I’m not sure exactly when, but at some point after 200 or so pets, you kind of stop counting. The 200 was significant because of the Zen Pet Hunter (200 captured pets) Achievement, the numbers only matter in the Pets I Want column, as opposed to the ‘Pets I Have’ column. There are just so many pets in my spell book I can’t possibly remember them all. But with the release of Warlords of Draenor, the prize of Stormwing. Stormwing, a flying pet with the Lightning Storm ability (if you care about battle abilities), is also one of the most beautiful pets ever designed. The blue is so so so royal and gorgeous. I absolutely love the look of this gorgeous bird. I am really happy with it anyway. Can’t beat a good blue. Except maybe with a good purple.
But I digress. So, I discovered I had 12 pets to go for So. Many Pets. when the expansion was released. Ten days later:
I’m not sure that’s something most people would think I should be proud of – ha ha! -
A few people helped me along the way. I want to especially thank Jeppy for my surprise gifts of two new Draenor pets that I had not gotten yet! Here I am, chilling with the Jeplord the Netherspawn. I wanted to name my Netherspawn Warlord Jeppy, but I had to compromise.
It’s been quite the Pet focused thing for me the first 10 days of the expansion – more about the Elekk Plushie on another day – but I still feel like I haven’t given them enough love. With all these new pets, I need time to take them out. Look at them. Feed them. Hold them. And love them. Time for some of the old ones to take a back seat for a while!
If you were one of the very confused people running past me try to shed some light on what you saw. Because if you thought you saw a well-dressed shadow priest being protected by a herd of cows … you were NOT hallucinating.
I bought the Last Deck of Nemelex Xobeh at the Darkmoon Faire last month. It has a limited number of random ‘buffs’ or ‘debuffs’ that you draw from the deck of cards. When all 52 cards are gone … so is the deck. I’ve used it 4 times now. And last night, it summoned these lovely dairy cows to assist me. They were pretty bad ass too.
Not thinking of starting up a dairy farm though.
So happy! The pet I had really really set my sights on when I glanced over the ‘new releases’ was the Frostwolf Ghostpup. I was dismayed to find that it was an Archaeology pet … my luck with digging is abysmal. But @mumper (Cory Stockton) assured me that it would not be nearly as difficult as the Vial of the Sands (I should HOPE not!)
I decided to dig as soon as I got to Draenor just to be on the safe side. And here it is, my little Kerrie — named for Kerrigan. My pup is a female, and she’s kind of ridiculously cute. Although I am still a cat lady.
No, this is not how most people know Helvette. And, you’re right, it’s not Helvette. This is the Warlock, who changes names every time I blog about her. Although I really like this one. Especially will suit when she race changes back to Blood El
she is Undead today for a visual experiment to testout something that’s been on my mind since the Thursday night before BlizzCon At least in my conscious mind.
Helvette is a “Vanilla baby”. Born and bred on Dungeon sets, UBRS and a LOT of ZG20. So, obviously, she has not always been a blood Elf. She began life in Brill. Helvete means Hell in Norwegian. I was determined never to be mistaken for a Holy Priest.
I loved her as Undead. I really did. I wasn’t expecting to so. The circumstances of Helvette going on hiatus as Burning Crusade came along were rocky. I needed a big, big cleans. I played a Blood Elf Mage, and a Draenei Hunter through MOST of Burning Crusade. The cleanse was long. But it worked. Helvette came out of retirement. And got a beautiful face lift. No one can deny the FemBElfs are beautiful. Well, crazy people could, I guess (no accusations LOL) I’ve loved her as Blood Elf too, and have gotten used to the extra ‘t’ that came along wiht my move to Earthen Ring some time ago.
Then last Thursday night. Jonathan LeCraft was unfortunate enough to be trapped by me for much of the evening (there may have been vodka involved), and we got to talking about Helvette. I told him about her plastic surgery.
And he said, “But are you still Forsaken at heart?”
My response was instant. “Yes! I prefer the Undercity Skeletal Warhorses. Preferably the purple one – my first ever epic mount. Or Onyxia. You an’t even fly in Silvermoon. And I remember her ‘younger years’ in Brill. In Hillsbrad. And I love Sylvanas. I am a true sucker for heartbreaking stories of strong women. The point being: YES! I still THINK of her as undead, although I love ‘dressing her up’ with transmogs and pretty clothes as a Blood Elf. Such an observant question.
Then Warlords of Draenor. Then NEW MODELS. I’m so impressed with the new Forsaken models. And, got super curious. So, today, I race changed the poor abused Warlock. I tried to choose the same options Helvtte had as undead. Wow! It was actually a little tricky, since the looks are SO well done. I was so impressed. Hexabellla here looks vibrant, a real person. The textures move, feel tactile. And the facial options felt like someone I could ‘be.’ I was so pleased with the results that I quickly got her a long robe instead of her slightly more Succubus-leaning current attire to get a better feel for whether I could maybe want to go back.
So, the big question then:
Do I return her to her new improved ‘original’ state?
I am beyond squeeing at this: I have won the BlizzCon Charity Auction for this gorgeous statue of The Queen of Blades. The Kerrigan statue has previously been a gift for employees, and is a limited edition. As soon as I saw it on the list of items when this year’s auction was announced and instantly knew I would be bidding. The husband and I agreed on a max we were willing to commit to. And the nervous wait started. I went to see it at BlizzCon and could barely look at it. I was afraid to fall even more in love and be disappointed.
You know me and Kerrigan. She’s my girl.
I got up at 3:00 AM this morning, because the eBay auction ended at 4:00 AM my time. I had not placed a bid before then. I’ve learned a thing or two when it comes to auctions, and I definitely did not want to show my hand early. Nor did I officially confirm on Twitter or FaceBook what I was bidding on. No need to get some troll to ruin it all for me.
We also won an auction last year, for the Diablo Box art signed and framed. It’s spectacular, and I feel super fortunate to have it.
But the auction felt completely different this year. And we spent way more money last year. And the thing is, I would have spent the same amount this year, but didn’t have to do so. And I feel the new format is why we did not spend as much.
This year, the BlizzCon charity auction organizers chose to make the auction available not only to BlizzCon attendees but also to anyone who could access eBay. And the auction, as a result, was ‘on’ for much longer than 3 days. There are a few reasons why I think this was a mistake:
1. The excitement of bidding while there disappeared. We were trying to speculate WHO our competition was. We continually came back to the art to check our bid, and we were fairly sure who our competitors were. This was a game in itself.
2. We bid in far higher increments. Because of the way eBay bidding works, we bid in $10 or $20 increments (I can’t remember what the exact increasing dollar amounts are). There was no need to strategically bid ‘just enough’ to let your competition know you were serious, yet not so much that you felt you couldn’t go higher. And my husband and I actually bid AGAINST each other last year, convinced that we would scare off the main other bidders if they thought there were three bidders seriously in the race. It did scare them off, but we probably spent more than we had to. Of course this was great for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOOC), but we spent more.
So this year, when I started bidding, I bid as low as I had to. Of course thinking of my own pocket book. There was no one to ‘scare off’ – and I tried securing my bid by telling eBay how much I would in the end probably stop at. I was willing to pay more than double what I finally paid. I’m not saying they would have gotten quite that much if the bidding had been ‘live’ at BlizzCon, but I probably would have made my opening bid higher in order to hopefully scare anyone else off.
3. The auction end time was ridiculous. 4 AM mountain???? Really??? More people might have watched the end if it had been at a reasonable time. I watched many of the auctions rather closely, and very few of them went for much more than they were going for at the end of last weekend – the end of BlizzCon.
4. The whole idea that you ‘bought it at BlizzCon’ is completely gone.
These are just my personal feelings. I’m happy I won at a price I feel is a bargain, but Children’s Hospital of Orange County could have gotten more from me.
Anyway, I’m super happy – and feel fortunate, and can’t wait to get her home on or before December 15th!