World of Warcraft – Starter Edition

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.

Celestial Dawn

Weird how that works. I have a guild. And quite an active one. With nice people. And totally by accident.
Kate rerolled on a new server, started levelling, I rerolled there as well, she joined a guild, they seemed nice, I joined, so far so good.
I rolled a bank alt and someone was selling their guild with 4 bank tabs for 150G, so I bought it. Turns out it was already level 3. Nice.
Then someone discovered the guild master and some officers were systematically taking out all the guild money for themselves instead of using it to further the guild.
Not so cool. Kate left and asked to join my bank guild, and before I knew it one after the other left and joined us. So now we’ve got our own guild, advanced to level 4 in just a couple of days and are well underway.
Yay for the many rollercoaster rides of life. Don’t particularly like the downs, but the random turns and ups can be fun.
As for the guild name, I didn’t bother to change it after I bought and everyone seems to like it, so Celestial Dawn ftw!

Rogues do it from behind

This post serves no purpose whatsoever but to celebrate the awesome fun of levelling a rogue in PvP. With heirlooms. :D
And to show off my Warsong Gulch achievements.

The end of the world

It’s the end of the world! Well, sorta, 5 minutes later it seemed to be working just fine again.

Twinking at 70, the story begins

What is twinking?
Twinking is disabling your xp at a certain level, in our case 70.

Why twink?
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.

New awesome Cenarion hub?

It must be awesome, the roadsign says so.
I don’t think this was ever meant to leave the beta version of Cataclysm. But it’s funny nonetheless.

World of Warcraft subsection?

Still have to do something with all the screenshots, gotta geek out with my WoW.
Or a photographic time line of our adventures in Azeroth.

I’m thinking of making a seperate Warcraft page here, still in the process of making a draft page. Items I’m thinking of putting on that page would be:

  • Server status
  • Character screenshots
  • Character description
  • Character achievements
  • Screenshots
  • Warcraft news from blogs

Zero Punctuation: Cataclysm review

Me thinks he likes Warcraft a bit more than he cares to admit. Quite a funny review.

Druids suck

We’re levelling a couple of alts, level 30 at the moment, but I just can not get used to the druid class. I’m a druid tank, Kate’s a druid healer, and neither of us particularly like it.
Druid tanking… lame. Yes I know it should get better on the way to what’s now level 85, but come on, at level 30 it should at least be fun already.
But the damage sucks, holding aggro sucks, the amount of moves per form are very limited (bear form = uberlame), cat form is moderately fun. The normal form (in my case Worgen) moves are extremely limited, hardly make a dps dent (Faerie Fire, wtf?) and the heals are epic fail. Regrowth is too weak at level 30 and Healing Touch takes forever to cast.
Maybe it’s because a set amount of spells are spread out over too many different forms, but this is not for me. Unfortunately I have to stick with it as this alt’s main purpose is so we have our own enchanter on the server. Unless I move my old main over… I have more fun with my warlock.

(p.s. note the new sweet mouseovers on the links, thanks Wowhead)
(p.p.s. as much as I dislike the druid class, I’m digging the worgen race, maybe more on that in another post)

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.