Lighthouse & Captain Sanders

It’s hard not to think of Westfall without thinking of the lighthouse there. I can recall many memories over the years, starting out as an Alliance player and questing in the area. I remember when I first looted the item which started the quest chain Captain Sanders’ Treasure Map. It was my first real quest chain that actually felt like a treasure hunt and rewarding you with some pretty nifty loot at the end of it.

Although having found it on my Alliance priest at the time, I was determined to do the same quest chain on my Horde Hunter and then Priest (who’s my main now) just to get the shirt at the end. To this day I still use the shirt as part of my Fishing outfit. The annoying thing about the chain though was the very low drop rate of the map. Having done it on at least three characters, farming the map off the murlocs wasn’t something I looked forward to each time.

Having a beer in Southshore, Old Hillsbrad

Chugging a beer with Captain Hanes

After leaving the tavern, Captain Sanders and Captain Hanes can be heard talking about secret booty.

Hanes: What are you doing Sanders?
Sanders: I just be makin’ sure we wasn’t followed! *hic*
Sanders: It be clear…
Sanders: Thar she be! Ain’t she a beaut?
Hanes: Aye, she’s a beaut alright. And you parked her right next to my frigate! *hic*
Sanders: That thar monster be yers, Ed? Arrr…She’s a big’un!
Hanes: Ayep! She’s all mine… I’m gonna sail her around the world. Across the sea!
Sanders: Arrr, Ed! She definitely be seaworthy
Hanes: Sanders, what have you got in that chest?
Sanders: Can ye keep a secret, Ed? Arr…dead men tell no tales!
Sanders: It be me treasure, Ed. Me life’s work! Arr…One white shirt fit fer a pirate king to be wearin’!
Sanders: One red sash that ye can put on yer head or britches. Pride o’the fleet, that sash is…
Sanders: An’last but certainly not least, one enormous bag! Big enough to fit eight whole apples! Eight, Ed! Can ye believe it?
*Captain Edward Hanes gasps*
Sanders: Yarrr! Keep it down, Ed! Thar be scallywags about! Their scallywag ears be listenin’ for gasps like that one just escaped your lips!
Hanes: I’m sorry, Sanders. I’ve just never seen such a bounty. It took me by surprise.
Sanders: It be alright, Ed. Me booty be locked away good in that thar chest. No fool will ever have Cap’n Sanders’ treasure! Let’s go get another drink. The spirit be runnin’ low.

Over the years I have taken many photos from this area, particularly the well known landmark. But like anything I have my favourites.

Jul 2006, Questing in Westfall

Standing there on the mainland, it was hard not to take a picture as the view was just spectacular. So why not take a pic to remember the occasion?

Jul 2006, later that night

At the base of the Lighthouse, there’s a great spot to take in the view. The moon was so mesmerising, we had to stop and watch the moon for a while.

Lieutenant Commander

Celebrating our Lieutenant Commander ranks

Months later, after reaching Rank 10 in PVP, we decided to go back and see if we could relive the moment. I have to say that it just didn’t have quite the same level of intimacy for me. Those spikes certainly didn’t make it any easier :P

Darkmoon Island

One of the things I was most looking forward to when Patch 4.3 hit was the new Darkmoon Fair. I always made a note of when the Fair would be up as it was a good way to stock up on herbs, leather and other goodies. Reputations are another thing I like to work on and I can’t help but get a sense of satisfaction when I see a band of 999/1000 running down my reputation bar. Unfortunately, I managed to get Exalted prior to the patch when it was a lot more monotonous with the old hand-ins and deck turn-ins.

Mulgore Portal to the Faire

With the promise of a whole new island to satisfy our love of fun and games, it was the first thing I did when I logged in this morning. In Orgrimmar, you can talk to the Darkmoon NPC who’s located very close to the Flight Master, just look for the Darkmoon banner right next to her. She offers a quest which leads you to the Island. Once there you will receive the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide which will allow you to get extra tickets. However, I quickly noticed that she had no quest for me when I logged in. Presumably because I had done the quest when it was offered a long time ago. After some research it was discovered that I could just head over to the island and obtain a Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide just by speaking to the Information Officer in the left tent just as you enter the Fair.

Darkmoon Faire overview

I must say that the new quests and dailies were a nice change from the old hand-ins you used to do for rep. You can purchase some Darkmoon Game Tokens from Trixi Sharpworth who’s located in her own little tent towards the far end of the main row just before the Deathmatch Pavilion on the RHS. You have a choice of Pouch o’ Tokens (5) or Sack o’ Tokens (25). The new games on offer were the:

  • Ring Toss – Land 3 rings on the Darkmoon Turtle. Spamming button 1 since the turtle seems to move in the last sec procs my 4-pc heal set :P
  • Tonk Commander – Use your Darkmoon Tonk to destroy 30 Tonk Targets in the time allowed.
  • Shooting Gallery – Score 25 points in 60 seconds. You can even earn the Quick Shot achievement.
  • Whack-a-Gnoll – Score 30 points by whacking Gnolls. Hit Hogger for 3 pts.
  • Human Cannonball * – Accumulate 5 Cannon Target Points by landing near the target. If you think you hit the Bullseye (which awards 5 points and another achievement) wait a few secs for the achievement/quest to register before moving.
  • Note to self: When landing in the water and using levitate to get back on land, remember to cancel levitate before you get shot out of the cannon again as you’ll just keep going, and going, and going even after cancelling the wings =/ I ended up hitting fatigue but thankfully didn’t die.

No doubt your kids will get hours of enjoyment from these Sandbox Tigers.

Note: If you’re not seeing the little red arrow to dismount from the tiger, use /leavevehicle

In addition to this, one of the quests Test Your Strength offers you 10 tickets for collecting 250 Grisly Trophies. These were very easy to acquire as Coolidge and I ran the Well of Eternity and managed to get ~60 just from there. Especially the last encounter since the demons that spawn have a chance to give you the items as well. After the dungeon, we headed over to Deepholm to farm the rest of trophies since there are large groups and the mobs respawn fast. We managed to complete our quest in ~15mins or so.

What puzzled us at first was the fact that the number of trophies we each accumulated from killing things seemed to be sporadic and differed in number, even though we were killing the same mobs. After doing some research however, I found that you just have to tag the mob as you normally would for XP, not necessarily get the killing blow.

Also on offer are quests relating to your professions. It’s a great way to get an easy +5pts if you’re still levelling any of your primary or secondary ones – completing all six will even give you an achievement. Speaking of achievements, you can get quite a few, from handing in all the artifacts to sampling all the food and drink on offer. Don’t forget to visit this exotic food vendor on the outskirts of the Faire.

Darkmoon Faire Shipwreck

If you’re a fan of the pets, be sure to try to get your Sea Pony from fishing the coastal waters around the island. Not sure if I was just lucky but I managed to get the pet within an hour of fishing. From what I’ve heard in-game and on Twitter, it seems a hotfix may be coming soon.

There are also pools of wreckage along the coast, if you go looking around the island. They offer some nice goodies relevant for 85’s, inc food, potions, ore, cloth, herbs etc.

Darkmoon Faire Cages

If you’d like to know some of the back story to the Darkmoon Faire, I suggest listening to The OverLores Podcast. You can also head over to The Daily Frostwolf – Druid Edition to find out more about the ghosts in the area.

After handing in all the quests today, I managed to get 55 tickets in total. This included two of the Artifacts needed for the achievements and extra tickets. I see it’s going to take a while to get all the pets and mounts.

So here’s to the next grind; at least for the next week anyway.

Disc and Firelands

Sure it’s nice being able to do some of the new content via quests and dailies but it seems to progress further you need to raid to be eligible for some rep upgrades and anything else from the raid you hope to get. Not really surprising news.

Since it’s been stated that a lot of the spirit gear will not drop in the raid, there’s been a lot of talk from priests that it’s been an oversight of Blizzard. While it’s true that all Tier pieces have spirit on them and some of the other pieces from tailoring, rep and valour items, getting a workable set is doable. The ideal thing about Disc is that you don’t necessarily need spirit on all your items since we are proactive healers and get mana back from talents such as rapture it works for our spec. This is another reason why our combat regen isn’t too high; although when I’ve wanted to roll on a non-spirit piece for my MS, I’m still not sure if some DPS would understand this reasoning.

On a side note, I’ve wondered why the tank group often has a ranged person there. If anything I would have liked melee and/or possibly myself in the group since it’s about survivability. It’s really the range DPS’s fault if they die from premature aggro. It’s also not my job to top up a player, it’s really just to prep them or stop them from dying. That’s why you have other healers in the raid and DPS / tanks who know how to work their CDs, healthstones, lightwells and bandages.

Over the last year though, I often passed on items in raids unless it was an ideal piece for me and not just a side-grade. I was able to gather a lot of pieces just by working on my valor points, getting rep items and some made pieces. Everyone should be able to do this and not just rely on raiding to improve gear. Gear doesn’t make the player, skill does. Unfortunately, latency does seem to be a valid issue for all of us on this side of the world, although some more than others. If you say that time is an issue then prioritize your time and with Blizzard abolishing the daily dungeon limit it should be easier than before.

Have… Have We Met?

If you’ve been diligent with The Protectors of Hyjal daily – where a group of four druid (or possibly one familiar NPC) will join you in Sethria’s Roost to help kill the elites – you might have seen all the NPCs needed for the Have… Have We Met? achievement. I must say though, my favourite has to be Nat Pagle. I mean, what’s cooler than a fisherman who travels by turtle and fights with a fishing pole?

Nat Pagle

Hemet Nesingwary

Hemet Nesingwary

Would you imagine Hemet riding anything other than a Wooly Mammoth? He also uses a Red Proto-Drake to fly.

Maximillian of Northshire

This one comes a pretty close second though, not sure what it is but something about him reminds me of Coolidge.


Here’s a handy macro to use:

/tar linken
/tar chromie
/tar thassarian
/tar nat pagle
/tar mankrik
/tar hemet nesingwary
/stopmacro [noexists]

Just delete the relevant line when you manage to find each NPC.

Anyone have a different NPC who has been your favourite?

Gallywix Pleasure Palace

Come on in, the water

Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find something you like at the Gallywix Pleasure Palace. It’s home to Trade Prince Gallywix, master of the Bilgewater Cartel and located on a lovely secluded plateau in Western Azshara. You won’t find Trade Price Gallywix there, but you will find Trade Prince Donais; as well as some Pleasure Palace waitresses, a couple of Bartenders and Palace guards.

Sometimes... sometimes it hurts to have so much money. It

Trade Prince Donais is the main resident of the Gallywix Pleasure Palace. He is a highly affluent member of the Bilgewater Cartel. I’m not sure why he’s residing in the Pleasure Palace, especially given that Trade Prince Gallywix is not yet included anywhere in the game outside of the goblin starting zones. Given his gossip text, he appears to be very rude and chauvinistic while he sits on a pile of gold.

I am so... darn... beautiful. Looks at these guns. Look at this gold. Look at these girls. Who wouldn

Enjoy a hot soak in the luxuriously sized spa

Water sports not your cup of tea? How about a round of Golf?

Take a nap in the Master Bedroom

Questing can be hard work; especially when you’re trying to hit 85 ASAP. So take minute for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

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