General Silliness


Ardol from The World of Warcraft Philosophized (one of my favorite blogs, by the way) suggested this week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic:

The idea of this shared topic is to write a post about your favorite something(s). Maybe it could be your favorite movies, favorite books, or if you wish to write about WoW, your favorite quests, favorite abilities, etc. I won’t limit this to being in just list form; if you wish to expound on one particular tv show or dungeon, go right ahead. The true purpose of this kind of topic would be to help your readers get to know you as a person, but to focus on one particular aspect of who you are and what you like, and to see who agrees or disagrees with you.

So here are a few of my favorite (mostly WoW-related) things:

The beautiful gloom

Favorite starting zone: Organizationally, the Blood Elf starting zone is the best. That said, I have a soft spot for the Undead starting zone. It’s a nice change of pace from Durotar and the Barrens, and it’s not full of Blood Elves.  And I sort of like the gloom of the Forsaken. What can I say? I have a lot of inner angst.

Favorite quest / quest chain: My favorite quest, by far, is the shaman water totem quest.

KIDDING!

It’s not terribly interesting, but for whatever reason, I’m always pleased when it’s time to do Lost in Battle. I know, I know: Mankrik’s wife is nothing now but a Beaten Corpse. I’ve reported this fact to him countless times, but he just doesn’t get it. The truth hurts.

My favorite quest chain overall has to be the Wrathgate line. This is perhaps the most epic questline in the game, with the culminating cinematic, the betrayal of Varimathras and Putress, the tragedy of a father losing his son, and the Battle for the Undercity. The first time I did this line was on an undead character, and from that point of view in particular, the chain was amazing. I’ve made sure to do this on all three of my 80s, and I’ll be sure to do it on any future toons as well.

You dare post a screenshot of the Host of Souls???

Favorite instance: It kind of depends. If I’m trying to get a bunch of Triumph badges, Nexus is my favorite because it’s an easy five badges–maybe seven if you get it on random. I like Oculus because it’s easy, if you can get people to stay in it, and I’m still hoping the blue drake will drop for me. Yep, you heard me: I like Oculus. (I can spell it, too. One “c,” not two, people!) I used to love Culling of Stratholme, because I loved Warcraft III, but that’s before I had to run it eleventy thousand times as a random.

But I’d have to say my current favorite is Forge of Souls. It’s easy. It’s fast. I love Bronjahm for the awesome music, and I love the Devourer of Souls for the awesome intro. “YOU DARE LOOK UPON THE HOST OF SOULS???” It’s still reasonably fresh. I like Halls of Reflection, but with the wrong group, it’s a nightmare. I like Pit of Saron, but healing on Garfrost when people can’t figure out the whole Saronite Rock mechanic gives me hives. So there  you go. Forge of Souls. “I SHALL DEVOUR YOU WHOLE!”

You haven't worn socks till you've worn handknit socks.

Favorite thing to do outside of Azeroth: Knitting. I haven’t knit any Warcraft projects, despite the requests of my Wowcohol cohost, Daniel, but anything’s possible.  I’ve been knitting a lot of socks this year, but soon it will be time to start on winter knitting: I need to make a hat for my husband, a scarf for a friend, and a baby blanket for a young expectant mother who’s due right around Christmas. That’s a lot of knitting, so I’ve got to get on the stick(s) soon!

OMG A FLYING HORSE OF STARS!

Pet rabbits do not behave well for photographs.

Even with all the egg-camping going on the first day, I had no trouble to speak of getting Sindei her Noble Gardener achievement in short order. I started out in Falconwing Square, thinking it would be less crowded than the other areas. I clearly wasn’t the only one with that idea, because it was totally crowded.

For the record, the fountain in Falconwing Square is my favorite place to hunt for eggs. They appear in the fountain and under the benches. It’s easy to grab them quickly and they spawn pretty frequently. A lot of folks seem to not notice them under the benches. I grabbed plenty that people had just run right past.

Still, I persevered, and was lucky enough to get my Spring Rabbit’s Foot within my first 20 eggs or so. That made it easy to get the Spring Fling achievement, because on the first day there are plenty of people hanging around all the starting areas with their Spring Rabbits.

I don’t buy anything for the holiday until the end, because if I do, it’ll surely drop from the eggs right after. Basically, my strategy is to just farm the 100 eggs for the Chocoholic achievement, then keep farming until I either have enough chocolate to buy what I need for the meta OR the eggs drop whatever I still need for the meta. The eggs dropped Spring Flowers for the Shake Your Bunny-Maker and the Spring Robes for Desert Rose. I also got a couple of Black Tuxedo Pants from the eggs, but no shirt. Marsha had the shirt in her bank, though, and since it’s not soulbound, I was able to send that to Sindei for the Blushing Bride achievement. In all, I farmed about 200 eggs and the only thing I had to buy was the Brightly Colored Egg to hide in Silvermoon for the Noble Garden achievement.

For Hard Boiled, I just waited until one of the eggs turned me into a bunny, hearthed back to Dalaran, grabbed the portal to the Caverns of Time, and ran my little bunny-self down to the hot springs in Un’Goro Crater. I found a safe spot to go AFK, went to the kitchen for coffee, and by the time I got back, boom! I’d laid an egg.

In all, Noblegarden really is one of the easier holidays. My goal is to get Sindei the Violet Proto-Drake reward by the time the next Brewfest rolls around. The only holiday that’s got me worried is the Midsummer one, because I wasn’t that good at the torch juggling and such last time I tried them. I guess we’ll have to see.