Warhammer Online

So I let this blog fall by the wayside a bit eh?

So what happened next? Well I carried on playing wow another 6 months or so, getting my rankings up but eventually grew bored of constant dungeons, crap world pvp where the numbers were never even enough for a fun constant fight and boring arenas where your rankings would only go so high before you kept meeting the same group setups.

So I fell away, stopped logging on for days at a time.

Time passed by, haaz probably died a glorious death, wiping out hundreds of pussyboy order before being slain by a mighty champion god. Then he was reborn into another world, one where stupid shoulder guards hadn’t been invented, where the gnome technology was non-existent. He asked around, where am I?, why am I short with a hugh potbelly? Why do I keep wanting to fight till I die a great death? Why do elves dressed like porn stars kill me in 0.1 uberseconds?

Yes, I’m now on Warhammer Online.

This game is everything I need at the moment. I love the Warhammer world, been playing the tabletop games for 17 odd years now. The world PVP is key to the game being good and the classes are slightly more balanced than I remember the wow’s to be.

If you read this and playing too, say hi to Haaz or Haazgoth on Karak Norn.

BIG Update

So I finally arrive back here and a lots happened. So here we go.

Guild sinks as most predicted

So Warlords finally gave in and I was one of about 3 active players left. So I left. I do find it funny that most of the people that left joined guilds that have failed to turn out to be what was expected (i.e. 2 months later and still struggeling in karazhan) or are still running karazhan (those still in my friends lists never seem to be anywhere other than kara).

I can only assume they are happy.

So for a while I was guildless, which is kinda what I wanted so I could concentrate on my PVP (more later).

Now I am in a small but friendly guild called ‘The Pride’. We have only started karazhan this week, but that is not my target, it is having a fun guild to be a member of.

PVP

So me and Elliot have our own 2v2 team ‘Canibal Corpse’. Yeah I know theres a spelling mistake, its intentional. It was the name of our first guild on mazrigos.

We’ve done ok, still hovering around 1500 rating but in the last few weeks we’ve got quite a lot of PVP gear and recruited a druid (Mumrik) who has pushed our ratings even higher last week.

Warhammer

Not sure if I mentioned, but I have being playing warhammer for about 17 years now. I have a tournament coming up (tomorrow actually) so have also spent a big amount of time building up my army and painting it. I’ll post pictures here when they are done.

Guild Troubles

Not had a chance to post recently, the reason being the same as the title….Guild problems.

Tobold’s post earlier today pretty much covered the issues we’ve had.  An inner core rushed to 70 pretty quickly and started whizzing through the content. After a while it was pretty obvious it would be some time before we hit kara.

So our main tank and one of our priests (both officers) moved to a more serious raiding guild. They left as friends and we wish them the best of luck, but for about 4 days it looked like everything would blow apart and no one was sure who would leave.

Thankfully no one else has left and we have survived for now. So forgive me for not updating.

On a slightly different note, Elliot (my brother IRL) has dinged 70 too and now we start our 2v2 arena team.

I’ll be making sure I keep an eye on my theorycraft.

Ding ding ding a ling

I hit 70 yesterday, about 1am. Pictures to follow.

I actually hit 70 handing in the first of the 2 karazhan key chain quests.

But as you all know, hitting the end level is only the beginning. I now have the problem of missing most of the instances in favour of grinding/questing. This is mainly due to time. I have quite a few hours a night to play, but usually its interupted by the wife coming home, cooking dinner, doing things, and I find that if I instance in the evenings i’m always “guys gotta go AFK, my wifes just dropped something” or “brb, gotta do x y z”. So I tend to leave them alone.

Now I have to start on my keys to advance my Karazhan quest chain and my heroic keys.

But enough of that, I’m sure those subjects will fill more and more of my daily inputs here. Lets look at the last month.

Favourite bits

  • Entering the portal for the first time
  • Finally having a good reason to sell off all the junk I’ve horded from 1-60
  • Making friends with a cow
  • Killing flowers
  • Outdoor PVP (although I have to admit, I didn’t really participate as much as I’d like)
  • Awsome new weapons, especially the etheral weapons
  • Not getting ganked from one day to another
  • Addition of some bizzare quests to liven up the occasional dullness
  • Still having my high warlord sword at lvl 70, justifying the stupid grind to get it
  • worst bits

  • Feeling bad for killing allies (I really shouldn’t feel bad)
  • Too many kill and collect quests (As above they did try and add some fun, like the box quest in shadowmoon, but there just weren’t quite enough)
  • Birdmen, like some hangover from an 80’s film
  • Can’t run an orphan through in Shattrath for annoying you
  • No flight path outside the dark portal in ‘ye olde world’
  • Hemingwary quests in nagrand
  • Terrible fashion sense of some bosses/mobs
  • Looking like a clown half the time
  • Quick update before I move house

    The armory

    Wow, this is a nice feature. Its only Beta at the moment so don’t expect it to be perfect. I also noticed its quite slow to load. The european index is here.

    For those not had a chance to check it out yet, the armory is a new feature that blizzard have added to their website. You can search for any character/arena team/guild on any server. It bascially replicates the character profile you see when you play warcraft.

    I personally have mixed issues with this. Its great that I can show people my character details and talent tree and equipment. Its also great that I can post the link here and never need to manually update it (unlike CT Profile). Also great is the fact it is a true representation of my characters with my true stats based on gems and socket bonus etc. CT Profile wasn’t quite upto speed on that.

    However, as some blogs have already questioned, there is potential for this to be a bad idea too. Your guild (or guild you are applying too) can see every good and bad part of your character. Additionally, I can’t seem to work out when the snapshot is taken, so the equipment isn’t what I want to show. Ok so it Beta, but having some kind of snapshot button in game would be useful, so that when you are wearing your full DPS gear for example you hit the button and people see your true stats, and likewise for example your tanking gear (or whatever class you are).

    However the most pressing problem in my mind is the skills page. I looked at haaz last night and noticed my dagger skill was quite low, along with some other skills. Now I’ve always tried to keep all my weapon skills up, but some are just hanging the wrong side of 200. Normally not a problem, but with loot distribution up in the air for a lot of guilds, would someone with a low skill in a type of weapon be allowed to roll on said weapon, say a dagger?

    Before hand, you just rolled and started to use it and before long your skill was back into normal figures. However now your easy to access skill levels could influence the loot you can roll on.

    Bit far fetched maybe? Possibly. What about proffessions. Your skill is 5 off what is required to use it, does that mean you can’t roll on it. Before hand your word would be taken and you’d soon skill up to use it.

    I’m 99% sure this wont be a problem for Haaz as I’m in a pretty mature guild, but others may find it a problem.

    For the time being however, its a pretty cool feature.

    75% through 69

    If it wasn’t for the house move (see below) I’d be dinging 70 tonight. But I am, so it’ll have to wait until sometime next week.

    Last night I was in Netherstorm, trying to finish off as many solo quests as possible. Finishing that area off soon will mean that I can save most of shadowmoon valley and blades edge mountain quests for easy gold and rep when I’m not PVPing or raiding.

    I finished off the bessy quest, where you escort a cow back to the farmer. I didn’t think it was the best use of my time, I should be killing things, but then even a cow needs a bit of loving care and attention now and again.

    Also collected a mana bomb fragment, weaved some magic barriers to keep the ghoulies in and then went looking for trouble up near the stormspire. So far I only have a few minor issues with the expansion, and not being able to roll an Etheral warrior is one of them. Maybe in the next expansion please blizzard?

    Also, I’ve put a page up showing the attunements chart for the expansion here. I’m hoping to tick off the bits I’ve finished, and although its more for my own tracking, it’ll let you keep up with what I’m doing.

    Moving

    Going to be moving house over the weekend, so wont be expecting to log on until at least tuesday night. So no updates here until then either.

    Struggling to level blacksmithing

    So 25% through level 69 and got hit a bit of a wall. I’m fully rested to 70 now, but I just can’t find the motivation to finish off those quests. So I decided to level up blacksmithing. I got it to 350 some time back in level 67 and thought I’d make a final push.

    A guildie has been having the same problem with finding enough recipies to level up and he suggested I get the honored with cenarion recipies, the adamantite weightstone and grinding stone. So flew over to swamprat post and headed south to the Cenerion stronghold. Picked up the 2 recipies and headed back to Shattrath to portal back to the undercity.

    (By the way, if anyone reading this is levelling blacksmithing, please please please go to undercity not orgrimmar. The distance to anvil – AH – post box – anvil is so much shorter.)

    So anyway, made it to the undercity auction house, bought enough mats to make 10 weightstones and off I went. Now this is where I’m hazy, but at some point halfway through they went green and now I have 156 blacksmithing skill. This is gonna take some time I tell ya.

    Made an arcanite rod and a fel iron rod for my brothers priest and then waited for the hearthstone to be ready to take me back to the outlands.

    How I love Patch 2.0.10

    So a quick refresh of whats coming up in the next patch for warriors:

  • The rage normalization equation has been adjusted to grant more rage. The typical warrior should see an increase of 15% to 20% in their rage generation.
  • All warriors had their critical strike chance adjusted upward slightly (about 1%).
  • “Thunder Clap” is now useable in Defensive Stance. In addition, the tooltip has been adjusted to indicate it causes additional threat.
  • The cooldown on “Victory Rush” has been removed, and it can now be used up to 20 seconds after killing an enemy.
  • “Unbridled Wrath” has been modified so that rather than a fixed chance to grant rage, it has an increased chance when using slower weapons.
  • So now all I got to do is wait to go test it out. A bit sad they couldn’t get the snare breaking with charge and intercept but apparently it requires a rejig of the mechanics.

    I’ll keep you upto date on how this affects Haaz.



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