Dec 13th 2007 6:55AM You could add Forte & Last Resort's transfer from Kazzak-EU to Boulderfist-EU. Apparently someone outside both guilds found out about the transfers & decided to snap up as many character names, in order to sell them. Someone even snapped up the 'Forte' & 'Last Resort' guild names, leaving both guilds to come up with new ones until a sale could be worked out.
Dec 13th 2007 6:50AM Off the top of my head, it was more a case of having people available in case something went amiss. By having it on a friday, if a bug was found the next day, you usually had to wait until monday morning before a fix could be applied. It wasn't bad though, because it meant that whatever snags the realm might have had, would be fixed in time for the weekend rush.
By now, there's really no alternative to having maintenance on tuesday/wednesday, since Battleground weekends takes up 4 days alone.
Nov 30th 2007 8:27AM I've been spotting a suspected farmer around the Halaari plateau for the last couple of days, while I was farming Kurenai rep.
The basic stuff I usually go looking for is:
The gear: All BoE, usually have some VERY strange stuff - my personal favourite was the one with a staff with +attack power in various druid forms..
The actions: Following the EXACT same path every time & after killing a mob, it runs back to the pre-programmed path instead of running straight for the next mob. Even hardcore human grinders would have a hard time explaining the point of that..
The toon: Always a Belf/Nelf/Troll hunter with a pet that has the default name..
The playstyle: Extremely jerky due to latency (I've played with people whose latency were in the 3-4-500 ms range & they didn't have any of these issues) & if pet dies the hunter WILL die too instead of just feighning death. Most human grinders usually follow the same playstyle as the bots (Mark > pet goes in > serpent sting & autoshot until death) because it's the most mana-efficient one, so it's not entirely "safe" just to be looking out for those.
I usually report them to the GM's whenever I spot them. I don't care if they're banned fairly quickly or not, as I suspect Blizzard of pooling them all, and then banning them in one big move, to show off huge numbers of banned bots every now and then.
Nov 17th 2007 5:47AM --- Level 30 brings you a present in the form of a quest to gain Berserker Stance. The quest chain begins with The Islander, leading you to The Affray, a gauntlet style quest that will grant you zerk stance once you complete it. You can bring help (a healer is nice) or solo it, although it's not super-easy to solo (it's not impossible, either, you'll just need to be on the ball and have a couple of consumables to use). ---
I wouldn't call it that hard, especially once you realise the trick of the fight (Demoralizing Shout!). I've done the event 3 times, and off the top of my head, you only really need to eat/bandage up just prior to the last fight. If you've realised the trick of the fight that is.
Oct 2nd 2007 9:45AM One place where I think most powerlevellers fail, is the reputation grind. Granted, I've only had a single character powerlevelled and that was pre-TBC, but when I logged on him for the first time at 60, I was somewhat disturbed to see that the character was only friendly with most of the horde factions & still neutral with Undercity.
If you're only having a character powerlevelled for you to use as a grind bot, it's not going to be that much of an issue, but if you intend to play it, being neutral/friendly with most factions is pretty much useless. So you're going to spend time running around doing quests, dungeons & RRQ's - and I wouldn't be surprised if that ends up taking just as long as levelling the char yourself.
I have a dwarf paladin coming up on 70 (halfway through 69 atm), and I'm currently exalted with all alliance factions except Exodar, whom I'm only 12k into revered with. I dare not guess how long it would get to get that far if my char had been powerlevelled.