Friday, 13 March 2015

Liebster Award 2 - Liebster Harder

Navimie has chain lettered me with the Liebster Awards Q&A, AGAIN! I did one a year ago. The full rule-set is over on Wording Well. Basically she gave me 11 questions to answer.

1. Who is your favourite villain and why?
I really prefer Smart Villains over Sympathetic Villains. Sympathetic Villains can either be non-monstrous with just different goals, or monstrous with an excuse motive.

Warcraft has rarely had smart villains. The Burning Legion who see spreading evil as their life purpose and their method is just temping people with power. Grom in WC3 drank the Demon Blood to get power to defeat an enemy. Kael'Thas joined up with the Legion to feed his people's Magic Addiction.

But I think there is one exception. Ner'zhul as the Lich King. He manipulated the Burning Legion, Arthas, and Ilidan in a big plan to be freed (only to be killed off at the end of a novel so the Lich King would only be Arthas in the WoW expansion, bleh). I find a smart villain is far more compelling than a simple sympathetic villain.

2. What sport do you wish you were really good at?
Blitzball. You get to play Blitzball in FFX and manage a Blitzball team in FFX-2.

It is a 6 v 6 sport where you have to get a ball into a sport. The positions are two Forwards, a Midfielder, two defenders and a Goalkeeper. It is two halves of 5 minutes. Inside an underwater Sphere.

3. Tell me who is your favourite Disney character and why.

Mickey Mouse, he has been my favourite from childhood. I have a Mickey Mouse Phone and had a Mickey Mouse Watch.

I can't explain why. He isn't a complex character or that interesting. I think it is from growing up watching the old Mickey Mouse shorts. I had hours of them taped on VHS which I would just watch over and over.

4. If you were granted one wish of anything you wanted, what would you wish for?
I would compose a highly specific wish with no loop holes that would afford me some super-natural abilities.

5. What is the dumbest thing you have done in regards to your computer?

Knocked over my glass of water and had water pour into the inside of my machine! It was terrible!

A close second would be the time I installed one of those 'computer optimiser' things from the internet, not realising it was malicious software. Download only from safe websites people!

6. If you had the ability to go back in time, who would you want to meet and what would be the one burning question you would ask them?

I'd ask Geoffrey Chaucer how The Canterbury Tales was going to end (beyond the group actually getting to Canterbury).

7. You have won a Nobel Prize!  What do you wish you won the prize for?

For successfully eliminating all the land mines on the planet. I know people can argue they have a use in various DMZ around the planet, but I would like them all gone anyways.

8. Which would be more devastating - loss of hearing, loss of vision or loss of both hands?

For this answer I will be ignoring biotic technologies that exist or being developed to cope with these things.

Loss of Hands would be the worst of the three. Loss of hearing would make be lose music, unable to use telephones/voice chat and have to watch everything with subtitles. Loss of vision would be devastating and destroy my quality of life, but loss of hands would mean I couldn't interact with the world at all.

9. In World of Warcraft, who would you like to see as a boss encounter one day, and how would you design that fight?

Magatha Grimtotem, leader of the Grimtotem Clan. She is a powerful Shaman but also insidious and manipulative. So in her boss encounter, it wouldn't be a stand-up fight. You will have to out-smart her to win.

Mechanically out-smarting her won't work if you can just look up the fight online, so lets pretend you can't for this one. The alternative is an adaptive AI that I think is beyond the game-engine. So basically this is a gimmick fight.

Pre-Fight Evil - Your Raid Group is across the room from her, drinking potions, listening to strategies, buffing up. Then ka-blam, a group of Grimtotem Rogues backstab from stealth the whole raid dead if you don't start the fight after 5 minutes. Her eyesight may be bad, but she can see a group of hostile people from across a room!

The Fight of Evil - Magatha is a powerful shaman but you saw what Thrall can do when he cheats at a duel in Nagrand, well Magatha is an expert cheat:

-Your DPS and Tanks rush in to attack her, but you find that all your attacks are healing her! Ooops, she cast a shaman spell on your weapons that make them heal not hurt her.
- Is that a healing circle on the ground? No it is a Poison circle Magatha placed that looks exactly like a player's healing circle!
- Some blocks of stone at the back of the room have been marked by a IconSmall RaidSkull Skull, so that means they have to be attacked, right, must be a source of Shaman powers? Nope, they are just rocks that Magatha just tricked you into attacking by marking them with a IconSmall RaidSkull Skull!
- The group of people standing around Magatha just ran away, they must know something you don't know about this fight, better run away too? Nope, you just got played for being a sheep, it was just illusions.

Why all this deception? She is stalling for time, because once 5 minutes is up, those Grimtotem Rogues will still backstab from stealth the whole raid dead.

How do you win? Negate all her tricks and then fight down the powerful shaman? No! You win by playing her game better than her! Have the raid wait outside her room. Have a Rogue stealth, walk into the room, walk up behind her and do a backstab. It will one shot her.

10. What is the most embarrassing thing you've said to someone you wanted to impress?

This was hard to answer. While I occasionally do say some truly idiotic things, I haven't been trying to impress the person at the time. So to compensate, I'll just list some stupid things I have said:
- Asked an Islamic Person if they get Gautama Buddha's Birthday as a holiday.
- Asked a teacher if they could 'enhance' a photo (make it less pixelated) to make it look better for the yearbook.
- Asked a girl if she was a boy because she had short hair, but in a girl's school uniform.
(I repeat for all of these, I wasn't being mean, I honestly was just that oblivious),

11. You've been chosen to go onto a game show!  Which game show would you go on?

A*mazing! One part Mario Kart, one part maze, one part typing something on a giant qwerty keyboard. 100% what I would want out of a gameshow!

Now to provide 11 random facts about yourself. I'll give you 11 different facts from last time.

1 - I keep forgetting what my bloodtype is. (It is A+)
2 - I was a guest on the Twisted Nether Blogcast Episode 234.
3 - I never beat Warcraft 3 legitimately, I used cheat codes.
4 - I have obtained all the Disney Infinity figures and levelled them all to the level cap.
5 - Star Trek series in order I like them (most to least):  DS9, TNG, VGR, TOS, ENT
6 - Babylon 5 seasons in order I like them (most to least): 3, 4, 2, 1, 5
7 - I love to read books, but I haven't read one in a year (last book I read was Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett)
8 - Favourite Pokémon: Pikachu (sorry for cliché answer, but it is true!)
9 - I came out of The Last Airbender (film) actually liking it, to the warranted disgust of my brother.
10 - I have used winzip since 1999 and have never purchased the full edition. Sorry Corel Corporation.
11 - I have recently been playing World of Warcraft with an X-Box controller. I can't heal with a controller, but I can DPS effectively if I have some castsequence macros set up.

Questions for others:
1: What tradeskill would you like added to WoW?
2: Is Pie or Cake the best?
3: What building type would you like added to the garrison? What would it do at each level?
4: Someone is rude in a LFR, what do you do?
5: What is the best in-game class specific faction (Silver Hand, Burning Blade, Elven Rangers ect)?
6: Why do you like your favourite class?
7: Hammock or Water Bed?
8: If you had to voice act for a NPC in the game, which one would it be?
9: Voice chat or Typing? What is easier for you?
10: What ride would you add to darkmoon faire? Would there be quests for it?
11:  What is more important in a WoW quest, the story or the game mechanics?

Stealing Arelion's idea, I'm not nominating anyone. You can just answer these questions in the comments.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Outstanding Pre-WoD Tasks

While I am still enjoying Warlords of Draenor, there are still a few things from before Draenor that I still must do:

Argent Tournament
2 more Argent Tournament Mounts (300 Tokens)
The Argent Tournament Music Sheet and the Argent Tournament Flags becoming Toys hindered this task which I have put very little time into.


Tol'vir Archaeology - Need the Pet & Mount.
As usual I have been doing archaeology in Draenor and using the completed artefacts to purchase Tol'vir Archaeology Fragments. But in 6.1 you can buy missions using 5 completed artefacts each. So it is affecting my progress in WoD.

5 Jewelcrafting Recipes remain missing:
● 1 Rep (Aldor), 3 Raid (Sunwell), 1 Dungeon (Old Hillsbrad).

All of these recipes require an extensive grind which I haven't put any time into since WoD was released.

Shado-Pan Assault is still only Revered. I have made some more progress into the rep during this expansion during achievement runs (gone from 8399 pre 6.0.2 to 16889 atm). Just over one more full clear will get me this reputation finished. (3960 per run just short of the 4111 rep I need!)

Celestial Tournament
While I have defeated the Celestial Tournament a few times, I have only purchased 2 of the pets yet. I have to keep doing the Celestial Tournament for a few more week to get the other 2 missing pets.

Pandaria Raid Achievements
Glory of the Pandaria Raider (14/31)
Glory of the Thundering Raider (19/23)
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider (12/14)

I am very close with Thundering Raider & Orgrimmar Raider. Under half way with Pandaria Raider. Not much to say here, when there are guild groups going to these places, I always try to get an invite.

Herald of the Titans
I have my Monk stilling at level 80 in Dalaran at 210 item level. You want 226 Item Level for gear plus 232 weapon. Once the group is ready we can enter Uldum and nab this Feat of Strength.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Arakkoa Outcasts Exalted

 69th Exalted Faction is Arakkoa Outcasts
After the initial questing in Spires of Arak, the remainder of the Arakkoa Outcasts reputation was earned my garrison. On McTacky and my alts I did the The Bloodmane Scrolls garrison mission for Relic of Rukhmar (which give 2500 rep each). At last I hit exalted.
Not a thrilling story, but I am still grinding out the other WoD reputations.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Loyality Quest - The Bartender

"Why don't we have Winterveil Decorations up?" asked Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky.

"I didn't pack any. I can't believe you convinced me to move from Silvermoon City and be a bartender here in the past mirror universe Draenor," said the Bartender.

"You see I did your Loyalty Quest, so you had no choice," explained McTacky.

"What is a Loyalty Quest?" asked the Bartender.

"A unique quest of personal importance for each squad member unlocks the character to be used in your garrison." said McTacky.

"What did you ever do to help me?" asked the Bartender.

"I helped you rank up! You went from Grand Bartender to Illustrious Bartender. I escorted you though the Stormstout Brewery to meet Gao Stormstout, remember?" asked McTacky.

"I never asked you to do that! You offered!" said the Bartender, "I never gave you a quest!"

"Well I completed the Loyalty Quest," smiled McTacky, "so now you are assigned to the tavern in my garrison in mirror universe Draenor in the past."

"You tricked me," said the Bartender, "I was never a quest giver."

"Don't complain," said McTacky, "You are doing what you would have been doing in Silvermoon, except here in the past in a mirror universe."

"Except I am not safe here!" exclaimed the Bartender, "What about that garrison invasion yesterday? They almost burnt down the tavern!"

"No it didn't," disagreed McTacky.

"Your friends Luxy and Crooked ended up saving me, not you!" said the Bartender.

"Oh, I was busy at the main gate," said McTacky.

"You didn't even notice I was in danger!" said the Bartender, "You are the worst!"

"I can't be the worst, I completed your Loyalty Quest," said McTacky.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Warlords of Draenor - Month 1

Level 3 Garrisons - Paladin, Warrior
Level 2 Garrisons - Mage, Hunter, Priest, Druid
Level 1 Garrisons - Death Knight, Shaman, Rogue, Alliance Warlock
(Monk is still level 80 for Herald of the Titans)

At the start of the day I'd typically log on all of the characters and empty out their Garrison Cache and leave the Cache alone for the rest of the day. I use Broker Garrison to tell me when the Level 3 and Level 2 have Follower Missions ready to finish. Then I use Master Plan to finish and then assign new missions quick & efficiently.

McTacky - Item Level 632/630 (Ret/Holy) from 3 crafted items, 1 raid drop, 3 items from Garrison Missions, 1 item from Salvage Yard, 1 item from a Heroic 5-man and the helmet drop from MC event.

Proving Grounds:
Gold Damage, Silver Healing.

Only done three heroic dungeons so far. Went with Guild to Normal Highmaul and killed Kargath and Butcher. Tried a few times on Brackenspore but didn't get it down.

Did some of the bonus objectives in Ashran in the 2nd week before they changed the queue system for it. Haven't been back there since.

Maxing out Jewelcrafting and Alchemy was very easy. Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Tailoring and Engineering have been a grind and are slowly making their way to max. This week started working on inscription and very pleased with the discovery system and almost discovered all the new recipes in a day and now I am discovering the ones I hadn't researched before. Delaying starting on Leatherworking until I have some functioning barns.

I was extremely lucky to obtain Hatespark the Tiny from a fellow guildie after the first guild Molten Core run.
I also collected all the new wild pets of Draenor. Then I had my Mage craft a Elekk Plushie. After the Elekk Plushie was levelled to 25 I began and then finished An Awfully Big Adventure. The Celestial Tournament was definitely the hardest part of it. I still need to finish off Celestial Tournament a few more times for the pets and the Garrison dailies for the pets from that, otherwise I have finished off with Pet Battles for a while.

I built a Stables and did all the pet taming quests to unlock the 6 main trained mounts and the 2 mounts from the achievements (Armored Frostboar and Armored Frostwolf). Once I had all the mounts from the Stables I replaced the building with a War Mill.

I'm at 123 toys, there are plenty left to collect and camp for. Haven't actively worked on this during this month.

Maxxed Fishing, did all the fish 100 of each enormous fish achievements and recruited Nat Pagle. Haven't done any of the Nat Pagle fishing for lunkers to buy stuff yet.

Spent a little time on it and have 5 of 39 Pristine Artefacts done.

Managing my six active garrisons has been the greatest time-sink for me this expansion. But now I have Broker Garrison and Master Plan the time to do this has reduced significantly.

Frostfire Ridge is far more enjoyable now without all the bugs and I would rate it much higher than my initial impressions.

I have highly enjoyed this expansion on the whole and there is so much more of it for me to experience. 5 heroic dungeons I haven't done yet, most of the types of Garrison Invasions, a lot of Garrison Quests, and lots of reputations to grind out.  Warlords of Draenor is just beginning!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Pilgrims Bounty Shopping List

Merry Pilgrims Bounty!

Pilgrims Bounty starts today, so remember to do the dailies because you can get a new toy and a new battle pet (Frightened Bush Chicken & Silver-Plated Turkey Shooter) from inside Pilgrim's Bounty.

Daily Shopping List:
Simple Flour x20
Mild Spices x20
Honey x 100 (all seasonal vendors)
Autumnal Herbs x 60 (all seasonal vendors)
Wild Turkey x20 (kill and loot them outside Undercity in Trisfal Glades)
Ripe Tirisfal Pumpkin x20 (Undercity Seasonal Vendor)
Mulgore Sweet Potato x20 (Thunderbluff Seasonal Vendor)
Tangy Southfury Cranberries x20 (Orgrimmar Seasonal Vendor)

(If you want to skip the Wild Turkey dallies, you only need to buy Honeyx60 instead)

Also if you are doing the normal quests for Pilgrim's Bounty for the first time, have 5 extra of Turkey, Pumpkin, Potato and Crandberry, but don't cook them until you have the quest for them since the quest will only credit you if you cook them while on the quest.

Because of the low drops rates per Pilgrim's Bounty I recommend doing them on all alts. Teaming up with a Mage will make traveling in-between Org-TB-UC faster.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Warlords of Draenor - Day 8

Day 8 - Stables Level 2 then I was off to do the last questing zone of 6.0, Nagrand
Nagrand was the same as ever before, very nice looking, good music, great atmosphere and a many unfocused stories. The Us vs Warsong Clan story is supposed to be going on, but the majority of the quests I found had nothing to do with the plot like Gorgrond.
But when the quests were on point they were very good, but the rest of the zone is hit or miss. The Quest design I found was good, not as grindy as I had been led to believe  (other than Ironfist Harbour).
I also had some issues with the story that I won't go into here because it would be spoilers.
TLDR - Strong story when on point. Weak the rest of the time.
Nagrand gets 2 and a half out of 5 Phoenix Insignias

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Warlords of Draenor - Day 7

Day 7 - Barracks to level 2. I also maxxed out my Mining and Jewelcrafting to 700/700 skill level. I built a stables and it gave me a quest to go to Shadowmoon Valley. My daily fishing quest also wanted me to head over there.
Before heading out to Shadowmoon Valley, I had to fix my transmog. With both my Holy and Ret sets sharing several pieces of armour, I had to go with a single transmog.
I was surprised to find a neutral Orc town, Exile's Rise, run by the Shadowmoon Exiles. I grab the flight path then do the stables quest.

I ended up exploring the whole zone, killing all the rares and collecting all the treasure I see.

TLDR - Full of Alliance, No Blood Knights
Shadowmoon Valley gets 1 out of 5 Phoenix Insignias.