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Tuesday, 30 December, 2008

Going back to my roots

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 7:32 pm

Hee hee, surgeon helped a guildie the other night with the quest chain Amphitheatre of Anguish.

There were 5 of us, adiposity 3 guildmates and a couple of others. I had problems with the Amphitheatre quests in Nagrand, advice so I wasn’t surprised to see the mobs turn up in quick succession without me getting any completion, so I decided to just give up on the quests and simply help fight. It turned out though that one of the outsiders was pushing ahead without the rest of the group. Our group leader/healer gave him a bit of a telling off, and when he started the next one without us let him die. He behaved himself after that! Our great healer even let me plod through the quests until we were all at the same level.

I’m laughing because I’ve realized that the healer of a group has the power of life and death over individual players.
Just made an epic for someone who whispered me, try
shop for pretty much less than I could have got selling the raw mats! Still he was my first ever “request” and I got a (useless) skill point out of it.
Just made an epic for someone who whispered me, more info
for pretty much less than I could have got selling the raw mats! Still he was my first ever “request” and I got a (useless) skill point out of it.
Ding, order
level 80.

Flowersz will now be Going Resto and doing all the Northrend dungeons in turn, starting with Normal Utgarde Keep.

Monday, 29 December, 2008

How not to make money!

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:28 am

Hee hee, surgeon helped a guildie the other night with the quest chain Amphitheatre of Anguish.

There were 5 of us, adiposity 3 guildmates and a couple of others. I had problems with the Amphitheatre quests in Nagrand, advice so I wasn’t surprised to see the mobs turn up in quick succession without me getting any completion, so I decided to just give up on the quests and simply help fight. It turned out though that one of the outsiders was pushing ahead without the rest of the group. Our group leader/healer gave him a bit of a telling off, and when he started the next one without us let him die. He behaved himself after that! Our great healer even let me plod through the quests until we were all at the same level.

I’m laughing because I’ve realized that the healer of a group has the power of life and death over individual players.
Just made an epic for someone who whispered me, try
shop for pretty much less than I could have got selling the raw mats! Still he was my first ever “request” and I got a (useless) skill point out of it.

The Power of Life and Death

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 10:18 am

Hee hee, more about helped a guildie the other night with the quest chain Amphitheatre of Anguish.

There were 5 of us, buy 3 guildmates and a couple of others. I had problems with the Amphitheatre quests in Nagrand, so I wasn’t surprised to see the mobs turn up in quick succession without me getting any completion, so I decided to just give up on the quests and simply help fight. It turned out though that one of the outsiders was pushing ahead without the rest of the group. Our group leader/healer gave him a bit of a telling off, and when he started the next one without us let him die. He behaved himself after that! Our great healer even let me plod through the quests until we were all at the same level.

I’m laughing because I’ve realized that the healer of a group has the power of life and death over individual players. It’s an effective tool for controling unruly players.

Wednesday, 24 December, 2008

Damn you Blizzard.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 9:12 am

But first.

Flowersz is now level 78, anemia level 77 raced by in Scholazar basin, the quests all come in pairs and having a flying mount simply makes it faster. When she dinged 78 she went back to Orgrimmar using Jaina Proudmores portal on the quest “Fate, Up Against Your Will” where you don’t get attacked, then she did an hour and a half’s fishing (I was watching telly) until she caught [Old Crafty] for the fishing achievement.

Why am I  cursing Blizzard? Because of the damn dailys! Not that I’m addicited, oh no, it’s just that if I don’t do my JC daily today (Christmas eve) or tomorrow (Cristmas day obviously) then I’m down 800gold (in [Dragon's Eye]s) or two [Dalaran Jewelcrafter's Token] whichever feels more important. I really shouldn’t care, but I put aside half an hour this morning to do the daily (and only the daily), and the servers are down.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Sunday, 21 December, 2008

Vrooom 2

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 9:41 pm

Cor, visit web level 77.7 now, click   – yes, denture I have been playing an awful lot!

I’ve got epic flying, and northrend flying and Scholazar Basin is going by very fast with epic flying. I’m just starting to think about picking up Resto gear again from quests in preperation for the big switch back at 80.

Unfortunately Jewelcrafting is starting to crash, the uncut gems are going up in price and the cut gems are going down in price. Also there are now 2 other crafters that can make the epic I was making and ofc they’re undercutting me. The epic is actually pretty useless (which is why no-one else was making it) so there really isn’t a big market. I’ll take what I can get – I’ve made several thousands of gold so I’ll not complain loud or long for a change

All in all I’m overdoing it and happy.

Oh, except when that level 72 DeathKnight defeated me in a duel (I was level 76), it wasn’t the defeat, I know I suck, it was because he /laughed at me after I had /bowed at him – Wanker!

Wednesday, 17 December, 2008

VROOOM

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 4:33 pm

Flowersz had a frustrating and rewarding night questing in Grizzly Hills, order specifically with the Escape from Silverbrook quest. I’m gonna put a spoiler in later, shop sorry.

Flowersz picked up what looked like it was going to be an escort quest to help a prisoner escape from Silverbrook all the way to Amberpine Lodge, mind like most of the escort quests I’ve seen in WotLK it is slightly different. You get to ride two-up on a horse while throwing fire bombs and stunning the Worgen that attack you. I admit I had to do this quest five or more times before I finally got it, despite reading the notes on Wowhead. Here’s how Flowersz finally did it – a combination of how its supposed to be done and how Wowhead says you can cheat it.

  • Mount up on Dugan’s horse and immediately dismount (the = key)
  • Get on your own mount (lazy old Parkin in my case) and follow Dugan’s pony until he stops at the first river.
  • Dismount from your horse and get back on Dugan’s nameless mount. Once again he will start.
  • Immediately flip your view 180 so you’re looking backwards – this is incredibly important for aiming and I doubt you’ll make it all the way to Amberpine if you don’t do this.
  • Some Worgen will spawn and attack, when they get close to you: stun them and immediately drop a fire bomb on them – they’ll be dropping behind so fast you won’t be able to target them accurately if you’re not looking backwards. The fire will probably kill them.
  • gallop if it’s off cooldown.

That should get you all the way there.

What I found on the previous runs was that a lot of worgen spawn in the first phase, the dismount and follow trick stops them from spawning so the first half goes easily. Fewer seem to spawn in the second phase.

You need to get back on the mount for the second part because

a) you need to be on Dugan’s horse at the end

b) he crosses a river which may dismount you near a bear (unless you’ve got water walking), and (for me) that put me far enough behind that I failed the quest.

You should dismount before re-mounting or this happens:

Parkin is getting lazy.

if you’re unlucky a worgen will then knock you off your horse/mechastrider/whatever, put you in combat and you’ll fail the quest because you’re not on Dugan’s horse at the end. On one of the failed attempts I actually saw the escapee stop at Amberpine, you HAVE to be mounted!

Spoiler time:

I loved that way this quest changed my perception of the pre-quests, up until this point it had been the usual go there, do that. The quest before this one introduces the idea that all is not quite right and after releasing the prisoner he gets quite agitated and asks if you’ve been bitten. Bitten? What! Why? At this point you realize you’re dealing with were-somethings, Worgen as it happens. What’s more you suddenly understand why you had to destroy those 8 WolfsBane, you’ve been a cat’s-paw!

A pre-quest that actually tied into the plot and isn’t the normal useless shit. FAB! Blizzard have actually released an expansion that doesn’t just add more of the same old same old! Even though this quest took me forever (we’re probably talking an hour including research) I was really happy that I finished it.
Ding 75, psychiatrist
half way to having nothing to do!

Tuesday, 16 December, 2008

Escape from Silverbrook

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:52 pm

Flowersz had a frustrating and rewarding night questing in Grizzly Hills, diagnosis specifically with the Escape from Silverbrook quest. I’m gonna put a spoiler in later, online sorry.

Flowersz picked up what looked like it was going to be an escort quest to help a prisoner escape from Silverbrook all the way to Amberpine Lodge, like most of the escort quests I’ve seen in WotLK it is slightly different. You get to ride two-up on a horse while throwing fire bombs and stunning the Worgen that attack you. I admit I had to do this quest five or more times before I finally got it, despite reading the notes on Wowhead. Here’s how Flowersz finally did it – a combination of how its supposed to be done and how Wowhead says you can cheat it.

  • Mount up on Dugan’s horse and immediately dismount (the = key)
  • Get on your own mount (lazy old Parkin in my case) and follow Dugan’s pony until he stops at the first river.
  • Dismount from your horse and get back on Dugan’s nameless mount. Once again he will start.
  • Immediately flip your view 180 so you’re looking backwards – this is incredibly important for aiming and I doubt you’ll make it all the way to Amberpine if you don’t do this.
  • Some Worgen will spawn and attack, when they get close to you: stun them and immediately drop a fire bomb on them – they’ll be dropping behind so fast you won’t be able to target them accurately if you’re not looking backwards. The fire will probably kill them.
  • gallop if it’s off cooldown.

That should get you all the way there.

What I found on the previous runs was that a lot of worgen spawn in the first phase, the dismount and follow trick stops them from spawning so the first half goes easily. Fewer seem to spawn in the second phase.

You need to get back on the mount for the second part because

a) you need to be on Dugan’s horse at the end

b) he crosses a river which may dismount you near a bear (unless you’ve got water walking), and (for me) that put me far enough behind that I failed the quest.

You should dismount before re-mounting or this happens:

Parkin is getting lazy.

if you’re unlucky a worgen will then knock you off your horse/mechastrider/whatever, put you in combat and you’ll fail the quest because you’re not on Dugan’s horse at the end. On one of the failed attempts I actually saw the escapee stop at Amberpine, you HAVE to be mounted!

Spoiler time:

I loved that way this quest changed my perception of the pre-quests, up until this point it had been the usual go there, do that. The quest before this one introduces the idea that all is not quite right and after releasing the prisoner he gets quite agitated and asks if you’ve been bitten. Bitten? What! Why? At this point you realize you’re dealing with were-somethings, Worgen as it happens. What’s more you suddenly understand why you had to destroy those 8 WolfsBane, you’ve been a cat’s-paw!

A pre-quest that actually tied into the plot and isn’t the normal useless shit. FAB! Blizzard have actually released an expansion that doesn’t just add more of the same old same old! Even though this quest took me forever (we’re probably talking an hour including research) I was really happy that I finished it.

Monday, 15 December, 2008

The Auction House and Jewelcrafting Epics

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:09 pm

Flowersz nearly has enough JC tokens to buy and craft an epic. That bit’s easy, human enhancement just do the JC dailys every day for 10 days and don’t spend them. The tough part is deciding which one of the epic recipes I should go for, surgery and whether the damn things will sell at all.

I’ve been watching the AH and there’s consistently about 4/5 JC epics up for sale at any one time for between 4000 and 5000 gold, but I can’t tell if they’re actually selling or what. I don’t want to waste my tokens making an epic that won’t sell until the market crashes. The market is still very young on these items and there’s the potential to make a real killing, but only if there really are buyers out there. The Dragon’s eyes on their own are still going for around 500gold apiece so that’s at least 2000g in those materials alone. If the market isn’t there then I could convert all 10 tokens into Dragon’s Eyes and sell for 5000g in a low risk sale.

Bah, I wish I had a friend who could tell me what the high achievers are prepared to pay, or if they’re just “tapping” their guild Jewelcrafters rather than hit the AH. (Edit:OK, I do have some friends, I’m not quite that sad)

In the meantime the market is crashing on [Delicate Scarlet Ruby]s, going from 180g to 120g between Friday and Sunday evenings. [Potent Monarch Topaz] are still holding their prices at around 170g, but sales are slow, probably because it’s now cheaper to buy other gems. Nevertheless I now have around 7500 gold up from just 4000 a fortnight ago! It seems odd not to worry about 30g respec costs. Only another 3 levels before its worth buying epic flying training for Flowersz.

Orgrimmar!

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:29 pm

There’s a quest chain you get after the WrathGate cinematic which sends you with Jaina Proudmore into Orgrimmar. This is not the real Orgrimmar, medications it’s one of Blizzards “phased” tricks. You can see others on the same quest, but you don’t get to see a fully populated city, also the Guards don’t attack! This gives you as Alliance a unique chance to have a wander around the inside of this city and if you like complete at least one of the fishing achievements. I’ve not turned this quest in, I’m thinking about trying for [Old Crafty] while skilling up my fishing.

Here’s a couple of screenies:

Just trying Thrall's throne out for size.

Just trying Thrall's throne on for size/Does my bum look big on this?

Tickling a guard, he's not laughing

Tickling a guard's ear, he's not laughing though.

Experiment B

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 8:34 am

The Enhancement experiment is going nicely, dermatologist thank you for asking.

Respecced sunday morning, capsule kitted up with some random green mail kit from previous quests, bought a couple of weapons and went out into the wide wide world of northrend. Whee!

I have died a little more often than Resto spec, and I do have to keep an eye on that pesky health bar, but, by golly, mobs do die fast! At one point after a particularly questful session it was looking like I’d be able to finish the last half of level 74 in just 4 hours instead of 7. Since then I’ve done a bit of time wasting, but leveling is still much faster.

Flowersz wants to stay Enhancement for a while longer.

p.s. screenie post from Ogrimar later today.

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