I have been pretty active in my mogging addiction lately, putting new set designs up on Twitter as they form, and wearing new sets in celebration of acquiring tier shoulders on Arithan, and the new Blood Elf model for Aellin. Some of the new looks are really amazing, particularly the shoulder designs that come from Blackrock Foundry. My friend, Kimstar, refers to the boots from paladin tier as, "Paper bag boots." I think it's a reference to the color and texture, though I'm quite fond of the overall look of them. Raiding with Kimstar and her guild mates has been really fun, when I've been able to attend.
While Arithan would look good in the current paladin tier, I think Aellin would look amazing. I'm mostly hoping for the luckiest Blackrock Foundry garrison cache, since the shoulders I want drop only from Blackhand, himself. The odds are exceptionally low. I'm just going to cross my fingers, since Aellin has done zero raiding outside of Raid Finder. I think she might have done Highmaul in Raid Finder one time through. Not much motivation to go into that place.
I'm still adamant about my loathing for the Raid Finder models, or lack of models. The set designs are there, with the theme of worn ogre armor for plate. I'm not sure what the other armor types were given, but from player reactions I'd say it isn't any better. Each piece could be used for a set. When compared to the decidedly epic looking pieces from Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties, there is an obvious discrimination against players who chose not to look for raid groups. I would gladly have accepted the simplified versions of the sets that some of the NPCs are already wearing. I'm hoping future content patches give players something nice for playing through Raid Finder.
I've been spending a lot of game time standing around Ashran, contemplating my navel. Patch 6.1 brought changes that have driven the battles away from the Road of Glory, and even further towards the round-robin of side events. The reduced queue time that they the developers have touted appears to be driven mostly by an artifact of the addition of Ashran to the premade PvP groups tab. Now players from either faction can zone in without a group and usually get into the battle in a few minutes. The downside is zoning in without a group will mean being squashed by the very large opposing faction team that is circling around the edges of the zone.
On the Mog's Addiction website side of things, I've been working on reorganizing everything. The submissions form has been moved to a dedicated page. The home page (index) has been reworked with blog rolls showing all the latest posts, along with a wider twitter feed. I'm really happy with the design of the blog feeds. My friend, Mint, helped me with color coordination. FeedWind provided the widget, which is highly customizable.
My next website tasks are recapturing the banners with shots of my characters with their new looks, new models, and different set posts. I'd love to go through and revamp my character pages with new shots of old sets, and reduce the loading time by reducing image count and quality. Currently, most of the images are in PNG format, which is a bit on the large side. JPEG format gets it down to about 1/8th the size, so loading will be smoother. I'd love to make the site smoother for anyone looking to be inspired by contributor sets, and perhaps even by my own designs.
Feedback is always appreciated, and submissions are doubly so. I hope to see what you've come up with, and share all the things swirling around my head. I'm anxiously awaiting the second batch of Blackrock Foundry caches from my garrisons. Shoulders, give me shoulders! Hope you all get what you are aiming for this week. As always:
MOG ALL THE THINGS! :p