Monday, February 3, 2014

The End of this Era, and a New Beginning

Yes. If you couldn't tell, this is the end of The Achievement Warrior. Thank you to everyone that has gotten interested in my blog, and who enjoyed what I was doing here.

But it's not all bad news.

The Achievement Warrior is going to be rolled into my new website, being launched later this month. Marti's Miscellany is going to be my hub for everything that I'm doing on the web. Whether it's about anthropomorphics, WoW, board games, or just stuff about my life in general, I'll be talking about it there. So if you've been checking TAW for stuff, I'm sorry I dropped off the face of the earth, but I will be coming back with a vengeance on Marti's Miscellany!

Also, check out my Twitter.@ProfessorFari is my handle, and while I'm still fumbling through and learning it, I'm slowly getting better. You can also like Marti's Miscellany's Facebook Page for all of my updates as well! 

Well Met!
Fari/Marti 

Monday, May 6, 2013

On the Road Again, Again, Again...

I don't know if I've been missed, but hey, here I am. The Achievement Warrior has achieved another month of silence! Gasp!

Anyway, part of it is due to my workload. Stuff has been crazy, so I'm going back to trying to blog about WoW at least once a week. Let me tell you what I've been up to as of recent.

- Working at Food Lion. I'm not... fond of my job. I don't hate it, but it's not the best job ever either. It's a job, it pays the rent. I've been doing better with freelancing lately, though, which means I'm making more money on a regular basis. In short, not broke anymore. But my back is sore. Ugh.

- Writing for a blog. A blog just launched that is for women, that I found a gig writing for and should be writing for on a regular basis. It's not launched yet, so I won't share it yet.

- Doing some social media work. The love of my life. I wish I could do social media work for all of my freelancing jobs, but, alas, I cannot. I spend a few hours every other week digging through funny, informative, newsworthy stuff for some Facebook pages to post. It's a sweet deal.

- Doing one of those mass article jobs. Yeah, they suck. Like, royally suck. But, it gives me some cushion income until I find other gigs to fill in the gap. I do this 3-4 days a week, but its money, right? Only a couple hours out of my day.

- Working on the Pet Battles eBook. This has been slowcoming with the end of Nim's semester. We hope to get it out this summer!

- Getting ready for a couple weddings this summer. Two of my best friends are getting married in July, and my Juhla's coming to visit. July is a busy, busy month and I'm getting ready for it.

- Getting ready for the end of the school year with the youth ministry. I made the end-of-year video with one of our seniors and I've just been getting other stuff prepped. Because of all the work I'm doing, I'm toning down how crazy busy I am with the youth ministry next year, so stay tuned for those changes.

Yup. Life's been really, really busy. Once school gets out, my time will definitely be more free - actually, starting this week, because our school-year meetings end on Wednesday. Anyway, expect more, weekly updates from me as time goes on. Until next time...

Well Met!
Fari

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lore Rant Incoming - Thoughts on 5.3 Lore

Before you start reading this, if you don't want any spoilers on stuff that is coming up in 5.3 (and, subsequently, 5.4), don't read this. If you do, continue to read.

Another disclaimer - I bleed Alliance. Do I like the Horde? Absolutely, I think they're really cool (I love Tauren and Trolls the most). But if you ask me what faction I play, I'm for the Alliance. My favorite race is the Dwarves, followed closely by Worgen (done correctly, not that feral crap), and Night Elves. Look at most of the characters that I post pictures of; once in a blue moon you'll get a picture of one of my Tauren, but, overall, it's my Ally toons.

After reading that, I imagine that you already know what I'm going to approach: Yes, the datamined files about what is going on in Pandaria in regards to the Horde. And the siege of Orgrimmar that will be occurring in 5.4.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out.

Yes, Vol'jin is going to be kicking some major butt. And guess what? This is what I wanted. 

- Insert Alliance butthurt here-

Oh wait, that thread already did that. I forgot. Alliance whining and crying that "Oh, the Horde is getting the story again, isn't it terrible and horrible we never get good things." "Oh noes, Vol'jin's going to be doing this? This is horrible."

Shut up. Just, just shut up. For once. Get your head out of your butt and shut up. Last I checked, even though Tirion Fordring was a member of a neutral faction, last I checked, he was human. And, oh look, he's the one credited with taking down the Lich King.

So yes, Alliance, shut your mouths.

Yes, the Horde has done some really bad crap to the Alliance this expansion. But why in the world would it be legit to have VARIAN lead the force into Orgrimmar? Think about it. Yes, let's randomly siege Orgrimmar without the help and/or leadership of the Horde. Because that will go smoothly. As much as I know Alliance players would like to think that they're the United States and can walk in and be the Azerothian police and try to restore peace and such because they're so freaking amazing, right? Right? 

Yes, I just made a political statement. Go ahead, call me unAmerican. It's okay. I can take it.

To those Alliance players that are whining about this, it's perfectly logical in lore. Go do the "Dagger in the Dark" Scenario. See how badly Garrosh screwed Vol'jin over.

Here's a hint - he almost had him assassinated. Vol'jin got stabbed in the neck and probably should have died.

Wouldn't you be mad, Alliance? Or is it only justified when it's Alliance? 

But wait Fari, wait, Anduin almost got killed by Garrosh. Wait, wait, doesn't that give the Alliance credence to kill Garrosh? Absolutely! But why does it have to be Alliance lead? Once again, going into Orgrimmar without the support and backing of Horde leadership will only end poorly. 

And for those of you that said that Vol'jin stood by and let Garrosh kill the innocents in Theramore? Bullcrap. Yes, he was in on the initial assault, but he knew nothing of the mana bomb and was totally devastated when such a horrible thing happened to Theramore. Lives were lost and Vol'jin was at a loss. He and Baine were upset by the genocidal actions of their "warchief" (Source).

I can't wait for the Vol'jin book to come out so that we get more of this story, because I'd like to see what is going on behind the scenes. We just know the beginning of the outcome.

And on top of all that, I hope Vol'jin's the one to defeat Garrosh.

So, now that I'm done ticking off every Alliance player that reads my blog, what do you think? Do you think that it's a legit way to do the Siege on Orgrimmar? Or do you think I'm just a big fat jerk?

Well Met!
Fari

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dem Legendary Pet Battles

Alright kids, so I said I was going to do an entry sharing my experiences with the new Pet Battles against the "Lengendary" Pets. Yes, I know that seems sarcastic. That is sarcastic. Yes, if you don't have a full arsenal like I do, it is likely harder. That's why I'm going to share with you the best possible sets of pets to have available for fighting. I can pretty much two man any of them (I'll tell you the exception below).

Important: Because of the low amount of pet XP, I really only use the Legendary pet battles to level my 24 pets to 25, instead of wasting the nice XP you get from the trainers to do the same thing. This also works nicely in case RNG makes your two pets totally bomb.

There are 10 pets that you fight throughout this journey, and those pets are either Aquatic, Beast, or Critter. To simplify this guide, I'll split them by their type.

The most important pet for you to get to max level is any pet that has Life Exchange. I personally use the Sprite Darter Hatchling, but you can also use the Mini-Mindslayer, the Nether Faerie Dragon, or the Ethereal Soul-Trader. Why? Well, because these pets have a huge pool, and you will knock them down to about half their health just by using Life Exchange; also giving your pet the time to get to full health.

Beast

Basic strategy:
Level 24 pet to level (make it go out first) - should not be a Critter.
Sprite Darter (or other pet; just make sure it has Life Exchange).
Anubisath Idol (With Demolish, Sandstorm, and Rupture).

Start with the pet you want XP for. Do one move, then switch to the Sprite Darter. Let it get hit a couple times, use Life Exchange, keep knocking the legendary's HP down till your Darter dies. Switch to the Idol; put up Sandstorm to limit DoT damages and their accuracy, use Rupture on cooldown, and use Demolish in between.

Greyhoof - Found in the southern part of Valley of the Four Winds, a mini Mushan.
Abilities: Hoof, Roar, Trample.

Gorespine - The hardest of the three beasts in my opinion; his attack power is quite high so he hits really hard. You may lose both your Idol and your Darter, but you can finish him off with your 24, I've done it. Found in southwest Dread Wastes. He's a silent hedgehog.
Abilities: Rip, Scratch, Spiked Skin

Kafi - Found north of Winter's Blossom in Kun-Lai Summit, a Summit Kid.
Abilities: Gnaw, Headbutt, Leap
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Critter

Basic Strategy:
Level 24 pet to level (make it go out first) - should not be Undead.
Sprite Darter (or other Life Exchange pet)
Chrominius (with Bite, Ancient Blessing, and Ravage)

Leveling pet first, then switch to Sprite Darter. Don't let its health get down too low or you won't be able to get Life Exchange off, especially on Nitun. Keep beating it down till your Sprite Darter dies, then switch to Chrominius, who should be able to finish them off.


Ka'wi the Gorger - West of Nectarbreeze Orchard in Jade Forest. Some sort of Grub.
Abilities: Chew, Moth Balls, Super Sticky Goo

Nitun - North of the Arborteum in Jade Forest. He's a big Masked Tanuki. . He hurts, a lot, and he regens some if he kills your pet. You may need to utilize your leveling pet to finish him off.
Abilties: Prowl, Rake, Ravage

Lucky Yi- In the middle of the Heartland, Valley of the Four Winds. A large Marsh Fiddler. In my opinion, the easiest legendary pet to battle.
Abilities: Perk up, Quick Attack, Uncanny Luck.


Aquatic

Basic Strategy:
Level 24 pet to level (make sure it goes out first) - should not be Elemental
Sprite Darter (or other Life Exchange pet - I prefer the Darters for these because they have flying abilities)
Guardian Cub (or some other pet that does high flying damage - Cub's just my favorite).

Leveling pet first, then switch to the Sprite Darter. Use Life Exchange and your flying abilities until either your Darter dies, or the pet dies. If the Darter dies first, switch to Guardian Cub to finish it off.

Dos-Ryga - Some sort of Carp or Fishy, found north of Binan Village in Kun-Lai Summit. His frost ability kind of hurts, just keep an eye on it. You'll likely need to go to your flying pet to finish him off.
Abilities: Frost Breath, Healing Wave, Whirlpool.

Skitterer Xi'a - An Aqua Strider in northern Krasarang (just south of where you'll find Greyhoof, actually). Abilities: Flurry, Skitter, Water Jet


No-No- A Sifang Otter found in Western Vale of Eternal Blossoms, right next to the wall you go over to go to Dread Wastes. His Beaver Dam ability actually stops his attacks from hitting you as well as stopping yours from hitting him.
Abilties: Beaver Dam, Dive, Tail Slap

Ti'un the Wanderer- A Spiny Terrapin found in the middle of Townlong Steppes. Keep an eye on your backline pets during this fight, as he has the only real AoE ability of all the Legendary pets.
Abilities: Pump, Shell Shield, Tidal Wave.

In my journeys on WoWhead while I was writing this blog, I also saw the suggestion that, instead of using a class-appropriate pet for your third, that you can use a pet with Predatory Strike, but I haven't tried that. I may today or tomorrow, just to see. 

The first time that you do the quest for the these battles, you get a Red Panda (seen below). Isn't it cute? Then, it becomes a daily. I do the daily in tandem with my other pet battle dailies. There are three other Pandas that you can get with the daily; I've gotten two of them (twice each, too). They are still worth doing; the bag that you get at the end of the daily has the highest chance of giving you a rare upgrade stone. 


How do you take down the legendary pets? Do you use my methods, or do you have your own path to victory? Share some thoughts in the comments, have a great week, and we'll see you back here next time.

Well Met!
Fari 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dino Mount!

Happy St. Paddy's day, friends! Be smart today - everyone gets to be Irish on March 17th, don't ya know?

Anywho...


Dino mount. Hit exalted with the Kirin Tor Offensive today, and got (what I hope to be) one of many dino mounts. 

Well Met!
Fari 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Revering the August Celestials

August: inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic. No, not August like the month. The August Celestials are a 5.0 reputation that consists of the four "gods" of Pandaria: Xuen, the White Tiger, Niuzao, the Black Ox, Chi-Ji, the Red Crane, and Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent. These beings rule all of Pandaria and keep watch over its good beings (AKA not Mogu). 

The August Celestials felt like the slowest reputation grind. There's no storyline that coincides with it like every other reputation. You just get sent to one of four available quest hubs for 4 or 5 quests daily (depending on the hub). It took me... It took me a really long time to get this done the old way, during 5.0. The only reason the grind is long is because of the minuscule amount of quests that you can get daily. 

Like the Shado-Pan, you don't have access to the August Celestials reputation without being revered with the Golden Lotus (except in LFD; your bonus reputation can be the August Celestials or the Shado-Pan right off the bat). This also includes for the work orders that came in 5.2.

Honestly, there's not a lot to be said about the August Celestials in general. They're the gods, they're pretty cool, you do a few different little lines that involve beating champions, protecting Nizuao, and beating the crap out of Sha. Exalted isn't even climactic - and the mount isn't either. Basically, the August Celestials are a nice, simple little faction that takes forever to do.

Now, the time is significantly shortened because of the 1000 extra rep (pre-commendation) you can per day due to dungeon/scenario/work orders. Let me tell you, those are the best thing to come out of 5.2. I'm able to get more reputations done so I can get my patterns and stuff on my alts. It's a wonderful thing.

There are only a few achievements associated with the August Celestials: 

Yak Attack: This is really hard, and I haven't been able to do it yet. Those Klaxxi mobs hurt, man! Anyway, you have to wipe out 15 of the attackers there, and the only real way to do that is to drag a bunch of them in front of Niuzao on a day that he's running around instead of sitting stationary. 

Champion of Chi-Ji: The only "questline" that really feels like it happens here is with Chi-Ji, where, after you do the initial 3 quests, you get a 4th quest that is a different "challenger" every day. Eventually (after 15 different challengers), you'll get this achievement. 

Finish Them!  There are 11 (technically 8, because one is a team of three and the other a team of two) different challengers to fight during the Temple of the White Tiger dailies. Beat them all, get achievement. Easy enough, right? 

That's basically it. The August Celestials are a straight-forward, simple little grind that takes forever and ever and has no grand finale like the other Pandaria factions. 

Oh, you get this pretty mount, if you want, for 7k gold. It looks just like the Golden Cloud Serpent, but with cool looking lightning graphics. 



Did you finish your August Celestials rep? How did that go for you? Share some thoughts in the comments, have a great day, and we'll see you back here again!

Well Met,
Fari 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

First Impressions of 5.2

So, 5.2 has been out for almost a week now, and I've had plenty of time in the past week to check it out and mess around with it.

First, some general thoughts. I really am enjoying it. Like, not just kinda. I like 5.2 a lot. It's bringing some good stuff to the game and I'm having a lot of fun doing it. I can't wait for LFR to start up next week. Well, maybe I can. If it really is the same mechanics this may be a bit... annoying, at first. Oh well.

And, an update to this post, where I talked about what I was looking forward to:

The advancement in the storyline. Well, to be honest, I haven't seen a lot of this yet. I was disappointed when I hit honored the other day and there wasn't a quest. Blizzard isn't doing as well with the story as they did in 5.1, in my opinion. Maybe it'll be different when the next part of the island opens up (for my server, that's going to be today). On the other hand, I really like the dailies. They're simple, not too crazy, and relatively quick.



Pet Battles. The epic pet battles disappointed me beyond belief. They weren't really epic. I kill most of them with my Sprite Darter with Life Exchange and then a pet of the appropriate type to beat the type of the pet. Really, it's sad. I did get a cute Red Panda though. Yes, that's in the cave where Alliance starts AV.




I do, on the other hand, love that I get XP on my lower level toons for pet battles. I didn't get to abuse it too much when it was scaled wrong, but I did a little. I also really like the new pet models. The new raptors? Love them. Check it out. So cute. I've also liked that I get a crapton of the Lesser Charms of Good Fortune when I do pet battles on Fari.


Throne of Thunder. Haven't been able to get in LFR yet, of course, but I am excited to check it out.

Dinosaurs. I haven't gotten onto the Isle of Giants much yet, but I'm excited to. I went up there and tried to kill stuff... and remembered my kiting skills aren't up to snuff on my warrior. I do much better on my monk and my mage; they just don't have the firepower to do it yet. It works better with a group anyway... just have to convince a group of my friends to come with me.

Taking over the farm. I love this. The work orders plus the commendations and daily rep gain make it so much easier to gear alts. So much easier, it makes me so happy. I've been working on my mage's reputations so that I can get the bag pattern from August Celestials exalted. I was somewhere in friendly for Golden Lotus on her, so I did 3 days of dailies, 3 days of daily dungeons, 3 days of daily scenarios and 4 days of planting for Golden Lotus, and I was revered. I'm almost friendly with the August Celestials on day 2 of planting plus one scenario bonus. It's absolutely awesome.

Dem Satchels. I haven't done a lot of 5.0 LFR's since the patch, just trying to get my stupid chestpiece for my T14 4-piece. I have heard of people getting all kinds of crazy stuff. I'll probably run LFR today to try one more time before I jump into Throne of Thunder. Woot. Anyway, people have gotten a lot of cool mounts, pets, consumables, everything, and it's pretty great. I have yet to get something, but my day, it will come. I think it was a good idea for them to throw that in, to give people incentive to run LFR week after week.

What have you enjoyed about 5.2 thus far? Is there anything you were surprised that you are enjoying? How far along is your server in Isle of Thunder progress? Share some thoughts in the comments, have a great day, and we'll see you back here later this week.

Well Met!
Fari