Just Checking In

Grrr, I’m still locked out of my Blogger blog Atheren’s Azeroth. Not that I was writing much anyway, but it’s the being blocked thing that has finally cracked me.

Azeroth: I’m still loving the Burning Crusade Classic game and play most days. My husband plays even more than I do. What a fiend he is for materials gathering and tossing himself up against murderous enemies. In order to get money and materials.

I am currently playing my Hunter and Warlock back and forth trying to finally get us a guild bank. Since my sister doesn’t read this (hi sis!) I can say I thought that she and her husband, who are ace at using the auction house, could work with the rest of us to get a guild bank pretty easily. Then I can just pop potions, weapons and armor in the bank instead of spending all that silver mailing stuff around.

The warlock is level 45 and the Hunter closing in at level 37. I’ve been saving for about a week, just by questing, and have 50 gold. I think, I’m pretty sure, I can have the rest by month’s end. Then we’re all on easy street.

I’ve peeked into Shadowlands once or twice, and my Atherne character finally made it to Ardenweald. I just can’t stand the place. And every time I think that every single class is recommended to go there, agh. No. No.

Then I played briefly a level 3 Mage on a server far far away. She’s now level nine because I played her a little. I liked her combat animations. She’s in Westfall, however, and it is so different from the Westfall I’ve been spending lots of hours in, fighting the Defias. The tornadoes. The cracked earth. Cataclysm was release 11 years ago, and the landscape hasn’t been repaired? There are homeless refugees from Stormwind all around Sentinel Hill, all those people still hungry. Nothing ever done for them. It’s a depressing place. Perhaps one of the reasons you get shuttled now through these early levels so fast is so they never have to fix anything. Bleh.

TBC is my happy place.

Did you know you can ride into the Swamp of Sorrows via Darkshire? It’s completely overrun with Horde, no Alliance spots at all, which I hate, because it’s a favorite spot in the game. Still.

Even more mind boggling, you can get to the Badlands via Dun Morogh. It’s right there! You ride past Uldaman on the way in! Yikes! And Feralas is just gorgeous. Thousand Needles is disappointing. Even though it’s not underwater in this era, again, blah blah, it’s all Horde. No Alliance base or quests.

I have peeked into LOTRO now and then when Wow was down. It is apparently my next game of choice. The graphics are so fuzzy, though, it’s kind of unpleasant. I did find a guide to graphics settings for it that are supposed to make it look better. Haven’t gotten around to that quite yet.

I’ve no interest in New World at all. It never sounded interesting, as I can’t stand the historical period it semi-resides in. Of course Bhagpuss makes everything sound good, so I like reading what he has to say. That’s as far as that goes.

I’ve completely left ESO behind, which is so odd to me since they are doing the Oblivion game period, my favorite of the Elder Scrolls games. However, it plays to a major flaw in the game itself, having the Imperial City be a PVP zone only. Do you know how much time I’ve spent in the Oblivion game in that city, with it’s merchants, and I can never go there in ESO.

Blizzard’s Sad Story

The revelations and story playing out at Blizzard are nowhere near over. My comments are small without still knowing the depth of the problems in this apparently toxic workplace where a game I love is created. How do these things even happen in the world?

My thoughts are summed up best by Taliesin via Priest With A Cause’s Blog


and, the best writer about World of Warcraft currently writing:


I agree with most of what they have to say. I’m shocked, dismayed, saddened. I did not hold any of the developers at Blizzard in any particular regard, as always, having learned from SWG not to follow individuals and creators of the games I love too closely.

I have not unsubscribed from the game since Wrath of the Lich King. I will not be unsubscribing now. I hope all of the voices are heard and changes are made at Blizzard. As a former union steward, I recommend that a union is formed. That’s how you protect your workforce, that’s how you make sure someone is looking out for everyone.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Here we go! I’ve just begun the first Mass Effect game from scratch, and if this released in March, I should be able to see how I like the “soldier” build, and I’ll either start anew with that for this update, or choose one of the others. I had originally thought this remaster was just the first Mass Effect, but it’s the first three. Wow. Here’s my wallet, guys!



Creaks is a new platformer game from Amanita Design.   They call it a puzzle adventure.     https://amanita-design.net/games/creaks.html

I find the Edward Gorey like art appealing.   The character, though silent, is hapless, yet determined, so far.  I’m sure I’m still in the tutorial.  This is the first game I’ve bought not as part of a sale or an expansion upgrade in quite a long time.


Controls are the arrow keys to move and the spacebar to select/interact.   Having watched the trailer and the moves the character makes along the way, this surprised me.



Though you see small sections on your screen at a time, a scene where the character climbs down and down a ladder provides potential for a large area, perhaps.



I stopped when I saw his first potential enemy.  The look on his face.  Maybe it’s a good dog.


Two For The Show

My Warrior gained 120 and next up is my Enhancement Shaman.

Starting at level 71 earlier in the week, she’s at 84 today.  I left her behind for a long while, but she has been very easy to play.  I feel guilty for having left her behind.  Somehow in my Shadowlands strategy I want to keep all the BWR characters at the same level.

I can’t guarantee my Monk will crawl forward to 120 though.  Maybe she’s not so bad once I concentrate on learning how to play her class.   First the Shaman.

I’m pretty sure I chose to try Enhancement Shaman because I thought her totems would enhance not just her, but her fellow dungeoneers.  Nope.  Very disappointing.

Her Healing Surge is one limp heal.  Even so, sometimes it’s a teensy moment’s escape from death.

She’s doing super well in dungeons except when things occasionally go awry.

Thanks to my brother-in-law, I find myself transmogging everyone’s outfits as soon as they have a few coins.  The Shaman looked good in blue, with her ghostly pale coloring.


You’ll recall I ran a Hunter on another server to 120.  Every other character there is very low level. So no armor, potions, bags, any support of any kind from the other characters there.  Agh.  On Blackwater Raiders, every crafter is max level and can make her useful things!  It is pretty great.  Including my Inscriptionist who had the glyph for this cool Spirit Form:


I will note briefly it is depressing to look at Inscription these days.  It is so gutted of anything fun or useful.  Give me those scrolls and glyphs back! (Shakes fist)


Shadowlands in beta.  Hurry hurry to get these two last classes to max!  Don’t squish them yet!

I did not opt in for alpha, nor do do I plan to opt in for beta.  I usually crack to get a peek, but yech, this one is going to be a rough sell.  A few bloggers are getting access now so they can do the suffering and cautioning or recommending.  Popcorn is at the ready.

Even without opting in I keep checking my launcher just in case.  What. A. Fish.



Flat Atherne

There’s a ton of information out this week on Shadowlands, way to much to absorb at once.  In my own analytical way, I thought I should pare down what I think in small bits.   The part I am of course focused on, and am not happy with, is the Level Squish.  So  I was thinking of good post titles with the word Squish in  it, without having any analysis ready–lets face it , a zippy post title always comes first.

I remembered Flat Stanley, a book I actually haven’t read.  Yeah, there we go, our characters are all getting flattened.  There was a Flat Stanley Project, wherein kids could download their own Stanley’s and color them, then send them in the mail to some other kid.



So, looking at my Atherne character, I have created her as a Flat Stella (the girl version).  So like the original!   I free-handed that hammer, I’ll have you know.


With this ready to go, I can now study the Squish and report back.   I’ll be writing once a week or more, who knows, but am not doing the Tuesday GameNotes going forward.   Thanks for stopping by!

GameNotes March 17, 2020

Unexpected, eh?  I’m trying to work with Word and creating layers.  Making progress!  It occurred to me after I finished this, Goblins probably look more like leprechauns.  Oops.  Green Lepre-Orc is good enough for this year.


Atherne has moved to Ice Crown in Northrend, attempting to finish the Northrend achievement before the SQUISH, and God knows what else.  Look at poor Uldum and the Vale.

As itchy as I was to finish the Scholazar Basin, Ice Crown is really an awful place.  I played through parts of it with various characters.  Every time I log in and work on some quests, I think “this is why I skipped through this content and most of Northrend”.

I’m kind of dead meat, unless the next expansion and it’s squishiness comes out in September or further out.  I’ve only completed two areas, argh.  I’d have Dragon Blight if the quests hadn’t dried up.  I’ll backtrack after Ice Crown, I think.  Dragon Blight will look utterly charming in comparison, will it not?   I don’t mind Storm Peaks, Grizzly Hills (can’t wait for the exploding outhouse quest), and Howling Fjord.  Zul’ Drak is another grim one.  Why did I like this expansion when it came out?   It had to be the dungeons and dungeon finder.


As I’m working with my Hunter in Draenor, I’m still enjoying it.  As I do the Mission Table, and the Fishing Daily, and the Mine daily run, and try to trap animals for my Barn, I begin to see how people got a bit caught up in some of the rat-on-a-wheel aspects.  I never did, but it is my way to just play the parts I like and ignore the parts I don’t.


Not game related, but we’re all Who fans here, right?  If not Who, you know you love Oscar.  Win, win.



Be safe!  Stay out of Ice Crown!

Feathering My Nest: Christmas Garrison Decorating

I thought I had decorated more of my characters Garrisons for Christmas and Halloween (ya ya, called other things), but no. I am finding that my Atherne character is really the only one who can do the Grumpus, a 120 Gold Elite.  Everyone else’s characters have crummy item levels so the Grumplings just pound them.

Luckily Ath can just send others the Merry thingies they need, ho ho ho.  Slow but I do the love the decorations, and between turns, I’m sending everyone who has a garrison home to snuggle down and who knows, build new buildings, generally feather their Garrison nests.

Back to snoozing in her old bed.


Random Garrison NPC Glark Criswold.   He’s checking all the bulbs, seriously.

The annoying Grumpus


GameNotes December 17, 2019

I haven’t played since Sunday’s grand flight accomplishment.  Tonight I peeked in, ran a few relaxing world quests with Atherne, then sent her to her merrily decorated garrison, so full of NPCs that she adventured with in Draenor.  It remains one of my favorite expansions.  They should be adding more holiday and other décor to Garrisons, there is still time!


After all the tribulations in Mechagon, I set her down for the night at her Inn amongst the convivial company, including John J. Keeshan who is everywhere.  It felt like home.


I spent a little time doing World Quests with my Rogue.  I like doing them in most cases anyway, but she can really use the item upgrades, the gold, the War Resources.   Going forward I’ll gear up my 120s, level the others on Blackwater Raiders, and just enjoy the game.   Speaking of enjoyable, what glory to just fly from World Quest to World Quest.  What a time saver.


I made note of Ken Levine’s new studio Ghost Story Games.  I’ll have to sign up for the newsletter.   It’s always exciting when favorite developers start new ventures.  I love the name!



Happy gaming, baking, shopping and wrapping till next week!