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by Vedma on Dec 17, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Prompted by this video

1. Get a buff from the nearest draenei statue. If you follow the road out of the garrison towards the draenei village, you will find one of the statues on the left side of the road.

2. Assign a follower with bodyguard ability to your level 2-3 barracks. Take the follower on patrol with you. Talk to another random follower and ask him or her to go on patrol with you. This one cannot leave your garrison but still can be useful.

3. If you are the owner of the garrison that will be invaded, get special buff flasks (three in total, one of each kind) from the dwarf lady in your town hall. Those flasks apparently are not clickable if you are just helping out a friend with an invasion.

4. Put one melee friend at the main gate of the invaded garrison. Mobs over there are rather condensed. Good for a melee.

5. Kill stuff.

6. Profit!
by Digda on Dec 01, 2014 at 11:40 PM
This Moonkin family is like no other... if there are any others... they take their youngling to travel across the mines and end up meeting the LEGENDARY.... Croman the Barbarian! a photo was much needed and the tour guides included. However the mama Moonkin was way to distracted with other things on this "semi naked" barbarian and stepped over the gnome to check it out.

by Digda on Nov 30, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Cruzing through the streets TO end up at an enchanted Jungle all because we Men did not want to stop for Directions... because lets face it were to much of some badazzes cruzing in our loud reving motorcycles to stop... turn it off and ask someone for directions. Of course Priesty had her shares if "I told you so... all we had to do was ask that guy at the last gas station..."

by Vedma on Nov 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM
A quick summary for people and me to remember.

First, log your alts at least once after the launch of the expansion to allow them to start accumulating rested XP.
A character can accumulate as much as 150% of the current level as rested XP. Monks Pandaren can accumulate 300%.

Progress every alt of yours to the stage where you have your garrison and the chest with garrison resources.
It will take 3 days 11 hours and 20 minutes for your garrison cache to cap at 500 garrison resources. You can have 10k garrison resources in total.

Town Hall level 2 requires level 92 to unlock. More information is here.

Lunarfall Excavation is unlocked at level 92.

Herb Garden is unlocked at level 96.

Excess Potion of Accelerated Learning costs 100 garrison resources but is so very useful. Does not stack but persists through death.

If you do quests in every zone, you will get 3 Comprehensive Outpost Construction Guide and 3 Outpost Building Assembly Notes. Each can save you 1500g and 750g respectively if I am not mistaken.

You can assign followers to your production buildings. From World of Warcraft developers:
Remember, you can assign a follower to a professions building. Level 90 follower = 50% bonus for an additional reagent, level 100 = 100%.

Update Not totally related to alt levelling but still useful.
Raid lockout systems in World of Warcraft

Lockouts at a Glance

Raid lockouts limit the number of times a character can kill a boss in a week for a chance at obtaining loot from that boss. Throughout the years, different raid lockout systems have been used, and multiple systems exist in the game depending on the system used at the time a raid was introduced.

To check your current raid lockouts press your ‘O’ key in-game, select the Raid tab, and click on Raid Info in the upper right. This will display your current lockouts, and time left until they reset.

There are three types of raid lockouts used in the game.

Loot-based Lockout
Used for: All Raid Finder raids, Siege of Orgrimmar Normal/Heroic, Warlords raids Normal/Heroic.

You can kill a boss as many times per week as you like, but only loot it once per difficulty.
Anyone can join anyone’s instance.
Bosses are never locked to you, and you can always go back and kill them later even if you’ve skipped them by joining a group that had progressed further.
Raid sizes can be anywhere from 10 to 30 players, and difficulty automatically scales to match.

Flexible Boss-based Lockout
Used for: Normal difficulty raids from Wrath of the Lich King through Throne of Thunder.

You can only kill a boss once per week, and you may not enter an instance where a boss is alive that you have already defeated that week.
You can move from group to group during a week as long as you’re joining instances that don’t have bosses alive you’ve already killed.
If you enter an instance that is more progressed than your own and get saved to it, you will be locked to all prior bosses.
You can move between 10 and 25 raid size, given these constraints.

Strict Instance-based Lockout
Used for: All classic raids (Molten Core through Sunwell), Heroic difficulty of Wrath of the Lich King raids through Throne of Thunder, and all Mythic difficulty raids.

Progress is tied to a fixed instance ID. Once tied to an instance ID, you may not enter any other versions of that raid of that difficulty until your raid lock resets.
If other players complete that instance while you are absent, the instance will be empty for you as well, because progress is tied to the instance, and not your character.
You may not switch between 10-player and 25-player raid size once locked to one size or the other (does not apply to Mythic which is 20-player only).

And I see we have [ spoiler ] tag now :)
by Vedma on Nov 14, 2014 at 07:44 AM
What with one issue or another I couldn't play properly yesterday so browsing the forums was something I wanted to do.
Here are some masterly statements about the current state of the game in a very well-versed form.
And remember, folks, while our gameplay is severely limited to non-existence, US servers are doing fine.

A confirmation of whether Blizzard cares about European players (if you want to know their attitude watch the documentary Looking For Group)
A blue post
Our top priority continues to be service issues impacting performance and long wait times on North American realms. We recently pushed a server change that caused disconnects, and as a result login services are heavily impacted as players attempt to (re)log in to the game.

Garrisons Part 4 – Take Your Place on the Front Lines
They released articles like these when we were deep in shit. A good comment I quote (go ahead and upvote it if you care about the game):
Posting this right now is a slap in the face to all of us who cant use our Garrisons, seriously what a joke.

A great post in the thread Connection & Stability Issues - 13/11. I am sure guildies from UK, who like good English, will appreciate.
I really promised myself not to rage about this, and I'll try not to, because I did expect there to be some problems (and I don't want to be one of *those* people).

Thing is, I've endured every expansion they've ever put out, and I must say this one is worse than all the others put together. Or, you know, pretty bad :P

Now, although I find it somewhat... shady that Blizzard keeps insisting on using inferior servers that really belong in a museum, I suppose I'm kind of okay with things being a mess for the first one or two days.
Even though this is looking to remain a catastrophic mess for quite a while longer, with things only deteriorating further so far.

But okay.

What really set me off was when I found out the US servers are working fine, just like all the other times when the EU side exploded in unplayability. Then I found out that even now blues are posting more on the US forums than here.
And then I saw their LFG documentary.

So, since Blizzard Entertainment nearly literally stated that their EU playerbase are a bunch of worthless morons (regardless of their rectifying statements later on, in which they just twisted their own words and left a bunch of them out to create false context), in kind of fits, doesn't it? One blue only recently started to post some vague updates every few days, and only when things where getting to a boiling point. But really, we have been practically ignored for so long that it just boggles my mind when I truly think about it.

A billion billion dollar company letting a whole continent's worth of players muddle through the dregs of their cheap discarded servers, wheezing away in a rusty shack somewhere in some French backwater pasture; ignoring their whole playerbase on this side of the world and letting the community rot under the tyranny of some corrupt megalomaniac (yes, that one); frequently not receiving updates at all; restraining our ability to provide beta feedback; charging us more but communicating less, and now this - and "this" has been going on longer that just since release.
I'm not prone to excessive use of hyperboles (what? No, really!) but each day now I find it easier to imagine what some people are saying; that Blizzard is actually doing nothing about this for us, employing shady tactics like throwing a bunch of random people off so others can play for a few hours, and just guessing it might resolve itself in a few weeks time, maybe.

Speaking of *those* people: I've always found it kind of silly when someone publicly ragequits, demands compensation or states that they are "disappointed" with Blizzard.
But... I've been playing this game since before day one, and having this septic tank that is Blizzard's utter contempt for their EU playerbase opened, well... It kinda hurts, actually.

So I'm not ragequitting, but if this madness continues any longer without any substantial updates, I think I might just unsub and wait for Dragon Age. Maybe see where all this craziness is at in a moth or two; which is a shame, because I payed for the expansion and was really looking forward to it.

Another post from the same guy. I am a fan now :)
I'm sure I was, and still am, pretty calm ;)
But thanks for not blindly flinging misspelled feces in the general direction of my face :P

I know what the situation is, and I know I cannot expect Blizzard to be omni-whatever. I really do. Even though it's a very large, very rich company (and some bureaucratic sluggishness is to be expected), with mean that obviously reach far beyond the current state of their EU (and maybe other international) services.

So if it's not a problem of resources, time or tech issues, what remains? And does their headquarters being in the US cause them to practically call their EU playerbase incompetent louts whose feeble input isn't even worth reading? I'm not convinced.

When a certain gamestudio in Norway, not very big and hanging on the threads of a decades old success, released two high-profile MMORPG's in a row and came crashing down under the immense pressure, I could understand. When they released a certain barbarian MMO and immediately after release went drinking themselves silly on a company vacation, while the game they just released was already burning, I only chuckled a bit.

But this is Blizzard/Activision we're discussing. They maintain multiple multi-language holdings all over the world. They're making a movie. They're occupying Times Square. Their disclaimer is so tight (like a tiger) that not even God can sue them for being stuck above His garrison on an overgrown dove, wishing He was indeed dead so He could get on with the bloody thing.

It's one thing to lay the blame at time zones and the naturally imperfect march of global domination, but it's another to let things repeatedly explode in the faces of paying customers, shutting all communication down, while scratching their heads and guessing things might figure themselves out because they can't be arsed.
by Vedma on Nov 02, 2014 at 08:53 AM
So just like me you want the coolest mount in the game?
According to this comment
1. Get an alt.
2. Clear ICC10 normal up to LK.
3. Transfer raid leader to another person.
4. Switch to your main.
5. Enter ICC and switch to 25man Heroic.
6. Kill LK25HC
7. Next week extend the lock on 10man normal.
8. Transfer raid leader to another person.
9. ...
10. Profit!

The idea is to keep the 10man normal raid save available every week.
To switch to 25man heroic, you have to kill LK25 normal first.
You can easily switch between normal 10man and 25man at any boss.
PS: You can use the same 10man raid save to switch 25man LK heroic for more than one main the same week!
by Vedma on Oct 20, 2014 at 08:45 AM
And another good post from me. It has to be good because there are no other posters but me for now :)
1. 15 Reasons Why Warlords of Draenor is Better Than MoP
A very good presentation of the next expansion. If you are still undecided, watch it. And subscribe!

2. In many cases gems from past expansions and the current one offer the same stats. Don't throw them away when you do old content! Onyxia? Mount Hyjal? Sunwell? Sartharion? Too bad the raw gems are no longer sold by vendors. Examples:
TBC gem
Pandaria gem
Those unique equipped gems from TBC? Use them :) Facet of Eternity Fallen Star

PS: I may update the post once I've remembered more of the good things I initially intended to put here!

3. Warlords of Draenor Mount Collector's Guide

4. Mute Annoying WoW Sounds. Shut up, Rhonin!
If you are updating from Mists to Warlords (5.4 to 6.0), completely delete the old Sound folder aswell as the Cache folder. This AddOn no longer installs to World of Warcraft>Data, instead install it directly to your World of Warcraft folder.
by Vedma on Dec 21, 2013 at 09:04 AM
Some useful Steam-related stuff I'd like to share with all of you, sexy folks :)

There is no reason to use a web browser to access the Steam Store unless you want to check prices in other places by adding ?cc=us or ?cc=ru or ?cc=uk after the address in the URL field. For instance, the game Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition is available only in the USA and the UK. You can view it by using this URL:

Enhanced Steam
There is an extension for the three most popular browsers -- Opera, Firefox, and Chrome -- that does that and much more. It has a bunch of useful features if you access the Steam store using a web browser instead of the Steam app. I'd like to mention some, which I have found particularly useful and which are the reason I resurfaced here today :)

1. States that it will not steal your Steam account credentials and I have found it to be true so far. It is available from the official sources of extensions that the three browsers offer so I didn't worry much about that.

2. Shows you how much you've spent on your Steam account.

I've been using Steam to buy stuff for about 6 months and I have already spent 378 USD, which surprised me A LOT! I don't think I bought a single game outside sales. A friend of mine spent about 1,000 euros over the period of 18 months or so.

The effect of this feature is very good for your purchasing habits. It makes you stop and think. If the money you earn slip through your fingers like water, you might want to use this extension at least once to see how much you have spent on Steam games already and, what with us all being responsible adults, who don't have much time for entertainment outside living our responsible adult lives, we hardly play those games but World of Warcraft I guess.

And there are some minor features, which are still useful:
Points out 3rd party DRM on games (all the Steam users use Steam to avoid annoying DRM like Starforce or SecureROM, right?)
Highlights the content on Steam you already own
Highlights games on your wishlist
Shows you how much you really save on a bundle (because sometimes you pay extra to buy a bundle. Be warned!)
Displays pricing history for each game

PS: I've just noticed you can press Ctrl + B now to make selected text bold. Finally, Shivtr!
by Vedma on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:01 AM
I see you guys are doing pretty well having fun in the neverending story that is World of Warcraft! Sometimes I get the feeling I should resume playing that well-polished game that offers a hell of a lot of content. Timeless Isle? Might be interesting.

It is a great day because Autumn Sale is on Steam till 3 December. New flash sales every eight hours. A bit painful to check it at night :)

I have finally been able to fully appreciate Shaye the Wicked Druid's avatar after I have seen it in Steam. The one he has on this forum is a bit too small to see the letters. Looks like this:

And another funny piece of text from Wikipedia about the game Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. Totally unrelated to anything but...
"The "Toned Down" version was released on the same day as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version. This "toned down" version came to pass due to the German censors refusing to give it an age rating because it was "deemed too evil", according to Nordic Games

PS: Love ya all! :)
by Vedma on Aug 27, 2013 at 09:16 AM
I know that everyone here is a die-hard WoW fan, I was one myself but check this out, please, until it is too late.
1 day and 10 hours left to go!
You can get six games for the price you choose:
1. Dead Space Steam Key
2. Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Steam Key
3. Crysis 2 Maximum Edition Steam Key
4. Medal of Honor Steam Key
5. Mirror's Edge Steam Key
6. Dead Space 3 Origin Key (no Steam key) but all the other games also have their Origin keys.
So I've registered, set custom price of $1 (one US dollar) and got those games. The keys checked out fine on Steam. And I think there was an option to buy them as gifts, too.

If you pay more than the average of $4.92, you can get four more games:
1. C&C™: Red Alert™ 3 - Uprising (only game with a Steam key)
2. Battlefield 3™
3. Populous™ (some old game)
4. The Sims™ 3 + Starter Pack

PS: Once again the Journals feature came in handy :)
PPS: I haven't been able to find out who the owner of the website is. I learned about the website's existence from this source that I received via an RSS feed, but it seems to be an initiative of the Electronic Arts' digital distribution platform Origin.
by Vedma on Jul 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Who your fellow guildmates are
The guildies' raiding UI
Fun things
Post-combat report and discussion. Too bad discussions like that need a lot of inventiveness to start the ball rolling.
Useful info about WoW
Headset choice I may continue it one day by talking about wireless headsets.
Pinnacle of my raiding with Wolves: LK25 Normal and Syndragosa 25 Heroic
Can't find my gold making thread for some reason yet.
Diablo 3 thread

And here is a bit of fun stuff for anyone, who comes across this little note of mine.
Minsk metro is flooded due to heavy rain: one month worth of rainwater dropping from the sky within one hour :) I was above the ground driving a car together with my father. I could hardly see the
AZ: Top 20 Epically Cool Anime Characters Part 1 starting with Aizen Souske. Runa approves. Watch at least for 2 minutes, please.
EvAbridged 2.0 Shinji is (not) a Pussy
- Shinji, you are coming in me tonight
- You mean coming with you?
And stuff like that. Hilarious.
by Vedma on May 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Levelling from 85 to 90 gives 5-8k gold if no gold is wasted on the auction house while you are levelling.

1. Get ilvl458 crafted gear for all slots but belt and boots.
2. Kill Sha and loot the quest item to get ilvl476 boots for a choice of specs.
3. Do some Throne of Thunder dailies to reach honored (or hand in reputation tokens) and buy ilvl476 belt with gold.
4. Craft Ghost Iron Dragonling as one of the trinkets. If you are rich, get a Darkmoon Faire card for the other slot. Don't forget cogwheels to insert into the engineering trinket.
5. Do the quest in Arena of Annihilation scenario to choose a ilvl450 weapon.
6. Don't forget some enchants and some gems for your gear because you will be using it for some time.

PS: Posted as a journal to allow Google to index it. Vanity! Comments are welcome.