When In Doubt, NINJA!

So, I wanted to talk a little about some healing experimentation I’m doing, but I’m lazy and when my blog reader coughed up this lovely nugget from Amber of I Like Bubbles, I figured why waste the energy? Plus, it allows me to do some shameless plugging for my blogging guildies. And, as a lovely side bonus, it introduced me to the new blogger who started the whole thing! Hi there Jessabelle of Miss Medicina!

Thank you Amber for just being awesome and a general inspiration!

View the whole crazy link round-up here!

Kelynaria, (a.k.a Amerya, a.k.a. Big Daddy G), your treeness has been tagged!
Myrah, I know you don’t WoW blog very much, but let’s hear a spacegoat’s point of view! (OMG! Myrah has accepted my challenge! Check out her reply here.)

Your mission, should you two chose to accept it:

Post this questionnaire, with your answers, on your blog. Pick the healing class you know most about (or is the focus of your blog) for the questionnaire, and then send it over to another healing blogger you know and love who heals with a DIFFERENT class. Include a link to the blogger who sent you the questionnaire, as well as a link to the blogger to whom you are sending it.

Onward to the questioneering!

  • What is the name, class and spec of your primary healer?
    Maegwen, the Holy Priest.
  • What is your primary group healing environment?
    Raids, both 10 and 25, with a healthy does of 5 mans. Practically never PvP and absolutely never arena.
  • What is your favourite healing spell for your class and why?
    Circle of Healing (a.k.a CoH). Cause I’m laaaaaazy. Though, Prayer of Mending (PoM or “bum heal” is a very close second).
  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
    lolwell. Because seriously, lolwell.
  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? Versatility and usefulness. Tank healer? Sure! Raid healer? Sure! Buffer? Why not! Pewpew? Of course!
  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? Cloth. Splat!
  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel is, in general, the best healing assignment for you?
    Float healing or healing one specific group of people (i.e. melee on XT).
  • What healing class do you most enjoy healing with and why?
    Tree droods have nice compliments to priest heals. Plus, we have a lot of them and I’ve grown fond of them, they don’t want my loots (much) and having more than one around gives me the giddy feeling I’m at a baptist revival. (And brez. Woo brez!)
  • What healing class do you least enjoy healing with and why?
    Healadins. Jesus christ getting a bunch of -adins of all stripes to get their shit together and buff and aura and then not have anyone in the raid whine about the buffs is like fifteen percent of my nightly raid headache.
  • What is your worst habit as a healer?
    Just one? Uhm … prolly a tie between my clicking playstyle and my general lack of attention to my *own* health.
  • What is your biggest pet peeve about healing while in a group environment?
    Lack of concern for the healers in terms of situational awareness. I’ll bring this mob right to the healer! Maybe I’ll run right at them during light bomb! Or eye beams! Healers love eye beams!
  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
    I think trees have a few more tricks up their branches than priests. And I miss my OP CoH. But overall, I think we’re quite good at what we do.
  • What tools do you use to evaluate your performance as a healer?
    Is anyone dead because of my fail? No? Ok, cool. I also check overhealing meters from time to time just to make sure I’m not too far up on them.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?
    I don’t know, to be honest. Maybe that they’re hard to play?
  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
    Binding heal seems to get forgotten a lot. Mana management is a little harder for priests just learning – at least in my experience. I’ve watched a lot of new healers in all the classes learn and not “panic healing” is a big one for everyone.
  • If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
    I’m not always on the top – and I’m fairly high up on overheal, but that’s not a bad thing, lol.
  • Haste or Crit and why?
    Crit – it seems to have slightly better synergy with my spec and playstyle. Though I wouldn’t say no to assloads of Haste either.
  • What healing class do you feel you understand least?
    Shamans. Shamans in general are a little confusing for me. Though, I used to say that about paladins as well.
  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
    Errr …. DBM. I mostly WoW naked. I am toying with Grid to see if that gives me any massive improvements. A story for another day!
  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
    Not really, I like to load up on int, but a good balance is best for priests. Which is nice in some ways, but aggrivating in others.
  • Can you tell I’ve been focusing more on my healer and less on my hunter these days?

    Post Scriptum: Updated Blogroll. Observe!

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    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

    So, this is how my Wednesday went down.

    The Good: I did my Brewfest dailies on my priest, got 351 beer tickets, and got my achievement! Look!

    The screen is fuzzy because it's Brewfest

    The screen is fuzzy because it's Brewfest

    Loooooook! So pretty! My Flying Purple People Eater!

    Do I eat only purple people?

    Do I eat only purple people?

    The Bad: Word got around that there was going to be an Onyxia raid. So our 25 signups dwindled to 19 (mysterious!) plus two late people. So 17. Enough to do a 10 man, though! If one of our late people (a healer) had shown up, we very likely have been able to do two ten mans. But, it was not to be. I gave a stern lecture to everyone on the importance of signing up up for raids (novel idea!) and expressed how disappointed I was in the people who declined over the last 24 hours. (Except for the one guy who had a good excuse – he got a new job today! Yay for gainful employment!) and then stemmed the flood of QQ.

    Now look, I know that there is going to be QQ no matter what happens. I know that I could magically give everyone GM powers and let them loose on the world and there would still be QQ. (Whaaaatt? I have to type in .kill to take down Arthas??? But that’s tooooo haaaaarrrrd.) But Christ on a candlestick people – don’t complain at *me* when the signups dwindle. Complain at the selfish bastards who decide that if the raid isn’t going to be something they’re crazy excited about or need anything from that they don’t care enough to go anyhow. And also: STFU about the fact that when we post raids, we just say “25 man raid” and not specify where we’re going until right before raid. You know why we do that? This is why. This is also not my fault and I respectfully direct your attention to the “Not A Team Player” section of the guild.

    Anyhow. One ten man raid. We have an earnable rank in our guild, based on people who go above and beyond what is expected of “typical” raiders. One of the perks of this rank is that if there are limited raid spots, they go to these people first. I do not have this rank, because there is a pretty strict attendance requirement and I havn’t managed to quite make it yet. So, I got to sit on the sidelines for our very first (New! Improved! Now with more whelps!) Onyxia raid. It made me pretty bummed, but hey I guess them’s the breaks. I make the rules, I have to live by them, too. No matter how much my squeeing Ony fangirl heart longed to be in there, pew pewing, and handling the many whelps.

    The Ugly: Look, the other night (Monday, maybe?) I had talked to our late healer. He said he was going to be late. I asked him to send me and/or our Raid Leader an in game mail about it, because I was unlikely to remember five minutes from now that he was going to be late. Let alone two days. He gave me some guff about it (but, but, but I doan waaaaaannnnnnnnaaa) and I reminded him it was actually part of our policy, could he do it please? He got pouty about it, and huffed off, but I assumed that he had done it. He evidently had not because I didn’t have a mail last night and neither did our Raid Leader. And I – of course – had forgotten that he had mentioned it.

    Half an hour into our raid time, our late healer comes onto vent and in an insolent, sassy-bitch tone says, “Oh, Ori, I’m sure you noticed I didn’t send you an in game mail about me being late tonight like you asked. I’m *soooooooooo* sorry,” and then brightly, “Well, arewe doing anything tonight?”

    First: You know what? I didn’t much like your pushing the boundaries and your “tee hee I am so disobedient and naughty” attitude when you first came into this guild. My liking for it has not increased with exposure.

    Second: YOU SIGNED UP FOR A RAID! YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO BE LATE! FOR A RAID! WHAT IN THE FUCK DID YOU THINK THAT WE – A RAID GUILD – WERE DOING AT HALF AND HOUR AFTER OUR RAID START TIME!?? ON A RAID NIGHT!?

    Third: That there is the final straw.

    To the guild: I’m sure you all saw me spend the night in the officer channel on vent where only officers could come talk to me. And I’m sure there are people amongst you who thought I was ‘off sulking’ and honestly, if you want to think that, that’s fine. The reality is that I didn’t feel like being in your company. I was embarassed at my reaction to our healer’s jerky attitude on top of the QQ about raids and the lack of concern for my feelings about the Onyxia run. I didn’t want you all to hear that in my voice. I also didn’t want to listen to you guys try to re-learn the Ony fight. I didn’t want to be a part of you last night.

    I didn’t feel like you wanted me to be a part of you.

    Post Scriptum: Titled “Insult to Injury or Here Is Some Salt For Your Wounds.” The computer ate this post and I had to re-write it. Prolly a good thing as there was a lot more “fuck” involved the first time.

    Beer Tickets

    So, it’s Brewfest again! This is one of my very favourite Warcraft holidays and this year is extra special, because this is the last of the holiday set of achievements that Maegwen needs in order to get her Voilet Proto Drake and the What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been achievement. I’ve seen one of the violet drakes around already, and I’m only 45 beer tickets short of getting all the ones I need – which means I’ll have it done tonight! I shall be Brewmaster Maegwen and Her Flying Purple People Eater!

    There are a couple of tips that I have learned over the years (I think this marks the third year of Brewfest) so I figured that I’d pass them along, even though some of them have been floating around the blogsphere anyhow. In order to get the Disturbing the Peace and the Brew of the Month achievements, you will need 550 tickets! This little gnome here is located at the back right hand side of the Brewfest grounds, and she’s the one you’ll want to see for all of your ticket redemptions.

    Also sells Beer Goggles. You've been warned.

    Also sells Beer Goggles. You've been warned.

    Tip #1: There is a two hour buyback period on the clothing. You will need three articles of clothing for the achievement (one from the ones marked 1, one from the ones marked 2 and one from the ones marked 3). This will cost you 350 beer tickets. If you’re swift about it, you can purchase all three articles of clothing, head to Dalaran, get shittered, /dance, come back to the Brewfest grounds, return some/all of the clothes, and buy the Brew of the Month membership (marked as 4). Saves you 200 beer tickets!

    Try some of Column A, try all of Column B

    Try some of Column A, try all of Column B

    There are two dailies you can do, and one “hidden” daily to earn beer tickets. The first is the barking quest where you have to run around the loop of Ironforge, touting the benefits of either the Thunderbrew or Barleybrew drinks. Easy enough, and you get 15 beer tickets. Just stay on the “yellow” (canter) speed until you incurr about 50 or so fatigue stacks, then drop down to the “green” (trot) speed to let the fatigue debuff stacks wear off. You don’t have to actually turn the quest in on the loaner ram, you can turn it in on your own mount. So you can always complete the barking at top speed, then dismount from the loaner ram and remount on your own if that works better for you.

    The second daily quest you can do for beer tickets is the Dark Iron Attacks. Every half hour, the Dark Iron Dwarves will attack the Brewfest grounds. If you show up just after the attack is over, there will be a large gear on the ground near the back of the Brewfest grounds. It gives you a daily quest which you can turn in for another 10 beer tickets.

    There is also a “hidden” quest that is not a really real daily, as you can do it every 12 hours or so. If you head to this dwarf, who is the fellow you got the This Is Ram Racing …Almost quest from, you can ask him if he has any more kegs to deliver. He will give you another loaner ram on a 4 minute timer, and you can try to deliver as many kegs as possible.

    O hai! I can has beer tickets?

    O hai! I can has beer tickets?

    You will get 2 beer tickets per keg delivered, and an additional 30 seconds of time added as well. I’m good for about 12 or 13 runs. Some of my guildies have timed themselves and report about 45 seconds per delivery, but there have been reports of delivery times taking as little as 35 seconds. Your mileage quite literally may vary.

    Here is the route I use to maximize my beer ticket income! (Which, with the two dailies, is about 50 tickets a day. Not bad if I do say so myself!) Pick up the quest, and head out of the beer grounds and along the road to Kharanos.

    *skiddddddd*

    *skiddddddd*

    Beside the bridge is your first apple basket. This little bushel of treats will reset the fatigue buff stacks on your ram, but they can be a little buggy. I reccomend going along the right hand side of this one and then hopping over the stone wall. (Ram: “om nom nom, apples.”)

    Hey, are those apples? I love apples!

    Hey, are those apples? I love apples!

    From here, you can either go left a bit into the trees and hills and hit the second bushel basket, or you can head (mostly) straight down the road. If you’ve reset your debuff stacks at the bridge bushel, you should be good to head down the road and skip the bushel in the trees.

    Two roads diverged

    Two roads diverged

    Here is your quest giver. As long as you are on the right hand side of the stack of barrels, he will Donkey Kong you a big ol keg.

    It's on.

    It's on.

    Once you’ve got your keg (I reccomend keeping your first bag open, so you can see if it ended up there or not. If there’s lots of people doing the quest, you might not get it, and then you’ll have wasted a trip. *sadfase*) hop on over this little stone wall and run past the left side of this bushel basket of apples to reset your debuff stacks. (Ram: “nomnomnom, I love apples!”)

    *hop*

    *hop*

    Again you can go right into the trees and hit that other bushel basket, or straight down the road. You do have enough time to skip the one in the trees and head towards the bushel basket at the bridge, but you’ll be up to 75 or 80 debuff stacks. Don’t miss that one!

    I chose the one less traveled by

    I chose the one less traveled by

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    It’s easiest (and very stylish) to leap over this basket and head off to the left a bit towards the quest giver.

    *hophop*

    *hophop*

    You don’t have to get too close to him, just pull a hard left, make sure you’ve recieved your beer tickets, and head back on down the road to get your next keg.

    Once more, with feeling!

    Once more, with feeling!

    …hic!

    YARR!

    So, today is the Autumnal Equinox and I was trying to come up with some deep way of connecting the idea of the balance between night and day and the balances between Horde and Alliance and maybe work in some waffle about the factions transfers and how they’re affecting recruitment and all that good stuff.

    Then I thought, fuck it, it’s Monday and my brain isn’t even nearly ready to deal with that nonsense. Plus, nothing I could write would compete with Jov and Seri’s Big Day!

    So here are some pictures from my pirate misadventures this weekend, instead. YARRR!

    Eqqie and I meet some oddly dressed folks in Stormwind

    Eqqie and I meet some oddly dressed folks in Stormwind

    I see a ship in the harbour

    I see a ship in the harbour

    I obtain the proper Pirate Acessories. I shall call you Squawkers McCaw.

    I obtain the proper Pirate Acessories. I shall call you Squawkers McCaw.

    I spend some time going all Fangirl on two very famous pirates.

    I spend some time going all Fangirl on two very famous pirates.

    I meet up with the Dread Captain and her First Mate. The grog is flowing freely by now.

    I meet up with the Dread Captain and her First Mate. The grog is flowing freely by now.

    Thar she blows! KA-BOOOM!

    Thar she blows! KA-BOOOM!

    I get my dance on with the Dread Crew

    I get my dance on with the Dread Crew

    I meet some new friends. There were all shades of pirates there.

    I meet some new friends. There were all shades of pirates there.

    I have a bit too much grog and stumble off the roof into the harbour. Likely a good thing, before I got too disorderly and they made me walk the plank.

    I have a bit too much grog and stumble off the roof into the harbour. Likely a good thing, before I got too disorderly and they made me walk the plank.

    A good time was had by all! I headed back home to rest up for Brewfest – these alcoholidays are tough on the system!

    Bag it, Tag it, Save it for Later

    So, I’ve been caught! Yakra over at Mirror Shield has tagged me in this blog-meme-gone-viral. The Screenshot Wars have come for me. I’ve been watching this fad make it’s rounds and really enoying some of the posts, though I have to admit I was starting to feel like the last kid picked for the dodge ball team.

    And without furthur ado, here is my six tags. Glad to feel I am helping to keep the virus alive! I would like to tag:

    1. Tigerfeet over at Secret Agent Cat
    2. Jive at Bringing the Wood
    3. Altoholicmom up in Altaholics Are Us (yes it’s after the fact, but yay for being included!)
    4. The Author of Groups of Words. Please! Before you go! And best of luck with your family.
    5. Valkure of Valkure Unbound
    6. Shieke! You thought you’d get out of this one, didn’t you!!??

    Business out of the way, I delved deep into my screenshot folder despite the fact that I never bothered to organize them in any way more complicated than the default chronological order. So I opened up the sixth screenshot in that folder and found that it was back from the days when my better half and I were sharing the same account and he accidentally keybound screenshot to one of the letter keys. I thought I had removed all his screenshot spam, but that one got through. For the record, it was of a VC run, immediately after a wipe, with some PuGed noob saying “can u rez plz??????”

    So I didn’t post that one.

    Instead I excavated furthur and found the 36th screenshot in my folder. It’s the sixth of the sixth after a fashion, I guess. But I’m happy that I picked that method because I came up with this beauty.

    I'm flying!

    This is shortly after I realized that there was an artform to screenshots. I had started taking them not as a dispassionate, stark record of conversations and events, but as a way to capture mood and feeling and atmosphere. This screenshot is the day Maegwen dinged 70, and myself and a friend taking our brand new wings out for a test drive.

    I know that in my first round of leveling to 70, Nagrand was a memorable experience for me. I loved the quests, I loved the savannah-esq look and feel of the place, the spacegoat NPCs made me giggle and I very quickly became enamaroued of the talbuks (goat-raffes). I used to look up into the broken sky of Nagrand with longing, waiting for the day I would be able to take flight and make my way up to explore the floating shattered remnants of the land and the diaphanous, ethereal hanging waterfalls. So once I finally obtained my wings, I headed like a homing pigeon for the floating islands of Nagrand.

    Maegwen isn’t the only person in this screenshot. Her companion is the rogue Cyclonus. Looking at this screenshot I was able to not only reflect on the way that the visual splendor of TBC initally affected me, but also on the life cycle on friendships in WoW and perhaps friendships in general. If you look close at this shot, neither Cyc nor I are wearing Impossibilium tabbards. This is us in our Sempiterna incarnation – one of the two guilds that merged to become Imposs. Cyc is a real-life pal of the person who initially formed Sempiterna. At this point in the life cycle of the guild, that person had retired from guild leading and I was in charge, so it was nice to see someone like Cyc sticking by me as my fledgling leadership struggled to soar despite it’s down and pinfeathers.

    I like to have one of those people who is always online as an officer, or an officer’s advisor. Typically this means there is always someone around to solve problems, to talk to people, to observe and report on guild conditons to the rest of the officers and to grab stuff from the guild bank for folks. Cyc filled this role nicely, as well as being a generally friendly, helpful, caring sort of person. Our guild at the time was very much not a hardcore, progression focused sort of place, so a genial, open officer base was a good thing for us. Our guild had its factions however, and through the ups and downs of guild development, Cyc was always someone I considered to be on “my” side. When I felt that the balance of power was tipping beyond my control, I felt safe knowing that through thick and thin, Cyc at least would always be a voice for my PoV. Maybe not the healthiest relationship for a guild leader and an officer, but one that was a nice security blanket for me nonetheless.

    Cyc also lives quite close to me, though in another city. He was the first Azerothian that I met up with outside of the game, which was a big leap of faith for someone as staunchly misanthropic as I am. He stuck with me and with the guild through a great deal of drama and through our merger and subsequent re-inventions. Over the years that we knew each other, we developed a close friendship that was rooted in WoW, but had branched through other areas of our lives and leafed out into something much more robust. He visited me here in my city several times and became a good family friend. He crashed at my parent’s house once or twice. He even gave me a cat!

    But everything in this world has a life cycle. Cyc was involved in a bad car accident, and because of that and the complications it caused in his life, he spent alot of time away from WoW. I started a new job and had less time for all forms of socialization. He went back to school after he had recovered from his injuries and spent even more time away from the guild. Our goals and interests diverged. The guild changed and grew. Members came and went and Imposs was not the place that either of us remembered.

    Because I was actively involved in the guild, I was – for the most part -able to roll with the changes. Becaues the time that Cyc spent in game was intermittant, when he did reconnect with us from time to time, he did not see a guild that he knew. He saw a house that stood where his old home was, filled with people he didn’t know, doing things he didn’t identify with or even understand. Our friendship, our connection to each other had drifted, and rather than chaging and growing, it had dissolved. These are things that happen to everyone at one time or another, and it’s saddening for me to examine our friendship in retrospect and see that its life span is done.

    Sometimes closure comes quietly, summing up an episode in your life with quiet, almost karmic neatness. Sometimes the end of a point in your life becomes a ragged, ugly sore that refuses to heal. It was the latter that characterises the end of my friendship with Cyc and the end of his time with Imposs. He dealt with the changes to the guild by being angry and bitter, chaging himself from an officer and a leader to a demanding martinet. Everything that was said, every change that the guild underwent became a deep and personal insult to the guild he used to know, the guild he had helped to build. And I was so involved with my job and my home life and forging ahead with our plans to become an ever better raiding guild, that I wasn’t as understanding about his confusion and sense of dislocation as I could have been.

    I don’t even know the full story of what happened to Cyc. I don’t know where he’s living right now, how school and work has been to him, how his family and his pets are. I do know that he turned control of his account over to his brother, and then he quietly /gquit late one evening. I wish him all the best, and I am regretful that someone who brought so much to the formation and foundation of this guild could not have grown with it in a way that benefited both the guild and the player.

    I don’t mean to be morose. I look back on all of the friendships I have had with all of the players I have met with great fondness, even those that ended sourly. Everyone I have known and interacted with has been a factor in creating the player and the leader I am today.

    There are places I’ll remember
    All my life though some have changed.
    Some forever not for better
    Some have gone and some remain.
    All these places have their moments
    With lovers and friends I still can recall.
    Some are dead and some are living
    In my life I’ve loved them all.

    J.Lennon

    Oops, I Did It Again!

    So, second verse, same as the first!

    Maegwen is now among the ranks of the leet. I got her to 80 yesterday afternoon after a weekend of determined questing. I was soooo thrilled to respec her back to holy and I am deeply appreciative to those guildies (especially the two tanks!) who humoured me with a few heroic runs so that I could go and greet a few of the elders. I only have two elders left now to get me my title and just in the nick of time too!

    again!

    (Tanks, I’m sorry I was such a lousy healer last night. I’m actually a pretty good healer, I just had crappy SSC leftover gear and quest lolgreens on and my mind was still in dps mode a bit. So I’m sorry for the repair bills and you have my eternal gratitude for not yelling at me when we wiped again on Skaadi.)

    Maegwen’s ding was far from the zen-like Perfect Ding that Oriniwen had, but it still had it’s charm. The little runaround quest to save the life of Crusader Bridenbrad was really entertaining, and I tried to time it so that my ding was actually back in Shattrath, which I thought would have been very funny. It was not to be, alas, but I guess that my hard work, determination and the fact that I was basically dragged from 70 to 80 kicking and screaming didn’t go unnoticed.

    Even the Naaru came out to congratulate me.

    astonished chiming noise

    Elder Maegwen

    So, I’m working on the Lunar Festival Achievement. My goal is to do all the holiday achievements on Maegwen and get her the What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been achievement and the associated proto-drake. I’ve decided in a sort of after-the-fact way to make this a series as I work through all of them. I’ve done the Hallows Eve and Winter Veil ones as well, I’ll do a little write-up about those in a bit.

    Honouring One’s Elder’s
    Azeroth’s Lunar Festival is based on the celebration of Chinese New Year. There are a great many homologies between the two, and Blizzard glommed onto the idea of a lunar new year, giving us players a druid-based holiday. Which is great for me! I love them druids! The inclusion of the Taunka in the Lunar Festival this year is nice too, speaking to druid and tauren lore, as well as the ‘ancestor’ facet of the celebration. Here in the real world, we’ve put some paper lanterns up in the lab, and are eating too many chocolates, but we’ve been asked to leave the fireworks at home. *sigh*

    Kalimdor and Eastern Kindgoms Elders
    The main body of achievements here has to do with finding, talking to and obtaining a coin from the various elders scattered across the Warcraft world. Except Outlands. I don’t get that. Other than the fact it took me eleventy bajillion years to just do the “old world” stuff, and adding Outlands elders would have just made it that much worse, why are there no elders in Outlands? I mean, a lore-based reason for it. Did none go through the Dark Portal with the rest of the adventurers?

    Regardless, the best way to get all of the old world elders is to take a peek at the wiki and simply follow this guide. Or this one, if you’re a Hordie. Like the Hallows End trick-or-treating achievement, this is all about flying all over hell and creation and getting numb-bum. Bring a book, put on some good tunes, start a controversial conversation over vent or download Bejeweled again. Took me about 6 hours to do them all, but I didn’t follow the guide exactly and got lost. Twice.

    And, for the record, could the Azshara elder be any more inaccesable?! I don’t even want to hear that guy complain about how no one comes over to watch old reruns of Mack Diver with him or listen to him talk about how he once discovered Un’Goro Crater. Hardest one to find, period. Orgrimar was easier and there was a warlock there with a nasty sense of humor who feared me a dozen times over as I attempted to approach the elder. Oh and another bellyache: dying near a capital city and rezing at some godforsaken graveyard half the map away is not cool. I can understand it might stave off a zerg attack on the city, but man alive it’s frustrating. Though, I did Levitate off the side of Thunder Bluff once I was done, so I think that got me some serious cool points.

    Flotsam and Jetsam
    The rest of the quests are really just odds ‘n sods of things. I know that there really isn’t much to the Lunar Festival all told, but I think compared to Hallows End or the upcoming Love is in the Air event, they could have picked some better achievements than just “talk to all the elders.” There’s nothing really punny like the Bros Before Ho Ho Ho’s from Winter Veil and the PvP element is really lame. Not that I’m huge into PvP or any such thing, but at least the G.N.E.R.D Rage achievement had a fun side to it. ATTACK OF THE GNOOOOOOMES!

    *ahem*

    For the laughably easy The Rocket’s Red Glare and Frenzied Firecracker, head to the capital city of your choice (I chose Stormwind. Dance, human!), buy the requisite amount of incendaries and spam them till you get the achievement. Sadly easy. If you’ve followed all the guide, you should have more than enough coins to buy something pretty to wear and get the Festival Finery clothes. Mae looks adorable in her teal pant-suit by the way. Though I wish it was possible to get the matching boots the NPCs wear. If you’re already standing in a major city after blowing up all the sod and/or paving stones with your fireworks, then do the “The Lunar Festival” quest (available from a different NPC in each major city. Look for the guy standing near the light) which gives you a nice little scroll you can use to teleport from any major city to Moonglade.

    A Bad Omen
    Head to Moonglade via the scroll, or the druid spell or even the flight path. And as an aside, once you’re there, don’t forget there is a non-druid flight path available. It’s off to the west, near the lake, but it’s there. Now kill Omen. Or don’t. If you have the quest, then you can just head on over to where he is and lurk until someone else kills him and step into his little light that he spawns. Don’t worry, it won’t muck with anyone else getting the quest credit if you stand in the light from another group. If you want to go about it the old fashioned way I’d suggest a group of 20+ level 80 players. He’s been buffed since we last saw him (what is in that silt at the bottom of the lake, anyhow?) and has loads more health. Summon him by tossing a million bajillion Cluster Rockets into the launchers near the Barrow Dens. Once he’s up, it’s a simple tank and spank really, just don’t stand in his little starfall AoE. You can also purchase an Elune’s Candle with 88 charges, which does a little bit of damage to him and prevents him from casting starfall. Because I was only 74 at the time, he resisted or I missed absolutely every spell I cast, so I just spammed my little candle rocket launcher.

    Northward, Ho!
    To complete Elders of Northrend, you need to be level 77 or have a couple of pals willing to fly to places and summon your lowbie ass. There is another nice guide on the wiki that will give you the most expedient order to grab all the coins in Northrend, including the dungeons ones. And of course to complete the Elders of the Dungeons you need to be 80. Maybe it’s just because I’m not 80 yet with Maegwen but I think putting one of the elders in a heroic dungeon was pretty poor on Blizzard’s part. The previous two holidays worth of achievements were do-able without being at max level and I thought tossing in that little kicker was pretty cheap. So, in between working and raiding and farming raid consumeables and learning my new hunter spec and getting my gear up to par on the hunter, I’m pushing Maegwen to 80 as fast as my button mashing fingers can mash buttons. It’s a pain, it’s stressful and I’m annoyed the whole way at being forced to level like this, seeing as there is a limited amount of time the Lunar Festival is up and running. I know it’s actually a pretty generous amount of time, and I know I’m going to get a hundred million “lol noob” responses because I can’t level from 73 to 80 in three weeks, but I have a job. And a guild to run. And raiding to do. And a main to keep up to snuff and somewhere in there I’d like to think I have a family and a partner who want me to spend time with them. It’s wearying. That being said, I do need to level the priest and I’ve been obstinately refusing to do so. Maybe this was the kick in the pants I needed.

    *shifty eyes*

    I’m still cranky at Blizz, though!

    I’m still working on this achievement, and I’m hoping that I can hit 80 this weekend and then get someone to run with me to all those instances and grab all the elders I need. I’ve already gotten the one in Nexus with the help of a DK pal of mine, and I’m sure there are a few others that I could easily duo. And the real laugh is that there is no break between the Lunar Festival and Love is in the Air Event! In fact they overlap by one day! No rest for the wicked, I tell you.