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BREAKING NEWS!

Oh JOY! Oh RAPTURE! Oh unbridled GLEE!

Have I got a treat for all of YOU!

I know not when, and I know not how, but there has been a small but glorious change to our beloved World of Warcraft that was not mentioned in the latest patch notes. I don’t know of this change was included when patch 2.4.3 was released or entered into the world in stealth, much like yours truly.

I noticed it last night after I was kindly included in a Gruul’s/Mags run. My mind was bleary with an oncoming sleep-deprivation headache, my eyes watered and crusted, crying out for blessed closure. But the night was still young, only 9pm or so. My guildmates and I were energized by the successes* incurred in those quick and dirty little 25-man instances and offers for heroic runs were flying far and wide.

The most popular offer, of course, was for Heroic Magister’s Terrace. I’ve never set foot in Mag-T, so that wasn’t an option for me. Well, thought I, I really should be farming for my Earthwarden. So I sent out a call to the guild asking if anyone would like to help me run Steamvaults on normal. You know, nothing too difficult. Excited though we were it was getting late and I didn’t quite feel up to executing my normal surgical pulls.

One person offered to come with to heal while I tanked. This was all well and good but unless I was tanking as a cat it wasn’t likely we’d be able to kill much, so a couple of DPSers hopped on board and before I knew it we had a full group and off we went.

THIS is when I noticed the GROUNDBREAKING change. Shammy-man and I were heading out to summon the others. I was flying, bird-form as I normally do, up above the twisted pipes leading to Lady Vasj’s dark lair. Same as always, I shifted out of bird and plummeted into the water (I enjoy making a splash). Then, quick as you could blink I was swimming as a seal down through the pipe. Then, once through I popped up out of the water, out of seal form, and onto land.

WAIT!

Let’s go over this again.

I shifted from bird, to cow, dropped into the water. Once in the water I shifted to seal and started swimming. I swam THROUGH the pipe, in it’s complete ENTIRETY in seal form and didn’t de-shift until I jumped out of the water.

Once again.

I didn’t de-shift until I was ALREADY THROUGH THE PIPE!

*GASP!* Rapture! Joy! Glee!

I don’t know when this change was implemented but THANK YOU BLIZZARD! Swimming through the pipe NO LONGER DE-SHIFTS DRUIDS!

It’s a small change, one that has very little impact on gameplay, yet for some odd reason makes me almost deleriously happy.

*note: yes, I did receive my very first piece of Tier 4 gear in the form of my greaves. I’m very deleriously happy about that as well.

Of Dancing Seals

Twice in one day? Perposterous! No, not quite, I’m just feeling more ‘inspired’ now that my brain has had a chance to boot up. I don’t drink coffee or soda because I don’t like the taste. But on to better things.

I mentioned before that I play WoW as a hobby. It’s entertainment, yes, but the community and camraderie I get out of interacting with other people and working towards a common goal (even if said goal is ripping pixel faces that aren’t real) is priceless.

Unfortunately, as wonderful as it is to make friends and influence people *ahem whut?* not everybody is going to get along and this leads inevitably to…. *drumroll* DRAMA!

Oh no! You say. Drama could never happen here! We’re all happy fun-loving bunnies that would rather frolic happily and… (insert overly haughty and obnoxiously innocent attitude here)

I hate dealing with drama, I’m sure everybody else does as well. But I’m not trying to talk about drama, but what it leaves behind. Sadness, dissapointment, hurt, and general feelings of unease. I could preach to you until I was blue in the face about how this is just a game and you’re meant to have fun. When the loot council chooses the other mage over you for that piece of tier, when you’re banned from ventrilo for no good reason, when nobody wants to group with you for that heroic, it all feels bad and the knowledge that this is just a game is cold comfort.

When I play I try to keep my attitude aloof and fun-loving. If I get too involved and find myself hurt I’ll put the game down and walk away. I didn’t do that last night, unfortunately. I kept PvPing until I got my shoulders and then put the game down. It led to a difficult night with more drama spawned when I should have just gone to read a book.

Last night was normally the exception for me. Normally it’s me off in Nagrand farming Clefthoof Leather when one of my friends finds her feelings hurt. Sometimes it’s something in-game, sometimes it’s a real-life debacle. Either way I try to be there to offer my shoulder and do my best to lighten the load and cheer her up.

Enter the Dancing Seals.

I found this stupid little video a year or so ago while I was searching for leaked dance animations pre-Burning Crusade. I couldn’t stop laughing for a solid five minutes.

I’ve sent the video to all my friends and now, whenever one of them is feeling down I’ll remind them of it. We’ll be running along doing whatever and as soon as I spot a patch of water I’ll dive in, transform to seal, and proceed to make an idiot out of myself over vent. It’s fun, it’s lighthearted, but most of all…

It makes my friends smile.

This is what playing a game is all about isn’t it? Being able to smile and have fun!