Thursday, January 30, 2014

!! I'm Hosting a Transmog Contest !!

While the pre-expansion lulls start to settle in I thought I would give some of you something to do over the next few months.

I am going to host my first ever transmogging contest that will span the course of the next 5 months. The theme of the contest is based on the colors of the rainbow and shall hence be called "The ROYGBiV Tmog".

Egypt - ROYGBIVby Chael @ deviantART

Each month, beginning with February, will be based on the different colors in the spectrum. I know there are 6 colors really, but Indigo and Violet are too similar in my eyes for this contest. So, I have left out Indigo leaving the following order of the contest:

February = Red
March = Orange
April = Yellow
May = Green
June = Blue
July = Violet (basically any purples)

Each month the winner of the contest will win a Blizzard Store Companion/Battle Pet.

The rules for the contest are such:

1.) All outfits must be able to be worn as if they were a real transmog. Meaning, no mixing plate and cloth items together or no Mages carrying bows and so on.

2.) You can use MogIt or WoW Model Viewer for your submissions. Feel free to submit true transmogs as well if you have an appropriate outfit or want to gather the pieces in game for said outfit.

3.) Each entry must be submitted by the 25th of each month to allow time for voting.

4.) Please, submit only one entry per month. Take your time putting your outfits together. Remember, you have until the 25th of each month to submit your entry.

5.) Email entries to: momar dot jstmel @ gmail dot com (in proper email address format of course) with the corresponding month's name and color in the subject title. (I.E. - Tmog Entry for March - Orange)

6.) In the body of the email list the names of the items used in each slot. Provide links to the items if you want.

7.) Please use all gear/weapon slots available. Rings, trinkets and necklaces not necessary.

Pretty simple huh?

On the last day of each month I will post the winner's photo as well as the second and third place winner's photos (if I get enough entries to do so). On the last day of each month I will also announce the color and what the prize/pet is for the next month's contest as a reminder.

If you are an author of your own blog, feel free to post pictures of your submitted outfits there. The only thing I ask is that you do not post pictures of your outfits in advance...meaning no showing June's outfit in March and so on.

And that's it! Get your thinking caps on because the first contest starts in two days on February 1st. I will make a post on the 1st as a reminder as well as to tell you which pet will be the prize for that month.

Happy Mogging All!!!

P.S. - For the month of August I'm thinking I might do a contest where you, the contestants, will vote on the winners from each month to determine who's outfit shall be chosen for the grand prize of a Blizz Store Mount of their well as a specially made jpg or gif image, by me, denoting them as the overall "ROYGBiV Tmog Winner".

Friday, January 3, 2014

I'm Still Here...

You may have wondered, all three or four of you, where I have disappeared to. Well, I'm still here...honest!

I wish I could say that my absence was caused by a demanding work load. That would be a lie. My job requires NONE of my attention whilst at home.

Truth of the matter is I got burnt out on WoW and took a little break...which I am still on.

Right after my last post I got busy going around Azeroth looking for/capturing battle pets of the opposite sex I thought I would need in preparation for WoW's next expansion. A few days later, and after some 13-14 captures, I read a tweet that said we would be allowed to breed pets of the same families. That put a halt to my plan of having both sexes of a majority of my battle pets. With the amount, and variety, of pets in each family I doubt anyone's luck would be bad enough to have only males or females. So, no need to go capture pets of the opposite sex from ones I already have.

From there I turned my eye towards the Celestial Tournament. Since the tournament was implemented I had only ever attempted it once. I quickly got chewed up and spat back out. I was clearly not prepared...even with some 90 or so level 25 pets. I browsed around the web to look for some tips and tricks to completing the tournament only to find out that I was lacking some level 25 pets that would be needed to effortlessly complete the tournament. How many was I missing you ask? Oh...only about 15-20 or so. *sigh*

I made a list of the pets I needed to get leveled and set off. I started leveling some of the ones I had that were still level 1. Then I worked on others that were around level 10 or so. Got a bunch of them to level 25 in about a week. Then I took note of some I needed at 25 that I did not own. I quickly found a few of them on eBay for between $5-$10 and scooped them up. A few days later I received their redemption codes and claimed them in game. I set up my teams and started leveling them.

Then 'burn-out' set in.

I just couldn't get myself to log in and do any more pet battles.

Mind you, in the mix I had created two new toons (a Tauren Druid and Goblin Warlock) and had been leveling them. The amount of experience from pet battles is nice for lower level toons. But even logging in to work on my baby toons wasn't appealing. I needed a break from WoW.

One afternoon while watching television I came across a channel playing 'Star Wars: A New Hope'. While watching it I started thinking about how much I missed playing Star Wars Galaxies Online. Which then lead to a thought about the game Star Wars: The Old Republic. I got up from the tv, turned on my computer and did some reading about SW:ToR.

I didn't see too many negative comments about SW:ToR  so I decided to give it a try. What could it hurt? It was now a "Free to Play" game. If I didn't like the game it wouldn't be that big of a deal. I would only be out the time it took to download, install and try. Meh...a small price to pay if you ask me.

Well here I am, almost one month later and a subscribing player, enjoying my jaunts around "a galaxy far, far away". I have five toons ranging between the levels of 19 and 31. The game has been a lot of fun. It's a bit better than I expected, but still not as good in some ways as my eyes at least...which I might elaborate my thoughts on some day.

How long will I be lost amongst the stars and planets and alien races? I couldn't tell ya.

But, please, take comfort in knowing that all is well in my neck of the woods. I'm just off going "pew pew pew" with weapons that actually go "pew pew pew".

Happy 2014 all! May happiness, health and safety be prominent to each of you.