Zephirah’s Adventure, Episode 5: Gnomecore, Qveen Herby, Rho shizzle my nizzle, & The Home Stretch!

 

Editor’s Note: Each podcast is recorded in the blog’s discord on Wednesday evenings starting at 9 PM Eastern.

Zephaniah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 5 Show Notes For June 6, 2018

Intro:

In this episode Gnomecore, Qveen Herby, Rho shizzle my nizzle, & The Home Stretch!

Music used in this episode:

“Alchemists Tower” & “Alien Restaurant” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Podcast and Community Spotlight: Announcement’s!

The podcast is still looking for a permanent co-host. If you are interested in being a permanent host, guest host for an episode or participate in the community spotlight’s, please feel free to tweet me @Zephirah_Zella or join my discord! Links are available in the show notes.

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/UEnwEKx

Just as a reminder to the listeners in discord, please enjoy the music and your hearing by turning down the bot’s volume. All you have to do is right click on the user named “Rhythm” and turn it down to about 10% or whatever volume is comfortable for you!

Book’s / Featured Blog Of The Week: Gnomecore!

You’r WoW Soundtrack: Qveen Herby!

Community Spotlight: Rho!

WoW / Blizzard News: BFA: The Home Stretch!

Shout Outs:

  • Gnomecore AKA Alexander
  • Rho, for such an awesome interaction, that was super fun
  • Thaurian for the moral support during the podcast
  • For everyone at Blizzard who had their hands in producing the comic’s
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Alt-a-holic: Revenge of the Alts, Part 2!

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Zelodie, Tauren Paladin

Meet Zelodie, the Tauren Paladin, on Bolderfist. Proud Member of Blood Of The Scribe.

She is my first 110 horde toon for the legion expansion.

Did I happen to mention that she is a boosted toon? No. Well, she is boosted. I am also very nervous to say that I am going to be tanking with her. That should be interesting because I have not had a max level Paladin since Cataclysm.

For now, what I would like to do with her is to complete the Surmar quest chain to unlock the allied races, then to attempt mythic 5 man dungeons. Nothing more then 5’s. I am more wanting to get my feet wet and see if I feel confident enough to continue tanking or if I should give the DPS spec a go.

Thank you for reading the post! If you would like to talk about your alts, battle pets, Warcraft in general, or any other topic please feel free to drop in to the blogs discord!

Discord: https://discord.gg/UEnwEKx

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

 

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

Community Spotlight: WickedKitten13

Wicked Kitten 131.) What drew you into Blizzard Games?
This might be a bit long. Giggity. About 6 years ago I was introduced to the Frogpants community through TMS, Film Sack… basically most things Scott Johnson. I have always wanted to do something in radio or voice work but I’ve always been too scared. This community is really pulling me out of my shell. In 2015, I finally had the courage to fly all the way to Utah to be at my first Nerdtacular. I had never been anywhere alone, where I didn’t know a soul. I was scared and decided to stay in my room. I tweeted out into the universe “It’s hard being an ambivert”, with the NT15 hashtag. I got a response back, “Hey, we’re your people. Come find us.” This is how I met my good friends Jayonce, Marconin and Jules. It was at The Instance panel. I watched a cinematic that filled my heart, a beautiful world with amazing characters. I heard stories of people making lifelong friends and even falling in love and moving across the country. I met Chris Metzen and Russell Brower, they were the kindest, chillest dudes. And at The Angry Chicken panel I was already downloading Hearthstone. I went home and bought a computer, and the first thing I did was download Warcraft. Because of the friends I made there I was encouraged to come to BlizzCon. It was the most fun I had ever had and made even more friends within the CTR and AIE communities. I got my first taste of Heroes of the Storm. Honestly, I fell in love. It was at this point that I started my romance with Heroes. There is no other company like Blizzard. They are part of the reason I have my family of nerds, why I stream their games. They’ve indirectly given me a voice and a dream job to shoot for. Blizzard is like gravity and my communities are the air. I’m so full of sap, but these people mean the world to me.
2.) You stream competitive Hero’s, when did you start streaming?
I started streaming a little over a year ago as part of a group called Tadpool Plays with Dicetomato and Wigdete33. We stream not only Blizzard but other interesting games as well. This experience, and unemployment, gave me the courage to start streaming on my own. I became an affiliate in November and decided to get more serious about it. It really has become something I get excited for.
3.) What esports teams are you cheering on?
I am a HUGE Dignitas fan. Even with James Baker leaving, it’s still a great team with heart and sophistication. #HGC
4.) What are some of your favorite streamers / streams to watch?
Scott Johnson, of course and FeriouslySteph. Since I’m mostly about growing the community I watch smaller streamers. Mageadeath for Hearthstone, G0r4th for Heroes, AfroHorsey and Brian Dunaway for variety streams.
5.) Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?
I’m still figuring it all out myself so I don’t think I’m the one to ask for advice. I will paraphrase great advice that I’ve been given: “You are never trapped or stuck, you just haven’t found the way out yet.” “Sometimes you just need to jump into the scary.” “Do what you love, as often as you can.” Ok I will say this… Be kind, be yourself. People can always see who you really are.
6.) Hearthstone’s new expansion is super fun! How are you doing in ranked play with the new cards & decks?
I am an incredibly relaxed ranked Hearthstone player. The highest I’ve ever gotten is 14 or 15. That said I am loving my modified Warlock deck. Modified because I’m poor.
7.) What hero would you bring to Heroes Of The Storm (or Hearthstone) & why?
Yrel would be amazing in the Nexus! Don’t tell anyone but I’m a Warlords baby and my first toon was a space goat shaman. Also, Mercy from OW because “dem hips”!
8.) You have an awesome community around you! What is the best thing about interacting with in the community?
Being part of the Frogpants community, and all these sister communities has changed my life. My favourite thing is I have all my friends wherever I go. If I have a bad day and want to cry, or I have a good day and want to celebrate. I always have amazing people in my phone and in my heart. They also happen to be some of the smartest and funniest people I’ve ever known.
Wicked Kitten 13 kittys9.) According to your cute name & Twitter page, you like cats. Any particular cat you love?
Kit Kats are pretty good. I like most cats. I loved my little Butterscotch who I lost about a year ago and my sweet Greyson who loves belly rubs.
10.) Where can people find you on the Internet?
You can find me on: Twitter @Wickedkitten13 or Twitch.tv/Wickedkitten13

Zephirah’s Adventure: Podcast!

Welcome!

Hi, My name is Andrea. I am giving this a go as a new years resolution. I am not sure where this will take me, but I am up for trying!

I am a World Of Warcraft player. I am a proud member of the Convert to Raid community on the Aerie Peak server.  I have been playing wow since Cataclysm. (Shortly before actually. However I am not counting that!) I also have toon’s in Alea Iacta Est on Earthen Ring. Since we were talking about New Year’s Resolutions, my goal for Battle For A zeroth is to have every class and spec at max level. For the Horde & Alliance.

I have been in CTR (Convert To Raid) for three and a half years. Not that AIE is a bad guild. I just wanted to play Alliance a little more this expansion. I figured since I shown interest in being an officer of the guild to pull my priest Zephirah, the toon that I have had since day one, into the Alliance fold.

I do; however, miss the Horde side of things. A lot more then I thought I would. AIE has a lot of good people. They do equal CTR for great people & lets face it the two guilds have been wonderful in a plethora of way’s. Yes, every guild has its issues. Especially mega guilds like these two are. Nothing is perfect or what you ever expect it to be. I do think though, you get what you put into it. If you are a positive person that tries, then you will not go unnoticed. Kindness in and out of video games is very important. Everyone has a bit of awesome in them, even behind the pixels.

With that being said, I recently have joined a different guild for the Horde. Blood of The Scribe. It is very different then the previous two guilds. The others are very PG13 and BotS is very NC17. If you happen to drop an F bomb or dirty joke, it is fine. Just as long as your not a complete butt-head and being rude to people, then you are fine. I am falling in love with this guild quickly. For all the personalities & quick witted things we see in guild chat.

So, that’s my Warcraft story. I also enjoy Diablo, Starcraft & Hearthstone.  I currently do not play Overwatch on my pc but on my brother’s Xbox, every once and a while. I pretty much enjoy everything Blizzard has produced.

Other then video games, I enjoy a wide array of music. Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative, Industrial, Electronica, Dubstep. There are few pop related songs I like, but not much. I can have full conversations about a bunch of artist that I love.

I also enjoy reading and would love to read a novel a month for the year 2018.

My goal / New Years Resolution for this space is to wright blogs about video games (not just blizzard stuff even though that will be the biggest focus!), Music, Book’s that I would be reading or would like to read, and any other random geeky things I find to be interesting.

I believe at the moment I would like to publish three days a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It will very on what the post will contain but the goal here is to have fun. I will post a  topic schedule soon!

Thank you for reading! Happy New year! I wish you a happy 2018 & good times!

Rock on ~ Andrea AKA Zephirah