Archive for World of Warcraft Holiday

A WoW Christmas, or Else

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on December 23, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

Oh awkward … I should have seen this one coming. It appears that my Druid paid a visit to Dromund Kaas to tell the Bounty Hunter in no uncertain terms that I would be spending the holidays in Azeroth. It apparently got a little ugly what with the Bounty Hunter making remarks about how she loves to hunt big game, especially cats. Oh boy, not good. Can’t we just all get along?

Well, as I’ve come to find out the Bounty Hunter is really just all talk, and no matter what she does she just keeps racking up points for the light side, so it didn’t come to blows. And as long as my Druid doesn’t shift into cat form she’s usually pretty laid-back. So they finally agreed on the holiday arrangements, someone could have asked me, but whatever. I’ll do what’s needed to keep the peace. I’m just happy the Druid approached the Bounty Hunter rather than the Sith Warrior—that would not have gone well.

So it’s settled I’ll be celebrating the holidays in Ironforge. The Druid likes to be first in line when Greatfather Winter starts handing out the presents. So happy holidays to all and may all your holiday drops be epic!

Hallow’s End Cheer, and Slàinte!

Posted in WoW Holiday Events with tags , , on October 31, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

Yup, my Paladin is full of holiday cheer, she’s got her mount AND a Sinister Squashling but I’m talking about the lack of holiday cheer. I don’t know if anyone else has had this experience but I’ve noticed it on all the holiday bosses. My experience has been that in the first few days a holiday boss is available, when you queue you’ll get a group that is very well geared, you get more greetings, and the whole instance takes about 3 seconds.

As the two weeks wear on this sort of just devolves into chaos. I can’t figure out why. I’m still trying to get that darn horse, did all the well geared people get it in the first two or three days? How’d they manage that? You know something’s up when my level 84 warlock in quest greens is the top dps. She doesn’t really care though as she has the horse, it’s my poor druid that’s still trying for it.

Yesterday my druid once again queued for the horseman hoping to find the reins in her pumpkin. If you don’t have a character high enough to have done the headless horseman let’s just say this is a very easy boss, I don’t think it’s possible to actually die here, you’d really have to work at it. Almost immediately I realized all was not well. My kitty seemed to have become the tank. I felt bad that I had pulled aggro, I thought that was supposed to be a thing of the past but hey, I’m sure it’s my fault. I decided I’d just change to bear when it looked necessary. I noticed no one was getting healed either, then I noticed the tank wasn’t even on the boss, he seemed to be doing some willy-nilly running about as far away as possible.

As it turned out I never needed to go to bear form and we completed the fight with a kitty tank. Everyone lived, all good. Well, apparently not.

Our initial tank seemed to be upset by the lack of healing so I guess that’s why he took a little break. I dispensed with my usually cheery “Thanks All” and just left before it got really ugly. Do people’s moods get nastier and nastier as days go by without the drop they’re after or what. I did notice that the non-healing healer was with a guildmate who rolled need on the drop so maybe he was trying to lessen the competition for him, lol. My druid’s feeling conflicted today, one more possible chance at that horse, worth the nastiness, she’s not sure.

Other than trying to get that horse I’ve been leveling my Paladin. I don’t know why this time the pally’s made it this far. Maybe the race/class combination. My husband thinks I’m overdoing it. I’ve started answering him with “aye” and told him I had to run to the store for “me” carton of milk. I also have an almost uncontrollable urge to see Riverdance when I play her. I think there’s a chance that she’ll be queuing for the Headless Horseman next year!

Of Padaren And Wickermen

Posted in Mists of Pandaria with tags , , , , on October 22, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

Okay, I’ve calmed down a little since yesterday. I owe this in part to Little Wickerman who increased my spirits and watching video of the Blizzcon dance contest. I owe the Little Wickerman to this post at Revive & Rejuvenate that has the location of all the candy buckets listed. I was able to find all those I had missed which enabled me to get my Wickerman TODAY, rather than later. I needed my spirits boosted right now.

Now about the Mists of Pandaren. First, I am not an analytic thinker. I was one of those kids that sat in the back of class, listening but not taking notes while I drew pictures of horsies and kittys so anything I say can be taken with a grain of salt. My thought processes are more holistic, I hear or read a bunch of stuff and then I get a feeling about it. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just kinda there. So these are just feelings, nothing more than feelings …

I think what alarmed me first about the news from Blizzcon was “Sign Up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass and Get Diablo III Free” because the thought that first came to me was why are they bribing me to commit to a whole year. Is it because they won’t be releasing this expansion until a year from now? Do they want you to commit because they know other games will be releasing before they ever get this out and you might jump ship? That’s a frightening thought to me, I was hoping for early 2012 release, I’m still hoping. I have no plans of jumping ship, but say if SWTOR releases this December and it’s incredibly good and Blizzard doesn’t get Mists out until a year later then who knows.

I am excited about the Monk class, I would definitely roll one, but a Padaren, not so much. I’m fine with them in the game, but they’re not for me. They look … chubby. I have spent my whole life fighting chubby with exercise, diet and by denying myself all the things good, I’m not going to play a chubby character. It’s the same reason I don’t play a male Dranei. Sorry guys, you’re just too hefty for me.

The new talent system will get rid of cookie cutter specs, well yeah, we’ll see. I know that was what was supposed to happen with Rift too. I played Rift for a month and a half and by that time there were cookie cutter specs. I’m actually a fan of cookie cutter specs. As I said I’m not a analytic thinker and left to my own devices I would come up with an outlandish spec filled with fun things that got me killed. I read what the math geniuses tell me my spec would be and why it should be. I then do what I want, but I’m informed and very grateful. I love you math whizzes.

I don’t really care if there are five levels or ten levels in an expansion if it provides enough high level content. I don’t think Cataclysm had enough. I’ve read that Blizzard says they’re going to make sure that this expansion has plenty of high level content, I just hope their idea of enough and my idea of enough are the same.

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and comments so I’ve forgotten where I read this one but I sort of agreed with it. The person posited that Blizzard was changing WoW so as not to be a competitor to their Titan Project whenever that releases. This expansion really seems to be morphing WoW into something else. I don’t know what really, maybe free to play down the road. Also Blizzard knows more about what people want than I do. I’m not sure whether it would be what existing WoW players want or what potential WoW players want, but I’m sure some of these changes must have been based on that information.

Anyway, it’s not world peace I’m talking about so I’m not going to worry about it anymore. I just hope it releases sooner rather than later, and that it has a lot of high level content. Really, don’t take too long I might get attached to my lightsabers over there in the Old Republic if you take too long.

Muhahaha … Best Pet Ever!

Posted in WoW Holiday Events with tags , , on October 19, 2011 by Tome oftheAncient

Okay so I’m easily entertained, but this is the best companion pet ever! Hallow’s End (guide there if you need it) has always been my hands down favorite holiday event. I liked my new Feline Familiar to begin with, but this cat comes with their own ride, so we’ve been flying around while waiting in the queue for another attempt at getting The Horseman’s Reins.

Didn’t get it, instead my druid got the The Horseman’s Horrific Helmet which she’s kind of sad about because she’d love to be able to Use: Let the Horseman laugh through you. But it’s soulbound and plate so she can’t use it and no one else can but she hasn’t vendored it. She just won’t let it go. This girl has a problem, first the festival dumplings now this. No wonder I’m going to have to buy another guild vault tab.

She did A Time to Lose, as a druid she had no problem getting to the Wickerman undetected. I had hoped at 11:00 am there might be no one there defending it but there were. Unfortunately about six of them. I had promised myself if it was just one defender I’d make an effort to PVP instead of just standing there in shock but six, no way, I just went bear form so I’d live long enough to get somewhere where my corpse wouldn’t be camped. I need to take a remedial PVP class.

I wanted to get back at those horde for that but since I couldn’t actually get back at those particular horde players when I got back to Stormwind I stationed myself in stealth behind our Wickerman and took it out on anyone who tried to sneak in that way. See, Hallow’s End makes me crazy! PVPing no less. Except the warlock, I like warlocks so he got a pass. Oh yeah, well, to be honest there weren’t any other Alliance around when he showed up so I would have gotten my butt kicked.

After getting into the holiday atmosphere and ruining a few people’s attempts to complete their quest, as usual I felt guilty about it. I’d made my token attempt to defend Stormwind so that was enough. I also hate it when my side. whichever it may be, kills fishermen, ah come on, let ‘em fish.

Now I have to quickly level up my warlock to 84 and see if she can queue for the horseman. I had thought she’d be able to get in at 83 but no luck. I’ve read differing opinions on whether you can queue at 84 or you have to be 85 so might as well find out for myself.

Well, gotta go, lots to do, level my warlock and hit the candy buckets with my druid. I need 150 Tricky Treats for my next purchase the Little Wickerman! Happy Hallow’s End!

Edit: For anyone looking for information on the required level to queue for the Headless Horseman 2011, it is level 84.

The Warlock’s Evil Sparkle Pony

Posted in WoW Holiday Events with tags , , , on October 22, 2010 by Tome oftheAncient

Headless Horseman's Mount

Everyone knows how the RNG likes to rub your nose in it. I had been fishing for months in the sewers for that sewer rat when someone came up beside me and got it on the third cast. I know people who have received the Reins of the Raven or The Baron’s Mount on their first try. But it’s the other law of wow that really hurts. It’s the “if you do something with more than one character whatever it is you want will drop for the character that can’t use it or doesn’t want it” law. I don’t know if anyone has come up with a name for it but they should.

For my druid I would really like the Reins of the Raven, if any of the others drop that would be great but that technicolor bird is what I want for her. Now my warlock is picky, anything she rides on must be sufficiently evil looking to maintain her standing among her minions and fellow warlocks. She would not ride a sparkle pony, she didn’t want a Brewfest Kodo but she definitely wanted The Baron’s Mount and she got it. I think this is the first time this has ever happened. I am flying around taking screen shots like crazy. She doesn’t care if her ring drops for the druid or she doesn’t get those 20 flimsy masks, yayyyyyyy, she got her evil sparkle pony!

WoW 4.0.1 Patch Bug Woe

Posted in WoW Glitches with tags , , , on October 20, 2010 by Tome oftheAncient

World of Warcraft Halloween

Patch 4.0.1 came and left us with a myriad of bugs, and they are still here for me at least. I guess I wasn’t being very realistic as I thought that Tuesday’s patch might address some of these. BUT, I really, really had hoped that the Headless Horseman encounter would be de-bugged. I mean this is serious business, I HAVE to try for the mount every … single … day. Yesterday it was like some kind of digital version of musical chairs, one of the group would DC we’d wait and as soon as that one came back, poof, another one DCed. Finally it was my turn to DC, then I had trouble logging back in and by the time I got back the group was long gone and I had a bag of treats and double Justice Points for doing nothing.

The rest of the bugs I can live with for a while, I can’t buy Northern Spices because I get an internal bag error when I try. Frame rate which for me has never varied from 60 fps is doing strange things in Dal. Buffs intermittently display on top of my map. Spells disappear from the action bar and are replaced with different ones. My Warlock’s talent point frame is flashing insisting that she is owed one more talent point, although she isn’t. The Warlock enters “A Hero’s Welcome” at her own peril as when exiting the Inn she loses her minion.

There is the tabard one where your shirt is kind of replaced by your guild tabard whether you own a tabard or not. The one that seems to be stirring up the most consternation is the “not being able to inspect” bug. There is a whole lot of shrieking on trade about this one. I’ve never understood inspecting. I think the only time I inspected someone was when my bank alt inspected someone to make sure they weren’t wearing a bunch of blues and Heirlooms before she gave them money for their first mount.

Anyway, there are a lot of bugs. I can’t remember exactly but wasn’t this patch somewhere around 10 GB. I’m kind of surprised anything works at all. It is pretty frustrating to look for fixes on the Tec Support board and just get the time honored deleting your WTF, CACHE, and INTERFACE folder fix which of course fixes nothing. I feel conflicted, after repeatedly DCing on the Headless Horseman I felt a senior nurd rage coming on. But on the other hand this patch is a major undertaking and I’m sure Blizzard is doing everything they can to get things back in working condition. The support staff have my sympathy, my single stint filling in for technical phone support at a company I worked for had me yelling “BITE ME” at the customer by the second phone call. It was very satisfying, and no I didn’t lose my job as we were all about to get laid-off anyway so it was a freebee.

I’m going to try not to obsess about my dwindling chances to get the Headless Horseman’s Night Charger, I’m going to think happy thoughts and take deep breathes and hope by next Tuesday they may have a handle on the problem.

Happy Hallow’s End!

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