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The End is Coming. Finally.

Get thee out of my quiet, lovely, Valley of Wisdom, you Negative Nancy, you!

The end of Warlords of Draenor is coming, Legion is almost here, and it’s about damned time. I have to say, I’m so past ready for new stuff in WoW that I am nearly apathetic to the fact that in 26 days, there’ll be new things to do.

Warlords of Draenor was a disappointment for me in many ways, and perfectly enjoyable in other ways. I, like many others, feel that the devs missed the boat with garrisons. I resented greatly being made to play my supposedly immersive, massively-multiplayer role-playing game as if it were one of those utterly ridiculous Facebook games that makes you spam everyone else’s Facebook feed with requests to join the game just so you can get 5 more resources…I mean, coins. Garrisonville missed the mark with me, big time, to the point where even though I knew how much gold I could’ve been making, I never optimized even one of my 5 level 100 characters’ garrison to rake in the 1000s of gold I saw others hauling in daily.

Lore-wise, I thought WoD really nailed everything during questing. I still haven’t done the Alliance side of the experience, but I thought the Horde side of the experience was amazing. Even now, if I leveled another alt through Frostfire, the cinematic at the end of the zone would give me chills. The cutscene in Talador induced both chills and tears, as well as a fierce desire to eradicate the Iron Horde, Gul’dan, and everything he stood for. I was so excited during questing! Then the end of the questing came and…well. Between there being nothing story-driven and the fact that most of my guild felt the same way, I quit playing WoD about 6 weeks in, for a period of about 4 months. I basically only logged in once a day to swap missions around and do my AH business. I was really disillusioned.

Over time, I managed to get all 5 of my previously-capped toons to 100 on my main Horde server. I also got my second hunter to level 60 and promptly server-transferred her with a faction swap so I could join a guild I had friends in on the Alliance side, in order to pursue my Alliance Loremaster. This is mostly out of a desire to understand the other side of the faction coin; I’ve been such a Dirty Hordie for almost all of my 7+ years of playing WoW. Previously I had only ever leveled to about 31 with a toon on Alliance side, after which point I gave up because Darkshire is goddamn depressing. I used my Legion pre-purchase boost to bring that same hunter to 100, which means I’ll be able to do all of the 1-100 content with ease and then get her to 110, eventually. I’ll always be a For the Horde kind of gal, but I am such a fan of lore, I have to experience it all.

At this point, though (and really, for months now), I’m just tired of waiting for the new content. Next Tuesday will be great, assuming that the Demon Hunter new area isn’t so clogged with pre-purchasers that the lag is too bad to play. I’m interested in the lore of the DHs, too, of course, plus the idea of a new melee class is interesting for sure. For someone like me who took a long, long time to come around to the idea of playing melee at all, that’s kind of a big statement. However, because I’m uncertain about changes to my beloved Beast Mastery, I figure that I need to keep my mind open to the fact that for the first time ever I might enjoy playing a different class/spec more than my usual “BM FOR LIFE” mentality.

Upon consideration, however, I’m actually quite glad that I’m on vacation from August 25-31. I won’t have to endure that last week of sitting in my desk chair, bouncing like Tigger, going “OMG IS IT HERE YET?!”, because I’ll be busy with extremely the pleasurable pursuits of showing off my home state to a highly-anticipated visitor. I return home the day after launch, which means I’ll miss out on some of the awful server lag and maybe the worst of the queues to get online. I’ve never been the one who wants to race through leveling, anyway, so world-first level 110 hunter will not go to me, and that’s the way I like it. I’m going to take my time with leveling, though I may do some dungeons along the way this time around so that I’m not so hopeless about them when I actually reach 110. You wouldn’t believe the flak I’ve taken over the years when I get to max level and tell people in dungeons “this is my first time in here”. Some people are completely incredulous that one would not want to do dungeons as one leveled. It’s never been my favorite thing, but it might be time to shake things up a bit in my approach to the game, to make sure it really does feel new and fresh.

The end is finally coming; bring on the new already!

The Circuit of Disappointment: Horde-style

My friend and good hunter buddy, @AlternativeChat, recently drew up a post on her Circuit of Disappointment. This is what she calls the weekly routes she takes to run Legacy content that drops mounts, vanity pets, and much gold…because as we all know, the bosses are rarely in the mood to drop their prized mounts. Since she wrote hers from an Alliance perspective, I thought I’d do some shuffling of the order and draw up a Horde version for myself. Perhaps you’d like to join the two of us in Disappointmentville? Here you go:

Route One:

  • Hearthstone to Warspear, port to Orgrimmar
  • Port to Uldum, fly to Throne of the Four Winds for a shot at Al’Akir’s mount
  • Leave Tot4W and head next door to Vortex Pinnacle
  • Jump on a flying mount up to Caverns of Time
    • Dragon Soul – multiple mounts
    • Mount Hyjal – vanity pets
  • Leave CoT for Mudsprocket (FP in Gadgetzan, or just fly on your own)
  • Visit Onyxia; be sure to handle the whelps
  • Fly up to Ratchet and grab the boat to Booty Bay, then hie thee to Zul’Gurub for a shot at two mounts

Route Two:

  • Hearth to Warspear, port to Orgrimmar
  • Grab the zeppelin to Borean Tundra and get yourself to ICC
  • After failing to get Invincible, you can then head over to Ulduar if you want a shot at Yogg
  • Fly to Utgarde Pinnacle to see Skadi the Useless* and make a wistful attempt at the blue proto drake
  • Then head to Naxx 25 where you’ll feel better by earning lots of gold and hopefully some vanity pets

Route Three:

  • Hearth to Warspear, port to Orgrimmar
  • Take portal to Outland – Hellfire Peninsula
  • Fly from Dark Portal to Tempest Keep in Netherstorm for an attempt on Kael’thas
  • From TK, head to Zangarmarsh, hit Serpentshrine Cavern for patterns and vanity pets
  • Fly to Shattrath and take the portal to the Isle of Quel’Danas for a shot at Sunwell for vanity pets and a certain legendary bow. #huntersarejustawesome #boomdeyada

*this is Alt’s name for Skadi, and I wholeheartedly stand behind it.

It was pointed out in the comments on Alt’s original post that if you set your hearth to Shrine of Two Moons (or Seven Stars for you Allies),  you’ll have portals to everywhere, including Dalaran and Shattrath. However, if your life revolves mostly around Draenor this expac (unlike mine), these routes should work.  Many thanks to Alt herself for the original post, and for her enthusiastic response when I suggested drawing up a Hordie version.

Welcome to Disappointmentville. Enjoy your stay. 🙂

The First Flight Point*

*As any WoW player knows, the flight master in any city, town, or outpost in the game will, for a few silver pieces, sell you a “taxi” flight (usually on a wyvern or a gryphon) to any other city, town or outpost that you’ve been to. If you’re going a long way, the flight path takes you past the flight points between where you are and your destination, sort of like flying over the cities and towns between your departure city and your destination on a plane. When you’ve never been to the place that you want to go, though, you have to ride or run to the town under your own power and “discover” the flight points. I feel like that’s the way my journey is playing out, and that I’ve reached my first flight point.

 

Well, now. It’s been just over a month since I last posted. If you read that post, you might intuit that this last month plus has been quite a journey in its own right, and you’d be correct. A lot has changed for me, but in a lot of really small ways. Let me share some of it with you.

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My Top Things to Do in WoW before WoD Release!

It seems I’m on a (blog) roll today when it comes to posts about WoW. I’ve had a request to entertain another idea about the game, this time from the lovely Mr. and Mrs. WoW. You can find their blog here.

As you can see, I edited this directive for my own uses.
As you can see, I edited this directive for my own uses.

 

So, here are my Top Things to do, in no particular order: Continue reading My Top Things to Do in WoW before WoD Release!

10 years, 10 questions – my first Warcraft post!

ATTENTION! The ever-present, always faithful, never boring Mistress of Faff herself, the Godmother, hath presented us WoW fans with a challenge.

Over at her site, Alt:ernative Chat, the Godmother put out a request to answer her list of 10 questions. If you’re interested in doing so, you can go to the blog entry for her 10 years, 10 Questions for her instructions, or you can go to her Google survey to answer them that way. She’s keeping a comprehensive list of responses, as well.

Here we go, then.

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