Just a quick update with the no-shaviness. Lookin good boys, looking good.
This weeks OldManSy post is going to be short and sweet… Maybe not even that sweet, I think I’m low on sugar. I made the big push this past week from 80-85. It was much easier than I thought. I wondered when it would slow down, and honestly, with the time I put in this past week, it didn’t slow down. Not as long as I had my monk +50% XP buff on. I made sure I did at least the daily every day, so when I did get to play I had the buff stacked up to a two hour total. This made cataclysm content very easy to move through. I did part of Mount Hyjal, until I hit 83, then did deepholm from 83-85. I didn’t even go to Vash’jir, twilight highlands, or Uldum. The monk leveling buff is amazing when paired with leveling gear. The helmet, cape, and pants go to 85. Now, I’m still in love with the monk, and am looking forward to leveling through Pandaria. Here’s the deal.
I have said many times that I didn’t want to rush through the new content, soar through to 90, but rather enjoy my time leveling. Up to this point on the monk I have flown. I leveled him to 85 in two days, ten hours time. Now, that’s not cooking, but it is a reasonable clip, even with leveling bonuses.
This week, I may get a few hours of play in. I’m not leveling my monk. This coming Saturday I am getting together with Nim and Spiff to start my Pandaria campaign in style with a marathon gaming day. I’ll start at 7 am and roll through until I’ve had my fill. I’m hoping for the wee hours of Sunday morning, but lets be realistic. They don’t call me OldManSy for nothing. If I make it to 10 o’clock I’ll be really happy! From everything I’ve ready it takes about 5-8 hours per level. With that I’d, I need at minimum 25 hours to hit 90. So, for next weekend I’m putting a conservative goal of hitting 87. Now, I’ll have a weeks worth of rested XP, I’ll have a two hour bonus leveling time built up, and when that runs out I’ll get another hour for Saturday. So, I may be stretching to 88… Maybe.
This week, if I get the time, I’ll head to Kara a few times for my horse run that I haven’t done since mid September, I have a few transmog pieces I’d like to get for the monk.(yellow rogue teir recolor to match my yellow JC panther) I might go out and level up my gathering professions in preparation for leveling up my real professions once I gather all of the mats, I’m going alchemy/herbing on the monk, and my hunter will do engineering once the monk gathers the mats.
Now, if 5.1 drops this weekend(I’m not even sure it’s off of PTR yet) then leveling those gathering pros ions would be quicker, as I have the violet protodrake, and would get insta 310% flight speed, woot woot. So, fingers crossed, and I’ll see you guys next week in Pandaria. Also, look for an update on the beard growing group soon!
Beard On Brothers!
This post is a bit different. It’s a rare thing to get a glimpse behind the curtain, but today you are in luck. With November now under way, some of us at forthehorde are having a friendly little competition, not on the battlefield, but on our faces…. Okay, it’s more innocent than it sounds. Let NO SHAVE NOVEMBER BEGIN!!! Forthehorde bloggers, Nimrock and Sylus, will be joined by friends of the blog(and real life friends). We have Kaza, brother of our Canadian correspondent and founder of forthehorde, Fikkle, we have Spiffie, one of our long time friends and guildies, and Jaarka, of former Wow fame, and current correspondent at Gaming Invaded. So, we will take a pic a week to keep you guys updated on the state of our faces. So, here’s our first picture… Looks like some crazy mugshots if you ask me. You guys be the judge. Anyway, stay tuned to further developments on our faces…?
Until Monday, Monk Up.
What a whirlwind of a weekend for me in Wow. It felt like I played a ton this weekend, but looking back, I may have had an extra hour… Maybe? My play schedule usually revolves around when our little ones are asleep. Now,if you have, or have had two little ones at home, 3 and 1, then you realize that this is usually not very much time when both are asleep, everything that needs completed(housework, homework, yard work, cooking, errands, lesson plans…you all know the drill) is done, and you have some spare energy left over to commit to some gaming. I had an extra day off Friday due to parent teacher conferences last week, so technically I got an extra hour and a half Friday when both kids were down, somehow, at the same time for a nap! I played Friday night for about two hours, Saturday at nap time for another two hours, I didn’t have the energy to play Saturday night, so I instead watched some Big Bang Theory with the wife, and played during naps Sunday afternoon. When I quit Sunday I was two bubbles from 80. Later that day I snuck off, did three quests, and was done. 80. Boom. Milestone.
No, if this was two expansions ago, I would be ready to start gearing up my little monk, too bad this isn’t two expansions ago… I still have the slog from 80-90. The big slow down in leveling is about to start, half of my leveling gear turns to mush, further slowing down my slow crawl to 90… Oi. On the bright side, I haven’t leveled a hundred toons through cata and panda yet, so I am excited about that prospect. The content will seem fresher, and I won’t feel as bad about going through it slower.
On another great note from this weekend, I was able to acquire the Sunstone Panther! I got it for a steal off of the AH. Now, I know the mats alone run well over 20k, making the 20K I paid for it seem like a huge steal!!! It is so far my favorite mount. Had it been the sapphire panther, I would feel better about it, as that is beautiful, and blue is my favorite color… Why did I hear that crappy Aerosmith song “pink” in my head as I typed that…. Anyway…
On November 10th I’m having a gaming day with Nimrock and friend to the blog, Spiffie. Now, my goal is to hit 90 that day. We are starting around 7ish that morning, and gaming as late as I an handle. We will do a few instances, as I want to see all of the panda ones, but I plan on mostly questing. That gives me roughly two weeks to get ready for this day of dinging 90 awesomeness. It can be done, even on my meager play schedule.
What I need from you studly “I’ve already got four toons to 90″ gamers is this: what level should I be at when I start gaming that Saturday? Basically, how long did it take you to go through panda content? Should I be sitting at 85, and a good 18-20 hours would get me there? Should I be sitting at 88? Is two levels doable on that final day? I really don’t know, as I’ve really done nothing in game but level my monk, who is now 80, with just under two days played time. Help a monk out! I’ll take full advantage of the monk daily with enlightenment, doing that every day. I’ll play a few evenings each week, and get a few good hours in next weekend. I can easily see myself at 85 without pushing it, but I really think I need to push further into panda stuff… Thoughts? Comments? Helps?
Now, one of my favorite parts of hitting 80 is doing away with my heirloom weapons. They stop getting better at 80, and I really want to use fist weapons! The ones you can buy in the monk zone at 80 look fierce. I mean seriously fierce. Best looking I’ve seen in quite a while. Here is a pic I took shortly after dinging 80, equipping my weapons of awesome, and doing my very best Wolverine impression. I’ll leave you with this for the day. Enjoy.
Monday, BigBearButt posted about his anger and disappointment with Blizzard for how they’ve handled the reputation armor pieces. Basically, you need to get your rep up to a certain level and then spend Justice or Valor to buy those pieces. I, myself, felt this very thing when Halk hit 90 and I started looking for ways to upgrade my gear, since Blizzard is on a kick to make all the top trainer learned recipes to not be top level and the patterns you need to level up to 600 are PvP, which I don’t do. I realize they are pretty decent for PvE, but it’s a principle, why not let me get level 90 PvE blues from Leatherworking?
In no way am I preparing to quit the game. No, I am really enjoying the game and have my 3 plots of land for Tiller farming and I am working on the Golden Lotus rep, not every day, but most days. I was getting Golden Lotus rep to get the leatherworking patterns, but now I am thinking I might drop leatherworking and just have two gathering professions.
Skullreaver is not a raiding guild. We have a few 90’s and I am not sure have much more than 10 unique accounts. Most of the time we might have 1 or 2 people on. By the way, if you’d be interested in a really casual, but really nice guild, who is not level 25, but working on it, the Skullreaver is open to new members. We have big plans. We also have real lives, with families and time constraints and altism. Although, I do have a confession to make. I’ve spent a ton of gold and time building my leveling sets and I find myself not really wanting to play anyone but Halkale. I log into Punkinpie to run my AH stuff. I log into Knicknack to do his daily minor glyph research and when he has max rested to level him through healing LFG. I am trying to log into Crispers here and there and level him to get the Dynamic Duo and Double Agent achievements.
But, my first love is now my only true love. I love Halkale, love being a hunter. Love trying new things, taking on bigger and bigger packs and keeping my Turtle (He needs a name) healed and holding aggro. My Turtle is the Rare you have to track down, use a flare to see and tame. I think most of the pets I love the most are the ones I spent time either camping a spawn spot (Winterschill – Wolf Spirit Beast), running way up north into Night Elf area to open statues to tame when I was only 24-25 (Szablya – Ghost Saber) or had to tame while in some phase (Donteatme – translucent Worm from Wrath) or hunt down, Turtle (Bloodtooth).
I’d like to raid, but first I need to get my iLevel up. I need to start running Heroics. I know the queue times will suck as DPS, but I can queue and then farm or do dailies. I still have several zones to finish questing in, since I dinged just after I started Townlong. I am about halfway through Friendly with Golden Lotus, wondering if I should get to Honored by the recipes and get them done for Halk, before I drop Leatherworking. I have about 8k gold and quite a lot of leather in my bank.
Whatever happens. I know I love playing the game right now.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted here. That’s because it was a couple of weeks where I didn’t play much and if I did play, it was only long enough to harvest my carrots. However, last weekend, I did get a solid block of play time and got a lot accomplished. I got a lot accomplished especially considering that I’m usually the sort of WoW player to get about 25% of the way into any activity and then suddenly have the desire to log out and start a new alt. This time, however, things are different. By “this time” I mean this expansion, in fact.
The sheer amount of fun things to do at level 90 is stunning. I’ve been working on “fun rep” like Tillers and Anglers. I’ve been working on “srs rep” like the Golden Lotus. I’ve been working my way through all the zones in Pandaria; I’ve only got Krassafrassarang left. Dread Wastes was fun, and as a result, I’m already honored with the Klaxxi. (Best faction in the game, by the way. If Blizz ever adds the title “The Wakener” I’ll sell them my first born.) Even blacksmithing and engineering seem fun in comparison to last time because the better items also give more skill ups, saving me time and gold. Because of that, i actually got my gear level up high enough to do heroics. Heroics are fun. Harder than Wrath, easier than BC.
I haven’t even started in on pet battles, transmogging, challenge modes or a panda alt.
Here’s my point: If you think the end game consists of just raiding and getting ready to raid, you’re missing out. And if you buy into the people who say you’re “doing it wrong” if you aren’t killing yourself doing dailies to get exalted with a faction to buy a piece of gear that gives you a 1% stat boost, give yourself a break. Go talk to Mung-Mung in the Valley of the Four Winds. Free a Klaxxi from amber. Farm up a mini-pet. Make some gear and give it to a new level 90.
Just, play the game.