November 30, 2008

Really Busy

Posted in Blog tagged , , , , at 1:13 am by Andrea

Hello Peeps!

I dinged 77 on Pallylust last night! Woot! Time to do all of my exploration because that is some awesome and easy XP and of course, an achievement. I am continuing to work on my cooking and Kaluak Dailies and leveling. Also, we had a rather large Thanksgiving get together and I’ve been working to get my Christmas shopping done this weekend.

Finally I have been working on a HUGE post, featuring ALL of the Northrend Dailies, and it has become a far larger project then I anticipated. I’ve been working on it for four days already, and I’m only about half done. So please, stay with me while I finish this post for you all. I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll be finishing it and having it up asap.

After that post I intend to put one together featuring ALL of the cooking recipies in the game, making it easier for you to obtain them all for your achievement, and to help along to secure you the title of “Chef”.

Once that is finished I hope to get a page going featuring all of the dailies in the game… and eventually one dedicated to how to get achievements finished effiently. So as you can see, I’ve got a lot on my mind, and a lot on my plate. Please stay tuned.

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November 26, 2008

Children of Wrath

Posted in Memories, WoW tagged , , , , , , , at 9:11 pm by Andrea

blogazeroth_badgeIt’s time for a Blog Azeroth Shared topic! I haven’t done one in a long time so here we go. Starman of Casual Raid Leader asks:

 

What things will the Children of Wrath never see? What aspects of the world will they miss? What aspects will have changed so dramatically that they have no concept of things we speak of?

Now, you already likely know that I’m from “Classic WoW” meaning Ive been playing since release. Four years of WoW Goodness (Happy Belated Birthday, WoW, btw). There are many things I’ve experienced and seen, that previously the BC Babies didn’t get to know, and now the Children of Wrath, (CoWs? LOL) Will never know, either.  So here’s my list of things that the CoWs will never know…

 

  1. The joys of REAL world PvP, like the constant battle between Tarren Mill and Southshore. Before there were battlegrounds, there was just…. killing.
  2. On the note of World PvP, you’ll never have to see an entire 40 man raid get wiped out on it’s way into Molten Core
  3. Or know having a 40 man raid zone out of Blackwing Lair, to find themselves faced with a different 40 man about to go on. Mass killing ensues.
  4. They’ll never know what it was like getting Mind Controlled into the hot firey lavas of Blackrock Mountain.
  5. When BRD was Endgame. and 10 man.
  6. Same for LBRS and UBRS…. even Strat and Scholo used to host more then five. We freaked and wondered how it would be possible to do it with five.
  7. The warlock epic mount quest. It was so epic, and now… its trainable.
  8. When WSG came out, and the wait was HOURS to get in. And you had to queue at the portal. Bet the CoWs don’t know where it is.
  9. And then came Arathi Basin, and it was more of the same.
  10. And then, AV! 40 mans against the opposing faction of your own server! The queues were super long, and the battles went on for days! You could log out and come back the next day to the same battle. Exalted in one go, and you’d find out later who eventually won in the realm forums.
  11. AV AFKers

    AV AFKers

    Speaking of AV, you’ll never know how it evolved. Epic Long battles with NPCs and fighting on the bridge, to mass races of who can kill the boss first, to MASSIVE AFK fests, to what it is now.

  12. Peeling the Onion, find it, and read it.
  13. They’ll never know the joys of the Happy Fun Rock.
  14. Bag space management! You’ll have the biggest bags ever! And not have to carry your pets/mounts in it. Also, clams didn’t used to stack!
  15. When cooked foods didn’t have stats
  16. and Dishonorable Kills were, ZOMG the end of all
  17. When Major City Raids were a common occurance
  18. and Onyxia attunement was way long and hard to do
  19. The AQ world event, and the opening of the Gates!
  20. The lagging and crashing of The Burning Crusade during its first few days
  21. The joy of having EVERY SINGLE PERSON on your server in the same zone, at the same time. (Hellfire, I mean)
  22. The server upgrades Blizz did, the massive server queues that came because of it, and having your battlegroup taken down for two days.
  23. The joys of the craptastic grind fest that was 1-70, there were no experience nerfs upon realease of The Burning Crusade
  24. The fun of going from hard core 40 man raids, to not so hardcore 10 mans.

    MC Raiders

    MC Raiders

  25. Learning Karazhan
  26. Being killed by Garrote AFTER Moroes died.
  27. Experiencing first hand all the lore that has lead us to where we are today.
  28. Attunements. Long ones.
  29. Rep Grinds, harsh, horrible rep grinds.
  30. The horrible killing spree that was grinding for the Forumla: Enchant Bracers Spellpower
  31. The fun of Doomwalker…. and Doom Lord Kazzak
  32. The Sunwell event, and the introduction of dailys
  33. Classic WoWers had to really work for gold, BC Babies were introduced to Dailies late in the game, CoWs will never know that gold doesn’t rain from the sky.
  34. Gold Spam. In tells.
  35. The fights for Halaa
  36. Primal Farming…
  37. Having to farm mobs relentlessly (or instances) for that one profession pattern.
  38. The 75 or so runs to get that Sun Eater for you or your tank.

    Sun Eater Runs

    Sun Eater Runs

  39. The shock that was Heroics.
  40. The having to choose PvP or PvE and stick to it, cause you couldn’t go back to PvP once you left it.
  41. They’ll never know Halloween without the Headless Horseman.
  42. Nor what it really means to… loot the damn Dogs.
  43. Finkle’s Skinner…
  44. Leeroy Jenkins…
  45. The Ony Wipe Movie isn’t quite so funny.
  46. And the grind for fire resist gear is not what it was.

This list could actually go on and on…. but you get the idea. Some of these you can still go back and do, but it just isn’t the same. The Children of Wrath will never know the things that the BC Babies now have notched into their belts… just as the BC babies will never know mine. But new memories will be made, and it wont be too long before another group of WoW descendants are born. For now, Welcome to the New Era, and enjoy the bright shiny new world, Children of Wrath.

November 25, 2008

My First Poll!

Posted in Blog tagged , , , , , , at 8:02 pm by Andrea

I don’t do polls often. Why not? I dunno… just don’t think about it really. But last night Hubby was checking out the new layout of the blog, and decided that he downright hated it. In fact, he likes the old one better. Now his opinion doesn’t matter (haha, but I still love him) but yours does! So vote away on your preference… and let me know… because this blog is for you, the reader.

November 24, 2008

Style Changes

Posted in Blog tagged , , at 8:59 pm by Andrea

As you might have noticed, I’ve changed the theme and updated some links here on the site. However, I am always looking for awesome blogs to add to my blogroll! If you have a great blog that I have missed, please comment here and leave me a link so I can check it out!

Paladin Healing in Wrath

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , , , , at 6:49 pm by Andrea

Well, now that I’ve had a chance to level a bit (which I am doing Holy, and ding, 76 btw) I guess I can say some things about healing in some of the instances. First and foremost, I must declare my love for Beacon of Light. I no longer have to choose between the tank and a DPS. I love being able to heal both at the same time. This have become useful in fights that have an AOE ability. I generally just keep it up throughout the instance, though that is hardly nessecary.

For the standard five mans from level 70 to 75, I’ve noticed a lot of recycled fights and areas, but some are really unique. I came across one instance that didn’t have any trash really, only bosses with mulitple waves of baddies before it. These kind of fights do a number on my mana regen. The first time through I didn’t know what to expect, and of course we wiped, but once I saw it I was able to adjust, and with proper rotation of my abilities I was able to not only sustain my mana, but never have to use a pot. So here’s that casting rotation that I use all instance long. It allows my tank to continuously pull without me needing to stop and drink.

Beacon of Light — I always cast this on my tank. That way, should there be an AOE ability, I can heal up my DPS first, and not have to worry about the tank going down. Very handy for the single target healers like us.

Gift of the Naaru (Draenei only as needed) — I put this up on boss fights that have fears or other non casting spaces in them. It holds over my tank until I come out of it.

Divine Plea — I hit this innervate like ability every single time it comes up. I have a handy mod that makes a sound each time one of my cooldowns comes up… so I don’t forget. So long as you remember to pop this every time it comes up, you’ll have little to worry about in terms of mana.

Trinkets — I usually pop these when I use Divine Plea. The reason for this is you DO take a spellpower hit in using Divine Plea. I use my trinkets to help counter that.

Divine Illumination — I pop this usually AFTER my Divine Plea has finished. This allows me to spam away and use less mana… and lasts 15 seconds… so I only cast using full mana without regening for 45 seconds more… and then I pop Divine Plea again.

Lay on Hands (as needed) — Desperate times call for desperate measures. If I must use this spell, I throw it down and then pop my divine plea. There is also a Glyph that rewards mana back to you when you use this spell.

Light’s Grace and Holy Shock (as needed, NOT MANA EFFCIENT) — I ONLY use these two, and always together, in a desperate attempt to get my tank back up to a relatively safe point, so that I can resume normal healing.

Rinse and Repeat

All the while, while healing, I actually rarely use my Holy Light spell. It just takes too darn long to cast. I have a bit of haste on me, but I still prefer to spam my Flash of Light. It’s quick, it casts often, and crits often. Of course with crits comes more mana back for me, which in turn still leads to my sustainability. 

Currently, my paladin sits with 1230 spell power, 11k hitpoints, and 28 percent crit holy. She’s still half in TBC gear, and her build is just made up. It isn’t one I picked up online. I generally put the points where they sounded nice, and Ive started building down the ret tree a little bit hoping to make my questing a little bit easier. She also has all her Glyphs, which I will post about in due time. For now, I wanted to get this casting rotation out there, for anyone who might be struggling with mana regen in the new instances.

November 22, 2008

Veteran of the Wrathgate

Posted in Questing, WoW tagged , , , , at 12:25 am by Andrea

I had thought to do a post on this quest chain, after several guildies approached me on it after I aquired the achievement yesterday. It is an awesome chain, and I recommend that everyone gets a chance to see it. However, I got caught up in piles of homework, so instead, my husband Garen has written out this post for you to enjoy today…. I had orginally taken screen shots to include with this post but after some thought decided it is far better to see it for yourself. There are no spoilers here, all information regarding how to help you with the quest and any lore is listed behind the links, so don’t fear, it will still be awesome for you… so without further ado, Garen’s Comprehensive List for the Quest Chain Veteran of the Wrathgate!

 

The other day I’m sitting in guild chat while I quest my happy patookus off in Howling Fjord (The most awesome zone in WoW according to my personal opinion), and I see someone in the guild gets an achievement.

[Guild]: Uberwarrior has earned the achievement [Veteran of the Wrathgate].

Hey, I say to myself, I know what that is. So I click it, and I decide to myself, “I want to complete that quest line”.

ANDREA! Let’s go do that epic quest line!

To which she replies, “fine” (She huffed at me at this point).

So, I hit WoWWiki and look up what I gotta do. After digging for almost 45 minutes I come to the conclusion that this is going to suck. But, the epicness of the quest line makes it worth it.

So, Andrea and I sit down figure out where we are at. We had just finished EVERY SINGLE QUEST in Howling Fjord, so we were off to a good start. Now, I won’t tell the entire line by line of how we got to see the end of this epic quest chain, so here it is. In full linkable glory. I hope you enjoy.

 

Veteran of the Wrathgate

Complete the following series of quest chains in Howling Fjord.

1.       [71] The Clutches of Evil

2.       [71] Mage-Lieutenant Malister

3.       [71] Two Wrongs…

4.       [71] Report to Scout Knowles

5.       [71] Mission: Eternal Flame

6.       [71] Mission: Package Retrieval

7.       [71] Mission: Forsaken Intel

8.       [71] Absholutely… Thish Will Work!

9.       [71] You Tell Him …Hic!

10.     [71] Mission: Plague This!

11.     [71] Operation: Skornful Wrath

12.  Complete these three quests for the Westguard Sergeant:

        [71] Burn Skorn, Burn!

        [71] Gruesome, But Necessary

        [71] Towers of Certain Doom

13.   [72] All Hail the Conqueror of Skorn!

 

After completing these quests, the following chain opens up in Dragonblight.

1.       [72] Of Traitors and Treason

2.       [72] High Commander Halford Wyrmbane

3.       [72] Naxxramas and the Fall of Wintergarde

4.       [72] Flight of the Wintergarde Defender

5.       [72] Return to the High Commander

6.       [72] Rescue from Town Square &  [72] The Fate of the Dead

7.       [72] Find Durkon!

8.       [72] The Noble’s Crypt

9.       [73] Secrets of the Scourge

10.     [73] Mystery of the Tome

11.     [73] Understanding the Language of Death

12.     [73] A Righteous Sermon

 

After completing the Righteous Sermon quest line, you then need to complete the following quest chain. This is also in Dragonblight. Just a warning, the Righteous Sermon is about 8 minutes long, boring, and you just wish that the priest would stop talking. HOWEVER, there are some awesome “Exorcist” references during the sermon itself.

1.       [72] The Demo-gnome

2.       [72] The Search for Slinkin

3.       [72] Leave Nothing to Chance &  [72] The Bleeding Ore &  [72] Not in Our Mine

4.       [72] Understanding the Scourge War Machine

 

At this point, you have completed the prerequisites for the most UBER-EPIC quest chain thus far. From here on out is the actual Wrathgate quest line.

1.       [73] Into Hostile Territory

2.       [73] Steamtank Surprise

3.       [73] Scattered To The Wind & [73] Breaking Off A Piece

4.       [73] The Chain Gun And You

5.       [73] Plunderbeard Must Be Found!

6.       [73] Plunderbeard’s Journal

7.       [73] Chasing Icestorm: The 7th Legion Front

8.       [73] Chasing Icestorm: Thel’zan’s Phylactery

9.       [73] Finality

10.     [73] An End And A Beginning

11.     [73] To Fordragon Hold!

12.     [74] Audience With The Dragon Queen

13.     [74] Galakrond and the Scourge

14.     [74] On Ruby Wings

15.     [74] Return To Angrathar

16.     [74] Reborn From The Ashes

17.     [74] Fate, Up Against Your Will

18.     [74] A Royal Coup

19.     [74] The Killing Time

20.     [74] The Battle For The Undercity

 

By the time you hit this point, your jaw will be on the floor, you will be stammering like a fool, and jumping up and down out of sure excitable geekyness.

Of course, you are also now done and have done three things.

1.       You have seen the most EPIC cutscene in the game.

2.       You have invested a few hours into the game that yielded some XP, a little cash, and wasted time while           your parents yell at you to get off that damn computer game and come to dinner.

3.       You got your hands on a fancy little achievement.

Anyways, That’s the quest chain. It’s epic, it’s uber, it’s awesome. It’s done.

Now, go fish up some coins in Dalaran. It’s what all the cool kids are doing.

 

November 19, 2008

Moments of Asshattery

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , at 5:04 pm by Andrea

The Big Bear Butt Blogger has asked us to post about a true moment of asshattery that has been inflicted upon us since Wrath was released…. in his post he states:

Bloggers, here is my challenge to you!

Share with us on your blog your favorite moment of asshatery commited against you in these first few days of the expansion. It must have some funny twist that raises it out of the norm.

OR…

Share with us your “WoW, people can be awesome out of nowhere” moment.

While I’ve encountered many mine stealing jerks… these two… players… shine out above the rest. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve encountered some really great folks… like the Hunter who gave me the cobolt node that we both ran up to at the same time, and then gave me instructions on how to find more nodes, thus sharing his wealth of knowledge with me to better my own WoW experience. I can’t remember his name… but he’s awesomeness in my book. Also, the mage named Offline…. who withstood massive amounts of abusive deaths on my account, in having built a group for UK assuming that our warrior was a tank, when he was not… so a 68 DeathKnight in craptastic gear tried to tank. The warrior tried to help… there was dying as my holiness tried my damnedest to heal… and finally failed entirely at the encounter like Romeo and Juilet. But still… he stuck it out, never once complaining… and even being sorry we couldn’t complete the run. That guy was awesome.

Ah yes, nice people in WoW… but sometimes you meet people so terrible… they make you forget… like the guy who stole all the bat poop from the bats I had to kill in order to get em to poop in the first place. (Blizzard, get over the poop quests, srsly!) (Don’t worry though…. we found him AFK and trained mobs on his ass. He died a horrible death for screwing with me. Take that you evil druid. I know. I’m just as terrible).

Nope…. this story is worse then that.

Hubby and I were working on a quest chain up in Borean Tundra. This chain eventually leads to sending you to a place up in the sky, that is round and confusing, where you need to go up top, and kill one of Arthas’ lackeys. Its a nice long encounter complete with back story, lore, and needing the wait your turn. When Garen and I arrived there was a group of four waiting for their go. So we grabbed up a solo druid, and waited our turn. We helped the first group get there kill, waited for the event to reset and start again. The first group appreciated our patience and offered to stay to help kill him again. We were greatful.

Suddenly, a priest and a warrior arrive on the seen. I didn’t catch the warrior’s name but the priest was called Blacksun. They also were allies, and could hear us clearly when we offered to invite them to our group, as we had room for both. But no, instead they ran up, and tagged the dude we’d been waiting for, killed him, and walked off without a word despite my tell of “Hey, that was messed up”. But wait… its not over yet…

The group that had gone first was upset by what they saw, and decided to stay for another go. So we waited for the reset…. and wait… what is this? The Priest and Warrior are back! What could they want now? The kill is the last in the chain. No reason to come back. They say nothing and even buff me. Gee, I thought… maybe they felt bad for us…. but just in case I was constantly spamming for the moment that mob turned red…. and I’m glad I was…. both of them had tried to jack the mob a second time…. FOR NO OTHER REASON THEN TO BE ASSHATS! Oooooohhhh I had many nasty things I wanted to say to them… but I held my tounge. I got my kill and it was overwith for now… so I walked away.

I suppose I got semi revenge. I later saw the priest ask in general chat for a port to Dalaran… and I saw our only level 74 (at the time) guildy mage respond. I took my opportunity, and explained over general what the priest had done, and how he didn’t deserve any help. Luckily, seven other familiar names chimed in to confirm my story…. and my guildy renigged. I hope that priest doesn’t get a port…. ever.

So there you have it.

So now I pass it on. Bloggers…. What’s YOUR story?

Pop Culture References

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , at 4:01 pm by Andrea

 

TNMT Reference

TNMT Reference

I love these little gems. Maybe you’ve noticed them here and there… like O’Rly the owl in Tenaris and Yarly the auctioneer in Undercity. Then there is the very well known Indiana Jones reference in Zul’Aman, Paris Hilton toon (Haris Pilton and her dog, Tinkerbell), and the quest references a-plenty like those that refer to Star Wars and Back to the Future, and more recently, The Six Million Dollar Man. Well… I found a new one. I was off questing in Dalaran, doing the cooking daily, in the sewers plucking up some Infused Mushrooms, when I stumbled upon a rat and four turtles sitting near some green ooze. I think this is by far one of my favorite references I’ve found. So here, have a picture.

November 18, 2008

Questing In Northrend

Posted in Questing, WoW tagged , , , , , , , at 8:02 am by Andrea

 

Darkenedlust, My DK

Darkenedlust, My DK

I am having a blast leveling my Paladin. Though quest stuffs are hard to come by, and I am finding that I am getting tired of the zones before I am done with them, I am still having a grand ol’ time. Pallylust dinged 73 today, and Darkenedlust (My Death Knight) hit 59 yesterday. Both have been fun to play, though I am loving the DK more then I expected to. I am running her as frost spec atm, though I hear constant arguements in general chat that Unholy and Blood are far better for leveling. I’m not concerned. I just did the one that looked fun. 

 

On Pally, I got to do a quest that involved a murloc suit.

Hey, Your Zipper is Showing!

Hey, Your Zipper is Showing!

Paired up with the ADORABLE little baby murlocs that called me “Mama” I’d have to say those quests are quite fun. I made sure to take some time to do a /dance in my murloc suit, and to check out the finer details. Hubby pointed out to me that I had a tube sock on my back that I didn’t even notice. However I DID notice the giant zipper running down the back. You’d think the murlocs would have noticed, too. Along with these quests, we slaughtered us some Orcas, and ended up with the achievement for completing 130 quests in the Borean Tundra: Nothing Boring About Borean Tundra. Dragonblight didn’t appeal to Hubby and I, so we decided to head out to the Howling Fjord next and then hit up the Grizzly Hills. 

 

 

Spear Surfin'!

Spear Surfin

Howling Fjord has been great in it’s own right. I’d have to say so far, my favorite part has been shooting the buildings with the giant harpoons, and then harpooning myself down on a spear from the other side of the water. The zone is beautiful, and I’ve found plenty of Cobolt Ore lying around, and a great spot to kill turkeys for the turkey acheivement. All in all I’d say its a great zone to check out. I also recently finished all the DHETA’S Little Pita Quests, and am also intending to do some Nessy quests as well. I’ll let you know how that goes. Either way, it’s getting very late, so I should be off to bed. Good luck out there everyone!

November 16, 2008

Good Job, Bliz

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , , at 2:29 am by Andrea

 

The Nexus

The Nexus

No really, this isn’t a crack shot. It takes a lot of work to keep a game of this scale running. I think Blizzard did a superb job with the transistion from TBC to WotLK. I’ve only experienced minimal lag. The frusterating things I HAVE encountered have been no fault of blizzard’s, unless you count making a game so awesome it attracts so many people that mobs are no where to be found and queues are sky high. In fact, thats what I’m doing right now…. waiting for my turn in the queue. We didn’t used to have a queue, now we have one 1000+. It’s mildly frusterating but I’m sure it will dwindle soon. Anyways, Pallylust is level 71. We already have a few 80s on our server but I am so through rushing it. I’ve taken my time, been playing with my hubby, and even fit in an instance. The zones are beautiful and the small details

The Nexus

The Nexus

go far. I specially love the death effect of some mobs, where they hit the ground and explode into dust upon impact. It’s a nice touch. And if you happen to do an instance, the Nexus is very pretty and a nice easy one to start with. I went last night and healed it with only one wipe, most of the trash mobs were cake. I also took some time to level fishing up a bit, and am LOVING the stat food available to me. I’ve got quite the to-do list still though.

 

So on that note, Im gonna go attempt to level some more.

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