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Twas Bored…

January 25, 2010 1 comment

SO I GOT MY PENCIL CRAYONS OUT! =D

Questions of the Day

When should I start my career as a professional artist?

Am I a cool cat in real life?

Sorry for the randomness, I promise a more useful post tomorrow!

Bugged Quest – “Test at Sea”

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

A few days ago at level 70 I decided to head over to Howling Fjord to hand in a few quests I had picked up during Utgarde Keep. I then decided to leave the Boring Borean Tundra behind for the time being and quest here. One of the very early Horde quests “Test at Sea” is actually broken at this point in time. It won’t allow you to use the quest item needed to bomb the incoming Alliance Ships (Blizzard prefers Alliance?!). After checking wowhead I realized that this quest was indeed bugged and I sent the following GM Ticket:

I thought it might be useful to show this just in case any of you find this quest to be bugged in the near future. Make sure to ask politely for the GM to complete the quest in your log and you will not miss out on the XP or the Loremaster Achievement you are after.

Why do I always pick the good guys?

January 21, 2010 19 comments

When entering Shattrath you have the opportunity to start the quest A’dal which eventually leads to yourself deciding if you want to be a part of the Aldor or the Scryers. I’ve just completed that seres of quests and decided to help the proud Aldor, the defenders of the Light!

Neither faction really offers me any reason to pick them in terms of gear or useful items, I’m level 67 and will soon be leaving behind this alien world. However I realized I couldn’t pick the Scryers, I just couldn’t do it. They are not an ‘evil’ faction but they are obviously not the ‘good guys’ and I would feel incredibly guilty if I decided to pick them. Looking back at my past characters I realized that I had only ever picked the Scryers once and that was because I had decided that I really needed that particular shoulder enchant for what I intended to do.

So maybe I just have a slight phobia of Blood Elf males (who doesn’t?) but this trend does not stop with Shattrath. I remember with one character I actually managed to get the Green Proto Drake from the Oracles and then realized I no longer needed anything from this faction. After much consideration I decided to reset my reputation with the Oracles and join the Wolvar to see if there was anything I may find useful and pick up a couple of achievements. That lasted about two days before I went crawling back to the Oracles and begged for forgiveness.

I was now beginning to realize that I had a problem. Looking at other games where I had to decide between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ I came to the conclusion that I was indeed a goodie two shoes. I have played games such as Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights, Black and White or even Mass Effect and never even considered stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’m such a failure!

Questions of the Day

Do any of you guys have the same issue?

Why do you always pick the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ guys?

Am I turning into a Roleplayer?

A new name and a new blog

January 20, 2010 1 comment

Hey guys!

I have just made the transition from my old blog to this new and hopefully better location. I decided to move my blog because I felt that the previous name did not really fit my blog and hopefully The Shadow Troll will suit me a little better. I have also changed from using blogspot.com to wordpress and I definitely prefer this setup. It feels a lot more up to date and although I’m very new to blogging I have a whole lot of features to keep me entertained.

Transferring all the posts I have written so far was far easier than I thought it would be but I imagine there might be a few mistakes here and there. I will try my best to modify these but please let me know if you notice anything amiss in my previous posts.

Well this was just a quick post to explain my decision and hopefully you enjoy the new blog!

Chris (The Shadow Troll?)

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25 things I hope get Cataclysmed!

January 20, 2010 3 comments

I’m currently level 56 and quickly coming to the end of my Azeroth leveling (I intend to hit Outland the moment I ding 58). Although I will always remember Azeroth with fond memories I am happy to reach some TBC content and leave behind several very annoying parts of the ‘Classic’ WoW. So as the title of this post suggests here are twenty-five things I have noticed whilst leveling in Azeroth that I really hope get changed in Cataclysm:

1. Weird gear with very random stats

2. The “Find every page of this book” quests

3. Long and confusing dungeon designs (BRD anyone?)

4. The “Travel to the other continent and give this letter to my friend” quests

5. Scenic flight path routes

6. Horrid profession related quests

7. Horrid class related quests

8. Horrid quests

9. Weapon Masters

10. Gnomeregan

11. Confusing quest descriptions

12. Awkward dungeon quests that your party won’t help you with (Try explaining that Sunken Temple quest to a random PuG!)

13. Overpriced old world items on the Auction House

14. Quests that require overpriced old world items

15. Wishing you could start at level 58 like those pesky Death Knights

16. Spending so much time traveling before you get your first mount

17. Horrible escort quests (I’m thinking about that turtle in Tanaris who only moves at walking speed and expects you to take him to the opposite corner of the zone. Damn turtles)

18. Having little to no mana regen as a Shadowpriest and then watching a ret paladin solo the entire zone.

19. The Plaguelands

20. Vendors in the middle of nowhere selling the recipe you need

21. Pointless factions (Ravenholdt?)

22. Barrens chat

23. Quests mobs with awful drop/respawn rates

24. Some of the more outdated graphics

25. Thrall’s armor (How can he lead the Horde in level 30 greens?!!?)


If I am completely honest all the points I have mentioned are what make old world content so classic and when the Cataclysm hits Azeroth it will be a very exciting time to play but thinking about it makes me all nostalgic.
So what things do you want to get Cataclysmed? I’ve focused on things that I noticed whilst leveling but feel free to mention anything you want to see Deathwing’s arrival change!

Crazy day is crazy

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve had a little bit of a crazy day so I don’t really have time for a post today. I’ll just give quick update on the leveling:

I’m level 43 at the moment and currently looking for the next quest zone to dive into. I’m not really taking advantage of the LFG system that much because it takes around 15 minutes to get into a group, my mana regen still sucks compare to other caster DPS and well my spec is designed for questing/soloing for the most part. When I do fancy a dungeon or have the quests for something I usually queue up whilst questing in a zone and then just jump in when I find a group.

I chose to work Improved Psychic Scream and Silence into my spec for questing just because they really help when tackling particular types of mobs and although most people avoid these talents whilst questing I would rather be able to control each fight than increase my damage or mana regen slightly. Its only three talent points anyway but I like having the option to silence a last minute heal or Fear a group of mobs to escape.

I should have plenty of time tomorrow (its 2AM so technically its today I guess) for a decent post and sorry for the rushed update.

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Off Topic – Avatar

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok this post is not WoW related yet I really want to quickly talk about Avatar the sci-fi film that has instantly been a hit worldwide and broken all sorts of box office records.

I have just watched the film at a local IMAX 3D cinema and the entire experience was amazing. For the entire 2 1/2 hours I felt like I was part of the story and the 3D effect was so captivating. If you have the option to watch this film in IMAX 3D I would implore you to consider it, the film was meant to be watched in this way and you will not regret your decision. That being said the film is not just a 3D gimmick, it has a really great story that lets you empathize with each character and will draw you into the film however you choose to watch it.

The plot is nothing groundbreaking and features a lot of similarities to films like Pocahontas where the main character chooses to side with the native people he finds rather than the ‘evil’ invaders that he was once part of. However the way in which the film is displayed will suck you into this new world of stunning scenery and awesome creatures. The Cinematography is so fantastic that you won’t even notice the transition between live action and CGI content. The director James Cameron delayed the creation of Avatar until he thought technology could produce the effect he wanted and I think that is a fantastic mind frame to be in when producing such a film. I have a lot of respect for the people that created Avatar and I can’t wait to see the promised sequel!

For a great review of this film and various others check out the Movielicious podcast hosted by some awesome people also involved in the WoW community. The link to the Avatar episode is here.

Avatar. Go watch it!

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