Archive for March, 2007

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.