Monday, April 25, 2011

Taking Stock

The release of Cataclysm killed my enjoyment of achievement-hunting for quite a while. I had spent an exceptionally long time completing over a thousand old-world quests and hunting down the last few for a few achievement points only to find that my achievement was completely wiped out with the cataclysm changes and I'd need to go do a whole new set of quests.

This distaste lasted for several months, until recently when I felt the desire to finish this game once and for all. It may be a foolish endeavor, but it's MY foolish endeavor and I'll see it through to the end.

Right now, I'm a little over 9000 achievement points which is 853 achievements out of 1288 - that's almost exactly 2/3 of the game complete.

I have large swathes of achievements which would be simple enough to obtain in terms of time - lots of old raids that I never quite finished, for example. I suspect that a lot of my early wins can come from these raids.

I did 25 Ulduar (hard modes) over the weekend and, once again, failed to do Yogg+0. It's a tough fight, no matter what ilevel gear you are using. With only 19 players, many of whom were alts and many that didn't know the fight, it was tougher than expected. I suspect that we'll do it again soon though: Yogg25 has been the bane of our guild for a very long time.

My focus has mostly been on getting a good gold generating engine in place. In my last post, I outlined the fact that I plan on having to use cash to speed up my achievement runs. A lot of this cash has been spent on mounts and other  expensive items with an associated achievement: I have picked up all the mammoths, the dalaran ring and a mechanohog at a total cost of around 45,000g. This sum was once an absurd amount, but recently, I've found that 45k is less than a weeks profits.

In my next post, I'll try to outline my goldmaking strategies in order to give would-be achievement completists a head start in their journey.

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