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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Urzael is an angel...

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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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Some Photos From Our Las Vegas Trip

Luxor Hotel Casino

Jen and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary last week by taking a trip to Las Vegas. It’s not actually the first time we’d been to Vegas as we had stopped there for one night while moving from Illinois to California in 2005. But this time, we weren’t already worn out from days of continuous travel. Also, we didn’t have a small flock of pet birds to look after. In a way, this was more like our first real time in the city of big lights and big casinos.

We flew from California to Las Vegas via the Santa Maria Public Airport. It’s actually the fastest, least expensive and easiest way to get from the Central Coast to Vegas. The Santa Maria Airport, while a bit bigger than the San Luis Obispo Airport, is still relatively small. Ours was the first flight out of the day and we may have been the first passengers to arrive.

Santa Maria Airport

Santa Maria Airport

Santa Maria Airport

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Flight Rising: Emerald Webwing

Emerald Webwing

One of the cool things about Flight Rising is that it includes Familiars.  They are sort of like little pets that you can assign to any of the dragons in your Lair.  Click on each Familiar, once a day, to earn Treasure (and the occasional chest full of loot).  I’ve already earned both of the Achievements that are associated with obtaining a certain number of Familiars.  So, now I’m making blogs about each new Familiar that I get.  All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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Emerald Webwing – Familiar – Warped by arcane energies, this twisted bird bears little resemblance to its parents.  All its eyes are looking in different directions.  - Sell Value: 1525

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World of Warcraft: WoD Beta – Orc Starting Zone

WoD Beta email art

This blog is the first in what I intend to become a series about my experiences in, and thoughts about, the World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Beta. I did not expect to get in, so it was especially exciting to receive the email that let me know that I had been selected to play the beta.

It turned out that there was a battle to be fought before I could access the beta. First, I needed to move a lot of stuff off of my computer and onto my external hard drive in order to make space for the beta. That took the better part of a day to achieve.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 13, 2014.

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