I am leaving this until the last minute I know, but, you know…so many things to write about!!! So this week, I bring you another topic to discuss which is also our first topic to have gone fortnightly!!! Yes, the executive decision was made to give the blogosphere a chance to get back into the topics by spreading them a little more. Fingers crossed this helps get people involved.
I am sure this has been done years ago perhaps, but I felt I should ask again as it is particularly relevant to me now that I am back
What sort of method do you use for leveling the multiple alts? Do you follow the same quest chains each time, do you avoid a certain quest section, do you only dungeon etc?? I am leveling my 5th to 90 now – from 85 and I just wondered how you guys do it??
I am not talking about the oddball leveling like just herbing to push yourself to the limit of insanity, but the more run of the mill levelling.
I have to confess, I sort of forget to buy heirloom gear for my characters, so aside from my warlock, stuck at level 23 and my hunter who has two pieces of heirloom gear, I pretty much only level with the guild bonus.
I find leveling a real struggle if I have to go through the same area – for example, my monk is now doing the Ashenvale area, which my rogue has only just started doing as well….do you think I can find the energy to log onto my monk anymore? Nope…I need to get him across to the eastern kingdoms and quest there for something different, because I can’t even be bothered logging onto my rogue and doing it either. Both toons are stuck at level 23ish because I am too lazy to log on and spend the time moving one to the other continent.
My higher level toons, I always try to find a different quest zone for. My mage – of course did everything My druid was leveled with dungeons and herbing (and some skinning as well just to get some xp but only if the bare minimum quests required it) I think she has only done about 200 quests in her lifetime, for leveling purposes. My warrior did Kun lai and some of towlong steppes (I think), my pally did Dread wastes – and I struggled to find a starter quest, but no way was I doing Kun Lai or steppes again :p, my Shammy has been doing kun lai – and dragging her feet about it, but again, only because I can’t be bothered flying to dread wastes and doing those damn spider quests. My priest will probably head to dread waste to be honest once she gets past the first few levels, but I will head to the wilds with her instead of pangs stead…so sick of that place!!
I do LFD as much as possible and generally am queuing up the second I am online, it just helps so much, especially those first couple of runs when you have quests to do and hand in.
I have found that I hate doing the same quests straight away, if I have to do it later – like a couple of months, that is fine, but when it is just one after the other, I don’t really enjoy it. I think this time round it is worse as I have nothing to do but level alts, so all of them are getting done in pretty quick succession. Normally I level my mage straight off the xpac and then my next toon takes months as my mage has my focus for rep, gearing, re-learning etc, I would say that I don’t really even level an alt until my mage is at a point that I can’t get anymore upgrades before raiding or anymore rep for the day. That takes a few months at least, so the pain of leveling has somewhat diminished by then
A couple of weeks ago I happened to be online at the right time to join in one of their runs.
OLRG is run by Matty and they do random raids and just go and have some fun.
I was pretty nervous about going as I only knew a couple of people in the raid and well..I am a little shy. My only level 90 toon is currently my druid and so I advised Matty and she asked if i could tank. EEP! IN theory I could tank – but never having tank don my druid could be a little difficult. I had changed my druid to bear recently because after everyone left my previous guild I thought I amy need to help out, but had done nothing since then.
So, there I was about to tank Firelands on a toon with half tank and half boomy gear….and I was thinking I was going to completely fail and look like a twat! I didn’t fail horribly, however it turns out I can’t tank on my druid worth a damn I couldn’t hold aggro or even get aggro and I had no idea what I was doing, I was button mashing like a crazy person but it was fun.
Here are the piccies of the boss kills My Druid has now been to Firelands. The only negative from today is that I really really really want to get in there on my mage and get my embers so I can get m legendary!!!
Shared Topic this week from Matty:
What vows would your character say, intend, or break, and to what allegiance? Would it be to class/race/specialization, deity, or ruler? This is quite a challenging Blog Azeroth topic, however, I know you are all up to it because you are amazing writers.
I found this one a hard one…many of my readers would know, I am not a very good writer, in fact I would go so far as to say I suck!! Thinking about oaths and actually coming up with how to formulate those ideas into words was a struggle, however I believe I have come up with something that is only mildly crap :p
The thing you have to understand with my mindset about my toons is I don’t really care about the faction that are in. If they are alliance, they hate horde or whatever the larger evil is (death wing anyone), and same with my horde toons, they typically hate the alliance. The issue I have found is that my toons have been back and forth so many times in their life, I tend to just see them as their class and leave it at that. I wrote some oaths trying to express how my main characters see their life and any oaths they may have taken to continue on their chosen path (horde or alliance - yes I know a whole bunch of friends just screamed that I have to choose a side!!!)
My warrior has taken the following oath:
I pledge my life for yours to protect you from all danger and spill the blood of our enemies, before a drop of yours is shed. I shall honour our earth, I shall cleanse in the water, I shall breath in the air, I shall feast with our clan by the fire. Always must I believe my shield is as important as my heart, and should one break the other will follow. I am more than my weapon, and my scars will ever be a reminder of the trials we have suffered and the battles we have won.
My Paladin took:
The light shall absolve me; in the light, I shall triumph. Any pain shall be healed, any fear will be quelled. Within the light we will become one, our triple aspect becoming greater than any evil our world can attempt to destroy me with. Protection, healing and killing shall be my future with the understanding I must remember to always protect those who cannot protect themselves. This is my oath until the light leaves my body for the last time.
We bring the storms and we can bring the calm. We are the army that lights up the night sky. Together we are stronger than man, demon or god. The fire burns within us, seeking destruction; ice stills our mind, seeking the calm and the arcane flows through our veins; bursting with knowledge. Seek the wisdom to defeat our enemies, create the balance in your mind and allow the fire in your soul to be shared with your allies.
and finally my Druid:
I am bound to the moon, as the earth is bound by the sun. I feel the turning of the seasons as one feels the rage in battle, all my forms are given to the service of the old gods. I shall nourish the earth as she nourishes me and I will fight our enemies without reservation if they cause damage to the land and the spirits which inhabit it. I fight for those who do not understand the ways of the spirit, so that one day the fight will no longer be needed.
I can’t wait to see more oaths!
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So returning to a game you love is pretty difficult because it is amazing the amount of information you forget that at one time seemed really important, but that you don’t realise you have forgotten, because like a remembral – you can’t remember what it is your forgot, even if you do know that you have forgotten something.
I have spent the last month trying to find Evocation in my spellbook, because I realised I had a glyph for it, but wasn’t using it. I spend about 15 minutes every night trying to find it thinking I have missed it on each page, I checked my talent trees to see if it something I needed to spec into now, and concluded I was crazy because it was gone. I finally decided this morning to google it…turns out…I am using rune of power (duh – which I knew) but that is what replaces evocation! IDIOT!!! IDIOT!!!!!!
Of course, that is nothing compared to the idiocy of last night. I discovered noxxic has a list of approx DPS at differing gear levels, which is goddamn fantastic! I am of course nowhere near for any of my toons – but it certainly gives me something to aim for so I know what I should be doing. Anyway I found this after some heroics last night in which my boomy could not get above 20k and infact the healer was beating me in kitty form as resto – she is very well geared though at 550 something whereas I am only barely scraping into the 470 area. However according to noxxic I should be able to hit about 70k dps….LOL…sure thing buddy!!
I decided then to try and find more hit on my gear somehow, after complaining to the hubby about the lack of hit on boomy timeless isle gear and how I had to reforge all the spirit off because it was useless to me, he advised to check out Mr Robot. I was reticent, but did it anyway and it was telling me to reforge back into spirit – enter my tirade about spirit being useless I don’t need mana regen blah blah blah…..yeah…you can all laugh at me now. Spirit = hit for some classes. What is worse, after the hubby had finished laughing at me I remembered the hundreds of disputes I had seen in LFD because DPSers had taken gear with spirit (boomies and SP’s mainly – I am sure there was another class as well – I want to say shammies??). How could I forget something so instrumental to the classes?
I guess this is the joy of coming back to a game 12 months later, you do forget things and need to spend time re-learning. I know I am still trying to learn how to play again, I am better on my mage because I have played her for so long, but with other toons I am really struggling to get into the swing of it. Heroics are also very hard as most of the time I am running with people who are very well geared and hitting the 180k+ DPS mark, which means mobs die faster than I can cast a spell – on both my mage and my boomy. It makes it hard to see where I am sitting in reality and harder to judge what I need to improve.
I know on my mage in LFR I can sometimes be in the top 10 for damage and hitting just over 100k DPS, but according to noxxic I should be hitting 250k + dps…as a frost mage at my gear level and that is not maximum – that is realistic….no way!?!?!?!? I have to spend some time on a dummy and test out wtf I am doing wrong as I am missing out on a lot of dps. I need to examine combat logs of mages and see what they are doing that I am not. Anyway, I am sure, like the previous things, there is something I have forgotten to do….I just have to find out what that is!!!
I haven’t really spoken about the current guild situation, which is to say, we don’t really have one. We are in the old guild we created with just our toons as we switch them over to alliance to play with our best mates, but we haven’t really considered our options in regards to the future, I don’t want to just be by ourselves as it makes it hard to find groups and meet people to actually talk to about the game.
The question was posed to me from a couple of my blogging friends, about our future plans so it got me thinking about what we actually want to do. I have toons spread across 3 servers now and in the end I really only want to just be in a home again.
My priest is in Gen’s guild just slowly leveling and being a nuisance to the guildies who seem to be very non verbal when I am on my priest, so I could just be missing the exciting times :p. There was a plan to do some flexi’s with them, but I think poor Gen has taken a break and has probably disappeared into the Caverns of Time!! I just moved my pally over to my second home with Navi and the Frostwolves. I confess to having further increased my soft spot for the frosties. I read “Rise of the Horde” recently and Durotar of the Frostwolves was very noble and honourable, every time they said “Frostwolves” in the book I felt a little spasm of pride that I can consider myself one. In name – if not deeds just yet.
With xpac looming as well, it would be nice to figure out what we want to do. I know with my schedule I cannot commit to a raiding team unless they also have enough DPS they can rotate me out for the weeks I am on late shift. Hubby has mentioned he would like to raid as it gives him something to always be looking into, takes his mind off work stress – which is a valid lifestyle choice in my opinion
I cannot imagine raiding on anything other than my mage, but I moved my pally (who is now 86.5) so I could do runs or flexis with the Frosties in any spec that was needed to fill the spots…if it comes up of course. I know I can tank, and I was starting to heal on her and I have DPS’d on a pally…so I sort of have all bases covered should it be needed until the xpac. I might add, thanks to the timeless isle, she has an entire set – excluding gloves and cloak of gear for when she hits 90..but only one set sadly. Plan to get her leveled first before doing much else.
My druid now has both a resto and boomy set from the timesless isle as well, so that means I essentially have another toon I can flexi on.
In another fortnight I may just move my mage over to the Frosties, but given I just changed her alliance it will cost me a pretty penny..but I am still thinking I might just do that and be done with it. I don’t want to make any decisions that will affect my hubby negatively though and so I am trying to get him into other guilds to meet people before making decisions. I want to ensure he is happy, but he seems content to avoid people in game at the moment, and I don’t blame him – we haven’t really been successful with people in the past. Once bitten, twice shy?
Anyway we shall see how it pans out over the next fortnight.
This weeks shared topic is brought to us by Akabeko at Red Cow Rise and it is a doozy!!
Canon refers to the actual events and characters that exist in a fictional world. Headcanon refers to any situations or characters that are imagined by fans of said fictional world. Sometimes they are silly, like the fact that Garrosh’s favorite treat is lemon squares. Sometimes they are serious, like positing that tauren store grief in the lungs. For my writing, I’ve come up with a lot of headcanon. Got a theory about a torrid romance between your favorite auctioneer and the patrolling guard? Given any thought to where mounts and pets go when they aren’t summoned? Do you know how your characters do their laundry, or what Baine Bloodhoof does in his free time? What are your headcanons, and where did you get the idea?
This is going to be a very long post I have so much head cannon it will take me a while to post it all! I am just going to talk about my personal characters because they are the people I spend the most time with.
So let’s start in order with my Mage She was technically born in elwynn forest on a lovely rainy night. She was not supposed to be born due to her parents heritage – their love was forbidden – so she grew up living a nomadic lifestyle, moving from place to place, raised by many different aunts and uncles until she was old enough to strike out on her own. She does not have a chip about this as she is well aware she is loved by her parents and had a fantastic upbringing.
Last night the guild decided to do some Firelands, yes I admit I am being slightly selfish there by wanting to get embers. I am now up to 9 of the little blighters – I am beginning to think I really need to find a Firelands group running 25 man via some of those Xrealm sites. I want my legendary!
Anyway we managed to get up to Alyzrazor, we wiped on her though. It is a tough fight for people seeing it the first time, and I was conscious of the time for the people that needed to leave. We had a couple of Frosties come with us and kept a spot for another one who eventually appeared like magic :) It was a fantastic run and even found out about someone who lives nearby, I like meeting people who live close to me given we are in regional Victoria.
We wiped on Lord Volcanowankerhead twice, the first time at 2%, the DK tank getting him 4% all by himself. My bad judgement on that one I forgot which one of the DK’s was tanking and called the wrong thing. I felt so ashamed. The next attempt went awfully bad, then the third one was cake walk, although a little unsteady at the start. I really really really cannot stress how much I hate that fight. We wiped on Baleroc once, which given a few hadn’t seen it we lasted quite while, we got him to below 20% pretty sure with about 4 of us dead. Then it all went weird because certain people who shall remain nameless wanted the boss to be tanked on the side!! THE SIDE?!!?!? OMG, I couldn’t cope with it, I felt wrong the entire fight, never mind we were on the wrong side of the field anyway, we were on the left and should have been on the right!! ARGHH!!!!!
I can’t handle change when I know stuff works a particular way, it messes my head up, not just ingame either, when hubby is driving and goes an alternate route it screws me up and I get all freaked out about it. He mocks me of course, but, seriously I know I am a control freak, just don’t mess with my shizz!!! ehehehh
We went off to Malygos after that as hubby only needed that one boss on his Shammy for the title, and we managed to get the 6 minutes and under achievement as well.
The night before we went to Ulduar 25 with the Frosties and Arvash as well. I went on my boomy as she had never seen the place and OMG it was so much fun. I sucked all night, I am so out of practice on my girl, but we were smashing through everything. She got achievements on every single boss
Freya’s room had me wanting to spend hours in there, so many herbs I wanted to pick!!! I HAVE TO GO BACK!!!
My beautiful girl, even saw Algalon!!! ALGALON!! Can I just say that is a horible fight…maybe it is just me and I am blind as a bat, but I can barely see the red circles to get out of them. I know hubby was happy to see that fight, as he had never seen it before. I do wonder how hard it would be to do that Herald of the Titans thing…I am tempted to find a group – but I need a toon first that I can even do it on. My hunter is the closest to 70.
It was pretty cool though, I would have stayed for the Razormaw achievements, but I was falling asleep as it was, and I hope they did it!! Grats to them if they did
I am having so much fun now doing old content!!
We helped Songblossom out on an Occ run the other day and this is my hubby on his drake.
I was giggling my butt off!! It just looks damn weird if you ask me.
We did an alt run tonight because of the save to the DW kill. It was a pretty good run considering we had 8 alts in the run, we got the first four bosses down.
The shame I mention is my own. I was an awful raid leader tonight, I was so focused on trying to get my rotation as boomy that I wasn’t leading very well, so when I tried leading my rotation suffered. I couldn’t balance everything (no pun intended) but a boomy rotation is so different to a Mage. I do ok in LFR because I only need to watch my rotation and not anything else.
I healed on yorsahj because it was a little heavy for the healers, I sucked by the way. I gave it my best though and we got him down. I also called out badly on the colours which didn’t work and then we wiped, but then after copping shit for it, it didn’t wipe us the next time. Anyway, I guess something was different the other time, anyway I apologised profusely for my bad calls.
My DPS was barely above 16k all night, I have seen myself do much better, but I was just disappointed. If I want this o be my main in MoP, I have to be able to play the fucking thing better. My hubby however, jumped on his shammy and was fighting for top spot with 2 hunters, sitting at about 25k with pretty sub gear; he is so impressive as a player
Onto other things, hubby and I spent all day playing the shammy and paladin, we got them to 84! About 40% through, so not long to go :). We also have hubby’s druid to 83 and his tips were helping me in healing DS.
All in all an eventful night and I am exhausted.
Since I joined the Frosties on Dath, my warrior has decided he is quite enamored and would like to stay for a while, I have no idea what they get up to when I am not around, but it must be good. I suspect something to do with drumming and half naked tauren females of a suitable age, he does have such a soft spot for the feather headdress’.
Anyway, getting off track there.
I have created a tauren druid to keep him company, however given my recent guild drama I may change that to a warlock /DK given they are the classes I have not levelled to max (or have any intention to) and i already have a druid…not sure I want to switch servers with all my toons though – it does get expensive when you have a few inter-dependant toons doesn’t it? LOL They really need to have a bulk discounted rate for people to move accounts and not just toons.
I also created a BE rogue to play with. I will see which one takes my fancy more over the next few weeks and see what happens. My rogue is currently level 10 – two more levels to go and it will be the highest level rogue I have ever had.
You can definitely tell when someone is an addict – when they create a toon and have that many account pets that you get this achieventment :p I have made her an enchanter and JC…an enchanter would be nice over this side for all my DE’ing needs
I decided that I love my druid so much, one wasn’t enough, so potentially, by baby druid will be resto and boomy…or maybe bear….but always boomy….ALWAYS!! Isn’t she just gorgeous She is currently sitting at level 8. I stopped her to create my rogue simply because I may move my druid over to Dath. Either way I am set to level a second druid- which means I have joined the club of those insane people that have multiple max level toons of the same class. The majority seem to be Pallies and Druids – but I could never level another pally…that would just be hell I think - it is for that reason I would never level another mage..they sucked so much during the levelling process in Vanilla, I could not do it again!
Also found a flying pig whilst levelling her…I was quite amused.