Mages, ten-man raiding, and other things that are awesome.

Sometimes, real life and the virtual worlds we inhabit intersect in a delightful way. If you follow Ophelie (the Bossy Pally) over at her blog, The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon – then you already know some parts of this story.

I’m woefully remiss in taking my time to write about this, but I wanted to do it just right. When I heard that Ophelie intended to swing through Calgary on her cross-Canada trip, I knew I wanted to meet her! I’ve met folks who had been “only” internet friends before but never another blogger. I met Ophelie downtown and we walked over to Kensington – first for some pho, and second for a mini-cupcake from Crave. They have really big ones, too, but they’re a bit too much for me so I like to get the little ones.

I’m struggling to keep this from being too prosaic – we went here, we did this – but it’s tough. I can tell you about how we went over to the Glenbow Museum and stayed there so long that a lady came to tell us they were closing. And that’s true. I can tell you how we met up with Vosskah later that evening and went for sushi and then a sort of whirlwind driving tour of Calgary. All of those things are true! But they don’t actually describe how fun it is to meet someone you already kind of “know” and connect while sightseeing, commiserating about guild challenges, and chatting about common acquaintances and WoW stuff. It was a total nerdfest and a mini-taste of what it must be like to meet up with people at Blizzcon.

I loved meeting Ophelie, I wish she lived closer and I hope we can meet up again, hopefully along with Fannon and other semi-local WoW-folks. I’m actually in Vancouver writing this right now and we’re going to be meeting two guildies and Rades this week! Both of the guildies are retired raiders but folks I’ve known for over a year in each case and I’m very excited. I’m sure I’ll have more things to say about that after it happens. I have another post lined up for later this week but nobody is going to be reading anyhow, you’ll all be too busy exploring Firelands! (I’m not bitter that yet another content patch lined up with my very seldom vacations, not at all! It’s as if Blizz knows.)

Meantime, I like to doodle when I’m going around – on the train, or whatever. Here are some sketches I did of Ophelie when we went for coffee after sushi with Vince. To echo her words, “I just like food.” We have this in common, and we made sure to have a constant stream of it all day!

Ms. Bossy, Herself

She didn’t actually know I was drawing her talking to Voss, although maybe she suspected, I don’t know.

She is a very mobile person to draw. This is a good thing!

Anyway, so that’s my story. Meet bloggers if you can, they are awesome folks! At least meet Ophelie if you can; you can buy her coffee and ask her about the giant spoon. Have a great patch week and fun ripping up the Firelands. Save some for me!

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Comments on: "A Very Bossy Pally Tuesday Art Day" (6)

  1. Mmm… Sushi. (Good thing my kids aren’t around, because they’d be saying the same thing.)

    Sounds like you all had a great time!

    Is there any way to keep you from drawing? I could see you dipping a straw in coffee to “sketch” with if you had your pens and pencils taken away….

    Oh, and make sure you draw Rades: I want to see if he’s got green skin and fangs…. ;-)

  2. Other bloggers = scary!

  3. I am so envious of you guys! In the past, I’ve enjoyed getting to meet people I previously knew only through the internet via the Harry Potter fandom. There are a number of WoW bloggers I read — of whom you are most definitely one! — that I’d love to get the chance to meet in person sometime, too. :D

  4. AHMAHGAH…I love Pho!!

    Ahem…I love your sketches. They’re very lifelike and I feel like I’m looking at a picture that’s been photoshopped to look like a drawing. Anyhow, I’m glad that you had a good time out about town!

  5. Yay! Someone mentioned me! :)

    I hope that we can arrange a meet up sometime soon, Vid! Ophelie was the first WoW blogger that I met as well — actually, more to the point, she was the first person that I’ve ever really had a substantive conversation about WoW with in person. I don’t really know any other WoW players in RL, so that was a wonderful side benefit to meeting her.

    I’m looking forward to seeing some sketches of the Dwarfling, too! You’ll have to add a beard though, her’s hasn’t come in very well yet.

  6. You aren’t missing much on Moonrunner. I’m actually really surprised at how slow things are moving on the server as a whole. My group hasn’t even raided yet, and Marshmallows has almost as many boss kills as the rest of the server put together.

    There’s going to be a lot of Firelands left for you when you get back.

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