Archive for October 2008

Aprillian and Ashayo discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s great MMORPG.

We start off with a discussion of the Scourge, good or bad?  Fun!

What We've Been Doing

Aprillian

Right after recording, I logged on to my "Scribe" because I had remembered the cooldown and I learned a new minor glyph for warriors.  I'm loving it. Did some HH in Brill and Razor Hill.

Sunday night I got caught up with getting everyone around to get the xp in all the pumpkins.  I was alternating summoning alts on the ref and mast account and then getting fps and then doing it again with different pairs and of course getting flight paths

Tuesday I got my "new" MacBook Pro.  It's not the newest one, but for $1400 I got 2.5gh, 250 gig hd and 512 vram.  It's big and smoking. Dual boxing with cellular modem is like buttah.  Then I finally solved what I considered the Holy Grail of my Dual Boxing.  I suppose when you are living alone, the sounds of WoW are not an issue.  When Hubby isn't home, I usually have both computers turned on.  When he's home, I put the headphones in one and put the other on silent.  This is okay but sometimes I turn and look and find that one is being attacked and the sound didn't carry over.  Plus on one computer I sometimes have a podcast playing.  I tried cables that would join the two sounds but often I would get an annoying hum.  I solved the problem with a DJ Mixer.  I know it's overkill but both computers are plugged in and cued and it works great.

Wed morning ER was down so I logged on to my ally toons on Dunemaul.  Level 6 Dranei Warrior and Nelf Druid.  Perfect opportunity to get them some levels.  We did Azure Watch and Exador and then the nelf hearthed back to the Nelf starting zone and then we ran to Darnassus, so easy, and then caught the boat to Auberdine and then another boat I thought to Menethel harbor, but noo, it took us to SW, how convenient.  Got them to level 10

Wed evening had Auntrillia running around Outland, ran her and Aprillian to Netherstorm and then summoned alts from Rilfire to low level toons.  Love Netherstorm.  Got Squashling from Treat bag on 3 alts.

Ran out of soul shards. Aprillian got a quest out of

Horseman in Brill is hard, due to cart, easiest is Falconwing Square.

Looks like a lost a bit of what I did since Wed, so I'm going forward and try to fill in the gaps later.

Saturday night, some lower level toons are finishing up the baskets in Kalimador or Eastern Kingdoms.   I should probably be focusing on finishing it with Aprillian, who dinged 64, Auntrillia who dinged 65 and Rilfire who dinged 63.

Downloaded and installed a mod called Multiboxer - but it has a funny side effect, it changes the tool bar to the #2 row. Ashayo

Scourge attacks! - Started at 10 mins , down to 2 for disease - Necropolis hovering over towns ; epic "vs undead" gear (tough to tag ; heavy competition!) - Quests at Lights Hope Chapel. New boss in Kara

Decided I'd limit working on achievements to just Ashayo. - Jenkins - LBRS - UBRS - Hallows End ; yes, including the 50 G.N.E.R.D kills. - Scholo (Stigg was going for book worm achievement) - Heroic Magisters Terrace ( nice chest peice too )

Jekle and Hiide completed Tricks and Treats of Azeroth (interesting that Blizz include Outland in 'Azeroth') Ashwhack and Asharmin also completed - went from level 36 to 38. Thanks to Aprillian for summons to BE and Netherstorm :) Ran HH so many times I lost track. Have not seen mount drop once!

New discoveries - Inn keepers now sell level 70 and 75 food ; better than the old 65 food/drink - High level mobs not chasing as far/long? - Putting out the fire at Falconwing Square is *alot* easier than at Brill or Durotar - Don't need Falconwatch FP to fly Shatt to Thrallmar.

Raiding & Instances - Ashield tanked Kara tonight (awesome heals by Shojobeat) Got the Arcanite Ripper (Tenris Murkblood - new boss) Also belt and gloves (was green, to horror of healer) - Jekle tried Mnt Hyjal with BiPs. Almost got 1st boss down - Rage Winterchill.

Email

Hey Guys... Blade here... As now you both know, I'm in the process of deciding to make the move to Earthen Ring... and full-time school plus work leaves me previous little time to play the game, let alone do anything spiffy like running a guild to any great degree. So I bit the proverbial bullet... plus... as I said to Ashayo earlier in the week... someone's gotta help get Aprillian to 70... and ol' Blade is feeling a little altruistic... <evil orc laugh> To that end... I've spent what time I have had in the game this week both learning and being amazed by the new talent trees (which I will get into shortly) and avoiding the major cities like (and because of) the plague... Happy Hallow's End!  Just don't kill the glowing green cockroaches... First... as per usual... a weird and wacky tip... There's an achievement that is listed under the 'Feats of Strength' for those that had pre-existing toons... I'm not sure if it's visible for newer toons, but I'm told that it's still possible to get this achievement... But it's more about the non-combat pet: The Bloodsail Parrot... See... this one's easy... don't do ANY goblin quests (Ratchet, Booty Bay, Winterspring, etc) and avoid any contact with them... that will leave you at Neutral rep with the Goblins and Hated rep with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. From there (yes, you'll have to be at least level 65 to have a hope of getting this accomplished...) open your reputations tab on your character sheet, click on the Booty Bay rep tab and click 'At War' Now kill the goblins in the towns they're in... the bruisers are worth something like 25 reputation each... any civilians are worth 1 rep each. From Hated, you have to push your way all the way to Friendly... not too far... only about 1080 (or was it 1800?) goblin kills or so... Which is why you almost want to plan this in advance... it's another 1300+ f you have to start from the bottom of Hostile. Note:  this is probably NOT advisable if you want to ever a) be an engineer or b) participate in the Sunday Weekly Fishing Extravaganza... so be SURE your mind is made up... Be aware... the bruisers in Booty Bay can net you, they have rifles for ranged attacks if you get too far away from them and they hit like trucks... they can also knock back and stun on occasion... so you're in for a bit of a fight... probably a suicidal mission for any cloth-wearing players out there... I'm sure it's possible... but I'd be prepared for a little bit harder a time if you aren't on the better side of 'elite'... Also (there's more?) when you become 'Hated' with Booty Bay, a bruiser will spawn when you attack a civilian (so I'm told) making that kill THAT much harder... so be especially cautious when taking down civilians... but at 1 rep each, they probably aren't worth the effort anyway... Assuming you have the patience of a proverbial buddhist and manage through sheer force of will to get your reputation with the Bloodsail Buccaneers to Friendly, go and talk to "Pretty Boy" Duncan on the beach outside Booty Bay. He'll give you a quest to talk to Fleet Master Firallon who will give you a task of some difficulty... as if this wasn't difficult enough... Oh well... you've made it THIS far... time to go kill Baron Revilgaz and Master Seahorn (the two Booty Bay 'bosses' above the inn - right next to the Horde flightpath) Assuming you are successful, hit the water swimming, head back to the Fleet Master and he'll give you one of the more rare items in the game: the Bloodsail Admiral's Hat. I'm betting that it will be something of a novelty on just about any server you could play on... mostly because most people aren't insane or simply don't have the time it would take to accomplish this goal... But for those that do... they get a nifty red-and white trimmed admiral's hat with a skull-and-crossbones motif... that lets you summon a non-combat pet! The Bloodsail Parrot!

On the topic of insanity... I reworked my hunter's talent tree into the new Beast Mastery tree... and it's got to be one of the coolest things I've seen in a while... I beleieve I have heard on more than one occasion the 3.0 patch being referred to affectionately as 'The Hunter Patch'. Some things about the patch are good - Wolftusk's new wasp pet named 'Sikorsky'... and 'Fluffy' the two-headed white Corehound... to add to the stables with my very first-ever pet in the game... Cuddles the (used to be named 'Death Flayer' Durotar scorpid). As a frame of reference, I picked up Death Flayer/Cuddles when the pets all had their own attack speed... he was a rare and valuable pvp one, as he was considered a 'tank' (high high armor) and had poison to stop stealthing rogues... AND had a 1.6 attack speed... faster than some cats (and most other pets) way back then... So be adventurous!  Play with the pet trees... and find a few pets that really suit your style of play... Oh... just one thing... If you DO happen to get yourself a Corehound pet... either outside of or from inside Molten Core.. please please PLEASE dismiss it when you're in a city... there's nothing more irritating than standing at the Auction House and watching your screen shake and tremble as some noob Hunter runs by with his newly acquired Corehound pet... for some reason, the Corehounds shake the ground when they walk... but the T-Rexes don't (and they're easily twice as big)... Ah well... to each their own, I suppose...

As always, an awesome podcast guys... Blade

Aprillian and Ashayo discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's great MMORPG.
By the time we are recording, we should all be knee deep in Patch 3.02

What We've Been Doing

Aprillian

Spent Sun afternoon getting Kapril, Drainei pally to 30.  Went to Menethil Harbor with Aloq and finished the cursed crew quest.  Ran into a Nelf Hunter and buffed her with underwater breathing.  Afterwards she saved me when I was fighting the Captain, and Kapril Dinged 30 in the help opening the footlocker.  She hearthed to Exador and summoned Aloq and went to the Pally trainer and got her pally mount and riding skill and bought an Elek, I love it.  So now I am going to get Aloq to 30 and then leave my alliance alone.  Sunday night I got Aloq to 30 and hearthed to SW and then Summoned Kapril and then ubby called me for dinner.  After I logged on, got the Warlock training and then the mount.  Then we rode across the map and bought a horsey

Monday night spent most of the time trying to level my 27 mage Tiiaa and 27 druid Drame.  Spent silly time getting their skinning up thinking they could skin in South Barrens.  After getting them to 36 and 18 respectively, realized after killing my first Thunder Lizard it needed 100 skinning.  We did the Gann's quest, had fun sheeping mobs with the mage, she also had the cooking quest, killing rats in Bael.
After finishing them, I realized Tiiaa was going to ding 28, when she turned in the nitro Glycerin wood pulp quest, but more importantly Drame might too, so I sent him down to blow up that flying machine and come back ding and give Tiiaa a level.  He came close, so I brought in Treshel and had her help Drame finish the Weapons of Choice and the skulls quest and ding and then he gave Tiiaa a level.
So now Tiiaa is level 29.  I am thinking of signing up for a BG and then having her get some levels from Suyna get her mount and rush to the mage trainer and then have her come into bg with many higher levels and a mount.
But then it was time for bed.  I waved goodbye to WoW BC and knew the next time I sat down at my desk, I would be playing the brand new beautiful Echoes of Doom, WoW 3.02
I had patched on one computer with the idea of copying to all the others.  But the patch wasn't available before I left for work.  At work I pulled out my MBA around 11am and the patch was available for dl.  I almost didn't take it because I knew I could get it at home but for some reason I couldn't connect to my desktops at home.  Spent most of the day downloading.  Did the first 1.2 gigs and then the 400mb.  All the time watching the Apple event.I tried to get in and do stuff Tues night but the server kept going down.  A couple of things I discovered, for some reason I can't put pets on the AH

Got caught up with leveling herbalism and inscription. Starte some toons on herbalism and two on inscription.  Then had to run through low areas to level herbalism.

Spent Wed night trying to stay on and couldn't, got frustrated and just logged off.  Thursday morning, got Vapril caught up in inscriptions and had her and Weaa dual boxing herbalism in different zones.  Then Vapril got inscription up to a point where she made these things that could only be used by Enchanters (1). SCROLLS, OH MY GOODNESS, SCROLLS! So now I"m obsessed withAshayo

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Aprillian and Ashayo discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's great MMORPG.

Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 84 - Another World in World of Warcraft

36 Boxer:  http://www.ripten.com/2008/10/10/wow-whore-has-36-accounts-raids-by-himself/

What We've Been Doing

Aprillian

After all I thought about doing, leveling my 40's to 60, I decided to get my 24's to 30, and then decided to level my alliance toons.  Sacrilege I know but think about it.  How else would I endure the alliance?

Levelled my 8 lock to 14 and my Pally to 16 and 18 Tues.  Wed, we are back in the Dranei area and a level 70 ne shows up and hits a kill, I chastised him for lowering the xp.

Thursday night, again on Kapril Dranei Pally and Aloq Human Warlock, got them to 24 and 22.

Did some PTR.  Transfered Aprillian over and got hair cut, found out that once she learns the nether welpling, she can mail it to another alt, even though I transfered her to that account from the actual Collector's edition.

Friday Morning, Aloq has the succubus quest and she has to go to the Barrens, Camp T.  How crazy.  There was a gnome warlock in the training area (which was very hard to find) in SW, who said to go to Darkshore then Ashenvale and run to the Barrens.  I thought I would go to Menethil harbor and swim to ratchet.  But when I got to menethel, there were a bunch of quest, so I picked them all up and started questing.  It was weird because they were all quests I had never done.  We went out and did the murloc quest and some of the crocilisk.  It was a different experience going through at levels 22 and 24 as oppposed to 1 to 5.

Friday morning I decided to get the fp at SW.  Kapril had been there, I think she did the swim originally to get to Ratchet.  Aloq had her hearth set to SW.  So she hearthed there and summoned Kapril. When they went at SW, they discovered they had the fp at BB

Realized I need to save pet  income for mounts

Ashayo

Email

Hey hey! If you have a soundbyte of the orc laugh, it'd be a great filler for the section below after "You die!"

Michael

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Hey Aprillian and Ashayo!

As promised... the paladin ranged weapon... AND a bunch of easter eggs! Yeah... I know what you're thinking... 'but Pallys can't USE ranged weapons...' Ahh... but there's a way around that little snag... let's call it a 'convenient oversight'... First... your character will have to be at least level 47 to start the quest chain... and no, you don't have to be a paladin specifically... I just mentioned it as a 'paladin ranged weapon' as most paladin players that push their way through this quest are more than happy with the end-result. Head to Un'Goro Crater... and snoop around (62,68)... or for those who don't have coordinates, it's an area in the southeast... little mini-lakes and lots of raptors... You're looking for a Wrecked Raft... it's the quest giver (of sorts)... The quest is called "It's a Secret to Everybody". Accept the quest and then turn around and look in the body of water right next to you and the boat... you'll find a small pack. Open the contents of the pack, then go talk to a gnome named Linken (44,8) at Marshal's Refuge. Linken will be all confused and send you to talk to Donova Snowden (31,45) in Winterspring... she will give you the Videre Elixir quest. Next go to Ferelas, talk to Gregan Brewspewer (45,26) who wants you to go north and get some Evoroot... but there's a catch! It's guarded by a gnoll and it seems impossible to get past him... you can do one of two things... either a: buy some bait from Gregan or b: sneak up around the back way jumping up and over the wall... yes, it's possible, I just did it the other day... Here's a link for you... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oI3iefJ3_w Yes, it's technically an exploit... but it seems to be legitimately possible... in either case... you can buy the bait from Gregan... so both ways will work. Back to Gregan with you... and get the Videre Elixir from him. So... with your Elixir, go all the way back to Winterspring and talk to Donova again... Now go all the way south to Tanaris... to the graveyard outside Gadgetzan... and drink the elixir...

You die!

Mwah hah hah hah haa haa haa!

Now... would ol' Blade be so cruel as to send you all over the map just to kill you off? Well... yes... but I DID promise you a paladin ranged weapon... so don't rez right away, but instead take your ghost-self and run north to (53,23) and find a fellow spirit named Gaeriyan... then back to your body, resurrect yourself and right-click on the tombstone in the graveyard... mouse over them if you don't see it right away. Now... head back to Linken in Un'Goro Crater again, then up and into the cave to talk to J.D. Collie (41,2) She sends you to Felwood to talk to Eridan Bluewind (50,82)... who sets you the task of collecting Silvery Claws from the local predators (bears and wolves)... they're around lv47-50ish... I found what I needed around the area slightly north of the road to Bloodvenom Post... Now head up to the Irontree Woods and kill Irontree Stompers for the heart you will need... the trees are slightly higher level then the wolves and bears... once you have it, head back to Eridan Bluewind Now... this part's a little involved... head to Tanaris (70,49) - the area just past the pirates - and open the backpack that Eridan gave you... stand in the circle of rocks and use the Book of Aquor Aquementas will appear... he's lv54 if memory serves me correctly... but you don't have to kill him... you receive the Silver Totem of Aquementas as soon as you engage him... you can run if you're not high enough level to take him down (or if you didn't bring a few high-powered friends to clean his clock...) Return to J.D. Collie with the Silver Totem and then to Linken. Now comes the tough part... the mob you have to take down is named Blazerunner and he's at the top of the volcanic mountain in the center of the zone... it might be a wise idea to equip the totem in your offhand and drag it to an open slot on your toolbar or a hotkey... you'll most likely be needing to use it more than once... Ya see... Blazerunner has a blue aura around him... when that aura is up, he takes NO damage. None. Nada. Nil. Zip. Zero. The totem, however, dispels the aura... so as soon as you start the fight, use the totem on him! Oh... be wary of his knockback ability... he can easily punt you right off the mountain to your death if you position yourself wrong... some say to fight him inside the cave... but so long as you have your back to the wall or to the cave opening (as opposed to having your tail wagging in the breeze and facing him while HE is in the cave) you should do alright... Hmm... at this point... I feel it's only right to mention that not only is he completely invulnerable with his blue aura... even when you disenchant his buff and make him susceptible to damage... he's STILL a 56 named elite... and hits like a truck... so bring a few friends... and be careful of the adds up here... lv55ish fire elementals... plus the lava will burn you if you decide to take a swim... When he finally dies, head to the back of his cave and loot the chest that appeared to obtain the Golden Flame... and return to Linken. You've done it! Now for the part you were all waiting for... You have the choice between a 33.3 dps mainhand sword or an offhand that increases healing and spell damage by 20... Not bad items, overall... but you'll probably be getting much better very soon once you hit Outland in a very few levels... However... the item we've just criss-crossed the continent a dozen times to get? Linken's Boomerang! It's a trinket!  When you use it (3 minute cooldown), it flings a magical boomerang toward the target causing 113-187 damage... and it even has a chance to stun or disarm them! Yeah... ok... it's not a ranged 'weapon' per se... but it's quite the addition to a paladin's arsenal... considering they only get one ranged spell (and that's a talent)...

And this week's easter egg?  I should think it'd be obvious... but for those that have never played it, the ENTIRE quest chain is an homage to Nintendo's Zelda and Link characters... Linken is Link The Golden Flame looks suspiciously like a triforce... The act of baiting the gnoll is actually something you do to get past a guard in the very first Legend of Zelda game... Even the quest names share the theme... "It's a Secret to Everybody"... "It's Dangerous to Go Alone"... Oh... and with each part in the quest chain granting around 5000xp... we're talking in excess of 60,000xp JUST for completing the chain... that's NOT including any xp from killing mobs or discovering any areas in zones you haven't been to yet...

So that's it from me for this week... let me know if you or any listeners have any other things you'd like to know about... and ol' Blade will do his level-best to find the sneakiest, most-underhanded nefarious way to go about it!

As always, an awesome podcast, guys!

Blade

Email 2 as always thank you for a great podcast,

my first character was a warrior so it has always been my favorite class, even though hunters are so fun and easy to level.

regarding your warrior bar issue, if you are not using bartender 3, which allows you to have 3 separate bars for each individual stance,

if you use the default wow action bar, when you go from one stance to another, that also uses its own bar, on the bottom left connected to your numbers, so all you need to do, as you stated, place the different skills in the spot that will allow you for quick clicking.

i prefer berserker stance always, so for me its easy, but i know others like to switch stances.

and so you 2 know, you have converted me to the dark side and i started playing 2 characters at the same time, still dont know why its called dual boxing, just another weird wow acronym to me, but i am hooked, and i to dont know what i will do once my refer a friend runs out as it is so much fun to quest and get triple xp.

have fun and hope to experience your fun server one of these days, and your guild as well; i do have a hunter of course on your server

thank you
-- Mohammad Ouranos

hello again, i forgot to mention, i also joined the iphone fun and i love it, if you have not already try the app armory spy lite, its free and as it is called you can see the armory, pretty cool

also, wowtalent is another app and you can play around with the different talent trees.

please let me know what apps you like and also if the listeners have any app suggestions.

i am an appaholoic as i have over 70 apps!

yes we all have issues.

thank you
-- Mohammad Ouranos

Email 3

Hello again,
Glad you liked the previous email. Hopefully I have some more for you.
Geist (pronounce as you feel fit)
This is my all time favorite mod, and probably one of the most basic. Basically you bind a key to the mod and when you hold down the key 25 buttons appear where your mouse is. You can change the size of these buttons and you can put spells and abilities onto them, simply by dragging them, just like the bars at the bottom of the screen. When you release the button the buttons disappear. It really helps to clean up your UI. Ashayo, you mentioned problems with amount of different totems, on my Shamen i put all the totems on this mod. So when i'm in combat, or getting ready for a fight i hold down R (the key i binded geist too), click the totems i want then release R. On my mage i have all my ports, teleports, counjer food water gem spells, armors and so on. Just imagine how much cleaner your UI will look 25 free slots!
Dual-Boxing in WOTLK
I think my trial account for refer a friend is up (it was 10 days no 7 as per my last e-mail), now here is the problem. If i sign up i will get 90 days of the advanced leveling, however WOTLK comes out in around 30. I wont be standing in line at midnight but i will get it and want to play it. So do i wait and maybe do the refer a friend/dual boxing after i play a bunch of the next expansion of should i go head and sign up for a second account. Once thing i could do if sign up for a second account and transfer my 64 druid over too it, then when Wrath comes out dual box him and a mage. My main fear with this is that dual boxing is its own little game, do you ever feel that your concentrating too much on running two toons that your missing out on some of the intended gameplay? What are you plans for when Wrath comes out? Aprillian i'm sure you'll have two level 70s but the time wrath hits the stores!
Polymorph
There is another Polymorph available right now, it drops from one the the bosses in ZG. You'll have to read up about it because i think you have to fish him up or something and the drop rate isnt very high, but if your bored and can get a group, go nuts!
One other thing, Ashayo, is your mage frost or fire, i know you have one of each. If your frost you'll be getting the spell Ice lance soon, its not that great but it will do triple damage to frozen targets, there is also a talent that will increase your critical strike rateing against frozen targets. So if you have your target frozen, don't fire off the Ice lance, first cast an ice bolt and as its about to fire off spam your ice lance button. I'm not sure if this is a bug but as you cast the ice lance the ice bolt has not landed yet so you'll get the crit/damage bonus for both spells, nice when coupled with your frost elemental.
Thats it!
Sealla 

Email 4

Pithius writes...

I'm listening to the Brewfest Hangover episode of Ctrl Alt WoW and heard your lament on the complexity of warriors. Add me to your friend's list if you want and I'd be happy to run around with your warrior in game and chat in vent about just when and how to use your skills. PM me here as well, though running around in game would be the most effective.

Oh.. you're also to your lvl 30 quest.. my advice get somebody at least lvl 40+ to help you with the quest. I'd be happy to blow through that one with you as well. You get a very nice blue axe for a lvl 30, not quite so good for lvl 40. That's been a complaint of mine, if you wait to do the warrior quests till you can solo them, the rewards you get will be outdated. Head out to stranglethorn and get your tusks and I'll assist you with the elementals and the last guy.

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What We Did  

Aprillian  

Sunday I totally reevaluated my RAF technique and realized my RAF accounts should be easy toons and the ones on my Referred account should be throw away leaving some low level to up level.  I botched up in that I should have made all hunters on the referred account.  

Then I became obsessed with getting a yeti  

Ran Primall and Iwari around until Primal got to 41 and got to wear mail and Iwari got to 50.  I'm not sure how many levels she  has to grant, pretty sure it's been 2 since I transferred her.  She was also able to level up Engineering and I wasted time on that. cc  

Friday night I took Drame and Queaa into WC with Ardrion.  We cleared and did the last escort quest.  That was fun  

Sat, back to reevaluation.  First I made a Shaman on the master account thinking I would use the lower level (10-25) to get that one up.  I realized it should be a character I  wasn't good at. and decided to get the level 40 guys to 60.  Went back to STV to finish those quests.  

Ashayo  

Dual-boxing herbalism - Hiide flying around Hellfire Peninsula, and Glaciuss riding (Yes, I bought him an epic mount) around Barrens and Stonetalon. Fast-paced farming!  

Ashwhack, the warrior, reached level 30 ; so have my second Kodo. Having real trouble organising all the spells and abilities, and knowing when to use what during a fight (Suggestions welcome) At 30, got Beserker stance to add to the confusion. Also got the quest for a nice 2H weapon. Very tough for a 30 - have to kill a 40 elite at the end, as well as elementals in Arathi Highland, and Trolls in STV.  

Ashayo raiding Gruul & Mags. Actually won some nice gloves ; similar stats to existing gloves, but have 2 gem sockets as well.  

Attunement to MC on 60 Mage with some guildies in prep for raid in a couple of weeks.  

Planning on running Gnomeregan next week. Rushed Rogue from 20-25 in order to get Rig Wars quest for Triprunner Dungarees ; but wasn't being offered. Need to get that quest *before* you get Chief Engineer Scooty quest?!  

Emails  

Email 1  

Hey guys!  

Blade here...

In response to my last email, and subsequent episodes of Ctrl Alt Wow... I'm continuing my thread on transformations...

First... Aprillian and her druid toon... now that he's past lv10 and has a free teleport to Moonglade, it should be easy to get training... simply cast the spell, run to the trainer and then hearth back to whatever place you were in before... But... There IS a Druid trainer in Silvermoon City... look at the city map (press M)... see the little patch of green just about center on the map? There's a female druid there (the only one) and she happens to be a trainer... Oh... as a complete aside... I'm NOT in the Beta... just curious enough about the stuff I've been emailing about to make a point to learn some of the best ways to get or accomplish them...  

Now... on to the topic of transformation...

Specifically... Ashayo mentioned he's like to know how to get the Polymorph: Pig spell for his mage... Be ready... for it is a quest chain frought with peril the likes of which... Ahh... who am I kidding... it's actually pretty easy... At level 60, go to Archmage Xylem in Azshara, he'll have a quest called 'Warlord Krellian'... basically, the Archmage has sensed another source of magic (a Prismatic Shell) and wants YOU to go and get it (and of course kill the creature that has it)... Warlord Krellian is at 41,52 in a temple... if I remember correctly, he has a single guard and is a lv55... so not terribly difficult to kill solo... Take the shell back to the Archmage (the guy that was too lazy to go get the shell himself)... and he'll give you another quest... this time to TEST the shell's magic power... Carry the shell with you and polymorph the Spitelash Nagas that you will find at the ruins below the Archmage's tower... after a few seconds, some clones will spawn... they move FAST, so as soon as you see them, drop them with a Frost Nova or Arcane Explosion... AOE the little sheeplets... the shell will collect their essences... You can even use Arcane Explosion level1... the clones die THAT easily... After 50 essences (and the completion of the quest), go back to the Archmage and he teaches you the Polymorph: Pig spell. Yeah... it's THAT easy.  

Oh... here's something to whet your appetite for the upcoming expansion... MORE Polymorph variations for Mages! Specifically... Endora Moorehead (an NPC in Dalaran) will sell the Tome of Polymorph: Snake and Tome of Polymorph: Black Cat for the low, low bargain price of only 2500g each!  Be wary, though... these are rep-dependent and will be of limited quantity... so hopefully they will be BoP items to stop people from simply buying them and dropping them onto the AH at a ridiculous markup... Also... for those that will take Inscription as a profession... there will be a Glyph that will alter your Polymorph spell to produce a Penguin instead of a Sheep!  

And now I'll leave you with an easter egg (as always), a future mysterious topic... and a little extra cookie! First... the easter egg... In fact... I'll put in two... In Dire Maul North, when doing a tribute run, you are required to create an ogre suit to fool one of the guards. The quest requires you to get an Ogre Tannin out of a basket; once the tannin is removed, an ogre will run down the steps yelling "It puts the tannin in the basket, or else it gets the club again!" This is a reference to the movie 'Silence of the Lambs' during a scene involving the killer and his captive. If you're not old enough to have seen this movie... ask someone about it. (See? Ol' Blade can be PC when he needs to be...)  

Also... there's a ring that drops (I think it's in the Scarlet Monastery)... it's a blue... binds on equip... has some +stamina and some +attack power... but what's REALLY noteworthy is it's name... Mark of Kern. Named after... the man... the legend... the World of Warcraft Team Lead... Mark Kern!  

So... as promised... (not that the more astute among you can't do a little Armory-surfing and find out this information anyway...) I've decided to reveal my server - so that you can all come and say 'hi'! Come find me on Bladetusk (or do a /who of the guild I'm in and ask for me...) The Server?  Ghostlands The Guild?  Raiders of the Lost Orc  

Next week?  A Paladin ranged weapon!  

As always, an awesome podcast guys!  

Blade / Michael  

Email #2  

Hey guys!  

Auho here, I have to tell you guys it has finally happened after listening to CtrlAltWow since episode 11

I have finally started a second account. I have officially stared multi-boxing as off a week ago. So far most of the time i have been doing the refer a friend with my fiancée so we can get a few more characters up into the 60's before Wrath. As soon as we calm down on that though and school eases up some (second semester of my junior year in college) I planning on creating a paladin and a shaman. I really miss my level 70 alliance paladin ever since I left him to come play horde side and a shaman because that class has always fascinated me.

If it wasn't for you guys I don't think i would of had the courage to try it. Also I listened to Aprillian's interview on on How I Wow, I thought that was a very entertaining show. I thought it was very interesting how she used to play the sims online because I remember seeing it in stores but never picking it up. Also a few weeks ago Aprillian mentioned she did two podcasts ever since I have been wondering what the other one was. I know that everyone that writes in says how great you guys are and I am going to say it also. I have 30ish podcast that i download every week and there are five that i listen to for sure and then i listen to the others if i have time. And at the top of that list is CtrlAltWow!! You guys are great and I look forward to hearing you every week!!!!  

Your fan Auho level 70 druid Deathwing PVP US  

PS Is Glanthur going to come back, and if so are you guys going to do a three person show. That would be awesome!!!  

Email 3  

Hi Guys, Love the show, been listening since the glanthor days, although i've never duel-boxed (untill recently, more of that later). So i've a few comments, suggestions and tips. I'll just list them and you can use them if you want. ARK INVENTORY I'm glad that both of use are using this mod, i've used it, tried others, and come back to it. I was catching up on an old episode in which Ashayo mentioned that he missed the organisation of his individual bags.

You might have figured this out by now but there is an edit feature in the top right hand corner. When you click on this some numbers will appear, the number one will show all of your bag contents, numbers 2-5 will have nothing. Click on the number two and about half way down the options you will be able to set the parameters for that slot. For example you can set section 2 to food, drink and consumables. now you can exit the bags, when you reopen the bag it should be slit in to two sections, one with food, drink and consumables and the other with the rest of your goods. I normally have lots of sections, there is an option to add more slots so you can have 8 or 9 sections. I split them up as follows 1. Quest Items - nice if you need to find a quest item to click, or handy to clear out once in a while, i'm used to carring items for 12 or 20 items which have no use to me! 2. Soulbound items - keeps track of your gear, very helpful if you have two sets (healing/dps) and also nice when you complete a bunch of quests with soul bound rewards. 3. Non-soul bound things - when you hit the AH you can pop them up there without looking through your bags. 4. Food and Drink - anything that runs out, pots etc. mana gems for my mage. 5. Grey items - i dont use a auto sell mod so when i hit a vendor i can see what i have. Also nice if your bags are full and you need to pick up a green. 6. Crafting mats - depending on your professions. You can customise this the way you like. WOTLK I've been listening to what people have been saying about their approach to the WOTLK, i guess i have a different opinion. I dont have time to do the dailies and get lots of money, i'd rather spend the time leveling alts or doing other things. I'm really not sure that you will need a lot of money. I didnt start playing WOW untill after BC came out. But was it not true that at level 60 (before BC) it was pretty hard to get the 500g required for the epic land mount. and when BC came out the hike in money from drops and quests made it a lot easier to get this gold. I guess what i'm saying is that if someone spends hours and hours doing dailies and grinding for money, are they not wasting their time, because what if the new 'standard' amount of gold from a quest reward is 25g and the dailies are bringing in 50/60g a quest? Maybe i'm just hoping this will be the case, because i'm so poor. /cry. DUEL-BOXING With the refer a friend i've had to plunge in and try a little duel boxing, and for anyone who thinks they cant do this with out a high end computer you are wrong. I play on a low end lap top, granting sometimes i get lag and all the settings are low i still get by. Another thing that i've not heard mentioned is that you can try duel-boxing, refer-a-friend style, as a 7 day trial. I find it interesting listening about the different styles of duel boxing. Here is how i'm running my two toons. Warlock/priest combo, i chose these two because they have the pet and similar spells, dots and direct damage. I have been using key clone with some success. the first thing i did was use the setting on key clone to only clone the number keys, i set up a macro on the priest (the follower) which basically was a /follow farg (name of the warlock) and another as /assist farg. i bound this macro to 0 on the hot bar, and them i set up the spells so that similar spells were on the same numbers for each toons, ie instant dot on 4, direct damage with 1.5 second cast on 3, wand on 2. As i run into combat with the main toon i'll target something, hit 0 (which does nothing on the warlock but gets the priest to target the same mob. then i can cast my spells. if things go wrong i can always alt tab and get the heals going. once i'm done i hit 0 again and the 2nd toon follows. I thing that should do it for this e-mail. from Sealla (AIE), Farg, Bulli, Koichen, Hango, and many more! Email 4  

Greetings Ashayo and  /wink Aprillian,  

Just finished the brewfest episodes and it always amazes me how into the game y’all are.  The point of view each of you takes is very refreshing and reminds me of how I felt when I first started playing the game.  

After a long day of grinding new teams (this time through questing and not boosting in instances) I decided I’d fix myself a sandwich. But what’s this there was only an enough lunch meat left for one. How can this be, whatever shall I do? After spending about 3 minutes thinking about what else I was going to eat I realized that there is only one of me, and thus no need to feed myself 4 times. This thought shocked the hell out of me. Have I really been playing WoW and multi-boxing too much? Which I guess brings me to the main point of this email, when was the first moment y’all realized WoW had taken over your lives?  

Later  

Nsidious  

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