The Skin is Always Greener on the Other Side

A few posts back I talked about burnout and a few ways of combating it.  In my time since then I have been toying with the idea of trying my very best to level a character to level 85 as horde before Mists of Pandaria hits.  I know that for many of you this isn’t much of a challenge.  So let me share what best summarizes my track record with you when it comes to leveling horde characters.  The highest level one I have is a 45 blood elf warlock that was created when Burning Crusade came out.  In fact, she predates my draenei hunter on the same server that I currently raid with in Stands in Bad.  So for me anyway this will be no small accomplishment.

My reasons for wanting to have a level 85 horde toon are pretty simple.

  1. Experience more lore
  2. Better questing experience
  3. For some reason more attractive men play horde
  4. More blogging material

When I start to undertake this self-appointed challenge I will most likely roll another hunter.  Because hunters are awesome!  And because it’s what I know.  As for the race I’m a little undecided.  At present I view my most likely options as being troll or orc.  I am currently completely undecided on server; I don’t know all that many people who play horde any longer after cancellations in subs.  And a guild that will let me mooch perks and fulfill my need for being social would be very very nice.  If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to leave it in the comments section below.

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And the Training Wheels are Off!

It's almost like they were watching the whole time... Many people wouldn’t know it now, at least that is what I tell myself, but I used to be painfully shy.  I would never have dreamed of running pugs back when my priest was my main.  And technically speaking, LFR is still the extent of my priest’s pugging but that’s because I’m so rusty (bad) at healing now.  For a while this was the case even on my hunter.  I was new to the class, hadn’t played in a year and half and those self-esteem and shyness issues were still very prevalent.  I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point between then and now (not long after DS 5 man’s were released) I looked at how that kind of behavior was holding me back.  So what if I messed up.  That is how you learn.  And if anyone else didn’t like it, we didn’t have to group together ever again.  I was also reminded of how needy I was when it came to groups, a few friends and an ex-boyfriend can attest to that and I did not, would not be that person anymore.  So I queued for my first pug solo and it went ok.  No one yelled at me for messing up, in fact I didn’t mess up at all.

Of course I didn’t finish this achievement without the aid of guild members and friends.  Kialesse herself was grouped with me when I was at 99/100 for the final achievement.  But the fact remains that I overcame something that has bothered me about myself since my days of playing Dark Age of Camelot.  And now I even have a little, adorable companion to remind me that I’m not helpless (especially as long as I’m playing a hunter anyway).

Glyph of the Aspects – A Step in the Right Direction

Weeeeeeeeeeee!The Blizzard hunter glyph fairies have sprinkled their magic dust and brought forth a new minor glyph, Glyph of the Aspects.  No, it won’t summon Ysera and friends to do your dailies for you, but it will cause a cute and cuddly animal representing each hunter aspect to follow you for 15 seconds.  That’s a tiger, fox, and hawk and no leaves (because leaves aren’t animals and Aspect of the Wild, it seems, is being removed).

I cannot emphasize enough how happy it makes me that the developers have been able to create a purely cosmetic minor glyph for hunters that is on par with the ones that have been made for other classes.  I’m crossing my fingers for now though, in the hope that Blizzard is able to come up with enough of these cosmetic minor glyphs for there to be enough variation amongst hunters.  Because let’s face it, things like that lose their novelty when everyone has it.  I also hope there are plenty of choices so that once I am bored with the ones I have made, there will other fun and exciting ones to choose from.

As it stands today on beta, this glyph will be available for Inscriptionists to craft at 175 skill with 3 Jadefire Ink and 1 common parchment.

My Desk Has a Head Shaped Crater

So, as everyone knows the Mists of Pandaria Beta has been out for a little while now.  For anyone who hasn’t been able to get in yet I though I would share some experiences and tips in the event that you do get that covetted invite.

  1. Remember that this is the beta.  Fecal matter is broken. (What? This is a family, mostly hunter oriented gaming site.)  As of 7 April I was unable to complete any quest that required collecting items off the ground- the one exception being the quests in the Pandaren starting area.
  2. Hunter pets are their original size after zoning, reloading, etc.  At first this sounds really cool, but trust me; after a while you come to hate that pet because it is always in the way.

    I started hating him after an hour of this.

  3. Don’t bind in Pandaria, especially Alliance! As of April 7, the portals did not work without a rune of teleportation.  Alliance members who were able to teleport with the rune then found themselves to suddenly being taking on the role of Rapunzel as they were unable to leave the tower.
  4. Set those graphics qualities to good or lower, unless you really miss watching Reboot.  Graphics on the higher settings caused many buildings to take on the appearance of giant pink cubes.  Unfortunitely they were not accompanied by Enzo and a female voice annoucing, “Warning. incoming game.  Warning, incoming game.”
  5. If you’re like me, your “primary spec” isn’t your primary spec.  Your seconday spec (the one I use 99% of the time) is wipeed clean and your primary is the default.

    But I didn't know when I selected BM as my secondary!

  6. Some hunters have been experiencing missing pets.  Basically, one is missing from the call pet ability on your action bar.  It has to be called from the spellbook.

So here is how all these discoveries unfolded in my beta adventures:  I logged in to find that I had no specialization. No problem.  I figured I would keep SV and change MM to BM to see what changes had been made.  Then I discoved that the other spec was not blank as I had thought. “Oh well!  Lets go play in Jade Forest! I’ll fix it later.” Only at this point you still can not change your specialization.  So off I go to Panda land.  I get there, things are cool and I start questing with a ginormous wolf because my cat is missing.  I bind in Pandaria.  I decide that the wolf is not working out, so I decided to take a portal back.  It doesn’t work.  So I quest some more with a very large wolf who likes to stand on top of the bodies I need to loot.   An hour or so passes and I ask around and find out that I need a reagent to use the portals, of which I can find none in Pandaria so I have my priest mail my hunter some.  Hurray! Hurray?  Nope.  I was stuck in the tower in Stormwind.  So what’s a girl to do? Level a Night Elf monk!  Then I saw that a quarter of the quests I came across were broken.  Be warned beta testers, be warned.