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Some Time on the Timeless Isle

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I have been re-subbed to WoW for a month now so I thought I’d share my thoughts on how I’ve been liking it this time around! It took me a while to check out the Timeless Isle because honestly, new content kind of scares me. Most of the time I jump in there, everything kicks my butt and it turns out I need to do a dungeon or find a group or something. I did finally port over there though and I believe I’ve been doing dailies and killing rares for two weeks now. I know a lot of people really hate it, but I actually love it. Perhaps it’s because I’m so new, but I love how easy they made it to gear up if you’ve been away from the game for 6 months or so like me. I also love how solo-friendly it is! You don’t have to find a group or have friends to help you, you can just run around tagging rares getting sweet epics! I’ve gotten a few of the vanity pets, which are totally my thing. I just managed to reach 400 of them last week so I was sent Venus as a reward, who kind of creeps me out.

I also got the Huolon mount and then was like, wait, why can’t I ride it!? I figured out that I had to go talk to the Order of the Cloud Serpent people, which for some reason, I had just totally missed and didn’t know they existed. At first I was grumpy about it, grinding dailies for rep is not my favorite thing but it actually only took me a handful of days to get to exalted! Between a few Quivering Firestorm Eggs from my adventures on the Timeless Isle and the Grand Commendation of the Order of the Cloud Serpent which I purchased at revered, it really was a very quick process! I also got to tame the three baby cloud serpent battle pets when I reached exalted, which are pretty darn cute!

For some reason it took me three characters and almost two weeks to find one piece of timeless gear for my pally, the shoulders. I had two other alts in full timeless gear before I finally found some spaulders in a chest behind a tree. I had been collecting lots of those Burden of Eternity things though in the meantime so now I have almost upgraded all of my gear to ilvl 535. It’s pretty awesome how much butt I can kick now as a ret paladin. I haven’t felt like that in a long time because I basically skipped gearing her up in the last two expansions, which was obvious by getting the achievements [Epic], [Cataclysmically Epic], [Mystically Superior] and [Mystically Epic] all at the same time! There are now many rare elites on the Timeless Isle that I can face alone and killing 20 elite creatures a day is a cake walk. I have also started gearing up my warlock and priest, and even they don’t have a hard time killing the elites anymore. I’m just enjoying being tough again, gear was pretty unattainable to an anti-social player in the past.

I’ve still been working on the Austerity project, she’s level 27 after visiting all of the Candy Buckets of the Eastern Kingdoms and doing some of the Hallow’s End dailies. I had been purchasing some Unclaimed Black Market Containers too, but they seem  to be selling for around 12,000 G now, which is a bit too steep for me, since last time I got some beautiful BoP level 60 mage boots for about 9,000 G. I don’t really have any gold making strategies anymore because I was away from the game for so long, so dropping 12k every couple days on potential garbage would burn through my coffers pretty quick. The only way I have been bringing in gold lately is with some much overdo guild bank cleansing, and most of that goes to Timeless Isle repair bills to be honest. I’m pretty bad at staying out of the AoEs…

Anyway I will continue to post as I continue to play! I’m not feeling like the un-sub will come anytime soon plus I would still like to get every class to 90!

Thanks for reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

Austerity – Level 1 to 20

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

14 Hours, 53 Minutes, 1 Second

I meant to write a level 1 to 10 post about my experiences while leveling my priest, Austerity (without killing anything, if you missed my earlier post), but by the time I sat down to write it, I was already level 20. So obviously it hasn’t been too painful an experience yet. I’m actually kind of enjoying this alternative and slightly roleplaying-ish way of leveling. So far I’ve just been focusing on picking herbs, mining and doing any quests that don’t require me to kill any mobs. I’ve been bouncing between continents hitting up all of the low level Alliance zones and really the most frustrating thing so far has been WALKING! It’s been so long since I started a new character that wasn’t able to ride a horse within like 2 hours of creation, that I had forgotten how slowly you get places when you have no flight paths discovered and have to walk everywhere, lol. As soon as I dinged level 20 though I hearthed back to Elwyn Forest and trained the riding skill at last! I feel like things will really speed up from here.

She made me bleed my own blood!

I had a rather disappointing experience in Westfall. I was questioning the homeless Stormwind citizens for a quest, and one of them didn’t want to answer me so she turned hostile. I didn’t take her out of course, just threw on a shield and continued questing and collecting things. I’m not sure why, but she just would not leave me alone! My shields kept me from taking much damage from her, and I’d fear her whenever I wanted to pick an herb or mine, but she seriously followed me all over Westfall for almost 15 minutes! She ended up punching me all the way to Sentinel Hill, where a kind high level warlock one-shotted her in passing. I was happy to be rid of my abusive side kick until I noticed it’d counted as a kill! That was pretty crappy and I considered scrapping the whole project but eventually decided that I still knew I hadn’t killed anything so it was still something I was interested in seeing through.

It’s going to be kind of tricky from here because I realized in a mine in Dun Morogh a few levels later that if I fear something and someone else kills it, it sometimes counts as me killing it. So people who are being helpful by killing the mobs smacking me, thinking my poor priest is overwhelmed when really I’m just trying to get to some copper, are actually ruining everything! My stats say I have killed two mobs now, but I haven’t! I don’t have a weapon equipped and have never even used one of my offensive abilities. I’ll try  to be careful about the fearing thing from now on, but really I had no idea I could be scaring these poor mobs to death.

It’s taken me just under 15 hours to get to level 20, which isn’t bad considering what I’m doing and that I’ve AFKed out a couple of times at least. Now that I can ride my horsey, I’m thinking I’ll start hitting up all those nifty candy buckets that are located in the Inns for Hallow’s End! They each reward a decent amount of experience and it will coincide nicely with my exploration! Hopefully I’ll be posting about level 30… or maybe even level 40 soon!

The Austerity Project

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Gaming is a pretty awesome escape for me. When things get really bad, sometimes losing myself in a virtual world for a few days helps me deal, without really focusing on dealing. It’s probably not the best method, but hey, there are much worse things I could lose myself in! Someone I know was having a bad a day so I suggested World of Warcraft to them as a fun distraction. They thought it wouldn’t work for them because they didn’t want to have to kill things! Even in a video game, it was just something they didn’t want to do. That gave me kind of an interesting idea!

So I made, Austerity, the human priest, who will never kill a mob of any kind for any reason. I really don’t know how well this is going to work out but I am really interested to see if you can be at all successful in the World of Warcraft if you refuse to kill things. I know there are collection quests, experience for mining or herbalism, exploration experience and probably other things I haven’t even thought of.

My goal will be to get to level cap with a “–” still as my “number of creatures killed” (meaning zero). Then if I can get all the way to 90, to find out how successful/useful a character Austerity can be! This probably seems like a silly waste of time to a lot of people, but I’m hoping a few of you might find it as interesting an undertaking as I do! Anyway I will continue to post about my progress until I reach my goal or throw in the towel, lol. If anyone has an alternative experience gaining ideas for me, please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading,
Miss Mediocre <3