Work has been unusually busy this week, as we prepared for a site visit that included giving presentations, receiving evaluations, and generally trying to impress. Much of Monday and Tuesday were spent preparing for this, so I’ve hardly had a chance to read anything WoW-related in days. *twitch* The visit was yesterday, and after it was done, I had a nice evening of decompression through destruction with the Purple Poxer team. This is the episode in which Madja brings up the rear. (Those last few words will bring in some interesting traffic, I’m betting. Sorry to disappoint again! 😉 )
The first order of business was a quick RFC run. Wara had a few connection problems just as we were getting started, so Daxe amused us with raid markings. Look out, little squirrel!
Shortly after, Wara rejoined us. Look out, little Wara!
Needless to say, we crushed RFC. Taragaman dropped the Cursed Felblade once again (another shard for Daxe!), and Jergosh once again gave up the Robes of Evocation, this time for Salindiar. When we were telling the guild of Sal’s new duds, Daxe made a funny… 🙂
By the time we emerged from RFC, everyone had hit 16, so folks decided to train. Since there’s no druid trainer in Org, I decided to visit the weapons trainer instead, dump a few things in the bank, make repairs… and the next thing I knew, they were saying, “Crossroads? Ok, go,” and I saw four little dots fly off the minimap in a little train. Oh no! Lagging behind! Bringing up the rear! (Here we go with the bear butt jokes again. It’s just too easy.) Seriously, it seems like I am always lagging behind the group for one reason or another. I don’t think I’m the only one who will be relieved when I get travel form. 😛
When I caught up, we did the tour of oases around the Barrens. Time for a swim! “CANNONBALL!”
The water was quite nice and warm. (No, that wasn’t me!)
As we ran back to Crossroads, I noticed that once again, I was the caboose. D’oh! *huff puff*
We coupled our next swim with turtle-killing. I barely did any fighting because I was trailing the group, skinning the kills. (Cleaning up the environment, right?) Fortunately, the shells we were collecting had a 100% drop rate, so it didn’t take too long.
On our way to the raptors, we spotted a melee hunter. Hide your eyes, BRK!
The raptor horns did take a while for all of us to collect. There were a few times that I ended up off on my own. As a level 16 who hasn’t spent any talent points, killing a level 18 raptor was pretty slow going, so I’m not sure this would have been much faster if I’d done it solo. Being able to obliterate several raptors at a time really sped up the whole collection process. I ended up with loads and loads of leather, too, so I thought it was worth it. All that said, I am relieved that we’re going to avoid as many collection quests as we can.
After our raptor de-horning (and depopulation) effort was complete, we ran up the coast to Ratchet, turned in the quest, and then flew to the Crossroads. I didn’t arrive last this time, but Harisan and I were the last to run to the edge of town to join the group. Am I not paying attention? What is my problem?
On the run to Wailing Caverns, I made a specific effort to not fall behind. And look! I’m not last!
Aaaand to be totally honest, I wasn’t first either.
We killed some raptors outside the instance, and of course, it was super easy. Remember when those were elites? Sheesh! We were able to finished the 99-Year-Old port quest pretty quickly, and then we made our way back to the Crossroads and flew to Ratchet to turn it in. /train
We ended the night with a brief dance party in Ratchet. Our group photo of the week:
As usual, Daxe wowed the local boys with her dance moves. Shake it, sister!
Good fun all around. I do think that instances are where the real fun are for this group, however, so I’m really looking forward to next week. Hopefully we can jump right into Wailing Caverns, and if we manage a complete run, that would be amazing. We seem to work really well together, so I think we can do it.
One consideration for the Purple Poxers reading this… Fearing that inventory space will be a little tight for a longer instance like WC, I peeked in the AH for some bags that were a little bigger (yet affordable). I found that mageweave bags (12-slotters) were going for about 1.5 gold or less. I’ve made a fair amount of cash flipping recipes and other stuff, so I decided to pick up some for myself, and I picked up some extras, too. I’d be more than happy to help buy bags for other folks, because we’re going to end up picking up a lot of stuff in WC. Just let me know if you’d like me to send you some!
Other accounts of our adventures from last night:
You should also check out this awesome recap by Rabbit of the Yellow Poxless team’s recent adventures. Hee!