In the meantime

Since raiding has been off the table in any serious capacity for the past couple weeks, what have I been up to in WoW?

With the exception of this past weekend, not much.

I started playing LoL and almost as quickly lost interest.

Watched the first 4 seasons of Venture Bros. Seriously, if you aren’t watching this, you need to start. What are you waiting for? Go watch!

And then two things happened.

Patch 5.4 and the promise of 489 catch-up gear for my alts and 100 free valor (if I can cap on Arioch) each week until this shindig ends (anyone know when it will end?) had me itching to put some serious hours back in to the game.

The second thing was my overwhelming guilt for not keeping up on my cousin’s gaming podcast (check him out over at ) finally caught up with me.

I had the perfect opportunity to roam the Barrens, mindlessly slaughtering Kor’kron and escorting caravans, while listening to the MANY hours of podcast I had fallen behind on.

I am sad to say that I’m still not caught up on the podcast (episode 19!) , but I made progress all over the place in WoW on multiple characters. Continue reading

It was a squeeful event

I came to the table late for the new Darkmoon Faire, ignoring it for MONTHS before finally dragging characters through it.

Pretty quickly, I realized it was useful for leveling some professions across the awkward humps and MOUNTS AND PETS WERE THERE, DUHHHHHHH!

Pets and mounts went account-wide and suddenly it was worth going after the tickets.

So a cycle of 4 characters developed, dragging my mage, priest, paladin, and DK through the faire each month.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing all that I could be doing (picked up ear quests late, didn’t pursue the dungeon drop quests, and often missed several days) so ticket collection was painfully slow. Add to that the ticket cost of the mounts being 180 and the pets being 90 and it felt like I would never get there.

This past month, Arioch got really close to the 180 mark for the first mount. So I braved the AH and dumped some gold on the dungeon items. Continue reading

I had a thought

I actually had several thoughts, all scrawled on bits of paper which the kitties are oh, so happy to “file” away for me. Important stuff goes in the litter box, right mom?

Some of the thoughts I managed to cram into my rambling spew the other day before they ended up under large pieces of furniture courtesy of kitty paws.

But now I’ve largely lost those thoughts.

Pro Tip: It stings a bit to have Path of Frost active when using the cannon at the Darkmoon Faire.

Oh, but here’s another thought that just fluttered by.

I want the Insane title on Arioch something fierce. But the lockbox portion of it scares me off.

Need a rogue.

I have a rogue rolled on the selection screen but I’ve never logged in to him. 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


Sorry for the odd posting times, just not organized enough to get shit done the night before.

This post doesn’t really have a purpose, just me rambling about current dramatic events.

I got to raid again on Tuesday!

But first, back track to last week, when I also raided on Tuesday.

That raid was not the “normal” Tuesday raid. The “normal” raid was postponed to Friday so that a certain someone, we’ll call him Raid Leader B, could attend.

Note – Raid Leader B is the guy that insists on dragging his wife, Mage M, along to raids even though she can’t DPS her way out of a wet paper bag. Strangely, he has the backing of Officer K, who used to raid lead the more progressive group and normally required that raiders pull their own weight. Continue reading

Actual WoW Update

Taking a quick break from the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge (which really should be called 20 days of FREE CONTENT IDEAS!!) to insert a post that is actually about WoW.

My guild’s second group has altered our raiding schedule. This is the group that I raid in on my priest and used to be Tuesday and Wednesday. Since we’re regularly doing a 1-night clear, Wednesday ends up being open.

Apparently quite a few people in the group are experiencing excessive lag on Tuesdays so we’ve shortened the schedule to just raiding on Wednesday.

Until we’re ready to go “hardcore into heroics”… Continue reading

A break from beta to bring you…

A Deathwing kill shot!

I’m now 7/8 in 10 and 8/8 in 25.

The “normal” 25, not the LFR 25.

You can barely see me right there in the middle, with the ghoul hanging over me.

Deathwing doesn’t leave much in the way for an impressive kill shot, but the sky went well with all the healing green on the ground. Continue reading

Couple more notches on the old belt

So I’ve been on the Alliance side for a week and half or so now.

I remember where things were before Deathwing blew up Stormwind. I tried running into a doorway that used to lead into the only AH in SW.

WTF? There’s got to be a dozen AHs in SW now, why would they remove this one?

They didn’t of course, just expanded the hell out of it and moved the entrance. Nice little upgrades from standing on crates to personal podiums. Jaxon is moving up in the world, it would seem.

I was planning on this move being… almost casual.

The main raid for this guild is a 25-man raid and they were apparently overloaded on mages and healers. My best bet was to come over and just take it easy in the 10-man alt runs. Which in a way, was a nice setup for me as I prefer the 10-man raiding environment. I had an opportunity to kick back, not worry about being an officer, and just enjoy the end of the raiding season before 4.3 drops.

I did get to run a 10-man on Aríoch.

And then IT happened. Continue reading

Before we get to that…

Yes, Firelands.


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.

8000 and counting

After getting back from Florida with Tir, I got to spend some time just screwing around in WoW, doing things I enjoy.

The raiding schedule is supposed to pick up again this week for one last hurrah before Firelands hits on the 28th (best guess from MMO Champ) so I took the opportunity during the lull to work on some achievements I was close to earning.

Getting Timbermaw to Exalted would net me 3 achievements so it seemed like a good place to start.

I buckled down for a long afternoon of grinding and started with the southern furbolg camp in Felwood.

These guys have really gotten their shit together since the last time I was here. They’ve got little walls and fortifications now, really looks like a respectable little camp. Not bad for bears in bikinis.

22 reputation a pop, this could take a while. At least the feather turn ins will help speed it up.

Hmmm… speaking of which, I’m not getting any feathers. Maybe only the northern camp drops feathers now.

Off to the northern camp!

Nope, still too many kills without a feather drop. Something isn’t quite right here.


They reset all the quests out here with the Cataclysm.

I bet I have to go find a bear to talk to to begin earning their trust again.

Yep, the guy by the tunnel wants me to do a few new quests.

Easy reputation!

Back to the southern camp!

More easy quests for easy reputation.

(The quest to collect the honey and getting swarmed by bees was cute, I like how much more in depth the quests are now instead of randomly collecting items or kills.)

Through the tunnel and into Winterspring for more easy quests with gobs of reputation!

By the time I was done with all the new Timbermaw quests (and I possibly didn’t complete one chain as far as it could have gone), I only had to grind for about 15 minutes to have enough beads to turn in to be 999 Exalted.

But I was just shy of 8000 Achievement points and couldn’t leave it like that.

So off to Desolace to do the new Cenarion Circle quests for easy reputation!

Those quests got me well into Revered, but I still had to go to Silithus for some grinding. (There are apparently some quests in the Plaguelands, but I want to do those zones later.)

At some point I had already come to Silithus since Cata and done the Cenarion quests available there. Or something glitched. Either way, I had to grind for pages.

I got enough twilight pages to get a full 999 Exalted (it really bugs me when I don’t fill the bar and have to go back to a few to fix that now) and got my 36th exalted reputation and another achievement, bringing me to a solid 8000 points.

I have another 11 reputations at Revered.

Hopefully this weekend I can get Violet Eye done. Tir was kind enough to team up with me for a Kara clear and that almost did it. I could solo everything up to Curator but it turns out that they didn’t remove his arcane immunity and my offspec is currently “choose a talent tree to specialize in.” (I know, I’m slacking.)

After that, I’m going to go back and fill in the 4 non-Cata Exalted reps I have that aren’t all the way to 999 and then pick my next to finish.

I’m not worried about getting the Cata reputations, that will happen just as I get around to running instances or finishing questing in the new zones.

The ones I’m looking at next are:

  • Frenzyheart Tribe – just hit Revered, will take a few days, then I can switch to Oracle and play the egg-game
  • Keepers of Time – I think I have to run the Caverns of Time instances… does anyone know if the Mount Hyjal raid counts? I haven’t set foot in there yet, would be nice to get 2 birds with 1 stone
  • Ogri’la – More dailies. Yay
  • The Consortium – There’s an ogre bead turn in for these guys in Nagrand. And I need to kill ogres to get dust to get tokens to get my last Halaa mount. I see much farming in my future.
  • The Violet Eye – Should be done this weekend. After that, just need to farm for mount
  • Thrallmar – I found a couple marks of favor in my bank, between that and the guild rep bonus, this should go fast
  • Darkmoon Faire – ZOMG this is taking so long… only a few hundred more of the little decks or a dozen of the newer ones
  • Steamwheedle Cartel (Booty Bay, Everlook, Gadgetzan, Ratchet) – I haven’t done most of the quests for these cities. But I also want to try to get Bloodsail up to at least Honored for the Insane in the Membrane achievement. There is rumor that Blizz is looking at an easier way to raise Bloodsail rep without destroying Cartel rep so I will probably hold off on this collection for a while.

So Violet Eye this weekend, Darkmoon Faire as it happens… I think next I’ll bounce between Consortium and Thrallmar. Both are taking up valuable bank slots with beads and marks. But I should pick up one with dailies as well since I can’t just sit and grind that… Guess toss Ogri’la in there at the same time.

Then to work on the Honored reps… I’ll save the really nasty ones for Thanksgiving and hope we get the reputation gain buff again this year.