Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramus – Arachnid Quarter – Druid Class Challenge

Nax Druid Challenge

The Curse of Naxxramus is a solo adventure that you can play in Hearthstone.  At the time I am writing this blog, the Arachnid Quarter is available for players to open up.  More new content will unlock in the weeks to come. First, you must defeat the 3 bosses in “Normal” difficulty.  That is how you unlock the Class Challenges for this section of the Curse of Naxxramus content.

There are two Class Challenges: one for the Druid deck, and one for the Rogue deck.  I decided to start with the Druid Class Challenge.  It took two tries for me to get through it.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 27, 2014.

Ready for Class Challenges Nax Arachnid QThis screen...

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Why I’m Backing The Robotech Academy Kickstarter

Robotech Academy logo

Robotech. It’s a hard franchise to love. Which, nowing my penchant for oddballs and underdogs, would probably explain why I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid.

I first saw the series when it aired on WPWR-TV in the Chicago area. I still remember my dad telling me about it. He’d read about it in TV Guide and thought I’d like it. As usual, he was right. From the first episode, I was hooked. I watched the series to its inevitable conclusion. Then, I read all of the comic books that retold the story. I bought Robotech toys and other merchandise wherever I could find it.

Then, as all good TV shows do, Robotech went away. But there were rumblings of a sequel to the series. Robotech II: The Sentinels was the name of the would-be followup. Unfortunately, only a handful of episodes of what would’ve been a wide-arcing and ambitious series were ever finished. The stories that would’ve been comprised in those unfinished episodes received a comic-book treatment of their own, as well as a serial novelization.

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World of Warcraft: WoD Beta – Pre-Made Level 90

WoD Naelli Premade Level 90

This blog is part of my series about my thoughts and experiences in the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to get in there and do stuff yet, for two reasons.  One, the beta did not want to download at first.  Two, the new patch caused my (nearly full) computer to have issues.  I’m getting a pop up window that tells me my start up disk is almost full.  I can’t finish downloading the new patch until I make more room on my computer.

One way to fix that problem is to use up some of the screenshots I took while in the beta by making a blog out of them.  I was excited to roll a pre-made Level 90 character because none of my characters in WoW are Level 90.  I think the closest one is maybe Level 67 or so.  It didn’t take long for me to learn that I am not ready for a Level 90 character.  The screenshots that you see in this blog were taken on July 20, 2014

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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Arachnid Quarter

Key Unlocks Arachnid Quarter

Hearthstone has a brand new adventure for players to enjoy!  It’s called Curse of Naxxramas.  The adventure is slowly being opened up, week by week.  At the time I am making this blog, players can check out the first week of the adventure – Arachnid Quarter.  You fight against new bosses who have decks with cards that have never been in Heartstone before.  Unlock the three bosses of the week, and you gain access to more parts of the adventure.

In this blog, I am going to focus on the first portion of the Arachnid Quarter.  I found it to be challenging but not so difficult that I felt the need to “rage quit” the game. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 24, 2014.

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Diablo III: U is for Urzael


This blog was supposed to be for the A to Z Blogging Challenge that took place in April.  The rules require participants to write one blog for each letter of the alphabet, and to post them on the correct day.  My intentions were good, but my choice of subject matter turned out to be overwhelming.

I used the challenge as a “jumping off point” so I would finally push myself to start writing about Diablo III (and its “universe”).  I’m still interested in writing about the topics I selected.  The difference is that I can do it on my one time frame now.

U is for Urzael.  Players had not heard of him until they got far enough along in the Reaper of Souls expansion to be “introduced” to him.  Who is this new angel, what is his history, and why do we care?

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World of Warcraft: WoD Beta – We Got a Toy Box!

WoD Toy Box add Football

This blog is part of my series about my experiences in the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (WoD) beta.  I’m in the process of trying to make enough room on my computer so that the new patch will download.  One way to do that, I suppose, is to use up some of the screenshots that I took the last time I was able to play.  I tend to take more screenshots of what I find in a beta than I will end up using.

Previously, I rolled a pre-made Level 90 female Draenei.  The new models looked great, but they didn’t actually make it from the character generation screen to the actual WoD beta.  It led to an amusing “bug”!  In this blog, I want to focus on something new that I found.  We now have a Toy Box to store all those lovely toys that we have been collecting as we traveled through WoW.  Keep in mind that this is a beta, and that things could change a lot before the expansion is released.  The screenshots that you see in this blog were taken on July 20, 2014.

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Jen Can Eat That!: Gluten-Free Food in Las Vegas

Gluten free carrot cake slice

Shawn and I celebrated our ten year anniversary in Las Vegas.  We were extremely frugal about it (out of necessity). All told, we may have put $20.00 into slot machines – but I suspect it was less than that.  Travel is always difficult for me due to my many allergies.  I worry that I won’t be able to find food that I can safely eat (that doesn’t contain anything I’m allergic to). What would Las Vegas have for me?

The “Jen Can Eat That!” series of blogs have two purposes.  One is to make it easier for me to keep track of the foods/recipes that are safe for me to eat. (I have tons of food allergies).  The other purpose is to serve as a tutorial for friends and family who want to go to dinner with me.  It seems like everyone is more comfortable if I am eating, too, instead of just drinking alcohol and enjoying the conversation.

To my surprise, Las Vegas had plenty of gluten-free options for me to find and consume.  This is not a comprehensive list of all the places in Las Vegas that serve gluten-free foods.  Instead, I have focused on the places that Shawn and I ate at while on vacation in Las Vegas.

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Hearthstone: Unlocking the Warrior Deck

Jaina v Garrosh unlock warrior deck

It has been a while since I played Hearthstone.  The new Naxxramus stuff got my attention and made me want to log in once again.  This was when I noticed that I had one more deck left to unlock.  It took me more than five attempts to beat (and unlock) the Warrior deck in practice mode (playing against the A.I. instead of a human player).  My goal was to keep trying until I won.  These screenshots were taken on July 23, 2014.

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World of Warcraft: WoD Beta – My Draenei has no Hair!

WoD Draenei premade 90 screen

This blog is part of my series with my thoughts about, and experiences in, the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta. So far, things have been interesting! I decided to roll a pre-made Level 90 character so I could see some of the new stuff without having to actually take the time to level a character all the way up.  When I started playing this beta, I rolled a brand new Level 1 female Orc Warrior.

Next, I thought it would be a good idea to roll an Alliance character, so I could see both sides of things.  The WoW character I’ve spent the most time playing is my female Draenei Shaman – so that’s what I rolled.  I did not expect to end up with a bald female Draenei, but that is what happened!  The screenshots that you see in this blog were taken on July 20, 2014.

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Flight Rising: Theme Week – Put a Bird on it!

Bulah becoming a bird

Flight Rising has created some interesting Theme Weeks for players to participate in.  I haven’t done all of them, but I try and contribute when I can.   The most recent one I’ve added to was called “Put a Bird on it!”

The instructions for this Theme Week said: “Show us your feathery, bird wearing, or wanna-be feathered/bird-like dragons!”  You could post a maximum of three.  I decided to go ahead and post them here, too.   The forum post (in the Dragon Share Forum) for the theme weeks disappear when the week is over.

I don’t have any dragons that are “...

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