Archive for November, 2008

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This Week in Raiding… Brought to you by Brajana’s Gorilla Delivery!

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

So, I didn’t do any instances or raids this week.  Not much I can say about that.  But what I can do is share this screenshot I took this morning on my journey out to Sholazar Basin!

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Brajana's Gorilla Delivery: If we can't deliver your gorilla with aplomb, no one can!

I also finally picked up [Manual: Heavy Frostweave Bandage], so all that Frostweave I’ve saved up can be used to get me to 450 FIrst Aid!

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[Veteran of the Wrathgate]

Friday, November 28th, 2008

They were all right, it IS cool.

The chain is long, and a bit interesting along the way, but when you get to the end and the post-quests, wow.  Pretty neat.

Anyway, as yesterday was my final day of classes, I took the afternoon and evening to start getting caught up on some play time, since I haven’t been on much in the last couple of weeks.  And it was great.  I got almost a level and a half yesterday!  Like I mentioned, I finished off the Wrathgate line, as well as almost all of Dragonblight.  Next stop?  Sholazar Basin!  I can’t wait.  There is not a whole lot of skinning to be had in Dragonblight, and the blood on my [Skinning Knife] is beginning to dry up.  Not cool.

I’ve got my leatherworking up a bit more though, and when I hit 77 I will likely start some leather and elemental farming so I can make some of that pretty Swiftarrow set when I hit 78.  I spent a good couple hours on Wednesday planning out my 78 upgrades, because I realized I didn’t know anything about which factions I needed to focus on or which recipes I needed to buy, but now I can approach my next couple of dings with aplomb.  I make a point to only plan my upgrades on stuff I’m sure I can get, so quest rewards, crafted items or reputation rewards, because I don’t like to depend on drops.  And it looks like Ebon Hold is my first target, with all their shinies at Revered!

Brajana – Level 76 Troll Hunter

  • Skinning: 450
  • Leatherworking: 413
  • First Aid: 400
  • Fishing: 381
  • Cooking: 400
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D.E.H.T.A.’s no P.I.T.A.!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Since everyone seems to be writing about the Wrathgate quest line, which I have yet to finish still… I’ve decided to post instead my thoughts on another interesting quest line in Northrend, the D.E.H.T.A.

For those who haven’t gotten through Borean Tundra, and who don’t mind some spoilers, the D.E.H.T.A. stands for “Druids for the Ethical and Humane Treatment of Animals”.  Essentially, it’s an anti-Nesingwary quest line.

I’ve always loved the Nesingwary quests.  I know that a lot of people hate that it’s just a grind, but as a skinner, I approached it with aplomb: There’s nothing like getting paid to grind for leather!  Wee!

But in the Borean Tundra, there is a caravan of hippies druids who aim to put an end to this dreadful torture.  Maybe you’ve been like me, been able to turn a blind eye to the mass killings caused by Nessingwary, but these druids will make you see differently.

If you’ve noticed a debuff called “Animal Blood”, this causes the D.E.H.T.A. activists to be hostile towards you if you approach them within 2 minutes of killing any beasts in the zone.

The quest line takes you through trapping Nesingwary’s trappers, freeing the most adorable and helpless baby elephants, and killing Nesingwary’s lackeys.  While maybe violence to combat violence isn’t the most ethical answer, after seeing those poor elephants, I know I’m ready to head out to Sholazar Basin and give Nessingwary a piece of my mind (shortly before I run around gleefully skinning everything!)

There is also another D.E.H.T.A. quest line led by their representative King Mrgl-Mrgl in the northern part of the Tundra who has discovered a tribe of intelligent Murlocs who you get to befriend.  The murloc tadpoles are the cutest little things you’ll ever see, and you even get to dress up in the murloc costume.  Be sure you /dance when you’re in it!

While I wasn’t a big fan of Borean Tundra in general, these quests were pretty fun and had a neat little story with them.

At least they are enough to hold me over ’til I get to do that Wrathgate line everyone’s so crazy about!

Oh!  And if you haven’t seen it, they’ve redone the Armoury!  The look has changed, and they’ve added achievements.  I was wondering when they were going to get around to that.

Brajana – Level 75 Troll Hunter

  • Skinning: 450
  • Leatherworking: 412
  • First Aid: 400
  • Fishing: 381
  • Cooking: 392
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WoW Word of the Week: aplomb

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

aplomb

\uh-PLOM\, noun:
Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

Example: I’d hoped to dive in to Wrath of the Lich King with aplomb, but I ended up feeling quite giddy and a little bit lost!

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This week in raiding… Brajana hits up Northrend!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Time to discuss my first week of instances in the Wrath of the Lich King.  I had time to experience the first three instances, Utgarde Keep, The Nexus and Azjol-Nerub.

First of all, I’d like to say that most of the people in Unemployed, myself included, are trying to learn instance encounters on our own. We aren’t looking up boss strategies beforehand, we’re trying to develop our own.  I’m enjoying that a lot.  While it may lead to some avoidable wipes, it’s a lot of fun going in and not knowing what to expect, moving and changing how you play on the fly!

Since I started my adventures in Howling Fjord, it made sense to have Utgarde Keep as my first new instance.  And it was pretty fun.  To be honest, it wasn’t entirely memorable… I barely remember what it was like, and it’s only been a week since I was in there.  I also know that there was a point where I didn’t realize the mob we were fighting was a boss.

However, I do remember one point where the tank asked me to have my pet off-tank one of the mobs in the pull right before one of the bosses, which resulted in a quick wipe.  Why?  Well, if you’re a hunter, it’s likely you’ve noticed that on occasion, your pet likes to run off with the mob they are fighting.  Generally, I have time to recall my pet before he gets too far… but I was busy also trying to trap at the same time, and Ambrose and the mob he was supposed to be tanking decided to go have their fight right on top of the boss.  Boo.

The next instance I got to experience was The Nexus.  What a pretty instance!  I must say, if I’d had my gorilla in there, he’d do a great job of blending in.  Lots of blueish white icy goodness in there.  The tank this time seemed to know where he was going, and we almost rushed through the instance, so I didn’t get to make many observations.  Ormorok the Tree-Shaper felt like a combination of the Dragonhawk boss from Zul’Aman and Astromancer Solarian from The Eye.  He spawns these little ice thingies… and if you don’t get out of the way, they’ll shoot you up in the air.  Which is fun the first time (just like Solarian) but some people need to be a little more observant.

Grand Magus Telestra was a lot of fun.  I didn’t really know what the heck was going on most of the time, but I know there were several points when she used me as her own personal yo-yo.

The final boss… was one of those wipes that could have been avoided.  There’s a stacking debuff that she puts on everyone, which causes frost damage periodically, and causes more damage with more stacks.  I couldn’t figure out why I was dying so fast.  The SMART thing to do would have been to read the text in the debuff, the part that said “Movement will cancel this effect.”  Instead, I stood back and shot my arrows, which is my default strategy when I don’t know what’s going on.

I also had a chance to run through Azzjol-Nerub, or Azz-rub as our Guild Leader has coined it.  Neat place, but slightly unerving.  The moment I stepped on that web-like floor, I had the feeling I was going to fall through.  It was worrisome, and I was always afraid the next step would be my last!

Oh, and big spider boss?  Creepy.  *shudder*