Currently coasting on my high of seeing the best concert EVER last night, and see this glorious example of MAN thrusting his way through the Backstreet Boys Greatest Hits for three hours (yes I was that close, that is taken without zoom, and I did become a jibbering mess of female hormones):
So, I thought I’d work through some of my screenshots over the past 6 months or so. This will be a long post so…feel free to get bored. I’m using this as a recap over my past six months in game and probably going to split it into months…
So, I log back into the game on 31st August 2011 with all but one character Horde and feeling oh-so-unsure of myself. Elsen is still mid faction change and name-reversion and so I can’t log in to her. So what do I do…I log in to my only alliance character left, a level 41 druid called Sophronia. I was in Feralas, and I didn’t do much, pottered around with addons, did a couple of quests…mostly just looked around me in awe. I’d forgotten how amazingly beautiful Azeroth was, and even Feralas – not a zone I adore to be honest, was just so gorgeous.
Of course the second thing I did was find Zal, and we had an awesome giggle just being back in the same game together again. Obviously the major thing I had missed was the entirity of Patch 4.2, and with it Firelands. And….mushrooms. Mushrooms you could sit on. The only other thing I notice about this is….god damn, my old PC’s graphics were awful!!
Elsen was mine again and *obviously* the first thing I did was go meet Zal. Obviously I was on a new server, so we couldn’t meet up in game. So…it was the Stockades.
Pre 4.3…. no transmog!
My next step was to potter on through the Thrall & Aggra questline. According to my screenies folder I went a little mad with the Print Screen button.
I was pretty solitary at this point and just meandered around the world picking up achievements…for some reason it seems like I did this with no actual coherent plan or pathway…
I also decided to carry on doing Loremaster (for the second time – free achievement points!) and mopping up the cooking and fishing dailies, some of which provided some amusing visual effects:
Having quit the game when ZG/ZA had just been introduced and were horrendously horribly overtuned, I never really finished them or went even more than part way through ZG I think. However Zal suggested we potter through so I agreed and…it went quite well.
Some things about the game hadn’t changed however, Zal was still grinding out archaeology aiming for his Tol’vir mount, and at that point it wasn’t going all that well…
I got a little bit more into the swing of things but to be honest still stayed pretty solitary. I was very much noobing my way through a lot of the game – the Molten Front dailies for example. I found stuff that intrigued me…
And then scared the SHIT out of me:
I was also super pleased when I picked up a couple more pets and knocked myself over the next big hurdle:
I then decided I really should get back into PvP and spent a lot of my evenings working on my PvP achievements including seeing some of the more interesting ones knocked off my list.
But I have to say the most satisfying achievement of all was most finally finally hitting a special milestone:
Overall, November was a pretty quiet month for me. I very satisfyingly pushed my arena wins across the 300 mark, and then promptly quit doing arena. I do, however, wear the tabard with pride – in both my untransmogged PvP gear and my transmogged PvE gear (it matches).
I also finished a couple of bigger grinds off and netted myself a feat of strength and the current-final tier of reputation achievements.
Also, whilst being a bit obsessed with PvP, I started honing my skills as uber flag carrier.
December was when things got a little busier. Someone stupidly challenged me to a levelling competition so I blasted my warlock up to 85. There were also definitely some funnies.
At this point I was running the HoT instances each week for some Valor Points, and spent a decent amount of time trying to make conversation with people who clearly just wanted me to GO AWAY.
I also FINALLY bought a Battered Hilt, and embarked on that epic questline.
In January, I really felt like I was getting back in to the swing of things. Spent a lot of time on my alts and briefly (got bored pretty fast…) worked on gearing up two of my other healers, my Disc priest and holy Paladin.
Also did some horde levelling:
Suffered some problems with engineering:
Suffered at the hands of the Horde:
And occasionally OWNED the Horde:
Whilst dealing with some unusually inventive Alliance players (who knew Warlocks, Rogues and Druids could cast slow fall):
Finally did some satisfying mopping-up of early Cata achievements:
Of course, spent a lot of time with my wonderful best friend:
And best of all, I started raiding:
Although I still managed to get mixed up occasionally….
February – another lovely month and when I started running my old content raids again. They were a LOT of fun and have opened me up to people and friends I never thought I’d interact with. Bringing in cross realm raiding was the most spectacular decision Blizzard have ever made and I love them for it.
Old content also allowed me to finally finish off my ICC 25 Man meta achievement making me a very happy Sophs:
However I think the most marvellous of our achievements so far was our experiements into ToGC, with this kill being the perfect ending to the evening:
- and yes, that is right. I was the last one left alive, I was on 238 health, and Anub DID die to an insect swarm dot.
As always, Mr Lewis was around being his most spectacular self, keeping me entertained throughout.
Carried on knocking our some impressive achievements:
Experienced the odd bit of in-the-world random comedy:
Had many giggles in guild:
Made a new friend in Chris:
And got some excellent kills in Dragon Soul:
March was another awesome month, and another very busy one.
The Deadbeat’s carried on pottering through Dragon Soul, grabbing achievements and fresh kills:
Old content continued to be a roaring success:
My friends continued to be hilarious:
I even got myself a legendary!
I did some more levelling and we started a little Horde guild:
And of course, more PvP!
OK, so it’s not the end of April yet, but we’re pretty damn close.
April is a pretty ace month.
As always, it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as awesome without my friends:
I did a bit of trolling whilst levelling my mage…
this dude – we all wiped, he wouldn’t run in, I initiated a vote kick with the reason “lazy little shit”. It passed. Turns out after all that he was from Terokkar.
There was some more random PvP comedy:
We finished up in Dragon Soul so ran some random older content with the DDs, netting me the awesome fire kitty staff and some old T11 achievements:
The little pink blob then under all that worm’s flames is our RL/GM getting his ass handed to him in the middle of a trash respawn.
And that’s it….the past 6 months of my WoW life. A massive thank you to all my guildies and friends – won’t embarrass you by naming names, you know who you are – who have made my return to wow and especially 2012 so far absolutely bloody brilliant.