The purpose of this blog is to document my joys, frustrations, unique finds and general information pertaining to my experiences playing World of Warcraft.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gold Farmer...Guild?

If you've made a new, guildless character lately, and haven't had the good sense to block guild invites yet, you may have noticed an alarming new trend--gold farmer guilds.

"Come on," you say, "you really can't be serious.  How do you know a guild is a gold farming guild?"

Because they told me in their whisper when I refused.

If you think about it, it makes sense.  Top level guilds do pretty good on gold, since every quest and loot sends a percentage to the guild bank.

Now I don't know about you, but when I think of gold farming, I think of Chinese prisons, prisoners being forced to work all day breaking rocks, then forced to farm ore/herbs all night, and facing a good caning if they don't meet their quotas.  Yeah, not cool.

So I turned down the invite.

And then some of my devious, like-minded friends said, "Join!  Join!"  when I announced my frustration at getting more invites.

I am NOT going to join.  But I am NOT beneath guiding your devious minds in that direction, with some excellent pointers.  (cue maniacal laughter)

So, here are my suggestions on how you can make the best of a level 25 gold farming guild.

1:  Battle Pet Leveling
     That's right.  You get no gold for pet battles as long as you don't use the quests and dailies.  Have an alt not in the guild farm gold for you so you can afford upgrades to armor, etc.  Most pet battles offer about 1/2  to 2/3's the experience of doing a quest, so it's a decent way to level.  And you get the satisfaction of not giving the gold farmers any gold.  Until they kick you out. But don't worry, I'm sure another guild invite will be imminent.

2:  Frustrating False Information
     Of course gold farmers also have been accused of stealing people's accounts by various hacking and/or phishing means.  So joining a gold farmer guild could mean compromising your account.  UNLESS you guard yourself and plan ahead.  So when the guild master calmly asks, "Hearthyn, you remember your first pet?  I had cat, so cute, like Hello Kitty."  You can say, "Oh, yeah, that brings back fond memories.  I had a cactus.  He followed me everywhere.  I named him Fukupric."  When the suddenly genial guildie types in guild chat, "Hey, Hearthyn, do you visit mom's parents often?  What they names?"  Instead of rattling off your mother's maiden name, you can say, "Oh, no, grandma and grandpa Etschitendie live in Australia, so we don't see them much."  What a fun and clever way to enjoy level 25 perks and guard your info.

3:  Tokyo Rose
     Yes, you can also have fun in a gold farming guild by reminding them of what they are missing.  "Hey, while you out farming gold, your girlfriend farming your best friend.  She farm him looooong time!"  "Hey Guild Master, compassion, moderation, humility:  why you not honor your ancestors?"  Okay, my brain fried on that one, and it's probably cruel since the prisoners that do most of the gold farming are treated so inhumanely, but you get my point.

So here's a start for you.  I'm sure you can think of other ways to enjoy your time in a gold farming guild.

Happy Sabotaging!  er...Leveling!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hearthstone is Live and I'm Dying...to Play

Hearthstone is finally live.  Yay!  Although I'm sure at least some of you aren't that thrilled.  I mean, what fun is it if you keep losing?

What you need is a great deck.  Or at least some power builds until you can get the better cards to build that great deck.  Let me show you some of the places I go. And if you know of some I don't have listed or that you think are better, please share them in the comments.

The first place is http://ihearthu.com/  They have articles and guides, king of the hill, and more.  Watch the dates on the guides, though.  Many were made in February and earlier, which means some of their info is not up to date since some of the cards have changed.  Keep this in mind and adjust accordingly if using their guide to build a deck.

Another great resource is http://www.hearthpwn.com/  One of the things I like is the ability to access information on great decks right from the front page.  You can see the top decks, and different types of builds, then click on the build you want to peruse more, and  you can see exactly how it's set up.  Nice!  Also, they have a "blue" tracker that keeps track of Blizzard updates, known issues, patch updates, and even player issues that need to be resolved.

Hearthhead , like Wowhead, has deck builders, and it also has premade decks that you can view along with strategy guides that explain how to play that deck.  A good example of this is their Spell Damage Druid build found here:  http://www.hearthhead.com/deck=153/control-spell-damage-druid

Now, if you are new to the game, or even if you've been playing since beta and just want new ideas to improve your game, Force Strategy Gaming has an ongoing series in which they test different decks, such as Murloc Warlock.

If you are brand new to the game, practice in practice mode.  Practice unranked. Watch the videos out there, and visit the sites listed above.  It'll take a little time, but you WILL get better.

But most of all, ENJOY the game.  After all, if you don't enjoy it, what's the point?

Happy Battling!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Timeless Isle--The First Week

I thought I'd post a few pics of my first week on Timeless Isle.  I hope you enjoy!

The Ugly Side of Obsession (I Choose YOU, Lil' Ragnaros!)

Note:  This post was written two months ago and never published until now.  

About 2 weeks ago I went to post to Old Mother Tucker and couldn't think.  Not only could I not come up with anything funny, the mere thought of doing it made me depressed.  I haven't posted to any of my pages since.

When I realized I had massive writers block, I turned to my one comfort, World of Warcraft.

Did I finally learn how to pvp proficiently?  No.

Did I take up raiding again so I can see MoP's end content?  No.  In fact, I haven't even completed any new quest lines that may or may not dethrone Garrosh at long last.  I didn't even look at the patch notes and have no desire to double check as I write this to see if he's even deposed yet.

Instead I discovered the joys of pet battling.  I had battled a few times right after I got my first 90, but nothing serious since then.

Until 2 weeks ago.  I lost my poor, writers blocked mind in the abject mundanity  (it has to be a word, because I say so) that is pet battling.

For those of you who haven't tried it, let me give you a few pointers.

First, at level 5, the wild pets bring a friend along (later on, it's 2 friends), so make sure you have 3 pets of the appropriate level ready for each fight.

Second, you will find plenty of blues (rares) of the pet you've been trying to get as soon as you spend days finding the first one.  And killing it.  And days more finding another.  As soon as that happens, or if your slots are filled for that pet, every one you fight from then on will be a blue one.

Third, always have at least one pet that is great with critters in your arsenal while leveling and collecting.

Fourth, you will get really sick of seeing these words:

And finally, if you loved Archaeology, you will probably love pet battling, for it, too, is a mind-numbing, monotonous sport.

Don't get me wrong, it has it's perks, and some of the pets are just so darn cute when they head-butt critters into oblivion.  The Singing Sunflower from the quest Lawns of the Dead is freaking hilarious:  that smile stays plastered on it's yellow face as the blood is flying.

And the Darkmoon Tonk and Darkmoon Zeppelin launch rockets:

Poor squirrel!
I love the graphics on the Snowman:

I've found the best way to level a pet fast is to do the daily battles with the appropriate master trainers, then take 2 top level pets that are good at most fights, put them with the pet you want to level and battle level 24 and 25 pets.

So yes, I've been a little obsessed.  Okay, I've done nothing but pet battles for 2 weeks.  In fact I did most of it on my Alliance Monk, not the mage you see in the pictures.  Since you get about half the xp for pet battles that you would get for turning in a quest, I leveled her (mostly) this way.  When I started she was level 66, and she's sitting at level 83* at the moment.   I didn't even take her to Northrend until she was level 77, and then it was because I needed the pets there.

I now have 10* level 25 pets, and only a couple that I plan on using consistently in pvp battles.  I've done a few, won a couple, and the rest weren't pretty.  I'm working now to level Lil' Ragnaros and KT, among others, so I have a better shot at winning more.

I hope my funny bone returns soon.

Happy Pet Battling!

*My Alliance Monk is now level 90 and Timeless Isle geared.  I also have 27 pets at level 25 now.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Diablo III and Me

I've been playing a lot of DIII lately.  Mainly because I keep spending my money on things that aren't WoW time cards.  Oops!

It seems no matter what game I play of Blizzard's, I end up farming.  In WoW it's ore, herbs and Halfhill.  In DIII, it's Whimseyshire.

No, Spiderman isn't dead.  It's just a chubby unicorn.

I love Whimseyshire.  I believe I've written about it before.  But it still pleases me to no end that I get to kill care bears and unicorns and that they bleed chocolate.  If Grumpy Cat was a person, I could be Grumpy Cat.  I have that sick, twisted humor and general disdain for much of humankind.

But I digress.  I am loving the gold I can make in Whimseyshire.  I see the loot hasn't changed much in my 3 or 6 month hiatus from the game.  Yellows still suck and legendaries are few and far between. 

I've even gotten my demon hunter up to level 60 and paragon level 1.  I still have my wizard and barbarian to level up, and I still have some hardcore characters if I really wanna get wild and crazy.  (When they die, there is no resurrection.)

And yet I still miss WoW. 

I may take breaks from time to time, but World of Warcraft always lures me back.

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Raven Lord and Professions

So a couple of days after I got the Fiery Warhorse's Reins, I managed to get the Raven Lord.  Woohoo!

I have loved this mount since the first time I played on the PTR and this was the only non-flying mount they gave us.

Hearthyn, seen on the Raven Lord, is the 2nd oldest character on my account and the first one that I created.  (The account was originally my boyfriend's, and I took it over fair and square.)  From day one she has been an alchemist and herbalist.

But I want the Jack of all Trades achievement.  And I didn't know it was changed so that the achievement is account wide and can be attained on alts.

So here she is mining:

 And after I leveled her mining, I made her a jc.  And then I looked up the achievement and realized I spent countless hours and gold for nothing.  Doh!

Maybe not nothing, though.  I am keeping her an alchemist because elixir master comes in handy when raiding, and if I ever go back to raiding I like having the 2 hour flask buff instead of one.  Also, I have learned rare recipes over the years and I don't want to lose those. 

However, herbalism doesn't give much of a boost:  the haste buff from Lifeblood is nice for a caster, but there are other professions that can give better buffs, I'm sure.  In fact, the extra powerful gems from jewel crafting may be better, but I'm leaning toward tailoring for the spell threads, embroidery and an extra bag maker.  The latter will come in handy since I have so many alts, and also as an extra income source.

In the meantime, I'm leveling my paladin's blacksmithing next.  I already have a max tailor.

Happy profession grinding!