The instance group does indeed still play World of Warcraft. But it has been a while.
Real life kept us away for a bit, and Potshot and I used some of that time… well, a lot of that time… to go play EverQuest. But last Saturday we were all online and ready to go at last.
The group line up for the night was:
- Xula – level 28 Gnome warrior
- Earlthedog – level 28 Worgen warrior
- Ethelred – level 28 Worgen druid
- Maloney – level 28 Worgen mage
- Nancyboy – level 28 Worgen priest
And the Dungeon Finder… well… there were not a lot of choices for us.
We had already been through all of those at least once. But we needed to get to level 29 to open up the next instance.
We decided to just spin the wheel and let the Dungeon Finder pick our first location.
We drew the Scarlet Monastery Graveyard.
This was actually a reasonable choice, since the last time we started that instance, we were all too low level to get the quest for the instance. This time around though, our friend Joseph was happy to give us the quest.
The goal was to kill Bloodmage Thalnos who is in the crypt at the far end of the instance.
The Graveyard has to be one of the shortest instances in the game. We zipped on through, then went back to wipe out any undead that happened to be lurking in order to get the group closer to 29. Three of us made it before we ran out of undead, but two more still had a ways to go.
So we let the Dungeon Finder pick for us again. This time we got Gnomeregan.
Fortunately, we only had to kill for a little while before all of us were finally level 29 and we could leave Gnomer behind us.
We were now ready for the actual goal for the evening, the Library in the Scarlet Monastery.
Ethelred got to break out his new druid form. He is now, officially, a boomkin.
Meanwhile, much to my surprise and in contrast to what we saw in the graveyard, we were actually offered the quest for the instance when we arrived.
The main quest for the Library is go take out Arcanist Doan, who looks oddly like William Techumseh Sherman, at least in his quest mug shot.
They even have the same scowl.
And this lead to some of the most challenging instance play that we have had in a long time. Getting into the instance at the earliest level possible ensures the maximum challenge. The individual fights were not so hard, but the fact that our levels gave us a huge aggro radius meant that we got adds on almost every fight. Clearing the first courtyard ended up being one non-stop battle as we kept pulling additional bad guys.
And the wild battles continued into the Library proper.
However, we did not appear to be in any huge danger all the same. Wild battles are not always dangerous battles, and even the adds piling on and the spell resists didn’t lead to any deaths on our part. I do not think anybody was ever close to dying. Whether that was a result of our long teamwork or Blizzard nerfs is up to the reader.
In the end, we reached Doan and did him in. The battle was a bit anti-climactic after the fights getting to him.
Along the way three of us got another achievement.
Level 30 is enough for us to take on the Armory wing of Scarlet Monastery next time.
Xula and Ethelred were short of the mark, still sitting at 29, but took it upon themselves to get to 30 before our next run so that we can hit a new instance.
Until then, Maloney has a new spell to play with.
And while WoW is fun, I have to admit that the challenges of original EverQuest are still a little bit more compelling at the moment. Of course, I am playing a cloth wearing caster in both games, which as I said before, is kind of a new thing for me.