Hots & Dots had its 1 Year Blogiversay on the 5th June 2010 so this post is a tad overdue, but I only managed to snaffle the above photo from Kiki’s Facebook yesterday. Cass and I celebrated this auspicious date in what I thought was a very appropriate manner; the 2 of us plus 4 other guildies met up in our hometown Brisbane and played the official World of Warcraft board game!
Now if you thought that playing WoW would help with playing the board game, think again. All the moves were from Vanilla WoW so some were now completely defunct (eg Starshards for Priests) and the rule book was massive. Even though we had Brute, one of the best people I’ve ever met at taking in written instructions/strategies and relaying this information in a simplified manner for people such as myself, it still took us a couple hours to really get the hang of what we were doing. Add into this an hour for actually setting up the board (lets not talk about the water glass fiasco), a cookie bake off and much chatting you can probably imagine how long it took us to finish a game!
After completing the set up, Brute mulled over the instructions, while the rest of us decided in the interest of fairness we would have a completely blind character pick and typically only one of us got a class that we actually had ever played at max level for.
For The Alliance
Lath, Healer Extraordinaire: Gnome Rogue, Melee DPS
Cass, Caster DPS, Master of DoTs: Dwarf Paladin, Tank/Melee DPS Hybrid
Brute, Tanking Bad Ass: Night Elf Priest, Healer/Caster DPS Hybrid
For The Horde
Cacophany, WotLK Mighty Warrior Tank: Troll Mage, Caster DPS
Nysander, Queen of the Bubbles: Tauren Druid, Caster DPS/Healer Hybrid
Kikikins, Circle of Healing Princess: Undead Warlock, Caster DPS
Now considering Cacophany had played a Mage in his Molten Core days and Nysander has a level 80 Restoration Druid at least they seemed to have some small line up with their chosen characters unlike us Alliance folk who were completely out of sync with our personal choices!
Let The Games Begin!
So unfortunately our Alliance team did not get off to the best start. This may have had something to do with a certain Gnome Rogue (me) not really understanding the combat system and choosing not to train Level 1 Stealth. Once I pestered the group to go back to town to learn my stealth ability and sell items, things got much better, because then my dice rolls actually did damage.
As we went around the board completing quests and picking up loot we got the hang of the game. Brute and Cass were determined to beat the Horde, regardless of whether we had the best gear or were at max level. Therefore team Alliance engaged the end boss before poor little me even got to hit max level – Level 5. With a level 5 tank, level 5 healer and level 4 dps we were ready to battle Nefarion. The battle was drawn out and close but in the end we won. The entire fight took about 15 minutes.
The Cookie Off
Cass, Nysander and Kikikins decided to have a cookie bake off and we nibbled on delicious ginger nut, chocolate chip and wagon wheel cookies throughout the day. Who was the winner? Well I don’t think we actually made a final decision on that one. I guess for me being completely queasy with morning sickness at the time, the ginger nuts were the default winner. Unfortunately I couldn’t sample the beautiful looking choc chip or wagon wheels because chocolate and me have been a real no no for the last 10 weeks!
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Over the year Hots & Dots received 495,281 Page Views and 236,895 Visits. A very special thank you to Mike Schramm who gave us a massive hand only a couple of months after our launch by linking to one of our posts on www.wow.com. For a blog that was getting only 10 – 20 visits a day previously, coming into work and seeing a massive 13,459 hits shoot through overnight on Google Analytics was pretty exciting and overwhelming.
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Lath & Cass xoxoxox