Saturday, January 22, 2011

This Seems Familiar...

Killed by Deathwing AGAIN = Check.

This time I was in the Wetlands (digging, of course) but I got the full effect of awesome. Red skies, Giant Mutant Dragon appearing majestically from behind a hill... looks at me, BAM! Having done this properly, I'd say it's well worth the inconvenience. If he kills me again tomorrow however, I'm going to think this is personal...

Note: Diggerest also done. Clockwork Gnome next up on the Rares list!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fire Bad. Tree Pretty.

Stood in the Fire: Check. ^^

However, I feel I should quantify this achievement. It really should be, in my case, 'Took the Portal to Uldum and Walked Into the Fire', which involves considerably less effort, though is just as random as Deathwing's spawn in the first place. I was going there for an Archaeology Dig, as it happens. Considering the amount of time I've spent flying around the last few days I suppose it was only a matter of time but... somehow this just feels a bit... well, odd.

Number of Archaeological finds required to reach Diggerest = three. Tomorrow will be a good day, oh yes.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Next Up:

My husband scored the Guild an achievement this evening when he got his Brood rep to Exalted. Considering where I am with the grind, and how easy now it is to three man AQ40, it would be rude not to tick these guys off the To Do list...

Just don't ask me to push the Gelkis Clan to Exalted, okay?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Happy Place

I believe I've cracked it.

It's taken a bit of thought, but I've decided to stop worrying about my lack of desire to level anyone right now and focus instead on small victories. Apart from the Professor title (almost got 10 rares /flex) I'll be trying to get some of the professions maxxed on the alts, using gathering as a stealth levelling medium for the time being. I have a list of 'Want To Do on P' that is rapidly expanding (non-combat pets, I'm looking at you!) and once I'm decided I'll post and tick off stuff as I go. Once that lot is done, perhaps we will be able to find some renewed enthusiasm, but not before I've really made some progress on my real life exercise and weight loss gains. This time, for the first time in many years, RL really is going first and the difference I feel is noticeable.

While you wait for all that to happen, here's some music.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Idle Pursuits

"We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot."

I am getting more and more into digging for pleasure.

Archaeology is definitely one of those 'love it or hate it' parts of Warcraft right now: for many the amount of time and effort it takes to progress (especially in lower levels) is simply better used in running Heroics or farming for mats. However there's no doubting that the rewards, when they come, are considerable. Of special interest to all you L85's are a rather awesome 2 handed sword, the extremely decent caster ring and a frankly unbelievable healer staff... and that's just for starters. For anyone who has more than one character tied to an account, the significance of such L85 BoA's should not be underestimated. As one Guildie observed, it's the perfect way to use small amounts of time to maximum effect: even if you only do one or two digsites, it's still a progression. I've read of many people using it to fill time between queuing for BG's or LFD's to boot. However you do your digging, the rewards do come, you just need to be patient.

I've spent a lot of today running sites across Kalimdor, using the portals in SW to Hyjal and Uldum as staging points, which coupled with my 15 minute Hearthstone (hooray for Guild perks) have made for some rapid progression. P has a Fossilised Raptor to add to her increasing pile of booty and as I approach 10 rare finds I think, in the back of my mind I'm decided: I'm going to keep going for the elusive Professor title. If you asked me why I'd be stupid enough to do this I'd be able to answer in a heartbeat: the Scepter of Azj'Aqir. I really don't care how long it takes, or indeed if anyone else I know lands it before I do, it's just something that, the moment I saw it, I knew I had to try for.

It's going to be a long slog but I have infinite patience when it comes to these things. Grinding Wintersaber rep or running Dire Maul have taught me well. If you want these things it's time and effort, and I'm prepared to give both for the cause.

May the RNG be kind on my journey.