Sometimes I feel like I'm the only world of warcraft player who doesn't take the game seriously. I have never done a raid. I don't know what gear I use or what half of the chat abbreviations I see in the general chat are. Please don't ask me my thoughts on Shadowlands, Battle for Azeroth or Dragonflight either because I haven't even gotten that far into the game's content despite playing this mmo off and on since 2010.
I do have a handful of world of warcraft hobbies that have been keeping me busy all these years though which include:
I've become a little bit obsessed with keeping track of my silly little gaming projects so today I wanted to share 10 of the things that I have been working on over the last six months that are keeping me entertained as a solo, casual as heck world of warcraft player.
#1 | max leveling my new main character
Since Dragonflight released, I decided to start fresh with a new main toon. I'm currently at level 58 with my new draenei hunter going through a bunch of questlines that I have missed over the years.
#2 | working towards the universal explorer achievement
This has been the achievement that I have obsessed over for years but have still not gotten because I'm so far behind on getting through all of the expansion content!
#3 | also the loremaster achievement
I doubt I'll ever get this achievement and title but that doesn't stop me from chipping away at the laundry list of questlines I still have left to complete!
#4 | collecting cute hunter pets
Hunters may get cyberbullied to no end online but I will continue to endure the slander because I refuse to stop adventuring with Milo, my pet seagull, who has been traveling around Azeroth by my side since 2018.
#5 | hoarding trader's tender every month
I have become a complete sucker for checking out the monthly trading post items. Usually there are only one or two things I really want each month which works perfectly for me. I'm not the type of player who will ever complete all of the trading post tasks, but the trading post has been such a fun way to get some recolored mounts, pets, and transmog.
#6 | max archeology on my new main character
If this game was just a massive online world where all you did was fly around doing archeology, I would not be upset about it. I still need to get my fancy moose spirit mount too, now that I think about it.
#7 | unlocking the vulpera
I told you I'm really behind on my content! Honestly, I need to unlock most of the allied races. I think I've only unlocked the void elves and lightforged draenei so far?
#8 | max leveling my pacifist druid
Sometimes when I just want to mindlessly game and watch something, I'll play as my pacifist druid which just means that I can't kill anything with that character and if I get killed, I have to start my character over from scratch again. I think I'm at level 12 or 13 on my current pacifist toon with zero deaths so far!
#9 | collecting pet battle critters
I haven't focused a ton of my play time on pet battles, but when I notice that I'm around a critter I haven't captured yet, I try to snatch them up to add to my collection.
#10 | max level a horde character
Now that I'm playing on a different server than my old one, I want to take the opportunity to eventually level up a fresh new blood elf so that I can play on the horde side when the mood strikes.. and so I have an excuse to visit eversong woods :)
I know I’m not the only one with what feels like a thousand unplayed games sitting on my shelves and in my steam library, dreaming about the day that I will eventually get around to playing them.
At this point in my ~gamer girl~ life, I have put a freeze on buying new games and have instead been focusing on some of the bigger, long-term gaming projects that I have been wanting to check off for years!
Here’s my current gaming bucket list which was last updated on: may 5th 2023.
the must play games
the sim challenges
the stardew stuff
the world of warcraft stuff
childhood gamer girl dreams
At the end of March I had the amazing opportunity to attend three days of PAX East 2023 in Boston! For those unfamiliar, PAX East is a gaming convention that celebrates gaming of all types. It's got it all: professional gaming tournaments, panels, people walking around in cosplay, food trucks, after parties. The best part? The gigantic expo hall packed with small business vendors, game developers, and publishers.
This was my first time attending a large scale convention and it was absolutely overwhelming to explore! While wandering the convention center, I was on the lookout for games that were either cute as hell, had a unique concept, or games that I had heard about before but wanted to get more information on.
Here are, in no particular order, my top 13 games from PAX East this year!
Go-Go Town | Prideful Sloth | coming soon | wishlist on steam
game summary: As mayor, it’s up to you to breathe life back into this rundown town. Construct shops, hire staff, automate deliveries with couriers, and attract tourists to town, all while managing infrastructure and avoiding catastrophes!
why I love it: It was obvious after playing this demo that Go-Go Town is everything I want in a cozy game. It’s got the town building and decorating. It’s got the quests and tasks to keep you busy. You can farm. You can fish. You can high-five the other townspeople. It’s adorable all around!
Loco Motive | Chucklefish | coming 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: On the Reuss Express a passenger has been murdered, and you’re the prime suspects. Uncover a thrilling mystery and solve satisfying point and click puzzles to prove your innocence!
why I love it: I am a sucker for nostalgic point-and-click adventures, especially when the story involves solving a mystery. I played the demo and what I experienced was absolutely hilarious!
Botany Manor | Whitethorn Games | coming 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: Welcome to Botany Manor, a stately home in 19th century England. You play as inhabitant Arabella Greene, a retired botanist. Explore your house and gardens, filled with research, to figure out the ideal habitat of forgotten flora.
why I love it: This game is beautifully relaxing from the music to the manor gardens. I also love that you play from a first-person perspective which makes exploring and gardening feel more immersive.
Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island | Whitethorn Games | coming 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: You’re shipwrecked on a lost mythical island. As backpacker Alex, you must befriend the forgotten gods of Greek mythology and restore their memories. Explore the dynamic island and its story sandbox to build new friendships, solve the mystery and save the gods.
why I love it: The art style is stunning and the mythical gods and goddesses are portrayed as a diverse cast of characters. The island itself is filled with gorgeous detail that I can’t wait to explore!
Roots of Pacha | Crytivo | coming april 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: Be a part of a thriving stone age community. Discover “ideas,” domesticate crops, befriend animals, and contribute to the growth of your village.
why I love it: This game reminds me so much of the Virtual Villagers games I obsessed over as a kid. Mix that with Stardew Valley set in the prehistoric era and you’ve got Roots of Pacha. This game will also have online co-op if you want to play with pals which is siiiiick!
Mineko’s Night Market | Humble Games | coming soon | wishlist on steam
game summary: Mineko’s Night Market is a narrative-driven, social simulation adventure game that celebrates Japanese culture and invites players to craft whimsical items, eat delicious snacks, and ultimately enjoy all the cats.
why I love it: The setting and art style really is what drew me into this adventure game. Also, there are cats, so no further reasons are needed here.
Paper Trail | Newfangled Games | coming 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: Paper Trail is a top-down puzzle adventure about leaving home, set in a foldable, paper world.
why I love it: A beautiful puzzle game with a beautiful soundtrack to match. Using the paper folding mechanics to solve puzzles is equal parts challenging yet satisfying as hell when you figure out how to unlock the path in front of your character. Paper Trail has been on my radar for a hot minute so it was awesome to check out the demo at PAX!
Harmony’s Odyssey | MythicOwl | available now! | wishlist on steam
game summary: Harmony’s Odyssey is a 3D fantasy adventure puzzle game set on mythical dioramas full of riddles, perky creatures and magic.
why I love it: I’m a sucker for a cute puzzle game. The game looks so vibrant and whimsical which is reason enough for me to be interested!
The Wandering Village | Stray Fawn Publishing | available now! | wishlist on steam
game summary: The Wandering Village is a city-building simulation game on the back of a giant, wandering creature. Build your settlement and form a symbiotic relationship with the colossus.
why I love it: This is such a unique concept for a city/civilization-building game. It also kind of gives me Rimworld vibes a little bit which only gets me more hyped about picking this up during the next big steam sale.
Tiny Life | Top Hat Studios | coming may 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: In Tiny Life, you control a set of people that live together in a household. You take care of their daily needs, build their skills, forge new relationships... or just mess up their entire life in whatever way you can think of!
why I love it: Tiny Life is like the pixel art spiritual successor of The Sims 1. I am absolutely going to devour this game when it’s released next month. For those interested, there is a demo available on steam that you can try for free right now!
Broombot Battlegrounds | The Cleanup Kings LLC | available now! | wishlist on steam
game summary: Battle to the death as adorable household cleaning robots in this frantic physics-based arena combat game! Compete in 1-4 player cage matches with your friends (or enemies) to be the meanest clean-machine of them all!
why I love it: This is something goofy that I can play with friends regardless of their gaming experience level. The customization options for your broombot are fun and the number of unique stages and game modes made this a stand out game option for future community game nights.
American Arcadia | Raw Fury | coming soon | wishlist on steam
game summary: Welcome to Arcadia! A retro-futuristic metropolis where the citizens don't know they're contestants on the most watched reality show on the planet!
why I love it: We love a Truman Show moment wrapped in video game packaging. I’m especially stoked because according to the game’s steam page, the “story will be presented as a documentary with interviews and police interrogations of the characters” which just seems neat as hell.
Amanda the Adventurer | DreadXP | coming april 2023 | wishlist on steam
game summary: Join Amanda and her pal Wooly on a series of adventures as they explore and learn about our wonderful world! With several NEW play-along, laugh-along, learn-along episodes there's always fun to be had! Just make sure to do everything Amanda says or she might get angry.
why I love it: Okay, I am not typically a spooky gamer girl BUT something about being forced to watch an evil Blues Clues knock-off VHS tape series speaks to me. Will this game make me pee my pants? Yes. Will I still play it? Duh.
before you go!
If any of these games sound interesting to you, be sure to add them to your steam wishlist! Wishlisting games on steam is a free way to support the game developers plus you’ll be notified when these games release and if they are ever on sale in the future.
Happy gaming everyone :)