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northrendHey, there was an expansion a couple of weeks ago. Didn’t you hear? Like everybody else, I’ve been knee-deep in Northrend for a little while. Sorry I’ve been out-of-touch.

Most of you know I had three 70’s the day the expansion hit. I remembered hearing somewhere that the Horde were starting at one end of Northrend and the Alliance were starting at the other. What happened to that? I thought all the Alliance boats were going to the same place. Apparently that plan changed. So my strategy so far has been to start Nanoo on the east end (Howling Fjord) and Nanoo on the west end (Borean Tundra) and just get groups with Nenianae wherever I can since she’s not a really great solo’er. So far it’s worked out pretty well except for some Lightheaded/Tomtom incompatibility that seems to have ironed itself out.

I’ve done Utgarde Keep twice (once on Nanoo and once on Nenianae) and Nexus once with Nanoo. Poor Gweedo hasn’t seen the inside of an instance yet. Utgarde Keep didn’t inspire me a lot, but I really enjoyed Nexus even though the layout was really weird. My recommendation to you if you’re planning on running Nexus is to bring high-powered AoE with you. Those little respawning plant thingies I forget the name of are an enormous pain in the ass. They kept gangbanging our priest who died at least twice just because we couldn’t keep track of them and they kept attacking from behind. If I was able to herd them together into a tight group I found I could kill them with about two-and-a-half volleys. Probably a “real” AoE class could wipe them a lot more easily — but we didn’t have one of those.

I really wanted to tame one of those “bald eagles” as a pet for Nanoo and I finally did. I thought the ones in Grizzly Hills were level 71, so I worked like a dog to get to 71 and found out they were 72. Luckily I found out from good ‘ole Petopia that there are level 71 birds of prey that use the exact same model in Howling Fjord. What Petopia didn’t tell me was that taming one was going to be a lesson in repeated death. To find yourself one of these white-headed predators, you wander over to the area where you did the falconry quests. If you turn on track beasts, you will see little agro-neutral yellow dots wandering around. Some of them will be perched on little rock formations. Those aren’t the ones you want. Those are the males, which do not have the white heads. To find one of the females — a matriarch — you have to wander over to the cliff area where the dwarves are, but a little farther north. The females roost in the cliffs. So essentially you have to walk right up as close to the edge of the cliff as you can and look down to see if you can spot one, and try to tame it. I got lucky and one of them saw me and decided to try to peck my eyes out. (The females are hostile, not like the males.) Of course in the process of taming, I fell off the cliff. It’s a long way down. I really recommend you wait for the Imperial Eagles in Grizzly Hills if you want a bald eagle BUT if you can’t wait (like I couldn’t) it might be a good idea to bring a Parachute Cloak.

Two of my three “major” toons are hearthed in Dalaran already. Sure you can get a summon. Sure you can get a mage portal. But the cheap and easy way is just to join a BG group with the leader in Dalaran. Then either do the BG, or just /afk out of it. Then you’ll be returned to the battlemaster where the group leader entered the queue That’s how both of my toons got there.

Hope to have more impressions of more instances in the near future!

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wrath-of-the-lich-kingJust a smattering of random thoughts, impressions, and experiences from the last day or so that are Lich King related.

  1. If you don’t want to suffer on launch day, come to Canada.  I hit Wal*Mart at about 1:30 pm, shortly after lunch yesterday.  Not only were there no lines, but there were hundreds — maybe thousands — of copies.  This is the same as the experience we had with Burning Crusade.  Don’t ask me why American retailers suck.  They just do.
  2. A lot of people have asked me, both before and since the launch, what the first thing was that I intended to do after I had the expansion installed.  Yes, I made a Death Knight as soon as the game was loaded, but I didn’t play him immediately.  Most of yesterday — for me — was spent doing two things.  Gweedo fished a lot and upgraded his cooking and fishing skills.  Nanoo went on a scenic tour of the bottom half of Northrend, sightseeing and picking up flight points to connect the Borean Tundra to the Howling Fjord.  I wanted to know where all the flight points were so I could find them again later.  Some of them are really well hidden.  I found this article really helpful, as painful as it is for me to link them — at least you-know-who wasn’t the author.
  3. I did eventually play my Death Knight, a little last night and a lot more this morning.  Yes, it was fun.  But I’m not sure I’m keeping him.  It just doesn’t fit my playstyle.
  4. Northrend is gorgeous.  400% more gorgeous than Outlands on its best day.  I particularly enjoyed exploring Grizzly Hills and taking the “ski lift” down to the island of Kamagua.  Maybe it’s just because I’m Canadian, but Northrend feels like home and I love it.  If Blizzard ever let me build player housing in Grizzly Hills, I’d never leave my house.
  5. TIP: If you hear people talking about “moose”, they’re really talking about shoveltusks.  This only proves to me that 80% of Americans have no idea what a moose looks like.
  6. Everything is so damn expensive.  35g to train grand master professions?  Eeeeek.  I’m gonna be running dailies for the rest of my life.  My entire family of toons is nearly broke just from the training I did yesterday.  I’m hoping that Northrend starts to put back into my pocket some of the money it’s taking out.

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Given that the maintenance isn’t going to be “done” until 5pm Eastern tomorrow, I’d say there is a very high probability that we will see patch 3.0.2 tomorrow!  I could be wrong… but I doubt it.

Remember that tomorrow’s patch goodness will bring:

  • Hairstyling Inscriptions – The New Profession.
  • A built-in calendar feature in-game.  No more add-ons required!  Guild organization just got a whole lot easier.
  • Barbershops (I know a tank who could use a haircut… I wonder if they will offer body waxing too?)
  • Stormwind Harbor will open to the public.  You won’t be able to get to Northrend yet, but you’ll be able to mill around the harbor and get familiar with the new NPCs.
  • The talent trees and associated abilities are getting revamped in preparation for Wrath Of The Lich King.  No official word (that I’ve heard) on whether there will be free respecs for all.
  • A couple of new arenas.  Blah.
  • Huge changes in raids that everybody is talking about, but no one has yet to successfully explain to me.  Guess we’ll find out when we get there.

What did they miss?  What could they have put in the patch that they didn’t?  Personally I would have liked to have seen “Guild Banks 2.0” included.  Maybe they’ll release that down the road.  Heck, to be honest, somebody could add the functionality I’m thinking off with an addon, I don’t know why nobody has.  Any sort of sorting would make guild banks 2,000% more useful.  Allow guild leaders to set categories in the bank that automatically funnel items to virtual compartments.  (Heck, while you’re at it, why not give us this functionality in bags as well.)

Nonetheless tomorrow will be an interesting day — assuming the patch comes.  And it will be interesting to see how it is received by the player population.

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