The written form of story telling

For many years now I’ve wanted to write a book. It’s been a desire of mine for absolute ages; I love the idea of storytelling, being able to express action and emotion in the written form. It’s a creative part of me that I’ve wanted to express but lacked confidence to do it.

I’ve got a vague idea in my mind in terms of the core plot but not too sure of the genre to use. There are the classical genres like Fantasy, Sci-fi or post-apocalyptic. There is also the notion of trying modern day, typically war related like Tom Clancy style. People like to escape their own lives and live out the life of others which is exciting and adventurous, with the romantic notion that the hero always wins and the bad guy is defeated.

Conspiracy theories are another form that could be explored. People are fixated with this topic; the possibility that there are ulterior motives behind everything seems to prick the imagination.

Now as a strange side effect, I don’t read a lot of books myself, that’s my wife’s domain. I find that the patience to sit and read hours on end eludes me. It’s a bit like Golf, I’m not a fan of watching the sport on TV but do enjoy playing the game.

 

 

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Been off road lately

The family and I took a much needed vacation out at Sun City, partially because it was paid for by my Wife’s work and also because it served the purpose of watching a 4×4 Rally being held out there. That was the exiting bit which my sons really enjoyed. One can’t believe how fast these drivers go on dirt, they have some serious skill. It was great to just get away into the South African bushveld and enjoy the surroundings it has on offer.

Game time has been a bit limited as I got a new computer, so setting everything up the way I like it takes time. With the new setup I took the advantage of creating a new UI in WOW as well, this is still a work in progress; I’m a bit minimalist in nature, hate having too much clutter on my screen. Either the Addon servers a purpose or it goes.

With regards to my Monk, I hoped onto to him this past weekend and levelled him to 74 in about 2 hours or so. I’m actually setting him up to do some quick levelling when he hits 80. I’ve managed to get an Elixir of ancient knowledge from Krol the Blade in dread Wastes via my Feral Druid. In fact got the Elixir on my second kill, have had many attempts but one tends to get ganked a lot.

If you don’t know, the elixir grants you 300% increase in xp gained up to level 84 and lasts an for one hour. So my aim is to try and get a few more of these, but they don’t come around that easily.

I’ve also continued on my Warrior on Guild Wars 2. I have a number of mates who play the game that have begged me to join them. I must say that the graphics in GW2 are exceptional to say the least. The play style is a lot different but I’m starting to enjoy myself now that i understand the mechanics a bit better. Levelling for me is slow but I hope by the time I hit 30 or so that this will speed up.

Out of that Land

Often you get mails or adverts that tell you that you can level a character to 90 in four days. I’m going to assume that the mean 4 days /played time. Now one of my biggest drivers for levelling my Monk is to see if I can get him to 90 in fewer than four days.

Here is my progress so far

Vanilla:            23 hours 49 minutes played

Burning Crusade:    10 hours 16 minutes played

Reached Northrend in     1 day 10 hours 5 minutes played

 

I’m using all manner of tricks to try and boost my levelling speed. I have seven heirloom items and I try get as much rested XP as possible. Monks have additional advantage of getting a buff to XP gained when you complete a daily quest at the Peak of Serenity. I’ve even forgone levelling any form of profession as I don’t want any distractions. In fact if you go to my Armory under the Professions link it Quotes “Hrmm… This character isn’t very helpful without professions.

To give one an idea of how I’m avoiding distractions, my monk hasn’t even set foot in a battleground as in my view they do not give any decent amount of XP. Now for someone who loves PvP you can imagine how tough this is for me. I have no view of how good or bad a monk is in battlegrounds.

I’m hoping to finish Northrend by the time I get to two days played. In order to complete this I’m building up some rested XP. This is a solo effort, I don’t have a pocket healer or a group helping me mob tag, it’s just questing and the odd instance or two.

I plan to start out at the Howling Fjord due to what I think is a bit of a glitch. Just outside the camp at Howling Fjord there is a constant rush of mobs, never ending rush in fact, here you can kill mobs every few seconds and gain a large amount of XP. I did it before on a previous character whereby I levelled to 70 in next to no time.

 

Patch 5.4 Proving Grounds

Nethaera from Blizzard has written a comprehensive article on her Blog regarding Proving Grounds. I for one will be utilizing this feature once 5.4 goes live. Often you will find me testing out rotations at a training dummy, but if you aren’t a DPS spec then you are limited for places to “Practice” especially if you are a healing class and to a lesser extent a Tank. You can’t exactly taunt the training dummy to attack you.

            

The other cool feature is the availability of four different modes namely: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Endless

I for one think that proving grounds, along with the dropping of arena teams is almost a quality of life change in WOW. This along with Blizzard allowing cross realm teams to compete in arenas.

The Monk report

I achieved my first goal this weekend with my Monk. I managed to get him to Outland (Level 58) in /played time of 23 Hours and 49 Minutes. Within 1 hour of questing in Outland I hit 60 which is really easy to do as quests and instances give a boat load of XP.

My time in the Arena’s is ever improving; we managed to get to a 1500 rating by Saturday night. I was initially playing on my DK but swapped him out for my Feral Druid who I just feel more comfortable with.

I’m thinking of swapping out incarnation in favour of force of Nature. My gear is not that great that it allows me to utilise Incarnation properly, the stuns however from force of nature will mess with casters, I’ll try to play the long game with them

Arena Time Part 2

Well my second night of Arenas produced much better results than the first night. My win ration went from 15% to 50% wins. I was able to get the Tyrannical Gladiator’s Greatsword which aided me further in the success of the evening.

I’m only doing 2v2 for now until as such time that I’m confident to move up to 3’s. The biggest item holding me back right now is my Macro’s, specifically my focus macro. I need to resolve these urgently else I feel I’m not going to progress to the levels I want to attain for myself.

I do have a macro’s section on this blog which is severely lacking in content right now; this will be rectified real soon.

Does anyone have some decent Macro’s to use, maybe a link to up to date web sites. I’ve noticed a number of sites that advertise macros that tend to be out of date?