Month: December 2017

Lucid Nightmare at last

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So i have it, what a nightmare to spend hours in the endless halls, i tried to solve the halls maze many times, i got lucky today for having easy halls.

The whole puzzle to get this mount designed for a community not for solo players, of course the community wrote guides to help others get the mount, otherwise i won’t bother trying to solve it myself.

I know designing puzzles is not easy, you have to balance it so it’s not too easy and not too hard, keep it interesting, i love puzzle games like Myst series because it reach this level of balance.

I wish Blizzard designers work on puzzles that does not need a whole community to solve them, let me work for it, solve it myself, and get the reward and be proud of that .. while it is a nice mount, i’m not really happy about getting it.

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Finished with the endless halls, colorful hall shows up
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Karazhan crypt, creepy place
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really creepy
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But you can fish in this water full of dead bodies
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Also here .. in shallow water, the chest is there, and i got 250 fishes achievement here!

 

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My blue sky dream change .. for WoW

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In Blizzard Watch, Mr. Rossi wrote a short post, a question: What is your blue sky dream change? and here is my answer … a long list.

To make it short: more options for everything, more depth and complexity.

I love the World of Warcraft, i mean the places Blizzard made, the small stories more than the big ones, the small details in this world makes me love it, but i find the game itself simple .. sometimes too simple.

Simple here is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, still i wish to see some depth in few systems, or at least more options.

Melee mage and shadow priest, i just want to hit mobs with a mace and madness.

Bring back wands, i don’t know why i like the idea of wands, maybe because each wand have a type of damage, fire or shadow or frost, i honestly don’t mind to slow down the fight to gain mana while using wands, but i think most players will hate it, the want quick fights.

I know wands never removed, but when was the last time i used one?

Bring back gladiator stance, since i’m leveling a prot warrior now .. i wish to do questing using gladiator stance, going into dungeons as a DPS not a tank.

Mini-dungeons, i wish to see dungeons around the world where you have to go there solo or with 3-player team, 10-15 min maximum to clear the place, the rewards shouldn’t be gear, it could be anything else, like crafting materials, or cosmetics, good consumables, maybe a pet?

There are many zones without dungeons, why not add dungeons to them? they don’t need to be added to LFD, they are purely questing dungeons … yes, let’s call them that, questing dungeons, hard solo content.

Remove weapons from monk class, the first class i ever tested in WoW was monk, and i remember feeling disappointed when i found that monks use weapons, they shouldn’t, isn’t that the “fantasy” of the class? the pandaren revolt against the Mogu was unarmed one … so i still dream of this idea, monk class is pure hand-combat class, no weapons.

Bring back thrown weapons, why not?

Remove specs bring back choice, talent tree in old WoW at least gave people choice between 3 specs, you can mix talents from 3 different specs, so bring back that but it does not have to be the talent tree, it could be something different.

Bring back removed content, there are so many quests and NPCs to count here, for example the whole MoP legendary quest line, why did they remove it? change it a little, change the rewards, remove the achievements if you must, but not a core story to the expansion, someone like me would love to go back and experience the whole thing at my own pace, i didn’t get the chance to do that because i joined the game just 2 months before Warlords of Draenor, i tried to finish the quest line but could not .. damn PVP requirement, almost made me stop playing the game.

Support class or spec, this one i really want to see, support class could offer so many utility to raids and dungeons, or it could provide healing and CC while doing some DPS, i don’t want to be top DPS but i want to be useful in different ways.

For Bossy … and a hat!

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Bossy … i’m sorry

it all started with a simple quest, kill a cow! the monk was angry at the whole world, at booty bay, at the that tauren admiral, why he have to be a tauren? if he was a gnome or even a gnoll; Bossy won’t need to die!

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I was happy in Stranglethorn Vale, i reached the famous Booty Bay
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I worked for the bay, spent my time at its inn, help its people, goblins and one tauren
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To fool the Bloodsail pirates, the tauren asked me to kill a cow!
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Bossy … i’m truly sorry
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RIP Bossy … i’ll avenge you
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on the highest building in Booty Bay
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I’ll show you Booty Bay! for BOSSY!
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becoming a double agent, now i belong to the Bloodsail
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I risked my life for lime!
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Flirting with bloodsail girls .. didn’t work well
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fighting ninjas … i don’t know what’s that!
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Invading the Booty Bay, with roof worgens .. drinking beer
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Dancing before the massacre
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Smart goblin, he escaped my fists of fury
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I did terrible thing, he should blame himself for being a tauren .. for BOSSY
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The Bloodsail Buccaneers consider me a friend now, i’m BloodSail Admiral
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They gave me a red admiral hat, with skull and bones … the shovels are mine!

So i’m trying to get The Insane title, i skipped doing that on my main, doing this on my monk, i decided that he is a simple farmer who truly love cows, and killing Bossy snapped him! so he swore revenge on Booty Bay, and he is now grinding reputation with Bloodsail .. it’ll take time to get the title.

I’m following this guide from Wowpedia, it is simple, but needs so much work.

AFK: let me search that

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Real moss agate

How many times i saw Moss Agate drop from me? i send it to other alts who may need it, sometimes try to sell it in the Auction House, or just vendor it, only few days ago i stopped playing, searched for moss agate, and it is a real thing, for years i thought it is something WoW developers made up.

Yesterday i looted a Cuirboulli Boots from a crate in Blackfathom Deeps, the name was different from the usual, so after a quick search i found “cuirboulli” means boiled leather in french, and now it is a good guild name 😀

So i spent another 20 to 30 minutes just reading about boiled leather, looking for videos and pictures, my character in WoW is AFK and waiting while i’m in a different world.

What else is there to search for? i found many, here is a list for gems:

I honestly thought all these gems in WoW are just fictional, but there they are in real life, and they look pretty, now i have this urge to collect gemstones!

Is there an item in WoW made you search for it in real life?

Fishing in lava

I have this silly idea in WoW, to see where i can or can’t do fishing, and i try every spot where there is water, lava, or even fel, and since the world is big; it would take me a lot of time to cover every spot, so here is few spots i found so far.

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Mount Hyjal, inside one of the portals, also you can in Firelands
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Another lava fishing, Molten Core
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Ok this is cheating, but i think it’s cool, a boss need fishing before showing up, do it again Blizz!
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Darnassus, Temple of The moon, you can do fishing under the statue
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Dire Maul, outside
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Dire Maul, inside the dugneon
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Inside night elf building … er .. tree!
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Shallow pool in a cave, with dead spiders for friends!
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Night Elf house, this tiny pond … is fishable! is this a word?

I’m still trying to find other spots, it’s all about “ooh you can fish here?! i didn’t know that”, and i found few spots where you can’t, for example Ragefire Chasm, i tried to go there with my alliance hunter, it didn’t go well, 2 guards attacked me while i was trying to sneak in unnoticed, i have to kill them and fly, went there by another alt using LFD … this is cheating!

Another place you can’t do fishing in: the two raids in Ahn’Qiraj, this is disappointing.

Anyway, it is just a silly side-quest i made for myself, find all the “fishable” spots in WoW … I may write another post about fishing in WoW, Blizzard can do more for this profession.

The flying sheep and other screenshots

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The kid wanted a place for a cat, who am i to say no?!
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And here it is, i have to find a name for it .. any suggestions?

In real life news: i always wanted a cat, alas some allergic family members can’t breath around them, so no cats in this house or any pets.

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“We green hairs should stick together”
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The mysterious case of five moonkins
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Punch or tickle?
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“How to Tickle a Quilboar” should be a book title
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We observe the barrens vulture in its natural habitat
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The other mystrious case of a raid team of shaman .. mostly
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But hey .. they know how to throw a party
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Why evil is always red?! evil should change its colors .. the new year is coming, change your colors!
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The hozen was not amused .. i don’t know why
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every time i see this world quest i do it .. to hear Khadgar say this line
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I’m a shadow dino!
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back to normal, and new transmog for my shadow priest, the goal: going back to classic sets
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“Do you know where i can find a dentist in Desolace? my face hurt”
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“Me too .. life is pain”

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Sometimes an NPC is so amazing and i feel the need to make a character just like them, let me admit: i don’t play dwarfs, but Shilah here is so cool i want to make a character like her, a protection warrior or paladin? but i’m not sure i can get this outfit on plate class.

 

 

 

Early WoW memories

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I miss this design

When i started playing WoW i thought it’ll be a year or two and i’ll quit, obviously this did not happen, the game is a virtual home for me now, i’m sure i’ll keep playing it for few more years, so today i would like to go back to my earliest WoW memories.

Warning: long post, better to bring cup of hot tea or coffee 🙂

WoW in computer shops and magazines, in the early 2000s the internet was slow and expansive in this part of the world, more than that the internet did not have much to keep anyone connected for a long time, computer nerds (like me!) have to buy computer magazines and go to computer shops where they sell applications and games in large boxes, how i miss these shops.

I saw a piece of news about WoW in 2004, i think it was about beta WoW, i knew from that moment that i want to play this game, it took me many years to do that, every time i go to a computer shop i’ll see the beautiful WoW box and beside it a box for subscription cards, paying online was something few people could do back then.

I watched my brother playing WoW .. a lot, fuzzy memories here, but i remember watching my brother playing WoW, i think he was playing a troll or an orc, back then my idea about Alliance vs Horde was naive and simplistic, i thought the Alliance looks good so they are good, the horde factions look ugly and evil .. they are evil!

I even asked my brother why he is playing the “evil side”? he said everyone he knows play them, nevertheless i enjoyed watching that colorful world, i was so excited to see my brother fishing “ooooh fishing amazing” but felt disappointed when all he did was clicking on the fishing bobber, you see .. games like Ocarina of time have different way of fishing:

I’m not asking for much, am i?

The Worgen almost made me buy the game! from time to time i visit World of War craft website, read about classes and races, after announcing Cataclysm i saw the worgen and i loved the game more than ever, i thought this is the coolest race.

I have to say, i miss the old web, the web designs before this lifeless flat design that look the same where ever i go, old WoW website was beautiful, the current one looks good but i prefer the old one.

My first character was a gnome monk, with green hair! i asked my brother to let me create a character, i think that was in first months of Mists of Pandaria, it was a temporary character, just to test the game, and yet … and yet i could not help it to do som “research” before i made the character!

I’ll admit: i don’t like anything famous! when people go to famous coffee shop i refuse to go there, i choose local small coffee shop because it is less known, less famous, and that was the reason to choose gnome monk, because it was the rarest combination for race/class.

My english back then was not good enough, i can read but understanding what i read meant i read quest text slowly .. reread it many times to understand it, i did all the quests in the starting area for gnomes, and i have to say this soundtrack is stuck forever in my brain, i truly feel happy every time i hear it:

After the starting zone, went to Kharanos, and there i got a quest to go to Ironforge by the flying point, but i didn’t read the text well, i walked there and i’m glad i did, Ironforge for the first time was made me stand in awe, how magnificent is the whole city under the mountain, i walked around and around, i ignored my quest and went in a journey to explore.

Lucky for me it was the time for Darkmoon Faire, i saw the NPC in a bright green robe, told her to teleport me to Elwynn Forest, and there i saw the chat explode, so many people talking.

The one when i thought i could milk cows! in Elwynn Forest chat channel someone said that all the cows in the forest are dead, someone killed them all “how can we get milk from them now?” he asked not knowing that a fool nerd (me!) was so excited by the idea .. “i can milk cows in this game?! awsome!” these small details always more facinating to me than big flashy things … of course you can’t milk cows in WoW .. how disappointed i was when i learned that.

Walking around the forest i reached Stormwind and got lost there! i have no idea how to reach the Faire, untill i saw another green-robed NPC which teleported me to the Faire, i clicked on the portal, few seconds and another soundtrack started to take a place in my brain forever:

To this day the Faire music still bring me to the first time i was there, i love this place.

Then i bought the game, it was by the end of Mists of Pandaria, bad timing if you ask me, Pandaria was one of the best expansions in my opinion, but i was excited and confused, i made 3 or 4 worgen hunters to understand the game, i make a character, i get frustrated by my “mistakes” or by not finishing zones and getting lost in exploring, but i enjoyed every moment of it.