Leveling and Transmogging

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by sylus

Welcome back everyone to your favorite Horde-centric, multiblogger, random horde blog on WordPress. Yeah, I’m being a bit specific on this one, but hey, we really need to narrow down the audience right? I mean, without naming you guys, which we may have in the past I’m not sure, I’m not sure what to call you. So, until further notice, and we come up with a better name for you guys, I’ll call you Steve.

So, Steve, I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Real life was awesome, took the kids to a pumpkin patch/farm and had fun thing the little ones tank the headless horseman… Wait, I’m getting in game mixed up with retail life again… That happens from time to time. We did go to a pumpkin patch, there wasn’t a headless horseman giving away candy, trinkets, mounts and helmets, but we had fun none the less.

In game, Hallow’s end started up and everyone has been enjoying this… Me not so much, I’ve just been leveling my monk. He hit 69 this weekend, which was only a level off of my goal. I knew I would be pushing things to get to 70, but I thought, hey, let’s shoot for the stars. What amazed me was how far I went this weekend. I started out at 62 and I only had to do parts of hellfire and nagrand to get to 68, then I dropped everything and made a mad dash for northrend. It felt good to be back on Azeroth. Random thought, It’s a really weird feeling knowing you are on another planet… Outland is another planet… Huh, I guess I never gave it much thought.

Anyway, so I hit 68 and headed for Borean Tundra. That was fun. That zone did a good job introducing you to northrend, new races, new questing styles, and a very “cold” feel to the landscape. It did a great job transitioning into some of the more advanced zones.

I’m fully convinced I could have hit 70 this past weekend if not for one little, very addicting thing. Transmogrification. Yup, I’m still Transmogging every upgrade I get. Spending 10 minutes every gear upgrade while questing zoning back to Org, mogging the gear, and zoning back. Seriously… It’s really sad. Well, if everything goes well, I’ll be sitting at 74 by the end of the week, so I can push through to 80 next weekend. We’ll see, but either way, it’s a goal.

~OldManSy

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.

Zen Flight is Alright

Posted in MOKFP with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by sylus

I am in love with monk Zen flight. I hit 60 last night and went straight to my trainers, learned the glyph, and here I am, floating out front of Grommash Hold.

 

Ohmmmmm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I have to say is: “For the Horde.”

Monking Around

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , on October 15, 2012 by sylus

Welcome back everyone, I hope your weekend was as productive as mine. welcome back to work all of my canadian friends, I hope your holiday was great. I had a great weekend with the family, my daughter had a birthday party, sugar, wrapping paper, and boxes still litter my house… when you think you have it all picked up, cleaned up, guess what… THERE I S STILL MORE HIDING!!!

As for my ingame time this weekend, it was slim to none, but that didnt keep me from leveling from 52 to 58. Now I know what some of you hardcore gamers out there are saying when I tell you I’ve only gotten my monk to lvl 58, “noob” “slowpoke” and “lollearntoplay” come to mind. I on the other hand am quite proud of what I’ve done with my wow time since Pandaria dropped. I checked my played time on Saturday afternoon, and as of then had played a total of 17 hours and change. This isn’t all of my Pandaria play time. I started a panda monk, leveled him to 30, then decided I wanted an Orc monk, was too cheap to drop 25 bucks for a race change, and rerolled ANOTHER monk.

Up until this point I had really done nothing but dungeon finder from level 15-52. Then I hit the dreaded mid 50′s slog. Now, is it just me or is this the proving grounds levels in the slog to 90? I had ran with a ton of groups who were flying through instances. Tanks could easily hold aggro, healers had no problems keeping everyone alive, and DPS did their jobs by destroying things(minus tanks…. Their threat generation through the vengeance mechanic((attack power increase while being beat on)) kept their DPS through the roof). When I hit those 50′s lvl instances, that all seemed to end. Once we got into ZF, DM, ya know, late 40′s early 50′s this all changed. I was in horrid group after horrid group. Tanks couldn’t hold threat, even after giving them plenty of room up front to build threat, healers couldn’t keep tanks, yet alone DPS alive(tanks first of course) and NOONE KNEW WHERE THEY WERE GOING!!!

After wasting my time in dungeons leveling to 54 on Friday evening, I decided that when I got in game Saturday I would just start hitting some quests rather than dungeons. So, I logged in Saturday afternoon during my kiddo’s nap and went looking for the quest board outside of Hellscream’s place. Silithis. Ok, I haven’t been there in…. Well, forever. So, I hopped on the flight path and ignored the game for the three minute flight, while rewatching season two of the walking dead to catch up for season three, which dropped last night… That’s another rant in itself, I’m a dish network customer…. RasafrasadishnetworksucksfordroppingAMC…

Anyway, back to wow… I was shocked at how fast I was leveling questing. I went from 54 to 56 in about thirty minutes… Blown away. So, last night I sat down to knock out a level before bed. I destroyed the blasted lands in around an hour, and hit 58. Now I am super excited about heading into outlands. Honestly, I loved the quests, the zones, the dungeons. I think I will fly throu outlands and into northrend just as fast. Will I go back to dungeons? Yes, and yes. I love the dungeons in outlands, with the hellfire peninsula dungeons being some of my favorite in the game… RED ORC’S!!!

Am I power leveling through the game, not really, but on my casual schedule, I’m going as fast as I can! I love the monk. On a side note, the rising tiger kick thingie at 56…. Best move to date. I love the crap out of it. If I wasn’t destroying mobs before this, now I’m two and three shooting mobs. Amazing. If you haven’t read up, or listened to any monk related guides, Eatmopie does a guest appearance on the Sept. 24th episode on Convert to Raid. If you want to find Eatmopie(he’s not perfect, he’s a gnome after all) he is on Facebook, just look for Eatmopie. I really think Pie would like this guy, just a guess.

Guys, have a great week, get your work done, family first, then tear up Azeroth for me.
~OldManSy

And now for something completely random

Posted in Random with tags , , , , on October 11, 2012 by forthepie

One of my jobs on this blog is to check the spam folder and delete all the real spam and approve any comments that are not spam. I am not the only writer who does this, but it is one of the things I do to help 4theHorde be the greatest 4 writer Horde centric blog, written by 3 Kansans and a Canadian. Oh and Happy 10, 11, 12.

I have to laugh sometimes at the amount of spam we get, plus the types of comments that are made by obvious spammers. I almost approved a comment because the website name/title was invisible toaster, it might have made it on title alone. Most of our spam is the usual link infested crap that I am sure none of you want to see. I’ve thought about letting the reblog spam go through, but again, it’s still spam.

I’ve finished all the Warcraft books I have, the only one left to buy and read is the Wolfheart one. I will say this. I didn’t care for Garrosh before reading the book, but it was a mostly, you are not Thrall kinda way. Now, I am in the Garrosh hate camp. I am supporting Basic Campfire for new Warchief.  I am actually toying with an RP story where Halkale “leaves” the Horde, because of Garrosh’s actions. Halkale is now 90 and he doesn’t go to Orgrimmar anymore, since his hearth is set to the inn in the Temple of Two Moons.

One of the disadvantages of being in a smallish guild, which by the way is creeping up onto Guild level 14, is that we don’t have a lot of people on. Kor was off on Canadian Thanksgiving so his play time over the weekend was pretty random. Apparently, Nim and Sy have families to deal with and so their play time is at odd times too. But, we are a helpful group and we support each other pretty well. We are all taking part in trying to get the Working Better as a Team achievement so we can get the heirloom pants.

Monday was Columbus Day here in the US. It was also a banking holiday so that meant I had the day off. I had a couple of errands to run, one of which was to run to the DMV to get the tag for my truck. That is also the time we pay our personal property taxes. Ouch. Outside of the painful amount of money I owed, the trip was pretty quick, probably most of the people thought they were closed Monday. So with the day off and my dailies done for Tillers and Anglers, I decided to hop over to my dwarven mage Crispers, who resides in Crits and Giggles.  I was excited to see the Alliance side of things.

Is there an achievement for the most number of deaths before you complete the first quest. No, not the quest where you drive a gyrocopter around and shoot things. No, the first “ground” quests. Squishy mage is squishy. When touching down Crispers had a touch over 100k health. Those melee mobs hit hard. I finally got to the first Panda village and realized it’s probably a good idea to get something that hits harder than the Frost spec I was using. So I switched to Fire. Much better, once I got the rotation down, but still very squishy. Swarms of hozen tend to kill me because I don’t have much in the way of get out of jail cards. Anyone who has a link to helpful tips or who wants to post some tips in the comments are surely welcome.

I almost made a decision to only level paladins and hunters, maybe warlocks. I am very scared about how to level my priest, she needs to be leveled so she can continue her tailoring, mostly she needs to get to 87ish so she can survive in the Silken Fields.

My other major concern is how do I level Bratwurst. I did a 2.5 of the dungeons while leveling Halkale. I say .5 because while I completed the Brewery and Jade Temple, but the Shan-Do one, we got through a boss and on the trash after the panda boss, we started wiping. To be honest, I am not sure why the tank kept dying, the healer seemed competent, the melee dps warrior was one of the go go go mentality folks. I thought we were focusing down the healer mobs, but something kept killing the tank and finally the group fell apart.  I’ve noticed a few times while running Cata normals that more and more people are just in the “fast food” dungeon mentality, I think it’s still prevalent in MOKFP.  I loved tanking in Wrath on my pally. I loved leading a group of my friends in to take down the LK, even if it was late in Cata before we attempted it, as 85′s with raid geared folks from Shadow Rising.

I am just not sure I am ready for the headache of not only fighting the instance, but my party, as well. Perhaps I need to powerlevel my druid healer up and heal Kor? Can I get 40ish levels by the end of the week?  After I started writing this, I got my Tiller’s rep to Honored and got my next four plots of land and ran a scenario. Pretty quick queue and pretty fun. Still need to run a ton more and keep working on my dailies.

Slow Down, I am NOT Prepared. (Or the Little Cliché Post That Could)

Posted in Random on October 10, 2012 by Kor

Lok’tar friends!

So patch 5.1 is just around the corner. Is it too soon? As far as I’m concerned, the answer is most definitely yes. I mean as Illidan would say, “I am NOT prepared”. I have a million things left to do, or at least it feels that way. I hit 90 fairly early and have since slowed down with what I wanted to accomplish. In past expansions I’ve always split my time between dailies, dungeons, heroics, pvp, old content, crafting, farming, and goofing off.  This time around, I’ve focused on crafting, dailies and pet battles (which I would lump into the goofing off category). 

Pet battles have been extremely fun and an excellent draw to spend (read: waste) time doing something fun that isn’t overly taxing or trying, although I had a bit of a nerd rage moment the other day when I found a pet that I didn’t have in Thousand Needles and started the battle, only to realize that my level 11, 10 and 4 were no match for two level 13s, and I lost my second pet battle ever (the first loss came just after having gotten my 50 consecutive wins achievement, and this one after probably climbing back up that consecutive win count to around 60 or 70).  For now, I’ve kind of stopped progressing as I try to level up various battle pet families up to level 10. I’m not overly concerned with the achievement to get a bunch of different pets to level 10, but I like to have the option to pick and choose whichever type of pet that I want from the various available pets that I have.  Oh and I’ve been out collecting, because “Gotta catch’em all” and all that.

On top of that, the dailies that I’ve primarily focused on were the cloud serpent, tilling, cooking and fishing dailies, primarily because the new tilling is fun, the guild needed professions levelled for Working Better As a Team and because I really want to fly on a cloud serpent. When I’ve felt in the mood I’ve gone and done the Golden Lotus dailies as well, but I’ve been extremely lax in doing them, particularly because I didn’t really feel any urgency to get them completed. There is normally a few months between when an expansion is released and when the first content expansion is released. But now, with the 5.1 content right around the corner, I feel like I’m behind already, and I’ve only just begun. If I want to get things done at level 90, I’m going to have to ignore my alts, something which I’m not all that keen on doing. The guild still needs about five or six professions levelled for the achievement and several of those are profs that I have the highest skill of those available in the guild (with my alts).  I often joke that between my alts I have my own little fickle economy going on, and it’s kinda sad but true. The real tragedy, however, is that “Time is Money” and I’m always broke because I waste my time on so many damn professions.

In addition to those things, I’ve run a few scenarios (only two or three) and I did one BG, a Warsong Gulch during the double honor days because Kor has been trying to work on exalted with the Warsong Clan since he levelled exclusively through pvp. I realized very quickly however, that my quest greens were no match for the way BGs are nowadays and so I haven’t been back because I’ve been working on getting better gear (or so I planned on doing that, I haven’t really followed up).  I also haven’t finished the Dread Wastes yet. I started questing there at level 89 and died repeatedly before deciding that I should go to Towlong first. I made it far enough to meet the Klaxxi and then I didn’t go back. I’m not really sure why I haven’t bothered other than the fact that without the little xp bar at the bottom of my screen, I don’t really have to, so it seems I can’t be bothered.  I mean “Why do today what can be put off til tomorrow,” right?

But all of that to say, I haven’t even started the dailies with the Shado Pan yet, nor the Klaxxi. When the announcement was made by Blizzard that they were removing rep requirements from JP / VP gear, I assumed that it meant both, and I could’ve swore that I went and checked both vendors and all the rep requirements were gone, but when I went back the other day, the VP vendor gear still requires rep. So now I’m not sure if they changed it back or never changed it to begin with and perhaps I’m just going crazy, because we all know that “Crazy is as crazy does”.

In any case, the game is chugging steadily along, and I know that progression players want more and more content quicker and quicker.  Long gone are the days of 40-man raiding when clearing a single raid took months and months. Now, the first day a new raid is released, the content is cleared the same night. I’m not really interested in getting into the debate about all that, and while I’m fully supportive of making raids accessible to casual players like myself (who would never be able to see any of the content otherwise), it feels like the rushing of content is pigeon-holing players into picking only one thing to focus on and sticking with it.  That being said, just because 5.1 is coming soon doesn’t meant that I have to be ready to go out and do all of the content the same day its released, I’m not a progression raider after all, but I hate the feeling of getting behind the gear curve, you know, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” (Or, an epic on your character is worth two on the vendor).

I fully intended to start making use of the raid finder to gear my characters during this expansion, something I haven’t really had a chance to do since I was gone from the game when it was introduced.  As it stands right now, I still feel fairly behind on the gear curve, so I need to hunker down and go finish the Dread Wastes, and then actually start to run some scenarios and / or heroics to start hitting the valor cap each week.  On top of that, I actually need to start forcing myself to do the dailies that I actually require the reputation with so I can start to progress through and unlock access to pieces of gear that are currently unavailable to me.  For about a week there, I actually thought that I was ahead of the curve, but now it just feels like “I took a puntable marmot in the knee.”

I also did a bunch of crafting, and since Kor is a jewelcrafter, I finally levelled his JC skill to max. Now I have a metric crap tonne (because well all know that metric crap is much heavier than other types of crap) of jewels in my bank and no gear to gem. I honestly don’t remember the last time that I had so many gems and no gear to put them in. A part of me is tempted to sell them all off, but another part of me knows that at some point I’m gonna start getting gear drops that will need to be gemmed. In the past, despite having a max level jewelcrafter, if I’ve gotten a piece of gear it was much more expedient to go and purchase a cut gem of the type I want than to actually farm for the ore, prospect it and hope for the right color gem to proc and then cut it into the one I need.  If I sell them now, I’m essentially just “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” but

As I contemplate the sudden urgency I feel to complete all of these things so that I can take part in the end game content, I’m reminded of the very common voice reply that you get when clicking on pandaran characters, and I was thinking that perhaps Blizz should take their own advice: “Slow Down.”

Stay Hordecore

– Kor

Weekend Warrior

Posted in A Word with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by sylus

Aaaaaaand, another weird weekend. I should have this thing figured out by now, plans never go as planned, and I will never stay on target by playing on the one toon I plan on playing… This weekend is no different! My PLANS were to get my little Orc monk to level 50… He’s barely 42. My PLANS were to spend Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon, and Sunday evening gaming to accomplish that goal… I played a little Friday evening, then fell asleep much earlier than planned due to my wife having a migraine and I was tired from wrangling my kiddos(not complaining, I’d do anything for my wife and kids, just pointing out this wasn’t in the plan) Saturday afternoon I never got around to the computer due to odd nap times and a wedding, Saturday evening is where this story gets interesting, and this guy gets some wow monk time. So, as some of you are aware of, I’m a huge transmog fan. Seriously, HUGE. Now, when I sat down Saturday evening, I had a clear three hours ahead of me, three hours I would devote to doing nothing but Q’ing up for the random dungeon finder… Right after I fly out to stone talon mountains to start doing the quests to get the sweet shoulder pads from the quartermaster. Yeah, go figure I DIDN’T Q… I just keep right on questing… And pet battling… And logging back and forth working the AH… Seriously, I am a sad, sad altaholic/ADHD gamer. This really shouldn’t surprise me. But you have to admit, my transmog monk gear looks pretty sweet.

20121007-225123.jpg Lets move onto Sunday… So, I woke up Sunday morning feeling like crap. My allergies were destroying my face, and my head was pounding. I let my wife take the kids to church while I stayed home, sleeping. Lets fast forward a few hours, I’ve slept off my headache (side note, let’s just say the headache was entirely my Caffiene addicted brain was deprived, I had runout of my drug of choice and not had any coffee yet. Caffiene deficient. Some ibuprofen, coffee, and sleep turned half of my battle around. Now, I enjoyed a good lunch with my family, put the kiddos down to bed for their afternoon nap, booted up my trusty wow machine, went to the refrigerator to get a caffeinated beverage, some pretzels, and sat down to finally tear through the 8 levels I’m lacking in my level 50 goal for the weekend. I start up Netflix, I’m addicted to cheesy sitcoms, and double click the ol’ wow icon. I input my gaming info, and watch the connecting screen…. And I continue to watch the connecting screen. Ok, what gives? I pull up the wow forums to see what’s going on. Low and behold this takes place… Dualshockers This was their official statement, courtesy of Nethaera:

12:17 p.m. PDT – We are continuing to work to resolve the connection issues that many players are experiencing while attempting to log in to the game. We do not have an ETA for when this will be resolved but will provide an additional update at approximately 1:15 p.m. PDT. —————————————————————————————————- 11:15 p.m. PDT- We are currently experiencing an issue after the performed rolling restarts that is affecting the authentication servers. We are currently investigating this issue and will provide further updates within an hour.

And what was suppose to be quick rolling restarts ends up being them fixing back doors, stopping general mayhem at the core, and in the process, leaving the servers down for a few hours. Now, technically it wasn’t the servers that were down. Just the authentication servers. Now, I wasn’t in game, so that screwed me over. After about fifteen minutes I went down stairs, watched five episodes of the Big Bang theory, then the kids were up, my day was game, set, match. So, here I am, sitting at 42, where I should have been at least 50. Oh well. Wow is of course not everything, heck for me it’s barely anything most of the time. Life comes first, but honestly, screw you hacker guy for ruining my Sunday afternoon game time.

UPDATE
I found this article this morning that tracked down one of the perpetrators of my crappy Sunday afternoon. Read this link, it is amazing. And I would say to him, seriously? Blaming blizzard for your asshatery? Screw you guy.

Screw you guy. Screw you, and get off my lawn!(just the hacker bs guy),
OldManSy

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