Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Jaded Gamer » Of Dragons and Easter Eggs: A Chat With Warren Robinett

The Jaded Gamer » Of Dragons and Easter Eggs: A Chat With Warren Robinett: "the first game to feature an “Easter Egg”"

'via Blog this' I haven't subbed to WoW for a few months, but have been thinking about it recently. Today's surfin' the interwebs has me reading about Easter Eggs in games. It reminded me of the first time I discovered the hidden underwater creature off Bloodmyst Isle. I think I miss playing Wow.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wrangling a Wolf Quest Playthrough - Video

SkipS to 3:47 to bypass the flying TO Nagrand from the garrison

Still Here!

I can't believe it's been almost a year since we've posted.

Vier's lack of interest in the waning of Draenor, my sense of being overwhelmed and never getting to fly in Draenor, and, of course, Living Real Life With Chronic Illness, got in the way.

Here are a few screenshots of what Nor and Friends were up to between July 2015 and August 2016. Story in the captions.


Quests Quests and more Quests
Professions! Thanks Vier for teaching me how to Archeology.
World Events
Bears Are BAD.
Mean, and Bad.
A Dragon Mount and Fireworks at the Faire!  w00t!

New Faire Fish Food that applies costumes!
The beauty of night flying.
Crazy Cat Lady title.
Night Flying Never Gets Old
UGH! Sushel stuck at level 92 since Nov. 2015.
I still [Aug 2016] can't bear the thought of re-doing Draenor quests without flying. ugh! Gloomshade Grove again, blargh.

That brings us to July 2016

In July Vier informed me that she switched realms and guilds.  I spent a few weeks pondering my next move.  Mierlin enthusiastically encouraged me to make the switch, saying the Guild is very friendly and there's even another member that is almost as slow as me!

I finally decided to boost an alt, switch her to the new realm/guild and make my pre-Legion Demon Hunter there as well.

Boosting Sealybrooke - she even got an equipped Garrison!

Leveling Alchemy and Herb Gathering before the switch, No Way am I going into Booty Bay.

Night Flying Never Gets Old
Fishing for Sealy's Alchemy before the Realm Switch.  [for the non-WoW readers: you can't mail things between realms/servers, I wanted some water breathing potions from my Alchemy alt.]
My Cloud Serpent is almost all grown up!
It's been a LOT of Dailies!
Finally!  Got my raft! [more Dailies!]

And ... Switch. 

To a role-play realm!  GULP!  More ways to screw up!

Keeping with the "all of my alt names begin with the letter S" theme, I introduce Sallaana.

The switch made it necessary to change Saely's name, with glee I gave up her awkward spelling, A before E and don't forget the last E! Now it's spelled the way it sounds and I can find myself without typo's.

Oh Crap - the Action Bars didn't carry over!
Gold Gold and need more Gold!  Bags for Bank Slots.
Demon Hunters start with 20-slot bags, Boosted 100's get 22-slot bags, for now, their bank slots will have to make do with 16-slot bags.

Sallaana hits max level!  All in one day!
uh oh
[Right Click and "open in a new tab" to see this full-size and read all about the fear-inducing Elite Quests.]
Making new friends and starting my invasions.
Oh Crap.  If Sallaana wants a garrison, she has to start at the beginning.  Through the Dark Portal we go!

Can we believe that I'm almost at my second expansion launch?
My attitude towards mount collecting has changed.  I honestly never got excited about mounts.  Akin to my feelings about cars IRL, I need one to get me from A to B, it needs to start, not give me any problems and beyond that, ...  meh.

Then two things happened with Vier that initiated a bit of mount lust.  Very early on in Draenor Vier and I were goofing around in Nagrand, trying to jump into a cave.  Suddenly she got excited, a rare was up, let's go get it.  And I got my Mottled Meadowstomper mount.
-puffed chest-

Then Vier helped me get my garrison wolf.  What a WoW Day that was.

  • I wasn't listening, 
  • I was getting into trouble, 
  • Vier was getting frustrated with me, 
  • I couldn't navigate around the stoopid tree in the final path of taming the mount, 
  • I was getting frustrated 

... and then ... as we re-grouped after another fail, Vier mentioned she was trying not to distract me by talking and I realized, "No!  Talk!  Do a Sports-Announcer-Play-By-Play thing and warn me when the tree is coming up."
Wolf Mount! 

... and a tingle of mount lust ran up my arms ...

Fast Forward to yesterday.  For the first time,

  • a.) I noticed and
  • b.) disliked the way my Ebon Gryphon mount looked with Sallaana's outfit.  
Swift Green Gryphon

So I spent some gold to get a green mount to match!

Now I'm just a couple of Mounts away from my first mount collecting achievement!

So I'm running around Stormwind Keep, looking for the library to start Sallaana's Archeology.  I find this little girl who has a quest to deliver a poem to Shattrath City. I have to go to Shatt anyway to get my Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole for Sallaana, so accepted the quest.  Then I learned this is an in-game memorial for a real life player.

[read the comments to learn more about Dak]

Appearances Tab!  Freed up Bag/Bank Space!  


Should I sell all my old gear now that it's in the appearance tab, or hang on 'til after launch "just to be safe"?

Lesson Learned: 

Don't waste your gold transmogging until you're finished levelling!  Even the invasions will grant higher ilvl gear before the expansion starts. Duh!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Transmog Woes

I'm in a guild run for some titles and achieves in MoP raids when I get a whisper from Nor. "Are you busy, I have some questions about transmog?"

This is gonna be good. 

First question: "Do my items need to be in bag or void storage?"

This seems like a question with a straightforward answer. BUT, I know my mother. 'The item you want to change has to be equipped, the one you want to change it TO can be in your bag, bank, or void storage.'

We went over that a couple more times before she was ready to move on.

Second question: "when it's done, what will I see on my character screen and what will be in my bags,"

This, I didn't understand. Before I could get clarification, she had another question. "Before I close my Void Storage to go to the Transmog Guy, will I have to type out the names exactly or will there be something to click on?"

You don't have to type anything in, Mom. You're good. Just try it and you'll see how easy it is.

Then came the waiting.

and some more waiting.

Then, finally:

"I did it! And to answer my question, my Axe is still in my Character screen thingy though it looks like my pretty purple Sword!"

That was Noritam's Transmog Adventure.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

An Achieve for a Pet, for an Achieve, for a Title. (for a real life craft. Phew!)

Achievement: Crazy For Cats
Achievement: Raiding with Leashes.

I'm still working on my Achievement "Crazy for Cats", to get the title "Crazy Cat Lady".  Today I am making a list of what I need to do to obtain my title.

For the Crazy for Cats achievement and title "Crazy Cat Lady" I need to obtain 20 of 25 specific cats on a list.

  • I have 14 of the cats. 
  • I need six more cat pets.
  • Four on the list are either unavailable or require hundreds of dollars.  Real life American Dollars.  That is not happening.
  • One is a World Drop that is proving to be very elusive.  
  • One is bought with a currency that you earn from Completing the Celestial Tournament. 
  • One is from the achievement "Raiding with Leashes".  I hope Mr. Kitty will help me with this, thus the list here.  Also, a lot of the pets in the Raiding with Leashes list are ones that are mentioned many times in guides for the Celestial Tournament. Specially Chrominius and Anubisath Idol, very powerful battle pets.

Mr. Bigglesworth - Raiding with Leashes

Mr. Bigglesworth, the reward for "Raiding With Leashes", requires you to collect twelve specific pets, from four classic raids.

Question:  I have had some of the pets on this list given to me.  Will they count for the achievement or do I have to collect them all again from the raid?  Anyone know?  Please leave a comment if you know.  Thanks :)

The old world Raids and the pets needed for the Raiding with Leashes achievement are:

Blackwing Lair

  1. Chrominius, drops from Chromaggus in Nefarian's Lair.
  2. Death Talon Whelpguard, drops from Broodlord Lashlayer in the Crimson Laboratories, and, 
  3. Untamed Hatchling, I have one, drops from Razorgore the Untamed in the Dragonmaw Garrison.

Molten Core:

  1. Corefire Imp drops from Magmadar.
  2. Harbinger of Flame drops from Sulfuron Harbinger.
  3. Ashstone CoreI have one, drops from Golemagg the Incinerator.

Temple of Ahn'Qiraj

  1. Anubisath Idol drops from Emperor Vek'lor in The Hive Undergrounds.
  2. Viscidus Globule drops from Viscidus in The Hive Undergrounds.
  3. Mini Mindslayer, I have one, drops from The Prophet Skeram at The Temple Gates.


  1. Fungal Abomination drops from Loatheb in The Plague Quarter.
  2. Stitched Pup drops from Gluth in The Construct Quarter.
  3. Giant Bone Spider, I have one, drops from Maexxna [crap ~ A Giant Red Spider!] in The Arachnid Quarter.  Yum!  Spiders! 
Okay, if I get Mr. Bigglesworth that means I need five more:

- one is no longer available. [Guardian Cub] I wish I had overcome my aversion to purchasing pets in the Blizzard Shop before they discontinued it! :(

- one [Spectral Cub] was from a Shanghai promotion in 2012.  Nope, not gonna get that one!

- two [Nightsaber Cub, Spectral Tiger Cub] are TCG, Trading Card Game, pets.  I do NOT understand the Trading Card Game, it doesn't seem like much of a "game" to me.  You buy cards, [in real life with real money!] hope to get the one you need with a code, to enter into the WoW game, to get the pet.  If the card/code you need isn't in the package, you buy another one.  And another, and another, and another ... hmmm, ... ... money much?

- one, Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen, you buy with 3 Celestial Coins.  To get a Celestial Coin, you must win the Celestial Tournament and it's associated quest, The Rainy Day is Here.  To ENTER the Tournament, you need 15 level 25 pets.  You can only enter the tournament once per week, per account[not even per character, per account!].  You must complete the tournament in one go.  You may not use your "revive pets" function. This is a Guide [Celestial Tournament with 18 pets] with all the hoary details!

- one is a Profession Crafted Pet, [Sapphire Cub] which means, usually, lots of in-game Gold!

- one, Panther Cub, is a Quest Reward.  Easy, peasy, go do a quest, get a cat pet.  Ha!  The quest "Some Good Will Come", is the thirteenth quest in a nineteen quest chain! This comment lists the quest chain with links to them all. (Hold the Phone!  The wowhead page for the reward item "Panther Cub", also lists three vendors under the "sold by" tab!  As soon as I get this post published, I'll hop in game and after I do my chores, head off to check out those vendors and see if I can just buy one for 50 silver! will edit with what I discover.)

- Cheetah Cub is a pet battle in the Northern Barrens, which I'm off to shortly!.

- Siamese Cat, is sold by the Exotic Creatures Vendor Dealer Rashaad, located in Netherstorm, Outland.  Who I had been avoiding because I loathe that zone.  Then I was avoiding it because since WoD dropped, I don't know how to get to Outland.  So, I guess I will go figure it out once I have my Cheetah Cub in my Journal and I've wasted time on grinding for the Black Tabby!

That should about do it.  I've made a lot of progress since I last looked all this up.  With this linked list now, I should never have to re-do this research again!  If I am very lucky and Blessed by the RNG Gods, I may be able to get 3 or 4 of the last six I need tonight.  That would just leave Mr. Bigglesworth and Xu-Fu!

Wish Me Luck, Nor

[an aside: Red Bear, in real life, crafted me a "Crazy Cat Lady" journal/mini-album because, in real life, I AM a Crazy Cat Lady and I think I may natter on occasionally about working for the achievement in WoW. ...   Me? ...  Natter?  ...  Maybe just a bit! ... ...  Plus ~ I made a rule for myself that I can't craft the album up with pictures and stuff until I get the title. Because ... ... reasons.]

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Garrison Invasions and a Dragon Mount

Garrison Invasions: Not my favourite thing.  Early on in Draenor somehow or the other I got this "invasion quest thingy".  I clicked on it/activated it somehow and holy crap! Bad Guys Invading My Garrison From Everywhere!

It was a bloodbath.  I got creamed.  Many of my garrison inhabitants, workers, guards, visitors, -- were killed. My buildings got burned to the ground.  It was an unmitigated disaster.  I failed miserably.

You Would Think, BY NOW ... I would really read the instructions and/or look things up before blindly clicking on them.  but NO!   That is not my style! I decided I didn't like invasions and ignored them ever since.

Later on, Vier and I were milling around her garrison one day and she asked me if I wanted to do an invasion with her.  "Sure!", I replied.  Thinking, she has done so much for me in WoW, I owe her.  Plus, how bad can it be?

"Do you want Front, Back or Middle?", she asked.

I'm thinking -- huh? --, "Middle", always go for the middle, how bad can it be?  Plenty bad!  Being in the middle means that you get baddies coming from all directions.  Vier had put up a marker for me and I thought I literally, had to stay by, on, under the marker ... so I didn't move much and there were many times when I was just standing there waiting for the baddies to come to me. -- rolls eyes --

I've since learned to pick the Back Door, where usually the bad guys only come in the back gate of the garrison, occasionally a few will sneak in from the garden.  I've also learned that the marker is a GUIDELINE ONLY, and yes, I can move around to go get the bad guys!  --doh!--

We did one other invasion with Mier and I remember him saying something to the effect of "We would have had Gold, but Nori's DPS was very low".  Hanging my head in shame.  I really have to work on passing my Proving Grounds and learning to be more effective with my DPS.  --sigh--  

I need a coach!  Any volunteers?  I need someone to voice-coach me through improving my DPS.  Which would include, you know, setting up a voice chat instructions!  Apparently our guild Vent channel is no longer supported.  But I digress ...  Seriously though, any coach volunteers can mail me in-game, Noritam, on Undermine realm.

So, on June 21st, I was hanging around, not doing much, reading my book and maybe eating supper?  Or perhaps just waking up and having my "morning" coffee.  I passed through the office and Himself says "Phone your daughter".  Huh?  "You were in the bathroom, she called, she wants you to call her back".

"Oh, OK"  "Mom, do you want to come online and do an invasion in my garrison?"  "Of course!" --crap!--

So I jump in game, grab my green balloon and head off to Vier's Garrison.
Everyone needs a green balloon to do invasions!

So we did a couple of invasions.
Invasions we've done so far.

After the "Iron Horde Invasion" this is what I got in my l00t bags.
3 bags of l00tz
Invader's Abandoned Sack

Invader's Damaged Cache
Invader's Forgotten Treasure

After doing a couple of invasions in Vier's Garrison, I asked if now would be a good time to do the "Oak" thingy that I got from a previous invasion?

Heart of Oak

Everyone was up for it so Vier decided that she would create the pre-made group, recruit players, and then hand it all over to me so I could be the leader that everyone else would "visit group leader's garrison" and activate my "Heart of Oak" card.

Boom!  In what seemed like absolutely no time at all we had 6 groups of 5 players, Vier coached me through purchasing a speed boost crystal, a freezing crystal, taking leadership and activating the card.  "Click on your oak card, then go activate the crystals, and we'll all kill the Boss".

Literally all hell broke loose!  There were a million people in my garrison and the chat log was full of "Random Visitor receives item -really cool something-".

Where are all these people getting stuff from?  We haven't even started yet.  I forgot to ask Vier --Where-- I should place these crystals.  Oh well, we'll put them here, and here. -- ?? idk! -- Click the card. A VERY BIG DUDE arrives in the middle of my garrison.  Everyone starts shooting/axing/slicing him.  He Dies.  It's over.

No pictures 'cause I was too busy just trying to figure out what the heck was going on!  If I got one or two licks in, that was it. If anyone else has the "Heart of Oak" thingy, it's no big deal.  Just the one dude shows up, you kill him, that's it. I don't remember what I received by the way of loot, so it wasn't memorable

BUT ...  Nin, one of Mier's friends, got a mount!  ... A mount!

So then it was a round of mount displaying!  Here are the four of us with our wolf mounts, Nin's brand new wolf mount!
Wolf Brigade
It looks like Nin's mount is the same as mine but they have different eye colors and at the back end the accoutrements are different colors.  I mentioned my lack of spectacular mounts.  I may have said something about wanting a Dragon Mount.

Nin and Mier got excited talking about old world raids and dungeons that drop dragon mounts.  Vier, not interested in running old content decided it was past her bedtime and disappeared.

and off we went ...

I have no idea where we were or what we did but here are some screenshots.

This one, you can see me saying "ack" in the chat log, you walk over a glass/ice floor that is totally transparent and over a very, very deep hole.

scary non-floor floor!

Then, in another section/place, all of the sudden Mier gets stuck running into a column.  So I went back to him ... "You OK?" ... "You still with us?" ... Nin and I waited around for a bit, figuring internet problems.  Then Mier's toon just faded away.

Nin had had a long day and asked if it would be ok to finish this another day.  OK? Hell yes!  I'm just thrilled to be along for the ride and I HAVE A DRAGON MOUNT!
My Dragon!  What should I name her?

And that is the story of the last time I was online playing WoW!

p.s. a few posts back I mentioned Queen Vier had a new title.  Here's a pic of her harassing me while I am seriously doing some fishing in my garrison!
Queen Vier - Extra Large and Intimidating!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

OH THANK GOODNESS! – Flying in Draenor

Dev Watercooler – Flying in Draenor - Wowhead News: "a new meta-achievement called Draenor Pathfinder. You’ll earn this achievement in Patch 6.2 by mastering the outdoor environment of Draenor—exploring Draenor’s zones, collecting 100 treasures in Draenor, completing the Draenor Loremaster and Securing Draenor achievements, and raising the three new Tanaan Jungle reputations to Revered. Initially, this achievement will award a rylak mount: the Soaring Skyterror, one of the native beasts that roam Draenor’s skies. Players will remain ground-bound on Draenor until a small follow-up patch (6.2.x), when all players who have earned Draenor Pathfinder on at least one character will unlock the ability to fly in Draenor on all their level 90 characters."

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