Didn’t see that coming

As I posted earlier, I was looking forward to trying the QUEST (which apparently involves a draenei porn star).

Log on Thursday evening bearing bad news – Tir’s semester is winding to a close and he’s slammed with homework/studying.

The GM/raid leader was less than enthused, but understood that school is at least slightly more important than wiping all night.

I was on about 30 minutes prior to raid.

There were 4 of us logged and ready to go.

I ran out to the island and popped into the inn. I had my flasks, my feasts, my pots. Continue reading

Apathetic to Frantic

Last two weeks have been BLAH.

And then, suddenly, the clouds parted and I woke up with renewed vigor.

Yes, I was vigorous and antsy.

The pendulum had swung from “do NONE of the things” to “do ALL of the things… NOW!”

The worst part is that I’m not sure which “ALL” of the things I should be doing.

Obviously I can’t do “ALL” of the things or I’ll risk burnout and apathy once again. Continue reading

Too tired

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way” –E.L. Doctorow

So far I’ve managed to average at least 2k words a day.

Last night it was a bit slower after a rough day of work and I barely squeaked out 1670 words.

And then it was time for WoW.

Got all my cooking up to 600 and started collecting mats for the Master questline. Unfortunately, I was short by one mat for all the recipes I had to cook and was far too tired to do anything about it.

It will just have to wait. Like getting exalted with the Anglers. That should have happened last night, I’m one quest away. Continue reading

Of Kitties and Bombs

So Theramore has been destroyed in a scenario.

2 things:

  1. I like the concept of scenarios.
  2. I am not a huge fan of the downfall of Theramore as a scenario.

Let’s talk about scenarios first. Scenarios equal 3 people, no role requirements, in and out pretty fast. I imagine we could have failed if we tried, but that would have taken more effort than just completing it. (It may have been a gear issue, we had 2 mages and a prot pally – we blew shit up.)

That said, I spent most of my time in the scenario pulling up my map to see where the next target was. I was expecting more of the interface as used in CoS where an arrow directed you to the flag shown on the minimap to indicate your next goal. Perhaps I’ve got an add on blocking it, but it was a bit confusing at first. Continue reading

Farming for Fashion

In case you’ve missed it somehow, all of Azeroth is atwitter with the Love is in the Air event. Thankfully, I’ve taken care of the achievements in previous years on Arioch and even somehow/somewhen did the initial quests on Selwyn. Last year I was even so lucky as to get the oozleing pet on Arioch to go with the Peddlefeet from the prior year.

The event has received a massive overhaul and removed MUCH of the RNG. Yes, the Love Rocket mount, the oozeling pet, and the gas mask are still random drops. (Rumor has it that the mask cannot be used for transmog. Confirm/deny?) But there are several items that can now be purchased with the tokens.

And like all the other holiday events, we are now able to run it once a day, queuing up from a city or your LFG window, get your once-a-day goodie bag (appropriately a heart-shaped box), and never again have to deal with the pain of running it as often as you could, begging people to go that didn’t care about the drops so you could use their “summon.”

I’m running the event on both Arioch and Selwyn to double my chances of getting the mount drop.

“But you don’t care about mounts on Selwyn, why the hell would you do this?” Continue reading

Before we get to that…

Yes, Firelands.

RAWR.

It’s on fire and such.

Hope everyone said a fond farewell to their keyring.

More importantly, when we had last left off on my achievement whoring, I was at 8000 achievement points even and plotting on the next reputations to take up to Exalted. I cleaned up the few stragglers I had that were not at 999/1000 and then got down to serious business.

I dutifully returned to farming Ogres in Nagrand to collect beads and powder.

Took a quick break to run BoT and BWD.

Hit 40k on Chimaeron; not bad for someone in RP gear. Grrrrr.

Explanation: While farming in Nagrand, a Horde DK took Halaa by himself. I had taken it with a different DK a couple days before and we cleared it in about 10 minutes. The difficult part was him holding aggro off me, even after he switched to Blood. This DK seemed to be making short work of guards on his own so I didn’t stop farming to assist and he didn’t put a call out in any local channels for some company. The worst part is waiting for the flag to convert over – there’s nothing to do but sit and wait. I’m not sure if it applies here, but all the flags in HFP seem to switch faster the more people you have present. So when I hit an even number of powder for turn-ins, I flew up there to help watch the capture bar slide.

I was met with snide remarks about showing up in time to do nothing – and being in RP gear. The first, I’ll take. Yeah, I didn’t help the big bad DK annihilate Halaa. But RP gear? Since when is 4 piece (two of which had to come from tokens) and a Defender title RP gear? I have a couple blues still, but really? The part that pissed me off the most was I didn’t have my actual RP gear on me! I had left my motorcycle outfit in the bank so I would have more room for farming. It would have been perfect to just swap over to that and sit on my hog. Oh well.

Anyway, the next day I had the opportunity to get back in to Kara and grind away. I hit Exalted and got another pattern I was hoping for. Now I’m down to grinding this for the mount and last pattern drop off the Phantom Valets – of which there are like 3 in the whole ballroom and the respawn is a couple hours. This may take a while.

I headed out to Blade’s Edge to work on Ogri’la… FYI – Darkrunes have been removed from the game. So don’t even hope for one in that little goodie bag. And without the Darkrunes, I don’t think there’s any use for a Charged Crystal Focus or whatever, so just vendor the depleted ones. Bah. Stupid quests being removed and Blizz not removing the NPCs that babble about the items. I should have this one at exalted by the weekend. Oh, and screwing up on the Simon game when guild chat is being interesting will still kill you at 85. You really have to screw up, but it is possible.

Out of options for Ogri’la for the day, I headed over to Netherwing Ledge. I still had to do the last 2 flights to get my Skyshattered achievement. Silly me, I thought I was down to just the last guy. Of course not, I still had the lightning bastard before him. When I came out here in my mid 70s and started this, it was already too late to make use of riding crops, carrots, or enchants. When I got my 310% violet protodrake, his speed would drop to the standard speed. So past level 70, this quest chain was a bitch. Now, all speed enhancements apply even under the orc disguise. My god, that lightning asshole’s flight is LONG! And it’s way harder than Skyshatter’s, rather anticlimactic.

I’m taking time in between all of this to wait in a 30+ minute queue for Ahune. No pet yet, but I did get the Frost Lord’s Private Reserve. For those of you non-mages that get this, I recommend saving some for an old-school raid night. Go play with Sapph in Naxx. When he flies up, drink the booze and watch your raid wipe. I saw a video of it when the content was freshly recycled and it was hilarious. Everyone expects a mage’s ice block to be a trick, but the warrior? Who sees that coming?

I wanted to finish up Hyjal before Firelands drops so I ran out and saved the wee little animals with their wet little noses. I also got my little gold jouster and the Bounce achievement. Hint – pull out a mammoth and get on the trampoline, you’ll have a lot more wiggle room.

There's a joke here about splinters, I just know it.

Somewhere in there I also picked up Hex Mix out of ZA. (I was grinding the last few VP needed to get my tier chest and replace my RP blue. Grrrrrr.)

Out in Hyjal, I turned in the magic quest and got That’s a Lot of Turn Ins for the guild.

Once finished with Hyjal, it was back to Nagrand to kill more Ogres. Thankfully the ogres in Blade’s Edge care nothing for the wholesale slaughter of their cousins.

Last pile of powder looted and off to Halaa (which we thankfully had and I didn’t need to spend an hour soloing the damn place with 1.2 million HP guards), to get my last talbuk!

The talbuks have always been a favorite mount of mine. They are totally worth the grind, but, boy, am I glad that’s done! I’ve had the tokens in my bag since April of 2010.

Unfortunately, I did not get enough beads to make much of a dent in my Consortium rep grind. Off to run a heroic Mana Tombs and then into Netherstorm. I completed all the Consortium quests I could find but was still a bit away from exalted… and almost 20 quests away from completing all the quests in the zone. Odd.

Started an orderly search of each island and I finally found my missing quests down in Kirin’Var. I had started these chains but apparently ditched my placeholder quest out of my log at some point. If you haven’t done these quests, I recommend you do. It’s always interesting to go back now when you know more of the story and where it’s going, plus – Bessy needs more cowbell! Who doesn’t want to escort a spectral cow through town? There’s also a couple Hotel California references that made me lol.

Cows escorted and music references giggled at, completing Netherstorm got me Into the Nether and Loremaster of Outland. I still need Loremaster of Northrend… blarg.

Next day, more Ogri’la and Consortium. I wrangled some Ethereum Prison Keys from guild mates and was able to complete a Consortium quest chain from Netherstorm that ends up in Blade’s Edge. Between that and a little insignia farming out at the Heap, I am now a Chief Exalted Officer of the Consortium. And why that doesn’t come with a title is beyond me.

I’m 2 reputations away from 40 for the next achievement. I should have Ogri’la this weekend. Darkmoon Faire is the closest to Exalted, but being so stubborn. I have a couple mid-level decks to turn in this weekend and maybe if I’m really lucky I can find someone that will let me turn in a deck or 4 for them. Guardians of Hyjal is next on the list, but I need the Dragonmaw rep more for a necklace (have to replace all that RP gear, ya know). After that will be Thrallmar… oh but Firelands will have new reps to worry about as well. Bugger.