Archive for March 30, 2012

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First Impressions of Mists

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This morning I woke to find that more people had been given access to the Mists of Pandaria beta. First thing I did was to log into my Battle.net account to see if I was one of the lucky ones. I was! How exciting to be able to start downloading the setup files so I could finally see what others had been talking/writing about.

My first task was of course to copy my main character over to one of the Beta servers. At the moment you have a choice of four. That didn’t take long at all. Next came the female pandas. I had seen the slide show that WoW Insider had uploaded a while ago but I wanted to be able to see them live so I could see all angles. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make a Panda with a tail or without so I took a few minutes trying to decide on the colour scheme first. I think for the time being I will see if the tail gets on my nerves or not; much like the male Tauren phase I went through early on in WoW :P

Anyway, soon after that I logged into my Priest just to check out the new trees and animations. First thing I noticed was the vendor filter I had read about the day before.

Interesting how you can select spec specific items even though this poor vendor had nothing to offer me.

Another thing I noticed was the new consolidated buff feature. I was naughty and didn’t buff myself. You know the saying so many things to do, not enough time.

When you first log into the Beta, you’ll notice that your primary tree has been reset, in my case Disc. All you need to do is select ‘Disc’ > ‘Learn’ from the Specialization (first) tab.

The second tab lists your Talents so I thought I’d play around with the ones below.

Not sure how long I’ll keep these but since they reset every time you switch specs, it’s a non-issue.

They’ve removed Prime Glyphs now, so either the glyphs we have now will be changed (like they’ve previously done) or new ones will be added which you will need to learn. Although I didn’t notice many of those.

Once I had myself set up with my new spells/bars, I tried out one of my new spells on some poor sap outside. I was excited about the instant Holy Fire so I was eager to try that out. Next was the Void Tendrils.

Can be cast in Shadowform
Limited to 5 target(s), 30sec CD
Summons Shadowy tendrils out of the ground, rooting all targets within 8 yards for 20 sec. Killing the tendril will cancel the effect.

Just look at the size of that thing!

So anyway, that’s it for now.

Since I was still downloading the thing when I logged in, the loading screens were taking forever, especially when I tried to go to Pandaria so I’m going to wait until it’s finished before trying it again.

BTW if you’re having trouble downloading the Beta (mine crashed quite a few times), particularly if you’re stuck at “Updating Setup Files” when restarting the launcher:

  • go into your C: ProgramData and delete the Battle.net folder. Note that you will only see this directory if you have your hidden files and folders showing.
  • For Macs, go to /Users/Shared/Battle.net

Then start your WoW Beta launcher again and it should continue :)

Update: Oh and my Beta email invite came a day after I received it in my Battle.net account so be sure to check there too :P

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Eastern Plaguelands Rares

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Eastern Plaguelands is heavily-ravaged from the Scourge. The Argent Dawn have made some progress after The Lich King’s defeat, but the zone is still full of Undead. Post Cata, players find themselves escorting a worgen merchant, Fiona, and her band of travellers which she picks up along the way. Don’t forget about Mr Grubbs – the non-combat pet while you’re there.

The Plaguelands offers some of the most gripping storylines, including the Battle for Darrowshire and the fate of the Stratholme residents.

I recently wrote Duggan Wildhammer

Lord Darkscythe

This is how he looked pre Cata

The Overseer used to be a 60 rare elite (pre Cata) often found in the tunnel filled with other fiends and a guaranteed source of Crypt Fiend Parts which could be turned in for Argent Dawn rep.

Now found sitting in front of a shed near the Lake Mereldar dock, just south of Corrin’s Crossing.

Before Cataclysm, this rare could be found in the Hearthglen mine.

How he looked prior to Cataclysm.

Thought to be Brigitte’s daughter (below), Not much is known about her.

Pre Cata – Brigitte is no longer in the game

This is how High Elves looked in vanilla…

What an improvement a year makes once Blood Elves were added as a playable race.

Notice that he now kneels facing Quel’Lithien Lodge.

Stratholme

Drops the Piccolo of the Flaming Fire.

You’ll find him sitting outside the instance on live side.

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Four Days Later

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It’s been a few days now, so I feel the need to write about what’s been happening in the Guild of late. A while back I wrote about one problem after another trying to recruit people, particularly for our raids. We’ve had a number of duds that left for one reason or another, as well as a few who were just what we were looking for in a guild member. It’s just a shame we had so many things against us.

It’s hard to establish yourselves on a realm where the majority play Alliance, especially when there’s only ~1000 Horde on your server the recruitment pool is fairly limited already; so unless you’ve been around for a while or have a good history with a lot of people, it’s not really going to get you far. It’s also easy for one to badmouth a person when you’re in the game in the comfort of your own home but when you’re face to face, they appear introverted. I can name a handful of people from my old Guild who will only see things from their point of view and how it affects them but even when the truth is stated, they dismiss it.

I envy the couples who can do things out of the game. They can share a meal, walk the dog, spend leisurely evenings away from the computer. My partner and I don’t have that luxury as we are on different sides of the world. We do rely on a computer whether we are on the game or not so it’s only natural that we want to enjoy the time we spend online. This includes the reason we left our last Guild on the server. People still have misconceptions about why we left but after hearing how it was from some of the higher ranked people, I just didn’t feel comfortable staying. So I left. Although I know a couple of people who understood because they know Cool and I. They know the kind of people we are and in my mind, that’s all that matters.

But then, this post has more to do with what’s been happening in our Guild. Last weekend we had our raid as normal, giving Heroic Morchok a few attempts until it was clear we had to switch it back and clear on normal.  We had plans of giving Heroic Yor a few goes too. I had all my research and notes ready for the fight but in the end didn’t even attempt it. We didn’t have a full group to begin with as we’ve had several people disappear without a word and others who had given us notice of their intentions to leave. I don’t have an issue with the latter but we let everyone know that we would be calling off raids sometime in the future due the constant hardships we were facing with recruiting and numbers for raids.

The last straw came however, when after our raid on Saturday (after clearing DS in a day) our only rogue who was on the last legs of his legendary chain, sent a PM stating that he was leaving the Guild. This was after we specifically said we were willing to continue the raids until our rogue had finished his chain. I was excited that we would finally have a legendary achievement to show for the Guild as our Mage who was up for the staff, never got to get his.

It’s hard when you only raid two days a week and have to continuously spend time getting to know each other’s play styles as we were constantly getting and losing people. It took several months just to get eight Guild people for the raid requirement each week – even that was a struggle at first.

The main issue was that everyone in the Guild knew how hard we had it for months (since August) and even then having to find extra people every single week was a struggle. Even on our first Madness kill, we were all waiting around for about and hour before a friend of ours finally logged in and stepped in with his tank. But at this stage of the game, one person leaving can be devastating when it’s already such a struggle to get a raid going. I would have loved to have seen the Guild achievement pop up for the Rogue Legendary as it he wouldn’t have gotten there without Guild effort. Everyone there deserved to see it, especially the ones who had been there from day one. Although when this person first joined he knew he would be the only one up for the daggers and was elated when we told him this.

One of my Guildies told me not to let the selfish actions of a few individuals ruin what is still an enjoyable game. I couldn’t agree more with that. At the time however, it was like the last nail in the coffin of a Guild that started with such great memories, which had now turned into something that I just want to forget. I feel that this Guild (or at least, this latest re-emergence of it) is such a failure now that I just want to leave it all behind me. After this person left, I sent out a mass email telling everyone that the Guild and raids were no more. I wished everyone luck and told them I felt I needed a new start. I had not decided whether this would be a server change or character change at the time. I just knew that I wanted to put this behind me and be somewhat anonymous for a while.

In saying this, I will look forward and focus on all the positives of this game. There is so much that I still enjoy and love to write and share. I look forward to trying out the beta and all that Mists has to offer. However, there are a couple of people in the Guild I will miss. They know who they are and for that I thank them for their friendship and effort to help make the Guild what it was, however long it lasted.

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