Loremaster at last!

     I needed a little escape this weekend.  For the past couple weeks, I’d been contemplating spending some time with WoW and it seemed like a good time for it.

     Settling in with a nice cup of coffee, I sat down and logged into Logust, my original hunter on Ravenholdt.  I’ve spent a lot of time with this fellow over the years, having created him during the first week that the server was open (about a month prior to the release of The Burning Crusade).

     My mission was to finally bang out his Loremaster achievement.  I’ve been close ever since the achievement was added but never managed to polish it off.  Real life commitments or periods of popping in and out of the game always tripped me up.  Just when I would get close, I’d start dating someone new, get a new job, or an expansion would come out. 

    At any rate, Logust promptly set about banging out quests and finally managed his Loremaster achievement.  Appropriately enough (for a hunter), I wrapped things up by finishing the last of the Nesingwary quests at the same time.

     I realize that the Loremaster is reasonably common these days.  However, it seemed fitting to wrap this up for the little imaginary Orc who has given me so much fun over the years.  Perhaps now I can find him a nice little hut in the Barrens to retire to.

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Lost Franchise: The Micronauts

 

  For the past couple months, Chaotic GM has been working up what appears to be a fantastic, generic Science Fiction supplement for Savage Worlds (http://chaosmeister.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/savage-worlds-savage-space-space-opera-sci-fi-supplement-pdf-release/ ) .  I always enjoy his stuff but I’ve never really been terribly interested in SF gaming.  While I was mowing the lawn yesterday, I let my mind wander and tried to think of a SF type campaign which I’d enjoy running.

     My thoughts quickly lead me to the Micronauts.  For those who may not recall, the Micronauts were a series of action figures from the late 1970’s.  These largely interchangeable toys pre-dated the Star Wars action figures and were wildly popular.

     In 1979, Marvel Comics launched a series based on the figures.  All the makings were there for a classic SF tale.  Commander Arcturus Rann leads a ragtag band of heroes across the “Microverse”.  Among his crew are a love interest, pair of loveable robots, warrior prince, and even a wise-cracking insect man.

     Baron Karza, the lead villain (and perhaps one of the most recognizable toys) was responsible for the creation of the “body banks”, wherein he harvested organs and limbs from slaves, in order to build his genetically engineered armies of soldiers.

     While clearly borrowing quite a bit from Star Wars (which was just reaching critical mass at this time), the story and characters were fresh enough to put my imagination into a whole different place.  I certainly came up with plenty of different stories for the adventures of the Micronauts as a kid.  I’m thinking that I could build quite a campaign out of the whole thing.  As an added bonus, during the course of my reminiscing, I learned that J.J. Abrams has been in negotiations to produce a movie based on the Micronauts.

     At any rate, I strongly urge you to pop over and check out Chaotic GM’s work on Savage Space ( http://chaosmeister.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/savage-worlds-savage-space-space-opera-sci-fi-supplement-pdf-release/ ).  He certainly managed to get my imagination flowing and I guess that’s one of the best things about our hobby.

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     Thank you for reading.  My apologies for having to type out the links in long-form.  My “insert/edit link” button has been acting peculiar and I’m not certain why.  Will have to look into it but I’m in the middle of a job-hunt and chefs don’t seem to be in great demand in southeastern Ohio.

     Do you happen to remember the Micronauts?  Any other “Lost Franchises” out there which you always thought would fit well within an RPG?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Good Gaming.

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A return to Azeroth?

    

 It’s been about 6 months since I’ve played World of Warcraft.  This morning I find myself contemplating a return to Azeroth. 

     I didn’t quit out of disgust or boredom, I simply moved on.  Sure, there have been changes over the years which I didn’t particularly agree with.  There are also things from my earlier experiences which I miss.  More than anything, I just felt that I had done the things which I desired to do and other things had a stronger calling to me at the time.

     By all accounts, today should be a nice, relaxing Sunday and as such, I find myself longing to spend some time adventuring in Azeroth.  What will I do when I get there?  That is the question which has me a bit stumped.

     My hunter, “Logust”, is perhaps my favorite personality within the game.  He’s getting quite close to his Loremaster achievement.  However, I’m not terribly drawn to finish it out.  I guess there’s not much of a point.

      I’m not much of a raider anymore.  I’m a bit burnt out of pvp at 85.  I guess I’m kind of lost.

     I’m considering creating an Alliance character and tinkering around with him.  I haven’t played an Alliance toon for many years so it might be nice to see what changes have taken place over the years.

     If you happen to stumble upon this post, I’d appreciate your input.  If you’re a veteran of WoW, how are you spending your time these days?  Have you found a server with a mature population?  Anything you care to share would be appreciated.

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