Shadowmoon Valley Rares

Shadowmoon Valley is a fel-infused zone in south-eastern Outland. Illidan Stormrage resides there in the Black Temple, as well as Maiev Shadowsong, held captive there by the Broken. There are several elite areas that document the destruction of the Burning Legion, as well as Illidan’s methods of training demon hunters.

  • Ambassador Jerrikar – a red satyr with an epic weapon, spawns in 5 demon-related subzones.
  • Collidus the Warp-Watcher – a cool floating eyeball that can either be found patrolling the northern ledge, the southern ledge by Dragonmaw Fortress, or in the centre by The Deathforge. Incidentally, he drops a popular eye patch for all armour types.
  • Kraator – a burning infernal that spawns in 5 areas of the zone.

Nightmare Week in Diablo III

Well it’s been a little more than a week and Coolidge and I have taken our time going through Nightmare Difficulty. Although as usual, I wanted to explore all parts of the map and re-watch some of the cut scenes again (which was only my second time). It did seem to take considerably longer with the mobs having more health and such but since this is the second level of difficulty, I’m wondering how much harder the other two will be.

I’ve read some posts from other bloggers like Effy’s recent trials and tribulations in Inferno. It sounds hard but at the same time I’m looking forward to trying them out with Cool.

Earlier in the week I managed to get the Made It Work achievement, meaning I can be more colour coordinated from now on. At this stage, I still have a few of the colours to try but that will come in time after I relaunch the game a few more times.

Wizard - 40

So here we are after defeating the Butcher. I’ll say it was a bit harder but then again I was trying some new talents. Always good to try new stuff for a boss fight :P Worked out though :)

The end of Act II was a little more tricky and again I made good use of the health globes. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I expected so that was a nice surprise.

Wizard - 43

After 40 levels, I might have finally settled on a banner design. If you didn’t notice, my banner hadn’t changed for three levels. That’s very unusual for me as I just couldn’t decide on one I liked. I first saw the trim on one of Cool’s toons and was really happy when I managed to get the achievement to use it.

As my main computer still uses a standard screen, I’ve been a little annoyed since Cool always seems to be able to see more stuff going in the distance like letting me know a yellow mob is in the back somewhere or a loot goblin. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to change the screen res in-game so I put up with it. Yesterday I decided to try the letterbox setting in the game options. OMG! I wish I had tried that sooner.

In Act III, I’ve tried quite a few of the other talents and runes just to see what combination I like. As a result, it’s also pretty often that I’ll say “Pinky” to Cool, indicating when I’m using a health pot :P

Wizard - 46

As an experiment, I tried the invisible dye on my chest piece. I think you can tell I liked to look of it, not that Coolidge minded either :P but after finishing Act III today, I decided to show her chest piece again since just looking at her was making me cold.

Wizard - 48

We finally finished Act III today, logging out just as we entered Heaven, ready for Act IV tomorrow.

Netherstorm Rares

Netherstorm is located in the northern-most part of Outland. It’s covered in magical currents, giving it an cool sci-fi look – except in the protected Eco-Domes, which are lush green. Goblins and Ethereals have made outposts here, as well as the Burning Legion and Kael’thas’ blood elves, with numerous Mana Forges across the region. You’ll also find numerous quests that grant Aldor or Scryer reputation.

Happy Ending

As of this morning, I awoke to find several emails from Blizzard stating that they had reinstated my account and all items / money was returned. That was just after another email stating that they had reset my password again. I admit that first email made me a little nervous but it did coincide quite well with the following set of emails.

Since then I have logged back into my account, first through the Battle.net website and then back through the game. From what I can tell everything was returned (including all gemmed/enchanted items) which I wasn’t expecting so that was a nice bonus. Let me tell you though, the ‘Items Restored’ list on Cymre was LONG! The hacker may or may have not been surprised to find that I didn’t have one free bag spot on my gal.

I also managed to get the Core Hound Pup on all my toons so if you were wondering if you can get the pet using a mobile authenticator, there’s your answer. Quite fitting really as he’s ready to spew over any future ‘would be’ hackers so take that you bastards!

Also to commemorate the occasion, I thought a few screenshots were in order since the last few posts were sadly lacking :P

I was originally going to link this music video remembering the lyric as ‘Thank you’ for My Happy Ending, except that listening to it again I realised that wasn’t quite the theme of the song. But who cares, it’s my Happy Ending post so I’m just going to pretend she’s singing that instead… it’s a catchy tune anyway :P

Did you see that? One of the Searing Gorge Rares even made an appearance, all must be right in the World… (of Warcraft) :P

Thanks again to everyone for keeping tabs on me over the last 24 hours. As Navi said earlier, your comments really did boost my spirits. Blizzard also did a great job getting my account back, including all my items. A special shout out goes to GM Mazarhai for his efficient service \o/

Gravatars

For a while now, I’ve realised the importance of Gravatars and consistency in our login details. I have my own ‘Wall of Fame’ (under admin) where a good number of past commenters have a blank image appearing. I’m going to take this opportunity to go over a few things I’ve noticed and hopefully in the process, help some of you out.

What is a Gravatar?

Your Gravatar is a universal image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site? These days if you already have a WordPress account, you should also have a Gravatar since the accounts are now linked (and another reason I like using WordPress).

Why is it good?

I’m going to let this video made by Gravatar themselves to help illustrate the point.

I already have one but my image doesn’t show up

There are a few people who have a Gravatar profile – I can see an image for them on certain sites but not on others. This can happen if you use more than one email to sign in and comment. The great thing about Gravatar is that you can add more than one email address to your Gravatar profile and then link the same image to that email.

Although I recommend that you use the same avatar image across all sites and emails, especially if you are new to the scene of blogging and commenting. By using the same image, people will start thinking, “Hey I remember that avatar on so-and-so’s site, they comment a lot” or “they have a lot of interesting things to say”. Either way you’re getting noticed.

Until you get your name out there, people will start recognising you by your handle or blog name. After a while you can change your avatars on Twitter or facebook.

I’ve also noticed readers using a different email to one previously used. If your blog is set up to approve first time commenters, you’ll be re-approving a lot of people. This tends to get a little tedious as I tend to go into the comments to edit the email to match the one which previously had a Gravatar image associated with it. The same goes for those who have changed blog addresses. Updates like these can be quite time consuming when you have over 100 entries to change but that way you get the most accurate numbers and details for people clicking through to someone’s blog.

I also use Admin Commenters which lets you know via a numerical count whether someone has commented on your blog before. This will help match up a difference in name, email or URL. So pls remember to be consistent in all three where you can.

How do I get one?

If you’ve never set up a Gravatar profile before, the first time you comment on my Blog you will be prompted to get one.

Don’t forget to confirm the email

When you sign up, you’ll be asked to confirm the email address so check your email accounts. If you didn’t receive one try to resend the confirmation email.

My avatar doesn’t show up on my profile (or it’s the wrong one)

Avatar images are cached for a period of time. Even when you change the image under your profile, it may take up to 10mins before you see any change. When you do get around to adding/changing an avatar image, you will be prompted to confirm the email you wish to be associated with the image and the rating. Make sure you click the ‘G’ rating so it will show up on ALL sites.

I turned off Hovercards, now how do I get them back?

(I admit this happened to me a while ago for my own blog, although I’ve turned them off for now by default)

To re-enable Hovercards that have been disabled with the Turn off hovercards option, you will need to delete the cookie nohovercard from the domain .wordpress.com.

If you are unsure about how to clear individual cookies you can visit this site for details of removing cookies for various browsers.

Why doesn’t my Hovercard/profile load for one of my email addresses?

Because of the way Gravatar works, only your Primary Address will load a hovercard (on sites that support them) or your profile (via any of the profile request formats). If you want to make profile details available via a different address, you will need to either create a new account using that address, or make it the Primary Address on your current account.

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So get your personalities out there by way of a unique avatar image :D

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