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!