Are you in a frantic race to get prepared to raid? Or are you kicking back and enjoying having too much to handle all at one time?
It doesn’t really matter how much time I’d have, there is still more stuff than there are hours in the day for me. That’s fine with me, I just have to prioritize what’s important to me, and do that, happy in the knowledge that there is stuff on the table I can look forward to for later.
You know… instead of just hoping I’ll get a content patch ‘soon’.
From some of the conversations I see on Twitter, I get the feeling having all of these blue exclamation points is a problem for some folks.
I’m just going to throw this thought out there – when there is more content available than can be done within a single 24 hour cycle, you might need to exercise some personal restraint to determine what to do, what not to do, and when to call it a day.
If you can’t stop yourself until you’ve done every single last possible daily in the game every day, please do me a big favor and don’t blame Blizzard for it.
Me, I like having tons of content to play through, and if you start bitching in public about having too much to do, I’m going to mentally punch you right square in the nuts.
That sudden burst of agony, fading away into a dull ache in the stomach? That was me, punching you in the metaphorical nuts.
If you weren’t born with them, have no fear, a long time ago in a D&D campaign I had a mage who researched a new spell that attacked a targets vulnerables, and if the target didn’t HAVE vulnerables, temporarily gave them some. Then it whacked ’em.
You may call it something innocuous like “Apply Vulnerability”, I called it “the Nuttifier 4000”. It got the job done.
Ahhh, so much content. The luxury of having a CHOICE.
It’s been glorious.
Who do I level? Do I level some more now and go questing? Do I queue for one of the new dungeons? Do I look for a cross-server Sha of Anger run?
Do I take a break and go Pet Battling? Maybe it’s raining in Jaguero Island and the Baby Ape is available to tame!
Or should I go do some Archeaology, or some fishing? Or plow my farm and plant some tasty carrots!
Or heck, maybe I’ll just wander around, looking for a real fighting challenge by taking on one of the many, many rares that can be found in Pandaria.
Or search for some of the hidden treasures.
Scenarios? Good lord, you mean there are even more things to do?
So much… just so much. Spoiled for choice.
I’ve tried to spread out my playing responsibily, a balance between having fun now and preparing for tomorrow.
When playing in Pandaria, I focused on questing with my Druid.
As soon as I reached level 90, I had to choose what I’d really like to do first.
I’m still 7 days away from upgrading my Ghost Tiger Staff to epic level with Inscription, so I chose Lorewalker rep and Archaeology. And yes, I did get the Spear of Xuen on the second day.
Getting the Lorewalkers to Exalted, and Archeaology to max was fun. While working towards maximum level Archy, I managed to get enough Sealed Artifact Crates to pile up the fragments for 5 Tol’vir solves… none of which were rares, but that’s okay. The system WORKS.
Blizzard, please make the Crates I get in exhange for your crated solves stackable? PLEASE?
Regardless of what I got, I know the process works. Just be solving Pandarian artifacts, I will eventually get my Tol’vir rares.
How do I know this?
Cassie did it last night, had 30 crates to turn in, and not only did she unlock the Crawling Claw pet I’ve tried to get for the last year, but she ALSO got the Vial of the Sands Alchemy recipe from her Canopic Jar! Woot!
So yes, you can get your rares, and even the Alchemy recipe. Eventually.
So much to do, so much to do.
I’m taking a pass right now on almost all other rep. I will do it all, eventually, but I just don’t want to burn through the whole game.
I’m excited to be doing the Tillers and expanding my farm, and doing a little cooking while I’m at it.
On the subject of farming, Alex saw Cassie and I doing OUR farms, and wanted in on the action.
I helped him get to Halfhill, showed him where to get the first quest, and let him loose.
Two days ago, as he harvested his plants, one of them coughed up a monstrous seed. “What does this do?” he asked. “No idea! plant it and we’ll see what grows tomorrow!”
So yesterday, he went and harvested his plants… and the monstrous seed had grown into a Terrible Turnip companion pet!
No shit, I don’t know who was more surprised, him or me. Really? You grew a pet? WOW!
He thinks it’s awesome, and so do I.
Now here is the “Ugh” part. I looked on our AH, and those things are being listed at 25,000 gold each. So, do we tell him he could sell it now and get some amazing gold and risk getting another one later? Or let him enjoy his awesome pet in innocent bliss of the opportunity for cash on the barrelhead he’s missing?
I think we’ll just let it be. It’s not like he’s needing any gold to save for anything.
Cassie and I will just push him to USE that pet, that’s all.
It’s worth noting that Alex was level 85 with a 4 plot trainer farm when he got that seed, and I think he got it from planting Carrots. So, rep doesn’t matter, level doesn’t matter, farm size doesn’t matter, anybody could get that lucky seed in their own crop and get the pet.
Now that my Druid is max level, I’m taking my Hunter into Pandaria to do all the areas I passed by the first time.
My Hunter, for whatever reason, feels massively more powerful than my Druid when it comes to killing quest mobs by the dozen. I am a Dino-wielding Sha Destroying Machine. Maybe it’ll change once I get into other zones.
One thing I am not doing is preparing to raid.
I’m not yet running instances, let alone heroics, and I’m not one of the folks worried about gearing up to raid.
The two other raid teams in our guild are in full swing preparing, with Team Wanda already successsful in downing the first two raid bosses. I hear Team Teddybear will start raiding in a month or so, maybe. If they can hold out that long.
The raid team I am part of is, sadly, in the procss of rebuilding for the expansion.
Our former raid leader has very, very recently announced he and his lovely and talented healing significant other will be retiring from the game, and enjoying some new adventures in real life.
We’re going to miss them as friends to play with, very much. That being said, as a crotchety old person it’s nice to see young people look forward to the future, and move on to other things to do.
Still means we need to figure out a whole new game plan for the team.
I’ll tell you, it feels like good news to me.
I know I’ll still get to play with Elo and Bari and the others when we do kick things off, but for now I know that it may be a month or two before we have a full ten person team put together.
That gives me all the time in the world to get prepared, FULLY prepared, in my own style. With lots of side quests and ooh look shinies along the way.
Heck, maybe there will be some raiding after all… just in Ulduar and Sunwell instead of the Vaults!
Best of all possible worlds. A great game full of new things to do, and no pressure to get it all done NOW.
I hope that, whether you are in a rush to raid or taking your own time, you’ve been having as much fun the last few weeks as I am.