Tillers and Pandaren Cooking Reference Guide

January 3, 2013 - 4:55 am 4 Comments

With a couple of months now passed since the launch of Mists of Pandaria, I’ve done a whole lot of mindless farming – literally farming not the gamer slang version. Let’s face it, there’s a whole lot of achievements associated with farming and cooking, so, being the achievement-whore that I am, I just had to put in the effort to get all of them. It’s not a short journey, that much is certain. Is it fun? Not particularly.

To master all of the Ways of cooking and to earn the best friendship of all of the friends of the farm, it takes a whole lot of resources. Harvested ingredients, hunted ingredients, and fished ingredients galore, in total it’s a collection of well over 5,000 individual items – and this isn’t including the Now I am the Master achievement. Keeping track of all the needed resources for all these achievements is quite a task, but having a fancy spreadsheet sure does help.

Tillers and Pandaren Cooking Reference Guide

To keep track of all these resources and to find out exactly how many more I needed to complete most of the achievements, I built a comprehensive spreadsheet covering Friend on the Farm, Master of Pandaren Cooking, ! To Be a Master, and various additional quests that revolve around Pandaren cooking. This spreadsheet will track a complete listing of all the ingredients required to accomplish maxing out your farmer friendships, hitting 600 in all Ways of cooking, and becoming a Master cook by cooking each of the six 600-skill recipes. The spreadsheet should expand over time as I complete more quests.

This spreadsheet was inspiried by Thaildl over in the WoWhead comments.

Tiller Friendship Farming Spreadsheet

November 14, 2012 - 3:01 pm No Comments

One of the big new features in Mists of Pandaria is the farming side-game. It obviously ties in with the new cooking system as the new it thing in World of Warcraft. Part of the grind is raising your friendship – a new form of reputation – with each of the Pandarian farmers at Halfhill. You’ve got dailies and random gifts to provide each farmer to strengthen your friendship, but you’ve also got the option to give each farmer his or her favorite dish. Well, keeping track of all the dishes, ingredients, and exactly how many of it all you need to cap out each friendship is no small undertaking.

Thankfully, over in the Wowhead comments, Kiingz created a nice little list of just how many ingredients is used for each daily dish. Thaildl took it one step further and created a spreadsheet that allows you to insert your current friendship level and how many ingredients you already have and automatically tallies up exactly how many more of each ingredient you’ll need to become Best Friends with everyone.

Well, being the OCD spreadsheet person that I am, I decided to refine Thaildl’s work a bit and take the spreadsheet a few more steps. My version of the spreadsheet allows you to specify not only your current friendship, but also your current tier – it eliminates the step of having to add up the tier and your current rep. I’ve added a chart of all the friendship tiers and alphabetized everything to make it easier to grab your numbers in game and enter them into the spreadsheet. I listed the name of each dish paired up with the name of the farmer. Finally, I polished up the look of the spreadsheet to make it easier to view.

Thanks to Kiingz and Thaildl on a job well done, and enjoy my refined and polished version.

Pandas, Dailies, and Pet Battles Oh My!

November 7, 2012 - 3:10 am No Comments

pandas, dailies, and pet battles

You didn’t think I’d miss the launch of the latest, greatest WoW expansion did’ya? Sure, I’ve been off playing games like The Secret World, Vanguard, and Guild Wars 2, but Warcraft is the olde standby, the warm bed we always return to when we seek comfort and familiarity. With the launch of the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria, I’ve jumped back in full steam.

The result is a very mixed feeling about the game and the future of its status in my stable of MMOGs. Pandas (bleh), dailies (bleh), and pet battles (yay) aside, the expansion offers an absolute ton of content, all mostly gated behind some sort of grind, alongside massive changes to character talents, advancement, and achievements. As with any changes as deep as an expansion brings, there are the good and the bad. Read through the cut for my favorite and least favorite new features.

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Game Accessories Really Matter

March 6, 2012 - 9:05 pm 1 Comment

Game Accessories Really Matter

I’ve been back to playing World of Warcraft on a regular basis since my last post in February. Sadly, I really haven’t been inspired by anything in-game to make a post about. Today while the servers are down for maintenance, I finally had an idea come to mind. What is it that every gamer has to have in order to play games, aside from the computer of course? Peripherals! Since I’ve been asked so many times what kind of setup I use when playing games, I figured it would be as good a topic as any to write about. So, read through the jump to find out exactly what devices I use and how I have them configured for use with World of Warcraft.

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The Olde Standby

February 6, 2012 - 9:17 am 1 Comment

The Olde Standby

There’s something about World of Warcraft that just keeps me coming back for more. Or maybe it’s something about all the other MMOGs that just can’t keep my attention for long. Whatever the case may be, I’m back in Azeroth! It makes me wonder what it is about WoW that makes it the standby and not some other game. So, for my first post in a year at the World of Warcraft chapter of Die by the Arrow, I’m gonna touch on some things that make WoW special.

Certain games we play seem to grab hold and never shake loose. They become an emotional attachment. Most make an impact early in our gamer lives – Zelda comes to mind as the game that hooked me back when I was  years old. The Elder Scrolls series hooked me in my early teens. And then along came Everquest in my late teens, forever addicting me to the MMOG drug of choice. World of Warcraft somehow became the game to fall back on when all others didn’t make the grade, for whatever reason. Read through the cut to get a glimpse of why WoW is the only MMOG that keeps people coming back for more.

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Some Pre-Spring Shuffling

February 3, 2012 - 8:45 am No Comments

The Die by the Arrow network is doing a little shuffling around right now. If you are looking for the RIFT content, please direct your browser to rift.diebythearrow.com. World of Warcraft also has its own section now – hit up wow.diebythearrow.com.

Also, a new addition to the network is coming – The Secret World will be featured at tsw.diebythearrow.com. Stay tuned for more information on that!

Look for more posts on World of Warcraft as I resubed a few days ago. I’ll be getting into the latest Dragon Soul raids (I know, I’m way behind the curve here) and start looking into Hunter changes in the upcoming expansion.

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Introducing Die by the Blaster!

December 21, 2011 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting.

In the same fashion as Die by the Arrow, I’ve started a blog, Die by the Blaster, that will feature my exploits in STAR WARS: The Old Republic and will focus on the ranged damage expert class, Imperial Agent Sniper. I will be providing leveling, build, and play-style advice. As always, it will be aimed towards mastering the end-game without bringing that “elitist” mentality, keeping things easy enough for and relevant to the average player. Along the way I will touch on Sith Inquisitors and general SWTOR gameplay and features.

In the next couple days I will be commenting on the first 30 levels or so of the game, featuring hotspots on Hutta, Dromund Kaas, Balmora, and Nar Shaddaa. I’ll drop some tips on the best way to solo and my planned build for level 50.

Check out the blog and subscribe to the Die By the Arrow Network Twitter and Facebook page for updates.

Chronicle of a Quarter Century

November 28, 2011 - 6:29 pm No Comments

While I can’t say that I’ve overly enjoyed the time I’ve spent in Japan, I can say there have been moments when I was overjoyed to be here. The Tokyo Game Show. The Akihabara (aka. Electric City). School girl outfits… eh, sorry, off topic there.

I recently took a trip back to Rapongi. I hadn’t been there since 2007 when I first arrived here in Japan. We came across the Mori Art Museum advertisement and I saw the poster for “The Dragon Quest Chronicle of a Quarter Century” and I immediately said out loud, “Oh, I’ve GOT to see this.” Something like ¥6000 later for my family of four, we were looking at gaming history. Hit the jump to read about my journey through 25 years of Dragon Quest history.

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Rose Petals and Lots of Perfume

February 13, 2011 - 10:09 pm No Comments

The Fractured Front - Deepholm

Seasonal events – oh how I love to hate them. It used to be about getting the What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been achievement for the Master Flying reward… but then I accidentally bought the flying so now it’s simply about getting the achievement points. The drake isn’t a bad reward either.

So anyway, Love is in the Air… this seasonal is pretty easy. After a few days of the dailies, you’ll pretty much be set to finish all the achievements, including the bonus achievements Tough Love, Lovely Luck Is On Your Side, and Perma-Peddle (that’s the cupid pet). Read on to find a quick and easy little guide for this colorful seasonal event and your Fool for Love achievement.

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How To: Playing WoW on Dual Monitors

February 11, 2011 - 11:53 pm 8 Comments

Dual Monitor World of Warcraft

Some people have asked how I have my game playing across both monitors, so below is my tutorial on how to set it up. It’s not for the faint of heart and requires a good knowledge of editing shortcuts and the WoW config file and monitor resolutions.

The benefits of this setup is so you can have nothing but health bars, hotbars, and aura alerts on your main screen while everything else is on the off-screen. Keeps everything super clean and clear on the monitor you look at the most while maintaining the same FPS since the off-monitor is not rendering anything. Read through the break for all the techy details on setting up a dual-monitor WoW.

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