Flying around in Draenor

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No, this isn’t Photoshopped (can’t afford that program), this is an actual screenshot. I am actually in flightform, on my druid, in Spires of Arak. How is this possible? Well, several days ago, I was in Ashran collecting artifacts so that I could turn in the daily quest for 1000 apexis crystals. I found a group looking to take on a boss mob. After the panther boss guy, our second boss take-down, I discovered that he had a legendary skill book in his possession. In Ashran, you can sometimes find these skill books that give you a temporary buff to one of your abilities, such as a 3min cool-down for rebirth. Well, this particular difficult-to-find item gives druids the ability to use flightform while in Ashran, at least that’s what it is designed to do.

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Just out of curiosity, I was wondering what would happen if I left Ashran in flight form. obviously what normally happens is that as soon as you leave a zone with a zone specific buff, it goes away. That’s what I was expecting to happen, but I tried anyway, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I ended up leaving Ashran, after checking out the horde base there, and flew to Tanaan. Well, I couldn’t get in, since that zone is blocked off until some future update. I was able to fly to other zones. I ended up going to Shadowmoon Valley and flew to Talador, then Nagrand, and ended up in Spires of Arak. A bug, no doubt, and the visual image above is enough evidence of that.

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I had to get a pick of me in flightform, while looking like a ghost!

It was so much fun to fly around in a game world where normally you can’t fly! At times, I worried I might get in trouble, but hey it’s not my fault. I simply found a bug. I flew around Horde and Alliance players to see if they would react. Finally, one alliance priest sent me a whisper asking if he had actually seen me fly. I told him how I did it, and we talked about how great druids are. At some point, we will probably be able to fly in Draenor, probably once the next expansion pack comes out. I’m happy I got a glimpse of what that will be like!

 

WoW Token: How I love Thee

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A few years ago, Diablo 3 introduced real world auctions. This feature allowed players to use real money to buy in-game items like: weapons, armor, and even in-game currency. Things were going great at first, I even made like $50 in total off it, but that was over several months! The main problem with the real world auction system was that very little people actually bought in-game items with real money. I can’t say I blamed them. Diablo 3, while a fun game, just doesn’t have enough content for spending real money on items. While in some ways it’s starting to become more like Warcraft, it’s still very limited in terms of content. That’s not a criticism, the game is good for what it does, it’s just that spending real money to buy stuff that will be replaced quickly doesn’t make much sense.

Real world auctions were eventually scrapped (even the regular auction house that was in-game currency only) and honestly I don’t think anyone really misses it. The only sad thing is my dream of making a living off selling Diablo 3 stuff died. ūüė¶ Haha! It seemed like the grand experiment Blizzard set up had failed, but some wondered, including me, if World of Warcraft would get a similar system set up in the future. After all, there have always been people buying and selling Diablo 2 items illegally, and I’m sure it happens in Warcraft. At least, it does with gold sellers!

Several weeks ago, Blizzard announced the WoW Token. Essentially, it’s a way to buy WoW gold legally, and without the risk of buying from 3rd party sellers. It’s great for casual gamers who do not have the time or patience to earn gold in the game. It’s also great for gamers like me, who don’t have a job, and can’t pay for a subscription! Like the image shows, one person buys the token from the battle.net shop and puts the token on sale in the in-game auction. Players can then buy the token with in-game gold, and use the token to extend their subscription. For some, this means you can now play WoW for free! The catch is that you have to be able to make enough gold to buy the token. Right now on my server the price is sticking around 32,000 gold. Not too hard to make in a month, so if it sticks around that price, I’ll be fine. Also, people with inactive accounts can buy the token and get back into the game, provided that they have enough gold.

I think most WoW gamers so far are fine with this new addition, either they don’t think¬†it will ¬†have a negative effect on the economy in their server, or they are happy to be able to get more gold or free play time. Once you buy to token in-game, it’s locked to that character. You can’t resell it, and you have to use it. That helps prevent gouging. Finally, the WoW tokens are sever-wide, which means the tokens are sold from one place and are not server specific. You are competing with people from all the servers to get a token!

I was able to buy a token with in-game currency yesterday and I’m already selling game items I find or make, so that I can by another token. I think I’ll be able to buy one at least once a month, but you can buy multiples of tokens. I think the limit is 10 at once. That means that I can buy several if possible and activate them if I wish. I may never have to play-to-play again! As of now, the token is almost 10,000 gold cheaper than when I bought one! Looks like the supply is going up!

The Inspiration of Zelda and My New Short Story

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I want to talk about my new short story that I am working on but first I just wanted to talk about a couple of books that I want to plug!

I’m currently in the process of reading two books:¬†Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference,¬†by Cordelia Fine and¬†Dark Light,¬†by S. L. Jennings. The first is more like a textbook, but it is an interesting read. For a psychologist, it is especially interesting since human sexuality is my favorite area of psychology and human development. It really tears apart some of the old traditional theories about how men and women think. Conservative minds may not appreciate this book, just a heads up! The second book is a work of sci-fi¬†erotica. I’m enjoying it so far and I’ll be sure to write a review about it on my blog when I finish.

I’ve only briefly mentioned my current project, so I thought I’d talk a bit about it. The main influences with this work so far is Zelda and Warcraft.¬†It’s a medieval fantasy story about an elf who wakes up in a desert with amnesia. He has magical abilities and he must discover each one in order to survive the harsh climate and ultimately escape the desert. I’ve always felt that nature was an important theme in the Zelda¬†series, even if it’s not explicit, there are always so many wonderful climates that Link visits and of course there are the animals and creatures he interacts with. I decided to focus on nature as being the main them of my new short story¬†series¬†and it seems fitting to use an elf as the main character. Elves are often protectors of nature in fantasy fiction.

Normally I like to use sci-fi for my novels, involving strange creatures and conspiracies, and my short stories are reserved for the comedy genre. But it was the medieval fantasy genre where I began writing for fun back in my high school days. J.R. R. Tolkien was especially influential in my early work as well as the story of King Author. I used to love the stories of knights fighting dragons and rescuing princesses. In fact, a lot of the video games I grew up with had characters rescuing princesses.

My current story does have influences from such works, but World of Warcraft has become a big influence too as well as The Legend of Zelda series. What I love about these games is that women are portrayed differently than they have been in the traditional romantic fantasy. Sure Princess Zelda  has in the past fit the traditional princess role, but she has become a more important part of the more recent games. Plus Impa is a kick-ass woman warrior!

My current work is codenamed: Nature.¬†Hopefully I’ll be ready to self-publish the first short story in a month or so. I’ll ¬†be sure to post updates of my progress!