A Blast from the Past


So eight months down the line, we’re finally starting to establish a “routine” and fingers crossed I might actually manage to visit this place more than once every three months or so. I am still playing WoW or rather I log in regularly to kick off Garrison missions which has had the strange (for me) side effect of making me money for once but am hoping that those brief flying visits will become proper ones now we seem to have bedtime roughly under control. It’s almost Hallows End, the evenings are drawing in and you can smell the log smoke in the air so it’s the perfect time for some World of Warcraft.

Now I just to have to wade through eight months worth of everyone else’s posts and I’ll be all caught up!

On the Potential Selfishness of Selfies

As I ran through the Black Temple the other night, I realized that I’m grateful I no longer raid. The thought of trying to oversee people trying to do this whilst in combat would have got old real fast…. The sheer number of Hunters we would probably have had to kick for posting selfies of themselves hugging our corpses during wipes they avoided with feign death would most definitely have been over 9000 and that’s before we get to the wipes certain members of my old guild would have managed to create whilst trying to grab artistic shots of themselves with the next boss.


Doing on your own though… well that’s another story.

A Bittersweet Return – First Thoughts on WoW following Seven Months away

On Tanaan

Three days in and it’s been bittersweet so far. I’m glad to be back, WoW is a distraction like no other in many ways but my thoughts on Tanaan are mixed. It feels much like the Barrens campaign did, lots of disjointed wanderings around slaughtering things for rewards which much exceed the effort required. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite happy with my three bits of 675 gear I’ve acquired to date but I’m still not convinced that it’s the right model moving forwards. If most people raid for gear (this is my cynical experience from many years in high end raiding guilds) where is the incentive to encourage those on the fence so to speak if you can get better gear than you need for grinding/questing purely from grinding and questing. I know there was an issue with the vanilla model and whilst I was lucky/responsibility free (choose what you think is applicable) enough to experience high end raiding during that period, I know most people didn’t or couldn’t so something had to give but I think things have shifted too far away from organised scheduled content to random throw your hat into ring chaos. What I loved about WoW in those early days was the multi player aspect and I feel that’s definitely been a casualty of the move towards being all inclusive. You don’t need a guild anymore thanks to the Raid Finder, dungeon groups etc and I’ve gone from knowing everyone on my original servers to speaking only to a handful of people. When you run Dungeons people err towards the unsociable and often down right rude end of the spectrum and many of the Garrison missions like the one Yrel gives you for Auchindoun can only be done by people on the same quest which is why my poor Priest had the time to be taking selfies rather than be healing Mr Harpy. Having one party member being able to disappear down a hole in the group whilst the other just stands there doesn’t smack of multi player.

On taking Selfies

I now have this sudden desire to have Snowflower wander around all the dangerous locations taking selfies whilst being beaten up… a sort of living on the edge collection.

On the Navy

This was a surprise. I made a point of not reading patch notes whilst the game was updating and I’ve been a bit too busy to read many other blogs so this came out of left field. Despite the odds of failure seeming awfully high, I like this addition to the Garrison but I’d be hard pushed to express why.


Here is hoping that at some point we can make fishing boats and something a little less warlike in our shipyards.

On the Death Recap Button

I must admit to being disappointed with this. I was hoping for a “Horrible Histories” style video replay of my demise and so having to sing the “stupid death” song myself whilst looking at a damage log isn’t quite up to par.

On the Garrison in general

So far apart from the new exit (which I don’t like on roleplaying security grounds), I haven’t noticed many Garrison changes although either I’ve got much better at pet battling or the opponents have been heavily nerfed, I’m assuming it’s the latter.

On what I’m most excited about

Flicking through the achievements list in search of new ones, I couldn’t help but notice a new Raiding with Leashes and seeing that M’uru drops a chaos pup, something I’ve wanted for a very long time so that’s definitely high up on the list. I’m also becoming a bit obsessive with those races at the Darkmoon Faire.. so close and yet so far. Given that my approach to time is now more like a Goblin one, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to do more than dip in and out of Azeroth for the near future at least, although the little one does find it fascinating in short bursts so I will be focusing on the exploring, the curious and strange rather than raiding and PvP. The biggest question though seems to be what’s next, which feels a little disconcerting less than a year after Warlords launched. What ever it is, I can’t help but feel less Orcs would be a good thing.

The bottom line though is I’m back and I have a camera… oh and apparently I still enjoy playing WoW 10 years after I started (see Mrs Hill… I’m capable at sticking at things I like so nah!!!).


Home Coming

Apparently it’s over six months since I last logged into WoW ….


Although it seems on my first admittedly brief glance around that little has changed. I haven’t been keeping up with the news so am hopefully setting off on a WoW voyage of discovery this weekend and surprisingly enough I’m looking forwards to it.

As for what’s been keeping me distracted, well…. I can’t believe he’s almost five months old. We were experimenting with selfies this morning and it seems he rather likes them.


When Real Life bursts your Bubble

Apparently it’s almost three months since I posted anything here and I suspect a similar duration since I last logged into Warcraft. I haven’t been cheating on WoW with any exciting new games, in fact I haven’t even finished Dragon Age Inquisition yet… I got as far as seducing Cullen and then stopped. As it happened Real Life caught up with me fast:


Our son made his arrival into this world in a rather unplanned and exceptionally messy way, fingers crossed his bedroom as he grows will not reflect this. I will spare you all the gory details however there were parts when Mr Harpy thought he would be leaving the Maternity Hospital to organize two funerals. On the plus side, hospital food was marginally better than I had been led to believe and nitrous oxide is a wonderful thing or at least it was until I starting seeing snakes wrapped around my thighs (the hospital assures me they don’t have bright green anacondas working in the labour ward although…).

At the moment I’m learning to adjust and deal with the fact that everything I own is covered in milk but my intention is to re-discover my WoW subscription sometime soon, ideally when I’ve had a bit more sleep and see how things have changed since I last logged in.



I’ll be back.

Fandom Five: My Must See List of Christmas Movies

The Fandom Five is the brainchild of The Nerdy Girlie and Superspace Chick. It’s also meant to be done on Fridays, a level of organisation I just don’t have at this time of year. I love the concept because it takes the form of lists which appeals to the control freak in me and also because of the answers other people give. In this particular case, so many Christmas Movies I never knew existed.

Christmas has me in two states of mind, we have to eat three Christmas dinners in as many days, it never snows like it did in my childhood in central Europe and my parents usually start to argue by 3pm on Christmas Day although I do love wrapping presents, the smell of pomanders and of course Christmas movies so when I saw the latest prompt for the Fandom Five, I knew I had to add my opinion.

So in no particular order:

1. Die Hard I and II

Perhaps not what people might expect from a list of Christmas movies but they’re set at Christmas, are great to snuggle up with a blanket, someone you love and lots of lebkuchen plus they remind you that whilst spending the festive season with your nearest and dearest might at times resemble a war zone, it could be worse, much worse.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

This makes both my Halloween and Christmas lists. I love everything about this movie and could watch it on a loop for hours although you do get funny looks singing “This is Halloween” in December.

3. Christmas with the Kranks


This one ticks all the right boxes for me because I suppose it encapsulates my own mixed feelings about Christmas with of course the conclusion that the child in me wants. Every year I secretly toy with the idea of running off abroad for the festive season and every year like clockwork we go to my sister-in-law’s for Christmas Eve, my parents for Christmas Day and the in-laws for Boxing Day.

4. The Wizard of Oz


Growing up, every Christmas this would be on television, it became as much a part of my family festivities as crackers, talent contents on Boxing Day (we’re a competitive family) and elaborately iced Christmas cakes. Whilst the adults drank (male) and cooked (female), we children were banished to the sitting room with a selection of presents and told to watch The Wizard of Oz until food was ready which surprisingly enough, we actually did.

5. Home Alone


What’s not to love about this movie? I used to secretly fantasize about my parents managing to leave the country without me so I could heroically fend off inept burglars with the help of my trusty hound. However my parents never quite managed to lose me to that extent, although Home Alone is one of my Mother’s favourite movies too so perhaps I just have Daddy to blame for that.

Dragon Age Inquisition – First Thoughts

Santa came early to the Harpy household this year bringing with him a copy of Dragon Age Inquisition. It’s a joint present and as we have with both incarnations of the game, we’re playing together sharing the decision making and taking it in turns to pilot our way around the stunningly beautiful map.

Naturally we’re playing a Mage as we have in every other incarnation of the game and spent around an hour playing with the character creation screen.


Visually the game has blown me away, it’s far too easy to stand around admiring the way the light falls through the leaves or the little details dotted around.



What has really sold me though is the scale of the game, we’ve played for around eight hours but haven’t really achieved anything at all. From puzzles, to little quests just to be kind along with the main story lines, the scope is immense.

My favourite thing so far however is this:


It might turn more like a  tank than a horse but the level of detail is amazing, from the difference in your position depending on your speed to the individual hairs making up the tail.


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