December 27, 2008 at 11:52 am (World of Warcraft)

Ok, first the good news.  I have been finding a bit of time to play, and I know have about 5 posts of things that I think will help others out.  In fact, I gave myself all day Monday to play, and went from 76 to 78, finishing my 4th zone: Grizzly Hills.  That not only netted me my Veridian Netherwing back, but also my Roc-Feather Longbow to banish that noisy gun and 2x Fang of Truth which I’m enjoying.

I was also able to finish up my Merrymaker achievement on Christmas day for Wnodis (my warrior).  I then noticed that the gifts had quest (!) this year, so I went over to Z to see if they’d help me towards my long term goal of “The Seeker” (AKA 3000 quests) and sure enough they do.  So I started grabbing the other holiday quests and on my way to discover the meaning of Winterveil for the 4th time, the screen on my laptop suddenly went wonky.

I shutdown, restarted, rolled back, plugged in an external monitor, everything I could think of and it looks like my video card died.  To replace it would cost ~$450, and my computer is 3years old already anyway.  I also noticed while checking the connections to the screen that the bundle of wires was getting rubbed and it actually looked like a few were close to being severed.

Not only did this happen Christmas freaking day, bringing the joy of the season to an abrupt end, but I’m traveling alone for 3-4 days to close on our house next week, and was looking forward to getting to 80 without the guilt of ignoring my family.  Looks like instead I’ll just be relaxing with my DS and a Neil Gaiman Novel.

We went way overboard with spending on Christmas decorating and food this year (we hosted about 20-25 of my family), and none of my other systems are capable of running WoW.  So really, I have no idea when I’ll be able to pick it up again… Hopefully, before the 2 february events.

I guess I’ll let you know when I get back into Azeroth.



  1. Sarai said,

    Serious bummer.
    Hopefully things will work out and you’ll be back online soon.

  2. Mania said,

    Ouch. That really sucks. I hope you can find a solution quickly. In the meantime, let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  3. Znodis said,

    Nothing to do really. Money is coming, but we have to catch up a bit first I think. We did end up with a bit extra as we only lost $18k selling our house instead of the $20k we thought. I’d guess about half of the difference went to our extra activities this year.

    The other half went to a laptop for my wife (actually a gift for both of us because she was constantly wanting to borrow mine) which just barely has the min-specs for WoW now that I look at it.

    I was actually planning to get a new system this next year anyway, but I wanted to save up a bit to get a really nice desktop and have my laptop for backup and portability. Now I’m back to getting a more expensive laptop again since I’ve found I really like that portability over shiny game settings. I might just do the no-interest financing that Dell does sometimes.

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