fry anything else – and yes, I had the monitor on a power protection strip too :( Now, I’m using a 24” HP LCD screen and to be honest, I like it better. It’s completely adjustable in any direction imaginable and the picture quality is remarkable despite my video card only being on the cheap end of Nvidia products.

 

My weapon upgrades for the future

In another month or two, I plan to build my own gaming rig. I’ve never built my own computer before and so I’m really looking forward to the experience. I’m still deciding on narrowing down my key components such as my Mobo and my GPU. When I finally do make that choice, and when I finally purchase them to build it, I’ll make sure to post it for anyone who cares to know.

So that’s me and my desk. As you can see I’m just a derpy warlock with a doddling fixation and a tendency to be messy from time to time. I guess it’s like my bags and bank space in game for all my toons…now that I think of it, it’s about time I cleaned them up too ;)

 

 

 

 

Salutations,

Well, I’ve hit day five in the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge. I’m still on the upwards climb of meeting my day to day goals, but 15 days left sounds better than 20 :) As you can see, todays challenge is name your favorite item or items in game.

 

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 5 – Favourite item(s) in game

With a challenge like this one, I really could write an encyclopedia. However, due to keeping your interest I’ll try to keep it to a short list. There are just so many cool and fun things to talk about. Having to pick just one or even just a small few seems like cruel and unusual punishment. Even just sitting here thinking about what I should write about is causing a lot of hesitation and bantering back and forth with myself. When the voices in your head begin arguing it’s never a good thing, ha!

First, I’d like to talk about mounts. I have three that come to mind in particular and each one carries along memories and adventures. Of course, for my warlock toon I have to give mention of my pride and joy in my Dreadsteed. I’ve written about my adventures on obtaining her on several occasions. She’s a true beauty, and she really was a pain in the rump to get. That’s why I almost stormed the Blizzard headquarters if they were going to make class mounts account wide and across all toons. Any other class riding along on a Dreadsteed? No way! That would have been just wrong! If Blizzard made a change like that I would’ve had to seriously consider dropping my account if it came to that. I’m not joking on that one. It really would have ruined my view on the game. I’m glad they made the decision to keep them as class only mounts. /em sighs in relief

 

When cold weather grinding became a second job

The Winterspring Frost Sabre is another favorite mount of mine and believe it or not I never ride it. However, every now and then I pull it out of my mount collection just to look at and gush over. For the newer players out there, when I say that to grind for this mount could become a second job, I’m not kidding. It really was a second job. I think my hunter at the time gained three or four levels in just doing the quests to get my rep up high enough. I love the blanket of white, beautiful scenery of the Winterspring area, it became a second home during that fateful and very, very, very grindy grind to achieve my mount. If I never get to go back to Winterspring I’ll be okay because so much of it is cemented in my memories. I also think this is why I roll my eyes and feel a headache coming on whenever I see a furblog to this day.

 

Time Lost Protodrake isn’t named “Time Lost” for nothing

The Time Lost Protodrake has a story all it’s own and a painful lesson about in-game camping. About 2 weeks after the launch of the WotLK expansion, I had set a goal to camp for this elusive and non-existent drake.  For almost three weeks, when I was done questing I would spend hours flying circles from point to point, tracking and back-tracking over all of this beast’s known flight paths. To the fifty or so hunters I alerted that Skoll, the rare blue-lightning worg was up for taming…you’re welcome! Vyragosa became my nemesis and every time I found her all of my frustrations became a wrath of vengeance upon it. If you’ve never camped the TLPD, Vyragosa is another drake that romps around the same flight points and it’s been rumored that she is somehow intermixed with the spawn timer of the TLPD. No one knows for sure.

 

I stumbled upon the TLPD’s corpse only twice. On both of those occasions I had recently logged in and to my dismay would find the body just as it was about to despawn. I guess that was a good thing for me now that I look back, otherwise I would have wasted both of those nights to further camping. I love the thrill of taming rare and unique pets on my hunter, so to put a challenge like this before me was the worst kind of temptation one can suffer. I can’t remember how long I actually tried to find the TLPD and before I finally decided my time was better spent elsewhere. I know it had been well over a month and possibly into my second month.

Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t camping the TLPD the entire time. I was…er…I just wasn’t doing it full time. I would login, do my dailies, run some dungeons or raid, and when things were in order, I’d fly to the mountains and either patrol or perch for the rest of the night. NPC Scan was in full swing at that point so I could get up and walk around the house (with my speakers turned up to hear the alarm) and every now and then check on my hunter who was hunting this rarest of all rares monster drake. Unlike my normal dedicated-to-the-point of being obnoxious self, I eventually gave up in frustration when a good friend and guildy pointed out to me that I probably could have leveled a few toons with the time I had wasted camping that one drake. *Sighs* he made a great point. So I decided to keep my sanity with the intention that if I was to ever get the TLPD it would have to be through blind luck and chance fate.

 

When dumb luck strikes, be prepared

The following spring came and I was working on collecting charms for the Love is in the Air festivities. I decided to fly around to areas with mobs that were easy to grind so charm collecting would be easier. I left the Wyrmrest Temple and directed my red drake to fly north. As I approached the next zone I thought, “Hey, why not go give a quick check on the TLPD?” Actually, to my chagrin, I did that anytime I was near a spawn point of the TLPD! I just didn’t actively camp it ;) After circling the flight paths once I laughed to myself for being so silly. And then BAM! The NPC_Alarm went off and my heart stopped. OMG! Could it be?! OMG! Nope, it was Skoll again who decided to tease me and make another appearance at his southern spawn point.  

I called out in guild chat that Skoll was up and asked if any other hunters wanted him for a pet. One quickly responded and came to meet me. My guildmate dropped his trap, tamed the blue worg and became one of the countless hunters who should erect a small memorial statue in honor of me up in those snowy banks somewhere. The tribute plaque could even read, “For tireless devotion to hunters”.

 

Okay! I’ll take you outside to go the bathroom

Not to make a complete one-eighty on you, but I have a dog. A large golden retriever that tops out at about 110 lbs now (he was 120!). He’s a big dog. He’s one of the largest golden’s I’ve owned. His fur is light-blonde to the point he almost looks white when the evening sunlight hits it from an angle. The reason I bring up my dog is because right after helping my friend tame Skoll, I got “Snooted”. My goldie is so smart that anytime he needs to go outside when nature calls his bowel movements he knows to come get one of us. If we’re downstairs in our living room or kitchen he will just sit at the back door patiently looking at us with a forlorn and pleading face, pawing at the door. If no one is around, he’ll come find us where ever we are and give a “snoot”. That’s where he pushes your leg with his nose really hard almost as if to say, “Hey buddy, either you get up and let me go outside or I let myself go on the floor!”

It’s a nightly ritual that occurs 2 or three times before he’s finally done for the night. Since I’m always the last one up either doing paperwork or logged into WoW, he comes upstairs and sleeps next to me at my computer desk and when he’s ready, he gives me a “snoot”. The ritual involves us going back downstairs to our kitchen door, where I let him go romp and relieve himself as I wait patiently at the door for his return. Sometimes, he tricks me because he knows there are deer in the yard he’ll get to chase and not because he needs to relieve himself. Which of course if fine with me because it usually gives me a quick break from whatever I’m doing.

 

If you’re a hunter on a cliff, don’t Disengage!

After returning back from our “snoot” break this particular night, I opened my map to decide where the best place to grind for bracelets would be. While the map was open and I was putting my headset back on fate decided to pay me a visit. Bam! The familiar horn blare followed by the pounding drums and I knew that the NPC_Alarm went off again. I closed the map and the picture icon showed none other than the TLPD! OMG OMG OMG OMG! I’m sure you’ve had that happen, when a few fleeting seconds feel like they take forever. Well, that was me fumbling to quickly mount and fly to the nearest ridge to reach him. After a hasty Hunter’s Mark and a Concussive Shot later…the fight was on! Woot! To say that I was excited is an understatement. With less than 10% health left on the drake I made the mistake of hitting my Disengage keybind. WHAAA? Nooooes! I watched as my hunter sailed backwards off a large cliff face and pummeled towards the ground below while my pet stayed up fighting the good fight, alone.

I didn’t die, but I was barely hanging on by 5%. Whew! My pet was at 25% health and was dropping fast! I was too far out of reach to cast Mend Pet or to reach the drake with any shots. Lucky for me, my Serpent Sting and Black Arrow were still ticking away at the TLPD’s health. I frantically scurried trying to find a location that was in reach that would allow me to do anything at all. When you have a rare target selected and you’re action bars are greyed out, you feel totally helpless. Somehow, I got lucky and managed to find a spot where I could Mend Pet, reapply Concussive Shot, reapply my stings and unload with Kill Shot. Then everything went silent as still.

High above me the corpse of the TLPD fell and remained stuck on the edge of the cliff face as I watched my pet return back to me. I mounted my red drake and flew up the mountain in disbelief. I know I was numb and quite dumbfounded, because I looted the prize and mounted my new rare and flew around the snow covered peeks in celebration. The reason I know I was numb and dumbfounded is because I forget to take even 1 screenshot! Ugh! While a screenshot would have been nice, I’m still happy with my drake :) Dumb luck is dumb luck, but sometimes…sometimes it comes out in your favor. So if I wasn’t collecting charms, if I didn’t help the other hunter tame Skoll, and if my retriever’s bladder was larger – I might never had gotten one of my favorite mounts in the game! Ha!

Gifts from my family

I rarely purchase anything for myself both in game and IRL. I’m not a complete penny pincher, but any extra income we can spare always goes to my kids and their activities. The parents out there will understand that one. If I do get a nicer item it’s usually due to necessity. My wife has learned by now that for my online life it’s a rather cheap endeavor to keep me happy. So I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the few items my wife and kids have purchased for me over the years. As far a Father’s days are concerned, instead of a tie or tie clip or even cuff-links, I’ve been the lucky recipient of the following:

The Goblin Gumbo Kettle – Which when summoned, players in my party or raid can click on it for a magical food deliciousness that will allow them to belch green fire occasionally. Amijde always has this in her bags. What’s a warlock without a steaming green cauldron? I love it.

The Ogre Pinata – When activated an large pinata appears and players in my group or party can click on it and break it open after doing enough damage to crack it’s shell. It drops bubblegum that players can eat and randomly blow bubble-gum bubbles. My troll shaman is the proud owner of this item and it’s funny to watch a raid fighting a boss as pink bubbles appear in front of their faces.

The Eye of the Legion – When summoned this vanity pet looks like a smaller version of a warlock’s Eye of Kilrogg spell. Of course, my warlock sports this pet too :)

I’m not exactly sure where my lovely wife got the idea to get me these items, but I have a feeling it was on her many visits to the store known as Ebay. However her and my kids were clever enough to find them, I cherish them every time I use them.

 

 

 

Hello All,

Whew! Day four and this one looks like a toughie. As you can see below the question is to discuss your favorite WoW memory. Like most players, I have a lot of them and it’s hard to choose any single one over the other. Ugh, this one is going to be tough! Really! Can I cheat on these and mention a whole bunch of them instead of choosing just one? I’m not saying that this particular challenge isn’t fair, I’m just saying it’s very difficult to choose just one memory. To me it would be akin to asking, “Which of your children do you love more?” and to me that’s just not possible.

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 04 – Your best WoW Memory

Oh where to begin! If you read my last blogging challenge I could easily go back to my first day of playing WoW and talk about what happened on my first day of travels into the world of Azeroth. If you didn’t get a chance to read it I’ll give you the 30 second version. As I began my journey of exploring this new world I found myself tricked by someone who at first, seemed like a nice person. Instead they tricked me and my poor Night Elf toon was swimming for his dear little life around the shores of Teldrassil trying to find a way to find the entrance of the Night Elf capitol city. I cannot recall how long it took, but when I finally made it to the landing area of the docks, it truly was a welcomed site.

Sometimes it’s about the experience

As I made my way up the shores of the great tree, I spoke with all of the NPC characters that I could find, from the dockmaster to the fishing trainer and even the flight master too. When I did accidently find my way back into the city, I recall being overwhelmed by the awe inspiring beauty of Teldrassil and it’s architecture. It seemed to be in harmony with the environment rather than being a product of it. Upon passing the town’s bank, with it’s grand tree trunk having a bear and an eagle carved in it, it peaked my curiosity even more.

The more I explored, the more I wanted to know what I was looking at and how it worked. I covered every inch of that city looking at everything and when I look back now, it makes me smile. I can tell you right now with full certainty that it didn’t matter if it was the guards, the auctioneers or any of the lowly vendors and trainers who stood their ground to help wary travellers, I tried speaking with them all. I went in every building, I climbed up and down every step, and I explored it all. I never once got bored and it was glorious.

When the first patrol of night elf protectors strode passed me on their sabre mounts I totally geeked out. OMG, am I going to get to ride one of those too? Then I found the riding trainer and when I saw the cost on purchasing a mount I about passed out because in my bags I only had about 10 silver an a few sparse copper. Yes, looking back I know that whenever an experience is fresh and new is when I really love the game. I’m sure it’s probably because I love to learn and I love to explore.

 

Sometimes it’s about the people

Memories can often hit you like a truck. Just when they’re often forgotten about, it can take something like a simple thought, or a phrase, a smell, or even something like a sound and then the memory gates open and suddenly there’s that rush as memories, experiences, and feelings come that come flowing back to you! Omg, it just happened to me as I type this post. For some reason I thought about the night one of my ingame friends to me to the opening of the gates of AQ. I was getting 1-2 fps and it was horrible and exciting at the same time.

Then there was the time when my friends and I first ventured through the Dark Portal when the foreign world of Draenor sprawled before us with all of it’s harsh landscapes and new creatures to encounter. You might think I’m nuts, but whenever I pass from Azeroth through the Dark Portal and into Draenor I feel like I’m choking IRL from the smell sulfur, and physically I feel like I’m sweating from the scorching heat that eminates from the dry, ruined land of that fated world.

Promise not to laugh? Even though I’m much higher in level and I could probably take it down bare-fisted with only a punch or two, I still cringe whenever I’m in the HFP area and I can hear the echo squealing roar from the Fel Reaver. It makes me want to duck under the nearest rock every time I hear it for fear of being squished. It happened to me and a few guildmates on several occasions. I’m sure all of us could go on and on about memories with our friends. We all have them.

 

Warcraft is an MMO and that is by design. One could play the game solo, but why would they? Many of my most memorable events in the game are coupled with the thought that many of my in game friends often accompanied me in the experiences. How could I ever forget events like these:

  • Stepping into the heat of Molten Core and getting spanked
  • Entering the the cryptic halls of Kharazan and it’s maze of chambers (Um, where’s the backdoor again?)
  • Battling, dying and rezzing for control in countless battlefields
  • The dread and nervous tension we felt in SSC or in the Black Temple
  • Questing with guildies and always being jumped by mobs on the Isle of Quel’danas and everyone laughing because it always took me 2x’s to complete the bombing quest (lag can really suck sometimes)
  • The happiness and pride I felt in helping my friends pay for their flying mounts and spending an hour or so flying around the Outlands to celebrate
  • Helping my hunter friends camp rares in Northrend for the thrill of the hunt
  • Grinding dungeon runs for mounts, gear, and badges taking turns healing or dps’ing
  • Summoning my team week after week on raid night at the steps of ICC, catching up with eachother’s RL as we joked over vent as we clicked away
  • Taking down the LK after countless wipes and hearing my team scream-cheering in static and pops because their sound signals of joy were peaking the meters in my sound card

 

Sometimes it’s a mixture of both

For the sake of brevity, I’ve kept this list short to give you an idea of what I mean. I could stretch it to several pages if I included everything that’s happened since the explosion of Cataclysm and now bringing me into the full swing of the Mists of Pandaria. All of these things I might have enjoyed on my own, but instead I cannot recall a time when I was alone. I was always accompanied with a friend, a small party or even an entire raid team at my side when I saw them unfold.

Like all of you I could go on and on and on about my favorite memories while playing the game. It’s much too difficult to choose only one, or even a few. In fact, there’s no honest way for me to answer the question to this challenge of, “What’s my best WoW memory?” because who knows what will happen the next time I login? I think it would be easier to ask, “What do you like about WoW?” because that question I could answer because without hesitation I know it would be my friends, and the experiences we share together.

 

Hail and Howdy All,

It’s day 3 of the blogging challenge for me. I couldn’t have picked a more crazier time to try this with work and RL, but it’s fun to sit and type out my thoughts. This really is a challenge for me because I’m just not that creative. So here we go!

 

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW

The World of Warcraft had been out just a few months when I finally got around to picking up a copy. A friend told me about WoW and from his description it sounded almost too good to be true for a video game. I had never ventured into Everquest and so I really had no comparisons on which to judge. Having played numerous games over the years that ranged of course from Pong, to text adventures to even single players campaign games like Baldur’s Gate and others.

I remember returning home and loading it up and when the opening trailer played I was dumbfounded. Following along the lines of millions of other players, I rolled the standard Night Elf hunter on my first day :) Wandering my way around in Shadow Glen on the NE side of Teldrassil taking down local wildlife such as boars, grells, and black panthers. Of course there were activity quests. They were the same old tried and true quests of take this here, and drop it off there such as picking wild flowers in the nearby lake for medicine and heading to a local spiritual well for a water sample to be blessed.

By the time my character was ready to leave the confines of the much protected Shadow Glen area, I was struck by the splendor and beauty of being enthralled in the world that was soon to become my second home. I was so new and so clueless and in so many ways I still am. I was just more-so way back then. There I was a level 3 Nelf Hunter without a pet and only a dagger and some tattered rags for clothes and protection against the raging wilds of the looming forest in front of me. Even when I finally accepted my quest to deliver some packages to Dolanaar I was more than happy to take it. In fact, I loved it.

 

Encounters on the road

On my harried journey towards Dolanaar, I remember fighting owls and large green hairy spiders. I hated having to take the birds down because seeing owls as big as me was inspiring. The spiders attacked me first and even chased me as I ran, so IMHO those little bastadges had it coming to ‘em! For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the grell/demon along the side the road to Dolanaar from Shadow Glen. I’m going to have to look it up. I’m not sure if it’s still there or not, but the little red forest demon asks you to help him by collecting some nuts to free him. That quest sticks out in my mind because it was the first time when I realized my actions and decisions in the game may directly affect the outcomes. Ugh, what had I done by helping him? Noooooo! I remember giving myself a solemn vow under that big tree where the forest demon and I met, that I would find him and smite him for my honor!

Still trying to comprehend what I had just unleashed upon this new world, I heard a little “tink” noise from my headset. Since I was unguilded, my chat log didn’t show very much. However, after hearing the sound cue I noticed the pink words in the lower left side of my screen. It was another player requesting my help. Before I could respond back (because I didn’t know how to respond to a whisper yet) I got invited to a party with a flourish of sound and a fancy box popped up in front of me on the screen asking me to accept. I had no idea what I was doing, but I accepted anyway. This player learned rather quickly that I was clueless. So they taught me how to talk in /partychat and in /whispers.

After learning that I had only been playing a few hours they asked me if I wanted to see something cool and try something fun. Thinking I was making a new friend who could help guide me in this strange new world I told them without hesitation, “Heck yeah!” So my new friend and I, set out on an adventure and headed due east prepared to help one another in even the most dire of circumstances. We headed straight into the dangerous Furblog controlled area known as Star Breeze Village. After what seemed like one glorious battle after the next, taking on melee fighters and magic casting opponents we finally found ourselves on the eastern most edge of the forest teetering at the edges of a very high cliff. It was so steep in fact, that I couldn’t see the bottom. My new found friend typed in party chat, “Come on…we can jump!”

 

Jumping in feet forward with everything you got

I did my best to inspect the area, but the foliage of the large trees of that foreign forest hid from my view anything that might be below, or anything that might be beyond them. “Are you sure?” I remember asking. I sat and watched their response to appear in purple-ish blue letters across the bottom of my screen. “I do this all the time…we’ll land in the water. C’mon it’s fun.” A furblog patrol appeared close by and I was instructed by my new mentor that we should take them out to clear some room for running to jump off the cliff. The furblogs fought hard but in the end we got the better of them and managed to pickup some leather scraps and a few copper. I was so new to the game that even those items seemed like a small bounty and priceless treasure. I checked my map and he was right, there was water below where we stood.

“Stand here”, my new friend suggested, “and when I say go we both run to the edge and make sure to hit your space bar right at the edge. You have to time your jump right to make this work good.” I was still iffy on the whole idea and he must have sensed that I might not go through with it. Quickly, more words appeared in the chat window, “Do you know how to jump? Hit space. Let me see ya jump”, they said. So I jumped in the air after thumbing the spacebar. “Yeah, you’ll be good…you got this” they added to encourage me on my ability to quickly master the game’s mechanics.

You can imagine what happened next. He counted to three and we both ran to the edge. He stopped instantly, while I on the other hand, timed my jump right at the edge perfectly. For the first few seconds, I thought this is so cool! Scenery swirled past me so fast it seemed like a blurr. I even remember that I kept waiting and waiting to hit the water which should have happened rather quickly, but it didn’t. After about 15 seconds, I died and reappeared as a wisp at the nearest spirit healer. Then in capitol letters I looked at my chat log to see the words, “You are an idiot and you are so stupid” flash across my screen as suddenly my new “friend”  dropped me from group.

 

I learned a few things rather quickly from that jump:

  1. Night Elf’s can’t fly
  2. It takes a long time to swim from one side of Teldrassil to the other
  3. Choose your friends wisely
  4. If your friends want you to jump off a cliff, let them go first
  5. It’s now how you fall, but it’s getting back up (or swimming to safety) that matters
  6. No matter where you are, try to enjoy the view

 

With endings there’s always a new beginning

I could go on and on about my first day of adventuring in WoW. You can imagine and probably empathize too. It was all so new, so incredible and I explored everything and anything I could see. Once I managed to swim back to the landing area of the docks at the base of the great tree, I still somehow found my way back to the city, and even made back to Dolanaar where my supplies needed to be delivered. They were about five days late since I stopped to look at everything in the great city of Teldrassil, but they got there just the same.

Looking back now, I understand that even though the quest that started me on my way out of the confines of my humble home in Shadow Glen might have ended, my greater journey into my new journey in Azeroth was just beginning. What was just around the next bend in the road? What was to be in store for me on my travels? I didn’t know, but I couldn’t wait.

 

 

Hail All,

20 Days of Wow Blogging and I’m moving on to Day 2! Woot! I’m on a roll don’t you think? I’m going to list all of the challenges at the top of each post, in case any other bloggers would like to participate and they can just cut and paste for ease of use without having to do a lot of searching.

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 2 – Why did you decide to start a blog?

What a long strange trip it’s been. Hrm, I guess a good open ended question one could also ask is why does anyone do anything? I’ve written about this topic before and I even had a great discussion about this topic with Fimlys and Hydra over at the Twisted Nether Blogcast as to why I decided to start blogging.

I travel a lot with my career so to pass the time I split up my listening pleasure between music, news and podcasts. For several years I had listened to the TNB and always enjoyed the conversations from the many different bloggers who I enjoyed reading. Here was a group of people talking about the game I enjoy playing, talking about writing, and talking about themselves and their own back stories and experiences. If you play WoW, you’ll find that everyone loves to talk about and share their own personal stories and experiences from the game. “There was this time when I was leveling…”, “The first time I PvP’d I can’t believe I…”, “I never felt so nooby as the time when I…” – let’s face it, WoW players are quite passionate about our gameplay :)

One year ago back in January of 2012, Cataclysm was winding down and there really wasn’t a lot going on other than the buzz about the upcoming beta, the launch of D3, and everyone was spending their time either running other games or leveling and gearing up their alts. It was during that time that warlocks numbers were down to an all time low. Warlocks even became joked about quite commonly on many of the WoW podcasts as well. The turning point for me in wanting to start my own blog occurred during one of my End of Time heroic badge runs.

 

An honest opinion from a random player

I remember que’ing into a dungeon and immediately upon zoning in the tank type out a comment to the party with something along the lines of, “Omg, we have a warlock in our party?” Of course, I had to ask him what he meant by the comment and why it seemed so shocking. The tank turned out to be quite a nice player and when we finished the dungeon we sat and chatted for about 1/2 hour or so about warlocks. Surprisingly, he had a warlock alt that he didn’t play anymore.

This random player gave several of the common comments that were heard at the time about our class. He said things like, “They’re too difficult” and “They’re nerfed all the time” and that he just wasn’t having fun on his alt warlock toon. He even told me that he played 2 to three hours a night running dungeons as a tank and that I was the first lock in his group in a very long time. It had been so long in fact that he drew a blank when I asked him the last time he could actually remember when he ran with one. The comment that really struck a nerve for me was when he said something along the lines of, “Everyone he talked to, every website he read, and even a few of the podcasts he listened to…everyone was down on warlocks.”

Having played a warlock for so long I couldn’t understand this kind of thinking. Over the years, we had been all over the board in regards to dps, but I still loved playing my warlock even in the good times and the bad times. It was true, warlocks weren’t the easiest class to pickup and I’ll agree and concede, that in order to play well you had to master a lot of keybindings when you compared us to other classes. But warlocks as a class are tough, we have a lot of sly tricks up our sleeve, and we had a lot of utility we could bring to any group. We command demons! DEMONS! How much cooler can it get than that? I realized that if other players could just see warlocks how I see them, then maybe more people would consider playing them.

The turning point

That conversation with that random player in LFD was my turning point. That conversation was when I couldn’t take it anymore. That conversation was when I decided to start my blog. I think I spent the rest of the night until early the next morning reading WordPress tutorials on the web and by the next afternoon I started this site.

As I look back over the span of 1 year since I began typing out my first rant post, I can’t help but stare at the following list in disbelief as to what has transpired:

  • I took part in the MoP beta
  • I took part in the Newbie Blogger Initiative
  • I met a bunch of famous bloggers, all of whom I respected and read for years
  • I started doing my goofy warlock segments
  • I started using Twitter and meeting a ton of great people
  • I took part as a guest on Hearthcast
  • MoP launches with much success! (Woot!)
  • Blizzard’s rework and rebirth of the “new” warlock class is a success
  • I took part as a guest on The Twisted Nether Blogcast
  • I’m still here talking about warlocks
  • My wife hasn’t left me

 

Can someone pinch me and tell me that I’m not dreaming please? Yes, what a long strange trip it’s been indeed! Actually, to put that phrase into my own words I guess I would have to say, “What a fun and amazing trip it’s been!” Whatever the future brings for the game, for this blog, or for me…I can’t help but smile because the journey has been one heck of a roller-coaster ride :) Woot! Now, I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring and I can only hope that it doesn’t involve too many nerfs. Oh, and there will be nerfs…trust me on that one!

 

Hail All,

I’ve decided to take part in the 20 Days of WoW Blogging from a challenge that Saga, from Spellbound, issued out to all WoW Bloggers last year. Yes, I know…I’m kinda late. I like to think of it as pacing myself. So here’s the 20 writing topics and the things I’ll be annoying and boring you with writing about over the course of the next 20 days. Don’t worry, I’ll be writing my normal weekly posts about warlocks too :)

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 1 – Introduction

“Hi, I’m Amijade. I’m a warlock in the World of Warcraft and like me, I want you to learn and appreciate why it’s a fun class to play.”  Whew! That was easy! As much as I would like to leave my introduction to just that line I know I should probably add a little bit more information right? For some reason whenever I take part in any kind of introductions my mind always races back to this scene:

Betelgeuse: [refined voice] Ah, well… I attended Julliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard Business School. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. [getting progressively more demented] I’ve seen The Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it! Not to mention the fact that you’re talking to a dead guy! Now what do you think?! You think I’m "qualified"?

Adam: No, what I meant is, can you be scary?

Betelgeuse: Whaddaya think of this? (shows a hideous face to the Maitlands that only shows several tentacles from the sides to audience; both Adam and Barbara scream)

Betelgeuse: [back to normal] You like it?

 

Most people will immediately recognize that the dialogue in the screenplay above is from director Tim Burton’s movie, Betelgeuse. I love that quote and for so many different reasons. It’s a very classic and memorable scene. I think that I love it because of Betelgeuse’s raw snarkiness he fires back at the Maitland’s who at this point have somewhat of a snobby and albeit self-protective attitude toward meeting him and in considering his services. In the span of six sentences Betelgeuse reveals a lot about his character. You have to admit, he might not have the best of intentions and he may not even be the right guy for the job, but he sure is passionate about what he does and he’s having fun.

Appreciating the under-appreciated

I’m always amused at how the designers, and even players refer to warlocks in the game of Warcraft as those types who can’t be trusted, or relied upon because we consort with demons. To everyone in game we’re just “evil”. My question in response to that thought is…by who’s standards? Spiders creep me out. I’m sure many people have a small case of arachnophobia, but read the largest selling children’s book Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White and I defy you to tell me you can’t see spiders for the amazing creatures that they are – yes, they might still scare you to be around, but at least you have a new found respect for them. It’s okay to hate spiders all you want, but if you can’t respect them and recognize them for their worth and their contributions then I can’t help you to understand the point I’m trying to make.

 

Show & Tell

There’s a great game you might have played at school when you were younger. It was a simple game and I never realized it’s significance in regards to dealing with people until I was much older. Well, older than I was back then :P Have you ever played “Show & Tell”? If you haven’t, well it’s quite easy. Each child brings an item to school they find interesting. Each one takes a turn getting up in front of the the rest of the class to show them the item and tell them all about. It’s a great way to learn, even as you grow older. I remember the first time my grade school class held a “Show & Tell” event. I was the third person in line behind a kid with a rock, and a girl with a pickle-jar filled with brown, dirty water. Me? I was holding a real dinosaur bone. I even remember thinking to myself in a silly kid way after sizing up the competition standing before me and behind me that, “Hey, I might just win this!” Ha! Derpy me thought it was a competition.

A rock

The boy with the rock went first. He held up his large black rock that was colored black, it was very jagged, and it had sharp points covering it’s surface. He asked everyone if they ever saw a rock like this before. No one had. The boy with the rock explained that he had been to the largest active Volcano in Hawaii over the summer with his family. He got to see real molten lava that could melt us all into skeletons if we fell in it. He talked about how there was all of these small explosions of hot lava squirting sparks all over the place and how it hissed and blew forth huge clouds of smoke as water touched it from the ocean. He talked about how it smelled like rotten eggs and the tour guide told them how dangerous it was for them to even be near it. As I looked around the room I could see all of the awe and wonder spread among the rest of my class with “oohs” and “ahs”. Next came the sea of hands being raised and outbursts of rapid fire questions everyone was wanting to ask him. 10 minutes later he was finally asked to sit down.

An ordinary pickle-jar 

Next up was the girl with the pickle-jar filled with brown, dirty water. She placed the jar and dirty water on the desk and told everyone to come and look inside to see if they saw anything as she removed the lid proudly. Slowly the kids trickled up to the desk and peaked into the murky mixture. After they returned to their seats, she asked again if anyone could see anything inside the water. Hands went up and one kid commented he saw dirt, and another said that he saw mud. One girl in the back said it looked like a few old leaves and a stick was lying on the bottom. Other than that, no one seemed to be impressed, until….

With a sly grin and withdrawing a magnifying glass from her pocket the girl with the pickle-jar explained rather excitedly what everyone missed seeing was the little world that was unfolding before them. She told us about how she gathered the water from a small pond in a local park and let it sit for a few weeks so that all the heavy stuff floated to the bottom and so that all the tiny inhabitants could rebuild their world. OMG! A world in a jar? Now, I was intrigued! How cool was that?

I couldn’t wait to look when it was my turn too. It was the first time I saw a Hydra and an Amoeba. Barely, just barely…I could make them out through that large magnifying glass her grandpa loaned her. After several failed attempts at trying to grow my own “Sea Monkeys” I have to admit that I was astonished by what I saw. She explained that there were countless little itty-bitty microorganisms everywhere inside that jar and she was right. She went on to explain that there were things in there we couldn’t even see. When she finally finished talking and answered what seemed like an hour’s worth of questions I awoke with a jolt from my tiny-world-stupor and realized that it was my turn to present next. *Gulp*

My first attempt at public speaking

I held up my large brownish-greenish and greyish object. From over 5 feet away it looked more like an odd piece of wood, or even maybe an old log. It was oddly shaped and didn’t resemble anything familiar to a group of 7 year-olds. I explained that it was a dinosaur bone that some older neighborhood kids found while pretending to dig a cave nearby in a local creek that ran through my neighborhood. The bones they found were inspected by a real scientist who told them what they found was several bones and pieces of bones from a Mastodon. One of the kids raised his hand and asked if I helped dig it up. “No”, I replied. Another kid asked if I had a picture of a Mastodon. “No”, I replied again, but this time my ego deflated to zilcho because I could see no one was interested.

For the next 2 or three minutes I sat trying to explain what a Mastodon Dinosaur was…how it was big like an elephant, how it had giant tusks, and how it was really furry. I stood there proudly holding that heavy bone I walked to school carrying for almost 2 miles because I thought it was THAT cool. For the life of me I remember looking around at all the other kids faces and I couldn’t understand why none of the other kids didn’t think it was cool too. I even asked if anyone cared to touch it or come up to the front to see it. Only one girl did and then I was asked to sit down.

It really was a real Mastodon bone. Really. A few of the older boys from across the street ventured down into our local woods and creek several years before and tried digging a cave to play in. Along a small cliff face they unearthed various parts of Mastodon bones. After a few phone calls to some universities, a expert paleontologist came out for a visit and confirmed they were indeed real. The professor even brought a team to come out to try to find more because it was theorized that our small creek that fed into a larger river system was probably created from a large glacier during the ice age. The large sheets of ice often scattered bones all along these water systems pushing and depositing things along their shores and banks. Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri there’s even a world-renown state park called, Mastodon State Park where one of the world’s largest Pleistocene age fossil discoveries took place in what’s called the Kimmswick Bone Bed. The Kimmswick Bone Bed was found and located along an old river system based on that theory.

A valuable lesson

I learned two valuable lessons that day at my first grade “Show & Tell” that I’ll never forget. The first lesson I learned is that telling doesn’t work. You can tell people about something all day long and until you’re blue in the face and they’ll never listen. You might think people are listening when you are telling them something, but you’re wrong. They’re not listening if you’re telling. Telling is like a lecture. Telling is like torture for the person who has to endure it. You can have the coolest thing ever to say and no one will listen to you if you’re just telling them about it.

The second lesson I learned is that if you want to capture someone’s interest, then it really is all about having one heck of a presentation! Now that I’m older I still use “Show & Tell” in my daily life, but I’ve added another word to it. I call it, “Show, Tell & Learn” and what I mean is you show something, you of course talk about it, but you lead your audience so that they draw their own conclusion and learn the key concepts and ideas on their own. Ever had an idea pop into your head? Ever sat in a lecture or classroom and had a light-bulb go off above your head? It’s what some like to call the “Aha!” or “Eureka!” moment. I think of it as the exact moment of understanding and grasping a concept.

In the medical field, physicians are ingrained and trained that in order to learn anything and retain it successfully they must, “Watch one, do one, teach one.” It’s the same concept as show and tell bascially, and you can apply it to anything in your life where you need guide others towards understanding. You can take the most boring thing you can think of and you can grab anyone’s attention and hold their interest if you present it in a way that they learn something from it based on their own conclusions, and not from what you tell them. The difficulty is always being able to effectively communicate your message. Does that make sense?

 

I apologize upfront for making you think about my next example

If there is anything I want you to take away after reading this is to consider how powerful “Show, Tell & Learn” is… I’m sorry for tossing this idea into your head, but I want you to pay attention the next time you watch TV. Most people hate TV commercials to some degree, but you have to admit they can be quite powerful. Other than a cute or trite commercial that might capture your interest, or keep you remembering a tag line or logo, the most powerful ads are the ones that incorporate the Show, Tell & Learn method I’m describing.

A great example for me was the Michelin Tires ads. I couldn’t find the exact commercial, but the ones I linked are pretty close to the one I remember since they were a whole ad campaign spaced out over several years. I never really cared about or even considered my car tires before (unless they were flat) until I saw that commercial with the baby riding in the tire after the announcer explains that even a slight balding of your tires makes a huge difference in your car’s stopping distance in bad weather and “Because so much is riding on your tires!” Holy crapolie! That announcer was right! Omg! I really do need to worry about my tires! Now, whenever I hit the 50,000 milestone on any of my car’s tires I’m having them replaced or at least getting them checked. I even question the service station person if he tells me I should leave them on and not replace them yet. I’m sure if you pay attention, you’ll have a few commercials blare out at you like that one did for me.

 

What does this got to do with introducing myself?

As with all of my posts I try to bring my thoughts into full circle at the close. I guess for me, what I’m trying to say is that warlocks are misunderstood like spiders and that this blog is like my own personal show and tell.  So this is the end of the beginning of my 20 Days of the WoW Blogging Challenge. You know, I just realized this entire post could be summed up in two quick sentences like, “Hi, I’m Amijade. I’m a warlock in the World of Warcraft and like me, I want you to learn and appreciate why it’s a fun class to play…and to be admired.”