Growing Up In Azeroth!

A lot of my time for the Friday post is something geared to finding a novel, short story, graphic novel or something to that effect. However finding other blogs or podcast that I learn something from or that I find awesome, I will post it for Friday! While looking what I can post about I came across another blog called “Growing up In Azeroth” here on wordpress. Their tag line was even a refreshing thing to read.

Just so you know when you go to visit the page, yes there is 2 people who wright in the blog. A Father daughter team. I really enjoyed reading it! Take a look at their post, and especially the “The Priest Campaign: Second Rate Paladin’s” post. It is a very interesting read!

You can visit their page at https://growingupinazeroth.wordpress.com.

Community Spotlight: Frazley Sparkspan

Frazley Sparkspan

Preface: I am aware of some trolling happening during the last live show of the Frazlcast, if you came here to do the same thing, you are wasting your time. Any nasty, trolling comment on this or any other post to this blog will be removed. I will not tolerate bullying. Find another hobby & have a nice life. Duces!

 

1. You host several different podcast about wow & other geeky topics. What is the best thing about hosting all of these shows?

Getting to work on my communication skills. Getting to speak about passions of mine. Getting to hopefully inspire/make someone’s day feel better. Finally, getting to engage with people. I have met so many friends through it, as well as seen friendships fostered because of it. I know it is more than 1 thing, but I love it!

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

My podcast list is so varied and huge. Shoutout to Castro app on iPhone, as it lets me queue up podcasts to play. I love listening to WoW/Blizzard podcasts like All Things Azeroth, The Starting Zone, Lagging Balls, The Worgen’s Howl, Convert to Raid (HI DAD!!!), The Blue Recluse, Raiding with Lisia and so many more WoW podcasts (There are so many good ones, I don’t mean to leave any out! If I didn’t mention yours, it doesn’t mean I don’t listen!). I listen to podcasting podcasts like The School of Podcasting, She Podcasts, Libsyn’s The Feed, Better Podcasting and so many others! I listen to fiction podcasts like Welcome to Nightvale. I listen to one-off podcasts like Missing Richard Simmons and Heaven’s Gate. I just love the variety of podcasts out there! You name a topic, you can find a podcast. If not, I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE ONE!! 😀

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

Keep at it! Set a schedule for yourself that is manageable, and keep at it! Forgive yourself for mistakes & missed deadlines, but KEEP AT IT! Your passion will shine through. Don’t strive for perfection, strive for quality, but at some point just let the product you made go free into the wild! You will learn from it! Your initial/current creations won’t be like your past ones, or your future ones! If it’s a passion, keep going back to that well of passion and don’t ever give up!

4. In your podcast, you have mentioned that you enjoy walking for exercise. Where do you gather the daily motivation to complete the walk daily?

I owe a lot of accountability to my Fitbit app. Been using it since November of 2014, after buying it on impulse at a Target after drinking a coffee around 8:30 PM with a friend. The Fitbit keeps count of my step goal, and I go on walks to help me reach that goal. I also listen to podcasts, and sometimes audio books, as it gives me something to do while walking. There are days where due to time/weather/etc. that I can’t get my walks, so the Step Goal helps a lot.

5. Also, in your podcast you mention your love of coffee. When did you start drinking coffee & what is your favorite currently? What coffee did you drink before that you will not drink now?

I started drinking coffee in 2011 when I dropped pop from my daily/hourly intake. I needed something to offset water, as 24/7 water can get boring. I love my coffee black with either Splenda, or recently Toffee-Nut Syrup at Starbucks. I drank Frappuccino’s, or as I call them Adult-Style Milkshakes, until I realized how much caffeine they lack. I think my blood is half-blood and half-coffee.

6. You also mentioned ballroom dancing is a hobby, how long have you been dancing & how did you get into that?

I started about 9 years ago. My first episode of Be Great TODAY talks about it as well. Got inspired by Malcolm In The Middle when they had episodes on ballroom dancing. I attended a group lesson, and then kept at it week after week. There were moments of “drought” where I didn’t take it as seriously as I do now. I love it though, because I get to perform for an audience, get to constantly improve & learn and that feeling of leading someone through a dance move. They get to be shown off for the awesome person they are, and I get to help get them there.

7. Can you tell your Warcraft story (how you got introduced to the game)?

I played other MMOs like Anarchy Online & Star Wars Galaxies. I saw WoW being discussed on GameSpy (wow, that site is gone!) ;( I got into the open beta, and then it was over. WoW became part of my being on Christmas 2004. I left for a bit due to losing my community after my guild split over DKP. I dabbled in single player games, a period of no-gaming and then some MMOs like FFXIV and ESO. I had a stint of WoW in 2010-2011. In 2016, after feeling the urge to return for so long, I finally plunged back in. I set my roots into WoW, intentionally found a community to be part of. The podcasts have helped keep me invested in WoW. I am here to stay now! There is just something magical about WoW and it’s community! I am never leaving again!

8. You have a gnomish crush on Addie Fizzlesong, what would your first date look like in Azeroth?

Addie and I are in a complicated state. I feel she has been seeing other hunters at the Trueshot Lodge. She hasn’t returned my messages on BNet. I am currently enjoying the single-Gnome life! So much less hassle and I get to focus my time on my true love, the game of World of Warcraft. OH, sorry, got carried away. You asked what my first date would look like. We have had a few dates. The first one we went on was in Dalaran. I couldn’t find her in Dalaran because the two banks always gets me lost. We went shopping, bought her an Elek at the toy store. We went to the Ledgermain Lounge. Had a great dinner. She had flying on the isles at the time, so we went on a flight around the Isles. Laughed so much. I do miss her. Addie, if you are reading this, I love you! Please return my messages and letters! The Postmaster has banned me from sending you letters now.

9. 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 return to the WoW roots. The Quality of Life changes they are bringing. The new Warfronts and Islands. The new continents. There are just so many things that breathe life into the game. I also love that we are getting a break from green!

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

ALLIANCE all the way! I plan to have a few Horde alts on the Lagging Balls guild (Hi Thyst and Thorn), but I love my Alliance in the CtR guild on Aerie Peak! I will be Maining Alliance. Alliance just speaks to me, from the cities to the leaders to the immaculate look of their fortresses across Azeroth. I tried to Main a Horde for a few months, I just couldn’t get into it–which is weird as Red is my favorite color. I wouldn’t mind if the factional divide gets broken in BfA, or at least being able to group up with my Horde friends. I know so many great Horde! I joke about Alliance pride, but I love my Horde friends….even if I still struggle with how Varian died.

11. So, the final question, where can people find you on the Internet?

You can hear me weekly at FrazlCast.com. Check out my other shows, like Be Great TODAY and The Frazley Report at WeeklyAwesome.com!

Data-mine Overload: Battle For Azeroth!

bfawowIn the last few days there has been a bunch of new information for the upcoming expansion, Battle For Azeroth, that it is making my head spin. Not that I am not enjoying the steady flow of information; however, it is a lot.

Just so you know, if you would like to remain spoiler free, stop here. I am going to be linking to post on wowhead and there will be things you may not want to read. For the rest of you that do not care and want all the spoilers, you are in the right place!

So, lets start with that the 8.01 patch is now live on Blizzard’s server. That was confirmed by wowhead, to see their article , click here! They also data mined new maps, icons, models, achievements, spell changes, Allied race information, & music. Wowhead has a whole section based on it with a banner on top of their page. I think I am the most excited for the mounts, that you can read about here, because I am a collector of all the things!

Also, the live Q&A was on Tuesday, please visit the Blizzard page to see the video if you are interested!

 

Zephirah’s Adventure: Podcast!

Community Spotlight: Scott Johnson

scott johnson1.) For those of us that hide under a rock, you are a cartoonist, where do you get your inspiration from?

Most of the time it’s simple everyday stuff, with some pop culture thrown in. Sci Fi, fantasy, tv shows, books, video games…all of it. All of my interests have a way of sneaking into my sketchbook. 🙂

2.) You host a plethora of different podcast on a wide array of games & topics. What is the best thing about hosting all of these shows?

Interacting with the audience and community. It’s like nothing I’ve ever encountered in my life and I love that it continues to grow. It really is my online family in a very real way.

3.) What are some of the podcast you enjoy listening to?

I really like a lot of NPR shows. Radio Lab, This American Life, etc. Something about essay style content that really drives me. Hope to do more of that myself soon.

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

Just start. Don’t wait for some arbitrary moment or time when everything is “perfect”. There’s no such thing. Start creating, put yourself out there, and grow it!

5.) Nerdtacular is an annual gathering of a great community at Snowbird. Any ideas in the works for 2018?

We are trying some different things from 2018 on. Smaller events, more regional events, etc. Our first of 2018 is a Morning Stream event in April in Las Vegas!

6.) Blizzcon is a great event, what is your favorite thing about the event?

 

This is another case wanting to mention the community again. I have made so many great relationships at Blizzcon, and having fans and friends there is just a blast. I love the company and the games, but it really is at it’s best when communities can get together and share their lives with each other.


7.) What got you into Warcraft?

Been a Blizz fan since WC1, so it was a no brainer. I played the alpha, beta, and release and loved every second of it. There was nothing quite like it in 2004, and maybe since.

8.) How often do you raid in WoW & what game mechanic do you like the most / least about the game?

I am not raiding much right now…kind of waiting for the new expansion before I sink another huge chunk of time in the game. When I was raiding, I think my favorite mechanic was everyone telling me to get out of the fire. 🙂

9.) The Instance podcast has been a fan favorite for a long time. On that note, what is your favorite instance & boss fight (this can be from any expansion & can include 5 man dungeons)?

Gotta be the Lich King fight in Wrath. Was amazing, and when we finally beat that thing, it was the most excitement I had ever had in the game. The entire 25 man team was yelling into their mics and I’ve still not felt anything quite like that since.

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

Probably the zone leveling changes. I love questing and building out a character. Now they are giving me a whole new reason to do that in areas and zones I miss from long ago. Excited to be back in Panda land again. I loved that expansion. I’m also pretty excited about the randomized island stuff. Really scratches my Diablo itch.

February 2018: This Month In Warcraft!

February is going to be a busy month in World of Warcraft! In this post we will be covering it all to make sure you are up to date & don’t miss anything. For each event I will be posting a link to wowhead guides so that way, if you need some help completing something, you have the best resource!

  • 2nd to the 16th: Love is in the air! (Wowhead)
  • 4th to the 10th: Darkmoon Faire (Wowhead)
  • 6th to the 13th: World Quest Event (Wowhead), PVP Brawl: Tauren Mill VS South Shore
  • 13th to the 20th: Lich King Timewalking
  • 17th to March 3rd: Lunar Festival (Wowhead)
  • 20th to the 27th: Battleground Bonus Event
  • 23rd: Hatching of the Hippogryph’s (Wowhead)
  • 27th to March 6th: Legion Dungeon Event

On that note, I am not linking to the site for the a few events in the month because those are pretty self explanatory & you can que to those events. Hope you enjoy all the events Warcraft has in store for you. Enjoy & hopefully your drops will be legendary!

Community Spotlight: Xortz

xortz1.) What got you into the playing Warcraft?

I played Warcraft 2 a lot, and loved the whole orc vs. human set up. I got into WoW though an ex girlfriend back in Burning Crusade.  Missed most of Wrath of the Lich King and came back just before Cataclysm dropped. Been here ever since, mainly doing the Ironman Challenge these days.

2.) How often do you play games (not just Warcraft – but in general!)?

I play daily, video games is my main form of entertainment these days.  MMO’s RPG’s, RTS, Sim games, I love all of them.

3.) You play a Goblin, some players hate the starting zone & find them & their alliance counterparts the gnome hard to play due to how small they are. How have you adjusted to the size differences?

The size difference doesn’t bother me. I barely notice it. The goblin starting zone is too fun and silly for me.  Best starting zone in the game.

4.)How often do you raid (including LFR & any previous expansion’s raid’s / all available raids) & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

I haven’t raided since the end of Cataclysm. Just got sick of the constant demand on my time it required and how it seemed to turn good people toxic if things screwed up. Walked away from it and have had no desire to go back.

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

Can’t say I ever had one. But it’s been so long since I’ve done any I’m sure there was one, but I can’t recall it.

6.) You stream WoW, what is the best & worst thing about streaming?

Best thing, having people just come and hang out and have fun. Worst thing is when Twitch or my internet is having an issue and drops frames to the point where I can’t stream. FeelsBadMan. Seems I hit a character limit part, incoming! 🙂

7.) You have been a guest on FrazleCast, Wyrmcast, & WoW Challenges, what is your favorite thing about podcasting?

Well when I was hosting the Wyrmcast ( A podcast that interviewed different RP guilds on the Wyrmest Accord server) it was meeting other players, getting their story of how they got into RP and video games. And what the story of their characters and guilds were. Being a fairly regular guest on  both Frazlcast and WoW Challenges is mainly just getting to hang out with good people taking about things we love in WoW and gaming. I feel really lucky to be a part of two great communities.

8.) What are some of your favorite podcast? (This can include the ones you have been a guest on!)

WoW Challenges and Frazlcast obviously.  Lagging Balls is always a fun one, Realm Maintenance, Behind the Avatar, Pwncast and a newer one called For The Roleplay are one’s I listen to regularly.

9.) With a new expansion on its way, what are you looking forward to the most in “Battle For Azeroth”?

Well the zone level scaling is going to change how and where players level. Plus the new sub races seem very cool; however, I was hoping for murloc’s. I would play the hell out of a murloc.

You can follow Xortx on Twitter @xortzthegoblin or you can watch him stream on Twitch here!