Monthly Archives: February 2013

#181 First Impressions of the Defiance beta

EDIT: It has come to my attention that this beta was under NDA, I am removing it and replacing it with pictures of my dogs.

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Happy puppy

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#180 Walking down the memory lane I never been down before

Last weekend I partook in my favorite activity that a dirt poor college student can do on a free weekend, go out shopping at the local thrift store. Despite what some people would like about second-hand stores I love browsing the shelves in hopes for finding the some hidden gems at a discounted price. On that day the thrift-store gods smiled upon me because I came across these treasures.

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I bought the two right away and I checked out my loot once I got home, something I should have done at the store, The game Discs for Warcraft 3 and the expansion looked fine, along with the two strategy guides and whoa! a 7 day trial to their new game, “WORLD of Warcraft”

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I never played any of the Warcraft games when I was younger, growing up in a big family there was no gaming computers, to be the most cost-effective my parents bought us the Nintendo games that had multiplayer support.

many arguments were settled by using this game, and so many more arguments started over the game

I was hesitant to buy the game second-hand, especially since we live in a world of DRM, but I took a chance on the $9 price for the sake of a potential blog post (mission accomplished) if worst comes to worst I could try to offer some “ technical persuasion” to get the game to play even if the codes were no longer valid. Now knowing how well praised the game and the expansion was and how this game was the starting point of both the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and the Mists of Pandaria expansion (and begun the M.O.B.A A.R.T.S genera) I realized that I had to buy it even if the activation codes were already used.

But I am always the optimistic one in the p.u.g.  I decided to log in to my Battlenet account and test my luck with the CD-Key codes on the cover and as luck would have it, both were valid!

I think I just used up all the luck that I’ll only be getting old from the lucky coin rolls for the rest of my life.

I think I just used up all the luck that I’ll only be getting gold from the Elder Charm of Good Fortune  rolls for the rest of my

Yes thanks to the previous owner and a lucky buy I was able to get two games for half of the price of the normal retail price. Now if you excuse me I and going to play through the two games with only the guides included and try to put myself into the mindset of eleven year old me.


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#179 Not acting like a lunatic about the Lunar Festival

It is the end of January and the beginning of February and that means it is time to break out the fireworks, dumplings. and our silk robes for Warcraft’s Lunar Festival!

 

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Out of all of the Holidays of the year, the Lunar Festival seems the most fitting for Pandaria

If it was not for the various other third-party Warcraft sites and blogs this whole event might have just pass me by. I used to be a giant fan of the Holiday events but after earning my What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been meta-meta achievement two years ago and grabbing all the mounts and pets added last year I’m just not motivated to participate,  It is the same reason why I have not visited the Darkmoon Faire since the beginning of the expansion, there is nothing there to motivate me to go.

At the end of the last expansion I saved up all my Darkmoon Prize Ticket and bought the two mounts (the Swift Forest Strider and the Darkmoon Dancing Bear), after that moment of buying them my interest in being shot out of a cannon and throwing rings on turtle dropped to zero, the pets or the transmog gear. were still there, but I did not feel the need to go through the hassle of buying them.  The same thing applies to the Lunar Festival, already getting all getting To Honor One’s Elders and buying the lunar lamp from last year, there is no incentive for me to travel all over the world and every dungeon to revisit the elders.

Yes I am aware that of the XP buff from the Dark Moon Carnival and from visiting the Elders and I am doing it on my work-in-progress-druid but I’ll only be visiting the faire for the carousel  and paying my respects to the easy to get to Elders.

You can't tell, but I am extremely happy from riding the Darkmoon merry-go-round

You can’t tell, but I am extremely happy from riding the Darkmoon merry-go-round

I will say it is liberating to know that I, a major collector, don’t feel like this time around I am compelled to go out of my way from my daily gameplay to partake in these mini-games to grab an exclusive mount and I wonder if Blizzard is finally done tinkering all the holiday events for a while.

I will tip my hat to Blizzard for not scheduling the Lunar Festival, Dark Moon Faire AND Love is in the Air event during the same week, last year was just painful.

 


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#178 My compliments to the New Reputation-Reward System

I mentioned before that I reached exalted with the Golden Lotus reputation a while ago and once my mage got the achievement I received the quest, The Mogu’s Message, that asked me to check on the artifacts of the Thunder King that I and the members of the Golden Lotus have been collecting over the course of the reputation grind.

The quest stayed in my quest log for the week until the weekend when I had some down time and one of my regrets was not starting this quest as soon as I got it. It was soon revealed to me that the treasures were re-stolen by a squad of mogu loyal to the Thunder King. To distract the Golden Lotus army from recapturing those weapons the mogu launched a full-scale assault on the Vale of Eternal Blossom. The quest then lead to The Might of Three, where I was asked to go around killing 100 mogu while the August Celestials bestowed their powers upon me.

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That was the highlight of my day, running around casting any type spells that I liked, just to get the amazing proc.

After slaying one hundred mogu invaders I was asked to go toe to toe with the Warlord  Zhao-Jin. After emerging victorious from an encounter that could have been a boss fight in a five man heroic. I was rewarded with epic quality necklace and a bit more lore to wet my whistle for the new raid in the next patch.

I will be very disappointed if the Thunder King does not use the artifacts he re-stole from the Golden Lotus

I will be very disappointed if the Thunder King does not use the artifacts he re-stole from the Golden Lotus

The whole quest chain makes me really appreciate Blizzard’s approach to the rewards of the reputations in this expansion. You can do dailies until you hit revered and unlock the Valor Points gear from the quarter master and then you have the choice to continue the grind for the extra bit of gear and a story driven event and an added reward of some kind.

The Order of the Cloud Serpent gave players the mount of the dragon you were raising since you first started with an amazing cut scene, Operation SheildWall gave us the end of the Hode-Alliance story arc and the new model of the gryphon, the Tillers gave us another patch of farming land after witnessing Farmer Yoon finally get accepted by his fellow farmers. I hope that this reputation-reward model is something that is continued with all factions added in Patch 5.2 and beyond. I cannot wait to see what stories are in store for me with the Shado Pand and Klaxxi reputations.


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#177 To Raid Again

Earlier this week I did something that I have not done for months, I participated in my first normal raid in the Mists of Pandaria. The last raid group I was apart of fell apart at the beginning of the expansion and since then I have struggled to find a raiding guild that fits my busy school schedule. After months of patiently searching I finally found a raiding guild that was looking for a mage. 

With a new guild I took for first few steps into the ten man normal version of Mogu’shan Vaults, with the full intent to dish out some fireballs to those stone monsters. 

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After the first few minutes of the raid I realized how much I forgot how awesome the whole experience was, I forgot how wonderful it is to talk with nine other people who all want to work together to overcome a group challenge, I forgot how complex the raid counters are supposed to be, I forgot the trill of dodging some of the boss’s instant-kill strikes at the last possible moment. I forgot how intense the boss fights can be at the last 5% of hp.  I also experience the joy of getting epic gear, real epic gear, not those knock-off Raid Finder epics or those store-bought epics but legit.

After a full night of raiding we were able to get through the first three bosses and was able to get the fourth one down making it officially a guild progression night.

Along with a increase of appreciation of Rune of Power, Cauterize, and the  amazing spell Alter Time

Along with an increase of appreciation of Rune of Power, Cauterize, and the amazing spell Alter Time spell

With patch 5.2 around the corner  I intended to stay with this new raiding group and experience the end game content and get my chance to get at least one complete Pandaren PvE set to keep as a potential transmog outfit for the future.

Wizards wearing DRAGONS? I can not wait to kill the Thunder King

Wizards wearing DRAGONS? I can not wait to kill the Thunder King


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