Category Archives: Warcraft

Where did the past 20 months go?

It’s been close to two years since I posted, and unsurprisingly it was when I first began my amazing, stressful, emotional, rewarding and powerful journey volunteering with our local cat shelter.

  • 11406916_10153262779756418_1846633720602583930_nI became heavily involved, very quickly with the charity and soon became a board member and then the Secretary. Market stalls, database manager, foster carer, rehome cordinator, the list of roles I dabbled in was endless!
  • I became Assistant Department manager at Coles.
  • A fellow volunteer inspired me to apply for Vet Nursing school.
  • I quit Coles and got a job at the Pet Shop
  • I got in to Vet Nursing School. And qualified. And now have a full time position at an awesome small and large animal vet clinic 6 minutes from my home.
  • I went from having Mum’s farm cats only to visit, to having four of my own (Well three cats and a mini Satan)12189848_10153561231426418_2608746380674114165_n
  • Brad and I celebrated four years together. We super-celebrated having not killed each other yet.
  • Australia (and myself) got Netflix. My social life died even more (and I didn’t think that was possible)
  • Most importantly, I gained some truly wonderful new people in my life. My Vet Nursing buddies and my Cat Shelter ladies. <3
    The class of 2015!
    The class of 2015!

    I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

Catching up!

It’s been a fantastic fortnight since I started volunteering with the Mid West Cat Shelter Inc. It’s very rewarding, and though I know I’ll be devastated when the day comes for the kittens to be adopted, I’ll still know that I helped save their lives and will be able to save more.  I’ve already met some wonderful people involved and I’m having a great time fostering the three kittens!

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This is the welcome home I get each day!

Well let’s make that two kittens. I officially adopted one of them barely a week in.

AlexMeet Alex!

They get up to some crazy antics! Backflips off the couch, playing gladiator fighting on the tops of our high-backed office chairs and boy do they give good cuddles when they are finally sleepy!

Below are the photos I am using to help advertise the beautiful boys Marmalade and Fanta, along with this spiel.

MARMALADE

Meet FANTA and MARMALADE, 8 weeks old and ready to adopt now. They play so well together and it would be lovely to see them go to the same Forever Home. 

Fanta is a little more boisterous than Marmalade, whereas Marmalade prefers to snuggle and have a bit more quiet time. Together, they are a great team and provide all the cuddles and play a Forever Family could want! Fanta and Marmalade are being fostered in a home with a four year old boy, so they are accustomed to small children and are very patient with him. 

All of our cats are micro-chipped, immunised, health checked and sterilised before going to their new homes. Kittens under the age of 5 months are provided with a sterilisation voucher. The adoption fee for all our cats and kittens is $150 to help towards these costs and to allows us to continue our work towards the welfare of cats in our community.

Fanta

Having the kittens restricted to the office, means I often sit down to get in some gaming time and get distracted by someone cute wanting attention. (Don’t worry, the office is huge so I’m not being cruel. The room has a double bed, sofa bed, pool table and three desks with plenty of play room)

AlexSaysNoI’m going to eat your face if you don’t bring me food immediately!

I have managed to get in a reasonable about of WoW this week though. I even got valour capped for the first time sins Cataclysm! (and never realised about the Valour of the Ancients buff that grants an additional 50% additional Valor to other characters on the same server!)

Punchdance is one step closer towards her legendary cape. Just need the next two weeks of Valour cap to complete A Test of Valor. I even managed to run a couple of Looking For Raids on Casadella in Resto!

WoWScrnShot_042114_161125That poor Mechanostrider! 

What have you been up to this Easter break? 

 

 

 

Why I Am My Avatar

This month over at Gamer Wife the Gadabout Gamers blog link up theme is I Am/Not My Avatar. As Neri was creating her entry, we had the fantastic realisation that whilst we have been housemates and besties for years, we are complete opposites on this topic. She is not her avatar, and I definitely am!

Ponies
Like my characters in World of Warcraft, I have a pony mount. His name is Noddy, and he lives happily on Mother’s farm with his other horse pals.

Food
Like my 600/600 Master of the Ways Casadella, I am pretty darn good in the kitchen!

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Just as my hunter does, I can tame animals to be my loyal companions

Hat
There’s nothing I love more than a gear upgrade. Especially getting each new tier helm!

travel
I’ve been lucky enough to already have plenty of travel under my belt, with many more awesome destinations to come. Though it’s much easier for my characters to mount and fly at will, I still manage to find a way to see the world.

Are you your avatar? 

Liebster Award Nomination!

There can be no better way to launch Casa Conquers, than by receiving a nomination for a Liebster Award from Neri over at Mama Needs Mana! I feel so honored! But what’s a Liebster Award, you ask?

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“Well, it is only an AWESOME award given to up and coming bloggers. Given by other up and coming bloggers. It’s a cool way to find other blogs and feel like you are getting into the blogging stratosphere. It is simple, you get nominated by someone else, mention their page and a link to their blog in your Liebster Award Post, answer the 11 questions they give you, then tag 11 other nominees and give them a new set of 11 questions to answer.”

Onward to the questions Neri has sent my way!

What inspired you to start blogging?
I loved sharing my Warcraft screenshots and pictures of my cats which I did almost daily through Facebook. I eventually thought to myself that it would be great to continute to share these things, but with an audience who choose to visit my blog and want to see the content, rather than forcing it upon my friends, family and acquaintances that might just see it as Newsfeed clutter.

If you won a free ticket to Blizzcon, what panels would you be most excited about seeing?
I was first going to say the costume contest. Though having watched the last two Blizzcons with a virtual ticket, I’ve found the most excitement I get is watching the Invitationals. So I’d be most excited to see the finals of all of the live competitions, especially PVP! So much adrenaline!

How do you balance time in-game with your ‘RL’ commitments?
Now that I am no longer a Full Time Travel Consultant, I have so much more gaming time; who would have thought?! I do find that even with my extra gaming time that I manage to get everything I need done. I like structure and organisation a lot!

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No longer shall my gaming time be interrupted with pesky exotic destinations and pristine beaches!

If World of Warcraft shut down its servers tomorrow (Or you aren’t currently playing), what would you be playing instead?
I’d be devastated, but then I’d load up some old Final Fantasy games and start replaying those through. The new South Park game looks pretty sweet too, so I’d give that a whirl.

Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love?
Neri! She was the one who was always motivating me, and was the one who gave me that final push to help start my first Tumblr. Then Blogger. Then Casa Conquers: and all the bits along the way. Neri Approves was a fantastic read, and now Mama Needs Mana is even better. She has a great style to her writing, and it’s always an interesting post. I’m not even a parent and I still enjoy her parenting posts! And she’s awesome enough to put up with me as a friend in real life, so she’s a trooper!

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Always ready for shenanigans; Casa and Neri

Are you brave enough to show us your gaming set up?
Definitely not right now! My normally impeccably tidy desk looks like a tornado blasted through this morning! Though I can tell you that I have dual widescreens, a Logitech G110 keyboard, a Razer Naga Epic mouse and a $20 headset. Oh and a greyscale painting of Squall Leonheart I did in highschool on the wall.

At what age would you let your children (Real or hypothetical) start playing video games?
Hypothetically, whenever they became interested in them. Obviously I would ensure limitations like a healthy balance of educational time, outside play time and would police what type of games. I would be very wary of games (like WoW or Minecraft) where they could end up talking to, or reading about topics unsuitable for their age in chat. I would definitely make sure those functions were blocked!

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Final Fantasy VIII and VII leading male characters Squall and Cloud. The first to own my heart

You have a weekend of interruption free gaming ahead of you. What essential supplies do you stock up on to get you through it?
Red Bull, good coffee and water. Pizza delivered for dinner is just a given. And then cheeses, wafercrackers, hommus dip and pumpkin with cashews dip as snacks.

If you could pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be?
It would be on the public relations / community manager / online media side of things. I cant compose a story or music to save my life. My art skills are just as bad.

Have you ever done any gaming cosplay?
It wasn’t to cosplay conventions or anything, but I have dressed with proper costumes and wigs as a Night Elf Rogue, a Human Warrior (haha) and Sailor Moon for Halloween parties over the years.

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She is the one named Casa Moon!

What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen done in an MMO or multi-player game?
It was ridiculous, and the best thing I’d ever seen in an MMO. The questline for The Day Deathwing Came. I laughed hysterically the entire time, have never taken so many screenshots in such a short time, and written down so many beautiful quotes!

Now the next step is for me to nominate my favorite bloggers, but I am too late to the party! You’ve all been nominated already! The links over to the left are my favourite gaming blogs so if you’re looking for something new to read, give any of these awesome blogs a read!

Diablo III Party!

I’m sure you’re all aware that Diablo III has now kicked up to 50% bonus XP in the lead up to the next expansion due at the end of this month.

Myself and my good buddies Neri and Disconcur have fired up the Diablo Update and are preparing for a Diablo-filled weekend. We’re rolling brand new characters and shall see where the weekend takes us!

I couldn’t decide between Witch Doctor and Wizard. They’re the two classes I had played the most and enjoyed the most. On a whim (and because she’s hot) I decided on a Demon Hunter!

Depending on how many friends we can get to join us, this could even turn into a levelling competition. My record is level 21, so hopefully I can at least pass that!

Are you going to take advantage of the XP buff?

Achievements Galore!

– Save up 50k Timeless Coins to purchase Yu’lon’s Bite (or score an upgrade in LFR) Done! Scored a new neck piece too from the Celestials! 
– Gear my druid up in a full resto set
– Get Enchanting (currently 105/600) and tailoring (currently 186/600) to max by farming all the mats I need on Punchdance.  

– Finally finish What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been this forthcoming year. Fool for Love completed! Though now that means School of Hard Knocks for Children’s Week is up next :'( 

Notice me, Senpai! NOTICE ME! 
And as always, I’ve added more to the list..
– Get my Runetotem Mage to 60 (ready for my free boost to 90!)
– Get my Runetotem Monk to 90
– Become a Guardian of the Cenarius – I easily earned exalted with Cenarion Expecition, now I just need to work on Cenarion Cirlcle! 
Pretty new mount coming my way! 
The questlines were quite fun too! I finally got to meet King Mrgl Mrgl, the animal rights activist Night Elf Druid in a Murloc Costume. He was nice enough to even lend his spare costume for me to quest in! The animations were awesome. 
 
Such a fitting outfit for my guild! 
After a quick browse through my achievements in progress, I found a couple that were almost done and decided to knock those off too! 
 
Apparently I really did hate Pandaria when it dropped. There were two heroic dungeons that I hadn’t completed on any character! I breezed through those and finished the Pandaria Dungeon Hero
I had only completed 7 of the 9 Pandaria Heroic Dungeons! 
I saw how easy it was to grind the Cenarion rep, and discovered that the Lorewalkers was also very simple at level 90. This one didn’t take very long at all with the Tom Tom waypoints. 


Tada! 


Hello to yet another cool mount! 
Loving the mindless follow of Tom Tom, I decided to work on finishing Glorious! too. I had only killed 9 of the 56 rares needed for the achievement, but I was staying positive. I was able to kill over half of them easily as they were there and awaiting their imminent death. A few others I had to camp waiting for them to respawn. The biggest issue I had was the Panda rares! Their spinning kick was quite lethal, and most of the time I couldn’t get my pet to most out of the way fast enough. As I was soloing, it meant I needed to use my Voidwalker Tank pet, instead of my Observer DPS pet for survivability. It also meant I lost my only interrupt so the Pandas’ self heals were super annoying. I managed to magically somehow kill 3 of the 5 Pandas on the list on my own.  


Ahone the Wanderer was exceptionally painful. I take pleasure in seeing her corpse.

The next morning, the lovely Nish came on her Warlock Teanee and helped me destroy the last of the two pandas!

Another Panda corpse to add to the pile. 


Tada! Again! 

One achievement that’s been on my list for a long time is Glory of the Hero. These last two have been on here for years and hopefully soon they will be completed!

It’s allllways Oculus.

Are there any new goals that you are working on? Any old achievement that’s been on your to-do list for months and you just can’t seem to tick it off?

An awesome WoW-filled week!

My week of unemployment has suited me well! I have found a new job and start hopefully next week, I have received my study enrolment forms and things are really looking up. I can now relax and enjoy my “unemployment” as a mere two week holiday in between jobs, and make the most of my free time by playing Warcraft with my friends and enjoying the great weather in our pool!After missing the chance to join our last run of ICC, the lovely Caterpillar over at <Is Out of Mana>  organised a second run. And you know I would never say no to a run through my favourite place in all of Azeroth! And boy am I glad that I did! I’ve never seen this baby drop, let alone be lucky enough to win it!

Punchdance is very proud to wear such a special ribbon!
Of course, I took my standard bunch of screenshots with Arthas. This one sitting on his lap is my favourite because it is the most creepy
Punchy and Uncle Arthas, happy days.

I still had a level 80 Druid (a second Casadella the Resto-kin) in <Is Out of Mana> from long ago, so I decided to dust her off. I had forgotten how nice it was to be in a social guild! She made it to level 84 before the Alt Bug bit me hard. 
Meet Casadella the II

After always hearing about Neri’s love for the Pandaren race, I realised I didn’t have a single Panda in my entourage!  I also don’t have a Mage so I decided it was finally time to level one. Honestly, I haven’t loved the Mage class for levelling. I’m sure it will get much better once I hit the level cap, but for now I am pushing through as Frost. It definitely feels weird not focusing on dot uptime and multi-dotting!

I was very happy to discover that a Pandaren Mage is the last class that <Is Out of Mana> needs to earn the Stay ClassyClassy Pandaren achievement. Neri and I had been levelling together, having a blast and now that we have finally caught up to Disconcur’s Warlock, we can now smash through some dungeons as a trio. Boyfriend was interested in reactivating his account for about a half a second, and then went back to “Final No-Pants” Fantasy. Sigh. Can’t win ’em all! It’s been great to level as a cloth wearer too; so many amazing low level greens for transmog!

Mmmmm transmogged Heirlooms!

Whilst in a dungeon, I was lead by a fantastic Monk Tank and with a combination of that awe (as well as a burning desire for instant queue pops) I also rolled a Monk. I made sure to check the Classy Achievements and the guild was still in need of a Dwarf Monk, for which I was happy to choose. It was my first time in the Dwarf starting area which I highly enjoyed. And besides the trolls that can cross your path within Dungeon Finder, I am loving Monk tanking. Who wouldn’t enjoy hurling a keg of beer at an enemy?

It’s a tough life being level 21.

Today also marked the start of the Love is in the Air World Event. One of the many I need to finally finish What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Can’t wait to get my Love Fool title this week!

Awwwww! Warlock true love! Boyfriend and Casa

I normally don’t like to be all over the place, and more enjoy focusing in on one character and truly having a main. I seem to have thrown that all out the window this week.

How do you prefer to play? Do you have an Alt Addiction? Or do you stay true to your one and only?

I choose you, Pika- I mean Zhevra!

I was quite happy to log in to this today.
Yay!
But then for the hard part, deciding which reward to choose for participating in the Recruit a Friend program. I knew I definitely wanted a mount and not a pet. But other than that, the next half an hour was spent on Wowhead comparing the mounts and staring at my screen.
I love this change to the Recruit a Friend program. 

I eventually decided to go ahead with the Zhevra. So cool! I am now 59/100 for the Mountain o’ Mounts achievement too!

I’ll never complain about queue times again!

My priest Casarah on Blackrock finally hit 90 today. She was my PVP God in Cata and had barely been touched, so I figured it was her turn to join the big kids. My other level 90s had been working hard to collect Timeless Isle Cloth Gear for her, so I was happy to finally be able to put them to use!

DING!

Decked out in almost a full set, I was brave and flew over to the Timeless Isle. And then proceeded to get camped by a rogue. I had forgotten how different it was to play on a PVP server! I know getting smushed by the rival faction is all a part of the game, but boy does it frustrate me now after being spoilt on safe old Saurfang.

Thanks, Captain Obvious.

After getting cranky, I flicked over to Runetotem and logged on to level 80 Casadella. Trying to be a multitasking genius, I planned to do the following. Level and farm herbs and level Alchemy at the same time, both from zero. Fight Pet Battles in each herb farming zone. All whilst being queued for level-appropriate dungeons that I still needed achievements for. Pretty good idea, right? Plenty of fun whilst waiting for the queue to pop! The queue will pop in no time with me having so much other stuff going on, right?

Right?!?
RIGHT?!?!
Two hours and 40 minutes later I had only acquired a single DPS. 

Now in fairness, I am queuing on a low population server. And not only am I queuing for a level 80 Wrath dungeon (which you still get XP for, but when you can queue for Cata instances at the same level for far better gear?…) I am queueing for the most widely hated Wrath instance. You know the one. The one where you would see the load screen and you wouldn’t even wait for it to finish loading to leave group. You would just ALT+F4 on WoW and walk away.

Remember me? My name is Oculus and I am a jerk!

It was a smart idea in theory, my multi-tasking plan. I just didn’t think everything through first.

How do you beat the boredom of waiting in queues?