After a few delays and time away from Azeroth, Zarahi became the first of the Amateur Army to hit the new cap of 100. With much rejoicing I stopped to consider things thus far. As such, here’s 100 random thoughts about the new expansion: Continue Reading
If you’ve put in any time making gold, then you should know of one of the biggest assets for doing so: The Undermine Journal. For the past four years, the site has been an amazing resource for deals as well as just a great source for pricing on everything. Whether it’s your server, or game wide, the financial info and item availability was a click away. Unfortunately that appears to be ending this month.
According to the website, you can no longer subscribe and auction information is no longer updating. Whomever hosts the servers for TUJ is not able to meet the needs of the site and as such it is going to close by the end of the month. Whether it’s an official closing is yet to be determined though. The folks there seem to want to keep it going but time will tell.
There will probably be a period where this site is completely closed. We may be able to find a new dedicated host, but there are a number of improvements that should be made here before Warlords of Draenor is released anyway. So if WoD is released and The Undermine Journal is down, it’s probably not coming back.
While I haven’t used the site nearly as much in recent months, I refuse to downplay how important it was and what an amazing resource it was for those serious about gold making. Some days it’s hard to remember the days prior to it existing. Heck, if not for the Undermine Journal I wouldn’t have my Deathcharger. I certainly hope it comes back, not only because I was a fan of using it but because I think it’s incredibly valuable for the community. I never like to see any part of the community permanently log out, and this is no exception.
Having said that, there’s going to be a shift in power for gold making for the next little while. Add-ons are great, but they can’t run in real time on all servers like the Journal did. Great deals and rare listed items can’t be accessed outside the game right now and that gives those with a little more time the advantage. With nothing much to do before Warlords, the Auction House PvP is open for more aggressive folk. So while we hope the Undermine Journal isn’t down for long, your opportunity just went up.
I’m pretty sure there was a near aneurysm on this one. Whether or not I actually have a favourite mount is what it boils down to. A number of my characters do, but can I really elevate one above the rest? At one point I probably would have selected the Winterspring Frostsaber or the incredibly popular Ashes of Al’ar. It really is a beautiful mount. I still love the Hippogryphs, particularly the Flameward version. I was fortunate the Molten Front started the day after my holidays began that summer as I had plenty of time to do all those dailies.
See what I mean? There’s plenty to choose from and many more that I haven’t even mentioned. The good news is I did manage to come to a conclusion, sort of. It’s in a picture that I’ve brought up more than once. My favourite mount is the one I gave to others.
For the better part of six months, there has been on and off discussion regarding the status of flying in Draenor. The developers have said from the onset that it won’t exist out of the gate. No, not in the sense that you had to learn it once you were level capped such as was the case in previous expansions. We’re talking no flying PERIOD. Patch 6.1 was the initial consensus as to when your characters could start learning to fly in the past dimension. A longshot now is the idea we might never be able to fly there…then?….Draenor.
I honestly don’t see Blizzard doing this, even if I want them to. The developers have several examples where they implement something and the player base cries foul so loud they backtrack. Making a no-fly expansion would cause a huge uproar, plain and simple. They can handle having to get to the level cap before they’re rewarded with such a luxury and they’ve been conditioned to receive that ever since the Burning Crusade. I’m not going to argue the majority on this one, even if I would love to go an expansion without flight.
For quite some time now I have pondered whether World of Warcraft should ever have implemented old world flying. The harvester in me says it’s a handy feature and going in a straight line to certain destinations is so much easier…but that was also before there were 2.000 flight paths. Yes, I can certainly admit there are benefits to the feature. At the same time, though, Azeroth feels so much smaller now. The ability to fly anywhere and everywhere on your own just downscaled the magnitude of the world. Even the scope of Pandaria changed dramatically the moment I was able to purchase flying.
Now I know what you’re going to say. You don’t have to purchase the flying if you don’t want it. This is quite true and until sitting down to write this post, I hadn’t even considered it. I have some toons that can’t fly in Northrend because they didn’t spend enough time there, so the grand scale of it should have occurred to me. So yes, individuals do have that choice and the wish of the few should not outweigh the wish of the many. But sit with me for a moment and realistically discuss with me the negatives of an expansion without free roaming flight.
- Takes longer to reach instance entrances. Most of the 90-100 is going to involve LFG dungeoning far more than walking in through the front door. When it comes to raiding, once two are there the summoning can begin.
- Takes longer to farm materials. For certain folks, this will be understandable as rare mats are needed for things such as Alchemy or Blacksmithing. But other than that, the problem is…?
- Unseen beauty. A number of people enjoy flying over the zones and just taking in the beauty. You’ll most definitely lose that scale of beauty, but you’ll still see the artistic efforts that were used to create such a lush land.
Are there really any more than that? Truthfully? These were the only three that I could think of and to be fair two of them are only negative because we’re so accustomed to the “now” principal in that we don’t want to wait for anything as a society. In World of Warcraft it’s even worse because for the most part we don’t have to work hard for very much anymore. Not at the level of basic necessities needed to play the game. Raiding, PvP, or personal goals can dramatically change the scope of difficulty but for just playing the basics of the game much is almost handed to you from the moment you step foot in Azeroth.
But I’m strolling off into an unnecessary tangent. Quite frankly, I will be incredibly surprised if there’s no flying in Draenor, ever. Even holding off on it for a while is refreshing and yet surprising. It keeps the scope larger and the fear slightly higher. There’s not always going to be a safe way in and a safe way out. I personally like these things. As I said earlier, I have been contemplating flying in the old world and whether that change was for the better. While I abuse it as much as the next person for its strengths, I think it was a mistake…even if it didn’t happen until the third expansion. So if Blizzard wants to wait a patch or two into Warlords before we’re allowed to fly in Draenor, they definitely get a thumbs up from me.
Finding myself with some free time yesterday afternoon, and knowing the Mrs. was also in Azeroth, I decided to try to put in some more time on my Warrior. Unfortunately, like many other folk I found myself on the receiving end of Error #113. The login server was busy and to try again later. No problem, I’ll just do the daily quest for Hearthstone instead. Oh, hey! Hearthstone is now live! Awesome. Wait, no. Can’t play that either because the Battle.net client won’t connect and thus I’m out of luck.
Almost three hours later, I managed to login to said Gnome Warrior and there was some mail from Mel Francis.
Now, I don’t know if it’s a current glitch or not but when I went Horde side the mount was still blue. Previews had suggested red and blue and I certainly figured that meant depending on faction. I hope it isn’t based on the toon that opened the mail because I would have most assuredly jumped Horde first in order to get the red one (only slightly more sexy than blue).
If you’re wondering where and how you get said mount, I should point out that about an hour before I got into Warcraft I was finally able to sign in to Hearthstone. With it now being live, they have implemented the mount achievement, which requires you to win three games against other players.
Yes, I’ve not been a very good lemming. It’s been a busy time around the Amateur house and when my time was idle…well, blame that darn Hearthstone. It requires a simpler kind of focus some times. That said, it isn’t that I haven’t been working on the screenshots, I just never had a chance to post and then decided to just bundle them all together.
To this day, I think this remains my favourite moment in World of Warcraft. Rounding up a bunch of friends randomly (well, as far as they knew) and handing out a Winter Veil present to each of them. As you can guess by the back row, it was the Jewelcrafting Panthers. Alas, those who rolled alts on Runetotem obviously weren’t able to mount up with the rest. It was something important to me that is really hard to describe. Knowing how much each one appreciated it certainly helped. I said it then, and I’ll say it now, I just wish I had planned it sooner so that I could have amassed more gold to get a few more made.
This shot is of Mrs. Amateur’s Mage, Taelainne. I had her call down the flame as one of three covers I did for her dice case (the other two were, of course, Arcane and Frost), to match the dice inside.