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My Invisible Line

TW for sexual harrassment talk.

Yesterday a bunch of news dropped about a lawsuit being taken against Activision / Blizzard for their ‘frat boy’ culture. I doubt very much that it came as a surprise to anyone, but I went and read through the legal papers for it and the details were disgusting.

What was even more disgusting was the response from a spokesperson of Activision that said that the statements presented in the court document were “distorted and in many cases false” and this is where Activision crossed over an invisible line I have as far as supporting their games go.

We all have those invisible lines. Something that tells us “you know what, I just don’t want to support them any more”. Mine, I will admit, is pretty broad. I like video games, I enjoy supporting developers, and it’s ingrained into my entire life. I’ve played World of Warcraft since the start. I’ve weathered some pretty nasty storms with them – this time, I just can’t.

As a woman, my entire life I’ve been told that if I speak up about sexual harassment I was doing it for the attention. On two distinctive occasions I did the right thing and I talked to the right people and no one believed me. They told me I was trying to get attention. So on the third (and arguably biggest) occasion when I was raped in a washroom after work in a shopping mall I told no one except my boyfriend at the time. I did nothing. I never went to the police, what would be the point. I quietly quit my job, and never went back to that mall again.

It’s an enormous deal to me that so many women are standing up and being strong enough to share what has been going on or what has gone on in the past, and they are being told that their statements are distorted and false. There is nothing as heartbreaking for a victim than to be told that they are lying – when they are not. It is one of many reasons that women just don’t feel comfortable to speak up and talk about this sort of thing to begin with. There is almost always some sort of punishment. Whether it’s burning bridges, missed job opportunities, or something else. There is zero incentive for victims to come forward, and so much to lose.

So yes, Activision has crossed a line. I’m not willing to continue to support a company that can’t support female co-workers, or even ex co-workers. I’ve cancelled my account, and I can only hope that the victims are able to get some sort of closure from all of this.

What is it about FFXIV vs. WoW

If you’re involved in either the FFXIV or the WoW community these days, chances are you’ve heard a lot of ‘this game vs. this game’ videos on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and other various forms of social media. It’s hard to avoid it, and I understand why people are tearing Blizzard apart these days. Today 9.1 drops, after months (and months) of waiting – and while I’m glad it will add things like flying in Shadowlands, it also doesn’t offer a lot for players like me. I’m getting a bit tired of the constant gear grind, there’s no player housing to satisfy any non-killing adventures I might have, and features like The Maw and Torghast always leave me frustrated by the end of it. Not to mention The Maw is VERY gated, after a small handful of quests I tend to already be Rank5 with the jailer which means it won’t be long until I’m dead. Not a fun way to play.

I feel like Blizzard has spent the past few years re-hashing and then trashing their own game mechanics. It doesn’t feel inventive, revitalized, or new. I feel like they’ve been missing the mark of the players for some time, and sure things like Classic will bring people back – but for how long?

I’m still playing WoW, albeit quite casually. I don’t feel like there’s a lot of progression for me as a casual player any more, and I’ve done pretty much everything I wanted to do in Shadowlands (note, this is pre 9.1). By instinct I turned to FFXIV because so much of that game is still new to me. I adore the crafting – and it feels relevant. When was the last time I actually felt like WoW crafting meant something in game. If anything legendary crafting just made a whole lot of spam on the markets and not enough of a demand to purchase all of the pieces you need to grind out. Not to mention we can only wear one legendary, and there’s a BiS for pretty much every class that people are going to naturally gravitate towards. Pet battles are lovely, but when that’s the only reason you’re playing, you start to question some things.

Then again WoW has also just been around for many years. It’s natural that once you’ve learned all you can about it you might get a little bored. I could see that being the case in my situation as well. For now, I continue to play – but I’m also using gold to fund my account and not really putting any money into it. Were that not the case, I’m not convinced I’d still be playing.

9.1 Announced

It will take me a while to download the 9.1 patch that was announced for June 29th, but I’ll get there. New legendary upgrades, changes to Torghast, the addition of flying – there’s going to be lots going on. I am not exactly excited about this update yet but that has more to do with my feelings about World of Warcraft overall and less to do with this specific update. I really wish Blizzard would add player housing to the game. I don’t WANT to spend all of my time killing things and doing combat related things, but even farming mounts and pets tends to involve a lot of combat. I feel like Blizzard spends a lot of time rehashing previous game mechanics and there for haven’t had to be innovative for some time. I’d love to see some innovation.

Monk Covenant Adventures

I’m back to playing World of Warcraft, and while I haven’t exactly settled on a ‘main’ per say, I have been fun gearing up my monk. She is almost on-par with my demon hunter, and is on chapter 7/9 on her covenant story line. While the DH has gone Kyrian (because pretty much every guide out there for all of my classes suggests Kyrian) the monk has gone Necrolord. At least I’ll have two covenant stories completed .. maybe.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Stepping Back In

I stepped away from World of Warcraft for a few months because I just wasn’t feeling Shadowlands. It has a bunch of rehashed systems that are not enjoyable, a huge grind with multiple currencies (stygia anyone? How about anima) and even though the zones LOOK pretty I find the entire expansion a slog.

The one thing that DOES interest me and continues to do so, is gold making. So, I jumped right back into it. The felfury gauntlets I’ve had for ages (I farmed them myself) finally sold for an enormous amount, and that was all it took to hook me. Since I already pay for my account with gold, I never really ‘left’ per say, but it’s still nice to be playing again, in some capacity.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Expecting Mail

Even though I’m not spending a lot of time in World of Warcraft these days, the fact is the game has been a part of my life since release, and breaks don’t change that. Blizzard recently had a sale going on and with some pennies I had saved up I decided to treat myself to a few pieces of merchandise! Dottie the alpaca is no surprise, that’s one of my favourite animals right there – and a framed print of Sylvana, who is one of my favourite WoW characters (even if she has a bad rap).

Hopefully everything ships my way without too many issues. We’ll see how it goes. Living in a remote isolated place does come with its issues. Getting mail being a big one. Sometimes, it’s just nice to treat yourself.

January Gaming in Review

January saw me playing a whole lot of games with “world” in the title. I started off the month strong, playing World of Warcraft – Shadowlands. Sadly, I don’t really enjoy the expansion that much. I find anima difficult to obtain, and there are far too many timegates put in place. There’s also a lot of new currency, and I think it’s needless. I did level up some alts through pet battles, and I had fun logging in weekly to obtain loot from the world boss, but I don’t find that that there is a lot of staying power, yet. Who knows if that will change. I’ve been flip flopping between a few characters, mostly my monk and my demon hunter. I also paid just over a million gold to move all of my horde characters from Argent Dawn, to Hyjal. I just wanted to have everyone together on the same server. I now have all of my alliance over on Argent Dawn, and my horde are all on Hyjal. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make gold better on a high population server, and Hyjal is most certainly that – especially compared to AD. I’m just better at making gold on AD and always have been.

I also played a LOT of Wurm Online. I started off playing on the Southern islands on my Indy deed, nothing really special just doing generic deed work. I expanded to a second deed because I wanted a mine, but now that I’ve had it a while I might just disband it. It’s some ways away from home and I’ve been waiting for buildings to decay that are going to take over a year. Worth it? Not exactly. After that I started playing over on the Northern (newer) servers with my Fo priest. I managed to find a 24/7 sermon going on, and I joined up and then subscribed a few alts. For the past month I’ve been doing sermons as often as possible, every three hours. I reached 100 faith for the very first time. This is a HUGE goal of mine. It means I can cast summon soul, and I can also cast lifetransfer without requiring extra characters.

While doing sermons over on Harmony, I met up with Arbi, a friend from Sklotopolis, the Wurm Unlimited server that I frequent. They told me about the fantastic work that the developers have been doing despite the fact that WU is no longer supported in an official capacity. I was drawn in, despite losing my amazing deed – when I logged in the exact location that I had deeded previously was still free. I took it as a sign, and now I’ve dedicated myself to building my place up the exact way that I had it before. I really loved that deed and one of my biggest gaming regrets is letting it fall.

Single player games? I didn’t play many, but I did delve into RimWorld for a bit, and some Sims 4. With covid knocking on my community door, I spent most of my time inside trying to avoid everything going on in the real world. I can think of worse ways to spend my time.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Choosing to Spend Gold

Choosing to spend gold in World of Warcraft is not such an easy task for me, even though I have millions of gold just sitting there. I have a hard time bringing myself to actually wanting to use it for anything – even with a plan in place. At one time I wanted to reach gold cap on a single server (I play on a handful of servers) but now I just want to enjoy myself – even if that means spending what I have. You can see the significant dip in gold when I moved all of my horde characters over to Hyjal from Argent Dawn – but I still have plenty of gold to make up for it. I’m trying to (slowly) earn it back, and make my way to gold cap again on the alliance side. We’ll see how that goes, especially since I’m not actively playing that faction at all.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Victory in PvP

The weekly in World of Warcraft is Sign of Battle, with a bonus to honor gains – which is fantastic, because I can boost up my PvP gear and that’s exactly what I decided to do with the weapons my demon hunter is sporting which are now ilevel 199.

I have always wanted to be better at PvP. I know it takes time to study each opponent and learn their openings and then judge in gameplay how to combat all of that stuff but I’m just not great at it. Or even good. Still, the desire to learn is there. I’ve always wanted to play in ranked PvP, but you need a team of at least yourself and one other, so for now I continue to watch from the sidelines.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


I like to have everything in its place, in game and out. My husband has been less-than-enthralled with Shadowlands and is no longer playing WoW at all, so I decided to move my horde characters all back to Hyjal, where I’m part of an active guild of amazing people. I started by buying tokens and just moving a handful – but I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable unless I moved EVERYONE over. It cost a bit over a million gold, but in the end that itchy feeling I get when my characters are all spread out all over went away and I am much happier. Having my crafters all together is nice, spare guild banks, and all that good stuff.

Now my alliance characters are all on Argent Dawn, ready to pick back up any time I want, and my horde characters are all over on Hyjal. Both servers are completely different. Argent Dawn is alliance heavy, and low population roleplay server. Hyjal is horde heavy, high/full population regular server. Now I can continue working on creating / leveling one of each class for each server.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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