Ahead of you, down the path
A majestic, magical faire
Ignore the darkened, eerie woods
Ignore the eyes that blink and stare
Fun & games & wondrous sights!
Music & Fireworks to light up the night!
Do not stop! You’re nearly there!
Behold, my friend: The Darkmoon Faire!
Can someone please explain why European ‘sales’ for World of Warcraft are over twice as expensive as the American equivalent? Bit of a ripoff there. Thanks Blizzard.
Starter Edition? More like the Don’t Start Edition:
- Can’t use the Auction House for buying or selling.
- Can’t trade items.
- Can’t send or receive mail using the mailbox.
- 10G gold cap.
- Level 20 cap.
- Can only pick races from the original Warcraft and the Burning Crusade expansion.
- Can’t start a group party.
- Can’t start or join a guild.
- Can’t start a duel.
- A profession cap of 100. This is for professions like skinning and leatherworking. All the supporting professions like First Aid and Cooking seem uncapped, although you will eventually run into the 10G cap when you want to upgrade them all the way.
- Can’t whisper anyone unless they’re in your friend list and you’re in theirs.
- Can’t use trade or general chat or any of the others.
Oddly enough it also makes this Free to Play version of Warcraft more interesting.
In the past, if you knew what you were doing it was dead easy to make enough gold right from the start to buy the best items, gear and what not. Now you actually have to work for it, and grind for the items as you can no longer buy them outright. I like.
My character name? Ontsa. Oh not this shit again.
Now here’s a game I’d actually play. An Open Source remake of the ’94 Microprose classic Colonization. Runs on any OS and it looks like it’s work in progress (v0.10, although with open source that could also mean it’s pretty feature complete already), but quite beautiful. Give it a try.
What is twinking?
Twinking is disabling your xp at a certain level, in our case 70.
We started Warcraft fairly late, in the beginning of 2010. We levelled our Warlocks at our own pace, first in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, then around 60 hopping over to Outland. Not soon after we made our way to Northrend where we eventually hit the, at the time, big 80. So from the Burning Crusade we missed a lot, like whole regions we never even went to, raids and dungeons we never did. So now that we’re levelling our Paladins to what eventually be level 85, we’re taking a nice long breath to enjoy the scenery and explore this part of the game. A lot of people like to level level level, but the game is more than just end-game content. It’s the journey, not just the destination. Our break at level 70 could be quite a long one, seeing as we accidentally bumped into a starting twinking guild that wants to kick butt in pvp. Before we all twinked we ran as a group in Warsong Gulch together and that was a lot of fun. 10+ winning streak and all that. I know we’re probably going to get our ass kicked in the all twink bracket, but it’s a challenge.
So what’s it like?
As soon as I hit 70 I started with spending all my honor points on any and all Brutal gear. In my case Brutal Gladiator’s Scaled Shoulders, Brutal Gladiator’s Scaled Legguards, Brutal Gladiator’s Scaled Helm, Brutal Gladiator’s Scaled Gauntlets, Brutal Gladiator’s Scaled Chestpiece, Brutal Gladiator’s Libram of Fortitude, Brutal Gladiator’s Shield Wall & finally Brutal Gladiator’s Slicer. Nice and dirt cheap, especially considering in the past you needed to do arena for this stuff. Now just do a few battlegrounds on your way to 70 and you’ll be able to get it right away.
From what I understood there’s a bug at the moment where one of the vendors is missing, so I still have a lot of items to upgrade, but we have to wait for the next patch for that.
Afterwards, after hopping over to Stormwind to disable my xp, we headed over to Shattrath to get the portal to Sun’s Reach Sanctum on the Isle of Quel’Danas to pick up the quest for the Magister’s Terrace. Once you complete the quest you unlock the Heroic version of the instance, which is good for epic drops. I haven’t gotten anything much other than the Cloak of Blade Turning but Iakona got lucky straight away and got the Vial of the Sunwell. I’m hoping the plans for the Adamantite chain drop for me.