Dying of the Light

I said I had two WoW problems (of course, there is the unspoken – I have resubbed to WoWcrack problem as well). The second is of course the iMac. Levelling with Miss 9 means running the PC and the iMac (any thoughts of an iOS version of WoW, lol) together. Normally not a problem. The PC, an ancient first gen i7 with a 9500GT – it’s pretty noisy but still running ok. As it boots from an SSD it’s very quick to start up actually. And then there’s the iMac.

So I talked somewhat about the problems a couple of posts ago. Even WoW is enough to push it too hard. It can be as long as an hour, or as little as ten minutes before bad things start happening on the screen and I need to quit. As long as I quit before a complete failure (with usually a mostly blank display) it seems to be able to carry on doing word processing etc after I’ve quit.

Otherwise, a reboot gets it back running. Still, that won’t last forever.

The case, the main heatsink for these computers gets very toasty. It always has, but it seems if this cools down then I get a bit longer out of it than if I try to start WoW when it’s already warm. I’m sure that’s either the root cause of the problem (heat stressed components failing over time, it’s a late 2010 model after all) or a symptom of it (the dying video card working harder than it needs to).

So come on Apple, announce MacMini updates if you’re going to so I can decide what to do. I’m starting to lean back towards the cheapest MacMini (second hand?) I can get and spend the money on a PC instead. Either way, I have 2 keyboards, 3 mice and a display all ready for whichever box I head down. I may be dual boxing on one screen.

Of course, I have all my fingers and toes and eyes crossed hoping I won’t get a total failure of the iMac before I am ready. Heck it’s hung on for a year already (more than 2 if you count back to when my original problems started occurring!)

NOTE: I am not considering the smaller iMacs (21.5″) as there is no advantage over the MacMini. None of the smaller ones run a discrete video card, only the larger Macbook Pros and 27″ Macs do. So I would be paying extra money for a (nice) screen.

Little WoWers

So Miss 9 wanted to try WoW again. They mucked about with it a few years ago when I was playing. Mostly they made new characters and had fun with that.

Miss 9 actually got in and started questing. Being older now, she quickly got a handle on controlling her toon (Miss 7 stills struggles with the mouse/KB in each hand – interesting demonstration of development). And so she started a BE Mage.

Then she started pestering me to team up with her.

So I (didn’t resubscribe) dusted off my main account (you can play to 20 just like a trial account) and made a BE Paladin. So we got started and levelled quickly together. It was about this time that I remembered about RAF. Ah well.

As she had more time (damn study) she kept getting a level or two ahead of me, then most of our combined sessions was me catching up. So I thought, I’ll resub and bring one of my high toons to help out when needed.

So I resubbed and logged in. Erm I can’t remember how to get to Silvermoon City and started with a zep to UC. I planned to go from there. Pumatay was going to get a run (being that he was only 57, I’m still sure he would have been helpful. And the idea was that eventually she would catch up and Puma could level with her.

But got annoyed and confused trying that and went back to levelling with her on my new toon.

Though now she has switched to a Tauren Hunter (yeah!). At least getting to Mulgore is easy.

And I have resubscribed.

And I have no idea what I am doing! The spells are ALL different and I am trying to read icy veins with one eye while playing with the other eye!

There are a couple of other troubles too. One is of course study. The other is the next post.

Tired, Busy, Distracted

Too much on at once. Been distracted.

Unsubbed WoW, but missed it by two days so the account is still live.

Work… busy busy. Haven’t had a break for about 8 days.

Moving house soon. Still trying to finish it.

Daytona in service waiting for parts. Really really want to ride her. Miss the VFR still😦

MTB going well though. Getting fit, losing weight, enjoying the challenge.

Can’t sleep.

More Questing

Plugging away at the questing tonight. It is interesting seeing the differences between Outlands and Dreanor. The destruction (I assume it was something the Dark Portal or whatever) was pretty massive.

Looks like the Spires of Arak (sp?) disappeared altogether.  Obvously, Zanger Sea became the Marsh. Frost ridge became Blade’s Edge etc. Arch and Shat look pretty impressive. Haven’t got into either though.

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These guys are pretty cool looking. Their animation is nice too.

So I managed about 25% into 95.

Then it’s back to the Garrison to be ready for tomorrow.

WoW – 95

Finally got to some more questing, so I hit up Talador and eventually Shattrah City, well docks anyway…

Bashing Some Iron Horde
Bashing Some Iron Horde

Wait, what?

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 9.37.29 pmShattrah has docks, I don’t remember that from last time I was here.

Well there are, and one of the Orc Lords, Blackhand was here. Fought him but the battle was finished by this Draenai and Durotan.

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But to be honest, I think he got away.

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At the end of all this I dinged 95.  :)

WoW – here we are 94.

94! And I got this leather thing working now too. Just gotta Pokemon some more Clefthoof!

So time to do some questing…. I am actually finding that this Garrison thing is slowing even my usual glacial levelling – I keep having to return there to park Mabaho for the evening.

So I followed some of the quests from within the Garrison. These had me headed to Talador. Looks like I’ve levelled past Gorgrond already.

The time also meant a chance to LFG, so after about 20 mins one popped. Iron Docks. First time here and seemed like I was on the lower end of the scale so I picked up some good gear here. Added to the gear from my Followers, it’s going well.

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Out of the dungeon it was time to hand in some quests around Talador.

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Found just about the smallest Inn I’ve seen.

Before it was time to head back to the Garrison to set it up for the weekend work.

WoW – Trapping

After the mail and leather working revelation last week I was busy out in the back of the garrison trying to trap some clefthoof. I spent quite a while laying the traps and working the beasts into them. Nothing worked.

A read of Icy Veins, I needed to watch out for walking on the trap.

A pile more clefthoof fell without success.

“Guildies help!” More tips, and it turns out that the clefthoof that are right behind the garrison aren’t trappable. Of course, because that would be too easy😦

The guildies also mentioned a bunch up by the ogre castle so off I headed.

This worked a lot better, though it wasn’t always a sure thing. Ghost Wolf came in handy for manoeuvring about the trap and the mob, and soon I had a bunch of Leathery Caged somethings. I’ll see how this goes for the next stage.

Though I think I have to replace something in the Garrison as I don’t have a Leather Worker.

Might get rid of the Enchanter’s, Dasal might be able to do that later anyway.

WoW – Tunnels

Hey Tacky, here’s a tunnel, lol

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Also discovered that things had changed a little since about….. Burning Crusade… did you  know that Leather Workers made Mail items? Seriously? How does that happen.

So I built a barn, as then I can get mail items.

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I also started questing proper in Gorgrond. Was wandering about and decided to pummel this guy.

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Of course, later I had to kill him again for a quest. Approaching 94 now. Bit tired to quest tonight.

WoW – Getting to Gorgrond

Mabaho finished the set piece at the end of Frostier Ridge which sees the pass closed by the shaman. Here I picked a new follower, choosing Lokra in order to get the Danger Zone counter.

Ninety Three
Ninety Three

So a day or so later I set out to find Gorgrond. Initially I headed up to the pass area, but couldn’t find a way through. So I headed to the east of Frostfire and prowled along the cliff tops. These generally turned me about so I would head south.

I spied a path down to the water below and followed it. Without any other options, but certain I had missed something, I cast Water Walking and headed out across the Zanger Sea (which we all know as the Zanger Marsh of course) I know its the wrong way as Blizzard would not have forced other toons across here.

I did have flash backs to some of my very early adventures in Vanilla when I headed of on some exploring (usually ending up in a very high level zone and getting pounded!). So that was cool.

Mabaho wandered up the path ways, avoiding most mobs, but did have to fight through a village at one point. Luckily at 93, Mabaho was the right level.

Eventually I found Durotan (and the guild suggested there was a tunnel through the caved in pass – still haven’t found that)

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Wandering in Gorgrond

I’ve established a Lumber Mill here and have a flypath so I might not bother looking for the pass.

After that it was back to the Garrison to collect and task Mabaho’s troops and workers. I prefer to log out here as it means if I have a few minutes I can log in quickly, task or collect and log out.

I also got two followers up to 100 tonight. Must get out there and recruit some more.

WoW – slow progress

Well slowly but surely I’ve been moving along. I’ve picked up a couple more followers and have been slowly levelling them up. I will laugh when I have a team of people who are all level 100 working for me.

I do like the Orc photobombing in the background.
I do like the Orc photobombing in the background.

Yes, I discovered that I could meet my followers if I wandered about the Garrison.

In my wanders I also discovered the mine. A couple of quests later and I had the mine open and some ore for the Forge I had built.

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Mabaho is up level 92 now. I’ve also had my first invasion which seemed to go alright. I hope the next is a simple.