Well, I’ve hit day five in the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge. I’m still on the upwards climb of meeting my day to day goals, but 15 days left sounds better than 20 :) As you can see, todays challenge is name your favorite item or items in game.
Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?
Day 5 – Favourite item(s) in game
With a challenge like this one, I really could write an encyclopedia. However, due to keeping your interest I’ll try to keep it to a short list. There are just so many cool and fun things to talk about. Having to pick just one or even just a small few seems like cruel and unusual punishment. Even just sitting here thinking about what I should write about is causing a lot of hesitation and bantering back and forth with myself. When the voices in your head begin arguing it’s never a good thing, ha!
First, I’d like to talk about mounts. I have three that come to mind in particular and each one carries along memories and adventures. Of course, for my warlock toon I have to give mention of my pride and joy in my Dreadsteed. I’ve written about my adventures on obtaining her on several occasions. She’s a true beauty, and she really was a pain in the rump to get. That’s why I almost stormed the Blizzard headquarters if they were going to make class mounts account wide and across all toons. Any other class riding along on a Dreadsteed? No way! That would have been just wrong! If Blizzard made a change like that I would’ve had to seriously consider dropping my account if it came to that. I’m not joking on that one. It really would have ruined my view on the game. I’m glad they made the decision to keep them as class only mounts. /em sighs in relief
When cold weather grinding became a second job
The Winterspring Frost Sabre is another favorite mount of mine and believe it or not I never ride it. However, every now and then I pull it out of my mount collection just to look at and gush over. For the newer players out there, when I say that to grind for this mount could become a second job, I’m not kidding. It really was a second job. I think my hunter at the time gained three or four levels in just doing the quests to get my rep up high enough. I love the blanket of white, beautiful scenery of the Winterspring area, it became a second home during that fateful and very, very, very grindy grind to achieve my mount. If I never get to go back to Winterspring I’ll be okay because so much of it is cemented in my memories. I also think this is why I roll my eyes and feel a headache coming on whenever I see a furblog to this day.
Time Lost Protodrake isn’t named “Time Lost” for nothing
The Time Lost Protodrake has a story all it’s own and a painful lesson about in-game camping. About 2 weeks after the launch of the WotLK expansion, I had set a goal to camp for this elusive and non-existent drake. For almost three weeks, when I was done questing I would spend hours flying circles from point to point, tracking and back-tracking over all of this beast’s known flight paths. To the fifty or so hunters I alerted that Skoll, the rare blue-lightning worg was up for taming…you’re welcome! Vyragosa became my nemesis and every time I found her all of my frustrations became a wrath of vengeance upon it. If you’ve never camped the TLPD, Vyragosa is another drake that romps around the same flight points and it’s been rumored that she is somehow intermixed with the spawn timer of the TLPD. No one knows for sure.
I stumbled upon the TLPD’s corpse only twice. On both of those occasions I had recently logged in and to my dismay would find the body just as it was about to despawn. I guess that was a good thing for me now that I look back, otherwise I would have wasted both of those nights to further camping. I love the thrill of taming rare and unique pets on my hunter, so to put a challenge like this before me was the worst kind of temptation one can suffer. I can’t remember how long I actually tried to find the TLPD and before I finally decided my time was better spent elsewhere. I know it had been well over a month and possibly into my second month.
Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t camping the TLPD the entire time. I was…er…I just wasn’t doing it full time. I would login, do my dailies, run some dungeons or raid, and when things were in order, I’d fly to the mountains and either patrol or perch for the rest of the night. NPC Scan was in full swing at that point so I could get up and walk around the house (with my speakers turned up to hear the alarm) and every now and then check on my hunter who was hunting this rarest of all rares monster drake. Unlike my normal dedicated-to-the-point of being obnoxious self, I eventually gave up in frustration when a good friend and guildy pointed out to me that I probably could have leveled a few toons with the time I had wasted camping that one drake. *Sighs* he made a great point. So I decided to keep my sanity with the intention that if I was to ever get the TLPD it would have to be through blind luck and chance fate.
When dumb luck strikes, be prepared
The following spring came and I was working on collecting charms for the Love is in the Air festivities. I decided to fly around to areas with mobs that were easy to grind so charm collecting would be easier. I left the Wyrmrest Temple and directed my red drake to fly north. As I approached the next zone I thought, “Hey, why not go give a quick check on the TLPD?” Actually, to my chagrin, I did that anytime I was near a spawn point of the TLPD! I just didn’t actively camp it ;) After circling the flight paths once I laughed to myself for being so silly. And then BAM! The NPC_Alarm went off and my heart stopped. OMG! Could it be?! OMG! Nope, it was Skoll again who decided to tease me and make another appearance at his southern spawn point.
I called out in guild chat that Skoll was up and asked if any other hunters wanted him for a pet. One quickly responded and came to meet me. My guildmate dropped his trap, tamed the blue worg and became one of the countless hunters who should erect a small memorial statue in honor of me up in those snowy banks somewhere. The tribute plaque could even read, “For tireless devotion to hunters”.
Okay! I’ll take you outside to go the bathroom
Not to make a complete one-eighty on you, but I have a dog. A large golden retriever that tops out at about 110 lbs now (he was 120!). He’s a big dog. He’s one of the largest golden’s I’ve owned. His fur is light-blonde to the point he almost looks white when the evening sunlight hits it from an angle. The reason I bring up my dog is because right after helping my friend tame Skoll, I got “Snooted”. My goldie is so smart that anytime he needs to go outside when nature calls his bowel movements he knows to come get one of us. If we’re downstairs in our living room or kitchen he will just sit at the back door patiently looking at us with a forlorn and pleading face, pawing at the door. If no one is around, he’ll come find us where ever we are and give a “snoot”. That’s where he pushes your leg with his nose really hard almost as if to say, “Hey buddy, either you get up and let me go outside or I let myself go on the floor!”
It’s a nightly ritual that occurs 2 or three times before he’s finally done for the night. Since I’m always the last one up either doing paperwork or logged into WoW, he comes upstairs and sleeps next to me at my computer desk and when he’s ready, he gives me a “snoot”. The ritual involves us going back downstairs to our kitchen door, where I let him go romp and relieve himself as I wait patiently at the door for his return. Sometimes, he tricks me because he knows there are deer in the yard he’ll get to chase and not because he needs to relieve himself. Which of course if fine with me because it usually gives me a quick break from whatever I’m doing.
If you’re a hunter on a cliff, don’t Disengage!
After returning back from our “snoot” break this particular night, I opened my map to decide where the best place to grind for bracelets would be. While the map was open and I was putting my headset back on fate decided to pay me a visit. Bam! The familiar horn blare followed by the pounding drums and I knew that the NPC_Alarm went off again. I closed the map and the picture icon showed none other than the TLPD! OMG OMG OMG OMG! I’m sure you’ve had that happen, when a few fleeting seconds feel like they take forever. Well, that was me fumbling to quickly mount and fly to the nearest ridge to reach him. After a hasty Hunter’s Mark and a Concussive Shot later…the fight was on! Woot! To say that I was excited is an understatement. With less than 10% health left on the drake I made the mistake of hitting my Disengage keybind. WHAAA? Nooooes! I watched as my hunter sailed backwards off a large cliff face and pummeled towards the ground below while my pet stayed up fighting the good fight, alone.
I didn’t die, but I was barely hanging on by 5%. Whew! My pet was at 25% health and was dropping fast! I was too far out of reach to cast Mend Pet or to reach the drake with any shots. Lucky for me, my Serpent Sting and Black Arrow were still ticking away at the TLPD’s health. I frantically scurried trying to find a location that was in reach that would allow me to do anything at all. When you have a rare target selected and you’re action bars are greyed out, you feel totally helpless. Somehow, I got lucky and managed to find a spot where I could Mend Pet, reapply Concussive Shot, reapply my stings and unload with Kill Shot. Then everything went silent as still.
High above me the corpse of the TLPD fell and remained stuck on the edge of the cliff face as I watched my pet return back to me. I mounted my red drake and flew up the mountain in disbelief. I know I was numb and quite dumbfounded, because I looted the prize and mounted my new rare and flew around the snow covered peeks in celebration. The reason I know I was numb and dumbfounded is because I forget to take even 1 screenshot! Ugh! While a screenshot would have been nice, I’m still happy with my drake :) Dumb luck is dumb luck, but sometimes…sometimes it comes out in your favor. So if I wasn’t collecting charms, if I didn’t help the other hunter tame Skoll, and if my retriever’s bladder was larger – I might never had gotten one of my favorite mounts in the game! Ha!
Gifts from my family
I rarely purchase anything for myself both in game and IRL. I’m not a complete penny pincher, but any extra income we can spare always goes to my kids and their activities. The parents out there will understand that one. If I do get a nicer item it’s usually due to necessity. My wife has learned by now that for my online life it’s a rather cheap endeavor to keep me happy. So I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the few items my wife and kids have purchased for me over the years. As far a Father’s days are concerned, instead of a tie or tie clip or even cuff-links, I’ve been the lucky recipient of the following:
The Goblin Gumbo Kettle – Which when summoned, players in my party or raid can click on it for a magical food deliciousness that will allow them to belch green fire occasionally. Amijde always has this in her bags. What’s a warlock without a steaming green cauldron? I love it.
The Ogre Pinata – When activated an large pinata appears and players in my group or party can click on it and break it open after doing enough damage to crack it’s shell. It drops bubblegum that players can eat and randomly blow bubble-gum bubbles. My troll shaman is the proud owner of this item and it’s funny to watch a raid fighting a boss as pink bubbles appear in front of their faces.
The Eye of the Legion – When summoned this vanity pet looks like a smaller version of a warlock’s Eye of Kilrogg spell. Of course, my warlock sports this pet too :)
I’m not exactly sure where my lovely wife got the idea to get me these items, but I have a feeling it was on her many visits to the store known as Ebay. However her and my kids were clever enough to find them, I cherish them every time I use them.