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I aim to misbehave.

Posted in Hunter, MOKFP, Pie, Rant, Skullreaver with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by forthepie

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.

No, my turtle’s name is not bonnet.

A quick word

Posted in A Word, Pie, Real Life with tags , , , on October 18, 2012 by forthepie

Just a quick little post to let you know what’s going on. No, 4thehorde isn’t going away, I know we’ve been a little quiet in the post department, though. Real life has crept up on us and a couple of us haven’t been able to log in for a week or so.

My issue is reoccurring issue with tendonitis in my right wrist. The Sunday raid with BigBearButt in ICC really aggravated it. Basically, I am a mouse clicker, keyboard turning player. To be honest, it’s really not an issue for me, because I don’t PvP much. After this bout with tendonitis, I’ve decided to retrain myself to use the mouse to turn and the keybinds to use my abilities. It’s a lot to relearn.

But, right now, I am taking a break from the game to give my wrist some rest. I haven’t even logged in to harvest my vegetables. I am enjoying WOW enough to know I won’t stop with just harvesting.

Have a great weekend everyone.

I have a puntable marmot and I am not afraid to use it.

Posted in MOKFP, Pet Battles, Pets, Pie, Random, Skullreaver with tags , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by forthepie

Some minor spoilers for those of you who haven’t stepped foot in the Valley of Four Winds. Oh and in the news, apparently, Kor’s Rant from yesterday about not getting random regular dungeons at 90, heard by Blizz and already fixed. Behold the power of 4theHorde!

For those of you that have, do you remember reading the quest text and saying, I get to what? On Vent, I asked Kor how long he stayed punting Marmots before he left and he dropped the bomb. YOU get your own puntable marmot!
My first punt knocked it out of the park, I mean I have no idea where he landed, but next time the cooldown was up I punted him on one of the river islands..to prove a point to Li Li. He went to the edge of the little island and stopped, so I guess water has a different code.

The kick is up and its good!

Let me talk about Pet Battles for a bit. First, you should know this was the least important thing in the expansion to me. I figured I’d try it out, but meh. Seriously, I would hear Nim and Sy talking about it but wasn’t really interested. Sy is the mount and pet greedy goblin in the group, we give him crap for it. But, like Kor, I am hooked. I spent all my play time on Monday night searching for new and rare pets and battling up my stable of pets. I got my first uncommon pet from a creepy crawly in Duratar. I grabbed my first rare from Northern Barrens–fear my Prarie Dog! Then I found the Cheetah Cub. My first thought was awwwww. Then I had to have one. Kor grabbed a rare one, but I just have a Uncommon. I hate Kor. My main pet is my Onyxian Whelpling, I’ve named it Moar Dots, I named my Prairie Dog Rabbit, because they seem to breed like rabbits in Northern Barrens. My Baby Blizzard Bear is named Liter, Kor named his Kola.

Do we sell Liter Cola?

I picked up a Winterspring Cub and I think I probably won’t fret over the cheetah as much. I think my team will consist of Moar Dots, the new Winterspring Cub and probably a mechanical..although I may go with Mr. Pinchy.

On Tuesday, Nim wrote a post about Panda hate. I mentioned in the comments that I’ve seen positive reviews in the bloggers I follow. BBB has mentioned his like or love of the Pandas in two posts (I’ll add the links later, work blocks his site and my feed reader butchers the links). Navimie has written several posts about pet battles, which I read and printed out the sheet she linked in this post. Bocat hates leveling in MOKFP, but I think she likes the expansion…or at least getting hammered. Repgrind is excited and is also potentially a traitor. Please note, Shadow Rising and Skullreaver have the same guild tabard, great minds and all.

Last night, Halkale got to 600 skinning by skirting the wall and riding into Dread Wastes and killing turtles and fishing up Mantis Shrimp for cooking recipes. Basically, Skullreaver has a challenge. A challenge to get heirloom pants. We will get our pants. FOR THE PANTS!!! FOR THE HORDE!!! Lok’tar Ogar…wait whats the Orcish word for pants?

The Call of the World-Shaman or how I found out how much I really missed Cata.

Posted in Hunter, Lore, MOKFP, Pie with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by forthepie

Tuesday is coming. Monday night, or Tuesday morning, however you look at it, is very, very near. This time next week, we’ll be rolling in pandas and new zones and I am sure multiple people will be 90. Heck some of the raiding guilds may even be ready to raid, having steamrolled to 90 and started on heroics.  These past couple of weeks may have been dead time for a lot of you. You might have run through the Theramore scenario a couple of times. I haven’t. I don’t have any characters with the iLevel to do so. Bratwurst is getting close, could probably spend JP to get there. But that has not been my goal this week. My goal this week is to try to see the zones I haven’t seen, to help Skullreaver gain guild levels and to prepare for MoKFP. Yes, I took Illidan’s challenge to heart. Every expansion, I must BE PREPARED!

Brat finished Twilight Highlands earlier this week and I had looked over a few guides on how to get a fresh 85 geared for heroics and noticed a quest that gives an epic cloak for a reward. A quest that involves dealing with Thrall.

Yes, I know this quest was released a long time ago, but I just started playing again. For those of you that are new to the blog or those catching up, Halkale is a huge fan of Thrall. I am also a huge fan of Thrall. To be able to help Thrall is awesome. The other day, Kor and I did this quest on Bratwurst and Kor. I loved it then, but doing it on Halk was so much more awesome. Of course, I died because I took on too many mobs, but that is beside the point.

So, Brat got his tanking cloak, and if you look closely, you can see Halk wearing his Mantle of Doubt.

Just hanging out with Thrall and Aggra. Oh yeah, and the Aspects. You know, what Halk likes to call Monday.

First, Halkale hasn’t finished Hyjal or Twilight Highlands. I started Vashj’ir right after Cataclysm released, stopped a few quests in and leveled Brat and Crispers my mage first. The focus system was a big change and the guild was in a state of flux and Kor quit the game soon after launch and we started moving around characters. So Halkale finished that zone, then went to Deepholm, then to Uldum to level to 85. Since, as you can see above, Halkale is still in Super Friends, I had been finishing zones with Bratwurst to proved guild XP to Skullreaver. Halk is staying in SF until I can afford all the helms and cloaks I need to send over to another server…or two.

Okay back to the quest line. Oh my word. I love these quests. I love the fact that you try to help Thrall in 4 different zones. I love the NPC conversation in Deepholm. I was going to name the post We are patient, but I am not really. Last night as I was finishing this on Halk, Kor and his brother were discussing things, especially their ideas on what might happen to Garrosh.  As the argument got heated, I would blurt out: We are patient and some of Aggra’s responses to Thrall.

The first time I got to the fire area, I didn’t really read the quest text, so I flailed around for a bit, which allowed Kor to catch up to me and we finished the end together. On Halk, I read the quest text and realized how to make it easier and probably faster.  I guess that’s one of the downsides to leveling with WoW-Pro, you are used to letting the addon tell you what to do.

What I do know after finishing this quest is that I missed Cataclysm. There are so many things I want to do, but I don’t have the time to do them all. Some of them will have to wait until after Mists drops. I haven’t seen many of the new “improved” zones. I have leveled several Tauren up and LOVE the new starter zone. I’ve done troll and gnome and goblin areas. I want to try out the undead zone too. I have a dwarf ready to paladin his way through any changes from that perspective.

So Tuesday morning, I’ll get up early (probably not 2AM early) and start leveling Braturst to 90. Taking my time and trying to find all the cool things Blizzard did for us. Next week, I’ll share my travels with you. Will I get Halk or Brat an iLevel high enough to see the new scenario before then? I don’t know. In the end, I am having fun.  And the game should be fun, yes?

As I read back over the 800ish words written, I realize this post seems a bit rambling. Not nearly as passionate as last week’s post. Not nearly as informative as I’d hoped. I was going to detail the quests, but decided that you, if you haven’t, should experience this quest without really knowing what was going to happen. I am so ready for MoKFP. I am ready to start the new journey, even while I am hoping to start new characters from the starter areas. I feel like I am telling you things you saw a year ago, hopefully my joy in seeing them reignites a spark for your love of the game.

Tuesday’s coming. I am ready for Mists to arrive.

 

Why am I excited about playing WOW again.

Posted in Alts, Guild, Hunter, Leveling, MOKFP, Paladin, Pie, Raiding with tags , , , , on September 13, 2012 by forthepie

I know it’s still kinda summer and lots of guilds are bored and can’t wait for MOKFP to drop so they can race to 90 and start the raid prep process again.

I get it. I am excited for MOKFP too. It’s a gear reset my characters need badly. My hunter, Halkale has an iLevel of about 312. Three freaking twelve.  As in, I got into a LFG regular dungeon and someone said, man hunter you need better gear.  Oh how the mighty have fallen…well or the maybe sorta kinda mighty.

I was never in a world first guild. Never so cutting edge that I had to give up everything but raiding. BUT, I was in a guild raiding Black Temple in BC, when BT was the top raid of the expansion. I was the hunter lead, I was in charge of the pulls (Side Note to the kids: back in BC you had a hunter pull the packs of mobs back with Misdirection, the warrior then taunted them off the hunter and the hunter Feigned Death to drop aggro so the tanks could take over. Or, you failed to drop aggro, got roflstomped and spent the next few minutes watching the trash fights from the floor.) Hell, I was the survival hunter for the raiding team because you had to have one, but only one, while BM ruled the DPS world.

And now, I have less than 5 hours /played at 85 on my hunter.

My first character to 85 was my paladin, my second was my mage, the priest was third and now Halkale finally dinged right before 5.0.4 dropped. My first character to 90 will be Bratwurst. My second will be Halkale. Why? Because 4theHorde rides again. Yes, we have issues with schedules. Yes, we don’t all play like we used to, but we are planning. We are working on plans for a 5 man group time. We are hoping we might be able to do some raiding, casually in MOKFP.

But, Pie, you still haven’t answered the question, Why am I excited about playing WOW?  Technically, I have answered the question. If you’ve read 4thehorde for any amount of time, or gone back and reread the older posts, you’ll discover what makes this blog different. Not different good or bad, although as a member of this fine group, it’s great for me. You see, I’ve met some really awesome people through this blog. I’ve spent time with them both in game and out. Most I’ve met face to face. I’ve laughed and cried with them. I’ve celebrated victories in game and in life..and was saddened by losses. 4TH is more than a blog, it’s family. Fikkle, Nimrock and OldManSy are more than just pixels or people in my Vent. They are my brothers, my friends.

I’ve spent thousands of dollars to hang with these guys, both in subscriptions and game fees. I’ve traveled to Sy and Nim’s homes. I’ve set out on my driveway in the sun to make pulled pork for ShenaniCon 2011, because it was a part I could play.  I’ve talked/emailed/texted these guys most every day for the last 4 years. Playing with these guys in some sort of game is the highlight of my day, most days.

I am excited about WOW again, because we are playing together again. Sure we played for a while in TOR, we have an online RPG adventure going on in email and blogger. Saturday night we whipped the Lich King’s butt, with a lot of help from our friends.

Friends we couldn’t have without this blog. Sy and Fikkle met. Sy knew Nim. I met them through this blog and through this blog we recruited Repgrind and then through her blog I found Shadow Rising.  All these friendships spider web out from the blog.  We have friends like Slig and others who don’t play WOW anymore but we still email and play RPG with, even if it is a webcam of Slig sitting on Nim’s dining room table while we sit around eating Crispers and trying to figure out which dice to roll.

These are the things that make WOW great. The new purples are nice, Pandas look awesome, but it’s the community that keeps most of us here. It’s the community that brings a lot of us back, or makes us stay longer than we probably should. It’s the community that has me watching Gnomer and BBB‘s children grow up, even though I’ve never met them.

So, yeah, I am excited about playing WOW with my friends, old and new. Bring on Pandas and all the other things that are coming with MOKFP!

Learning how to tank like a Paladin, again.

Posted in MOKFP, Paladin, Pie, Tanking with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2012 by forthepie

One of the things I decided to write about was my experiences re-learning how to be a Paladin tank, commonly referred to as a Tankadin.  Now, I am not going to go over all the theorycrafting and math, that’s Maintankadin’s job.  What I want to talk about is how I am learning to tank, again.

Bratwurst, the paladin formerly known as Piepal.  Yes, I used to tank in a dress, what of it? By the way, Bratwurst was so named because of this post. Which also started the alliance with the alliance guild Crits and Giggles.

I’ve been tanking as a paladin since BC, some. I played my hunter mostly in BC, raiding into Black Temple. But when WOTLKEE dropped, I leveled my paladin up and tanked for the Horde, even getting into some 10 mans. I got the paladin to 85 before I left WOW and did a little bit of tanking in 5 mans.  I have some gear, but it’s basically barely heroic level. I’ve tanked a few normal instances, trying to get my mojo back. I had to learn the new rotation again. Heck, I need to learn it better. I have a few new buttons, due to the changes in the talent trees and skills.

Now that I look at my talents, I probably need to reset them. I’ve got other classes and some their talents are hard to decide and the paladin is no different. One of the mods on Maintankadin said the nice thing about these talents is they are situational, whereas with the old talent trees, you set them at the first of the expansion and really never moved them, unless Blizzard did some really big changes.

One of the things that I like about paladin tanking, over the other tank classes, is mana. I like basically having all my abilities ready to go right away. I know that Shield of Righteousness requires Holy Power, so it’s not technically ready at the beginning, but it’s ready about the time you get to it in the rotation. And, I came back and there was one rotation and now that 5.04 has dropped, there’s another rotation of sorts.  I suggest you check out this post.

Just like Nim…wait, okay kinda like Nim, I’ll be taking you through my trials and tribulations as a paladin tank, once Mists drops and I level toward endgame. Hoping maybe that somebody might have use for a Beefy Meat Shield ™.

A long time ago, in a galaxy quite near actually…

Posted in MOKFP, News, Pie, Real Life with tags , on August 30, 2012 by forthepie

April 6, 2010, I made my last post on 4theHorde. It was a review of the WOW headphones. 2 years, 4 months and a 23 days later, I return. I haven’t been gone from WOW that long, but I haven’t had much to say, unless you count the comments I’ve made on other people’s blogs.  My feed reader still has a couple WOW blogs in it. 4TH good friend and lover of all things holy paladin Repgrind, and of course the one and only Big Bear Butt and a new one I love, by Garrosh himself. I was reading and looking up stuff for Cataclysm and then, as the others have said, the group started to lose their love of WOW. Fikkle and I tried hard to find our lost love for Azeroth, spending money switching servers…then switching factions, then switching back. Star Wars: The Old Republic loomed on the horizon and probably sometime in May or June of 2011, I left WOW, for what I thought was for good. I actually deleted the game from my computer. Which, I will tell you, is a bad thing, if you ever play again. All my settings were gone. I had to find my addons by trial and error. Before you delete the game, copy and save your WTF folder. Seriously.

In the first part of July 2011, I was invited to SWTOR Beta, the only one of the group and I was probably the least interested in the game. I was only going to play because the others were going and they were pumped and I hoped that we’d all group up again in a galaxy far, far away and it would be good.  I played Beta from July through the release, then switched over to live and grouped up with Fikkle and his brother Kevin, leveling in a group most of the time. I started out as a healing bounty hunter, Fikkle an evil Sith Warrior and Kevin as a dps bounty hunter. Things were great. We then started leveling a group on another server on the Republic side. I was a Sage, Kevin and Fikkle were troopers. We spent a lot of time in the warzones, PvPing it up. Fikkle healed us, while Kevin and I spent most of our time killing the other team. Sadly, Kevin and Fikkle got ahead of me level-wise because of a vacation they took. Then, the big patch Fikkle talked about hit. Fikkle left TOR and I went back to my bounty hunter to level him to 50. I found another guild, great group of friends that welcomed me in. I switched over to dps and we raided. Then summer hit and I got tendonitis in my right wrist, which reduced my game time. The guild started leaking active players and I couldn’t find another place.  I stopped gaming for a bit to allow my wrist to rest and heal, and to catch up on some of the shows I watch, to start some new ones and to slog through the Song of Ice and Fire series. (book 4 how you drag on…)

Meanwhile, Sy and Kevin and even Nim were talking about WOW and I started getting a little homesick for Azeroth. Kevin needed a Scroll of Resurrection to get the new mount Blizz offers, so I took it at the end of July, 2012. Soon after, Fikkle received my SoR. We’ve wandered around visiting places and learning the game again. We didn’t really want to delve too deep since the game changed Tuesday.  This post was written Monday morning and scheduled for my normal post day of Thursday, so as you read this, I am learning the game over again, just like you. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be posting from the perspective of a paladin. Yes, I know, Halkale is pretty much my main, but Sy has been playing his hunter most in Cata and he wants to bring you the hunter perspective, so I’ll be bringing you the world of Bratwurst, the Tauren Tankadin.

Welcome back 4theHorde

Before I end this post, I wanted to sum up my thoughts on what TOR does that I really think Blizzard ought to put into WOW. By this, I don’t mean making WOW like TOR, but some quality of life things that I really enjoyed.

1) Cross Faction mail system for your account. There was no Bind on Account or Heirloom gear in TOR, if it was bound to your character it was bound to your character, but credits and other supplies were able to be moved from one character to another. Now this only came about after Legacy was introduced, but still, I miss that so much in WOW. I have a few alts, I’d like to be able to move stuff around.  Heck I’d really like for them to get to a point where we could mail our heirlooms across servers, too. That way I wouldn’t have to pay for server transfers…..hey, I see what you did Blizzard.

2) Crew skills vs professions. First, I don’t think WOW should have crew skills, what I mean by this is how TOR allows you to keep your mats in your bank and then be able to use them to make things. It’s so annoying to have to go to my bank and fill my bags to create some items. I realize part of this is to require folks to get into town or blow their mobile banking cool down, but really is it that fun?
I had a couple more ideas, but then Blizzard went and announced they were coming in the next expansion. I am interested in seeing how the really work in game.

Lastly, it may be blue, but it sure is epic:

It seats 5, but has no vendors.

Im in your blog, reviewing your headset…among other things

Posted in Pie, Random with tags , , on April 6, 2010 by forthepie

So Sy wanted the Creative World of Warcraft Headset.  But, I beat him to it.  Here is my review.

First, the headset itself.

The headphones are pretty big.  They fit my huge melon, pretty easily.  I would think folks with smaller than normal heads might have issues with them being too big.  They are also considered “closed” type headphones.  Meaning, sounds outside of the headphones are very much muted (this won’t affect people who play/live alone, but people listening for the doorbell, dogs, children or spouse, might have issues).  It takes a little bit of time to get used to the fact you can’t hear yourself speak very well, so you might talk too loud to start with.  The mic, while removable is not movable.  It’s flexible but it’s pretty much in the position it is in.  The gain on the mic is set pretty high, so be prepared for all of us on Vent to hear the sounds in your room pretty easily, the mic at one point was picking up fan noise in my computer room.

The sound/music/effects.

These headphones are good.  Of course you are paying north of 100 bucks for them so they should be good.  They are THX certified, so the sound quality is quite good.  Be prepared to hear sounds in the game you probably hadn’t noticed before.  And be prepared to hear it much louder than before.  I’ve been tweaking my sound all weekend.  I really can’t say enough about the sound quality.  Of course, with a good set of speakers you probably are in the same position.  Not the greatest music headphones, but they work well enough to listen to music while running farming circles.  Movies would probably be quite good, the software you download (and you have to download it, to use the extra parts of the headphones, like voice effects and surround sound etc) plays the Wrath Trailer and it was awesome.

Wireless vs Wired.

The initial charge is 8 hours, let it go the full 8 hours.  The other charges are about 4 hours from dead to fully charged.   The charge lasts 5-6 hours depending on how much you are using them and I assume how you use the lights on the outside etc.  Maxed stuff and lights on all the way and I blew through a charge in 3 hours my first time.  Of course, that might have been because I didn’t let them charge the full 8 hours. /blush  You can use while charging.  There really isn’t any notice the headset is losing charge and about to shut off. Oh sure the light blinks…on the back of the left side headphone..while they are on your head. Not sure the wireless part is worth the extra money though, since you may end up needing 2 USB ports for the charger and the USB transmitter.

Oh one last thing.  The software has an option called smart sound or something like that.  It prevents the headset from going too loud when really loud sounds come up.  I had it turned on and noticed that calling a mount could sometimes mute the sound down, it would eventually get back up, but for a while all sound in game was muted some.  Of course, turning it off and having a prot and ret pally destroying mobs was a bit loud, so something that would need some tweaking.

Amazon has some lower prices if you look at the new/used options. I got mine for about 9 dollars off the regular price due to small box issues.  Some rounded corners and I think the box had been opened, but the headset was still in it’s wrappers etc. I would be this is from Amazon doing quality checks.

But wait… there’s more.

Within a week of buying them, they broke.  Basically the adjustable part of the band is pretty thin hard plastic and when you pull the headphones off and put them on, you put pressure on that thin plastic piece.  So while I was going to say you should buy them, I am not so sure. I am returning my pair to Amazon for a refund and in the meantime I bought some Sennheiser PC 161 (166 if you want the USB version) and they are very good. Not closed like the WOW ones, but comfy and great sound.  So far, no one on vent has complained about my voice.  And they cost about 1/2 what the wireless version cost.  I bought mine for around 85 bucks, but they are wired, but the wire is very thin and hardly noticeable.

Operation: Lowbie-Hunter Levels 1-10

Posted in Hunter Guide, Lowbies, Non-Wow Related, Pie with tags , on January 1, 2010 by forthepie

Meet Wrasam, Night Elf Hunter.

Sadly my Mohawked wore off before I got this pic.

My attempt to level this hunter with a large amount of cash or heirlooms from my level 80′s begins now.  As I progress through this guide, the goal is to not tell you how to play each level, or to complete quests, or even go into a lot of detail on certain hunter skills.  Quite simply, why invent the wheel.   I will link you to the spells you get, through Wowhead.  In addition, any tips I might have for doing the things hunter do best, or ways to avoid being a huntard if possible, will be given when the spell or ability is attained.  For example, I won’t talk about kiting until you have the shots and abilities needed to actually kite a mob.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Level 1, bright eyed and bushy-tailed, you enter the world of Azeroth with a few things.  As a hunter, you get a 2 handed axe, a bow/gun (I suspect Dwarves get guns, perhaps Draenei), 200 arrows/bullets, a backpack, a 4 slot quiver and a hearthstone.  To be honest, hunters get it good here, the quiver provides you one more slot that other folks don’t get.  Keep this quiver until you get enough bags, I would suggest until you can step up to 10 slot or bigger bags.

Sadly, Hunters have to melee for the first 10 levels, without a pet. Yes, you get to shoot things, using your ranged weapon, but most times that mob is going to end up in melee and you are going to end up flailing at it with your melee weapon.  This, in my not so humble opinion (and others too), establishes bad habits in the beginning hunter, that must be unlearned when you get your pet at level 10.  More on that later.

At level 1, you have auto-attack (now called Attack) which is the melee attack and Auto Shot, which is your ranged attack.  In addition, you get Raptor Strike, which is your only mana using ability until level 4.

Level 2 brings you Track Beasts, which allows your mini-map to show dots that represent beasts.  Green dots are friendly, yellow are neutral and red dots represent aggressive beasts.  In the starter area, you should have no red dots, unless the opposite faction is in the area and has a beast present.

Until you get Serpent Sting at level 4, you should pretty much follow this attack pattern.  Click mob you want to kill, get to the max range you can attack using your Auto Shot ability (35 yards at this point in your WOW life).  Start firing by either right mouse clicking the mob (if you have the setting selected) or by hitting the button Auto Shot is assigned to, or by left clicking the ability.  When the mob closes to melee, activate Raptor Strike.  If necessary, if it comes off it’s cooldown, activate it again.   Rinse…repeat.  Depending on your hits, crits and damage, the mob may not make it to melee.

You think this is bad, go read the paladin guide, when it get’s posted.

At level 4, you get Serpent Sting and Aspect of the Monkey.  You will be in Aspect of the Monkey (Aspects are referred  to by just the part after the, e.g. Monkey) until you get the next aspect at level 10.  Aspects are like warrior stances or paladin auras, in that they serve roles for you.  Monkey is your melee damage reducer by buffing your ability to dodge.  Serpent Sting will now be the shot you open with on the mob.  This will put a DoT on the mob.  It’s not really that mana efficient, but at this stage you aren’t using mana a lot, and the mana regen at the lower levels is incredible, so use it.  It will help for those mobs that take off and run when their health drops to 20%.

At level 5, you can train professions.  I recommend training First Aid and Cooking and working on them, so that you can max them when you have time and money and mats.  For the primary professions, I would recommend Herbalism and Skinning, if this is your first character and whatever you want, if you have the bank of an 80 backing you up.  Why?  Herbalism gives you a healing spell, that unless you are Draenei, hunters don’t have.  Skinning gives you crit rating and crit is always welcome.  Plus skinning doesn’t require tracking.  Fishing is up to you.  Seriously, my 80 hunter is maxed, and I fish a lot, for mats for food buffs that all my characters use, but I can understand why folks wouldn’t want to do it.

At level 6, you get Hunter’s Mark and Arcane Shot.  Congrats, you can now effectively kite the mob if you’d like.  While moving, your Auto Shot will not work.  So you’ll be left with only 2 shots, Serpent Sting and Arcane Shot.  You may find it quicker not to kite mobs at this point, but to continue letting them run toward you why you put bullets or arrows in their mug.

I won’t go over how to kite a mob.  Quite simply, BRK has put out the best example on how to do so in this video and this, it involves jump shooting and to be honest, while I can do it, I am not great at it. If you click the BRK link, you’ll find all of his “guide” posts.  Most of that stuff still applies, but I want to update the changes that have been made.

Hunter’s Mark each mob?  You can. The bonus isn’t great and it does use mana and you may find it’s not really helpful.  Either way, not a big deal at this point in your life.

At level 8, you get Concussive Shot and Rank 2 of Raptor Strike.  Not really going to spend a lot of time on new ranks, unless they add something to the mix.  Concussive shot….when do I use in my rotation?  Well, I’ve found that I open with Serpent Sting, then Concussive Shot, then Arcane.  This usually makes the mob die or really close, that if they run, they still have the slowing debuff and I can keep them from running away too far.

LEVEL 10!

Congratulations, you’ve made it past the worst part of being a hunter, after a few quests and a lot of running, you’ll be able to tame a pet of your choice and your leveling speed and ability to burn through mobs will increase exponentially.

First, when you level, you get a talent point to spend.   Quite simply, my advice is to put a point in Endurance Training.  I know you can realistically level as any of the specs, but I think your downtime and ability to survive is just better, especially at the lower levels, with Beastmastery.

When you get to your trainer, and I would advise getting there quickly, you learn Parry, a passive skill, Rank 2 of Serpent Sting and Track Humanoids, which like Track Beasts will cause Humanoid mobs to show up on your mini-map, if you are tracking them.  A note here, apparently abilities are being added to you bars automatically.  You can remove the Tracking as their is a button on your mini-map you can use to access the tracking abilities.

Your trainer also has a quest chain for you to start.  Start it.  No really, stop reading and go do it.  It’s the chain that gets you to learn how to tame pets.  First you get a rod and you go train 3 mobs.  After the 3rd mob is trained and you return you learn the following abilities:  Call Pet, Dismiss Pet, Tame Beast and a quest to run to your major city.  There you will learn Feed Pet and Revive Pet.

The pet you choose to tame is entirely up to you.   A Tenacity pet is really nice because it provides a bit more health and armor and tends to hold aggro better.  A Ferocity pet is good because it does more damage and a Cunning pet has some abilities that make them useful in places like PvP.  Try out many different types and visit Petopia for more information on pets.

Next time we’ll go through levels 11-20.

Operation: Lowbie-Getting Started

Posted in Operation Lowbie, Pie with tags , , on December 30, 2009 by forthepie

Assuming you are new to the game, where do you begin?  For those already familiar with the world…of warcraft, this post may not be really educational.

After you setup your battle.net account and log into WOW for the first time, you are offered a server for your characters to live on.  Before you take the Recommended server, stop. Ask yourself a few questions.

1) Do I have friends or family that play WOW?  Chances are you do know someone, even if you don’t know that they do.  If you have friends or family that play, ask them where they play and what faction.  Having friends in the game isn’t mandatory, but it sure makes life a lot easier.

2) Where do I live and what time zone is my home?  Why?  Well, WOW has multiple data centers and all their US/Oceanic Servers are based in these data centers.  Just because you live in the Pacific Time Zone doesn’t mean your server’s data center does, even if it is a Pacific Time Zone server.  For information on data centers, their location and time zone and type, please look here.

Why is that important?  Well for one thing, matching your time zone and your server’s time zone can make it easier for you to group up with people. Although, most folks set their calendars to server time, but also, if you live on the West Coast and your server is on the East coast you may find that it’s harder to find groups that can play as long as you.  It’s not game breaking, but it can help.  Also, you will may notice some difference in latency if you select a data center closer to you than one farther away.  I live in the KC area, so I consistently getter better latency from the Dallas Data Center, than the Seattle one.  Your mileage may vary, of course.

Okay, so now you’ve selected your server, you know which faction you are going to play and you’ve figure out the look, name, race and class of your character.  Ready to jump in the game?

Some advice.

Watch the opening scene for your race, heck roll up all the different races and watch the opening scenes.

Also, read your quest text, look and listen to the speeches given.  Sure the 102380 time you do it, you will race through the quests, but that first time, take your time.  For one thing, if you are doing this prior to Cataclysm, that quest, that zone..may not be there when Cataclysm hits.

Lastly, make friends.  Perhaps you won’t make friends in the starter zone, but as you group with people, if they seem to be nice, put them on your friends list.  Friends are a great thing in WOW, it is a multi-player game for a reason.

If this is your first character, don’t worry about weapon or equipment upgrades.  For the most part, the game will get them to you.  Don’t go blowing your hard earned gold, silver, bronze and copper on the Auction House(AH).

Casters may want to pick up a wand, but usually you’ll find quite a few Lesser and Greater Magic Wands on the AH, due to they are something enchanters use to level up, they are usually not expensive.

The primary thing you need to gather is bags.  Bag space is a concern for the rest of your time in WOW.

OH and don’t be afraid to sign guild charters, especially if folks are offering to give you gold.  No, it’s not a scam.  In order for guilds to be created they must get 9 people to sign the charter the guild master bought.  They have to be from 9 different accounts, so you will probably see people in the starting areas and in the major cities asking for signatures in Trade or General chat channels.  A note to you veterans of WOW, offer to pay for your signatures and go to the starter or lower areas and offer these to lower characters.  10 gold doesn’t seem like a lot to you, but to a level 10 who doesn’t have an 80 or a bunch of friends helping them out, it’s a very big deal.

Okay, so let’s take stock of where we are:

1) You have your server, your faction and your character decided on.

2) You’ve watched the opening racial scene and you are now in game, armed with knowledge that the AH is a money sink and you need bags as soon as you can get them. (By the way, you don’t need to buy the biggest bags in the world, even the 4 slot bags will help you at first, just don’t go crazy at first)

3) You are standing in the starting area, staring at the NPC with the big yellow ! over their head.

4) You know this first time, that you are going to read the quests, listen to the speeches the NPCs give and you are going to enjoy the journey.

What now?

Well, join me next time as the Operation: Lowbie series splits between the hunter and the paladin.  I am not going to go step by step, quest by quest, but I am going to talk about the leveling process for each class and share with you some tips to making the road to 80 (or 85 in Cat) a bit easier.

Have a Happy New Year!

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