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They Got The Nightmare Part Right

September 18, 2017

The last official weekend of the summer before the autumn equinox was a beautiful one here … 80 degrees F and sunny. So I took advantage of the weather on Saturday and .. sat in front of my computer almost all freaking day. Yeah. I blame the Dreamweavers or whatever those druids in Val’sharah call themselves, because if they had just given me a unicorn I would not have been so determined to jump through the necessary hoops to obtain a Lucid Nightmare. For those unfamiliar, the best guide is this extremely detailed comment on Wowhead.

So I sat down on Saturday morning to get started. The college football game that I wanted to watch started at noon so I figured I was going to be stuck inside watching that anyway, I may as well work on this while I’m at it. I started before the daily reset, which happens at 11am my time, so it was probably around 10:30am. I was in Ulduar somewhere when the reset happened. Now, I did make this take longer because I figured as long as I was there and still need pets, mounts, and transmogs, I was going to run the whole thing. The lights on/lights off pattern was quite easy really, except for the Dark Rune Sentinels that kept spawning every so often and putting me in combat from Razorscale’s area even though I had killed her. And I did complete the 25 man mage set and get two of the pets that I needed, so it was a good run.

All the rest of the stuff up to the Endless Halls was easy and painless for the most part. Note that you can skip that annoying slime boss in Ahn’Qiraj. I’m not sure what time it was when I finished up these things and headed to Kun’Lai. I took a couple of breaks to get a couple loads of laundry done and hung on the line since it was nice out, and made some lunch. So it was after lunch but still early afternoon. Let’s say 1:30 eh?

O. M. G. It sounds easy enough, but with the different levels and the warp rooms there was NO WAY I was getting anything accomplished by trying to map it out on paper. I spent about 3 hours on it before I’d had enough and just plain went AFK to take the dog for a nice long walk.

After we got back and I fed him and made myself a sandwich, I downloaded the Lucid Nightmare Helper addon. Do yourself a favour and just go do this before you even get to the Endless Halls. Even with the helper, the first attempt I made once I had it installed had me continually ending up in the same room even though I was sure I was taking different routes. An hour of that and I was like, yeah so .. I need a shower. So I took another break.

On the final restart (if you log in and out you’re in a completely new maze), I was getting the hang of mapping things out with the addon, and found everything except for one of the orb rooms. My map was looking like a huge mess by this time, so I made a mental note of approximately where things were in relation to each other, then erased the map I had drawn on my addon to start a clean one .. same maze, just redrawing a new map in the addon. This is what it looked like when I completed the map and was ready to start matching orbs with runes:

You may have to click on it to see the full size, apparently I can’t crop photos on here anymore.

Not that the time stamp in the corner up there says 8:06 pm. That’s right. At this point I’ve been at it for 9.5 hours. Ok, take away probably 90 minutes for meals, dog walking, a shower, etc. and that still has me at 8 hours time spent looking at the computer screen. And I’m not finished yet! I still have to match these things up, then go to the Forgotten Crypt outside of Karazhan and wander around there until I find this lovely box with the purple runes.

Time stamp there is 8:47pm. So yeah … that was a long dang day y’all!

But it was definitely worth it. As a bonus, this spectral dragon was hanging around Dalaran because I had Ebonchill equipped at the time, so she made the screenshot that much more awesome.

New background image fo’ sho’!

So there, stingy elves in Val’sharah! I got a unicorn anyway!!

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Nine

June 14, 2016

This has been a good month for me so far in WoW.  On June 1 the Northrend Timewalking event came up again, and I finally had enough tokens to purchase the horse I had been wanting, the Ironbound Wraithcharger.

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Then of course, the movie came out last week. I didn’t go the first two nights … I’m weird and prefer going on Saturday mornings when it’s light outside and the crowds are smaller. The only option on Saturday morning was 3D, and I had reservations about that, but I went anyway and I have to say, I think it was even better in 3D. I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome the movie was. Granted, there were a couple of things that, being interested in the lore and having read the books, I found to be … changed a little more than I would have liked. But I also understand that those changes made it a better movie, and I’m ok with that. I might even go see it again, and will almost certainly be getting the DVD later on.

One other nice result from the excitement of seeing the movie is that I feel like playing again, even daydreaming at work about which character I am going to level when I get home. It’s been months since I’ve had that feeling and it’s good to want to play again. I even finished my 9th class this weekend.

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So Adryen Monk joins the other eight and now all I have left are Druid and Priest. The Druid will probably be my Tauren lady because she is 92 and nearly ready for Gorgrond. My troll is still 89 and so … I don’t know. The priest will probably be my human, even though he is also 89, because then I will have 4 max level characters on each of my three main servers. (I already have 2 DKs at 100 because … well, because I wanted to!) One of each other class will be enough. Van is certainly worthy of carrying Ashbringer, even though I would have loved for Kerick to be the one. I sent Kerick to get a garrison but I just … I can’t play him. I can’t make him look good and the new humans just aren’t him no matter what I do at the barbershop.

Oh yeah, I’m also gonna need a gnome hunter and a demon hunter or two, ya? Hmm … oh well. Gotta finish these last two classes, first. 😉

Eight

April 11, 2016

With the Faire around last week, I figured it would be a good idea to get some more leveling done.  Saturday afternoon I finished up with Madorsa.

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That makes 8 classes to level 100. Only druid, monk, and priest to go.

Oh. Yeah. You’re probably wondering how I skipped from 6 to 8, eh? Yeah, I boosted Kriann, the dwarf shaman, with the Legion pre-order. I didn’t document it because, well, it’s a boost. I didn’t level her. Well, I did, to 68, but not the rest of the way. So, she counts, but she doesn’t, ya know?

In the course of her adventures in Nagrand, Madorsa ran across Luk’hok, a rare elite elekk that drops a mount, the Mottled Meadowstomper. Now, he’s level 100 and she, at the time, is 98. Yes, I know, warlock OP etc etc but I didn’t even bother. I mean really, I have 7 other classes at max level right? Ok, 4 if we’re only talking about the server group that she is on, but still … I trotted Van out there instead.

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I am totally out of practice with him, but I remembered enough to kill the thing without getting myself killed. So, new and totally unexpected mount!

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Aside from all that, I spent yesterday working on my seasonal character in D3 since the season ends … crap, Friday. I don’t think I will be completing chapter 4. First off, in order to even get into my set dungeon, I had to dink around with finding the crimson beta drivers for my ‘legacy’ AMD video card so that the game won’t crash if I try to visit the Desolate Sands. Yeah. Next time I’m buying Nvidia. I might be able to get to Greater Rift level 20 and kill Siegebreaker Assault Beast on T4 by then, but I have to do some research on the set dungeon. That might be too much. Still, for a casual player, I’m happy just to have completed my set. I just need the pants still to have all 7 pieces.

Remind me next season to start running rifts at 60 or so, so that I have a collection of greater shards ready for me when I hit 70. I’m behind now because I have to run 2 or 3 neph rifts to get a shard in between each greater rift. Gah.

Well That Was Anticlimactic

September 16, 2015

So I finished my ring quest ….

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It doesn’t even have a fun effect. And it’s a ring, so you can’t see it … not like the cloaks with their visual effects. Oh well.

Now that I had the ring and its follow-up quest, I went in and killed Archimonde last night. I got lucky and zoned into a group that already had 5 stacks of determination, so it was a quick one-shot for me. I hung around and watched the cinematic and felt … nothing. I thought back to the endings of the previous three expansions that I have been around to see. Garrosh … heck yeah it was exciting to finally put him in his place. Deathwing … that jerk ruined zones that I cared about and burned me to a crisp when I was just out and about trying to … ok, fine, trying to get burned to a crisp for the achievement, but still! Arthas, the Lich King … man oh man. Killing him is still the most emotional and memorable experience that I have had in the game. This? Meh. I could care less.

Now I have all this time to finish up other things. Reputation, achievements, collections …

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I’ve got Van catching lunkers for Nate, finishing the Awfully Big Adventure, and getting rep with the Emperor (yes, he’s an expac behind). Sanbec is finishing up the reputations in Tanaan and collecting music scrolls. Several characters are earning seals for the mounts I still don’t have from the Argent Tourney. Add in the 6 classes that I still want to level to 100 and I have more than enough to keep me busy. 🙂