Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Darkmoon Faire and 300 Toys

My current "meta goal" is to get 300 mounts. This includes getting essentially all of the achievements that include a mount (since I'll need to get those eventually anyway). One of these sub-achievements is to collect 300 toys, which again means that I need to get every achievement that awards a toy for similar reasons to the above. It just so happens that a bunch of professions have a whole crapton of toys that can be created that are Bind On Pickup. Since there is an achievement to obtain 800 skill in every single profession, this implies that I'd need a much of alts to get all of the professions. There is another achievement for hitting 110 on five different characters and, well, hopefully you see how a simple-seeming achievement like "obtain 300 mounts" can cascade into a mess of sub-achievements. Anyway, the upshot of all of this is that I have been grinding alts to 110 in order to max out their professions (a lot of the profession quests require level 110). I've been trying to get these complete while DMF was on because Darkmoon Faire offers a quest that grants +5 to each profession each time the faire is up. This is the cheapest and easiest way to go from 795 to 800 skill. To make a long story short, I hit 110 with a rogue alt, 107 with a Demon hunter and I have a mage and hunter at the point where they have their artifact weapons. The Mage is alliance and the hunter was chosen because aspect of the cheetah makes a number of achievements (like the "whack a mole" one at DMF) much easier. Anyway, it turns out that I miscalculated the end date of DMF and now have a bunch of professions at 795 skill :( I also worked on a bunch of the other DMF achievements, many of which award toys. The "racer" ones in particular are worth a ton of points and all seem to award something unique. I finished two of the four "11 toll" racer achievements, as well as the skybirds challenge and some others. screenshots to follow.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

And starting again :)

Despite the fact that my previous post was four years ago, I still think this thing is doable. I've spent the last few weeks playing around two hours a day and slowly picking up a whole bunch of the easier stuff that I'd missed in the past. Given the way the wow expansions work, my plan has always been: 0. Priority zero is to grab any achievement (or part thereof) that is time-limited and will likely never re-occur. 1. Complete almost all of the soloable/small group content that I possibly can, including almost all of the old raid achievements. 2. When the new xpac hits (8.0), try to get every PVP achievement finished fairly early (season one or two) 3. Complete the solo/ small group content when not doing PVP. 4. Finally, at the very end of the xpac, right before 9.0, finish the very hardest Mythic raid achievements. It's worth noting that I consider anything in-game to be valid. I have no problem paying gold for power-levelling or quick runs or even specific help (hiring someone to play 2v2 arena with me). I DO draw the line at using external cash for bribes or buying gold from farmers or anything like that. That being said, there are some things (like mounts and pets) that are only obtainable through the in-game shop. I think buying these things if they are on sale is okay, and so would a (very) occasional purchase of a wow token. I've decided that no more than $25/month (other than my main subscription) should be spent in the Blizzard store. This means that I can do occasional things like buy a second account for a month or two to get a Recruit a Friend mount or whatever if I think I need to, without making the whole thing trivial (buying $1000 worth of gold and having someone else farm everything for me). Anyway, given this rough plan, I needed a sub-goal to keep me focused. I decided to go for the "300 Mounts" achievement and plan on getting there in the next 30 days. Since starting, I've gone from roughly 120/300 to 226/300. All of the "easy" mounts have been picked up and it's now slower and slower to get everything. I made heavy use of the list here: http://www.wowhead.com/guide=3822/lord-of-the-reins-the-complete-mount-collecting-guide Right now, there are 410 possible mounts. The guide recommends getting an alliance paladin, but I already have the horde Dreadwheel, so I can skip that and stay horde. Apparently Paladins get six more mounts than any other class. Since I need to get five different classes to 110 anyway, I'll level a Paladin as one of the six. Anyway, since my goal is every achievement, after going through all of the "free" mounts (i.e. ones that can be bought from vendors), I made a list of every mount that came from an achievement or as the side effect for an achievement. For example, if "get exalted with faction X" is an achievement and this unlocks a mount, I'm going to have to do this task anyway. The same thing applies to directly-awarded mounts (say, from "Glory of the Ulduar Raider") as well as from indirectly-awarded mounts (say, from "Gonna need a bigger bag..." which requires a mount as one of the items). One of the achievements that awards a mount is "Collect 300 Toys" and that's what I've been busy with this last week. This has a cascading effect where now I realize that to minimize the amount of time I spend collecting toys, I need to work out every possible toy that is rewarded from an achievement. All of this leads to: Winter Fucking Veil. It turns out that one of the toys that I don't have (the Flamer), only has a 1% drop rate from the daily quest on Winter Veil. This is especially annoying since I know I had a valid subscription at the time this toy was released and so I should already have it. Anyway, I've been running the same 15-minute daily quest on a bunch of alts every single day without luck so far. Speaking of alts - why did I never think to get my alts doing Timewalking dungeons earlier? I could have picked up an enormous number of smaller toys and even a couple of mounts from all the badges... Next up: A post with pictures to break up all the text! And some information on the best damn addon ever made - "All The Things!"

Monday, March 18, 2013

Starting again

I've decided to give the "get all achievements" thing another shot. I sat down and made a list of the most difficult wow achievements (in terms of time). Some are "difficult" because they take 30+ weeks to complete (like conquest points) and others are difficult because even through they are theoretically uncapped, the amount of time required is ridiculous. In no particular order, the "big" achievements that take months: 1. Quintissential Quintet (5 level 90's) (1 on alliance side - need all the levelling help I can get - DK + RAF + all heirloom gear + rested XP + monk). 2. We're going to need more saddles (150 mounts) 3. 100,000 Daily quests complete (Account wide) 4. Bloody Rare, Frosbitten, Glorious - just because of sheer number of rares needed 5. 250,000 Honerable kills (account wide) 6. 50,000 Conquest points (single character - need to do BG's to hit cap for around 30 weeks) 7. The rated BG + Arena ones (e.g. 2400 points and gladiator - do this in a single push) 8. 50,000 Valor on one character and 100,000 between characters - need to cap valor for over 30 weeks. Don't forget the 6000 valor for Wrathion. 9. Get all professions to 600 (Need 6 characters to manage this) 10. 60 Exalted Reputations on one character (Need to remember to get all sub-reputations as well like Hydraxian Waterlord which takes 24 weeks. Don't forget to use rep-boosts) 11. Collect 400 Unique pets/ World Safari (catch every single pet, including ones that only show up during winter/summer etc.) 12. Win 5000 pet battles and (much harder) 5000 PVP pet battles Since there is an achievement for getting to 600 in every single profession, I plan on carefully distributing my professions among Quintissential Quintet characters so that I've got at least 10 of them covered. My basic goal right now (since I've barely played in MOP) is to get a set of good damage-dealing gear from PVP. The reason for starting with this is that trying to quest without good gear takes so much longer than simply picking up the gear. The other part of my strategy is to use gold to save time wherever possible. Making gold in WoW is very easy, especially with multiple level-600 professions and so it's much more efficient to, say, pay 9000g for a Hozen Peace Pipe (+1000 to many reputations) than it is to do daily quests for all those reps. Spending 10 minutes per day on gold generation can net at least 1500g per day, even if I only focus on selling enchanting scrolls and gems from JC. Current plan: 1. Get a set of good, epic, PVP gear to do quests and to have a decent ilevel to let me into the higher level Looking for Raid dungeons. 2. (Every Week) Get the weekly conquest cap through random BG's. 3. (Every Week) Get the weekly Valor cap. Focus on buying PVE resto gear (since that's the fastest spec to get into random dungeon queues). 4. (Every Week) Buy and use a Hozen Peace Pipe. (And get all rep-boosting BOA items wherever possible) 5. (Daily) Do 1 random Dungeon, 1 random Scenario and two farm quests (for rep purposes) With any spare time, I'm going to focus on getting another character to level 90. I already have a Shaman and a level 40 alliance druid. For the others, I plan on making a Monk (since Monks get +50% EXP for 1 hour daily), a Death Knight (Since I can start at level 55) and a mage (Hunter is probably faster to level but a Mage is more fun to me). I plan on starting with a Pandaren (for the double rested) Monk (For the 50% bonus experience) and get that to 90. I'll need a full set of heirloom gear (I think most gear stops working at level 80 however, except head and cloak). I'll post my gear tomorrow.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Friday, October 21, 2011

143/143 World Event achievements complete!

I am finally, after well over a year, finished with all of the world event achievements. The Mask Task has gone from being a horrible, horrible grind to something that was fun to finish up.

Don't forget about the 150 token pet that you can buy for your pet achievement! This Hallow's End should see you pick up two more pets for your 150 pets achievement.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Haloween starts tomorrow - and masks are purchaseable!

The worst RNG achievement ever, A Mask for All Occasions, is becoming less RNG-oriented.

It looks like, starting tomorrow, we can buy the masks we were missing with Tricky Treat tokens. Same goes for any pets you may have missed. Awesome!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Burning Crusader

20 measly achievement points for getting 5 grindy reps to exalted. It doesn't really seem worth it :)

All 5 are a grind and I suggest getting a friend or three to power through all the heroics. My biggest complaint was KoT where, aside from two dungeon quests, all the rep needs to come from a pair of very slow dungeons, neither of which can be mass-pulled.

Having the signet ring of the kirin tor achievement from earlier made this a little easier - port to Dalaran and then port to Tanaris from there.

 I'm glad these are over with.

In other news, I've started doing the Molten Front quests and achievements in earnest as well as finishing up my cooking - I need 6 more recipes for the 200 total. Flying to TB every day to check the daily is tiresome too :)

Finally, I've started grinding archaeology. Not much to say here, you all know how long it takes. Blah.