Making Magic in Minecraft

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know we’re a bit Minecraft Mad at the moment. We are in a massive WoW slump so have really been enjoying other games. We bought Minecraft at the beginning of the week and we are loving every minute.

Anyway, I thought I’d share what I’ve been working on. Yesterday I decided to have a go at making the church we got married in. It’s called Buildwas Holy Trinity, in Shropshire (in case you want to google!). Here’s the pic I worked from:

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I couldn’t put the vestry in around the back (which you can’t see above), but here’s what I came up with…

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Anyway, I’ve been having a great time… next, I want to build a school! ;)

Fishing for a Turtle.

I love fishing, but even after thousands of casts, I still hadn’t fished up the Sea Turtle needed for the Salty title. I fish every time I log in – to level it, to do achievements, for cooking, to get the Pagle rep etc etc and still the mount hadn’t dropped. Typical.

Anyway, I was casually fishing for the final couple of fish for the Nat Pagle rep when all of a sudden I LEAPED out my chair…

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I love the animation of this little mount, and he has a very cute face. Totally worth the time spent!

Royal Revolt II

I like to see which free apps provide me with some entertainment, so after I got bored with Township I downloaded Royal Revolt.

Basically, you are the conquering hero who lives in a castle. This castle is attacked sporadically by other users of the app, who can breach your defenses and steal your gold. You are able to spend the gold you get attacking others in the defense of your own castle. Pretty cool, huh!

royal-revolt-2-1.1.3-2_1440x900Pros

  • It’s free from the app store!
  • Really easy to play and quite addictive
  • Graphics are really good and it’s not buggy
  • You don’t need facebook to progress!
  • Lots of fun animations and ways to defend your castle.
  • Pretty easy to progress at first, it feels rewarding.
  • Attacking real life players and getting revenge is really fun!!

Cons

  • You can only be a King, not a Queen
  • You need to log in relatively regularly or all your gold will be stolen and you can’t save up enough to pay for the next upgrade. For example, you get about 40k gold per win, you can do 4 attacks before your resources run out and need to replenish, so about 120k til you can’t do any more that session. People will steal about 80k of that in the meantime, and you need 500k to upgrade your next building… See the problem?
  • You can spend money to get gems to attack quicker and buy gold/resources, but I refuse to spend money on these games.
  • It’s quite prescriptive in what you’re allowed to do regarding troop placement.

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Anyway, I really enjoyed this for about a month until I got bored because I couldn’t log in enough before my gold all got stolen. An bit of fun for a rainy day – highly recommended!

QQ

I’m likely to get into trouble for this, especially as it’s a bit ironic, but I can’t help myself.

The power of people is a wonderful thing. It has the opportunity to alienate, create community, annoy, bring joy… a whole host of big personal emotions. As a person, you’re able to influence someone else directly. How mad is that?

We are asked time and time again why we follow so many people om Twitter. The reason is really simple – we enjoy reading about what you all get up to. The highs (and lows), the achievements, the news, the personal experiences… we love it all. We would much rather have a really busy timeline with loads of news, than follow 100 people and have no experience of our followers and their lives. Seems a bit self centered to have loads of followers and not partake in a two-way relationship… in our own opinion anyway.

Recently, both of us have been suffering from extreme WoW  fatigue, so we sympathise, we really do.

To justify this to the haters: I am now gear capped (I can’t do normals due to my work commitments), I have 15k achievement points, I have 58 exalted reps, I’ve done all but one boss of Brawlers Guild (which I just can’t get past – 50 wipes and counting!). I *almost* have Gold Proving Grounds (I keep failing the last wave, QQ), I have ALL professions maxed, I have 10 level 90′s with one left for the boost. I have a full set of current 522 PvP gear (which considering I HATE PvP I’m quite proud about!), I have 168 mounts. I have almost all the recipes for each of these primary and secondary professions (relying on drops), I have all Best Friend reps (Halfhill, Nat Pagle etc). We have – thanks to you lovely folk – a wonderful level 25 guild.

I’ve been playing since Cata’s last patch.

So it has REALLY  pissed me off this week with the amount of goddamn moaning on Twitter by people who don’t seem to WANT to find things to do, or see the good points of Warcraft. “There’s nothing to do, QQ”, “WoD changes suck, QQ”, “What am I paying Blizzard for? QQ”, “Changes suck, QQ”. So much so, I’ve gone MIA – I just can’t keep my cool with people.

complaint1Let me get this straight:

  1. I understand you have been playing since Vanilla
  2. I understand you don’t want to raid / can’t raid / have raided HC
  3. I understand you pay for content
  4. I understand you have done all that I have (and probably more)
  5. I understand you absolutely hate the proposed changes to: your class/spec/character models/raids/[insert change here]
  6. I understand you feel that without flying you can’t live/have fun
  7. I understand a year without content is a long time
  8. I definitely understand that you don’t feel Blizzard listens to everyone / works hard enough / reads the numerous blog posts, tweets, forums

In case you’ve forgotten:

  1. You have a really understanding set of developers who are clearly listening to as many suggestions as possible – last nights interview on FinalBossTV if you can’t believe that.
  2. You have a pretty good bug-free game
  3. You have regular fixes
  4. You have a really good (from my own experience anyway) Customer Service
  5. You have [insert time here] number of hours of entertainment for the sub fee. If you don’t, why are you playing? Cinema for two people in the UK here is, say 3hours, for £8pp. You do the maths. We pay £17.98/month for WoW.

… So can we all just shut up moaning now?

thinkHow on EARTH do you know whether you will hate the changes to: class/spec/character models/raids/[insert change here] if you haven’t played it yet? It’s like the children I work with telling me they absolutely 100% hate the piece of music I give them to play without even hearing it. It’s ridiculous and I’m sick of it.

By all means, give your opinion on the alpha changes! But try this: instead of adopting the familiar blame culture that is the Western society, say it once, say it politely, and then leave it be. Even better if you can have a solution ready – Ok, so loads of hunter abilities have been removed. You know Blizzard wants to remove the bloat, so instead of QQing to them and not being constructive, offer a solution that they might consider. Win-win.

We love to hear your opinions, but there is a difference between an opinion, and moaning for the sake of being negative. We are both generally really happy people and it’s really depressing seeing so many people not even trying to see the good stuff or offer solutions to the numerous problems they find with the new content etc.

We have unfollowed people this week because of this, which makes us really sad. We want to interact with the community, but we just can’t hack the negativity at the moment. I know this is a post moaning about people  moaning, but after watching it for a week, I reckon I’m allowed.

Positive Mental Attitude! Let’s give it a go… for the sake of our sanity… pretty please?

A Timeless Champion.

Out of sheer boredom, I starting camping Golganarr, the last elusive rare that never seemed to be up on Doomhammer. He was pretty massive actually, I felt quite tiny.

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A couple of weeks ago at some obscure time of day, he spawned and I finally got my achievement:

Aviary Photo_130412626587843612So anyway, go me. I did think that all that trouble was kinda not worth the 10 achievement points. It would have been nice to have a little title or something…

As you can tell, we’re both a bit bored at the moment. Hopefully something exciting will happen this week for me to post about!

 

 

The Liebster Awards, part 2.

We were nominated for Liebster award by both Manatidetotem and Zuulzilla!

ob_a57650_liebster-award-vert“For those of you who do not know what this Liebster thing is all about: The Liebster Award is a small token of appreciation given to bloggers for doing what they do best and also a way for bloggers to learn about other bloggers. We are all connected in the great circle of… blogging!”

We were given different rules for both, but the general idea is that you answer the questions posed (at least 10), then nominate other bloggers to answer them.

This post ended up being a massive wall of text (which was unreadable), so I’ve published it in two parts. Zuul nominated us first, so her’s was on Sunday, read it here. Mana’s is today with our own nominations and questions at the end.

manatidetotem‘s questions

1.What inspired you to become a blogger?

  • We both enjoy playing WoW and we hadn’t seen many blogs around the idea of couples playing WoW together. We thought other people might enjoy reading about what we get upto.
  • A crazy idea!

2. What was the first character you raided with?  Which raid was it?  Do you still use this character as your main?

  • I only started raiding this expansion as I came to WoW late in Cataclysm. I “raid” (in the loosest sense of the term) with my Mage, who is my main. I also have a Monk who I started to do Flex with before I stopped Flexing. I would love a normals team but I am somewhat time restricted.
  • Rogue, Molton Core. I have a rogue at max level, but it’s Alliance. I was Horde back then. The rogue I raided with is currently level 86.

3. If you could instantly be knowledgeable and proficient with any class/spec, what would you pick and why?

  • Possibly Fire on the Mage? Actually, either of the other specs… I have the gear level to play either successfully, but I can’t really figure it out. I’d really like to be able to do something vital like Tank or Heal though, I dabble in both but I’m definitely not knowledgeable.
  • I’m knowledgeable about every class *grins*

4. If you could live in any virtual gaming world, which one would you choose?

  • Maybe Minecraft – if you want to change the world around you, you could!
  • If I got to be my character, then Warcraft.

5. What would you do if Blizzard shut down WoW permanently?  Would you play another MMO or game?

  • Probably, maybe GW2 or another one you have to pay for. At the moment we can’t justify spending money (even as a one off) on another hobby.
  • I’d cry. Then I’d find another game to play.

6. If you could change anything about the class you play in WoW, what would you change and why?

  • My Water Elemental – why can’t you name them? Why can’t they change colour? Why doesn’t it melt in fire?
  • Nothing, honestly. I play Warcraft because I love what it is, not what I wish it would be.

7. If you could pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be?

  • Head Honcho – I wanna be in the board meetings making the big decisions!
  • Games Tester. Duh.

8. Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love?

  • Sounds big headed, but not particularly. Each blogger is unique for a reason. I love The Godmother’s blog – she comes up with a post every day, that’s dedication!
  • No.

9. If you could be in any top-end raiding guild, which one would you pick?

  • None! Imagine the stress and having no life!
  • I wouldn’t either. I like to play the game for fun, and I imagine the race for completion first would spoil that.

10. What is the oldest screenshot you have in your WoW Screenshots Folder?  What is the story behind it?

  • I only started taking screenies when we started the blog. So one of the two Gnomes together probably.
  • A picture of Mrs B’s mage I took so I could make a personalised birthday card for her. It said: “Grats on your ding!” It took a while for her to get it :p I still  have it though!

11. What is your favorite in-game memory of WoW?

  • Everyone coming together for the Naked Raid. So fun! Read about it here.
  • In Vanilla with two of my other rogue friends, ganking people while they were fighting Azuregos.

Our questions

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. What’s been the highlight of your blogging career so far?
  3. Which has been your favourite WoW expansion and why?
  4. Which is  the most popular blog post you’ve ever published? Link it!
  5. If they were to remove flying from WoD, would you quit? If so, for how long?
  6. What is your favourite thing to do in a group in WoW?
  7. Link your favourite transmog item and some info on where to get it.
  8. Does your significant other play WoW? If so, do you group together often? If not, why not?
  9. What is the last nice thing you did for a stranger in WoW?
  10. What other MMO’s do you play?

Our nominees:

The Liebster Awards, part 1.

We were nominated for Liebster award by both Manatidetotem and Zuulzilla!

ob_a57650_liebster-award-vert“For those of you who do not know what this Liebster thing is all about: The Liebster Award is a small token of appreciation given to bloggers for doing what they do best and also a way for bloggers to learn about other bloggers. We are all connected in the great circle of… blogging!”

We were given different rules for both, but the general idea is that you answer the questions posed (at least 10), then nominate other bloggers to answer them.

This post ended up being a massive wall of text (which was unreadable), so I’m going to publish it in two parts. Zuul nominated us first, so hers are today. Mana’s tomorrow with our own nominations and questions.

Zuulzilla‘s questions

1. Who, what, and/or where does your blogging inspiration come from?

  • Ourselves, WoW, the community, our lives.
  • It was just a random idea…

2. What do you/did you want to be when you grow up?

  • I wanted to be a pilot, then a vet, then a teacher. I am now the latter…. I’m allergic to fur and was rubbish at Physics.
  • An architect. But I figured out I probably couldn’t do it when I realised I couldn’t draw. Pff.

3. What advice do you have for someone just starting out in blogging?

  • Read lots of other blogs, interact with your community, join Twitter, post regularly and use excellent spelling and grammar. I cannot read a blog with bad English, sorry folks. If you struggle with this, try dictating it into a programme or getting someone to proof read it for you.
  • Get your wife to check your spellings.

4. What are some things on your bucket list?

  • Road trip Route 66 (or part of) in America, foster a child, take my Mum to New York.
  • Drive a racecar!

5. What clique were you in in high school?

  • The highly nerdy Music clique. Every day was another music club and we went abroad every year to perform. I loved school and I loved Music. Probably why I became a Music teacher, eh?
  • I was the popular kid. The one who bullied Mrs B :p

6. You are exiled to an island and can take three items. What do you choose?

  • Does this island have electricity? Is it inhabited? If so, I’d like my kindle, a radio and a phrasebook so I understand the natives. Maybe I’d finally get round to reading the Warcraft books…
  • My wife! Teabags! My PC…. even if I can’t use it, I can look at it and dream…

7. If you could go back 5 years and share one piece of advice with yourself, what would you say?

  • Don’t give up on searching for that Dream Job – you WILL succeed and you’ll be very happy!
  • I honestly don’t know. That’s quite a philosophical question that would take a lot of thinking.

8. Who’s your favorite Superhero?

  • I don’t know any, sorry :p Oh wait… Batman and Spiderman they’re superheroes right? Nah, don’t like bats or spiders. Can I make up my own?
  • The Hulk. HULK SMASH.

9. Favorite place to visit?

  • My Mum’s, I don’t see her enough! If I’m not allowed that, probably the place we got engaged or married? Oh, or France, I lived there for a while, it’s amazing.
  • I love the Romans, so anything that has their history.

10. Dinosaurs or Dragons? Why?

  • Dragons, because the only friendly dinosaur I’ve ever heard of is Barney…..
  • Dragons because they breathe fire!