From our family to yours, we hope you have a fun and food filled Thanksgiving, whether it be with family, friends, or anyone else. If you’re not celebrating today, we still hope you have a wonderful day regardless!
As of today, Growing up in Azeroth is officially four years old! That’s like… an entire high school education! It’s been an action packed four years to be sure, one that Fussypants and Yotaan would love to recap on!
But first, let’s see some stats!
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Yotaan: Anniversaries are a time to look forward and to look back. Looking back, I am very amazed at how much time has passed and how many posts we have had! While I say we, everyone knows the primary writer is the the intrepid Fussypants. She has grown so much as a writer and has impressed me with her writing time and time again. You haven’t seen my writing much lately because it is so hard to add meaningfully to her posts! Of course I have the advantage of seeing the teen behind the Pants (wearing the Pants?) outside of the blog and the game, and that makes me very happy to see how well she and the blog have done.
Looking forward, I hope we can continue to write together and share a 5th anniversary. We will always be “growing up” in Azeroth. Fussypants will continue to grow as will I. Maybe someday we will even step out from behind the curtain!
Fussypants: I don’t think I can accurately put into words how mind-boggling this whole experience has been. When my dad and I first started writing so many moons ago, I was pretty convinced that no one would read other than close family and friends. Afterall, who wants to hear some teenage girl talk about video games? And yet, here I am, exactly four years later, marveling at how wrong I was. The blog has become something so much bigger than I ever realized. Even when I could not write as actively as I would have liked, it was always in my mind (and on my bookmarks toolbar). I remember, one of the things that stuck out to me the most at Blizzcon was when I’d introduce myself, people would always say something along the lines of “Oh, you have that blog, right?” It caught me off guard every time, making me blush and shyly say yes. Yes, I have this blog and yes, people read it! That is crazy!
I won’t lie, Growing Up in Azeroth has definitely had its ups and downs. We went through content droughts to rival Siege of Orgrimmar. I personally have written posts that I’m not terribly proud of (either because I rushed to get something out or I took a stance too extreme and unreasonable). Despite all this, or perhaps, because of all this, I feel like I personally have come out a better person. Writing this blog has first and foremost improved my writing skills. But secondly, and more importantly, it’s inspired me to look at the world with a critical eye. What do I agree with? What do I disagree with? What do I think about this? And why? That essential question has become my modus operandi.
As some folks close to me know, I am getting very close to an important milestone, the level ding from a minor to a major. I’m planning on writing up a huge, heartwarming post about what exactly Growing Up in Azeroth has meant to me, so I’ll spare you guys the more sappy parts of that now. Instead, I think we owe some thank yous.
For those of you who have read Growing Up in Azeroth, either from our beginning or just starting very recently, Fussypants and Yotaan want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You guys are a huge part of what makes this so enjoyable and worthwhile. Thank you for all the comments, likes, page views, and honestly, time. You guys are the very best!
Fussypants: There is one more person I owe an even bigger thank you to, and that is my dad. Yotaan, had you not suggested we start a blog together all those years ago, well, I don’t know where I’d be today. Thank you for inspiring me to write, to game, to explore. I know I sometimes am not the easiest person to work with, and I appreciate from the bottom of my heart the patience and encouragement you’ve shown me. You’re the best dad a girl could ask for ❤
Four years down, and many more to go!
Months and months and months ago, Yotaan and I wrote about our adventure at the WoD live cinematic premiere. At the time, we thought that would be the closest we were going to get to the Blizzcon experience. Boy, were we wrong.
Fast forward to now and Yotaan and I are excitedly enjoying our very first Blizzcon!! So far, we’ve gone to the Con Before The Storm party as well as experiencing our first day of Blizzcon glory! Since so many sites cover the news aspect much better than Yotaan and I ever could, we’re going to instead focus on the personal impact of the con rather than the deets. Here are some of our trip highlights!
Fussypants: Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin! Beginning, maybe? Yotaan and I attended the CbtS party on Thursday night which, while being initially intimidating to actually go up and meet all the people behind the names, was a perfect beginning to the con! I was able to meet a number of awesome artist and community folks, people that I have chatted with or looked up to for a long time over the web. I’m probably going to forget some but in no particular order; Bawk, Avaltor, Ratsel (thank you again for the pin and advice!), Malkarii, Faebelina, Skornflakes, Quel’Fabulous, Katch, Serephita, Battlepanda, and Lyeric.
Speaking of Serephita, thank you so much for letting me set up a little sign with business cards out in the vending area! That was also a really exciting opportunity; over 100 people grabbed a card with my name on it!
After staying up far too late, Yotaan and I came back the next day ready for con action! We’ve spent a surprising amount of time watching the arena championship; something about the energy of the crowd all cheering at once made even this die hard PvEr interested in some player vs player. And hey, the go to PvP healer appeared to be holy paladins, which was totally awesome for me to watch!
The Legion: What’s Next panel was also an amazing experience. It’s one thing to read about the announcements on Blizzard Watch but it’s quite another to live through the hype as it happens. The energy on that stage was palpable! And man, am I psyched about those “micro-holidays”! And, the class flying mounts! And ARGUS! Gosh, even though it wasn’t an expansion announcement, I am super super excited to play WoW!
Cosplay! The cosplay at the convention has been insanely awesome! Lots and lots of Overwatch (sooo many lady McCrees!) and a good amount of Warcraft as well! Some of the most impressive costumes I have seen was an absolutely perfect Deckard Cain, lady Varian Wrynn, an enormous Reinhardt, Chromie, one of the Feral druid artifact skins, and a stunning re-imagination of the Warlock Tier 2. I think the most amazing part though, is the fact that these people are just wandering around throughout the enter con. Turn around and suddenly, there’s yet another Dv.A sitting at the panel behind you.
Ok well Yotaan wants me to wrap this up (we’re writing on my laptop) so I’ll just finish with, if you happen to see the two of us at the convention on Saturday, totally come up and say hi! I would love to meet some of the readers of the blog face to face and I mean, I’ve also got some pretty spiffy business cards left over! Meet and greet the Pants!
Yotaan: By far my favorite time during this trip was during the Con before the Storm. I accompanied Pants, of course, as we wandered the party. I loved her excitement and enthusiasm as she met other artists that she admired. They were all friendly and wonderful. It is fantastic to see such a supportive atmosphere around artists and their art. Frankly, our trip could of ended right there, and I would have been happy.
However, Blizzcon is pretty awesome and I saw some great stuff! While there is a great community around WoW, its rare to run into other folks in the everyday world that know, much less play, WoW. And then if you are lucky, you get to go to Blizzcon, where SO MANY people play WoW. What a thrilling opportunity to share this great game with like minded individuals, this experience alone is a highlight.
But there is one more highlight. One more small, but incredibly important detail that I learned today…
I get to ride an air elemental as a mount. A zephyr! Yotaan will ride a flying, whirling, lightning filled TORNADO!!!
Oh yeah, say hi to us and all, but I’ll be distracted by thoughts flying by twister.
Fussypants: First things first, I want to give kudos where kudos are due, that pre-expansion event was AWESOME! The quests, the invasions, the whispers, all were perfect for building up the excitement and anticipation for the final drop. The Legion invasions in particular got me two new level 100s (a druid from 80 and a rogue from 64) as well as a bunch of shiny new gear to outfit out all my alts. Two thumbs up from me!
Secondly, I’ve got another person to thank. I would have had to wait several days for my copy of Legion to finally arrive had it not been for the super generous actions of one of my guildies. Thank you so much Frandall for giving me the key that allowed me to enter Legion the day of launch! You’re the real MVP!
Finally, onto the expansion itself! I, of course, started leveling with my Holy Paladin right off the bat. The whole Class Hall and artifact introduction was very, very well done (but I do have to say, it’s a little weird to be the big man in charge of all the paladins in Azeroth; I’m much more used to being underling number three). I totally adored that aquiring the healing artifact took, you guessed it, healing! My lifelong dream has finally come true, healing quests are a thing!
Speaking of healing quests being a thing, you know what else is a thing? Leveling in healing spec! That’s right, I’ve been shockadining my way across the Broken Isles since the first moment I stepped foot and for the first time, it hasn’t been horribly inconvenient. In fact, it’s much more akin to tank leveling now- I can pull anywhere from 3 to 5 mobs, pop a few AoEs, toss a couple heals on myself, and widdle down each and every mob. The process has probably been slower than if I were leveling in a dps spec but at the same time, I cannot die. And really, compared to previous expansions (looking at you Warlords), the only drawback is that it’s a just a bit slower instead of taking twice the amount of time. Healers rejoice!
Right now I am level 105 and have quested through the entirety of Azuna and a majority of Stormheim. If I were to write about each zone in specifics, we’d be looking at several thousand words so instead I’ll just brief over a few things that really stood out to me overall. The biggest and best thing so far is that I haven’t been hit over the head with demons. Sure, the Legion is invading and all that, but there’s a plethora of other lore having nothing to do with the demons. Vykrul lore and Night elf lore and heck, even current Alliance v Horde lore, it’s been everywhere and it’s been awesome!
The other thing that has really stood out to me is the development of little side quests and characters. I feel like everywhere I go, there is some fun little tidbit to watch out for. Some of it has been highly comedic but others side stories have been incredibly sad. If I had to recommend side quests to look for, my top three would definitely be Runas in Azuna, Tehd’s demon in Azuna as well, and the Moonkin up in Northern Stormheim. (The goblins in Stormheim might also join that list but I have not yet completed that particular quest chain.)
Legion has just been… wow. The story is fantastic, the zones are gorgeous, the voice acting is superb, man it’s almost perfect! Now my only wish is that Blizzard maintains this level of perfection into the endgame; if this happens we might be looking at Pants’ new favorite expansion!
Yotaan: I have to agree with Fussypants, I really, really enjoyed the pre-expansion event. The quests were an enjoyable as lore building. I actually began to like Khadgar! I do wish the whispers that lead to transforming into a demon were a little different. The RNG gods smiled on my toons twice for this, but I was not able to complete the chores to transform. It was not entirely easy or clear what to do. I was hoping to achieve this (ala the Scourge transformation in the Lich King pre-expansion event) as I wanted to rampage as a vile Legion demon! Speaking of rampages, the Legion invasions were very fun. Initially, I was thought they were too simple – I had quickly grinded out Nethershards on Yotaan and did not need any gear. But then I learned that they scaled for alt leveling. I jumped on Poopertunity (for some reason Fussypants does not like this toon???) who was a lowly level 13 Brewmaster monk. He had rested experience, full heirlooms, and access to the monk only daily experience gain quest. So he joined the fight against the Legion and leveled like a mad dog! It was so fun watching him ding repeatedly during just one invasion. The other interesting effect of the invasion scaling was Poopertunity’s threat generation. He was tanking the elites! I had not really tanked on a monk (outside of a little with Fussypant’s help) and this new challenge was fun and rewarding. It got even better the few times a healer targeted me and I never thought tanking would be so engaging. Ultimately Poopertunity made it all the way to 71 from 13. Very impressive for just a few hours of play.
Demon hunters are fantastic. Fussypants and I intend to write a whole post on this so I won’t say any more.
Yotaan has not traveled in the Broken Isle as much as Fussypants has. He is level 102 and has gone thorough most, but not all of Azuna. The scenery has been beautiful to say the least. When I came across unicorns and rainbow winged hippogriffs, I immediately ran off to get my youngest daughter to show her. She loved it and demanded that Yotaan stay there forever. I can really appreciate the new draw distance and attention to detail even on my Mac. So far the questing has been inventive and the narrative has been reasonably complex. I did not always know where the story was taking me. I am a little bit concerned about leveling too fast as I want to take this slowly, but then again, the scaling tech is allowing me to go anywhere.
I am not particularly thrilled about the profession leveling however. While the quests are cool and unique to the prof, I’m not actually making anything I could use. Perhaps when I get farther along it will improve.
In an earlier post I complained about the shaman elemental artifact, a fist weapon. The quests for Yotaan to obtain The Fist of Ra-Den were unusual and I liked the traveling beyond the Broken Isles. The artifact tree totally reminds me of spec trees back in Burning Crusade. All that is good. Still don’t like the pointy claw thing and the teeny tiny shield. I’m actually motivated to transmog….
Despite the very few missteps I overall really really like Legion so far. I haven’t had a chance to play as much as Fussypants, for that I am jealous. And, patch 7.1 is looking very exciting. See you in Azeroth!
Hamlet aside, Fussypants and Yotaan again address the eternal question: will you be participating in the Legion expansion beta?
Fussypants: Not to Beta! I’ve already written on this earlier but I have no intentions of entering the beta or even reading up about the beta news. So yes, I’m the reason you have to have spoiler tags, sorry guys!
But seriously, the reason why I chose not to beta is two-fold. For one, waiting until that set point when it drops builds the excitement better for me personally. If I were to get a taste of what the game would be like or learn of the story early, the actual launch would be less special and fun. Waiting builds anticipation!
For another, I’d be a pretty bad beta tester. I’m not super great about filling bug reports and the fact that everything would be wiped all the time would mean that I’d quickly lose interest. Why spend so much time on something when it’s all going to be deleted? I’m just not good beta testing material.
But this means, with beta now launched, I’m going to have to be very cautious on the internet. I haven’t been spoiled yet but I’d like to keep it that way!
Yotaan: This is my fourth beta “opportunity” and I am going to pass. But, unlike Fussypants, I do read a little about the beta news.
For me, I want a good story. When I sit down to read a book or graphic novel, I read from the start to the finish. Unlike a certain reader I know (Fussypant’s Mom/Yotaan’s wife) I don’t skip to the end to find out what happens. The build up of the story, the twists and turns of the plot, and the grand finale is what I look for in a novel. In many ways, playing WoW is just like reading a novel, especially if you read the quest text and watch the cinematics. So how could I participate in the beta! I’d be skipping ahead in the story!
Now, I have been reading about the class changes and game improvements. I want to be ready to understand how Yotaan and my assorted alts will be modified. My poor little shaman has undergone drastic play style changes in the past several years. But I don’t dive into quest discussion or even much about the new zones for fear of story spoilers. So I carefully read news on just the mechanics.
I wonder what kind of beta tester I would be… I suspect I would be diligent. As my (temporary) character moves along the leveling, I would dutifully report all bugs and such. This doesn’t sound like fun. This sounds like work! If you have been reading my few posts on our blog here, you know that I am not interested in working while gaming. So, no beta testing for me.
Then again, if I do test, I could taunt Fussypants with spoiler knowledge….. Hmmm….
And what about you guys? To Beta or not to Beta, which have you chosen?
With little fanfare or hype building, Blizzard announced the release date for the highly anticipated Warcraft expansion Legion. The 6th expansion is set to come out August 30th, 2016, giving players a few more months to wait. Here’s what Fussypants and Yotaan thought about the announcement!
Fussypants: I will admit, I was really surprised by the lack of build up. Just last expansion, Blizzard had a huge announcement at a fancy venue (which Yotaan and I had the infinite luck to be able to attend). The hype levels were off the chart! And then we get this drop announcement which feels almost like an after thought. It’s just this strange disconnect.
As for the actual drop date, I’m a bit bummed but not entirely surprised by how late into the year it is. Legion drops right around the beginning of school for me which means I’m going to be spending all summer languishing in WoD. Bleh.
But this also means I have 4 months to plan and get ready! Here’s what I want to accomplish in that break.
- Finish upgrading Fussypants’ legendary ring. I’m 3 weeks away from ilvl 795 so I doubt this will take very long
- Finish the ring quest on both my mage and my priest. Both characters are at the tomes and shipyard part and I’ve been getting those tomes to drop like crazy. However, due to my intense aversion to it, the shipyard part always takes me significantly longer.
- Get my druid to level 100. There will likely be a slight delay in this as I plan on stopping her at 80 for a bit to do some Herald of the Titans runs but my end goal is to have her at max, ready to venture into Legion for those spiffy druid artifacts.
All in all, I don’t have a ton of things I want to accomplish in those 4 months which worries me a little bit. Hopefully I’ll find more things to do or else I might be spending a lot less time in game come summertime.
Yotaan: I was expecting release date closer to the film premiere, so I suppose I was hoping for a July date. For my schedule is somewhat the opposite of Fussypants’ so the August 30th is actually quite convenient for me. I did really enjoy our fortuitous cinematic premiere for the last release and its too bad there is no similar event this time around.
As for future plans, I have played WoW sporadically at best. I’m not quite the raider the Pants is. But I have been steadily leveling a few toons. I have a death knight at 81 and a shadow priest at 67 – my goal is to get them both at 100. I might even transfer some 90’s toons from other servers to our current home server.
Additionally, I’ll be maxing out blacksmithing for the first time. As it happens, this is the one profession we have never maxed out on any toon ever. I’m probably doing it wrong as I’m leveling it while I level the death knight.
My only other goal is get more mounts. Yotaan traveled back to his old farm back at Halfhill and bought up a bunch of goats. He then went way back to the Argent Tournament and used up some ole’ Champion Seals. Since Yotaan was Yotin the troll back in Wrath he never got the Alliance mounts. We are edging closer and closer to 200 mounts and it would be great to hit that by Legion!
My biggest challenge may very well be to play Wow as Hearthstone has grabbed my attention. Standard play comes out in 2 days! New cards!
WoW has a lot of mounts in game already. We have flying horses, magical roosters, swimming turtles, and just about everything in between. However, there are a few rather important mounts that the game is lacking! Fussypants and Yotaan sit down and discuss just what we are missing mount-wise.
Yotaan: I think there should be shaman mount. It should be air elemental mount, like the wind or something.
Fussypants: Lol, I just got this fantastic image of your shaman doubled over, propelling through the air by the force of his own farts. It would be like the worgen running wild form but better!
Yotaan: That is NOT what I was thinking!
Fussypants: Well then how would you image a wind elemental mount would work?
Yotaan: I was thinking more along the lines of riding a gust of wind.
Fussypants: Meh, we already have that with the Red Riding Cloud thing.
I have a brilliant idea!
Ok, so imagine this just totally decked out player, mythic gear, stunning transmog, the works.
Fussypants: They slow walk out of an inn somewhere (because I mean, they are so rockin’ that they can slow walk everywhere) and stand outside for a second before they start the mount up animation.
There’s a short cast, a puff of smoke and sparkles, and then suddenly, a PALANQUIN APPEARS!
Yotaan: And the Inn explodes, twice
Fussypants: It’s four grummels or pygmies or some other NPC race carrying you around on this totally awesome palanquin
Fussypants: Like these guys here!
Yotaan: That is terrible!
Fussypants: No, it would be awesome! What better way to show off your talents and achievements than to be literally carried on them??
Yotaan: What, what if they were bosses you beat? You know, carrying the palanquin.
Fussypants: That works too!
Yotaan: How about, instead of the palanquin, its a giant blue whale. It’s so big that it blots out half the screen on full camera zoom out. Awesome!
Fussypants: So like the movie Whale Rider? For your whale idea, would it be water only?
Yotaan: No, totally is a flying mount. And weirdly, doesn’t work in water. Auto-dismounts you and you lose 3/4’s of your breath too.
Fussypants: Lol, I can only imagine the griefing that such a mount would cause
Yotaan: Would your palanquin mount be ground only?
Fussypants: Yes, but it would be the only mount mountable in instances, so you can show it off in the very raids where you would earn it
Yotaan: And, of course, it goes very slow, same as walking speed. Again, so you can show off.
Fussypants: The other mount I’ve always wanted is a pogo stick. It wouldn’t need to be flying because you could just jump over all obstacles.
Yotaan: Lol, I think it should be locked behind a long rep grind, like a befriending a warlike troop of angry kangaroos. To rep up, you need to solve jumping puzzles.
YES YES YES!
ALL MY YESSES!!
There we go, mount problem solved.
No one would ever want another mount again.
Yotaan: Yep, once again we solved all of Wow’s problems!
So there you have it! The pogo-stick is the most important mount that we are still missing! What mounts would you all like to see in-game?