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The struggle is REAL

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Lazy = Energy Saving Mode

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Today, I am being Super Lazy.  If you’re not familiar with the expression, it means I’m wearing a cape whilst indulging my inescapable need to do as little as humanly possible.  I am literally the epitome of the basement dwelling, gamer stereotype; not unlike Southpark’s infamous World of Warcraft fat ass, above.

I’m giving myself a little bit of a break though.  We DID just move up north and spent 10 days without any of our furniture or (most importantly) my computer.  As a self-proclaimed gaymer-geek, I needed at least my computer so I could game, surf the web, etc.  It may sound like nothing to spend over a week without any of your normal indulgences but trust me when I say, it’s truly a bit of an endurance test.  That being said, rather than fight my body’s natural urge to vegetate today, I’m embracing the lethargy and going all in!  If I don’t come back tomorrow, send help!


Home Sweet Home

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Well I’ve FINALLY gotten 90% moved-in to my new home in Bellevue, WA; which is just 15 minutes east of Seattle.  We had toyed around with the idea of living right in Seattle, specifically the Capitol Hill District.  Apparently this is the gay area of Seattle and also comes with the added bonus of being super close to my hubby’s job, so he could walk to work.  In the end we decided not be THAT close to such a heavily trafficked area.  We’ve also come to find out that Bellevue is known to be an affluent area, from both locals and just general consensus with people we’ve met.  Who knew?  I feel so fancy.

Anyway, I finally got my computer unpacked and am ready to blog again!  I could probably catch up on stories I’ve missed, but let’s just pretend I fell asleep for 10 days and my Prince Charming totally forgot to make out with me and only NOW woke me from my restful slumber.  Sidebar, can I please have Prince Eric as my guy?  Why?  Because reasons.

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Art by David Kawena


World of Warcraft: Legion

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I may seriously need to re-think my having quit World of Warcraft…. ok, I’m done thinking about it. I’m coming back.  I’m coming the f*ck back!  At the recent Gamescom held at a place in Germany named after a synonym for men’s fragrance apparently, Blizzard announced and revealed the next expansion to their cash cow, World of Warcraft: LEGION!  The acronym, “OMG“, doesn’t seem appropriately dramatic enough to quantify what a big old gamer chubby this gave me.  Before I lose my sh!t, check out the announcement trailer:

Right? RIGHT?  How psyched are you (he asked whilst assuming his viewer even plays and/or KNOWS about World of Warcraft)?  It’s like the programmers, artists and designers are getting to take a real 2nd crack at giving us everything we already loved about the Burning Crusade, with interest.   I’m not entirely sure what I’m more pumped about; the fact that we’ll have the opportunity to wield what is being referred to as Artifacts Weapons like Ashbringer or Frostmourne or the brand spank-me new Hero Class of Demon Hunter!  I mean come on!  Does this expansion also come with an attachment to help you fap while gaming?  Cuz that would probably take it over the top… no?  Not a good idea?  Oh well.

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I would say my only real MEH moment, would be that while Artifact Weapons like Ashbringer and Doomhammer, start out looking exactly like you remember them, Frostmourne is reconstituted as 2 1-handed weapons that are more just inspired by Frostmourne, rather than looking exactly like the real thing.  Additionally, it also effectively sort of forces Death Knights like myself, to dual-wield in the Frost Spec.  Apparently, they’re looking to make Unholy viable as dual-wield spec as well, so  there’s that.  There’s also a 2-handed artifact weapon for Death Knights, but it’snot pattern after Frostmourne at all.  That being said, the blades look awesome!

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This expansion couldn’t have come at a better time for all involved; especially given Blizzard’s recent ridiculous dip in subscribers over the last quarter.  This isn’t just the standard up-and-down trend World of Warcraft cycles through.  We’re talking a wholesale exodus of formally dedicated WoW-heads like yours truly.  I’m not entirely sure if Warlords of Draenor didn’t deliver (especially given the fall out from Mists of Pandaria) or people are just moving on.  In either event, I’m sure this announcement tipped the scales favorably for Blizzard.  I’ll be on pins, needles and assorted shrapnel until this expansion launches!  Fingers crossed that there’s a playable demo at BlizzCon this year when I attend.


Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament

GrandTourney1In what looks to be a battle lifted straight from World of Warcraft’s Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade, Blizzard gives us Hearthstone’s next expansion: The Grand Tournament!

When the Lich King and his undead Scourge threatened the world, the Argent Crusade called upon Azeroth’s mightiest heroes to prove their mettle in a magnificent tournament. Knights of all races flocked to Northrend, vying for glory in epic battles against fearsome monsters. Though the Lich King’s evil has been vanquished, the Grand Tournament continues… the competitive atmosphere’s just a bit more playful than it used to be.

And why shouldn’t the show go on? Would-be champions are arriving in droves from all over the world, hankering to prove their worth and claim the honor of flying their colors in the name of victory!

Who will be the victor of The Grand Tournament? You and your friends, of course!

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I couldn’t be more excited!  We’re not just talking about something as simple as just another expansion in Hearthstone’s already amazing line-up; we’re looking at the Trial of the Crusader.  Do you realize where that’s held?  Northrend!  And do you realize which World of Warcraft expansion that was?  Wrath of the Lich King!  And do you realize what class that signifies will make its debut?  THE DEATH KNIGHT!

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Initiate Fan-Girl Squealing!!! Like, OH my total GAWD!  FINALLY!  My Hearthstone life is complete.  To be fair, it hasn’t actually been officially stated (yet) that the Death Knight will make its debut apart from seeing that brief animation in the Grand Tournament’s official cinematic, but come on!  It’s happening!  Whether or not that means the Death Knight will be featured in a bodacious new card or (oh please, oh please, oh please) be a new Hero to us, remains to be seen.  It better freaking be the latter though.  I would just keel over and die, if it wasn’t.  Besides, Hearthstone is due for a new Hero Class and this expansion couldn’t BE more of an appropriate time to debut one.

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Stoked beyond words either way.  I just hope Blizzard takes me BEYOND, beyond words and makes my wish come true.  All I want for Christmas is a Death Knight class!  Make it so!


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Mal’Ganis Massacre

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So I recently crafted the Mal’Ganis card to add to my Warlock deck in Hearthstone.

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All in all, I’d say it was an outrageous success.


HearthPWN’ed!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity (not to mention common sense) to download and play Hearthstone, you’re missing out.  I mean, it’s free FFS, and you can play it on your mobile device or computer.  Granted, there are more than couple of advantages of purchasing some of the in-game items but I wouldn’t exactly call it a “Pay-To-Win” scenario.  You can easily build a ridiculous and powerful deck without ever giving a single penny.  But this isn’t about my championing the cause of the game.  No.  No.  No.  This is about how EPIC my game last night was!

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I freaking OWNED this guy.  My victory was made even sweeter by the fact that he had the audacity to use a douche-bag name like “ProDude”.  Really?   Who does that?  He must’ve been sh!tting his pants when he faced my warlock deck; which is LEETSAUCE, btw.  I’ve even taken the liberty to point out the ROFLWPWN wall he was up against, thanks to my hand-dandy WACOM tablet.  For the uninitiated among you, allow me to clarify the 2 cards that spelled his undoing:

Kel’Thuzad remains the most OP card in my entire deck.  With every turn that passes (my own or my opponent) he will resurrect any of my cards that died.  Knowing this, I am constantly sending in my other cards first to kill any of his that are on the board, before attacking the player himself.  Sneed’s Old Shredder, has a death rattle that will summon another random legendary card to the field, so I get more and more powerful with every turn that he dies, then gets brought back to life.  So you know what that means?

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Poor schmuck didn’t know what hit him.


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Warcraft Movie at Comic-Con

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Comic-Con is killing me.  Despite my self-proclaimed geek status, I’ve never been to one.  I’ve just had the pleasure of watching all my social-media feeds EXPLODE with yummy tidbits of nerdy goodness.  The one convention I almost never miss however, is BlizzCon.  Imagine my unfettered GLEE when today, the newest promo pieces for the World of Warcraft movie, were unveiled at Comic-Con!

Killin me!  Just KILLIN ME!  It makes me almost regret the self-imposed break I’m taking from Azeroth and my Silent but Deadly Death Knight, Xerberus.  **giggle**  If ever there was something that would pull Xerberus out of exile, it would be the excitement I’m feeling right now.

And can I just take a moment to drool over the sexiest Orc like EVER?

Soon, Xerberus.  Soon…


Wicked Game

I am NOT leaving my bed today!  I refuse!  The world outside is just too cruel!  Too wicked!  April Fools Day will NOT beat me down another year!

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To any normal spectator who enjoys the frivolity and “good-natured” fun of a quick gag on this naughty holiday, April 1st seems like just any innocent day, walking down the street, humming a little tune.  To those of us who thrive in the geek and gamer community, it is a day of PSYCHOLOGICAL BLOODSPORT!  Everywhere we turn, we encounter mischief and mayhem, playing on our wants and needs, digging through our nerdy psyches and finding the bastions of hope only to smack them back down.  Don’t get what I mean?  Allow me to illustrate.

Unleash The Fanboy, wrote an article about the return of Tobey Maguire to Spiderman.  Now why would you pull on our heart strings like that?  Although I really enjoyed him in the role, Tobey barely looked young enough for me to believe he could have been a teenager in the first movie, much less return in yet another sequel.   Especially after the cluster the 3rd movie was.  I don’t even know how or why they “managed” to squish in so many storylines and characters into one flick.  It was worse than that time Rachel tried to make a trifle for Thanksgiving and inserted sauteed beef as one of the layers.

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As if that wasn’t bad enough, the game which occupies so much of my heart and soul, World of Warcraft, advertises the introduction of T.I.N.D.R. for my garrison’s followers.  First of all, that’s just mean!  Secondly, WHY can’t this actually be real?  My followers work very hard to make me not only rich, but also successful in my raiding.  Their tireless efforts can go from 30 minutes to a full 24 hours of labor before returning with the spoils of war.  They deserve a break!  They deserve happiness!  THEY DESERVE LOVE, DAMN IT!!!

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And then!  AND THEN!  One of my favorite places to shop online, ThinkGeek.com, stuck a squiggly dagger into my side and twisted it over and over again.  HOW did they do this, you say?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  They had the nerve to play on my Steampunk-obsessed noggin and fabricated a product that just screams to be made into reality: A Steam-Powered Gaming Console.  How could they tug at my heart strings like this?  Make this be a thing and just TAKE ALL MY MONIES!

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But you know what they say, “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings” and boy oh boy oh BOY, did she ever hit a high note with this one. We’re talking Mariah Carey-whistletone high.  You know?  The kind that brings dogs (not boys) to the yard?  You with me?  Great!  Let’s continue: Mashable had the muther-effing nerve, the gall, the AUDACITY to construct  a story that every fiber of my being YEARNED to be true: Proof that The Force exists.  That?  I just can’t even talk about.

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So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to finish this article, take 3 doses of NyQuil and sleep until April 2nd.  Today is the embodiment of EVIL.

EVIL, I SAY!