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#4730335 Jul 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM · Edited 11 years ago
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(sweet loki...why won't this let me make this pic smaller??)
heh heh

I skated under the nym "Draconi Ann" as a blocker in the third all-women, flat track derby league in the country - Tucson Roller Derby. My team was "Iron Curtain" and we had a cold-war era Russian commie theme. Clearly we were the villians. <bwg> I was with them for 3 years before all the chick drama became too much for me and I gave my knees a rest. My kids will tell you I could kick anybody's arse from here to Toledo but I'm really just a soft-hearted pacifist. :D
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#4731759 Jul 31, 2011 at 08:09 PM
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Wow you look like a bad ass, sounds like fun.

~''~We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams~''~
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#4745006 Aug 03, 2011 at 01:02 PM
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Hello! :D Siosil here!



I live in Pennsylvania, and when I'm not playing WoW, I am usually... well... at work or asleep. XD I work at a small family run insurance agency where I'm pretty much a glorified file clerk. My hobbies pretty much boil down to WoW, Role-Playing in various formats, digital artwork, and cosplay at the few times a year I end up going to anime conventions.

Role-Playing is a passion for me and I've been doing now for at least over 12 years on various forums and chat rooms, so RPing on WoW is something I have only been doing in the last year. I have been playing WoW since vanilla, though I have only been on WrA for a little over a year. Previous to WrA my home was on the PvP server Nathrezim where I ran a casual raiding guild. Burnout drove me to WrA and I fell in love with the RP here and haven't been back to Nath since. XD Siosil though is my only leveled Alliance character. If anyone else plays Horde you can catch me on my two other main RP toons Kiyokko (Kiyokko Sang'jour) or Durdanios (Durdanios Duskreaper) of <Crimson Illuminati>.

I also have a great love for animals - especially horses - though sadly I do not have any pets because no one else in my household is an animal lover. D: Lastly, I'm known to be very shy and I've been battling to overcome it the past few months, and I'm a lot better now then I used to be! :D So please don't hesitate to poke me in game to chit-chat as it'll probably be helping me in the long run!
Siosil Chronomech / Tivalt Steamgear
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#4746005 Aug 03, 2011 at 05:03 PM
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Welcome aboard! I tend to be quite shy myself, I try to have a unique question or two to spark a conversation, I feel most comfortable talking like a silly goose, rather than talking about the weather... It's a challenge though. Anyway Welcome!

~''~We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams~''~
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#4767107 Aug 08, 2011 at 09:04 AM
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I thought it might be time to become a part of this thread. I am probably older than most WoW players. My son is grown, left the house a number of years ago, and has a 7-year-old son of his own. I have happily moved into grandpa stage, where I get to spoil the little guy, fill him full of sugar, and send him home to mom and dad. It's a great place to be.

I started playing WoW a couple of months ago as a way to relax and unwind after work and in my spare time. I'm not much of a TV watcher so someone suggested WoW. I started a troll hunter on the Horde side on another server and got him up into the high 50's, then started a belf priest and got him up into the 30's. I wanted to try a melee class but didn't want to go through the Horde Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdom story lines again. I also wanted a new server because the one I was on had too many, for lack of a better term, vitriolic knuckleheads running around unsupervised.

I decided to try Alliance for something different and on a new server. I also wanted to dabble in RP. I researched around a bit and heard good things about Wyrmrest Accord. In looking at all the Alliance races, the gnomes just jumped out at me for some reason. So Nubbi, the diminutive death knight, was born. I played him for a while and then saw that there was an all-gnome guild. It seemed everything was falling into place.

I have to admit I am having at least as much, if not more, fun with Alliance than I did with Horde. I like many of the quests better and Stormwind City is much easier to navigate than Orgrimmar. The people I have interacted with on the server have been really nice. The people in Gnomeregan Forever are absolutely great.

I don't really have any experience in dungeons or raids. My dungeon experience is limited to a few low level dungeons I ran with my priest in the 17-25 level range. I learned that not all groups are created equal and if the tank is lost, or has never tanked, or runs on ahead of everyone else, then bad things may happen. After a few of those runs, I gave up on the whole dungeon thing. I had a few good groups but, by and large, most weren't.

I don't really have a specific goal in mind with Nubbi except to get him to 85 while enjoying content I have never seen. I do, however, plan to learn to play this class as well as possible by reading and researching various aspects. Later, I want to roll another gnome and go through the low level areas as an Alliance character, perhaps a priest or mage.

Once I gain a little more experience with the game, the professions, and other things I plan to help out in any way possible, especially new players and members, and the guild in general. Right now I am still getting my feet wet and learning my way around the world. What I've discovered so far is that Wyrmrest Accord and Gnomeregan Forever are good places to be.
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#4768091 Aug 08, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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Wow so many awesome pics! I wish I had one to post but I literally dont have a single pic of myself. I'm usually the one behind the camera. I damaged my digital camera last year at Blizzcon, and I cant afford to buy a new one at the moment.

I live in California. I have blue eyes. I own a cat (or maybe a cat owns me? The line gets blurry sometimes). The rest is subject to change without notice. =)

Tiffyn: The roller sports thing is fascinating! Reminded me of that classic song by Jim Croce "Roller Derby Queen". My mother used to live out in Arizona so I've made many trips out there. I can see why some people love it there, but the whole desert thing was never my style and was always glad to return home to California.

Siosil: We can always use more RP'ers and more IC events! I'm not particularly adept at these kinds of things but I'm trying to learn. I've seen the cosplay crowd at Sci-Fi conventions and Blizzcon. They always look like they are having fun but I wouldnt have the nerve to attend a con in costume myself.

Which reminds me...good excuse to link my Blizzcon snaps!
Blizzcon '09
Blizzcon '10

Nubbi: Using the LFD (or Random Dungeon Failer as I call it) can be challenging. It puts the "fun" in "dysfunctional!" But dont let that discourage you. If you can learn to keep your cool when things are going wrong, when youve gotta blow your cooldowns to survive, and get creative to avoid a wipe...thats when you really learn how to play your class! Join your guildmates on runs when you can. You'll find it a much better experience!

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"





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#4770378 Aug 08, 2011 at 11:31 PM
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Wow Forbs, you've been to Blizzon? Lucky! I've only been out to California once to visit my best friend and fellow WoW nerd (Linthara, for those who may know her Horde-side) and I attended San Diego Comic-Con with her back in 2010. It was a blast! I took two costumes with me for that con, but due to unfortunate circumstances I didn't end up staying in them very long. XD I'd love to go back to SDCC, but with how fast the tickets have sold out this year I'm thinking 2010 was my first and last year. =/
Siosil Chronomech / Tivalt Steamgear
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#4770601 Aug 09, 2011 at 01:07 AM · Edited 10 years ago
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Well, I'm a currently a contract pilot flying UAVs. I just moved to Ridgecrest, CA and I'll soon be buying a house in Lancaster, CA.

I started playing WOW about two years ago when I was sidelined due to a shoulder injury and post-surgery pretty much spent my time either in my recliner or in my bed. I had actually spent the previous years making fun of WOW players, but when I was injured I decided that it wasn't fair of me to make fun of people without having tried it myself. So, I gave it a shot, and obviously I enjoy it. So, a life lesson taught by WOW!

I currently have eight 85s (all classes except Shammy, Pally, and Rogue) and several lower level alts. My main realm is Khaz Modan, where I'm a raid leader for my guild there. My main is a demo warlock: GĂ„ndalf
"You win again gravity!" -Futurama
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#4788344 Aug 12, 2011 at 02:08 PM
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Welcome aboard guys! And Forbs dodges another photo opportunity. Perhaps Forbs only exists in our collective imagination....

~''~We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams~''~
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#4816143 Aug 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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i cant get my jpeg to upload from photobucket and I cant figure out how to get anything on the image gallery so I can transfer it to the forum. Doesnt matter, I think lexifrazz is my daughters other mother- the photo I was posting was from her wedding. . .on an antigue ferry in Lake Union Seattle. She's a professional set dresser. Shes better at costume design and often does that instead but thats her "art form" so she hates to do it on someone elses terms. She introduced us to WOW at the wedding three years ago. Its a great photo of me, my male half and the 5 "young uns.: No grands- they were too little to fly in from baltimore at the time. Does all this tempt anyone into telling me how to get the photoes posted?
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#4816275 Aug 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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Fijjit go to your Photobucket Album and mouse over the thumbnail of the image youd like to post. Underneath you should see about four options. Click the "Direct Link" option. The URL to your image should now be copied to your clipboard.

Then come here and open a Reply to the thread. Click the Image button or just hit Ctrl-P and a dialog box will pop up for the URL. Hit Ctrl-V to paste the URL of your image in the box and hit OK and youre done.

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"
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#4818225 Aug 18, 2011 at 05:53 PM
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BOY DID THIS TURN OUT BIG SORRY!
the picture is me, husbby, daughter (Shadowsong realms Hipp) and the others are my other 4 kids. The photo is 4 years old and is the best Ive taken in 20 years. It was the year after Hurricane Katrina and I had lost 12 inches of hair and 50 pounds from the storm. Lexifrazz may recognize the venue- its an antique ferry on lake Union. I flew in from Mississippi, rented a condo in the U district, dragged ari to pikes place market with a bucket of water and got the flowers then TRASHED the condo doing all the flowers for the wedding. very messy work. My son who was 12 planned his "gift" to be the trumpet solo of the Mardi Gras song, which Hippeaux grew up with and hadnt heard in a decade. he would practice in the alley behind the condos so as not to bother people and total strangers would hunt down the noise and tip him! She completed her degree at U dub in theatre tech and never is without a job because she's actually better at costume design and if producers love anyone- its a grip who can double up. The big girl had to leave 2 toddlers (my grands) in baltimore-it was too far for so young. The tall one was 3 pounds at birth- now I told his wife to feed him lard. She asked why, I says "for shortening!" The other girl actually wore the same dress this year to Homecoming and because she got taller, the dress actually looks really hot on her now.
Before Katrina I was a Science teacher researching a Living Labs science education program to double knowledge input, halve financial output and make Mississippi the number one producer of new scientists of the 21st century. I was badly injured in the storm so when they needed voluntary layoffs (no kids left to teach) I took it. I can walk again really well and am on my way back DOWN to the weight I am in these photoes. I am also putting out feelers about starting the research again. My special area of study is Paleo ecology although anything past the introduction of the first dicots I probably know about what everyone else does. The climate here in south Mississippi is very similar to the Early Triassic and I have landscaped with similar plants for that "inside" look at what the first dinosaurs experienced. My teaching philosophy is to Teaching by shared enthusiasm for the subject matter. My particular Science Education philospohy is that science is not something you learn from a book science is something you DO- like soccer and video games- and just as much fun. (Imagine the possibilities- if kids are reaching out and grabbing science education on their own for fun weekends and evenings, how much more time and more money would we teachers have to focus on other things? And Math becomes something you learn how to do so you can have fun with Science, so kids work at it, like searching apps and learnming to use them) I got stuck with a class of mediocre students to babysit. Not slow enough to be sped and not good enough to have it come easily, by high school they were tired of the grind and refused to do any more work. I was supposed to help them with homework but they never wanted to even do that. Well, its school, you gotta learn SOMETHING so I took in a box of bones I had, um, cleaned? with some floral wire and a hot glue gun. Whats that? Its a box of raccoon bones. Whats it for? When I have free time Im going to reassemble them. But I was never not busy. And they wanted to see them put together. Ok, YOU put them together. Kids who had done not one bit of school work in years reached out to the internet, books and even a teacher (once I explained science teachers are Scientists first then BECOME teachers-boy were they shocked) to figure out how the bones went back together. I of course put it on display in the library with the students names. Shock number 2- 2 of the kids from the gang member forced attendance class BEGGED to transfer to my class- kids from different gangs even! I was hooked. It has become my passion to grab the minds of the ones no one thinks have one. Every time you reach out to answer your own question you ARE a scientist. It doesnt take years of college or a train of brains. It takes wanting to know enough to go find out. At the core of every definition of every scientist, that IS what they do. And the kids love it when I treat them that way.
So thats why Fijjit is such an air head. I really need to be stupid when I play. I have alot of demands on me to be brilliant- I play for a break from those demands
And I seem to be a really good financial analyst, perhaps from data analysis in college Science classes.

I love G4 the people are all really friendly- best guild i have ever been with. I wish people were a little more willing to go with me on me dungeons and raids too but not everyone carries the aimlessness I do into azeroth.
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#4822180 Aug 19, 2011 at 02:20 PM
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Awesome Fijjit! As a kid I was big into science and space exploration, and dinosaurs. Actually I was big on learning about a lot of things including some things I'd now classify as pseudo-science like UFO's and creatures of myth like the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot.

Unfortunately the public education system kinda let me down. There were no Science teachers around then. There were Chemistry teachers, and Shop teachers and Math teachers. But there were no teachers who taught the Scientific Method. No teachers who taught critical thinking, the thrill of discovery, and how to ask the right questions.

The future desperately needs teachers like that. You sound like one of the precious few.

Also I've often thought about the creation of a computerized model of the earth along the lines of Google Earth. But using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines all available historical, geological, climatic, biological, and pale-ontological data, such that the entire model changes with Time. The model might be used like a primitive time machine to provide a holistic view of the past. Such a model might help answer some of the big questions that remain unanswered due to gaps in our knowledge, or provide additional clues to where the answers to those questions might be found.

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"
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#4822434 Aug 19, 2011 at 03:21 PM
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Great pics Fijjit! Thanks for sharing.

~''~We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams~''~
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#4822907 Aug 19, 2011 at 05:14 PM
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I wish I had a science teacher like you.
Let me explain (Oh, noes! Another patented long-winded post from Katt!)

My mom was a history teacher. She still loves reading about history. Anyway, she had a big stack of old school books in the upstairs hall. Once I discovered reading, that pile of school books was a whole new world for me. Ecspecially the science books. Bear in mind - I was still in elementary school when I discovered this pile of books. And they were junior and senior high science books, to boot. And I was able to read and understand most of it. In grade 5, they moved about 10 of us into the grade 6 class, and we were the grade 5 'Advanced' class. But, they made a mistake by putting me in this class. Not because I wasn't smart enough. No, they made the mistake of putting me beside the cupboard where all the blank paper was. I spent a lot of time sitting there drawing pictures of the Enterprise from Star Trek TOS. The only times I wasn't drawing was when we were learning English or Science. I had to pay attention to English because I needed to know more words to read the Science books. Math I always had, and still do have, a problem with. I truly admire the logic of it, but I just can't retain math info like I can with science info. So math was always a struggle for me.
But science I really enjoyed.
Until Mrs. Raddin in grade 8.
She single-handedly destroyed my interest in science, and to a certian degree, my self-esteem. It's only in the past 10 years or so that I've slowly started to regain my interest in science.
History, all through school, I found stupifyingly dull. Except mom. She made history interesting. It's just too bad that it was Canadian history, which goes beyond stupifyingly dull into insipidly boring. There are, in my opinion, only 2 pieces of Canadian history which are interesting, but sadly, are never taught. One is the Avro Arrow, and the other is the Oak Island Mystery. I like the weird little things in history that never get taught in the curiculum. Is there really a room between the front feet of the Sphinx? What happened to the Amber Room? What was it like to live in X city during Y year? How long, and how hard was it to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Oh, here's a good one that I never knew. My job involves working with concrete, right? Here's a couple tidbits about concrete I didn't know: the Colosseum in Rome was built with concrete. I didn't know that. Hoover Dam is made with concrete (that I did know) that will take into the thousands of years to fully cure. There's so many fascinating little nuggets like that in History, but all we ever get taught is the same old boring claptrap.
I don't know when Forbs came up with her Google Earth idea, but I had the same idea about 5 years ago. Weird, hunh?

~ Katt
Make a sincere complement on a really nice mustache, and all of a sudden, she's not your friend anymore. - Marty Feldman.
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#4825297 Aug 20, 2011 at 08:19 AM
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Katt you have made my point about public education! we have spent a century conditioning kids to think information MUST come from a teacher and now teachers are rebelling becausing there are not enough hours in the day to spoon feed everything to kids. So the kids need to take charge of their own learning. yes there was really a room between the sphinx's feet- it was a relligious building. pericles is responsible for the golden age of greece but his nephew was an embarassment. He cut off the penises from all the herms and got run out of athens so he went to support sparta. And while the spartan king was fighting athens, he had his way with the queen so he got run out of sparta so he went to the persians. (20 years later the spartan kings assasins finally got him). Those gang kids I had? they were gonna kill someone over having to learn about the ottoman empire it was SO boting. I figure, they're in a gang, I can talk sex with them and it wont be a shock. So I told them what REALLY crippled that empire- the harem! Science is a great who dun it and history is still the best stories. But like any good tale, it depends on the teller. Your mother was probably a better storyteller than the sanitized textbooks.
Mr Mischler in the 8th grade, Harrison Mi turned me on to science. he had us do a tree inventory, a project middle school kids still do today. I had to collect l;eaves, bark rubbings etc, find otu what they were and put them in a portfolio. It was the first time I had been told to go out and learn something myself. And I never stopped.
Last winter my son found a rabbit that had been hit by a car that wasnt too messed up and there werent any gross maggots because it was cold. He said he wished he could have the skin. I says ok. What? Ok- go get it so you can have the skin. But, but, how do I do it? I dont know, look it up. Whatever you need we'll get the stuff. So he did. We kept the meat for fish bait and the feet for gifts for people and he tanned the fur. The directions said this takes lots of practice so dont expect much the first time. But it didnt. It came out perfect. He made an Ipod holder out of it. Which he also had to look up how to do. The kids used to get mad at me because I'm too lazy to tell them how to do anything. Its not lazy its teaching- if Adam had waited for god to spoon feed every new piece of information to him, we'd still be calling elephants "Ugh"
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#4837438 Aug 22, 2011 at 09:04 PM
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Hello my real name is anthony ducote and i am 18 and i live in KS im still in high school so i dont work full time but part time i do tarot readings i love to play WoW for the shear level of player to player interactions that most video games today lack although i am fairly new to WoW i am getting the hang of it and beginning to become less of a N00B xD

A wounded man shall say to his assailant "If I die you are forgiven but if I live i will kill you." such is the rule of honor.
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#5037652 Oct 04, 2011 at 08:31 PM · Edited over 10 years ago
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Pushing this back to the front for the new guildies to see...

Corbz
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#5068823 Oct 12, 2011 at 06:14 AM
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Sphesty sorry so long! I was a regular player until the first week of august when I became very ill. Nice to meet the real you! How do you like Gnomeregan Forever? Ive been playing WOW for 4 years and this is the best guild Ive been in. Wouldnt trade them for anything! Nice to know people from Kansas play. the rest of us think Kansas is just for tornadoes and farm girls with little dogs hehe
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#5069640 Oct 12, 2011 at 09:33 AM
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Actually Sphesty removed both of his Gnomes from the guild a few days ago.

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"
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