If you are amongst the new group of testers arriving in April 2012, then you will know the torture of arriving on the panda island. There are people milling around, and your first quest target is virtually invisible. There are all sorts of macro-like spammers trying to interact with something.
The first thing to do is to map a button on your keyboard to the function “interact with target”. You find this by going through your keybindings options: you will find it under the targeting options. I use backspace
The next thing is to EITHER press control V to see all friendly health bars, and to select your target by clicking on it, OR to type /tar [name of questgiver]
Then once you have targetted the first questgiver (/tar master) then move close enough to interact with him and press the key you have chosen (ie backspace). Hey presto, you have acquired your first quest.
This method also applies for interacting with other NPCs, and some quest objects.
This works. Other people seem to spend lots of time spamming/c target or /c interact and this does not appear to bring them much joy, just endless general chat spammage that hurts the eyes and the framerate. I have not tried that method, but ofc you can if you want. It just might get you nowhere.
So, it’s been a long time since I posted on here, for any number of reasons, the best of which is that taking a break is good for the soul. And that since WoW is a game, and I fundamentally believe all about the fun of a game (albeit with a bit of effort) I refuse to blog about something which is not fun, for long – because everyone wants to read about a tortured soul, don’t they? Even the writer of that sort of drivel gets bored of it, ffs.
So what has brought me back is the MOP beta – for which I received an invite this week. I know I am not in the first, second or however many waves of testing (I think I am in wave 4) and tbh, I probably shouldn’t be: I’ve not played for 7 years, nor have I got the highest spec machine or anything, nor do I actually know anyone or contribute to theorycrafting: I am an end-user, albeit one that has ranked up plenty of hours.
The panic on panda island leads me to think that this is a stress-test in a way: even when the game is fully downloaded, there is endless lag – so much so that mobs can be untagged when you fire a spell, and yet grey after one hit: there are people who appear out of nowhere – clearly they were present there before, but not visible – and looting is a mystery. And interacting with quest targets? I think I might do a public information post about that…
So far, I cannot copy a toon to the server: either one of mine, or a premade. So nothing really helpful for me to try there. Hopefully that will calm down in the next week: after the holiday weekend perhaps… So, it’s off to panda island… Along with everyone else who cannot make a top level toon.
First impressions – if it were not for the whole laggy thing, this would be more enjoyable. There are a few really enjoyable quests, with nice twiddly bits to them. The gear does not seem to match that available from the gnome or goblin starting areas, and wealth is significantly poorer. I did not find trainers on the island, but perhaps on my second time round I will work out where they are: my spels appeared on my action bar without any intervention. And I never saw any professions trainers round about level 5, not even in dummy form.
I’m still really disliking the whole kawaii female thing: I can cope with flowers in my hair as a style, but the whole dreamy head-on-one-side fidget on one leg thing is awful. Awful. With the goblin female it was endearing, because they didn’t have that soppy dreamy look, it could be imagined to be the sudden shyness behind the tough survivor exterior. Here it is just fluff and more fluff. I want to slap her. Not a good feeling to have towards a toon that you’ll live with for 90 levels and beyond. Stand up straight, girl! stop that slouching and sighing. Drink coffee, not lemonade from a plastic cup through a straw…
Next thing to try will be a monk – for the whole rolling along thing: that is so much fun to see, so might be fun to try – it is not a racial trait but a class one. Could be interesting to see on a non-panda, actually. I like the jumping and landing animations – especially jumping from significant heights (if you get a lift to the top of the temple and you really didn’t want to be there, there are no steps down, only get onto one of the bridges and jump down as carefully as possible – the whole crouching tiger look is great.
First a map of Stormwind showing me in the shop – the cool place to be.
And another shot of just outside the shop:
This is the place where you will find three Ethereals (think Mana Tombs). On the left is the reforging service – the one that used to be done by an Elf in the Enchanter Trainer area.
In the middle is the new Void Storage guy – who wants to relieve you of a *lot* of money. First you need to establish your bona fides with him by crossing his palm with 100G. For this he explains that you can put your stuff in the top box, for the price of 25G per item. You can then get them into storage – and if you wish to withdraw them, then you take them from the store and put them in the outbox. He will *not* accept items that are unique equip – so a lot of seasonal outfits will not fit in there. He will not accept items that need darning, or have dents in, so, off you go and repair them… He will also not accept anything that is not soulbound. And he will strip the items of any reforging, enchants or gems.
Finally, there is the transmog vendor – who will make your outfit look different – you can only swap like for like though. So a plate wearer cannot look as if they are wearing cloth – and a mace cannot be made to look like a sword. Either drag your item to the slot on the armour model, or right click on it, and pay up…
Hope this helps, have a nice day.
Time to try and fillet out those who are no longer posting and which hold nothing useful anymore by way of links… some of these are just withdrawn blogs now… :(
If the authors of Righteous Orbs still read this blog, or have anything to do with the WoW universe at all, I’d like to offer them a space here for them to store the adventures of Gerald, the articulate kobold…
Also, the hilarious Charge of the Light Brigade Raid directions….
Because I miss them – whatever the thoughts might be about various political stances, those bits of humour could not fail to tickle
To be honest, I know that some may think that having too many characters is excessive.
Up until now, we have had a limit of 50 toons per account, with ten per server.
Until reasonably recently, you could not have horde toon and alliance toons on the same server, same account.
Now *that* sounds appealing. Because at the moment, I have 9 alliance toons at 85, and one at 81 – and one at 20 something who I think I shall delete to make space…. I have 9 horde toons, one at 85, one at 82, and the rest at low levels (this second account is a bit new, so that’s why I have not so many on there. And where do I put the monk?
In the past, I have tried different realms – but somehow it has never been easy to get started there – one of the practical difficulties has been that all the heirlooms are effectively bound to one server, so you have to pay money to transfer a mule across bearing all the heirlooms you think you might need. The other is that, for some reason, I feel more connected to the home server – it seems strange, but I have the feeling that one of my horde toons might meet my alliance toons – because it is the same Stormwind, the same Orgrimmar… I don’t actually play both accounts simultaneously, because I don’t think my computer could cope with it – although I do know of some who do – making levelling characters even more of a breeze than it already is, by tugging them along behind you in dungeons, and making light work of group quests.
Sometimes I just get pleasure out of waving at people I sort of know from my new horde guilds when I am on my ally characters – in a neutral place like Dalaran. It’s completely the inverse of picking on people you actually know and being in disguise so they don’t know it, and really enjoying it (thinking of a The Guild episode here) – although sometimes I think that might have its attractions…
Will it mean I need my second account? hmm – I have not tried playing cross-faction AH games, nor whether I can trade from account A to account B – which perhaps might be something to think about… and now I have actually paid for a second set of game licences, it is only the monthly payment which is the saving… Although there would be the cost of transferring them all from account B back to account A if I did want to close account B…
Having run several of my toons through the festival dungeon, I am so glad that I don’t have the cogwheel error from last year. Because that was a total disaster for me.
This year’s buggyiness surrounds the bags that drop. Certainly tonight (this morning) the pumpkin-bags have to be opened before you leave the dungeon. Or they disappear entirely from your inventory when you leave.
Some people report losing the items from the bags themselves, and money. I’ve certainly had a ring which I won on a roll – and that stayed.
Serves me right for clicking “leave party” so soon after the guy died