Running in circles, for fun and profit

It’s not that I don’t feel like posting, It’s just that I don’t have much to say today.

I talked about professions for my characters a few days ago. In that I decided to take a 61 hunter (Dechion) and have him as Mining and Engineering at 80. At that time he was Skinning and Herbing. Since he was just really getting started in Hellfire I decided I would drop Herbing in favor of Mining, keep Skinning for the income it provides, and level Engineering once I hit 80.

Makes perfect sense right?

Until you decide to write about what you have been doing “in game” for the last few days. Mining is a bit over 200 now, 209 If I remember correctly. It is coming along nicely. I figure one more day of doing laps around various zones for skillups will get me to 300. That way I can mine all the outlands deposits I come across while questing.

As an added bonus all my characters are building up rested status while I do this little project, making later leveling faster. An even bigger bonus is that I will have more quests left over to get cash from at 80. Cash? we needs it…. that mammoth won’t buy itself.

The downside? Running circles around Searing Gorge gathering Mithril (got a better place let me know) really does not make for good blogging material. Since I don’t have much to report, and have not worked on my macros any further over Thanksgiving, I figured I would link a few folks who actually have something to say.

First up, Seri from World of Snarkcraft writes an interesting post about account security. I have written about this myself a time or two. Yes I use an authenticator again, I replaced it. Apparently the old one went wherever the missing left socks go, because I never found it.

Second up there are several good posts up with several different views on node stealing, mob camping,  different definitions of asshatedness, and random folks helping each other out, all looking at the way we treat each other “in game”. My own most recent posts on this were just this past week.

As for myself, this weekend should see my Mining caught up with where the character should be for his level, then I will head back to Northrend to burn off all that rested xp. Perhaps then I will have something to talk about.

A bit about Macro’s

Let me start by saying that I absolutely fail at using trinkets.

I am actually so bad that at one point I went looking for ones with no “on use” features at all, just so I would not feel bad about never using them. Well, I finally did come up with a solution for it. I put macros in place to help me out.

I poked around on the blog Priestly Endeavors (who has since retired) and read up on macros in Kirk’s “How to write a macro” series. I found this to be so helpful in fact that when he retired his blog a asked to host the series here. If you are interested it’s tabbed at the top of the page. 

While I was at it I also macro’d a bunch of other things. Nothing huge, just things that make my life easier. Once you get started it’s actually really easy to pick up on. A post by Big Bear Butt a day or two ago reminded me about them and gave me the idea to share a few of the ones I use every day.

For starters my “Feed pet” macro. Very simple, very easy, one click feeding. For an icon I always select the question mark and use the tooltip.

#showtooltip
/cast Feed Pet
/use Name-of-Pets-Food

 

Next I thought I would share my version of the “quit forgetting the trinkets” macro. Every time I hit Steady Shot this one uses whatever trinkets I have equipped. Well, if they have a use feature and their cooldown is up. Otherwise it just casts steady shot. It also eliminates all those pesky error messages about trinkets not being ready.

I use a modified version for every DPS class I play, for instance my priest has one written to work with either Mind Flay or Shadow Word: Pain. I can’t remember which at the moment. I honestly can’t remember where I found the original macro that ended up morphing into this or I would give credit where due.

#showtooltip Steady Shot
/script UIErrorsFrame:Hide();
/use 13
/use 14
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear();
/script UIErrorsFrame:Show();
/cast Steady Shot

 

The way I found out about by using item slots instead of trinket names  was in Kirks Writing a macro series (section 5 of 8). It would work as well with anything that has an “on use” feature. For instance to tie using your Hallowed Helm’s evil laughter to a macro you could insert  “/use 1″ into the macro of your choice. 

The last one I am going to write about today is the super simple mouseover macro I use for healing. All it does is allow each spell on my action bar to be cast without actually changing targets. I just mouseover their health bars and hit the appropriate button. Heck, I even have a version of this set up on my Hunters and my Death Knight for casting Gift of the Naaru.

#showtooltip
/cast [target=mouseover] Renew (or the spell of your choice)

 

I do have one that I am working to set up as a “save the healer” type macro. It is done with the idea of making my pet go from his DPS setup to his off-tanking setup in order to drag a mob off the healer if one gets away from the tank. I play a priest as well and I really hate it when things try to chew my face off while I heal.

I had a working one at one point but as I found out last night the changes to pet talents kinda broke it. I am working on a replacement, however it is still in the testing phase. Once I have it up and running I’ll post about it as well.

A little politeness goes a long way

There was a time not so very long ago that I wondered where I would be a few weeks after Wrath went live. I wondered how the new areas would “feel”. That was one thing I really could not check on the Beta. In my opinion the character of the zone, the whole server in fact, is made up from the collection of personalities that hang out there. They were not all in the Beta, so there was no “feel” for the place.

What has the feel been? Mostly positive. The asshats are pretty badly outnumbered by decent folk. I do have one beef however, apparently others do as well. Death Knights who use their purple ray of “get over here, I want to beat on you” to snatch quest mobs away from those who actually are waiting their turn.

Perhaps its just something Arthas taught them in their 3 level Death Knight boot camp.

The worst however so far was a 71 Warrior who was questing away in the Borean Tundra while I was farming there on Drupadi. I can understand his frustration, but before you call someone out at least make sure you know what your talking about. I never actually saw the person, I just got whispered buy him. It went something like this:

  • A-hole [71 Warrior] Thanks for being such a *&$^%. Quit stealing all my mobs you @$#%#$@ Noob. All you have to do is wait your turn like everyone else, a little politeness goes a long way!
  • Drupadi [72 Hunter] I don’t see you, what is it that I am kill-stealing? (wondering if my gorilla was aggroing something I was unaware of)
  • A-hole [71 Warrior] You who I am! I am jumping up and down right behind you! You are stealing all the dogs with your damn purple DK lazer beam! (still don’t know for sure what mobs he meant, perhaps the ones up by Fizzlecranks airport for the poop quest)
  • Drupadi [72 Hunter] I don’t know who you are but I am grinding Caribou for chilled meat, and I am a Hunter not a Death Knight.

crickets chirping awaiting response…………

  • Drupadi [72 Hunter] I understand mistakes can happen and you obviously mistook me for someone else, however a simple “sorry ’bout that” might be in order. After all, a little politeness goes a long way.
  • [You are now being ignored by A-hole]

Judging by the amount of hate and discontent this person was spewing into general chat as well he was “unhappy’ with the current state of the game. More specifically he was unhappy that there were in fact other (gasp) people playing at the same time. Apparently this somehow caused greater inconvenience for him than it did for anyone else. With any luck he will go find something more enjoyable to do with his time.

Perhaps fighting with other kids on the playground over who get to go first in kickball.

Fishing and cooking 375 to 450, the lazy way

Yes, I know. Spend more than 12 seconds coming up with a title.

The title fits, sue me.

Sometime soon I will be going and updating my guides to leveling Fishing and Cooking to reflect the new changes. Until then I am going to make a bit of a “addon” in the form of this post. Actually it would be more of an appendix, but I don’t like them. They get all sore and painful and have to be removed.

What was I talking about again? Cooking, got it. Train back on track now.

Assuming (yes I know, never assume anything) that if you are reading this you have already maxed out your cooking and fishing skill to 375 and are now looking to head to Northrend and jack them up to 450 with a minimum of fuss. If that is what you want, this may be a bit of help.

FIrst, head to Northrend. It does not matter which way you go or which faction you are. It does not matter which port you go to.

If you are Alliance your choices are Valiance Keep or Valguard Both of which have fishable water inside the safe zones. They also both come equipped with Grand Master Fishing trainers in the form of  Old man Robert at 58.72 in the Borean Tundra and Byron Welwick at 60.64 Howling Fjiord. In addition both areas also have Grand Master Cooking trainers in the form of Rollick MacKreel at 58.71 in the Borean Tundra or Brom Brewbaster at 58.62 in the Howling Fjiord. As if that was not convenient enough they both have inns with a mailbox and a free cooking fire.

If you are Horde your choices are Vengance landing or Warsong Hold but in this case only Vengance Landing has fishable water inside the safe zone. They also both come equipped with  Grand Master Fishing trainers in the form of Angelina Soren at 80.27 Howling Fjiord and Fishy Ser’ji at 42.55 Boren Tundra. Like the Alliance, Grand Master the Cooking trainers are handily located as well. You have your choice of Orn Tenderhoof at 42.54 Borean Tundra or Thomas Kolichio at 78.28 in Howling Fjiord. In addition to that they both have inns with a mailbox and a free cooking fire. On my Horde fisherman I decided to head to Howling Fjiord simply because I could fish right in the town.

The way I went about this one was simple. Train up fishing and cooking, grab a stack of +75 fishing lures from the local vendor, and start fishing.

Note,  the vendors selling +75 lures in the starter towns are as follows:

  • Wink Sprinklesprankle at 58.62 in Valguard
  • Beem Goldsprocket at 58.72 in Valiance Keep
  • Barnabas Frye at 79.30 in Vengeance Landing
  • Brokkan Bear-Arms at 41.55 in Warsong Hold

Grab a soda, turn on some music, and get to fishing.

When your bags start getting a bit full, head over to the inn and cook. When you get to cooking level 400 you have a choice to make. Either keep right on fishing until you hit 450 and cook what you catch, or head over to the pool of your choice and fish up ingredients for the level 400+ buff food.

Personally I just camped out until I hit 450 fishing which took about 3 and a half hours. I was then able to hit 415 cooking just by cooking up everything I had caught so far. As an added bonus, I never had a problem with fish getting away even with only the +75 lure attached.

The main reason I went all the way to 415 in one place is simple. Since every recipe that is still green at 415 requires Northern Spices from the daily quests I wanted to level up as far as I could before needing them. Well, there is one exception in Feast. It is is green till 425, but the materials for it do not come from fishing. Since this is about leveling both together I will just ignore that one.

Speaking of daily quests, that’s your next mission. They are handed out by Katherine Lee at 41.65 in Daleran for Alliance or Awilo Lon’gomba at 70.38 in Dalaran for Horde. Start doing the dailys for the Dalaran cooking awards. They can be spent on either Northern Spices (1 award for 10 spices) or on cooking recipes of level 400+ skill (3 awards per recipe). They each also award a bag of goodies, usually consisting of 3 to 6 Northern Spices and perhaps a few other knick knacks.

Pick the buff food that best suits your character(s) and go fish up whatever it requires. A full listing of the level 400+ recipes can be found HERE. To save you the math, it will take 60 Dalaran Fishing Awards to purchase all 20 of the recipes, and they are BOP.

Myself, I went to Dragonblight and fished up a couple stacks of Dragonfin Angelfish for Blackened Dragonfin. It has carried me to level 424 as of the time I write this, and will carry me to 425 and beyond as I do more dailys and get more Northern Spices. Actually with any luck I will hit 425 today after the dailys reset.

Well, as far as I am concerned that is the end. Once you or I have reached 425 skill there is no recipe in the game we can not cook. I suppose if you are like me and it just bothers you to not have a completed skill you can fish up a bunch of mats and spend your cooking awards on spices just to finish it out. There really is no need however. I suppose the extra 25 skill points are just there so we have something to look forward to while cooking buff food for the next year or so.

A prime example of coffee deprivation

The title says it all.

Something happened yesterday when I got to work, something bad. I went about my daily routine, checking all the things I am responsible for for problems, dropping my lunch off for later, and getting settled in for the day. I did this all blissful unaware that a mere 20 feet away trouble was brewing.

Or rather the trouble was it was not brewing.

My office had run out of coffee.

While this may seem like a bit of an inconvenience to most, those who know me well understand the gravity of the situation. Running out of coffee may be less important than running out of some other things such as oxygen, but it is pretty darn close.

 

Mmmmm coffeee

 

You see, without my morning coffee people end up being subjected to things like yesterdays rambly little post about Warcraft professions.

My primary point about the balancing act that Blizzard did with them is actually a backhanded compliment. They balanced too well. They in fact balanced so well that I am having a hard time deciding which professions to take for which characters. I would likely have made that point a tad more clearly had my mind been properly caffeinated before sitting down at my keyboard.

Hell, I might have even managed to squeeze a joke or two in there.

On the plus side there is now coffee in the office and all is right in the world. I now return you to your regularly scheduled weekend, already in progress. Have fun, see you Monday.

Profession balance, and why it is a bad thing

It appears that I have a bit of a problem.

Blizzard, in their infinite wisdom balanced all the professions. Not only did they balance them, but they made the vast majority of items BOE. That effectively removed “must have” professions from the game.

Now you can have pretty much any combination of trade skills without hindering yourself too much. An excellent idea, I wish they would have had it sooner. Of course now I am stuck trying to figure out where I want to go with trade skills for my characters.

Morham, my priest, will likely stay Tailoring and Enchanting. Lots of time and money already invested there.

Drupadi, one of my hunters, has leveled to 72 so far with Herbalism and Skinning. She will likely stay that way as well. Gathering skills always seem to come in handy.

Dechion, my up and coming hunter, has also leveled with Herbalisim and Skinning. I don’t plan to keep him there. He will likely drop both of those skills once he gets to 80 and pick up Mining and Engineering. I had an engineer before and thought it was fun, not to mention I would then have all three gathering professions covered.

Dekado, my shiny new death knight, may or may not get leveled all the way to 80. However I can at very least level him to 65. Either way, I am thinking right now that he will likely pick up Alchemy and Inscription. That way I would have something to do with all those herbs I have gathered leveling the two hunters.

That seems like a reasonable plan. My problem comes from changing my mind all the time. Hell, when I sat down to write this I still planned to have Leatherworking wedged in there somewhere.

I guess we will see how it goes. Now I am off to go grab a cup of coffee, and to change my mind a few more times.

Random Acts of Kindness

Yesterday I had an interesting experience. I was happily questing away on Drupadi, slowly crawling my way from 71 to 72.  I don’t know if it was just the area I was in but the asshats seemed to be out in full force. Plenty of mob stealing and such. There were a few examples of people just simply being decent that come to mind.

There was a time when I was grinding the same mobs as a level 71 or so Undead Rogue. We were each keeping to separate ends of the spawn area, in short we were sharing. I look up at one point from the three mobs I had going on my pet (crazy respawn rate) to see a pile of things respawn right on top of the Rogue.

In a streak a Paladin zipped in front of me, already dismounting. He dropped a consecrate right on top of the dog pile that was chewing off the rogues face and proceeded to tank them all while the three of us killed them off. With the respawns down, the friendly pallidan dropped a buff on me. Then he mounted up and headed on his way, asking for nothing but receiving many thanks.

Another time I came to the end of a quest series. One of those that call for you to go kill a named mob that spawns in a cave. I head over expecting the same kill stealing spawn camping a-holes I had kept seeing. I was wrong.

What I saw there at the cave reminded me oddly of the movie Airplane. You know, the scene where everyone is standing patiently in line with pipes and bats and such? The one where they are all taking turns knocking the freaked out passenger back to his senses? Well, it was a lot like that. There was A line about 5 players long standing at the cave entrance. The mob spawns, the first in line tags it, then we all burned it down. Wash, rinse, repeat.

The biggest surprise if the day came when my son (hereafter known as the klutz) decided that falling off the top bunk onto the floor full of Lego blocks seemed like a good idea. Well priorities being what that are as soon as I heard the noise I jumped up from the computer to go check on things. (He is fine)

I come back to the computer about 10 minutes later fully expecting to at least make a corpse run, perhaps even have to log back in depending on how long I had been afk. The scene I saw when I came back made me forget about all the asshattery of the last few days.

I was sitting at about 5% health.

My pet was dead. (he was on defensive, I wonder how many he took with him)

There were so many dead mobs stacked up around me that I could not count them.

And there was a certain Undead Rogue, killing everything that spawned on top of me.

I popped back up from being afk, saluted and thanked the hordie that had watched my back. Then I mounted up and rode back to town. I left secure in the knowledge that while there are asshats out there there are some truly decent folks behind some of the other monitors.

Gone Fishing

Many of my plans have changed since I first started planning for Wrath.

Here I wondered if my newest hunter, Dechion, would make 70 before Wrath hit. The answer? No he did not. He in fact made 60 Wednesday evening and is now parked in the inn at Honor Hold waiting for me to get back to him.

I have thought a good bit these last few days about where I want to put my time. I know I will end up with 4 level 80′s it’s just a matter of who gets leveled first. Reading back I actually had some really good thoughts on this that I posted here.

I got the expansion, set it up, and journeyed to Northrend. It is crowded, it is laggy, and I hate fighting for quest mobs. I ask myself, where sould I spend my time……

I need food for the journey anyhow. I think I will just pull out my pony keg, find a nice quiet spot under a tree, and fish.

fishing

450

I hope you are enjoying the journey as much as I am, see you in a few days.

You forgot WHAT!

I was reading a post written by Larisa at the Pink Pigtail Inn this morning. She talked about her experiences with the midnight release of WotLK in her town. I Unfortunately have been a bit sickly of late. That coupled with the fact that I had to be up at 3:30 in the morning kept me comfortably in bed when midnight rolled around.

As one of the comments in her post stated, I think the folks who showed up had more to do with RL responsibilities and schedules than anything else. Here are just a few examples I know of of the top of my head.

This particular 39 yr old had his copy sitting at Best Buy waiting for work to be over the next day. Sick+early to work= Meh, I’ll get it tomorrow.

Then again my 60+ yr old mother in law (Plays a holy priest – and raids) drove about 45 minutes to the next town over to pick up her copy and two for hew middle aged sons that had to work in the morning. (They play a tanking druid and a BM hunter, just in case anyone cares)

I would love to see something like this launch on a Friday night instead of a Wednesday. If the timing would have been different I think we would have seen a totally different crowd.

Now push in the clutch, I am shifting gears.

oops 

The funniest story of the midnight release however has to be my friend Wayne.

Just at midnight he arrives at the local Best Buy (is it just me that always tries to type Beast Buy?).

There I go off on a tangent again.  Best buy, check. Midnight, check. Preorder, oops.

Oops as in you lost the ticket, or oops as in you forgot to preorder….  You guessed it, he forgot.

Well seeing the hour and a half long line filled with assorted gamers, and knowing that was the line for preorder pickup, he wandered over to the employee refereeing this whole thing and asked if there were any copies that would be available to those who did not preorder.

After being informed that there were in fact unspoken for copies of both the basic wrath and the collectors edition he asked for one of each.  He then proceeded to walk past hundreds of people who kind of watched in disbelief. He went straight to the empty register, paid for his games and was gone.

He completely forgot to preorder, and as his penalty he was in his car on the way home at 12:04.

Sometimes it pays to be a bit older and more forgetful.

Tick Tock

Tick Tock.

Can you hear it?

The sound in the distance?

Tick Tock.

Louder it gets, with each passing moment.

Mere hours to go until the invasion begins.

Tick Tock.

My bags are packed, my gear prepared, my affairs are in order.

My gun is cleaned and oiled, my powder is dry.

Tick Tock.

The crowd is gathered, each quietly making ready in their own mind.

The boat will be arriving soon to take us to Northrend.

Tick Tock.

I stand idly at the dock, pet at my side, alone even in a crowd.

Listening as the sound grows steadily louder, impaitently waiting.

Tick Tock.

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