Archive for December, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Posted in Random on December 24, 2008 by Kor

Happy Holidays from For The Horde.  On behalf of Sylus and myself, I’d just like to wish everyone good times over the holidays.  Stay safe and have fun!

Fikkle

The Recap

Posted in Random on December 18, 2008 by Kor

Recap: Short version

 Leveled to 80 in about 10 days with Vrugore keeping up until about 77.  He’s since hit 80 as well.  Grats dude!  Tried to find groups for level 80 instances or heroics.  Phailed epicly.  Respec’d, a bagazillion times.  Don’t like Resto.  Love Enhance.  LOVE Enhance.  Tried finding more groups for endgame content.  Phailed epicly, again.  Did some dailies.  Took a two week break from the game.  Now I’m back and gonna be leveling Fikkle! /gasp.

Recap: Wall of text crits you for a bagazillion version

 So, after the release, Vrugore and I got to steppin.  The first night we took some time to do a bit of Northern exploring.  We went to Howling Fjord but then decided to head to Borean Tundra so that he could pick up a Rhino.  Instead of taking the short cut back, we decided to run all the way across the continent and pick up flight paths along the way.  It turned out to be extremely rewarding.  Some of the landscapes, as I’m sure you all know were absolutely breathtaking.  I took a ton of screenshots.  Everything just seems much more vivid and clear and amazing.  I was really impressed.  Since both Vrug and myself had quite a bit of playtime, we continued leveling through Northrend content, taking out Howling Fjord, Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Grizzly Hills, Sholazar and Zul’Drak before hitting 80.  I decided to use Jame’s Horde Leveling Guides for the leveling process.  I’ve used his guides before, and they have always been extremely well put together.  While they may not be intuitively the way you would do things, they do increase the efficiency of leveling quite a bit.  I’d recommend them to anyone, if not for the efficiency than at least for the completeness of them.  Having used his guides, I managed to completely explore almost all of the zones while questing, and picked up all of the questing achievements for the zones I used his guide for.  While an experienced player would tend to zip through the guide, maximizing experience and minimizing downtime, someone interested in the storyline of the game and what’s happening would still find it extremely useful because they would be getting to see almost everything.  Unfortunately, at release, he only had the guide copleted for Howling Fjord, Borean Tundra and Dragonblight, up to the Wrathgate event.  I’ve heard that he’s since finished the Grizzly Hills guide as well, and I plan to continue using his guides for my alts.  Now, I can tell you that Nimrock with a  k, over at WoW Commoner, he likes to pick up a bunch of quests and wander around a zone killing things until he gets a bunch of completed messages.  There’s nothing wrong with that approach, and I know he has a lot of fun doing that, especially while RP Crafting.  I just have a different style, and the guides come in really handy for me.  If anyone is interested in using them (he has Alliance guides as well), they can be found at WoWPro.  Just to be clear, they are completely free, and Jame throws a lot of hard work into them. 

Moving on, I know Sy just completed the Wrathgate event, and Vrug and I did it fairly early on.  We couldn’t stop talking about it, and if you haven’t had a chance to do it yet, work on the quests in Dragonblight until you do, it is well worth it.  I think the developers put a good deal of work into it and they did an amazing job with it.  Afterwards, while we were retaking the Undercity, Vrug was whispering to a friend of his who was leveling his DK at the time.  While we were waiting outside the Undercity for the event to start, chillin with Thrall, Sylvannus and Vol’jin, Vrug was telling him how epic the quest chain is.  Daegonus replied that his hero class character was picking up crates for his quest.  Truly epic, lol. 

I managed to play through the rest of the content and hit 80.  Not even close to a server first, but I was the first in the guild, which was kinda cool.  From there, I tried and phailed to find groups for heroics.  I did manage to get into the new Naxx with a guild that needed a healer.  I respeced Resto and through on my healy gear and did it up.  We didn’t make it very far.  We kept wiping on the guy who hits you with an exploding cloud.  People couldn’t figure out how to make it work and one of the tanks had to call it fairly soon after that, but it was cool in of itself to at least get a peak at it.  Healing is stressful though.  Especially when people start dying.  /Salute to all you healy types out there that do that on a regular basis. 

After that I decided to take a break from the game.  Dawnbringer being a fairly new server meant that there was very few PUGs around and the ones that were only needed healers.  I didn’t feel like staying resto, especially when I almost never got to roll on any Enhance gear, so I decided a break was in order.  I wasn’t so much burned out as bored.  Without any guildies high enough to go through content with, it seemed like a good time to take a break.  I did manage to level Juris (my BElf Pally) from 64 to 70, which was quite cool.  He’s kinda sitting in limbo at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll get some play time soon.

Since I got back, I’ve picked up ye ole mage again.  After having not played him since Hallow’s End, I actually found a whole bunch of stuff in his bank that was junk.  He also had mounts and non-combat pets that I hadn’t put in his spellbook yet, as well as holiday quests from Hallows End, and Brewfest.  But with Brak sitting at 80, he needs enchants, and well, I’m cheap.  I’d much rather level my own enchanting and enchant his stuff with Fikkle than pay someone else to do it.  I also wanted to level my tailoring so that I can start to make some 20 slot bags.  I mean I have six toons at or above 70 now, with another three or five sitting at 60.  That’s a lot of bags.  So Fikkle started to hit the Fjord, following Jame’s guide as well.  He’s rocking quite a bit of Merciless gear, as well as a few raiding pieces I had stashed in the bank.  I’m finding that the overall grind is taking much longer, but Fikkle is much more survivable now.  I’m pretty sure he hasn’t even died yet, knock on wood.  I know the quest line in the Fjord where you have to kill Rune Giants and then use a mining pick on them was solo’able by Fikkle, whereas Brak needed a group.  Being able to bomb them from range without even getting hit helps.  Well see how it plays out as he gets up there, but that’s the plan for now.  He’s sittiing at about halfway to 71 at the moment and I’m hoping to get him to 71 before the holidays start, which is Friday for me.  I have a nice long 18 hour travel day coming up, but I should be home for the holidays by noon on Saturday.  So play time will likely be very minimal as I get to spend some time with the family, but I’m hoping not to be completely absent.  And I’m looking forward to getting to hang out with Vrug again.  We’ve been friends for years, but its been a while since I’ve seen him, what with the whole serving across the country thing and all.   But anyways, Happy Winter’s Veil to all, and to all a good night!

– Fikkle Clause

May the Horde be with you

I HAZ SPIRIT!!!!

Posted in Hunter, Uncategorized on December 18, 2008 by sylus

SPIRIT BEAST THAT IS!!!!!!

All Win Baby! Now to name her…..

~Sy

Breaking News! Fikkle MIA No More!

Posted in Leveling on December 17, 2008 by sylus

It has been my pleasure, for the past few nights, to see that Fikkle is in fact NOT dead, as rumor had it! He’s back on vent, and back in game, stomping around and tearing up dawnbringer again! 

NIMROCK- DO NOT READ THIS PARAGRAPH SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

In other news, Gozz is about a bubble away from 78, rocking the flying mount, and Absolutely in love with the wrathgate quest chain!!!! Like so many other bloggers have said, when the game went black for the cut scene, I almost pooped myself thinking I had broken my computer or something! Luckily it was just one of the most awesome cut scenes in the history of World of Warcraft! It was EPIC! I have the high def version downloaded to my laptop! Then the follow up quests that have you going through undercity and taking it back from the Varamathris, WOW!!!  My plans are to hit 80 this weekend, and start the arduous task of leveling my priest to 80. It will be long, hard, and of course, fun! Now to start saving the gold for all of the mounts and flying skills he needs….That part will suck!

See you in Northrend!

~Sy

Senergy Baby, Senergy!

Posted in Guild, Leveling on December 9, 2008 by sylus

 

Kohen dinged the use to be Big 7-Oh last night. That use to mean something, now, it just means I have ten more levels to go! Last night Nimrock, Rayha, Kamaru, Daegonus and I stomped through Utgard again. I picked up 2 nice upgrades, Kam got one. All in all it was a great clothie run! We’ve become obsessed with the giant pets that are produced from ol’ Papa Hummel’s biscuits. Actually, they are called Papa Hummel’s Old Fashioned Pet Biscuits. They double the size of your non-combat pets. You get these biscuits out of the trading card game, as a loot card, in a stack of 50. I’ve killed off about half of my stack, so I’ll probably be swinging by Ebay for a few more cards,lol.

I’m not sure if it’s me getting better at healing, or if the group we have been taking into instances the past two days is improving. I’m guessing the later, but either way, it has been so much fun running instances again! Working together, completing a common goal, it just gets my blood pumping! We got Senergy baby, senergy!

Senergy!

Okay, this piece of trash wouldn’t let me get rid of the white space at the bottom….Maybe fikkle can help me!

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Fik, you out there???

~Sy

My First Northrend Instances

Posted in Leveling, Uncategorized on December 8, 2008 by sylus

Seriously. It has been a very very crazy month folks. My classes have gotten out of hand busy, my family has had so many get togethers( everyone’s birthdays are in November and December) and I’ve been getting more substitute teaching gig’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Crazy. Just Crazy. Needless to say, my wow playtime has been minimal.

With all of that out of the way, I’ll update you on my toons. Our guild made a mass exodus to Dawnbringer server. We all had the “Que Blues” due to huge login waits right after Wrath was released. The worst I ever suffered was an hour and a half. It SUCKED. If anyone is looking for us on Cenarian Circle, sorry, you won’t find us. Abadon, my hunter, is back to his original name- Gozz. He was Gozz way back in his Earthen Ring days. Gozz is up to almost 76. He lacks almost 6 bubbles to hit the mark. Sylus, is still sitting at 70, but, I did get him to Borean Tundra to work on his Leatherworking. He’s 415ish. Gozz, being a skinner, can send him all of the mats and Sy can pump out the goods. My Priest, who use to be known as Illwynd, is now Kohen, and is healing instances in Northrend. He lacks a few bubbles from 70, but is rocking the heals.

Kohen went into Utgard Keep and Nexus last night. It was a blast. The first group we brought in was Kohen healing, Nimrock tanking, with Rayha, Slig, and Kam (all guildies) rounding out the DPS. We hit a few snags (I’m blaming the fact that I went in healing my very first instance as a healer, and I was only lvl 69. We wiped once each on the first two bosses in Utgard, and from what I had heard about the last boss, I was worried we wouldn’t get through the instance. We DESTROYED the final boss, with no deaths in the group. I attribute that to everyone making great use of the pillars, and a sweet healer to boot.

The Nexus was just as fun. We only wiped once, and it was due to bad timing of the rifts on the first boss. Other than that, it was smooth. I got a pair of boots I can’t wear for one more level, but hey, I got em. That group was Kohen healing, Nimrock tanking, Rayha, Slig, and Vulgore rounding out the DPS. All in all a great first two experiences in Northrend instances. Also, great first time healing experience for me! I think I’m going to level Kohen in instances from here to 80. That way I don’t have to worry about questing. He’s pretty much a healbot anyway.

I did get a sweet screen shot of Utgard as we were heading back to the entrance after the last boss went down. It’s now my background on my gaming rig. Enjoy. With that, I have to get to class. I’m already late, but oh well, I needed to talk to you all! Have fun, and I’ll try to keep this updated a bit more!

Beautiful View

Beautiful View

~Sy

Holiday Busyness, and School-Time Woe’s!

Posted in Discussion, Random on December 1, 2008 by sylus

Hello blogger world! It’s been a long time. How ya been? Really, wow, that’s interesting. How’s your family? Awesome, great to hear. Well, I guess I better get back to this, although it’s been great talking to you, make sure you stop by and say hi!

It has been so busy here in Sylus-land(aka south east Kansas)! The semester is winding down, thanksgiving has come and gone…well, sort of gone, it left me with a few extra lbs, and a crap-ton of left overs! All of this business has left me with very little time for my Azerothian endeavours. Not that I haven’t had time to stick my head in game and say hi every now and then…In fact, I’ve gotten ol’ Gozz the hunter up to 74, so I have put in a fair amount of time. I have two more major projects to finish up before this semester wraps up, and only two weeks to do them in. It’s hard to believe that in two weeks all I will have to do is a final a day for like 4 days, and I’m done with this semester. Then, maybe I’ll get some more time in Azeroth! I haven’t even had a chance to talk to the Fikkle in a while either….I wonder if Canada still has Internet, I haven’t seen a post from him, or seen him on line in a few days….granted, I haven’t been on in a few days either! So, I’m just letting you all know, yes it may be a slow spot in my blogging career, but I haven’t left you!

~Sy

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