Thursday, December 23, 2010

Working On It...

Today has been a very satisfying day.

In no particular order, P has achieved the following goals:

plus a couple of Heroic Dungeons to boot. Job's a good'un!

Having given up on Amazon sending me my second copy of WoW and buying it electronically instead, I also got the rest of the Family out so they can build up some lovely rested bonus in anticipation of me actually doing something with them. Tomorrow's job therefore will be large amounts of farming to give the Family some raw materials to start the process of Profession Maxxing :D

I wish all days could be this productive.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Curious Case of Burgy Blackheart

Today, I decided to find a good spot to grind the gazillion pieces of leather I'd need to max out my Leatherworking. I found the spot pretty quickly as it happens, and I'll be sharing the secret with you very soon. What I didn't bargain on was something very special indeed. It reminded me of how much I enjoy this game and how, even when you think you can't be surprised, you end up being just that.

I use an addon called Silver Dragon to track rare spawns across the world. It's not 100% accurate but it's pretty useful (especially as I've been Archaeologising across Outland and looking for mobs to complete Bloody Rare) and as I ground today it sprang into life, telling me Burgy Blackheart was nearby. I couldn't not go and kill him, now could I? I was expecting a blue item for a quick AH sale or possibly for dissemination to the Alt Family but instead...

A hat? Aaaaah but not just ANY hat. It may look like a Harry Potter pointy hat when inspected but it has a Pirate Hat icon in my inventory and that can mean only one thing... I'm going to come over all swashbuckly. Equipping it gives possibly THE best makeover save being changed into Jack Sparrow:

Now THAT'S a Proper Pirate Costume!

Eyepatch? Check! Beard? CHECK! Ability not to lose the costume whilst flying or in fact doing anything? CHECK!!! I don't mind that there's no achievement to kill all the Rares this time in Cataclysm, if the plan is to make awesome one-off items like this and leave them on mobs then I am SO off to go and track as many rares as I can down to see what they're going to drop. Considering this was a complete surprise I find myself thinking this is one of the most awesome drops I've had for quite some time. 24/7 PermaGhostGnome Costume ftw!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Don't Stop Until You've Ground Some Moar...

[No, I can't embed the video. Curse you You Tube ^^]

Having returned from my weekend away, I have but only one thing on my mind. Grinding.

What does this have to do with an incorrectly scaled Wild Horse, I hear you cry??? Well, the first grind I wanted to do was Archaeology flavoured. Hence I found myself in Hillsbrad, the Hinterlands, Stranglethorn and all points in between as I pushed the limits of hitting the ground with a large sharp implement. The results have been more than satisfactory:

Mostly I'm happy because I've got a title with the word 'Professor' in it, but there is also the bonus of the Chalice of the Mountain Kings (excellent for a dwarf I think) and the Fossilized Hatchling to add to the pet collection. I wanted to do 1-300 as quickly as conceivably possible and so I decided the best way was simply to keep at it until my eyes fell out, which they did at about 305. Next step therefore is Outland, however I think I'll give it a couple of days before I push forward again. This is NOT a full-time occupation at lower levels.

However I will be levelling W's skill as a matter of urgency, as she's an Alchemist and that means the Vial of the Sands recipe. Even if I never have the money to make it myself, I bet it can be sold for someone else...