If music be the food of war… Part 1.

I thought I would revisit this little beast, back in January 2016 I started this and haven’t really thought about it much since then as I had a house move and starting uni to contend with… But I will leave you with this and then I can see how much I need to cry with anguish about getting the rest of them!

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I’d collected the above as they were all the fairly straightforward ones to get hold of. I’d gotten to that point and then forgotten about it.
I was reminded of it again when Francis was on the phone while trying to complete the ‘Ghost’ one. Recalling that one, it did make me chuckle to be reminded of how I ran around the graveyard, went into the tunnels and tried every place I could think of to find him. Apart from killing myself and turning into a ghost so I could see him…

This has also meant that I have now resorted to my list.
Thankfully, I got given seven of these rolls for just starting the music box quest. Curse of the Worgen, Exodar, Gnomeregan, Ironforge, Night Song, Stormwind and Way of the Monk are all your ‘freebies’ to get you started.

The other easy ones were:
Shalandis Isle – Tiny box on a ledge opposite where Tyrande is standing. (Yes you have to get all the way up to Darnassus)
Magic – Loot a pouch hanging in a tree in Ashenvale
Mountains – (There’s a mountain theme as there are three that are inspired by massive rocks…) Loot the little pouch that’s on the window sill in a tower in Owls Thicket, Winterspring.
Song of Liu Lang – Get yo ass up to the Vale and into the Lorewalkers hang out. 80 gold later (and some time if you didn’t level through Pandaria as you need to be revered) and its yours.
Darkmoon Carousel – Tricky as you have to wait until its party time on Darkmoon Isle but once your there its just 90 tickets and sold by Chester.

Then I actually had to start doing stuff to get them (FFS… This is not how it’s supposed to work…)
Tinker Town – Oh. My. Christ. This cost two things, gold and minutes of my life. You know those little dirty things that the mobs drop? Remember that safe-haven in the middle of the dungeon  (If you only went to this Dungeon once while leveling you may have missed it) remember the crazy machines called sparkle-matics or whatever the hell it was? Combine the lump of crap with the machine and some of your hard earned gold and after a good million or so clears of the mobs later, you’ll get it! -_-

Next up was Cold Mountain. Seeing as I had just lost my sanity in Gnomeregan getting Tinker Town, I thought what better way to get my sanity back than a spot of fishing! In the Forlorn Cavern in Ironforge, you can have the bobber noise right up and start scrolling through imgur or some other time sink and then keep clicking when you hear the noise. You might even get lucky and get that huge fish!

Remington Brode, you strapping lad. All those hours of walking and the fresh country air of Grizzly Hills has made you… fucking difficult to find!
You get Totems of Grizzlemaw from him, once you have a nice little chat that leaves you wishing he was neutral so you could kill him and loot the bloody thing off him instead. He wanders the main path around the zone. So get on your flying mount, and follow them around until you find him.

Looking further down the list I was slowly thinking that I might need to give up.
Kill Illidan. Great. Tiny Tiny drop chance. yay, not.
Blackwing Descent. Woooo…
Sha of Fear. FML.

PvP in Stranglethorn… wow. I guess I am giving up now.

Pepe

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Ah Pepe, you fluffy little in game bird that has annoyed and delighted players in equal measures.

When he first came out I did take a passing glance at him and then shrugged off his existence. Completely forgetting about him until yesterday.
Why yesterday you ask? Well that would be the arrival date of the Pepe plushie in the photo above. However, he’s not mine. This little fuzzball belongs to Francis.

His arrival time was some ungodly hour of the morning and was a surprise due to the poor little chap being squeezed into a FedEx ‘medium’ box (with no air holes, the monsters!)

Once back at my own computer I logged in and went to his tree. There he was, sat there doing not a lot. I clicked on him but wasn’t close enough. I mounted up but even on the biggest mount I had I still couldn’t reach him. I flew up a little. I was now technically in reach but was greeted with the message ‘you are mounted’. I tried to land in the tree. That didn’t work and as a result of my efforts all I had managed to do is cause him to go away.
Being Pepe-less I went to Stormshield to collect my seals (I haven’t been near my computer for five days) and have a look at what goodies having a feathered friend would bag me.
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The bird whistle is the obvious item. If you like Pepe then you want him all the time! There was a lot to get through and I still had the whole ‘he flew the nest’ thing to contend with.
I was informed that if I went back into my Garrison it would reset him. So back I went, ran up to his tree to be confronted with an empty branch. I went out and back in my Garrison twice more, each time getting to the branch and seeing nothing. I tried the /tar Pepe and nothing happened, I tried it out on another npc milling around and it worked perfectly. At this point I conceded that Pepe was gone forever and I decided to look at wowhead to have a look at the bird whistle achiement in more detail due to the number of raid bosses you need to kill.

It was upon reaching the comments section I decided to read through them as there can be comedy gold in those posts, scrolling through comments about not having certain critter killing pets out, I then stumbled on this…
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Little feathery bastard had been hiding from me!
Lo and behold, there he was…
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He looks like Leatherface. Creepy little shit…
Anyway, I collected him and got the achiement for finding him in his scarecrow costume (wut?) and had his fat ass on my head as we went in to raid. Trash went a bit wrong and he decided that there was no reason to hang around with my corpse so he buggered off again.

I might be tempted to complete this, as he is kinda cute but the sheer effort needed now nothing is current is going to be horrendous. Unless I can convince the raid team to spam the old dungeons and raids while we have birds sitting on our heads it’s going to be a lfr job… Can I actually be that bothered? Possibly not!
Anyone wondering about what you need, boss wise, the list is below. Good luck!

Gug’rokk: The last boss in Bloodmaul Slag Mines

Teron’gor:The last boss in Auchindoun

Skulloc:The last boss in Iron Docks

Ner’zhul: The last boss in Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

Skylord Tovra: The last boss in Grimrail Depot

Yalnu: The last boss in The Everbloom

High Sage Viryx: The last boss in Skyreach

Warlord Zaela: The last boss in Upper Blackrock Spire

Brackenspore: Boss in Highmaul

Ko’ragh: Penultimate boss in Highmaul

Oregorger: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Hans’gar & Franzok: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Operator Thogar: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Beastlord Darmac: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Kargath Bladefist: First boss in Highmaul

Twin Ogron: Boss in Highmaul

The Butcher: Boss in Highmaul

Tectus: Boss in Highmaul

Imperator Mar’gok: Final boss in Highmaul

Blast Furnace: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

The Iron Maidens: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Kromog: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Gruul: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Flamebender Ka’graz: Boss in Blackrock Foundry

Blackhand: Final boss in Blackrock Foundry

Drov the Ruiner: World boss in northern Gorgrond

Tarlna the Ageless: World boss in southern Gorgrond

Rukhmar: world boss in Spires

 

Know your DBM pull timers!

Jollyjanes’ son created a video guide on how to use pull timers while we were having issues with ninja pulls and itchy fingers. I First spoke about why we needed it in this post. The video has been around for some time now and has been referenced every time that we still have ninja pulls.

The guildies knew about it and it was sitting at a modest amount of views until one day, it got linked on the wow sub-reddit by a guildie.

I have to admit, I’ve never really looked at reddit due to most things like this being full of keyboard warriors and cancerous trolls who like to lord it over people regardless of how much of a complete twat they are. Half of me was expecting that the usual crettins would come out and slate the video even though they are made fully aware that the creator of it is (was) 7 years old. My faith in humanity is restored however when reading the comments.

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And then theres twitter…
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And general sharing…
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And how about getting the boy to 50k views? We can do it!
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Field Photographer

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WoW is a tiny bit dull atm. The things to do which could easily eat up your time before you realised it was two days later and you’re late for work are diminishing.

I like looking through my achievements tab to see what little things can be done to hitch up those points. If it has a title with it, even better,

Field Photographer caught my eye. Nice and easy, I knew where about 97% of the places were and it would be pretty easy to get round them all.
Well, it would be after I sorted them all out into continent order and then in a logical order to get to them.

Anyone who is anyone should still have their hearthstone set to Shrine in Pandaria. It also helps that I’m a scribe, so I have two hearthstones (like Shamans with Astral Recall) which helps me getting to and from places.

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Outposts are out there!

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Out and about levelling in Draenor means a lot of time out in the different zones. Outposts are a way of maximising your time while out in the field be it through getting handy extra Garrison Resources, gaining new followers or vanity items or zone perks.

One thing to consider and its worthwhile pointing out at the very start. Once your Outpost it built the only way to change it is when you hit level 100 and have 10,000 gold to spare. If you get your level 92 Outpost wrong then that 8 levels you are going to have to live with it! Pick carefully! 

The choice you make may be dictated by your levelling choice. If you choose to level via questing or through dungeons. The choice may also be affected by what you decide to have in your Garrison as well.

Outposts are introduced in the zone with a quest chain, this almost ‘finds’ the outpost plot and then you select a quest chain to then ‘create’ your chosen outpost.


 

The first zone you get an outpost in is Gorgrond. Unlike the many options you get with plots in your Garrison you have only two choices. On of those is a Lumber Yard and the other is Sparring Arena.
Both provide a boost to your attacks by being able to summon a ‘thing’ to help you while you’re there but what are the actual benefits to you while you’re in the zone itself?

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The Sparring Arena gives you a buff for five minutes after you summon a random champion to fight with you for one minute. This buff is an enhancement that improves your combat skills and the more enemy’s you and your gladiator kill, the bigger it will be. Great if you’re choosing to level through Gorgrond via the questlines.

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The Lumber Yard allows you to cut down vines for Garrison Resources. So you could have a mini Lumber Mill without having to have one on your Garrison.

Both of these reward followers at the end of it.


In Talador you have the choice of an Arcane Sanctum or an Arsenal.

Again, both provide followers and they both provide and extra attack.
Neither of the attacks are more spectacular than the other. More value may be held by the follower you gain upon competing the quest chain and how it will affect you in that way.

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Spires of Arak gives you the choice of Brewery or a Smuggling run. Your choice here may be again dictated by your levelling method and also the amount of gold you have spare.

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The Smuggling Run immediately caught my attention. Shiny things for sale! However the cost of the bag at 2,200 gold made me think about how much these other things would be to buy. Yes the treasure finder and the Garrison Resources would be good but if they’re a lot of gold to buy how worthwhile would they be? The Treasure finder only works in the zone and is only therefore useful if you plan spending time out there. The Garrison Resources can be found easier than summoning a trader every ten minutes in the hopes he has them on him to sell. You do get the chance to buy a lvl 99 follower from him which may be a convincer for players.

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The Brewery on the other hand does give a 20% bonus xp while in Spires and a teleport to your ‘Inn’. If you’re leveling through dungeons then the boosted xp is a bonus that possibly can’t be sniffed at while you’re battling through Skyreach.
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Nagrand is your final outpost location. Upon the creation of this outpost you are awarded with the ability to purchase the blueprints for the level 2 large buildings on you Garrison

You again have two options for this outpost. Essentially you get ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ (not actual flight!) and again this might be influenced by what you already have/are planning to have in your Garrison.

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There is a Tankworks for those who want added attacks while in the zone.

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And for those who want to run away from trouble there is a Corral which allows you to ride a particular Corral mount even in combat.

For those who decided to include a Stable in their Garrison for the level 2 perk of being able to interact with things in the outside without being dismounted this might be perfect. If you’re out and about doing your stuff you can essentially run away from trouble. If you’re farming and someone decides to gank you you can run away from them. Obviously it doesn’t work in other zones while you are farming but it’s a handy option in the last zone to just give a bit more of a quality of life enhancement to those on a PvP realm!

Crafting materials from Draenor

 

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With the up and coming expansion there are a whole bunch of new mats.

The adding of the reagents bag that you can now craft directly from it, even if your not remotely near a bank. Also the fact that these mats now stack to 200 means that gathering is now less of a strain on your precious bag space once your out and about. A bonus to skinners as you won’t be having to trash items just to make room for yet another stack of 20 leathers.

 

Materials are now more cross purpose than ever before. With the whole spectrum of mats being used for a whole manner of things for each profession. Jewelcrafters needing herbs and alchemists needing meat are some of the things that will affect how players trade materials and also how they utilise their Garrisons.

 

Players who are in it to make gold have an oppertunity to have an Enchaters Study to disenchant the gear that they don’t need to sell on the dusts etc… The Barn provides the skins and furs etc… The work orders to do these take time though, so people with the gathering professions will be where the mats are at in the start of the expansion.

 


Elements

There are four mats that you can’t farm as it were as they are a chance drop on creation of something else.

Sorcerous Earth, Air, Fire and Water are able to be obtained when you create things via the professions listed below. As they are used by all creating professions in one way or another they are going to be a valuable resource. They are needed in varying quantities for lots of different things, like the gems, as the mats for these items have a daily cooldown one can safely assume that you will gather them in a reasonable time frame so you are not wasting mats just to try and get these elements.

They are not gathered by farming materials.

What profession you are creating items for determines what elements will be created alongside. This is to avoid any one profession being almost required if you want to obtain the elements. If Inscription provided all the elements then most if not all people would have it, which would then result in tone of the small plots in Garrisons being dictated to include a Scribes Quarters or the player in question would didn’t build the Quarters being at a disadvantage over those who who did.

Sorcerous Earth has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Inscription
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Leatherworking

Sorcerous Air has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Enchanting
  • Engineering
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Tailoring

Sorcerous Fire has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Alchemy
  • Blacksmithing
  • Enchanting
  • Engineering

Sorcerous Water has a chance to be obtained by creation of items from the following professions:

  • Alchemy
  • Inscription
  • Leatherworking
  • Tailoring

Each profession can create two different types of elements and each element can be found by four different professions.


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Garrisons

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This is going to be a big thing.
And a time consuming one unless you plan.


Levelling your Garrison

Your Garrisons level up as you fill the previous tiers plots. So if you only ever fill the Large plot on your level 1 Garrison, it will only be level 1, even if you personally hit level 100.

The plots available to you are set, so at level 1 you have two set sized plots and at level 2 you have 4 set sized plots plus 3 gathering plots etc…

Bear in mind that for these there are quests that need to be completed to open up the blueprints for certain buildings. So choose carefully if you don’t want to be out in the wild for too long completing it. Once you have levelled your Garrison, all of the previous levels blueprints are available and once you hit 100 they are all up for purchase. This however shouldn’t mean that you leave everything to the last minute as you will need what these Garrisons can deliver unless you are going to be totally reliant on a LOT of gold.

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Level 1

You have 1 large plot and 1 small plot available to you.

Your small plot is primarily your crafting plot and the large is your ‘bonus’ plot. Both of these need to be filled before you can move on to the next level for your Garrison.

 

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Level 2

This is your next stage for you to place buildings. You get a Medium plot and another Small plot. With this level you also get the Mine, Herb Farm and Fishing Shack available to you.

 

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Level 3

This is your final level and you now have even more plots available to you. You get an extra Large plot, an extra Medium plot and and extra Small plot. As well as the Pets area.


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