Community Spotlight: Lady Emma!

ladyemma.jpg1 You have made an appearance on several different podcast’s, how did you get started with podcasting?

I met Degi who frequently guest on ATA (All Things Azeroth), also a host for one of the Dawnforge productions. He introduced me to Medros, the host of ATA, and we got along, and asked me to guest on a shows. Had an amazing time and I just wanted to keep continuing. I did become a co-host for a year. I left on good terms and I’m always happy to be a guest on Ata

I was also a co host on “Across the Whoniverse” with Medros as host and Bullet Catcher as co host. With few random guest. It was all about Doctor who. I think the main issue was scheduling. The show was never live but trying to find a day that work for everyone wasn’t easy.

I’ve also been on the darkmoon and Harold as a guest for a few shows. It’s one of the most fun shows to be on. They are very up beat and feels like a game show. You just can’t help to smile and be full of energy.

I’ve also did an episode of “World of Warcraft well read” which is a podcast about World of Warcraft novels. The host is Apsana and Skolnick. It’s where we read the book before hand and talk about it. I was on “rise of the horde”.

It was on another episode of Chaos Portal talking about Ghostbusters the movies. I felt that episode was chaotic because it had way too many people on one show for a short show. But it was still a very enjoyable experience

I was a host on another one called Anime Girls but that one didn’t last very long it was hard to come up with topics and schedule with the other host.

After all these wonderful podcasts, Frazley wanted to start his own and he remembered me being on Ata and asked me to be a guest host for his show. For a while I was a regular with Deceiverr_13 but things got overwhelming with too many guest on the show. So I’m now a filler if lack of guest and I managed to snag a spot on the last show of the month. To do a Segment called “Kilrggo Sight” its talks about the events coming up in world of Warcraft.

So long long story short (ya I guess you can skip to the end) I met host of podcast, personalities match and ask me to be a guest on there show. I enjoy being on podcast and would love to do more shows ^_^

Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Don’t be scared and don’t procrastinate just do it. There’s many people in the community who are willing to help and give vice. There’s a lot a podcaster who would love new guest or highlight people in community. Guesting is a great way to learn what goes on the background of podcasts. It’s always good to try and keep a schedule, don’t go too long and don’t have too many people that show. But remember to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing.

3 What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t listen to a podcast in a while.  But the main ones i liked to listen to are , Darkmoon Herald, Convert to Raid, Realm maintenance, world of Warcraft less travel and Blizzard Watch. Yup I’m a world of Warcraft person through out.

4 Other then podcast and video games, one of your hobbies is Pokemon, what drew you into the series?

I grown up with nintendo system, but I was never really good at it. If you ever play games with me, you will know I can not jump.  My best friend always bug me about it. I found a lot of games really hard, and was at the point thinking they are not for me. If it wasn’t for a kid at my school, who let me play there Pokemon games, i might not of ever tried it . Pokemon was turn based game. It also help me with my hoarding of things (gotta collect them all) easy to read. So bacily I fell in love with it. I also started watching the anime. I don’t even remember telling my mum about the game. But she got me a Colour Gameboy, Pikachu edition. I don’t think I could put that game down after that. And later years after meeting my best friend who was also into pokemon, the fire of pokemon never burn out.

I also learned how to crochet. I started learning because I wanted to make something special for my nephew. To this day he still loves his baby blanket and each year I add another colour around it so it’s going to grow with him. I’ve also done the same thing with my nieces blanket who will not go to bed without that blanket. I’ve made a few other things like hat, scarves, a teddy bear, different pattern blankets and right now I am trying to make a hobo bag. It’s on hold as keep getting distracted when I need to count the stitches (so close to finishing)

I also like Doctor Who. I remember going to England and my younger cousin was trying to get me to watch an episode and I felt like it was a kid show and I’m like I can’t watch this but I just can not tear myself away from the TV. So when I came back home it was a guilty pleasure until I realize how big of a Doctor who community there is. My mum is a huge fan of Doctor Who and she has a room in her house dedicated to Doctor Who.

I’m also a great baker and love to cook. One day I will be making and sending everyone lock cookies. Well that is one of my goals.

5 What brought you into the playing Warcraft?

My high school boyfriend convinced me to play World of Warcraft. Him and his friends got beta for the game. And they spend hours on it. I was in the middle of playing final fantasy X. So I had no interest in world of warcraft at the time. But after a tragic experience.  I had issues leaving the house. I beat FFX and was bored. So my ex tried everything he could convince me to play. And I had always a reason why i could not. Playing with people in a virtual world, was scary. I was slow at typing. People would make fun of my spelling and grammar. It would be way to hard for me. He then said “ Play until you get to level 5. If you still don’t like you. You dont have to play anymore” and that was it… I was hooked. I met some amazing people. Who didn’t care about my differences and cat obsessions. It was a world I could be myself. A safe place.

I got my own copy of world of Warcraft in 2006. I do miss my original toon on my ex’s account. But over the years I’ve made great friends.

6 How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

Right now March 19, 2018. I raid 2-4 times a week. I am starting to feel burnt out again. I raid with CTR guild. Humpday Heroes and  Bacon & Kegs. Both of them are wonderful teams to be on. Reason why I am on two teams is. Bacon & Kegs, are saturday and sunday but they start at 5am pst. Which I sometimes have a hard time getting on that early.. Speaial if have things I need to do that day. They Raid leader, got me an invite for Humpday Heroes, which make it easier timewise. Monday and Wednesday 6pm pst.

Like any caster, mechanic a most least like in world of warcraft, is needing to move. It can mess with spell rotation or even doing a cast stun. I also never very fond of multiple adds. I’m not good with switching targets.

Now the Mechanics I do like, are ones that I can help the raid team. For example curant raid. “ Antorus, the Burning Throne”  I enjoy Antoran High Command, because of the pods. I normally take the first pod. So before the fight starts, I have to sneak up right behind the boss, so I can click the pod when the fight starts. Now in the pod I have two buttons. Button one put a dot that stack up to 15 on the boss(or add but best keep it on the boss) and Button 2, which puts a debuff on adds. Number 2 is really important, for timing. As you want the new adds to have the debuff as soon as they spawn every time. This helps the raid team out a lot. As my dps isn’t always the best.  So a person who has better dps, can do more damage on the boss, while I help by making sure the adds are weaker for faster take down.

7 What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?

I don’t know if I have a favourite instance. But

For boss fights I really enjoyed the twin consorts Inferno thunder. The reason why like that fight is the celestial aids. It’s where you have to do a star pattern to get their help. I was never good at doing the star pattern but it was still something fun to do.

I also enjoyed Galakras, in siege of Orgimmar because I normally get shoot the cannons and shoot him down.

I also likes controlling Razorgore the untamed in Blackwing lair, because I like to go “squish squish squish” as I’m getting rid of the eggs

As you can tell I like to do mechanics that’s not purely DPS with something fun and unique.

I like puzzles so when I was doing Licid Nightmare chain. I found it very enjoyable it will be interesting to have a raid or even a dungeon where we all have to work together instead of having top DPS you actually have to use your wits.

8 With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

I’m kind of going to enjoy just new story I am finding a little bit burnt out on the current content right now. It will be nice not need to farm appearance for my artefact weapon instead will be working on an artefact necklace. I have kept myself mostly in the dark about the next expansion as I kind of want it to be like when I first started playing vanilla everything new and unknown so pretty much I’m on a need to know basis with next expansion.

9 With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?

I will always be Alliance, unless im having fun with an alt ^_^

I’ve played horde but never really got far.  I don’t even have a max horde toon. I have tried… but So much to do on the alliance side that stops me.

10 Where can people find you on the Internet?

Anyone and everyone can find me on Twitter @Lady_Emma

I am on other places but that is what I mainly use ^_^

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Featured Blog: Coffee Cakes & Crits!

coffee cakes and crits

 

This week I was reading through a few other blogs and stumbled upon this one.

Before each post there is a quote, I would have never really even thought about that. It also is very clean, crisp, and very well rounded, on a wide array of topic’s.

So, please go and take a look (click the link!): https://coffeecakesandcrits.wordpress.com/

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Community Spotlight: Update!

cropped-zeph-white.jpgSince the early inception of this blog, I have been posting “Community Spotlight’s” every Saturday. Each post, from person to person who chose to participate, was fantastic.

A dream come true really.

I never would have thought any of these people would have said yes, let alone have fantastic answers and insights on various topics.

If I have not properly said thank you to those people yet – I am doing that now. Really! Thank you for taking the time and energy to complete those spotlights. I have really enjoyed reading through them. You all rock!

I have had great comments on those post, various re-tweets, and people elated to read them and people in general read them and tell me their feed back on the post. For you, Thank you for the feed back, tweets, and interactions! It means a lot.

So, Now that I have your attention and your probably wondering why I am bantering about these spotlights. No, they are not going away. Nor will I allow that. However, I do want to rethink on how I approach the post, questions, and how they are done here on the blog. This means that for the month of April, I am going to take a break, and redo things. This also means, I will post two of them a month and instead of 10 questions, I would like them to be 20. So that way all of you get to know the person better. They are awesome for a reason and I want to share their stuff, weather its a podcast or some other form of art with you and do the person that in answering the questions justice. For example, Toasty was a recent “Community Spotlight” participant. He also loves himself some hockey and Overwatch. I would love for him to talk more about his interest – weather or not I have any knowledge on the topic.

I also made a grand observation. I have not even answered my own community spotlight questions as of yet. Why would I expect someone else to do these spotlight’s if I have not even made an attempt on answering any of these questions! Basically, do not expect someone else to do what you would not do.

So, I am going to answer some of my own questions, here we go!

1 You have been a co-host of Frazlcast and the Epic Fail Podcast, how did you get started with that?

Honestly, I raided with Draven for a long time and started to listen to his show live. I was mostly quiet in his chat on twitch and one day he asked me to be on the show because I have the blog and am creating content. That was super cool of him to ask me to be on the show and I am very honored that he had asked. As far as the Frazlcast, Frazley was in guild chat and he mentioned he had a show that I could listen to it in discord, I interacted with the community in the discord server for a while and we hit it off. I will need to get back into doing that show with him but I have been super busy as of late. They both do a great job on their podcast and am super proud of both of them! Keep up the awesome podcast guys! The community would not be the same with out you.

2 What are some of the podcast you enjoy listening to?

The Instance, Morning Stream, Azeroth RoundTable, Convert To Raid, The Converted, Tauren Think Tank, Lagging Balls, Realm Maintenance, The Darkmoon Herald, Boop, The Worgen’s Howl, PWNCAST, The Starting Zone, Risk, Podcast Unlocked, Hollywood Babble-on, and anything NPR related.

3 Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Keep at it, No matter what it is. Make time for it and do not stray from it just because it gets “to hard” to do. You will never know what you are capable of until you try.

4 What brought or why did you start playing Warcraft?

When I was younger, my dad visited a friend. His whole family was playing the RTS’s. Years later WoW released and at that point I did not have interest because I was playing other games. Then one day my younger brother brought home a card for me to play free for 30 days. After a week, I paid for all of the expansions and continued to play.

5 What was the first ever character you rolled & Which factors determined your choice in the game at the time?

A Blood Elf Paladin. I remembered a friend playing one and thought the elfs were cute as all get out!

6 What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

As I stated on the Epic Fail Podcast, when I first started playing, I was interacting with the NPC’s like they were real people – had a full conversation up until a player /w me and told me what was going on! Hilarious.

7 How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

Currently, one night a week. With the “Rubber Chicken Coalition” in the Convert To Raid community!

8 What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion, even 5 man’s!)?

Honestly, From Favorite 5 man dungeon boss encounter is in Zul’farrak’s – Gahz’rilla. Classic would be Molten Core as a whole, Tempest Keep in Burning Crusade, From Wrath it would have to be the man himself the Lich King, In Cataclysm it would have to be Al’Akir in Throne Of The Four Winds, From Mist of Pandaria it would need to be Galakras in Siege Of Orgrimmar or Ji-Kun out of Throne Of Thunder. Blackhand in Blackrock Foundry from Warlords of Dreanor, and just to know that Gul’dan and Kil’jaden are dead from the current expansion is good for me!

9 With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most in “Battle For Azeroth”?

The Bee mount, and pets. Lots and lots of pets!

10 With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance (or bi-factional)?

Honestly, Bi-factional! I love both sides!

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Community Spotlight: Toasty!

Toasty1 You are a co-host of “All Things Azeroth”, how did you get into podcasting?

I started out as just a fill in host for whenever one of the main hosts couldn’t make the show. When Emma took a step away from the show, Medros asked me to fill in, and the rest, as they say, is history!

2 Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

I’m not so good with the art, blogging, or music. When it comes to podcasting, there are two pieces of advice I can offer. 1) Be open to criticism . Yeah, there are bunch of dicks out there that will just troll you, but among the noise is helpful feedback. Listen to it, and try to address it. 2) Listen to yourself. I know it’s weird, and we all hate the sound of our own voice, but it keeps you critical of yourself.

3 What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

The Sundering. Though, admittedly, I’m very behind on it.

4 What is some of your hobbies (other than video games)?

I enjoy playing D&D, and dedicate at least 2 nights a week to D&D and D&D related stuff. I also enjoy fishkeeping and have 4 aquariums with various freshwater fish in them. Is watching hockey a hobby? Because that definitely takes up a lot of my time.

5 What brought you into the playing Warcraft?

Honestly? A girl. Someone I was hanging out with for a while talked me into playing it, so I figured I’d give it a go. 9 years later, she’s long gone, but WoW has stuck around.

6 How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

I raid 2 nights a week (Tues & Fri). My least favorite mechanic is anything that forces me out of melee.

7 What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?

Pit of Saron. Not for any of the boss fights or anything like that, but it was the first heroic dungeon I finished, so it’s got a soft spot for me. Any boss fight that introduces lots of adds for me to bladestorm is A-OK with me.

8 With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

Tortollans. Give them to me, Blizzard. GIVE THEM TO ME!

9 With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?

GLORY TO THE ALLIANCE

10 Where can people find you on the Internet?

Every Monday night at 8(ish) central for All Things Azeroth. We broadcast through our discord at https://discord.gg/p8Xk44N

Otherwise, you can find me on twitter @ToastyPostyCAN

Community Spotlight: Thorn

thorn-lagging-balls-community-spotlight.png1 You are a co-host of the “Lagging Balls” Podcast, how did you get started with podcasting?

As a lover of existing Blizzard podcasts, I felt that I had my own community niche to reach that was somewhat underserved: the foul-mouthed bit! I also knew that Thyst and I had excellent chemistry. She and I had discussed podcasting many times but didn’t finally get started until I actually started a Heroes of the Storm video show with some other friends. It was a terrible failure, but it spurred us into action on our own work, finally!

2. Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Best advice I can give: make time for it and make it a part of your routine. It’ll never take off if you don’t DO IT and then stick with it! I guess what I’m saying is: don’t let your memes be dreams.

3. What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

Convert to Raid, The Instance, Film Sack, Battlenet Sports, Realm Maintenance, Rolling Restart, Azeroth Roundtable, Lords of the Storm, Gankbush Squad, Tauren Think Tank, Merely A Setback, Pod Save America, Hardcore History, Reply All, and my newest favorite: “Forever Frumunda: The Cheese Lover’s Podcast”

4. Other then podcast and video games, what is some of your hobbies?

I’m an animal lover (so much so that I became a Vegetarian), and I have two dogs and two cats whom I adore, spoil, and with whom I love to cuddle. I’ve become intrigued by politics lately and have been following that far more than I ever thought I would, and honestly one of my single biggest and most enjoyable hobbies is maintaining TLC with a variety of online communities across multiple platforms, with members in the tens of thousands!

5. What brought you into the playing Warcraft?

A set of friends who played Alliance and a set of friends who played Horde. Guess which friends I ended up liking better?

6. How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

I raid six hours a week on two nights, with the heroic raid team (unofficially named “This Is Why We Don’t Stream”). Like: any mechanic that requires one person to step outside of their role to do something strange or unusual, such as arming a pod that drops shields for the raid or picking up a flamethrower to clear green goo from the fight! Least: RNG-based bosses like Coven in the current raid tier.

7. What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?

Instance: Icecrown Citadel!
Boss: The Lich King!

8. With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

The reigniting of FACTION PRIDE!! Thyst and I are For The Horde through and through, but I’ve felt a disappointing lack of faction loyalty and pride over the past few years and I’m excited for that to return in earnest!

9. With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?

Don’t be ridiculous.

Where can people find you on the Internet?

@Thornbrow on Twitter
@Thorn on Discord
www.laggingballs.com
www.twitch.tv/thornbrow

 

Featured Blog: Z is for Zeirah!

z is for ZeirahToday’s edition of the featured blog is “Z is for Zeirah”!

On Tuesday’s, Zeirah post “Random Tuesday Mutterings”, these post go into detail about what happened in gaming for them in the last week. This is not exclusive to World Of Warcraft.

While reading through the blog, the level of honesty about what had happened to her computer and various accounts being hacked was quite refreshing. That totally sucks and hopefully all of you have authenticator attached to your accounts!

Also, I would like to congratulate Z on the new mounts and achievements!

Take a look at her blog by clicking here: https://zisforzeirah.wordpress.com/

Community Spotlight: Jules!

TTTFEATURE-250x1301 You host “Tauren Think Tank” that has an awesome community surrounding it, What is the best thing about hosting the podcast?

Hosting TTT has changed my life in so many ways. I had dreamed of working in radio since I was little, and I used to record interview shows on a tape recorder with my sister. I made these recordings of epic interviews with a Teddy Ruxpin doll, where it would say random things and you had to react to it. I wish I still had them!

But radio is really hard to get into, so I wound up going the traditional route of corporate desk jobs to earn a living. When I learned about podcasting, it was everything I wanted to do and I could do it in my spare time. When Tauren Think Tank was conceived, we intended to just really be able to connect with other people leading guilds and raids, and help them with stuff we’d learned over our time. Then we started getting letters about dealing with depression, how to make friends, how to deal with problem family members, suicide, gender dysphoria… it was beyond my expectations. People trusted us with things they wouldn’t tell their best friends, and that continues to blow my mind. To have been given that level of trust in our advice, and to have been told, “You changed my life” or “Listening to you saved my life” – there’s nothing that compares to that.

2. Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

There’s a huge amount of uncertainty that goes into trying something new. I struggle with it every time. “Will this work?” “Will I be good enough compared to everybody else?” “Is this even worth trying?” The answer is always YES if it brings you joy. If it’s something that you look forward to, if it makes you feel happy and fulfilled, then the answer is always YES.

Even creative hobbies have their downsides and rough spots. Sometimes it feels like work and it’s kind of a drag. I have a mantra that I use when that happens, and it’s called, “For the love of the game.” Ever see those sports movies where the main characters are at their low point, they’re losing, not even sure why they’re there anymore? There’s always a speech that ends in “Do this because you love it. Do it for that little kid who is playing in the fields with his buddies, dreaming of making it big someday.” And then they always win. The “love of the game” sticks with me – get to the core of why you started doing it in the first place. It’s a great reset tool that works for me.

3. What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

Since I work from home now, I don’t have daily commutes anymore. They used to be my prime podcast listening, and I’ve been a huge fan of The Morning Stream with Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott for years. I’m way behind now, unfortunately!

I also love NPR’s Invisibilia – it’s all about the mind and looking at things in different perspectives. Such a cool look at the world and how we think and perceive things.

I’ll always be a Convert to Raid fan, too. Been listening to the show since the beginning. 🙂

4. A hobby of your is to create various items out of chainmail, how did you get started with the craft?

It’s almost been a year since I started chainmailling! I was feeling really mentally stuck and started looking for a creative outlet – something to make my mind work in different ways. I’d always admired the work of the various chainmaille artists who were making lanyards for BlizzCon over the years. I started doing my research, and found that there’s unlimited tutorials and resources online, and companies that sell full kits to get started. I took a leap of faith, bought a kit on Amazon, bought some cheap pliers, and I created the piece from the kit. I mangled the heck out of it, but I DID IT! I was instantly hooked, and immediately started teaching myself new patterns and designs.

With my second design that I posted on social media, someone asked me if they could purchase it. That was such a rush. From there, people started asking me to make things for them, and it just grew from there. I made 18 lanyards for BlizzCon last year! It’s been an incredible ride and I can’t wait to see how much more I will get to create in 2018, thanks to this awesome community.

5. What brought you into the playing Warcraft?


I had been playing City of Heroes (my first MMO), and getting really burnt out with the game because it had no end-game content. My ex-husband was a Warcraft player, and he purchased the game for me for my birthday as a change of pace. It was 3 months before Burning Crusade launched. I knew nothing about Warcraft or any of the previous games. I wasn’t even sure if I’d like the game. I rolled a human priest, kept running into trees and freaked out and ran away when I hit the gates of Stormwind. It was a rocky start at first, but night elves got me hooked into the game. 🙂

6. How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?


After about 8 years of raiding steadily, I finally stopped raiding in spring of 2017. My available game time has definitely changed, and I found I preferred games like Heroes of the Storm or Overwatch where I can play for 1-2 matches and then leave if I need to.

The game mechanic that I like the most: definitely winning loot. It’s all about the loot, baby! The one I like the least: reputation grinding.

7. What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?


Most favorite raid ever was Karazhan, by far. I love the ambiance, the feel of it, and the music. The Opera event was the coolest thing to me – every week it was different, and you wouldn’t know until someone bravely jumped in to die to it, since Wowhead wasn’t there to warn you ahead of time.

8. With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

I’m looking forward to the Allied Races, for sure. I’ve been a Night Elf for so long – it will be nice to have some new characters to play around with!

9. With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?


As much as I love and respect my Horde friends, FOR THE ALLIANCE!

10. Where can people find you on the Internet?

I’m most active on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JulesRPG and Discord. Best place to find me is the Convert to Raid Discord: http://discord.converttoraid.com. My DMs are open on Twitter as well if you have any questions!

You can find my chainmaille work and my commission request form at http://chainofjules.com. My finished items for sale are up on Etsy: http://chainofjules.etsy.com.

My podcasts:

Tauren Think Tank:  http://taurenthinktank.com

Battlenet News and Battlenet Sports: http://converttoraid.com
Slaying Demons: http://joceplays.com