The Raptor King is pleased.
This was a pleasant surprise last night. No, I didn’t finish the rep required to get it. You see, one of the things the patch notes didn’t mention (that I saw) was that if you have the Winterspring Saber, you now get the Horde equivalent. If you have the Venomsaur, then your Alliance toons will now be able to mount the Winterspring. Thanks to Healblade for informing me of that nugget (it’s in the Feat of Strength section if you’re looking for confirmation on your character). The same applies to Gryphon/Windriders as well.
Another item that wasn’t announced pertains to Blingtron 4000. Next time someone pops everyone’s favourite robot daily giver, don’t bother scrambling to meet him with as many toons as possible. The quest is now BoA. So pick the nearest toon (80 or higher) and call it a day.
These were the things I picked up on, along with the ilevel of items being bright yellow. Was there anything unannounced that you’ve since discovered?
At the start of the month, Liouxpold went pink for Breast Cancer. I included in that post if ten other people joined in, I’d donate 100 dollars to the local Run For The Cure/Breast Cancer Research. We’ll, that goal was officially met, thanks to Draynee. As it was, I had nine people suited up in pink after the first week or so! I’m pleasantly surprised it happened quite that quickly, and I wanted to take the time to thank the following people:
As I’ve said to other people, this probably doesn’t seem like much to some readers but it’s something very important to me and my household…as well as the people who took part. I can’t thank each of them enough for doing something as simple as this and look forward to making the donation later this week.
One hundred fifty thousand.
As of this moment it means two things. The first is that is how much gold I’d like to generate between now and around the start of Winter Veil. Considering I probably make that in a year and that I’m not bouncing around Pandaria, that’s going to be a bit tricky. Still, I think I can pull it off and I am using all the servers I’m on to my advantage. I just wish the items I find cheap were on the server that I could maximize them on. Still, I’ve set my goal and perhaps now that it’s in writing I’ll be more efficient with trying to meet it.
Also applicable here is one hundred fifty thousand web hits to the blog. That number is darn near staggering to me. I can remember being surprised when I was a tenth of that. My transmog posts continue to draw in the most attention, particularly axes and polearms. That those three pages in particular account for over 25% of the visits tells me I should do more on those items in particular. But, the beauty of things is that I continue to just do my own thing. I write what strikes my fancy and people keep dropping in to see what that might be, or to use me as a reference point based on something I’ve long ago written. It’s flattering as all get out and I thank you for it. Who knows what I’ll come up with for the next one hundred and fifty thousand visits.
Last night I logged on and took Tumunzahar on a tour of Kalimdor. The buckets across the continent were all I needed for the Hallowed achievement. I stopped along the way once or twice for some pet battling or Archaeology (which is now 525), and then finished up with the last Trick or Treat bucket -in the Exodar (once I found the darn thing). That means I’m “The Hallowed” now.
That’s the shot right after I got the last bucket. Now, if you do a mouse over on any of those in-game, it shows a completion date. However, as you can see the entire meta is showing incomplete. I reported it as a bug and just shook my head and went to bed. No point worrying about it just yet.
Sure enough, first thing this morning when I popped on quick before work, It had been corrected or sorted itself out and I be a Hallowed fella after all.
World Events and achievements might not be for everyone, but Hallow’s End is definitely one to consider putting time into if you’re not capped at 90. Reason being, trick or treating is easy and it grants you XP. Heck, it even grants guild rep. Nothing like getting to Exalted even faster. I started doing the trick or treating with Carrera, and at level 65, she was getting 6.6k experience (that’s with a single heirloom). That worked out to about 3 quests to a bubble. Sure, that suggests it will take a while, but for those who are out and about pet battling, you’re passing through half these areas anyway. On Paramita, it worked out to 4% a quest without anything other than rest (she’s 35). Personally, I still have my Recruit-A-Friend account active for another week or so. The idea of triple the XP for these is definitely appealing.
Another reason to do them is if you do like achievements, especially titles. This is the time of year to earn “The Hallowed.” You can see in the picture what the achievements are that are required for the title. Seeing that I only need a couple, I might try for it myself this year. The nice thing about Tricks And Treats of Azeroth is that it only requires Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, and Outland. There are achievements for Northrend and Pandaria, but they’re not requisites for The Hallowed.
Perhaps you don’t want The Hallowed all that much but are keen on 310 flying speed for cheap? Or you want the Violet Proto Drake. Basically, “A Long Strange Trip” is you goal. In that case, you need The Hallowed to complete the meta achievement. I know that’s the case with Magik, and I’ll be doing what I can over the next two weeks to help him with that.
And there’s just the simple fact that it resembles Hallowe’en. For many people, that’s reason enough to celebrate and take part. Maybe off the Horseman once or twice (or as someone referred to him today, the Headless Lootman). Get creative with the transmog’s and create a festive costume. Regardless, the latest seasonal event is upon is and there’s certainly plenty of reasons to indulge in the goings-on. Whatever your reason, hope you enjoy yourself.
Laid Back Raids was back at it again last night. It was an Alliance night and this time we were going to visit Kil’Jaeden. How is it we went into a raid with a Legendary bow without any Hunters? Oh well, it didn’t drop as it was. Still, several people got to see the Sunwell Plateau for the very first time. We also had a couple of fresh faces for the night as Aricelle and Martha joined us. I took Fireflint in the hopes of a rare Blacksmithing recipe dropping. No such luck, but even at level 75 he found an upgrade for his helmet. There were several other great looking transmogrification items that dropped along the way.
With a dozen of us, we were through the Plateau in less than half an hour. As such I tossed out the idea of killing Magtheridon and almost everyone was on board. One or two folk had to head out, but we were still in fine shape. I decided to switch to Liouxpold…mostly because Draynee had arrived in her pink outfit and I kind of facepalmed that I wasn’t showing off for Breast Cancer in the first place. But, a short time later the pink Draenei were rolling along. We did stop long enough for a proper photo op though.
An hour after Laid Back Raids had started, both Kil’jaeden and Magtheridon were dead and I was pleasantly surprised by “what’s next?” Once again one or two people had to leave but my Real ID housed a new face or two that were more than willing to join us as we headed to old school Mount Hyjal. This took longer than the previous two raids combined, simply due to its timed design. Still, we once again had no issue and Healblade’s mage Seraphinity picked up some nice transmog potential with the Robes of Rhonin.
After all was said and done I was tempted to call it a night. However, I had a bit of puttering around to do first and a few people were still more than happy to chat about a fun night. I then realized the Dark Irons would be attacking Brewfest in short order. This is important because I had gotten to 191 coins and was aiming for Brew of the Month.
So I went down to the festival, knowing full well the Dark Irons usually succeeded in their efforts because there often isn’t nearly enough to put a dent in their attack. But, I was determined (if not foolish) and started chucking mugs. At one point I was completely smashed, with my screen a blur and I could still tell it was full of Dark Iron diggers. I just kept drinking and chugging. Finally I saw the retreat message in chat and knew all was good. I stumbled my way through the blurred screen to the cog with the daily quest. I cashed that in and headed back to Ironforge to collect my reward.
I’d rather lie in my own snake trap…
I’ve made it clear fishing and I aren’t friends. It bores me in-game, and in real life I just don’t have the patience. Simply put, it isn’t for me. So all the fishing achievements in the game are pretty well a lost cause for me because I’m not about to do them. Then again, I don’t really go achievement hunting. But as far as fishing goes, I’d expect to get next to none of the achievements. Except for the fact I discovered the dailies give a ridiculous amount of experience when you’re leveling a character. It also gives nice guild rep if you need it. So, a couple of characters do actually have the fishing skill (two or three tops).
Wouldn’t you know it, I have the weirdest luck. Let’s remember that I’ve been farming the Baron’s mount since I discovered it existed (though not recently), to zero success. I have never seen Aeonaxx despite more than 5 days flushed away floating in Deepholm. Yet, here we are tossing out a few casts a week (I don’t even do the dailies, well, daily). If you’ll remember, it took just two casts for me to get the Sea Pony.
Well, a couple of days ago, Elcombe was flying around in Ironforge when some dwarf wanted someone to catch “Young Ironjaw.” Five casts later I hadn’t caught the fish required for the daily…but I did fish out his old man:
I firmly believe the game knows I hate fishing that it keeps throwing these rare accomplishments at me with relative ease. It wants me to suffer. It thinks if I keep getting these really cool achievements that I’ve seen people spend
hours weeks on, I’ll try for more of the others and the well of giving will dry up in a heartbeat. Well, I’ve got the system fooled because no way am I spending any longer than I have to with a fishing pole in my hand. No way, no how. You could offer me the greatest transmog known to Azeroth and I’d still keep that pole in the bag.
As for the people who are swearing at me (and I know you are) because you’re still trying for these things, I say give up. Swear off fishing except for experience. Otherwise the game is just messing with you. Taunting you. It knows your pain and feeds off it. Repent from the evil ways of the pole! You’ll thank me later.