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WoW September Update

WoW: September Update

Since my August WoW update I have taken a bit of a step back from World of Warcraft and decided to play a few other games, most notably XCOM 2, Kerbal Space Program and Aliens: Fireteam Elite. I declined a few raid invitations but made sure to log in daily to check my mail and open lockboxes for my guild mates. Overall however I have attended most guild raids in the last month and have even found time to finish leveling up a new character, a warlock, which is something I did not think I would do.

What’s unfortunate is that I have received no loot from raiding, with the exception of a Pit Lord’s Satchel which is kind of handy. This bad fortune could change in the coming weeks and months with the launch of phase 2 which opened Serpentshine Cavern and The Eye raids. This means there is a lot more loot available and will mean a completely new wish list in next month’s update.

Netherblade Chestpiece
Nightfall Wristguards
Girdle of the Deathdealer
Skulker’s Greaves
Edgewalker Longboots
Ring of a Thousand Marks

My ‘to-do’ list has once again not seen much progress. All of these things require me to log in between raids and engage in some of the more boring and grindy content Classic World of Warcraft has to offer. By taking a step back and by raising a new level 70 character, virtually all of the things listed below have seen no progress. I can say however that I have completed ‘The Eye’ attunement, which is very important.

Raise fishing to 375
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar
Complete The Eye Attunement

My guild (Inspired) recruited 2 new officers to help organize the guild, they are Nessia and Lotimar. Both of these guys are nice and I have found Nessia a more than capable raid leader. I do not know if Lotimar will be raid leading but he seems to be doing things behind the scenes and is approachable. I thought about ‘applying’ for an officer role but kept thinking how sometimes I get overly angry and/or annoyed with certain guild members. Right now I can ignore them and I even mute one person on Discord during raids, something I couldn’t do if I were an officer.

Over the next 4 weeks I hope to help my guild clear some (or maybe all) of the new raids, but would also like to play my new warlock character from time to time. Recently there have been some extra raids organized for people to bring alternative characters which could be a fun opportunity for my warlock. I also want to go back to Naxxramas to help a fellow guild mate and officer Tsun complete his Atiesh staff quest. Diablo II Resurrected is due to be released soon so I will probably take even more time away from WoW between raids, but do still plan on achieving everything on my ‘to do’ list eventually.


Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

For the first time in I don’t know how long I have actually purchased and played a modern game, Aliens: Fireteam Elite. Not only Did I purchase and play the game the same year it was released but also the same month and day of release. The last time I did this was probably when Perfect Dark was released for the Nintendo 64 back in June 2000. Unlike with Perfect Dark however I did not anticipate the arrival of Aliens: Fireteam Elite but noticed it had just been released when browsing for a new game to play as part of my ‘break’ from classic World of Warcraft after feeling heartbroken by Blizzard Entertainment’s actions in recent years.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is primarily a survival co-operative game for 2 or 3 people who take on wave upon wave of aliens. There is a campaign with 4 missions broken down into 3 checkpoints (giving us 12 levels) which get progressively harder. I am happy to say I have completed the campaign on the standard (normal) difficulty setting so have found it fit to add Aliens: Fireteam Elite to my list of completed games from when I started blogging. It wasn’t at all easy though, something I think I have demonstrated in the recorded game play below.

There is some ‘end game’ content available in that players unlock more difficulty settings and a ‘horde’ game mode once they have completed the game. Horde mode is where players face endless waves of enemies and try to survive as long as possible. Players are also encouraged to level up each of the playable classes, Gunner, Demolisher, Technician and Doc while unlocking a variety of items.

I don’t think I will be playing any more Aliens: Fireteam Elite, but it feels good to have picked up a new game and completed it from start to finish and blog about it. It’s as I mentioned in my last blog review, that I would like to play a wider variety of games. I think this is a step in the right direction.


KSP: A Better Mun landing!

KSP: A Better Mun Landing!

It’s been a while since I have played the semi-popular sandbox game Kerbal Space Program (KSP), the last time back in April 2019. When I last played KSP I had quite a successful career crash landing on the ‘mun’ among other things. With my new KSP career however I seem to be doing better with a more successful Mun landing which I was able to record and upload to YouTube.

KSP is first and foremost a sandbox game, allowing players access to everything to do whatever they want to do within the confines of the game’s physics. One slightly more interesting way to play KSP however is through the career mode where players are encouraged to complete missions in order to earn resources and conduct scientific research to unlock parts and upgrade the various buildings at the space centre. It’s actually a really good way to start playing KSP starting with a limited number of parts and slowly unlocking more as you progress and learn.

With almost exactly the same craft used to land on the Mun, I was able to do a ‘fly-by’ of Minmus followed by a bit of a crash landing. I found that the gravitational pull of Minmus is much less than even Mun, which makes sense as Minmus has much less mass and no atmosphere. As such it was pretty difficult to slow down enough for a smooth landing, but I found that it was very easy to upright my space ship after it had landed on it’s side.

KSP: Minmus Crash Landing

The game does not bolster the best graphics, but now and then there some really nice scenes like the one below of my space capsule about to re-enter Kerbin’s atmosphere. If you look closely you can see Mun in the distance as well as the Sun (Kerbol) and curvature of Kerbin.

KSP: Earth Re-entry

This is about as how far I got with my last KSP career. I would like to think I can try and build bigger and better things to hopefully orbit or even land on other celestial bodies. Another planet perhaps? Eve is the closest planet to Kerbin but like Venus it might not have the most hospitable environment.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation August 2021

August has been a good month of Snooker Nation for me having won 2 out of 3 matches. What’s more is that my victories have been more convincing, giving me a pretty good lead on number of frames won and centuries which at this point doesn’t mean much but could become vital as the season comes to a close in December. I feel like I have been playing quite well all in all but have started to make pretty bad decisions towards the end of the month. It goes without saying that I hope to improve on this in September and see similar results.

13/08/2021 – Match 139

Another good start to this month’s Snooker Nation matches for me, winning 6 frames to 2. There were 4 century breaks, 3 of which belong to me, 110 in the 1st frame, 139 in the 3rd frame which sets a new highest break for the season so far and 100 in the 4th frame. Jason scored 1 of his own of 120 in the 5th frame. For the most part the match was pretty smooth with the exception of the 6th and 7th frame which was slightly scrappy with several mistakes made. For the first 4 frames I pretty much didn’t miss a shot and only ran out of position close to or after scoring a century break, propelling me to 4-0 up at one stage making it difficult for Jason to make a come back.

20/08/2021 – Match 140

Once again it has been a pretty smooth week of Snooker Nation for me, winning 6 frames to 2. I ran out of position for a century in frame 1 and also missed the final black in frame 7 but managed to bag two centuries of 107 in the 6th frame and 117 in the 8th. There were a few scrappy frames, I feel like I didn’t play as well as I have been, giving Jason a few opportunities which thankfully he wasn’t to capitalize. For some reason Jason was not putting enough power into a number of his shots, much to his annoyance.

27/08/2021 – Match 141

Jason has broken my win streak winning 6 frames to 5. The first 4 or 5 frames were pretty scrappy but from frame 6 onwards both Jason and I played quite well. I scored 128 in frame 9 but Jason scored an impressive break of 142 in the 11th and final frame, giving him the new highest break of the season so far. One thing which bugs me this week however is that at the start of  frame 9 the cue ball was touching a red ball, but when I played it away to settle behind the blue ball to snooker Jason, the referee said it was a foul and gave him a free ball. The free ball rule allows the player to pot any colour ball as if it were a red followed by another colour. I disagreed with what the game did, I honestly believe that there is some kind of bug where when the cue ball is touching a red it doesn’t always remember it after the shot is played. What’s more is that because of this at one stage Jason had a break of 5 with 146 points left on the table, which in my mind shouldn’t even be possible.

Season 5 (July – December 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 7 4 39 13 139
Jason 7 3 28 8 142

 


XCOM 2 Campaign

XCOM 2 Campaign

As part of taking a little break from World of Warcraft, I decided to play through XCOM 2, the first time since beating the game in December 2018. This time however, I wanted to make it easy on myself and played through it using the ‘rookie’ difficulty setting on the PC. I did however use ‘ironman’ mode which finalizes every decision, removing the ability to load a save to try again and make different decisions.

This time around I found that XCOM 2 has a pretty big modding community. Fans have produced everything from adding more nationalities for soldiers to completely re-working the dynamics of the game and have created a ‘long war’ mode which extends and expands the XCOM experience. I gave a few of the more popular mods a try but found myself longing for the classic XCOM 2 game. While I applaud anyone who creates mods for their favourite games, for me I quite like the simple turn-based game that XCOM 2 is, rather than something more complicated and in-depth.

Here are a couple of screenshots of what I consider to be the most interesting end of campaign statistics.

XCOM Campaign Stats

XCOM Campaign Stats

Ever since playing some of the early turn based Final Fantasy games, I have always been interested in turn based games. I wish there were more single player turn based strategy games like XCOM 2 with a sense of customization, a good story and science fiction background. Statistics like those shown above are also a huge bonus for a nerd like me. I will shop around and put some thought behind playing more games like this, but if any reader would like to make a recommendation please leave a comment or contact me. I could really use the inspiration right now.


WoW August Update

WoW: August Update

While I am still heartbroken, I have been playing Classic The Burning Crusade consistently since my last WoW update. Needless to say that Blizzard are still on very thin ice, but I have had a productive month of World of Warcraft. I have been consistently raiding Karazhan in one of three 10 player raid teams and have been involved in most of the guild 25 player raids in Gruul’s Lair and Magtheridon. As such I have been lucky enough to have been awarded several pieces of loot, however, I want to change my ‘wish list’ by removing Dragonspine Trophy and Veteran’s Musket and replace them with Romulo’s Poison Vial and Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle. My reasons for this are that the Dragonspine Trophy is in very high demand, all melee DPS (damage per second) and hunters want this item, making it very unlikely that I will get one. In addition I would rather not go through any drama by getting it. The first time I saw this item drop for my guild (Inspired) there was some drama which really put me off. As for the Veteran’s Musket, because I get a lot of hit rating from my new preferred trinket, Romulo’s Poison Vial, I think there are now better options available and while Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix is technically better than Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle, in my opinion it doesn’t look as nice!

Netherblade Facemask
Netherblade Chestpiece
Nightfall Wristguards
Girdle of the Deathdealer
Skulker’s Greaves
Edgewalker Longboots
Ring of a Thousand Marks
Garona’s Signet Ring
Romulo’s Poison Vial
Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle

There is still so much more that can be done on my ‘to-do list’. I even neglected to add attunments for Serpentshine Cavern and The Eye raids, both of which will be made available in phase 2 of The Burning Crusade. Fortunately with help from guild members I have completed attunement for Serpentshine Cavern and need only to defeat Magtheridon to complete attunement for The Eye.

Raise fishing to 375
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar
Complete Serpentshrine Cavern Attunement
Complete The Eye Attunement

In my last WoW update I wrote about being a frustrated and somewhat angry raider. I am happy to report that for the last month this has not been the case. I have been mindful of my attitude and have found myself more relaxed and chilled which has lead to a more enjoyable experience without running the risk of lashing out. The officers who are raid leading are doing an amazing job clearing the raids currently available, I think some future content will be fairly difficult but Inspired will conquer it if the officers prevail.

A small objective I had last month was to bank some gold after I had purchased fast flying and a mount for around 5000 gold. I have been somewhat successful in doing this which should allow me to ‘raid log’ a bit if I wanted to. Some players find it useful to log on for raids and simply buy the consumable items required without having to spend time ‘farming’ between raids. This prevents players for burning out and gives them a bit of a break to do other things / play different games. Since Blizzard Entertainment are on thin ice with me this is precisely what I will be doing, taking a bit of a break, without missing too many raids so that I might find other games to enjoy. On the other hand I want to help my fellow guild member and officer Tsun to complete his quest in getting Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian from Naxxramas which I hope will be nice and easy.


The Power of Gaming

Year 3 Review

It has been 3 years since I started blogging my gaming activity and it is now time for my year 3 review. As before in my year 1 and year 2 reviews I will be considering lessons learned and what I will aim to do for the next year of blogging and gaming.

Once again I would like to remind any regular readers of a ‘disclaimer’ in that I still do not consider myself a ‘content provider’. This blog is still a platform I use to write about and enhance my gaming experiences. It is a way to document my gaming achievements and share them with whoever is interested. I have only made a minimal effort to share my blog with others and I have no intentions of changing these objectives.

Lessons learned

Since my year 2 review there have been 43 posts. Each month I post an update of my activities in Classic World of Warcraft and the results of Snooker Nation matches played between my friend Jason and me. It’s safe to say therefore that these monthly updates make up the bulk of the 43 posts and are the games I spend most of my time playing. Other games I have played and blogged about include Magic: The Gathering Arena, Diablo III, EVE Online and some retro games such as Crusader: No Remorse and Gran Turismo 3. There are however games that I have almost completely played through but have not quite completed and blogged about. They feel like unfinished projects which is a shame because my blog really could use more variety. I have always said that I am the kind of gamer who plays the same 2-3 games, sometimes for years, but have always wanted to play a wide variety of games, complete a game within a few weeks and then move on to the next game. When I try to be like that and play a different game for a while, it’s sad that I don’t see it to the end and write about it. I will therefore try to finish unfinished games and write about them.

In terms of using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) to capture my gaming activities and Sony Vegas to edit, I have learned very little more this year. I did however make a number of YouTube videos public and have found that my most popular video, ‘Getting Draconic for Dummies: Chapter IV From The Undercity‘ which I did not share on my blog or my Discord community had the most success in terms of views and ‘likes’. This I assume is because it had some educational value. What’s heart-breaking however is that it is perhaps the video I put the least amount of effort. Where as another video ‘Astero Wormhole Exploration – 56.2m EST ISK in 75 minutes‘ I put in considerably more effort and planning but got considerably fewer views. I assume this was because the educational value as much less and is more or less demonstrating what can be achieved rather than how to achieve it.

Moving forward

One key development is I now have the ability to play PS1 (Playstation 1) and 2 games on my PS2 while capturing the game play using OBS by using an RCA to HDMI video converter and a cheap external USB video capture card. The quality is fairly poor and is especially noticeable when playing PS2 games, however, I spent very little money to achieve this and it is tolerable, especially if I am not too close to the monitor. Using this setup I really should and want to play through some of my most favourite PS games, including some of the Final Fantasy 6,7,8,9 and 10 games which are widely accepted to be the best selection of Final Fantasy games.

I have toyed with the idea of purchasing a Nintendo Switch console, but I have to admit, the device and games seems quite expensive. I believe the switch would offer a different kind of gaming experience, partially with it’s portable unique selling point but also because of the Nintendo brand of games, including Zelda, Mario and Pokémon. But because of the expense I will have to give it some more thought. What I will not be doing however is buying the current generation of Playstation or Xbox consoles. I currently own a Playstation 4 pro which suits my needs perfectly as an entertainment system and still offers a huge amount of games I have yet to play.

Experimenting with having some YouTube videos ‘public’ for anyone to find rather than ‘unlisted’ to compliment my blog was an interesting experience. To further the experiment, I would like to try and put together at least 1 quality video and try to inject some of my personality into it. Doing this should teach me new skills and possibly give me something to be proud of.

What do you think?

Last year I had some excellent and positive feedback from some of my work colleagues and friend Jason, all of which was appreciated. If anyone would like to provide some feedback, be it about the website, the brand, my year 3 review or my gaming, please feel free to do so. You could leave a comment or contact me by any means.


Heartbroken

Heartbroken

The recent news regarding Blizzard Entertainment or should I say Activision Blizzard has left me heartbroken. I would imagine most readers of my blog know about the news but for those of you that don’t know the company which develops some of my favourite games including World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft are currently being sued by the state of California for discrimination and sexual harassment against women who work for or have worked for the company. To me (especially as a feminist), this is a pretty big deal. Frankly I find discrimination and harassment of anyone disgusting and I am ashamed of the gaming community for any participation. I personally know women who are excellent gamers, excellent artists and developers who are or could be an asset to the gaming community and are worth their weight in gold. The thought of some guy discriminating or harassing them fills me with rage and horror. I do not know any of the women who have fallen victim to this behaviour at Blizzard, but if I did I imagine I would feel the same way.

Blizzard’s initial response to the allegations has been weak, claiming that most of the allegations were false or happened a long time ago (as if that makes a difference). You might think like I did in that it is entirely possible that many of the allegations could be false and that the state of California has acted irresponsibly. I am after all a firm believer that any individual or organization is innocent until proven guilty. However a large proportion of Blizzard employees have signed a letter basically saying the leadership of the company has let them down and that the allegations were serious and true, later Blizzard performed a bit of U-turn but it wasn’t enough for them and many employees staged a company wide walkout. There is no smoke without fire and the actions of the Blizzard employees suggest to me that much, if not all of the lawsuit is true.

So why am I heartbroken? I have spent over half of my life playing Blizzard games. Since the age of 13 or 14 in the late 90’s I have been playing their games. I have bought and played World of Warcraft since just after launch to this day. I have accumulated a collection of items including 10 collectors editions of their games or expansions, 7 or 8 books relating to their games, around 10 ornamental figurines, 3 massive pictures which I have framed and have hung in my bedroom, Blizzcon collectibles, I even have a Diablo III mouse and The Burning Crusade gaming mat. I have literally invested years of my life and a sizable proportion of my disposable income on supporting Blizzard and their games. There are people who have much bigger collections than I do and have spent even more time than I have as content providers who are quitting and raging about how angry and heartbroken they are. A quick YouTube search will point you in the direction of some of them.

All this for me is on top of what they did back in 2019 when they banned a professional Hearthstone player from participating in Blizzard backed Hearthstone tournaments for a year. They also held on to his prize money for doing well in a tournament because in a post match interview he openly supported the struggles of the pro democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Something I wrote about in the leadup to Blizzcon 2019.

I do not know what I should do, part of me tells me to pack away all of these things, stop playing their games and spend no more money with them. Another part of me says that the majority of the company is innocent and that knee-jerk reactions can be forgiven. I have joined a Classic WoW community which I am proud of and was, quite frankly difficult for me with what is now a diagnosed social anxiety disorder. I have been looking forward to playing Diablo II Resurrected and to some degree Diablo IV and there is still so much more to Classic World of Warcraft to play through. I just do not know what I should do other than sit at my computer, utterly heartbroken.


Snooker Nation

Snooker Nation July 2021

The first month of Snooker Nation season 5 between my good friend Jason and I started and ended well for me, but I still find myself level on matches won. Technically I am in the lead with frames won, however it’s much too early to be seriously considering that with 5 months and a potential of 22 more matches to play. Altogether the quality of play has been quite high with very few scrappy frames. It seems that for the most part the player who makes the first pot will secure the frame, making safety shots more paramount than ever.

09/07/2021 – Match 135

This has been an excellent start to my Snooker Nation season 5 campaign, winning 6 frames to 1. I scored two century breaks, 135 in the 1st frame and 131 in the 4th frame. Heartbreakingly however I was well on track to score 147 in frame 1 but missed the black with just 2 reds on the table. There was a similar situation for Jason in frame 6, who missed the final red of a potential break of 147 and ultimacy scored 112, which is better than nothing. I feel like I played very well and took advantage of most of the opportunities presented to me, Jason however commented that he didn’t feel like he played well and that this was possibly his worst Snooker Nation performance. I can’t argue with how Jason felt, but from my point of view he just had a scrappy safety game this week.

16/07/2021 – Match 136

Not such a good match for me this week, losing 6 frames to 5. It was a match of two halves really with me leading 3-0 at one stage. Interestingly in the 1st frame I won by a re-spot of the black. This is when both players score the same amount of points and there are no more balls on the table to pot. Since both Jason and I had 67 points each, the black was put back on its spot and I was able to pot it to claim the frame. There were 4 century breaks, I scored 118 in the second frame but Jason scored the remaining 3, 130 in the 7th frame, 126 in the the 8th and another 130 in the 10th frame. Altogether we both played fairly well, the only scrappy frame was the final frame where we both choked and missed some relatively easy shots.

23/07/2021 – Match 137

Once again I have failed to keep an early lead and lost 6 frames to 5. There were 4 century breaks, I scored 128 in the 2nd frame and 102 in the 7th frame while Jason scored 126 in the 5th frame and 133 in the 6th frame which is now his highest break so far this season. There were some somewhat scrappy frames with both of us missing some easy shots or running out of position. I am sure Jason will agree some of his safety shots were lacking and that we were both, at times, pretty unlucky. I thought that I would win the final frame but somehow missed an easy, straight forward green. I must have played that shot 50 times before and not missed. That’s the thing with Snooker Nation, when you’re up against it you can start to second guess yourself and make terrible mistakes.

30/07/2021 – Match 138

A nice end to the first month of Snooker Nation season 5 for me, winning 6 frames to 4. The whole match was quite smooth with no real scrappy frames to speak of. That said there was only 1 century break of  131 in the 3rd frame which belongs to me. In the frames that followed, several times both Jason and I came close to scoring century breaks, scoring 80+ points on multiple occasions, but for one reason or other we couldn’t quite do enough.

Season 5 (July – December 2021) statistics

Played Won Frames Won Centuries Highest Break
Copper 4 2 22 7 135
Jason 4 2 17 6 133

 


WoW July Update

WoW: July Update

A lot has happened since my last WoW update. After reaching level 70 I embarked upon getting ‘attuned’ to raid Karazhan and be able to enter dungeons on ‘heroic’ difficulty which offers a greater challenge in return for better loot and a badge of justice from each defeated boss. Although not strictly required, especially for a rogue, I also wanted to obtain keys for the Shattered Halls and The Arcatraz dungeons. I am happy to say that with help from fellow guild members Mufka, Bella, Eremir and several others I have successfully completed all of these.

Since getting attuned for Karazhan, I have been consistently raiding it as part of 1 of 2 or most recently 3 groups of 10 players. For the most part raiding Karazhan has been positive and the group I am part of has defeat most if not all bosses, however, when raiding Karazhan I am getting frustrated with certain people and on a whole. Karazhan is a 10 player raid which means individual contribution has a higher affect than if we were part of a 25 player or 40 player raid. Rather than each person being 2.5% of a 40 player raid or 4% of a 25 player raid, players are 10% of a 10 player raid and their actions usually have greater consequence and is certainly more noticeable. With maybe the exception of Nightbane, I find that all of the boss encounters in Karazhan are mechanically incredibly easy, much easier than most of Vanilla WoW content and will be much easier than what is to come in The Burning Crusade (TBC). To see someone get the most simple boss mechanics wrong or not keep an eye on threat meters has on 1 or 2 occasions made me quite angry, which is entirely my problem, not theirs. If I am unable to resolve my anger issues, I am going to have to decline raiding Karazhan and perhaps see how I feel in 25 player raids, especially ones where the mechanics are difficult and understandable to get wrong. I feel like I am letting my friends and guild down with this anger, I really must do better.

On a more positive note, I have been awarded 10 pieces of loot. While only two of these are what is considered best in slot (BIS), the others have been upgrades and I am grateful for all of them. The two BIS items I have been given are Spiteblade and Drape of the Dark Reavers. I also have four or five other BIS items which I have obtained in heroic dungeons or by buying them from the badge of justice vendor. I have created my first TBC ‘BIS wish list’ for phase 1 as I did throughout most of Vanilla WoW, obviously this list is subject to change and I will be interested in other items which might not be BIS.

Netherblade Facemask
Choker of Vile Intent
Wastewalker Shoulderpads
Drape of the Dark Reavers
Netherblade Chestpiece
Nightfall Wristguards
Wastewalker Gloves
Girdle of the Deathdealer
Skulker’s Greaves
Edgewalker Longboots
Ring of a Thousand Marks
Garona’s Signet Ring
Dragonspine Trophy
Bloodlust Brooch
Spiteblade
Latro’s Shifting Sword
Veteran’s Musket

As well as raiding and getting attuned, I have had some success with professions and raising weapon skills. Most noteworthy is that I managed to save 5000 gold (the main in-game currency) to raise my riding skill to 300 so that I can purchase and use a fast flying mount for another 200 gold. Since doing this I have been pretty much broke when it comes to gold and will need to start saving again for expensive enchants and consumables. Now that I am able to cross off a lot of my ‘to-do’ list below, from next month I will be able to better streamline what I want to do and perhaps add more items of interest to me.

Professions

Raise alchemy to 375 and become elixir master
Raise cooking to 375
Raise fishing to 375
Raise riding skill to 300 for fast flying mount

Weapon skills

Raise swords skill to 350
Raise defence skill to 350
Raise daggers skill to 350
Raise maces skill to 350
Raise thrown skill to 350
Raise bows skill to 350
Raise guns skill to 350
Raise crossbow skill to 350
Raise unarmed skill to 350

Attunements

Complete Karazhan attunement
Complete Shattered Halls attunement
Complete Alcatraz attunement
Heroic Hellfire Citadel attunement
Heroic Coilfang Reservoir attunement
Heroic Auchindoun attunement
Heroic Caverns of Time attunement
Heroic Sha’tar dungeon attunement

Factions

Get exalted with The Aldor
Get exalted with Sha’tar
Get exalted with Lower City
Get exalted with Keepers of Time
Get exalted with The Violet Eye
Get exalted with Cenarion Expedition
Get exalted with The Consortium
Get exalted with Honour Hold
Get exalted with Kurenai
Get exalted with Sporeggar

Moving forward, other than being a happier and calmer raider, I hope to build up a bank of gold and work on getting exalted with some of the new TBC factions. For the moment I have no interest in PvP (Player vs Player) but do have a number of additional attunements to complete for future content and will want to learn and discover alchemy recipes so that I might be a helpful alchemist for my guild mates. I will also like to record more game play and produce more YouTube videos to supplement my blogging.

This time last year I was unable to cross anything off of my short ‘wish list’ of items and was struggling to find a good off-hand sword. That said Roundhouse, Tsun, Pallydude, Tailsmad and others helped me complete the Shadowcraft Armour set which I still have to this day. I was also successful in obtaining some items with nature resistance in preparation for Ahn’Qira which was due to be released 28th July 2020.


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