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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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Back From a Month Off

July 10, 2017

So this weekend was my first time to really sit down and play since May. I had a lot to catch up on.

I did the Deadmines pet dungeon. On the one hand, I’m glad you buy the pets with tokens because I know exactly how many weeks it will take to get them. On the other hand … it will take that many weeks to get them. But maybe the bottle cap in my bag will serve as a reminder to do it. I haven’t been back to Wailing Caverns since the first week it opened because I keep forgetting about it.

Oranis got his class mount. I guess I’m basically done with him, other than doing Tomb LFR and getting his fishing artifact and maybe some more archaeology and .. ok I guess I’m not really done with him. Just done with … oh. Right. There’s still another zone and crap on the PTR isn’t there. Well, he’s not priority right now anyway, I need to get these other characters caught up. Kerick finished the stupid sentinax quest, thanks to the wonderful Poppycat who brought beacons to spawn portals.

Oh and there’s one more thing that Oranis is working on. I thought this would be a big pain in the rear, but I must admit … I can’t WAIT to get home today and get back to work on the Chromie scenario. I’m not reading guides or trying to be super, I’m just enjoying killing stuff and watching the rep bar move. The only reward I’m truly interested in (besides pet drops of course) is the Timelord title. And I don’t have to be good to get that, just persistent.

Oh right, I have a blog

June 9, 2017

I know, I’ve been severely neglectful lately when it comes to this. What can I say, I’m getting old. I don’t play as much as I used to .. and not at all this month, although that’s not really by choice since Mom is visiting for the month. She lives far away, so she gets my full attention when I do get to see her.

I’ll have lots to work on when I get back into the game next month though. My ‘main’ mage, Oranis, has kept up with the Broken Shore busywork and will be ready to claim his stupid flying disc, er, class mount right away. I am not going to run out of things to do anytime soon. I have six other classes leveled and working on this … most are stalled at the Sentinax thing. One, the warrior Sanbec who was the most recent one to hit 110, is also still working on his class campaign.

Oranis has two, no, three legendaries because he’s the one that makes sure to always do emissaries. The warlock Madorsa has gotten one. Other than Oranis, though, the others do emissaries randomly.

Let’s see, what else … I have just two pet families to complete for the pet battle achievements, Family Familiar. Aside from that, though, I’m behind on the other new things. I’ve only collected one pet from the latest Raiding for Leashes, and I’ve only done the Wailing Caverns pet dungeon the week it came out. And now the Deadmines one comes out .. next week?!? Ahhhh!

So yeah, I see people complain about the Broken Shore quests being unimaginative and filler, but dude … I have SO. MUCH. TO. DO. I haven’t even gotten my fishing artifact yet! I’m catching up though, thanks to flying. I didn’t miss it that much before we got it back, but man has it made my alts happy. I still have 5 of those to level, too … monk, death knight, shaman, priest, and … um …. oh. Right. Demon hunter. I’m going to have to spend soooooooo much time on the DK, because I want ALL OF THE PETS which means stuffing AP into all three weapons. Because pets. Also, I must have all colors of the paladin horse because horse! So AP in all of HIS weapons as well. Maybe Oranis will retire after he gets his disc.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge – Changing Mains

January 25, 2017

Z and Cinder do a weekly blog challenge topic that they post about and encourage others to join in and do the same. They link all posts for each topic on their shared blog. This week’s topic is one that I can definitely weigh in on so here we go!

If I couldn’t play my main anymore, what would I be? Well, I already changed mains once going into Legion. Despite my love for my paladins and the knowledge that I would be wielding Ashbringer, I just .. couldn’t make peace with the ret playstyle. (We won’t even bother talking about healing, I quit that completely once I quit raiding .. pug healing stresses me too much.) So during the pre-launch invasion events I took out all of the classes for test drives and settled on what I felt was the most fun. Thus I have been a fire mage since Legion’s launch. I had mained mage in the past, although not with this particular character … but it would have felt wrong for my fire mage to be anything other than blood elf. It just feels *right* what with the weapon being Kael’thas’ Felo’melorn.

But let’s say they mean NOW, not six months ago when the expansion launched. What if last week’s patch had changed my current main too much and I didn’t want to play him anymore? Well, strangely enough, since it has never been a class I really cared for, I would probably go with my outlaw rogue. The pistol shot procs and quick combo point buildups are a lot more fun than I had expected, and I am going to thoroughly enjoy finishing the last 5 levels. He’s also a lot more durable than in my prior rogue experiences, partly from class changes over the years and partly just from playing him and becoming more familiar with his abilities. I’ll never be a pvp phenom or anything like that, but even in PvE I’ve found plenty of uses for the utility abilities like stealth and sap and, of course, vanish. Plus, there are some really nice leather transmogs. What? That’s an important consideration ya know! 😉

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