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.

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‘ello me ol’ china

I’ve been terribly remiss, too busy playing the game to stop and write about it.

I made the right decision not going into beta, so much to see and do and so little time to do it all. I love new quests. When they revamped Dustwallow Marsh Ari was dispatched there to experience every quest even though she massively out levelled the zone.

With the revamping of Azeroth there are just too many new quests for a single character to experience them all. Blethyn didn’t last long, disliked the face so rerolled and gave her a new name Bethnal. Seems everyone is going with the wolf theme so I decided to go with a London theme instead. Finally a character who can speak mockney and not be out of place in Azeroth.

It’s rather annoying that if you want to give your Gilnean a haircut you only see the Worgen form. I wanted her human hair to match her skin colour but went a bit too red on the first attempt which meant having to use the character creation scheme to figure out how many times to click to get the mousy brown and see which human hairstyle went with which Worgen hairstyle.

As Elly levelled via Kalimdor  Bethnal was meant to level via Eastern Kingdoms. She’s in Felwood because I hit the Badlands, Searing Gorge, Blasted Lands bit of EK and from past experience I don’t like them. She’s going back though because the zones I remember aren’t the zones today and I might enjoy them after all.

We’ve  just finished the plaguelands on her and they are very different and much more fun. Truth is all the zones are more fun now.

I have a dwarf shaman and a gnome priest waiting in the wings to quest in the zones that Elly & Bethnal miss.

Horde haven’t been forgotten either, I have a  blood elf hunter who has done the starter forsaken zones. I cannot play Forsaken, every time I try the simple fact that they turn all their gear into rags annoys me. I like creating sets even if its just for wandering around town.

The storyline in Trisfal Glades & Silverpine Forest has been completely redone and continues some of the storylines started in Gilneas. It’s a bit odd that you need to roll Horde to get more of the Worgen storyline, certainly doesn’t seem to be any Goblin storyline on Alliance side, though a lot more Goblin towns around.

I’m now at the ‘calm down’ stage. I don’t need to gobble up all this new content in the first month of release I have at least two years till the next expansion and possibly longer before old Azeroth is revamped again.

As Bethnal approaches 50 (and the speed she’s levelling with heirlooms and guild perks it won’t be long till she hits 60) I realise that I’m facing Outland to get her to 70 and Outland isn’t new and fresh its just a grind I’ve already been through on four characters. Blizzard have drastically reduced the XP  a character can get in Azeroth once they hit 60 to force encourage players to level in the appropriate zones, but I find myself wondering if I can level to 70 via a combination of PvP, archaeology and herbing. We’ll see I may be able to grit my teeth and do Outland for one more character but I suspect any more are doomed to stick at 60

 

Oops nearly forgot to mention Elly is 83 and should probably be given some attention before I go back to Bethnal

Busy busy week

Well Elly got to 77 before my copy of Cataclysm arrived in the post Tuesday morning and I abandoned her to focus on Ari getting to 85.

Well not quite, there were so many people running around the  New zones that we were fighting over mobs so I rolled a goblin on a low pop server to  try out their starter area. She’s called Chavette. She’s not a serious alt but she did mean I could see the starter zone and I admit it’s hilarious. I have a feeling on wet Sunday afternoons I’ll be rolling goblin alts just to play around with my homies for a few hours. The zone and the quests are just downright funny.

Not giving too much away as I know some people are STILL waiting for their copies to arrive in the post. It seems from different companies but all using the Royal Mail rather than other carriers and honestly it must suck seeing all the oohing and ahhing going on when you’re stuck on the wrong side of the expansion.

Then I rolled a worgen rogue to see Gilneas (this one on MG as she is meant to be a keeper). I was going to make her male. Then I looked at the human male options and went back to rolling a female.  She will spend a lot of time in human form.

The two starter zones couldn’t be more different. Even though both races are fighting for their continued existence. It rains in Gilneas all the time, even on the character log in screen. Thank goodness we don’t have smellorama all those wet dogs running around.

I like both zones, one high jinks and comedy the other  all emo and moody but it did occur to me that a brand new player would have very different expectations of what came next based on their experiences in the Goblin & Worgen zones.

One think about Gilneas and players behaviour made me smile. It was just as overrun with people trying to do quests but where in Mount Hyjal there was ninja tagging going on in Gilneas people were  queuing politely. I think being surrounded by all those fake London accents and the rain must have affected peoples behaviour, for the better.

Okay it probably had more to do with the fact no one in the starter zones was trying for server firsts and every second delay counted but I didn’t see the same willingness to queue in the Goblin area. Fortunately the ninjaing  mobs calmed  down after the first 48 hours and the Cataclysm zones began queueing or forming impromptu groups to get things done.

Ari hit 85 last night, or early this morning about 1am. We went

Mount Hyjal – loved the zone, so much Night Elf and druid lore. Druids of the Talon out in force and Thisalee Crow was very much Arianthorn’s type of druid :). Got the quest achievement

Vashj – Didn’t bother finishing it the  whole underwater thing got old very quickly for me, will probably go back at some point. In fact I have to to unlock a dungeon

Deepholm – Lovely intro to access the zone, shame once you’re there its all bleak and multiple shades of earth tones. Not somewhere to go on a wet Sunday afternoon unless you want to be depressed, didn’t finish it.

Vashj and Deepholm got me enough XP to go to Uldum. Lots and lots of cut scenes to move the story along or the archaeology sub-plot  anyway.

The cut-scenes are new for Cataclysm, well okay WOTLK  had Wrathgate. They really come into their own in Uldum  and hats off to Blizzard for using them. One thing you notice in all the zones the story is much more personal. The NPC’s recognise you and respond to your past deeds, which is phasing not cut-scenes. I really enjoyed this zone and the  feeling that my character was making a difference. Got the quest achievement before moving on to

The Twilight Highlands. In some ways the same theme as Mount Hyjal & Uldum “go seek out allies for us” but it didn’t get old because  it was well done and fits the theme of the expansion. Dinged 85  during the retaking of Grim Batol and kept going to finish the storyline. Well worth it.

Here’s Ari in her quest rewards and one  piece of reputation gear (the gloves from Mount Hyjal). her health has almost tripled from 33k to 95k. Clearly something is going to hit hard. It currently takes  three Healing Touches to fill up her health bar. Heh her strength and agility has gone up by one whole point. Good job she doesn’t rely on them to get the job done.

Intellect  has almost doubled from around 1.9k  to 3.5k though the spellpower hasn’t jumped quite as much. The rest of her stats are ‘wonky’ we’ve been taking what we could get as we moved along (around level 83 you start replacing T10) rather than doing dungeons for slightly better gear. The dungeon trawling starts now. Well unless I take Briar into Vashj for some skinning. Prices for  mats on the AH is currently at an all time silly  people are asking over 100 gold for  green BOe drops that given the speed of levelling and the quest rewards will probably been worn for a few hours at most.