Feeling More Human
This morning I am still not feeling amazing, but I am doing sizably better than I was yesterday. At least I feel marginally human now instead of a walking malady. This is mostly due to my wife and her being able to tell me what to do… and actually have me do it. I have been feeling lousy for a bit over a week, and yesterday she exclaimed “you have to call the doctor” and then she relented and gave me a secondary line of action “or at least get some mucinex”. I called the doctors office and unsurprisingly (because I waited until like 9:30 to do so) they were already booked up for the day, and said that they would call me back if there were any openings. So in the meantime I got dressed and ready and went to Walgreens around the corner from the house. Mucinex is something that the doctor has suggested I take, so I was no stranger to it.
Actually there are many times I have had success taking a one two punch of Mucienx and Tylenol Cold and Flu to clear various issues up. It turns out that in the constantly rush to get more products to market, Mucinex has created just this thing. Granted you have to take it every four hours for optimal relief… but in any case the stuff is pretty miraculous. Within a few hours of taking it I was already feeling noticeably better and all the gunk in my chest clearing up. Granted it still has the nasty taste going down that Mucinex always does however the drug lives up to its claims, and I think I just found a new go to for these situations. This gentlemen is why we need wives… I was more than willing to muddle through without doing much to fix the root problem. My wife however got tired of me moping around and told me to do something about it. Apparently there are in fact times where I “don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain”.
Yesterday I spoke about having a dilemma of whether or not to do Spires of Arak or just jump straight into Nagrand. Having done a little of both, I can clearly say that there are definitely some story elements and quests that make Spires of Arak worth the hassle. That said it is also the new Bladesedge Mountains, in that the terrain is a pain in the ass to move around and the quests are scattered all over the zone in small pockets. If you are wanting to jump straight into being dungeon ready however, I highly suggest going to Nagrand as soon as possible. While I was able to bump up my ilevel a bit in Spires, I did not actually hit the 600 normal mode dungeon target until I reached Nagrand and spent a bit of time questing there. As of last night I was able to push my ilevel to 603 inching me closer to the heroic starting point of 610. I completely bronze proving grounds and made it to round 7 of silver until I screwed up and did not actually pay attention to my own health. Hopefully tonight I can knock out silver proving grounds and maybe bump my ilevel a bit more with questing or dungeons.
Among the strangest quests that I completed was one for a little Goblin kid wanting you to retrieve his “treasure”. It turns out the kid is a perv and you are essentially recovering a calendar of goblin pin-up girls. I had to stop and take a screenshot when the big reveal happened. Sure I found it funny, but also at the same time super cringe worthy. I mean I get the humor in it, but just like the Granok bed in Wildstar… it feels a bit over the top for something so casually slipped in there. Throughout the night as various other members got to the quest you would see comments in guild chat like “Did I just retrieve a Goblin nudie mag?”. Yes… yes we did. What I found surprising is just how at home Nagrand still feels. This was my favorite zone in Burning Crusade, and for the most part they managed to get the look and feel just right… even without the floating rocks. Ultimately that has been the payoff with this expansion for me, being able to see things before everything fell apart. Burning Crusade was a really important expansion for me, and because of it I have so many fond memories that just keep getting refreshed as I do this content.
I can’t really judge clearly how good the content in Warlords of Draenor actually is, because I cannot peel away the shiny coat of nostalgia long enough to actually evaluate it with a clear mind. We ultimate are an accumulation of our memories and emotions… and this expansion is managing to bring all of those down to bear upon me. Will the magic fade? Almost certainly it will, and probably quicker than it came on in the first place. At that point I will be able to see the flaws where they stand, but for the time being I am doing what I hope to do in any game… have fun. Ultimately this game was designed for me, and my play style specifically. There is tons of super dense content, and even though it is content with a little c… it is still cool objectives. There seems to be an endless array of little doodads to find in the world, and interesting named mobs to kill that drop interesting treasures. Thankfully I chose to level my disenchanter first, because this has been an amazing source of shards for my future enchanting endeavors.
Speaking of Enchanting… it seems exceptionally expensive this time around. Enchanting work orders give temporal shards… which you then turn around and use 10 of at a time to get a temporal crystal. I finally saved up enough daily tokens to purchase a “real” enchant, and I did so to grab the one that looks to be the new go to for tanking. As you can see it costs 15 Temporal Crystals and 10 Sorcerous Earth. Far as I know I have yet to actually get any Sorcerous Earth, but it seems to be a random drop when disenchanting or mining. Thankfully I do seem to be getting plenty of primal spirits that I can then trade for the materials I actually need with a vendor on my garrison. In any case folks will not be handing these enchants out willy nilly, because that is a lot of resources to pour into a single weapon enchant. For the time being I have the comparatively extremely cheap Mark of the Shattered Hand enchant, just to have something on my weapon.
Unfortunately engineering is an equally time consuming boondoggle, mostly because I was not really paying attention and didn’t realize that I had two daily cool downs this expansion instead of just the one. This means that I have gotten a slow start on getting my tanking helm. As of this morning I am 40 parts into my 100 total needed. That is in part because I only just started doing the more expensive 4 parts a day cooldown. I am running the maximum number of work orders allowable but unfortunately my engineer follower is not quite 100, so I can’t start getting double parts just yet. In any case it will still be awhile before I get my tanking helm, let along actually have the materials to seriously level engineering, though with the rank 2 mines I am starting to get enough spare bits to keep both cool downs and work orders in the black. I just forsee that I have a lot more daily cooldowns ahead of me before I can start doing interesting things with crafting.
As a child one of the movies had a massive impact on me was Dune. I remember watching it in elementary school and being enthralled by the fact that the book was co complicated that it needed its own glossary of terms. I remember reading over the glossary, memorizing details of it… long before actually being able to struggle through the epic prose contained in the front part of the book. Since I watched the David Lynch movie first, before reading the book… I will always have certain visuals in my head associated with things. One of the things that stuck with me that was a complete fabrication of the Lynch movies… was the mantra that the Mentat Piter De Vries chants before taking Sapho juice.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
There is a little voice inside of me that says this every single time I drink a cup of coffee. I will always be enamored by the near instant quickening effect coffee has. I feel like a Mentat gaining focus when I sip a cup. Maybe this is the effect of the caffeine, or maybe this is just something I have built up for myself by making a little ritual of it in my head. In any case it is a magical thing. Energy drinks have a similar effect, because I think in part I have moved this same pseudo religious ritual over to them as well. Either by trick of my own mind, or by actual chemical effect… I am thankful that I live in a world where coffee exists and can do magical things.