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Cow on Pig Action

April 24, 2009

TourGuide steered me through the wilds of Stonetalon last night seeing Greenborne through from being a paltry 21 to the dizzy heights of level 23. I will probably play a reasonable a mount on Saturday to try and get closer to getting a mount, I have a point in Feral Swiftness at the moment (it’ll be two points once I ding 24) but still it’s not what I’m used to having two level 80s both with epic flying, a little success on the Auction House has me at over 60 gold right now and I have some more items to throw up there.

My little “here’s what you do to level” add-on took me through some places and quests I haven’t done since the very early days of WoW back when I had a Hunter and then moved onto my Shaman. Windshear Crag and it’s horde of Goblins for instance, although having a stealth kitty gives me some options I’ve not had before.

Now, I may be getting confused, it’s certainly been a few years since I did much Hording, but the “Weapons of Choice” quest I always remember as being a nightmare due to the low drop rates of the weapons, I also seem to remember you had to collect 3 of each rather than one? Now I’ll admit that I may have this wrong as there are other quests I can think of where you have to go around picking up weapons so I may be getting some crossover, but now it’s just one of each things when a lot faster, also being able to stealth past mobs you don’t want to fight is awesome.

After I’d fought my way through that little area and the quests TourGuide pointed me in the direction of Gann’s Reclamation. I had bad memories of this quest and it’s nice to see that nothing has really changed, I hit my first death in around 4 levels in that place. It’s so cramped with the mobs quite close together and they have a seemingly huge aggro range and a reasonably short respawn timer to boot. I really hate that the standard mobs also have Sunder Armour. I need to kill things fast as a Kitty and have little to no armour to speak of in that form, I could go bear but then I do less damage and take longer to kill things and there are so many patrols in that little dig site that you can easily get mobbed. Swapping out of forms to heal yourself soon eats through mana as well. I finished the quest but it is still as awful as I remember from the first few times I ran through there. I’m not looking forward to the fact that my guide is showing me the Harpy quest in the Charred Vale, that’s another one I remember as frustrating, they’re all grouped up together and there are various patrols around to give added headache.

Still, despite these “setbacks” I must say that I am enjoying the Druid, my mage still has not even entered the game so I’m on target for keeping this character going. Although I am thinking that a Hunter/Mage Arena team could do an amazing amount of damage in 2v2. That’s a long way off however.

So, observations on levelling comparison between Horde and Alliance then;

I suppose the first few levels are all going to depend on your race. All my level 40+ characters are Draenei and I tend to take other races over to the Draenei starting zones as they give better rewards (and I know all the quests so can run through them pretty fast). Horde side I have a lot of Blood Elves and even though I do have a Tauren now once he finished Mulgore I hoofed it over to Ghostlands to run through that (this is partly because TourGuide gave me the option too and partly because I know the place gives better rewards than the early parts of the Barrens). You can almost discount 1-20 though as the real levelling starts after that.

With Alliance I tended to drop into Ashenvale in the early twenties, there is plenty to do there that sends you towards 30 with occasional forays into Stonetalon. I know that historically on the Horde side you didn’t hit Ashenvale until the late twenties, before TBC I always found a gap around 20-25 where you’d be all over the place trying to get to the point where you can go to Ashenvale. Now though I’ve been grabbing things across the Barrens and Stonetalon, as both zones are close to each other there are some nice paths for handing in things that keep you cycling around and the levelling is quick. I know this is going to lengthen out as I get higher and I’m looking forward to seeing how the higher end zones work Horde side. I’ll have to see where the guide takes me, it’s not boring me so far and I’m not really tempted into firing up my Alliance guys. I think it will be interesting at the point I can get into Dalaran seeing the people I know on Alliance with me on the opposite side.

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Operation: Casual Horde Weekend Update 1 – Hitting 20

April 20, 2009

So far, so good! Operation: Casual Horde hasn’t really been all that casual though. The levelling experience of getting the druid to 20 (which I achieved yesterday) was much like I’d expected, I’ve died a few times already (including one ill-fated jump off Thunderbluff trying to grab an achievement). Although I must say that hitting 20 has meant that I see the bear as actually having enough of a skill pool to be able to get through some mobs without me wanting to bang my face against a table. I know that having those kinds of feelings are not really conducive to playing a class long term, this is the third of fourth time I’ve gotten to 20 on a Druid though so I’m well versed in how things go. Now I have Kitty form I should be a lot happier and can hopefully start ripping things up.

Roop’s new Orc Spuzz is catapulting along too, I have to admit that having someone else I know levelling close to me is providing more of a sense of competition to not fall too far behind. However I’m going to commit to the more casual side of things now that the first levelling goal is out of the way. My mining and skinning is going well as I’m collecting everything I come across, I’d have around 60g by now if I hadn’t have spent almost 30 on getting the Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth the moment I dinged 20.

At the close of Friday night, this is how my junior cow was looking;

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I finished the TourGuide section for 1-12 and then decided to take the option of Ghostlands rather than sitting around doing more Barren quests. I know I’ll be back to the Barrens at 20 for a bit anyways. I’ve been following this guide pretty faithfully the only detour I had was when Spuzz (Roop) and I decided to try and 2-man Ragefire Chasm, which we did, although we had to wait about half an hour to actually get in to the damn place and once we finally did get in my computer dropped the Internet after the first pull. Luckily a restart cleared everything up and we finished the instance without any problems.

Saturday out of the way and more upgrades for the Beeflord;

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Sunday hit and I was happy with how things have been progressing so far, the addition of Faerie Fire to my spell list has been a greater change to my damage output than it may at first seem. Starting off the pull with that spell has seen me reduce the amount of time taken to kill mobs significantly. Running through the final sections of the Ghostlands on my trusty guide managed to get me well over halfway to 21 before completing the guide. I’ve also kept up with my cooking and First Aid so my tradeskills are keeping pace with my levelling progress. As things have gone so well I’ve now taken my foot off the gas and started to be more relaxed and didn’t spend all night last night playing where usually I would have.

One final update on how Greenborne is looking before I offer some observations;

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Check out those pants! You should also notice that his horns have changed, there’s not much in the way of haircuts for the bovine-inclined among us but I thought that these horns suit him more than the originals so there.

Observations;

  1. What exactly is the point of the Satyr boss in RFC? He doesn’t drop any loot….
  2. Isn’t it odd that mobs are perfectly happy to ignore you walking right in front of them until you grab a pickaxe and start mining?
  3. Why do Zombie Trolls only let off poisonous gas when they die and not when you pummel them with a mallet as big as they are?
  4. Despite having hooves I can still wear the same shoes that are given out to everyone else who has killed 10 Ghostpaw Lynxes already…
  5. Why are the Golden Plains some of the hilliest terrain around? Aren’t Plains supposed to be mostly flat?
  6. Orgrimmar is filled with high level guards to protect the city, yet in the bowls of that same place there is a cave filled with much lower level nasties that I should got fight when I barely have any skills.
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Chocks Away!

March 13, 2009

Well, I didn’t manage to grab level 79 last night, although I am over halfway there and I managed to \epicfail the Violet Hold quests, more on that later.

Things started out well, I went back to Storm Peaks to carry on with my K3 quests and they are a pretty decent set too, especially setting up mine fields to cause massive casualties to Snowbolds and Magnataur.

However, the problem with my levelling plan became apparent all too quickly, it seems Storm Peaks is adequately named. The reason I haven’t zoomed over to Icecrown is because that zone really needs a flying mount to do, when I went through with my Priest I already had the epic flyer that made this a painless experience. Lekktra on the other hand is still about 1500 gold short of the epicness. I did as many of the K3 quests as I could actually get too but there are mountains in the way, a mite inconvenient. I ended up at the second quest hub and realised that things weren’t going to get any easier, my plans to earn the cash for the epic flyer and only start soaring the skies of Northrend seemed to be nonviable. So, I packed up my bags and headed to Shadowmoon Valley, grabbed myself a Golden Gryphon (Bo had a Snowy one) and also grabbed a Swift Green (Bo has a Swift Red) while I was there figuring that I can buy the skill in Dalaran and it saves me a trip to Outland when I actually do have the cash. I’m still hoping to get into a Strat timed run once I grab 80 with the guild and get farmed to a Drake.

Equipped with the amazing speediness of a whopping 60% flying speed I set off for Icecrown once again and completed the first few phases of the Argent Crusade quest line. Even though doing it on the Priest was a long and laborious task it was still a fun chain and now I have the uber-blasting power of my Shaman I can rocket through it quite happily. So I’ve had to abandon my original levelling for mount plan but think that even though I’ve already laid out 300g now on mounts, the fact that I have more places accessible is going to been a bonus, especially now I’m in Icecrown and the gold if flowing freely, I ended the night with 55% of the level complete, still not bad in a three hour session that saw me back and forth to Outland and grabbing an instance too.

PUG instances really do take too much time. I thought I’d be able to grab the quest for the key etc.. and get some decent XP and a quick instance run, I also added myself to LFG for Gun’drak and Utgarde Pinnacle. Violet Hold was the first one to come up, being in Icecrown I wasn’t far away from Dalaran either. When I joined the group consisted of myself on Lekktra, a Ret Pally(73), a Feral Druid(73) and a tanking Death Knight(77). The leader (the Druid) spent a good while trying to grab a healer, I’d already offered to heal if needed and after re-iterating this point we grabbed another Ret Pally (this one 79) and I made my way back to town. Shockingly I’m standing at the instance entrance for a good while, the 79 Pally arrives second. The Death Knight comes and grabs the Violet Hold key quest and shares it, I forget to hand in this first part and do so at the end of the instance to then get the follow-on to actually do the instance….bugger.

Still no movement from the Druid or other Pally, eventually after the 79 Pally and I make some comments in Party chat the druid decides to stop his questing and comes on over, the Pally doesn’t have a FP and hasn’t been to Dalaran yet so we have to ninja pull him through a Battleground. I swap Flametongue weapon for Earthliving and am ready to go, the 73 Pally DCs as we are about to start but suddenly springs to life and starts buffing everyone with the same Blessing the 79 Pally had given us five minutes earlier. He gets rebuked as he had already been asked to provide a different Blessing (which he never renewed when the first one expired). With that out of the way we began the instance, I healed mainly but threw out a little DPS now and again and still put out 800DPS even though healing, Hybrids ftw. The whole run went fine and we had no deaths, I got the loot of dragon-lady and went outside to hand in my quest to realise I should have handed it in before we’d started and gotten the follow on…. \noob!

I went and did some more Icecrown quests and called it a night. I may hold off on instances tonight and just go straight for the quests and grind my merry way to 79. I should be able to accomplish that which leaves me with a Saturday devoid of anything other than racing my way to 80 and hopefully being able to use that epic flyer that’s sitting in my bags.

Chocks Away!

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Nesingwary Vs Arthas – The Real Villain

March 10, 2009

One of these characters is the focus of the latest Expansion pack to the critically acclaimed MMO we all know and love (love to hate in some circumstances perhaps). He is the biggest baddest leader of a vast Undead horde seeking to extinguish all life from the face of Azeroth. However, is he the true enemy of all life? The only quests available to actually serve him are those that are in the Death Knight starting zone, I’d like to suggest that there is another threat that has quietly been going about it’s work and has recruited far more members to its cause than that of the Lich King’s.

That’s right folks, the biggest, most evil character in all of WoW is Hemet Nesingwary!

Many MMOs have their smatterings of quests that run to the formula “Kill X of Y” it’s part and parcel of the whole MMO experience, an accepted part of the levelling process. However, Hemet Nesingwary and seemingly innocuous camps appear throughout the various releases of the game, from a meagre start in the jungle depths of Stranglethorn Vale he moved over to the other-worldly remains of the Orc homeworld Draenor that is known as Outland and recently he has braved the frozen wastes of Northrend. I have raised these things with my guild as I’ve been doing the various Nesingwary chains, heck we even get achievements of the wholesale slaughter of massive herds of these beasties. If we look at Stranglethorn Vale, the first time his followers are encountered there are a large number of quests involving wiping out large portions of the jungle wildlife, Tigers, Panthers and the humble, majestic Raptor are all culled in a flurry of bloodshed in exchange for some coins and the shot at a few pieces of equipment when you have proved yourself “worthy” to go after some bigger named critters.

You may congratulate yourself on making the jungle a safer place for travellers as a lot of those nasty predators get a face full  of axe, or in my case an ass full of lightning. Maybe that is so but then we encounter more in Nagrand, here you’re attacking creatures that wouldn’t say boo to a goose until you run up and start bashing their head into the ground, but who can blame them for defending themselves? No wonder the animals get more aggressive the further down the quest chain you get, they’ve been warned about the living avatar of genocide that is brutally butchering their way through the serene grassy plains.

After the wholesale slaughter of HUGE numbers of creatures in Nagrand those of us with an eye for detail will start to notice Nesingwary’s insidious plan for world domination and the ruination of all races, whether this is some insane plan to allow the Dwarf to single-handedly claim all the worlds gold and treasure is unknown, all I have been able to ascertain is that he’s been very, very clever with his plans. I’ll move onto Northrend after I reveal what the Dwarf mastermind is up to. Let’s examine exactly what he asks you to kill, starting at the very beginning, out there in Stranglethorn Vale, you dodge the Trolls and Gorillas but pursue Nesingwary’s genocidal campaign against Tiger, Panther and Raptor species. Now, I can tell you that the Panthers are in there to try and add a legitimacy to his “Hunter” professional claims, but look at the other two, Tigers and Raptors, notice what these two have in common?

I can hear those cogs whirring….

Want me to put you out of your misery?

Ok, both Tiger Meat and Raptor Meat are used in nice tasty recipes that budding Chefs cook up as a matter of course. Coincidence you might claim, ok, let’s move on then to Nagrand. Talbuks, Clefthoof and Rocs, same pattern again, one species thrown in, two others that provide delicious meats destined to feed the hungry. Coincidence again? I think not! One can only imagine the depths of depravity that are now being sunk to in Northrend as Nesingwary tries to throw his legion of cold-blooded “hunters” off the true scent of his quest for the death of fauna, he knocks things up a gear and asks you to primarily take down only one species that provides tasty protein snacks, the ill-fated Shardhorn Rhino. The Dreadsabers are filler as is the nasty “I don’t care what you kill just make sure you kill 60” quest. As an aside, all that leather that can come from these poor innocent animals would normally be destined for clothiers to enshroud our erstwhile Druid and Rogue friends, again perhaps no coincidence that the Druids of the D.E.T.H.A. are out to stop him and his army of loot-crazed followers. Perhaps for them it’s less about hunting poor fluffy bunnehs and more about having to run round in their boxers due to a lack of appropriate knit-ware (although bearform in undoubtedly toasty warm). I’m probably personally responsible for the death of some starving orphans in Stormwind as I’ve completed all these quest chains, heck, I’d hate to think how many characters I have personally gone through Stranglethorn Vale with over the years, each one culling substantial meat from the tables of the Human capital a few zones away…..those poor children!

So there we have it, who is the most evil person in WoW? The exiled Prince seeking to unleash his plague of unlife upon the world, or the Dwarf with an eye to global starvation? Next time you’re out there randomly exterminating herds of roaming antelope have a think about it!