Thank you to the Tauren in my grocery store…

 

…Is a title someone never used before!

 

I had to go pick up a package yesterday. Sadly postoffices are more and more a thing of the past, so it had to be picked up at a grocery store. I had no idea what it was, there was no sender on the message I got.

But off I went, and when the sales person found it, it was enormous. I could quickly feel that most of it inside was bubble wrap, because it weighted way less than the size of it indicated, so I asked if they could discard the packing material for me, since I was with the bus. I opened it, and to my big surprise, it was the Collector’s Edition of Battle for Azeroth. (Which I ordered ages ago, and didn’t expect before way into next week)

I cancelled my account a few weeks ago, knowing fully well, that it would be a phase, I had to go through in relation to how poorly the War of Thorns event was handled by Blizzard. (I have had trouble getting any kind of hype back for BfA though.)

But little did I know, that what would play out in the following moments would make my long lost hype for the expansion return, at least a little bit…

 


 

The sales person looked down on the Collector’s Edition, I had just placed on the counter, as I was getting ready to tuck it into my bag.

He looked up at me and asked “Wait…Is that for you?”

I tend to get that question a lot as a female gamer.

“Yep!”, I responded.

“How cool! New expansion and all!” – he said and then continued “Wait…Horde or Alliance?”

Then out of no where, I had one of my geekiest moments yet, where I almost shouted, right there, in the middle of the store “Gosh, FOR THE ALLIANCE, of course!”

Then he asked me to leave the store. Lol. He was obviously playing Horde.

I went on and then said “Are you kidding me? Your Warchief is an absolute lunatic, no matter what her intentions are. Which class and race are you playing anyway…”

“Hm.”, he said. “I used to play an Orc Warrior. Now I’m a Tauren Druid though”.

I sighed with relief and retracted my claws. “Ah, okay. That’s a different story then. I main a Druid too. Keep your Warchief in a leash – I shall see you in Moonglade then.”

“You shall.”, he said, we chuckled, and then I left the store.

It was obvious he was an old school player, since he clearly knew, how Moonglade was such a sanctuary to us back in Vanilla, and how both Tauren and Night Elf Druids rarely engaged in combat with each other.

 


 

That was one awesome moment to me.

Out of no where, despite everything, my faithful readers know I have struggled with the Burning of Teldrassil, that it happened and in particular with how it was handled. I have been wondering so much, how to get back on the hype train of BfA. I had almost given up. But then this happened. It was so cool.

I do not see it as a success with the “rally our gamers to pick a side and fight each other”, because I dislike the concept so much in generalΒ  – but as two fellow gamers, sharing the same passion for a game, who randomly just ran into each other.

We never know, if the person we pass on the street, have the same interest as we do!

So…

Thank you, Tauren in my grocery store. Through a combination of happenings, you played a part in having me return and overcome the loss of Teldrassil and move on.

 

(I’m not really moved on. One more post on the subject, THEN I’ll move on, I promise. To try.)

 

Unwrapping the Collector’s Edition helped too, of course…(And getting it before the release date!)

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The one thing I really missed more than anything, was the CD case. Getting just a thin piece of paper with a code on was just not for me. I get it; many do not use CDs anymore, but I still do, and it has been a long tradition here, listening to it the very moment we get it. But having to log in, download, do the whole computer thing, means, we have not even listened to it. (We probably can’t access it yet either)

I miss the artbook a lot too, but I look forward to read the stories on my couch instead of online. There’s just something about sitting with a real book.

I did scout the box for the name of Russell Brower, and it is there, but maybe it is an honorable mention. I have not found anything with his name on yet, but granted, I have not listened to the music either.

Overall, you can certainly get the “quality item feel” when you unbox this. The coin is heavy, shines a tad less than what I saw on other images though, but that’s not nessesarily a bad thing. The stand is made of plastic, I tried to show that on the image above, but it’s alright.


 

PS. Did I just have a Saurfang/Sylvanas/random encounter to change my mind – moment?

 


 

Wishing you all a sassy Sunday πŸ™‚

 

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30 thoughts on “Thank you to the Tauren in my grocery store…

  1. Your ‘zappyboi’ was one of our own. Another faction yes but still a druid first. I really enjoyed your whole description of the encounter. πŸ™‚

    Very glad to hear you got some of your hype back. I know you love the stories and there appear to be some wonderful ones incoming. Not to mention some of the most beautiful zones yet to be explored and with this being two sea faring peoples one would hope many things hidden beneath the waves.

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  2. That was a wonderful encounter in the store. As you say, in the aulden days (relatively speaking), druids had a special bond across factions. At least on pve realm. It was the least played class, and I for one, often greeted tauren druids whenever I met them.
    I don’t think I have any of the old cds or boxes of WoW left. I do have a box somewhere with a few older games, like Warcraft 2. Even a Pathway to Darkness on floppies.
    I also prefer books on paper. πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, how wonderful! Druids *do* have a special bond, whatever their race and faction. I’m glad that some of your enthusiasm for the game has been restored by a fellow player, even if the devs are still leaving you unhappy.

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    1. Yes, it’s so sweet. Thank you, me too. Yeah. It’s my own personal challenge; focus on what I want out of it, that is within reach, and not on what I wish was different.

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  4. I hope that you have fun in BFA. Not everything can be a home run but I like to see a game developer think a little outside the box and I’m excited to see where the story goes. I’m thinking that it will be above and beyond all predictions that I’ve heard.

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    1. Hey – And thank you for stopping by, I have not seen you around here before! πŸ™‚ Me too. Oh, would you mind sharding the predictions? Any one of those you see happening? πŸ™‚

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      1. I think that there is a reason that sylvannas burnt the world tree beyond what the store has shown. Her other actions do not scream impulse control to me. And I think that she is being methodical and is unearthing some sort of power that she will use later this expansion.

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      2. I hear what you are saying on that. I am intrigued to find out, if her intentions are relate-able (is that a word in English?) Interesting times for sure.

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  5. That was a fun encounter! I’ve only ever had one out of game encounter, wish I had more!

    I was sitting at a burger king trying to convince my brothers to play a goblin with me as cataclysm was nearing release. I was excited because I could finally play a short race on the horde. One of the employees was near us cleaning tables for the evening. And when he finished his work he left to go home. As he passed by our table he just yelled out alliance rules! And kept moving. I was so stunned by having and encounter I couldn’t even speak up to say I was alliance as well!

    Also love your box collection! But your cataclysm and pandaria boxes appear to have switched places.

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    1. Haha, that was fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚ My goodness, it would appear so! Thank you for pointing that out, that must be taken care of straight away!

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  6. This is such a great story! The exact opposite of the silly faction advertisements Blizz made up. Your bond as druids is so much better than faction pride. I’m glad you had this fun encounter and it helped you find some of your expansion hype again!

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  7. Hey Alunaria. Sorry I haven’t been around the last few weeks. I normally like to hang around your blog for the light, positive environment. But when all there was to talk about for a while was Teldrassil, I didn’t know what to say. It was so alien to feel such a great feeling of loss within the game. Thankfully it’s mostly in the past now and we can move on.

    That’s awesome you had an encounter like that at the store! Just today I was getting grociers and I started talking with the checker. We got on the subject of WoW, but as soon as I mentioned it she gave me one of those negative half-smiles. Kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. Wish I could’ve shouted “For the Alliance!”. πŸ˜€

    Those photoes are awesome, especially the one with all 8 collector’s editions lined up! That’s so awesome that they’re all the same design.

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    1. Hey Zeshio – what a joy to hear from you πŸ™‚ How are you doing? Enjoying BfA? πŸ™‚

      Don’t worry, I figured that too – it was not the most joyful time at all indeed, and it is a huge shame, how it “put a lid on” the hype for BfA for me.

      But exactly, onwards. πŸ™‚

      I know! Hah, yeah? Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Darn, I would have loved to hear a worgen roar “For the Alliance!” πŸ˜€ I’d totally highfive you if I met you and you did that.

      Thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah, they do look good together – most of them are second hand though, actually. And a mix of mine and hubbys too, heh πŸ™‚

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  8. That was an awesome story – there are a lot of people out there that are closet players too – my neighbor and I have this thing going where we will talk about the game and laugh about it, however, he plays primarily Alliance and most of my characters are Horde – go figure. πŸ˜€

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  9. I’ve had encounters like that myself! Seeing all your CE boxes side by side…goals. I didn’t end up buying this expac’s collector’s edition because it didn’t include the usual items and I’ve taken a break from the game. Also I was looking for Brower’s name on the OST (online) myself, but it doesn’t seem like he’s on there ): He’s one of my favourite composers. How are you liking the game so far? Do you feel the collector’s ed. is worth it?

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    1. You did? How cool!

      Aw, don’t feel too bad about that; Almost all of my CE boxes are actually used, me and hubby bought them secondhand. We didn’t care too much about the in game items; but the physical book and CD etc. – we simply had to have.

      You did, really? Aw, so nice to hear that, I am sure Russell Brower would appreciate it. No, he is not involved in BfA indeed; I recently read up on it, and the reason his name is listed on my Soundtrack-key is probably, that his music is still around in BfA, and has to be creditted for that, I imagine. If that makes sense.

      He is in the process of creating music for Myst25 though πŸ™‚ https://twitter.com/russell_brower/status/994317134208516096 – And on tour with Video Games Live atm, in China. But it must be a little..I don’t know which word to use; tough? To play music from BfA, that is not his own 😦

      I entirely understand, why you did not purchase the Collector’s Edition from BfA. That missing Soundtrack was a huge let down for me. The tracks just sit on my computer atm, since I do not have a CD burner :/ But, oh well. I did like the novella Elegy though, and can highly recommend that πŸ™‚ The Collector’s Edition was underwhelming for sure, if you are into that physical CD and artbook, but the coin, of course, is quite cool to have on display, and I like the idea of a specific “token” from each expansion era.

      I’m liking the game a lot πŸ™‚ I do think I feel as if my character is living in a bubble on Kul Tiras at the moment though – without any Night Elves or mentioning of the Burning of Teldrassil, but I am hoping for that story to continue soon.

      How about you?

      Sorry, that became a lengthy response πŸ™‚

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      1. Once I have the time and $$ to spend, I’m definitely buying the next expac. WoW is just one of those games I can’t NOT play. I can’t wait to experience the new expac but I am honestly very very upset about Teldrassil and Sylvanas (she should have been gone a long time ago, BUT THAT’S ANOTHER STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY lol). I still keep up with the lore although I don’t play.

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      2. Ah, alright. I understand.

        I too, am very upset about Teldrassil and Sylvanas. I’m not sure what side you play on, Horde or Alliance, or what is the cause of it upsetting you, but perhaps these posts might help on the progress:

        https://alunaria.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/when-there-are-no-words/

        https://alunaria.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/war-of-the-thorns-astranaar/

        https://alunaria.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/war-of-thorns-chapter-2-arriving-in-stormwind/

        https://alunaria.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/war-of-the-thorns-when-the-story-of-a-game-is-not-in-it/

        https://alunaria.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/war-of-the-thorns-tyrande/

        https://alunaria.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/war-of-the-thorns-the-burning-of-teldrassil/

        Again; I do not know why you feel the way you do – I can just show and tell how I feel πŸ™‚ I am very interested to hear your view on that – and that story for another day you mention πŸ™‚

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      3. Me too. Me too. Very, very sad. It is my hope, we will see it rebuild one way or another. I think Blizzard wanted this impact to be enormous; to make us feel very emotional and involved, so once we do see a rebuild or new Night Elven themed city, we will be just as overwhelmed, but this time, in a positive way instead.

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