Archive for WoW Quests

Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty

Posted in WoW Reminiscing with tags , , , on November 10, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

Once in a while I get all optimistic about the idea that I might actually get the Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan for my warlock and my archeology profession enjoys a spurt of activity. When what I get is my 55th pair of Dwarven Baby Socks the urge goes away. I decided to fly by the Thandol Span. The area holds a lot of memories for me, good ones. I guess expecting the Thandol Span to be repaired is a little silly, I mean it’s been that way since the Third War and the Alliance has more recent damage to worry about like Menethil Harbor, hard times all round.

I checked to see if that dwarf was still in the broken turret with his quest. Nope, nobody there. I guess there’s no point now as you can fly in Azeroth. I don’t know how many times I fell trying to get to him until I realized I could probably jump across in travel cat form. I wonder if Sully Balloo’s Letter is still down there.

Now when you cross over the span and take that right turn over the suspension bridge you can breath a sigh of relief. No evil mobs to fight, just an enterprising businessman.

While I was setting off fireworks I thought about all the changes Azeroth’s been though and got all misty-eyed. There are a lot of things I miss but don’t really want back, know what I mean? The death march to Ironforge from Darnassus was like a rite of passage for me. A character wasn’t a keeper until they’d tackled that and won. A lot of the things I missed belonged in a game with 60 levels, but in a game with 85 levels you don’t need those road blocks to slow you down and entertain you while the developers plug away at getting the next expansion out. Some of the things missing now are good memories, some of them I am so happy that they’re gone and some are both good memories AND I’m happy that they’re history.

Good Riddance

  • Weapon Skill (hated you)
  • Level 40 Mount ( I can’t believe I did all that walking)
  • Fishing (the old agonizing method of learning to fish)
  • First Aid Books (miss them, but glad they’re gone)
  • Non-sparkly quest items (the reason my hunter leveled mostly by grinding, she couldn’t find anything, lol)

I Miss You

  • Death March (but it’s okay)
  • Elite Group Quests (big shock here as I hated them then, so hard to find people but met nice players this way)
  • Racial Mounts (Yes, players used to ride them and I sort of miss that but I also remember the excitement when I got my first Talbuk Mount)

Those were a few things that came to mind and I was surprised that there were more that I was happy to be rid of than things that I missed. So while I’m not very happy about the rumors of the destruction of Theramore I guess I’ll live through that change too. Theramore will become another good memory. At least the new Theramore will, the old one was pretty boring.

I’ve completed my visual alt tracking device. With this I will be able to keep track of all the doings of all my alts. Believe that? Yeah, me either. More likely I’ll be able to keep track of them because of the tip from Zaren about the Altoholic addon.

My daughter had to go to a conference, on looking over the agenda she found this:

Adding Value with Research When Drowning in an Ocean of Data
Jason Anderson, Director, Global Consumer Insights, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

I told her she had to attend that! She’s back, I can’t wait to hear about it. I told her to say “hi” to him from me but I’ll bet she didn’t. Oh these kids today … in my day we had to walk from Darnassus to …

I know who you are, I saw what you did …

Posted in General WoW with tags , , on May 10, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

Yes, that’s me, you caught me playing Rift, guilty. At least I was. I do this every once in a while. I think of it the same way I do of a rl vacation. A nice change of scenery for a little while. I think of Azeroth as my home and other games as maybe a short cruise. I have never un-subscribed from WoW and if it ever ends I will be devastated. I mean really, how do they do that?

Okay first I admit as someone who grew up devouring Asimov, Herbert, Heinlein, Tolkien among others I was probably a safe bet for someone who’d want to actually live, fight, and  die in a virtual fantasy world but in WoW’s case there’s more to it. I have vacationed in Eve, Aion, Fallen Earth and Rift, I think there were more but that’s all that come to mind. I liked Eve but I think I missed having an actual body and getting out of that ship and walking around. I think I played for around 4 months and when that computer went up in flames I just didn’t feel motivated to download it again. Aion I think I played about 3 months, very pretty but the gold spammers were out of control and I must have accidently got on the racist, homophobic, misogynist server because I didn’t mind chat scrolling by so fast because of the gold sellers because when I could actually read it, it was horrific. Fallen Earth had the nicest population of any game I’ve played but after a while I just didn’t feel like logging in.

Rift started out great, I loved the public groups, it’s spontaneous, you don’t have to waste time waiting to get a group together, no add ons so no one yelling at others because of their dps, they were a lot of fun.

Today is patch day, perfect time to play Rift, right. Nope, I’m contemplating either going to buy paint or attacking the grout in the bathroom with a toothbrush. Really, I’m not kidding. What went wrong, I’m not sure, I do know leveling was way too fast but that shouldn’t have done it although I do know what the last straw was, for me at least, I doubt it would bother most people.

The RNG is a fact of life in most games but in Rift it became so annoying I couldn’t take it anymore. I like to craft my own stuff, it makes me feel self-reliant. So I leveled up my profession and started doing the daily crafting quest. Then I found that the plaques you need to buy epic patterns are a random drop in the reward for doing the daily crafting quest. Do you think I got one, oh hell no, I did that stupid quest every day, sometimes twice if the server was reset.

So basically I would login, go gather the mats, turn it in, get no plaque again and get really annoyed. It then occurred to me I was paying to do something that was annoying, I was poking myself in the eye with a sharp stick every day, what is wrong with me, STOP IT, so I did.

Which brings me back to how Blizzard keeps me here. I’ve been here since vanilla, and I think I’ve mentioned that Cataclysm has been my least favorite expansion but I’m still here. My Undead warlock was leveling through Southern Barrens and yay, there’s Mankrik who gave me the quest Don’t Stop Bereavin’. This is why I’m still here. A reference to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, you got to love that, or if you’re not old enough to get that then they still have you covered (pun really not intended) you may know the Glee Cast cover.

I really wonder if they hire comedy writers to come up with this stuff, it’s not just the references, it’s the quest writing too, now that I actually take the time to read it all. I even stop to talk to random Npcs that aren’t quest givers if they look like they might have something to say. Other games have made an attempt at humor but I always was left with the feeling that it was part of a formula, it usually fell flat but in WoW I have ACTUALLY LOLED IRL not just typed it.

This is why Azeroth is where I always return, sure I take vacations but there’s no place like home. Now I’m going to see if I can download Journey’s Greatest Hits from iTunes, crank it up and take my toothbrush to the bathroom and clean grout until the servers are up.

Stuck in Uldum with no more Quests

Posted in General WoW with tags , , , on January 20, 2011 by tomeoftheancient

Just in case anyone else is stuck in this predicament I thought I’d share what worked for me. My druid went through Uldum without a hitch but while I was there I heard a few people say they were stuck somewhere in the Harrison Jones line of quests.

Well my hunter just got stuck there too. I was in the Chamber of Stars, turned in the rope to Harrison and that was it, no more quests. After flying around and around the room I finally found a dead body with the quest Lessons from the Past and was able to continue, whew, but I remember a quest to kill scarabs that the druid did and I thought it was in the Chamber of the Stars but maybe not, I was just happy to get unstuck, lol, I like Uldum and didn’t want to leave it half-done.