Monday, November 28, 2016

The Last Blog Post

Hi,

I've decided that this will be the last blog post. Just not feeling it any more.

I did stop playing WoW. I stopped due to the loading screen issues. If you don't know about this issue, go check it out:

http://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20749718759

This is really bad on the machine I play on. It's a 5 year old iMac with 4GB of memory. It takes ages to load the graphics in the Bnet launcher, and takes ages and ages to load up my Garrison, Dalaran, or (to a lesser extent) Stormwind City. This made it almost unplayable, trying to get the WoW 12th Anniversary stuff done on all my 100s on all realms.

So, I stopped playing and played Hearthstone and Civ 6 for most of the week. But then, I decided to fire it up on my laptop to see if it had the loading issues too? Lo and behold, it's a Holiday miracle. Almost instant loading. Well, my laptop is almost brand new, and does have 16GB of memory. So maybe that's the key. So, I started playing a bit again.

I got the WoW Anniversary stuff done on all my 100s on other realms (25 of them). I also dabbled with a couple of Horde Characters on Ghostlands too, getting them through the Broken Shores scenario, and getting them their Artifacts.

On Silver Hand, I did get Crazybrit through Hyjal and Uldum, and now she's 86 and questing in the Jade Forest.

My little Gnome Hunter
I also played Derangedbrit a bit, getting to 71 and finishing off what I do in Borean Tundra. One thing I noticed was they've fixed Frozen Herbs. They no longer need 400 Herbalism to pick, and give skill ups now.

I also continued doing Garrison stuff on my Priest, Shaman, and DK. My DK got her Shipyard to level 3. She's also got a level 3 Scribe Shack for Card of Omens and the daily Merchant Order stuff. The first two complete merchant orders were 22g50s ones, which was nice.

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 800/Tailoring 731) - iLvL 829
Lavabrit (110) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 751/Jewlcrafting 721) - iLvL 808
Crazybrit (86) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 523/Leatherworking 90)
Looneybrit (62) - Human/Warrior (Mining 311/Blacksmithing 305) 
Loopybrit (102) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 701,Alchemy 700)
Mentalbrit (62) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 346/Enchanting 93)
Derangedbrit (71) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 398/Inscription 380)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 311/Engineering 305)
Lunaticbrit (62) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 85/Enchanting 102)
Dementedbrit (62) - Human/Paladin (Mining 310/Blacksmithing 103)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 414/Leatherworking 85)
Maniacbrit (35) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 131/Alchemy 80)

So, that's it for this blog folks. I may start up my Phil's Gaming and More one again as I move my gaming away from WoW, but we'll see.

Cheers.

Monday, November 21, 2016

WoW's 12th Anniversary!

Hi,

Yep, it's WoW 12th Anniversary couple of weeks. Amazing, isn't it. WoW has been going for 12 years now. I haven't been playing since the start, but since about 2009.

Anyway, the event this year is a nice little bit of gold, and some Timewalking badges to buy the Corgi pet, or save up for the next Timewalking event. For a level 110, it's about 90 gold for the 2 quests and 225 badges. For a level 100, it's about 75g and 225 badges. Oh, and a 1hr repeatable buff that boosts XP and Rep from kills by 10%.

So, I'm going through all my Characters (all 110s and 100s on all realms) and the ones I'm leveling on Silver Hand too:

Lavabrit answering a question.
I think the badges can buy lots of gear that can be vendored too, but I need to check up on that.

OK, let's talk about Loading Screens. Since 7.1, I've had 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to load into Garrison, Dalaran, or to the Shrine. Stromwind City is a little better. But seriously, we've been complaining about it for weeks now on the forums, and Blizzard just isn't fixing it. I'm playing less and less because of it, and playing more and more Civ 6, and have started playing Hearthstone again.

One of the great things about WoW was that it's so quick to get in the game to play. This is now not the case, and is horrible for someone like me, who logs into lots of characters each day.

Anyway, rant over. What I did get done this week was to get Crazybrit to 80 and then started her in Hyjal and got to 81. I also got Derangedbrit to 70 and got her 280% flying. I also actually took Loopybrit to the Broken Isles and did some questing there. Then I remembered how I don't really like Azsuna questing at all. It will be much better once we have flying, but I've done absolutely nothing to get closer to that. Just not motivated to do much at all in WoW right now.

Oh, I also did quite a bit of Cooking and Fishing dailies on characters, and got Mentalbrit and Lunaticbrit to 62 doing that.

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 800/Tailoring 731) - iLvL 829
Lavabrit (110) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 751/Jewlcrafting 721) - iLvL 808
Crazybrit (81) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 489/Leatherworking 90)
Looneybrit (62) - Human/Warrior (Mining 311/Blacksmithing 305) 
Loopybrit (102) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 701,Alchemy 700)
Mentalbrit (62) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 346/Enchanting 93)
Derangedbrit (70) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 386/Inscription 380)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 311/Engineering 305)
Lunaticbrit (62) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 85/Enchanting 102)
Dementedbrit (62) - Human/Paladin (Mining 310/Blacksmithing 103)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 414/Leatherworking 85)
Maniacbrit (35) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 131/Alchemy 80)

The plan for next week is to not do much. Just keep the Garrisons rolling I guess, and maybe level some characters. 

Oh Happy Thanksgiving to you all for this coming Thursday!!

Cheers.

Monday, November 14, 2016

My 27th level 100!!

Hi,

Yep, I have 12 on Draenor/Echo Isles, 10 on Ghostlands, 2 on Garrosh, and now this is my third to 100 on Silver Hand. Loopybrit made it to 100. I think this is my first DK at 100 too. So, she did the Artifact quests, and found them pretty hard. Especially the last part. That's until I realized I could stand to one side of the platform and avoid all those flying bolts of stuff. I really like her dual blades. A very nice artifact. Of course, I got to the Class Hall, and it looked very familiar:

Haven't I been here before :)
A bit disappointed actually. Couldn't they have done something new? Anyway, that's the great thing about playing all classes, you get to see all the different Class Halls.

Since getting her Artifact, she's just been doing Garrison stuff (Tanaan daily, Fishing daily, and opening up the shipyard). She got to 101 not even setting foot on the Broken Isles :). She also got the Alchemy Shack all set up and is making lots of Draenic Philosophers Stones. In fact, she's now got a Scribe hut too, and is making lots of Card of Omens. A nice steady stream of income.

I also played Lavabrit a bit. It was Timewalking week, and so she did 5 Timewalking dungeons and finished up Val;Sharah while waiting for the queues to pop. She went from 779->808 just from timewalking. Lavabrit was also doing lots of Tanaan, and finally got the Oil Rig this week, and rerolled ships until she got a shorter mission one. So now she doesn't need to do Tanaan any more. I didn't do anything with Insanebrit for Flying this week. That's really on the back burner for now.

One other thing was getting all the characters through DMF for +5 on all their professions.

Also, I did play Crazybrit and Derangedbrit a bit, getting them to 76 and 68 respectively. Crazybrit is about to hit Shloz Basin, and Deranged is now ready for Northrend.

One other thing I need to talk about is the frustrating loading times. Loading into the Garrison or Dalaran is taking about 1 1/2 minutes. Also, getting the Battlenet client loaded with images is taking that long too. This is all since 7.1 and is so frustrating! I'm also a bit pissed off with Legion right now. That's why Loopybrit hasn't been to Broken Isles yet, and why Lavabrit hasn't started with Stormheim.

Of course, I still didn't play a lot this week because of Civ 6. Also, I dabbled a bit in Hearthstone :)

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 800/Tailoring 731) - iLvL 829
Lavabrit (110) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 751/Jewlcrafting 721) - iLvL 808
Crazybrit (76) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 450/Leatherworking 90)
Looneybrit (62) - Human/Warrior (Mining 311/Blacksmithing 305) 
Loopybrit (101) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 700,Alchemy 700)
Mentalbrit (61) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 346/Enchanting 93)
Derangedbrit (68) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 377/Inscription 380)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 311/Engineering 305)
Lunaticbrit (61) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 85/Enchanting 102)
Dementedbrit (62) - Human/Paladin (Mining 310/Blacksmithing 103)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 414/Leatherworking 85)
Maniacbrit (35) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 131/Alchemy 80)

The plan for next week is to level Crazy and Demented a bit more, and to keep on doing Garrison stuff.

Cheers.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Flying is Coming!!

Hi,

Yes, that's right, we're going to get Flying in Legion in 7.2. There's no date for that yet, but we can assume it's in the first half of 2017. There will be a Pathfinder part 2 in 7.2, but let's get Pathfinder part 1 out of the way.

Part 1 has 5 requirements:

1. Explore Legion
2. Do 100 distinct World Quests
3. Loremaster of Legion
4. Complete your Class Order Hall Quest chain
5. Earn Revered with all Legion Factions

So, I started with the easiest. I got Insanebrit exploring everywhere and got #1 out of the way pretty quick. Highmountain was definitely the worst. Azsuna, Val'Sharah, and Surumar were pretty easy, and Stormheim wasn't too bad.

Then I decided to work on Loremaster, with World Quests too. She did lots of World Quests (now 51/100) and did lots of questing in Surumar. But it's really hard to figure out what's required for Good Surumaritan, After lots of questing, here's the status:

LOL 1 down 10 to go
Yuck! 

She did a bit more Class Order Hall questing too, but has now hit a wall, with a quest hand in giving 1K Ancient Mana, and she can only hold 500 at once. Yikes. Reps are also going to take a long time.

Pretty much everything was on the back burner except for that and the Garrisons ticking over. But I did get Loopybrit to 98 and Derangedbrit to 66, I also played my Druid a bit, getting her ready for DMF by getting all her profs to 75.

Oh with DMF, I also got my first 800 in a profession. Insanebrit's Herbalism! 4 have been through DMF so far. 8 to go.

The other thing Insanebrit did was get to 825 and headed into LFR. She tried the first wing. Lots of trash and the first boss was horrible. I did get an 835 Head piece, but I already have 840. I decided LFR just isn't worth it. So I quit after the first boss and won't be doing that any more.

4 have been through DMF so far. 8 to go.

Again, I didn't play a lot this week. Civ 6 is still going strong.

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 800/Tailoring 731) - iLvL 829
Lavabrit (110) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 751/Jewlcrafting 721) - iLvL 779
Crazybrit (72) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 429/Leatherworking 90)
Looneybrit (61) - Human/Warrior (Mining 306/Blacksmithing 300) 
Loopybrit (98) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 662,Alchemy 696)
Mentalbrit (61) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 341/Enchanting 88)
Derangedbrit (65) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 356/Inscription 351)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 306/Engineering 300)
Lunaticbrit (61) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 80/Enchanting 97)
Dementedbrit (61) - Human/Paladin (Mining 290/Blacksmithing 98)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 409/Leatherworking 80)
Maniacbrit (34) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 126/Alchemy 75)

So, the plan for next week is to continue to work on Pathfinder Part 1, and get Loopybrit to 100 and start on her Artifact and Class Hall stuff. Oh I know you can start Legion at 98, but she has two invasion chests I want to open at 100 :). I'll also try to level Deranged and Crazy a bit more.

Cheers.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Slowed Progress!

Hi,

Yep, very much slowed down this week. But before anything else, I have something to ask of you.

My guide on wowhead still needs 2 votes. If you could PLEASE go and and have a look at it and vote. I'd be very grateful.

http://www.wowhead.com/guide=4474/gearing-up-when-you-hit-110

Now, why was my progress slowed this week? Well, Civ 6 is the answer. It released on the Mac last Monday, and I've been playing it rather a lot. It's a 4X Turn Based Strategy Game, and it's rather good. I am really immersed in it right now. WoW has really taken a back seat. The good news is that there's enough time for two games, and my play of Civ 6 will slow down over time. Still plenty of time for WoW.

So, not much leveling at all this week. Just got Loopybrit to 94, Crazybrit to 72, and Derangedbrit to 65. Those are the three I'm planning to be max level next. I made a bit of a push on Loopybrit, and she finished off Shadowmoon Valley and is now questing in Gorgrond. She did what was required to get Transmutation Master, and is now leveling up Alchemy making Draenic Philosopher's Stones (for a tidy bit of gold too). That's the reason that my Hunter and Rogue will be next. The Hunter will run a level 3 Barn for 300g a day from Savage Blood, and my Rogue has Inscription for Card of Omens.

The rest of the time, I spend on Insanebrit. She did lots of World Quests, and worked on the Class Hall story quests, and the Tailoring quests. She's now got 7 Champions, and had to deactivate two of them. The 5 active are nearly all 110 now. Most of the World Quests she did were for Order Resources, but added in the odd one for gear, and that's how she got to 824. Sooo close to LFR!!

I didn't play Lavabrit any more in broken Isles. She just got the Shipyard to level 3 and is doing Tanaan for Oil, and doing the fishing daily (only one more day to 800).

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 795/Tailoring 726) - iLvL 824
Lavabrit (110) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 746/Jewlcrafting 716) - iLvL 779
Crazybrit (72) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 424/Leatherworking 85)
Looneybrit (61) - Human/Warrior (Mining 306/Blacksmithing 300) 
Loopybrit (94) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 630,Alchemy 650)
Mentalbrit (61) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 341/Enchanting 88)
Derangedbrit (65) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 356/Inscription 351)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 306/Engineering 300)
Lunaticbrit (61) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 80/Enchanting 97)
Dementedbrit (61) - Human/Paladin (Mining 290/Blacksmithing 98)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 409/Leatherworking 80)
Maniacbrit (25) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 65/Alchemy 60)

The plan for next week is to  level Loopy, Crazy, and Deranged more, and to get Insanebrit to 825 and try out LFR.

Cheers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

My 2nd Level 110!!

Hi,

Got my 2nd level 110 on Sunday night. This week, Lavabrit quested in Highmountain, finished it off and headed to Val'Sharah to get to 110. She got to 110 only doing 3 zones because of:

1. Completely rested.
2. Lots of cooking and fishing dailies.
3. Finishing up some Draenor zones after getting to 100.
4. Tanaan Dailies
5. 10 xp per Herb and Ore in the Garrison :)

Here she is, just after hitting 110:

Lavabrit shortly after hitting 110
Of course, she faces this same issue that Insanebrit did after hitting 110. There is just sooo much to do. So, she'll probably just work on getting Val'Sharah completed, then head to Stormheim, get it done, and then Surumar.

Lots of other leveling across all the characters this week. Loopybrit especially. She made it through Pandaria pretty quickly. She was 89 when she finished up the Jade quests in Jade Forest :) Then a little bit of Valley of the Four Winds, get to Kun-Lai, do the quests to open up Westwind Rest, Temple of the White Tiger, One Keg for the Grummlepack, and then finish by going to the Vale. She then made it to Draenor, got her Garrison set up, and got the Alchemy shack. She's now 91.

She's going Transmutation, so she needs Living Steel. She got the recipe from making tons of healing potions. Then, Lavabrit mined up tons of Ghost Iron for her to transmute. She's now got a couple of Living Steel and needs 2 more.

Insanebrit finished up the Molten Front dailies, getting the pattern for Luxurious Silk Gem Bag. 3 Dreamcloth required. LOL One week cooldown for each type. She did the with Fire, and Life. Just need a few more Earth to get it done this week.

I actually continued leveling Crazybrit again, now that the Human race is over. She made it to 71. She'll be my first Hunter to max, instead of Battybrit. The next one I'm focusing on is Derangedbrit. Because she's a Rogue for lockpicking, and she's a Scribe for Card of Omens.

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 795/Tailoring 726) - iLvL 822
Lavabrit (110) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 746/Jewlcrafting 716) - iLvL 779
Crazybrit (71) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 423/Leatherworking 85)
Looneybrit (61) - Human/Warrior (Mining 306/Blacksmithing 300) 
Loopybrit (91) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 575,Alchemy 598)
Mentalbrit (61) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 341/Enchanting 88)
Derangedbrit (64) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 354/Inscription 301)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 306/Engineering 300)
Lunaticbrit (61) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 80/Enchanting 97)
Dementedbrit (61) - Human/Paladin (Mining 290/Blacksmithing 98)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 409/Leatherworking 80)
Maniacbrit (25) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 65/Alchemy 60)

The plan for next week is in flux. Civ 6 for the Mac is due to be released any day now. So, I might not have time for much WoW. What I'll do if I do play, is to level Loopy in Draenor, and hope to get Deranged higher, and get Lavabrit to finish off the reps in Legion.

Cheers.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Race is Over!

Hi,

Yes, the race to get Classy Humans for my guild before 7.1 drops is over. 7.1 is coming on the 25th of October, and I don't have time enough to get them all to 85. Ah well, no big deal, I'll just get them all to 110. It also frees me to play my 110 more, level my Shammy in Legion, get others higher than 85, and make sure they all get resting experience before leveling.

So, what did I get done. Lots actually. First off, let's talk about Timewalking. That's where Insanebrit's iLevel increase this week came from. She did 5 Timewalking dungeons and got a couple of 820 drops. Then, from the Cache for doing 5, she got 850 Shoulders. This was excellent, as it replaced 793 (the only remaining piece below 800). She also progressed Surumar a bit more, and started on the Archeology weekly quest. Uggghhh what a horrible place Surumar is. Just gritted my teeth and got stuff done.

Lavabrit also did some leveling. She went to Highmountain and did some quests there, and made it to 106, and plenty more Ore. She hasn't found they way to get to the Mining quest hand in yet, but that will come. She also did 25H Firelands and Bastion of Twilight on the weekend, as she was really low on gold after upgrading the Garrison. These netted about 2.3k between them.

On the others, I got them all to 60, and then crafted and vendored tons of stuff with old world mats. I also got the Blacksmithing, Engineering, and Inscription to 300. So, for those level 60 characters, it's all about Outland now. What I did find strange was that the Daily Cooking and Fishing quests in Stormwind only give 90s at level 60, but give 2g at level 61. That's why I'm leveling them all to 61 asap. Just a note, for level 62 it goes up to 2g70s.

So, here's Madbrit in Outland, flying round Hellfire Peninsula getting Fel Iron Ore, before heading to Zangamarsh.

Fel Iron Ore mining in Hellfire P.
Other things of note. Battybrit finished up Outland and got to level 68 and is now ready for Northrend. Also, Loopybrit made it through Mount Hyjal and Uldum, and got to level 85 and is ready to hit Pandaria. She made quick work of leveling Alchemy too.

The other thing was that my Priest and Shaman both maxed out their garrisons in Draenor. This is with Inns, Salvage Yards, etc. etc. All to get the max number of followers and get them to 675 asap. I really need my Alchemist and Scribe for this. They'll get there.

Insanebrit is still doing Molten Front dailies, and Timeless Isle. She made a second Royal Satchel for Lavabrit too. Lavabrit continues to do the Garrison Fishing Daily.

Insanebrit (110) - Human/Priest (Herbalism 795/Tailoring 726) - iLvL 816
Lavabrit (106) - Draenei/Shaman (Mining 734/Jewlcrafting 716) - iLvL 742
Crazybrit (70) - Gnome/Hunter (Skinning 407/Leatherworking 85)
Looneybrit (61) - Human/Warrior (Mining 306/Blacksmithing 300) 
Loopybrit (85) - Human/Death Knight (Herbalism 525,Alchemy 529)
Mentalbrit (61) - Human/Warlock (Herbalism 341/Enchanting 88)
Derangedbrit (61) - Human/Rogue (Herbalism 332/Inscription 301)
Madbrit (62) - Human/Monk (Mining 306/Engineering 300)
Lunaticbrit (60) - Human/Mage (Tailoring 80/Enchanting 97)
Dementedbrit (60) - Human/Paladin (Mining 290/Blacksmithing 98)
Battybrit (68) - Human/Hunter (Skinning 409/Leatherworking 80)
Maniacbrit (25) - Night Elf/Druid (Herbalism 65/Alchemy 60)

The plan for next week is to level Loopybrit and Battybrit more, and all those in Outland too. Who knows, I may get Lavabrit to 100 too.


Cheers.