I am still dumbfounded over this, but The Grumpy Elf nominated this blog for a Liebster Award. Thanks, Grumpy. I think.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Liebster, it is an Internet-only award designed to recognize and promote blogs with fairly small followings.
The rules are:
- 1. Write a blog post about the Liebster Award
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
3. Display the award on your blog
4. Answer the eleven questions that the blogger who nominated you gives you
5. Give eleven random facts about yourself
6. Nominate five blogs that you think deserve the award
7. Create eleven questions for them to answer
8. List the rules in your post
9. Inform the bloggers that they’ve been nominated and provide them the link to your post
As you can see, this is not exactly an exclusive club, the award mechanics are pretty similar to one of those chain letters you’ll see land in your inbox every once in a while, that is if you ever actually look at your inbox which I usually don’t. As you can also see from the rules, there is a fair amount of work involved in accepting a nomination. You are not required to accept, of course, but it seems churlish not to. I mean, who can turn down a nomination for an award with an actual logo as well as a mysterious German name?
OK, enough stalling, on to the business of the day.
Sites I Nominate
I don’t read many “boutique” sites, so most of the blogs I like and respect are pretty large and have certainly already been nominated at least once. There are a couple that might deserve further looks, though, so here goes. And remember, everyone, this is an honor, not/not a burden! (Well, I actually did have 5, but I was so slow in getting this written that Del irium over at Thrill of the Wild took my other two. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
My Questions for Them:
- Why did you decide to start writing a WoW blog?
- What was your very first WoW character, and if you had it to do over again would you choose the same one?
- What is the single best change that has happened to the game over the years?
- What is the single worst change that has happened to the game over the years?
- Even in a fantasy world, do you think it is possible for the Minnesota Vikings to ever win a Super Bowl?
- What do you look for in a guild? Is a guild an important part of your game experience?
- What is your favorite inspirational quote?
- If — as some have hinted — all classes will have 4 specs in the next expansion, what is the one new spec you would like to see for your favorite class?
- What was your most embarrassing “noob moment”?
- Any tinfoil hat theories on the Black Prince?
- What is your favorite go-to comfort food?
My Answers to Grumpy’s Questions
1. What is your favorite expansion of warcraft and why do you think its your favorite?
I a pretty sure I am in the minority with this answer, but I have to say Mists of Pandaria. I actually wrote a whole post on this not too long ago. Mists just held my attention for the entire time, I felt like there was always something fun to do, either solo or in a group. (And this is from someone who does not chase achievements much.) I also felt like the lore meshed nicely with the Pandaren story line, it did not seem nearly as contrived as WoD does. I thought the Pandaren had some character depth. The graphics were breathtaking. Scenarios, instances, and raids all held their relevance for most of the expansion — largely due to the continuing value of valor points.
In general, I just felt like Mists offered a ton of choices for players and play styles, choices that WoD has removed from the game, sadly.
2. What is your favorite fantasy book of all time? (fantasy, sci/fi, horror, they all fit)
Very tough to pick just one. For the immense power it held — and still holds — over my imagination, I’d have to go with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I re-read it every couple of years, and every time I find some new richness in its poetry or in the panoramic scope of its story. I am constantly inspired by Good versus Evil allegories, and my optimism for the world is always reaffirmed by the thought that individual courageous acts matter.
A Canticle for Leibowitz is the opposite of vast and panoramic — it puts a microscope on small and insignificant things done in the name of preserving knowledge, even if the keepers no longer have any idea of the power or purpose of that knowledge.
3. If you could make one change to warcraft what would be it?
I think most of the problems currently with the game can be traced to Blizzard’s management style, so I would probably try and make some major changes there. I would institute a culture of transparency, and I would hire some world-class experts in areas such as complex project management, opinion/polling, economics, and customer relations.
That’s a gigantic and undoable change. If I could make one small change, I would institute a program of random GM monitoring of trade chat on several servers per day, on a rotating basis. GMs would have the power to instantly suspend — for minutes, hours, or days — the most vile of the trolls and hate spewers, followed by an announcement in chat along the lines of “GM Goodguy has given Buttbrain a timeout.” There is just no reason for trade chat to be as awful as it is, and there are relatively inexpensive ways to make it better.
4. Where would you have your character/(s) call home?
This one is easy. Zouchin Village in Kun-Lai Summit.
5. Have you ever met anyone in real life that you met online first?
No. I like to keep my online self well separated from my real world self.
6. If you could add one race not currently in-game at all to the game as a playable race, what would it be?
No fair, Grumpy, these are hard questions, you are actually forcing me to think! Having given it zero thought until this moment, off the top of my head the first thing I thought of was something like a Sprite, a small shapeshifter generally intended to be a caster or healer, but honestly I have not taken it much further than that.
7. What inspires you to write a post?
Fear, mainly. Fear that I am out of ideas and will have to give up the blog unless I can pull some topic out of thin air. Seriously, though, my main sources of ideas come from experiences I have in the game, spinoff thoughts from other bloggers, and of course the gift that keeps on giving — Blizz management. I keep a rough drafts folder where I dump bits and pieces of ideas, and sometimes I reach in there and force myself to get creative with one of them. Sometimes I have only one word in mind, but I open my writing app anyway and start typing away and can usually come up with a full-fledged post just by letting my brain do its own thing. (Yes, I know most of you out there suspected this was the way I do it.)
8. What other types of games do you like?
Quite a few, actually. I was brought up playing card games, and I still enjoy a good card game with friends — bridge, spades, whist, hearts, poker. I don’t play any other online games, though. I did try Wildstar because I thought it had a lot of potential, but I just could not get interested in it. My favorite type of non-MMO game on a computer is a ruler-of-the-universe type. I used to spend hours playing Master of Orion, for example. I tried Sims but quit when I failed to toilet train them — there is a certain level of detail that I really do not need in my games.
9. Do you snack while gaming, if so, on what?
Hardly ever. I prefer to take breaks, have real meals when appropriate. About the only time I snack while playing is when I am raiding. During the break I will run downstairs and get some Fiber One gummy fruits, bring them back to the computer, and separate them all by color to munch on for the remainder of the raid. Not sure why that last step is important, but it is.
10. If you were stranded on a desert island with three CDs and they were the only three you would ever have, which ones would you bring? (no greatest hits or live, only standard release)
- Crosby, Stills, and Nash Daylight Again
- Willie Nelson Across the Borderline
- Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
11. What is your favorite lore moment and how would you inject your main character into that story?
Well, I am not much of a lore player at all, but I did really enjoy the scene just before you get the Legendary Cape, where Lorewalker Cho (I think) did the video recap of how your character arrived at this point. I watched the whole thing on every character I got the Legendary on. I think if I could inject a main into one part of the lore, it would be to play a bigger part in the story of the Black Prince, to do some quests and achievements that would ensure he turns out to be the true eventual savior of Azeroth — as atonement for his father’s excesses.
11 Random Facts About Myself
- I grew up in Minnesota.
- Jello makes me gag.
- I have a Master’s degree in Slavic Linguistics.
- I approach gardening as for combat.
- I spend my Saturdays at the pottery studio.
- I play WoW on a Mac. (Don’t judge.)
- I was in the Army.
- I am an incurable list-maker.
- I play several musical instruments but can’t sing a note.
- My favorite physical activity is biking.
- I have an irrational fear of snakes, but spiders, bugs, or any reptile with legs — no problem.