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Haemogoblin – Cute Horde Gnomes – Snuff

17/10/2011 2 comments

Getting the Stay Classy achievement for the guild meant I *had* to get myself a second account, didn’t it…

Some time ago, when on holiday in Whitby, I was talking about how enjoyable Gnomercy was – how we had a lot of fun in dungeons, and how I was learning to tank, and it was probably the most fun I was getting in WoW actually – just having a good time. And I proposed (to the other folk in the hot tub at the time, that is) that we have a horde side guild on Earthen Ring and call it Haemogoblin – and have an all-goblin levelling group. In the heady, steamy holiday hot-tub atmosphere, it seemed like a fantastic plan.

Back from holiday, there were Firelands dailies to be done until my brains were coming out of my ears – and for fun there was Gnomercy.

The gnomes are now 75 – and the keen beans have already levelled their professions to max cata level. And there will shortly be a day when they reach 85… so I proposed a horde-side goblin-centred guild. And we made one. And we have started levelling our gnomes to 15.

And some of us are just that keen that we have put a couple of alts in there as well.

This goblin guild coincides with the publication of the latest Terry Pratchett novel – Snuff (which is a really good read, btw) and for those who know Pratchett, the guild ranks are based on the Wee Free Men – our GM is the Kelda. There are pictsies, bigjobs and Carrots. Carrots are the taller folk – and also the lowest ranking – being higher up.

Parsley is back! And more have arrived…

Parsley is back – and I feel much better for it. She is still undecided about her function in life, but is the same old dorf with red hair that she was at the beginning.

And Anklebijter is now in her mid 60s, tanking a bit.

And Ellandriel the mage (for stay classy) is 85.

And Tesine the UD warlock is 73.

So that’s 8 at 85, 3 at over 70… yes, I wanted that second account – I now have more than 10 alliance toons on one server…

Categories: altitis, gnomercy, levelling, PS

Moving and shaking

I had not realised that the name chosen for my dorf was so capable of being misread or mispelled – until I saw it.  Rather like I had not thought that calling an English house after the Dutch word for “watermill” would not really be great until I wrote it down and thought – hey, that looks like someone doesn’t know how to spell Watermelon….

Upshot is, that my dorf paladinette has had a namechange – this time to something entirely questionable – she is now Utukutu, found in the English Swahili dictionary as meaning mischievous/naughty and similar things.

My wolfylock is now level78, and still only in Grizzly hills – but more or less on the home strait now.

My warrior tank is still only 25 – as I had a week off with going to visit friends, followed by a parental visitation, the team must have thought I abandoned them – last Tuesday didn’t happen at all, much to my chagrin…  The whole idea is to level in company, rather than as individuals – tempting though it is to just get on with it.

Gnomercy! (Earthen Ring EU)

14/04/2011 3 comments

Now I have deleted the last goblin from my home server, I have rolled up a warrior.

And opened up recruitment for an exclusive all-gnome team – my guild (Immune to Psychology) have taken to the idea, it seems, and we now have the first fiveman group  – warrior tank (have I mentioned I have never succeeded at this class or role?) priest healer, lock, mage and rogue.

I am not sure sure how we will succeed in pvp – since those with heirlooms are at a distinct advantage.  Perhaps we will break the no-heirlooms rule, and have to farm heroics for JP and all the bits and pieces…

So far, it is oddly similar to when I first started playing WoW – I am not outgearing the mobs in each zone, I die unreasonably often, and I finish quest chains.  It is less dull, because the margin between gear and content is a lot closer.

I anticipate that low level dungeons will be *hard* and require some thought and effort – two other guildies are powerlevelling through dungeons, and exclaimed that the healing was “piss easy” and they were twiddling their thumbs…  I anticipate this may be as a  result of wearing heirlooms (in addition to the fact that they are good players, of course) softening the sharp edges…

If anyone reading this blog happens to want to join in Gnomercy! drop me a line.  My warrior is Anklebijter.  The plan is to level all gnomes to level 15 before starting on dungeon running and other levelling activities.  Like suicide through PvP for a start.

Needless to say, you must be a Gnome.  That’s the point.

Alt levelling

So – last night, my third toon reached 85 – the rogue.  So that makes Cress in max-pre raid gear (minus the valor point stuff, which takes a long time to collect outside raids).  Her professions are maxed.  Kenau is now in the bare minimum of heroic gear and needs to repgrind a smidge to get a few essentials – until the therazane enchants get to be BoA, she’ll need them, and also the faction with the melee DPS arcanum – at the moment, she is clearing up quests, and finishing the last few levels of jewelcrafting.  maxed on mining.

My rogue is an engineer and miner – not rushing to complete engineering – although maxed on mining.  Not maxed on fishing or cooking, so that needs working on  a little.  Gear is inadequate for heroics.  DPS questionable.

Druid is maxed on alchemy, but still level 82/83 and can only do respectable DPS against a non-moving target.  Still needs lots of play to get that working better.

Hunter is 83 – skinning and lw coming along well.

Paladin is 81 – enchanting is OK, but will need to level more in order to get to TH to get recipes.

Mage is 80 – tailoring going well, but see above.  Knows dreamweave.

Shaman is snoozing at 73 in Northrend.

Warlock is snoozing at 63 in Outland

Goblin has just made it to Orgrimmar.  And is level 13.  Heirlooms make levelling through quests almost ridiculous.

Kenau

Now that Cress is trying to get into heroics (those queues are so long, and they fall apart with the slightest pressure, like leaves falling off a tree) I’m levelling up professions – and alts to gather mats for her.

Time to bring back my DK – now sporting a frost 2H build.  And reading myself back into who she is – and why she is.

I originally created Kenau as a warrior, and wanted a name for her that was like Boadicea – something to mark her out as a warlike independent woman (my characters up to this time included my hunter, named after a TS Eliot character, and my mage and paladin, named after herbs).  Playing a warrior didn’t really work for me, so when Wrath was released, she became a Death Knight.

Levelling was easy.  There were far too many DKs loitering around at level 80 for her to get much playtime, so gradually, she got played less and less, until eventually, she just sat in her RP kit in Dalaran, cutting gems where needed.

Kenau’s backstory as a DK was made much richer by a story (I reposted it here) written for the Blizzard fanfiction contest.  Not only did Kenau star, but also my paladin, Parsley, and three members of our then 5-man dungeon team – all still playing – even though Tanque has now seen that the light lies in healing as a disc.

Very recently, one of my guildies at ItP[1] has helped breathe new life into my playing – teaching me the basics of frostDK rotation, and so now I obliterate and howling blast my way about the place – mining as I go.  The waters of Vash’jir and Uldum are currently hosting her adventures.

[1] if you read this, thank you, Matt

Categories: altitis, cataclysm, ItP, kenau, levelling

Level 85

So, Cress reached 85 yesterday – that final 25% of level 84 was just too much to complete the night before.

Now all I need to do is to level the alts, the professions…  and get my average ilevel to over 333 so I can start heroics…

Although I admit that Grim Batol, HOO and Lost City are still pretty challenging atm.

Categories: cataclysm, levelling
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