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Salty Rocklaw!

Posted in General with tags , on April 5, 2010 by rocklawthepally

Well, one I’ve been working on forever finally went my way for a change.  After thinking for several months that the Kalu’ak Fishing Derby would be the best bet to complete the Master Angler of Azeroth portion of Accomplished Angler, I was surprised and pleased as punch yesterday to finally win the Booty Bay Fishing Tournament.  Pleased?  Nay, t’were fracking AWESOME!

So I have now the new title “Salty” that I may never change again, except for the day or so following my first Lich King kill.

Now, tips for getting this:

Patience, patience and more patience.  And be prepared to be very, very patient.

Think about how hard some of these sub-achievements are.  Off the top, Mr. Pinchy is a pita.  And so are the other rare catches (Old Ironjaw or Old Crafty and the rare catch junk fish).  Surprisingly, the 2 boss catches are easy.  The fountain in Dalaran just requires time and is a good way to level fishing to max.  All in all, the tournaments are gonna be the hardest part and involve the most luck.

The best and most authoritative resource for all of this can be found at El’s Anglin’.

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The Drama Llama

Posted in General with tags , , , , on May 19, 2009 by rocklawthepally

Finally got to exalted with all of the 5 main Lich King factions over the weekend. Kirin Tor was the final one and I got there on cooking and fishing dailies alone. No tabard rep at all :)

On a sad note, our GL has left the game for good, it seems. RL issues have become a limiting factor for her and she ultimately made the decision to set the game aside. I wish her the very best.

We also lost our Raid Leader, who has gone on to form her own guild. As a result of this instability, I’ve taken all of my alts out of the guild, leaving only the pally in there. My alts will remain unguilded for the time being.

Powerleveled mining and blacksmithing to 300 or so on my death knight and am leveling her up through Hellfire Peninsula. Still getting used to the playstyle. Some times it seems stuff dies very quickly and at other times, it seems to take a while. Not sure how I feel about it all. Blood spec atm.

Sarth 1D, Noblegarden and more

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 27, 2009 by rocklawthepally

Last night, we one-shot Kel’Thuzad for our guild 2nd kill on 25-man and proceeded to do Sartharion with 1 drake up.  That took a few tries, but we eventually got it.  Then we went over to Coldarra for some work on 25-man Malygos.  We’re at the point where we get to phase 3 consistently.  Now it’s a question of getting comfortable with the vehicle phase, which is by no means an easy feat.

I’ve also begun the Noblegarden stuff.  Man, can you say crowded?  Each of the 4 starter towns are madly camped, making egg collecting a royal pain in the ass.  I have a few of the achievements so far and thankfully have some time over the next few days to complete the meta-achievement.  Hopefully, Blizzard’s RNG will be kinder to me than it has been on my quest for the turtle mount.  3500+ catches thus far and still no luck.

More Ulduar Goodness and Fishing Ahoy

Posted in General with tags , , on April 21, 2009 by rocklawthepally

Went back into Ulduar last night and were able to clear to Ignis and get in a few attempts on him.  Also gave Razorscale a few tries.  What was clear to me was that while most of our raid was Ulduar-ready, our tanks were not.  We did not have our 25-man Naxx-geared tanks with us and as a result, we lacked in gear.  It is quite evident that in order to do well in Ulduar, even the 10-man version, you pretty much need to be done with Naxxramas in terms of gear.

On my quest for the turtle mount, I’ve caught over 1500 glacial salmon with no luck thus far.  El’s Anglin’ don’t have drop rate numbers yet, but it seems like this could take a while.

The Argent Tournament and Fishing Dailies

Posted in General with tags , on April 15, 2009 by rocklawthepally

I began the Argent Tournament this morning on both the pally and the mage. Thus far, it’s fairly interesting and does not look to be too monotonous. What I found entertaining was the little quest chain involving the Black Knight that takes you to Westfall and a few other places. There was a slightly Monty Python-esque feel to it, with a bit of a sinister bent.  It kind of ends abruptly, tho. Perhaps there will be more as the Argent Tournament event grows with future patches.

I began by grabbing a lance and mounting a horse just outside the Alliance base. You are asked to go learn about mounted combat, including ranged, charging and melee. You practice this combat on training dummies elsewhere at the AT site. Pretty simple, but some of the charge attempts didn’t register. You need to collect 15 Aspirant’s Sigils in order to proceed to the next stage of the tournament, the Valiant Stage. I was able to get 5 of the sigils from the 3 dailies I did, so that says 3 days of dailies to me.

Another of the dailies has you go off and fight Scourge in Icecrown – just whack 8 of them and you’re golden. Also, you are sent to Crystalsong to collect lumber and then to Storm Peaks to collect rocks, presumably to help with the building of the Tournament site itself.

I can see the lumber and stone quests getting old quickly, but I’m eager to move on to the Valiant stage. I’m upping some reps as I go, including Argent Crusade. Not concerned with City reps since I’m exalted with all of them on my main.

All in all, a nice new diversion.

Also included are new fishing dailies, of which I have now done 2. It will take a little while to see what, if any benefit, these bring. What I am really looking forward to is fishing up the new turtle mount. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Latest PTR Notes

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by rocklawthepally

The latest PTR notes are up here and there’s a ton of interesting new stuff, both from a pally’s perspective and from a broader view.

First, the pally stuff.

So they removed Spiritual Attunement from the trainers and made it instead a deep protection talent.  This is actually fine by me.  They say they may look at Illumination in terms of compensating for the lost mana regen and that, too, is fine by me.  Since I’m stacking crit, having more mana back from that talent would be nice.  I always found SA to be a freebie mana regen mechanic for the holy spec that was never really intended for us.

The other changes to holy are pretty insignificant and are largely pvp-based.

Alchemy:

  • You can now sometimes find Alchemist’s Caches from bosses in Ulduar. Only players with an Alchemy skill of 425 or higher can loot these secret caches.

Nice little gift for us alchies :)  Wonder what these caches will contain.

Cooking:

  • A new recipe has been added to cooking trainers for making Black Jelly, using several Borean Man ‘O War as ingredients. While it looks disgusting, it restores more health and mana than the highest level food.
  • Flint and Tinder is no longer necessary for creating a campfire. You’re just that resourceful!
  • Ingredients such as Spices, Apples, and the like have been removed from most cooking recipes.
  • Players no longer need to complete the Clamlette Surprise quest to gain Artisan cooking. The quest now offers the unique recipe, Clamlette Magnifique. If you already completed the quest, you can visit Dirge Quickcleave in Gadgetzan to learn this recipe (for free).
  • Several Northrend recipes were given greater skill up ranges to make it easier to reach 450 cooking skill.
  • You no longer need to learn cooking from books. The trainers have finally done their reading and are able to teach you the same thing.

This is full of win all around.  My mage is not yet maxed in cooking so I will hold off that painful grind until this hits the live realms.  Getting those last few points in cooking as it currently stands is incredibly painful.  Making 40-50 items for a couple of skill points is more than a little ridiculous.

Fishing:

  • A new (and very rare) special mount can now be caught from Northrend fishing pools.
  • A new clam, the Giant Darkwater Clam, can be obtained by fishing in Wintergrasp. This mighty clam has a greatly increased chance to drop pearls, and yields up to five times the regular amount of clam meat.
  • New fishing dailies are now offered from Marcia Chase in Dalaran City!
  • Players are no longer required to do the Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme quest to gain Artisan fishing. The quest now offers a special superior-quality fishing pole instead. If you already completed the quest, you can visit Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh to receive this new fishing pole.
  • The time needed to catch fish has been reduced.
  • You can now fish anywhere, regardless of skill. Every catch has the potential for fishing skill gains, but you are likely to catch worthless junk in areas that are too difficult for your skill.
  • You can now fish in Wintergrasp, and the fishin’ is good!
  • You no longer need to learn fishing from books. The trainers have finally done their reading and are able to teach you the same thing.

More beneficial changes to one of my favorite pastimes.  Less time to catch is nice, but I’m from the old school who maxed 2 toons in the old 30-second/chance to lose fish on cast days, so this is just gravy for me.  Eliminating the level requirement from zones is a little annoying, but it does not apply to me as both my primary toons are max level already.  The thing I’m looking forward to the most are the new fishing dailies.  No mention of rewards, but hopefully there’s some new pole buffs and +fishing gear to wear.  Oh, and the mount would be leet – hopefully not as rare Mr. Pinchy.

Herbalism:

  • Find Herbs no longer tracks Glowcaps.
  • Northrend herbs now yield more herbs on average.
  • The herbalism requirement for gathering Tiger Lily has been reduced to 375.
  • The time it takes to gather herbs has been reduced.

Whee!  More herbs in less time.  What’s not to like?  I farm on Saturday afternoons and make a crapton of gold by selling what I gather in Storm Peaks.  I rarely aggro mobs and collect a pile of herbs while listening to podcasts, etc.  This will just make my life that much easier.

So Blizzard has done another round of their “making things easier” buffs to the game in general.  Well done, Blizzard!

Lots and lots of money!

Posted in General with tags , , on March 3, 2009 by rocklawthepally

With dual specs incoming, there’s a new gold sink on the way. So I’ve been farming quite a bit lately. Firecracker Salmon goes for about 85-100 gold on my server and I’ve found my own little private lake in Grizzly Hills (no, I won’t tell you where) that supplies me with quite a lot of it. Being an herbie, I also farm a lot of Lichbloom and Icethorn (while keeping an eye out for the Time-Lost proto drake).  These are worth a lot of coin, as well.

I’m not a crazy farmer, but I do get into spurts of it from time to time.  I’ll spend a Saturday afternoon mindlessly running around Storm Peaks or Icecrown picking flowers or standing at my lake in Grizzly Hills fishing away.  Not only does it keep me supplied with raiding mats, but I can ship all this stuff off to my lvl 1 nekkid gnome bank alt in IF for fun and profit.  I also like the fact that almost all the herb nodes in Icecrown and Storm Peaks do not involve aggroing mobs, so things go that much faster ;)

I will likely never have the 20k mammoth or the Kirin Tor rings, but I will hopefully have enough to pick a second spec and gem/chant a second set of gear once dual specs drop.  I have yet to decide whether to go ret or prot, but I am assembling a respectable set of both.  The only thing really missing at this point is a weapon in each case.  Sigh.