So I started out hitting up some quests and it all seemed pretty easy on Timeless Isle. Then the chain began, Kill 50 Elites and Kill 5 Rares. That sounded easy until I tried it…. it’s kind of embarrassing being slaughtered by a pink stork.
So I tired the Turtles and that was worse.
I didn’t even go near the others, they were 91 or more Elites.
It was also busy and I’d be setting up to tag a pink stork, laying out totems, letting the doggies out, casting Lightning Bolt… when someone would come past and tag them.
I did manage to kill Evermaw as I was stuffing about.
So off to guild chat for some pointers about Timeless Isle. With some tips I managed to get a few pieces of gear. I also ran several Scenarios and 5man Heroics. These didn’t get me much gear, but the JP and VP helped me buy some more stuff. Hopefully I can be back here in time on Sundays to run Flex with the guild too.
And in other big news, Dasal arrived. I changed her name to Magdasal, so almost the same. Close enough that I was happy.
Once again, McTacky gave me a lift to The Shrine, picking up a bunch of flightpaths along the way. And then back to the start of Pandaria to start the levelling all over again.
Das is going to run Shadow for a little bit, then I might go back to Holy and run through some dungeons. That’s how she levelled before and it will be a challenge to do it again.
And there it is folks, 90. Of course, it wasn’t just a merry wander from 89 to 90. My last WoW post had me questing in Valley of Four Winds, when I realised that as I was so close to 90 and these zones were for lower levels, I was doing myself a disservice by continuing here. I bravely set out to find my way to other zones. Better xp.
Exploring as I did, I discovered some interesting sites, and took some concerning journeys.
I disturbed this little guy, I really didn’t want to bash in his head, but he wouldn’t quit.
I scaled some more walls.Eventually found myself in the Dread Wastes helping out the insect guys. Awakening several of their elders in an interesting chain of quests. I may go back and finish these.
This soon had my bags full and a friendly guildie (Thanks Mctacky) kindly gave me a lift to the Shrine of Two Moons. It would seem that in my haste I had abandoned a quest chain that would have led me to the city on Pandaria. Here I found a bank and emptied or sold all the assorted items I was holding. This all happened in the days before Fiji and last night.Tonight, with 15% to go, I spent some more time running quests for the Insect guys before a hand in put me over the line. And Mabaho was 90! About two months for 5 levels.
Now this is a cool pair of fist weapons. Pity they’re just temporary.
But what to do? Well first up was to head to the Shrine and pick up flying. 2500G, I remember when that would have been an enormous sum for me. The general improvements in everybodies’ income these days meant it was a simple click.
And I was flying again. So the next challenge was to gear up. The suggested Timeless Isle and so a quest later I was on the shores of this unusual zone. I wandered about doing some quests, generally staying out of the way of players and the multitude of Elites. I’m still scarred from the old Vanilla days when Elites were scary, vicious, brutal opponents, not just a bit tougher, maybe have to fight for twice as long as they are now. But it seemed I just wandered merrily about, as other players killed all the mobs and I just found and opened treasures full of purple gear…. Hmmm, Timeless Isle seems a good way to get started!
So what about tomorrow… I wonder if I can slip into a guild run of something.
OK. I measured out the distance and went out to find some options at the shops. I came back with a long cable and a connector to allow me to have RJ12 on one end and RJ45 on the other. As I was mucking trying to sort out the tidiest route to run the cable I tried one of the other sockets in the house, which also worked.
Then it dawned on me that the socket I had just tried was an RJ12 not the RJ45. I could run the big long cable without connectors (less signal loss) and put the routers exactly where I had planned in the first place.
Bonus was that the cable would run around the rooms in such a way that I wouldn’t be crossing (and likely tripping or pulling them out) the cables very often.
And all was good…..
Well after a non-stop drive down to Canberra, I’m finally in my place here… and probably should head to bed very soon.
I spent the afternoon building desks and unpacking, connecting computers, after carrying all of it upstairs. I then spent some time trying to work out why the internet wasn’t working. About 1930 I logged a job on the service desk and waited…
I was just about to turn in for the night (about 2130) when the Tech Support guy rang me back. He was very helpful and we eventually established that the phone jack in the room I have set up as a study, isn’t connected to the phone line in the house.
So now I have the modem in one room, wifi to the iMac here and the server with my iTunes library and Time Machine backup is currently off the network (no wifi card in it).
I see several choices.
- move rooms (means dismantling both desks and beds and swapping them, then putting them together again and setting it all up….. ugh). Though having the ensuite in my study sounds kinda cool.
- get a tech in to look at patching the port in the study (I don’t think that would be cheap…)
- some sort of complicated multiple router setup, I could do it easy enough, and I think I wouldn’t even have to buy anything, but I’d still have wifi to the internet.
- What about a crossover cable to the server? Or is the iMac port smart enough to switch over itself. Of course that works until the new computer and PlayStation get set up here as well, grrrr…
Hmm, maybe I should just measure how long the phone cable needs to be to reach from that room to this one … heads off to start counting paces around the house.
Remember the principle – Keep it Simple, stupid.
Well we farewell Fiji early tomorrow after an awesome holiday. Mrs Mab has had a fantastic birthday, the girls have had a lot of fun and had some new experiences. We all had some great food and time to relax.
The Fijian people have proved just as friendly as their reputation says. I might not remember anything much from my last visit 30 years ago, but I hope it’s not another 30 before we visit again.
As a tech aside – I brought along an Airport Express as the room has free internet on Ethernet, but no wifi. Any router would have done the same but the small size and the iOS management tool made it an easy run. So Mrs can do her Facebook and Words with Friends and happy wife, happy life
We left yesterday to spend a week in Fiji, a family holiday that coincides with Mrs Mab’s birthday.
Enjoying the beach life so far, some things are a little expensive if you stay on the resort but there are plenty of options outside as well.
It’s warm but not as hot as Sydney, more humid though. But not uncomfortably so. We’ve turned the aircon off in our room – too hard to adjust to outside if we keep it on.
The girls are having a great time but we’re all a little more redder than I had hoped. Oh well – more suncream is the only thing to do.
Strangely we’re having trouble finding coconut juice. Really weird because I can see them hanging from the trees around us. If only I knew how to get up there….
When we get home I have only a couple of days before I must finally start my work in Canberra and we see how the family copes split apart. I’m sure wife will be fine. I hope the kids make it easy.
Up early, beat the crowds, beat the heat, beat the cops, and be home for lunch after 5 hours of one of the best roads in Sydney. Sounds like a plan.
I was invited to join a couple of mates very early Sunday for a Breakfast at Grey Gums… and maybe a bit further after breakfast. So 6am finds us meeting up a a nearby petrol station about to head up the Putty. It would seem that my last dash up this road wasn’t to be the last. This one might be but who cares.
So we made Grey Gums in easy time. The carpark was a bit empty. But the lack of vehicles didn’t give us a hint of how many flies there would be. Made breakfast interesting. Ah summer, in Australia = flies.
So we’d made it here. Some quick maths and we turned north, we should easily be able to head up to the top of the Putty and still make it home for lunch. This lead me up to the 10 mile Putty again. I really wish this patch was much closer to home, or I could get a day up here doing a few laps.
It’s picturesque – but then I’m not really looking at that.
After fuel, another roll down the 10-mile and it was back to Grey Gums. What a difference a couple of hours can make. On a nice day, on a Sunday, the first Sunday after double demerits has finished and the holidays. Almost a perfect storm. With so many people the flies were spread much more thinly so our snack was more comfortable. It was getting warm and time was starting to run out, so we headed homewards.
And I was home in time to head out with the family for Yum Cha.
One of the bikes I rode with, a BMW HP2. Very nice and there was a fun moment as we both leapt away from the lights at high rev, quick shifters (no need for clutch with these) blipping….. then we were good boys again.
I found a village beset by some kind of insect race and helped out. Part way through they sent me into a misty grove to talk to a martial arts trainer. Obviously I had some work to do as he easily tossed me halfway across the grove.
This egg looked just a LOT suspicious.
I killed a few more horror creatures and stole some eggs. I also smashed some wooden and stone beams and eventually I passed his training.
The bird from the big egg returned.
And I dinged 89. Navi reckons the expac might be out April-May time. So I have one level to go, about a week of holidays here then weeknight evenings free, I am quietly confident I’ll be 90 by the expac. Now whether I’m still in quest blues and dungeon purples, we’ll see. Maybe I can get in some flex raids or such with the guild post 90. That’d be a big boost for me into the Warlords of Dreanor.
Of course, then there’s Dasal and Mabango. to work on. I’m still questing in Valley of the Four Winds, there are about 3 more zones to quest in so plenty of content not yet covered.
I started off this morning with some gardening. I had decided not to do any reps, and certainly have no plans to set up a farm. However this morning I decided that the quests were probably pretty painless and would be valuable XP.
So I worked in the farms around Halfhill. Watering plants, clearing out vermin, and other farm related tasks. At once stage I was being severely beaten by some vermin (their Ankle Bite was a killer) when I realised my weapon enhancements had expired. Oops. A renew of these and it was better. The Ankle Bites still hurt though.
A variety of quests followed, killing moths and other various creatures.
Lurking like a crocodile
I abseiled down a cliff to fetch some hops and fought this ugly beast. Horror is a good name.
Though he went down pretty easily. Not long after that the servers went down and I found myself wandering an empty land. I must say that it has been years since I’ve had that happen. It wasn’t my connection as the internet was still working, and the Armoury app on my phone couldn’t connect either.
I haven’t quite made 89, about 15% to go. Except for the uncertain effect of several other RL commitments, I am pretty sure I can make 90 before the end of January. Hopefully before I start back at work on January 20.
Happy New Year all – enjoy the evening however you choose to celebrate it.
Mrs let me out for a couple of hours ride. I wanted to take the VFR out for a serious ride in order to check out (and break in) the new suspension components. As I stood in the garage I couldn’t help but listen to the siren call of the Daytona, I could just hear it saying
“come on… I’m more fun than that one. More flickable, more power…”
But it’s double demerits until after New Years, I’d have to be a good boy.
“I can behave… come on.”
So I rolled the Daytona out and went for a ride.
And it was fun.
When I got back, the family had gone out. So I headed off to meet up with them for dinner.
I put the Daytona back in the garage and rolled out the VFR. This was weird as I have never actually swapped the two over that close together. Really highlighted the differences, both good and bad.
They actually complement each other quite well.
And more fun was had on the way to and from dinner.