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Got my first Deathwing kill tonight with a group of total goddamn fail-raiders. O_o

I was one of the only five people in a 25-man raid to survive the final phase and down Deathwing himself. Both tanks down, one healer still alive, and we still got it. I shouldn't bitch (I got Kiril, Fury of Beasts out of it, which should do me until I can get a Spire of Coagulated Globules, and my god does it look hilarious when it procs on a Goblin - I wind up taller than a male Orc - but I can't reforge the armor off it, which sucks balls, because now I feel vaguely guilty every time I walk past an undergeared druid tank) but these guys couldn't grasp raid markers, failed to comprehend the words "only kill ONE Corruption" and "STACK STACK STACK STACK STACK!" and were apparently also unclear on the difference between green and yellow. Every fight explanation alternated between the people going "IDK fight, lol" and the ones going "I DON'T CARE PULLPULLPULLGOGOGO" - a bad mix in any situation.

I swore the drama involved in running a guild raid team was too intense and I'd never do it again, but this level of tardery has got me thinking about it seriously.Collapse )

That turned out longer and rantier than I was expecting. Whew.

Writer's Block: It's payday!

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

If I had a million dollars...I'd be rich. </barenakedladies>

I'd pay off my student loans, help most of my friends get out of debt, get my car paid off, pay off my parents' mortgage, and then maybe go on that cross-country road trip I've always wanted to do. I'd probably buy at least one retardedly expensive thing that I've always wanted (like a Datamancer keyboard - I don't agree with the man's politics, but his custom keyboards are AMAZING).
...it's just that sometimes his response is to /point and /laugh.

I'm GM now. The argument our old GM had with some ex-guildies affected him more than he let on. He's quitting WoW, and I'm now H.B.I.C. for a 400-member half-dead level 25 guild. The GM's a good friend, so seeing him leave made me cry a bit (he asked for screenshots of the two of us together before he left), but I'd rather this happen than that he just slowly disappear (I've seen what happens to a guild when the GM just gradually fades away - it's not pretty). So now I'm officially in a position to either save or doom this guild. Guess all I can do is try.
Arg. My guild in WoW is dying, and I don't know how to fix it. GM's got RL aggro and has essentially been phoning it in for the past few months. We transitioned from being a raiding guild to being a social guild in an attempt to lower drama levels (after a few months of hell due to a vicious, verbally abusive raider who ran a lot of good people out of the guild and made several more swear off raiding for life - we waited WAY too long to kick her) and lost a goodly chunk of our members. Several of the remaining active members had a falling out with the GM and left. Most of the people who scheduled events, organized the GB, and generally made the guild a great place to be are gone - they've quit the guild, quit WoW, or server/faction transferred. There's just me and the GM now at the founder/officer table, and neither of us have copious quantities of free time anymore.

I've been in this guild since it was created more than a year ago. It's a level 25 guild that we've put a hell of a lot of work into. I don't like seeing it in this state. How the hell do I make this a fun place for people to spend their time again in the few hours a week I can actually log onto WoW? T-T

On the upside, I'm still successfully resisting the urge to write Koltira Deathweaver/Thassarian slash that revolves entirely around dirty puns on Death Knight abilities. Getting a Death Grip on his "Pillar of Frost" indeed. Must...not...go...there...with...Howling Blast...

Maintenance post.

I've staggered out of the depths of grad school for a bit of LJ maintenance. I've friended back everyone who's added me in the past...what month is it? @_@ If I didn't, it's because I suspect you are a robot, and not one of our kind, benevolent robot overlords either. If you can pass a Turing Test and think my assessment was unfair, please say so in a comment.

Have been watching a bit of anime, most recently Trinity Blood. Show lost some of its appeal when I realized that a) I liked the literal emotionless killing machine better than the main character and b) said emotionless killing machine doesn't show up very often.

Also recently watched:
~D. Gray-man (enjoyed, wish more was on Netflix)
~Soul Eater (made me hope the manga's much better)
~Darker Than Black (very good, despite the suspiciously emo title)
~Sacred Blacksmith (sucked - decent supporting cast squandered on a terrible main character)
~Black Butler (loved the hell out of, has the rare accolade that I liked ALL the characters including the annoying ones, also kind of want Ciel's Victorian boardgame of horror from the first episode)
Holy shit. Been a weird (but good) few months.

Things that happened:
~Lost my job in something halfway between a layoff and me quitting. Super pumped about this - I fucking hated my job, the supervisor who was making life tolerable there got a new job and his last day turned out to be the Friday after I left, and my severance package was pretty nice.
~Got accepted to graduate school LIKE A BOSS. I start in fall. Now comes the fun bit - trying to negotiate this whole "student loans" thing. Gave it a miss my first time through college and now I'm trying to puzzle out what an adult graduate student can and can't do with them.
~Started raiding heavily with my guild on WoW. Realized I officially had no life when I sat down and spent twenty minutes very seriously talking about a potential 6% damage difference between two glyphs on my hunter. *facepalm* According to my guild master, I'm the guild's Codex, whatever that means.
~Discovered that actually getting enough sleep breeds insomnia in me. Having not managed this feat in about five years, this was a shock.

Sooooo....yeah. Half afraid to try and get back into fandom, given that grad school will devour me in a few months. But MAN I miss fangirling, and the occasional discussion of how gay Koltira Deathweaver and Thassarian are for each other just isn't the same thing.

Oh hey what's this here now then?

As someone *coughdethoratscough* recently reminded me, LJs work better when you post on them once in a while.

What's new? Possible positive job-related excitement, me wondering how the fuck I wind up an officer in every damn guild/clan/alliance/whathaveyou in every MMO I play, tabletop RPG funtimes, me turning twenty-seven (better known as "oldsauce"), sister is in Dublin (!) now for veterinary school (and I quote: "Please send me some Old Bay, there's nothing to cook with here except beer and mayonnaise"), and holy crap it's snowing right now.

To people who friended me in the past couple of months, I'm sorry it took so long for me to get around to friending you back. @_@

Sup? :D
Gah, two months between updates. Shame on me. Oh well, nothing really interesting happened. :P

~Not going to Y-con - can't afford it. May be doing one day at AnimeUSA.
~Started playing World of Warcraft - sadly, it's actually cheaper for me than F2P MMOs. I'm playing on Bloodhoof server if anyone wants to hang.
~Pathfinder funtimes - working on a gnome rogue with a focus in dungeoneering.
~Had excitement and adventure with my debit card being part of a "mass compromise," to quote my bank. New card get, still trying to remember what all I had attached to the old one.
~Have had a phenomenally quiet and actually rather depressing four-day weekend while everyone else is on vacation. This bodes ill for my birthday next month (which I'll also be spending alone while all my friends are off at Y-con). Ah well, twenty-seven's a sucky birthday anyway; it means you're officially in your late twenties.

My persistent fandom!fail is actually kind of self-perpetuating at this point. Part of me is afraid to get caught up on One Piece - I keep hearing rumblings, and I'm sort of at "DO NOT KNOW IF WANT" about this timeskip business. I want to trust Oda-sensei, but still... ;_; I might just wait until the verdicts are in on its fail (or lack thereof). Sticking my head in the sand much? >>;

Driveby update.

What the hell's up:

~104 degrees in Baltimore today. CHRIST.

~Proud owner of a 42" HD TV as of last month. ♥ My XBox is way more fun to play on when I can actually use it to its full potential. My TV is made of sexy and awesome even if it is currently being ganked for a takarazuka show involving women dressed as men dressed as women, WTF it's like Victor Victoria except Japanese and sparkly.

~Speaking of XBox, TRANSFORMERS. :DDD Man, I'd forgotten how much I loved Soundwave's voice. I am SOBAD at this game, but I love it anyway.

~Speaking of games, tabletop RPGs coming my way in the immediate future: Pathfinder and Blue Rose. Actually rolling a random Blue Rose character as I type this. Blue Rose is kind of like Valdemar: the RPG, with a healthy dose of Tamora Pierce mixed in and a splash of Anne McCaffrey for flavor.

~BoI's pretty fun so far - open beta has kind of rocked.

~Job's been sucking less - my new boss is doing his best to keep me from having a nervous breakdown.

So, how're you all doing?
So during the closed beta for BoI, I did something I hadn't done before.

I had a male main.Collapse )

Man, look at all the dust around here.

Well, it would appear my one con of the year this year is Yaoi-Con. San Francisco, here we come.

Things to do before going:
~Catch up on One Piece
~Write some actual fanfiction instead of other crap

Life updates:
~Got a new boss at work. He's a pretty cool guy, eh sings Single Ladies at his desk and doesn't afraid of anything.
~Man, aren't Alchemical Exalted great?
~Still playing Jade Dynasty, though I'm also waiting for the closed beta of Battle of the Immortals.
~Seriously, they're fucking great.
~Kicking around a Shadowrun character, because I don't play enough other systems. Any game where your fighting options can go "A) Fireball B) Heat-guided smart-missiles C) Rocket punch D) Lots and lots of bullets" is pretty cool.
~SUPER FIGHTIN' ROBOT MEN! Except they're not exactly robots. But still, awesome.

Not dead. Just pining for the fjords.

From plotbunny_tiff and proletariat_x:

1. Go through your iTunes/playlist/brain banks and find a song that reminds you of me.
2. Comment with the song name and the lyrics
3. Put this in your own journal to see what songs other people come up with for you
4. ???

Also, Level 26 on Friday. One of these birthdays, I'll figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Hopefully, it will be a birthday before 30.


"So warstriders qualify as armor, right?"
"And anything that would apply to armor can be applied to them as well?"
"I cast Flight of Separation. My giant orichalcum robot explodes into a flock of swallows."
"...you have successfully evaded the Hateful Devourer of Love's clinch attempt. The people riding on your warstrider's shoulders may stunt to keep from taking falling damage."
"Vez uses the birds to slow himself down before turning the rest of his fall into an attack on the Hateful Devourer of Love."
"Ethan, Vez just jumped on your head. Vez, roll to attack. What's Frank doing?"
"Frank's gonna dump his armor and use Blood Chains to grapple it."
"The Hateful Devourer of Love?"
"Yeah. He's gonna try and muzzle it, kinda."
"...roll for it."

Yeah, that's pretty much my life. Playing a lot of NeoSteam (and a little bit of Jade Dynasty) and obsessing over Exalted. It keeps being damp or windy on weekends, so my Glati's hooves still aren't painted (sealing has to be done outdoors in low-ish humidity). I'm tempted to see if the gloss I bought to shiny them up would work as a substitute basecoat. >_>

So what's up with you, LJ-land?

Alive. Sort of.

Things that I've done:
-Got my Glati.
-Nerded out over Exalted.
-Went to Dragon*Con.
-Played NeoSteam.
-Got sick.

....yeah, that's about it. I'll take pictures of the Soomidget once I get his hooves painted. Exalted is rapidly devouring my brain with its endless supply of awesome. Dragon*Con was a tiny slice of hell primarily due to things no one could control (sprained ankles, hotel fee clusterfucks, long lines, etc.) and me getting cranky about them (which I could have controlled, but didn't), but still had enough decent moments to make it worthwhile. NeoSteam's been fun, though it's been sucking out my money like crazy lately. And I caught a cold at Dragon*Con that's making me severely unhappy via sleep deprivation and general blehness.

Writer's Block: Memo to Myself

If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Seek professional help. You're prettier than you think, and they're not ALL making fun of you (just most of them). Also, eat a goddamn sandwich. Yes, I know bread has 45 calories a slice and that's a whole 10% of your goal daily caloric intake, but you're gonna stunt your growth and destroy your circulation and your metabolism if you don't start eating like a normal human being.

Pop psychology and sweet filterin' axxn.

What does this Rorschach blot look like to you?

An evil pig with terrible tusks.

...huh. Wonder what THAT says about me.

Poll #1440619 Filter tiems.

Original fiction filter:


BJD filter (for those of you not already on it):


ETA: The polls are about whether you want on or not, not whether they should exist or not. >>; COMMUNICATIONS FAIL.

Shoom! Drive-by update.

I live, despite not having made an entry that doesn't have to do with dolls in almost a month.

Most of my free time as of late goes into playing NeoSteam. GOD I LOVE THAT GAME. Even the PvP is fun, though I get the feeling the GMs are asking for a minor miracle when the game setup involves two warring countries and they expect the citizens of each to play nicely with each other off the battlefield. >_>; The only part that sucks is that none of my friends play regularly, being not MMO-type people. I've got a couple of alts now (Luminita's my mage and Obscuro's my scout-ninja-ranger-type person), and have received my first "Holy shit, you're REALLY a for-real girl?!" from someone in-game, which actually makes the first time someone's been surprised by my gender in a decade-plus of geekery.

Job remains failsauce to the point that I have volunteered for any layoffs we might have. Anyone with any contacts in the science industry can hook me up any time now plz. ._.

Finally, I may have been talked into a Zoro Minimee group order. -_-; For those not in the doll community, that means commissioning an artist to sculpt a mold of Zoro's head. Yes, Roronoa Zoro from One Piece. That said, I'm not sure what color eyes to use--go with fanon and have them be green? Stick to his "canon" eyecolor and have them be black or brown? Compromise and get a very dark green? Curse you, Oda, only your girls get actual eye colors. Also, CRAP. I need to get his swords and pay extra to get a super-muscular body and commission his clothes and ASDFGHJDAMMIT ZORO YOU EXPENSIVE MARIMO BASTARD NO WONDER YOU OWE NAMI SO MUCH MONEY.

ETA: Idle curiosity: if I made an original fiction filter, would anyone other than people I know IRL be interested in it?

Minor pimpage.

Hey, kids! We (being myself, Arthur, and Justin) made an LJ comm to go with our TOTALLY SWEET panel.


It's kind of...empty, at the moment. >>;

And now, that 'three things' meme that's been floating around.Collapse )

Whine and ye shall receive.

Succeed or Die Writing III: 11:30pm on Friday.

Hey, not 2am this time! No news on which panel room yet, because they still don't have an actual schedule up--Arthur squeezed our time slot out of Panel Staff after merciless pestering. Still bet they put us up against either the yaoi panel or the other fanfic panel ("How (Not) to Write a Lemon"). We are only two men and one woman! What can we do against the forces of PR0N?!

Oh, right. Bring our own.
So. Otakon and the Revenge of the Return of Succeed or Die Writing. I really wish I could tell you guys when our panel is, but we don't know, as Otakon STILL HASN'T POSTED A SCHEDULE YET. Yes, less than two weeks to con and they still don't have their shit together, as per usual for Otakon panel staff.

Additionally, you can tell I've got next to no interest in actually attending Otakon--I missed the prereg cutoff and will be obliged to buy my tickets at the door. It's gotten to the point that I regard Otakon as a perfectly good weekend ruined. If I hadn't promised some friends that I'd LARP with them, I'd show up for my panel and that's IT. Then I'd go home and play some goddamn NeoSteam and eat a sandwich or something.

Speaking of NeoSteam, apparently sparkles are hypnotic or something, because my friends (with the exception of proletariat_x) have all gone over to Elerd with its magic and woobery. We need more brave soldiers willing to fight for SCIENCE! in Rogwel. Rawr. My Justicar is starting to make an unfortunate habit of soloing quests that are intended to be done with a party. Including the guildmaster quest, which is designed specifically to force you assemble a group of friends to help you BEFORE you create a guild. >>; Ooops.

Still so, so far behind on One Piece. ;_; I really ought to be reading that instead of playing around on my computer, especially as I keep hearing noises about Bon Clay and Impel Down epicness.

Also, plotting proceeds apace for Exalted. One month ago, our GM was telling us we should probably all make Solar Exalted so we could get used to the system before we started playing around with the flavors. As of right now, we've got two Solars, a Lunar, a Terrestrial, and an Abyssal in our party. If we had a Sidereal, we'd be a full-on Skittles circle. Still open for exciting suggestions re: spells and the like from people who have played Exalted previously.

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