Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Coin Master

Switching it up somewhat, I started picking up some outstanding fishing achievements, notably The Coin Master and its three sub-achievements.

In case you were unaware, the Dalaran fountain is fishable and occasionally rewards you with a coin. Once you collect them all, you get a nice blue coin to flip to your hearts content.

It's a pure grind and very random - expect to cast a couple of thousand times to get the achievement. I mostly did this while waiting on a raid to form or Wintergrasp to pop - the fact that it's in Dalaran makes it a fairly easy achievement to give a few minutes to here and there.

Each coin has a 0.3 chance of dropping and yes, there can be duplicates. Trying to get them all is an exercise in frustration. Two things to note:

Get your fishing skill as high as possible with gear and buffs - the fountains are high level and the last thing you want to be doing is gathering a bunch of junk rather than coins.

Also, the gold coins can be thrown back into the fountain for a two-minute "Lucky" buff. This buff doubles the chance of you getting coins (including more gold coins).

Next up: Mr. Pinchy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

What a Long, Strange Trip it's Been

I got my Violet Proto Drake! I was starting to get frustrated because the only thing getting in my way was a pure RNG achievement that was capped at one attempt per hour. As someone who works full time and goes to school most evenings (as well as having a family), I don't have the ability to log in every hour all day long, hoping for a drop from a treat bag.

That being said, it looked like they have tweaked the drop rate. I actually picked up both the Hallowed Helm and the Sinister Squashling pet from the same Headless Horseman run. They were both in the same bag, along with a mask that I needed.

Speaking of masks, the distribution is looking less than random this year. Out of 12 masks I've picked up so far, 11 have been unique. Of course, with such a tiny sample size, I may be wrong.

Finally, some notes on Sinister Calling:

I had a Hallowed Helm from last year. It's unique. It was in my bank. When I tried to loot it, it said I couldn't loot another one.

Here is the HUGE bug: you must loot both the pet and the helm in the same year or the achievement doesn't register them.

I almost threw away the bag containing the "new" helm because I already had one. What you have to do is delete the old one, THEN get the new one. This is all despite the fact that the quest says "obtain a Hallowed Helm and a Sinister Squashling pet." I would have been extremely annoyed if I hadn't noticed the bug.

Finally, I can confirm that the drake grants 310% flying in a slightly odd way: you have to mount it, dismount and (I think) remount to get it. Here is the screenshot:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Violet Drake gives 310% afterall.

"We have a slight update to spread to the masses. We are going to be adding a hotfix for the achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been. This hotfix will make it so that obtaining the Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake will award players Master riding.

The way in which 310% will be awarded is going to be a little quirky at first, but we plan to make it a more smooth process in a future patch. For now, you will need 280% flying in order to learn to use the Violet Proto-Drake. Once you mount the drake for the first time it will teach Master riding. The only catch is that you have to dismount and mount the drake again in order for 310% speed to take effect."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hero of the Zandalar

It's going away in cataclysm but I finally picked this up with lots of purchased bijous.

I can't seem to find a screenshot however...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2500 Bage achievement is impossible now :(

Looks like this is no longer possible too. Damn you patch 4.01!

Epic Fail :(

I guess I failed.

With arena at an end today, it's not longer possible for me to pick up every achievement in the game until next season.

That doesn't mean I'm giving up however - working on achievements has made the game exceptionally fun again and is much more interesting that purely doing the end-game raiding thing where I only experience one new bit of content in a week of play.

I'm going to continue working on all my achievements and try to pick  up as many as possible before the year is out. I still think that I can get all/almost all of the achievements without a time component.

Right now I'm working on finishing Zandalar rep. The reason is simple - it's going away in the expansion and I want the extra exalted rep for future achievements. I'll also be trying for the ZG mount and farming the pets at the same time.

In case anyone isn't aware, it's possible to get from nutral to exalted with ZG in around 7 hours but just killing trash, then running out and resetting the instance. The bijous, coins and rep that you get will get you to exalted quickly.

The other thing I'm working on right now is getting a BWL run going so that I can do the "sceptre of the sands" questline. All indications are that this questline will be broken come Cataclysm. The questline gives extra quests for "4000 quests" (I'm sure this will happen eventually) as well as a recipe that will probably never come back into the game (Dirge's Chimaerock Chops) - essential for hitting the new cooking achievements in Cataclysm as quickly as possible.

On the gold front, I've been stocking up on some things, so my balance is low. I think that once the expansion comes out, we'll see a large number of alts being made. Alts need enchants for their heirloom items and so I'm making several stacks of every good heirloom enchant in preperation for this expected surge.

Specifically, I'm making:

100x Crusader scrolls
40x 30 spellpower scrolls
100x +4 stats scrolls
20x +22 intellect scrolls

and some others that I need to research.

I am also buying up all the cheap argent tournament pets that I can find, on the assumption that not very many people are going to bother running AT dailies once cataclysm comes out, but several people are going to want to get the new pet achievements, if any. In addition, I'm assuming that gold inflation will happen and on-drop pets tend to be inflation-proof since they are just as useful at 85 as at 80.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Horrible grind. I hate achievements that require a log in every day to complete.