Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Trouble With Archaeology...

   I loved archaeology when it first came out. I love history in general, especially archaeology and paleontology, so combining that with fantasy is just great. I did it to death, of course (though the Dwarven staff artefact still eludes me), but I loved reading about the bits and pieces, I loved the idea of digging it up, without mess, and I also loved the excitement of seeing what it was worth. 1 gold, for the most part really, but there were a few 100g pieces and thensome. And, of course, the rare items - pets, clothing, mounts and so on - were what we all really did it for.
   But then, in Pandaria, they messed up a good thing. I'd hoped they would have realised it in Warlords and changed it back, but, no, more of the same. Crates. All worth 1g. Which you turn in for more fragments - in my case, old-world fragments, even then.
   Fine, there's still information behind each artefact, but even if I wasn't going to vendor things (I still have the first chest of tiny glass animals I found), not attaching some kind of monetary value to them did decrease their value.
   In Warlords, I really feel like they gave up on it, as even the rare artefacts offered little excitement. I was especially disappointed in the Headdress of the First Shaman, literally the same model as the original, despite the HD version on one or two NPCs. Part of their model or not, I can't really see the excuse.

   I admit I've not read anything about Legion - at all; I like to explore everything for myself, even if I would be better off knowing something from the off - but I doubt they're going to improve it back to what it was.
   Am I wrong? Has archaeology lost part of its charm for anyone else? I still do it, but I only do old-world. Like I said, that damned staff keeps eluding me, and for completion's sake I must get it.

   What about everyone else?

Monday, 30 May 2016

Debut Book Release

   Yes, I really am going to dare to come over here and talk about this after a silence of so very, very long.
   First of all, I do intend to revive this blog - I know I've said this before, but I do mean it, and I also intend very much to revive Atherya's diary first and foremost. At this precise point, however, it's not possible because, as far as short stories go, I started work on another recently which I've been posting on my main blog. It's not warcraft-related, it's a tribal fantasy, but there is an end in sight for that one, and should be fully installed by the end of July. Aside from that, though, it is just a side-project and most of my dedication is going into my new book.
   Which brings me onto my main point: my book's release.
   I stopped writing this blog really last year, which was when I was working towards the end of the book, and then came the long, drawn-out process of reading, re-reading, re-re-reading and tweaking every little thing I wasn't happy with, correcting every little mistake and making it as close to perfect as my very, very tired eyes could see. And now, after two years of writing, a year of tweaking, and 6 months of publishing prep, my book is now finally ready for release.
   I am stupidly excited about it, of course, as I've wanted to be a successfully published fantasy writer since I was 12 years old, and at 25, it's finally happening!

   My debut fantasy novel, The Archguardians Of Laceria, is being released on Kindle for £4.99 / $7.50 in all regions on June the 4th and will be exclusively available through Amazon, and a part of Kindle Unlimited, until September, when it will be released on other platforms. But with Amazon's free Kindle reading app, fortunately you don't need a kindle to read kindle books anymore, you can download them onto your smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, etc, which is great because it means anyone can read it! Yay!!

   Queen Rysana is a strong female lead, and I'm quite confident about her. Most female leads that I've come across personally tend to either be too butch or damsels in distress, I don't often see female characters who are able to balance femininity and strength.
   I'm also really happy with the world itself. It's not particularly high fantasy - there is magic, there are 2 dwarves, and there are other creatures and unnatural settings, but there are no great dragons, grand arcane organisations and so on. I'm quite confident that the world is a believable one, with believable characters - but in the end, only readers can decide that. I, at least, am happy with it, and I wouldn't have let publishing complete if I wasn't, because I'm also quite terrified of finally getting myself out there!

   If anyone happens to read it, I'd love to know what you think! I'm presently working on another book, as I mentioned, in a new world, and I've learned a lot even from writing Archguardians which I've taken into consideration on my new story, but if there are any areas of improvement I may have overlooked, I'd like to know about them. Writing is my passion, it always has been, and I want my books to actually be an enjoyment to read.

   So, yep, this is my news and the ultimate reason as to why The Wyvern's Tail has fallen by the way side for so long. The work I had to do on my book to get it ready for publishing ate up a lot of my time. I've still been playing WoW and I'm seriously excited about Legion, but I've had nothing to blog about in regards to it. Hopefully that will change in the coming months, and I'm hoping that, by Legion, it will be alive again.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Christmas Sock Exchange

   Just a quick note to anyone interested: I'm hosting a Christmas sock exchange on A Blackbird's Epiphany - it's like a Secret Santa but simpler: buy a pair of Christmas socks and fill one of them with simple Christmas goodies (sweets, tiny gifts, etc) to a rough value of about £10/$15 and send it to your assigned partner. You'll get one in return and it's open worldwide so anyone can participate. You can read more about it here.
   The deadline for sign-ups is October 24th, then there will be a 1 week drop-out period where you can change your mind, but as of November 1st, anyone who has signed up and not dropped out is obligated to participate, and all socks must be posted by November 21st to try to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.
   It's open to anyone, blogger or not, and even if you are a blogger you're not obligated to blog about it.

WoW-Specific Participation Option

   I was considering doing a WoW-specific one but I'm not sure if there would be enough interest among you all or not so I've not bothered. However, if you sign up, let me know if you're a WoW player and if you'd prefer to be partnered with someone similar and I can make a little WoW sub-group. People aren't paired up like 1-2, 2-1, 3-4, 4-3, they're assigned along a line so the person you're sending to isn't the person who is sending to you. It also means that if there's an odd number of participants, no one has to miss out. However, as a WoW player myself (obviously), if only one of you is interested in a WoW-specific partner I can just pair the two of us up instead.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Legion Collector's Edition Mount & Pet

   The mount and pet for the Legion Collector's Edition were revealed last night, and they're awesome! The Illidari Felstalker and Nibbles will presumably be a part of both the physical and digital collector's editions of the expansion.

   I'm not so keen on the colour of the armour on the mount simply because it clashes a little bit, but it's still a great mount. I prefer to assign mounts and pets to characters so that they ride something relevant, and though Spinegrinder has been a little bit neglected lately (read: last two expanions), this is a brilliant Warlock mount! Yay!!

   Will you get the CE for this? Were you anyway? Or do you not like it at all?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Illidan's Return

   Illidan. He's my favourite. But so is Arthas. I never could decide between the two of them. I think Arthas probably wins because I know more about him and he's my favourite kind of villain, one who has been misled and one you can pity, one whose death makes you cry, but Illidan is a very close second. So I was so excited when I saw the announcement stream on Thursday.
   And then I thought about it.
   No, I don't recall Illidan actually dying in Black Temple, and his return has been speculated for some time, but the problem is that, when villains return, they're never as good as they were. Either they get right back to work trying to do what they were in the first place, in which case the villain's motive is old news, Or they're trying to do something else and it just feels forced. Villains returning from the dead or imprisonment rarely works. Illidan has had his time, he was awesome, he is a legend, but it's over.

   Seeg used to be a role player, and something he said to me a long time ago has stuck with me quite solidly because it's something I took to heart as a dying-to-be-published writer. "You have to respect your characters enough to let them die."
   Illidan was loved by so many, and no, he didn't die, so why can't he come back? But he's not going to be as awesome as he was before. Don't misunderstand me, I wouldn't mind being proven wrong at all, but odds are that his return will ruin his previous image. I really hope not.
   Arthas and Deathwing, both grand villains, were allowed to die. Arthas was misled and Deathwing had gone stark raving mad and beyond any hope of saving. Illidan seems to me to be in the middle. He's been misled, but he's also aware of what he's doing. He knows what he is, and he's fine with it. He could still be saved, but the trouble was that he was promised greatness since he was a child and that idea understandably rooted itself in him. That makes him extremely interesting as both a villain and a three-dimensional character, but his time has come and gone. I'm not really sure how this could work out well for him.

   I don't know. I thought I had a clear idea on how I felt about it, but writing this post has made me realise that I don't have a clue.
   I'm happy to see him again.
   I don't want him to come back and ruin what he was.

   But how about those demon hunters, eh?