My Poor Authenticator Is Giving Up The Ghost

CSV_l5-UcAA98VxI got one of these babies back in… 2009?  I think?  It was during Wrath of the Lich King, I’m pretty sure.  Anyways, since then it has accompanied me through moves to another state and back, to different houses and apartments, faithfully spitting numbers out at me whenever battle.net asks.

It even got me a tiny Core Hound pet.

These days it doesn’t seem to be doing so well, though.  You can see weirdness on the screen (if you look closely enough at the picture) and you have to mash the button a couple of times before it actually does anything.  I’m assuming that at some point soon I’ll have to join the future and get one of the smartphone authenticators or whatever everyone uses these days.

But I’ll wear this puppy out first.

That’ll do, tiny physical authenticator.  That’ll do.

So Apparently Overwatch Beta Has Started

Overwatch, in case you weren’t aware, is an upcoming Blizzard game that basically looks like Team Fortress 2 except with new characters (many of whom look like they could’ve stepped right out of another Blizzard game).

Needless to say a loooot of people are excited and really want into the beta.  I’m more lukewarm about it.  It doesn’t really look like my type of game.  That’s not to say it doesn’t look like it has a fun design, because it does.  And it will probably be a good game, too, because Blizzard has always been solid.

But other than brief love affairs with Goldeneye 007 and the original Halo, shooters have never really been my thing.  I’m not “twitchy” enough for them, and in my old age, that is just becoming more apparent.

CrankyTFI’m also pretty sure the game is multiplayer based (like TF2 and most other shooters), and the older I get, the less I find myself interested in multiplayer.  Stay off my lawn, ya dang kids!

But apparently I’m opted into the beta for Every Blizzard IP Ever, so I might give it a whirl if I end up with an invite.  …not that I tried either Hearthstone or HotS when I got into the beta for either of those, but hey, this might be different, right?

What do you guys think about Overwatch?

My Favorite WoW Leveling Experience Isn’t Even All That Retro

Greetings, reader!  You’ve probably noticed by now that I love to wax nostalgic about the World of Warcraft of 5+ years ago.  And, I mean, I do.  I can’t really deny that.  But I was thinking about leveling experiences by expansion, and realized that I think the one that is the most fun to level through isn’t even all that retro.

World_of_Warcraft_-_Mists_of_Pandaria_Box_ArtMists of Pandaria, friends, has, for my money, the best leveling experience.  It’s just an absolute joy to level from 85 to 90.  I don’t know if it’s the quests themselves or just how relaxed everything is.  But it’s so nice to sit back with some pandas and have a little fun.  It’s a shame that the experience needed to do it these days was nerfed so hard that I feel like I just zip through a zone and a half and then rush away.  I mean, I’m 100% fine with a leveling nerf in regards to old content, but when I mess around on other alts in Outland or Northrend and then compare it to Pandaria, it just feels like Pandaria was tuned too sharply.  When you can dash right through a level in an hour, without flight, that’s just weird.

But yeah.  Thinking back on it it’s funny that MoP had a lot of stuff I liked in it (the 85-90 leveling experience, the music, the 5.1 storyline, etc.) and yet I played it the least out of all the expansions thus far.  Honestly, I think what kicked me out was the lack of normal dungeons at max level and the resulting huge congregations of jerkoffs in Heroic pugs who didn’t want to deal with a freshly-dinged 90.  But that, my friends, is all a story for another day and another post!

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.

Mounts!

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