Offski (or offsnowboard, rather)

December 25, 2009

Santa was the master of the "Red Nosed Roundhouse" trick back in the days.

There are exciting times ahead. We’re slowly getting members again, there’s a friendship between us and another guild that’s going really well, and we’ve got an upcoming raid coalition with the same guild. After the tumble and fall into the cold valley, we’ve picked ourselves up and started the ascent into the high mountains again.

There will be enough to talk about in the new year, but for now I’m taking a break. Yes, again. A mere month after spending some time in the heat of Arizona, I’m going the complete opposite and visit the French Alps for some snowboarding. Return date: January 4th, just so you all know.

All that rests me to say is to wish you all a Merry Christmas (or Winter Veil) and a great 2010!

Enjoy the holidays and see you in the new year!



December 2, 2009

It’s been two weeks, and I’m back home again. The past two weeks were amazing, spending time with friends, going hiking and backpacking. I had a great Thanksgiving dinner in the wilderness (turkey tastes the best when it’s cooked over a fire, I tell you), and I got to do everything I wanted to. What I had hoped would happen, honestly did: I’m all fired up again.

My work is being relentless. I popped in for a bit to check my working hours, and they immediately added almost 20 hours to it. Not that I care, I’ll take everything I can get at the moment, but it’s funny to see your work schedule triple in mere minutes.

As far as WoW is concerned, everything is back to how it used to be. We’re still low on members, but I’m enjoying myself with the people who are still here. I’m mainly online to chat and do my Argent Tournament dailies, but we’re looking at getting a few raids going again. God knows I’ve missed that, I haven’t had a proper raid in over two months now. As I said before, most of our good raiders have left and formed their own guild, raiding together (why they couldn’t do that in Samsara is beyond me, but who am I to judge?). If our own raids don’t get off the ground, I might ask them to invite me for a few of theirs. I’m not the least inclined to leave Samsara and join them, but I don’t know how much longer this game can stay interesting at this standstill.

Either way, my spirits are high. We’ll see what the future brings!

Flight of the Phoenix

November 14, 2009

The people who read this have always known me by my current nickname: Vaadren. It’s a name I’ve carried for years now, and suits me well. However, I still carry a soft spot for my “old” nickname, the time when I was known as the Flaming Phoenix.

I’ve grown a love for the Phoenix over the years. The majestic beauty of the fiery creature, the mythology behind it, and the symbolism.

But also because of its namesake city in Arizona. As a kid I spent several years there, and as a second home, the city and the creature from which it lent its name have been a very important part of my life ever since.

Enter World will be without updates for two weeks. I’m going back to my second home for a short visit, leaving me without WoW and with only sporadic internet access. There are several reasons why I’m going, but only one fits the symbolism.

I need a battery recharge. As the Phoenix, it is my goal to “end an era” and be reborn anew. And there’s no better place than what is, for me, the most inspiring and meaningful place there is.

I’ll return on the 28th, a new me.

A reborn Vaadren.

And now for something completely different: Engineering

November 10, 2009

Ever since Burning Crusade I’ve been a miner and blacksmith. At first, I completely neglected the professions, thinking it’d take too much time. Later on I managed to level mining, making a fair amount of gold with selling the ores. Blacksmithing was still a pain.

It wasn’t until late into Burning Crusade when I needed a set of Ragesteel Shoulders, that I started leveling up blacksmithing. And indeed, it was painstakingly difficult. But I made it, got blacksmithing all maxed out and pranced around with those god-ugly, but effective, shoulders.

When Wrath of the Lich King came around, it became much easier to level both. And the profession-only recipes really made having a crafting profession worthwhile. Extra sockets for blacksmiths, ring enchants for enchanters, special prismatic gems for jewelcrafters.

Where does that leave engineering, though? Taking a look at its “added value”, there is actually some nice things to be said, but instead of profession-specifics it lies more in what engineering does best: gadgets.

Explosive sheep are fun, but hardly a useful tool. But who doesn’t like a Repair Bot after a wipe, or perhaps a mailbox in obscure places? Back in Burning Crusade the craftable goggles were quite powerful (much less so now, with T8.5 and T9 available at your local gear vendor), and while more a novelty item than anything else, who can forget the flying machine and chopper?

In PvP, engineering gets a boost. Enhancements like nitro-boots or rocket-firing gloves have more than once turned the tides in a battleground. The craftable explosives have never hurt either (except the opponent, of course).

But above all, I think engineering is a “boys and their toys” profession. And it’s frikkin’ awesome.

I’ve been wanting to level engineering for a long time, but I preferred the freedom of mining. I liked being able to get the mats for a blacksmithing recipe myself, instead of being dependant on a miner friend or auction house. But in the end, I liked engineering more.

I called in the aid of a good friend of mine, and together we went across Azeroth and beyond to farm all the materials needed for a massive powerlevel to 450. A few gold was spent on some hard-to-find mithril and random mats, but most of the materials were gathered by “me ‘n Sc” in a 7 hour straight grind.

It got me to 440, and now I’m at 445 with a bit of work. The last few points are always the hardest. And Sc is still helping me to get all the mats for the final stretch. 5 Wormhole Generators to go, and with him as the only miner left, a lot of the mats come from him.

It’s a courtesy I extend to a lot of guildies, helping them out or crafting things for them. But regardless of whether I find it common courtesy or not, I’m always glad to see such generosity. Therefor, I’d like to thank Langdon for donating some mats you had lying around (it helped a lot!), and of course my favorite Death Knight, Sc, for the long grind that has been and the help yet to come. You guys rock!

And if you’re ever on Lightbringer EU and you see a Paladin running around with a mechanical sheep following him, there’s a good chance it’s me.

The nail in the coffin

October 13, 2009

A tremendous wrong has been done. Something that quite possibly can never be undone.

I’m scared, trembling. Afraid of the thought, hoping it’s all just a nightmare. But I know it’s not.

It’s amazing how a game can have such an impact on a person, but then we are dealing with real people. Guilds are social groups, and how are they different from any other social group? Making out with your best friends girlfriend will get you a swift kick out of the loop, and you may walk away without a black eye if you’re lucky. Doing a tremendous wrong to someone in-game pretty much has the same effects.

Tonight will be remembered. Remembered as the day that we may have hammered in the largest nail ever into our coffin.

Hello World!

September 17, 2009

Welcome everyone, to the new blog “Enter World”. This blog is the continuation of my previous project called The Retributer’s Path.

The Retributer’s Path was a mainly Retribution Paladin themed weblog, talking about my personal experiences while playing one. Recent developments and an overall change in writing style led me to the decision to start over with something brand-new.

I hope Enter World will keep entertaining you as much as Retributer’s Path did.