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Myself? Just enjoyed it!

Number 1 ~ Looked at the Log-in Screen for each of my characters for a good 15 seconds until they jumped into action with either spell casts or attacks.  Nice touch that is.

2 ~ Took a look at my Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina that was in the bank and saw that it’s turned into a 24 slot bag! Sweet! Equipped!  *Even better ~ after I logged out, the “quiver of arrows” is visible on my character!  I’ve still got ammo!

 

Hunters still have Ammo!

 

3 ~ Took off to Thunder Bluff to train… but decided to stop in and check on Cairne.  Check out the new gear he’s got.  Grats Cairne! Not sure what they are but I’m sure you rock with them!

 

Battering Ram Skill Maxed Out

 

4 ~ This inspired me to go visit Thrall and see if he got any gear upgrades.  Sadly, he didn’t.  However, I was invited to stay while the leaders of the Horde discussed the current states of affairs.

 

Horde Conference ~ Not sure why Cairne wasn't included... :S

 

 

I predict that Garrosh will always look like he's yelling, even when he's not. /sigh

 

5 ~ I then took a ride down to Troll Country.  Found a troll dance party on ‘da islands’.  They are in full celebration due to the recovery of the Echo Isles and I expect they will be until December 7th.  Now, you can blame whatever the Trolls were smoking if you want but I swear the water looks different.  I couldn’t help but go for a swim.

 

Skinnydipping on Patch 4.0.1 ~ GS this baby!

 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was my first night spent after Patch 4.0.1.

I’ll train and retalent tomorrow. Azeroth isn’t going anywhere just yet…

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The New Top Orc

I’m talking about ME, not Garrosh (or Basic Campfire).

Ironically, I’m also talking about my Troll mage, DarthRegis.

In game, I’m on a bit of a mount quest for my master of the pew-pew.  After I had gotten Exalted with the Mag’har on my druid, I realized that I wanted Talbuk mounts for everyone.  Given that I’m not entirely crazy, I decided to be realistic about it and limited the Mag’har Repgrind for only one more character.

I’ve still got quite a ways to go, as I got distracted by Chawa’s work on Netherwing rep, which I had actually started at the end of Burning Crusade.  It was brutal to do that as a level 70 clothie, so I gave up.  But now I’m level 80 and completely awesome, and it’s not too bad now that I’m back there.  It’s still a bit of a grind, but at least it’s made of up daily quests and not just smiting ogres.  The advantage, of course, is that it’s a bit different.  The disadvantage being is that you can’t just turn on some music and Frostbolt/Ice Lance shatter combo your way to exalted.

One of the things I heard about in this particular Netherwing grind is that you have to complete a few various races – all while having your opponents throw things at you in an attempt to dismount you or slow you down.  These increase in difficulty as you progress, with Captain Skyshatter as the final race opponent.  I’ve heard many complaints about him and how difficult he can be without any speed enhancements, such as Crusader Aura.

Well, the complaints are justified.  His mount speed is (seemingly) equal to yours, so the only way to catch up is by trying to predict his flight path and try to cut him off while in turns.  Also, the minimum distance you have to be from Skyshatter is reduced drastically, such that your previous race experience is of minimal benefit.  All that, after waiting approximately one minutes and twenty seconds from accepting the quest to actually starting the race.

With that said, I’ve got something to shove into Captain Skyshatter’s face:

Eat it, fly boy!

 

Yup, actually beat that bugger.  I guess those years playing many flight simulators was actually good for something – like another video game! 😀

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Hmmmm…

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As you may or may not be aware, one of the things coming with Cataclysm is guild ranking. 

With that, there are guild achievements and guild experience to be earned.  And as your guild levels, there are various perks available to guild member.  There is also guild reputation, which is probably to discourage guild-hopping.

Anyway, if you don’t read World of Matticus, he has put up an excellent introduction to guild advancement HERE.

Overall, it sounds pretty neat, although I hope it isn’t overly difficult for smaller guilds like ours to advance.  But I’ll guess we’ll see.

What are your thoughts on the guild advancement/achievement system?

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We waited with baited breath, but it’s finally official:

Raid from the Heart is being held on Saturday, October 16th!*  12:15pm server time!

Last year, some of you may recall that Big Bear Butt held a Raid for the Cure, in honour of one of his guildmates who ended up being diagnosed with breast cancer.  Anyone who attended last year can attest to the fact that it was a good bit of fun, all in support of an excellent cause. 

This year, as the name would suggest, is about raising awareness with matters of the heart.  No, no – not all that girly emotional stuff that us men get confused with.  It’s literally one’s heart – which, as far as I’m concerned, is an equally excellent cause as RftC was (and still is).  And like last year, I expect this raid will have just as many people who have been affected, directly or indirectly, by the many varying heart conditions out there.  So, I’m also sure it will be a moving event, as well…yes, some of that girly emotional stuff.

The event will be held on the Kael’thas – US server, with hosts on both Horde and Alliance factions.  For more in-depth details, they can be found on BBB’s blog here.  You’ll also find some info on where you can donate or you can even score a pretty sweet t-shirt via the Cafepress store.

My Grandfather (father’s side) died from his second heart attack when I was 10.  My Grandmother (mother’s side) died when I was 16 from her second stroke (which I associate with the heart because of the H&S Foundation.)  Heck, I even had one of my good army buddies have heart surgery before he was 30, and he’s a personal trainer, so you can imagine how the advances in heart research have saved his life.

You can damn well bet I’m going to be there.

So, come on out – support the cause and have some fun!

* Oh yeah – Cataclsym, December 7th.  For reals.

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