Purpose

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

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!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Y U NO

I do "Meme Theme Monday" on Old Mother Tucker.  Today's is the "Y U NO" meme.

So here's one for all of you Cata players:


May the RNG be ever in your favor!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Closer to My Goal

I've been farming Karazhan and Sethekk Halls for a couple months now, at least a couple times a week on each of my 9 characters that are able to enter Sethekk Halls, and once each on 7 of the 9 for Kara, simply because it didn't dawn on me sooner that my lower level toons that were still above 80 could clear Attumen the Huntsman.

I still need Deathcharger's Reins from Stratholme, and an Amani Battle Bear from Zul'Aman, but I haven't bothered to look up Strat since they made it a really low level and a 90 heroic.  Zul'Aman I can't quite clear yet without a group, and I have been so busy with Old Mother Tucker that I haven't been doing much other than Kara and Sethekk.

And finally, FINALLY!  After months, and actually a year at least on Kara, my hard work was rewarded:


Isn't he beautiful?


I wish he could fly, but he's gorgeous.

I still need the Reins of the Raven Lord from Sethekk Halls, but for now I'm pretty happy.

Happy Mount Farming!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Farming Finally Pays Off

Last fall when Mists came out I happily leveled my druid first, got her raid ready, then leveled my monk.  And when I found out that Mekgineer's Choppers didn't translate to Mechanohogs (at the time), I made her an engineer.  So for about 5 months now I've been wanting the Depleted Kyparium Rocket for a mount.

They take three orbs of mystery.  THREE!!!

Each orb is still 18k gold.  And that's not even including the 12 living steel, 12 spirits of harmony, etc.  Which I was able to farm and have the druid transmute, but still:  it takes time to get all of this stuff together.

And after months of transmuting and farming and selling on the auction, last night I finally achieved my goal:



I've also been working on the Alliance side of my account to get the remaining jeweler's mounts made.  I'm missing the jade and sunstone panthers, and of course the Jeweled Onyx Panther, which takes all 4 of the others to make.

In doing this, I've been using my lock to farm, since he's a miner and engineer, and I realized I could make the Gnomish Engineering mount, the Geosynchronous World Spinner, on him.

I used to complain about being broke all the time when I was raiding due to raid preparations and repairs.  The truth is no matter what I'm doing in game I find a way to spend gold!

Happy Mount Whoring!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rough Month

April is always a rough month for us.  My boyfriend works in the casino industry, and people in April are more concerned with paying taxes than tipping dealers.  So I've spent most of this month without my WoW subscription while we play catch-up.

Never fear, because I have a trial account!  And why on earth would I have a trial account, when I have so many characters I don't play already?

For exactly times like these.  And for times I don't feel social.

Seriously, I love my friends and wouldn't trade them for any others in the world.  I love the new friends in-game I keep making.

But there are times, especially as a bi-polar woman, when it's better for me to, shall we say, quarantine myself?  Just ask Drakontis.  He'll tell you.  Poor guy, and still a good friend in-game.  But I nearly took his head off one night before a raid right after Cata came out, back when everyone was stressing over the new talent system and I had someone reporting to our GM that I had no clue how to play my druid.  I missed one important change, but I people helped me with it.  And I was still pissed that the person had whispered behind my back instead of coming to me with it.

See my point?  Once I get going, I don't always stop.  So there are definitely times when I really want to play, but should not be allowed around other people, especially friends that I want to keep as friends.

I actually like playing the trial version from time to time.  I haven't played it much since I've been so busy with my new project, Old Mother Tucker  (on tumblr, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest).  But it's kind of neat to start over from scratch without gold or heirlooms.  It's not really like starting from Vanilla, since that content is almost all gone, but we can't keep living in the past, now, can we?  Besides, I started playing in BC just before Wrath, so I don't know what it was like in the beginning anyway.  *sigh* Damn I miss Cenarion Refuge in Zangarmarsh when the Horde would kill our mage friend, and we'd retaliate, and the guards would kill all of us and it would end up looking like a boneyard.  Good Times!

Again I digress.  My point is that sometimes it's good to just enjoy the game without distractions.

Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Moment of Sadness

I've been meaning to post this for some time.  I actually did it last week.  But it just depresses me.


With one drake up.

Solo.

I never thought I was one of those that clung to the past, at least not in World of Warcraft.  But after all of those horrible pugs where someone pulled and left, or 8 out of 10 raid members stood in the fire wall, this just made it all seem so sad and pointless.

Of course, I was kinda proud, too.

Happy Achievement Whoring!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mountain O'Frustration

I already have my mount achievements and the blue kite to prove it.  That doesn't stop me from wanting more mounts, now, does it.

So lately I've been running Sethekk Halls and Utgarde Pinnacle, trying to get the Reins of the Raven Lord and the Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake.  I still don't have the mounts from Stratholme, Zul'Gurub, Zul'Aman or Karazhan, either.

I was running my Horde monk and druid and my Alliance druid through each, not every night, but over several nights here lately.  And all to no avail.

So tonight I got ambitious.  I have 5 Alliance 90's and 2 Horde 90's.  And yep, you guessed it, ran each one.

The Raven Lord was unforgiving.  But on my 6th run through UP:


Now if I can just get online when my friends are still awake and don't mind being in a raid group...or teaming up in the Zul's...

Happy Achievement Whoring!

Arcade Video Game Sticks?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

August Celestials!

I got my horde monk, Diralin, exalted with the August Celestials yesterday.  And spent 7k gold on this:



There, a couple of different shots so you can see the lightning.

(Voice of Darnell) Really, Blizz?  Really?

I mean, I paid that much gold for the golden cloud serpent with a lightning overlay?

Now I just need to get her exalted with the Huojin Pandaren to get the kite.

Happy Rep Grinding!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

*Sigh* One More 90

I got my priest, Lycette, to 90 yesterday.  And just before I hit, I went and had an early celebration:


And yeah, after I uploaded it, I thought, 'Why didn't you walk her off, THEN hit levitate?'

My roots are brown, believe it or not.

Happy Falling Without Dying!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Quick Question

If I'm dead, how can I have life?


WTB flying corpse runs.  And rares that don't chain blade flurry.

Ok, I'm done whining.  For now.

Happy leveling!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year! Pics of Halfhill

From Terenas:


And from Korgath:

Can you guess which is the pvp server?

Happy Ganking and Happy New Year!