Friday, January 31, 2014

How About Class Specific Dailies?

Thunder Isle introduced a new daily quest option that allowed you to either do PVE centric dailies (and get valor rewards) or PVP centric dailies (and get honor rewards).

In 5.4, we got the proving grounds. This allowed you to practice with your class against NPCs in a non-destructive training arena. Not absolutely helpful, but as a phased area, it allowed the same area be used for multiple purposes. In addition, each person was faced against objectives that met their class they wanted to play.

As I am grinding August Celestials rep on my Discipline priest, I am reminded of the pains of questing on a healing spec. Mobs die very slowly. Warbringer scout gave up and walked off  last night before I could kill him.

In WoD, I'd like Blizzard to introduce class specific dailies. For example, maybe it could be like an arena battle where you either play as the DPS/Tank or the healer. You may have options, like August Celestials / Jade Serpent location you could heal the defenders or kill the sha invaders for credit.

Heals: "Head to your garrison walls and keep the defenders alive until your backup arrives!!"
Tank: "Get in there and hold back the attackers! Keep them entertained until we can get the gates closed!"
DPS: "The defenders need help! Go and thin down the crowd at the gate! If any get passed the tanks, its your job to make sure they don't get inside. Kill any 10 attackers."

Sure, it would take some thought. There is still going to be the 'gather some of these' type dailies, where healers are going to have to avoid/fight the bad guys, but I think it would be a nice change of pace.

Friday, January 24, 2014

For DevLoc@AskMrRobot - Restrict to Reputation not showing correctly.

This is for a forum post on the AMR troubleshooting site.

Ok, so simple fix for my AMR issue. At the office, I am using Google Chrome for gaming themed sites. To fix the issue, I needed to clear my browser's cache.

  1. Click Customize and control Google Chrome button on address bar.
  2. Select History from the drop down menu. This opens a new History tab in my browser.
  3. Click the Clear Browsing Data... button.
  4. Select check box for Empty the Cache and click Clear Browsing Data button to finalize.
Now the available SPA gear is showing when I check my options.. 

Hearthstone Open Beta Begins!

Woohoo! for those that didn't get into the closed beta..

See here or head on over to to sign up!

Origins of Dance

Sure, I am sure you've seen the video:

But have you seen this one that matches the toon styles with their RL counterparts:

Finally, take a look at this playlist.

Blizzard, I want this! Blizzard Dance Studio that allows me to 'train' my orc to do another race/gender dance..

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Where is the Raid Browser?

'O' for Friends Tab, hit 'Raid', then Other Raids. Thanks to Heel vs Babyface...

Checked out the UI last night. My first impressions:
  • On several of the raid options, it appeared that you could see people who had groups already formed. When you highlighted one warlock (sporting a leader crown instead of DPS sword), you could see "9 members" on his pop-up. Guessing he needed a tank, as there was a bunch of DPS and heals in the queue. 
  • There are a lot of high-level geared people out there. Both my alts in i524 level gear would be lost in the 530/540s. 
I'll have to actually try it out this weekend, when I think I'll get some more game time.Also after I figure out what keeps kicking me out of the game. I think it's a background process, Internet backup, but not absolutely sure right now... :(

Friday, January 10, 2014

Darkmoon Faire = "Night Circus"

I am a fairly avid reader; with my Kindle setup, I try to read about a chapter each morning with coffee and breakfast. My tastes in books range from crime drama (Alex Cross series), to Sci-Fi (Old Man's War) to fantasy. With all my research into the Darkmoon Faire, it is reminding me of a book I read a few years ago, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Per the dust cover:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

Reminds me a lot about the visuals of the Darkmoon Faire, constantly in dusk and always the strange and impossible things going on. In fact, some of the wondrous things in the book would make for great additions to the DMF. Imagine a phased scenario tents that have variety of 'fun' no fighting type events.

Monday, January 6, 2014

This is When the Rep Grind Ensues

It's my own fault. I don't like to quest, so I tend to hop to dungeons and raids as soon as possible. Now that I no longer need to grind rep to get shoulder enchants, I didn't work on any of the end-game rep. Today in a moment of weakness, I peaked over at the "The Big Bag Guide" on Wowhead. Running down the author's list, I was surprised to see that there is a 28 slot bag available to me. All I need is Exalted with the August Celestials and 12 Imperial Silk.

Sadly, at this time Elk is Friendly (mostly via the farm) and  Eride, my tailor, is Neutral.

Reading through the guide, I see that they have a 4 different quest hubs. Which hub you head to is decided by your factions quarter master. Each hub appears to provide around 1100 rep (plus another 10% due to guild bonus or 1210).

 Here's my plan.. 
  1. Set both characters to 'champion' the August Celestials for dungeons and scenarios. Sadly, I don't think this works for LFR and I haven't been running dungeons or scenarios with the 5.4 multi-queue LFR changes. Elk is working on the 'A Test of Valor' for Wrathion, maybe they're not a bad idea.. (200 + 300 rep)
  2. Head Elk over to farm and start planting the AC crop. (400 rep a day) Since I have all 16 plots, I wonder if I can plant one side and harvest the other to rotate endlessly. I hope so.. :)
  3. Run the daily quests on Elk (~1200 rep a day) until he reaches Revered and can purchase Commendation
  4. At 200% rep, Eride will start running dailies all the way up to Exalted in order to get pattern. 
per WowWiki
So, Elk needs about 14,000 to reach Revered. This means about 7 days of dailies (@2100/day) until he can purchase the AC Commendation.

Eride needs 42,000 rep to reach Exalted. If she followed Elk, she'd have approximately 12,000 rep after the first 7 days (no farm bonus), then need 30k for another 9 days at 2x rep. OR she can sit it out for Elk's days and still only take 12 days to gain the rep using solely the commendation's 2X gains. 16 days working together, or 19 days one after the other, or losing 4 days of grinding rep on a healer by simply waiting! :)

Warbringer spawn points
The one additional item would be to add the Zandalari Warbringer and Scouts to NPCScan and start killing them as well. They drop BOA rep coins for several of the factions including the AC. According to the comment on the rep guide, 1000 rep + 10% guild bonus + 200% commendation bonus = 2200 rep each coin.

/npcscan add 69842 Zandalari Warbringer
/npcscan add 69769 Zandalari Warbringer
/npcscan add 69841 Zandalari Warbringer
/npcscan add 69768 Zandalari Warscout

They are soloable with raid level gear (vw tank), like the timeless isles elites. So far, killed one scout and one warbringer two scouts with almost full health. Voidy never lost agro. Dropped golden lotus coin.

Next, how am I going to get enough Windwool??
  1. Day 1: Elk reached Honored after running dailies + 1 quest + dungeon + scenario rep.
  2. Day 2: With DMF buff, Elk got 2400 rep in one day doing rounds. 9,500 left to Revered. Red Crane dailies only took about 25 minutes, so may still have time left with buff when I get on next time. Picked up 4 DMF hats just in case.
  3. Day 3: I went to my farm and realized that I hadn't picked up the daily quest before planting my crop. Loss of 400 rep. :( The DMF buff disappeared like a healthstone. Bleh. Glad I picked up 4 hats. Haven't done the scenario or dungeon, but got 1,300 doing just the quests. As suggested, planted one crop of Windshear Cactus, next to my "correctly" planted melons.
  4. Day 4: Just a few minutes before heading off to work. Worked farm; 440 rep (no hat bonus), but also 41 windwool and 4 bolts of windwool. Thanks for the hint Anonymous!
  5. Day 5: Ran all rep options, Elk is now within 4,000 of revered. Sadly, I found the warbringer outside the red crane area (Krasarang Wilds), and could not kill him. Maybe I was raid-buffed previously, but my voidwalker kept dying and wouldn't pick up aggro after he died and respawned. I even tried to sit at a point on the red crane island so that I would maintain the +health buff, but he'd fear my voidy and they'd re-engage too far away for dps. As a clothy, I could only take about two hits before dead. SoulShatter only worked about 10% of the time (and yes, I tried probably 20 times). 60 windwool from farm and drops.
  6. Day 6 - 8: Elk hit Revered on end of day 6. Eride started off at Neutral. Within approximately one day, she jumped through Neutral and into Friendly. She is now 10,000 into Honored. Elk still plants cactus on his farm. Typically get 30-40 windwool for each 8 plots (or 6-8 bolts). She has 24 imperial silk on hand, now burning the cloth daily to make celestial cloth. New pants?? 
  7. Day ?: Eride is at Revered and now has 2 new enchants. About 1/3 through rep to Exalted. Elk has started on the Cloud Serpent rep and is already half way through revered. May get shiny new bags, and a new mount about the same time. 
  8. Near end: Back around to Darkmoon Faire week. My tailor (i.e. Disc Priest) is now only 5000 away from exalted. I run her over to the fairgrounds, hop on the carousel and take the spin. Hop off, queue and run scenario and dungeon. When done, I hop back on and refresh the Whee buff. Hearth home and run the dailies. Happy to see the 10% Whee bonus comes before the doubling caused by the commendation. 200 scenario rep = (200 + 10% (DMF) + 10% (guild) ) * 2) for 484 reputation gain. I had estimated 2.5 days left of dailies, but actually I might have exalted after one more day of dailies. 
  9. SO CLOSE!! 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Transmog Idea

Thinking about transmogrifying these shoulders

into these ones! 
I liked the little static electricity jumping between the spikes!

Heck, might even 'fit' with the 'dandy' outfit he is currently wearing!

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...