Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Warlords of Draenor - Month 8


Garrisons:
Level 3 Garrisons - Paladin, Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Priest, Mage, Druid, Death Knight, Alliance Warlock, Rogue

Rogue hit max level with Pet Battles just before the patch hit. Shipyards have been largely annoying, but the hotfix to add a Shipyard mission table inside the townhall at level 3 shipyards helps a little, but the system feels half-baked.

Gear & Raids:
McTacky - Item Level 694/684 (Ret/Holy)

With the patch, the Guild's Casual Raid Group is running again on Sunday Nights. We have killed the first 7 of 13 boss in Hellfire Citadel on normal difficulty. Half the fights more annoying than fun.

PvP
Tried some Ashran since the patch changes, barely made any progress with my Dwarf kills. Is much slower going.

Pets/Mounts/Toys:
I have collected a heap of new pets from the patch and converted them all to rare. Obtained many toys and mounts that a new from the patch. At 1100/2000 Draenor Pet battles now for pet Monument.

Fishing/Archaeology:
Fished up 60 of the new Felmouth Frenzy Lunkers (mostly at Thundertail Wallow) and was able to obtained the two pets from Pat Nagle. I plan to fish some more for more items off him. Still no archaeology this month, but plan to do it more once flying is patched in (I have the achievement that unlocks it).

Thoughts
For the past month I have been enjoying Patch 6.2. I am now exalted with ore of the Awakened, Saberstalkers and Vol'jin Headhunters, so I have no need to do the dailies anymore. I have unlocked everything for flying, so once it is patched in all my toons can fly in Draenor.

I have enjoyed Timeless Isle 2.0 and grouping up with guildies for objectives and rares. The Timewalking Weekends have been especially enjoyable. Felt no compulsion to even try ti Arena Skirmish weekend event.

The problem now is that I have completed all the objectives of Tanaan, so I am back where I was before the patch. Probably giving me time to get the last mounts from Argent Tournament & continuing to level my Pets.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Warlords of Draenor - Month 7

 
Garrisons:
Level 3 Garrisons - Paladin, Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Priest, Mage, Druid, Death Knight, Alliance Warlock
Level 2 Garrisons - Rogue
(Monk is still level 80 for Herald of the Titans)

Levelled up my Druid with quests and levelled my Death Knight with pet battles. Now levelling my Rogue with Pet Battles.

Gear & Raids:
McTacky - Item Level 687/673 (Ret/Holy)

I have cleared Blackrock Foundry except for Blackhand on Heroic with the guild. I now have a full set of Heroic Tier items, including four tier items. Raids are on hiatus until the patch next week.

PvP
Done a bunch of Ashran. Finished with Humans and Nelf. Working on Dwarf now. I have been told I should have done less Pet Battles and more PvP to get Ashran finished before the patch hits, because there will be no more pre-made Ashran groups!

Pets/Mounts/Toys:
I have converted all 682 of my pets to Rare Quality. Currently levelling up the lower level ones with pet battles on toons I am levelling and using Pet Tokens to level up higher levelled ones to 25. I made a WarcraftPets.com profile to keep track.

Fishing/Archaeology:
No archaeology this month, but plan to do it more once I have flying unlocked.

Thoughts
Patch 6.2 lands next week. The Q&A explained that alt garrisons will earn less gold after the patch so this will greatly impact me, since this was my source of gold the past few months.

Patch 6.1 updated the Belf Character models, added the heirloom tab, added Blackrock Foundry and Darkmoon Faire races. All good things that I enjoyed.

3 out of 5 Phoenix
 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

McTacky's Budget Blowout


"Lady Liadrin, you summoned me," said Master Blood Knight McTacky, "is this about how I defeated Blackhand?"

"You only accomplished that in LFR, it doesn't count," said Lady Liadrin, Matriarch of the Blood Knight order. McTacky's boss.

"I killed Imperator Mar'gok in Normal..." mumbled McTacky.

"I have been busy laying siege to Shattrath, and you were given command of the Frostwall Garrison," said Liadrin.

"Yes, Lady Liadrin," said McTacky.

"But I have had worrying reports of misuse of garrison funds," said Liadrin, "the garrison generates 5000 gold weekly but none of this money makes it towards the war-effort."

"That is strange," said McTacky.

"I have the Crimson and Azure Whelping you ordered," said the Ethereal Soul-Trader, appearing out of nowhere, handing McTacky two bird cages containing tiny dragons.

"Oh, thanks," said McTacky, carefully.

The Ethereal Soul-Trader then left.

"I must get back to Frostfire Ridge, Lady Liadrin," said McTacky.

"Of course," said Liadrin, "but you won't be heading back to your garrison..."

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Camping in the snow for a month as a punishment.

"Great," said McTacky sarcastically as the Frostwolves howled in the distance.

And it was snowing as well.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Warlords of Draenor - Month 6

 
Garrisons:
Level 3 Garrisons - Paladin, Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Priest, Mage, Alliance Warlock
Level 2 Garrisons - Druid, Death Knight, Rogue
(Monk is still level 80 for Herald of the Titans)

Levelled up my Alliance Warlock with Luxy and Crooked. I though the Shadowmoon Valley questing was solid, but felt like a more traditional Warcraft zone; visit established town, help with a quest, move on. Frostfire felt we really were expanding the Frostwolf holdings in the zone. I liked the mystery plot in Shadowmoon Valley as well as the logistic storyline in trying to establish trade and supplies for the garrison.

Gear & Raids:
McTacky - Item Level 679/663 (Ret/Holy)

Finished off my legendary ring quest. so I am done with LFR for a while. Still running 'Normal Blackrock Foundry' with the guild on Sunday nights.

Pets/Mounts/Toys:
Been on a spending spree this month in AH buy pets I'd always wanted with my new-found wealth of embezzled Garrison Funds from my alts (e.g Captured Firefly, Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw) ). Made the Gnomish Engineering Toys on my Alliance Warlock. Mount-wise I purchased a Vial of the Sands off the Auction House!

Trade Skills/Fishing/Archaeology:
All trade skills maxed out done now. No fishing this month. No archaeology this month.

Thoughts
Patch 6.2 will be soon and there is plenty of news leaking out about it now. Word so far that there won't be any flying in patch 6.2.. I am used to the lack of flying and only miss it for Archaeology and the World Pet battles.

The first 6 months of WoD have been very different to the first six months of Pandaria. A regular day at the moment is deploy your followers to do their quests and swap alts and repeat until all the followers are out. Then do the garrison pet fight on all my max-level followers. This usually takes 90 minutes (less time if the pet fight is a quick one). With this done I leave the garrison for the task I have decided for that day - level/quest on an alt, grind a rep, work on an achievement. I plan to start working on the Barn or Draenor Fishing Currency this week, haven't decided which yet.

Back in the first 6 months of Pandaria (25th September 2012 - 25 March 2013) Only McTacky was level capped, none of my alts had left the Farm. I'd only done half the dungeons and hadn't even gone into LFR. I got burnt out on the game and I stopped playing entirely in December to February, except to log in for world events.

WoD has been a much slower burn, far less dallies. The Garrsion Mission Table is more like a Facebook game instead of a Daily Quest/Rep Grind that Pandaria relied upon for retention.

I feel like I have so much left to do and the patch coming soon feels like a hassle to me.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Warlords of Draenor - Month 5

 
Garrisons:
Level 3 Garrisons - Paladin, Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Priest, Mage,
Level 2 Garrisons - Druid, Death Knight, Rogue
Level 1 Garrisons - Alliance Warlock
(Monk is still level 80 for Herald of the Titans)

I levelled my Mage up without using the /castsequence macros like I had with the Priest and Shaman. Unlocked Harrison Jones (with Treasure Hunter trait) and have recruited a whole heap of other Treasure Hunters.

Gear & Raids:
McTacky - Item Level 670/661 (Ret/Holy)

I have started running 'LFR Blackrock Foundry' with one of Xyn's alts in Friday Nights. Still running 'Normal Blackrock Foundry' with the guild on Sunday nights. Making progress on the Legendary Ring quest because of all this.

Pets/Mounts/Toys:
Finished off Raiding with Leashes III: Drinkin' From the Sunwell achievement. Purchased a Mechano-hog off the Auction House!

Trade Skills/Fishing/Archaeology:
All trade skills maxed out done now. No fishing this month. No archaeology this month.

Thoughts
I am still having run with patch 6.1. Less mindless fun this month and more focused on specific things at a time.

Friday, 10 April 2015

McTacky Saves Noblegarden (Part 4 of 4)


Early in the morning, Master Blood Knight McTacky was waiting for his followers to wake up. Finally Aeda Brightdawn, Vivianne, Shadow Hunter Rala and Olin Umberhide leave the Frostwall Barracks.

"What is all this?" asked Vivianne, seeing McTacky's eggy handywork.

"Noblegarden!" said McTacky, proudly.

The four followers exchange a look.

"Mon, you really thunk we be impress with this?" asked Shadow Hunter Rala.

"We're not children, commander!" pointed  out Aeda Brightdawn.

"Nevermind! It is our day off Commander, we don't have to put up with your pointlessness this time," said Olin Umberhide.

"Half-day!" reminded called out McTacky.

The group ignored and walked away up to the hill towards the Garrison flight master, Bron Skyhorn.

Harrison Jones however appeared to be having fun hunting eggs, dragging along all the new Treasure Hunter recruits as his 'assistants'.

"Watch out kid! You almost stepped on an egg!" said Harrison Jones.

"Sorry Doctor Jones," said the recruit.

"You always have to watch where you are stepping. You could step on the letter J and almost fall down a bottomless bit," said Harrison Jones, using his archaeology brush on the egg before picking it up. He was clearly taking the egg hunt way too seriously.

But they appeared to be enjoying themselves.

"So, what treasures did you end up putting inside?" quietly asked Senior Sergeant Atain the Orc Blacksmith to McTacky.

"Some money and a bunch of Balanced Weapon Enhancement and Braced Armor Enhancement," said McTacky.

"Gear upgrades, that is generous," said Atain, "it looks like Noblegarden a success."

Atain picked an egg off the ground and took a bite off the top before McTacky could stop him.

"Uh, how does it taste?" said McTacky, worried about the Lead OreNitroglycerin, Sodium Nitrate and Time Magic used to accelerate the cooking process of the chocolate.

"Strange. Raw and spicy?" said Atain, confused.

"It is a delicacy," lied McTacky.

"Delicacy? You went all out for Noblegarden! I misjudged you, Commander" said Atain, taking another bite of the chocolate.

Atain burped and a jet of fire came out of his mouth.

"I really have to get going. Busy. Things to do..." said McTacky, backing off as a look of realisation crossed Atain's face.

"Where are you going, Commander. You haven't had any chocolate yet!" said Atain, advancing on McTacky with a cruel savage smile on his face.

"I have to pass. I'm not particularly hungry," said McTacky, stepping backwards from the hulking Orc Warrior.

"I must insist, Commander! It would be rude to refuse!" insisted Atain.

Terror entered McTacky's eyes as he was forced to bite into the chocolate.

"I must go now," said McTacky, if he hurried he could make it to the out-house in time.

"The whole egg!" insisted Atain.

McTacky gulped in fear, accidently swallowing the first bit of chocolate that had been in this throat. Already he could feel his stomach burning up.

"Really?" asked McTacky.

"I really insist," said Atain.


(((Hours and One Whole Chocolate Egg Later...)))
"We're back, half-day like you said, Commander," said Vivianne.

McTacky sat dazed inside the Town Hall.

"No new orders?" asked Aeda Brightdawn.

"Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh," groaned McTacky, eyes glazed over.

"Mon, you look like you need a half-day," asked Shadow Hunter Rala.

"Nevermind. We'll just take the rest of the day off. See you tomorrow," said Vivianne.

"Merry Noblegarden, Commander" said Olin Umberhide, as the group he left.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

McTacky Saves Noblegarden (Part 3 of 4)

Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky had put "treasures" in the "chocolate" eggs and wrapped them. Now he had to place them around Frostwall Garrison.
 
 

 "I can't hide the egg here on the snow! It really stands out!" said McTacky to himself.

In fact if McTacky hadn't painted the eggs at all they would be very easy to hide in the snow.

 
"The path isn't much better. I painted it too well." said McTacky to himself.
 
Hiding eggs was hard. He would have to pit them in shadows and behind things for there to be any challenge.
 
Noblegarden Challenge: How many eggs in this image?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

McTacky Saves Noblegarden (Part 2 of 4)


(((External Establishing Shot: Frostwall Garrison Tavern at night.)))

Master Blood Knight Aloysius McTacky, Commander of the Frostwall Garrison, sat inside the tavern, Loupe in his eye as he carefully painted an egg.

"It is late, I need sleep!" complained the Bartender. It was the dead of night and McTacky was keeping him up.

McTacky paused painting the egg and looked up at the Bartender.

"I need space to work and the Jewelcrafting Workshop is out in the cold," pointed out McTacky.

McTacky, satisfied he answered the bartender's question, went back to painting.

"Why not just go downstairs to the kitchen then?" asked the Bartender.

Interrupted, McTacky paused painting and looked up again.

"I can't work down here. No room left. I have Gorok processing my stockpile of Cocoa Beans into Chocolate," said McTacky, "good thing they stack to 200 bags."

McTacky tried to resume painting, but the Bartender kept talking.

"But the process of Fermentation, Drying, Winnowing, Roasting, Grinding, and Pressing beans into chocolate can take over 2 weeks, you only have a night," said the Bartender.

Irritated, McTacky slammed down his Paint Soaked Brush and took out his Loupe his eyes, and glared at the Bartender.

 
 
"Which one of us has a cooking skill of 700?" asked McTacky.

"You..." said the Bartender.
 
"Which one of us has a cooking skill of 6?" asked McTacky.

"Me...." said the Bartender.

"I think I know more about making chocolate than you do," insisted McTacky smugly.

"As a Illustrious Bartender, I know something about Fermentation. You can't do it overnight," said the Bartender.

"Sure you can. You just have to have the right recipe," said McTacky.

The Bartender looked worried.

"What did you add to the Cocoa Beans?" asked the Bartender.

"Nothing that bad," said McTacky, "just a little bit of Lead Ore..."

"LEAD!?" demanded the Bartender.

"Not much. Not much. The lead content is within acceptable safety limits..." defended McTacky.

McTacky got back to painting the eggs, but he messed up a line when the room shook from an explosion from downstairs.

"What was that?" the Bartender.

"The Nitroglycerin and Sodium Nitrate I guess," shrugged McTacky, "that Orc Chef, Gorok, really has to be more careful, I am trying to concentrate here."

"Are you insane!?" demanded the Bartender.

"700 cooking skill. 6 cooking skill," reminded McTacky at the Bartender, fixing his mistake he made on the egg with some more paint.

"It still won't work," said the Bartender, "you don't have enough time, even with the dangerous ingredients."

"That gives me an idea. Go downstairs and cast Time Warp on the chocolate over and over. And hurry Bartender, every second counts" said McTacky, off in his own world, painting eggs with the care he would cut gems.

"I have a name," grumbled the Bartender, heading downstairs of the tavern. It was going to be a long night.