WoW – 1 to go (again)

Work kept me busy the other night, then a giant shutdown on Tuesday so no time to play. Finally last night I was …. too sleepy and went to bed (oh dear, I’m getting old).

But I woke up early and squeezed in about 15 mins. That was enough for Dasal to ding 89, so 1 to go. And 1 to go of my aim of 3 90s before WoD. Shouldn’t be too hard to get that last level in the time remaining.

WoW 6.0

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6.0 now. I don’t remember 1.0, But 6.0 seems like we have come a long way. Lots of changes too, I think it was the biggest Patch Notes I’ve ever seen.

What did I do once I logged in

  • Sorted out Mabaho’s rotations and keybinds
  • Headed out to the Blasted Lands and completed the quests there.
  • Had a quick look at Magdasal’s rotations and keybinds.
  • Mabaho opened his Reagents Tab and filled it up with gems and herbs. This got really bad when I got all the herbs that Mabango had been storing.
  • Magdasal opened her reagents tab and didn’t fill it. But she did do a little bit of levelling her Tailoring and also cost me a fortune training the last two flying levels! Then I remembered I should be levelling her.

So in the end, Mabaho is back at Org and looking to practice his rotations. Cleaning out the bank I ended up upping his gear as there was a bunch of stuff in his bags he hadn’t put on.

The questing was easy, and look how cool the doggies look :)

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I have read and experienced.

An Eventful Evening

I finally pulled the pin and purchased the WoD expac. Scored a 90s boost which as you know, I’ve been considering long and hard.

WoWScrnShot_100914_203449But for the moment I ignored it and logged into Magdasal in order to get some more levelling done. She’s up to 88 now and I did my usual join the LFD queue and then head off questing. She’s questing in Townlong Steppes which seems pretty age appropriate.

Was busy killing something when the queue popped for Shado Pan Monastery. I’ve done this a few times now and the group started off. I don’t really know what started it off but shortly the tank and a couple of the others were arguing about his performance or queuing or something… I missed the topic completely. After the first bosses the tank left or was kicked and we were four. Started on the next boss and unfortunately I had a phone call so was pretty distracted throughout the fight.

I’m pretty sure that is why shortly after the fight I find myself back in the mobs I was questing against earlier.

Whoa, what happened to the dungeon???

Whoa, what happened to the dungeon???

Shrug, no harm done.

I noticed some mail, and it turned out to be the mount and pet from the Collector’s Expac. So I logged over to Mabaho and picked them up.

Back at the log screen it was boosting time. I gritted my teeth and made a decision…

WoWScrnShot_101314_200715Mabango brought up Mining and Engineering and ended up with a higher iLevel than Mabaho has! Only about 9 points in it though. She looks pretty good.

I logged in and freaked out, the bags were empty. Half of the herbs she was carrying from the server move had disappeared. Mabaho has been hoarding them for years (Mabango started out as my herb bank toon)

Oh, its in the mailbox…. silly me. So I finished up with a bit of tidying and moved Mabango over to Timeless. I’ll read up on Locks rotations as it has been a long time since this one was let loose. Timeless will give me some time to get some practice in.

(oh, it looks like it’s been two YEARS since Mabango was played last!)

Hey…. Are you in THE FROSTWOLVES?

Here I was about to fight the rat-bunny thing in a LFD run on Dasal, when I get that in party chat… I thought they were asking if I was in the Orc clan Frostwolves, you know the one in the new expac, like maybe I was a dev or something?

“My guild has been called that for about 8 years” I answered. I figured that would make it clear I wasn’t a dev, but maybe if they had heard of the guild make it also clear I wasn’t in a copycat guild or something (is that even possible). Come on, I’m not on the raid team in the Frosties, whoever would have heard of me.

“OMG I love the blog!”

Ha ha, now I knew what was going on. I had met a fan of Navi’s blog,

“Navi, I’ve met a fan of your’s” I posted in gchat.

So the fight was a bit rough as we attempted to fight, not die and also figure out what we were talking about. In the end I promised to hang about after the fight for pics.

The run had been interesting already, as the first healer had left and Dasal tried to take up the slack while still in Shadow spec. I do have Holy spec but I haven’t sorted out the buttons since I changed the UI. I managed to heal through the first boss, the big Hozen, but failed miserably on the rat-bunny. Too many other people getting damaged (like me). We died.

Then just as a new healer arrived the above conversation started.

Totemic was pretty excited to meet a guildie of Navi, She credits Navi with getting her into blogging. She even reads this blog mentioning a the previous post “Weak Spot in the Clouds” which to be honest I didn’t remember writing. Just checked now, it was only 5 posts again… oh dear my memory! (Hey Totemic, if you read this, there’s a vid on Youtube to match that post) [Yeah, that's a subtle way to get more views, lol]

Oh, glad I took a picture too :)

Totemic

And I promised to let Navi know and said goodnight after I found her blog. I like her guild name too, <Potential Unleashed>. It was also interesting to see an Elemental specced Shammy at work after so long running Mabaho as Enhance.

Oh, Dasal is 87 now. Not far to go.

Update to the WoW return

So my return to WoW hasn’t been meet with sudden rush of gameplay, however I have had a few good sessions.

The first thing I did was to reset my UI, I’m now using ElvUI and it is taking some getting used to. The hardest thing is getting the font reset all over the place slightly bigger (My eyes are getting old!) as the default font is smaller than the default UI size.

Mabaho hasn’t been up to much. As usual, I’ve not been around when the Guild has been doing it’s fun things on Fridays and Saturdays. They are just fun things for them, but often things I would like to complete.

Magdasal, (still getting used to the new name) is progressing and should very shortly be level 87. This time though I am running her as Shadow, and that has certainly made questing easy. Possibly even easier than Mab had it. With several of her attack returning health to her, she is very survivable, I guess that makes up for the cloth armour.

I haven’t done any healing, but she has done a couple of runs through LFD. The Brewery last night and the Temple a couple of times. A few upgrades there as well.

I should have secured my chopper by this stage, now it just remains if I decide to Pre Order the WoD expansion. I expect I will, probably next pay.

In other news, my friend Navimie was interviewed on the Blizzcon Countdown podcast the other week. Ep 25. (and don’t forget to listen to Ep 26, where she gets a surprise). My little connection there is that I recommended the hotel as I had stayed there about a year prior.

6 months?

So I think I managed about 6 months before WoW Crack sucked me back in, lol. What got me back, a combination of factors that I talked some about in the “Should I come Back?” post. I have the time now that I could level with the others, making it a lot more social for me than any other expac, that’s a big plus. I’m curious of course about where the story is going, hey I’ve been in this story for about 7 years. Logging in for the 10th birthday is actually a bit of a drawcard. The final drawcard is the level boost if I preorder.

Once the decision was made the first step was to log into the website and set up the subscription. Then it was time to download the 30GB of game. I immediately noticed that the Mac client is much more slick than before. Also the chat function in the launcher is new to me. It also spoiled the surprise for my guildies, as a friend spotted me even before the game had downloaded.

I’ve dusted off my 4 main toons for a review. With only Mabaho (Enh Shaman) at 90, I have an 85 priest (Magdasal), 77 lock (Mabango) and 57 warrior (Pumatay), I’m looking at perhaps one of the last two for the boost to 90 so I started out levelling Pumatay to get him to 60 – if I pick him, I can take advantage of the profession boost for toons over 60.
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I think I will like to boost Mabango over Pumatay and level Magdasal the old fashioned way, she only has MoP to level through. Alternatively I could start a whole new toon, but I would like to get the profession boost.
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So what professions are suggested. Mabaho already has Alch and herbs. Magdasal has mid level in ench and tailoring. I would really like to take engineering as I have always wanted to make some of that stuff. That leaves one spot most likely for mining or jewelcrafting, and I’m leaning towards mining.  Any opinions?
 
Apart from that its time to get back into Curse and make a new UI. Any suggestions for a HUD style mode?
 

Should I come back?

Warlords-of-Draenor-Banner-LogoSo MWO is just a hassle, I’m too lazy to keep rebooting. I started thinking that I actually have settled into a routine so maybe gaming Sun-Thu is workable. And with a new expansion I can level up with the others and perhaps join in, instead of spending the entire expansion just trying to catch up to my friends (gee, I’ve been trying catch up ever since I first logged in so many years ago).

So I’m considering returning to WoW.

What do you think?

(oh and a 90 boost, who for… and even worse, the boosted toon ends up a higher ilevel than my main…. oh the embarrassment)

Meh, Unsubbed again

Yeah, that pretty much is it. I came back to WoW with more time, but find myself doing other stuff during the week and not logging in (and hence there isn’t many  blogs).

…. just deleted a bunch of whiney stuff there…..

Just not having fun… going to go do other stuff. Like Tomb Raider.

 

The Wise Godmother speaks…

work ethic quotes

Due to a couple of appointments I ended up at home early this afternoon, in time to listen to the Twisted Nether blogcast live (I think the last time I did that was when Navi was interviewed, but then they changed the time so it’s mid afternoon Mondays here).

Anyway, a blogging I have heard of, but never actually read or listened to, the Godmother of ALT:ernative Chat was being interviewed. Now I know Navi is a friend of hers, but I suddenly feel like I’ve been missing out.

Godmother was talking about her boy and and a bunch of things about needing to do work in WoW, when she said this…

Work is the ethic.

And suddenly all the grinds and all the other work that we all put in making our characters better, learning to play them better makes more sense. I have often heard people discussing how their best memories, or favourite achievements are the ones we have worked for. My favourite in game ones are the same.

Blizzard is teaching kids (again she was talking about her boy) that you need to work hard to get what you want – BUT also that when you get that thing, you will treasure that more than what was given to you.

This lesson is everywhere. It’s in lots of games too, not just WoW. I still remember the accomplishment I felt when I finished XCom, or the original Tomb Raider (I’m working on the new one at the moment, hence the lack of WoW at the moment).

And these lesson last outside as well. Kids can learn these lessons in the games and take them outside. For example, I’m working hard at improving my riding skills. It’s going to be a long process, but I’ll have that forever.

So if you want something, work for it, when you get it – you’ll treasure it more, whatever it was.

Sunday. Home. Guild. Flex.

WoWScrnShot_020214_205529It was Sunday. I was in Canberra before 8pm. Guild. FLEX.

I went RAIDING!

I have no idea who that is. I have no idea what I’m doing, I know I died here at some point. And my DPS was just barely more than Navi, who was healing.

So the guild carried me through wing 1 and wing 3(?) and a few bosses. I didn’t make the end of the second wing, I was too sleepy. It had been a late night Saturday at home, a long day and a few hours on the bike.

But I went in at about iLevel 430 and came out at 469! Picking up a new back, shoulders and hands, I was pretty happy with that.

I died a few more times. But we kind of expected that.  One bit I really got sick of was all the small mobs around the Valley of Strength in Org. They just seemed to never stop.

Apart from that, it was great to get a chance to play with the guild. I certainly won’t be raiding seriously with them, my DPS was less than 1% of the top 3 or 4 DPS combined. Orders of magnitude smaller… and I was doing about 5K more than I had before! Yikes, I guess that’s the effect of a 50-100 point iLevel difference.

I don’t think I’ll make next week, I expect to be a little late. But I look forward to raiding again soon and catching up with the guild as well.

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yup, dead again