The last couple of days I have been doing something somewhat “mindless” in the game.. Running in circles. Well, running in circles and leveling Herbalism and Mining. I figured, when I created the Warlock, that since I already had one of each profession (at least) I would give Fellmara herbalism and mining so she could pick stuff up while leveling, etc. Well, given the RAF bonus, she never really had a chance to keep caught up while leveling. So, after hitting level 69, I took her a-roaming.
Her herb and mining skills were somewhere around 100 each. They are now 276 Herbalism and 246 Mining.. I have to admit the mining fell behind by a LONG way at first, but then I spent a lot of time (and gold) in Ironforge smelting to level it up closer to the Herb score. I am hoping to hit 300 tonight before the raid so she can head into Hellfire and just run around finishing up the run to Northrend level. Then I’ll go back and level her while mining/herbing where I find ‘em.
I learned one thing with all this “low” level mining and herbing.. People are willing to spend an insane amount of gold on lower level mats. Some of the herbs, like Goldthorn, are like gold mines in and of themselves. I almost made enough back to cover the money I spent on ore to smelt. Also, all that ore I smelted.. The bars sell better than the ore did (for some of them). For Iron I had to make it into steel, but it’s a profit after that. Of course, this is all on Draenor.. Your mileage may vary.
Other than that? I got the T10 headpiece for my Hunter. It was a nice upgrade from what I had. Some dailies, etc. Normal stuff. Raids didn’t happen Sunday or Monday due to poor turnout (sad for a 10man, eh?) . Don’t know whether we are extending our lockout again this week or just going to re-clear. The 5% buff goes into effect as of now, so I suppose that will make things go a little faster all over.
That’s it! Game Over Man! 😛
Since we last spoke, some raiding has been going on. Our 10-man group (ICC) got the Blood Queen down without too much ado this time (although it wasn’t one shot). We also one shot .. or would you call that one healed .. the green dragon .. Valithria Dreamwalker.. Making our way down to Sindragosa we had the pleasure of the large room of spidery mobs and such. I was trying to skin them when even more little spider dudes showed up! Run Run Run…
Anyway. We spent MOST of last night banging our heads against Sindragosa.. Well, maybe banging our heads against large blocks of ice that we had been encased in. The fight is actually not too complex once you figure it all out. Tankspot makes it look way too easy.. 😛 .. We didn’t get it down, but we did get to Phase 3 twice. Even got it to 25% health. It was tough trying to hide behind the ice blocks for a bit while trying to DPS the blocks and the boss.. Of course, I didn’t tell you that all but the first try we were running with 9 people. One of the healers had to go before the 2nd try.
There was talk by the RL that maybe we would extend the raid timer to enable us to, hopefully, get to the Lich King encounter. I’m not sure if we are doing so or not. I am not sure I really care one way or the other. I think the main reason we are thinking about it is because, at least on 10-man, we end up sharding a bunch of the loot that drops anyway.. Of course, I can still use the rep and emblems..
Oh! And I got my Warlock to level 67. One more to go until I can leave Outland behind! I started doing the quests in Terokkar for a change from Zangermarsh (I still had quests there… Amazing). But the real secret to my success is the daily random dungeon. I get almost a half a level given my rested xp and 2 pieces of heirloom gear. I AM running out of rested XP now though, so I guess she will go on a small “hiatus” until it’s built back up. It gets more important, though, in Northrend.
I’ve still got way too many games and way too little time to play them, of course. We also recorded this week’s Polygamerous on Saturday instead of it being tonight, so don’t forget… No show tonight.. The next episode will be up sometime this week and we’ll be back to Mondays next week.
Well, have a good time and I’ll let you know, at some point, how we do tonight!
As many others are posting about, we’re starting to see a bit of a lull in the community.. Or well, at least from the bloggers/etc. that have been around a while. I know that new blogs pop up all the time and I’m very excited each time we read through the new blogs on TNB. I understand generally what is going on. What is there to write about? Most of the “guides” and “tutorials” and such will be obsolete within 8 months (ostensibly) when Cataclysm comes out. In addition, many people are finding that they just aren’t interested in whatever they can currently do in game. Whether it’s because their Guild is all taking a “hiatus” or they just don’t like dailies or instances or raids or whatever.
For some reason though, even if I have a ton of other games to try/play/etc., I still find myself drawn back into WoW. (And just can’t get into STO no matter how hard I try to do it) I put myself into the daily pug run. I run it on a bunch of my alts (this can take some time). While waiting for a group, I do a few quests I still haven’t done (Most of my alts have whole zones to do still). I leveled my Warlock to 65 now and while I’m not pushing very hard to move her up, I’d like to get her to 68 and OUT of Outland.. 😛
My Rogue is still 71 and I’d really like to see him at 80 prior to Cataclysm. Most of this is all because of the professions. Right now, the Rogue is the only “main” crafter I have (one that has crafts maxxed that other toons don’t) that isn’t 80. Leveling him up will give me a bunch of enchanting mats and make doing the daily JC quest much easier. I have all these motivations to play!
Oh, and I’m still raiding. Our raiding group still has a long way to go. We’re getting there.. We still need gear it seems and some changeups of strategy maybe. I have a good time with the group (even though we are mostly silent on vent).. I’m trying to convince those without mics (or who refuse to use them) to use Ventrilo Text-To-Speech. I’ve set up some funny ones I pop at opportune moments during the raid.. I even made one for the Rotface fight that says “The Oozes are Coming! The Oozes are Coming! Run for your lives!” that I pop when the big ooze is gonna blow!
So, I think what I am saying is that, although there are definitely parts of the game I find stale, I can still get in and find plenty to do that I enjoy. Time still seems to fly by and I find myself wanting more of it for all the OTHER things I want to do. But WoW keeps calling me back in. Take a break? I could.. I did that in Vanilla and missed out on raiding all together. No, this time I’ll stick with it and be ready when Cataclysm comes along.. 5 Levels on 7 toons? Easy peasy.. 😛