Archive for October, 2011

Stormwind News Team 9

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on October 13, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

Well, you know, I’m not really surprised. Ironsally has always been pretty brassy. I guess I should be happy that she won’t be getting into any more trouble now that she’s gainfully employed. Now how she landed a job as an anchor with Stormwind News Team 9 I’ll never know. She has no experience, I can’t imagine what kind of story she gave them. She must have capitalized on her 15 minutes of fame.

Apparently she’s going to specialize in interviews. Maybe they thought she’d be good for the job as she is rather persistent so maybe it will work out for her. I hope so. She’s not really speaking to me right now so I can’t congratulate her on her new job. She heard that I have a new druid Ironman and her nose is out of joint about it. I’ll send a card, she’ll come round. Once we’re speaking again maybe I can get the inside scoop on who her next interview’s with.

Kitties, a Year in Review, and What to Do

Posted in General WoW with tags , , on October 12, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

Yeah … no. I got nothing. I was going to put Kitten Standard in the title but that would have been implying that I had some deep thoughts on the topic, which I don’t, so just kitties. I’ve been reading blogs and I see the points on both sides, just a sea of gray as usual. Not that I can’t still get passionate about issues. Show me a politician of ANY flavor and I’ll get out the pitchfork but I’m not sure what to think about this yet. On the one hand, if sanctioned gold selling stopped hackers from stealing accounts then I’m all for it. On the other hand, I hate free to play games and this is, to me, the first (maybe not first but first I couldn’t ignore) rumble of things to come. I know games have a limited shelf-life, but I don’t want to be reminded. What? Sticking my head in the sand? Well, yeah, lol. Why do you think I spend so much time in WoW, I come here to avoid rl issues. I don’t want any negativity here too. So anyway, I’ll keep reading what smarter minds have to say about it.

Speaking of free to play, I’ve been trying out Glitch. Well, I don’t think I’ve actually been in the world more than 20 minutes but I am training the hell out of all the skills. Every time I check email I see I’ve finished learning something so I learn something else. I know the expectation is that I’ll enter the world and do something, and then spend real money for a new outfit but the joke’s on them. I’m probably not going to, but I sure like learning all those skills. I’m getting a big sense of accomplishment for free. But you said you hate free to play! I do, on some level I must think that I’m getting back at them by signing up and then refusing to buy gold with real money. Take that, stupid little free to play game. Sheesh, I’ll calm down in a minute. It’s just that when I checked Facebook this morning I had all these requests to send friends all kinds of crap in games that I don’t play but I signed up for so they could have more “friends”, sigh … it’s okay, I’m alright now, don’t want to turn this into a rant.

I noticed that this blog is almost a year old. I remember the reason I started was because I just couldn’t wait for Cataclysm and I had no one to squee about it with, so I decided to subject all of you to my squeeing about WoW. I looked at some of the old posts, shudder, I was doing the Argent Tournament dailies this time last year. I was slowing going insane from it. It’s true, if you looked me up you’d see I’m officially branded insane, and not from what you think … it’s was the Argent Tournament that did it. Must have every pet, must have more heirlooms. Strangely, I opened up all of the Firelands vendors and then just quit. If I do dailies it’s Tol Barad dailies, must have mounts.

What to do now. I have abandoned projects. My male worgen experiment is sitting at level 18 and not very happy about it. I started a personal challenge, level a mage to 85. I now have a goblin mage at 17, but it’s not been much fun as it’s stupid easy leveling with heirlooms. I started a druid Ironman, she’s level 12 I think. I wanted to see if I could do it with a melee character, I’m just all over the place.

I think I remember Döra warning me about this. Alternative leveling is addictive and I just need to come up with the right one. Hmm, now there’s a job for Ironsally, research. I’ll get her on that, fire up the Google Sally.

Fine Print, WoW Goals and OMG!

Posted in Dog, General WoW with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

I was feeling kinda mopey after Ironsally reached her goal. Ah, I know just the thing, real life! We went to visit my daughter and son-in-law. At lunch my daughter asked about the ads on this blog. “What,” I cried indignantly! “Ads, my blog has no ads!” Okay, there is a link to a dog rescue, but that’s not an ad. Whelp, turns out she’s right. I’m sure this was covered somewhere in tiny small print when I enlisted with WordPress but … well … I sorta don’t do small print. And it turns out that I can’t see them. If you’re logged into a WordPress account they don’t show up, sheesh, I just feel violated somehow. So anyway, sorry about the ads if you see them, I didn’t do it.

I decided to complete a few WoW goals, like get my Army of One guild to level 3. Huzzah!! We (well, me technically) have arrived! We now have Mount Up and hopefully my herbalist will now stand a fighting chance against those swoopy druids when she goes out to pick flowers.

I then decided to assess my mount and companion collection. Although some of them looked possibly good to eat to my druid she didn’t eat any, I’m woefully behind as it is I can’t spare another. I really love being able to check on what I have not collected on the armory. I was looking for a quest I might have missed that awarded a pet and I found one! Tiny Flamefly for completing the quest SEVEN! YUP!. You may have to go to Flamestar Post to pick up the quests that will get you to it, but at 85 they were quick and fun to do. Tiny Flamefly got me to 109. I’m trying not to buy them but at some point if I want to get to 125 I guess I’ll have to. Mounts, I only have 60. I’ve been a lazy slacker with my mount collection.

With my mount and companion collection sorted out I was at a loss for something to do so I decided to go to Uldum and check on how Ironsally was doing.

OMG! I knew it, I just knew it! I knew that after her 15 minutes of fame Sally wasn’t going to go quietly into the night. That girl is just out of control. She had summoned Ironyca’s Elford to Uldum with some story about wanting company while she stood around Ramkehen trying to get Stood in the Fire. I always thought she was sweet on him. I got there just in time, because she was texting Döra’s Nerfiron to come too. Who knows who else she has on speed dial. I am so sorry Ironyca, I promise it won’t happen again. It’s clear to me now that I have to find something to keep her occupied, apparently fishing wasn’t her cup of tea. Hmmm, maybe archeology? Maybe I can bribe a guard to keep her in The Stockade until I can find something to occupy her and keep her out of trouble.

The WoW Ironman Challenge — Warlock Final Ding!

Posted in WoW Ironman Challenge with tags , , , on October 6, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient



Ironsally has made it to the lofty level of 85! Yay! Dancing in the streets! She modestly said she couldn’t have done it without her main man, or … er … tormented demon, Mak. Since I now have Fraps and WoW Model Viewer to play with, it was inevitable that I would attempt my first machinima to make a tribute to Sally. It is mercifully short, but it was fun to make.

At 84 and a half and one bar Sally and I were both tearing our hair out with frustration so the ban on Healthstones was lifted. It made the difference on a few quests that were blocking her way and leveling resumed. At three bars until 85 Sally was good and truly Cataclysm roadblocked. She absolutely could not down Haethen Kaul for Fight Fire and Water and Air with … I had thought this one going to be an easy quest with having the fire, water, and air wards but noooo it was not. He casts an Earthbolt that you can’t avoid and you aren’t protected from, so Sally didn’t stand a chance. I never noticed this with any other character and after one death I watched another player down him at level 83 and the Earthbolt had almost no effect on them.

Troggzor the Earthinator had proved impossible so far. He kept throwing Sally’s voidwalker about a mile away and running after him so the voidwalker was about dead before she could get into range to heal him. That left Kavem the Callous in Uldum. Not likely she could do it but she had to try. Nope, not even close.

Since Sally liked dying in the sunny weather she stuck around Uldum and killed some crocolisks hoping they’d flip for her. With rested bonus a level 83 gave over 8,000 XP. Killing a level 83 is about 60/40 in Sally’s favor. Sally was excited to find she could take care of those Thieving Little Pluckers, never had she felt such power as when wielding that mallet. She decided to scrounge around Uldum and see if Harrison Jones might not care if Sally had downed Kavem and stolen his key.

He didn’t care! He had quests for her. She could only manage Field Work and Do the World a Favor, she could not manage Just the Tip. Luckily she then remembered the quest chain with Anduin Wrynn. Sally returned to Stormwind and completed up to the part where she had to defend him from three attackers, yeah right, so not happening, she gave it her best but no luck.

Nothing to do but give Troggzor the Earthinator another try. Success! Sort of, I think Mak, Troggzor, and Sally all had about 5 hp left at the end but she outlasted him and that was with the help of a Healthstone. This opened up the roadblock and she managed to continue to 85.

I’ve learned a few things on this challenge. You don’t need heirlooms, you don’t need to obsessively upgrade gear every level like I have in the past. I don’t think it would be a great idea to queue for dungeons with gear 20 levels below you, but I think I’ll be fine with wearing something a few levels old.

I will no longer be looking askance at players I run across that seem to be doing something strange. I will now assume they’re on their own personal challenge and wish them luck with it. Although they really maybe did just forget to equip their weapon instead of a fishing pole, it could also be a “level with fishing pole equipped challenge”, you just never know.

I am grateful to Vrykerion at The Land of Odd and Psynister of Psynister’s Notebook for thinking up this challenge. I’ve really, really, enjoyed it. Okay, Sally and I may have panicked at that 84 and a half bit, but other than that it’s been more fun that I would have expected.

I last saw Sally in Uldum. I told her that it really wasn’t a safe place for her to hang around. She wouldn’t listen, she’s rather strong-willed. She wasn’t very happy at our parting, I have the feeling I’ll be seeing her again. I somehow don’t think she’s going to take up fishing and retire gracefully. I’ve even heard a rumor that she’s considering doing an endorsement for Tasty Puffballs.

Me? I think my main has some plans for me. She wants me to help get her guild to level 3, woohoo! I might do some rare spawn hunting. After that, who knows. Anyone got a good challenge in mind?

Want to try the WoW Ironman Challenge for yourself? The Ironman rules are at Psynister’s Notebook.

Reader Mail, sort of and WoW Challenges

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , , on October 5, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

A while back I read a post at Zombie Chimp about a post they’d read on another blog. I thought it was pretty interesting so I decided to check out what search terms had brought people to this blog. I was hoping for some scandalously interesting terms like Chimp had, but I seem to just get serious WoW terms from people who are endlessly stuck in Uldum, (I hope I helped) or want to know how to get the Reins of the Phosphorescent Stone Drake. Here’s a small sample.

aeonaxx
orphaned mammoth calf
reins of the phosphorescent stone drake
no quests in uldum
uldum quests stuck
panther cub pet wow
restraint boots
aeonaxx routes
do you get achievement for getting brazie’s
fozzilized raptor
camel figurine mount
stuck in harrison jones quest
where is ricket in wow
wow ironman challenge
how do you find deathwing

For a few of these I’m pretty sure I was of some help. But wait … what? What are restraint boots? Hey, that sounds like it might be scandalously interesting doesn’t it. Okay, I just googled that and I’m not including the link. You can google it if you want. Sheesh, no wonder they were sent here, my post about The Boots of Canine Restraint was the third link. I am confident that I was of no help at all to them, lol.

Occasionally I’ll see search terms and I feel bad, I dropped the ball. I knew what they wanted to know but it wasn’t in the post. Hey, wait! Come back, I know that! I guess if I required an email address I could email them the answer. Oh well. Oh, and yes, how the heck do you find Deathwing. If you find that out I wish you’d let me know.

And I’ve been trying to come up with another WoW Challenge to do. I was checking Ironyca’s post about unconventional ways to level and Döra’s post on crazy ways to level to see if any looked like something I’d like to do. It’s interesting that I’ve exhausted Cataclysm and I’m working hard to find ways to stay interested, and in Azeroth. Blizzard must love people like us. Anyway …

Die Hard Leveling sounds like a possibility, I might try that but it would kill me (well yeah, but I mean irl) to get in the 70s or so and fall off a cliff or Life Tap myself to death, both of which I have done … times too numerous to mention.

I thought of another possible challenge, I don’t know if it’s been done or whether it would indeed be challenging but it’s interesting. My warlock WoW Ironman Challenger has done as well as she has for one reason. Her voidwalker pet, Mak. I wonder what it would be like to level a pet class like hunter or warlock without using a pet, ever.

They could spec, use performance enhancing drugs, whatever. Just no pet. I asked my Hunter what she thought and of course she was confident a Hunter could do it. She said she could do it in spirit gear, no problem. Um, what, why does she even have spirit gear, I hope she didn’t roll on … oh whatever. Don’t tell her I said this but I’d take that with a grain of salt, I mean she is a Hunter … ah … you know how they are.

The WoW Ironman Challenge — Warlock Level Demoralized

Posted in WoW Ironman Challenge with tags , , , on October 3, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient


Ironsally unfortunately had to move on to Deepholm. I feel foolish now.  Looking back on Ironman posts I made where I said it was hard. Psshaw. Playing Sally may have been hard compared to playing normally but it certainly wasn’t agonizingly painful to play. It’s now so painful I make up excuses to avoid it. Oh, ah Sally, I … ah … have to go pick up all the dog poop in the backyard, later. I’m not a complete nut, had this challenge been so unenjoyable at practically ANY OTHER level than 84 and a half and one bar I would have ditched poor Sally, Ironmary can attest to that.

In Hyjal, Sally and I were feeling pretty confident. She completed all of Mount Hyjal. I was surprised, I didn’t think she’d be able to do the last three but on Magma Monarch and Death to the Broodmother the voidwalker didn’t need healing so she could Life Tap to her heart’s content and The Firelord just took a few attempts but she finally completed it.

Sally went back to Vashj’ir to continue from Nespirah. Not many problems other than her handler doing thinks like getting her lost and having Sally pop up in places like Tenebrous Cavern. O hai guise!!! They weren’t amused. At this point if I had to try to describe it, playing seemed sort of like playing with Resurrection Sickness but certainly doable. She finished everything up until the 130th quest, … It Will Come. She died twice and was tired of being underwater. She decided to read up on it and come back later, but now on to Deepholm.

She was tasked with Gunship Down and there was a quest to kill five of the elementals in the area, I can’t remember the name. Killing five elementals took approximately a half an hour and seven deaths. Sally wasn’t happy, if she had to die she wanted to do it out in the sun, I think Sally may suffer from SAD.

I tried to tell her Uldum would be even harder but Sally refused to listen and off we went. We took the caravan ride and then pretty much immediately hit our cata roadblock. Kavem the Callous, we need that key. Summon Doomguard didn’t help, Summon Infernal, no help. Kavem’s health isn’t budging and Sally has to heal so much that the voidwalker can’t keep aggro.

I convinced Sally to go back to Deepholm and die in the dark but she’s coming back to get Kavem with a plan. Now might also be the time to stock up on some mana pots and fire up the Healthstones. She’s going to try to kite him out of his building after clearing the area but I’m afraid since killing three 83s will take so long, they’ll respawn while she’s out there.

Oh the plus side, while not being competitive in the least, her handler is EXTREMELY STUBBORN. This has been pointed out to me many, many, times. In this case though I see it as a good thing. While Sally could certainly get to 85 by doing dailies in Northrend for six months, I want her to get there questing where she’s supposed to quest no matter how bad it gets. I’m not above sending Sally to ride some rams to pad her XP but that’s about it.

So is there a moral to this story of demoralization? Yup, if you want to try the WoW Ironman Challenge learn from my mistakes. Do not leave Azeroth before you’ve exhausted ALL the green quests. Do not grow bored and leave Outland before you’ve finished ALL the green quests, really. If I had done that Sally wouldn’t be in the pickle she is now.

It’s all my fault … I admit it … geez Sally, give it a rest, I said it was my fault, they know. It may be a while before we hear from Sally, she’s going to be busy padding her death count.

Okay, maybe I spent too much time in Vashj’ir but doesn’t this dog look like part of the scenery there? This seems to be the latest thing in China. I think this is a Chinese Wow player’s tribute to Vashj’ir, but I must say I think that dog looks embarrassed about the whole thing. My dog would never allow that, only the horde emblem works for him.

Want to try the WoW Ironman Challenge for yourself? The Ironman rules are at Psynister’s Notebook.

WoW Fashionista Edition

Posted in WoW Fashion with tags , , on October 1, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

With my husband off work I’m not actually “playing” WoW much this week but I did download WoW Model Viewer to well, try on clothes. I know I said my druid wasn’t that interested in transmogrification because she’s rarely in human form but I just couldn’t resist.

I had started collecting the Tier 4 set for her, the Malorne Harness because I think it looks good and I already had two pieces, but my heart’s not really in it. It’s lovely and shiny but isn’t what I think of my druid’s human form wearing. I put together a set of gear in the model viewer just going by what I think a druid would wear. Pictured above is one of many outfits I thought looked druidy. I picture druid’s gear as looking sort of outdoorsy and beat up. I mean all that shifting of forms and running around in the dirt has to take it’s toll.

I didn’t pay attention to where the gear came from when I put it together. I didn’t realize just how hard it would be to actually get that look. The “must have” is the Bandit Jerkin but on looking it up it appears I’d have to spend a good amount of time finding, and then knocking off level twenty range rares which doesn’t really sound all that fun. The alternative is to hope it shows up on the AH.

I looked up my next “must have”, Bael Modan Monnion, even worse. It’s a quest reward. I don’t remember if my druid did the new quests in the Southern Barrens, if not she’s in luck. I can see that this outfit is going to take some serious research on possible look alikes. Ah well, one must suffer to look one’s best.

In other fashion news, my druid no longer has an excuse to do the BC fishing dailies. She finally got a Noble’s Monocle in her Bag of Fishing Treasures so my bank alt is tricked-out in everything she wanted now, down to the Antique Silver Cufflinks.

Geez, who knew being fashionable was going to be so challenging. Hmm, maybe after The WoW Ironman Challenge is over I could begin a Fashion Challenge where I try to actually complete that set!

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