Monday, April 27, 2009

Egg Hunter

This weekend, I spent most of my time running around leveling up my Mining skill. I'm into Mithril now and will soon be whacking at Thorium. I'm making some decent coin from the ore, stone and gems that I'm getting.

I ran a Heroic Culling of Stratholme last night as Retribution. I did alright, posting about 2.1k for the instance. The 1-shot zombies kind of skew the meters a bit in the instance. I was well behind a Rogue, who is one of the better geared DPS in the guild. I was neck and neck with a Mage. He managed to pass me when I got slept on the final boss.

We did manage to get the optional boss down before the timer expired, but we had only seconds to spare. There were only two of us going for the mount, and let's just say Honorshammer finally has a sweet ride to replace his Roflcopter. I did promise to run it again to get the Mage I beat out on the roll the Drake.

Other than that I was working hard on my Noblegarden achievements. I banged out the two dailies. One of the quest you can do awards you with an Easter Basket that gives you a short speed boost. I can’t tell you how many times I’d watch a guy blow past me with his sprint up, and he’d run right past an egg, which I would happily pick up. I didn’t notice much griefing going on at Kharonos where I was doing my hunting. I did find my experience as a Parent hiding eggs really helped when trying to find them. The developers who worked on the event kind of think like Parents and hid them in the same kind of places I would hide eggs from my daughter. Honorshammer was running around with an Easter Basket and a bouquet of flowers in his hand. I may equip that before we pull Freya tonight. She'll be very scared I'm sure. (You can change your offhand and main hand in combat; I'll be back to Sword and Shield before she hits me.)

This is the first time I’ve made a concerted effort to get a Meta Achievement for a Holiday.

I did a PuG Vault 25 man with some friend from another guild, hoping for a shot at some PVP gear. It felt really good when they saw me join the raid and one of their Priests said, “Well that solves the Tanking problem.” Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it! We killed Archavon with about 30 seconds left on the enrage timer. After that, I politely declined their request to attempt Emalon.

My raid group is talking about temporarily increasing our raid days and time to make some headway in Ulduar and clear the place on 10 man. Then we'll relax back to our normal schedule. I'm fine with skipping bosses to get progression, but I'd love to farm Razorscale because he drops a sweet tanking belt. I'm still using a Waistguard of Living Iron. My Belt and my Helm are the two places that need upgrades right now. Freya has volunteered to help out with the Helm.

I remember well feeling that we would never get through Karazan in two nights. I'm sure we'll get to the point where clearing Ulduar in two nights isn't a problem for us, too. I'm not worried about it.

I can't remember a time in game when I've been having as much fun and had so much I wanted to do.

Out of game, I’m reading the Prequels to the Left Behind series. I’m just devouring the books. I’ve already blown through The Rising and The Regime. Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins can really write a good story.
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