Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Forgettable Grind

You would think by now I would have had enough of ridiculous grinds. The above conclusively proves, if it were needed, that I love a stupid task. If it involves a) skinning and b) the same route to kill mobs over and over again then so much the better. To get from Exalted with the Aldor to Exalted with the Scryers required 1224 Dampscale Basilisk Eyes (only a 40% drop from the mobs in Terrokar Forest) as a handin. Let's face it, giving in the eyes and then the Scryer reputation items was as much of a trial as the grind. In the end however it took just over a week, and wasn't entirely without an element of profit. Knothide Leather's up to 45g a stack on the server, and the greens that dropped (and even a blue) were either sold or sharded for sale.

All in all, it was worth the faff. Yes, it was.

I think I really need to start levelling someone else now...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Easy Game.

We think "the Exalted" is a really awesome title. With Cataclysm we added a bunch of new reps though, and we want the title to keep pace so that it's always representative of someone that's obtained a considerable number of exalted reputations throughout the life of the game, even as we add more.

We did consider offering multiple titles for the various tiers, but "the Exalted" fits so perfectly and we wanted to avoid a potentially infinite string of titles like "the Fairly Exalted", "the Nigh Exalted", "the Mostly Exalted", etc. We also considered grandfathering in those who had already earned it but think that this title can be a unique testament to the continued efforts of reputation hunters and keep the same value as we introduce more reps and push the requirements up to match.

It's different than every other rep in the way we're raising it with a new bar to meet, and I do apologize that it wasn't communicated clearly beforehand that it was going to be functioning this way.

It appears that a few people are upset that 45 reputations no longer awards you a title.

I get this. There's nothing worse than working hard for something, spending days (and weeks) working towards whatever achievement you may aspire to that suddenly gets removed from you with little (or in this case) no warning. Some might say that the way this change was announced was less than optimal to boot. Frankly, it's a bit of a PR disaster.

As you can see from my achievements tracker, I've already hit the 50 mark and have the title back. Getting exalted with the new Cataclysm reps is all that is needed to pull anyone with 45 reps up to the new level. Yes, this involves some extra effort but in fairness to Blizzard all of these can be garnered with Tabards only, there are no complicated faffs involved. It's not a question of IF you can get them, it's WHEN.

I reckon, had someone at Blizzard used some thought, it would have been better to implement this 'change' at the first major content patch after Cata, and not with this 'mini-patch' (however huge it might actually look) I would think that by then far more people will have managed to knock the five reputations needed to tick them over to 50, and this would have been FAR less of an issue than it actually is.

Suffice it to say, getting to 50 is a breeze. Anything AFTER 50, now that's a completely different story, as I am currently discovering...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Was it worth keeping all that junk in my bags for Patch Day? I think so!

They've fixed the Spiders in Tol Barad, and the Foxes too, so as I found myself able to log in early this morning I decided to go make the most of this piece of knowledge ahead of everyone else and clean up (literally and metaphorically) All of the 280 or so bits of Savage Leather I was able to recycle in the 30 minutes I was in the zone sold within moments of them being stuck on the AH. So what if I was 40g cheaper than the next person? I'm not greedy, I'm just here to fuel a burgeoning alt and vanity pet habit. There will be pet purchase today, oh yes.

Needless to say, from what little faffing I've done on the Hunter spec front, I reckon Marks could be back. If I can do as much dps with a L84 pet as I was doing with not too much effort in Survival, it could well be time to swap back to my Primary spec. More news as we get it...

Oh, and the Guild hit L15 just after lunch. Go us!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A Good Morning's Work.

This morning, I went back to Icecrown with P.

One Multishot will own them all... :D

As I've spent the last few days travelling to Sholazar Basin [*] to do the Frenzyheart Reputation grind, I have found myself speculating on how long it would take now for me to solo all of the Tournament Dailies (Answer: about 20 minutes, but more on that in a second.) As I flew over the zone on my way I spied the large packs of Converted Heroes around the Citadel and realised, perhaps a little later than everyone else, that these mobs are probably the most rewarding to farm for Lovely Charms should you be doing any Love is In the Air gubbins at 85. They're a breeze to wipe out, grant XP at 85 (and therefore generate Charms) and have a decent respawn rate. I collected 40 charms with not too much effort, and as the price of Frostweave Cloth on my server is currently 30g a stack...

The Tournament Grounds were, unsurprisingly, pretty much deserted on my arrival. I'd come back with two goals in mind, both related. I wanted to see how long it would take to do a full sweep as I had a fair few Champion's Seals left in my Currency tab: the Tournament pets are a pretty much guaranteed sale on the AH and at 40 seals each it might well be worth swinging past this way from time to time. The biggest issue always used to be the three Commanders at the Citadel but at 85 and equipped with Leet Jousing Skills [TM] they took less than a minute each to finish off. These dailies also give cash and Guild rep (though less than doing an 85 equivalent repeatable) so all in all it could be a decent way of racking up an easy four figure sum, assuming of course the pet I bought and put on the AH sells. We will see, and if it does sell I reckon I'll be popping back to Northrend a couple of times a week...

This could also make revisiting with the alts once levelled to 85 a decent plan, especially with the few that aren't yet Exalted with all the home factions, allowing them to utilise the Seals as yet another income stream. Fingers crossed my fluffy Elwynn Lamb can find a happy new home in the next 48 hours...

[*] Pro Tip for travelling from SW to Sholazar at 85: Portal from SW's Eastern Earthshrine to Uldum, fly north to the Waygate in Un'goro Crater and use the Teleport there which you discover whilst doing the Sholazar quests. Saves a heap of time waiting for boats and general faffing about! Requires Flying Mount. WARNING: Failure to discover Uldum or to complete Into the Basin may make this option infeasible...

Monday, February 07, 2011

This Week...

I will mostly NOT be levelling an alt(s). This is not further procrastination on my part, I should add, rather a desire to finish off some stuff on P I wanted to do pre-Cataclysm but never got around to. In no particular order:

  • Get Exalted with the Frenzyheart Tribe. I'm just into Revered, and by my calculations it should take ten days to get there. Hooray for the Guild perks regarding increased XP for quest turn ins... \o/
  • Get my Guild Reputation to Exalted. I can't be GM without knocking that off asap, so that means a bunch of Dailies (even the Valentines ones give Guild rep) and an excuse to do the Crown Chemical boss every time he resets. No love in the Heart Shaped Box though :(

I do have another objective, but for now that's Top Sekrit (or at least until I have what I need to complete it in one hit) so until I'm ready to sort that out, here's a picture of me on my rocket (not Love, boo) in lieu of any more actual content. Enjoy!

Not!Love Rocket :(