Sunday, December 26, 2010

Blue Poster on Penalties, or "Understanding of Your Rights as a Player"

Blue poster Nevalistis wrote a very good post about player rights, Blizzard on player infractions, and basically pwning whiners.


Nev: If you don't report them, that's true.
Nev: Then why do we spend so much to employ GMs?

Know your in-game rights.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Veil 2010, or "Srs Post for Srs Holiday"

a short list of supplies
Dec 25th: Get your presents at the Ironforge/Orgrimmar trees.

For details on how to use these items, see my 2008 post.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter Veil Hats, or "Still Available in Northrend"

Winter Veil Bosses
The denizens of the dungeons of Northrend are also getting into the holiday spirit, and some dungeon bosses even wear festive Winter Hats just like Greatfather Winter's. Defeat a Winter Veil boss, and the boss' hat is yours!

Winter Veil bosses of Northrend:
Grand Magus Telestra (The Nexus) - Red Winter Hat
Jedoga Shadowseeker (Ahn'Kahet: The Old Kingdom) - Red Winter Hat
Mage-Lord Urom (The Oculus) - Green Winter Hat

Cataclysm Winter Veil bosses
Deadmines (Heroic) - Admiral Ripsnarl
The Stone Core (Normal + Heroic) - High Priestess Azil
Blackrock Caverns (Normal + Heroic) - Corla, Herald of Twilight
Shadowfang Keep (Heroic) - Lord Godfrey
Grim Batol (Normal + Heroic) - Drahga Shadowburner

More Winter Veil details this weekend, maybe, I think. I need to do it on 2 characters, and that usually prompts posts.

Anywho, feel free to check out the previous years: 2008, 2007, and Ogri'la tutorial.

Looks like I didn't do 2009. Would make sense, since we'd just moved and there was a blizzard and we were holed up at my brother's house with our cats.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rainbow Generator, or "I Can Be Really Creepy When I Want To Be"

I looked at MMO Champion on getting home from work today.  I read some comics, scrolled down a bit, saw some new pictures, and went to the kitchen with a maniacal grin on my face until my husband saw me and stopped what he was doing.

"That's creepy," he said, looking alarmed.

Husband's Best Friend turned to glance at me.  "That is creepy."

I clung to a stair railing nearby and leaned over it to grin down at them.  "Did you see MMO Champion today?"

"No," said husband, still alarmed.

But HBF nodded in sudden understanding.  "The rainbow generator."

"Yes," I agreed in a voice that would fit well into an Exorcist movie.

HBF pointed at me.  "You're overreacting.  Am I going to go get nine of them?  Yes.  But you're [with an emphatic jab of his finger in my direction] overreacting."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Squee Mylune, or "Fun Times With Cata"

Husband's Best Friend posted on our forums about a quest that looked like I'd created it.  It's from Mylune, and she definitely says "Squeeeeee!" when you turn it in.


In other news, there doesn't seem to be a lot of fighting on my server while folks quest.  Husband had some trouble with a rogue at one point, and there's been a few 85's coming back to gank (a guildmate set his 85 up in the area to even things out just before I got into the zone), but for the most part things are peaceful.  Alliance and Horde seem to be focused more on leveling, and starting a fight means retaliation when you want to get back to questing.

My brother admitted that he thinks he accidentally ganked some Alliance while on his warlock.  His questing technique is Tab+Curse, and he doesn't look too closely at what he attacks.  Especially since the underwater zone makes him a bit woozy.

For myself, I've been killed once, but I rezzed and kept questing and no one bothered me again.  And I was attacked once as retaliation for a guy in my quest group who started (he said "continued") a fight with a druid -- the same druid later emoted "truce" at me and I emoted "pet" at him (he was in kitty form).

So, all in all, it's been pretty friendly on Zuluhed.  I imagine that once people hit 85, more will come back to starting zones to grief levelers, but for now it's really quite pleasant.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Outfit of the Month, or "Cataclysm or Not, I Like the Lot"

Level 10 Worgen quest, Top Hat reward.

Embroidered Shirt, no idea how to get it.

No idea how to get Old Spectacles (shown above), but they're awesome-looking.

Jewelcrafting 510 for Rhinestone Sunglasses.  The sparkles on them are animated.

Tailoring cloth sets look like Final Fantasy white/red/black mage outfits.

Super Girly Shirt shown above.

Goblin __ Pants shown above.

Knitted Sandals shown above.

Yes, it's the first day of Cata and I'm posting clothes.  I was looking for a rose for my character's hair, because I saw it on a Gilneas NPC.  Closest is the Valentines rose in your character's teeth that shows in the hair of women and between the teeth of men.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Last Minute Cata, or "Knowing How to Start Saves Time"

To get Azeroth flying, you need to visit a flying trainer anywhere.  Cost is 250g.

You'll want to start your 80s in either Mt Hyjal or Vashj'ir.  I think you can get to either by flying, but you will have portals to either available in Org & Stormwind.  Though you may have to do pre-quests to use the portals.  If so, I don't currently know what they are.

For Orgrimmar, your flight trainer is by the flight master -- take an elevator up in any corner of the Valley of Strength and it'll dump you near the flight master.  Run to him and the trainer is beside him.  Once you have flying, go north across the bridges until you get to the portals in the Valley of Wisdom (the platform is shown on your map and looks like a small grey Fortress of Solitude).

For Stormwind, your flight trainer is also by the flight master.  The portals to Mt Hyjal and Vashj'ir are northwest of Stormwind Keep.

Remember to empty your bags, get your potions and buff food in hand, recheck your talents, repair your gear, make sure you've learned all your skills, and sit on a flying trainer so you can start a new zone with no (okay, less) poking around in confusion once Cata's out.

And remember: rested is better than any other leveling buff.  It quite literally doubles experience gained.  For those of us who have fulltime jobs (woo, money!), rested is a big deal.  If you do nothing else tonight, get yourself to an inn.

Good luck, and have fun everyone!  Europeans who already have Cata, it's cool, we hate you.  Enjoy Blizz loving you more than us today.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ripping People Off, or "Finding Really Great Deals That You'd Feel Bad About If You Weren't Profiting"

I essentially just ripped a guy off on my Alliance AH today.  I got a Hyacinth Macaw for 3,000g.

On Horde side, it sells for ~20,000g.

In fact, a friend of mine begged a seller once to take a 25,000g Hyacinth Macaw down and let her save the cash to buy it off him.  She couldn't because he'd already agreed to do that for someone else who wasn't going to be in game until the weekend but had the cash on hand.

And I have a macaw for both Bird and Dust, and all my friends have at least one by now, so I don't feel bad about using this one for profit.

:D  Silly seller -- putting a bid-only price of 3k and thinking anyone on the poor half of the server would start a bidding war.