Monday Musings – Are We There Yet?   14 comments


On The Twilight of Wrath of the Lich King

I feel like a kid in the back seat of my parent’s car headed to the amusement park. You know the feeling: excited, fidgety, and impatient. Are we there yet?

We still have three more weeks of raiding before we take a couple of weeks off before the expansion, but I’m ready for it to be here already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying the raiding. And while we could pare our raid nights down to two nights a week, the majority of people preferred to stay at 3 and just have earlier stop times. We’ve turned our Mimiron Head runs into a “how fast can this be done” deal, we clear out ICC, save a hiccup here and there, without event. And once they take out Mimiron’s head, our raid week becomes even shorter, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. But…the feeling of being “finished” is most definitely setting in for me, and I’m sure for many others.

What was once new and shiny, now feels old and worn out. I can’t even be bothered to run ICC runs on my alts, which is quite unusual for me. I think about it – and then I think about if I want to spend 2-4 hours in an alt run in ICC – and mostly, I don’t. I can think of about a dozen other things that I’d rather do with the time, some that are even inside of WoW! I guess, perhaps, I’m just Lich King’d out.

I look at the calendar, and at the risk of sounding like the whiny 6 year old that I’m feeling like, December 7, 2010 seems so incredibly far away. Are we there yet?

On Bucket Lists

I’ve been picking at by WotLK bucket list since November of last year. If you look at my “goals” page, you will see that I posted that list on November 9, 2009. And you know what? I’ve managed to complete all but 3 things on my list, thanks to finally getting Anzu and catching that sneaky fish in Ironforge! Of those remaining 3 things, I’m actively working on leveling the DK, and I will probably make an effort to do the Dreanei starting area before the world changes. I doubt I’ll get that AB rep exalted 😉 All in all, that’s not too shabby and I think I will leave WotLK feeling “completed”.

However, I am not the only person around the blogosphere working on bucket lists. I’ve read post after post about who is frantically trying to clear out their lists, and on the flip side from those who have looked at their lists and decided to rip it up into tiny pieces and let Cataclysm come regardless.

I’m not entirely sure that I could take Keeva’s approach, which while very admirable, doesn’t fit “me”. Of course, everyone will be different in what appeals to them and how they want to approach things, so while Keeva wants to be surprised and “unfinished”, my OCD kicks in and I just don’t think I have the same willpower to let things go that she does!

In looking back on it – I’m glad that I made my list and have picked away at it. That being said, I am now at the point that I’m ready to just move on.

On Alts

I have finally gotten everyone in order, save my hunter and warlock. And it was…painful. Which is probably an understatement.

I got Nadine situated over the weekend and tanked on her a little bit. And, I really like the new paladin tanking! I don’t know if it’s because I’m new to the paladin Prot spec or what, but I find it a lot more fun than it used to be! Of course, I always found warrior tanking the most fun to begin with, more immersive. Paladins are now a bit more like warriors and I like it!

I have also dusted off Isulde, the DK who has been sitting at level 72 for as long as I can remember, and picked her back up. One of the reasons that I shelved her to begin with was that I really didn’t care for DK tanking, and I had made her specifically to be a tank. So this go around I did give her a tanking spec, but I’m focusing on DPS with her. And unholy DPS is still a lot of fun. Over the weekend I managed to get her halfway to 76. The only question remaining is if my impatience with DPS queues will win out over my hatred of DK tanking.

On Heirlooms and Leveling the Goblin – Looking Ahead

I have come across a bit of an interesting issue this past weekend as well. You see, the majority of my heirloom items are on my main account, with Beru. My second account basically only has melee heirlooms that my paladin and DK have shared. Now, on my main account I have a full set of melee heirlooms for a rogue, including the leather BP and shoulders. However, I have no more character slots on my main account.

Which means my rogue’s placeholder name is currently being saved on my second account, which has nothing but heirloom trinkets to support her. Now, I could probably transfer a toon off of my main account to make room there for my rogue. Or, alternatively, create a toon to transfer over that I load up with heirloom items. It really wouldn’t be too big of a deal, I don’t think.

But then I got to thinking. And, predictably, that is where the trouble started. Do I want to level my rogue with the heirlooms? I mean, they have redone all of the old world content, and each of the new races has a brand new starting zone? Do I really want to rush through all of that? I’m not entirely sure that I do.

Of course, then I run into the “well, what about outlands and WotLK content” problem. Because I absolutely will want to level through those faster – even if I do want to take the 1-60 content slower. Then I start thinking about how just having the weapons might be nice, even if I don’t wear any of the +experience gear at the start of the adventure. And I find myself with quite the conundrum. I suppose I could always wait to make a decision. I mean, it’s not as if I will be leveling my goblin straight out of the gate. Moving my characters around can always wait until I’m actually ready to level the goblin, I suppose.

I will say, however, that this is the first time that I’ve considered not using any of the heirloom gear available to me, and I find it an interesting decision to consider.

On The Cataclysm Events Starting While I’m Stuck At Work

Boo. Just Boo. I’m insanely jealous of those that are at home and experiencing it currently! Alas, it is what it is, and someone’s got to pay the bills! So I suppose that I will just have to experience it tonight when I get home. Save some elementals for me please! 🙂

How About You? Are you experiencing the same “are we there yet” feeling that I am? What are you doing to help you whittle the days away while you wait?

Posted November 1, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!

14 responses to “Monday Musings – Are We There Yet?

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  1. I feel the same way. I have no bucket list per se. Maybe for cata i will. Hmmm. I find raiding a chore and not that fun anymore. I want cata to be here. I am ready for new content. All of my heals are in order and fairly well geared. So I spend lots of time doing a daily here or there, getting an achievement when the mood strikes and hanging on vent.

    I’ll most likely level another priest and a lock for cata when the mood strikes. At least that is the current plan. I am at home and working today which is worse…the puter looms for me to play, yet i must admin the forums for our company. I’ll be hoping there are some elementals for me tonight as well.

    • I am definitely ready to move past Ice Crown, that is for sure! Soon enough, I’m sure 🙂

      I’ve found that leveling the DK however, has helped to breathe some life back into the game for me!

  2. Don’t worry, it’s just a fairly short quest…and the last quest is pretty anti-climatic. 😦 I don’t think it will be going anywhere for at least 2-3 weeks.

  3. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern, I’m ready for Cata now! Besides wanting to do the Pilgrim’s Bounty quests to put me over 9k achievement points, I feel like there’s nothing to do on my main. I’m not even raiding anymore.

    I should take this time to play all the console games I haven’t had a chance to finish. I’ve also started working on moving my blog over to WordPress.

    • Honestly, I’m not sure what I’d do with myself if we weren’t raiding still. I’m finding myself a bit bored in game, even with the raiding!

      I’ve been watching Fringe (just started the second season) in my off time right now, but I’m not sure what I’ll do when I run out of that!

  4. I want it like yesterday but then I’ve never been good at waiting for stuff.
    Other than getting my shaman to 80 (the last few levels have taken almost a year), I don’t really have any goals. I’m doing a lot of PvP with guildmates which is helping a bit but mostly I’m focusing on non WoW stuff so I’m free once Cataclysm hits.

    • I am worried that I’ll find myself a bit bored again once the DK finds her way to 80. I really don’t think that I’ll have the energy to just grind out gear on her. At least I didn’t on my alliance paladin that I finished leveling a month back.

      Perhaps there is hope for that AB achievement yet…

  5. I have been pootling along for a few weeks now, did some questing in thousand needles before it goes under, made a little money but not that much. Now I get up this morning and open my feeds to discover the elementals are invading and I have to go to work for a WHOLE DAY! D:
    Oh well, bring it on >:)

    • I’m with you on this one! I saw people commenting on the elemental invasions this morning, around 10:00 and I was like “nooooo! I won’t get home until almost 5:00!!!”

  6. Although I am pretty ready for some Cata business (especially because I got the digital download, and now won’t have to wait for someone to buy me the game and ship it!!), I’m still working on a few time-sensitive projects that have to be finished before the xpac. I’m fairly certain I can finish everything, but the deadline is making things slightly more tense than I was hoping they would be before the grind began again.

  7. I’m taking it fairly easy at the moment. I’ve been finishing up my rep grinds for Netherwing, Kurenai and Sha’tari Skyguard – sure I could do some more achievements – but in the end I’m not too bothered about them, I just like mounts and pets 🙂

    Raiding has been slow for us for a while, and I’ve mainly been doing an alt raid here or there for fun.

    I think as far as I’m concerned.. Cata can come soon 🙂

  8. I have been working on achievements and gear for the pally. I also want to shore up a passable tank set for the druid, as we have a plethora of healing altar, I want another tank for use in guild runs after the expansion hits. I may even make Killingly a dual feral build, but not sure yet.

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