Minecraft Series #5 – CAR SHOWROOM!

I have been playing a lot of Minecraft lately, for two main reasons: firstly, it’s free which means I don’t feel obligated to get my money’s worth each month and secondly, I can pop on and off if I have ten minutes when the baby naps.

What I’m going to show you today is a Car Showroom. This is the last thing Mr B and I built together before we decided we couldn’t be friends and work on a project together haha! I love building cars in Minecraft, no idea why. This was a quick and fun build.


Front view


Inside ground floor


Upstairs staff canteen and offices

Anyway, just a quickie post. I’m working on Ikea at the moment and I have about a million blocks to fill in on the roof >.<


Hi everyone.

*ashamed face*

I know we totally said we would try and blog more, but not long after our last post, lots of stuff happened all at once and it has been a crazy few months.

First of all, let me introduce you to Felicity…


This little girl was keen to meet us, and arrived unexpectedly 3 weeks early. Unfortunately, she caught pneumonia and needed a stay in NICU, but we are happy to report that she is now a happy and healthy 4 month old who keeps us on our toes. As you can imagine, we have barely had time to breathe, let alone game.

However, for about a month she has started sleeping 7pm-5am, so we are hesitantly starting to pick it up again. Most evenings, we collapse in front of the TV and don’t move much further, but occasionally (like now!), Mr B is on Destiny and I am adding some to my latest Minecraft venture.

Sadly, we cancelled our WoW sub a few months ago as we begrudge paying 2 subs for only a couple of hours a week of gaming. I think as we settle into parenthood, we should be able to start back up at least one account… especially with the exciting new expansion that’s on its way!

We hope you forgive us for the long silence. We lurk on twitter in the background as much as we are able, so please do prod us every now and then.

Love and hugs,

Mr, Mrs and Mini B ;)

Liebster Awards 2015

It’s that time of year when the blogging challenges come back around, which is great as it gets us back in the habit of writing.


You can see last years answers here.

This year, we were kindly nominated by Zeirah at A is for Azeroth. We have also received a nomination from Syrco... I’ll try and get round to it, but I’m sorry in advance if I don’t manage <3


Answer 11 questions from the person that nominated you, share 11 facts about yourself and make 11 questions for 5 other bloggers to answer.

11 Questions from Zeirah

1. What makes you smile?

IRL: watching the baby move under my skin (I know, soppy alert). Oh and chocolate. In game: fishing in really pretty places currently makes me really happy – I spent most of my gaming time yesterday at the Sunset Shore. Lovely! 

My wife. Had to say that :p

2. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?

With the UK’s retirement age creeping up – probably still at work. I’d like to say we would both be in a camper van touring Europe though, that’s the dream.

Much the same. Wife, kids, grandkids, retired. Ok, maybe not retired.

3. Is there one class in wow you haven’t been able to really gel with?

Yes, a rogue. That and a warrior are the only classes I haven’t yet got at level 90. I was going to use the boost on it, but it seems a waste as I wouldn’t really play either. I have a geared twink rogue at 70, and I twinked purely because I couldn’t imagine levelling it any more….

Not really, I’m a serial altoholic and I play them all. However, I have only ever had one max level druid (compared to 3 or 4 of the other classes), so if I had to pick, I’d say Druid.


4. What is your biggest problem/challenge when it comes to blogging?

Time. Getting home from work, doing the housework, having tea, doing my prep work for the next day (I’m a teacher)…. I just can’t motivate to write a post too. 

Finding interesting stuff to write about. I don’t think people would be interested in what I have to say!

5. What is your dream career?

I love teaching, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I suppose the dream would be to specialise…. I teach music at the moment, I’d like to branch out into special needs and music therapy, but that’s not looking likely.

Professional video game player. Hell yeah.

6. What is the one thing in wow you love doing the most?

Achieving a goal. For example, max level professions or Loremaster. I set myself a goal then spend the next few weeks obsessing. Currently, I’m doing the 100 enormous fish for the level 3 fishing shack and the 150 pet battles.

I’m not really playing at the moment. If I had to choose though, I’d say PvPing. It’s something I always come back to.

7. What is your favourite book?

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. It’s a teen book but beautiful.

The Eragon series and the Game of Thrones series. If you haven’t read them… BE ASHAMED!

8. if you could choose the next playable race, what would it be?

I don’t know enough about Lore to answer this, but Naga sound cool.

Tuskarr! Walruses that you can play? Awesome!

9. What is the most delicious food you have ever eaten?

Chocolate! I especially like Belgian Seashells. 

I had a veal steak on our honeymoon in Paris. Oh my god. It was gorgeous. Moar please.

10. Who is your favourite wow character?

NPC or…? Out of my own, Louloutte. Even though Blizzard seem to have forgotten the cannon and gone OTT on the glass, I still love her even though I die constantly. Not sure about NPCs… Nomi was pretty cute. Lorewalker Cho also told some pretty cool stories.

Onyxia. I liked fighting her human form, the quest line to fight her was pretty awesome.

11. What do you think the next expansion should be about?

Lore knowledge holds me back here, sorry. I’m open to anything, but no more ogres please!

GNOMES! Ha, no seriously, the Burning Legion. I like the idea of lots of demons. And fire. 

11 facts about us

  1. We are British.
  2. We met in a club called Pussycats. Yeah, we don’t usually share that.
  3. We have a guinea pig called Ernie who growls like a dog
  4. We love Formula 1! Would love to go to Silverstone one day, but tickets are soooo expensive. Maybe for our 50th anniversary or something ;) Go Hamilton!
  5. The thing we argue most about as a couple is probably our accents. I have a Queens accent, Mr B has a northern one. I think he sounds like a pleb, he thinks I’m anally posh. Pff, I’m right of course.
  6. In WoW, just like IRL, I am a habitual saver. Mr B is a spender. He keeps telling me it’s only pretend money, but I like to see the cash mount up!
  7. He calls me a Gnome to my face. The cowbag… I’m not that small!
  8. We both love music! I teach it and Mr B appreciates it…. tunelessly. I think our child will grow up with a massively eclectic taste, we will listen to literally anything.
  9. We also both love the Romans and have been known to do a 2 hour diversion off our route to go and visit ruins or a museum. Fascinating period of history.
  10. Many of our holidays consist of getting to a base (a large town or city), then visiting as many small towns and villages around there that we can. We don’t have a plan, we drive in a direction, see what there is and do it. Our last holiday, we ended up at a mini model village at the seaside. It was brill.
  11. We love to collect art, especially local art which means something to us. We have recently been given a painting of the church where we got married. One of our favourites is a painting/print of where we got engaged. We also have a limited edition copy of a rare photograph. I hope they will be our children’s heirlooms one day.

Nominate others

We would like to nominate ThibasteHeallarious and wowstorylines.

Your questions are:

  1. How old were you when you played your first video game?
  2. Did you ever play an N64? If so, what was your favourite game?
  3. Would you rather play a Gnome or a Goblin? Why?
  4. If you had to choose between only ever doing PvE or PvP, which would you pick and why?
  5. What’s been your favourite raid or instance in WoW?
  6. If you could live in Azeroth, where would you choose?
  7. If you had to marry an NPC, which would it be and why?
  8. What set up do you use to game? Any tips for others interested in upgrading their pc?
  9. Have you ever met any gaming pals that you met online?
  10. Do you enjoy watching/visiting Blizzcon? Why/why not?
  11. Would you let your children play WoW? At what age? Why/why not?

Have fun guys!

A Triumphant(ish) Return

We can only apologise for the long period of time without a post. I will explain a little and perhaps you’ll understand why :)

About the time that we finished with the Community Project, we found out that we were expecting a baby.

Baby 20+4

Baby, 20+4

This was a long-awaited culmination of a year of ‘trying’ (I’ll leave out those details!) and we are over the moon. We have decided to keep the sex a surprise, and Baby is due 5th May 2015.

At the time, I was working full-time, being sick multiple times a day and I had never been so exhausted in my life. I have never been a good sleeper (gaming til 2am, up for work at 7am!), but I was sleeping non-stop and the blog – and Warcraft – suffered.

This was all around Sept-Nov and once we announced at the 12 week point, we were in the process of moving from our tiny city flat to a house in the country, about an hour from the old flat. We now have a garden, room for a nursery and a *lovely* hour commute to work. However, a much better life for baby and closer to my Mum, which is much better for us. Of course, with the extra 2 hours on our day and a new house to decorate, our gaming never picked up. We decided to cancel our WoW subscriptions for the time being.

Only recently, now we have finished decorating and have some spare time at the weekends, have we both been able to pick up where we left off. For Mr B, the pull of Warcraft and Draenor is lessening, mainly because he’s only ever been an alt-man, and there’s only so much garrison you can do. He’s currently addicted to Destiny on the PS3.

As for myself, I am around 33 weeks now, finishing work in a couple of weeks for maternity leave and have picked Warcraft back up. It’s taken ages to really understand the end game content – I had got to level 100 on my main before stopping, but no further. I have been casually gearing up, working on getting the garrison buildings established and working on professions. It’s all been a big learning curve, but I’ve definitely got the WoW bug again.

I hope this goes some way to explain our absence, and I hope you can forgive us. Posts will be much less regular, but now we are gaming again, we will start to share our adventures once more.

For now though, Happy Gaming and see you soon!

Community Project: All The Other Things!

Welcome to the final blog post in the “Warcraft Community’s Top Things To Do Before WoD” series!

This final post is an amalgamation of lots of other things that have been suggested that didn’t easily fit into a category.


“Something for everyone”

This received a staggering amount of votes compared to the rest of the subject in the category. If you think about it, WoW is one of the few MMO’s that offer such a massive range of things to do: from raiding and PvP to transmog and pet battles. You only have to glance at this project for a short selection of what we all enjoy. If this doesn’t keep you coming back, I don’t know what will.

Comics and Fan Fiction

We had to put this here as we are massive fans of the “Dark Legacy Comic series. Below are lists of some worthwhile things to read:

  • TEH GLADIATORS – Mr B has been reading this for YEARS and enjoys it a lot
  • LFG Comic – ditto as above
  • Trolling Azeroth. I’m going to put this person here as they produce some funny comics, albeit, not too regularly. Check them out!
  • War Crimes by Christie Golden has been recommended a lot but we still haven’t got round to reading it.


So many people suggested the Lore as one of the most important parts of the game. The story, experiencing the world from their characters point of view and the war are all mentioned. We are both very nooby about Warcraft lore, although we do enjoy reading it. We thoroughly enjoyed the short lore mini, “Lords of War” shown at the Cinematic Release:

Heallarious has also added a couple of other videos AND some books to read, see those here.

Finally, a few recommendations have been suggested which I’ll add below.

  • Lore for Noobs
  • Know Your Lore, WoWInsider
  • Nobbel87
  • Some of Aleveria’s favourite quest lines:  Fallen Hero in Icecrown, The Lady’s Necklace, Battle of Darrowshire, and Rhea’s Last Egg



I literally had no idea what this was til @XimVewDew suggested it. Apparently “making [Warcraft] videos is the best ever!”… and apparently it’s a huge thing.

Mr B recommends “Blind”, telling the tale of  “a blood elf rogue trying to kill Onyxia in her human form in Stormwind”. I won’t say anymore, just watch it :p


Neither of us has particularly sat and listened to huge amounts of the Warcraft soundtrack, which is rather embarrassing as I am a music teacher!! @ofgnomeregan has recommended the soundtrack below, specifically Track 9.

I think the best thing to do is get a compilation up on YouTube and discover the music for yourself. We have a lovely CD of various famous game music, which appeals to us nerds!

Professions / Farming

This is probably a very sensible thing to be doing pre-Warlords as there’s so much to farm: mounts, gold, materials for professions etc. If you have lots of alts and not all professions… WHY NOT?? They can make you a nice bit of cash too. See the Gold and Auction House post for more on that though.

@laplante_ent and @bunji05 both mentioned farming stuff for other people, which is really kind. It’s also a great way to help guildies, especially if they are gearing up and you can’t sell those old pieces of 496 gear.

My favourite professions are probably Archaeology (along with Twenty20 and others!) because of the pets and mounts (and achievements!) you can earn. I also like fishing for the same reason, and the fish do sell especially if you fish at the beginning of an expansion.


“This is what makes my characters look DAMN GOOD!(Ikralla) If you haven’t tried it yet, please do. Many love running the old raids for the perfect piece of mog kit!

World Design

What can I say? Isn’t the World of Warcraft beautiful and amazing? Loads of us post screenshots like they’re going out of fashion and there are loads of blog events which celebrate just this.

We all have our favourite places to hang out: Halfhill, Jade Forest, Nagrand, Zangermarsh… the list is almost endless. The sheer diversity – from mountains to valleys, from snow to desert, what more could you ask for? If you don’t have the Explorers achievement and title yet, go and do it. The world is outstanding.



Community Project: Raiding and PvP

Welcome to the ninth blog post in the “Warcraft Community’s Top Things To Do Before WoD” series!


This was a very popular topic of suggestions, from casual raiding, to Heroic progression and gear farming. I’ll add any quotes I don’t use next to their owners at the foot of the page – please do scroll down and check them out.

If you haven’t geared up yet, this is really the easiest and most perfect time to do it. With the Timeless Isle, valour and rep buffs and the upgrade system, it’s pretty easy. The best thing is? You don’t have to go into LFR to get to a pretty good gear level! Yay!

For those who have geared up and are wanting to raid but can’t find a group, I’d recommend trying Twitter first (we might be able to put you in touch with someone if you’re desperate!). If not, Open Raid. Open Raid is a site where you can register to the raid you’d like to complete (old or new) and the group is formed online. This obviously increases your immediate player base.

Remember, if you’re a causal player like ourselves, flex raiding is probably ideal for you. Don’t feel pressured into comitting time each week to wipe 38455389 times on Thok if you don’t want to. With cross-realm raiding in place, this has become very flexible indeed.

Challenge Modes

I’ve mentioned this before here. I know it’s not exactly “raiding”, but it certainly requires the same skills and you do get some excellent rewards (mounts, gold, transmog gear). I’d recommend trying these if you’ve exhausted SoO (I know I have!!).

Old Content

This was also a popular suggestion. Old content (upto Firelands) can be solo’d pretty easily now. You can 3 man Firelands without too much trouble too if you have some gear, so we would really recommend working your way through the achievements (MOUNTS!) and experiencing the raids if you haven’t before. Or if you want some pretty axes from ICC. Or the legendaries from Black Temple. Or the pets from SSC.  Lots of stuff to choose from!

Fancy a bit of fun? Check out our Naked Raids at Molton Core / Black Temple.

Two little red kittins having a play fight

IRL druids playing IRL PvP. If only it was this cute in WoW!


This wasn’t as popular as I thought it would be, but Mr WoW loves it so much it’d be horror if I didn’t!! Here’s his advice:

It’s hard at first, as it’s a completely different skill set (although some may disagree). The best thing I can advise is to PRACTICE. The more the better. Keep your temper, and remember it’s not PvE – you die a LOT. You can buy beginner gear off the auction house, covert justice or just spam random battlegrounds until you get enough honour – it accumulates quickly.”

Also – remember the PvP mounts! If there’s ever motivation needed, it’s for those bad-boys!

As @XimVewDew sums up: “owning people’s faces <3″.

There are lots of PvP guides out there if you’re hesitant. I have a full PvP set (non-conquest because I can’t arena) but honestly, I do more damage in my PvE set so I just smash people looking fabulous. If you’re still worried, I’d recommend going with a pal, because repeatedly dying can get very boring when you’re alone!

I’m currently doing a “How To Survive PvP” series, so check back soon for that if you’re interested.


  • @XimVewDew
  • @laplante_ent: [I’d recommend] casual raiding (which is hard to find with most being hard core & openly hostile to anyone that maybe isn’t as “good” as they should be)
  • Velgana: (Old Raids) “There is always someone out there who is looking to get that certain tier set or even that one perfect piece to complete their transmog. Not to mention some of the really awesome mounts that have a chance to drop.”
  • @Boomy_CTR“Why I play: soloing content. I solo everything, trying Firelands right now.”
  • @Mementh“raiding!! Helping friends gear up!”
  • Matt : (Raiding) “Fighting bosses and interacting with wonderful people is fun!
  • Heallarious: “I know this isn’t really any special, but without raiding, I wouldn’t still be playing this game. Overcoming challenges together with your guildies is one of the best things there is gaming wise, standing out progress wise just makes my special snowflake glow!” [He wrote about his favourite raid too – go read it! ;) )
  • DrHannah: (Old content runs) “ I love going back to old raids/dungeons at max level to try to solo/duo them. I’ve managed to duo everything up to Lich King raid, and hoping that will be more manageable once I hit 100.”




How To Survive: Alterac Valley

I am NOT a PvP-er.

If you’re like me and don’t PvP, it’s a bit daunting going into a BG and having no idea what to do, where to go or what the objective is. This week it’s Alterac Valley, so I thought I would blog:

Alterac Valley for Alliance in 5 VERY simple steps

  1. Follow the group. Pack mentality works every time. There are 40 players in this BG and the majority will head straight for the end objective which is…
  2. Kill the boss. You start at the top, “Drek’Thar” the boss is at the bottom. With 103m health and 4 buffs, he’s quite a dude. By doing other stuff, these disappear making him much less menacing. In order to do this, you first need to…
  3. Capture the towers. After the initial mad rush out of the Ally base, breakout groups will go and ‘cap the towers’ en route to Drek. The main ones are Iceblood Tower, Tower Point and the Frostwolf Towers (by the boss). In order to do this, you kill the boss inside. Each tower is on a timer, giving the opposing faction time to defend and recapture. Once the timer is out, the buff on Drek wears off. Of course sometimes there might be nasty Horde lurking inside…
  4. Pewpew. Whether this is killing the Horde who may try to defend, or killing the mini bosses in the towers, or the NPCs who lurk around.
  5. Wait around. For Ally, this is *usually* a faceroll. I usually go and kill the mini boss in the Iceblood Tower, then wait at the boss, killing any hordes who might try to defend. EZ.

Visual Aid

My highly professional picture for you below.

You’re the blue. Horde towers and bosses are in red. Kill the red and any Horde you pass on the way.

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See, who said PvP was complicated?!