Monday, December 28, 2009

Tinker, Tailor

For a while, I'll have engineering and tailoring, so while it lasts, I can fly around on a rug:

Mainchenn on a flying carpet

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 60

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 55 to 60
(/played is 19 days 13 hours 51 minutes)

Unfortunately, the quest Imperial Plate Armor was gray instead of green, so I only got 1000 XP instead of 5100 XP.

Strange Engine Part #1-#2 (12650 XP each)
The Restless Souls p1
Establishing New Outposts
Kharan Mighthammer
Kharan's Tale
Luck Be With You
Cache of Mau'ari (0 XP)
The Bearer of Bad News
The Restless Souls p2
Report to Marshal Bluewall
Scouring the Desert
Mrs. Dalson's Diary (0 XP)
The Mark of the Lightbringer
Tomb of the Lightbringer
Houses of the Holy (now friendly with Argent Dawn, can do AD turn-ins)
Bonescythe Digs (AD) (56)
Cryptstalker Armor Doesn't Make Itself... (AD)
The Elemental Equation (AD)
Binding the Dreadnaught (AD)
Savage Flora (AD)
The First and the Last
Honor the Dead
Flint Shadowmore
The Eastern Plagues
The Blightcaller Cometh
A Reliquary of Purity
Bijou's Belongings
Message to Maxwell
En-Ay-Es-Tee-Why
Kibler's Exotic Pets
Mother's Milk
(explored a bit of Borean Tundra) (57)
Secret Communication
Mayara Brightwing
(375 mining)
Attunement to the Core
Strange Engine Part #3
(450 fishing)
Strange Engine Part #4-#5
Broodling Essence (done by following bots)
Felnok Steelspring
(explored Borean Tundra)
(explored more of Dragonblight, Howling Fjord, Grizzly Hills)
Defenders of Darrowshire (58)
The Zapthrottle Mote Extractor!
Dearest Natalia
Through the Dark Portal
Arrival in Outland
Journey to Honor Hold
Outland Sucks!
How to Serve Goblins
Waste Not, Want Not
Strange Engine Part #6
Force Commander Danath
Know Your Enemy
Laying Waste to the Unwanted
The Legion Reborn
Zeth'Gor Must Burn
Ravager Egg Roundup
In Case of Emergency...
Glyph Chasing
A Bijou for Zanza
Strange Engine Part #7
Shizz Work (done not-very-pacifisticly by leading helboars to town guards)
(explored more of Grizzly Hills and Zul'Drak) (59)
Greatfather Winter Is Here!
Treats for Greatfather Winter
The Reason for the Season
The Feast of Winter Veil
Stolen Winter Veil Treats
The Hero of the Day (0 XP)
The Gordok Ogre Suit
Winter's Presents
A Gaily Wrapped Present (0 XP)
A Winter Veil Gift (0 XP)
A Carefully Wrapped Present (0 XP)
A Gently Shaken Gift (0 XP)
A Festive Gift (0 XP)
A Ticking Present (0 XP)
(explored Howling Fjord)
(explored Grizzly Hills)
(explored Dragonblight)
(explored more of Sholazar Basin)
Strange Engine Part #8-#13
(dropped 418 mining, took up blacksmithing)
*Imperial Plate Armor (gray; 1000 XP)
*A Blue Light Bargain (0 XP)
(explored more of Crystalsong Forest)
(explored more of Icecrown)
(explored Crystalsong Forest) (60)
/played 19d 13h 51m

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: The Gordok Ogre Suit



Noor missed this one because I thought the door key was a mob drop (it's just in a box). When I'm higher level, I'll be able to do this without getting killed and I'll collect a bunch of ogre suits for Mainchenn's ding 80 party (sorry, only Alliance level 55 and over can wear it).

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blacksmithing + tailoring

Well, the 59 plateau is so boring (I only have 3 Strange Engine Parts so far, I need 12 if I don't explore Northrend), I'm looking at doing a couple more profession quests:

First, I can do Imperial Plate Armor by just getting to 265 blacksmithing. It's just a "go talk to this guy in Gadgetzan" quest.

Second, I can level up tailoring to do one of the tailoring specialties at level 60. Noor did this to get netherweave nets. I'll save all the bolts I fish up to save money. This won't help me get past level 59, but I'll try to time it so I can do it right after hitting 60.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: Shizz Work



About the most non-pacifist quest, since I have to lure helboars close enough so town guards kill them. But I don't get credit for killing them, so....

Mainchenn jumps down to Valgarde



Mainchenn using his Rocket Boots Xtreme Lite to zip down to Valgarde in Howling Fjord.

Mainchenn doing quest: Defenders of Darrowshire



This quest can be done no matter who kills a ghoul (unless the other player also has the quest, since the ghost disappears). Here Mainchenn gets the last four needed by following the Crimson Courier as she and her elite escort blast through Corin's Crossing.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The 59 plateau

Unless Winter Veil has changed, I think the only quests I can do are most of Winter Veil for about 18,500 XP, and the Gordok Orge Suit for 6,600 XP, which is 25,100 XP. Since I'm only 2 points into level 59, and it's 172,000 XP to 60, I still have 146,900 XP to get with Northrend exploring and Strange Engine Parts. It would take 12 engine parts to level the rest of the way without exploring.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

the Kalu'ak Fishing Derby

The Kalu'ak Fishing Derby has two ways for a pacifist to gain XP. One is from the Dread Pirate Ring if you win, which will add 5% XP to quests (and killing monsters). The other is from the consolation prize, which appears to be a standard Bag of Fishing Treasures, which might contain the level 70 quest items Waterlogged Recipe or Sealed Vial of Poison.

I didn't win this first time, and I didn't get a consolation prize...

This suggests a slightly different Strange Engine Part strategy, at least until you win the new contest -- stockpile engine parts until you have enough to level, in case you win the ring some time later and get a 5% XP bonus.

I was able to finish Broodling Essence by following a mage who was apparently botting. I think I can try to do Defenders of Darrowshire too, since the comments say it doesn't matter who kills a ghoul to speak to a ghost. I can also do The Gordok Ogre Suit, but it might be easier if I wait a few levels.

I also got my first aid to 400.

UPDATE: I was able to do Defenders of Darrowshire, about 2/3rds of it was done with the help of the patrolling Crimson Courier and her elite escort as they blast through Corin's Crossing. Like engine parts, I won't actually turn it in until I either win the Kalu'ak fishing derby or I have enough XP to go up a level.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 55

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 50 to 55 (/played is 15 days 17.5 minutes)

A Donation of Runecloth (Stormwind)
A Donation of Runecloth (Ironforge)
A Donation of Runecloth (Gnomeregan)
A Donation of Runecloth (Darnassus)
A Donation of Runecloth (Exodar)
The Smoldering Ruins of Thaurissan p1
Tablet of the Seven
The Everlook Report
Argent Dawn Commission (0 XP)
A Call To Arms! The Plaguelands!
Duke Nicholas Zverenhoff
Little Pamela
Pamela's Doll
The Smoldering Ruins of Thaurissan p2
Auntie Marlene
A Strange Historian
The Annals of Darrowshire
Uncle Carlin
Brother Carlin
Villains of Darrowshire
Heroes of Darrowshire (51)
Lost!
A Little Help From My Friends
Finding the Source
The New Springs
Strange Sources
Demons Deck #44 (1100 XP)
The Sovereign Imperative
Better Late Than Never p1 & p2
Good Natured Emma
Good Luck Charm
Petty Squabbles
A Tale of Sorrow
Ragnar Thunderbrew
(explored Zangarmarsh)
Sharing a Bountiful Feast (3500 XP)
Pilgrim's Bounty (700 XP)
She Says Potato (daily, 5300 XP)
Spice Bread Stuffing (3500 XP)
Pumpkin Pie (3500 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3500 XP)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3500 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3500 XP)
Cranberry Chutney (3500 XP)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3500 XP)
They're Ravenous in Darnassus (3500 XP)
Candied Sweet Potatoes (3500 XP)
Slow-Roasted Turkey
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3500 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3500 XP)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3500 XP) (52)
She Says Potato (daily, 5500 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3650 XP)
Trouble in Winterspring
Moontouched Wildkin
Find Ranshalla
Guardians of the Altar
Wildkin of Elune
Augustus' Receipt Book
(dropped Inscription, took up skinning)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3650 XP)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3650 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3650 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3650 XP)
She Says Potato (daily, 5500 XP)
The Mark of Quality (green; done by skinning found corpses)
Are We There Yeti p1 (done by skinning found corpses)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3650 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3650 XP)
She Says Potato (daily, 5500 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3650 XP)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3650 XP)
Improved Quality (green; done by skinning found corpses)
(dropped 299 skinning, took up mining)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3650 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3650 XP)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3650 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3650 XP)
She Says Potato (daily, 5500 XP)
(explored a bit more of Outland)
Demons Deck #45 (824 XP) (53)
Starfall
Enraged Wildkin p1
The Ruins of Kel'Theril
Enraged Wildkin p2 & p3
Troubled Spirits of Kel'Theril
Fragments of the Past p1 & p2
Tormented By the Past
Remorseful Highborne
The Crystal of Zin-Malor
(dropped 375 herbalism, took up engineering)
Gnome Engineering
(no more Pledge of Secrecy quest)
Show Your Work (5700 XP)
The Spectral Chalice
She Says Potato (daily, 5700 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3800 XP)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3800 XP)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3800 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3800 XP)
She Says Potato (daily, 5700 XP)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3800 XP)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3800 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3800 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3800 XP)
Easy as Pie (daily, 3800 XP)
Can't Get Enough Turkey (daily, 3800 XP)
Don't Forget the Stuffing! (daily, 3800 XP)
We're Out Of Cranberry Chutney Again? (daily, 3800 XP)
She Says Potato (daily, 5700 XP) (54)
The New Frontier p1 & p2
Rabine Saturna
Wasteland
Desert Recipe
Sharing the Knowledge
Kitchen Assistance
The Twilight Mystery
The Deserter
Feathermoon Stronghold
The Emerald Dream...
Elven Legends
That's Asking A Lot
When Smokey Sings, I Get Violent
March of the Silithid
Taking Back Silithus
(explored various parts of Outland) (55)

Engineers (level 65+, except gnomes) can now float forever

Some recent changes in tinkered cloaks for engineers now makes it possible to stay floating as long as needed. Flexweave Underlay/Springy Arachnoweave now makes you float for 30 seconds (with a use cooldown of 1 minute), and you can swap out your cloak without losing the float effect. Since tinkered items don't share cooldowns (they might if they are identically named, I think), you can make a macro like this:

/use 15
/equip cloak1
/equip cloak2

Pressing this button activates whatever cloak you're wearing, and the two /equip statements will swap between the two cloaks. When your float effect is gone after 30 seconds, just re-activate it, because the 2nd cloak is ready.

Noor has already done this, but Mainchenn can't get over 375 engineering, and these tinkers require 380 engineering to make (only 350 to use, though). I can't have another engineer do it, because it will make the cloak soulbound (even though the description doesn't say the cloak will become soulbound...)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: The Spectral Chalice



Mainchenn's turn to learn how to smelt dark iron; I had to wait until I was back to mining/engineering, so I could blow open the locks with engineering and get the mining-only quest.

(Sped up because it's too dull otherwise)

Mainchenn doing quest: Guardians of the Altar



Just a big healathon so this is just the end of the quest.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's cooking!

Hit level 52 doing the one-time quests and the "bonus" daily (the daily quests after 1 AM and before dailies reset), plus a few of the same dailies again. After doing the Winterspring quests that I can do at level 52, the remaining dailies should get me to level 53 on Friday. Not too bad. At level 54, I'll drop herbalism and inscription for mining/engineering, so I can do a few quests like the Spectral Chalice and turning in the druid book in Dire Maul, plus the zapthrottle quest in Zangarmarsh at level 58.

Cooking turkeys is tricky; since they are "conjured" items that only last 7 days (both the raw and cooked versions), I can't buy them off the auction house and I can't have my bank alt hunt some turkeys and mail them. I have to buy them directly off other players, or have a go-between to get turkeys from my bank alt to Mainchenn.

UPDATE: By doing a bit more Outland exploring, I can hit 53 on Thursday. I may also take up skinning to try and do the first part of Are We There, Yeti?, since I'm going to drop both my professions soon anyway.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cooking or Exploring

Mainchenn is again stalled at level 51.5 or so... Still no solid info on whether the Pilgrim's Bounty week will have quests that give you XP. If they do, I should be able to get a lot of XP with 5 dailies. If not, I think I'll have to explore most of Outland to hit 52 (I need to discover roughly 60 areas, and I have about 75 unexplored going by the Exploring achievements, which isn't an exhaustive list of XP-giving areas).

Demon Deck XP is now 1100, down from 1400, so it looks like Demon Decks will fall off as fast as the other decks. Swamp of Sorrows is ideal to grind Demon Decks when you're about level 47 or higher, since the mobs are gray or green, the area is mostly flat, and Blindweed is all over, which is also the best herb to mill for Demon cards, since they have the highest yield of rare pigments.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 50

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 45 to 50 (/played is 13 days, 21 minutes):

Passing the Burden
An Easy Pickup
Signal for Pickup
What the Flux?
Arcane Runes
Return to Tymor
Snickerfang Jowls
To Serve Kum'isha
Everything Counts In Large Amounts
Let the Fires Come! (5550 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin
Let the Fires Come!
Smash the Pumpkin
Let the Fires Come!
Smash the Pumpkin
(explored The Hinterlands)
(explored Blasted Lands)
Demons Deck #24 (46)
The Sunken Temple
The Stone Circle
Into the Depths
Stop the Fires! (5800 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin
Sontara Stones p1 & p2
Dwarven Justice
Release Them
(explored Tanaris)
The Decisive Striker
The Basilisk's Bite
(explored Searing Gorge)
(explored Burning Steppes)
(explored Felwood)
Demons Deck #25 (47)
Assisting Arch Druid Staghelm
It's A Secret to Everybody p1 & p2
Un'goro Soil
Morrowgrain Research p1
It's A Secret to Everybody p3
Jonespyre's Request (the 1700 XP version from SW)
The Videre Elixir
Meet At The Grave
A Grave Situation
Linken's Sword
A Gnome's Assistance
Crystals of Power
The Northern Pylon
The Eastern Pylon
The Western Pylon
Making Sense of it
Morrowgrain Research p2
Linken's Memory
Kim'jael Indeed! (48)
Chasing A-Me 01 p1
(explored Un'Goro Crater)
Alien Ecology
Expedition Salvation
The Mystery of Morrowgrain
A Plague Upon Thee p1-p3
The Fare of Lar'korwi
Chasing A-Me 01 p2 & p3 (with unasked help by Taynthys, a BE hunter)
A Boar's Vitality
Dark Iron Legacy p1
Yuka Screwspigot (0 XP)
(explored Silithus)
(explored Winterspring)
(explored Azshara) (explored Kalimdor)
Demons Deck #26-#31 (49)
Roll the Bones
A Little Slime Goes A Long Way p1 (got the seldom-killed cursed oozes because a troll hunter was probably doing Testing for Corruption - Felwood)
(hit 400 cooking, 375 herbalism)
A Little Slime Goes A Long Way p2
Vulture's Vigor
Secret of the Circle
(explored Western Plaguelands)
(explored Eastern Plaguelands)
Death From Below
Screecher Spirits
(explored Deadwind Pass)
Demons Deck #32-#43
(explored part of Hellfire Peninsula, Zangarmarsh, and areas adjacent to Shattrath) (50)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

35, down from 65

Well, I managed to complete all the quests except Screecher Spirits, and I explored WPL and EPL, so now I only need a little less than 50,000 XP for level 50, or just over 35 Demon decks.

UPDATE: I also did Death From Below, which I was able to complete due to the bugginess of the quest. I accepted the quest, no naga came, and I failed. Then I took it again, the first wave of naga came, and when they were defeated, I completed the quest. Then the second wave (of three) came, but I had already completed the quest, so it didn't matter. When I tried earlier, there were too many naga for me to heal, and I can only heal the captain and myself, I can't heal any of the crew.

I'm also one screecher spirit away from finishing Screecher Spirits, and since you get credit by talking to the screecher spirit, I might be able to do it if I sneak up on another player doing the quest and speak to the spirit when it appears...

UPDATE 2: Got the last screecher spirit; out of quests unless I can find one I overlooked. Down to about 26 Demon decks.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The 49 plateau again

As with Noor, Mainchenn has gotten to level 49 with very few quests available. Assuming I can't complete more quests (I still need found corpses for Screecher Spirits and A Little Slime Goes a Long Way, need to buy lots of rarely seen Vulture Gizzards for Vulture's Vigor, and I don't know if I can do Secret of the Circle yet, since I don't have Target Dummies), I'll have to explore the rest of WPL and EPL, and grind out about 65 Demon decks...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 45

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 40 to 45:

#Master of the Wild Leather
Demons Deck #1-#17
A Donation of Mageweave (Darnassus)
A Donation of Mageweave (Exodar)
A Donation of Mageweave (Ironforge)
A Donation of Mageweave (Gnomeregan)
A Donation of Mageweave (Stormwind)
Sweet Amber p1
Tabetha's Task
Tran'rek
Stoley's Debt
Stoley's Shipment
Vital Supplies
Supplies for Nethergarde
Galen's Escape (41)
Stop the Fires! (4200 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin
Witherbark Cages
The Altar of Zul
#Tribal Leatherworking
The Missing Courier p1
The Ruins of Solarsal
The Missing Courier p2
Boat Wreckage
Return to Feathermoon Stronghold
Against the Hatecrest p1
The Knife Revealed
Psychometric Reading
The Woodpaw Gnolls
The Writhing Deep
Freed From the Hive
A Hero's Welcome
Thalanaar Delivery
Rise of the Silithid
(dropped leatherworking, took up mining)
Whiskey Slim's Lost Grog (42)
Deliver to MacKinley
Sweet Amber p2 & p3
Thadius Grimshade
Mages Deck #34 (490 XP)
Handle With Care
Featherbeard's Endorsement
In Pursuit of Featherbeard
Reclaiming the Eggs
Favored of Elune?
In Search of Knowledge
Feralas: A History
The Borrower
The Super Egg-O-Matic
An Ordinary Egg
The Super Snapper FX
The Brassbolts Brothers
Return to Troyas
The Stave of Equinex (43)
The Morrow Stone
Tooga's Quest
Gahz'ridian
Stop the Fires! (5050 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin
(explored Badlands)
Divine Retribution
Prayer to Elune p1
Message in a Bottle
Stop the Fires!
Smash the Pumpkin
(explored Dustwallow Marsh)
Water Pouch Bounty
Smash the Pumpkin
Stop the Fires!
(explored Feralas)
Stop the Fires!
Smash the Pumpkin
Demons Deck #18-#21 (44)
Demons Deck #22-#23
The Giant Guardian
Wandering Shay
Let the Fires Come! (5300 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin
(dropped mining, took up *blacksmithing, got to 210)
*The Origins of Smithing
*In Search of Galvan
*The Mithril Order
*Smelt On, Smelt Off
*The Art of the Imbue
*The Great Silver Deceiver
*Expert Blacksmith
*Galvan's Finest Pupil
*The Mithril Kid
*The World at Your Feet
*A Good Head on your Shoulders
*Did You Lose This?
*The Way of the Weaponsmith (45)
(dropped blacksmithing, took up herbalism)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mystery kills

Both Acaaju and I have a recent mysterious kill of unknown origin in our stats...

First, we both have 1 kill stat with a known origin; mine is the ghost that spawns in Stormwind during the Stalvan quest chain, which a town guard killed but it gave me credit for a kill, and Acaaju tried to Hibernate a bear when a town guard killed it.

Acaaju's stats don't even make sense. They now read:

Total kills 2
Total kills that grant experience or honor 1
Creatures killed 1
Different creature types killed 1
Creature type killed the most Beasts (1)
Total Honorable Kills --
World Honorable Kills 1
Continent with the most Honorable Kills 1
Total Killing Blows 1
World Killing Blows 1
Continent with the most Killing Blows Eastern Kingdoms (1)

So she has 1 honor kill, but 0 total honor kills....??

My stats are somewhat different:

Total kills 2
Total kills that grant experience or honor --
Creatures killed 2
Different creature types killed 2
Creature type killed the most Humanoid (1)
Total Honorable Kills --
World Honorable Kills --
Continent with the most Honorable Kills --
Total Killing Blows 1
World Killing Blows 1
Continent with the most Killing Blows Eastern Kingdoms (1)

My stats at least are consistent.

I check my kill stat pretty often (and during escorts), so I know this is pretty recent. The only quests Acaaju and I have in common are the Halloween dailies to stop the fires and smash the pumpkin. The "Shade of the Headless Horseman" dies after the fires are put out, and there are actually two different "Stop the Fires!" quests - one is actually called "Let the Fires Come!", which is available if the HH hasn't been summoned, and accepting it summons him. I wonder if doing the summoning version of the quest tags the Shade of HH as your kill, no matter who kills it. I can test this with a bank alt. But that wouldn't explain Acaaju's honor kill, and if the Shade isn't humanoid, my humanoid kill stat, or why it affect our stats differently.

UPDATE: "Let the Fires Come!" does not appear to tag the Shade of HH as yours; I started the event, but my bank alt still has 0 kills.

UPDATE 2: The only other possibility I can think of is that the horseman's Conflagrate attack can give players an aura that can kill other players, giving the first player a kill credit (and depending on level difference, a bogus honor kill).

UPDATE 3: Since Conflagrate can proc player abilities, it is almost certainly the cause. Luckily, the Horseman gives a warning just before this attack, so it's possible to run far enough away to avoid it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 40

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 35 to 40:

Candy Bucket (Darkshire) (1650 XP)
Candy Bucket (Booty Bay)
A Sign of Hope p1
Coolant Heads Prevail
Gyro...What?
Liquid Stone
Mirages
A Sign of Hope p2
The Lost Dwarves
Candy Bucket (Darnassus)
Candy Bucket (Dolanaar)
Alliance Trauma
Triage
Candy Bucket (Theramore)
I Got Nothin' Left
The Zeppelin Crash
Secure the Cargo!
Delivery for Drazzit
Candy Bucket (Mudsprocket)
I Know a Guy...
Candy Bucket (Gadgetzan)
Clamette Surprise
(explored last bit of Stranglethorn Vale)
Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme (36)
Candy Bucket (Auberdine) (1750 XP)
Candy Bucket (Exodar)
Candy Bucket (Azure Watch)
Candy Bucket (Blood Watch)
Candy Bucket (Everlook)
Candy Bucket (Astranaar)
Candy Bucket (Stonetalon Peak)
Candy Bucket (Nijel's Point)
Candy Bucket (Feathermoon Stronghold)
Candy Bucket (Cenarion Hold)
Candy Bucket (Ratchet)
Land Ho!
Sunken Treasure p1
Deep Sea Salvage
Sunken Treasure p2-p4
Cortello's Riddle p1
Sunken Treasure p5
Cortello's Riddle p2 & p3 (37)
Feast at the Blue Recluse
Mazen's Behest
The Bloodsail Buccaneers p1-p3
Catch a Dragon by the Tail
Tabetha's Farm
Candy Bucket (Shattrath/Aldor) (1850 XP)
Candy Bucket (Allerian Stronghold)
Candy Bucket (Wildhammer Stronghold)
Candy Bucket (Honor Hold)
Candy Bucket (Temple of Telhamat)
Candy Bucket (Telredor) (500 quests complete)
Candy Bucket (Orebor Harborage)
Candy Bucket (Sylvanaar)
Candy Bucket (Toshley's Station)
Candy Bucket (Evergrove)
Candy Bucket (Area 52)
Candy Bucket (The Stormspire)
Candy Bucket (Cenarion Refuge)
Candy Bucket (Shadowmoon Valley/Scryer)
Get Me Out Of Here!
Flexing for Nougat
Dancing for Marzipan
Incoming Gumdrop
Hallow's End Treats for Jesper!
Swords Deck #135-#140
Stop the Fires! (3700 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin (38)
Pool of Tears
In Search of the Temple
To The Hinterlands
Gryphon Master Talonaxe
Rhapsody Shindigger
Help for Mudsprocket
Gadgetzan Water Survey
Freedom for All Creatures
The Hidden Chamber
Stop the Fires! (3900 XP)
Smash the Pumpkin
(300 herbalism)
Candy Bucket (Valiance Keep) (1950 XP)
Candy Bucket (Unu'pe)
Candy Bucket (Moa'ki Harbor)
Candy Bucket (Kamagua)
Candy Bucket (Valgarde)
Stop the Fires!
Smash the Pumpkin (39)
Candy Bucket (Fizzcrank Airstrip) (2050 XP)
Candy Bucket (Nesingwary Base Camp)
Candy Bucket (Stars' Rest)
Candy Bucket (Westguard Keep)
Candy Bucket (Fort Wildervar)
Candy Bucket (Westfall Brigade Encampment)
Candy Bucket (Wyrmrest Temple)
Candy Bucket (Wintergarde Keep)
Candy Bucket (Amberpine Lodge)
Candy Bucket (Argent Stand)
Candy Bucket (Zim'Torga)
Candy Bucket (Boundercrag's Refuge)
Candy Bucket (K3)
(dropped herbalism, took up #leatherworking, got to 200)
#Wild Leather Armor
#Wild Leather Shoulders
#Wild Leather Helmet
#Wild Leather Vest
#Wild Leather Boots
#Wild Leather Leggings (40)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Stats screwed up

Combat stats appear to be messed up again; both Acaaju and I have large hits listed instead of "--"

UPDATE: Putting out fires for the Headless Horseman daily counts as "damage", so the only remaining statistic that shows a pacifist are the small number of kills (thanks to Roguedubb for the tip)...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 35

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 30 to 35:

Mages Deck #1-30
Bad Medicine
James Hyal p1
Malin's Request
James Hyal p2
This Old Lighthouse
Ironband Wants You!
Find Agmond
Reclaimers' Business in Desolace
Vahlarriel's Search p1 (31)
Vahlarriel's Search p2 & p3
The Karnitol Shipwreck p1
Bodyguard for Hire
Kodo Roundup
The Karnitol Shipwreck p2
Pearl Diving
The Green Hills of Stranglethorn (all)
Arena Master
Supplies to Private Thorsen
Jungle Secrets
Bookie Herod
Inspecting the Ruins
Suspicious Hoofprints
Lieutenant Paval Reethe p1
The Black Shield p1
Lieutenant Paval Reethe p2 (32)
Daelin's Men
The Black Shield p2 & p3
Encrypted Letter
Hints of a New Plague?
Letter to Stormpike
Further Mysteries
Traitors Among Us
Propaganda War
Discrediting the Deserters
Wharfmaster Dizzywig
Parts for Kravel
Delivery to the Gnomes
The Rumormonger
The Haunted Isle
The Stone of the Tides
Krazek's Cookery
Favor for Krazek
Return to Corporal Kaleb
The Hidden Key
The Spy Revealed!
Patrol Schedules
Report to Doren (33)
Help Watcher Biggs
The Lost Supplies
Draenethyst Crystals
Morgan Stern
The Orc Report
Stinky's Escape
Captain Vimes
Barbecued Buzzard Wings
Solution to Doom
To Ironforge for Yagyin's Digest
Reclaimed Treasures
Stormwind Library (0 XP)
Mythology of the Titans
(explored most of Stranglethorn Vale)
(explored Desolace)
Mages Deck #31-33 (34)
Brother Anton
The Ensorcelled Parchment
Stormpike's Deciphering
Gizelton Caravan
(explored Swamp of Sorrows)
Costumed Orphan Matron
Fire Brigade Practice
Smash the Pumpkin (3100 XP)
Candy Bucket (Goldshire) (1550 XP)
Candy Bucket (Dalaran x 3)
Candy Bucket (Ironforge)
Stop the Fires!
Candy Bucket (Kharanos)
Candy Bucket (Thelsamar)
Candy Bucket (Menethil Harbor)
The Power of Pine
Candy Bucket (Southshore)
Candy Bucket (Light's Hope Chapel)
Candy Bucket (Aerie Peak)
Crashing the Wickerman Festival
Candy Bucket (Stormwind)
Stop the Fires!
Smash the Pumpkin
Candy Bucket (Sentinel Hill)
Candy Bucket (Lakeshire) (35)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 30

Here are the quests Mainchenn did from level 25 to 30:

Uncovering the Past
Fall of Dun Modr
Sully Balloo's Letter
Sara Balloo's Plea
A King's Tribute #1
Missing Crystals
A King's Tribute #2
A King's Tribute #3
The Howling Vale
Velinde Starsong
Velinde's Effects
The Barrens Port
Passage to Booty Bay
The Caravan Road
The Carevin Family
The Scythe of Elune
Answered Questions (26)
A Donation of Silk (Night Elf, Draenei, Human, Gnome, Dwarf)
A Noble Brew #1 (won't do part 2 because I might get a kill credit)
The Sparklematic 5200!
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Castpipe's Task
Vile Satyr! Dryads in Danger!
Foreboding Plans
(explored Hillsbrad Foothills)
(explored Thousand Needles)
(explored Wetlands)
(explored some of Arathi Highlands)
Swords Deck #34-#37 (27)
A Fine Mess
The Weathered Grave
Morgan Ladimore
(explored Ashenvale)
Reclaiming Felfire Hill
Swords Deck #38-#43
Missing in Action
Swords Deck #44-#52
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
Swords Deck #53-#54
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Swords Deck #55-#61
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Swords Deck #62-#72
Gerenzo's Orders p1 & p2
Swords Deck #73
(explored more of Arathi Highlands) (28)
The Missing Diplomat p1-p7
The Thandel Span p1-p3
Plea to the Alliance
MacKreel's Moonshine
Soothing Turtle Bisque
Welcome to the Jungle
Investigate the Camp
Rocket Car Parts
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Hemet Nessingwary Jr.
The Brassbolts Brothers
Swords Deck #74-#88 (29)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
Swords Deck #89-#91
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Swords Deck #92-#107
Captain Sanders' Treasure Map (Acaaju got two, I didn't ask how...)
Swords Deck #108-#121
Bone Collector (only 2000 XP though - wowhead says 3100 and lvl 33 min..?)
Swords Deck #122-#132
(explored Arathi Highlands)
(explored Alertac Mountains)
Explored most of Dustwallow Marsh
Swords Deck #133-#134 (30)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Acaaju the Pacifist doing quest: One Shot. One Kill.

Acaaju has her own YouTube page of videos, and she managed to do One Shot. One Kill without getting any gnomes furbolgs killed by tanking them all!


"Ze goggles! Zhey do nozhing!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: Gerenzo's Orders

This quest was very difficult; I tried half a dozen times before I succeeded, and another annoying factor is that the adds never despawn, so I can't try again until either a server reset or someone comes along and clears out the adds (there appears to be a Tauren skeleton nearby, indicating some unfortunate player got more than he expected). I could only do this due to the mobs' inability to figure out how to get to me, so I could grab aggro by healing, but they couldn't beat on me. I would periodically lose aggro between waves which gave me a short time to drink, but with so many mobs on Piznik, I had to go back to healing him right away. I used two mana potions, my herbalism heal, my healing belt from the aquatic form quest, and my Veildust Medicine Bag from a druid quest.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: Missing in Action

Sped up; another healing escort that took about 20 minutes. If Noor could do this with bandages, I knew it would be a snap.

Monday, September 28, 2009

An old friend with a new face

Reinisch's sometime partner Ahimsah has also started a deck-grinding pacifist, now that battleground XP makes the old method trivial. She's now Acaaju, and with two players/accounts, it really helps in cross-faction trading. The more populous Horde side has a lot more cards and ink in their auction house.

She might be able to avoid the pitfalls that Mainchenn encounters, like the Stalvan quest, that can add kill credits to her statistics. I think the spiders that appear (and are aggroed) during the Deepmoss Spider Eggs quest might be a problem if anyone else is nearby and kills an aggroed baby spider, as another possible example.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: A Fine Mess

Unfortunately, I didn't start recording right at the start (I didn't think my Shadowmeld would actually work!) I accepted the quest (which unstealthed me) and was attacked by a nearby Trogg, so I jumped into the corner and shadowmelded, which removed me from combat. The movie starts when I'm shadowmelded in the corner - I change to cat and stealth out until I'm near the exit, then I cast a HOT on myself and run out so I get all the aggro. The quest succeeded when I got near the exit, so even though my shadowmeld didn't work too well, I just ran out.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 25

Lots of deck-grinding... I've even started a Reinisch alt to buy up cards, inks, and pigments from the horde side when cheap ones show up (though I still need a go-between, since I can't buy it from my own alt). I also should have done more Rogue decks before the XP started going down.

To compare with Noor at level 25... back then, Noor had a 50% chance each day to have a battleground daily. Assuming she can do it (which wasn't always true), that's an average of just about 1,000 XP per day, which is 2 Swords Decks.

Two swords decks is 8 cards, each of which requires 2 of the rare milled pigments. Milling 5 herbs gives you about 0.4 rare pigments, on average (according to El's Inscription), so each card takes about 5 millings = 25 herbs x 8 = 200 herbs or 10 stacks per day. This is reduced when I can buy cheap cards that I need (I currently lack Ace of Swords) and when I can buy the ink & pigments. And this doesn't even consider needing to get the RIGHT random cards (though over the long run, it should average out).

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 20 to level 25:
Learn to Ride in Darnassus
(explored the Barrens down to Camp Taurajo)
Body and Heart (druid) (completed in the Barrens)
(explored Silverpine Forest)
(explored Ghostlands)
Speaking of Fortitude
Brother Paxton
Ink Supplies
Tinkmaster Overspark
Stonegear's Search
Search for Incendicite
The Day After
Gnogaine
Supplies from Darkshire
Ghost Hair Thread
Return the Comb
Deliver the Thread
Look to the Stars p1
Zombie Juice
Look to the Stars p2
Rogues Deck #10-#13 (21)
Murloc Poachers
Rethban Ore
Return to Kristoff
Bathran's Hair
Orendil's Cure
Ziz Fizziks
On Guard in Stonetalon p1
On Guard in Stonetalon p2
Deepmoss Spider Eggs
Sven's Revenge (250 quests)
The Shadowy Figure
The Shadowy Search Continues
Inquire at the Inn
Finding the Shadowy Figure
Return to Sven
One Shot. One Kill.
Elune's Tear
The Ruins of Stardust
Rogues Deck #14 (now 220 XP)
(explored) (22)
The Legend of Stalvan #1-#12
A Watchful Eye
Looking Further
The Third Fleet
In Search of the Excavation Team p1
The Greenwarden
In Search of the Excavation Team p2
Rogues Deck #15 (160 XP)
Report From the Northern Front
Rogues Deck #16 (160 XP)
Swords Deck #1-#3 (500 XP each)
A Helping Hand
Rogues Deck #17
(explored Redridge Mountains)
(explored Bloodmyst Isle) (23)
(explored Duskwood)
Rogues Deck #18-#21 (110 XP each)
The Absent Minded Prospector p2
The Absent Minded Prospector p3
In Search of Thaelrid
The Absent Minded Prospector p4
Therylune's Escape
Knowledge in the Deeps
The Only Cure is More Green Glow
Swords Deck #4-#6
Rogues Deck #22
(explored Stonetalon Mountains)
Swords Deck #7
Rogues Deck #23
(explored The Barrens)
Lonebrow's Journal
Swords Deck #8
Rogues Deck #24-#27
Swords Deck #9
Rogues Deck #28
Blueleaf Tubers (24)
Klockmort's Essentials
Essential Artificials
Brewfest! (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Chug and Chuck! (0 XP)
Catch the Wild Wolpertinger! (0 XP)
Now This Is Ram Racing...Almost (0 XP)
There and Back Again (0 XP)
Another Year, Another Souvenir (0 XP)
Bark for the Thunderbrews! (0 XP)
Kayneth Stillwind
The Lost Chalice
Forsaken Diseases
A Shameful Waste
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
Rogues Deck #29 (54 XP)
Swords Deck #10-#11
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
Swords Deck #12-#13
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
Swords Deck #14-#17
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
Swords Deck #18-#20
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Bark for the Barleybrews! (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Swords Deck #21-#23
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
Bark for the Thunderbrews! (0 XP)
Brew of the Month Club (0 XP)
Swords Deck #24-#27
Bark for the Thunderbrews! (0 XP)
(Brewfest keg running) (0 XP)
This One Time, When I Was Drunk... (0 XP)
Swords Deck #28-#33 (25)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rant: Magic Dust is dead

Magic Dust, that greatest of secret weapons, was destroyed by patch 3.2

It still has the same tooltip, but does nothing except say "fizzled."

See wowhead.com for more details.

RETRACTION: Magic Dust isn't quite dead, it just always fizzles if the target is higher than your own level (at least for PvE). It appears to fizzle at higher levels, too.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: Blueleaf Tubers

This only shows one of six tubers needed for the quest, and it took me a long time to do, since I would hit the re-enter instance limit after only getting 1 or 2 tubers, and I'd have to get another "box with holes" in Ratchet.

I also didn't figure out exactly what I had to avoid right away -- if the snufflenose gopher gets hit while looking for a blueleaf tuber, he will go through the motions, but no tuber will appear (and that tuber location gets "used up"). So in order to get a tuber, I had to get aggro before the gopher, and if the nearest tuber was far off, another pig would attack the gopher anyway. I had to be lucky and have the gopher find a tuber close enough to avoid combat with a second mob.

Mainchenn doing quest: The Only Cure is More Green Glow

Needs more COWBELL!

Mainchenn doing quest: In Search of Thaelrid

And this is just a regular stealth run:

Mainchenn doing quest: The Absent Minded Prospector

Sped up since it took over 20 minutes...just a big heal-a-thon.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gutrot Grats

The Naked Troll Warrior Gutrot is throwing a ding 80 party on September 26 on EU Aerie Peak. I can't be there, but if someone wants to be Reinisch (or Noor or Mainchenn) in my place, that's OK with me!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One shot. One kill

Ironic title, I know. I tried doing this my standard way, by just healing the NPC, but she runs out of arrows! Just before this quest went gray, I tried it again, this time grabbing aggro and running around a lot until I got far enough to get out of combat. I thought the mobs might despawn if I did that, but I don't think any did. However, I guess it must reset her arrow count or something, because she didn't run out this time.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Curse of Stalvan

When I did part 6 of the Legend of Stalvan chain, the ghost appeared and cursed me as usual. When a town guard killed it, I checked and I did indeed get credit for killing it (though no XP)...

With any similar quests, I'll try Shadowmeld in case leaving combat untaps the mob so I don't get credit.

Bingles and the Bear

First, here's Mainchenn getting one of Bingles' tools; Shadowmeld allows a little more time to grab items, because the mobs are still running back at first:


Next, Mainchenn gets bear form in the Barrens after watching a tauren druid (Seraith) do the quest:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 20

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 10 to level 20:

Nessa Shadowsong (night elf)
The Bounty of Teldrassil (night elf)
Beer Basted Boar Ribs
Your Fortune Awaits You... (0 XP)
(dropped 38 skinning, took up mining)
Winds in the Desert
(explored Durotar)
(explored Tirisfal Glades)
(explored Eversong Woods)
(explored Mulgore)
(dropped 75 mining, took up leatherworking)
Moonglow Vest (11) (leatherworking)
Heeding the Call (druid)
Flight to Auberdine (night elf)
The Family and the Fishing Pole
Return to Nessa (night elf)
(dropped 71 leatherworking, took up blacksmithing)
Elmore's Task
Deeprun Rat Roundup
Me Brother, Nipsy
Shimmer Stout
Supplying the Front (blacksmithing)
Stout to Kadrell
Thelsamar Blood Sausages
Stormpike's Delivery
Mountaineer Stormpike's Task (12)
(explored Dun Morogh)
The Lost Pilot
Moonglade (druid)
Great Bear Spirit (druid)
Back to Darnassus (druid)
Encroaching Gnolls
Gearing Redridge (blacksmithing)
(dropped 75 blacksmithing, took up Inscription)
Stormpike's Order
Goretusk Liver Pie
The Forgotten Heirloom
Poor Old Blanchy
Keeper of the Flame
Washes Ashore #1
Rogues Deck #1 (270 XP) (13)
Coming of Age
(explored Azuremyst Isle)
Elekks Are Serious Business (100 quests)
The Kessel Run
Irradiated Crystal Shards
What Argus Means to Me
A Favorite Treat
Catch and Release
Learning From the Crystals
Easy Strider Living
Washed Ashore #2 (Honored with Darnassus)
Bashal'Aran p1
Plagued Lands
How Big A Threat?
The Red Crystal
As Water Cascades (14)
The Fragments Within
Trouble in Darkshore?
Hilary's Necklace
A Free Lunch
Visit the Herbalist
Delivering Daffodils
Messenger to Stormwind p1
The Price of Shoes
Thunderbrew Lager
Return to Verner
Messenger to Stormwind p2
Messenger to Westfall p1
Messenger to Westfall p2
The Defias Brotherhood p1 (Honored with Stormwind)
The Defias Brotherhood p2
A Donation of Wool (Stormwind)
The Defias Brotherhood p3
The Defias Brotherhood p4
Rogues Deck #2-#5
(exploring) (15) (1d 0h 57m 29s /played)
Thundris Windweaver
Gaffer Jacks
The Tower of Althalaxx p1
Electropellers
Beached Sea Creature #1
Beached Sea Turtle #1
Beached Sea Turtle #2
The Cliffspring River
Rogues Deck #6
Urgent Delivery (0 XP)
The Missing Survey Team
The Bloodcurse Legacy
Restoring Sanctity
Searching for Galaen
Know Thine Enemy (Honored with Ironforge)
Mac'Aree Mushroom Menagerie (Honored with Exodar)
Ysera's Tears
Explorers' League, Is That Something for Gnomes?
Pilfered Equipment (16)
Ysera's Tears
Lessens Anew (druid)
A Lesson to Learn (druid)
Trial of the Lake (druid)
Trial of the Sea Lion (druid)
Aquatic Form (druid)
Newfound Allies
The Way to Auberdine
Deep Ocean, Vast Sea
The Principal Source (druid)
Cave Mushrooms
Gathering the Cure (druid)
The Fall of Ameth'Aran
Onu
The Absent Minded Prospector p1
The Master's Glaive
The Twilight Camp (17)
Return to Onu
A Donation of Wool (Darnassus)
Curing the Sick (druid)
Power over Poison (druid)
Redridge Goulash
The Lost Tools
Selling Fish
A Donation of Wool (Ironforge)
Speak with Shoni
A Donation of Wool (Gnomeregan) (Honored with Gnomeregan)
Ironband's Excavation
Find Bingles
A Dark Threat Looms p1
A Dark Threat Looms p2
Westfall Stew
Samophlange p1
Samophlange p2 (18)
Root Samples
Excavation Progress Report
Bingles' Missing Supplies
(explored Loch Modan)
Filthy Paws
Report to Ironforge
Powder to Ironband
Resupplying the Excavation
After the Ambush
Protecting the Shipment
Messenger to Darkshire p1
Seasoned Wolf Kabobs
Messenger to Darkshire p2
Dry Times
Beached Sea Turtle #3
Beached Sea Creature #2
Beached Sea Turtle #4
Beached Sea Creature #3
Beached Sea Turtle #5
Beached Sea Creature #4
(explored Darkshore)
Mathystra Relics
The Sleeper Has Awakened (19)
Journey to Astranaar (but I missed Fiona Longears)
Onward to Ashenvale
Raene's Cleansing p1
Deliveries to Sven
The Hermit
Raven Hill
Jitters' Growling Gut
Dusky Crab Cakes
Return to Jitters
(explored Westfall)
A Donation of Wool (Exodar)
Report to Mountaineer Rockgar
A Dark Threat Looms p3
Daily Delivery
A Dark Threat Looms p4
Rogues Deck #7-#9
The Corruption Abroad
Humble Beginnings
(explored more of The Barrens) (20) (1d 11h 38m 23s /played)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mainchenn doing quest: Mist

This can be pretty easy if you put a HOT on Mist and she doesn't get into combat -- if a mob attacks Mist, the HOT will probably get them after you. Lifeblood rank 1 is a very powerful heal at this level, too.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Déjà vu all over again - Mainchenn hits level 10

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to reach level 10:

The Woodland Protector p1
Dolanaar Delivery
(drowned self in Darnassus, resurrected in Dalaran) (2)
Package for Thurman
Harlan Needs a Resupply
Wine Shop Advert
A Threat Within
Eagan Peltskinner
Rest And Relaxation
(exploring) (3)
Tools for Steelgrill
Inoculation
Spare Parts
The Missing Scout
(exploring) (4)
Red Snapper - Very Tasty!
Find Acteon!
Word From Azure Watch
Denelan's Earth
Timberling Sprouts
A Troubling Breeze (5)
Gnarlpine Corruption
The Emerald Dreamcatcher
(took up herbalism and alchemy)
The Fargodeep Mine
Elixirs for the Bladeleafs (alchemy)
(dropped alchemy 21, took up mining)
A Refugee's Quandary
Scalding Mornbrew Delivery
Bring Back the Mug (6)
The Temple of the Moon
A Good Friend
A Friend In Need
A Small Start
I've Got a Plant
Tree's Company
Precious And Fragile Things Need Special Handling
Supplies to Tannok
Ammo for Rumbleshoot (7)
Tundra MacGrann's Stolen Stash
Distracting Jarven
Bitter Rivals
Return to Marleth
The Perfect Stout
Lost Necklace
A Fishy Peril
Further Concerns
Find the Lost Guards
Discover Rolf's Fate (8)
A Bundle of Trouble
Report to Thomas
Deliver Thomas' Report
Young Lovers
Speak With Gramma
Note to William
Cloth and Leather Armor (50 quests)
Learning the Language
Totem of Coo
Totem of Tikti
Totem of Yor
Totem of Vark
The Missing Fisherman
A Cry for Help
Pie for Billy
Back to Billy (9)
(75 mining, toughness rank 1 = +3 stamina)
(75 herbalism, lifeblood rank 1 = 300 healing)
The Jasperlode Mine
The Great Moongraze Hunt p1
(dropped mining 80, took up skinning)
Recipe of the Kaldorei
The Great Moongraze Hunt p2 (all done w/skinning found corpses)
(explored Elwynn Forest)
Westbrook Garrison Needs Help!
Westfall Stew p1
Report to Gyran Stoutmantle
Rejold's New Brew (if you do The Perfect Stout but you're too low to accept Shimmer Stout, this quest sends you back when you're higher...)
The Relics of Wakening
(explored Teldrassil) (10)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fairly new tapping rules

http://www.wow.com/2009/01/20/world-of-warcraft-3-0-8-patch-notes/

Patch 3.0.8:
Tapping: All player spells which cause a creature to become aggressive to you will now also immediately cause the creature to be tapped.


It appears that most (if not all) passive damage-dealing buffs like Thorns do NOT tap creatures, so I don't need to worry about taking Thorns off immediately if a passing druid tosses it on me (I still won't use it). I still might modify the NiceTry addon (which takes off a hunter's Misdirection on you) to only allow a few specific buffs from players on me. It should be easy to modify.

What might be harder is an addon that won't attack on a right click. I've been trying to open quest objectives with my back to them, so if I click on a mob my attack will fail, but an addon would really help. I nearly killed a chicken doing the CLUCK! quest, because you click on it to turn in the quest, but it can turn back to yellow without warning if you take too long, causing your click to kill it. Luckily, my back was turned...

Reaching level 20 -- and rerolling Mainchenn

Just before hitting level 20, I looked at Mainchenn's stats and was shocked to see he had credit for killing 1 beast, even though his "largest hit dealt" under Combat was still "--"

It took me a while to figure out what it was... when I did the escort quest The Sleeper Has Awakened, I tried using Hibernate on a Ghost Wolf at one point to try and pass by without fighting (which wouldn't have worked anyway -- the mob attacks when it wakes up). Instead, Kerlonian Evershade (the escortee) immediately started attacking it! Even though we were attacked by the (scripted attack) of furbolgs and he also killed those, I didn't get kill credit because I only healed him. But it looks like doing anything to a mob can give you credit if your escort kills it. That means I can't use anything during an escort -- no Magic Dust, no Hibernate, no Goblin Rocket Helmet or even a Target Dummy (I think). I'll do some more tests with other toons before using anything during an escort if I can't do it any other way.

Since it's taken me less than a week to get to level 20, I'll just reroll Mainchenn and avoid making that mistake again...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mainchenn hits level 10

There weren't a lot of pacifist druids that I could find; "Mainchenn" is from British mythology:
Mainchenn is a visiting druid from Britain who disapproves of the constant petty battles being carried out between the people of Connaught and the people of Munster all on the head of two magical beings who are in constant rivalry with each other.

Here are the quests Mainchenn did to get from level 1 to level 10:

The Woodland Protector p1
Dolanaar Delivery
Package for Thurman (2)
Harlan Needs a Resupply
Wine Shop Advert
A Threat Within
Eagan Peltskinner
Rest And Relaxation
Tools for Steelgrill (3)
A Refugee's Quandary
Inoculation
Spare Parts
The Missing Scout (4)
Red Snapper - Very Tasty!
Find Acteon!
Word From Azure Watch
Denelan's Earth
A Troubling Breeze
Gnarlpine Corruption
The Emerald Dreamcatcher (5)
Timberling Sprouts
(took up mining)
Supplies to Tannok
Scalding Mornbrew Delivery
Bring Back the Mug
The Temple of the Moon
(took up herbalism)
A Good Friend
A Friend In Need
A Small Start (6)
I've Got a Plant
Tree's Company
Precious And Fragile Things Need Special Handling
The Fargodeep Mine
The Jasperlode Mine
(exploring) (7)
Westbrook Garrison Needs Help
Mist
(dropped mining, took up alchemy)
Elixirs for the Bladeleafs (alchemy)
Recipe of the Kaldorei
(dropped alchemy, took up mining)
Ammo for Rumbleshoot
A Fishy Peril
Further Concerns
Find the Lost Guards
Discover Rolf's Fate (8)
Report to Thomas
A Bundle of Trouble
Deliver Thomas' Report
Lost Necklace
Young Lovers
Speak With Gramma
Note to William
(STILL missed "Rejold's New Brew" -- you can only get it after you do "The Perfect Stout" but you have to refuse his immediate followup "Shimmer Stout" and go back to Kharanos...)
The Perfect Stout (50 quests)
The Great Moongraze Hunt p1
(dropped herbalism, took up skinning)
Pie for Billy
Back to Billy
Beer Basted Boar Ribs (9)
Distracting Jarven
Bitter Rivals
Return to Marlethw
Learning the Language
Totem of Coo
Totem of Tikti
Totem of Yor
Totem of Vark
The Relics of Wakening
The Great Moongraze Hunt p2 (done by skinning found stag corpses)
The Missing Fisherman
A Cry for Help
Cloth and Leather Armor
Elmore's Task
Tundra MacGrann's Stolen Stash
Shimmer Stout (10)

80 is doable - grinding XP without battlegrounds!

Again, I forgot that there already ARE low-level, repeatable quests that grant XP, and they aren't even daily quests, you can do them as often as you like.

The inscription decks (rogues, swords, mages, demons) all grant XP as often as you turn them in. Not a huge amount (about 30-40 turn-ins per level at the start of their 9 levels, and about 70-90 near the end), but not insignificant either. Once I do the two low-level blacksmith quests and the low-level leatherworking quest, I'll switch to inscription/herbalism and grind out decks to help leveling. The four deck types can be turned in starting at levels 10, 20, 30, and 40, but the auction house typically only has the level 10 (rogues) decks, because people use them to grind Darkmoon Faire reputation, and all the decks grant the same rep. Without battlegrounds, these decks and seasonal quests are the only XP grind I can do before level 55 and fishing up Strange Engine Parts, and level 62 with the Spirits of Auchindoun daily, until Cataclysm changes everything. (Addendum: from level 10 to level 40, there is always at least one Darkmoon Deck that isn't gray (i.e. can be turned in for full XP), and Demon Decks don't turn gray until -- level 55, when I can start turning in Strange Engine Parts)

As usual, I'll pop out of inscription/herbalism to do the leatherworking chain around level 30 and blacksmithing around 40. Since I don't do battlegrounds, I don't really need engineering except for occasional target dummies, so I can keep dropping professions as I need to.

The Night Elf Shadowmeld is nearly as good as vanish, at least against NPCs. It gets me out of combat, which is needed for some solo instance quests.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Reinisch hits level 80

Reinisch hit level 80:


The special announcement is -- I'm doing it once more, this time without battlegrounds (if possible)...

Since Cataclysm will changes a lot of quests, there might be enough of a "boost" from new quests to gain more levels. Plus, if I really want to get every last XP point, I can change to Horde and back to get many of the Horde quests. With any luck, Blizzard will add low-level dailies...

Party tonight

I'll be on as either Reinisch or Noorkhan (low level alt version of Noor) in Dalaran for the party.

I'll have a special announcement too!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Jeeves

Again, I am helped by bots (in two senses)...

Since the plans for Jeeves are BOP, as is the controller to summon him, my only way to get the plans would be to get it while recycling a mechanical's corpse. There was a Draenei Deathknight that appeared to be a bot running around the library area in Storm Peaks, killing the robot gnomes on mechanostriders. After recycling about 60 of them, I got the plans!

To make Jeeves, I needed all 3 kinds of repair bots, and two of those plans are BOP drops. However, the repair bots themselves are not BOP, so I could have another engineer make them for me.

Reinisch and Jeeves and his pet rat

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Party next week!

Reinisch will easily get within level 80 this week, so I'm planning on dinging 80 on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 1 PM server time TIME CHANGED to Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 PM server time (server is US Pacific timezone). I'll do it by turning in a Dalaran fishing quest.

Anyone can make a level 1 character on The Venture Co server, and get to Dalaran unaided; here's how:

1) Go to Stormwind or Orgrimmar
2) Die
3) As a ghost, go to Borean Tundra by boat or zeppelin
4) Still as a ghost, run to Sholazar Basin and run up the avalanche
5) When you get to Icecrown, you will get a flying spectral mount
6) Fly up high towards Dalaran above Crystalsong Forest
7) As you enter the Crystalsong Forest zone, you will lose your mount, but if you are up high enough, you will land in Dalaran
8) Resurrect in the graveyard near the Violet Citadel
9) If you "miss" and end up on the ground, run back to the dam at the Decrepit Flow area and you should get another spectral flying mount.

However, you can also ask Pipkin (Alliance mage) for a portal, if he's on. He should be around just before the party starts. Reinisch can also try and buy a portal for last-minute arrivals, but that's a bit chancier.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Flying AND bandages

Reinisch hit 77, so now he can fly in Northrend (albeit still a slow roflcopter).

What is more interesting is that he did the Troll Patrol quest Can You Dig It? and one of the chests had the heavy frostweave manual! Blizzard apparently changed the contents in a recent patch, since wowhead.com only lists BC items as coming from the chests. I don't know the drop rate, maybe Noor should try this quest a few times...

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Questlog Runneth Over

Reinisch hit level 74, and with the Troll Patrol sequence, he might have more than 25 daily quests.

He has a 50% chance of being able to do the Shattrath cooking quest
He has a 66% chance of being able to do all of Troll Patrol (6 quests total, including the timed bonus); if he can't, he can still do 2 of them.

If all daily quests are available, Reinisch will have 28 to choose from. The average XP for all 6 Troll Patrol quests at level 74 is 12,350 XP each. Reinisch has three quests worth less than that -- the Shattrath fishing daily (and I just got the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat) which is worth 0 XP, The Multiphase Survey (9,500 XP), and Further Conversions (9,500 XP). So I'll drop those if I can do all of Troll Patrol, and I'll still do the Multiphase Survey if I can't do the Shattrath cooking daily. I won't miss Further Conversions, as it takes 3 minutes for my Gnomish Remote Control to cool down, and every malfunction adds 3 more minutes. I don't remember what I get for the Blade's Edge dailies, I'll drop the Ray Wrangling if it isn't very much once I get low on Saronite Bombs (I have a lot in the bank from leveling up engineering).

UPDATE: Noor can get these same dailies, but looking at wowhead.com, they used to be behind some other group quest chain that neither one could complete, so it looks like it was changed by a recent patch.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Explorer

While I'm still trying to find a horde tailor that can make a Belt of Blasting, I decided to explore the last few areas in Northrend to get the Explorer title.

UPDATE: Got the belt now, thanks to Zalcor. Plus, I did AV a couple times to hit 73 so I could do the Venture Bay and logging grounds daily quests.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sha'tari Skyguard and Ogri'la

I don't know if Noor missed it (I remember looking for a way to do the Bomb Them Again! daily (which consists of bombing fel cannonball stacks, not monsters) and not finding a way), but Reinisch is able to do 4 more dailies:
Escape from Skettis
Bomb Them Again!
The Relic's Emanation
Wrangle More Aether Rays
(Reinisch kites 1 or 2 rays over to the Skyguard area, and then uses saronite bombs to subdue (but not kill) the rays to wrangle them)

Plus, now he can do:
Planning for the Future

As a pacifist, Reinisch doesn't loot a lot of money. He just hit 100 gold looted since the achievement system came in...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hmmm....

After some checking, I decided to do Blighted Last Rites, because the 'victim' doesn't die, even though Reinisch (as a character) wouldn't know this. It opened up quite a few quests that I could do after that.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Escape from Firewing Point

Mind Soothe makes it easy, fast motion makes it slightly less boring:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reinisch hits level 70

Doing a few more AVs to get to 70, so now Reinisch can do 10-12 dailies (depending on whether he can do the Shattrath cooking daily (50%) or the daily Battleground (now includes Strand of the Ancients, which Reinisch can't do yet)).

The quests he can do now:
Spirits of Auchindoun
The Multiphase Survey
Gaining the Advantage (now fixed! Works for grandmaster gathering skill)
Open for Business
Know Your Ley Lines
Further Conversions
Shattrath fishing daily
Shattrath cooking daily (50%)
Preparing For The Worst
Dalaran cooking daily
Dalaran fishing daily
Battleground daily (80% or maybe 66% if the new BG is also a daily)

He can also try to buy up waterlogged recipes and sealed vials of poison from the Dalaran fishing rewards for more XP. I managed to buy 7 vials of poison before hitting 70 (which is when you can start turning them in).

The best thing added in the patch for pacifist PvP is the Mind Amplification Dish; it acts pretty much like the lower-level Mind Control Cap, but since it's a tinkered item, you can create a number of helms with the ability and they all have separate 10-minute cooldowns! Reinisch and Noor will probably have 3 or 4 each, great for grabbing back flags. I don't know if it can work while in combat, the tooltip doesn't say; old Mind Control Caps used to work in combat but they were changed later. If they work in combat, so much the better -- tell the enemy flag carrier to follow you and use rocket boots to bring them back to your base. As long as they don't misfire...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BG XP

Patch 2.3 first made grinding as a pacifist possible; that patch introduced daily battleground quests, so it was possible as early as level 10 to do a quest every day for anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 bars of XP, and not run completely out of quests (not counting seasonal quests). Now, patch 3.2 has introduced battleground XP, and it's fairly easy to get 6-7 bars of XP each day, particularly with Alterac Valley.

Reinisch hit level 68, which also opens up Northrend quests for a lot more XP, including the Preparing For The Worst daily.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Enshrined Mace

Bought an Enshrined Mace of the Elder from the auction house. It's incredibly overpowered with 161 spellpower for one hand!

Compare it to other items a priest can use at level 67, sorted by spellpower. A green among oranges and purples!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ach du lieber!

Somehow, Reinisch's YouTube video of him soloing Taretha's Diversion got picked up in Germany in some major way, and as of this writing has been viewed 11,859 13,725 times (it went up as I edited this).

Google even shows that it was, for a time, among the top 10 viewed movies (but as the summary is in German, it seems to be a German top 10):


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  • Again, via google, the boost in traffic seems to have been from http://news.deine-community.net


    Plus, I just noticed that Reinisch is now two years old!


    Update: Thanks to comments, I now know it's from http://wow.buffed.de/news/11250/wow-leveln-ohne-monstertoeten, a German-language WoW site. If you can't read German, here's a babelfish translation

    Sunday, July 26, 2009

    Taretha's Diversion

    I had to do this quest twice; the first time, I died (and released) before I got credit for "Internment Lodges Set Ablaze", and even though they were burning, it wasn't complete. Since I couldn't re-burn a lodge, I had to reset and do it all over again. I nearly had to do it a third time, but I got credit with about 2 seconds left on my Spirit of Redemption form. I intended to delay my death as long as possible by using a target dummy, my cloaking device, and an invisibility potion, but I died right when I deployed the target dummy.


    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Kibler's Exotic Pets

    I couldn't think of a way to solo this until I remembered the platform that Vaelen is on (the guy who gives out the Seal of Ascension quest). That platform is high enough for me to zip over to the Ogres using my rocket boots. An invisibility potion and my cloaking device did the rest:


    Friday, July 17, 2009

    Good Day at Blackrock

    Managed to do a number of Blackrock quests:

    Attunement to the Core was pretty easy, jumping out the window just before the big door, going down to the black anvil, and some lava jumping to the bridge. The only tricky part was getting past the 3 fire elementals on the bridge, which I did by going up the steps towards the dwarf room and using my rocket boots + levitation to jump over them.

    Reinisch did The Spectral Chalice to learn how to smelt dark iron, but the quest itself was unexpectedly gray and resulted in less than 900 XP. It was still fun to do:





    Mother's Milk was easier than expected:



    En-Ay-Es-Tee-Why, the quest to gather 15 spider eggs, was about the same as Mother's Milk, but I didn't bother to use invisibility potions, I just ran past the orcs, feared them, and opened one or two egg sacs before dying and grinding out 15 that way (with occasional dungeon resets).

    Here's the proof:


    Reinisch and smolderweb hatchling


    I'm not sure if Reinisch can do Kibler's Exotic Pets...

    Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Rocket Boots Xtreme Lite Montage

    we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward;
    and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom
    -- Kodos


    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Cooking, no fishing yet

    At level 65, I can now do the Dalaran cooking daily (only about 75% of the XP for a BG or towers daily), but I still can't get the fishing daily, that won't open until level 70...

    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Skywing

    After a few failed attempts, I finally managed to escort Skywing safely. Skywing took out the other mobs before Luanga showed up, and the next bit was really lucky -- my Renew on Skywing had Luanga come after me for a bit, but by running back to the other bird tower, I got out of combat! Every time I healed Skywing or got damaged (storm/lightning), I would go into combat, but I would go out of combat almost immediately. This allowed me to drink during the fight to keep my mana up and keep healing Skying. The two of them also fought straight across the bridge, so Skywing always fell back onto the bridge (instead of onto the ground) by Luanga's knockback effect. The whole thing took about 45 minutes.

    Here's Reinisch with his new pet Miniwing and wearing his new green Mechbuilder's Overalls
    Reinisch and Miniwing

    Saturday, July 4, 2009

    Green overalls

    Mechbuilder's Overalls finally showed up in the horde Auction House, so Reinisch finally has the rare green overalls.

    Reinisch is almost level 64 as the Fire Festival winds down. He can do 4 out of the 5 all 4 (Strand of the Ancients does not seem to be a BG daily) BG dailies, and usually win it, plus the Spirits of Auchindoun daily, and he'll start exploring more of Northrend to get to level 65, which should open the Dalaran cooking dailies and maybe the fishing daily, too.

    I think I can do the Skywing escort if I can prevent Skywing from getting knocked down to the ground, but that's a bit tricky...

    Later I'll post a montage of a bunch of times I've used Rocket Boots Xtreme + levitation to travel around for the Fire Festival.

    Addendum: Reinisch was able to get neutral with Garadar, something Noor was never able to do with Telaar. Not many extra quests yet, but there are some gray ! that I should be able to do at 65 or 66.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Yay! Buggy Midsummer Fire Festival

    Resetting the fires has allowed me to get ALL the fires again, so I've gotten most of them twice. Someone even asked in the blizzard forums if re-doing fires is ok, and it is.

    Anyway, Reinisch hit 60. He doesn't have enough to train fast riding, but with the 550G discount projected for the next patch, he may stick with ol' blue until the next patch.

    Sunday, June 21, 2009

    Argh! Buggy Midsummer Fire Festival

    The quests from last year haven't reset, so (at the moment) I can't revisit all the fires I did last year. This will probably be hotfixed, since people need achievements for the special mount...more later.

    OK, it's later. I managed to get all the fires that I didn't do last year (including the new ones in Northrend), and Blizzard will probably make the fires done last year doable again after a hotfix, which should get me about another level in XP. Currently, with Fire Festival quests and a few new ones that opened up, I've gone up about 4 levels.

    OK, now it's the next day, and it looks like I can turn in A Thief's Reward every day, at least until they fix it again, because of the Fire Festival quest reset.

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Upcoming patch 3.2 and Battleground XP

    Patch 3.2, now on the PTR, should finally allow "pacifists" to grind by getting XP for attaining various battleground objectives. No indication how much XP, but Blizzard is probably doing this, at least in part, to help people get to 80 before the next expansion, so it should be non-trivial. I'll see if I can test it out on the PTR, but old BGs are usually empty on the PTR. UPDATE: official word is that it will be somewhat slower than questing or grinding, but that's miles ahead of my options now!

    Flag capping has been reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds, so I might lose my Glyph of Psychic Scream, which increases the duration from 8 to 10 seconds and adds 8 seconds to the cooldown. I often use it to try and cap a flag, so having it last as long as it takes to cap really helps. But with the shorter cap time, it won't be worth it. (On the other hand, most everyone else already thinks this glyph is worthless).

    Friday, June 5, 2009

    Of twinks and bots

    Leveling without killing things is such a strange way to play that it practically forces me to be a semi-twink; I need to win daily battlegrounds, even if I'm near the bottom of the bracket, so gearing myself up as much as possible makes sense. When I run out of quests, I can mine & fish to raise cash for gear.

    I've also "needed" bots for a few quests; Reinisch just did Broodling Essence exactly the same way that Noor did -- by following a hunter bot around Burning Steppes and zapping Broodling Whelps before the hunter kills it. Last easily doable quest for him, too, just got him to level 52 with the followup letter delivery.

    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Getting out of combat

    Level 50, like all multiples of 10, opens up a lot of new quests, some of which I can actually do. The runecloth turn-ins alone got me 40% of the way to level 51.

    I managed to do a couple of difficult quests that had items I could only use while out-of-combat -- a bit tricky since I can't kill mobs, and I don't have a race/class ability like Vanish/Feign Death/Divine Intervention/Shadowmeld/mage Invisibility. However, as an engineer, I can use the Gnomish Cloaking Device, which does get me out of combat; well, usually...

    The first was Scarlet Diversions, which by the comments on wowhead.com is pretty difficult for a player in his mid-50s, because it has a lot of mobs in one area with melee & ranged attacks, plus medic NPCs that heal everybody.

    This quest is in two parts, even though the quest progress only has one completion (which ALSO caused some problems). You need to use Flame in a Bottle to burn the tent, and then plant a Scourge banner so the Scarlet Crusade will blame the Scourge.

    I burned the tent the first time by just charging in a using the bottle before dying -- it acts like a spellcast, so it gets pushed back but continues during combat, instead of aborting. I saw the tent burn animation before releasing, but when I got back, then tent was back. I tried a couple more times using a target dummy, but even after doing it, I couldn't plant the Scourge banner because it said I was in combat.

    I was ready to give up, but then (going by wowhead comments) I figured I could probably try the banner after I rezzed, if I could figure out how to get close enough without getting into combat. Mind Soothe didn't let me get close enough, so I decided to activate my Goblin Cloaking Device and run into the tent. It worked! I didn't even come out of cloaking when I started using the banner, which almost always happens when you try to do anything while cloaked. An invisibility potion probably would have worked too, since you can start planting the banner while invisible.

    The other quest was All Along the Watchtowers, a quest Noor couldn't get to because the Alliance version has a killing prerequisite (the Horde prereq is Scarlet Diversions). Again, using a torch meant I had to be out of combat, and with ghouls outside and a (formerly elite) Skeletal Warlord inside each tower, that was a problem.

    After a number of deaths, I hit on this tactic: die inside a tower and rez on the top of the broken steps inside (the warlord can't figure out how to get to me at the top steps, so I can buff up). Go down the steps and cast Shackle Undead on the warlord (until it takes; he's 6-7 levels higher than me). Then go near the door (still on the inside) and hope I go out-of-combat before the shackle fails so I can use the torch.

    Eventually, I was able to do all the towers, but it was something of a grind. With some of the Redpath quests, I got to level 51, which means I can now do the AV battleground daily.

    Sunday, May 31, 2009

    Reinisch hits 50

    With the Midsummer Fire Festival approaching, I decided to get all the flight paths in Outland, and after doing that, I was only 4 bars from level 50, so I explored most of what was left of Azeroth (Silithus, EPL, WPL, etc) and hit level 50. This puts me in the next BG bracket, so I had to say goodbye to Worf, a 49 twink Hunter who can hold off half a dozen Alliance at times.

    I powerleveled engineering to 375, so now I have Rocket Boots Xtreme Lite and Foreman's Enchanted Helmet. If I hang out at the Lumber Mill in Arathi Basin, I should be able to get to any node in trouble using my boots and Levitate.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Chasing A-Me 01

    I was finally able to do the last part of Chasing A-Me 01 when I checked and saw that most of the apes were gone. A-Me only had to deal with about 4 apes, all outside the cave, and a couple of tar pit elementals near the end. An level 51 Night Elf (Triblade) even helped with the last tar pit elemental right near the end.

    A player named Fionn in Thunder Bluff put out a Foam Sword Rack; if only the swords didn't vanish when you log out like all conjured items, it would be a perfect weapon for Reinisch (and Noor).

    Addendum: I was also able to finally complete Screecher Spirits while it was still green; a couple of high-level Alliance characters were running around killing all the mobs, which allowed me to finally finish it.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    Some gray quests

    Both Rotting Hearts and Spinal Dust are quests that can be completed by buying unbound drops; I didn't know this until I saw them in the auction house under "quest items". Very little XP by now, but still, it's the principle.

    It looks like Reinisch will hit the Midsummer Fire Festival at level 49, just like Noor did last year, which should help boost him to level 60 or so soon after. Assuming Reinisch has the same success/failure with faction friendliness (he also won't be able to get to Hellfire Fortifications), he'll be able to do Spirits of Auchindoun as a daily starting at level 62 (not 63 as wowhead.com claims). The Dalaran cooking daily should start at level 65, and at level 70 lots will open up

    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Reinisch doing quest: Into the Depths



    To do Into the Depths, you have to go down the righthand circular staircase in the Sunken Temple and interact with the Altar of Hakkar.

    Noor did this using stealth; Reinisch just followed the patrolling serpent down, then activated his Goblin Rocket Boots & Cloaking Device, and quaffed a Lesser Invisibility Potion just before de-cloaking. I probably should have recorded how he made it into the instance, as that was a bit more exciting...

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Reinisch gets his discombobulator on



    The Security DELTA Data Access Card finally turned up in the horde auction house, so I could get the plans to make Discombobulator Rays. At level 46, I didn't need stealth or invisibility, but I did a few precautionary Mind Soothes...

    Saturday, May 9, 2009

    Turtle!

    Finally caught the turtle mount, after a few thousand casts:

    Turtle mount

    Saturday, May 2, 2009

    Reinisch hits 45

    46 immediately after -- I finally hit a really good fed ex quest, Stealing Knowledge and all eight subsequent delivery quests, getting me nearly halfway to 46. With the old world Children's Week quests and the last of Noblegarden, plus the imperfect AND perfect Draenethyst fragments from Kum'isha, and a little more exploring of Azshara and Felwood, I hit 46 a day later. I wanted to hit level 46 so I could take 2 points in the talent Body and Soul for WSG runners. Of course, now I want to hit 47 so I can wear both of my Freezing Bands, which are now generic +18 spellpower and the freezing proc.

    Update: After Noor did both the Azeroth and Shattrath orphan chains for Children's Week, I realized that I never did the Azeroth orphan chain on either Noor or Reinisch last year! Without the built-in calendar back then, it was easy to miss because there weren't any commoners spreading the word. Missed a few XP there...

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    More "leeching" quests

    I can do the Muisek series of quests in Feralas, if I'm lucky enough to find corpses to use them on. I've done the first one (Owlbears in Hinterlands) and I've gotten a few of the hippogryphs. Noor was never able to get Screecher Spirits done, and Reinisch still has it, but it looks like he'll be hanging around Feralas a while, so maybe he'll get lucky.

    Addendum: I've been able to do all the Muisek quests except the last one, which involved corpses of the elite giants in the northern region of Feralas, and I still haven't been able to do Screecher Spirits.

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    Mithril Order

    After saving up too much copper and not quite enough mithril (and no steel bars), Reinisch went back to blacksmithing for a few hours and did the Mithril Order chain to get about 80% of a level in XP. Like Noor, he now has the now-useless special trinkets:
    Reinisch weilding the Hammer of Expertise

    Saturday, March 7, 2009

    Reinisch hits 40

    Just a little over halfway through level 39 (about 11 bars), and I decided to start the wild leatherworking quest chain. When I finally completed it, I was only about 2500 points away from level 40, so I explored more of Tanaris to hit 40. I was able to buy the mats needed to take Elemental Leatherworking, which got me more points that Noor missed (she did it well before level 40, so it wasn't practical to keep it for the leatherworking specialization quests that start at level 40).

    I'll probably re-take mining for a bit to get more copper bars before dropping it yet again and doing the blacksmith chain.

    Sunday, February 15, 2009

    I ♥ HOTs

    Reinisch (and before him, Ahimsah) has recently done two escort quests that Noor could never do; Galen's Escape and Get me out of Here! Galen is especially hated for strolling right through the Broken Ones' village and getting attacked by, uh, hordes of attackers.

    I successfully completed both quests, even though I died twice during each escort; my heals-over-time were enough to keep them alive while I ran back from the graveyard. I was also careful to pull off extra attackers at the right time by using healing aggro; Melizza from the second escort drew two patrols at the same time, with five attackers on her at one point, but I managed to heal her through it. Both quests took over half an hour each.