Monday, December 04, 2006

Profession change

The following is a mail I sent to the guild regarding a profession change. Time for me to embrace my plate encased heart.

Its something I've been thinking about for a while, and the time is nigh.

Pathak will be dropping his Dragonscale Leatherwork and Skinning in
favour of Mining and Blacksmithing. Not sure what discipline yet, but
it will be something to complement guild talents.

Over the next week (or even tonight, if I have the mats), I'll be
making some of the high level items like Black Dragonscale Chest and
whatever else, just so I can use the Mats. I think I have 30 Black
Dragonscales to work with, and a handful of other mats like Heavy
Scorpid Scale, Blue, Green and Worn dragonscale.

I know we have a couple of other Dragonscale LW in the guild (Tlayan
at least, and I think there was someone else working on it), so I
might even end up handing the mats over, if the black dragonscale
piece is proving too much of a bother to put together (though Nevynoch
would really like the chest piece for when he comes of age).

From vague memory, Bel does some sort of weaponsmithing (Swords?) and
Jugger does armoursmithing, so I'll either take up Axe or Mace..
plenty of time until I have to make a decision on that.

Leatherworking has been a nice little enchanting junk maker during my
endgame years, but since disenchanting becomes linked to skill
shortly, and I dont want to lump my Wicked leather headbands on others
to DE, and I actually want to do some sort of plate work (or at least
be able to collect the mats for the way cool Dark Iron stuff that
Jugger can produce), it is time to make that change now, rather than
after TBE is released.

Lemme know if you have any special requests. I have some regular LW
patterns from the furbies (though I think you need to be Tribal or
Elemental to really benefit from that grind).

Maintain the rage,

I got the BRD runs

The last few days have seen some good experience doing Blackrock Depths and bits of Blackrock Spire.

On Thursday, I did my first trip into BRD and completed the Ring of Law, a few first parts for the prisonor quests and a visit to the bar. Since it was 7:30pm that we started and it was a weeknight, we decided to call it quits at the bar.

Then Friday, I did a second jaunt in BRD followed by some Lower Blackrock Spire (LBRS). That was a late night / earlier morning that took me to 4am.

On Saturday, we did a mammoth session in BRD. The main goal was Molten Core Attunment, but we ended up clearing the giant near the start and completing Jail Break. A 6 hour effort all up, and then, as you do, I followed up with a run into LBRS.

The details are all a bit blurry now, but I think we really wanted to do UBRS, but none of us had a key to get into that area (I think you need to complete the Seal of Ascension, of which I have 2 out of the 4 parts). So we went for a trundle into LBRS to collect components for the key. All my runs this weekend have been under the fantastic guidance of the guild dynamic duo, Pavlova and Lovechops.

Pavlova is a Dwarven Huntress with a great knack for leading through the instances. Rules are clearly laid out, and each fight is sure to have marked targets. After a few more runs with these guys and regular members, I think we're all going to be on the same page, and will be able to move quite quickly through the mobs with less hold up as each situation is assessed.

Lovechops is a Dwarven Priest, and he's been doing a really great job. He's usually got no damage done on the bill near the end of the instance. I think it would probably make me a better team player if I got myself a set of goblin jumper cables, for those rare moments where I'm the only one left standing.

Anyway, Saturday ended at about 3am Sunday.

Then on Sunday, we went for one last crack at BRD for the second part of the Princess quest line. We completed the first part of that quest line for three of the party members, and jumped into the Ring of Law (because thats some phat lewt right there).

Next we trundled up to the bar, and two of us completed the Love Potion for easy access through the door. (Tip: After completing the Love Potion, tell her to get a room, and she'll open the door. Much better that agro'ing the whole bar). We had a little bit of a wipe at the next section, as one of the runners got away on us. Then we made the calm trundle through to MC Attunement for one of the party members.. yay, MC Attunement for everyone!

Then we hit the Lycaeum(?). Wowser, what a room. Chockers with pats and groups of 1000HP dwarves with 20 to 30 second respawn. We made our way to one of the braziers, but didnt come across any flame keepers. It all went south from there as we tried to make our way back to the start. On our respawn we discovered the mobs had also respawned. We decided to push on, since we sent Zaraq (Nelfy Druid) ahead in stealth to see how far the respawn went. It wasnt far, so we pushed on through to the bar, and managed to sneak pass the golems that had respawned in the golem room.

The the made dash back to the Lycaeum was commenced to ride the wave of respawn, but a bit of agro was pulled in the bar. I think it may have come from the two patrollers that appear on the bridge before the bar entrance and followed one of us through the bar, causing the patrons to fire up. In hindsight, the thing to do here is for the ppl getting hammered to indicate the agro and say "Leave us". LC and myself would then leave them alone, they would die in a safe spot that could be easy to res from, and then we could continue on our way. But it didnt end up going down like that. LC and myself ran back to help, discovered half the bar pouring through the back door of the bar, and we all wiped. Back for another attempt.

More sneakiness through the golems, and this time a fireguard had come to inspect the disturbance in the bar. I ran in, collected the agro of the fireguard and dragged it through back door. Unfortunately, our mage decided to join in and freeze one of the guys I was suppose to pull, so we (and he) gained agro of the bar again, instead of just being me. LC managed to survive the wipe and res'd us.

So again, another attempt at a mad dash back to save the princess. Time for a bit of tactic. Zaraq stealthed and wandered in to find the flame keepers. Plan was to find them (or two at least), get in, light the braziers, and move on quickly. You seriously need a made for this section, or even two, because the AoE is madness. Even a warlock for AoE would be good and the void walker could drag a bunch of agro off somewhere else. Anyway, Z had a stab of pulling one of the flame keepers down, but that was enough to trigger agro from the surrounding mobs, and he died. The rest of us followed in, trying to get to the body for a res, but in the end it was a bit hopeless. The quick respawns and masses of patrols makes this area very very difficult. So we wiped and decided to call it.

All and all, a good effort, but I think I'll wait until after the expansion before coming back. Maybe at lvl62 or 63, I'll be able to come back and hammer those nasty dwarves into the ground.

After, Z and I went out for a bit of cathartic grinding and managed to grab the "Enchant Bracers - Superior Strength" (+9str to bracers) from the Deadwind Warlocks in Sleeping Gorge. W00t! I've been wanting those babies for a while. I also leveled a very very nice 2H sword that I'd picked up from a previous LBRS run.

Tonight will see me getting my bracers enchanted, and also have Bojsen disenchant his last high level items for a while. The patch on Tuesday will see the end of Rank and Honor as we know it, and also tie disenchanting to your characters level. Since Bojsen is only lvl 26 (I think), I'm going to have to level him all the way to 60 if I want to get stuff DE'd. However, I think Zaraq has already offered his DE services and will DE stuff for me. Which is nice, because those Wicked Headbands are cheap to make, and occasionally pop up with some nice Large Brilliant Shards.

Not sure if there's a count down yet, but its only 6 weeks until The Burning Crusades expansion pack. Yay!

Poetry from the dungeon

When you're waiting on an AoE cooldown in BRD, and dressed in a gnome pirate suit, sometimes a little poetry helps pass the time:

There once was a gnome from Nantucket
Who put all his sprockets in a bucket
When the bucket was bare
The gnome did declare
"Whats that golem over there? I might..."

Can you guess where I was for that one?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Searing Gorge: Go, you good thing!

On my way to level 60, I skipped a couple of areas. One of these areas was Searing Gorge.

Well, now I'm 650 beads away from exalted with the Timbermaw, and I get a little bored with it. So last night I ventured down to the Searing Gorge to check things out.

And I must say, nice easy gold to be had for a level 60. Not as nice as if I had actually done Searing Gorge in the first place, and then had a whole bunch of WPL and EPL quests to do after 60, but good enough, since grind 20 level 49 mobs is a very easy feat.

I also finally got my Searing Gorge key, and helped Juggernut (guildy) get his.

Highlight of the night was doing the escort chain and culminating in Jugger and I pulling down the Obsidian Golem and that evil dwarf, thingybo the Dark/Black/Beige/White/Off White or the Bone, dear. (geh, I do go off track sometimes).

Jugger is an up and coming dwarven warrior on his way to 60. We did think that we'd just be up against the golem, but then the dwarf appeared, and we got into a bit of trouble. We managed to pull down the dwarf, but with no healer, the golem pounded us into the surrounding dark iron.

When I rezzed, the golem was still hanging around, so we had another crack. I went tank and lasted quite a while before asking for a bit of bandaging from Jugger, who was DPSing like a mad DPSing thing. GO TEAM! The bandaging was enough to pull that sucker down, quest completed!

All and all, quite a good night, with plenty more quests in that area to go. I earned 10g cash from the Winterfall furbies earlier in the night, and another 15g from my efforts in Searing Gorge.

I was also feeling especially generous.

  • Helped a couple of guildies with their quests (tit for tat on that, they helped me too)
  • Tried to help someone who had lost their Combat Log window. Somehow, they couldnt get/see the Combat Log tab, and in the end had to suggest find the UI reset button in the options menu.
  • Escorted someone to the Innkeeper in Darn. Usually, you might ignore, give coordinates, or use the mini map, but I thought a person escort would be best.
  • Gave Zend, a level 10 hunter a good start in the way of 5g. Zend did ask if I would help complete some quests, but I was wrapping up for the night. Besides he should have someone of similar level to help to maximize the experience earned from the mobs he'd have to bring down. So then he ask for a little cash for a noob. Well, anyone asking for cash for a noob (his words), probably isnt that much of a newbie. I admired his gall and pointed out that the epic mount I was sitting on cost 800g and a flying mount wouldnt be any cheaper, and would have to save the pennies. "oh". Then about a minute later, I remember the kindness the senior guildies had shown me, with getting me started so I tracked him down and gave him 5g. He couldnt believe his luck and said thanks. Sometimes, it feels good to give.

In other news, Hinny is becoming known as the Mistress of the Quick. She logs, she checks the mail, she checks the AH, she checks her assets and she's outa there. If you do see Hinny, give her a wave, quickly. Bam, gone!

Friday, November 10, 2006

To flirt with Horde is to flirt with danger.

Or, I'm a lover, not a fighter.

But I'm a warrior, and if there's one thing a warriors good at, its being a tough exterior and a heart of squishy gold.

So when a couple of Horde lasses invited me for a dance, how could I refuse. Sandwiched between the lythe sinewy movements of a Forsaken and the oh so athletic quads of a Orc, I did strut my stuff. *grrll*

However, when we boarded the boat to Booty Bay, the girls let me down easy by falling asleep on the deck. Bit boring, really, but perhaps they'd had all nelf nookie they could handle. No, wait. Hang on. If they were really sleeping, they would have jumped in the single hammocks, instead of just going out cold on the deck. Doh!

But really, getting the feelings for Horde is not what you want to be doing, childrens. Had we been flagged, I'm sure they would have been eating me bits over an open fire somewhere in STV that night. Mind you, I do have a soft spot for Taurens.. purely platonic. Just a pity they're such angry bovine, or maybe misunderstood.

So next time you see Horde, not in the BG, give them a wave, share a joke and not your toothbrush.


So proud, so very proud. Let me introduce Stormboy, my epic mount that I've been saving for. He gets me from A to B really really quickly and is well worth the 800g (well the riding skill was 720g and he was 80g, but he's the only epic mount i'll be buying for quite some time).

I finally got revered with the Timbermaw furbies, and the grind to exalted is going to take a while to get done. Not so fussed, however, as the cash grind is still good, and interest things are whispering on the wind.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Daily Grind

Night time and full moon in Winterspring, near Winterfall Village
I've been grinding alot out at Winterspring recently. Grinding for two things:
  1. The prestige of having a Timbermaw Furbolg be available at my beck and call to help me out of scrapes where I've bitten off more than I can chew.
  2. The cash needed so I can get my hands on an epic mount: a big ridable kitty cat that goes much faster than the one I'm getting around on at the moment.
So far I'm about 800 rep from getting Revered with the Timbermaw Hold, which means I've got about 160 Winterspring Furbolg to hack into. Once I've done that, I can hand in all my Spirit Beads and Feather that I've been killing. That should get me about half way through Revered. I also stop getting rep from killing the furbies, so I need to collect more... about 1000 more. and considering Beads only seem to drop 33% of the time, thats another 3000 furbies to hack and slash. If it wasnt for the cash grind, I probably wouldnt bother.

Speaking of cash, I've now got 654g saved up. Which is a substantial amount for me. I used to have trouble even saving 40g. The epic mount is going to cost me about 720g for the riding skill and 80g for the mount itself. Given that I had 500g at the start of the week, I should imagine I'll have my eKitty the end of next week. Yeehah!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


You may have heard about if folks, but here's proof. Double dingers exist. It truely is a magical thing.

Double dinger duo, Pavlova and Lovechops, ding 51 as Pathak (seen in a leperous gnome costume), takes a final executing swipe at Winterfall Ursa.

Lovechops and Pavlova are also dress in costumed garb, as the festivities that are the Hallows End Festival continue.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Emo Rogue

Well, I would have hoped my first posting after creating this blog would be at least nice.

I had hoped it would contain the things that I'm doing, or not doing. Like :

  • Doing the PvP grind to get to Rank 8 and get some nice chest and leggings (not doing any more).
  • Grinding furbies 'til I'm blue in the face (its cold out at Timbermaw Post)
  • Saving for an epic mount (oh so many distractions, like that Unstoppable Force from AV)
  • Upgrading my Valor gauntlets and belt to Heroism (again with the distractions)

But no, I'm going to have a little bitch instead about etiquette and the grind.

Now, I may realise that I may indeed be the butthole in this story, but it needs to be told anyway.

The scene is as follows: I've just got Honored with the Timbermaw Hold and I'm looking to go all the way to Exalted. No small task and it involves a very dedicated grind. I'm not that dedicated, but nonetheless, I'm giving it a burl.

So I've staked out a patch at the Timbermaw Post, relentlessly mowing down Winterfall furbies as much as I can. There is very little competition in the area. Mostly me, and Corporal Lada who seems to be some sort of bot most of the time. You can never be 100% sure, but little signs like being stuck running into a tree, or Lada's owl attacking my current target when its halfway dead, or even just running by perfectly good furbies in favour of one further down the way. I dont mind Lada too much. The owl does come in handy sometimes and its Ladas own fault for not having a decent farming bot script.

Anyway, I'm grinding away, and notice new competition. A gnome rogue, appearing behind my next potential target. Oh well, nevermind, on to the next one.

And I continue to grind for another 5 minutes or so.

Then as I'm looking around for the next target (because pickings are getting slim), I see a fresh spawn and head straight for it. Lo and behold, guess who should be just a couple of step the right and rear of me. Our friend the gnome rogue, Badsanta. Seeing that he might have wanted to make it a race, I get within charging distance, and put the juice on. Nothing particularly special.. that what I do as an Arms warrior. Charge, rend, sunder, sunder, sunder, mortal strike, heroic strike, etc, etc, and variations thereof.

So I win the race and get the target. Yipee me for me, plenty of furbies in the Post, better luck next time, Badsanta.

Except Badsanta sends me though a tell/whisper and tells me how rude I am. Wha? Huh? So I reply back with something like "Having somebody looting the chest of a mob you're currently fighting is rude, this is grinding for rep".

Well, not good enough for Badsanta. Another tell (I cant quote is because I dont remeber exactly how it went but it was something like ) - I dont care what you call it END OF STORY THAT WAS A VERY RUDE MOVE YOU JUST PULLED BYE BYE!

Interesting. I just let it go for a few moments... had my next mob to grind. Then I remember that some of these mobs are part of a quest for the Timbermaw, so perhaps Badsanta was a little put out that I had bet him to the chase. I didnt feel too badly for this, given all the times Horde rogue has sapped me, poisoned me, backstabbed me and generally killed me flat without me being able to get a swing in. So after a bit, I decided to tell Badsanta that the furby grind is a part of the larger rep grind, and you'll see much worse than that over at the Winterfall Village. So I looked up Badsanta and noticed he was still in the area and only level 53. Or, poor wee thing. He must have been really put out, having a big meany lvl60 charge and get a target that was never his anyway.

So I send through my whisper "I dont mean to take issue with you, but do you know how many furbies need to be killed to get to exalted?".

Badsanta is ignoring you.

WTF!? I guess Badsanta really did mean END OF STORY. Well, that made me kinda angry, which was good, because I needed the rage to kill the next furby, but serve someone up a dish and then ignore them?

Plots of revenge plagued my fragile little mind. What could I do? No point trying to reason. Maybe I could just get rude and be a total jerk. Maybe I could just ghost the little turd and make his whole day suck! (after all, it was 5AM server time). But no, thats not the spirit of the guild.

I did consider asking Zaraq to keep an eye out for Badsanta. Zaraq is also on the furby grind, and at the time of blogging, is about 3/4 through revered. And his hunting ground is the Winterfall Village. Great swathes of furby dead piled around there with great bit kitty form -=Z=- torn into their backsides in that area. But no, that would be too vindictive.

So I just left it at that, and now leave it at this (for the moment). Badsanta, bad loser.

So what are the worse things you can see when grinding for furbies? The worst I've seen is tagging. A single toon tagging multiple enemies, freezing them, or fearing them, making them all theirs and leaving none for anyone else. Fair enough, sometimes.. its part of the grind. I like to watch the frost mages gather up groups of Deadwood furbies and kill 6 or 8 at a time. Beautiful to watch, but doesnt leave much for the warrior who can only take on two at a time (and even then, its serious downtime for healing when he does). I'm sure Zaraq has seen worse, since the Village gets alot busier than the Post.

Anyway, I'm sure I shall see Badsanta again in my wanderings. Next time I shall be sure to mention I've been checking the backsides of all my furby kills, just to make sure it doesnt have Badsanta branded there. Sure, there might be a few assholes resembling Badsanta, but I'm pretty sure I wont find the labels.

(Ok, that last bit might have been a bit harsh, but doing a shouty whisper and then ignoring? That is rude!)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Greetings from Malygos

/y Hi All!

/s My name is Pathak and I'm a Night Elf Warrior from the realm of Malygos.

I've been on the go for a while now, probably a few months, since I decided it was time to stop hugging the trees, pick up a sturdy stick and start repeatedly bashing things over the head, 'til dead, in the name of the Alliance, Kalmidor, Azeroth and all thats good in the land.

Now that I've reached a maturity in my development (namely lvl60), I thought it might be time to start documenting my goings on. I do this for my own personal amusement, more than anything. I was not blessed with a vast amount of intelligence. This was a part of my choice to be a warrior, rather than anything else, but when I lay down to rest, my mind wanders and in the morning, I feel I should put quill to parchment to catch the meanderings of my daily dreamings.

Anyway, I can only do this for a few moments a day, because my brain starts to hurt and my fist starts shaking with uncontrollable rage. Another reason why the life of the warrior suits me so.

Until next time, stay angry.