Saltier than ever

I want the Salty title. You get it from completing a bunch of fishing achievements. One of them is to win the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza competition, which means you have to be among the 50 first in the world (!) to fish up a certain amount of a certain fish when the world quest pops up.

Which means, I have to compete. With other players. Other. Players. *shudder*

Now, luck is part of many achievements. It’s okay. I don’t really think having luck should be considered an achievement though. I think skills and patience should be rewarded, since that’s two things you can actually do something about. But, I can accept the luck factor when it comes to, say, item drops, because then there’s at least this thing called Probability involved. The longer you keep trying to get something with a certain drop chance, the more likely it is that you’ll get it, right.

However, when other players are part of the equation, Probability is no longer a valid factor (if you’re a math expert and have things to say about this, please do so after I got the Salty title). Skills are playing a big part of course, but those skills are suddenly tested against other players – some kind of fishing PvP, if you want – instead of the game mechanics. That means that there’s still a whole pile of luck involved, since players are real people with all the arbitrariness coming with that. And that’s the kind of luck that you can’t beat with patience.

This makes me extremely annoyed. Today, I tested my luck on the competition, honestly thinking I had a decent fishing pace, and the whole thing was over when I was at 23 or so quest fish only. I know, I know, practise practise practise, get that movement speed up, find better spots, git gud etc. Still. I can’t beat this luck with patience. And I can’t trust my skills to beat the luck.

This makes me salty.

So salty, in fact, they should just give me that title right away.

At least I fished up Mr. Pinchy today, which also was a luck-based achievement but with Probability intact. Hi Magical Crawdad.
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Come, Josephine, in my flying zeppelin

The goal: One thousand Darkmoon Tickets.
The cost: A few years of my life because of frustration.
The reward: The Darkmoon Dirigible.

I did the dailies, I did the Grisly Trophy collecting, I did the horribly, terribly, superFRUSTRATING petbattles. And now I got it. Another mechanical mount that I’ll probably never use except on very special occasions but that I simply had to get because, you know, it’s a mechanical mount. And we are living in a mechanical world, and I am a mechanical boy.

Anyway.

The outfit:

Head: Fel-Proof Goggles
Shoulders: Pristine Lightforge Spaulders
Back: Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire
Chest: Lord Vyletongue’s Satyrblade
Wrists: Bracelets of Wrath
Hands: Emerald Gauntlets
Waist: Replica Lightforge Belt
Legs: Revenant Leggings
Feet: Gnomish Water Sinking Device
Main hand: Darkmoon Hammer

PS. The Dirigible goes very well together with the Darkmoon Zeppelin pet. That’s not the one Silas Darkmoon is flying on the picture though.

The illusion of “two empty hands”

“Anyone can build a fortune – I started with two empty hands, and look at me now” is something successful people say and that I, who isn’t exactly what you’d call an economical success, find deeply provoking. Jealousy? Why yes sure. I mean of course. But really, it’s mostly because of the utter lack of self awareness, the ridiculous ignorance on how life works.

Because, you see, noone truly starts with two empty hands. Not even those who started playing World of Warcraft at launch.

Or should I say, noone starts with two empty hands and survives. Because, you know, infants don’t last long after birth without other human beings helping them, right. And even in WoW Vanilla, you’d start with a shirt, pants, boots, weapon, a backpack and a few silver coins. Heck, you’d even find some food and drinks in that backpack.

But okay, everyone starts with the same amount of close-to-nothing in their almost-empty hands. Why does the expression still provoke me? Well, because if you let successful people tell their tale, you’ll sooner or later hear about that time their father-in-law lended them those fourty grand they needed to buy that garage, or how their friend put in some good words to their friend who happened to own a music studio, and so on.

Key word here: Someone put useful things in those empty hands. For free.

Now, of course you can rarely reach the green fields of economical independence without hard work (unless you are, say, a European royalty, or the child of some megarich celebrity/company owner/something like that). To quote a Swedish alpine skiing world champion of the 80’s, Ingemar Stenmark, when asked about how lucky he was: “I know nothing about luck. Only that the more I practise, the more luck I get.”

Here’s the thing about luck: to recieve it, you have to expose yourself to it. In other words, luck won’t get you Invincible as long as you stay in The Barrens.

And during Wrath of the Lich King, you’d need 24 friends and hours of hard work to even get to the luck exposing itself. And I bet you my three remaining wisdom teeth that you didn’t manage to farm those 24 friends all by yourself, starting with two empty hands.

I have plenty of time to play World of Warcraft. Logically, I would be economically independent ingame by now. I’m not. See, there’s a reason I have plenty of time, and that is because I’ve been unable to work for an income for a while. And if you want to make gold in World of Warcraft, you need to be able to put some real work into it.

I still earned quite some coin though. I’ve had at least one max level toon since Wrath of the Lich King, to do daily quests/world quests and garrison/class hall missions on, gather resources and craft items to sell. For all the gold and other currency that I got, I could buy heirlooms. Which means that any time I roll a new character, I may start off with that one set of shirt, pants, boots, backpack, silvers, food and drinks, like anyone else starting with a new character, but sooner than you can spell out “Val’sharah”, I’ll have better gear, more gold, and higher level than anyone who started to play this game for the first time.

With a max level toon, you can help your alts. Starting over with a new class means tiresome levelling, but it’s usually faster and easier than with your first toon. That levelcapped toon you put so many hours into before, they now practically generate their own gold, right. And the new toons can get other professions, their own garrisons, and generate even more gold.

Consequently, you’ll make more and more gold, for less and less work.

When lolling around on my max level toons, or perhaps a tinkered levelling toon, I have the opportunity to help other people. Low-levels who struggle with their quest-target, players who don’t know where to go next, paladins who don’t quite understand the difference between holy spec and retribution, and so on. They may have began with two empty hands, but then I, or some other equally generous person, swoosh by and drop some gifts in those hands before vanishing into the sunset. I can’t offer that much help in neither WoW nor real life, but I can still offer some. It might make a difference for the one recieving it.

Because, not everyone can “succeed”. We all have different abilities, different capacity. Some people can’t reach maxlevel even on one single toon. At least not without help. Or luck. And, as with luck, you usually have to reach out for it. That in itself requires effort – efforts that some people may not have the energy or the means to make. Which means they rely on other people’s good will to offer their help.

Many people get this. And still, so many of the successful people sit there in their 950+ gear that they got from buying boosts for the gold they bought with real money that they got from the funds their grandparents gave them on their first birthday, and say: “Anyone can build a fortune – I started with two empty hands, and look at me now”.

In completion

Yesterday, I got the Field Medic title, a whole three months before it’s too late – woohoo! And a couple of others are within arm’s reach. So much satisfaction. And so much emptiness waiting on the other side…?

The Field Medic title was one annoying farm, I tell you. Killing and looting mobs for 3 hours in Suramar, only to get the same two first aid quests (that I had completed long before) up to 8 times each, but not the two I needed.

Then, in one single hour of farming the day after, I first got all kinds of wrong quests from start in both Azsuna and Val’sharah, but then the final ones for the achievements appeared. Weird.

But our lord RNGsus works in mysterious ways, right. And now I’m a Field Medic. Nice.

I’ve stubbornly done all the Darkmoon Faire dailies as well this month, including the two pet battles. Even if I still depend a little on luck in those, and on sticking to the goddamn routine, I seem to have found the winning teams.

For Jeremy Feasel:

  • Onyxian Whelpling
  • Soul of the Forge
  • Trigger

And for Christoph von Feasel:

  • Nexus Whelpling
  • Warbot
  • Iron Starlette

Because, I’m saving up for the Darkmoon Dirigible. One thousand Darkmoon Prize Tickets. And those pet battle quests give 5 and 10 tickets respectively. It’s been a pain to master the strategy, at least for someone like me who doesn’t really enjoy pet battles.

At least I learned early that the pet battle dailies are account wide, even if the rewards aren’t. All in all, the dailies give me 23 tickets a day, meaning 161 in one week, meaning that next month, I’ll get that zeppelin! Yay!

Oh and I finally got the Powermonger: Silver achievement. I swear, I have no idea how to pilot that damn thing… But seriously, to reach the goal within 25 tolls shouldn’t be that hard, should it? Well, it was. Even the Mako in Mass Effect is easier to drive, right.

Achievements aren’t achievements if there’s no pain involved though, which is why I thought it was fitting to finally get the Drown your Sorrows-achi too. Because you know. It included a trip to Vashj’ir. There’s no portal back from there. So make sure your hearthstone is not on cooldown when going there to buy that Greasy Whale Milk.

Oh and in two days, if I do the daily quests both of those days, that is, I’ll get my Venomhide Ravasaur. Which means, I’ll also get the Winterspring Frostsaber for my Alliance toons, the one I started farming ages ago on my… night elf druid, I think. Sweet.

So many things to be completed so soon. What on Azeroth am I supposed to do with all my time…?

*glances at Insane in the Membrane achievement, the Broken Shore fishing friends, the Invincible mount among other things*

Okay then, I got my hands full still.

But for now, I’ll go for a balloon ride before that event is over.

A long, strange trip for a Violet Proto-Drake

We did it, Salandria and I. The last three nails into the coffin – the PvP-achievements for Children’s Week – to finally complete the achievement What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been and recieve the Violet Proto-Drake.

It took it’s fair share of grinding, begging (thank you, all helpful friends!) and sheer luck (I’m looking at you, Warsong Gulch flag…), but now the drake is mine.

Pretty sure my orphan-matching transmog helped getting those last few achis.

Plate transmog, two-hand weapon. Head, shoulders, cloak: hidden, chest: Stoneskin Chestplate, shirt: Formal White Shirt, wrists: anything, hands: Gloves of Brawn, waist: Judgement Belt, legs: Lightsworn Greaves, feet: Ferocious Combatant’s Scaled Sabatons, main hand: Blood Knight Maul.

Noblegarden outfit 2018

There’s an outfit for every world event, right. So here’s my Swedish Easter inspired Noblegarden outfit for my protection paladin.

Head: Spring Circlet

Shoulders: Reinforced Sapphirium Shoulderguards

Cloak: Hidden

Chest: Spring Robes

Wrist: Lawbringer Bracers

Hands: Gauntlets of Annihilation

Waist: Lawbringer Belt

Legs: Doesn’t matter, they’re not visible

Feet: Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes

Main Hand: Talon Branch

Off Hand: Eye of the Ancient Spirit

Keep your ears to the head. Happy Noblegarden!