Collecting Frostweave and Achievements November 6, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Instance Group, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Naxxramas, Ulduar, WoW Achievements
It was just Potshot and I again on Saturday night. We were both on early and, as the appointed hour approached, it became clear that it would just be the two of us.
As it happened, we were both tooling about in Northrend doing the ground work for a couple of guild achievements.
He was on as Skronk and working on Tushui Pandaren faction, as nobody in the guild had managed to get to exalted as yet. Mobs in heroic instances in Wrath of the Lich are still green, giving experience and faction when killed, so that looked like an easy way to advance his standing; just put on the Tushui tabard and go nuts.
Meanwhile I was trying to shore up another guild achievement related to crafting. We were short a max level tailor and archaeologist. I knocked out the archaeology earlier in the day with Vikund.
I had long ignored archaeology as a profession, but decided to run with it a bit over the summer. Leveling up isn’t too hard, there are some decent rewards, and a long list of related achievements. However, the basic mechanic of the profession, exploring dig sites, becomes so tedious after a while that I could only hold out until my skill level hit 600. I am just not that desperate for something to do.
The guild was also missing a tailor at max level, so I had started working on that with my summer project alt, Trianis the rogue. He is now sitting just shy of level 80, having sprinted through Northrend fairly quickly. However, in that sprint he did not pick up nearly enough frostweave cloth to get into the Cataclysm skill range. A guide I read said that you needed 12 pieces of cloth, which reduce down to bolts of frostweave at a rate of 5 to 1, in order to get to the next tier.
So I had Vikund out in Northrend to gather frostweave and bind on equip gear, the latter because Trianis is also an enchanter. Tailoring and enchanting seem to go together. Neither requires resource harvesting and you can disenchant all the useless tailoring items you have to make in order to skill up and use those to help skill up enchanting.
In pursuit of these twin goals I was headed towards Naxxramas.
I had read… at the very same crafting site that said I needed 1200 frostweave… that Naxx was the place for frostweave. However, there was a trick that involved setting it for 25 player, going into the Plague Quarter, killing up to but not including the second boss, the running back out to reset the instance and then set it for 10 players and you would be in frostweave farming heaven or something. Just kill the mobs in the bat section, reset, repeat. Only I seemed to have messed it up as no bats were available on the reset.
At that point Skonk was in the neighborhood and decided to join me. We got on Skype and wandered through Naxx together, slaying all who opposed us and collecting frostweave and equipment drops. We were on the lookout for interesting items for transmog, though I am pretty picky on that front. I have my troll shoulders and my sword (Claymore of the Prophet, which I have held onto since Argent Tournament was a thing), both of which I love, but other equipment tends to be less interesting. I tend to hide my helm and I am seriously considering hiding my cloak if I don’t find a nice one, and everything else sort of fades into the background if you’re wearing a tabard.
Anyway, much frostweave was collected, though not as much as I needed. It is a long ride to 1200. I also picked up some BOE gear to send to Trianis. This wasn’t helping Skronk with his faction quest… raid mobs don’t seem to give faction, though I am not sure why… but we were having fun. We stumbled through and survived, managing to figure out each of the fights pretty much by patience and dumb luck. And we picked up a pile of achievements. (Note to Skronk: Go back and kill that first boss you missed at 10 player level and you’ll get three or four more achievements.)
A good enough time was had that we decided to do it again. We decided on Ulduar, never having been there. We flew up to Storm Peaks and then had a bit of trouble actually finding the way in. There are a couple of instances in the neighborhood, the Halls of Stone and Lightning, but the big raid swirly seemed to be eluding us. Then I looked at the map and decided that maybe we needed to check out the great big building.
That wasn’t so subtle and soon we were in what looked to be a vehicle park. There were gnomes all over and siege engines and other vehicles in various states of repair and whatnot. However, since we couldn’t immediately get into any of the vehicles, we walked on past them and looked out on the sea of foes opposing us.
And, in seeing the might of our enemy said, “Meh, whatever” and advanced to face them on foot.
It was an epic battle. They came on in seemingly endless numbers… which was in fact the case, since you have to destroy those towers to keep them from pouring out at you… and at various point we stood and slaughter them by the dozens and then ran ahead.
And here’s the thing; it worked.
We actually made it through the morass of hostiles to the first boss, the Flame Leviathan. And that is where our effort fell apart. He was hitting us for big numbers, big enough that eventually we succumbed.
We came back into the instance to find all the vehicles had been moved up to a start line just before the first boss, but we still couldn’t figure out how to use them or what to do. Something was amiss.
I saw my friend Pia online and asked her what we needed to do to use the vehicles, and she said it was the same old big green arrow interface to mount up and drive as always. While this didn’t tell us how, it was a clear indication that we had missed something. So we went back out of the instance, reset it… which was successful this time since we hadn’t killed a boss yet… and went back in to more closely examine the starting area. There we found noted adventurer and general troublemaker Brann Bronzebeard.
Since he was the party of interest in the local 5 player dungeons, we decided to speak with him. And, sure enough, that conversation unlocked the vehicles. So we took a siege engine, with me driving and Skronk in the turret, and headed on out. I didn’t take a screen shot of it… I seemed to take very few over the course of the evening, but it was the one like I used to drive in Wintergrasp back in the day.
And from that point forward things went swimmingly. We knocked down all the towers one by one, slaughtered the hostiles in huge numbers without much effort, and went and taught the Flame Leviathan a thing or two about driving. We were The Stig in a field of Captain Slow clones.
And then we were done with the vehicles. They only seem to be for the first stage of the raid, and after that it is back on foot and tracking down bosses the old fashioned way. So off we went, slaying all that we could find. I am not sure we found everybody. We went up and down every side path, but there were several towers with portals that we could not enter. After we ran out of stuff there it was about time to call it a night.
All in all, an enjoyable time. I collected a pile of frostweave and went on to get even more the next day. Skronk went on to finish up the Tushui Pandaren faction the next day, as did I. He also finished up all of the Northrend heroic dungeon achievements, which inspired me to do the same. The Occulus was a bit of a pain, but I managed.
And, as everything in Northrend raids and heroics was green to us, I also managed to finish up the test of strength quest for Darkmoon Faire, the first time I had done that in ages on Vikund. I also noticed, when I went to turn that quest in, that Goldshire appeared to still be on fire even though Hallow’s End had been done for a week.
Anyway, it was a weekend of many Northrend achievements. I think I piled up more than 30 if Raptr is to be believed, though it has been known to double count. And I still some more frostweave for Trianis in order for him to get to the next tier. I guess I will just put on a new tabard… maybe Wildhammer Clan this time… and start in on that.
Summer Project: The Loremaster Achievement June 16, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Achievements, Loremaster, WoW Achievements
The Loremaster achievement, which gets you not only the achievement but also a title and tabard (which goes towards another achievement), has been around for a while now. While it has always been a meta achievement, an achievement for obtaining a series of other achievements, it has changed a bit over time.
Back before Cataclysm, Loremaster meant getting the zone by zone achievements for each area in The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King by doing a specific number of quests. Each zone had a tally to hit. In the very quest/story driven WotLK zones, that number could exceed 100 quests in each. And then there was a single achievement each for Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, which just required 700 quests completed in each.
Those last two were a bit of a pain. Sure, you could pick any 700 from each, but 700 is also a pretty long-term goal, especially when the transition to the achievement system didn’t always credit you with everything you had previously done. I recall not getting the achievement for Scholomance despite the fact that my pally had the epic charger mount, which required at least two runs through it. That, and the idea of going back through so much of old Azeroth with a level cap character did not appeal to me. But I have to hand it to Earl, he went and did that.
Then came Cataclysm, and much of old Azeroth was recast with changes in scenery and new quest chains. Blizzard took the time to make achievements for most of the zones in the old world, so rather than just a lump sum of 700 quests they were divided up into single zone (or two combined zones in a couple of cases) quest packets. If nothing else, that makes things a little more digestible in my opinion, having a set of sub goals.
Still, I did not go after the achievement. You had to do the whole thing on a single character which would mean a significant amount of back-tracking through zones you had out-leveled. And since I would want it on what I considered my “achievement character,” it would have meant doing it all with a level 85. I hate being the level cap character stomping through the lowbie zones, and while one shotting things never really gets old, you do end up running into quests where you have to get a mob’s health down and then apply some magic or device. Those get particularly annoying when even without a weapon your minimum hit will kill the mob in question a few times over.
However, since Mists of Pandaria, achievements have been shared across your account. This means that I can go in alts and do the content at level, or close to level, and have it count towards the achievement rather than having to have my level 90 “main” character slum it across multiple low level zones. Since I noted last week that I was actually having fun running down zones at level, the time seemed ripe.
Add in the fact, as pointed out to me last week, that because the Eldre’Thalas server has been joined to the Korialstrasz server via Blizzard’s connected realms, that I now effectively have 11 more character slots that can join our guild and share things on a single server, and I seem well positioned to take on the Loremaster achievement. I was practically giddy at the prospect of having so many free character slots and rolled up four new characters with zones like Darkshore in mind.
I then looked into how many zones I had to run. I have a lot left undone, so I got started.
Some of the zones feel very familiar from the old days, though the quest chains have been tightened up quite a bit. No doubt because characters level up much faster now.
My night elf rogue… I am not sure why Blizz felt it was necessary to make leather wearing classes feel ridiculous by putting them in shorts and a vest in the starting zone. But there were lots of similarly clad elves running around. And eventually you get better looking gear. But for a while I felt goofy in a self-conscious way.
I now have four pre-60 characters in motion working on various zones in old Azeroth, made up of classes I have never played to level cap. (Warrior, monk, shaman, and rogue) And I have plans for a couple more. One of the things I have noticed is that even though the game points you at most of the quests in a zone, there do seem to be a few off in the periphery or hidden away, so being something of an explorer helps.
And it is fun to tour the world again. Darkshore, which I am in the midst of with my rogue, and Ashenvale might be a couple of the more difficult achievements. Back in the day, facing these two was enough to get low level night elves to make the dangerous run through the Wetlands to Ironforge. Well, that and being able to play with your friends who rolled humans, dwarves, or gnomes. But you didn’t see many low level representatives of those races making the run the other way.
Will I stick to this, or will I get bored of it and move on to something else? It is quite possible that, next week, I’ll be focused on mounts or pet battles or something else. (Though, in doing these zones, I have been taming new pets along the way.) But if I keep at it, it will at least keep me distracted from Warlords of Draenor.
My zone “To do” list after the cut.
Critter-pocalypse Continues January 10, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Blizzard, entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Guild Achievements, WoW Achievements
As I mentioned before our guild, small though it may be, is intent on getting the armadillo pup that comes with the critter killing guild achievement.
We have now made it to the 20% mark.
I have added to the critter count myself by slaughtering the flocks of fjord penguins that can be found around Icecrown.
I have to wonder what PETA thinks about this sort of incentivized critter slaughter that Blizzard has set up.
Actually, given their behavior back in 2009, I suppose I don’t really have to wonder.
Big Fish? Small Pond? Both? January 9, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Achievements, Raptr, WoW Achievements
I was looking at my Raptr profile this morning, and one item caught my eye.
That first one, for my worgen Maloney says that I was one of the first 200 Raptr users to get that achievement.
And the reason it caught my eye was that the likelihood of me being the first 200 WoW players to do anything in any group of players of reasonable size seemed remote to the point of pigs flying. And that achievement especially is not a tough one to obtain.
Of course, the population might not be of a reasonable size.
It is limited to Raptr users, and only those users who play World of Warcraft and who have bothered to add it to their profile and who run the client that does the tracking. It addition, the user also has to then manually add specific characters. Only the achievements of those characters get tracked.
So I could be something like the 20th player on Raptr to get the achievement for all I know.
I couldn’t get a fix on exactly how big the active WoW population is at Raptr. If I search on people who play WoW, the number is less than 500. But if that were really the case, I would imagine that a lot more of my achievements would be in the “first 200″ range. Instead, most are like that second achievement, which merely points out what percentage of WoW players on Raptr who have the achievement.
I am still looking for more stats on how big the WoW population is on Raptr.
Sorting Through My Hallow’s End Loot November 2, 2010Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Achievements, Hallow's End, WoW Achievements
Hallow’s End is over, it closed up at midnight on October 31st. And while I didn’t go all out to do things for Hallow’s End, I still ended up with a few cool items.
I did Trick-or-Treat and used the dungeon finder to slay the Headless Horseman at least once a day.
And I did get the Horseman’s Horrific Helm, which is not only a pretty good helm, but also lets you do the Headless Horesman’s laugh.
And I even got one of the masks I was looking for. But only one. I am still one shy for the A Mask for All Occasions achievement.
Not bad I suppose. But now I have to wait another year to try and knock out that final Hallow’s End achievement.
Ah well, maybe they will change up Hallow’s End a bit more next year.
One More Hallow’s End Achievement To Go October 26, 2010Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Blizzard, entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Achievements, Hallow's End, WoW Achievements
Unfortunately, that last achievement for Hallow’s End is a bit of a pain. This will be my third year on it and it is simple a matter of luck as to whether it gets done or not.
Right now though, rather like Gordon, I am feeling a bit of WoW malaise. Cataclysm is a month away. I’ve been on, read up on my specs, tried out the new skills on a few characters, but am generally in a holding pattern until Cataclysm hits and the instance group returns to Azeroth.
So I am not on enough, or interested in logging on enough, to go do a trick or treat every hour in hopes of getting those last two masks. Blood Elf masks. Damn Blood Elves.
I do get on to do the Headless Horseman once a day. I was having a problem with WoW locking up during the Headless Horseman event. Fortunately, Larisa was having the same issue, and a comment on her post pointed me to an addon that fixes a tool tip crash that seems to be afflicting WoW of late.
The addon basically suppresses tool tips and prints them out in your chat window instead. A simple fix.
Not that my locking up seemed to slow down the demise of the Headless Horseman. Even with a disconnected Ret Pally, three groups I was in killed him and I logged back on to find I had the daily quest done.
So I suspect that I won’t finish this achievement again, despite this being my third run through Hallow’s End. We shall see.
The Longest Achievement September 29, 2010Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Achievements, Brew of the Month Club, Brewfest, WoW Achievements
Or the longest wait for an achievement.
My daughter announced that Brewfest had begun last weekend.
Now, last year the instance group pretty much beat Brewfest to death. I got the Brewmaster title, we collected tokens, we killed Coren Direbrew nearly two dozen times, lederhosen was worn, and we danced in the streets of Dalaran.
There was just one Brewfest achievement left, the Brew of the Month Club.
It is an optional achievement. You don’t need to do it to get the Brewmaster title. But the completionist in me wanted to check off that last box.
To get there, one had to earn enough tokens to buy a membership… some 200 tokens for the privileged. So I diligently did the Brewfest daily quests… well… daily until I had enough tokens to buy my outfit, my beer keg, my membership, and whatever else I needed.
And so, the year long brew of the month club membership began.
On the first of each month a new brew would appear in my in-game mailbox. All I had to do was drink it, and I was another step closer to that last achievement.
Months went by and little checks went into the achievement tracker.
August 1st came, I drank the brew of the month. I was, at that point, just one beer away from being done.
And then I let my World of Warcraft account lapse. The instance group was playing Lord of the Rings Online this summer, I was out of work so I was even less keen than usual to pay for an account I was not using, and my latest 3-month subscription term was due at the end of the first week of the month. I canceled my subscription.
So summer turned to autumn as we played in Middle-earth, leaving Azeroth for another time.
Then, as I said way up at the top, my daughter announced it was Brewfest. I was employed again, she wanted to run around and do some of the activities, and I wanted that last achievement. So I resubscribed after only a 6 week hiatus. It can be hard to stay away.
And the first thing I did was log on with Vikund to check my main for that last, oh so satisfying beer.
Only my mail box was empty. No beer for me.
I am going to guess that you have to be subscribed on the first of the month to get your monthly brew, and I was not.
Still, I wanted to finish off that last Brewfest achievement.
So now I am back to doing daily quests to earn the 200 tokens. that will take me less than an hour each over four evenings to do.
Then I have to buy the membership.
And then I have to wait 11 more months until we’re back to September first. I have to remember to stay subscribed. And I have to drink that last beer.
See what the achievement oriented player will do, just to check off one box.
The Coin Master February 23, 2010Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: WoW Achievements
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Meanwhile back in World of Warcraft, where I seem to be spending most of my gaming time of late, I have achieved yet another pointless achievement!
Yes, I have finally managed to fish up all those damn coins from the fountain in Dalaran!
I have actually been one coin away for quite a while. I needed Thrall’s golden coin. But I am sure his is no more elusive than any other gold coin. It is one of those quests that, when you start, progress in guaranteed. The first coin you pull up is one you don’t have yet. And the next dozen or so are likely to be new to you as well.
After that, you start in on the duplicates. So getting that last one can seem like it takes forever.
Aside from the achievements, you also get the Titanium Seal of Dalaran for your troubles.
The coin essentially gives you an emote of flipping a coin and having it land either heads or tails. Amusing, but I don’t think anybody is going to use it for, say, loot roles.
So that is one more of the fishing achievements down for me. Though considering how often I bring up fishing in MMOs (at least relative to other people) I’m kind of slacking on the fishing achievements.
You Don’t Mess With The Zoltan December 4, 2009Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Humor, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Cataclysm, Little Gray, WoW Achievements, Zoltan
A few months back Zoltan was the man, king of the hill when it came to achievements.
He was the first person to cross that 10,000 achievement point mark in WoW. Things look so good for him! He was the front runner!
And now we find that somebody else has beaten him to the final goal.
I’m surprised Zoltan hasn’t issued a press release calling foul, since Little Gray is really still one achievement shy of the mark.
I bet he is stewing now, seething with this rebuke to his achievement prowess.
So much so that I think we’ll see a serious Zoltan effort when patch 3.3 comes along and adds a few more achievements to the list. And when Cataclysm comes I bet he”ll drive hard to lock down the array new achievements that will come with expansion and secure himself the crown. So watch out Little Gray. Zoltan has your number!
Watch for updates on this developing grudge match over at… um… oh, WoW.com. They probably care enough to report on this.
(This post was inspired less by reality and my love of WoW achievements and more by sheer silliness and a desire to not let another choice post title slip away from me. Any emotions ascribed to Zoltan are purly the product of my imagination.)
Why Yes, I am a Pilgrim December 2, 2009Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Companion Pets, Pilgrim's Bounty, WoW Achievements
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We’re on an Azeroth holiday roll. Members of our regular group, including myself, have managed to complete the tasks for the meta achievement for the last few holidays. Brewfest, Hallow’s End, and Pilgrim’s Bounty have now fallen to us.
However I was not sure that Pilgrim’s Bounty was going to fly.
Most of the achievements were pretty easy. There was the usual round of gimmes for simple tasks. Those didn’t bother me.
Nor did the Sethekk Halls run for Terokkar Turkey Time give me much to worry about. I knew we could take down Talong King Ikiss as a group while wearing pilgrim’s hats and clothes. Heck, on my scouting mission I managed to kill him solo.
Even the potentially annoying Turkey Lurkey achievement, which required you to go blast a rogue of each race with a 1 shot turkey shooter wasn’t all that daunting. It would be more of a test of patience hanging around Dalaran waiting for the right rogue to show up.
No, it was The Turkinator that almost brought me low.
Running around and killing 40 level 1 wild turkeys turned out to be more difficult that it sounds. That 30 second time limit to find the next turkey was a curse, as I would be on a streak, closing in on 30, and I would suddenly run into somebody else doing the same thing. Or, being clever, I would run around the edges of Elwynn Forest only to run into a dry patch of no turkeys and have to start the count all over again.
Did you know that turkeys and murlocs apparently to not mix? It’s true.
Finally, Potshot found a prime spot for turkey hunting and got the achievement. On his advice I ran of to hunt in Trisfal Glades in the area between Scarlest Monastery and The Bulwark. On my third try, I managed, at last, to get to 40 turkeys.
By that point, the only thing I needed for the meta achievement was an orc rogue. Potshot was kind enough to spare my patience and roll one up to play target for myself and others. (I later spread the joy myself by getting out my dwarf rogue for achievement target practice.)
One shot and the achievement was mine.
That got me the title “Pilgrim” and the plump turkey pet in the mail.
But I was not done yet.
The plump turkey turned out to be my 49th companion pet. One more and I would get another achievement.
I quickly consulted the big list of WoW companion pets to see if there wasn’t one left I could get quickly.
After some time, I realized that Vikund had not gotten the Ancona Chicken, a purchasable pet out a the Mirage Raceway.
Off I flew to buy a chicken.
And with that chicken came the achievement.
Another pet! So now I have 51 pets, including Stinky the Skunk.
Only 24 more pets to get the final pet collecting achievement.
I am not, however, going to buy those two pets from Blizzard. No, I won’t! Stop looking at me like that!
Anyway, this furthered my modest goal to get least one third of the achievements in WoW. Not quite “Little Gray” level of effort, but I have that whole day job thing going on.
Next up, the Feast of Winter Veil.