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So I went to sub up for my Transmogrification Photobucket account. They’d been pushing getting to be ad-free for $2.49 a month, so I was expecting a figure comparable to that — maybe double or triple or something — to enable 3rd party hosting. When I got to the checkout, though, the price was $399 a year — or $33 a month. Holy sticker shock, Batman! I took one look at that and said Heck NO!

For comparison, $33 a month is about a third of what I’m currently paying for my mobile devices family plan and for my ISP. Do I think that the bandwidth that this blog uses for images, even with the large number of images that I post, is worth that much? No. I get barely a trickle of traffic — mostly from you guys who Follow me (thanks! {hug}).

I suppose I’ll start putting the images for the Sunday Mog Show in my WordPress media library going forward, and I’ll slowly start backfilling the images for older outfits in the “Things my [Class] Wears” posts into my WordPress media library. My most favorite other posts will eventually get updated, too… but there are too many posts and too many images to do them all. Many images and many posts will just get left broken indefinitely.

If I run out of storage space in my WordPress library, then I guess I’ll start paying for my WordPress account. Even the most expensive WordPress plan, with unlimited storage space, is only $25 a month…

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I’ve been increasingly irritated by the increasingly pushy and obnoxious advertising on Photobucket during the past several months. It’s so terrible that I always open Photobucket in a separate browser window so that I can immediately close it when the most annoying ads come up. The worse the advertising got, however, the more stubbornly I refused to upgrade my account to a paid account. I felt like the ramping up of the obnoxiousness of the advertising was a form of extortion.

Well, I guess enough other Photobucket users were of the same mind as me, or something, because now Photobucket has upped the ante: when I went to look at an old post that had come up in the “posts people are looking at today” section of my WordPress dashboard, I discovered that all of the images in the post had been replaced with a placeholder image explaining that Photobucket is no longer allowing third-party image hosting for free accounts. /headdesk Not cool, Photobucket, NOT COOL.

I am closing in on 1000 posts on this blog. Most of them have multiple pictures — a single Transmogrification post might have over a dozen pictures — so I have posted thousands and thousands of images. Some years ago — about the time that I first created the “Things my [Class] Wears” pages — I began to have bandwidth issues with my Photobucket account. Not storage issues — I still had plenty of room. Toward the end of the month, my images would start getting replaced with placeholders because my account was using up too much bandwidth. I got around that problem by creating a second account. One account is used exclusively for the pictures in the “Things my [Class] Wears” and “Sunday on the Promenade” posts; the other is used for everything else. Thus, if I wanted to restore all of the images I’ve posted on this blog, I would have to pay for two premium Photobucket accounts.

At the time that I made my second Photobucket account, I moved all of my artwork and the character portraits for my Characters page over to the Media library of my WordPress account. I also started occasionally putting images for posts that would use only one or two pictures into my WordPress media library rather than going to the bother of opeining up Photobucket. Any images that are still visible on my blog today are in my WordPress media library. I’ve currently filled about 4% of my WordPress media library. I’m not sure how much room I’d have left to grow if I put all the rest of my blog images there. Furthermore, the WordPress media library doesn’t have a sub-album functionality, which I very much need to keep my Transmogrification pictures organized.

I have neither the time nor the mental energy to spare for the enormous, nearly Sisyphean, tedium of finding another free image hosting service that is easy to use (and isn’t going to pull the rug out from under me at some future date), locating all of those thousands of images on my hard drive, uploading them to the new hosting service, and updating thousands of links in hundreds of blog posts. I am going to have to give in and start paying for the image hosting for this blog.

I don’t want to pay for two Photobucket accounts, though, because Budget. At the moment, I’m thinking that I’ll only sub up for the Transmogrification account. I’ll move the pictures from my favorite story posts over to a new sub-album in the Transmogrification account, or into my WordPress media library. That will still be a lot of work, and I definitely won’t try to do it immediately or all at once, so there will be broken image links in old posts on this blog for a long time to come. Many image links will stay broken permanently.

Meanwhile, I got two emails from Pinterest this evening: one asking for a confirmation to set up an account, and another notifying me of a new login to my account from somewhere in India. I don’t have a Pinterest account. I didn’t approve the creation of the account, of course, and I then went to Pinterest directly and followed the directions in their Help center to disconnect my email address from the fraudulent account creation attempt. sigh I’ve had this happen before — a few years ago, someone in India tried to use one of my personal email accounts to set up a Facebook account. I used the appropriate Facebook reporting tools to shut down the fraudulent user — but now I can’t use that particular email account to make a legitimate Facebook account for myself, either.

growl grumble growl growl snarl

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I was looking forward to finding out what the Trial of Style cosmetic rewards would be, so that I’d know if this event would really be something I’d want to put a lot of time & effort into.

Well, the rewards have been previewed… and they’re not particularly exciting to me.


Trial of Style reward preview images from Wowhead

I don’t really like that cloth set at all; I like the bottom half of the leather set but not the top half; there are other low-level mail sets I like better anyway; I do like this plate set, though.

Furthermore, they are all appearances that are obtainable in other ways… and I’ve already collected as much of those sets as I’m interested in acquiring.

I guess I can see where the devs are going with that; I suspect that they want the Trial of Style to be a thing folks do more for the fun of doing it and the Twitter/blog bragging rights of winning it than for the tangible rewards, and they also don’t want folks to complain about feeling obligated to do it because the cosmetic rewards are too desirable.

Still, I think it would be more interesting if the rewards were at least new & unique colorations of these armor models. For the cloth set, perhaps pale pink where it is teal, pale gold instead of silver for the metallic areas, and emerald green for the jewels? There already exists a blue version of the pants for the leather set, but no other items in that coloration, so a full set of a blue version of this leather gear would be nice. I’d go for that mail gear in blue, too, whether it was blue & silver or blue & gold. For the plate set, a black & red Blood Knight version might be appropriate.

The shirt reward for actually winning the competition appears to be a darker version of the Gilnean Adventurer’s Shirt. It’s something that would be nice to have… but not “must have” to the level of strenuously trying to get it.

Still, I’ll probably try out the Trial of Style at least once or twice just to see how it goes. (Then again, I still haven’t gotten around to going Timewalking, even though in principle I think it’s a great feature…)

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Oh, I am so tired of Blackwing Lair. So tired of Razorgore and the eggs, so tired of the suppression room. But Nefarian hasn’t dropped my Priest’s robe yet, and Chromaggus hasn’t dropped my Rogue’s shoulders yet, and Broodlord hasn’t dropped my Paladin’s boots yet, and Vaelastrasz only drops his shield for people other than my three shield users. And so I keep coming back, every Tuesday, hoping that this week, the things I want will drop so that I won’t have to come back again next week.

I’m still working on getting a few bits and pieces from other tiers*, too, and trying to get a couple of raid drops that aren’t tier pieces. I’m almost finished with Outland dungeons — I just need one item from one Heroic. I’m starting to say to myself, as I look through my list of things that might be nice to have, “ehh, I don’t really need that” or “meh, I’ll farm that if and when I think of a mog idea that would actually use it”.

After all, I already have so many fun-looking items** that I could probably do another year or more of “Sunday on the Promenade” before I’ve used everything in my wardrobe*** at least once.

Although my choice to ignore the Patch 7.2 content in favor of focusing on filling the gaps in my wardrobe was deliberate and considered, by now, I’m starting to feel like I’m really falling behind. Seeing that this week’s Legionfall quest is to kill three Elites, I wonder if there will be enough people still doing Broken Shore stuff to help me with that when I finally manage to catch up. I basically haven’t done World Quests since Kamalia got to 36 traits in all of her Artifacts. I haven’t been running Order Hall missions. Most of my characters haven’t even been to their Order Halls for weeks, except to change the color of their Artifacts. So I’ve been taking the baby step to ease myself back into Legion content of starting to spend time fishing up the coins in the New Dalaran fountain.

Just as I’m wanting to start doing current content again, however, my 10-week-old baby has decided that he needs to be carried. Last week, I could just hold him in my off-hand arm while I read a book, typed, or ran through a legacy content dungeon or raid using my main hand. This week, I can’t get away with that anymore. Being moving by being in the swing isn’t good enough; after a few minutes, he will start yelling. Being held isn’t good enough; if I sit still for longer than a minute or two while holding him, he will start yelling. I either have to be walking around with him or, if I’m sitting down, actively playing with him instead of just passively holding him. This new behavior is even worse for my summer plans to revise lab manuals and restructure my online homework assignments than it is for my WoW-playing goals…

* Well, all the legacy content through Cataclysm, that is. I’ll wait until my characters are level 110 and wearing at least World Quest-level gear to attempt the Mists raids and Warlords dungeons.

** Some collected recently, some collected not-so-recently (but I still haven’t quite gotten around to actually using them)

*** All the items that I actually like, at any rate. I’m not going to try to use the stuff that I don’t particularly like!

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Kamalia finally got to 800 skill points in Leatherworking. And yep, she got the last 20 – 30 or so skill points from the Darkmoon Faire.

My other characters have been slowly advancing their professions via the Faire, too. Most of them are at 720 or 725 because I haven’t done much of the questlines yet.

Everyone was all excited about the potion of Inky Blackness last month, but I find myself wishing for something that would do just the opposite — give every place the brightness of a sunny blue sky day. Why would I want that? For taking Mog screenshots, of course! I want my Mog screenshots to have cool and thematically appropriate backgrounds, but sometimes the places that would be the most thematically appropriate have terrible lighting (Moonglade, Icecrown, Swamp of Sorrows, to name a few), or I can’t play in the evening until after my server has switched to nighttime lighting. Admittedly, “normal” nighttime lighting is not really all that dark, but it is still less than optimal for taking good Mog screenshots!

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With today’s Kirin Tor Emissary quest, Kamalia reached Exalted with the last of the 7.0 reputations and got enough Artifact Power to put the 35th trait into Doomhammer. She now has 35 traits in all three of her Artifact weapons. I would like to be celebrating that I’m done with her Artifact weapons… except that come patch 7.2, I won’t be.

/headdesk

This is a great system for people who have an OTP relationship with their Main. For me, though, spending all my playtime with Kam farming Artifact Power is a rabbit hole that I’ve already spent too long falling down. If I want to accomplish my goal of playing all twelve of the Order Hall Campaign stories, I need to be able to let Kam rest.

So, I won’t be doing any more AP farming to put any further ranks into the Paragon traits of Kam’s Artifacts, and I will try to resist the lure of new content when Patch 7.2 comes out to focus on completing the 7.0 and 7.1.5 content first.

At Artifact Knowledge 25, it’s really only the last 5-ish traits that really take awhile to get. Kamalia can quickly boost each alt to Artifact Knowledge 20 as soon as she reaches level 110. Reaching Artifact Knowledge 25 is necessary to get the lore stories about all the Artifacts. Getting AK ranks past 25 will certainly speed my alts along the way to getting all of their Artifacts (or at least the ones for the specs I actually play with them) to 35, though, so I’ll probably end up doing it.

When I’ve gotten my alts’ Artifacts up to 35 traits, then I can think about doing the questlines to open up the Empowered traits. I must admit that I would like to do each of the seven Empowerment questlines at least once, just to see what they’re about.

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After my Monk, my Death Knight was the next-closest to level 102. I ran her through the Falling Star questline, then took her back to Stormheim and poked at the brood of Nithogg and picked fjarnskaggl until she dinged.

Upon reaching level 102, Kregga raised my deleted secondary Warrior and outfitted her in a kit reflecting both Blood and Unholy aesthetics before sending her off to collect the Artifact weapons for those specs.

The Deathlord’s Understudy

Darksoul Shoulders, Boulderfist Armor, Darkcrest Belt, Runed Sketh’lon Legplates, Gloves of Gnomebliteration, Ramkahen Front Boots, Sky Darkener’s Shroud of Blood, Torn-Heart Axe of Battle

The quests for the other two Death Knight Artifacts both took me to places I had been before; the Blood questline went to Niskara (Marks Hunter), and the Unholy questline went to the Karazhan Catacombs (Balance Druid). Though they were still very similar, these questlines felt more distinct, more altered to fit the different classes, than the Arcane Mage and Discipline Priest questlines did.

I had a hard time with Blood; I died multiple times and had to spend a lot of time eating between pulls. Although I’d equipped the 740 2H weapon from the Order Hall vendor, I’d forgotten to Runeforge it… (the existence of that weapon, however, makes me feel like I wasted my time farming for and then completely upgrading to 725 the 2H weapon from the pre-launch Demon Invasions). So when I got to the final boss fight, I chickened out of doing it in Blood and swapped back to Frost. I still died and had to run back, but I think I probably did fare better in Frost, with my 6-rank Frost Artifact, than I would have in Blood with my un-Runeforged 2H weapon.

Before I went to do the Unholy questline, I took a moment to Runeforge the Order Hall weapon. I felt like it did make a difference for my survivability in doing the Unholy questline as Unholy. I did it sans ghoul, however, and I took all the passive talents that did things other than buff the ghoul — though I did take the one that turns the gargoyle into a val’kyr. I tried the final boss fight as Unholy first just so that I could call the Dark Arbiter. It was rather close, but I beat it in one try. The ending of that fight was quite unexpected. I wonder if my Artifact Knowledge research might reveal more about that little scene?

In the Blood questline, it bugged me that Baron Sliver and Minerva Ravensorrow kept calling Margrave Dhakar just “Margrave”, as if that was really his given name. Margrave is a title! They should have been calling him “the Margrave” or “Dhakar”. Calling him just “Margrave” is like calling Duke Lankral just “Duke”.

In the initial encounter with Revil Kost, the Unholy Death Knight has three dialog choices for each stage of the conversation — a trying-to-be-reasonable option, a sarcastic option, and a flat-out attack. I took the sarcastic options. The Balance Druid just had a nice friendly conversation to begin with, but I suspect that the Affliction Warlock will also have to persuade Revil Kost to work with them, likely with the same set of (or very very similar) dialog choices to the Unholy Death Knight.

I intended to put Kregga into an entirely new & different kit after turning her back into herself. I went to the Barbershop first, however, and she looked so good in this outfit — better than Kaobeka did — that I decided to keep it for awhile longer.


the above items, plus Helm of Infinte Visions and Warsword of the Ebon Blade

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