Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June - the month of Warcraft achievements!

Last night, I finally completed 2 achievements that I had been working on for months (edit: since last October).

  1. World Explorer - This one meant exploring every nook and cranny of all 4 continents in the game.
  2. Shop Smart, Shop Pet ... Smart - this one involved finding, buying and getting 50 'vanity' pets.

This comes quickly on the heels of finishing off the Midsummer fire festival achievements, a quick, successful 10-man run through Obsidian Sanctum, and completing the "For the Horde!".

In the last two weeks, I've gotten two vanity pets (Stinker and Spirit of Summer), one mount and 2 nifty titles ("Flame Keeper Elkagorasa" and "Elkagorasa the Explorer").

Monday, June 29, 2009

Carbonite - Unexplored Areas

Recently the Carbonite add-on for World of Warcraft has gone from a subscription based app, to a shareware/freeware based model. This means that I am now willing to install it!

With that said, I can see that I ALMOST completed with the "Exploration" achievement on Warcraft. I was using Cartographer as a map replacement. It has a great feature to show the unexplored areas in a different color (than the default "fog". This means I could view my map and look for the bright-blue map areas to find where I hadn't explored.

When I switched to Carbonite, replacing Cartographer and Questhelper, I thought I lost this unexplored areas quirk. Last night, while trying to finish off the Midsummer achievements, I ran around the Draneii starting areas. While there I happend to right-click on the Carbonite map and got a popup menu. On this menu, select Show, and uncheck "Hide the unexplored areas." Now my unexplored areas show in the map and I can immediately pick them out. One note, it appears to take about a minute to refresh this map... Maybe that's also a setting??

Seems so obvious now! Now back to Northrend, I really want to get my last 90 fire blossoms to get that vanity pet.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Solo'd Hellfire Ramparts

Last night while helping some guildies level their alts in Outlands - Hellfire Peninsula, I found that I had some unfinished instances and related quests. Namely, Hellfire Ramparts. I read somewhere that it is rather easy for a level 80 Warlock to solo Ramparts, but last time I tried I failed miserably.

Now, with a new Destruction build, and a few equipment upgrades the Ramparts were manageable. With voidy tanking, I could easily handle the groups of three warriors. The bosses all dropped rather quickly, in fact the second boss (Nazan and Vazruden) never moved to phase 2. In fact, I only died once, and that was right at the entrance when I aggro'd 2 parties of three mobs and a patrol.

After completing Ramparts, another guildie wanted to run Shattered Halls. This level 70 instance was a bit harder. I died three times in this instance, twice due to bad pulls on my part. "Hey! voidy did well in Ramparts, he can manage 5 mobs... oh my, I just aggro'd all of them." It took about 90 minutes, but we were able to clear the last boss, who I also aggro'd and wiped due to failing to use my health options (Endless Healing Potion and/or Lifeblood).

Taming MOAR Pets

WFH means Work Warcraft From Home Monday was a work from home kind of day, so I worked on a little project of my own. I saw this on Twit...