Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bojsens Rep Progression

Bojsen is my third toon that I'll be making an attempt to get to lvl70.

And for this one, I'm going to make a half decent attempt at minimizing the trauma of too many instance runs just to get to exalted with a particular faction.

Pathak was is a complete mess, with respect to faction reputation. BC came out, and he just jumped in there, completing Hellfire Peninsular, then moving on to Zangamarsh, Terroka Forst, Nagrand, Blades Edge Mountain, and a bit of flip flop between Shadowmoon Valley and Netherstorm. What a complete mess for all the factions he was trying to get exalted with. Even now, after a total of 56 played days, he has only just edged over Revered with a few BC factions.

Colerejuste was only marginally better. He attacked HFP, Zang, etc, in the same order. His only change was to grind Aldor until the Marks of Kil'jaeden were of no use, and to grind Tusks for Consortium before completing any of the quests. This was mostly because Consortium have some super sweet Jewelcrafting designs, and I also didnt fancy doing the big Aldor grind (not that I've completed it for Pathak either).

So, third time round, Bojsen is going to do what he can to maximize his reputation gains, to attempt to minimize his instance PUGing.

Last night, Bojsen his lvl64, so I thought I'd blog what he's done so far, and what might be his general plan of attack until he doesnt have to worry about maxing his rep any more.

Level 60 : Silithus, Winterspring, EPL/WPL : These were the last few places that Bojsen visited before and just after he hit lvl60. He want to leave BC as late as possible, and also wanted a few enchants available from the Timbermaw Hold.

Level 60 - 62 : Cenerion Expedition : Super sweet. Zangamarsh is awash with lvl60 to 63 mobs that can be taken down very easily by a lvl60 toon (lvl60 warlock anyway). Bojsen spent this entire time grinding Unidentified Plant Bits for CE rep. And because he was taking down Withered Boglords, he was also getting Sporegaar rep. At some point in lvl 62, Bojsen got really bored with gringing those Boglords, so he tottled off to do Sporegaar rep specifically, and then purchased his last 100 plant parts off the AH. After he hit Honored with CE, he started the quests.

Level 63 : CE continues, Honor Hold : Bojsen continued with his CE quests in Zang, and even started on the ones in TF. He also decided to make a start on his Honor Hold rep.

Some folk like running instances, some dont. I'm in the dont crowd. I mean, I like it if it goes well, but I really dislike long drawn out affairs, riddled with wipes and goons in the PUG that have taken a 5 minute break for a toke just before it starts (true story). However, Honor Hold rep means instance running, and lots of it.

So Bojsen started with a HH run that had a few guildies in it. That was good. Then he started doing general grinding on Shattered Hand mobs, because those give 5 rep a kill until Friendly. The Bojsen did another Ramparts run, and decided to leave Faction Grinding running for the duration. He discovered that its actually quicker, but way more boring, to grind the Shattered Hand mobs outside the instance until Friendly. The difference is slight (480rep/h vs 550 rep/h), but it was difference enough that Bojsen isnt going to bother with another Ramparts run until he's Friendly, or its a guild run. As at now, he's 500rep off being Friendly with HH. I estimate there will be about 8 or 9 Ramparts or Blood Furnace runs required to get from Friendly to Honored. Only after this will he start the main of the HH quests.

Bojsens adventures with the CE in TF led him to the Allerian Stronghold. Its a reputation neutral zone. Thats right, no rep with any of these quests, leaving pure experience up for grabs. Bojsen completed a bunch of these to push him through to lvl64.

Level 64 : CE, HH, Kurenai, Scryer : Bojsen is only just on this side of lvl64, so he'll have a little while to go before leveling again. During this time, he'll be free to do whatever CE quests he wants, do Ramparts and Blood Furnace for HH rep on weekends (because weekdays are a little quiet for Australians on a US server), complete the quests in northern Zang for his Kurenai intro, and grind Sunfury Blood Elves for Firewing Signets until he's silly in the head (or Honored).

The Future:

Here's the general plan of attack for Bojsens future.

  • Keep grinding Sunfuries until Honored with Scryer.
  • Keep running Ramparts and Blood Furnace until Honored with HH.
  • Not bother too much with Kurenai. Its more of a leather workers faction, and doesnt have much to offer tailor/enchanters.
  • Grind tusks until Friendly with Consortium. After that, you're free to do whatever quests you want with them.
  • Grind/buy feathers until Friendly or Honored with Lower City. I havent actually researched this one yet, but will be doing so shortly. I use wowwiki as my rep resource guide. This will mean that the quests from the caravan in the Bone Wastes will not be completed until I've exhausted my Lower City options.
  • Grind lvl68 Sunfuries until Honored with Shatt'rath City. Handing in Aldor or Scryer stuff will give you half SC rep. So Bojsen will keep on with Scryer until he can go no further with SC. That means the SE corner of Bone Waste will have to wait for quite a while.

And thats about it until he hits 70 and can start on the Skyguard, Orgri'La quests, then get that epic flying mount and start Netherwing (ha!).

If it works out well, GrizzlyAdam and the other alts will attempt to follow the same path. There will probably be alot more grinding in Nagrand for the leatherworkers (Nevynoch and Dubh) for the Kurenai rep. I'll also have to see were all the good stuffs come from for Engineering (for Fidgette) and Alchemy (for GrizzlyAdam and Chivers).

But by then, Wrath of the Liche King is like to have been released, and I'll be doing whatever with whoever to get myself a Death Knight. I hope they introduce a new character slot for the Death Knight.. even a specific Hero Class slot that means you can only get access to one Hero class per realm or one Hero type class per realm, leaving Hinny to be free to perform bank alt duties. It would be a shame to have to decide between Hinny and Znakharka (gatherer alts), and blow one of them away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I has petz


My nam iz Nevynoch. I is huntar, not huntard.

I has new bear, Cheeks. lol.