Archive for December, 2010

So, how slow can you level?

I am in no rush to hit level 85 and start the horrific gear grind.  So I’m taking my sweet time with my druid and finished out Hyjal and Deepholm.

So far, the on-rails question experience seems good.  I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that after putting at least 4 toons through it, but for now I like it.  I saw this from the great Bear Butt Blogger himself, so it looks like I’ll be taking my bear to Vashj’r next.  I don’t care that I won’t be getting much experience there, I at least need to unlock the local dungeon and bounce around on the bottom of the sea on my bear 🙂

I haven’t done a single one of the new instances yet.  I’m saving that for as long as I can.  I might even get a second toon to 85 without ever doing one.  We’ll see.  I keep hearing mixed reviews.  There’s no way in hell I’m going to pug them.  With the short chunks of time I’ve been able to commit to WoW in a given evening, I’m not too keen on spending the whole time in one dungeon.  So we’ll see what happens.


My take on the forsaken

I’ve finished Silverpine on my forsaken hunter.  It was overall a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend that everyone go through it.  Welcome to the machine was hilarious.

However, through this experience, I’ve concluded that I am, indeed, for the Alliance.  The forsaken story is very interesting, yet incredible disturbing as well.  When Sylvanas and Garrosh get in a minor argument, I had to side with Garrosh.  What Sylvanas does is kinda fucked up.  Having seen her thirst for power, I can only view her as a villain.

I suppose there always was an open question regarding what the forsaken would become once Arthas had been defeated.  In my opinion, the natural order of things would be (simplified):

1. Arthas raises scourge

2. Scourge rebel, break free, and form the forsaken

3. Arthas dies

4. Forsaken live as long as they can, dying off through natural causes (rot?) and battle

5. No more forsaken

Now please forgive me if you are a hard-core Horde player.  This is no reflection on you.  I always thought that the Alliance vs. Horde argument was never meant to be a good vs. evil argument, and more of a faction vs. faction argument.  But through this experience, it seems to me that Blizzard is really giving the Horde more of an evil tint.

Or maybe I’m just reading into things too much…

That traitor…

So I’m question along on an undead hunter that I recently made to check out some of the new leveling, as I’ve never rolled an undead before.  Leveling is an absolute joy, but I’ll get into that more later.

Anyway, I’m cruising along in Tirisfal Glades and happen upon Apothecary Jerrod.  I notice that standing next to him is someone rather short of stature.  So I take a closer look.  Oh my God!  It’s a gnome in service to the horde!

This is just plain unacceptable.  So I log off, go back to my home server, log in to my level 51 gnome rogue, journey all the way to Tirisfal, sap Jerrod and garrote Crispin.

Now I feel much better.

That little piece of justice served, I log back onto my undead hunter.  Now originally I was going to tell you all about the amazing experience that Silverpine is, but I decided not to.  My words can not fully describe the awesome.  So long story short, do yourself a favor and roll an undead, and make sure you read the quest text!  I spent almost the whole time with a huge grin on my face and was exclaiming something along the lines of “holy shit that’s awesome” at pretty much every other quest.  If this is the new and improved questing/leveling experience, then I think I might be done with raiding for a while.  I’ve got a metric fuckton of alts I need to roll 🙂

P.S. I understand the irony with using a gnome rogue to kill a traitorous gnome that I found while rolling an undead hunter to kill worgen when I’m going to race change my main (druid) to worgen tomorrow.

Mutant what?

I’ve been leveling an undead hunter on a new server to check out the non-twinked leveling experience and to see the new silverpine quests which I hear are awesome.

My thoughts on the subject will be coming in a future post, but I had to tab out and post this as soon as I saw it…

Mutant bush chicken

I literally laughed so hard I had to stop playing.  Well done Blizzard.  Well done indeed.



Then I did the quest It’s Only Poisonous if You Eat It

I laughed so hard at the quest rewards I thought I was going to pee myself.

I’ve been shattered

So before the shattering I was looking forward to the whole thing but didn’t get myself too worked up.  But now that it’s happened it’s more of an OMGWTFSQUEE!!!

Seriously, where did my warcraft go?  This isn’t WoW!  This is something else.  I can’t even describe it.

Of course, I know it’s going to get even better when I can fly everywhere.  I may be the last person in my guild with an 85 as I spend days on end just flying around looking at everything.

Questing is freaking awesome.  I did the darkshore quests to get Withers for my druid (if you have a druid, you owe this to yourself) and got a bit teary eyed when I went by the ruins of Auberdine to pay my respects.  Questing seems so fluid now.  It’s fantastic.  I can only imagine how much better this is for new players.

Tanking is borked and I don’t care.  Healing is less borked and I don’t care.  Raiding is nonexistent and I’m stoked ’cause that gives me more time to be completely unproductive and just cruise around checking out the sights.

I like the new cooking dailies, especially since they reward skill points, so getting from 400 on up is even easier now.

I really feel like I’m getting ready to play a whole new game now.  My plans for cataclysm?  Totally shattered.  I have no idea what I want to do in cataclysm.  The only thing I know for sure is that I am not going to rush myself.  I’m not going to let myself get pressured by my guild to level and gear up for raiding.  If I’m not ready, they can replace me.

I might end up leveling all 4 of my 80’s in parallel, bouncing from one to another depending on what zones aren’t packed full of levelers.  Of course, the rabid squirrel that seems to be driving my current play style might just go ahead and tell me to go ahead and get that level 26 warlock up to 85 instead.  Or my new worgen warrior may grab me by the genitals and force me to level him to the cap.  Or I might start obsessing about professions and bounce around getting those leveled up.  Or I might start a forsaken on a new server (cause I’m out of spots on my home server) just to see Silverpine, as I seem to be hearing all sorts of things about it being chalk full of awesome.

It reminds when I just started playing and walked into Stormwind for the first time and started to realize that there’s just so much to do!