Monday, March 23, 2015

Recharged and Refreshed

So my day job can be pretty stressful and always has been.  It's one of the reason's that I enjoy escaping to Azeroth every now and then.  It's always sort of gone with the territory that even when I've been away on vacation, there will be several work related calls that I have to take, and a certain portion of the day and evening will be spend reviewing things, or responding to things, or approving things, or what have you.

Typically, some of that time in the evening after I finished my work stuff would also be spent on World of Warcraft - doing dailies (now garrison chores), running LFR, doing heroics for valor - really the same types of to do lists that go with my work.

So it was with much personal surprise this past week when I did none of that.  Nothing.  No e-mails.  No calls.  No WoW.  I sat on a beach, with a drink in one hand and a book in the other.  I stuck my toes in the sand,  I played with my kids in the ocean.   I went for early morning walks on the beach with Mrs. Joar, or I just sat and had coffee and watched the ocean in the morning.

In the evenings, I read a book - a total of three actually over the course of the entire week.  In short, I relaxed.  Utterly.  It was glorious.

So now I'm back at work, refreshed and recharged, and ready to dive back into Azeroth as well.

So cheers!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Is This Really How I Want To Be Spending My Time?

So I've got a total of three characters that I'm currently running through the legendary quest line that are all currently engaged in accumulating Elemental Runes.  As I pointed out last week, I expect that it's going to take me somewhere from 7-9 weeks to finish that portion of the quest line across all three of these toons, and I'm really questioning whether I want to even bother.

My schedule with work and real life now has made it extremely difficult for me to find the time to knock out full LFR clears across three different toons each week, so I may decide to just abandon it and focus on getting it done on my warlock.

The paladin finished up Frostfire and is now working through Gorgrond.

Both the shaman and the druid are hanging out in their garrisons gearing up and making money via garrison missions, which as an altoholic, works quite well for me.

It lets me keep gearing them in a way that they'll be ready for the next expansion, or able to hop into an LFR if I feel like it, with minimal investment of time.

Oh, and I finally got the Selfie camera on Joar.  I was a little disappointed to realize that it doesn't actually take a screenshot for you when you use it.  How hard would that have been?

This week will be more Elemental Rune grinding, more follower missions and leveling the paladin.

Next week I'll be out of town on vacation, so probably won't be playing at all.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ding, Level 100 #6, and Grinding Through Runes

So for those of you that get annoyed by the Ding titles on my blog posts as I hit max level on various toons, I apologize.  For me, it gives me an easy ability to quickly track my progress from expansion to expansion, with my blog history being an easy display of who hit what level when.

Now that I've written that down, I could probably just add those data points to my existing spreadsheet and spare you all the pain.  Amazing how that works some times.  This is what that particular exercise looks like character by character.

So as you can see on here, I finished my alliance hunter earlier this week finally.  The time on him was a bit disappointing frankly, but this particular character was one that I was leveling using a method that I'll fondly refer to as "screwing around with a friend".  While it's lots of fun, it's not the most efficient leveling process.

Next up is the Horde paladin, who is getting close to being done with Frostfire.

I've also continued to work three characters through the legendary quest chain - my warlock, death knight and hunter.  If my calculation on elemental rune drop rates are correct, it looks like it is going to take me between 7-8 weeks on each to finish amassing Elemental Runes.  No, that's not a grindy pain in the ass.  Why would you say that?

My warlock had a bit of a head start, and is also further along on Garrison followers, giving him a few extra here and there, so he may end up a bit faster than that, but it wouldn't make the difference of more than a week I think.  My shaman is also now geared enough to start running LFR courtesy of the Joar empire crafting guild, but not sure I'm actually going to be doing that anytime in, oh, the next 7-8 weeks.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ding, Level 100 #5

I managed to hit 100 finally this week on my shaman.  As I mentioned before, the leveling time on this one probably isn't a good indication because I spent quite a bit of time on this guy early on in the expansion doing the glyph thing, so he was probably quite a few hours in by the time I started leveling.

With that though, his total time was 33 hours and 44 minutes.  Feels like that was probably pretty slow, even with the glyph time at the beginning.

Paladin is up next, and I'm going to go back to chugging xp potions on this guy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Approaching the Finish Line on the Shaman

So my shaman in sitting just a few bars short of 99.  I had plans of switching him to enhancement for the last half of his journey to 100, but after not being able to find a single agility weapon from late in the Talador zone until mid way through Nagrand, I've pretty much given up on that.

I think I've decided to have my paladin be the next character through, just so I can work on getting jewelcrafting maxed.  That will leave engineering as the last profession, because that one is always last for me.

I need to grab 6 more Abrogator Stones for my hunter at some point today, and then all three of my characters working their way through the legendary quest line will be at the same point so they can also start working on the new wing of Blackrock Foundry LFR.

That's about it for now.  As soon as my shaman and alliance hunter are done, I should be able to report some data on leveling time for both of them, but not expecting anything too different from what I've seen on other characters.

A brief update for this week, but that's it for now.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Progressing the Shaman

So I'm continuing to make good progress on leveling my shaman.  He's currently sitting at level 95 and working his way through Talador.  I don't really have much interest in raiding on this character at this point, so I'm likely going to just get him to 100 and then park him back in his Garrison and Orgrimmar to keep working on his professions.

I will likely finish the Highmaul Abrogrator stones portion of the legendary quest line on my death knight this week and am continuing to make good progress on the hunter.  I think I've decided that I'm going to limit it to those three characters at this point.  I may add one more at some point, but I'm definitely not looking to work through the quest chain on a toon of every class, which is something I'd originally considered.  While I will almost definitely level more to 100 than that, I think I'm pretty happy with the group working on the legendary quest line.

I'm still debating which toon is going to be next.  I'm leaning towards having it be a melee class, so that I can alternate between casters and melee.  Right now my monk has been parked in his garrison accumulating resources, but I may move the paladin into that position as well.

I'm not using xp potions on the Shaman because I didn't find it to be all that helpful on the druid.  That, and since the Shaman spent a decent amount of time early in the xpac continuing to work the glyph market, I really won't have good leveling speed data on him anyway.

The process of getting all of my professions leveled continues to be really slow.  I'm just taking the points as I need to craft various gear for alts, not really pushing to get anything done.  At some point I'll decide I just need to be there, but at this point, I've only got 3 or 4 that I've maxed at this point.

I'm looking forward to patch 6.1, especially the heirlooms tab.  Not much else in the patch that I'm all that jazzed about at this point, but I guess we'll see once it finally drops.  LFR for Blackrock Foundry also starts in a couple of weeks and I should be in relatively good shape to have all 4 of my current max level characters in a good spot to run that once it's open.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Next? Anyone?

So I've been working on leveling my shaman, but he's still parked in Frostfire Ridge at the moment.  Having trouble getting up the motivation to level yet another toon at this point.

I did manage to finish the current legendary quest chain stage on my warlock and get my shiny new 690 ring.  I'm also only about 6 Abrogator stones short of also having it complete on my death knight.  The hunter isn't really all that close yet, sitting at around 40 stones.  I'm pretty confident he'll be done before Blackrock Foundry drops, at least in LFR.

My druid is now geared enough to be running LFR, but I've decided that three characters is more than enough to be working through the legendary quest chain.  I may change my mind at some point in the future, but at least for now, that's all I feel like running through.

I'm still trying to figure out who I really want to work on leveling next.  I've started on the Shaman, mostly because I want to get the level 2 Inscription Hut so he can crank out more war paints, but other than that I'm not really enjoying the leveling experience all that much at this point.  My alliance hunter just hit 99 last night, so that'll be my 5th toon to 100.  In MoP, I had my 5th toon hit level 90 within 2 1/2 months of lunch, so that would put us right around now, so I guess I'm about at the same pace.  I wasn't running LFR on nearly as many toons or doing the legendary questline on as many toons, but there was that horrifying rep grind and all those dailies, so I feel like I'm still a little bit behind.

I didn't actually get my 11th toon to 90 in MoP until almost 11 months after launch, so I have plenty of time by those standards (although that 11th toons was a monk that had to be leveled from 0).  In MoP, I managed to get my 10th toon to max level by the end of February, or 5 1/2 month after launch, which in Draenor terms would put me at the end of April.  That being said, I'm not feeling the rush this time around.  

I've been enjoying the Garrison Campaign quests on my warlock and have even been doing a few Garrison invasions just for fun.  This may finally be the expansion where I decide to settle down and just focus on a handful of toons.