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Ironyca:

Kamalia (et Alia!) has shared with us her impressive wardrobe spread across an equally impressive list of alts. For all the mage-fans, Kamalia certainly has you covered – her mage-alts spanning all races! … well, except tauren.

Originally posted on Kamalia et alia:

With the Mogolympics over, it was time to start posting my “Things my Characters Wear” series. I thought about doing one a day, then decided to do them in groups so that they’d all be up before the Theramore event begins next week.

Here’s the complete list, in case you missed any in the flurry:

Mages: Human and Forsaken
Mages: Sin’dorei and Kaldorei
Mages: Draenei and Troll
Mages: Gnome and Goblin
Mages: Dwarf and Orc
Mages: Worgen and Pandaren
Warlock
Priests
Bankers
Druid (Caster)
Rogue & Druid (Melee)
Hunters
Shamans
Death Knight
Warriors
Paladins
Monk (coming soon!)

All of these posts are listed on my main Fashion page. When I update one of these posts with a new outfit, I’ll edit its annotation and bring it to the top of the list.

I’ll probably still write full posts about outfits I’m really excited about, but I may not…

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WoW Factor on Home Realm – WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR???

This Sunday the WoW Factor is going to the home realm of Noelani and I, Argent Dawn EU.

BUT WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR???

I’m not very confident in my own personal mogs, what I see at the WoW Factor events always surpasses my own collections. Damn, I can’t hide behind a level 1 this time!

These are my choices

My Guild Tabard Mog. Weapons were just what I could find in the bank. They are a bit simple, but I don’t mind that. I’m trying to get “Mantle of the Desert’s Fury” from AQ. They look much like the ones I’m wearing, but the shape is more spiky.

My tier 10 shaman mog. I don’t know what happened to my green boots “Shuffling Shoes” from Icecrown. They fit so well, but I couldn’t find them in my bags. The boots in the picture are substitutes until I solve this hoof problem.

The mog I ran around in to begin with. It’s not a head turner and the staff doesn’t fit theme-wise. I have several nice shields and a dagger to go that matches way better.

This variation on the Ebonhold set was something I assemble from what I had in the bank and I didn’t even realize that it’s actually moggable. I’ve never used this mog, but I like how the mask makes her look more fierce.

Then again, the event is not about me and what I’m wearing, but about the people showing up, so dressing like the bridesmaid and not the bride, is probably a good demonstration of situational awareness.

Thus maybe I should wear a roleplay outfit!

It feels like such a silly thing – Not knowing what to wear in WoW?! I’ve never had that dilemma before.

I really like the tribal looks you could and can get from Zul’aman. This robe was from Zul’aman at lvl 70, but it’s cloth so I can’t mog it, and I don’t have it on my priest, who even raided the place. If I could mog outside of mail, this robe would be among my top choices.

For fun I could wear this! The pouch could symbolize us handing out gold. Technically, though, I will not be the one handing out the gold, Noelani will. A camera would be more suitable for me, I’m responsible for the screenshots.

Before Transmogrification came out I would occasionally wear this, it’s been my non raid set for a long time and I still keep it around. Hmm, I think I forgot to put on my shoes in the picture.

I am both thrilled and so, so scared about going to our home realm. You really want the best experience for everyone when it’s on your own turf.

Last time we went to a roleplay realm was Emerald Dream US and they were very brutal. Argent Dawn is the oldest and biggest roleplay realm on the EU side. Big realms means higher chance of trolls. On top of that we’ve been warned from several individuals that hosting the event on our favorite spot, the Cathedral, might cause additional problems of attracting these trolls. Supposedly we’d be right in their backyard.

So we went out and visited the other capitals, and can only conclude that there is a very limited number of locations that will work. It’s funny how aware of the game space you become in these circumstances – there has to be enough room, lighting has to be as close to white as possible, no mounting and within trial account reach. On Alliance side you pretty much end up with Stormwind Keep, the Cathedral or Ironforge Library to choose between.

At the same time of being nervous of how my realm will receive us, I am absolutely excited because I know that we will see some amazing stuff. I have already collected some pictures from mog-spotting, and some roleplay outfits too, which I will post tomorrow.

Mog-spotting on Chamber of Aspects-EU

This is just a quick mog-spotting round. I took a few screenshots last night and a few just now.

Something is telling me that Chamber of Aspects is a low population realm, even though the status of the realm says “medium”. Last night outside of peak hours Trade district was very empty. A little more full now, but not tremendously. Maybe it’s a Horde server.

It doesn’t look like their forum was being frequented much either, so lets hope the people interested knows about the event even though they may not have read our forum post.

It looks like we might have a smaller and more cozy event tonight, I don’t mind that, smaller events are often just a lot smoother and it’s on home ground for me, our first visit to a European Server!

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Going Mog-spotting on Emerald Dream-US

Initially I wanted to go to every server we visited with the WoW Factor before hand and sneak around myself, as I did before we went to Arthas-US. It’s always fun to see someone early and find that they actually turn up later at the event also, which actually has happened! Sadly, I’ve not really had the time to do this more often.

Despite the fact I really should be doing other stuff, all I felt like was a bit of relaxing WoW time, so I went and did it again. We’re going to Emerald Dream tonight, sponsored by Dizzywick‘s guild “Violent Apathy”.

Usually when a guild sponsors, they show up strong both in numbers and in outfits, which has caused silly problems in the past with complaints that it was all set up, and that the guild basically won their money back, as if we are supposed to set a ceiling to how much they are allowed to win. We’ve also had guilds turn up strong in numbers and outfits when the gold came from one individual not affiliated, where they also won a lot, then people claim we are biased towards that guild. We can’t win.

It’s strange, people are hugely obsessed with ideas of us being biased. We’re biased towards blood elves, we hate dwarves, we only like female characters, we’ve been “bought” by a certain guild for the sake of fame and the competition is all rigged. The list goes on.

It’s hugely frustrating and I know the criticism will rain down t0night, of course a sponsoring guild is likely to win a lot, they obviously care about transmogrification and there’s going to be a lot of them. Both me and Noelani actually play with guild tags off because we take screenshots, I often play without any names on at all. In the past I didn’t even know people were from the same guild, and I don’t care, a cool outfit is a cool outfit even though the rest of the guild members are wearing cool outfits too. People are individuals.

Now that I’m done complaining, here’s what I found in the streets of Stormwind:

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Virtual Public Life – Solo Play pt. 6

When I asked players what they were doing when they were alone in the game, the notion of hanging out or idling in a capital city came up in almost every interview. I do this myself, so I was expecting it to pop up. This topic also turned out to be a long post. I tried to split it into more parts, but who wants a series inside a series? So I decided it worked the best as a whole.

Topics I’ll touch upon in this article are first shortly about playing the auction house. Then I go into the public virtual life aspects such as game space, other players/ourselves in the dual-position of being both the audience and the performer and finally transmogrification, status and reputation and how we use these to compare and map ourselves in relation to others.

Playing the Auction House

Idling or hanging out is often done in capital cities, which act as hubs of organization and trade. Players travel to these faction specific epicenters to deposit and withdraw items and materials. The player driven auction houses are also located in the capital cities and form their own little mini game of sales and profit.

Ironyca: You also mentioned hanging out at the auction house, what does that entail?

Dromdum: I sell almost everything

Dromdum: herbs, ores, gems, flasks, gear, you name it :)

Ironyca: okay, so you enjoy the whole selling/buying/trading part?

Dromdum: I love making gold

This type of solo play is by default an activity players engage in individually, and there are countless of blogs dedicated to earning gold in the game, optimizing the art of being a good virtual salesman.

Cities and settlements in the game world can often be found to be the backdrop to group play, such as fashion shows but also more elusive ways of spending time in the game, that hardly fall under a definition of play, as we shall look at next.

Firstly, if we consider how the game space is designed, a large part of the world in WoW is considered “the wild” according to Julian Holland Oliver (2002) the author of The Similar Eye: Proxy Life and Public Space in the MMORPG. The wild hosts the dangers that make wandering in these regions unsafe, risky and potentially deadly. These are areas where quests are usually put in context and where the player goes hunting. Settlements then play a different role, they are safe zones where the player returns to repair and recover.

In this way the MMORPG game-scape brings all flows of human action back to the settlement, ensuring that the public is based around a functional dependence on other people. At some point, co-habitation, regardless of moral alignment becomes an inevitable function of game-play; the city or settlement must be the first and final fold. This is how MMORPGs have, at their very core, a mechanism that produces and supports the formation of public-space. (Oliver, 2002, p. 175)

Considering the space inside an MMO to be public, almost resembling a physical city, yields a social angle of understanding player behavior, even when it looks detached from the presence of other players.

In the settlements, as Oliver depicted it, players engage in a type of solo activity they themselves denote idling or hanging out, but when examined further approximate character play or performance while in this social context. This brings us to the intersecting themes of the virtual flâneur, MMOs as reputation games and the occurrence of players engaging in “gear-fashion”.

Flâneurie in the virtual public space

The term flâneur stems from the participation and personified portrayal of the early 19th century urban Parisian life. While being a “stroller or “lounger”, which is the French root of the word, the flâneur is a type of character observed as a phenomenon of modernity. The flâneur displays the relationship between the individual and the masses, at the same time a metropolitan participant and a disengaged voyeur, the flâneur seeks an immersion in the sensations of the city, he seeks to “bathe in the crowd”.

The expression to “bathe in the crowd” I find really expressive and I can relate to the sensation of sitting in the very populated area between the bank and auction house. Alone, yet surrounded by players, submerged in the buzz of a virtual capital city.

We can view player behavior through the same scope of the concept of the flâneur. A well known example are characters put on display in particularly crowded districts, often for longer durations of time and frequently on an elevated spot.

Let me exemplify with a story from my server, an example that often makes me chuckle:

In front of the auction house in Stormwind there are often two players (a RL couple) mounting Corrupted Fire Hawks positioned on each side of the staircase. I just checked when writing this post and was able to catch one of them posing, but often the other will be on the other side also showcasing a Corrupted Fire Hawk.

I don’t think any WoW players are unsure about what is going on in the picture above – this player is of course showing off his admittedly impressive feat, and having an exquisite mount to show for it is the perfect setup for virtual flâneurie.

In “Alone Together?” Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (2006) Ducheneaut et al. makes this point:

MMORPGs are in essence reputation games – an avatar wearing powerful items, for instance, is essential to the construction of a player’s identity.” (p. 7).

Flaunting one’s character is a way of enjoying the awareness other players bestow on you, while not needing to exchange gestures or phrases with anyone. The act is characterized by a subtle nonchalance, it’s hard to tell how purposeful it is, but that is in the heart of flânuerism.

The status and reputation of fashionable clothing

When characters are put on display, gear is often one of the central show pieces, although I suspect gear-flâneurie was more common back when raid-progression was steeper. Still, players are always able to get information about what others are wearing by the act of “inspection”, which is possible when the targeted player is within reach or through the Armory, a huge log of everything related to our characters.

Besides flâneurie as purely visual, the players in proxy distance are able to see exactly what clothing others are wearing, the rarity of it and which stats the clothing provide its bearer. It’s like being able to view all the price tags and labels of the clothing someone is wearing in the physical world, but without touching them. The player being inspected is not notified and so this act becomes largely invisible, both to the player being inspected, but also in a public sense, to others.

This allows for what Klastrup and Tosca in “Because it just looks cool!” Fashion as character performance: The Case of WoW (2009) calls “status awareness” and “status anxiety” – the ongoing act of inspecting someone else’s equipment in order to compare one’s own status, both as a way of gauging whether one’s own paraphernalia is up to the general standards, but also out of interest in other player’s creativity in their choices of clothing.

If you've followed my stories on Elford's adventures, you have already seen several pictures from Goldshire showing line-ups of very well dressed characters at the Lion's Pride Inn.

In WoW, the combinations available in the character customization mode when creating the character is limited, and besides some players putting efforts into creating a character that in itself looks unique, a large part of the individualization process is also done by dressing up of the character.

Ironyca: What did you like about roleplaying?

Dromdum: oh hehe dressing up finding special gear showing off my collection companions and mounts and titles

This emphasis of outlining one’s own character from the masses is also noted by Klastrup and Tosca, when players seek individualization through character fashion. Their study showed that players primarily pay attention to what others are wearing when inside a city, and they go on to argue that fashion should not be considered a private state of being but that It is a social investment that has rewards beyond the aesthetic, as it can reinforce player status […]” (p. 10). Hvaskjer, a player I interviewed says it outright: gear, but also other items and feats, become entrancing when they are rare and sufficiently few players own them.

Hvaskjer: hmm I like having a lot of mounts and trying to have stuff and achievements not everyone got.

When thinking about enjoying the attention of an audience, Dromdum’s story came up when she and I were talking about interacting with random unknown players, and she noted that she also enjoyed interacting with her audience:

Dromdum: ooh hehe well I own some really cool stuff on my main like Sandbox Tiger

Dromdum: and almost all gadgets from archeology

Dromdum: I just put up a sandbox tiger and peeps talk to me asking where I got it

Dromdum: I have a dragon kite which gives me a lot of whispers.

Dromdum says this is something she does more often while in Orgrimmar, a popular capital of the Horde faction and therefore greatly suitable for gathering a personal audience. This example is also related to the notion of a spectacle, preferably one of humor, where familiar players but also strangers can pose as a great source of unexpected entertainment.

Picture created by Saate at Massively Obsessed - http://www.saate.net/gallery/

In relation to this, check out the picture to the right, you’ll need to click it bigger.

It shows the whispers the owner Saate of a Black Qiraji Battle Tank received in the course of ca. a month. You can see his original post about it here, and part 2 and part 3 of even more whispers.

I’m wondering if having something this rare and unique, triggering so many responses from others, can be overwhelming. I get the impression Saate is prompted to interact with his audience constantly, unless of course, he dismounts. If I had an item like this, I’d sure think twice about when and where to mount up – it’s like being a server celebrity!

With the upcoming feature Transmogrification, character looks will become central to everyone. How you present yourself in terms of gear and weaponry is no longer a matter of which gear you have right now, instead you can choose to show off old treasures or a really well put-together set. Furthermore, dressing up is no longer restricted to safe areas, players can now look as they wish all the time, even when in combat, expanding character performance into raids and battlegrounds.

Still, I’m imagining hanging out in cities in the future will provide even more spectacle and showcasing when 4.0.3 and Transmogrification goes live. Personally, I’m looking forward to this dual-position of being both the audience but also the performer.

Through the act of flâneurie and performance, the players differentiate themselves as individuals in the public landscape of other characters. Checking the gear of others while perhaps even showing off a little yourself, is part of the many joys of an MMO, whether you engage with the audience or just enjoy the bustle of your chosen hotspot.

It is these factors that Duchenaut et al. in “Alone Together?” Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (2006) say can appeal to solo players:

While many of WoW’s subscribers play alone, we believe they prefer playing a MMORPG to playing a comparable singleplayer game because of a different kind of “social factor.” Indeed, the other players have important roles beyond providing direct support and camaraderie in the context of quest groups: they also provide an audience, a sense of social presence, and a spectacle. (p. 7)

Next part will look a little further into the experience of social presence, basically the sense of being present in a virtual world that is inhabited and alive.

Transmogrification? I’ll be wearing “Zul’Armani”!

"Jessera's Fungus Lined Vest" & " Azure Silk Pants"

We used to call it roleplay gear, vanity gear or WoW fashion. I’m guessing new terms will arise soon – perhaps “transmogear”?

As many others, this prompted me to immediatly log in to see what I was able to put together. I know a lot of players, whether they were roleplayers or not, have kept large bank collections of old tiers, old PvP seasons, pretty robes, funny weaponry and whatever item we had a connection to.

I’ve kept a few very simple outfits for my shaman, most of which are not possible to transmogrify because they include cloth. The blue outfit to the right used to be my favourite. The vest, a Bloodmyst Isle quest reward, had its beautiful and simple texture changed with The Shattering to a generic brown and gritty leather chestpiece.

Thankfully, I farmed the old Zul’Aman before the instance was removed and got hold of some original “Zul’Armani” from there. It’s tribal, it’s rough, it really suits a shaman.

So this will probably be my transmogear in the future.

Except the shoulders are heirlooms and the original is not available any more – damnit! So I still need to find shoulders and gloves that match the rest.

Frozen Shadoweave

Moving on to my priest, my old friend, my TBC queen. I raided Black Temple and Hyjal with this character so I was expecting her bank to be packed with goodies, old designer clothes picked right off the bleeding corpse of a tier six boss.

As I was rooting around, it became clear this old personal heroine of mine had cleaned out her bags a long time ago.

"Silver-thread"

And then it came back to me, the first few days of leveling through Northrend, bags filling up quickly, a cynical look through the gear collected through 1½ expansion had made me throw out her shadowweave set, the iconic profile of a shadowpriest back then. I had given up a maxed mining skill for tailoring and had spent many hours swimming around Silmyr Lake in Terokkar farming motes of water to be able to craft this set, and I had thrown all this away.

My priest now only has a few recent PvP sets to show for herself, nothing that has any particular sentimental value to me.

Maybe I should just get her the Silver-thread set, a mean staff and sneak around as the shadow of a ninja…

Elford in Goldshire By Night

When Elford arrived at Goldshire it was way past his bedtime, it was way past anyone’s bedtime frankly and yet Goldshire was humming with activity.

Goldshire was known for its eclectic population mounting sparkly horses and neon birds. Elford was used to this kind of circus, the same people hung around Stormwind and then during various hours of the day, they traveled the short distance from the capital city to this nearby almost suburban village.

Even though Goldshire was geographically separate from Stormwind, the streets acted as any slum region in a big city would, full of everything you could think of from high ranked heroes to Elwynn misfits.

Elford had heard the rumors from Goldshire, it seemed everything related to drama erupted from here, so of course he had been suspicious but also curious when he was advised to rent a room at the Lion’s Pride Inn.

When he stepped in, he was met with an astonishing sight and he felt fortunate to have followed the proposal first given to him at Northshire Abbey. This was marvelous!

Ladies wearing a wide selection of some of the finest garments he knew of!

He weaved excitedly and unhindered around their feet, touching the delicate textures of the fabrics. Sometimes it really paid off to be a gnome and the rumours about them being a sought target for troll sacrifices, only made him feel all the more special.

Elford was able to spot these outfits amongst others (confer the screenie below). This must be what they call Goldshire fashion.

Before long he started to notice that something was a bit off. When looking up, he wasn’t able to read the situation… what was actually going on here?

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The crowd stood facing the middle of the floor between the entrance and the bar, as if a stage play was invisibly unfolding right in front of everyone. These ladies were basically lined up only to stand still as if holding their breath, no one uttered a word and the inn was almost silent. Even the bikini woman and pink haired gnome sitting facing each other were quiet. Had time stopped or did shady things happen outside the sight of swish and well dressed gnomes such as himself?

He decided to finally go upstairs to his room while thoughts about a theoretical new market here at Goldshire for clothing, made his mind buzz. When entering his bedroom, he saw Wefhellt was still standing there. Wefhellt was always standing there. Elford indirectly hinted that he wanted to sleep and that Wefhellt was more than welcome to leave.

Less subtle measures of saying goodnight to the stubborn mage trainer didn’t bear fruit either. Instead Wefhellt kept talking about being stationed here to direct and aspire young mages and some disjointed babble about all the things one can witness when just standing around in the bedrooms, at which Elford just raised an eyebrow. He had no idea what Wefhellt was on about and decided to rest regardless of the awkward situation. There was only one double bed in the room and he fell asleep with crossed fingers that Wefhellt wasn’t going to crawl into bed too and snuggle up against him. Mage training had its limits.

Next episode: Elford should have known by now not to judge the skill on the size of the sword
From the beginning: Elford the (former) Executive and the Ironman Challenge