Nerfing Achievements?

IMO post (In My Opinion)

Much has already been said about the new Account-Wide Achievements coming with Mists. After all the reading and viewing multiple polls on the subject, it would seem that the majority of the player base favors this move.

Although I’m not wholly against this change, I’m not especially looking forward to it. As with all things, time will tell once Mists goes live and all the nueances become known.

I believe that my view of the change stems from how I view my characters. As a certified alt-oholic, each of my “kids” are unique individuals in both playstyles and personalities. The only common ground they may share is a general ‘be nice to others’.

I’m currently playing my third (or fourth?) “main”. What this really boils down to is that each character approaches the game and end game via different journeys. More specifically with achievements, no one character holds ALL achievements. If one has attained a certain batch, the next in line travels a new path gaining a much different set.

In the beginning, there’s a druid who gathered things like quest achievements, pets, mounts, professions, pretty much common things. He was happy with them. Then came a BM hunter who specialized in PvP achievements. He was also the first to really begin an effort in soloing some old dungeons. Not many, just a taste test. He was happy with them.

There was a frost mage along the line, she just kind of fizzled out tired. Stuck with her tailoring, tried the dungeon path a bit and died horribly in bg’s. Numerous other alts have claimed their victories in a wide array of achievements, mostly different from whoever came before them.

Aygaren is a mix of everyone I think. If possible, he’ll be the first to obtain a fair amount of achievements in all aspects of the game. IF POSSIBLE!  At least, that’s his plan. His “vision quest” if you will.

This pecular playstyle with achievements is of my own doing. It’s just the way it’s been since vanilla. I generally accept changes in the game with a grain of salt. Figure them out and run with them. Each character though, having to earn his/her own way and grow on their own merits/abilities. Or fail. They share in the joy of another’s accomplishments. I just don’t see them riding on the coat-tails of another where achievements are concerned. If one of them wants a particular achievement, they had better work for it and earn it.

What do you think? Is Blizz taking the pride out of earning achievements?




Rest, Rares and Gathering

Taking a much needed rest.

Do you know which inn?

Ay did lay back for a bit of time, while Dufit managed a few more levels and pushed his enchanting skills upwards. They were slightly lean and short of level, lol. At 77 (or maybe it’s 78 now) Dufit wants to be minimally capped out before the arrival of Mists.

This time period in Azeroth is kind of lean itself. Yet, it is a perfect time to clean up many of those loose ends that have been laying around. Ay is doing just that. While making some preperations for the Panda invasion, he is working on his Bloody Rare and Frostbitten achievements.

The going was a bit slow for him though. I heard him muttering in that do-it-or-else tone, “NPCscan.” So I broke down finally and went shopping for him. With the sudden influx of rare kills the past two days (8 by my count), Ay’s general demeanor has improved greatly.

ok, this thing works!

Lovin’ it!

The elusive Highlord-found.



He had only a couple momenets of *Hurmphing* over his new toy. He was wise to the “fly yourself about, no taxi service now” idea. Really starting to save some money that way now. He did have one episode though while in Wyrmrest Temple and needing to seriously empty his bags, decided a quick flight to Dalaran would’nt hurt. WRONG!  Fifteen seconds into the flight, the scan goes off. Stuck now. No intermediate flight paths betweent the two to /camp on quickly. He had to finish the run and fly back. It turned out well though since no one seemed to be in Dragonblight anyway. He found his target not far outside the Temple.

Got Lucky!


The only other hang-up was during his hunt in Zul’ Drak. The scan went off and he could’nt figure out where the required rare was. No pathing was showing on the overlays for him. LOL! Turned out the rare was in IceCrown!! Of coarse, by the time he got there it was gone.

There are some additional benefits to this NPCscan useage. Part of Ay’s preperations include stockpiling raw ores, cloths and companion pets. The Northrend rares drop a sachel which includes a stack of cloth. Their handful of gold is nice to collect, as their BoE blue items. His mining skills have boosted the amounts of raw ores he’s saving. He does not pass up a node. AND, his archaeology has benefited as well. Several new rare finds are now tucked away. Nothing like combining all these usual tasks into one neat bundle.

So, that covers Ay’s projects, pretty much. Rares on two different worlds, archaeology, mining and cloth distribution. His only regret so far, is Anzu. He did manage to grind out the last of his skyguard rep today though, and pick up his second Mysterious Egg to hatch. So he’s fairly content. For the moment.

Love the new mount!

Must have matching pet! Right?


*Personal Note*

None of the above, or much else, would be possible if it were not for the men and women of our armed services whom have given so much for our freedoms.  “Thank you.” *hugs*

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