Epic Flightform

•2009/06/17 • 2 Comments

Last night brought something that, for a long time, I thought I’d never see. Aylanni, my first character to 60 back in the days when that was the cap, got her epic flight form. She’s been so long neglected, but I’ve found a new love of her, and most especially of balance. Of course, all I really had to do was train it after paying the 5000g for epic flying training, but it was still pretty epic to me. And now that I have it, I’ll probably go back and do the old quest chain that used to lead to it. I’d like to see it, and a certain warrior spousal unit very much wants Anzu’s mount. (Of course, so do I, but I’ll have to enlist the aid of some other druid for that because I don’t actually want it on Aylanni. Go fig. =oP )

Aylanni is 77 1/2 now, well on her way to 80. And with the potential upcoming additions to heirloom gear coming in patch 3.2 she will probably be the last one leveled to 80 for awhile. But, hey, six 80s (for now) should be enough to last awhile, eh? ;)

Mount Buzz

•2009/06/16 • Leave a Comment

This past week’s biggest news has in the WoW community has been all about the changes (potentially) coming with patch 3.2. And the biggest of these by far is the changes to mounts. Mount prices, levels, speeds, all of it is changing. Some people like it. Some people hate it. But before I go into which side of the fence I’m on, I’m going to go over the changes Zarhym posted for us at the official forums.

In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all ground mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

* Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)

  • 60% land mount speed
  • Requires level 20
  • Cost: 4 gold
  • Mount cost: 1 gold
  • Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

* Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)

  • 100% land mount speed
  • Requires level 40
  • Cost: 50 gold
  • Mount cost: 10 gold
  • Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

* Expert Riding (Skill 225)

  • 150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
  • Requires level 60
  • Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold [Alliance]; Thrallmar [Horde])
  • Mount Cost: 50 gold
  • Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

* Artisan Riding (Skill 300)

  • 280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
  • Requires level 70
  • Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition [Alliance]; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive [Horde])
  • Mount Cost: 100 gold

* Movement Speed Training By Class

  • Druid
    • Travel Form: Requires level 16
    • Flight Form: Requires level 60 (150% flight speed)
    • Swift Flight Form: Requires level 70
  • Hunter
    • Aspect of the Cheetah: Requires level 16
  • Shaman
    • Ghost Wolf: Requires level 16
  • Paladin
    • Warhorse: Requires level 20
    • Charger: Requires level 40
  • Warlock
    • Felsteed: Requires level 20
    • Dreadsteed: Requires level 40

As you can see, the changes are many and fairly drastic. However, I think they’ve been needed since Lich King was released. And I think they’re a very good thing, overall. Most of the characters going through this content are alts of already established 80s. And the few who aren’t? Well, from my own experience, they’re friends who are being primarily powered through the content anyway. Why make that take longer than it has to? And for those who enjoy leveling alts through the content for the millionth time? Well, as one of those people, I realize this won’t in any way hamper my enjoyment of that content. After all, just because I have a mount earlier doesn’t mean I have to use it, and doesn’t mean I have to speed through as fast as possible…if that’s not what I want to do. :)

Exploring, Questing, and Other Mindlessly Fun Stuff

•2009/06/09 • Leave a Comment

Ah, a week already since my last post. I’d meant to post before this, but, well…you know how it can get when you’re sucked into dailies, achievements, and questing. :D So, lets look at a rundown of my week’s highlights.

Caru:

  • Explore Northrend got finished off.
  • Got to about 3/4 of the way through revered with Sons of Hodir.
  • Got to revered with Ebon Blade, and got the abyssal bag pattern. 32 slot soulshard bag is on nomnomnom.
  • Currently championing for Gnomeregan, and a valiant for Darnassus out at the Argent Tournament Grounds.
  • Finished wading through the quests in Grizzly Hills and Sholazar Basin towards the Northrend Loremaster achievement and cloak pattern. That makes three done, and the rest to go still. *sigh*
  • Bought dual-spec capability. Yes, on a pure dps class. Questing destruction bugs me THAT much.

Aylanni:

  • Dinged 76. Finally.
  • Got the Ampitheater quests done, and a nummy new healy staff.

Zannah:

  • Dinged 72. Its not much, but I discovered ret can be fun after all.

I’m actually having a lot of fun with Caru and the quest to get Northrend Loremaster. Hell, being honest, I’m having a lot of fun with Caru period. I’ve had days where I have to force myself to log onto any other character. We’re talking to the point I was tempted to just go buy a gem for her new shoulders when I KNEW I had what was needed on my jewelcrafter. But then again, the game is all about fun…or should be…so I guess it’s all good, eh? :D

Patch Day, version 3.1.3

•2009/06/02 • Leave a Comment

Ah, patch day. How I both love and loathe you. And even more so when it is a patch that bypassed the test servers, and may or may not muck with my beloved UI. Ah well, nothing to do but wait to be able to download the patch, log in, and see. I really can’t wait to do that, because today my baby warlock gets to embark on a whole new adventure, after having earned “A Valiant Of Gnomeregan” out at the Argent Tournament.

In the meantime, here are a few blog posts I’m reading to entertain myself. :)

Enjoy!

Beginnings?

•2009/06/01 • Leave a Comment

After giving it some thought, I decided I wanted a blog to ramble about and track the various things I do in World of Warcraft. I looked around at various places to have a blog, and the various platforms available, and…well, here we are. I honestly have no idea if postings here will end up on any kind of a schedule, though I doubt it. I’m really just too random for that to happen. And, there’s that whole husband and kids thing. That tends not to lend to keeping to much of any real schedule. ;)

 
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