Old is New Again

And a little confusing.

(And two posts in one week? What madness is this?)

Anyway, looking at some achievements, I hadn’t played my barbarian since the middle of 2012. Or any other character in D3. I effectively dropped the game for nearly two years.

But all the fun with the Crusader got me thinking I should check in on my Barbarian.

After a good 20 or 30 minutes of cleaning out oooooooooooold, baaaaaaaaaaad gear on my mule characters, I was ready to enter the game.

I vaguely recalled that I was in Act II in Inferno level difficulty. The game had definitely stepped it up a notch and I was forced to evaluate my skills every few quests to pick what was best for the upcoming battles. It was certainly doable and I’m just a tad miffed at myself that I didn’t focus long enough to finish Inferno up… of course, I assumed Inferno would still be there.

And I assumed that with the original difficulty tiers being wiped, the game would dump me in Act II with a higher difficulty level, maybe Master since I wouldn’t have completed Act V yet.

Survey says… Creating Game…

Welcome to Westmarch! Continue reading

Rainbow Tradition

I am successfully taking some much needed time off of work to relax – without being sick or having a ton of homework to do.

My WoW subscription has officially lapsed.

So what’s there to do?

Play the D3 expansion!

Tir and I started Crusaders at roughly the same time. Seeing as how I hadn’t logged into D3 since before the patch – the FIRST patch, not the expansion, but the very first big balancing patch back in 2012 I think – I started on normal mode. I think he’s been bouncing between master and elite.

With the difference in difficulty, I’m usually a couple minutes ahead of him in completing a quest arc. I have fewer elite packs to deal with, but I also take more time poking around in my inventory so it almost balances out.

The big difference is in level. By the time I was level 10 I had caught up to him in the story, but he was level 20. I’m now level 30 and I think he’s 42 – but we both just started Act III.

So far, I’m really enjoying the Crusader class. Continue reading

More Unearthed

My post on Wednesday opened up with the last conversation I had with Gary.

As I was copying it out of my Google chat, I had the nagging feeling like something was missing. The chat was too short, there were snippets of the conversation that I remembered but didn’t see.

Was I making up memories of this last conversation? Maybe it was by text or phone… I went tearing through my texts and emails and phone records, looking for the elusive conversation.

I was starting to think that maybe I was so far gone in grief that my own brain was starting to betray me.

And then the missing lines suddenly turned up in my gchat records. I have no idea how or why they were hiding.

So here is the entirety of our conversation from March 6th: Continue reading

Hardest Post

FYI Ive been in the hospital in den since Sunday night I have something called pres syndrome the r is for reversible. I’m not announcing it on fb though don’t think the world needs to know

Figured if you poked at my dragons you may get curious as to why they are hungry

wait

what do you have?

This? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posterior_reversible_encephalopathy_syndrome

Yup

is there anyone you want me to pass this along to?

Nah just Rogers since I figure you will anyways

of course, lol

you should totally ask for a copy of your brain scan and get that framed for the wall

pics or it didn’t happen =P

I’ll see what I can do

Ttl

get better, we have to go to dinner for Olivia’s bday

The last message was sent at 10:27 on Tuesday, March 6th, 2014.

That was the last time I talked to one of my best friends. Continue reading

Banner – Arioch

I can hear you now, “But you said you weren’t doing a new banner for Arioch!”

And you’re right, I’m not.

But there is the matter of kitty Arioch that needs a banner.

In FFXIV, your character has both a first and last name. Since Tir already had a kitty lady character I kept my normal Arioch and added the last name of his character. So any references to “kitty Arioch” or “Arioch Jawantir” will be references to my FFXIV Arioch.

This banner was more difficult to get together than the others.

FFXIV does not have a model viewer like WoW. But the animations and emotes are far more expressive. Continue reading

Banner – Jhaelen

Holy shit, 4 posts in as many days!

The last one up from the WoW cast is Jhaelen.

Jhaelen’s script has some similarities to Arioch’s. As my scribe, he probably spends more time with pen in hand than any other character I have. From his long hours of producing copious stacks of glyphs for sale, Jhaelen has developed very even and rigid handwriting. Continue reading

Banner – Kaayn

It’s a good thing I kept all these files or I would never have been able to update the banners.

Kaayn is Selwyn’s twin, though he has no memory of this – only limited flashbacks of confusing images and memory fragments. His writing probably was very similar to Selwyn’s prior to his rebirth (redeath?) as a death knight but suffers from lack of use and faltering confidence. The pen may be mightier than the sword for some, but Kaayn doesn’t feel that he has anything to say worth writing down.

Old banner: Continue reading