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, August 27, 2012

Diablo III Hardcore!

One of my guildmates found out I play DIII last week, and he got me to try hardcore mode.  In hardcore, for those of you who may not know, if you die, there is no resurrection.  Your character and everything on him/her and in their bags is gone forever.

I have a new addiction.

WoW,. I love you, but you are in limbo for the next few weeks.  When the Pandarians arrive, I'll gladly explore their world.

I love to challenge myself.  The harder the challenge the better.

I'm loving hardcore mode.  I've had one character die so far, one I was soloing.  Of course, my highest level character is only in Act II in normal mode.  We'll see how I like it when one of my level 60 characters dies.

I am kind of anticipating and readying myself for that eventuality.  I even named my characters appropriately:


Happy Dying!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We Pause Now for Diablo...

I have been playing Diablo III a LOT lately.  And since Blizzard makes both Diablo and WoW, I figured I'd post about it here.

Anyway, I have one of every character, but my highest character is only level 40.  Probably because I have one of each character (monk, wizard, barbarian, demon hunter, witch doctor).

I made one of each character so I could fill you in on how play is on each and which one I like best.

Here, let me show you instead:

Now, since my highest level character (monk) is only level 40, this very well may change by the time I reach end game with each.

But how can you NOT love gargantuan zombies?

And acid puke?

Happy Gaming!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Getting Back To Raiding

I raided with my new guild on Terenas Wednesday, and I have to say, I felt like a fish out of water.

This was my second guild raid, and 3rd raid since last August.  That's right, after raiding almost every week for 2 years, I went down to 3 raids in one year.

I didn't realize how much I need practice.  And how much I need to review fights.

When I was raiding regularly, I almost always researched the fights.  I went to Tankspot, did searches on Youtube, watched videos and read strategies so I would at least know my role in the fight.  And I would do this for heroic modes, too, in case we tried them.

Well, we tried them last week.  A lot of them.  And I kept dying.  And I kept standing where I shouldn't.  Once or twice, I caused a wipe.

I felt like a noob.

And so, I decided I had better not show up again without a clue.

Which is why I did the raids on Hearthyn.


That counts as research, right?

Okay.  FINE.  I'll study up on them.  It just seems kinda pointless this close to Mists.  Or maybe I really hate Cata this much.  But if that's the case, wouldn't I be GLAD we're finally killing Deathwing?

Am I the only one that thinks it's sad that you can do a whole end game raid in about 45 minutes in LFR?  A PUG RAID?  Why the hell should I study for a raid if it's that easy?

There, that is my problem.  THAT is why I hate Cataclysm.  I love your game, Blizzard, it's still beautiful, has a rich story, and so much to do, but for the love of Elune, why are you dumbing it down to mind-numbing stupidity?  If a MONKEY can do it, why the hell should I???  For purples???!!??  That I can now transmog to look like anything I want?  I feel like I now have a nelf Barbie doll, playing dress up, and while that is FUN, this isn't a ZYNGA game!

You know, it's funny.  I had no idea all of this was going to come out when I sat down to write today.

I miss WoW.  I miss boss fights that took a good leader, good playing, and common sense TEAMWORK!  I miss not being handed everything and actually having to WORK for achievements, gear, levels, etc.

I miss when this actually was a challenge.

Don't get me wrong.  I am happy that more people are getting to experience the raiding portion of WoW.

I just think Blizzard could give us a little more credit.  I don't think people would just quit and not continue to use LFR if they had to work a little harder at it.  Yes, people quit it all the time, now.  But I see a lot more learning, helping and using teamwork, too.  I see a lot of people waiting patiently for the last spots to fill.  I see some name calling, but it so far has been minimal or when someone really failed over and over.

And for 25 people who have never worked together before, and who come from different servers, different countries, and different backgrounds, that is a beautiful thing.

Happy Raiding!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sandstone Drake-Vial of the Sands!!!

I finally looted the Vial of the Sands recipe on Hearthyn a few days ago.  And of course, I didn't have enough gold to make the drake.

So I've spent the last few days farming in between making sure Dirathyn was ready to raid with her guild this week.  And I was getting closer, but still about 10 grand short.

And then, it happened:  I was farming Azshara's Veil in the Abyssal Depths.  When I port to Vash'jir, I port into Darkbreak Cove.

As soon as I ported in, Silver Dragon alerted me that Ghostcrawler was out.  I've never seen him, so I headed up over Darkbreak Cove, past Korthun's End and toward  Underlight Canyon.  As I neared the edge, Silver Dragon went off again.  Confused, I looked at the alert, and lo and behold!  It was Poseidus.  And he was still alive!

Here he is:

Now, he drops, of course, the Reins of Poseidus.

And Hearthyn already has Mountain o'Mounts.

So I put that beauty on the auction.  It sold within the first hour.

Now, I made mats and had a lot saved for the rest of the mats for Vial of the Sands.  But people are really ignorant sometimes, and there were several up for auction with a buyout price of 23,399 gold.  Since the Sands of Time alone would cost me 24,000 gold as I'm not in a level 25 guild on Hearthyn, I went ahead and bought Vial of the Sands on the auction.

I am a Sandstone Drake.  I can give a friend a ride.

I love this game!

Happy Farming!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Last Minute DMF Grisly Trophies

So, Darkmoon Faire ends tomorrow, and you only have 200 grisly trophies.  And you are sick of grinding dungeons for them.

Easy solution?  First, make sure you have your Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide so you can collect the trophies.

Then, head on up to Icecrown, where the Converted Heroes come in packs of seven and can easily be aoe'd down.  There's also groups of cultists near the Argent Tournament grounds that can be rounded up and aoe'd as well.

You're welcome.

Happy  Darkmoon Faire!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Adventures in Transmogrification...

So, I found the perfect helm for transmogrification.  And it's my first raid with the guild tonight.

Here's how my helm looked before transmogrifying:

And of course, I want to make a good impression.  So here is the same helm transmogrified:

Here I am heading to the Darkmoon Faire.  On my hog...

Here I am getting shot from the cannon.  Look!  The wings are almost as big as the antlers!

Here I am next to Teleportologist Fozlebub.  It's pretty sad that he's the one that looks normal...

I think they're gonna love me.

Happy Raiding!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First Raid

I looked it up.  I made this character, Dirathyn, on either July 3rd or July 4th (yes, I have no life).  In 5 weeks, I have leveled her, gotten her gear up, and now:

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm happy that she got to go.  She won a helm, turned it in, and now has a gear score of 378.

But there's part of me that just thinks this is so wrong.  How can someone level and gear a character that fast?  And yes, I realize that with 85, and soon to be 90, levels, new players need a way to catch up.

OMG!  I'm one of THEM!  The old timers.  The ones that used to remind us of how they used to travel by foot from Stormwind to Iron Forge.  Uphill.  Both ways.  In 5 feet of snow.  In GREENS!!!

Yesssssssssss!  It's my turn.  I plan to be just as obnoxious and cruel.

In other news, I finally got the Vial of the Sands recipe on Hearthyn.  Unfortunately I don't have the gold to make it yet...(fml)

Happy Raiding!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Final Haircut, Makes Me Said, and I Wanna Be A

As much as I love mohawks, for some reason it was bugging me.  So I went with another 80's doo:

I THINK this is the final cut.

By the way, did you notice her gear score in the bottom right corner?  In WoW figures it's 370.

Do you know how hard I worked to get Hearthyn to her current gear score?  Which, by the way, isn't much higher:

I ground dungeons, then raided 4 nights a week to get her to her current gear score.  And considering I haven't raided much since last August, I think she's doing pretty good.

But I just got Dirathyn to 85 last Friday.  In less than a week, she's gotten almost as far.

Yes, I realize we are at the limbo stage between xpacs.  Yes, I realize that, come September 25th, gear score isn't going to matter until everyone is geared enough to start the MoP raids.  Yes, I realize this happens every time a new expansion comes out.

Still makes me sad.

So I made a new character.

Sing with me now:  (Kid Rock) "I wanna be a


Bet you can't guess why I named her that...

Happy Limbo-ing!