A Day Late…


*sad face day* Circumstances are such that I’ll not be able to greet the Pandas on opening day. Hopefully, I’ll join them within the coming week.


On the good side of things. Thdoria actually blazed through her Cata zones and dinged 85 this past Sunday! She also managed to skill cap her alchemy and herbalism. That makes three of the Horde crew ready for Pandaria. Yay! We’ll be going in with Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Enchanting and Alchemy. lol, plenty of farming ahead.

Thdoria’s push to 85 had it’s moments of frustration. For the most part, I’ve been kinda-sorta favorable with Blizzards’ idea for cross realm populating. But the reality is, it’s really buggy. Broken quests, cut scenes and other minor headaches are common. It took Thdoria a couple of tries to make her Twilight Highlands entrance. She kept losing the fleet.

Yes! We’re on the way.

“Was it my deoderant?”

“Umm? They jumped ship?”

Other minor problems; trying to talk to someone next to you…error message: “player does not exist.” Inabilities to loot at times (item un-clickable). Small things I should say, just a tad annoying. Although, they seem to be occuring on a regular basis.

Account wide achievements, mounts and pets. Has some advantages, though I’m not overly fond of their inclusion into the game. Maybe they’ll grow on me in time?

On the back burners: working on some possible UI changes and a forth-coming post over them. May attempt one of those dps Pandas, slot available for one but will probably wait until the beginning rush is over. Very doubtful if I’ll take any of my old alliance characters to Pandaria. I’m pretty well set into Horde side now. And there’s a handful of other game related things that need attention. Hmmmm? Me thinks the plate is a bit full atm. 🙂

Happy Panda adventures to all!

Okay, one more. You’ve just got to love those friendly npc’s you’re helping out.

Yep, they just love Thdoria.


One Out and One In

Kanara had been released from the crew. The Orc wasn’t making it as a Warlock, something about her just didn’t seem to fit.

So in stepped Nokila. Very young as yet, but quite devious under the surface. Beneath her Blood Elf charm and beauty, she has this sinester little laugh while she’s setting you on fire and tossing shadow bolts. This Horde crew runs a tight ship, so she’ll have to really prove herself.

Other somewhat exciting news. Yesterday I noticed that Blizz was downloading 21 gigs of information. The downloader said it was for a coming update. Hmmmm? 21 gigs? Makes me wonder if it’s the Theramore lead in for Mists. I think it is getting to be about that time. Maybe? Usually I don’t notice these background downloads, but things were acting kind of hinky in game, which did get my attention.

Dangerous taxi rides. No wonder he’s called Therm, the Hope Ender


Don’t you just love it when strange, unexpected things brighten your day?

Am I Ready?

A few days ago, we were asking if folks thought they were ready for the upcoming release date of Mists. Earlier, along with my summer real life schedual, I started several projects in hopes they would be accomplished in time for the expansion. So, how far along did I get? Can I claim any real success?

I had been building this Horde crew for some time. At first, it was simply to experience the game from the opposite factions’ point of view, and to play through some of the lore on that side of the fence. After going through a number of alts, I can safely call this little mission accomplished. Even though not all those alts survived, one of every race managed to make their mark.

Now, I’m not an auction house player as we know them. I do take time though to pad each character’s coin bag through the AH. No addons or anything fancier than visual research, pencil and paper get used. We do okay in this manner. Not great, but okay. Sometimes we even get lucky and the RNG gods smile upon us. 🙂 With Mists on the horizon, the crew has attempted to bump this up a notch.  So far, not much progress. With the Horde side economy in the shape it’s in on our server, the crew decided to take another approach. Instead of pushing some sales now, they turned to stockpiling certain raw materials and finished goods to post up for opening day. We will know that day if the plans were a success or not.

able to mill Outland herbs, at level 35

Due to the economy as well, there was a shift in the crews’ population, class representation and professions. The plan here was to have the crew become self-sufficiant by learning all professions. This plan is in progress and actually going along quite well. Of coarse, it will not be complete in time for Mists. but we are content with its’ progress. Each character has worked hard with their profession, everybody collects stuffs and shares their loots with whoever needs them. So to date, crew members are either capped or well above their level with professions.

Aygaren has been level capped for some time. I was hoping to go into Mists with at least two level 85’s. Dufit was kind enough to step forward and fill the second slot. Success! And a surprise to boot. Thdoria is pushing through the dreaded Outlands at the moment. She just might make the grade in time to fill a third slot. With her alchemy profession in hand, she’ll be a very welcome addition. This will set up a small team covering Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Enchanting/DE, Alchemy, Mining and Herbalism. Not too shabby I should think. The outlook is good. 😀

To answer my own questions about being ready, I would give myself about a 65% level of success. With 50 some days to go, and my own regular game play schedual about to resume in 10 days, we just might make it to 85%. Here’s hoping for the best!

Aygaren and his crew certainly hopes everyone else is enjoying great success with what ever preperations are in their plans!

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