“Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!”
Wow… these guys are good. How’d they know I’m a programmer and the words “hello world” flick a switch?
I confess to being a bit mystified by the whole blogging thing. I’ve just never been able to believe that complete strangers will be interested in what I have to say. It goes back to my upbringing, I guess. I was always taught that someone who talks about themselves and their accomplishments to other people all the time is a braggart, and I’ve always taken pains to not be that way.
Later in life, I’ve been told that I “don’t promote” myself well. Well, gee…
Anyway, enough of that. The fact of the matter is, I love to write. Usually, though, I’m telling a story about someone else, not me. This feels wierd. Where to start? With the blog domain and title, perhaps? That’s simple. My kids were into Disney, and presented me with a Grumpy shirt, and I set about fulfilling their prophesy.
Hence the “Grumpy” part.
“Lajos” is the name I go by in World of Warcraft, a game that needs little introduction. I’ve been playing for just over a year now. What a trip! There was a time when I refused to even give WoW a try… being a purist D&D snob, I was more interested in Neverwinter Nights, and that line. Finally, however, I was convinced to give it a try… and it’s been a downhill charge ever since.
When I first started, I joined a friend on the Thunderlord realm, a PvP server. My first character was Lajos, a human mage. However, after struggling to level up, I put Lajos on hold, and created Lobur, a night-elf hunter. With my druid partner, I took him clear up to level 80. We hit level 70 mere days before the Wrath of the Lich King expansion came out, and set up continuing the leveling.
Notice that I’m not bothering to give a whole lot of background on WoW. I think it would be superfluous, as y0u can go out and Google “WoW”, and get hundreds of results, many of which are going to explain it better than I could. So, if you aren’t familiar with WoW, go check it out, and come on back. Don’t worry. I’m patient.
Anyway, back to WoW. After leveling the hunter, and running some instances, I and the group I play with were completely done with the griefing and ganking that always seemed to be going on, so we decided to create characters on a “normal” or “PVE” server. After a year, I know the game a lot better, so I recreated Lajos, and set about leveling. Just hit level 28 last night, while having a blast running through Blackfathom Deeps. BFD is a bit off the beaten path, so while I’d run it before, it was at higher level, and I’d never been completely through it. We’d already made partial runs through it this week, but stopped when it got too late for some of us. Last night, we started earlier, and pushed on to the end. As I said, a blast. For the most part, I’d never run and instance “at level”. Usually, a high level guildie would run us through, and though I appreciate the help, frankly, it’s boring. Running at level, and succeeding is just so much more of a triumph.
There are five of us on that regularly play together: Blaze, Katt, Darkhart, NikK, and myself. Nikk is my son in real life, and WoW is a great way for us to bond and connect. Currently, Blaze and Nikk are playing paladins, Dranei and human respectively. Kat and ‘Hart are playing dranei shamans, and as I mentioned, I play a mage. Hence, the “Mage” part.
The Grumpy Mage. Never settle with words what can be resolved with a fireball.