Goals Before MoP

I know, I know…  Yeah…  3 posts so far in two days and a couple of weeks before that without one… but eh, I have stuff to talk about NOW.

Anyway, I wanted to go ahead and start making that list of ‘things I want done before the next expansion’.  Mainly so I could start working on it 😛

World of Warcraft
*Ogril’a Exalted,
*Frenzyheart Exalted
*Mercenary of Sholazar
*Ratchet Exalted,
*Everlook Exalted,
*Stormpike Exalted
*Avengers of Hyjal exalted
*Get into PVP a little bit and earn at least a few of those achievements.
*Try to get the Tol’vir pet and mount.
*Get the Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth
*Get a Vial of the Sands
*Grind the pattern on my druid
*Try to finish out Shadowmourne…  22/50
*Hit 12k achievement points
*Grind a Tabard of the Scarlet Crusade for Askevar
*Finish Well Read on my primary alts
*Max out professions on alts on AZM [Leatherworking and Engineering]
*Salty on Askevar [just need the rare fish]
*Turtle mount on Askevar
*Cenarion Molten Core set for Aricaa [have 7 of the 8 pieces]
*Level one of each class on the main account to 85: just need mage – have one at level 79 at the moment
*Clear out my toons banks and guild banks…  make use of void storage for the things I want to keep

If I get really bored, run the rest of my AZM toons through the Cataclysm zones they didn’t finish in while in the leveling process.

Looking at that list and thinking… honestly the only things I expect to get done are the rep grinds and some PVP… not sure I have the fortitude to grind out the archaeology stuff and the fishing achievements.  I probably will make some progress on Shadowmourne but we’ll see.

*Hit 50 on Askevar, my Jedi Guardian [she’s 49 now]
*Level my Bounty Hunter [Level 30]
*Level some alts, especially after 1.2 hits

Other Games:
Finish Diablo 3 on the Barbarian.  Play other classes
Try out Star Trek Online as it’s free 2 play
Play LotRO with Endyme some.

I honestly am not sure I’ll do much with the MoP beta…  The Cataclysm beta left a really bad taste in my mouth because of the poor quality of it… and the fact that every bug I reported was in the release… and the fact that the feedback function was broken for months…  Yeah, was severely not impressed there and it’s kinda to the point of  ‘what is the point?’ if Blizz isn’t going to listen anyway.  I probably will spend a little time in it… but yeah, not too much.

Diablo 3 – if it’s ever released, is something hubby and I will check out.  I seriously doubt we’ll play it long term but as we’re receiving a copy from the annual pass, it’d be a little silly not to check it out.

We’ll see how it goes… for now I’m playing what I feel like as I can and have time :), with WoW being my priority as I’m raiding and raid leading and really enjoying that!

Lord of the Rings Online Observations

I’ve downloaded Lord of the Rings online [Hubby and I did in fact a few weeks back] and I started playing a Captain [named Askevar] but absolutely can’t stand the character.  Add to that, hubby isn’t all that intrigued or interested and to be honest, we’re both more focused on wow goals.  However, my sister-in-law started playing and enjoys it.  So when she comes by the house on Tuesdays and Thursdays at her break between classes, we usually sit down and play a bit.  Here are my observations so far:

1. I feel like a total noob in this game.  I don’t know the customs or how interactions are typically done.  I don’t know what questions are fine to ask and which make me look like a total moron.  I will say the Advice and OOC channels are better than WoW’s trade in the sense that you actually can get valid replies, but there’s a lot of WoW bashing that goes on.  I don’t really see the point in sitting on one MMO to bash another.

2. I’m having to relearn to play.  It was more frustrating for my husband who’s used to the keybindings etc of his wow toons to try and relearn them [our characters made it to level 6… that’s it].  His perspective is that he’s going to relearn to play in Cataclysm, why fight with another system till he’s done with his Pre-Cata list.  I sorta agree, but on the other hand, the key bindings and quests aren’t all that difficult to deal with on LotRO for me… I do keep hitting the [B] button to try and open my bag :P.

3. I like the fact that quest objectives are character specific.  Meaning, that the plant I need to pick six of is there, even if someone runs up before/after me.  There’s a lot less ninjaing and such mainly because you can’t.  Also, whoever hits a mob first is who it belongs to.  Mobs are tapped and done.

4. Professions are a royal pain in the butt.  I went the gathering [explorer I believe] route.  You select a vocation, it consists of three professions to be leveled.  You become proficient in the first level to gain access to the second level.  You master the first level to master the second etc and so forth.  I haven’t gone far with these because money is a precious commodity still… so I have to pick and choose where to spend it… plus the SiL and I usually quest.

5. It feels more solo-ish than WoW does.  But we’re also not in a Kinship [aka Guild].

6. Riding is a privilege to those who pay… and I’d have to spend about 5 bucks to buy the coins to purchase the riding skill, so for now, I’m doing without and for now I can.  They say when I hit level 20-30, it’ll become an issue.  SiL and I are currently level 13.  If we in fact do reach that point, it’s something we could definitely look at.

7. One possible benefit in the Catalysm shake up months where WoW will be down alot: Lotro has maintenance on Tuesdays also but from 8-9am.  I could theoretically play over there a bit more.

8. Guild = Kinship; Group = Fellowship.  Kinships require at least 8 members minimally or the kinship is deleted.

9. I haven’t experienced housing yet… though you supposedly can purchase one at level 15… I seriously doubt I’ll be able to afford it.  It sounds neat but meh not all that interesting.

10. My SiL is a Loremaster, which is kind of a mage/priest hybrid.  They deal damage ranged but they have melee attacks, can have a companion and have a few healing spells and CC spells.  I’m currently playing a Champion which is basically a dual wielding dps class… reminds me a bit of a cross between a fury warrior and a dw frost dk.  I initially tried a Captain – which is totally a warrior with shouts and all but I can’t stand the character now.  I like the minstrel [bard type healer/dps] as well, but she’s saved to run with hubby’s Guardian [tank] if he ever logs on again 😛