Archive for 2012

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.


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.


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.


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 World of Warcraft also has its own section now – hit up

Also, a new addition to the network is coming – The Secret World will be featured at 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.