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Week 3 Challenge: What’s My Main Again?

Week 2 Recap

Last week, I posed the question “Why do you do what you do?” There were a bunch of responses, all with slightly different reasons for choosing activities or games. I’m listing them below; go ahead and check them out!

And, of course, it’s never too late–if you want to do either of the previous two challenges, go for it and link me your post in the comments!

  • Why Do I Do What I Do Bee Do (Bloodthorne) – TJEdgar explains why he blogs and demonstrates how everything is better when it’s set to music.
  • Battlechicken’s Challenge (MMO Compendium) – Sometimes, each character we roll has a different purpose and personality–this post includes a whole collection!
  • Week 2 Challenge (Flask Half Empty) -Ninevi reminds us that our reasons for playing the games we play are not one-dimensional.
  • Week 2 Challenge (StarShadow) – I love bows–the shooting kind, not the hair kind. Great screenshot mash-up here of the thrill of adventure.
  • NBI: Why Do I Do What I Do (Brazokie’s Blog Space) – From the process of creating a character to blogging about them, Brazokie shares the why behind the what.
  • Why Do You Do What You Do (Shards of Imagination) – This is a look at the uniqueness of MMO gaming as a hobby, from exploration to community!
  • Why I Stealth (Casually Vicious) – Why be a ninja? Why not?!
  • Why I WoW (Image Heavy) – Sometimes it’s the little things that make the game worth playing. A simple “hi” is sometimes just enough!
  • Why Do You Do What You Do: Guild Leadership (Neri Approves) – Guild Masters take on massive responsibilities–why? This is a GM’s perspective on taking on the job.

Week 3 Challenge

Most of us invest a lot of time in one (or two, or three…) characters in the games we play. For me, this is Ambermist, my druid moonkin. She is the reason this blog exists at all.

I’m sure it sounds strange to anyone who hasn’t experienced it first hand, but she has a personality and a story. I’ve “known” her for 6 years. She is, in some ways, my alter ego.

Your challenge this week is to tell me about your main (or the small handful of characters you feel most attached to). This might be their backstory as you’ve imagined it, or how you imagine their personalities. It could be how they relate to you–are they your flamboyant side, or do you channel your thoughtfulness through them?

Maybe explain why you chose them or why you keep coming back to them. What would they say if I asked them to tell me about themselves?

Whatever form or idea that takes for you, the challenge is this: Tell me about your main character(s).

Bonus ChallengeTomorrow I’ll finally be writing some of my thoughts about blogging (I know, I’m a terrible slacker). One of my biggest cornerstones is  community. The gaming blogosphere is huge and very community driven.

One of the vehicles through which this community communicates (say that three times fast) is Twitter. It’s not for everyone, but if you can plug into it, it will help you connect in ways you might not have realized. Your bonus challenge is this: if you don’t have a Twitter account, make one! If you do have one, find 3 new people to follow this week. If you haven’t already followed me, you can count me as one of your three. You’ll find me here: @battlechicken.

I can’t wait to read about your main characters! Remember to give me a link in the comments so I can include you in next week’s post!

P.S. I am so sorry for the cheesy title, but I just could not resist. 


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Why You Do What You Do: Week 2 Challenge

The Newbie Blogger Initiative is off to an awesome start! I’m already having a hard time keeping up with all of the awesomeness.

Recap Week 1:

Of course, some awesomeness took place right here last week with some great responses to the Build Your Own Boss Challenge. I highly encourage you to check these out:

Week 2 Challenge:

There was a boss for every type of player last week (and you guys did fantastically, by the way). This week we’re going to get a little more introspective and talk about what type of player you actually are.

About a year or so ago (maybe more, now), I discovered a website: Why Do You Do What You Do? The premise is simple: answer the question with a picture. I fell in love with the idea and created a Why We WoW  page on my blog.

I still love the concept, so I’m opening it up again across all genres and games:  Why do you do what you do? Why do you play the way you play, why do you play the game you play? Why are you a healer? Why do you PvP? What keeps you coming back?

This is not limited to pictures–I’d love to see your thoughts on why, exactly, you do what you do in the game(s) that you love. And you can have as many answers as you can come up with. I discover new ones every day!

The Week 2 Challenge is simple. Answer this question: Why do you do what you do?

Make sure you link your blog post to me so I can include it next week!


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Build Your Own Boss: Week 1 Challenge

Yesterday I posted about the Newbie Blogger Initiative. I’ve gotten the chance to read and comment on a few new blogs, and I’m pretty stoked about the whole thing.

One of the reasons I see people give for not starting a blog is not knowing what to write about. We’ve all been there, trust me. I thought it’d be fun to challenge our new (and experienced!) bloggers with some ideas–prompts, sort of–to keep the first month of content rolling.

I’ll post one challenge every week. All you have to do is take the prompt and write a post based on it! And I’d love for you to come back and link it in the comments, so I can see what you’ve come up with.

Challenge #1: BYOB

Whatever game you play, you’re going to encounter a boss or two (or hundreds). Some of these bosses are so memorable that we’re still talking about them (or resurrecting them…) years later. One of my guildies last night was talking about something he’d like to see as a boss mechanic, and it made me wonder: if we could build our own bosses, what would they be like?

That’s your prompt: whatever game you’re playing, create a boss for that game. Tell us everything you can about the boss (we want to be ready when we fight him!).

A boss needs some things. If you’re having a hard time knowing where to begin, here are some things to get you going:

A reason for being pissy:

  • Didn’t get the loot they wanted.
  • Angry at their mother or father
  • Has been in prison for 10,000 years.
  • Has already died once or twice.
  • Lost his cat/dog/abomination

A place to be mean in:

  • A magic treehouse
  • Mom’s basement
  • A coliseum
  • A cave
  • A castle
  • An open field


Tank-killing abilities (choose at least 1):

  • Stacking debuff requiring tank swaps
  • Crazy smack-in-the-face hit requiring a cooldown
  • Split damage requiring a soaker

Raid killing abilities (choose at least 2, friendly fire is acceptable/encouraged):

  • An AoE DoT
  • An AoE Explosion
  • Lots of adds
  • Something to not stand in

And finally:

  • A name
  • An opening speech
  • Some phrases to repeat ad nauseam during the fight

You can give us descriptions, screenshots, paint drawings–whatever you can come up with to tell us about your boss. The door is WIDE OPEN.

I can’t wait to see what we get out of this. I hope you’re watching, devs!


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If You’ve Ever Wanted to Blog, May is Your Month

Sypster over at BioBreak contacted me a couple of weeks ago about a plan; a way to encourage people who had considered blogging to go ahead and jump off the cliff into the sea of posts and tags and topics.

This plan is known as the Newbie Blogger Initiative. The idea is simple–get a bunch of experienced bloggers together to encourage new ones. There are over 60 bloggers from all corners of the gaming blogosphere signed up.

Throughout the month of May, each of us will be posting a blog giving our personal tips for and experiences with blogging, as well as publicizing and encouraging new bloggers as you start to get your feet wet.

This is a test run for new bloggers–give it one month and see if you like it! If you’re ready to jump in (and I hope you are!), go ahead and create a blog, write your first post, and then come over to the Newbie Blogger Initiative H.Q. to sign up. There you can ask questions, talk to other bloggers, or bounce ideas off of new and old bloggers alike (not to mention the nifty banner).

If you’re not quite sure, come take a look at the forums anyway. Maybe you’ll get caught up in the excitement, too!

And finally, if you’re an experienced blogger and you want to become a sponsor blog, sign up! As a sponsor blog, you’ll be asked to write three blog posts this month for the NBI and to encourage new bloggers as they join our ranks.

What are you waiting for? May is your month!

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Casting Revive

Fair warning, this is a personal-ish post, but the game posts will be coming back, I promise!

Not quite a year ago, I walked away from this blog for really good reasons. I needed to focus on my son and my family. I also needed to focus on myself, although I didn’t realize it at the time.

During last summer, with WoW, blogging, Twitter, and everything internet-oriented except writing pushed to the side, I was able to focus on things I really needed: time with my family and my health. In the past year, I’ve lost 78 pounds. My relationship with my son has grown more meaningful, my daughter and I have spent a lot more time together, and my husband and I have discovered that we’re a heck of a support system.

When my kids went back to school, I came back to WoW. With school-year bedtimes, I can play once they’re both tucked away and not feel like I’m shortchanging them–or myself. I came back with my priorities straight, and a new understanding of the good things I’m capable of outside of virtual space.

I come back to TLBC with that same understanding. I’m not worried about views, comments, or even being right (okay, I might still worry about that a little). I return because I like to play WoW and I like to write about playing WoW. I return because the Warcraft blogosphere is an incredible community, the biggest, most diverse guild ever.

It’s good to be back.


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Temporarily Out of Service

I have loved this blog for the past 2-and-a-half years. It started as a way to find other noobkin who wanted to learn to play but got lost in the theorycrafting, and ended up being a place to work out concepts and thought processes behind the game we love so much to play.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, this probably won’t come as a surprise. Life has called me to focus on other areas of my life right now. After 4 years of consistent raiding, I stepped down last week in order to spend more time with my children, to blog about our family, and to advocate for my son and his disability.

I find I have fewer and fewer things to say related to World of Warcraft and more and more things to say about my family and our experiences; I am pulled heavily in that direction.

I doubt I’m done for good; these things have a way of circling ’round. For now, though; I’m signing off.

Be kind and play well, my friends.


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An Explanation, An Adjustment, and A Patch

An Explanation

How long has it been since my last blog post? A month, 2? I don’t even know without looking. The reasons are fairly straightforward: 1) I haven’t had anything to write about, and 2) I haven’t had time to write about nothing. That is, there’s nothing I felt led to write about when it concerns WoW (at least, nothing that would be appropriate in a public forum), and I haven’t had time to come up with neat in-between ideas.

Back in November, I let you have a peek inside my life away from WoW as I detailed the diagnosis experience of my autistic son. I mentioned in that post that he would begin receiving intensive therapy, and boy, has he ever! We are now in the midst of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy at the hefty time block of 20 hours per week. It has been nothing short of absolutely wonderful for him (and me).

While I can’t always be in the room with him while he’s in therapy, I don’t feel comfortable devoting my full attention to blogging when I could be paying attention to what’s going on with him, and I don’t want to write crappy blogs, either (it’s okay if you think my usual posts are crappy, I won’t take it personally). Further, when therapy ends for the day and my son takes his nap, I’m itching to play, not write. Things are starting to get back to a more natural rhythm now that we’re getting used to our schedule changes, but I still haven’t had any in-game experiences that would prompt me to blog. That is not an invitation to drama, I swear.

Why do I feel like I just jinxed myself?

An Adjustment

Many of the people who read more than just N2B are familiar (enough) with my family either from spending time with me in-game or through Twitter. Particularly, many of you know my husband Ultraking. After a few days of thought and processing, he has decided to step down from raiding to spend more time with our children since he works so much right now. I am so proud of him for going with his gut on this.

I haven’t come to the same decision yet, and will continue to raid unless we decide that we can’t handle being a one-raider couple. It’s going to be an adjustment for both of us, but at least I have fewer people to roll against? (weak laughter).

A Patch

Hey! It’s Patch Day! I thought about writing about Patch 4.1 before we actually ran right into it, but the truth is, I’m not that shaken up by any of the changes.

He just heard about the nerf to Starsurge.

That’s not entirely true. The nerf to Starsurge made me weep big, drippy moonkin tears. I do know what it did in PvP (I think considering our survivability, more burst was a fair trade, but what do I know?), but I also know that a flat out nerf without a balancing buff seems a little harsh to those of us who are more concerned with killing bosses than players. I’m hoping that there are going to be tweaks coming as they see what happens now that it’s going live.

Other than that, everything else I either have neutral-ish feelings about, or I downright like them. I like idea of the new 5-man content, I think the change to ground AoE’s to be distinguishable between friendly and enemy players is a great idea, I am thrilled about being able to rez easily after someone has released (without using Mass Rez), and of course, the Stampeding Roar buff is going to make me recover from wipes a lot more easily (so I can forget to cast Mark that much sooner)!

The first thing I’m going to do when I log on? Probably jump in a group for the new 5-mans. Maybe consider trading in Justice Points for Honor (maybe not) or buying Maelstrom Crystals with them to improve some of my enchants. Troll land, here I come!

Something Completely Different

Congratulations to my guild, <Ephemera> of Durotan, for achieving Realm First! Guild Level 25. That was some serious heroic-running, the likes of which I have never seen; it was a total blast! Great job, guys!

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Like a Ninja: Two Years of Tastes Like Battle Chicken

My blog is totally a ninja. In the midst of yesterday’s insanity as we struggled to get settled into this new raiding arrangement in our guild, the second anniversary of my blog crept right past me. It seems impossible to say that I’ve been blogging for two years, but it seems just as impossible to say I’ve been playing WoW for almost 5.

To commemorate this occasion last year, I posted blog stats (I know you can hardly contain your excitement, but try for me). But as I’ve scrolled through this year’s posts, I realized something: I post a LOT of pictures. I knew this; it’s not unintentional. When I’m reading blogs, I like chunks of text broken up by images (it’s the toddler in me). But I don’t think I realized the extent of my addiction.

So here, to review the past two years, a collection of images that appeared on my blog:

Hello, My Name is Ambermist – February 23, 2009

Preview of Ignis in Ulduar – March 17, 2009

New Druid Form?!?!?!?! – March 31, 2009

Ambermist & Ultraking Forever – April 3, 2009

On Pins & Needles – April 13, 2009

Heroic Ulduar: Kologar – May 21, 2009

A Short Tale About An Old God – June 25, 2009

Blizzcon & One Hot Nelf – August 21, 2009

5 Ways to Get /Ignored – November 20, 2009

A Cord of Two Strands: Part 7 – December 20, 2009

The Plagueworks: Professor Putricide – February 4, 2010

When It’s Time to Change – April 1, 2010

Behind the Chicken – November 18, 2010

…And Keep Moving On – October 18, 2010

Azeroth: Before & After – November 25, 2010

Like a Ninja – February 24, 2010

Thanks for letting me make a home in my little corner of the blogosphere for the past 2 years. As a whole, the WoW blog community rocks, and I sure am glad to be a part of it!


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With A Bang (Letters to my Guildies)

I took a month off of blogging to spend more time with my family and to play more (and I really enjoyed it), but things have settled down and I’m ready to return.  And I’m starting off with a bang.

I’m starting a series called “Letters to my Guildies.”  Don’t worry, I’m not going to start too much drama (although it would up my readership…).  Most of these won’t be written directly to guild members, but to certain traits or aspects that stick out to me that I think a lot of people can probably relate to. So, here we go, Letter Number 1, written actually to a few people who have apped or whispered asking about what we expect in our guild.

Dear Unexalted,

I know that daily quests suck.  I’m right there with ya, bro.  You think it’s bad now, you should have seen what Dun Niffelem was like 2 weeks into Wrath!  There were times people would steal those stupid little oily whatever-the-hecks right out from under my moonfire.  For weeks I toiled in Storm Peaks for that shoulder enchant.  And get this–that was before you could buy rep with Relics.  I KNOW.  Insane, right?

So you’ll have to pardon my frustration when you say “I just don’t think it’s worth it to get exalted for a measly extra 6 spellpower and 5 crit.”  You don’t think what is worth it?  Being invited to raids?  You realize, of course, that the reason you didn’t get invited to our guild to start with was mostly that line right there.

First of all, if you’re going to try to get into a guild or raid, you should put your best foot forward.  Chances are you’re not as geared as we are, so when we say every little bit helps, we’re trying to help you not be 21st on the damage meter (the holy paladins do better than that).

But more importantly, it shows us that you don’t care about being the best in your class like we do.  We are all fiercely competitive.  The first thing we look at after a boss fight is…well, actually, it’s the loot.  And then after the loot, it’s the damage meters.  We know what it takes to be at the top (apparently I can only tell you how to hover around 10th, except for an awesome Vezax last night), and we know you aren’t going to make it.

If it’s not “worth it” to grind to exalted, or to properly gem and enchant your gear, then it’s definitely not worth it to us to bring you to our raid.

So thank you for your interest, but we’re going to have to pass.




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My Next Snack

I have to share this with you guys, my fellow druids.  WoW.com (formerly WoWInsider) is featuring a new blog entitled Nourish, an ingenious idea for a blog that is based on taking in-game food and related themes and turning them into real-life counterparts.  I’m sure you can agree it’s pretty cool, but why did I feel the need to share this on my moonkin-themed blog?

For this recipe, the first of two so far:  Mark of the Wild Berry Smoothie.  Their first recipe is a druid-themed delight.  Now this is a site I can support.

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