February 16th, 2009

Kero Magic Whupass

Weekend of Productivitude

This is what I've been missing — getting stuff done! :D This weekend I...

  • Scripted Suburban Jungle through the end of March.

  • Did two Sketch-A-Day sketches.

  • Made a Valentine's day card for laurie_robey. (It was a cheesy little quickie, but fun.)

  • Tried out the brush pens that Balto recommended. Very nice! Now I gotta learn how to use them and not suck. ;P

  • Learned a new (if stressful!) card game from sirfox.

  • Drew all of next week's Suburban Jungle! 0.o

  • Bought a new monitor for my computer when I discovered that Tiff's hair was coming out green(?!).

  • Penciled another page of Carpe Diem.

  • Upgraded gear on my lil' hobbitey warden in LotRO.

In short, this weekend was packed full o' STUFF. But that's the way I like them! I always feel more energized after a weekend of accomplishment, than I do after a weekend of sitting around.

Today, while theoretically a holiday for me, I am in fact going to be working to make up some time from last week. Unfortunately, I am also getting a root canal. D:>

My life just never stops being interesting! ;P

-The Gneech
Boot to the Head

The Nerve's Dead, Jim

For all the horror stories, the root canal was actually fine. The worst part was actually the fact that there was a TV playing "People's Court" in the dentistry room. This was the first part, the actual drilling; there are two follow-up bits, which are the permanent filling and the crown, respectively. I also have another tooth due to go through all of the above shortly thereafter.

Let this be a lesson to you, kiddies — don't wait 8 years between dentist visits. :P Only diligence at brushing and flossing has enabled me to still have teeth at all. :P

Unfortunately, I'm back on antibiotics again because the one tooth was so far gone that part of the nerve had actually died. Since the whole process of a root canal is designed to go in and remove the nerve, that wasn't inherently a problem, but it does mean I have to be super-careful to make sure it doesn't get infected between now and then.

I'm sure you're all just pleased as punch to read about it, too. ;) At least it's my mouth we're talking about here!

-The Gneech

Home and There Again — A Bounder’s Holiday

Wow, go away for a month and you suddenly discover that a month has gone by. In the non-LotRO world, I am a cartoonist, so I went off to a convention to sell some comics, and came home with the most vicious case of con-crud this side of the Cardolan plague. It wasn’t until last night that I was caught up enough with both real life and my cartooning that I felt like I had time to play.

I signed on to find Maedhroc in the Trollshaws (at night, of course), looking around for soloable L35 content because most of the kinship was offline and because I was only going to be on for an hour or so anyway. After one bear and three wolves too many I got discouraged there and wandered back to Esteldin, where I decided on a whim to take on an aurochs to see just how much of a nightmare those three group quests in my log were.

Much to my surprise, the aurochs was a pushover. 0.o I mean, I know that wardens are awesome and all that, but after getting my little hobbitey hinder handed to me by three wolves in the Trollshaws, I wasn’t expecting an aurochs to fall over the first time I went “YEAAUUGH!” at him. Within short order I had quickly devastated the North Downs aurochs population and finished off three near-level quests.

After that, so that Maedhroc can have had a little vacation during my own vacation, I headed back to the Shire to test my luck at the various fishing holes there. I did manage to catch a few trophies among the rusty daggers and balls of gunk, so that was fun. But it felt rather strange to have NPCs saying “Hullo, Bounder Maedhroc!” after having been tromping all over Eriador for so long.

I’ve discovered that I miss the Shire, not only because it’s such a nice zone, but also thematically. Maedhroc’s whole character (in my mind) is based on the idea that he became a Bounder to protect the Shire, and then was recruited by the Wardens to help watch the roads and so forth. But once you reach the North Downs and the Trollshaws, you’re not really doing that any more. With the exception of defending Trestlebridge, you’re no longer defending people and their homes, but now being sent on forays into enemy territory, which has a very different feel. And it’s not really Maedhroc’s calling. He’s not a crusader, he’s a defender.

Not sure what (if anything) I’m going to do about it. I have an elf warden and a human warden, either of whom I might start working on for a while; I think a warden would be a mighty fun character to play in the Misty Mountains or Forochel, for instance, although I have a hard time imagining Maedhroc going there of his own free will.

-The Gneech

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