In the end

I was listening to this cool new device called a radio today and heard a song from a few years ago. A song that kind of sums up the feelings I sense in some folks about Wow just prior to an expansion. The song was “In the end” by Linkin Park.  The line that actually caught me was this.

 

I worked so hard, and got so far, but in the end it doesn’t even matter.

 

That’s the whole point right?

Work at leveling.

Work to gear up. 

work to grind rep for better gear, or better enchants, more crafting patterns.

Work on your PVP skills.

Work to learn the early boss fights.

Work at gearing up for the 25 mans.

Work at the higher and higher tiered encounters.

Work at  getting more gold to pay for it all.

 

We all to one degree or another have done these things, that’s what a goal oriented game is all about. When an expansion comes however, some folks look back on what they have done and think it was all a waste, that it doesn’t even matter.

I disagree.

Yes, I will end up throwing away a good chunk of my gear on the way to 80. Yes, with all new talents and abilities I will have to relearn parts of how to play my toons. Yes I will go back to the beginnings of raid progression instead of pugging Kara once a week. Yes, I have to start over.

For me it’s not “the end”, It’s a new beginning.

We interupt this grind to bring you the following announcement

Huh, morning. Stupid alarm clock, how can it be morning already…


afk, 2 min……

kk, back…… MMMmmmmm…. Coffee good….Brain booting up now….

Ok, that’s better

Well, I was playing Wow (yea, go figure, me online, playing Wow) last night and I was pushing towards the goal I talked about in my last post. I wanted to get my cenerion expedition rep all the way to revered without ever setting foot in an instance. Ya, I know just go run steamvaults a time or two right? well, I wanted to be difficult. So I decided to farm up unidentified plant parts for the repeatable rep quest, getting enough to get all the way to honored before I ever did a quest. Well, its done now and I figured I would share the results.

After about 6 hours spread over 2 days I managed to get the following out of my grind session:

Almost a whole level of XP (I am 62 now)

Skinning and Herbalisim both maxed at 375 (while still level 61)

Honored with Cenerion expedition

A bit over half way from friendly to honored with Sporregar just from Bog lord kills at 15 rep each

360 Unidentified plant parts

98 Bog lord tentacles

14 random green drops

19 primal life (with 8 motes left over)

3 stacks of knothide leather

400 – 500g worth of various herbs, depending on how they go in the AH

and enough grey vendor junk to pay for food, repairs, training, and leave me with about 50g more than I started with.

It was really incredible how good a money maker herbing is, if I would have known I would have taken it on other characters and made my mount money this way. As it is I am kind of excited that I have most of my 1000g for my basic flyer already in the bank. At the rate I am going by the time I hit 70 I may even have the full 6000g to go straight to epic flight, if not I will likely be close to it.

Let the grinding begin!

Once again I caught myself planning. I really try to avoid it but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

 

 

Drupadi hit 61 this weekend. She is growing up fast so I need to have a sense of whee she needs to go from here. I finished up Hellfire already and started into Zangermarsh. If I want my Cenerion Expedition rep to be as painless as possible it seems the best way to do that is to grind out (or purchase) 360 unidentified plant parts for the repeatable turn in quest “Identify plant parts“. This will get me to honored before ever starting the quest lines.  Since I am only looking at revered as my goal I should be able to finish that off through quests long before I hit 70.

Since I am also planning on getting the epic flier for this character and the drop rate seems to be about 25% for just about any mob in Zanger I decided to farm in the dead mire. I chose this for several reasons, each kill gives 15 rep with sporregar, each one gives 550 xp at my current level, I am a skinner and an herbalist so every mob there can be looted twice. I should have to farm my way through about 1450 mobs to get all the rep items I need. Also with about a 20% drop rate on motes of life I should in theory farm up about 29 primal life in this time also.

All in all it should be a pleasant diversion from running around questing. I will likely take another break from questing to grind out marks of seragras later on as well, but that is a problem for another day. At least I already know what I will be doing today when I get home, and for a few days after as well.

 

Let the grinding begin…….

New lessons

It has been a long while since the first days of my Wow career. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.5 to 3 years, I could go do the math but it’s close enough for the moment.

You see, when I first started I ran a pug, before I even new what a pug was I already knew I did not like them. I won’t rehash the whole thing today, if you missed it the first time you can check it out Here.

Well, over the last couple of months my raid schedule has been a bit off. The guild I had been in folded and I found myself briefly without a raiding guild. I moved to a new guild with a group of friends I have been gaming with for quite some time. Once again I digress, you can read all about the guild coming apart Here, and Altoholic Mom has written about where we found ourselves Here.

The last several weeks I have been coming online on Dechion, my priest, on Friday evenings looking to run Kara for fun, badges, and loot. Friday is my guilds off night, but ironically the one night I am actually free to do something. Against all my better judgements I decided to start pugging.

I expected asshats, and while I did find a few they were by far the exception, not the rule.

I expected to find ninja’s and loot problems galore without a dkp system to divide up the loot. Did I run into it? yes I did. Was it common? No. Out of about 8 weeks of pugging there has been 1 and only 1 time where something came up that was not solved with a quick /roll.

I expected it to be painful, instead it has been one of the most fun times I have had. It is amazing how much different it feels when you are more interested in having a good time than seeing what drops.

Last nights pug was an interesting set up. We started with 2 priests, 2 hunters, 2 druids, a mage, a warlock, a rogue, and a warrior. Everyone knew their class and played it well. We got into vent, started going, and just hammered through the place. Morose went down faster than I have ever seen. 2 adds shackled, 1 add chain trapped by the two hunters, everyone else just burning the boss down. The fight lasted under 2 minutes.

Did we wipe? Yes we did. 5 or 6 times total as I recall. Did we finish? Almost. We left the place after 3 and a half hours with nothing but netherspite and nightbane standing. We could likely have gotten them too but one of our priests (me, oddly enough) had to log.

Overall it was a really enjoyable evening. Wipes or not, badges or not, weather the loot was with you or not. We had fun, and that’s what its all about.

Five hours and counting

Friday, December 21st, 2012.

 

The Mayans were right, the conspiracy theorists were right, The world is coming to an end.

 

 

In a press release this afternoon Blizzard Entertainment inc. announced that they are ending the once tremendously popular game “World of Warcraft” and that all servers would be taken offline at midnight. I glanced at my watch, just a few minutes over 5 hours to go.

The article continued, reasons were given, fingers were pointed. Some blamed the somewhat dated programming, the lack of true 3D imagery that has really taken off with the 2011 release of Hello Kitty World of Adventure, the newest MMO craze. Others point to the controversial use of Murlocs as a playable race in the February release of the Emerald Dream expansion. Personally I lean towards the mass exodus of top end players and guilds to both HKWoA and World of Starcraft. You would think Blizzard would have learned after the Diablo 3 fiasco years ago not to compete with themselves.

What to do…

I log in, for the first time in years I don’t run over to check the auction house, I guess there is no point.

I go down my friends list, one at a time, sending out messages of good will. Notes about good times in the past and finally give out my World of Starcraft character name, those who want to can find me.

There is frantic chat in the general channel. People trying to put together a last minute raid, a last dungeon run, a last battleground.

I ignore it all. I don’t want my memories of the last raid to be of an uncoordinated mess Vainly trying to clear out bosses in the world tree. They will just get frustrated spending their last few hours wiping on trash in an instance they just aren’t ready for. I don’t want to go run a 5 man with strangers just to do it “one last time” and battlegrounds have never really been my thing. If I am not running with friends I don’t want to go.

I was Introduced to World of Warcraft by friends, and made more friends there. They are the real reason I keep coming back. Well that and the murloc hunter I just finished leveling. I will miss Mrrggll, but I will miss my friends more. In the end that’s where I would spend my time, making an effort to stay connected.

I would stay on, just chatting with people until as the countdown finished…….I would finally get to see who had the last word.

Raid consumables

Todays post is devoted to a sorely neglected topic, raid consumables.

No, I am not talking about the healers having a couple stacks of golden fish sticks to go with their assorted potions and elixirs. Nor Am I talking about scrolls, flasks, candles, or symbols of kings. I am not even talking about repairing your gear and making sure you have arrows and food for your pet.

I am talking about real raid consumables. Things you must have on hand well before the first pull, because if you don’t you will feel the absence all night long. Now every different class and spec will have their own recommended consumables, and even then there is much room for debate from player to player.

For instance if I am raiding with my priest I know I need at least 2 red bulls on standby. Nachos are pretty much out of the question because I don’t want cheese on the mouse, same goes for Cheetos and to a lesser extent Doritos’s. Diet mountain dew is also mandatory, but if I have not been to the vendor recently I may have to settle for diet Pepsi. If it will be a pug I need the extra +easygoing so I will also grab some rum to mix with the soda.

Speaking of mixing, beer is like a flask in that nothing really mixes well with it. Hard stuff is more like an elixir in that you can have it and a soda going at the same time, and you can mix and match. Red bull obviously is not on a shared cooldown, but I digress.

If I am on my hunter unless I am doing lots of trapping I don’t use the mouse nearly as much as I do on my priest. Most of my targeting is done with assist macros, everything is keybound in convenient locations, in short my hands are not quite a busy. This leaves open the possibility for better consumables, ones that can be one handed effectively, yet set down quickly if needed. Hot pockets come to mind, as do chicken nuggets. The liquid consumables are similar, but lean more towards diet pepsi and 5 hour energy shots for the hunter class.

Next time you are planning your raid night remember to pick up consumables for you RL avatar before you sit down, the raid will go much smoother. Speaking of which Kara resets tonight I need to stop on the way home for some red bull and chex mix……

I think I am turning into an ant

A while back I did a post on how I was looking at the upcoming expansion. I was happy with where I was, and was just really content to hop on, run an instance or a few dailys, even the odd battleground. The one thing I was not doing is looking towards the future.

 

I think my attitude has changed a bit.

 

I was sitting around thinking in a way I only ever do when I an tired, caffeinated, and in an otherwise deserted office after a holiday weekend. My thoughts turned to my newest character. My hunter will make 58 this afternoon, at which point I will be heading off to outlands in search of phat quest lootz. More importantly I was thinking what I will do once she hits 70.

I have been using much of my time to level my alt, what next? I don’t really have the desire to level another alt at this point. Most of the rep will be useless in a few months so farming reputation, while not really a waste of time, is not a big focus. I was trying to think what would benefit my character most in the long run. 

Then it hit me, I should get my epic flier. Definitely for my hunter as she will be the farmer for my team of characters. Possibly even for my priest as well. Since Blizz has announced that there will be no higher level of riding skill required in Northrend I can get my epic flier and it will last all the way to 80. I decided I would put my effort there. Do some farming, do some dailies, generally gather cash for those skills.

 

That’s when I realized I was starting to plan for the upcoming expansion. I was getting ready for the future even while playing for the now. I have gone from the grasshopper to the ant.

What to do, what to do…..

Last night I dinged 56 on my shiny new hunter (ya me) and I am starting to bounce her future around in my head.

On one hand I can see heading out to Hellfire at 58 to start questing there. The rewards are a huge upgrade, the quests give over twice as much experience, and the random drops will DE into better materials.

On the other hand if i wait till 60 or later I will have an easier time on the outlands quests. I would also have lots more quests I could do for cash at 70. Admittedly not as much of an issue with the variety of dailies available now.

I am a bit undecided, what do you folks think?

Friends

Friends.

When you are talking about Johnny from down the road that you went to high school with, or Mary from the cubicle next to yours, even Willie from the service that you have not seen in a decade and you call them friends everyone knows what you are talking about. Society seems to say you can be friends with folks you rarely speak with and in some cases would not even invite to your home. There are people that go out of their way to set up pen-pals, friends who my never meet, and that’s OK.

 

Try explaining to someone who does not spend much time on-line how you can be friends with people you have met through playing a video game and wait for the blank stares. Why is it that people simply can’t understand that you can in fact become friends just chatting. Sitting up late, just hanging out in vent or typing back and forth. The Internet is a wonderful place, I have gotten to meet lots of interesting people I would likely never have met without it. The only downside is that while the earth has shrunk in terms of communication it is still a pretty big place as far as actually getting somewhere goes.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say, lets raid (insert instance here) tonight and then all get together for lunch tomorrow? How about getting a whole guild together for a cookout? In a few rare cases it might be able to happen, but most guilds are made up of folks from all over.

 

One of those friends of mine I have known for a couple of years. She has been my raid leader, guild master, and seemingly bottomless pit of little bits of knowledge about the wonderful game we play. Yesterday she also decided to join the ranks of those who blog about warcraft. Stop by and check it out,  tell her Dechion sent you =)

 

http://altoholicmom.wordpress.com/

You will PVP and you will like it mister!

As I was reading through the mountain of information that Blizzard came out with this past weekend at the Worldwide Invitational one little blurb Really stood out as something that will have long term effects in the game I choose to play.

“PvE elements are being added to this PvP Zone, for example the equivalent of Elemental Plateau in Outland is in Lake Wintergrasp” 

What the hell are they thinking? I know they are trying to make a deathmatch e-sport out of Wow, but why in the world would they make a decision like this? At what rum soaked friday meeting did they come up with the Idea to put the primary farming area for the PVE players in a contested zone?

If I want to PVP I have many opportunities to do so. I could join a battleground que. I could join an arena team and go play deathmatch. I could go to any of the many PVP world objectives and flag myself. Once WotLK hits I could simply go to Lake Wintergrasp and play in the contested zone.

I like the idea of a dedicated PVP zone even on PVE servers, I really do. I plan on having a good bit of fun there. My point is I don’t want to be forced into PVP when I am not in the mood for it. If I wanted that I would have stayed on the PVP server I originally started on instead of transferring to the care bear server I am on now.

/rant off

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