Daily Archives: May 15, 2009

Sleepless in Orgrimmar

I couldn’t get to sleep last night.

I don’t know why.  It was just one of those nights when sleep didn’t seem like it was headed my way.  My wife was out cold, my daughter was sleeping soundly, the cats were relatively peaceful, but I just couldn’t get in the zone.

My personal rule of thumb is that after 90 minutes of failing to get to sleep I get up and do something else for a while until I feel like the time is right.

My usual plan is to go sit out on the couch and read.  However I am in something of dry spell for reading material at the moment.  I went in to my office to pick something out, perhaps one of the Derek Robinson novels that have served me well in the past, when I looked at the computer and remembered the time.

“It is after midnight” I thought to myself, “I could go run the cooking and fishing dailies again!”  So I booted up the computer and went to work.

Dalaran still doesn’t agree with my computer.  Even with all the settings turned down with the low, late night population, I still got locked up and had to reboot twice.  I have gone so far as to swap out the ATi 4850 for an nVidia 250 GTS card and tinkered with drivers, such that I could with two later model cards, all to no avail.  The same bad behavior on both cards.  Dalaran was perfectly reasonable, if a bit laggy, with my old 8800GT.  Now I have to pull out my work issue laptop with its ancient x300 video card if I want to be crash-free in Dalaran.

But I got through the fishing and cooking dailies there, then did the two similar dailies in Shattrath.

Those out of the way, I still had a bit more left in me.  I thought about what I should do, then decided I ought to clean up the achievement I mentioned in the previous post and go fishing in Orgrimmar.

I headed out to assault the front gate of the horde city again wearing only my tabbard and bunny ears.

I nearly made it to the Valley of Honor, the one place I could recall that had a body of water in the city, without dying.  I outrode the gate guards and ended up standing at the junction between the valley and the Drag safe and out of combat.

Then as I was getting my fishing pole out thinking I might make the last run and be able to fish without dying, a blood elf paladin came up behind me and did me in.  Ah well.

I managed to move my corpse forward to the water before that same pally caught me and killed me again.  Fortunately they were gone when I got back to my corpse, so I was able to revive in a discreet corner of the lake in the Valley of Honor and fish away.

Don't mind me, I'm just fishing

Don't mind me, I'm just fishing

All I needed was one fish and the achievement was mine.

FishingDiplomat
That done, all I needed to do was use my hearthstone and be on my way.  But I decided to be a cowboy and attempted to ride on back out of Orgrimmar.

I nearly made it, too.

But I decided to showboat a bit and road through a group of horde players standing outside of the bank.  It turned out one of them was actually awake and hit me with a hamstring so the guards could pound me.  It took another run back, a revive, and a bubble to get me back out of the city to a point where I could recall.

Of course, this morning I got a couple of comments on my last post indicating that the other entrance to Orgrimmar is the preferred way to get in if you are alliance.  Well, I was already done and had fun doing it, so it was all fine in the end.

And that was enough for me to get to sleep at last.