Candy Buckets

“This end have I reached before. What new adventure lies in store?”
Headless Horseman

Candy Buckets

Okay! Hallow’s Eve is here for a fun holiday. Good luck on the mount. I got mine in 2010. Blizzard Watch by Anna Bell has a very good write up Hallow’s End returns to World of Warcraft with some new collectables.

There is a new toy that I have my eyes on called The Headless Horseman’s Hearthstone. It can replace your hearthstone in your bag and be in the toybox as a favorite or on your action bar. You can bet that I’ll build a macro!

Headless Horseman’s Hearthstone
Item Level 1
Binds when picked up
Use: Returns you to . Speak to an Innkeeper in a different place to change your home location. (30 Min Cooldown)

“Return home in the spookiest way possible!”

World Event: Hallow’s End

Collecting the Tricky Treats.
I am using the addon Candy Buckets this year. I’ve used the Handy Notes one before and it works well too. I will delete it when I’m done. It shows the candy buckets on the map that you have not collected yet.

I suggest starting with Outland, Pandaria and Northrend because they are smaller zones. The fastest way is to fly “by hand” in the most direct way. I’ll confess to using the flight points in Pandaria which go all over the place because I enjoyed the scenic view. Later, I used the flight paths and read headlines.

It takes time. Use an Alt who needs XP or not. There is no right way to do it. The daily dungeon gives five Tricky Treats while the buckets give one or two. My only wish would be that the Tricky Treats could be account-bound and not soulbound. That little bit of relief would have been welcome.

Have fun!


Let’s Play The Game

“How strange when an illusion dies. It’s as though you’ve lost a child.”
Judy Garland

Let’s Play The Game

Until Blizzard designs WoW differently, the water strider will be the mount of choice. Icy Veins has an article on why this is get your water strider mount week. The Time Walker vendor is in Pandaria and you can buy rep tokens. Of course, I already have the blue and red striders; I got them during their expansions.

I don’t watch streams. I would rather play a game. However, I got sucked into watching Vale_Yard recreating Stormwind in Minecraft. Using the link on MMO Champs I watched him build some stuff. This is Blizzard sponsored and I like the streamer (he is nervous with all the watchers, I think). The hourly prizes for when I was watching was two virtual tickets to Blizzcon, two tokens for Heart of the Aspects and one fifty-dollar Blizzard card.

I read Kaylriene when ever he posts. His current What WoW needs to do now or my Bizzcon 2018 wishlist is well done. It makes me think, though, that BfA is locked with its systems.

“If I Were Ion” the next expansion would drop the continual bar filling for power. They have invested two expansions worth of game play into this constant playstyle and they call it content. Ion has been candid that the fear of the WoD experience with nothing to do. I would like to see, in the future expansions, something similar to my experience when I first began playing in BC and more. There were a ton of reputations and quests; way more that I’d ever actually do and choosing to chase one was a real choice based on reward — like the title “of the Shattered Sun” or “Salty”.

I’d rather see a zillion quest lines; some short and some long with clear rewards along the way. I would like to see different colored exclamation points to ensure that I was doing the zone’s main line that we have to have with a different color for side quests.

I remember learning the way to earn a Sprite Darter Hatchling and taking friends along the way, step by step, once I learned it. That was cool. It took us all over the map from Thousand Needles to the Hinterlands (as I recall).

I love the surprises; like the quest to collect flour and stuff and then being served cookies.

Less investment in random behavior chain-jerk rewards and bar filling, please. Let us feel like we can get to a point and stop. Then decide to chase one of hundred little paths all over the map for rewards, titles, pets, mounts, rep and gold. No need, pure choice.

Let the healers rest as healers after a raid. Then I can jump on my hunter and go exploring with my trusty bear or cat by my side like I have enjoyed for the past many years!

Moving on Up!

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

Moving on Up!

Yay, we killed Normal G’huun this week! Big guild achievement and screenshots and celebratory shouts, it was party time. Up two ramps, left and right, are corridors which hamper the travel of these orbs to their needed goal. Once that is understood and accomplished, the rest of the fight was a surprise cake walk. We “threw away” several pulls to learn the orb run.

The expansion must be Alt friendly. My Main who has raided and run mythic plus dungeons has an ilevel of 358, my alchemist Alt is 355 with only LFR runs and Warfront rewards; big ones, obviously and the envy of my main.

Needing Hydrocore, running the daily heroic dungeon “might” give you a drop. Okay.
Wanting the rank two and three recipes of the mystic cauldron, my alchemist Alt is now running Mythic 0. Learning the hard way: heroic dungeons reset daily, normal can be run endlessly, key runs can be run endlessly: mythic 0 has a weekly lock out. Now it is a rotation through dungeons instead of cherry-picking Freehold every day. Why this kind of the dungeon, in the middle of difficulty is a weekly thing: I don’t get it.

The Transmute: Fish to Gems is Catfish and Sand Shifters fish. They are the left-overs from fishing up the good Captain’s Bountiful Feast. It is surprisingly satisfactory to do the daily cool down.

Buying the Big Bronto has been one the highlights of this expansion. It feels uninteresting to look at the exalted mounts for purchase, I own the big one. Break time during raids has requests for access to the Auction House and I like that a lot!


Hearthcast: Fun and Done

“Any place is good for eavesdropping, if you know how to eavesdrop.”
Tom Waits

Hearthcast: Fun and Done

After nine years, the podcast Hearthcast, is shutting down. Rewt and Freckleface did their last “goodbye” broadcast before calling it quits. Freck is moving to Japan and they’ve decided to close the show.

Having listened to them for nine years, it feels like they are friends. It is part of the WoW experience for me. They always kept it to about one hour, perfect for listening and fishing while in game.

It was fun talking to my guild master who listened also. We’d share notes or laughs about the show.

In their list of thank yous, my name was mentioned. This was flattering and it felt good to be remembered. They’ve done a lot including panels at Blizzcon. Living in Florida, they host Hearthstone meet-ups, they are called “inn keepers”. Certainly, I would say that they are active in the broader community of Blizzard.

I’ll miss them and wish them well. They gave me some good laughs, fun advice and insight into another player’s experience in this World of Warcraft.



Dev Q&A – Oct. 11, 2018

“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.”
Eddie Cantor

Dev Q&A – Oct 11, 2018

Let’s be reminded every time that we watch the Dev Q&A from the WoW guys that they are not professional speakers. With only an hour, there should be a sense of urgency that is lacking. Josh Allen explaining each question to Ion as if he could not understand it is frustrating. So are trips to time’s past in the game.

In a nutshell: everything will be great in 8.1.

When is 8.1? We don’t know. It is going on the PTR. Some guess January which means months in our current state of play. But, things will be awesome. Trust, my friends.

Azerite gear is going through changes, as it should. Of interest is that, in 8.1, we’ll see a spec specific trait on the new outer ring. That sounds pretty good to me.

Tanks and Healing classes will be looked at. We are reminded that all healing is not about Healing Per Second numbers, silly players! And tanks should not complain unless they are not good tanks who see the entire playing field; tanks are generals of our army — who cares about class differences? (just a little sarcastic, apologies)

And then the usual stuff; pvp things and rep things and alt things and realm sharding things. Yes, they are aware and are working on it.

Oh; and Blizzcon, we are promised, with be huge!

I’m glad they do these things. We can feel like we are being listened to with our concerns. It is fun to watch with a ham and cheese sandwich.

Normal Mythrax

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
Vince Lombardi

Normal Mythrax

This is a two-phase fight that ping-pongs from one to two to one to two to one and done. So, three looks at phase one and two looks at phase two.

It is a tough fight to learn because you think you need more than you do; in other words you gain stacks that make you weak but there are balls to run through to get rid of the stacks. Learning that ten stacks is okay reduces the panic a lot.

Everyone should start by adding /range 5 in their chat box. There is a mechanic that can mind control you (you are simply stunned) and you need to be knocked out of the circle. If two players are too close then they both can get it. And the circles stay, so if you are running, you can run right into one and get stuck.

Phase one is on the boss, avoiding all of the mechanics. I focused my heals on the two tanks, they can get up to 36 stacks and be very vulnerable. I used tranquility in this phase.

Phase two splits the group for the two big adds while the boss parks in the middle of the room and shoots an occasional beam that hurts (it is tricky to see his facing in this phase). There will be adds that do mind flay and this is brutal; healers can get three or four of these guys flaying away at you (shadowmeld sometimes worked to drop these guys off of you, but oddly not always) until they are downed one-by-one by the dps. I used Innervate and Big Tree and muscle-healed through this part.

It is a nine minute fight. This means that you can use tranquility of all three phase ones and big tree and innervate on the two phase twos. You will probably need to do this.

The time spent learning this fight was a lot. Like the prior boss, Zul, I expect some wipes in the future and then it will be well-rehearsed and easily done. When we get to the heroic version, I expect some new mechanic but we will have learned the basics and will be stronger.

Look up the fight on some guide. Expect a learning curve. And thank your healers!

Raiders Like Venom

“The only “ism” Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.”
Dorothy Parker

Raiders Like Venom

During our raid last night, I said, “I know Venom is opening this weekend but I’ll be seeing A Star is Born”.


“Oh Venom? I want to see that flick.”

“Is this the first version of Venom?”

“Venom, cool.”


And so on. The conversation went on (and on) about Venom. I’m glad they are going to see Venom, I’ll be happily with my sister watching A Star is Born.

A Star is Born has three built-in sets of fans. Those of Bradley Cooper who was terrific in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Those of Lady Gaga who is a super-star in music. And those of A Star is Born as this will be the third remake of the story.

I might see Venom someday, I like Tom Hardy. But tomorrow is reserved for A Star is Born!