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The Good, The Bad, The Mundane

Didn’t really have anything “blogworthy” happen during the last week. I managed to get some playtime, but I spent a couple of days in a medicated haze thanks to an allergy issue. As a result, I figured I’d roll up my boring week into one equally boring post.

Most of my time online was spent doing dailies and farming. Still saving up for Goal #1, after all. I got lucky one night and happened upon The Razza in the Dire Maul PvP area, which led to a couple of 50s blues that sold rather well at auction. I also threw some Overcharged Capacitors on the AH, which are currently selling for about 15-16g on my server as people go through the bi-annual process of furiously leveling alts before the expansion drops. Topper McNabb could afford the mats for those things.

Mactire’s Inscription has been sitting in the 430s for ages, so I decided to put an end to that. Got him over the hump to 440 so he can finally make some Runescrolls of Fortitude which, like the Capacitors, are easy on mats and easy to sell. Dropped a little bit of gold to get him there, but I made some Darkmoon Cards of the North along the way which will undoubtedly recoup the costs.

I did a couple of Wintergrasps and an AV, which is rare for me these days, using the honor to pick up my third faction PvP mount, the Black War Ram. For a long time, I’ve had a minor goal of getting all five, and now that they’re available for honor points that should be pretty easy.

Both WGs were completely one-sided. The first, which I did earlier in the week, was a roflstomping where we just circled the map at will killing and capturing everything. Last night, though, the Horde made fools of us. I flew into the zone to farm, not realizing the battle had started, and decided to just go ahead and join only to discover that we had, at the time, a grand total of seven defenders…seven. More came along later, but it didn’t make much of a difference. Too little, too late.

My WoW time recently has been exceptionally laid-back, and I can’t say that I mind one bit. Things have been hectic outside of Azeroth, so being able to log in and just relax for a couple of hours is a fantastic opportunity. That’s a big part of Goal #4, by the way.

On the real-life front, Cheesi and I took Baby Tank to see The Wiggles on Saturday. We all had a blast, and seeing her face light up is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

And finally, if you haven’t read this post over at Righteous Orbs you absolutely have to. Hilarity.

Be good.

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Tintreach

I took some screenshots to illustrate this post, but I didn’t get them from the computer on which I took them to the computer on which I’m currently writing. So, please use your imaginations and picture a Draenei with an odd haircut and some PvP heirloom shoulders (Because Uncle Mis didn’t have quite enough badges to make the PvE shoulders happen for him. Better than nothing, right?).

Tintreach (“CHIN-trhukh” – Irish-Gaelic for “lightning”) is my Shaman. As of right now, he’s a level 17 Miner and Jewelcrafter.

Tint is my first Shaman, and it took me a very, very long time to even roll one. Something about the class was very intimidating to me. When I created Misneach, part of the reason I did it was because the Warrior class seemed pretty simple…run at stuff, hit stuff with sword/axe/mace/stick/whatever. The Shaman class, on the other hand, seemed significantly more complicated. But, earlier this year, curiosity got the better of me and Tintreach was born.

While Mis and Big Mac have been working the auction house, I’ve been toying around with Tint and leveling him and his Jewelcrafting.

A few observations:

  • Like most classes, they start you off simple and build-in the complexity as you go. Right now, I’ve got a couple of buffs, a handful of damage abilities, and two totems to work with. Not that bad at all. If I knew how many different abilities I’d be dealing with when Mis hit 80 I probably would have been intimidated by the Warrior class as well.
  • The actual gameplay of the class is pretty fun and you get the best of quite a few worlds (ranged damage, melee damage, healing, DoTs, etc). I’ve never taken a “hybrid” class terribly far in the game, but I might see if I can make a run with Tint.
  • Low-level Jewelcrafting is surprisingly profitable. I’m shocked at how many items created by a combination of copper, malachite, and tigerseye consistently sell at auction. I’m not talking about a ton of gold, but for a level 17 to be drawing in as much as I have at auction I can’t complain. Related: when you’re one of three people leveling in a zone you end up swimming in mats.
  • Ghost Wolf, while not as big of a deal now that you can get a mount 4 levels after you train it, is one of the coolest things in WoW. I mean, come on, you’re a freakin’ semi-transparent wolf for crying out loud.

In other news, I’m still missing some of my former Faters. It’s not that much fun to log in to an empty guild. I’ve heard rumblings that I may be getting some people who haven’t played in ages back in the near future. Hope that happens.

Goals

My brother-in-law, Willy, started playing WoW before I did. I knew he was into MMOs (Asheron’s Call was his vice for ages), so I mentioned I was considering playing Warcraft. He told me that he was already playing and that I should start up a character on Bloodhoof so we could play together.

Willy was the GM of Call of Fate, the guild out of which Echo of Fate was born. CoF was originally a guild he and our family friend Tassh created in Asheron’s call, so they brought it over to WoW. The birth of Echo of Fate is another story for another day, but Willy’s main characters came over to my new guild along with Tassh, Willy and Cheesi’s dad, and a number of other very good friends we had met along the way.

That’s all just back story, though.

I started playing in the TBC days. I made my way to 70, Call of Fate started raiding (which I don’t think any of us expected would have ever happened), and we put a ton of effort into it during the last year of TBC.

A couple of months before Wrath dropped, we slowed down and decided take a break from our fairly intense (for a casual guild) raiding schedule to get our ducks in a row for Wrath. One day, during that lull, I was talking to Willy on the phone and he asked me if I had any goals that I wanted to accomplish before the expansion. I forgot what I told him, honestly, but that memory popped into my head a couple of days ago because I’m in a similar spot now.

I probably won’t be doing any raiding between now and Cataclysm if I’m completely honest with myself, so that really frees me up to focus on getting some things done before I dive back into leveling, working on professions, etc.

So, with that in mind, I think I can identify at least a couple of goals that I want to accomplish before the expansion:

  1. Get a Chopper: I’ve got the schematic. Titansteel is absolutely no issue now that the cooldown’s gone. My only hurdle is getting enough money to acquire the other mats. Raiding, when you don’t really have much time to do anything else in-game (namely, those activities that generate gold), can be devastatingly expensive. I certainly felt the pain in my wallet while raiding earlier this year, and when I logged onĀ  a couple of weeks ago I was reminded how ridiculously broke I was. However, I figure if I’m semi-diligent about doing dailies and bringing my real-world financial sense to the AH I can manage to pull this off without having my female bank character dance naked on a mailbox.
  2. Get a Proto-Drake: I don’t even care which one. My main issue with achieving this goal is that, as I mentioned, I very likely will not be raiding. That, unfortunately, leaves luck..which is a difficult thing to have to rely on when you have something you want to accomplish. Maybe the next time I buy an egg I can request the one that looks big enough to have a freakin’ dragon inside. There’s got to be a noticeable visual difference between a tickbird egg and a big-enough-to-ride-on dragon egg, right?
  3. Get a Second 80: The prime candidate is my level 73 Death Knight, Mactire. I’ve never had two max-level characters at one time, but I think I’d like some options in the event that I start getting somewhere in the Cataclysm endgame. Big Mac is a maxed-out Herbalist and a fairly high-level Scribe, so he can help generate income, too.
  4. Have Fun: I mean, this is supposed to be fun, right? Being a GM can feel like a job. Raiding can feel like a job. Doing both exponentially increases the odds of it feeling like a job. The fact is, I have a job…two jobs, actually…and I don’t need another one. If I stop having fun playing WoW, I honestly fail to see the purpose of paying the monthly fee.

So there’s my list of pre-Cataclysm goals…at least the ones I can think of this early on a Friday. If progress happens, I’ll be posting about it.