Why, Tank You!

So I’ve been leveling a ret paladin and it’s a lot of fun.  Recently, however, I decided to try something different, so I gave myself a prot double-spec.

For the record, I have never played a tank before.  I’ve DPS’d (a lot) and I healed on my druid, but I’ve never played a tank.  So, I figured some practicing was in order.

My first attempt involved Proving Grounds, where I learned that the Proving Grounds dummies really, REALLY love ignoring me and smacking the healer around.

My second attempt involved solo’ing at-level dungeons, which is apparently not only very possible but pretty trivial as a prot pally with heirlooms.

Finally, once I decided I had the Captain America shield move down, it was time to try an actual group.  It was Utgarde Keep, one of my old faves, and we smacked that thing apart, lemme tell ya.  I had a lot of fun.  I kind of like it.  I think I can get behind it.

…but man, melee in a group is weird.  It’s a whole new ballgame, that’s for sure!

A Bucket List For WoD

So now that we presumably have a new expansion coming within a year, it’s time to start thinking about what I want to finish up before it hits.  Honestly, there’s not a whole lot on my list overall… but still enough to keep me busy.

Get a Couple More Characters To Max Level

Probably my druid, mage, and paladin, all of whom I have been slowly but surely leveling for a few months now.  Assuming I succeed, it’ll be the first time since Wrath of the Lich King that I’ll have more than one character at max level.

Hit 250,000 Gold

This seems very do-able seeing as very recently I was at 200,000 doing nothing but garrison stuff.  Then I spent it all and I’m broke again.  But I don’t think working back up will take that long, especially if I can get multiple garrisons going.  I kind of want to aim for 500,000 but I’ll stick with a lower goal for now.


At some point I decided to become a mount collector, so I’ve been working on things like reputation grinds and weekly raid runs.  Obviously since the dropped mounts are dependent on RNG I can’t really set a goal for these but “working on them” sounds good for now.

And that’s about where I’m sitting right now.  Like I said, not a big list, but it’ll keep me busy for a while.

Do you guys have any pre-expansion plans?

Another One Down, Three To Go

CQ09ZlHUAAApwVWThe march to Outland Loremaster continues after finishing up Blade’s Edge.  In case you, too, are having trouble with Blade’s Edge Loremaster: wait until 70 (if you’re not) and then come back and do Ogri’la and Shatari Skyguard stuff.  That should get you there.

This means I have three zones left: Nagrand, Netherstorm, and Shadowmoon Valley.  Nagrand is by far the most difficult zone for Loremaster so far.  With most of the other zones I’ve done, you’d finish up all the quest hubs and have maybe four or five hidden quests to track down.  With Nagrand I have, like, 16 hidden quests to track down.

So yeah.

Never fear: I’ll figure it out and then pass all the juicy details along, to anyone out there who’s interested!

…AND the moose you rode in on, Blizzard!

So I heard there’s a new patch coming up, apparently.  Cool stuff, right?  Excited, I went to go check it out… and promptly lost all interest.

Cataclysm dungeons added to Timewalking: Possibly my least favorite dungeons in the entire game.  Magister’s Terrace is kind of a cool consolation prize, I guess.  Oh and I do like the dragon mount.

Moose Mount Only For Heroic+ Raiders: I haven’t been able to raid in years thanks to my work schedule, so a mount I was looking forward to looks like it’s now unobtainable for me.  Ah well.  It probably would’ve wound up on the cash shop anyway.

Return of Valor: I really have no opinion on this one.  This is my neutral face:

55685…unless we can buy heirlooms and stuff with Valor like we could back in Wrath.  In which case, SIGN ME UP.

So yeah,  it looks like there’s nothing really for me to do in the new patch.  Oh well!  To be honest I wasn’t actually expecting any new content between here and Legion, and I was already fine with that.  I’ve been motivated by wanting to level alts and do Loremaster, and recently by wanting to rebuild my gold pile after, well, what happened a couple days ago.  So, I’m still good for now, at least.  Not sure if I’ll still be playing when all the WoW tokens I bought (back when they were actually cheap) run out, but I’ve still got a good few months to go before then so we’ll see what happens.

A lot of people seem to be happy about this patch so I’m happy for those people!

Next up for me in game though: Tackling Netherstorm, and trying to figure out if I’m good at playing the Auction House (spoiler: I’m not)


Got Myself a Little Present

So there was an Amani Dragonhawk – a rare TCG mount – on the auction house for 100,000g.  I kind of stared at it for a moment and then changed my mind.  As much as I love dragonhawks (and I love them a lot), I didn’t want to drop that kind of cash on a mount.

Then the next day it was gone and I kind of regretted it a little.

…so the NEXT DAY it was back on the AH for 98,000g and what the heck.  Gold is meant  to be spent, right?

CREDjVuUAAEuURq.jpg largeI’m happy.  Broke, but happy.

Now to figure out the fastest way to make gold because having under 100k g makes me skittish.  (Oh, if I could go back in time and tell myself that!  I remember when I first started playing the game and I felt filthy rich after selling some Linen Cloth for 20 silver.)

Garrison Trading Post for Fun and Profit

I love my garrison, and one of my favorite buildings in it is the Trading Post.  Not only does the level three version get you a not-too-shabby reputation bonus, but every day a trader shows up and you can trade garrison resources (which I’m pretty much always maxed out on thanks to missions, I dunno about you) for raw materials that you can sell.

Here’s how to do it:

1.) Keep your missions rolling every day so you can bring in garrison resources.  Missions that pull in a good number of resources (like 300) are fairly common so keep checking back.  Have one or two followers with the Scavenger trait for an added bonus.

2.) Every day, check to see what the trader in your Trading Post is selling.  Only buy things that cost 4 resources per item.

3.) Buy a chunk of that stuff.  Stick it in your bank.  Dump it on the AH when you’ve got a stack.

4.) ????

5.) Profit!

Anyways that’s my tip for the day.  Remember, Pike loves you, and your garrison loves you too! <3

Well THAT One Took a Little While

The more I take my little cadre of alts through Outland the more tough Loremaster becomes.  For Blade’s Edge I had to wait until my character was 70 and then come back and do a bunch of Ogrila and Skyguard stuff (remember that?)  Finally done, though!

CQ09ZlHUAAApwVWNext on the list to finish up is Nagrand, which is turning out to be a royal pain.  Did you know it’s possible to actually get sick of Nagrand?  Never thought I’d see the day but here I am.  Sooo ready to move on.

Netherstorm is a great deal of fun so far, though.  We’ll see how long that lasts!

It’s Lonely Up Here

There have been a lot of tough things about coming back to WoW after a long layoff.  Adjusting to all the class and mechanics changes, trying to figure out where old instances/raids I never did are located, and just playing the catch-up game, in general.

But recently I feel like probably the toughest part is that the community I once knew, and was once a part of, has largely disappeared.  No one plays the game anymore; it’s passé at best or “for kids” at worst.  People are moving on; either with “life” or to other games.  So here she is: Pike, still pluggin’ away at the same old eleven-year-old video game.  Look at her and marvel!

Now, I’m no stranger to pouring tons of time into old video games, as one glance through my Good Games That Are Good series can probably attest.

But WoW is, somehow, different.  Perhaps because it’s an MMO, which is social by definition, or perhaps because I really threw myself into the community via things like blogging and Twitter.  It was a little island that I became a part of.  And now I get to watch, one by one, as more and more people leave the island.  It’s a really weird feeling.

Ultimately, I will continue to do what I find fun and play what I want to play, of course.  Because ultimately, that’s the point of games.  But that doesn’t stop the weirdness that sets in every time yet another person says goodbye.  Is this what I am doomed to, stubbornly playing an aging MMO?  Is this all a part of the cycle?  Maybe so.  Maybe it’s what I signed up for.

In that case, I guess I’ll be over here on my island.  Dreaming dreams like the one I dreamed last night– about old guildmates long gone.


Good Games That Are Good: Pokemon TCG (For Game Boy)

I never did manage to really get into Hearthstone.  I think it’s because I kept comparing it unfavorably to my one true card game love: Pokemon.

81sAVrsixqL._SX450_Not only did I love these things “in real life” and have a binder full of ’em, but I also loved the Game Boy conversion.  Yes, that’s right, they put Pokemon Trading Card Game on the Game Boy.  It had this absolutely ridiculous story that involved beating trading card “masters” for legendary trading cards, but frankly that’s all fine because the point of the game was just to make decks and duel people, and that’s exactly what I did.  Because despite the spartan UI and the silly story, there’s a surprising amount of depth in the good ol’ Pokemon TCG.

Oh, and good news everyone: Now you can download the game for pretty cheap in the Nintendo eShop, assuming you have a 3DS.  I did that recently and have been replaying this game and having a blast.  It’s really easy to pick up and go and very addictive.

Also, some of the music is fantastic.  Some of the best you’ll find on original Game Boy.

Flashback Friday: Choco-Bow

Whoooo remembers the choco-bow?  I wrote of it long, long ago, in a galaxy far away.

Well, guess what.  IT’S BACK.  Thanks to timewalking!

CQJX3jFUYAAbfh_It’s not an upgrade for me but seeing it makes me smile and brings me back all the way to TBC.  I was carrying this thing well into WotLK.  My old main has still got it in her bank.  What a fantastic weapon!  Good times, good times.

Meanwhile, I’m still saving up badges for the mount.  Several more months to go on that one.

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