Sunday, December 5, 2010

Om Nom Nom

So, in honour of the imminent release of Cataclysm, one of my co-workers and fellow guildies has created this little masterpiece...and before you ask, no, the dragon is not edible.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stood in the Fire

So there I was, quietly minding my own business while questing out in Eastern Plaguelands, continuing my pursuit of Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms. I was at Light's Shield Tower, about to hand in another of the quests which was part of the Fiona and her caravan quest chain, when all of a sudden the sky turned blood red.....!!
Immediately, my thoughts were.....could it be?
I'd read that since The Shattering, Deathwing now randomly appears in a zone and burns absolutely everything in  sight to a was I in the right (or wrong) place at the right time. I quickly mounted up and rode around the tower and sure enough, there he was....flying towards me, breathing fire and toasting everything in sight. Immediately I began riding towards him and as soon as I reached the flame, I dropped dead.
In my excitement and haste to try and secure the achievement, I'm embarassed to say I completely forgot to take a screenshot. I can offer only this as proof for now....but rest assured I will make sure I get it next time.

For those who are chasing the achievement, here's some info (reprinted from Official WoW forums).

Q: Will this last long enough on any given day I can have time to run there and get some……or is it something that will pop up and be done 5 minutes later and I’m just going to have to be lucky in the right zone?
A:There is very little warning once he decides to strafe a zone. If you’re not in the zone already, you have virtually no chance of sacrificing yourself to his flame.
If you’re in the zone, you’re almost definitely screwed.
The achievement is a Feat of Strength since it won’t be available forever. Given the rate at which this occurs and the random way in which he chooses to attack, virtually everyone who earns the Feat of Strength will get it by accident — it’s a wrong place at the wrong time sort of thing.

Q: So does this mean he’s going to strafe zones all through Cataclysm until the 4.x patch when he’s killable and he’s dropped on a realm sometime?
A: Yes, this isn’t a permanent event, but will last so long as he’s free to roam the world.

Q: Will Deathwing be crisping the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor only, or will the frozen wastes of Northrend feel his firey wrath?
A: This will be specific to the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, though he will choose his locations quite indiscriminately.

Q: If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, do you have to be a certain level to get the achive? I can smell the QQ already from players who can’t have fun. Like, low levels thinking they should be safe from everything, and will cry during the event if they die – then later will cry as higher levels when they can no longer do the event.
A: Deathwing doesn’t care what level you are.

Q: Will there be any zones not open to attack?
Do all zones have an equal chance of being attacked?
How best may I sacrifice myself to my lord and masters righteous flames?
A: Because his flames literally kill any creature, critter, NPC, or player in Deathwing’s path, there are a few places we’re not having him go for gameplay reasons. The large majority of the zones on the two continents are fair game though.

So basically – there’s no point joining Deathwing alert channels to alert players to the right zone and then get over there – you only have seconds to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, he should be active until the patch that puts him in as a raid boss, so there should be plenty of time for a nice, toasty, dragon-flavoured happenstance.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Planet of the....Troggs?

Came across this while questing in Loch Modan.....gotta love all the little pop culture references Blizz throw in the game.
Now if only the mobs around here were gorillas/monkeys rather than Troggs....oh well.

The Quest for a better WoW

Since The Shattering, I've steadily been working my way my way through all the quests in Eastern Kingdoms, working my way to the Loremaster title I have previously neglected. I have to say, I am really impressed with what Blizzard have done with the whole questing experience. The fact that all the quests now take place within the zone rather than sending you flying (or boating) your way across continents is really nice, and the popups that now appear upon completing a quest allowing you to hand in and continue without going all the way back to the quest giver really make for a much quicker, and more enjoyable levelling experience.
Some of the new quest lines are just hilarious. So far the John J. Keeshan (Rambo) chain in Redridge has been one of the highlights. Being a huge movie buff, I knew something was up as soon as the Col. Troteman NPC appeared.
The prize for the best quest chain I've experienced so far though, has to go to The Day Deathwing Came in the Badlands. If you haven't yet done it, I highly recommend you is one of the funniest quests of all time.

Here's a video of the entire chain....voices included (not me).

Introducing the Wizzard

So I've thought many times about writing a blog, however I never really put a lot of thought into what I would write about.....then World of Warcraft entered my life. I've been playing the game for a little over a year now and my main character is Rincewynd, a human male Destruction Warlock on the US server of Saurfang.
Yes, I'm a big Pratchett fan.
Anyway, with Cataclysm looming I figured this would provide me with plenty to write about. Having just experienced The Shattering event and the changing of Azeroth as we know it, it's an exciting time to be playing WoW and so this will be somewhat of a journey as I experience my first expansion and level Rince to 85.
Come along for the ride.