Saturday, February 28, 2009

Magic Numbers

- Approx. 666000 before Ruk will Ding 80.
- First Aid is maxed at 450.
- Need to settle on levelling up 1 cunning pet.

In other news, Ruk was invited to a guild group. There were plenty of things that could have been done differently, like:
- have an adequately levelled pet for DPS.
- scope on the range weapon.
- stat food of some kind.
- group assist macros.
- have Recount, or at least Omen, turned on.
- loot all end bosses for stones.

Ran with Necritis, Rasputen, Imonfranky, & Muerten. Thanks gang!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Slow Grind

- Not much happened this past week, to be honest. Ruk kept looking for the Spirit Beast, made himself gear - Eaglebane Bracers and Swiftarrow Shoulderguards, and farmed mats.

- Halfway out of 78, and the pets are coming along. The Devilsaur is now being levelled for DPS, until I can get the Spirit Beast. Taming a wasp from Sholazar Basin is fine, but targeting can become an issue. I can't imagine any group being thrilled with having to navigate around a giant flying bug. Maybe grinding up one of the wasps from Zangramash might be a better way to go. We'll just put that on the list of things to do at 80.

- Questing is still a little frustrating. Ruk is working through the questlines, and they all seem to end at one elite boss. They're not listed as group encounters, but still... what a pain.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Patch Day

Tuesday morning, and the servers are down for routine maintenance. A perfect time to reflect on the past week or so.

- Leveling has become a little more of a pain than I'd like. First, bugged quests. As far as I can see, the two I've run up against are the final ones for that particular quest line. So it isn't like they're keeping me from moving on to the next quest hub. Wowhead also reports these things as bugged. Maybe I'll throw myself at these stupid things once I've reached 80 and have nothing better to do with my time.

- Quest hubs. I can't seem to find them. I was a little concerned when I hit 78 a day or two ago. Every level seemed to have a hub waiting for me, and a quest to send me to a new one. I seemed to have dried up the hubs available to me. Yesterday I realized that Dalaran sent me to different places through quests, so there's a good tip - do your quests in order, kids.

- Spirit Beast. I have a problem with this thing. The problem is that I want it. Number-wise, it isn't the best pet. As far as Elite Ferocity pets, it's still behind Devilsaurs. I guess the fact that it's a rare spawn, and a good-looking pet at that, makes it somewhat appealing. People like to stand out, look different somehow. Toting around a Spirit Beast like a fashion accessory... has The Ruk become Paris Hilton, dragging around some kind of pocket pooch in her hand bag?

- Cash. Honestly, the only thing I thought I'd need gold for would be for repairs and possibly respeccing. But with the Spirit Beast issue, I'd come to realize that I needed a flying mount. I spend the cost on flying lessons, spent another grand on cold weather flying, then bought a generic mount to cruise the Basin. After lapping the Basin as 60% speed, and knowing the Spirit Beast only spawns for ten minutes, I now feel the need for Epic Flying Speed. That's Five Thousand Gold. Needless to say, I'm a little short on funds. That, plus the Mammoth with the vendors (handy as all heck, says I) at Twenty Thousand Gold, I've got my work cut out for me.

- Auction House. The Alea Iacta Est podcast has come great tips for playing the AH (Thanks Miy). The only problem is that those tips don't help when you use them on the same server as the three thousand plus people in the guild who also have access to the same information.

- Professions. I need to check the Grand Master Leatherworking Trainer. There's gear upgrades there that I've overlooked and can now use. All I have to do is farm mats. Oh goody.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pet Power

After cleaning up my talent points and getting them sorted away, I decided to take my available pets out for a bit of a tussle versus the training dummies.

The pets are:
Marv (76 Gorilla)
Estelle (75 Cat)
Devilsaur (71 Devilsaur)
Dakota (74 Wolf)

The results?

True, different levels between pets. But the disparity between them is an interesting indicator as far as "potential damage" goes.

Friday, February 6, 2009

One More Down

Ding 75!

Also, for funsies...

- Flying mount

Sunday, February 1, 2009


The first achievement I picked up this evening was one I stumbled across. I found a flock of turkeys on the road and recalled an achievement for killing 15 in 3 minutes.

Later on I decided to get another easy one, since I was in the neighbourhood.

Since the Ruk doesn't have hair to start with, I wasted four gold to change his non-existent hair color. Easy as pie.

Last one was the achievement I was most looking forward to.

Ding 74! I took the quest in Venomspite that ports me to Dalaran. I probably won't be finishing that one off for some time, since it's an easy port to the city.