Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm Done with Eggs!

Well I am all done. I have gotten all of the achievements associated with Nobelgarden. I got several sets of all the clothing available so I didn't have to purchase any of those with chocolates. I didn't actually buy the bunny ears, though. The picture was taken just after I was hit with them by some passer-by.

Probably the hardest part for me was finding a female orc for Shake Your Bunny-Maker. It seemed like I always saw one while my flowers were on cool down. (Which by the way 5 min cool down? Why?) I finally ended up just stalking one who was taking care of business in Dalaran. I followed her to a shop where she probably repaired her armor, then on to the bank where she conducted business until I was able to slam some bunny ears on her head like a crazy person.

I also got to feel helpful as I have one of the rarer of the alliance characters, a female dwarf, in my line up. So I took some time running around Dalaran with Goldy to give people a chance to finish their achievements.

I also took the time to collect an extra 100 chocolates to purchase my Rabbit Polymorph spell. I of course needed the option to turn things into wabbits. I just wish I could polymorph multiple things at once and create a farmyard at my feet.

As a side note, take a look at those Spring Robes! Holy moly my girly parts are barely covered. I don't think I should be posing in outfits like that now. I'm someone's mother!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Noblegarden Break

I used the fact that I'm up every 3 hours to feed a baby to my advantage and in the wee hours of the morning after feeding and caring for the baby I headed egg hunting. It was much better. I could run around and actually feel like I was collecting eggs rather than camping them. This is obviously more how Blizzard intended it to work. Unfortunately those who have a typical work/sleep pattern probably won't see it working this way until later in the week I would guess.

I will get the items I need eventually from this event but it doesn't excuse the horrible experience I had on day one. It definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. It would of been better if the eggs were spread out across the zone instead of in such a restrictive area. I would happily give up the egg basket speed buff to make things feel more like a game of hide and seek.

Anyway if anyone is experiencing over crowding issues like I was, it did in fact help to try on off times.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Noblegarden is No Fun

I have to express my extreme disappointment with the Noblegarden event. Clustered as it is in the little beginner town areas it is a breeding ground for Desdarii melt downs.

I'll try to state the positives first. For one, the event isn't tied to a timer like Hallow's End or Love Is In the Air. When I find a brightly colored egg I'm not locked out of continuing with the event for an hour or something silly. Also the eggs are fairly easy to find once you know where to look. It appears I can purchase the fun items in case the random generator decides to not be kind to me. They may not count for the achievement but at least I can still get them.

Now what I hate about this event.

Basically there is no rushing around to find eggs. There is no joy in searching and finding your prizes because moving about the area is counter productive to gaining many eggs. The area is so overcrowded that you have to find a spawn point and sit there for eternity to collect eggs as they spawn. At the same time you have to fight jerks who are trying like heck to grab the same egg as it spawns. It's the jerks that ruin this event for me.

I had this person who saw that I had been sitting in the same spot for quite some time and decided to sit at the same point with me. I very politely said "I have been sitting here for a while. Could you find your own spot, please?" I was told to "click faster". I would never behave such a way and was very upset. The person proceeded to sit with me for over 30 minutes trying beat me to picking up eggs. He wasn't very good at it and told me he hated me after missing so many. Yet he remained, determined to ruin my game time. I ignored him but cursed about him plenty in real life.

I wouldn't try to take eggs from someone who was clearly trying to collect from that singular spot. Maybe that's naive of me. I know the person honestly has no claim over those eggs but it's only polite to move on to your own space.

After an hour I decided this was ridiculous. Everyone rushing around, calling people names, all for the "good fun" of some achievements. How can camping an egg spawning point for hours on end be fun? What is Blizzard thinking? Sitting in one spot for hours and panicking to click on a egg first wins the Worst Event Ever Award from me. It had me so entirely stressed out I almost cursed at a critter that wandered too close to my egg spot. Not even a player, a harmless little critter.

To be fair, I was told by one of my guildmates that he was working on the event earlier and had a great time. It was before it became over crowded and he said it was fine. Perhaps the closer the event comes to a close the more luck I will find. I can also try tomorrow during the day and see if I find any reprieve from the horrible situation I was experiencing. Right now I'm just so frustrated and so entirely disappointed with this event I may not even finish it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Different Game

We've been home from the hospital for a week now and my game time and goals are very different. I only get short spurts of time to play due to baby's eating schedule. As a result I have retired my raiding hat. Baby is up and hungry about every 3 hours which is the exact time for one of our raids. I can't justify making everyone wait while I change a diaper or warm a bottle. It makes me insane when others make me wait, I can't do that to others.

As a result, I've been mostly working on dailies. I still have my silly personal goals though. Like I absolutely need a Chef's Hat. I still have 40 more tokens to earn before I have it. I'm so happy I decided to keep up with the daily even after getting all the cooking achievements.

The fishing daily has made me feel useful in that I can use the fish I catch to create Fish Feast to put in the bank for the guild raiders to use. For those who haven't noticed, this item is no longer soulbound. I belly griped pretty loudly about how silly it was being soulbound. Apparently others agreed with me.

Finally I've been doing my best work with keeping the guild vaults filled with gems for others to use. I think they were in a bit if dire need as the first couple times I filled the vault, the gems disappeared quickly. Guildees have been great in supplying me with ore since I don't have a ton of time to go searching for it. I think it is working well and making me feel important.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Our little girl decided 9 months was too darn long to wait to come out and explore the world. As a result, she arrived 6 weeks early.

Everyone meet Elizabeth Jane. Born April 2nd, 2009. 6 lbs 9 oz and 18 inches long she doesn't look much like a preemie. She'll be staying in the hospital for a bit while they make sure she is doing well by her own. She's doing great though and we can't wait to take her home.

As a result, my WoW time is obviously nonexistent right now :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sarth +1 Down

We really haven’t been pushing ourselves for any kind of progression since forming our new guild. We cleared Naxx once or twice, came in and tried Sartharon with one drake up twice but then just killed him to get him out of the way. No big deal really.

Last night we decided we’ve been farting around long enough and time to get something done! We all watched a Tankspot video on doing Sarth with three drakes, grabbed our swords and maces and implements of destruction and entered Obsidian Sanctum.

Our plan of attack was to mimic the strategy from the Sarth +3 video. That way when we are practiced enough to add another drake we could continue our current system and just add to it. Seemed smart right?

Well Bananas don’t seem to think that way. We tried several times with the +3 positioning and gave up when we weren’t getting even a little big close to destroying the drake.

We went to a plan B. That’s B for Bananas, people.

We looked at who we had, what we knew we could do and created a strategy we thought would work for us. We had Vespyr, our Paladin tank, keeping Sartharon busy. Gabi, our Death Knight tank, poking the drake in the eye and we took Shalontas, our feral kitty, and made him go all bear on the elementals and whelps rushing around.

We positioned everyone so the DPS had very little movement required. Shalontas and Gabi worked well in gathering whelps and elementals all in a pile so we could AoE them down.

It took a couple practice runs in this new positioning but it clicked for us and we knew it was going to work. I believe it was only our third try when everything fell into place like clockwork and the drake and Sartharon went down easy as pie with everyone still standing. Another Bananas victory!