I’m all up in your community site, posting your news!
I’m all up in your community site, posting your news!
Over the course of one year, I managed to write a measly 45 posts (including this one). Pathetic! Shame on you, Charlotte-Skaven-Witch-Elf-thing, shame!
My stats aren’t all that impressive given my tiny post count, but there are other more interesting things!
In the past year I
And so, I tip my hat to you kind readers for visiting and to Mythic for making such an awesome game.
After all, how many people can say that an MMO helped them pass not just one, but three college classes?
My blog posts in general have become rather few and far between. I guess it’s time for an explanation and some spring cleaning.
To start, I haven’t abandoned this blog or anything like that, it’s more about finding the time and energy to site down and write. Let me give you a break down of what I’ve been up to.
I’ve been volunteering as the news correspondent for Warhammer Alliance for four months now. I used to update the front page just on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but this semester I began updating seven days a week.
As a journalist, I take this responsibility seriously and I’ve incorporated a more newsroom-esque attitude to the job. Sure, my updates are light-hearted and upbeat (an attitude I most likely picked up from stalking Frank of Overly Positive too much) but I put a lot of work in behind the scenes.
After I wake up in the morning (either at 6:40 or 8 a.m. depending on the day) the first thing I do is pick up my phone and check my e-mail, and then my Twitter to see if I missed anything while I was sleeping. This continues at least once every hour as the day progresses until I head home from classes.
Then I update the news. This involves going through my RSS feed, my Twitter feed, the Warhammer site, the official forums and the WAR-Europe site.
For each and every piece of news I post on WHA, you can be sure I’ve reviewed it multiple times. If there’s a video, I’ve watched it at least twice, once straight through and the second time while taking notes to be sure I cover the main points. If it’s an IRC chat or one of those live streams you bloggers keep hosting, I will pop in to get feel for what’s going on, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
To do otherwise I feel would be not only a disservice to WHA’s audience, but also to my profession.
Normally, this type of schedule would be no problem for me and I would easily be able to balance writing thorough blog posts as well.
However, I’m a college senior now. I’m graduating in December, and I also took on a part-time job as a web administration assistant. That is why I get up at 6:40 a.m. three days a week, and that is why I can’t stay up late any more playing Warhammer, despite how much I want to.
Also, as you’ve probably notice me mention here and there, I am engaged. We finally got around to setting a wedding date.
I’m getting married Jan. 1, 2011.
That’s 10 months away. We’ve had to start seriously making plans, which is made extremely difficult by the fact that my fiancé, our families and I all live far away from each other.
This means that I am balancing updating WHA, being a full-time student, working, planning a wedding AND keeping my eyes peeled for job opportunities after I graduate.
On a good day, I’m done by 8 or 9 p.m. On a bad day (like everyday last week) I don’t finish everything until midnight or later.
My blog is pretty low on the totem pole, so it and my gaming time in general have taken the worst blows. Sleep is a close second.
WAR Bureau Isn’t Going Anywhere
If you’ve been reading my blog for anything length of time, or have at least perused through my archives, you may have noticed a change in tone.
This can probably be attributed to my busy schedule, but also to the fact that I’m not being graded on my blog anymore. I can relax more now, and write just about whatever I want without my grade on the line (because I’m going to graduate with that 4.0 if I die trying!)
So, hopefully I’ll be able to find time to update this with interesting Warhammer Online-related things I find and any screenshots I think will be worth your time. Maybe now and then I’ll be able to write an article like I used to. I actually miss that. WAR and video games in general are on the short list of things I enjoy reporting.
The Waaagh Continues
On the topic of Warhammer, I’ve finally gotten around to updating my blogroll. If you have time, I’d like you to take a look at one of the blogs I’ve added under General Gaming called Buy, Try, or Burn It.
It’s a gaming/anime/movie review blog, and it’s written by my fiancé, Jett. To be honest, I’m impressed by the walls of text he churns out, and I actually understand more now about the topics covered than when he has tried to explain them to me.
Also, due to alliance drama and Destro burn-out, I’m taking a break from my Witch Elf on Volkmar. For a while now I haven’t really been enjoying myself when I find the time to log on, which is especially disappointing in light of the work I’ve had to do to find time to game.
So, I’m stalking a different server now as a Witch Hunter. I’m enjoying seeing the game from my main toon’s Order mirror and just playing as Order in general. I’m in Tier 2 right now, and I’m having more fun than I have in months.
Since I’m holding out on being in a guild/alliance after my recent experiences, I also decided to turn the sound back on in my game, something I haven’t listened to in well over a year.
I feel like I’m the girl I used to be back in September 2008, before Skype and Ventrilo, before alliance officership and awkward silences, back when I logged into my first MMO and looked around the Blighted Isle completely confused and not knowing what to do.
With everything else on my plate right now, I feel like I’ve somehow regained a little bit of my gaming innocence.
So if you’ll excuse me, I have a Witch Elf to kill.
When I started working at Warhammer Alliance, I expected that I would be scouring the intertubes for information from a variety of sources.
I did not expect that I would have Google Translate open in another browser window half the time.
While normally the WAR Europe site has the same news across all four of its heralds, occasionally one will have a unique tidbit in a language that I can’t read, such as when the postal system on Carroburg was down a day or two before Christmas. Or, like today, one WAR Europe twitter account reported (in French and Spanish) that character transfers had resumed, but the English version had not updated with the news.
I am actually really enjoying this. I haven’t read Spanish in a year, but it’s fun to figure out exactly what is being said before turning to the translator (which tends to mangle the meaning in its own special way).
So, I am especially excited that I now have access to the European servers thanks to a very helpful Tully Ackland. This means that my fellow waaaghers across the pond cannot escape from my hunt for guilds to interview.
If you play on a European server, let me so I can look you up! I’m planning on making a toon somewhere tonight, and I have a feeling this will be a very interesting experience.
The interview I did with the guild leader of DROW is up over on Warhammer Alliance. I’ve only done two so far, but I’ve balanced it with one Order guild and one Destruction guild.
I like interviewing people who play WAR. I did it for a Web design project a year ago, where I asked the same three questions to someone of each career in the game, and now I’m lurking about again.
After being trained as a journalist (I’ll have that shiny degree in a year!) it’s a lot of fun to put what I’ve learned to work with something I love.
I only play on one server, so I’m relying on my own forum trolling and other people to bring interesting guilds to my attention. Especially any on European servers since I have no access to those.
So, if you’re in an awesome guild and want it to get some well-deserved love and attention, drop me a line and I’ll see about setting up an interview. You can contact me in the comments, by e-mail or even by my Twitter account over there on the right.
Last week I was invited to appear on the Warhammer Alliance Podcast as the fourth host. We recorded on Sunday, and it was put online last night.
The whole experience was a blast. We discussed the next patch, which included the Underdog System, as well as the Gates of Ekrund scenario and the Dev Diary on game performance.
The WAP gang – Frank, Martin, Kristen and the silent producer Amber – were absolutely hilarious and incredibly easy to speak with. It was great to have an open conversation about the positive and negative aspects of the game.
In the beginning of the podcast I gave a shout-out to not only my guild, but also to my alliance. Due to some recent reorganizing, the alliance had changed its name and I couldn’t remember it offhand. Just for the record, The Murder Junkies and I are in the Chaotica Infinitum Alliance.
Also, I mentioned that Serpent Cross, one of our allied guilds, had exciting things planned for the Halloween weekend. They are hosting Spook-Fest, with such fun events as zombie chickens in Chrace (I sure love those chickens) and hide-and-seek with pie.
I hope everyone enjoys the podcast and has a happy Halloween!