I left WOW……………..but it was just for a little bit.

So things in RL are crazy right now. I sold my house and moved into a rental. A waiting word on where I will be moving to,  either Virginia or Colorado. (Hoping for VA)  And with life and things I just didn’t have a ton of time to play WOW. And after being away for a bit, I thought that maybe I was done. 

I would log on a few times but just didn’t feel like doing anything.  I tried to get away from everything WOW,  stopped reading my WOW books. stopped listening to WOW Blogs and even stopped following a bunch of cool twitter people. 

But there was something missing. I have been playing WOW for 6 years. It was my first MMO game I ever played. And I LOVE it. Just with everything you can do and what not. Its such a fun game. 

And last but not least, I stopped blogging.  This blog was about being a moonkin and shaman. But right now I am not playing either of those. I started up a new character to try to relearn the game. (Big changes in patch 5.0)  So I had to get used to it. And I felt so lost on all of my 85s. So I started a Warlock. A lock was my first character I ever made in World of Warcraft. I got him up to 46….but that was it. I deleted him forever ago. I am really enjoying him right now. 

So with being gone, I was not planning on getting MOP.  Plans some times don’t end up the way you planned. I picked it up at lunch on Tuesday and then went home and played…..what a blast! I started to lvl my Hunter a little, did a few instances. Then I started a Panda Monk. (Got to lvl 5) 

Then I made a HUGE mistake….Pet Battles…..WOW. I couldn’t believe how cool that was. I really really really enjoy it. Like,  really even. 

So anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to.  Not sure whats going to happen with my blog…. maybe I’ll change the style. And do more of just Warcraft in general. And not trying to just pick a class. Cause I play way too many Alts. 

 

So we shall see………….

A season of change……

What a crazy trip World of Warcraft has been lately for me. A few months ago I took a small break, partially for health reasons and partially cause I just needed a break.

I come back to guild drama and mayhem. I go from being an officer in a guild, to getting kicked out of the guild for being friends with a once officer. To joining that once officers new guild, being put as an officer in that guild. To that guild going almost completely dead with inactivity. To a strong desire to make a change in my WOW life. And thus a change I have made. And I can say a few simple words to explain that change…….

FOR THE HORDE!

I am once again Horde. I did a small stint almost 2 years ago. And am now back. I have been Alliance since almost day one, which was back in 2006. And I am really excited for this new adventure to start. I have already applied for a guild that I think will fit me. I have also already gotten lost in Orgimmar.

I moved over 2 of my 7 85′s and right now that’s all I plan to move over.

The Worgen Druid who was once known as Alauster, is now a Tauren named:

Tahoof Whitecloud

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And my poor Shaman who started out as a male Draenei, then became a male troll only then be changed to a female Draenei has now changed again…..this time to a Goblin male named:

Rizzlet

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Its interesting how much things have changed for me WOW wise over the last two months. I have begun listening to some great podcasts, made some really cool twitter friends.  I started this blog and am now Horde again.

I am excited to write about the changes this will provide for me as I learn the Horde and continue to grow as a Druid and heal as a Shaman. Of course now I have to do another new background for my blog. I have to get my shinny new goblin back there.

I just want to give a big shout out again to Tauren Think Tank  @remghar & @julesthetauren for giving me some great advice in episode 3. I am the one who pays the money to play this game and I need to do what is good for me. And not just sit in a guild with little to no activity just cause I feel like I should! Thanks you two.

until next time, may the odds be ever in your favor…..

Mounting up on a Raven Lord……..also DS on my Shaman…..

First,  HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the fathers out there! My family got me Castle season 3!!!!

But I also got another gift, one I wasn’t expecting!

So I’ve been farming the Raven Lord mount in Sethekk Halls for a few weeks now on my Druid Alauster. EVERY DAY….and nothing! Well I just started to play my Shaman Dratnea again as well. So I tried last night and again no go. Then I went in today, Fathers Day! Plus I had Convert to Raid Podcast Live  up as well. And I couldn’t believe it when I looted the boss!

And so what did I do next?  First I yelled!  My daughter came running to see! Then I announced it in Gchat, then in CTR Chatroom and finally in twitter!  (To say I was a little excited is an understatement)

And last night did some DS 10 man normal on my Shaman!  I came in as heals first! And I didn’t do too bad for the gear I have. I am sitting at ilvl 368.

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Then they switched me to dps….which was blah.  I was getting up to 11k on first two fights and hit 14k at one point on last fight…until I died cause I ran INTO the frost beams. (dumb I know)

But my ending dps sucked,  the last boss was terrible as I was in Iceblock for the kill.

 

But Healing is my game as a Shaman. While I really dislike to heal as a Druid myself. I just don’t get the DOT healing. Of course I was healing on my Shaman since BC so I’ve done it a lot. I have 4 healing classes and can only heal on my Shaman :\

Well for now it’s still Fathers day, so I’m going to go ride my new mount around Stormwind!

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So long tree….hello Shammy……

Back when I used to raid, I did it as a Shaman. A resto shaman to be exact. I had a lot of fun with it. But as time went on I branched out. Made a Hunter which was also a lot of fun. Killing things was a blast! I couldn’t believe it!

Then the Alt-ohoic stage hit. I leveled up 6 85′s. Shaman, Hunter, Pally, Rogue, Priest & Dk. I was on and off and all over the place. I would log in and just couldn’t decide what I wanted to play. So a few months back I decided that I wanted a “Main” again! And I wanted something different!  So I made my Druid.

I love my druid, but I also love to heal……….I came to learn something though…..I do not love to heal on my Druid.   It was a sad day…..I finally came to realize it today.

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So while I sit and think about character transfers and what I am gonna do. I thought, why don’t I just make two mains? Druid Moonkin for DPS,  and Shaman Resto for Heals?  PERFECT…..but now I have to take time to make a new background for this blog and my twitter! And I figure the name will still work. Healkin….heal as resto shaman and destroy as a Moonkin!   Great right?  lol

 

Now to level up my ilevel on my shaman!  So I can go destroy stuff!

 

 

It is time to break the silence……

…..and finally write another post in my blog. I am such a slacker.

So whats been going on lately?

A TON!  I’ve been doing old content (BC Heroics) I got the BC Dungeon and Heroic Dungeon Achievements done. Look here’s pics to prove it ——–>  (Will insert pics here when I get home)

I am also currently mount farming, I really want the Raven Lord mount.

Image  “Ahhhh yes my little Raven Lord Mount,  you will be mine….you will be.”

I’ve also been farming other mounts, and I must report that I have had 0 luck on any of them. Perfect!

Been working Firelands lately as well. Firelands has always been hard for me to get into. I have started it with 3 or 4 85′s now. I do it for about two days and then decide I am done. I have done it 3 days on Alauster now (Should have been 4 but I was doing other things last night) and I do plan to continue it. I know more stuff opens up as I continue and I just need to keep at it.

PVP…..I have always enjoyed it. I am not the best at it though. I do ok on my Hunter and suck as a rogue. So i’ve been doing a lot lately on my Druid. I even have a pvp set, with 1,487 resilience. I am doing Tol B (which I LOVE) and BG’s to keep getting gear. I am working on getting a full PVP set so I can at least compete. Now what I want to do is Arena’s. I know I will get blasted for the first little while until I fully learn how to play it and get gear. But it’s a part of the game I have hardly ventured into… And the time is right for me to do it now….

Guild….. the guild has been more active lately. It’s been nice. I do still have times of it being just me. But hopefully we will continue to grow and can get more done. We finally went into DS 10 man. 6 of the 10 were guildies. We got the first 4 bosses down. (Yeah it was after the 25% drop off.) But for many of us never going to DS normal we didn’t do too bad. I had only been in LFR before this. We will try again this weekend and see how we do. I am working on my DPS, I was TERRIBLE last week. I was at the bottom of the list. It was very, very sad. I got a little bit of new gear since then. And have up’d my DPS on training dummies. I also changed up my Talents a bit. And it has seemed to help me some. Last night we did a Zul’aman and I was top dps. It was only a 5 man, but hey I am a work in progess.

Heals…….I also did some healing last night. This blog is called Healkin after all, so I need to do both DPS and Heals. At first it was really hard, we went and did Heroic Violet Hold …….okay it was a total joke. I should have healed as a Moonkin. But then we went into The Vortex Pinnacle. It wasn’t too hard since 4 of the 5 were 85′s. And some of those were geared. But I did get to practice my healing. My biggest problem now is trying to remember my keybindings on my heals and also which heals to use when.

So which do I like more, Heals or DPS?

Right now I have to say DPS. I do enjoy heals, but I have been having a lot of fun with DPS. Trying to get to the top of the dps charts has been fun. Reading about rotations and little tips and tricks that I can do to up my damage. I still love to heal, but right now Damage is winning out.

What about going Horde?

As my twitter friends know, I have been talking about going Horde. I am not sure still what I am going to do. I kind of want a change. And i was thinking either to change race or servers. Maybe even both. I do know some cool people on Wyrmrest Accord that are Horde. The awesome hosts of Tauren Think Tank  @Remghar & @JulestheTauren. Also the Horde for Life guys. @HFLPodcast    So I would know some people on that server….  I am still thinking about this. I guess we will see what happens in the next little bit with my guild.

Closing words for this blog post…..

I am really enjoying life lately. Even though life is stressful and I have to worry about selling my house, getting a new place to rent. and then possibly moving across the country things are good. I have found so many new WOW friends via Twitter. And also found a bunch of new podcast to listen to. Most recently I have found Convert to Raid Podcast  @ConverttoRaid  They are funny guys! And give great raiding tips and explain the fights really well.

I’ve also found some cool chats lately. Convert to Raid’s Chatroom has some cool people in it that I got to talk to yesterday. Even go two new Twitter people to follow @aeyvi  & @WOWHoof  (Everyone should follow them too :D )

And then my buddy @Veroicone (follow her as well)  set up a cool chat site for healers. So if you’re a healer get on and chat with other healers. HealChat

There are so many others…..but I will have to mention them in another post.

Till then….(insert witty saying here)

Work wrecking havoc on WOW time…..

Some times you just don’t have time to play WOW,  or that much of it at least. That is where I am right now. Working crazy schedule and so my WOW time has been limited a lot. But I have been able to do a few things.

Did some Heroic’s with my guild and was top dps as Boomkin! It was a lot of fun… I do plan to heal some as my druid but I am really enjoying the dps aspect.

I have done a bunch of Archeology! In fact tonight I got the Pterrordax Hatchling !!!

I have also been doing some BG’s! Last night I did 3 and won all three while also not doing a bad job. I am still learning my Druid but having a blast doing so. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally level one up. But its ok, as now its my main character. (Although i will have to play my hunter some….that is the one character I miss playing some)

 

This was a short and sweet entry… I hope to add some more info later! I need more playing time to get things to write about!

 

 

TTFN, Ta Ta For NOW!

Playing WOW and listening to podcast FTW……

Level 85?  Check   Geared for LFR?  Check    Archeology leveled?    ummm what?

So I leveled to 85 and even got geared for LFR shortly there after. But I can only do LFR and Heroics for so long. There comes a time when I need to do something else…..

So I started with old instances I never did while leveling, plus I need to up my rep with Stormwind…..

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((( Yeah I know I really started with hard ones lol)))

Well that got boring and fast….

So what else can I do?   I KNOW….ARCHEOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I know some people like Archeology and most seem to hate it!  I so far haven’t had an opinion.

I never really did it enough to form one.

So while doing this I also got Achievements…

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And also explored….

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And then more achievements….

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Good times right?  Well I must say it was…and for one reason.  Podcasts!!!!!!

I decided to turn on Darkmoon Herald Podcast!

They are hilarious with some great voice acting for their segments. And they also have some great guest like on episode 11 they had @gomatgo & @sholnickwho! It was full of funnies! I found my self doing Arch for 2 straight hours.

With great thoughts on WOW, to Dunk Tank Trivia…it was awesome! And whats great is there’s more then just Darkmoon Herald.

There’s TaurenThinkTank. HordeForLife, Hearthcast, my first podcast WOWInsidershow & many more….All of those and more are in my Blogroll as well.

Its a great way to pass the time while doing mind numbing stuff. I highly recommend checking some of these out.

They are all great people and very friendly! I follow all of them on twitter and enjoy it!

 

 

Playing WOW and listening to podcast FTW……

Level 85?  Check   Geared for LFR?  Check    Archeology leveled?    ummm what?

So I leveled to 85 and even got geared for LFR shortly there after. But I can only do LFR and Heroics for so long. There comes a time when I need to do something else…..

So I started with old instances I never did while leveling, plus I need to up my rep with Stormwind…..

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((( Yeah I know I really started with hard ones lol)))

Well that got boring and fast….

So what else can I do?   I KNOW….ARCHEOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I know some people like Archeology and most seem to hate it!  I so far haven’t had an opinion.

I never really did it enough to form one.

So while doing this I also got Achievements…

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And also explored….

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And then more achievements….

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Good times right?  Well I must say it was…and for one reason.  Podcasts!!!!!!

I decided to turn on Darkmoon Herald Podcast!

They are hilarious with some great voice acting for their segments. And they also have some great guest like on episode 11 they had @gomatgo & @sholnickwho! It was full of funnies! I found my self doing Arch for 2 straight hours.

With great thoughts on WOW, to Dunk Tank Trivia…it was awesome! And whats great is there’s more then just Darkmoon Herald.

There’s TaurenThinkTank. HordeForLife, Hearthcast, my first podcast WOWInsidershow & many more….All of those and more are in my Blogroll as well.

Its a great way to pass the time while doing mind numbing stuff. I highly recommend checking some of these out.

They are all great people and very friendly! I follow all of them on twitter and enjoy it!

 

 

Friends and guildies, where are you?

I have been playing World of Warcraft for a long time. Some real life work friends got me into the game. After some pushing and pushing, and telling me all I was missing. I finally decided to give it a go. I have played video games since my NES days as a little one. So I was big into video games. But WOW was my first MMORPG. It was different then anything I had ever done.

I fell in love at first click. And it helped that I had friends to help me a long. And to remind me that they had more money and were higher level then I was. My first guild was the guild of friends. I took forever to level. I spent so much time screwing around. Like swimming around the entire Eastern Kingdoms. After a while Burning Crusade came out. I had no idea they were even going to do an expac. “Sweet, OUTLAND! And level 70, hmmm I guess I better get to level 60 first.”

Yeah those were the days, then things changed. My RL friends started to take time outs and kind of stopped progressing. And I kept moving forward. So I did it, I made the cut. I left the guild of friends. And joined a guild who did more raiding. It was a blast! But then the guild fell apart shortly afterwards. So I changed guilds, and again and again. I had the hardest time finding a good spot for me. It seemed like drama always razed its ugly head in the guilds and I wanted nothing to do with drama. 

Then one day, I found a guild. Drop Bears Alliance guild, on Moonrunner US (My first server in wow). Back then I played on my shaman named TheShamman. (Catchy right?)  It was a lot of fun, they were a great guild and I really enjoyed my time there. But something wasn’t right, I needed another change….so I made it. But this time I made a big change. I switched servers and went Horde. (Yes, I had a brief period as Horde) This was such a big change for me. I had never played Horde before so everything was new. I moved to The Forgotten Coast US. It was very interesting, not only was I now Horde. But I was also on a PVP server for the first time. I decided to level up a Hunter there, Dazul. It was a lot of fun, but I didn’t have many friends. I still have one friend from there on Real ID that I talk to now and then, but that was it.

The friends made a come back…..

So the RL friends decided to make a come back to WOW. And they all wanted to start new players on a new server. I thought “What the heck!” So I joined them. They decided to pick the server Wrymrest Accord. So I made a new character, a Paladin. Shortly after playing on it I noticed something. This was an RP server. Something I don’t think my friends took into account. But there we played……and it lasted maybe two weeks. Then they all kind of stopped.

So I was on a new server, an RP server. And I just kept playing. I have to say that so far in my WOW character, WRA has been the friendliest server I have played on. I also got into Rp and had a blast! My friends played Alliance so i was back on the Alliance side and moved my Shaman and Hunter over.

Now to fast forward about two years. I am still on WRA. I just made a new Druid (woot) I was an officer in a guild and was out with an illness and real life for about 3 weeks. I come back to find one of the other officers was kicked out of the guild. (Yes, more drama) I talked to her and she started a new guild with her hubby. I am good friends with them so I put my new druid into their guild. This new character hadn’t been in a guild yet. Then a few days later I see the GM of the other guild on and I start to talk to him. I tell him that my new alt is in the new guild. We small talk for a bit and I log off. He then kicks all my characters out of his guild. So I just continue to play my druid.

Fast forward to now….I have a new main. Alauster, level 85 Druid. I absolutely LOVE HIM! But there’s one thing missing…. friends and guildies. The new guild I am in is still small, only level 7. But the problem is no one is ever on. Even before D3 came out. And then all my RealID friends are also never on anymore. So life is very boring. I don’t want to leave the guild cause I am friends with my GM. But I also don’t want to be stuck in a small guild that never does anything. I am a casual raider, I enjoy raiding but can’t do it 4 nights a week. But in be a casual raider I do like to raid every once in a while. And right now my only raiding is from LFR.

So now I am perplexed. I have been thinking of Faction changing or even server changing. I just don’t know what to do. I love this game, but part of the reason I love it is the friends I have made. And lately it’s been a little lonely……

 

From all of us here at healkin, I’m Alauster You stay classy San Diego.