Talk of the next Warcraft expansion began in the summer, even before the launch of Tomb of Sargeras. Recently, it has taken on a life of its own post-BlizzCon and with the recent information found on Allied Races on the 7.3.5 PTR. I have been making some wild claims on Twitter since early July regarding the new expansion. The time has finally come to centralize those thoughts (and tweets) to see where I stand.
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Far too long between round-ups, but here we are. Two months since the last Sunday Morning Links. I knew an infant would mess with my schedule but not to this extent. Fun Fact: It took 9 hours for me to complete my Travel post on Friday.
Now… To Links!
Eyes and Ears
Podcast: The Couragecast from Andrea Crisp | Episode 10 features my boss, and wife, Kyla Roma. Kyla speaks on how she has adapted to life with GAD, Depression, and Bi-polar II all while building a business that supports our family and lifestyle. I am so proud of her strength, resilience, and heart.
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I first adopted Minimalist Travel techniques while working as a sales rep for Staples. My role had me traveling at least once a month by plane to either Toronto or Thunder Bay. Since time is money, the less time spent at the airport, the better. Waiting for baggage was a waste of time. This is how I first started traveling carry-on only.
While carry-on worked for business, it took me a few more years to adopt it for personal travel. After a trip to Boston in 2014, where we almost couldn’t get home due to the amount of stuff we had, I realized I never wanted to be a slave to my bags again. For the three week trip Kyla and I took to Europe the following year, we scrutinized every last thing we packed and made carry-on only work. Seven trips later, we still haven’t checked a bag. This includes our trip most recent trip in August to Ontario with Devlin.
When I originally began the Minimalist Gamer idea in February, one of the criteria I set was Be Streamable. Until recently, this was the only item I was not living up to with the project. Adjusting to life with an infant did change my gaming habits. Spending most of my day carrying Devlin meant certain games (Overwatch) were not able to be played. This should not have stopped me from fulfilling the streaming portion, but, for some reason it did.
In September, I decided to commit to Twitch.
Continue reading “Just Start! A look back at 30 straight days on Twitch”
On Monday, I shared how to streamline the leveling process post 7.2.5. This post was written before the news of 7.3 catch-up mechanics and remains relevant until it is released.
Congratulations on hitting 110! Now, what?
At this moment you’ve either just finished or in the middle of completing a Legion assault. Before you do anything else, learn Artifact Knowledge rank 40 (AK40). If you have not already sent a tome from your main to the alt which just dinged, log out and do this now.
Once you’ve learned AK40, it is time to proceed with the rest of the process.
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My time in Azeroth usually slows during the summer months. Last summer, I had little time to play due to family responsibilities I touched on last week. We also had the tail end of Warlords wearing on everyone and the anticipation of the big push to Legion. This year, however, Devlin significantly altered my ability to play. Being at home almost 24-7, and being awake at all sorts of hours made for a higher chance to log-in, but not necessarily more playtime.
This summer I have been able to do something I have never done less than a year into an expansion – have all my alts at max level. And it wasn’t that hard to do thanks to the Warcraft Minimalism project (Please return to the intro post to understand the how it all started). After the release of 7.2.5 on June 13th added heirlooms up to 110, the process of leveling became a cakewalk.
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Welcome to another installment of Sunday Morning Links!
It is great to be back on the site and updating again. If you haven’t already, please check out Monday’s post. Of course, on my first full week back I lose two days due to a technical issue, but SSL is now working. Hopefully, Google is much friendlier to the site.
Eye and Ears
Presentation: The Four – What To Do \ A brilliant presentation from Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business and Founder of L2, that shares how the traditional rules of business don’t apply to the Big Four (Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and identify ways that brands and companies can fight back.
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A year ago, I dove headfirst into embracing minimalism as a lifestyle.
Kyla’s grandmother passed at the end of June 2016. It blindsided all of us. Less than 24 hours after the ambulance took her to the hospital, she was gone. At that time, I had also recently quit my job of nine years and began to do work with Kyla. Our work together was put on hold for all of July 2016, so I could help prep her grandmother’s house for sale.
As this was happening, I had also recently rediscovered The Minimalists. I had looked at their blog a few times before, but never with any seriousness. It was interesting, but I wasn’t ready for it. Their documentary, Minimalism, had a screening in town a few weeks before the death in the family. I connected with Joshua and Ryan as someone who had quit a corporate job and was looking for something else. Being tasked with cleaning out a house of almost 50 years, made their words even stronger. I would spend my entire time purging, cleaning, and prepping items for sale listening to their podcast. Completely emptying a house in a couple of weeks made me want to do the same to our house and life.
Two weeks after we finished prepping the house for sale, Kyla was pregnant.
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Hi, my name is Jesse, and this is the return of the Sunday Morning Links. Difficult to imagine all the changes in my life that have taken place with the arrival of Devlin in early May. I am excited to be returning to the blog after months away, to start sharing some stories and observations from my first few months as a parent. But first, links to what has kept me occupied while we adapted to life with Devlin.
How I stayed Entertained Links
Game: Horizon Zero Dawn | Being stuck on a couch at 4 am has its benefits – I rediscovered my PS4. So much praise has been lauded on this game and for a good reason – it lives up to all of the hype. I was completely engulfed in the world and with Aloy, the protagonist. It sucked me in so much I am over 100 hours played, and it is the first game I ever 100%. The PlayStation has many solid games, but this experience was worth buying the system. I can’t wait for the DLC to drop later this year.
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Recently, while streaming Warcraft, I was asked a relatively straightforward question:
“How do you still play this game?”
Aside from the obvious answer “I log in,” I was a bit dumbfounded. I had never been asked about my allegiance to World of Warcraft over other Blizzard Games or even other video games in general. The thought of why I still played or cared about an over 12-year-old game, hadn’t crossed my mind. It took me a moment to process, and then it hit me – playing Warcraft pays the bills.
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