Sunday, November 30, 2008

The True Battle Lies Ahead

(whoooop! Thar it is!)(mod-LevelRecorder auto SS's your levels)

On my venture to level to 80, I completed all the quests in Howling Fjord, Borean Tundrea, and Dragonblight. It was then clear that I was NOT going to get to experience all of the zones through leveling alone.

At 78 and change, we decided to skip Scholozar Basin, Grizzly Hills, Zul'Drak, and Storm Peaks. There are a lot of daily quest chains that start in Ice Crown for level 80s so we figured we'd get XP while knocking them out so we'd be prepared.

Ice Crown isn't the prettiest place to level but it so much fun. All of the quests have a very unique component to them. My favorite which is a daily is called [King of the Mountain]. You man this rocket man suit and jump vertically along this huge mountain until you reach the top. It's quite the adrenaline rush until you realize falling in the suit means taking zero damage. lol!

I also love the epic quality of the area. It's totally hand lifted out of Lord of the Rings but I don't care. There's even an "eye" you go to for a quest. hehehe.

I got an in-game mail from the NPC Rhonin congratulating me on my achievement of 80. I love how he adds "the true battle lies ahead." AMEN brother!

Lord knows how this is going to work for my guild. How do you fit 6 players into a 5 man heroic? How do you fit 14 people into a 10 man dungeon? WITHOUT pissing people off! Yes, if you can answer me this, I'm your friend for life!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sealion Bait

(I guess Sealion Bait would be a bad name for my new baby penguin?)

YAY! Scored exalted with Kalu'ak today and got my darling little Pengu. He likes to chirp about and hide under my cloak. He has a special affinity for gnomes because they're eye-level with him. LOL. He also loves to be cleaned with the [Pet Grooming Kit] after we both pig out at the dessert cart in Dalaran! Flipmax got his Pengu a whole day and a half earlier than me....cuz he's a dang human! Diplomacy is awesome. Anyhow, me and Petey (good name for a penguin) will be hitting up Storm Peaks soon! I hope he likes the altitude!

Daily Quests to get exalted for Pengu are:
Planning For The Future (500 rep)
Preparing For The Worst (500 rep)
The Way To His Heart (500 rep)

Can you Say Upgrade?

(with WoW running it spikes at 99% cpu usage. The down arrow indicates shutting off WoW)

So, I've been struggling since WoTLK to balance performance and graphics. I've had to turn down all of my graphic settings to low except Distance which I kept at medium. If you know anything about WoW graphics this is the WORST way to play and enjoy the game. There is just so much detailing and distance terrain you need to take in for context.

I bought this machine 3.5 yrs ago to play WoW and back then it was the king cheese of economical gaming PCs. However, with only a single core processor and an Nvidia graphics card that goes back nearly four years, it's screaming, "WORD PROCESSING ONLY PLEASE!"

I really want 8 gigs of ram because of all the graphic and audio stuff I like to edit while simultaneously running three other misc programs. However, in order to do so, I'd have to upgrade to an OS that supports 64bit and I refuse to use Vista. So I'd have to get my hands on a new Windows XP or Windows 7 (which I'm pretty sure isn't released to the public yet).

In any case, it means more money during hard-economic times etc. And with my job security on the line (aka 5 people got laid off from my work last week), it might not be a good time to splurge.

WHICH SUCKS! lol. I need to be able to enjoy WoTLK to it's fullest potential.

(and yes, I tried shutting off the 'elephant on goat' porn downloads before playing WoW, it's still crappy! hehe)

Friday, November 28, 2008

You've Been Around

I have not been able to play most of the day time since my parents are visiting. However, at night I did some exploring since I didn't want to quest without my group.

At first, I was trying to hold off seeing all the zones until I had to quest in the area. I really like the element of surprise. The problem I've come across now though is that I'm 78.5 and have FIVE more zones to cover! There is no way two levels will extend more than one zone more ....maybe two.

I'm going to have to pick carefully the content I want to cover. After going to Storm Peaks though and discovering Ulduar, I can definitely say I've found my favorite new zone in the game. It might be my innate love of architecture but I can't tell you how much I wanted to be able to go inside the buildings and explore all the details.

Unfortunately, it's all instance and the rest is just facade. How cool though would it be if it was as vast as the Louvre? I'd spend hours exploring it for sure.

So I ended up uncovering all the major zones of Northrend and got the achievement for Northrend discovery. Today, I logged on and got an epic Tabard to celebrate how much I seem to "get around"... LOL.

It wasn't a very pretty tabard at all so I'll still be sticking with my Sporregar tabard but it was cool getting something for exploration.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008

Hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving (US Holiday)! I've mostly been hanging out with my parents so I haven't been able to play much. I did however get on today to specifically get one achievement. Friend or Fowl!

I thought it was extremely fitting for today since today is a day of Turkey dinners! However, after making 15 turkeys my dinner in under 3minutes, the rest of the Turkeys revolted and attacked me! So I had to make dinners out of them too!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Magic Carpet Ride

Flipmax got to 410 tailoring last night thanks to the last bits of my Frostweave...bastard took all my cloth!! lol.

He can now make the 20 slot bags and the [Flying Carpet] which isn't an epic flyer but still super cool. I kept wanting to jump on it! Hey there's plenty of room for a whole raid on that thing!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Roads no more

I hit 77 yesterday and picked up [Cold Weather Flying] skill. 1000g. Plus I had to buy epic flying for her as well. booo. 6k down the drain. Now I really have to pick up dailies again after 80!

It is nice though that we can use Flying to help us get to quests easier and faster. It should make questing A LOT faster for us now.

my mount macro:
/dismount [mounted,noflying]
/stopmacro [nooutdoors] [mounted]
/use [mod:alt] [noflyable] Great Purple Elekk; Swift Red Gryphon

allows me to use one key for flying and ground mount with an ALT modifier

Sunday, November 23, 2008


(screenshot Kitch sent in with MYYYYYY panda and the new Blizzard cub)

Great to know my panda is alive and well! Kitch has been taking very good care of it.

It's always great to know people have been playing the game as long as you and still find little joys. The real question is how did he get two pets out at once?! lol.

I am glad to be celebrating WoW's 4th anniversary with fellow wow players. It's great Blizzard decided to commemorate the community it built and thank it's player base. And lots of thanks Blizz for finally getting me a tiny cub! It might not be a sleeping panda but it's still very charming.

I can't wait to see Felix's bear druid tanking with the baby cub besides him! hahaha.
too cute.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tag Team

Today has not been productive as far as leveling. I got a late start because I went to eat Dim Sum with my brother and buy doggy food for my QTPI. Then we did the [The Champion of Anguish] quest while horde weren't around. I got my nifty [Screw-Sprung Fixer-Upper] and got to fight in a mammoth. It's the Northrend version of Ring of Blood.

Then we continued our questing in Dragonblight. That place is like the never-ending story, I tell you what! Wyrmest Temple has one of the longest quest chains known to man! hahaha. I did get to fight on a dragon so that was really Wyrmrest Temple is soooooo gorgeous.

After dinner, I crashed for two hours. When I got back, Felix and Flipmax said they found this awesome place in Magmoth where they had been farming [Frostweave Cloth] for 45 minutes. In that time Flipmax had gotten like 64bolts of Frostweave.

It works best as a tag team. You kill [Offspring of Magmothregar] over and over again as they spawn in the Magmoth cave. They have spawn cycles so you go a short lull without them spawning but the rest of the time they practically respawn as soon as they fall.

The real trick is to have [Northern Cloth Scavenging] on a tailor out there. Go with another person and set it to group loot. You get more extra procs off of the non-tailor looting the mob first. From our experience..about 3x more cloth.

I'm probably agoing to go blind with blue furry creatures and have nightmares about this! lol. BUT we're going to get him to 410 tailoring so he can craft the [Frostweave Bag]!

So today has been a leveling FAIL day but somehow still really fun and productive!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fall, Climb, Leap!

[Break the Blockade] daily quest requires you to get on the Zeppelin and ride around bombing pirates and cannons. I think most people are familiar with this quest.

WE seem to have a tradition among our group that Flipmax always falls off the boat or the cliff at LEAST once per day. However, today, Felix accidentally dived off the cliff just as the zeppelin arrived.

We were laughing and going "damn! oh well.. next round". But as we're laughing, Felix rounds his way back up the cliff. And just as the zeppelin is about to take off, he goes "You better get on the boat cuz I'm gonna make it!!"

So we hop on and watch as his saber mount approaches the dock just as the zeppelin is parting from the dock. He LEEEAPS!!! And we're screaming "gooo baggy go!! go baggy go!!" (nickname for his druid)

And he JUST LANDS on the boat in time!! hahahhaha.

SOOOOO, if you fall off the cliff, YOU SHOULD be able to make it back to the zeppelin in time!!!

Takin' my SWEET time

(dessert cart outside the Dalaran bank)

The new dessert cart is something I visit every time I'm in Dalaran. That 9g [Chocolate Celebration Cake]is so tempting. I always resist but it's so great to linger there and look at all the awesome bakery food pr0n. mmmm. gooooodness.

I'm doing my best this time around to enjoy my leveling process and really experiencing Northrend. No matter how many times you say you're going to go back when you're 80, something always comes up...always a raid to run or an instance to go to or farming to do. I still like going at a good pace for leveling but no need to over-do it this time. (currently 75).

I always remember the little things about leveling. The small crazy memory events that you just don't forget. People who don't delve in MMOs never fully grasp just how many adventures we have sitting at our desk. There are few times I have anything like that in the RL anymore (welcome to adulthood).

Yesterday night, we were trying to finish out Howling Fjord quest zone so we went back to Fort Wildervar which we had skipped. We were in the middle of freeing trapped animals in the forest when I get a whisper from Felix "I'll be back. Going to get some coca-cola"

He put himself on follow and after ten minutes I said to Flipmax, "uh...I think he might have passed out or he actually went to the store to get coke" lol. He gets up at like 5am for his job every day so it wouldn't be that surprising.

So we waited around for him for awhile and took a nap near the bonfire at the inn. lol. At that point it was pretty obvious he must have passed out so I dropped his toon off at the inn and we went to finish the quests in the area.

About thirty minutes later, Felix gets on vent and says he went to close his eyes for a second and passed out. lol. And that's what I'll remember most about Fort Wildervar - the time I took a virtual nap waiting while Felix took a RL nap!

When I first started WoTLK, I was totally missing my Druid who is a skinner/leatherworker. I love skinning and I LOVE DRUMS. Can you imagine a Shammy with Heroism AND Drums? Delicious!

Around level 71 when I was doing the Azjol-Nerub instance, I was thinking maybe I should drop engineering (I'm enchanting/engineering on my shammy) and go leatherworking.

But then I started to level my engineering up and remembered why like 4/6 of my toons are engineers. COOL FUN STUFF and of course the epic craftable helm and mote extractors! So yesterday, I learned how to make a [Flexweave Underlay]! It's great to have while leveling. You never know when you want to throw yourself off a cliff! And the parachute graphic is sooo cool!

And of course, if I can afford it, I definitely want to craft me a [Schematic: Mekgineer's Chopper] which I hear aren't BOP when you make them so perhaps I can open up my own auto shop! Alachi's Bikes Go Baroom Baroom!


wtf is a haul?

Anatomy of a Haul Video
1. Packaging - Box, envelope, bag
2. Product - Cosmetics, handbags, clothes, shoes - no restrictions
3. Touching - opening of packaging, product displaying, color name or number
4. Testing of product
5. Price paid / Display of Receipt
6. Location of Purchase(s)
7. Demeanor and helpfulness (or lack of) of sales associate
8. Hopes / Desires of future purchases
9. Plans on returning or exchanging any or all of items / Possible regrets
10. Caveats to other buyers (Don't buy the Neo Sci Fi line, don't bother with the sale, etc.)
(as described by mnelson2008 on youtube

HAUL is a totally crazy sub-culture I recently discovered on youtube. Very intriguing to watch even though I'm not into the stuff they HAUL. It mostly applies to make-up stuff but since I hardly do make-up, I thought my WoTLK Collector's Edition package would be a great excuse to do one!

(part 2 here

BTW. As part of the anatomy of a HAUL, my CE box from cost me $79.99 + $2.99SH = $82.98 (the second one I got was only $69.99 + tax from Walmart - another shock buy) Still unsure what to do with it. Will most likely give it as an x-mas present because having two accounts with CE just seems plain decadent!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Reclaiming the Blade

Reclaiming the Blade Trailer

"it's all those dreams you can't have anymore, cuz you've grown up"
Such a sad quote.

This documentary looks interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for showing in Austin..doubtful though. Will most likely have to wait for dvd.

Whole new Game

Well, after playing a little more, I decided WoTLK is the suck and I'm going back to play Final Fantasy..NOT!!!

It's been QUITE AN AWESOME RIDE and it hasn't even been a full week yet since the launch of Wrath.

Blizzard did an amazing job this time around as I have said before. It's like they fired everyone who worked there before and hired extremely crazy LSD-drug induced- shamanistic artists instead. hahaha. Okay or maybe they just had more resources.

We're still split up. (sad, taint, tivi) "group GO GO GO!" and my group (alachia, flipmax, felix) the "oooooh. hang on screenshot group" LOL. Okay, I'm still pretty fast at quest leading etc but I LOVE being able to take my time this go around. We take side detours a lot to check things out or try things out but we stay pretty much on track with questing. Oh and I do my Kalu'ak daily quest every day too! Must get exalted for my [Nurtured Penguin Egg]!

On Saturday, we had time before Tivi was going to be able to play so we decided to hit up an instance since we had five of us on. The question was to do The Nexus or Ahn'Kahet?? Everyone had been doing The Nexus so I said we should try Ahn'Kahet first because I thought it sounded cooler.

I didn't realize what an awesome choice I made. Here's the thing about Wrath that makes it much more intriguing and inspiring to play than the previous WoW releases. The environment is far more advanced. There is hardly a stretch of land that goes on without a huge 3D component to it. The added depth just makes the game THAT much more immersive. You don't feel like you're just on some picture mapped over 2D terrain someone laid down. It looks and feels like a real landscape.

Northrend continues to spark my imagination and every turn, I'm literally sounding like a parrot when we enter a new zone "OMG! THAT IS SO AWESOME!"

And Ahn'Kahet (5 man dungeon in Dragonblight just a couple clicks north of Star's Rest) is something to behold. It's set in the depths of a cavern and you think you're about to go into another "rocky type MC dungeon" but you go through the new fancy portal graphic and WHAM! It's this entire civilization uncovered with bejeweled silk webs and elaborate temple zigurats.

The sister dungeon to Ahn'Kahet is Azjo-Nerub which is a more primal version of beautiful. It does have more cave-like qualities but it's so rich in glowing plant life and stalactite details that you can't help try to eye at as much of it as possible you're taking on waves of spider mobs. lol.

That brings me to the game play...while yes, you're still doing very similar action-types for quests like killing X amount or gather X amount things seem different this time around. I don't read the quests much other than to find out the objective. Skim skim skim...kill X close log. good! let's go!

However, the grouping sequence of quests and the graphic story telling of the quests seem SO MORE pervasive in Wrath. You can't help but remember what you did for most of the quests or the adventure bundle of the the Murloc village. hehe. You don't forget baby murloc and murloc suits, a really great homage to Blizzcon.

Hacking up bodies with a machete, making oil-covered wolves poop and sifting through them for parts, saving baby mammoths, riding in a canoe, finding dead gnome pilots, saving baby murlocs, mating seals, fighting my inner-self atop a mountain, harpooning bags of gold from an airplane.....yeah. It's been hella fun questing. I'm so glad we opted not to instance grind! I would have missed out on a lot of content.

And there's so much more content to go! I've only been to Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra so far in the quest chains. Tonight, we plan on hitting up Dragonblight. Hopefully the creamy middle is as good as it normally is (BAAAAAD oreo joke that went wrong but am not deleting it so you can grasp the serious alachi-idiocracy my group has to put up with on a daily basis). Dragonblight is the creamy white patch on the map between Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra...gah. you get it.

I'll be uploading an album of my adventures so far by tonight. You'll see Flip's mage in the screenshots a lot. He always rides in front of my camera. "DANGIT, Flip, move! Camera whore!" lol. Oh well, as my dad says, they can't all be postcard pics.

I'm currently level 74 and 4 bars. I think I'm making pretty good time for not rushing things. We've hit up Utgarde Keep, The Nexus, Ahn'Kahet, Azjol-Nerub, and Drak'Tharon Keep dungeons so far.

Oh yeah, also when we were level 71, we snuck in behind some level 75s to get into the Violet Hold Dungeon in Dalaran. We had no idea what was going on until we beat Wave 1 of the instance. lol. Only 17 more waves and we would have made it!!! Luckily once you fail a wave, the instance resets so we were able to escape!

I'm loving it a lot. Leveling for the first time in a new area is like the honeymoon. I'm going to try and enjoy it as long as it lasts!

Friday, November 14, 2008

WoTLK is ALL THAT and...

(The Lich King and I)

Ready, Set, Gnome! We had crazy weird issues going on in the guild during the release of the expansion that made things intense on the night of expansion. You'll hear about it in the podcast.

Anyhow, after we got the game and installed it, we did a few quests and attempted the 3 man the first instance. We only got to the first boss but couldn't take the Prince down.

Exhausted but excited, I went to bed and somehow managed to avoid playing all day during work. My first impression of the game was that it was different and nice.

The second night we played, I finally got to roam outside the starting area and WOWZA! Holy cow! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! So beautiful and breathtaking. And also, something about the gamplay seemed a bit different and I'm not sure if it's only attributed to how they laid out the zones.

WoTLK is already 100x better than my experience in Hellfire during TBC!

We didn't take any time off for the expansion but I'm not too worried in terms of leveling. In fact, last night, we spent an hour getting lost before I finally installed the proper quest and mapping mods. lol.

I can't deny that I enjoyed getting lost. The more lost we got, the more I was like "ooooh!!! awesome!" hehe.

We did run into a little snag with groups. We had intended on having a 5 man group. Myself (shammy), Sad (pally), Taint (priest), Felix (druid), Flipmax (mage). But with Taint's new "friend" (mage) we suddenly had 6. WALLLAAAAA GROUP DRAMA!

So I came up with an idea to split our group up which wasn't ideal but probably the very best solution to our problem. So we split up. Felix, Flipmax, Myself in one group and Sad, Taint, and Tivi in the other. Pretty much Tank, Healer, Mage which turned out to be a great combo. And three is a really good number to keep everyone in sync for quests etc.

I've also experienced a strange sense of dejavu in the game as well but not in any relation to WoW. WoTLK has a very peculiar familiarity to playing in a RPG Diablo game! I first got the "feeling" when we were in the Utgarde Catacombs. It reminded me of running around in the sewers of Diablo II.

Also the expansive environment has the epic quality I experienced for the first time when I played Dungeon Siege (the first seamless world I ever experienced).

My character is probably the furthest behind in the guild which I find sort of ironic. The weirdest part is that I don't seem to mind like I thought I would. For some reason, I'm enjoying learning all the quests and exploring the zone. Also, this is the calm before the storm (raiding drama :D). I also have ulterior motives of course. The better I learn the quests this time around, the easier it will be to level up my next set of toons. heheheh.

So far, I can definitely say I'm not disappointed in the least! WoTLK IS all that and a bag of Soulshards!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pre-WoTLK fix

Well as we all know, WoW was down for most of last night due to Maintenance issues. Hope no one was banking all that night for last minute leveling. I had wanted to get on to finish off some offloading of quests and bank stuff. Oh well. Tonight before I leave for Game Stop I'll take care of all that.

However, Monday night I was able to go on a Zul'Gurub run. Six other guildies wanted the achievement. I offered to come along because I really wanted to see the instance again. I haven't been in that instance in over two years! wow.

None of the nifty mounts dropped but it was fun getting to see the fights again on easy mode. Hakkar still proved to be difficult. With only seven of us to get blood of Hakkar and drained it was slow going. Also, we didn't have a boss timer for Hakkar so we had to use the built in stop watch which wasn't easy.

The biggest kicker was that Hakkar wasn't doing much to our group but the mind control was eating us up. Warrior and Rogue tearing up our clothies. hehehe. We tried to get more guildies to come but they were all off doing other achievement goals as well. You escape this time Hakkar!

I also got to see Molten Core again a few weeks ago. Taint, Felix, and myself went in and got Taint a core hound for his hunter. I don't miss that place at all. It's such an ugly instance...especially for a place called MOLTEN Core.

Then as we were power leveling Sad and Taint's toons, I got to see EVERY Azeroth and most of the Outland instances again. I think my history lesson is complete!

I'm ready for new content!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Game Stop Out of Pre-Orders

So apparently, I needed to get an extra copy of Wrath for my second account as well as another copy for Taint's new friend (*wink*).

I went to Game Stop yesterday to see if I could score two more pre-orders of Wrath of the Lich King but they said they're out and won't have but the exact amount of copies they ordered! Rats. So I called the Super Walmart right next to that Game Stop and it seems like they're gonna have copies available without pre-order at midnight. So I'll have to try and make two stops tomorrow night!

So exciting! Almost time!

FOB Winner

Gratz to Casetel!
Winner of the WoW Authenticator key!

I have six level 70 toons.
Druid. Mage. Priest. Rogue. Paladin. Shaman.

Get protected!
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Digital Screening

CNN Article Today:
Social networking sites dos and don'ts

"Employers are checking job applicants' profiles on sites like Facebook, Brightfuse and LinkedIn, according to a recent survey."

"Twenty-two percent of employers say they use social networking sites when evaluating job candidates, and an additional 9 percent intend to do the same soon."

"We can also learn a little about the candidate's culture fit and professionalism," says Kelly Vergara, executive director of human resources at digital marketing agency Resource Interactive. "We screen for culture above all else, so this is important."

"Get rid of your digital dirt," says Rutledge. "A large percentage of recruiters 'Google' potential candidates to see what they can find out about them -- both the good and the bad. Be sure that you don't have any information on social networks or other sites that could make a recruiter decide to pass on you as a job candidate."


ha ha! I was right!

The digital age of mainstreaming internet technology and web 2.0 tools is quite like giving people access to your bedroom good drawer. Just imagine if your potential employer could scope out your home and car while considering hiring you?

That's what most social networking sites and google allows the "official" side of your life to do. It's also why I'm extremely adamant about keeping my RL official identity away from my more true meta identity which is Alachia.

The last thing I want to have to do is go through my facebook account and delete people simply because association with them or their groups could hurt me economically. That would be the suck.

Also, certain co-workers or what not don't really need to have free access to what I do on the weekends or read my tweet about how much I hate my job etc. Back in the good ol' days, personal information was given voluntarily not involuntarily! heheh.

I'm thinking more than ever that my decision to separate identities is a really good one...especially for someone whose greater part of life is purely meta.

Let them have "Sally Smith's" shell. I can make it all nice and proper. And that way Alachia doesn't have to get too censored. It's far too ignorant as a metazen to ignore the now ever more merging of RL and meta. This is not your black background html groupie cultural hide out anymore. Everything, including sub cultures are becoming mainstream and everything is about instant access to information.

I think it's a great thing actually. Heck, the president-elect just today launched a website solely for a dialogue with the American people. You know when the President of the US chooses to reach out to his nation via meta that this is no longer a cultural quirk. lol.

So if you do have a more private and established meta life, be careful as the article reads. Main stream is moving to your bedroom folks!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Shroom Tabard

Now that the rest of the crew has 70s, I was able to get back on my new main toon... the shammy. She's been in Paid Character Transfer limbo for 3 weeks! It was finally resolved yesterday.

So today I cleared out her bags and bank and then reconfigured all my buttons. Then I decided I really wanted to get her the [Sporregar Tabard]. I just love the blue coloring and the psychedelic mushroom!

So I went out to do the Now that We're Friends quest to kill 12 Bloodscale Slavedrivers and 6 Bloodscale Enchantresses for reputation. However, as it turned out, everyone and their mother was trying to get rep cuz of the achievement stuff. All the mobs were dead.

It then occurred to me, I would be better off taking my druid into Underbog and gathering [Sanguine Hibiscus] for rep turn in instead. So I started to do stealth runs over and over again. At first I kept dying so Felix helped me do a few runs on his druid. Then once I knew where the nodes were it was a lot easier. Plus the new Night Elf Shadowmeld "vanish" ability is awesome.

Afterwards, I hung out with Flipmax for a few hours looking to replenish this toon with cool pets. I love the red moth! it's so cute!! Then we went to Booty Bay where he collected this pet biscuit that made our pets huge! SO awesome looking. I had my own short circuit!

Ready Set Green!

(friend of taint-mage, taint-priest, sad-pally)

Well we did it. Dinged 3 new 70s in time for the expansion.

After they hit 70, we went in with the "green" crew to see how we would fair in Heroic Ramps. I was actually surprised we made it through. It was kind of weird having to take it slow again and watch our pulls. Old school baby!

It took us approximately 4 days played to level, minus the time it took to level herbalism and mining to 375. Not bad but I can say for sure that I'm exhausted and my head needs a rest!

Okay Blizzard, we're ready for WoTLK! Hopefully your greens will be better than ours!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

You are Not Prepared

(Agathelos the Raging, Razorfen Kraul)

This is becoming quite the tradition in the jae clan. We level up 2-6 characters each during the span of an expansion and then one month before the expansion decide what we have isn't what we want!

Sad has a warrior and warlock. Taint has a druid, mage, hunter, and shaman. We've already decided I'm going shaman as a dedicated healer for 10 man progression and Felix is going bear tank. Then we debated for awhile and chose Pally Tank for Sad and Holy Priest for Taint. Two classes neither of them have.

So on October 19th, twenty-four days before the release of WoTLK (6 days of which we were out on vacation), we rolled new toons for them. Luckily we had my 70 paladin to aoe grind the crap out of instances. GRIND. GRIND. GRIND.

Deadmines-->Stockades-->Razorfen Kraul-->Gnomeregan-->Scarlet Monestary-->Uldaman-->Zul Furak-->Mauradon-->Sunken Temple-->BRD-->Scholo-->Strat-->Ramparts-->Underbog-->Shattered Halls

ZOMG. grind till I die. Some people would advice questing at some point in the game. The problem is the second we poked our heads in open world, we would waste an hour being ganked. So it was back to the instances.

It was the first time I got to see Razorfen Kraul though. It's quite a large instance. I had no idea how big it was (that's what she said). First time I saw Agathelos the Raging I was like HOLY SH!T! That boar is massive.

Currently, Sad's pally and Taint's priest are 68. We're gonna hit up Old Hillsbrad and BM for the instance quests then try our luck once more in open world at the Kirin'Var Village in Netherstorm. If it gets bad, we'll finish out the grinding in Shattered Halls.

The end is in sight! So much for full epics in WoTLK. Greens it is!

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