Archive for December, 2010

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85!

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Discovery experience FTW.

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Cataclysm Day 1: Vashj’r… Anticlimactic or Bugged?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Although I did have to work a full day yesterday, I still managed to get a few hours of Cataclysm leveling in. I’ve finished (maybe…?) Vashj’r, and hit level 82.

At first I thought Vashj’r would be horrible. No one likes the water levels! But it was actually quite fun. You get used to the swimming pretty quickly, and even appreciate it (it’s like being able to fly without flying, ya know?) Since Blizzard hasn’t explored a water world before, there were plenty of new creative opportunies. Lots of new creatures, mechanics, and scenery to enjoy.

And, I got my horsey.

And a new demon fish hat.

And I even had a small heart attack when I swam into a dark cave and THIS APPEARED! (You have to click the link for the picture, otherwise there’s no suspense!)

If I were to give any criticism to my first experiences in this expansion, it would be this: Blizzard has gone a bit overboard with the pop culture references. Usually it’s a once-in-a-while, tongue-in-cheek, cute reference. But sometimes it gets on my nerves… particulary the quest name “What? What? In My Gut?” (If you don’t get the reference, consider yourself lucky.)

Okay, I actually thought this was cute.

The other big problem happened this morning: I did the epic final storyline in Vashj’r (Defending the Rift), turned the quest in, got the achievement, followed the guy into the Abyssal Maw, and…. Nothing! That was it. My quest log is empty, I’ve got 142/150 quests finished in the zone, and there is no one telling me to head to the next zone. I don’t even know where the next zone is!  I’m aware I could just go to Orgrimmar and pick up the breadcrumb leading me to Deepholm… but it just doesn’t feel right.

And with the expansion only being a day old, there’s not a lot of help out there. A lot of people got stuck finishing the last quest – I didn’t. I finished it. I’m stuck AFTER the quest.

If you’ve finished Vashj’r and you know where I’m supposed to go to get the breadcrumb leading me out of Vashj’r… HALP ME!

Assuming I find a way out of this zone, tonight I hope to hit Deepholm and make my way to at least half way through 83.  If I’m still stuck in the middle of the ocean, I’ll let ya know.

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Brajana Makes a Cataclysmic Return!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Cataclysm has finally officially arrived, and as promised, I am making an earnest attempt to return to blogging. Hope you haven’t missed me too much!

I took most of the summer off from World of Warcraft to get a chance to play some of those other games that I’ve bought and never had time to play.  But since the release of 4.0.1, I’ve found my excitement about the game growing each day.  I’ve tamed a slew of new pets (I’ll surely introduce them in an upcoming post), I’ve started a new alt to explore the new Azeroth content, and I’ve even started doing dailies again – saving up more gold than I’ve had since I bought Epic Flying in Burning Crusade.

Luckily most of my guild has returned to the game as well, and it’s great to be playing with my friends.  Without them, I’d certainly not be nearly as excited as I am!

I’m not one of those lucky (or unemployed) people to have the day off, but I did manage to get a couple of hours of playing in this morning before I had to leave for work.  I ran around upgrading my professions and riding skill and then took the boat out to Vashj’r.  My observations after a couple of short hours:

  • Logging in was anti-climactic.  No installing, no cinematic, I couldn’t even really tell if my account had actually upgraded at first!
  • It will take me a while to get used to flying in Orgrimmar.  I still find myself flying through gates, like the one to the Valley of Honor.
  • Vashj’r was a good choice.  Not very much competition, and swimming really isn’t that bad!  Also, SEAHORSE!

Stay tuned for pretty screenshots, funny stories and maybe even a guide or two!