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"The great mass play a waiting game."

The second day of March, already.

Yesterday, I wrote 959 words on The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Which doesn't seem like a very good writing day, given my uncharacteristically high daily word counts with this book. But, here at the end, I have to handle the story like glass. Everything I've built could be shattered by one wrong move.

It would be that easy.

After the writing, Spooky and I proofread "Riding the White Bull" for Two Worlds and In Between. "Riding the White Bull" is a much longer story than I recall it being. But it remains one of my best sf stories to date. It gets so many things right. I'd love to write it all over again.

And after that, dinner, and then we rearranged furniture in the middle parlour, because we're trying to make the house more livable. And after that, Spooky used my back as a canvas, a little something for the "Question @ Hand" article in Sirenia Digest #63. And after that reading and gaming. Which is a pretty good synopsis of yesterday.

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Rift remains an amazing, beautiful, and utterly playable game, though I've not been able to play much the last two days. Yesterday was the official release date, and the postman brought our hard copies of the game. But the flood of idiots I'd expected seems either not to have occurred, or our rp server was spared the deluge. People roleplay. They remain in character. They almost all have actual names. The exceptions are rare (like the idiots calling themselves "Dingleberry" and "Morningwood," whom Spooky reported yesterday). Selwyn, my Kelari mage, is most of the way through Level 15. She has a skeletal minion named Jude, and a striped vaiyuu (the wiki says you have to be Level 20 to get one, but Selwyn bought hers at 14). Her story forms in my head, her character. As soon as I'm able to play her with Kathryn and others, she'll be a full-fledged alter ego.

But what I've mostly been doing is playing WoW, grinding my way towards the Loremaster title. All I have left is Outland, but that's sort of like walking across Africa, south to north, and saying, "All I have left is the Sahara." I've finished four regions in Outland: Terrorkar Forest, the Hellfire Peninsula, Zangarmarsh, and the Blade's Edge Mountains, which leaves me with three regions to go. Right now, it breaks down like this, in terms of quests done and quests left to be done:

74/85 in Nagrand
71/90 in Shadowmoon Valley
75/120 in Netherstorm

Which means I have seventy-five quests to go. Which wouldn't look so bad, given all the thousands I've done to get this far. Except Nagrand is notoriously fucking hard to finish, and I seem to have hit a wall in Shadowmoon Valley. Just not enough quests. Oh, and while I'm talking about WoW, one of the ways Blizzard truly borked this game in the latest expansion was the removal of almost all ports. I know they're stated goal was to encourage exploration by eliminating shortcuts. But what they've really done is left most of Northrend and Outland utterly deserted. Though, I will admit, it's very nice playing Outland with no other players around.

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And now that I've nerded on at such length, it's time to make the doughnuts. Carefully.

Oh, note that the Annual Locus Poll and Survey is taking votes. The Ammonite Violin & Others made the ballot under collection. Please, please, please take a moment to vote. Thanks. You don't have to be a subscriber to vote.

Also! It's Dr. Seuss' birthday!

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sovay
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
And after that, Spooky used my back as a canvas, a little something for the "Question @ Hand" article in Sirenia Digest #63.

. . . Well. I'm looking forward to that.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)

. . . Well. I'm looking forward to that.

It was simple, but nice. We're planning something more elaborate, when I'm patient enough to sit still for several hours.
Olivia Nishkian
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'd be playing Rift too, but I can't seem to settle on a character! I should totally consult with you on this.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)

I'd be playing Rift too, but I can't seem to settle on a character! I should totally consult with you on this.

I'm in love with the Kelari, but the Bahmi are also very fine.
jdack
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Northrend and Outland utterly deserted

Interestingly enough on my server, that's true of almost every location. I rarely see more than two or three other players anywhere outside of Goldshire or Stormwind, or Thousand Needles.

There's something like 20,000 players on my realm and apparently all of them hang out in the SW trade trying to rent tanks for a better spot in the dungeon queue. It's very odd.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)

Interestingly enough on my server, that's true of almost every location. I rarely see more than two or three other players anywhere outside of Goldshire or Stormwind, or Thousand Needles.

I think it's universal.

There's something like 20,000 players on my realm and apparently all of them hang out in the SW trade trying to rent tanks for a better spot in the dungeon queue. It's very odd.

I'd hope the random dungeon finder might be a boon. Instead, it's became another sort of elitism.
jdack
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
elitism

Very much so. I avoid it like the plague now after the last few times I tried to play with random dickheads.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)

I avoid it like the plague now after the last few times I tried to play with random dickheads.

I've been told stories of leaders ejecting players because their gear was deemed inferior.
jdack
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
ejecting players because their gear was deemed inferior.

100% true. Seen it many times. You'll get booted for having empty socks, for wearing PVP gear, for not being spec'd the way they think you should, and probably also for having bad breath or freckles.
jdack
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Er, and by empty socks I of course meant empty sockets.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)

and probably also for having bad breath or freckles.

Wait...that eliminates maybe 60% of all WoW players.
jdack
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* 60% is being generous.
brienze
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
There's a quest in Shadowmoon Valley, "Altruis", given by Exarch Onaala for Aldor or Larissa Sunstrike for Scryers. It's not just an optional pre-quest for doing the Forge Camp stuff... he sends you back to SMV, and to Zangarmarsh, and one other zone I think. Basically he has a lot of quests that you will only ever see if you take the quest in SMV that sends you to him.

It's ridiculous, I know. But I liked the casual sort of cartoonishness of the Nesingwary zones (back before Cataclysm moved everything towards the relentlessly cartoony), so I've just recently done my Nagrand Slam and all this is fresh in my mind.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)

There's a quest in Shadowmoon Valley, "Altruis", given by Exarch Onaala for Aldor or Larissa Sunstrike for Scryers. It's not just an optional pre-quest for doing the Forge Camp stuff... he sends you back to SMV, and to Zangarmarsh, and one other zone I think. Basically he has a lot of quests that you will only ever see if you take the quest in SMV that sends you to him.

I haven't found that one, or I may have done it. But thanks.

alumiere
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder about the Locus votes; there were a lot of good books and stories last year to consider. And all this talk of Two Worlds and in Between makes me think that will be on some best of lists next year too.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder about the Locus votes

You're very welcome. It's a long shot, but I figure I'd give it a shot.

And all this talk of Two Worlds and in Between makes me think that will be on some best of lists next year too.

I do hope so.
poesillchild
Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Did the locus poll, and I'm convinced I need to read more. Too many books I have and haven't had the chance to read. Yours is an exception.

Today I received the new Cat Valente collection Ventriloquism from PS.

Keep being a nerdy gamer if it makes you happy.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 3rd, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)

Did the locus poll, and I'm convinced I need to read more. Too many books I have and haven't had the chance to read.

Thanks. Also, I'm afraid the list leaves me with the same conviction.

Keep being a nerdy gamer if it makes you happy.


I fear it does.
chris_walsh
Mar. 3rd, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
How long have you been a gamer?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 3rd, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)

How long have you been a gamer?

Depends what you mean. But if we're talking RPG, then D&D back around 1978.
tanthe
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Shadowmoon Valley is notorious for having these huge long quest chains that can be hard to find. The ones that allowed entry into Black Temple being the prime example. And you generally HAVE to finish one chain before anything else opens up.

There's also a chain that leads over to Netherwing Ledge (an island in the far west of SMV), which also had several dailies that would give you Netherwing reputation, and the option to buy a Netherwing drake (from a vendor in Shattrath's Lower City) at exalted.

I forget where all these start, but http://www.wowhead.com would likely be able to point the way.
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