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

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lorewalker Shorts

I have no idea why (maybe just because I was bored and felt like making movies), but I decided to make movies of each of the Lorewalker stories as told by Lorewalker Cho when you turn in each scroll.

Maybe you're a lore buff; maybe your subscription expired and you want to still feel connected somehow until you can afford to renew it; maybe you're trying to convince your friend, significant other, little brother, whatever, that  they need to start playing so they can quest with you; whichever the case may be, I give you the following World of Warcraft shorts:

Hozen In The Mist

Ballad of Liu Lang

Dark Heart of the Mogu

Between a Saurok and a Hard Place

Heart of the Mantid Swarm

Fish Tales

Seven Burdens of Shaohao

Song of the Yaungol

What is Worth Fighting For?

Happy Storytelling!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Addons for Dark Soil, Onyx Eggs

I had someone comment on my +YouTube  video Dark Soil that they use an addon to find the little dirt mounds, and I've had several people ask about the addons recently.  So yesterday I did a search from my +Curse client and downloaded the addons for Dark Soil, Onyx Eggs, and Lorewalkers.  In fact, I accidentally downloaded the Loremaster addon first, and now I have a tool for finishing Hearthyn's progress on that achievement.

But I digress.  The addon for Dark Soil is named Dark Soil (go figure).  I also downloaded it's companion, DarkSoilAutoAccept, which allows you to autoaccept the loot from Dark Soil--NICE!  (I've lost sooo many items from getting raped by virmen while someone else swoops in.  NO MORE!)

The addon for the Onyx Eggs is called Cloud Serpent, and the addon for Lorewalker scroll/statue finding is called Lorewalkers.  All three addons require the use of Tomtom.  They make use of its crazy arrow.

I decided to show you how it's affecting my Tiller rep.  Here is my rogue Ravyyn's rep before starting:

Now, as you can see (click on the pictures to see them larger), she has barely begun getting Tiller rep.  Also, I had one Marsh Lily, Ruby Shard, and Blue Feather in her bags.  I'm not sure if there was anything else, but if there was, it wasn't much.

The way all of these addons work is simple.  As soon as you enter a new zone, the crazy arrow will start pointing and underneath it will be a description and the distance.

Notice at the top to the right of the arrow there's a picture of a scroll?  That's for the Lorewalkers rep items. It's a picture of the scroll or statue and the immediate surroundings, so you can see what you should be looking for.  Pretty cool, if you ask me.

And after an hour, this is the progress I made:

I don't have only one Tiller's rep higher because each item retrieved from the Dark Soil is value specific to two of the Tillers.  For instance, Farmer Fung and Gina Mudclaw both like Marsh Lilies.  When I give them anything else, I only get  540 rep, but if I give them a Marsh Lily, I get 945 rep (may vary due to guild perks, etc.).  For this reason, I only give a Tiller someone else's gift if I've already maxed out my rep with the Tillers who usually prefer that gift.

Or when I screw up and don't double check beforehand.

To use the addons you just follow the arrow once you enter a zone.  You can reset them by typing /reload, you can toggle Dark Soil's waypoints on and off by typing /ds or /darksoil, or you can enable/disable them from your addons menu at the character start screen.  Each addon has more instructions and commands available from the "Description" button on +Curse .

As you can see in the picture above, I had no trouble following the arrow to the target location and finding Dark Soil.  The only problem I DID have was trying to use all three.  When I would right click on crazy arrow to remove a waypoint after I found a Lorewalker's item, the Lorewalkers addon tended to quit working for that zone until I left and came back or typed /reload.  They also seemed to start you in random places, sometimes on the other end of the zone, which meant a lot of flying.  But once I got to the starting point, the waypoints came in a mostly convenient and logical sequence.  Once I started at the initial location, hopping from Dark Soil to Dark Soil, or even from Dark Soill to Onyx Egg to Lorewalker scroll or statue was easy.

TLDR:  I would rate Dark Soil and Cloud Serpent a 7 out of 10, Lorewalkers a 6 out of 10, and DarkSoilAutoAccept a 10 out of 10.  They work, for the most part.  You may want to turn Lorewalkers off when you are only looking for the eggs or Dark Soil   They are fairly easy to reset when they quit working.  They do speed up your search for these items.

I hope this helps your hunt.

Happy Rep Grinding!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I Did It All For The Nookie

Okay, actually for the fun, mounts, and loot.  And now, that part of my WoW playing is over.

I let my guild know last night that I'm done with raiding, at least for now.  I have been trying to work up enthusiasm for it, but I have gotten to the point that I dread raid night.

Oh, the guild I'm in on Terenas is fine.  We were starting to get a smooth flow going, learning each others play styles and adapting so we could finally down bosses and move on to the next raid.

And we only raid once per week, so it wasn't even a horrendous raiding schedule.

I'm just at a point in WoW where I want to enjoy the rest of the game.  I don't want to HAVE to play or feel like I'm letting people down if I don't play.  And I don't want a laundry list of things I have to get done before raid night.

Maybe it's because I spent the last year before joining The Lurkers solo.  Maybe I just got too used to playing on my own time and at my own pace.

Maybe I just got burned out raiding in WotLK and early Cata.

I think it's more than that, though.  I think the shock I felt when Cata hit, and all my hard work getting Hearthyn pretty well geared in WotLK was for nothing, well, it made me realize that it was all pointless.

It was fun, but it WAS pointless.  And after that guild fell apart, well, there went the fun, too.

I still love the game.  I still want to play.  I want to explore pet battles and farm and fish and finish the story lines that have been fascinating and downright hysterical.  I want to get more achievements.

And if I do get an urge to raid, I offered to sub once in awhile.  Plus, there's always LFR.  Lesser gear, yes, but not really by that much.

Besides, by the time I spend hours studying fights and reading up on monk healing techniques, whispers of the next expansion will have started.  And when it drops, the process of gearing, etc., will begin all over again.

Maybe by then I'll want to raid.

Happy Gaming! (Whatever part you like best)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jade Lungfish

I got my rogue, Ravyyn, to 90 early this morning.

We also got 2 new boss kills in Mogushan Vaults Monday night:  Gara'jal the Spiritbinder and The Spirit Kings.  We got The Spirit Kings down in 2 shots, which tells me A. that our group is coming together and B. that most of us do LFR and our homework before the raid.  I had actually been considering quitting the raiding aspect of WoW, but Monday night was fun.  I love getting 10 or more people together from all walks of life and all over the country/world to kill pixels.  To me it's a testament to how far we've come as humans. And when things finally mesh like they did Monday night, it's pure gold.

After the raid, I decided to finish up the cooking quest "To Be A Master", and for that, I needed redbelly mandarin fish.  I usually find them in the Jade Forest, so I headed over there.  And of course, I found no pools.

However, I made a discovery:  if you need jade lungfish, and you're having trouble finding pools along the Slicky Stream, head north to the tip of The Jade Forest.  North of Lake Kittitata even.  Unless someone else is farming them, Serenity Falls is loaded with pools.  You might call it the jade lungfish "sweet spot".

I even took a picture, with "Find Fish" being the only farm node I was tracking:

There were actually at least 9 spots just in Serenity Falls when I took this (this was taken as I wrote this at 10:34am pacific standard time), but this shot shows them on the map and below me.

And before you holler at me because your Cloud Serpent rep, Tiller rep, and cooking needs are all met now, go check the auction house and see how much these are worth.

You're welcome.  :-)

Happy Fishing!