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Northrend Children’s Week Quest Line!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

NOTE: This post was written May 7, 2009, before the announcement and subsequent release of the Northrend Children’s Week Quests for patch 3.2.  This is not a guide, but my own version (and Blizzard totally stole my ideas, btw.)

… There isn’t one.

But if there was, this is how I imagine it:

It would begin with a quest from a Tuskarr in Dalaran.

Savior of the Tuskarr

“As the Kvaldir continue to plague our shores, the Tuskarr continue to suffer heavy losses.  It has left many families broken, and we have far too few to look after all the parentless children we’ve come to care for.

If you are willing to help look after just one pup during Children’s Week, your help would be greatly appreciated!

Use this whistle to summon your charge.  Take good care of him while you can!”

Use your whistle to summon your Tuskarr Orphan.

Can you imagine how cute a baby Tuskarr would look?  Golly!

You’d then be asked by your little buddy to visit a few key locations.

It’s difficult to come up with good locations when there is so much phasing in Northrend… but here’s what I’ve got.

I’m Not Afraid of Heights!

“From Moa’ki Harbor we can see a really high tower shooting up in the sky.  The Matron tells us that it’s the home of dragons!  Can you believe it?  Dragons!  I’ve always wanted to see one, and I bet you can see all of Dragonblight from up in that tower!”

Introduce your Orphan to Chromie at Wyrmrest Temple.

Chromie would call upon a dragon and let you and the orphan ride around the tower on its back.  Cool!

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“They always tell us scary stories about the Gorlocs in Borean Tundra… but I’ve also heard they have cousins called Murlocs.  Someone from the D.E.H.T.A. came to Unu’pe one day and told us they were going to the Northwestern Coast to try to make friends with them.  Do you think they did it?”

Visit King Mrgl-Mrgl at Winterfin Retreat with your Orphan.

The Orphan would have to make friends with a little Murloc Tadpole so we can all overdose on cute, I think.

Baby, it’s Cold Outside!

“I’ve heard of a paradise – a warm, colourful place where the rivers run freely, the flowers grow all year round and you don’t even need to wear furs!  But how could such a place exist so close to all this ice and snow?  It must be some sort of magic.”

Ask the Avatar of Freya to explain the secrets of Sholazar Basin to your Orphan.

This could be a good opportunity to get into some more lore about why and how Sholazar came to exist, and the dangers the Scourge are posing to the area.

Return to the Orphanage

“Murlocs, Dragons, Giants… it’s been such a great day!  I can’t wait til I get back so I can tell the other kids all about it.”

Return your Orphan to the Orphan Master in Dalaran.

Reward Pets

Now here’s the tough part.  What pets could you get from this quest line?  There weren’t that many new animals introduced in Wrath, and they weren’t very cute, to be honest.

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Shoveltusk Calf: You could certainly cutify these guys. If you and someone else had two calves out, they would butt each other with their horns, like they do in the wild! Cute!

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Baby Seal: After all that mating work we did in Dragonblight, certainly they can spare a baby for you! And there would finally be a good use for that baby seal icon.

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Rhino Calf: This is the only thing I could think of for a third. It's pretty similar to the Shoveltusk, but it was either a Rhino or a Jormunger!

So there you have it, my rendition of the Northrend version of Children’s Week.  Got any other ideas?

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A Palyful Weekend

Monday, May 4th, 2009

I decided to hang out with Ghugh most of the weekend.  I’m finding that the more I play him, the more I love him!  Ret Paladins are so OP. :)

Got him from 46 to 51 this weekend, as well as a boatload of achievements.

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With the help of Bellbell of 4Haelz, I was able to take a stroll through one of my favourite dungeons (we even had a picnic!)

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The strangest part of my weekend though was getting the [I Found One!] achievement on Ghugh.  I didn’t bother with any of the Noblegarden stuff (already did it on Brajana and 2 other alts).  But as I was questing through Un’goro, I stumbled upon an egg.  Why would someone put an egg here? And why wouldn’t they open it up?  Who knows!  But it was about as free as an achievement can get.

I Found One!

I also spent some time in Alterac Valley at 51.  Determined to get my [Ice Barbed Spear], I suffered through a 50 minute Alterac Valley war of attrition.  It was painful, as the battleground was full of level 60 Death Knights decked out with 10k HP, when little me had barely 3.5k.  But I got a boatload of achievements as well as picking up the spear, so I certainly can’t complain!

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Hope your weekend was as much fun as mine!

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Children’s Week Child’s Play Auction!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Children’s Week is here!  That means it’s time for Ice Cream, Battlegrounds, Mini-pets and most importantly… it’s finally time to participate in The Hunting Lodge’s Child’s Play Auction!  Brigwyn is holding a charity auction with lots of goods from Loot Cards to guest spots on your favourite podcasts!

So head over to the eBay page and check out what’s available!

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Noble Gardening!

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Disclaimer: This post was accurate as of patch 3.1.1.

I love world/holiday events.  I find them quite enjoyable, I love the excitment and the cute and fun special things you can get.

Noblegarden is no exception!  I spent most of the afternoon yesterday becoming Brajana the Noble.

Yes, I have heard plenty of reasons to hate this event.  “It’s sexist!”  say some.  “I am offended by bunny-ears!” say others.  “Everyone is camping all the egg spawn points!” say the rest.

But I take it much lighter to heart.  I don’t even want to get into the sexist argument, because it’s a bit silly.  As for the eggs… I had so much fun picking up eggs!  I found a couple good camping spots, but I also mixed in some plain Egg Rushing around trying to find some.  Here are  my recommended Horde camping spots:

Falconwing Square – around the fountain.  There are about 6 spawn points in the fountain, and you can sit in 1 spot and reach about 3 at a time.  There are also some that spawn around the benches outside of the fountain.

Bloodhoof Village – behind the small tent furthest to the south.  From here you can see the two eggs that spawn on the each side of the tent as well as the one that spawns on top of the cooking grill (most people don’t see it since it’s above the ground).

In fact, I had SO much fun searching for eggs that I went on my newly-created level 8 Gnome Rogue and proceeded to collect about 50 eggs just for the quests and for the fun of it.  Lots of nice hiding spots in Kharanos!

If you are having problems and getting frustrated trying to collect eggs, here’s my recommendation:  JUST WAIT.  This event will last for a WEEK.  Do you think there will be as many people doing it on Wednesday or Thursday?  No way!  You’ll have the place practically to yourself.

I even had fun doing the Un’goro achievement – and I didn’t ‘cheat’ by bringing a friend and using the branch.  I ran all the way from Caverns of Time as a little bunny.  It was an adventure, and I felt a bit like Frogger, trying to weave around the raptors!

OH! And one nice thing is you can put bunny ears on yourself.  You know what that means?  I didn’t have to go searching for a female Troll! :)

I hope everyone who is participating in the event is having fun!

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You have earned the Achievement [Perma-Peddle]!

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Too bad it was on my MAGE!

I only did the Gift of Adoration on her twice, and got a shiny [Trusilver Shafted Arrow].

I was hoping to get the [Bag of Candies] or the [Romantic Picnic Basket] (which Brajana has 3 of now…) so I could have something to share with the boyfriend, and I’m also trying to get 75 pets on Brajana, so I would have been much happier had they switched gifts.

Let’s just hope I pick up that Bag of Candies sometime this weekend, that’s the last thing Brajana needs to become a Love Fool!

UPDATE: On her fourth Adoration gift, Allouette (my mage) got a Bag of Candies. Seems I’m using up all my luck on an alt!