Archive for February, 2011

82 and Counting!

So being 82 and about halfway to 83 is kinda exciting, especially since I only need to get to 85 this time. Granted, I would rather not level at all, but at least it is way more fun again, almost like it was in BC.  I have not had a chance to do any dungeons yet, I would hate for the baby to wake up in the middle of one and have to bail. As always, I am leveling Resto and following my husbands DPS around to level faster. I do cast Wrath and Moonfire, but he usually kills things way too fast. Being Resto does allow him to pull a large amount of targets and not be afraid of dying, which is always a bonus.

As I was saying, I feel they have taking a lot of the daunting work out of leveling. I used to loathe having to grind all the way, but the new quests are simpler and much easier on the gathering scale. I will not lie, there are still gathering quests, and with two people questing together it can get rather annoying. But I have noticed that the drop rate of items is way better than ever. It finally does not take 30 minutes or more for 2 people to complete the gather quests. Bravo Blizzard.

Another happy change is the way swimming works. I will not lie, when I heard about all underwater zones, I was pretty nervous. I have always hated the way swimming worked in WoW, heck in every game that has some sort of underwater moving. However, I think Blizzard has made it a lot better. For one, the ability to run on the bottom of the ocean is pretty great and makes moving around easy. Granted I can just go into swim form and move quickly in any way but running at the bottom was simple and I did not get all turned around like I usually do. Secondly, the mount quest is easy, fast, and very early on allowing everyone to get a fast way of moving underwater. I do love the Seahorse mount and at first I used it, that was until I noticed that Porpi form (what I call swim form) is just as fast as the mount, that is if you have the glyph for faster swimming. I thought this was pretty cool, my husband, however, thought it was druid cheating at its best!

As far as class changes, I really have not had the time to notice. I mostly run (actually swim) around, throwing Moonfires and Rejuves. Plus, with the baby we are leveling as quickly as possible so I do not have much time to sit and analyze as of yet. The one change that I did take a look at was the Tree of Life Form, just the form not the major changes yet. Once I saw there was a glyph to not look…well like an ugly tree anymore, I rushed off to the AH to buy it and have not looked back! I am happy that I can look like myself again, even if it is only for a few seconds.

I do plan on taking a closer look at the class, talents, and spells here soon. I just need to wait for the weekend (tomorrow yay!) when there is more time and there are two of us around for baby duty.

What do you think of the new zones? How is the underwater level treating you? Better than before?


The Arrival of the Sapling

Where is Sarindre? This is a question I have been asked a few times, and frankly, I have no idea where I have been either! The craziness of my life set into play. This involved moving, for the second time in a year, from Texas to Pennsylvania to live with some family and having a baby. Yes, the sapling finally arrived via c-section on January 26th at 8:22 am , her name is Remy and she is just wonderful. She was 8lb 10 oz and 21 inches long, a huge baby! Having a baby has certainly changed everything. I had no idea just how much I would love her, and I know that sounds silly, but it is very overwhelming.

Playing WoW here in the boons of PA at first posed a problem…internet. Yes, internet has been the bane of our existence. Currently, we are using Verizon MiFi at 10 gigs a month, and although this internet is not bad, it is definitely not the best. Though it is the best we can do given our living situation. Since the baby sleeps really well, we are able to play, but we just started up again after she was born and only play when she is sleeping. So as you can imagine, leveling is not going super fast. But we are happy to be playing again.

Sarindre is only 81, just made this morning, but I have also started a Worgen Priest for those times I know the baby will be up soon and I will not have a lot of time to play.  I have to say that the changes they have made to questing are quite impressive. I like that quest completions will pop up and let you turn in without going back to the quest giver. That is a huge bonus, even if it is not for every quest. The Worgens are a pretty cool race and I really like that they are their own mount.

I hope to get into more of a schedule with playing, even though that can be hard with a baby! But since she is getting on a good sleep routine, things have been much easier. Obviously, the baby is my first priority and, as I have always said, WoW is just a game. However, it is nice to sit down with my husband at night and play the game where we met together, especially since we are living with family and it can be hard to have alone time.

So everyone out there, if you have kids, how do you make time to play? Do you take turns with your partner? Do you both play while they sleep like we do? Or is WoW is not something you and your partner do together, what do you do together and how do you find the time?

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