Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July Status Update

Just a quick update...

Vacations are complete. At least I think so; my wife may have other ideas. 4 days amidst the crowded Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration should be enough for any family.. :) It was a lot of fun and we still managed to get on a lot of rides.. It's all just a matter of planning out your tickets so you're always waiting on another "FastPass".
Cinderella's Castle taken with my cell phone

I've managed to complete part two of the legendary quest chain. All 125 abrogator stones collected. It was 2am in the morning, but I still ran over completed the quest chain. The next portion with having to collect 900 fragments sounds absolutely outrageous. Hopefully the drop rate is better than 1-5 per boss. 

Warcraft movie is previewed at ComicCon. Some guy isn't interested because it's heavily CGI. Too bad there are no orcs that they could have used for filming. 

Update: Just saw this on Legendary's Facebook.. So much CGI.

I've gotten my first epic ship through random luck. I feel like the 'destroys boat' for not 100% chance has gone down. Maybe it's just the one or two 85% chance that I've tried.

Timewalking has been fun, even got a few 'heroic dungeon' achievements for dungeons that I missed at level, but I still barely can complete 2 dungeons each weekend. BC Timewalking this weekend, so maybe I'll get the quest from last month completed this weekend??  Also a curious Draenor dungeon event going on this weekend... "increase rep bonus ..." So far, all my drops have been meh, nothing yet that AMR would let me equip.

Realized this week, that a 30-slot bag exists. Considering my warlock has been stockpiling mats for the last 3 months, he now has 800 cloth to use on this bag. Just need to xmute the sorcerous earth.

Going to try running BRF LFR this weekend and see how it goes. Maybe even peek into the add-fest that is HFC.

Addition #1: Worst news of all.. A co-worker/guildie was kind enough to send my Alliance druid (on a different realm than my main) a Sky Golem. Yeah, I know, pretty awesome! Problem?? My druid is level 77 and to even 'use' this mount (meaning add to my stable of mounts), I have to be level 80. So, I guess I need to start running more dungeons as NE bear..

Addition #2: I finished my rep grind with the Arakkoa and now have the level three trading post (plus 20% rep bonus). I am just about ready to start grinding out my rep with the three factions for Pathfinder.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mobile Auction House

More than once, I've been sitting at work, wishing that I could comment on a Blizzard post. If I only had my authenticator, I could comment on ...  But, since, I use a physical authenticator, and it sits on my desk at home, I am typically resigned to passive participation (or blogging about something on the side).

Today, I noticed something new! For kicks, I clicked on the logon link to connect to the site (I wanted to vote in the BMAH poll) and I noticed a new drop down option, SMS Protect. Selecting this sent a text to my registered cell phone with an authenticator code. :)

Not a very good photoshop

Now I was able to participate in the poll. Yes I seldom have enough gold to even participate in the Black Market Auction House.

Speaking of Auction House, now that I am able to logon from work, I can actually access the remote auction house!. Checking my bank alt, I see she has approximately 50 items that expired last Sunday and could be relisted. Click 'Relist' button, from here you can compare prices to other people's posts, then type in bid/buyout prices and off it goes.

It would be awfully nice, if the relist could put in the similar prices as I posted last time. With no competition, I am not sure if this belt sold previously for 20gold or 200?! Or maybe it does and my AH addon doesn't post prices very high??

Did I sell this for 16g last time, when someone else did for 400?
One bit of surprise, be careful when you post items.. I noticed afterwards, that the ALL tab, includes my bank. So those transmog pieces that I may have liked but never equipped can easily, accidentally sold on the AH.

Now, I appear to be permanently logged into Blizzard while at the office. Maybe my little auction house goblin can start earning more gold! 3500 feels like just barely breaking even anymore.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pathfinder Progress

Over the weekend, I only had a couple hours to play. Mostly the kids are adjusting to summer vacation hours, so they're not getting in bed until rather late at night. This left me only about 2-3 hours a few days to play. :-|

I worked on my Draenor Pathfinder achievement prerequisites.

  • Securing Draenor: As of Friday, I had 3 remaining bonus objectives to complete. I grabbed the the scouting missions from my QM and queued them all up. The hardest, IMHO, was Shattrath Harbor. This zone had a number of 101-102 elites that would dismount me when trying to run out of there. I wanted to run as I was also working on my Explore Talador and treasures collection (64:100). 
  • Draenor Loremaster: I made no progress with the Arak storyline. ATM, I have only completed 3 of the storylines. I feel that when I complete these quests, the exploration will fall into place. 
  • Reputation: I realized that I hadn't opened up tier-3 on my trading post. This tier increases your reputation gains in Draenor by 20%! In order to purchase the tier-3 plans, you need to have Savage Friends achievement, i.e. exalted with 1 faction in Draenor. Looking at Elkagorasa's reputation, Frostwolf Orcs was already 4000:21000 revered and Arakkoa Outcasts also roughly 4000:2100 revered. I thought running through Manarok would be easy enough. It was, with my bodyguard and my voidwalker tanking. Was able to grind my rep up to 5400 in about an hour. (yuck). Reading Wowhead, some suggestions are farming the rare elites (400 rep each) by using the custom group finder and realm hopping. There appear to be a few more 'garrison support' quests that will give me rep, but I need to investigate.... Then, I realized that how dumb I was being.. Arakkoa + need to quest in Spires of Arak = free rep. As a bonus side-effect, I have found 20+ additional treasures, and a few included Arakkoa Outcasts reputation tokens. 

after 75% of  questing.

Timewalking Dungeon holiday boss snafu - I was disappointed queueing up for the Ahune boss fight, and finding myself thrown into the full timewalking Slave Pens. In addition, the party had just completed the ahune fight and was running to the next boss. Luckily I had picked up the quest to complete 5 TW dungeons. The trinket that dropped off the last boss wasn't helpful. Surprisingly, I did get an achievement for Heroic Slave Pens. I thought I had completed all heroic versions of these dungeons at level.. Guess not. At least, when I tried again later in the weekend, I went straight to Ahune, yeah Strength cape!.

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...