For the horde?

I don’t consider myself much of a mount collector. Though I’ve still managed to collect 75 of them of them over the years. I’m still firmly wedded to epic flight form and wish all my chars had it.

Argent Hippogrpyh

As they can’t they need mounts, preferably ones I like, and at the moment that’s my hippogryph and the red flying disc. I treated myself to the Cenarion hippogryph back in June 2010. I’ve finally added a second hippogryph to the stables. The Silver Covenant one.

It’s not for Ari though it’s for all the little hordlings I intend to level on  whatever realm MG ends up being connected to, (probably all of the RP realms except for AD). I have a sneaking suspicion they’re all going to end up blood elf females & I truly dislike those squawking chicken things they get.

The 90 boost is in and I’m having a hum and a haa about blowing £40 to create a Shaman. I never have been able to level them, some of which might be the races available. It’s not that I haven’t tried every race Blizz offers it’s just that I seem to fall back on elves & humans. Maybe I’ll wait till the model revamp, they may seem less clunky after that.

I’m also adding getting the Flameward hippogryph to my ‘to do while waiting for WOD’ list and maybe other in-game ones. Need to check on which they are. The Argent can wait until I feel like doing the Tournament dailies again.

Warlords of Draenor

I’ve been following Blizzcon 2013 via the internet, mainly WoW Insider articles. This has to be first impressions as things will change between now and release

Back to Outlands

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Well not quite as we’re going back in time when Outlands was still Draenor. Or year Zero the start of the First War. Blizzard isn’t that good about timelines, different sources give slightly different ones but Mists of Panderia is generally supposed to be year 30 after the First war. WoW itself being year 25  after “Warcraft: Orcs & Humans” (released in 1994).

Azerothian years are longer than  Earth ones in a way not even Doctor Who would understand. You may play an Expansion for two years & celebrate two years worth of annual holidays in game but when the next expansion is released only a year has passed.

  • Yr 25 WoW
  • Yr 26 Burning Crusade
  • Yr 27 Wrath of the Lich King
  • Yr 28 Cataclysm
  •  Yr 30 Mists of Pandaria

(from Wowpedia unofficial Timeline)

I’ve given up trying to work out how old my characters are, being night elves they just declare they stopped counting after the first thousand years or so.

Anyway that was a bit of a sidetrack. I just want to be damn sure that if we’re going back that far I don’t spend the whole expansion disguised as a human, like I am when sent to free Thrall because no-one has met the night elves yet (that happens in Warcraft 3 year 20 ). Which leads us neatly onto…

Updated Character Models

ImageGiven I couldn’t even bring myself to change Ari’s hairstyle when barber shops were introduced I’m not that bothered about this. I’ve played enough other games to know that personally it’s not a big thing. It does occur to me that they are going to have to finally upgrade moonkin form, or lose it altogether.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the night elf bounce animation gets killed off. It has never gone with Grom Hellscream’s first impressions of the night elves  “These women fight with unmatched savagery! I’ve never seen their equal. They are… perfect warriors.” and “They almost look like elves. But they are far too tall, and far too savage.Do they sound like women who bounce with a silly grin on their face?

Hmm maybe with new models come new animations. Ari has wanted to cross her arms & scowl  at people for many years.

Garrisons

On seeing these my first thought was “ooh just like Warcraft 1, 2 & 3.” Which is a good thing. I liked building towns, It looks like you can also create units, called followers and do dungeons & raids. Not sure if that’s with them, like SWTOR where you take a companion with you or if you send them off and some time later they return with loot it looks like the latter from this screen capture.

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There’s lots more I want to know about Garrisons, are they per character or per account/server. I’d like the latter as I’m never going to be able to build garrisons for every character, but all of my characters working together now that would be one mighty place.

I’m sure other stuff got announced too but there’s plenty of time to look at them between now and release which I think is Dec 2014. Oh yes insta boost to level 90. Well I’m planning on having lots of 90’s before the expansion hits (hollow laughter) but I’m sure I’ll find a use for it. As I actually like levelling and questing it’s not a major draw for me but I can see it as a good way to bring people back and draw in new players so a sensible option.

Ghosts

StonetalonDuring Hallow’s End there are  pumpkin candy quests at most of the working inns and an achievement that goes with it. This one isn’t on the list. I know I did all of Kalimdor ones on Bechka, not for the achievement so much as the easy guild XP which helped push us up to level 8.

Then I was levelling one of the new kids through Stonetalon and saw the  gold exclamation mark inside a ruined building, so of course I had to look and there it was. A ghost left over from before the Cataclysm. A Candy bucket in a ruined inn.  Stonetalon Peak was never much visited before the Cataclysm, accept for once a year when people were chasing candy buckets, the bucket still  appears but I wonder how many people know to visit it

May I introduce my monk to you.

I didn’t come back to play a monk. I was missing my druid. The thing is though that on a 10 day free trial Blizzard caps the XP so you can’t level beyond 85. Clever ploy because I needed to play something other than my four 85’s and well there was this new class I hadn’t tried before. I did try a Pandaren honest but  I’m really not into anthromorphised animals. I am into elves though or maybe forward rolls  as my main complaint about human females is the jump animation.

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So Bechka was born. We raced through the levels, heirloom gear mainly. I often skipped the daily monk quest as we were levelling quite fast enough without it. I love the mechanics, building Chi to power finishers and regaining mana from specials or drinking brew, while semi passively healing herself and anyone  around her.

I have to admit I find the amount she needs to ‘drink’ quite funny. Having played a balance druid in classic back when they were called Oomkins I always joked about Ari’s ‘drinking problem’ as I had to carry stacks of drinks for knocking back between fights, but it pales in comparsion with Bechka’s need to drink midfight.

Usually I get my alt to the level cap and then wonder what to do with them, but I’m probably playing Bechka more than Ari at the moment. Now some of that is down to transmog as while I’ve always known Ari would wear Tier 4 if she had the choice (and now she does) I’m still trying to find Bechka’s look.

I know I want it to be streamlined and simple. We started by running multiple Wailing Caverns to get the Embrace of the Viper set, but it’s a bit too pink. She’ll probably wear it during the lunar festival though, it has more of a party vibe than a work wear one.

There’s a no kilts/robe rule. Given all the kicking she does a full length dress just isn’t practical. I’d like her to be barefoot hence the prospectors boots in the picture above, but there are very few items with that skin and even fewer items that work well with them.

I pretty much transmog every staff she gets into the monk staff. Not least because monks wear normal staves upside down and it irritates me. She’s been using a sword recently and it was some wierd and wonderful Klakki shape so I decided it was time to find something simpler & I vaguely remembered I’d come across practice wooden swords  before now, not that I’d ever had a character to equip them on. So thanks to a few minutes spent on wowpedia I discovered  Misery’s End a wooden bokken skin as a quest reward and off we went to Southern Barrens to claim it. Which somehow led to rep grinds for three  WOTLK factions to get the shoulder,chest & leg pieces for the Brazen  Trepass Arnour coupled with bards boots & gloves and a Dementia helm to turn her into a ninja monk

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I guess we’re never too old to play dress up. I’m not done with collecting outfits for her yet. I’m even going back to Karazhan to try and get the Bloodfang recolour for her.  I have discovered I like soloing dungeons, well I sort of knew it already but a new character and transmog gives me all the excuse I need.

The Grand Plan

Pottering around with no overall game plan is usually a recipe for me to get bored and move on so I need a grand plan. Whether I achieve it or not is another matter.

Having ummed and ahhed I’ve decided to get my banking guild from level 1 to 25 and get as many as possible of the guild achivements.  This takes more than one alt sitting in it running between the bank and Auction House. So I’ve made a small army of alts, or added to the small army. As the guild is called the  Nightwing Sentinels I decided they all needed to be female night elves. Which means no shaman or warlock, I already have Nia as a level 85 human Paladin and I’m not kicking her out.  When connected realms get implemented I may take advantage of it to introduce non night elf warlock & shamans or not.

Introducing my  team:

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These five are my stalwarts Ari* &  Beckha are already 90. Elly, Briar & Nia are pottering around in the mid eighties, they’re unlikely to be a priority getting to 90. Though Briar is picking up XP as my pet trainer.  Something MOP introduced that I’m enjoying more than I expected.

*Ari isn’t in the Sentinels she is still my main and in a ‘proper’ RP/raiding guild. Though so far not raiding as she lacks the gear.

Then there are the new kids on the block. Not going to name them as given my past history some of them may disappear and be rerolled with minor changes. I’m hoping this time I’ll stick with the ones I’ve made and just use the barber shop if I get bored with a look

B Team

You can probably figure them out from the gear but in case you can’t it’s DK, Warrior, Priest, Rogue and Druid.  Yes a second druid. What else am I supposed to do with all that heirloom gear? She’s levelling as resto, mainly because having levelled Bechka as Mistweaver I want to see if resto levelling is possible, and along the way I may actually figure out the  MoP version of druid healing.

The guild has already gone from level 1 to 6, but I’m betting it’ll get harder the higher I take it. I’ve somehow managed to get two PvP achievements for it Undead Slayer and Blood Elf Slayer I think that’s Nia as she did some PvP in Cata.  So will probably have her pop into BG’s to pick up all the other horde races. mainly we’ll work on the profession and rep achievements as it’s impossible to do any of the “guild run” type achievements when there’s never more than one  character online at any given time.

Part of the reason I decided to do this are the changes to Azeroth during Cataclysm. Both Bechka & Elly were focussed on reaching the level cap ASAP  and there are so many questlines I missed out on in the revamped zones. This time round even if the char out levels the zone I’m going to try and complete it. I have a feeling some will still get skipped. Only time will tell.

Lost in the Mist

Or maybe found again.

After a break of nearly two and a half years I have returned to Azeroth. I took advantage of their 10 day free trial of MOP at the beginning of August and clearly have stayed on.

I wasn’t going to return to blogging. Apparently that’s so 2010. Yet I keep wanting to record things and I’ve found this old blog great for reminding me of things I’d forgotten. So I’m defrosting it. I never really had an audience so I doubt there’s anyone out there waiting for it’s return.

So what did I want to record. I finally have a full druid Tier 4 for Ari.

malorneI first entered Karazhan in 2007, it was by far my favourite raid. The helm never dropped for me. Oh it dropped but I lost the rolls, then I got a ‘better’ helm from Gruul’s lair so didn’t need it. I went back at 80  with friends in an attempt to get it and again at 85 , but I never got to finish the set.   Of course by then it was only going to be something to keep in the bank as  it was far too low level to wear and anyway I was almost always in Moonkin form so no-one (including me) was that bothered by clothes except for RP.  I knew WoW had introduced Transmogrification while I was off playing  other games but no-one told me about  Glyph of Stars.  Or the now retired Glyph of the Moonbeast (which allowed me to cast HT and rejuv in moonkin form).

With those two I got to play the way I preferred in night elf form and able to chuck heals. The way I did back in classic when moonkin form only got used in raids for the crit buff.

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Of course that meant I had to look good doing it and I’ve always loved Tier 4 not just because it had legs rather than a robe or kilt but because it was the first tier gear that came with a balance  version.  It’s also in my opinion anyway the best of the antler helm designs.

No wearing some odd hodgepodge of gear as I had at level sixty (memory lane post for details behind the pic). So every week since I’ve been back I’ve been in Kara clearing it, and still the helm didn’t drop.  Till last week, seventh time lucky. Probably closer to seventieth if we count from the very first time we got to Prince back in 2007. I may return to Molten Core & try to get hold of that staff. It was my first epic ever.

Of course I’ve not just been clearing Karazhan since I got back, but that’s a subject for another post or three.

New Directions

I stopped playing WoW  in February so this blog has been languishing since then, well since December 2010 going by the last entry. Sometime between now and the 20th I’ll be heading for a Galaxy far, far away.

I’m not sure  if this will become a SWTOR blog or remain dormant. I wasn’t going to play SWTOR. Not the worlds greatest fan of the franchise but I was  ‘persuaded’ to sign up for the beta and got to play in both the stress weekends and appear to be hooked.  So I’ve pre-ordered it and intend to give it a real go. At least until April when the game I’m really interested in should launch.

Not that I haven’t been gaming in the intervening months I just wasn’t in Azeroth but in that ‘other’ place.  I never seemed to be inclined to blog about it though.

I’m still umming and ahhing about having subs to two games running.  Financial restrictions, no reflection on the games involved. Like a lot of people I’m living under the threat of redundancy so come April I may be giving up on all subscription games and moving into the F2P.

So this might be the final post on this blog or it may be the start of a much wider remit for it. Only time can tell. I never say never but for now my Moonkin has definitely ridden off into the sunset.