Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Noor at 10

Noor is now level 10 and appears in the armory. I'll be getting her engineering and mining up.

I might go Goblin Engineering, just to make it easier for Goblin Rocket Boots, which I will probably use for BG daily quests. I've already got Gnomish Rocket Boots from the AH for 70 silver.

Here are the quests Noor has done to get from level 5 to 10:
(learned mining, bought pickaxe)
Lost Necklace
(mined a lot)
(bought portal to Shattrath (90s), set hearth there)
The Woodland Protector
A Good Friend
A Friend In Need
Dolanaar Delivery
Denalan's Earth
Timberling Sprouts
Inoculation (6)
Spare Parts
The Missing Scout
Word From Azure Watch
Red Snapper - Very Tasty
Find Acteon!
Westbrook Garrison Needs Help!
The Alliance Needs Linen Bandages
(I can now make target dummies)
A Refugee's Quandary
The Temple of the Moon
A Troubling Breeze
Gnarlpine Corruption
The Emerald Dreamcatcher (7)
A Small Start
I've Got A Plant
Tree's Company
Precious and Fragile Things Need Special Handling
The Great Moongraze Hunt
Pie for Billy
Back to Billy
A Fishy Peril
Further Concerns
(exploring) (8)
Find the Lost Guards
Discover Rolf's Fate
A Bundle of Trouble
Report to Thomas
Deliver Thomas' Report
Cloth and Leather Armor
Recipe of the Kaldorei
(missed Rejold's New Brew)
The Perfect Stout (9)
Rumbleshot's Ammo
Tundra MacGrann's Stolen Stash
Beer Basted Boar Ribs
Shimmer Stout
Stout to Kadrell
Mountaineer Stormpike's Task
The Lost Pilot
Learning the Language
Totem of Coo
Totem of Tikti
Totem of Yor
Totem of Vark
The Missing Fisherman
A Cry for Help (10) (I didn't fight, I just bandaged Magwin. Didn't even need to use a dummy.)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Noor 2.0

I've tried Noorkhan on the public test realm, and since she doesn't "count", I've done some more experimenting...

The XP changes don't seem to affect levels 1-10; at 10, you're supposed to be able to get the daily BG quest if it happens to be WSG. So far I haven't seen WSG as the quest, but even though Noor is level 20 and can enter AB, she can't get the daily quest for AB. I sent a bug report on that. Even so, it doesn't look like there are enough players to actually run AB in that bracket.

I accidentally increased my unarmed combat by trying to loot my target dummy while being attacked by spiders; I hit the spiders a couple of times. I found that if I always wielded my fishing rod, hitting mobs doesn't increase my weapon skill. I could one-shot rats with it, though. It used to be (and maybe still is) the case that fishing-rod damage depends on fishing skill, so I'll always carry the weakest fishing rod and never fish, to keep any accidental hits as small as possible. Given that I'm also an engineer, I could "cheat" by throwing bombs and beating mobs to death with my fishing rod.

The one thing I noticed on the PTR is that the war effort to open the AQ gates is going on, and you get 650 XP just by talking to a gnome by the AH in IF and then talking to the dwarf in charge of the war effort in the military zone.

After checking realm status, there is ONE PvP realm that has not finished the war effort: Maiev. They still need to turn in linen bandages.

I have started Noor 2.0 (just Noor, not Noorkhan) on Maiev, and I have been able to get to level 5 just in the IF/SW areas, so I also won't lose XP by seeing Menethil Harbor at a low level. I'm now hearthed in Shattrath. One problem -- it's such a low population that it could be hard buying raw meat to complete some of the cooking quests. It's also hard to sell copper bars, though I've sold some. The Hallow's End quests don't give XP, but sometimes I get candy that I can vendor for more than a silver, which really helps.

Here are the quests Noor has done to get to level 5:
Explore some of Dun Morogh
Supplies to Tannok (level 2)
Tools for Steelgrill
Explore IF & SW
The Alliance Needs Your Help (3)
Thurman's Sewing Kit
Wine Shop Advert
A Threat Within
Eagan Peltskinner
Rest and Relaxation
Explore Goldshire
Bitter Rivals
Distracting Jarven
Return to Marleth (4)
Scout Through the Fargodeep Mine
Scalding Mornbrew Delivery
Bring Back The Mug
The Jasperlode Mine (5)

Monday, October 1, 2007

2.3 and rerolling

Well, after reading about the XP increase for quests, the level 20-60 XP decrease for new levels, and the repeatable daily BG quests that give XP, all coming in patch 2.3 (expected in November), plus the wart of having a dagger skill of 2 instead of a perfect 1, I've decided to reroll this same character when 2.3 comes out. I've gotten to level 20 without much of a problem, though quests are still a bit thin. The changes in 2.3 should help even more, and I'll try to buy a portal to Shattrath "on credit" so my pre-level 5 rogue can get to all four starting areas without going through Menethil Harbor and Auberdine, and losing some XP due to the XP cap. I hope at least some of the daily BG quests that give XP can be accomplished without combat; a pacifist rogue might work as a WSG flag-runner, and possibly a scout/flag ninja for the other BGs.