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I’m So Focused Rig… Ooh! A Quarter!

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Mark Pannell

I have A.D.D. I have no medical evidence to back this up. Nonetheless, I’m confident that it’s true. My RL friend Matt once told me that a shiny object could distract me from speaking to a supermodel.

I’ve had very clear goals for my top two WoW toons recently: make a ton of gold selling Darkmoon Cards of the North on Predatore and level Devv to 80. After dropping 5000G on Predatore’s Epic Flight, he’s back up to 2600G. Devv is halfway through level 74 and she’s done nearly all of the quests in Grizzly Hills. She just might move into Zul’Drak early. So far, so good, right? Wrong.

Yesterday, I took a quick peek at Predatore’s skills to see how high his First Aid was. I noticed that his cooking was at 4/75 and he had never even learned fishing. I think you can see where I’m going with this.

I played WoW for approximately four hours yesterday. Nearly all of that time was spent fishing, cooking, and traveling. At the end of the day, Predatore’s Fishing was at 176/225 and his Cooking was at 225/225. He has all of the items necessary to complete his Artisan Cooking quest. A quick journey to Tanaris will open things up to 300 when I get home tonight.

As if leveling Cooking and Fishing wasn’t enough proof of my A.D.D., I actually got distracted during my distraction. I decided to travel to Orgrimmar to try to get The Fishing Diplomat achievement. With no means of going invisible, I’d hoped to take out the guards, haul ass to my fishing spot, and hope for the best. I never made it past the front gates.

I spent about 35 minutes dueling Horde toons, flagging, un-flagging, making corpse runs, and watching duels. By the time I left Orgrimmar, I nearly forgot why I was there to begin with. I finally hearthed back to Dalaran and took a port to Ironforge so I could fly to my next fishin’ hole: Arathi Highlands.

When I got to Arathi, I was pretty focused on catching 40 to 60 Mithril Head Trout. I caught about 12 of them when I saw the yellow message “Refuge Point is under attack.” Oh, Hell no!

Needless to say, I high-tailed it to Refuge Point, killed the level 41 Tauren Druid, then corpse-camped him twice. I probably would have done it more, but after the second time, he had the good sense to wait five minutes to rez.

Defending Refuge Point reminded me of my time spent leveling Devv through Arathi Highlands. I had one quest left to turn in before I was done in the zone. When I got back to Refuge Point, some level 70 Horde toons had slaughtered all of the NPC’s. I had to sit and wait a few minutes before the questgiver came back. When he did, he was promptly killed again.

A combination of that memory and my three recent kills put the taste of blood in my mouth. That was all the motivation I needed to gallop off to Hammerfall and slaughter everyone. A level 40 Blood Elf Mage was approaching one of the NPC’s as I killed him. I can only assume that he was trying to turn in a quest. It must have really pissed him off because it prompted him to flag and attack me… a level 80 Death Knight. Bad choice. I killed the misguided Mage a total of four times.

My Fishing would probably be closer to 225, but it’s just so damn easy to get distracted. At least with Cooking, you stand in front of a fire and cook everything you have in your inventory. It’s quick, painless, and easy to level. Before logging, I got the Catch 250 Fish achievement. I don’t care what people say. Having the patience to watch the little bobber bounce 250 times in one day is an achievement. I’ll take a “gratz” for that one.

So, Predatore still has 2600G and Devv is still level 74. After an entire day off of gameplay, I’ve made no “real” progress. I think my best bet is to get both professions all the way to 450 right now so I don’t get tempted to step away from my goals again in the near future. I really want to get Devv to 80, then get both her and Predatore geared up. I’m confident that I can stay focu… hey, that guy looks like Newman from Seinfeld!

Predatore’s First Epic

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , on January 30, 2009 by Mark Pannell

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Do ya see it? No? Sadly, Predatore’s first purple is a Tabard of the Explorer. That’s OK. I’m sure his first title will be “The Explorer” as well. Gotta love the gift of Epic Flight. Boo-yah!

Argent Dawn Goodies

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Mark Pannell

On the urging of WoW Insider, I decided that I needed to get my butt in gear and start grinding some Necrotic Runes. If PvP gear is considered to be welfare epics, then the purples that the Argent Dawn are offering up are like soup kitchen epics. At 15 Necrotic Runes a piece, any newly-minted level 70 with an hour or two of free time can upgrade their green and blue shoulders and gloves to purples. Granted, I would not recommend using these bad boys as general purpose armor pieces. This isn’t PvP gear and it’s certainly not raid quality. But it’s not bad stuff for dailies. At any rate, I racked up enough Necrotic Runes to get the shoulders, the gloves, the tabard, and two trinkets. The first trinket that I grabbed set me back 40 Runes. But with it came my very own Argent Crusader, complete with mount. He/she fights by your side for some arbitrary amount of time. At the end of that time, they bubble-hearth away. Freakin’… awesome! Honestly, if the price had been 200 Runes, I would have grinded it out. Granted, your defender is only level 60, but I can’t wait to take her out to farm Runecloth.

Along the way, I picked up another Feats of Strength achievement for grabbing the Argent Dawn tabard. And speaking of tabards, my guild tabard is yet again more colorful than blank gray. While I was grinding out said Runes, I partied up with a nearby Pally who, noticing my lack of guild, invited me to his. Since I had nothing to lose, I accepted the invitation and scoped out the roster. With about 15-20 level 70’s of varied classes on a 75-man roster, I definitely took a step up from my previous guild. But like Cool Kids, The Sunset Raiders generally don’t have a large percentage of their members online at any given time. They’re not a raiding guild. They’re not quite a leveling guild. Really, they appear to be 75 guys and girls wearing the same tabard and shooting the breeze in gchat. That’s not a bad place for me to be right now. Later on down the line, I’d like to get into a more serious raiding guild. But for now, it’s nice to grab party members for quests and world events in gchat rather than having to PUG everything

On a completely different note, I had to create a second bank alt this morning. Benjamins is pretty particular about only keeping cloth in his tabs. So, Enchantress was born and assigned the task of keeing an eye on all of the armor and weapons that Ellyza can’t disenchant yet. Devv is racking up pieces that require Enchanting level 275 to DE, but Ellyza is level-capped at 225. When she gets to 275, she’ll be dropping Arcane Dust and Lesser Planar Essence like it ain’t no thing. What cracks me up is that I actually spend time to choose the race, class, look, and name of my bank alts. I could just grab the first character that pops up and name them randomly for all it matters. But I careful crafted a female Human Priest with just the right hair and named her something ridiculously cliche before sending her into Ironforge to be neglected for the rest of her life. At least Benjamins has a tuxedo. Enchantress is in her starting zone clothes. I even stripped her of her mace so she didn’t poke an eye out. Jesus, this blog has gone downhill in a hurry. I’m just gonna stop while I’m only a little bit behind. Please go check out the newest post at Critical QQ if you feel dumber for having read my entry. It deals with the Arcane tree and it’s 100% less retarded than this post.

Damnit, Blizz!

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , on October 15, 2008 by Mark Pannell

I woke up at about 8:00 am yesterday. The first thing that ran through my mind was, “nine hours left until I can check out patch 3.0.2.” Generally speaking, I don’t mind Tuesday maintenance. I have every Tuesday off from work. My wife works Monday through Friday, so Tuesdays are just for my son and me. But he usually takes a nap at around 1:00 pm. From 1:00 to 2:00, I usually knock out some household chores, leaving me about three hours for some WoW goodness. My boy usually sleeps til mommy gets home at 5:00, so my whole afternoon is usually an uninterrupted romp through Azeroth. In contrast, a 12 hour maintenance day sucks. A lot.

Since we just moved into a new house, we have plenty of unpacking and organizing to do, so I kept myself pretty busy most of the day. As a special treat for my son, we dropped mommy off at work in the morning, so we had to go get her at 5:00. I figured that should give Blizz plenty of time to get the servers back up and running. Wrong. Silvermoon didn’t even show up in the list of realms til nearly 6:00 pm. By then, Blizz had issued the statement that all realms should be up and playable by 6:00 pm EST. Wrong again. I finally logged into an Oceanic server, created a Human, and hauled ass into Stormwind to check out Stormwind Harbor. It was actually cooler than I had expected. I couldn’t believe how massive it was. Sadly, I’ll probably never lay eyes on Menethil Harbor again.

While roaming around Stormwind as one of about 500 level 1 Humans, I also got a free haircut. I’m pretty sure this was a glitch because the lowest priced haircut for Ellyza was around 10S this morning. At any rate, I was surprised to see some of the Blood Elf hair styles available for Human men. They actually looked kinda cool. Paired with a bushy goatee and a quick dye job, my throwaway Oceanic duder actually looked pretty sweet. Oddly, that was his name… Theduder. With a fresh set of locks, Theduder plopped down in the middle of a high traffic area to check out some of the new integrated features. I could see myself getting very dependant upon the new calendar.

The Achievements menu is pretty easy to use once you get used to it. I could see myself getting completely addicted to Achievements. When I logged into Devv this morning, she had three Feats of Strength, two of which are no longer attainable. The first title that I’ll be going after is “Ambassador.” Exalted in Darnassus, Devv has all of the remaining home factions most of the way through Revered. A little bit of low level questing, some cloth donations, and the miracle of rep spillover should put her over the top. I hate to QQ, but the rest of the Achievements with associated rewards, titles, or tabards all seem pretty time-consuming if not downright difficult. I’d really like to eventually earn the “Diplomat” title if for no other reason than to get some of the Old World rewards that come with Exalted status with the associated factions.

I wasn’t too pleased to discover that Bongos was no longer functional after the new patch. I’d gotten pretty attached to my interface. But I made the decision to customize the default Blizz UI to my liking for future-proofing reasons. I’m assuming that there will be a lot of patches coming until Wrath hits and beyond. If I have to re-configure my UI every time a minor patch drops, it’s gonna get pretty old. Using the Blizz default, I’ll be able to get into the game much quicker after each subsequent patch. Once the dual-spec patch drops, I’ll probably move back to a Bongos or Bartender-type customization tool.

So, onto the talent trees! The first time I logged into Devv, I attempted to assign all of her talent points with no success whatsoever. Every time I clicked on a talent, nothing happened. I wrapped myself up in this exercise in futility for about two or three minutes before the server crashed. Boooo! Shortly before bedtime, I finally got my points assigned. As a level 67 Mage, I went with a 7/51/0 Fire build. Living Bomb is probably pretty sweet. I couldn’t honestly tell you. As I was assigning all of my spells to action bars, the server crashed again. It never came up again before I went to bed. When I logged in this morning, I just took a quick peek at a couple things without leaving the safety of the inn. When I get home from work tonight, every mob within 100 yards of me and six yards of some buddies is going to be a Living… F’in… Bomb! I just need to make sure that I don’t get into too big of a hurry to slaughter the fine residents of Nagrand. The last time I made some UI adjustments, I completely forgot to assign Arcane Missiles. It bothered me so much that I couldn’t let it go. I scrolled through all of my action bar pages, searching for it frantically. In my desperate search, a provoked Talbuk Stag patiently went about killing me. Lesson learned: take your time customizing your action bars.