Low Graphical Fidelity
Since this is a patch day that happened to start super early… aka 5 am my time… and I don’t wake up until 5:30 I will not be having any screenshots that are not recycled or otherwise blatantly borrowed. Since I was off yesterday I simply did not think ahead. For me at least it feels like Monday… even though it really is legitimately Tuesday. Maybe this is the way my Aussie friends feel since they perpetually live in the future. Today’s post is going to involve a whole lot of faffitude, so be prepared.
For those who have not been following the news of all that is faffing about… you have potentially mentioned that @AlternativeChat has declared that 2014 is the “Year of Faff”. Tales of the Aggronaut is one of the many blogs that now proudly sport the badge on our sidebars. While I am proudly participating, for me at least 2013 will be the year of Faff in that it was the year that the Godmother of Faff brought the term front and center in the collective consciousness that is the “blogosphere”.
Faff is a term that has been in my vocabulary for some time, and not always in an extremely positive context. When my friends and I had to jump through a whole bunch of meaningless hoops to accomplish something it would often be described as a “whole lot of faffing about”. What has changed during 2013 and the start of 2014 is that “Faff” has become a proper destination for the evening. Realizing this has added greatly to the overall enjoyment of games like World of Warcraft that are so chock full of fluff that you cannot go more than a few in game feet without encountering something that could be worth achievement points or something that you have yet to collect. If for no other reason, I salute @AlternativeChat for realigning our vocabulary and taking what used to be a negative and turning it very much into a positive.
On Wings of Nether
Over the last few weeks I have been working feverishly each night on completing my Netherwing Dailies. As I have said before for whatever reason, during the Burning Crusade this is a grind I never participated in. In truth more than anything it is likely thanks to the fact that during Burning Crusade I lived in a perpetual state of broke. As a raid tank, pretty much every spare gold I had went to my volumes of repair bills. These repair bills have decreased greatly over the last few expansions, but back then it was not unheard of that I would rack up 100-200g in repairs a night, and in BC money that was quite the little fortune. As a result I never really had the money to get my epic flight training, which was required to start the Netherwing quests in the first place.
To be truthful, I likely never would have gotten it were not for a contrived scheme to get me my epic training. A friend of mine started a guild lottery, where we would send him raw materials and he would turn around and auction house the materials and pool it up to fund epic flying mounts for people. The first one apparently was universally rigged, as everyone colluded behind the scenes to give it to me. Thankfully through this welfare flying program we managed to buy at least a half dozen epic flying mounts, and I believe the final number was a bit closer to ten. However this was pretty late in the expansion and I never ended up going out and starting this grind. In part I was a bit slowed by the fact that my main at the time had no harvesting skill, and as such had no daily quest for turning in that.
War Bear Time
Needless to say yesterday mid evening I managed to finish out exalted and got the On Wings of Nether achievement. You get one mount free for completing the achievement, but I quickly flew out to Shadowmoon Valley and snatched up the other 5 for what now seems like the extremely cheap price of 180g. This puts me I think a a half dozen mounts away from We’re Going to Need More Saddles. There are so many farmed mounts that I am lacking, that I need to just buckle down and start farming away. Over the course of the weekend however I did manage to get one of these mounts that have elluded me.
Back in Burning Crusade we farmed more Karazhan than I really care to think about, but after we had used up all of the Medivh goodness, we set our sites on the newly released Zul’Aman. Over the course of the expansion we got better and better at this dungeon, but never quite had the gear and strategy needed to get through a successful bear mount run. We got really close a few times… I remember one time we were less than a minute away from the mount. Something would always go wrong and fate conspired to keep me from my prize. During Wrath of the Lich King, I really have no clue why but I never went back and attempted getting the mount.
When they redid the dungeon during Cataclysm, I was unfortunately not playing the game… so I completely missed my chance to get the mount legitimately again. For fear that they might eventually simply do away with the mount I decided that I needed to set my sights on this mount and just get it over with. I realize there are subtle differences between the mount you earned at 70 and the mount you can get today… but I don’t really care. It is a big freaking bear with horns and spikey bits. I will likely be proudly riding this mount around for awhile, as it has officially offset my Spectral Tiger as my normal mount of choice. Now I just need to pick a new victim, and start working towards farming up that mount. Starting to thing the Barons Charger is a likely candidate.