Questing – without legendaries

You know I joke about it but I managed to get to 200 world quests completed the other day – and I have done quite a few more since then, and I am still yet to see a legendary.

What is the most painful is that my twitter feed and guild chats are full of people getting them within a couple of hours of reaching 110. Hey I only dinged 20 minutes ago and look at my legendary!!

I get so annoyed. Lominari laughs. I huff. Every single time.

I have even asked a couple of times in guild chat if Blizzard are watching to find out why I have no legendary love. I have managed to get my ilevel to 850 without a legendary but that doesn’t make it any better.  Lominari hasn’t managed to get a second one on his priest yet though and we are doing the dailies together so that fills me with a little satisfaction. I think it would kill me if he got a second before I got my first one.

I wondered if there was something I needed to do to activate a signal in the system that I was able to have one, but that make little to no sense given some people just ding and get them. So I went hunting for information. This is what I found.

Trust the EU players to come up with this stuff. You can find the full spreadsheet here if you are interested. Basically as someone with no legendary I need to some Heroics and LFR’s, neither of those things are overly time consuming and if it helps me get the shiny orange text pop up who am I too resist.

Yes I know, gear isn’t everything! However in this instance that is just a lie someone tells you when they have legendaries!!

 

Pet Battles: Taming everything in site.

This is a much harder challenge than I thought it would be.

Much harder.

I had no idea where I was up to when I decided to do this so I headed to Orgrimmar and picked up the first section.  I decided to do them in order as it would just be easier to remember where I was at. I found out I was up to Northrend. I had done more than I realised, which led me to notice that I only need about 10 more battles to get my Safari Hat. This was all very positive.

Until I stated reading about the strats needed for most of these fights. Aside from the Anubisath Idol, I didn’t have a lot of options. This made it exceedingly difficult on almost all the trainers. However with a little tweaking and some very wonderful help from RNGJeebus I managed to get Northrend under my belt.

I really wish I had kept a record of all the pets I had used against which tamers.  I would have loved to have updated the wowhead posts for all the other people like me that don’t have a huge selection of the right pets. If anyone knows of an in game way I can find out what I used please let me know!

On this last fight I used Fel Flame, Shrine Fly and Dancing Water Skimmer.  I had to go and level my Fel Flame to 25 (from 23) and my Shrine Fly with some coins but honestly it was well worth it to defeat this one after many attempts.

So much joy when getting that achievement!

 

Heroes of the Storm Mount

I used to play DOTA2 – briefly. Maybe 3 months we played it with some friends so HoTS is not unfamiliar territory to me and I did download when it came out with the intention of playing but no one else I knows plays.  Like Overwatch – all my friends are WoW players first so it makes it hard but even aside from that – I don’t generally have the time to play as much as I would love to.

But I managed to convince Lominari to help me out with this one yesterday – it took us 3 hours to complete the 15 matches.  We did the first 8 or so with beginner level AI, and the rest with the recruit level (which was a little more challenging).  I thought I was taking screenshots during the game but turns out I didn’t, so you guys are lucky you get a post filled with Blizzard pictures instead!

I played Jaina to start with as we didn’t really have many options available and I didn’t want to play a healer.

Lominari played Muradin the entire time:

After the 4th match I started switching between Jaina and Anub’arak:

I really enjoyed it, the maps were great and had different requirements with altars, temples, curses etc.  It was a lot of fun. I would possibly play more if I had others who were keen, however I think I would prefer to play Overwatch if given the choice between the two. Although, you could potentially create the same group of 5 players for both games as casual people and just have a bit of fun switching what you played each week. (That would be my ideal situation).

In the end we got close to a couple of losses however we triumphed and we won all 15 games and successfully got our awesome mount in WoW!

And you get this lovely little package delivered to your collection tab.  Am I the only one who misses the mounts and pets being delivered to your mailbox with a little note expressing different sentiments?  I know it was painful setting up new toons and spending 20 minutes at a post box but it felt that little bit more personal.  You just can’t have it both ways I guess?

When you hit the spacebar, flames come out the side – as a fire mage, this gets me excited because it matches my transmog and style.

And finally a normal picture of the awesomeness:

The event ends on the 13th March so if you want to get it done, I would suggest you get cracking.  3 hours was constant play for us and some experience with the type of game play needed.  I would be very happy to jump into groups if needed – just yell out 🙂

Over-watching again

Yeah, I am an addict of both overwatch and WoW now.

I am starting to learn how to play Lucio – a healer.  His is not a direct heal class, he is AOE essentially and needs to be in range for his healing aura to be effective.

I actually quite enjoy playing him.  I manage to get some gold medals with him and even have had some commendations at the end of the matches.  I feel quite proud of myself for that effort since FPS style games are not generally my strong suit.

I am trying to learn how to play D.VA as a tank but it is a little touch and go with success rates. Certainly no medals or commendations on this one, but that is no different to when I was trying to play Soldier 76.

I am still working on the other heroes but am still really trying to learn how to play the game.  Sometimes I feel like I am on point and going well, others i just feel like i am being smashed in the face repeatedly by a sentient brick wall.

Either way I find it enjoyable.  I really do wish I had friends that played though as I think being in a pre-made would make a massive difference to the way you can play. I am also nowhere near good enough yet to have learnt all the shortcuts on the maps and being able to use them to my advantage.

Some teams come in and just seem to steam roll over the top of everyone. It really is impressive.  I am only level 14, so still quite a baby in terms of experience but I am looking forward to spending more time getting better.

I have bene playing more Overwatch than WoW as I am feeling quite stressed and being able to blow people up has been quite therapeutic but more because I can play a couple of games in about 15 minutes and then log off without guilt.

Cooking in Azeroth

I hadn’t realised how long it was since I posted and in fact even played WoW.  I have been neglecting the second love of my life horribly.  Hopefully this post about the third love of my life will make up for it somewhat.

My usual New years tradition (has been for the last 6 years) has been to LAN with some friends and play WoW until the wee hours of the morning.  We normally chase dungeon/raid achievements for mounts etc which is a lot of fun.  This year our usual gathering was not possible so we offered it to another group of friends we played with.  IN the end the thought of having to unpack PCs etc was so unappealing they decided to just come over and play tabletop instead.

We played quite a few different games over the course of the night and had an absolute blast.  It was nice to chill out, have some drinks and just relax. It did feel weird not being in game though, even if we did get to see real fireworks in my local area instead of ingame ones!

What does any of this have to do with cooking you say? Of course having Azerothian friends I had to make something from the cookbook!

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Beer-basted Boar Ribs.  Oh hell yes.  I would make the every weekend if I had the time.

**DROOOOOOL**

They were not hard to make, but it is time consuming as you need to baste the ribs every 30 minutes. You make the sauce first which I wasn’t sure would be enough:

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and then begin to cover the ribs evenly.  This was the first acting they received, as you can see the sauce is quite thick.

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After 3 hours I can honestly say, these are gorgeous. Stunning.  The droves of Ironforge really knew what they were doing when they created this recipe.

The end product looks like something straight from heaven.  We had a couple left over the next day which we had for lunch and whilst they were just as nice flavours the next day, reheating in the microwave game them a slightly rubbery texture (as expected).  I would suggest you eat them all immediately when out of the oven.  Just keep shoving them in until you have finished them!  You will not regret it. Much.

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Azerothian cooking

I had some friends over tonight to play some D&D, a campaign in fact that Lominari had created especially for the holiday season in which we had to defeat….KRAMPUS!!

It was a great story for his first time writing a campaign. It was funny because he had the absolute worst rolls the entire time – so bad in fact that only 1 of our party took 3 points of damage (2 were a buff as well). Krampus had so much health that the 4 of us added together still would have only had half it health pool! We rocked it!!

Anyway because we all play WoW i decided to try out some of the recipes in my cook book.  I made a few of the sides so there was some variety.

I started with the Wild rice cakes. Everyone loved them; I felt i used too much flour but I will try them again later and see if that was indeed the case.

This is the mixture before cooking. I made so much extra rice by accident that We might be eating it for a couple of days.

I also made the “sauteed carrots” from Pandaria. These were so delicious. 

The picture above has the “zanga caps” as well. I cannot truly explain how yummy the mushrooms are, they would work well with steak or any roast or, well, jus about anything else! I have a small amount left over and plan to have some with bacon in the morning.  You can also see the cooked wild rice cakes in the image below.

For dessert I made “Dalaran brownies”. 

I had to make these with Gluten free flour so I have no idea what they would be like with normal flour; but these were amazing. Dense, chocolatey, soft and fudgey. 

The glaze was so good that one of my guests ended up licking the plate clean of the excess. 


This was just at the beginning of the licking. It was pretty much empty by the end of the night.

So of the 4 recipes i made from the book tonight – all four were well received by my guests. The mushrooms seemed to be the most favoured by the majority but it was a slim margin on the others. 

I really enjoyed cooking these recipes and it has made me want to try out other ones that are not in it 🙂 Maybe I can help with a volume 2?

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