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Saturday, May 07, 2011

I Woke Up This Morning...

... and decided that, if I was going to make a serious go at Frostbitten, I'd have a REAL problem killing a Spirit Beast. I have already consigned Skoll to the great Pet Graveyard in the sky and frankly I still feel guilty about it. I've been a Hunter forever, after all. It's just not right, and given the opportunity I would rather tame first and kill second, however much longer it then means to get the Achievement.

As a result, after I'd knocked off all of the named rares for the Achievement in Zul'drak first thing, I went to Dalaran and changed my secondary spec from SV to BM. I figured that this way, should a rare spawn appear I can train it and not feel guilty. Flying across Zuldrak to Grizzly Hills ten minutes later, the Rare Alarm went off. Thirty seconds after that, and after over six years of playing, I finally own my first Spirit Beast.


He really is very hard to see...

Gondria has always been my favourite of the Spirit Beasts, and there was a time when I semi-seriously checked spawn spots for a few days, but in the end I have never really seen the point in spawn-camping when there are far more interesting things to do with my time online. For now he's renamed Ghost, in the absence of a cleverer name, but I suspect this will remain as the first name I normally find for a pet is the one I stick with.

I would have kicked myself from here to Netherstorm if I'd seen this guy and been unable to nab him, even though he's not needed to finish my achievement. I also take this as a good omen, that this search for mobs may be longer and more difficult but in the end it is likely to bring me even more satisfaction than I got from completing Bloody Rare. As I explained to a Guildie yesterday, people play Warcraft for many different reasons. I love this game because after over six years it still has the ability to shock and surprise me in equal measure.

Long may this continue.

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Best Thing...

that could possibly happen after the servers are inaccessible after over six hours due to a login issue? This, of course!



First thing I did this morning was drag P up to Hellfire for a quick tour around for the last mob. When I tried to switch accounts to make some flasks on the Druid I was dumped out. When I was finally able to get back in, P found herself literally on top of her quarry. Job dun. Plus, as you can see, this finally tips me over the mythical 10k Achievements Point Threshold. RAR!

The robe he dropped sold for 45g on the AH as well. All in all, not a bad job :D

Thursday, May 05, 2011

ZOMG!

One to Go!

It's been a long and frankly quite painful trip, but the end is in sight. This afternoon on my regularly scheduled trip around Hellfire Peninsula what is now known in my house as 'The Rare Alarm' went off and I was able to dispatch the Vorakem Doomspeaker (the last two times I've found him he was already dead, but Silver Dragon [*] picks dead mobs up regardless) That means Mekthorg the Wild is now Public Enemy #1 and I'll be doing twice daily swings to HP until he gives up his Orcish behind to me. Trust me, never will 35 Achievement points be so well earned.

After that, I'll be looking at Frostbitten as my next 'You Have to be Kidding me' Achievement goal. Currenly I'm at 6/23 but the spawn average the last few runs I've done hasn't been woeful and I've picked up two rares in the last two days. Of course I have to kill Loque'nahak for this one and as a Hunter I am very much torn as to what will happen when I finally have to make that choice. We will see. For now, I'll be setting up a Forward Base at Honor Hold and preparing myself for some serious scouring in the days to come...

[*] Cannot recommend this addon enough if you are rare hunting, also very useful when travelling around Azeroth for picking up rare spawns with random green loot...

4.2 PTR :: All the News That's Fit to Print....

4.2 is up on the PTR, which comes as no surprise to anyone considering the amount of info dumped about it on official forums since 4.1 went live. I've downloaded it, but as I'm getting 'error loading character list' warnings I assume things aren't actually working as they should be just yet (my list shows the 4 characters I downloaded for 4.1 for starters) Needless to say with a new daily quest hub I'm keen to get a look at what's going on, so as soon as I'm in a position to do so I'll be reporting live from 4.2 Development Hell...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Karma's a Bitch

Maybe you should have helped out when I asked you...

A well documented bug in 4.1 has meant non-combat pets have been doing strange things. This has led to people being able to drag all manner of NPC 'helpers' out of their normal phased areas and back to SW. To this end I spied a Druid with five cow companions on Monday (note to self, remember to screenie these things or by The Rules it never happened.) My NPC follower has been for the last few days an increasing annoyance. The Innkeeper's Daughter is fun every five or so hearths back to the Dwarven District but having her out full time became increasingly frustrating. Dwarven laughter began to get on the nerves of other players in Random Dungeons. I was asked if I could dismiss her or turn her off. Futile attempts to get her to help (I asked nicely!) with dps or crowd control were met with crying. I couldn't get rid of her.

On logging in this morning I noticed immediately how much quieter it was and assumed she'd been hotfixed, until I heard the 'death' noise that normally accompanies me feigning death. Every time I changed zones I'd hear it about 10 seconds after I'd arrived and it took a good hour and a cup of tea to work out what was going on. I still had the Innkeeper's Daughter, except now after I'd zone she'd simply keel over and die.

I have to say, for a moment at least after suffering days of irritating laughter and a total inability to remove her from my side, I found myself thinking karma has a way of balancing the game world scales. Next time when I ask her to be quiet, perhaps she'll at least think about it...

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Cheesing for Fun and Profit



#1 on that list, I must admit, is a lie. I ALMOST have enough Conquest points to grab an Epic 2 hander (should be there by reset on Wednesday) but for now buying a 1 hander, equipping and then selling it back to the vendor is enough. Sometimes, it's ok to be cheeky.

The 50 point achievement was long overdue. This means that the new pets will have to wait another year...