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November 2008

The Long Road to 80...

Slowly but surely, I am still slogging along to 80. Many of the folks I previously raided with pushed to 80 in a week or so, seemingly playing 24-hours-per-day. I, on the other hand, work 40+ hours per week, which  leaves me playing nights and weekends only.

So far, the tally is:

  • 76 resto shaman
  • 74 BOOMkin
  • 71 frost mage
  • 70 shadow priest (horde and alliance)

I had intended on taking the druid to 80 first, followed by the shaman, but it became evident pretty quickly that our guild, which for Karazahn had been awash with healers, was more in need of a healer than a Boomkin. Thus, I have the 74 and the 76 instead of an 80. I am sure this is a familiar tale.

After I actually ding 80, I'll be creating some enchanting, cooking, and jewelcrafting guides for the site.

Happy adventuring!


Get Thee to Dalaran!

Since the expansion has been up and  running for a few days now, if you are interested in getting your professions (or fishing/cooking achievements) started, you really do need to get yourself to Dalaran. You  have 3 options for doing so:

  1. Wait for level 74 at which point you will be eligible for a quest that sends you there.
  2. Find a level 74 mage and pay them to port you to Dalaran
  3. If you see a friend of yours milling around Dalaran, have them queue you up as a  group to go to the Battlegrounds...which will eventually pop you out where you were queued -- i.e. Dalaran

I highly suggest that before you head to Dalaran, however, that you ensure you have your factions two starting area flight paths, and have gotten the Kalu'ak flight paths between Kamagua and Moa'ki Harbor and Kaskala. Note that turtle boats travel from Mo'ak Harbor to the other 2 locations, making the flight paths easy to obtain.

I'm in Dalaran, Now What?

First things first-- set your hearth at an inn. You have two choices -- your faction's inn, or the Inn in the Underbelly. Next up, head to Krases Landingand grab the flight path. Finally, take a good solid hour and explore the city. There are a lot of amzing sites -- and vendors-- within the shops. And be sure to tour the sewers. There's even a [Ghostly Skull] in pet in it for you if you can part with 40g.

After I made it to Dalran, my first orders of business included completing my first daily cooking quests, and stocking up on Northern Spices, purchased with my Dalaran Cooking Awards. And then I spent a few ours(!) working on fishing in the fountain. And somewhere in there I also bought a train set. Be warned, however, that the humor deficient may complain about the /train that ensues after you put your train set to work. And the toy shop may be hazardous to your mount fund.


The Battle for Stormwind

We knew something was up in Stormwind, since the King had set up camp in the Harbor. Valiant warriors lined the lookout point, keen to be the first to see attackers on the horizon.

Whatever was going on, clearly, the King was not pleased.

Once the invaders struck, I could not help my innate boomkin tendencies...and much rooting ensued.

Did I mention they were VERY BIG roots?

Relative calm came over the harbor after we pushed back the invaders.

And much rejoicing -- and some DDR (Druid Dance Revolution) ensued.


Less Than 24 Hours 'til Wrath...

Unlike many other folks, I am not heading out to stand in line to obtain my copy of Wrath at Midnight tonight. We probably have 5 midnight signings in a 30-mile radius, btw. I am just not a standing-in-line-for-4-hours kind of a person. We did actually get in the car and head out for the Midnight release of Burning Crusade. But by 11:00 p.m., when we arrived, there were already 300-400 people in line. We went home and picked up our copy of the expansion early the next morning.

Thanks to last night's unexpected downtime, and today's maintenance that was supposed to be completed no later than 50 minutes ago, I have not done the few last minute things I wanted to do for my characters to get them ready for Northrend on Thursday. However, unlike Thrall, I've got a map for my invasion that includes Northrend:

  1. Move all of my 70s to their chosen starting area before logging out tonight. Alliance side this means half at Menethil Harbor amd half at Stormwind Harbor. Horde-side, Undercity. I like to hedge my bets.
  2. Take Too Many Annas' suggestion and turn off YELL in my chat panel to help save my sanity. To turn off /yell  right clicking on the general tab of your chat window, go to settings, and uncheck the box next to Yell.  This will filter out annying players yelling YOUR MOM...but you’ll still hear NPC yells.
  3. Grab good quality water x80 for all 70s (-the mage) from IF/SW/UC.
  4. Double-check they have a 20-stack of their two favorite elixirs. If not, make them on the alchemist.
  5. Get the screenshot folder organized -- there's gonna be a lot of neat stuff to see and many pix to snap.

Once I get to Northrend I have 2 top priorities:

  1. Train up all professions on all 5 toons. This includes cooking and fishing.
  2. The mage will be recalling to Shatt as soon as she trains her alchemy so she can grab a last few skill points from old world herbs while making my toons their flask of choice.

Orgrimmar Under Attack!

Wow.

After Thrall and Hellscream had a smackdown, trying to work out their longstanding...issues --with Thrall getting his ass handed to him -- in a shocking turn of events...

They were interrupted by an invasion of ghouls and frostwyrms in the Valley of Honor. 

I valiantly dotted up these flying carcasses, and dispatched many of them into the valley floor.

Who knows what tomorrow brings, but as always, I fight by the Dark Lady's side.


Countdown to Wrath...

 

With less than a week until the expansion, I have busied myself doing all the typical activities--

  • Cleaning out my banks
  • Selling off excess enchants as scrolls on the auction house
  • Mad rep grind to get the Ambassador title for one of my alts
  • Rerolling an undead mage (she's the lady in the above screenie) on a new server to see if it would be a better place for my shadow priest to play
  • Character transferring my shadow priest to that server I rerolled on, with its seemingly more active horde population

What have you been up to?


Scourge and Halloween Activities...

I spent much time on Halloween accomplishments, obtaining a squashling on 3 out of 5 70s. And on a couple of lowbie alts too. This one tickled me tho...because this guy is actually nearly as tall as my gnome!

I love my magic broom. And I am sad it has only 1 day left on it. Why can't we have permanent brooms? Why Bizz?? Why? Oh, and the ability to be mounted on top of the water when affected by water walking is made of win.

I did more Kara in the past 10 days than I had in months. Somehow, I had 4 toons in there, grabbing their vampire batlings. But the most fun from all of it was winning the arcanite ripper. It really can put on a good show...