Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mists of Pandaria! Aka, MoP…

We got a crapton of information dropped on our heads today, so I’m going to take a minute to try to make sense of it…

The new expansion:

PANDAS. Who doesn’t like pandas? Ridiculous people, that’s who. People have been requesting Pandaren for a very long time and I’m happy to see such a popular race brought into the game…even if it never really existed before. I really want to see female pandaren…if they even exist. They have to exist right?

The new graphics:

Maybe not “new” per se, but definitely improved. The new island looks fantastic. I don’t care if WoW ever updates its graphics to mimic Aion or Rift or any of these newfangled games these kids are playing nowadays, but seeing them put the effort forth to make the art and the animations really come to life is great. It’s a double edged sword though…time will tell if my computer can handle anything too lavishly updated.

The new class:

MONKS! Really excited for a whole new class to play. And a new hybrid class to boot? Yes please! I can’t wait to try it out. Not sure if I am enamored with their choice of armor class though. Freakin’ loot competition. I’m just glad they start at level 1!

The new talent system:

I haven’t looked it over much yet. A step in the right direction? Maybe. I’ll reserve any further comments for when I actually get to play with the thing. But I have high hopes! The talent system in Cataclysm was great.

The new pet battle system:

Uh…okay, I’m on the fence. For one, it looks like a shameless and rather disturbing replica of Pokeman. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up with Pokeman. I loved Pokeman (and, okay, I still do. Sue me). It feels kinda ripped off. But on the other side of this coin, I’m super excited to get to do something with my mini pets besides hoard them all in my bags and show them off with my nose in the air. I can see this being the type of thing I’m going to be massively addicted to (as if I need anything else…) and this is another thing I think I should reserve judgment on until I get to play with it. I’m also curious how pet collecting achievements will work now if you can just go out into the wild and “capture” critters or whatever. It kinda takes the challenge out of collecting large numbers of pets, but at the same time it also opens it up for us to collect a wider array of things.

In conclusion:

I’m super duper excited…but there is one thing dampening my enthusiasm. The number of characters currently allowed per server. I’m maxed, and almost everyone is level 85. Now if push comes to shove, I can deal with having to delete (or, if funds permit, transfer) a character to make room for a panda…but I feel that it is now well within the bounds of reasonable for us to ask Blizzard, seriously now, for more characters per realm. As a friend said to me, it would be poor design on their part to give us 11 classes and only allow us to play 10 of them on one server. Some folks will rail against that notion and try to stomp on those of us who like to play multiple characters, but I stand firm. We need another character slot. And until we get it, I’m going to curb my enthusiasm for a class and a race that will, at best, become a neglected alt on another realm.

Also, I signed myself up for the new Annual Pass thing. If you’re craving a beta invite as badly as I am (I got in once and now I cannot fathom not doing so again) then you might look in to it. You don’t pay any more money than you would normally for 12 months of WoW, and since I’m certain I will still be here chuggin’ along in a year it was a no brainer.

Littlest Pet Shop!

FINALLY!

The newly redone Hallows End holiday granted me two new pets, the Creepy Crate and the Feline Familiar, bringing my pet total to 148. So I got my ass in gear and ran to the Argent Tournament grounds (barf!) to finally grind out my last pet there. The Shimmering Wyrmling may be boring but it was one pet closer to the achievement. And now, with a little luck, I will never have to return to Icecrown ever again! Unless I suddenly decide to grind out 100s of seals for the mounts…no thanks.

So now, sitting at 149 pets this morning, I was faced with a few options. Option one: drop 5,000 gold on the auction house for any number of rare pets I don’t have yet, such as most of the whelps. Option two: go farm them myself and hope I don’t go mad in the process. Option three: cave and buy one of the Blizzard pets online, either from the official store or through the trading game loot cards.

I hate spending money, either gold or cash, but as I ran back and forth across the wetlands killing Ebon Whelps for the two pets they drop, it started to sound like a good idea. Still, in a last ditch effort to earn this achievement without spending real money, I checked first the neutral Auction House on an alt (since the goblins like to make meat pies out of my druid) and then trudged to the Stormwind Auction house one last time…

I’ve been checking the auction house religiously for months on end now, looking for good deals on pets I don’t have the sanity to farm myself. I’ve gotten lucky a few times, snatching up the Horde pets from the Tournament for a pittance (the neutral AH was loaded with them for 1k each, vastly cheaper than I have ever seen them) and picking up the engineering pets for cheaper than I could make them myself. But when it came down to the wire and there were only a few pets I had yet to collect, I couldn’t really afford it. 10k for a whelp here, 7k there…I just spent 29k for a dragon mount, do you think my pockets are bursting?

And then something awesome happened. Even though I checked the AH when I logged on this morning, I decided to check it again about an hour later just on the off chance something new had been put up.

And I found, to my amazement, a Hyacinth Macaw selling for a buyout of 1100 gold (the other macaw regularly on the AH was selling for 11k). How fast do you think I jumped on that?

So I bought it out and quickly added it to my collection, watched my screen light up with achievement sparklies, and then danced circles around the mailbox as I waited for the little star dragon to be sent to me. Here he is:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I done pet collecting? Maybe for a while. Until I get the urge to massacre thousands of innocent dragon babies or run back and forth across Kalimdor in search of Tol’vir artifacts, that is.

Oh, and the seller of the macaw? Totally lamenting the loss of gold for his under-priced item. I have the whispers to prove it. We’ll call it a cautionary tale.

Werk Werk

No, I didnt die. I’m still here, if you look closely enough under the heaping mounds of textbooks and journal articles and homework.

School doesnt afford me a lot of leisure time, and I admit to spending it elsewhere than WoW when it does. Still, I havent been completely inactive. I’m still plugging along on various achievements, namely the 150 pet collection and the Glory of the Cataclysm Hero. I got the latter a few days back thanks to my guild and a few helpful non-guildies. I’m tanking more than I am healing these days and it’s pretty fun.

Anyway, I’m 4 pets away from the 150 achievement and those last 4 are proving to be harsh. Now, I could totally go raid the Blizzard store and get the achievement for 40 bucks. But I dont have 40 bucks (that I want to spend on pixels) so I am working on the pets in a more “legitimate” fashion.

I am diligently plugging away at archaeology in hopes that the Crawling Claw will pop up. So far I have solved something like 30 Tol’vir artifacts and no dice…er, claw. I got the mount though so I guess I should be happy. I am also procrastinating on the Argent Tournament dailies to get my very last pet there, the little wyrmling. That just requires the desire to head all the way to Icecrown and slog through a bunch of quests that I was tired of when they were new…

And then the other two pets I will either have to snipe off the auction house for a low price (I keep seeing some of the dragon whelps up for decent prices, but I always think they could be lower, so I wait and then they get more expensive) or I will have to bite the bullet and go farm them myself.

Either way, I will make that little hyperactive celestial dragon thing my own!