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Secret Santa Blog Exchange – What is a Warrior Doing in Here?

Hi, guys. Pixelated Executioner here. Or, y’know, just Pix for short. I’m the lucky soul who gets to be Jasyla’s Blogger Secret Santa this year for Ophelie’s little blog project. So here I am, filling in for Jasyla while she’s off recovering from Christmas or whatever. The idea here is that the person filling in for the regularly scheduled poster is supposed to write something that fits the blog theme. There are a couple of problems with that, unfortunately.

This might come as a shock to some of you (well, okay, maybe not), but I’m not a druid. I’ve never even played a druid. I *know* plenty of druids, and I read lots of druid blogs (face it, who doesn’t enjoy having Big Bear Butt and Cannot Be Tamed on their reader, anyway?), but I’ve never experienced the shapeshifting life. To be fair, that’s nothing against druids. I just hate the look of Night Elves, and I don’t play Horde. Though the Worgen are shaping up to be quite interesting…

I digress.

The other thing is that I’m not much of a theorycrafter, and for what little I do, chances are you folks don’t want to hear about the latest in Arms Warrior dps abilities or how much execute crits for when you’re on a roll (right now, in some epics and heroic blues, that’s about 60k, by the way). You also don’t want to hear about the best time to use Bladestorm (only if you really trust your tank and healer) or the most unorthodox (but handy!) use for Heroic Leap (it’s to get you out of range of mobs so you can Charge again). Besides, this isn’t supposed to be for shameless self-promotion anyhow. It’s supposed to be about giving to someone else without expecting anything in return. (But just in case, you can find my blog at http://pixelatedexecutioner.thestorythusfar.com, by the way.)

I thought I might write about more things that Cannot Be Tamed, complete with pictures and all that. I had a pretty good list going, but I realized that handing Jasyla a post with 20 or so pictures in it would be a little extreme for a post where the point behind this sort of project is so that the main author doesn’t have to do any real work. Besides, once you get past Ghostcrawler

Greg Street

and Ghostcrawler

Ghostcrawler Crab

the only other option is Lord Voldemort.

Lord Voldemort

Wait, that last one is Cannot Be Named. My mistake.

Then I thought I’d write about how awesome I think druids are (despite the fact that I don’t play one. Ironic?). And it’s true – druids are pretty damn awesome. One of my very good friends is arguably one of the best bear tanks (and pretty good cat dps, too) on my server, and was part of my raid team all throughout Wrath. Another good friend of mine is a pretty good healer. He’d be ridiculously awesome if he were a little quicker to move out of bad stuff on the ground, but I guess he’s under the impression that he works best with a lit fire under his ass. Yet another good friend of mine definitely puts the BOOM in Boomkin. Er, Moonkin. Whatever. But I’m pretty sure you guys don’t want to hear about my friends. Now that I think about it, my friends probably don’t want to see me talking about them on the internet, anyway. Even if I’m saying nice things.

After that, I thought I should write something like an etiquette guide for dealing with druids. I got through twenty-five really good points, and was putting the finishing touches on the twenty-sixth (something to do with shorter races not insulting a bear druid, because they crap bigger than that), and realized that you guys don’t need an etiquette guide – you’re already druids. I went back to the drawing board.

I thought about writing a story, even! A grand tale, filled with heroic druids saving the day against the forces of something-or-other. Unfortunately, if word ever got back to a warlock friend of mine that I wrote a short story for someone else’s blog and didn’t actually finish the one I’m working on for mine… let’s just say that I’d take fel fire to the face and need heals and reconstructive surgery. Can feral druids do scar work? No? Damn.

So here we are. This is where I ended up.

Okay, so maybe it’s not the best fit for the blog. But I’ve never been the conventional sort (I play an ARMS WARRIOR for A’dal’s sake), and I hope that this at least brought a smile to your face when you read it. If it did, then my mission is accomplished. If it didn’t, well… guess you’ll just have to catch me on Warcraft Improv Night on my vent channel so I can regale you with Kermit the Frog and Hank Hill doing the Arthas/Tirion pre-fight exchange.

Happy Holidays to Jasyla and all you druids out there. May your claws be sharp, your roots be strong, and your moonbeams bright.

Thanks for the post, Pix! Everyone make sure to visit Pixelated Executioner for all your arms warrior needs. Also, check out my secret santa post for Trading with Zoxy. Merry Christmas. -Jasyla

Shared Topic: Favorites

This week’s shared topic at Blog Azeroth came from Ardol at World of Warcraft Philosophized who suggested people write about their favorite things. I really like this topic, but had some trouble deciding on a single category. I started a list of favorite movies, then books, then TV shows. Then I said to hell with it and decided to write about them all, so here are some of my mass media favorites.

Favorite Book

The Magus by John Fowles
The Magus
This book is one big psychological game, and I love it. It deals with the themes of destiny vs. free will, reality vs. fiction and takes cues from mythology, philosophy and even Shakespeare. While the story itself can be a little convoluted, it’s written beautifully and is intriguing the whole way though. Every piece can be taken at face value (though I wouldn’t recommend it) or dissected endlessly to find hidden meanings. It’s one of those books that will mean different things to different people and I find that I pick up something new every time I read it.

Other favorites:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
The Continent of Lies by James Morrow

Favorite Movie

Some Like it Hot

Some Like It Hot (Collector's Edition)Marilyn Monroe, mobsters and men in drag, what more could I ask for? If you haven’t seen this, I recommend you do so immediately. It was named the best American comedy film of all time by AFI for very good reasons. It also features the absolute best ending line I’ve ever heard.

Other favorites:
Full Metal Jacket
Gone with the Wind
Moulin Rouge

Starship Troopers

Favorite Show

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series)Though its run was short, Twin Peaks was an excellent show with some of the most memorable characters and imagery I’ve seen in television. Every time I see a piece of cherry pie or drink a damn good cup of coffee, I think of Agent Cooper. Each episode veered wildly between melodrama, comedy and supernatural horror. One minute you were in a quaint diner in a sleepy little mountain town, the next you were in a surreal red room with a gyrating, backwards-speaking dwarf and a doppelganger or two. The series finale was the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen – but creepy in a fantastic way.

Disclaimer: When thinking about how great Twin Peaks is I mentally repress a few episodes from the middle of the second season.

Other favorites:
Arrested Development
The Sopranos
The West Wing
The X-Files

Favorite Game

Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good & EvilOkay, I lie. Planescape: Torment is my real favorite game, but I already wrote about that in another post. Right now I’m replaying Beyond Good and Evil and it is just as good as the first time I played it. The game play is solid, the story is strong and it actually has a relatable female lead. BG&E is one of the few games I’ve played that uses a photography mechanic successfully. In games like Dead Rising or Bioshock I think taking pictures is a little clunky and find that it takes away from the atmosphere. In BG&E it’s worked into the story and is enjoyable. Here’s hoping the sequel that’s been “in the works” for years is actually released.

Other favorites:
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Mass Effect 2
Shadow Hearts: Covenant

I also enjoy raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.