The Cod Squad: Dungeon Team for All

Well.  As we are sitting around waiting for the Wow 7.1 patch to drop.  Now is a perfect time for me to talk about / complete my thoughts about The Cod Squad.

Who we are:

The Cod Squad is a group / dungeon running team that will be running in Legion and beyond.  Our team is based off of a couple of principles:

  • This group is for everyone.  From “beginners” to “experts”
  • We will wipe, we will try again, we will win
  • Positivity and friendships are required

This group is not just about completing Mythics and Mythic+ dungeons.  This group is about enjoying dungeons, group content and other activities with friends.  Nothing is as awesome as killing internet dragons with your friends.  Nothing feels as empty as joining a random dungeon and having a great run…but then just looting the last boss and dropping group.  I want to put back the feels into running dungeons.  We also make some promises:

  • We will never ask you to change your class or spec
  • We will never link DPS logs in runs
  • We will never link HPS logs in runs
  • We will never say “You can’t”
  • You will never get yelled at
  • You will never be asked about your iLevel
  • You will never be told you cannot go based on ranged / melee

I promise you that if I hear of any of this happening…it will be stopped immediate and the member who violated to rule talked with.

Requirements to join:

Right now The Cod Squad is up in running on Aerie Peak server as a part of the Convert to Raid Guild.  The best thing about my group is that you DO NOT have to server transfer.  Everything can be run though using people’s Real ID’s.  Right now we are an Alliance based guild but we will be getting the horde side of the house up and running soon.  Here are the requirements to join:

  • Have a max level toon
  • Be willing to learn
  • Have Discord (Mic recommended)

That’s it.  No silly ilevel requirements, no DPS requirements, heal requirements, etc.  This group is for everyone!  We want to help you with your group content needs!  There are also no time requirements.  You do not have to sign up for times to do activities. You are not obligated to do X amount of runs in Y time.  We run when you need us.  Now…that doesn’t mean we run 24/7….but we can usually get someone into runs pretty quickly.  As we grow…so do the times we run.  But I expect that after spending some time with us…you will want to keep doing things with us.

How to Join:

There are a couple of ways to get yourself into our great group…and it all starts with having a small conversation with me.  Here are the many ways to get in touch with me:

  • Real ID:  Captcodfish#1784
  • Twitter: @gamingwithcod
  • Discord:  CaptainCodfish#4029

Every member of my team gets a one-on-one with me so I can make sure we are on the same page.  I like talking with people and hearing people get excited about what we are doing.  I like to keep this personal touch….I think it helps people feel like we are more friendly / more like a home than a group of randoms.  At the end of the meeting I welcome you to our family.

Cod Squad Goals:

I have set some personal goals for our team.  Some that are really hard and some that are pretty easy.  For Legion here are a couple of major goals:

  • To become the preferred method of finding Mythic and Mythic + dungeons
  • To help people with any group content (WQ, Profession quest, Artifact, etc )
  • To help people get attuned for Karazhan
  • To help people experience Karazhan in a positive environment

Those are some of the major goals we are trying to complete.  I also will spend as much time as I can recruiting, reaching out and talking with people who feel like they cannot find groups for dungeon content.  I truly believe in leave no player behind.  No…we may not be running +5 +6 +7 runs right now….but we will make sure that everyone has a change to experience end game dungeon content.

 

So.  Raiders, non raiders, beginners, experts, anyone who wants to belong to a family style dungeon running group….we are here.  I also have some videos of our runs up on my Twitch channel:  https://www.twitch.tv/captain_codfish/manager/past_broadcasts  This will allow you to see if I / we would be a good fit with your play-style.  If there are any questions please let me know.  I would love to see you in the squad!  #Leavenogamerbehind #Makemythicsgreatagain  #TheCodSquad

 

Almost time….

Well guys. Last weekend before Legion and boy is there still a lot to do. Profession matching, weak aura configs, leveling orders….smells like new expansion to me!
 
First thing first. Please be careful and responsible on launch night. I don’t need any of my friends ending up in the ER because they didn’t take care of themselves.  Stay hydrated and eat some foodz!
 
So. Now my plans. Well….I plan on being up for launch (3am EST) and going until I pass out. Here is the fun part….I will probably be streaming the whole thing. So if you are interested in some crazy commentary…deaths….and mountain dew chugging….come on by. (https://www.twitch.tv/captain_codfish)
 
The Leveling Plan
First thing I will do is to log into every character I have to get them rolling on that sweet rested exp! After that…..Warrior is the main at the moment. So leveling will go:
 
Warrior – Alliance – aerie peak (Raid toon for right now)
DK – Alliance – aerie peak
DH – Horde – Area 52
DH – Alliance – aerie peak
DK – Horde – Area 52
Druid – Alliance – aerie peak
 
These in my opinion are the must have characters up and running before mythic+ launches.

 

The Cod Squad?

Now. As for the Cod Squad dungeon team. I did get some people interested…but not nearly in the capacity that I thought. I guess the big thing for me was I was pushing Mythic+ as an endgame path…and most people still don’t know it exist. I have spent well over 10 hours explaining the system and how it is beneficial to both raiders and non-raiders (i refuse to use the term casuals). So what I am going to do is simply tell people to add me on battle.net and if you need a run…just send me a tell. As we get closer to Mythic+….if people want a consistent team…I can do that also.
 
I kind of feel like this is my failure though. I feel like I personally could have done a better job of explaining what the system was, how it works, who could benefit, etc.  Instead…I spent time fighting the stigma that the system was an end game for all and getting a small subset of people to consider it as one.  This is my failure.  If I had it all over to do again…I would have created some videos and talked though it all.  You live, you learn right?

More Streams!

I will, however, be streaming more this expansion.  Letting people know how I like to play the game.  I like to have fun, I like to teach, I like to talk to people (and myself), I just want to enjoy the game….and Legion has tons of fun in it.  I want to stream our dungeon runs also….maybe put them out on Youtube….just throwing ideas out there (maybe without the cam because reasons).

The inevitable- “The mute”

Of course…as any excited person would….I will be sharing a lot of stuff on my twitter.  And I am sure that tons of people will mute me over the next couple of days (during launch)…sorry.  To be honest…this is the most excited I have been over an expansion ever.  I want to share pics of gear, achievements, screenshots of what I am doing.  I feel that now that the expansion is here…I shouldn’t have to setup special hashtags so people can mute me right?  Would love to hear peoples feedback on that.

It’s your game!

Ok.  Its your game.  Game how you want, when you want, however you can.  No one can tell you how to enjoy this expansion.  As always, do whatever makes you happy!  Gaming should be fun and you should enjoy every minute of it.  Forget the people who make you think that “you are the problem” or “your type of player don’t matter”…that’s just internet banter.  You do you….and have fun doing it!  I hope everyone has an amazing launch…and if you ever need me…just message me. I also open up my discord if anyone just wants to chat…because I truly believe that nothing is as fun as killing internet dragons with friends over the internet!

Tuesday we dine on Legion blood!

 

Thank you

It has been a crazy 24 hours for Codfish.  I was on a podcast and I also got my twitter / twitch banner updated.  It is so funny how little things like that can make you feel so good.  So I wanted to take the time to thank @Leeta and @ash for all of the love.  Words can’t describe the renewed vigor I have now to be a better person.

I also have to thank my friends at the Convert to Raid guild.  They are an amazing group of people and gamers.  If you are looking for an amazing Alliance community…you should check them out.  They are also looking for people to back their Blizzcon party.  If interested you can check our their kickstarter .

Lastly,  Thanks to everyone else who has been checking on me and Mrs.Codfish .  It really helped me stay sane and helped her get better.  You guys are the real MVP!

 

 

Opinions…

Well.  Today was starting off to be a good day.  I wrote my morning post, people were responding…things were good.  And then I started looking at the post that I had missed….ouch.  Which brings me back to…. Can’t we all have opinions?

Now trust me…I get called out by most people for not allowing people to have opinions.  The truth of the matter is…I just cant say what I want in 140 characters.  I mean…I can use tweetlonger or another program to show that I support the opinion but have questions…but who would read it?  But I never stomp on someone’s opinion.  I love to have open dialog about things….heck…i’m willing to talk to people via Discord, TS and mumble just so they know I’m being sincere.

I mean….isn’t social media a place for us to talk about what we want?  How is it any of our business to tell someone how they feel about something…especially in gaming.  Everyone games differently.  I know how I game…which is nowhere near how Penny, Jeff, Bob and Barbra play…but I am not going to say they are wrong.  But yet….let someone give their opinion about something and watch the subtweets fly.  Come on guys….we are grown-ups right?

Funny I am publishing this today….the day when the masses from Wow’s PVP section will be having a roast of Brian Holinka on the QA Livestream.  My ask is that you respect people’s opinions.  You may not agree…but don’t poop on someone else’s yard.  And remember…you can always mute / unfriend someone if you must.  But again….this is all just my opinion.

 

To be or not to be…. accepted

Well.  I promised everyone I would write this…so here it is.  Mostly I needed to write this because I think it is important for me to get out some feelings that I have been suppressing over the past couple of months.  And yes…I am posting this on  for a reason.

Regardless of what people say….everyone wants to be accepted.  It can be as simple as being accepted as a human, a nice person, a fish, etc.  There is some need for validation…a need to feel like we are in fact worth something and maybe even be a part of something.  Some people need it more than others.  I personally do not have much self worth…actually about none.  I have been yelled at, abused, crapped on and generally used and thrown away my whole life by people who are my “friends”.  Heck…I still wonder what are friends some days.

So when I created this Captain Codfish account…I wanted to use it to be myself.  To show people that there can be a positive gamer out there that really wants to help.  To open myself up to help others as much as I can….to promote positive gaming in an area that really needs it.  And of course…as many people can imagine…it didn’t go over so well.  DM’s came in abundance from people saying I was a fake…a phony.  I needed to drop the act…even to the point where people make fake accounts to attack me.  But as much as that sucked…and hurt me as a person…I felt like I was going good.  I felt like I was finding my place…I was making a difference.  Then…I made a mistake.

First off…I’m sorry as the biebs says.

A couple of months ago I hit my milestone of 1,000 followers.  I never thought I would get over 100 honestly.  It was such a great time for me / us.  Could it be that so many people actually enjoyed my commentary and views on stuff?  Could the world be in love with a Codfish that captains a fictitious  ship that spreads positivity?  My heart was so full.  I started to think what else could I do…I had so much momentum!  Well, one day I got a DM from someone that has followed me for a long long time.  We started having conversations about how I could take the next step.  What I needed to do to become accepted as a “positive force in gaming”.  As you can imagine I got pretty excited about this.  As the conversation progressed I was told I needed to make some slight changes to my tweeting habits.  So I gave it a whirl.  I changed the way I was tweeting…I didnt tweet about certain things…I felt…robotic.  One of the biggest changes was to stop doing my #FF’s because it was not what other people did.  I was being told to fit the mold instead of being myself.  But my reward was to be supported by groups of people and to open doors for possible sponsorship / tons of streaming support and visibility.

Here are some of the other things:

  1. Stop interacting with X and Y person because they are horrible people.
  2. Start streaming 5-7 times a week and use certain buzz words.
  3. Follow these 3-5 accounts and interact with them daily.
  4. Stop being so personable, make general statements.
  5. Start playing other games because Wow is stupid. 

 

The sad part about this was…I felt like tweeting was a job.  I felt disconnected from people…I felt Alone. People just stopped talking to me…it was different.  There were days when I would tweet just to make sure I filled out a checkbox.  I made sure I was being as close to X and Y twitter account because they were accepted…and if I followed suit…I would be embraced as “one of the team”.  I actually thought about killing my twitter account one day.  Yes…it was that bad.  When I reached back out to my friend for advice…I was asked… “Do you want to fit in or not?”

Answer: Nah to the ah to the no, no, no!

If “fitting in” or “being accepted” means I need to change myself and how I interact with people….it is not worth it.  So with that I am guaranteed to be an outcast in the good ole boy network.  And you know what….I am ok with that.  I have interacted with so many people over the past year or so…some people that I would hope would consider me a friend.  I can’t just throw all of that away.  I love what I do / did and I want to get back to that.  So I guess if I cant be “famous and accepted” I can be myself and liked for who I am and not some parody account.  Like JT says:  I got that sunshine in my pocket Got that good soul in my feet….

 

So whats next for me?  Who knows.  I do know…however that I am going to keep being me and telling everyone how I feel.  Yes…I tweet things without thinking.  Yes I tell people how I really feel about them.  Yes I wear my heart on my sleeve.  I don’t think these are bad things.  I’m also the person who would bend over backwards to do anything for you if I could.  I believe if you write with love in your heart…nothing can be wrong with it.

Stevie Wonder says:

Did you know that true love asks for nothing
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day

So Happy National Best Friends day guys.  I’m always around if you need me. Sorry for losing myself for a bit…but sometimes you dont know what you got…until its gone.  So lets do great things together.  Let seize the day!

 

Lastly…I think this is so fitting for us….gamers…gaming communities….everyone!

 

 

 

 

This is me. Take me or Leave me

Well…it didn’t take long for me to finally have that one conversation that forced me to write this post.  This is not a bad thing…actually it is quite freeing.  Finally I get to write what I have been keeping in my mind for so long.  So…buckle up…this will be a long post.  Also…I know you are wondering…and yes my title is referring to the song from Rent (Link here) ***Special note…these are my feeling…my ideas…my opinions.

Background

I have been playing Wow (on and off) since launch.  I started on a PVP server (Stormreaver I think) and got ganked as soon as I ventured out into Darkshore.  It was a fun feeling but man I felt like that was unfair.  So…I packed up and went to a PVE server (after reading about the difference between the two).  After landing on a PVE server I took my time and leveled up to 60.  I played a warrior.  Me and my warrior had so much fun leveling, but I wanted to try tanking.  My first instance was Lower Blackrock Spire.  I went into the instance with a two handed sword and got laughed at.  After leaving the instance I went and bought a one -hander and a shield and started leveling my weapon skills (if you remember those).

While I was having so much fun leveling up the skills…I rolled a druid.  A class that can shape-shift…awesome.  Next thing I know….I am at max level and had little to no interest in tanking any longer…I wanted to heal.  I decided to heal a couple of  instances and I had so much fun.  So much fun that I decided to try something called progression raiding.  I started raiding about 4-5 hours a night for 3-4 nights.  We raided things like MC, etc.  It was fun.  I thought I had finally found my niche.

Well….I found me a pretty lady and my priorities changed.  No more late night raids….just leveling toons.  Remember these were times before LFR…so raiding was off for me during BC.  I spent time leveling and just running dungeons.  It may not have been the most fun…but it kept me interested in the game.  Now…in a blink of an eye…the WOTLK expansion was being teased….maybe I could find something called a casual guild?

When WOTLK dropped I decided to play a hunter.  I thought they were really cool and I like the pets.  I remember rushing through the content just to get working on heroics.  Those DPS queues…ick.  Well…then we started raiding.  We raided 3 times a week for 2 hours a night.  It was amazing.  Wife was happy….I was happy…and I felt needed.  One night the raid leader asked me in vent to level up my druid and play balance for them.  I was so excited because I felt needed.  Once I got my boomkin up to speed…we were rushing through TOGC, Naxx, LK.  It really was the sweet spot in Wow gaming for me.

Well….Not really much to say about Cata and Mop.  Things just fell apart.  Cata was the destroyer of all casual raid guilds (generalization) and Mop (with the inclusion of LFR) saw most causals just stop raiding normal.  I found myself looking at all sort of guilds for WoD.  Casual, hardcore, alt runs, etc.  Anything to find a place to call my home.

This just about gets us to now.  I finally found a guild….a place…a home…but what exactly does that mean?  It seems that true happiness, at least for me, comes at a price.  I found a great group of people to play with…but not raid….really to do nothing with.  There, of course, are tons of raid groups out there…but since I am so far behind there is no reason to stress raiding now.  So I spend my time leveling alts and listening to music.  So yes….I am a silly casual looking for casual people like myself.

3-16-2016 ( The tipping point)

As most of you already know…I am a pretty positive person.  I give people warm thoughts and hugs when needed…I’m just “there”.  Today was not an exception to the rule.  I woke up…did my morning rituals…things were fine.  I logged into my normal wow streamers and watched gameplay….but something was off.  One of the major streamers made a comment.  This comment proceeded to trigger me like I have never been triggered before.  This brings us to what happened on twitter today.  A comment was made about the few amount of people that were on the alpha server.  Of course….when you have thousands of people watching your stream you are just begging people to react (see reactions to water striders and haste “removal”).  And that is exactly why I got triggered today.

So…as a triggered scorned Wow player….I gave into the rage.  I wrote some tweets today that may have been “not me” but I am glad I wrote them (maybe should have used some different words though).  Look.  Blizzard has their own way of doing things…and that is ok….I don’t have to like them.  I can have opinions…I can voice displeasure.  Now…I will be a big boy and back my ideas up.  If you remember I wrote in a previous blog about the perceived groupings of wow players (Just some feelings.)…and I believe these exist and are causing an irreversible rift between players.

Today was a great example.  After making some points earlier, the Mythic raiders vs Casual comment came up.  Now…if you have been around for awhile….you probably have heard this debate / conversation about a hundred times.  But the simple fact that this conversation is one of the first things that comes up shows us it is on people’s minds.  Lets be honest….the divide is there….but there is nothing “wrong” with it if it is taken care of and no special treatment is shown.  At a glance you can look at how Blizzard has handled their Legion Alpha and see there seems to be some special treatment…which causes this divide to grow.

When alpha was announced we had information from multiple 13/13M guilds saying they got into the beta.  Now…there is nothing wrong with that.  I understand that these guys need to get in and start testing, etc.  They are the unofficial best of the best according to Blizzard.  What was interesting was it wasn’t just the raiders…it was the whole guilds who were getting in.  Interesting.  We also saw a whole bunch of people who had their accounts lapse get invited…which I still scratch my head about.  If a person isn’t actively playing your game why would you invite them to alpha?  Maybe to entice them to come back?  Who knows.  Now…these were not the only people who got in…there were some random people who got access and another up-in-coming group known as the content creators / Friends and Family.

Now…I understand Wow has a list of F&F that get invited to almost everything..most companies do.  I rather not mention names because I see how they react to anything written about them on a daily basis.  I do, however, wish that these F&F guys were put under a strict NDA.  I mentioned before about the haste “removal” earlier.  One F&F streamer got his stream so upset about the changes that they started going to twitter and actively tweeted at the devs.  Had this mob had waited about 30 mins….the misinformation was explained and cooler heads prevailed.  This….This is why we cannot have nice things.  The same people who call others phlebs, casuals, etc….this cult / mob mentality stems from these privileged F&F’ers (Friends and Family and not F’ers like the cuss word).

There is no way to stop this.  This gap exist.  No one can fix it….it is there and will remain.  The question really is…how do we keep this from growing?  How do we keep blow ups on twitter from happen regarding this topic?  I believe the answer is open communication.  Tell us how you invited people, tell us who your friends and family are, be open with your intentions.  If not…then lock all of this information away from the general public and NDA everything until open beta.  If not…you will have situations like today where a streamer complained that there were only a couple people on….while he had 4,000 people begging for access.  Stop shooting yourself in the foot Blizz….you don’t owe us anything.  Also…please stop with the “its just Alpha” talk….because we know that is farther from the truth.  Blizzard puts out their Beta when its like 90% done….and only need small changes.

Lastly, I am human. I feel and bleed just like the rest of you.  Yes I put my heart on my sleeve but damn I love Wow.  I will play it until they shutdown the servers….it is my passion.  Please don’t ever question my loyal to the people playing the game or the game itself.  I am passionate about my gaming and feel it is necessary to talk about what is happening with the Wow community.  Understand I am not calling anyone out….I am simply making observations and trying to set some boundaries.

TLDR

TLDR:  I have been playing this game a long time.  I love this game…I love you all….but if you cannot accept that I will have opinions and am willing to fight for what I believe…then look elsewhere.  I do not fling hate towards anyone but I cannot stand the divisions the Wow players have been separated into. To anyone who felt offended…sorry.  To anyone who think I took it too far today….sorry.  But I am not sorry for what I said…and am not sorry for what I believe.  Please respect my opinions and ideas just like I respect yours.

 

Just some feelings….

I wrote this in response to one of my buddies who wrote this wonderful piece:   https://marathalbt.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/thoughts-on-alphabeta/

I though it would be cool to share my responses on both his page and mine.

My response:

I find myself so torn on this. So let me bite off little pieces. Again…these are all my opinions and no maliciousness is meant.

Blizzards outsourcing:

To a point I agree. They put the information out there so people can data mine and pick apart the alpha / beta / notes etc. As you say…you dont have to look at it. But Blizzard uses these sites now as a marketing source. I think they are doing a great job of causing a buzz about the games (both positive and negative). I get people do not want to be spoiled….but sadly…no way around this one. Sadly we are too entitled of a community to have it any other way.

Player advantage:

I get the feeling that alpha / beta people have an advantage because they get to play months ahead of time…but is that really true? There seems to be this underlying idea that everyone has a chance to be world first…which is farther from the truth. I am sure there is a method (see what I did there) to the madness but its not like they are getting months of practice over others. Also, if someone feels so inclined they can always watch the streams of these guys trying strats, etc.
I would love to see the % of people who actually complete / compete for world first. I cannot imagine it is a huge percentage of players. Also remember that World / server first are almost meaningless now. It is not like it is an E-sport. One thing to remember….this is the biggest overhaul that Blizzard has had to implement….so I understand the months upon months of testing needed. Just for a quick count: Artifacts, PVP changes, New Class, Class overhauls, Class orders.

Feedback and burn out:

I watch a lot of streamers…a lot. Some who play alpha ~ 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I still do not understand this idea of burn out? You have access to test classes… which is what you should be doing. 12 classes – Artifact quest – Artifact leveling- leveling – dungeons – Do feedback on forums….there is a ton of stuff to be tested. Honestly…if someone is burning out…then they are not a good person to do testing. Lets remember that Alpha testing should be used for reporting bugs and not blazing through content to see how fast you can get through. Which…if I may say….is the problem with how Blizzard does their testing…but that is another long conversation. Anyway….if someone is burning out…they are doing it wrong.

As for people asking for new content quicker….blizzard (until Legion) states that Mythic raiding is the end game….if you are 13/13M….you have a right to say you are bored…anything else…your just going to have to wait. IMO.

Destroying the game?:

I would love to hear more how you think boost are destroying the game. I mean a person could just boost 11-12 characters and wait for the xpac…but that doesn’t teach them anything. Its also not like you can boost to the latest level until later in the xpac….so I have no problem with people needing to have another option if they cannot level traditionally.

Now…how do I feel:

Lets call it what it is. Wow has one of the most entitled communities out of all the MMO’s out there. Sadly…nothing we can really do at this point. Blizzard has already gone down a slippery path that has lead us to these type of conversations. We find ourselves separating into three types of groups: Raiders and Hardcore , Casuals, others.

Hardcore and raiders are finding any way to get ahead. Spoilers, data mining, theory crafting, videos, streams, etc. Their job is to pound through leveling…get to max level and start raiding ASAP. Also known as the people who barely interact with others and set the unreachable / insane ilevels for groups, etc. Only the best of the best play here…but only with themselves. End goals are Mythics or bust.

Casuals love the game but only as long as it is feasible for them. If the content gets too hard…they do other things. If the content is too easy…they repeat until they burn out then move on. Casuals love the game and love doing things with other casuals. Some raiding…but not much more than Heroics. They generally stay away from spoilers and only “cheat” when needed. Referred to as plebs by the raiders and hardcore guys.

Now the others. The special unicorns of wow. These people love to do everything in game especially the things that most people forget about. PVP / Alts / Pet battles / mount farming / old raids/ etc. They play with others when needed and stay away from the hardcore raiders. Great group of people….love the game….friendly….what I consider the great players of wow. I term them the Golden Girls (and guys).

Ok Cod…whats the point? They point here is…it is a lose…lose…lose situation for Blizzard. Keep alpha and beta NDA’ed….no hype about the next expansion, limited community feedback and people will slowly die off with no news. Make alpha and beta non-NDA….everyone and their mother is data-mining and getting all the information before the xpac launches….many upset people but better community feedback. There is a third option: Forget the testing and just push the button. Quality takes a hit but everyone is truly on equal footing…. 99.9% do not want this.

So lets just open up this conversation….what do you do? You are going to get at least one of the major category of players mad at you….which one do you upset? In a situation where it cannot go both ways…you must choose your own adventure (demise) here.

TLDR version: Generally speaking we are an entitled group that will always find something to complain about but yet we keep coming back over and over. Even though I do not agree with a 9-10 month alpha / beta…..it is well needed for all of these changes. Spoilers will always exist and I don’t believe boost this late in an expansion is a horrible thing.

Sundays….

Well….here we are…the end of the weekend.  For the past couple of months Mrs.Cod and I have been getting brunch together with the moms…it is fun!  Afterward we come home and do some housework / homework and then relax until The Walking Dead.  After the Walking Dead it is a couple of episodes of Forensic Files and off to bed.

Now…I have to tell you I have a secret love….and that is music!  I literally listen to music as much as I can.  Currently as I am writing this post I am listening to Hall and Oates….so good!  Sundays are a great day to just turn up the music and chill.  Like Wow and Chill.

What do you guys like to do before the weekend ends?  Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down?

Time to take some big steps

Well.  I think it is time for me to up my game a bit.  I know that a lot of you know me as being the guy on twitter that just says nice things….but there is more than that.  I decided that I wanted to get my own discord server.  I want to use this as a way that people can come and talk about whatever they want…with no fear of backlash or hatred.  I know…I know…that doesn’t sound appealing…but sometimes people just need a place they can talk.  Maybe it becomes a bust….but I hope people that I know and have become friends with on twitter will come and talk about whatever.  I know it doesn’t have to be said…but everyone is welcome.  No discrimination is allowed…consider it a safe harbor discord.

Another big step I took this week was deciding what I want to do in Wow.  After beating myself up about how I game and trying to figure how I fit in…I decided that I am going to play the way I want.  In Legion I will be leveling two characters.  One will be a druid….one will be a plate class.  My joy in gaming comes from helping others.  Not raiding….not pet battles….its doing whatever I can to help others.  With that being said…I try to tank dungeons for as many people as I can.  It is what I do.  I love it.  It helps other people…and that is where my joy comes from.  Sad….maybe…but you know what…I am not a mythic raider, nor do I have the time to become one.  So here is my open invitation….add me on battletag and I will run ANYONE through dungeons (Alliance toons get leveled first, then Horde).

Well…I will be spending a lot of time this week leveling up my last alt on Aerie Peak…and will move to another server to level my horde toons (if any Horde guys need / want a casual tank let me know).  I also have a couple of appointments for my back…so I will be around…just maybe away from twitter a couple of hours this week.