Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Occasional Upside To Camping

   Jakur of Ordon drops the last toy I need from the Timeless Isle, and I've been camping him for days. I'm getting quite sick of the sight of the place if I'm honest, so I've been taking my frustrations out on the nearby mobs - I was half way through honoured with Emperor Shaohao when I started, and I just hit exalted with the latest Jakur kill - evidently he decided the mount was enough, so he didn't drop the toy this time, either.
   Fortunately I do a lot of my book work on my laptop, so in cases like this I usually just shuffle the keyboard out of the way, plonk the laptop down on the table in front of it and get on with the important stuff while I wait, my PC monitor visible just behind it. It keeps me from going insane.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

August 1st - Author AMA & Book Sale

   Mark your calendars! On August the 1st, I'm going to be the author of the day on the fantasy subreddit, and I'll be participating in an Ask Me Anything! So be sure to head over on August the 1st and post your questions on my AMA thread!
   The questions don't have to be book-related. The idea is that you get to know me as a person as well as my work, so you can ask me about games, my life, my views on things, or my creative process!
   I'll blog a link to the AMA thread on the day so you don't miss it!

   Not only that, though, but my debut fantasy novel, The Archguardians Of Laceria, will be available to everyone for free on Kindle from the 1st to the 5th of August, and as you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books anymore, it's available to everyone!
   Full details are on my main blog, but I wanted to let you lovely people know directly!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wow, Etsy...

   Got some lovely goodies from WoW artist Tsepish today! I only went into her Etsy shop for the eye mask. I suffer migraines something fierce, and the only time I wear eye masks is when I sleep them off (I have no choice), so when I saw her Illidan mask I had to have it. I eventually did buy it...and then lots of other things, too...

Migraines: I am prepared.

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?