Posts Tagged ‘event’

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Achievements of Love

24.02.2011

Love is in the air – no more. The event has ended, and it’s time to see what’s on the scoreboard. I decided to try to get a few achievements for my low-level Worgen while questing through Duskwood.

Let’s see what I have to show for the last two weeks:

Perma Peddle
Expensive, but at least not luck dependent. I really don’t like the look of the pet though.

Charming

Comes naturally when trying for the other achievements.

Nation of Adoration

Initially victim of the Cataclysm, Blizzard fixed it just in time.

Sweet Tooth

I love chocolate.

Dangerous Love

It took a while for the mission to spawn in Duskwood, for a while I thought I was out of luck and had to travel to Hillsbrad.

The Rocket’s Pink Glare

Fun, but lag inducing. Fortunately most people got theirs early on so the rocket launching was pretty light later on.

Shafted!

Also fun, even if maybe a bit annoying.

Be Mine!

You won’t believe how many boxes I had to buy for that last missing candy…

 

However, there were two achievements I didn’t get:

Lovely Luck Is On Your Side

I ran out of lucky charms, out of time and out of energy to farm more. Plus I didn’t have any luck with the two dress boxes I bought, so this will have to wait until next year.

Flirt With Disaster

Alright, I was just too lazy to travel to Ironforge and get all the requisites.

 

So only two not achieved out of the ones I can reasonably get at level 32 – 36. Was it fun, overall, though? I still think that the world events are a bit annoying. But this one is alright. Most of the achievements are fairly easy to do, you get Lucky Charms while soloing anyway and need to get back to Stormwind for the dailies. Next up is Noblegarden, which will require a bit more work but was a lot of fun last year.

 

At any rate, I’m quite happy with how this years Valentine Day turned out, both in-game and in real-life.

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Bugged Love

07.02.2011

I’m sure you’re all aware of this, but in case you’re not: There are a few bugs with ‘love is in the air’.

I find it kind of hilarious – I’m usually not one to participate in world events (save for Noblegarden), but the one time I think to myself “well, nothing better to do, let’s go hunt some achievements” – they’re bugged. It started with not being able to buy anything from the vendors. Okay, so maybe there’s something weird going on and Worgen can’t buy these thing in Darnassus. But the same happens in Stormwind.

Never mind, let’s go and do the Nation of Adoration dailies. High Priestess? Check. Prophet? Check. King Wrynn? Check. King Bronzebeard? Uhh… no, not really.

 

The reason I find this pretty funny instead of annoying: There are certain achievements that I couldn’t complete with this character anyway, so the meta is out of reach no matter what. Still, it surprises me how many bugs there are in the world events year after year. I think that they actually do fix all these bugs – but until the next iteration comes around, so many other details in the world have changed (if you can call the Shattering a ‘detail’) that their fixes just aren’t up to date any more.

 

Anyway, the event runs almost two more weeks, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that Blizzard fixes it in time. Even if not – it’ll be there next year.

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Save a ground mount!

31.12.2010

Cataclysm has a few by-names. I’m about to add another one: Death of the ground mount.

Actually, it was this post over at Art of Soloing WoW that added that title. And I find it kind of sad. After all, from level 20 to 60, our ground mounts got us everywhere we wanted. The wide flats of the old Barrens. The sheer endless trek up and down Stonetalon Mountains. The gauntlet that is the Redridge Highway. The scarred landscape of the Badlands and Searing Gorge. And of course, up to and through the Dark Portal.

Yes, I agree completely, flying is a lot more convenient. And faster. But I also feel a lot of missing out. The view is sometimes spectacular, but every zone seems to shrink, now that you don’t have to care about the safest or quickest route. You just fly up a bit and then straight towards the quest goal. Look down, think about the poor map designer who painstakingly laid out everything in such a way that someone on a horse would be able to get where he wants. The mobs finetuned so that the roads are relatively safe while the wilderness holds all the dangers.

Flying in cities is another thing. The view of the rooftops of Stormwind is spectacular. Okay, so my FPS drop to abysmal levels, but still. Flying from the mage tower to the auction house or the cathedral, the city seems to have lost the frantic spark of life that you got down on the streets.

So, as the new year approaches, I call out to everyone to celebrate one day of old school riding. Next Thursday (06.01.2011, also a holiday), no flying mounts if possible. Break out your old warlock Dreadsteeds, your rare drops, your hard-earned foreign racial mounts. Pass the word – on RP servers, make up something about dangerous crosswinds that make flying impossible for the day. For one day, let Azeroth tremble not with the fury of Deathwing, but the thunder of our hooves!

Also applicable to mount that don’t have hooves, just so our Gnomish and Elven friends don’t feel left out.

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The world will break!

22.11.2010

Got any plans for Tuesday night? Or, presumably, Wednesday if you’re on an EU server like me? No?

Well, get ready. All signs point to The Shattering happening this week.

And I’m running out of time. Seriously. Just yesterday I leveled my warrior through Swamps of Sorrows. And then I realised – it won’t be a good place to hang out at level 40 any more. It’s going to be a level 52-54 zone. Stranglethorn will be, well, broken in half. Auberdine, gone. Menethil Harbor, flooded.

And of course, my careful leveling plan completely wrecked. Will I still be able to follow my chosen path? The wiki page on that matter has become quite confusing – a byproduct of breaking larger zones into multiple smaller ones.

So, yeah, I’m in frantic “gotta see it all before it changes forever” mode. Funny, we all knew that Cataclysm was coming. But now that it’s here, it still manages to catch us by surprise.

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Last call for heroes

16.11.2010

Been to Stormwind recently? Or Ogrimmar for that matter? No? You should.

See, that’s what I really like about Blizzard. Instead of just dumping their newest expansion on us, they actually involve us in the transition. We actually get to witness how the city changes – if not physically, but the whole atmosphere is charged up with petitioners around every guard, the line of citizens outside the gate, the cultists inside the city and at the lake and now, the finale, the elemental attack.

Of course the quests are mindbogglingly easy. Because everyone is expected to have a chance to be more than just a passive bystander. Everyone is a hero. Everyone is actively participating in a desperate last ditch effort to defend the capital city – only to see it all swept aside in a great fiery apocalypse come December.

If that’s not the definition of cool, I don’t know what is.

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All hail the RNG!

26.10.2010

Sometimes, just sometimes, I hit a stroke of luck.

Take the Hallows End seasonal event for example. I like it – fairly easy initial achievements, some fairly amusing quests (seeing Goldshire burn is totally worth it), it encourages you to get the last few missing flightpaths for the candy bucket quest and there is a pet that you can get through sheer luck instead of obnoxiously arduous questing.

One problem I have is, however, that I only do seasonal events with the character I’m playing at the moment. But since there is a pet possible as random reward, I decided to switch to my dedicated pet-collector just for a quick trick or treat.

On the very first try, the Sinister Squashling dropped.

Sometimes, the RNG loves me, it really does.

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Stranger things have happened

21.08.2010

When I’m stressed out or bored, I do strange things.

I’m very stressed out due to an unfortunate incident at the office. I’m also bored out of my mind when at home.

And to demonstrate that A && B := C, I clicked ‘join battle’ today and had a go at Arathi Basin. The first time was pretty much what I expected, complete and utter chaos, confusion and generally not knowing what to do. Of course I’ve read about Battlegrounds, chuckled about anecdotes and memorised basic guidelines. It all goes to hell, though, when instead of my normal ‘me vs. the World’ battles there are 20 characters running, jumping, casting, slashing and hacking away. Incidentally, we lost.

So I re-queued immediately. This time, our team was better organised, some people even using /bg chat. I went defence after capping the mill (see, I’ve still got the lingo down from years after years of team-oriented FPS gaming) and camped there for the remainder of the match, calling out incoming Horde and successfully defending the flag. I even had enough time to set up WIM to intercept battleground chat, which I hadn’t bothered with before.

The whole affair reminded me very much of playing on public servers in Counterstrike or Battlefield. I never liked the latter, but mostly because I’m a simulator fan and seeing tanks and planes so misrepresented caused physical pain. In this fantasy setting though, capturing a place like the mill or the blacksmith or the mine, seeing it actually come to live with people suddenly working there – it suddenly all makes sense. And it doesn’t feel like playing WoW, it feels like I’m playing my character playing a game. Which is strange. And fun. And this sort of controlled PvP is exactly what I like. Nothing I could do all day, but as a brief respite from questing, bring it on!

So I think whenever I’m too pressed for time to do serious questing, or don’t have any quests coming up that I like, I’ll go and stomp some Horde in the battlegrounds. Some honour-gear also looks like upgrades to my mostly green-blue quest gear, so that works out as well. I just wish there was a central honour-based vendor, instead of having to fly and sail all over Azeroth to get the particular piece of equipment I’m after.