Man, adulthood is SCARY.

So as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, we’re buying a house. We close on the 3rd.

Which means this blog might COME BACK TO LIFE as I flail wildly at this whole…owning a house thing. Although that might be me whining about how expensive things like CURTAINS are because oh boy, do I have a lot to say about that.

Also expect pictures of my yard and yelling WHAT THE FUCK DO I DO WITH THIS SHIT?



Whoa, hey, what?

Things going on in the life of Amber:

  • More Guild Wars 2. (all the alts, forever)
  • Feeling like an utter failure as an adult (my job is meh but I don’t see anything better than I qualify for; house hunting may be postponed AGAIN)
  • WRITANS (novel number 3, draft 2–the other two novels have been tossed into a drawer because…reasons)
  • More feeling like a failure as an adult (QQ, I turn 29 in March, shouldn’t I have accomplished something by now?)
  • Being weirded out by the fact that I turn 29 soon
  • seriously, what the fuck is with the passage of time, I don’t understand

What I’ve Been Up To

…Guild Wars, for the most part. I formally gave up WoW, having hit a wall of No Fucks Given burn-out that’s not exactly surprising after 7 straight years. It was not a bitter parting in the slightest.

My little RP guild shrank a good bit when Pandaland hit, and has yet to recover. I’m a little unsure how to fix this, as all my previous guild recruitment experience was for a raiding guild in WoW, not an RP guild. Still, we’re rolling along.

For awhile my husband was playing with me, but he’s now pretty wrapped up in Eve. And now Halo 4 came out. Yep.

My alt problem definitely persists.

Ranger: 80
Engineer: 48 (stalled due to husband distraction)
Mesmer: 40 (when did Mesmers get fun? omg)
Guardian: 17 (stalled due to husband distraction)
Elementalist: 10 (I got distracted by mesmer, wtf)
Warrior: 2 (DISTRACTED)

I’m also participating in NaNoWriMo, same as I do every year. I’m all caught up even after a half-lazy weekend. I’m taking NaNo “seriously” in the sense that I am genuinely trying to create a first draft that will be worked into a “real” novel over time. I’ve departed from my normal epic-y fantasy into some…urban fantasy paranormal cop romance thing. I am of course completely loathing it right now, but that’s just how my brain works, I’m afraid.

Speaking of those words…I should get back to them…


And so I return, with a rant.

Reins. To steer a horse with, in theory.

Those are REINS. When someone hands over the control of something, they are handing over the REINS. Reins are used to steer/control a horse (in part, but let’s not go there). You “rein in” someone, or give them “free rein”. Kings and Queens REIGN as long as they are monarchs. Water falling from the sky is fucking RAIN and don’t you dare misuse that version because I just don’t even. This post has been brought to you by Amber’s Pet Peeves and the NaNoWriMo crazy train.


The world sensed I hadn’t blogged lately, so it gave me assholes.

I have very low expectations of lowbie pugs. Still, I hold some standards: if I queue as a healer, I have caster gear on and will try to heal you. If I queue as a tank, I will have tanking gear on and will try to tank for you. Now, my standards for other tanks at least lower to “not in caster gear trying to tank” but apparently this is just too much for some people.

I was on my wee little 39 druid, trying to get her up to 40. She both heals and tanks, but my rogue has my DPS/tanky heirlooms, so I was only signing up to heal. I zone into DM, and I target the other tank. It’s a druid. I wait for bear form.


They pull with roots and randomly moonfire at shit. The trash dies without too much paim, but still, I speak up: “Um?”

“lol were trying this thing”
“where we dont need other people” (so you queue’d up with other people because WHY?)

Fuck this I’m going to bed.


GW2: Character Mugshots

Yes, it is entirely possible to have an alt problem before the game even launches.



I was going to write a post, internet. Really I was. I thought I’d maybe run around the GW2 beta weekend event and maybe do something vaguely useful for the RP community and SHOW YOU ALL THE EMPTY HOUSES YAY.

And then there was a POP and my computer turned off and I was like, “Well.  FUCK.”

So instead, have rant about people not knowing where the fuck to place their registration stickers. Have you noticed how many people FAIL at that simple task?  I do, because I live near Chicago and Chicago equals shitty traffic. This means I sit there and stare at the car in front of me more often than I’d like, and I notice these things.

Look. In every state I’ve lived in, on every plate I’ve noticed, the registration sticker goes in the upper right hand corner. That is the only place it goes. When you get a new one, it goes on top of the old one (or better yet, you scrape the old one off, then stick it there). You do not stick it next to it. Or below it. Or in the middle of the plate. You CERTAINLY don’t start forming a LINE of them along the edges of the plate. And yes, I have seen that with my own eyes.

I don’t know about where YOU live, but in Illinois your sticker come with INSTRUCTIONS. Even if you have not managed to absorb the proper location of your sticker through simple observation, IT TELLS YOU.

The fuck, people?

Also, in the time it took me to write this, my husband the miracle worker has replaced the blown capacitor in my power supply. I knew there was a reason I married that man.


Guild Wars 2: Will you be looking for a home?

Since I’ve seen several people on Twitter talk about playing GW2, but express mild concern about finding a good server/guild, I thought that now would be a good time to speak up.

Myself and several friends from Earthen Ring will be setting up shop on Tarnished Coast. I will be GMing an RPing guild there, and all RP-interested folk are more than welcome to join us. Even if you’re not into RP, you’re more than welcome to join us on the server–although guesting will, of  course, allow visitors from other servers if all you want is a leveling buddy.

Echoing Howls will be a relatively casual “band of adventurers” guild, led by a charismatic Norn ranger and open to all races. I hope to push RP events on the server (player run taverns, etc etc), as well as just “do a bunch of stuff together”. WoW ruined my ability to play a game by myself, I swear.

If you’re interested, feel free to poke us over here and join us on the forums where we’re posting character concepts and doing some pre-launch RP. You can just slap “Amber I’m following you here from your blog post” in the recruitment form if you want–don’t worry about the IC stuff at this point.

ETA: Also, having us just be one guild of many is also fine! That is the wonder of the GW2 guild system, after all.


Being An Adult: The Actuality

Being an adult is basically doing a lot of things I wanted to do as a kid, without getting yelled at:

  • eating a pizza lunchable for dinner
  • or maybe cereal
  • …or spagettios!
  • only cleaning when guests are coming over
  • never taking clean laundry out of the hamper
  • never taking clean dishes out of the dish washer, either

…C’mon, I know I’m not alone here.


Guild Wars 2 BWE: A Few Belated Thoughts

On Leveling:

Coming straight from many years playing WoW, leveling in GW2 is a change. I really have to throw away all of the old ideas I had about leveling. It’s not a matter of going from quest to quest to quest. Toss that notion right out of your head.

At first you open the map, look around at the quest hearts (yes hearts—don’t look at me, I don’t know either), and mouse over them. Here’s one at level 2….3…..4….hmm, it looks like there’s only a handful of things to start with.

If you think you can progress from one to the next as you would quests in WoW, and not quickly have the quests out level you, you’re sorely mistaken (ask me how I know–and how often my Guardian died).

“Does this mean I have to GRIND?”

Well…no. There’s a lot more to a zone than just the quests the heart offer. The heart is often just a bread crumb. As you’re doing that quest, other events will often pop up. And then another and another and another.  Even though I leveled 3 lowbie humans back to back one night while I was checking out classes, the flow of events was still different each time.

Don’t ignore events you’ve done before, either, especially not if a group forms.  Tag along, experiment with some different skills. Swap to a new weapon to unlock. Maybe you failed a part of the chain last time, and success will lead to new events! Or maybe you’ll fail this time and THAT will lead to new events. Groups are also a great way to sneak in on those events that are a little high for you.

Go find waypoints and points of interest. Omnom XP. Don’t neglect the ones in towns!

Turnabout's fair play.

Please see the (back of) my fully covered female character, and compare it to the belly baring male in the background. Then join me in being amused.

If you still feel that you’re leveling too slowly, pick up crafting. It’s entirely possible—if you level every single profession—to level from 1 to 80 with crafting. No, I’m not kidding. By the time you are done leveling a profession, you’ll get 10 levels out of it. I wasn’t sure what I thought of this when I read it on the beta forums but…on second thought, it’s pretty awesome. Suddenly the level cap of 80 seems less daunting.

As a side note: don’t forget to rez people. Not only will your fellow players appreciate the help, but rezzing NPCs is often to your benefit. Alright, so maybe the fisher isn’t going to help you much, but the guards sure will. It’s nice to have some bait around to keep the mobs occupied for a bit. ;) There were a few events that I really struggled with unless I got some of the NPC’s up to assist. Of course, if you’re me, you keep accidentally rezzing your pet by accident, and not the other person. Oops.

Last but not least, there’s your personal story! As an RPer, I’m inclined to treat the personal story arc as some bizarre ass daydreams my character is having, but it’s yet another option for gaining XP (and meeting some awesome NPCs.).

If ALL OF THAT still leaves you staring at your zone making sad faces, then GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Started a Charr and can’t find something else to do in their zone? Go play in the Norn starting zone. Even if you’ve gotten your way to say, level 10, it’ll scale you down appropriately. In fact you probably want to do this anyway, to hit up more skill point challenges. Although I suck at skill point challenges, apparently, and have still not done half of them. >.>

On Events:

I don’t think that GW2 will have the same problem as Rift, where if an event doesn’t get “done” and you come along later, you’re half a dozen kinds of cock-blocked. I attempted an event on my own with my Guardian, failed…and all that happened was that another event opened up, to retrieve the supplies that I couldn’t protect.  All I lost, really, was a few coppers for my repair bill.

All in all, I think it’s an interesting concept.

In General:

ArenaNet seems to be doing a good job so far–some player requests were granted this time around (oh /say, how I missed you), and despite the typical bug fest that is beta, it seemed to run smoother over all. I’m still quite looking forward to this game.