Looks Like I’m Done Raiding

Now that the school year is in full swing, my available game time has dropped to an all time low.

Surprisingly, I found myself with a full day this Saturday with nothing to do.  I logged on and jumped into Draenor with hours of available play time.

And yet a full day of gaming later, I found that I never had any desire to queue for LFR.  I also wasn’t motivated to try and navigate the Group Finder to get into a group that might take me with no Normal Mode raid achievements.

Instead, I ran a couple of classic raids looking for pets (got none), did Brewfest on four characters to get the new Toys and Pet (got them), camped a book spawn in Dalaran to finish my Higher Learning achievement (done!), and worked on leveling another alt.

I found this thoroughly enjoyable.  I didn’t miss raiding in LFR at all.  Perhaps Normal raiding might be better, but I’m not sure its worth the effort to find a group.

Is this it?  Am I finally done with raiding for this expansion?  Forever? I’m doubtful that enough of my guildmates will return with Legion to start guild raiding again, so LFR might be my raiding option for as long as I play the game. Once I outgear the drops from there I might just be a full-time non-raider.


Still plenty left to do

I’m still playing.  Still lots left to do.

Why do I have so much left to do?  Because I ration my playtime.

Here’s how a typical WoW week goes for me:

  • Tuesday.  Log on for 20 minutes at night, do my garrison chores on 6 characters.
  • Wednesday:  Log on for 20 minutes at night, do my garrison chores on 6 characters.
  • Thursday: Usually don’t log in at all because I’m busy
  • Friday: Log on for an hour or so.  Do garrison chores and run Tanaan dailies on one or two characters.
  • Saturday morning: Do the Hellfire Citadel LFR raids on my rogue main.
  • Sunday morning: Do one or two wings of Hellfire Citadel LFR on my druid healer.
  • Monday: Usually don’t log in at all.

I have not run a single boss in Hellfire Citadel on Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulty.  I just don’t have the time.  It bugs me when people in chat tell me I should “get better and run Normals”.  I want to reply that they should “Grow up and get a job” but that is as ridiculous a generalization as the one they are applying to my lack of raiding.  LFR fits my schedule and playstyle.

I also have not run a Mythic Dungeon.  I may try that sometime soon.

I still don’t have my Safari Hat or my Stormwing pet or my Felfire Hawk mount.

I’m still short by more than 50,000 Apexis Crystals for some of the vanity items I want to buy.

I really want to get all the professions maxed.  There is no benefit to doing so right now other than tradition.  I have always prioritized professions, but they were so lackluster in WoD that I put them aside.  I still haven’t leveled Tailoring, Engineering, or Jewelcrafting.

So bring on more WoD time.  At least I can fly   :)


I finally got burned at the shipyard

Ever since the shipyard came out, I’ve been reading sob stories about people who failed on 95% shipyard missions and lost a ship.  I generally ignored these complaints as either (1) people who don’t understand that 95% is not 100%, or (2) people that want automatic success and can’t tolerate a little failure.

Maybe its karma, but I got my comeuppance today.

I failed a 96% missions and lost TWO epic ships.  I then switched to another character and failed a 93% mission and lost TWO more epic ships.  Two failures on 90%+ missions resulting in four lost ships.  Ouch.

I still stand by my opinion, though.  No whining.  I immediately bought four Shipyard Rush Orders and built four new ships.  They will be leveled to epic within a week or so.  Total set back is 2000 garrison resources, and having a couple of ships below epic level for a few days.

Yes, that does mean that my success chances will be slightly lowered while I level my ships.  Yes, it is possible that this will impact some other missions for a few days.  If I were in a terrific rush to get to a final goal, then might bug me.  I’m not that bothered.

Was it “fun”?  Of course failing isn’t fun on its own.  But a game that offers no risk isn’t fun, either.  The failing just makes the successes a little sweeter.



Stick it, haters

I just want to point out that there are easily over a half million people who tuned in to the live announcement on Thursday through Twitch and YouTube.  That’s in the middle of a work day in America.

Regardless of the doomsayers and haters, there are still plenty of people enjoying the game.  More than enough to keep it alive for years to come.


World of Warcraft: Legion

So Blizzard took a lot of things that people had been asking for and threw it all at us in one announcement.

  • No more orcs?  check
  • South Seas?  check
  • Burning legion?  check
  • Emerald dream?  check
  • Reworked PvP that can be balanced without affecting PvE?  check
  • Azshara?  check
  • Garrison-style common building that is NOT instanced?  check

The only things missing are true player housing, naval combat, and trolls.

The legendary artifact weapons are a neat idea.  However, someone brought up a good point about those.  These weapons are the pinnacle of their type.  There is no greater hammer than Doomhammer, no greater sword than Frostmourne, etc…  What does that leave for weapons in the next expansion?

In the preview they didn’t show the rogue weapons.  If Illidan wasn’t showing up in the expansion, I would have assumed it would be his warglaives.  With him making an appearance, and Garona as a follower in our garrison, I’m not sure what else rogues might get.  Van Cleef’s weapons?  Valeera Sanguinar?  Moroes?

Since I’m still enjoying the game, I don’t need to be convinced to come back.  I am excited that they are still trying to improve the game.  I just hope that the expansion brings back some of my friends that have unsubscribed.


Gamescom… will they or won’t they?

I think that the WoW community is on edge.  We’ve been told the disappointing news that there will be no more raid tiers in this expansion.  So we’re mostly done with content after only eight months.

The hope is that this is part of Blizzard’s intended change to a faster expansion release schedule.  Those who haven’t already quit in a huff are expecting a quick turnaround.

I think Gamescom has to be it.

Everyone is expecting Blizzard to announce the next expansion at Blizzcon in November, as usual.  Knowing that the expansion timeline has to go Announcement -> Beta -> Release, if they announce it in November then we’d be looking at a summer 2016 release, which means we would be stuck with our current meager content for a year or more.  This could be disastrous for the game.

A move that could save the game would be to announce the expansion at Gamescom in early August.  If they do that, then we could see a release as early as March or so.  Then we’d be playing current content for 8-ish months.  We’d have only 16 months between expansion releases.  That’s a little more tolerable.  Still not ideal, but a step in the right direction.

So pay close attention at Gamescom in two weeks.  If there’s no announcement from Blizzard, then I think we’re in for a long, tough wait.


Timewalking is kinda fun

I missed the BC Timewalking weekend.  This weekend I made sure to do the Wrath Timewalking dungeons for the weekend event.  My impressions.

(1) Nostalgia.  Having played through all of this, it was a fun memory trip.  Unfortunately in five runs I only got to see three different dungeons – Nexus once, Halls of Lightning twice, and Ahn’kahet the Old Kingdom twice.  And I’ve always disliked Ahn’kahet.

(2) Not too hard.  It was certainly easier than when it was current content.  In five PUG dungeon runs we haven’t had a single player death.  I did come into a group recovering from a wipe, but I missed the bad part.

(3) Friendly groups.  The people have been social and cordial.  There has only been one hyper-critical jerk.  When I joined a group recovering from a wipe, he was all frothing at everyone and screaming that no one knew Wrath dungeons.  Then everyone linked their wrath achievements.  So he dropped group.  Other than that guy, its been smooth sailing.

(4) Good reward (for now).  Since I am only doing LFR raiding right now, this is the first chance I’ve had to get normal-mode raid loot.  I know that this reward will not be useful for long.  I figure I have one more Timewalking event left to get an upgrade.  In two months I either won’t need that loot or I’ll have given up trying for it.

(5) Getting dressed up!  Since all gear is scaled down to iLvL 160, that means that you can wear ANY gear over iLvL 160 and it will be the same when it is scaled down.  There is no benefit to wearing a LvL690 piece over a LvL 200 piece.

That means that gear-hoarders like me get to flip through our bank tabs and Void Storage looking for something nice to wear.  This could be purely cosmetic or trying to min/max the system.  The word on the webs is that gems and procs are advantageous in the scaling process.  So if you’re trying to really kill the damage meters (5000 dps! Gasp!) then you’ll want lots of gem sockets and good procs.  I pulled out my old Fangs of the Father legendary daggers from Cata and my legendary cloak from Mists.  Later I’ll put more thought into customizing an outfit.

I’m already looking at the calendar to see when the next Timewalking weekend is.  This was a nice move, Blizzard.


Dinaer - 100 Assassination Rogue (US - Sen'Jin)
Derence - 92 Prot/Ret Paladin (US - Sen'Jin)
Metius - 91 Shadow Priest (US - Sen'Jin)
Liebnitz - 100 Arcane Mage (US - Sen'Jin)
Fastad - 90 Subtlety Rogue (US - Sen'Jin)
Darishin - 100 Resto/Balance Druid (US - Sen'Jin)
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