Friday, July 30, 2010

Didn't Stand a Chance

This is, in my mind, one of the more annoying PVP achievements. I'd glad I finally picked it up.

It requires you to kill 20 players in wintergrasp with a tower cannon. 20 mounted players. i.e. AFK people.

The problem is, the tower cannons usually get blown up 30 seconds into the match. The "trick" is to go for cannons on the inside of the fortress since these last the longest. The problem is that by choosing one of these cannons, you can't actually see the players you are shooting at.

Anyway, we wound up winning the defensive battle for WG. Instead of posting the achievement shot, I wanted to show what a solid defense game looks like in the endgame:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Can I still do this?

134 days - can I still do this?

I have exactly 400 achievements to pick up in 135 days. On the face of it, that doesn't seem like much of a big deal - it's roughly 3 per day but some of them involve huge amounts of work to get.

I still think it's possible, unless Cataclysm makes it impossible by removing some achievements before the year is out.

Despite appearances, I don't get to play much, except on weekends. Generally I'll drink coffee and play for half an hour most mornings while I try to wake up, but that only gives me enough time to cancel/relist my auctions and get a small set of daily quests completed (currently, I am working on Netherwing).

I doubt this will change, so I'm going to have to be agressive about how I plan out my time. Here is my current plan for getting my reputations completed, based on the information from wowjuju.com (http://www.wowjuju.com/repcalc#US_Spirestone_Deathspiral)


Netherwing - 2 days of dailies
Timebermaw Hold - 2 days (over the weekend) of mob grinding
The Mag'Har - 4 days of mob grinding and turnins
Skyguard and Ogri'la - 26 days (doing both together - 4 dailies each)
The Consortium - 3 days of dailies, mob grinding and turnins
Shattered Sun Offensive - 10 days (realistically) of dailies and occasional magisters terrace runs.
The Oracles - 13 days of dailies
Frenzyheart Tribe - 28 days of dailies
The Kalu'ak - 12 days of dailies

On top of that, I have lots of dungeon reps in BC to pick up and a couple for classic. I plan on fitting these in here and there.

I also need to pick up the PVP reputations. My plan for these is simply to do lots and lots of BGs, especially on extra-rep weekends.

So yes, it's doable, but it's going to be quite a bit of work. Should be fun.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I bought a mammoth

I was bemoaning my lack of ability to repair while waiting for people to come back from a Sindragosa wipe.

Ultimately, I think it's a pretty nice investment: I can vendor all my trash as I get it and I can repair anywhere I wish.

I'm down to a few thousand gold after spending 16,000g on the mammoth, but that's fine - the whole point of the gold generation plan was to buy achievements.

I have a full stockpile of materials and premade scrolls so my current reduction in cash shouldn't be affected much by the mammoth purchase.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7000 points

I worked on some BC raids and dungeons and finally got my points up to 7000.

8000 by next month!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Account restored! (I think)

Finally got back in. Now I have to make sure all my stuff is still here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A week later, and no account.

I was told it would take 4-6 days to get everything set back up. It's day 7 and no account so far.

I have tried calling several times and I perpetually get "the hold queue is full"

:/

Friday, July 16, 2010

Looks like I was hacked.

Not sure how.

4-6 days to restore everything.

Hopefully it really DOES get restored.

Still waiting...

I finally got into the queue after many attempts.

40 minutes hold now...

Finally got into the queue.

I finally, after a LOT of calling, got into the queue.

After 20 minutes, someone picked up the phone... and hung up on me.

I tried calling back and got "we're sorry, the queue is full" again.

Crappy customer service. They should at least give you SOME way to contact them after the cut you off.

Support sucks :/

I tried calling support. They are so busy that they won't even put me in the queue.

Not only that, because they have banned my account, I can't post in the tech support forums and I can't use their live chat service to ask for help either.

Banned!

I logged in to complete my neitherwing dailies. I couldn't get in.

I check my email and...

" ***Notice of Account Closure***

Account Name: ****************

Reason for Closure: Terms of Use Violation -- Exploitative Activity: Abuse of the Economy

This account was closed because one or more characters were identified exchanging, or contributing to the exchange of, in-game property (items or gold) for ""real-world"" currency. This exchange process negatively impacts the World of Warcraft game environment by detracting from the value of the in-game economy.
"

I can only presume that someone thinks I am a bot or something. I have a HUGE portion of the AH market for scrolls and I regularly list almost every scroll twice a day on my banker alt. Because of this, I also buy huge quantities of mats. I'll regularly buy out entire stocks of items.

I've emailed them, but I think calling is going to be my best bet. This is really irritating.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Skyshattered!

I've been working on Netherwing rep (currently revered) via dailies. It takes around 30 minutes each morning to get though all the quests.

Anyway, once you hit honored, you get a change to fly against 6 opponents in a race. The first 4 are fairly easy, the fifth is a little difficult and the sixth, Skyshatter, takes many attempts and a bit of luck.

7 attempts later and I have it! Some hints: zoom all the way out, learn his route and fly slightly above him. The main part that wiped me was near the end where he flies very high over a mountain - be sure to stay high up or he'll get too far away.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quick Update: Midsummer and gold

I finished up all of the Midsummer achievements on the very last day (Sunday). Technically this means I'm still in the running to finish in a year.

Gold generation is going well. I'm at 11,000g in cash with huge stockpiles of enchanting mats and scrolls and a large collection of blue and epic items I bought to resell. I'm ignoring the JC market - enchanting keeps me busy enough.

Crusader scrolls are selling very quickly. I'm having to list 3 at a time to keep up with demand. I'm making 150g profit on each one too :)