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This fortnight’s topic from Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge is a perennial favorite of the altoholic:

Making a new character in WoW can be one of the most fun things to do; you get to pick a new appearance and maybe a new class and there’s the anticipation of going to see all the low leveling zones again.. but first you have to name your new toon.
How do you come up with character names?
Is there a particular naming convention you follow? Do you like your toon name to reflect on their class fantasy? Does their name set their personality for you? And most of all… do you ever get stuck just staring at that pick your name box???

My primary rule of naming my characters is that I name them as if they were real people.
Occasionally, I choose names that are deliberately punny, but the puns are relatively subtle.

My naming convention — all of my characters’ names begin with “K” and the names of characters who belong to the “one of each Class” set must also end with “a” — arose somewhat spontaneously. If I’m remembering the way things happened mostly correctly (and not as a tall tale), by coincidence, the names I chose for my first three or four characters all began with “K”, and it was after I noticed that I’d done that serendipitously that I decided to continue doing it deliberately.

I wrote about how I name my characters during the first year of this blog’s existence. The origins of most of my characters’ names are explained in that previous post, so I won’t go over them again in this one. The inspirations for those names came from the gamut of sources — and sometimes I did get stuck staring at the name box and hitting the “randomize” button until it generated something I thought I could change around a bit and live with.

A few of my characters’ names have shifted since they were originally created due to server transfers — Kjersti became Kjerstin, Karelia became Karaelia, Kiraleia the Blood Elf Paladin became Kyraleia the Dwarf Paladin.

When I changed the identity of my Human Mage to be an Alliance surrogate for my Blood Elf Mage (who sometimes wishes that she were still a High Elf), I gave her a new name that is essentially identical to my Blood Elf Mage’s name, just with a couple of the vowels shifted to “y”s: Kaelinda/Kaylynda.

I’ve created several new characters since I wrote that post nearly seven years ago, so I’ll tell you about how I came up with those characters’ names.

My Orc Shaman’s name was “Keshona”; when I created my Orc Mage and decided that the Mage was the Shaman’s mother, I named the mage “Kenosha”, a rearrangement of the consonants in the other name (and also a town in Wisconsin).

My Pandaren Mage is “Kaoling” because I wanted to name her “kaolin”, the word for the specific type of clay used to make Chinese porcelain, but that name was already taken.

I don’t remember exactly how I came up with “Khrissalys” for my Dwarf Mage, other than that I began with the “Kris” syllable and iterated the rest of the name until I was happy with the result, a combination of “Kris” and “Alice”. I like the way it sounds like “chrysalis”, too.

I renamed my Goblin Mage from “Kazuliza” to “Kermione” (a name I originally used for a Goblin Shaman) because I just couldn’t resist how perfect the portmanteau of “Kermit” and “Hermione” is for a Goblin Mage.

I still wanted to use “z” in a name, so then I ended up with “Kazithra”, a slightly sinister sounding name for a Grimtotem Shadow Priest. This character was originally a separate alt, but now exists as an alter-ego of my primary Priest.

At the same time that I created a secondary Tauren Priest alt, I also created a secondary Tauren Paladin alt. I named this character “Kishalla”; the “shall” syllable is inspired by the character Shallan in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. I later recycled the “Kishalla” name for, ironically, an Affliction/Demonology alter-ego for my Warlock.

Kamalia’s parents’ names, “Kehontah” and “Kawneiha”, come from playing with syllables and trying to come up with something that fit the Native American pastiche tone of Tauren culture.

My secondary Shaman, commonly known as “mini-Kam”, is formally “Kamalita” — literally “little Kamalia”.

The Underpowered Death Knight’s name started out as “Kaumalea”, which is deliberately, but obscurely, punny: “kau” is like “cow”, and “mal” is the Latin for “bad/evil”, thus, “bad cow”. Later, I changed the final syllable to “leia” because I wanted a Tauren with that ending syllable. When I draw the Underpowered Death Knight, I coil the long braids hairstyle that she uses in-game up into Princess Leia’s iconic cinnamon buns.

My Monk, Katewatha, got her name because I wanted to have a Tauren whose name shortened to “Kate” and because I wanted to use the letter “w” in another Tauren name. Searching for syllables that sounded okay together, the second half of her name ended up being the same as the name of BTH’s male Tauren Warrior who was my Druid’s leveling companion through level 80 (then BTH decided he didn’t enjoy Warriors and abandoned that alt).

My secondary Monk began her life as “Koralyra” (“coral” as a rearrangement of “carol”, plus “lyra”), a name I had previously invented for a short-lived Dwarf alt and liked enough to use again. Late in Warlords, I changed her name to “Kaobeka”, an anagram of “Akabeko” of Red Cow Rise. I’d actually already been using the name “Kaobeka” for a secondary Warrior alt, but I decided to delete that alt when the news of how specs would work in Legion came out. Besides, I thought that it was more fitting to name a Monk after Akabeko the Druid than a Warrior. When I recently decided to start using that secondary Warrior’s appearance as an alter-ego for Kregga, I retconned her name to “Kaobeqa” so as not to be an exact name-duplicate of Kaobeka the Monk (also, I wanted to use “q” in a name).

My most recent new character, the Demon Hunter, was originally going to reuse the “Koralyra” name. That didn’t quite feel right for her when I put it into the name box, though, so I shifted “lyra” to the “laira” that was the ending of my long-ago Blood Elf Death Knight’s name. Then it seemed better to shift “Kora” to “Kira”, the beginning of my long-ago Blood Elf Paladin’s name. “Kiralaira” felt much better for her both because it flows in a more Sin’dorei sort of way and because it recalls my two earlier characters.

Looking over the names I’ve chosen, they tend to reflect more on the racial identity of my characters than on their class identity. If I’m naming my characters as real people that makes sense — their racial identity has been part of them since they were born and their parents named them, whereas their class identity came to them later in their life.

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The challenge of the fortnight from Z & Cinder is

Is there something you’ve seen in WoW, or a NPC conversation you’ve overheard or even just an odd placed bit of scenery that just makes you stop and wonder?

I was doing Archaeology in Azsuna the other day when I noticed something odd on the ground. It looked like a little piece of metal grating, folded in the middle. No identifying information came up when I moused over it, however. Then I got attacked by a patrolling owlcat. After I’d killed and skinned the beast, I looked around and saw that the funny little grating was gone.

As I continued to traverse the digsite, I observed that all the sitting and sleeping owlcats appeared to have an extra pair of wings — insect wings! — poking out from their flanks.


When a seated owlcat got up and started prowling, the insect wings stayed behind on the ground at the place where it had been sitting.

I realized that the funny grating I’d noticed earlier was one of these strange insect wings marking the spawn points of the owlcats.

I observed this phenomenon in the Farondale and Rhut’van Passage digsite areas of Azsuna. I haven’t looked yet to see if owlcats in other areas or zones are similarly affected.

I’m pretty sure I’d never seen — not just “not noticed”, but truly not seen — these extra wings before Patch 7.2. What’s going on here?

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This fortnight, Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge has another topic that I can’t pass up:

Best Dressed: We want to see your best transmogs, and hear the story behind them. How did you come up with them? How long did it take you to farm the pieces? And just how often do you change your outfits? Let us know!

Since Transmogrification went live in Patch 4.3 (29 November 2011), my characters have worn a lot of outfits. If I don’t count things like the new character creation screen sets or the starting zone sets for Death Knights and Demon Hunters, I have posted…

12 Demon Hunter outfits
28 Warlock outfits
29 Rogue outfits
37 Druid outfits
44 Warrior outfits
45 Paladin outfits
45 Monk outfits
47 Hunter outfits
56 Priest outfits
67 Shaman outfits
69 Death Knight outfits
and about 100 Mage outfits (I didn’t go count exactly how many outfits all the Minor Mages have)

It was really hard to pick just one “favorite” or “best” outfit for each class, and if I did this again next month, I might pick different ones! I tried to choose kits that I thought expressed the class fantasy as well as being outfits I’m just really dang proud of. Well, except for the Shaman one, which I picked because I think it’s hilarious.

DEMON HUNTER: BatGirl

Most of my other Demon Hunter kits that don’t use class-specific armor items could really be done equally well with any of the other leather-wearing classes. This one, though, works best on a Demon Hunter because it partly relies on the unique blindfold to create the look (though I guess a Rogue could also make it work with the T4 helm). I was fortunate that once I decided to make this kit, I was able to get the Heroic Dragon Soul Rogue lookalike shoulders on the first try.

WARLOCK: Doomcaller Moth

I love this Warlock robe because it’s not black and skulls and ugly. Instead, it’s very pretty indeed. I was delighted when I discovered how nicely the Malefic shoulders go with it because I like this robe but not the shoulders that go with it, and I like the Malefic shoulders but not the robe that goes with them.

ROGUE: Silver Covenant Razor

This kit expresses my desire to be able to play an Alliance High Elf. I know it will probably never happen, though.

DRUID: Sun, Moon, and Stars II

This outfit combines a number of items — the helm, the shoulders, the belt, the dagger — that I coveted for a long time before I finally got them. Cymre was gracious enough to let me roll for the dagger (which I then won) even though she wanted it herself when it dropped while I was helping her out with acquiring Val’anyr. I spent real money for the shoulders — before servers began to be linked, I discovered the shoulders on the AH of my secondary Horde server for a gold price that I could afford. I hadn’t seen them on the AH of my primary server very often, let alone for a gold price I could afford. So I spent the real money to transfer my banker over to the other server, then back, to get them for my Druid. That’s how much I wanted them.

WARRIOR: Truesteel & Truesilver

When I discovered how the filigree on the Truesilver breastplate is a similar pattern to the filigree on the Truesteel armor, well, then, I just had to use them together. This is a great Parade Dress look for a warrior — though not perhaps so functional and practical for being down and dirty in the field.

PALADIN: Crusade Champion

I’ve made at least three Argent Dawn/Argent Crusade-themed outfits for my Paladin. This one was created specifically to wear while I was doing the Broken Hilt/Quel’Delar questline. After going back and forth between all three outfits for awhile, I decided that this one best expressed the Paladin “I’m SHINY!” aesthetic.

MONK: Shado-Pan Smoke Knight

I’ve made multiple Shado Pan-themed outfits for my Monk. I chose this one for this post because I like the combination of dark and light grays and also because I designed it myself, whereas my other favorite Shado Pan Monk kit is a design that I borrowed from someone else.

HUNTER: Draenor Beast Master

I just love the combination of gold, blue, and green in this kit. I designed it when Transmogrification was still brand-new. I couldn’t actually make it for my Hunter until the account-wide Appearances tab was introduced, however, because the chestpiece is a BoP Leatherworking item, and it’s Kamalia who’s the Leatherworker in the family. Ketura is an Engineer.

PRIEST: Mystical Dragons

I surprised myself a bit by pulling this outfit out of my Priest’s collection. I just really love the colors of this robe and how nicely they coordinate with this fun shoulder design. Some of my other Priest outfits are also really pretty — but they’re also rather vanilla, common, not particularly creative combinations.

SHAMAN: Ow Mon, Me Eyes!

So this funky orange and aqua fist weapon with intellect on it dropped in Throne of Thunder, and I couldn’t resist coming up with a funky orange and aqua outfit to go with it. When I decided to pull in the funky aqua and magenta shield from Mogu’shan Vaults, the idea just got better!

DEATH KNIGHT: Dark Runes

I think this chestpiece style is fabulous for a Death Knight because the sigils on it remind me of the runes on Death Knight weaponry. This particular color is crafted, and the pattern is somewhat hard to come by, so I was delighted when I found it on the AH for a very reasonable price. The shoulders are also crafted, and I think that they look like an upgraded version of the shoulders that a newly-created Death Knight wears.

MAGE: A Study in Blue; Theramore Arcanist

I love this style of robe, especially the blue version. Being able to wear it with shoulders and belt hidden is wonderful!


The white wizard hat is a very special item in my wardrobe. It was only available from the Alliance version of the limited-time level 85 version of the Theramore’s Fall scenario that was the entirety of the Mists pre-launch event. I pushed my Human Mage hard to get her to level 85 in time to do that scenario — and then I ran it until I was so, so, so tired of it. If I’m remembering correctly, it took me 85 tries to get that white hat.

Characters that I’m playing actively — or at least logging in with regularly to do things like profession cooldowns or old reputation dailies — tend to get their outfits changed every 2 – 3 weeks. If I make an outfit that I’m not really all that happy with, I might change it as soon as one week has passed. If I make an outfit that I like a lot, and I don’t have any exciting new ideas that I really want to make — or the items I need for that exciting new idea just aren’t dropping, I might leave a character wearing the same outfit for several weeks. Characters that I’m not playing actively might get left wearing the same outfit for months or years.

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

Highmountain Spirit-Guardian

Farseer’s Harness & Gauntlets, Chain of the Demon Hunter, Infection Resistant Legguards, Geomancer’s Mace, Twilight Mirrorshield, Highmountain War Harness, Tabard of the Highmountain Tribe
For the final outfit in my set of kits themed around the Highmountain war harnesses, I wanted to try to mimic the Highmountain Spiritwalkers. Alas, this idea immediately ran into trouble — the NPCs are wearing a leather helmet, the axe model the NPCs use is not available to players, and shields cannot be Transmogrified into off-hand frill items such as the Steamscar Vessel carried by the NPCs. The weapons I chose instead are those carried by the Highmountain Protectors. The NPC leggings are a kilt version of the Farseer’s leggings; I felt like this T6 recolor item was the best approximation — and it looks great with the tabard!

Navispam

Guise of the Tidal Lurker, Hateful Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Shroud of Nature’s Harmony, Orgrimmar Belt, Giant-Friend Kilt, Thunderlord Gloves, Stolen Idra’kess Drape, Green Workman’s Shirt, Thunder Eagle Staff
The core concept of this kit — hat, shoulders, chestpiece, kilt — is borrowed from an outfit that Navimie wore for a very long time which I always admired.

It’s been awhile, so I’ve made new outfits for several more characters. I’m putting them behind a cut to save loading time; if you want to see them, click through to (more…)

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To make it easier to review my screenshots of the Order Hall Campaign stories in the future, I’ve divided the Order Hall Campaign into four chapters. Chapter 1 is the establishment of the Order Hall through the recruitment of the first pair of champions at level 101. Chapter 2 is the level 103 stage of the campaign, ending with the recruitment of the second pair of champions and getting the fourth tint for the default Artifact model. Chapter 3 is everything that happens between recruiting the second pair of champions and recruiting the third pair of champions. Chapter 4 is the last stage of the 7.0 campaign, ending with recruiting the fourth pair of champions, getting the achievement for completing the campaign, and getting the upgraded Artifact model. Patch 7.2 will bring at least three additional chapters — one for the Legionfall activities on the Broken Shore, one for the questlines to recruit the new champion(s), and one for the class mount.

As Kamalia is still my only level 110, she’s the only one who has completed all four chapters of her Order Hall campaign. With the others, I’ve been working my way through Chapter 2. I finished up the twelfth one today, and I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised and delighted at how not formulaic they have been. Unlike the Harrison Jones quests in Warlords, which all followed the same pattern, I feel like no two of the Order Hall campaigns have had the exact same pattern. Many of them do conclude Chapter 2 with getting two new champions and then begin Chapter 3 with a series of five champion missions, but how they get to that point varies, and they don’t all do that. Sometimes the two new champions aren’t recruited at the same point in the questline — one offers their fealty a few quests earlier than the other. My Priest got her two new champions in the middle of Chapter 2, and then she had to run a dungeon before she could complete the chapter — something none of the others had to do. The amount of Chapter 3 questing immediately available upon completion of Chapter 2 has varied from class to class, too. Some of them are just “do a series of five champion missions” and then you’re stuck looking at a silver exclamation point on someone’s head until you reach level 110 (or maybe 109? my highest level alt is Kaelinda, at level 108) — but others have had quite a few things to do. My Warrior only had three missions in the “do a series of champion missions” quest that began Chapter 3. My Priest has two quests for Chapter 3 in her log, and neither one of them is “do a series of five champion missions”. My Rogue has been able to recruit her fifth champion already!

My next Legion progression goal should probably be to get my Mage up to level 110 and go do Suramar with her so that I can complete Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One reasonably soon. From what I’ve read of the Wowhead Patch 7.2 previews, it’s sounding like I’ll want to have that done before I start doing any of the Legionfall stuff.

I’ve decided that I’m going to invoke Webcomic Time for my headcanon of my characters’ experiences of the events of this expansion: although in Real Time all the leveling and questing to complete all of the Order Hall campaigns will take several months, in my characters’ personal timelines, all of them were doing their Order Hall Campaign things more or less simultaneously within the first few months after the events of the Broken Shore (just like all of them did the Battle of the Exodar together).
When I’ve completed all of the campaigns, I think I might try to outline a unified, concordant chronology of when everything happened in relationship to everything else.

Meanwhile, when I signed into WordPress this morning, I got a toast that today is my seventh blogiversary. I’d forgotten about that, distracted by other things going on my life. Seven years is pretty good, I think. We’ll see if I can keep this going for another one.

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I’ve been enjoying reading Zeirah & Cinder’s Blog Challenge posts, so it’s about time I participated in one myself. This week, the theme is right up my alley:
Show off your alts — ALL your alts.

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The Big Fourteen — one of every class, plus my Alliance main and the Underpowered Death Knight — are the characters featured on my blog banner, who show up regularly in the Sunday Mog Show and whose activities I frequently talk about.


FARSEER Loremaster Kamalia of Thunder Bluff, Legend of Pandaria: Tauren Shaman, 110, Restoration/Elemental/Enhancement, Leatherworker
Assistant Professor Kaylynda the Diplomat: Human Mage, 101, Arcane/Frost/Fire, Scribe
Kaumaleia the Underpowered: Taunka Death Knight, 101, untalented


Talon Queen Kerisa, Guardian of Cenarius: Tauren Druid, 103, Balance/Restoration/Feral, Scribe
Stable Master Ketura, the Crazy Cat Lady: Tauren Hunter, 106, Beast Mastery/Survival/Marksmanship, Goblin Engineer
Blood Champion Keija, the Wakener: Tauren Warrior, 103, Arms/Fury/Protection, Blacksmith


Kregga of the Ashen Verdict: Grimtotem Tauren Death Knight, 103, Frost, Alchemist
Crusader Karaelia, the Argent Champion: Tauren Paladin, 103, Protection/Holy/Retribution, Jewelcrafter
Kaohana the Seeker: Tauren Priest, 103, Discipline/Holy, Enchanter & Tailor
Brewmaster Katewatha, Master of the Ways: Tauren Monk, 103, Mistweaver/Windwalker/Brewmaster, Alchemist


Ambassador Kaelinda of Silvermoon: Blood Elf Mage, 108, Fire/Arcane/Frost, Tailor
Firelord Kalaneia: Blood Elf Warlock, 103, Destruction, Alchemist
Kelisanna the Fabulous: Blood Elf Rogue, 103, Outlaw, Gnomish Engineer
Illidari Kiralaira: Blood Elf Demon Hunter, 104, Havoc, Leatherworker

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The next major group of characters is the Minor Mages, a collection of characters representing each of the playable races. Some of them have more developed personalities and backstories than most of the Big Fourteen, which I occasionally reference.


Kaprikka: Draenei Mage, 92, Arcane/Frost
Kivrinne: Undead Mage, 45, Frost
Kelilla: Gnome Mage, 42, Frost
Kikimaia: Troll Mage, 36, Frost
Kermione: Goblin Mage, 33, Fire
Kenosha: Orc Mage, 32, Fire
Kymberlea: Worgen Mage, 32, Fire
Keriluna: Night Elf Mage, 31, Arcane
Kaoling: Pandaren Mage, 31, Arcane
Khrissalys: Dwarf Mage, 30, Fire

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Then there are the Secondary Tauren — characters who I rolled to experiment with the third specs of my favorite classes. I discovered in Warlords that I didn’t really have the mental energy for more than one level-capped character per class, so since Legion made all specs available to everyone, I have retired these characters. I used to also have a secondary Paladin and a secondary Priest, but they were both under level 40 when Legion was announced, and I deleted them outright.


Kamalita of Thunder Bluff: Tauren Shaman, 100, Enhancement
Brewmaster Kaobeka: Yaungol Monk, 100, Brewmaster, Tailor & Leatherworker
Kaiuna the Explorer: Highmountain Tauren Druid, 63, Feral
Kamalita was originally rolled as an alt to leave behind in the guild we had been in on Lightninghoof when BTH and I decided to move our characters to Bloodhoof. I talk about her most frequently as “mini-Kam”. I eventually moved her to Duskwood, Bloodhoof’s linked server.
Kaobeka was originally named Koralyra; she is most often referred to as “the Pet-Battling Monk”, because that is how she did most of her early leveling.
Kaiuna is the Curly-Haired Tauren.

These two characters represent Kamalia’s parents.

Papa Kehontah: Tauren Warrior, 90, financial agent
Mama Kawneiha: Tauren Hunter, 60, financial agent
They both use the title “Elder” and wear Gold Wedding Bands; Mama also wears a Flawless Diamond Solitaire.

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I love Dwarves — I think they might be my favorite Alliance race — so I have a handful of Dwarf characters that I keep around even though I never play with any of them anymore.


Kyraleia: Dwarf Paladin, 64, Retribution/Holy (originally a Blood Elf)
Kjerstin: Dwarf Shaman, 30, Elemental
Kimorene: Dwarf Priest, 26, Holy (originally a Human)
Karolynne: Dwarf Rogue, 22, Outlaw
Kerithian: Dwarf Hunter, 6, Beast Mastery

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These alts are gone but not forgotten.

The Orc Shaman named Keshona (daughter of Kenosha), the Troll Shaman named Kilauea, the Blood Elf Priest named Kandrista, and the Gnome Warlock named Karrieanna persisted for several years; I finally pruned them mid-Warlords when I was trying to slim my roster down to just the characters I cared about the most.

And there have been many many more alts who had shorter lifetimes and often recycled names.

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Zeirah and DeezWurds and RepGrind have all tagged me for the latest iteration of the blog survey meme.

Aww, thanks, guys!

Zeirah asks:

If you couldn’t blog about WoW anymore, what would you blog about?
Before I began playing WoW, I blogged about Harry Potter on LiveJournal for several years. WoW came into my life at about the same time as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published. By the time I started this blog, about two and a half years after I began playing WoW, I was barely posting in my LJ anymore — and by now, I haven’t logged into LJ at all for a few years.
Eventually, I will drift away from WoW, and maybe when that happens I will have drifted to something else that I will feel like blogging about — but for now, I really don’t know.

What’s the best and worst thing about blogging?
The best thing is the people I’ve gotten to know! Though I recognize that it’s not likely to happen, I would be delighted to meet you folks in person. For instance, if I ever manage to go to Australia (and to the right part of the continent), I want to do lunch with Navimie and Cymre 😀
The worst thing is when it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted and I feel like I ought to make a post just to keep from having too long of a post drought, but I can’t think of anything to say.

What’s your favourite achievement in WoW?
The original “Loremaster” was my default answer to this question for years, because I worked hard to get it with Kamalia in late Wrath.
Maybe it’s really the one(s) to fish up all the coins in the Dalaran fountain, though. I wrote down in a notebook all the little tidbits of lore from the flavor text on all the coins when I did the original achievement back in Wrath. I’ve been meaning to set aside some time to do the new version of the achievement for the Legion Dalaran fountain.

How long have you been playing computer games?
We got our first computer at home when I was maybe seven or eight? It was an Atari, but I don’t know what version it was; it was the late 1980s, and the machine took two-and-a-half inch hard-cased disks, not five inch floppies. It had two external disk drives — one to put the program disk in to read, and the other to put a blank disk in to save files to. Donald Duck’s Playground was the best game! At school, in elementary school, I played Oregon Trail and various versions of Carmen Sandiego. As home computers got better, I played Jinxter and Matterhorn Screamer and Logical Island of the Zoombinis and the Animaniacs’ Variety Pack. I got really good at Smoocher and Barney’s Balloon Bop from the Animaniac’s Variety Pack while I was in college. We had Myst, too, but I never played much of it.

If you could have one day to do anything in, what would you do?
In the morning, I’d like to take a riding lesson and then go for a trail ride. I took English riding lessons for about a year and a half during graduate school. That was over a decade ago, though, so I’d have to start back at the beginning. After a picnic lunch and a siesta, it would be pleasant to go canoeing on a lake in the mid/late afternoon. Then I guess I’d want to go out to dinner at a moderately nice restaurant, maybe the sort that has a dance floor and a live swing band. To finish the day off, ice cream sundaes at a local business ice cream shop that makes their own stuff. But I don’t want to do those things by myself, or even just me and BTH. I’d want to do all that stuff with my whole immediate family. That would end up being a pretty expensive family reunion — but if I can really do anything, I have the funds for whatever I want to do, right?

What’s your favourite food?
Bread. Seriously. I mean, I thought about saying “chocolate, 60 – 70% cacao”, because I do love the stuff… but that’s so trite and boring. Give me some good bread and some butter to put on it — yum! As long as it’s quality stuff, I love all kinds of bread. There’s this faculty development lunch meeting once a week that’s catered by campus food services; one of the types of rolls they make are so good that when those rolls are on the menu, I might eat four rolls and skip dessert. I like to bake bread, too, but I don’t do that nearly often enough.

Where do you prefer to go, Mountains or Beach?
I’d rather go up in the mountains. The beach can be lovely, but I dislike how sand gets everywhere. I’m terribly out of shape and I huff and puff and my legs and feet get tired and I whinge and moan about those things when I’m hiking — but it’s worth it to see the rocks and the streams and the trees & other vegetation and to hear the birds singing and to get up to an overlook and see a magnificent view.

DeezWurds (Marathal, I think?) asks:

In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, are you prepared?
Nope. When the Rash illness comes, hopefully I’ll be one of the ones who just dies quickly and stays properly dead…

Have you ever had someone you never would have thought would ever read you blog, mention something you wrote?
I was really tickled when Alternative Chat once metioned something that I’d written.

Of course I have to ask. Alliance or Horde, but also, One Main? or Army of Alts.
Horde; Army of Alts. Did you really have to ask that about me? 😛

Have you ever had the opportunity to attend Blizzcon, or some other large gaming convention.
No. I’ve been to a couple of American Chemical Society national meetings and to an Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, though. I should probably try to get to another ACS national meeting one of these years, or maybe the next Biannual Conference on Chemical Education.

Do you think Warcraft will ever end, and how do you see them ending it.
I kind of hope that Warcraft won’t go on “forever”. I know that I start to get tired of a book series when it gets longer than about seven or eight books; I stop keeping up with it, and when, a few years later, I see the books that were the newest ones at about the time I stopped actively following the series at the library, I can’t muster up enough interest to pick them up and read them. Ideally, I’d like to have WoW have the last patch of its last expansion at about the same time that my own interest in the game completely wanes, so that later on, I don’t find myself wondering if I want to get back into the game and trying to catch up on everything that I’ve missed.
I’m honestly wondering where WoW will go from Legion, however. If we’re actually going to go to Argus and take on Sargeras in 7.3, what could top that? I guess Sargeras could run away and we’d have to chase him down for the next expansion. But after that, what? If the plot takes a sudden dramatic turn from everything we’ve done so far, then I couldn’t say what that might be or how it might ultimately end — though I am a fan of Rossi & Stickney’s predictions that killing Sargeras will result in a “good job breaking it, hero” moment, after which we’ll have to spend the next few expansions taking care of the Old Gods for reals.
It would be nice to see how various dangling plotlines resolve and clean up and settle down on Azeroth. Although those kinds of stories might not make for very exciting questing, I think it would be a nice “closing the game” touch to have the last patch ever be “clean up/resolution” type quests that actually phase the world to leave Azeroth in a more comfortable and hopeful state before the final log-off… Things like seeing a partial restoration of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, taking all those places where the player’s actions are supposed to have saved a town and actually having the town be saved (instead of continually under attack so that the players who are still leveling have things to do), and so forth.

What in all the years you have played games, has been your favorite to play.
My favorite game ever? Oh, my, how am I supposed to choose?
My favorite outdoor game is croquet.
My favorite card game is SET; I also enjoy Dominion even though I’m really bad at it.
My favorite board game is Catan — the recent Explorers & Pirates expansion is especially fun to play; I also like Ticket to Ride a lot.
My favorite computer game is probably WoW, though the ones I mentioned above in my answer to Z are also games I really enjoyed during the periods of my life when I was playing them.

And a final one. Should Tauren be allowed to play Rogues? 😛
Well… yes and no. Not so long ago, I would have definitely said Yes. I think there’s plenty of lore precedents for Tauren Rogues of the Outlaw/Pirate variety. It would be fun to play a Tauren Outlaw Rogue. There’s not so much lore precedent for the Subtlety or Assassination varieties, though. I think I’d have the same sort of cognitive dissonance over the idea of a Tauren Subtlety or Assassination Rogue as I do with Tauren Shadow Priests. Tauren also have a rather boring Stealth pose and animations. If Tauren Rogues became a real thing, I’d feel obligated to roll and level one… but I am really happy with my current Blood Elf Rogue, and I think I’d want to keep her as my “main” Rogue.

RepGrind asks:

Do you have a favorite mount or type of mount? (horses, dragons, mechs, etc)
All of my major characters have unique mount macros for their specific mount preferences. Actually, they all have at least two mount macros — one for ground mounts and one for flying mounts. Some of them have more than that to sort different types of ground mounts or flying mounts. Kamalia has four mount macros: one for kodos, one for other ground mounts that I like that have a smaller profile than kodos, one for dragons, and one for smaller flying mounts.

Do your characters have individual personalities?
I would like them to, but I feel like the ways in which I have outlined differences in their personalities to myself are not very well developed — that I use those personality traits in a cardboard/type-casting/one-note kind of way. I don’t think I do very well at making their personalities truly individual when I write stories.

Transmog, yay or nay?
Yay Yay Yay!
Although I was into in-game fashion before Transmogrification, the feature took over my game goals — since Transmogrification debuted, I’ve only really cared about the looks of gear. I choose what content to do and what gear to try hard to obtain based on what it looks like, rather than what its stats are.

Do you have pets?
I’m so glad you asked! Here, have some pictures of my adorable cat being derpy.

What is more important to you, a good storyline or plenty of endgame activities?
A good storyline, because I’m going to be playing through it with a lot of characters. It’s a close call, though, because I also want a variety and abundance of endgame activities — preferably ones that continue to engage with the storyline — so that my lots of characters have a good range of choices of things to do at max level.

How did you get started in blogging?
I got into blogging originally because I wanted to write my thoughts about and post my drawings inspired by the Harry Potter books. I started blogging about WoW when I wanted to participate in conversations about and share my creative projects inspired by the game. Blogging provided an outlet to talk about and document my involvement with these fandoms in more detail than my parents and siblings care about knowing.

What kind of car do you drive?
My car is a 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer that I paid $4800 cash for in 2012. When I need a “new” car, I look for something 5 – 7 years old that I can get for about $5000 and is still in decent condition. And then I drive it until it is really truly dead — needs repairs that would cost more than the worth of the vehicle — before I replace it.

Most of the folks I would think about tagging have already been tagged by someone else, so I’m only going to tag three: Gnomecore, Syrco Owl, and Awaiting the Muse.

Tell me, tell me, would you please? —

* What locations in WoW have the best background music?

* Are there any ways in which WoW (or other games) has influenced or inspired things you do in your pay-the-bills career?

* Which calculator format do you prefer — TI (enter numbers and operations as you would write them on paper) or HP (reverse Polish)?

* What was the most memorable book that you read/movie that you watched last year? What made it so memorable?

* If you could take six months off from your current job and go back to college for a semester and study anything you wanted, what class(es) would you take?

* Give me a recipe for something that you like to make for dinner when you don’t have much time or energy for cooking.

* My current favorite chocolate bar is Chocolove’s “Holiday” bar, which is 55% cacao chocolate with pecans, currants, dried cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and candied ginger — every square is a different delight! What’s your favorite sweet treat of the moment?

If I didn’t tag you but you still fancy answering any or all of these questions, please feel free to do so in the comments!

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