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In-game Vacation

The last time I ran a few dungeons, it stressed me out big time and left me feeling rather soured about the game in general.  More specifically, my performance in the game in general.

So I took a break from the daily reputation grind and I put away my goals of self-improvement in dungeon environment.   I pushed away the negativity that I feeling and decided to get back to the simple things that I enjoy in WoW ~ achievements.

After taking a look at what I was missing for achievements, archaeology looked to be the one category that I could do on my own, without the grief of dying.  So I minimized my WoW window and opened up a video launcher, popped in a movie and flew around doing archaeology.   I did this for 1 whole evening and it was really great.  It was all the effort and attention I was willing to give to the game…

I’ve been doing this for a few days now and it’s still great.  It has really felt like an in-game vacation away from the self-imposed pressures of the game to do the dailies for rep, for tokens, to farm for mats to level a profession, etc.

It has also reminded me of something that I had misplaced – knowing that it’s okay to take a break.

 

I’ll talk about the side-effects of addiction in another post, on another day! 😉

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A few weeks ago, I decided to tame a ravager and after reviewing the various looks that were available, decided to go after the green one, to match Chawa’s eyes.  This meant that I had to travel to Bloodmyst Isle, an Alliance only island.  Before the Shattering, I knew how to get there; however, this was going to be my first trip post-Shattering.  Turns out, it’s an easy trip, even with that massive cyclone tearing up Darkshore.

Knowing that I’m not the only crazy hunter out there and with another holiday event right around the corner, I thought I would do a quick how I did it without dying from fatigue.

Step 1 – From Org, fly to Zor’whatever’gar Outpost

 

Step 2 – Fly North, along the coast until you reach Lor’danel in Darkshore.  If you take a look at your map, this is the closest point on mailand Kalimdor to Teldrassil, thanks to the new and improved Rut’theran Village.  

 

Step 3 – Fly across the strait to Rut’theran Village. With a flying mount speed of 310%, it’s a piece of cake.

 

 For those without 310% flying speed, don’t worry.  I tried to make the crossing on a 100% ground mount with water-walking and again had no problems.

Land Ho!

The one thing I didn’t get a chance to try is whether you can make the crossing with a 60% mount speed with water walking.  If anyone has done it, please let us know in the comments below! 

Step 4 – Catch a boat to Stormwind, Exodar or head on in to Darnassus.   With a flying mount, you can simply fly directly on to the boat without upsetting any guards which is a nice change from pre-shattering.   The Night Elves would hate it whenever Horde members would tear through the Auberdine Inn…

Cheers and good luck on your adventures!

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The Value of Achievements

I love achievements.  I love the immediate sense of accomplishment.  I love the banner that flashes across the screen. I love the sound of an achievement ding.

When achievements first burst on the scene, I immediately set my sights on the ones that were the most accessible for me and my play style. This meant achievements that fell under professions, exploration, holidays and the general categories; anything that I could go after on my own.

Some would classify this sort of behaviour as typical of an “achievement whore” but I disagree.  I haven’t gone completely over to the dark side yet.  There is one thing that is holding me back.

I’m cheap.

Mum would say frugal and it’s part of my Scottish heritage…

Whatever you would like to call it, it is the one thing that is standing in between me and a few achievements.  You know the ones; those achievements that you can buy.

Mei Francis isn’t an exotic mount dealer.  She’s an achievement vendor.  Armored Brown Bear and Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth combined would cost be 16,600 gold.  If you’re not that interested in the justice point gear that you can get, fly back to Dal and pick up a Wooly Mammoth for 2175 JPs.

Another achievement that you can buy while shopping in Dalaran is the Ring of the Kirin Tor.  With an exalted reputation, it would only cost 6,800 gold.

Get to the Choppa would set me back 15,000 gold or more now that we aren’t all hanging out in Northrend anymore.

Goodness, at the end of Wrath, you could buy a Lich King Kill Achievement if you wanted to and had the gold for it.  On my realm, it was 20,000 for the 10man achievement, 40,000 gold for 25M.

As much as I love achievements, when it comes to buying them, I’m not a fan.  These gold-sink achievements are easy for me to ignore but not all achievements need to cost that much gold.

Currently, the one achievement that is taunting me is Stocking Up – Create 500 Heavy Frostweave Bandages. Yeah, I know.  How absolutely pointless.  But you see, I’m sitting at 418/500 and it’s teasing me with how simple it would be to complete it.  I’d only have to make 82 bandages.  With one easy press of the “create all” button, 164 pieces of frostweave cloth could be easily transformed!  I’ve already got all the cloth I need.  It’s just sitting in the bank, taking up space so really it’s not going to cost me anything that I don’t already have; however, there is still value in that cloth.  These days, frostweave cloth can sell from 1.50 to 2 gold a piece and because of that, I’m not quite sure if I’m willing to pay even 285 gold for an achievement.

Interesting to note that with Cataclysm, it seems that Blizzard is stepping away from the achievements that you can buy.  A good thing, in my opinion.

How about yourselves? What has been the most expensive achievement that you’ve gotten?  Or are there any ones that your “Scottish instincts” just can’t let you fork the gold out for?

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Well, Chawa and I got a Christmas Winter Veil card from Pacheco & [Enhancement Shaman/Prot Pally].

It contained a lovely, hand-crafted gift.

A gift that had me saying, “OMFG!  We have to take a picture and put up a blog post!!”

Well, Pacheco actually wrote her own blog post on:

HOW TO MAKE A MINI-GUILD BANNER OF AWESOMENESS!!!

Seriously, check it oooout!

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Thor, God of Thunder?

Thorn of blunder?

Torn us under?

No, no, no…

Torn asunder.

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