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As some of you know, I'm a long-time World of Warcraft player. And one of the things I do in WoW is collect mounts — horses, dragons, dinosaurs, elephants, motorcycles, and all the dozens of other things you can ride in the game. I would call myself a semi-serious collector. Players who don't collect consider me obsessive and eccentric, yet hardcore collectors don't see me as one of them. I have 223 mounts, plus a few that don't "count" because of the idiosyncratic way the game tallies them, but folks in the big leagues have cleared the 300 mark.


[Frostwolf Howler - My first rare mount (rare at the time, not so much anymore), obtained in 2005 through player-vs-player combat.]

This is admittedly a very arbitrary hobby-within-a-hobby... )

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Feel free to comment wherever you're comfortable.
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It's 15 days too late for this, which is just about how behind I am on everything else at this point, so at least I'm consistent? /o\

I wrote a lot of fic this past year, mostly for fests. Well... all for fests, actually, or at least for things with deadlines. Not coincidental, that. Towards the end of the year I bit off more than I could chew and did have to drop out of one fest, which was a first for me, and a bummer. Next year, more realistic scheduling! But according to AO3, I wrote about 30,000 words in 2013, which is a bit more than in any past year, including years in which my fandoms were much more active.


Harry Potter )

Star Trek )

Warcraft )


I'm going to be bold and say that most of these were solid stories that I'm proud of. It was flattering and encouraging this year to be invited to write at [insanejournal.com profile] daily_deviant and to win/place in a couple of categories at [livejournal.com profile] hpfanficfanpoll. I hope this doesn't sound stupid or vain, but what I really want out of writing is to give other people enjoyment, and when I meet that goal it makes me happy.

Onward!

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Feel free to comment wherever you're comfortable.
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Oh man, I haven't posted in a while, have I? Real life was doing a number on me, not in a bad way, just in a busy way. I am going to get to all those December meme prompts, too, but first... the Kinky Kristmas reveals post is up at [insanejournal.com profile] daily_deviant, so I can say that I wrote this, to [personal profile] songquake's delicious prompts:

Pomona Sprout and the Five Points from Hufflepuff [AO3]
(NC-17, school-age-but-probably-legal Pomona/Minerva, kinks including tickling, teasing, and embarrassment)

Speaking of which, I found an embarrassment of riches in my [community profile] fandom_stocking! There seems to be a glitch right now where I can't comment there without it being screened, but rest assured I love my gifts and deeply appreciate everyone who took the time to make something for me, including but not limited to:

- State-Transition Function by [personal profile] sineala (ST:TOS, Uhura gen with linguistics!)
- Your Move by [personal profile] moontyger (WoW, Anduin/Wrathion with UST!)
- For the Horde by [personal profile] hannelore (WoW, Thrall & Vol'jin gen with barely-subtextual D/s!)
- An Introduction by [personal profile] smallbrownfrog (HP, Luna/Minerva pre-femslash with Gilbert & Sullivan references!)
- Outstanding by [personal profile] chokolattejedi (HP, Hermione/Septima with power play!)
- Krycek and Scully art from [personal profile] ani_bester and another Krycek art from [personal profile] tarlanx! *rolls around in XF nostalgia*
- Uhura art from [personal profile] trobadora! Uhura! ♥♥♥

I really meant to do all kinds of things for this fest, but what actually happened was I signed up for it and then promptly forgot about it until the deadline had, in fact, passed. I suck, I know. Next year I'll do better. But due to the technical problems that delayed the fest going live, I managed a few icons for people, at least, and one ficlet, which is so tailored to [personal profile] hannelore's interests that it might be incomprehensible to anyone else, but here it is anyway:

The Terrible Secret of Warsong Gulch
(G, Venture Bros., 21 & 24 friendship)

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Feel free to comment wherever you're comfortable.
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Since it's the last day of [community profile] kink_bingo and the last day of Rectober (whoever decided that was a thing... I never quite figured that out), here, have some KB recs.

Harry Potter
Schoolboy Blues by [personal profile] delphi (Explicit, Snape/Filch, kink: class fantasies)
author's summary: Severus Snape knows every shortcut at St. Brutus's Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys, including a few of his own devising.
If that summary hasn't already convinced you to read this fic... well, then you're clearly not me! This is the best kind of AU, where this new way of seeing the characters lets us look into them more deeply.

Star Trek: The Original Series
Feel Fine by [personal profile] sineala (G, Spock & Kirk & McCoy, kink: emotion play)
author's summary: Spock finds that he wants to be happy.
A wonderfully thoughtful and astute portrait of Spock after the events of STIV, learning and re-learning how to navigate the space he inhabits between Vulcan and human. Just lovely.

Warcraft
Scarlet and Ivory by [personal profile] usefulobject (Mature, Interrogator Vishas, kink: torture/interrogation)
author's summary: Vishas fantasizes that deep down, those damned Forsaken really like what he does. You don't get to be Scarlet Interrogator by not being creepy.
I love how Vishas projects his own twisted thoughts onto his victims — because, of course, they're the perverted ones! This fic nails the tone of how scary things are presented in WoW, with a hint of macabre humor that lightens the grotesqueness just enough.

X-Files
Palliative by [personal profile] sineala (Mature, Krycek, kink: enemas)
author's summary: Alex Krycek deals with his oilien experiences in a unique way.
Longtime friends know that the oilien episodes hold a special fascination for me, so it was a real treat to find this post-Apocrypha fic from KB 2010. The way Krycek experiences the trauma of the possession and the way he regains his sense of control are so perfectly him.

This entry was originally posted at http://pauraque.dreamwidth.org/38307.html. Comment here or there.
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Still working on that double line, as we hurtle alarmingly toward the end of the round. This one is for the exposure/exhibitionism and plushie/furry squares.

Gear is a Crutch
World of Warcraft, female pandaren, watercolors

Nudity, though you can't really see anything but fur )

This entry was originally posted at http://pauraque.dreamwidth.org/37748.html. Comment here or there.
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Wow, a new Harry Potter movie. I did not see that coming! I would say I'm cautiously optimistic. It might be good, and if it is (or even if it's not), I could see it breathing some new life into the fandom, which is not dead by any means, but is certainly much quieter than it once was. (This is my usual way of thinking: I don't care as much about whether some things are good as I do about whether they would be good for fandom. And sometimes the best fandoms come out of flawed source materials.)

And of course, we've got our new warchief at last. Anyone who knows or cares what that means probably knows who it is already, but cut for spoilers just in case. )

This entry was originally posted at http://pauraque.dreamwidth.org/35145.html. Comment here or there.
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I settled on attempting a simultaneous double line with rows three and four of my card. (What can I say — piercings and blood were right next to each other!)

This one is for pain and emotion play.

The Warlock
G-rated & worksafe, World of Warcraft, original character
colored pencil on paper


The Warlock )

For those who are wondering how this fits the prompts, the spells she's holding are Searing Pain and Fear. What she plans to do with them is left to your imagination. >:)


And now I get to go to the dentist to have a crown put on. Hopefully this will not be a work of performance art on the same themes. >_<

This entry was originally posted at http://pauraque.dreamwidth.org/34327.html. Comment here or there.
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Since 4.1 they made this achievement easier, but the other night we got it on our alts the old fashioned way, losing team only 10 points behind. We weren't trying to get it, it just happened. Good times.

pic )

And if you think that's bad, just be glad Battlemaster doesn't require this...

there's close, and then there's close )

Losing AV with Alliance at one reinforcement. :X

This entry was originally posted at http://pauraque.dreamwidth.org/21429.html. Comment here or there.
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So, I know the topic that's been on all of your minds, gnawing at your psyche and keeping you up at night wracked with uncertainty, and that is WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WOW? Do I actually play the game anymore, or just write pr0nz about it?

I do. Both. I spent a frustrating few months in a guild that was not a good fit for me, for various reasons that I will simply sum up as "they were jerks". That guild went bye-bye and the good people from it reformed under a different name with different leaders. Things are now going swimmingly.


Here's a boss fight. This guy is made of wind. I'm not sure how you can hurt a guy who's made of wind, but it seemed to work. I made the video and it's me playing the POV character and dying pathetically in the last segment. (If, for some reason, you actually watch this, it'll look better if you click through to Youtube than if you watch it embedded.)



So there's that.
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So, I know the topic that's been on all of your minds, gnawing at your psyche and keeping you up at night wracked with uncertainty, and that is WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WOW? Do I actually play the game anymore, or just write pr0nz about it?

I do. Both. I spent a frustrating few months in a guild that was not a good fit for me, for various reasons that I will simply sum up as "they were jerks". That guild went bye-bye and the good people from it reformed under a different name with different leaders. Things are now going swimmingly.


Here's a boss fight. This guy is made of wind. I'm not sure how you can hurt a guy who's made of wind, but it seemed to work. I made the video and it's me playing the POV character and dying pathetically in the last segment. (If, for some reason, you actually watch this, it'll look better if you click through to Youtube than if you watch it embedded.)



So there's that.

haxorz

Sep. 21st, 2010 01:58 pm
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I had the very annoying experience yesterday of my WoW account being hacked into. It's all more or less straightened out now, but it was a big stressful hassle.

I remember a few years ago, my dad read an article about gold selling and asked me how it worked (I guess the article wasn't clear). At the time, it worked like this: Some people in the game are too lazy to do the normal stuff you do to make gold. Blizzard doesn't sell gold. So some people made a business of making lots of gold (usually by setting up bots to perform repetitive tasks like killing creatures that drop valuable items), selling it on an outside web site, and then delivering it to the buyer in-game.

That's how it used to work. You'd see the bots occasionally and know what they were doing, and you'd report them, and that was it.

Things seemed to change around the time Blizzard started allowing server transfers (moving characters to a new server to play with different people), which I guess made it more efficient to generate gold by hacking accounts rather than using bots.

Now this is how it works )

Oddly enough, they didn't take away all the gold the hacker made selling the stuff that was restored, so once I got access to the account back and took stock, all told I had profited about 5000 gold from the experience. I tried to give it to the guild leader to put in the bank by way of apology, but he wouldn't take it -- told me to buy myself something nice with my pain and suffering settlement. :P

Other souvenir: To encourage people to buy an authenticator, people who get one also get a special in-game pet. Since the hacker put an authenticator on my account (why? Blizzard could obviously take it off in a second), now I have the pet. I will call him Bandit.

haxorz

Sep. 21st, 2010 01:58 pm
pauraque_bk: (world of warcraft)
I had the very annoying experience yesterday of my WoW account being hacked into. It's all more or less straightened out now, but it was a big stressful hassle.

I remember a few years ago, my dad read an article about gold selling and asked me how it worked (I guess the article wasn't clear). At the time, it worked like this: Some people in the game are too lazy to do the normal stuff you do to make gold. Blizzard doesn't sell gold. So some people made a business of making lots of gold (usually by setting up bots to perform repetitive tasks like killing creatures that drop valuable items), selling it on an outside web site, and then delivering it to the buyer in-game.

That's how it used to work. You'd see the bots occasionally and know what they were doing, and you'd report them, and that was it.

Things seemed to change around the time Blizzard started allowing server transfers (moving characters to a new server to play with different people), which I guess made it more efficient to generate gold by hacking accounts rather than using bots.

Now this is how it works )

Oddly enough, they didn't take away all the gold the hacker made selling the stuff that was restored, so once I got access to the account back and took stock, all told I had profited about 5000 gold from the experience. I tried to give it to the guild leader to put in the bank by way of apology, but he wouldn't take it -- told me to buy myself something nice with my pain and suffering settlement. :P

Other souvenir: To encourage people to buy an authenticator, people who get one also get a special in-game pet. Since the hacker put an authenticator on my account (why? Blizzard could obviously take it off in a second), now I have the pet. I will call him Bandit.
pauraque_bk: (world of warcraft)
Title: Lightning Overload
Rating: Adult
Pairing: female troll/female blood elf
Length: ~2100 words
Kink: Electricity
Other content notes: Dom/sub, bondage.
Summary: I can take whatever you can dish out.


Lightning Overload )
pauraque_bk: (world of warcraft)
Title: Lightning Overload
Rating: Adult
Pairing: female troll/female blood elf
Length: ~2100 words
Kink: Electricity
Other content notes: Dom/sub, bondage.
Summary: I can take whatever you can dish out.


Lightning Overload )
pauraque_bk: (world of warcraft)
Title: Cat Form
Rating: Adult
Pairing: male supernatural animal/female Tauren
Length: ~1100 words
Kink: Scars/scarification
Other content notes: Bestiality, violent sex, blood
Summary: The quest to receive Cat Form has never been implemented.


Cat Form )
pauraque_bk: (world of warcraft)
Title: Cat Form
Rating: Adult
Pairing: male supernatural animal/female Tauren
Length: ~1100 words
Kink: Scars/scarification
Other content notes: Bestiality, violent sex, blood
Summary: The quest to receive Cat Form has never been implemented.


Cat Form )
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This is a WoW post, but it's also interesting.

We just made new characters with a friend of ours. He picked a server semi-randomly (because he liked the name), and there was something very cool about his choice.

WoW has separate clusters of servers for different countries, and of course they speak their national languages there. They recently added three servers for Latin American countries, but since there were only three, they put them in an existing cluster with a bunch of US servers. (They couldn't group them with people from Spain because the physical distance would cause too much lag.)

So when you get into a pickup group, chances are good that some of the members will start speaking Spanish to each other! To me this is awesome, because where I used to live I heard tons of Spanish, and you NEVER hear it in Vermont. My Spanish is rudimentary at best but I understand some -- it just makes me happy to hear/see it.

The reactions of the US players to this development are probably unsurprising. Some people are bigots and blame the Spanish-speaking players for... pretty much everything. It's their fault we're losing. It's their fault we're lagging. They're all bad players. I hate that they don't speak my language. As soon as I see one of Them, I leave the group.

Yet, it seems the quiet majority has simply gotten used to it. They either ignore it or adapt to it, learning a few useful words of gaming-related Spanish and accepting that sometimes communication breaks down. (Well, sometimes you can't get through to English-speaking players either, can you?)

A few people get more elaborate with their attempts to accomodate diversity:



I am pleased and amused.
pauraque_bk: (world of warcraft)
This is a WoW post, but it's also interesting.

We just made new characters with a friend of ours. He picked a server semi-randomly (because he liked the name), and there was something very cool about his choice.

WoW has separate clusters of servers for different countries, and of course they speak their national languages there. They recently added three servers for Latin American countries, but since there were only three, they put them in an existing cluster with a bunch of US servers. (They couldn't group them with people from Spain because the physical distance would cause too much lag.)

So when you get into a pickup group, chances are good that some of the members will start speaking Spanish to each other! To me this is awesome, because where I used to live I heard tons of Spanish, and you NEVER hear it in Vermont. My Spanish is rudimentary at best but I understand some -- it just makes me happy to hear/see it.

The reactions of the US players to this development are probably unsurprising. Some people are bigots and blame the Spanish-speaking players for... pretty much everything. It's their fault we're losing. It's their fault we're lagging. They're all bad players. I hate that they don't speak my language. As soon as I see one of Them, I leave the group.

Yet, it seems the quiet majority has simply gotten used to it. They either ignore it or adapt to it, learning a few useful words of gaming-related Spanish and accepting that sometimes communication breaks down. (Well, sometimes you can't get through to English-speaking players either, can you?)

A few people get more elaborate with their attempts to accomodate diversity:



I am pleased and amused.
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This is for [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore. I'll see the rest of you next week. /facepalm

++

Queue - G, 370 words, WoW )
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This is for [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore. I'll see the rest of you next week. /facepalm

++

Queue - G, 370 words, WoW )

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