The Weirdness of Account-Based Systems

I’m a huge proponent of systems that let players experience content in their own way at their own time, so I really love the fact that Blizzard is looking at more systems that are shared across all the characters on your account.

Goodness knows I never want to do the damned Argent Tournament rigamarole again …

But I have to admit, at this point in my MMO career it just sometimes strikes me as … weird. Creepy, even.

I logged out of Mania (my Horde main), switched realms, and logged in my Alliance main. And suddenly I’m seeing battle pets on my mini-map. What!? But I didn’t train Pet Battles on this character!

… Oh, yeah. Right.

Then I logged into an Alliance bank alt and did the exact same thing again. And then again with the Horde bank alt.

I like it, no question. But it’s going to take some getting used to.

PTR 5.2: Dire Horns

Melissandra & Dire HornAs I type, Patch 5.2 – The Thunder King – is up on the Public Test Realms. The initial patch notes talk about some interesting stuff, but for pet hunters there is really only one note worth reading:

Dire Horns have been added as a tamable species for Hunters that have learned the required skill. Aspiring Dire Horn owners should seek out clues regarding these auspicious beasts.

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Six-Month MRI

I went to the doctor today to get the results of my six-month post-operative MRI. Although I am still showing some signs of post-op trauma – that is, my leg is still freaking out about losing a bunch of muscle tissue – there is no sign of cancer at this time. Good news! I’ll have another MRI in three months

My First Dung Beetle!

Dung BeetleI logged into WoW on Christmas day to pick up my presents from Father Winter. One of the presents – from a previous year – is Father Winter’s Helper, a mini-pet.

(Although Blizzard has gone to calling them pets or companions, I’m still more comfortable with the term ‘mini-pet’. It’s less ambiguous, especially when everyone knows that ‘pet’ very clearly means a real pet – a hunter pet.)

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Hitting the Reset Button

2012 was not a good year for me. It started with a doctor’s appointment in which my doctor freaked out a bit about the lump on my leg and ended with my six month post-op MRI. In between I lost a goodly chunk of the muscles in my left thigh and a slightly larger chunk of my savings to cancer.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the year has done a number on my mental health as well. I battled creeping depression for much of the year – and lost all too often. Those of you who still bother to follow this blog know that I have only posted a handful of times this year. Those of you who follow WoW Petopia or Warcraft Mounts or WoW Tabards or Dark Urban Fantasy know that I have been sadly MIA on all those sites for much of the year.

Those of you who have been helping me hold things more or less together deserve every particle of thanks in the universe.

But things change. The calendar flips. The world moves on. This too shall pass. Yadda yadda yadda. I’m hitting the reset button with the new year. Not in a big showy everything-is-great-now doomed to fail way, but in a quiet ‘I’m going to stop obsessing over the failure that was 2012 and start picking up the pieces when and how I can’ way.

I hope to post here more often. Well, I hope for a lot of things … we’ll see. In the meantime, enjoy the new devilsaur-flavored blog theme. (And for gods’ sake, do not get me started on how badly WordPress has screwed up child themes!)