Diablo Game Play, Diablo III 0 comments on Paragon Portrait Frames – to 100

Paragon Portrait Frames – to 100

paragon-level-10-portraitA player who goes from Paragon 1 to Paragon 100 unlocks a total of 10 Paragon Portraits. They flash by on the screen as the player is fighting a mob. This makes it hard to take a close look at them. Players who have gotten many characters to Paragon 100 – and beyond – might not care about the corresponding portraits.

You could stop by the in-game Wardrobe and take a look at all of the portraits that you have unlocked. I doubt most players spend a lot of time with the Wardrobe. It takes seconds to pick a portrait frame and get back to fighting demons.

In this blog, I have collected screenshots of all the portrait frames players can unlock as they go from Paragon 10 to Paragon 100.

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Holiday Events, World of Warcraft 0 comments on Riglee Tries Winter Veil

Riglee Tries Winter Veil

Riglee is my Gnome Death Knight. She is level 72. Winter Veil is not my favorite World Event (because Christmas is problematic for me). Despite this, I decided to see what Riglee could accomplish during the 2015 Winter Veil.

Overall, my attempt at working on Winter Veil Achievements was a mix of success and failure.  It turned out that Riglee is not a high enough level to do everything.  There were, however, some fun things that she was able to complete.

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Diablo Creativity, Diablo III 0 comments on Gifts From Kadala

Gifts From Kadala

Diablo III does not have any in-game world events that resemble real world holidays. Perhaps to make up for that, the @Diablo Twitter account has been putting together some holiday related tweets.

In October, there was a cute (and creepy) story called Queen Asylla’s Trick or Treat Tour. In December, they put together a story involving Kadala and and Legendary items. Who doesn’t love Legendaries? I think the title of this story is “Gifts from Kadala”.
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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Prep – by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep – by Curtis Sittenfeld

Lee Fiora was very much looking forward to attending Ault School in Massachusetts. Both a boarding school and a prep school, Ault was a place that Lee had been fantasizing about attending. Her attraction to this particular school started when she first picked up a brochure.

Photos of carefully manicured green lawns, old brick buildings, and nicely dressed students gave Lee the impression that the school would be everything she had hoped for. Certainly, it would be world’s better than the public schools in South Bend, Indiana, that she had been attending so far. Lee was an overachiever, and as such, was ahead of her classmates and completely bored.

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World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft Achievements 0 comments on Inflatable Thunderfury

Inflatable Thunderfury

Blizzard celebrated the 11th Anniversary of World of Warcraft from November 16 through November 30, 2015. Players who logged in during that time received several collectible gifts.

I haven’t taken the time to play around with all of them, but immediately equipped the Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. I managed to get it on all of my characters, except my Pandaren (because I couldn’t find a mailbox near him.)  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on November 16, 2015.

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Candy Crush Saga, Other Video Games 0 comments on Candy Crush Saga: Lemonade Lake

Candy Crush Saga: Lemonade Lake

The third Episode of Candy Crush Saga is called Lemonade Lake.  The side of the game board shows a lake that is bright yellow.  I understand that it is supposed to be lemonade, but that doesn’t make me like the look of it any better.

It is an unappealing color that, in the real world, would indicate that the water in the lake was contaminated.  My best guess is they picked “Lemonade Lake” for the alliteration.

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Diablo Achievements, Diablo III 0 comments on Mosquito Swatter Achivement

Mosquito Swatter Achivement

josh-mosquiera-in-diablo-iiiMosquito Swatter is a Feat of Strength Achievement. I happened to earn it while playing my hard core Barbarian in a Torment II Nephalem Rift during Season 4 of Diablo III. Like many things in Diablo III, the ability to earn this Achievement depends on randomness.

When the Rift Boss appeared, it happened to be one named Josh Mosqueira – Reaper Of ‘Soles.

This Rift Boss is named after the Josh Mosqueira who is a Game Director for Diablo III. Players have to kill him to earn the Mosquito Swatter Achievement.

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Hearthstone, Other Video Games 0 comments on Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Loatheb

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Loatheb

Curse of Naxxramas was the Hearthstone solo content expansion. I’m still working my way through it. When it was first released, players could unlock the different wings with either gold or real world currency. I chose gold.

The third boss in the Plague Quarter of Naxxramas is Loatheb. Before players can fight Loatheb, they have to beat the previous two bosses in the Plague Quarter: Noth the Plaguebringer and Heigan the Unclean.

It took me two tries to defeat Loatheb. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on November 9, 2015.

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World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft Achievements 0 comments on Ghosts in the Dark Achievement

Ghosts in the Dark Achievement

The Ghosts in the Dark Achievement has been in-game since 2010. Shawn and I didn’t discover it until 2015. The interesting thing about this Achievement is that it involves a Demon Hunter – but is not part of the Legion expansion (which is in beta at the time I am writing this blog).

The Ghosts in the Dark Achievement is for Alliance characters, only. There is a separate one (called Joy Ride) for Horde characters. Shawn and I were playing two Dwarf characters together, so we did the Alliance version.

The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on August 20, 2015.

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Leveling Achievements (Season 4)

Leveling Achievements (Season 4)


I rolled two hard core characters for Season 4 of Diablo III. One is a Wizard named Sparkle (whose name was inspired by the Diamond Skin spell). The other was a Barbarian named Zena (whose name was inspired by character on a TV show). At the time I am writing this blog, both of my hard core characters are still alive.

The purpose of this blog is to highlight the Seasonal Leveling Achievements that players earn as they work towards Level 70. I was playing my Wizard for the first ones, and finished up when I was playing my Barbarian. In the past, I’ve created one character for a Season and stuck with that one all the way through.

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