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Can’t Turn Back Time

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by Mark Pannell

As I was running Devv through some quests in Zangarmarsh today, I finally achieved Friendly status with Sporregor. I took a quick peek at what their Quartermaster had to offer and immediately began drooling over the pattern for a 28-slot Herbalism bag. The price? Twenty-five measly Glowcaps! Oh… and Exalted status with Sporregor. Boooo! Throughout my questing, I acquired a shit-ton of Unidentified Plant Parts. When I made the trek back to turn them in, I decided to pay the Cenarion Expedition Quartermaster a visit. Amongst his wares was a ring that I immediately fell in love with. The pitfall? It requires Revered status with the Cenarion Expedition. Boooo!

Now, I know that this area is new as of BC. But I sometimes really wish I could turn back the clock and start playing WoW four years ago. I’ve learned so much the hard way that by the time I figure things out, it’s often too late. A perfect example: As I pushed from level 50 to 60, I knew that I wanted my Epic land mount to be a Stormsaber. I knew that it required Exalted status with Darnassus, but I didn’t really have a solid game plan to get there. So as I dinged 59, I ported my happy ass to Darn and hustled off to the Night Elf starting zone, Dolanaar. I worked my way back west to Darnassus, completing literally every quest along the way. When it was all said and done, I still had to do some of the repeatable Un’Goro Soil quests to get up to Exalted. Had I known the game better, I would have put together a more efficient game plan to get to Exalted over the course of leveling to 60.

So, here I sit in Outlands. I want some Cenarion Expedition goodies. I want some Sporregor goodies. I want to level to 70. And I want Kaddisfly to own in the 10-19 bracket of WSG. And I don’t have time to do it all. Well, technically I do since nobody is putting a deadline on when these things need to be achieved. But I want them all now. Had I started playing four years ago, many of my goals would have already been achieved. Hell, I’d probably be achieving these goals with my tenth or eleventh alts! But I find myself in the same predicament. Do I jump over to Thottbot and figure out how to increase my rep with CE? Or do I grind Sporregor rep and let CE get there organically? And how does leveling play into the mix? I’m sure I’d rack up a decent amount of XP grinding rep for either faction, but in my push to 70, I’m sure I’d wind up skipping some pretty good questing areas and rewards if I no longer needed their associated XP. Bah!

I guess what I want more than time is the knowledge and experience that usually comes with time. If I knew which items would have the biggest and best impact on my endgame play, I’d know which paths to take. I’m certain that when I level my next toon to 70, I’ll do it much more efficiently and intelligently. Sadly, it’ll probably be a Mage as it’s hard for me to imagine the 40’s and 50’s as anything else.

Raulduke is looking more and more like a twink. With Blackened Defias Armor and Serpent Shoulders already in his bank, it wouldn’t take much to make a badass out of him. And given the shortage of Shaman in the 10-19 bracket, he could make a decent FC in WSG. I would consider doing the same thing with Ellyza, but her Enchanting is sitting at 150/150 with an assload of mats for enchants that are still red in her little bag of tricks. Letting her ding 20 benefits everyone in my roster of toons. And speaking of benefiting everyone, if I do halt Raul at 19, he’ll be an Engineer/Leatherworker. At that level, he can craft Green Tinted Goggles, Crafted Heavy Shot, Deviate Scale Belts, and Dark Leather Pants, essentially making him a twink factory. Dantei will eventually leave the safety of Ironforge as an Engineer/Skinner, depending upon Devv for his Engineering mats and supplying Kaddisfly with his Leatherworking mats. Whilst visiting the majestic sites of the major cities, he’ll be cranking out Minor Recombobulators and Accurate Scopes, applying the latter to all of the Venomstrikes and Lil Timmy’s Peashooters that the fine peeps of Silvermoon can throw at him.

Holy shoot! I’ve drifted really far away from the purpose of this post. I guess we’ll call it a wrap with that startling discovery!

Alt-Bouncing, Spending Quality Time with Devv

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by Mark Pannell

Lately, when I play WoW, my time is spent bouncing between alts for various reasons. I have six toons who see regular action, another who sees occasional playing time, and an AH/bank mule. Five of the active toons are in my main’s guild. My fellow guildies make fun of me and say that I have multiple personality disorder.

Dantei, a level 215 Engineer, makes Crafted Heavy Shot for Kaddisfly. Ellyza disenchants low level greens, enchants my lowbie toons’ gear, then sells the excess mats at AH. Raulduke makes some rings and necklaces for my lowbies, but he’s about to give up Jewelcrafting for Skinning. Paired with Mining, he’ll be my workhorse out in the field, gathering mats for his brothers and sisters. Kaddisfly… well, he pretty much just takes without giving anything back. He needs his ammo from Dantei, his Rumsey’s Black Label Rum from his sugar momma, Devv, and his pots from his guildie, Airdrie. The only thing he does do for himself is fishing to feed Pignewton. Aside from that, his job is to pwn in BG’s, gathering marks and honor in anticipation of a possible ascension to level 29 to rule the 20-29 bracket.

When I am logged into my two accounts (Ellyza and Raulduke are a separate account), I bounce back and forth between five toons, sending each other mats and gold. If I did things intelligently, I would just create a guild for my alts and pool all of the mats and gold. But I really enjoy participating in guild chat while I’m crafting goodies and browsing the AH. Most of the time, the gang is all in IF, gaining mad quantities of rested XP. The upside is that when I do level them, I fly through each level. The downside is that they rarely get out of IF as I routinely need their skills and access to their respective bank tabs. But the biggest downside is that my main, Devv, has been kind of overlooked. She’s been stuck at level 62 for a couple weeks now. Her open quests are all in Zangarmarsh, but she hasn’t ventured farther than Brewfest from IF in a while. That is, until today.

Depending mostly on teleportation as a mode of transportation lately, I finally busted out the hearthstone and shot myself back into the thick of things. Zangarmarsh and the promise of gold and better gear became irresistable sometime before work this morning. I killed some Mire Hydras, collected some soil samples, turned in Unidentified Plant Parts for Cenarion Expedition rep, and got back to what I love about WoW: being a mage. Devv is about 90% through level 62 and I have every intention of dinging 63 tonight. After that, she’ll probably go back to camping out in IF for a while. I just can’t see leveling her right before a patch drops that reduces the XP required to level from 60 to 70. I know it’s probably laziness and a total noob move, but I’m not wasting any more time than necessary to get to 70. The quests are fun and all, but I’m more interested in PvP than end-game raiding.

Speaking of PvP, Kaddisfly will be entering WSG as a fully twinked level 19 for the first time tonight. Well, he’s not quite fully twinked. He stills needs Enchant 2H Weapon Agility on his Twisted Chanter’s Staff. And he needs the stamina enchant re-applied to his new bracers, but aside from that, he’s done. And working his way to 19 made me realize something. I want to level a Hunter. Yeah, yeah… I know. But they seem like a hell of a lot of fun. Screw it! I’m doing it!

Kaddisfly – The Hunter, The Fighter, The Gold Sink

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , on September 26, 2008 by Mark Pannell

As I mentioned in my introductory post, I recently decided to roll a twink for BG’s. I discovered the concept of twinking right after Dantei dinged 20. Right… after… Dantei dinged 20. But to be honest, that doesn’t really bother me because I completely lost interest in Rogues around that time. They’re a class badly in need of a nerfing and from what I can tell, require little to no talent to play at the lower levels. Please save the hate mail. I have the utmost respect for high level Rogues as there is a lot to manage when new talents start opening up. But any 12-year-old with two hands and a slightly below average IQ could effectively level or PvP a low level Rogue. And thus, Dantei was relegated to making shit for other toons… in a tuxedo.

As I started doing my research, I nearly forgot that I had a level 13 Night Elf Hunter named Kaddisfly sitting in Auberdine, twiddling his thumbs. Yeah, yeah… here I am slamming Rogues and I have a NE Huntard. Whatevs. In my reading, I discovered that these guys make solid twinks in the 10-19 bracket. Since he had only leveled to 13, I had plenty of XP to burn to run him through the instances necessary to gather the BoP twink armor. I really hadn’t completely committed to the idea of twinking him until I ran Devv through Stocks to try to pick up some random BoE’s for Ellyza. Within a couple minutes, a Sentry Cloak dropped. That was it. I was sold on the idea of twinking Kaddisfly. And his liitle cat, too!

Well, as it turns out, his little cat didn’t exactly make an ideal PvP pet. So, Kittiesfly got stabled in IF, tear in eye. Kaddisfly headed into Elwynn Forest to tame a Longsnout. While they don’t have some of the higher level talents, I could level him right alongside Kaddisfly and capture other animals to learn their talents later. Within minutes, Pignewton and Kaddisfly began their quest to become the ultimate twink combo in the 10-19 bracket. Or something like that.

With the help of some friends, I ran DM twice to attempt to pick up Blackened Defias Armor. No dice. Somewhere along the line, I dinged 15. I decided that I needed to run the quest line to pick up the Tunic of Westfall before I burned up all of that 15-19 XP on Van’Cleef’s greedy ass. And on the third time through, I still didn’t get Blackened Defias Armor. Defeated, I settled for Tunic of Westfall, logged, and ran my Shammy through DM. Guess what dropped off of Van’Cleef?

I could go into all of the gory details of how I got every piece of armor, but that would make this post a tad lengthy. Instead, I’ll just list what he has now and my wish list for the very near future. Kaddisfly is about 70% through level 18 and is just about ready to spend the rest of his life in Warsong Gulch, Stormwind and Ironforge. As a semi-twink, he’s always in the top three for Damage Done and HK. His first run-through, as a level 17, he went 24-1. Not too shabby. Here’s what the green-haired freak is or will soon be sporting:

  • Head: Green-Tinted Goggles with Lesser Arcanum of Constitution
  • Neck: Solid Bronze Necklace*
  • Shoulders: Serpent Shoulders
  • Back: Sentry Cloak with Enchant Cloak – Lesser Agility
  • Chest: Tunic of Westfall with Enchant Chest – Major Health
  • Wrists: Forest Leather Bracers with Enchant Bracer – Superior Stamina
  • Gloves: Gloves of the Fang with Enchant Gloves – Superior Agility
  • Belt: Deviate Scale Belt
  • Legs: Dark Leather Pants with Clefthide Leg Armor*
  • Feet: Inscribed Leather Boots with Enchant Boots – Greater Stamina*
  • Ring 1: Protector’s Band
  • Ring 2: Blood Ring
  • Trinket 1: Minor Recombobulator
  • Trinket 2: (Empty)*
  • Weapon: Twisted Chanter’s Staff*
  • Ranged Weapon: Lil Timmy’s Peashooter with Accurate Scope

Anything that has an asterisk requires further explanation. I had toyed with the idea of just ending the post, leaving you all to wonder why the hell there are four little star thingies for no reason. But in the end, I decided that I’d just look like an douche if I did that. I will address them in order. Go!

The Solid Bronze Necklace will be replaced by a Sentinel’s Medallion once I’ve acquired the honor and marks necessary to buy it. The Dark Leather Pants might get replaced. I have a pair of Scouting Trousers of Agility in the bank that might just get the Clefthide treatment. The Inscribed Leather Boots will eventually be replaced by Feet of the Lynx with the same enchant. I just can’t pull the trigger to spend the kind of gold that people want for these things. Probably gonna do a little drop-rate research and send Devv out looking for them. I had the patience to do the legwork for Lesser Arcanum of Constitution and damnit! I can do this too! The empty Trinket 2 slot will be filled with Insignia of the Alliance once he gets up and running and accumulating honor. The Twisted Chanter’s Staff will be getting the Enchant 2H Weapon – Agility treatment once my Enchanter guildie levels her skill to 300. She’s almost there. And finally, I’m justifying my choice of Lil Timmy’s Peashooter over Venomstrike for the simple fact that Dantei can make Crafted Heavy Shot with an extra point of damage over the vendor-bought variety. Plus, saying “Lil Timmy’s Peashooter” sounds a lot funnier than “Venomstrike” any day of the week. Fin!

A Little History

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by Mark Pannell

If you’ve discovered this site and you’re not me, I’m doing something right. And if that’s the case, I should probably give you a little something to chew on. As of this posting, I am a 33-year-old husband, father, and retail manager. I’m also a hopeless World of Warcraft addict. But this is a recent development. Read on, my friends.

The juggernaut MMORPG know as World of Warcraft has been making waves since 2004. For the better part of the four years since the game’s release, I’ve been a huge skeptic of an IP with 10 million people willingly ponying up fifteen snaps a month to wander around fantasyland. So, in early July, when one of the ever-growing population of my WoW-playing co-workers started pressuring me to play a ten day trial account, I balked at the idea. Persistent, he absolutely guaranteed me that I would be addicted within ten days. At this point, he had laid down the gauntlet. I took the trial code not out of interest but rather, to prove him wrong. At first, I stuck to my guns. I created a Troll Mage, leveled him to 5, then realized that all of my friends and co-workers on the realm were Alliance. Mother of Pearl!

After a little bit of tinkering, I decided that I wanted to be a Draenei. Of course, that meant buying the game and the expansion. As luck would have it, I had a gift card for Best Buy. What the hell, I figured. If it’s as good as everybody says, then at least I’ll have the character that I really want. If I wind up hating the game, I’m not out any “real” money. And thus, Devv, my Draenei Mage, was born. From 0-10, I wasn’t really impressed. It was repetitive, boring nonsense and I couldn’t really do any cool stuff. At level 10, I had a co-worker come get me and lead me from Exodar to Ironforge… on foot. He showed me the areas to level from 11-20, set me up at the Inn in IF, gave me 5G, then turned me loose. Somewhere between 10 and 15, my initial ten day trial expired. The addiction was starting to set in.

By the time I dinged 20, I was falling in love with the mechanics of the game. I had discovered and installed some very helpful add-ons. I might have even gone overboard at first. Aside from the aesthetics of the game, I was really starting to enjoy what a mage brought to the table. I had just learned Blink and spent about an hour Blinking into, out of, over, and past things. At the time, it was a party trick. I really didn’t “get” the game yet. I also got the gift of Teleportation. No more schlepping around on smelly boats and Hippogryphs. I joined a guild that was widely regarded as the “minor leagues” for one of the most respected guilds on the server. The members weren’t very active and those that were liked to solo. I was having fun, but I knew that there had to be more to the game.

Somewhere around level 25, the patch dropped that made mounts available at level 30. While everyone whined and moaned on Trade Chat, I silently celebrated. I really wasn’t looking forward to the grind from 25 to 40. Sometime in my early 30’s, my bank account showed over 1000G. My tailoring and mining had paid off. At 40, I started selling ports to further supplement my income. I was a gold machine! And then, Blizzard announced the Zhevra mount for Refer-A-Friend. I needed to get my hands on one of these bad boys. On a whim, I hopped in the car, ran down to Best Buy, and bought another copy of the WoW Battlechest and a 60 day game card. I came home, installed the monstrosity on my laptop, went through the necessary steps to link the accounts, and collected my Zhevra mount. I sat back with a grin on my face, admiring the icon that would become an actual mount at level 60. The smile faded as the realization set in. I was completely… and totally… addicted.

Nowadays, Devv is at level 62. I’m confident that I could have had her to 70 by now if I really wanted. But with the pre-WotLK patch coming, the XP needed to get from 60 to 70 is supposed to drop significantly. I can’t see grinding it out now when it’ll be so much easier in a month or so. Yes, I understand that statement probably makes me a noob, but guess what. I am a noob. I’ve been playing slightly less than three months. I think, by definition, a noob is exactly what I am. I’m OK with that. But I did pretty good for a noob. by the time I dinged 60, I was sitting on over 2000G. As of this writing, I’m down to just over 500G. Why? As it turns out, I’m a bit of an altaholic.

I have a level 20 Gnome Rogue named Dantei who has been camped out in IF for two months and changes professions based on the needs of my otheralts. He’s leveled five professions to 225 only to dump his skills when somebody needs something. I have a level 14 Draenei Priest named Ellyza and a level 14 Draenei Shaman named Raulduke. My fury with the Alliance’s inability to everwin BG’s in the 50-59 bracket prompted the creation of a Blood Elf Mage. Imbroglio was rolled specifically to be leveled to 59 and rack up honor and marks when the Allies just aren’t getting it done. He’s currently at level 21. Deciding to roll an eventual twink peaked my interest in the twinking process. Sitting on all that gold, I decided that I wasn’t patient enough to level a toon to 59 before I could own in BG’s. I needed that experience right now!

This is the part of the story where my bank account goes from 2000G to just over 500G. I wanted to get Devv’s tailoring to 375 before she dinged 70, so I bought an awful lot of Netherweave Cloth and Arcane Dust to facilitate this. That and my epic mount knocked me down quite a bit. But the meat and potatoes of the red ink belong to a long-haired hunter freak named Kaddisfly. He alone will be the subject of my first “official” post. Stay tuned, friends!