Mar 27th 2009 6:06PM It wasn't the midriff armor that bothered me, as everyone points out you can cover that with shirts very easily.
What pissed me off was the mail pants that basically left most of my character's inner thighs open to being stabbed. It looked like she was wearing a mail bikini and some sliced up leggings. Terrible. I ended up buying a new tabard (my guild tabard is pretty ugly) just to cover that up. It made my character look idiotic.
Mar 15th 2009 1:46PM Fishing is one of the most easy-to-lvl professions in the game. Really.
Turn on your sound, figure out where you should be fishing at your lvl, buy a stack of the best lures you can get your hands on, and grab something to do in real life while you're fishing.
Read a book, hand-write some homework, knit if that's your thing, pull out another computer if you've got one and play solitaire or something, play some of your favorite music in the background but not too loud to hear the "Splash" of the lure.
I cast, put my mouse over the lure, and go back to what I was doing. Personally, I read while fishing, but that may not be your thing. When I hear the splash, I click. My mouse is already in the right spot. I look up, recast, and put my mouse over the new lure. Easy.
No running around looking for nodes except in a few cases. No trying to find expensive mats. Just sit, fish, and hope nobody from the opposite faction wants to kill you while you aren't paying attention!
Mar 12th 2009 6:16PM I completely agree that a way to easily be reminded that I've got Viper up is a necessity; my guild likes to rush through things so I'm often chasing after an overzealous tank or being distracted myself (mmm, dinner) and forget that it's on until I wonder why my damage sucks.
I like Power Auras, which BRK suggested on his blog a while ago. I've got an aura set to warn me about all the stupid huntardy things I'm prone to, including when I'm getting close to running out of mana, when I've got Viper on, and, after a horribly embarrassing Aspect of the Pack incident (to be fair, one of my guildies pulled the boss while we were running back from a wipe, so I was a bit distracted) a little floating paw above my head so that I know Cheetah or Pack are on. I also want to keep Serpent Sting up constantly, so there's one that warns me when it's off.
It's even easy to set up. I kept thinking it ought to be more complicated than it was for me to create my own aura, but, lo and behold, the new auras just worked.
If, like me, you aren't one of those people who can keep track of 20 things at once, power auras is a great resource.
If you just need the reminder about Viper, go with Jessica's suggestion.
Feb 20th 2009 11:03PM I use Gathermate, which does track gas clouds and has regular updates to node information. It doesn't do what Routes does, but I'm easily able to plan flight routes by looking at the maps!
I have to agree that there aren't as many gas clouds (or at least they're further apart and a pain in the ass to get to) as there were in Northrend. Oh well, I didn't take Engineering for the massive moneymaking opportunities it offered.
Yes, there are clouds in Storm Peaks (shh...don't tell people!), Icecrown, and of course Wintergrasp, though since you can't fly there it's a bit of a pain.
Great post, I was asking about this in the Queue a while back and some commenters pulled a list of cloud types and associated zones together. Good to see it as an actual post that more people will find.
Feb 18th 2009 12:13AM Another possibly stupid noob question with a probably obvious answer:
How do you judge "yards" in WoW? There are a lot of spells and buffs that require my character to be within (or past) a certain # of yards of another character or mob. I frequently hit a spell thinking I'm close enough for it to affect a mob but I'm just out of range. Is that just something you have to learn to judge (if so, I'm a very slow learner) or is there a good way to quickly figure it out?
Feb 12th 2009 3:12AM There's at least one Sons of Hodir daily that pays aprox. 16 g, and it's really quick to do all 5 (some don't show up until you get enough rep) in one go. It takes 1/2 an hour tops, and you get at least 60 gold, probably more. I haven't counted specifically.
Feb 6th 2009 1:47AM Yes. As a Hunter, I cheer for more bag space. As an engineer, I weep, and consider finding something else. Free Mammoth Cutters (with a few minutes of farming mats) was the main $-saving thing I had going for me as a hunter/engineer. Now, not much. Engineering already has nothing we can sell. Fun stuff, but very few salable items. Now no bullets either? Come on Blizzard, do something with the profession!
Admittedly, I'll probably still stay Engineering for the fun of it, but it gets very frustrating when I see what other players can do. At 450 I don't feel as though I'm offering very much to my guild because so much of the products are BoP.
Feb 3rd 2009 8:20PM I'm hesitating to ask this because it might be too complex of a question, but what are considered g00d to excellent leveling specs for each class at the moment?
I've got a few alts I'm thinking of leveling and after all the recent changes and patches I have no idea what talents to choose. I've never played any of the classes before.
Personally I'm interested in mage, pally, and DK, but I'm also curious about the other classes.
Feb 1st 2009 2:00AM Mike, I can definitely understand your feelings about guides taking something out of the game; with them, you don't have to search for answers, puzzle out locations, or wander an area exploring. For you, exploration and discovery is part of the fun of playing the game.
For me, it's a pain in the rear. I definitely enjoy seeing different areas and fighting different mobs, but searching and searching for that stinking X that I need to finish this Y quest just doesn't work.
While I have some time to play (and read WoW Insider) now, I often had enough time to do only one or two quests every few days in the past. If I couldn't shorten the time the quests took, I wouldn't have time to do many of them. It took me almost a year to hit 70, even with a supportive guild and previous WoW experience. I wish I had the time (and patience!) to explore the world that Blizzard created without help, but I don't. And if Jame is willing to share his expertise with me (for free!) I'm happy to accept his pointers and guidance, just as I enjoy WoW Insider's bloggers' insight into different classes.
People play games differently, with different goals. This is very true in WoW, where people have so many different ways to reach a huge variety of accomplishments.
Thanks for posting on Jame's guides. I hope people will take a look at the resources he's created and see if they work for them.
Jan 29th 2009 6:49PM I completely agree. I used Jame's guides to lvl my first toon and have used them again for my alts. I've tried not using guides at all but found that I missed important things, kept returning to places over and over and over, or got lost, confused, or frustrated. I also wasted a LOT of time on Thottbot trying to figure out what dropped what or where that named mob was.
Have I missed some quests from the original game? Of course, but everyone does. Do I feel like I've experienced the game? Yes! I don't think Jame's guides turn questing into lists of tasks (isn't that what questing sort of is?) but gives me the time to enjoy the lore, scenery, and gameplay rather than worrying about where the drops are.
I'm using questhelper now to help me find stuff quickly since I've cleared all of Jame's Northrend guides, and I hate it in comparison. I can't wait until he publishes the next guide, it's a lot more fun with his guides.
I regularly would take breaks from Jame's guides to lvl professions, do daily quests, or explore areas I enjoyed. Just because you're following a guide doesn't mean you can't stop for a bit when you want to and go do something else!