Monthly Archives: December 2012

#163 Walking Down Memory Lane

Last night I decided to visit the deepest parts of Molten Core for a mix fun and hunting for pets and transmogable gear.

BY FIRE BE PURGED!

BY FIRE BE PURGED!

As I was running a one man attack on the Fire Lord’s first strong hold, I could not help but to remember some of the odd choices Blizzard implemented during the early years of World of Warcraft that was there not for the sake of the gameplay, but for the sake of the story and lore of the world, which left many of the players confused and frustrated.

The first odd choice that came to my mind, because I was a fire mage running through Molten Core, was to give dragons and  fire elementals immunity to the player’s fire spells in vanilla. I leveled my mage with the fire spec since day one and never stepping into an instance along the way my first encounter with this game choice was when I was running Onyxia and Molten Core with friends when the raids were obsolete and we out leveled the bosses.

I was caught off guard once I ran into the first mob in Molten Core. Here I am, a spell caster that specializes in fire damage, being completely useless in the boss fights, I was reduced to spamming Frostbolt like some lowly PvP Frost mage throughout the rest of the run.

I was so glad that they removed the immunity when patch 4.2 was announced

I was so glad that they removed the immunity when patch 4.2 was announced

The other oldie, but goodie was the lack of raid wide buffs. Luckily I joined WoW towards the later half of the Burning Crusade, so I was spared this horror in raids. But I did hear stories from older mages who had to work through the pain of applying and reapplying the Arcane Intellect buff to every single raider throughout the night, the paladins had the worst of it with two different buffs that lasted 5 minute. After hearing those horror stories every time I  thank the unnamed game developer who created the spell Arcane Brilliance.

And then there’s the racial mounts restrictions, this had to be the oddest game choice in the history of Warcraft. I could not even begin to comprehend why did Blizzard thought it was a good idea to give players restrictions on what mounts they can have access to based on what race they played.

Back when I played the Horde, I had a friend who played a Tauren and we had many conversions about how she could not ride the Forsaken’s Skeletal Horses, the Troll’s Raptors or the Blood Elves’s Hawkstriders, always joking how the Blizzard thought that she might break the backs of those digital animals. I could almost see the reasoning behind the Mechanostriders since they were built by gnomes for gnomes but it something needed to be said when a playable race could not use 60% of their faction’s highest rewards. This was corrected in patch 3.0.8, much to the delight of my horde friend.

Thankfully Blizzard learned the one of the most important unspoken rules of the video game genera, to never put the game’s story and world in front of  game-play. Once they realized that the Blizzard team were off making more player friendly features like LFG and Real IDs that would break the immersion Azeroth but help the game improve overall.


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#162 The raider will rise

Before the Christmas break, Blizzard decided to give us a little present with the announcement of patch 5.2 arriving on the PTR.

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Patch 5.2 will be promising new world bosses, a new raid with twelve regular bosses and a special thirteenth for the heroic raiders, a new daily quest hub that has both the Horde and Alliance separately trying to gain a stronghold on the new enemy territory while trying to stop the other faction’s progress.

All this PvE news reminds me that I need to get myself backing into the raiding world again. I was an avid raider in Cataclysm, raiding in all of the current tiers, but as the end of the expansion the guild….left.

And I was one of their raiders too

And I was one of their raiders too.

Between that, school, and midterms I was too busy to find another raid group, so I dedicated that tier 14 would be dedicated to me to just “finding myself”, just going out and causally exploring the land and quests. But now with a new year, a new semester and a new raiding tier,  I’m ready to get back into the swing progression PvE, and see meet the Thunder King and claim some epic loot.

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I would also like to take this time and announce that the Humble Bundle is having another Indie Bundle (the seventh in the series) with titles like Dungeon Defenders, Cave Story +, Binding of Isaac and Indie Game: the Movie.

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As always, it is pay what you want you choose where your money is going to (the publishers, the Humble website itself, or charity) and the average price for these amazing games right now is about $6.55. I suggest getting the Bundle just for the Binding of Isaac.

Their link is : http://www.humblebundle.com/


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#161 The Alani Challenge

I hope everyone had a fun Christmas and Winter Veil. I enjoyed the family time, gift giving, and opening presents underneath both trees.

I love the little fun items that Blizzard adds under the tree every year

I love the little fun items that Blizzard adds under the tree every year

After all the celebrations and family tradition I decided to unwind by doing dailies in Krasarang Wilds for Operation Shieldwall and Vale of Eternal Blossom for the Golden Lotus.

While I was foiling the mogu’s daily devilish plans I noticed a particular rare NPC named Alani.

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Being unable to attack the dragon sent me to WoWhead to see how to kill this dragon. There I found out that this is the rare spawn of the expansion that is guaranteed to drop a mount, similar to the Time-Lost Proto Drake and Aeonaxx. Having no luck with those two I decided to stop at nothing claim this mount as mine.

The comments revealed that I have my work cut out for me. First I have to create a Sky Crystal, which one gets from collecting ten Skyshards which is a rare drop from any mob in the Vale or from the Treasures of the Vale reward from the Golden Lotus. Ok, that’s a bit challenging to get but I hear the dragon fight itself is pretty easy.

But wait that’s not all, as I continued reading I learned that you can not just add the mount to your inventory apparently there is a whole other grind to do, this time for reputation.

To be able to fly the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent, you need to get Cloud Serpent Riding, which you get from being exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent. I checked this off my list, I have been flying on my own Cloud Serpent for a while now.

Still my favorite reputation grind

Still my favorite reputation grind

As I continued reading I learned that to actually add this one mount to my mount journal I need to reach exalted with the August Celestials, since it is somehow connected to that reputation. BUT to even begin a grind with that you need to be Revered with the Golden Lotus which I am currently Friendly with them.

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Just to recap, in order to get this mount, I will first need to grind Golden Lotus dailies and mobs in the Vale to collect ten Skyshards just to even attack Alani. After I *hopefully* kill her and loot the mount from her, then I need to embark on three reputation grinds to actually fly the mount.

Now to a less adventurous or more wise player would not bother on this grind, but I am luckily neither of those. I not only want it, but I am determined to get this mount. So to this challenge that Blizzard has created for the players I say, “Bring it!”

With any luck I will be able to have this mount by the time 2013 comes to an end.


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#160 Merry Christmas

Twas the night before Winter Veil, when all through out Stormwind, not a critter was stirring, not even one of Onyxia’s dragon kin.

The stockings were hung by the inn house with care, in hopes that Great Winter veil would soon be there.

The players were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of epic loots danced in their heads,

With me in my Regal silk suit next to my lunar lamp had just settled down for a nice winter /camp.

I was going to finish this poem, but I am told that if I did waves and waves of English college students would raid my home, boil me with my own pudding, and bury me with a stake of holly through my heart.

Instead, let me just take this time to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Winter Veil .

Don't forget to check under the  tree tomorrow to see what Greatfather Winter let you under the tree.

Don’t forget to check under the tree tomorrow to see what Greatfather Winter let you under the tree.


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#159 Fun with Pet Battle teams

I still have pet battles on the brain, with training lil’ XT, catching what ever pets I do not already have, and completing all the pet achievement, I seriously underestimated how much fun I could have with this aspect of the game.

 

I really look forward to the Big City Pet Brawlin'- Horde achievement

I really look forward to the Big City Pet Brawlin’- Horde achievement

 

While I have not put much thought in what my A-Team pet group will be, but I did start to wonder about what are some fun novelty non-combat-no-longer pets compensation that one could make with the pets in-game.

After a bit of thinking about it, I started coming up with some strange team builds, below are some of my favorite teams. I am not skilled enough in Pet Battles yet to know if these are viable in high-end Pet Battles but I do know they are buildable.

 

First one is  Team Blizzard:

 

nerf, Nerf NERF!!!!

 

With pets that mimics Zarhym, Ghostcrawler, and community team member, Crithto. This team is really great because the crab is constantly nerfing the enemy pets.

 

The next one is inspired from a classic Disney movie, Bambi:

Keep away from any hunters

 

Just keep this team away from any hunters, this team has an extreme weakness to their Focus Fire.

 

The last team is what I call, “A cold day in Gotham”:

Too bad there is not a laughing Hyena in the game, I could have made a team of Mr. Freeze, Joker, and Poison Ivy

 

With the generic Bat in Tirisfal Glades, Brilliant Kaliri, and the Tiny Snowman you can show off your nerd cred with dynamic duo and one of their classic villain

 

If you have your own pet team builds feel free to leave them in the comments. I’m interested in what other unique and comical team builds are out there.

 


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#158 Starting my Journey as a Pet Trainer

A few days ago I started to get the collector’s itch. I thought that I was done collecting items in World of Warcraft when I got the 150 mount achievement and the Jade Kit String the day patch 5.1 went live.

It is one of my favorite mounts

It is one of my favorite mounts

But the need to collect returned, but with no new mount achievements that offers rare and exclusive mounts I had to turn to collecting the other type of animals, the non-combat-no-longer pets. In order to start my quest to be the best pet trainer, like no one ever was, I needed to visit the Battle Pet Trainer, Professor Audrey Burnhep

"IM READY TO PLAY!"

“IM READY TO PLAY!”

With only one pet slot to work with I picked my Lil’ XT since I have such a funny story acquiring him. (The story can be found in both Be MOP #107 and in #108)

Coming from a seasoned player of another popular turn based pet monster strategy games, the fights seems pretty easy. The move sets are much smaller than I am used to and the fights are simple enough to be entertaining without having too much complexity to warrant pages of analysis.

I will say that Blizzard did not waste any time with the immediate gratification. The first fight got my lil’ mechanical monster to level two and the first pet I captured was an uncommon, giving me a nice achievement to get me hooked on the game play.

Blizzard must have a a team of psychologists to keep players playing.

Blizzard must have a team of psychologists to keep players playing.

With adding the Westfall Chicken and my Wolpertinger I’m off to re-explore the world, collecting more pets to own and start my own epic adventure of being a PockET monster master. That is when I’m not to busy single handily winning the war for the Alliance and saving the world with a small group of adventures.

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#157 Don’t they know it’s Winter Veil at all?

There are festive lights are hanging on the buildings, snowballs  are flinging through the air, and Greatfather Winter has set up camp in the faction’s main city. That can only mean one thing, Winter Veil has come to Azeroth. After playing World of Warcraft long enough to experience all the holiday events multiple times and get all the major achievements for them, I always look forward to the Feast of Winter Veil because it is the event offers the most fun.

The charm of this holiday comes from the fact that there are no required tasks to complete to become a better player. Winter Veil has no instanced boss that the players are encouraged to kill to get some high quality PvE loot. Everything about this is completely optional and there are so many optional things to do that makes the event enjoyable.

For Winter Veil you could go out and bake some special, limited edition foods and craft a cosmetic Santa suit for your character, or you could spend every hour heading back to an inn to give a very special /kiss to a Winter Reveler npc to get handfuls of snow and mistletoe that changes your mount into a reindeer.

You could go travel to Hillsbrad Foothills and complete the quests [You're a Mean One...] and try your luck at getting that lump of coal pet, or (my personal favorite) you could hop into the Winter Veil transmogrifier and be transformed into a little gnome before you go to your dailies, raids, or battlegrounds.

Nothings funnier than completing the Operation Shieldwall dailies as a gnome in a Santa suit.

Nothings funnier than completing the Operation Shieldwall dailies as a gnome in a Santa suit.

Having so many activities and limited edition items to collect that are in one concentrated location makes the whole event act as a pit stop for the players. Giving them the option to collect a few simple cosmetic goodies while they are at the bank or auction house before heading out on their adventures for the day, instead of having them fly around the world to collect their prizes. It’s a holiday model that I love and that I will never get tried of.


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