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Arcarius dings 80

Arcarius dings 80

Arcarius just dinged 80.

It was so long ago, Nov-Dec 2004, that he was created as Kinless on the Argent Dawn server.

Now, wearing leather heirloom items, completing the Zul’Drak questing achievement, and doing several days worth of Pa’Troll and Argent Crusade Dailys, he swiftly went from 74 to 80.  (He was stuck at level 74 in Dragonblight for what felt like forever.  And it was still interspersed with playing other characters even then.)

Now he’s in full Swiftarrow Mail.  He’s 2 seals shy of acquiring the Sylvery Sylvan Stave, and he’s picked up the fairly adequate Zombie Sweeping Shotgun from the Argent Crusade rep.

Now it’s time to tame Skoll, the lightning dog.  Wish me luck.

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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Dings


My path to 80. And the other paths that I’ll take to 80.

So, with the holiday break, I’ve gotten Stormsoul to the exalted level of 80.

What was my path?  I did all the available quests in Borean Tundra.  All that I could find and handle solo.  I did a lot of the Howling Fjord quests, but not as many.  I was not to get the achievements for “completing” either until I’d gotten level 77 and flying brought them in closer.  I did all of 5 quests in the Grizzly Hills and then thought better of this route.  In hindsight I could have skipped doing any quests in the Grizzly Hills.  (Bear with me.)  I then went to the Dragonblight and had a good time.  After getting the quests done there, that were immediately available to me without any searching, I then went into Sholazar Basin and found Hemet Nesingwary.  I did the quests to get the achievement of having completed all his quests in all the lands.  A few mammoths more and I dinged 77.  After I trained in Cold Weather Flying in Dalaran a guildie whispered me.  “Now that you’re 77 go to Storm Peaks and do the quests.  That’ll get you xp and lead you into the Sons of Hodir dailies.”  Most excellent advice.  So, after getting Flight, I did all my remaining questing in Storm Peaks.  I did the dailies there religiously.  I also did the Wyrmrest daily (defending it), the three Kulak dailies (pups, food, and walrus love), and the drake hunt quest in the Coldarra.  Without worrying about selling anything, just the darn useless quest rewards (for me at least), I still managed to get the money back, 1000g, that I spent on flying.

And now that I’m 80 what have I got left to do? Why all the Heroics, raiding, and the rest of the instances.  And, of course, if I’m of the mind, return to Grizzly Hills, and check out Icecrown.  Maybe pick sides in the Frenzyheart vs. Oracles war there in Sholazar.  Oh, and can’t forget the Troll place.

My plan for Msaker and my wife Droonda is to follow in Stormsoul’s footsteps.  I.e. Borean Tundra+Howling Fjord->Sholazar Basin->Storm Peaks-> 80.

“But,” you might be saying at this point, “you’re missing out on all the content”.

Not at all.  Greenclaw and Itarilde will do the same Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord quests.  But then, for them, it’ll be off to the Grizzly Hills.  I think Druids will do better in the woods.  And then on to Zul’Drak, another zone I’ve only flown over, and not even stopped in yet.

The old expansion, the Burning Crusade.  You pretty much counted on 2 levels per zone.  Five to Seven zones, depending on how you quest, 10 levels, 60 to ding 70.  Hellfire to Zangarmarsh to Terrorkar or Blades Edge.  Then to Nagrand, then Shadowmoon Valley and/or Netherstorm.

But this time I was able to reach 80 and leave myself over half the content that someone else can level through and have it truly be all new for them.

Oh, yeah, PvP?  I haven’t done 1 honor point of it yet.  Except the small matter of the raid on some Alliance cities coming up soon.  Wish me luck! :)  (Result being me in back in the group photo below.  On my own War Bear.)

P.S. Have you noticed the Howling Fjord music?  It’s so beautiful and sad.  And have you noticed the Grizzly Hills music?  The same style, but a happy tune.  (At least I think so.)  I don’t know thing one about music composition, but there’s bits and pieces in the Grizzly Hills music that has me flying more slowly through, and detouring more deeply into, the Grizzly Hills so I can enjoy it more.  There’s bit and pieces in the music that are downright childlike and full of wonder.  The music is as amazing as everything else here.



It’s been a good day.


Posted by on December 27, 2008 in Dings


Satisfied. A note to the casual.


Oh, there’s a few more things I need yet.  A belt.  The matching leggings for the arena gear.  Perhaps the chest.  I’ll get my new weapons in Northrend.  The beta has shown me there is a cat form staff in the Borean Tundra, and a bear form staff in the Howling Fjord, available from introductory quests in each zone.

And in the case of my lovely wife, the beautiful Itarilde, who’s been there with Greenclaw most every step of the way, I’d be remiss not to give her my undying Thanks! for all her good tanking.

P.S. And for the observant, yes, that is Braxxis’ Staff of Slumber, which is a tanking staff.  My cat form weapon, and that’s the form that I primarily fight in, is the Staff of Beasts which I got after beating the Ogre’s best in the Ring of Blood.  The reason you see Slumber, and not Beasts, is that my humanoid outfit is my bear outfit.  If I’m surprised, and knocked into combat before I can react with a gear swap, I’m already in my bear/tank/surviveability outfit.  I just switch to bear form and I’m ready.  Cat battles are usually initiated from stealth, and if you can stealth, you can swap your gear.  I use the ItemRack addon for the swaps.

P.P.S.  A note for the casuals and the soloists:  What you see me wearing is the so-called “welfare epics.”  Greenclaw’s not set foot in one dungeon in the Outlands.  He’s been in, maybe, all of 3 in his career.  (I remember the Scarlet Monastery, and a nut case made that trip a fiasco, and that’s all I can remember.  Oh, the wife and I duo’d parts of Maradaun.  Not once into a dungeon in the Outlands.)  I blew past 60 without pausing to pick up one single piece of level 60 pvp gear.  The only pvp gear I ever spent honor on has been the collected stuff in the screenshot.  I purposefully went after getting the Season 1 helm because I wanted the antlers to honor Cenarius.  Then I delayed further expenditures until I could buy the Season 2 shoulders because I wanted the shoulders that flourished with life.  The gloves I got because I had a lot of marks.  Now I’ve got 17 Warsong marks, and 10k honor.  Those leggings will be mine shortly.  Again, I’ve never been in an Outlands instance, and between the wife and I I’ve managed to equip myself fairly well.  I’ll add my biggest expenditure was a recent 400 gold spent on gems for this gear.  The Slumber I picked up for 40g at the Auction House.  I also spent a little bit here and there keeping my gear current for my spec and my level.  I never paid outrageous prices, and dinged 70 with over 700 gold in hand.  Be smart and find the quests you can get done that’ll provide you with good gear for your playstyle.  I dinged 70 wearing gear from a Hellfire Penninsula quest, and the Warden’s Hauberk from the Cenarian Expedition.  WoWhead is a great resource to help you find that equipment.  And if you happen to find yourself in a Battleground, and you’re not the best, i.e. max, level for melting faces, do your best to be the most help you can.  Healing is never rejected.  Being a nuisance is underrated.  Stay stealthed and report troop movements.  Hit them where it hurts.  You can help, so do it.  Bottom line is everyone, with patience, a thick skin, familiarity with the game, and a good attitude, has access to some of the best gear available in the game.

P.P.P.S. Hard to believe that it was April when we first passed through the Portal into the Outlands.

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Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Dings, Druids, Screenshots


Druids in the Outlands. “Andu-falah-dor!”

Well, a milestone of sorts. Kind of monumental. Our Alliance Druids have finally reached the Outlands. This is my second Alliance character that’s gotten to the Outlands. It’s the wife’s first Alliance character there. She’s looking forward to seeing things from the other perspective. And, as Druids, we’re there to help the Cenarian factions, of course.

Our first view of the Portal.

Our first time into the Blasted Lands. Our first view of the Dark Portal. Something folks ran from in the past, as Orcs and Demons streamed into our homeworld. This time, the tables turned, we go to their world.

She won the race.  Twice.

Without hesitation, Itarilde ran up the ramp and jumped through, executing a perfect mid-air flip as she zoned out. I wanted a screenshot! “Come back.” She did, and again, raced me to the portal.

This scene taken after we’d already scavanged some metal and wood for Honor Hold, and killed more than a few Orcs for them. This was our trip to Shattrath City. We stopped in Telredor for the evening.


Posted by on April 13, 2008 in Dings, Druids, Screenshots


Two for the Outlands.

Congratulations to Droonda, level 70 Orc Shaman Princess.

Well, she came a long way. Always by my side. Through thick and thin. Out of Durotar, across Azeroth, into the Outlands, and then back in Time even.

So I collected a few snapshots of our journey together.

Could almost be today. Traveling through Mulgore.

Ah. The Shimmering Flats.

No more walking!

The merry band.

Letting her hair down. Orc style.

Getting ready.

In style.

Yowza. Almost there. 69 and ready to rock.

Unstoppable. (Yes, we were two Resto Shamans, one Enhancement Shaman (Droonda), and two Fury Warriors, Msaker tanking. We did it.)

No, really.

And here we are. Kind of full circle. Again on tawny Windriders. This time they’re our very own.

Msaker is a lucky Orc to have such a Princess by his side.

Grats, Droonda! You’ve come a long way, Baby!


Posted by on June 17, 2007 in Dings, Droonda, Screenshots


Rain days are Ding days.

It rained Saturday. And that means between Friday and Sunday I got my last two levels and dinged 70 on Msaker, my Orc Warrior.

We, Droonda and I, were in Shadowmoon Valley, spying on the Legion’s activities, when the moment came. Upon returning to Shadowmoon Village she gave me a loan of 200 gold and I was on a flying mount. Droonda herself is 68 going on 69, and is just a few more quests from being on a flying mount herself. Loan repaid, she’s now over 1000 gold and is just counting the days.

And Blackhoof, newly rich again running ordinary quests, repaid her, and then bought himself, and Droonda as well, two Crystal Pulse Shields. Both are Enhancement Shamans, but when it comes time to heal, it doesn’t hurt to have the best equipment for it. Blackhoof’s got Mogor’s Anointing Mace, and she’s got the dagger reward off Durn the Hungerer. The CPS’s are the best healer shields outside of Karazhan I’ve heard.

One highlight for Msaker and Droonda was our going to Karazhan and getting the first two quests towards getting our keys. With careful pulls our time in the Master’s Cellar was mostly against a ghost, or two, and she being dual wielding Enhancement and I being Fury Tank, and we tested both the waters easily. Well, the testing part was easy. Actually getting there, and the well in particular, was not.

And with our friend Nachmahd’s help we finished up some 3-player group quests down in old Nagrand. Summoning and killing Gurok the Usurper, the Elemental that the Warmaul’s worship, and finishing the string of quests against the Forge Camp’s for Altrius the Blind.

And what’s the first stop of a 70 with goals on the Karazhan Key quest chain? Well, the first part in the Outlands? The Shadow Labyrinths. PUG, again, Msaker was tanking, two Hunters (great crowd control! No multi-shots!), a Mage, and a Priest. That was my first time into the instance with Msaker (and only once before with Blackhoof). And we did well. We killed Hellmaw, on the first try, dropped Pally plate, not the tanking shield I wanted, and the Inciter, killed on the first try, and he dropped a tanking trinket for Msaker. We cleared a little further into the place and at that moment the priest informed us “I’ve got to go.” and hearthed out. I look at the group. /lol.

Someone knew someone and we shortly have a Paladin join us. I see her mana pool is huge. And Vorpil, killed on the third try, drops the Blackout Truncheon, which Msaker took to accompany his slow The Planar Edge. The last boss, Murmer, we didn’t down. It was late, one of the Hunters had to go, and I really had to go. We gave it like 4 tries, but success eluded us. (Funny how Blackhoof’s time there it was easy on the first try.) Oh, yes, a random mob dropped blue plans for the Felsteel Helm. Since I was the only smith, they came to me. Does not seem to be a bad helm. And only 8 Felsteel bars. (16 eternium ores being the holdup there. And I’m not 365 smithing.)

It was a good pug, my first time tanking the higher level instances, and overall I think we did okay. (Msaker did complete the two quests there and that’ll get him bracers and boots, happily both with tanking attributes on them.)

Msaker will stay Fury/Prot until Droonda is comfortably 70 and we’ve gotten things accomplished. Then he’ll go more into Protection, providing the instance running becomes regular.

*And* Arcarius picked up some pointers on instance running with a Hunter. Two Hunters kept a lot of trapped trash mobs frozen. Now the lazy elf just needs to get those Nesingwary quests done Nagrand and get a decent gun.

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Posted by on June 4, 2007 in Dings, Instances


Ding. 70. Flight.

Oh, yeah.

Broke, but elated.


Posted by on May 26, 2007 in Dings, Screenshots


The Scarlet Monastery at last completed. Except for the detail of one small scarlet key.

But, I got my new sword, the Sword of Serenity, and a nice new shield, the Aegis of the Scarlet Commander, out of the deal.

And I’ve reached level 39. One more and I’ll be riding in style.

Now if I could get in on a successful Library run, my day would have been made.

P.S. “Honorus” is not “Honor us.” It’s a bit of an uncommon spelling of the Emperor Honorius’s name. And it’s the proper spelling for a few Popes. Honorus III in 1216, for example. I think it’s not a bad name for a Paladin. And if I manage to display some good playing skill, by all means “Honor us.” ;)


Posted by on April 6, 2007 in Dings, Quests, Screenshots


Being level 60 means…

No more worries about rested XP.

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Posted by on October 21, 2006 in Dings


Ding. The big 6-0. For my second time.

Msaker, aka Oddity, finally reached level 60. My 2nd character to do so.

Some thoughts…

Blackhoof, aka Darkhoof, my Tauren Shaman, reached 60 in a raiding guild on a PvP server. By 60 he was already wearing a lot of his Elements (Tier 0) set. He was a regular to the Plaguelands and Stratholme. His hearth was set to Kargath for the regular Blackrock Spire runs, Upper and Lower. He very seldom ventured into the Blackrock Depths. He was Restoration spec’d and had assumed the role of healer, backup, for raiding groups. No PvP in his raiding days after reaching Sergeant in his 40′s. The “Dungeons,” the holy trinity of Stratholme, Lower Blackrock Spire, and Upper BRS, then Molten Core, were his home for months after reaching 60. (For some reason Scholomance he only went once. First time ever he’d gotten the Coif of Elements, and nobody wanted to go back. He got the key to the place on his own so remains ready to return and get the major mana potion recipe from the ghost vendor.)

Msaker has not done any quests into Blackrock Depths yet. There are a great many yellow exclamation marks in Kargath, but he’s been holding off on them until Droonda is ready to accompany him. (She’s level 54 now. Coming along too. Orc Power!) He has done one single quest out of the Bulwark in the Plaguelands, and that was to plant our banner in a camp of the Scarlet Crusade. Otherwise, getting to 60 involved doing all the quests in Feralas, then moving to Felwood, then doing a lot of the quests in Winterspring. Last night we went to the Sunken Temple and knocked out 6 quests there. Next stop will be BRD. He worked up to level 45 on a PvP server, but finished up on an RP server. He’s halfway to Exalted with Frostwolf. He dinged following a win in the Arathi Basin. Turning in the three marks got him really close. Completing the quest to cap four resources, took him over to the Ding. (And my XP bar is now replaced by a Faction bar. 80 )

(My god, was it really so long ago that I had just reached level 30? Last December, the 28th or thereabouts, to be exact. Here’s the link. )

It is interesting to me, because I see several parallel courses to getting to 60. There’s the Blackrock route, the Plaguelands route, or the Winterspring route.

With Blackrock you are put on the path of fighting Dragons (Nefarian) and the old Elementals (Ragnaros). You visit Blackrock Spire, Molten Core, and Blackwing Lair. Adventuring here takes you from small 5-man parties to 40-man raids.

Ironically the Dragons are opposed by the Elementals, and are pitted against one another in a war to control Blackrock Mountain. And each side has forces sympathetic to your causes as well. Vael is a dragon most distraught about having to decimate you. He’ll help you in UBRS against Rend in fact. And Duke Hydraxis gives you rewards for killing other Elementals.

The Plaguelands find you combating the Scarlet Crusade, yeah, those racist “good guys” that even the Alliance don’t like, and the Scourge operating out of Stratholme and Scholomance. The Plaguelands will find you going from assaulting Scholomance and Stratholme to Naxxramas, from 5-man parties to 40-man raids.

The route of Winterspring appears to be a whole lot more solo orientated. The experience is not gotten by instances but by faction grinding. Kill hundreds of the Timbermaw’s enemies to become their friend. There’s some quests out of Everlook in Winterspring itself. But not one instance in Winterspring or noticeable story arc even.

… It just occurs to me as I type this … expansion’s are promised once a year now. The Burning Crusade and the Outalnds will be this year’s offering. What about next year? The Emerald Dream? Obviously the Timbermaw and Winterspring are nice little lead-ins to this.

And I’d love to see Gilneas and Kul’Tiras be brought on-line. These Coastal and Insular nations would figure into any expansion involving the Naga, the Maelstrom, and their Queen Azshara.

Since neither Blackhoof or Msaker are raiding now, earning Battlegrounds honor and reputation is earning them rewards as well. Even Blackhoof is getting rewards that compare to his Molten Core days, and Msaker is getting some of those for himself.

And I’m still doing quests and seeing places I haven’t already done and seen in going on two years played. Wow. Now we’re adding the Outlands and two new starting areas on top of that. I’ve yet to “complete” the game and there’s even more coming.

Bottom line, there are so many ways of getting to 60, enjoying yourself at 60, getting ahead at 60, and moving on from 60, it’s just never ending.

Oh, yeah: Ding. :)

P.S. How do people have 5 or more level 60 characters? Dear lord, how much time does that take?! Ask my wife, and she’ll tell you, I play a lot. Msaker’s time played to 60 was 18 days. … The enjoyment is as much in the departute, and the journey, as the arrival and plans for more.

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Posted by on October 16, 2006 in Dings, Warriors


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