Look Who’s Got Cataclysm Beta Access!

That would be ME! I just got an e-mail from Blizzard that I’ve been selected to beta test, FINALLY! It says I’ll see the client available for download within 24 hours. I can’t wait! I was so stinking jealous every expansion as I watched others get to play the beta while I could only read about it.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Looks like you’ll be getting updates more often now.

Back to Playing Again

grimr-71Hey, gang! I know I’ve been out of commission for quite a while now, but I sort of had to grab life by the horns after starting my business and decide whether it was better to play after my wife went to bed or try to continue building the business/making money. Keeping our heads above water won, and taking 17 hours at the University of South Florida took up the rest of my time.

But…. it’s Christmas break for 5 weeks!!

I’ve been playing Grimr this week and he hit 71 just a few minutes ago. I really can’t wait to see what kind of damage he will do as a newly-minted level 80 toon if I can pound out 80 hours of playing by January 5th. I’m using Kopp’s guide because I don’t want to waste any time since my time is so precious nowadays and I’ve already done the 70-80 journey with Protectr to see the Alliance path. I’m just ready to get Grimr up there and see if I have the patience to get Gitr up there with the lousy leveling that is the life of a warrior who can’t heal and is buddy-less.

What Are You Doing Until the Expansion?

I’m taking a hiatus to finish college (2 full-time semesters to go) but keep seeing news about the upcoming patch that makes me want to return to hoard gold for the next expansion. I’m not sure how well my Alliance toons can hoard, not being Horde, but I do have one epic flying mount. :)

I’m certainly looking forward to the revamped original zones and some of the class changes have me pretty interested in getting a 30-day game card just for kicks. I’d just better not do it anywhere near finals.

It’s Been a Long Time Coming

Wow, I haven’t posted a darn thing about WotLK since it came out, and I have a Naxx-raiding toon! It’s time to get back into the game – the game of posting about my playing again and bring you up to speed on everything since November.

Personal stuff first, for those of you who actually know me or of me over the years. In September I left my military contractor company to work from home for a company who produces WordPress premium themes as their Customer Support Manager. It was a great gig… until they up and kicked me to the curb in the first week of February, stating a “change of direction” for support. Since customers were happy, I had no idea what the heck that meant and was devastated for most of February. The very next day I began working for myself and have been ever since and just formed Petersen Media Group, LLC this week to get a business bank account set up. Things are going great now, so for all of you who follow me on Twitter @jpetersen and Facebook, thank you for your support the last 2 months.

On to WoW now… I’m hooked again. I took Protectr all the way from level 66 on expansion night to 80 in under a month and he’s doing Naxx 25 both with his guild and even pugging it from time to time and is a fierce tank, even if Gitr is still level 70. Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to play a “smack me” toon again who can’t heal himself just yet. In lieu of playing Gitr, I’ve decided to level Grimr to 80 ASAP to get him into dps slots of parties and he’s about to hit level 50. I’m power-leveling him with Kopp’s Guide to see how fast the Alliance side of leveling can be compared to my experience with Joana’s on the Horde side.

You’ve Got to be Friggin’ Kidding Me! 1200 in the Queue?

I played forever last night until 3:30am and got one some more after work. No harm in eating dinner, doing some chores, and watching Kitchen Nightmares with the wife, right? Ha!

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After a couple of minutes, it gave me an estimate of 43 minutes with 1143 left to go. I started writign this post and came back to a 78 minute wait! Forget it… I headed on over to another realm, such as the sunny pastures of Velen to play Deadr, who has been stagnant for a year at 67 up in Netherstorm. Time to take him across on the zep to see what life is like as a horde in Northrend. I’ve got my SpartanUI all reconfigured for him and his talents back in place, with a few tweaks since I have no idea how to play a priest any more.