Friday, January 21, 2011

First Post of 2011

Hello everyone! Wow, it has really been a while since my last post. I meant to write more often, but when it actually came time to do it, there seemed to be a lot of things that got in the way. Work has been crazy busy, but has finally slowed down now that we are on new schedules. School used to not be busy, but has taken a turn for the worse with the addition of Bachelor level classes. And finally, when I actually did have some time to sit down and write, I couldn't think of anything worthwhile to write. Cataclysm was covered by so many other blogs and beat to death so I just kind of left it alone. Now that things have settled down, I'm going to post about what I have been doing since the world went kaboom.

Worgen and Goblin

So of course the first thing I did when I got Cataclysm installed was create both a Worgen and a Goblin. Now, what can I say about both of these races that has not already been said? Probably not a lot! The Worgen starting zone is so very cool. I like the look and feel of everything. The music is very... Castlevania-ish and tophats! OMG TOPHATS! It's pretty funny to see this big, vicious Worgen warrior running around, saliva dripping from his mouth, wearing full chain armor and a tophat! I generally keep him in human form as much as possible.

The goblin starting zone is also very cool. I liked running around Kezan, being led to believe that I am the center of the goblin world and being setup to be the next Trade Prince. That said, I really don't like the current trade prince. He's a jerk and needs to be punted. Unfortunately, I did not like the whole area after Kezan. Oh the quests are fun and the whole interaction with Thrall is really neat. I can actually tell people that Thrall and I are BFFs forever and not be lying about it. I also like flying around and shooting all of the gnome planes out of the sky. That is really neat. But there were some dry points in the questing during the attacks from the little inhabitants and the whole zombie goblins... thing. Overall, I enjoy the Goblin zones but not as much as I like Gilneas.

Shamanigans

I now have two Shaman! TWO! My Orc Shaman is plain full of awesome and specced for Enhancement. He's gone through Durotar, pieces of Northern Barrens, Stonetalon, and currently in Desolace. I liked the class so much that I am now also playing a second Shaman in my Dwarf. He is still very low level, but progressing nicely through Wetlands. I'm taking him through the Elemental tree, but I'm not liking it as much as Enhancement. I do like Thunderstorm a lot though! Much hurts!

New Cataclysm Zones

I only have one character that I can use to quest through the new Cataclysm level zones. I ended up raising him to level 81 solely on Archaeology experience, which I was extremely disappointed in. It seems you get a lot of XP from gathering professions. The problem here is that I don't want to outlevel the quests in a zone before I get to do them all. If the quests are grey to me, then there is no challenge. So I stopped doing Archaeology and started questing in Vashj'ir. The underwater zone is really very beautiful, but I want to get out of there so bad. I can't wait to get done so I can head to Hyjal.

So that's what I've been up to since my last post. I have every single slot on Earthen Ring filled with characters, all of whom I am actively leveling. I hope to be able to post more here and have more worthwhile content. I have really missed posting here so I will do my best to get some more articles written up soon. I hope all of your adventures in Azeroth are exciting and that you are having as much fun as I am!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead marks a time in Azeroth where the citizens honor friends and loved ones who have departed the world. It is thought that during this time, the worlds of the living and the dead are so close to each other, that they almost co-exist in the same realm. Indeed, if you head to any of the graveyards located in the capital cities, you can see and interact with the souls of the dead.

I have to wonder if there is any connection with the Day of the Dead and the activity that has started today with the Twilight's Cultists and the elemental attacks that have been reported.

At any rate, you can head to any of the capital city graveyards to participate in this two day event and get your achievement. In order to get Dead Man's Party, you will need to find and /dance with Catrina. After you dance with her, you will be given a 12 hour "buff" called Honor the Dead. The buff turns you into either Catrina or Chapman for 12 hours, but doesn't do anything else for you.

Technically, that's all you need to do in order to get the achievement. Note that this achievement is not a requirement to get the achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been.

But if you want to get the seasonal companion pet Macabre Marionette, you will need to either acquire or bake some Bread of the Dead and give it to the Cheerful Spirit. There's a catch though. You cannot see the Cheerful Spirit without purchasing Orange Marigolds or a full Bouquet of Marigolds from the vendor named Chapman. Once you use the flowers, you'll see all of the spirits in the graveyard, allowing you to interact with the Cheerful Spirit.

Other seasonal items include a Candy Skull that regenerates health, an Orange Marigold that allows you to detect lesser invisibility, a Spirit Candle that increases the stat of the same name, a Recipe: Bread of the Dead that teaches you how to make this using the Cooking skill, a Whimsical Skull Mask that you can wear only during the Day of the Dead Festival, and a Bouquet of Orange Marigolds that also allows you to detect lesser invisibility.

All in all, the holiday is a pretty fun event and something to keep people entertained until the next big World Event. And with the Twilight Cultists acting up, there is sure to be lots to do in the next few days. Be sure to pick up this achievement while it lasts.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

RP - Unbound

** The following is the introduction to Khelandros' RP mount. For those who are not aware, Khelandros has a runic dragonblade with the essence of a 10,000 year old dragon named Wyrmsfire trapped inside. The essence is bound to the sword, much like a demon is bound to a demon hunter. I hope you enjoy the story. Feel free to RP this in game as well. **


The crunch of the freshly fallen snow reverberated loudly in the chill night air as the one known as The Dark Destroyer walked away from the ruins. Coldarra was a barren wasteland, inhabited by members of the blue dragonflight. Mortals dared not step foot into this region without invitations, and those were not forthcoming any time soon.

The chill of the night settled in on Khelandros, frost rimming the plate armor of his father, armor that had at one time shone brightly in the light, but is now scorched to a blackness deeper than the darkest of night. The cold did not bother him. His time as a Death Knight in service to Arthas allowed him to learn and master the cold, using it to fuel and strengthen him.

Through the light snowfall, he could make out his destination: Frostbridge. The ruins of this bridge have a legend associated with their making. It is said that the bridge was created for a human, who had become good friends with the great dragon aspect Malygos. It would be the only way to gain access to the isle and watched over by the dragonflight. Since the great war, the bridge had been destroyed and is no longer usable.

Wyrmsfire, the runic dragonblade created 10,000 years ago, sat upon the death knight's back buzzing with anticipation. He and the death knight worked well together. Both had willingly sacrificed their souls in order to be where they are now. Both knew the risks, and the potential rewards of their sacrifices.

With each step closer to the bridge, the dragon blade quivered with excitement. It became so much that Khelandros removed the blade from his back and held it extended in his hand. Blue frostfire danced across the blade, and the runes of power emblazoned upon the sword in the ancient writing of the dragons flared a bright blue.

Khelandros finally reached the base of the ruins of the Frostbridge. The frostfire spread from the blade of the sword to the handle, burning his hand. Khelandros had felt the fire before and it had never affected him. The shock at the burning sensation caused him to release the weapon. The sword fell from his hand and embedded itself into the stone pathway of the bridge.

Wringing his still throbbing hand, the death knight took a step back. He had never seen the sword behave this way before. The runes on the blade continued to burn bright, frostfire dancing across the sword. Then the voice that Khelandros had become so accustomed to spoke.

"The Frostbridge. The presence of my brothers and sisters is strong here."

The runes running along the blade darkened and became black. The frostfire extinguished itself. The presence of the essence of the dragon faded from the sword, and all became quiet. Khelandros looked around, as the falling of the snow was the only sound that could be heard. Through the distance, he thought he could hear a faint rumbling. He pulled the edges of his dark hood back from his face, exposing his ears. Yes, it was there.

A shaft of bright light burst through a crack in the metal of the sword. One by one, the cracks grew and let more light shine. The ground began to tremble and shake as the sword exploded with a thunderous crack, sending shards of metal throughout the area.

Khelandros looked around. Broken shards of what used to be his dragonblade lay scattered. He picked a piece that had embedded itself into nearby stone wall, looked at it once, then placed it within a pouch at his belt. He moved over to the area where the sword had once been, the site now scorched and blackened. He moved ever closer to the edge of the cliff, where the bridge had extended over a large gaping chasm and abruptly ended.

Just as Khelandros looked over the edge, a huge blue blur rushed up from the chasm, knocking him backwards and onto his back. Reeling from the force of the impact, his vision blurred. Catching his breath and forcing his body to calm down, his eyesight slowly cleared and focused on a huge leviathan of a beast standing before him. He reached for the sword at his back, finding only an empty space where Wyrmsfire once sat.

The dragon moved closer to where Khelandros knelt. In it's maw, it clutched a sword, which it dropped to the ground. The great beast finally spoke.

"Do not fear, my friend. You are in no danger. For we are friends, bound to each other forever and always."

Khelandros roared up to the dragon. "Speak your name, beast! Who are you?!"

The dragon smiled, revealing rows of sharp dagger like teeth.

"I am Wyrmsfire."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Preparing for Cataclysm

December 7th is the day all of us are waiting for. The day that all of our collective Azeroth lives will be changed forever... at least until the next expansion. There is LOADS of new stuff coming out of BlizzCon, but as of yet, no major announcements. I've been thinking about what I am going to do when Cataclysm hits, and honestly, I have NO idea.

I have only two characters out of my 10 that I am keeping: Khelandros, Level 80 Human Death Knight, and Istaria, Level 34 Human Priest. The rest of my characters are getting the proverbial axe and dying in the firey destruction of Azeroth. In their places, I will create the following characters:

Atrias - Human Hunter
Khelidas - Forsaken Hunter
Wyrmsfire - Troll Druid
Conundrum - Gnome Warlock
And a as yet unnamed Dwarf Shaman

Those are just my alternate characters. I will be also trying out the new starter areas for the other races, but I probably will not play those characters as much, if at all. And as for the new races:

Khisanith - Worgen Warrior
Kravix - Goblin Rogue

Once I have completed all of that and I have had my fill of new starter area stuff, I'll start leveling Khelandros through the new level 80+ zones and get him to 85. I will also be bringing Istaria along for the ride as well, but I am sorely tempted to reroll her from scratch as well. I dont know yet. We'll have to see.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Shamanigans - Day One

There are only a few classes that I have not played extensively throughout my time in Azeroth, and only one class that I have been able to successfully level to the level cap. I like all of the available classes, I really do, but I have never been able to play either a Druid or a Shaman to any significant level. I think the highest I have ever gotten a Druid to was level 20, but that was before patch 4.0.1 so things may change. I will try to pick things up with a Troll Druid once Cataclysm rips Azeroth a new one.

In the mean time, I need a distraction. My daily routine seems to consist of me logging into Khelandros (my only level 80) and running the 9 daily quests at the Argent Tournament. I'm working on collecting enough Champion Seals so that I can get heirloom armor sets for each of the alts I am going to roll once Cataclysm hits. As of right now, I have the plate set for Paladins and Warriors, the Elemental set for Shaman, the leather set for rogues, and the other leather set for Druids. I also have the cloth set too. The last set I am working on is the mail set for hunters. But other than that, I'm not doing much with Khel.

So I decided to try and roll an Orc Shaman, just for shits and giggles. I gave him the heirloom set I have for Shaman and have decided to write about my experience leveling him. I'm going to have fun with him, no matter what. So I've decided to create a column dedicated to him, and all other things Shaman called Shamanigans.

Now, since patch 4.0.1 dropped, the new leveling system is in place. Honestly, I think it has it's good things and bad things. I like that as I level, it will tell me that I have gained a level and will notify my if I have new abilities and talent points available. It's a pretty useful feature. Also, since the patch, the whole leveling experience has changed in terms of abilities and spells that you get at different levels. Its a totally new experience. Now, what I don't like is the frequency at which you gain new abilities and talent points. It hasn't been very consistent with me. I am used to gaining a new spell or skill at each even level that I gain. Now, I never know when I am going to get a new spell. I expected one at level... 4 I think. And I didn't get the new skill until level 5.

Anyhow, I took Wyrmsfire through the Valley of Trials and completed everything there, while getting him to level 5. Here's a picture of how he looks at the moment.


I would like to take him as far as I can before Cataclysm hits. Because as soon as it does, this character will be one of the ones that doesn't make it through all of the destruction. In his place, I will roll a Wildhammer dwarven shaman who will continue on in the Shamanigans column!

If anyone would like to adventure with me, and contribute to the Shamanigans, please feel free to contact me any time. I'm on the Earthen Ring server and the character name is Wyrmsfire. See you guys for the next installment of Shmanigans!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Operation: Gnomeregan

Welcome back to The Wyrms Fire, where here ... there be dragons! I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read my crazy stories about my adventures in the world of Azeroth. Today, I will be talking about the Gnomeregan event that is happening right now, in game. So ... let's get to it then.

Operation: Gnomeregan

I have never seriously played a gnome. The highest level I have ever made it to on a gnome is level 20, which is where my current gnome Conundrum sits at. Come Cataclysm, he will be sacrificed to the alt-gods and rerolled, in order to experience the new starting areas. I don't know what it is about gnomes, but I have never been able to take the race seriously. Is it because they don't have their own starting areas or city? I doubt it, because I am able to take both dwarves and orcs seriously. I really can't pinpoint it at all, but maybe a fresh start in a world aflame will change things.

The Gnomeregan event is open to all Alliance players, from level 1 to level 80. You start off by going to Ironforge and speaking with the High Tinker in the Tinkertown area of the city, who sends you on various quests out in Dun Morogh. All of these quests are easy to do, even at level 1. I did them on my level 80 death knight, so of course I did not have any problems. Once you finish with the vehicle and delivery quests, you have to assist with the retaking of Gnomeregan. I am not going to spoil the even for you, but I thought it was well done and leads very well into the state of gnomish affairs that players will see come Cataclysm.

As a reward for completing the questline, you'll receive the following rewards:

The achievement Operation: Gnomeregan
The item Gnomeregan Pride
The cloak Gnomeregan Drape

Next up, I'll talk about the Echo Isles event, which in my opinion, is much cooler and also introduces us to the troll druids! Be sure to check back for the post!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Loremaster!

Monday night, I sat around on my only level 80 character, thinking about what I could do that I havent done yet. I started thinking about all of the things that won't be able to do once Cataclysm makes the world go boom, and I came up with Loremaster. I had heard of several others going for it on my realm and decided that I'd give it a shot.

Here's the problem: Khelandros is a level 80 Death Knight. What that means is, is that between levels 1 and 55, I have no quests completed. Khelandros currently sits at 55/700 Quests for Eastern Kingdoms and 81/700 for Kalimdor.

I had to pick somewhere to start, so I decided to go where I could fly and where I was closest to completing some part of the Loremaster achievement: Outlands. I found that I had not completed any of the zones, but I was within 10 quests or so of each one so I figured it would be an easy task to complete.

WRONG!

I flew over Hellfire Peninsula, with my Low Level Quests tracking on. I didn't find didly squat! Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. And I was only 73/80 on the quest tracker. I was frustrated beyond belief when a friend of mine suggested a mod: EveryQuest. I downloaded EveryQuest from Curse and began going through the list of quests for Hellfire, filtering out the Horde quests, PvP quest, and other quests that were not specific to the Loremaster achievement. Over the course of the next several days, I finally got through Hellfire Peninsula, Nagrand, and Zangarmarsh. I'm currently halfway done with Terrokar Forest, but have done less than a handful of quests for Blade's Edge, Shadowmoon Valley, and Netherstorm.

Once done with Outlands, my plan is to next move onto Northrend where I can continue searching for quests while flying. Makes it easier and faster when you don't have to worry about those pesky Horde areas and mountains.

I've also included several other mods in addition to EveryQuest that will help make life a bit easier:

EveryQuest - Lists every quest in each zone, though it doesn't show you map locations. You can get another addon to EveryQuest that will show you quest giver locations, but I found it rather confusing because it doesn't take into account whether you've done the quest or not, or if the quest have been removed altogether. Additionally, it spammed my chat window with a bunch of unneeded info and made things rather unpleasant. I'd stay away from the QuestGiver addon. You can downloaded EveryQuest from Curse or WoWInterface.

Lightheaded - This is an awesome mod and addon to EveryQuest that displays full quest information from Wowhead, including user comments. No more having to alt tab out of the game. The quest info opens up within the EveryQuest quest window, giving everything an easy to find location. You can download this from WoWInterface.

Loremaster - The achievement titled addon to EveryQuest is awesome in that it provides a little extra information about quests, most importantly if it counts towards the Loremaster achievement or not. Completely awesome! No more wasted time! You can download Loremaster from either Curse or WoWInterface.

TomTom - Simply put, this addon adds an arrow to your interface pointing you in the direction to a particular quest giver, which is awesomesauce if you tend to get lost a lot, like I do! TomTom can also be downloaded from Curse or WoWInterface

So that's all there is to the Loremaster achievement that I have for you all at the moment. I plan to update the blog with my status as I can. I hope to be able to finish it before Cataclysm comes around; well at least finish Outlands and Northrend anyway.