Daily Archives: January 28, 2010

Barrens RFD

Another Saturday, another instance on our horde side tour of the classic Azeroth content.

Last week while I was away the group went and took a trial run at the courtyard in Scarlet Monastery Cathedral to keep their hand in, but found they were too low level to press much further.  It was not so much because any individual group of bad guys was too tough, but because at their level, the aggro radius of the group make things very unpredictable.

Inside the Cathedral, unpredictable is a bad thing.

So, with that in mind, we decided to head out to The Barrens and tackle Razorfen Downs.

Razorfen Downs, where bears rule!

I caught that picture by accident and thought it looked kind of neat, feral druids in bear form.

Level-wise, RFD is somewhere in the middle of the Scarlet Monastery experience and we needed a spot to pick up another level.  So our group for the evening headed out to the land of the best local chat ever.

35 Blood Elf Paladin – Enaldie (Ula)
35 Tauren Druid – Hurmoo (Vikund)
35 Undead Mage – Bigbutt (Bungholio)
36 Tauren Druid – Azawak (Skronk)
37 Orc Shaman – Earlthebat (Earlthecat)

We didn’t even use the dungeon finder to transport the group instamagically into RFD.  Azawak and Hurmoo went the traditional route and ran to the meeting stone and summoned the rest of the group in.  We did this because there was supposed to be a quest for the instance just outside.

Finding the instance was… not a challenge…no, that doesn’t cover it exactly.

It was like when somebody gives you directions but dramatically underestimates some aspect of the journey.  You know, if somebody tells you to go up a road until you hit a stop sign, but there you are, almost three miles up the road and you haven’t hit it yet.  You start to wonder if they took it out, or if you went the right way on the road, or if maybe it was covered up by a bush.

As we ran from the meeting stone, which is so close to the RFK meeting stone that one wonders why they bothered making two (I know the reason, but it no longer applies), we kept asking, “Are we going the right way?” “Did we pass it?” “Is it over there?”

It just turns out that the entrance, in the big stonework boar’s head, is just a good long hike from the road.  Which is probably part of the reason the meeting stone is out there, to let you know that, yes, there is an instance down this series of valleys somewhere.

And near there we found the quest, which did indeed show up in our logs as a quest for the instance.  In reality though, the quest was to kill non-elite mobs roaming around the outside of the instance.  We figured that out later.

Inside RFD At Last

Cutting to the chase, the challenge was pretty low.  This instance was scary and we had to be careful when we did it three years ago.

Now we burned our way through.  In fact, we ended up getting a little sloppy with the DPS unloading on things too early and making life tough for Azawak trying to tank and leading to one of the DPS getting killed during a boss fight.  But once the problem was noted, we got it under control pretty quickly.

We went through the early bosses pretty well.

We tore through to Mordresh Fire Eye‘s mosh pit with all the dancing skeletons.

Skeletons At Play

Then killed all the undead, including Mordresh.

Our Turn To Dance!

Then went back to bang Tuten’Kash‘s gong to do some arachnid stomping.

Tuten'squashed

Then, while we were there, we spoke to Belnistrasz for his quest.  This quest kicks off a little more readily than most escort quests and only two of us were ready when Bel went running off.  Seriously, he jets from the room like no other mob in the game.

This is my third run through RFD and I still have never managed to get that quest.

Well, he runs off because it really isn’t an escort quest, but a “defend the NPC” event.  I recall this being tricky before.  It almost was this time as well until we remembered what was going on and positioned ourselves accordingly.  That got us through it all including Plaguemaw and two of us reaped the reward.  Well, there is plenty of exp to go around, so no worry.

We then started up the main spiral of the instance, dispatching bad guys along the way, including the Glutton, who dropped some nice shoulders for Azawak.

At the top of the spiral, Amnennar the Coldbringer awaited.

Amnennar the Freshbringer

There he was, so we went and got him.  The fight went so quick that I think even his summoned minions were surprised.  And with his death, Hurmoo, who had just hit level 35 back during our Stranglethorn Vale night, hit level 36.

It is nice to get almost a full level of experience from an instance.  And Hurmoo was all blue bar after my week away.

Achievement and a Level

And that was that.

We talked about resetting the instance and going to back to redo Belnistrasz, but decided against it.  Instead we ran around and finished up the quest from just outside the instance, then went to turn it in only to find one person in the group hadn’t picked it up.  Well, they had gotten the Belnistrasz quest, so it evened out a bit I suppose.

I think next week we’re up for the cathedral in Scarlet Monastery.

STO – The Shuttle of Cups

Sorry, a tarot card reference was the best I could come up with for a title.

While I was away at work today, my wife went out for lunch.  After she was done, she sent me a picture from where she had been.

Quien Es Mas Macho?

Yes, she went over to Del Taco, which is surprisingly near our house.  In fact, I would wager that I have driven within easy sight of it over 100 times in the last year or so.  But I never once noticed it.

Their sign… does not attract the eye.  If it had been a McDonalds, A KFC, or even a Starbucks I probably would have been aware of it.  But Del Taco… doesn’t stand out, at least not at that location.

Anyway, I had a cup.  I peeled off the code and then headed over to the Star Trek Online site, logged in, then jumped to the STO Del Taco promotions page to enter the code.  I entered it and got this.

Um... you're welcome?

That wasn’t exactly informative.  And I declined to join the Del Taco Raving Fan Club.  Tacos aren’t really my thing, when it comes down to it.

Wanting to find out what I might have gained, I went to the page that shows my account settings.

Ah ha!

I am now confirmed for Del Taco Promotion A!  Which may or may not mean that I have a Type-8 Shuttle coming to me.  I might just have two additional days to pick up my pre-order from GameStop.  We shall see.

But a code is mine and it has been redeemed!

I did, however, skip part of the story.

Yes, my wife went out to lunch, deciphered the menu at Del Taco which follows the current disturbing fast food trend of assuming you already know what you want and just displaying a bunch of current specials, and ended up with a decent burrito.  She sent me the picture at the top of the story at work via her iPhone.

However, the reason I know about the menu at Del Taco is that I dropped by on my way to work to buy a Macho Size soda ($2.12 with tax).  I did not think my wife would read my post until later in the day or perhaps in the evening, long after lunch time.  I didn’t know she was such a fan.  (Having learned a bit after years of marriage, I did not burst her surprise balloon until I got home that evening.)

But my excess may be your gain!

I am going to dig through my Star Trek Online screen shots and see if I can find one suitable for a quick caption contest.  The winner (who will likely be chosen by the Saturday night instance group) will receive the code.

Look for that contest Friday morning.

Unless I cannot find a suitable picture.

In which case, my backup plan is to change over to contest to create a Star Trek shuttle based tarot card.

This is what I have so far as a sample.

In fact, if somebody sends me a really good shuttle tarot card, I might just go buy another soda to give out an extra code.

Which, as I said, may or may not get you a shuttle.

Check back on Friday!  You’ve been warned!