A beautiful day for distractions

The weather has been cold, not unusual for Melbourne in July and certainly not new for me. It is however a little more present in my reality due to the early starts and late finishes that work has required recently. I am jealous to read all the blogs about summer frolicking in the northern hemisphere. You lucky crazy sods – you at least should be busy and outside, but are instead inside with Warcraft.

In wow I’ve been quiet due to a range of factors not really related to the cold at all. The main cause is legitimate distractions of work, house renovations, and broken cars.

Work has been busy as we started a new contract about two months ago, and although I think it will get better in the long term, in the short term that means no raiding – as fatigue makes good raiding really difficult. A 7-11ish raid plus the peripheral discussions till midnight are not viable when you get up just after 5am each day. Hell the contract is only for four years, so I guess I’ll be ready for Firelands raids by then. Grumble.

We’re also renovating our unit, at the moment that means adding a new fireplace and we’re mid way through the prep and painting of the mantlepiece. Again wow suffers, as I want the darn fire finished and it frustrates me to not have it completed. I could perhaps rush it and sacrifice the quality of the finish, but I’ll have to look at that fireplace for years to come and any blemishes that were avoidable will bug me.

To offset the missing games I’ve started reading a bit more. I can read in much smaller time segments that I can play warcraft, and it is as much a satisfying escape from reality as online games are. Two books that I’ve borrowed are the last Harry Potter and the Game of Thrones first novel. As of a few days ago I’ve just put down the last Harry Potter book. I saw the film and felt that the book would not add anything new. That is a little snarky, but thus far the book has been a very fair match to the films, and therefore I’m not going to gain any deeper insight by finishing the book. I might come back in a few years and read it, once the images of the films have been forgotten and it seems a little more fresh.

Game of Thrones also follows the TV series very closely, but the book is adding a lot of depth to my understanding. I’m staggered just of close to the original the TV series was, and also that there can be suck side stories in the novel that tweak my interest. I understand now some of the small embellishments or slight changes in timing between the presentation of the two – as it makes a more TV friendly presentation.

I wonder too how the Warcraft film will follow the lore. To make a viable and profitable film the target audience needs to be far wider than just the current subscriber base – and that means making the material digestible in a single film. This adds a complexity of picking a section of the lore which is a discrete story, and also has enough gravitas with the community to be worth seeing.

They have a hard script to write, and I hope they throw a darn good team at it.

Anyway that is enough of a rumble on my distractions. May your novels always be enticing, your wine glass full, and your hearth warm.

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What has WoW taught you?

A topic from the Blog Azeroth forums a long time ago, which I never go to posting at the time.

What has WoW taught you?

It has taught be about myself as a person, a little on controlling reaction to stupid and silly events. Those stupid things pile up, arrive in one and twos, and sometimes in tens and twenties. I know that there is value to calm and behaving with certainty.

Taught me how to value a relationship, and what I really value; with Life > wow being my mantra.My partner didn’t understand wow, and we’ve built up the expectation of what is reasonable between us – so that we are both happier.

It has helped strengthen my skills on how to impart bad news to people, and how to effect a change without backlash. Unsurprisingly it comes back to speaking plainly and honestly.

Happy gaming – Typhoonandrew

Where to farm motes?

A guildie asked an excellent question today: Where is the best place to farm Primals?

Update: If you mean Motes of Harmony – See this post.

Now what this really means is where is the best place to farm for motes, and I suppose you need to consider:

  • Which mobs will drop them (best advice is to use something like Allakhazam)
  • How crowded the spot is at different times (we play as Aussie times, which makes farming better on US servers).
  • What level the mobs are, because 2 levels lower means much faster kills.

The list:

All – For almost any motes go to Nagrand’s Elemental Plateau, it can be heavily farmed though. In the off-peak hours is sometimes not over crowded (and if I see you there I’ll banish your mobs 😛)

Motes of Air – Shadowmoon Valley where the quest chain for the Netherwing Faction is. Also south of Area 52 and the Air Elementals in Nagrand are good.

Motes of Fire – Blades Edge in the North East area, just beyond Gruul’s Lair. Stacks of Imps and Fire Elementals that are not level 70. Apparently elemental guys in Zangar Marsh are OK too. Shadowmoon Valley has Fire Elementals, just east of the middle. Lastly the Elementals in the Throne in Hellfire Peninsula drop them too. Also take a look in Hellfire Penninsula.

Motes of Water – Skettis area, always packets, and I’ve done 15 motes an hour easily there. The lakes just outside Shattrath and also in northern Nagrand are not too bad either (fishing is good too).

Motes of Earth – Mining is good, or the Earth Elements in Nagrand, Shadowmoon Valley, or Netherstorm.

Motes of Shadow – Nagrand in the Ogushin spot in the middle of the map. It’s surrounded by Voidwalkers that love to drop motes. The drop rate was recently reduced (or so I read), but this is still a good place. Netherstorm and Hellfire also have Voidwalker-types which drop motes.

Motes of Mana – a place called Wizard’s Row in Netherstorm. Really hard to grind as you need to pay attention to the other mobs, but ok drops.

Motes of Life – Zangarmarsh 64s in the North East corner will drop these motes, but I haven’t been there for ages so can’t speak about the drop rate.

Engineers – can make the Mote Extractor, and gather Air, Shadow, Mana, etc from gas clouds. My Paladin uses this toy regularly to gain a few motes each tour around the maps.

(ps – this is a direct amalgamation of a few emails, which some of the guildes wrote. Credit to them for knowing thier stuff)

Edit: Fixed some typos and added some extra areas.