Monthly Archives: January 2013

#176 The Druid Challenge: UPDATE

It is the end of the month and a few weeks after issuing myself the challenge of getting my Night Elf to level 90 before Mists of Pandaria reaches six months old and it is time for an update to see how she is doing. She started the experience at level 86 and just after a few quests I got to re-experience the greatest moment in the Jade Forest if not, possibly the greatest point in the whole expansion.

I have always wondered what type of Sha that was

I have always wondered what type of Sha that was

After that I whisked her away to the LFG service to brush up on my tanking skills and just like riding a Mekgineer’s Chopper you never really forget how to tank dungeon monsters. While I was fighting through the evils of Pandaria I also had to fight through the waves random guild invites and  soon realized how undergeared my druid was and was soon faced with a moral dilemma that I call, the ilevel question.

Should I roll need on caster’s gear when it is so much better than what I have

Should I roll need on caster’s gear when it is so much better than what I have

That problem soon went by the wayside since I then caught back up to the proper gear level so I don’t have to worry about the “ilevel question” until I get incredibly behind on the content on my druid…..again

After a few runs through the Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery brewery I was rewarded with a few bits of better (tanking) gear, a reestablished sense of confidence in dungeons and one more level under my belt.

 

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#175 Be MOP’s Crazier Search Engine Terms

Over the weekend I was out-of-town on a college related weekend long event, which sadly left me very little time for game play, I blame the hotel’s Wifi 

But instead of game play I looked through some of the statistics of my blog and I found some interesting search results, and from that I dug a bit deeper and spent the next 15 minutes going through some of the search terms that people typed into their preferred search engines that lead them to my little corner of the web.

So today, instead of a proper post today I have compiled a list of the oddest search results and try to find out what post got them there.

Spongebob fry cook

I don't know how Sponge bob survived doing that job for year and years

I don’t know how Sponge Bob survived doing that job for year and years

I would like to apologize to all the 13+ year old kids that want to learn about one of Nickelodeon’s most famous cartoon series on the internet and instead learned about how I was finally getting back into the raid way of life in the summer of 2012 after getting a night-shift job at a national fast food chain.  (Be MOP #81 Finally Getting able to raid)

mop sucks

I can imagine it now, a lonely troll on the internet wanting disparately trying to find the reasons why the newest World of Warcraft expansion is just terrible, and the absolute proof that Blizzard has peaked resulting Warcraft’s over in the next few years but instead of that, this person was given a post that I wrote when I had Pokemon on the brain. (Be MOP #69 Every WoW expansion will suck…)

 

 

эмма уотсон

Goggle Translate informs me that “эмма уотсон” is Russian for “Emma Watson” I actually have received quite a lot of hits from my site because of the awesome story about “The Time I traded the chance to see Emma Watson for  virtual dragon” (Be MOP #12) that whole post was to celebrate Be MOP turning one month old, it’s a good read and it’s 100% true.

 

Honorable Mention: "virtual emma watson" I don't even want to know what that person was looking for

Honorable Mention: “virtual emma watson” I don’t even want to know what that person was looking for

 

HNMUN,  Harvard Model UN, and Harvard Model United Nations

For those who do not know, Harvard hosts several Model United Nation conferences that invites college students from all over the nation and the world to travel to Boston, Massachusetts  and spend a weekend to act like delegates from other nations and try to solve the world’s problems through peaceful measures. As a Political Science student I joined my college’s Model United Nation club (which is run by the two professors that are in control of the future of my degree) so the only reasonable thing to do was to write a post that I compare Model United Nations to World of Warcraft (Be MOP #27)

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I live in constant fear that my one of my two professors finds that article. It does not help that every time Harvard holds a Model United Nations conference anywhere around the world I get a small bump in my traffic.

 

 

The ones below are some search results that I have no idea how they got to my site:

  • love scenarios
  • should i follow cthulhu or satan
  • the biggest piranha in the world
  • bunny man
  • griffin galleon

 


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#174 I am not a clever man

A few days ago I finished my goal of reaching exalted with the Golden Lotus reputation, leaving me to focus the rest of my attention to the Operation: Shieldwall dailies.

It was strange, I was spending weeks flying through the Krasarang Wilds to do my daily duty to push back the Horde’s advancements on to the continent and I have not seen any of the new quests that opens up with the advancement in the reputation that I have heard so much about from everyone and I was getting nervous, because I was about 4/5th through revered.

Looking through some of the guides, I found a breadcrumb quest that was gathering dust in my quest log

Test

That opened up the floodgates for me, I spent the next few days catching up with the lore of Patch 5.1 (which makes those letters I kept getting from the NPC  A LOT more sense). I soon received requests from Brann Bronzebeard and Prince Anduin Wrynn to accompany them on their adventures in Pandaria trying to discover what the Horde’s major end game was and trying to stop their plans before it was too late.

I really enjoyed the reputation gain  learning more about the Sha, Mogu, and the Thunder King which will no doubt help us in the next expansion patch and the development of the main characters of the Alliance.I especially the change of Jaina Proudmoore’s stance on Dalaran’s neutrality on the war.

I guess the moral of this story is, that you should always follow up on any breadcrumb quests because you might not know where you will end up

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That moral also carries to life outside of Azeroth.


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#173 Shared Topic: Classy Skills

This week’s Blog Azeroth’s Shared Topic comes from Effraeti with the topic,

We all have our favorite classes, and sometimes, even with our favorites we wish they had just a little something more. Like another skill that would be super cool and perfect to our class.

For this question I’m going to answer this with the two classes that I have been playing over this week, my druid and my mage.

As I have been working my way through the LFG service on my druid, I have grown envious of the warrior’s Heroic Leap. I always thought it was an awesome ability to jump through the air, landing, and creating a creator on the ground to start a fight.

ACTION BEAR, AWAY!

If I could, I would permanently cast Symbiosis on an unlucky warrior so that I could always have Heroic Leap in my rotation. Before everyone mentions the Wild Charge/Swipe combo I would like to ask you which is more awesome, a bear charging at you? or a bear that is flying through the air? I rest my point.

As for my mage I don’t want much, as explained before my mage has a wide range of damage dealing spell and awesome sustain when fighting against multiple enemies that I have been using throughout my adventures of Pandaria.

But if I could create a new spell to give to my fire mage would benefit my fire mage in dungeons. I want a special spell that could create a temporary NPC orb-like-creature that would float in a single line, throwing fire lasers at the enemies, giving me enough time to maybe move away from danger, cast Evocation, or maybe alt tab to tweet a bit before returning back to the fight and not completing losing DPS.

A man and dream


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#172 The Metaphorical Tale of Two Cities

With everything that is happening in patch 5.2, one of the changes that got me thinking more than I ought to is Blizzard’s announcement that the construction of the Horde and Alliance capital cities will be finished in when the content patch goes live. It was only after seeing the finished works on the PTR did I realizethe parallels between the state of the cities and the two factions in Cataclysm and what it the reconstruction means now in Mists.

Warning! below is my interpretation of the symbolic relationship of the faction’s cities and how the faction have been doing in the expansions of Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria. Even if Blizzard’s art department, their game designing department, and of the rest of the company did not plan this metaphor, it does not matter because I, the player, received the message and according to John Green that’s all that matters.

Lets first look at the Horde’s major city, Orgrimmar, since it received a major face-lift since patch 3.3.3

 

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With metal spikes, reinforced walls, and a huge patriotic Horde banner hanging off the side shows the different, more hostile, change of pace for the Horde. Which was reflected in the Horde’s political world with the resignation of the peace loving-seeking Thrall and his replacement the war-mongering-I-can’t-wait-to-kill-him-with-my-fire-mage Garrosh Hellscream and the Horde’s land policy in Azshara and in The Barrens. 

 

Stormwind and the Alliance on the other hand got hit hard by Deathwing, and the previous expansion, with a completely destroyed city park, a toppled statue and two permanently burning claw marks on top of the cities towers. With the workers too busy repairing, Stormwind did not spend too much time adding anything else to their city. 

<Insert incompetent Dwarf worker joke here>

The capital that was too busy rebuilding their infrastructure of their stronghold to put any resources into development was a major theme for the Alliance faction is shown in the revamped zones, like the recently lost Hillsbrad Foothills and Ashenvale and the poverty-stricken citizens of Westfall.

 

and lets not forget Theramore

….and lets not forget Theramore

 

Since Pandaria launching Blizzard has made an effort in leveling the playing field for both sides.  Now both factions are more balanced and equal in military force and with the new patch it finally shows that idea in their cities, with Orgrimmar finishing it’s construction (and reaching it’s peak) while Stormwind rebuilt to it’s previous glory.

 


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#171 PAX EAST 2013

I checked the countdown app on my phone, I came to the shocking realization that PAX East is only two months away.

March 22-24

March 22-24

 

PAX East, the Penny Arcade Expo, is a major three-day video game convention in Boston that is chock-full of panels, concerts, people in cosplay, online celebrities, and a whole expo floor with video game booths with playable demos and loot that is just waiting to be given away.

 

The closest I have ever been to Felicia Day

The closest I have ever been to Felicia Day

This will be my third year attending the convention and it would be lying if I said I have not been looking to this all year. Wanting to get the most out of this year’s event I am asking if any of my readers, fellow bloggers, or anyone that is stalking WordPress’s “PAX EAST” topic filter (Don’t worry I do it too) have plans to go as well and possibly have a meetup.

If you are going leave a comment below or if you want to play Where’s Waldo the Blogger, I’ll be the twenty odd year old white male with unkempt hair wearing a geeky T-shirt sporting a backpack full of video game loot, you can’t miss me.

 


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#170 Going Back to the Farm

Patch 5.2 will be delivering some major changes and updates to the game, but one of the changes that surprised me was the continuation of the farming aspect.

The future content patch will offer the players the chance to buy the deed of the farm from Farmer Yoon, turning the area into an in and resting zone, the closest thing to player housing. Players will also be able to gain reputation by filling out produce orders that are placed by different factions from all over Pandaria.

After an reputation long charter arc this want to be father will be bought out by some rich owner there's a line to be drawn here

After a reputation long charter arc of a city slick wanting to be a respected farmer, like his grandpa, he is bought out my some rich guy

This development really got me to be interested in revisiting my farm again, I have not bothered with the Tillers daily quests it my farming patches since I hit exalted with them and grabbing those awesome goat mounts.

After all that time I am amazed that my crops are still alive after weeks of neglect.

After all that time I am amazed that my crops are still alive after weeks of neglect.

With my intent to get back into raiding I will soon have the need to cook raid level quality food and buffets, and that means I be returning to the farm to save on some of the produce for the cooking, and who knows, I might even try to become best friends with all those greedy pandas.

Greedy Pandas always wanting gifts from me, never giving anytime in return.

Greedy Pandas always wanting gifts from me, never giving anytime in return.


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