Like any couple who have been together for a while, Himself and I have our own shorthand for various things. Some of it is game-related; f'r'instance I struggle quite badly in crowds for any length of time, in a "Get me outta here NOW!" way, not just a "Oh it's a bit busier than I'd like it to be..." way. We refer to this (in public) as the framerate dropping, as in "Can we leave please, I'm getting a low framerate!" or "Are you ok honey - is everything getting laggy?" Whilst, yes, it's geeky it does allow us to communicate stuff that's a bit personal in a slightly cryptic manner.
We also have various other phrases - "a bit corgi" for example, describes a certain type of person, as does being full of "eastern monosodium gultamate" (serious *highfive* for anyone who gets the references - but really? You're *that* sad as well...!) And some that have just crept into our vernacular after I've had a dizzy moment - sunlight is now pixels rather than photons... And, as the post title may suggest - in the house of Himself and Myself, one is not hoisted on one's petard but rather by a famous Captain - usually indicated by Himself yelling "...Picard to Bridge!!" or something kinda like this.
Right - there is a WoW lead here, honestly, mainly to do with a Picard-related incident. I've been vaguely opposed to RMT/micro transaction thingys - not hugely anti mind, just a bit... grouchy about it. I've never wanted any of the pets in the petstore, cute though they are; with the exception of the plushie windrider that has an in-game baby one too, that I got for Christmas - but that was wanting the plushie, the ingame pet was a bonus rather than the original want. Yes, I realise that wanting a plushie is probably worse, but thanks for pointing it out... I never wanted the Celestial Steed - I want sparkle form not a sparkle pony, but Ghostcrawler seems to be unaccountably unwilling to notice my QQ! So when the Winged Guardian mount was released I went "Hmph, another way for Blizz to make money from the masses." And carried on. Then I began to see them ingame. And you know what - I really like them. I like them a lot.
Which leaves me somewhat hoisted - I've muttered and grumbled to Himself (and on this blog) about RMT things. I've poured (small amounts of) scorn on people who pay RL money for ingame stuff (sorry!) But now I find myself at the Blizzard store, stroking the screen wistfully and thinking how nice some (all?) of my characters would look on it. And I can see the appeal in having a mount that does it 'all'. A mount that ups speed and flying capability depending on your riding skill. I know that mounts are small change these days, but having a Winged Guardian on all my current and future characters is quite appealing.
But... we're in self-imposed financial penury due to wedding spending, plus we've just all had to have new glasses (in my case three pairs - one long distance, one short distance and one set of prescription sunnies!), the roof on the car appears to be fucked (thank you complicated electronic folding roof - come back manual soft-tops - all is forgiven!) etc, etc, so do I *really* need to spend £17 on a virtual item? No of course I don't need to. But I kinda want to. And the bad bit of my brain says, 'that's only three bottles of wine... that's less than the bottle of champagne that you and Himself opened at 5pm last night... that's about what it costs for you all to go to Costa...' and I try to ignore it. (As an aside - we don't usually drink champagne on Mondays. At 5pm. Or at all. We'd bought a bottle to celebrate our first anniversary and forgot to take it away with us and the bottle was bunging up the fridge... And it was lovely on the balcony, in the sun, watching the tide go out and yeah... that's my excuses run out...)
But the Winged Guardian is soooooooooo strokeable! So c'mon folks - opinions from the peanut gallery requested: should I be hoisted (and spend money) or remain firm and principled...?